RIP: The Very Rev. Robert G. Oliver

first_img Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME [Episcopal News Service] The Very Rev. Robert G. (Bob) Oliver, a former dean of the American Cathedral in Paris, died April 26 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 83.Oliver was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Florida in 1960. He was rector of two mission congregations in Georgia and North Florida. He then served as a canon of St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida; rector of Holy Innocents’ in Sandy Springs, Georgia; and dean of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi.He became dean of the American Cathedral in Paris in 1974.In 1979 he was called to St. James’ Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, where he served as rector until 1990 when he retired and moved back to Georgia.He earned a degree in Labor Economics from the University of Florida, and then became a line officer in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard an aircraft carrier and later at the Navy Pre-Flight School in Pensacola, Florida.He was a member of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; the Southern Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences; the Newcomen Society; the English Speaking Union; and Beta Theta Pi (a social fraternity). He was a companion of the Order of the Cross of Nails at Coventry Cathedral (he was associated there during a 1965 sabbatical in England).During his tenure at St. James the parish built an apartment complex for seniors, St. James’ Manor, in 1985.Oliver is survived by two nephews.A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida.A service celebrating Oliver life is planned for a future date to be held at Canterbury Court Community in Atlanta, Georgia. 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RSF and partners launch a public consultation on the Journalism Trust Initiative

first_imgThe Global Editors Network (GEN) is the worldwide association of editors-in-chief founded in 2011. “Prototyping the Future of News” is our motto with the mission of fostering digital innovation and new storytelling methods within newsrooms and beyond, to all content providers. GEN is committed to quality journalism, ethical standards and a sustainable news ecosystem in the platform era. GEN seeks to empower news executives through its dedicated programmes: The Editors Lab, the Data Journalism Awards and the Media Literacy Toolkit project. The annual GEN Summit gathers some of the industry’s leading figures from across the globe for peer-learning and solutions-oriented collaboration. It is attended by 650+ participants from 60 countries, making it the world’s leading editorial conference. The GEN community includes over 15,000 editors, journalists and media innovators from around the world. More on Twitter @GENinnovate. Quotes and Testimonials:“It’s not rocket science to define the basic journalistic principles. Many ethical codes exist as long as journalism exists. The major problem is the algorithmic distribution of online content, because it does not include an “integrity factor” and amplifies everything that goes against these professional norms – sensationalism, rumours, falsehoods and hate. Therefore, existing best practices of the journalistic trade need to be translated to code of the Internet. This is a condition to reverse its logic, by rewarding and eventually re-monetizing compliance with these norms. JTI is the missing link between journalistic principles and methods on one side, and algorithms on the other.”Christophe Deloire – Secretary General, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Online freedomsMedia independenceEvents InternetFreedom of expression July 2, 2019 – Updated on September 5, 2019 RSF and partners launch a public consultation on the Journalism Trust Initiative RSF_en Selected participants in the development stage of the JTI Standard include, in no particular order, the BBC, RTL Group (Luxembourg), Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland), Tagesspiegel (Germany), Tamedia (Switzerland), Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK, Norway), TT News Agency (Sweden), Associated Press (USA), Deutsche Presse Agentur (dpa, Germany), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Google, Facebook, City University of New York (CUNY, USA), Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), Swiss Press Council, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ, USA), Association of Taiwanese Journalists, Journalists Association of South Korea, The Independent Monitor for the Press (IMPRESS, UK), Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM, Italy), Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM, Germany), European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC), Internews (UK), Thomson Foundation (UK), Free Press Unlimited (FPU, the Netherlands), Fondation Hirondelle (Switzerland), Civil (USA), NewsGuard, Global Disinformation Index (GDI), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Organisation     Since May 2018, more than 120 experts, representing global, national and local media outlets, consumer associations, tech companies, regulators and NGOs have been working on developing professional standards in the frame of the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), launched by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) with its partners the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Agence France Presse (AFP) and the Global Editors Network (GEN). In early June of this year, during a 3rd JTI Workshop at the EBU headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland), the registered participants adopted an official Standards document that defines indicators for trustworthy journalism. This document is made public on July 3rd, whereas a public consultation is launched under the aegis of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world’s foremost alliance of public service media (PSM). Our mission is to make PSM indispensable. We represent 117 media organizations in 56 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and have an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. Our Members operate nearly 2,000 television and radio channels alongside numerous online platforms. Together, they reach audiences of more than one billion people around the world, broadcasting in more than 160 languages. We strive to secure a sustainable future for public service media, provide our Members with world-class content from news to sports and music, and build on our founding ethos of solidarity and co-operation to create a centre for learning and sharing.Our subsidiary, Eurovision Services, aims to be the first-choice media services provider, offering new, better and different ways to simply, efficiently and seamlessly access and deliver content and services. We have offices in Brussels, Rome, Dubai, Moscow, New York, Washington DC, Singapore and Beijing. Our headquarters are in Geneva. Discover more about the EBU at A new logic to reward compliance with professional standardsA definition of indicators for trustworthy sources of informationA benchmark for ethical conduct and transparencyA breakthrough self-regulatory solution elaborated by 120 expertsA three months’ public consultation will feed into the final standards We understand that there is a substantial demand for these indicators, on the side of major platforms, advertisers, but also regulators and the media sector itself, but the process of developing them must be fully self-regulatory. We do not want to see governments or regulators or advertisers or big tech telling us what good or bad journalism is and therefore it must be us, the journalist’s community, to take the lead!Bertrand Pecquerie – CEO of the Global Editors Network (GEN) About:Founded in 1985, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has become one of the world’s leading NGOs in the defence and promotion of freedom of information. RSF is registered in France as a non-profit organization and has consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organization of the Francophonie. Based in Paris, it has fourteen international bureaux (Berlin, Brussels, Dakar, Geneva, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm, San Francisco, Taipei, Tunis, Vienna and Washington, D.C.) and has more than 150 correspondents in 130 countries, in all five continents. More about RSF at www.rsf.orgcenter_img More information:JTI on the CEN Website News “It is critical to answer properly to the public distrust in media, by offering to the citizens landmarks and visible tags on the web to distinguish trustworthy content easily. For us as a news agency, workability of the solution in the daily routine is key and it is extremely important, for all of us working on JTI, to propose a solution that serves the interests of the citizens first and foremost. Any standard is subject to constant review, particularly in fast-moving industries, and we expect this one to be no exception, but we have to start somewhere and we have to do it now.”Phil Chetwynd – Global News Director, Agence France Presse (AFP) Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partners AFP, EBU and GEN are pleased to announce the launch of a public consultation about their Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) on July 3rd. JTI aims at defining indicators for trustworthy journalism. Compliance with them is expected to provide tangible benefits for media outlets, big and small, and thus, support them to cater to a healthy information space at large. Agence France-Presse (AFP), founded in 1835 as Agence Havas, is the third largest international news agency in the world delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world, from conflicts to politics, economics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. It is an autonomous entity created by the French parliament (Law N° 57-32 of 10 January 1957) whose operation is assured according to commercial rules. Its independence is at the heart of its fundamental obligations set out in its bylaws (article 2). Its Chairman represents the Agency and ensures its general management. AFP is administered by a board of eighteen directors composed of representatives of publishers, of broadcasting companies, of three government representatives as public services users, of members of its staff and of qualified individuals chosen by its higher counsel for their knowledge of media and digital technologies, economic and managerial skills. AFP has a duty to fulfil missions of general interest in the field of news and must, to the full extent of its resources, develop its activities with a view to providing users with accurate, impartial and trustworthy news services. CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, is an association that brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 34 European countries. CEN is one of three European Standardization Organizations (together with CENELEC and ETSI) that have been officially recognized by the European Union and by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as being responsible for developing and defining voluntary standards at European level. CEN provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical documents in relation to various kinds of products, materials, services and processes. CEN supports standardization activities in relation to a wide range of fields and sectors including: air and space, chemicals, construction, consumer products, defence and security, energy, the environment, food and feed, health and safety, healthcare, ICT, machinery, materials, pressure equipment, services, smart living, transport and packaging. “Following many months of work the EBU welcomes the chance for stakeholders to offer their feedback on the standards developed by our broad coalition of industry partners and EBU Members. We are all dedicated to creating an environment where media organizations that are committed to producing quality trusted journalism are valued and visible.Protecting this journalism, which derives from the strong public service media principles of Accuracy, Independence, Impartiality, Fairness, Transparency and Accountability is at the very heart of this project. Now is the time to see how these standards can operate on a practical level, so this initiative can have a real impact, helping the industry and audiences alike to identify quality journalism amid the disinformation.”Noel Curran – Director General, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Online freedomsMedia independenceEvents InternetFreedom of expression     According to CEN guidelines, the JTI indicators were developed by consensus over the course of three Workshop meetings, facilitated by AFNOR, the French standardization body, and supported by its German sister-organisation DIN. Three drafting committees tasked with editing the text consisted of journalists and media practitioners only to secure the self-regulatory nature of JTI. An additional so-called Technical Task-force advised on its algorithmic interoperability. Other groups of participants, like media development organizations, regulators and tech companies have contributed their demands and views on how the JTI instrument might be applied further on. The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) has endorsed the project and followed its progress continuously. A draft of the CEN Workshop Agreement is available for download on the website of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). It includes a list of criteria on transparency, professionalism and ethical conduct that JTI stakeholders considered essential best practices for media outlets to be trusted. In addition, the document provides a questionnaire translating the Standards clauses into a checklist, which is machine-readable in order to inform algorithmic distribution of news.The public consultation of this draft is a critical feature to ensure the broadest possible support for the finally published document, and from now on until October, the Journalism Trust Initiative is expecting feedback on its proposal. The general public as well as professional communities are invited to provide opinion and specific proposals for amendments of each of the 16 clauses, numerous sub-clauses and the attached checklist. Means of providing feedback include an already available comments form posted on the CEN website and a dedicated e-mail address [email protected] In addition, an interactive online-tool will be developed. Following CEN guidelines, all comments received will be evaluated by the JTI drafting committees and then fed into a final review of the Workshop Agreement and its release towards the end of the year. After final publication of the JTI document in early 2020 it will be made available to all types of media outlets for self-assessment and optional, additional audit, the so-called conformity assessment. The resulting datasets are supposed to inform better decision making of news distribution and consumption, both by humans and algorithms, but also of advertising spending, and thus reward journalism worthy of this name. Any instrument to facilitate this logic was missing up until now and JTI took off to provide it in a fully inclusive and self-regulatory way – sourced by journalists for journalists, but with a wider alliance of other stakeholders supporting it. The public consultation is intended to widen the range of participation in and, eventually, the legitimacy of the Journalism Trust Initiative.Distinguishing itself from other projects around trust indicators, JTI focuses on the process – or the ‘manufacturing’ level of journalism – only, not on single pieces of content. Media outlets would be conforming with the standard as an entity, for example by providing transparency of ownership, sources of revenue and proof of a range of professional safeguards. For the first time, it adds a logic of rewarding compliance with already existing principles of journalism.last_img read more

Poland: RSF decries criminal libel proceedings against Polish daily

first_img Follow the news on Poland RSF_en News The head of the Law and Justice party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski/ AFP News Gazeta Wyborcza has been publishing reports for the past several weeks about Kaczynski’s alleged involvement in facilitating the high-rise project, about which the newspaper has raised many questions. The Polish media are now referring to the proposed skyscraper as the “K-Tower” – K for Kaczynski. With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by Polish ruling party leader JaroslawKaczynski’s request for the highly respected Warsaw daily Gazeta Wyborcza to beprosecuted for criminal libel because it has been raising questions about his involvement inplans to build a luxury skyscraper in Warsaw. Kaczynski has asked prosecutors to initiate proceedings against the newspaper underarticle 212 of Poland’s penal code, under which journalists can be imprisoned fordefamation. The use of this article is clearly designed to silence media criticism, RSF said. Help by sharing this information Poland has been falling steadily in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index in recent years and is now ranked 58th out of 180 countries. PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassment After turning the public media into propaganda tools, the Polish government is trying to silence critical independent media. In a press release in December, RSF condemned an increase in prosecutions of journalists and called on the authorities to stop harassing the media. PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassment “Jaroslaw Kaczynski tried to intimidate the newspaper’s journalists when they raised questions about him and, after their refusal to submit, he decided to use the justice system that he has controlled ever since reforming it. We support Gazeta Wyborcza and we call on Kaczynski to abandon these authoritarian methods.” Kaczynski, who heads the ruling Law and Justice party, repeatedly refuse to answer Gazeta Wyborcza’s questions about the project and instead threatened legal action if it did not issue an apology and take down the articles from its website. After the newspaper failed to comply, he asked the public prosecutor to initiate criminal libel proceedings on 20 February. January 28, 2021 Find out more May 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News February 22, 2019 – Updated on February 23, 2019 Poland: RSF decries criminal libel proceedings against Polish daily “We firmly condemn this abusive prosecution of an independent media outlet that has been the victim of various forms of harassment ever since the Law and Justice party was elected three years ago,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns Receive email alertslast_img read more

Nevada Lawmakers Recommend Elimination of Foreclosure Mediation Program

first_img Nevada Lawmakers Recommend Elimination of Foreclosure Mediation Program Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Subscribe Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Tagged with: Foreclosure Mediation Program Foreclosures Nevada Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: DOJ Moves to Dismiss MetLife’s Suit Over ‘Too Big to Fail’ Designation Next: Goldman Sachs Ordered to Pay Australian Bank $100 Million for MBS ‘Conflict of Interest’ Foreclosure Mediation Program Foreclosures Nevada 2015-05-12 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Foreclosure inventory has been steadily declining in the last five years, even in the areas hit hardest by the recession. In CoreLogic’s latest data released Tuesday, about 1.9 percent (approximately 729,000) of residential homes nationwide were in some stage of foreclosure, a decline of 25 percent from the previous March.Nevada was one of the states affected most by the crisis. In response to the housing crash, back in 2009 the Nevada legislature created a Foreclosure Mediation Program. The members of a subcommittee of the Nevada Legislature recently voted to recommend the elimination of the program, however, after determining that the housing market has sufficiently recovered.According to media reports, Nevada’s Foreclosure Mediation Program resulted in more than 7,500 modifications for the fiscal year 2011, and 40 percent of those who utilized the program were able to keep their homes. The program, which was overseen by the Nevada Supreme Court, was funded by fees charged – each case charged a $45 fee to file a notice of default and $400 fee for mediation services.Projected participation in the program has dwindled down to 662 by 2017, according to the reports, and the members of the subcommittee who voted in favor of discontinuing the program say the budget money could be put to better use.”Since the Foreclosure Mediation Program was first initiated, the trend line for those that were served has consistently declined,” Republican Assemblyman Randy Kirner said in an email to DS News. “Last year, for example, only 100 people went completely through the process at a cost of over $2 million. Fortunately, the Nevada economy is recovering, yet the demands on state general funds exceeds funds available. As a result, as legislators, we must make the tough decisions, set priorities, and in many ways ‘divide the baby.’ I believe there are other programs and opportunities that merit higher consideration for investment of state funds. That said, the full Ways & Means Committee has not yet concurred with the subcommittee recommendations, so we will see.”According to CoreLogic’s data released on Tuesday, Nevada’s foreclosure inventory rate (2.2 percent) and serious delinquency rate (5.2 percent) for March 2015 were higher than the national averages of 1.4 percent and 3.9 percent for the month even with the steady declines. But while foreclosure inventory is declining in Nevada, the state is still leading the pack in percentage of residential homes with negative equity. According to CoreLogic’s Q4 2014 Equity Report, 24.2 percent of homes with a mortgage were underwater in Nevada, a full percentage point ahead of second-place Florida (23.2 percent).Democrats on the subcommittee oppose the elimination of the Foreclosure Mediation Program, citing Nevada’s high negative equity percentage as evidence that the program is still needed.Nevada is not the only state recommending the elimination of loss mitigation processes, however. In Indiana, Attorney General Greg Zoeller made a bid in March to stop proposed legislation in the state that would eliminate “settlement conferences” – a homeowner’s final recourse before their home goes to foreclosure. Lawmakers in favor of removing the settlement conferences say they are “duplicative” and “unnecessarily time consuming,” since lenders are required by the Dodd-Frank Act to administrate loss mitigation efforts. Zoeller says the conferences are still necessary, since his office receives about 500 mortgage servicing-related complaints per year. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Home / Daily Dose / Nevada Lawmakers Recommend Elimination of Foreclosure Mediation Program  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago May 12, 2015 1,082 Views last_img read more

On Thin Ice

first_imgAt this very moment, there’s an adventure-hungry soul somewhere in North Carolina sitting in front of the computer, refreshing 10-day extended forecasts every hour, hoping, praying even, for freezing temperatures.He has his hooky excuse on standby, gear crammed in the trunk, fuel tank loaded. Why? Because climbing ice in North Carolina is like being on call—“If [the ice] comes in and you’re not ready to go, it can be gone the next day.”So says Michael Neuenschwander, 47, of Asheville, N.C. Neuenschwander is a physician at Park Ridge Health, so he’s used to the get-up-and-go mentality. In nearly 20 years of ice climbing, Neuenschwander has ascended most every ice route in North Carolina and ventured well beyond the Blue Ridge to the legendary flows of Banff’s Icefields Parkway, Ouray, Colo., and the eastern Sierra. He has navigated crevassed, avalanche-prone terrain in a whiteout, self-arrest while soloing North Carolina’s Celo Knob, and army crawled for hours through rhododendron-choked forests in search of ice.But for Neuenschwander, all of that is par for the course when your sport of choice is as ethereal as the ice on which it depends.“Ice climbing is one of those sports you wonder why it’s worth it,” he says. “Sometimes you do find that it is quite dangerous. You are climbing this medium that changes from day to day, and you have to have more wits about you to climb that type of medium. Once you do, there’s this fluid nature to the climbing that is sorta monotonous. The feeling that you get climbing a sheet of ice just on ice tools and crampons is really like no other feeling.”Not to mention that that feeling, that quiet moment of climber-on-ice, is but a fleeting image. With unpredictable cold spells, bouts of rain, and temperature inversions, the ice climbing season in the South sometimes amounts to a few weeks or less. In turn, the ice itself can often be fragile and detached. But, not always. So why do it? Why bother climbing ice in the South?“Sometimes there’s rock you have to climb on. Sometimes you have to use rhododendron to belay off of. There are always varying conditions. But those are the toils of climbing ice in North Carolina. When it does come in, it’s as good as anywhere in the country.”devilscellar_fixSo suit up and get ready for some tales from the flows. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard once said, “When everything goes wrong, that’s when adventure starts.” If adventure is what you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.UP SHIT CREEK WITHOUT A… TOOLThe year is 2007. The routes at Whitesides are in. Then 23-year-old Mark Rineer of Lancaster, Penn., is with his buddy Tony. Rineer is fresh off an ice climbing trip to Colorado. His body feels good, strong. His mental game is on point.Together, the pair begins the day by warming up on the single pitch routes above Mother Russia and Starshine, the latter of which they intend to climb later in the day. They’re moving swiftly through the holds, freesoloing the first couple of routes without incident. Rineer eyes a pitch that’s pretty vertical, maybe a water ice 4 (WI4) grade, but he’s not intimidated. He ties in and starts up the 90-foot route.Slowly, methodically, he works his way up the flow, places one screw, then another. His forearms start to burn and he scans ahead, searching for a rest amid an otherwise vertical-smooth canvas. It’s looking pretty dire, pretty blank. But then, not 20 feet above, he spots it—a ledge, or so he thinks.“In hindsight, you know, it’s the kinda thing where it’s a coin toss,” Rineer says. “Stop and place a screw and get pumped out or gun for a rest? That’s a choice you make whether you’re leading trad climbs or ice climbs—place gear or stick to that ‘when in doubt run it out’ kind of mentality?”Unable to ignore the fatigue in his arms, Rineer decides to hightail it to the rest. He’s moving purposefully now, not faster, but with a sense of urgency. Soon he’s within arm’s reach of the ledge. He raises his ice tool and sinks its point into the ice. Immediately, the ice shatters, and Rineer is left on a small peninsula of ice amid a sea of rock.He freezes. His position is precarious, at best. The rock above extends farther than his arm can reach to the next patch of ice. To downclimb would be an equal stretch, and a sketchy one at that. Squatting down, he tries to place a screw where his lower tool is still biting into the ice. It doesn’t take. He tries the rock instead, but it doesn’t hold.Panic starts to set in. Rineer is well beyond pumped. Hastily, he places his tool into the rock and clips his rope in, hoping to shake out his arms enough to get the blood flowing. But when he shifts his weight, Rineer feels something give, and another wave of panic crashes down—his tool has just popped out of the rock and is sliding 20 feet down the rope to his last screw.There, at last, the inevitable sinks in: I am a dead man.“I’m basically sure I’m going to hit the ground. There’s nowhere to go,” Rineer remembers. “Maybe 15 minutes pass. It got to the point where I couldn’t hold on any longer. I just remember my hand melting off the tool. The instant I let go, I just felt relief from panic, like, it’s done, there’s nothing else I can do.”celo5_fixSo there, almost 50 feet from the base of the climb, 20 feet above his last screw, Rineer peels off the route, hurtling toward his belayer and what is sure to be his untimely death. His lower screws hold, but a few feet too late. Rineer hits the ground, his body sliding down a ramp until it stops, buried beneath six feet of snowdrift.“I remember Tony was looking at my cartoon-style, person-shaped hole in the snow. He knew he was looking at a dead body.”Except Rineer wasn’t dead. In fact, short of getting the wind knocked out of him, Rineer was totally fine. He blinked, started wiggling his toes and fingers, had Tony palpate and examine his spine, then proceeded to hike out.It should go without saying that Rineer took a break from ice climbing—a four-year hiatus at that. But Whitesides, and North Carolina ice in general, still maintains a special place in Rineer’s heart.“I like the idea behind climbing in the Southeast. It’s never going to be bolted and it’s never going to be casual. It’s going to stay wild and that’s what I remember most fondly about ice climbing in the Southeast—bold and adventurous and sometimes scary but that’s what keeps it fun.”40 FEET TOO LATEMother Russia is the mother of all ice climbs. Spanning 230 feet from top to bottom, this WI5 route is every bit steep, scary, and committing. Even by North Carolina standards, Mother Russia is a beast.Which is exactly why Lynn Purser, a math professor from Alabama, wanted to climb it.“He’s hired me for a number of things over the years with all of these nutty objectives,” says Ron Funderburke, a head guide at Fox Mountain Guides.So when Purser got serious about Mother Russia, Funderburke got serious about guiding it. He spent much of the winter of 2014-2015 scouting the flow and finally, after three days of cold temperatures, the route was in.“Lynn had said, ‘Call me and I’ll play hooky or call in sick or whatever,’ but the day I wanted to climb it was the day it was getting warmer and he couldn’t come until the day after. The day after a warm day, who knows what kind of shape [Mother Russia] was going to be in.”Still, Funderburke agreed, and two days later, he and Purser were rappelling to the base of Whitesides. Funderburke knew the start was notorious for thin, verglas ice that didn’t take protection very well, even on a good day. So when he found himself 10 feet, then 20 feet, then 40 feet off the ground and still unable to place any gear, it wasn’t like he was surprised. More like embarrassed.“It’s this gamut you get into as a lead climber and a guide. I’m not happy about where I am but maybe I climb another 10 feet and the ice will get better. Soon I get 40 feet off the ground, and not only is it not better, but I don’t feel comfortable about downclimbing the stuff I got up.”Purser, sensing Funderburke’s hesitation, tried to shout encouragements from below, something along the lines of, ‘Man, if it’s not safe, we’ll just wait for another year.’ But for Funderburke, that out came 40 feet too late. There was no turning back now. The only option was to keep climbing until he could get a screw into the ice.“It’s sometimes harder when you have the option to fail. In this case, there was no option to fail. It’s just like, ‘gulp.’ I’m feeling a little bit of embarrassment because I’m a professional mountain guide and it’s a little stupid what I’ve managed to get myself into. That’s easy to swallow. Fear you pretty much have to swallow because you won’t survive if your legs are shaking or your fingers are quivering. Mother Russia’s the kind of climb that will lure you in and when you can’t turn around, you gotta sorta rally and get up it and figure out how to survive.”Funderburke rallied. Finally, 90 feet from the base, the ice finally took a piece of pro. The rest of the route, by comparison, was a cake walk.“He climbed it, he enjoyed it, we ticked it, then I did shots to calm my nerves, which he paid for.”hwy215_fixCOMMITTEDIt wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Fox Mountain Guides owner and guide Karsten Delap has done it all. From teaching clinics at Michigan Ice Fest and Ouray Ice Festival to guiding clients around the world to exotic destinations like Chamonix and Aconcagua, Delap arguably spends more time on mountains than in his western North Carolina home.That makes the little time he is home all the more special, especially if the ice is in.During the winter of 2014, Delap found himself in one such layover between travels when the North Carolina cold snaps were particularly powerful. So powerful, in fact, that Looking Glass became a frozen waterfall.“Looking Glass rarely comes in because it’s such a big flow. It just doesn’t freeze up,” Delap says.But that year, the 60-foot waterfall was frozen solid, save for the surging river-left side of the falls.Despite being unable to hear his belayer over the roar of the unfrozen falls, Delap started up Looking Glass, relying on his and his belayer’s guiding experience to keep the climb within risk management—after all, Delap volunteers with three local rescue teams in high angle, technical, and wilderness rescue.With his fiancée standing witness, camera in hand, Delap deftly navigated his way through a cave-like section of mixed climbing that, even by his standards, was physically taxing. Heart pumping, head clear, Delap transitioned over to the main flow, a pillar of ice that was literally wet to the touch thanks to the day’s warming temperature. Unable to place any protection, Delap climbed higher, bear hugging the pillar with his legs to avoid shattering the pillar with his crampons. When he was nearly 40 feet from the ground, he finally sunk in a screw, the smallest one on the market. It hardly went in halfway.“I really did that for everyone else to make them think I was okay,” Delap remembers. “Really, I was far from good. I was still free soloing. This was like climbing-at-my-limit hard.”Delap persevered, no thanks to a handful of other screws with questionable integrity. Unable to see or communicate with his belay partner from the top, Delap set up an anchor, pulled the rope taught, and began to belay. The duo topped out and rappelled, all without incident. It was only later when reviewing the images his fiancée shot that Delap realized that nearly one-third of the ice had fallen away while he was climbing it.“To me North Carolina ice climbing has made me the ice climber that I am because I get to places like Canada and I’m like, “Oh my God, this is easy.” The ice climbing here is so fickle and you gotta worry about so many things.”Karsten Delap’s Go-To GearAs Fox Mountain Guides owner, guide, and head of Alpine Programs, Karsten Delap is well-versed in the ways of the mountain. He’s climbed all over the world, from Canada to Chamonix and everywhere in between. Check out his favorite pieces of gear for ice climbing in North Carolina and beyond.Ice GearJulbo TREK with Zebra Lenses ($180)These glasses allow you to see when in the shade, but as you top out in the sun, they darken so as not to be blinded.trek_4373114_fixIbex Woolies ($80-155)Layer wool next to skin for all day warmth and comfort. Ranges in thickness from 1–3mm.ibex-woolies_fixPetzl Nomics ($299)Good all-around ice tool that excels in pure ice and vertical mixed terrain.u21-3_fixLa Sportiva Trango ICE Cube GTX ($550)The best, light ice climbing boot made. Excels at hard ice in warmer temps and overhung mixed Guide Lite 32+ ($149)An alpine pack that carries ice tools well and has plenty of space for all of the extras but is still light and fast and carries well on route.deuter_b_guide_lite_32_fixPetzl Lynx ($250)The all-around crampon. These can be changed from mono to dual point for lower angle ice and glacier travel but still hook up in steep terrain.petzllynx_fixlast_img read more

The Latest: Soccer union says players are getting food aid

first_imgThe Latest: Soccer union says players are getting food aid Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament.The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II.Asahi newspaper president Masataka Watanabe says “the decision is needed to protect the health of the players, officials and fans.”The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Soccer players in Africa and the Americas are receiving food packages from their union while the sport is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. French rugby club Toulon plans to resume training next month in small groups of three players amid the coronavirus pandemic.The three-time European champions say their players and coaching staff will have blood and heart tests next week at their training center.The groups of three will jog, do bodybuilding and work on their fitness levels in specially marked zones to avoid contact with others.France came out of lockdown on May 11. Toulon hopes players can train in groups of 8-12 in July and return to full training in August.___ The summer tournament was scheduled to start in August at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. A smaller spring tournament was canceled earlier.___Rayo Vallecano players have returned to training after the Spanish soccer club accepted some of their salary demands.The players from the second-division club had not practiced this week as a protest for not being taken off furlough. They had only trained individually at home.The club says it met with players and decided to change their furlough conditions now that group sessions have begun and their workload increased. Tottenham is looking into whether defender Serge Aurier has broken social-distancing rules for the third time.Aurier posted a picture on Instagram on Tuesday appearing to show off a new haircut and sitting next to a stylist who was tagged in the post.The Premier League club says it is “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.”The 27-year-old right back has been forced to apologize twice for breaking lockdown rules during the suspension of the Premier League because of the coronavirus pandemic. He posted a video of himself running with a friend and also training with Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko.___center_img Players in Botswana, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay were identified as getting food aid by world players’ union FIFPro.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says some players “are being stranded in terms of income.”FIFPro represents players in 65 countries. The union says most players have contracts paying them salaries comparable to national averages.Baer-Hoffmann says the vast majority of soccer players are “under the same financial pressures as the rest of society.”___ Associated Press May 20, 2020 Most soccer clubs in Spain used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic.Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club also eventually complied with their demands.The Spanish soccer season is expected to resume on the second weekend of June.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Rapolas Ivanauskas helps Colgate stretch the floor after transfer from Northwestern

first_imgRapolas Ivanauskas battled through a five-month recovery his freshman year at Northwestern after shoulder surgery in October 2016. He was cleared in April 2017 and played for a couple months. Then during a pickup basketball game, he dislocated his shoulder again. Throughout his two years at Northwestern, Ivanauskas felt he was only 100-percent for a handful of days at best. “It was pretty arduous, pretty frustrating,” Ivanauskas said.He underwent surgery again in December 2017. During Colgate’s summer sessions, Ivanauskas still hadn’t been cleared, forcing him to do non-contact drills. But now that he’s cleared and back in action, Ivanauskas feels there is more work to be done. “I still feel like i’m learning new things about myself everyday,” Ivanauskas said. “I feel like i’m still not playing like I truly can be.”Feeling as if he had fallen behind from almost two years of being at less than full strength, Ivanauskas decided to transfer away from Northwestern, which is about 40 minutes from his home in Barrington, Illinois and moved 735 miles to Colgate. He has started in all five of the Raiders’ games this season, tallying four double-doubles and leading the team in scoring with 18.8 points per game. Colgate’s (4-1) leading scorer and rebounder faces off with Syracuse (2-2) in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColgate head coach Matt Langel said it’s important to find an athlete who wants what your team has to offer. For Ivanauskas, the Raiders offered an opportunity to play, and a lot.Langel had known Northwestern’s head coach, Chris Collins and one of its assistant coaches, Brian James, for most of his life. Through those relationships, Langel had some insight on Ivanauskas.“He’s got strong values and great morals,” Langel said. “He’s a good human being. He’s a good teammate. He’s a hard worker.”Courtesy of Colgate AthleticsThe strong reputation of Ivanauskas has already proved true to his new teammates at Colgate.“He’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet, he’ll work hard for you,” Colgate guard Jordan Burns said. “And you know he truly and genuinely cares about everyone who’s in his life, and he wants the best for everybody.”On the court, the addition of Ivanauskas, a 6-foot-10 forward, to the starting lineup added length and stretched the floor. The Raiders can now flash a lineup in which everyone can shoot the 3, Burns said.Transferring away from Northwestern to a school much further from his home has been hard, Ivanauskas said, including leaving his family and all of his best friends. But the people at Colgate, his teammates, and the coaching staff have welcomed him in with open arms, treating him as an important part of the team from day one. Through everything Ivanauskas has gone through, he is humbled to be back on the court.“Just happy to be playing again and really blessed to be playing again,” Ivanauskas said. “And just happy with the opportunity because there were times where I felt like through my injuries and things it was gonna be really hard getting out and being able to play well again.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 21, 2018 at 8:27 amlast_img read more