Conference deemed ‘one of the best’

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Don Crapps of Troy attended the opening and closing sessions and said both speakers were excellent.“It was a privilege to get to hear those two women,” he said.“They both challenged their audiences to think and then do. They were inspiring. They motivated you to get out and make life better for everyone.”Crapps, laughingly, said he was motivated “to come back to next year’s conference.”Jackson expressed appreciation to all of those who made the 13th Annual Leadership Conference such a great success.“It took a lot of people to make this conference possible and to each and every one, thank you,” she said.The African-American Leadership Conference was presented by Troy University and the City of Troy.Primary sponsors of the conference were Walmart, SD James Evangelistic Association and Troy Bank and Trust. Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Published 11:00 pm Monday, February 10, 2014 Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell “And, I’ve attend all of them except one,” Jones said.“What I enjoyed so much was that the speakers were all down to earth people. I could relate to them and to what they had to say. It was a spirit-filled weekend.”Jones said King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke of her father’s legacy.“She is dedicated to carrying on the things that he stood for,” Jones said. “Judge Penny gave her testimony and talked about where she came from. She said you should move forward – not look back to yesterday and tomorrow’s not here. You’ve got to live for today. She was an inspiring speaker.” Conference deemed ‘one of the best’ Print Article Book Nook to reopen You Might Like TPCAC announces new director The Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center board of directors has announced the selection of Vicki Pritchett of Troy as the Center’s… read more Email the author General Session speakers on Saturday morning were the Honorable Steven L. Reed, Dr. John Ed Mathison, Dr. Marquita Davis, Lauren Cole and Zarif Roberson. The Honorable Penny Brown Reynolds, judge, author, television personality, entrepreneur and ordained minister, closed the conference on Saturday afternoon.“If there’s a better group of speakers on the subject of leadership and a better group of role models, I don’t know where you would find them,” Jackson said. “Six hundred and seventy-five people registered for the conference. About 200 university students participated. Every participant should have gone away from the conference empowered to lead.”Octavia Jones of Troy attended all sessions of the leadership conference and agreed that it was one of the best. The 13th Annual Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month at Troy University over the weekend was hailed as one of the best ever.Shelia Jackson, Troy public relations director, said every session – “the opening, the plenary and closing sessions –were as good as any in the 13 years of the conference. From beginning to end, this leadership conference was one of the best.”Dr. Bernice King, chief executive officer, The King Center, Atlanta, was the keynote speaker for the opening session Friday night. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

South Tangerang achieves 88 percent compliance rate with COVID-19 protocols

first_imgNevertheless, the city has made some exceptions, such as allowing places of worship to reopen under required health protocols. “All these health protocols must be applied to prevent us from contracting or transmitting COVID-19,” Suharno said. According to South Tangerang COVID-19 task force data, the city had recorded 480 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 37 deaths as of Saturday.Meanwhile, Banten has recorded 1,719 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 85 deaths as of Saturday.(trn)Topics : Residents of South Tangerang, Banten, have largely adhered to health protocols put in place to curb COVID-19 transmission, with a compliance rate of 88.2 percent, the South Tangerang COVID-19 task force reported on Saturday.“Because of this achievement, the effective reproduction number [Rt] is 0.2,” South Tangerang COVID-19 task force spokesperson Suharno said as quoted by Tangerang deputy mayor Benyamin Davine previously said the administration would only prepare for a “new normal” if a compliance rate of 90 percent was achieved. last_img read more

Funding Boost for Rye Harbor Maintenance Dredging

first_imgThe Senate Appropriations Committee has passed funding legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2020 that funds the Departments of Defense and Energy, as well as important infrastructure projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers.Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee, helped procure $7.75 billion for the Army Corps to complete necessary infrastructure projects in New Hampshire and across the country.This is $751.5 million above last year’s funding level, and includes the funding necessary to begin maintenance dredging of Rye Harbor.Shaheen also added language to the bill that urges USACE to expedite scheduled maintenance at small and low-use ports that have experienced unexpected levels of deterioration since their last dredging.Once funding legislation is approved by Congress, the Corps will develop its Work Plan for FY2020.Senator Shaheen has continuously pushed for dredging at the harbor, writing a letter to the Corps last October urging them to prioritize the project and touring the harbor last month to see the shoaling up close and discuss the issue with Corps officials and local fishermen.After continued advocacy by Shaheen, last year the Corps included emergency dredging for Hampton-Seabrook Harbor in its 2019 Work Plan.last_img read more

Free the Nipple heads to Mission Bay

first_imgNewsHub 7 December 2016Family First Comment: There’s a time and a place. This isn’t the time or the place!A Free the Nipple event set to take place on Mission Bay next week has been slammed by watchdog group Family First.The event, which more than 500 people say they are attending on Facebook, aims to “desexualise the female body.”“This is a chance for us to act for equality and enjoy a summer’s day at the same time, so come along and let your nipples get some sun,” the event’s description reads.However, Family First’s Bob McCoskrie says the event is inappropriate.“Obviously we [Family First] would be opposed simply because families would find it offensive.”A spokesperson for the New Zealand Police said they deal with issues like this on a “case-by-case” basis depending on any complaints they get from members of the public.They said it is hard to determine in advance whether an event such as this would lead to any arrests.Mr McCoskrie criticised the police for taking a hardline position on streakers at public sports matches, but for often being relaxed over nudity such as this.He said that it was “questionable” whether an event such as this would be legal.The organisers of the event have been approached for comment.Free the Nipple: Beach Day is set to take place on December 17th. read more

Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about Virginia Tech

first_imgHow Syracuse beats Virginia Tech: Syracuse forces opponents to play the slowest brand of basketball in the country, and that greatly contrasts with Virginia Tech, a team that uses less than 16 seconds of the shot clock on average, per Kenpom. The Hokies don’t shoot the 3 ball well, so Syracuse should try and force them into taking long-range shots. That was something SU did a good job of against North Carolina earlier in January. The Orange can’t let LeDay have his way and it can’t let Allen go off like he has the past two games. If the Orange controls pacing and spacing, it shouldn’t be too hard to beat a Virginia Tech team that has proven itself to be quite beatable.Statistic to know: Virginia Tech doesn’t take or make many 3s. That is, except for Bibbs. The Hokies have made 123 3-pointers on the season, and Bibbs has made 49 of those. He shoots at a 50.5 percent clip, which is good for 13th in the nation.Player to watch: Allen, a point guard, has been the primary reason why Virginia Tech has thrived at the line. He’s taken 142 free throws this season, and has made 108 of those, including 50 of his past 61 (82 percent). He’s an awful 3-point shooter (28.3 percent), but his ability to generate scoring is why he’s been the catalyst for Virginia Tech in the past couple of games. Comments Published on February 1, 2016 at 10:35 am Syracuse (15-8, 5-5 Atlantic Coast) hosts Virginia Tech (12-10, 4-5) in the third game of a four-game home stand on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Orange has won the first two over then-No. 25 Notre Dame and Georgia Tech to propel itself back into the thick of the ACC standings.Here’s everything you need to know about the Hokies.All-time series: Tuesday will mark the 10th all-time meeting. Syracuse is 7-2 in the first nine, and has won the last seven times dating back to 2000.Last time they played: Virginia Tech got ahead of Syracuse 63-50 with just over six minutes to play in the Carrier Dome on Feb. 3, 2015. Ron Patterson helped lead the charge back and Michael Gbinije scored six points in the final 37 seconds, including a game-winner right before the buzzer to win the game, 72-70.“One of the best plays in that situation that I’ve seen,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said after the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJustin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson combined for 37 points, while Gbinije and Trevor Cooney combined for 36.The next afternoon, Syracuse University announced a self-imposed postseason ban that barred the team from competing in the ACC tournament and NCAA Tournament in 2015.The Virginia Tech report: The Hokies, led by former Marquette head coach Buzz Williams, enter Tuesday night on a four-game losing streak. Their last win came against Georgia Tech on Jan. 16. Their signature of the season win came against Virginia at home on Jan. 4. That victory came amid a surprising 4-1 start to the conference season. Their worst losses include a home defeat to Alabama State and a 17-point drubbing vs. St. Joseph’s at Barclays Center.Virginia Tech features a fast-paced offense that looks to score inside and get fouled a lot — more than a quarter of its points come from the free-throw line, per Maryland transfer Seth Allen has been the Hokies’ best scorer of late, totaling a combined 54 points in VT’s past two games. Zach LeDay leads the team in scoring (16) and rebounding (8.1) and has stepped up after Chris Clarke went down with an injury in December. Related Stories Syracuse basketball roundtable: Syracuse’s ‘small’ lineup, Malachi Richardson and what Syracuse must proveSchneidman: The 3-pointer is no longer life or death for Syracuse basketballWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 60-57 win over Georgia TechMalachi Richardson closes out Syracuse’s win over Georgia TechGbinije closes out Syracuse’s comeback victory over Hokies with clutch crunch-time scoringcenter_img Daily Orange File Photo Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Public urged to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah strikes

first_imgDonegal County Council is urging the public to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah passes across the western seaboard today and into this evening.Met Eireann has issued a status OrangeWind warning for Donegal and all counties along the western seaboard from 9am today until 6am on Monday morning and a Yellow weather alert for rain in Donegal valid until 6pm this evening. Earlier today Met Eireann increased the warning status for Kerry to red.Donegal County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team is currently monitoring the advice from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) and weather forecasts from Met Éireann and the Council remains in a state of readiness to deal with any incidents arising from the storm. However to date there has been no storm related call outs for the Fire Service in Donegal and reports of only a small number of fallen trees that Council crews have responded to.The Council is urging the public to keep up to date with the weather forecasts and to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and protect property during this weather event.Keep up to date on Council services by registering at or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook @donegalcoco or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil .During office hours you can contact theCouncil on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency call 074 91 72288. Public urged to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah strikes was last modified: December 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade

first_imgFILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) is guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. Irving gets his new address and Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron. They both can say they won in this Celtics-Cavs blockbuster deal. But the sum of the parts says Cleveland got the better of Boston in this swap of All-Star point guards. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)MIAMI— It’s not the principals that will define the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and Boston. Great point guard leaves one city for another. That seems fair.All the other parts, they will tell the story.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Regardless of all these Celtics-Cavaliers fireworks, it’s still Golden State’s world and probably will be for a long time. This deal didn’t change that.The Warriors will still be the favorites to win the last game of next season.The first game of next season, as luck would have it, just happens to be Boston at Cleveland.And just like that, the NBA has drama again. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES LeBron James heads to Manila again on September 2 View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Minnesota never offered Andrew Wiggins. Miami never offered half its roster. Portland wasn’t giving up Damian Lillard. In the end the Cavs still got a star for a star, and since Thomas is only making about $6.3 million next season they got plenty of bonus parts as well to make the trade work.It also solved one big Cleveland problem.James’ only motivation is rings, and this move gives him just that.He will be looking to go to the Finals for the eighth consecutive year. Only three teams in NBA history have been to four straight finals — the Lakers, the Celtics, and the Miami Heat when James was with them. Golden State will be heavy favorites to join that club next June. The Cavaliers won’t surprise many if they join them.James will show up at camp in a couple of months and begin plotting ways to get his team back to the Finals. Had Irving still been there, James surely would have been wondering if they could make it work again. With Thomas, there won’t be a question. James and Thomas already have great respect for one another, and Thomas runs on the same prove-people-wrong gasoline that James uses.Cleveland has been through the free-agency-is-looming dance with James before, of course. If the Cavs want to keep him next summer, they simply have to go all-in to make him as happy as possible. This trade probably wasn’t a bad start on that front.In Boston, the Celtics will look very different this season.Irving and Hayward are in; Thomas, Crowder, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and Amir Johnson are out — meaning five of Boston’s seven top scorers from a No. 1 seed now play elsewhere.The Cavs weren’t overhauled; Irving is gone, Thomas, Derrick Rose and Jeff Green arrived.From a continuity standpoint, obvious edge to Cleveland as well. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program There are many ways to claim victory in the deal made Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving wanted his own team and got it, so he wins. Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron James, so he wins. The Cavaliers got rid of a supposedly disgruntled star, so they won. The Celtics now won’t have to decide if Thomas is worth something like a $180 million deal next summer, so they won. It’s all semantics.But look past all that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the end, Cleveland won. James won, too.Here’s a few reasons why James will be celebrating this deal: He’ll still have a high-octane point guard; he’s getting an absurdly good defender in Jae Crowder (he could have helped the Cavs’ cause against Golden State in The Finals); he won’t be going into the season dealing with drama about Irving’s Cleveland future; this trade might even reap the Cavaliers the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses All good things, all edge to Cleveland.Give the Celtics credit for being bold. Danny Ainge knew winning the Eastern Conference’s regular-season crown last season was meaningless, so he completely blew up a team that was a No. 1 seed and got hammered by the Cavaliers in the East finals. Sure, the Celtics played most of that series without Thomas, but that wasn’t going to matter. The Cavs weren’t losing that series.So Ainge goes out and gets an All-Star point guard in Irving, after he hauls in Gordon Hayward during free agency and adds probable rookie of the year front-runner Jayson Tatum to the mix in the draft — plus gets another draft pick in either 2018 or 2019 for his trouble.It’s not a bad deal for the Celtics. They get Irving. It’s his team. A storied franchise is in his hands and he will savor that.It’s just a better deal for Cleveland, at least right now.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

A rising concern After straws balloons get more scrutiny

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated?The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there are signs balloons will be among the products to get more scrutiny, even though they’re a very small part of environmental pollution.This year, college football powerhouse Clemson University is ending its tradition of releasing 10,000 balloons into the air before games, a move that’s part of its sustainability efforts. In Virginia, a campaign that urges alternatives to balloon releases at weddings is expanding. And a town in Rhode Island outright banned the sale of all balloons earlier this year, citing the harm to marine life.“There are all kinds of alternatives to balloons, a lot of ways to express yourself,” says Kenneth Lacoste, first warden of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, who cites posters, piñatas and decorated paper.Following efforts to limit plastic bags, the push by environmentalists against straws has gained traction in recent months, partly because they’re seen as unnecessary for most. Companies including Starbucks and Disney are promising to phase out plastic straws, which can be difficult to recycle because of their size and often end up as trash in the ocean. A handful of U.S. cities recently passed or are considering bans. And the push may bring attention to other items people may not have considered — like festive balloons.“The issue of straws has really broadened the marine debris issue,” says Emma Tonge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. People might not realize balloons are a danger, she says, because of their “light and whimsical” image.Balloons are not among the top 10 kinds of debris found in coastal cleanups, but Tongue says they’re common and especially hazardous to marine animals, which can also get entangled in balloon strings.Chelsea Rochman, an assistant professor of ecology at the University of Toronto, says people should think systemically about waste and pollution, but that efforts to bring attention to specific products shouldn’t be dismissed as too minor.“If we said that about everything, we wouldn’t get anything done,” she says.Already, a few states restrict balloon releases to some extent, according to the Balloon Council, which represents the industry and advocates for the responsible handling of its products to “uphold the integrity of the professional balloon community.” That means never releasing them into the air, and ensuring the strings have a weight tied to them so the balloons don’t accidentally float away.Lorna O’Hara, executive director of the Balloon Council, doesn’t dispute that marine creatures might mistake balloons for jellyfish and eat them. But she says that doesn’t mean balloons are necessarily causing their deaths.Clean Virginia Waterways still thinks balloons can be harmful. Included in its report last year: A photo of a soaring bird with a deflated balloon trailing behind it.The report addresses the “rising concern” of balloons, which also often use helium, a non-renewable resource. It notes the difficulty of changing a social norm and that even typing “congrats” in a Facebook post results in an animation of balloons. It even claims the media play a role and that some groups conduct balloon releases “just so reporters will cover the event.”“We don’t want to say don’t use them at all. We’re saying just don’t release them,” says Laura McKay of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.Some states such as California ban balloon releases for other reasons. Pacific Gas & Electric, which serves northern and central California, says metallic balloons caused 203 power outages in the first five months of this year, up 22 per cent from a year ago.Lacoste thinks other towns, particularly those along the coasts, will also ban balloons as people become more aware of environmental issues. He notes that plastic bags were once seen as harmless, but many places now ban them.___Follow Candice Choi at read more

Gymnasts losing money to dispose of garbage outside donation bins

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Gymnastics Association says it is losing money because it is on the hook today for the disposal of spoiled donations and even garbage that is being dropped off outside the Diabetes Foundation donation bins in the Wal-Mart and Wholesale Club parking lots.Gymnastics Association manager Chantelle Yates explained that the Association is contracted out by the Diabetes Foundation to take care of the bins, since the closest branch is located in Edmonton. Yates said that usually, volunteers with the Association empty the bins between once and twice a week, but have been unable to after snow was hard-pressed against the bin doors.Normally, Yates said the club receives 75 cents from the Diabetes Foundation for every 20 lbs. bag of clothing that is collected and sorted. She explained that clothing that is went is not suitable for donation, and needs to be thrown in the trash. However, even though the bins have been plowed in, Yates said residents are dropping off clothing that is not bagged, broken toys, and even garbage outside the bins. “It’s become a dump,” said Yates. “We loaded up two truckloads, went down to the dump. It’s $25 to dump it. I went to Wal Mart the next day and sure enough there was an entire pickup load full of stuff. We can’t stop people from dumping, but there’s a lot of other organizations that will take it right now.”Yates said that the Association has had to spend nearly $100 in tipping fees in the past several weeks. She explained that even if the Association were to ask the Diabetes Foundation to remove the bins, it wouldn’t be possible to remove them until the snow melts later this Spring.last_img read more

Man held from Bagdogra Airport for trying to smuggle gold

first_imgDarjeeling: A man was arrested from Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, with nearly one and a half kilogram of gold which he was trying to smuggle out. The gold was found hidden in his rectum.The man was scheduled to board an afternoon Air Asia flight to Delhi. While going through security check, the handheld metal detector of the security personnel began to beep while frisking his lower body. This aroused the suspicion of CISF personnel. He was then asked to walk through the doorframe metal detector. He was then interrogated by a CISF team and asked whether he had any metal implants in his body. When he replied that he did not have any implants, he was handed over to the Central Excise and Customs officials. During further interrogation, he broke down and admitted that he was carrying gold in his rectum. 9 gold biscuits wrapped in three black plastic packets were extracted. The recovered gold is worth around Rs 50 lakh. On January 15, one Gaurav Singh had been arrested from Bagdogra with gold biscuits weighing 900g.last_img read more