George HW Bush Hosts Screening Of Honor Flight

first_imgIn celebration of the Memorial Day holiday, President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush hosted a special screening of SnagFilms’ documentary HONOR FLIGHT in Kennebunkport, Maine this week.George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush hosted a screening of SnagFilms Honor Flight on Thursday, May 23rd. Photographed with President Bush are WWII Veterans Bob Paine and Joe Demler130 audience members joined the President in honoring America’s veterans and service members, some of whom included: HONOR FLIGHT Director Dan Hayes; Producer Clay Broga; Chairman of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, Joe Dean; Joe Demler, a WWII veteran featured in the documentary; SnagFilms’ COO Stephanie Sharis; and members of the Secret Service. Guests were welcomed by the President and Mrs. Bush, and introduced to WWII veteran Joe Demler. SnagFilms was honored to join the President at such a special event commemorating our heroes.“Tonight when you go to sleep – and say your prayers of gratitude for those who served so many years ago in World War II – remember, too, that at this moment there is a young man or woman half-way around the world, sitting alone in the dark, waiting to go out on patrol. They may be tired, and even a little scared – but every day they put on that uniform, and they lay their lives on the line for each of us, to keep us free and safe,” said President George H.W. Bush .President Bush elaborated, “It was wonderful to see a community come together in such an extraordinary way. The film’s ability to reach out to fellow veterans, friends, and family is what makes this country great. Barbara joins me in saluting everyone involved in HONOR FLIGHT and congratulating the makers of this remarkable film for bringing this story to the big screen.”“HONOR FLIGHT exudes patriotism and is the perfect Memorial Day story to share. I cannot think of anyone better than President George H.W. Bush, a decorated WWII veteran himself, to host a screening of the film and to help honor our heroes this holiday,” said SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen. “On behalf of everyone at SnagFilms and Honor Flight we are truly proud of, and thankful to, President Bush for his service, and his support.”In recognition of service members and veterans nationwide, SnagFilms launched a social media campaign earlier this month under the banner “Honor Our Heroes”. Military stories have touched families all over the country and SnagFilms’ Honor Our Heroes initiative is designed to do the same. SnagFilms invites everyone to pay tribute to the heroes in their own lives by sending a personalized online telegram saluting their service and sacrifice. Users can access the custom designed telegrams via the Facebook page www.facebook.com/HonorFlightTheMovie or HONOR FLIGHT’s film website.HONOR FLIGHT, produced by Freethink Media, focuses on the current lives and battlefield experiences of four living WWII veterans and the Midwest community that came together to give them the trip of a lifetime – all as part of a national effort. Volunteers race against the clock to inspire WWII veterans to tell their stories – many for the first time – and to fly thousands of them to Washington, D.C. to celebrate their service at the memorial constructed for them nearly 60 years after their epic struggle. The film is currently available on VOD platforms via SnagFilms and will be available on DVD June 4th.For more information on SnagFilms visit www.snagfilms.com. Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Turkey Police Arrest Eight Moroccans Over Suspected ISISLinks

Rabat – Turkish police have arrested eight Moroccans suspected of having links to the militant Islamic State group, Turkish authorities said this Wednesday.Turkey’s official news agency Anadolu reported the suspects were detained at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, upon their arrival from Casablanca, Morocco.Istanbul Police said the eight suspects were allegedly planning to sneak into Europe posing as refugees claiming one of them had a hand-drawn picture of a planned route from Turkey to Germany, via Greece, Serbia and Hungary. The hand-written map showing the refugee route to Germany seized from suspected ISIS militantsThe eight told police during the interrogations they were just tourists who had been planning to spend a few days in Istanbul and had booked rooms at a hotel. But authorities found no reservations under their names.This follows a similar incident earlier this month when Turkish authorities denied entry to 40 Moroccan nationals trying to come into Istanbul with the apparent intention to join the Islamic State.Multiple Turkish media reports claimed Turkish police sent the Moroccan nationals back home, after finding evidences that they were being guided by a Syrian national into Syria to join IS.Meanwhile, the Moroccan General Directorate for National Security (GDNS) issued a statement on Monday, saying that these reports are “false.”The statement said the 40 people were deported because they were illegal immigrants who tried to cross into Europe via Turkey, rather than jihadists willing to join the Islamic State.According to official data released to AFP last week, in the first half of 2015 more than 700 foreign suspected jihadists were detained and deported from Turkey whereas for all of 2014 the figure was 520. read more

ICE Futures Canada Wednesday morning Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were lower in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Wednesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $3.70 lower $488.30; Jan. ’18 $3.70 lower $494.90; March ’18 $3.00 lower $500.10; May ’18 $3.20 lower $502.30; July ’18 $2.90 lower $503.70; Nov. ’18 $3.00 lower $484.20; Jan. ’19 unchanged $488.90; March ’19 unchanged $491.60; May ’19 unchanged $491.60; July ’19 unchanged $491.60; Nov. ’19 unchanged $491.60.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00. read more

Noconfidence motion on Finance Minister defeated by 94 votes

The no-confidence motion on Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was defeated in Parliament by 94 votes.In all, 145 members of Parliament voted against the motion while 51 members voted for it and 28 members were absent at the time the vote was taken. The joint opposition and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna voted for the motion.Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was among those absent during the vote. (Colombo Gazette)

UN teams up with European Commission to fight drug trafficking crime and

In a joint move against the threats of drugs, organized crime and terrorism, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has teamed up with the European Commission (EC) to fight the three-fold scourge on a wide front, ranging from the Balkans and Central Asia to Latin America and Africa.“Without a doubt, the greatest single threat today to global development, democracy and peace is transnational organized crime and the drug trafficking monopoly that keeps this sinister enterprise rolling,” UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said yesterday in Brussels, Belgium, of the joint commitment with the EC.He called it a “clear recognition of the links between drugs, organized crime and terrorism, and our shared responsibility to combat this immediate, three-dimensional threat.”The agreement reflects a renewed determination to increase common efforts and provide joint financing for projects aimed at preventing and controlling drug addiction, production and trafficking – problems both organizations agree must be viewed in the larger context of organized crime, especially in developing countries.“Organized crime continues to rely on billions of narco-dollars to fund a host of heinous enterprises – from child trafficking to prostitution to arms smuggling, and wholesale efforts to sabotage legal institutions and democratic governments across the world via invasive, systemic corruption,” Mr. Costa said. read more

Big losses for Husky in third quarter

Husky Energy is reporting a brutal third quarter with a net loss of $4.1-billion.However, a majority of the losses are due to Husky writing down the value of its non-cash assets.If you exclude those, Husky’s loss was $101-million for the third quarter of 2015.The company is considering selling off some of its oil and gas properties in Western Canada, but not its heavy or oilsands assets.Husky also says it has cut 1,400 positions through the end of the third quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mike Tarasko Posted Oct 30, 2015 7:36 am MDT Big losses for Husky in third quarter read more

Would you like a bag with that A look at Canadas grocery

Would you like a bag with that? A look at Canada’s grocery pickup, delivery options by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2017 12:59 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian grocery sector has long been considered a bit of a laggard compared to the U.S. when it comes to e-commerce and delivery services. That could change with Amazon’s announcement it plans to buy Whole Foods.Here’s a look at what some Canadian grocers offer to time-strapped shoppers:Grocery Gateway: Established in 1997, Grocery Gateway provides home delivery within 90 minutes. The service, operated by Ontario supermarket chain Longo’s, is available in the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Guelph and the Kitchener-Waterloo area.Loblaw: In the fall of 2014, Loblaw launched its click-and-collect program, where customers order their groceries online and collect them at a designated store. As of February, the program was available at about 100 locations. The company is mulling the possibility of introducing home delivery.Metro: Metro, which has stores in Ontario and Quebec, launched a similar service last October at three locations in Montreal. The grocer has said it plans to expand it as demand increases.Empire: The parent company of several grocery store chains offers online shopping with either delivery, in-store pickup or both at several IGA locations.Walmart: The discount retailer offers a limited online grocery shopping service with an in-store pickup option in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and the Greater Toronto Area. It also provides delivery to three condos in Toronto. read more

Shorthanded Ohio State womens basketball team looks to bounce back from losing

Then-sophomore guard Ameryst Alston drives to the hoop in a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-60.Credit: Liz Young / Editor in chiefComing off its first losing record in 12 years, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is looking forward to the start of a new season.OSU is set to return to action on Sunday coming off of a 17-18 (5-11) season, which culminated in a loss to Iowa in the semifinal of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes will have to play without freshman forwards Makayla Waterman and Chelsea Mitchell for the season after they suffered ACL injuries during practice. OSU will also be without redshirt-freshman guard and Duke transfer Kianna Holland because of an ACL injury.Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell said it was difficult to see her teammates suffer such devastating injuries before the start of the season.“It’s a lot to deal with, it’s hard,” Kelsey Mitchell said. “Especially considering that we’re all teammates and we all love each other very much. It just made things a lot harder to see the ones that work hard go down over something they can’t control.”Freshman guard Asia Doss said the team is hoping for a fast recovery for their sidelined teammates and has come closer as a group since the injuries occured.“Everything’s just coming together,” Doss said. “With all the adversity we’ve faced, we’ve come together.”With sophomore forward and Georgetown transfer Shayla Cooper ineligible to play for the Buckeyes until the end of the semester and the dismissal of senior guard Raven Ferguson from the program, OSU will have to compete with only seven active members on the roster to start the season.“Most teams only play seven or eight players,” junior guard Ameryst Alston said. “We’re not going to let that discourage us.”Along with playing more minutes, the team will also have to focus on limiting fouls to keep players in games. Doss said fouling is something the team will have to be careful with but can’t let it change their style of play.“We can’t think about it too much to the point where we don’t play aggressive,” Doss said. “We just have to keep our hands off the offensive player.”Alston said with the lack of depth currently on the roster, the team will need to focus on being in shape to endure extra minutes.“We definitely have to make sure that we’re well conditioned,” Alston said. “We’ve just got to be in good shape and do what we do.”Alston was tied for first in the Big Ten in minutes played last season, averaging 36.7 minutes per game.Coach Kevin McGuff said the addition of Kelsey Mitchell has helped take pressure off of Alston and sees the pair working well together.“They play really well together,” McGuff said. “They’ve got good chemistry, they both share the ball really well, and so they make each other better and their teammates.”Alston had praise for her new teammate as well, and added she looks experienced beyond her years.“She’s such a great player,” Alston said. “She doesn’t look like a freshman at all. She’s very fun to watch and to play with.”The team is also looking forward to the return of redshirt-sophomore forward Kalpana Beach, who missed the previous two seasons because of knee injuries. McGuff said Beach has looked good in practice and hopes she can be a factor for the Buckeyes.“I think she’s making really good progress,” McGuff said. “She’s got great athletic ability and I think can really help us in an area we’re going to need it, rebounding.”Junior guard Cait Craft and freshman forward Alexa Hart are the final two healthy players McGuff has on his roster.McGuff also noted that there is a possibility for a walk-on to join the team but is waiting for the right person to come around.“If we came across somebody that made sense, we’d certainly entertain the idea but it hasn’t happened yet,” McGuff said.OSU is set to start its season with an exhibition game against Eckerd College on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Met Office issues severe weather warnings across UK

first_img 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. The Met office has issued severe weather warnings across the UK as 70mph winds hit the country causing huge waves and flooding in some areas.last_img

UK weather Heatwave to return with highs of up to 33C as

A northwest/southeast split across the country today. Windier 🍃 and cooler in the northwest with spells of rain 🌧️, whilst eastern Scotland, England and Wales will have a fine ☀️ afternoon with one or two showers 🌦️ pic.twitter.com/oEtydFx5gY— Met Office (@metoffice) July 31, 2018 The hot weather is not far away and will make a comeback as we reach the end of this week 🌡️ #HeatwaveUK #HeatwaveReturns pic.twitter.com/3o2pMllVSo— Met Office (@metoffice) July 30, 2018 A Met Office spokeswoman said: “In terms of the weekend just gone, they were the first two days this month where temperatures haven’t reached 25C (77F) but we have got back to that point today, it hit 25.3C (77.5F) in Cavendish in Suffolk so it’s already starting to warm up again.”Over the next few days there will be something of a north and south split – high pressure is already starting to build up in the south, bringing dry, fine and weather.” Currently, July this year is the 13th driest on record, the Met Office said.The driest ever July was in 1955, when an average of 30.6mm rainfall was measured across the UK. Comparable records for rainfall date back to 1910. The UK is facing a north/south split this week, with parts of the country bracing themselves for another scorching spell after a brief respite from the heatwave over the weekend.While sun worshippers will rejoice after heavy downpours over the weekend and on Tuesday morning, those facing commutes will probably wish they lived at the other end of the country as the heatwave returns with a vengeance.Weather forecasters have warned that the mercury is likely to hit 30C (86F) across the south of England by Friday, instead of being concentrated solely in the south east.The thermometer will carry on climbing over the weekend, reaching highs of 32C (89.6F)and possibly 33C (91.4F).–– ADVERTISEMENT ––While the south sizzles, northern parts of the UK will continue to see showers with temperatures sitting in the mid 20s. “This is likely to include quite a wide area across the southern part of the UK – it will widely hit 30C (86F) across southern England and Wales, and the very hot weather will return as we approach the weekend.”Video: Summer getaway hit by weather transport chaos She warned: “Southern England and Wales are going to turn quite hot by Friday – temperatures will probably reach 30C (86F) by that point. An average 49.9mm of rain fell across the UK from July 1 to July 29, according to provisional figures from the Met Office, and with further rain expected this week, the final total could be higher.The total for the whole of July 1976 was 43.3mm. The UK suffered a long heatwave during the summer of 1976, which helped make July 1976 the joint ninth driest on record. The north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland can expect outbreaks of much-needed rain on Tuesday, Wednesday and in to Thursday.The spokeswoman said: “It’s a more varied picture across the north but it’s an improving situation – sunshine with some showers and a similar story across the weekend.”By Friday the temperatures could get into the mid 20s, so warming up, just not as hot as it is in the south.”The weather broke on Friday, treating the parched landscape to a deluge of rain. It meant this July will be wetter than the blistering heatwave of July 1976.Weather map for Tuesday and week ahead 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. read more

Caterpillar fleet helping Amulsar ramp up in Armenia

first_imgFull-scale construction is underway at Lydian’s Amulsar Gold Project in Armenia. The $65 million mining fleet is from Caterpillar. One Caterpillar 6040 hydraulic shovel, one Caterpillar 994 loader, and four Caterpillar 789D haul trucks arrived as scheduled during Q3 2017. The 6040 shovel, which is the largest load to be transported to site, cleared customs and was delivered without incident. With this delivery and other equipment received during the quarter, transportation and logistics risks have been greatly reduced. Mining equipment is being assembled on site by Zeppelin, the local Caterpillar dealer. Five additional 789D haul trucks are expected to arrive during Q4 2017.Construction of the mine haul road continues to advance and will provide access from the mine pits to the crushing plant and barren rock storage facility (BRSF). Initial access along the west face of Erato is now complete, which will support acceleration of work at higher elevations. Construction of the BRSF has also commenced. Once the first deliveries of the mobile mining fleet are commissioned and operators are trained, Lydian plans to supplement construction of the mine haul road with this equipment.Lydian is a gold developer focusing on construction at its 100%-owned Amulsar Gold Project, located in south-central Armenia. Amulsar will be a large-scale, low-cost operation with production expected to begin in the third-quarter of 2018. Open pit mining and conventional heap leach processing contribute to excellent scale and economic potential. Amulsar will be Armenia’s largest gold mine and make Lydian one of the largest emerging gold producers of 2018. Estimated mineral resources contain 3.5 Moz measured and indicated and 1.3 Moz inferred. Gold production is targeted to average approximately 225,000 oz annually over an initial 10-year mine life.last_img read more

Fantastic debut of Xavi Pascual on Romanian bench

Romania began qualifications for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in fantastic way with new coach Xavi Pascual. Romanians won in Belarus 26:23 (13:10) and made fantastic intro into the new Olympic cycle! This was their first triumph after eight years in qualifications for EURO events!Belarus – Romania 23-26 (10-13)Belarus: Saldatsenka, Matskevich – portari, Brouka 2, Kulesh 2, Shynkel 2, Pukhouski 4, D. Rutenka 5, Nikulenkau, Shylovich 4, Yurunok 2, Baranau, Shumak, Padshyvalau 1, Karalek 1, Tsitou, Bokhan.Romania: Popescu, Irimuş – portari; Cîntec 5, Mocanu 4, Ramba 3, Mihalcea, Ghionea 6, Sadoveac 2, Szasz, Negru 1, Csepreghi 1, Lazăr, Fenici 2, Pavel, Criciotoiu 2, Stamate. ← Previous Story Battle for Men’s EHF EURO 2018 starts today! Next Story → ROAD TO CROATIA 2018: Amazing Finnish night in Austria read more

Albanese strengthens Australian Cypriot bond

first_imgMP Anthony Albanese has ended his week-long trip to Cyprus strengthening ties between Larnaca and its Australian sister city, Marrickville. The Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport met with the mayor of Larnaca, Andreas N. Louroutziatis to collaborate on trade and discuss further contributions the two countries can make. The Minster was curious to see how the city transformed its ports into important commercial centres in the last two decades. Being an island state, Cyprus relies almost entirely on ports for it international trade. Mr Albanese praised the “important contribution Australia’s Cypriot community” and in discussed how to “encourage more cultural and social contact as well as education and economic opportunities between our two cities”. The Minister also met with His Beatitude Chrysostomos II, Archbishop of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus, Minister for Communications and Works, Efthemios Flourentzou, General Secretary of AKEL, Andros Kyprianou, and the Mayor of Limassol, Mr Andreas Christou. Marrickville is home to 5,000 Greek speaking residents, many of whom come from a Cypriot background. The Minister is a long term supporter and advocate of justice for Cyprus and has attended many commemorative events in his electorate. This is Mr Albanese’s second visit to Cyprus since he was elected into parliament and the second visit by a Labor Minister. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pilule antiobésité des cas de lésions graves du foie signalés avec lutilisation

first_imgPilule anti-obésité : des cas de lésions graves du foie signalés avec l’utilisation de Xenical et AlliÉtats-Unis – La US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a signalé hier aux consommateurs et professionnels de santé de rares cas de troubles hépatiques graves chez des patients prenant les médicaments anti-obésité contenant le principe actif orlistat, tels que Xenical et Alli. Cette information est basée sur un examen des cas de lésions hépatiques graves signalés chez des personnes prenant de l’orlistat. Treize cas de lésions hépatiques graves ont ainsi été identifiés, dont douze signalés à l’extérieur des États-Unis. Douze des personnes concernées utilisaient le médicament Xenical, la dernière suivait un traitement avec Alli. Ces troubles ont entraîné la mort de deux patients, décédés suite à une insuffisance hépatique, ainsi qu’une transplantation hépatique chez trois patients. La FDA va effectuer une révision de l’étiquette de ces médicament, Xenical et Alli contenant tous deux le même principe actif. Xenical, disponible uniquement sur ordonnance, en contient deux fois plus qu’Alli (120 mg contre 60 mg), ce dernier médicament étant en vente libre. Environ 40 millions de personnes dans le monde ont déjà pris l’un de ces deux médicaments anti-obésité. La FDA recommande, en cas de symptômes traduisant une lésion au foie, de stopper immédiatement le traitement et de consulter un spécialiste. Le 27 mai 2010 à 11:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le cerf muntjac une espèce invasive qui menace lÉcosse

first_imgLe cerf muntjac : une espèce invasive qui menace l’ÉcosseL’expansion des cerfs muntjac, originaires d’Asie et introduits en Angleterre, inquiète les autorités d’Outre-Manche. L’Écosse a récemment demandé à des experts de réaliser un rapport et d’estimer le coût d’une éventuelle arrivée de l’indésirable sur son territoire. Incriminés dans des accidents routiers et des dommages causés aux cultures, les cerfs muntjac, ces petits cervidés aux aboiements de chien, originaires d’Extrême-Orient et indûment introduits en Angleterre, où ils étendent toujours plus leur aire de répartition, inquiètent l’Écosse voisine. Celle-ci craint d’être colonisée à son tour à partir du nord-ouest de l’Angleterre.À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseScottish Natural Heritage (SNH), l’organisme local de gestion du patrimoine, a donc commandé à des experts un rapport sur la façon dont évolue le problème et sur les solutions à y apporter. Selon les estimations de ces spécialistes, gérer les muntjacs comme les autres cervidés locaux pourrait coûter de 457.821 livres à 1,9 millions livres (soit de 530.000 à 2,2 millions d’euros). La solution préventive préconisée est de mener une surveillance constante de ces animaux, et au besoin de les abattre dès que possible.Par précaution, les auteurs du rapport se sont renseignés également sur les permis délivrés à des zoos écossais pour élever cette espèce en captivité. Seul le Conseil du Fife, une région côtière de l’est de l’Écosse, déclare avoir accordé cette autorisation, au parc animalier du Fife ainsi qu’au Scottish Deer Centre.Le 8 octobre 2011 à 10:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NXT Highlights: Look back at WarGames, LeRae vs. Cross, Keith Lee, Lars Sullivan

first_img Pinterest Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight WWE posted these NXT highlights after this week’s episode on the WWE Network. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

Dead end really the end for Lower River Road

first_imgCyclists and birders who used to love rolling or strolling out to the dead end of Northwest Lower River Road have a new barrier blocking their way: private property. But if all goes according to plan, salmon and endangered species will thrive there someday.The situation actually isn’t new. The Washington State Department of Transportation, longtime owner of the remote two-lane highway that snakes north past Frenchman’s Bar Park and the state Shillapoo Wildlife Area toward the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, deeded the final 1.3 miles of the road — everything past the gate at milepost 10 — to Clark County in 2016.The state didn’t want to maintain a crumbling road segment that’s precariously close to the Columbia River shoreline. (Where the pavement ends, chunks of asphalt are literally cracking off and falling into the river.) And Clark County, also not eager, agreed to return the segment to the adjacent private property owners, as long as standard access easements — chiefly for law enforcement and utility work — were retained.There’s no longer any public access past milepost 10. For cyclists and pedestrians, that’s the new end of the road.Like graffitiConfusion about that last segment still lingers. That’s probably because of the incremental process of closing it off. For about a year, the road was blocked to cars but was still open to pedestrians and cyclists.They came to relish their exclusive access. All they had to do was go around the locked gate to enjoy a quiet, car-free meander toward the southern boundary of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.last_img read more

Soy Growers Weigh in on International Ag Development Global Food Security

first_imgSoy growers stress that increased collaboration and U.S. agriculture assistance with any global development programming undertaken by the U.S. government is key to help Congress shape global food security legislation.The American Soybean Association (ASA) and the Ag Coalition Working Group sent a letter last week to the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, emphasizing the importance for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. ag industry to be at the center of any whole-of-government strategy for international agricultural development.The letter specifically requests codifying the role of the U.S. agricultural system, including USDA, land grant institutions and the private sector in global food security legislation.ASA is closely involved in the effort to promote agricultural development in programs administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and USDA. ASA has worked closely with Sens. Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Pat Roberts (KS) on legislative strategies, developing the ag coalition with other farm groups, ag-based foundations and organizations that implement overseas development programs and raising the priority of giving agriculture a seat at the table in any whole-of-government approach to international development that Congress may consider.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

Construction to cause closure of section of Northeast 109th

first_imgRoadwork will close a section of Northeast 109th Street beginning Monday and continuing into next month, according to NW Construction General Contracting Inc.The street will close between Northeast St. Johns Road and Northeast 72nd Avenue while crews with the Battle Ground-based company install new sewer pipes. The road is expected to re-open Oct. 10.Though the project will affect a public road, NW Construction was hired by a private property owner for the job.last_img

Oscar de la Renta fashion designer dies at 82

first_imgOscar de la Renta, the Dominican-born fashion designer who reshaped the public image of first ladies, society muses and red-carpet regulars with grand evening wear that celebrated Latin sensuality, European refinement and American versatility, died Monday at his home in Kent, Conn. He was 82.A family representative answering the phone at his home confirmed the death but did not provide further details. He revealed in 2011 that he had a bout with cancer earlier that year.An astute businessman with an eye for vibrant color, de la Renta spent a half-century polishing his eponymous label into a global empire that sold perfume, accessories, furniture and, above all, elegant clothing.During a half-century of prominence on New York’s fashion nexus – Seventh Avenue – he asserted himself as a creative entrepreneur and vivacious society player who gained access to the nation’s most esteemed women and an invitation to define how the public saw them.He was the first Latino to be accepted into the exclusive ranks of Parisian fashion houses. Later as a U.S. citizen, he became the first American to design for a French couture house. All the while, de la Renta was building a brand that, in exclusive circles and in small-town bridal salons alike, was known by one word: Oscar.last_img read more