Savvy Strategy by Pakistan Turns Back Taliban Progress

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore A battlefield visit to the Swat Valley of Pakistan’s war against the Taliban left “one indelible image” upon David Ignatius of the Washington Post — “of a teenage boy’s beaming smile of relief.” The traumatized boy was a symbol of what a successful counterinsurgency campaign is all about: He had been in training to become a suicide bomber; now he is being rehabilitated after being reunited with his family. The Swat campaign shows how the Pakistanis finally got it right after years of mishandling the Taliban’s rise here. “We told our majors and captains, ‘People should fall in love with you,’ ” explains the Pakistani commander. (Read David Ignatius Op-Ed in the Washington Post) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Government Extends Growing Season for Thousands of Organic Farmers, Providing Local Food Throughout Winter

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore NRCS provided the assistance as part of a pilot project to determine how effective high tunnels are in conserving water, reducing pesticide use, maintaining soil nutrients, and increasing crop yields. The pilot is offered under the Know your Farmer, Know your Food initiative, a USDA effort to connect farmers and consumers, strengthen local and regional food production, increase the use of sustainable agricultural practices, and promote local, fresh food.Mr. Snell is pleased with the results. The seasonal high tunnel is saving him money on pesticides and allowing him to grow more food organically. With the help of the controlled environment of the high tunnel, he expects to harvest several types of fruits or vegetables 12 months of the year. In addition to tomatoes and squash, the Snells envision growing peas, butterbeans, corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, flowers, and herbs.Winter farmers markets are becoming more popular — representing 14 percent of the total number operating in the US. And, with the demand for local, organic food increasing, winter markets are ‘cropping’ up in cold states too, like New York, which has a whopping 153 markets happening between November and March. In 2010, the USDA National Farmers Market Directory counted a total of 6,132 operational farmers markets across the country, up 16% from the previous year. The hoop house assistance program was launched from the White House vegetable garden in December 2009, where small hoops were built over newly planted gardens for herbs and greens. See more about how farmers and consumers are benefitting from the financial in the USDA video below: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFarmers, like Earl and Clarisse Snell of Alabama, can still grow summer squash and tomatoes as if it were summer, thanks to their new high tunnel built with financial assistance from the US government. Also called hoop houses, seasonal high tunnels look a lot like greenhouses but require no artificial energy source—all they need is natural daylight. With their natural pest controlled environment, farmers across the country are now able to sell organic, locally grown produce throughout the year in states as cold as Minnesota, Wisconsin and even Alaska.$13 million from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has gone to more than 2,400 farmers in 43 states to help pay for the low-tech seasonal high tunnels.last_img read more

Ovarian Cancer ‘Breakthrough’ Drug Prevents Disease Returning for Years

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis exciting new drug treatment could help to extend the lifespans of women suffering from one of the world’s worst cancer survival rates.Ever after undergoing chemotherapy and surgery, 70% of ovarian cancer patients suffer relapses within three years of treatment – and only 35% are still alive ten years after their initial diagnosis. Once the cancer returns, it is considered terminal.According to these “unprecedented” trial results, however, a new drug called olaparib has dramatically increased the lifespan and survival rates of ovarian cancer patients. The drug was given to women who had successfully eliminated all or part of the cancer by undergoing chemotherapy. Three years after the women were started on the drug in 2013, researchers found that the drug was associated with a 70% reduction in mortality and cancer relapse, compared to only a third of patients in the placebo groups.RELATED: 13-Year-old Named America’s Top Young Scientist for Drastically Improving Pancreatic Cancer TreatmentMore importantly, since the follow-up took place only three years after the drug’s prescription, the treatment could offer protection for even longer amounts of time.“The most exciting finding is that more than half the patients on the olaparib arm have not relapsed with a minimum of three years of follow-up,” said Professor Charlie Gourley, director of ovarian cancer research at the University of Edinburgh, according to the Telegraph.MORE: A Woman Given Months to Live From Advanced Breast Cancer is ‘Cured’ in World First“This is unprecedented and raises the possibility that a number of these patients may be cured, although longer follow-up of patients is required before we can definitively draw this conclusion.”The study results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.Cure Your Friends Of Negativity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media – Photo by Nephron, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Aggies beat Tigers on home run

first_imgBATON ROUGE – LSU freshman right-hander Eric Walker fired a career-high seven innings and senior shortstop Kramer Robertson blasted a two-run home run, but Texas A&M left fielder Walker Pennington hit a three-run blast in the ninth inning to push the Aggies to a 4-3 win against the sixth-ranked Tigers Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. — LSU sports informationlast_img

Safety

first_imgState of New MexicoDepartment of Public SafetyGeneral Information 505-827-9000www.dps.state.nm.usThe Department of Public Safety’s mission is to protect human life and property in New Mexico. The department includes the New Mexico State Police, the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police, the Law Enforcement Records Bureau, the Law Enforcement Academy and Special Investigations. This department is also the go-to source for information about and permits for carrying a concealed weapon.Department of HomelandSecurity & Emergency ManagementNonemergency 505-476-9600www.nmdhsem.orgThe purpose of the Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management is to help New Mexico residents prepare for emergencies; to mitigate hazards and give help when needed; to prevent attacks; and to coordinate local, state and federal disaster response and recovery. This a primary source of guides for family emergency preparedness.Bernalillo CountyEmergency Management/Homeland SecurityNonemergency 505-468-1306www.bernco.gov/finance/office-of-emergency-management-homeland-security.aspxThe Bernalillo County Office of Emergency Management/Homeland Security is responsible for protecting the lives and health of county citizens by planning and coordinating actions for disaster preparation, response and recovery. The office manages the Emergency Operations Center, plans and conducts emergency training and serves as a liaison with state and federal emergency agencies. Visit the office’s website for the county’s emergency operations plan and a handbook on how to prepare for an emergency.Fire and RescueNonemergency 505-468-1310www.bernco.gov/FireSheriffNonemergency 505-798-7000www.bernalillocountysheriff.comAlbuquerqueFire DepartmentNonemergency 505-768-9317www.cabq.gov/firePolice DepartmentNonemergency 505-242-2677www.cabq.gov/policeRio RanchoFire RescueNonemergency 505-891-7226www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us/index.aspx?nid=673Police DepartmentNonemergency 505-891-7226www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us/index.aspx?NID=17EdgewoodVolunteer Fire DepartmentNonemergency 505-281-4697www.santafecountynm.gov/fire/volunteer_fire_districts/edgewoodPolice DepartmentNonemergency 800-742-1144www.edgewood-nm.gov/1086/Police-Departmentlast_img read more

SOC14: More than Meets The Eye With New Topeak Transformer XX Pump

first_imgWhen it comes to the pump, it is a 160 psi capable body with a gauge built into the handle. Like Topeak’s other high end pumps, the Transformer XX uses a smart head that adapts to presta or schraeder valves with the flick of a switch. The orange button lets you bleed off any excess air in the tire. We joked about Topeak making it so their customers would only ever buy a single pump since spare parts are so easy to come by, but that’s definitely a benefit. I’ve had to replace the sealing grommets in the pump heads, but my nearly 10 year old Joe Blow sport and Joe Blow Pro pumps are still going strong after a lot of abuse. In order to make sure the stand fits a wide range of bikes, the supports are easily adjustable. Just unlock each quick release, move to the desired position and relock. There are a number of ways we could see this being used, but probably the most likely would be one support on the chainstay and one on the seatstay, lifting the rear wheel off the ground so you can make most adjustments. It likely won’t replace a repair stand for big jobs, but for adjustments in the field it could be quite useful.Available at the end of the mont, Transformer XX pumps will retail for $149.The Transformer XX joins the Topeak family of pumps including their 3 stage Joe Blow Ace. There are a few dual stage pumps on the market, but very few 3 stage. Why would you want a three stage pump? Stage one pushes a lot of air with Topeak claiming it can seat most tubeless mountain tires and pumps to 60 psi (seems like it would also be good for fat bikes). Stage two bumps it up to pressures typically seen in road bikesto 120 psi, while stage 3 pushes into Track bike levels up to 260 psi.Stages are selectable through the dial at the top of the handle.Built in to the cast aluminum base of the pump is a 260 psi gauge and rubber coated feet. As their top of the line floor pump, the Ace retails for $149.topeak.com When you’re headed off to a race or an event, there is usually a lot to carry. Spares, food, clothes, tools – the list goes on and on depending on the situation. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could combine your pump and a repair stand in one compact, easy to carry package? If your answer is yes, you’ll want to check out the new Transformer XX pump/stand from Topeak. By day the whole unit functions just like your normal easy to use Topeak floor pump, but by night the stand separates from the pump providing a support for working on your bike.Details next…last_img read more

Vermont AG, Department of Financial Regulation, Merchants Bank warn consumers of telephone scam

first_imgAttorney General William Sorrell, together with the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation and Merchants Bank, is warning consumers of a resurgence of fraudulent text messages and telephone calls to consumer mobile phone numbers claiming to come from their bank, in this most recent case Merchants Bank, and indicating that the consumerâ s debit card has been compromised. These calls are scams and do not originate from the bank.These scam calls and text messages direct consumers to call or text debit card or account numbers and information to â confirm’the account. The calls are â phishing’scams, attempts to steal consumer account information by posing as the bank and scaring consumers into providing sensitive account information. The messages are typically some variation of the following:”This is an official notification from Merchants Bank, informing you that your Mastercard (or VISA) needs to be updated for security reasons. To begin the update process, please press “1” now.”Vermont AG May 21, 2012last_img read more

Two year deal for IRONMAN and Triathlonguard in the UK

first_imgIRONMAN has confirmed that Triathlonguard is the Official Triathlon Insurance Partner across all IRONMAN events in the UK, in a two year deal.Triathlonguard insurance was designed specifically for triathletes and consequently offers flexible cover options, allowing triathletes to tailor their cover by customising their policy to match their needs, with an added instant online quote system making it easier to get insured.The partnership welcomes Triathlonguard to IRONMAN from immediate effect for the next two years until 2017. Triathlonguard will be the Official Partner of all UK IRONMAN events which include: IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, IRONMAN 70.3 UK, IRONMAN UK and IRONMAN Wales.Thomas Dieckhoff, CEO IRONMAN Europe said “We are delighted to welcome Triathlonguard on board. Their partnership is integral to our athletes and it is fantastic to be able to offer this service knowing that they are getting the right cover and level of service we are proud to be associated with.”Adrian Scott, Head of Triathlonguard added, “Insurance should form a key part of all athletes’ race kit. Unfortunately incidents do happen, whether it’s a crack in an expensive bike frame as a result of hitting a pothole, or a wetsuit tear from rushing out of transition. We understand the insurance needs of triathletes racing in the UK and abroad and are there to cover those unforeseen eventualities.”Pro athlete Harry Wiltshire, is a Triathlonguard ambassador. He said, “Whether I’m out training or racing in the UK or abroad, having a specialist insurance gives me the peace of mind that if something were to happen I am covered. I’ve had my fair share of incidents from kit being stolen out of the back of my car, to a nasty crash in France last year whilst racing to qualify for the World Championships.“Crucially being covered by Triathlonguard meant that they got it sorted swiftly and efficiently so I could get back in the saddle racing as quickly as possible.”IRONMAN athletes can visit the Triathlonguard website and benefit from a 30% discount (triathloninsurance.co.uk/IM30) or call +44 (0)345 4506985 and quote IM30.www.ironman.comwww.triathloninsurance.co.uk Relatedlast_img read more

Six years and counting for Dengie Events

first_imgUK mass participation events organiser Dengie Events is celebrating its sixth anniversary in 2016 and has put together a schedule of triathlon events for next year, taking place in Essex, England.The Big East Triathlon takes place on 15 May 2016 in Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex. This popular early season event gives athletes a choice of Middle Distance (1.6K swim / 82K cycle / 20K run) or Challenge Distance (800m swim / 43K cycle / 10K run) and is open to individual athletes and relay teams.The organising team notes that the Big East is set in an ideal location for triathlon; ‘it is well suited to anyone preparing for the season ahead or in search of a new challenge.’The Fambridge Yacht Haven Half Iron Triathlon takes place on 17 July 2016 near to Chelmsford, Essex. This welcoming and spectator friendly event sees athletes take on a 1.9K river swim next to Blue House Farm Nature Reserve, a 90K cycle in the peaceful Essex countryside and an 18K run around North Fambridge village.The Maldon Triathlon takes place on 31 July 2016 and Dengie Events is expecting entries to fill fast. The beginner friendly Maldon Triathlon is based around the Promenade Park and Hythe Quay over the Sprint and Olympic distances.The event consists of a 750m / 1.5K river swim alongside the promenade, 28K / 45K cycle on the quiet and scenic roads of the Dengie peninsula and finishes with a 5K / 10K run entirely based around Promenade Park.With plenty of facilities for the whole family, activities throughout the day and numerous cafes lining the route, the event ‘always draws a large crowd of spectators and provides a great atmosphere for all.’www.dengieevents.co.uk Relatedlast_img read more

Lawmakers eye the Bar’s role in merit selection

first_imgLawmakers eye the Bar’s role in merit selection November 15, 2011 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Lawmakers eye the Bar’s role in merit selection Senior EditorThere’s likely to be a legislative attempt next year to remove The Florida Bar from its participation in nominating members for judicial nominating commissions. But the Bar does not anticipate a broad attack on the court system, which occurred in the last session, including an effort to put the Legislature in charge of court procedural rules and to revamp and expand the Supreme Court.In a brief report at the Board of Governor’s October 21 meeting, Legislation Committee Co-chair Ray Abadin updated board members on expectations for the 2012 legislative session, which begins in January this year to accommodate reapportionment.The committee met with Bar legislative consultants, and “they don’t anticipate any court reform issues coming before the Legislature this year,” Abadin said.However, “There does appear to be a legislative push to revamp the JNC process and that’s going to include a push to get the Bar out of the JNC process,” he said. “We don’t know what that push is going to be yet and who is going to make it.”Currently, the governor directly appoints five of the nine members of each of the 26 judicial nominating commissions. The Bar nominates slates of three candidates for each of the other four seats. JNC terms are staggered.The current system was passed 10 years ago by a Republican Legislature that wanted to give more judicial appointment authority to then-Gov. Jeb Bush. The prior system had been set up under former Gov. Reuben Askew almost 40 years ago as an attempt to reduce the politics in the judicial appointment process. That system had the governor appointing three members to each JNC, the Bar appointing three members, and those six members selecting three public members.Last year, a bill passed the House, which completely removed the Bar from the JNC appointment process, allowing the governor to appoint all nine members. It also ended staggered terms for JNC members. Supporters argued that the Bar was not accountable to the public and that allowing the governor to pick all JNC members would enable voters to hold him accountable for his judicial appointments. That bill died in the Senate.The JNC measure was one of several court-related measures to pass the House but die in the Senate. Other court-related measures included a constitutional amendment to split the Supreme Court into civil and criminal divisions and increase the number of justices from seven to 10. The measure would have also increased the court’s discretionary jurisdiction.Another bill would have made it easier for the Legislature to repeal a court procedural rule; an earlier version of that legislation put the Legislature in charge of procedural rules with the Supreme Court in an advisory role.Bar President Scott Hawkins told the board that he and President-elect Gwynne Young are preparing for the upcoming session. He said he and Young attended a “summit” that included the Bar’s legislative consultants, consultants hired by sections, and section chairs and chairs-elect and focused on legislative issues and strategies.“We’re trying to think ahead,” he said.last_img read more