By Rory CarrollLOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) – Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he “tasted death” during the mental health crisis that brought him to the brink of suicide but is back and on a mission to help others.The British fighter shocked the world in 2015 when he defeated long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko to capture the IBF, WBA and WBO belts.But he was stripped of those belts the next year after alcohol and drug use rendered him unable to compete.He ballooned in weight and few, including Fury himself, thought he’d ever see the inside of a ring again. But he rediscovered his love of boxing and the sport he walked away from proved to be his salvation.“I’ve been to hell and back and I’ve been given a second chance at life,” he told Reuters.“I turned my life around from 420 pounds and suicidal thoughts on a daily basis to getting back to the top of the heavyweight division,” he said. “To almost taste death and to come back to this level has definitely been a blessing.”Fury said he is passionate about helping others who struggle with mental health issues and has embarked on speaking tours in the UK and Europe to spread the word to those suffering that they can get better.“On the second return journey, I’m doing as much as I can to help others in needy positions and as much as I can to spread the word on mental health and smash the stigma because everybody deserves a second chance.” The response has been overwhelming. “People are flying in from all over to say thank you. You’ve saved my brother, my uncle, my cousin, my wife. One guy flew in from Malaysia to thank me personally and give me a hug.“So it means the world, it means so much to get the recognition for the help,” he said.Fury credits his own turnaround to the purifying effects of exercise, something he recommends but only up to a point.“Anyone in the midst of a mental health crisis should immediately contact a doctor,” he said.“I believe that if you do suffer from mental health, and I know a lot of people out there do, having a little training programme really works,” he said.“I don’t mean like a high-performance athlete, I mean just on a regular, day to day basis. What you can manage as an individual.“Whether it is a little 10-minute walk or a jog, whatever you can manage. And if you can maintain it like a daily thing, I think it really does help.”FEELING ‘FANTASTIC’ AHEAD OF UPCOMING BOUTSFury said he feels “fantastic” ahead of his September 14 bout with Otto Wallin and his highly-anticipated February 22 rematch with Deontay Wilder but said mental health struggles always lurk in the background.“There’s a great song the Eagles wrote called ‘Hotel California,’” Fury said while, appropriately, speaking to Reuters in a hotel room in downtown Los Angeles. “You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave,” he said.“I believe that’s mental health because you can get well – you can check out any time you want – but you can never leave it because you’re born with it.Fury, who in February signed a reported $100 million contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions to have his fights broadcast on ESPN, said he is now content to live in the moment. “I don’t have long-term goals, I only live day to day,” he said.“My long-term goal is to be happy and well and healthy. And anything after that is a real bonus. Nothing is guaranteed in life and nothing is promised.“We’re not even promised tomorrow morning so we’ve got to live and enjoy the moments we have in time, and that’s all we have – moments in time,” he said. “I’m making the best of every moment in time I have as of late.”
The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the final California Politics Roundtable discussion of the semester on Wednesday featuring an expert panel who spoke about different sustainable energy concepts as well as California’s energy policies and legislation.The event was titled “Forgetting Fossil Fuels: What’s Next for Alternative Energy in California?” and took place in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.The panel, which was hosted jointly between the Unruh Institute and the Political Student Assembly, included Dario Frommer, former California State Assembly Majority Leader from 2004-2006 and a member of the Unruh Institute’s Legislator-in-Residence program, and Ivan Penn, a Los Angeles Times writer with an emphasis in energy.Kyla Middleton, a junior majoring in political science and the director of political content for PSA, and Ethan Bialick, a senior majoring in business administration and the co-director of the Environmental Core and Go Solar Campaign, served as moderators, while Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, oversaw the discussion. After posing several questions themselves, Middleton and Bialick gave the audience an opportunity to engage with the panel.As worldwide energy consumption continues to soar, with most of this increase drawn from nonrenewable fossil fuels, some researchers are advocating for a transition away from these sources and toward renewable alternatives to avoid global climate change. Some of these substitutes include solar and wind power. Though both of these options produce no carbon emissions, and thus do not contribute to climate change, there are drawbacks to their implementation.“Wind and solar are intermittent. They don’t [provide energy] consistently like a natural gas plant, nuclear plant or coal plant,” Penn said.Penn said that this means that excessive energy production from these sources can create a blackout by surpassing the energy infrastructure’s capacity. On the other hand, conventional nonrenewable sources are often needed to provide energy when production is low, such as at night.One potential solution to the inconsistent energy supply generated by wind and solar includes large-scale energy storage, something Frommer cites as a potential game-changer.“Storage is termed the ‘holy grail’ [of energy],” Frommer said.Frommer explained this is because it allows the excess energy produced during periods of low consumption to be used at a later time. Furthermore, storage can be employed at both macro and micro scales by utility companies and individual households, respectively.“Storage also puts the consumer in a position where they can come off the grid at an affordable cost,” Frommer said — a development that can potentially revolutionize the energy industry.Also discussed at the event were California’s energy policies and how they stand out from those of other states.“California has historically taken bold positions on energy regulations,” Frommer said.He cited the example of California’s mandated energy efficiency standards for appliances which set the stage for similar federal policies in the future.“When I was in the Assembly … California became the first state to require utilities to purchase a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources,” Frommer said. “California is going alone on this program, still leading the way. And now, other states want to follow us. Even other countries have been wanting to follow our example.”Bialick said the government should not be the primary force behind this shift.“I’d like to see more push from people and private organizations, as opposed to the government, to make the transition to renewable energy,” he said.Middleton stressed the importance of citizen engagement.“It’s important for everyone to be invested in California’s energy practices so that it can continue to be a leader in energy policies,” Middleton said.The California Politics Roundtable discussions will resume again in January.
Representatives of BiH in the sitting volleyball, who won the second place at the World Cup in the Netherlands on Sunday, landed at the International Airport Tuzla yesterday where they were welcomed by many fans.Silver medal winners were welcomed by many citizens at the Airport Tuzla who did not hide their satisfaction with the success achieved by our silver boys.“This was maybe even the most difficult finals for us, but I still think that we achieved a great success. We knew that a difficult path is ahead of us because we had certain problems even before,” said Sabahudin Delalic, who used this opportunity and thanked everyone who welcomed them at the International Airport of Tuzla.The wish of BH representatives when they departed to the Netherlands was the placement in the finals of the competition and the Paralympic Games.“We were secretly hoping to stay on the top and win against Iran, but we did not succeed. Unfortunately, or luckily, we had the most difficult path to finals this time. It was very difficult from the psychological aspect as well, but we managed to make a good result. Although it is not a gold medal, I believe that it is the most valuable one so far,” said representative Ermin Jusufovic.To recall, our representatives were defeated by the team of Iran on Sunday with the score 3: 0 in sets, whole BH volleyball players won against the selection of Iraq, Egypt and Poland in the group stage of the competition at this year’s World Cup.Our team won against Russia in the quarter-finals with the score 3: 1, and the same result was recorded in the semi-final match against the team of Brazil.Unfortunately, our national team did not manage to defend the title of the world champions they achieved four years ago in Poland. Besides 2014, our national team was the best in the world in 2002 and 2006.Take a look at the video:(Source: A. K./Klix.ba)
Cong, Ireland – Ashford Castle, in the heart of Ireland’s West Country, is Ireland’s top castle resort. For the holidays, the property throws the ultimate house party with a festive afternoon tea service throughout the month of December building up to a full program of Christmas and New Year’s events.The host is Niall Rochford, General Manager, who welcomes guests with mulled wine and mince pies on Christmas Eve. The evening unfolds with a cocktail reception and dinner in the George “V” Dining Room as Ireland’s West Quartet plays in the background. After dinner, children gather for the arrival of Santa Claus and a performance of the St. Mary’s Children’s Church Choir. Then, warmed up and spirited, guests dance the night away to the music of the New Avengers Band.Christmas morning options include golf on the estate grounds, a cruise on Lough Corrib, the annual Christmas Treasure Hunt or simply a rest by the nearest fireplace. Cocktails, a Gala Dinner and more dancing rounds out the holiday.Guests are also invited to ring in the New Year on December 31st with a banquet dinner in the George “V” Dining Room followed by midnight celebrations including champagne toasts and dancing. New Year’s Day starts with a hearty Irish brunch accompanied by the Bucks Fizz Band before the annual New Year’s Day golf competition, falconry demonstrations, boat trips with live music and clay pigeon shooting.