Asking myself lots of tough questions at the end of the Massanutten Hoo-Ha XXC mountain bike race…This past Tuesday I knocked out my second biggest run this season, and the first run of 2013, in the Shenandoah National Park. We covered 23.76 miles, we round to 24 in a case like this, over snowy and icy trails.As usual my friends and family before and after the run had the usual comments such as “what are you running from, why would you do that, how do you do that, and was someone chasing you”. If you are an athlete you have more than likely been asked the same types of questions.During Tuesday’s run I had a good amount of time to think about this. Specifically on a climb from Jones Falls that I am pretty sure I left a little bit of my soul on. I realized that while yes you have to physically be able to do these activities, I would argue that 60+ percent of it is mental.If you are one of my friends reading this, you are most likely laughing right now. For those that don’t know me well, I have had more than one blow up, bonk, and existential crisis during runs, bike rides, etc. So many in fact that friends look for signs of the “Chase Face” which signals an oncoming hissy fit.My low spots don’t represent a dislike of running or biking, etc but rather a less than superb mental strength. In Chris McDougall’s book Born To Run the theme of becoming friends with pain is present throughout. Not injury pain, etc but rather a realization and acceptance that running is sometimes hard and that you will have low points. But rather than fight those low points with curses, and maybe in my case just once crying, accept the pain and become friends with it. Remember previous low points and know that you have been there before and it will pass. After all we run, bike, swim, climb, and more because we love it and loving something means loving everything that comes with it.In a roundabout way this is also my way of calling out my New Year’s resolution. To continue to be physically fit, but also to work on my mental strength. I think that this will not only help me become a better runner but also a better person. I can’t guarantee that I won’t have a slip up, but hopefully my curses turn from anger to praise such as “I love this climb you tough son of a gun mountain” and so forth.If you want to test your mental and physical strength I encourage you to check out The Wild Oak Trail Run and the Eastern Divide Ultra 50k. Both cover beautiful trail in the state of Virginia, and will surely put you to the test. I will be at The Wild Oak run testing my physical and mental fitness so I hope to see you there!
Jan 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – China’s health ministry today reported three new human H5N1 avian influenza cases, one of them fatal and the other patients hospitalized in critical condition, according to a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO).In the first case, a 27-year-old woman from Jinan City in Shandong province got sick on Jan 5, was hospitalized, and died on Jan 17, the WHO reported.Public health officials are investigating the source of the woman’s H5N1 infection, the WHO said. Shandong province is in northeastern China.In the second case, a 2-year-old girl from Luliang City in Shanxi province began having symptoms on Jan 7, was hospitalized, and is in critical condition, the WHO reported.Authorities are also exploring how the girl became infected, the WHO said. Shanxi province is in the north central part of the country.The third patient, a 16-year-old boy from Huaihua City in Hunan province, became ill on Jan 8 and was hospitalized on Jan 16, where he is in critical condition, the WHO said.An investigation into the source of the boy’s illness found that he was exposed to sick and dead poultry, the WHO said. Hunan province is in south central China.China’s national laboratory confirmed all three of the cases, according to the WHO, which added that close contacts of the three cases are under medical observation, and all remain healthy so far.The illnesses and death raise China’s H5N1 case count to 34 and fatality total to 22, and these cases bring to four the number of cases in the country in as many weeks. On Jan 7 China’s health ministry announced that a 19-year-old Beijing woman who got sick on Dec 24 and died from an H5N1 infection on Jan 5.The WHO said in a press release today that it anticipates China will keep it updated on the new H5N1 cases and that the organization stands ready to provide China with technical assistance, if needed.As more people eat chicken as part of Chinese New Year celebrations, the WHO in its statement urged people to observe routine safety precautions such as ensuring that poultry is well cooked and washing hands after contact with raw meat.This year’s Chinese New Year celebration, which lasts for 15 days, starts on Jan 26.These latest H5N1 cases and fatality raise the world’s WHO-confirmed H5N1 total to 397 cases and 249 deaths.In related developments, China’s agriculture ministry is intensifying its efforts to reduce the spread of H5N1 in poultry, according to a Bloomberg News report today. The country will strengthen poultry immunization against the virus, increase vaccine production, boost monitoring of poultry markets and other high-risk areas, and improve surveillance of poultry movements across country borders, the report said.Meanwhile, York Chow, Hong Kong’s secretary for food and health, called on China to release more epidemiological information about the recent human infections, Reuters reported today. He said that an apparent lack of information about recent poultry outbreaks in light of the recent human cases raises questions about a possible change in the virus.However, about a week after the 19-year-old Beijing woman died, Chinese health officials said they had found no evidence that the virus has mutated to allow easier human-to-human transmission, according to previous media reports.Chow also expressed concern about the possible role that asymptomatic H5N1-infected chickens might be playing in the spread of the virus, Reuters reported.See also:Jan 19 WHO statement
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Topics : Turkey’s parliament on Wednesday passed a controversial bill giving the government greater control of social media, a move criticized by human rights advocates as an attempt to increase online censorship.Under the new law, social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter have to ensure that they have local representatives in Turkey and to comply with court orders over the removal of certain content or face heavy fines.The legislation targets social networks with more than a million unique visits every day and says servers with Turkish users’ data on them must be sited locally. If companies refuse to comply, they will face fines and restrictions making the platform unusable.The bill was submitted by the ruling AKP and its nationalist partner the MHP, which have a majority in parliament, and passed after a night-long marathon.Twitter, contacted by AFP, did not make an immediate comment. ‘Dark era’Human rights groups and the opposition are worried over what they call the erosion of freedom of expression in Turkey, with thousands of people subject to criminal proceedings for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media.They argue that increased control will also limit access to independent or critical information in a country where the news media is in the hands of government-friendly businessmen or controlled by the state.”Why now?” asked Yaman Akdeniz, professor at Istanbul’s Bilgi University and a cyber rights expert.”While print and broadcast media platforms are already under government control, social media networks are relatively free. Social media has become one of the few spaces for free and effective expression in Turkey,” he told AFP.Human Rights Watch expressed concern that the law would enable the government to get content removed at will and to arbitrarily target individual users.”Social media is a lifeline for many people who use it to access news, so this law signals a new dark era of online censorship,” said Tom Porteous, deputy program director at HRW in a statement before the legislation passed.The measure has aroused deep concerns for many in Turkey who mobilized online in recent weeks using the hashtag “don’t touch my social media”.The opposition CHP party said it would apply to the top Constitutional Court for its annulment. ‘No obstacle’Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan’s spokesman, brushed off fears the law would hamper free speech. “There is no obstacle to social media users freely expressing their opinion,” he told CNN-Turk television on Tuesday.”Here is the rule: whatever is a crime in the real world is also a crime in cyber world… there must be a limit to criticism.”Erdogan vowed to tighten government control over social media earlier this month after he said “dark-hearted” users insulted Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and his wife Esra, the president’s daughter, following the birth of their fourth child.Last month, the Turkish leader met with a spate of negative comments during a video-conference with young people. The Turkish presidency then turned off comments but there were 388,000 clicks on the “thumbs down” button, compared with 114,000 on the “thumbs up” button.Erdogan is not a fan of social media despite a large following on different platforms, including Twitter.He once compared social media platforms to a “murderer’s knife” and previously promised to “eradicate” Twitter.”I want everyone to share whatever they like on social media,” said 20-year-old student Kaan, an Istanbul resident. “Everyone should be able to think and express themselves freely.”The government previously blocked Twitter and YouTube in 2014 after audio recordings were posted implicating the president, then prime minister, and his inner circle in an alleged corruption scandal.Erdogan’s aversion to social media dates back to anti-government protests in 2013, which were often mobilized by Twitter and Facebook posts.A Turkish court in January lifted a ban on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia after almost three years.According to Twitter’s latest “transparency report” for the first half of 2019, Turkey ranked number one for seeking content removal with more than 6,000 requests.
Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, March 12, 2013â€¢7:50 a.m. Penny L Watts, 43, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear and charged with a seat belt violation.â€¢8 a.m. Officers investigated a theft by a known suspect in the 600 block N. A, Wellington. Items were eventually recovered.â€¢11:45 a.m. Officers investigated a theft by a known suspect on March 11, 2013 in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢12:55 p.m. Officers investigated a theft by a known suspect in the 900 block S. Cherry, Wellington. Items were recovered.Âª1:40 p.m. Desiree D. Jordan, 24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large, no Wellington tags, and no rabies vaccination.â€¢2:47 p.m. Officers made a warrant arrest in the 200 block N. B, Wellington.â€¢2:47 p.m.Â Juvenile male, 12, Wellington was arrested and confined on a commitment order through Sumner County.â€¢2:52 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was arrested and confined on a commitment order through Â Â Â Â Sumner County.â€¢2:56 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was arrested and confined on a commitment order through Sumner County.â€¢3 p.m. Officers investigated theft by a known suspect in the 1100 block S. C, Wellington.â€¢3:08 p.m. Juvenile male, 16, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear and charged with seat belt violation.â€¢4:23 p.m. Officers investigated criminal deprivation of property by known suspects in the 600 block N. C, Wellington.â€¢5:40 p.m. Officers investigated burglary of unknown suspects in the 100 block W. 11th, Wellington.â€¢Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.â€¢Jared T. Haines, 29, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of disorderly conduct.â€¢9:33 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 700 block E. Harvey, Wellington.