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Walking Alongside our Service Members, Veterans and Their Families

first_imgWording read during the presentationI was honored and humbled to be recognized for my contributions to the BTYR efforts as together we support our Service members and families. I encourage everyone to engage in building his or her community’s capacity. In what small ways can you walk alongside Service members, families and Veterans in your community? How can you build community capacity and create or contribute to a rapid response team?         I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still                                  I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will                                      not refuse to do something that I can do. – Helen Keller   by Anita Harris Hering         The highest reward for a person’s work is not what they get for it,                             but what they become because of it. – John RuskinRuskin’s quote could very well define my family of eight – three sisters, two brothers and my parents. Volunteerism within our church and the community never was something scheduled around our weekly duties and jobs, but rather our duties and jobs were scheduled around when we were to volunteer. Being actively engaged with the needs of our community always came first.Our parents made volunteering a priority and helped us kids to understand the importance of volunteering in the community such as with The American Legion, VFW, Lions, making picnic tables for the community park, partnering with local churches on an Ecumenical summer kids program, bringing food to the local food shelf (even though we didn’t have much for ourselves), etc. I learned that being present to others in the community, was (and still is) what one does while here on earth. I learned the value of meeting people where they are in life and then moving forward together.My volunteer experience as a child is what brought me to the place in my heart and influenced my current volunteerism efforts. I have been passionately active in our local nine city Central Minnesota Warrior to Citizen – Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) program as early as 2005 when the seed was planted, when it was proclaimed a BTYR program in 2010 by then Minnesota Governor Pawlenty, and even now. Anita Harris Hering joined the University of Minnesota Extension as an Extension educator in 2005. She has extensive experience with youth, adults, volunteers, educators, community partnerships, Service members, Veterans and their families.center_img What is a Yellow Ribbon Community?“A Yellow Ribbon Community unites all areas within a community to create a comprehensive network that connects and coordinates agencies, organizations, resources and employers for the purpose of proactively supporting Service members and military families.”Over the years, our BTYR team has been awarded with many awards (from military branches and units, corporate and private donations, gifts, and even the prestigious St. Cloud State University Husky Award from Student Life & Development and the campus Veteran Resource Center) for building community capacity and synchronizing community, county and company resources in support of Service members, veterans and military families. Our team has successfully collaborated with the local military Family Assistance Centers, nonprofit organizations, state and federal support partners, and the community as a whole to identify and address gaps in services to provide support to military connected residents. Which brings me to the greatest honor that I received in 2017.In 2017 SFC Mark Wood surprised me with a plaque for our Central MN Warrior to Citizen – BTYR and for me personally. I was also presented an AMERICAN FLAG which B Co 2-211 GSAB flew over Afghanistan in Operation Resolute Support – Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.While the Service members were working overseas, our BTYR team served as the local boots on the ground to provide support and services for the families and spouses. The wording on the plaque summarized our efforts.last_img read more

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Firing by Border Guard Bangladesh ‘unwarranted’: BSF

first_img “This justification also has been found to be unreasonable as the BSF team had gone there on receipt of information from BGB personnel,” the sources said quoting the probe report.The BGB released two captured Indian fishermen directing them to inform the BSF about the holding of a flag meeting.The report comes a week after BSF has started an inquiry into the incident of killing of the head constable. FIR against Border Guard Bangladesh over BSF jawan’s killing The Border Security Force (BSF) has found in an inquiry that the firing by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) which killed an Indian border guard last week was “unprovoked and unwarranted”, BSF sources said on Wednesday.A BGB man on October 17 had fired from his AK-47 rifle during a flag meeting along the international boundary in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, killing BSF head constable Vijay Bhan Singh and injuring another jawan, Rajvir Yadav.“The firing by BGB has been found to be unprovoked and unwarranted. After the incident, the BGB had said BSF men illegally entered into Bangladesh territory. It appears that it is an attempt to justify the unprovoked firing to kill,” BSF sources said.Also Readlast_img read more

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Ruthless Daniil Medvedev Crushes Alexander Zverev to Win Shanghai Masters

first_img CAN HE BE STOPPED!?@DaniilMedwed defeats Alex Zverev 6-4 6-1 to pick up his second career ATP Masters 1000 🏆🎥: @TennisTV #RolexSHMasters pic.twitter.com/adbablvQhj Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Daniil Medvedev was his ruthless self against Alexander Zverev in the final of Shanghai Masters on Sunday and lifted his second Masters 1000 title to continue his scintillating run on the ATP Tour.Medvedev thrashed Zverev 6-4, 6-1 in just an hour and 13 minutes to win his fourth title of the season. This was Medvedev’s 9th straight sets victory as he has not dropped a single set since St Petersburg Open last month. Medvedev has been in an unreal form since the American hard court season and this final was his sixth straight final – Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati, US Open, St Petersburg and now, Shanghai. — ATP Tour (@atptour) October 13, 2019With the win, Medvedev also brought up his first win against Zverev in the fifth attempt and their head-to-head record now reads 4-1, still in favour of the German.Zverev was clearly not at his best as he failed to get his first serve firing, something that has helped him win all through this tournament. Zverev got only 64 per cent of his first serves in out of which he won 67 per cent. His second serve particularly let him down as he won only 30 per cent of them. He got three double faults in the entire match but two of them came at a very costly stage when he gifted the first set to Medvedev.Medvedev, on the other hand, got 55 per cent of his first serves in but won 76 per cent of them. He was much better on the second serve, winning 50 per cent of those points. Medvedev saved four of the five break points he faced and was broken only once in the first set.Medvedev said winning the Shanghai Masters was special for him as it was a prestigious tournament.”This one is also amazing (despite Cincinnati being the first masters 1000 title), Shanghai is one of the most prestigious Masters on tour. It’s special that my photo is going to be in the corridor in the coming years.” What a champion 💪 One word to describe @DaniilMedwed’s 2019 season 👇 pic.twitter.com/bi1P15v6a0 — ATP Tour (@atptour) October 13, 2019When asked about why he doesn’t celebrate his wins too much, Medvedev said, “I said it after Cincinnati I decided that it’s going to be a bad thing and everyone has been talking that they want to see something new. So I gave them something new, I don’t celebrate my wins, I just stay calm, I do my job and bam, done.”On his unreal season, Medvedev said he would not have believed a few months ago that he could play like this.”It is outrageous what I have done in the last few months. I have worked for it and I hope I’m gonna do much more.”Medvedev made a fast start, winning his service game and then breaking Zverev’s for an early 2-0 lead.Under a closed stadium roof because of rain in Shanghai, Zverev was suffocating, down 3-0 after 11 minutes.But the sixth-ranked German sent down an ace to finally get a foothold in the match and then broke back for 3-2.The duo went with serve until Zverev conceded the set with two calamitous double faults on the trot, the last of which he transpired to gift with a horribly mis-hit second serve that drew a few giggles from the crowd.The second set began in the same way as the first — Medvedev breaking Zverev’s first service game for a prompt 2-0 lead.He then broke once more in the fourth for a dominant victory, and sealed the title with an ace — and the most subtle of smiles.(With AFP inputs) alexander zverevATP TourDaniil MedvedevShanghai Masters First Published: October 13, 2019, 3:53 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Real Madrid vs Barcelona ‘El Clasico’ set for December

first_imgSpanish soccer’s ‘El Clasico’ encounters between Barcelona and Real Madrid will happen in December and April, two of the most anticipated games of the 2016-17 Primera Division season whose fixtures were announced on Friday.Defending champions Barca host Real on December 4 at the Camp Nou. The reverse fixture will take place on April 23, at the Bernabeu stadium, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed after the draw.#ElClasico, the derbies…Some #LaLiga fixtures to look out for this coming season! https://t.co/D694slsW0n pic.twitter.com/ywpNGvHDp4 LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) July 15, 2016TITLE DEFENCE STARTS AT HOMEAs the La Liga season kicks off, Barca will begin their title defence at home to Real Betis on August 21.Prior to that, the Catalan giants take on Sevilla in the two-legged final of the Spanish Super Cup. That trophy pits the league champions against the King’s Cup winners, or in this case the runners-up, since Barca won that title, too.The opening leg will be played on August 14 at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium while the return match will happen three days later in Barcelona.OTHER IMPORTANT FIXTURESLeague runners-up Real Madrid kick off their campaign, in what will be Zinedine Zidane’s first full season in charge, away to Real Sociedad.Deportivo Alaves will mark their return to Spain’s top flight after a 10-year absence with a clash against Atletico Madrid at the Calderon stadium.Atletico visit Barcelona in round five, on Sept. 21, and Barca will travel to the Calderon stadium on Feb. 26.advertisementThe first Madrid derby will take place on Nov. 20 at Atletico while Real will host their city rivals on April 9.CD Leganes , runners-up to Deportivo Alaves in the Segunda Division, will play their first ever La Liga game at Celta Vigo on Aug. 21 while Osasuna, the last team to be promoted, visit Malaga in the opening weekend.The last round of La Liga games will be on May 21, 2016.The complete #LaLiga fixture list for the 2016/17 season.https://t.co/A8gfTbiZBK pic.twitter.com/pQNcdCPBE7 LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) July 15, 2016last_img read more

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No more marathons: Wimbledon changes rules regarding final set

first_imgRemember the record-breaking marathon match in 2010 when American John Isner defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours and five minutes of play over three days. The final set took eight hours and 11 minutes and was won by Isner 70-68.Well, Wimbledon will introduce a new rule that means no more of that.The organisers said on Friday that they will introduce a final set tiebreak starting from next year’s Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).After a period of consultation with players and officials, the AELTC ruled that the tiebreak will be played when the score reaches 12-12 in the final set of all matches at the tournament, singles and doubles.”The match winner(s) will be the first player(s) to win seven points with an advantage of two or more points. There will be no change to the current format of the Wheelchair and Quad Wheelchair events, which are the best of three tiebreak sets,” the AELTC said.”Our view was that the time had come to introduce a tiebreak method for matches that had not reached their natural conclusion at a reasonable point during the deciding set,” AELTC Chairman Philip Brook said.”While we know the instances of matches extending deep into the final set are rare, we feel that a tiebreak at 12-12 strikes an equitable balance between allowing players ample opportunity to complete the match to advantage, while also providing certainty that the match will reach a conclusion in an acceptable timeframe.”(With inputs from Reuters)advertisementlast_img read more

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Roundtable Friday: if you were Gundy, who would you start at QB?

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! PistolsboyIf I was Gundy I guess that would mean I have Alex Cate > Brandon Weeden on my resume so I’m not sure how seriously everybody should take me.That being said, I think if I was Gundy I would probably start Clint Chelf. Our $3+ million man needs a solid campaign after that 8-5 train wreck last season and Chelf is the safest choice. Last year I said Gundy should start Lunt, and he did, because last year didn’t matter — OSU wasn’t going to win the Big 12 even if Brandon Weeden somehow got another year of eligibility.This is not the year to take a chance like that again — and nobody can convince me that Lunt isn’t at least a little bit of a chance, a wild card if you will.This year, Gundy seems to think OSU has a defense that can deliver Big 12 title No. 2 in three years. And if he genuinely thinks that (which…who knows?) then roll Chelf out there. You know what you’re getting with him, you know who you’re getting from him, and with a little bit of luck you can steer the ship to the promise land once again.I honestly don’t think J.W. is really in the mix for the starting job, what’s weird is that Lunt could either win a Big 12 title this year or not be allowed to play (because of a redshirt) based on whatever Gundy feels like doing over the next few months. I could not handle those emotional swings — this is why I write and don’t play (among many, many reasons).All of this probably means…”welcome to Houston, folks. Your starting quarterback for the Oklahoma State Cowboys — Daxx Garman!!”Amilian*Disclaimer:  I didn’t watch the scrimmage nor did I read anything about it except for a couple headlines that claimed defense won. I don’t think you can pick one of these QBs and say he’s going to get you X number of more wins than the other two. Any of these three guys give us a chance to win every game on the schedule. Winning this year is the most important factor, but we have to move to the next bullet on the priority list: winning next year and the year after. Lunt has a higher ceiling than Walsh and I can’t name many teams who have had huge seasons with a 200-pound scrambling quarterback.If I’m Gundy, I go with Lunt because he’s better suited for the style of offense I want this team to play.  Do we want a Weeden offense or a Zac offense? We recruited the WR position so well and those weapons are under-utilized with a weaker arm. Develop Lunt and have a Weeden-caliber QB in 2014 and 2015. Photo Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSINot who you think should start or who you want to start, but who you would start at QB if your name was Mike Gundy and you were getting $250,000 checks every month.OKC DaveDon’t make this harder than it needs to be. Chelf is a senior who has proven himself very capable to give us a great season. You insert Walsh in the same package we used last year, and you redshirt Lunt and tell him he’s got three years ahead of him at starting QB if he keeps up the hard work.last_img read more

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5 days agoLucas Digne full of pride wearing Everton captain’s armband

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lucas Digne full of pride wearing Everton captain’s armbandby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLucas Digne was full of pride wearing the captain’s armband for Everton yesterday.The fullback led the Blues to victory over West Ham.Digne told Canal Plus: “Our captain was suspended and Gylfi (Sigurdsson) was not starting, so I knew I was going to be captain. “The coach had spoken to me. I took it with a lot of pleasure. It’s an honuor to be captain of this team because they are great guys, it’s a big club. It’s a big responsibility. “The coach gives me confidence and I can be proud.” last_img read more

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Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 1st Test: Dimuth Karunaratne hundred scripts famous win for hosts

first_img No data available! Next commentary Reuters GalleAugust 18, 2019UPDATED: August 18, 2019 13:06 IST Sri Lanka have collected 60 points in World Test Championships with Galle win over New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDimuth Karunaratne’s fourth innings hundred helps Sri Lanka gun down 268Kane Williamson suffered a rare twin failure in Galle The second and final Test will start in Colombo from ThursdaySkipper Dimuth Karunaratne led by example, hitting a sparkling 122 to help secure Sri Lanka’s six-wicket victory against New Zealand in the opening Test at Galle on Sunday.Chasing 268 to go 1-0 up in the two-test series, Karunaratne’s 161-run opening stand with Lahiru Thirimanne (64) set the tone for a successful chase at the Galle International Stadium.New Zealand spinners claimed two wickets in successive overs to try and prevent it from being a cakewalk but Karunaratne’s ninth test century effectively killed off the contest.Karunaratne stroked six boundaries and hit one six before the right hander perished when he was caught behind chasing a wide Tim Southee delivery.The second and final Test in Colombo begins on Thursday.Resuming the final day on 133 for no loss, the opening pair continued their good work until Will Somerville trapped Thirimanne lbw on review after the initial appeal was rejected.Kusal Mendis (10) looked in a hurry to seal the match as he hit Somerville for a six and a four before his attempted sweep off Ajaz Patel found Jeet Raval at midwicket.Karunaratne brought up his 100 with his fifth boundary, raising his hands aloft to celebrate the mark.Kusal Perera made a quick 23 from five boundaries while Angelo Mathews (28 not out) hit the winning run as Sri Lanka romped home in an extended morning session and clinched 60 points in the newly created test championship.Also Read | India vs West Indies A: Cheteshwar Pujara hits hundred, Rohit Sharma shines on Day 1Also Read | People who booed Steve Smith at Lord’s not cricket fans: Mitchell JohnsonAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Dimuth KarunaratneFollow Sri Lanka CricketFollow New ZealandFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow GalleFollow World Test Championships advertisement graphs view more view less scorecard Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 1st Test: Dimuth Karunaratne hundred scripts famous win for hostsSri Lanka began their World Test Championships campaign by beating New Zealand in the 1st of a 2-match series by 6 wickets at Galle on Sunday.last_img read more

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BC woman plagued by bedbugs on airplane not surprising says expert

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia woman plagued by bedbugs on a nine-hour flight to London is a victim of the explosive growth in the critters globally, but travellers shouldn’t worry they’ll become a common feature on planes, says an entomologist.Heather Szilagyi was on a British Airways flight with her seven-year-old daughter and fiancee Eric Neilson on Oct. 10 when she said they noticed what appeared to be bedbugs crawling out of the seat in front of them.She said the flight attendants couldn’t move them because there were no other available seats on the plane. After landing, Szilagyi discovered they were covered in bites.“To actually see them pouring out of the back of the TV on the seat, that was actually really gross,” she said. “Once we arrived at our Airbnb … we put everything through the washing machine on the hottest heat we could, put everything in plastic bags, sanitized everything that we could.”Murray Isman, a University of British Columbia professor of entomology and toxicology, said with the increase in personal travel and the spread of the insect globally, it’s not surprising bedbugs are finding their way onto commercial aircraft.“One of the ways bedbugs travel is in hand luggage and personal luggage,” said Isman, who also works with a company that develops bedbug repellents. “Where there is a lot of movement of people in and out, sooner or later someone is going to transfer these things in something they’re carrying, and this is how they get spread from hotel to hotel to hotel and this is how people bring them home.”Changes in local insecticide use and climate change are other factors contributing to the spread of bedbugs, he said.But travellers shouldn’t be too worried there will be more incidents of bedbugs biting passengers on planes, Isman added.“If you think about the normal situation which is someone sleeping in a hotel bed or a bed at home, the bedbugs don’t like a lot of disturbance or movement. They like it quiet, dark,” he said, adding the critters would first have to get out of luggage and onto a plane’s chairs and upholstery to even reach people.Szilagyi took to Twitter to share photos of her daughter’s bites after she said her calls to British Airways failed to guarantee they would not be on the same plane.“What we both would have been satisfied with was if it was possible to just have us on a partner line, not to fly back with British Airways,” she said, having been left unsettled by the experience.In a statement, British Airways spokeswoman Caroline Niven said the airline has been in touch with the customer to apologize and will investigate the incident further.“British Airways operates more than 280,000 flights every year, and reports of bedbugs onboard are extremely rare. Nevertheless, we are vigilant and continually monitor our aircraft. The presence of bedbugs is an issue faced occasionally by hotels and airlines all over the world,” the statement said.Niven added that any reports like Szilagyi’s are taken seriously, and the aircraft would be subject to any checks and treatment necessary.A statement from the Vancouver Airport Authority said it took immediate steps when learning about the incident to work with its cleaning and pest control partners to ensure the airport remains clean and sterile.Isman said exterminating the bugs is the best option for airlines since treating people and luggage before they get on an aircraft isn’t feasible.With travellers increasingly aware of the problem, he said more people are at least taking preventive measures by carrying insecticides or repellents to hotels to reduce the spread.—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

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US envoy sells Donald Trump as middle class champion just like Justin

first_imgOTTAWA – Kelly Craft wants Canadians to know a few things about one of the least popular presidents an American ambassador has ever had to represent in this country.Among them: He’s taking the United States in a new direction, but that doesn’t mean navigating away from its good friend, Canada; He’s got way more in common with Justin Trudeau than you would think; He wakes each day seized with helping the working class people who elected him, but he could do a better job of explaining how he plans to do that.In a recent Ottawa speech, the Kentucky-born, basketball-loving U.S. ambassador to Canada presented those insights — some more candid than others — to decode President Donald Trump for bewildered and curious Canadians.Six months into her job, Craft is determined to put a more cheerful face on what many see as an ugly administration.It’s Craft’s attempt to smooth her president’s rough edges, like a shot of finely aged bourbon from her beloved state.“I want to explain why our president — with a clear mandate from the people across the United States — saw a need for sweeping change. Responding to this mandate doesn’t weaken our alliance,” Craft said in a speech earlier this week to a gala dinner at the Canadian War Museum.“I expect that some here who hear the slogan, ‘Make America Great Again’ are concerned about our country’s engagement in the world. I’m here to tell you that yes, the president will put America first, just as Canada will put Canada first. However, America (First) does not mean America Alone.”The speech was well received by the several hundred at the annual Macdonald-Laurier Institute event, and it broke new ground beyond her previous, carefully scripted public appearances.She said she understands why so many Canadians “are weighing American actions through a Canadian prism.”“But sometimes it’s useful to look at all sides. This too becomes a challenge with today’s competitive 24-hour news cycle. It is often difficult to discern what is current or old, real or fake, what is reporting versus advocacy,” she said.The Canada-U.S. relationship may be complex, and that includes the ongoing renegotiation of NAFTA, but Craft said it is as vibrant as ever “even when the signals coming from the media and thought leaders often suggest otherwise.”In her view, one of the biggest reasons for optimism is the relationship between Trudeau and Trump, both of whom are “strong-willed and charismatic.”Both leaders delivered similar messages at last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, about the need to extend economic prosperity to those who have been passed over, she said.Craft quoted Trudeau in Davos: “Over the past decades, citizens and workers have been calling for change. But too often their pleas have been ignored … We all know that to be competitive in this modern economy change is imperative. And the grassroots desire for change is there, it always has been, but it’s up to us to flip on the switch.”Then she delivered her punchline:“I can’t think of a better way to describe the wave that elected Donald Trump.”Mark Fisher, the president of the Toronto-based Council of the Great Lakes Region, listened with interest to her speech, and said it had all the hallmarks of an ambassador attempting to provide reassurance about a White House that is unorthodox and chaotic.He predicted she will grow into the role as her predecessors have, but it won’t be easy with musings about retaliatory trade action periodically coming out of the White House.“At some point, we’re going to have to sit down and say, ‘are we really on the same page here’ because the reassurances don’t seem to be lining up with what we’re hearing out of Washington?”Craft herself acknowledged that figuring out Trump is not an easy thing to do — even for her.But for any of the confusion he might create, she insisted that underneath it is a committed champion of working people who thinks like a businessman focused on getting results for them.“I don’t think that he is very good at expressing how we’re going to achieve those results. I think that would be very helpful if he laid that out for all of us,” she said, drawing laughter from the audience.“The people here tonight that have made it possible for us to be able to sit at these tables — wonderful china, the crystal — those are the people in America who voted for Donald Trump, and at the end of the day, those are the people that he cares about,” Craft added.“It’s about the people who voted him into office … and every day when he gets up, he will say, ‘I want to make America great again for those people, the middle class.’”last_img read more

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Sons Of Anarchy Stars To Join Boot Ride And Rally

first_imgRegistration is open for the highly anticipated 3rd Annual Boot Ride and Rally! Hosted by cast members from FX’s Sons of Anarchy, the Boot Ride and Rally is a unique Ride experience followed by an incredible party, all in the name of cultivating awareness and providing assistance for our nation’s defenders through the national nonprofit, The Boot Campaign.3rd Annual Boot Ride and Rally August 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.The 3rd Annual Boot Ride and Rally is Sunday, August 25th in Los Angeles, CA. Register now here.“I’m proud to be an Ambassador for the Boot Campaign, and couldn’t be more excited to participate in the 3rd Annual Boot Ride & Rally,” said Theo Rossi, actor on FX’s Sons of Anarchy. “I am in complete awe of our military men & women and their families, and seeing the general public come from all over to participate, wear their boots and embrace this event, is truly inspiring.”This one-of-a-kind ride allows you to role alongside cast from FX’s Sons of Anarchy and our nation’s fearless military veterans. Spots are extremely limited to ensure a VIP experience for all who ride.The party keeps going with the Boot Rally at the Happy Ending Bar and Restaurant on Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd. With live performances by Blackberry Smoke and other surprise guests, a military tribute ceremony, an up-close-and-personal experience with the stars of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and much more… this is a party like none you’ve ever experienced.Single Boot Ride tickets start at $150/person, Rally tickets start at $35/person. Specialty packages are available.In 2010, the cast of FX’s Sons of Anarchy joined the Boot Campaign’s network of celebrity endorsers when they posed for their official “Boot Photo.” Since then, the cast has become a powerful advocate of the Boot Campaign not only through the annual Boot Ride and Rally, but also through various speaking engagements, media appearances and fundraising events throughout the year.The Boot Ride and Rally is an annual event that has raised more than $100,000 to provide direct assistance to military, past and present, and their families through the Boot Campaign.last_img read more

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Nirvanna the Bands wild Toronto antics are supremely funny

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Of all the legendary concert venues in Toronto, Nirvanna the Band frontmen Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol are interested in playing a show at only one: the Rivoli, a Queen St. W. club known these days for its standup comedy scene and cavernous pool hall.In fact, playing a show at the Rivoli is entirely the premise of Nirvanna the Band the Show, Johnson and McCarrol’s hilarious new “semi-scripted” television series that’s to debut weekly on Viceland on Feb. 2 and on City in March.“It’s unanswerable why these guys want to play at the Rivoli,” says real-life Johnson, the director of the show, who plays a hyperactive version of himself in Nirvanna. “Nobody could give you an answer. It’s not like they need to play the Silver Dollar and it’s not like they need to play Massey Hall. Either of those would have seemed stupid, but the Rivoli, for whatever reason . . . ”center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Morocco Remains Top Producer of Cannabis, Report Confirms

Rabat – Employing at least 40% of the workforce in Morocco, agriculture remains one of the most important industries in the kingdom. For numerous crops such as olives and almonds, Morocco remains among the world’s leading producers, helping to maintain the country’s international presence and participation in trade.However, on the darker side of agriculture in Morocco lies a massive network dedicated to the production of one substance in particular: cannabis.  Morocco has gained an international reputation for cannabis production, with an entire industry dedicated towards “drug tourism” having recently developed, especially in cities throughout the Rif region, where a majority of the country’s cannabis is grown.The kingdom has also become notorious for its substantial hashish production, which at one point fueled over 70% of European consumption of the substance and continues to be the largest producer of hashish in the world.Meanwhile, this notoriety has been confirmed by a new report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which confirmed that Morocco remains the world’s largest producer of cannabis, producing over three times more than the next highest contender, the European country Moldova.Additionally, the report revealed that cannabis production in the country continues to grow, with the production of cannabis herbs increasing from 35,653 tons in 2016 to 35,703 tons in 2017. However, in reality, this number is even higher, as these figures do not include the production of resin and other forms of cannabis.In an attempt to mitigate this growth, Moroccan authorities have continued to place heavy pressure on the illicit drug trade since the government announced in 2018 that it would be placing more focus on combating the drug trade.Last year, Morocco announced the implementation of “a multi-dimensional national strategy to fight illegal drugs and is determined to place civil society in the forefront of this national strategy.”This week on June 23, police seized over 600 kilograms of cannabis resin near Zagora in southern Morocco, arresting two suspects as a result.Earlier this month, on June 12, nearly 13 tons of the substance were seized in Nador, as well.In addition to making strides in combating the trade of cannabis, the government has been working towards countering the distribution of other drugs, such as cocaine and various psychotropic substances.On June 16, police in Agadir seized 100 grams of cocaine and over 31,000 psychotropic tablets, leading to three arrests of individuals involved in the trade of these substances.Mustapha El Khalfi, Morocco’s government spokesperson, announced that more than 107,000 people were prosecuted for drug crimes in 2017, and this number is expected to increase as the implementation of the government’s new strategy becomes fully realized in the coming years. read more

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Tim Hortons rolls out mobile payments with updates to BlackBerry Apple and

A limited number of Tim Hortons stores are now letting you pay for a double-double with a smartphone.[np_storybar title=”Tims getting the donut smell back in the donut store” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/12/06/tims-getting-the-donut-smell-back-in-the-donut-store/”%5DAs its core coffee business faces a renewed assault from McDonald’s and Starbucks, Tim Hortons’ CEO aims for an appetizing refresh. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]Participating outlets in Canada and the United States will allow users with some BlackBerry 10, Google Android and Apple iPhone smartphones to pay with a TimmyMe app.The BlackBerry app uses near field communication (NFC) technology and works similarly to the tap-to-pay method used with some debit and credit cards. Tim Hortons has not disclosed which stores are now offering BlackBerry payments.The app for Apple devices running iOS 6.0 or later and Android devices running version 4.0 or later use barcode scanning technology. So far, there are 11 municipalities in Ontario’s Niagara region that have stores setup for these payments.For all platforms, customers have to register a Tim Hortons card on the TimmyMe app to add funds to their mobile account, which can then be used to pay for purchases and replenished as needed.“We’re always looking to provide our Tim Hortons guests with the best overall customer experience, and mobile payment is one area that we feel can help streamline the average time spent at the order counter,” said David Clanachan, the company’s chief operating officer, in a release Thursday.Customers make a payment by opening the company’s app on their smartphone and tapping the screen to display a barcode, which is then scanned using a near-field communications terminal.Tim Hortons rival Starbucks already offers barcode-based mobile payments to customers via its own smartphone app. read more

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Environment dominates debates at UN population commission chairman says

“This is contentious not only between developed and developing countries, but also among developed countries,” said Makoto Atoh, President of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in Japan, who is chairing the current session of the Commission, a 47-member panel that monitors the implementation of the Programme of Action adopted by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.The week-long session is tackling the question of the environment as part of the international lead-up to next year’s ten-year review of the 1992 UN Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, known as the “Earth Summit.”Speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Atoh noted that disagreements among developed States were exemplified by their divergent attitudes towards the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty which contains binding targets for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.Mr. Atoh said developing countries viewed excessive patterns of consumption as playing a greater role in environmental degradation than population growth. The relative importance of population growth and excessive consumption in causing environmental degradation had historically been debated “again and again,” he noted.A report prepared for the session by Secretary-General Kofi Annan notes that in today’s globalized world, governments, the international community and the average citizen are growing ever more concerned about the relationships among population, the environment and development.The report notes that domestic programmes and effective international agreements to curtail environmentally harmful activities are essential. “Population and development policies — especially those relating to the size, growth and distribution of population — are necessary and vital components of the constellation of actions needed to ensure sustainable development and to safeguard the environment during the twenty-first century and beyond,” it states. read more

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General Assembly adopts landmark global strategy to combat terrorism

The strategy, in the form of a resolution and a plan of action, includes practical steps at the local, national and international level – ranging from strengthening the capacity of individual States to prevent and combat terrorism to ensuring that human rights and the rule of law are always respected in the fight against terrorism.It also calls for measures to enhance the role of the UN system to deal with terrorism, and to make sure that the world body’s efforts are better coordinated.Speaking after the strategy was adopted by consensus at UN Headquarters in New York, General Assembly President Jan Eliasson said “we should consider this as a great achievement for the General Assembly, which has established itself in the area of fighting terrorism.”Acknowledging that the past 12 months of negotiations have sometimes been “troublesome,” Mr. Eliasson said the definition of terrorism remained a source of contention for many nations.But he said it was a sign of the mutual commitment to defeating terrorism that States were able to overcome their differences and find enough areas of common ground to devise a strategy.The strategy makes clear that it is vital to consistently, unequivocally and strongly condemn terrorism in all forms and manifestations, committed by whomever and for whatever purposes. Terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.Identifying some conditions – such as prolonged unresolved conflict, human rights violations, socio-economic marginalization and lack of good governance – as conducive to the spread of terrorism, the strategy’s plan of action stresses the importance of achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), resolving conflicts and promoting dialogue and tolerance between civilizations.The resolution calls for the strategy to be reviewed by the General Assembly in two years’ time to chart the progress made by Member States.Welcoming the strategy, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a statement that it “sends a clear message that terrorism is unacceptable, no matter who commits it, no matter what the reason.”Mr. Annan said he hoped Member States would now move swiftly to implement all aspects of the strategy so that they can “honour the victims of terrorism everywhere.”The Secretary-General congratulated Mr. Eliasson and his two co-chairs, Singaporean Ambassador Vanu Gopala Menon and Spanish Ambassador Juan Antonio Yáñez-Barnuevo, “for leading the membership to this historic achievement.”In May, Mr. Annan unveiled a series of recommendations for the counter-terrorism strategy, which world leaders pledged to work towards at last year’s World Summit in New York.Speaking to reporters following today’s action, he said: “I am extremely happy that the General Assembly has approved this historic document on the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. And I think it is the first time the 192 countries have come together and taken a stand on the issue of terrorism. Now the test will be how we implement it.” read more

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Jets Bowles Titans loss will stick for rest of my life

NEW YORK — Jets coach Todd Bowles says New York’s loss at Tennessee on Sunday will stick with him “for the rest of my life.”The Jets blew a 16-0 lead before falling to the Titans 26-22, the team’s sixth straight defeat in what has become another lost season. New York is 3-9 with a game at AFC East-rival Buffalo next Sunday.Bowles has come under heavy criticism in his fourth season as the losses have piled. While management has not commented on the coach’s future, it would appear that Bowles will not return after this season. He has a 23-37 record and will fail to reach the playoffs in any of his seasons.Bowles acknowledges during a conference call Monday that the Jets’ latest loss was particularly tough to take for the coaches and players. He adds that the team is frustrated and searching for answers to snap its skid.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press read more

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Free mineral exploration archive available from MineralsUKcom

first_imgRelative to its size, Britain is well endowed with mineral resources. Considerable mineral exploration was carried out by the British Geological Survey (BGS) over a 25-year period as part of its Mineral Reconnaissance Program (MRP). This provided geological, geochemical, geophysical, mineralogical and metallogenic information on prospective areas across Britain. By the end of the MRP in 1997, 146 reports had been issued covering localities across the UK; over the next year, all of these will be made available to download from the BGS website, MineralsUK.com, which has been relaunched this month.MineralsUK.com is the website of the BGS Centre for Sustainable Mineral Development. Part of the BGS Minerals and Waste science program, the centre is a global leader in the compilation, provision and analysis of mineral statistics and the major UK national provider of spatial and statistical minerals information. Its research focuses on areas directly relevant to the user community, such as metallogenesis, land-use impacts of mineral extraction and geomaterials.To mark over ten years online, MineralsUK.com has been freshly redesigned and brought right up to date. It will continue to provide the latest industry news, timely statistical, land use planning and resource information. The release of the MRP reports on MineralsUK.com is in keeping with the BGS OpenGeoscience ethos. The first 10 MRP reports are now available to download. This exploration information is the latest addition to a large portfolio of free downloads available from MineralsUK.com, including research reports and a global mineral statistical archive stretching back to 1913.Andrew Bloodworth, Head of Science for Minerals and Waste at the BGS: “The release of these exploration reports represents the latest addition to our large collection of minerals-related information which is freely available online to our users. Supported by the Department of Communities and Local Government, the new-look MineralsUK.com website represents a major source of impartial and authoritative information on minerals issues in the UK and elsewhere”.last_img read more

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New rare earths separation process based on ion migration

first_imgGeomega Resources has signed a cooperation agreement with FFE Service, based in Munich, Germany. The cooperation’s objective is to develop a high-throughput (metric tonnes/day) rare earth elements separation process based on free flow electrophoresis technology. The companies believe that this electric separation process has the potential to dramatically reduce the capital currently required to build solvent extraction facilities. “Our efforts in research and development over the last 22 months have led us to electrophoretic mobility of ions and two patents pending. The separation process in development exploits free flow electrophoresis technology to create separation between the rare earth elements.The cooperation with Dr Weber, a world leader in free flow electrophoresis, provides an important value-added partner and independent validation. China controls the rare earth elements supply chain with the solvent extraction separation method. Our process uses electricity to create separation between the rare earth elements providing a durable and cost competitive alternative” said Simon Britt, President and CEO of Geomega.Electrophoresis is the migration of charged species (ions, proteins, particles) in solution in the presence of an electric field. Each ion moves toward the electrode of opposite electrical polarity. For a given set of solution conditions and electric field intensity, the migration velocity depends on a characteristic number called the electrophoretic mobility. The electrophoretic mobility is directly proportional to the charge to size ratio of the ion. Geomega has filed patents in multiple jurisdictions to protect its novel separation process. Pouya Hajiani supervises the separation process and was instrumental in its development. In exchange for the conclusive development of the separation technology, the company will grant, subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange, 1,000,000 common share purchase warrants at an exercise price corresponding to the weighted average of the company’s share price during the five trading days preceding the conclusion of the technology agreement. The warrants become exercisable upon demonstration of high purity (>99%) separation, in a pilot plant using the separation technology, of the following lanthanides from the Montviel concentrate: neodymium (Nd), dysprosium (Dy), europium (Eu) and praseodymium (Pr).last_img read more

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Every other option was illegal Minister defends disability payments cut

first_imgJUNIOR HEALTH MINISTER Kathleen Lynch has said that the government had no other option but to axe two disability transport payments saying that to have kept them would have been unaffordable for the State.Lynch could provide no guarantee that those in receipt of the payments – the Mobility Allowance and the Motorised Transport Grant – would continue to receive it through another means once they are scrapped altogether in four months time.“We now have the HSE going to do an in-depth look at who receives it, what their transport needs are and how we can ensure that their transport needs are met in the next four to five months,” she told RTÉ Radio.“That’s what we’re looking at now and that’s the only guarantee I can give anyone.”Her comments follow the announcement last night from the Department of Health that the payment of the Mobility Allowance of around €208 per month to 4,700 people will end in four months time in addition to the scrapping of the Motorised Transport Grant paid to 300 people.This follows a finding by the Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly that the exclusion of people over the age of 65 from the scheme was illegal and breached equality law. The government says that it would cost too much to widen the scheme.On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland Lynch said that to expand the scheme to include those over 65 would cost the State  €170 million to €300 million and said that “every single option we came up” as an alternative “was considered to be illegal”.‘We simply cannot afford it’She said the choice was either to open it up or to close it down and said that the latter was chosen with a view to taking “a serious look as to how we would develop a transport system for everyone in the country”.Lynch said: “The facts are that if we keep this scheme going as it now exists then it will be open to everyone who is over 65 and who, within the Disability Act, is defined as having a disability.“We simply cannot afford it, we are trying desperately to deliver  services within the health service to everyone.”She said that the Departments of Transport, Environment, Public Expenditure and Reform, Local Government and officials from the Revenue and disability groups would consult with the chair of an independent review group, Sylda Langford, to devise alternatives.The Department siad last night that the €10.6 million funding for the two schemes would remain in place. Mobility Allowance is a means-tested grant paid to people who are disabled and are unable to use public transport.The Motorised Transport Grant is paid to people with a disability to allow them to adapt their cars or vehicles for driving.Earlier the Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly told RTÉ that it was “puzzling” that the Department had taken the decision to scrap the payment.“We never expected that they would abolish the scheme in this way,” she said.More: ‘A sick bureaucratic monster’ – Department slammed after disability payments axedlast_img read more

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