More than 100 of Georgia’s county commissioners, officials and staff put on their walking shoes early Monday morning, April 14 for a Wellness Walk to encourage physical activity among Georgians. The event was sponsored by University of Georgia Extension’s Walk Georgia, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and Local Government Risk Management Services, Inc., and was part of the annual ACCG conference, held last week in Savannah. “I love to exercise,” said Doug Derrer, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners county manager. “I thought it was a good idea to get this group to walk and exercise together.” Preston Little, of Walton County, whose father, Kevin Little, is chairman of the Walton County Board of Commissioners and incoming ACCG president, was the first to complete the Wellness Walk. The near two-mile walk started and ended on River Street. Commissioners received one continuing education credit for participating in the walk. Area 4-H’ers assisted at the event and applauded the commissioners and staff for setting the example of being physically active. “They’re leaders; if they can do it, we can do it,” said Anna Morris, an event volunteer from Chatham County 4-H. “They’re not just supporting people; they’re getting out there and doing what they’re supporting,” said Marci Delcampo, an event volunteer from Effingham County 4-H. Commissioners were given pedometers at the start of the conference to track their steps; prizes were doled out by ACCG based on who had the most steps by the end of the Wellness Walk. Wiley Grady, a Thomas County commissioner, won this award with more than 78,000 steps by the end of the walking event. Walk Georgia, run jointly by UGA Extension and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, is a free, web-based program that allows Georgians to track their physical activity online and virtually “walk” the state. The program also publishes a daily blog and weekly newsletter with recipes and information on varying wellness and nutrition topics, health-related apps and websites, and state parks. Through a $1 million, three-year gift from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Walk Georgia aims to reach 100,000 Georgians and decrease the number of physically inactive Georgians by 5 percent over the next few years. The spring session of Walk Georgia closes on April 26. For more information or to register, visit www.walkgeorgia.org. For more information on the UGA Obesity Initiative, see obesity.ovpr.uga.edu.
Your daily outdoor news bulletin for July 22, the day Alexander Mackenzie reached the Pacific Ocean, became the first Euro-American to cross the continent north of Mexico, a decade before Lewis and Clark and with no financial backing:Birthplace of Rivers National Monument ProposedIt’s known colloquially as the Birthplace of Rivers, but it could soon have an official designation from the official source of designations: the United States Government. There is currently a push to create West Virginia’s first national monument from land in Monongahela National Forest that makes up the headwaters of the Cranberry, Williams, Cherry, Greenbrier, Gauley and Elk rivers. If you are a paddler or fly fisherman, these names should be familiar to you. The plan calls for 123,000 acres in and around the Cranberry Wilderness to be designated the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument and be managed by the U.S. Forest Service. National Monument status would give the area more flexibility in regards to uses like mountain biking, trout stocking, stream restoration and forest restoration, most of which is prohibited by the current definition of “Wilderness,” while also allowing rules to limit fossil fuel extraction. The plan is supported by the big hitters in W.V. including Trout Unlimited, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), and the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition.The Dam Fish Making a Comeback?The removal of two dams along the Chattahoochee River along the border of Georgia and Alabama has been a big deal in the South. The dam removal combined with the creation of the Whitewater Columbus – the longest whitewater rafting course in the U.S. – has brought world class paddling, and everything that goes with it to the area. What goes with it is an economic boost desperately needed in a part of the country that has seen hard times. The new stretch of river is estimated to bring at least 700 jobs, thousands of tourists, and up to $42 million annually. With the creation of a new riverwalk and a general embrace of the riverfront, the project could be the beginning of a wholesale change in the attitude of residents toward conservation. We have seen this model work in the South, most notably in Chattanooga, TN and on a smaller scale in Roanoke, VA.This is all good, but one of the lesser known benefits of the dam removal is the restoration of spawning habitat for Alabama Shad and striped bass, both great gamefish, and the results are already being seen as fish populations are increasing at the sites of the 175-year-old dams. This is no surprise as I’m sure the fish were eager to get upstream after nearly 200 years of being blocked off.Wagons EastIt seems as though the Great Western Migration is making a reverse pilgrimage back to the East in recent years, and the trend continues as a Colorado based outdoor company is planning to put down roots in Asheville. First it was Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium brewing companies opening major beer plants in the Asheville area, and now Boulder, CO, based Sport Hansa is planning on relocating their entire operation to the area. Sport Hansa specializes in importing and distributing European brands including Helle Knives (Norway), Kupilka camping dishware (Finland), Wetterlings axes (Sweden), and Montane outerwear and Terra Nova tenst (both of England). Sport Hansa should slip in nicely with the rapidly expanding outdoor retail and manufacturing sector that has taken hold in Buncombe County over the past decade, and could bring as many as 10 new jobs to the region.
By Dialogo August 03, 2011 Antonio Acosta Hernández, alias “El Diego,” is “an operational leader of La Línea [The Line] gang” who “ordered the homicides of around 1,500 people” in Ciudad Juárez, according to Ramón Pequeño, the head of the anti-drug division of the country’s Federal Police. Among these crimes were the March 2010 murders of three people linked to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juárez. The victims were consular official Lesley Enriquez, her husband Arthur Redelfs, a corrections officer at an El Paso jail, and the husband of an employee at the U.S. diplomatic mission. Pequeño spoke to the press on 31 July, and said that the leading hitman’s record includes several other crimes. “El Diego” ordered the massacre of 14 young people at a party in January 2010, an attack using explosives in July of the same year, in which two police officers were killed, and the homicides of several members of rival groups at a drug rehabilitation center. Police officers and local and federal officials were killed on the orders of “El Diego,” including a delegate of the Attorney-General’s Office and members of his own organization in whom in he had lost trust. Acosta Hernández “had infused more violence and radicalism into the dispute between the Juárez cartel and the Pacific (Sinaloa) cartel” for greater control over the drug transport routes to the United States, according to Pequeño. According to official figures, the violence unleashed by the fight against organized crime has caused the deaths of more than 41,000 people in Mexico since December 2006.
Lonely Planet included Istria in the prestigious list of “Best in Europe” Top 10 destinations in Europe in 2019. According to the CNTB, all materials will be used for advertising, which will be carried out in two parts. The first wave of advertising will last from May to the end of June and includes the promotion of Slavonia and Zadar. The second wave of advertising covers the period from September to the end of October and includes the promotion of Zagorje, Međimurje and Istria, promotion on social networks, display advertising activities, etc. The markets involved in the campaigns are Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Italy and Austria. “That Croatia is today deservedly in the center of attention of world travel lovers is confirmed by our creative team of screenwriters, cameramen and designers who stayed in Croatia. We are proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of Croatia in the world because it is a destination rich in diversity that makes it the right place for research, ” said Lonely Planet creative director Matt Parish. More on that in the attachment. Take a look at the personalized page dedicated to Croatia within the Lonely Planet portal at “Discover Croatia” “Effective tourism promotion today is unthinkable without collaboration with the world’s leading media platforms that can strongly influence tourism trends. Cooperation with Lonely Planet will provide Croatia with great promotional effects and visibility in key European markets from which we are visited by the largest number of tourists. “, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. The Croatian National Tourist Board and Lonely Planet have launched a personalized page dedicated to Croatia within the Lonely Planet portal “Discover Croatia” with four videos about Croatian destinations and various tourist information about Croatia. They are shown through four videos Slavonia as an undiscovered secret with an emphasis on the rich eno-gastronomic offer and cultural-historical heritage, Zadar and surroundings as destinations suitable for numerous excursions and activities such as hiking in NP Paklenica or sailing in NP Kornati, Zagorje and Međimurje with an emphasis on castles, and a video of Fr. Wife where all the details related to the tradition of truffle hunting and the preparation of products from this gastronomic delicacy were recorded. Certainly a great move by the CNTB, and the cooperation with Lonely Planet, the world’s leading specialized travel medium followed by 13 million people on a monthly basis, will certainly contribute to even better visibility of our tourist offer. For the seventh year in a row, Lonely Planet is compiling a reference list of Best in Europe, which contains ten priority destinations in Europe that should be on the radar of world travelers right now. RELATED NEWS:
Many rally-goers wore red “Make America Great Again” hats or T-shirts, but very few wore masks and there was little social distancing, even though coronavirus cases have recently been skyrocketing in Oklahoma.The president has downplayed the risk that the evening rally — with thousands of shouting, cheering attendees — might trigger a coronavirus outbreak, ignoring danger warnings by Tulsa health and municipal officials.Trump, 74, insisted he was in good health after a graduation ceremony where he appeared to show signs of fatigue, before quipping “I’ll let you know if there is something wrong.”But the narrative of a trouble-free campaign event was punctured when the campaign announced just hours before the rally that six members of its Tulsa advance team tested positive for coronavirus.Trump engaged in his now-familiar baiting of his “socialist” Democratic rivals. He notably steered clear until well into the speech of the racial tensions that have swept the country in the weeks since a handcuffed African American, George Floyd, was killed by police in Minneapolis.Instead he warned that Democrats were seeking to erase American heritage.”The unhinged left-wing mob is trying to vandalize our history, desecrate our beautiful monuments, tear down our statues, and punish, cancel and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands for absolute and total control,” he said.The stakes Saturday could not be higher — both for the health of thousands spending hours at the arena and Trump’s political fortunes five months before an election in which he trails in the polls.”Today we’re here to show we support President Trump and that we, the people, we’ll win the 2020 election, no matter what the fake news media and other liberal, leftist, mind-controlling big firms are saying,” said attendee Brad, who declined to provide his last name.Campaign revival? The rally has been controversial not just because of the virus risk. Originally it was scheduled for Friday — the Juneteenth commemoration of the end of slavery in the US — in a city known for one of the deadliest-ever massacres of African Americans.Racial tensions have roiled the nation following the police killing of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis. Trump has fanned the flames with provocative rhetoric, including a tweeted threat to protesters ahead of Tulsa’s rally.Dozens of Black Lives Matter protesters did gather at rally checkpoints and confronted attendees, but no violence was reported.This was the first of Trump’s signature rallies since March 2, when the country went into pandemic lockdown.The virus dramatically disrupted a once-booming economy, which had been Trump’s strongest re-election selling point.With Oklahoma overwhelmingly Republican, Trump’s job was not to win over locals, but to revive a campaign rocked by his handling of the pandemic and weeks of racial tensions.With polls showing him trailing Biden, Trump is eager to change the narrative, and rallies have long been his favorite political tool.Viral danger But while Trump rolls the political dice, the crowd, albeit smaller than predicted, gambles with their health.Oklahoma virus cases have spiked recently, and the state’s total as of Saturday has surpassed 10,000. Rally organizers provided everyone with hand sanitizer, temperature checks and optional masks.Attendees were required to sign a waiver protecting organizers from any liability in the event COVID-19 spreads at the venue.Topics : The event — which the White House promised would be flooded with up to 100,000 people, but actually did not fill the 19,000-seat arena where Trump spoke — has emerged as a flashpoint in the pandemic era. But Trump was more interested in reviving his political fortunes after several bruising weeks that saw continued economic woes tied to the pandemic, nationwide protests over racial injustice, the toppling of Confederate and other statues and critics including former aides savaging his performance.”The silent majority is stronger than ever before,” Trump said in a rowdy, freewheeling speech in which he blasted his 2020 election rival, Democrat Joe Biden, as a “helpless puppet of the radical left.””Five months from now we’re going to defeat ‘sleepy’ Joe Biden,” he said. US President Donald Trump hailed his supporters as “warriors” Saturday for defying the coronavirus and attacked his Democratic rivals at his first campaign rally in three months, an event with crowds far smaller than promised.Gathering his political faithful at a much-hyped rally in Oklahoma, the Republican president sought to reinvigorate his flagging campaign in the face of a crushing health and economic crisis as well as protests against racial injustice that have swept the nation in recent weeks.Trump all but claimed victory over the pandemic that has killed some 120,000 Americans — “I have done a phenomenal job with it!” he insisted — even as six members of his own Tulsa advance team tested positive for COVID-19.
The UK government has launched a consultation on corporate governance in the country that includes the idea of intra-company pay ratios as one means of addressing concerns raised by institutional investors about excessive pay. The department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) unveiled the green paper today.It is designed to “stimulate a debate on a range of options for strengthening the UK’s corporate governance framework, including options for increasing shareholder influence over executive pay and strengthening the employee, customer and supplier voice at boardroom level”.One of the topics it is seeking feedback on is corporate governance in privately held businesses. The government said it did not have “preferred options at this stage”.The consultation comes two days before the PLSA is due to publish its AGM report.Luke Hildyard, stewardship and corporate governance policy lead at the association, said it would highlight “how our pension fund members feel about current levels of executive pay” and set out how satisfied pension funds were with respect to asset managers fulfilling their stewardship responsibilities.“Our members are concerned by the rising levels of executive pay and believe the justification for this increase is weak,” said Hildyard.“We are pleased the government’s green paper is expected to include proposals we have previously advocated, including the publication of intra-company pay ratios.”The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC), responsible for the country’s corporate governance and stewardship codes, welcomed the government’s “wide-ranging” consultation.The government green paper comes after the BEIS select committee earlier this year carried out a corporate governance inquiry, with the FRC noting that it made recommendations as part of this, such as on developing the role of the remuneration committee.The FRC said it stood “ready to develop and implement these proposals to help support a strong economy and meet the needs of wider society”.Leon Kamhi, head of responsibility at Hermes Investment Management, said the measures proposed by the government “look set to strengthen investors’ hand on pay, and it is now incumbent on both companies and us as investors to respond to the challenge of excessive executive remuneration”.Publication of a CEO-to-median-employee pay ratio, he said, was “not a panacea” but would provide welcome increased transparency, “as it puts pressure on boards to explain the rationale behind the level of executive remuneration and disparities in pay across the organisation”.He noted that the government did not propose elected employees on boards, a measure Hermes IM would have liked to see.Employee representation on boards is a measure prime minister Theresa May called for in corporate governance comments in her early days in office, although she has since backed away from this.Frances O’Grady, general secretary at trade union TUC, said the government’s proposals were “disappointing” and would “not do enough to shake-up corporate Britain”.“This is not what Theresa May promised,” she said.“We need the voice of elected workers in the boardroom, rather than on advisory panels.”
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa – Aero Race Wheels reaches a pair of IMCA sponsorship milestones this season.The Estherville, Iowa, manufacturer notes its 20th season as a marketing partner with the sanctioning body as well as its 10th consecutive season as title sponsor of IMCA’s popular feature win decal program.“Everyone at Aero Race Wheels takes great pride in our partnership with IMCA and all the positive aspects the sanctioning body provides to our industry,” said Aero Marketing Manager Kelli Peton. “We look forward to continuing our support of IMCA and its racers.”Forty dollar product certificates, good toward the purchase of two wheels, go to designated place finishers at 80 specials for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.Those awards will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week after official results from those races are received.Allstar Performance state champions in the same divisions get $25 product certificates, to be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning in December.Decals are to be given to drivers following sanctioned weekly or special events victories.Information about Aero-made wheels is available by calling 888 895-2376, on Facebook and at the www.aeroracewheel.com website.“Observing both of these partnership milestones is really tremendous and we are honored to have had the support of Aero for two decades,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted.”It is great to have partners that you also consider friends and Aero brings that genuine attitude that enhances and strengthens the business relationship.”
Jay Noteboom’s Aug. 18 IMCA Modified victory at Park Jefferson Speedway was his career 74th at the South Dakota speedplant. (Photo by Jeff Bylsma)JEFFERSON, S.D. (Aug. 18) – IMCA Modified driver Jay Noteboom stole the show Saturday at Park Jefferson Speedway.Noteboom notched career win number 74 at Park Jefferson to pass Late Model Hall of Fame driver Joe Kosiski as the speedway’s all-time feature winner.With tears in his eyes, Noteboom accepted the checkers and trophy from flagman Nate Peterson.It was not an easy battle in the Artworks Graphics IMCA Modified special, as Chris Abelson was first to move to the lead on the multi-lane oval. Toward the late stages, Abelson drifted high off the track and gave up the lead.Noteboom saw his chance and pounced, then held off the challenges of Bob Moore to take the historic win. Abelson was third.Ryan Voss took the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win and Colin Smith the unofficial 2018 track championship.
Justin Langer backed Aaron Finch to be back in form soon again. Steve Smith and David Warner are expected to be in the contention soon. India will be up against Australia from tomorrow for five-match ODI series. Langer also praised Finch’s composure as a captain, especially in the backdrop of the opener going through a barren run.”Another important part of leadership is that he’s really consistent. We haven’t seen any real change in his personality or his attitude around the group, so that’s a real credit to him. That’s why he is the captain of the team.”My experience with every captain, the most important thing is they’re playing really good cricket. He’s got to keep his attention on that. He’s got lots of support around him. Like I say, he’s such a good person, he’s got to be Aaron Finch, be himself. He’s doing that. He’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. We’ll just keep encouraging him to be himself. His runs will come, keep encouraging him to be himself and I’m sure he’ll come good soon,” he noted.Langer also noted that the banned of David Warner and Steven Smith are in line to return to the national fold before the World Cup. He added that he has been in constant touch with both the players. At present, both the players are recuperating from their respective elbow injuries, with Smith even hitting the nets.”I’ve been in touch with them for the last nine months and as it gets closer to them coming back in the squad, I’m not sure it increases how much we speak to each other, it’s been consistent. That will remain the same. I think Dave’s probably a little more advanced (in his rehabilitation) but my understanding is they’ll be ready to go in the not-too-distant future.” highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Australia head coach, Justin Langer backed Aaron Finch to wade through the lean patch and regain form ahead of the ODI series against India, which is scheduled to start on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Finch didn’t have the greatest of outings in the shortest format, having been able to score a total of just eight runs in two games.Finch was sent back to the pavilion by Jasprit Bumrah on the first delivery in the first encounter. Aussie skipper didn’t get going in the second game as well, and to make matters worse, the opener hasn’t notched up a single fifty across both the shorter versions of the game over 19 innings.”He’s such a good player, such a good person, captain of the team, we know he’ll come good,” Langer said in Bengaluru on Thursday. “We just got to keep giving him plenty of care and support. We know he’ll come good. There’s no more destructive player in the world – we talk about ‘Maxi’, Marcus Stoinis, a number of our players who can be so destructive – but when he’s going, he is as destructive as a player as there is in white-ball cricket. We know he’ll come good and we’ll be patient with him,” he added.
After a two-game trip to California over Labor Day Weekend, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team will be adding to their frequent flier miles this weekend as they travel to Florida for another pair of matches. Their first game will be against Florida International Friday, followed by Florida Atlantic Sunday.Coming off a long stretch of games and travel, the Badgers’ main focus in practice this week has been recovery. The extra rest has been especially important given the fact they have a freshmen-laden roster, which has never experienced the rigor of a collegiate schedule before.“It’s been tough since we’re on this little two-week span here of just games and traveling,” goalie Ryan Vint said. “But we’re coming off of this last week and we’re feeling pretty good about how our team is coming together, how freshmen are getting along with the upperclassmen and fitting into our system.”Wisconsin’s roster is comprised of 13 freshmen, seven of which have already seen action this season. The most notable freshman has been forward Chris Prince, who was named to the all-tournament team in California.“I think Chris Prince did a good job,” defender Aaron Nichols said. “He stayed pretty confident throughout both games. He was constantly staying involved. He has good fitness and you know he fits right in. He’s there physically and you could tell that he’s a very mature freshman.”It would be hard for any team to go from opposite ends of the country with only four days rest and perform at a high level. However, if any team can do it, it’s the Badgers. This is a team that is accustomed to change. They have gone through three coaches in as many years. This season, the team is going through change in the form of players. Along with the freshmen, the Badgers have a slew of new players looking to contribute this year, including junior transfer Arnel Zahirovic and redshirt freshman Derek Pitts. Both saw their first playing time as Badgers in last weekend’s matches. Because of the recent contributions of the aforementioned players, there has been a lot of shuffling around of the Badgers’ line-up lately. This has made for a more competitive practice environment.“We’re still trying to find the right pieces to the puzzle,” Vint said. “We’re getting close, but it’s a process. Different people step up at different times and that’s what a whole season is about. It’s not always that you have your set job. People come out and practice and perform better and that’s how it keeps changing. It keeps you on your toes.”If there is one thing that is constant for this Badger team, it is the leadership from their senior captains: Defender Aaron Nichols, goalie Vint and midfielder Jon Rzepka. Heading into this weekend’s games against Florida International and Florida Atlantic, it will be vital for them to continue to coach the younger guys on the team and push them in practice. With the first couple of games under their belt, Nichols is confident the team will only be getting better from this point forward.“I think it’s going to be a little bit easier,” Nichols said. “You get that first one out of the way. There’s a lot of nerves. You definitely could tell, especially in the game against UC-Irvine, because there’s a lot of young players and they’re not used to playing in bigger games. I think if anything we got better from it and I think we’ll be good going forward.”Vint added to this notion, saying, “we’re just going to keep building. We’re going to keep building off of our success on Friday against Santa Clara and keep going with it. Hopefully it’ll translate into something bigger and better this weekend.”