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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Por Pat McCaughanPosted May 24, 2013 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Una mujer camina en medio de los escombros después que un gigantesco tornado azotara a Moore, Oklahoma, el 20 de mayo de 2013. El inmenso tornado, que arrasó con este suburbio de Oklahoma City, causó por lo menos 24 víctimas mortales cuando vientos de hasta 320 kilómetros por hora barrieron hileras de casas, dos escuelas y un hospital, dejando una estela de enmarañadas ruinas. Foto de Richard Rowe/Reuters.[Episcopal News Service] Miembros de la Iglesia Episcopal y personas de todas partes del mundo ofrecieron sus oraciones y brindaron su apoyo, el 21 de mayo, a las víctimas de un gigantesco tornado que el día anterior había dejado centenares de heridos y docenas de muertos, entre ellos 9 niños, en Oklahoma.“Ésta es la primera jornada completa desde el tornado y aún hay muchas cosas cambiantes, la información todavía es muy fluida. Lo fundamental es cerciorarse de lo que podemos hacer y ofrecer apoyo y recursos a aquellos que los necesitan”, dijo el Rdo. José McLoughlin, canónigo del Ordinario para la Diócesis Episcopal de Oklahoma, que se olvidó de que era su cumpleaños hasta que alguien se lo recordó.“Imagínese a alguien que viva en un barrio, en una comunidad, y que todo eso desaparezca, que vea nada más que escombros donde antes había un vecindario, y casas y donde los niños jugaban”, dijo durante una entrevista telefónica con ENS el 21 de mayo.“Resultaba difícil concentrarse realmente o pensar en un cumpleaños con tantas pérdidas y tantas personas necesitadas, e imaginando todas las cosas que deben hacerse”.El había pasado la mayor parte del día entre dos extremos: lidiando [por una parte] con la pavorosa inmensidad de la destrucción y [por la otra, atendiendo] las desbordantes muestras de cariño y ofertas de apoyo de todas partes del mundo.“Ha sido extraordinario. Durante las últimas 24 horas en particular, ha resultado abrumadora la cantidad de comunicaciones que hemos recibido —a través de correos electrónicos, mensajes de texto y llamadas telefónicas— de personas dispuestas a hacer cualquier cosa en cualquier momento.“La Iglesia se ha portado estupendamente, desde la Obispa Primada dirigiéndose al obispo Ed Konieczny y el personal de Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales (ERD, por su sigla en inglés), hasta los curas párrocos — ha sido sencillamente asombroso, las genuinas muestras de preocupación y las genuinas ofertas de ayuda”.[Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales ha abierto una página de recursos para socorro en casos de tornado aquí]McLoughlin dijo que él y otros miembros del personal diocesano habían recibido expresiones de interés desde sitios tan remotos como “Japón, Alemania y Dubái… [y de] personas de todas partes de la Comunión Anglicana” y de todos los niveles de la Iglesia.“Es increíble la manera en que se han volcado hacia nosotros. Clérigos de todo el país se han acercado para preguntar lo que pueden hacer, y han dicho que nos llevan en sus oraciones.Ahora mismo, la diócesis se encuentra en gran medida en plan de evaluación y contemplando una recuperación a corto plazo, añadió.“Hemos estado catalogando a todas las personas que han llamado, lo que ofrecen y lo que pueden hacer, así como estamos catalogando las necesidades de parroquias y sacerdotes para estar seguros de que podemos estar preparados según vayan pasando los días, porque el verdadero reto se va a presentar cuando la prensa se vaya y el trabajo continúe, y para cerciorarnos de quién está en disposición de ayudarnos”.Según van surgiendo las historias de heroísmo y servicio, él encomiaba la resistencia de los oklahomenses, muchos de los cuales están empezando a pasar del momento del shock y del rescate al de la recuperación y la ayuda mutua.Los clérigos locales todavía están intentando contactar a sus feligreses y dey de comprobar la situación de todos sus miembros. La diócesis ofreció ayuda inmediata a los que tenían necesidad de alojamiento, comida, ropa, artículos de uso personal y otras cosas esenciales, dijo él.La Cruz Roja Americana y otros de los primeros en acudir al lugar del desastre, aún impiden el acceso de las personas a algunas áreas, “de manera que sospecho que en los próximos días, una vez que ellos hayan terminado la labor de rescate y comience la limpieza, conseguiremos a algunas personas que nos ayuden en el empeño de limpiar [los escombros]”, añadió.La escuela de Santa María [St. Mary’s School], en Edmond, ha comenzado esfuerzos coordinados para recoger agua y otros artículos accesorios, tales como juguetes o peluches, pero las agencias locales han dicho que la necesidad inmediata es de ayuda económica, dijo el 21 de mayo el Rdo. Bob Story, rector de la iglesia de Santa María.“Nos hemos puesto en contacto con dos agencias diferentes [y] el banco de alimentos regional y nos dicen que lo que necesitan es dinero”, dijo Story, que se enteró de dos familias desplazadas por el tornado. “No tienen necesidad de otras cosas ahora, lo cual crea un problema de almacenamiento”.Y, si bien al presente hay mucha gente que quiere “hacer algo más que librar un cheque”, “el banco de alimentos regional en Oklahoma City se encuentra ahora mismo tan bien coordinado que tienen un conocimiento preciso de lo que necesitan para cubrir esa necesidad, simplemente necesitan dinero porque eso les da más flexibilidad”, afirmó.“Como personas de fe, podemos hacer varias cosas, la más importante de las cuales es ofrecer nuestras oraciones a Dios y apoyar a esas agencias que brindan ayuda en los [momentos de] desastre, según un comunicado de la Iglesia.“Todas las donaciones deben enviarse a Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales [Episcopal Relief & Development] para la labor que lleva a cabo, en nuestro nombre, de apoyo a las víctimas”, según dice el comunicado.Irónicamente, McLoughlin se dirigía al aeropuerto el día que azotó el llamado tornado “monstruo” (20 de mayo) para asistir a una sesión de entrenamiento y preparación para desastres que Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales tenía programada en San Luis.Al pensar en las tormentas y tornados del 19 de mayo que afectaron algunas áreas suburbanas de Oklahoma City, y al escuchar los informes meteorológicos en la radio, “tuve el pálpito de lo que estaba por ocurrir”, recuerda él.“Algo no parecía andar bien. Llegué al aeropuerto y nunca salí de mi auto”, contó. “Regresé a la oficina y nunca me fui, y luego se produjo el tornado”.Anoche, al final de una jornada muy larga dedicada a responder a problemas inmediatos, tales como evaluaciones de propiedades, ayuda [para reclamaciones] de seguros, catalogación de recursos y ofertas y la creación de una infraestructura económica para recibir las donaciones, McLoughlin cambió su centro de atención.“Pasé la velada con mi familia” al cumplir 44 años, dijo. “La ironía es que, mientras estoy sentado aquí en mi casa (en Edmond) y hace una hermosa tarde soleada, sé cuanto daño y cuanta devastación han ocurrido apenas a 40 minutos en auto de aquí”, agregó.“Para algunas personas, para muchísimas personas, el sol no ha comenzado a brillar todavía. Es muy doloroso”.Una vez que el foco de la prensa se vaya, él espera que el apoyo y la ayuda continuarán durante lo que promete ser un extenso período de recuperación.“Resulta claro que va a ser un proceso largo. Sólo la extensión del daño, el número de casas destruidas, los negocios, las escuelas —tres escuelas recibieron el impacto [del tornado], y una fue completamente demolida. Sólo considerar la cantidad de tiempo que se necesita para reconstruir barriadas que han desaparecido completamente, el tiempo que se necesita para levantar nuevamente esa infraestructura… Hay un largo trecho por delante para que la gente tome la decisión de si va a reconstruir.“Pero”, añadió él. “Los oklahomenses tienen una gran resistencia, han atravesado antes por la tragedia. Son personas recias que se juntan y se ayudan mutuamente. Somos afortunados de contar con personas comprometidas a hacer lo que sea necesario”.– La Rda. Pat McCaughan es una corresponsal de Episcopal News Service radicada en Los Ángeles. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Oklahoma: Testimonio mundial de apoyo y un largo trecho para la recuperación Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel
RSF_en March 17, 2020 Bangladeshi police fail to investigate journalist’s disappearance Bangladesh is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. But the general inspector at Chawkbazar police station told him that he could not handle the case because the CCTV footage was not from his district. And Newmarket police station, which covers the area where Kajol’s office is located, said they could not handle the case because Kajol does not live in their district. As a result, the investigation is stalled. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to ensure that Shafiqul Kajol, a journalist who has been missing for the past week, is found as quickly as possible and that a criminal defamation complaint against him and two other journalists is dropped at once. Receive email alerts News Brought by ruling party MP, Saifuzzaman Shikhor under the Digital Security Act, the complaint accuses them of publishing “false, fabricated and defamatory news” about the alleged involvement of well-known figures in a female escort service at a luxury Dhaka hotel. May 19, 2021 Find out more His son, Monorom Polok, told RSF that the family reported him missing in an initial complaint (known as a “general diary” in Bangladesh) that they filed the next day at Chawkbazar police station, the one responsible for the district where they live. Organisation “It is intolerable that the Dhaka police are treating Shafiqul Islam Kajol’s disappearance in such a careless manner, said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We urge home affairs minister Asaduzzaman Khan to do everything possible to ensure that he is found as quickly as possible or else Khan will be held responsible for anything that happens to him. Draconian provisions News Follow the news on Bangladesh Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention to go further RSF has been condemning the Digital Security Act’s draconian provisions since January 2018. News BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Hostages Help by sharing this information The day before he disappeared, Kajol learned that he and 31 other people, including Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, the editor of the daily newspaper Manabzamin, and one of Chowdhury’s reporters known as Al-Amin, are the subject of a criminal defamation complaint in which they are all facing the possibility of a 14-year jail sentence. Monorom Polok (left), son of journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol (right) who recently disappeared, speaks to media representatives at the National Press club in Dhaka on March 13, 2020 (photos: STR / AFP – archive). February 26, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Hostages Bastard added: “Various circumstances indicate that he was abducted in connection with his work as a journalist, especially the absurd defamation complaint brought against him just before he went missing.” The Daily Star quoted Chowdhury as saying: “We did not mention anyone’s name in our report. So there is no scope of defaming anyone.” A photojournalist and editor of the Dhaka-based Bangla-language biweekly Pakkhakal, Shafiqul Islam Kajol left his home to go to his office at around 3 p.m. on 10 March. His family has not heard from him since then. That evening, they discovered that his two mobile phones had been turned off. News After the police reported on 15 March that they had found CCTV footage showing Kajol leaving his office at 7 p.m., his son tried to follow up the initial missing report with a more formal complaint yesterday so that the police would begin an official investigation. February 22, 2021 Find out more
Facebook Man charged with sexual assault in West Odessa Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp TAGS Local News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 James Robinson A man sexually assaulted a woman in his travel trailer in West Odessa after he messaged her over social media that his father was in the hospital, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office affidavit detailed. James Robinson, 18, was charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony. The incident reportedly happened Dec. 9 at a travel trailer on Huntington Street in West Odessa. The woman reported the incident to ECSO deputies on Dec. 11. The woman told deputies that Robinson messaged her on social media after his father was ill and in the intensive care unit at Medical Center Hospital, the affidavit stated. The woman stated she wanted to be a friend to Robinson, so she met him at MCH. Robinson reportedly asked the woman to go to his house with him to pack his father an overnight bag and she agreed. Robinson and the woman arrived at the travel trailer and once inside, Robinson pushed the woman and she fell to the floor, the affidavit stated. Robinson reportedly picked up the woman, pulled her shirt over her head and threw her on the bed. Robinson pulled the woman’s pants and panties off and then penetrated the woman’s vagina with his penis, the affidavit detailed. The woman stated she told Robinson to stop, but he kept on going. Robinson reportedly told the woman ‘I waited all these years for payback.’ The woman told deputies she didn’t know if Robinson used a condom or if he ejaculated inside her. Robinson was charged, arrested and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He has one bond totaling $50,000 and was still in custody as of Wednesday afternoon, jail records show. WhatsApp Previous articleGIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Odessa High falls late in close contest to Midland LeeNext article010318_UTPB_WT_A&M_men_04 Digital AIM Web Support
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Federal Agencies Propose Clarifications to Flood Insurance Rules June 29, 2020 1,416 Views Home / Daily Dose / Federal Agencies Propose Clarifications to Flood Insurance Rules Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Industry Reacts to Supreme Court’s CFPB Ruling Next: Servicers’ Concerns Over Forbearance Plans Flood Insurance housing market 2020 2020-06-29 Mike Albanese Share Save Related Articles About Author: Krista F. Brock Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Five federal agencies are collaborating to clarify rules related to flood insurance requirements. The agencies released proposed revisions to an existing interagency document regarding flood insurance last week and are inviting comments on their proposal.The Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Flood Insurance is a joint effort by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Farm Credit Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The document was last updated in 2011.In 2015, the agencies issued a new rule to implement parts of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. This rule is detailed in the proposed updates to the document.The agencies also noted that “over the years, the lending industry has requested that the Agencies provide additional guidance of flood insurance compliance issues on many occasions.”Also, during a review of regulations, the agencies received comments requesting more guidance on renewal notices for forced-plan insurance policies, flood insurance amount requirements, and requirements for tenant-owned buildings and detached structures.In addition to including the new rules based on the regulations from 2012 and 2015, the proposed changes to the document would reorganize the document in order to make it easier for lenders, servicers, regulators, and policyholders to find the sections pertinent to them.The agencies also aim to improve clarity in several areas in order to “help reduce the compliance burden for lenders.”The proposal includes new questions related to escrow of flood insurance premiums, requirements and exemptions for detached structures, and information on forced-placement procedures.The agencies proposed six new questions and answers regarding exemptions for detached properties. They would also include details of exemptions for state-owned properties and properties with loans for less than $5,000 and a duration of one year or less.While these exemptions apply, the agencies will also explain that borrowers may still purchase flood insurance, and “a lender may still require flood insurance as a condition of making the loan for purposes of safety and soundness, depending on its risk analysis.”The proposal also addresses the issue of flood insurance requirements during times when the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is unavailable, stating that lenders may make loans without flood insurance coverage but “must continue to make flood determinations, provide timely, complete and accurate notices to borrowers and comply with other aspects of the Regulation.” Lenders are also urged to continue to manage risk appropriately when the NFIP is not available.The agencies also announced their intention to release a separate question and answer document for private flood insurance requirements. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Tagged with: Flood Insurance housing market 2020 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office(NASHVILLE) — The former teacher who allegedly fled Tennessee with a teenage girl last year wants to change his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty.”The motion to change Tad Cummins’ plea was filed in federal court in Nashville on Thursday.He is charged with transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual conduct and obstruction of justice.On March 13, 2017, Cummins, then 50 and a married father and grandfather, went missing with Elizabeth Thomas, then 15 and a student at his school.An Amber Alert was issued, and police across the country searched for more than a month before finding them on April 20 thousands of miles away in a remote cabin in northern California. The teen was “healthy and unharmed,” authorities said. Cummins was taken into custody.Thomas family attorney Jason Whatley said in a statement Thursday, “The Thomas family is very relieved that Mr. Cummins decided to do the right thing by pleading guilty. We see this as one more step toward justice for Elizabeth.”Cummins, who was fired from his teaching job one day after he and Elizabeth went missing, had allegedly researched teen marriage online and, specifically, the age of consent, according to law enforcement officials.Cummins plotted their getaway from the moment he was suspected of having an improper relationship with the teen, federal prosecutors alleged. Prosecutors said Cummins planned to reach the Mexico border and then head to countries farther south.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — At least 29 tornadoes have been reported across four states since Monday, as a period of severe weather now enters its fourth straight day.Sixteen tornadoes have been reported this week in Kansas, five in Oklahoma, five in Nebraska, and three in Missouri. There were at least 218 storm reports Wednesday alone, as parts of Oklahoma saw winds in excess of 100 mph.Several clusters of intense thunderstorms are moving through the Plains and Midwest Thursday, some with winds as high as 70 mph in Arkansas and Missouri, and a reported tornado in Oklahoma.Severe weather has also been expected in northeast Kansas, northern Missouri and southern Iowa, the third straight day for many of these areas. Damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes are possible from Texas all the way up through northern Illinois.Parts of the Northeast may see some scattered thunderstorms as a corridor develops stretching from eastern Michigan to upstate New York. Damaging winds are possible in this region later in the day.The entire storm system likely will weaken Friday, with severe threats more isolated. Thursday probably will be the last day of the severe weather outbreak.Several clusters of intense thunderstorms are moving through the Plains and Midwest Thursday, some with winds as high as 70 mph in Arkansas and Missouri, and a reported tornado in Oklahoma.Severe weather has also been expected in northeast Kansas, northern Missouri and southern Iowa, the third straight day for many of these areas. Damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes are possible from Texas all the way up through northern Illinois.Parts of the Northeast may see some scattered thunderstorms as a corridor develops stretching from eastern Michigan to upstate New York. Damaging winds are possible in this region later in the day.The entire storm system likely will weaken Friday, with severe threats more isolated. Thursday probably will be the last day of the severe weather outbreak.If some of these cities can pull off three consecutive days of 90 degrees or higher, it will be the first official heat wave for the region in 2018. It would be a notable feat, considering much of the region was well below average temperature for April.Temperatures are expected to dip near seasonable levels by the weekend.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Up to 211 jobs may go as Fletchers’ Sheffield bakery is “reshaped”, following a strategic review.The review identified a range of loss-making product lines that may be axed, if customers agree.Production for the remaining range would be moved to a five- day week from the current 24/7 shift patterns.A 90-day consultation with the site’s 550 staff has started. The plans would impact all functions, areas and departments.Employees are also being consulted over changes to the full range of terms and conditions. If proposals go ahead, the new working arrangements would start from 10 December 2007.A spokesman for owner Vision Capital said the bakery, bought from Northern Foods last year, needed “urgent action” to provide a platform for growth, after several years of “significant losses”.Some £5m capital investment was planned at Fletchers’ sister manufacturing sites in London, Barnsley and Manchester, which had also been reviewed, he added. No redundancies were planned.Peter Williams, general manager at Sheffield said: “We will be consulting fully with all potentially affected employees and keeping them in the picture. These proposals are vital to secure the future of Fletchers Bakeries in Sheffield.”Merlita Bryan, district secretary for the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), said the company had met with unions this week and was due to hold another meeting on Monday. She said some 150 job losses were expected on the manual and driving side.”Moving to a five-day week, plus changes to terms and conditions, which we expect to include overtime and holiday pay, is a double whammy. This is another major blow, following on from floods and a series of setbacks.”Fletchers suffered damage in a fire in July 2006, while in February, 74 jobs were axed.
Marcus King has been on a tear recently. The up-and-coming blues artist has been touring all over the country and in Europe as he continues to impress with his soulful vocals and genre-bending guitar playing. King has made tons of fans during his rise through the music world, but he received perhaps the ultimate compliment when Warren Haynes agreed to produce his new album.Haynes recently posted about King on Facebook, saying that, “Marcus is the first player I’ve heard since Derek Trucks to play with the maturity of a musician well beyond his age. He’s very much influenced by the blues, but also by jazz, rock, soul music, and any timeless genres of music. You can hear the influences, but it all comes through him in his own unique way. He has one of those voices that instantly draws you in, and his guitar playing is an extension of his voice and vice versa.”Extremely kind words from an icon like Warren, who is known for helping bring up-and-coming bands to the forefront. As King explains in the attached video, “I didn’t have many friends growing up, so I’d sit at home and play guitar for most of the day. I was in this really dark place, really hurting for a while. I don’t want people to feel alone, because I felt really alone – not having anywhere else to turn, except to music. If people can relate to that, then I’ve done my job.”19-Year-Old Marcus King Talks Family, Friends And The Future Of His Music [Interview]Check out the video that Haynes posted along with his nice words, which is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album, with Haynes, King and his band in the studio. The Marcus King Band’s new record is now available for pre-order here.
Your outdoor news bulletin for April 17, the day Ford unveiled the Mustang for the first time:GSMP’s Newfound Gap Road ReopenedNewfound Gap Road (Hwy 441), that connects Cherokee, N.C. and Gatlinburg, Ten., has been reopened, Great Smoky Mountain National Park officials said, after a landslide on January 16th washed away approximately 200 feet of road. The road reopened Monday morning, almost exactly four months after the landslide. Originally, repairs were expected to take an extra month, but the National Park Service, Federal Highways Administration, and subcontractors were able to complete the road in less than the projected time.Soybeans Threatened by Kudzu-Eating StinkbugsEver since the invasive vine was introduced to the United States from Asia, kudzu has become quite a pest, smothering our native plants and crawling across the southeastern landscape. Looks like kudzu is the gift that keeps on giving: stinkbugs from Asia that feed on the vine have been found in the U.S. The first bug was spotted in Georgia in 2009, but researchers at North Carolina State University have recently discovered that these bugs don’t just have a diet for kudzu. Apparently, the bugs also have an appetite for soybeans, a crop farmers grow in various parts of the southeast. Researchers say this could be bad news for soybeans and to farmers. It’s the circle of invasive life.World: Man’s Best FriendAfter his owner became trapped under an overturned car, Boydy, the Australian kelpie, stayed with his master until help came four days later. Seventy-six year old Herbert Schutz crashed his car into a tree Thursday on his property outside Sydney, Australia and became pinned under the vehicle. When authorities finally found him Monday night, his dog had never left his side. Schutz, who was taken to the hospital with some serious injuries, sad that Boydy saved his life and kept him warm during the nights. Truly man’s loyal friend.Speaking of man’s best friend, our Mountain Dog Photo Contest ends Friday. If you think you pooch could save your life in an emergency, he can certainly win a photo contest, so enter today.