First-ever Croatian Europe minister voices confidence

first_imgShe visited Brussels last week as part of the ‘get-to-know-you’ mission led by Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, along with Foreign Minister Miomir Zuzul and Defence Minister Berislav Roncevic.Grabar-Kitarovic said her main role would be to foster “a European climate” in Croatia. Her targets include strengthening analytical capability, including strategic planning; negotiation preparations; sharing experiences with the incoming EU states; and “administrative adaptation on all levels”. She also announced plans for restructuring the Croatian Mission in Brussels, adding she believed the country’s new conservative HDZ government had won the confidence of senior officials in the EU institutions and NATO.last_img read more

Beverley Bass, Groundbreaking Pilot Featured in Come From Away, to Pen Children’s Book Me and the Sky

first_img Come From Away View Comments The book, which takes its title from her character’s song in Come From Away, follows Bass, who was a young girl in the 1950s with big dreams of flying planes when she got older. But when she told her parents, they said that girls couldn’t be pilots. Still, they encouraged her, and brought her to a nearby airport to watch the planes take off and land.After decades of refusing to take no for an answer, in 1986 Bass became the first female pilot promoted to captain by American Airlines and led the first all-female-crewed flight shortly thereafter. Her revolutionary career became even more newsworthy when she was forced to land in the remote town of Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to U.S. airspace closures. After several days there, she flew her crew and passengers safely home. Her new book reveals how she went from an ambitious young girl gazing up at the sky to a groundbreaking pilot smiling down from the cockpit.”The children’s book would have never been written had Come From Away not occurred,” Bass told “I am now very proud of the book and hope more than anything that it will not only offer insight to young folks that they really can do anything they want, but that hard work and determination will pay off—and when you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.”Come From Away, which began its Broadway journey on February 18, 2017, features stage veteran Jenn Colella in a Tony-nominated performance as Bass. The musical continues to play to sold-out houses at the Schoenfeld Theatre.Me and the Sky is currently available for pre-order. Beverley Bass, the trailblazing pilot who appears as a character in David Hein and Irene Sankoff’s hit Broadway musical Come From Away, will tell her inspiring story in a new picture-book autobiography titled Me and the Sky, due out this fall. Joanie Stone will provide illustrations for the original from Random House Children’s Books, scheduled for publication on September 10. from $49.00center_img Beverley Bass on opening night of “Come From Away” on Broadway(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Cover art for Me and the Sky(Illustrated by Joanie Stone) Related Showslast_img read more

Cross country’s ‘push it to the limit’ mindset was on display at Griak

first_imgCross country’s ‘push it to the limit’ mindset was on display at GriakJules Ameel Derek WetmoreSeptember 29, 2010Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor a fan experiencing a cross country meet for the first time âÄî especially one the size of the Roy Griak Invitational âÄî the sheer volume of runners who need medical assistance can be disconcerting. Not to mention the sight of thousands of haggard runners crossing the finish line, many of them stumbling and vomiting soon after. To athletes, however, itâÄôs just part of the ballgame. âÄúCross country takes a special kind of athlete because the mark of a good race is when you get to the end you have nothing left,âÄù assistant coach Sarah Hesser said. One of the primary focuses in a cross country race is the pacing, but with about 100 meters left, that goes out the window, Hesser said. When athletes push to âÄî or beyond âÄî the point of their physical limitations, the ultimate concern is what Hesser described as âÄúoxygen debt.âÄù Rob Johnson, who has run every Twin Cities marathon and is the team physician for six colleges including Minnesota, said oxygen debt refers to âÄúwhether or not your metabolic system can get enough oxygen to produce fuel.âÄù Maximal oxygen uptake refers to the highest rate that an athlete can draw in oxygen to the blood and muscles. There is a point in any athletic event that oxygen demand surpasses oxygen availability, and thatâÄôs when competitors encounter problems like light headedness and muscle fatigue. The problem is exacerbated in females, who generally have lower overall oxygen intake opportunity. That oxygen debt leads to lactate accumulation in the muscle, Johnson said, which can lead to muscles performing inefficiently. Medical personnel are always on hand at the finish line of a race in a tent where Peterson said they can test blood pressure and temperature of an athlete, as well as administer nutrients intravenously. There are people whose sole focus is to catch runners who can no longer physically stand under their own power. Cole Peterson is the athletic trainer for the cross country team. He said at a meet the size of Griak, the team uses 12 certified trainers, 11 team physicians, five Emergency Medical Technicians, 10 student interns and a host of track and field student-athlete volunteers. âÄúThe main thing we worry about is if someone has pre-existing injuries like asthma, and begins having an attack,âÄù he said. No athletes were taken to the hospital at this yearâÄôs Griak, but Peterson said theyâÄôve had to hospitalize two athletes in his three years with the team. âÄúWe tell our girls that we want you to be able to run 6,001 meters and then youâÄôre done,âÄù Hesser said. That mentality can have a startling impact on a runnerâÄôs physical abilities after crossing the finish line. âÄúYou see a lot of people who, by the end of the race, are pretty darn out of it. If they had to go another 50 meters, it wouldnâÄôt happen,âÄù Peterson said. Hesser added, âÄúphysiologically, youâÄôre putting yourself in a pretty big deficit if you run to the point you canâÄôt stand up upon completing the race âĦ ItâÄôs almost like getting sick, once youâÄôve pushed your body to that limit, itâÄôs tough to recover.âÄù The cross country coaches said they acknowledge a fine line between pushing physical limitations and being rational with oneâÄôs body. Whenever athletes complete a race or workout and feel they have nothing left, a light day of workouts will generally follow. The athletes who struggled physically upon completion of the Griak will take Sunday, Monday and Tuesday light in order to fully recover, Hesser said. âÄúI think it takes a somewhat masochistic mentality at times knowing how much itâÄôs going to hurt going into a race,âÄù Hesser said. At its core, long distance running is a simple event âÄî endure long enough both physically and mentally to outdistance the opponents. According to Hesser, a former distance runner herself, there comes a certain point when it becomes necessary to simply survive. âÄúItâÄôs all about from the shoulders up. At a certain point it has nothing to do with your fitness,âÄù she said. âÄúWe always say itâÄôs 100 percent physical and 100 percent mental.âÄù Added Johnson, âÄúthe body is remarkable. If itâÄôs trained, itâÄôs going to recover.âÄù Related: – Price takes second in the Griak (9/26) – Roy Griak Invitational 2010 (video) – Thousands of runners coming for Griak Invitational (9/22)last_img read more

Free Agent OF Matt Joyce Says He’s Joining the Indians

first_imgAfter announcing the signing of a pair of free agents Thursday, free agent outfielder Matthew Joyce tweeted out Friday morning that he’s signing with the Indians.Joyce last season in 83 games with the Oakland A’s hit .207 with seven homers and 15 RBI with a .353 slugging percentage.Really excited to announce I’ve agreed to sign with the @Indians Spring training starts in a week, this off-season flew by… Hope to see you at one of the games this season! #GoTribe ⚾️— Matthew Joyce (@sweetswingin20) February 8, 2019The native of Tampa, Florida has spent time in his career with the Tigers, Rays, Pirates, Angels and the A’s.He made the AL All-Star team as a member of the Rays back in 2011, hitting that year .277 with 19 homers and 75 RBI.Joyce has spent basically equal time over his 11-year MLB career playing in both right and left field, two positions the Indians will need to figure out in spring training in Goodyear. Thursday the Tribe inked infielder Ryan Flaherty and cathcer Dioner Navarro to minor league deals with an invite to spring training. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loedecenter_img Related TopicsfeaturedIndiansMatt Joycelast_img read more