Harris Hill ski jump competition February 19 & 20

first_imgOne month from today, Brattleboro, Vermont will be jumping with excitement at the annual Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition presented by Pepsi, slated for Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20.Ski jumping at Harris Hill is one of Brattleboro’s much loved traditions that dates back to 1922. Over the years the event grew to draw jumpers and spectators from around the world to this small Vermont town. After the 2005 event, the jump had to be shut down due to the wooden structure falling into disrepair and safety concerns for the jumpers. After an intensive fundraising campaign and the generosity of local and regional businesses and residents, a new 90-meter ski jump reopened to a record crowd in 2009.Situated on the edge of a Brattleboro cornfield, the brand new jump was totally re-built to FIS (International Federation of Skiing) specifications and will once again bring jumpers from around the world to compete in the two-day event that is now sanctioned by the US Ski Association (USSA).Approximately 40 top jumpers from the United States and Europe ‘ the biggest field Harris Hill has seen in years — will compete this year. As one of New England’s premier winter sporting events, the Harris Hill venue offers spectators a thrilling experience with this Olympic sport and a first-hand understanding of why it’s called The Original Extreme Sportâ ¢. Spectators can watch the jumpers up close as they launch from the top of the jump’so close that they can hear the “whoosh” as they take off and soar more than 300 feet at speeds of nearly 60 mph before they land.The festival atmosphere of the event is led by fans of all ages. Concessions, a bonfire, a beer tent and event souvenirs will all be on-site.The 85th Annual Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition is presented by Pepsi-Cola, Powered by Entergy, Powdered by Mount Snow and Protected by the Richards Group. For updated information, including full schedules, tickets, results and more, go to HarrisHillSkiJump.com. -30-last_img read more

Ireland to divest fossil fuel investments

first_imgIreland to divest fossil fuel investments FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The Republic of Ireland will become the world’s first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament.The state’s €8bn national investment fund will be required to sell all investments in coal, oil, gas and peat “as soon as is practicable”, which is expected to mean within five years. Norway’s huge $1tn sovereign wealth fund has only partially divested from fossil fuels, targeting some coal companies, and is still considering its oil and gas holdings.The fossil fuel divestment movement has grown rapidly, and trillions of dollars of investment funds have been divested, including large pension funds and insurers, cities such as New York, churches and universities.The Irish fossil fuel divestment bill was passed in the lower house of parliament on Thursday and it is expected to pass rapidly through the upper house, meaning it could become law before the end of the year. The Irish state investment fund holds more than €300m in fossil fuel investments in 150 companies.“The [divestment] movement is highlighting the need to stop investing in the expansion of a global industry which must be brought into managed decline if catastrophic climate change is to be averted,” said Thomas Pringle, the independent member of parliament who introduced the bill. “Ireland by divesting is sending a clear message that the Irish public and the international community are ready to think and act beyond narrow short term vested interests.”The bill defines a fossil fuel company as a company that derives 20% or more of its revenue from exploration, extraction or refinement of fossil fuels. The bill also allows investment in Irish fossil fuel companies if this funds their move away from fossil fuels.More: Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuelslast_img read more

The United States Ratifies Military Cooperation with Paraguay

first_imgBy Marta Escurra/Diálogo July 19, 2016 U.S. Air Force Major General Gary W. Keefe, Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, met with Paraguayan Minister of Defense Diógenes Martínez in Asunción. During his visit, Brig. Gen. Keefe confirmed the U.S. intention to continue cooperating with the South American country. Beginning in 2001, as part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), this joint effort has trained 2,000 Paraguayan military personnel.The fundamental core of these trainings and exchanges has been infrastructure aid, emergency-relief training, human rights, and dialogue between the two sides on defense issues. Global concerns, such as security from terrorist threats, transnational organized crime, humanitarian aid, and disaster response have also been discussed. The Massachusetts National Guard, for example, conducts between eight and 12 exchanges per year. Each lasts about five to seven days and includes up to five trainers. To discuss this more deeply, Diálogo talked to Minister Martínez, who explained the extent of the cooperation with the U.S. Military.Diálogo: Within the framework of the SPP, what is thehistory of this cooperation between Massachusetts and Paraguay since 2001?Paraguayan Defense Minister Diógenes Martínez: On May 30, 2001, then U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay David N. Greenlee extended an offer to participate in the Massachusetts State Partnership Program to the Commander of the Armed Forces, and it was accepted by the General Expedito Garrigoza Vera, Commander of the Army, on June 22nd of the same year.Diálogo: What does this partnership imply for Paraguay in terms of quality of work in the Armed Forces?Minister Martínez: Professional training for various Armed Forces personnel, learning new techniques, working as a team, relationships with service members from another country, understanding their capabilities in terms of human and material resources. The good thing about the program is that I  see a spirit of mutual support and shared benefit. It’s not simply “aid.”Diálogo: What final assessment have you been able to make over the course of these years?Minister Martínez: It has allowed us to facilitate and complement the training of approximately 2,000 military personnel as military observers and contingent support (men and women) in peacekeeping missions within the framework of the United Nations. These military personnel are currently deployed in various countries in Africa, as well as in Haiti, Cyprus, and also closer to home in the Republic of Colombia. They also contribute locally in various departments within our country, by carrying out multiple humanitarian aid missions for the needy.Diálogo: What specifically does this program develop among the Paraguayan Military personnel, and which division will it work with?Minister Martínez: Defending against natural disasters, catastrophes, and non-military threats to our population is what is called Civil Defense, and this is the responsibility of the National Defense. What comes out of that is peacekeeping operations, humanitarian aid, exchange of military personnel, human rights, etc. They work directly with the Joint Peace Operations Training Center (CECOPAZ) and indirectly with the Armed Forces Command and individual branches of the Military.Diálogo: How many people are involved?Minister Martínez: At least 300 military personnel per year.Diálogo: What work has been done most recently within the framework of this cooperative effort?Minister Martínez: In 15 years of cooperation, there have been innumerable works received, especially in the physical infrastructure of CECOPAZ, equipping the Army’s English lab and the Multi-role Engineering Company for deployment in Haiti, among other things.Diálogo: What are the future plans with respect to the program’s renewal? What specifically will be done and with whom?Minister Martínez: We will continue training military personnel in the different areas offered by the State of Massachusetts, which is Paraguay’s friend. We will continue taking advantage of the goodwill resulting from professionalizing the components (men and women) of the Armed Forces.Diálogo: What is your opinion about the fact that the Massachusetts National Guard is collaborating with you?Minister Martínez: In my opinion, it is quite satisfactory because, in this case there is reciprocity, both in terms of the effort made and the benefits received, which, of course, is very useful. They also get to train their people in a different environment. Only by staying committed can we work together; by building alliances we can protect our interests, defend our territory, create better conditions for our society, and advance towards opportunities.Diálogo: What are the areas of most concern to your counterpart in this partnership?Minister Martínez: The social area, peacekeeping operations, civilian-military relations, humanitarian aid, civil matters, disaster assistance efforts, human rights, and others.Diálogo: Within the framework of this program, what specific proposals does the Republic of Paraguay have?Minister Martínez: To continue this relationship and strengthen it even further. Let me say it again: it’s an important complement to National Defense, and the best thing is, other than the social services, there is also and at the same time, real training for our military assets.last_img read more

Powell talks faster payments with Senate panel

first_imgFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell – during testimony Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee – answered questions about the development of a real-time payments system. NAFCU has worked to ensure credit unions’ perspective on a safer, faster payments system is considered as the Fed and other stakeholders work on the issue.Powell was delivering the agency’s semiannual Monetary Policy Report; he testified before the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday.Responding to questions from Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Powell indicated that the Fed is currently reviewing comments on its proposal to develop a 24/7/365 real-time gross settlement (RTGS) service. Powell also noted the support of the proposal from small financial institutions; NAFCU in December shared how credit unions could benefit from faster payments services and has encouraged the Fed to play an operational role in a future, faster payments system.Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, also asked about data collection practices and efforts to ensure consumers have privacy and control over their data. Powell acknowledged the importance of this and said more work needs to be done on the issue. NAFCU’s Cybersecurity and Payments Committee recently received an update on the Fed’s work to identify and mitigate payments fraud risk from The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Tim Boike, and also discussed consumer privacy legislation. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Georgia’s recount is going to be slow, costly, pointless, and embarrassing—which makes it perfect

first_imgTo make things even better, in a so-bad-it’s-good sort of way, Raffensperger might have tried to spare Georgia taxpayers from bearing the full cost of the recount. That’s because not only is there no automatic recount in Georgia law, there is nothing in the law that says the state picks up all the costs. Raffensperger could easily have done what Wisconsin did: offer to do a recount at the request of the Trump campaign, if the Trump campaign were willing to cover the costs. He might even have offered to split the costs in order to reduce the burden on both sides. But nope, he just dove right in and gave Trump an extra large, extra deluxe freebie.It might be worth noting that while there was a recount in Wisconsin in 2016, that recount request didn’t come from Hillary Clinton. Clinton called the Trump campaign literally seconds after the AP called the race at 2:30 in the morning to offer her concession and promise to help with the transition in any way she could. The reason there was a recount in Wisconsin was because it was requested by … Jill Stein.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Stein fundraised off her own donors, and off heartbroken Clinton supporters, with the promise that donations to her would go toward conducting recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Despite collecting an unknown amount of money, Stein’s requests for a recount in Michigan and Pennsylvania were denied. However, that Wisconsin recount did change the numbers … it found 131 more votes for Trump, which isn’t quite as much as a 2011 recount of a state supreme court race that changed the outcome by 312 votes. But it’s much larger than the last recount in Georgia, also over a judicial race, where the results were changed by just 15 votes. In fact, the margin in Georgia is more than 10 times the largest change ever discovered by a state-level recount.What Raffensperger is doing isn’t coming from any real concern that the outcome of the election might be inaccurate. Trump is not going to find a tenth as many votes as he needs to alter the recount, no matter how many hands sort the votes. This recount is all about Raffensperger and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp surrendering to the pressure from Republicans in Washington who have been whipping their state with claims of fraud.So the Georgia recount will be costly, pointless, embarrassing, and driven by state officials wilting under attacks they know are false. It will require hiring thousands of counters, paying out millions of dollars, and is unlikely to be complete before someone is forced to dust off a little Supreme Court decision called Bush v. Gore. It’s going to be perfect. Just perfect.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Major clubs could tussle over Jamaican winger Leon Bailey

first_imgJamaican-born Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey will reportedly be the subject of a three-way transfer tussle between giants Premier League giants Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal in the summer transfer window.  According to Adrian Kajumba in the Mirror, the three clubs have all watched the 20-year-old this season and while Leverkusen are determined to hold on to their £40 million-rated star in the current transfer window, they are prepared for summer advances from the Premier League trio. Bailey joined Leverkusen from Belgian outfit Genk last January but only played 133 minutes in the German top flight in 2016-17, scoring no goals and providing no assists. In 2017-18, though, he has made 14 appearances in the league and contributed six goals and four assists.last_img

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India vs West Indies: Upset KL Rahul determined to be more patient with his…

first_imgAdvertisement queNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsz7yfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9h( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) anq6Would you ever consider trying this?😱al9bCan your students do this? 🌚8kbh4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Indian opener KL Rahul, after being dismissed for 44 and 38 in each innings of the 1st Test against West Indies, claimed that he was disappointed with his game, but there are a lot of things he is doing right. In the press conference after Day three’s play, Rahul stated that “technique and everything is overrated” and that he needed to show some patience.Advertisement “Technique and everything are overrated – when you get runs everything looks good. So, it was important for me to spend time in the middle. (I am) very disappointed but there are a lot of things I’m doing right. Just need to keep my head down and show some patience,” Rahul said in the media conference.Advertisement The Karnataka batsman looked solid in the first innings until he was dismissed by Roston Chase registering 44 runs to his name, and on Saturday, Rahul failed to execute a paddle sweep against the same bowler, this time being dismissed for 38. His half-century in the single Test against Afghanistan and 149 against England last year, are the only success he has enjoyed in the longest format since the start of 2018.The right-hander then added, “I just have to prolong the good things I’m doing till I get to 35-45. I’m batting well, I looked comfortable in both the innings and my head-space is very good. Happy about a lot of things. If I can keep my patience and keep batting the way I do in the first 60-80 balls, if I continue to do that for 200-250 balls then it’ll obviously benefit me and the team.”Advertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

DISTINCTIV PASSION GOES GATE TO WIRE & TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 LOS ANGELES STAKES BY A NECK UNDER MALDONADO; BONDE TRAINEE HOLDS OFF FAVORED SAN ONOFRE WHILE GETTING SIX FURLONGS IN 1:08 FLAT

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2015)–Sent to the front by Edwin Maldonado, Distinctiv Passion held off favored San Onofre by a neck to take Monday’s six furlong Grade III, $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes at Santa Anita in 1:08.00.The third choice at 2-1 in a four-horse field of three year olds and up, bounced back from a disappointing 13th place run in a Group I, five furlong turf sprint in Dubai on March 28. With no show wagering, he paid $6.60 and $3.00. Owned by Edward Brown, Jr., Alan Klein and Phillip Lebherz, Distinctiv Passion, a 5-year-old Florida-bred horse by With Distinction, picked up his eighth win from 17 starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased his earnings to $453,660.“This time, he put his ears forward as soon as we left the gate and I didn’t move on him,” said Maldonado. “I knew I had enough to win today. I was just waiting to push the button, waiting on San Onofre. I knew it was going to be a two-horse race.”“The Dubai race was a totally wasted race,” said Bonde. “If you look at all the American horses over there that ran on the turf, they did miserably. On the main track, they did fine…I’m sure you’ll see the horse next in the Bing Crosby (Grade I, six furlongs at Del Mar this summer).”Ridden by Mike Smith, San Onofre, came off a close second in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita April 11, and was thus dispatched as the 4-5 favorite. Breaking from the outside, he sat third early and was second turning for home, two lengths off the winner.“Distinctiv Passion was hard to catch today,” said Smith. “He has unbelievable speed and it’s hard to catch him coming from behind. My horse finished up real well, though. I wish we were going six and a half today.”Trained by Karen Headley, San Onofre finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Wild Dude and paid $2.80 to place.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Wild Dude, the actual second choice in the wagering at 2-1, finished 1 ¾ lengths clear of longshot War Academy.Fractions on the race, all set by Distinctiv Passion, were 22.19, 44.48 and 55.95.last_img read more