Chloramine study bill passes Senate, House agreement expected

first_imgYesterday, on a voice vote, the Vermont Senate passed legislation that studies alternatives to chloramine in drinking water. The bill, a revised version of H. 80, outlines an engineering study of disinfection methods that the Champlain Water District (CWD) and other water districts in the state could use instead of processes that rely on chloramine as a secondary disinfectant. House concurrence is expected later this week.  The study would be supported by funding from the EPA, secured through efforts by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  An EPA contractor would perform the study.The legislation passed after months of work in the State House by People Concerned About Chloramine (PCAC), and Vermonters for a Clean Environment (VCE).  Its passage comes during national Drinking Water Week, and highlights the serious issues facing water systems around the country.PCAC coordinator Ellen Powell expressed both frustration and hope as the legislation moved forward.  This won t end the suffering, but it will hopefully get us more information, she said.  We re counting on the promises we have gotten that the study will be truly independent, and answer our specific questions.  If it does that, then it will be helpful to everyone, she said.The two groups continue to advocate for a multi-year moratorium to allow those suffering to have some relief, and to allow the CWD to work with regulators and community members to find a better way to provide clean, safe water to all their customers. A time out is really the only way we are going to get a solution to this problem, VCE Executive Director Annette Smith said.  If we didn t think it was possible and safe, we wouldn t support it.  This legislation will help us get us more information to assure legislators that a moratorium is both feasible and prudent, she stated.Chloramine has been linked to hundreds of reported cases of skin, breathing, and digestive problems since the CWD began using it in April 2006.  Chloramine use has also been linked to fish kills, infrastructure degradation, and elevated lead levels in some systems around the country. Reports of health impacts have been reported in over a dozen states.  PCAC and VCE are working with activists in New York, Pennsylvania, California, and other states on the issue.The CWD is currently the only system using chloramine in Vermont, though other systems, including Rutland City and Bennington, are reported to be considering its use. Even though the CWD and regulators continue to deny the connection between the tap water and health issues customers are experiencing, legislators are starting to listen to the people.  For that, we are grateful, Smith concluded.(See p. 2484 of May 6 House Calendar for text: is external) )Source: Vermonters for a Clean Environment, Inc.last_img read more

Legacy on Wheels: Richmond Regional Ride Center

first_imgHarrisonburg may currently be the heart of Virginia’s mountain biking scene, and Washington D.C. might have the street cred when it comes to bicycle commuting, but Richmond, Virginia is poised to become Virginia’s hub of all things two-wheeled. The city landed the gig to host the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, which gives the best international professional cyclists the chance to compete for their country in front of 450,000 spectators. While the race is sure to shine a light on Richmond’s already hip bike culture, local cyclists are using the event as a catalyst to improve cycling in the region for generations to come, with a series of “legacy projects” designed to turn Richmond into a world-class cycling destination. First up, turning the River City into the South’s greatest IMBA Ride Center.In July, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the creation of the Richmond Regional Ride Center, a massive project that will improve the 20 miles of existing trail at Pocahontas State Park and create 30 more miles of trail at the park, which is 20 miles from Richmond. Plans are also in the works to improve the already stellar trail system at the James River Park, which sits within the city limits.IMBA recognizes a dozen Ride Centers across the United States as large-scale mountain bike facilities that include a well-rounded suite of trails, from backcountry to family friendly options. Ride Centers also have a tourism infrastructure geared towards cyclists that includes a welcoming mountain bike community, lodging that caters to cyclists, and bars and restaurants where bikers gather.“We look at riding facilities within 30 minutes of a town, and the town itself. How does it all tie together?” says Frank Maguire, IMBA’s regional director for the Mid-Atlantic. “The Ride Center concept is based loosely on what you find in Scotland, where trail systems are built around pubs and hotels.”IMBA rates its Ride Centers with gold, silver, and bronze standards. IMBA gives Harrisonburg a bronze. The town doesn’t have a lot of singletrack within its city limits, but it has excellent backcountry opportunities and an active bike community. Park City, Utah, on the other hand, is the gold standard, largely because of the comprehensive trail system that begins in town and extends into the backcountry.Richmond already has some of the best in-town singletrack in the country with the James River Park system, and IMBA hopes the improvements to Pocahontas State Park, which include flow trails, a skills course and gateway trails, will elevate Richmond into the top tier of Ride Centers. The goal is to have the first 10 miles of new singletrack built at the park by April 2015, before the world shows up for the Championship races in September. And the Ride Center is only one example of how Richmond is re-branding itself as Virginia’s bike town.“We’re hoping that the Championship will be a catalyst for other things,” says Lee Kallman, director of communications for Richmond 2015, the mastermind organization behind the World Championships in Richmond. “The idea is that after the race, other bike programs live on. The Ride Center is the first legacy project, and it has nothing to do with road cycling or racing, which I love. It’s about creating trails that are accessible to everyone. We’re also putting a lot of focus on the town’s bike infrastructure. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it can happen quickly.”While Richmond has an active and hip cycling culture, it doesn’t have a lot of bike lanes or designated paths. Kallman and other local cyclists recently spent a day in Washington D.C., which is renowned for its progressive bike infrastructure that includes miles of car-free trail, bike-friendly rail, and a bike share program.“Talking to the bike organizations and representatives in D.C. was an eye-opening experience,” Kallman says. “We’re hoping the energy of the 2015 Championships will help spur developments similar to what D.C. has in Richmond. Right now, there are plans to build a bike boulevard that connects parts of the city. Hopefully, if that’s successful, it’ll spur more projects in the future.”Kallman would also like to see an annual race that uses the same yet-to-be-announced course as the World Championship Road Race. Landing the World Championships has already prompted other races to consider Richmond. The Collegiate National Championships will be held in the city in 2014.“The World Championships is just the beginning for Richmond,” says Kallman. “It’s about developing bicycling as an economic engine and bringing bikes to the forefront for the city and region.”last_img read more

My Year On The Streets

first_imgThe Hard Truths of HomelessnessI came to Asheville for the mountain biking. I had a communications degree and worked in advertising as a commercial photographer. It paid well, but the work was seasonal and intermittent. So when I was asked by a sales manager to join an aerial photography start-up for high-end clients’ real estate, I jumped at the offer.I sold just about everything I owned to finance the training, equipment, and logistics. I would be staying in the sales manager’s condo beside a beautiful mountain lake outside of Asheville.As I sat in my SUV above the lake, I was in a wonderful mood. My cat and all of my belongings were in the truck with me. A check and a new apartment were waiting for me, and along with the excitement of a new job I liked, I felt extremely lucky.But then my phone rang. “The deal is off,” my sales manager said. He had secretly gone to work for another company. “You need to find something else.”I was out of a job and out of options—and also without a check. I had 38 cents in my pocket and about a quarter tank of gas.I scrambled on the internet and found someone on Craigslist advertising a free couch surf. I drove on fumes to the next town to meet him. He told me to meet at a fast food restaurant near their place in a few hours and he would take me to his place. As I pulled into the parking lot, I ran out of gas and coasted into a parking space. I waited for hours and never heard from him.My year on the streets had begun.I was 61 years old. My parents were both dead, and I had no family or close friends to turn to. I’d always told myself that if I ever ended up in this situation, I’d just kill myself. I even found the box cutter that I kept in the car and considered it. But I had my cat with me, and I loved him more than anything. I needed to make sure that he was okay first. So I put the blade away.The ShelterYou probably won’t be welcomed when you try to get into a shelter. They’re often run by resident homeless volunteers who aren’t usually very friendly. No one hates the homeless like other homeless people. It’s a major reason why the homeless often choose to camp outside or live in their car. I lived in my truck with my cat for a few weeks, but I soon realized that I couldn’t take good care of my cat, so I found a no-kill animal shelter who was willing to take him. It was a hard goodbye. He was all I had left.Once I was in the shelter, I very quickly volunteered to work the front desk. Volunteers were allowed to stay in the shelter during the day, and we had other privileges like eating first before the crowds come. The non-volunteers who stayed at the shelter had to leave right after breakfast and stay out until evening. You have to basically wander the streets all day with all your belongings. I only had to do it for the first couple of weeks before I became a volunteer, and it’s not fun. Everywhere you go, people watch you with wary eyes, expecting you to steal or vandalize something or they assume you’re making a drug deal. There’s usually nowhere to go to the bathroom or sit down. It’s exhausting. You’re not really a person anymore. You’re homeless. People put you safely into a narrative involving faults you must have that they don’t—to protect them from thinking that it could happen to them. Once you are homeless, that’s all that defines you. Your real past is gone, and everyone assumes that you must be a junkie, seriously mentally ill, or a criminal. It follows you for years after. I recommend moving and not telling anyone. Start over.Shelters aren’t much better than the streets. I was sick all of the time, often stuck in a small dirty space with several other sick, coughing residents. Many homeless are virulent anti-vaxxers and refuse the vaccination that would help reduce the infection rate. I didn’t sleep much, either. In a shelter it’s noisy with coughing and snoring and fighting.You aren’t safe, in a shelter or on the street. It can get violent, and you’re absolutely going to be robbed at some point. Most likely more than once.Whenever an attractive woman came through, it was almost always the same story. She would hook up with a homeless man for “protection,” and he would then proceed to beat and rob her. Black eyes, missing front teeth, and casts on arms were the usual look within a short time.I tried to show kindness to the people who came through, but eventually I developed the same compassion fatigue that sets in with everyone. Whether they are homeless because of mental illness, addiction, rejection by their family, or bad luck, they often tend to be assholes in their behavior towards others. It’s a prime reason no one wants them in their homes. Lying, stealing, vandalism and violence are common. I was threatened several times while working the front desk, and I often had to stop violent altercations or otherwise put myself in danger.The HomelessThe reasons people were in the shelter or on the street varied. A large percentage of the population were prisoners recently released from long sentences. They were so damaged and institutionalized that I didn’t have much hope that they would ever do very well. Another group were LGBTQ kids and even some adults who had been thrown out of their homes and had nowhere to go.For middle aged and older men, alcoholism was the main cause. Multiple DUIs and losing their drivers’ licenses generally sent them over the edge financially, and their personal relationships were damaged to the point where they had nowhere to go. Of course, hard drugs had a part to play, but the majority of the heavy druggies stayed on the street in cars or camping out.“You’re not really a person anymore. You’re homeless. It’s all that defines you. Your real past is gone, and everyone assumes that you must be a junkie, seriously mentally ill, or a criminal. It follows you for years after.”It seemed that almost everyone was getting a disability check, but instead of using it for shelter or food, they just spent it all on a big week-long meth party at the beginning of the month as soon as they were paid. Most would split cheap motel rooms for a few days, and the shelters were largely empty for the first week of the month. One of the workers at the nearby hospitality house wrote a poem about the “Five-Day Check Motel” phenomenon. Then, when the check was spent, they would panhandle or fly signs. Food, shelter, and clothing are usually freely available at the shelters, so they spent that money on cigarettes, alcohol, lottery tickets, and drugs. I never saw anyone panhandle or fly a sign that wasn’t going to buy alcohol or drugs with it. I don’t ever give money to panhandlers because of that. I know it’s just going to hurt them. I wasn’t aware of anyone who was trying to get their life back together ever panhandling or flying signs. I suppose it’s possible, but I just never saw it. Don’t give money to panhandlers would be my advice. Donate to shelters or other aid organizations instead.One guy at the shelter—a fellow who had been in prison for 25 years and was really a nice guy—was waiting on his disability back pay to get a place and a new start in life. We had great hopes for him. But then he just disappeared one Thursday. While I was on duty at the front desk the following week, he called from jail in South Carolina, begging to be allowed back. He had received his check, and then he’d immediately been robbed by his daughter and her friends who had lured him to a crack party in South Carolina. They disappeared with his money, and he was arrested in the aftermath. There were lots of stories like that.Another guy at the shelter had lost his guitar shop business and his home after he was busted for a couple of small pot plants on his back porch and sentenced to 1 1/2 years in jail. But unlike most people at the shelter, he was getting up at 4:30 every morning to ride his bicycle several miles in the dark to get to his new job at Subway. He eventually found a roommate situation with an old friend and was the first to escape back to a semblance of normal life.Problems and SolutionsThe modern homelessness epidemic is caused by lack of adequate mental health care.  It started back in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan closed the mental hospitals to the nonviolent mentally ill and put tens of thousands of at-risk people on the street. They literally put them on a bus, drove them to a big city, and kicked them out on a backstreet to fend for themselves. Basically all the guys from One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest were on the street. The problem has grown substantially since that time to include all sorts of folks who have fallen through the ever-widening cracks in our society.I doubt even a guaranteed income would actually keep everyone off the street since a surprising percentage of the hard core people already receive disability payments but don’t use it for housing or food. Quite a few folks are essentially professional homeless who’ve been on the street for decades and will probably die there. They winter in Florida and come to the mountains for summer. Many get apartments only to get kicked out because they simply can’t live with other people without fighting or robbing their neighbors.The hospitality houses you can visit during the day are a valuable resource. There are counselors to help navigate the various programs for housing or healthcare, and you can often use them as an address for food stamps or job applications and to receive mail. There were also showers and toiletries available, and safe storage bins to store your belongings, which is a huge issue on the street. They have coffee and pastries, and it gives people a place to go after leaving the shelter after breakfast or waking in your car or tent.The most financially advantageous approach to homelessness that communities have tried has been to just give them a home. It’s extremely expensive keeping people on the street. I’ve watched people blow thousands of dollars in ambulance and emergency room fees faking an illness just to get out of an extremely easy three-hour, once-a-week work requirement to stay in the shelter. We also had to make several calls for ambulances to take care of overdoses of so-called synthetic marijuana like Bizarro. They’d smoke the whole package in the bathroom and end up out front clinging to a light pole, screaming that demons were trying to drag them to hell. The demons were actually the EMTs trying to get them to the emergency room.Telling addicts to clean up before they get housing doesn’t really work. It’s incredibly difficult to quit drugs or alcohol while homeless. Also, a good percentage of the homeless population aren’t ever going to be able to hold a job and are just so broken as people that the best thing we can do is just take care of them. Compassion for the unlikable is hard but necessary. It’s easy to feel empathy for a child immigrant separated from their family. It’s a different thing when it’s the scary guy yelling and dancing on the corner.“The ‘code purple’ homeless are the most narcissistic, entitled, and angry people I’ve ever encountered. I don’t think a guaranteed income and free housing for all will help them at all, really. ”In the winter, the shelters would have a system called “code purple” whenever the temperature dropped below freezing. During code purple, everyone was allowed in, giving a place out of the cold to people who couldn’t normally stay for a variety of reasons. They were the felons and the hardcore drinkers and drug users, the folks who couldn’t or wouldn’t stay sober and pass a breathalyzer test. They seemed to move from the street to the jail and back again like a three-month tide. It’s a very different group from the regular residents who were vetted and basically just glad to have a place to stay while trying to get housing or disability or social security going.For the code purple folks, the street is more of a permanent thing. This mixing of a largely criminal element with the general population is a constant source of problems for the shelters. There was constant trouble with them,  and robberies, vandalism, violence, and general mayhem were the norm. They often ripped everything off the walls and tried to destroy anything they could. The shelters where I stayed no longer take part in code purple because of the cost and pointlessness of trying to help them. It’s the most narcissistic, entitled, and angry group I’ve ever encountered. I don’t think a guaranteed income and free housing for all will help this demographic at all, really.I suppose it depends on the individuals involved at the time you’re there, but there was also quite a bit of corruption in the management of shelters, from stealing donations to outright embezzlement of millions of dollars. I think it’s gotten better in the ensuing years. But the director of the last place I stayed was the most fervent Evangelical I knew, constantly and loudly proclaiming his love for Jesus. He disappeared with over $2 million of the shelters funds. It’s my understanding that they still don’t know where he is.However, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of the various area churches’ involvement in taking care of the homeless. I’ve never been a churchgoer, and I sometimes resented being forced to attend church services at shelters, but really it was a small price to pay for their incredible generosity and compassion. Whether working in association with other churches or just running the shelter as a mission to help spread their message, the shelters I dealt with were all operated by religious organizations. Secular charities also contributed a great deal to the homeless.HomeA little less than a year after it began, I was able to get my early social security started and move into an apartment. The shelter where I was staying at the end helped me with housewares, food, and some furniture, as well as covering my deposit on the place. They even helped me move. When you’ve lost everything, kindnesses like that are priceless.last_img read more

Missing From State Plans to Distribute the Coronavirus Vaccine: Money to Do It

first_imgThe C.D.C. advisory group has also stressed the importance of a campaign to persuade the public to take the vaccine, noting that messages were likely to be more effective if they came from community leaders than from the federal government. North Carolina says its campaign will use “photos, video, and personal testimony of celebrities, leaders of historically marginalized populations, and other trusted messengers receiving vaccine as early adopters.” As soon as the F.D.A. approves a vaccine, the C.D.C.’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet to issue recommendations, already in the works, on how it should be distributed. It will almost certainly say that health care workers should be the group with the highest priority for vaccination, followed by essential service workers, people with high-risk medical conditions and those older than 65.But states will be allowed flexibility within those guidelines; Maryland, for example, plans to include its prison and jail populations in its “Phase 1” priority group. State officials also have to figure out whom to focus on within priority populations if they get less vaccine than they need.During the C.D.C. advisory committee’s meeting last month, some members said they wanted to ensure that information about any safety problems would be made public quickly. The Department of Health and Human Services has said its goal is to start shipping a vaccine within a day of F.D.A. authorization. Until now, the F.D.A. and the C.D.C. have maintained one data system for patients or providers to report bad reactions to vaccines. They plan to supplement that system with a smartphone-based tool that checks in with individuals who have been vaccinated to see whether they have had any health problems.- Advertisement – Record-keeping requirements will also be an overwhelming task, officials said. The C.D.C. wants to track, in real time, the age, sex, race and ethnicity of everyone who is vaccinated — states usually provide such data quarterly, at best — so it can analyze how well the vaccination campaign is going among different demographic groups day by day and make adjustments if certain populations or regions have low vaccination rates. The C.D.C., which holds frequent planning calls with state and local health officials, is also still working on persuading states to hand over the personal data of their citizens. In its data use agreement with the states, the agency has requested each vaccine recipient’s name, date of birth, address, race, ethnicity and certain medical history.“States have never had to report that to the federal government,” said J.T. Lane, the chief population health and innovation officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, adding that his organization was seeking clarity on exactly how the information would be used. In particular, the organization’s members worry that the information could be used by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to track undocumented immigrants.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Boating Access Site at Indian Lake State Park Closes Due to Dredging

first_imgThe boating access site at Indian Lake State Park in Schoolcraft County will close today through October 10 for a site improvement project, the State of Michigan informs. Improvements include the complete replacement of the 36-foot-wide launch ramp and continued dredging of the channel that began in February 2018.According to an official announcement, the renovation project is funded through the State of Michigan Waterways Improvement Fund, a restricted fund derived from boating registration fees and Michigan marine fuel tax for the construction, operation and maintenance of public recreational boating facilities.Indian Lake State Park is a public recreation area covering 847 acres in Schoolcraft County on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The state park is made up of two units that are three miles apart, one on the south shore of Indian Lake, one on the west shore.last_img read more

Hoax bomb threat causes alarm at ‘Super’

first_imgAfter vendors evacuated, authorities swept the market for several hours but did not find any bomb. Market-in-charge Maria Dolores Trabasas told police she received a text message from the mobile number 09951952194, which supposedly warned of bomb blast that will hit the market. ILOILO City – A bomb threat that came in a text message on Saturday evening rattled Iloilo Terminal Market, popularly known as “Super.”  “Gud eve concerned lang ko dira sa mga tawo nga nagsulod sa super may info ako nabatian nga may bomba kuno nga ginbutang dira sa sulod sang mercado taga bukid knu ang nabutang sang one lang kuno nga hapon la man cguro may madula sa imu kon ipalab ot mu ine nga mensahe sa mga pulis nga naga duty,” the text message read.  center_img IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN They later ruled out the threat to be a hoax./PNlast_img read more

Mirallas prefers Martinez to Moyes

first_img Press Association “For me it is better, although I was very happy playing under David Moyes because he is a good manager, but Roberto is different because the Spanish style of playing football is different. “It’s easier because I speak Spanish with him and I understand better. “The Spanish style of football is my type of football and with Roberto it is very different. “Every day I have spoken with him and it’s helped my confidence. “It’s better because under David Moyes I was not as free but now I am on the line (out wide) more under Roberto – it’s different but that’s what Roberto wants me to do. “I feel I am more consistent now. I play better and better. The first game I was not so good and felt tired but now my body is excellent and everything is okay.” Mirallas is keen to keep the first goal despite Gareth Barry wanting to claim it after appearing to get the slightest of touches despite being in an offside position. “I shot and for me it’s my goal. Gareth maybe touched it a little bit but I’ve seen the results on the television and it’s my name and my goal,” he added. The Belgium international can converse in the Toffees boss’ native tongue and believes that is helping him progress, although he says the Spaniard has also given him more freedom. “The major change for me is the language change because I speak Spanish,” said Mirallas, who scored his first goal of the season in the 2-1 win over Hull at Goodison Park. Everton forward Kevin Mirallas admits his communication is better with manager Roberto Martinez than predecessor David Moyes – but only because he is Spanish. “But it doesn’t matter if the goal is Gareth’s or mine – there is not a problem.” Mirallas felt it was important to beat Hull after losing to Manchester City before the international break and has ambitions to break into the top four this season. “I am happy because this was an important game for us,” he added. “The ambition for the club this season is to reach the Champions League. “It is a long campaign and it can be difficult to finish in the top four, but maybe it is possible for us to do it.” last_img read more

Dino Babers’ 1st in-season press conference: James Pierre doesn’t qualify, young 1st-teamers and 3 a.m. movies

first_img Published on August 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Related Stories Syracuse football depth chart: Week 1 vs. ColgateTHE SPREAD: From Texas to Syracuse, Dino Babers brings the Baylor-style offenseSyracuse football roster updates: Trey Dunkelberger back to TE, Scoop Bradshaw to WR and moreSyracuse football training camp blog: Devin Butler switches numbers, Kenneth Ruff catches passes again and moreSyracuse football quarterback Zack Mahoney earns scholarship It’s four days from Dino Babers’ debut as Syracuse head coach, when the Orange kicks off against Colgate in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. Babers held his first game-week press conference at SU Monday morning in the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing Auditorium. Here are three things he said.James Pierre didn’t qualify with the NCAASyracuse defensive back signee James Pierre failed to qualify and will not join the team this season, Babers said Monday. The head coach has expressed frustration in recent weeks with the length of time it’s taken for Syracuse to find out about Pierre’s arrival.The Orange is already thin in the secondary after training camp injuries to redshirt senior Wayne Morgan, redshirt sophomore Rodney Williams and freshmen Evan Foster and Devon Clarke. Pierre could have helped an already beleaguered unit.On the depth chart released Monday morning, redshirt junior Corey Winfield and redshirt sophomore Cordell Hudson are listed as the first-team cornerbacks, with junior Antwan Cordy and sophomore Kielan Whitner manning the two safety spots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPraise for young first-teamers Coleman and ConwayFreshman defensive end Kendall Coleman is the only true freshman who made the first team ahead of Friday’s season-opener. He’ll line up opposite redshirt sophomore Chris Slayton after a knee injury presumably shifted redshirt freshman Jake Pickard to the second team.“I’ve seen a couple of freshmen in 31 years that’s impressed me enough to be someone that’s going to get as many reps as Kendall Coleman’s gonna get,” Babers said. “He does not speak much, but all he does is let his play speak for him. He has made a huge impression on me.”Sophomore Cody Conway will take over for departed redshirt senior Ivan Foy on Eric Dungey’s blind side after he beat out Michael Lasker for the left tackle spot in camp. Conway is one of three sophomore starters on offense along with Dungey and running back Dontae Strickland.“He showed the ability to do exactly what we were asking him to do,” Babers said of Conway. “The things that we ask offensive linemen to do shows up on tape when you watch Cody Conway.”Watching movies at 3:30 in the morningSleep hasn’t been coming often to Babers as he approaches his debut as a Power 5 head coach. A proclaimed movie buff, Babers has instead used the early hours of the morning in recent days to watch films such as “Road house” and “Kill the Messenger.”“Not much sleep,” Babers said with a grin. “I’ve been catching all the early shows.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mikel Explains Reason behind Aircraft Saga in Atlanta

first_imgIn his column, the Chelsea star stated why he took the stern decision which hindered him from lifting Nigeria’s flag during the opening ceremony.“Not everything went according to plan at the start, mainly because there seemed to be a problem getting a plane big enough to take us from our training base in Atlanta to Manaus for our first match,” he wrote on Evening Standard.“I will never forget going to the airport and seeing this tiny aircraft that had been booked for us.“It was so small and only had room for about 25 people. I don’t know how they expected us to get on that plane, we all have families.“We were also told that it would need to make two stops on the way to refuel, fly overnight and take eight hours.”“I had to step up for the team and told them we have to get a better plane or we will wait in Atlanta. Thankfully a better plane came out of nowhere and we ended up on a direct flight, that took us just five hours,” he continued.“Unfortunately, I didn’t end up carrying the Nigeria flag at the opening ceremony as expected.“I watched some of the ceremony but then I got a bit too emotional and had to switch off because I knew I was supposed to be there.“But that’s life and I still have a lot to be excited about. We are already in the quarter-finals, regardless of the result against Colombia in our final group game tonight.“Everyone is determined to carry on the momentum and keep winning.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s Under-23 team captain, John Mikel Obi has narrated why he prevented the team from boarding a ‘tiny’ aircraft to the 2016 Rio Olympics.The Dream Team were a late show for the South American country after flight delays – and arrived in Amazonia less than seven hours to their first game against Japan.last_img read more