Pyeongchang sets standard for Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022

By Elliott Almond | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 26, 2018 at 5:00 am | UPDATED: February 26, 2018 at 5:04 am PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — After starting under a numbing freeze the Pyeongchang Games bid adieu Sunday on a picturesque spring day in the Taebaek Mountains of eastern Korea. For 19 days, the planet’s best and sometimes, hardest-trying, athletes held a convention of speed, endurance and adrenaline to fulfill South Korea’s message of passion for sports. In the best-run Olympics since the 2012 London Games, Korea’s second Games left an indelible mark to give athletes a reason for renewed faith in an event that was fraying at the edges after Sochi in 2014 and Rio two years ago. “In Pyeongchang, the world became one,” organizing committee president Lee Hee-beom said Sunday night during a closing ceremony. “Transcending the differences of race, religion, nation and gender, we smiled together, cried together, and shared friendship together.” Lee’s remarks characterized everything the Koreans did right in a month of sport that won’t soon be forgotten. They established a standard for the next two Games that also will be held in Asia, starting with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled for Beijing. The sports festival near the East Sea overcame tensions between Washington and Pyongyang as the Trump Administration pressured North Korea to back away from an aggressive nuclear arms program that has destabilized the region. The strain seemed to dissipate when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a delegation of athletes, cheerleaders and others to participate in the event located about 50 miles from the Demilitarized Zone. After that, the athletes took center stage, much to the relief of International Olympic Committee officials who continue to grapple with residue from the 2014 Sochi Games. The outlandish costs of a reported $51 Continue Reading

Gary’s early schools set standard for education

A century ago, the Gary school system drew worldwide attention for its innovative instructional methods. Students focused on traditional academic courses like reading, writing and math, of course, but they also had classes in art, industrial arts, music, public speaking and other areas to make them well-rounded. That might sound like high school, but this was the routine for elementary school students, too, in Gary’s largest schools for the first half of the 20th century. The concept spread across the country and drew visitors from around the world to Gary’s schools. William Wirt Ron Cohen, a retired Indiana University Northwest history professor, is author of dozens of books, including “Children of the Mill” about the Gary school system in the first six decades of the 20th century. The city’s first school superintendent, William Wirt, arrived in the newly formed city in the fall of 1906 to interview for the position. “He knew this was going to be a big city,” Cohen said, and Wirt was eager to put his ideas into practice. School board minutes from that era don’t exist, Cohen said, but it’s clear Wirt was trusted. “He was the boss. Nobody questioned him until the 1930s, when the Democrats came into power,” Cohen said. “He was a tyrant, very conservative and very religious.” Wirt was superintendent in Gary from summer 1907 until 1938, when he died in office. Wirt’s theories Wirt’s concept for the Gary school system was radical at the time. “It’s not going to sound like any elementary school you’ve ever heard of,” Cohen said. Wirt didn’t want children sitting at a desk all day. “You work with your hands, and it develops your mind,” Cohen said. Wirt — born on a farm near tiny Markle, Indiana, in 1874 — also believed cities were corrupt, evil and plagued with alcohol abuse and violent crime, Cohen Continue Reading

Mass. should set standards for recovery coaches

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page January 03, 2018 Who gets to call themselves a recovery coach?Even in the midst of a raging opioid epidemic, Massachusetts now lets just about anyone market themselves as a coach to help people claw back from addiction. “It’s like the Wild West,” an official at a treatment facility on Cape Cod told the Globe in November. Not surprisingly, accounts of unscrupulous or unprepared coaches have emerged, preying on vulnerable families desperate for help. Advertisement But that would start to change if the Legislature passes a bill proposed by Governor Baker that would lead to professional standards for recovery coaches. Even as the state seems to be making modest progress fighting opioid addiction, the bill contains crucial reforms to keep up the pressure. Get Truth and Consequences in your inbox: Michael A. Cohen takes on the absurdities and hypocrisies of the current political moment. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Ideally, recovery coaches can play a life-saving role. Navigating the health care system is challenging — especially for those in the throes of addiction. “Often what happens is, a person may get three days of detox and then a piece of paper with a bunch of numbers to call to continue treatment, so there are those big gaps in treatments,” said Marylou Sudders, the state secretary of Health and Human Services. Recovery coaches help patients fill out forms, apply for services, find sober houses, and endure the ups and downs of recovery. Many of the most effective coaches are recovering addicts themselves, allowing them to build rapport with patients.Professional licensing would give recovery coaches the recognition they deserve, and could make it easier for them to get reimbursed by insurance companies for their services. Hopefully, it would also help weed out unqualified Continue Reading

NBC’s Cris Collinsworth urges players to set standards in light of Greg Hardy

Now it’s on the players. That was Cris Collinsworth’s message from inside AT&T Stadium on NBC’s “Football Night in America” Sunday pregame show. The Cowboys declined NBC’s request to speak with Jerry Jones and Greg Hardy. And Bob Costas said since all legal avenues in the Hardy case have been exhausted, all the recent emotion over the situation is “outrage after the fact. RAISSMAN: NO HARDY 'BOYS MYSTERY “But here’s what you can’t do this time,” Costas said. “You can’t blame Roger Goodell (for the Hardy outcome).” That didn’t stop Collinsworth from urging the players to take charge. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS SPORTS ON FACEBOOK. "LIKE" US HERE. “All that’s really left now is for the NFL players, the players themselves, to set the standards,” Collinsworth said. “And wouldn’t it feel good just for once to have the NFL players, on this critical issue, to come out and say: ‘We want stricter, not lesser, punishments for our players who are involved in domestic violence issues. That's the only possibility of moving this forward.” Continue Reading

Sunday Morning Quarterback: Broncos QB Peyton Manning is setting standard for passing records that will stand for a long time

Brett Favre didn’t push the all-time record for touchdown passes out far enough. Peyton Manning is making sure that’s not an issue for him. As long as Manning stays healthy, which is always a concern for any quarterback — especially one who’s 38 years old and has had four neck surgeries — and as long as wants to keep playing another couple of years, which doesn’t seem to be an issue, the NFL is pretty much going to have to outlaw defensive backs for anybody to catch him. He broke Favre’s record of 508 on Sunday when he got to 510 by torching the 49ers with four TD passes. Then he added another three against the Chargers on Thursday night. Think about it: Seven touchdowns in two games over five days — and it wasn’t even a personal record. He had seven in one game last year against the Ravens. Manning now has a league-leading 22 TD passes in just seven games and 513 for his career. At this pace of just over three TDs per game, he will finish with 50 for the season, giving him 541 for his career. Let’s say he plays two more years — and he’s playing so well and having so much fun in the second phase of his career that it could be longer — and slows down a bit and throws just 35 TDs per year, that will put him at 611. After the uncertainty of whether he would be able to continue his career after he had the fourth of his neck surgeries in 2011 and missed the entire season with the Colts, he’s not going to let go and retire any time soon — especially with John Elway spending the money to make sure he puts a Super Bowl-caliber team around him to take advantage of the years he has Manning and to keep Manning happy. It’s not quite the same approach Bill Belichick has taken in New England with Tom Brady. Each year, Belichick gives Brady fewer weapons. Of course, Elway, with one franchise tag, has to find a way to keep wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Continue Reading

NFL sets standard for 2015 to avoid DeflateGate Part II, footballs will be inflated to 13 PSI

The NFL wants its air to be fair. The league has altered its policy for regulations on air pressure in footballs following the DeflateGate scandal, setting new standards for the 2015 season. Speaking before Giants practice on Friday, referee John Parry discussed how officiating crews will have two Wilson pressure gauges for measuring the PSI of footballs and that each ball will be inflated to 13 PSI before it leaves the locker room. This means that quarterbacks no longer have the ability to have an inflation preference. Referees will stamp the footballs prior to kickoff to document that each ball has been inspected. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS SPORTS ON FACEBOOK. "LIKE" US HERE. DEFLATEGATE: A COMPLETE TIMELINE OF THE PATRIOTS SCANDAL “Every referee has a different stamp,” said Parry, whose custom stamp simply reads JP. “Randomly throughout the course of the season ... we will once again gauge and check the footballs’ air pressure at halftime. We will document what that air pressure was, it will go in our envelope that we ship to New York after the game.” Previously, the league allowed balls to be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 PSI, thus allowing quarterbacks some wiggle room for their preference. The DeflateGate scandal erupted when the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady were accused of using under-inflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game. Brady has maintained his innocence and said that he specifically asked for the balls to be inflated to 12.5 PSI. This rule change ideally eliminates any variation in the footballs. During a game, a team and/or player could conceivably request that an official inspect a ball. “If somebody came to us and said, ‘Hey, this ball isn’t right ...’ if we thought there was an issue we would remove it and get a new football in,” Parry said. “But I promise you, that football, the one we’re removing, will Continue Reading

Ranking NFL secondaries: Seahawks still set standard, surprise team cracks Top 5

NFL rosters are essentially set until training camps open later this month. USA TODAY Sports has analyzed each team's depth chart and is ranking units throughout the league. Today's positional group: Secondaries1. Seattle Seahawks: The Legion of Boom is still legit. FS Earl Thomas and SS Kam Chancellor remain, arguably, the premier players at their respective positions, while Pro Bowler Richard Sherman continues to be one of the league's elite corners. CB DeShawn Shead, whose prognosis is currently clouded after he tore a knee ligament in the playoffs, had also become a valuable component of a unit that allowed just 16 TD passes in 2016 even though injuries cost Thomas and Chancellor nine combined games. Third rounders Shaquill Griffin and Delano Hill only deepen a talent pool that also includes veteran Jeremy Lane.2. Denver Broncos: The No Fly Zone features the game's top cover tandem with Chris Harris Jr. (does anyone defend the slot better?) and Aqib Talib listed first and second, respectively, at cornerback, per ProFootballFocus' 2016 league-wide rankings. Bradley Roby comes off a down year but rounds out a dynamic nickel package. Darian Stewart and hard-hitting T.J. Ward are a solid safety combo though not nearly as formidable as the top-ranked pass defense's corners. And it should be noted the pass rush is a big reason Denver posted league lows in TD passes allowed (13), passer rating (69.7) and completion rate (55.4%). MORE COVERAGE:3. New York Giants: S Landon Collins (125 tackles, 4 sacks, 5 INTs) emerged as an impact player, finishing third in voting for NFL defensive player of the year behind Khalil Mack and Von Miller. The arrival of CB Janoris Jenkins was another significant reason for last year's defensive turnaround. He leads a promising trio that includes Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and 2016 first rounder Eli Apple. But the Giants will need upgraded play at free safety.4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Surprised? CB Jalen Ramsey proved worthy Continue Reading

La Quinta could set standard with 500-year storm plan

Floods could be a thing of the past in La Quinta if the City Council decides to spend about $17.4 million on drainage improvements that would handle a 500-year storm – five times the current capacity.It’s a proactive approach the City Council wants to take to avoid flooding that came with a September 2014 storm that delivered nearly 3 inches of rain to the city within an hour – 2 inches shy of La Quinta’s average annual rainfall.It would also be a standard no other city in California is known to have set.But, first, the city needs to find the money.“Five hundred years at $17 million may be a bit more than we can chew,” Councilman Lee Osborne said.On Tuesday, the City Council was presented with the results of a drainage study in areas hardest hit by storms in 2013 and 2014.The study, by Irvine-based Michael Baker International, focused on the area bordered by Avenue 48 to the north, Washington Street to the east, Eisenhower Drive to the west and Calle Tampico to the south.The area was divided into three sections with the most costly improvements – as much as$11 million being in the north area, around Eisenhower Drive and La Quinta Resort – where much of the flood damage occurred in 2014.The study was done “using the most state-of-the-art software” available for hydrology studies, said Tom Ryan, of Michael Baker International.It found that the city’s existing 100-year system -- which meets county and state mandates -- works as it should. However, it was not sufficient for 200-year storm that hit in August 2013 nor the September 2014 storm deemed “in excess of a 500-year storm.”The 2014 storm left the city with an estimated $15 million in damage and caused major flooding to homes. The city has since been named, along with Coachella Valley Water District and La Quinta Resort, in a lawsuit filed by a group of homeowners affected by the flooding.“We need to assume that we are going to have Continue Reading

Management and players set standard in sports for labor relations with new MLB deal

There was a time, of course, when it seemed unthinkable that Major League Baseball would set the standard in sports for labor relations. But to listen as the players and owners essentially blew kisses at one another Tuesday was to understand just how much the two sides have grown up since the dark days of a canceled season in 1994 and the steroid-driven madness that followed. Suffice to say that Bud Selig was in his glory as he presided over a press conference on the 29th floor of MLB headquarters announcing a new labor agreement that should assure his sport of 21 straight seasons without interruption. And, really, who could blame him? The NBA season is in lockout mode, the cash-cow NFL looked small in locking out players over the summer and here is MLB, suddenly the industry model for doing business correctly. Selig’s reign may always be tainted by the damage steroids did to baseball, yet the commissioner deserves credit now that baseball has taken the drug-testing lead among the major sports by including blood testing for human growth hormone in this agreement. The problem now is that the HGH testing policy seems to be flawed, as in-season testing will be done only if there is “reasonable cause,” a rather nebulous term that nobody explained with any clarity on Tuesday. However, both sides insisted there is an understanding about reasonable cause. Furthermore, they say they are moving toward including in-season testing during the course of this agreement, and indeed, what seems to be most important here is just how much the climate has changed between management and the players’ union. The fear and loathing has been overcome, finally, by common sense and what seems to be a sincere interest in working together for the good of the game. “I don’t think there’s any doubt you learn from the past,” Selig said. “Who is to blame is no longer important. To see where we are today, I couldn’t be more Continue Reading

Occupy Wall Street protesters’ own security detail sets standards for conduct in Zuccotti Park

Protesters in Zuccotti Park may be free spirits, but they’ve decided they need some rules all the same. And if you dare break them - you’re out. The group has formed its own security detail to enforce a code of ethics mapped out during their general assembly meeting Monday. “If you want to be part of our group, you have to be civilized,” said Paul Isaac, 45, who is part of Occupy Wall Street’s security team. “Unfortunately, some people come to disrupt the peace.” PHOTOS: LIFE IN ZUCCOTTI PARK The list includes rules against stealing, sexual harassment and hurting others - including their feelings. The group also put a ban on fuel, weapons or drugs in the park. “Basically, we want people to respect one another,” Isaac said. We want to stay on message. We don’t want people who want to add fuel to the fire, he added. Victims are told to report any violation to the security team, who will decide whether the person should be kicked out of the park or reported to the police. “A community this size will have its stress and strains,” said protester Bill Dobbs, noting recent arrests in the park. Garfield Leslie, 19, was arrested Oct. 22 for trying to sell cocaine and brawling with protesters. One of his pals was later arrested for intimidating a witness. Dobbs said that such behavior shouldn’t blacken the image of the protesters. “People care for one another but people don’t see that,” he said. Self-regulations will not distract occupiers from the big picture, protesters said. “The history books will say ‘They occupied Wall St.’ Not ‘Somebody Stole Somebody’s Backpack,’ ” said Kia Moyer-Sims, 19, who has been here since day 1 of the occupation Meanwhile, police denied a report by Daily News Op-Ed writer Harry Siegel that suggested officers have been directing homeless people to Zuccotti Park when they are caught drinking in other areas of Continue Reading