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Weekend Pick: Bryce Bike Bonanza, Basye, Virginia, Oct. 25

first_imgIf you haven’t gotten out to Bryce Resort’s new bike park, now — or more specifically, Saturday, October 25 — will be the perfect opportunity. The Bryce Bike Bonanza, which the resort intends to make an annual event, will hook you up this weekend with unique races, delicious food, numerous giveaways, and a fantastic day on your wheels – available to anyone purchasing a ticket to the park for the day!bryce bike park 2The Bryce Mountain Bike Park, as of early 2014, features 7 lift-accessed trails. The trails, each carefully designed and cut into the mountain, vary in difficulty and offer a range of terrain fit for any level biker. The park even offers a “learning center” for beginners and those looking to pick up or practice new skills. The best part? No need to waste your energy on uphill drab! The “Quad Lift” carries both you and your trusty bike to the top of each trail, so you can focus on the fun to come on the way back down.Visit the park for the Bryce Bike Bonanza, and you’ll find some seriously unbeatable deals. The event promises to host prize giveaways every half hour throughout the day, for a chance to win jerseys, t-shirts, commemorative pint glasses, and stickers. Plus, at both 1 PM and 4 PM, look out for you chance to snag a free season pass to the resort. Independent vendors will also offer their own prize packages. For everything else on your list, don’t pass up a special 25-percent off sale on all items in the Retail Shop, including huge savings on past rental equipment. Finally, because you’re bound to work up a big appetite, the Grill and Beer tent will be open all day, with a Happy Hour from 12 to 2 PM.Feeling daring? Check out the Bike Bonanza Chainless Race, the second of its kind after the All-Mountain Bike Festival. Say goodbye to your bike chain and hop on the Sundowner trail for the adrenaline rush you’ve been waiting for. The race will take place at 5 PM, just as the sun begins to set, so get ready to bask in the glow of the moon and the bright slope lights!A day pass for $32 to the mountain during the Bryce Bike Bonanza will not only give you access to the whole bike park, but will also send you home with a park sticker, waterbottle, and 50-percent off coupon for a future pass. You’ll also be able to take advantage of an exclusive 2015 Season Pass offer for only $185. Grab your ticket now for a jam-packed day at the Bryce Bike Bonanza.last_img read more

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Ecuador Seizes Dynamite Apparently Intended for Colombian Irregular Groups

first_imgBy Dialogo March 31, 2011 Seized material is of Ecuadorian and Bolivian craftsmanship and origin, this should call the attention of the international community, since explosives are of Bolivian origin in another country that is part of ALBA, what’s the deal, if they really are for guerrilla groups we are seeing that Bolivia is internationalizing its operations; that this country now not only is involved in drug trafficking as a government but it is clear that they support armed groups who have brought pain and mourning to Colombia, apparently after their actions in northern Peru a few years ago, now you can see their actions in Ecuador with military support (dynamite), congratulations to the authorities of the country trying to dismantle something that is causing violence to humanity, terrorism is a crime against humanity, and I think everyone knows that the Morales government is made up of ex – terrorists, one of them is his Vice President, next the Minister of Health who is the wife of a Tupamaro, Carlos Nuñez former ELN, Chavez of the MRTA, in fact the list is long, hopefully this is a wake up call for the international agencies to combat terrorism now. Your information is good and keep moving forward. Ecuador has seized around 27,000 sticks of dynamite, as well as safety fuses and blasting caps, suspected to have been intended for Colombian irregular groups, the Ecuadorean police announced on 28 March. “27,000 sticks of dynamite, 27,500 meters of safety fuse, and 27,500 blasting caps were found,” said police officer Diego Chalén, an explosives expert with the Intervention and Rescue Group (GIR), in statements made public by the Ecuavisa television network. An agent from the police Anti-Organized Crime Unit (Ulco), for his part, stated that the items seized were homemade and of Ecuadorean and Bolivian origin, and that “their final destination is believed to have been irregular groups” in Colombia. The operation, in which three individuals were detained, took place in the Andean province of Azuay (in southern Ecuador) on 27 March, when the explosives were being transported by truck to the port of Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador), according to the police.last_img read more

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Shining Path: Immediate Consequences after the Blow

first_img The defeat of two prominent Shining Path leaders on August 11 shows the strategic consequences and great importance in the dynamics of challenges towards national security that Peru faces. In this sense, the generalized criticism about the lack of leadership of the Peruvian government in the field of security, Shining Path’s control of coca areas in the VRAEM, as well as the deterioration of conditions for the continuity of operations and new investments in the areas of energy, mining, and oil in Sierra Sur, will face a new and challenging scenario. The continuity of businesses, operations and infrastructure projects in the VRAEM has an important space to aim its security standards and protocols in a scenario where “cohabiting” with Shining Path in their own terms is not a viable option. Shining Path in the VRAEM has not yet been defeated, but it has been seriously wounded. This makes it necessary to consider two immediate aspects: 1) Will the Shining Path be capable of perpetrating an act of armed violence in the short term with international media repercussion? If so, when, where, and how? Special attention is needed on transnational company operations in the fields of energy, oil and mining in the area. 2) Will a different Shining Path leadership emerge for the control or drug trafficking areas in the VRAEM, like when Artemio was defeated in the Huallaga? In this respect, there must be special attention on coca leaf grower organizations and illegal operators in the area. For Shining Path, the loss of three senior leaders of its armed groups is a strategic blow that limits its communication and mobilization capabilities to control drug trafficking, conduct armed actions and extort companies that operate in the area, control self-defense committees, farming families and local politicians. In regards to government measures, the operations conducted by the Armed Forces Joint Command (CCFFAA) are proof of the development of major intelligence capabilities and special operations to perform precise actions against the Shining Path’s leadership, which is being given space to recover their initiative after thirteen years in which this guerrilla group had the opportunity to regain their military capacity and control the VRAEM areas with little difficulty. Shining Path will have to speed up its pace, which makes it dangerous and, at the same time, vulnerable. Stakeholders associated with its dynamics of hatred, violence, and drugs will be pragmatic, generating new scenarios of risks and threats in the VRAEM areas, that are necessary to foresee with effectiveness and anticipation. Time is ticking against Shining Path, because if it does not demonstrate with short-term concrete actions that they can continue to be in control of drug trafficking and instead continue to lose capabilities it will make them more vulnerable. At the same time, other locals will take over those spaces that Shining Path will not be able to cover, producing significant changes in the dynamics of violence and illegality in the area. center_img The level of business insecurity and distrust regarding the government’s capabilities in order to confront Shining Path were accentuated to the maximum: workers resigned and work stopped, there was risk of abandoning the project, as well as serious assessments on the continuity of business and important investment projects for the infrastructure within the area are facts that nowadays are being reconsidered. By Dialogo August 16, 2013 Today, the CCFFAA capitalizes on their hard work to confront the remnants of the Shining Path since 2007. The value of lessons learned, the application of international standards to support, equipm, train, and manage, as well as the morale of the Joint Special Forces and Intelligence personnel are the basis for success that gives President Humala not only a relief regarding his questioned security administration, but also a valuable space for initiative in the fight against Shining Path and drug trafficking that cannot be overlooked. Today, the challenges for the government are higher than before ‘Alipio’ and ‘Gabriel’ were defeated; on one hand, managing the success of the operation by rescuing the fundamental aspects that made it possible entails, in terms of National Defense, recognizing the advantages and boosting the development of joint operations under one command that projects over the whole dynamics of the fight against Shining Path in the VRAEM and against drug trafficking. This will constitute the basis for the progressive recovery of trust against insecurity, not only of investors and enterprises, but also from the population in general. On the other hand, the demands for addressing citizen security issues will be greatly increased. It is inevitable to relate the blow that the Shining Path is suffering, from the attack perpetrated against the Consorcio Vial Quinua facilities, in Huanta province (Ayacucho) on July 24, where (comrade) ‘Alipio’ conducted the destruction of important machinery and equipment used for road maintenance in that sector. last_img read more

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Top 15 enterprise risk management strategies for preventing card fraud

first_imgAllied Solutions is on the front lines of risk management, with expert perspective on best practices to detect, prevent, and mitigate against fraud.Turn off any active non-EMV cards and replace these with chip-enabled cards.Train employees on fraud detection methods & prevention strategies.Establish multi-layer authentication requirements for any financial transactions or sensitive requests performed online or in person. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img

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Department of Labor statistics show Binghamton’s economy recovering faster than New York’s

first_img(WBNG) — While the coronavirus has continued to wreak havoc on our economy, the Binghamton-area is doing better than most. Even though the unemployment rate dropped about four and a half percent over the past month, since May 2019, unemployment has skyrocketed by more than 175%. The average unemployment rate in the state was 14.5%. Other industries that added jobs over the past month include leisure and hospitality, trade and non-farm jobs as a whole. The public sector, including government and education, lost jobs in the Binghamton Metro Area in May.center_img The New York State Department of Labor says the Binghamton Metro Area had an unemployment rate of 10.6% in May, which was the third lowest unemployment rate of the 18 metro areas in New York. While the Department of Labor told 12 News it couldn’t say for sure why Binghamton had a relatively low rate, department statistics show the area did see a big boost in service jobs from April to May.last_img read more

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Amid unrest at home, US presses China on Tiananmen

first_imgThe United States on Wednesday saluted the protesters of Tiananmen Square and pressed China for a full account of the dead from its 1989 crackdown, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting survivors.The United States issues a similar statement for each anniversary but the timing this year was awkward as President Donald Trump has threatened military force against nationwide protests over racial injustice.Pompeo released a photo of himself meeting four figures from Tiananmen Square including Wang Dan, perhaps the most prominent of the student leaders behind the massive demonstrations for democratic reforms. Topics : The historic St. John’s Episcopal Church had suffered fire damage as nationwide protests gave way to riots over the killing by Minneapolis police of an unarmed African-American man, George Floyd.While the non-lethal force in Washington’s Lafayette Park was a far cry from Tiananmen Square, Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader has accused the United States of double standards in criticizing the city’s own clampdown on protesters demanding preservation of autonomy.Pompeo earlier denounced China for preventing an annual Tiananmen commemoration in Hong Kong on the grounds that mass gatherings went against guidelines in fighting the coronavirus.Trump in 1990 said that China’s leaders “almost blew it” in Tiananmen Square but ultimately showed “the power of strength,” comments on which the real-estate tycoon faced criticism as he ran for president.center_img “We reiterate our call for a full, public accounting of those killed or missing,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.”We mourn the victims of June 4, 1989, and we stand with the people of China who continue to aspire to a government that protects human rights, fundamental freedoms and basic human dignity,” she said.China’s leadership has never provided a death toll from the crackdown, in which hundreds if not thousands are believed to have been killed, and has sought to suppress all public mention of the episode.The anniversary comes several days after US federal police fired smoke bombs and pepper balls, a projectile that releases a chemical irritant, to break up a peaceful protest outside the White House so Trump could walk through to take a picture outside a nearby church.last_img read more

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Ian Wright names the two players he’d put in Premier League Hall of Fame ahead of Thierry Henry

first_imgShearer is the leading scorer in Premier League history by a clear margin (Picture: getty)Asked who he would select for the Hall of Fame, Wright told Stadium Astro: ‘I’d probably put in Alan Shearer and Ryan Giggs.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’d probably go with those two because Alan Shearer, 260 goals, will it ever be beaten? It’s going to take some unbelievable goalscorer to do it. And then you look at Ryan Giggs, 13 Premier League titles.‘Someone like Thierry will probably be next, only because of the unbelievable achievements of those two players that I’ve just mentioned.‘Alan being the greatest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League up to this date. And Ryan Giggs, that will not be beaten. You’re talking about two players who have got records there that may never be beaten.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘So when you look at Thierry Henry – who for me should be inducted next – you have to say it’s a massive accolade to Thierry Henry, because look at what them two have achieved to beat him.’Wright also ranks Henry as Arsenal’s best ever player, continuing: ‘The greatest player that we’ve ever had, I think, is Thierry Henry. The greatest signing we’ve had is Dennis Bergkamp, without a doubt. Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Jun 2020 3:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Shares Ian Wright names the two players he’d put in Premier League Hall of Fame ahead of Thierry Henry The Arsenal legend feels there are two slightly more deserving players (Pictures: Getty / Stadium Astro)Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes the first two inductees to the Premier League’s Hall of Fame should be Alan Shearer and Ryan Giggs, with Thierry Henry just missing out.The Premier League was due to announce the first two members of the new Hall of Fame back in March, but the ceremony was delayed due to the coronavirus crisis.With the season set to get back underway later this month, the Hall of Fame is also likely to finally be announced and Wright, who is a huge fan of Henry, feels there are two ex-players who are slightly more deserving of the honour.center_img Advertisement Henry broke Wright’s record to become Arsenal’s all-time top scorer (Picture: Getty)‘Dennis Bergkamp changed the way Arsenal were going to perform in the years to come once he got there. You’ve seen the success that Arsenal had with Dennis, the Invincibles and everything that team done, that all stemmed through Dennis Bergkamp.‘But as a one-off football player, footballer, skills, amazing ability, Thierry Henry for me is one of the greatest players in the Premier League ever.’MORE: Thierry Henry reveals what he said to Arsene Wenger during Cesc Fabregas’ first training session at ArsenalMORE: Thierry Henry reveals why he picked the number 14 when he joined ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

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London, Lancashire schemes to create £10bn pooled investment fund

first_imgThe Lancashire Country Pension Fund and the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) have announced a partnership to create a £10bn (€13bn) pooled investment fund as both schemes look for cost savings and improved governance.It comes as the UK government looks to legislate changes to Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS), aiming to create two collective investment vehicles for listed and alternative investments.Both pension schemes currently employ in-house investment teams and have stated they wish to increase internal investment expertise.The so-called asset and liability partnership will see the funds merge investment expertise and liability management and will eventually cover all areas, including administration. Investments will be run by an external fund authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and owned jointly by the two funds.The £4.9bn LPFA, created by the merger of several legacy pension arrangements stemming from the abolition of the Greater London Authority, now administers around 20,000 members.The £5.3bn Lancashire Pension Fund provides pensions to 150,000 public sector workers in the North-West English county.Susan Martin, chief executive at the LPFA, told IPE that, aside from pooling assets, the new fund would allow the growth of viable asset classes.The partnership will also improve the funds’ governance and administration, she said.“Liability management starts with having accurate data and ends with finding assets that match liabilities,” she said.Martin added that the structure of the partnership and how it would work in practice were still being discussed with Lancashire, with no firm decisions on which personnel from which scheme would lead the investment fund or where it would be situated.She also said both pension funds had to focus on setting up the partnership in the best interest of members and would not seek any additional pension fund contributors until fully operational.The LPFA shaved nearly £400m from its deficit over the year to April on the back of investment returns and the revamping its fund structure.Martin said this was evidence that the two pension funds could scale up and achieve better investment returns and internal cost savings by working together.Councillor Jennifer Mein, leader of the Lancashire County Council, said the partnership would allow the fund to build on its “proactive approach” to asset and liability management.“The government should be using the good practice of funds to drive up the performance of the Local Government Pension Scheme, rather than dumbing down to the average,” she said.The government is expected to announce its decision on the future of the LGPS in early 2015.Both pension funds responded to government consultation suggesting that mandating switches to passive investment was not the answer to reducing deficits in the LGPS, with more collaboration on governance and liability management mooted as a more appropriate solution.Lancashire previously indicated that it would overhaul its asset allocation, earlier this year tendering for transition managers that could handle mandates worth as much as £5bn ahead of “significant” allocation changes.Other London pension funds have also increased collaboration in recent months, announcing the launch of a collective investment vehicle, looking to reduce the cost of external asset management and allow greater exposure to illiquid assets.last_img read more

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Game Hens

first_img 27 Views   no discussions Food & DiningLifestyle Game Hens by: – July 29, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Game Hens.These juicy little chickens are soaked in a zesty fresh herb, lemon, and sea salt marinade for 12 hours before they’re grilled. This process makes them tender and flavorful.If you need to feed a crowd, clip each hen in half with a kitchen shear just before serving; your guests will still get plenty of meat. Garnish each serving with very thin lemon slices.Ingredients:4 1-1/4- to 1-1/2-pound Cornish game hens or 4 medium chicken breast halves (about 2 lbs. total)2 lemons1-1/2 cups snipped fresh herbs, such as oregano and basil1 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt or salt1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepperDirections:1.Thaw Cornish game hens, if frozen. Finely shred enough lemon peel from 1 of the lemons to make 2 teaspoons peel. In a small bowl combine herbs, salt, pepper, and lemon peel; set aside. Cut one and a half of the lemons into slices; cut remaining lemon half into four wedges.2.To prepare Cornish hens, remove giblets, if present. If desired, remove skin from hens. Rinse hens; pat dry. Place hens on a plate or baking dish. Place 1 lemon quarter in each hen cavity. (If using chicken breasts, omit lemon quarters.) Tie drum sticks to tail using heavy kitchen string. Twist wing tips under the back. Generously pat outside of birds with herb mixture. Lay lemon slices over top. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.3.For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. Place Cornish hens (breast side up) on grill rack over drip pan. (Place breasts, bone side down over drip pan.) Cover and grill for 50 to 60 minutes or until meat is tender, no longer pink , and instant-read thermometer inserted into thigh muscle registers 180 degree F. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Grill as above.)4.Remove hens from grill. Cover with foil and let stand 10 minutes before carving. Makes 4 servings.Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens Sharelast_img read more

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