Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Shepherdstown, West Virginia

December 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSteeped in history, Shepherdstown is West Virginia’s oldest city, but in relatively recent years it’s become a hub for the arts and an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. One factor that makes the town so endearing to outdoor enthusiasts is its quick and easy access to the C&O Canal Tow Path. Originally constructed to enable horses to tow coal and other goods down the canal toward market, the C&O now serves as a 185 miles bike path connecting Cumberland, Maryland to Washington, D.C. From Shepherdstown you can hop on the C&O, and, within a few miles, find yourself at one of its unique, biker-only campsites.In addition to its bike-friendly nature, Shepherdstown is also situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, and easy paddling access to the Potomac can be obtained via the Princess Street boat ramp.Cudas_IB_0814_2Did you know? This area is home to the annual Run Through History 10K, which traverses a scenic path through the historic Antietam National Battlefield.Vote now at!last_img read more

Colombia Opens Mobile Drug Treatment Centers

December 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Bogota Mayor’s Office opened its first two mobile drug treatment units on September 17, a novel initiative in Latin America. The authorities explained that each Mobile Drug Treatment Center for Drug Addicts (CAMAD) has a team that consists of a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a physician, a dentist, and several nurses. This team is authorized to provide prescription drugs to reduce the anxiety caused by cocaine, heroin, and “bazuko” (similar to cocaine paste). The first CAMAD began to operate in a centric area known as the “Bronx”, which suffers from high levels of poverty, social exclusion, and drug addiction. “This CAMAD is an attempt to dignify children, women, men, teenagers. To build peace,” stated Mayor Gustavo Petro, former leftist senator and former member of the M-19 guerrillas, which was demobilized in 1990. The unit assigned to the “Bronx” will not only assist people suffering from drug addiction problems, but also all the population that lives on the streets which varies “between 4,000 and 6,000 people, including children, women, and the elderly,” the local Health Secretary Guillermo Jaramillo told journalists. The first CAMAD patient was a young pregnant woman, informed Colombian radio station RCN. This project is based on the experience of cities in Canada, Portugal, Netherlands, and Switzerland. The first two units were allocated a budget of about US$ 1.3 million. In July, Colombia passed a law establishing that drug addiction must be considered a public health problem, and its consumers must be treated as patients, not criminals. A study carried out by the Mayor’s Office concluded that, out of 7.3 million Bogota inhabitants, 125,000 are drug users. In turn, 70,000 people out of the 125,000 are considered “substance abusers,” and within this group there are 7,000 “bazuko” consumers. By Dialogo September 19, 2012last_img read more

4 tips for acquiring authentic leadership

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgJust as the financial services industry was recovering from the reputational damage caused during the Great Recession, reports continue to surface about the millions of phony deposit, credit and debit accounts being opened in the names of unsuspecting consumers at a major U.S. bank. As investigations into the situation continue, the question Congress, regulators, industry observers and consumers are asking is, “How could something of this magnitude have gone undetected by the institution’s management for such an extended period of time?As the effects of economic and regulatory uncertainty continue, there must be a renewed commitment by all financial institutions to value and protect the financial well-being of their account holders – because consumers aren’t yet convinced that the financial services sector is completely trustworthy. In the recently released 2016 Makovsky Wall Street Reputation Study, nearly one-third of respondents reported that they have lost trust in the financial services industry – a five percent increase from 2015. And more than three-quarters stated that even negative news about their current institution of choice – including regulatory issues, illegal activity and fines – is likely to cause them to switch financial service providers. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5 items you should never buy new

December 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMost of us like the idea of buying something shiny and new, but that’s not always the best option for our budget. Despite the creative advertising campaigns that draw us in, remember buying new also means high mark ups and high rates of depreciation. Here are five things we should consider buying used to save money.CarsThat “new car smell” sure is enticing, but don’t forget that your new ride comes high dollar signs. There are many reasons why buying a used vehicle is better for your bottom line. One reason is that the original owner has already absorbed the depreciation associated with buying new. For example, if you buy a $30,000 car and sell it down the road, chances are you’ll be hit with depreciation of at least half the original cost. Secondly, buying used also means you’ll see lower insurance premiums, which can benefit your monthly budget.ClothingStyles change quicker than the blink of an eye, so instead of dropping serious dough on a brand-new wardrobe, consider hitting up your local consignment store. Many social media sites also provide access to high-end consignment or resale groups, offering quality clothing and accessories at reduced prices.Sports gearAs children bounce from sport to sport, you could end up spending an arm and a leg on various types of equipment. Instead of buying new at big retailers like Academy Sports, check out other options such as Play It Again Sports. This chain sells quality sporting goods for low prices and also allows customers to trade in or consign their used sports equipment.BooksThink about it: how often do you really go back and re-read your favorite page-turner? Chances are once they’re read, they go straight to the shelf to collect dust. Buying a new book may not seem like a huge purchase, but think about how much you’re spending over time. Instead of buying new, check out your local book exchange or online sites like eBay or Abe Books.Children’s apparelKids grow so quickly it’s hard to keep up. They barely stay in one size clothing for a significant period of time. Don’t make the mistake of buying them a brand-new closet full of clothes for every season. Instead take advantage of family hand-me-downs or gently used clothing from second-hand shops. You’ll be amazed at the name-brand items you can find if you’re willing to take the time to look. 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Kenya confirms first case of coronavirus in East Africa

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe woman’s temperature had returned to normal and she was stable and recovering in isolation, he said.It is the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in the East African region. Kenya announced its first confirmed case of coronavirus on Friday, saying a woman who returned from the United States tested positive for the illness in Nairobi.”I want to inform you that the Ministry of Health has confirmed the first coronavirus case in Kenya,” Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe told reporters.”The case is a Kenyan citizen who traveled back to Nairobi, returning from the United States of America via London, United Kingdom, on March 5, 2020.” Topics :last_img read more

Athletes risk losing steam in back-to-back national, SEA Games

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgOne of the main considerations was the delay in the construction of venues in Papua after the administration closed the region’s ports of entry in March to contain the spread of COVID-19. The restriction has affected shipments of materials needed for construction, officials have said.The new October 2021 date was recommended by the National Sports Committee (KONI).“At first we planned to move the games to March but KONI insisted it was not ideal as regional committees may not have secured funds for the PON by then,” Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said recently.Zainudin said October of 2021 was the ideal month to host the games, given the packed sports schedule for 2021. After Ramadan ends in April of next year, Indonesia will host the FIFA U-20 World Cup before sending teams to the Tokyo Olympics in July and August. It will then prepare for mass celebrations to commemorate National Sports Day in September, focusing on sports science, with only a month to spare before the SEA Games begin in Hanoi on Nov. 21.Experts have expressed concern that the tight schedule could strain the nation’s athletes.Tandiyo Rahayu, a sports expert from Semarang State University, said athletes who qualified for the SEA Games should not be allowed to compete at the National Games as it would be very risky to expect them to reach peak performance twice in such a short period of time.Tandiyo said it was necessary to lower the stakes for the PON and view them “as a stage […] and not the finish line” in the national sports development program.Doing so would have the government put international achievement before provincial prestige.Local sports committees have long considered the PON to be the most important sporting competition in the national calendar. Each province deploys its best athletes to win the quadrennial sporting event – even those on the national training center (pelatnas) roster.The stakes are so high that the buying and selling of athletes between provinces is an open secret. Many represent regions they don’t come from, a practice akin to changing passports to compete on behalf of another country.“If the selection process for the PON and SEA Games can be done fairly, thoroughly and responsibly, [it will] finally revitalize the National Games,” Tandiyo told The Jakarta Post.Yogyakarta State University’s Djoko Pekik Irianto said the ministry should prevent certain athletes from participating in both competitions “to maintain the country’s achievements at the SEA Games”.“The local contingents would probably object to that decision […] but it needs to be done considering the impact [on performance],” he told the Post recently.Ministry spokesman Gatot S. Dewa Broto said last week that his office would discuss the terms under which athletes would be allowed to compete in the National Games with KONI and the National Olympics Committee.He noted the previous success of sending the majority of junior national athletes to the 2019 SEA Games, where Indonesia finished in fourth place, with 72 gold medals, 84 silver medals and 111 bronze medals.Topics : The recent decision to delay the Indonesian National Games (PON) in Papua until October 2021 has raised concerns that athletes may be overstretched by back-to-back competition in the PON and the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo postponed the 2020 PON – the first to be held in Papua – on April 23 as the fight against COVID-19 dragged on.Previously scheduled to take place from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2 of this year, the games were postponed on the recommendations of both the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Ministry and the Youth and Sports Ministry.last_img read more

US closes in on 200,000 virus deaths, weeks before election

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgTopics : The United States edged close to registering 200,000 COVID-19 deaths on Monday, the latest grim milestone for the country just weeks before voters decide if President Donald Trump will stay in office.According to a rolling tally by Johns Hopkins University, 199,743 Americans have died and 6.8 million have been confirmed infected.The US has had the world’s highest official death toll for months, ahead of Brazil and India, with 136,895 and 87,882 deaths respectively. Trump insisted on “Fox and Friends” Monday that the United States was “rounding the corner with or without a vaccine.”But the president has high hopes that the swift approval of a vaccine will boost his reelection chances.”I would say that you’ll have (a vaccine) long before the end of the year, maybe by the end of October,” he told Fox, adding that his priority was “total safety — it’s number one.” Trump has set even more ambitious goals, stating that by April of next year, most Americans who want to be immunized will have a vaccine. Most experts argue that betting on vaccines is not a viable strategy.Without adhering to masks, distancing and contact-tracing, and without ramping up testing, tens of thousands more could still die before life returns to normal in the US.”What we need to do is shift… towards a more screening approach that’s proactive to test asymptomatic individuals,” Harvard surgeon and health policy researcher Thomas Tsai told AFP.He said the government should approve rapid, at-home antigen tests, which it has been reluctant to do so far, and which would require the government to pay for it instead of insurance companies.”COVID will be the third leading cause of death this year in the US,” tweeted Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under former president Barack Obama.”The staggering death toll from the virus is a reflection of a failed national response, but it’s not too late to turn it around.”Only the number of people who died from heart disease and cancer will be higher. Overall, the US accounts for four percent of the world’s population and 20 percent of its coronavirus deaths, while its daily fatality rate relative to the overall population is four times greater than that of the European Union.Critics say the statistics expose the Trump administration’s failure to meet its sternest test ahead of the November 3 election.”Due to Donald Trump’s lies and incompetence in the past six months, [we] have seen one of the gravest losses of American life in history,” his Democratic rival Joe Biden charged on Monday.”With this crisis, a real crisis, a crisis that required serious presidential leadership, he just wasn’t up to it. He froze. He failed to act. He panicked. And America has paid the worst price of any nation in the world.” Series of errors It’s likely that the US actually crossed 200,000 deaths in July, said Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Institute, citing the excess mortality rate.The initial lack of tests led to an undercount of the virus’ toll.”We are the outlier to have been caught totally flat-footed with no testing, and just not learning from mistakes,” Topol added, explaining why the virus continues to kill more than in Europe, despite improvements in how the disease is managed in hospitals.Belgium, Spain and Britain still have higher total death rates per capita than the United States, but were able to partly control the first wave of outbreaks through near-total lockdowns.”We never got adequate suppression, and yet we’re opening everything and trying to make believe that everything is just great,” said Topol.Adoption of public health measures remains mixed across the US.In many cities, students have gone back to school virtually, the indoor areas of bars and restaurants remain closed, and mask use is up. But hotspots are still flaring up, currently in the Midwest and on college campuses that returned to in-person learning.Critics say Trump abdicated responsibility and left it to the state governors to deal with the crisis and decide on lockdowns.”We had a crazy quilt of responses across the country that totally confused the average person,” William Schaffner, a health policy professor at Vanderbilt University, told AFP. “We needed a unified, coherent, strong, national response.”The public health system will be tested as we move into fall and winter, said Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina.Anticipating a “twindemic” of coronavirus and flu, officials are stocking up on a record number of flu vaccines.last_img read more

Real Madrid want £30m for Dani Ceballos after Arsenal propose £26m transfer

October 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgAdvertisement Ceballos is on loan from Real (Picture: Getty)Real Madrid are holding out for £30million for Dani Ceballos after Arsenal reportedly offered £26m for the midfielder.Arsenal are desperate to sign the loan star to a permanent deal and Ceballos met with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez during the international break to discuss his future.Perez told Ceballos he was surplus to requirements while Zinedine Zidane was in charge and the 23-year-old is now open to an exit from the club.Ceballos has said publicly he wants to return to Real at the end of the season, but El Desmarque claim Arsenal have made an offer.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Oct 2019 3:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.9kShares Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:38FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield United is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I don’t feel sorry for not being in Madrid. Right now I am where I want to be and I am very happy. My idea was to go out, play and enjoy football.‘In the previous two years I had not done so. My goal is only to work to keep doing things right.‘I have eight months left at Arsenal, I can only thank them for the confidence that the coach and fans have placed in me, who have already made me a song. Arsenal proposed £26m for Ceballos (Picture: Rex Features)Arsenal proposed a £26m deal for the Spain international, but Perez has rejected that figure.AdvertisementAdvertisementReal want a minimum of £30m for Ceballos, who’s price tag could increase if he continues to impress at the Emirates.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCeballos has been an instant hit with fans and Unai Emery is keen to keep him on board beyond the end of the season.The Spaniard likes the Premier League and recently expressed how happy he was at Arsenal.‘Going to Arsenal has been a very important step in my career,’ he said. Real Madrid want £30m for Dani Ceballos after Arsenal propose £26m transfer Ceballos has been a big hit at Arsenal (Picture: EPA)‘I am very happy there and I hope to continue for a long time.’Were Real to change coaches that may complicate Arsenal’s chances of landing Ceballos.Zidane is under pressure to deliver this season after a dismal 2018/19 campaign and Jose Mourinho has been mentioned as a possible successor to Zidane.Should Arsenal go big to sign Ceballos?Of course! 0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

ERAFP awards unlisted infrastructure, private equity mandates

September 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgIt is a mandate to invest in unlisted, vital, public infrastructure assets that are or will be built mainly in EU countries.The risk approach should be moderate, with Ardian tasked with building a mixed greenfield and brownfield portfolio mainly through primary investments in new infrastructure funds or secondary investments in existing funds and, to a lesser degree, through direct investments and/or co-investments in contractors.The private equity mandate also aims to diversify ERAFP’s investments, in this case by contributing to the financing of the French and European economies.The mandate is for the creation of a dedicated fund that will invest primary in unlisted European mid-market companies through growth capital or buyout transactions.It may also invest via mezzanine and unitranche financing but to a lesser degree.The investments are to be made mainly through primary or secondary funds.The fund will target investments in companies with a registered office in France, Germany, the Benelux countries, the UK, Finland, Sweden and/or Denmark.Italy, Spain, Portugal or other OECD countries also come into question but to a lesser degree.Both mandates are for an initial 10 years. French civil service pension fund ERAFP has awarded a €150m infrastructure mandate and a €200m private equity mandate as part of a move to take up new investment freedoms granted by the government in late 2014.The mandates were put out to tender early last year.The infrastructure mandate was awarded to Ardian France and the private equity mandate to Access Capital Partners.The €26bn pension fund placed the infrastructure mandate in the context of its aim to diversify by using “some of its long-term savings to develop sustainable assets that drive economic development and the energy transition and are useful to future generations”.last_img read more

Spanish coach Garcia is youngest to die of CoVid-19 @21

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Club president Pep Bueno said: “Francisco was a great guy and a very talented coach. We are all still shocked. “The hospital rang me at 7pm on Sunday to say his condition had stabilised, but then an hour later… “The coronavirus came together with a bad illness he had. I can’t believe it has happened.” It’s added in the report that nearly 300 people have died from the virus in Spain, and it’s likely that death toll will continue to rise in the coming days. Read AlsoHoffenheim owner developing coronavirus vaccine As for Garcia, it’s noted that it was only after arriving at hospital that doctors found that he was suffering from leukaemia, while it’s suggested that he could now be the youngest person in the world to die as a result of coronavirus. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… center_img Spanish football coach Francisco Garcia has died from coronavirus aged just 21 having also suffered with a form of leukaemia previously. The outbreak crisis has continued throughout Europe over the last week, claiming hundreds more lives with thousands of cases being reported. Spain has been one of the hardest hit, and now the Independent report that Garcia has died after contracting coronavirus. Reported coronavirus cases on the increase as government declares emergency The 21-year-old is said to have been suffering from a form of leukaemia which would have left him more vulnerable, and now Malaga based club Atletico Portada Alta have tragically had to confirm his death on Sunday.Advertisementlast_img read more