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Cold Feet

first_imgA view of the Kennebec River at Skowhegan. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin)The round growths on the goldenrod are galls. Inside each one is a tiny egg of a fly. If all goes well, the baby will be born this spring. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin)Red berries covered in new snow. Weld. (Dennis York)Doe in Rangeley. (Dennis York)(Isaiah Finn)(Isaiah Finn)Downy Woodpecker. (Paige Plourde)Chickadee. (Paige Plourde)Winter purple finch. (Paige Plourde)Chipping sparrow. (Paige Plourde)A black capped chickadee waits for its turn in the snack bar which has become as crowded as the snowflakes. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Private quarters for Mr. Goldfinch. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Fluffy goldfinch. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Does anyone have some goggles? (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Dark eyed junco. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)A red-bellied woodpecker added some much needed color, albeit briefly, to the white landscape. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Up close with red-bellied woodpecker. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Seriously? Holiday lights and now this? With practice, he figured out the peck and duck move. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)A dark eyed junco puffed and fluffed to keep warm in the recent frigid days and snow. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)A tufted titmouse takes a strand of straw from the roosting pocket, perhaps to add to its nest. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)A woodpecker. (Photo by Karen Dalot)A yellow finch eating. (Photo by Karen Dalot)Hey it is cold on my feet. (Photo by Karen Dalot)A chickadee. (Photo by Karen Dalot)last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s appoints new general counsel

first_imgNancy Nekvasil, the Interim President of Saint Mary’s College, has appointed attorney Martha “Marty” McCampbell to serve as the College’s general counsel effective Dec. 4, according to a press release. “[McCampbell] has a strong record of success throughout her diverse legal career,” Nekvasil said in the release. “With significant higher-education experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge about the industry that will make her a valuable addition to our leadership team.”Since June 7, the College has been searching for a new general counsel. Former College general counsel Cristal Brisco was appointed as magistrate for the St. Joseph Circuit Court and began serving in that role since July 16, according to a June press release. McCampbell most recently worked as deputy Title IX coordinator and director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Indiana University South Bend, according to the release. She also served as general counsel to Lincoln Memorial University, a private, liberal arts university in Tennessee from 2011 to 2015. McCampbell attended the University of Tennessee for both undergraduate and law school. McCampbell also served as trial counsel for the Knox County, Tenn. Law Director’s office. This role enabled her to serve as in-house counsel to Knox County Schools, “a district with 88 schools and nearly 60,000 students,” the release said.“I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the Saint Mary’s tradition of educating women with a sense of purpose and social responsibility,” McCampbell said in the release. “The values of community, faith and justice that infuse the College will be a continual source of inspiration.”Tags: general counsel, Nancy Nekvasil, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

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Quick Hits: Patagonia Founder Donates Trump Tax Cut Profits + Tennessee Wilderness Moves Forward

first_imgPatagonia founder to give away millions saved from Trump tax cut to fight climate changeLast week, the founder of outdoor apparel company Patagonia announced it would donate the additional $10 million in profits it received in 2018 under Trump’s new corporate tax cut to grassroots groups fighting climate change. In 2017, Trump lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder, said in a statement, “our government continues to ignore the seriousness and causes of the climate crisis. It’s pure evil.” Chouinard has not been quiet about Trump’s assault on the environment. When the Trump administration reduced the size of Bear Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments earlier this year, Patagonia sued the president. The case is ongoing and waiting to be heard in a federal court in Washington D.C. Tennessee wilderness bill expected to pass With decades of effort behind it, the Tennessee wilderness act is expected to pass after its inclusion in the farm bill. The act would protect an additional 19,558 acres of the 655,598-acre Cherokee National Forest in northeast Tennessee as wilderness under the 1964 wilderness act. The bill, which was introduced into the Congressional session by Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and sponsored in the House of Representatives by Congressman Phil Roe, would expand five existing wilderness areas within the Cherokee National Forest and create one new area. If the bill is passed, about 13 percent of Cherokee National Forest would be protected as wilderness. Wilderness designation provides the best legislative protection for federal lands by providing an overlay of restrictions that are designed to maintain the forever-wild status of the area. Facial recognition technology used to identify bears over timeApplied Conservation Science Lab in Canada’s British Columbia is working on technology that could shape the way bears are tracked and monitored in the future. In 2018 the lab was awarded a 2-year grant to support their work developing facial recognition for brown bears. At their primary field site, the lab has been collecting a database of wild bear images since the late 1990’s. These images are being used to test how the recognition system performs when analyzing images of the same bears over time. A bear’s appearance can change dramatically from spring to late fall and over successive years. The lab hopes that the technology will one day be used to improve non-invasive monitoring techniques for bears and other large mammals.last_img read more

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Give ideas a chance: Overcoming inertia in your credit union

first_img 45SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Details If your credit union is running smoothly, why should you make any changes? Do you really need to redesign your app, transform your branches, or shake up your product offerings? When everything is going well people tend to get comfortable with the way things are done. This comfort builds up organizational inertia, the tendency for organizations to resist change, creating a barrier to any project that isn’t routine. But in the rapidly changing financial industry, adaptation and innovation are necessary for credit unions to stay competitive and deliver the services their members want now and in the future.Here are three strategies that can help you overcome organizational inertia in your credit union and set your projects up for success.Set Ground Rules for Strategy Discussions Many ideas are killed before they even have the chance to be discussed. Kodak famously dismissed the digital camera that an employee had invented because “we’re a film company.” How many great ideas have been killed in credit unions because they’re “not what we do”? Setting one simple ground rule in brainstorming meetings can solve this: Ideas can’t be dismissed immediately after they are introduced. Instead, focus initial discussions on the positive aspects of each idea and think about how it could help you advance your mission, better compete in your market, or provide value to your members. Give the idea a chance to take hold and be legitimately considered before shooting it down. This may be uncomfortable, and not all ideas are good ones, but adding this buffer between introducing ideas and dismissing them may help you avoid missing your own “wait, we’re actually a picture company…” opportunity. Look at Opportunity and Risk Before Cost There’s no quicker way to lose a sale than starting out talking cost, and when you introduce an idea to your credit union you become that idea’s salesperson. Change is a hassle, and you’re telling your team that they have to pay how much for this hassle? If you begin with a discussion of cost before your team really understands what impact your idea will have on the credit union, they will have made up their minds before even considering it. Instead, lead with both the opportunities that pursing your project will bring as well as the risk that not pursuing it will expose your credit union to. If it’s a branch modernization project, you could point out that transaction volumes are dropping and that you’re struggling to attract millennial homebuyers who want to come in and talk. What this does is disrupt the illusion that your organization is in a comfortable position. Sure, things are going well for now. But when weighed against potential opportunities and risks, the current way of doing things may not look as comfortable as it once did. Appoint a Project Manager Congratulations, the team is bought into your idea and wants to go forward! But things are busy these days, there may be competing priorities, and people will pick away at the work and it’ll get done in… well… eventually? A project is a bit like a natural disaster. At the beginning it is pure chaos, and bringing order to the situation takes a lot of work by people dedicated to the task. This is where a project manager comes in. You need to choose someone on your team who will drive this project forward from start to finish, and who will break the work down into tasks that need to be done and assign responsibility for these tasks. Having a clear idea what needs to be done and who needs to do it and a single person responsible for keeping the project on track will give your project energy, momentum, and a sense of direction. Implementing Lasting Change Overcoming organization inertia can help your project take off, but this is only the beginning. It’s another challenge entirely for your project to impart a lasting impact on your credit union. When looking from the perspective of needing to make changes, this inertia can seem like a bad thing. But the reality is that organizational inertia can also be good. It is needed to make your changes “stick.” Effective change management extends beyond making change happen, it also includes building inertia around your ideas to create durable and lasting change that will endure until it’s again time to adapt and evolve. To learn more about the change management process, read 7 Steps to Implement Lasting Change. last_img read more

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Morgan Stanley doubles up with P&O

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Mesut Ozil and William Saliba left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad

first_imgMesut Ozil and William Saliba left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad Comment Arsenal’s Europa League squad Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Runar Runarsson, Matt Macey, James Hillson, Dejan IlievDefenders: Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Sead Kolasinac, Kieran TierneyMidfielders: Dani Ceballos, Willian, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Granit XhakaForwards: Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe Players who could be included on Arsenal’s B list Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe, Ryan Alebiosu, Folarin Balogun, Tolaji Bola, Harry Clarke, Ben Cottrell, Karl Heun, Joel Lopez, Jordan McEnuff, Arthur Okonkwo, James Olayinka, Tom Smith, Miguel Azeez Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 10:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link494Shares Ozil is yet to feature for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty)Ozil has been clear throughout his exile from the side that he intends to see out his contract at the Emirates and the Europa League could have provided an opportunity for the playmaker to work his way back into the manager’s thoughts. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta has also decided to leave Saliba out of his squad, with the 19-year-old defender keen to secure a loan move away from Arsenal.The Frenchman was interested in a temporary return to Saint-Etienne for the new campaign but the Ligue 1 outfit missed out on an agreement for their former player which reportedly left him ‘devastated’. Gabriel Martinelli is another notable omission, with the young forward currently sidelined after suffering a serious knee injury in training back in June.The Brazilian underwent successful surgery and has been recovering well but is not expected to return until the end of the year at the earliest.The likes of Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock will likely be named on Arsenal’s B list of homegrown U21 players and will be available to play in Europe. Advertisement William Saliba and Mesut Ozil have been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have announced their squad for this season’s Europa League and there’s no place for either Mesut Ozil or William Saliba in Mikel Arteta’s party.Ozil, 31, has been frozen out of Arsenal’s first-team since football returned in July and has not featured this term, despite being the club’s top earner on eye-watering wages of £350,000-a-week.The Gunners were looking to offload Ozil during the summer transfer window but were unable to find a suitable loan or buyer before Monday’s deadline and the German midfielder will remain in north London. Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey has been named in the squad (Picture: Getty)Thomas Partey’s arrival on deadline day meant Arsenal were left with 19 non-homegrown players in their squad.A club’s ‘A list’ is allowed maximum of 25 members under UEFA’s ruling and teams must include a minimum of eight places for ‘locally-trained players’.Should a squad be put forward with fewer than eight locally-trained players, the maximum number of players on the A list reduces – and Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are the casualties in this instance.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: ‘I’m sure you’re next on the radar’ – Kevin Campbell sends direct message to Houssem Aouar after failed Arsenal transferMORE: Lucas Torreira’s agent reveals Atletico Madrid have no option to buy in Arsenal loan deal Advertisementlast_img read more

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Antonio Conte gives sex tips to Kwadwo Asamoah, other Inter Milan players

first_img Source: talkSPORT Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has bizarrely revealed he tells his Inter Milan players how to have sex.And whatever he is instructing appears to be working with Inter just one point off first-placed Juventus after 12 Serie A games this season.Samir Nasri once revealed how Man City boss Pep Guardiola had banned his players from having sex after midnight, while former boxer Carl Froch went on a self-imposed three-month sex ban before his fight against George Groves in 2014.One theory claims abstaining from sex improves sporting performances due to a build-up of frustration and aggression.And Conte seems to be pulling out all the stops to ensure Inter win a first Serie A title since 2010.The former Chelsea manager, who took over at the San Siro in the summer, told French newspaper:“Competition for me is battle. It is ‘your death, my life’. I am very focused on the fact that in the end there should only be one left standing and I do everything to make it my team.This is my way of being and it will lead me to interrupt my career very early because I live my work too much. And I often ask if it is right to spend so much time without my family.During the season, sex must not last too long, we must do as little effort as possible. So stay under the partner.”last_img read more

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Wellington’s new council is enacted! Six-member board and mayor start getting busy

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down swimmers13 · 382 weeks ago Looks like a good group. Congratulations! Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Jim · 382 weeks ago Well written article. Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Concerned Taxpayer · 382 weeks ago Now its your jobs to bring spending under control. Make cut backs where they need to be made. Get the citys share of taxes on our property taxes back down where it belongs. Time to get the police department back in line where it was 40 yrs ago. WE DO NOT NEED SO MANY. And stop harassing city folks over a damn tag light that don’t work. You had better have head lights to light up a reflective tag. Report Reply 2 replies · active 382 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Larry · 382 weeks ago I was on that police department back 40 years ago, and you couldn’t asked for a better group of officers that were underpaid and over worked. With no more that two officers on the street a one time, it was a busy time. Just like it is now for these current officers. They enforce all the laws like we did back then. If you don’t like a law on the books, then work to get it repealed. Other wise I suggest you you tag light fixed. Support your police and fire departments. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 382 weeks ago I was with you until you whined about your defective tag light. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Concerned Taxpayer · 382 weeks ago I am starting foo feel like I live in a communist community with the bogus write up’s in the police notes. Not wearing a seat beat, no tag light. Too damn many people in Wellington love to stick their noses in other peoples business. Life is too damn short to have others mulling around making it miserable. And just for JUSTME my tag light does work. It just gets old to see this communist police force using it as an excuse to pull someone over. Don’t get me wrong I love our officers they just need to be more community friendly. Wellingtons population is smaller now that it was years ago but we do have far more police and city employees but yet we get fewer things done for the city over all. I EXPECT MORE BANG FOR MY BUCKS I PAY IN. Report Reply 1 reply · active 382 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 382 weeks ago Ever think about going down to the police department and spend time seeing what have to do and what they put up with during there tour of duty. You might be surprised what goes on, even the small city of Wellington. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In 1965 Wellington had a JCPenney’s store downtown, the Beatles were singing “I want to hold your hand,” the hair of teenage boys were starting to grow, and the Wellington City Council had switched to an eight member board with a non-voting mayor (unless there is a tie).Tuesday night, history was made as the council reduced its size from eight to six.John Brand, Kelly Green, Jan Korte, John Tracy, Jim Valentine and Vince Wetta were inducted into the city council Tuesday evening at the council chambers. Wetta was absent due to a family function in Nebraska.The new “at-large” council members were then seated in the center chairs in alphabetical order and started its official business with introductions. Long-time observers might have thought it looked rather quaint with two empty seats on each side. It was the final act in the restructuring of the council — an act that was spearheaded by local citizen J.P. Buellesfeld more than two years ago. For 48 years Wellington was a ward system with two representatives in each quadrant serving two-year terms.But in 2011, the old council approved a new restructured system in which two seats were reduced, the terms were expanded to four years, the voting would be “at large,” city elections will be held every two years instead of one, the city primaries were eliminated, and term limits were enacted.For six council members, or 75 percent of the council body, the overhaul approved by them led to them stepping down. Five of council members did not finish in the top six. Dana Anderson did not seek reelection. Those stepping down Tuesday were: Terry Nunemaker, Larry Shimer, Chase Weber, Kim Woodrow, Anderson and Lannon Taylor, who all finished their terms in the ward system.All of the out-going councilmen were gracious in their final ward reports thanking the voters and wishing the city good luck in the future. Woodrow may have said it best when he stated, “this has been a great ride.”Thirty minutes later, Wellington City Council Gus Collins gave a tribute of each outgoing member, and presented them with a gift for their service.Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields then inducted in the new council.The new council will consist of Wetta, Korte and Tracy serving four-year terms and Brand, Green and Valentine serving two-year terms. In two years those seats will become four year terms. The reason for this is to stagger the election so not all council members are running at one time.Once the new council members got situated in their new seats roll call was taken.“I would like to welcome you all, some of you welcome back and some of you, ‘just welcome’” said Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer looking at Korte and Brand who were the only incumbents returning to the council. “I challenge all of you to do what we are elected to do. Let’s represent Wellington proudly.”Tracy in his report asked now that the council had been reduced what would be the requirements as far as votes being cast and what constitutes a quorum.Shields responded:•In order for a city ordinance to pass, it requires a majority vote of the whole council which is four.•Resolutions require a majority vote of the council present at the meeting.•The majority of quorum is three votes.•Quorum of the council is four.•Charter ordinances, which go to the vote of the people, require 2/3 of the council which is five.“First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who voted because it shows you care,” Valentine said. “We are up here because we care. We want the city to grow, we want the city to prosper. It’s been awhile (for me) and I’ll try to behave.”Members of the City Council being inducted are from left: John Brand, Kelly Green, Jan Korte, John Tracy, and Jim Valentine. Mayor Roger Stallbaumer is seated. 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Zipf Knows Environmental Victories Temporary

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – It was a good week last week for Cindy Zipf and her organization, Clean Ocean Action, with the hard fought defeat of a liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal and accompanying pipeline, but the work of protecting the environment continues.COA, a coalition of 117 organizations, is turning its attention to the health of the Navesink River and returning to the task of establishing a Clean Ocean Zone 20 miles from the shoreline running from Montauk Point to Cape May. But Zipf is still calling for Gov. Chris Christie to take a stand on the LNG proposal to strengthen the state’s position in anticipation of the possible submission of a modified, but similar proposal.Zipf and Catie Tobin, COA’s marine science education coordinator, sat down with The Two River Times Nov. 19 in a wide ranging discussion about the group’s ongoing projects. COA and other environmental groups shared a big win against LNG last week, although, they would certainly say it was a victory for the environment, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo evoked his unilateral veto to stop a liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal and accompanying pipeline proposed 18 miles off Jones Beach and 28 miles off Long Branch.Zipf’s organization along with the Sierra Club, NY/NJ Baykeeper, American Littoral Society, Sen. Jennifer Beck and Representative Frank Pallone, had vociferously opposed the plan that was under consideration by federal agencies. Opponents for the better part of seven years have maintained this LNG facility and similar proposals pose a real threat to the environment, economy and national security and had worked to encourage the public to offer their opinions and persuade federal officials to deny the licensing application. On Nov. 12 Cuomo agreed, expressing the same concerns when he signed his veto.Zipf noted the U.S. would be a natural gas exporter by 2017 and therefore the facility wouldn’t be needed for domestic use. Besides, “there are alternatives out there,” on the energy front, those that are more efficient and renewable, including considering offshore wind energy that could be established in the same area of the Atlantic.But this was only one of a number of fronts the group has been coordinating its efforts.A major push for COA will be to again take up the cause of establishing a Clean Ocean Zone. Environmentalists are encouraging lawmakers – ideally on the federal level, but until then state legislation will work – to establish a 20-mile zone for the New York/New Jersey Bight – an idea that has been discussed for roughly two decades. The zone would “lock out the bad and lock in the good,” as it relates to the waters from Montauk Point, New York, to Cape May, protecting the marine life, preventing the Atlantic Ocean’s over-industrialization and prohibiting new ocean dumpsites, Zipf said.
Another pressing front is the Navesink River here in the Two River area and the growing problem of pollution in the waterway. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has downgraded the water quality for portions of the river. The DEP has prohibited the harvesting of shellfish and recommends not swimming in those portions of the river, extending to McClee’s Creek in Middletown and west of the Cooper’s Bridge into the Swimming River, due to contamination“It is certainly a cause of concern,” she said.A major culprit for the contamination is fecal matter bringing with it E. coli bacteria, according to Zipf.“When it rains,” she explained, “that entire area is contaminated.” Fertilizer is also a major concern.COA is working with other organizations “to bring them all together to come up with a game plan,” Zipf said. And that could involve utilizing the services of Environmental Canine Services. That New England–based company uses scenting dogs to detect and source track human sewage contamination in storm water systems. And this game plan, when completed “could be a model for all the other watershed areas of New Jersey,” she said.COA continues to conduct its Beach Sweeps, with the help of volunteers who work to remove debris and trash from the shore. The organization also conducts educational programs in schools and works with municipalities on their environmental issues and helping them in obtaining the DEP’s Sustainable Jersey certification program and Clean Ocean Action’s Municipal Blue Star program for municipal environmental stewardship.COA was established 31 years ago, an outgrowth of the Ocean Dumping Task Force and has now grown to a large coalition. Zipf started with the task force about that time, being brought into the organization by Dery Bennett, the former executive director of the American Littoral Society, who died in 2009.Zipf considered Bennett “a guru, a mentor.” “In many ways he was a father figure to me,” she noted.“He was the one who let me find the path in life that I didn’t know was in me,” she explained.Referring to the environmental organization’s work focusing on cleaning and protecting area waters, “The whole goal is we shouldn’t be needed,” however, there is always more work, Zipf explained. “Our goal is to put ourselves our of business. We shouldn’t be needed, but that’s not the case yet.”Great progress has been made over the 30 years, as we no longer have medical waste washing up on our shores and beach closings because of contamination are now rare instead of commonplace. But Bennett instilled in Zipf a lesson that has shown itself to be true time and again.“Dery use to say, ‘Environmental victories are always temporary,’” Zipf recalled. The Navesink River and Ocean Zone Up Nextlast_img read more

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Perkins powers Bombers into Kootenay Girl’s Soccer Final

first_imgHanna Quinn had little work in goal to register the shutout.The winner advances to the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships May 28-30 at Crofton House in Vancouver.LVR, the defending Kootenay Champs, tuned up for the zones by capturing the top prize at the recent Mount Baker Wild Tournament.The Bombers defeated host Wild 2-0 in the final, advancing to the championship by a 33-2 goal margin.”The biggest success story so far is how the girls have played,” said coach Brett Adams.”They are playing a passing style game with the GK (goalkeeper) looking to play out from the back.””All of the attacks are played from defense through the midfield,” Adams added.”Long ball play is very rare. We have been complemented on our style.”The Junior Bombers have played one game this season, posting a 4-0 shutout of Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar. Naomi Perkins scored twice to spark the L.V. Rogers to a 2-0 victory over Trail’s J. Lloyd Crowe in semi finals of the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Zone Finals Wednesday in Creston.The Bombers, the top seed in the tournament, advance to the final Thursday at 12:30 p.m.LVR dominated the contest but struggled to find success around the cage.Perkins opened the scoring against the Hawks after taking a slick pass from Abbie Bourchier-Willans.Perkins then made it 2-0 by teaming up with Taylor Zimmerman to add some insurance.last_img read more

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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2016)–Graded stakes winning Home Run Kitten, idle since this past May, recent graded stakes placed finishers Coastline and Rocket Heat, as well as stakes winning Bench Warrant, all figure prominently in a wide open field of 10 older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Sunday in the $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes.Trained by David Hofmans, Tarabilla Farms’ Home Run Kitten, who has been on the bench since well beaten here in the Grade III, one mile turf American Stakes May 9, was a downhill winner of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes in Sept. 2014, and has two wins and a third from four starts down the unique layout. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Kitten’s Joy, Home Run Kitten is 15-4-2-5 overall with earnings of $342,050.Separated by a neck at the finish, Coastline and Rocket Heat ran two-three in Santa Anita’s Grade III Daytona Stakes Dec. 26, as Toowindytohaulrox prevailed down the hill by a neck over Coastline.Trained by Phil D’Amato for the first time in the Daytona, Agave Racing Stables’ Coastline, who had been based primarily in the Midwest, rallied strongly to just miss in his first hillside try at odds of 52-1. A close third as a sophomore in the Grade III Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in March, 2014, the        5-year-old horse by Speightstown is 18-4-3-3 with earnings of $290,006.Trained by Vann Belvoir, the aptly named Rocket Heat broke running in the Daytona, opened up by 3 ½ lengths approaching the quarter pole, but was run-down late, finishing third, beaten a half length. Claimed out of a nine length maiden $30,000 win 11 starts back on Feb. 12, 2015, Rocket Heat enjoyed a terrific year, banking $187,080 while compiling an overall mark for the year of 12-5-3-1.A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Latent Heat, Rocket Heat will try to pose an elusive target in this third career try down the hill.Last and 12 lengths off the pace after a half mile in the Daytona, trainer John Sadler’s Bench Warrant flew late to be fifth, beaten three quarters of a length and thus looms a stout threat from behind in the Clockers’ Corner. A winner of the minor Baffle Stakes down the hill six starts back on Feb. 15, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Street Boss will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke.Owned by Doubledown Stables, Inc., Bench Warrant is two for four over the course and has three wins from 11 overall starts, with earnings of $186,790.A multiple graded stakes winner, 7-year-old Silentio comes off an even seventh place finish in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap, run at a 1 1/16 miles on Golden Gate Fields’ Tapeta on Nov. 29. Trained by Gary Mandella and owned by his breeders, Wertheimer and Frere, Silentio was well beaten in his only lifetime try down the hill, the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, on Nov. 1, 2014.The leading money earner in the field, Silentio has banked $712,565 from an overall mark of 18-4-1-7.Eleventh, beaten 4 ½ lengths in the Daytona Dec. 26, trainer Jim Cassidy’s Holy Lute figures to get a stalking trip under Victor Espinoza and try to hold off the late runners the final sixteenth. Owned by Class Racing Stable, the 6-year-old horse by Midnight Lute has a win and four seconds from six hillside tries.Lightly raced Ocho Ocho Ocho, who was a well beaten ninth in the Grade II Mathis Mile (turf) here Dec. 26, cuts back in distance as he seeks his first win since taking the Grade III Delta Jackpot as a juvenile in November, 2014. A close fourth two starts back in the Grade III Pennsylvania Mile (turf), “Ocho” will try the hillside turf for the first time on Sunday.The complete field for the Clockers’ Corner, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 124; Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 119; County Lineman, Alonso Quinonez, 119; Fleet Eagle, Tiago Pereira, 124; Silentio, Mike Smith, 119; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 119; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 119; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 119, and Bench Warrant, Drayden Van Dyke, 124.First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more



first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–With the red and white colors of California’s legendary Old English Rancho flying proudly, What a View assumed command turning for home and took Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic, presented by City National Bank, by an impressive 3 ¼ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by former rider Kenny Black, the 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Vronsky got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:47.39.A restrained second to pacesetter Image of Joplin into and around the far turn, What a View made the lead well within himself a quarter mile from home and was clearly best among a field of 12 older horses bred or sired in the Golden State.“Kent knows what’s he’s doing, he’s won a few more of these than I have,” said Black, who registered his biggest win as a conditioner in the Classic. “He knows this horse. I always thought he was better when he (What a View) has one to run at.”Hammered in the late betting, What a View was off at 4-1 and paid $10.20, $4.60 and $4.00.“I had a firm hold,” said Desormeaux. “I was surprised to see him accelerate again at the quarter pole. Kenny told me in the paddock that it’s not hot air, he’s never had a horse doing doing so well. He’s had some issues, but the issues are no longer and he sure ran like it.“I was surprised. They’re not supposed to have anything left when they pull like that.”Out of the Manila mare, Oceans N Mountains, What a View was bred by Old English Rancho, Patsy and Sal Berumen and is owned by Patsy and Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust. In getting his first stakes win, What a View notched his fourth career win from 10 starts and with the winner’s share of $137,500, increased his earnings to $294,148.“I grew up with this,” said an emotional Mary Johnston Hilvers, whose father, Elwood “Buddy” Johnston of Old English Rancho, passed away last year. “Obviously, when we lost dad so unexpectedly and suddenly, there were questions on whether we’d be able to keep it going. My son, Johnny, has done such a fabulous job. It’s a family thing. My husband, my daughter…We really want to carry on my dad’s legacy and my grandmother’s.“We’ve got a lot of good, young horses coming up. I’m excited for my mom (Judy Johnston). I wish I would have made her come with me today.”Favored Alert Bay bobbled at the break, saved ground into the far turn and proved second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Boozer. Off at 2-1 with Martin Garcia up, Alert Bay paid $4.20 and $3.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Boozer, who showed good speed from his number 11 post position, was rank into the first turn and proved game for third money, finishing a half length in front of Poshky.   Boozer was off at 10-1 and paid $5.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.32, 46.70, 1:10.39 and 1:35.06.First post time on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. 27TH RUNNING OF DEFINING RACE FOR CAL-BREDS PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK –last_img read more


Ellen Wants Drastic Action against Rapists

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on the justice system to take drastic action against rapists in the country.Delivering her State of the Nation address on Monday, she stated that the inhumanity of rape is still being perpetrated.The victims of rape, she said, included young girls, boys, and babies.“This wickedness must be brought to an end. We implore the justice system to move fast in punishing those who commit these heinous crimes, whoever they are. “This will not be tolerated from citizens or from foreigners who abuse the privilege of living in our country,” she said.President Sirleaf urged the National Legislature to pass the Gender Equity Bill.According to President Sirleaf, the passage of the Gender Equity Bill, proposed by the Women’s Legislative Caucus, will protect the rights of women in the country.She urged members of the 53rd Legislature to give consideration to the budgetary implications to enable women to participate and be protected.“As a mother and a female leader, the record is clear on my response to the issues of women and children, particularly in support of their economic participation, their participation in governance, and their protection from violence,” she said.She explained that the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (EPAG) has trained an additional 1,000, which adds to the 3,400 young girls already trained. She mentioned the new innovation that trains women to become operators of motorcycles (Pink Panther) and vehicles (Women behind Wheels). She said that much is being done to educate girls and to promote literacy among market women, adding that enrollment of girls in schools is now almost equal to boys, but more must be done to empower them. “We cannot develop this country if we fail to fully use all its human resources. In truth, we cannot progress without the active, enlightened participation of both genders. “We must enact laws that protect our girls and women. I have thus submitted the Domestic Violence Act, which I trust you will soon enact into law,” she added.Meanwhile at a recent 16 Days of Activism celebration in Liberia, Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Ducan Cassell said 1,088 gender based violence cases were reported between January and September 2015.She said in 2014, 720 cases were reported as rapes with 657 victims being under the age of 18 and five between the ages of 5-14 years. Out of 1,088 GBV cases, she said 588 were rape cases, with 239 being children below 16.Minister Duncan added that seven of the victims who were below the age of 14 died as a result, adding that two adults also died from rape.“Of the 1,088 perpetrators, only 344 were arrested and 210 have been indicted, while 21 have been convicted and are serving their prison terms. 17 cases were dismissed due to lack of evidence,” she said.She said Montserrado County accounts for the highest reported rape cases while Rivercess County accounts for the lowest reported cases of rape.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 0 Stoke 0

first_imgChelsea dominated much of the first half at Stamford Bridge – but it was Stoke who came closest to scoring.Potters forward Jon Walters almost put his side ahead when he headed Glenn Whelan’s 19th-minute free-kick against the bar.Fernando Torres missed Chelsea’s best chance of the half when Juan Mata’s clever chip into the box left him with just keeper Asmir Begovic to beat, only for the striker to chest the ball down and then fail to connect with his shot.Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo opted to rotate his squad, leaving John Terry and Frank Lampard among the substitutes with Ramires partnering John Obi Mikel in midfield and Gary Cahill coming in an centre-back alongside David Luiz.Former England striker Michael Owen is on the bench for Stoke.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Romeu, Lampard, Moses, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Terry, Turnbull.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Plaxico Burress Took A Twitter Jab At Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

first_imgPlaxico Burress close up.plaxico burress upset michigan state nebraska gameSince taking over at Michigan, Jim Harbaugh has certainly gone above and beyond in terms of recruiting. Whether it’s sleepovers, climbing trees, going to class with recruits or moving spring practice to Florida for a week, Harbaugh is committed to selling his vision in any way possible.The future is Harbaugh’s biggest selling point, as the Wolverines haven’t been elite lately. In recent years, Michigan has been on the short end of the stick against arch-rivals Michigan State and Ohio State. They’ve lost 11 of 12 to the Buckeyes and seven of eight to Sparty. Taking all this into account, former Michigan State star Plaxico Burress dropped a quick jab at Harbaugh and his recruiting tactics on Twitter this morning. According to Burress, while Harbaugh has to peddle his program, the Spartans simply have to point to the results. Looks like J Harbaugh is pulling out all stops to get kids to Michigan. We @MSU_Football just believe in the product. Don’t have to sell us— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) March 1, 2016Plax has a point because Michigan State has been the premier program in the state of Michigan the last several seasons. However, Harbaugh did lead his team to a 10-3 record in his first year and was one insane fluke play away from beating the Spartans. The Wolverines also have an outstanding recruiting class on the way.Will the Maize and Blue begin dominating its in-state rivals starting in 2016? We won’t go that far, but this series should be much closer in the coming years.last_img read more

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Read the concerns that the Native Womens Association of Canada has about

first_imgSend a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this field APTN National NewsOTTAWA — The Native Women’s Association of Canada released its analysis of the terms of reference (ToR) for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls announced Wednesday by Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.While supporting the need for the inquiry, NWAC President Dawn Harvard expressed concerns about a number of areas of the (ToR) that will guide Commissioners Marion Buller, Michéle Audette, Marilyn Poitras, Qajaq Robinson and Brian Eyolfson.Thursday the organization that was one of the first to put the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls on the national agenda.1. The trauma informed and culturally based counseling appears to be limited to “the duration of their appearance before the Commission.” Trauma does not have a timeframe and we asked that families and survivors be provided with trauma informed and culturally based counselling services in their community as they get ready to present to the Inquiry, at the Inquiry and after presenting to the Inquiry. We learnt a lot from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission including that the telling of the story of trauma can further trigger trauma. Let’s use those lessons that we learned.2. There does not appear to be an opportunity for families to pursue or reopen cases through the justice system. In fact, for families who want to pursue cases or re-open ones that have been part of the justice system, the Terms of Reference direct that the support the Commissioners can offer is to redirect them to the appropriate provincial or territorial victim services. Families are not looking for mainstream counseling services through victim services but justice. This is a missed opportunity.3. There is no mention of the role of the provinces and territories and yet we know that some of the systemic issues will require provincial discussions, namely police services and the child welfare system. We cannot ignore what we know. Girls have described that they were sex trafficked from group homes and motels that are part of the child welfare system. We have a disproportionate number of Indigenous people who are in the criminal justice system. These issues are all interrelated and our expectation is that one reason we are having the Inquiry to address how these issues relate to violence against Indigenous women and girls.4. There is no explicit mention of the need to work with the justice partners in order to make appropriate recommendations to ensure that there are changes in that system. We cannot ignore the fact that many family members or survivors of violence do not feel that they were treated respectfully or fairly by the justice system.Got a comment? Send it to us. Name Message Emaillast_img read more

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