Color Me United run brings nearly 300 to downtown area

first_imgParticipants in the 2019 Color Me United event. (All photos by Scott Landry)FARMINGTON – Nearly 300 racers participated in Saturday morning’s Color Me United 5K Walk/Run, raising funds for the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. Race results and photos taken by Scott Landry can be seen below.Racers at Prescott Field. The race utilized Front, Main, Maple, High and Anson Streets.Overall results(Photo by Scott Landry)Results by Class(All photos by Scott Landry)(All photos by Scott Landry)(All photos by Scott Landry)last_img

Students to travel to Uganda to promote youth sports

first_imgTwelve Notre Dame students will travel to Uganda for two weeks in May to share their athletic passion and talents with the country’s youth. Kevin Dugan, manager of youth and community programs for the athletic department, said the trip, co-sponsored by the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the athletic department, is focused both on educational research and promotion of youth athletics. “The purpose of the whole effort is to work with the Catholic Church and the [Ugandan] Ministry of Education and Sports to share ideas on how sport can be used as a platform for positive social impact,” Dugan said. Students will visit the towns of Fort Portal, Masaka, Jinja and Kampala to promote physical education and youth sports ministry programs, run a sports camp and discuss potential research of sports’ impact on children, Dugan said.   The effort comes in the wake of advocacy organization Invisible Children’s “Kony 2012″ campaign. The movement calls for the arrest of Joseph Kony, the head of a Ugandan rebel group who ruthlessly recruits child soldiers. The film that accompanies the campaign, which went viral this month, received international backlash from critics who publicly claimed the video oversimplifies a complex issue. Dugan said Notre Dame’s trip will expose students to a different side of Uganda than that portrayed in “Kony 2012.” “I think our students will be really encouraged by the talents and gifts of the Ugandan youth,” he said. “The course will be about celebrating the incredible human potential of the country.” The trip will count as an Education, Schooling and Society course for one credit, Dugan said. He said participants will also take two separate one-credit courses beforehand to prepare them for their experiences in Uganda. Dugan said the trip coordinators consulted with the Ministry of Education and Sports, the National Council of Sports and the Uganda Catholic Secretariat to discuss how the Notre Dame group could best collaborate with them. “We don’t want this to be a neo-colonial effort and have been very thoughtful about engaging people in Uganda about how we can complement what they are already doing on the ground there to improve physical education in schools and providing more outlets for personal and moral development through sport,” Dugan said. Dugan said the group will work with the Uganda Catholic Secretariat to develop the sports component of the Secretariat’s youth ministry programs. “The student group, which includes several student-athletes, will be running a Notre Dame sports camp in the village [of Masaka] to complement the Church’s athletic ministry,” he said. Dugan said professor Clark Power of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, who also coordinated the trip will share his “Play Like a Champion Today” educational series that uses sports to promote moral development. He said Power had the Notre Dame player handbook adapted for young Ugandan athletes. “Power will also be spending time running a two-day workshop with the education faculty at Uganda Martyrs University, where he is working on a joint research project to study the impact of sport on child development,” Dugan said. The Catholic Church and the Ministry of Education and Sports welcomed the group’s initiative, Dugan said. “The Church sees sport as a way to engage young people in healthy activities,” he said. “The government sees it as a form of human and community development that will also lead to national and economic development.” Dugan said he wants the group to approach their work humbly. “If we walk humbly and serve passionately, then our presence can help support the work of the government and the Church to use sport as a form of growth and development for children in Uganda,” he said. Dugan said he hoped the trip to Uganda would become an annual effort. “[The Congregation of] Holy Cross and Notre Dame have been committed to Uganda for years,” he said. “Let’s hope that this is just the beginning for ND Athletics and the Institute for Educational Initiatives.” Contact Marisa Iati at [email protected]last_img read more

Push to End Self-Bonding in Wyoming Picks Up Speed

first_imgPush to End Self-Bonding in Wyoming Picks Up Speed FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sheridan Press:The Powder River Basin Resource Council has submitted a petition to the [Wyoming] Department of Environmental Quality to end self-bonding for coal companies in the state, contributing to mounting pressure against the practice.Federal law requires coal companies to secure bonds that will guarantee the costs to restore the land a mine occupies if that mine closes. Self-bonding allows companies to use its own assets to guarantee the funds for land restoration.PRBRC Executive Director Jill Morrison said the group decided to organize the petition after the Land Quality Advisory Board voted to send a set of rules that would have limited self-bonding back for revisions. The rules were drafted by the Department of Environmental Quality, which is currently working on a revised draft. The petition PRBRC filed is far stricter than the rules the Land Quality Advisory Board voted to amend; it would eliminate self-bonding altogether in Wyoming and require that 25 percent of a coal-mine operator’s bond be a cash bond. Morrison acknowledged that her group’s proposed changes may not be adopted, but PRBRC wanted to contribute to the argument for limiting self-bonding in the state.Critics of the practice argue that it puts taxpayers and landowners adjacent to a mine at risk — if a coal mine closes because a company goes bankrupt or into forfeiture, the assets that company used to guarantee cleanup costs may be unavailable.More: PRBRC Petitions To End Self Bondinglast_img read more

What you need to know about tax-prep software

first_imgby: Kay BellAre you prepared to spend more than a full day filling out your tax return? That’s the IRS’ estimate of how long it will take the average taxpayer to complete Form 1040.Sure, that includes the time it takes to pull together and sort through all your necessary tax receipts and records, learn about the Form 1040, decipher its instructions, copy the completed form and send it in. But even discounting these ancillary duties, the IRS figures it still will take around four hours just to fill out this most popular income tax return.And if you have additional schedules or tax credits to file, you might be measuring your tax time by the calendar instead of the clock.Don’t want to spend that much time with your 1040? Then tax-preparation software may be the answer. These packages promise to save you time and money by putting tax law and the forms you need at your fingertips. And some tax-prep devotees contend they can even save your sanity during tax season.If you decide this year to join the millions who do taxes on a computer instead of paper, here are some ways to make the process go more smoothly. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

German market trends: Poor prospects for the autumn holidays

first_imgJust after German politicians called on people to stay in the country to avoid the risk of coronavirus, a survey was conducted on the thoughts of German tourists about travel in autumn and winter, reports the German fvw. With the decline in average daily interactions with clients by 19% (–90% on an annual basis) and bookings by 13% (–81% compared to 2019), the situation in travel agencies is getting worse and worse in the German market. Meanwhile, DER Touristik is the latest German tour operator to extend the season for Greece with new package deals for Kos, Corfu and Crete until the end of November. The second largest German group of tour operators has launched special offers for islands that can be booked until October 21 for departures until November 30. The FTI and Vtours have already pulled similar moves in recent weeks. “Avoid unnecessary vacations abroad”Said recently German Health Minister Jens Spahn, who advocates domestic travel in the fall and winter and who pointed out on German television that many COVID-19 infections during the pandemic involved people returning from other countries. “I think we can learn from this in terms of the fall, winter and Christmas holidaysSpahn added. Overall, 70% of Germans have no travel plans for the autumn holidays at all, which suggests that fear of travel is present in Germany. Of course, one survey does not reveal much, but similar results suggest a similar survey in the last quarter of September. TUI has decided to continue package deals in the Canary Islands in October due to school holidays, he explained. “Our goal is to offer a solution for the fall holidays to guests who still want to travel to the Canary Islands,” he said. TUI will set the flight schedule based on actual demand. By the way, Germany revised the other day list of risky countries, and so it is Zadar and Šibenik-Knin counties more they are not on the red list. The search data on the question: Are the borders open in certain countries are also interesting. The data confirm the greatest interest of German tourists in Austria, the Netherlands, then in Poland, Spain and Greece. DER Touristik expands the capacities of Greece Thus, according to a survey, only 5% of Germans are planning a holiday abroad this fall, and few consumers are thinking about domestic travel, ie within Germany, says a survey by YouGov, which surveyed more than 5.000 people in Germany between September 25 and 27. . Demand for the coming months is lower, according to the survey, but there is more interest in December, including Christmas time and the turn of the year, especially for three destinations – Germany, Egypt and Spain. The same destinations are also among the favorite holiday destinations in the spring of 2021. Even for the third week in a row, Greece continued a series of losses with a 16% drop after losing 9% and 10%, respectively, in previous weeks. For all other destinations analyzed, the situation was less dramatic: Poland (–10%) and sunbathing and beach destinations Spain (–10%), Turkey (–5%) and Egypt (–3%). With new travel warnings for destinations abroad, the demand for domestic travel has benefited from the fall of neighboring destinations Austria and the Netherlands. As for major destinations, France continued its decline with an additional 63% drop in demand after having already lost 42% a week earlier. After almost the entire country was declared a risk area, demand for France is in free fall. Austria is in a similar situation: since the German government issued a travel warning for Vienna, Tyrol and Vorarlberg, the popular destination for German tourists has been steadily losing demand with two weeks of double-digit reductions (-25% and -22%). Source: TrevoTrend TUI is once again offering a holiday in the Canary Islands By the way, Trevotrend provides weekly data of interest for destinations, travel periods and hotels based on inquiries from German users in thousands of travel agencies and hundreds of Internet portals, so the research is considered extremely relevant. Only one in 20 people plan to travel to another country during the upcoming autumn school holidays in October, while 9% plan to travel within Germany. Source: TrevoTrend “We want to give guests the choice of whether to go on vacation or cancel or book for free (on another date)A company spokesman told the DPA news agency. “We do this because customers want it.” Germany, Austria and the Netherlands account for more than 85% of interest. With the exception of Germany, all travel inquiries were significantly reduced, with five of the eight focused destinations (Croatia was not the subject of the survey) suffering a double-digit decline in interest compared to the previous week. The results are the latest study Trevotrend which analyzes search queries of German consumers. However, the German tourism industry hopes to demand over the next few weeks. For example, TUI plans to offer a holiday in the Canary Islands again from October 3, although the government still warns against traveling to the Spanish islands. Photo: Life of Pix On the other hand, when it comes to travel abroad, according to data from 02.10.2020. the greatest interest of the government is in Austria and Poland. Decreased interest in travel is also visible in the graph last_img read more

Pertamina closing in on LNG export deals with Pakistan, Bangladesh

first_imgImage courtesy of Pakistan LNG TerminalsIndonesian state-owned Pertamina is working on finalizing liquefied natural gas (LNG) export deals with Pakistani and Bangladesh importers. Indonesia’s deputy energy minister Arcandra Tahar said the deals are being negotiated with Pakistan LNG and Petrobangla, the two companies led-by the respective governments, Reuters reports.Tahar noted that the two deals would total between two and three million tons of the chilled fuel per year.The term for the contracts is ten years and valued at some $12 billion, he said.Both Pakistan and Bangladesh are looking to import LNG to feed the natural gas power stations under construction in both countries.last_img

Hotchkis & Wiley to vote against McDermott, CB&I merger

first_imgImage courtesy of CB&IHotchkis & Wiley, an asset-management firm with clients holding an interest in McDermott International, has voiced its opposition of the CB&I transaction as it is currently structured. In a letter to Gary Luquette, chairman of McDermott International, regarding the company’s merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I), Hotchkis & Wiley said it clients have been a McDermott shareholder since June 2013 and currently own nearly 2 percent of the company.“David Dickson’s management team has done an outstanding job managing the devastating downturn in McDermott’s core end-markets. We support management’s strong execution and vision for McDermott, but do not support the CB&I transaction as currently structured,” the letter reads.McDermott’s deal for CB&I was tolerable with the facts available at the time, but the situation has worsened materially since the deal was made, according to the letter.“CB&I announced troubling results that increase our worry that the business will take longer to fix. The higher risk is also lowering the upside, as the crisis at CB&I is driving the bond market to price McDermott’s unsecured notes to finance the deal at over 10 percent,” Hotchkis & Wiley said.With higher risk and less upside, the transaction as currently structured is materially less attractive than what management negotiated, the letter reads noting that Hotchkis & Wiley plans to vote against the transaction as currently structured.last_img read more

Nigeria’s lack of cabinet holding it back

first_imgSince Nigeria’s President Mahammadu Buhari took office in May, he has taken time to implement policies which has halted decision-making, hindering national budget planning, new roads and art exhibitions among other things.Buhari’s ministerial candidates had a complete screening by the senate on Thursday with no approval making the country’s economy run without a government in place. Only half of the 36 candidates have been given the green light after three weeks of screening.The President has begun reforms of the oil sector and the fight against corruption the reason why Africa’s biggest oil producer has at least 170 million people living in poverty irrespective of Nigeria’s extreme wealth.There has been praise for the President’s bail out of the federal states and audits designed to root out graft but with a failing economy, investors are beginning to question why Buhari took four months to name a cabinet that has the same familiar political people.“As we get closer to the budget cycle deadline and important decisions on subsidies and taxation need to be taken, the absence of a cabinet will likely become more glaring.” said Razia Khan, Chief Economist at Standard Chartered Bank.Nigeria’s Parliament usually presents the annual budget in November but at the moment there seems to be no draft ready for a planned supplementary budget for this year or next year’s proposal. With a need for cutting on spending the discussions are likely to take more time this year.Basic ministry work such as aid projects or state sponsored art exhibitions have been hindered by the lack of government. Undersecretaries are afraid to sign off on anything making it hard for diplomats and business people to operate.But in the absence of ministers, reforms aired before the election – such as curbing food imports to boost domestic farming – are stuck on the drawing board, and without any consideration for their consequences.Reuterslast_img read more

Barcelona eye Hertha Berlin teen star

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Best Geek Movies Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino AnimalsBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much Read Also: Bereaved Osimhen arrives Lagos Hertha are not likely to be in a position to consider any offers until their Bundesliga safety is assured in the coming weeks. However, Labbadia could be tempted to sell, if the club receive an acceptable offer, with Samardzic’s contract not due to expire until 2024. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Barcelona are monitoring Hertha Berlin’s promising winger Lazar Samardzic, after the 18-year old made his Bundesliga debut last weekend. La Blaugrana have reportedly scouted the German U19 international in action for Hertha’s youth teams this season, according to Mundo Deportivo. Samardzic’s brief performance in their 4-0 Berlin derby win over rivals Union Berlin offered a glimpse of a player rumoured to be attracting interest from across Europe. Serie A side AC Milan were linked with an offer in the January transfer market, alongside Atletico Madrid and Juventus. The versatile forward has created waves in German youth football in 2019-20, with 14 goals in 16 appearances persuading Bruno Labbadia to bring him into the first team fold in early 2020.Advertisementlast_img read more

Wilder earns ‘Detention Deputy of the Year’ honor

first_imgGreensburg, In. — For nearly 2 years, Logan Wilder has displayed dedication and passion in his employment as a Detention Deputy with the Decatur County Jail. Not only is he an asset to the Jail, he also donates his time as a St. Paul town Marshal and is passionate about providing safety within his community.With the increasing rate of offenders currently being housed in the Decatur County Jail, it is becoming harder to keep morale high within the department. “These Detention Deputies have a hard job. They deal with constant stress within their jobs, are often overlooked and underappreciated. It is important to me that my team members know that I see the hard work that they put in everyday, and what they sacrifice to be part of this team,” said Sheriff Durant. “Logan puts 110% into his job every day. He uses his knowledge and experience to make his team better.”last_img read more