Monday, March 29, 2010

[socialactionfoundationforequity:2312 EMPOWER Director Receive Award for appreciation of service for HIV/AIDS - Photo and News [1 Attachment]

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EMPOWER Director Receive Award for  appreciation of service for HIV/AIDS

 

               Dr.M.S. Swaminathan , Member of Parliament and famous scientist  presented the award   to Mr. A.Sankar for the appreciation   of  EMPOWER’s services in Prevention and Control of HIV epidemic in TamilNadu over the last 10 years at the southern Regional NGO Conference at Chennai. The award is presented by AIDS prevention and Control Project, Voluntary Heath Services (APAC – VHS).  

 

 EMPOWER had been working in HIV/AIDS Prevention for the last 17 years and partner of APAC-VHS for the last 13 years. For about 9 years the organization carried out HIV/AIDS prevention among the slum population of Tuticorin Corporation. Currently for the last 2 and ½ half years EMPOWER works with Female Sexworkers and Injecting Drug Users in Tuticorin Block. 

 

 Mr.Shambu Kallolikar, I.A.S. project director, Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society, L.V. Saptharishi, co-chairman, Confederation of NGO’s of Rural India, Dr. E.S. Krishnamoorthy, honorary secretary, Voluntary Health Services , Dr.Bimal Charles, project director, AIDS prevention and Control Project were also present.

This is for your kind information.

Thanking you.
EMPOWER Team.
Tuticorin,INDIA

 

 

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:2311 [News] No more World Health Daze! New tools to change the rules...

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From: Outreach for Input <voices@worldcarecouncil.org>
Subject: [News] No more World Health Daze! New tools to change the rules...
To: "Flash" <news@worldcarecouncil.org>
Date: Monday, 29 March, 2010, 5:49

Greetings from the World Care Council.

From the bottom of the 'Public Health Industry', a diverse collective of volunteers from over 20 countries are starting to pump-up the volume and outputs for the next World Health Day, the 7th of April. Amplifying community voices to resonate over the din and daze of the pre-recorded message: "Due to the financial crisis we are forced to cut back, trim down and close up life-saving public health programs - we apologize for any inconvenience" — NO! Apologies are not accepted, nor is scale-down acceptable. No more World Health Daze.

So we have forged some new open-source tools to open health processes, and to raise issues on rights and responsibilities, accountability and transparency. Wired-up and fed-up with public health used for personal profit or political gain, angry that Mars exploration seems to be a higher priority than keeping people with manageable or curable diseases alive on earth, sick and tired of walking half a day to get tablets while public health officials misdirect resources for their new luxury 4x4 vehicles every year. We have had enough lip service and broken promises to the affected communities, and too much seeing the use of a few of our corruptible peers as tokens to 'look good' and show 'social responsibility' if the photo-opportunity is advantageous to careers or political aspirations. It's time to review the public health industry, where the elite get wealthy and the poor less healthy. World Health Day is the right day to raise the Right to Health, ethics and practices, up the agenda around the world.

We are standing-up and innovating-back, rising out of the shadows of realities far removed from the spin doctors up in the Ivory Towers.

- New Wiki Handbook for Using the Patients' Charter: Experienced in TB / TB-HIV / MDR? Write Your Rights! Lend a hand to this hands-on Handbook.
http://www.worldcarecouncil.org/content/handbook-using-pctc

- New editions of the Patients' Charter for TB Care (PCTC): Originally launched by WHO in 2006, the new 2010 Edition is out now in long, short and Poster versions. It's the community-driven tandem of the International Standards for TB Care, and the 'forgotten' element of the Stop TB Strategy. Now's the 'rIghts' time to remind...
http://www.worldcarecouncil.org/content/patients-charter-tuberculosis-care-0

- Results of Survey on Ethics and Rights: Among other points, 96% of respondents think that all direct / indirect engagement with pharmaceutical companies should be declared openly and publicly. So.... "Dear Dr. Margaret Chan, DG, We ask what will the WHO do to improve transparency?"
http://www.worldcarecouncil.org/content/results-survey-tb-ethics-and-rights-0

- Sharp Blogs on sensitive issues: Global (de-)Fund(-ing) for HIV, Malaria and TB; WHO / Pharma Conflicts of Interest; UN Reform for accountable representation; How Stigma flows from TB Control; and others posts making points that may prick some skins or stick up some smart solutions.
http://www.worldcarecouncil.org/blog

Come visit us at www.worldcarecouncil.org - your input fuels our output, and steers the collective.

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Celina D'Costa Menezes (Delhi), Maxime Lunga (Kinshasa), Case Gordon (Cambous)


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[socialactionfoundationforequity:2310 [AIDS INDIA] Urgent need for tabling the HIV/AIDS Bill, 2010: Letter to Minister for Law and Justice,

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From: SASO Imphal <saso.imp@gmail.com>
Subject: [AIDS INDIA] Urgent need for tabling the HIV/AIDS Bill, 2010: Letter to Minister for Law and Justice,
To: aids-india@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, 29 March, 2010, 12:01

To,
Mr. Veerappa Moily,                                       
Minister for Law and Justice,
Shastri Bhawan,
New Delhi                               
                 Date 29th March 2010
                                     Imphal

Honourable Minister,

Sub: Urgent need for tabling the HIV/AIDS Bill, 2010

We would like to bring to your notice the HIV/AIDS Bill, 2010, which,
though finalized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 2006,
is yet to be tabled in Parliament. In 2007, the Bill was submitted to
the Law Ministry and continues to remain with them, waiting to be
tabled. The insensitivity on the part of the Law Ministry, for the
past three years, is unacceptable.

In the last one and a half years, the Law Ministry has released four
drafts of the Bill, each time deleting substantive provisions from the
Bill and going beyond its mandate of ascertaining whether the Bill
falls within the purview of the Indian Constitution and whether it is
legally workable. In November 2009, the Law Ministry sent the Bill to
the Solicitor General of India. The Solicitor General's draft
reinstated several important provisions and was resent to the Law
Ministry in February 2010. However, it has now come to our knowledge
that the Law Ministry is once again making substantive changes to this
draft, thus going beyond its mandate once again.

This Bill is extremely essential for People Living with HIV (PLHIV)
and those affected by it, who are routinely discriminated against in
various settings. PLHIV are refused admission in hospitals even in
emergency situations, denied employment, children affected by HIV are
removed from schools and are also shunned by their family and
community.

Being primarily an anti-discrimination Bill, it secures and protects
the rights of PLHIV and those vulnerable to it. It includes the rights
to Equality, Confidentiality and Treatment. For the first time, even
the private sector has been brought into the purview of this law,
adding to its significance to people living with and affected by
HIV/AIDS.

In the last one year you have assured us through several press
statements that the Bill would be tabled at the earliest. However, to
our disappointment this much required legislation continues to be
pending with your Ministry and hasn't been tabled in the Parliament
till date.

This inordinate delay on the part of the Law Ministry is a serious
cause of concern for us. The Bill is the need of the hour for millions
in the country and we cannot afford to delay it any further. We hereby
demand that the Bill, as finalised by the Solicitor General of India,
be tabled without any delay in the ongoing Budget Session of
Parliament, 2010.

Yours Sincerely,

Member of the HIV/AIDS Bill Core Team Member, Manipur Unit


                Name         Designation         Organisation

1.    Ms. Wonchung     General Secretary     CNPWN
2.    Ms. Lilly        General Secretary    ANWPN
3.    Mr. Danny        President        NPM+
4.    Mr. L. Deepak    President        MNP+
5.    Mr. Rk Sharat    President         AASHA
6.    Mr. Ranjit         Member     MARUP LOI FOUNDATION
7.    Mr. Y. Shasikumar     General Secretary     SASO    
8.    Mr. Augustine    Program Manager     WORLD VISION INDIA
9.    Mr. Open Kumar    President         CARE FOUNDATION
10.    Mr. Dodo         Secretary         NEIHRN
11.    Mr.  Bobby    Chair Person IDU     INP+
12.    Mr.  Hemanta     Staff                    Lawyers Collective
13.    Mrs. Puii,         Director         SHALOM
14.    Mrs. Bimolata,     Project Manager     Bosco Mangal
15.    Mr. A. Surja Kumar     General Secretary     ISWAR
16.    Mr. Jogesh     General Secretary     URER Manipu
17.    Ms. L. Randhoni    State Coordinator     SAATHI
18.    Ms. Lily Kepgin     Member         SAATHI (PWN)
19.    Mr. Ch. Kiran     Project Manager     Kripa Foundation
20.    Mr. Ch, Boy    Project Manager     Kripa Foundation
21.    All Manipur NGO Consortium on HIV/AIDS
22.    FINGODAP - Manipur




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Uripok Sinam Leikai
Opposite Common School
Imphal - 795001 MANIPUR
Ph.no. +91 385 2414011/2411408 Fax.no.+91 385 2411409.
e-mail : contact@sasoimphal.org &
saso.imp@gmail.com
www.sasoimphal.org


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World Bank Weekly Update -- March 29, 2010

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News | Publications | Events & Discussions | Regional News and Projects | Results | Business & Career Opportunities | On the Blogs | Take a Look | Did You Know?

 
NEWS
* African Leaders Call for More Resources for Bank Group
* Cities Get Common Standard for Measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions
* Climate Investment Funds to Mobilize US$40 Billion for Low Carbon Growth
* Daboub Calls for Investment in Urban Poor
* China Advances Battle Against Tuberculosis
* Danish Minister for Development States Support for Bank Reforms
* Arab World Ministers and Bank Group Meet to Spur Regional Collaboration
* Bank's 'Situation Room' Gathers Data on Haiti, Chile Quakes
* Colombia Conference Addresses South-South Cooperation
* More Public-Private Partnerships Needed to Meet Demand for Infrastructure
 
PUBLICATIONS
* Results-Based Aid Can Improve Access to Basic Services for the Poor
* Economic Premise: Managing Openness and Volatility
 
EVENTS AND DISCUSSIONS
* WBI Course: Trade Policy for Development Executive Course
 
REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS
Africa
East Asia and Pacific
Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
South Asia
 
RESULTS
* China Targets Rural and Minority Areas in Fight Against Poverty
* Philippines: Potable Water Improves Life for Millions in Manila
* Catastrophe Risk Financing Helps Latin America and the Caribbean
 
BUSINESS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
* Program Manager (Environment)
 
ON THE BLOGS
* Nam Theun 2 – How Are Resettled People Doing?
 
TAKE A LOOK
* Global Crisis Drives Call to Increase Bank Group Resources
 
DID YOU KNOW?
* Public Information Services
 
 
 NEWS
 
African Leaders Call for More Resources for Bank Group
African leaders from around the continent have called on member countries of the Bank Group to support a bid for its first capital increase in 20 years. Leaders also commended the Bank for its work in helping African countries cope with the impact of the global financial crisis. Read more.
 
Cities Get Common Standard for Measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The world's cities now have a common method for calculating the amount of greenhouse gases produced within their boundaries. UNEP, UN-HABITAT, and the World Bank jointly launched the International Standard for Determining Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Cities on March 23 at the 5th World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro. The Greenhouse Gas Standard calculates emissions on a per capita basis, allowing cities to compare their performance and analyze the differences. Read more.
 
Climate Investment Funds to Mobilize $40 Billion for Low Carbon Growth
One of the first international meetings to focus on climate finance since the Copenhagen summit last December ended on March 19 with plans in place to mobilize some $40 billion for country-led low carbon growth. The week-long meetings of the Climate Investment Funds in Manila also made progress on support for developing country action on forests, renewable energies, and climate-resilient development. Read more.
 
Daboub Calls for Investment in Urban Poor
Speaking at the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Bank Managing Director Juan Jose Daboub called on governments worldwide to "put the urban poor on the map" by investing more in cities of the developing world to bridge the gap in access to basic infrastructure, social services and jobs. Read more.
 
China Advances Battle Against Tuberculosis
China's commitment to curbing one of the world's most persistent infectious threats—tuberculosis (TB)—has paid off in lives saved, a stronger national TB strategy, and a model that could help nations struggling with the same burden half a world away, in Africa. This month, the Bank-supported China Tuberculosis Control Project—the largest TB control effort ever conducted—concludes its eight-year run with impressive results: 770,000 deaths and 20 million TB infections averted. Read more.
 
Danish Minister for Development States Support for Bank Reforms
Danish Minister for Development, Søren Pind, expressed support for World Bank reforms at a joint press conference with Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick on March 23 in Copenhagen. The press conference was held in advance of the Nordic-Baltic World Bank Governors Meeting. Read more.
 
Arab World Ministers and Bank Group Meet to Spur Regional Collaboration
Arab world Ministers of transport, finance, energy, and investment; central and regional bankers; Arab fund representatives; and World Bank Group representatives met in Cairo March 24 to boost funding for regional infrastructure and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The ministerial consultation welcomed Bank proposals on regional funding facilities for infrastructure and MSMEs. Read more.
 
Bank's 'Situation Room' Gathers Data on Haiti, Chile Quakes
Far from the actual earthquake destruction, technology is enabling people in Washington, DC, to help the people on the ground in Chile and Haiti. Using aerial photographs and sophisticated maps, a group of dedicated volunteers led by disaster specialists are making it easier for Chile and Haiti to begin to rebuild. Read more.
 
More Public-Private Partnerships Needed to Meet Demand for Infrastructure
Experts on public-private partnerships (PPP) meeting in Manila this week agreed that more PPPs will be needed to meet demand for infrastructure finance of an estimated $300 billion a year in Asia, and $93 billion in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more.
 
Colombia Conference Addresses South-South Cooperation
More than 400 people—government officials, representatives from civil society, multilateral organizations, and donors—gathered in Bogotá, Colombia March 24-26 to discuss how developing countries are helping each other confront their development challenges by exchanging resources, technology, and knowledge, and how the south-south cooperation and capacity development agenda can be advanced.Read more.
 
 
Economic Premise: Managing Openness and Volatility
Economic Premise is a weekly topical note series on economic policy produced by the Bank's Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network. The latest in the series shows that export diversification is key to mitigating the increased volatility that often results from greater economic openness in developing countries. Read more. For subscription, please send an email to economicpremise@worldbank.org.
 
Results-Based Aid Can Improve Access to Basic Services for the Poor
Output-based aid (OBA), an innovative approach that ties payment of aid to the delivery of concrete results, has proven advantages over traditional aid approaches and is helping to improve the delivery of basic services to the poor says a new Bank study released today. According to Output-Based Aid: Lessons Learned and Best Practices, OBA can help to make basic infrastructure, health care, and other social services affordable for poor customers while giving service providers an incentive to offer them. Read more.
 
 
 
WBI Course: Trade Policy for Development Executive Course
This World Bank Institute course, offered jointly with the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, will emphasize the economic and development implications of trade policy and negotiations (unilateral, multilateral, and regional), and will look at international trade architecture and the institutional and practical aspects of policymaking and negotiations. Read more.
 
 
Monthly Operational Summary of proposed projects in all regions
 
 
Africa
 
Botswana: Innovative Financing Boosts HIV/AIDS Prevention
Botswana's HIV/AIDS epidemic has affected nearly one-quarter of the country's population and undermined significant socioeconomic development achievements. In 2009, the Bank formed a partnership with the government to boost prevention efforts across the country. While the project is in its infancy, it has already introduced a new financial instrument, supported by the European Commission, which promises flexible and cost-effective support for a range of prevention efforts. Project Profile.
 
DR Congo: Bank Funding Helps Kinshasa Double Drinking Water Distribution
In 2009, the public water utility of the Democratic Republic of Congo doubled its safe drinking water distribution capacity as a result of work done on its Ndjili plant in Kinshasa, thanks to the Emergency Multisectoral Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program, a project financed by the Bank. Read more.
 
Africa Emergency Locust Project Helps Sahelian States
The Africa Emergency Locust Project (AELP), a seven-nation program aimed at establishing a sustainable locust management system, has shown success in putting in place early warning systems designed to prevent a devastating infestation in a region that is already grappling with a challenging climate and its impact on food security. Project Profile.
 
Approved
Ethiopia: Public Sector Capacity Building Support Project [Additional Financing]
$50 million to support the efficiency and responsiveness of public service delivery at federal, regional and local levels, empowering citizens to participate more effectively and promote good governance and accountability. The additional financing is designed as an inter-governmental fiscal transfer for multisectoral capacity building at both federal and regional levels. Read more.
 
Approved
Ghana/Benin/Togo: Abidjan-Lagos Trade and Transport Facilitation Program
$257.5 million to help overhaul the main transport artery stretching along the West Africa coast from Abidjan to Lagos, and the customs and immigration posts and systems located on it. The project will help improve the movement of people and facilitate trade between the five countries served by the corridor—Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. Read more.
 
Approved
Benin: e-Benin Project
$15 million to improve access to lower-cost and higher-quality information and communication technology services and enable the development of e-applications by supporting the government's efforts to build an effective legal, regulatory, and institutional framework, which will foster competition in the sector and ensure that it delivers on the promise of improved access. Read more.
 
Approved
Kenya: Youth Empowerment Project
$60 million to support the government's efforts to increase access to youth-targeted temporary employment programs and to improve youth employability. The project will expand and enhance the effectiveness of the Kazi Kwa Vijana program and support the creation of private sector internships and training. Read more.
 
Approved
Republic of Congo: Water, Electricity and Urban Development Project
$25.5 million to increase sustainable access to basic infrastructure, services and safe drinking water for the inhabitants of targeted areas in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire. Read more.
 
For more information on the Africa region...
 
East Asia and Pacific
 
Vietnam: Rural Finance Program Targets Women's Poverty & Social Issues
Studies show that when a woman earns money, the benefits to her family are greater. The children are more likely to stay in school, they are healthier, and the family is better nourished. The Bank's Second Vietnam Rural Finance Program, a micro-credit program targeting women's employment, has proved an efficient tool for development, particularly in poor rural areas.Read more.
 
Samoa: Increasing Access to Effective, Efficient and Quality Health Services
Over the past several decades, the health status of Samoa's population has improved significantly, largely through the supply of basic health services. However, significant challenges remain, including outbreaks of dengue, measles, and endemic typhoid in recent years. The Health Sector Management Support Project is helping to improve the quality and delivery of health care, particularly at the primary care level.Read more.
 
Approved
Mongolia: Energy Sector Project [Additional Financing]
$12.0 million to help fund urgently needed investments to help avert disruptions in electricity supply to resident's of Ulaanbaatar by renovating existing equipment and upgrading portions of the electricity distribution network. Read more.
 
Approved
Lao PDR: Road Sector Project
$27.8 million to improve road services on two main national corridors and the provincial road network, rehabilitate roads damaged by Typhoon Ketsana, and establish and operationalize a contingency fund for quick disaster response in the road sector. The project will finance physical works for upgrading and periodic maintenance, and technical assistance to the Public Works and Transport Ministry and provincial departments. Read more.
 
For more information on the East Asia and Pacific region...
 
Europe and Central Asia
 
Turkey's Energy Reforms Make Way for Renewable Future
Over the last decade, with the Bank's support, Turkey's energy sector has transformed from a monolithic, state-run entity to a commercially-run, liberalized market, with significant private investment and ownership. Today, the electricity supply is more reliable, more people have access to secure energy, and an international transmission link has been established with Greece, enabling the exchange of electricity. Read more.
 
Armenia: Making Knowledge a Purely Public Good
With the aim of increasing public awareness and knowledge of development issues in general, and of the Bank's activities in Armenia in particular, Aristomene Varoudakis, the Bank's Country Manager for Armenia, recently launched a new series of free public lectures by local and visiting Bank experts on an array of development topics. The lecture-discussions are organized by the Knowledge for Development Center, located at the American University of Armenia. Read more.
 
Approved
Turkey: Restoring Equitable Growth and Employment Programmatic Development Policy Loan
$1.3 billion to support Turkey's financial crisis response program and continuing reforms for shared medium-term growth. The loan will support the government's efforts to promote equitable growth and employment as Turkey emerges from the impact of the global financial crisis and returns to renewed growth. Read more.
 
For more information on the Europe and Central Asia region...
 
Latin America and the Caribbean
 
Jamaica: Bank Announces New Partnership Strategy for Economic Stability and Growth
On March 23, the Bank Group's Board of Directors endorsed the Jamaica Country Partnership Strategy for the next four years, which outlines future financial and technical assistance to foster economic stability and promote inclusive and sustained growth. The strategy is the result of close collaboration with the government, and benefited from wide consultations with parliamentarians, the private sector, civil society, youth organizations, trade unions and other international organizations. Read more.
 
Chile: Bank Provides $400,000 Grant for Damage Assessment
The Bank has mobilized a $400,000 grant from the Spanish Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean to support the initial phase of damage assessment in Chile following its February 27th 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami. The funding will support the critical task of gathering data and collecting images of damage on the ground prior to a full-fledged assessment of overall damages and needs. Read more.
 
Approved
Mexico: Social Health Protection System Project
$1.25 billion to support the government's efforts to increase the number of Mexicans benefiting from the 'Seguro Popular' health insurance program while improving the efficiency of its management. The project will also support Mexico's promise to achieve universal medical insurance by 2012. Read more.
 
For more information on the Latin America and the Caribbean region...
 
Middle East and North Africa
 
Approved
Egypt: Second National Drainage Project [Additional Financing]
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rec.bicycles.racing - 24 new messages in 7 topics - digest

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Today's topics:

* RideClean training camp - 2 messages, 2 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/ef807ea3a6e38a62?hl=en
* Out of Place but a Question - 2 messages, 2 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/643ff319ac57b0ae?hl=en
* Track cycling stinks - 1 messages, 1 author
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/aef1c06ae5079420?hl=en
* Tour of Batshit - 8 messages, 5 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/78d7d2a783d219a4?hl=en
* maybe this will stop the doping - 9 messages, 5 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/9066819339013dd1?hl=en
* Nice racing in Corsica ! Old boss and New boss blow up... - 1 messages, 1
author
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/404f6ea414c2b1e6?hl=en
* Redlands is a fucking crit - 1 messages, 1 author
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/0efa385534eea862?hl=en

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TOPIC: RideClean training camp
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/ef807ea3a6e38a62?hl=en
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== 1 of 2 ==
Date: Sun, Mar 28 2010 11:14 pm
From: Fredmaster of Brainerd


On Mar 28, 10:12 pm, Ryan Cousineau <rcous...@gmail.com> wrote:
> In article <WFTrn.36734$9b5.35...@newsfe01.iad>,
>  "z, fred" <N...@not.ca> wrote:
>
> >http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/129139316309891927.jpg
>
> How did that make it to failblog? I say that's major (Taylor) win.
>

I wondered that also. Although perhaps it indicates that
dumbass failbloggers fail too. But then I thought: Well,
if the cyclists were actually having to push the bus, maybe
that would count as a fail.

Fredmaster Ben


== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 12:12 pm
From: Kyle Legate


z, fred wrote:
> http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/129139316309891927.jpg

FAIL?! That has WIN written all over it.

==============================================================================
TOPIC: Out of Place but a Question
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/643ff319ac57b0ae?hl=en
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== 1 of 2 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 3:36 am
From: "Fred K. Gringioni"

"Tom Kunich" <tkunich@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:wPWdnWxb7q0FwjfWnZ2dnUVZ_jqdnZ2d@earthlink.com...
> I'm retired and started drawing Social Security and a little unemployment
> insurance as well. The trouble is that neither SS or California has sent
> me
> anything like a W2 that will allow me to calculate how much money they
> sent
> me and if I qualify for paying taxes in 2009 or not.


Dumbass -

Seems like you're benefitting from the social safety net.

Ironic.

thanks,

Fred. presented by Gringioni.

== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 6:35 am
From: Scott


On Mar 29, 4:36 am, "Fred K. Gringioni" <kgringi...@hotmail.com>
wrote:
> "Tom Kunich" <tkun...@earthlink.net> wrote in message
>
> news:wPWdnWxb7q0FwjfWnZ2dnUVZ_jqdnZ2d@earthlink.com...
>
> > I'm retired and started drawing Social Security and a little unemployment
> > insurance as well. The trouble is that neither SS or California has sent
> > me
> > anything like a W2 that will allow me to calculate how much money they
> > sent
> > me and if I qualify for paying taxes in 2009 or not.
>
> Dumbass -
>
> Seems like you're benefitting from the social safety net.
>
> Ironic.
>
> thanks,
>
> Fred. presented by Gringioni.

Yeah, he is, but he's not benefiting to the financial level he'd be at
if he had all his payments into SS over the years to invest himself.
Even TK could do better in the market than the return he's getting
from the 'social safety net'.

==============================================================================
TOPIC: Track cycling stinks
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/aef1c06ae5079420?hl=en
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== 1 of 1 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 4:49 am
From: "A. Dumas Fred"


sez bronze medal winner Pervis to new WR-at-sea-level holder Mulder:
http://www.daylife.com/photo/03quc21ebR1cP

==============================================================================
TOPIC: Tour of Batshit
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/78d7d2a783d219a4?hl=en
==============================================================================

== 1 of 8 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 6:21 am
From: Fred Flintstein


Scott wrote:
> On Mar 28, 6:57 pm, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
>> Scott wrote:
>>> On Mar 28, 4:54 pm, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
>>>> http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?EventID=9655
>>>> $95 for an entry fee for a one day race with bullshit prize money?
>>>> Anybody who pays that is fucked up.
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Magilla
>>> But it's the hardest one day race in the US.
>> Maybe the hardest on equipment. I's the competition that makes a race
>> hard, not the course. Otherwise, do you think Cat. 4 women would be able
>> to complete it if it was so hard?
>>
>> Oh, that's right, you're the sacasm guy.
>>
>> Magilla
>
> Awww, c'mon, can't you take a little ribbing, especially when it's
> aimed at supporting your rant?
>
> BTW, on their facebook page they're begging for volunteers. Hell, for
> $95 a pop for late entry, or $75 for early entry, they can pay people
> to be corner marshals.

Here's the course map:

http://tourofthebattenkill.com/wp-content/uploads/Course-Map.pdf

I've gotta wonder what they are paying for cops to secure the
course.

Fred Flintstein


== 2 of 8 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 8:10 am
From: Magilla Gorilla


Scott wrote:

> On Mar 28, 6:57 pm, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
> > Scott wrote:
> > > On Mar 28, 4:54 pm, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
> > > >http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?EventID=9655
> >
> > > > $95 for an entry fee for a one day race with bullshit prize money?
> > > > Anybody who pays that is fucked up.
> >
> > > > Thanks,
> >
> > > > Magilla
> >
> > > But it's the hardest one day race in the US.
> >
> > Maybe the hardest on equipment.   I's the competition that makes a race
> > hard, not the course.  Otherwise, do you think Cat. 4 women would be able
> > to complete it if it was so hard?
> >
> > Oh, that's right, you're the sacasm guy.
> >
> > Magilla
>
> Awww, c'mon, can't you take a little ribbing, especially when it's
> aimed at supporting your rant?
>
> BTW, on their facebook page they're begging for volunteers. Hell, for
> $95 a pop for late entry, or $75 for early entry, they can pay people
> to be corner marshals.

Why the fuck would anybody pay $95 to enter a mud race - especially one where
the prize money sucks uncut donkey dick?

I'll tell you what's going on here. You got a lot of delusional dumbass
cyclists thinking they are riding Paris Roubaix just because the course takes
them on some dirt roads because the race takes place in hillbilly part of New
York state. They all think they're Johann Museeuw crossing the line in a
dewcap and goatee pointing to their knee.

I catch any of you pipe dreamers in here entering that Batshit race, and there
will be a price to pay. And I can guaran-fuckin-tee you that price won't be
Walmart cheap.

Magilla

== 3 of 8 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 8:51 am
From: Uncle Dave


On Mar 28, 11:54 pm, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org>
wrote:
> http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?EventID=9655
>
> $95 for an entry fee for a one day race with bullshit prize money?
> Anybody who pays that is fucked up.

What did Batten kill, and why would people want to tour it, that's
what I want to know....

UD


== 4 of 8 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 8:58 am
From: Fred Flintstein


Magilla Gorilla wrote:
> Why the fuck would anybody pay $95 to enter a mud race - especially one where
> the prize money sucks uncut donkey dick?
>
> I'll tell you what's going on here. You got a lot of delusional dumbass
> cyclists thinking they are riding Paris Roubaix just because the course takes
> them on some dirt roads because the race takes place in hillbilly part of New
> York state. They all think they're Johann Museeuw crossing the line in a
> dewcap and goatee pointing to their knee.
>
> I catch any of you pipe dreamers in here entering that Batshit race, and there
> will be a price to pay. And I can guaran-fuckin-tee you that price won't be
> Walmart cheap.

http://www.bikereg.com/Results/2009/04/18-Tour-of-the-Battenkill.asp

And no, JT didn't ride.

Fred Flintstein


== 5 of 8 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 9:26 am
From: Amit Ghosh


On Mar 28, 6:54 pm, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
> http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?EventID=9655
>
> $95 for an entry fee for a one day race with bullshit prize money?
> Anybody who pays that is fucked up.


dumbass,

aerobic golf is still cheaper than regular golf and there you don't
even get prizes or the benefit of free services from volunteers.

every rider that does a race like battenkill is doing in purely for
their own benefit and prizes only serve a (weak) marketing purpose.

in my experience prizes and fees have virtually no effect on
participation. so the battenkill organizers should charge whatever the
market will bear.

everyone involved in cycling at that level needs to realize that
events are a service for the participants and all the "sponsorships",
prizes are window dressing and serve no real purpose except give some
riders the impression that what they are doing has some benefit for
others - it doesn't.


== 6 of 8 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 9:54 am
From: Magilla Gorilla


Amit Ghosh wrote:

> On Mar 28, 6:54�pm, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
> > http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?EventID=9655
> >
> > $95 for an entry fee for a one day race with bullshit prize money?
> > Anybody who pays that is fucked up.
>
> dumbass,
>
> aerobic golf is still cheaper than regular golf and there you don't
> even get prizes or the benefit of free services from volunteers.
>
> every rider that does a race like battenkill is doing in purely for
> their own benefit and prizes only serve a (weak) marketing purpose.
>
> in my experience prizes and fees have virtually no effect on
> participation. so the battenkill organizers should charge whatever the
> market will bear.
>

Well, it might not affect amateur hour events, but if you look at the pro
roster, the poor prize money sure as hell adversely affected it.

Magilla


== 7 of 8 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 11:29 am
From: Fredmaster of Brainerd


On Mar 29, 8:51 am, Uncle Dave <davidco...@t-online.de> wrote:
> On Mar 28, 11:54 pm, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org>
> wrote:
>
> >http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?EventID=9655
>
> > $95 for an entry fee for a one day race with bullshit prize money?
> > Anybody who pays that is fucked up.
>
> What did Batten kill, and why would people want to tour it, that's
> what I want to know....

Kill means creek, it's a Dutch word. The Dutch came
over here and named everything, and it's nagged at
you limeys with your Great Explorer complex ever since,
that they were here before you.

Fredmaster Ben


== 8 of 8 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 11:44 am
From: Fred Flintstein


Amit Ghosh wrote:
> in my experience prizes and fees have virtually no effect on
> participation. so the battenkill organizers should charge whatever the
> market will bear.

There was a very successful MTB marathon race near here that the
promoter sold last year. The new owner more than doubled entry
fees and attendance dropped through the floor.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/us-24-hour-national-championships-at-big-bear-cancelled

The 24 Hours of Nine Mile is the race I'm referring to. I'll
bet Granny Gear lost a chunk of money on it.

The race is on this year with a different promoter as a much
lower key event. We'll see how it goes but I don't think the
original promoter was sorry to see the workload associated
with the race go away.

Fred Flintstein

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TOPIC: maybe this will stop the doping
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/9066819339013dd1?hl=en
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== 1 of 9 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 7:02 am
From: Scott


or, maybe not

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/beltran-must-pay-liquigas-damages-for-doping-positive


== 2 of 9 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 7:24 am
From: "Tom Kunich"


"Scott" <hendricks_scott@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:5527512f-6946-4db2-983a-41169ed4c2d8@s20g2000prm.googlegroups.com...
> or, maybe not
>
> http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/beltran-must-pay-liquigas-damages-for-doping-positive

I think that things like that may defeat the doping scandals.


== 3 of 9 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 8:00 am
From: Magilla Gorilla


Scott wrote:

> or, maybe not
>
> http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/beltran-must-pay-liquigas-damages-for-doping-positive

Dumbass,

Ask yourself how come Lick-my-ass never sued that doped-to-the-gills motherfucker Danilo
Dilusional?

Bissell should sue Tom Zirbel too, I take it?

Magilla

== 4 of 9 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 8:01 am
From: Scott


On Mar 29, 9:00 am, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
> Scott wrote:
> > or, maybe not
>
> >http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/beltran-must-pay-liquigas-damages-for...
>
> Dumbass,
>
> Ask yourself how come Lick-my-ass never sued that doped-to-the-gills motherfucker Danilo
> Dilusional?
>
> Bissell should sue Tom Zirbel too, I take it?
>
> Magilla

Maybe it's just a function of they haven't yet sued DiLuca. I'm sure
they will.

== 5 of 9 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 8:14 am
From: Fred Flintstein


Scott wrote:
> or, maybe not
>
> http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/beltran-must-pay-liquigas-damages-for-doping-positive

"Details of the financial settlement were not released."

Beltran ain't coming back at age 39. Even if he hadn't
been popped, the odds are long that his career would
have already reached its natural conclusion by now.

Given that Beltran is not Italian, what leverage does
Liquigas have to recover damages from him? Especially
if he isn't going to be riding?

This is all about PR for Liquigas.

Fred Flintstein


== 6 of 9 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 8:18 am
From: Magilla Gorilla


Scott wrote:

> On Mar 29, 9:00 am, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
> > Scott wrote:
> > > or, maybe not
> >
> > >http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/beltran-must-pay-liquigas-damages-for...
> >
> > Dumbass,
> >
> > Ask yourself how come Lick-my-ass never sued that doped-to-the-gills motherfucker Danilo
> > Dilusional?
> >
> > Bissell should sue Tom Zirbel too, I take it?
> >
> > Magilla
>
> Maybe it's just a function of they haven't yet sued DiLuca. I'm sure
> they will.

Trust me, they won't sue DiLoser anymore than Thom Wiesel would have sued Lance had he tested
positive. You need to brush up on your cycling mafiosa politics a bit. Lickmyass sued
Beltran for the same reason CONI went after Valvoline.

What I can tell you is Zirbel will be required to pay his 2009 salary to the UCI because he
got a 2-year suspension.

Magilla

== 7 of 9 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 8:45 am
From: Scott


On Mar 29, 9:18 am, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
> Scott wrote:
> > On Mar 29, 9:00 am, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
> > > Scott wrote:
> > > > or, maybe not
>
> > > >http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/beltran-must-pay-liquigas-damages-for...
>
> > > Dumbass,
>
> > > Ask yourself how come Lick-my-ass never sued that doped-to-the-gills motherfucker Danilo
> > > Dilusional?
>
> > > Bissell should sue Tom Zirbel too, I take it?
>
> > > Magilla
>
> > Maybe it's just a function of they haven't yet sued DiLuca.  I'm sure
> > they will.
>
> Trust me, they won't sue DiLoser anymore than Thom Wiesel would have sued Lance had he tested
> positive.    You need to brush up on your cycling mafiosa politics a bit.  Lickmyass sued
> Beltran for the same reason CONI went after Valvoline.
>
> What I can tell you is Zirbel will be required to pay his 2009 salary to the UCI because he
> got a 2-year suspension.
>
> Magilla

Well, I guess it's a good thing that domestic 'pros' don't make too
much.


== 8 of 9 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 9:48 am
From: "z, fred"


Magilla Gorilla wrote:
> Scott wrote:
>
>> On Mar 29, 9:00 am, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
>>> Scott wrote:
>>>> or, maybe not
>>>> http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/beltran-must-pay-liquigas-damages-for...
>>> Dumbass,
>>>
>>> Ask yourself how come Lick-my-ass never sued that doped-to-the-gills motherfucker Danilo
>>> Dilusional?
>>>
>>> Bissell should sue Tom Zirbel too, I take it?
>>>
>>> Magilla
>> Maybe it's just a function of they haven't yet sued DiLuca. I'm sure
>> they will.
>
> Trust me, they won't sue DiLoser anymore than Thom Wiesel would have sued Lance had he tested
> positive. You need to brush up on your cycling mafiosa politics a bit. Lickmyass sued
> Beltran for the same reason CONI went after Valvoline.
>
> What I can tell you is Zirbel will be required to pay his 2009 salary to the UCI because he
> got a 2-year suspension.
>
> Magilla
>

It may be semantics in this instance, but I wonder if it makes any
difference if a rider is hired as an employee of a team vs. an
independent contractor.


== 9 of 9 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 9:46 am
From: Magilla Gorilla


Scott wrote:

> On Mar 29, 9:18 am, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
> > Scott wrote:
> > > On Mar 29, 9:00 am, Magilla Gorilla <m.gori...@sandiegozoo.org> wrote:
> > > > Scott wrote:
> > > > > or, maybe not
> >
> > > > >http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/beltran-must-pay-liquigas-damages-for...
> >
> > > > Dumbass,
> >
> > > > Ask yourself how come Lick-my-ass never sued that doped-to-the-gills motherfucker Danilo
> > > > Dilusional?
> >
> > > > Bissell should sue Tom Zirbel too, I take it?
> >
> > > > Magilla
> >
> > > Maybe it's just a function of they haven't yet sued DiLuca.  I'm sure
> > > they will.
> >
> > Trust me, they won't sue DiLoser anymore than Thom Wiesel would have sued Lance had he tested
> > positive.    You need to brush up on your cycling mafiosa politics a bit.  Lickmyass sued
> > Beltran for the same reason CONI went after Valvoline.
> >
> > What I can tell you is Zirbel will be required to pay his 2009 salary to the UCI because he
> > got a 2-year suspension.
> >
> > Magilla
>
> Well, I guess it's a good thing that domestic 'pros' don't make too
> much.

Zirbel was making about $70,000 at Bissell. I could find ut an exact figure, but it should be in
that neighborhood.

Magilla


==============================================================================
TOPIC: Nice racing in Corsica ! Old boss and New boss blow up...
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/404f6ea414c2b1e6?hl=en
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== 1 of 1 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 8:59 am
From: Zeno


On Mar 27, 11:31 am, Keith <nos...@nospam.com> wrote:
> Very strong wind on the last climb, LA was in the back, then went to
> the front but when Vino acclerated at 5km to go he blew up with Popo
> (both finished 5' back)...then at 2km to go when Vino got off the
> front...AC blew up (he finished 1' back)...After that all the second
> fiddles (Evans, Rodgers, Sancherz, etc...) were confused as to what to
> do since the new boss and the old boss were gone and that allowed
> Fedrigo to win the race
>
> Wonder what AC will have to say about this, bonked ? At least LA won't
> be able to make fun of him like he did last year during Paris-Nice.

After being deprived of Versus cycling coverage for 6 months by DTV,
it was a jolt to reacquaint myself with Phil's idiosyncratic
commentary after the relatively straightforward and balanced cycling
coverage I have been watching on Universal Sports.

Welcome to back Phil Ligget's Criterium International, featuring
English Speaking Cycling Stars From the Former British Empire, led by
the indomitable David Miller. And welcome back to Phil's island of
myopic hyperbole -- Armstrong's bonk on the final climb was without
doubt the worst performance of his entire career!! etc etc. Phil is
only about 66 years old, but at times it sound like he is 86. Check
that --I know several 86 year olds who are more aware and coherent
than Phil.

Oh well, at least I don't have to switch to Dish to watch the Tour.

Zeno

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TOPIC: Redlands is a fucking crit
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/0efa385534eea862?hl=en
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== 1 of 1 ==
Date: Mon, Mar 29 2010 12:04 pm
From: "GoneBeforeMyTime"


Magilla Gorilla wrote:
> http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/26th-redlands-bicycle-classic-ne/stage-3/results
>
> Thanks,
>
> Magilla

The TT has a pretty decent grade up Wabush Hill, more then I think a climber
like Tut could sprint up. I've walked that section and its pretty long and
extremely steep. The Bogart Park circuit has some nice little climbs in it
and sorts out the field pretty quickly, but it's not as selective as the old
days, Oak Glen. The Crit has numerous corners, not a square, so its pretty
tedious. The Sunset loop has a gentle grade, but its very long and very
gentle. Anyway who says that should give the climbers an advantage is an
idiot cause its not very hard at all, I've walked that whole section before.
9 laps of that is pretty boring after a while though for the riders. The
courses themselves are pretty nice. Both Bogart Park and Sunset loop are set
in both scenic mountain wilderness and where the super rich live.

I've been to Carmel, Hope Ranch, Montecito, even Beverly Hills and I never
saw mansions as big as I saw on the Sunset loop. Those rich people don't
come out to play however. I only saw one family come out of their mansion to
watch the race, only one. The rest of that loop was completely deserted
except teams, staff, riders and press. The problem is with cycling itself as
such a minor spectacle. Greater LA has 19 million people and the crowds for
the downtown weekend crit are pretty thin compared to what you might expect
out of 19 million people for a weekend event. I'd say most of those were
locals and college kids since it's a university town. Not great prospects
for cycling, since Redlands is close enough to where a huge number of folks
could drive over to watch such an event. While you don't want Redlands
swamped with thousands of people, there was plenty of extra space when I
went last year. I would count the fans in the hundreds when I was there, not
the thousands.

Fans for women's racing will also continue to decline if the current trend
away from the glamorous types in favor of the mud cakes and Tattoo culture
takes over the peloton. More then likely, those higher class good looking
chicks will gravitate towards other sports like Tennis, Ice Skating or even
Volleyball. Another thing is probably less of those types are entering
cycling since its not a secret anymore about how little there is to be
gained in cycling at the pro level for women. As dangerous as it is with
little rewards both from earnings and the lottery of the Worlds or the
Olympics, it has little meaning to them nowadays. The endorsements from it
for women are pretty meager, so it's probably not something to aspire to.

Instead, it's likely headed back to the days of a social club where they
come to race for themselves and that's it, especially since they don't have
radios to play with anymore. If I was a rich team owner and had a Yacht, I
would want a team full of pretty women for my image, not a bunch of Tattooed
Butch Boys. Teams like Leontien, and at least those with Feminin kits got it
right for starters, but the ranks need to be filled with Feminin women, IMO,
not gender benders. I think the USAC and UCI should test all the Butch Boys
at the very top to make sure they are women according to the science of gene
testing like what happened with Caster. That would also help to insure that
certain riders are not giving an unfair advantage. If there is going to be a
separate category for women, then they must all be women by gene
certification, IMO.

No one cares if a man with cross genes enters the men's pro races cause they
probably can't win anything, but if they enter the women's ranks, they could
have an unfair advantage. The sport should insure that integrity aspect of
it, so all women could have a fair and honest playing field, and that goes
especially for the most feminin and glamorous women in the sport. They are
the ones, which are key to giving the sport a good feminin image, which I
think it desperately needs.


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