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first_imgJetboil Sol-Ti Jetboil revolutionized backcountry cooking several years ago with its original all-in-one system that simplified everything from packing your stove to holding a hot pot. The company continues to push the envelope with their new titanium stove, the Sol-Ti. All the standard Jetboil goodies are there, including the insulated sleeve, but this titanium system weighs only 9 ounces. $149.95. Or get the aluminum version, which is $30 cheaper and 1.5 ounces heavier; jetboil.com Osprey Hornet 46 With 46 liters of space, this pack is roomy enough to carry all your weekend essentials and then some. The pack has a host of traditional backpack goodies like a hydration sleeve and front and side mesh pockets, but also comes with some nifty weight saving features you typically only see on custom- made rigs. We like the mesh backpanel with a removable foam pad in particular. All in, the pack weighs 1 pound, 8 ounces. But then, it doesn’t matter how light your pack is if you stuff it with oodles of heavy gear. So if 46 liters is too much room, step down to the 36-liter version. $159; ospreypacks.comBlack Diamond Z Pole Instead of the traditional telescoping design used in most trekking poles, the Z poles fold like tent sticks. The shafts are carbon fiber for ultimate weight and strength, and Black Diamond used avalanche probes as design inspiration to create a workhorse pole with featherweight characteristics. The Ultra Distance Z Pole comes in at 9.5 ounces a pair. $149.95; blackdiamondequipment.comThermaRest RidgeRest SOLite ThermaRest took the popular RidgeRest sleeping pad and added an aluminized surface to the closed-cell design that reflects your body heat like an emergency blanket. You get added warmth without the added weight of insulation. The regular size is only 14 ounces, the same weight as ThermaRest’s ridiculously popular minimalist Z Pad. Even better, SOLite will only run you $29.95. The only bummer: Closed cell pads are lighter than air mattresses, but nowhere near as compact. $29.95; cascadedesigns.comThe WringerMSR Fast Stash If you’re like most backpackers, you want the weight savings of a tarp shelter, but the coverage of a tent. The solution? A singlewall tarp-tent that you can erect with your hiking poles. But many Southern backpackers are reticent to bed down in lightweight singlewall tents because they typically don’t manage condensation as effectively as their heavier doublewall counter parts. The Southern Apps are muggy. You want a tent that breathes. Enter MSR’s new Fast Stash, an uber-light singlewall tent with superior ventilation.The Fast Stash breathes thanks to two mesh windows and a big mesh front door, which are protected from the elements by adjustable side wings and a large front porch. You can even close the front door panel completely and air still moves through a mesh strip above the door. Roll back all the panels, and you’ve got a large expanse of mesh on warm, rain-free nights. We tested the three-season Fast Stash in a number of situations, from our backyard to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, and were never once muggy or damp inside the tent.Like most tarp-tents, the four-pound Fast Stash is built to be erected with trekking poles to save weight, but MSR also included a set of tent poles that do the same job in case you’re not inclined to carry trekking poles.  All corners have to be staked and guylines tightened. And it took us a few times to get the tent as taut as we wanted. $299; cascadedesigns.comSinglewall or Doublewall?Doublewall tents have a mesh body and optional rainfly. The combo reduces condensation inside the tent during a muggy night, but they’re heavier and can be more complex to erect.Singlewall tents have one waterproof wall, allowing for lighter tent weights and easy set up, but they typically aren’t as breathable as doublewall tents.last_img read more

BRO Athletes: Virginia Tech Cyclist Luke Woodward

first_imgI wake up to the sound of coffee brewing, roll over on the hard kitchen floor and groggily check my watch. For most college kids, this would be a result of something a bit different than another weekend of bike racing. For the 18 of us scattered around our hosts’ house, it’s about time to get up and at it. Five a.m. on a Sunday morning, fifteen minutes before my alarm is set to go off and a whopping ten hours before race time, I see the outline of Gavin sit-up next to me and figure I might as well get up and claim my coffee before it disappears. An hour later, the 18 of us are packed like sardines into the two vans that we rented for the weekend. Despite being relatively early in the season, everyone has the routine down by now. I drive as those who are awake make small talk on the way to the course.On any given race weekend, anywhere from 15 to 25 of us make up the Virginia Tech Cycling team, all with different experience and ability levels. Each weekend is hosted by a different school in the ACC, this particular one being hosted by William and Mary.Yesterday’s crit had brought some great results for all of our riders across all categories, particularly in the Men’s A race. After things settled down out of the gun, I got away and ended up lapping the field. Five laps after I got back onto the field, Mike did the exact same thing. Leading the overall, Mike took the win, and I coasted into second. My failed lead out cost Taylor the 3rd spot, but we were plenty stoked on first, second and fourth. Sure, with Spring Break the field was smaller than normal, but we had an incredible team, and we are growing more and more confident. As confident as we are though, today’s road race is a mere 80 kilometers, and being shorter, we all knew it would be that much harder.We arrive at the race parking and it’s all hands on deck unloading all the bikes, setting up stands, and making sure those racing the 8 a.m. race are good to go. After pinning numbers onto teammates’ jerseys and watching them roll out on their neutral roll-out, we pile into the vans to drive the course backwards. We take notes on the relatively flat course, and heckle racing teammates. Seven hours to race time.We get back to parking and have time to work on our bikes. After going through mine, I take a teammate’s bike that might as well been dunked in a barrel of gunk. I try my best to clean up the drivetrain, but 15 minutes before his 10 a.m. start and with only rags, my efforts result in more of my own frustration. Zach, of course, could care less. Five hours until race time.Some of us take naps, others eat, pin numbers, and catch up with friends from across the conference. West Virginia in particular always seems to be around, but are fun to talk to. Even with spring break, I try to get a bit of study time in, mainly in hopes that it’ll put me asleep and I’ll get some decent rest before we race. That plan fails miserably and Gavin and I kill some time by hanging Patty’s bike 10 feet up in a tree.The Men’s A squad for the weekend, consisting of Mike, Taylor, Sean, Oliver, Gavin and myself, check in with each other and see how we’re all feeling. We’re a diverse group with different strengths. Mike is a fantastic time trialist and has gotten in the break every race so far this season. Sean excels at climbing, but is still building up after an Achilles injury. Gavin is more of a mountain biker, and I’m more of a cyclocross racer, but we both enjoy the road season, especially criteriums. Oliver has a good pop, but has only been able to get in limited miles in this year. Taylor won the Conference last year, and is an incredibly strong all around rider. After yesterday’s results, we joke about impossible scenarios playing out today. The actual plan is for Sean to attack on the first of five laps. If he gets pulled back, Gavin is slated to jump off the front. We anticipate he’ll get pulled back at some point, at which point Mike or Taylor, our two strongest, would have the opportunity to launch an attack of their own. Of course, this is all tentative and we know any planning is going to be dependent on how the race plays out. I’m there to aid in launching our attacks, covering other teams’ attacks and taking the role of sprinter if everything finishes together. Taylor won here last year and I tell him it’s his for the taking this year. He downplays it, but I know it’s on his mind. The dream plan: three of us get up the road, and it’s a repeat of yesterday. We laugh that one off, but inside we hope that may just happen.12 o’clock rolls around. Our Men’s B team rolls out for their race. 3 hours out and time to eat. Sean and Taylor have a PBJ-off. Sean claims he’s the best PBJ chef around, but Taylor gives him a run for his money. What few cookies are left come out, and Taylor is able to grab a few more cookie face photos of Sean to add to the album. Meanwhile, I scarf down brownies after my peanut butter and Nutella sandwich is finished. I’m still groggy and plan out my caffeine intake. Mike is asleep and Gavin is doing, well, Gavin things.Becca, our president, my girlfriend, and our only Women’s A, is getting ready and 15 minutes before her start time, I frantically search for any water that might be laying around. Scavenging results in just two water bottles, but enough to get her through a race. She packs those into her cages, Swiss Rolls into her jersey pockets, and rolls to the start line. I take her jacket, give her a kiss, and watch her roll off.Screen shot 2015-06-18 at 9.48.39 AM2.5 hours out and nap time. I lay my sleeping bag out in the cargo van and try to force myself asleep. I get a few minutes of sleep, but enough is on my mind that it’s of little use. I pack up my sleeping bag and find my gear. Being a shorter race, I opt for my skinsuit. No need to take tubes, and the brownie in aluminum foil I bring for mid race I stuff into my leg band. 1.5 hours till race time.We roll out with two missions; first to warm-up and most importantly, to find fluids, especially those containing caffeine. As a college student who races bikes, I have turned into a coffee addict. We find a 7-Eleven just off the course, and as I chug an iced coffee, Sean jokes to limit it otherwise I’ll be left chasing on after a bathroom break. Having had to stop in a few races, I take his joking into consideration though, and limit the coffee intake.We finish our warm-up, killing it on the way back. There’s a feeling of excitement amongst us all. I jump into the finish straight to gauge my sprint. The finish is uphill and it takes a try or two to get it right. Finally, we line up.The neutral roll-out is chill. We talk between teams, everyone hoping for an easy race, but at the same time knowing it’ll get hard as soon as we turn onto the race course. Sure enough, as soon as we make the left onto the race course, everyone accelerates. Over the first few kilometers, attacks are attempted with little success. Eventually a group of five or six gets away with Sean in it. That’s short lived, however and gets reeled in. As soon as that group gets reeled in, almost on queue, Gavin jumps. I watch mid-pack as he gets out of sight with haste and all by himself. Gone, an App State and Duke rider bridge up to him. That lasts until the end of the first lap, and I see Gavin start to come back to the pack. Wanting to have at least one in the break at all times, Mike jumps and bridges up, and Taylor does the same shortly after. Lap two and our plan couldn’t be going better. I smile as I watch Taylor bridge up. We have our two strongest guys in the break. All Sean, Gavin, Oliver, and I have to do is cover any attacks in the field. Other than that, we have no reason to do any work on the front.The next two laps, Sean and I rotate covering attacks. I float back to the back of the pack a few times to check on Gavin, who’s hurting after putting in an attack. I hand part of my brownie over and we choke it down between attacks. My hips start cramping, and coming into lap three, I take a banana feed from the one and only Coach Will. Having graduated last year, Will can no longer race collegiately, but still travels with the team to help out. I’m always appreciative of the help, but probably no more so than grabbing that banana at 45 kilometers an hour. High speed feeds aren’t easy.With a lap and a half to go, I’m at the front, sitting second wheel as I have been much of the race, covering attacks. A particularly hard one comes from a Navy rider, and I jump to cover.Five seconds later I hear a UVA rider yelling, “Gap!!!”. With two teammates up the road, I don’t know why, I have no clue why, but I hit it. I hit it as hard as I freakin’ can. Moments later it’s just me and an NC State rider off the front. We continue gaining ground on the field into the fifth lap until he yells to wait for a chasing VCU rider. Out of the field, the NC State rider and VCU rider trying to bridge are definitely the strongest. I may not have a lot of racing under my belt, but I’m not stupid. By myself, I will probably not bridge up. With one other, I may or may not bridge up to my teammates. With two others, we most definitely will. There’s no way in heck I’m going to bring two of the strongest guys in the field up to my teammates. They might be strong, but we still want to play the numbers.So I attacked. It didn’t work. We roll into our last lap and Will yells we have a 48 second gap to the leading break. 3 kilometers later I attack again. “Break him” I tell myself. This time, I’m successful. Let’s rephrase that; I’m by myself. That’s not exactly successful. I’m out in no-man’s land with 12 k left.Out alone, I quickly question what I’m doing by myself. There’s almost no chance to close a 48 second gap in 12 kilometers to bridge to Mike and Taylor. If I stay away, I get 5th or 6th. Not bad, but being as confident as I am in my sprint at the moment, I figure I could very likely do that by staying in the pack. I give up trying to figure out what to do and just go for it. “Might as well hit”. I tell myself that if I can get to the second to last corner, about three kilometers out, I can hold on to whatever place I’m in. Driving the pedals up and over the one small hill on course, I look down and under my arm. No one in site. Perfect. Now that I’m confident I’m away, I try to control my breathing and get into a rhythm. I say a quick prayer, more to remind myself of the blessing of being able to race and why I race than asking to bridge the gap. Ten kilometers out.I continue to push it, trying to find the balance of smoothness and pounding the pedals with everything in my legs. With seven kilometers to go, I come up on two riders dropped from the break group. As bad as I feel about it, I come up behind each of them and then hit it. As with the VCU and NC State riders, in the case that I do catch the lead group, I don’t want to bring anyone up with me. Tired from being in the break all day, it’s not too much of a problem to discourage them from jumping on my wheel.Three kilometers from the finish, I take the last right turn, alone. Despite my whole right leg cramping, I relax a bit, knowing there’s only one more left hand turn, then about a 1.5 kilometer straight into the finish, and I’m alone. And then I see what I was certain I wasn’t going to see the rest of the race; flashing police lights indicating the front of the race, with Mike and Taylor. I can relax when I cross the line. I ramp it back up out of the corner, with one goal.I finally come up from behind the lead group, which has dwindled to just Mike, Taylor and an App State rider, going into the final left hand turn. With so little runway left, there’s only one option. Before I realize what I’m doing, I attack. If I can create any kind of gap, the App State rider has to work to catch on to me, and Taylor and Mike can just sit on. So I kick it with everything I have left. It’s not much, but enough that the App rider has to jump to cover it. He quickly closes me down with 1 k left. With 300m left, and a 3 on 1, the App rider comes around me and jumps for the line. Without another hard pedal stroke left, I watch as Mike and Taylor follow in hot pursuit. I yell for Taylor, “C’mon TAYLOR!!” As they crest the hill, Taylor comes around the App rider. I look up and see one raised fist in the year, Taylor’s classic victory salute. I’m overcome all the sudden with the best feeling bike racing can bring. Not your own win, but watching as your teammate takes the win, knowing that giving it everything you had, helped them, even if it was just a little, get across the line with a fist in the air.Later, I’d know that Mike got second by a bike throw. I ‘s’ my way up the hill, get a wheelie challenge from teammates standing on the side of the road, and as I loft the front coming across the line, my calf cramps, I unclip my feet from the pedals and roll over into the grass on the side of the road. As Becca and Will help me up, I look up just in time to see Taylor rolling at me on his bike. Arms open wide. He just about knocks me back down again. He has a big smile on his face, but no words yet. Mike rolls over with the same expression on his face, and we look up just in time to see Gavin steam rolling up the finishing straight, taking the field sprint.Over the next few minutes of gathering together, catching our breathe, and rolling back to the vans, we try to figure out how it all went down. We went 1,2,4,8, almost the same scenario that we had joked about earlier. The dream had played out, and we were stoked out of our minds.last_img read more

Costa Rican and U.S. Coast Guards Conduct Joint Training in Fight against Organized Crime

first_imgJoint training promotes cooperation between the United States and Costa Rica in their fight against international drug trafficking at sea. The U.S. Navy offers the maritime interdiction course to the National Coast Guard Service once a year. Additionally, Colombia’s National Navy provides support through two specialized courses on boarding vessels. The cooperation has not only allowed SNG personnel to specialize in maritime interdiction, but also to focus on intelligence, firearms, instructor training, communications, maintenance of interceptor ships, and the maintenance and repair of engines, among other areas. “Thanks to these experienced officers from the U.S. Coast Guard, our young officers learned new skills and reinforced those skills they already had,” Col. Arias stated. “Our personnel learned the best techniques from the U.S. Coast Guard. These new techniques will help the maritime officers become better able to neutralize drug trafficking at sea through successful operations. The U.S. Coast Guard officers were very happy with how quickly our personnel learned the material, which saved the instructors a lot of time.” In the first quarter of 2016, Costa Rican security forces seized over five tons of drugs, three of which were cocaine, after seizing over 17,000 kilograms of cocaine and dismantling 134 criminal organizations, including 34 that operated internationally, in 2015, according to the Costa Rican Drug Institute. The U.S Coast Guard recently conducted maritime interdiction training with 30 Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service (SNG) officers to enhance their efforts in the fight against drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. SNG personnel attended the Specialized Interdiction and Ship Boarding Course from April 4th-15th in the Pacific Ocean in zones with the highest narco-trafficking rate. “The participants needed to find the cargo hidden on the boat,” Col. Arias said. “They boarded the vessel and performed ownership checks on the suspect crew. They learned a lot.” Deepening Costa Rica-U.S. cooperation “Colombian authorities provide assistance through their instructors and professionals, who train our young service members,” Col. Arias said. “The United States finances the activity, and the beneficiaries are the Costa Rican students who can take specialized training courses. The courses last for between 15 and 30 days.” “We train 90 percent of our personnel every year in specialized courses; our people are highly trained,” Col. Arias explained. “The young service members who complete the maritime interdiction course are going straight to interdiction units so they can put what they’ve learned into practice in the fight against transnational crime.” The officers were selected through a rigorous process. In addition to having completed the Coast Guard course at the country’s National Coast Guard Academy, participants also had to have experience at police posts along the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, under the supervision of personnel specializing in maritime interdiction. center_img By Dialogo April 22, 2016 Costa Rica’s government plans to increase its maritime fleet with the help of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to prevent narcotrafficking groups and transnational criminal organizations from using the Central American nation as a drug transshipment point. “Our territorial waters are quite extensive,” Col. Arias said. “We need long-range vessels to be able to patrol our waters. We are negotiating for patrol boats over 100 feet through SOUTHCOM, and we expect to hear news shortly. These patrol boats would mean that the National Coast Guard Service could take responsibility over the areas now monitored by U.S. cutters.” For this training course and others, the officers from the SNG, an agency under the Ministry of Public Security, used a fishing boat – known as the Yorleny II – that security forces seized from drug traffickers in November 2007. It had been carrying nearly 2,000 kilograms of cocaine in hidden compartments. “[We learned] where to look to seize shipments of cocaine, heroin, weapons, money, persons or even terrorists,” Colonel Martín Arias, SNG’s director, told Diálogo. “We are very focused on persons suspected of being members of any terrorist group.” The program also focused on human rights, handling weapons, boarding ships, searching for hidden compartments, and interdicting vessels suspected of smuggling drugs. Seizing narcotics Many of the training activities are conducted under the plan for Triangular Cooperation in Security Matters for Central America and the Caribbean, an agreement covering training in the fight against drug trafficking and the monitoring of sea and airports in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama. These agreements respect the sovereignty and jurisdiction of the signatory countries while stopping narco-traffickers. Cooperation with the United States has helped Costa Rica train its security forces to fight drug trafficking. Joint training has has also contributed to closer cooperation between the countries in search and rescue operations for shipwrecks and an increase in the efforts to guarantee fishing and environmental protection in national and territorial waters, according to the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly’s website.last_img read more

Cappelli: A guest who has a reservation can enter Croatia

first_img“Primarily, the intention was to open for those who really have to enter Croatia, and there is in a way that the priority for people who own houses, boats… There was a lot of pressure. The one who has a reservation can enter Croatia, he must have some proof. But until both sides are resolved, it is clear to us that there is a problem on the way back. This is not a classic tourist opening, but an economic part, to get started, with a dose of caution and to know who is going, where and how. He has to get some voucher, some proof, he won’t be able to enter without it. But that was not the intention. This is all a dress rehearsal before what is important to happen, and that goes in the direction of an agreement, especially with Slovenian colleagues and friends. Talks have intensified, I think that in the middle of next week we will have a quality agreement where we will then talk more specifically about the right tourist entranceSaid Cappelli. When asked whether Croatia has opened its borders to tourists who practically only need to say that they have reserved accommodation when entering the country, Cappelli answered that a guest who has a reservation can enter Croatia, but that he must have some proof. Regardless of the opening of borders, it is certainly clear that as long as foreign nationals returning will have to go to quarantine in their home country, surely no one will come to Croatia. But as the situation changes from day to day, surely by 15.06 the whole situation can change, both for the better and for the worse. We must prepare and monitor the situation from day to day, and be ready to react quickly. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli he was a guest RTL Today where he stressed that tourists who have a booking confirmation can enter Croatia. Bozinovic: Tourists can enter Croatia This afternoon, but also during a press conference from the Crisis Staff, Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said that tourists can enter Croatia if they have a reservation in one of the accommodation facilities.center_img The question was what would happen if the number of infected people increased in the summer. “I never wanted to call Croatia a corona-free destination, but a responsible destination that knew how to organize in time. This is a flexible model of opening, if there is an increase in the number of patients, it does not mean that the whole of Croatia must be closed, if it happens in certain regions, then we will jointly agree to limit that part. Foreign guests will have the entire protocol explained in this situationSaid Cappelli. “We are in contact with hoteliers, with this decision we have made it possible for those who want to come to Croatia to do so. If someone has a hotel reservation, we have enabled the guest to come through this possibility of economic interest. We don’t want to stand in their way, if we can get some hotel accommodation or come to some apartment on the sea, why can’t we. But it is quite clear that tourism will be regulated through measures and recommendations that will be adopted at the level of the EC and other EU member states. Accordingly, tourists will behave in this way. Some countries and regions if they have a positive situation or similar to us, there is no reason not to agree and that tourists do not come to each other”, Bozinovic told us for Index.hr “As we are the country holding the presidency, it is normal that we were familiar with some information during the preparations, nothing special anymore. We wanted to prove that the measures we presented before were integrated into all this together and that we thought well and well even before these measures were adopted at the EU level. The most important thing is that in some way it is allowed that where there are identical epidemiological situations, that we can talk bilaterally”, Said Cappelli as a comment on the European Union’s plan for the upcoming tourist season, which was presented today, and added:”The European Union said today that mutual communication must be allowed where possible. If we prove that the epidemiological situation is similar, and it is, I don’t see a problem there. Tourists will have all the information, it will be clear what, how and where, we will have all possible applications, we will have on the site, we will give in all possible languages. But these will be practically identical measures at the level of the whole of Europe” Source: RTL, Index.hr / Photo: MINTlast_img read more

Investors turn to government bonds amid market uncertainty

first_imgIndividual investors are showing growing appetite for government bonds (SBN) because the low-risk securities provide promising returns amid uncertain market conditions, financial analysts have said.Jason Gozali, founder and CEO of Investor Muda, one of the biggest investor communities in Indonesia, said that investors’ appetite in SBN was growing.“So far, retail investors’ interest in SBN is increasing because it is considered low-risk in comparison to other volatile assets,” he said in Jakarta on April 14. This did not mean, however, that many investors in the equity market had switched to the bond market, said Jason. On the contrary, many online stock trading sites had seen more than a 20 percent rise in trading value compared to last year’s figure.More moderate millennial investors preferred bonds as their investment vehicle and more aggressive millennial investors generally purchased bluechip stocks while they were still cheap, explained Jason, who is also a fund manager and investment consultant.“With the ongoing volatile condition and economic [slowdown], investment potential in bond instruments, including retail bonds, are becoming more attractive,”  head of fixed income research Handy Yunianto of Mandiri Sekuritas  told The Jakarta Post on April 15.With close to zero risk, relatively short tenors and attractive yields in comparison to the market interest rate, government bonds were among the top picks in investment, he elaborated. Handy shared Jason’s view that the growing interest in bonds did not indicate that equity investors had migrated to the bond market.  Each investor had their own risk-return preference, he noted.“However, investing in bonds might see a slight increase” on expectations of lower interest rates, he said, stabilizing currency and curtailing economic growth.Assistant vice president Adra Wijasena of RHB Sekuritas Indonesia told the Post on Friday that in spite of current global uncertainties prompting retail investors to hold on to their cash, investing in SBN was still attractive.Adra explained that liquidity risk could be minimized as long as the trading volume and frequency of SBN in the secondary market was still “quite good”.The confidence of retail investors was apparent in the latest issuance of sharia-compliant government retail bonds (Sukri), while the government saw oversubscription of its Sukri SR-012 bond series between Feb. 24 and March 18.“The public response was very good,” government debt papers director Deni Ridwan of the Finance Ministry told the Post on May 14.The government raised its bond issuance target from an initial Rp 8 trillion (US$537.53 million) to Rp 12.14 trillion, according to the Finance Ministry’s financing and risk management office (DJPPR).But the Sukri SR-012 saw a little under 24,000 buyers compared to 35,000 buyers for the Sukri SR-011 in 2019. The demographics of bond buyers had also changed, with millennials making up 39.58 percent of SR-012 buyers and baby boomers making up 36.5 percent of SR-011 buyers, according to DJPPR data.“Details on the [bond] type and amount are still under discussion. Hopefully, we will be able to publish the information in the near future,” Deni said, when asked about the upcoming issuance of retail SBN in June.The government plans to issue the retail savings bond (SBR) series SBR-010 from June 23 to July 9, according to the Finance Ministry’s issuance calendar.The government also plans to issue six SBN bonds this year, down from 10 bonds last year. Government bonds have a key role in financing the state budget and the national COVID-19 mitigation efforts.“We will prioritize SBN issuance through a market mechanism, including retail [bonds], [valued at] around Rp 50 to Rp 70 trillion,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on April 30 at a working meeting with House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs.Topics :last_img read more

BLOG: Ensuring K-12 Investment Reaches The Classroom

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 08, 2015 Schools That Teach,  The Blog After four years of painful cuts to public education in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf — in his first budget — has secured a historic $350 million increase for basic (k-12) education. Where will that k-12 investment go? Earlier this year, the governor asked school districts to pick from a list of 14 evidence-based programs, assigning dollar amounts to each selection.Nearly every school district responded. Here are their top priorities:Maintain or expand high-quality early childhood education, or pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten programs;Reduce class sizes in elementary schools;Restore programs and personnel that were eliminated as a result of cuts made since 2010  — this means not only teachers, but other educators like guidance counselors and librarians can be re-hired, and many extra-curriculars will return to enhance learning outside the classroom.In their responses to the Department of Education, superintendents were also asked to provide clear benchmarks for measuring student performance and progress. Those include measures such as third grade reading levels, high school graduation rates, truancy rates, college matriculation and completion, and down the road for our students — employment rates and wages. All are important indicators of how schools are leveraging investment to maximize student performance and close the achievement gap.It is important to Governor Wolf that these funding impact plans enable flexibility, while also holding districts accountable for their results. With the major investment in education he has now secured, the governor believes our students will be better prepared for the 21st century workforce, which in turn, will ultimately grow Pennsylvania’s economy. By: Sarah Galbally, Deputy Secretary of Policy & Planningcenter_img BLOG: Ensuring K-12 Investment Reaches The Classroom Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

WCMF 2011 – Hotter and stronger in its 15th year

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNewsWCMF 2011 WCMF 2011 – Hotter and stronger in its 15th year by: – September 19, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 109 Views   no discussions Roseau, Dominica — Since it was created in 1997, the World Creole Music Festival has prided itself as being the most indigenous of music festivals in the Eastern Caribbean, dedicated to delivering first-class performances both of the artistes on show and the spectator experience, and hope to be even more exciting, fresher, hotter and stronger when it is held between Friday 28 and Sunday 30th October, 2011 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, Dominica’s capital city.Now in its 15th year, the WCMF has captivated audiences year after year with its unique brand of quality entertainment while highlighting the various sub-genres of Creole Music including Dominica’s Cadence-lypso and Bouyon, Zouk from the French Antilles, Haitian Compas, as well as Zydecco from Louisiana and Afro-zouk from the African continent, and a wider appeal of regional and international music genres like reggae, salsa and soca/calypso. The core value of the WCMF is however to preserve the authenticity of Creole music and exposing young and upcoming acts to a world stage even while giving patrons their taste of other popular forms.The WCMF has the distinct advantage of having many of the top acts and performers of Creole music electrify audiences over these past 15 years. The long and distinguished list of artists and performers include the legendary Zouk band, Kassav; Haitian Compas pioneers Tabou Combo and Magnum Band, President Sweet Mickey, Zenglen, Buckman Experience, Carimi, T-Vice, Top Vice, among many other Haitian Compas groups; Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia; Exile One; Jeff Joseph and his Grammacks/New Generation, the sensational Michelle Henderson, Bouyon pioneers WCK along with other exponents of the Bouyon beat; Taxi Kweyole, Zouk Machine, Franky Vincent, Tanya St. Val, the late Patrick St. Eloi, Chiktay and Skah Shah; Buckwheat Zydecco of Lousiana; African Soukouss and afro-zouk stars like Sakis, the late Oliver Ngoma, and Loketo and Diablo Dibala. In addition to Soca and Calypso stars like Machel Montano, Roy Cape and his band, Sherwin Winchester, Square One, Krosfyah, Byron Lee & the Drongoniares and the red hot Burning Flames; reggae and dancehall acts like the Wailers, Aswad, Elephant Man, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, Jah Cure, Steel Pulse and Luciano; and international superstar, Haitian Wycliff Jean. Over these 15 years the WCMF has seen many innovations and unique production and promotional techniques that have helped to engender a unique festival brand in Dominica, making it one of the most sought after events in the Caribbean. The sound quality, the festival atmosphere, the familiar faces of patrons from around the region, the sweet taste of various Creole Cuisines and the free spirited and care-free local festival goers make for a magical event each year at the end of October in Dominica.This year, the festival will roll out one of the most balanced and unique line-ups highlighting a blend of veteran and iconic performers including Jeff Joe of Grammacks fame; the iconic voices of Jean-Philippe Marthely and Jocelyne Beroard of Kassav fame; reggae ambassadors, Third World; Ali Campbell, the legendary voice of UB-40; Dominica’s Swinging Stars of more than 50 years; Midnight Groovers of the venerable Chubby Mark; plus the younger generation of Creole stars like Carimi and Harmonik of Haiti, WCK and Triple Kay of Dominica and Kolo Barst of Martinque; the love connections of reggae superstar Gyptian; zouk love singers Fanny, Jocelyne Labylle and Alex Catrin of the French Antilles and the husband and wife team of Bunji and Fay-Ann. That’s the magic of the WCMF 2011, hotter and stronger.The magic continues after 15 years of infectious music and the pulsating rhythms of Creole and popular world music in The Nature Island.Press ReleaseDominica Festivals Committeelast_img read more

Sanchez: I wanted to quit Man Utd after first training session

first_img Loading… “They start laughing and I told them that something did not sit right with me. It had already been signed.” Sanchez recalled a match against West Ham in September 2018 when Jose Mourinho opted to leave him out of the matchday squad entirely. He said: “In a game with West Ham I wasn’t picked. That had never happened to me as a player. It bothered me and I said it couldn’t be possible. “To go from being one of the best in the Premier League to not playing in five months. I came to my house and I was very sad. The next day I trained in a double shift, because I love what I do.” read also:Inter get Sanchez boost for Europa League final Defeat to West Ham at Old Trafford was one of Mourinho’s last in charge as United dismissed the Portuguese with the club languishing in mid-table. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins in December of that year and Sanchez swiftly took the opportunity to discuss a move away, first joining Inter on loan the following summer. He added: “I told him that I needed to take a breather, and the opportunity to go to Inter. He told me that yes, there was no problem.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Alexis Sanchez has sensationally claimed he wanted to tear up his Manchester United contract and return to Arsenal after just one training session at Carrington. In January 2018, United reportedly paid Sanchez more than £500,000-a-week to prise him away from the Gunners in a straight swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way. However, the Chile international’s dream move to his boyhood club quickly turned into a nightmare as he made just 21 starts across his first two full seasons at Old Trafford, having arrived in his pomp from north London. He scored just five goals in 45 appearances in total before sealing a season-long loan move to Inter Milan for the 2019-20 campaign – a transfer which he eventually made permanent earlier this summer. But the 31-year-old has now revealed his move away from Old Trafford would have happened much earlier had he got his way. Sanchez said in an Instagram video: “I got the opportunity to go to United and it seemed tempting to me. It was something nice for me, because when I was a kid I liked that club a lot. “I ended up signing without much information about what was happening in the move. The first days that I was with my colleagues, sometimes there are things that you do not realise until you arrive. “The first training I had I realised many things. I got home and I told my representative: ‘Can’t the contract be terminated to return to Arsenal?’”center_img Promoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Greatest Movies In History Since 19829 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Ronaldo sheds tears during TV interview

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Juventus ace, Cristiano Ronaldo, could not hold back the tears as he spoke about his late father. Ronaldo has been interviewed by Piers Morgan for a programme that will air on ITV on Tuesday night. In a revealing conversation, chat turns to Ronaldo’s private life with the Juventus star telling Morgan that he barely knew his father. Dinis died in 2005 aged 52, just as Ronaldo became the great that he now is. Ronaldo said: “I really don’t know my father 100 per cent. He was a drunk person. I never spoke with him, like a normal conversation. It was hard.” The football ace was also shown footage of his father giving an interview ahead of Euro 2004. And Ronaldo welled up when hearing his dad speak with so much pride. Morgan asked the former Manchester United star what makes him sad when reflecting on his dad. The Portuguese star said: “To be the number one and he don’t see nothing, and he don’t see to receive awards, to see what I became.” Ronaldo also speaks about life with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, who he has one daughter with. The couple are also raising Ronaldo’s other three children as they live together in Turin. And Ronaldo opened up on plans to marry the 25-year-old model in the revealing interview. The former Real Madrid and Manchester United hero said: “We’ll be (married) one day, for sure. “It’s my mum’s dream as well. So, one day. Why not?”Tags: Cristiano RonaldoJuventusPiers Morganlast_img read more

Med Official: Super Bowl Party Murder Victim was Shot 17 Times

first_imgAn associate county medical examiner’s statement in the trial of Christopher Vasata, one of the suspects in the 2017 Super Bowl triple murder, took the courtroom by surprise on Wednesday afternoon.According to that official, one of the three victims—Sean Henry—was shot 17 times, sometimes at very close range.Neighbors along Mohawk Street in Jupiter also testified.One of them, Jason Armentano, says, “All of a sudden, I heard what at first I thought might’ve been fireworks. It definitely sounded like gunshots. It sounded like a bunch of shots altogether.” In total, he says he heard eight to 10 gunshots.Super Bowl Murders: Death penalty trial enters day 2 of testimony ⁦@CBS12⁩ https://t.co/Z0GO2oqe3b— Al Pefley (@AlPefley) June 12, 2019 He adds that shortly thereafter, the host of the Super Bowl party where the murders occurred ran into Armentano’s house and told him that his friends had been shot.Armentano says his neighbor’s behavior was, “Like he saw a ghost. He couldn’t talk.”Another neighbor, Brindin Sieff, also says he heard gunshots, and that he noticed a Honda Accord leaving the scene at 1105 Mohawk Street as someone said, “We need to get in the f—king car now! We need to leave. The police are on their way.”Vasata’s trial is expected to last around three weeks. Police believe that he also killed Kelli Doherty and Brandi-el Salhy at that Super Bowl party.If he is convicted, prosecutors say they intend to seek the death penalty.last_img read more