Internationally acclaimed supermodel and photographer Helena Christensen has customized a single edition Shamballa Jewels bracelet for an auction benefiting Operation Smile.Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for over 200,000 children around the globe, allowing them healthy lives, and helping them smile.Helena Christensen said, “Supporting any organization that changes a child’s life for the better is in my opinion worth anyone’s commitment, effort and time. I think it’s important for companies to set an example and raise awareness about any cause, let alone one that focuses on children’s happiness, literally. There is nothing more beautiful than a child smiling.”The bracelet was exhibited and introduced for auction at the Vs. Magazine “Better” exhibition, a collaboration with auctioneers Gavel & Grand, on March 11th, 2014 at Dillon Gallery, New York City. Selected artworks from the magazine’s current issue – for which Helena Christensen is the guest editor – are also going under the hammer as part of the “Better” auction, benefiting Christy Turlington Burns’s Every Mother Counts, Chernobyl Children International and David Lynch Foundation.The Auction started March 11, 2014, and ends March 21st, 2014, with bids starting at $12,000Shamballa Jewels Bracelet customized by Helena Christensen.Christensen’s bracelet features Shamballa Jewels signature pavé of pink sapphires in the center, grey moonstones, blue sapphires, brown diamonds and Star of Shamballa beads in 18K rose gold. The bracelet has been set and braided by hand in Copenhagen, Denmark.“At Shamballa Jewels we make spiritually inspired fine jewelry with the aim to encourage people to find their inner Shamballa- a mythical kingdom of peaceful and compassionate people. We believe that all humans emanate heat and light, and we can shine just like the stars in the universe. We believe that a beautiful thought or vision creates a genuine smile that shines like a star, which is why we support Operation Smile. Helena Christensen has a history of amazing philanthropic work, and we are honored that she accepted our request to customize the bracelet, ” said Mads Kornerup, Creative Director of Shamballa Jewels.
Rabat – Morocco “is betting on digital transformation to achieve a qualitative leap in economic and social development,” Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said Friday in Rabat.El Othmani, who was chairing the second board of directors of the digital development agency, said King Mohammed VI has kept insisting through his speeches on the need to take advantage of information technology to accelerate reaching national development goals, according to a statement El Othmani’s department issued after the meeting.The meeting aimed to evaluate the digital development agency’s work a year after its launch and discuss the agency’s future contribution to the national digital agenda. Read Also: Morocco in African Digital Development’s Top TenThe head of government stressed that “Morocco needs, more than ever, an integrated vision that reflects the envisaged digital transformation in the country, guarantees the maximum use of digital technologies, and offers more comfort to citizens in their relations with the public administration.”The digital transformation will increase the competitiveness of companies especially in the field of the digital economy, he added.El Othmani mentioned some important achievements of the government in the digital sector such as electronic tax reporting for large and medium-sized businesses, the digitization of customs procedures, and mobile payment through a public-private partnership.Read Also: New Judges Trained in Tamazight, Digital Justice to Join Moroccan CourtsThe government official emphasized the need for an “updated and integrated digital strategy” by developing digital infrastructure, a training program for human resources in the digital sector, and adequate legal texts.At the end of the meeting, the board adopted the agency’s action plan and its 2019 budget, approved by the audit committee and the investment committee.Several ministers attended the agency’s meeting, including the education minister, the industry minister, the delegate minister in charge of the national defense administration, and the delegate minister to the interior minister. The secretaries general of the relevant sectors, directors of public institutions and companies, and some private sector representatives also took part in the meeting.
The Government today said it will brief Parliament on the alleged offshore accounts of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that the Prime Minister will need some time to gather the information related to the accounts in order to brief Parliament. He said that while Senaratne had revealed details of the bank accounts another Government Parliamentarian had claimed he had seen the account details.Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had said this month that the United States Federal Reserve is assisting Sri Lanka in the probe on large scale offshore accounts managed by key members of the former Government. He was responding to a question raised by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on statements made recently by cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne on the alleged offshore accounts of Rajapaksa and his family. Dissanayake told Parliament that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must make a clear statement to Parliament on the offshore accounts. Senaratne said that the Federal Reserve has informed Sri Lanka that it needs time to gather information related to the offshore accounts maintained by the former Government members.Rajitha Senaratne said that once the information is obtained from the US Federal Reserve the Government will take the next step.He claimed that there are three major offshore accounts maintained by former Government members, including a member of the family of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)
Driver almost collides with OPP cruiserA motorist was clocked driving over 140 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone on Brantford Road in Windham on June 8 around 9 p.m.Police say the vehicle was travelling southbound at this speed in the northbound lane, narrowly missing the OPP cruiser that was in the northbound land.Police have charged a 19-year-old male driver from Norfolk County with stunt driving.“Speeding and other forms of aggressive driving are dangerous behaviours and remain a leading cause of fatal motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads,” said Inspector Joseph Varga, Norfolk County OPP Detachment Commander.Riding lawnmower stolenA riding lawnmower was stolen from a property on New Lakeshore Road in the Port Dover area.It is described as an Ariens riding mower with a 42 inch cutting deck and is orange in colour. the stolen mower is valued at about $800.Police say it was removed at some point between June 1 and 8.Licence plates stolenA rear licence plate was stolen off of a vehicle parked on Court Street, Simcoe, on June 8.Police say that the rear plate was removed between 2 p.m. and 2:50 p.m.OPP are reminding vehicle owners to check their plates are still on their vehicle before driving.
Leah BradshawPolitical Science Professor Leah Bradshaw knows what’s at stake for graduate students who apply to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program.“For many students, winning an OGS is a decisive factor in pursuing graduate studies,” said Bradshaw, who was appointed recently to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Selection Board for a two-year term.The nine-member board oversees the application and award process for one of Ontario’s principal sources of external funding for students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in the humanities and social sciences.“Making sure that process and procedure in administering the OGS program is fair and diligent is a big responsibility,” Bradshaw said. “Competition for grants from these agencies is stiff and the quality of applicants very high.”The OGS program is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the post-secondary institution. The province contributes two-thirds of the value of the award. The university provides one-third.An OGS is awarded for one academic year, which may consist of two or three consecutive terms. The value is $5,000 per term, and each year, 3,000 scholarships are awarded. For 2011-2012, the province will provide about $30 million towards these scholarships and eligible institutions will provide $15 million.Bradshaw has a background in political theory. She is a graduate faculty member who teaches and supervises master’s students in the Political Science and the Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts programs. She has been at Brock since 1986 and in that time has supervised 14 graduate students. Next year she expands her graduate faculty role as a participant in the new PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities.“It’s important for Brock to have a representative on a committee that has a broad mandate in guiding and advising on all matters of the OGS award program,” said Marilyn Rose, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies. “Professor Bradshaw has a breadth of knowledge in the graduate sector and has had great success in mentoring students across an array of backgrounds. Her experience will be valuable to the board and its role in serving a large constituency that includes students, faculty members, deans of graduate studies and ministry officials.”Bradshaw served as a referee for OGS in 2007. Referees carefully read submissions for scholarships in one’s field and rank them to determine a list for final assessment and award decisions.“It is a very tough job, and I take it very seriously,” Bradshaw said. “I remind myself of those anxious years as a graduate student when I would be waiting for the results of these competitions.”
Members of the OSU football team huddle around coach Urban Meyer during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer took to the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday afternoon and discussed topics ranging from his team’s depth chart to the Buckeyes’ weekend matchup with Cincinnati and an HBO “Real Sports” episode featuring the third-year OSU coach scheduled to air Tuesday night.The Buckeyes are 2-1 on the season coming off a bye week following a 66-0 win against Kent State on Sept. 13.As he has in the past, Meyer said the offensive line is “still a work in progress.” He said the coaching staff is looking for the best five or six guys at the position to put out on the field.He said the depth chart is mostly set outside of the offensive line, apart from a couple of positions where players still rotate in and out.Meyer said he didn’t know the path the HBO “Real Sports” interview would take when he accepted it. Ended up focusing largely on health concerns towards the end of his coaching stint at Florida. He said those health concerns only came towards the end of his tenure with the Gators. “Most of my career I was very health conscious, and I’m doing that right now.”Meyer said “academic people have a lot of respect for” junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington. Added that Washington is a “very good student” but still has a ways to go to reach his potential as a player, “because he is a really talented player.” Said he is close to becoming a “special player,” just needs to find his way onto the field as an every-down guy.He said the best players want to go against the best competition in practice. Named junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker wanting to take on sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa as an example.Meyer said senior cornerback Doran Grant is “night and day” from where he was last season as a leader and player. “He’s always been a decent person and a pretty good teammate, but he was never a great player.”He said OSU’s game against Cincinnati on Saturday will be Grant and the pass defense’s first legitimate challenge of the season. “This will be a giant test for us.”Meyer said the matchup with the Bearcats will be a “great environment” for recruiting.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Cincinnati on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
The show put on by the WWE for Monday Night Raw in Nationwide Arena can be a tough act to follow.But with the faint smell of pyrotechnic smoke and testosterone wafting through the air, Columbus Blue Jackets fans were treated to a 3-2 victory over their rivals, the Nashville Predators.Defying expectations, Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock went back to struggling goaltender Steve Mason in net against the Predators. After Mason gave up a soft goal to the Minnesota Wild in the Jackets’ last game, a 4-2 loss, Hitchcock was widely expected to give Mathieu Garon the start.“It’s my decision. I like the way he reacted after the third goal,” Hitchcock said. “It was a bad goal and he knows it. We can keep bailing on people or ride it out.”Mason, playing in his 100th career NHL game, justified his coach’s confidence with 29 saves.The game opened as so many others have this season for the Jackets: With Columbus trying to find new and unusual ways to shoot themselves in the foot.In the early minutes of the first period, Blue Jackets’ defenseman Jan Hejda passed the puck to line mate Mike Commodore; a nice thought. The only problem was that Commodore was no longer in possession of his hockey stick.Commodore gamely tried to pass the puck soccer-style to a teammate with his skate, but the end result was a turnover deep in the Blue Jackets’ own zone.In spite of the early miscues, Columbus fought the Predators to a draw in the first period. It was a victory of sorts for the struggling Jackets, who had given up a goal in the first four minutes of play in each of the last seven games. Mason had seven saves in the period.The second stanza saw a boost in the action.After Columbus forward Chris Clark drew a hooking penalty in the early minutes of the period, Mason was forced to make several spectacular saves during the ensuing Predator power play. One saw him dropping into the butterfly position as he made a glove save on a Nashville laser shot.Center Derick Brassard broke the scoring deadlock at the 16:10 mark of the second period.Columbus defenseman Milan Jurcina fired a slap shot from just inside the blue line in the Predator’s zone. The puck was re-directed by Brassard from the middle of traffic in front of the net and slid through the five-hole of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne. OSU product R.J. Umberger also assisted on the play.“I parked myself in front of the net,” Brassard said of the goal. “You get yourself there and good things can happen.”Columbus continued the scoring in the third.Following a hooking penalty on Nashville captain Jason Arnott, Jackets’ left-wing Kristian Huselius cashed in on the power play opportunity with his 16th goal of the season.The goal came on a special teams’ play that would have pleased Hickory coach Norman Dale, of the Hoosiers movie fame.While set up in their power play, Columbus made five crisp passes between each Jacket player on the ice, before Huselius took the shot and put the puck in the net. Thirty-nine seconds later, Fredrik Modin extended the Blue Jackets’ lead to three, as Rinne lay helplessly on his back after a collision in front of the net.The Predators bravely hung in, converting on two scoring chances as the third period winded down.First Martin Erat beat Mason high and left with a wrist shot, and then Patric Hornquist drew Nashville to within one with a rebound goal.The Jackets’ faithful began to get a little restless. They had seen this scenario before.But Mason was up to the challenge as he withstood the onslaught of Predator shots to make the lead stand up and deliver the victory for Columbus.Hitchcock was effusive in his praise of his goalie following the game.“Our goalie was the best player on the ice and we needed him today,” Hitchcock said. “He can win games by himself.”The Jackets’ coach confirmed that Mason will get the start again against the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night. With the Kings bringing a 4-1 record in their last five games, they’re sure to need another stellar game from him.
Visitors can see the original Beowulf manuscriptCredit:British Library Examples of expert craftmanship are on showCredit:Ashmolean Museum It is popularly held as a period when Britain and the rest of the world fell into a deep decline.But according to the British Library, the Dark Ages were anything but. The curator of a new exhibition has suggested the term unfairly maligns a time of great creativity and enlightened thinking.Dr Claire Breay said that objects in the “once-in-a-generation” exhibition, which opens on Friday, show that Britain was sophisticated and pioneering. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––She told The Telegraph: “I think people always think of this time as the Dark Ages. “We are trying to show the public and encourage them to engage with the literary and artistic evidence of the [Anglo-Saxon peoples’] complex and sophisticated lives.”At the time, she said, Britain lead the world in areas such as poetry, shown by texts like Beowulf, medicine, and organisation of land and taxes, which is shown by the Domesday Book. Displayed together for the first time are outstanding illuminated and decorated manuscripts, spanning six centuries from the eclipse of Roman Britain in the 5th century to the Norman Conquest of 1066. The intricate jewels worn by the rich can also be seen, with a notable example being the bright Alfred Jewel, surrounded by delicate gold carvings. Britain’s literary tradition is also on display; four principal manuscripts of Old English poetry are shown together for the first time, with the British Library’s unique manuscript of Beowulf displayed alongside the Vercelli Book returning to England for the first time from the Biblioteca Capitolare in Vercelli; the Exeter Book, and the Junius Manuscript.Visitors can also see music scores written for horns to be played centuries ago, displayed alongside an original instrument.There are many firsts to see in the exhibition; from the first political biography of a woman, to the first English letter.Dr Breay added: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see an outstanding array of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and objects produced over six centuries, which demonstrate the sophistication and interconnected European world of Anglo-Saxon art, literature and history.” Dr Breay added: “That’s what made Britain so attractive for other countries to invade – it was prosperous and well-organised.“The exhibition shows many examples of just how sophisticated our literary tradition was.“Not only that but the Domesday Book shows the degree of the administrative sophistication we had.”Many of the objects show expert craftsmanship which has stood the test of time, most notably the brightly-decorated manuscripts which still glow and gleam in their original coloured ink. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING the death of a man in his late 60s who was struck by a car in Carrigtwohill, Cork this evening.The incident occurred at around 6.45pm on the Carrigtwohill to Midleton Road.One lane of the road currently remains closed while a forensic team examines the scene.Investigating gardaí say no other person was injured in the collision.They are appealing for witnesses to contact Cobh Garda Station on 021-4908530, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.
Four decades later, Clark County District Court Judge James Swanger still remembers the moment he decided to pursue a career in law.He’s a little fuzzy on the details, such as his age and grade in high school, but what he does remember is flipping through a catalog from the University of Washington School of Law that his older brother brought home.As he read through the course descriptions, he fixated on constitutional law. “It was really interesting to me,” he said.Law always fascinated Swanger, he said, so he decided to give it a shot. Ironically, his brother chose to pursue business instead.Swanger’s other career option was a doctor. “But the math and science just wasn’t there,” he said.Not that it matters, because after serving 18 years on the bench — the first six as a District Court commissioner — he doesn’t regret his decision.And now, Swanger, 62, will retire Tuesday.The Clark County Bar Association is sending him off Saturday with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented during its annual Barrister’s Ball.“He was nominated for the work he’s done for the community outside the courtroom as much as inside the courtroom,” said Christie Emrich, a criminal defense attorney and trustee of the Clark County Bar Association.Emrich said Swanger is known for treating everyone who comes before him with respect and for his pleasant demeanor.“On the bench, he’s respected by litigants who stand in front of him, the attorneys who’ve had the pleasure of working with him,” she said.
Scott Heuiser, Soldotna Store Manager: “We are keeping the money local. 100% of our beverage sales on News Years day will go to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Soldotna.” Baristas at Kaladi Brothers will be donating their wages, tips, and total sales towards the Boys and Girls Club of Soldotna. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kaladi Brothers employees at the Kobuk store in Soldotna will once again be spending New Year’s Day volunteering their time to support a local non profit. Last year the store donated over $1,000 towards Royal Family KIDS- Kenai camp. Heuiser: “It’s all about investing in the future of children so their futures can be brighter.” The Royal Family KIDS camp is a network of people giving up their time to make a difference in the lives of local orphaned and abandoned children.
After almost 20 years online, CNET is looking to print to expand its brand. Today the CBS Interactive tech website revealed its new quarterly magazine, which will feature exclusive content separate from the Web.The first issue rolls out with an introductory $5.99 cover price, which is priced a bit higher than several newstand issues, but lower than several quarterly or biannual SIPs. Readers also have the option to pre-order the winter issue, which arrives in March, but no other subscription options are available yet.The New York Times reports that CNET is guaranteeing advertisers a circulation of 200,000 for the initial release. It also reports that the rate card prices a one-time four-color full-page ad at $40,000.CNET is looking to capitalize on a Web-to-print trend that is becoming quite common as of late. WebMD, Pitchfork and AllRecipes are just a few brands that are leveraging the analog medium.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, June 12, 2019:#1) Last Day Of SchoolIt’s over. Wilmington Public Schools is holding an early release day for all students.#2) Wilmington School Committee MeetingThe Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Group Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Wilmington Board Of Appeals MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.#5) One-Woman Play About Christine McAuliffe At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a play about Christine McAuliffe at 6:30pm. Ask anyone about Christa McAuliffe and they will tell you exactly where they were when the Challenger shuttle launched; however, few people understand who Mrs. McAuliffe really was. American’s Teacher in Space was an educational pioneer and her goals and accomplishments are explored in this multi-media performance experience, which debuted in 2016 in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the challenger launch. Kalaora, Founder and Artistic Director of History at Play, has garnered nationwide attention for her one-woman, living history performances, chronicling the lives of legendary women. Her performances have received accolades from journalists, actors, and historians alike and have earned statewide and national recognition, as CHALLENGER: Soaring with Christa was honored by the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives, and is produced with the support and approval of both the McAuliffe and Corrigan Families. This family-friendly program is suitable for anyone grades 1 and up. Register HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, June 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, June 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
A vital voice of KYUK’s programming, John Active died on June 4, 2018. (Katie Basile / KYUK)On Thursday, June 7, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta gathered to honor and lay to rest Alaska’s own beloved legendary broadcaster and storyteller, John Active.Listen nowThe funeral services began at 2 p.m. as over 300 friends and family packed the Bethel Moravian Church to say “Tue-i-ngunrituq,” or “this is not the last time,” to John Joseph Aqumgaciq Active.“A lot of people know John. He has that voice that has knowledge,” Reverend Clifford Jimmie, who opened the service, said. “He will be missed, especially by the co-workers, because everybody used to hear him on KYUK.”“As Ted Stevens was Alaska, John Active was KYUK,” longtime KYUK employee Chris Ho, a close friend of John’s who recited the eulogy, said.“We appreciate everyone who shared their life with our brother, uncle, brother in-law, friend, soul mate and uppie, John Joseph Active. With love from the Active family,” Ho said.Following Clifford Jimmie’s sermon, songs and prayers, a last viewing and the burial, everyone gathered back at the church to eat and reflect.“So when the feasts like this, when he was able to make it to the feasts, we used to try to sit together.” Anna Kinegak, one of John’s cousins said. “He would eat and then he would go – [makes slurping noise – laughs]. Good memories of him; he was always very kind.”“Always treated me like family, even though I barely knew him, but he was my mom Eliza Jacobs’ half brother,” Fritz Gunlik, who was named after John’s brother, said.“Whenever I’d hear his voice, I’d hear him say, ‘if I was rich, I’d have somebody pick berries for me. Yeah, that’s him: always funny, always joking, always smiling, always teasing,” Gunlik said.Some shared memories, but wished to remain anonymous.“Dan Rather was 60 Minutes, but we have our own 60 Minutes, and he knows it. John Rather, KYUK, 60 Minutes. He always used to get a crack outta that. He was such a good character,” the man said.“Even if I’m having a gloomy day, listening to him, he’d make me laugh and I’d feel so much better, so he makes my day,” Teresa Slats said, adding, “I’m gonna miss him.”Joli Morgan worked on “Tundra Terror Theater” with John, coming up with creative ways to introduce the movies.“And John came up with the idea of a man-eating tree in Bethel. So we really sort of hyped that, and then we took the cameras out and we found a tree and John began to eat it,” Morgan said. “He was a very creative person.”“I’m glad he started ‘Ketvarrluku,’ the talk shows,” Ruth Evon said. “That was really good. You know, a lot of wisdom came out of that and from the elders. It’s good to have known him and he won’t be forgotten.”In memory of our colleague, elder, and friend, John Active.In partnership with Bethel Community Services Foundation, KYUK has put together a Memorial Scholarship in honor of John Active’s legacy, which will be awarded to a college student with “social ties to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta” who is working toward a degree in journalism, indigenous language, multimedia, or communications.
Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesDisaster relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Housing and Urban Development came to New York City communities like the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy.Forecasters say the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins today, could bring “above-normal” storm activity. Residents along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are making sure they have supplies and plans in place if a storm hits.But this year there are concerns that the federal agencies in charge of dealing with disasters — from providing emergency relief to rebuilding homes — may be less prepared than usual and could be hampered by proposed budget cuts.Last year provided a reminder of why many say federal assistance is vital. In October, Matthew slammed into Haiti as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, killing more than 500. After that, it swept up the U.S. Atlantic coast, pounding communities like St. Augustine, Fla., where beaches were washed away and much of the downtown was underwater.Eight months after the storm, St. Augustine and surrounding communities are still recovering, spending millions to rebuild the coastline. The emergency manager of St. John’s County, Linda Stoughton, says federal support for that effort is vital. “We understand disasters are local,” Stoughton says. “We responded. But we are going to need federal funding to make St. John’s County back to where it was.”This year, key federal agencies state and local governments, and the public depend on still don’t have leaders. Nearly five months after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, NOAA, the agency that oversees the government’s weather forecasting, is still without an administrator, as is the agency that responds to disasters, FEMA.At least in the case of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a nomination is pending. The Trump administration has named the former head of Alabama’s emergency management agency, Brock Long, to the position and a confirmation hearing is expected soon.FEMA’s last director, Craig Fugate, who stepped down in January, says day-to-day operations at the agency are in good hands, so he’s not concerned about a temporary vacuum at the top. He says, “The bigger challenge is longer term, is setting the tone and direction of the agency; being able to represent the agency in the policy discussions at the highest level of government.”With no permanent administrator in place for those discussions, FEMA is one of the agencies that have been targeted for significant cuts under the budget the president submitted to Congress. Under that budget, a program that helps states and communities take long-term measures to reduce losses from disasters, the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, has been cut by more than 60 percent. The budget also eliminates funding for an ongoing effort to improve and redraw the nation’s flood maps.“This is a very harmful approach that’s essentially saying that states are on their own, communities are on their own in terms of responding and recovering from these disasters,” says Rachel Cleetus, a climate policy expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists. “And the reality is, states just don’t have the budgets.”For states and communities hit by floods, tornadoes, wildfires and other disasters, the Trump budget slashes another important source of recovery funds. The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides money that helps communities rebuild after a disaster, after FEMA has moved on. The Trump budget cuts that $3 billion fund to zero. Cleetus says the HUD funding has been a lifesaver to communities around the country. “It was certainly used after Katrina,” she says. “It was used after Sandy. Most recently it was used last year, after Hurricane Matthew.” St. John’s County received more than $48 million from HUD after Matthew, money that’s helping rebuild roads and some of the 1,400 homes affected by the storm.As alarming as she finds it, Cleetus acknowledges that Trump’s budget is unlikely to be adopted. Congress, not the president, determines how money is allocated to federal agencies. Former director Fugate says FEMA has enjoyed stable funding since 2011 under a formula developed by Congress and the White House after Hurricane Irene. So despite the cuts to his former agency, Fugate says, “I don’t get too excited when the president submits their budget. I wait until I start seeing what the appropriations chairs have to work with and what their initial marks are. Because that’s a better indicator of what ultimately will get funded or not get funded.”FEMA, like many other federal agencies, is likely to be squeezed, Fugate says. But the agency, its mission and its funding have broad bipartisan support among members of Congress — especially those from communities where FEMA has helped pick up the pieces.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
There’s never been a dearth of Pokemon merchandise in the world, and there’s plenty of weird stuff out there, too. There’s Pokemon curry, toothpaste, personal products and more out there. But could there really be a plushie out there that’s modeled after main character Ash Ketchum’s butt?The short answer is no. Japanese Twitter denizen @20o__omari18 stumbled upon a very peculiar plushie when visiting one of Japan’s Pokemon Centers, where you can find just about any Pokemon merchandise you want. It looks a whole lot like Ash is bending over to give you an eyeful of everything he’s got. It’s pretty lewd, especially considering it’s a kids’ show.一瞬サトシがケツ出してるんかと思って1人で笑ってしまった pic.twitter.com/QgKFvC5ScW— ケツ (@3o__omari18) September 20, 2017But as it turns out, of course, because who would actually put a bare ass on a kid’s toy, that it was actually a plushie that featured a Rowlett in a backpack, and the packaging looked as such like Ash was carrying the adorable owl Pokemon around in his backpack. You’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise, however, as the owl’s color looks similar to flesh tones, and its head is particularly butt-shaped in the images we’ve seen of the product. It’s eerie, and pretty uncanny. If you came upon that in a toy store, you might actually think you were looking at a stuffed butt. Which would be pretty uncool.It’s pretty bad design when you look at it from across a room though, to be honest. Even Pokemon pros could look at that toy and have to do a double take like the eagle-eyed Twitter user did and posted to their social media profile. Either way, it’s still a pretty hilarious situation, no matter how you slice it. What are your favorite Pokemon plushes? Do they also resemble posteriors? We’re willing to bet that they don’t.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on target
in Featured, News November 2, 2018 471 Views Share Cheryl Cook Foreclosure HOUSING Marc Wagman mortgage Potestivo & Associates P.C. 2018-11-02 Rachel Williams Potestivo & Associates Announces Hiring of Wagman and Cook Potestivo & Associates, P.C., announced the hiring of Marc Wagman, who will serve as Supervising Bankruptcy Attorney in the Chicago office, and Cheryl Cook, who will serve as Supervising Bankruptcy Attorney in the Rochester office. Potestivo & Associates, P.C., provides providing legal solutions to the real estate finance and credit industry. Headquartered in downtown Rochester, Michigan, the firm also maintains full-service operations in Rochester, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois, with a satellite office providing select services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Prior to joining Potestivo, Wagman worked at a variety of law firms in the Chicago area, including his own private practice where his focus was creditors’ rights and consumer financial issues. He brings over 14 years’ bankruptcy experience in creditor and debtor representation, adversary lawsuits, examinations, and a plethora of motions and evidentiary hearings. Wagman is a member of the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, and belongs to the American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, and DuPage County Bar Association.Cook brings over 22 years’ experience representing banks, lenders, and businesses in bankruptcy proceedings, commercial litigation, loan workouts, and general creditors’ rights matters. Cook is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Bankruptcy Institution, and Federal Bar Association (Eastern District). She has taken a hands-on, active role in local communities by participating in Habitat for Humanity and various other home restoration activities in Oakland and Wayne County.Brian Potestivo, President-Managing Attorney, stated, “We are fortunate to have Marc and Cheryl join our team. They are both knowledgeable and capable in bankruptcy practice and will be a valuable asset to the firm.”
• Upon further review: Vikings vs. Seahawks (FoxSports.com)Then Pete Carroll and the Seahawks rolled into town and humbled the Vikings in every way imaginable, in a 38-7 beatdown. Minnesota’s 125 total yards were the fewest in a game by any NFL team this season, according to STATS.• Adrian Peterson: Minnesota Vikings need to ‘evaluate some things’ and being ‘outcoached’ (Scout.com)“I felt like we were out of sync. Definitely give credit to Seattle; they did a good job of coming in and forcing us to do things differently. They were just the better team,” Peterson said. “They were more aggressive, more physical, and they outcoached us as well.” The disgruntled Peterson and Vikings will be in Glendale Thursday night to visit the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in a pivotal NFC battle.From now until kickoff, we’ll keep you updated with everything going on with the Vikings as we go … Behind Enemy Lines.Thursday, December 10• Time off last year has Adrian Peterson feeling fresh in fourth quarter (ESPN.com)According to ESPN Stats & Information, Peterson is averaging 7.94 yards per carry in the fourth quarter this season, which is the highest average of his career by a staggering 1.49 yards. Peterson has found plenty of room to run in the fourth, largely in games where the Vikings have been able to put their power running sets in front of him and move defenders out of the way. He’s averaging 4.36 yards before contact in the fourth quarter this year. But he’s also posting a 3.57-yards-per-carry average after contact, thanks to some of the big runs he’s been able to break as defenses are wearing down.• Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr and Linval Joseph ruled out for Vikings (ESPN.com)As the Minnesota Vikings head out to Arizona to face the Cardinals on Thursday night, they’re going to have to face the league’s top-ranked offense without the same key defenders who were missing during Sunday’s 38-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling • Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin on Teddy Bridgewater: ‘He was so scared’ (ESPN.com)“He was so scared,” Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin told NFL.com. Teddy’s a really good quarterback, and he’s going to do some big things in this league. But we had him (rattled).”• Vikings’ postseason hopes could be undone by offensive confusion (ESPN.com)“It seems like all the losses this year, it’s been that way. Every time we end up being one-dimensional on offense, it really makes it hard on [offensive coordinator] Norv [Turner] to call a play,” said guard Brandon Fusco. “You want to be able to run the ball with the best running back in the NFL, wear defenses out, and we just didn’t do that.”• Vikings offensive line taking protection issues personally (Star Tribune)Constant pressure has also hindered Bridgewater’s ability to make plays and develop the Vikings’ passing game after falling behind early. Bridgewater threw for just 118 yards on Sunday with no touchdowns.• Vikings outplayed, embarrassed in loss to Seahawks (Star Tribune)The Vikings got another chance to show the rest of the NFL that they are serious Super Bowl contenders — not just a pretty good team that has an uncanny knack for kicking inferior opponents when they are down — when they played host to the two-time reigning NFC champions on Sunday. • Banged-up Vikings face stiff primetime test against soaring Cardinals (Star Tribune)Dealing with injuries is nothing new for Zimmer’s defense. That unit has often played the past two months without a standout starter. First it was defensive end Everson Griffen, followed by defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, rookie middle linebacker Eric Kendricks, Smith … and now Barr and Joseph.• Vikings preview: Should the Vikings even bother showing up in Arizona? (Star Tribune)Of course they should, but the deck is stacked against them in many ways as the Vikings take on the 10-2 Cardinals. • Preview: Can Vikings withstand defensive injuries against high-flying Cardinals? (1500ESPN.com)Without stalwarts at each level of the defense, Mike Zimmer will have a lot of talent handcuffed to the sideline in one of their toughest tests of the season against the Cardinals’ No. 1-ranked offense led by MVP-candidate Carson Palmer. • Vikings Zimmer, Cardinals Arians Cut from Cloth of Experience (Vikings.com)Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer and Arizona Head Coach Bruce Arians each had 20 seasons of NFL experience as assistants before they were hired by their respective teams as first-time head coaches. • Vikings’ Harrison Smith, Linval Joseph, Anthony Barr not practicing Monday (ESPN.com)Safety Harrison Smith, linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive tackle Linval Joseph — who missed all or most of Sunday’s game — were all non-participants during the Vikings’ walkthrough Monday evening. Safety Antone Exum was also not practicing, while safeties Andrew Sendejo and Robert Blanton were watching on the side.• On the NFL: Vikings can’t help but to look ahead (Star Tribune)As much as we think they might, NFL players typically don’t sulk or cower in corners sucking their thumbs for days after a humiliating loss. Not even when they lose 38-7 at home four days before having to play a 10-2 Cardinals team in Arizona.• Division title likely to be at stake in Vikings-Packers rematch (Star Tribune)Minnesota, with injury questions on defense and plenty of soul-searching to do after Sunday’s 38-7 loss to Seattle, must travel to Arizona on short rest for a Thursday night game against arguably the most well-rounded team in the league.The Packers, on the other hand, face a Dallas team loaded with problems — most notably at quarterback, with Tony Romo out with his second major injury of the season. Top Stories • Sluggish Vikings offense feels the heat to produce (Star Tribune)The pressure isn’t only to improve on Sunday’s season-low totals of 31 yards rushing and 125 total yards. Or limit the turnovers and the kind of penalties that put the Vikings in first-and-30 and fourth-and-38 situations against Seattle.• Vikings add a pair of safeties as Exum goes on IR (Star Tribune)The Vikings signed safeties Shaun Prater and Anthony Harris to the 53-man roster Tuesday and placed safety Antone Exum Jr. on injured reserve.The moves come less than 24 hours after all four safeties — Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring), Andrew Sendejo (knee), Robert Blanton (knee) and Exum (ribs/shoulder) — missed practice Monday.• Rookie Edmond Robinson preparing for first start, ‘ready to go’ if Barr held out (1500ESPN.com)One of the guys Zimmer is trying to put in the best spot is rookie linebacker Edmond Robinson, who said he’s being prepared to make his first career start on Thursday night in Arizona as Barr has been held out with a groin injury he re-aggravated in Sunday’s loss to Seattle. Barr has also played through a broken left hand and knee issues.• Teddy Bridgewater said he’ll remember ‘scared’ comment from friend Bruce Irvin (1500ESPN.com) • Kyle Rudolph: Vikings must be able to produce in ‘different ways’ on offense (1500ESPN.com)“For us as an offense, we need to figure out a way to become multi-dimensional, and adjust throughout the course of the game when things aren’t going well in the run game,” Rudolph said. “We need to be able to make plays in the passing game. We’ve put that on tape a couple times now that if you stop Adrian, you’re going to have a good chance of stopping us offensively. That can’t be the case. We have to be able to win games in different ways offensively.”• Egos bruised, Vikings prepare to fight in Arizona (Fox Sports North)Traveling to Arizona for a Thursday night game is about as far from a reprieve as the schedule could have afforded the Vikings following their 38-7 defeat by Seattle on Sunday that pushed them back into a first-place tie in the NFC North.Monday, December 7• Missed tackles plague Vikings against Russell Wilson, Thomas Rawls (ESPN.com)“We just were on our heels all day,” linebacker Chad Greenway said. “It kind of felt that way on the field — just kind of trying to react to what they were doing and not being up to speed with it. We never got comfortable out there, and got those key third-down stops to get off the field, to kind of get yourself in a rhythm and take the rhythm away from them.” Teddy Bridgewater was knocked down roughly once every five times he dropped back to pass in Sunday’s 38-7 loss to Seattle.Afterward, Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, who levied one of the seven QB knockdowns and got his hand on Bridgewater even more than that, said he sensed fear from Bridgewater, the second-year quarterback known for his poise. He’s been pressured at one of the highest rates in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, and the Seahawks took full advantage.• Peterson eager to get more opportunities in Vikings offense (FoxSportsNorth.com)Adrian Peterson said the more carries he gets, the more he believes he can help a Minnesota Vikings offense that has struggled to consistently deliver big plays.Tuesday, December 8• Mike Zimmer not worried about Adrian Peterson’s critical comments (ESPN.com)When asked Sunday if he wished the Vikings would have stuck with the run longer, Zimmer said, “Yeah, probably.” And when asked about Peterson’s opinion he should have run the ball more on Sunday, Zimmer said, “He probably should.”• Vikings’ Antone Exum to miss 2-3 weeks with rib, shoulder injuries (ESPN.com)Antone Exum, who has started the past two games for the Vikings, fractured a rib and injured the AC joint in his shoulder in the first quarter on Sunday, according to a league source. The Minnesota Vikings entered Week 13 in a good place.At 8-3, the Vikings held a half-game lead over the Green Bay Packers for first place in the NFC North. Mike Zimmer’s team had also won six of its last seven games.Then Sunday happened.The Vikings were handed a 38-7 beatdown at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. It was Minnesota’s worst loss of the season. Veteran running back Adrian Peterson spouted off after the game, saying the Vikings lost because they were outcoached. He also complained about only getting eight carries in a game where his team lost by 31 points. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Wednesday, December 9• Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr, Linval Joseph miss second day of practice (ESPN.com)The Minnesota Vikings were without nose tackle Linval Joseph, linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith for a second straight day of practice Tuesday, and the chances of their defense being at full strength for Thursday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals appear slim.• Adrian Peterson reiterates Vikings were ‘outcoached’ by Seahawks (ESPN.com)Two days after he said the Minnesota Vikings were outcoached “in so many ways — and outplayed, too” in a 38-7 loss to the Seahawks, running back Adrian Peterson stood by his comments, while reminding reporters he’d also said he could have done more to change the outcome of the game.• Does Teddy Bridgewater hear criticism? ‘He’s human,’ Mike Zimmer says (ESPN.com)Now that the Vikings are in the middle of a NFC North title hunt, and Bridgewater has 23 career starts to his name, things are starting to change for the 23-year-old quarterback. His numbers — while similar to his solid rookie season in every meaningful respect — haven’t improved with a better complement of receivers and Adrian Peterson in the backfield. Even though Bridgewater has been playing behind a porous offensive line all season, he’s starting to hear it from fans who showered the Vikings with boos during a 38-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
July 26, 2007 The metalshop team recently worked on a new project for the Crafts III building. One of the large doors to the east balcony will be fitted with a screened insert. Volunteer crew member Darina Trendafilova welds together some very long pieces of steel for one of the three frames. [Photo & text: sa] Corners of the steel frames are plugged and then sanded smooth. [Photo & text: sa] Metalshop coordinator Philip Bonham sands the frames before application of a rust proof primer. This report continues on 8/1/07. [Photo & text: sa]