The stats on Charlotte, N.C.’s U.S. National Whitewater Center are impressive, to say the least. Built for $38 million in 2006, the center boasts the world’s largest and most complex re-circulating artificial whitewater river, pushing 12 million gallons of well water and is the official Olympic Training Site for whitewater slalom racing. The nearly 4,000 feet of whitewater is divided into two channels and ranges from Class I to Class IV, dropping 21 feet in the process. Not only that, the 400 acres the center sits on also contains 14 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and one of the largest outdoor climbing centers in the world with 40 roped climbs. Throw in a zip-line, canopy tour, and aerial obstacle course, and you have a virtual outdoor recreation amusement park right in our backyard. And if you can believe it, there is even more going on at the USNWC this Saturday: The Second Annual Brew Stash Bash craft beer festival.The Brew Stash Bash is a great opportunity to sample craft brews from around North Carolina and the U.S. As with most beer festivals, brew reps will be on hand with new releases and to answer questions – and possibly top you off with a freebie sample – about your favorite beers. Beer sample tickets will run $5 and get you four samples starting at 1 pm and running until 6pm. Over 25 breweries will be at the festival including N.C. stalwarts like Highland, Triple C, and Catawba, but also national brands like Bell’s, Anchor, and Stone. A full rundown of participating breweries, as well as a lot of questions answered in the comments section, can be found here.The event is free for non-samplers who just want to come, hang out with the kids, and see the live music. Oh, I didn’t mention the music? Well, as much as we love a beer festival, the music may be the best part of this one. New-grass super-group Railroad Earth will be headlining the line-up of bands performing that also includes Town Mountain and the Black Cadillacs. To round out the event, there will be a 6k trail race on the center’s trail system, aptly called the Brew Dash.An opportunity to see a band of Railroad Earth quality for free – if you’re not sampling, but even if you are, you don’t have to pay to see the band – is as rare as a southern brewery without an IPA on tap. So grab a fake mustache, or grow one really fast, and don’t squander the chance.View Larger Map
LNG World News Staff Image courtesy of Peru LNGThe Peruvian liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility at Pampa Melchorita shipped five cargoes of the fuel in January.According to the shipping data provided by the state-owned Perupetro, the five vessels in total loaded some 0.34 million tonnes.Two cargoes were shipped to Japan and Spain, each, while one shipment went to South Korea.Peru’s LNG export facility shipped 443 vessels in total since it started operations in June 2010.The 4.45 million tons per year gas liquefaction plant is located 170 kilometers south of Lima and receives gas via a 408-kilometer pipeline built across the Andes.Peru LNG is owned by a consortium of Hunt Oil Company (50%), SK Energy (20%), Shell (20%), and Marubeni (10%).
Lawrenceburg, In. — The Dearborn/Ohio County Special Crimes Unit recently arrested three marijuana dealing suspects and confiscated 50 pounds of high-grade weed.In December of 2017 police had received tips about marijuana trafficking from a residence in Dearborn County. Over the next few months police determined the marijuana was coming from Colorado.On July 1 the Special Crimes Highway Interdiction Unit stopped a car driven by Larry Fagin, 43, of Lawrenceburg, on I-74 in Dearborn County. During the stop police recovered 50 pounds of marijuana and arrested Fagin. He has been charged with dealing in marijuana(more than 10 pounds), conspiracy to deal marijuana(more than 10 pounds), corrupt business influence and maintaining a common nuisance.As a result of that traffic stop search warrants were executed at two other locations and two other arrests were made.Jeffery Scott Moore, 38, of Lawrenceburg, has been charged with dealing in marijuana(more than 10 pounds), corrupt business influence and maintaining a common nuisance. Katie Lindeman has been charged with corrupt business influence and maintaining a common nuisance.A fourth suspect, Joshua Fleek, 34, of Okeana, Oh, remains at large and is wanted for dealing in marijuana(more than 10 pounds), conspiracy to deal marijuana(more than 10 pounds) and corrupt business influence.This is an ongoing investigation.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA Finals: Magnolia rallies from 20 down to stun San Miguel for 1-0 lead Although the Lady Falcons won against De La Salle in the middle of that stretch, all the other four games ended in losses for the season’s surprise contenders.Captain Jema Galanza said they haven’t forgotten their recent losses as they use those as a lesson in their attempt for a strong push to end the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We haven’t forgotten it because everything that happened to us we treated as a lesson and we need to look back on it to see what we did wrong,” said Galanza in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Falcons had improved to a stable 5-5 record after two consecutive victories including a , 25-19, 25-15, 18-25, 25-13 triumph over National U. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “We really didn’t forget it because we pulled our strength from those four losses,” said Paat who had 11 points against the Lady Bulldogs. “We may have struggled in the first round but we needed that as inspiration so we can be better in the second round.”Galanza, who led Adamson with 16 points against NU, said that another source of motivation is proving the doubters wrong.“We have to move forward because if that’s how we always think that we’re always losing, we can’t possibly improve as a team and start winning,” said Galanza.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Adamson is slowly recovering from a five-game stretch that could be the turning point of the Lady Falcons’ campaign in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’
0Shares0000Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah has won a new, five-year term as president of the Olympic Council of Asia © AFP/File / Kazuhiro NOGIBANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 3 – Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah was re-elected president of the powerful Olympic Council of Asia on Sunday despite forgery charges that forced him to step aside from the International Olympic Committee and other duties.Sheikh Ahmad, considered a major powerbroker in world sport, won a new five-year term until 2024, the OCA said, extending a reign that started in 1991 over the body that controls the Asian Games and other regional events. “I will do all I can to continue working for this organisation,” he said at the OCA general assembly in Bangkok.In November, Sheikh Ahmad stood down as an IOC member pending an ethics committee investigation after a forgery case was brought against him in Switzerland.Among his Olympic duties was leading Olympic Solidarity, which decides how broadcast revenues are distributed among national Olympic committees.He also asked not to be re-elected president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).“I am confident I am innocent. I trust the court of justice in Switzerland… I know I am innocent,” he told ANOC delegates at the time.Sheikh Ahmad, a long-time IOC member seen as a close ally of President Thomas Bach, is accused of orchestrating a complex forgery scheme linked to his efforts to prove Kuwait’s former prime minister is guilty of corruption and plotting a coup.The aim of the alleged forgery, according to a Swiss charge sheet seen by AFP, was to legitimise suspicious video recordings he had presented in Kuwait as evidence of corrupt practices by ex-premier Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah and former parliament chief Jassem al-Khorafi.In 2017 Sheikh Ahmad — a nephew of Kuwait’s ruler — resigned from the FIFA council after denying corruption allegations linked to the case of disgraced Guam football chief Richard Lai.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Leading Donegal learning consultant Avril McMonagle is set to launch a new app for an environmentally friendly approach to early childhood care.MOSAIC: A Portrait of Early Learning has been designed to streamline the recording of children’s learning and development in early childhood services. The app is set to hit the ground running in September 2019.MOSAIC is the brainchild of Avril McMonagle, who is also the founder of Meantóir, a professional support service for early childhood education based in Inishowen. Avril McMonagle – who lives in Inis Eoghain, holds an MEd from Queens Graduate School of Education and a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies from Queens University Belfast.Developed specifically for the Irish market, MOSAIC is an online and mobile App that will allow educators to record, compile a progressive record of children’s learning and development under the themes of Aistear, the Irish early childhood curriculum framework. By compiling observations, photographs, audio recordings and samples of work; an informative picture of the child will build up over time in the form of an individual online Leabhar Scéalta (Storybook) unique to each child. The information is then shared with parents in real-time.In designing the concept for MOSAIC, Avril had a number of prerequisites – she wanted the app to not only to be environmentally and cost effective, she wanted to keep the needs of the child to the forefront of the education tool. “Childcare services are now so pressurised by cumbersome administration duties, that I wanted to develop a tool for educators that was solely about the child as opposed to a one size fits all administration system for outside bodies,” she said. Avril believes that among the key strengths of MOSAIC is its simplicity. She commented: “At the development phase of the App, I was very aware of the need for MOSAIC to be accessible for educators of varying levels of IT skill and experience. “I am delighted that we have been successful in creating a seamless and uncomplicated system that I challenge anyone not to be able to use!”MOSAIC is also a win-win development for early childhood services and for parents. It promotes an environmentally friendly approach to record keeping thereby enabling huge cost and staff time efficiencies for early childhood services. Parents will be able to download the Parents App from Google Play and receive timely communications and learning updates on their child in real time on their mobile phone.MOSAIC AppThe first round of demonstration events is almost complete with Avril heading to Monaghan this week to deliver a presentation to a group of Monaghan County Childcare Committee clients. Avril is delighted with the response so far saying: “I am overwhelmed with the way Mosaic has been received so far. Everyone who has attended demonstration events were highly impressed with the way it functions and can’t wait to get started in September.”The option of training on documenting and planning for children’s learning will also be provided by Meantóir starting in September to ensure that early childhood service staff can use the app with maximum efficiency. See the Mosaic App here: For more information on MOSAIC – see www.meantoir.ie or email [email protected] Donegal-developed app turning early childhood services GREEN! was last modified: July 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)Tags:AppAvril McMonagleearly learningMeantóirmosaic
11 June 2015From today, the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria is expected to be busier than ever. More than 50 African heads of state and government will be touching down at the highly guarded airport as the final count down to the 25th African Union Summit, in Johannesburg, begins.For the 2015 Summit, Zimbabwe is sitting in the chairperson’s seat and President Robert Mugabe is expected to preside over a very tough programme. So what can we expect?We can be sure that the crisis in Burundi is set to dominate the summit. The biggest question that has been on everyone’s lips at the Sandton Convention Centre this week is will African leaders solve the political turmoil facing Burundi and how will they convince President Pierre Nkurunzinza to reconsider his intention to stand for a third term, despite the fact that the constitution limits him to two.Boko Haram and al-ShabaabBut Burundi will not be the only headache for the AU leaders as they prepare to sit for their ordinary assembly scheduled for 14 and 15 June. The AU is expected to emerge with a strong campaign against terrorist groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria and Kenyan based al-Shabaab. The terrorist groups have killed hundreds of people, displaced thousands and destroyed many families.In Nigeria, Boko Haram took credit for the disappearance of hundreds of school girls, who it is feared are to be used as suicide bombers. Perhaps the intensity of these militant groups will finally push the AU to speed up the operationalisation of the African Standby Force, a continental force which should have been in place many years ago.There will also be lighter issues on the agenda, like the finalisation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) which the AU wants in place by 2017. The 2012 summit in Addis Ababa under the theme, “Boosting intra-African trade”, endorsed a plan to set up the structure by 2017. The proposed CFTA is reportedly a key component of the AU’s strategy to boost trade within the region by at least 25% to 30% in the next decade.Agenda 2063Then there is the issue of Agenda 2063. AU leaders want the summit in South Africa to come up with a plan for the first 10 years of the implementation of Agenda 2063. According to the AU summit of 2013, when the plan was adopted, Agenda 2063 is an approach to how the continent should learn from the lessons of the past and take advantage of the opportunities available in the short, medium and long term to achieve a prosperous Africa by 2063. That year will mark 100 years since the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor of the AU.We can also expect some serious discussion on the empowerment of women and how women on the continent should take more active leadership in the economy.A 10-member committee appointed by the AU to push for the reform of United Nations Security Council is expected to report back to the summit on its work. The AU wants to have permanent representation on the council, and argues that the UN structure can no longer debate issues affecting Africa without Africa’s involvement.And then there is the issue of funding for the union. Many have asked whether the AU has the financial resources to do all the things it wants to do. Over the years, the continental body has been heavily reliant on international donors to survive. Some want this to change.AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma wants the AU to be self-sufficient financially and she believes the body’s 54-member states should provide the much- needed financing. But with many of these countries poor and dependent on donors themselves, it’s a tough call.Source: SAnews.gov
Man City defender Aymeric Laporte: Don’t punish me for Spain talkby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City defender Aymeric Laporte insists he doesn’t deserve punishment for flirting with Spain.Laporte, while qualifying for La Roja, has committed his international future to France.”Spain? It was a story that goes back … years ago! Everyone has the right to speak and to make mistakes too. We all know that everyone has frustrations, in football as in everyday life. That’s not why you have to kill someone for that,” he said. “These are really small details that people want to come out with when it does not matter. It is not the player that you hurt, it is especially the entourage who is influenced.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
BEIJING, China – China on Thursday ordered North Korean-owned businesses to close, cutting foreign revenue for the isolated North under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile programs.China is North Korea’s main trading partner, making Beijing’s co-operation essential to the success of sanctions aimed at stopping the North’s pursuit of weapons technology. China, long North Korea’s diplomatic protector, has gone along with the latest penalties out of growing frustration with leader Kim Jong Un’s government.North Korean businesses and ventures with Chinese partners must close within 120 days of the U.N. Security Council’s Sept. 11 approval of the latest sanctions, according to the Ministry of Commerce. That would be early January.North Korean companies operate restaurants and other ventures in China, helping to provide the North with foreign currency. North Korean labourers work in Chinese factories and other businesses.Also Thursday, China’s foreign ministry appealed for dialogue to defuse the increasingly acrimonious dispute between U.S. President Donald Trump’s government and North Korea.“The Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is related to regional peace and stability,” ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. “Breaking the deadlock requires all relevant parties to show their sincerity.”China, one of five permanent Security Council members with veto power, supports the latest sanctions but doesn’t want to push North Korea too hard for fear Kim’s government might collapse.Chinese leaders argue against doing anything that might hurt ordinary North Koreans. They agreed to the latest sanctions after the United States toned down a proposal for a total ban on oil exports to the North.Chinese officials complain their country bears the cost of enforcing sanctions, which have hurt businesses in its northeast that trade with the North.The latest round of U.N. sanctions bans member countries from operating joint ventures with North Korea, most of which are in China.They also ban sales of natural gas to North Korea and purchases of the North’s textile exports, another key revenue source. They order other nations to limit fuel supplies to the North.China, which provides the bulk of North Korea’s energy supplies, announced Saturday it would cut off gas and limit shipments of refined petroleum products, effective Jan. 1. It made no mention of crude oil, which makes up the bulk of Chinese energy supplies to North Korea and is not covered by the U.N. sanctions.China also has banned imports of North Korean coal, iron and lead ore, and seafood since early September.On Thursday, the Ministry of Commerce defended its recent imports of North Korean coal, saying they were permitted by U.N. sanctions.A ministry spokesman, Gao Feng, said imports that were reported in August trade data were allowed by a “grace period” for goods that arrived before the U.N. ban took effect.The imports are “in line with the (U.N.) resolution,” Gao said.
Winn added that the atmosphere was extra special this year, especially since the firefighters began their charitable society in 2016 to help residents with travel medical expenses. He added that the vast majority of the money raised will be staying in the local area. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The 10th Annual Fort St. John Firefighters Charity Ball brought in an estimated $65,000 after expenses on Saturday night.Firefighters Charitable Society President Adam Winn said that though the final exact tally isn’t in yet, but that at least $65,000 was raised for two causes at the event, after the ball grossed around $111,000. Winn said that the ball was raising money for the local firefighters charity that supports Fort St. John residents cover travel expenses for medical treatment outside the Peace Region. The ball also raised money for the Firefighters Burn Fund.Winn said that the he was stunned at the amount of money the sold-out event raised, especially considering that the local economy has not quite recovered to levels seen five years ago. For the tenth anniversary celebrations, Winn said that firefighters aimed to make the event more lively than in years past, with live music from CC Brooks and the Roadside Distraction and the Montney Coulees making live music a debut at the ball.