May 8

Take it from Olympic athlete Adam Rippon: ‘Don’t put a limit on your dreams’

first_imgDecember 21, 2018 /Sports News – National Take it from Olympic athlete Adam Rippon: ‘Don’t put a limit on your dreams’ Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAdam Rippon and mom, Kelly, smile proudly as he displays his bronze medal from the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Courtesy Adam Rippon) (NEW YORK) — Adam Rippon has had quite a year.In 2018 alone, the 29-year-old figure skater from Scranton, Pennsylvania, made history and became the first openly gay U.S. athlete to medal at the Olympic Games; competed and won ABC’s Dancing With The Stars; and became a role model to many for his ability to combine humor, grace and style — inside and outside the skating rink.“There’s nothing like it,” Rippon told GMA about the feeling he gets when he skates. The athlete has burst into the pop culture scene after stealing the spotlight during the Olympics.Even though Adam Rippon’s life may look picture-perfect now, it took a lot of hard work and dedication (and a couple of faux-pas) to get there.We took a trip down memory lane with Rippon to learn more about his journey to success and the lessons he’s picked up along the way.1. You stop growing when you stop learning“I look like that one episode from Seinfeld where Jerry has to wear the puffy pirate shirt,” Rippon remarked. This photo is from one of his first skating competitions.The Pennsylvania native picked up his first ice skates when he was 10 years old.“I remember those feelings of it being new, it all being fresh and loving and enjoying what I was doing.”Rippon urged others to embrace the feeling you get when you master a new skill.“Don’t ever lose that, because you stop growing when you stop learning,” he said.2. Fear is your secret weaponJust this past year, Rippon was one of three male figure skaters selected to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in South Korea.Rippon called the Olympic experience both “amazing” and “awful.”“I was ready, I was prepared, but there’s always those moments of feeling so nervous,” he said.He was filled with confidence and fear, adding that at one point he wanted to hide in the bathroom before a competitions and “lock the door … maybe [the judges] will move right past me and not even notice.”“If you take that [fear], it can be sort of your secret weapon,” he added.Rippon won a bronze medal with his team in figure skating, making history as the first openly gay U.S. athlete to medal at any Winter Olympics.He announced his retirement from competitive skating in November after nearly 10 years on the ice.“Looking back at this photo … it’s a way for me to reconnect with skating in a way where it’s just for pure enjoyment,” Rippon said.3. Don’t put a limit on your dreamsFamily is important to Rippon. His mother, Kelly, is the one who introduced him to skating and the two are still close to this day.“The best lesson my mom ever taught me was to always dream big and always think big.”Rippon said that his mom always encouraged him that no goal was too big to achieve.“I never thought it would be impossible to go to the Olympics. I never thought it would be impossible to do any of the things I’ve gotten to do because my mom always taught me not to put a limit on what I was capable of,” he said.4. Embrace holiday traditionsRippon may be able to take a selfie like a pro now, but even he has a few “embarrassing” family photos from his childhood.This particular one of 5-year-old Rippon with his younger brothers brings a smile to his face.“This picture kind of shows one of the traditions we had growing up and that was we always wanted to take a holiday photo,” Rippon said.As part of tradition, “everyone needs a matching outfit,” he said of this mall photo shoot.Although getting the perfect shot could be “stressful” at times, Rippon remembers these moments with his family fondly.“Looking back, it’s probably some of the most fun and funniest memories I have from the holidays,” he added.5. Be grateful for your successSince the Olympic Games, Rippon has embarked on many different adventures outside the rink — from winning Dancing With The Stars to sponsorship deals with brands like VapoCool.“When I see this [photo], I see a businessman.”Like any good businessman, Rippon said he makes sure to work with companies whose products he would use himself.As an athlete who could rarely take a sick day and also had to deal with random drug tests, Rippon said VapoCool products were some of the only medicines he trusted to use throughout his career.“Take all the things that helped make your success possible; be thankful and be grateful for them,” he said.If you continue to have that mindset, “it will lead you to really great things in the future,” Rippon said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 7

Regal London launches in NW6

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Regal London launches in NW6 previous nextLand & New HomesRegal London launches in NW6The Negotiator3rd August 20180764 Views Regal London has launched a new show apartment at The Avenue, a development of 68 apartments, with prices starting at £775,000.The show home promotes luxury and excellence with a neutral colour palette, with subtle bursts of golden yellows, burnt oranges and turquoises. The interiors have been kept light and bright with natural fabric bases with bronze metal and matt black detail, to complement the clean lines of the exterior.Paul Eden, Joint CEO, Regal London, says, “We are delighted to launch the new show apartment at The Avenue in Queens Park. The area is popular with families, young professionals and downsizers. Excellent schools in the area are a key draw, alongside its incredible public transport connections.”Located in Queen’s Park, London – a village with a park at its centre, there are cafes, boutiques, and leisure facilities close-by along with a weekly farmers’ market in Salisbury Primary School Grounds. Residents will also be able to enjoy facilities such as concierge, a gym and communal courtyard.Regal London London luxury show homes luxury London homes Queen’s Park The Avenue August 3, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

January 1

Supreme Court strikes down key Sarbanes-Oxley provision

first_imgThe Supreme Court today issued a ruling in Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. In a 5 to 4 decision, the Court found unconstitutional a key provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the anti-fraud law Congress enacted in the aftermath of the Enron and WorldCom accounting scandals. Overturning decisions by the DC District Court and the DC Circuit Court, the Supreme Court held that the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board violated the Appointments Clause of the Constitution because its members are not under the direct control of the President.  Senator Leahy (D-VT) was a co-sponsor of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and a principle author of the whistleblower protections established by the Act.‘I am very disappointed by today’s decision in which a bare majority of the Supreme Court found a key provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act unconstitutional.  This important anti-fraud legislation has been a critical tool for protecting American taxpayers from fraud and corruption. In overturning the lower courts’ decision, the Supreme Court has once again turned its back on its own precedents and disregarded the longstanding judgments of Congress and our efforts to protect Americans from abuses by powerful corporate interests. ‘A key reform enacted by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was the establishment of the independent Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to regulate accounting firms whose use of convoluted, often fraudulent, accounting schemes misled investors and rocked the financial world.  Their deception and greed cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars.  Corporate conservatives attacked this Board as unconstitutional because its members are not under the direct control of the President.  A slim majority of the Supreme Court agreed with these corporate interests that the law violates the Constitution’s Appointments Clause, and their decision today guts many of the critical accountability provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act intended to protect the public.  ‘Unfortunately, this case is bigger than just the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.  As Justice Breyer noted in a vigorous dissent today, this decision may call into question the constitutionality of various mechanisms fashioned by Congress to combat inefficiency and fraud in both the public and business sectors and ‘threatens to disrupt severely the fair and efficient administration of the laws.’  Congress has established dozens of agencies which serve as indispensible corporate watchdogs and whose oversight provides a check on the power of Wall Street. I am very concerned that the Court’s decision today will call into question the ability of these agencies to adequately protect the public.  ‘By continuing to issue decisions that benefit corporate risk-takers at the expense of hardworking Americans, the Court has once again undermined the government’s effort to reign in corruption on Wall Street. Congress must take swift action to respond to this disappointing decision, and I look forward to working with Senators from both sides of the aisle to pass legislation that will reinstate the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the important protections it provides our citizens.’Source: Leahy’s office. 6.28.2010# # # # # #last_img read more

September 24

Soil workshops planned in Franklin County

first_imgBy Thomson200 [CC0], from Wikimedia CommonsBrookville, In. — The Franklin County Soil & Water District has a pair of workshops at the Brookville Public Library this fall.The “Streambank Erosion Management Workshop” will be held on Monday, October 22 from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Robert Barr-IUPUI research scientist and the Silver Jackets will have presentations about erosion in the Whitewater River Watershed.The “Stream Permitting and Local Site Stabilization Workshop” will be Thursday, November 1 from 9:15 a.m. to noon. This workshop includes presentations from Robert Barr, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.For more information please call 765-647-2651.last_img read more

August 16

3M Open daily fantasy golf picks, sleepers, fades, strategy

first_imgI doubt very many DFS players will be thrilled to roster Tony Finau for a hefty price after three straight missed cuts, but he may be worth the risk. His recent struggles should keep his ownership very low, and he’s more than talented enough to do damage in this field. Finau is not a flash in the pan, having had plenty of success on the PGA Tour well before this season. Furthermore, Finau has only missed one other cut in 18 tries this season outside of this slump, not to mention three solo No. 2 finishes, an additional top-10 finish, and five other top-25s.While Finau may continue to slide, his track record suggests otherwise. Slumps don’t last forever, and I will side with his longterm results over one poor stretch. Finau is likely to fly completely under the radar this week due to a double dose of recency bias. That should lead to especially low ownership and particularly appealing leverage.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings. After a surprising result at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last week, this week’s inaugural 3M Open presents a fantastic opportunity to pounce on inefficiencies created by recency bias.Last week featured not only a shocking winner in Nate Lashley, but also a finish in which none of the four runaway odds leaders placed in the top 10 — and only 1 in the top 25. Two of those four missed the cut, including Dustin Johnson, who was the odds leader by far at 15.4 percent. MORE ROTOQL: Lineup BuilderThe field for the 3M Open has a similar look to that of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, with a few elite golfers at the top followed by a steep dropoff. Due to the ineffectiveness of a strategy built around high-priced golfers last week, I think expensive premier golfers will see an unjustified dip in ownership this week due to recency bias.This can be leveraged by targeting a studs-and-duds approach, and investing heavily in some of the best golfers in the field.*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.3M Open picks and PGA DFS strategyTarget GolfersBrooks KoepkaIt’s hard to characterize a golfer who leads the field in odds as under the radar, but I don’t think Koepka will be as popular as he should be this week. With 11.8 percent odds, Koepka essentially fills the role Johnson played at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Given Johnson’s monumental flop, I think many DFS players will hesitate to roster the most expensive golfer available. Also working against Koepka is his tied-for-57th finish in his last tournament, the Travelers Championship.Of course, preceding that was a solo second-place at the U.S. Open. But given his price and his most recent result, one could dissuade players from using him. Ultimately, if Koepka is on his game, there’s no golfer in this field who can compete with him, even despite the presence of a few other stars. Koepka’s raw odds combined with lower-than-deserved ownership make him an unmatched play this week.Jason DayDay is one of the few other golfers in the field who’s in Koepka’s stratosphere, and yet I also anticipate lower ownership than what some may expect for him. At such a high price, Day will see slightly diminished interest due to recency bias — just like Koepka — despite having played quite well recently. However, what may keep Day’s ownership down even more is focus on alternatives in his price range. Hideki Matsuyama has been more consistent than Day and is priced similarly, while Bryson DeChambeau has been just as good and is cheaper.I expect both to carry more ownership than Day. With DFS players struggling to find cheap value plays, even options like Patrick Reed, who is certainly a step down from Day, could be higher-owned for no reason other than the discount he offers. Of the four runaway odds leaders in this week’s field, Day will likely be the least-owned. Leverage the opportunity and grab some exposure.Tony Finaulast_img read more