Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Hawaii Episode

first_img Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team Chase McPeak/The Manual Next Chase McPeak/The Manual Chase McPeak/The Manual A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Chase McPeak/The Manual When in Hawaii you’ve got to eat, right? Chase articulates the need to stop at road-side stands for super fresh fruits and produce, as well as shave ice and coconuts right off the tree. Greg recounts the time he saw a woman machete open a coconut without even looking. All agree that’s a woman you don’t want to mess with. The food discussion wraps up with a call to visit Hilo’s Farmers Market and to book reservations at the best restaurant on the island: Manta at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (which incidentally was built by a Rockefeller).But what is food without drink? Sam, booze aficionado that he is, comes in hard with the history and background of Sailor Jerry Rum and the real Sailor Jerry, Norman Collins. He gives us a breakdown grogs, which are combination fruit juices (which you must add rum to) and tells the tale of Kohana Brewing’s latest evolution in the sustainability fight, which is, as one can imagine, of huge importance when living on an island with finite resources.Further ReadingTattoos and Rum: The Story of the Real Sailor Jerry, Norman CollinsKona Brewing Makes Waves With New Sustainability EffortHawaiian Shirts You’ll Actually Want to Wear Chase McPeak/The Manual What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — Associate Editor of Lifestyle, Chase McPeak; Food and Drink Editor, Sam Slaughter; and the ever affable host and MC, Greg Nibler — discusses great things to do, places to stay, where to eat, and what to drink on Hawaii island.First, Chase gives everyone a rundown of the volcano situation (it’s totally not a big deal), emphasizes the need to have a rental car while on the island, and gives advice on some great places to trek to for a hike: South Point, as well as the Kohala Coast and Pololu Valley. If you’re planning a vacation, you’ll need a place to stay. Chase recommends The Fairmont Orchid resort — it’s the best hotel for snorkeling on the island. He also recounts a story of nearly stepping on a sea turtle he thought was a rock, an indication of the crazy nature you’ll see everyone on the island. Chase McPeak/The Manual Chase McPeak/The Manual Chase McPeak/The Manual center_img Chase McPeak/The Manual Chase McPeak/The Manual Chase McPeak/The Manual The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Chase McPeak/The Manual Chase McPeak/The Manual Chase McPeak/The Manual Editors’ Recommendations Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary 1 of 14 Chase McPeak/The Manual Previous last_img read more

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Philly Shipyard Lays Off 42 Pct of Its Workers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Philly Shipyard Since the beginning of 2018, the U.S.-based Philly Shipyard has idled all production activities in its fabrication shops and laid off approximately 42% of its employees. The workforce cuts and facility idling are being pursued as cost-cutting measures aimed at curbing the impact of order shortage at the yard.The company has one containership under construction for Matson set for completion in the first quarter of 2019. However, the cash-strapped shipbuilder forecasts the Matson vessels to be a loss-making project.Until earlier this year, Philly Shipyard had been working on a project to build up to four containerships for delivery to TOTE Maritime in 2020 and 2021. However, in January 2018, this project was placed on hold.“Since then, Philly Shipyard has explored alternatives in order to secure contracts and financing for these containerships, but without success. Based on the current new order prospects, market conditions and other circumstances, Philly Shipyard has canceled the CV3700 project,” the company said.For the third quarter of 2018 Philly Shipyard booked a loss of USD 30 million, compared to net income of USD 17.1 million for Q3 2017.The net loss was driven partly by an impairment charge of USD 17.3 million due to the write-off of the full amount of the work-in-process on assets pertaining to the two TOTE Maritime vessels that have been cancelled.The net loss was also driven by an additional loss of USD 7.3 million incurred and recognized in Q3 2018 on the Matson project as well as overhead expenses incurred in Q3 2018 not allocated to projects.For the nine-month period, the shipbuilder booked a loss of USD 36.4 million. As of 30 September 2018, Philly Shipyard had an order backlog of USD 39.0 million.“Securing contracts for new vessels is the key to Philly Shipyard’s long-term future and ultimate return to sustained profitability; however, this is not expected to materially improve its near-term forecast. Due to the under-recovery of the costs mentioned above, Philly Shipyard expects it will suffer significant losses in 2018 and 2019, even if the shipyard receives orders for new vessels. The current forecast is also subject to sensitivity due to the potential for operational inefficiencies arising from the timing of new vessel orders and other unforeseen impacts,” the company added.Philly Shipyard said it was in active discussions on several potential construction projects for U.S. built vessels. These include negotiations with an undisclosed potential buyer for the construction and sale of two 50,000 DWT class product tankers for operation in the Jones Act trade with targeted deliveries in Q4 2020 and Q1 2021.The duo signed a term sheet for the transaction in July 2018. If built, these vessels will be substantially similar to the recently completed series of eight MT-50 class product tankers delivered by Philly Shipyard, except the main engines will be upgraded from Tier II to Tier III compliant.The shipbuilder is also pursuing an opportunity to build five academy training ships under National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) program. The shipyard contract is expected to be awarded within Q1 2019. MARAD has received USD 300 million in federal funding for the first vessel, which is desired for delivery by the end of Q4 2021.last_img read more

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Nowruz a reminder that heritage helps make resilient sustainable societies – UN

“At a time when violent extremism seeks to destroy diversity and freedoms, Nowruz is a reminder of the power of culture and heritage to build resilient and sustainable societies,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in her message. Highlighting that in the midst of global challenges such as violent extremism, Nowruz is a source of confidence and belonging for all, Ms. Bokova noted that the message it conveys is all the more important given the efforts around the globe to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. “Through dance, poems, songs, meals and other social practices, the celebration of Nowruz is a moment for men and women, boys and girls, to pay their respect to nature and wish for a better future,” she added. Nowruz, which marks the first day of spring and the renewal of nature, is celebrated by more than 300 million people all around the world and has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions. In 2009, Nowruz was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a festivity of rich diversity promoting peace and solidarity across regions and generations. The following year, the UN General Assembly welcomed its inclusion on the List.Quoting Rumi, the famous poet, Ms. Bokova said: “’Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.’ Nowruz is a field where reconciliation and dialogue can take their roots.” “It is a field where traditions and rituals are passed from generation to generation, to share moments of togetherness, tolerance, harmony and joy,” she noted. Also today, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) highlighted the importance of Nowruz in promoting cultural diversity and friendship among people. Extending its best wishes to the people of the country on Nowruz, the UN Mission said that it was a time for renewal and celebration, as well as for promoting values of peace and solidarity between generations and communities. “On the eve of this important day, the UN family in Afghanistan expresses hope that the year ahead brings peace to the Afghan people, who deserve a future free from conflict and filled with hope,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. read more

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Terex Washing Systerms announce attendance at Bauma Africa 2013

first_imgTerex Washing Systems (TWS) will be present at the Bauma Africa in Johannesburg from the 18 – 21 September. TWS will be in attendance following recent developments in interest and enquiries from the African market. Bauma Africa will provide a platform and opportunity for TWS to interact with customers and deal with their specific washing needs. TWS will attend with one of their global dealers in this market, ELB Equipment, as well as having a presence with Invest NI. The TWS Director and marketing manager will be at hand to answer all your washing queries.last_img read more

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Brock Lesnar now in the UFC Heavyweight Top 10 rankings discussion on

first_img Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Now Playing Up Next Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Brock Lesnar now in the UFC Heavyweight Top 10 rankingsAccording to the latest rankings over on UFC.com, WWE star Brock Lesnar is now the No. 8 ranked Heavyweight in the UFC following his win at UFC 200 over Mark Hunt.Per the official @ufc rankings, Brock Lesnar is now the No. 8 ranked Heavyweight following his win at #UFC200 pic.twitter.com/oVCWZCtRKE— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) July 14, 2016Discussion on Lesnar’s victory at UFC 200I joined Chris Featherstone on Episode 224 of Pancakes and Powerslams this week to discuss Brock Lesnar’s return to the UFC last Saturday in Las Vegas and his win over Mark Hunt. Plus, discussion on SummerSlam, Moose debuting in TNA and more. Braun Strowman Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Videos Articles Pinterest Brock Lesnar Another Top UFC fighter Is Calling Conor McGregor ‘Irrelevant’ Videos Articles 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event Now Playing Up Next UFC On ESPN Deal Is Happening Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

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Assistant Police Chief David Nisleit named San Diegos next Chief of Police

first_img February 1, 2018 Updated: 8:18 PM KUSI Newsroom, Assistant Police Chief David Nisleit named San Diego’s next Chief of Police Posted: February 1, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Chief Shelley Zimmerman, David Nisleit, Police Officers Association, San Diego Police Department FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMayor Kevin Faulconer has named David Nisleit as San Diego’s next Chief of Police.Nisleit is a San Diego native and he joined the San Diego Police Department in 1988. He is currently one of the department’s assistant chiefs.Nisleit will be succeeding Chief Shelley Zimmerman, who retires next month.KUSI was joined by Jack Schaeffer, the president of the San Diego Police Officers Association with more. last_img read more

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Battle Ground City Council candidate holding fundraiser

first_imgBattle Ground City Council candidate holding fundraiserA barbecue fundraiser will be held later this month to benefit a Battle Ground City Council candidate.Supporters of Adrian Cortes are asked to donate $35 to attend the July 23 dinner on the back patio of Battle Ground Printing, 407 W. Main St. in Battle Ground. Mike Hardin, owner of the printing business, and State Rep. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, are hosting the event, which is expected to run from 4 to 6 p.m.Reserve seating by calling Nikki Gaudreault at 360-980-0944.Cortes is challenging incumbent Paul Zandamela in this November’s election for the No. 3 seat on the council.last_img read more

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33 report an increase in staff pension fund performance complaints

first_imgA third (33%) of employer respondents report an increase in complaints from employees about their pension fund performance in the last two years, according to research by Portus Consulting.Its survey of 103 UK-based HR professionals and 1,043 UK employees, also found that 35% of employer respondents are concerned about possible regulatory or compliance issues for their organisation as a result of pension complaints.The research also found:28% of employer respondents report an increase in enquiries from employees about their pension scheme over the last two years.19% of employee respondents have contacted their employer over the past two years about pension scheme issues.4% of employee respondents have complained about the performance of their savings in their pension scheme in the past two years.48% of employee respondents believe the retirement planning services provided by their employer are effective, and 15% feel these services are disappointing.Steve Watson (pictured), commercial director at Portus Consulting, said: “HR departments have to some extent been put in the frontline of the push to tackle the UK’s retirement savings crisis and have played a major role in helping to deliver workplace auto-enrolment.“There is a price for success, unfortunately, and that is a rise in complaints and concern about pension scheme performance from employees which could lead to major problems with compliance and regulatory issues.“Pension schemes and employee benefits in general are a major part of the total reward package for staff and need to be clearly communicated to employees so that they can plan for their retirement and see the benefits of their own and their employers’ investment.”last_img read more

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Harbour Air plans to be the first electric airline and itll do

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 21 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Aviation 0 3:24 Roadshow Electric Cars Post a commentcenter_img 2019 Honda Civic review: A complete package Share your voice Pal-V Liberty flying car is defined by what it isn’t Enlarge ImageMost of Harbour Air’s fleet of seaplanes could be considered vintage by now, but that won’t stop them from going electric. Harbour Air In a lot of ways, airplanes represent one of the worst possible use cases for electric motors and batteries. Batteries are heavy, and aircraft tend to operate in a steady state at fixed RPMs for long periods, not a recipe for efficiency where EVs are concerned. That’s not going to stop Harbour Air from retrofitting its short-hop seaplane fleet with electric drivetrains from a company called MagniX, Green Car Reports said Sunday. The MagniX system will, in some cases, be replacing internal combustion engines that are well over 50 years old.The upgraded planes will have 200 kilowatt-hour batteries, and their Magni500 electric motors will produce 750 horsepower and around 2,075 foot-pounds of torque. This would give the aircraft an estimated flight time of 30 minutes with 30 additional minutes of reserve.If that doesn’t sound like much, it isn’t. These seaplanes, however, spend much of their time doing short flights from Vancouver, British Columbia, to nearby outlying islands for which the 30-minute flight time should be plenty. The company estimates that those short hops represent 70% of its 30,000 flights annually.Harbour Air currently operates 42 planes in Vancouver and Seattle. Green Car Reports says the goal is to eventually retrofit the entire fleet of planes with electric drivetrains, starting first with the single-engine airplanes like its de Havilland Beavers and finally, when flight time can be extended, tackle the retrofit of its longer-range de Havilland Twin Otters that are used for the flight between Vancouver and Seattle.Once the changeover is complete, Harbour Air will become the world’s first fully electric airline. The company also claims to have been the world’s first airline to go carbon-neutral in 2007 thanks to its program of purchasing carbon offset credits.Harbour Air didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Tight handling and new electronics make the 2016 Honda Civic a star compact Tags Flying cars: Five reasons you should tolerate them above…last_img read more

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Indias auto crisis deepens tens of thousands losing jobs

first_imgCar and motorcycle makers have laid off 15,000 people and component manufacturers 100,000, with the remaining job losses at dealers.ReutersSlumping sales of cars and motorcycles are triggering massive job cuts in India’s auto sector, with many companies forced to shut down factories for days and axe shifts, multiple sources said.The cull has been so extensive that one senior industry source told Reuters that initial estimates suggest that automakers, parts manufacturers and dealers have laid off about 350,000 workers since April.Within this previously unreported figure, car and motorcycle makers have laid off 15,000 and component manufacturers 100,000, with the remaining job losses at dealers, many of which have closed, the industry source said.Reuters was able to identify at least five companies that have recently cut or plan to cut hundreds of jobs, mainly from their temporary labour force.The downturn – regarded by industry executives as the worst suffered by the Indian auto industry – is posing a big challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government as it begins its second term at a time when India’s jobless numbers are climbing.To revive the sector, auto executives plan to demand tax cuts and easier access to financing for both dealers and consumers at a meeting with officials from India’s finance ministry scheduled for Wednesday, the senior industry source said.The industry’s plight was highlighted by the Automotive Component Manufactures Association of India (ACMA), with the trade body’s director general, Vinnie Mehta, saying the sector was experiencing a “recessionary phase”.SPREADING MALAISEThe malaise has been spreading across much of the industry, both in terms of vehicle type and components as well as geographically in India’s manufacturing hubs.For example, Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha Motor and auto components makers including France’s Valeo and Subros have laid off about 1,700 temporary workers in India after a slump in sales, sources told Reuters.Subros, which is part-owned by Japan’s Denso Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp, has laid off 800 workers. Indian parts maker Vee Gee Kaushiko has cut 500 people while Yamaha and Valeo last month reduced their workforces by 200 each, said several sources aware of the cuts.Meanwhile, automotive supplier Wheels India could cut its temporary workforce by as much as 800 and has started realigning its shifts, two of the sources said.The layoffs come as carmakers including Honda Motor Co, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra have implemented brief suspensions to production in recent weeks in the face of slow demand, separate sources said.The auto sector, which contributes more than 7% of India’s GDP, is facing one of its worst downturns.Passenger vehicle sales have dropped for nine straight months through July, with some automakers suffering year-on-year declines of more than 30 percent in recent months.Manpower is the only variable factor for companies and more workers will face the axe, said ACMA’s Mehta.Yamaha, Subros, Vee Gee Kaushiko and Wheels India did not respond to requests for comment.Valeo India said it is realigning for changing conditions and has trimmed its temporary workforce. ReutersHUGE FALLOUTThe fallout from the auto slump could be huge. The sector employs more than 35 million people directly and indirectly, accounting for nearly half of India’s manufacturing output.India’s jobless rate rose to 7.51% in July 2019 from 5.66% a year earlier, according to private data group CMIE. The CMIE data is more up-to-date than government figures and regarded in financial markets as more credible.At least 7% of temporary workers employed by 15 automakers in India have lost their jobs in recent months, said Vishnu Mathur, director general at the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).”It is a conservative estimate based on our initial analysis,” he said.Maruti Suzuki, India’s biggest carmaker, cut its temporary workforce by 6% over the past six months, Reuters reported on Friday.There is little sign of a revival.Tata Motors has had week-long shutdowns at four of its plants in the past two weeks, while Mahindra has said it had 5-13 days without production at various plants between April and June.A statement from Tata Motors said it has aligned production with demand and adjusted the shifts and temporary workers.Honda has stopped production of some car models at its plant in the northwestern state of Rajasthan since July 16 and is halting manufacturing entirely at its second plant in Greater Noida on the outskirts of Delhi for 15 days from July 26, two sources said.The company’s Indian business said that production management will be critical throughout the year and it is seeking to avoid stock build-up.last_img read more

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Oscar Mayer is Paying Someone in a Jet Pack to Deliver Hot

first_imgStay on target I Scream, You Scream: Oscar Mayer Made Hot Dog-Flavored Ice CreamAirbnb’s Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Rental Is a Hot Dog Lover’s Paradise Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super Hotdogger!Oscar Mayer is once again expanding its WienerFleet—this time adding the world’s first-ever jet pack-powered “high-flying hot dog hero.”Decked out in the company’s classic ketchup-and-mustard color scheme, Super Hotdogger—and their aerodynamic frankfurters—defy gravity to bring the people what they really want: cooked sausages in a sliced bun.“Oscar Mayer will stop at nothing when it comes to providing quality hot dogs to fans everywhere and our innovative WienerFleet is an integral part of our mission to get a better hot dog in every hand,” brand manager Matt Riezman said in a statement.Since overhauling its recipe last year (promising to remove all added nitrates and nitrites, by-products, and artificial preservatives), the meat maker has found fresh ways to deliver food to hungry folks around the country.Last year, it introduced two new vehicles: the WienerCycle (a three-wheeled moped with a sidecar that doubles as a warming station) to travel on land, and an unmanned WienerDrone aircraft, designed for remote location drop-offs.“With the debut of Super Hotdogger and last year’s WienerDrone, the future of flying hot dog delivery is bright,” Riezman said.There is no word on the technology behind the flying hero, apparently now delivering new pork and chicken hot dogs (where, when, or exactly how remains a mystery).Much like the aerial WienerDrone—which seems practical only if you’re stranded in the woods or starving on a desert island—it’s unclear why anyone would call a man in a sausage-colored jumpsuit and rocket pack.Super Hotdogger made his first public flight this week at New York’s Seaport District, where fans enjoyed complimentary franks and toured the iconic Wienermobile, introduced in 1936 to promote and advertise Oscar Mayer products.Missed Monday’s display? The brand is giving a year’s supply of free hot dogs (delivered, somewhat disappointingly, by the Wienermobile), to fans who share a photo of how they top their frankfurter. Visit their Twitter or Instagram channels for official contest rules.last_img read more

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Is your body ready for summer

first_imgTis the season for strappy tops and toned arms.Summer is shining down upon us in abundance and it’s time to show your arms the light. Putting more than 50,000 women through their strides since opening for business 10 years ago, Adventure Boot Camp’s MD, Danica Bloomberg, offers some helpful tips on how to get your arms toned and tight for summer.“Most women tend to focus on single-joint exercises, like bicep curls, which primarily work one muscle,” she said.“The trick lies in recruiting more muscle groups to work your upper body.”“This way, you will burn more calories and shed arm fat faster – and in turn, your arms, shoulders and upper back will reap the rewards well into summer.”Upper arm workout tips: Standing V raise: WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Hold a dumbbell in each hand and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms at your sides, palms in. With arms straight but not locked, raise the weights diagonally in front of you, so that your arms form a V shape, until your arms are parallel to the floor. Hold for one second, then return to the starting position. Do 12 to 15 reps.Shoulder press:Holding a pair of dumbbells just above your shoulders, palms facing forwards, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent. Press the weights until your arms are straight overhead. Hold for one second, then take three seconds to lower the dumbbells back to your shoulders. Do six to eight reps.Airplane extension:Lie face-down and extend your arms out at shoulder level with your palms facing the floor. Pull your shoulder blades together and lift your arms, legs, and chest off the floor. Holding that position, bring your arms forward, reaching past your head. Hold for one count, then move them back. Lower yourself to the floor. That’s one rep. Do 10 to 15.last_img read more

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AccorGold CoasthotelsHyde ParadisoQueensland

first_imgAccorGold CoasthotelsHyde ParadisoQueensland Last Thursday night (9 May 2019) 200+ Gold Coast locals, media, influencers and industry juggernauts celebrated the official launch of Accor’s Hyde Paradiso. From the Accor and sbe team, the first venue of its kind outside of the USA welcomed guests in the trademark Hyde style; huge cocktails in pineapple vases, champagne parades, and jeroboam-size bottles. Hosted by Pia Muehlenbeck, Hyde Australia Ambassador, guests partied with DJ sensations The Baroness and DJ Havana Brown. Accor x sbe Lifestyle Ambassador Roxy Jacenko looked after the interstate guests with her stellar service and renown hospitality. IMAG:Pia Muehlenbecklast_img read more

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Teen gains fame after Justin Timberlake selfie at

first_imgTeen gains fame after Justin Timberlake selfie at Super Bowl by The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2018 8:13 am PDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2018 at 8:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON – A Massachusetts teenager who took a selfie with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show has become a social media sensation.Thirteen-year-old Ryan McKenna said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday that his phone “exploded” with messages and phone calls and he now has thousands of new social media followers.Ryan says he was unprepared for his brush with fame. Timberlake, he said, “just came up and I just like jumped right in there with him.”He got a shout out from his school, the private Derby Academy in Hingham south of Boston, which tweeted out one of McKenna’s photos.Ryan is also getting some free skiing. He was wearing a sweatshirt bearing the name of Maine’s Sunday River ski resort, which offered him a free season pass.last_img read more

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Rep Farrington applauds bipartisan package reforming Michigans Personal Property Tax

first_img Categories: Farrington News “This package of bills is a great example of responsible government action,” said Farrington, R-Utica. “The PPT changes create an environment that will increase investment, as well as job growth in Michigan.”The Personal Property Tax Relief and Local Revenue Stabilization Package provides for 100 percent reimbursement to local units of government for revenue lost as a result of the PPT phase out. The package also provides for an average 80 percent reduction in taxes businesses must pay to the government.“Historically, the PPT system was a deterrent to job growth, and acted as a punitive, job-killing tax,” said Farrington, Chair of the House Tax Policy Committee. “Other states in the Midwest do not have a similar tax, and the changes to our PPT system will make Michigan vastly more competitive.“Specifically, the package delivers municipalities the budget protections they need, and this protection will assure that local services are fully funded. If we want this new system to take effect August’s ballot proposal has to be a success.”Farrington said the package is about creating a brighter future for Michigan. The package addresses funding issues facing municipalities and schools, as well as reducing the local tax burden for small businesses and manufacturers.“The most visible change will be that many of Michigan’s small businesses will not have to pay a tax on equipment, and that’s something we haven’t seen in Michigan in 100 years,” Farrington said.SBs 821-830 now head back to the Senate for consideration.### The package is about creating a brighter future for Michigan.  The House today approved a 10-bill package to create a simple, more equitable personal property tax system that will spur job growth, and provide municipalities and schools with stable revenue to assist residents. Senate Bills 821-830 represent a collaborative package that passed the House with bipartisan support. 25Mar Rep. Farrington applauds bipartisan package reforming Michigan’s Personal Property Taxlast_img read more

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Afendoulis takes ceremonial oath in Lansing

first_img11Jan Afendoulis takes ceremonial oath in Lansing Categories: News State Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, takes the ceremonial oath of office administered by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman on the House floor today.Joining the 73rd House District lawmaker for the event was his wife, Phyllis.Afendoulis was first elected in November 2014 to represent the city of East Grand Rapids and the townships of Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Spencer and Grand Rapids Charter Township.He can be contacted toll free at 855-347-8073 or 517-373-0218; by email at ChrisAfendoulis@house.mi.gov; or by mail at Anderson House Office Building, N-1092, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.#####last_img read more

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Rep Farrington posts perfect voting record for first term

first_img08Jan Rep. Farrington posts perfect voting record for first term State Rep. Diana Farrington finished her first term in the state House with a perfect voting record, taking part in all 1,554 votes during the 2017-2018 session.“I am honored to work hard for the people of Utica, Sterling Heights and Shelby Township. It’s my responsibility to be their voice in Lansing,” Rep. Farrington said. “The most important part of this job is to show up each day and cast each and every vote with the best interests of our friends, neighbors and families in mind.”Rep. Farrington is currently serving her second term in the state House, representing residents of the 30th District in Macomb County. Categories: Diana Farrington Newslast_img read more

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Report Gross Violations of Womens Reproductive Rights in NY Prisons

first_imgShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares February 13, 2015; The NationIn what is being considered the most extensive investigation into women’s reproductive healthcare in New York’s state prisons, an eye-opening series of allegations of human rights abuses and neglect are coming to light.The results are staggering: shackling inmates after delivery—despite a state law forbidding restraints during or after labor; delayed trips (or none at all) to medical examiners, leading to sexually transmitted infections and other conditions to worsen; a limited supply of tampons and pads that led to women improvising with magazines and newspapers.Initiated through an independent nonprofit, the Correctional Association of New York, the investigative report is a culmination of five years of studies into the state’s prison reproductive healthcare system, compiled in large part through in-person interviews with inmates and staff at the prison facilities, along with surveys conducted of the inmates.Among the recommendations put forward, the report charges the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision with a lack of oversight, given the state department is “responsible for providing reproductive health care to more than 2,300 women on any given day, and to nearly 4,000 women over the course of one year, about 40 of whom are pregnant.” Indeed, the report that recommends pregnant women, the elderly, and women with HIV should not be incarcerated due to the multitudes of issues that have been found.Of the 54 prisons under the oversight of the DOCCS, only three are women’s prisons, while another three house both male and female inmates. Each of these prisons and their healthcare capabilities is outlined in the report, illustrating the disparities in the level of care between the facilities. Some house pregnant women, some don’t. Only one prison has a nursery where women can live with their babies from a year to 18 months after giving birth.Out of the 950 incarcerated women that were interviewed for the report, many reported the same issues that surveyors themselves found concerning:DOCCS has little to no oversight of the written reproductive health policies or data collection within prisons. “Some prisons could not supply data for certain years, other prisons gave data that the CA found to be inaccurate after conducting medical chart reviews, and other prisons said they did not collect data on the incidence of pregnancy.” Other details of women’s reproductive health histories were not kept track of at all, such as the number of sick calls for gynecological-related reasons, the number of vaginal births versus caesarians, and the reasons inmates may have received hysterectomies—any of which would be included in a medical file. In addition, DOCCS has no written policies for administering “pregnancy tests, pregnancy options counseling, any pregnancy outcome other than live birth, including abortion, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and stillbirth, nutrition for pregnant women and nursing women,” among other areas.Limited access to health education and GYN care: As noted by the report, unlike us, women in prison cannot simply make an appointment with a doctor. “Instead, there are multiple procedural hurdles a woman must overcome to access medical care in DOCCS.” Accessing specialty care is even more difficult. Fifty-four percent of 798 survey respondents said they could not see a gynecologist when it was necessary. Sixty-six percent of 151 respondents said that it took more than 28 days to see a doctor after they had requested an appointment. The report includes one horrifying story of a 55-year-old woman who waited nearly seven months for her eventual diagnosis—an aggressive cancer that soon took her life. Fifty out of 106 respondents reported than their symptoms became worse while they waited to see a doctor.“Trauma-informed” gynecological care and quality of care: Nearly 90 percent of women incarcerated in New York state prisons have experienced either sexual or physical abuse during their lifetimes, and 80 percent were severely sexually abused as a child. Many inmates reported to the surveyors feeling violated or powerless after their exams, particularly gynecological exams, which would understandably be difficult for an abuse victim to bear. One particular issue reported by women was having to be examined by a male doctor after explicitly asking for a female one. Seventy-two out of 162 respondents said speaking to a male gynecologist made them uncomfortable, while others were in “full blown panic.” One positive of the report noted that 72 percent of 672 respondents said the gynecologists in their facilities were “caring and respectful” and another three-quarters said the doctor spoke “clearly and in a way that you can understand” during their appointments.At times limited access to sanitary supplies: According to the report, the majority of the women surveyed (514 of 957) said the monthly supply of sanitary items did not meet their needs. DOCCS only distributes 24 sanitary napkins to women each month. In order to receive additional pads, inmates must obtain a special permit from the medical department.Poor treatment of pregnant women: Pregnant women are essentially treated the same or worse than other inmates. According to the report, pregnant inmates are often not fed enough food, must sometimes endure abusive treatment from correctional officers, and are routinely separated from their newborns upon giving birth. Particularly troubling is the illegal use of shackling on pregnant women, an action forbidden by a 2009 New York state law. In the report, 85 percent of women between 2009 and 2013 reported being shackled at least once. One inmate describes her experiencing giving birth in prison:“My ankles were shackled during the whole trip to the hospital when I was in labor. They pushed me in a wheelchair from the van to the hospital and at one point the wheelchair almost tipped over. I would not have been able to catch myself very well. […] I was shackled until I got to the delivery room, but even then they kept one of my ankles shackled to the bed. [They] only took it off when it was time to start pushing. […] I couldn’t rotate the way I needed to and I had to sit in one spot the whole time I was in labor. The baby was pushing and I was going through contractions and I wanted to lie on my side but I couldn’t because I couldn’t move my leg.”Severely limited access to contraception: DOCCS prohibits doctors from prescribing contraceptives, with the few exceptions made to those inmates participating in the Family Reunion Program, where families visit the inmate. Further, from 2009 to 2013, Planned Parenthood was contracted with DOCCS to supply contraceptives to inmates who were within two weeks of being released. However, after the program ended, no new funding initiatives have been put in place. While the report conjectures DOCCS’ reluctance to provide contraceptives comes from not wanting to condone sexual activity in prison, the department is also effectively preventing women from using birth control as a form of hormonal treatment, which many do. From irregular periods and ovarian cysts to abnormal uterine bleeding, many reported health reasons unrelated to pregnancy prevention that are real reproductive issues are not being taken into consideration.Of course, this is just a snippet of the numerous violations or concerns found in the five-year investigation. Largely, as discussed in the report, these issues are not exclusive to New York but mirror what is happening in prisons nationwide. The report makes several recommendations, both for the DOCCS in increasing its oversight to fix these issues as well as for legislators and courts. Perhaps the most bold and reasonable recommendation the report makes is to avoid sending pregnant women, women with small children, the elderly, and women with HIV to prison, and instead finding a community-based initiative for reform.“This fundamental conflict between reproductive justice and mass incarceration is not something that’s unique to New York,” said Tamar Kraft-Stolar, the director of the Women in Prison Project at the Correctional Association, who also wrote the report. “We’re hoping that this report contributes to the national conversation that’s happening right now about over-incarceration.”—Shafaq HasanShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shareslast_img read more

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GE Repays Boston Public Incentives after Failing to Follow Through

first_imgShare4Tweet3ShareEmail7 Shares“Old GE Logo,” Tim GeeFebruary 14, 2019; WCVBOn the same day Amazon decided to abandon its plans to establish a secondary headquarters in New York City, leaving behind $3 billion in public incentives, GE announced that it would repay the city of Boston for almost $90 million in development incentives based on the company’s promise of 800 Boston-based jobs.Since the deal was struck in 2016, the company’s value has waned and it is no longer in a position to follow through on its promises. (Then again, the deal was never a slam dunk for locals, who at the time had just rejected a bid to host the 2024 Olympics.) At the time, we wrote that GE’s track record of tax avoidance and pollution led activists to believe that any potential benefits couldn’t justify the cost in public dollars.Some philanthropic players were, however, willing to step forward in the speculative deal when philanthropic dollars were committed. “This instantly makes GE a major corporate giver in our community,” said Paul Grogan, president of The Boston Foundation, which has been deeply involved in corporate education reform. “This vaults them into a leading position in terms of corporate philanthropy.”But true to form, the philanthropic dollars committed did not expand the company’s giving—it just redirected it.In any case, Boston can use its $87 million back. And, in truth, getting the money back is something of a break with tradition, which usually involves no repayment of incentives, even when promises do not materialize. For other articles on this topic, read here.—Ruth McCambridgeShare4Tweet3ShareEmail7 Shareslast_img read more

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Chellomedia will reportedly roll out Film1 Series

first_imgChellomedia will reportedly roll out Film1 Series in the Netherlands, a new premium channel programmed with high-end scripted content. The service will launch in mid-January and launch series include Breaking Bad, Necessary Roughness and Once Upon a Time. The new channel, which does not officially have distribution partners yet, will be in direct competition with the anticipated premium channel that HBO and MSO Ziggo are expected to launch next year.last_img

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