MUNCIE, Ind. – A new study from Ball State University reveals one in 10 Americans may suffer from severe weather phobia that causes them to lose sleep or have feelings of helplessness.The college surveyed 300 people in 43 states. About 85 percent of respondents reported having at least some degree of severe-weather fear while 46 percent described their fear level as “a little bit.”About 10 percent of participants classified themselves as having an overall fear level as both “extreme” and “quite a bit” categories, possibly indicating severe-weather phobia.Three percent of respondents reported seeking professional or self-help treatment for severe-weather phobia or specific inclement weather events.“Severe weather phobia is very real,” says Jill Coleman, a Ball State geography professor and lead author on the study, which was recently published in the American Meteorological Society Journal. “Some people will get physically ill or lose sleep while others will start watching weather forecasts on a more regular basis.“Overall, we found that people simply love to talk about the weather. In the West, it’s about high winds and wildfires, and here in the Midwest it’s all about tornados, thunderstorms and blizzards. On the East Coast, people are more likely to talk about hurricanes than regular thunderstorms.”The study also found that 11.7 percent of participants reported they know someone who surfers from severe-weather phobia.She also believes the study lays the groundwork for a better understanding of severe weather phobia phenomena as well as the role that weather knowledge and anxiety plays in the minds of individuals across the country.
St. Louis-1 defeated All Saints-1 51-32. St. Louis-1 would jump out to a 16-6 first quarter lead and would extended the lead to 15 at halftime 31-16. St. Louis-1 would keep up the good play in the second half to come away with the win. We played very well as a team. This was a good win for us. Bruins Scoring. George Ritter 17, Lane Oesterling 14, Alex Westerfeld 6, Calvin Sherwood 4, Cooper Williams 3, Sam Giesting 3.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.St. Louis-2 lost to All Saints-2 44-40. This was very close game throughout but All Saints-2 was able hold on for the win. Bruins Scoring. John Thompson 10, Kurt Siefert 8, Gus Cooper 6, Evan Vogelsang 5, Adam Cox 4, Brayden Worthington 3, Adam Vogelsang 2.Courtesy of Bruins Coach: Fuzz Springmeyer.St. Louis-3 fell to St. Mary’s-1’s 69-22. Dylan Fledderman led St. Louis-3 with 7 points.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Chris Lanning.
By Mitch PhillipsLONDON, England (Reuters) – More than 1 000 Russian competitors across more than 30 sports were involved in an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests as Moscow ‘hijacked international sport’ over the course of five years, an independent WADA report said yesterday.The second and final part of the report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren provided exhaustive evidence of an elaborate doping scheme sponsored by Russia’s Sports Ministry.It included switching and changing samples by opening “tamper-proof” bottles – using a method devised by the Russian secret service – and numerous other methods to bypass and cover up drugs tests.“We are now able to confirm a cover-up that dates back to at least 2011 that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy,” McLaren told a news conference.“It was a cover-up of an unprecedented scale ….“We have evidence revealing that more than 500 positive results were reported as negative, including well-known and elite-level athletes and medal winners, who had their positive results automatically falsified.“Over 1 000 athletes competing in Summer, Winter and Paralympic sport can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive tests.”WADA president Craig Reedie called the report “alarming” and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it had shown evidence of “a fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and on sport in general”.But Russia showed no sign of accepting its conclusions.The Sports Ministry said it would study the WADA report and cooperate fully with anti-doping bodies, but “denies that any government programmes exist to support doping in sport”.“UNFOUNDED ACCUSATIONS”Track and field chief Dmitry Shlyakhtin said he had not yet seen the report, but conceded that Russian athletics’ problems “did not start yesterday”. However, he said it had now fulfilled all the demands made of it.Yelena Isinbayeva, double Olympic pole vault champion and newly-elected head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency supervisory board, said shortly before the report was released: “It is well known to us that many foreign athletes have a history of doping but compete at an international level with no problems.“If we want to clean up world sport, let’s start … we don’t need to concentrate on just one country.”Dmitry Svishchev, a member of parliament and president of Russia’s Curling Federation, said: “We haven’t heard anything new. Unfounded accusations against us all. If you are Russian, they accuse you of all sins.”McLaren accepted that there could be widespread doping elsewhere, though not on the same level as in Russia, the sole focus of his investigation.McLaren pointed out that Russia had won 24 gold, 26 silver and 32 bronze medals at London 2012 and no Russian athlete had tested positive.“Yet the Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale, the extent of which will probably never be fully established,” he said.“For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians. Coaches and athletes have been playing on an uneven field.”The IOC on Wednesday extended provisional sanctions against Russian sport over the scandal, and an international ban on its track and field athletes remains in force pending a reform of its anti-doping programme.Yesterday, the IOC noted that it had already set up two commissions to prepare “appropriate sanctions and measures”. One of these will go beyond the scope of McLaren’s investigation and retest all the samples of Russian athletes who participated in the 2014 Winter Games, which Russia hosted in Sochi.Forensic investigations by McLaren’s team detailed how a bank of clean urine samples was kept in a Moscow laboratory, where salt and coffee were added to try to fool officials testing ‘B samples’ in supposedly tamper-proof bottles.DNA MISMATCHESThe report included cases where a doctored B sample did not match the DNA of previous specimens, and of samples that contained a mixture of male and female urine.It added that analysis of the samples from four Russians who won gold in Sochi had shown salt readings that were physiologically impossible, while there was evidence that the samples of 12 Russian Sochi medallists had been tampered with.More than 1 100 items of evidence contained in the report have been made available to the public at the website here, including details and pictures of how microscopes were used to detect the tiny scratch marks made when opening the “tamper-proof” sample bottles.Yesterday’s report provided extensive evidence to support the original July report, which said Moscow had concealed hundreds of positive doping tests ahead of the Sochi Winter Games in 2014.The IOC declined to impose a blanket ban on Russia competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, letting international sports federations decide which athletes should be allowed to compete. Only athletics and weightlifting banned the entire Russian teams.The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) did ban Russia completely from its Rio games, however, and said yesterday the full findings of the report “strike right at the heart of the integrity and ethics of sport”.McLaren accepted that Russian authorities had taken many steps since his first report, removing officials who had been involved in the cover-up, setting up a new anti-doping commission and proposing a ‘gold standard’ doping control regime.However, when asked about the comments of Svishchev and Isinbayeva, he said: “The findings are not challengeable … my impression is that there is a certain embedded cultural aspect to what has been going on, so there probably does need to be cultural change.“That doesn’t mean change won’t occur, but it might take longer than a few months or a year.”
Tipperary native David Lenane has been appointed as the FAI’s national co-ordinator for women’s football.Lenane will be stepping down from his role as FAI Development Officer for Tipperary, which he has held for over 11 years.As development officer, Lenane delivered football related programmes in the community and worked with Tipperary County Council to extend the programmes to socially excluded groups. Photo: Pixabay Lenane says he’s excited for the new challenge: