Click here to read reports from Day 1 and Day 2 of the tour.“Sunshine at Last” First stop – Cheat Lake, West VirginiaWe left Deep Creek under mostly cloudy skies and a temperature of 57, the weather forecast was promising as we headed southwest into West Virginia. By the time we reached our first stop of the day Cheat Lake, the sunshine had returned and the temperature was a warm 74 degrees, much better than the previous two days of rain and cool temperatures. We launched at Sunset Beach public boat launch and headed out of the cove into the main body of Cheat Lake, the water was cool around 67 degrees and rather cloudy with debris from the recent two days of storms, it was a fun paddle and easy access off of I – 68 and only minutes from Morgantown. The Cheat Lake is great place to learn to paddle board especially since it is so close to WVU and Morgantown area. We had a good paddle, we checked out the new bridge construction and a few lakefront houses and headed back to the launch to head to our next site Stonewall Jackson Resort and State Park. Along the way we checked out the Mon river and Tygart rivers, due to all the rain the previous two days we skipped the paddle in downtown Morgantown on the Mon river and the stop at Tygart Lake. As the new name “Epic Stand Up Paddleboard Tour” headed south on I – 79 to Stonewall Jackson Lake, we dialed up another friend, Jim Haas from our days at Snowshoe that works at a office along I-79 now near Bridgeport, West Virginia to look out the window as the paddleboard tour headed south. Cheat Lake Area information:Launch site: Sunset Beach public boat launch, freePaddleboard rental nearby or Bring Your Own Board: Sunset Beach Marina & WatersportsNearby lodging: Lakeview Resort, lots of lodging options in nearby MorgantownDining options: Archie’s Lakehouse (on the water, casual dining) Cheat Lake Pizza (pizza & pasta)Other nearby area activities: Coopers Rock (climbing, mountain biking and hiking) Cheat River (kayaking and rafting)Second stop – Stonewall Jackson LakeThis is now one of my favorite paddleboard sites; I had been to the lake before for other activities in the past, but today’s visit was truly epic, we headed out from the launch near the lakefront cottages,(theses cottage are the perfect place to stay for a weekend paddleboard adventure with some friends, they are waterfront at the northern end of the park) the lake was calm, the skies were sunny and the water was a warm 74 degrees, almost as warm as the 76 degree air. We headed up the lake toward the Stonewall Resort lodge, we noticed a tunnel under the road leading to a cove which had some dead trees still standing from the days when the lake was built, the tunnel was a unique experience as was the gladed paddleboard trail through the old trees, on our return trip to the launch we saw a Osprey dive down and catch a fish about 25 yards away, we followed the shoreline around the other side of the lake back to launch which had many areas where you could stop and check out the beautiful scenery of the park. We returned to the launch to let Rasta and Bahama, my two 4 month old golden retriever puppies enjoy the water and do a little paddleboarding, this complete a great visit to Stonewall Jackson Lake. Once we convinced Rasta and Bahama to get off the boards and out of the water we loaded up and headed about 15 minutes down I – 79 to a new lake on the tour, that Jeff’s sister “Samme” had suggested since we missed Tygart Lake earlier due to the rain storms the previous two days, this new stop was Burnsville Lake. 1 2
Tours of the mansion decked out for the Christmas will be offered through Sunday, January 5. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Time is running out to learn about what Christmas would have been like at the Roberson Mansion back in the early 1900’s. “They just come year after year and they bring their children, I know I grew up in the area and I came here as a child and then I brought my children here,” Schultz said. Schultz also tells 12 News that while the tours may be winding down for this year the tradition will continue next holiday season. While the Roberson Mansion sets the scene, the tour also focuses on the history of Christmas traditions in general. Senior Museum Educator Cheryl Schultz tells 12 News that the tour is an important holiday tradition in the area, one that has been passed down through generations.
NORWICH (WBNG) — Authorities in Norwich say the police department has worked with protest organizers for a peaceful demonstration Thursday. According to the the Norwich Police department’s Facebook page, the downtown Norwich area will have a “heavy” law enforcement presence throughout the afternoon and early evening hours. The public has been asked to avoid the downtown area around West Park and the Courthouse. The police department says it appreciates the cooperation of the organizers for a peaceful protest.
Share LocalNews Police chief condemns recent incident involving police officer by: – April 13, 2012 Share 31 Views no discussions Police Chief, Cyril Carette. Police Chief Cyril Carette has spoken out regarding a recent incident involving a police officer being arrested and charged for theft of a government owned pistol.Carette said any law enforcement officer who breaks the law, should be given the highest level of condemnation.Ohssel Tyson a police constable has been released on $30, 000.00 bail for allegedly stealing a 1 glock 19 pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition valued at $3742.50 belonging to the state on April 7th 2012. He entered a “not guilty” plea to the charges at the magistrate’s court on April 10th, 2012.Carette described the incident as a “sad day” for the Police Force, “When we have officers who are charged with the responsibility of preserving the integrity of the state, dispensing law and order in the country are trying to do this collaborating with criminals outside there to do such acts.He said this kind of behavior is unacceptable within the force and the culprit deserves the highest level of condemnation.“We cannot afford to have that in our police force. We consider this the height of corruption in the police force when people do those kinds of things. We have been having allegations outside there where guns are leaving headquarters and any such corruption will not be tolerated,” he said.He said the police force is not the best place for anyone who cannot be trusted. Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharing is caring! Share
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Underwater robots will takeover the Sunrise Side this Saturday.The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is gearing up to host the 2019 Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition. The competition features students from all over Michigan, showcasing their underwater remotely operate vehicles (ROV). Competitors must give a presentation, and they have to perform different tasks with their vehicle.Competition runs from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/409891049571176/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 2019 Great Lakes Regional MATE ROV Competition, GREAT LAKES MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER, remotely operated vehicles, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Monday, May 6Next Alpena Public Schools superintendent offers info ahead of May 7 bond election
Harry Redknapp says Bobby Zamora’s hip condition is so acute the QPR striker cannot sit down at half-time during games.The Rangers boss, who also says Zamora suffered ligament damage when he recently picked up an ankle injury, believes he is a crucial player in the battle to stay up.Redknapp said: “Bobby needs a hip operation and has torn an ankle ligament but has played through it.“At half-time we have to keep him on the move. If he sits down it will seize up.“He can’t get into his car after the game. It’s a nightmare for him trying to get in.”Zamora played 72 minutes of Saturday’s 3-1 win against Sunderland – a result which maintained Rangers’ fighting chance of avoiding the drop.And Redknapp is desperate for the former West Ham man to get through the all-important run-in to the season.“He’s a proper bloke. You want him in your squad,” Redknapp declared.“He’s good for the team, talks to the boys and is an influence in the dressing room – and you need characters like that.”See also:Zamora gives QPR a scare but is passed fitYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas will hope to add to his two goals against BoltonKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 17 October 2015Referee: Carl Boyeson (Hull)Six key battles: Onuoha aims to shackle ex-Brentford strikerBetVictor.com preview: QPR can win at St. Andrew’sMatch in a nutshell: QPR aim for back-to-back league wins as they take on fourth-placed Birmingham.Injuries and suspensionsBIRMINGHAM CITYRuled out: David Cotterill (hamstring), Neal Eardley (shoulder).QPRRuled out: Charlie Austin (hamstring), Jamie Mackie (hamstring), Armand Traore (calf). Possible line-upsBirmingham: Kuszczak; Caddis, Morrison, Robinson, Grounds; Gleeson, Kieftenbeld; Maghoma, Toral, Gray; Donaldson. Subs from: Legzdins, Spector, Lowry, Davis, Shinnie, Brown, Brock-Madsen, Solomon-Otabor.QPR: Green; Onuoha, Hall, Angella, Konchesky; Sandro, Henry; Phillips, Fer, Chery; Emmanuel-Thomas. Subs from: Smithies, Perch, Hill, Doughty, Tozser, Luongo, Faurlin, Hoilett, Polter, Grego-Cox. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesBirmingham total: W W L D L (7 points)Home: L L W D W (7 points)QPR total: W L D D L (5 points)Away: L D W W L (7 points)Top scorers – all competitionsBirmingham City: Donaldson 4; Maghoma 3; Cotterill 2, Gleeson 2, Thomas 2, Toral 2; Caddis 1, Gray 1, Grounds 1, Morrison 1, Shinnie 1.QPR: Austin 7; Chery 4, Emmanuel-Thomas 4; Onuoha 2, Phillips 2; Fer 1, Hill 1, Polter 1.Last five meetings8 March 2014: Birmingham 0 QPR 214 September 2013: QPR 1 Birmingham 028 October 2008: QPR 1, Birmingham 04 October 2008: Birmingham 1 QPR 026 December 2006: Birmingham 2 QPR 1Birmingham 2 wins, QPR 3 wins, 0 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Would NASA and Big Media censor the Christmas Eve broadcast 50 years ago that included reading from Genesis?In this age of political correctness and anti-religious bigotry, we wondered if the 50th anniversary celebrations of Apollo 8 would mention the Christmas Eve broadcast with its Bible reading from Genesis. Illustra Media portrayed that event beautifully in this short film:But would secular institutions like NASA and scientific journals avoid mentioning the Genesis reading? Some did. These included Phys.org, Nature, and Space.com, who preferred discussing climate change and environmentalism instead, or focused on how the famous Earthrise photo illustrated man’s insignificance in the vast, bleak universe (but see Illustra’s other short film, Pale Blue Dot, for a response). Some news sources did mention the Genesis reading, including Fox News Science, and Tom McLeish in his article at The Conversation.Citizens didn’t let atheists strip the word “God” out of this commemorative stamp.Fortunately, NASA itself not only kept the Genesis reading intact in its nicely-done YouTube video, but also made it a major feature of the Smithsonian’s “Spirit of Apollo” event at the National Cathedral on December 11, as we reported here. This is quite surprising for an institution whose labs, like JPL, go out of their way to suppress Christmas, ordering its employees to avoid Christmas trees and lights and colors, and say “holiday party” instead of Christmas party. Needless to say, NASA is all about evolution almost all the time. Genesis? That gets polite disdain at best. But NASA kept the Bible reading without any negative comments at all, and even tweeted a short version of the video that retained Genesis 1:1 on its @NASA Twitter feed on December 21.Perhaps President Trump’s open announcement to the country that it’s OK to say “Merry Christmas” again is bringing the popular greeting back out of the closet, and calling a cease-fire in the war on Christmas. (Some schools, senior centers and companies haven’t gotten the message yet, though.) Christmas is a national holiday in the United States, after all, and is celebrated around the world. One doesn’t have to refer to its religious aspects to celebrate it. But for NASA to not only acknowledge Christmas, but also play the creation account from Genesis is quite something these days.The Genesis reading was, in fact, a major part of the Apollo 8 astronauts’ Christmas Eve broadcast, the capstone of one of America’s greatest successes in space. Having been told to ‘do something appropriate’ on Christmas eve, because the largest audience in television history would be tuned in, Commander Frank Borman thought and thought until he was given a Gideon Bible by a friend. Not knowing what part to read, he decided to just start at the beginning of the book. That seemed right: the creation of the world.A billion people were tuned in that night, hearing, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth… and God saw the light, that it was good… And from the crew of Apollo 8, good night, good luck, a merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth.” It was hard to top that. Many commentators in 1968 thought the reading was highly appropriate, even perfect after such a violent year of protests over the Vietnam war, hippies, and two assassinations the previous summer. Only atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair got upset. She sued NASA, but her grinchy move quickly evaporated.Another good aspect of the NASA film was its mention of the suitability of our sun and planet for life. Astronaut Jim Lovell says, with evident feeling,The Earth is a mere speck in the Milky Way Galaxy. Look what we have here: water, and an atmosphere; we’re orbiting a star just at the proper distance to absorb that star’s energy. God has given mankind a stage on which to perform. How the play turns out is up to us.The 50th anniversary was a good time for the world to remember when it was OK to say “In the beginning, God created” and “Merry Christmas!”But Wait! There’s MoreHere’s another amazing fact about Illustra’s “Merry Christmas from the Moon” video. Not only was it about the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, but this Christmas marks the 200th anniversary of Silent Night, the most beloved of all Christmas carols! The producers may not have even realized this at the time when they selected Silent Night to begin and end the video. Paul Taylor mentioned this on World Radio’s “The World and Everything In It” broadcast for December 21. Taylor gives the history of how the carol was written and performed in Austria for Christmas 1818, and recounts its growing popularity over the years. Almost 20 years ago, the Illustra staff had produced an “evergreen” (timeless) video called Amazing Grace: Five Hymns that Changed the World, with “Silent Night” as the centerpiece. Questar Media, the distributor, has put the entire film on YouTube. You can watch the “Silent Night” episode starting at minute 18:00. This would be a wonderful memory to share with the family on Christmas Eve, along with “Merry Christmas from the Moon.”As for what the word “merry” in Merry Christmas means, listen to what George Grant says about it in the December 14 broadcast of The World and Everything In It, starting at minute 25:00. Did you know it conveys the meaning “gallant,” as in “Robin Hood and his merry men?” Grant’s well-written monologue will enrich your holiday greetings. Don’t settle for “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings.” When shopkeepers offer that to you, give them back a warm, “Merry Christmas!” You’ll be saying something more meaningful than they realize, and it may help them feel empowered to embrace the holiday once again.CEH will take a break the rest of this week and resume reporting after New Year’s Day 2019, unless important news breaks. To all our readers and supporters, we at Master Plan Association wish you each a very merry and even “heavenly” Christmas. (Visited 374 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Brand South Africa Nation Brand Forum 2017 again gathered business, government and media experts to discuss the marketing of the country’s national global reputation in light of recent geopolitical and global economic changes. The event was addressed by Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo addresses Brand South Africa’s Nation Brand Forum 2017 in Johannesburg on 5 October 2017. (Image: SA Government Flickr)CD AndersonThe Nation Brand Forum is aimed at creating an open platform for engagement between the government, business and civil society for the development of new ideas that will improve the global perception of the country. The theme of this year’s forum, held in Johannesburg on 5 October, was “Positioning the South African nation brand in an era of emerging market globalisation”.The forum was opened by Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, with a welcoming address by Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. There were two panel discussions that put forward a number of new thoughts on nation branding and global perceptions.Brand builderDlodlo began by paying tribute to late anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Oliver Tambo. In a year in which the country celebrates Tambo’s 100th birthday, Dlodlo said it was appropriate to remember him and his legacy as a leading nation brand builder for South Africa.“It is both fitting and inspiring to recognise his role as the foremost brand architect of our new nation and country… We must be inspired by the ideals that prompted him as an ardent campaigner for human rights, an internationalist and an activist for peace and prosperity… Oliver Tambo spent his entire life pursuing the dream of building solidarity between South Africa and the world.”She also highlighted the importance of the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030, the country’s long-term socio-economic development roadmap, in developing the South African nation brand.“The [National Development Plan] envisions a South Africa where everyone feels free yet bounded to others, where everyone embraces their full potential, a country where opportunity is determined not by birth, but by ability, education and hard work… To ensure that this vision becomes a reality, we are making strides through efforts such as the Nation Brand Forum to collectively implement measures that promote the transformation of the economy and focused efforts that build the country’s capabilities, thus resulting in a reputable nation brand that attracts investment.”Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo addresses Brand South Africa’s Nation Brand Forum 2017 in Johannesburg on 5 October 2017. (Image: SA Government Flickr)Dlodlo also made special mention of the relationship between the government and the private sector, and how business’s important role in the country’s socio-economic growth and sustainability should not be underutilised: “The private sector not only raises South Africa’s global competitiveness by allowing us to break into new and emerging markets, but it also significantly improves the lives of millions of poor South Africans and their chance for economic participation.”Concluding her address, the minister reiterated the importance of the economic development of the country and all its people for successful nation branding: “If the economy grows, jobs are created, social levels improve, foreign direct investments become a reality and the economy thrives. Therefore, it is unquestionable that socio-economic national development agendas have an incredible impact on the positive [nation] branding.“Through this forum we are therefore aiming to create an intensified exchange of ideas among all sectors of society. This is a fundamental requirement for appropriate and sustainable development for any nation.”For a full transcript of Minister Dlodlo’s address, click here. Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela at Brand South Africa’s Nation Brand Forum, held in Johannesburg on 5 October 2017. (Image: SA Government Flickr)Panel 1: Positioning the South African nation brand in an era of emerging market [email protected]: If South Africans talk their country down by extension they talk down the country’s products #NationBrandForum17 cc @Brand_SA pic.twitter.com/dwVwlsftC4— The eNitiaters (@The_eNitiaters) October 5, 2017The first panel was led by Brand South Africa general manager for research Dr Petrus de Kock, with contributions from Annabel Bishop, chief economist at Investec; Dr Martyn Davies, managing director for emerging markets at Deloitte; Eric Mahamba-Sithole, head of learning and development at the Industrial Development Corporation; and SAfm radio host Ashraf Garda.Watch the discussion:Panel 2: Country of origin built on the foundations of business excellence – crafting a value proposition and global strategy for a nation brand#NationBrandForum17 Panel 2 discussion focuses on crafting a value proposition & global strategy for National Brand in emerging markets pic.twitter.com/NX8sbehRqq— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) October 5, 2017The panel was hosted by Jeremy Sampson, director of Brand Finance Africa, and included contributions from Imtiaz Patel, CEO of Naspers Video Entertainment; M&C Saatchi Abel Johannesburg group chairman Jerry Mpufane; Odette van der Haar, CEO of the Association for Communication and Advertising; and York Zucchi, entrepreneur and motivational speaker.Watch the discussion:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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A knock against Apple over the past couple of years is that the company has failed to innovate anything new, anything special. The newest iPhones and iPads have been iterative updates of what had come before. Apple had lost its innovative mojo, people said. Apple CEO Tim Cook begs to differ.“I’ve never been more bullish for innovation at Apple,” Cook said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference this morning. “If you look at skills, Apple is in a unique and, in my view, unrivaled position. We have leadership in hardware, software and services,” Cook said. “The real magic is at the intersection of these. Apple has the ability in all three of these spheres and innovate like magic. The iPad is very magical because of all of those things.”Cook would not comment on future features or products from Apple and instead took the classic company line, using words like “experience,” “magic” and “innovation.”“If you look at IBM, it did a study on Black Friday, this was shocking, even to us. The most shopping on any device was on an iPad,” Cooks said. “The iPad was twice as much as any Android device. Every phone, every tablet. Why is this? Because of the incredible experience.”Apple will also not release a cheaper smartphone just for the sake of releasing a cheaper smartphone, Cook said, but instead will continue to focus on its ability to make great products.“Our North Star are great products,” Cook said. “We wouldn’t do anything that we consider not a great product. That is not why we are on this Earth. There are other companies that do that and it is just not who we are.” Related Posts dan rowinski Tags:#Apple#iPad#iPhone#Tim Cook Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology