first_imgGreat Smoky Mountains National Park hires first female chief ranger to oversee law enforcement As part of its Walls Are Meant for Climbing campaign, The North Face, through a partnership with the Trust for Public Land, is building public climbing walls across the country. The first was built in Denver, CO and Atlanta will be the second city to receive a climbing wall, followed by Chicago and Brooklyn. The wall in Atlanta will resemble the local rock at Horse Pen, a nearby climbing area, and was designed by kids from the YMCA and other Atlanta non-profits. The wall will be a part of the 16-acre Rodney Cook Sr. Park, which is currently under construction on the west side of Atlanta. Public climbing wall coming to Atlanta, GA this summer Western North Carolina non-profits join forces for Earth Monthcenter_img Lisa Hendy, a 26-year National Park Service veteran, has become the first female chief ranger in the Resource and Visitor Protection Division at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hendy will oversee law enforcement duties, emergency medical services, wildland fire operations, search and rescue, backcountry operations, and the emergency communications center. A Chattanooga, TN native, Hendy is currently chief ranger at Big Bend National Park in Texas, but has worked at Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Arches and Rocky Mountains national parks. She has served in a number of national leadership roles and won awards for her service, including the prestigious Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award, one of the highest recognitions a park ranger can receive. Non-profits, universities and businesses in Western North Carolina have teamed up to celebrate Earth Month, calling the collective effort WNC for the Planet. During the month of April, the partnership will host environmental service and education opportunities and community events for people of all ages and walks of life across WNC. Events will include trail workdays in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, French Broad River cleanups; trail building in the Highlands of Roan and native habitat restoration. To learn more, join the kickoff party on Sunday, March 31 from noon-2pm at New Belgium brewery in Asheville or visit the online community calendar at read more

first_imgThe Florida Bar Foundation sought the amendment as a way to increase IOTA revenues by broadening the types of institutions that may participate in IOTA.Under the plan, the Foundation, not the lawyer, will be responsible for initiating steps to implement the new rule and for monitoring usage of banks’ and financial services companies’ existing products available to non-IOTA depositors, in order to determine compliance with the IOTA rule.In accordance with the Foundation’s request, the court made the amendment effective July 14. However, the court said those institutions holding IOTA accounts and that elect to participate in the new rule are provided six months to comply with the new eligibility requirements.The new rule also charges the Foundation with the responsibility of determining the initial and continuing eligibility of banks, savings and loan associations, and investment companies to hold IOTA accounts in accordance with the criteria set forth in the rule.The old rule permitted only banks or authorized savings and loan associations to participate in IOTA. Under the new amendments, open-end investment companies will be allowed to qualify as eligible institutions in which IOTA accounts may be established. The amendment also allows the use of government money market funds for IOTA funds; however, only money market funds that are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are comprised solely of United States government securities are permitted. The court also said only those money market funds with a total asset value of at least $250 million would be eligible to participate.Executive Director Jane Curran said the Foundation will work directly with banks and savings and loan associations, which currently hold IOTA accounts, to implement the new rule and has launched an effort to keep lawyers and firms advised about the implementation of the new rules. (See question and answer column to the right.) The Foundation also will soon begin meeting with investment company representatives to promote the benefits of participating in IOTA and contact the Florida Bankers Association to again offer to work through it to educate and assist its members in implementing the new IOTA rule, Curran said.The Foundation also will contact the current IOTA banks holding the majority of large-balance IOTA accounts to:• Explain the new rule, including Foundation coordination on rule language with the FBA.• Offer assistance, including technical and reimbursement of reasonable up-front costs to modify sweep product remittance and reporting processes.• Provide an implementation schedule.• Identify eligible accounts.“We are going to approach the implementation almost the same way an agency would approach the implementation of a regulation,” she said.Curran said the Foundation also will soon select a financial services company to conduct product pricing surveys to assist the Foundation in determining initial and ongoing compliance with the interest and dividend requirement of the new rule.“This will not be an immediate change for banks,” Curran said. “It is our goal to make this successful with the least interruption in the practice of law for attorneys.”Curran said of the roughly 1,250 IOTA accounts with balances in excess of $100,000, the vast majority are at First Union, SunTrust and Bank of America.Under the current program total IOTA revenue will amount to about $11 million this year, and has been steadily falling since the mid-1990s as interest rates have waned and bank service charges have risen. At its peak, IOTA was generating about $19 million a year for legal aid, administration of justice, and law student assistance programs. Due to the combination of low interest rates and high service charges, the Foundation has been forced to reduce grants by 15 percent over the past two years. New IOTA rule could mean millions for the Foundation Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Florida Bar Foundation may well generate another $17 million for legal aid now that the Florida Supreme Court has amended Bar rules to open the IOTA program to financial institutions other than banks and require those holding the trust accounts to pay interest rates or dividends commensurate with those offered to their non-IOTA depositors. July 15, 2001 Managing Editor Regular News “I think this is a heady time for this Foundation,” President Ham Cooke told the Foundation Board of Directors June 22 in Orlando, the first time the board has met since the court amended the IOTA rule June 14. “It is very, very good news, and I am extremely gratified and pleased by the court’s action.” Ham Cooke New IOTA rule could mean millions for the Foundationlast_img read more

first_imgAsked later by a reporter about his retweet, the president said: “I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”The debate over hydroxychloroquine has become supercharged politically with leaders like Trump and some fellow US conservatives cheerleading heavily in its favor.And the curious case of Immanuel and colleagues — first reported in depth by The Daily Beast — underscores just how far the drug’s advocates are willing to go. A Houston physician who praised hydroxychloroquine as a miracle coronavirus cure in a viral video retweeted by President Donald Trump blames gynecological problems on sex with evil spirits and believes the US government is run by “reptilians.”Stella Immanuel’s viral speech has drawn attention to a little-known group calling themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” who appear to exist to promote the common antimalarial drug in the fight against COVID-19.”Nobody needs to get sick. This virus has a cure — it is called hydroxychloroquine,” Immanuel exclaimed Monday as she stood on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington at a so-called “White Coat Summit” of likeminded physicians. Right-wing political group The website for “America’s Frontline Doctors” was registered just 11 days ago, a web domain age checker revealed — and the site was taken down by Tuesday afternoon.”Tea Party Patriots,” a right-wing political group backed by wealthy Republicans, said on its website it was responsible for organizing the Washington summit.Further research on Immanuel’s web page, now accessible only via an archived website viewer, as well as her YouTube account, reveal a long list of bizarre and unscientific beliefs.These include that “tormenting spirits” routinely have “astral sex” with women, which in turn causes “gynecological problems, marital distress, miscarriages” and more.In a 2015 video, Immanuel, who leads a religious group called Fire Power Ministries, said: “There are people ruling this nation that are not even human,” describing them as “reptilian spirits” who are “half human, half ET.”In the same video she rails against the use of “alien DNA” to treat sick people, which she said had resulted in human beings mixing with demons.Other targets of her anger include gay marriage, which she said would result in adults marrying children.Immanuel was born in 1965, received her medical degree at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, and has a valid physician’s license, according to the website of the Texas Medical Board.After Facebook took down the clip, Immanuel warned that the company’s servers would start crashing until it was restored.”If my page is not back up face book will be down in Jesus name,” she tweeted.Topics :center_img Early on in the pandemic, scientists were eager to find out whether hydroxychloroquine’s antiviral properties would make it effective in real-world patients with SARS-CoV-2.So far though, all the major clinical trials that have reported their findings on this question have found no benefit, and leading national health authorities have moved to restrict its use because of potential cardiac harm.Nonetheless the family doctor said all 350 patients she had treated with the medicine — including  those with serious pre-existing conditions — had survived, and that hydroxychloroquine was so potent it made mask-wearing and lockdowns unnecessary.The clip was shared by Trump and described as a “must watch” by his son Donald Trump Jr, but has since been deleted by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for promoting misinformation.last_img read more

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Mar 2020 11:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Guendouzi came off the bench against Everton (Picture: Getty)Guendouzi has reportedly fallen out with Arteta due to disciplinary reasons and was dropped from the squad when Arsenal returned from their winter break.The Frenchman has been restored to Arteta’s matchday squads, but it appears Arteta is open to Guendouzi leaving if he can bring in new faces.Arteta wants a busy summer after he was restricted to loan signings during the winter transfer window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPablo Mari made his debut for Arsenal in their last game against Portsmouth but the injured Cedric Soares is yet to feature for his new team.Arteta has been linked with a host of names and reportedly wants most of his transfer business done before the European Championships get into full swing this summer.As well as opening talks to sign Kokcu, Arsenal are closely following Gent forward Jonathan David who they see as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.MORE: Mikel Arteta can’t repeat Mesut Ozil mistake with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Martin KeownMORE: Arsenal keen on Jonathan David as potential Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replacementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta orders transfer clear-out of Arsenal stars to facilitate new signings Advertisement Arteta wants a busy summer (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta wants a clear-out at Arsenal so the club can seal the signing of Orkun Kokcu and complete further deals, according to reports.Arsenal have opened talks with Feyenoord over a £23million deal for Kokcu, but the club are likely to need to sell to raise transfer funds.A recent exit from the Europa League mean Arsenal can only qualify for the Champions League through the Premier League and the Gunners are currently tenth in the table.The Daily Mail claim Arteta has ordered a ruthless clear-out and already has three players in mind he wants to offload.ADVERTISEMENTMidfielder Matteo Guendouzi, centre-back Sokratis and youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles are all facing the axe this summer, while Mesut Ozil could be a high profile sale.AdvertisementAdvertisementOzil is the club’s top earner, but has failed to perform consistently for the club since signing a huge deal in February 2018. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdmire the Glitter Strips’s famous ocean and skyline views from your very own rooftop pool and spa.It is part of the five-bedroom penthouse that makes up the top four levels of the Marquis on Main residential building.The pool and spa are on a third floor terrace, offering multimillion-dollar views that will make you feel like the rich and famous.The terrace stretches around the penthouse where spectacular panoramic views stretch to the Hinterland. 566 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley — a pool within a bush retreat. 566 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley 42/11 Peak Ave, Main Beach- a pool with a view! Take pool parties to the next level in this dreamy infinity edge pool.The Upper Coomera property’s elevated position makes it look like you’re swimming in the treetops.It also has a heated spa with coloured lights, ideal for an evening dip.The pool is part of the five-bedroom houses’s alfresco area, which includes a built-in barbecue, outdoor fridge and built-in speakers and a television, perfect for entertaining. 1/5022 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara features a spectacular wraparound pool.DAYDREAMING of lazing by the pool for the whole summer?It is one of the greatest Aussie pastimes at this time of year, up there with throwing anything and everything on the barbecue and abandoning all footwear for Havaianas.The Gold Coast has upped its pool game over the years with many properties now offering a range of styles and designs to suit different lifestyles.We’ve come up with a list of some of the best pools the Coast has to offer. The Gold Coast is known for some of its extravagant pool designs but this Hinterland property has stuck with tradition.The tiled pool of various blue and green hues is surrounded by stone paving, which makes it blend seamlessly into the 0.72ha property’s natural environment.Frameless glass panelling lines its perimeter instead of fencing so as not to ruin the panoramic views of the bushland.It’s the perfect spot to admire the stunning scenery while keeping cool this summer.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 32 Burley Griffin Drive, Maudsland — a private oasis. 15 Carrara Road, Carrara — entertain in your Bali hut.center_img 32 Burley Griffin Drive, Maudsland 1 Impeccable Circuit, Coomera Waters — perfect for an evening dip. 42/11 Peak Ave, Main Beach 1 Impeccable Circuit, Coomera Waters Indulge in a relaxing Bali getaway without leaving the house.The pool at the centre of this Riverpark home’s backyard deck resembles one from a holiday resort.It has a water feature and is surrounded by tropical plants, making it feel like it’s a world away from home.It also has a Bali hut, which makes for the perfect spot to sip cocktails while admiring the house’s water vistas. Surrounded by bushland and obscured from neighbours by a wall of tropical plants, you’d be hard-pressed to find a pool more private than this one.It is nestled between the four-bedroom house, which is on a 4017sq m block, and bushland.Spend the days kicking back on a sun lounger or unwinding in the attached spa without worrying about whether your summer bod is up to scratch.The best part is you’ll barely have to venture far from the pool for a refreshing drink because the house has an outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue and bar fridges. 15 Carrara Rd, Carraralast_img read more

first_imgAfter savoring a 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, Super Eagles duo Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho will be hoping to consolidate in another front as Leicester city host Aston Villa in the first leg semis of the Caraboa cup. Although Iheanacho who recently bounced back to reckoning did not play in Saturday’s tie against Wigan, the former Manchester City ace stands a chance of getting action against Villa. Ever regular midfielder Ndidi was in action for 77 minutes against Wigan with Leicester’s goals coming in the 19th minute via Tom Pearce own goal and the 40th minute thanks to Harvey Barnes. While Leicester will be going into Wednesday’s match fresh from their victory against Wigan, same cannot  be said of Aston Villa who are heading into the match after losing 2-1 to Fulham in the FA Cup.Advertisement Loading… City beat wigan 2-0 in the FA cup on Saturday Meanwhile Manchester City and Manchester United will slug it out in the first leg semis of the Caraboa cup Tuesday.  The two premier league sides faced Port Vale and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively in the FA cup with different results to show for their efforts. Read Also Mourinho slams FA ball used in Tottenham’s draw with Middlesbrough While Man City cruised into the next stage of the FA cup with a 4-0 demolition of Port Vale, the Reds who have continued to struggle to rediscover their winning ways, settled for a goalless draw with Wolves and it will take a replay to determine who advances between the two sides. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Nowlast_img read more

first_img “Vincent is improving and maybe it is not such a serious injury as we thought at the beginning – but he needs to see the whole week and we will see what happens with him,” the Chilean said. Pellegrini watched his side hit back from conceding an early opener to Connor Wickham as the hosts looked to make it five straight home wins over City in the top flight. Wickham’s effort – a fortunate deflection off an attempted clearance by Pablo Zabaleta – came after Jack Rodwell had already come close to giving the Black Cats the lead. But City swarmed back with the imperious Sergio Aguero hitting his 18th goal of the season in stunning style two minutes later before setting up City’s second for Stevan Jovetic. Zabaleta added City’s third after the break before Aguero rounded off another stunning display with a fine individual goal to ensure City stay six points behind Chelsea in the title race. Pellegrini added: “I think we are returning to the performances we had last season. I think if we continue playing this way, of course, we will fight for the title, but I think three or four other teams will also be there. “(Aguero) is an important player but it is not just Sergio Aguero – we play in a way that it is very useful for him to score but it is important for him not just to think about scoring but to play for the team. “There are a lot of good strikers but I said before the last game that I am sure he is one of the best five players in the world because he is not just scoring – he is playing very well.” Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admitted his side could have no complaints about the manner of City’s victory, but rued his team’s inability to hold onto their early lead for more than two minutes. Poyet said: “I can’t have too many complaints – they were better than us in every aspect of the game. We started well and had a chance before we scored our goal, but then Aguero appears from nowhere and does something special.” Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini received a double boost after watching his side come from behind to slay Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night.center_img Pellegrini believes his side’s performance proved they were back to the form which swept them to their second title last season. And captain Vincent Kompany is on the road to recovery. Kompany missed the Sunderland clash with a hamstring strain and is also out of the weekend’s game against Everton, but Pellegrini now hopes he could be back for next week’s crucial Champions League clash with Roma. last_img read more

first_imgThe President also said, “Our country was built to get back to work. We don’t have a country where they say, ‘Hey, let’s close it down for two years.’ We can’t do that. It’s not our country.”In terms of how long a stimulus could sustain the U.S. economy, Trump replied, “Hopefully a long time. We’ll see. If we have to go back, we’ll go back.”Wednesday marks day 10 of the 15-day period of the White House’s “15 Days To Slow The Spread initiative.” The President said Wednesday, “we’ll be speaking to everybody” about what follows and that “it’ll be an interesting period of time.”Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned of the inevitability of a second wave of COVID-19 unless proper protocol is followed, basing the concern on projections in other countries that have already endured cycles of the virus. The White House’s coronavirus pandemic task force held another briefing late Wednesday afternoon, as the Senate agreed to a $2 trillion economic stimulus package.President Trump expressed his support for the bill, saying he would immediately sign it. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his “expectation is that this bill passes tonight” and checks could be in the mail within three weeksIt would provide tax rebates, four months expanded unemployment benefits and business tax-relief provisions, in addition to checks for most Americans.The President added that he hopes parts of the nation will be able to return to work and school soon, possibly by Easter. He approved major disaster declarations on Wednesday for New York, California, Washington, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas and Florida.According to the commander-in-chief, testing capacity is growing “exponentially,” while the gap continues to close between the number of people who need the tests and those available for them.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2020last_img read more

first_imgComputer models show that the worst is yet to come in terms of deaths from COVID-19.And Florida is several weeks away from the apex of the illness according to The charts below show projected hospital resource use based on COVID-19 deaths. The model assumes continued social distancing until the end of May 2020.The University of Washington study predicts the number of COVID-19 cases won’t peak until May in Florida According to the study, the state could run out of hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators on May Third.Also, deaths could exceed 100 per day, and after the virus runs its course, deaths could exceed 10-thousand in Florida.last_img read more

first_img Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Life is pretty good right now for Trinity Montigny. After the past month, it’s easy to see why.On Oct. 27, Montigny ran as part of the Ellsworth girls’ cross-country team that made history when it broke a 40-year state championship droughty; less than a week later, she received a certificate informing her of her impending induction to the National Honor Society. Now, with November winding down, she’s preparing for another season of her favorite sport; basketball.Yet even though the past few weeks have brought the Ellsworth junior plenty of joy, her road to competing this season has been far from easy. That’s because of an injury she suffered during a workout a month after the Eagles’ 2017-18 basketball season came to an end.On March 12, Montigny was taking part in a layup line while practicing with some of her teammates. As her turn in line came, Montigny made her approach and laid the ball off the backboard and into the net the same way all basketball players have done thousands of times before. This time, though, she landed awkwardly on her right foot and fell to the ground in pain.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Right when it happened, I was like, ‘This is not good,’” Montigny said. “I didn’t know what exactly I did at that moment, but it hurt so much. I could tell right then and there that it was a pretty bad injury.”As a result of the injury, the official diagnosis of which was a torn tendon sheath, Montigny had to wear a cast and then a walking boot for six weeks before undergoing physical therapy for more than a month. With further rehabilitation needed in order to avoid surgery, she was forced to miss the entire spring softball season and travel basketball over the summer.Although being unfit to play softball or practice basketball was a setback, Montigny was determined to refine her craft in any way possible. With the help of friends and trainers, she spent an ample amount of time during the spring shooting baskets from a wheelchair at several local gyms.Trinity Montigny maneuvers around Sumner’s Skylar Soule during an exhibition high school girls’ basketball game Nov. 30, 2017, in Ellsworth. Montigny, an All-Big East Conference first-team selection last season, is hoping for another big year in 2018-19 after recovering from a foot injury she suffered in March.“I just wanted to make sure my form was still consistent and that I didn’t get rusty,” Montigny said. “Even when I couldn’t be active by being on my feet, it was one way I could make sure I was still working and getting better. Being out there and doing that helped me stay positive, which was the most important thing.”After spending the summer rehabbing and sitting out the start of cross-country season to ensure a full recovery, Montigny made her return to sports in late September. She took part in the Roger Willey 5K Road Race on Sept. 22 before rejoining her cross-country teammates for the Festival of Champions on Sept. 29 and playing a travel basketball game the next day.“For Festival, the biggest thing for Trin was to just get back into that racing mindset,” head coach Louie Luchini said. “For her to be back and competing on a consistent schedule like that was a very important step for her, and she got better every week after that.”No matter the sport, Montigny’s accomplishments speak for themselves. In addition to being the cross-country team’s top runner in 2017, she was named an all All-Big East Conference selection in basketball last year after finishing as Ellsworth’s leading scorer. She was the only lowerclassman among the 10 players selected to the team.So high was head girls’ basketball coach Andy Pooler’s confidence in Montigny’s abilities at the beginning of her freshman season in 2016-17 that he made her the team’s starting point guard immediately. Montigny never relinquished that role, and as she prepares to lead the way for a young team as an upperclassman this year, her coach is confident she will take the next step as both a player and a leader.“I don’t have to worry about whether or not she’s ready for that because the truth is that she’s been ready for it all along,” Pooler said Monday following the team’s first practice of the season. “She’s a heck of an athlete who possesses great vision and technique, and when you combine that with her work ethic and mental grasp of the game, she’s just one of those kids who’s been ready from Day 1.”Even without Katelynn Bagley and Hannah Sargent, two senior leaders from last year’s team, Montigny will have plenty of talent by her side with the returns of several promising sophomores; the Eagles welcome back Samantha Carter, one of the league’s top 3-point shooters last season, as well as Sara Shea, Kylie Robidoux, Sierra Andrews and Kayla Duhaime.Ellsworth will open the 2018-19 season when it plays on the road against Orono at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8. For Montigny, who was unable to participate in organized basketball games for half the year, that day can’t come soon enough.“It’s going to feel so great to be out there with the girls again. I don’t know if I’ve ever played on a team with this much talent,” Montigny said. “I’m just happy to be back in this position to help the team in any way I can, and I’m so thankful for everyone — family, my friends, doctors, trainers, all of them — who helped me along the way.”center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Biolast_img read more