US Navy Starts Beta Test of Nine Physical Fitness Exercises

first_img View post tag: Exercises View post tag: starts Training & Education View post tag: Navy The Navy, working with the University of Memphis Department of Health and Sport Sciences, began a beta test of nine physical fitness exercises July 11.Bill Moore, director, Navy Physical Readiness Program,said there are currently no plans to change the Navy’s physical readiness test, but the study will examine viability other options that may have greater operational relevance.“The purpose of the beta test is for research purposes only and is intended to collect data,” said Moore.“The results of this beta test could be used to develop a physical readiness test that incorporates more functional movements which better mimic Navy job-specific tasks,” said Moore.He said Navy officials will need to analyze the results after the test concludes later this month.The beta test examines Sailors participation in nine exercises. Cadence push-ups, single-leg plank and single-leg wall squats are used to measure muscular endurance. The leg-hip dynamometer, hand-grip dynamometer and standing long jump measure muscular strength. The pro-agility shuttle, 300-yard shuttle, five kilometer bike test and two kilometer rower measure anaerobic capacity.The test exercises were selected to allow researchers to examine two major components of physical fitness: health and skill related. They feature common movements practiced both in sports and on the job.“Health-related components include cardiovascular fitness, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance,” said Lt. Cmdr. David Peterson, Navy Physical Readiness Program exercise physiologist. “Skill related components include speed, agility, balance, coordination, reaction time and power.”More than 180 Sailors, male and female, representing a full spectrum of age and fitness levels are participating to allows researchers to examine applicability for the Navy demographic.Personnel Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Sickles, assigned to Navy Recruiting Command, said he typically scores excellent on his semi-annual physical readiness test. During the beta test, Sickles performed the single-leg plank, standing long jump and two-kilometer rower during his first test session.“It was different than what we do now and harder” said Sickles.Sailors in the beta test will participate in a total of six sessions.“This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a state-of-the-art research study,” Moore said. “However, I need to reemphasize that this is for research purposes only and that there are currently no plans to change the Navy PRT.”[mappress]Source: navy, July 18, 2011; View post tag: Fitness View post tag: Beta View post tag: Naval View post tag: US View post tag: NINE View post tag: test View post tag: Physical July 18, 2011 Share this article View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Starts Beta Test of Nine Physical Fitness Exercises US Navy Starts Beta Test of Nine Physical Fitness Exerciseslast_img read more

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Polish pension reform ‘largely legal’, Constitutional Tribunal rules

first_imgPoland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled yesterday that 2014’s controversial second-pillar pension reforms which saw the removal of PLN153.2bn (€36.7bn) in assets were compatible with the Polish Constitution, with the exception of the advertising ban.The tribunal’s decision was announced following the previous two days’ hearings, when the 15-judge panel considered submissions by then-president Bronisław Komorowski and Irena Lipowicz, who was Human Rights Defender (Polish Ombudsman) at the time.While Komorowski signed off on the Polish pension reform law on 27 December 2013, he forwarded a number of concerns to the tribunal, including the legalities of the ban on the second-pillar funds (OFEs) investing in Polish and non-Polish sovereign and state bonds, the obligation to invest in a high level of equities, and the ban on funds advertising during the three-month window when fund members chose whether to continue contributing to the second pillar.The next decision period takes place in 2016. Komorowski’s 40-page submission questioned whether the investment changes, converting what were once balanced funds into high-risk structures, constituted a breach of trust for the insured.Similarly, it considered whether the removal of the earlier minimum return guarantee – with the OFE management companies compensating fund members for any shortfall from their own capital – might also be a breach of trust. The ombudsman’s concerns focused on whether the removal of 51.5% of OFE assets – the system’s Polish sovereign bond holdings, which were cancelled to reduce the country’s debt levels and accrued rights transferred to the social security fund (ZUS) – violated the principles of a citizen’s trust in the state and that of legal non-retroactivity.The decision is a relief for the Law and Justice (PiS) party, which comprehensively defeated the pension reform’s architect, the Civic Platform-led coalition, in October’s general election, and which would have otherwise have inherited a much higher public debt.The PiS is, nevertheless, a party even more hostile to the second-pillar system than its predecessor.In an interview on the Polish television news channel TVN24, Henryk Kowalczyk, widely tipped to be the new finance minister, endorsed the view of PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński that OFEs were “the biggest fraud of the last 25 years”, designed to line the private pockets with public money rather than ensure retirement security.However, Kowalczyk has also stressed in other interviews that the new government does not intend a mass appropriation.One possibility is that the 16.6m Poles with funds currently accumulated in OFEs will be given a one-off opportunity to choose whether continue retaining their savings in the second pillar or move them to the first.Another PiS policy would reverse the previous government’s increase in the retirement age to 67 years, returning it to 60 years for women and 65 years for men.This would accelerate the ‘slider’ that incrementally transfers savings from OFEs to the social security system for those with 10 or fewer years left until retirement.The biggest immediate financial threat to the OFEs, as well as other funds and the Warsaw Stock Exchange, is the possibility of Poland’s introducing a financial transaction tax.The party has floated this as a money-raising alternative to an equally controversial tax on bank assets that could come into effect as early as 2016.last_img read more

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Brother of 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard fatally stabbed outside Nashville bar

first_img“He will be missed. That is an understatement. Nobody light’s shined like his when he smiled.” Clay Beathard’s family issues statement.— Tennessean (@Tennessean) December 21, 2019From said the argument began over a woman inside the bar and turned into a larger fight involving more people outside. Beathard and Trapeni were stabbed in their sides, according to authorities. A third stabbing victim was treated and released from a hospital. Police say they are searching for suspects in the stabbings.The 49ers said they were “shocked and deeply saddened” to hear of Clayton Beathard’s death. The team also released a video in honor of Beathard’s family.Statement from the San Francisco 49ers— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 21, 2019For the Beathard family ❤️— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 22, 2019San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan began his postgame news conference addressing the death of Beathard’s brother. “Just want to say how much we appreciate the Beathard family,” Shanahan said. “What happened last night was very tough on C.J. and his family and was a tragedy. Such a great family, we’ve been with C.J. here for three years and he’s as good as any person I’ve been around. Their family is unbelievable.”I never got a chance to meet Clay but knowing how his parents are, knowing how C.J. is, knowing the stuff they’ve told me about him, he was an unbelievably special person. So, just our hearts and prayers are out with them and I know his dad reached out to us with texts, just how great everyone’s been on social media and just the respect everyone’s giving their family. He can’t appreciate it enough but I think everyone understands how horrible the thing that happened to their family last night [was]. Our prayers are with him.”The 49ers’ locker room was emotional after Saturday’s 34-31 win over the Rams.The #49ers locker room recaps #LARvsSF and sends their thoughts to the Beathard family.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 22, 2019 The younger brother of San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback C.J. Beathard — Clayton Beathard — was one of two men who were fatally stabbed during an early-morning fight on Saturday outside a Nashville bar, authorities said.Police announced Clayton Beathard, 22, and Paul Trapeni III, 21, were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.last_img read more

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