BRO Athletes: Eli Woodward Takes on the Adirondacks

first_imgIt was a crisp, beautiful morning in Rochester, New York. My cousins and I were wide eyed and bushy tailed. Before making the two hour trek to the Adirondacks, we went riding at a local bike park. We unloaded our bikes, and I headed for the trails. I was in my zone. I felt unstoppable…for about 15 minutes. I always start out too hard, but soon I found my groove. It was one of those normal rides where nothing really happens. All I remember was washing out on a slick corner and being ticked off the rest of the ride because I didn’t have my GoPro on.As I came out of the woods an hour later, I saw my little cousins shredding the slalom run. I decided to hit it myself. The slalom was sandy, and I almost slid out on all of the berms. Going towards the bottom and seeing the jump in sight, I thought to myself, “Let’s air it out big time.”Well I did. But it got a little sketchy. My right foot unclipped in mid-air, and somehow, I clipped back in before I landed. My little cousin Elias said, “You meant to do that, right? Because it looked pretty awesome.” I laughed to myself and said,”Yeah, I sure did. On the ride home, we were all stoked and ready to go to the Adirondacks.We got to my grandmas house, and I was told that I couldn’t take my bike. I wasn’t happy but thought it might be nice to take a break from bikes and do some other stuff like hiking and kayaking. I immediately regretted my decision when we got to the campsite and I saw a sign that said Chair Lift.Once we got settled, we went for a short hike. We encountered some great vistas and walked through what could have passed for an enchanted forest. But after one of the steepest climbs, it became less enchanting when, despite the bug spray we’d all slathered on, each of us were eaten alive. I started thinking to myself, “I need a bike so I can get out of this place faster.” An hour later, I came across a sign that told us the exit was 3 miles away.“So much for a few miles,” my mom said.My cousin, Brooks, and I went ahead and after about 40 minutes we came across a road that took us back to our cabin. My Aunt Jan made a hot dog dinner. I’m not a fan of hot dogs, but that night I had four and immediately passed out.Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 2.21.44 PMThe next day, we  set out on an awesome kayaking adventure. Being on the water that early in the morning was incredibly peaceful, and swimming in the lake afterwards wasn’t bad either. After doing too many front flips off the diving board, my cousins and I went up to the game room to play ping-pong, which quickly turned into ping-pong dodge ball. Let’s just say we had red marks all over our bodies after that. Once we got back to our cabin, we were toast. So I took one of my signature 2 hour naps.When I woke up, my grandma and I decided to embark on a canoe ride. Her plan was to put me up front while she steered from the back. Halfway through, I thought to myself, “I‘m so out of shape. I don’t remember canoeing being this hard.” Then I looked back to see my grandma laying back and relaxing.I thought she was sleeping, so I yelled, “Grandma, It’s a lot easier when you contribute!” She told me to keep on rowing, and she would help when she felt up to it. When we got back to the dock I was spent. My grandma said, “Great job Eli. You take after your parents.” Both my parents were rowers at Purdue University. We went back to our cabin, ate a great dinner with some new friends, and drifted off to sleep.last_img read more

​Swedish government moves to ease pension transfers

first_imgThe proposal, which the finance ministry is now putting forward to the Law Council, will set out clearer rules for companies on the fees they can charge for repurchasing and transferring individual personal insurance policies and pension savings.It will also increase the opportunities for people to gather together in one place savings they have across various pension insurance policies, with the entire value of these able in future to be transferred to another provider with no tax consequences.This freedom will apply during the paying-in phase as well as the pay-out phase, as long as no payments have yet been made from the pension into which the transfers are being made, according to the ministry.The proposals on fees affect people with individual occupational pensions or private insurance savings, while the proposal for tax-neutral transfers to consolidate pensions also affect those with collective contracted occupational pensions.The new legislation is scheduled to come into effect on 1 January 2020. The Swedish government is acting to make it easier for individuals to switch their pension from one provider to another, proposing legislation to allow savers to transfer with no tax consequences.It has also moved to clarify rules around the fees pension and insurance companies may charge.Per Bolund, minister for financial markets, said: “Swedish pension savers now have the opportunity to move their savings together, get a better overview of their future pension and lower their costs.“As things stand today, many are locked in savings with high fees, which also risks reducing their pension. But we are now seeing this change,” he said.last_img read more

Platini considers return to football after ban

first_img Platini was banned for four years from football and had to quit UEFA after being found to have taken a $2 million (1.8 million euro) payment from then FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2011. Loading… The 64-year-old, who lost the chance to stand for the presidency of global governing body FIFA as a result of his suspension, is still fighting to clear his name in the European Court of Human Rights.But his ban, which was twice reduced from eight and then six years following earlier appeals, expired in October and Platini hopes to get back into football politics, according to an interview the former France star gave to British newspaper The Times.“It could be my destiny. I don’t want to go into a club so that means a political matter, a national association, UEFA, FIFA or (professional footballers’ association) FIFPRO, in two or three years so I have time to consider if it’s good for me and if I would be useful,” Platini was quoted as saying on The Times website on Friday.“FIFPRO don’t need me at the moment but if they want to bring the players into football politics I could be important for them, the players are the key to football.“But I know FIFA called them and said ‘Don’t take him’.”Platini was interviewed by French authorities over a lunch he attended with then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy and the Emir of Qatar in 2010, a month before FIFA controversially awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar and the 2018 tournament to Russia.Blatter claimed Platini told him Sarkozy had ordered him to vote for Qatar for political reasons.But Platini told the Times: “As I said to the (French) justice we never spoke of the World Cup at this lunch, and Sarkozy never said you have to vote for Qatar. Promoted Content7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThese Popular Hollywood Stars Got Their Start On Soap Operas5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img Read Also: Federer targets Wimbledon after knee surgery blow“When I was with the French justice they were sure I received a Picasso painting, because there was a report in a British newspaper that secret services said that I received a Picasso from Putin.“They were looking to see if I had a Picasso. It’s incredible. It was a total fabrication.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Michel Platini revealed on Friday he is considering a return to football as the former UEFA president bids to restore his tarnished reputation following his ban from the game.Advertisementlast_img read more

Furloughed federal workers offered free Indianapolis Children’s Museum admission

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Furloughed and federal employees working without pay in Indiana, and up to three immediate family members, are invited to enjoy the museum without paying admission from Saturday, January 19  through March 10, 2019.  Federal employees will be required to show their most recent pay stub and an Indiana photo ID.The museum is typically closed on Mondays through February; but, will be open next Monday for Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day, and on Presidents Day, Monday, February 18, 2019. Those two holidays already offer free admission for all visitors.last_img

Andy Ruiz Jr slams Tyson Fury after partying jibe

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Andy Ruiz Jr has hit back at Tyson Fury after the latter claimed he has been partying too much following his shock victory against Anthony Joshua. Ruiz shocked the boxing world in June when he knocked Joshua down four times before a seventh-round stoppage victory in New York. Ruiz has returned to training ahead of an agreed rematch in Saudi Arabia in December but Fury believes he has been living the high-life too much since. The former heavyweight champion said: “If Andy Ruiz comes in in-shape and has trained, then I think he does the same again. “But one thing I know is AJ trains hard and he dedicates his life to boxing. “I know that Ruiz has been running around in a lot of Rolls Royces and doing a lot of TV shows, eating a lot of tacos and he’s not been in the gym for two-and-a-half months. “I’ve been speaking to the guys and nobody’s seen him.” But Ruiz insists he will be ready to take on Joshua and beat him again in December. “Everyone’s gonna say this and that, but at the end of the day they don’t know s*** but what they see on Instagram,” he said. “We working. I want them to sleep on me again and think I’m just partying. We coming hard.”— Tags: Andy RuizAnthony JoshuaJrNew YorkPartying jibeSaudi Arabialast_img read more