Are trail sports better than road sports?

first_imgIllustration by Wade Mickley88% say yesTrails are about releasing the spirit, not simply training the body. I run “on” the road; I run “with” the trail. There is no activity more primal than running in the woods. It reminds me that we are animals. When I run on the road, my legs and lungs are the most engaged parts of my body. When I run on a trail, I watch for rocks, roots, snakes, deer, and changes in the lay of the land. I smell wet leaves and pine resin. Trail running engages my whole body; it makes it sharper and looser. When I run on the road, I’m being dutiful and dedicated. When I run on a trail, I am wild and free.—Chris Alexander, Davidson, N.C. Adventure in the rugged outdoors always trumps the challenges that lay ahead on polished urban landscapes. Nothing beats being enveloped by the living forest, then feeling the raw earth crunching and shifting below, and inhaling the fresh oxygen rushing in to relieve overworked, burning lungs. However, road sports get more attention because spectators can watch them easier—plopping down beside the road or in front of their TV.—Jonathan Poston, Asheville, N.C. Leaving the stresses of a job and society for a few minutes—whether it be on a mountain bike or on foot—gives me a connection to something greater than any human can build. Most trails that I visit on a regular basis run with the topography of the land and provide a greater physical challenge than simply running or biking on asphalt.—Clint Ivester, Dallas, Ga. While being better for your overall physical self, trail sports also provide a better, safer atmosphere. They are primitive and enriching. We should appreciate our forests and trails while they’re still there, because they are being assaulted by development and commerce on all fronts.—Nikki McDuffee, Stanardsville, Va.I have run several road marathons over the years, and I have found that my knees and other joints aren’t as receptive to the pounding they must take on the asphalt. What running I do now is on trails. The ground has a lot more give, and the scenery is much nicer.—Karl Kunkel, High Point, N.C.I prefer to run and mountain bike on trails away from fuel-burning vehicles. Inhaling those fumes can’t be good for my health. A road run or ride may do more harm than good to my lungs.—Torrey Coffey, Loganville, Ga.———-12% say noWhile I enjoy the solitude of running in the woods, I have more fun during the experience of larger road races. At some of my favorites, like the Army 10-Miler in Washington, D.C., and the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, tens of thousands of runners congregate in a single spirit. The energy is amazing at these bigger races, and I feel like I am attending a festival. It takes my mind off the physical challenges of the distance and lets me just enjoy being a runner.This is what running is all about—going out and having a great time with some like-minded people. It’s also fun to get the encouragement of huge cheering crowds and take in the sights, including many of our country’s greatest historical landmarks. The best way to see a city is on foot with thousands of running friends.—Rick Moore, Alexandria, Va.I rely on road sports for exercise—mostly out of convenience. I need to run after long days at work to clear my head and relieve stress, but living in a city doesn’t give me the luxury of being able to quickly access a secluded wooded trail. The urban jungle certainly has its disadvantages—inconsiderate drivers, smog, and a lack of scenery—but I’ll take it over the confines of a stuffy, overpriced gym.—Mary Graves, Atlanta, Ga. I’d rather head to the track than the trail. For me, running is all about speed and pushing myself to my absolute limits. I love to see how fast I can sprint, and I just can’t do that on trails with a lot of rocks and roots. The same goes for races. I just can’t post a PR on a rugged mountain course, so I stick to the pavement where I can satisfy my need for speed.—Adam Harvey, Charleston, S.C.last_img read more

Maintain TCPA compliance the easy way

first_imgConsumers are given many options for how they wish to interact with your credit union – they can receive alerts via SMS, automated calls, email messages, the list continues to grow as we become a more connected society. The mobile channel has increasingly become the preferred method to contact customers, whether it’s for relaying account information or confirming a transaction.The challenge today is making sure that your credit union members’ mobile contact information is current and that the contact is in compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, better known as TCPA.Mobile numbers present a unique challenge for TCPA compliance in that many numbers are not new and oftentimes are recycled, making it critical for credit unions to have a solution in place to verify that ownership of mobile numbers hasn’t changed prior to contact.According to the Federal Communications Commission, consumer complaints related to unwanted calls are the largest category of complaints received by the commission. The FCC stipulates in the TCPA that express written consent is required for pre-recorded and auto-dialed calls and text messages sent to a mobile number – this includes accidental calls or calls made in good faith to an incorrect number.Today, TCPA violations regularly exceed $10 million industry-wide and fines can be as high as $1,500 per violation for contacting the wrong individual.While the mobile channel is growing, it’s critical for credit unions and their call centers to have a solution in place to verify mobile numbers and mitigate risk. By employing a solution that verifies mobile phone number information prior to contact by looking at real-time data from mobile network operators (MNOs), call center agents will be able to determine is the potential called number is ok to call, not ok or indeterminable and reduce unnecessary callsThe reality is that a number verification solution is a win/win for credit unions and called parties. Credit union call centers eliminate the time and expense of making calls or sending text messages to wrong parties and verifying numbers with real-time data reduces exposure to TCPA fines. 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Dancu John Dancu has served as President and CEO of IDology since 2005 and is recognized for his leading edge innovations in both the identity and fraud spaces. John has a … Web: https://www.idology.com Detailslast_img read more

Bandung McDonald’s ranks among top-10 in global delivery records, sparking nostalgia for local stomping ground

first_imgThe photo showed that the Simpang Dago McDonald’s ranked eighth for most deliveries in one hour with 104 deliveries on Aug. 25, 2019. In the most deliveries in one day category, Simpang Dago McDonald’s ranked fourth with 1,158 deliveries on Oct. 12, 2019. Sutji Lantyka, associate director of communications for McDonald’s Indonesia confirmed the rankings displayed in the photo.“The data is valid, although it was only issued for internal use. Until now, we do not know who made this photo viral,” she told The Jakarta Post on Monday.The tweet garnered dozens of responses, mostly from customers who shared their experiences about dining or ordering from the Simpang Dago McDonald’s. Current and former students reminisced about their favorite local haunt after finding out that the Simpang Dago McDonald’s in Bandung, West Java, was among the top-10 outlets worldwide in terms of deliveries according to the 2019 Global McDelivery Records. A photo of the rankings went viral after Twitter user @Nickwisely97 tweeted it on Sunday.Saya bangga telah berkontribusi untuk membanggakan Indonesia masuk 10 besar dunia. Mari lestarikan makanan khas Kota Bandung pic.twitter.com/VEAbHBMcnM— Nick Wisely (@Nickwisely97) February 2, 2020“I am proud to have contributed to Indonesia’s achievement in reaching the top 10 in this global ranking. Let’s preserve Bandung’s unique cuisine,” he said. Twitter user @AlfarusFG, for example, said the place had served as his office and place of study.“McD Simpang Dago is not just a restaurant but also my office and campus,” he said.Meanwhile account @vallyanelsmy shared her experience of crying at the same store.“McD Simpang Dago is the most memorable place. Studying, hangout, finishing the thesis, meeting with my ex at midnight, also crying at 2 p.m.,” she said.Simpang Dago McDonald’s is one of 12 McDonald’s branches in Bandung, all of which operate 24 hours a day. The Simpang Dago branch’s location is particularly strategic, with at least five universities within a 1 kilometer radius of the eatery. It’s no wonder then, that the outlet has become a favorite place for students of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Padjadjaran University, Indonesia Computer University, Harapan Bangsa Technology Institute and the Academy of Social Welfare.When the Post visited the branch on Monday, there were many students hanging out on the second floor. Most of them sat inside the air-conditioned room, while some sat outside at the smoking area.Tia Jasmine, a 20-year-old ITB architecture student, said the Simpang Dago McDonald’s was one of her favorite hangout spots. She said the strategic location, Wi-Fi and the availability of electricity plugs made the fast food place stand out compared to cafes or other dining places around the area.“This place is like my second boarding home,” she said.Riska Salsabila, 20, Tia’s friend, said they would often spend an entire night in the restaurant.“We would get there at 3 p.m., buy a meal for dinner and go home the next day. We did it a lot during our freshman year,” she said, adding that she and her friends would often hold group study sessions and even watch Netflix together at the outlet, taking advantage of its fast Wi-Fi.Dirga Hutama of National Technology University said the Simpang Dago McDonald’s was convenient for its abundance of electric plugs.“I have visited other McDonald’s, but all the plugs at the Simpang Dago branch are functioning. It is also very close to campus,” Dirga said. (gis)Topics :last_img read more

Medeama rubbish claims Tom Strand has been left out of traveling squad ahead of Sundowns clash

first_imgMedeama have rubbished widespread reports claiming Tom Strand will not travel with the team to South Africa ahead of the side’s CAF Confederation Cup play-off tie against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.The local media has reported the Swedish trainer has been left out of the squad due to his recent conduct at the club.The club has moved to deny the claims, insisting it’s a figment of people’s imagination.“I don’t know where the reports are coming from. He is traveling with the team,” Chief Executive James Essilfie told medeamaafmonline.com“We are focused on the game and don’t want to get distracted by such reports. It’s a total fabrication.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Community Christian Academy Preschool And Childcare Announce Open House

first_imgSubmitted by The Foundation CampusIf you are looking for a solid, Biblically based preschool or childcare for your child, please consider Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare.Join us on August 18th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM for a free barbeque and open house! Come see our recent remodeled facilities as well as receive $50.00 off of registration when enrolling your child in our center during our Grand Re-Opening/Open House event.You can also schedule a tour of our Preschool and Childcare at your convenience by calling us at (360) 493-ABCD or  (360) 951-3054.Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare is located on The Foundation Campus in Lacey, Washington at 4706 Park Center Ave NE Lacey, WA 98516. The Foundation Campus consists of a Preschool and Childcare Center, our Community Christian Academy K-8 program, and Northwest Christian High School home of the Navigators.Community Christian Preschool and Childcare offers small class sizes and individual attention for your child.  As a Christian Preschool and Childcare Center, your child will also learn values essential for success in life.  Our teachers are experienced, qualified, and serve as role models to your child in a loving and nurturing environment. We provide a Biblically based education, provide a Christian atmosphere, demonstrate love, care, and support to your child, and teach strong age appropriate academics.  Our preschool and childcare are also implementing provisions of the Early Achievers Program. The Early Achievers Program is a voluntary program for helping early learning programs offer High-quality child care.If you are looking for a safe, warm, loving school where your child can flourish, come visit us at our Open House on August 18th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM or call today for a tour.  Our director, Michelle Jewett can answer your questions about our programs.For the success of your child!For more detailed information about our Preschool and Childcare Programs click here or to learn about all the schools on The Foundation Campus, please click here. Facebook66Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Active Transportation Plan Takes Great Strides Forward

first_imgRecently, two “spurs”, or small connecting trails, or shortcuts, have been completed. One connects the end of Second Avenue to the Rail Grade and another connects Columbia Kootenay Road with Eight Avenue. The latter was just completed last week. The local Interact club aided with funding for those two projects, and the students in the club also helped brush-clear the area where the trail went in before the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS) came in to do the actual trail building.   The next big project for the ATP, which will soon be put out to tender, is the LeRoi Hollow Trail, which will connect lower Rossland to just below Ferraro’s. Behind Ferraro’s there is a steep embankment ending in a flat section, currently used for snow dumping in the winter. From this flat section, there is a length of city-owned land that extends down to where Cook Avenue and Queen Street meet, and this is where the proposed trail would end.   With the 2009 completion of the Centre Star Gulch Trail, which connects with the Centennial Trail and comes out next to Esling Park Lodge on Spokane Street, the addition of LeRoi Hollow and the Trail Creek Trail will create a “spine” of trails through town that could mean those with epic biking aspirations can conceivably cycle (or hike, if you’re really ambitious) right from Red Mountain to Warfield and eventually to Trail, using a combination of ATP trails and KCTS trails like Centennial and the Wagon Road.   Other recently-completed ATP routes, or “trunk” trails, leading east-west through town connect Nevada Street to the museum through the ballpark, and Centennial Park with Nevada Street. Yet another trail connects Nevada with the Miner’s Hall through an old alley-way.   The ATP was submitted to council in January 2009 and approved, leading to the city allocating funds in its budget to help build the trail system, though, as mentioned in this story, funds from grants and organizations like Interact have been key in seeing some of these projects through. For more information on the ATP, you can visit the city’s website to view and download the entire ATP plan, which includes details of proposed trails, photos of potential trail sites, and lots of maps that give a good idea of what the future might hold for pedestrian and cycling traffic in town. On July 18, the province’s Cycling Infrastructure Partnerships Program’s Bike BC Program announced that the city of Rossland is one of 16 communities to receive grant money to help build and improve local cycling infrastructure. Rossland’s portion of the grant is $25,000.   “We’re committed to investing in community cycling infrastructure to improve the health and well-being of all British Columbians. This investment will help make cycling a viable transportation option for families and communities, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Blair Lekstrom, in a news release.   The city of Rossland will be applying the grant money to the new Trail Creek Trail, which will connect lower Rossland, starting at the corner of Victoria and Washington, with the clubhouse at Redstone. Phase One of the project was completed last year. It saw the trail built from the trailhead to Redstone Drive. Part of the grant money will be used to complete this section with top dressing, but the larger part of the funds will go towards completing phase two of the trail, which will extend the run from Redstone Drive to the Redstone clubhouse. Phase two of this particular project will begin in earnest August 15, the goal being to have the trail complete by mid-autumn.  The building of Trail Creek Trail is one of several of the city’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP) projects that are designed to reclaim the city’s legal right-of-ways through the town to improve recreation and also to better pedestrian access to services and destinations.   last_img read more