New Duathlon event in Scotland to benefit Save the Children The Mini-Monster challenge is a new Duathlon event (running and cycling) that is being held to encourage Scots families to get fit together. Held at Pollok Park in Glasgow on 22 June, the family fun day is aimed at people of all fitness levels and proceeds will go to Save the Children.Hosted by transport company FirstGroup, the Mini-Monster is a spin off from the First Monster Challenge, the 120k team duathlon around the shores of the Loch Ness, which was launched last year and returns this September.The entrance fee is £5 per person or £20 per family.Other First Mini-Monster challenges will also be held in Leeds, Greater Manchester, St. Albans and Bristol in May and June 2008. FirstGroup will donate 25% of the £5 entry fee to Save the Children.www.firstmonster.com/mini-monster Tagged with: Events Howard Lake | 14 April 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
10 de mayoMás de 8.000 familias de Flint, Michigan, están enfrentando la pérdida de sus casas debido a facturas impagas por agua envenenada. Las facturas morosas de agua, que totalizan $5 millones en los últimos dos años, ahora están siendo insertadas en los impuestos a la propiedad, sometiendo a las familias a la ejecución de impuestos.Fue durante este período de dos años que las/os residentes de Flint descubrieron que sus hijas/os habían sido envenenados con plomo. Esto sucedió porque el “administrador de emergencia” designado por el estado – un dictador – decidió dejar de obtener agua de la ciudad de Detroit y traerla en cambio, desde el Río Flint. Su decisión de no gastar dinero en aditivos anticorrosivos causó que el plomo en las viejas tuberías se vertiera en el suministro de agua.Hasta el día de hoy, las/os residentes todavía no pueden beber su agua sin filtros, se ven obligados a depender del agua embotellada, y sufren erupciones cutáneas, pérdida de cabello y problemas respiratorios al ducharse. El proceso de sustitución de las líneas de servicio de plomo está avanzando muy lentamente; la mayoría de las tuberías siguen siendo de plomo.Lo que hace esta política aún más ofensiva es que $200 millones de dólares federales permanecen sin gastar, dinero que podría pagar estos impuestos atrasados. Estos fondos son lo que quedan de la asignación de Michigan bajo el programa de ayuda a las/os propietarios más afectados. Del fondo de rescate de 750.000 millones de dólares del Fondo de Rescate de Activos en Problemas, se dieron solo unos $9.000 millones a nivel nacional y $761 millones para Michigan para mantener a las familias en sus hogares.Sin embargo, en lugar de usar estos fondos federales para su propósito, la Autoridad de Desarrollo de la Vivienda del Estado de Michigan, [MSHDA por siglas en inglés] que administra los fondos, está desviando la gran mayoría de este dinero para derribar viviendas. Los programas de “eliminación del deterioro urbano” en Detroit y Flint operan sin supervisión y han estado sujetos a auditorías federales y estatales por corrupción. Por el contrario, MSHDA crea tantos obstáculos para las familias pobres que tratan de acceder a estos fondos para pagar cuentas de impuestos morosos e hipotecas, que resulta en que a los propietarios a los que se destinaron los fondos se les niega toda asistencia.En la ciudad de Detroit, la Autoridad del Agua de los Grandes Lagos ha iniciado una nueva ronda de interrupciones del suministro de agua, con 18.000 hogares enfrentando cortes. Eso en adición de los 83.000 cortes de agua residenciales que ocurrieron en los años 2014-2016. (bridgemi.com, 2 de mayo) Treinta y un mil viviendas ocupadas en Detroit también están sujetas a incautación por el Condado de Wayne para ejecuciones hipotecarias este año.En 2015, los Relatores Especiales de las Naciones Unidas para el Agua y la Vivienda declararon la crisis de Detroit una crisis “retrógrada”, es decir, producto de un sistema capitalista desarrollado que retrocede en satisfacer las necesidades más básicas de la población como resultado de la avaricia corporativa .La nueva Coalición para Detener las Ejecuciones Hipotecarias está celebrando una asamblea en junio para galvanizar la lucha contra ejecuciones hipotecarias de impuestos y apagones de agua en Detroit y Flint.Para obtener más información, visite moratorium-mi.org o únase a Moratorium NOW! Coalition en Facebook.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 SHARE Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program All quotes are delayed snapshots Facebook Twitter EPA Approves Syngenta Product With 3 Modes of Action SHARE Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Previous articleID Corn Growth Stage Before Applying Postemergence HerbicidesNext articleFarmers and Ranchers Will Soar with Agricultural Drones Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Growers looking to control difficult weeds like waterhemp, giant ragweed and Palmer amaranth will have access to Acuron™ corn herbicide from Syngenta, now that it has received registration from the federal EPA. Glyphosate weed resistance is expanding rapidly and infestations of broadleaf weeds in corn are up 50 percent in the last four years*. Research shows that four out of five farmers are actively seeking new products, with the main reason to achieve better weed control**.Newly approved Acuron has been shown to control 70-plus weeds, including broadleaf and grass weeds like Palmer amaranth, marestail, giant ragweed, kochia, morningglory and waterhemp. These weeds have become particularly hard for growers to manage. “Current herbicides are losing effectiveness, and it’s not unusual for us to see growers spending as much as $60 per acre or more on herbicides for corn,” says Gordon Vail, Ph.D., technical product lead for Syngenta. “The best strategy in this scenario is to use a high-performing pre-emerge herbicide like Acuron that will stop weeds before they start, and we’re excited we can now offer it to growers.”Palmer amaranth, which produces up to 100,000 seeds per plant and can grow as fast as 3 inches per day, has been a serious challenge for growers with its ability to bring about yield losses of more than 90 percent in corn***. Acuron has been shown to outperform competitive products on Palmer amaranth and other difficult weeds.What makes the herbicide so effective is the novel chemistry bicyclopyrone, which complements the other three active ingredients in the premix to target a wider range of weeds than previous products. The four active ingredients and three modes of action in Acuron deliver a multi-targeted approach to weed control, while reducing the overall rates of certain herbicides.“Early-season weed management is a critical component in helping growers stay ahead of weeds,” says John Foresman, product lead for Syngenta. “Today’s growers are seeking herbicides with multiple modes of action and active ingredients to control the most yield-threatening culprits. At the same time, they’re also looking for residual weed control that will be effective over the length of the season. Acuron brings a new level of control to the mix, and it’s that combination of power, dependability and flexibility that sets Acuron apart.”As one of six commitments of The Good Growth Plan announced in September 2013, Syngenta is committed to making crops more efficient with a goal of increasing the average productivity of the world’s major crops by 20 percent without using more land, water or inputs. Syngenta believes the better level of weed control made possible by Acuron will be a critical component in helping farmers manage their operations and make corn production more sustainable.“We’re setting a new standard for weed control that will help growers reduce their weed seed bank and allow them to keep their fields clean now and in the future,” says Scott Cully, research and development (R&D) scientist for Syngenta. “At the end of the day, managing problem weeds can lead to higher yield potential, giving growers more bushels to sell after harvest.”State registrations for Acuron are still pending, and supplies for 2015 will be limited. Facebook Twitter Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Minor Changes in June WASDE Report How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Name Sym Last Change Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Home Indiana Agriculture News EPA Approves Syngenta Product With 3 Modes of Action By Gary Truitt – Apr 28, 2015 STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe
PeruAmericas China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting Follow the news on Peru RSF_en August 29, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Magazine accused of defending Shining Path terrorism, back copies seized Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites April 1, 2020 Find out more Organisation News PeruAmericas “The confiscation of copies of issues that are already in circulation raises question about the authorities’ intentions,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Do they want to seize all the copies of Vórtice in a bid to find evidence for the charge of defending terrorism, one not supported by the facts. Or is it just an intimidation attempt that will expose the weakness of the accusation?”Cárdenas acknowledges sharing some of the ideas of Shining Path’s original leader, Abimael Guzmán, who was arrested in 1992 and who is now serving a life sentence. Vórtice also advocates a general amnesty for all of the protagonists of the 1980-2000 internal armed conflict.”But that does not mean it defends the crimes that Shining Path committed during the war. The judicial authorities should not allow themselves to be swayed by emotion because of the Peruvian public’s understandable sensitivity about this issue. A calm and profound national debate is preferable to any taboo.” Marcos Ibazeta, the former head of the national criminal court for terrorism cases, has criticized every aspect of the Vórtice seizure, which was carried out in response to a complaint by the parliamentarian Octavio Salazar. It came on the heels of the cabinet’s approval of a bill, now before parliament, that would punish denying the Maoist guerrilla movement’s crimes during the war years.At the same time, a number of political movement are calling for a general amnesty, not only for Shining Path’s former guerrillas and former members of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), a self-styled Guevarist organization, but also for Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year jail sentence for human rights violation during his 1990-2000 presidency. It is this amnesty that Vórtice supports.According to Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the toll from the 20-year internal conflict was 69,000 dead and missing. Blame is laid at the door of both Shining Path and the armed forces, accused of major human rights violations during this period. Elected president last year, former Lt. Col. Ollanta Humala played a direct role in combatting Shining Path during the 1990s. News News Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable to go further News Receive email alerts December 4, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information February 10, 2017 Find out more Reporters Without Borders deplores the seizure of copies of the last 33 issues of the magazine Vórtice during a raid on its Lima printing press on 24 August on the grounds of its supposed links with the Maoist guerrilla movement Shining Path.The operation was decided jointly by the attorney-general’s office, the anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office and the police, who gave the mazagine no prior warning. Vórtice editor Ronald Cárdenas Loayza said it showed that the judicial authorities were trying to justify charging him with “defending terrorism,” which is punishable by eight to fifteen years in prison.
iStock(LOS ANGELES) — West Coast lawmakers are lending a helping hand to New York and other states that are in desperate need of ventilators as the novel coronavirus spreads.California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he would be donating 500 devices to the national stockpile to meet demand in New York, which has over 130,000 cases and nearly 17,000 COVID-19-related hospitalizations. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly warned that the state hospitals would run out of ventilators as the number of hospitalizations surges.Even though California has 13,438 coronavirus cases and 2,398 COVID-19-related hospitalizations as of Monday, Newsom said he recognized that New York had a bigger battle ahead.“We still have a long road ahead of us in the Golden State – and we’re aggressively preparing for a surge – but we can’t turn our back on Americans whose lives depend on having a ventilator now,” Newsom said in a statement.California’s donation comes after Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state announced they would share their supplies.On Saturday, Brown said she donated 140 ventilators because Oregon was “in a better position” with its coronavirus cases. As of Monday, Oregon has 1,068 cases and 258 hospitalizations, according to data from the Oregon State Health Department.“New York needs more ventilators, and we are answering their call for help,” Brown tweeted.Cuomo thanked Brown during his daily briefing on Saturday.“I know Gov. Brown and she is a kind person, but it’s also smart from the point of view of Oregon,” he said. “Why? Because we’re all in the same battle and the battle is stopping the spread of the virus.”On Sunday, Inslee said he was returning 400 ventilators to the national stockpile and those machines would be redistributed to New York and other states. Washington had 7,984 confirmed cases as of Monday, according to its health department.“I’ve said many times over the last few weeks, we are in this together. This should guide all of our actions at an individual and state level in the coming days and weeks,” he said in a statement. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
CARTOONS | HENRY PAYNEVIEW CARTOONThe problem for Adelson and his allies is that the UIGEA and other federal statutes apply only when state borders are crossed. The 10th Amendment and the principles of federalism mean that federal lawmakers should have no say regarding activities that take place entirely within one state’s borders. So if state governments wish to authorize online gambling for their citizens, they are and should remain free to do so.Adelson’s gang has been trying for some time to pass the Restoration of America’s Wire Act to stop states from setting their own gaming rules. Despite its misleading name, RAWA would go even further than the original and erroneous interpretation of the Wire Act, as even that dealt only with interstate activity.RAWA has failed to muster enough support to move forward thus far, but another bill, SB 3376, was recently introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., with very similar language, suggesting there may be an attempt to sneak it through during the lame-duck session. Trump’s campaign received significant support from Adelson, so Republicans might also try to take it up in the new Congress.Doing so would mean ditching their oft-claimed support for the 10th Amendment and state sovereignty. It would also set a precedent for Democrats, who will eventually hold power again, to similarly prohibit the forms of online commerce they find distasteful, such as gun and ammunition sales.Republicans should learn from today’s dismayed Democrats and resist the temptation — while in power — to operate beyond constitutional limits so that such limits might still be around to keep the other side in check once control of the federal government inevitably changes hands again.Share this on Facebook (6)TweetFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail A Republican Ban on Internet Gambling Would Repeat a Costly Democratic MistakeVeronique de Rugy Veronique de Rugy for TOWNHALLMany on the left have taken Donald Trump’s surprise victory poorly, responding with considerable hand-wringing and emotional outbursts. Instead of simply focusing on the many evils that they anticipate will take place under President Trump, they would do well to look in the mirror and recognize that there would be far less cause for concern had they not spent the past eight years cheering on the expansion of executive power under President Barack Obama.Republicans, soon to control all elected branches for the first time in a decade, ignore this lesson at their peril.A group of congressional Republicans has been trying to undo the Department of Justice’s acknowledgment in 2011 that the Wire Act — passed before the internet existed — never should have been interpreted to prevent all forms of online gambling (such as poker and lotteries), as opposed to the “bets or wagers on any sporting event or contest” that the statute explicitly addresses.They’re worked up about it because billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson is a GOP megadonor and some states have begun authorizing online gambling within their borders. Adelson hates online gambling, as it competes with his bricks-and-mortar Las Vegas casinos for customers.More than five years ago, on what has become known to the poker world as Black Friday, the federal government unleashed a legal jihad against online poker companies and their top executives. Online poker is not itself illegal — a fact clarified by the DOJ’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act — but the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act made it illegal for payment processors to transfer funds to and from gambling sites.
Left to right, Harlee Cancelossi, Julia Dragon, Shannon Wallace, Rosa Martinez and Caliope YiannosThe dance fitness program at Ocean City High School continues to grow in popularity with more than 100 freshmen among the approximately 260 students participating.For three days of each four-day cycle, the students study dance for traditional physical education credits. Though not all students are part of it, dance is one of the elective tracks for the new School Choice Program that has brought almost 200 new students to the district. The students performed for their peers in shows on Tuesday (June 3 with modern, Bollywood, hip-hop and Broadway dances in their repertoire. About 95 percent of the freshmen will return to the program next year, and the school is auditioning students for an advanced class.“I’m really excited about it,” said Alyssa Preis, who teaches the classes in the new program.Preis said she plans a more formal showcase of student talent next year.Amy Phillips, Harlee Cancelossi, and Olivia MackRosa Martinez and Caliope Yiannos
Today marks a very special holiday, Super Pi Day. We all know that Pi is 3.14, the same as today’s date (3/14), but interestingly, the first digits of Pi are 3.14159, which rounds to 3.1416. As today is 3/14/16, we couldn’t let this milestone go uncelebrated.Thus, we decided to take a trip down memory lane to when The Disco Biscuits brought their infamous “Pi Jam” to Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. The date may have been 3/1/08, but that didn’t stop the group from having a little fun with the transcendental number. As the group was in the midst of an “Astronaut” sandwich, coming out of a “Run Like Hell” segment, the Biscuits started playing an interesting and unusual chord progression. It was difficult to discern what exactly the band was playing, but around the 2-minute mark, they began chanting “3….1….4….1….5….9….” over and over. The digits of Pi! The crowd picked up on the nerdy improvisation and joined in for the chanting, only to be bombarded with actual pies from the band at the end of the jam.Check out video from this awesome Pi celebration, below:And for some more listening pleasure, here is the entire show courtesy of Archive.org (taped by T.J. Samulis):
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is running low on ganja. The shortage in the famed but illegal market is due to heavy rains followed by an extended drought, an increase in consumption and a drop in the number of traditional marijuana farmers. Experts say it’s the worst shortfall they’ve seen. One even calls it “a cultural embarrassment” given the Rastafarian traditions that draw many tourists to Jamaica. The island authorized a regulated medical marijuana industry and decriminalized small amounts of weed in 2015. But that market is limited and prices are higher than on the street.