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first_imgIs being a pro kayaker as carefree as it sounds? It’s amazing. I live in an old RV and travel around the country for a couple of months every year. We bounce between apartments, houses, and the RV. I spend part of the year in Colorado and part of the year in Chattanooga. I like seeing new places. I like the unexpected.Is it tough to make ends meet as a boater? There’s very little support, even for the national team, so I’m basically all on my own. I’ve sold Christmas trees out of the R.V. I sell smoothies for 10 days every summer in Iowa for the Bike Ride Across Iowa. Right now, I’m a waitress at a fine dining restaurant. It’s surreal to think about kayaking while popping open a $200 bottle of wine for someone’s dinner.How do you like to train? I love to stand up paddleboard. Here in Chattanooga, I’ll paddle upstream on the Tennessee. It’s really good for your core, upper body, and balance. I like to find different ways to train. I can hit the gym and run a little, but I get bored. Last night, I tried Aerial Yoga, which is like Cirque de Soleil kind of stuff. You’re hanging from the ceiling, wrapped in fabric. It was amazing.What’s the secret to freestyle kayaking? Patience. Making a fool of yourself is a big part of freestyle. You’re not going to get a trick the first time. It’s going to take hundreds of attempts. And you’re always trying something new, different, harder. It definitely takes patience. But it’s worth it. I know that if I can do a McNasty in the last 10 seconds of my heat, it can change the competition for everyone.Watch film of Mills surfing and flipping on the Gauley. Freestyle paddling champ Haley Mills. 2010 was a banner year for 27-year-old Haley Mills. The Kentucky-born freestyle kayaker, who spends her winters training in Chattanooga, scored a third-place finish at the Teva Mountain Games, claimed the USACK National Freestyle Championship title, and earned a spot on the U.S. National Freestyle Team. Mills shared the ups and downs of pro kayaking while she prepares for the World Freestyle Championships to be held in Germany this June.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders will join thousands of Americans this weekend participating in “Tax March” rallies intended to discredit President Donald Trump’s claims that the public is apathetic when it comes to his returns, which he refused to reveal in the run-up to the presidential election and continues to withhold from the public.Members of the so-called Trump “Resistance” are organizing rallies across the country, including outside Internal Revenue Service (IRS) buildings in Hauppauge and Bethpage, which happen to coincide with the country’s most-scorned date of the year: April 15th, Tax Day.In the spirit of transparency, demonstrators plan to call on the president to finally produce his tax returns so the public can have a greater understanding of the self-declared billionaire’s sprawling business interests, including any financial ties to foreign countries.“Let’s send a clear message to the President: ‘SHOW US YOUR TAX RETURNS!’” reads a Facebook event for Saturday’s Bethpage rally. “The President is accountable to the American people. We care, and we’re not going away!”Demonstrations are planned across the country, including in Washington, D.C., where protesters will march from the Capitol building to the Lincoln Memorial.“You work for us,” the message to Trump on the Tax March website reads. “And we demand answers.”Throughout the presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump vacillated on the issue of releasing his tax returns: in one breath saying he’d acquiesce and in another he claimed that an IRS audit prevented him from doing so, a justification thoroughly debunked by neutral observers.Trump broke with a four-decade-old tradition of presidential candidates’ releasing their returns to the American public. The list includes President Richard Nixon, who was also under an audit but made his documents available anyway.Among some of the reasons given for concealing the documents was Trump’s assertions that Americans are not interested in his returns, that they’re so voluminous that the layman would be unqualified to come to a knowledgeable conclusion about the documents’ contents, and that only reporters have expressed interest in Trump’s returns.Despite what Trump says, many national polls show that a majority of Americans would prefer he reveal his tax returns.A Pew Research Center survey released 10 days prior to Trump’s inauguration found that 60 percent of respondents said the president has a responsibility to release them, compared with only 33 percent who said he did not.Surveys released in the final months of the presidential campaign similarly found public interest in Trump’s returns, including a Sept. 7 Fox News poll in which 60 percent of respondents said “yes” when asked: “Do you think Donald Trump is hiding something in his tax returns?” Not surprisingly, Democrats overwhelmingly agreed with that premise as opposed to little more than one-third of Republicans who were surveyed.Americans have only seen small snippets of Trump’s past tax returns. In October, The New York Times reported that Trump reported a $916 million loss on his 1995 tax returns. Such a dramatic loss could have, in theory, allowed Trump to pay nothing in federal income taxes for 18 years, the Times reported.In March, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported that Trump paid $38 million in federal taxes, according to his 2005 1040 form.On the legislative side, some Congressional Democrats have said they’d refuse to act on any Trump tax reform proposal until they have an opportunity to review the president’s returns to determine what impact changes to the tax code would have on his private finances. Trump has identified tax reform as a major policy objective of his early presidency.The rally in Bethpage will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the IRS office at 999 Stewart Ave. The Trump tax protest in Hauppauge runs from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the IRS location at 1180 Veterans Memorial Highway.last_img read more


first_imgKemar Roofe celebrates after scoring Rangers' second goalImage:Kemar Roofe celebrates after scoring Rangers’ second goal Gerrard’s side have an ominous nine-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership – though Celtic have two games in hand – and the Rangers boss admitted it was the sort of onslaught he felt had been coming.“It was a very impressive performance, a strong win and another clean sheet,” said Gerrard.“The thing that pleased me the most was the standards that we maintained from start to finish. Gerrard handed a debut to Bongani Zungu at half-time and was impressed by his first look at the South Africa international in a blue jersey.The Gers boss said: “He came into the game at a good time. He’s only going to get stronger, fitter and better.“But you can see his range of passing, you can see his profile, you can see his aggressiveness. He can play, he’ll have no problems at all. He’ll give us another real strong option in the middle of midfield.“It was great to get Jermain Defoe a full game today, as it was with Kemar. We’re getting Jermain, Kemar and Aribo really close to full fitness now which is a real help for me.“Aribo is a top player. He’s been out for 11/12 weeks so it always takes half of that to get your sharpness back but I think he’s really getting close to that now.“You could see flashes against Benfica that his quality was back. And today you saw that when he’s in full flow he’s hard to stop.“Hopefully he comes back fit from international duty and he will be 100 per cent ready to fire.”Deflated Accies boss: I’m to blameThe result was another painful day for the rock-bottom Accies but boss Brian Rice challenged his players to take inspiration from Southampton, who suffered a 9-0 defeat to Leicester last season but this weekend moved top of the Premier League for a spell.Rice said: “Listen, we are down there bottom of the league for a reason. There’s only one way we can go and that’s up. But you’ve got to want to go up and fight.“I’ll take the blame for everything. I’ll hold my hands up. I’ll take it. I’ve got to get better and I’ve got to make sure they want to get better.“But it didn’t seem to affect Southampton. That’s what I’d say to the players. They lost 9-0 to Leicester last season and this weekend were top of the English Premier League.“So things can change quickly in football.” “Look, we are not at the stage yet where we can play with ego in any game or at any stage. We are trying to become a winning team, a successful team. We are in no position to disrespect any opponent or any team. It is about Rangerstrying to be as strong for as long as we can and be as consistent as we can.”Zungu, Defoe draw Gerrard praise “I have been on to these players, probably on to them too much, about keeping standards no matter what stage the game is at. It pleased me at half-time that we carried on looking to score goals and win even more emphatically.“It has been coming, we have threatened to do that.“But the pleasing thing today was that we were very clinical. We suffocated Hamilton from start to finish, we stayed on them and never took our foot off the gas and you could see the quality throughout the squad.- Advertisement – Joe Aribo celebrates scoring Rangers' third goal with Jermaine DefoeImage:Joe Aribo celebrates scoring Rangers’ third goal with Jermaine Defoe – Advertisement – Steven Gerrard hailed his rampant Rangers as they finally delivered the huge beating they have been threatening to dish out all season.Rangers hit eight in the top flight for the first time since 1981 to hammer hapless Hamilton at Ibrox as Kemar Roofe, Joe Aribo and James Tavernier all scored twice after Scott Arfield set the tone, with Brandon Barker also on target.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


first_img Hazard could yet beat hip trouble in time to face Watford at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, with Hiddink intent on helping the 24-year-old hit back to his best after a miserable opening to the new campaign. “He had a terrific season last year and it’s also normal you can have a setback after that,” said Hiddink. “But I think he can be a key player again.” Hazard proved an unwitting stooge in Dr Eva Carneiro’s Chelsea exit in September. Blues medic Carneiro was branded “naive” for rushing onto the field to treat the Belgium star in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea on August 8. One of Chelsea’s most potent and creative attacking forces last term, Hazard has been a shadow of his former self – but Hiddink vowed to restore the ex-Lille star to former glories. “He is a key player as captain of the national team in Belgium – but also here when he gets back into shape. “He was unlucky to be injured recently, which was another setback. “We need to get the ego back for him to perform.” Guus Hiddink has challenged Eden Hazard to rediscover his “ego” to become a key player at Chelsea again. Hiddink will oversee Chelsea for the first match of his second spell at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, while Didier Drogba appears to inch ever closer to joining the Blues’ backroom staff. Former Chelsea hit man Drogba sat alongside Hiddink and owner Roman Abramovich for the 3-1 win over Sunderland last weekend. The 37-year-old remains contracted for another season at Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer, but could yet assume a short-term role with Chelsea. Drogba’s MLS club have released a statement admitting talks with Chelsea over the Ivorian joining Hiddink’s back-room staff on a temporary basis. Montreal Impact want Drogba back for the start of the new season in March, however, leaving talks to continue between the two clubs. “We are currently in contact with Didier Drogba and Chelsea FC,” Montreal Impact confirmed via twitter. “We are doing everything we can to have him back with the Impact in 2016. “We understand his attachment to his former club and his desire to help them. We are willing to accommodate him. “But our objective is to have him back for another season, as agreed in his contract. This situation is out of our control. “We would like to thank our supporters for their understanding and their patience.” Stamford Bridge’s new interim manager Hiddink has prioritised restoring the confidence shattered by nine Premier League defeats this term, and Jose Mourinho’s sacking. The 69-year-old wants Chelsea to locate the strutting self-assurance that underscored last season’s league title charge, to guide the Blues away from relegation conflict. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgAfter leaving Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks and sitting out Tuesday’s contest vs. the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is now reportedly considering surgery for a sports hernia injury that has bothered him since training camp.The Athletic reported Tuesday that Crosby is mulling undergoing a procedure that would require up to six weeks of recovery time. This comes after he suffered a leg injury on Saturday, but the report states that the 32-year-old star already opted against sports hernia surgery earlier this season. A closer look. Wish this had gone longer. pic.twitter.com/6kz3Ax7gQI— ToughCall 🇨🇦 (@ToughCallBlog) November 10, 2019In Tuesday’s report, The Athletic stated that Crosby’s foot was not injured. It’s a small bit of good news for the Penguins and Crosby, who could also choose to receive steroid injections and physical therapy to try to delay the need for hernia surgery until the offseason, although the team is said to prefer its star player going under the knife earlier than later.The Pittsburgh captain leads his team with 17 points in 17 games played so far this season. With Crosby now on the shelf for the time being, the Pens are currently dealing with two recent injuries as well: defenseman Kris Letang is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury and the team placed forward Patric Hornqvist on injured reserve Nov. 3.Pittsburgh (10-6-2, 22 points) dropped to fourth place in the Metropolitan Division after Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers, and with its star center potentially out in the near future, the team will need to find a way to maintain its winning record with some of the Penguins’ other pieces. After the Penguins’ 3-2 shootout victory Saturday, it was confirmed that Crosby suffered an injury in the third period and underwent further evaluation.No. 87’s left leg collided with Chicago defenseman Erik Gustafsson’s skate during an offensive zone entry in the final frame of Saturday’s game. Later in the same shift, Crosby took a shot off his right skate and left the ice shortly afterward.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has said there is an onus on political leaders on both sides of the border to ensure that the crucial A5 upgrade goes ahead.The Fianna Fáil Deputy has said the project must not be jeopardised by yesterday’s High Court ruling.The court quashed permission to proceed with construction at this time, because of the potential impact on the River Foyle and River Finn special areas of conservation. “This project has taken years of preparation, cross-border cooperation and investment. It is central to the recovery and development of this region, and it would be devastating if it did not go ahead,” said Deputy McConalogue.“In light of the High Court ruling yesterday, I am calling on the Taoiseach and Tánaiste to urgently engage with the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to ensure that the A5 project can proceed. We cannot allow this to bring the entire project to a halt after everything that has already gone into it.“The A5 project has already been plagued with unacceptable delays over the past two years and has lost funding as a result of work not commencing last year. There is a real danger that further funding will now be lost, unless political leaders on both sides of the border sit down and agree a way forward.“Far too much has gone into this project, and it is far too important for the future of this entire region, for it to fall by the wayside now. I am urging the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Transport Minister to show some leadership here and start discussions with Stormont immediately on a way forward. “Transport links to Donegal are significantly under-developed and the A5 dual-carriageway has the potential to open up this entire region. It will encourage investment, boost tourism, strengthen business links, and make a huge difference to people and businesses in Donegal. It is a once in a generation opportunity to invest in the infrastructure of Donegal and the North West region. The Government cannot afford to let it pass.” ONUS ON POLITICAL LEADERS TO ENSURE A5 GOES AHEAD – MCCONALOGUE was last modified: April 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:A5Charlie McConaloguelast_img read more

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