Toby Keith Supports Wounded Warrior Project Believe In Heroes Campaign

first_imgSinger, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith is no stranger to supporting charitable causes. As a result, when the opportunity to lend his support to promote Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Toby was keen to help the not-for-profit organization that honors and empowers Wounded Warriors through two new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring injured veterans who have benefited from the support of WWP.Video: Toby Keith – Believe in HeroesIn addition to the two PSAs, Toby will also lend his support through social media outreach; including custom video content and social posts. Keith has donated his time and made a financial contribution to this worthy cause.“I’m honored to give back to these brave men and women who risk their lives for our country every day,” said Toby. “Wounded Warrior Project shows their commitment to this nation’s wounded service members with their programs and services that save lives and positively impact this nation’s injured veterans. It’s a privilege to be part of their mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.”“Toby Keith’s passionate support has provided a voice for the needs of this nation’s wounded veterans,” said Steve Nardizzi, chief executive officer for WWP. “His generous spirit and dedication helps Wounded Warrior Project ensure this generation of injured veterans is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history.”To date, more than 52,000 service members have been physically wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. It is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while on deployment.Since 2003, WWP has grown its lifesaving programs and services to meet the growing needs of the constituency it serves. Currently WWP provides support to more than 80,000 injured service members and over 13,000 caregivers and family support members through 20, free programs and services. These programs and services are uniquely structured to engage warriors, nurture their minds and bodies, and encourage economic empowerment. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP’s vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.The Believe in Heroes campaign, WWP’s 6th annual national consumer giving campaign, runs each year from September 11 through Veterans Day and encourages Americans to raise funds and awareness in support of our nations wounded servicemen and women. For more information, visit wwbelieve.org.last_img read more



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Moroccan parliament ratifies an amendment of rape law

first_imgRabat – Here is good news for human rights and women associations, a news that, however, went unreported in Moroccan media.The first chamber of the Moroccan parliament has unanimously ratified last week a draft law to amend article 475 of the penal code that allows rapists to avoid prosecution for rape if they marry their victims.In a phone call with MWN, Abdellatif Ouammou, member of the first chamber of the parliament from the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), and author of the amendment, said the “new law will repeal the second paragraph of article 475 of the penal code that permits a rapist to avoid prison and prosecution if he marries either underage or adult victim unless the latter thinks otherwise.” In accordance with the first paragraph of the amendment, a person who kidnapped or tricked a minor under the age of eighteen without the use of violence or fraud or tried to do so, shall be punished with imprisonment from one year to five years and a fine ranging between two hundred and five hundred dirhams.Amending article 475 comes following the the controversy spurred by the case of Amina Filali, a 16-year-old who killed herself in March 2012 by ingesting rodent poison after she was forced to marry the man who had raped her.Morocco’s conservative society has traditionally preferred to permit a rapist to marry his victim to avoid “dishonor and shame.”Amina’s case spurred women’s rights associations to call on the government to intervene and revoke the rape law, which many think is an infringement of women’s rights.The newly approved law, which aims at protecting underage girls and intimidate rapists, will add three paragraphs. The news paragraphs will focus on doubling the duration of punishment if the kidnapping of a victim causes a sexual relationship, even with the consent of the minor. The second paragraph relates to the application of the sanctions while the third relates to the situation in which the victim loses her virginity. In this case, the punishment is up to thirty years in prison.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more



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UN medical supplies arrive in Zimbabwe as cholera deaths top 1500

26 December 2008The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is providing local hospitals in Zimbabwe with critical medical supplies and money to treat pregnant women, amid a collapsing health system and the worst cholera outbreak in the sub-Saharan African country’s history which has now claimed over 1,500 lives. Over the past week, UNFPA, in partnership with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, has delivered emergency reproductive health kits, medicine and surgical supplies to the maternity care units of Zimbabwe’s central hospitals – many of which are on the verge of collapse. “The total consignment can meet the needs of a population of about 900,000 for at least three months,” UNFPA announced in a statement. The agency has also handed out enough drugs to prevent pregnancy-related complications such as haemorrhaging and eclampsia throughout the country for the next six months, as well as pay incentives to maternity care medics, many of whom have gone without salaries and cannot report to work.The moves are intended to throw a life-line to maternity units suffering from severe shortages of staff and supplies that have put the lives of thousands of pregnant women at risk. The Government has declared the cholera outbreak a national emergency, but the healthcare situation remains dire – with many families unable to afford treatment – and may worsen during the current rainy season. As of 25 December, 1,518 people have died from cholera and another 26,497 cases are suspected, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). Large numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs), ex-farm workers and the poor have lost their livelihoods, leaving them cut off from basic social and healthcare services and dependent on humanitarian aid. The HIV and AIDS pandemics are compounding the problem. UNFPA said that more than one million Zimbabweans – an estimated 15.6 per cent of the population – are living with those killer diseases. HIV prevention and access to safe delivery, including emergency obstetric care services, are critical to their survival. During a ceremony to hand over emergency kits at Harare-based Parirenyatwa General Hospital, Zimbabwe’s largest hospital, Gift Malunga, UNFPA’s Assistant Representative there, urged the Government, donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others to urgently support medical staff. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has already flow in intravenous fluids, drip equipment, essential drugs, midwifery and obstetrics kits to boost the Government’s cholera response.On 22 December, four independent UN human rights experts called on Zimbabwe’s Government and the international community to do more to rebuild the country’s health system, end the cholera epidemic and ensure adequate food for all people. read more



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New UN book lauds womens key role in quest for sustainable development

The book, Women and the Environment published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), highlights the key role women play, especially in developing countries where they are the farmers, the feeders and the carers in their communities, relying on an intimate understanding of nature to fulfil their many and varied roles. “Women, particularly in developing countries, are often in the front line in terms of overcoming poverty, managing the land and waterways and sustaining their communities,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said in remarks on the launching of the book at the third session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Headquarters in New York. “During times of stress and insecurity, it is generally the women who must forage further and further for food, water and fuel. During times of plenty, the fields and kitchen gardens they tend are mini-laboratories where domesticated and wild plants and animals are selected and tested for their agricultural and medicinal value,” he added. Noting women’s central role as custodians of local and indigenous knowledge, Mr. Toepfer said their know-how is often undervalued and ignored. “Indeed, all too often women are treated as second-class citizens with less rights and a reduced status in respect to men. It is high time that national and international policies reflect gender differences and give far greater weight to the empowerment of women,” he added. The book, published in association with the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), stresses that in pastoral societies, when cattle die, men migrate while women and children generally leave to hunt famine foods as well as pods and other tree products to sell in distant markets. “Other scenarios that result from loss of livestock involve men turning to idling, gambling and drinking cheap brew, leaving women as the sole breadwinners,” it adds. Examples cited of women’s key role include Pakistan where women in the Kanak Valley can readily identify 35 medicinal plants; Sierra Leone where women can name 31 uses of trees on fallow land and in forests whereas men could only name eight; and Kenya where men’s traditional knowledge is actually declining as a result of formal schooling and emigration while women, given less access to formal education, are retaining the local indigenous knowledge and in many cases acquiring the men’s. read more



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£4 million boost for UK automotive sector

A £4 million boost to the UK’s automotive sector has been announced today as the Business Growth Fund (BGF) invests in precision component company VTL.The independent, BGF, has invested £45 million in UK manufacturing since it was established in 2011, but this is its first move into the automotive sector.Formed in 2001, VTL is one of the UK’s largest developers and manufacturers of precision transmission and turbo components and has worked with a number of commercial vehicle partners including Cummins. It employs more than 400 people, generates more than £50 million in revenue.BGF Business Director Mark Bryant said, “VTL is a prime example of a manufacturing firm with its heart in the UK and operations across the globe.“BGF funding will allow the business to grow organically by developing new customers in the automotive sector and increasing the range of components it manufactures for existing customers. It will also provide the financial means for VTL to pursue other acquisitions and investments in the future.”Bruno Jouan, Chief Executive Officer of VTL, said, “Engineering firms such as VTL have the power to drive the UK economy for many years to come provided that we continue to invest appropriately in R&D, new products and highly skilled people.As well as the equity investment, the BGF has also introduced Mike Baunton, former Interim Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, to VTL as Non-Executive Chairman.Baunton brings considerable experience to Huddersfield-based VTL besides his tenure at the SMMT. A former president of Tenneco and Perkins Engines, and Vice President of Caterpillar, he also sits on the board of TT Electronics and ACAL Energy.He said, “I am delighted to be joining the board of VTL at such an exciting time in its development. Its growth opportunities have been given a significant boost with BGF’s investment and the company and its management team have impressed me with what they achieved to date.“I hope to be able to add significant value to VTL through my contacts and experience in the automotive industry.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more



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Soundlazer speaker offers personal audio without the headphones

first_imgKickstarter has been the talk of the proverbial town lately, reviving once forgotten video game franchises and creating brand new ones, but what about the gadgets?Richard Haberkern, tinkerer and inventor, has put his Soundlazer product up on the funding site, asking the masses to decide if it’s worthy to see a production line. So, what is the Soundlazer you ask? It’s a speaker that directs audio waves forward, so only someone in front of the device can hear what’s playing.The more technical explanation is it’s a parametric speaker, which uses ultrasonic waves to focus a beam of sound in one direction. The video above even demonstrates the concept, showing the camera and microphone beside the Soundlazer hearing virtually no sound, and then in front hearing the music playing clearly. Imagine listening to music in your cube space without having to wear headphones because no one else can hear it.If this Kickstarter project is successful, Hanerkern will provide the design files and programming information on the Soundlazer site for those that want to tinker and customize. For instance, not too long ago a group of students used this directional speaker technology paired with a microphone to create a “speech-jammer.” The microphone would record whoever was speaking and direct their voice back at them, but with a slight delay.Pledges of $500 will receive Sigma Studio software, USB programming tools, and a fully-functional Soundlazer in its beautiful aluminum chassis. If you’re a little short on cash, for a $175 pledge you can receive a completely assembled Soundlazer, but sans the fancy anodized aluminum case and stand.Hanerkern has until May 19th at 4:15pm EST to raise $48,000. As of this posting he’s about 30 percent of the way there and has 56 days to go. So, is the shark tank willing to invest?More at Kickstarterlast_img read more



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LUFCQue Choisir se penche sur les appels illimités vers les mobiles

first_imgL’UFC-Que Choisir se penche sur les appels illimités vers les mobilesLes offres d’appels illimités vers les mobiles de Free et SFR ont attiré la curiosité de l’UFC – Que Choisir. Pour l’organisme de défense des consommateurs, l’illimité proposé est “bridé”.Free et SFR ont “révolutionné” l’offre quadriplay en France en proposant des appels illimités vers les mobiles. L’UFC-Que choisir s’est penché sur les clauses des contrats afin de vérifier que “l’illimité” proposé soit sans surprise. Mais l’organisme a découvert que, chez les deux opérateurs, l’illimité s’arrête dans une utilisation “normale” du service. Chez SFR, la facture devient payante après 250 correspondants appelés dans le mois et plus de trois heures de communication pour un appel. Du côté de SFR, le service se limite à un usage “en bon père de famille”. En réalité, la firme d’Iliad s’inspire des chiffres d’utilisation moyenne recensés par l’Observatoire des Marchés, soit une durée mensuelle maximale de cinq heures…Le 20 janvier 2011 à 11:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more



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JetBoatersnet Bimini Fling doubles in size

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 3, 2017 – Bimini – This July more than 180 Americans and Canadians will bring 19 to 24 foot boats to Bimini to enjoy the natural beauty and abundant wildlife.South Bimini Island, June 12th, 2017: In less than a month a fleet of small vessels will depart Fort Lauderdale to spend five days in the beautiful water of Bimini, Bahamas. This group organized through JetBoaters.net has made an annual Bimini Fling since 2010. They began as a group of six boats that crossed with the official fling led by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Since then it has become a tradition to bring dozens of boats each year.The group stretches far beyond the typical Floridian and East Coast visitors to Bimini. More than half of the group will tow their boats over 1,000 miles to cross to Bimini. Two of the boats will be towed over 3,000 miles from Oregon and Alberta, Canada.The group chooses Bimini specifically for the pristine natural beaches, beautiful water and abundant wildlife. Highlights of their trip will include swimming with dolphins, snorkeling and diving local reefs and ship wrecks, visits to the remote beaches and the sand bar found in East Wells as well as tours of the mangroves and healing hole.   The group is expected to bring more than $250,000 to the local economy during their visit.Furthermore, the group publishes extensive information both in writing and video documenting the process of traveling to Bimini and demonstrating the benefits of traveling to this paradise.In 2016 the group was privileged to participate in the Bimini Christmas Toy Drive which they plan to continue in the future. They enjoy the opportunity to bring joy to the Children of Bimini and appreciate seeing the pictures of this successful event operated by the Vander Werf Family Foundation.The group would like to stress the importance of preserving the reefs around Bimini and Bimini’s Mangroves that serve as a nursery for many species. Members of the group will collect trash during their visit to leave the area better than they found it.Press Release: DPA News Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more



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Migrants fill Tijuana shelters more on way to US border

first_imgMigrants fill Tijuana shelters, more on way to US border November 15, 2018 AP, Posted: November 15, 2018 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 SettingsTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The first members of a caravan of Central Americans to reach the U.S. border slept in overcrowded shelters and in tents with a view of armed U.S. Border Patrol agents, with many saying they will wait for other migrants to join them before making their next moves.Hundreds of migrants have arrived by bus in Tijuana since Tuesday, occupying the little space still available in the city’s shelters and spilling onto an oceanfront plaza sandwiched between an old bullring and a border fence topped with recently installed concertina wire.Some men climbed up on the fence to take a look at the other side Wednesday. Women and young children sleeping in tents on the plaza could see Border Patrol agents carrying machine guns in camouflage gear with San Diego’s skyline in the distance.The Juventud 2000 shelter squeezed in 15 women and their children, bringing occupancy to nearly 200, or double its regular capacity. Others were turned away. Several dozen migrants, mostly single men, spent the night at a beach that is cut by the towering border wall of metal barsThe first arrivals generally received a warm welcome despite Tijuana’s shelter system to house migrants being at capacity. Migrants lined up for food while doctors checked those fighting colds and other ailments.Some migrants said they would seek asylum at a U.S. border crossing, while others said they might attempt to elude U.S. authorities by crossing illegally or perhaps settle in Tijuana. But all of about a dozen people interviewed Wednesday said they would first wait for others from the migrant caravan to arrive and gather more information.“We have to see what we’re offered, just so they don’t send us back to our country,” said Jairon Sorto, a 22-year-old Honduran who arrived by bus Wednesday.Sorto said he would consider staying in Tijuana if he could get asylum from Mexico. He said he refused to consider Mexico’s offer of asylum in the southern part of the country because it was too close to Honduras and he felt unsafe from his country’s gangs.U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, meanwhile, visited U.S. troops posted at the border in Texas and said the deployment of military personnel ordered by President Donald Trump provides good training for war, despite criticism that the effort is a waste of taxpayer money and a political stunt. Most of the troops are in Texas, more than 1,500 miles from where the caravan is arriving.On Wednesday, there was no evidence of caravan members at Tijuana’s main border crossing to San Diego, where asylum seekers gather every morning. The San Ysidro port of entry, the busiest crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, processes only about 100 asylum claims a day, resulting in waits of five weeks even before migrants in the caravan began to arrive.The first wave of migrants in the caravan, which became a central theme of the recent U.S. election, began arriving in Tijuana in recent days, and their numbers have grown each day. The bulk of the main caravan appeared to still be about 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) from the border, but has recently been moving hundreds of miles a day by hitching rides on trucks and buses.Mexico has offered refuge, asylum and work visas to the migrants, and its government said Monday that 2,697 temporary visas had been issued to individuals and families to cover them during the 45-day application process for more permanent status. Some 533 migrants had requested a voluntary return to their countries, the government said.The Central Americans in the caravan are the latest migrants to arrive in Tijuana with the hope of crossing into the United States. Tijuana shelters in 2016 housed Haitians who came by the thousands after making their way from Brazil with plans to get to the U.S. Since then, several thousand Haitians have remained in Tijuana, finding work. Some have married local residents and enrolled in local universities.Claudia Coello, a 43-year-old Honduran, said she was exhausted after four days of hitchhiking and bus rides from Mexico City with her two sons, two daughters-in-law and 1-year-old grandson. As she watched her daughter-in-law and grandson lying inside a donated tent, she said she would wait for caravan leaders to explain her options.A few people pitched tents at the Tijuana beach plaza while most, like Henry Salinas, 30, of Honduras, planned to sleep there in the open. Saying he intended to wait for thousands more in the caravan to arrive, Salinas said he hoped to jump the border fence in a large group at the same time, overwhelming Border Patrol agents.“It’s going to be all against one, one against all. All of Central America against one, and one against Central America. … All against Trump, and Trump against all,” he said.On Wednesday, buses and trucks carried some migrants into the state of Sinaloa along the Gulf of California and farther northward into the border state of Sonora. The Rev. Miguel Angel Soto, director of the Casa de Migrante in the Sinaloa capital of Culiacan, said about 2,000 migrants had arrived in that area.Small groups were also reported in the northern cities of Saltillo and Monterrey, in the region near Texas.About 1,300 migrants in a second caravan were resting at a Mexico City stadium where the first group stayed several days last week. By early Wednesday, an additional 1,100 migrants from a third and last caravan also arrived at the stadium.Like most of those in the third caravan, migrant Javier Pineda is from El Salvador, and hopes to reach the United States. Referring to the first group nearing the end of the journey, Pineda said, “if they could do it, there is no reason why we can’t.” center_img AP Updated: 11:18 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more



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Two Motorcyclists Cited For Driving Over 90 mph On Seward Highway

first_imgAdams was issued a misdemeanor citation to later appear in court for failure to stop at the direction of a police officer 1st degree and released on scene. The other motorcyclists was not located. The first incident occurred around 1:50 p.m., when the Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Highway Patrol stopped a motorcycle, driven by Aenoi Phetsalat, age 32 of Anchorage. Phetsalat was speeding 90+ mph near mile 63 of the Seward Highway. No injuries connected to the incidents were reported, according to Troopers. The second incident occurred just a few hours later at 5:07 p.m., near mile 65, AST Bureau of Highway Patrol attempted to stop two motorcycles for speeding 90+ mph. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers cited two motorcyclists accused of driving over 90 mph on the Seward Highway, on Saturday afternoon.center_img One of the motorcycles, driven by Matthew Ryley Adams, age 21 of JBER, was located five minutes later near mile 2 of the Hope Highway and was stopped. According to Troopers, the motorcycles accelerated their speeds over 130+ mph, and began passing motorists in no passing zones and driving recklessly so the pursuit was discontinued. Phetsalat’s driver’s license was revoked for DUI. Phetsalat was issued a misdemeanor citation to later appear in court for driving with a revoked driver’s license and released on scene.last_img read more



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Northeast Social Security Office Temporarily Closes

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROCiting unexpected repairs, officials have closed the Postal Plaza Social Security office in Northeast D.C. until further notice, the Social Security Administration announced April 30.People with existing appointments there should expect to hear from the administration with two options: to either receive services over the phone, or to reschedule their appointments to another office. The administration operates two offices in the District nearby. One is in Anacostia at 2041 MLK Jr. Ave. SE and the other is downtown at 1300 D St. SW.  The closure will not affect people with telephone appointments. Employees have been temporarily moved to other offices close by.Most Social Security services don’t require an office visit. To peruse through benefits or get more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. People 18 and older can sign up for a “My Social Security” account, which allows beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients to see their benefit verification letter, review payment history and earnings records.People who don’t receive benefits can use their online account to obtain a Social Security Statement that details earnings information and estimates of future benefits.Most services, meanwhile, are available by calling the administration at 1-800-772-1213. The deaf and hearing impaired should call Social Security’s TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.last_img read more



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Ocean facing houses improve mental health

first_imgWish to lead a relaxed life with a sea-facing house? Here’s another reason for you to save for a beach-facing house as the sight of water is linked to less stress and improved mental health, researchers say.The findings revealed that even after taking into account residents’ wealth, age, sex and other neighbourhood factors, having a view of the ocean was associated with improved mental health.“Increased views of blue space are significantly associated with lower levels of psychological distress,” said Amber L. Pearson from Michigan State University’s water science network in the US. “However, we did not find that with green space,” Pearson added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Using various topographic data, the team studied the visibility of blue and green spaces from residential locations; green spaces included forests and grassy parks. The national survey used the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, or K10, which has proven to be an accurate predictor of anxiety and mood disorders. They found a strong link between health and the visibility of water, which the researchers call blue space. Visibility of green space did not show the same calming effect.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“It could be because the blue space was all natural, while the green space included human-made areas, such as sports fields and playgrounds, as well as natural areas such as native forests,” Pearson said. Designating a proportion of high-rise buildings or affordable homes in locations with ocean views could potentially promote mental health. The study is scheduled to be published in the May issue of the academic journal Health & Place.last_img read more



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Adam Rippon introduces his boyfriend to the world

first_imgAdam posted a selfie to Instagram, posing with new man, Finnish-born Jussi-Pekka Kajaala. He explained the pair have been ‘been talking for the past seven months” before they recently “started to hang out a little bit more,’ to PEOPLE.‘It’s fresh! I’m fresh.‘Now that I’m even busier, I thought it was a better time [for us] to hang out.’ Sam Greisman on what went down when he met Adam RipponAdam Rippon has finally met Sally Field’s son – here are the detailsSally Field’s son apologizes to Adam Rippon for ’embarrassing’ matchmaker tweetsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/adam-rippon-boyfriend/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Adam Rippon has found himself a new boyfriend.The team USA figure skater won over the world at PyeongChang Olympics with his carefree attitude and witty banter. ‘Sam, your mom – I admire her!’Adam and Sam hit the headlines when Sally, who won the Best Actress Oscar for Norma Rae, tried to set them up.The Lincoln star’s son shared screen grabs of texts between the two, in which Sally said: ‘Sam… he’s insanely pretty. Find a way.’ Sally then retweeted the exchange, tagging Adam.Adam initially addressed the attempted set up by saying: ‘Sam, your mom — I admire her. And I’m sure one day we’re going to meet! So thanks, mom.’Adam of course shot to international fame after winning a Bronze medal as part of the US figure skating team at the Winter Olympics.Adam Rippon quizzed on Grindr use at Winter Olympics, gives frank, cheeky reply It’s been no secret that Adam’s been hot single property either (just ask Sam Griesman, the son of Sally Field).Adam Rippon and his new beau Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more



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One lane closed on M6 due to broken down vehicle

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: This incident has now cleared One lane of the M6 is blocked by a broken down vehicle this afternoon. The lane is blocked and traffic is queuing on the M6 Southbound between J19 A556 ( Knutsford ) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area. Both vehicles have broken down in the stretch between J19 – J18, according to traffic data company INRIX. The incident is one of a number causing delays in Cheshire this afternoon. A broken down vehicle on St Michael’s Road is causing delays in Middlewich while diversions are in place in the west of the county due to an accident on the A41 at Dragon Hall. The affected stretch of the M6 (Image: INRIX/Google) Speaking about the serious collision on the A41 a Cheshire Police spokesman said: “We are currently dealing with a serious collision on the A41 at Dragon Hall. A41 closed between Broxton roundabout and Rocky Lane. “For HGV’s it is closed between A55/A41 roundabout and Broxton roundabout. “Suggested diversion routes. From the south. Broxton roundabout A534/A49 or A534 to Wrexham then A483 From the north. Light traffic can still access lanes to Tattenhall etc. Read MoreFive hit with £1,600 of fines for dropping cigarette butts “Heavy traffic should use A55/A483/A534 or A55/A51/A49.” Cheshire Police say they expect that route to remain closed for several hours following the accident, which took place at around 1.20pm. For the latest traffic and travel news visit our designated channel here – or our live news service here for more information on the latest road news from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.last_img read more



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Four days of savings with G Adventures Cyber Weekend Sale

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Four days of savings with G Adventures’ Cyber Weekend Sale Thursday, November 23, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — G Adventures’ Cyber Weekend Sale includes big discounts on more than 200 trips on six continents, with deals worth up to 30% off regular prices.The sale goes live at midnight (ET) on Nov. 24 at gadventures.com/cyber-sale. Multiple departures for 2018 are priced under $1,500, says the company. Bookings must be made before 11:59 p.m. ET on Cyber Monday, Nov. 27.“This is our way of giving thanks for our thousands of passionate followers and loyal customers who share our love of travel and global adventure all year long,” says Aizaz Sheikh, Canadian Marketing Director for G Adventures. “They deserve a chance to get out there and do more with their hard-earned breaks in 2018. We hope these savings help even more people get out of their vacation comfort zones next year.”Discounted offerings include:30% off select adventures in Haiti and Jamaica25% off select yacht-based adventures in the Galapagos25% off select land tours in Southern Asia, including Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos20-25% off select land and river cruise adventures in Peru20% off select sailing journeys in Sri Lanka and Thailand20% off select land and rail tours in India20% off select adventures in Morocco, Egypt and Jordan20% off select safari tours in Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia and South AfricaMore news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemA list of all the travel industry’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals can be found here. The list will be updated daily leading up to Black Friday (Nov. 24) and through until Cyber Monday (Nov. 27). Tags: G Adventures, Promotions Posted bylast_img read more



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World Cup 2018 Two Costa Rican fans travel to La Seles rival

first_imgRelated posts:Serbia defeats Costa Rica 1-0 at the 2018 World Cup Costa Rica, Brazil battle rumors of tension and injury before high-stakes matchup Costa Rica fans descend on Saint Petersburg Brazil knocks Costa Rica out of World Cup after hard-fought game How can one project capture the excitement surrounding the World Cup; the love Costa Ricans feel for their National Team,La Sele; a deep dive into the cultures of Costa Rica’s first-round World Cup opponents; and the adventure of international travel?That was the challenge before Costa Ricans Boris Alonso Sosa and Ricardo Cerdas when, in 2015, they came up with an idea for a World Cup odyssey. Sosa, a TV presenter and comedian, and Cerdas, an audiovisual producer, spoke with Christian Bulgarelli, executive producer and co-founder of La Productora audiovisual production agency, who signed on. Boris Sosa (left) and Ricardo Cerdas (right) with a fan from Trinidad and Tobago. Courtesy of El TripazoBy 2016, the project had its own Facebook page.“We named it El Tripazo,” Cerdas told The Tico Times of the Spanglish- and slang-inspired name for a giant trip. “We then realized that El Tripazo sounds as if one has a stuck fart [from tripa, or intestine], but we had a couple of sponsors. It felt like this: we have the money, we have the idea, we have the characters.”Sosa and Cerdas followed La Sele to five different countries during World Cup classifying matches – Panama, United States, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras – and documented the experience. Boris Sosa (left) and Ricardo Cerdas (right) at the Rommel Fernández Stadium in Panama. Courtesy of El Tripazo Boris Sosa (left) and Ricardo Cerdas (right) with two Panamanians. Courtesy of El Tripazo“The videos were doing pretty well. We noticed that what people really liked was the friendship and the interaction between us. We also realized that the experience out of the country was much more interesting,” Cerdas said.The pair decided that the key to their project was combining these factors, as well as embracing the unexpected: “When everyone expected A, and the result was B, something magical happened.” Ricardo Cerdas (left) and Boris Sosa (right) ready to fly. Courtesy of El TripazoWith all this in mind, the plan for El Tripazo fell into place. The pair would celebrate the 2018 World Cup by traveling to the countries whose National Teams will play against Costa Rica in the first round of the tournament, and watch those matches from the rival countries. For six months now, Sosa and Cerdas have been planning the 15 days they’ll spend this month in Serbia, Brazil and Switzerland.“It’s not only about the results of a match. It’s what happens before and after. It’s the dynamic of the fans. It’s about the rituals that people do to go watch the game and finally, about the adventure,” Cerdas said. Boris Sosa (left), former soccer player Rolando Fonseca and Ricardo Cerdas (right). Courtesy of El TripazoWatching soccer isn’t the only activity on the menu. In Switzerland, they’ll participate at a traditional race that commemorates the work of cherry pickers. In Brazil, they’ll learn samba and capoeira. And in Serbia they’ll travel the country with a friend of theirs as a guide, and visit the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade.The project has also made a point to create a social impact. Here in Costa Rica, Sosa and Cerdas played soccer in the shantytown of La Carpio with children from the community and National Police officers.“It was very cool that the National Police invited us to a mejenga (pickup soccer game) in La Carpio called #lamejenga. We went to speak with the children, provide a positive message and play with them. We saw that it was a mejenga that doesn’t happen every day, so we made a video. These are opportunities that appear and we try to take advantage of them,” Cerdas said. El Tripazo during the Fuerza Pública’s event #lamejenga in La Carpio. Courtesy of El Tripazo El Tripazo during the Fuerza Pública’s event #lamejenga in La Carpio. Courtesy of El TripazoInspired by that experience, the pair has set up a visit to a favela in Brazil while traveling there to play soccer with the children there. The travelers will be presenting some of their material with Teletica’s “Revista Mundialista.” However, they say their main goal is to enjoy themselves while showing their audience a new experience from two friends who are combining their love of sports with culture, travel and social impact.“I believe that when you invest more than one year of your life in a project, when there’s money involved, when everyone is involved in this, it’s because you really believe in it,” Cerdas told The Tico Times. “I don’t think we’re in the project just to see what will happen. It’s because we all faithfully believe that the project can be a success, it can become sustainable and it can have a long life as a content creator.”For more information visit El Tripazo’s Facebook page or their Instagram page. Facebook Commentslast_img read more



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