Weekend Picks: Deep Creek ICF World Championships, McHenry, Maryland


first_imgFor the first time since 1989, the United States has the amazing opportunity to host the World Canoe Slalom Championships! Deep Creek 2014 will world-slalom-champs2take place at the Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry, Maryland, on the weekend of September 17-20. Come on out and see the best of the best hit the water.Athletes from 45 different countries across the globe will gather at this famous mountaintop whitewater course to compete in Olympic fashion. For these paddlers, the event represents the culmination of their incredible efforts over the past year and they would love your support.Throughout the weekend, visitors have the chance to watch the races, attend ceremonies for the contestants, listen to musical performances, go to a variety of dinners and parties, and view the Whitewater Hall of Fame. Check out the full schedule of events to plan your trip.Buy your tickets, either for the entire event or for individual days and ceremonies, to be a part of the action. Join in on all the fun and international camaraderie that Deep Creek 2014 has to offer, and get inspired!last_img read more

U.S. Secretary of Defense Promotes U.S. Partnership in Brazil


first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo August 16, 2018 U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited South America for the first time. His first stop August 13, 2018 was Brazil, where he held meetings with Brazilian Defense Minister Joaquim Silva e Luna and Foreign Affairs Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, in Brasília. The topics of discussion included alternatives to further science and technology, political-military, and defense-industry cooperation to increase commerce between both partner nations. Mattis’s trip to Latin America follows a visit by U.S. Navy Admiral John Richardson, chief of Naval Operations, to Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. About a month before Richardson’s visit, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence also spent a week in South America. Speech at the Brazilian Army War College “I am here to make a down payment on our shared destiny as the hemisphere’s two largest democracies, and as defenders of our inter-American values: respect for fundamental human rights, the rule of law, and peace,” said Mattis during a visit to the Brazilian Army War College in Rio de Janeiro, August 14th. “The peoples of the Americas have a right to democracy and their governments have an obligation to promote and defend it.” Citing U.S.-Latin American relations as an example of long-term partnership, Mattis said the success and security of future generations depends on “how well we build trust at every level with our Western Hemisphere allies and partners today. America seeks to earn your trust daily; we want to be your partner of choice in this shared effort.” Mattis reminisced on World War II to emphasize the U.S.-Brazil partnership. American soldiers fought side-by-side with the Brazilian Expeditionary Force in Monte Castello, Italy, and the Brazilian Navy escorted more than 3,000 merchant ships –and lost only three. “Our native languages may differ, but four decades of military service have persuaded me that the profession of arms has a language of its own and a way of turning strangers into family,” said the retired U.S. Marine Corps general. Transformation in defense relationship In April 2018, Mattis directed his staff to enhance the U.S. defense relationship with Brazil, and build on the solid foundation already in place. “It happened after I picked up the phone and heard Minister Silva e Luna’s voice on the other end. He talked; I listened. When our call ended, I made that decision,” he explained. Mattis also talked about the broader military relationship Brazil and the United States share, as well as in research, “especially in space,” he highlighted. The two countries are negotiating an agreement to allow the United States to launch satellites from the Alcântara Launch Center, a facility operated by the Brazilian Air Force at the Brazilian Space Agency in Alcântara, state of Maranhão, in Brazil’s northern Atlantic coast. “We choose Brazil not because it lies along the equator, in a happy accident of geography, but because we want to work with Brazilians—people whose values we share. Outside actors cannot credibly say the same.” After all, he highlighted, Brazil is a worldwide leader as seen in their role in demining missions in Central and South America, and peacekeeping missions in Haiti, Lebanon, and Africa. Furthering military sales Mattis stated that the United States sees a future in military sales with Latin America. “America’s Foreign Military Sales program is second to none. Nations can freely choose to purchase where they wish and we respect that. After all, friends do not demand you choose among them. America is not looking to make quick cash; we are looking to earn and keep friends.” At the conclusion of his speech, Mattis answered questions from the audience. One asked if creating a sixth U.S. military branch, the Space Force, wouldn’t equate to militarizing space. Mattis argued that China already developed a weapon that can destroy satellites. He was also asked about U.S. operations in the South China Sea, and about territorial disputes between Beijing and its neighboring countries. Those are some of his and the U.S. Department of State’s priorities, he said, to keep the region peaceful and expect more transparency from the Chinese in international relations. Following his visit to the War College, Secretary Mattis visited the World War II Memorial, in Aterro do Flamengo. Mattis assumed office in January 2017.last_img read more

Dix Hills Man Pleads Not Guilty to Having Sex With Dog


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Dix Hills man has been accused of having sex with a dog that he allegedly stole and later beat with a baseball bat last year, authorities said.Steven Errante pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court to charges of animal cruelty, sexual misconduct and petit larceny.Prosecutors said the 26-year-old stole the Rottweiler-Labrador mix from a fenced-in pen behind a church near his home on Deer Park Avenue in October.The suspect then allegedly had sex with the dog in December, then brutally beat the dog, which suffered a fractured skull and was euthanized days later.Judge Barbara Kahn set bail for Errante at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.She also granted a request from the suspect’s attorney, Mary Beth Abbate, that Errante undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he understands the proceedings and can assist in his own defense.last_img read more

Troopers make felony drug arrest in Cortland County


first_imgPolice say Bucanelli traveled down “several” streets in the village of Homer before coming to a stop. State Police say Bucanelli will be arraigned in court at a later date. VILLAGE OF HOMER, N.Y. (WBNG) — New York State Police say troopers made a felony arrest in the village of Homer early Tuesday morning. Bucanelli was also charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree. All are misdemeanors.center_img They say troopers found drugs and meth making materials in Bucanelli’s vehicle. State Police say 32-year-old David M. Bucanelli was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in the 3rd degree after Bucanelli failed to comply with a traffic stop on State Route 11.last_img read more

Zimbabwe water shortage: The community that gets water from a cemetery


first_img– Advertisement – Contamination, from embalming fluids and decomposition, poses risks, but with experts saying rainfall will reduce a further 20%, water sources like this might be the community’s only choice. – Advertisement –center_img The residents of Hopley, a large settlement in the south of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, have had to take drastic measures to ensure they have access to water.As community wells dry up, people have been forced to use a well situated in a nearby graveyard.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Researchers warn of resistant flu, foodborne microbes


first_imgMar 19, 2008 – ATLANTA (CIDRAP News) – Serious microbial threats, including drug-resistant influenza and foodborne pathogens, remain stubbornly persistent even as unpredictable new threats are emerging, researchers said this week at the leading international conference on new and resurgent infectious diseases.Many of the threats are emerging in parts of the world too poor to fund adequate surveillance and control measures. And industrialized countries’ spending on intercepting those globalized infections is not keeping pace with the need.”Many of the challenges that face us right now are not likely to get better; in some ways, they are likely to get worse,” Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said during the opening speeches of the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, which the CDC sponsors along with several scientific organizations. “These problems can only be solved by the investment necessary to tackle them.”Research presented at the conference ranged from information on the complexities of controlling and treating influenza and other respiratory diseases to insights into foodborne disease transmission. And as always at such a large conference—a biennial gathering of 2,000 scientists giving roughly 500 papers and posters—there were the scientific equivalent of early-warning alarms.In influenza news, CDC and state health department researchers found that:Adamantane drugs, the older of the two classes of influenza antivirals, are becoming increasingly useless against seasonal flu. A global survey of isolates collected during the 2006-07 flu season found 72% of H3N2 strains were resistant to adamantanes; in Asia, 100 percent of H1N1 strains were resistant, though 94% of US H1N1 strains remained vulnerable to the drugs.Meanwhile, resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors, the second class of flu drug, is creeping up. Between 2004 and the current flu season, the proportion of isolates resistant to neuraminidase inhibitors rose from 1% to 5% among all flu strains. Resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the more widely used drug in the class, rose to 9% among H1N1 strains.And in further confirmation that the current seasonal flu vaccine did not work as planned, an analysis of military flu-like illness statistics by the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego found the effectiveness of the flu shot against H1N1 strains was 71%, lower than recent CDC estimates.In a warning of the stealthy nature of novel flu strains, a team from the University of Florida, the CDC’s flu branch, and a pet-rescue program called HemoPet/Pet Life-Line found that canine influenza has been circulating without detection far longer than supposed. The disease, which kills by hemorrhagic pneumonia, was first detected in dogs in Florida in 2004 and has since spread to 25 states and Washington, DC. But according to the rescue program’s blood-donor records, the strain has actually been in Florida dogs since 1999, and it may have caused unsolved respiratory disease outbreaks at dog tracks that year and in 2003.Among the reports on foodborne illnesses:The proportion of disease outbreaks linked to leafy greens is rising faster than the consumption of lettuce and spinach, signaling a true increase in the incidence of greens-related foodborne illness, according to CDC researchers.Strains of Salmonella isolated from cattle slaughtered at plants monitored by the US Department of Agriculture showed significant increases between 1997 and 2005 in resistance to cephalosporins, a class of drugs used in both veterinary and human medicine. Proportions of isolates resistant to the veterinary drug ceftriaxone increased from 1% to 2.1%; to ceftiofur, from 0% to 21.6%; and to cefoxitin, from 9.1% to 19.8%.And research done at the University of Pennsylvania found that 22% of raw chicken purchased at retail outlets in central Pennsylvania in 2006 and 2007 was contaminated with Salmonella; 53% of the Salmonella isolates were resistant to at least one drug, and 45% were resistant to five drugs or more.Blood and organ transplants are emerging as a rare and unpredictable route for transmission of infections, according to research presented at the conference, which featured reports of tuberculosis transmitted via transplant and fatal Group C streptococcal infection transmitted by transfused pooled platelets.And in just two of many reports on the increasingly high-profile pathogen MRSA—methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which causes both healthcare-acquired and community-acquired infections—CDC researchers reported a higher-than-predicted rate of community-acquired pneumonias due to MRSA. In addition, Dr. J. Scott Weese, a veterinarian from the Ontario Veterinary College, delivered preliminary results of a survey of 212 raw pork products purchased in four Canadian provinces that found a MRSA contamination rate of almost 10%.last_img read more

Breast is best but lay off the pressure, Kiwis say


first_imgNZ Herald 14 Feb 2012Three out of four New Zealanders feel mothers should breastfeed their babies if they can, but more than half also think there is too much pressure to do so.A UMR Research poll of 750 adult New Zealanders found overwhelming support for breastfeeding. More than 70 per cent backed the method, and 80 per cent were comfortable with mothers breastfeeding in public.But even respondents who favoured breastfeeding felt the pressure placed on parents was too heavy. The report’s authors said: “It seems likely therefore that this reaction is not to the breastfeeding message as such, but to the way it is being delivered.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10785399last_img read more

Former Enyimba coach takes over at Wikki Tourists


first_img Promoted ContentThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King Remake10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World7 Of The Best Top Models From India18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You Wikki Tourists of Bauchi have confirmed the employment of former Enyimba coach, Usman Abd’alla.The coach replaced Garba Ibrahim who was sacked by the club along with the entire coaching crew. Loading… Wikki Tourists are in the 13th position with 16 points. Others appointed are Haruna Abubakar new Goalkeepers Trainer and Dantani Yahaya as Trainor 2. Other Technical Crew members affected and also redeployed to the sports council are the Chief Coach Bashir Sale,and Wada Jibrin Trainor while Bala Mohammed the Goalkeepers Trainer being a contract staff with the club was disengaged. All appointments are with immediate effect. Read Also:Newman joins Wikki Tourists ahead of new season “The new Technical Adviser is expected to commence training with the team today 13/1/20 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Though, the official statement from the club signed by the team media officer, Nasir Kobi did not state the reason for the sack of the entire coaching crew but it may not be unconnected with their 1-2 home loss at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa stadium on Sunday in their match-day 14 tie against Sunshine Stars. All the newly appointed coaches have resumed duties on Monday with immediate effect.Advertisementlast_img read more

How to Get Ahead in the NFL.


first_imgAn interesting article in the Indy Star told how to assure yourself of a job in the NFL.  Be the son or daughter of the head coach or owner.  Bill Belichick of New England has his son, Steve, as a coaching assistant.  Jeff Fisher of the Rams also has his son, Brandon, working as his defensive backs coach.In the case of Marvin Lewis of the Bengals, his son Marcus is also a defensive assistant.  Andy Reid, the coach of the Chiefs, hired his son, Brit, as a defensive line assistant.  Lovie Smith of the Tampa Bay Bucs brought his son Mikal in as a safety coach.  Not to be out done, Mike Zimmer of the Vikings, has his son, Adam, as his linebacker coach.Pete Carroll of the SeaHawks has two of his sons working for him.  Nate is a wide receiver coach and Brennan is an offensive line coach.  Finally Mike Brown of the Bengals put his daughter, Kathy, in the position of chief negotiator for player salaries and she is also their business manager.  How is this for nepotism?last_img read more

GM recalling 640,000 pickup trucks


first_imgGeneral Motors is issuing a recall on more than 640,000 pickup trucks because the seat belts can set the carpeting on the floor of the vehicles on fire.A small explosion is used to move a piston that tightens the high-tech seat belts before a crash.   The explosion can potentially release hot gas through an opening in the pretensioner brackets, possibly setting the carpet on the floor of the vehicle on fire.There have been reports of two fires but no injuries.The following pickup trucks are included in the recall:2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 15002019-2020 GMC Sierra 15002020 Chevrolet Silverado 25002020 Chevrolet Silverado 35002020 GMC Sierra 25002020 GMC Sierra 3500GM hasn’t said when the recall will begin, but dealerships will close the opening through which hot gas can be released at no cost to the truck owner. Truck owners may call Chevy at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-888-988-7267 and ask about recall number 192270600 if they have any additional questions.last_img read more