Valerie Harper To Attend Lung Cancer Foundation Of Americas Day At The

first_imgActress and lung cancer advocate Valerie Harper and her husband Tony Cacciotti will join with other lung cancer advocates and supporters at the Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s “Day at the Races” event, the only event of its kind in the USA to support lung cancer research, at Del Mar Race Track, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014 on Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 2 PM – 6 PM.Ms. Harper, who is currently fighting lung cancer that has occurred in the lining of her brain, is helping to bring attention to lung cancer, the USA’s number one cancer killer for both men and women, accounting for nearly 30% of all cancer deaths.“Val and Tony’s participation in the fight against lung cancer means so much to LCFA and, especially, to the millions of people who have been deeply affected by this awful disease. Lung cancer is the forgotten cancer. Because of an overall 5-year survival rate of only 15%, there are few survivors to stand up and speak out in support of research funding for the disease, which is why Val’s role is so very important, and why we hope she will inspire others,” said Kim Norris, a lung cancer widow and the president and co-founder of the Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA).Racing fans will learn that lung cancer is the USA’s number one cause of cancer death, killing almost twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. The poor survival rate for lung cancer is a direct result of the lack of funding for lung cancer research. It is estimated that 60% of new lung cancer diagnoses will be in non-smokers – a combination of 45-50% former smokers (many who quit 10, 20, even 30 years prior to the onset of lung cancer) and 15% of people who have never smoked. Lung cancer is the only cancer that stigmatizes its victims – somehow society believes that lung cancer victims bring it upon themselves. Lung cancer is therefore enshrouded in guilt, both for the victims and family members. Fans will be introduced to lung cancer advocates like Val and Tony and to LCFA — an organization that exists to advocate for research funding.LCFA’s “Day at the Races” will feature a special “Breath Of Life” race to support lung cancer research and help educate the public about this disease. Visit the LCFA Day at the Races website for all-inclusive tax deductible tickets and details.LCFA’s “Day at the Races” event is the brainchild of lung cancer survivor and LCFA advocate Paula Friendly. Paula’s late husband, Hollywood producer Ed Friendly (co-producer of “Laugh-In,” “Little House on the Prairie” among others) was introduced to thoroughbred horse racing ownership in 1970 when he and close friend and actor Lorne Greene bought a racehorse in partnership. A founding member of the National Thoroughbred Association, Friendly established the Thoroughbred Owners of California in 1993. He also served as president of the California’s Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. After Ed’s passing several years ago, Paula remains involved with the Del Mar Race Track and maintains her friendship with the President of the track, Joe Harper, and his wife Barbara.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Bitten Star Laura Vandervoort Calls on Canadian Government to BeCrueltyFree

first_imgIn support of a national ban on cosmetics animal testing in Canada, film and TV star Laura Vandervoort is backing #BeCrueltyFree Canada with the release of an exclusive photo in which she and her dog Frankie say “no” to cosmetics cruelty. Laura & her dog Frankie say NO to cruel cosmeticsCredit/Copyright: Robert SebreeOn screen, Vandervoort returns this month to play werewolf Elena Michaels in hit TV series Bitten, but off screen she’s a compassionate animal advocate who wants cosmetics cruelty to end. #BeCrueltyFree Canada is part of the global #BeCrueltyFree campaign, and a partnership between Humane Society International and Animal Alliance of Canada.Though banned in the European Union, Norway, Israel and India, animal testing for cosmetics still happens here – even though it’s not required by law. Rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs endure chemicals being forced down their throats, dripped into their eyes or smeared onto their skin – all without any pain relief.Asked about her support, Vandervoort said: “I think in our hearts, all of us know instinctively that causing animals pain and even death simply to test a new vanity product like a lipstick or anti-wrinkle cream is just wrong. I’m proud to support the #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaign for a kinder world without cosmetics cruelty. I want Canada to join the likes of the European Union, Israel and India by banning animal testing for cosmetics. A rabbit’s life is worth more than mascara. Let’s #BeCrueltyFree Canada!”Aviva Vetter, campaigner for #BeCrueltyFree Canada said: “It’s an honor to welcome Laura Vandervoort to the #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaign. Laura, beloved not only in Canada but around the world, has chosen to stand up for animals, sending a clear message that the ugliness of animal testing has no place in the beauty industry.”Vandervoort joins actresses Tricia Helfer (Ascension, Battlestar Galactica), Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Lost Girl), and TV’s Phoebe Dykstra in support of #BeCrueltyFree Canada, while globally stars like Sir Paul McCartney, Leona Lewis and Owain Yeoman also count themselves as proud #BeCrueltyFree advocates.More than 80,000 people say “no” to cruel cosmetics in Canada – add your name by signing the #BeCrueltyFree Canada petition at BeCrueltyFree.ca.Source:Humane Society Internationallast_img read more

UN envoy urges universal ratification of treaty to end use of children

13 February 2012The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today called for universal ratification of a treaty protocol that outlaws the use of minors to fight wars and encourages States to set 18 years as the minimum age for recruitment. “So far, almost three fourths of the world has ratified this important treaty, but for a true universal moral consensus, we need the remaining 49 States to ratify,” said Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, in a statement to mark the 10th anniversary of the coming into force of the protocol.The Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict of the Convention on the Rights of the Child also requires that States prevent individuals under the age of 18 from taking part directly in hostilities, and raises awareness of the obligation to criminalize recruitment and use of under-age girls and boys.“Every country, big or small, with or without a standing army, at peace or in conflict, has a role to play in abolishing the inhumane practice of recruiting and using children in war,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy.In an effort to strengthen international norms against child recruitment, Ms. Coomaraswamy jointly with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Special Representative on Violence against Children, and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2010 launched the universal ratification campaign of the Optional Protocol.Since the launch of the ‘Zero under 18 campaign,’ 16 signatures and ratifications have been made, with Grenada becoming the most recent party to the treaty. read more

North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated

BISMARCK, N.D. – A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said Friday.About 530,000 gallons of oil is now believed to have spilled from the Belle Fourche Pipeline that was likely ruptured by a slumping hillside about 16 miles northwest of Belfield in Billings County, Health Department environmental scientist Bill Seuss said. The earlier estimate was about 176,000 gallons.No decision has been made on any fines against Wyoming-based True Cos., which operates the pipeline. The company says it is committed to cleaning up the spill and that the job is about 80 per cent done.“There’s no timeline for completion, spokeswoman Wendy Owen said. “We will be there until it is” done.A company’s efforts to clean up after an oil spill are a large factor in how much of a fine is levied, according to Seuss.“We tend to hold off on those. It’s kind of a motivator,” he said.The largest oil pipeline spill in North Dakota was 840,000 gallons, in a wheat field near Tioga in September 2013.In the December spill, an unknown amount of oil flowed into Ash Coulee Creek, which feeds into the Little Missouri River, a tributary of the Missouri River. Seuss said no oil made it into those rivers or into any drinking water source, but that the focus is on cleaning up the creek before spring grazing season, since cattle drink from the waterway.There have been no confirmed cases of livestock or wildlife deaths related to the spill. One rancher reported some cattle deaths but refused to allow the state veterinarian to do a necropsy, according to Seuss. Cleanup crews also found a dead beaver, but it’s not known what caused the death.The pipeline had been leaking since being restarted Dec. 1 following routine maintenance, Seuss said. A landowner discovered the spill on Dec. 5.There is still oil seeping out of the hillside but it’s being contained. Soil remediation work could take “a year or more,” Seuss said.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/NicholsonBlake by Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 24, 2017 9:53 am MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Dec. 10, 2016, file photo, provided by the North Dakota Department of Health shows an oil spill from the Belle Fourche Pipeline that was discovered Dec. 5, 2016 in Ash Coulee Creek, a tributary of the Little Missouri River, near Belfield, N.D. Authorities say the pipeline spill is now believed to be three times larger than first estimated, and one of the biggest in state history. (Scott Stockdill/North Dakota Department of Health via AP, File) North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated read more

Fans delirious as Raptors best Warriors to win NBA championship

Related Stories Raptors parade taking place Monday in TorontoRaptors win first NBA championship, beat Warriors 114–110Victory and vandalism: Toronto reacts to Raptors NBA title The Toronto Raptors, a team whose magical playoff run sparked civic pride and raucous enthusiasm across Canada, sent fans into fits of unbridled joy on Thursday as they beat the reigning champ Golden State Warriors in a see-saw thriller to win the NBA championship.Thousands of spectators who jammed Jurassic Park, the fan zone outside the team’s empty downtown arena, to watch Game 6 of the finals on big screens – some after waiting hours in pouring rain – erupted in a roar as the final buzzer sounded.“This is the best day of my life!” said John Cooke, 35, of Toronto, as the Raptors won 114-110.Fans gathered both indoors and at dozens of outdoor venues across the country to cheer on a team from a city many love to hate, their enthusiasm measured by unusually jammed bars.According to latest figures from payments firm Moneris, spending in bars nationally jumped 63 per on Monday from the same day a year ago, when the Raptors lost a Game 5 nail-biter by a single point. The biggest increase was in Edmonton, which saw spending jump a whopping 279 per cent. Spending in Toronto area bars almost doubled.“It’s difficult to put into words what this means to me, but my love for my son _ and the Raptors _ is off the charts,” said John Drzazga, 41, of Grimsby, Ont., whose 10-year-old son Dustin spent the first part of the game roaming the zone in an inflatable dinosaur suit with a two-metre tail.Cities across Ontario held packed viewing events, as did many other places from coast to coast, such as Halifax, which threw a massive outdoor block party.Montreal shut down two city blocks to allow the improbable: people cheering a team from Toronto. Thousands braved the rain, forming a red tide, with organizers handing out “We the North” T-shirts.One man was booed when he showed up wearing a blue Warriors T-shirt but he ripped it off to reveal a Raptors jersey. The Warriors shirt was set on fire, burning until police moved in to extinguish it.Fans in Regina, as they did on Monday, watched on the massive screen at the Roughriders’ home stadium, while those in Edmonton headed to the Edmonton Expo Centre.Even in Rickford, Ill., hometown to Raptors star Fred VanVleet, fans began their party at 6 p.m. at the newly created Jurassic Park RKFD to take in their local hero.“Fred is an amazing basketball player and a genuinely good person both on and off the court,” Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said. “We’re excited to support him as he works to bring home an NBA championship.”In Oakland, Calif., where the Warriors hosted the Raptors, cheers erupted in Oracle Stadium as Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLauchlan performed O Canada and Pat Monahan, of pop-rock act Train, sang The Star Spangled Banner before the game got underway.The championship win by the Raptors marked the first for a Canadian team in one of the big four professional sports since the Toronto Argonauts won in 2017 and the first NBA team outside the U.S. to go all the way.“I remember coming here as an immigrant from Sri Lanka in 1989 and we watched Joe Carter hit that home run for the Jays,” said Subi Mahan, 37, of Pickering, Ont., who was with his two boys, Kiyan, 6, and Kishan, 9. “(So) to be here and share this with my boys is amazing. This is what love is.”Outside Christchurch, New Zealand, a Canadian flag hung on a suburban fence emblazoned, “Let’s Go Raptors” and “We the North.”Love of the Raptors, with their best performance in their 24 seasons, prompted Toronto Mayor John Tory to don his now-signature black-and-gold blazer to visit the gathering crowd Thursday.“It is beyond comprehension that people could be down here, huddled under these makeshift tents, for hours on end, more than a day, overnight,” Tory said. “It’s cold, it’s rainy, it’s been such a terrible spring, but they’ve been here week after week, day after day, and they’re the greatest fans in sports.”With files from Ugo Giguere in Montreal read more

Illegal raves are on the rise as traditional nightclubs close their doors

first_imgIllegal raves are on the rise as traditional nightclubs have been forced to close their doors, new figures reveal.The number of planned unlicensed music events in London recorded by the Metropolitan Police nearly doubled between 2016 and 2017, according to figures obtained by the Sunday Telegraph using freedom of information legislation.The rise has has been linked to the decline of traditional licensed venues, with half of the capital’s nightclubs having closed in the past decade, according to City Hall.The rising cost of drinks in legitimate venues has also been blamed for the return of rave culture.Plans for 133 illegal raves were identified by the Met in 2017, up from 70 the previous year. Police deal with an illegal rave in 2015 In September the consumer rights group CAMRA, which publishes the Good Pub Guide, said the average price of a pint of beer in the UK had hit a new high and warned that drinking in pubs was becoming an “unaffordable luxury” for many.Kate Nicholls, the Chief Executive of the UK Hospitality, a non-government body that represents clubs and restaurants said: “If nightclubs are being forced to close or increase their prices then customers will naturally gravitate towards the alternatives that come in the form of illegal raves.Mark Davyd, founder and CEO of the Music Venue Trust, a charity that works to prevent the closure of UK music venues, said the high cost of maintaining a license and paying business rates can drive innovative music underground and increasing the allure of unlicensed events.On top of other challenges for nightclubs, business rates in London have risen by an average of 26 per cent since April 2017, according to research company Nordicity. Increased security at nightclubs has also been blamed for driving interest in unlicensed events. Chris Knowles, a former illegal rave organiser and one of the founders of the record label Stay Up Forever, said punters are put off by “humiliating and dehumanising” airport-style security in order to listen to their favourite genre of music.The Metropolitan Police has changed its tactics on identifying unlicensed music events since 2015, with a new emphasis on the surveillance of individuals suspected of organising illegal raves.  Police tactics were changed after the illegal Halloween rave in 2015Credit:Mark Richards  “Using covert tactics, we try and understand who the organiser is and where they live,” said Detective Chief Inspector John Oldham, the Head of Crime at the Met’s Public Order Command. “We’ve woken up to the problem and put out a much higher intelligence requirement to identify these things.”Covert tools used by the Met’s Public Order Command include online surveillance and the use of intelligence collection officers that are sent into venues.“If you are dealing with something like drug dealing you need to put someone in to buy the drugs or to pretend to be a drug user,” said Oldham.The new tactics were adopted by the Met after efforts to shut down Scumoween, an illegal rave in Lambeth in 2015, resulted in “pitched battles” between partygoers and police officers. A total of 26 officers and a police dog were hurt in the clashes and 54 people were arrested.In July 2016, three people, including a police officer, were stabbed in Hyde Park as officers in riot gear attempted to shut down an unlicensed music event. In June last year a similar operation to shut down an unlicensed music event in Stanford Hill led to hundreds of revellers spilling out onto the streets and clashes with police.Roads were closed while a helicopter, dog units, and riot officers were used to try and subdue the crowd. During the violence car windows were smashed, one person was stabbed, and another was arrested.Also last year, police shut down an illegal rave in a sewer in Newcastle that was attended by around two hundred people. Attendees had to wade through water to access the party where organisers had set up a sound system and lighting. Destruction was left after the illegal rave in 2015 Destruction was left after the illegal rave in 2015Credit:Mark Richardslast_img read more

Womens EURO CUP 14 Finals Viborg in Debrecen Volgograd against Zajecar

On Tuesday 14 February 2012, three competitions were drawn in the EHF Headquarters, Vienna (AUT). The draw decided the fixtures that form the quarterfinals played in all three competitions.CUP WINNERS CUPByasen VS HC LeipzigRK Zajecar VS Dinamo VolgogradFTC-Rail Cargo VS Zvezda ZvenigorodViborg HK VS DVSC-Forum DebrecenCUP EHFKIF Vejen VS TSV Bayer 04 LeverkusenHBC Nimes VS Handball Club ZalauTeam Tvis Holstebro VS LadaC.B. Mar Alicante VS Maliye Milli Piyango SKCHALLENGE CUPZelina – LokomotivaBanik Most – H.A.C. Handball HC Dnepryanka Kerson – Fleury Loiret Handball Muratpasa Deletbiyesi SK – Podatkova University ← Previous Story Ristovski and Dimitrijevic VfL Gummersbach’s rescuers Next Story → Maksimov goes to History – Russia looking for a new Head Coach! read more

The Nexus 7 lag dilemma and why theres no real fix

first_imgAsk anyone who has been using the Nexus 7 tablet about its occasional lag problem, and you’ll be in for an earful. There’s no denying that the Nexus 7 lags, but I did some digging and realized that finding a fix for the issue is unlikely.The Nexus 7’s best feature is its price. That said, you don’t have to look far to figure out why the $200 Nexus 7 isn’t the best tablet on the market. It’s a Tegra 3 tablet with 1GB of RAM and a variety of storage sizes. The Tegra 3 chipset was never known for stellar performance, despite Nvidia’s insistence that the Tegra Zone games would run best on their hardware. Still, many people remember the day one Nexus 7s and how, unless you were trying to play a game, there was no lag to speak of.There have been a lot of fingers pointed at a lot of issues in an attempt to find a cause of the lag, but no definitive answers. In an attempt to locate the culprit I reached out to the Android community to find answers.When investigating Nexus 7 lag, I found that there are two main suspects right now. The first is Android itself, specifically the latest iterations of Android. Many claim that their hardware became slower with the latest version of Android, and it has never been the same since. To try and fix this, several ROM developers released tweaked versions of Android.The other suspect that has been focused on is the use of cheap storage. The assumption here is that the hardware Asus used in the construction of the Nexus 7 was poor and, as a result, storage units are failing or simply becoming unusable after a certain point.Fortunately, both of these things can be tested. The cool thing about the Android ecosystem is that there’s no shortage of people willing to roll up their sleeves to locate a solution. Unfortunately there’s also a lot of placebo effect in one-off results reporting, as I observed when someone convinced a swath of users to try messing with their entropy pool in order to defeat lag. It didn’t work.I figured that properly testing the Nexus 7 would require a group of users all performing the test at the same time with their own environments. I asked users to report whether or not they were rooted, what ROM they were using, and the storage capacity of their unit. I then asked them to perform the AnTuTu Storage IO test and report their findings. Afterwards, I asked these same users to completely wipe their tablets and run the test again, without restoring their Google Accounts to the tablet first. I personally performed these same tests on the Google I/O edition Nexus 7 and a newer version I had been purchased from the Google Play Store. Both of these tablets were stock, with no root access or installed ROMs.Based on the information I collected, there’s very little to suggest that the Nexus 7’s storage is the problem. When running this same storage I/O tests on a brand new Nexus 7 and a Nexus 7 from the very first batch that was handed out at Google I/O, which is used daily, the read and write speeds were identical. There’s no degradation over time, at least not in the year since the hardware was launched. These read and write speeds are also the same as the HTC One, a phone that has never had these sorts of issues, so clearly the read and write speed of this hardware is not the issue. In the cases where the write speed dipped below half, users reported they had well over 100 apps installed on the tablet at the time. One user — the one marked with “**” — ran the same test moments after reporting the initial result and saw the write speed get considerably higher, around 130 or about 2x the previous number.One important finding was also an obvious one, at least to mobile enthusiasts. As with any other mobile OS, if you have a lots of apps installed on your machine it will slow down. This test also demonstrates that the notion that stock Android is at fault and that third party solutions can fix the lag are largely inaccurate. It’s worth noting that the CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android ROMs did demonstrate faster write speeds even when under a significant app load, but in my own testing I found the difference to be imperceptible. In asking the people who participated in this test, who run these ROMs every day, their lag problems have not gone away as a result of using these modified versions of Android. There’s still lag on the Nexus 7 even under these modified ROMs.In the end, it comes back to the processor being used. There are no Tegra 3 devices that are considered especially snappy when put under the same conditions as the Nexus 7. The rest of the Asus tablet line running these same processors have the same issues, and there’s no real long-term solution as a result. We got exactly what we paid for, a $200 Android tablet.Nvidia hopes to have handled this with the new Tegra 4 line, and from what we’ve seen with Project Shield it certainly seems like they have made great strides.Special thanks goes out to everyone who volunteered their time and their data to this report.last_img read more

People on the Move 080609

first_imgFader Media has appointed Angela Williams to the newly-created position of advertising director. Previously, Williams served as an account manager at About.com and CondéNet, and most recently served at Stereogum/BuzzMedia.Deborah Needleman was named editor-in-chief of WSJ. magazine, replacing founding editor Tina Goudin, who recently signed on to write a monthly column for the magazine published by Wall Street Journal Europe. Formerly, Needleman served as founding editor of Condé Nast’s shuttered Domino magazine. New York magazine appointed Jennifer Miller as photography director. Miller most recently served as photography director at Cosmopolitan.Harper’s Magazine acting editor Ellen Rosenbush was officially named editor, replacing Roger Hodge. Before stepping up as acting editor earlier this year, Rosenbush served managing editor, a title she held since 1989. Consumer health and wellness publisher MediZine promoted Michael Cunnion CEO, succeeding co-founder Traver Hutchins, who is transitioning to chairman. Previously, Cunnion served as president.Jeff Ditmire was named director of strategic partnerships at M Magazine, which also promoted vice president of global partnerships Valarie Anderson to vice president and group publisher. Ex-Hollywood Reporter marketing director Vicki Robles was named West Coast executive director of the T.J. Martell Foundation, which funds innovative medical research to help find cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.Content management and advertising systems firm Atex promoted Alan Reardon to CEO. Previously, Reardon served as COO.last_img read more

Senate Readiness Panel Denies Pentagons BRAC Request

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Defense Department would be prohibited from holding a round of base closures, under the portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill marked up Tuesday by the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee. “At a time when the department cannot afford to fully fund … readiness requirements, I do not support giving the department the authority to pursue a BRAC round,” said Subcommittee Chair Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), reported CQ Roll Call.The panel’s rejection of the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 was not a surprise as Ayotte has made her opposition clear in recent years. She pointed to the potential for a new round to incur significant upfront costs, as the last one did, in explaining her stance at a hearing of the subcommittee in March.The text of the legislation is not expected to be available until the full committee completes its markup. Its deliberations begin this morning and are expected to run until Thursday night or beyond.The measure also contains language to reform DOD’s weapons acquisition process. Ayotte said the proposals are similar to those in the House bill but did not discuss its specific provisions, according to the story.“In this era of growing threats and shrinking defense budgets, the old methods of acquisition and … acquisition overruns are no longer sufficient,” Ayotte said.last_img read more

In Other News Colorado Springs Sets up Temporary Tanker Base DOD to

first_imgA partnership among the Colorado Springs Airport, Peterson AFB — which shares the municipal airport’s airfield — and Fort Carson has allowed emergency management officials to set up a temporary air tanker base to supply military and commercial firefighting aircraft with retardant at a location that is just minutes by air from fires across Colorado and Wyoming. The tanker base is occupying space at the municipal airport used to deploy soldiers from Fort Carson overseas, reports the Gazette. The temporary location is saving time and fuel, and reducing pilot fatigue, as air tankers previously battling Colorado fires were resupplied at bases in Arizona or New Mexico. … DOD will be offering an educational program to help military families manage the transition following deployments, as part of a study to determine the best way to adapt an existing tool used for reserve and National Guard families. Families from Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Campbell, Ky., recruited for the study will be randomly assigned either in-class training in the form of two, seven-hour courses or a self-paced online course, reports the Fayetteville Observer. The After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools program, or ADAPT, is based on decades of parenting research and has been shown to improve family relationships. “It improves child and parent resiliency,” said Cheryle Dangell, Fort Bragg site coordinator for the study.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Frank Casciotta Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Slaughterhouse shutdown prompts ag community to mobilize

first_imgWith a tough budget session starting next week, state lawmakers are getting ready  to make critical decisions. One comment often heard in discussing state revenues is “diversify the economy” to end dependency on oil money. So some Palmer ranchers says it does not make sense for state lawmakers to squash support for a home-grown Alaska industry: livestock.Download AudioLarge animal veterinarian Sabrieta Holland takes the mic with a lamb in her care. Photo: Ellen Lockyer/KSKA-Anchorage.These days, livestock ranchers in the Matanuska Valley are raising everything from American bison to Tibetan Yaks for consumers who want to know where their meat comes from. About 90 ranchers and farmers turned out for a rally on Tuesday in Palmer to raise support for legislative funding for the Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage packing plant in Palmer. Meeting goers were encouraged to speak out.“That’s been in business for 30 years. That’s one of the most successful businesses in the state,” said Palmer’s Robert Thom.But Mt. McKinley depends on a state appropriation to balance its operating costs.The plant is Southcentral Alaska’s only USDA-approved slaughterhouse, and right now, it’s neck is on the state budget chopping block.The gist of the problem is something of a catch 22. Livestock breeders in the Matanuska Valley have worked hard to build an industry providing fresh, locally grown meat for retail sale. But unless that meat has the USDA seal, it can’t be commercially sold. And the Palmer facility is the only place within 300 miles where they can get that seal.So livestock owners in the Valley fear that if Mt. McKinley closes its doors, their fledgling industry will die, and other local businesses will go down with it. No meat sales means fewer animals, less hay, less income for produce growers … even the Alaska State Fair’s 4H kids could take a hit. Large animal veterinarian Sabrieta Holland brought along a live lamb to illustrate her point … even veterinarians would get less work.“This particular lamb is the first lamb born in Alaska that is due to artificial insemination trying to bring new blood into Alaska. And I’m trying to help the stock in this area build up. I do a ton of artificial insemination for local milk producers, local beef producers.”Photo: Ellen Lockyer/KSKA-Anchorage.Danny Consenstein, who works for a USDA agency, says the federal government has a generous loan program for farmers, but without the Valley meat packing plant, those loans won’t be approved.“USDA is sitting on a big pile of money to support farmers and ranchers in Alaska who want to expand their herds, who want to start new operations. We’re ready. We have the largest amount of loan money that we have ever had, but it will be difficult for us to make loans to farmers and ranchers if there is no place to process their meat. ”At its last session, the legislature approved funding for Mt. McKinley through June of this year. Amy Petit, executive director of the Alaska Farmland Trust and one of the organizers of Tuesday’s meeting, says a plan to privatize the meat plant is gaining strength.“And we want to see it privatized. And we recognize that what we really need is the blessing from the legislature to support the governor’s budget and one more year of state funding to keep Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage running through June of 2017, ideally.”The Mt.McKinley Meat and Sausage plant is an asset of the state’s Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund, and state appropriations for it come out of interest on ARLF loans, not from the general fund.  Last year, Mt. McKinley gained $1.6 million in income, but depended on $155,000 in state funds to meet costs.last_img read more

White Graphic Novel Brings Back Black Superhero World

first_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Trailer Shows Bawdy Blaxploitation Biopic The graphic novel Black had a premise as hard-hitting as its title. What if the only people in the world who had superpowers were Black people? That’s a concept rich enough to support an entire world, a universe even, a different stories exploring how society would react. What would be different, what wouldn’t be.Fortunately for us, writer Kwanza Osajyefo, along with collaborating artists and their publishing partners at Black Mask Studios, have been steadily building out the Black universe for years. In addition to the original Black there have been numerous Black AF spin-off books focusing on different characters and their unique struggles. Last year’s Black AF: America’s Sweetheart put a fascinating Black conservative spin-off on the Superman story and took the Black superpowers conceit to terrifying potential logical conclusions.But now it’s time to return to the main Black trilogy with volume two, White, a new graphic novel now on Kickstarter. Stay on targetcenter_img In White the full-on backlash to the newly revealed superpowered Black people is on. In this “fantasy” world America has elected a gross racist president named Theodore Mann, “whose family exploited empowered blacks for centuries.” We once again follow Kareem “X” Jenkins using his status as a wanted terrorist to distract the Mann Administration from the real resistance happening within The Project. And there should be plenty of cyborg soldier action in-between the social commentary.White’s Kickstarter model is a little different this time. Backers will get all six issues at once as well as variant covers before they go out to retailers. And the more backers the project gets the more covers get added, including a potential cover from legendary Milestone co-founder (and Static co-creator) Denys Cowan. The original team is also still intact. Along with writer Osajyefo, there’s designer Tim Smith 3, editor Sarah Litt, illustrator Jamal Igle, and cover artist Khary Randolph.The White Kickstarter is looking for $40,000 and it’s already over halfway there with three weeks left in the campaign. So if a world of superpowered Black people fighting back against the Mann sounds good to you (and it should) check it out for yourself. Expect issues to start arriving about a year from now. And in the meantime, check out all of our other geek culture Black history coverage.Buy Black Vol. 1last_img read more

Its Only Uphill for Down Payment Programs

first_img Down Payment Resource 2017-02-13 Mirasha Brown Increasing home prices, rising market demand, and confusion around down payment requirements are impacting down payment trends across the country, according to this month’s Down Payment Report from Down Payment Resource, an Atlanta-based service that matches buyers with available homeownership programs.According to the report and National Association of Realtors research, a significant portion of non-homeowners believe they need to put at 10 to 20 percent down in order to buy a house. This confusion is causing many potential buyers to think homeownership is out of reach.“It’s concerning that there is a larger share of non-homeowners than owners who think they need to put 20 percent down or more,” said Jessica Lautz, Manager of Member & Consumer Survey Research for NAR, “and 87 percent of non-owners think they need to put down 10 percent or more.”According to the report, which quotes an Optimal Blue analysis, the average down payment in December was $32,680—about 11 percent. Down payment percentages were highest in more expensive markets, with average down payments hitting $110,000 (17 percent) in Washington, D.C., $326,000 (29.9 percent) in San Francisco, and $219,000 (30.2 percent) in Manhattan. Down payment percentages were lowest in rural areas.Fortunately, for those in need of help, down payment assistance programs are on the rise—particularly in hotter markets. San Francisco has the renewed its Downpayment Assistance Loan Program for the third time, Washington residents can utilize the Washington State Housing Finance Commission’s down payment and closing cost assistance programs, and the CalHome Program and MyHome Assistance Program are there to help California buyers in need of support.All in all, the number of total down payment assistance programs rose 2.8 percent in 2016. About 87 percent of those programs currently have funds for eligible buyers right now.In additional efforts to increase access to homeownership, many states are increasing the number of mortgage credit certificates they issue, too. MCCs saw an 8-percent jump last year, and between 2010 and 2015, they increased by more than 400 percent.“Saving for a down payment often represents the biggest hurdle for first-time home buyers. In December, 25 percent of buyers on Realtor.com who were looking to purchase their first home said a key factor holding them back was lacking funds for a down payment,” said Realtor.com’s Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke. “No matter how you cut it, it represents a big chunk of cash. But here’s the thing: It doesn’t always need to be quite so big as most think.” February 13, 2017 624 Views It’s Only Uphill for Down Payment Programscenter_img in Headlines, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories What are the odds that Khalif Barnes, the new offensive lineman, will be active this week?“Oh, a hundred percent.”Have you been impressed by the team’s resilience since losing Carson Palmer?“No doubt. We got a great locker room and (general manager) Steve (Keim) has got us a good roster. They show up and play ever week. Do we play perfect every week? No, but we play hard.”Do you take anything from the past two meetings with Kirk Cousins?“We’ve played him a few times now and he’s got totally different weapons. So, knowing that we’ve played him, yeah, you can take a little bit.”How do you feel about Peterson’s season being over?“I feel bad. He came in, he was doing such a great for us. I feel bad but I also feel good because it could’ve been worse.”Do you think he could be on this team next year?“Oh, there’s no doubt. There’s no doubt. He’ll heal fine.”What about getting him enough carries between he and David Johnson?“That football ain’t heavy. David, he’s learned his lesson. He doesn’t need it every play.”Can you see a scenario when you have both Johnson and Peterson on the field at the same time?“David is so flexible. I mean I don’t even think about next year. I got too many problems with Washington this week right now.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact (AP Photo) 2 Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Um, before I get into football, I want to send prayers and wishes to Senator (John) McCain. Great man. Arizona needs him and just hope he gets well soon. I know he’s in a hell of a fight, and we’re praying for him. “Out for this game: John Brown, Gabe Martin—Adrian Peterson will be going on IR—Earl Watford. The rest of the guys pretty much are gametime decisions. Jermaine Gresham has been fighting a flu all week so we’ll see how we can get him better before the weekend. Other than that, it’s off to D.C. and get ready to play.”What has that relationship with Sen. McCain meant to you?“Just a great man. I mean what he’s done for this state and our country. Gotten to get to know him and know that he’s giving it a hell of a fight and hope he’s going to whip it.”How have your two safeties — Budda Baker and Antoine Bethea — progressed this week?“They practiced. They’re fine. They’re full-speed, ready to go.”Corey Peters looks good?“Yeah, he’s fine.”With all the moving parts on the offensive line, how have they looked this week?“Well, we’ll find out. It’s tough. It’s easy in practice. It’s not the speed of a game going against the guys they’re going to go against. They’ve got their hands full for this one.”Blaine Gabbert has been hit a lot the past two weeks. Do you change anything as a play-caller this week?“No. Again, we have to run the ball and protect him with that, for sure.”last_img read more

Related Switch to Stockholm Arlanda Terminal 5 for

first_img RelatedSwitch to Stockholm Arlanda Terminal 5 for Finnair passengersFinnair’s Swedish passengers will benefit from a modern, spacious terminal.Everything you need to know about booking a round the world ticketTrotting off around the globe sounds like a pricey business, especially when you consider all the flights you’ll need to get you from continent to continent. But it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re gearing up for a gap year or simply planning a multi-stop adventure, a round the world…British Airways and Iberia merger approved by ECBritish Airways and Iberia merger approved by EC Airlines belonging to the oneworld network serving Barcelona’s El Prat Airport will move to the new Terminal 1 building on September 9th.This will apply to Iberia and its affiliate Regional Air Nostrum, British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair and Royal Jordanian.Cheap flights carrier Vueling is also moving to the new terminal, despite not being a oneworld member.The airlines will have adjoining check-in desks at the new building, which features 101 boarding gates, 43 air bridges and over 100 shops, bars and restaurants.Robert Antoniuk, oneworld’s vice-president of customer experience and airports, said the network’s intention was to bring member airlines together.”The opening of this magnificent new facility at Iberia group’s second home Barcelona provides just the ideal chance to do just that,” he commented.Terminal 1 is capable of accommodating approximately 30 million passengers a year, which will nearly double the airport’s capacity.Barcelona El Prat, which is located 10km south-west of the city, is the second-largest airport in Spain after Madrid Barajas.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Locals concerned over Woodstock 50 coming on short

first_imgLocals concerned over Woodstock 50 coming on short notice by The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2019 7:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img VERNON, N.Y. — An upstate New York sheriff says bringing the Woodstock 50 anniversary festival to a local horse track on short notice could be a safety risk.WKTV reports that opponents of the festival packed a Vernon town board meeting Monday night. Some worried about 65,000 people coming to the rural area Aug. 16-18.Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol told the crowd that it would be impossible to ensure public safety in about 40 days, echoing concerns of other local officials.A mass gathering permit application for the Vernon Downs harness track and casino was recently filed after operators of the original festival site in Watkins Glen pulled out last month.The Woodstock festival has faced a series of other setbacks, including the losses of a financial partner and a production company.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Road network update to be presented in Paphos

first_imgA public presentation concerning the upgrading of major roads in Pano Paphos will be presented to the public on Wednesday evening, a municipality spokesman said.“This is another major project for the city and its residents and is part of a general aim to move Paphos forward,” he said.The road network due to be upgraded includes Evagoras Palkaridis Avenue, Griva Digeni and Neofytos Nicolaides Street.Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos will make an introductory speech at the presentation which will also include a discussion.The presentation will also be attended by members of the municipal council, stakeholders and other relevant bodies.In 2016, Phedonos gave an overview of ten major infrastructure and development projects, costing millions, underway in Paphos.These included the redevelopment of the town’s traditional centre (Ktima) and Kennedy Square, October 28, Dionysios Solomos and Kosti Palama squares.Also planned was a remodelling project in Mouttalos, the renovation of the former ‘Attica’ cinema and the Markidion Theatre, as well as Ibrahim’s Khan in the centre of Paphos, most of which have now been completed.Work to connect the archaeological sites of Kato Paphos is still underway as is the project to upgrade the municipal market.Wednesday’s presentation will take place at 6pm at the Palia Ilektriki (old electricity) cultural centre in the heart of Paphos old town.You May Like2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksThese 2019 Cars Cost Under $20k2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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