NEW MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!

first_imgNew Merchandise for sale!It’s been a big couple of weeks in the TFA office, as new merchandise is filling up our storage room.With the new logo confirmed, many new items have been ordered, including several items of new or updated referees gear.Here are some of the things you can pick up:* Referees shirts- With the new logo for $35.75 each* Referees shorts- With the new logo for $29.90 each or with the old logo for just $25.00* Referees caps- White sports mesh cap, embroidered with the new logo and word `referee’ on the back for $15.00 (pictured here)* Referees surf hat- Wide brim hat, navy blue with new logo and word `referee’ embroidered. Great for summer and just $15.00(pictured here)* Referees gear bag- Available in red/blue or green/gold with the new logo embroidered on the top. Just $40.00 (pictured here) or $30.00 with the old logo * Personal organiser case- A perfect Christmas present for your parents or perhaps a thank you gift for a coach or team manager…a case for their personal organiser! Black with the new logo printed on the front (pictured here)* Azuma shoes- If you’re after a new pair of shoes for the summer Touch season, why not try the Azuma Bexstas? They are just $105.00 and are available in White, Blue or Black in all sizes. These shoes retail at over $200. As a big opening special, if you buy a pair of Bexsta’s you can also buy a pair of Predator running shoes for just $55.00 (normally $105 through TFA and retailing at over $200). To place an order, simply contact Rachel Grant on media@austouch.com.au or (02) 6285 2703. Remember the office closes at the end of this week, so you’ll have to be quick to get your orders in before Christmas!last_img

Francis out for the season with ACL

first_imgBournemouth have confirmed Simon Francis will miss the rest of the season after becoming the club’s latest anterior cruciate ligament victim.Club captain Francis sustained the injury in the first half of the Cherries’ Boxing Day loss to Tottenham in the Premier League, leaving the Wembley pitch on a stretcher.He will now face six to nine months on the sidelines, joining Lewis Cook in the treatment room after the England midfielder suffered the same injury earlier this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We are devastated to have lost Simon to a serious knee injury,” Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the club’s official website.”It is a huge blow for us to lose our captain and someone who has performed so well and consistently for the team over a long period of time.”There is a long road ahead, but Simon is a model professional who has a positive mindset and is surrounded by good people. I know he will leave no stone unturned in order to get back as soon as possible.”He will receive the best possible medical care as well as the love and support of everyone at the club.”Through the good and bad, we’re with you every step of the way, Franno! #afcb pic.twitter.com/Qve8nN0RV6— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) December 27, 2018Bournemouth have had dreadful luck with knee injuries to first-team players since they won promotion to the Premier League in 2015.Striker Callum Wilson has twice sustained similar setbacks to those facing Cook and Francis, while Tyrone Mings missed the vast majority of the 2015-16 campaign after suffering torn knee ligaments on his club debut.Bournemouth have lost seven of their last nine Premier League games, slipping to 11th in the table after their latest set-back – a 5-0 defeat at Wembley to Spurs.The road gets no easier for the Cherries when they return to action on Sunday with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

RGD Advises Persons to Collect Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

first_imgStory Highlights Speaking with JIS News, the RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte, explained that the outreach is necessary, as many persons have not returned for their certificates. Miss Whyte informed that persons who are entitled to a free first birth certificate for their babies as a result of bedside registration are also being invited to pick up their certificates. “As of 2007, we started bedside registration where persons were entitled to a free first birth certificate; however, many of these remain uncollected to date,” she noted. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) is inviting persons with uncollected birth, marriage and death certificates to attend its Twickenham Park and Portmore offices in St. Catherine on Friday, November 17, to pick up their documents. The event, dubbed ‘Mega Outreach’, is being hosted by the RGD in an effort to remind persons to collect their certificates.Speaking with JIS News, the RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte, explained that the outreach is necessary, as many persons have not returned for their certificates.“Over the years, people have been applying for birth, marriage and death certificates that they have not collected. Sometimes, they don’t find the time to pick them up or they forget to collect them, so we are on a drive to get these certificates out,” she said.She is advising that persons who had applied and specified that they would pick up at the Portmore office should collect at that location.Miss Whyte informed that persons who are entitled to a free first birth certificate for their babies as a result of bedside registration are also being invited to pick up their certificates. “As of 2007, we started bedside registration where persons were entitled to a free first birth certificate; however, many of these remain uncollected to date,” she noted.Several stakeholders have been invited to participate in the day to promote their products and services. These include the National Housing Trust, Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, Jamaica Public Service, Kirk Distributors, GraceKennedy, National Family Planning Board and Tax Administration Jamaica.Miss Whyte added that it is important to note that the certificates will still be available after the Mega Outreach Day and there is no penalty for collecting thereafter. The Mega Outreach is the first in a series of similar activities that have been planned in celebration of the 138th anniversary of the RGD. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) is inviting persons with uncollected birth, marriage and death certificates to attend its Twickenham Park and Portmore offices in St. Catherine on Friday, November 17, to pick up their documents. The event, dubbed ‘Mega Outreach’, is being hosted by the RGD in an effort to remind persons to collect their certificates.last_img read more

Stars To Help Sam Moore Celebrate His 80th Birthday At Charity Concert

first_imgSam Moore comes home to Miami to celebrate his 80th birthday with some adoring superstar friends for benefit event “Salute the Soul Man” on Saturday, November 21 at 8:00pm at the Fillmore Jackie Gleason Theatre.Moore will be performing alongside Sting, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael McDonald, Randy Jackson, Don Henley and many others to raise money and awareness for the not-for-profit corporation Soul, Arts & Music Foundation, Inc. (The SAM).The contributions of music legend Sam Moore are unmistakable; with his stand-out lead vocals in the GRAMMY winning soul duo “Sam & Dave,” and his critically acclaimed solo career that has lasted over 30 years, Sam has had a successful 60-year career in music. He has received many accolades and has been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, The Memphis Music Museum Hall of Fame, the Florida Music Hall of Fame, and The Grammy Hall of Fame. He was presented with a British MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award and is one of a few artists who has performed for The Queen of England and all five of the living American Presidents of the United States of America more than once. Sam has collaborated with such icons over his illustrious career including Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Billy Gibbons, Vince Gill, Jon Bon Jovi, Wynonna Judd, Reba, Pink Floyd, Billy Preston, Kid Rock, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Travis Tritt, Conway Twitty and Jackie Wilson, among many others.“I never thought I’d be able to come home to Miami and be celebrated, but it’s happening,” said Moore. “Most people think I was from Memphis but I grew up in Overtown. I got my break at The King of Hearts in Liberty City when Steve Alaimo insisted he wanted to record my partner-at-the-time Dave Prater and myself. That break is what started it all. Now I’m back and I’m so excited I can’t stand myself. I’m so blessed with friends and my God-given talent, my good health and my wife who wouldn’t ever let me quit.”Close to his heart is the Soul, Arts & Music Foundation (The SAM), a not-for-profit organization founded with Sam’s vision of engaging, educating and inspiring the new generations to participate in the performing arts. Alongside this mission, the organization celebrates, recovers and secures rights for legacy American recording artists to payments and copyright protections, as well as preserving the histories and legacies of Sam’s peers through education curriculum, community engagement, and historic and memorial sites.The SAM has recently formed a partnership with Florida International University (FIU), providing learning opportunities for students and communities, particularly at-risk and disadvantaged youth. This program will help students learn about some of the most impressive, important and influential genres and styles of American contemporary music and the artists whose souls are embodied within them.“I get to work with FIU to build the curriculums and leave not only my legacy but those of so many of my dearly missed departed peers to teach and inspire future generations while I continue to assert my voice as loud as I can and get my peers the rights and payments they’ve deserved all these long, long years. I can’t think of anything better I could do before I’m called to my final home,” said Moore.Find out more about this event here.last_img read more

Justin Trudeau keeps low profile at G7 as election campaign looms

BIARRITZ, France — He may have spent the weekend an ocean away from home, rubbing elbows with world leaders during tense talks on international crises, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kept cool, collected and decidedly out of the fray.For a political leader who thrives in the flash of cameras and curated social media content, it was an uncharacteristic approach for Trudeau at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, which wrapped up Monday.With the start of an election campaign just weeks away, Trudeau kept things low-key. He steered a wide berth around the debris field trailing U.S. President Donald Trump, save for one largely uneventful bilateral meeting, and stayed focused squarely on the Liberal party’s key election talking points: the economy, taking action on climate change and raising the fortunes of the middle class.In their meeting Sunday, Trudeau praised the new, albeit not yet ratified, free trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, a favourite subject of Trump’s. Gone was the tough talk about Canada not being pushed around — a sentiment that triggered a Twitter tantrum from the confines of Air Force One in the final moments of last year’s G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Que.It seemed to work: when right-wing commentator and Rebel Media founder Ezra Levant called out Trudeau on Twitter for what he called “submissive” body language, Trump himself came to the prime minister’s defence.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“No, we actually had a very good and productive meeting,” Trump tweeted in response to Levant. “Nice!”No, we actually had a very good and productive meeting. Nice! https://t.co/aXeUWcPTc1— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2019In each and every bilateral meeting with a world leader he held on the margins of the two-day summit — Trump, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, among others — Trudeau made sure to mention trade, the global economy and climate issues.Indeed, climate was top of mind throughout the weekend, thanks to the wildfires ravaging the Amazon rainforest and burning up social media feeds around the world.Canada pledged $15 million and the use of Canadian water bombers, adding to a separate US$20-million commitment from the G7, part of which will be earmarked for a long-term global initiative to protect the rainforest.The money the G7 nations put forward for the Amazon will be aimed specifically at Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay, said Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, with urgent brigades to combat fires and specialized planes. “We think we have to protect these real lungs of our world,” Pinera said.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a populist, far-right leader who initially dismissed the gravity of the threat, relented Friday and promised 44,000 soldiers to help battle the blazes, which mostly seem to be charring land deforested for farming and ranching rather than burning through stands of trees.Trudeau wasn’t the only world leader hoping to quell any suggestion of discord. Both Trump and Macron sounded notes of unity as the gathering wrapped up, a markedly different tone from last year, when Trump demanded his name stricken from the shared communique.This time, leaders opted instead for a short, single page of statements about the economy, Iran and Hong Kong, among other global hotspots.“We actually had a very good meeting,” Trump said at a press conference of his own.“I had it out with one or two people where we disagreed in terms of concept, but we actually had a pretty good meeting last year. I would say that this was a big step above in terms of unity, in terms of agreement. We have really great agreement on a lot of important subjects, but last year was good also.”He added: “Last year might have been a little bit underrated.” Macron: Brazilian women should be ashamed of Bolsonaro for mocking my wife Brazilian warplanes dump water on Amazon as military begins fighting fires Brazilian states ask for military help as Amazon fires rage Fissures between the U.S. and six of the world’s other advanced economies were apparent, however, on issues including trade policy, Russia, Iran and climate change. Trump skipped the climate session, and repeated his push to invite Russia — ousted in 2014 over the annexation of Crimea — back into the group. That’s not about to happen, Trudeau insisted.His closing remarks sounded a lot like a stump speech — to say nothing of the Liberal campaign ad that happened to drop early Monday morning.“Around the world, hard-working middle class people are already having a hard time making ends meet, even with a growing economy, ” Trudeau said.“They’re worried about their jobs, about their businesses, about their future. They wonder what this uncertainty around the global economy means for their retirement, for their kids, for their communities. We in Canada believe that we should put the best balance sheet in the G7 to work for the middle class.”He denied any sort of pre-campaign strategy was in play — it just so happens that the G7’s priorities happen to align with the priorities of ordinary Canadians, he said.“When we had the opportunity to host the G7 last year, our focus was on the global economy, on growth for the middle class and indeed on climate and oceans. The year before that, we brought forward strong issues on the global economy and climate change. These are the issues that matter to Canadians and indeed to people around the world, and we will always highlight them in our actions and in our engagements,” Trudeau said.“I’m going to continue to do that at every opportunity I get to serve and represent Canadians both at home and on the world stage.”— With files from The Associated Press read more

Terrorism among key new challenges to protecting civilians in wartime Annan reports

The sexual exploitation of civilians, plundering of natural resources and terrorism are all emerging as challenges to the international community’s efforts to protect non-combatants in times of war, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report to the Security Council released today.The report, the third of its kind by the Secretary-General, focuses on challenges that occur during the transitional phase from conflict to peace, and stresses the importance of protecting civilians throughout that process.The report notes that the UN is working to ensure that the design of peacekeeping and relief operations incorporates protection measures for groups vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, including by UN and other humanitarian personnel.”Men, women and children displaced by conflict or other disasters are among the most vulnerable people on earth,” the Secretary-General writes. “They look to the United Nations and its humanitarian partners for shelter and protection. Anyone employed by or affiliated with the United Nations who breaks that sacred trust must be held accountable and, when the circumstances so warrant, prosecuted.”On the commercial exploitation of resources, the report notes that it is a growing problem that serves to fuel conflict while harming the security of the civilian population. “Individuals and companies take advantage of, maintain and have even initiated armed conflicts in order to plunder destabilized countries to enrich themselves, with devastating consequences for civilian populations,” Mr. Annan observes.The Secretary-General says that terrorism must be condemned without reservation, and at the same time warns that the targeting of civilians and the disproportionate use of force beyond legitimate military objectives are violations of international humanitarian law.Mr. Annan also points out that special problems may arise when terrorist organizations become involved in armed conflicts. UN efforts to ensure access to vulnerable populations and to structure appropriate contact with armed actors for this purpose “will be vastly more complicated if those armed actors are engaged in terrorist activities or are seen as being so involved,” he says, adding that the UN will need to formulate clear guidelines for its future work on protecting civilians in armed conflict where terrorist organizations are active. read more

Four million people food insecure in Madagascar after reduced harvest – UN

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned in a news release that an additional 9.6 million people are at risk of food insecurity. A joint assessment conducted in June/July by the two Rome-based agencies said the poor agricultural season was due to a combination of factors: erratic weather conditions last year, cyclones early this year – causing flooding – followed by a period of poor rains. Another factor was the devastation caused by a locust plague that both damaged crops and discouraged farmers from planting. The south of the island – already a chronically food-insecure area – has been particularly badly affected. The production of rice – the country’s staple – declined by 21 per cent this year, resulting in a national rice deficit of 240,000 metric tons for the 2013/14 marketing year. Maize production in 2013 will also not satisfy domestic requirements, according to the agencies, and an estimated 28,000 metric tons of imported maize will be required to help bridge the deficit. The joint UN report calls for swift locust control measures to avert further destruction of crops, preventing a potentially larger impact on national production in 2014.A three-year locust control programme, run by FAO and the Government of Madagascar, started on the island at the end of September with aerial surveys to identify and map out locust populations. Procurement of pesticides, vehicles and equipment for survey and control operations is in progress and spraying is expected to start by late October. The aim is to reduce locust populations through the treatment of more than two million hectares of infested land. “Food is the main expense for about one-third of households, which spend up to 75 per cent of their budget on food purchases,” says the report. “These figures are likely to rise as prices increase, while wages have not been adjusted to the current inflation rates.” WFP and FAO are joining together to assist vulnerable communities through, among other measures: provision of food assistance to the most vulnerable people with special emphasis on the needs of children, pregnant and nursing women; construction or rehabilitation in the south of the island of community infrastructure such as irrigation canals, dams and water catchment systems; and provision of adequate support to farmers to increase the production of staple crops such as rice, maize and tubers. read more

Dinos Schooled on the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Carbon High School students braved the blustery weather and dropping temperatures on Wednesday for an educational purpose.Local law enforcement and members of the Southeast Utah Health Department, as well as the Highway Safety Coalition, banded together to school the Dinos on the importance of driving aware and all of the dangers that go along with distracted driving, such as texting while operating a vehicle.These students were welcome to try out a course while driving golf carts and being distracted by attempting to text while “driving”, often crashing into the orange cones that made up the course. A special vehicle was also brought to the event for a simulation of a direct crash experience.The students that participated were welcome to collect grab bags with pamphlets, flyers, flashlights, lanyards and more before returning to class. This event was also hosted at Lighthouse High.“Our hope was to bring some awareness to the students about the importance of not getting distracted while operating a motor vehicle,” Sergeant Kelly Maynes with the Price City Police Department stated. read more

The Evening Fixnow with added animal rescue

first_imgA tricolour blows in the wind as dark clouds appear in Dublin earlier today. Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland. THINGS WE LEARNED#NO HAND, ACT OR PART: Under fire Health Minister James Reilly has told the Dáil that he had no role in choosing a site in Balbriggan for a primary care centre.#JOBSWATCH: It was a mixed day on the jobs front with pharma giant MSD announcing that it will be looking for 90 voluntary redundancies from among its 455 staff at Brinny, county Cork over the next six months, while generic drug firm Aspen said it will create 44 jobs as it expands its Dublin operation.#ABDUCTED: The search for five-year-old Welsh girl April Jones continues across the water with her mother making an emotional appeal for the return of her daughter. Police say they have 20 search sites and have received about 400 messages since an appeal for information earlier today.#A CLINTON IN IRELAND: Hillary that is. The US Secretary of State is expected to be one of about 50 foreign ministers to visit Dublin in December for a two-day meeting just 24-hours after the Budget announcement.#QUINNS IN COURT: According to RTÉ , the Supreme Court has been told by lawyers for IBRC that crucial new evidence about Seán Quinn Junior has emerged. They claim he had control over companies in the family group right up to and throughout a High Court case for contempt earlier this year.#SCIENCE: Seeing this photo will make you more productive at work. So says science.THINGS WE LOVED: It’s been up for just 24 hours but Sminky Animation’s latest video on breast cancer awareness month is getting some attention. We’re not surprised: The ISPCA just sent us this image of Jackie, a little Jack Russell who was recently rescued from a locked dog house. She had been shut inside for her whole life as the door of the small kennel was blocked by two pieces of concrete. She will be available for re-homing soon. Great news!The Cut has just started a new confessional series about the lies we’ve told in the past. Today’s offering from Jillian Goodman is one we can all probably relate to. Who didn’t want to swap their brown bread sandwich for a Cheesestring?This Opportunity of the Day. Turtle Power required.THINGS WE SHARED: Are you staying up for the first debate of the US Presidential Election campaign? If so, Buzzfeed’s drinking game will keep you going.Speaking of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney:last_img read more

Buy This Comic Ladycastle TPB

first_imgStay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “When King Mancastle and his mightly vassals ride off on crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out – that’s a lot less armor polishing for them to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle… Well, the women take umbrage with that. Now the blacksmith’s wife, Merinor, is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight, Sir Riddick, is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to fight, defend, build, and do all manner of noisy things the men had been doing while the women assumed they were just drunk.”If you’re looking for an all-lady fantasy adventure that will knock your socks off. Ladycastle will make your heart swoon with its tale of epic characters and filled with heart.LADYCASTLE(W): Delilah S. Dawson (I): Ashley A. Woods (CP1) & Becca Farrow (CP2-4) (C): Rebecca Nalty (C2-4) (L): Jim CampbellLadycastle, written by Delilah S. Dawson with art by Ashley A. Woods & Becca Farrow, colors by Rebecca Nalty and letters by Jim Campbell, is one of the hidden gems from BOOM! Studios earlier in the year that people couldn’t get enough of. We’ve covered this comic earlier in the year, but it’s just so good it deserves a little dedication to talk about the full trade coming out today.via BOOM! StudiosDelilah S. Dawson writes a story like no other. She highlights the tales of three very different type of women having to rise to their true potential to protect a kingdom. Dawson writes one of the most refreshing and most significant coming-of-age stories within Ladycastle. The outstanding thing about Dawson’s writing is the way you relate to these different characters. Each plays to various parts of the kingdoms well-being, but also carry the strength to help each other out when needed. Dawson brings personalities that sometimes clash within themselves and others, but still connect to the reader in their strengths and faults.Aeve, Merinor, and Gwyneff go through their individual characters developments which anchors them to become mightier as the story goes on. Aeve, a princess who has been locked away in a tower by her father’s rules, now plays on her own. Merinor, a blacksmith, is strong on the outside, but she has to find that strength to rule a kingdom with a little imposter syndrome running through her veins. Gwyneff, Aeve’s sister, has to learn to put the past behind her and lean into the future, stepping out of her father and sisters shadow.It’s not only refreshing to see these characters go through such personal and triumphant changes, but also great to see them work together to make the kingdom better. I’m a sucker for any story that has a grounded and built upon female friendship. Stories about ladies helping ladies physically, psychologically, emotionally, etc. are some of the best stories out there. Though Ladycastle sets itself in a fantasy world, the female bond is so strong within, leading the story into the brilliance that it is.via BOOM! StudiosAshley A. Woods (CP1) & Becca Farrow (CP2-4) take on the art, and it’s downright lovely. Woods opens up this world for us in the first chapter. Right off the bat, you’re in awe of her skill. You can tell she plays off of Dawson’s script in a fun whimsical way, but still being true to the nature of the sadness within. I became in awe of the smallest of details within Wood’s art. I can’t imagine it’s always easy to draw fantasy. Woods establishes character designs, colors and setting for Ladycastle are dreamlike and ethereal.Becca Farrow takes over chapters 2 through 4, and she continues Wood’s character design but in her way. While Wood’s art was more in the realm of dreamlike fantasy, Farrow’s art takes on a more realistic approach. Farrow’s attention to detail as well is outstanding, genuinely capturing and changing up facial expressions to make each character to make them stand out. I felt like every panel served me with a new look, but the story remains the same.via BOOM! StudiosRebecca Nalty as the colorist for Farrow’s chapters captures that realistic type of tone as well. While Woods uses colors of pastels and darks that make you feel like you’re floating on a cloud. Nalty flattens those uses of her colors within chapter’s 2-4 to bring us back down to earth. With the transition as well, it doesn’t hinder the story. It makes you feel like you’re reading the pilot then diving the series for a full course meal.Ever wondered what Game of Thrones would be like if the ladies took over? Ladycastle is probably the closest thing you’ll get to it. Ladycastle is filled with humor, songs and a whole lot of heart from women who are mighter than the sword. Ladycastle is available now on Comixology and in print.10/11/17 Releases – In addition to Ladycastle, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Spectacle #1 by Megan Rose Gedris (C, W, A, CA) Oni PressThe Woods #36 by James Tynion IV (W), Michael Dialynas (A), Ed Dukeshire (L) BOOM! StudiosMister Miracle #2 by Tom King (W), Mitch Gerads (A), Nick Derington (CA) DC ComicsLuther Strode: The Complete Series TP by Justin Jordan (W), Tradd Moore (A), Felipe Sobreiro (C), Fonografiks (L) Image ComicsLazaretto #2 by Clay McLeod Chapman (W), Jey Levang (I), Aditya Bidikar (L), Ignacio Valicenti (CA) BOOM! StudiosLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Daniel Stahnke appointed new Clark County Superior Court judge

first_imgIn what he called “a dream come true,” Daniel Stahnke was appointed Friday as a Clark County Superior Court judge.Stahnke currently serves as a Clark County Superior Court commissioner. Gov. Chris Gregoire picked him to replace Judge Roger Bennett, who is retiring Sept. 1.“It’s been a long journey for me,” Stahnke, 56, said Friday afternoon. “I started in 1981 as a Clark County Sheriff’s Office custody officer.”Stanhke didn’t have a college degree back then, but he wound up graduating from law school at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.“It was a family decision, with two young kids, to go to night school at Lewis & Clark while I worked the day shift in the jail,” he said. “It was quite a challenge for my family.”As a lawyer, he worked at English, Lane, Marshall, Barrar, Stahnke & Vanderwood. Since becoming a Superior Court commissioner in 2007, Stahnke’s cases have included domestic violence protection orders, family law, and juvenile offenses.“Daniel’s background in law enforcement, his private legal practice experience, and his years of service as a court commissioner will be tremendous assets to the Superior Court and Clark County residents,” Gregoire said in a news release. “I know he will do a great job and serve the court and county well.”In the results of a preference poll released two weeks ago, the Clark County Bar Association overwhelmingly chose Stahnke over his five opponents for the position. He gathered 117 of the 237 votes cast. Voters were asked to rate each candidate on their legal ability, judicial temperament, integrity and relevant law experience. Stahnke took the top number of votes, around 80 percent, in each category.last_img read more

Recommendations from Defense Base Study Expected in April

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The administration’s study of the health of the nation’s defense industrial base remains on course to issue recommendations in April. Working groups already have internally presented interim findings, reports Defense News. “Now we are taking those findings and turning them into recommendations for addressing those risks. We’re still in the process of that, and we’re on track to do that in mid-April,” Jerry McGinn, principal deputy director for DOD’s office of manufacturing and industrial base policy, said Monday. Working groups from DOD and other agencies have been examining the defense sector to recommend ways to cover gaps and weaknesses. “We have a lot of known risk areas,” McGinn told reporters.Photo by John Snyderlast_img read more

2 girls raped

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationTwo girls, one 11-year-old and another 15, were reportedly raped in separate incidents in Kishoreganj, reports UNB.In Pakundia, an 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two of her teen neighbours on Sunday evening in Purbopara village.Police arrested the suspects – aged 14 and 16 years – after the girl’s mother filed a case, UNB quoted investigation officer inspector Md Shafikul Islam saying.Evidence of rape was found in medical tests.A court sent the suspects to jail when they were produced before it on Tuesday.In Katiadi, Lohajuri Union’s ward number 6-member Abdul Rashid was arrested for his alleged involvement in the gang-rape of a 15-year-old girl.The victim was taken out of her home on 15 May with false promise of marriage and raped repeatedly for six days by three men.Her father filed a case on Tuesday with Katiadi police accusing four men.Sumon, 24, took the victim to one of his relatives’ house in Pakundia upazila and raped her with two of his friends, police said.The other suspects are Shuvon and Shamim.Quoting Katiadi police’s in-charge (investigation) Shafiqul Islam UNB says the girl was sent to the civil surgeon’s office for medical tests.Arrested ward member Rashid was produced before the court.last_img read more

Conjoined twins born at San José hospital

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica expecting conjoined twins — four sets of them Costa Rica’s first sextuplets born Fifth of Costa Rica sextuplets dies following surgery Dancer who lost a leg in Boston Marathon bombing finds solace in Costa Rican scuba diving Doctors at San Juan de Dios hospital in San José successfully delivered a pair of twin girls conjoined at the abdomen and thorax. According to a news release from the hospital, the twins, who were born earlier this month, are in stable condition.The babies, born to a 26-year-old resident of San José, are the first set of conjoined twins born in Costa Rica since 2009. Conjoined twins are extremely rare, occurring in approximately one out of every 50,000 pregnancies, yet there are currently three other women pregnant with conjoined twins in Costa Rica.Multiple births in general have made news this year in Costa Rica. In May, the country experienced a series of multiple births with one woman giving birth to the country’s first set of sextuplets after receiving fertility treatments. The high number of risky pregnancies spurred the Costa Rican Doctors and Surgeons Association to create new guidelines for fertility treatments.Fertility treatments are just one possible cause for multiple births and do not wholly explain the increase in these types of pregnancies. Doctors say the overlap of conjoined twin pregnancies is coincidence, but Alexis Castillo, president of the College of Doctors, confirmed to Costa Rican television network Teletica that doctors were looking into possible explanations for the increases in these types of pregnancies. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Turkey says US favorable to sale of armed drones

first_img Comments   Share   But analysts say some Congress members may oppose the sale of armed Predator drones to Turkey due to its tense relations with Israel, a close U.S. ally. A botched Turkish military airstrike in December aimed at the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party that killed 34 civilians is also likely to further complicate any sale.“The administration’s position (toward the sale) is favorable,” Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency quoted President Abdullah Gul as telling Turkish reporters after a meeting with Obama on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Chicago late Monday. “They are trying to convince Congress.”“President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and their aides are trying their best,” he added.The Turkish president said he told Obama during their discussions that the armed drones are not as lethal as F-16 fighter jets, which Turkey already has in its fleet, or the F-35 fighter jet whose development Turkey is involved in.“This must be explained to Congress,” Gul said. “They must not act begrudgingly toward an important allied country. They have to trust it.”Gul would not say how many armed drones Turkey has requested from the United States. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressANKARA, Turkey (AP) – President Barack Obama’s administration is inclined to sell armed drones to Turkey but has to convince Congress first, Turkey’s president told reporters after a meeting with the U.S. leader.Washington, which is providing technical and intelligence to Ankara in its fight against autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels, deployed four Predator drones from Iraq to Turkey last year. NATO-ally Turkey is now trying to acquire armed drones _ the kind the U.S. has used to target militants in places like Yemen and the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Last week, the Wall Street Journal said the attack, which struck a group of smugglers and resulted in one of the highest single-day death tolls in the long-standing conflict between Turkey and the rebels, was based on intelligence provided by a U.S. Predator drone.U.S. officials reportedly told the newspaper that the Turkish military carried out the attack before more information on the men was obtained, raising questions about how Turkey uses intelligence provided by the Predators.Turkish officials have dismissed the report, saying the first images of the group were captured by the Turkish military.The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which took up arms in 1984, is labeled a terrorist organization by Washington.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Patients with chronic pain give advice Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Diethelm Travel Group Named PATA Gold Awards Winner 2019

first_imgDiethelm Travel Group Named PATA Gold Awards Winner 2019Diethelm Travel Group Named PATA Gold Awards Winner 2019Leading Tour Operator Recognised for Distinctive Marketing Initiatives and ResultsDiethelm Travel Group (DTG), an award-winning inbound tour operator servicing Asia, has received the PATA Gold Award in the Marketing Media – E-newsletter category for 2019.Organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the annual awards recognise outstanding efforts in the region’s tourism industry focusing on four primary categories: Marketing, Education and Training, Environment, and Heritage and Culture. This year, winners were selected by an independent judging committee from nearly 200 entries.Diethelm Travel’s winning submission highlighted a recent e-newsletter campaign which took a multi-dimensional approach sharing a variety of content types and incorporating creative sources to showcase a comprehensive look at Diethelm Travel’s sustainable and responsible tourism initiatives.Designed to spark increased awareness of Diethelm Travel’s products and serve as a resource for travel agents to become more educated about responsible travel in Asia, the e-newsletter performed noticeably better than previous mailings with above-average open and click rates. Many travel agents shared the travel tips provided within the content to their own clients before clients embarked on their Asian journeys – the true sign of a successful mailing as it showed the increased awareness, care and commitment of all parties involved to support responsible travel.“We’re always looking for new ways to communicate important information and essential resources to our valued clients and travel partners while also ensuring our message is thought-provoking, accessible and even entertaining,” said Siprang Srinarintranon, Diethelm Travel’s Group Director of Marketing. “It’s an honour to be recognised by PATA for our ongoing efforts. Not only is it gratifying to see our collective teamwork celebrated but it also motivates us to continue building on our successful marketing activities.” Dedicated to creating exclusive Journeys of a Lifetime across Asia for the past six decades, Diethelm Travel prides itself on its expert team of travel professionals worldwide.Source = Diethelm Travel Grouplast_img read more

HUDs OIG Audit Finds loanDepot Originated Ineligible Loans

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Book last minute summer discounts on a Club Med ho

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