Diary of a captain – Boxing

May 3, 2021

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first_imgSOME flirt with the idea for a few sessions, maybe even a fortnight, but you can spot the reaction in people’s faces: this is hard. When you enter the ring you know that there’s no team to back you up. The guy in the opposite corner has trained for weeks and has dedicated hours of his life to ensure these are the hardest three rounds you’ll ever face. You can’t afford to be weak, you can’t afford not to train hard and you can’t afford to make a mistake. For the squad the pinnacle of the season is Varsity. But to get there you need bouts, which means a continual cycle of peaking physically for fights throughout the season. No one can afford to be on anything other than top form for a contest, so the training is intense from the word go. Preparations begin before the start of Michaelmas when our nutritional plans kick in and the hard work starts. All squad members train 7-10 times per week with the emphasis on building up split second explosive power and technical ability. In a typical session sprints precede circuits on the rope, then sparring. Rounds on the bags are mixed with drills, shadow boxing and more body weight circuits. Track and hill sprint sessions are run two mornings a week, conditioning the body through intervals to reach maximum performance quickly with the fastest recovery time possible. You don’t eat before these! Weight circuits run in the evening focus on explosive movements to build strength and stamina without size, where dedicated sparring sessions focus on building the finished product. We have a mature squad this year, retaining talent from past Blues and others who have trained with the club before. The female squad has gone from strength to strength, receiving recognition from the Blues’ committee, although not counting towards our Varsity fight. We stand to make it 3 wins in 3 this year at the Town Hall, and the pressure of wanting to achieve is already bearing down on us.last_img read more


Fed Data: Checks continue decline; ACH & card payments surge

December 17, 2020

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For the first time, the number of ACH debit transfers has exceeded the number of check payments, according to a new Federal Reserve study.The data, released this month, showed that there were 16.6 billion ACH debit transfers in 2018 but only 14.5 billion check payments. Back in 2000, the story was much different: the year’s 2.1 billion ACH debit transfers paled in comparison to its 42.6 billion check payments.However, the number of check payments has declined rapidly, falling 7.2% per year from 2015 to 2018. That rate was in line with drops between 2003 and 2012, but it was more than twice the 2.8% annual drop recorded over the prior three years.“The growth of payments using debit and credit cards and the automated clearinghouse (ACH) system continued to accelerate from 2015 to 2018, while check payments continued their long-run decline,” the Federal Reserve noted in a press release. continue reading »last_img read more


Around Whittier

January 11, 2020

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first_imgThe event will feature free passport pictures and drawings for prizes, including cruises, vacation packages and more. Also, those who purchase a gift membership or add a family member to their membership will receive a free gift. For more information, call (562) 698-3721. Armenian scholar to be honored LA VERNE – Dr. Garbis Der Yeghiayan of La Verne, an internationally renowned scholar, peace advocate and visionary, will be honored for 30 years of service to Armenian higher education and world peace at a dinner March 17. Der Yeghiayan, president of Mashdots College in Glendale since 1992, served as president/dean of the American Armenian International College at the University of La Verne from 1978 to 1992. WHITTIER – The Friends of the Sorensen Library-Whittier will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library, 11405 Rosehedge Drive. The support group is seeking new members. The group has primarily worked to expand the 1,048-square-foot facility. Angie Castro, a field deputy for county Supervisor Gloria Molina, will be at this week’s meeting. For more information, call (562) 699-7555. Auto Club event to celebrate clients WHITTIER – Automobile Club of Southern California invites members to “Member Appreciation Day” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14 and 15 at the Auto Club’s Whittier office, 16041 Whittier Blvd. The celebration will be held at the Verdugo Hills Country Club in Glendale. Tickets are $65 per person and must be purchased by Saturday. For tickets, or for more information, call Anna Mehrabyan, (818)548-9345 from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. Monday through Friday. Sign-ups for youth volleyball ending LA MIRADA – The registration period for the spring youth volleyball league for children 9 to 14 years old will end Friday. A birth certificate or copy must be presented at the time of registration. The fee is $50. Games are played Sunday afternoons at the La Mirada Community Gymnasium, 15105 Alicante Road. For more information, (562) 902-2938. Arbor Day activity planned next week WHITTIER – The city’s annual Arbor Day celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 13230 Penn St. The celebration will be marked by a tree-planting ceremony and a presentation of a Tree City U.S.A. award by the county Fire Department’s Forestry Division, the 23rd consecutive year Whittier has won the award. For more information, call (562) 484-3375. Grief counseling offered to youths LA MIRADA – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will offer a grief support program for families with youths ages 5 to 17. The “I Count Too” program will offer counseling, education and community outreach to encourage children to grieve losses and celebrate life and living. The program will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. once a week over a five-week period, beginning March 13, at 15060 Imperial Highway, La Mirada. The program is free of charge but pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, call (562)947-3668 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Monday through Friday. – From staff report160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more