Buttigieg endorses Biden prior to Super Tuesday elections

first_imgFormer South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden before a rally in Dallas on Monday night. Buttigieg ended his bid for the presidency Sunday.“When I ran for president, we made it clear that the entire idea was about rallying the country together to defeat Donald Trump and to win the era for the values that we share,” Buttigieg said in his endorsement speech. “That was always a goal that was much bigger than me becoming president, and it is in the name of that very same goal that I am delighted to endorse and support Joe Biden for president.”Buttigieg officially ended his presidential campaign on Sunday evening with an announcement at the Century Center in South Bend. During the speech, he declined to endorse a candidate. The endorsement in Dallas comes just one day later, after Senator Amy Klobuchar also left the presidential race. Klobuchar has also offered her endorsement to Biden.Buttigieg dropped his candidacy ahead of Super Tuesday on March 3, when 14 states will hold their Democratic primary elections. Buttigieg won the Iowa caucuses earlier this month, and came in a close second to Senator Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary less than a week later. But, he received 14.3% of the vote in the Nevada caucuses and only 8.2% of the vote in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, behind Biden, Sanders and billionaire Tom Steyer.Buttigieg was the mayor of South Bend from 2012 to 2020. Mayor James Mueller took office Jan. 1 of this year.Tags: 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieglast_img read more

Vermont Farm Viability Program awards $40,000 to meat processors

first_imgThe Vermont Farm Viability Program announced today $40,000 in grant awards to meat processing facilities in Troy, Randolph, Barre and Enosburg. The grants are the first round of a new funding opportunity for agriculture-related businesses, established to develop and invest in agricultural infrastructure and to improve the viability of agriculture-related businesses. Two subsequent rounds of grant funding will be announced later this year and in 2010. Eleven processors with combined requests of $183,600 applied for $40,000 of available funding. The grant funds are supplied by a private foundation.Four operators ranging from small custom processors to larger commercial processors will use grant funding to expand facilities and increase efficiency, resulting in greater availability of meat processing services for farmers and others raising livestock. The grant recipients are: Brault s Market in Troy, The Royal Butcher in Randolph, Vermont Smoke and Cure in South Barre, and the Enosburg Meat Market. Three of the four offer retail sales on site. The importance of these funds to meat processing facilities in the state cannot be underestimated. We have seen a tremendous increase in demand in people looking to buy local. I call it a renaissance of the past knowing where and how your food is grown is again becoming an important aspect to consumers when buying food, said Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee. These grants will give meat processors in Vermont the ability to expand and improve their facilities to help meet the increased demand for Vermont products. With improved processing facilities, farmers have the potential to increase what they produce and it opens new market options to them.Brault s Market, providing custom and commercial meat processing and a retail market in Troy, will construct an addition, increasing their processing area and retail space. The Royal Butcher, a meat processor, butcher shop, retail store and bottle redemption center in Randolph, will expand and improve their processing area. Vermont Smoke and Cure, a smokehouse and processing facility in South Barre distributing ham, bacon and sausage throughout New England and beyond, will purchase processing equipment to increase their production capacity. The Enosburg Meat Market, a retail meat market and custom cutting shop, will construct an addition, adding processing and cooler space while creating separate processing areas for game and farm animals.The Vermont Farm Viability Program was established in 2003 by the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board in partnership with the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. The program uses business advisers from the University of Vermont Extension, the Intervale Center, NOFA-VT and independent consultants to provide business planning services to participating farmers. The business advisors work with farmers to focus on specific business goals such as improving production or financial records, performing financial benchmark analysis, evaluating new farm enterprises and value-added processing ventures, developing estate and farm transfer plans, and increasing profitability. On-farm consultations result in the preparation of a written business plan.Upcoming Implementation Grant rounds are announced to farmers that have completed business plans with the Viability Program and to agriculture-related businesses. Farmers and ag-related businesses can find out more and apply by visiting www.vhcb.org/viability.html(link is external) or by calling Program Director Ela Chapin at 828-2117.Source: Vermont Agency of Agruculturelast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Women’s Outdoor Workshops offered in Georgia

first_imgBack home, his family, including his pregnant wife, organized search and rescue efforts. Laga says he could see helicopters flying overhead but they were unable to spot him. He reports he survived by eating insects that tasted like “unbuttered popcorn,” berries and drinking creek water. Laga caught a lucky break when he stumbled into a campsite around 1 a.m., drawn in by the light of the camper’s headlamp. “I was very gifted, blessed and protected,” Laga told ABC. “As much as a lot of things went wrong, there were a lot of key things that went right—if I had not gone that way, if I had met an animal, if it would have been rainy at night, there were a lot of things that could have gone wrong that didn’t.”  Learn to fish, backpack and more at an upcoming workshop hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The department will hold a Becoming Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop November 1-3 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, GA. The hands-on workshop is an educational program available to women 18 years or older of all ability levels. The goal is to break down barriers to female participation in outdoor activities. Available classes include wildlife photography, wilderness survival, camping, fishing and more. Between meals and special presentations and events, women can choose from 20 professionally led classes. Registration for BOW is now open. Participants can bring their tent and own gear or stay at the lodge at Charlie Elliott. The cost of the weekend event is between $220- $265, depending on lodging. To learn more or register for BOW visit: www.georgiawildlife.com/BOW Utah native Kaden Laga, 25, was riding horses along the border of Idaho and Montana with his family last week when his brother’s horse went lame. A strong hiker, Laga volunteered to walk. But somewhere along the way, Laga took a wrong turn off of the trail and separated from the group, wandering deep into the woods where he remained lost for five days.  Hiker lost in rugged Montana wilderness survives for five days on creek water and berries The Amazon Rainforest is unique because it receives such large amounts of rain that it does not burn naturally. Instead, slash-and-burn deforestation techniques used by humans have started the fires in the world’s largest tropical rainforest. According to Vox, the Amazon Rainforest has experienced a record number of fires this year, with 72,843 reported so far. Like much of the world, the Amazon Rainforest is currently burning Yesterday, day turned to night in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as dark smoke from fires burning in the Amazon Rainforest over 1,675 miles away caused a blackout throughout the city. The Brazilian state of Amazonas has declared a state of emergency. The smoke from fires burning in the rainforest is covering large areas of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. Women’s Outdoor Workshops offered in Georgialast_img read more

JTF-Bravo Resumes Support Operations in Honduras and Guatemala

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo November 23, 2020 Only days after supporting Central American countries, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Eta, teams of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) are back in Honduras and Guatemala to provide assistance to areas affected by Hurricane Iota. Both hurricanes hit Central America within two weeks, causing landslides and flooding that displaced entire communities and left dozens of people missing and dead.On November 18, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it was allocating an additional $17 million in vital aid to the people who had been affected in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The donation will provide food, hygiene supplies, critical relief items, and protection to the most vulnerable people.“Our team is ready to continue the fight,” U.S. Army Colonel John D. Litchfield, commander of JTF-Bravo, said in a statement. “We are proud to continue working with our partners and USAID to get supplies to those who need it most. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by these storms.”Teams of the U.S. force will focus primarily on delivering humanitarian aid to hard-to-reach areas in the region, and will support search and rescue efforts, JTF-Bravo’s Public Affairs Office said in a statement.According to a report from the government of Honduras, six departments in the northwestern part of the country were hit by this latest hurricane, leaving more than 738,000 people affected and causing damage to homes, public infrastructure, and cultivated areas.In Guatemala, Army Colonel Rubén Antonio Téllez, press director for the Guatemalan Defense Ministry, told Diálogo that the rains from Iota once again affected areas prone to landslides in the departments of Alta Verapaz, Quiché, and Zacapa.The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala indicated on its Twitter account that two JTF-Bravo CH-47 Chinook helicopters had deployed “to work with @Army_GT [Guatemalan Army], bringing food and supplies to areas most affected by storm #Iota.”During its rescue and humanitarian support missions to communities affected by Eta in Honduras, Guatemala, and Panama, JTF-Bravo rescued 289 people and transported more than 171 metric tons of life-saving supplies, according to the force’s Public Affairs Office.“This result that we’ve had of support is thanks to that great collaboration and understanding with the [U.S.] Department of Defense and SOUTHCOM,” General (ret.) Fredy Santiago Díaz Zelaya, secretary of defense of Honduras, told Diálogo. “We are grateful to Admiral [Craig] Faller [commander of SOUTHCOM] for his great leadership and above all for being so attentive to Honduras, for his willingness, and great support.”last_img read more

Jose Mourinho can guide Tottenham to the Premier League title, says Paul Merson | Football News

first_imgIt’s coming from everywhere too. Hakim Ziyech has got a left foot that can open a can of worms, Timo Werner scores plenty of goals, Tammy Abraham looks like he’s getting better and then there’s Mason Mount. They’ve just got so much attacking talent.The problem is going to be keeping everyone happy and that’s going to be the hardest job in the world. You are going to have top, top-draw players not playing, and that’s hard.Kai Havertz wasn’t even in the squad because he was unwell and Christian Pulisic is injured too. Mateo Kovacic played on Saturday, but he hasn’t been playing. That’s going to be the problem Chelsea have to contend with going forward. I’m one of Mourinho’s biggest fans, but I have been critical of him.When I was critical, it wasn’t about him as a manager, because you cannot knock someone who has won all those trophies. It doesn’t matter when he won those trophies, he’s won them. They are on the CV.My only question mark was whether Kane would be able to get 30 goals in a season being in a Mourinho team.Mourinho is a winner. He doesn’t mind winning games 1-0. He’s not there to entertain people, he’s there to win football matches. If they entertain and end up winning 3-0, then fair enough, but he is one of those managers that wins a game 1-0, puts it into the back pocket and moves on to the next.Fans will moan that it was only 1-0, but Mourinho won’t care, and that comes with experience.But now, with Kane on fire and the other attacking players they’ve got at their disposal, they’ve got a chance. A real chance, but, for me, I just can’t see past Liverpool.Remarkable Kane has changed his game Harry Kane FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham’s win over West Brom in the Premier League Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho embraceImage:Spurs have more chance of winning the title under Jose Mourinho than previous boss Mauricio Pochettino (left), thinks Paul Merson If we are going to talk about Tottenham winning the title, then Chelsea are right in the mix. If Spurs can win it, then for sure, Chelsea can win it.Frank Lampard has now got who he wants in key positions and you can really see the difference.Thiago Silva is world-class. They’ve got two full-backs who are as good as any in the league and for me, they [Reece James and Ben Chilwell] are the two England full-backs, in my opinion. They are outstanding. Silva is also only going to make Kurt Zouma a better player and the goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is solid.I know Sheffield United are down at the bottom at the moment, but they are a hard team to play against. They are organised and when you go 1-0 down, you know it’s going to be a difficult evening.However, they literally dismantled Sheffield United. They made them look like a proper relegation team, which I don’t see that because I think Sheffield United will be okay this season. They made them look distinctly average and that’s a sign of a good team.Lampard does have one problem though… Can Spurs go on and win the title? It’s not impossible and that’s because they’ve got a serial winner as a manager. They’ve got a chance because Mourinho is in charge and has won it before. He knows what it takes to get over the line.Can the players keep producing week in, week out? Only time will tell, but having Mourinho at the club gives them an advantage.Mauricio Pochettino was a good manager, don’t get me wrong. However, they’ve now got more chance of winning the title because of Mourinho. He knows what you have to do week in, week out and then all over again. 2:51 You have to be there or thereabouts all the time. You cannot be giving teams six, seven or eight-point head starts, and they are right in the mix at the moment.A word of caution, though. Everyone’s talking about the title and because it is November, people think we’re nearly halfway through the season. Usually we’d have played about 15 games by now and that’s a massive difference, but we’ve only played seven or eight games.But when Mourinho won the title at Chelsea, they always got off to a flyer. He’s the only manager I know who treats every game like it is the last of the season. Every point mounts up and Mourinho always flies out of the stalls in a title-winning year.Jose’s not here to entertain, but to win Is the squad too big? It depends how far they go in certain competitions, but that is where Mourinho was great. If you look at his Chelsea team and the squad he had at Stamford Bridge, you never heard anybody moaning.From the outside, you always thought, ‘wow’! How do you keep all those players happy? There’s got to be an art to it because when you’ve got that quality of player, to keep them all happy when they are not playing is a major skill.It’s alright people saying they get £100,000-a-week, they get paid well or whatever, but they want to play football. As a player, you want to play football and that will be Lampard’s biggest challenge going forward.They also have to play a better quality of opponent in the games coming up, but everything at the moment looks good. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg during Spurs' friendly against IpswichImage:Paul Merson has hailed the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg But, to be fair, results like the win at West Brom, they win you league titles. You look back on results like that and come what may, you remember it as a difficult game against one of the teams down at the bottom, who couldn’t win a game but turned up on the day, and it turns out to be an important win.That’s what you are up against if you want to win the Premier League. You watched West Brom against Fulham and they were atrocious. You start to think Tottenham have only got to turn up on Sunday morning and as long as they don’t forget their boots, they’ll win the game and move on.But in the end, it was a very hard game and Mourinho is probably sitting there asking himself why they didn’t turn up and play like that against Fulham. That’s how hard the Premier League is.- Advertisement – Jose Mourinho is the key to any potential Tottenham title bid this season, says Paul Merson, who also praises Harry Kane’s transformation, before going on to suggest another possible surprise winner of this season’s Premier League…Mourinho knows what it takes to get Spurs over the lineIt’s a hard question to answer (can Spurs win the league?). They are going to be very reliant on Harry Kane.- Advertisement – preview image It’s like having Alan Shearer, who played up front as a No 9 and then there’s Teddy Sheringham as a No 10, and Kane can play both of them. Shearer couldn’t drop off and play as a 10 and I don’t think Sheringham could play the Shearer role.For Kane to be able to do both, and they were special players, is remarkable.Summer signings show Mourinho at his bestcenter_img – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s win over Sheffield United in the Premier League. 0:44 Chelsea vs Sheffield United highlights Frank LampardImage:Frank Lampard will need to somehow keep all his players happy this season 2:44 Harry Kane and Jose MourinhoImage:Harry Kane has transformed his game, says Merson This is where Mourinho is special. He sees things others don’t. He sees what he needs, and he doesn’t just go out and buy players for the sake of it.In Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, they needed that ball-winning midfielder to break things up and then there are the full-backs.I couldn’t believe Wolves let Matt Doherty go. For the price Wolves let him go for, I didn’t get that one at all.That’s where Mourinho is so good, and I as I said earlier, as long as he’s in charge, they’ve got a chance. It’s not impossible at all, but again, we are only seven games in, and you could not write the script of the league so far this season.Don’t rule out Chelsea for the league either The Football Show’s Stephen Warnock and Sue Smith assess where Tottenham striker Harry Kane will finish in the all-time Premier League top scorers list Hakim Ziyech has got a left foot that can open a can of wormsPaul Merson Kane is a special player. He’s changed his game a bit now as well. He starts drifting off into the No 10 position and he can spray the ball around the park. He’s showing he’s got vision and it is like he’s the all-round package.There are not many players about who can go up front and be a target man, be strong, put his body in the way, score goals and then in the game, he can drop off and hit a 30-yard ball through the eye of a needle and knit play together.There are not many of those players around, if any. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Gap doubles Milton Keynes outlets with second store in new centre

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In a remote area of Papua, a box of instant noodles costs 2 grams of gold

first_imgIn a remote area of Papua’s Pegunungan Bintang regency, purchasing staple commodities will put a far bigger dent in your wallet than in most other areas of Indonesia.For a sack of rice, typically weighing 10 kilograms, people in the traditional gold mining area of Korowai have to spend at least Rp 2 million (US$138.5), similar to the cost of a low-end smartphone.For comparison, in Jakarta, 1 kilogram of rice costs Rp 10,000 to Rp 11,000, meaning 10 kg of rice costs people in the capital around Rp 110,000. One can of fish typically costs Rp 150,000, while a cell phone could cost 10 to 25 grams of gold, Hengki said.Compared to other areas in the regency, Korowai is quite isolated and underdeveloped, though it is surrounded by five regencies: Pegunungan Bintang, Yahukimo, Asmat, Boven Digoel and Mappi.Reaching Korowai is difficult. People must take a helicopter from Bovel Digoel regency, and then continue by longboat, traveling along the Boven Digoel river for one day. After this, they must travel by foot for two days before finally arriving at the Korowai mining area.Ben Yarik, a Korowai resident, said the area was populated by members of the Korowai tribe – one of the indigenous ethnic groups in the country’s easternmost region.“For years, the government has not built anything in Korowai,” Ben said, “It is God who has given us gold, so we can mine it to help us [live].”Ben added that traditional mining was the main source of livelihood for the people of Korowai. He said he hoped the government would not shut down the mines as they provided a source of economic stability for the people.“It’s sad. So many people are left behind, even though there is still plenty of gold,” he said as quoted by kompas.com. (asp)Topics : The massive price discrepancies are not limited to rice. A box of instant noodles costs Rp 1 million in Korowai. Sometimes, people even pay with two grams of gold.“A pack of instant noodles costs Rp 25,000,” said Hengki Yaluwo, an administrator of a cooperative in Korowai’s Mining Area 33 on Wednesday.“Ten kilograms of rice costs four grams of gold. If you pay with cash, you need Rp 2 million,” he said.Read also: ‘Stop denying and listen to us’: Papuans hopeful for talk, action to end everyday racismlast_img read more

Celebrity auctioneer Damien Cooley headlines Queensland’s House for Life auction

first_imgA family fun day has been planned around the House for Life auction of 19 Laurel Drive, Helensvale with up to 800 people expected from 10am with the auction kicking off at noon. Construction workers who volunteered to build the double storey Plantation Home on land donated by Villawood Properties. Pictured are Trades and Suppliers Oliver Brett, Taylor Clarke, Brad Box, Steve Comley and Aaron Weston. Picture: Glenn Hampson.And in a charity auction first, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 19 Laurel Drive, Helensvale, will be open to interstate buyers.“At the last charity house, they had no preregistered bidders and then a buyer turned up on the day and bought it (for $692,500 in 2017),” Mr Clarke said.“This one is their biggest house yet, and has had the most interest.” FOLLOW DEBRA BELA ON TWITTER The House for Life Plantation home at 19 Laurel Drive, Helensvale that will be auctioned for charity on Sunday.CELEBRITY auctioneer Damien Cooley is flying to Queensland this weekend to lead the charity auction of the year.Hundreds of thousands of dollars will be donated to Mater Little Miracles on Sunday when all proceeds from the auction of this Helensvale Plantation Home are given to the charity. Prepare now for fires, storms The alfresco, sun deck and resort swimming pool at 19 Laurel Drive, Helensvale.The auction already has seven pre-registered bidders with more expected on the day.All money raised will go to supporting the 250 researchers who are looking for better treatments for the 2000 sick and premature babies being cared for by Mater Mothers’ Hospitals around the clock. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Sydney auctioneer Damien Cooley is donating his time to auction the Helensvale property. Picture: David Swift.“I’ve been really honoured to be part of this event,” LJ Hooker agent Brad Clarke said. “It’s for a fantastic charity and going to sick kids.”Response to the no reserve auction campaign has been huge with 250 groups going through the house in six weeks.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoAn ensuite for each bedroom is a popular feature at 19 Laurel Drive, Helensvale.“Generally we’d get 20-30 through a sales auction campaign,” he said.The House for Life charity auction is a partnership between the Mater Foundation and Plantation Homes that began 10 years ago and has raised over $3 million with six houses auctioned so far.Everyone involved in the build, promotion and sale of the homes donate their time and materials, including land partner Villawood Properties. Why the trend towards ‘spools’ is heating uplast_img read more

Proposed European law to ban under 16s from social media

first_imgStuff co.nz 15 December 2015A new law plans to ban children under 16 living in the European Union (EU) from social media unless they have parental consent – but New Zealand experts say it won’t have the desired effect.EU Parliament introduced the change to the proposed data protection laws last week.If the new legislation is passed it will raise the age of consent for websites to use personal data from 13 to 16.NetSafe chief executive Martin Cocker said the impetus for the law change was data protection but it was unlikely to make personal information any safer.“It’s based on the premise that children between 13 and 16 are not capable of understanding the contracts that they’re getting into with social media in terms of the treatment of their data.“I think the truth is very few people are aware of what they’re signing themselves into.”Cocker said companies like Facebook and Twitter had the most user-friendly privacy policies due to public scrutiny.“The challenge is it may drive people away from the social media platforms that are following the rules and are therefore the better behaved ones. It may be counter-productive.”Bob McCoskrie, head of conservative lobby group Family First, said he did not think the proposed law would be enforceable.Changing the age limit “has merit” but “the horse has bolted” when it comes to kids getting access to social media sites, he said.“My concern with social media is not that the kids are on it but it’s the type of people that go on masquerading as someone they’re not.”No matter what the entry point, parents should be regularly monitoring their children on social media and restricting their time online, McCoskrie said.“I liken social media to just leaving the bedroom window open and allowing anyone to just come into the bedroom.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/75108437/proposed-european-law-to-ban-under-16s-from-social-mediaKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

New Ebola Cases in Sierra Leone

first_imgHealth officials say there are fears of further infections as the cases occurred in a densely populated slum. Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Centre said there was great concern because all Ebola quarantine facilities in Freetown had been closed. West Africa is recovering from the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. More than 11,000 people have died since December 2013.Health officials said six people have been under observation since the first of the new cases – a casual labourer – tested positive on June 17.Liberia was declared Ebola-free in May, but hopes that neighbouring Sierra Leone and Guinea would quickly follow suit have been dashed recently, with the weekly toll of infections in the two countries hovering around 25.The latest cases were found in the Freetown slum of Magazine.  The north of Sierra Leone continues to be affected by Ebola, as does neighbouring Guinea. Last month, six people were put in isolation in prison in Guinea after being accused of travelling with a corpse of a relative who had died of Ebola. Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown has suffered a fresh outbreak of Ebola, dashing hopes that health authorities in the densely-populated city of 1.2 million had beaten the deadly epidemic.last_img read more