Why Buffett’s bet on Japan could turn on higher inflation, weakening dollar

first_imgBerkshire Hathaway Inc’s US$6.2 billion foray into Japan’s five largest trading houses may signal billionaire Warren Buffett’s expectation that inflation and a falling US dollar may make international equities more attractive when economies worldwide recover from the coronavirus pandemic.Berkshire said late Sunday, on Buffett’s 90th birthday, it owned just over 5 percent of each of Itochu Corp, Marubeni Corp, Mitsubishi Corp, Mitsui & Co Ltd and Sumitomo Corp, and said it could increase its stakes to 9.9 percent.The trading houses, known as sogo shosha with their diversified business lines including commodity exploration, fit the legendary investor’s taste for classic value stocks, which have lost investor favor. At the same time, lower valuations and a continued decline in the US dollar, now near a two-year low, could make Japan and other international markets more attractive for US investors, said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group. Expectations of dollar weakness bolster the case for US investors to own international equities if profits get a boost from the strength of the currencies they are denominated in.”That adds up to a pretty good situation for investing in these companies,” Paulson said of Berkshire’s choices.The move fits with Buffett’s longstanding preference for value stocks.“Warren is trying to expand his horizon but stick to his value investing roots at a time the US market is very expensive,” said Paul Lountzis, president of Lountzis Asset Management, which invests nearly one-fifth of its assets in Berkshire.Jamie Rosenwald, co-founder and senior portfolio manager of Asia and Japan investments at Dalton Investments, said Buffett got a bargain “at laughably low valuations on the stock market” which show the “tremendous values available in Japan today.”Buffett, who at Berkshire’s annual meeting in May professed optimism in the US ability to persevere through the pandemic, has looked outside the country before, having bought such companies as Israel’s IMC International Metalworking and German motorcycle apparel retailer Detlev Louis. “Buffett certainly loves the United States,” said James Armstrong, president of Henry H. Armstrong Associates, which invests one-fourth its assets in Berkshire. “Considering that he was able to tap into companies with a global network and their fingers in a lot of pies at an attractive price, that is a winning combination.”The bet on the Japanese companies may strengthen Berkshire’s toehold in the Chinese market, said Guy Spier, portfolio manager at Aquamarine Capital in Zurich, who said that those businesses “have spent far more time figuring out how to deal with a rising China than many.”Charlie Munger, Berkshire’s 96-year-old vice chairman, said in February that Chinese companies are stronger and growing faster than their American counterparts. Berkshire has an investment in BYD Co, a Chinese electric car maker.The deal will also help Berkshire trim its $145 billion cash pile.“Berkshire has the high class problem of needing to put billions of dollars to work,” said Dalton’s Rosenwald.Topics : Berkshire investors said they welcomed Buffett’s wager, at a time US stock valuations are at their highest since the late 1990s tech bubble, lifted by giants such as Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc, both of which Berkshire invests in.“The inflation cocktail is being mixed and Buffett is migrating his investment to where you can create value through inflation,” said Bill Smead, chief investment officer at Smead Capital Management, which invests nearly 3 percent of its assets in Berkshire. “These are companies that will make more money if the price of oil [or] any input goes up.”Prices of gold, inflation-linked bonds and some commodities have surged since March on fears that global central banks’ more than $9 trillion of stimulus to combat the pandemic will spark higher inflation.The Federal Reserve indicated last week it will be slower to move to curtail inflation should it run above its 2 percent target.last_img read more

Europe new ‘epicenter’ of COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgGENEVA  – Europe has now become the epicenter of acoronavirus pandemic that has claimed 5,000 lives around the world, “a tragicmilestone”, the World Health Organization said on Friday. More than132,000 cases of the virus have been reported in 123 countries since it emergedin December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, WHO director-general TedrosAdhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says Europe now had more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China. REUTERS “Europe has nowbecome the epicenter of the pandemic with more reported cases and deaths thanthe rest of world combined apart from China,” he said in Geneva. Tedrosannounced that the WHO was launching a coronavirus Solidarity Response Fund.This would to allow people and organizations to contribute to help fund masks,gloves, gowns and goggles for heath workers, as well as diagnostic kits andinvestment in research and development, including for vaccines. (Reuters)last_img read more

Hummingbird celebration announced in Connersville

first_imgConnersville, In. — The Indiana Audubon will be hosting the inaugural Hummingbird Migration Celebration at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, August 11.  This inaugural event will draw hummingbird enthusiasts from around the Midwest to Connersville, IN for a one-day celebration of all things birds and hummingbirds.  Participants can expect an assortment of activities on the beautiful Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary grounds.Included in this year’s event will include a native plant sale specializing on native species that benefits hummingbirds and butterflies around your property.  Some of the species that will be available at discounted prices include cardinal flowers, lobelia, purple coneflower, royal catchfly, firepink, and many species of early fall aster.  Indiana based Ecologic is supplying this year’s plant selection.The Indiana Audubon Hummingbird Migration Celebration is a festival for the tiny gem, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Multiple sponsors and partners provide an opportunity for all to learn about these amazing little birds, how to attract them, and how to keep them coming year after year. Discounted pre-sale tickets are now available online for $10, with walk-in tickets also available at the event for $15 for adults.  Children under 17 are free.To learn more about the Hummingbird Migration Celebration or Indiana Audubon Society and to search for programs near you, visit them on the web.last_img read more

Aubameyang dresses like wizard for sons’ birthdays 48hrs after FA Cup victory

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang dressed up as wizard for his sons’ birthdays – just 48 hours after his FA Cup final magic. According to The Sun of UK, the Arsenal star, 31, put on an incredible Harry Potter-themed bash for four-year-old Pierre and nine-year-old Curtys on Monday. Aubameyang enjoyed a weekend of celebration having scored twice as the Gunners lifted the FA Cup just two days before his kids’ bash. The Gabon ace shared a picture of his sons’ amazing birthday party. The family got all dressed up in their wizard robes and held up a Harry Potter sign which read: “Pierre and Curtys, four and nine years old.” On the table next to them sat an incredible selection of cupcakes and cake pops. But the show-stopper was the “Sorting Hat” birthday cake… Aubameyang captioned the sweet snap: “Pierre Jr Ready to go to Hogwarts school for his 4th Birthday!!! “Love you my son.” The photo has already been liked of 300,000 times, including by Arsenal legend Ian Wright. Promoted Content7 Gadgets & Inventions That Could Save Our PlanetYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian Actresses6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCare To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Loading… center_img Aubameyang also gave Gunners fans a glimpse into the cup celebrations on his Instagram story after his two goals downed Chelsea at Wembley. The striker – tipped with a move away from the Emirates this summer – shared a series of messages of congratulations from friends and fans, including one of his front-flip celebration after netting the winner. The win sealed the club’s record 14th FA Cup trophy – which Aubameyang dropped – and helped Arsenal players claw back £12million in wages. Mikel Arteta’s squad agreed to a 12.5 per cent annual pay cut to help with the financial problems of coronavirus. Players were promised they would get their money back if they made the Champions League. And despite not doing that, qualifying for the Europa League by winning the cup means the cut will be just 7.5 percent. read also:Arsenal to hand Aubameyang new £250,000k deal after FA Cup heroicsIt means Arsenal will save £18m on their £240m annual wage bill rather than the £30m originally envisaged. Despite being seemingly on his way out of the Emirates, locked in a contract war with club chiefs, cup hero Emiliano Martinez is hoping to convince the striker to stay. Reports claim the Gunners are set to offer him £250,000 a week to continue his stay in North London. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Early registration for GMR&SC Endurance meet opens today

first_imgEARLY registration for next weekend’s season-opening Endurance race of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) opens today.Competitors can uplift registration forms at the club’s Albert Street office during business hours. Teams will pay a fee of $5 000 per entry.According to information from the club, competitors will be gridded on their entries on a first-come basis, so persons are urged to get registered early.“We want less of a hassle this year so we’ve opened the pre-registration period. We are going to grid based on how people register their team,” GMR&SC president Rameez Mohamed was quoted as saying.Five classes will be in action on the day which will feature both bikes and cars competing in separate races.In the first class, cars up to 1500cc will be considered eligible, with the second class being from 1501 to 1600cc. The third class will see cars in the 1601-2000cc class with the unlimited class featuring cars over 2000cc.On release of the calendar yesterday, president of the club Rameez Mohamed commented, “We know that the guys (racers) were asking for early indication of events so we tried as much as possible to get that out so persons can prepare.”He continued, “We also saw the need to get the bikes involved (for this Endurance) as well because they are an important stakeholder in racing and the support for them during the last outing was outstanding.”“What we also have this year is the Endurance calendar being done on a championship basis rather than by meet so persons can rebound from a bad weekend to still fight for a championship.”The Endurance championship will be followed by a local drag race meet on February 11 with the club’s Annual General Meeting set for the 16th.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe 35-year-old Ronaldo become just the second male player to reach a century of goals for a national team when he curled a free kick into the top corner from 25 meters for the first of his two strikes in Portugal’s 2-0 win at Sweden in the Nations League. Scoring one of the best goals of his international career was a fitting way to enter the “100 Club” where he joins former Iran striker Ali Daei. Belgium and France also won and joined Portugal on two wins from two games in group play.TRACK-SEMENYA APPEALSemenya loses appealGENEVA (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya has lost her long legal battle against track and field’s rules to limit female runners’ naturally high testosterone levels. Missing injured stars Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and more, they began the day tied with Houston for the last two spots in the expanded playoff field during the pandemic-shortened 60-game season.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Phillies started a run of five doubleheaders with a win Tuesday afternoon. Alec Bohm hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning to rally the Philadelphia Phillies over the Boston Red Sox 6-5 in today’s first game. Bohm came through with Philadelphia down to its last strike. The rookie drove in four runs with three hits, including his winner off Matt Barnes as the Phillies compete for their first playoff berth since 2011. Elswhere:— The Twins and Cardinals split a doubleheader in St. Louis. Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sanó all homered to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-3 victory in the first game, as starter Jose Berríos pitched into the sixth inning for the win. In the nightcap, Matt Wieters hit 14 foul balls during a 19-pitch at-bat that ended with a flyout as the Cards scratched out a 6-4 win. The two-game series at Busch Stadium was condensed to one day so the Cardinals could have one more day off before the end of the season, with a backlog of makeup games this month. UNDATED (AP) — Leaders of six state legislatures in the Big Ten footprint have sent a letter to Commissioner Kevin Warren asking the conference to reconsider its decision to cancel the fall football season.The letter is written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.The Big Ten, and Warren in particular, have received strong pushback since the conference announced that university presidents voted to push back football and other fall sports until the second semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields started a petition seeking a reversal, parents of players held a protest outside Big Ten headquarters and eight Nebraska players filed a lawsuit.Meanwhile, the Big 12 is struggling to get its season going on time. Baylor became the third Big 12 team to postpone its scheduled season opener this week because of the coronavirus. The Bears were supposed to open at home Saturday against Louisiana Tech, but the visiting school announced that it would not be able to play because of a number of recent positive COVID-19 tests. The school didn’t provide any specific numbers. September 8, 2020 In other matches:American Jennifer Brady also advanced to the semifinals by beating Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-2. Seeded 28th, Brady dominated from the baseline in her first major quarterfinal. The 25-year-old played for the UCLA Bruins as part of their 2014 NCAA championship team.On the men’s side: Alexander Zverev is a Grand Slam semifinalist for the second time in as many majors this year. Seeded fifth, Zverev advanced to the U.S. Open’s final four by rallying past No. 27 Borna Coric 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-3, overcoming 12 double-faults and 46 unforced errors. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALLLegislative leaders urge Big Ten to reconsider as Big 12 struggles to get going — Khris Davis homered and hit an RBI double against previously unbeaten Zack Greinke, and the Oakland Athletics sent the Houston Astros to their sixth straight loss, 4-2 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader. Ash from nearby wildfires fell inside the Coliseum as the A’s stretched their AL West lead over second-place Houston to 5 1/2 games. — Kansas City snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-6. Maikel Franco drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and had an RBI single in the ninth for the Royals. Whit Merrifield hit a three-run homer and Cam Gallagher had an RBI double for Kansas City, which had been outscored 51-18 in losing its first seven games in September. — Juan Soto drove in a run in his return to the lineup and the Washington Nationals used strong relief pitching to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 and sweep the two-game series. After missing five games with left elbow soreness, the 21-year old Soto was back in the lineup as the designated hitter for just the second time this season. — Spencer Turnbull allowed three hits in six scoreless innings, and the Detroit Tigers broke the game open with five runs in the fifth on their way to an 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It wasn’t all good news for the Tigers, however. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who leads Detroit with eight home runs, left with a right wrist contusion after being hit by a pitch in the fourth. MLB-NEWS — NBA coaches or other team staffers could have guests in the bubble later this month. Team staffs would be limited to a total of 10 guests, all of whom would have to begin a self-quarantining period at home immediately, then travel to Central Florida next week to begin another week of even stricter lockdown. Those guests could then enter the so-called bubble at Walt Disney World on Sept. 21, about a week before the scheduled start of the NBA Finals.MLB RESULTSDoubleheaders abound while Yanks drop another.BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gary Sánchez and the slumping New York Yankees lost their fifth in a row and fell for the 15th time in 20 games, again failing to get clutch hits in a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Hours after general manager Brian Cashman tried to change his team’s fortunes with a pregame address, the Yankees continued to struggled. At 21-21, the Yankees are at .500 or worse in September for the first time since 1995. — The New York Giants have waived cornerback DeAndre Baker, with the 22-year-old facing armed robbery charges relating to an incident in Florida in May. Baker has been on the commissioner’s exempt list since July 27. He has not participated in any Giants activities since the incident.— The Jacksonville Jaguars promoted quarterback Mike Glennon from the practice squad to the active roster and placed linebacker Quincy Williams on injured reserve. Williams had surgery for a core muscle injury last month. He will miss at least the first three games of the regular season. Glennon gives the Jaguars an experienced backup heading into the opener against Indianapolis on Sunday. Rookie sixth-round draft pick Jake Luton beat out Glennon for the backup spot. But the veteran might be a better option, if needed, to fill in for starter Gardner Minshew early in the season.TENNIS-US OPENBrady wins quarterfinalNEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has played powerful, clean tennis to beat 93rd-ranked Shelby Rogers in straight sets in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. Osaka’s victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night was built on seven aces and an ability to get the better of the big hitting by both from the baseline. Rogers, a 27-year-old from South Carolina, had won all three previous matchups against Osaka. But this time, Rogers ended up with 27 unforced errors, Osaka just eight. Osaka, who won the U.S. Open two years ago, will meet No. 28 seed Jennifer Brady in the semifinals. The fifth-seeded Heat finished off an upset of the NBA’s best regular-season team Tuesday, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 103-94 in Game 5 of their East semifinal series — while Antetokounmpo, the league’s reigning MVP, couldn’t play because of a sprained right ankle.Butler and Goran Dragic each scored 17 points for the Heat, who won the series 4-1. Khris Middleton had 23 for Milwaukee.NBA NEWSBilly Donovan out as Thunder coach after 5 seasonsUNDATED (AP) — Billy Donovan won’t return as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after five seasons. Update on the latest sports NFL NEWSAP source: Broncos star Miller sustains serious ankle injuryUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Denver Broncos fear star linebacker Von Miller suffered a season-ending ankle injury Tuesday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced any results of Miller’s MRI, said Miller got hurt toward the end of practice. Miller appeared primed for a big season following an offseason in which he added several pounds of muscle and said he had rededicated himself to the sport. In other NFL news: — Running back Kareem Hunt has signed a two-year, $13.25 million extension with the Cleveland Browns. Hunt served an eight-game NFL suspension last year after joining Cleveland as a free agent. That followed his release by the Kansas City Chiefs following two violent off-field altercations. Hunt will begin the season as the No. 2 back behind Pro Bowler Nick Chubb. However, coach Kevin Stefanski plans to use Hunt as a pass catcher as well.— The Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract extension with star receiver DeAndre Hopkins that will keep the three-time All-Pro in Arizona through the 2024 season. The team announced the deal on Tuesday but didn’t disclose terms. The NFL Network reported that the extension is worth $54.5 million over two years. The receiver is guaranteed $42.75 million. The deal also has a no-trade clause and no-franchise tag clause. The Cardinals landed the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Hopkins in a surprising trade with the Texans during the offseason, sending veteran running back David Johnson to Houston.— Washington coach Ron Rivera missed his team’s first game week practice to start treatment for a form of skin cancer. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio stepped in and ran practice as planned when Rivera was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Del Rio did not have an update on how Rivera was feeling but expects him back at the training facility Wednesday. Del Rio has experience doing this from his time in Denver when coach John Fox had heart surgery.— Buffalo has signed receiver Jake Kumerow to its practice squad, three days after he was cut by the Packers. The Packers’ decision to cut Kumerow was considered one of their biggest surprises in establishing their 53-player roster on Saturday. And it came on the heels of quarterback Aaron Rodgers calling Kumerow “super reliable” while discussing Green Bay’s receivers. More pitching woes for BravesATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves’ season-long rotation woes continue as Max Fried has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Fried had been the only current healthy member of the projected rotation before the season began.Fried has filled the void left when the Braves lost opening day starter Mike Soroka for the season to a torn right Achilles tendon early in the season.The latest blow to the rotation could accelerate the team’s plans to have Cole Hamels rushed into action for his 2020 debut.In other baseball news: Associated Press — The San Diego Padres have put first baseman Eric Hosmer on the 10-day injured list with a broken left index finger. Manager Jayce Tingler said Hosmer won’t need surgery and his finger is in a split. Tingler said the recovery time could be two to three weeks. — The Chicago Cubs have added outfielder Billy Hamilton to their active roster and optioned slumping slugger José Martínez to their alternate training site. Hamilton was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets on Monday. Hamilton, who turns 30 on Wednesday, went 1 for 22 in 17 games with New York before he was designated for assignment on Friday.— The Milwaukee Brewers have released first baseman Justin Smoak, who had been designated for assignment last week. Smoak hit .186 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games for the Brewers. His struggles came after he hit 85 homers over the previous three seasons with Toronto although his home run totals and batting average slipped over the course of that span.— Former American League President Gene Budig has died. Budig brought an academic pedigree to the job and was the last one to hold the post, serving in the post from 1994 until 2000 when owners abolished league presidents. Budig was the head of three universities —Kansas, West Virginia and Illinois State. His death was announced Tuesday by the commissioner’s office and the Charleston RiverDogs, a minor league team he co-owned. No cause was given. He had been in hospice in South Carolina. Gene Budig was 81 years old.— All Puerto Rican players will be allowed to wear No. 21 on Wednesday during Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Day celebration. The move to wear the number, similar to MLB’s celebration of Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 each April 15, started with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Roberto Clemente Jr., son of the late Hall of Famer, said he received a text from Pirates third base coach Joey Cora on July 29 at the behest of Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton, asking whether all Pirates players could wear the number on Sept. 9. Clemente died in a plane crash on Dec, 31, 1972, following takeoff from Puerto Rico on a flight to bring relief supplies to Nicaragua following an earthquake. TCU had to put off its scheduled opener Friday night against SMU after a virus outbreak and Oklahoma State has pushed back its opener against Tulsa a week to Sept. 19. Seven Big 12 teams are still scheduled to play. EUROPEAN SOCCERRonaldo reaches century of international goals for PortugalUNDATED (AP) — Add 100 international goals to the extraordinary list of milestones achieved by soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Donovan took the Thunder to the playoffs every year and was a finalist for Coach of the Year this season after his squad outperformed expectations and pushed the Houston Rockets to seven games in the first round of the playoffs.Donovan went 243-157 with Oklahoma City. Before that, he led the University of Florida to two national championships and four Final Four appearances in 19 seasons. Donovan was at the end of his contract and he and the team described his departure as a mutual decision.In other NBA news:— Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Defensive Player of the Year, so it should be no surprise that he was also the leading vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive team. The Milwaukee Bucks forward appeared on 97 of the first-team ballots out of 100 cast by a global panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Also on the first team: Lakers forward Anthony Davis, 76ers guard Ben Simmons, Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Celtics guard Marcus Smart. The second team selections were Clippers teammates Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley, Bucks teammates Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe and Miami forward Bam Adebayo.— The Los Angeles Clippers have received final approval from Inglewood’s city government to begin construction on their new arena next summer. The Clippers also announced a deal to buy the publicly owned property on the arena site for $66.25 million. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is building a privately financed 18,000-seat arena along with a practice facility and corporate offices for his NBA franchise, which has shared Staples Center since it opened in 1999. Ballmer intends to open his new arena in 2024, immediately following the expiration of his team’s lease at Staples Center. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSHeat reach the East finals, top Bucks to win series 4-1LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are headed to the Eastern Conference finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo could only watch. Switzerland’s supreme court says its judges dismissed Semenya’s appeal against a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling last year that upheld the rules drafted by track’s governing body affecting female runners with differences of sex development. The Swiss Federal Tribunal said CAS had the right to uphold the rules to guarantee fair competition for certain running disciplines in female athletics.The federal court said it was limited to examining “whether the CAS decision violates fundamental and widely recognized principles of public order.” It concluded “that is not the case.”,Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Group classes crucial for staying fit in college

first_imgUSC provides a variety of group exercise classes, which are imperative to staying fit in college, according to a new study.In shape · Pamela Crawford, a master trainer, instructed Shayna Turk, a sophomore majoring in psychology. Group classes are key to remaining fit. – Jennifer Schultz | Daily TrojanThe top motivator for college students to work out is having educated professionals at their universities’ fitness centers to teach group classes such as yoga, aerobics and Zumba, according to an American College of Sports Medicine survey of the top fitness trends for 2012 published in the November issue of Health & Fitness Journal.Leora Mitzner, a student teacher and yoga instructor at the Lyon Center, said it is easier for students to commit to a weekly group exercise class than to work out alone.“When students attend a group class, it becomes part of their schedule like their academic classes, and so they’re much less likely to skip out when school gets stressful,” Mitzner said. “Although the attendance for my classes still dwindles around midterms, I’ve found that the few who stay committed have the best experience at these times. One student told me that my morning yoga class was the one thing that got him through the day.”Melissa Rocque, a senior majoring in international relations (global business), said she has been attending spin, yoga and Pilates classes regularly since she was a freshman.“It’s more motivating when you’re in a group of people because it increases the competitive drive,” Rocque said. “If I’m spinning by myself it’s easy to slack off, but it’s much more motivating when you see a group of people working hard around you.”She said this keeps her motivated to go to the gym during midterms.“As a student, you get busy as classes and activities happen,” Rocque said. “It’s really nice to have your workout be a kind of social thing when you have all those other things going on.”Sarah Francis, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention studies and public health, said blocking out specific times to work out and having motivating instructors makes group workouts useful.“You’re guaranteed to work out for a certain amount of time, whether it’s 45 minutes or an hour, so it makes you work out longer than if you just came on your own,” Francis said. “It’s a better workout because you have instructors pushing you; it’s a longer workout and it’s more fun because you can bring friends and make it more social.”Some students, however, said they prefer to work out by themselves. Chris Zao, a graduate student studying computer science engineering, said he only has time to work out late in the day.“I work out at 11 p.m., when there are no group classes being held at the Lyon Center,” Zao said. “Because of my busy schedule as a graduate student, working out at night four times a week is the only time I get.”Daniel Heller, a yoga teacher at Lyon Center and USC web services staff member, said students do not have to neglect their bodies if they do not have time to work out.“Study and meditation over a prolonged period of time are what yoga was invented for,” Heller said. “I’d tell busy students to try holding simple or restorative yoga poses while studying, if you aren’t too self-conscious or confined to a library.”Certain poses might also help students stay awake, Heller said.“If you’re exhausted and have to finish a reading assignment, lie down on your back with legs vertical and feet flexed, holding your book above your eyes,” Heller said. “You can’t fall asleep without dropping a book on your head, and after a few minutes you and all your abdominals will be awake.”last_img read more

Kwadwo Asamoah’s ‘issues’ prevented me from playing him more – Kwesi Appiah denies rift

first_imgThe former head coach of the Black Stars, Kwesi Appiah, has explained that despite rumours of a rift between him and midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, the player’s frequent absence from the side under his tenure was due to the certain “issues” the player had.He was speaking to Godfred Akoto Boafo in an all new Citi TV’s Face To Face which will on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 9 pm.Kwadwo Asamoah’s relationship with coach Kwesi Appiah appeared to take a nosedive at the AFCON resulting in him playing just two times.The player came out to say that he was not comfortable with the left-sided midfield role assigned him.The Inter Milan player was then dropped from Kwesi Appiah’s squad for Ghana’s African Cup of Nation qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe last November.While some fans have expressed disappointment at the player’s frequent exclusion under Appiah, the former national team coach claims the player had his own problems, including injuries, which left him no option than not to rely on other players in Ghana’s quest to glory.“He had a lot of issues that people don’t know about. He really wanted to serve his country. He had an injury and that has bothered him. Even now he has to take some injections before he comes to the field.“Now the game is developing so fast and his exclusion and inclusion is based on his problems and the dynamics of the game.”last_img read more

Ghana bow out of FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

first_imgGhana bowed out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a disappointing 1-1 draw against United States of America on Monday morning.It was a hard-fought match with limited goalscoring opportunities at either end in a blustery Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.USA commenced the day in top spot and needed only a draw to guarantee progression, but a point would have left the door open for France or New Zealand to leapfrog them at the summit.As it panned out, France’s 2-0 win saw the pair level at the top on points and goals only for USA to finish as group-winners on Fair Play criteria, having picked up one fewer yellow card.The goalscoring was compacted into two first-half minutes with Ghana breaking the deadlock on 20 minutes. Ernestina Abambila pushed a lobbed ball over the backline that seemed neither shot nor pass, but goalkeeper Casey Murphy could only fumble on to the frame of the goal and over the line.However, USA captain and attacking focal point Mallory Pugh again displayed her class with a smart equaliser. A driving run was followed by a perfect low shot for Pugh’s second of the tournament. Earlier, the lively Ashley Sanchez pushed a shot just inches wide of the post, and could also have netted midway through the second half after ghosting in behind the Ghana backline.The best opening of the second half, however, fell to Ghana with seven minutes remaining, but Sandra Owusu-Ansah stabbed her close-range effort over from close range.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola: I’ll reveal my future plans ‘next week’

first_imgBayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says he will announce whether he will sign a new contract at the club or leave in the summer as early as next week.Guardiola’s future is one of the big unanswered questions in European football with his current deal with Bayern Munich expiring at the end of what will be his third season with the club. Bayern had previously spoken of their confidence he will sign a new contract, although that stance did soften amid suggestions a pre-contract had been agreed with Manchester City.City are reported to be very hopeful of landing Guardiola if indeed he does decide to leave Bayern, although Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with the man who won 14 trophies in four seasons at Barcelona. Guardiola says all will be clear next week.”Tonight I have no answer,” he said after Bayern’s DFP Pokal victory over Darmstadt on Tuesday night. “Next week you will know the answer. Next week there will be clarity.”–last_img read more