Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Storm Sets Off Frantic Rush ... - Yeshiva World News

Good luck buying lanterns, generators, propane, or ? if you?re really unprepared ? rain boots and batteries in areas in the path of Hurricane Sandy as it bears down on the U.S. East Coast.

The approach of the gigantic storm ? expected to come ashore Monday night ? set off a scramble this weekend for supplies from Virginia to New England, causing long lines at gas stations, bare shelves at hardware and home-supply shops, and a run on bread, bottled water and canned foods at grocery stores.

Big population centers including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Boston were in the hurricane?s path.

Gas pumps along the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, Connecticut, were covered with plastic bags.

?It?s been crazy. We?re the only one open who still has gas,? said Karen Tripodi a customer service representative at Cumberland Farms in Newington. ?They?re coming in for propane, ice, water, milk and cigarettes.?

At a Lowe?s store in Bowie, Maryland, the hot-selling items included generators, batteries, sandbags, sand, water, emergency radios, tarps, dry ice, lanterns, plywood, gas cans, propane, rain boots and rain suits.

Manager Eric Williams said, ?It seems to be a very busy day, but controlled.?

At Cosey Beach, Connecticut, which was under an evacuation order, homeowners scrambled to pack and board up windows.

?I can?t imagine what kind of damage this will do,? said Melissa Stone as she helped her father prepare to leave his home. ?It makes me sick, I can?t even think about it.?

Forecasters described the ?super storm? as a rare hybrid created by an Arctic jet stream wrapping itself around a tropical storm, possibly dumping up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain in some areas, as well as heavy snowfall inland.

On its current projected track, Sandy is most likely to make landfall between in the New York/New Jersey area and head inland toward Philadelphia, forecasters said. Many of the 50 million people in the storm?s path seemed to be paying attention and attempting to prepare.

Authorities expected widespread power outages, and many residents wanted generators to keep their homes with power in the event downed power lines leave their neighborhoods without electricity. Flashlights and batteries also were in demand.

The storm was expected to play havoc with road, rail and air transportation. New York City?s subway, bus and train service will be suspended on Sunday evening. Only once before have transportation officials taken such a step, when Hurricane Irene slammed the city in 2011.

John Fallon, store manager at Port Annapolis Marina in Annapolis, Maryland, had a crew of at least eight people working to get boats out of the water, tie them down and remove sales and canvasses. ?Today has been absolutely frantic,? Fallon said.



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Ennis and Farah acclaimed by Athletics Writers ? Sports Journalists ...

From the BAWA

Neil Wilson, the Daily Mail?s retiring athletics correspondent, in conversation at yesterday?s BAWA lunch with Charles van Commenee, UK Athletics? former head coach, and Laura Williamson, the Mail?s new athletics reporter

Olympic champions Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis were named athletes of the year by the British Athletics Writers? Association at the organisation?s 50th annual awards staged in London yesterday.

It is the third year in succession that these two athletes have picked up the British athletics writers? top prize.

Neither winner could be present at the lunchtime ceremony at London?s Tower Hotel, but Ennis? coach Toni Minichiello was there to accept his athlete?s award on her behalf, while Alan Watkinson, the school teacher who discovered and nurtured the teenaged Mo Farah, collected the men?s award for his former pupil.

Farah first won the award in 2006 and dominated voting for the John Rodda Award this year after his thrilling double victory over 5,000m and 10,000m at the London Olympic Games. Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford was runner-up and high jumper Robbie Grabarz was third after winning a bronze medal in London.

Farah, 29, has now won the BAWA men?s award more times than any other athlete, moving ahead of all-time greats Lynn Davies, Sebastian Coe and Jonathan Edwards who were all triple winners.

?What a year I have had,? Farah told the audience via a video link. ?I can?t believe I have become double Olympic champion, I never thought it would happen in London. It has just been an amazing year.

?Thank you for your all your support, without it I do not think I could have managed.?

Ennis retained the Cliff Temple Award for female athlete of the year, which she has held since 2009. The 26-year-old from Sheffield was a comfortable winner of the 2012 vote after her emphatic and emotional heptathlon victory in London, which kick-started Britain?s golden hour in the Olympic Stadium on ?Super Saturday?. Ennis also won a pentathlon silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul in March.

Sandy Sutherland, the BAWA chairman, with Olympic triple jump bronze medal-winner Yamile Aldama

Christine Ohuruogu was runner-up in the vote after winning a silver medal over 400m at London 2012, while the world indoor triple jump champion, Yamil? Aldama, was third. Ohuruogu was female athlete of the year in 2007 and 2008.

With four BAWA awards to her name, Ennis is now equal with fellow multi-eventer Denise Lewis, the 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion, and one behind Paula Radcliffe who was athlete of the year five times between 1999 and 2005.

Aldama?s triple jump victory in Istanbul also earned the 40-year-old east London resident BAWA?s 2012 Inspiration Award given in recognition of an athlete who made an outstanding performance in a single event, performed well against the odds, or is retiring after a long and distinguished career.

Aldama broke the world masters record to win world indoor gold in March then battled back from a shoulder injury to finish fifth at the Olympic Games.

The season?s sprint sensation Adam Gemili won the Jim Coote Memorial Award for junior men. The east Londoner ended his first full season in the sport as world junior 100m champion, British junior record-holder and silver medallist at the British senior championships where he won a place on the British Olympic team.

The Lillian Board Memorial Award for junior women went to Katarina Johnson-Thompson who won the world junior long jump title in Barcelona before finishing 15th in the heptathlon at London 2012. The Liverpudlian set four personal bests at the Olympics and broke the British junior record twice in 2012.

Wheelchair racer David Weir won a special award for Outstanding Achievement by a Paralympic Athlete, a category introduced by the athletics writers to mark the success of the 2012 Paralympic Games. Weir won four gold medals at London 2012 just a few months after claiming a record-equalling sixth London Marathon victory.

The Ron Pickering Memorial Award for Services to Athletics was presented to veteran athletics writer Mel Watman, a founder member of the British Athletics Writers? Association and the organisation?s honorary president. Watman, a former editor of Athletics Weekly and author of numerous books on the sport, is now co-editor of the highly respected newsletter, Athletics International.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Note's Must-Reads for Friday October 26, 2012

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at

Compiled by ABC News' Carrie Halperin, Jayce Henderson and Danielle Genet


ABC News' Gary Langer: " Romney Hits the 50 Percent Mark, With a Clear Edge on the Economy" Mitt Romney has seized further advantage on economic

issues at the core of the 2012 campaign, taking him to 50 percent support among likely voters vs. 47 percent for Barack Obama - Romney's highest vote-preference result of the contest to date. The difference between the two candidates is within the margin of sampling error in the latest ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking poll, and their individual support levels have not significantly changed. LINK

USA Today's Susan Page: " Poll: An Obama comeback, but a Romney edge on debates" President Obama was the runaway winner of the presidential debate on foreign policy this week, a nationwide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds. But Republican rival Mitt Romney edges him when voters assess which candidate did a better job in their three debates overall. LINK

The Washington Post's Jon Cohen and Rosalind Helderman: " Poll shows widening racial gap in presidential contest" The 2012 election is shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988, with President Obama experiencing a steep drop in support among white voters from four years ago. At this stage in 2008, Obama trailed Republican John McCain by seven percentage points among white voters. Even in victory, Obama ended up losing white voters by 12 percentage points, according to that year's exit poll. LINK


ABC News' Gregory J. Krieg: " Obama Casts Early Vote and Reminds Dems of 2000 Recount" President Obama took a break from a marathon blitz of swing states today to cast an early ballot in his home town of Chicago, making him the first sitting president to vote in-person before Election Day. "I can't tell you who I'm voting for," he told supporters at a rally in Tampa, Fla., earlier in the day. LINK

Boston Globe's Bobby Caina Calvan: " President Obama, Mitt Romney wooing early voters" Republicans learned the lesson the hard way: In the new arithmetic of presidential politics, counting on Election Day votes doesn't always add up to victory. In 2008, John McCain won the majority of votes cast at the polls that day in the crucial states of North Carolina, Florida, Iowa, and Colorado, but his victory margin was wiped out by support for Barack Obama among the millions of voters who cast ballots early. LINK


The Hill's Justin Sink and Keith Laing: " Working-class voters could be the key to Romney's chances in Ohio" White, working-class voters in Ohio are supporting President Obama at higher levels than in other swing states, making it tougher for Mitt Romney to catch the incumbent in perhaps the most vital of all battlegrounds. Even as the GOP nominee has inched ahead in polls of swing states like North Carolina, Florida and Colorado, Romney has been unable to crack Obama's slim but steady advantage in polls of the Buckeye State. LINK

Wall Street Journal's Neil King Jr.: " On One Ohio Street, Voters Weary of Election Promises" Long before Ted and Linda Prues planted a Mitt Romney sign in their front yard, they were Midwestern Democrats, and then some. "I was a raging liberal, a real bra-burner," said Ms. Prues, 65 years old, the daughter of a local Teamster. LINK

USA Today's Kevin A. Kepple, Julie Snider and Maureen Linke: " Can Ohio's better days help Obama?" The economy is bouncing back in what may be ground zero of the presidential campaign, but not everyone credits the president. Unemployment in Stark County, a bellwether county in the hardest-fought state in the nation, just dropped to 6.5%. Manufacturing is booming. LINK

Wall Street Journal's Janet Hook: " Romney Team Goes All-Out in Buckeye State" Mitt Romney is making a full-court press to win Ohio and taking a page from George W. Bush's playbook to do so. Signaling the state is a must-have part of his strategy to win the White House, Mr. Romney and his running mate are returning again and again-Mr. Romney crammed in three appearances Thursday. LINK


Politico's Glenn Thrush and Jennifer Epstein: " Momentum Wars" In the past 10 days, Mitt Romney's campaign has gone from Big Mo to Slow Mo. Like a shark that must swim forward and fast, the Romney campaign needs to maintain its forward momentum - and its heady narrative of an irresistible finish-line surge - despite an increasing pile of polling data pointing to a race that has stabilized since Barack Obama's disastrous performance at the Oct. 3rd debate in Denver. LINK

The New York Times' Nicholas Confessore and JO Craven McGinty: " Obama, Romney and Their Parties on Track to Raise $2 Billion" President Obama and Mitt Romney are both on pace to raise more than $1 billion with their parties by Election Day, according to financial disclosures filed by the campaigns on Thursday. From the beginning of 2011 through Oct. 17, Mr. Obama and the Democrats raised about $1.06 billion, and Mr. Romney and the Republicans collected $954 million, including some money for the party's Congressional efforts, setting up 2012 to be the most expensive presidential campaign in history. LINK


" Massachusetts Race Could Decide Who Controls the Senate" LINK " President Obama and Mitt Romney Battle for Ohio" LINK " Hillary Clinton Recalls Pregnancy, Creating Maternity Leave" LINK

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The Biggest Loser a big turnoff

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Biggest Loser might be a TV ratings winner, but its extreme depiction of exercise is more likely to turn people off than get them off the couch, according to new research from the University of Alberta.

Researchers in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation found that watching a short video clip of the Biggest Loser fuelled negative attitudes toward exercise, raising further questions about how physical activity is shown in the popular media.

"The depictions of exercise on shows like The Biggest Loser are really negative," said lead author Tanya Berry, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity Promotion. "People are screaming and crying and throwing up, and if you're not a regular exerciser you might think this is what exercise is?that it's this horrible experience where you have to push yourself to the extremes and the limits, which is completely wrong."

In the study, 138 undergraduate students from the U of A were split into two groups. One group watched a seven-minute clip?chosen for its extreme depiction of exercise?from early in The Biggest Loser's ninth season, when competitors were struggling with obesity. A control group watched a segment from the reality show American Idol.

Immediately after viewing the clips, participants from both groups were asked to write down their first five thoughts. Students also completed a computer test that measured their automatic attitudes about exercise before they had time to think about the question, plus a hand-written questionnaire.

"We did find that the people who watched The Biggest Loser had worse attitudes about physical activity than those who watched the American Idol clip," said Berry, adding that the results were consistent no matter participants' physical activity levels or weight.

Berry said the results debunk the belief held by some researchers and many in the popular media that shows like The Biggest Loser can be motivational and get people off the couch. In fact, the negative portrayals of exercise are counterproductive to public health campaigns.

"There's a lot of effort and good work out there just to get people more active, but it's such a small voice in this big wash of different depictions of exercise. It's a big mess."

Berry's research team is now working on a further study that focuses on followup episodes of the Biggest Loser that feature participants who have lost weight, are physically fit and enjoy exercise. Those results should be published next year.


The current study, to be published in the January 2013 issue of the American Journal of Health Behavior

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Riverdale eases pool setback ordinance

Riverdale?s ordinance governing placement of swimming pools, spas and hot tubs is now less restrictive.

City staff reviewed similar ordinances from other Utah cities and found that Riverdale?s was ?excessive as far as where a pool could be located on a residential lot,? according to an executive summary prepared by Randy Daily, community development director.

A recent inquiry from a resident led city staff to review the ordinance, which required pools to be 35 feet from the property line.

Layton and Lehi require that pools are no closer than 4 feet to a property line. Clearfield and Clinton require a 5-foot setback from property lines. Syracuse?s restriction is 8 feet, and South Ogden requires 10 feet.

The ordinance applies to both in-ground and above-ground pools, swim spas and hot tubs.

The new ordinance allows pools in the rear yards to be 7 feet from any interior property line and completely off easements. The ordinance also encourages pool covers and calls for a 6-foot-high fence to enclose all outside family swimming pools.

?It?s a good ordinance, and does ease up a little bit the setback requirements for swimming pools,? Daily said.

City Councilman Norm Searle said the city?s nuisance ordinance could govern ?raucous? pool parties that disturb the neighbors.


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Friday, October 26, 2012

Travel Agents Could Become Obsolete - Business Insider

Airlines are testing out a new ticket initiative to compete with websites, which could go in effect by 2016.?

The plan, in which airlines solicit info to create a personalized ticket with bundled in items like bag-check and meals, could signal the demise of travel agents as well.

According to The Flight Deal, a blog that tracks fares, "travel agents now depend on selling airfare as a means of upselling additional products like hotels where commissions still exist."

But these days, "consumers do not need travel agents for the traditional tonnage business of booking simple itineraries as airline websites and online travel agencies have filled that need."?

With the advent of personalized tickets, consumers might not see a need for agents at all.?

"Their business will suffer greatly," predicts Flight Deal, "unless they can move up the value chain. They need to be true value adds like the Virtuoso agent network, which provides booking for high-end, customized experiences where the agent's knowledge trumps the technology."

However, they shouldn't write off these bricks-and-mortar agents just yet as they're still useful for booking certain kinds of trips. As U.S. News' Daniel Bortz has?pointed out, travel agents come equipped with a deep Rolodex of sales associates and bookers, first-hand experience from their own personal travels, and knowledge of an area or service that can be tougher to find online if it's relatively niche or in a small country.?

"You'll pay a fee to have a travel agent do something," says Brett Snyder, an expert who blogs at The Cranky Flier, but "they generally focus on tours, land packages and things where they can actually make a living."

However, if these services fall by the wayside, consumers risk losing out on one of the best ways to find cheap fares to certain countries, learn about its culture from people who may have lived there and possibly receive better service than they'd get from an online booking agent. As The New York Times' Seth Kugel found out, travel agents beat sites on all counts.?

Now check out how a personal finance editor books a cheap trip to Ireland >?


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