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Weekend Pick: Stokesville Strade Gravel Grinder Ride

first_imgIn honor of the traditional Strade Bianche Italian gravel road race in Tuscany, Shenandoah Mountain Touring has created its own version on this side of the Atlantic. This Saturday, March 7, take a break from those easy smooth roads and shake some space into your biking life at the Stokesville Strade in Stokesville, Va.The Strade Bianche has become famous in the biking community as a memorable ride over gravel paths and rocky routes over Tuscany’s cobblestone streets. The Stokesville Strade emulates this bouncy style over the course of a 32-mile track on a combination of gravel, dirt, and pavement. The race begins at the Stokesville Campground and moves through the city, with great views of local historical landmarks and Shenandoah Valley vistas. Participants can choose between “one scenic serving” or “two luscious laps” of the Stokesville Strade route.Shenandoah Mountain TouringThe race begins at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, after a race-day registration period from 9 to 9:45. You can also register online through Thursday, March 5. Race in one lap for $40, or two laps for $50. The Stokesville Campground also offers weekend camping for out-of-town racers at $10 per night. After the race, the celebration continues with a potluck party at the campground.Get in touch with your inner Italian this weekend and try out some new terrain. The Stokesville Strade is ready to give you and your bike a Tuscan treat to remember.last_img read more

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Haiti grants OAS experts full access on vote controversy

first_img Haiti has granted Organization of American States experts full access to verify the results of the country’s disputed presidential election, a top OAS official told AFP. Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) promised a recount of the November 28 election results after official results set off charges of fraud and rioting by angry supporters of a losing candidate. President Rene Preval, accused of rigging the election in favor of his hand-picked candidate, has delayed the recount until after an OAS mission was in place to verify the results. The Haitian government agreed on the terms of the mission’s review late on 27 December, OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin told AFP. “Technical experts will have unlimited access to information and facilities, (and) will be able to look into results sheets and the procedures followed in determining the outcome,” Ramdin said. A first OAS team of six experts is scheduled to fly to Haiti on 29 December, Ramdin said. “I’m not sure how long it will take,” he said. “We want to be thorough, we want to make sure a good verification is done and at the same time we are also very aware of time limits.” The experts will write up a report that will be sent to the Haitian government and then to the OAS permanent council, he said. The disputed results published earlier this month had former first lady Mirlande Manigat in the lead with 31 percent of the vote, followed by ruling party candidate Jude Celestin with 22 percent. The two frontrunners were supposed to advance to a run-off scheduled for January 16, but the count was rejected by popular singer Michel Martelly, who trailed Celestin by less than 7,000 votes. Martelly’s supporters and others took to the streets after the results were announced, torching cars and government buildings and clashing with rival supporters and UN peacekeepers in violence that left at least five people dead. Thousands of people were unable to vote in the chaotic first round, either because they were not on the register or they lacked identification papers lost in the January earthquake. A cholera epidemic that broke out in October has added another layer of misery and uncertainty over the country’s future. By Dialogo January 03, 2011last_img read more

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WAS + IS ≠ WILL BE

first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ryan Donovan Combining his experiences as a Congressional Staff Member and credit union league employee, Mr. Donovan is responsible for the coordination and supervision of the activities of CUNA’s lobbying team … Web: www.cuna.org Details Without much notice, our professional and personal lives, our communities and economy, and our way of life and operating norms have been turned upside down in ways that we never imagined possible. As days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months, it becomes clearer that the way it WILL BE after this crisis is different from the way it WAS and the way it IS now.As the crisis has deepened, the bulk of our time has focused on stabilizing our world. We’ve found a temporary new normal at home and at work. We hope and expect this won’t be permanent, But the normal we come back to won’t be the normal we left—there is no reset button.That leaves us with the challenge of anticipating and shaping what WILL BE. How will we serve our stakeholders in the future? What will they need from us? How must policy change to support those needs? These are questions we’ve asked ourselves before, but their importance is magnified because foundational assumptions and operational norms have been obliterated.Unfortunately, anticipating and shaping what WILL BE isn’t as simple as adapting what IS to what WAS.  That approach would be akin to putting a spare tire on a car: it may carry you far enough to find a replacement, but it won’t get you to where you need to be, when you need to be there and how you planned to get there.Shaping and planning for what WILL BE requires us to distill the true purpose behind what we do; assess whether that remains a priority; and adapt our strategies based not on what we can no longer do, but on what we can do. It requires us to understand that we can go farther and faster with four new tires as opposed to just one new tire; to question whether the current vehicle is the right one for the job; allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to challenge whether the destination remains the right one given the circumstances.The situation we find ourselves in is more complicated and more perilous than a flat tire. The metaphor is imperfect, but the point is the same. We can’t go back to the WAS; the IS isn’t permanent; and how well we anticipate and take advantage of the WILL BE depends on our ability to broaden our focus, question our assumptions, and challenge ourselves to focus on what we are going to do as opposed to what we can no longer do.For years, the credit union movement has grappled with what it means to modernize. While we’ve never bragged about being nimble, the credit union movement has adroitly pivoted to meet the present day needs of our members and communities. Now, we have the power to define what WILL BE for credit unions.Frankly, if we fail to define it for ourselves, our WILL BE will be defined by someone else.So, what does our WILL BE look like? How will we take advantage of the opportunity to set a course based on what we can do in this new environment, as opposed to what we can no longer do?In the WILL BE, what will people helping people look like and how can credit unions have a bigger impact for their members and their communities?Thinking about what WILL BE is hard at a time when what IS seems so desperate and uncertain. But if we stabilize the IS and focus on the WILL BE, we will find ourselves in a much stronger position to have a long lasting and deep impact on credit union members and our communities.last_img read more

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School district delays in-person instruction after surge in COVID cases

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton City School District stated Thursday that it will delay the start of in-person classes after a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases within Broome County. Faculty and staff will work from the district’s buildings, the update stated. The district stated it would “closely monitor this evolving situation”. The district was set to open school for in-person classes on October 5th. The district said the decision was made after the Broome County Health Department made them aware of the escalating case count. According to the district’s website, students will continue the year in the same way they began attending class, remotely. Remote classes will continue until at least October 8th, when the district will confirm a new reopening date.last_img read more

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Helios plans business park to rival Brum’s big two

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WHO opens door to change for global public health alerts

first_imgTopics : The WHO said Thursday it was setting up a committee to consider changing the rules on declaring an international health emergency, following criticism of its COVID-19 pandemic response. The World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) over the new coronavirus on January 30 — at which time the respiratory disease had infected fewer than 100 people outside China, and claimed no lives beyond its borders.But under the current International Health Regulations (IHR) governing preparedness and response for health emergencies, there are no lower, intermediate levels of alarm beneath a full PHEIC, either on a global or regional scale. The WHO has faced accusations — notably from Washington — of mishandling the pandemic, and waiting too long to sound the alarm.WHO experts had met on January 22 and 23, but at that point did not conclude that the outbreak merited the high state of alert of a full PHEIC.WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference on Thursday that the COVID-19 pandemic had been an “acid test” for countries as well as for the IHR.Now the WHO will set up a review committee into the global regulations to see whether any changes should be made, Tedros said.center_img He added that even before the coronavirus pandemic, emergencies such as the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo had exposed flaws in the IHR.Such emergencies showed that “some elements of the IHR may need review — including the binary nature of the [alert] mechanism,” Tedros said.Several countries have also called for a more nuanced system, for example with three levels of alert, or regional alarms.The committee will be comprised of independent experts.Tedros hopes the committee will present a progress report to the World Health Assembly — the WHO’s decision-making body, made up of member states — in November, and a full report to the assembly in May.”WHO is committed to ending the pandemic, and to working with all countries to learn from it, and to ensure that together we build the healthier, safer, fairer world that we want,” he said.The committee is separate from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, set up to evaluate the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The IPPR is being headed by former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.last_img read more

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Charm and luxury like no other

first_img6 Carisbrook Court, Annandale.The high-end property is for sale with price by negotiation following the owners moving to Brisbane.Owner Elaine Smith said it had been an ideal family home for herself, husband and two sons.“I don’t think the photos actually do it justice,” she said. “It’s a home you really have to go and see.“It’s not a normal house – it’s an entertaining home and every morning when I wake up and I see that kitchen it makes me feel happy.“I’m not into the normal, basic four walls. I find them quite depressing and if I could pick this house up and take it with us to Brisbane I would.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The people who built the home actually built it based on the grand homes in California, so there is a lot of detail in the house.” 6 Carisbrook Court, Annandale.“You can imagine the Queen sleeping in the master suite – it’s that glamorous.“The people who have been interested in such a house are mature people who really love something different.” 6 Carisbrook Court, Annandale.The home has multiple living zones while the master suite, with its huge walk-in wardrobe, just exudes luxury.The outdoor terrace overlooks the resort pool and heated spa while the home enjoys views of the river.The oversized garage also has a mezzanine floor which is perfect for storage.Elite Properties Townsville principal and selling agent Glenda Worrall said the home offered something different and was big enough for a large family with 400sq m of under-roof space.“The red kitchen is out there but it works really well with the house,” Ms Worrall said.“It’s not a cookie-cutter house and it has a fantastic walk-in-robe that looks like the one Carrie has in Sex and the City.center_img 6 Carisbrook Court, Annandale.WITH its Moroccan-inspired architecture, red kitchen, dazzling chandeliers and striking facade, 6 Carisbroke Court, Annandale, is not for those who like to blend in.The five-bedroom, two-bathroom home next to the Ross River breaks the mould of a typical Townsville house and instead delivers a luxurious abode.last_img read more

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Homicide in Kalinago Territory!

first_imgLocalNews Homicide in Kalinago Territory! by: – March 17, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share 28 Views   2 commentscenter_img Tweet One man from Gaulette River in the Kalinago Territory has been reported dead.Police has confirmed to Dominica Vibes News that an adult male of Gaulette River in the Kalinago Territory is dead.Superintendant Severin who is responsible for the northern division of the police force reported that at 10am on Saturday 17th March, 2012 the Salybia Police Station received a report of a “homicide” in the Gaulette River area.Severin confirmed the death of Nickson Francis and reported that one female adult is in police custody.Although the body of Francis is still being thoroughly examined by medical officials, Severin informed that there appears to be a stab wound. Kalinago Chief Garnet Joseph said it is “unfortunate” that this incident has occurred and sympathized with the family.“I want to extend condolences to the family, friends and to all those bereaved. Many children have lost a father and grandfather and stand to lose their mother as well”.This homicide is the 2nd murder reported for the 2012.The body of Armstrong Drigo of Portsmouth was recovered by police riddled with bullets in his village on January 4th, 2012.Further updates will be provided as they become available. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

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Eto’o urges former team-mate Xavi to become the Barcelona manager

first_img Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On FireWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Loading… Samuel Eto’o has spoken to former team-mate Xavi about returning to Barcelona as the manager – and believes he should do so while Lionel Messi is still playing. Eto’o played with club legend Xavi – who is currently manager of Qatari side Al Sadd – for five years at the Camp Nou, from 2004-2009. The pair also played with current club captain Messi, 32, and while Xavi has been linked with the hot-seat at Barca already following the departure of Ernesto Valverde in January, the Spaniard opted against taking the reigns right now, with Quique Setien instead taking charge. ‘You have to go back to Barcelona while Leo [Messi] is still there, because with him it would all be easier,’ Eto’o told Spanish outlet Marca. ‘Xavi is a natural leader who knows how to manage emotions and, what’s more, he’s a very good guy. ‘He’s up front, he understands football and I insisted to him: “Machine, you have to go back and try to do something with Messi still there!”‘ The hierarchy at Barcelona reportedly travelled to Doha for talks with Xavi when a new manager was needed, but with reservations about taking over midway through the season, the 40-year-old stayed put. That is not to rule out what seems a likely and obvious reunion further down the line, and presidential elections next year could trigger another attempt at luring the former midfielder to Barcelona. Meanwhile, Eto’o, 39, himself admits he is enjoying retirement after calling it a day last year – but is keen to return as a coach in the future. ‘My dream is to return, but right now I just finished my career and I’m enjoying a long holiday with my family, ready to prepare my future life,’ Eto’o added. Barca go into the return of La Liga this weekend with a two-point cushion from Real Madrid at the top of table, and they open up at Mallorca on Saturday. ‘If Barcelona win, everything is good for me,’ former Mallorca and Barca striker Eto’o said. read also:Eto’o: Unity of Inter Milan Treble winners so special ‘I know there is a game soon between Mallorca and Barcelona, the two teams of my heart, I won’t be able to be there, but I’ll watch on television to support them both.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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It’s great task  playing in the German League, says Aruna

first_imgNigeria’s foremost ping pong star, Aruna Quadri, has revealed that it was a great task playing in the German League with quality and best players. In February this year, a top Germany table tennis team, TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell unveiled Aruna Quadri as their new addition especially to replace Croat Tomislav Pucar who moved to Russia. Among the aims of the club in acquiring Nigeria is to bring the back to an enviable position in the German Bundesliga up a bit in the table. A Germany-based publication ON | Sport spoke to the Quadri during the official team presentation at the weekend. “My first day was here in February when I was introduced, today is my second day. What I have noticed so far is that very nice people live here. I haven’t seen much of the city yet, but when the league started I will definitely get the opportunity to get to know Fulda better,” Aruna stated in the ITTF newsletter. On when he was approached by the club, he said: “I was very happy and excited because a lot of good players played in Fulda. It was a very nice moment for me to know that I play in a team that has already had the best players.” When he was asked to describe his game, he said: “I’m an attacker and I always want to play offensively. Sometimes defense is part of it, because it doesn’t work without it. But I prefer to be an attacker. If you want to split it up I would say 70:30. “You can expect that I will give 100 percent and everything for the club. I want to help the team and support them as much as possible. Loading… His goals with Fulda-Maberzell: “Everyone wants to win and we want to win too. Even if it is difficult sometimes, I believe that it is always possible to win. We will work very hard and then see where this will lead us. read also:Injury knocks Aruna Quadri for three weeks The table tennis Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues Aruna however promised to give his ‘very best’ to help the new club. “I played in France before and that was very demanding, in Germany I think it will be a little more difficult. But I am ready for this task and will work very hard. “It’s always a great honour to play against Timo Boll. It’s nice when people are still talking about my biggest win. To have won against him has increased the value of my career enormously. The win against him is very important to me. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Museum To Rihanna’s Glory Could Soon Be OpenedWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 10 Disney Male Role ModelsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Daylast_img read more