Spotted in NEJC: More hawks on the roam

first_imgTaylor Bennett reports this red-shouldered hawk above flew right over the family dachshund last week just before this picture was taken.Carol Tucker also sent in the hawk picture below. Her comment was that this is probably the reason for a lack of birds in the backyard recently.last_img

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Letter To The Editor: Let’s Lay Cause Of Mass Shootings Where It Belongs … Violent Videos; Permissive Parenting

first_imgBy PAM PRICHARDLos AlamosPeople cite readily available guns and mental illnesses as the causes of mass shootings, but has anyone ever considered the effects of the violent shoot-em-up video games that our youth have been playing for years? I believe there is a direct correlation, but no one ever mentions that possibility, and no one has investigated the number of hours, days, weeks, months and years that these shooters spent killing people virtually, on the computer screen, before they went out and killed people for real.Let’s lay the cause of mass shootings where it belongs – at the feet of the designers, programmers, and marketers of these video games!And also, on the parents who allowed their sons unlimited access to them!last_img read more

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UWF earns three GSC cross country runner of the week honors

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of West Florida cross country teams claimed three of the four Gulf South Conference weekly awards this week, as Kelley Bahn was named women’s runner of the week while Sarah Carrion and William Kemmler earned freshman runner of the week honors.Bahn’s (Tallahassee, Fla.) runner of the week honor is her third this season and fifth in her career. She is now tied for second most in GSC history with five runner of the week awards, just one behind the all-time leader Vicky Winslow from Alabama Huntsville.Bahn won the award after placing first at the Valdosta State Cross Country Challenge with a school record time of 17:58.80. Her mark was the sub 18-minute time in the 5k in school history. Bahn now also holds four of the top 10 times in school history in the 5k.Carrion (Lake Mary, Fla.) was named freshman runner of the week for the second time this year after running a personal-best 5k at 19:02.40. Her time was the second fastest for UWF and placed her 10th in the race. Kemmler (Cocoa, Fla.) earned the freshman award on the men’s side after running a personal best time of 27:33.30 in the 8k and finishing 39th.The Argonauts will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Gulf South Conference Championships at Veterans Park in Hoover, Ala. The men’s 8k is scheduled to start at 8 a.m., and women’s 5k will follow at 9 a.m. For information on all UWF athletics, visitwww.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Jacinta’s emotional journey

first_imgBy BEN CAMERON FOR the first 20 years of her life, Pakenham’s Jacinta Heyne felt mostly scared, anxious, a little…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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SK8 Jam goes Sunday as 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series heads to Castlegar

first_imgThe Castlegar Skateboard Park next to the Sports Complex is host site for the next stop on the 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series.The event, dubbed the 2011 Castlegar SK8 Jam is part of the Sunfest Celebrations in the Sunflower City and kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.The Kootenay Skateboard Series started last year as an idea of Ty Smith, who wanted to give boarders an opportunity to strut their stuff.Each event on tour has its own separate format and is individually sponsored but is sanctioned as part of the series.Some of the ideas include game of skate (skateboarding version of Horse), jams format that has competitors scored on style, speed and tricks or just tricks. Helmets are mandatory.Divisions include under-14 years; 15-plus open and a women’s category.Competitors receive 50 points just for showing up.Other points are accumulated on a sliding points scale — first 10 points, second nine points, third eight points, fourth seven points, fifth six points.Castlegar is the third stop on the circuit. The 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series opened during Trail Silver City Days before heading to Kaslo for May Days.For more information check out the series website at http://bcskateboarding.org/2010-kssSkateboarders will not want to miss a couple of upcoming events set for June 10 in Castlegar and June 11 in Nelson at Finley’s Bar and Grill.On Friday June 10 at the Black Russian SK8shop in Castlegar, Mia is presenting the Art Show “Warrior”. The show was inspired by former skateboard star Josh Evin. There are skate ramps, a barbecue and free love all day.The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. at the Black Russian SK8shop, 1335 Columbia Ave.Saturday, June 11, there is a fundraiser for the Nelson sk8 Park at Finley’s Bar and Grill.Unfortunately, this event is only open to patrons over the age of 19. For a $10 donation, there are prizes for best party [email protected]last_img read more

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly News — Week of October 12, 2019

first_imgUpcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Captain MarvelDumbo Disneynature: PenguinsAvengers: EndgameAladdin Toy Story 4 Lion KingThe Nightmare Before ChristmasFor future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationA funny thing tends to happen when you are on a cruise: you find yourself wanting, nay, needing to book another one IMMEDIATELY. Luckily, the onboard booking is there to come to your rescue! If you know exactly when you want to cruise, you can go ahead and choose your date, your stateroom, the whole nine yards and have it all squared away before you even disembark. Not sure on the details, or maybe you don’t want to spend the time onboard comparing options? This is where the placeholder comes into play! A placeholder means you put down a deposit for a future cruise, which must occur within 24 months from the time the placeholder is booked, to receive the onboard booking benefits.What are these onboard booking benefits? Well, the parameters recently changed, so let’s look at the old vs. the new:For all onboard bookings made before September 27, 2019: bookings made for categories 11C-4A will receive 10% off the cruise fare. Cruises of 7 nights or longer will only pay 10% deposit, instead of the standard 20% deposit. Additionally, cruises 6 nights or less will receive a $100 onboard credit, and cruises 7 nights or longer will receive a $200 onboard credit. Cruises booked in the concierge category will not receive the 10% discount or reduced deposit, but will receive the onboard credit.All onboard bookings made on the Disney Fantasy September 28, 2019 or later, or on the other three ships on September 30, 2019 or later will still be eligible for the 10% discount, and reduced deposit. However, onboard credit will no longer be given to categories 11C-4A. Concierge bookings will continue to receive the onboard credit.If you aren’t sure on the ins and outs of rebooking onboard? Tammy has made a fantastic list of the 10 most important things to know, so be sure to check it out!Special thanks to Scott Sanders of the Disney Cruise Line Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings. Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!Ports of Call Disney Cruise Line: In The NewsJust in time for National Handbag Day (hey, I don’t make these days up, I just celebrate them) – new Dooney & Bourke bag alert! Yes, there’s a new print available on board on all four ships right now! Who’s adding this one to their Disney bag collection?The Conde Nast Traveler 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards have been announced and surprise, surprise – guess which “large cruise line” was voted tops for the 8th year in a row? Ok I know you didn’t really need any guesses. Yay, DCL! Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week:last_img read more

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AltX riding stock exchange wave

first_img8 January 2006AltX, Africa’s first alternative exchange for small to medium and growing companies, is riding the wave of the private sector’s bullish sentiment about the South African economy with a number of important new listings.A partnership between the JSE Limited and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), AltX gives smaller companies the opportunity to issue new shares, raise capital, widen their investor base and have their shares traded in a regulated market.On Tuesday ACC-Ross Holdings, a golf estate, residential and leisure property development company, said it would list on the exchange next week. On Wednesday industrial group PSV Holdings announced a listing planned for April. Building materials supplier WG Wearne revealed plans to list last month.With a market capitalisation of over R1-billion, ACC-Ross will be the biggest listing on AltX so far. The group may consider listing on the JSE’s main board at a later stage.“We have had huge support from AltX in our listing plans,” ACC-Ross CEO Jaco Verster told Business Day.PSV supplies pumps, valves and electromechanical systems to the mining, petrochemical and water and waste management sectors. With an expected market capitalisation of R206-million, it will become the third-largest listing on the exchange.According to Business Day, analysts believe there will be more listings in the industrial sector in the next few months as investment by government and the private sector gains momentum.Empowering small companiesLaunched in October 2003 as a parallel market to the JSE, AltX is specifically aimed at fast-growing businesses, start-ups, family-owned businesses, black economic empowerment companies and junior mining companies.DTI director-general Alistair Ruiters says the exchange complements the government’s black economic empowerment policies by creating a space for more black companies to participate in the JSE, adding that the DTI would provide financial support to firms that list on AltX.“What is also important about this initiative is that we will mentor these companies, providing support and management capacity building,” he says. “The DTI will pay for all these costs.”AltX is differentiated from the main board at the JSE in many ways, with separate listing requirements. The idea is that companies listed on AltX will be future large companies that eventually migrate to the JSE main board.The alternative exchange has reduced listing fees, but is supported by the full range of JSE services – including the trading of shares on the same system as the main board, market surveillance to eliminate irregularities, and settlement of AltX securities through the JSE’s electronic system, STRATE.Developing management skillsAltX has listing requirements appropriate for small and medium companies, placing emphasis on initial and ongoing disclosure of company information. There is also a focus on the enhancement of the skills of directors of AltX companies, with a compulsory four-day directors’ induction programme offered by the Wits Business School.Companies require no profit history to list, but a minimum share capital of R2-million is required.“We researched parallel exchanges internationally, and have incorporated best practice into AltX,” says AltX manager Noah Greenhill. “The most successful parallel market has been AIM in the UK, which has admitted more than 850 companies since it opened in 1995. Collectively, these companies have raised more than US$10-billion while on AIM.”The success of AltX, Greenhill says, is based “on a philosophy which emphasises relationship management, marketing and continuous education.”“All companies start small, and we are committed to supporting the burgeoning small and medium enterprise sector of the South African economy.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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TBL Podcast, Mobile News, and 2 tickets to Future of Web Apps to give away

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Lists#web richard macmanuscenter_img Related Posts IBM has a podcastwith Tim Berners-Lee. In a conversation with Scott Laningham of IBMdeveloperWorks, Sir Tim discusses his early history with the Web, opportunities andchallenges of the present, emerging technologies, and of course the semantic web. Readingnews on your mobile device – Another Web inventor, Dave Winer of RSS fame, is nowbusy creating mobileversions of popular news sources and weblogs for reading on your BlackBerry, Treo, orweb-enabled cell phone. Included in the first batch is a mobile version of Read/WriteWeb! Also available is mobileNY Times. When I hear Dave saying something like this,I always prick up my ears:“I’ve not been so excited or so sure about a new direction for mobile technology sincepodcasting in June 2004. I’m sure we’ll look back on this as a turning point for mobilenews.”And speaking of the future of the Web… Read/WriteWeb is giving away two seatsto The Future of Web Apps conference – courtesy of Carson Workshops.For a chance to win, answer this question: What is the name of the person speaking aboutGoogle Calendar at The Future of Web Apps?Email readwriteweb [at] carsonworkshops [dot] com with your answer and the folks atCarson Workshops will choose the first two people with the right answer. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Boxer Rishu Mittal works as a maid. But she is not the only one

first_imgNational level boxer Rishu Mittal, who won the gold medal in 46kg category in Haryana state championships and represented the state in the recently concluded National Games in December, has been working as a maid.She has to do this in order to make ends meet after her mother died two years ago and continue her schooling.A student of Class X, Rishu lives with her brother in a shop.Watch video: But she is not the only woman who has been left in the lurch. Earlier Mail Today on April 21, 2013, had reported about similar cases which revealed the deplorable conditions of our sportspersons. Here is the look:1. Sita SahuSita SahuSport: AthleticsNow: Golgappa sellerFrom being a two-time bronze medal winner in the Athens Special Olympics in 2011 to selling gol gappas and papdi chaats, Sita Sahu’s tale echoes the story of several sportspersons who have faded into oblivion due to poverty.The 15-year old Olympian from the Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh has been forced to work at a shop owing to financial troubles. A bronze medal in 200 meter relay race and another in the 1,600 meter race was not enough to aid her family of six. Along with three of her siblings, Sita spends her time at home making the base for the chaats in their one-room house in Dhobia Tanki. In the evening, her brother Dharmendra Sahu carries boxes and utensils on a hand-cart to sell the gol gappas under a street light. The family on an average earns Rs.150-180 a day or even less.advertisement”I am unable to recall the last time I offered a glass of milk or fruits to my children,” said Kiran Sahu, the athlete’s mother, “I don’t even remember the last time my family had a complete meal. We have been forced to sell chaats as my husband cannot take on a physicallydemanding job. This is our only source of income and life has been going on like this for the past many years.”The state government is yet to offer any support to the family. “Poverty was never a deterrent to my aspirations to earn for my family, though the lack of support or empathy occasionally does demoralise me; even the government has not helped us, ” she added. According to Sita’s coach Sajid Masood, there were announcements of cash prizes for Sita from the state government “but nothing came her way despite several reminders”.Sita’s brother Dharmendra had even approached Social Justice Minister Gopal Bhargava about the announcement he has made in front of the contingent after Sita was awarded the medals. “The Minister had announced that those winning gold medal will be given `1 lakh cash reward, silver medal winners will get Rs.50,000 and while bronze winners were to get `25,000,” claimed Dharmendra, “the government has failed to fulfill its promise. It will be great, if they could at least give us some space near the lamp post,” he added.By Anup Dutta in Bhopal—-2. Shanti DeviShanti DeviSport: KabaddiNow: Vegetable sellerShanti Devi, the 40-year-old former player of Bihar kabaddi team is now selling vegetables at the Sonari Aerodrome Market at Jamshedpur to feed her three sons and a daughter.Shanti Devi, who represented Bihar in the 30th, 31st and 32nd National Kabaddi Championship in the 1980s, said, “Our inadequate income has forced us to discontinue school for the children, while two of my sons work”. Stating that she had represented the undivided Bihar team more than 30 times in various championships, Shanti Devi regretted that she was ignored.”But any government could have offered me a job,” Shanti said. She went on to win the 31st and 32nd National Kabaddi Championship in 1982 and 1983 at Jamshedpur and Amravati respectively. She won the silver medal in Guwahati National Kabaddi League and bronze in All India Women National Kabaddi Championship.She also won the Bihar Kabaddi Federation Championship. She said she had kept aside her medals as did not want her children to take up the game. “I have never encouraged them, as I don’t want them to face the same frustration.3. Nauri MunduNauri MunduSport: HockeyNow: TeacherOwing to financial issues, 33year-old Nauri Mundu gave up the dream of being a hockey player five years ago. Mundu, who’s from Jharkhand’s Khunti district, has represented the national team 19 times. Today, Mundu teaches in the Mahil School, a private school run by a non-governmental organisation called SINI. Besides teaching, Mundu has also been forced to do farming because the Rs.5,000 she earns from her teaching job is not enough to feed her family of 14.advertisementMundu stated her career in 1995 by winning Nehru Hockey Tournament. In 1995, she was awarded the best hockey player ward by former chief minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav and in 1996 she won bronze in Nehru Girls Hockey Tournament and National Women’s Games. In 1997 she won silver in the 43rd National Senior Games Championship and 15th Bihar State Hockey Women’s Championship.With many more awards in in between, she also she won the Jharkhand Women’s Hockey Association Award in 2008 “I have put my best foot forward, but I soon realised that without adequate funds I won’t be able to support my family,” she said, “I would have continued if I had been helped by the government, much like it does with cricket players. I moved pillar to post but without any respite.”4. Nisha Rani DuttNisha Rani DuttSport: ArcheryNow: JoblessThe 21-year-old archer Nisha Rani Dutt from Pathmada village in Jharkhand had to leave the sport two years ago after she realised she had to help out her family. Dutt, who won the best archer’s award in Taiwan, participated in the Asian Grand Prix, won the best player award in Sikkim and bagged another silver at the South Asian Championship held at Jamshedpur in 2008.She participated in the Bangkok Grand Prix in 2008 and won a bronze in the team event, besides coming out with flying colours at a tournament in Taiwan. “It was difficult for me to continue the game and support my poor parents. In 2005, I joined Tata Archery Academy and remained there till 2008. Though I earned a monthly stipend of Rs.500 to 600, it was not sufficient.”When asked about her family, Dutt said “My father, who’s a farmer, sometimes doesn’t even have enough money buy seeds,” she adds, “To meet my family’s needs, I went to Bangalore in 2008 and stayed with Mittal Champions Trust and earned `3,000. But now for the past two years I am in Jharkhand doing nothing.”Dutt remembers how she was forced to sell her priced possession – a set of Korean bow and arrows worth `4 lakh for just Rs.50,000 for the maintenance of their worn-out mud house. Things Dutt, hopes, are about to improve. “I prepared myself to face the banking exams. I passed the interview too and was taken in by PNB with a salary of Rs.11,000.”By Saiful Haque in Ranchi—5. S.SanthiS.SanthiSport: AthleticsNow: Brick Kiln LabourerEarning laurels for her country has neither given due recognition nor changed life for the better, as S Santhi , the silver medalist at the Doha Asian Games, still struggles to find a foothold. Santhi failed a gender test that followed the women’s 800 mt event.Worse was to follow as she worked in a brick kiln in Tamil Nadu’s Katthakurichi village to support the family of six. The journey from penury to Doha has not taken her anywhere but brought the girl back to be a daily wagelabourer who earns a meager Rs.200 a day. Her persistent efforts might land her in Patiala to get trained as a coach. She is hopeful about getting admission to the Sports Authority of India Institute soon.advertisementDespite the results of the gender test, former chief minister M Karunanidhi had extended a cash award of Rs.15 lakh. With that, the family purchased agricultural land but with rain playing truant, the land lies fallow. Santhi’s plight attracted media attention ahead of the London Olympics and brought some succor with public sector giant GAIL promising Rs1 lakh to meet the immediate expenses. “Only a fellow athlete could understand the trauma of another.Track and field queen, Ashwini Nachappa, who has also acted in movies, spoke to me for over five minutes and asked for my resume. I still believe she is interested in getting me some job,” says Santhi.By M.C. 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Tulsa Coach Philip Montgomery Calls 2017 OSU Gundy’s Most Talented Team

first_imgTulsa head football coach Philip Montgomery discussed his upcoming game with the Oklahoma State Cowboys this week in his weekly press conference. He was quite liberal with his adulation for the Pokes.“Obviously Coach Gundy has done a marvelous job there,” said Montgomery. “What is it, five out of the last seven years, they’ve had 10-win seasons. I’ve had the opportunity to go against them in a couple different occasions.“The one thing I’ll say about their football team this year is I think it’s probably the most talented I’ve ever faced with him as the head coach there. They have a ton of weapons offensively. They have a ton of experience offensively.”He also mentioned moving Tre Flowers around and how that’s going to make the defense more successful.“We know we have our hands full,” he added. “Anytime you go to Stillwater, great environment. I know the paddles will be beating against the side, and there’s not much room on the sideline. What an exciting matchup to kick off the college football season.”I honestly think Oklahoma State could be playing the writers here at PFB and people would think it’s an exciting matchup. Such is the college football offseason.But unlike the writers here at PFB, Tulsa actually has some talent. And Gundy warned fans looking for an easy first 60 minutes that Montgomery is a stud and will have them ready to roll.“I think he has been the driving force for what they’ve had down there, when he took over and what he has done to that Tulsa program,” said Gundy last week.“They’re very good, but I would caution everybody, as I’ve done with our defense, in that there haven’t been many rollover years with him. With his calling plays and running offenses at other schools where he was at, there would be a group of guys leave and people thought, ‘OK. Now they’ll settle down,’ but that wasn’t the case and they went out and got 5,000 yards with some new guys.”Gundy went on to say that he wants Tulsa and OU to win every game they play except for the one against Oklahoma State. Last year, all three won a combined 31 games which is insane. That’s unlikely to happen again, although somebody will get win No. 1 on Thursday night.If 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!last_img read more

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