Good things come in threes and b’s, like Blue Ridge Outdoors’ very own Bluegrass, Beer, and Bikes events this week. To celebrate the finer things in life, BRO and Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters will be giving a tour throughout the Blue Ridge area, each featuring local craft brews, group mountain bike rides, and Book’s musical stylings on the guitar. This weekend, BRO and Book will start in North Carolina to hit Brevard on Thursday, March 26, and Boone on Friday, March 27. The power team will also make their way up to Virginia in Roseland on Saturday and Roanoke on Sunday.This jam-packed weekend tour comes with plenty of chances for you to meet Book and the Blue Ridge Outdoors team in the best possible settings – doing what we all love! Good music, tasty drinks, exciting trails, and warm sunshine makes for our perfect combination, and we hope you’ll agree.Find information for each of the individual rides and concerts below, and plan your evening with BRO and Book:Oskar Blues Brewery’s Tasty WeaselBrevard, N.C.Thursday, March 26 at 5pmProceeds to Benefit Pisgah Area SORBAGroup Mountain Bike Ride in Pisgah National Forest at 2pm; leaving from the Tasty WeaselAppalachian Mountain BreweryBoone, N.C.Friday, March 27 at 7:30pmProceeds to benefit Boone Area CyclistsGroup Mountain Bike Ride at Rocky Knob Bike Park at 4pmDevils Backbone Base CampRoseland, Va.Saturday, March 28 at 2pmProceeds to Benefit the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike CoalitionGroup Mountain Bike Rides at 12pm and 6pm, leaving from Devils Backbone Soaring Ridge Craft BreweryRoanoke, Va.Sunday, March 29 at 4pmProceeds to Benefit Roanoke IMBA chapterGroup Mountain Bike Ride at 12pm; leaving from Soaring RidgeEach of these four rides and shows will be free to the public, but any donations from the event will support the local bike clubs listed above. Concert-goers will also have the chance to participate in a raffle for gear from our sponsors, including Keen, Yakima, Farm to Feet, Klean Kanteen, and RIDESolutions.We’re pretty certain here at Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine that these Bluegrass, Beer, and Bikes nights come close to living the dream. Come enjoy this power trio and kick back with the best – we sure know how to throw a good party.
By Dialogo November 20, 2012 Ten Venezuelan nationals pretending to be the Olympic weightlifting team were arrested with liquid cocaine capsules in their stomachs at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, before flying to Europe, reported airport officials on November 17. The fake Venezuelan athletes were about to board a flight on TAM airlines with a stopover in Brazil, and Lisbon as the final destination on November 15, when they were arrested after getting full body scans. The procedure detected that they had swallowed capsules of cocaine, for which they were arrested by the airport’s Security Police and brought to Buenos Aires’s 8th Criminal Economic Court. Linked to the same case, three Dominican nationals were arrested in two raids at a hotel and an apartment in Buenos Aires, the source specified to the official news agency Telam. The investigation started last July, after it was reported that a Venezuelan individual, who allegedly headed a Venezuelan organization devoted to trading illegal drugs, was engaged in the sale of prohibited drugs and culminated in the operation on November 15, stated the source.
*The author is research professor of Latin America at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. The analysis presented in this work was inspired and informed by discussions by the name of event, but the opinions and recommendations expressed in this work are strictly those of the author. By Dr. Evan Ellis* November 23, 2018 The United Nations estimates that at least 1.8 million Venezuelans have permanently departed their country since 2016 due to the unlivable conditions there. An additional 1.5 to 2 million more are expected to leave in 2019 as the condition in the region continues to collapse. In recent weeks, the massive flows of refugees have prompted Ecuador and Brazil to each temporarily shut their borders to thousands of Venezuelans literally seeking to walk into their countries. Further to the north, while the debate over building a wall to more effectively close the U.S.-Mexican border has received much attention, Mexico has also worked with the United States to more effectively control the movement of people (as well as drugs and contraband goods) across its own southern borders with Guatemala and Belize. When the United States changed its wet foot, dry foot policy towards accepting Cuban immigrants, the result played out through migrant crises in Costa Rica’s borders with Nicaragua and Panama. In the Dominican Republic, the attempt to seal off the border against immigrants from neighboring Haiti fueled an ongoing controversy within the international community. The common element of each of these cases is that for even the most generous of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, the movement of persons, like the movement of licit and illicit goods, ultimately becomes a matter of national sovereignty and border control. Less widely noticed is that in many nations of the region it is the national militaries which perform all or part of border control functions, and thus find themselves on the front lines as desperate people move through the region for a range of economic and political reasons. Security issues From April 9-12, 2018, I had the opportunity to participate in a working session of the Conference of American Armies (CAA) in Guatemala City, on the theme of human rights in the context of border control operations and migration-related challenges in the hemisphere. The CAA, part of the Inter-American Human Rights System led by the Organization of American States, brings together land forces from across the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation and address security issues of importance to the region. In the context of the challenge of multiple, massive movements of persons in the region, including Venezuelans and Central Americans among others, the purpose of this essay is to call attention to the little-discussed theme of human rights considerations for militaries of the region in dealing with such movements and some of the challenges and thinking being done by the region’s militaries to recognize and meet their obligations in that area. The importance of addressing such obligations by armed forces in the hemisphere arises from the confluence of three dynamics: · The increasing irregular flow of persons through the region (including within member states and to and from other regions), · Associated expansion of illicit flows through the region, such as drugs, cash, weapons, mining products, and contraband goods, · The continued use of the armed forces in Latin America to meet internal security challenges, including responses to the previously mentioned illicit flows, where the capacity of state organizations is exceeded. While beyond routine border control operations there is a strong normative presumption against the use of the military in matters involving migrants, the region’s armed forces often play a necessary and constructive role supporting civil authorities responding to such challenges (where such a role is consistent with national laws and policies), in a way that not only respects, but advances human rights in the region. Migration patterns in the Western Hemisphere Latin America and the Caribbean are regions increasingly characterized by irregular migration flows driven by both insecurity and economic factors, while at the same time contributing to them. The Continuous Reporting System on International Migration in the Americas of the European Commission’s Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development calculates that migration flows through the region increased by 11 percent in 2015 alone (the last date for which data is available). Such flows include internal displacement within countries —including not only the crisis in Venezuela, but also violence or natural disasters—, as well as displacement to other countries. It may include migration across a single border, such as the flow of Venezuelans into Colombia, or movements of persons across multiple borders, such as the journeys of migrants from Cuba and South America passing through Central America and Mexico to the United States. It also includes immigration from countries outside the hemisphere, such as that from China, Africa, and Syria. As is well known, a limited number of countries characterized by high levels of violence and limited economic opportunity have become important source countries for migration in the Western Hemisphere. These include the northern triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala (whose immigrants travel through Mexico toward the United States), Haiti (which sends significant numbers of migrants to neighboring Dominican Republic as well as to the United States and even as far as Chile), and in recent years, Venezuela, whose citizens have departed not only for Colombia, but also to Brazil (particularly Roraima state), Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere. Although approximately half of immigration within the region is ultimately bound for the United States, other flows from poorer to wealthier countries also occur, including the movement of migrants from Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay to Argentina and Chile. In recent years, other destinations such as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, and Uruguay have been impacted by significant increases in immigration. The causes of the aforementioned migratory dynamics are complex, interdependent, and mutually reinforcing, reflecting the interaction of perceptions and actual conditions. Insecurity as a driver of migration may involve personal victimization or that of family or friends, the pressure of extortion, and/or broader perceptions of danger transmitted through traditional and social media. Economic drivers include not only the inability to find a job or otherwise generate income, but also events and costs which make the status quo seem unsustainable, such as a major theft, displacement from one’s property, or extortion against one’s family or business. Beyond traditional cost-benefit calculations, Venezuela illustrates how the sheer inability to obtain basic necessities such as food and medicine may drive massive outmigration. In the difficult decision to migrate, objective conditions are mediated through perceptions, including information from family and friends regarding where opportunities and support networks exist, as well as information from traditional and social media regarding where immigrants are unwelcome. Immigration has significant effects not only on the society receiving those displaced, but also on those losing them and the countries that they transit. While remittances sent by immigrants from their new homes can benefit family and communities in their former ones, the breakup of families when migrants leave and the vulnerability of those left behind to recruitment by gangs and other ills generate damaging effects on the countries they leave. Moreover, the transit of migrants fuels other parts of the criminal economy in the region. It generates revenues for the smugglers and those who traffic in persons, moving them against their will, or through deception, as well as for criminals who prey upon immigrants by extorting or robbing them (those in transit are notably vulnerable for the combination of their transit status and the cash and other valuables that many carry for the journey), and those who may oblige them to smuggle drugs or engage in other illicit activities during their journey. The role of Latin American armed forces in border control and migration Although civilian authorities almost universally have the lead in border control and migration issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, the regions’ armed forces play a variety of roles in support of those authorities as shaped by the individual situation and legal framework of each state. The human rights considerations for such missions, where performed, were the focus of discussion for the CAA meeting in Guatemala City. While the specific activities of each of the regions’ militaries in border control and migration vary as a function of the nations’ laws and policies, the superset of such activities can be divided into: · Those in support of the control of border areas, involving not only immigrants, but other flows, both licit and illicit, · Special tasks, potentially performed by different countries at different times. The particular tasks in each of these categories involve a range of distinct human rights considerations for the military and other authorities undertaking them. With respect to frontier control, the interaction with migrants depends in part on whether they are believed to be associated with illicit activities such as carrying drugs or being trafficked against their will, or whether they fall within a category of person of concern because of their potential ties to terrorist groups. In general, most countries of the region do not restrict the exit of immigrants from their territory, although they may insist on the use of official border crossings. In situations where military support for border control involves detentions, there are human rights implications, including the circumstances of the detention and the period of time the detainee is held. Where immigrants are in distress, interactions at both land and maritime borders also may create an obligation to render assistance. Other considerations include limitations on the treatment of migrants at control points, such as respect for the integrity of their person, with special attention required for certain categories of persons such as women and children. It is generally considered that information obtained from the immigrant should also be limited to the purpose of the control activity and handled in a way respectful of the immigrant’s right to privacy. Where interactions involve a confrontation, the use of force must be necessary and proportional, consistent with imperatives such as “legitimate defense”, and the use of force in a progressive, differentiated fashion. Where control activities require immigrants to be taken into custody, a number of other human rights imperatives arise, including minimizing the time in custody (particularly where custody involves the delivery of the immigrant to the competent civil authority, consistent with the laws of each country), as well as ensuring certain minimum conditions during that custody, such as those involving dignified treatment, physical safety, and adequate and appropriate food and medical care. While armed forces in the region are not traditionally involved in interactions with immigrants beyond the support of military entities for border control in some countries, the United Nations-sanctioned peacekeeping force in Haiti (MINUSTAH), in which armed forces were called upon to administer migrant camps, illustrates that special cases may arise. Alternatively, the military may be called on to interact with immigrants within the national territory for purposes other than removing them, such as the case of Colombia, facing a massive inflow of migrants from Venezuela, where the military could potentially be called upon to provide order and/or assistance to immigrants and others with whom they interact as part of its broader role of maintaining control over and security in the national territory. Each of these situations in which militaries interact with immigrants gives rise to situations with associated human rights obligations for participating militaries, similar to those arising from military involvement in border control activities, as discussed previously. Recommendations The rich discussions at the CAA session suggest a number of promising steps to help the armed forces of the Americas ensure compliance with human rights obligations when they conduct activities in support of civil authorities involving migration, as authorized by their national policies and legal frameworks. To the extent that militaries of the region engage in border control and other migration-related operations, they must have the knowledge and tools to support that participation in a fashion consistent with the human rights legal obligations discussed in this analysis. Doing so also requires ensuring that doctrine relevant to such activities touches on the relevant human rights considerations, and that participating units are adequately trained with regard to them. The availability of reference materials such as a reference card or booklet for troops that can be carried on their person may be useful in this regard. Moreover, forces participating in interactions with migrants should have the appropriate equipment to facilitate such compliance. This includes the availability of riot gear and nonlethal weapons for interaction with civilians –where such interaction is necessary–, to help ensure proportionality in the use of force. Where possible and permitted by available resources, a desirable practice is to outfit units engaged in such operations involving civilians with monitoring and verification equipment such as body cameras. Such devices not only protect civilians against potential abuse, but also protect the military personnel involved against false or mistaken allegations. It is important for national militaries to have a clear legal framework that establishes the authorities, responsibilities, and limits in geography and time to govern their actions in internal security operations, such as those involving border control and interactions with migrants, to reduce questions of authority. In the case that the situation requires the national leadership to implement a temporary special legal regime, such as a state of emergency, it is particularly important that the policy action and law be clear regarding what authorities governing armed forces are expanded and which are not. As a principle, and particularly when dealing with migrants, the military should seek to maintain transparency of their actions and constant communication with relevant governmental partners, non-government civil actors (such as local partners and interest groups), non-governmental organizations, transnational organizations, and other states relevant to the action (such as neighbors and/or coalition partners). Such outreach may seem burdensome or superfluous within the culture of the armed forces executing the missions described in this analysis and certainly will not preempt all mistrust or unfair accusations, but is a necessary part of building the confidence of the relevant stakeholders in the context of operations which are likely to be highly sensitive and potentially politicized.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that a cyber breach of a filing system it uses may have provided the basis for some illegal trading in 2016.In a statement posted on the SEC’s website, Chairman Jay Clayton said a review of the agency’s cybersecurity risk profile determined that the previously detected “incident” was caused by “a software vulnerability” in its EDGAR filing system.The statement said the software was patched quickly after the hack was uncovered in 2016, although the possibility that some may have used it to make illegal profits was only discovered last month.The SEC revelation comes as Americans continue to grapple with the repercussions of a massive, months-long hack of Equifax, a credit reporting agency, which exposed highly sensitive personal information of 143 million people. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The number of suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain has passed the grim milestone of 50,000, the government said on Tuesday.Business Secretary Alok Sharma cited analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which said 50,107 people had died in the outbreak.The ONS assessed all deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned or suspected on the death certificate up to May 29. Officially, the government only counts the deaths of those who had tested positive for COVID-19. That figure rose to 40,883 on Tuesday, up 286 on Monday.On either measure, the toll is Europe’s worst and the second highest in the world behind the United States, although each country has different reporting methods and lag times. The ONS data also showed that deaths in England and Wales exceeded the average of the last five years by 57,961 in the 10-week period since the outbreak took hold in March.Despite the figures, Sharma said infection and death rates are falling, and the UK lockdown, which has been in force since March, could be eased further. Sharma said that all non-essential shops in England could re-open from June 15, as long as they comply with health and safety guidelines.”This is the latest step in the careful restarting of our economy and will enable high streets up and down the country to spring back to life,” said Sharma.He added that the two-meter social distancing rule in place in the UK would remain when shops re-open, despite speculation it might be relaxed.But he ruled out re-opening pubs and restaurants until July 4 at the earliest.The government is also expected to announce on Wednesday that zoos and safari parks will re-open as part of a gradual easing of the lockdown rules.The announcement was expected to be formerly made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.A Downing Street official said: “This is by necessity a careful process, but we hope the reopening of safari parks and zoos will help provide families with more options to spend time outdoors, while supporting the industry caring for these incredible animals.” Topics :
Leno says David de Gea has ‘unbelievable reflexes and reactions’ (Picture: Getty)‘Ederson’s also very good with his feet and De Gea has unbelievable reflexes and reactions.‘When I watch the games – and I like watching the games – I always study them. I don’t want to copy them, though, it’s only to see how they play.‘We’re all different to each other, so it’s just about finding our own style.’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 CityLeno believes Brazil international Alisson, who helped Liverpool win the Champions League last season and dominate the 2019-20 Premier League campaign, is the stand-out goalkeeper in England.‘For me it’s clear, it’s Alisson,’ Leno said previously. ‘He’s good at everything and his stats are also very good.‘He’s played a number of big games for Liverpool and for me it’s clear that he’s the best goalkeeper at the moment.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Michael Owen names the THREE best strikers in Premier League historyMORE: Dani Ceballos aiming for Real Madrid stay after Arsenal loan ends Advertisement Arsenal star Bernd Leno hails Alisson, David de Gea and Ederson as he reveals he ‘studies’ his Premier League rivals Bernd Leno has impressed at Arsenal since signing from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal star Bernd Leno has revealed he regularly ‘studies’ his rival Premier League goalkeepers, reserving special praise for Alisson, Ederson and David de Gea.Leno has impressed at the Emirates since signing from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2018.But the German shot-stopper insists he is still striving to improve and ‘studies’ other goalkeepers in the Premier League as he looks to make gains in his own game.And the Arsenal star picked out Liverpool’s Alisson, Manchester City’s Ederson and Manchester United’s De Gea for special praise.ADVERTISEMENT‘To be honest I study every time I’m watching football. I look at the keepers, the game and the strikers,’ Leno said on Reddit.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In the Premier League we have the best goalkeepers because there are so many top goalkeepers here.‘The top goalkeeper last season was Alisson from Liverpool. He’s good with his feet, good at crosses and is playing high with a high defence, which you need at Liverpool. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 May 2020 11:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link680Shares
Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond LawrenceA Creole Song Competition, a Creole Spelling B Competition for primary schools and two new plays by local artists are expected to form part of activities to celebrate DOMFESTA 2012.Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence said several of the activities forming part of DOMFESTA are new.“We are doing in collaboration with a number of stakeholders and organizations. The DOMFESTA program is very varied. It is very exciting and we have several overseas artists. We have Ethiopian bans. We have two new plays written by locals, we have a Creole song contest. Normally the DOMFESTA song contest could be written in any language but we want it in Creole this time,” he said.Several government officials and sponsors are expected to be recognized at today’s launching.This year’s DOMFESTA celebration is being held under the theme “Through Culture We Build a Progressive and Peaceful Society”.The official launch of the activities will take place this morning from 10 o’clock.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share LocalNews 2012 DOMFESTA to be officially launched today by: – April 18, 2012 39 Views no discussions Share
Tiger Woods’s opening birdie bomb was followed by a long slog to a four-over par 76 on Sunday as the 15-time major champion wrapped up a tough week in his first tournament in five months at the Memorial. Woods, a five-time winner of the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, made the cut on the number to keep his perfect streak of cuts made in the tournament in his 18th appearance. The 44-year-old reigning Masters champion was encouraged by a third-round 71, but could make nothing happen in a final round that included a double-bogey at the par-five seventh and five more bogeys – including a five-foot par miss at the 18th. His six-over total left him 18 off the lead held by Jon Rahm when Woods walked off the course. Birdies at 16 and 17 – with putts of 18 and 22 feet – were little consolation, but Woods insisted the week offered reasons for optimism. “I got four rounds in,” he said. ‘I was fortunate to make the weekend and made some progress ball striking-wise,” Woods said. “I’ve got to clean up on the greens,” added Woods. “I didn’t putt well all week. But as far as my swing, it felt good. I was able to hit good shots. Read Also: Hamilton to push F1 bosses for better anti-racism effort “We’ll see what happens in the near future,” Woods said. “Soon,” he promised with a smile. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “I haven’t played in a while. It was nice to get my feet wet.” Woods hadn’t teed it up on the US PGA Tour since February, when a stiff back hindered him at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles. Continuing back trouble prompted him to sit out the Players Championship in March – which was halted mid-tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Woods had opted to sit out the first five events of the tour’s restart in June. Woods, who could now find himself defending his Masters title in November under the revamped global golf calendar, was cagey about when he might tee it up next. Some pundits have suggested that could be at the World Golf Championships event in Memphis July 30-August 2, but Woods declined to confirm. “Friday was a bit off physically, but overall for my first week back, it was a lot, a lot of positives. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?
The 6th Grade St. Louis Girls Basketball traveled to St. Mary’s Holy Dome in North Vernon for their season opener. The Cardinals went 1-1 on Saturday at the K of C Classic, losing in the championship game.The first game was against St. Bartholomew’s. After falling to 12-5 in the first half, the Cardinals fought hard and pulled through with a victory, beating St. Bartholomew’s 19-16. Leading in scoring was Bridget Lohmueller with 9 points and Rachel Suttmann with 6 points. Cora Roth and Karsyn Watson contributed 2 points each.The second game was against the well seasoned St. Mary’s North Vernon team. The Cardinals got in a deficit early and it was tough to pull out of. The second half showed many improvements, but it was not enough. The girls played hard, but came up short, losing 42-14. Leading scoring was Rachel Suttmann with 10 points. Karsyn Watson and Meg Ritter each contributed 2 points. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Anne Suttmann.
Statewide—Duke Energy continues to focus on the safety of its customers, communities, and employees during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s undertaken temporary measures to assist our customers during these unprecedented times. These measures include: Suspending disconnections for non-payment Waiving late payment and returned check fees Waiving credit and debit card fees for residential customers Offering flexible payment arrangements for all customers including small and medium businessesIt’s also adopted measures to keep its employees and customers safe including: Implemented a Remote Work Policy for employees able to work from home Implemented a no-visitors policy at our facilities Restricted all non-essential travel Suspended energy efficiency audits Suspended home weatherization repairs Advised our customer-facing employees about social distancing and other important measures they should take to protect themselves and customersAs it continues to advise employees to take safe measures, it is also urging customers and the public to stay healthy and safe by keeping a safe distance away from our work zones and practicing social distancing from our workers as they perform their duties. We are all in this together and by working together we can protect each otherIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Duke Energy Foundation contributed an additional $100,000 to help Indiana communities. This “rapid response” contribution was in addition to the foundation’s annual giving of $2 million in Indiana. Through these additional funds, Duke Energy was able to assist dozens of local food pantries and other organizations to help address local needs resulting from COVID-19.