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06/01/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 6/2/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

06/01/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 6/2/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/28/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray & Steve Jennings - Phase II Reopening

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/28/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray & Steve Jennings - Phase II Reopening

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/26/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 5/26/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

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Former Stampeder Jon Cornish never experienced racism in Calgary ‘until last week’

Speaking candidly about racism, Cornish said, “it is here. It’s not like this is some issue that’s far away.”


After postponing, Bolder Boulder decides to officially cancel 2020 race

Citing ongoing concerns over COVID-19 and uncertainty over when it will be safe for runners to gather in large crowds, officials of the Bolder Boulder have scrapped plans to run the postponed race on Labor Day and canceled it for this year.

“It’s the most difficult decision we have ever had to make,” said race director Cliff Bosley. “At the core of the decision is the health and safety of our participants and the community. That’s paramount.”

On March 16, race officials announced a postponement of the annual Memorial Day race. Ten days later, they said they would try to run the race on Labor Day. But now they have decided that that is not feasible.

“In the eleven or twelve weeks that have passed, there are still a lot of unknowns that really have health and safety implications,” Bosley said. “The state is still under orders for no gatherings larger than 10 people. The closer we get to Labor Day, the more that landscape makes it difficult to consider staging the race.”

The Bolder Boulder, which dates back to 1979, typically attracts about 45,000 runners, ranking it as the fourth-largest running race in the United States. More than 14,000 runners were already signed up for this year’s race when Bosley suspended registration in March. Those runners are now automatically re-registered for next year’s race at no additional cost and will receive their race packets through the mail, including whatever shirt package they selected.

They also have the option of deferring their registration to 2022 or beyond.

About 14,500 people in the U.S. as well as in 21 other countries signed up to run the Bolder Boulder virtually last week, Bosley said, with nearly 600 of them running on the streets of Boulder on Memorial Day. Some residents with homes along the race course kept their Memorial Day rituals intact, making signs and keeping water hoses at the ready. Some ran as families, and many of the runners ran all the way up the steep climb to the entryway to Folsom Field — the traditional finish of the race — and posed for pictures at a locked gate there.

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Yoga studios, boutique fitness not sure if they’ll be able to make it through coronavirus closures

Contemplating existential threats confronting the boutique fitness industry in the wake of COVID-19, Patrick Harrington finds a lesson in savasana, the “Corpse Pose” that typically brings yoga classes to a close.

“The reason that pose is practiced as often as it is — every single time — is because, philosophically, if you’re not willing to face your own death and let go of the parts that aren’t working in order for you to be reborn when you stand back up off the mat, life is really hard,” said Harrington, the founder of Kindness Yoga with nine locations in the Denver area. “I’m embracing every day dying a little death around the future of our business, because it’s unknown. Will boutique fitness make it? Will people come back?”

The degree to which members will come back when gyms reopen is a question vexing the entire fitness industry, but boutique studios face special challenges. By definition, they are smaller than big-name, big-box gyms, so conducting classes with social distancing severely limits the number of people they can serve in a given class. Often they are small privately owned businesses with high overhead costs, especially in Denver with its steep real estate prices.

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Harrington said some yoga teachers have responded to the shutdown of studios by marketing their own online classes, creating a new source of competition in an industry that already had a lot of it.

“The average profit margin for a yoga studio is 7%,” Harrington said. “That’s a very thin margin, and it relied upon maximum occupancy. If you don’t have a business where you can have maximum occupancy, you don’t have a business. We are having to negotiate with all of our landlords and/or walk away, and/or declare bankruptcy because the opportunity to be four walls where people come together and spiritualize, practice yoga, work out, is no longer an advantage. It’s actually a disadvantage. All the risk the entrepreneurs took to become a boutique fitness location, there’s no upside to our risk anymore, at all. What used to be an upside potential for the risk has now shifted to be a complete downside.”

Danielle Barbeau, the sole owner of The River Yoga’s two Denver locations, says she is optimistic by nature and ”hopefully not naïve” regarding the future of boutique fitness. She is going forward with construction on a third studio but concedes it is an act of hope.

“I don’t think the boutique industry is dead by any means,” Barbeau said. “I do think it’s in a space of some transformation, and I don’t think everyone is going to survive this.”

Corina Lindley owns six Denver Endorphin studios and another in Eagle that offer yoga, barre, indoor cycling, high-intensity training and strength training. Having founded the business in 2007, she once had 11 studios but closed five in the past four years because of competition from national chains. She calls Endorphin, which she co-owns with her husband, a “creative passion project,” but even before COVID-19, there were times when she wondered if it was worth it.

“We’ve never had a year when it’s been so financially bad that we’ve decided to quit, but we’ve had plenty of years when we almost did,” Lindley said. “It’s the community that keeps us together, the faces and the emails that say, ‘Thank you for doing what you’re doing’ that keep us going.”

Lindley has been working 18-hour days since Colorado gyms closed in March, trying to hold her company together.

“I think that’s what it’s going to take,” Lindley said. “Hopefully that kind of work ethic is going to help take these boutique gyms into survival and success. We hope there’s enough people who still want that type of environment to work out. We feel strongly that we will survive. What that looks like going forward, we don’t know.”

Barbeau believes the fragmented boutique industry needed to “organize and professionalize” itself even before COVID-19.

“Now we are being challenged to organize and think ahead about what is going to make this industry sustainable for entrepreneurs and for individuals,” Barbeau said. “We as business owners are going to have to look at how do we increase our margins, how do we diversify our revenue streams, and how do we bring value in different ways to people who are willing to stick with us.”

Barbeau is investing in high-quality video technology for online classes, acknowledging that it’s a gamble while hoping members find it a lot more appealing than “Joe Schmo who is filming with his iPhone in his living room,” she said. The River is currently streaming five live classes daily, and on June 1 she will launch an on-demand membership site.

“That will be like Netflix for yoga classes, where you can get on at any time, you can pick which kind of class you want, and off you go,” Barbeau said. “We’re hoping a long-term investment in that will be another way to support our people, even once they can come back into the studio.”

There is still the dilemma that the appeal of boutique fitness is based in part on the social benefits of working out in groups, but COVID-19 isolates people who pursue fitness. Even after restrictions on gatherings are relaxed, some will be reluctant to return to group workouts.

Lindley can speak to the health side of the issue, having founded her studios following a career in public health where she worked in HIV, chronic disease and obesity prevention. She has a master’s degree in public health and epidemiology.

“We are human and social and connecting beings,” Lindley said. “This is a virus that is not going away. With the population of under 40, or even under 50, the mortality rate is very low. Yeah, it’s a little bit more than the flu, but we also have to live our lives and get on with things. The economic and mental and psychological effects of not going to the gym, I think, way out-weigh the risk of potentially getting COVID in these populations.”

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Love of hockey kept Saskatchewan referee officiating for nearly 45 years

After nearly 45 years of officiating hockey, Bruce Skilliter officiated his last SJHL game in November 2019.


Coronavirus: Evraz Place using quiet time to improve Co-operators Centre

Evraz Place is using COVID-19 downtime to upgrade its facilities, including a major lighting project at the Co-operators Centre.


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The Single Guy Blog

My New Dream Girl

Well it has been a while since I posted. I guess after finding out my dream girl was having a baby by another guy I just wasn’t in the mood to post. But I’m back folks! So I have a new dream girl. It is a bit of a long story so sit back,pour a cup of coffee and relax. So I have been stalking the Facebook page of the bar I use to work at-ya know how a single guys does when he has no life. I saw some pictures of a beautiful girl that bartends there. Blond hair,beautiful smile…just perfect. Of course I figured I would never have a chance with her-specially since she is about 20 years younger. But a guy can dream right? So a couple days ago I was looking around seekingarrangements to see if anyone new had signed up and who do I see? Yep that girl! We will call her…Tanya…So I figured hey send her a message who knows what might happen. She sent me a message back and we sent a few more messages back and forth. I gave her my number and SURPRISE she sends me a text! So we have been talking for a couple days now. She even says she likes older guys and not the young military guys that come into the bar where she works. We are planning on meeting this week. So we will see what happens…I have my fingers crossed and won’t be surprised if she disappears before we actually meet….but I might just actually have found my future wife-or she may just “ghost” on me like so many flakey girls do. Stay tuned..maybe the Single Guy won’t be single much longer!


Whats Really News Blog

China could keep dual citizenship Canadians from leaving Hong Kong amid protests: lawyer

The warning came Monday from Avvy Go, the director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, which has already helped bring Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to Canada.


Stable And Farm Blog

New licensing commissioners for Hannoveraner Verband

Following a meeting at the end of last week, the Hannoveraner Verband has announced that their licensing commission will, for the first time, make discipline-based decisions in two groups. For this purpose, dressage rider Hannes Baumgart and international showjumper Markus Beerbarm will join their ranks. Henceforth, instead of judging all stallions together with the breeding […]


Fulminating finale as Störtebecker grabs top price

A brilliant finale marked the conclusion of the Verden Auction Online ended When lot #51 was called up early Saturday eveing. The showjumper Störtebecker (Stolzenberg x Graf Top), bred and consigned by Axel Bahn, Maasen, was named after a pirate from the Middle Ages, and certainly swashbuckled his way to the top price of €95,000. […]


Verden grand auction finale

The bidding duels are already underway, but the grand finale of the Verden Auction Online is tomorrow. On Saturday, May 30, 46 highly talented dressage and 23 showjumping horses with top-class pedigrees will be waiting for new owners. From 2.00 p.m. CET the last bids for the dressage horses can be placed, while the showjumpers […]


KWPN Online Foal Auctions: Everything in one package

By Charlotte Dekker / KWPN Events are cancelled, physical auctions transform into online auctions. The horse world is going through major changes. The KWPN Online Foal Auctions have been a known digital concept in the equestrian world for years now. Not only can you buy a good quality and interestingly bred KWPN foal, KWPN also […]


The best breeding boosts power for Pender

By Nadia Rea / HSI Breeding Department Photography: Private collection, Jumpinaction Photography, FEI/Peter van den Bulck, and FEI/Nanna-Riikka Nieminen We are all aware of Mikey Pender’s outstanding achievments at just 19 and 20 years of age, winning multiple puissances, derbys and ranking classes, but where did it all begin? Horse Sport Irelands Breeding department recently […]