Biden’s Commerce pick, Raimondo, voices tough line on China

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee the Commerce Department has taken a tough line on China in her confirmation hearing. But Gina Raimondo stopped short of singling out which Chinese companies should remain on a list that limits their access to advanced U.S. technology. Raimondo is the first woman elected governor of Rhode Island. She says China’s actions have been anti-competitive and hurtful to American workers and she will use all tools at her disposal to level the playing field for American workers. Raimondo also focused her testimony Tuesday on the need to help those sectors of the economy and the workers hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

The Perfect Gear Giveaway

first_imgBy signing up to participate in the “Gear Up Giveaway” you agree to receive information from Elevation Outdoors and our sponsors. Learn more about our favorite GEAR this year, HERESign up for your chance to win our Gear Up Giveaway with a total package value over $1100!!Prizes include an ENO Doublenest Print Hammock + Atlas Straps, an IceMule Jaunt Cooler, Mountain House Classic Bucket, Phoozy XP3, 3 Landmark Project Beanies, a GoSun Solar Phone Charger, a Watershed McKenzie Handlebar Bag, a Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair and a Sweet Protection Switcher Helmet. First Name: Last Name: Email*: Phone Number: Address*: City*: State*: ALAKAZARCACOCTDCDEFLGAHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVTVAWAWVWIWYZip Code*: I certify that I am over the age of 18.* denotes required fieldcenter_img Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on December 16, 2019 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before December 16, 2019 – date and time subject to change. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked.last_img read more

Armies Will Be Key in Anti-Drug Fight in Central America

first_imgBy Dialogo March 08, 2012 The head of the U.S. Southern Command, General Douglas Fraser, predicted on March 6 that the Armed Forces will continue to play a key role in the fight against organized crime in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, in response to “alarming increases in murders and brutality.” “We expect militaries in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador will continue to be called upon to play an important role in domestic security matters in the coming years,” Fraser said in testimony to the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. The Military commander recalled that according to UN figures, Central America has become the most violent region in the world, and within the region, Honduras is the hardest hit. In 2011, San Pedro Sula in Honduras “overtook Ciudad Juarez as the most violent city in the world, with 159 homicides per 100,000 residents,” Fraser noted. In view of the “rising wave of violence,” the resources and capabilities of local police forces are outmatched, and consequently, “these countries view their militaries as the only entities capable of responding to these threats,” he judged. The head of the Southern Command said that due to the magnitude of the problem, “in the immediate future, we will focus our efforts on strengthening the security capacities of our partners in Central America.” Fraser recalled that since January, the United States has been coordinating what is known as Operation Martillo [Hammer], an exercise to fight drug trafficking along the Central American coasts that has been joined by the countries of the region and several European ones. The results of that operation “can be amplified by aligning our air and maritime focus with complementary land (…) activities conducted” by the Central American countries, Fraser added.last_img read more

Latin American Military Fight Coronavirus with Inventions

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo July 01, 2020 Latin American armed forces are using their training and ingenuity to help create, build, and adapt structures and vehicles to confront the pandemic. The following are examples of the work of some countries, based on public information from their respective armed forces.Troops of the Peruvian Air Force develop in-hospital isolation chambers to reduce the risk of infection for medical personnel during the transfer of COVID-19 patients. (Photo: Peruvian government)ArgentinaElements of the Argentine Navy and Air Force built an isolation and medical assistance center at Buenos Aires Naval Station in 40 days. The Scientific and Technical Research Defense Institute manufactures masks and face shields for health personnel, using 3D printers.The Armed Forces are also making sanitizing gel, masks for citizens, surgical wear, and bed linens for public hospitals.BrazilThe Brazilian Navy and the University of São Paulo have developed a low-cost emergency ventilator to help rehabilitate COVID-19 patients. In addition, the Brazilian Air Force and the Aeronautics Institute of Technology developed equipment that detects coronavirus in the air and set up portable hygiene centers for handwashing in public areas. They also manufacture protective masks and spare parts for the ventilators used at intensive care units.ChileThe Chilean Army Factory and Armory makes alcohol and sanitizing gel for medical facilities and units deployed in the country. (Photo: Chilean Army Factory and Armory)The Chilean Army Factory and Armory has temporarily modified its gunpowder factory to manufacture liquid and gel hand sanitizers for Army facilities that are available to the community.The Army also created a UV-disinfectant system and a programmable, portable solar sensory light to control security tasks. It also designed and made sanitizing tunnels for highly contagious areas, and it created sanitary booths for sample collection and examination.The Chilean Marine Corps contributes to the transfer of COVID-19 patients in specially equipped vehicles. Navy tailors make protective equipment for health personnel.ColombiaThe Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) has refurbished a C-295 aircraft to transfer infected patients, with two intensive care units and support equipment on board.Two noncommissioned technicians from the FAC’s Military Aviation Academy designed and built an isolation chamber to transfer patients with acute respiratory illnesses.The Army’s lab was adapted to process coronavirus tests for service members, equipment transport, and construction of several structures for mobile hospitals devoted to COVID-19 cases.PeruThe Peruvian Navy developed the first artificial ventilation equipment in the country, and it refurbishes ventilators at its Weapons and Electronic Services workshops, to assist critical patients.Air Force troops trained in the United States and Canada in aircraft maintenance and manufacturing developed in-hospital isolation chambers for highly contagious diseases, using fire-resistant aeronautical material.last_img read more

Bar sections take legislative positions

first_img Bar sections take legislative positions Bar sections take legislative positions February 1, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Three sections have received authorization from the Bar Board of Governors to lobby the Florida Legislature on six different legislative positions.The board acted at its December meeting on issues ranging from international contract disputes to appointing and paying guardians and attorneys for indigents in civil commitment proceedings.Under Bar policies, sections are given a wide latitude on issues they wish to lobby, as long as the matter falls in their subject area, does not conflict with a Bar-wide position, and does not cause deep emotional divisions among Bar members.A complete list of Bar, section, and committee legislative positions can be found on the Bar’s Web site, are the sections and their positions reviewed by the board: International Law Section: Supports amending F.S. §685.101 and F.S. §685.102 to give Florida courts jurisdiction to hear contractual disputes involving parties choosing Florida as governing law as a forum for dispute resolution, even where no other contacts may exist with Florida. Public Interest Law Section: Supports the repeal or amendment of F.S. §775.0837 Habitual Misdemeanor offenders to the extent that it Affects Florida’s homeless population. Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section: • Supports amending F.S. §744.107 to expand the court’s power to appoint a court monitor in guardianships of minors or other incapacitated persons and creates F.S. §744.1075 allowing an emergency court monitor to investigate allegations of financial or physical abuse or neglect of wards under the jurisdiction of the court.• Supports technical corrections to sections F.S. §§655.935, 655.936, 655.937, and 73.6065 to clarify access to safe deposit boxes following the death of the lessee and creating a procedure allowing for an optional inventory by someone other than the personal representative if a safe deposit box is co-leased.• Supports amending F.S. §718.117 to provide owners of parcels within a community a practical method to terminate outdated condominium concepts.• Supports amending F.S. §29.007 to provide authority to appoint and compensate attorneys and professional guardians to serve as guardian advocates and guardians ad litem for indigents in civil commitment and treatment proceedings in proceedings under the mental retardation statutes (ch. 393), Baker Act (ch. 394) and Marchman Act (ch. 397).last_img read more


first_img March 1, 2005 Errata Errata Errata Reading Florida’s state budget has never been easy and the Bar News missed an item on the statewide Guardian Ad Litem office expenditures proposed by Gov. Jeb Bush in its February 15 story on the budget. That story reported that the governor’s budget had no increase for GAL operations next year, which was shown in GAL’s section of the budget. But according to GAL Deputy General Counsel Deborah Lacombe, another section of the budget on administered funds actually had the extra $4.3 million the office had been requesting. That request, and the rest of the budget, must still be approved by the legislature, but Lacombe said GAL officials are pleased that the governor has backed their request to expand their services to reach more children.Due to an oversight, Rep. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, was omitted from the list of lawyers who are serving in the Florida Legislature for 2004-06 which appeared in the November 15, 2004 News. Her inclusion means there are 33 lawyers serving in the House, or two more than the 2002-04 biennium.last_img read more

Stars Attended Day of Indulgence, Gratitude and Wellness Event in L.A.

first_img— Creative director and head makeup artist at POPBeauty Sara Strand hosted virtual facials on Zoom to showcase the brand’s 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free skincare products.— Celebrity spray tan artist Sophie Evans hosted virtual tanning appointments on Zoom using a variety of St. Tropez tanning products to get clients ready for Halloween.— Playboy published experts from a previously unpublished transcript from Donald Trump’s interview with the magazine from their October 2004 issue. The interview was conducted in May of 2004 between Trump and Playboy contributor David Hochman in Trump Tower for the publication’s longstanding franchise, The Playboy Interview.MarshmelloMarshmello Courtesy of Mellodees- Advertisement – Celebs were keeping busy this week, from Katharine McPhee, Sarah Hyland, Rebel Wilson and more stars attending Jennifer Klein’s Day of Indulgence, Gratitude and Wellness event, to Megan Thee Stallion hosting a Halloween party in Atlanta, to Addison Rae taking a stroll in L.A. Read on to find out more of what the stars have been up to!— Producer Jennifer Klein hosted a safe and socially distanced Day of Indulgence, Gratitude and Wellness event in L.A. attended by Katharine McPhee, Camila Morrone, Sarah Hyland, Olivia Munn, Allison Janney, Annabelle Wallis, Rebel Wilson and more. At the celebration, McPhee snagged a Radley purse, a Rothy’s reversible tote, Credo’s Exa foundation, a Ggiata sandwich and Garrett Popcorn for husband David Foster. Morrone washed her hands at the Mrs. Meyers hand washing station upon arrival and Hyland and Munn picked out Drunk Elephant and Kinship skincare products. Janney and Wallis, meanwhile, tried out ReVive’s massage eye roller available in stores in spring 2021. Wilson, for her part, browsed the Alo Yoga room and enjoyed an EO neck massage. Cynthia Ervio attended virtually and loved the 54 Thrones’ body butters. Tyra Banks debuted her SMiZE ice cream and sent over the Salty Cream Caramel Queen flavor for guests to try. Attendees also enjoyed HumbleMaker’s coffee shots and core bars, shots of Health-Ade Plus, Recess’ sparkling peach water and Don Julio mini margaritas along with beauty treatments like personalized Pixi glow tonics. Guests took home Don Julio’s harvest spice cocktail kits, boxes of Sugarfina candies, rose gold Samsonite suitcases filled with Jordan Samuel Skin and Therabody beauty products, Eyeko mascara and a personalized LeSportsac tote.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – — Megan Thee Stallion hosted her Hottieween bash sponsored by D’USSE at Allure Nightclub in Atlanta.— Rapper Rico Nasty dropped a limited-edition designer toy in partnership with entertainment company Superplastic inspired by her next album “Nightmare Vacation.”— Cara Santana covered Lapalme Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue and discussed life after losing her dog, love and politics.- Advertisement – — DJ and producer Marshmello promoted his limited-edition lovable plush robot Dee toy from the new kids channel Mellodees available at for $45.— POPBeauty and Thistle teamed up to celebrate National Vegan Month and showcase both brand’s vegan products through a meal delivery and beauty products package.— Addison Rae wore the Bleusalt’s The Cindy Pant, which the brand created with Cindy Crawford, while out and about in L.A.— Alexa PenaVega highlighted Dr. Brandt’s Poredermabrasion as one of her travel essentials in an Instagram post.last_img read more

The Light Festival in Zagreb will attract over 100.000 visitors

first_imgArt, design, spectacle, entertainment, architecture, it’s all a Festival of Light. From March 15 to 18, the Zagreb Light Festival will be held for the second time in the Croatian capital, uniting the most modern lighting solutions based on lighting technologies in the historic core.The theme of the festival is spring, which symbolizes awakening, growth and renaissance, so each of the locations will in its own way evoke a spring atmosphere through light performances that will take place from 18 to 23 hours. The first Festival of Light Zagreb was held last year at seven locations, and attracted almost 100.000 visitors, while this year the Tourist Board expects it to exceed that magic number. This year, the festival has expanded significantly and from the initial seven locations has grown to as many as 19 locations in the city: in the Grič tunnel, Art Park, Tomićeva Street, Lotrščak Tower, near the monument to AG Matoš, Vranicanijeva poljana, Grič Park, Gradec plateau, in the atrium and Klovićevi dvori Gallery, Jesuit Square, Opatička Street, Croatian Institute of History, large courtyard and northern courtyard of the Zagreb City Museum, Vrazov šetalište, children’s playground on Dubravkin put, Tuškanac summer stage and Tuškanac.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”With the four-day festival, Zagreb joins other world cities, such as Lyon, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Prague, St. Petersburg or Berlin, which havetradition of holding such festivals, and the Festival of Lights in Zagreb was included in the international organization Festival of Lights International last year. The festival of good emotions and beautiful scenes where light artists use the city and its views as a painting canvas announces the tourist season, and through innovative art and the magic of light creates another reason to visit the Croatian capital.The Zagreb Festival of Light is an event that announces the tourist season and invites you to enjoy the outdoors in the spring evenings through an innovative way. I always emphasize that the motive for coming is a diverse, high-quality and authentic experience, and the Festival of Light is certainly a different and quality content, and thus the motive for coming to Zagreb. Admission to all programs is free, and more information is available at: read more

COVID-19: Indonesia confirms fifth death, 96 positive cases

first_imgIndonesian health authorities confirmed Saturday that the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country had increased to 96, with the total number of fatalities having reached five.The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto said authorities had detected 27 new positive cases as of Saturday. The ministry also recorded one new death.“The results were obtained after we conducted a massive [contact] tracing,” said Yurianto, who also serves as the government’s spokesperson for all coronavirus-related matters, during a press briefing in Jakarta on Saturday. Read also: Scientists urged to carry out further research on antimalarial drug to cure COVID-19Yurianto, however, did not disclose the identities of the new confirmed cases or the deceased patient.He claimed that the ministry had received 300 test samples as of Saturday. The ministry previously stated they had prepared 10,000 coronavirus test kits to be disbursed to laboratories in universities and research agencies.When asked about the possibility of putting Indonesia under lockdown, Yurianto said that was not an option: “It’s not an option at this moment.”The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged the government to declare a national state of emergency to scale up emergency response mechanisms to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Announce Summer 2018 Public Events Schedule at the Governor’s Residence

first_imgGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Announce Summer 2018 Public Events Schedule at the Governor’s Residence June 07, 2018 First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today announced the Summer 2018 public event schedule at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg, and invited the public to visit the Residence this Sunday, June 10th for a “Summer Reading Festival.” Second Sundays are an annual series of free summer events offered at the Governor’s Residence on the second Sunday of each month from June through September. Visitors are invited to explore the Governor’s Residence and gardens from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Each event will highlight a specific theme and feature family-friendly activities.“Tom and I look forward to opening the Residence to the public throughout the year, and this summer is truly special because we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this magnificent home,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “From Second Sundays, to National Night Out, to a festive 50th anniversary block party – these events are opportunities for us to showcase Pennsylvania and all that our commonwealth has to offer.”June’s event will feature guest readers — including the First Lady – for outdoor story time, STEM activities for school-aged children, kids yoga in the garden, and “MARCO,” Dauphin County Library’s mobile exploration station that will encourage kids to sign up for the library’s summer reading program.Governor’s Residence docents will also be on hand to provide information for visitors as they explore the indoor space and the gardens through self-guided tours. This event will provide one of the last opportunities for the public to view the current art exhibit by Lancaster-based photographer Kristin Rehder. Where Hope Finds Home documents the stories of refugees from all over the world who have resettled in Lancaster County. It will remain on display through June 30.Public events at the Governor’s Residence events are free, and reservations are not required. No large bags, purses or totes are permitted, and security measures will be in place. The dates and themes of the 2018 events are as follows:Sunday, June 10:      Summer Reading FestivalSunday, July 8:         Family Eating From the FarmTuesday, August 7:  National Night OutSunday, August 12:  50th Anniversary Block PartySunday, Sept. 9:        Children’s Arts and Crafts DayIn addition to Second Sunday events, docent-led tours of the Governor’s Residence and grounds are being offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. between now and the end of June. Please note that reservations are required for guided tours, and can be made by calling the Residence at 717-772-9130. For more information about the Governor’s Residence, Second Sundays and other events, visit SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more