Photo by Luis EscobarMILLINOCKET, Maine —Ultra marathoner Scott Jurek accepted a plea deal yesterday that will require him to pay $500 for consuming champagne at the summit of Maine’s Mount Katahdin immediately after his record-setting Appalachian Trail thru-hike.Jurek, who was represented by attorney Walter McKee in a Millinocket District Court, was originally accused of bringing alcohol to the summit, littering, and bringing an oversized group—charges which carried a combined fine of some $3,000.Both the charges of littering and bringing an oversized group were deemed unsubstantiated, but Jurek admitted to the consumption of alcohol and was therefore fined $500—about $300 more than a typical public drinking summons in the state of Maine.“Today I resolved the infractions filed against me by Baxter State Park rangers,” Jurek wrote in his personal blog. “The littering charged was dismissed, and rightfully so. I did not litter, not for over 2,189 miles, not at the top of Mount Katahdin. The group size charge was also dismissed, no surprise there. I checked in at the base of Mount Katahdin with 12 people and that’s all my group ever had. The consumption of alcohol charge was accepted. I had a couple of sips of champagne. A friend brought the bottle without my knowledge to surprise me and two rangers at the bottom gave him a verbal okay.”Read more here.
Ben Gilmer sings of Southwest Virginia’s hard times and humble goodness on his new record.I’m a sucker for the sights, aromas, and sounds of a good county fair.Can anything top the smell of funnel cakes frying, the stunning collection of bad tattoos on proud display, or the adrenaline rush that comes from entrusting one’s life to a rickety thrill ride hastily constructed by a carny crew whose qualifications are dubious at best?Unlikely.Singer/songwriter Ben Gilmer must share my love of all things related to the midway, as the Virginia native titled his recently released record Russell County Fair.Gilmer, born and raised on a farm in Russell County, has since moved on to West Virginia after a stint in Seattle. Regardless of where he has called home, Gilmer has continued to write songs that echo with the musical traditions of his native Appalachian Mountains. Tales of hard times, bad luck, and the future of a region beset by the struggles of its past abound in his writing and on this new record.I recently caught up with Ben to chat about the future of Southwest Virginia, growing up in a musical family, and country fair fare.BRO – Did you come from one of those Southwest Virginia families where everyone played something with strings?BG – Pretty much. My Paw on my dad’s side played about everything with strings, his children played in a family band called Jenny & The Gentlemen, and a lot of us grandchildren play. My Aunt Ann on my mom’s side was one of my biggest musical influences. She has done a good bit of studio work through the years and is just an all around killer musician. Both sides of my family still have jam sessions at family gatherings at least a few times a year.BRO – How did growing up in Southwest Virginia influence you as a musician?BG – My childhood in Southwest Virginia was full of bluegrass, country, gospel, and Southern rock music. It’s probably not too hard to hear that background in the songs that I write. And I grew up around a lot of humble, hardworking, honest, and witty Southwest Virginians. I generally aspire to embody those qualities in my songwriting, even if I sometimes fall short.BRO – We are featuring “Tastes Like Hard Love” on this month’s Trail Mix. Should everyone, at some point, get a little taste of hard love?BG – I think everyone experiences hard love. I guess we need to know how it tastes in order to recognize and appreciate the sweet stuff when it shows up.BRO – Southwest Virginia has faced some tough times recently. Where do you think the region goes from here?BG – I believe it is really up to us to determine where we go from here. Even if it sucks, this means accepting no single person, policy, or industry is going to save or bury us. A good friend of mine likes to say that there isn’t going to be a silver bullet in Central Appalachia, but there sure could be a lot of silver BBs. I am hopeful that we can embrace and learn from our past, honor our traditions, build on our assets, and keep our eyes focused on the present and future.BRO – What’s your go to fair food?BG – No question – a big pork bbq sandwich from my Uncle David’s Cliffside Grille booth. This is the same uncle that dressed up as Elvis and painted his car pink for his demolition derby debut at the Russell County Fair. Don’t I have the coolest family ever?You can track down more information on Ben Gilmer by surfing over to his website. His touring schedule is a bit quiet right now, but shows will be picking up soon. In the meantime, be sure to peruse the tracks from Russell County Fair.Also, make sure you take a listen to “Tastes Like Hard Love” on this month’s Trail Mix.
The scope of the operation includes the maritime area within the “Blue Amazon” and part of the national territory, with a special focus on maritime communication lines in the southern and southeastern regions, as well as on the defense of strategic structures, such as ports, refineries, hydroelectric and nuclear plants. In addition, part of the planning includes controlling the area and maritime traffic, interception missions, coastal defense, maritime patrol, logistic aerial transportation, anti-aircraft defense, and coordination and control of the aerial space. Between November 19 and 30, the Brazilian Navy, Army, and Air Force are developing Joint Operation “Atlantic III,” coordinated by the Ministry of Defense. The exercise involves approximately 10,000 troops from the three branches that work on operational activities, support of the population, and training in the states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul. By Dialogo November 26, 2012 For more information, visit the site According to my knowledge and familiarity, my comment is: let all of us go to work. What work disrespect did our Armed Forces commit? SEA, LAND and AIR: Joint Planning, Science and Technology, All Units Advancement: for and to our People and Country. Undoubtedly, these are the most serious things we can imagine and contribute in order for us to be successful. Best regards, Aureliano Besides the Military events, there are some civic and social activities taking place in the area where the exercise is being performed. The local population has been receiving first aid and hygiene training, and benefits from medical and dental services. The Brazilian Navy supplied two escort ships, two support vessels, two submarines, three patrol vessels, and six helicopters. The Army presented 96 lightweight vehicles, 101 transport vehicles, nine armored vehicles, and nine ambulances. Likewise, the Brazilian Air Force provided four attack aircrafts, five patrol airplanes, five transport aircrafts, and one helicopter. Admiral Gilberto Max Roffé Hirschfeld, naval operations commander, will lead the operation with support from the Joint Staff, which consists of officers and soldiers from the three branches of the Armed Forces. The objective of the operation, which is the result of a complex plan by the Ministry of Defense, coordinated by the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces, is mainly to prepare for Brazil’s defense of marine resources and strategic structures.
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Working with credit unions of all sizes for just under 12 years now in the realm of cybersecurity, it was evident that collaboration is the key to combat the adversaries around the world. My impression was backed up in the summer of 2014 when the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) piloted a cybersecurity examination work program (Cybersecurity Assessment) at over 500 community financial institutions to evaluate their preparedness to mitigate cyber risks. One of the key findings was that there is a serious need to enhance threat intelligence and collaboration.With credit unions trending to acquire community charters, competition plays more of a role than collaboration. Although competition can be healthy, it doesn’t prove to be a positive thing when fighting cybercrime. The FFIEC published the following four questions for credit unions to consider:What is your process to gather and analyze threat and vulnerability information from multiple sources?How do you leverage this information to improve risk management practices?What reports are provided to your board on cyber events and trends?Who is accountable for maintaining relationships with law enforcement? continue reading »
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has defended the complicated bureaucratic process surrounding the government’s COVID-19 mitigation policies, saying that he wanted to err on the side of caution.”I think in this situation we must not make any wrong decision. We need to be cautious and we should not be reckless,” Jokowi said in a press conference on Thursday.His statement comes after Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan strongly criticized the Health Ministry’s new guidelines on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as showing “no sense of urgency”. According to a ministerial regulation issued by the Health Ministry on Friday, regional heads who want to enact PSBB have to attach an epidemiology study to their requests, as well as data and maps showing the spread of the virus in their respective regions.The request would then be discussed by an expert team appointed by the health minister, which would approve or deny the request in consultation with COVID-19 rapid response team chief Doni Monardo. The Health Ministry must make a decision within two days after the submission of the request, the regulation says.Jokowi said that the government wanted to assess the conditions in each region before granting permission to impose PSBB.”The decision to impose PSBB lies in the hands of the health minister and we need to consider several factors before deciding whether or not we should grant a request for PSBB in a certain region as it would include school and office closures, as well as restrictions on religious and public activities,” he said.Jokowi explained that the government needed to see the number of COVID-19 cases in the region, the death rate, and other epidemiologic considerations such as threats, resources, socio-economic factors, and security.”Once again [I want to emphasize] that we don’t want to be reckless,” he said. “I think it’s better to decide with [a lot of] considerations, clarity and deep and detailed calculations.”Jakarta, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, is set to be the first region to officially impose PSBB on Friday after obtaining approval from the health minister on Tuesday. (nal)Topics :
The Blog, Videos, Weekly Update Governor Wolf spent this week advocating for his budget priorities including funding our schools, fighting the opioid epidemic, and balancing the budget. Four months after Governor Wolf’s budget address, and after talking with Republicans and Democrats about how to achieve a responsible budget, Governor Wolf has compromised on a number of issues. He has signed liquor reform, taken broad-based taxes off the table, and said repeatedly that he will sign pension reform. In return for these compromises, he has three simple priorities that he expects this budget to meet. Those priorities are funding our schools, fighting the heroin crisis, and balancing the budget.Governor Wolf is asking for $250 million more for Basic Education Funding, along with $30 million for early childhood education, and $30 million for special education. He is also asking for $34 million for treatment centers in order to address Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin crisis. Finally, he is asking that we end our reliance on one time fixes and delayed payments that have patched our budgets in the past. We need a truly balanced budget with sustainable revenue.That’s it. The legislature is working hard to finalize a budget, and Governor Wolf is committed to working with them to ensure that we fund our schools, fight the opioid crisis, and balance the budget. After months of compromise and bipartisanship, nothing less will do.Furthermore, Governor Wolf joined Equality PA this week to call for statewide non-discrimination legislation. Additionally, members of his administration held a Facebook town hall to discuss Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis, and Governor Wolf participated in a White House media call with Director Botticelli to talk about the need to combat this epidemic.Governor Wolf’s Week, June 19 – June 25, 2016Monday, 6/20/16Fighting Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic is a Key Piece of the 2016-17 BudgetTuesday, 6/21/16Governor Wolf on KDKA: We Can Balance the Budget Without Broad Based Tax IncreasesWolf Administration Selected To Participate in Innovation Program to Address Treatment for Opioid AddictionBLOG: Governor Wolf Prioritizes School Funding in 2016-2017 BudgetGovernor Wolf Will Veto HB 1948Wednesday 6/22/162016-2017 Budget Must Close Deficit to Avert Funding CrisisMEMO: Governor Wolf Makes Significant Compromises to Reach Agreement on 2016-2017 BudgetGovernor Wolf made remarks at Equality PA’s Day of Action in support of passing statewide non-discrimination legislation.Thursday, 6/23/16Governor Wolf Signs Bill Allowing New Fracking Rules to Be FinalizedFriday, 6/24/16Governor Wolf’s Three 2016-2017 Budget PrioritiesMedia call on Opioid Epidemic hosted by the White House.Highlights from The Blog:BLOG: MAP: A Look at the Wolf Administration’s Opioid Epidemic OutreachBLOG: Watch the Wolf Administration’s Facebook Town Hall on PA’s Opioid CrisisBLOG: ICYMI Governor Wolf Will Veto HB 1948BLOG: Connect with Nature This National Camping MonthBLOG: The Time for Statewide Non-discrimination Legislation Is Now (VIDEO) Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf June 24, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, June 19 – June 25, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
RelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are interested in signing Eberechi Eze from Queens Park Rangers in the summer transfer window.It has been reported that Newcastle is monitoring the 21-year-old attacking midfielder. The report has added that Eze is one of a number of promising young players who have been tracked by the Magpies’ scouts.According to WhoScored, Eze has scored 12 goals and provided eight assists in 37 Championship matches for QPR so far this season.During the 2018-19 campaign, the attacking midfielder made 37 starts and five substitute appearances in the league for Rangers, scoring four goals and providing three assists in the process, according to WhoScored.Back in 2017-18, the youngster scored two goals in 16 league games for QPR, according to WhoScored.Interestingly, Mauricio Pochettino, a reported managerial candidate at Newcastle once the proposed takeover goes through, wanted to sign Eze for Tottenham. The Sun reported in March that Pochettino wanted to sign the £20 million-rated attacking midfielder for Spurs before he was dismissed from his role as the head coach of the North London outfit earlier this season.According to Sky Sports, the prospective new owners of Newcastle – Saudi Arabia’s PIF – have made Pochettino as their first-choice managerial target.Tags: Eberechi EzeNewcastle UnitedQueens Park Rangers FCSummer TransferTottenham HotspurWest Ham United
Press Association Butland will not want to spend the season warming the bench, but Hughes insists he will only go on loan if the right deal can be done. The Welshman said: “Jack’s an outstanding young keeper and it’s about making sure he develops. If there’s not the right opportunity, and we don’t think it’s advantageous to his development, then he won’t go out, he’ll stay with us.” Stoke were at Wrexham’s Racecourse Stadium for a friendly against Hughes’ home-town club and the visitors came away with a 1-0 victory, Jonathan Walters scoring the only goal six minutes after half-time. Stoke only returned from their pre-season trip to the US on Thursday, and Hughes used 20 players in a combative encounter against the Conference side. It was the Potters’ third victory in a row after wins over FC Dallas and Philadelphia Union. The latter was marred by an injury to winger Brek Shea, who damaged medial ligaments in his left knee. Hughes was furious with the tackle on the United States international, who is likely to miss the first month of the season. That is a shorter lay-off than was feared, and Hughes said: “He’s got an injury that will keep him out for a number of weeks and he won’t make the start of the season, but thankfully it’s not as bad as we thought initially.” The Stoke boss, who took over from Tony Pulis in May, has been quiet in the transfer window, with defenders Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa his only senior signings. Hughes has been linked with a number of players, including Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair and American striker Juan Agudelo, and is hoping to do further business before the window shuts. “It is something we need to look at in certain areas but sometimes it doesn’t happen,” said Hughes. “We’ll do our best to make it happen if we think the right players are available.” Aston Villa were also victorious in their friendly against Shamrock Rovers in Dublin. Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke both scored in the first half in a 2-0 win, which saw Aleksandar Tonev and Jores Okore come through 45 minutes each following injury. Stoke boss Mark Hughes is mulling over whether to send England goalkeeper Jack Butland back out on loan or keep him at the Britannia Stadium. The highly-rated 20-year-old joined Stoke from Birmingham in January but was loaned straight back to the Championship club for the remainder of last season. Potters number one Asmir Begovic had been linked with a move to one of the Premier League’s big guns, but Liverpool opted for Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet and interest in the Bosnian has subsided.
LUKAS KEAPPROTHFollowing a successful preseason, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team begins its regular season with a non-conference game against Long Beach State on Sunday at the Kohl Center.Behind 21 points from senior forward Marcus Landry, the Badgers easily won their first exhibition game over Augustana 81-57. It took a bit more effort in the second game against UW-Whitewater, but Wisconsin got the job done, defeating the Warhawks 64-47.“I thought our guys played hard; we just didn’t make all the best decisions,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “But you know, it’s early for everybody.”With only two games and a few weeks of practice under its belt, Wisconsin will face the 49ers after playing a sloppy game compared to what Ryan is used to. Against Whitewater, the Badgers finished with an uncharacteristic 12 turnovers.“Some of the decisions that were made with the ball shocked me,” Ryan said. “We just have to get better.”“There’s always room for improvement,” junior guard Jason Bohannon added. “Last year we got tremendously better as the year went on, and that’s what we’re trying to do right now, just keep getting better every day. Coach Ryan won’t settle for anything less, so I think we’re expecting a lot of improvement as the season goes on.”In the two exhibition games, Wisconsin did get a big boost from its freshmen, particularly guard Jordan Taylor. Forwards Ryan Evans and Rob Wilson contributed to the mix as well in both preseason games.Taylor has impressed the UW coaching staff with his resiliency and strong defense. After starting the game against Whitewater with three turnovers and no assists, he came back to force a turnover and provide three assists for Wisconsin.“[Taylor] did a great job,” Ryan said. “We knew he was a player, and he just keeps showing us different ways that he’s a player. He’s smart, tough, never reacts negatively to anything, but he’ll take your lunch money in a second.”Going into the game against Long Beach State, the Badgers are huge favorites with their .939 home-winning percentage since Ryan took over coaching seven seasons ago. After winning both preseason games, however, Landry and UW know they still have much to work on as the season progresses.“We need to get better as a team,” Landry said. “You have been watching Wisconsin basketball for a long time. That’s what we try to do here. We just want to keep on improving.”Though the Badgers won’t be too severely threatened by the 49ers, they will face a difficult task in defending Donovan Morris, who averaged 21.2 points per game last season and was picked as a preseason mid-major All-American by the Big West’s media.Wisconsin will also see its first team with a starter at 6 feet 10 inches, giving the Badgers a slight height disadvantage if Keaton Nankivil starts in place of Jon Leuer, as he did in the team’s first two exhibition games.For now though, Ryan simply hopes someone will step up into a leadership role.“When I look at things like this, you’re always looking for someone to pop up,” he said. “We’re looking, we’re just looking for some players.”
Experts from USA and Côte d’Ivoire among others are drilling 25 Nigerian coaches and referees on the latest coaching technicalities as well as updating their skills on the game.Under the collaboration of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Olympic Solidarity and the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, the United World Wrestling nominated Zachary Erret (USA) and Vincent Aka Akesse from Côte d’Ivoire to tinker the course which holds at the National Stadium Complex, Package B, in Abuja. Scribe of the NOC, Hon Tunde Popoola who expressed his happiness with the coming of the course to Nigeria said that the country’s officials would make the best use of it by updating their skills as well as learn on the latest refereeing of the sport.“It’s the hope of the NOC that our officials will benefit from this program and impart same to our Wrestlers”, Popoola said.He also praised the large turn- out as an indication of the willingness of the officials to learn.The course which started yesterday would end on December 4.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram