The high financial cost of amateur sport

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are a number of associated costs when it comes to competing in these games.Athlete packages, travel, hotels and food add up quickly.When you include the cost of the equipment, it could easily blow a team’s budget.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf takes us to the gun range to take a look at one of the most expensive sports at the games.last_img

Mikmaq outraged over racist note at New Brunswick doctors office

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsThe sign reads: “ATTN: Native Patients. Please don’t ask for tranquilizers or pain medications.”Maxine Ginnish heard about the sign and went to Dr. Allister Carter’s family practice to see for herself.“My heart broke and I had to get out of there as soon as I could because I burst into tears,” said Ginnish. “It was the first time I’d ever seen proof of such racism.”She posted of picture of the sign on Facebook. The outcry was immediate.“Good old Miramichi for you not racist at all first nation people are not the only ones that Battle addiction this makes me sick to my stomach and something needs to be done,” wrote Christine Leigh Ward, who shared the photo on Thursday.Ward’s post was shared over six hundred times in just the first few hours.Ginnish is a social worker in addictions in the Eel Ground First Nation, just a few minutes way from Miramichi. She said addiction and opioid abuse affects all cultures and communities.“So why do we have to stigmatize our people?” asked Ginnish. “Imagine if a First Nation cancer patient went in there looking for pain management. I mean, come on…It’s disheartening.”Ginnish immediately informed her community leaders about the sign and said there was a flurry of phone calls to local health authorities and Health Canada.“We need to have these discussions,” said Ginnish. “They’re uncomfortable but these things need to be said that racism is alive in our healthcare system.”George Ginnish is the chief of the Eel Ground First Nation.He was in a meeting and could not be reached for comment, but posted on Facebook: “Not really impressed with Health care providers racially profiling and denying certain medications based on race, especially when we have been trying to meet in regard to the opioid crisis in our nations and getting very few Doctors willing to meet and assist us with proactive measures.”The chief assured people that he was told the “offending note” has been taken down, but added “…we need some follow up. If you aren’t part of the solution then you are part of the problem.”Carter could not be reached for comment.Malcolm Ward, from the Metepenagiag First Nation not far from Miramichi, drove to the doctor’s office after hearing about the sign. He wanted to make sure it was taken down. But the doctor’s office was closed.“I’m pretty mad,” said Ward in a Facebook video outside the doctor’s office. “Let’s put an end to all this racism. It’s got to stop. I had enough of this. It’s 2017, folks. We have old school doctors writing notes like that, they shouldn’t even be in the business at all.”Ward is urging people to write a complaint to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick.Dr. Shawn Burke, a representative for the College, spoke briefly on the phone with APTN but called the sign a “non-story.”Burke said it was his understanding the sign at Dr. Carter’s office had been written several years ago. He declined to comment further, saying he didn’t know enough about the situation at this time.Ginnish said it doesn’t matter if the sign is old or new.“We need to have more sensitivity and cultural awareness, especially with Canada 150,” said Ginnish. “Because we’re not celebrating. When you think of addiction from the structural viewpoint, it’s all a symptom of our colonization, our cultural loss of land, our language. And our people are being further stigmatized from seeking help.”Ginnish said community leaders in Eel Ground have already filed complaints.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Violent robbery at jewelry store

A brutal attack at a Hamilton shopping mall has left one man in hospital. It happened at Eastgate Square just before 9pm. The initial reports suggested shots had been fired, but that may not be the case.Hamilton police have confirmed that it was an armed robbery at Fine Touch Jewelers, just around the corner from the Sears department store.Two robbers were involved. One of them is currently in custody while the other is still on the loose and they are combing the area around Eastgate Square in Hamilton’s east end.We’re hearing from customers, eyewitnesses and employees from the stores that the person in the ambulance is one of the suspected robbers, who was apprehended by the citizens at the jewelry store itself and may have been attacked.The man in the ambulance could be heard howling loudly in pain, possibly after being beaten up by his own sledgehammer. Paramedics said the man had head, leg and shoulder injuries.It was a scary situation for the people who were finally able to leave the mall at 10pm — one hour after the mall usually closes. Here’s what some of them had to say.“Everybody started running saying people got shot. There’s ladies running into Bentley, across from Dairy Queen with their strollers. Then security stared running. But apparently, it was a sledgehammer, the guy got blows to the head but he wasn’t shot though. It was really scary. They made us go into lockdown and go into the back of my store. Nothing’s ever happened at Eastgate before so it was really scary.”“We heard gunshots. Definitely because we heard it. We saw one of the co-workers or clerks get escorted out in a stretcher.”“Definitely heard it from down here and then basically, everyone just kind of scattered out. We closed our shop. Security was running, telling us to evacuate if we could, but if not, just barricade ourselves in our store.”Hamilton police have still been keeping guard of all the exits around the Sears department store here at Eastgate Square.We saw anywhere between 12 and 15 cruisers here around the 9 o’clock hour. The other suspect is still at large. Hamilton police were around with a tactical unit in the area surrounding the mall and Kenora Avenue.If you were at the mall at the time and have any further information, police want you to contact them. read more

Children paying the heaviest price as conflict in Yemen enters third year

A boy stands atop a large piece of exploded artillery shell, which landed near his home in the village of Al Mahjar, a suburb of Sana’a. Photo: UNICEF/Hamoud A boy sits amid rubble, all that remains of his home – which was destroyed in an air strike – in Okash Village, near Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Hamoud Children hold shrapnel from exploded artillery shells while standing on a street damaged by blasts in Sana’a. Photo: UNICEF/Hamoud VIDEO: In Yemeni conflict the Humanitarian situation remains dire; children bearing the brunt ‹ ›Number of children injured, recruited in conflict nearly doubled in one year – UNICEFAs with most crises, it is the children who are bearing the brunt of the suffering. Families are having to resort to “extreme measures” to support their children as coping measures have been severely eroded, turning Yemen – the poorest country in the region – into one of the largest food security and malnutrition emergencies in the world, noted United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a new report, Falling through the Cracks today. According to UN verified data, in the past year alone, the number of children killed increased from 900 to more than 1,500; those injured nearly doubled from 1,300 to 2,450; children recruited in fighting neared 1,580 (compared to 850 last year); and 212 schools were attacked (up from 50 last year). Also, Yemen’s health system is on the verge of collapse, leaving close to 15 million men, women and children with no access to health care. This is all the more concerning given an outbreak of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea in October 2016 that continues to spread, with over 22,500 suspected cases and 106 deaths. “The war in Yemen continues to claim children’s lives and their future,” said Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF Representative in the war-torn country. “We need to act now to pull families back from the brink. The risks for generations to come are extremely high.” VideoAudio In a statement, Stephen O’Brien, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs underscored that in addition to wrecking the country’s economy, killing thousands and displacing millions, the fighting has brought Yemen to the brink of a famine.“During my third visit to Yemen only weeks ago, I saw the terrible and terrifying evidence of looming famine,” said Mr. O’Brien. “In the hospital ward, the complete stillness of the tiny malnourished child whose eyes focus on nothing. The grim realization that these patients were the fortunate ones who could access a hospital and might survive.” Underscoring that UN and its partners are already providing life-saving assistance in all of Yemen’s 22 governorates, reaching almost 6 million people every month, Mr. O’Brien urged parties to the conflict to expedite immediate, timely, and unimpeded humanitarian access as well as facilitate commercial activities – critical to reversing prevailing massive food insecurity and ensuring that people’s basic needs can be met. Nearly 19 million Yemenis – over two-thirds of the population – need humanitarian assistance and, according to UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), seven million are facing starvation. “Most of all, the Yemeni people need the parties to commit to political dialogue, or this man-made crisis will never end,” noted Mr. O’Brien. “In the meantime, together we can – we must – avert this famine, this human catastrophe.” AUDIO: Sherin Varkey, UNICEF Acting Representative in Yemen tells UN News that $236 million is needed to deliver life-saving aid in the war-torn country read more

Photo Gallery 2016 Ohio State fall camp move in

Junior defensive end Jayln Holmes tries his hand as a member of the media. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerOhio State opens fall camp on Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. They will spend the first four days of camp at the WHAC before practicing nine days at the Coffey Road fields, which includes four days of two-a-day practices.On  Saturday, the 2016 Ohio State Buckeyes moved in to the Hyatt Place in Columbus where they will stay until students move in to campus on Aug. 20. read more

SEHA Powerful RK Celje PL smash Tatran Presov at the end of

2.Veszprem171322489 : 43041 1.Vardar171421566 : 48344 4.PPD Zagreb151014421 : 38531 6.Metalurg165110407 : 42116 RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko ended regular part of the season at SEHA GAZPROM League with a win over HC Tatran Presov 39:30 (16:13). Even only three days passed since their outstanding finish in big victory over Vive Tauron Kielce, Slovenian champions showed once again fantastic performance at “Zlatorog” hall providing impression of a real “handball machine” to their fans.The Slovakian champions were better at the start, Jankovic netted for 7:6 in 14th minute, which was the last advantage of visitors, afterwards team coached by Branko Tamse overtook the show. The first star of the night was a goalkeeper Urban Lejsak with 23 saves in total, while the best player in win over Kielce, Borut Mackovsek, repeated TOP class performance against Tatran with seven goals (100%).Four of his goals put RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko eight goals ahead (24:16) in 38th minute, when became obvious that Tatran Presov have no power to make match more interesting even they had best scorer of the night in Oliver Rabek (10 goals).The Slovenian best team ended SEHA GAZPROM league regular season with 33 points (11 wins and 7 defeats), currently on third place, but still depends of the last results of RK PPD Zagreb and Meshkov Brest in the race for SEHA Gazprom Final 4.Tatran Presov are in series of tough away challenges. The next two are in Velenje and Veszprem.STANDINGS: 5.Meshkov Brest16925484 : 44129 3.Celje Piv. Laško181107561 : 54533 10.Izviđač CO151014420 : 5103 9.Tatran Prešov153111392 : 46110 8.Gorenje Velenje154011401 : 43212 7.Nexe16439443 : 47615 ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest to sign Petar Djordjic? Next Story → SCANDI STYLE: Magnus Dahl to end career at age 29 read more

Benjamin Buric and SG Flensburg Handewitt three years together

Benjamin BurićHSG WetzlarSG Flensburg SG Flensburg Handewitt announced the name of new goalkeeper for the season 2018/2019! After Torbjorn Bergerud, another fantastic goalkeeper of younger generation, Benjamin Buric, signed three-years contract with the German vice-champions.Buric, the 27-years old Bosnian, had an amazing season at debut in Germany with HSG Wetzlar.The successor of Andreas Wolff in Wetzlar had a great role in success of the club – sixth place, the best result in history.Buric previously played at Slovenian RK Gorenje Velenje, Bosnian RK Borac Banja Luka, HRK Izvidjac and RK Maglaj. ← Previous Story EHF CL 2017/2018 start: Kadetten and Motor celebrate easy wins Next Story → EHF CL 2017/2018: Showtime in Mannheim and Kiel! read more

6 unarguable reasons to avoid the sales today

first_img Source: PolishedWith all those people and all those cut-price goods, it can get pretty cut-throat. You never know what people will do to get that €150-down-to-€50 coat.You’ll overheat, then freeze Source: PeerfitShops = warm. Outside shops = cold. Scarf on, scarf off. You’re sweating, but the cold air is biting at your hands and neck. What’s going on?You could be at home Source: NingWith the fire on, a fistful of Roses, and something good on the telly. You can always get yourself a few bits online, can’t you?Suspicious item for sale in Dublin Spar shop>11 appalling trends you will DEFINITELY spot in an Irish nightclub> WHILE SOME PEOPLE consider St Stephen’s Day a day of rest and relaxation after the day of strenuous eating and drinking before it, for others it’s a day of action.Yes, St Stephen’s Day marks the beginning of the sales – when thousands of people will make their way into the cities and towns of Ireland in the hope of bagging some seriously reduced items.If you do choose to brave the crowds, we salute you. But there are six very good reasons why you shouldn’t.You have to get up early to make the most of it Source: NocookieBut you probably won’t. And then…The good deals will always be scooped before you can get to them Source: NewgifsNo matter how early you leave the house, there are going to be people who have queued since 6am to be the first in. You want to just wander in at noon and score some bargains? You’ve another thing coming.There are far, far too many people around Source: Daily EdgeGetting in your way, standing in front of the thing you want to look at, walking slowly ahead of you. Grrr.Tensions are highlast_img read more

Steams Big Picture leaves beta celebrates with 30 titles on sale

first_imgWhen Valve announced Big Picture for Steam, it felt like the software company might be moving into the console space, as has been rumored with the SteamBox. While there’s still no plans for hardware announced, Steam Big Picture is now out of beta and bringing with it a wealth of games ready to play using the new, TV-friendly interface.The idea behind Big Picture is pretty simple: it’s Steam optimized for game playing on a TV using a controller rather than the PC-staple of a keyboard and mouse. If you throw in some games that have been optimized for a controller, you can move the Steam experience into your living room and enjoy it the same way you would enjoy a console.To make sure the launch goes off without a hitch, the Steam store has 30 games that work with Big Picture on sale to help motivate users to make the switch. When you buy games in the Steam store now, there will be icons to show whether or not the title is completely controller friendly, or only partially so.Big Picture hasn’t changed much since the beta was originally released, and without a dedicated piece of hardware it feels like the adoption rate isn’t going to be great. Casual gamers that also have HTPC’s could see this as a win/win, but hardcore gamers aren’t going to drag their PCs to a television that is undoubtedly lower resolution than their monitors, and most people don’t build HTPC’s with gaming in mind.Big Picture feels like it is waiting for a dedicated piece of hardware, possibly even something running Linux. When Steam for Linux comes out of beta, it seems like it would make all the sense in the world for someone to create a console-shaped HTPC designed to run Steam Big Picture. All the pieces are nearly in place, and if it doesn’t happen officially, then there’s bound to be the equivalent homemade version popping up in a growing number of living rooms.More at the Steam Bloglast_img read more

Ivanka Trump defends father at womens summit gets laughed at

first_img By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 25th 2017, 7:33 PM Ivanka Trump defends father at women’s summit, gets laughed at Donald Trump doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to empowering women. I grew up in a house where there were no barriers to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity … There was no difference for me and my brothers.President Trump meanwhile tweeted he was “proud” of Ivanka for “her leadership on these important issues”.Merkel is seen to be cultivating a good relationship with Ivanka as a key communication channel with the Trump presidency, given that Berlin and Washington have differed on issues from refugees, to Nato defence spending to Germany’s trade surplus. Lagarde and Merkel at the summit today Source: Utrecht Robin/ABACAPRESS.COM/ABACA/PA ImagesNews magazine Der Spiegel saw the meeting as “a summit of the two women who are supposed to moderate Donald Trump — if that is even possible”.It said “the hopes of the free world rest on the two women because they supposedly have the power to influence the man who looks down on women”.‘A veritable coup’The Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily said that for Merkel to “have lured Ivanka is a veritable coup for the chancellor”, adding that “it would be difficult to find a more important and influential representative”.Ivanka has been accused in the United States of benefiting from nepotism, and was ridiculed on the Saturday Night Live comedy show for being “complicit” in promoting Trump’s divisive policies.Undeterred, she has spoken out on women’s empowerment, most recently in a Financial Times op-ed article co-written with World Bank president Jim Yong Kim.They said only 55% of women participate in the paid labour force worldwide and called for better training, improved access to finance and legal changes.On the panel today, however, Ivanka immediately faced a tough opening question from the moderator, Miriam Meckel, editor-in-chief of business weekly WirtschaftsWoche.Asked whether she was in Berlin to represent her father, the American people or her business, Ivanka replied: “Certainly not the latter … I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well, it is quite new to me.It’s been a little under 100 days but it’s just been a remarkable and incredible journey. You know, as an entrepreneur and as an individual prior to this, in the private sector, I care very much about empowering women in the workplace.Ivanka also visited Berlin’s Holocaust memorial and electronics giant Siemens for a tour of its technical academy.A demonstration against Ivanka’s visit is scheduled to take place outside a gala dinner today.Kathleen Brown, of the protest group Coalition Berlin, said Ivanka’s clothing line is produced in “sweatshops” with mainly female garment workers in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh.“How can Ivanka Trump talk of women’s ‘empowerment’ at the same time President Trump has blocked funding for international reproductive care? Ivanka’s silence on life-and-death matters for women is deafening.”- © AFP 2017Read: New York’s Irish community turns out in droves to honour Martin McGuinnessRead: Thai man murders child and kills himself on Facebook Live Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 7:33 PM Ivanka Trump at the W20 summit Ivanka Trump at the W20 summit Image: Utrecht Robin/ABACAPRESS.COM/ABACA/PA Images IVANKA TRUMP, MAKING her overseas debut as the US First Daughter at a women’s summit in Berlin, drew groans and laughter today as she defended her father’s attitude towards women.Sitting on a G20 panel with female leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF chief Christine Lagarde, Donald Trump’s daughter caused the audience to bristle when she praised “my father’s advocacy” and his role as “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive”.The panel moderator, a finance journalist, interjected, saying: “Some attitudes toward women your father has publicly displayed … might leave one questioning whether he is such an empowerer for women.”“I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media and that’s been perpetuated,” replied the 35-year-old Ivanka about her father. Trump faced public outrage during the presidential campaign over a 2005 video in which he was heard making degrading remarks about women. He said, as a famous man, he could do anything he wanted to women including “Grab ’em by the pussy”.“I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades, when he was in the private sector, are testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man,” Ivanka said today.Trump ‘enabled me to thrive’ Ivanka, a former model who started her own fashion line, has worked for her billionaire-father’s company and now has an office in the White House.She said her father “encouraged me and enabled me to thrive”. Short URL Image: Utrecht Robin/ABACAPRESS.COM/ABACA/PA Images 58,729 Views 84 Comments Share322 Tweet Email last_img read more

Californie une université sengage sur le sentier du développement durable

first_imgCalifornie : une université s’engage sur le sentier du développement durableL’université du comté de Marin en Californie a fait part de sa décision de s’engager encore plus en faveur de la protection de l’environnement. Elle dévoile un nouveau bâtiment durable.TLCD Architecture/Mark Cavagnero Associates sont les gagnants de l’appel d’offre lancé par l’université située au nord de l’Etat américain. Leur proposition est un bâtiment de 14.630 mètres carrés comportant des innovations récentes en matière d’architecture durable. Ce lieu, le New Academic Center, comprendra un auditorium de 200 places, des salles de cours, des laboratoires informatiques, et un espace dédié à l’étude des administrations. Il sera un lieu-clé qui reliera la communauté locale et le campus sur l’éducation, et la sensibilisation aux solutions alternatives en faveur de l’environnement et du développement durable. Le vitrage de la structure ainsi que les écrans solaires devraient aider à réguler la température et à bénéficier au maximum d’un éclairage naturel.Des plantes issues des éco-systèmes locaux vont être réintroduites dans une série de jardins, d’espaces vert et de toits végétaux. Dans la mesure du possible, les matériaux de construction seront issus d’entreprises et fournisseurs locaux et recyclés ou écologiques.Découvrez le New Academic Center en images : Le 7 novembre 2010 à 14:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Kobe had a greater impact on basketball than Tim Duncan

first_imgColin says:Colin is bummed that the FBI called off the D.B. Cooper investigation.The length of baseball games isn’t the problem, the lack of activity inside the game is.Concentration of power in small towns is bad news.Guests:Rob Manfred – MLB Commissioner joins the show to talk about the All Star Game, finding ways to make the game appealing to the younger generation, and moving the game forward while still embracing the past.Tom Verducci – SI MLB Writer discusses the MLB All Star game, the state of baseball, promoting young stars, and his insomnia due to Colin’s giant billboard.Chris Myers – FoxSports host called in from the road to provide inside details in the D.B. Cooper investigation.Mark Medina – Lakers beat writer for the L.A. Daily news talks about the Kobe/Duncan comparison, big Vegas Summer League crowds, and Russell Westbrook to the Lakers possibilities.last_img read more

Misión Tiburón The husband and wife team protecting sharks in Costa Rica

first_imgBrought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Courtesy of CRUSA There has been a drastic decline in the population of several shark species around the world over the past few years, and according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the scalloped hammerhead sharks are an endangered species.But in Guanacaste, husband-and-wife marine biologists Ilena Zanella and Andrés López are working hard to protect this shark species. They are the founders of Misión Tiburón, a non-profit organization committed to marine life with a focus on shark conservation.Zanella said she has been interested in sharks since college. Fittingly, the couple met while studying marine biology at the National University of Costa Rica (UNA). Their passion and concern for sharks encouraged them to create Misión Tiburón in 2009.“Misión Tiburón is a dream come true,” Zanella said. “At the time there was little to no effort aimed at shark conservation. Sharks are a very important species, not only from an ecological, but also from a social and economic perspective.“The scalloped hammerhead shark is one of the most representative marine species for Costa Rica and the region.”Zanella came in contact with the hammerhead sharks firsthand while conducting field work in the country’s Cocos Island.“While I was diving among these sharks, I discovered that protecting them was my true calling,”  she said. Ilena Zanella during a dive (Courtesy of Misión Tiburón)Zanella explained hammerhead sharks are highly migratory species and spend most of their lifespan near oceanic islands. In Costa Rica, they are most common in the waters near Cocos Island as well as coastal zones.“Unfortunately, in the coastal environment, factors such as overfishing, habitat destruction and coastal pollution are extremely affecting hammerhead shark populations,” Zanella said.Zanella added that baby hammerhead sharks live near estuaries and mangroves and that any alteration or destruction in coastal zones caused by human activity directly affects their ecosystem. This put the scalloped hammerhead shark’s survival at risk.The hammerhead shark is a top predator and plays a critical role in the food chain.  Zanella said they commonly feed on old, sick or weak fish that get in their way.“Sharks keep marine ecosystems and fish populations healthy,” Zanella said.And she said hammerhead sharks in particular contribute to ocean balance because of their migratory habits .“If we protect hammerhead sharks, we are protecting other fish species, too,” Zanella said. A group of hammerhead sharks (Courtesy of Daniel Perez & Nico Ghersinich)Scalloped hammerhead shark value in Costa Rica While they are beneficial to ocean ecosystems and help promote tourism, hammerhead sharks in Costa Rican waters have been victims of shark fishing.“In Costa Rica, fishing practices which are predominant in coastal areas aren’t the most responsible, fishing focused on the young hammerhead sharks that can barely weigh up to half kilogram to two kilograms,” Zanella said. “This meat is not the best for the local market.“When they are adults, hammerhead sharks’ meat turns black and has a poorer quality. This doesn’t meet the food industry standards. So, their meat is used to make fish flour.”She said the commercial value of a hammerhead shark is $100.“On the other hand, the economic value a hammerhead shark represents for the tourist industry is higher,” she said. “Here in the Cocos Island, people come from around the world to have the experience of a lifetime diving with hammerhead sharks.”She estimated a hammerhead shark’s value to tourism is approximately $1 million each.“If we compared $100 when caught and sold, this is a noticeable difference,” Zanella said. Hammerhead shark (Courtesy of Misión Tiburón) Facebook Comments According to a study from the University of British Columbia, the ecotourism industry is booming and its profits will exceed global shark fisheries in the coming years.In short, hammerhead sharks are worth more alive than dead.Raising awareness through marine educationZanella wants to make sure people know the true value of marine species.She said Misión Tiburón is working with communities in Golfo Dulce, Puntarenas, to help promote the importance of marine animals beyond just being fishing resources.“Marine resources are for everyone,” Zanella said. “It’s necessary to find a balance.”Zanella said that although fishing practices have decreased in the last few years, that may be due to a lack of surviving marine resources.“It’s important to find livelihood alternatives that will benefit locals and marine life,” Zanella said. The initiative Salvamos al Tiburón Martillo is an educational program for children (Photo Courtesy of Enrique Uribe Salvando)Educating future generationsMisión Tiburón’s “Salvemos al Tiburón Martillo,” or “Save the Hammerhead Shark,” is the educational component of its Hammerhead Shark Conservation Project.Salvamos al Tiburón Martillo is an initiative designed for children.“We strongly feel that teaching future generations environmental or marine education is key to achieve real and long-term changes,” Zanella said. “It’s difficult to assimilate changes when you are an adult. Kids have open minds, they are naturally empathetic about an issue.” Children paint sharks and fishes as part of the educational initiative (Photo Courtesy of Enrique Uribe Salvando)Zanella said science is the foundation for implementing effective strategies aimed at conservation and appropriate management of marine resources.“After years of working, I have realized the scientific aspect goes hand in hand with marine education,” Zanella said.Misión Tiburón plans to implement a learning station in the southern Pacific port of Golfito, which is geographically close to Golfo Dulce’s hammerhead shark sanctuary. The organization expects to reach about 3,000 public-school students with its message.The organization also wants to hold workshops and launch awareness campaigns. That may include diving experiences for youth to help spark their interest in marine life.“Working with kids has been a rewarding experience,” Zanella said. “We are hopeful they will protect the hammerhead shark.”To know more about their work, you can visit or Misión Tiburón Costa Rica’s Facebook page.To make a U.S. tax-deductible donation, visit the Amigos of Costa Rica Misión Tiburón page.The Tico Times Costa Rica Changemakers section is sponsored by the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) and Amigos of Costa Rica. Related posts:Costa Rica’s Corcovado Foundation a finalist for international funding Costa Rican organization seeks fresh approach to teenage pregnancy prevention This week in the Peace Corps: Celebrating a scout anniversary Lifeguards call for help in Costa Rica: support their work in Osalast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With that being the case, Campbell, who put the hit on Newton, is now set take a hit to his bank account.According to USA Today’s Jarrett Bell, on Wednesday Campbell was fined $18,000 by the NFL for the play.Campbell is appealing the sanction, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who did not wish to be identified due to the sensitivity of the case.Campbell appeared to apologize to Newton after the play, and on Monday Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, in saying he does not think Newton has a case with regards to not feeling protected, said he was not sure if it should have been a penalty.“I thought Calais hit him low,” he said. “Whether he was blocked into him or not, that’s up to the officials to decide.”NFL rules dictate no defensive player who has a clear path to the quarterback can hit him around the knees or below when approaching in any direction, though a penalty should not be called if the player is blocked into the QB. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals’ Calais Campbell (93) defends as Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) looks to pass in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Campbell hit Newton after the throw, which Newton felt was an illegal hit that wasn’t called. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Remember that hit Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell put on Panthers QB Cam Newton in the third quarter of last Sunday’s 30-20 loss? You know, the one that was not penalized but led to Newton going off on the lack of penalties he draws after the game?Turns out he had a legitimate complaint, as on Tuesday, the NFL’s vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told the NFL Network that a roughing the passer penalty should have been called on the play.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter A new look Luxury Coll

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterA new look Luxury Collection is set to debut at CINZ MEETINGS 2016 in June, promising the best of New Zealand in one stand-out location.Now in its third year, the Luxury Collection has evolved to showcase the finest end of the New Zealand business events product with everything from boutique lodges to luxury yachts. Exhibitors for 2016 include award-winning host TIME Unlimited Tours, Pacific Jemm luxury super yacht in Queenstown and Luxury Lodges of New Zealand.“Business event organisers looking for the five-star wow factor will find everything they need in the Luxury Collection,” says Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive Sue Sullivan.“New Zealand has established an international reputation for exceptional, high-end meeting and incentive offerings, and the Luxury Collection shows what sets us apart.”The stand’s stylish new design features contemporary dark-stained solid timber and striking destination graphics. Booths will be set within a premium island space, accentuated by a five-metre high designer curtain and plush black carpet.MEETINGS’ pre-scheduled appointments on 14 and 15 June allow buyers to meet a choice of 200 exhibitors from 19 regions of New Zealand all under one roof, with 35 appointments across two days.Over 100 Australian hosted buyers will be treated to experiences in eight regions across New Zealand on weekend familiarisation tours before MEETINGS, plus a day out in the host city with Auckland Convention Bureau on Tuesday 14 June.Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand are bringing influential international buyers and media to MEETINGS from North America, China, India and South East Asia. More than 300 day buyers are also anticipated over the two days of MEETINGS, as well as 100 New Zealand event organisers to be hosted in Auckland.Final applications for exhibitor bookings close next week, 28 March and hosted buyer applications close on 18 April.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Rep Webber invites residents to August office hours

first_img Categories: Webber News 10Aug Rep. Webber invites residents to August office hours State Rep. Michael Webber welcomes members of the Rochester community to his in-district office hours during August.“I enjoy meeting with people to learn about what matters most to them.  Listening to their concerns regarding local and state government issues, makes me a better representative,” Webber said.Office hours take place at the following time and location:Monday, Aug. 28 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread located at 2508 S. Adams Road in Rochester.Appointments are not necessary.  Residents unable to attend may also contact Rep. Webber’s office by phone at (866) 969-0450, or by email at read more

LaFave sponsors local office hours

first_img04Nov LaFave sponsors local office hours Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain will host his monthly office hours in November for the residents of Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties.“One of my top priorities this year has been accessibility,” Rep. LaFave said. “While representing three counties may make this difficult, I have worked hard to be available to all residents. I encourage everyone to attend local office hours.”The office hours schedule is as follows:-Monday, Nov. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. EST at Jack’s Diner, 7897 S. Main St. in Rapid River;-Saturday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. CST at Randville Bar & Grill, N7463 M-95 in Iron Mountain; and-Monday. Nov. 20 from 3:30 to 4:30 CST at Spies Public Library, 940 1st St. in Menominee. Categories: LaFave Newscenter_img Residents also may contact LaFave at his Lansing office at (517) 373-0156 or read more

National Volunteer Week Service is What Unites

first_imgShare68Tweet2Share38Email108 Shares“Hands working together teamwork.” Pixabay. Public domain [CC 0]April 23, 2017; Star TribuneNext week marks National Volunteer Week, a time when the nonprofit sector extends its heartfelt gratitude to the more than 25 percent of adults in the U.S. who volunteer their time and talents to keep a variety of missions moving forward. The weeklong recognition, initiated by Points of Light, an organization founded by President George H. W. Bush in an effort to mobilize the power of volunteer action and service, is celebrated by grassroots advocacy groups, major foundations, and small charity shops alike.As the sector commemorates the occasion and collectively thanks the millions of volunteers who selflessly give back to causes of all kinds, it might be an opportune time to dive a little deeper into the impact volunteerism has across all sectors all year long.According to a 2016 Independent Sector report, the estimated value of volunteer time last year amounted to $24.14 per hour, a rate that has increased nearly 50 percent since 2001. The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that over 60 million Americans provided 8 billion hours of volunteer service valued at $193 billion in 2016. While unpaid volunteers are saving their respective organizations significant labor costs, they are also helping to generate a positive ripple effect that is leaving for-profit bottom lines in a pretty good shape as well.Countless reports over the years have reinforced the fact that employees, and especially millennials, prefer a workplace culture that embraces civic action and giving back. The nonprofit America’s Charities, which promotes giving and volunteering in the workplace, estimates that a solidly run volunteer program could save certain employers up to anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000 per employee. The potential for cost savings thanks to volunteerism is largely centered on employee engagement.Creating meaningful opportunities for employees to connect to a purpose greater than a paycheck has consistently been linked to higher retention rates and greater satisfaction in the workplace. When employees are more engaged and connected, they are naturally more productive, which inevitably leads to a higher-functioning operation overall, which in turn tends to yield a bottom line that is rather robust. It’s pretty simple to grasp.Not to mention, the societal impact of volunteerism isn’t too shabby either. Communities of varying sizes and populations greatly benefit from a concerned citizenship. Engaged community members, like employees in a workplace, are inherently more invested in the delivery of public services and cohesive community networks, leading to a generally stronger social fabric.So to say National Volunteer Week is meant only for nonprofit organizations to show their appreciation to the youth, working men and women, “stay at home” parents, veterans, retirees, and many more classifications of individuals who give their time, talent, and treasure to advance their respective missions, is a misconception. The week’s true intent is to set a time for all of us—all sectors and all people—to recognize that it takes a village. A village of citizens who care enough to clean up their highways, tutor a child, bring groceries to a person with limited mobility, foster a dog without a home, teach someone how write a resume, and so much more. This is our common thread. And as the theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week reminds us, service is what unites.—Lindsay WalkerShare68Tweet2Share38Email108 Shareslast_img read more