Daily Dirt: Ski Porn Evolution, History of Skiing, Good and Bad from Team USA

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for December 16th, the day a group of white men dressed as Native Americans boarded a foreign vessel and chucked some boxes overboard in 1773. This hilarious prank became known as the Boston Tea Party.Ski Porn EvolutionLots of action, thin-to-nonexistent plot, zero character development, repetitive camera angles, formulaic procedure, predictable ending. They call it ski porn for a reason. Or, at least they used to. The modern era of accessibility, whether it be the internet, POV and HD cameras, time, or whatever, has opened the action sports video game to anyone and everyone with a smartphone. One quick glance around the internet reveals the bevy of amateur action that trumps the professionally made videos of 20, 10, even five years ago. The pros have worked hard to stay ahead of the game and over the past couple of seasons, production companies like Sherpa Cinemas and Sweetgrass have changed the concept of the traditional ski movie, injecting more style, more story, and more authenticity into the platform.Everyone has picked up on the change, and the need to change, including the New York Times, in a well-written piece on the industry and where the standard is heading.True History of SkiingThe birthplace of skiing is certainly under dispute as several nations claim to be the epicenter of epic, but there is now evidence that China may have been the first on the shred scene. Deep in Northwest China, the Tuvan people have been shredding for the past 4,000 years, according to this compelling NPR report. That isn’t the most interesting part of the story however; the most interesting part is the what they used their skis for. Long planks of red spruce with horse hair nailed to the bottom got them where they wanted to go, which is just uphill from elk. Once in position, they would launch downhill in pursuit of the animals, “chasing” them down the snow covered slope where they would eventually lasso them around the antlers and neck. Then they would hang on. That’s it, that’s the whole hunt. Eventually the toll of running full out through chest deep snow dragging a human Yeti cowboy would be too much and the elk would collapse from exhaustion. At which point the elk would become human Yeti cowboy food. At least in the old days. These days they  just let the elk go, at least when NPR reporters are around. Also: NEVER HEARD OF FROSTBITE?!?!!?! Get outta here.There is also a link to the very cool National Geographic story that the NPR piece is based on.Good News, Bad News for Team USAFirst, the bad news. Two of the biggest names in U.S., and world, skiing dropped goose eggs this weekend on the World Cup circuit. At the tour stop in Val d’Isere, France, both Ted Ligety and Bode Miller failed to make the finals of either the giant slalom or the slalom. Ligety fell after taking a gate too wide in qualifying and skidded out, the first time in five years he has not qualified for the final of a World Cup race. He has already won a couple of GS races this season, so this may be just an anomaly. Bode Miller “tripped over his skis” at the end of his qualifying GS run and fell, also not making the finals. Both racers chalked it up to difficult conditions and a difficult course.In women’s ski news, Lindsey Vonn come in fifth a couple of weekends ago at Lake Louis, Canada, her first competition since re-injuring her knee. She will not race a full schedule leading up to Sochi as the Olympics is her main concern.On a positive note, the U.S. Bobsled Team is catching fire at just the right time. They swept the World Cup podium each of the past two weeks.last_img read more

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President to draft regulation to control ‘mudik’ this year in battle against COVID-19

first_imgRead also: COVID-19: Jakarta to suspend interprovincial buses as ‘mudik’ persists”The President stressed that the public’s safety is the number one priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This means, the public’s safety is the highest law,” Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman said in a statement on Monday.Jodi Mahardi, the spokesperson of the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, said the President also demanded officials in a Cabinet meeting on Monday to study ways to mitigate the economic impacts of the outbreak. The greatest concern is for the most-impacted segments of society, namely informal workers, daily wage workers and small businesses in Jakarta who have lost their source of income.”The results [of the studies] are expected to be ready within two days and the President will make a decision on the matter,” Jodi said in a statement. (trn)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is currently drafting a presidential instruction (Inpres) and presidential regulation (Perpres) as the legal basis to exert more control over this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, officials have said.The President has called on the public to reduce travel between regions as the country struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus with many people beginning mudik early.Jokowi also called on those who have traveled between regions to alert authorities and to abide by health protocols.last_img read more

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Asante Kotoko unveils 16-year-old wonderkid Mathew Anim Cudjoe

first_imgKumasi based club, Kumasi Asante Kotoko has signed teenage sensation, Matthew Anim Cudjoe.The 16-year-old joins Kotoko on an initial one-year loan deal from Sunyani based club, Young Apostles FC, a Division One League club.The young lad first burst into the scene when he was crowned the best player of the Baby Jet U-16 tournament last year.He has already earned a call up to the U-20 national team for Ghana.Matthew Anim Cudjoe has already played a game for the Porcupine Warriors where he featured their President’s Cup victory over rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak.Speaking to his manager Samuel Anim Addo, an Executive Council member of the GFA, he described Matthew Anim Cudjoe as a gift for the nation and expects more growth from the player.“I see him as a gift to the nation from where he is coming from, his opportunities presented to him, he breaking into Ghana U.20 to participate in the All African Games at 15 and the decisions for Maxwell Konadu to ask me to give him to help develop him, he first game in Ghana Classico?This boy is a gift to the nation, he is a national treasure like Messi, Neymar, Mbappe and the likes who started playing for big clubs at their tender age.Ghana should see him as such and help him grow into a world superstar.”last_img read more

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Tuesday February 12th sports postponements

first_imgGirls regional tournament games — click here to take you to the IGHSAU full list:1A-Region 2 – North Butler at Tripoli postponed to Wednesday, Feb. 13. 7:00 p.m. start. Regular season games:Clear Lake boys basketball vs. Algona — postponed to Thursday February 14 — JV 5:00, Varsity 6:30last_img

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Tumwater Dentist Helping Area Families

first_img“I sat down with my front office team and saw how much money was going to insurance companies, claim forms administration and collections costs.  We also calculated how many hundreds of extra dollars families were spending by not catching potential problems that we could have found during a simple annual dental exam.  When I began to run these numbers with other dentists around America… we found that we could offer our patients free initial exams, free exam x-rays, free teeth cleanings and as much as 20% off our usual fee structure simply by creating our own in-house dental savings plan.”  The result was QDP… and Dr. Banner is quite proud of what he and the other dentists have created.  “This one simple step has allowed us to eliminate the insurance company middle man… and those savings are going right back into the pockets of folks here locally.  I’m really proud to be part of this forward looking cost-savings movement.  This is a great system for dental care everywhere.” Facebook12Tweet0Pin0 “Even here in Tumwater we see kids in our practice who are in chronic pain because a simple cavity was not caught in time.  That cavity was not caught because the parents perceived that they could not afford dental care.  By the time the pain for the child is unbearable… the cost of solving the problem has escalated two or three times over what it would have been if caught a year earlier.  This bothered me a great deal and I decided to be part of finding a solution.”  The solution that Dr. Banner helped develop with other dentists across the country is both simple and quite ingenious… and may prove to be a model for healthcare reform across the board.  “Numbers don’t lie… and we found that we could create a system where families could get earlier preventative and less expensive dental care.”  The program is called QDP – Quality Dental Plan (QualityDentalPlan.com), which is now rolling out nationally across the nation thanks to Dr. Banner and other forwarding thinking dentists. (Tumwater, WA)  As the healthcare debate rages nationally, one Tumwater dentist has decided to do something tangible to help individuals and families afford quality dental care.  “Statistically speaking, more than 60% of Americans don’t have dental insurance,” said Dr. Brant Banner from his dental practice building on Littlerock Road Southwest.  “This means that a large majority of people here locally delay dental procedures, which is not good for dental health or overall healthcare.”  A recent report by CBS News cited by Dr. Banner indicated dental decay as a contributing factor in many seemingly unrelated problems… including employment problems, heart disease and childhood school absences. Innovative Healthcare Solution Formulated LocallyDental Alternative to High Cost Insurance ### For more information about Quality Dental Plan go to QualityDentalPlan.com.  To schedule a press interview with Dr. Brant Banner, contact Kathryn Kelly at 1-508-643-8000 or [email protected] .last_img read more

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