Hiking Class

first_imgMike Miller’s students hike around the school campus in a simulated cross-country trek.It sounds like a simple thing—put on a backpack and walk once around a track—but Mike Miller’s hiking challenge is an innovative approach to cross-curriculum education that keeps physical education relevant. Students in his P.E. class at Virginia’s Shawsville Middle School strapped on 25-pound backpacks and performed hiking time trials on two 400-meter courses in order to help simulate a hike across America.Over the course of a week, 30 students between the ages of 11 and 14 took turns walking 400 meters around a track, then 400 meters up a steep hill while carrying weighted backpacks. The courses were designed to mimic the flat land of the Midwest and the mountainous terrain of the Appalachians and Rockies. Miller then plotted a route on a map from Virginia to San Francisco and used the time trial data to chart the course of the students on their simulated hike across the country.Teachers of core curriculum subjects like math and science at the school are integrating the hiking project into their lesson plans. In social studies class, students learned about the history of each state they hiked through along the way. In science class, they used a caloric chart and planned a week’s worth of meals based on their speed of travel and calories burned. And in English class, the students wrote essays discussing the various elements of the hike.While the cross-curriculum lessons were a valuable way for the kids to practice elements of core subjects, Miller is most excited about the project’s potential to introduce these kids to the outdoors.“Most of these kids have never been hiking,” says Miller. “A lot of these kids won’t even make it through our regular physical education tests. They just quit. But those same kids did really well in this hiking test, and they seemed to really enjoy it. Outdoor recreation has some excitement factor for these kids.”Miller plans to use this initial hiking project as a springboard for introducing more adventure-based sports into his P.E. curriculum, such as incorporating outdoor recreation into existing fitness stations, bringing orienteering projects onto campus, planning field trips, and working with local landowners and county parks to create small trail systems the kids could use.“Several kids asked if we could keep doing the hiking challenge, and some are asking about where they can go hiking on their own,” Miller says. “I’m hoping this project will spark a brand new outdoor recreation program at our school. Anything I can do to get these kids hooked on outdoor activity, I’m willing to do it.”Did you know? P.E. Makes You SmarterA new Center for Disease Control report shows physical activity in schools has positive effects on grades and test scores.The report analyzed studies over the last 25 years from all 50 states. While states and individual schools are dropping P.E. to concentrate on meeting testing standards, the report concludes schools should actually increase physical education to raise test scores.The majority of studies showed school-based activity programs increased students’ grades, test scores, and academic behavior.last_img read more

CFPB statement, FAQs outline billing error responsibilities

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week released a statement and frequently asked questions (FAQs) document outlining the responsibility of credit card issuers and open-end non-home secured creditors during the pandemic. The statementoutlines billing error responsibilities under Regulation Z, while the FAQs cover the payments and deposits rule and the open end (not home-secured) rules.According to the statement, the CFPB will take a flexible supervisory and enforcement approach during the pandemic regarding the timeframe within which creditors complete their investigations of consumers’ billing error notices.In evaluating the compliance with the maximum timeframe for billing error resolution, “the Bureau intends to consider the creditor’s circumstances and does not intend to cite a violation in an examination or bring an enforcement action against a creditor that takes longer than required by the regulation to resolve a billing error notice, so long as the creditor has made good faith efforts to obtain the necessary information and make a determination as quickly as possible, and complies with all other requirements pending resolution of the error.” continue reading »last_img read more

UK minister quits over Cummings lockdown trip

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government was hit by its first resignation Tuesday over the controversy surrounding top aide Dominic Cummings’ cross-country trip during the coronavirus lockdown when Douglas Ross, a minister for Scotland, quit in protest.Undermining attempts by ministers to try and move on from the crisis, which has dominated British politics for four days, Ross said he could not justify Cummings remaining in post to his constituents.”I have constituents who didn’t get to say goodbye to loved ones; families who could not mourn together; people who didn’t visit sick relatives because they followed the guidance of the government,” he said in a Twitter statement announcing his departure. Topics : “I cannot in good faith tell them they were all wrong and one senior advisor to the government was right.”He added that Cummings’ interpretation of government rules was “not shared by the vast majority of people”.The resignation will put more pressure on Cummings, who held a press conference Monday to justify driving his wife and young son on a 425-kilometer trip from London to Durham in the northeast off England during the height of the coronavirus crisis.In response to the resignation, Downing Street said it “regrets” the minister’s decision.last_img read more

Perfect acreage for families at Deception Bay

first_img176 Bancroft Terrace Deception Bay floor plan.Another addition he added was a covered carport ideal for a caravan and a large work shed at the back of the property.Mr Sanders said he liked that the area was nestled in between quiet areas of the bay away from smaller homes and closer to nature parks and the water.Despite his fondness for the home he has decided it was finally time to downsize.“It is really ideal for a family,” he said. The home is on the market through Ray White Redcliffe for $769,000. Acreage at 176 Bancroft Terrace Deception BayOver the years he has continually made changes and additions to the property to fit in with what he wanted.“I suppose the major changes would be the 10m swimming pool and the tennis court,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago 176 Bancroft Terrace Deception BayIVAN Sanders was stuck in the middle of Brisbane suburbia when he caught a glimpse of a different type of living at Deception Bay.Back in 1979 he was living in Chermside when he decided to purchase the acreage property at 176 Bancroft Tce. “The acreage is great,” Mr Sanders said.“I like the privacy and the security, you don’t have the same concerns (in suburbia) of having to lock your car or things like that.”When he moved in, the solid brick home was almost new. Always lots to do outdoors.The five-bedroom home has three bathrooms, a four-car garage, high ceilings and an outdoor patio overlooking the pool.“It is a fantastic entertainment area, you could entertain 50 plus people without it even looking crowded,” he said. High ceilings are perfect for summer.Mr Sanders said wanted to make it the perfect home to raise his children, and to give the kids plenty of things to entertain themselves with, without having to leave the property. “It was the ideal environment to bring kids up,” he said. last_img read more


first_imgJames Fang has been elected President of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District board. He is replaced as Vice President by Joel Keller. David L White has been appointed Product Line Director of Amtrak’s City of New Orleans, and Michael R Chandler has taken over the same role for the Crescent. Guillaume Pepy has been named General Manager, Customer Services, for French National Railways. He replaces Thiérry Mignauw who has taken over as General Manager, Operating, following the retirement of Francis Taillanter. Mr Mignauw takes overall charge of two new departments, the National Infrastructure Directorate (DNI) and the Engineering Directorate.John Curley has been appointed to the new post of Performance Director for Railtrack, with responsibility for train performance and punctuality. Chris Leah becomes Director of Operations, and Martin Reynolds is named Director, Development.Lee Bullock has been confirmed as President of Amtrak’s Intercity business unit. Ronald Scolaro has been named Vice President of Operations. He was Chief Administrative & Operating Officer for Amtrak West.Per Staehr has taken over as Chief Executive of Adtranz UK & Ireland. He replaces Stig Svärd who will retire after a handover period. Rainer Schmückle has been named Managing Director Sales for Adtranz Germany.David R Goode, Chairman, President & CEO of Norfolk Southern, has been elected Chairman of the Association of American Railroads for 1998.Netherlands Railways’ Chairman Rob den Besten has been elected Chairman of the Community of European Railways, replacing Heinz Dürr.Petr Moos was appointed Minister of Transport in the Czech Republic on January 2.Gerald L Nichols has been named Vice Chairman of CSX Transportation; he is succeeded as Executive Vice President, Operations, by Carl N Taylor.Toru Fukushima has been appointed Executive Director of the newly formed JR Central Consultants Co (JCC), which becomes Central Japan Railway’s 40th subsidiary.Fred R Grigsby has been named Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Canadian National.American Public Transit Association Hall of Famer Mr Robert Sloan Jr, who started his career in 1932 with Third Avenue Transit System and was Vice President from 1966-75, has died. Kathleen Regan has been appointed Vice President, Automotive, for BNSF. She was an Assistant Vice President in the Intermodal/Automotive Business Unit. Don Gill has been appointed Senior Vice President-Transportation for Kansas City Southern. Daniel M Mazur has joined Norfolk Southern as Assistant Vice President, Strategic Planning. William L Barringer Jr has been appointed Director of Safety and John M Samuels has been elected Vice President, Operations Planning & Budget. All three transfer from Conrail.W Robert Bentley has been named President of the New York Cross-Harbour Railroad. Lecia Stewart has been appointed by BC Transit as Project Director for Vancouver’s Light Rail Transit plan. She was President of West Coast Express.Laura A Lawson has been elected Chairman of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority She succeeds Dr Joseph E Lowery. A restructuring of Queensland Railways has been announced by Chief Executive Vince O’Rourke. His immediate deputies will be Bob Scheuber as Deputy Chief Executive, and Steve Cantwell as Executive Director Strategic Issues. They will oversee management groups, which are increased from five to six.The mainline business of the Freight group is to be merged into the Coal & Mineral group under new Group General Manager (GGM) David George, replacing both John Hearsh and Bill Adamson who leave the company. Regional freight will join a merged Traveltrain and Citytrain grouping, reporting to Metropolitan & Regional Services GGM Glen Dawe.Brian Bock takes over as GGM (Business Services), while GGMs for newly-created business groups are Tony Drake (Infrastructure Services), Mike Scanlon (Network Access), and Terry Fisher (Workshops).V K Agarwal has been named Chairman of Indian Railways following the retirement of Mr M Ravindra. Mr Agarwal graduated in civil engineering in 1961 and joined Indian Railway Service of Engineers a year later. Among his many posts he has been Divisional Manager, Lucknow, and Chief Engineer (Construction) for Northeast Frontier Railway. He also worked on secondment in Iraq. He was named General Manager, Northern Railway, in 1995 and was most recently Member (Staff) on the Indian Railways Board.Douglas M Christy has been named President of Iowa Interstate Railroad. Mr Christy graduated in Civil Engineering from Penn State University and joined Chessie System in 1977. In 1985 he was appointed Terminal Trainmaster for the amalgamated CSX at its former B&O Chicago terminal. From 1989 he was Director, 48ft Containers, then Director, Product Management, with CSX Intermodal. He became CSX Transportation’s General Manager, Iron Highway Development, in 1995. In May last year he moved to Iowa Interstate as Chief Operating Officer.Mike Harvey has been appointed European Workshops Director for Brambles Rail Europe in Düsseldorf. He will cover Brambles’ subsidiaries Marcroft Engineering in Britain, Ateliers de Joigny and Ets Loyez in France, EVA in Bruhl, Germany and WDW in Austria. Since 1991 he has been Managing Director of CAIB UK, where he will be replaced by John Jagger.last_img read more

Lady Cardinals Battle Lady Pirates In Hoops Action

first_imgThe St. Louis Lady Cardinals 7th and 8th grade traveled to Greensburg.7th grade won against them with a score of 23-10.Scoring for SLS were Emma Weberding with 12, Chelsea Robertson with 3, and Alyssa Wanstrath, Olivia Raab, Faith Tekulve, and Lilly Wonnell all with 2pts.  Defensivly all the girls had a great game.  Alyssa Wanstrath was and endless with her hustle down court and stole the ball more times than was accounted for.  Nice job ladies.8th grade lost to Greensburg 54-11.While Greensburg has a team that is flawless in passing and ball movement, our girls learned a lot by playing them.  Scoring points for SLS were Grace Eckstein with 6 and Pam Meneses with 5.  All of the girls worked hard on defense and offense.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.last_img

Seniors Dropping Out

first_imgAt this time of the year you will find some of the less glamorous spring sports going on without some of their senior teammates.  It seems that some seniors find it hard to complete this last year in sports like baseball, tennis, golf, etc.  They come up with several excuses for not completing their 4th year of competition.It always bothered me as a coach when one or more of these athletes would tell me they had to work so they could go to college.  I am pretty good at math, and unless they are being paid $50 an hour, I don’t think 3 months will make much of a dent on their college bill.  Another excuse was that they were just tired and needed time off before college.  That was always hard to believe–that an 18-year-old was that tired.  The 3rd excuse was that they wanted to try some other sport before they graduated.   That usually meant their friend was doing something else.As a spring sports coach, I didn’t buy any of these excuses.  It usually meant some younger player was catching up and they didn’t want to work hard enough to stay ahead of them.  I am sure they regretted that decision later in life.last_img read more

Snellenberger holds on for Bouche Memorial checkers

first_imgBy Tom WagnerSTURGEON BAY, Wis. (May 23) – Rod Snellenberger held off Dave Bouche at the wire to cap­ture the $1,000 top prize in the seventh annual Nathan Bouche Memorial IMCA Sunoco Stock Car fea­ture Saturday at Thunderhill Raceway.The only caution of the contest came on lap five. The front pair made it a two-car race the last 18 times around the oval with Bouche no more than a car length behind at any time.Behind the lead duo, Shawn Havel advanced to third and, for a time, was making up ground. But the advance stalled in the late stages and he settled for third.Derek Moede and John Anschutz ran together for the duration, finishing fourth and fifth, respec­tively. Dan Sell completed the top six, piloting the Nathan Bouche tribute car.Moede had led the 22-car feature field to the green. Rick Dix was shuffled back on the lap five restart as Snellenberger and Bouche raced to the front. Snellenberger established the low groove, going to work on Moede for the lead, with Anschutz keeping pace on the outside.On the ninth lap, Moede left just enough running room through the first turns to allow Snellen­berger to gain the edge. Snellenberger rushed past to the lead, taking Bouche with him in tow.Snellenberger never faltered over the last 18 laps, which meant Bouche never had a chance to pull even for a pass attempt. They crossed the line exactly as they had run all race long, Snellen­berger first by a slim margin.The win for Snellenberger was his second in a row and marked his 25th career Stock Car win at Thunderhill.Other feature winners on the night were Tyler Hackett in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modi­fieds, Bernie Reinhardt in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Marcus Moede in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.last_img read more

Accused Donachie quits Magpies

first_img Press Association Donachie spent more than four years at Newcastle, joining in December 2009 as an academy assistant director, moving to the role of development coach and, for the past two years, taking charges of the reserves. Confirmation of his departure came as Newcastle attempted to regroup after an eventful fortnight which has seen midfielder Yohan Cabaye and director of football Joe Kinnear leave the club in vastly different circumstances either side of a 3-0 derby defeat to Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League. Manager Alan Pardew found himself in the firing line as Cabaye’s departure, together with Kinnear’s failure to replace him and the capitulation against Sunderland, provided fresh ammunition for disgruntled fans. In the short term, Pardew will prepare a team further torn apart by injury and suspension for Saturday’s tough trip to Chelsea knowing there is work to be done during the summer. Pardew said: “I am very focused. We have a great group of scouts, led by (chief scout) Graham Carr, who have always been working in the background. “We have got a list, as we did in the last window, and we will work towards that list. “Obviously, we have got a lot of work to do because actually this summer, we have got a few changes to make. “We have got a few players out of contract, we have got one or two areas that we really need to strengthen, so I don’t think we are under any illusions that we have got a bit of work to do this summer.” Willie Donachie has resigned as Newcastle’s reserve team manager after the club launched an investigation into claims he hit a teenage player. Kinnear’s exit on Monday night followed a second successive transfer window during which he managed to make only one loan signing, and it remains to be seen whether owner Mike Ashley opts to appoint a replacement. Pardew admits he does not know how the club’s transfer plans will be implemented from now on, but has no doubt over the message he will deliver to Ashley when they finally do meet. He said: “My message is always the same, it’s about taking the club forward. We can’t stand still, we have to go forward, so it gives us an opportunity to do that.” Newcastle will head for Stamford Bridge without midfielder Cheick Tiote who is set to miss at least two games with a hamstring injury. Fabricio Coloccini, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse remain out, while Loic Remy serves the second phase of his three-match ban. The 62-year-old stood down on Thursday night amid an allegation he was involved in an incident with 19-year-old defender Remie Streete after the Newcastle Under-21 team lost 2-0 at Sunderland on Monday night. A club statement said: “Newcastle United can confirm that Willie Donachie has resigned from his position as reserve team manager with immediate effect. The club will be making no further comment.” last_img read more

No Watford worries for Quique Sanchez Flores

first_img It is often the case in English football that a successful tactic is widely repeated and that Watford will therefore need to adapt, but Sanchez Flores, who has so far excelled since his summer appointment, believes there were more reasons for Wednesday evening’s defeat and that his team do not necessarily struggle to overcome those playing with a back three. “In the meeting with the players, we talked about the defensive line of three, because the Premier League (teams) are repeating the same system against us,” the 50-year-old Spaniard said. “Against three defenders, sometimes we play well, including against Tottenham, we played really well in the second half. “Against Sunderland, we smashed Sunderland in the first 20 minutes, so we know how we want to play against three defenders. “(At Southampton) we start to lose balls, to make mistakes, it was one player after another. When the full team is making mistakes, you try to forget as quickly as possible. I don’t want to investigate too much what happened, because this is not the level of our players.” Wednesday’s fixture also represented Fraser Forster’s first appearance of the season following his recovery from a long-term knee injury, and with the Southampton goalkeeper’s return providing his team with some stability in what has so far been an inconsistent season, Koeman revealed his satisfaction that he is again available. “If you are nine months out, and you play just 90 minutes for the under-21s (before returning to the first XI), that’s not easy,” Koeman said. “After a lot of defeats in the last few weeks, maybe the team was nervous. “The presentation of Fraser was really a boost to everybody. A clean sheet again, it’s great for Fraser to come back and have a clean sheet and win, but that was the whole team performance.” Quique Sanchez Flores has dismissed suggestions his Watford team are at risk because they struggle against a back three. Press Associationcenter_img Watford on Wednesday produced their worst performance of the season in a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton, whose near-complete control of the game came with their use of three central defenders. Their manager Ronald Koeman’s team selection came just two weeks after Tottenham overcame Watford using similar tactics and shortly after Sunderland attempted to do the same, and – given much of their impressive opening half to the season has been inspired by the partnership between strikers Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney – it could be that that strength is now being negated. last_img read more