World Cup hero and cancer-survivor cricketer Yuvraj Singh will pen a book on his player-turned-actor father Yograj Singh.”He is writing a book on me, whose title will be Arrogant Master. The book will deal with the days we spent together, what all incidents we went through, his journey in becoming a cricketer and his battle with cancer and how he came out of it with everyone’s blessings and support,” Yograj Singh said on Sunday.Asked to comment on the book’s title, he merely laughed.In his early days, Yuvraj wanted to become a skater and was keen on playing tennis too, Yograj said.”But I was keen that he should become a good cricketer and moulded him that way because I thought he will have some future in the sport,” he said.He further said that Yuvraj will also be seen on TV soon, sharing his experience of battle with cancer.On his son’s fight against the dreaded disease, Yograj said, “I want to say only that it has changed Yuvi completely.”It has been a U-turn for Yuvi, if I can put it that way. I also wanted him to be a saintly person, who will wake up early and offer prayers.”After his battle with cancer, he has evolved as a person, become more quiet and his whole complexion has changed. I also want to thank the Almighty, Yuvi’s millions of fans and the media, who supported him all through”.After remaining out of action for months, 30-year-old Yuvraj has made a comeback in the Indian team and is currently playing in the World T20 in Sri Lanka.Meanwhile, Yograj said that he too had turned author and was writing a book “My Lost Days”, in which he will talk about his life journey including his experiences in the Punjabi film industry.advertisement
Germany’s defence will be put to the test in their opening Euro 2016 group match against Ukraine in Lille on Sunday with major questions still to be answered about the world champions’ new-look rearguard.Coach Joachim Loew’s team will be without key central defender Mats Hummels, still recovering from a muscle injury, as they kick off their Group C campaign. (India Test cricket captain Virat Kohli rooting for Germany)GERMANY’S DEFENSIVE CONUNDRUMHummels’ replacement Antonio Ruediger was ruled out with torn cruciate knee ligaments this week.Holding midfielder and captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, still working on his comeback from injury, is also absent, further complicating Loew’s defensive conundrum.Benedikt Hoewedes and Jerome Boateng are the two likely central defenders but both had a long injury break late in the season and are in desperate need of match practice.Jonathan Tah, the 20-year-old who was only called up this week following Ruediger’s injury, is expected to be on the bench.KROOS HOLDS KEYToni Kroos, who will shoulder the biggest responsibility of connecting Germany’s defensive and attacking game, is brimming with confidence following his Champions League win with Real Madrid.Assistant coach Thomas Schneider sounded confident on Friday that the team would quickly find their cohesion at the back.”In the last few matches we thought a lot about our defensive operation and we came up with a few things, including for defensive set pieces,” he said.”We have worked on that in training and everyone knows their job.”UKRAINE HIGH ON CONFIDENCEadvertisementUkraine, while outsiders, are certain to test the Germans’ new-look defence with quick wingers Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka capable of inflicting severe damage.It will be up to Loew’s full backs to neutralise that threat but they must also break down a steely Ukraine defence.The Germans, eyeing their fourth Euro triumph but first since 1996, have never lost an opening match at the European Championship and are aware a slip-up could prove costly.”The first game is extremely important and it will determine our run in this tournament,” attacking midfielder Julian Draxler said.Ukraine managed to keep six clean sheets in 10 qualifiers with coach Mykhailo Fomenko having taken over after the co-hosts’ disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.They then came out on top against Slovenia in a playoff last year, with the 67-year-old having moulded them into an efficient unit.
Just in time for embedded world, Rohde & Schwarz announces that starting immediately, all R&S RTO and R&S RTP oscilloscopes are delivered with the high definition mode featuring 16-bit vertical resolution. Users benefit from more measurement performance at the same price. Higher-resolution waveforms enable more precise analysis of signal details that would otherwise be hidden by noise. Users can trigger on the smallest signal details.The high definition mode increases the vertical resolution up to 16 bit. This mode now comes as standard with all new R&S RTO and R&S RTP oscilloscopes – at no extra cost. This function is already standard with the R&S RTE oscilloscopes.Measure precisely with 16-bit vertical resolution In power electronics, it is frequently the smallest details of a signal that are of interest, also for high-amplitude signals, i.e. when characterizing switching power supplies. A high vertical resolution is necessary to measure small details of a signal with an amplitude up to several hundred volts. Rohde & Schwarz oscilloscopes accomplish this with a hardware lowpass filter that filters the signal after the A/D converter. The filter reduces the noise power, effectively increasing the signal-to-noise ratio and increases the resolution up to 16 bit. The bandwidth of the lowpass filter can be variably adjusted from 10 kHz to a maximum of 2 GHz to match the characteristics of the applied signal. The lower the filter bandwidth, the more the signal-to-noise ratio is improved. Waveforms are displayed in a higher resolution, showing signal details that would otherwise be hidden by noise. Thanks to the low-noise frontend and highly accurate single-core A/D converter, Rohde & Schwarz oscilloscopes have an excellent dynamic range and measurement accuracy.Since hardware lowpass filtering takes place in real time, acquisition and processing rates remain high and the measurement results are available quickly. All analysis tools, including automatic measurements, FFT and the history mode, can be used in high definition mode.Real-time triggering on the smallest signal details High definition mode makes even the smallest signal details visible. The highly sensitive Rohde & Schwarz digital trigger system allows users to easily isolate these details and investigate them in greater detail. Each of the up to 16-bit samples is checked against the trigger conditions and can initiate a trigger. This means the oscilloscopes are able to trigger on even the smallest signal amplitudes.No aliasing There are no unexpected aliasing effects in high definition mode. Since high definition mode is not based on decimation, the increase in resolution is not accompanied by a reduction in the sampling rate. When high definition mode is switched on, the full sampling rate can be used, ensuring the best possible time resolution.Rohde & Schwarz presents the R&S RTE, R&S RTO and R&S RTP oscilloscopes with high definition mode at embedded world.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Kontron: KBox A-230-LS with up to five TSN-enabled 1GB Ethernet portsNext Advantech reveals Edge AI Solutions powered by Intel technologies
1. Ahhhhhhh!!!!!2. I tweeted this at the end of the first quarter, but OSU was just the better team. They had better athletes, called better plays, ran better schemes, and played the better game. And if you played that game 99 more times, they’d win it 98 of them.3. How awesome was it that the Belldozer didn’t even get in the game until the end of the 4th? And proceeded to explode OU message board servers everywhere with “this guy should be starting over Landry” threads.4. One of my favorite moments from being at the game was Monken and a few of his assistants flying out of the southwest end zone tunnel with three minutes left in the 4th on a straight beeline for the sideline before sharing a Trooper Taylor-like chest bump with Clint Chelf. Very Monken of him.5. If you had Weeden will throw 0 TD but OSU will win by 34 and it will feel more like 54, well, you’re lying.6. The stadium when OSU took the field was the loudest I’ve ever heard it, and I don’t say that every year. The second loudest I’ve ever heard it was when OSU ran in a blocked punt circa Bedlam 2004. The crowd was incredible tonight. I’m not a mathematician, but the math of 45,000+ OSU season tickets + 5,000 OU tickets sure looked closer to the 60,218 capacity than it should have. My two favorite lines of the night:7. Larry Reece over the PA while the students rushed the field: “Be safe, but tonight you guys get to party like a Big 12 champion!”8. Matt Quade (a PFB contributor) after I asked him what we were going to do to celebrate: “we’re going to calculate some math and Google some Harris poll voters!!!”That second quote is also a sign that I’m not in college anymore.9. The field rushing was impressive, really impressive, and the goal posts coming down was even better. I was way wrong about the fact that students shouldn’t rush the field because it was absolutely appropriate. Prayers for these kids though.10. 11-1, state champs, Big 12 champs, and we’re all going to be pretty upset if we see a #3 next to “Oklahoma State.” We’re a long way from 2005…y’all. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
This communication is to outline information related to the compulsory transition to Touch Football Online. Days Remaining: 47 Touch Football Australia (TFA) as part of its Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has a particular strategic objective to “Substantially increase participation to 500,000 verifiable and contactable members by 2015”, as first communicated in the TFA Membership Registration Procedure Memorandum, released May 2012. As the constituted national organisation for Touch Football, TFA has subsequent requirements for affiliated members as stipulated in the TFA Constitution. Clause 15 of the constitution outlines details about how an affiliate remains recognised by TFA and simple requirements to remain compliant. A copy of the full Constitution and Strategic Plan can be found on the TFA website –www.touchfootball.com.au. Importantly, relevant to this communication affiliated associations are obligated to keep a registration of all participants within the area or under its representation. This information of participants must be provided to TFA in a recognised national format on a regular basis. This recognised format will only be accepted via Online Registration as of Season 1, 2015. In addition to constitutional requirements, TFA needs this information as part of covering affiliates and individuals with insurance through the National Insurance Scheme. As a result of new changes in technology and societal pressure, TFA is in the process of transitioning to a national online registration system. Through a strategic partnership with FOX SPORTS PULSE (formerly SportingPulse), TFA has developed and released the Touch Football Online system (TFO) to be used by affiliates and the breadth of the Touch Football community. The TFO program is available for all recognised affiliates to converge to. Importantly, TFA aims to have all affiliates transition from paper registration processes to the new online system (TFO), by no later than Season 1 2015 (1 January, 2015). TFO helps affiliates maintain their organisation’s competitions and payments/financial details, but also track member data and facilitate more effective engagement and communication with members. Regardless of the size or scope of your affiliate, TFO can build new efficiencies into your business processes (e.g. vastly reduced paperwork), saving you time and enabling you to manage your competition information the most effective way. It is important to note that associations who are using the Sportzware Central program, that this program is being phased out and there will be no further development of this product, so it’s time for users to join TFO. TFA has invested in and are continuing to invest in communication, training and education of these changes, by making available the Touch Football webinars and learning resources for affiliates whom excel in transitioning to the new systems. To learn how you can prepare for moving your association to TFO, and to arrange your conversion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the TFA office on (02) 6212 2800. For more information, please click on the attached flyer. Related Filescompulsory_transition_to_tfo-pdftouch_football_online_flyer-jpgRelated LinksTouch Football Online
The podcast I did with Lucy Bernholz is now online at the Columbus Foundation website. You can check it out here.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Young Champions of Maternal Health have continued to contribute blogs on their progress implementing projects with Ashoka Fellows around the world. This month, the Young Champions share their insights into topics as diverse as striving toward sustainability and the continual pursuit of resources to continue innovating, the challenge (and excitement!) of implementing new maternal health programs in new geographic areas, some of the Young Champions’ goals for the new year and the remainder of their placements, and the importance of being part of the Young Champion community. All this and much more – including some exciting developments in more than one of our Young Champions’ own ideas, projects, and organizations! You can click through to their individual blog posts below. They will continue to blog about their experiences every month, and you can learn more about Ashoka, the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth, the individual Young Champions, and the program here. Enjoy!“Building on Uncertain Ground” by Anna Dion“Butterflies” by Carolina Damásio“Hello Mzungu, Bye Bye Mzungu” by Faatimaa Ahmadi“The Next Chapter” by Faisal Siraj“An Old Man, a Young Boy, Cricket and… Maternal Health” by Hellen Kotlolo“What is a Mother Worth?” by Julianne Parker“World of Contrasts” by María Laura Casalegno“New Year, New Beginning and New Challenges” by Martha Fikre Adenew“Waiting to Take Off” by Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi“Only in Africa” by Peris Wakesho“Try and Fail, but Don’t Fail to Try” by Sara Al-Lamki“Trying to Keep My Feet on the Ground” by Seth Cochran“Snow… AYZH… EG… UI… More Snow…” by Zubaida BaiShare this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 4, 2011June 20, 2017By: Martha Fikre Adenew, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Martha Fikre Adenew, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Barbara Grizzuti-Harrison said “Women’s propensity to share confidences is universal. We confirm our reality by sharing.” I am quoting this statement because I love it and it reminds me of all the inspirational women in the Birthing Project USA. While I was flying from New Orleans to San Diego for the National Birthing Project conference, I was very eager to meet, share experiences, network and create collaboration among all the amazing Birthing Project community around the world.They all are different in appearance and in professional background. Some of them are health professionals, some from a business background, some are professors/lecturers, but all have a shared vision which is to improve maternal and child health in their community.While they were presenting their projects, I noticed the way it was set up is different from one another. Every one of them is doing a project according to the needs of their community, which is why they had great achievement. Most of them are doing their projects with very minimal funds but they all successfully fit into the bigger picture (Birthing Project International).For me the very catching presentation was from Malawi by Ms. Lois Silo, who is the director of Malawi Birthing Project and country representative of Raising Malawi. As the 2008 UNICEF statistics the maternal mortality rate in Malawi was 807/100,000; in addition according to Save the Children in 2010 4624 women die every year and 13 women die every day due to pregnancy and delivery complications.The Birthing Project started working in one of the rural areas of Malawi called Mchinji one year ago. Ms. Lois Silo coordinated the traditional birth attendants as Sister Friends (community volunteers) to connect the pregnant ladies and health facilities during their pregnancy, labor and postpartum period since they were no longer allowed to deliver a baby.The traditional birth attendants also provide the pregnant mothers with regular follow-up by visits; they were provided with bicycles and cellphones to ease their work. Ms. Lois and the traditional birth attendants (sister friends) were doing their job effectively. At the end of the year, 185 babies were born and none of the babies and the mothers have died. If it were for the statistics a number of deaths were expected. All this great work was done with minimal funds (12,000 USD).I tell myself “we really can do it.” Being there with all those wonderful women and listening to their achievements gave me courage, hope and a belief that we can move forward. What we need is commitment, passion, patience and collaboration.Share this:
Giving USA has released a research spotlight that reflects on how profound demographic shifts are going to alter the fundraising landscape in the coming decades. According to the report, it is estimated that 82 percent of the total US population increase from 2005 to 2050 will result from 67 million new immigrants and their 50 million U.S.-born children and grandchildren. The report recommends several important approaches to fundraising in our increasingly diverse nation:1. Provide access to volunteering opportunities. Volunteering is a primary way in which immigrants become engaged in philanthropy. Make sure that your organization provides volunteer opportunities that are welcoming to immigrants, and reach out to immigrants so they know that these opportunities exist and feel welcome to participate.2. Identify philanthropic projects that appeal to immigrants’ interests. Work with your immigrant supporters to create win-win opportunities that help them achieve their philanthropic vision through your organization’s programs.3. Use social networks to build trust and engagement. Use the importance of relationships and extended family and social groups to create a critical mass among your immigrant supporters.4. Invite immigrants into your organization’s leadership. Show how your organization values immigrant constituencies by including them in decision-making groups, such as board committees, task forces, and staff.5. Ask them to share their philanthropic traditions. Engage in conversations about philanthropy, giving, and volunteering so that native-born and immigrant supporters can both benefit from a richer understandingof each other’s heritage of philanthropy.6. Invite them to give. Let immigrants know they are valued members of your organization by inviting them to give just as you would any other supporter.The art of fundraising will always be about relationships. That won’t change. But more than ever, we have to understand those with whom we will share those relationships – because that will change!
A recent review of more than 20 academic papers on social contagion, published in the book Consumer Insights: Findings From Behavioral Research, shows that consumers are heavily influenced not only by word of mouth – which we all know by now — but also by merely observing the behaviors of others, even if no communication takes place.In your outreach in 2012, make sure that you keep this in mind. Here are some ideas on how to apply these findings:1. Include social sharing links in all of your outreach to encourage word of mouth2. Include a quote from a donor about why they support you on your home page3. Have beneficiaries write your acknowledgements to encourage work of mouth4. Have donors or volunteers write your next appeal, with details on why they support youRemember, you are rarely as effective a messenger as your supporters are.
Think about the last time that you forwarded an email, shared a story or urged someone else to check out some content.I suspect it was for one of these reasons:It was surprising, unexpected or weirdIt was remarkably good or badIt was a great storyIt was visually striking – cute, beautiful, moving, funny or compellingIt was helpful or solved a problemIt was personally perfect – it made you think of someone and so you just had to send it to themMake your own list. Then apply it to your organization. How was that last e-news, annual report or appeal? Did it meet any of these criteria?If not, maybe that’s a problem. Take the extra hour out of your day and make what you produce more interesting.Why?Boring doesn’t get readBoring doesn’t get sharedBoring doesn’t get funded
The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) When brothers Ben and Doug Burkman aren’t designing their calm and cool (and hella comfortable) menswear brand – Burkman Bros. or traveling the world for work inspiration, you might find them in the gym. Be it a CrossFit in London, Rio, Sao Paolo, New Delhi, Bangkok, Tokyo or Hong Kong. As they explained to us, all of that traveling and airport food isn’t the easiest on the body, so this is their way to acheive balance. But when they’re in the Big Apple, they get down with some serious grub. We caught up with them to hear about their favorite market, food trucks and restaurants.THE UNION SQUARE FARMERS MARKET:P.E. & D.D. Seafood – This fish is guaranteed to melt in your mouth. The ultimate source for tuna steaks. Sycamore Farms – This is the one stop shop for eggplant, zucchini, fennel, and amazing heirloom tomatoes when in season.Greener Pasture – The ultimate wheat grass in town. Get a shot a keep moving. Sakaya – Perhaps the best sake shop in NYC, where they buy up bottles for rooftop enjoyment.FOOD TRUCKS (and their Twitter handles so you can keep up on their daily location):@NeaExpress Neapolitan Express, the first pizzeria on wheels that runs solely on compressed natural gas anywhere in the world.@waffletruck Waffles & Dinges Belgium’s best export on wheels, now roaming NYC@TaimMobile Famous for theirfalafels and the ultimate fresh fruit smoothies@fritesnmeats A killer burger and killer fries THE BURKMANS FAVORITE DINNER SPOTS:Red Farm – An inventive take on Chinese cuisine, featuring a farm to table sensibility. Great food, but know there’ll be a wait for a big table. ABC Kitchen – An ever changing menu that bring the best from organic and local sources, and in a space that is as amazing as the foodGobo – The ultimate in vegetarian food that will engage your five sensesFor more on the Burkman Bros. check out their website Burkman Bros. and follow them on Twitter @BurkmanBros Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Editors’ Recommendations
United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Pamela Bridgewater, has underscored the economic benefits which Jamaica stands to gain from a sustainable tourism sector. Addressing the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment’s 2011 Tourism Service Excellence Awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort, in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, on Saturday (December 8), Ambassador Bridgewater, in highlighting several of the local sector’s unique features, stressed the need for continuous improvement on these offerings to ensure Jamaica maintains its visibility in a highly competitive industry. Some inputs which she suggested, include: investments; and aggressive promotion utilizing traditional as well as social media channels, both locally and externally; and support solicited from foreign diplomats whom she said could serve as tourism promoters. “Consider new resort models, (and) smaller boutique properties, that are affordable and attractive, and which augment the mainstay popular all inclusive (resort concept). Continue to have the wonderful activities, (such as) adventure tourism,(and) nature tourism. There are as many tourist interests as there are tourists. So…what constitutes a travel experience,…entails taking home life long memories,” she advised. Ambassador Bridgewater also commended tourism sector stakeholders on their continuous efforts to make visitors to Jamaica feel welcomed, and enjoy memorable experiences, which she noted, often results in numerous return visits. “Clearly Jamaica has an excellent and an outstanding tourism product; the beaches, the waters, (and) the culinary delights abound. But these accolades would not be possible without the individuals who work in the tourism sector,” she said. General Manager of the Couples San Souci Hotel, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Pierre Battaglia, and the Mystic Mountain Rain Forrest attraction, also situated in the parish, topped the 25 nominees vying for the individual and organization/entity awards in the 2011 Tourism Service Excellence Awards.
Federal Maritime Commission, March 21, 2014 Print Close My location zoom The Federal Maritime Commission of the United States has concluded an extensive review of the proposed P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement, FMC Agreement No. 012230.The pending agreement between A. P. Moller-Maersk A/S, CMA CGM S.A., and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, S.A. would authorize the parties to share vessels and engage in related cooperative operating activities in the trades between the U.S. and Asia, North Europe, and the Mediterranean. The Commission’s decision, from which Commissioner Lidinsky dissents, will allow the Agreement to become effective as of Monday, March 24, 2014.The Commission notes that there may be circumstances that could permit the P3 Agreement in the future, to unreasonably reduce services or raise rates that could raise concerns. To avoid this, the Commission has issued reporting requirements to its staff to monitor the agreement’s implementation.“The Commission’s action on the P3 Agreement takes into account the comprehensive, competitive analysis conducted by the FMC staff and comments received from shippers and other stakeholders. While the agreement is expected to produce operational efficiencies for the benefit of the U.S. consumer, the new reporting requirements specifically tailored to this agreement’s unique authority will ensure we have timely and relevant information to act quickly should it be necessary,” said Chairman Cordero. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
The ships will feature a length of about 180m, breadth of 30 m and a design draft of 9.20 m.Further details on the order have not been revealed.The order intake at the shipyard is looking good, taking into account recent orders from German shipping company ZEABORN GmbH & Co. that ordered ten multi-purpose vessels (MMPs) at Taizhou Sanfu in April, or that from Thailand Precious Shipping that ordered eight bulk carriers at the end of last year.World Maritime News, July 25, 2014 zoom A Singaporean owner has placed an order for two 34,500 dwt chemical tankers with Chinese shipbuilder Taizhou Sanfu Shipbuilding, the builder announced.
Co-working as a concept is here to stay. But there are some things one should keep in mind to make the best out of the concept. Experts share things to keep in mind to make a co-working environment work in the best possible way: * Expand your network: Co-working spaces encompass the coming together of organisations and people across board irrespective of size or type. These include start-ups who are looking to network, SMEs that are looking to scale up and large corporations looking out to be more agile. Be open to bouncing off your ideas to get feedback from others or find competent people for hiring and like-minded people to go out with after office-hours. The idea is to not be boxed in and maximise the benefits of working in a collaborative environment. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain* Boost your productivity and creativity: A co-working environment provides you with all the amenities that might be required in daily work environment. These could include professional amenities like booking a meeting room online through a member network app or access to work-spaces around the world, as well as lifestyle benefits. All these features help in boosting you up. * Create a state of well being: With the average millennial workforce spending most of their hours at the workspace, work-life balance is of key importance. State of well-being is not only about personal satisfaction but also helps in enhancing your desire to work. The community teams at co-working spaces can set up multiple events to help people break away from their monotonous routines. This could include fitness classes like yoga, spa sessions, on the house breakfast, pop up stores to help you shop while you take a break or a nap room where you can rest. * Learn new skills: Community teams can conduct sessions designed to encourage members to learn new skills. These include workshops, presentations, hackathons, networking events, art exhibitions and more. Do keep an eye out regularly for upcoming events and see if any of them interest you or cater to skills you would like to develop.
The Invictus Games Orlando 2016, presented by Jaguar Land Rover and taking place from May 8-12 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, has announced legendary actor Morgan Freeman will be participating in the Opening Ceremony May 8th.Founded by Prince Harry and hosted in London in 2014, the Invictus Games are the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, ill and injured military servicemen and women. Over 500 competitors from 14 nations will participate in the second Invictus Games May 8-12.“The Invictus Games are a celebration of the human spirit and I am honored to be able to support these inspiring competitors who have embraced sport as part of their healing journey. I hope that my fellow Americans will join me in Orlando to cheer on these magnificent men and women who are truly unconquerable, as the Invictus poem says, they are the masters of their fates, they are the captains of their souls,” said Freeman.The Opening Ceremony will include musical performances by British sensation Laura Wright and international star James Blunt and other surprise guests. The Ceremony features an unprecedented number of military performances, including the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, U.S. Army Band, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Team. In addition, the audience will hear emotional first-person narratives from injured servicemen MSgt Israel Del Toro Jr., LCpl John-James Chalmers and Louis Nethercott. The show is bound to be one of the most inspirational events Orlando has ever hosted.From start to finish, competition at the Games will be action packed. Gold medals will be at stake every single day and competitors will be ready to dig in. The international field will be competing in 10 events: archery, cycling, indoor rowing, power lifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.The Closing Ceremony will feature musical performances by international popstar Rachel Platten, who will perform the song of the Games and her No. 1 single, “Fight Song.” In addition, best-selling country vocal group of the past decade Rascal Flatts, American sensation and former “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, Florida native and Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Flo Rida, “The Voice” Season 9 winner Jordan Smith and the first nationally-recognized wounded warrior band, Vetted.Tickets for the Invictus Games can be purchased for as low as $13 here.Fans can purchase tickets to the unforgettable and one-of-a-kind Opening Ceremonies for $65 and Closing Ceremonies for $45 here.
The American Legion and Veterans Inaugural Committee are proud to announce that Drew Carey will be the emcee for the Veterans Inaugural Ball — a Salute to Heroes.The ball will be held on January 20, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. This historical event was started in 1953 at the request of President Dwight Eisenhower. The former general envisioned the ball as a way the newly sworn in commander-in-chief would be able to pay tribute to Medal of Honor recipients.Carey is a comedian, actor, author and current host of the popular CBS game show “The Price is Right.” Carey spent six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and is a tireless supporter of the military, veterans, servicemembers and their families.The Veterans Inaugural Ball is hosted by The American Legion and other members of the Veterans Inaugural Committee, including Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Paralyzed Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America, AMVETS, The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Reserve Officers Association, Blinded Veterans Association, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Marine Corps League, The Retired Enlisted Association and Non Commissioned Officers Association.“I am proud and honored to be a part of such a momentous event,” said Carey. “I look forward to paying tribute to my fellow veterans and the Medal of Honor recipients.”“The American Legion would like to thank Drew Carey for his service to our country and lending his talents to this event. We know with him behind the microphone everyone in attendance will have a fantastic time,” said American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt. “It is only fitting that on the night the new commander-in-chief takes office, the opportunity is given to thank the bravest of the brave — our nation’s Medal of Honor recipients — in person and we are proud to provide that opportunity once again.”The night’s entertainment will also include performances from The American Bombshells, Janine Stange and renowned band, Free Spirit. Individuals who wish to attend can do so by purchasing a $300 ticket at www.legion.org/veteransball. Tickets include reception, dinner, dessert, cash bar and entertainment. Information on sponsorships, premium packages and table purchases are also available by emailing email@example.com.
An expert says new hurdles for the Trans Mountain pipeline and a lack of capacity in existing pipelines is hurting other Canadian industries.Many sectors, from manufacturing to agriculture, use rail as their primary mode of shipment, but more and more crude is now hitting the tracks.Kent Fellows, from the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, said it’s probably good for rail companies because demand equals profit.But, it’s bad for everyone else.For some products, it might not be as big of an issue, as long as they are not perishable in transportation.“But for things like agricultural goods and foods, you know, those have a pretty defined best before date, if you don’t get them where they’re going quickly enough, you can cost the shippers a lot of money in spoiled products,” Fellows said.He said the legislation is trying to improve service standards for rail shippers.But really, the only long-term solution is more capacity.“In the best case scenario, that means more pipelines, and in a good scenario that’s not best case scenario, it probably means building out the rail infrastructure a little bit more: additional locomotives, additional cars and probably at this stage, additional track as well,” Fellows said.Crude-by-rail exports hit a record in June, according to the National Energy Board, of 204,558 barrels a day.
16 June 2007The United Nations Security Council and its African Union (AU) counterpart today agreed to bolster their collaboration in addressing conflict and building peace. The United Nations Security Council and its African Union (AU) counterpart today agreed to bolster their collaboration in addressing conflict and building peace.“We commit ourselves to the development of a stronger and more structured relationship between the UN Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council,” they said in a joint communiqué issued following a meeting in Addis Ababa, specifying that areas to be addressed include conflict prevention, management and resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and the exchange of information on hotspots.The two bodies emphasized the importance of developing the African Standby Force. On financing, the joint communiqué looked forward to a report of the UN Secretary-General on “supporting and improving in a sustained way the resource base and capacity of the AU.” The AU Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council agreed to hold joint meetings at least once a year, either in Addis Ababa or New York. “To further our relationship we will consider how best to improve the effectiveness of AU and UN peace efforts in Africa and how to strengthen coordination between the AU and the UN,” they said. A delegation of the Security Council is scheduled to depart from Addis Ababa early on Sunday for Khartoum before heading next to Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The team is expected to return on 21 June.