Person-Centered Thinking and Planning

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 27, 2018. As we’re wrapping up Month of the Military Child, we would like to take this opportunity to revisit a blog post from earlier this month – Person-Centered Thinking and Planning.The Person-Centered Thinking and Planning process is most helpful for parents of children with disabilities, but can be used by all parents and guardians.Watch the video below to learn about Person-Centered Thinking and Planning as it guides you through the steps to mapping out what is important to and for your child.Download the fact sheet on Documenting Person-Centered Thinking and Planning here.last_img read more

Fujifilm Announces X-T2 Camera with 4K Video

first_imgFujifilm announces the new X-T2 Camera with 4K shooting capabilities, film simulation, improved tracking abilities, and more.Image via FujifilmStarting at $1,600, Fujifilm’s versatile new mirrorless camera surpasses the previous X-T1 with more megapixels, 4K recording capability, improved AF, and the X Processor Pro. The camera’s sensor has a native sensitivity range of ISO 200-12800 that can be bumped up to 51200. The X-T2 uses a 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor adding eight megapixels to the X-T1’s 16.3 MP sensor. This improvement in image quality in photography and video is a huge step up with the high ISO sensitivity, low noise level, and new sensor.Image via Fujifilm The FUJIFILM X-T2 captures approx. 1.8x the required number of pixels for 4K video (4K/30P, 25P, 24P) and 2.4x the required data for full HD video (1080/60P, 50P, 24P) to deliver superior movie quality free from moiré or artifacts. It also supports the high bit rate of 100Mbps. — FujifilmThe body of the camera is bigger and has a better grip, plus raised dials that help photographers handle the camera in a more comfortable fashion. On top of the accessible handling, the camera is housed in a weather-sealed body, keeping the elements at bay on your next shoot. The X-T2 also has built-in Wi-Fi, cutting down the process of uploading pictures to your phone, Instagram, and Facebook. With yesterday’s announcement, Fujifilm released a short film made entirely on the X-T2, including a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made. As far as AF goes, the camera’s detection area has grown by 230% with up to 325 focus points. Eye detection and face detection are among the new AF features, automatically distinguishing facial features to improve focus capability.Image via FujifilmThe cameras “joystick” can change the focus area by moving left, right, up, down and diagonally covering a wide area of focus after establishing your image.Image via FujifilmThe X-T2’s improved viewfinder has a 0.77x magnification ratio:The 2.36-million-dot high-resolution organic EL electronic viewfinder has a magnification ratio of 0.77x, a horizontal viewing angle of 31 degrees, and a display time lag of just 0.005 seconds. The viewfinder, which is 2 times brighter than the previous model, also features an automatic brightness adjustment function so it’s easy to see in all conditions – even intense backlighting. It completely eliminates moiré or false colors, and boasts performance comparable to an optical viewfinder, but with the added advantage of displaying a live view that reflects exposure settings. — FujifilmAnother small change to the body comes from the rear LCD screen that can now swivel out to the right instead of only up and down like the X-T1. This could be beneficial when attempting to shoot difficult angles.Tech Specs24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III SensorX-Processor Pro Engine0.77x 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder3.0″ 1.04m-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD ScreenInternal UHD 4K Video & F-Log GammBuilt-In Wi-Fi Connectivity325-Point Intelligent Hybrid AF SystemUp to 8 fps Shooting and ISO 51200Weather-Sealed Body; Two UHS-II SD SlotsFilm Simulation and Grain Effect ModesPrice: $1,600Release Date: September 2016Got any thoughts on Fujifilm’s new X-T2? Share them in the comments below.last_img read more

UP Assembly sessions may be longer, telecast live: Speaker

first_imgUttar Pradesh Assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit favours longer sessions of the state legislature and “mutual cooperation” between the ruling party and the Opposition for smooth conduct of the House.He is also “open” to the idea of live telecast of the proceedings of the House.“The elected MLAs of both the ruling party and Opposition are interested in running the House. I have full faith that the House will run for more than 90 days as per the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the UP Legislative Assembly, 1958,” 69-year-old Dixit told PTI in an interview.Asserting that the elected MLAs of the 17th Uttar Pradesh Assembly — both ruling and Opposition — are interested in smooth conduct of business, he exuded confidence that the House will run for more than 90 days a year.The sessions have been usually been very brief in the past, irrespective of which party was in power, lasting somewhere between less than a week to little over a week, barring the budget sessions.Asked as to how he was so confident of having a longer session, he said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has himself expressed his willingness to run the House for a “longer time”.“Previous governments did not show the same type of willingness,” Dixit, a five-time MLA, said.According to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the UP Legislative Assembly, 1958, “every year, the Assembly shall ordinarily have three sessions — the Budget session, the Monsoon session and the Winter session and sit for 90 days of which, as for as possible, a session for at least 10 working days shall be convened at the interval of two months.” On the idea of live telecast of proceedings of the Assembly, Mr. Dixit said, “It is a good idea, and we are open to the idea.” He said that positivity exists within the UP Assembly and it must also be highlighted.On whether the Opposition could be bulldozed, given the brute strength of the BJP and its allies, which have together bagged 325 of the 403 Assembly seats in the recent elections, Mr. Dixit said, “The voice of the Opposition will be heard.” The Speaker admitted that from the point of view of numbers, the Opposition is weak.“But, the responsibility of the Opposition is to present alternative policies to the government and to oppose policies which it thinks are not in the interest of the people. In addition to this, the Opposition is supposed to give constructive suggestions to the government.” Invoking former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the importance of Opposition, Mr. Dixit said, “Vajpayee had once said that democracy is not a game of 51-49. Democracy translates to mutual conversation, mutual partnership (paraspar samwaad, paraspar bhaagedaari). Jawaharlal Nehru had said that for a successful democracy, the Opposition should be as strong as the ruling party. There should be mutual cooperation, suggestions and sense of responsibility between the ruling party and the Opposition.” The Speaker also cited British political theorist, economist, author and lecturer Prof Harold Joseph Laski that the role of Opposition is to propose and to oppose.Asked as to when the first session was likely to commence, he said the first-time MLAs will be called to the state capital for an orientation and training programme where they will be imparted all the relevant knowledge by veteran MLAs, parliamentarians and by Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST).“Recently I was in Delhi, where I met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and requested her to come to Lucknow and impart training to the first-time MLAs,” he said.“After a week-long training session, the House will meet,” he said.On his election as the Speaker, Mr. Dixit said, “During my election, MLAs of opposition parties extended their support to me out of affection and not out of formality. I enjoy good rapport with the ruling party and the Opposition as well.” Mr. Dixit, who has earlier been minister for panchayati raj and parliamentary affairs, was the leader of the BJP in the Legislative Council till recently. He is also a columnist and has a number of books to his credit.last_img read more

NSCN-IM slams Rijiju over remarks on talks

first_imgThe Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland on Monday lashed out at Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju for “vitiating the atmosphere of negotiations” by saying the issue of sovereignty has been dropped from the talks agenda.Mr. Rijiju on Saturday said the Naga peace process was nearing a solution with the NSCN-IM having dropped some issues such as sovereignty of Naga-inhabited areas.On Tuesday, Mr. Rijiju denied making such a statement. “I have not used any words except that territorial integrity of all States would be maintained,” he said. “At no point of the negotiation have both the parties ignored important political issues, and the concocted statement of Mr. Rijiju that NSCN has dropped the stand of the Nagas on their sovereign right is a figment of his imagination,” the NSCN-IM said in a statement.“When the dialogue is progressing at the level of the Prime Minister, Mr. Rijiju has no business to talk on political issues he is ignorant about,” the NSCN-IM said. It advised Mr. Rijiju to refrain from making irresponsible statements at this juncture.last_img read more

Rohingya trio deported to Myanmar

first_imgThree Rohingya, including a woman, were deported to Myanmar via Moreh in Manipur on Thursday. The three had been caught in 2013 for illegally entering Assam.”We coordinated with Manipur police and Myanmar authorities for the deportation of the Rohingya people,” Sader Ali, Deputy Superintendent of Police in Assam’s Sonitpur district, said on Friday.The three were lodged at a detention camp for foreigners in Sonitpur district headquarters Tezpur. They belonged to the family of five other Rohingya who had been deported to Myanmar on January 3. Mr Ali was in charge of the deportation process that involved Moreh’s sub-divisional police officer Binoy Chongtham.The deported trio was identified as Emam Hussain, 55, Mohammed Saresh, 20, and Rafiqa Begin, 18. Police said they were from a village under Bathidung police station in Myanmar.last_img read more

Indo-Canadian Brothers Accused of Money Laundering Indicted in U.S.

first_imgA federal grand jury in Columbia, United States, indicted on March 20 two Canadian brothers accused of operating an Internet-based unlicensed money service business that processed more than $250 million in transactions, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. Each of the brothers, if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of more than 25 years.Firoz Patel, 43, and Ferhan Patel, 37, the founders and operators of Payza.com, AlertPay.com and Egopay.com, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business and to violate anti-money laundering program requirements. They have also been charged with one count of a money laundering conspiracy and one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business in the District of Columbia.MH Pillars, Ltd., doing business as Payza, is charged with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, the statement said. The Patel brothers, who are Canadian citizens from Montreal, Quebec, together with co-conspirators, created and maintained websites from which they provided money transmission services to millions of customers in the United States and elsewhere.“These websites claimed to provide legitimate money transmission services. Customers set up accounts via the websites that could be used to transfer money to, and receive money from, others for a fee,” the indictment said, adding that the criminal activity took place around March 2012 until now.“The defendants, through Payza.com, are accused of operating a money transmitting business that operated without the necessary state licenses and knowingly transmitting funds that were derived from illegal activity,” the statement said.Despite receiving cease and desist letters from various U.S. states and even after being told by a consultant that operating a money transmission business without the necessary licenses was a crime, the brothers continued their illegal activity, the indictment claims. The California Department of Financial Institutions, for instance, sent a letter to Payza in September 2012.The Patels, together with other co-conspirators, are suspected to be responsible for transmitting over $250 million throughout the United States.“The arrest and indictments in this case demonstrate that we will vigorously enforce laws meant to protect the American consumer. Money transmitting businesses are required to be registered federally and licensed in most states and jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia,” said U.S. attorney Jessie K. LiuLiu added that consumers should be careful of those who do not follow these laws as they could be acting as a cover for other illegal activity.Ferhan was arrested on March 18, 2018, in Detroit. He made his first appearance on March 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He will continue to remain held as further proceedings in the District of Columbia are pending. His brother remains at large.Payza’s customers allegedly included ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes and a child pornography site. The Patels are accused of opening bank accounts in the United States and laundering their illegal proceeds through those accounts.“The indictment also seeks forfeiture of any property involved in these offenses or traceable to these offenses.  In addition, the indictment seeks the specific forfeiture of approximately $10 million that has already been seized and frozen,” the statement added.Under the District of Columbia law, money transmission businesses must obtain a license from the superintendent of the office of banking and financial institutions of the District of Columbia, and the failure to do so is a felony. Related ItemsCanadaMoney LaunderingUnited Stateslast_img read more

Thought of quitting after Rio disappointment: Mirabai Chanu

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 8 (PTI) Newly-crowned weightlifting world champion Saikhom Mirabai Chanu says she thought of quitting the sport after receiving flak for her failure to win a medal at the Rio Olympics.”I was really low after the Olympics. It took me a lot of time to get over the disappointment. I even thought of giving up the sport and stop training. The comments in social media, the criticism against my coach really hurt me,” said Chanu, who recently became the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win a World Championship gold medal at the worlds.”I was thinking day and night how to get things right. I decided to do better than what I was doing because I knew that is the only way to stop people from talking. That was the only way to get over the hurt.”The 23-year-old from Manipur clinched Indias first gold at World Weightlifting Championship in 22 years after lifting a new world record of 194kg ? 85kg snatch and 109kg clean- and-jerk at Anaheim, USA last month.Chanu said she had to work on her technique and go for regular sessions with a psychologist to get over the loss and answer her detractors.”I did really bad at the Olympics. I had failed in clean and jerk, so I discussed with my coach about it and brought few changes in my technique during the training,” she said with a smile.”My psychologist also played a big role. I used to go to my psychologist twice in a month but after the Olympics I started taking sessions every week and it really helped me.”advertisementTalking about the dope tests, Chanu said: “Every week, I am tested for doping by NADA and WADA takes my samples twice a month. After reaching Las Vegas, my blood and urine samples were taken and again it was collected during the championship also, so it was collected twice in a month.”Looking back at her Rio Games performance, Chanu said the big stage got to her and she became nervous when her turn came as an Olympic medal slipped through her fingers.”I had really bad luck in Olympics. I could have won a medal. At the Olympic trial I had scored 192, if I could have done that I would have won a silver but I couldnt. It was my first Olympics and I got nervous,” she said.Crestfallen after the Olympics, Chanu did not go home and decided to work on her clean and jerk at the National camp in Patiala, but the Indian hopes to visit her native place early next year.”I will play at Railways event from December 11 and then there is National Championship in January. After that, I will speak to coach and hope to go home,” she said.Now that she has erased the ignominy of the Rio Olympics, Chanu has her eyes trained on the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games next year.”It was my dream to win a gold at World Championship. Now that I have achieved it, my target is to win a medal at Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and 2020 Olympics,” she signed off.Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) president Birendra Prasad Baishya said Mirabais performance is proof of Indias commitment towrads making weightlifting a dope-free sport.”At a time when top countries such as China, Turkey, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan are banned for doping, Chanu showed how to win with honour,” Baishya said.”WADA tested her 15 times and NADA collected samples 30 times. It means in the last four years, there has been 45 tests in her and I congratulate her that all were negative.”Earlier our image was bad due to dope cases but now our federation is dope free. Our aim was to make weightlifting dope free and our coaches and lifter made it possible.”Baishya hoped India will win as many as 16 medals at the Commonwealth Games in April next year.”Commonwealth Games is knocking at the door and already 16 Indian lifters have qualified. I feel we may get 16 medals, which would be the highest ever tally.” PTI ATK AH AHlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool ace Shaqiri hails hat-trick hero Firmino

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Shaqiri hails hat-trick hero Firminoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri hailed hat-trick hero Roberto Firmino after their 5-1 rout of Arsenal.The Brazil international ended his eight-month wait for a Premier League goal at Anfield in the most emphatic fashion on Saturday evening.”It was fully deserved. He had a very good game,” Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.“It’s always good to have people who can score in the team, he scored the second one very nicely. He fully deserved to score a hat-trick and I’m happy for him. I hope he can keep going like this.“It was a top game; obviously Arsenal have their quality and you can see that with the first goal they scored.“It was a little wake-up call for us, we were straight on after we conceded and scored for 1-1 – that was the big point for us to change the game and to win in the end.” last_img read more

a month agoRochdale teen Luke Matheson staying grounded after Man Utd goal

first_imgRochdale teen Luke Matheson staying grounded after Man Utd goalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale teen Luke Matheson is staying grounded after scoring in their Carabao Cup shootout defeat at Manchester United.Matheson, 16, claimed his first career goal at Old Trafford to equalise and force United into a penalty shootout with League One Rochdale in the teams’ League Cup third round tie.”I don’t think you actually can in words,” he said. “But it’s a special, special night for me, the players, the coaching staff, the fans. I don’t think I can sum it up in words, the feeling, the celebration in the dressing room after was surreal. Something I’ve never experienced before and I don’t think I’ll ever experience again.”I’m going in tomorrow (to school) to make up for it when we’ve got a day off. Got a psychology exam, so can’t wait for that!”It’s gonna be nice, everyone coming up to me [at school] and saying, ‘ah, you scored against United’. Most of my best mates are United fans, I’ve not turned my phone on yet, I’m kind of dreading it! I don’t know what tomorrow will be like, I think I’m going go in a little bit later so I can get some rest.”My education is something I’m very fond of I and I love it. And Rochdale and the school have been so supportive of me with all that, so I love learning.”It’s what I want to do, because football’s not a guarantee, you never know what could happen. You could be the best player in the world but anything’s possible and it’s best to have that back up plan just in case.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Iowa Making Strong Push For Top Kicker Quinn Nordin With Personalized Letters, Most Wanted Posters

first_imgIowa sends letters to kicker Quinn Nordin.Class of 2016 kicker Quinn Nordin supposedly has his collegiate decision down to either Penn State or Iowa – at least that’s what he told the guys over at Black Shoe Diaries last week. It looks like the Hawkeyes are making a hard push to land his services.Saturday, Nordin tweeted a photo of all of the mail he received from the Hawkeyes this week. It includes numerous hand-written letters (one by head coach Kirk Ferentz) and a “Most Wanted” poster with his photo and attributes. Just opened the mailbox #HawkeyeNation #MuchLove pic.twitter.com/F0kRZBcd46— Quinn Nordin (@QuinnNordin) February 21, 2015It’ll be interesting to see where Nordin winds up.last_img read more

Conte the right man for Inter’s ambitions, says Skriniar

first_imgInter defender Milan Skriniar says new manager Antonio Conte is the ideal appointment to break Juventus’s Serie A dominance and lead the team to victory in the Champions League.Conte was appointed at San Siro in May to replace the sacked Luciano Spalletti, one year after leaving Chelsea with whom he won the Premier League in 2017.The 49-year-old was responsible for leading Juve to the first three of their record eight consecutive Serie A titles, and has been charged by Inter’s Chinese owners with finally wresting the crown away from the side from Turin. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Inter finished 21 points behind Juve in fourth last term, as well as being knocked out in Champions League group stages by Barcelona and Tottenham.But Slovakian center-back Skriniar believes the former Italy boss is the right man to return Inter to past glories, including challenging for a first Champions League title since Jose Mourinho guided the team to a domestic and European treble in 2010.“The time has come to win,” Skriniar told Corriere dello Sport. “When you play with the Nerazzurri shirt you can’t be ok with finishing second. I dream of raising the Champions League trophy with Inter.“Juve has been winning for eight years but the right time has come to try to get closer and beat them. We work hard to win and we can do it but now we have to work even harder.“A new coach has arrived and we are all loaded, we can’t wait to start the new season in a big way. We must always aim at the maximum, without ever being satisfied.“Conte? He has the right mindset. We are a strong team and we must work with the goal of winning. The coach explains us every detail, we have changed our way of doing things with respect to the past.”One of Conte’s first acts as manager has been the capture of Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, who has joined the club on a free transfer after his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano expired.The Uruguayan will join Skriniar in the centre of Inter’s defence alongside Andrea Rannochia.“I’ll have to adapt to the three-man defence but I’m not worried,” said the Slovakian. “Godin has the experience and the winning mentality that is needed. He is used to challenging and stopping top players, he is a really good transfer.”last_img read more

You have always served Indian cricket: Tendulkar congratulates new BCCI president Ganguly

first_img Asian News International New DelhiOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 09:56 IST Sourav Ganguly is set to become new BCCI President. (Twitter/@SGanguly99)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly is set to be named the new BCCI presidentIndia legend Sachin Tendulkar wished Ganguly luck for his new roleBCCI electoral officer has validated nominations for top jobsFormer India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday congratulated Sourav Ganguly as he is all set to become Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president.”Congrats on being elected the @BCCI President, Dadi. I am sure you will continue to serve Indian Cricket like you always have! Best wishes to the new team that will take charge,” Tendulkar tweeted.Ganguly (Cricket Association of Bengal) has filed his nomination for the post of BCCI president while Gujarat Cricket Association’s Jay Shah, son of Home Minister Amit Shah, has filed nomination for the post of secretary, as revealed by BCCI Electoral Officer N Gopalaswami.Congrats on being elected the @BCCI President, Dadi.I am sure you will continue to serve Indian Cricket like you always have!Best wishes to the new team that will take charge. pic.twitter.com/ucGnOi0DRCSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 15, 2019For the post of vice-president, Mahim Verma (Cricket Association of Uttarakhand) has put forward his name, while for the post of Joint-Secretary Jayesh George (Kerela Cricket Association) has filed nomination.Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association’s Arun Singh Dhumal, brother of central minister Anurag Thakur, has filed nomination for the post of Treasurer.Prabhtej Singh Bhatia (Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh) has put forward his name for the post of Councillor while Brijesh Parsuram Patel (Karnataka State Cricket Association) and M. Khairul Jamal Maujmdar (Cricket Association of Mizoram) have filed nomination for the post of Governing Council Member.The BCCI elections are scheduled to be held on October 23 but with Ganguly being the only candidate to file his nomination for the top post of Indian cricket, he is set to be elected unopposed.advertisementEarlier in the day, BCCI Electoral Officer N Gopalaswami has validated the application for various post after scrutinising the nominees’ applications.Any application can be withdrawn between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on October 16. The electoral officer will declare the list of contesting candidates by 5:00 pm on October 16.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara to play Road Safety World Series T20 tournament in IndiaAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly’s nomination for BCCI president validated by electoral officerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat You have always served Indian cricket: Tendulkar congratulates new BCCI president GangulyFormer India cricketer Sourav Ganguly is set to become BCCI president. On this occasion Sachin Tendulkar posted a congratulatory message for the former India captainadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

What is Empire Rye? A Guide to New York’s New Whiskey Association

first_img The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Prior to Prohibition, the state of New York was a hotbed of rye whiskey production. While the “noble experiment” effectively killed the industry, Empire Rye is making a comeback. A collective of New York distillers has formed the Empire Rye Whiskey Association and implemented a standard of identity for the style. In a world where whiskeys can be contract produced and relabeled, the code helps New York distilleries set themselves apart from the pack.Among the distilleries involved was Tuthilltown Distillery, founded in 2005 at an old historically-protected mill building.Tuthilltown DistilleryAccording to Hudson Whiskey ambassador David Powell, New York had thousands of farm distillers prior to Prohibition —Tuthilltown felt it was right to bring that number back. Tuthilltown was also crucial to getting New York state to pass the Farm Distillery Act, which dropped license costs from $65,000 to $1,500. Now there are more than 130 farm distilleries in the state, a “huge tangible impact” of the bill.There are more than 130 farm distilleries in New York.Following the Farm Distillers Act, a Farm Brewery Act was also passed. Prior to both was the Farm Winery Act in the 1970s which set up the Finger Lakes region as a wine region. There are now more than 1,000 craft producers in the state.“As you tie that into Empire Rye, you have this New York craft community and there’s a desire to create an AOC [Appelation d’Origine Contrôlée] in a way, in the same that wine has designations in France because the historical significance of Kentucky and the majority of the world assumes all American whiskey comes from Kentucky,” says Powell.Rye grain. Siegfried Layda/Getty ImagesThe Empire Rye Whiskey Association standards state at least 75 percent of the mash must be New York-state grown rye, which also conforms to the 75 percent New York grain requirement to be a New York Farm Distiller. The whiskey must be distilled to no more than 160 proof and aged for a minimum of two years in charred new oak barrels.“This New York craft community really decided they wanted to stick a flag in the ground and it all harkens back to heritage.”Initially, six New York distillers were part of the movement, but there are now nine making Empire Rye expressions, like Tuthilltown’s Hudson Manhattan Rye. Other producers include Kings County Distillery, Black Button Distilling, Coppersea Distilling, Finger Lakes Distilling, Honeoye Falls Distillery, Van Brunt Stillhouse, New York Distilling Co., and Yankee Distillers. There’s another slate of eight distilleries expected to release Empire Rye expressions in 2019.“This New York craft community really decided they wanted to stick a flag in the ground and it all harkens back to heritage,” Powell says. Tuthilltown started its whiskey production with a corn whiskey, sourcing the corn from a farm six miles away from its facility. Now, Tuthilltown is sourcing the raw materials for their whiskeys from six different family farms in upstate New York.Empire Rye Whiskey Association“The higher levels of production can do nothing but continue to accelerate the growth of farms in the Hudson Valley,” Powell explains. “Take what we do and multiply that by the distilleries in the state, and we can only assume the agriculture products grown, not just used by spirits, but beer, are going up.“New York state identified one way to accelerate agricultural growth is to allow it to be used in alcoholic beverages,” he adds.What happened in New York with its official whiskey designation could be done elsewhere, but more than anything Powell likes the history lesson it can teach. His mother is a pharmacist and has a bottle of prescription whiskey from Prohibition. “It gives people historical context that this was a whiskey-producing area prior to Prohibition,” he says. “There just was a 70-year gap from Prohibition to the first whiskeys laid down now. Prohibition really annihilated an entire region of production and now an entrepreneurial landscape of 100s of people can provide a tangible contribution to spirits.” Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey Editors’ Recommendations All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Rabbit Hole Rebrands and Launches New Whiskey last_img read more

2017 Volumes Surge at Port of Prince Rupert

first_imgzoom Cargo moving through Canada’s Port of Prince Rupert rose to a record volume of 24.1 million tonnes in 2017, anchored by 26% growth in its intermodal container business and growth of dry bulk cargo volumes.Overall tonnage through the port was up 28% from 2016, and exceeds the previous record high of 23 million tonnes set in 2013.“The increasingly diversified nature of the gateway, combined with terminal expansion and the introduction of new logistics services, is paying dividends to Canadians,” Bud Smith, Chair of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said.“The Port of Prince Rupert remains well-positioned to accommodate growth of Canadian trade in the Asia-Pacific region, and we continue to advance expansion that will see us become Canada’s second largest port by volume in the next decade.”During the year, expansion works at the port’s Fairview Container Terminal were completed, boosting the annual throughput capacity by 60% as the terminal moved 926,540 TEUs in 2017.Additionally, the bulk-handling facility at Ridley Terminals, specializing in the shipment of steel-making coal from Northeastern British Columbia, saw total shipments rebound to 7.6 million tonnes, a 90% increase over 2016 volumes.The port’s Prince Rupert Grain Terminal saw a slight decrease of 6% based on lower volumes of wheat, but exceeded a total of 5 million tonnes for the fifth straight year, while the port’s Westview Terminal recorded a rise in biofuel volumes.Furthermore, cruise passengers arriving in Prince Rupert through the Northland Cruise Terminal more than doubled to over 16,000 visitors on 25 cruise ship visits.“The strength of the port’s performance last year is a further validation of the Port of Prince Rupert’s strategic advantages and the effective collaboration of our partners who operate the terminals, trains, trucks and other trade-related businesses across the northern corridor,” Joe Rektor, Interim President & CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said.last_img read more

Ensure smooth probe of rationalists’ killings: High court to political parties

first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court Friday said political parties and their bosses should show “maturity” and ensure that there are no obstacles in the probe into the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabhoklar and Govind Pansare.”Voice of dissent” must not be muffled, a division bench headed by Justice S C Dharmadhikari said while hearing petitions filed by family members of Dabholkar and Pansare demanding an HC-monitored probe. Dabholkar, a well-known anti-superstition activist, was shot dead on August 20, 2013 in Pune. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Pansare, CPI leader and rationalist, was shot on February 16, 2015 near his house in Kolhapur in western Maharashtra. He died four days later. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of state police are probing the killings of Dabholkar and Pansare, respectively. The high court Friday said that the state government should provide all “ground-level assistance” for the probe. “No one should attempt to silence any voice of dissent. That should be our endeavour. We expect all political parties and their bosses to show maturity and not create obstacles in the investigation,” Justice Dharmadhikari said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”All political parties, those who are in power now and in future, should ensure that no outfit or person involved in such attacks is spared,” the judge added. The court directed the additional chief secretary of the state Home Department and the principal secretaries of the state Finance and Public Works departments to hold meetings with CBI and CID officials. “The state shall provide ground-level assistance if the CBI proposes to carry out any major operation,” it said. The judges also wondered why the government and the CBI were waiting for its orders to carry out the probe. “When a similar attack was carried out in Karnataka on writer Gauri Lankesh (in 2017), the police there immediately probed and arrested the accused without waiting for court orders or for any petitions to be filed,” the court said.last_img read more

Clippers game postponed by rain team set to play Mothers Day doubleheader

After the fans were able to watch the live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby on the scoreboard at Huntington Park, Saturday night’s game between the Columbus Clippers and Lehigh Valley IronPigs was unable to get out of the starting gate as thunderstorms moved in. The two teams will play a doubleheader Sunday, consisting of two seven-inning games beginning at 1:05 p.m. The second game will begin 30 minutes after the first concludes.   Saturday’s scheduled starting pitcher, left-hander David Huff (3-0, 3.19 ERA) will pitch the first game and face right-hander Eddie Bonine (2-3, 3.38 ERA).  Columbus has won 14 of its past 15 games, and is currently atop the International League West Division with a record of 22-6. read more

EHF EURO 2012 Serbia is the first Semifinalist

← Previous Story Ivano Balic after Spain: “We played against Spaniards and the referees – Idiots” Next Story → The End of the French domination, Onesta: “See you in London!” In front of 15-16000 spectators, Serbia wins against Sweden 24:21 in the last match of Day 2 at the EHF EURO 2012 and as the first team qualified for the Final Weekend in the magnificent “Belgrade Arena”.After Round 2, still four teams have chance to reach Semifinal in the last Round.Macedonia – Poland 27:25Denmark – Germany 28:26STANDINGS:Serbia 7Germany 5Denmark 4Poland 3Macedonia 3Sweden 2 read more

Opinion It is time for change in the Catholic church and that

first_img Share1097 Tweet Email6 In some instances, candidates to religious life had to provide sexual favours to priests in order to acquire the necessary certificates and/or recommendations to work in a diocese.One diocesan congregation has had to dismiss over 20 nuns because of pregnancy, and in many cases the fathers were priests.Some priests recommended that the nuns take an oral contraceptive, claiming it prevented HIV, while others encouraged nuns to have abortions.Some priests had children with more than one woman.In one instance, a recent convert from Islam was subjected to rape by the priest. When she discovered she was pregnant, she went to talk to the bishop. He called in the priest, who admitted he fathered the child and he was told by the bishop to go on a two-week retreat.Since the 1980s, in a number of countries, nuns were refusing to travel alone with a priest in a car because of fear of harassment or even rape.Cover-upThe church hierarchy effectively suppressed Sr Maura O’Donohue’s report. Here are just two examples of the ways in which they did this:In 2001 Petronilla Samuriwo resigned her position as Editor of the Zimbabwe Bishops Conference newspaper ‘Catholic News’. She had published an account of Sr Maura O’Donohue’s Report. The bishops banned the sale of their own publication because it contained that report.In 2005, Regina Soares Jurkewicz, eight years a professor at the Theological Institute of the Catholic diocese of São Paulo, Brazil, was fired soon after she published the results of her doctoral research on sexual violence against women by Catholic clergy in Brazil.Her findings were in keeping with the findings of internal church reports from the 1990s, which documented the sexual exploitation and abuse of nuns and other adult women by Catholic priests in 23 countries on five continents.Second-class status continuesAt the 2018 Youth Synod, non-ordained men representing their religious orders were given votes; women representing much larger orders were given no votes.The Pontifical Biblical Commission (which included no women) in 1976 reported that there is nothing in scripture preventing the ordination of women. Yet Pope Francis has confirmed Pope John Paul II’s 1994 ban on the ordination of women priests saying the door is closed.No woman has been appointed to head any Vatican Department and the report from Pope Francis’ Commission for Women in the Diaconate has not been published.JustificationFor centuries the church hierarchy did not have to justify excluding women from all ordained ministries. Most in society accepted the ideology that women were inferior to men.But in the 21st century, we understand that view was wrong.Now the church hierarchy justifies not ordaining women by referring to the Last Supper and claims it was an ordination ceremony for the 12 (male) apostles.But would Jesus have excluded the women who supported him in his ministry?Women followed Jesus up to Jerusalem and they were at the Last Supper. They stood at the foot of the cross when the men ran away.Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles, was the first witness of the Resurrection.Time for changeAt the International Women’s Day Conference on 8 March 2018, the former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese said:The Catholic Church has long since been a primary global carrier of the virus of misogyny. It has never sought a cure although a cure is freely available. Its name is equality. Colm Holmes Short URL Opinion: It is time for change in the Catholic church and that starts with equality for women ‘Guided by the Holy Spirit we must come together and find new inclusive governance structures to replace the old patriarchal model, which has broken down’, writes Colm Holmes. https://jrnl.ie/4502297 SENIOR CATHOLIC BISHOPS from all over the world gather in Rome this week for a four-day summit on clerical sexual abuse, which some say is the most serious crisis in the church since the Reformation.Child sexual abuse will rightly top of the agenda, but it’s also just this month that Pope Francis admitted that Catholic priests and bishops have sexually abused nuns and that that abuse is likely to still be happening.“I think it is still going on because it’s not something that just goes away like that,” said Pope Francis. He correctly identified that it is a cultural problem, the roots of which lie in “seeing women as second class”.That was a very honest admission by the pope – that women are seen as second class within the Catholic Church. They were viewed that way by society at large for many centuries – women were there to raise children but men were in charge.That has changed dramatically in the last 100 years, at least in western countries, with women getting the vote and almost all career paths being open to them.There is just one very notable exception – ministry within the Catholic Church remains closed, thus the church is now one of the few places where women are still second class.It is that second-class status that has allowed the cover-up of the fact that priests and bishops have sexually abused nuns.Abuse of nunsIn 1994, Sr Maura O’Donohue of the Irish Medical Missionary of Mary prepared a detailed report for the Vatican.O’Donohue visited nuns a large number of nuns in 22 countries including Ireland, the USA and Italy – as well as many African nations. She reacted with “shock and disbelief” at the magnitude of the problem she encountered, in terms of the sexual abuse of nuns.According to the National Catholic Reporter 16 March 2001, she found that: 14,899 Views center_img Feb 22nd 2019, 7:01 AM In the churches around Ireland, the large majority of the congregations are women.With the dramatic decline in the moral authority of our hierarchy, the way forward must be through sharing decision-making with all the faithful, men and women, married or single, regardless of their sexual orientation.Guided by the Holy Spirit, we must all come together in dialogue and find new inclusive governance structures to replace the old clericalist and patriarchal model which has broken down.“In Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, nor male and female (Galatians 3:28).Colm Holmes is a longtime campaigner for the full equality of women in the Catholic Church and is a spokesperson for We Are Church Ireland.We Are Church Ireland campaigns for the reform of the Catholic church. Among other things they aim for the full participation of women in all ministries, celibacy to be optional and to create an inclusive church welcoming to all, especially LGBT Christians. 174 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Colm Holmes Friday 22 Feb 2019, 7:00 AMlast_img read more

Kangana Ranaut vs Journalist Media wants Ekta Kapoor and team to apologise

first_imgWhat started out as just another day for the Judgemental Hai Kya team, who were all set for their song launch event, turned into something that no one had expected. A video of Kangana Ranaut and a senior journalist from PTI engaging into a war-of-words after Kangana accused him of launching a smear campaign against her, has now gone viral.”Justin, tum toh humare dushman ban gaye ho yaar….badi gandi batein likhte ho. Tum kitna ganda sochte ho! Tum itni gandi soch rakhte ho. You are bashing my film Manikarnika. Have I made a mistake in making that film? You are calling me a jingoistic woman who is making a film on nationalism. Is it a mistake to make such a film?” Kangana fired at the journalist, even before he could ask his question to the actress.The journalist hit back at Kangana by saying, “This is not the right way to intimidate a journalist just because you are at such a powerful position.”Many well-known media persons and senior journalists have also condemned Kangana’s behaviour and come out in the support of the journalist, saying that the actress should be banned.  Though there is also another section, which has supported Kangana and accused the journalist of writing only negative stories about her.While Ekta Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao apologised to the journalist and few others who had come out in his support, Kangana’s statement has irked many. Few sections of the media are also contemplating a ban on the actress until Ekta Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut officially apologise to the whole community, reported Deccan Chronicle.last_img read more