Clips of the Week: Extreme Santas

first_imgOur weekly roundup of our favorite videos from around the web. This week, we are celebrating extreme Santas from across the internets:1. Santa Shreds DirtAnd so do his elves in this Christmas-themed video from bike manufacturer Mongoose.2. Santa Shreds SnowAnd so do a bunch of other Santas at Maine’s Sunday River ski resort.3. Santa Goes BASE FaceA few Santas BASE jumping to a rocking Jingle Bells soundtrack. Santa 2 definitely rolling down the windows on his jump.4. Santa Gets WetSanta running Great Falls of the Potomac River. 5. Santa Shreds ConcreteNow we know how he does it.Bonus: Santa Gets AngryAnd subsequently knocked out.last_img read more

4th Fleet Commander Hosts Maritime Staff Talks with Chilean Navy

first_imgBy U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet July 31, 2020 Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. Fourth Fleet, hosted delegates from the Chilean Navy for the annual Maritime Staff Talks (MST) July 22.MSTs support the U.S. global strategy by building and strengthening working relationships between the U.S. and partner nations and improving interoperability through face-to-face meetings. This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the talks occurred virtually. Representatives from the Chilean Navy, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard participated in the event.Rear Adm. Gabrielson, along with Major General Michael Fahey, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces South, led the U.S. delegation and Rear Admiral Pedro Abrego, commander of the Chilean Marine Corps, and Rear Admiral Jorge Parga, deputy chief of the Chilean Navy General Staff, led the Chilean delegation.“Our relationship from the United States’ perspective is very strong, it’s very deep, and getting better,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson. “It is our job to make sure that the path forward is clear and meaningful.”MST topics included a review of upcoming scheduled war fighting operations and exercises over the next two years, and plans for education and training opportunities for Chilean personnel in the U.S., and U.S. personnel in Chile. Representatives also discussed COVID-19 lessons learned for both the United States and Chilean militaries.“It is no mystery that we are living through unprecedented times sailing uncharted waters. The COVID-19 pandemic is still floating and the full extent of its impact is [not] yet known,” said Rear Adm. Parga. “This is a truly global crisis.”The MST will serve as a comprehensive engagement venue for all bilateral maritime security cooperation activities. Over the past year, U.S. and Chilean navies have participated in many exercises including UNITAS and Fuerzas Comando. In addition, the U.S. is donating two field hospitals to Chile to support capacity for patients hospitalized due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of these cooperative efforts enabled effective interoperability and aided each navy’s ability to work alongside one another.“Despite these unique circumstances I am very happy to see that we are finally able to hold this important bilateral meeting,” said Rear Adm. Parga. “The MST provides us with a unique opportunity to expand our existing partnership and achieve an even greater level of cooperation.”last_img read more

LIU Brooklyn seeks revenge on Wagner

first_img February 26, 2020 TEAM LEADERS: Long Island-Brooklyn’s Raiquan Clark has averaged 20.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while Ty Flowers has put up 14.4 points and 10.2 rebounds. For the Seahawks, Alex Morales has averaged 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds while Elijah Ford has put up 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds.ACCURATE ALEX: Morales has connected on 38.1 percent of the 63 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 12 over his last five games. He’s also made 69.3 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Sharks are 0-8 when they score 66 points or fewer and 13-8 when they exceed 66 points. The Seahawks are 0-12 when they fail to score more than 64 points and 8-7 on the season, otherwise.WINNING WHEN: Wagner is a perfect 5-0 when it holds an opponent to 64 points or fewer. The Seahawks are 3-19 when opponents score more than 64.DID YOU KNOW: Long Island-Brooklyn is ranked second among NEC teams with an average of 76.7 points per game.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWagner (8-19, 5-11) vs. Long Island-Brooklyn (13-16, 8-8)Steinberg Wellness Center, Brooklyn, New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Long Island-Brooklyn seeks revenge on Wagner after dropping the first matchup in Staten Island. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 20, when the Seahawks shot 47.1 percent from the field while limiting Long Island-Brooklyn’s shooters to just 43.8 percent en route to a 72-64 victory. LIU Brooklyn seeks revenge on Wagnercenter_img For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press last_img read more

What Information Should Your Business Plan Include?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s easy to know you need a business plan, but it’s harder to know exactly what to include.Business plans tend to follow a standard format, and many online resources and templates online can be adapted for your operation. Make your plan as simple or as complex as you like. The main goal is to create a plan that is useful to you and meets your needs.At Farm Credit Mid-America, we recommend including the following components in your business plan:Operation overview. This is the “elevator pitch” about your farm. Describe the basics of your operation related to your mission and objectives, crops you produce and acreage.Ownership summary. Include information about ownership and company structure. With any type of business, different owners bring different expertise. It’s always good to evaluate each owner’s strengths and what he or she brings to the operation.Strengths and weaknesses. Identify ways to use your ownership team’s strengths to your advantage and plan for ways to overcome any weaknesses in your operation.Sales and marketing strategy. Once you have identified your operation’s strengths, look for opportunities to leverage them to your competitive advantage as you create sales and marketing strategies.Financials (budget and balance sheet). This is the most important part of your business plan. Include a budget and a balance sheet that reflects your assets, liabilities and net worth.Goals. Research has shown that the simple act of recording goals will increase the likelihood of achieving them.In the budget section, project income and expenses for the upcoming year. This is not a time to be optimistic. It is best to plan for the worst-case scenario. Try to avoid underestimating expenses or overestimating income.The balance sheet helps you understand and evaluate working capital and net worth. Comparing balance sheets year-over-year offers a good picture of how your operation is progressing toward your goals. Your net worth should increase steadily each year. If not, that’s a red flag.Write down both short- and long-term goals, such as purchasing a new combine or paying down debt. Your goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timebound). Remember to involve all owners in identifying and setting goals.Also, identify risks that may impede your goals and create a contingency plan for them. The more you prepare for challenges, the easier they will be to deal with when they do occur. For example, crop insurance is one smart way to mitigate damages from drought, flooding and other natural disasters.Including the above components will ensure your business plan works hard for you and your operation. Be sure to update your information and revisit your plan on a regular basis. An accurate and updated business plan is a powerful tool that can open up many opportunities.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Wendy Osborn of Farm Credit Mid-America about putting together a farm business plan. Wendy Osborn FCMA Business Plan 1.12.17last_img read more

Lebron Shocks Pundits – Returns to Cleveland

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go.To Ohio. Home.Four years after he left for Miami, a widely criticized departure that damaged his image and crushed a long-suffering city’s championship hopes, James is coming back to play for the Cavaliers to try and end Cleveland’s half-century title drought. He’s returning to his basketball roots, to the people who know him best, to make good on a promise.James made the announcement Friday with a powerful essay written for Sports Illustrated. His decision ended two weeks of speculation with the entire league waiting on his move.When he finally made it, Cleveland was his choice over re-signing with the Heat.“I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland,” he said to SI. “The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.”James had not yet signed a contract, but he made it clear he will wear a Cavaliers jersey next season.“When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission,” James said in the SI first-person story. “I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.”The talented kid from Akron, now a homecoming king.Cleveland is thrilled to have him back. James is the league’s best all-around player, a four-time MVP who was dubbed “The Chosen One” as a can’t-miss high school star who learned the game on the playgrounds of Akron, about 40 miles from Cleveland. At 6-foot-8, 260 pounds, he can score from all over and is one of the game’s best passers and defenders.Staying in Miami would have been easy. He could have made another run at a third title and fifth straight NBA Finals appearance with close friends Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the other members of a “Big 3” who have been the league’s team-to-hate since 2010.Instead, James picked the young, unproven Cavs, with a rookie coach in David Blatt, who spent the past two decades coaching overseas. Almost unbelievably, he’ll again work for owner Dan Gilbert, who torched James on his way out the door in 2010.For Cleveland, a city accustomed to so much sports heartache — as the Cavaliers, Browns and Indians have come close but failed to win it all — news of James’ return triggered a spontaneous downtown celebration during Friday’s lunch hours.Car horns blared and strangers high-fived on the sidewalks outside Quicken Loans Arena, where James had so many big moments during his first seven seasons as a pro.Four years ago, some fans burned his jersey. On July 11, 2014, all was forgiven.The Cavs were considered a long shot when free agency opened. But as the days went by, Cleveland emerged as the leader, especially after clearing salary-cap spaces to offer him a maximum contract. While he was in Las Vegas earlier this week, James met with Heat president Pat Riley, the architect of Miami’s back-to-back championship teams.Riley made a final pitch, but he had nothing to match the overwhelming lure of home.“Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio,” James told SI.“People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me.”James’ exit ends an era in Miami, but it’s not the end for the Heat. Bosh agreed Friday to a five-year contract worth about $118 million, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor Bosh had publicly announced the deal.The Heat are negotiating with Wade, who learned of James’ departure on a flight to Miami late Thursday.He may be gone, but part of James will forever be in Miami.“I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB,” James told SI. “I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that’s exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys.”James was scorned for turning his back on Cleveland in 2010, announcing his decision on a poorly conceived TV special. His critics said he wasn’t good enough to win a championship by himself, and that he needed to surround himself with All-Stars.James may never surpass Michael Jordan’s six titles, but his legacy could be bringing one to Cleveland, devoid of a championship in any sport since 1964.“I’m not promising a championship,” he said. “I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic.”He’s starting fresh with Gilbert, who famously wrote a blistering letter condemning James and calling him disloyal, narcissistic and cowardly.At some point, the two worked out their differences.“I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man,” James said. “We’ve talked it out.”Gilbert, too, has moved on.“I am excited for the fans and people of Cleveland and Ohio. No fans and people deserve a winner more than them,” Gilbert said on Twitter.Like a kid who spent four years away at college, James is coming back home.James comes back a different man, more mature for his encore. He grew up in Miami. He’s a proven champion, married with two sons and his wife, Savannah, has a daughter on the way. He wanted to raise them in his hometown.James has “loyalty” tattooed on his body. Akron is everything to him, “there’s no better place to grow up.” Scarred by economic woes, the area needs his help, and James intends to make it a better place.“I feel my calling here goes above basketball,” he said. “I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I’m ready to accept the challenge.“I’m coming home.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

2 days agoMijatovic can see Mourinho returning to Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mijatovic can see Mourinho returning to Real Madridby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid sports chief Predrag Mijatovic can see Jose Mourinho returning to the club.Mourinho is being linked with Zinedine Zidane’s job at Real.And Mijatovic admits he can see it happening: “If Zidane came back and I never thought it would happen, why can’t Mourinho return to Real Madrid? “All the coaches who go through Madrid want to come back because they want to fix things they did during their time at the club.”But Madrid has a coach, his name is Zidane and you have to respect that.” last_img read more

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for POT ticker amid high demand

first_imgTORONTO — High demand for the “POT” stock symbol has prompted several Canadian stock exchanges to conduct a collective lottery to select which company will be able to use the eye-catching ticker.After “significant interest,” the Canadian Securities Exchange says it along with the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and Aequitas NEO Exchange will assign the symbol on Jan. 30 by random lottery.The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018 to become Nutrien Ltd., which now trades under NTR.The TMX Group, which operates the TSX and TSX Venture, and the CSE say the POT ticker will become available for reservation and usage as of Feb. 1, 2019.The POT ticker would likely be an attractive symbol for a publicly-listed cannabis company, but the exchanges did not say in their press releases which firms expressed interest.The exchanges say eligible participants who want to enter the POT lottery must notify the exchange where they are currently listed, or want to be listed, by 5 p.m. on Jan. 29.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

RCMP clear over 100 abandoned builds near Gillam as search continues

first_imgNot only are our officers combing through kilometers of dense northern forest, they’re also challenged with searching & clearing large abandoned buildings like this one (with approx. 600 rooms) at the Keewatinohk Converter Station Camp, near Gillam. #rcmpmb @manitobahydro pic.twitter.com/IMkqMlKxx8— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 27, 2019On top of the crews searching both in Gillam and Fox Lake Cree First Nation, officials are still searching the dense forest in the communities.  With the request for military aircraft approved on Friday, Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130H Hercules & personnel arrived in Gillam Saturday to help with the aerial search.Just now: CF130 Hercules arrives in Gillam to assist in search for suspected killers. @globalnewsto @globalnews pic.twitter.com/UMvBJoNZd1— Seán O’Shea (@ConsumerSOS) July 27, 2019The Mayor of Gillam Dwayne Forman says the search has added a lot of stress to the community.  The Mayor says community hopes the search concludes as quickly as possible.Kristen Van Alstyne and family: “…this was the safest place on earth.” Gillam isn’t seen that way anymore by some we interviewed. @globalnewsto @globalnews @GlobalNational pic.twitter.com/l5hI0VGagI— Seán O’Shea (@ConsumerSOS) July 27, 2019Other Sightings Before GillamRCMP in Cold Lake confirmed another sighting of the suspects on July 21.  At 9:30 a.m., a north end resident of Cold Lake observed a vehicle stuck on a trail behind their residence. Two younger males were observed outside of a Toyota Rav-4. The resident assisted the pair in getting unstuck, and they continued on their way after a short, “unremarkable interaction.” The RCMP is reminding the public to stay vigilant and call 911 if they have any information by Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire.  Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops.SEARCH TIMELINEOn Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.  Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019.Then on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake.  The vehicle had been burnt, and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing.  During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 22. GILLAM, M.B. – Manitoba RCMP have cleared more than 100 abandoned buildings in the Gillam area.The RCMP released new information Saturday that they had searched and cleared 100 abandoned buildings include a 600 room work camp.  The Keewatinohk Converter Station Camp opened in 2015 and is located 90km northeast of Gillam.The RCMP said in a press release Saturday there have been no new sightings of the suspects.  “And no new information that would indicate that the suspects have fled the area. However, our investigators remain open to the possibility and continue to ask anyone who may have inadvertently provided assistance to the suspects to come forward and contact police.”center_img Later that evening, the resident was on social media, where he identified the pair as Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam Mcleod.A new piece of surveillance video was also released on Friday.  This video was taken in Meadow Lake S.K. on July 21.HAVE THEY CHANGED THEIR APPEARANCE?On Friday Manitoba RCMP said the pair might have changed their appearance and someone could have inadvertently helped the suspects.last_img read more

NYAY scheme will not be a strain on middle class pocket: Rahul

first_imgSamastipur (Bihar): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday called the NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty and asserted that the proposed minimum income guarantee programme was not populist but based on sound economics.Gandhi also sought to allay apprehensions of the middle class saying he guaranteed that the salaried people will have to pay not a single paisa from their pockets to fund the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme. Addressing a rally in this north Bihar town where he shared the stage, for the first time after general elections were announced, with RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav, Gandhi also deplored the insulting treatment meted out to Lalu Prasad, the jailed supremo of his alliance partner and warned the BJP-led coalition of a backlash in the polls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Former state minister Ashok Ram of Congress is pitted against Ramchandra Paswan, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother, at Samastipur (sc,reserved seat). Commencing his nearly 25-minute-long speech with an apology for turning up late because of a snag in his aircraft, Gandhi greeted the crowds with Ki haal chaal chhe (how are you) in the local Maithili dialect and went on to add with a smirk has not Modi looted you a lot. Lakhs of crores have been gifted to thieves like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya by the chowkidar (watchman an epithet the Prime Minister uses for himself). Public money to the tune of 5.55 lakh crore has been siphoned off by 15 persons close to Modi, Gandhi alleged. Bihar was promised a special package, besides there were promises of two crore jobs, Rs 15 lakh into the accounts of all poor, Gandhi recalled, adding kuchh nahin sab jhootha hai, Narendra Modi ne loota hai”, (all promises are proven false. Narendra Modi has robbed people of whatever they had). Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCalling the NYAY programme proposed in his partys manifesto a surgical strike on poverty, Gandhi declared the scheme will be entirely funded with the money that thieves like Anil Ambani plunder with Narendra Modis help. This is sound economics too as the money thus given to the poor would boost the demand for consumer goods and thereby give an impetus to commerce and industries, Gandhi claimed. The Congress president also mocked the prime pinister for making military operations carried out after terror attacks in Uri and Pulwama a poll plank and quipped wherever he goes he gives discourses on the surgical strikes since he is left with nothing else. He carries teleprompter wherever he goes to deliver his speeches, he said and turned towards the young RJD leader for a moment saying Tejashwi ji, you too would have noticed the teleprompter. He delivers his speeches from the text on the teleprompter and in the meantime keeps getting orders from above don’t talk about rozgar (employment)…remit into accounts of every poor Indian.last_img read more