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Miami-Dade orders hotels & lodging to close

first_imgMiami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez issued an emergency order to close hotels and other lodging, with the exception of certain personnel.Hotels will still be available to first responders, displaced visitors or residents, domestic violence victims, airline crew members, patients’ families, and journalists from out of town.Short-term vacation rentals must end by Monday, March 23rd.A statement from the Mayor in part read, “As we continue to combat the COVID-19 virus, I have ordered that all hotels, motels and temporary vacation rentals shut down their operations throughout Miami-Dade except to house essential personnel and people who are unable to get back into their homes.”last_img read more

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Ex-NFL lineman tops bill for Pyongyang fight night

first_imgIn this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 photo, former NFL player Bob “The Beast” Sapp speaks during an interview in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO (AP) — Former NFL player Bob “The Beast” Sapp isn’t exactly a household name back home in the United States. But he’s big in Japan. Very big. And soon he hopes to be living large — for a week, anyway — in North Korea.Shades of Dennis Rodman, anyone?Sapp, a 6-foot-5, 350-pound tank of a man who played briefly as a lineman with the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings before becoming one of Japan’s best-known mixed martial arts personalities, will be topping the bill at a martial arts extravaganza in Pyongyang later this month.The two-day event is being staged by a Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician in an oddball attempt at sports diplomacy just as relations between North Korea and Japan are beginning to thaw.“This is the No. 1 unusual and a little bit crazy thing (I’ve ever done),” Sapp said of his upcoming trip. “I’ve done everything from the NFL, pro wrestling, movies, I made the cover of Time magazine, done all types of commercials and now I’m going to North Korea. You name it, I’ve done it.”About 20 wrestlers and martial artists from around the world are expected to attend. Organizers say the event — dubbed, rather blandly, the International Pro-Wrestling Festival in Pyongyang — will be broadcast over the Internet, aired on Japanese network television and shown on North Korean state-run TV.The exhibition will be the biggest sports show with a marquee American since Rodman and a team of other ex-NBA players took to a Pyongyang basketball court in January. Rodman called that event “historic,” but was panned by members of the U.S. Congress, the NBA and human rights groups who said he had become a public relations tool for North Korea’s government.As soon as he got back to the United States, Rodman apologized publicly for his conduct and entered rehab.Sapp, who divides his time between Japan and his adopted hometown of Seattle, told The Associated Press he was familiar with the Rodman debacle but says he will steer as far away from controversy and politics as he can. It’s not clear if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — whom Rodman serenaded with the birthday song — will attend the event.“I have no idea what any of that stuff is, and for me, it’s quite simple,” Sapp said in an interview. “I am there to bring entertainment.”He will also be bringing cookies, which he plans to hand out to children — in contrast, he notes, to Rodman, who showed up in Pyongyang with crates full of his personal brand of vodka.There is a strong political undertone to the event, however.It’s all the brainchild of Kanji “Antonio” Inoki, a savvy showman and charismatically eccentric Japanese politician who is one of the only members of Japan’s parliament who supports — and actively participates in — exchanges of any kind with North Korea. Inoki, who has visited North Korea nearly 30 times, was suspended by parliament for a month after making an unauthorized trip to the North last year.The square-jawed, 6-foot-3 Inoki, serving his third term in Japan’s parliament, is probably best remembered elsewhere for fighting Muhammad Ali in Tokyo in 1976. But in 1995, he fought American Ric Flair in the “Collision in Korea,” a two-day event held in Pyongyang’s huge May Day Stadium that drew a reported 380,000 spectators. It was the biggest pay-per-view event in pro wrestling history. Ali was among the guest attendees.Inoki said he had originally hoped to get the same stadium for the upcoming show, but it is under renovation. The venue will instead be a 15,000-seat indoor arena.Inoki’s connection to North Korea dates to his mentor, a pro wrestler named Rikidozan who was possibly the best-known sports figure in postwar Japan. Rikidozan was Korean, and his name and exploits in the ring are still known in North Korea.Though he has made quite a stir in the Japanese media, the general response to his plans has been subdued.Tokyo has cut off virtually all official ties with Pyongyang since 2006 over its nuclear weapons program and other issues. However, it recently announced it was lifting some unilateral sanctions after the North agreed to revive a probe into the fates of at least a dozen Japanese who were abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 80s.Tokyo will continue to enforce U.N. sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear program, but the breakthrough on the abductions issue is expected to allow more contact between the countries. Inoki is so far the first to step in.“We shouldn’t cut off contacts no matter what the situation,” he told the AP. “The atmosphere in Japan is changing. I think the government is taking notice of the changes in the mood and acting accordingly.”___Talmadge is the AP’s Pyongyang bureau chief. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/EricTalmadge.last_img read more

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GET ALONG TO THE 40TH ANNUAL BURTONPORT SUMMER FESTIVAL

first_imgThe seaside village of Burtonport is celebrating its 40th Annual Summer Festival from 15th -23rd July.Renowned for its action packed programme of events, this year will be no different. Lots of activities for all age groups with emphasis on family participation.Enjoy the very best of free outdoor music with James Peake, Whistlin Donkeys, Shawn Cuddy, Irish Brigade, Mad Dog Macrea to name but a few. Highlights of the week include Donegal Grand Prix 5K Road Race, Open Bridge Tournament, Craft Auction, Community Parade, Heritage Tours plus loads of fun children’s events.The big event of the year will take place on Wednesday 20th with a Guinness World Record attempt to have the largest Jive Dance with the most people dancing continuously for 5 mins.Registration for this event will take place from 8:30pm. All dancers in place by 10pm. Josie & Charlene Murray, All Ireland Jiving Champions will help to co-ordinate the record attempt and dancing will be to Lee Matthews & his band. Entry fee €3 per adult €2 u-16, with donation going to the RNLI.A full brochure available on our facebook page or in various outlets throughout the county. This year’s festival will be open by founder member and former councillor David Alcorn. David has made a major voluntary contribution to the locality, involved with many community projects as well as spearheading the annual festival since its inception in 1977.GET ALONG TO THE 40TH ANNUAL BURTONPORT SUMMER FESTIVAL was last modified: July 7th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Burtonport Festivaldonegallast_img read more

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GLENSWILLY GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe lotto numbers for this week were 9,10,14,23 and the match 3 winner was Brendan Breen, Breenagh. Next weeks jackpot is €1,660. Sellers this week are Hughie McDaid and Eddie Crawford.There will be a minor meeting on Thursday 24th @ 7.30pm. There will be a poker classic in Wilkins Bar on the 13th of March @ 6pm in aid of the club, format is €20 to enter and €10 top up.  The dinner dance will be held on Saturday 5 March in the Lagoon Termon.The club is now lifting membership from anyone who wishes to re new their membership this year, please contact a club officer and new members are welcome.There is going to be dancing organised for Monday nights at 8.15pm to 10pm. It is an enjoyable exercise and something different so all people are welcome members or not, price is €5 per night.The club encourage all club coaches/mentors and any 1 who helps out at underage to attend the Ulster Council Coaching Workshops so that we are all up to speed with the latest info.  You will get more details on http://ulster.gaa.ie/ We should be aiming to get our all our club coaches to these workshops.EndsGLENSWILLY GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 22nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DeBoer speaks honestly about the Sharks goaltending issues

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — Logan Couture gave Sharks territory a crash course on how tough he is on Friday. Unfortunately for the Sharks, his will power fell short of earning the team two crucial points in the standings.After missing Thursday’s game with flu-like symptoms, Couture rejoined the Sharks lineup in Orange County, logging 20:36 while battling illness to lead the team’s forward group in ice time. Despite his dogged effort, the Sharks lost in overtime, extending their season-high losing streak …last_img read more

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Corn Harvest Cab Cam – David Niederhuber, Marion County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest All the soybeans are in the bin and David Niederhuber of Lill Farms in Marion County also wrapped up buckwheat harvest recently. Now, it’s back into the corn fields. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins took a few laps with Niederhuber just outside of Marion to find out more about the 154 year-old farm and how harvest yields were shaping up in this corn harvest Cab Cam.last_img

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I was not a state officer (and that is why FFA is so great)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “When were you a state officer?”That’s a common question I get when it comes to my time in the National FFA Organization. I take it as flattery that somebody thinks I have what it takes to have once been a leader in the state organization. The bar is high for the job and we see each year a new set of young people take on the roles with diligence and excitement.Yes, I have gotten far because of FFA. It opened up opportunities for me (current job included), plus cemented life-long friendships through all the professional and personal development the organization advised.Now before we go any farther, let’s understand that for many students, being a state FFA officer is viewed as the pinnacle of the FFA experience. You see your peers standing on stage talking to tens of thousands in the crowd, wearing the blue corduroy with pride and class, and being a leader for the premier agricultural youth organization in the world. It’s a pretty big deal.A young Joel in FFA.But here is what I tell people when they ask me about my state officer experience — I never was a state officer. I never got there, but FFA literally changed my life even though I never did anything in the upper echelon of the organization’s leadership.A disclaimer: I do not mean to take anything away from the individuals involved in the upper levels of FFA. It is a worthwhile and amazing thing to do.However, I found success in my local chapter that not only planted the seed for my future career, but also watered and nourished that idea into a well-formed aspiration.Think about that! This organization of farm boys and girls, plus city kids alike, has the power to do great things in a young person through just their basic involvement.What worthier a cause in this day and age than to teach purpose and work to a young person? Those in the age group that constitutes FFA members are a part of our society trying desperately to figure out who they are going to be and are crying out for somebody to show them the way.FFA can help do that if given the chance — not only for members that have had encouragement in their home life, but also for those that have lacked said direction, something we are seeing more often.We’re not just talking about an impact that lasts through until next week. If you let it, the memories and lessons of the organization reach far down the road.This reminds me of a story from a few years back about a local man close to my parents’ age who sadly passed away. This man was never known as his county’s shining light or made the nightly news for some great innovation or challenging the system. He was a good, honest, hard-working soul that stood as a silent pillar of strength for his family and community.At this man’s funeral his high school FFA jacket was draped across his coffin. The highest office this man attained was a seemingly minor role in his local chapter, yet it was among the moments that changed his life.The FFA jacket that he chose as a representation of his existence can rise to be much more than some blue corduroy with yellow writing. Whether the lettering on the back says a school name, “Association” (meaning the person is a state officer), or left completely blank (meaning a national officer), it really doesn’t matter — what matters is the work, hands-on learning, and leadership developed while wearing the blue cords.The FFA Creed puts into words what FFA members truly stand for. Yes, the motto and others say this in a more concise manner, but none, in my opinion, put it as eloquently as the Creed itself. The first words from each of its five paragraphs beautifully put into perspective what an FFA member should be:• I believe in the future of agriculture… • I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agriculture pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging… • I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others… • I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining… • I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life…(It’s really not fair to not include the other fantastic words from the Creed, so I encourage you to check it out at this link. Beautiful stuff.)Myself? I did try to be a state FFA officer going into my senior year. I was chapter president and I really enjoyed working with my peers to get things done. But it just wasn’t in the cards for me that year to be in the state leadership. Sure, it was disappointing at first, but holy cow I’m glad it happened. I decided not to try again the next year and as I look back, that decision to focus on the local FFA experience (and other school projects) was a gift from God. He works in mysterious ways, but hey, that’s a whole different conversation. It allowed me moments of growth, challenges of decision making, and timeless memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world.As a result, I find great peace in thinking of the organization’s potential impact on not just the outgoing, charismatic young person that’s out to do great things — which we see up on stage. Yes, they can excel — but what about that quiet, unassuming farm boy who has a passion in his heart to care for God’s creation? What about the young person with a learning disability who might not be great on paper in a classroom, but can out-think and out-plan anybody when it comes to soil surveys and shop work? Several of my classmates and family members fit this description. They may have never shined on a test or won a public speaking contest, but they found real success in the organization that gave them confidence and courage for a life well lived.I am not some great educator, but I would challenge those in charge of young people to remember this. We are not all built for public-facing roles and success — true life success — isn’t always defined by rank or file. Heck, even in my own family I am the outlier for enjoying to talk in front of strangers — most would rather do their own thing and continue on. Guess what? FFA continues to allow these people to find success in a humble, quiet way, as well as those who aspire to more public-facing roles.FFA offers opportunities to grow for all their members. It happened for me.last_img read more

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Music Showcase: Royalty Free Music for YouTube Videos

first_imgAvoid copyright issues by using royalty free music in your online videos. Check out these handpicked tracks for your next YouTube or Vimeo project!Creating an online video? You’ll need music. But word of warning – you can’t just use any track you want.YouTube has become increasingly more aggressive over the last few years in protecting the copyrights of commercial music. If you use a copyrighted track in your YouTube video without permission/licensing, at the very least ads will run next to your video. Even worse, your video may be removed from YouTube altogether. Proper licensing of a commercial track is time intensive – and often prohibitively expensive.That’s where royalty free music and Premiumbeat come in. By licensing music from Premiumbeat.com your YouTube videos can run ad-free. Our Standard License covers ALL online usage – and allows you to use the same track in multiple videos FOREVER, without any additional fees.In this post, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite royalty free tracks from our team of world-class composers. For your convenience, we’ve divvied them up into two common types of online videos: 1) Music for Corporate & Product Explainer Videos  and 2) Music for Film and Movie Trailers.Have a listen below or click the ‘Buy’ links to license a track for your next project!Corporate videos can be engaging – with the right content and music. Here are a few of our favorite royalty free music that would go well in an industrial or corporate video, production demonstration video or company presentation:last_img read more