Fall is here, and sports are in high gear. But the Georgia summer heat won’t let up. With temperatures still climbing into the 90s, it’s important to keep athletes safe during workouts.“The number one thing is to drink fluids before, during and after the workout,” said Connie Crawley, a nutrition specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “Coaches need to make sure their players are getting enough fluids and adequate time to rest.”If the temperatures are high and kids are just getting back to workouts, it is important to increase the duration and intensity of the workouts gradually, Crawley said.The Georgia High School Association sets rules and regulations for high school coaches to follow when it comes to outside practices. GHSA requires a certain amount of breaks every so often and practices without equipment depending on the temperature. They can even require the players not to have practice if it’s too hot.Hot temperatures can be scary when not taken seriously. Athletes can become overheated, which can lead to passing out, seizures or even death. It is important to pay attention to the players’ performances and be aware of their conditions, said Wesley Wheeler, a football coach at East Jackson Comprehensive High School in Commerce, Ga.“If the temperature reaches a certain degree, we must break every 15 minutes to give water and let the players rest,” Wheeler said. “Sometimes we break sooner. You have to take a feel for yourself. If the kids are dragging and pouring sweat, give them a break.”Players should hydrate before practice and stay away from heavy fatty meals, Crawley said. They also need to know their limits. Kids need to start slow and only do what they can handle.It is important for athletes use sports or energy drinks appropriately. “Sports drinks are meant for rehydration after an intense workout to replenish electrolytes and fluids lost during the workout,” Crawley said. She added that water is a better choice when players aren’t in practice.“We took a heat class last summer,“ said Wheeler. “As a coach I couldn’t imagine being responsible for something happening to a player. Parents trust the coaches, and we need to ensure that [players] are taken care of.”
VERMONT’S JOB GROWTH REMAINS SLOW, BUT POSITIVE. UNEMPLOYMENT AT 4.9% IN MAY.Montpelier — The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2008 was 4.9 percent, up five-tenths of a point from the revised April rate of 4.4% and up 1.1 points from a year ago.”Vermont’s continued job growth is insufficient to hold down our growing unemployment rate,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. “This is to be expected in a national environment where unemployment is growing rapidly and the national economy continues to shed jobs. In addition, the seasonal transition in Vermont’s labor market from April to May can be quite volatile depending on weather. This can lead to rapidly changing labor statistics. We should have a better picture of the State’s labor market in the June numbers.”Vermont’s observed seasonally adjusted monthly changes in unemployment levels and unemployment rate are statistically different from April values. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 5.5 percent, up a similar five-tenths of a point from April 2008. Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.8 percent in Hartford to 6.4 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 4.6 percent, down four-tenths of a point from April 2008.Jobs Data (Vermont’s job count estimates are produced from a statewide survey of business establishments conducted under the Current Employment Survey (CES) – a cooperative effort with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.)Seasonally adjusted job levels grew by 1,200 or 0.4% over April, but remain flat over the year. Most of the growth came from the construction sector: +900 jobs or 6.1% but the sector remains down considerably on an annual basis (-600 jobs / -3.5%). We see the monthly gain as due to a slow start in April rather than a strong May. For similar reasons the Accommodations and Food Services sector shows a strong monthly decline (-600 jobs / -2.0%) What was bad weather for construction kept the ski resorts operating longer in April – thus the decline in May looked worse than is typically expected.Before seasonal adjustment, Total Non-Farm jobs grew seasonally by 4,500 jobs 1.5% from April to May.. Annual unadjusted job growth remains sluggish at +0.1%. Seasonal job gains were seen in construction (+2,400 / 16.4%), but the segment remains in decline showing a 650 job annual loss or -3.7%. Retail Trade jobs grew by 700 in May, but this seasonal boost was not enough to overcome annual job losses of 200 or -0.5%. Professional & Business services grew by 500 over the month and 150 or 0.7% over the year. Arts Entertainment & Recreation grew 700 jobs over the month offsetting a 700 job loss in Accommodations & Food Services. Local Government Education gained jobs in May, but this is almost certainly a school vacation scheduling issue.
Players of Accra Hearts of Oak led by Captain of the side Moro Abubakar have hailed the club’s Board Chairman Togbe Afede XIV for introducing prompt changes at the club.Speaking exclusively to our correspondent soon after resuming training on Monday morning, players of the team said the Board Chairman has introduced new changes which has improved on player welfare, medication care and prompt payments of salaries and winning bonuses including other allowances.They have therefore praised him for taking the welfare of the players into heart which has ensured that all players take to the field of play without any welfare problems.Team Captain Moro Abubakar on behalf of his team mates revealed to our correspondent that “We (players) are grateful to him for meeting all of our needs which has given us all the good heart to continue to work hard for the success of the team and our careers.Gone are the days that we were owed salaries, winning bonuses and our general welfare wasn’t the best. Now under the guidance of Togbe Afede and the MD players are paid promptly and our winning bonuses are never delayed”.He added that “Our welfare and medical care is at its best now and we are all happy and ready to work our hearts out for him to move this club forward. We have resolved to repay him for showing faith in us and responding to our needs”.
Today, UEFA announced qualifying groups for playoffs in the qualification for Euro.Last night, the National football team of B&H won in the match against Cyprus with the score 3: 2 and thus qualified for the additional qualifications (playoff) as third-ranked team in the Group B.Our team is ranked as among the top seeds together with Ukraine, Sweden and Hungary.National team of B&H can play against one of the following national teams from the second seed group: Denmark, Ireland, Norway and Slovenia.The draw will take place in Nyon on Sunday at 11:20 a.m.The first playoff matches are scheduled on the 12th, 13th and 14th of November, while the rematches will be played on 15th, 16th and 17th of November.(Source: klix.ba)