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Celebrities Are Hypocritical Eco-Warriors

AJ Benza: Fame is a Bitch

01:09 min | 4 months ago

Celebrities Are Hypocritical Eco-Warriors

"I relate a story that the rapper Drake went on a date with some 21 year old influencer model. Actually, she's 20. Their first date, you know what it was? He took it to saint Moritz to go yacht shopping. Gotta have a yacht go along with your private jet. I mean, renting a Gulf Stream 700? That's for losers. You gotta get yourself that bombardier global 7500, man. Now that's trip. But drinks another one of those hypocrites who talk out of both sides of their mounds and I hate to tell you too many young kids believe it. Some adults believe it. Listen to kids and some adults talk about climate change, but yet they still have a warm place in their heart to lean onto the caprio and drink and Jay-Z and coffee and whoever the hell else has a massive yacht or private jet that leaves a carbon footprint bigger than the Grand Canyon. And it's so insane,

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"saint moritz" Discussed on Business Wars

Business Wars

07:54 min | 5 months ago

"saint moritz" Discussed on Business Wars

"Thank you, thank you, thank you. Over the next few months, odile and rock amay convinced Henri and Claude to turn over control of Louis Vuitton to rock a. Once in charge, rock amaze first order of business is to push the company into Japan. Retail space there is too expensive to establish freestanding stores, so rock a negotiates to sell Louis Vuitton products through the major Japanese department stores. However, he takes a risk and demands full control. Instead of a standard franchise agreement where the stores purchase goods from Louis Vuitton and sell them as they see fit, rock amay lays down an ultimatum. Louis Vuitton will fully manage their own section of the department stores. They will decide which products to offer, how to display them, and set the price point. At first, the store is bulk. But rocka may tells them if they want Louis Vuitton products at all. This is the arrangement. His gamble pays off and the department stores give in. Under rocka May's leadership, Louis Vuitton is expanding its market for the first time in years. But while Louis Vuitton is getting its house in order, the House of Gucci is falling apart. It's July 16th, 1982, Florence Italy. Mauricio Gucci sits at the end of the long board table in Gucci headquarters. 34 years old, he still has the gangly limbs of a teenager, and he ships to get comfortable in his seat. He feels the index cards in the inner pocket of his suit coat. They contain his thoughts on the vision for the future of Gucci. His heart thumps as he prepares to stand up and deliver them to his family, sitting around the conference table. Mauricio's father rodolfo and his uncle Aldo have been running Gucci since the 1950s. Aldo spends most of his time in New York running Gucci in America and overseeing their expanding retail stores around the world. Rodolfo manages the company in Italy, controlling its production arm. It hasn't always gone smoothly, but the arrangement has largely worked. Gucci is doing well. But Mauricio has spotted some troubling signs. He believes that they over license their logo and expanded their product line too much. Gucci is in danger of losing its prestige. A death knell for a luxury brand. Mauricio's mouth is dry. He's never been much of a conversationalist, let alone a public speaker. But this is too important to give in to his anxieties. At the other end of the table, Aldo calls the meeting to order. Let's begin, we'll start by reading the minutes. Or eats you his heart pounds. But just before the secretary of the board can even begin reading, Mauricio's cousin, Paulo, jumps up. I like to make a statement first. Two years ago, Paolo secretly tried to launch his own company using the Gucci name. When his father and uncle found out, they fired him from the company. He's been brought back in, but he's still the black sheep of the family. Paolo ignores the groans and reads from a piece of paper. As the director of this company, I've been denied access to go through the books, which goes against Paolo stops and snaps his head to the secretary of the board. Why aren't you writing this down? I want this on the record. If you want recorded, I will. He pulls out a small tape recorder from his pocket. Aldo rears up and charges around the table. You are not recording anything. Paulo grabs the recorder in Cox's fist, Mauricio jumps to his feet, convinced his cousin is going to slug the 77 year old Aldo. Maritza wraps his arm around Paulo's neck, holding him in a headlock. Paulo struggles against it, but Mauricio keeps him in his grip. Aldo attempts to rest the recorder from Paolo's hand. In the scuffle, Aldo's arm flails his hands smacking hard against Paulo's face. Blood trickles down Paolo's cheek. Shocked by the blood, Mauricio quickly releases Paolo from his home. Paolo brings his hand to cheek. Staring at the blood on his fingers. Call the police. Police. He grabs his briefcase and springs out of the office. My family tried to kill me. They tried to kill me. That's what happens in Gucci board meetings. Maritza slumps into his seat. The index cards in his pocket poke into his chest. He doesn't think he's going to need those today after all. A depression settles over him. How is Gucci ever going to move forward if they can't stop fighting with each other? There have already been press articles about the families infighting. This isn't helping Gucci's slipping image. A year later, Mauricio gains substantially more power to shape Gucci's future. It's summer, 1983. Mauricio Gucci sits in a lawyer's office in Milan, Italy receiving his inheritance. His father passed away from cancer recently, and Mauricio is his only son. He's already received deeds to apartments in Milan in New York, and a chalet in saint Moritz Switzerland. He's also gotten access to bank accounts around the world. It's exciting. And overwhelming. Mauricio's father was a demeaning man, both tough on his son and also coddling. Mauricio's barely been able to make any decisions for himself before now. The lawyer looks up over his reading glasses. I understand we haven't located the certificates for the shares yet, but you are to inherit all of your father's Gucci stock. Mauricio smiles and nods. He's now the largest shareholder in the company. The other half of the shares are divided between his uncle and three cousins. A flutter of nerves surges through him. He hopes he's ready for this. The lawyer reaches behind him into a safe, and pulls out a small black wallet with the Gucci logo on it. Oh, and he also wanted you to have this. Mauricio takes it. Feeling the soft crocodile skin between his fingers. He knows this wallet. He was made in the early days of Gucci. His grandfather had given it to Maurizio's father, and now Mauricio's father is giving it to him. Mauricio looks up at the lawyer. This isn't just a wallet. It's a message from his father. From beyond the grave. He's handing the purse strings to Gucci. Over to Mauricio. It's time for Mauricio to put his fears and anxieties behind him. And be the leader Gucci needs. Mauricio stands, his usually slumped shoulders, held back proudly. As he strides out of the office, he feels confident. He has the vision. He just needs to get the rest of his family on board. But the riffs in the Gucci.

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"saint moritz" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

02:14 min | 6 months ago

"saint moritz" Discussed on WTOP

"To read a Kessler in the traffic sign Well right now if you're traveling through the area expect to be sitting in delays between the weather and the fact that it is the Friday of a holiday weekend You're just seeing a lot of abnormal volume throughout the area Let's take a look at the trip to the bay bridge eastbound 50 all the way back to the southern river bridge so we're looking at like a 6 mile back up trying to make your way headed toward the bay bridge The earlier wreck on the bridge has cleared because of the weather they can not run two way traffic on the westbound span So two lanes east bound two lanes westbound getting across the bridge and cape saint Clair and saint Moritz is very backed up trying to head into that delay as well We still have the delay on southbound route three coming from davidsonville road headed toward four 50 defense highway This is the crash with the vehicle on its side also delays on southbound 95 in Maryland from the ICC headed toward the split with the beltway where we had a report of a wreck Northbound 95 slows from the ICC toward one 98 and two 16 near one 98 is a report of a crash also southbound two ten between Palmer and old fort road north Colors report a tree that fell on what's not in the roadway it kind of fell off to the side of the roadway but it was a very large branch that is hanging dangerously in that right lane and with it being darker out because of The Rain It's a little hard to see so stick to the left side of the roadway on southbound two ten to avoid any issues there In Virginia on 28 watch for delays near westfield's boulevard causing delays in both directions southbound continues slow headed towards 66 but all the work zones in the area should have been picked up We're seeing volume delays along 95 No accidents reported in the roadway but just expect the slowdowns anywhere between Fredericksburg and Springfield along I 95 express lanes are appointed southbound now eastbound on the dulles toll road after exit ten centerville road and herndon the left side was blocked with the wreck At GDIT you ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter discover careers with impact apply now at GDIT dot com slash careers I'm Rita Kessler WTO traffic All right lots of watches and mornings some more Theodore storm team four tell us what the latest is All right so a lot going on We're going to start with the tornado warning which is the most imminent threat at the moment And that is now.

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"saint moritz" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

Monocle 24: The Globalist

06:09 min | 8 months ago

"saint moritz" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

"Now, as we're reporting in our headlines, the Finnish prime minister and her Swedish colleague actually met in Stockholm yesterday. Just tell us a little more about that because it was very much on the same subject. That's right. And I read about this in the finish in Swedish news, but as I have the Financial Times in front of me, it's also on the front page of DFT. So indeed, so prime minister sana Marin and prime minister magdalena Anderson met in Stockholm yesterday. Essentially, to talk about the security landscape in the Nordic countries and more specifically, to coordinate their respective timelines when it comes to the decision making process in Sweden and in Finland or NATO membership and also really coordinated timelines or the date when they would seek membership on prime minister marines part. So I think there are two aspects here. She emphasized the democratic process that has been established in Finland to make a decision. She noted very clearly that all stakeholders that are required all relevant policymakers in Finland are at the tables where decisions are being made regarding NATO membership. So there is a rather unconventional process that has been established in Finland. There's a parliamentary coordination group that cuts across all party lines. So there seems to be broad consensus. And again, a relatively participatory process within the parliament to ensure broad support and then to come to a decision democratically with the support of all political parties in Finland. And in her view, this is absolutely vital to ensure that in the event of any aggression by Russia doing the so called gray zone, the country would remain unified. But also, say, 5, ten, 20, 30 years down the line. We would avoid the situation of Finns. Kind of questioning this application period and why did we run to apply for NATO membership? So there, again, all options would be out on the table. They would be analyzed seriously by all political parties, and only then would Finland seek membership. So with all of this, she did, however, say that we're talking about days, maximum weeks, definitely not months when it comes to Finland. I just want to focus in on your beautiful city now I visited a couple of weeks ago. And I was very impressed as I always am by the transport system. Now the enzyme Z is talking about the transportation department. And in particular, Simone brander, tell us tell us about this. That's right. So on February 13th of this year, Zürich had city elections at the local level and then, of course, for the city council as well. The social Democrats regained their fourth seat on the city council and more broadly the greens and green liberals did ride the well. As well. So now yesterday on Wednesday, the city council distributed, the department among the parties is very much akin to the federal council in Switzerland, where the members in the council get assigned to a particular department. No major changes apart from the transportation department that then the fourth city council member from the social Democrat Simon brander took over and in fact she's the first social Democrat leading this department in 14 years. And said, zooms in on her as a personality and as a politician in Zürich. So she was born in 1978 and has become known as the face and voice of the bicycle lobby in Zürich. So expectations are extremely high for her to increase bike lanes to support biking and pedestrians in Zürich. Perhaps at the expense of cars, and again, very much supporting public transportation in Zürich. And finally, when I was in Zürich, it was because it was a sort of staging post for us to go off to saint Moritz to interview the author ilia Leonard Pfeiffer, whose book grand hotel Europa comes out in English in a couple of weeks time will be focusing on him and the latest may addition of monocle magazine will also carry an interview with him on meet the writers. But the point is, the reason I'm telling you this is it was my very first encounter with ski slopes and a ski lift much to the amusement of my colleagues, but honestly, where did they think of Zimbabwean was going to have encounters? But this means that I do not understand the last headline you've sent. It says ski flying allowed for women ski jumpers. Don't even know. What does that mean? So as a thing I have to point to this story if ski jumping has ever mentioned in the newest sono exactly I picked up this in housing in Santa Marta finished newspaper. So the international ski federation ruled yesterday on Wednesday that women can essentially jump from ski flying hills. So in the sport of ski jumping, they're various types of hills or slopes. Some are longer or taller and some are a bit lower. And ski flying is, in a way, the longest and perhaps most dangerous one, where the distances are the longest. And women have not been allowed to compete in ski flying this far. They have been allowed to compete in normal ski jumping hills since the 2011 2020. 12 season in the World Cup and in 2014 in the Winter Olympics, they also were able to join the normal hill event in ski jumping. But since yesterday, they were allowed to join for this ski flying hills, which means that next year, during the World Cup season in vikas de Norway, 15 a female ski jumpers can for the first time ever join ski flying as well. Excellent. Go, women's ski fliers. Thanks. Talking to us from Zürich. This is the globalist on monocle.

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"saint moritz" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

Monocle 24: The Globalist

08:46 min | 8 months ago

"saint moritz" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

"Website. See you in saint Moritz at the Monaco weekender. It's 1514 in Beijing, 7 14 here in London, you're back with a globalist with me, Emma Nelson. Now to another long running geopolitical crisis, that of the strained relationship between India and China and efforts to mend it. China's foreign minister Wang Yi is in Delhi on the first India visit by a senior leader from Beijing since the two nations armies fought each other on the border last May. Well, I'm joined now by doctor sajan gohel, who's a visiting teacher at the London school of economics and international security director at the Asia Pacific foundation. Good morning, Sir John. Good morning. Let's place this in a bit of context, shall we this visit? Relations are at an all time low between the two nations. The relationship between China and India is unfortunately a problematic right now that is going back to what you mentioned, which is the skirmish that took place back on May 2020 in which both sides actually fought against each other in the gull one valley, which is in the Himalayas. There is a territorial dispute that goes back decades and the belief was that China had effectively broken the arrangement that had existed previously and moved further into territory that is disputed. That standoff still remains to this day, although it's not as precarious as it was before, but unfortunately those tensions remain and they have not been resolved as yet. We saw some, you know, the reports are that at least 20 Indian soldiers died last year and at least four Chinese troops were killed as well, although those numbers were never absolutely verified. So it's in these circumstances that the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has arrived in what the media is saying Well, in fact, the numbers it's believed that China probably lost over 30, which now some reports are suggesting that it could have even been higher than that. So because China doesn't actually reveal its fatalities unlike India. And this trip it's an interesting one because Wang Yi has just come via Afghanistan when he had meetings with the Taliban and then prior to that he was in Pakistan as well and then he's going to Nepal after the India trip. So this seems to be a regional coordinated effort by the Chinese foreign ministry, whether it's going to actually achieve anything remains to be seen, but perhaps the expectation is that by having dialog face to face in this post pandemic era may help to ease tensions, but it's very unlikely that this is going to result in anything significant. It's perhaps just the starting point of a very long journey to try and see if relations can improve. And then we have to put emphasis on the word can. Indeed, so what do people hope can be done? Well, I think with the Indians want there to be a deescalation in the number of troops on the border. They want China to pull back because Chinese troops are very close to where the dispute is taking place. And the other concern is that they are building infrastructure there, which means that it could be permanent. It means that China may want to extend further. And that's also what created the tensions back in May 2020. So India wants China to take steps to deescalate this troop movement that is there on the board and keep in mind China and India share a very long border in three different parts of their respective countries. In the Himalayas, it's also a way you've got place to Kim and Nepal area. And then you've also got the other part, which is in the northeast of India and the southern part of Tibet. So these three areas have often resulted in tensions in the past, and it's not just one area that the two countries are going to have to resolve its three areas. One thing that also complicates issues enormously is Ukraine because India and China as we have been talking about have had huge standoffs on the border. India, many have suggested have said that it needs to court Russia in order to feel as if they are supported and they are bolstered. But both sides both India and China at the moment find themselves being one of the few large nations in the world to not openly support Russia, but not condemning the war. Well, in China's case there is a strategic relationship with Russia. They do support each other significantly. It's worth keeping in mind that president Xi Jinping of China has met Vladimir Putin of Russia 38 times in the last ten years, which is a significant number and think about the fact that two of those years have gone in the pandemic itself. For India, there is this relationship that goes back from the period of the Cold War during the Soviet era where India ended up becoming dependent on Russian military hardware. And as we've been talking about this attention between India and China and also the fact that India has difficult relationships with Pakistan as well and then you have the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. India's big concern is that if there is another war, if there's another crisis, they need to have enough military supplies to protect themselves. So that remains the concern that India has is that they have to tread very carefully in this relationship with Russia. It's also worth mentioning that India does have good relations with Ukraine at a bilateral level. The thing that the U.S. wants from India is to diversify its military hardware equipment, but that's going to take years, the process has begun, but it's not something that can get fixed very quickly. And returning to China's visit to India at the moment. You mentioned just there the issue of Pakistan and you also mentioned the issue of Afghanistan. The Chinese foreign minister's visit to India comes on the back of a trip or a meeting with the Pakistanis in which he said that he supported the he was more in favor of the Pakistanis take on the Kashmir issue, but also he's just visited the Taliban in Kabul. It's very surreal because you have the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi as the guest of honor at a meeting that the Pakistani is held for the organization of Islamic countries in which one of the main issues of concern was islamophobia and yet the dynamic of Xinjiang and the Uyghurs was not mentioned whatsoever. And then as you said when you also made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to meet the Taliban, which is again a very bizarre dynamic because the Taliban are a radical Islamist group and you have the Chinese who are the PRC, which is effectively a communist state. And the two should not actually be working together. It should make zero sense on paper and yet there is this odd collaboration that's beginning, which is based on strategic and economic priorities, the Chinese want to enhance their investments in Afghanistan, but they also want the Taliban to crack down on Uyghur dissidents that operate there. And in turn, the Taliban won recognition from China, how this relationship is going to develop remains to be seen because it just defies all logic, but then this is geopolitics. Sergeant gohil. Thank you so much for joining us on monocle 24 still to come on today's globalist the day's papers are fashion update with Dana Thomas, and then Andrew Muller runs us through his take on the week's events. We learned this week that a divided nation narrowly voting to leave an economic and customs union because an amount of its citizens don't like foreigners very much, and a nation unifying to mount a heroic armed resistance in an existential struggle against a predatory invader a literally exactly the same thing. Stay tuned on the globalist. UBS has over 900 investment analysts from over 100 different countries. Over 900 of the sharpest minds and freshest thinkers in the world of finance today. To find out how we could help you contact us at UBS dot.

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"saint moritz" Discussed on WGN Radio

WGN Radio

06:04 min | 9 months ago

"saint moritz" Discussed on WGN Radio

"A little bit as the morning goes on but then get right back up after the morning rush it's 41° right now at O'Hare 43 at midway We have cloudy skies right now across the area It's 39 up in Waukegan 39 as well down in Kankakee 34° on the lakefront I'm James Sears on Chicago's very own 7 20 WGN We'll talk to my next guest Ian Hurd and then we will get to the Wikipedia description of the lobster you'll want to stick around for that In her joined us a few days ago he is a Professor of political science and the director of the Weinberg college center for international and area studies at northwestern university He wrote a book called how to do things with international laws suddenly he is a most expert person on how sanctions may or may not persuade Vladimir Putin to behave Or is he expert on this Ian you're on WG and radio again how are you today I'm doing well Thanks for having me How about that introduction Are you expert on what the pliability is of Vladimir Putin here I think there is things in the future that nobody knows So there's no experts on that But I do think the sanctions can raise the costs on Putin and the people who keep them in power And that made in the medium term shift what's happening in Russia What do you mean shift Well it might be a way to convince some of the people who help keep Putin in power that he's not worth their effort anymore And so that might add some cracks to the structure that Putin has built where he's basically got no opponents and there's no grass roots movement against him He's crushed it all but there might be cracks in that if the oligarchs are the people who benefit from him find it hard to do the sort of stuff that they like to do around the world like by Mercedes and go to Switzerland for skiing send their kids to college in the U.S. Thomas Friedman referred to that in his New York Times piece today He said the least likely of three scenarios though is one that could have the best outcome and that is the Russian people maybe who you're talking about maybe not demonstrate as much bravery and commitment to their own freedom as the Ukrainian people have shown to theirs and deliver Salvation by ousting Putin from office many Russians must be starting to worry that as long as Putin is their present and future leader they have no future And then he talks about how these rich people these rich Russians who plundered the country over the years he says if Putin goes ahead and levels Ukraine's biggest cities and its capital Kyiv he and all of his cronies will never see London or New York or their apartments again He said there will be no more Davos no more saint Moritz instead they will be locked in a big prison called Russia with the freedom to travel only to Syria Crimea Belarus North Korea and China may be their kids will be thrown out of private boarding schools from Switzerland to Oxford Well I think it's right to focus on those elites because those are the people who have profited from Putin's rule and in a way they're probably the people who enable him to stay in power One wouldn't want to blame the regular people in Russia who are forced to live under this rule It's not their fault that they've got this dictator But those elites get away with a lot And they get away with a lot in part because the global financial system allows them to They can buy the apartments in London and they can park their yachts in Malta and hide their assets in the Cayman Islands So I think one of the most encouraging things to come out of this whole disaster is the way that the world might finally be taking some real action against that recycling of crooked dollars But it does seem then that the only way to punish Putin is to punish the people And would you agree Maybe you wouldn't I don't know if there's any truth to this but the Russian people are victims of Putin too Maybe there's no truth to that right They elected him but I don't know how true the elections are The elections are fake I think you're right The Russian people aren't to blame for Putin He has taken over and he puts his opponents in jail or kills them whenever he can find them So they are his first victims I think you're right the Russian people It's this one percenter class the oligarchs of Russia who are the beneficiaries of his rule and also in a sideways sort of way the ones who make it possible for him to stay in power I think a lot of the American sanctions the European sanctions now are designed to convince those people that it's not worth propping up Putin anymore It's amazing that we have these economic tools and other I guess means that aren't soldiers on the ground to get his attention to maybe try and move the needle I still wonder why we didn't just use every last one of them on Monday It does look like the Biden administration has been really doing its homework over the last few months to get ready worried that this might be what's happening and that they've got pretty good plans in place I think to cut off the financial flows that the oligarchs use to get their money out of Russia But you're right It makes you wonder why these tools weren't used before It's a really interesting comment on the state of the world isn't it that we have these governments that seem so powerful And we have these banks that seems so separate the financial system but when it comes down to it if the U.S..

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"saint moritz" Discussed on Kottke Ride Home

Kottke Ride Home

09:06 min | 10 months ago

"saint moritz" Discussed on Kottke Ride Home

"On the same page here. A brief differentiation of the three. Bobsled is the one from cool runnings, where athletes are in an almost car looking vehicle that they have to push before they all jump in it and ride down the course. In luge, the individual athlete starts the race already on the sled, which is flat and not at all car like in bobsled. It just looks like a more professional version of the sled you may have grown up riding down hills on on snow days. They lie on the sled on their back feet first down the course. And while bobsled comes in two and four person events in the Olympics luge is usually solo, although there is a two person version called double luge in which the second person literally just lays on top of the first, and it is the absolute best thing to watch. Now, skeleton, meanwhile, looks a lot like luge in that it is one person on a similarly shaped sled, but they are on their belly and going down head first. They also have to run about 40 meters and jump into position on the sled at the start of the race. Instead of starting already on the sled, like in luge. In both luge and skeleton, athletes can reach speeds of up to 90 miles an hour. But how did we get to this point? As Atlas obscura points out, the sled as a functional item goes back centuries. In places with snow and hills, they were highly effective vehicles for transporting very large, heavy objects. It wouldn't be until later that the sled came to be used as a pastime. A lot of sports that are now included in the Winter Olympics had their start in the Scandinavian military, taking activities that were a part of military strategy like skiing and shooting and turning them into competitions with each other when they weren't fighting. Luge and the other sled sports are a bit different. It is possible that sleds were used in a military context back in a 103 BCE by a northern Germanic tribe who slid down a mountain on the backs of their shields to attack the Romans and failed at its that could just be a made up legend, but it does emphasize an important point. Up until about the late 1800s, sleds were thought of as un steerable. You could go down a hill really fast on one, but you didn't have too much control over where you would end up down that hill. That changed towards the end of the 19th century. At two resort towns in the Swiss Alps. Davos and saint Moritz started as popular summer resorts for aristocrats from around Europe and North America. But soon decided to open in the winter as well, and the rich folks spending time there needed some way to keep themselves occupied. So they started sledding, or as they called it there at the time, tobogganing, possibly due to influence from the algonquin language and visiting Canadians. Quoting Atlas obscura. This early period of winter sports creation in the Alps drew English men and Americans. In broad strokes, the Americans brought the equipment and the English men brought the ceremony. It was these tourists who, when they weren't skiing, took sleds down the picturesque mountains, often write down the main roads in town, which seems to have been very annoying for the townspeople and great fun for the tourists. Of all the varied kinds of sport which men in their incessant search after amusement have discovered, those which have taken the most lasting hold and attained the greatest perfection appeared to be the various forms of rapid motion upon earth or water in which one man's strength or skill can be tested against another's rights, Theodore Andrea cook in notes on tobogganing at saint Moritz. Saint Moritz is probably the birthplace of the lineage that gave us luge. According to some accounts, it was in Davos that toboggan races had been held to the great entertainment of tourists in the early 1880s. Hotel operators in nearby saint Moritz took notice, and according to the saint Moritz tobogganing club in the winter of 1884 through 1885, 5 guests at the kom hotel formed an outdoor amusements committee and built a sled racing course to compete with Davos. This course was known as the cresta run quote. Originally made of snow as sleds developed to have metal runners and steering mechanisms, the cresta run was noted to get run down pretty quickly from these heavier sleds. And when it got run down, it hardened, pretty much into ice. But that's when people noticed that on ice, they could go even faster. And that is when sled runs started being intentionally made from ice, increasing speeds and danger exponentially. I would say this is probably when sled runs went from a fun afternoon activity where you chuckle at your friend's wiping out while you day drink on the sidelines to a much more serious competition. The cresta run at saint Moritz and nearby resort towns across the Swiss Alps. These sled activities steadily evolved into luge skeleton and bobsled, leading to the first federation of sled sports in 1913. And when the first Winter Olympics was held in 1924, four man bobsled was on the roster. Skeleton debuted at the next games, but luge wouldn't be added until 1964 in part due to a sort of back and forth in popularity between skeleton and luge. But especially as the sports have developed from their humble wooden sled beginnings at saint Moritz to the 90 mile an hour aerodynamic battle between latex and ice tracks. How do people actually stay on course? And frankly stay alive while hurtling down the course faster than most cars drive on the freeway. John Eric Goff Professor of physics at the university of Lynchburg, who focuses on the physics of sports, answered just that recently in a piece in the conversation. Most of it is down to gravity, the mile long courses drop about 400 feet as athletes speed down the course. But to get more specific, quoting goth riders in the sledding events reach their fast speeds because of the conversion of gravitational potential energy into kinetic energy. Gravitational potential energy represents stored energy and increases as an object is raised farther from earth's surface. The potential energy is converted to another form of energy once the object starts falling, kinetic energy is the energy of motion. The reason of flying baseball will shatter the glass if it hits a window is that the ball transfers its kinetic energy to the glass. Both gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy increase as weight increases, meaning there is more energy in a four person bobsled team than there is in a one person luge or skeleton for a given speed. Racers are dealing with a lot of kinetic energy and strong forces. When athletes enter a turn at 80 miles an hour, they experience accelerations that can reach 5 times that of normal gravitational acceleration. Because they're all going down the same course, the key to winning, which is often a difference of .0 something seconds. Lies in having a fast start taking the shortest path down the course, and then as aerodynamic as possible. Goth explains, quote, while gravity pulls the athletes in their sleds downhill, they are constantly colliding with air particles that create a force called air drag, which pushes back on the athletes and sleds in a direction opposite to their velocity. The more aerodynamic and athlete or team is the greater the speed. To minimize drag from the air, luge riders, who face up, lie as flat as possible. Downward facing skeleton riders do the same. Whether in a team of two or four, bobsled riders stay tucked tightly inside the sled to reduce the area available for air to smash into. Any body positioning mistakes can make athletes less aerodynamic and lead to tiny increases in time that can cost them a medal, and these mistakes are tough to correct at the high accelerations and forces of a run. As far as hitting that shortest run down the track, that is done by keeping the sled as straight on course as possible, which also reduces drag. Athletes do this by steering. In the case of bobsled, the front rider has rings that turn the runners, the steel blades that the sled sits on. Curved bows at the front of the sled can be affected by the athlete flexing their calves. They can also steer by moving their head and shoulders. Skeleton athletes have to rely on even fewer movements to direct their sled. It is all incredibly precise with potentially dangerous consequences for getting it even slightly wrong, which is one reason why Christina karrueche over at slate recently declared luge to be the slipperiest of all winter sports. Karaoke's premise lied in the fact that winter sports can basically all be boiled down to slipping around on frozen surfaces and trying not to fall. Which is not wrong. That's basically what all those bored rich folks at the Swiss resorts and board Scandinavian military men were doing when they invented the recreational and competitive forms of all of these now Olympic sports. Just having a bit of fun on some ice.

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"saint moritz" Discussed on FRONTLINE: Audiocast | PBS

FRONTLINE: Audiocast | PBS

03:23 min | 1 year ago

"saint moritz" Discussed on FRONTLINE: Audiocast | PBS

"It's the story of a federal initiative to investigate over one hundred fifty unsolved killings from the civil rights era. We ask what prompted the government to try to right. The wrongs of the past and we investigate what justice looks like for the families of the victims across five episodes hosting reporter james edwards looks into a few of these cases. He speaks with families whose loved ones were killed and reflects on his own family story. I hope you enjoy episode. One of unresolved the following. Podcasts contained subject matter and descriptions of violence. Some listeners may find disturbing sixty four twenty seven south saint moritz avenue. I grew up less than four miles from this address on the south side of chicago. It's a typical home. You find in many parts of the city a red brick two story building whereas us locals call it a two flat. There was once a boy a black boy who spent his childhood here. I went past it not long ago i still lived in chicago. Some colleagues and i were interviewing a policeman about what it was like to be a black officer in the city. We were in his car and the house was one of our last ops. That day we had back in who this house because this house was the start of the civil rights movement. Emmett till's house really well. Who lives there now. I don't know. I think the bandon and i think it's a travesty of that particular house is abandoned to use it when you live there. That management sign is gone. The doors open. The door is always open. So you walk down those stairs. Walk northbound to the bus to the train to the train station. Emmett till's house as a black kid in chicago at long known the story of emmett till for many including me. That story begins one day in august. Nineteen fifty five when emmett walks down those same steps at stared at emits leaving home to head to the train station. He's about to take a special trip that he's been looking forward to his destination mississippi. He's on his way there to spend part of his summer break with relatives going to mississippi. From chicago's a familiar trip for many black families in the city. Who left the south during the great migration. My family though did not make those trips. Even though both of my mom's parents come from mississippi my grandfather along with most of his siblings migrated to chicago from greenville. Once he got north though he never returned. There's nothing good back there. He would tell my mom when she was young. What specifically was back there. He never shared with her but emmett he couldn't wait to get there and his family and mississippi was just as excited. They couldn't wait to hear stories about chicago to show him how they liked to have fun in mississippi to do some of the things kids like to do in the summer like go swimming.

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"saint moritz" Discussed on The Munk Debates

The Munk Debates

07:46 min | 1 year ago

"saint moritz" Discussed on The Munk Debates

"Outset that we are dealing with the political situation. Thank you jules richard. Your opportunity now for a rebuttal also more accurately th. That's your construction of it and then it hearing all of this does not move us into into something that's useful action so i'm actually wondering if we're asking ourselves the wrong question here. Awarding the games to beijing. His is not a political indication of beijing. It simply to make sure that your you've got the games in a place that has the capacity and the ability to deliver games at the the level at Expected to be but the question of where this happens is not nearly as important as they should happen. Over the past hundred twenty five years the olympic movement has has managed to carve out these little islands of peace in complicated and difficult political conditions. And i might. I must say not without some slips and falls along the way but with a vision of trying to bring the use of the world together in a peaceful coexistence through sport and sport itself is kind of an interesting phenomenon in this in the sense that it actually does away with a lot of the need for having the same language distances weights and so on are all the same matter where you are. A lot of. The governance of sport than in the in competition is done by gestures so forth. You don't actually need them so in this effort to try and create that island you every four years. We shouldn't be distracted by the location and but be inspired by the message of the example that yes it can be done. It is possible there is hope for world. That could be less stressful. And it's come about as the result of sport and the young people who participate in it. That's the real message of the olympics. Thank you richard. My opportunity now to kind of joined the debate and think through some questions that are top of mind for our listeners. Listening to both of you in this excellent debate gills to come to you. I on richard's point there that look at the end of the day what you're looking for in a host country's inability to stage games competently effectively at a truly world class standard. It's no simple feet to pull off an olympic games. China's doing this. They did it in two thousand and eight. They're doing it again now. We have to put the interests of the athletes. I am by you. Raising political issues related to the beijing government. And what they're doing or not on human rights are a variety of other issues is kind of beside the point. I think it helps for your audience to sort of step back and think about the wider context on why beijing hosting in the first place. Absolutely the games have gotten really big and they demand a lot out of the host city. You need resources. But certainly beijing is not the only place that has the capacity to pull off the olympic games in where the olympics. Very much matters. So if we rewind two thousand fifteen we could see that only beijing in almighty kazahstan were left standing after bids from other places for the twenty twenty. Two olympics were torpedoed by public pushback. So there were originally six cities interested in staging the games but live. Ukraine krakow poland stockholm in sweden. All pulled out the residents of craft. Poland saw civic bankruptcy looming so they voted a resounding seventy percents no referendum this week hosting the twenty twenty two winter games. Then so did oslo. They pulled out after. Norway's parliament refused to grant the required government financial guarantees the ioc headed a as many pages of demands including meetings with the king vip cocktail parties dedicated traffic lanes. This did not go well in norway. Once it got to the press. Other potential bids from germany in munich in switzerland in saint moritz in davos failed to materialize after losing public referenda. The people just said no. You know what's really raises the question of why they all said no and i think this leads us to wider issues. The played the olympic games. That i think we need to talk about today but since you asked rudyard about the athletes are do to just say it is crucial to note that the ioc in picking beijing has put athletes in this difficult position. The original sin in this situation if you will is that. The i handed the olympics to a clear-cut indisputable human rights abuser of the human rights. Watch has gone as far as to determine after careful. Deliberation is actually committing crimes against humanity. That's a technical legal term against turkic. Muslims in xinjiang province and athletes had no voice in the decision to hand the twenty twenty two games to beijing and now yet athletes are caught in the middle. Don't take it if you don't wanna take it for me. Take it from the two time. Olympic alpine skiing champion michaela schifrin who just said a few months ago about the beijing games that athletes should not be forced to choose between their morals and their job. You know the irc has this slogan its athletes. I but i think it's pretty clear. In selecting beijing to host the olympics they actually put the athletes among the last so richard. I'm sure you've got some views on on what you've just heard Talk to us a bit about again. How you square. Maybe these very noble olympic principles with the reality of what we face in taking the games to china. Not just the reality of rights abuses. That are going on but the reality that as joel has just mentioned athletes are put in this intense kind of moral quandary ab no choice of their own. They now have to balance the very future of their participation in a sport that they've given their life to versus some of the most fundamental beliefs that they have about the nature of human freedom of justice of our respect for our fellow man. Well i think you can take that back gills opening accommodated. It was no country on the face of the planet without sin including his including ours. And so if you're gonna make that judgment you gotta be really really careful. But what makes the olympics all of this such a juicy target and he resistible to A number of the folks that statements jones's their global importance and recognition. But if you look at all these demands to sacrifice the games and the athletes costs nothing to all the people that are proposing that somebody else as the price at their best. And if you pay really close attention to the proponents it who say we must do. Something about china are they actually mean is not we. I mean you you. The olympic athletes are going to be the the warriors in this particular conflict that we have identified as being political. Not sport not use. Somebody else should pay the price for. That doesn't work. We've seen we saw what happened in in the moscow boycott back in one thousand nine hundred government.

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"saint moritz" Discussed on Cloudbase Mayhem Podcast

Cloudbase Mayhem Podcast

07:33 min | 1 year ago

"saint moritz" Discussed on Cloudbase Mayhem Podcast

"Remain in the air. Before i go lan so. I'm not suggesting people follow these rules. But i'm suggesting it's it's it's worked out for me to setup rule of thumb and observe over years whether those make sounds and and one of them i had to give up. Which was there is always going to be a place to land on. I decided that is not true for me. There is not always a place to land. I'm gonna. I'm not gonna i wanna see where i land before committing to a valley off-land. Yeah i would. I guess i would put the disclaimer on the blue part with every situation is different and you said but i can think of a few times know certainly in the in a desert environment which is very very different from the alps we can get massive sells a long ways away and stuck out. Cold air attack us. If you can stay in the air you might be okay but if you decide you know you need the land and you get hit in. That gust front. It could be very blue where you are. But you're suddenly the one. The one experience. I've had in the alps that was similar to this was We were flying from fee. Sh-she down to kinda cour and then we actually made it over and we were heading into davos. And so down the rhine basically and we were on the. I think we're on the north side of the ryan heading heading east and all day. There was a huge sell on the italian side That would have been kinda down towards saint moritz but on the on the italian side and really really big. You know this was one of these where it went up into the upper atmosphere and started spreading out and where we were just brilliant really beautiful but we kept it was with bruce and we kept talking another going. What do you think of that thing hand. I don't know it's getting. It's really vertical while yeah but it's at least forty fifty miles away which is unusual. Be able to even see in in the alps. You don't get that tall most of the time and so often these cells are are you. Don't even see them now. They might be on the side of the of the of the main spine of the alps in you. Don't even see but this one we could see because it was so big it was so tall and but it was just brilliant so at cooler okay. Let's keep going and we got over. The range in davos is down below us and we were both like that's enough. We've we've pressed this far enough in. We both spiraled the ground. Really fast and touchdown literally about thirty seconds before the gust front hit so this thing had finally exploded and started running down the valleys and we found we got on the train and we are heading back to fees and we found out there was i think the swiss open or some some pretty big comp was had been you know going that day in two people i believe i think one died another one and in the trees because they got hit in that gust front and so just a again anecdote. But it's you know one of these kind of you know there's always there's always an exception i think if there's fixed around you gotta be thinking how how much how far can i press this. We certainly press it a lot in the x. apps and there's been a bunch boy house close but to be to be clear when i'm saying blue-sky i mean blue sky and oftentimes when you have that kind of storm when you're talking about the envel- extends out for an you know the cirrus clouds from the angle that is not blue-sky so k. Oh good okay good different. Yeah that's that's important dimension. If if and i believe there are exceptions to the rule but the role as work. Pretty well for me and oftentimes. It's the big storms. It's the anvil that that takes away the balloon now a good point and it was probably a bit by the time we landed. While i remember this can start raining pretty quick time we your dialed down out of the sky was getting gray. Not too good one. I like that. Do you have any other of these kind of yatom. I have one which is applies mainly to fly as mentioned what flatland flying like one one that works for me very well in in the flatlands. Like in ito or in the northeast of rozelle as like the two zones. Like if i'm higher than a hundred meter above ground i'm in you know i'm i'm gunning it and if i'm lower than a hundred meters above ground in survival mode and i'm in survival mode the there the rule of thumb that's you know that's the well-known one that i follow which is never leave lift to search for lift so if i'm and for me in this revival moated that the border is strict eight marinas both ground. I'm not gonna leave lift to look for better lift. I'm going gonna wait until i'm higher than eight hundred meters brown and yvonne above a hundred meters above ground. I'm gonna snob anything that is slower than the average. I'm knockin attorney anything. That's that slower than two meter in the. That's that's going up slower than two meters or whatever the average day. Yeah that's actually that sorta tune gears. That worked really well for me in the flatlands to being disciplined on on the survival mode to not not be optimistic but be pessimistic. And when i'm in the upper layer. I'm optimistic and the outs. It doesn't work out that while because you can't set a high above ground or altitude That doesn't work so well. But in flower but i think he can still have. I think you can still have that rule. I like that. I think in in you know when you're in the mountainous terrain just have a a nice clean cut off between survival and and gun in it and it often. We wouldn't have that eight hundred because we're right on the terrain but we're still really high right over the peaks or something you know. If we went out over the valley we'd have two thousand. Yeah yeah. I like that. You can still. I think you can still do it. But it takes a takes. More fine tuning am i. It went zone. I might now in. And it's it's very tempting to not admit that you're already in survival zone or or very tempting to remain in survival mode too long worked at. I find it more difficult to to set a clear dividing line between the two. Let's return real quickly rica to your your your v One in the list of you.

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