Colorado Avalanche To Host Grateful Dead Night Pre-Party

first_imgDenver ice hockey team the Colorado Avalanche have announced a Grateful Dead Night on October 19 for their game against the St. Louis Blues. The event will include a performance from Shakedown Street ahead of the game in Coors Meadow, located outside of the Grand Atrium doors at the Pepsi Center. Tickets to the event include access to Shakedown Street’s live performance, in addition to an exclusive Colorado Avalanche/Grateful Dead replica jersey to the first 500 ticket buyers. Learn more here.[H/T Jambands]last_img

Panama Combats Human Trafficking

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois / Diálogo February 03, 2017 The country of four million people is visited by more than 13 million travelers every year. A decade from now, it is likely that about 33 million people will visit Panama each year, according to statistics from Tocumen, S.A., the international airport’s management company. While thousands of travelers arrive daily at Tocumen International Airport, in 2016 almost 20,000 people illegally passed through the country’s Darién jungle on their way to North America. Human trafficking networks take advantage of this massive movement of travelers to bring young people into the country. Most are women who have been tricked and taken from their environments to be enslaved, some to work as domestic workers, and others in prostitution. In the past 48 months, Panamanian authorities dismantled 12 human trafficking networks and freed 120 kidnapped victims, according to Rodrigo García, secretary general of the national coalition of institutions that combat this scourge in Panama and president of the Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking, to Diálogo. “The alleged perpetrators were turned over to the court system for processing, and the young people received humanitarian aid to move on with their lives,” García said International networks The tentacles of these transnational crime networks reach into their victims’ countries of origin and into their neighborhoods. They know their immediate environment and they use this information to trick their victims with offers of a career in the arts in countries like Panama, where the dollar is used as legal tender. The young people enter the country as tourists, but once in Panama the traffickers confiscate their identity documents and force them to engage in prostitution to defray the cost of transportation, room and board, and other costs the traffickers incurred on their behalf and for which they are charged extremely high sums of money. Local organizations Trapped in a foreign country without legal status, the women have no other choice but to submit. The trafficking networks offer these women’s sexual services on the internet. They often meet clients in places provided by the traffickers, who charge their victims for the use of the facilities. Panamanian law facilitates the prosecution of this type of crime and the country recently began drafting legislation “which will allow for streamlining the work of people who prosecute this crime,” García explained. The country is working “on the construction of a shelter that will give the victims the support they need after their rescue, while the authorities investigate their case,” he said. International cooperation According to García, international cooperation is very important, and the regional coalition comprising the Central American countries, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, plays a big role. “Investigative units are represented in this coalition, which allows for direct communication and facilitates investigations in the different countries. This makes the combat against these multinational networks more effective,” García said. He added that some South American countries, such as Peru, are interested in forming a coalition in the southern region of the Americas to confront this scourge. Professional immigration service “An important step in the fight against immigration-related crimes is to give the same status to immigration officers as to other members of Panama’s security services,” Miguel López Cedeño, deputy director of the National Immigration Service, told Diálogo. Immigration officers now have the same training as members of the security forces and are paid the same, providing them with a stronger sense of belonging, which allows for a more efficient fight against crime. Likewise, the institution’s technological platform has been improved with information technology used in the United States, “which allows for more effective checks of travelers coming to Panama. By these means, the immigration authorities can streamline their exchange of information with other countries, which allows for a more efficient fight against crime,” López said. Immigration officers have also received training from the United States Embassy in Panama, which keeps personnel constantly updated. Panamanian authorities qualify the country’s efforts to slow transnational crime as positive. They also stressed the importance of working with their counterparts from other countries to stop criminals trying to use the region for illicit activity.last_img read more

How my local pizza place is taking customer engagement to the next level

first_imgCredit unions are responding to online reviews, posting content on social media, and engaging on different provider sites. But are they texting back?Last week, I was eating at a DC-area pizza chain, &Pizza, when I saw it: A sign on the napkin dispenser that says “We Text Back” with a local phone number.It doesn’t say “With questions or concerns call or text …” It simply says, “We text back.” continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

The Iron Lady still has a lot to teach us about the battle of the sexes

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More Indonesians tolerant of homosexuality, though vast majority still say no: Pew survey

first_imgIn its 2015 report, Pew Research Center ranked Indonesia in third place among countries that highly regard religion, with 97 percent of people in the country saying religion was very important to them.Although the 2019 study showed a slight improvement for Indonesia, its people’s level of acceptance of homosexuality is the second-lowest among other countries surveyed.The nation of 268 million people shared the same spot with Tunisia, where 9 percent also said homosexuality should be accepted. Nigeria is the country with the lowest level of acceptance of homosexuality at 7 percent.Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia — except in conservative Aceh with its strict Islamic laws — however, sentiment against the LGBT community has persisted in the country over the years.The anti-LGBT rhetoric hit a new high in 2016, with an unprecedented flood of inflammatory statements and crackdowns against the minority group. Intimidation and persecution against them still persist to this day.Read also: Recent cases of persecution set back LGBT rights advocacyMeanwhile, in the neighboring country Philippines, 73 percent of respondents agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, according to the study.Countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Germany were also placed in the higher ranks with more than 70 percent acceptance for homosexuality.Although majorities in 16 of the 34 surveyed countries in 2019 said homosexuality should be accepted, the think tank’s report showed that the global divide remains.While 94 percent of respondents in Sweden — the country with the highest level of acceptance on the list — agreed on acceptance of homosexuality, only 7 percent in Nigeria shared the same sentiment.”But even with these sharp divides, views are changing in many of the countries that have been surveyed since 2002, when the Center first began asking the question of whether homosexuality should be accepted by society or not on its international surveys,” the report said.In many of the countries surveyed, there have been double-digit increases in acceptance of homosexuality between the 2002 and 2019 studies, including a 21-point increase in South Africa and a 19-point increase in South Korea.Across the 34 countries surveyed, a median of 52 percent agreed that homosexuality should be accepted with 38 percent saying that it should be discouraged.Topics : Public acceptance of homosexuality in Indonesia has improved slightly in the past few years, a recently published study by Pew Research Center suggests, though the level remains low compared with those of other countries.The report — which polled 38,426 respondents across 34 countries from May to October last year — found that only 9 percent of Indonesians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, an increase from only 3 percent in 2013.Most respondents in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country disagreed, with 80 percent of them saying homosexuality should be discouraged. The US-based think tank said it found that public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in each society remained sharply divided by country, region and economic development, despite major changes in laws and norms in many countries regarding same-sex marriage and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.Read also: Of coming out and acceptance: LGBT youth seek peace in conservative IndonesiaThe report also suggested that attitudes on the acceptance of homosexuality were shaped by the country where the polled respondents lived, as it found that people in wealthier and more developed economies are “generally more accepting of homosexuality” than those in poorer and less-developed economies.”Religion and its importance in people’s lives also shape opinions in many countries. For example, in some countries, those who are affiliated with a religious group tend to be less accepting of homosexuality than those who are unaffiliated,” Pew Research Center said in its 2019 report,” Political ideology also plays a role in the acceptance of homosexuality.”last_img read more

Winn-Dixie to say open an extra hour for medical staff and first responders

first_imgStarting this Monday, the stores, including it’s  Fresco y Mas locations, will stay open until 9pm. The 8pm to 9pm hours specifically, will be dedicated to healthcare providers, firefighters, law enforcement, and fire rescue workers.In order to gain access to the store during the last hour, you will be asked to provide your work ID. Winn-Dixie has announced that it will stay open for an extra hour on Mondays and Tuesdays which it plans to designate to first responders and medical staff.The grocery store chain announced it’s decision on Twitter over the weekend.last_img

Lily May shortlisted for SportsAid’s One-to-Watch award

first_img England girl international Lily May Humphreys has been shortlisted for SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award, in recognition of a spectacular season.The 15-year-old has won the British girls’ championship, the European Young Masters and the English women’s championship during 2017 – as well as helping England to win the girls’ Home Internationals.Humphreys, a member of the England Golf girls’ squad, is one of 10 athletes on the shortlist for this year’s One-to-Watch Award. The annual award, set to be presented at the charity’s SportsBall in London on Thursday 23 November, was launched in 2006 and shines a spotlight on the achievements of Britain’s brightest young sporting prospects.Past winners include the double Olympic medallist and current diving world champion Tom Daley, while five fellow recipients competed at the Rio Games.Humphreys, who gets a SportsAid grant from Suffolk SportsAid Foundation, admits this latest accolade is one to savour.“I was really happy to be on the shortlist, finding out that my hard work had paid off and that I’d been recognised was just really nice,” said Humphreys, who is a member of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex.“A lot of time goes into it, you have to practice whatever the weather, even if it’s raining or cold, you just have to keep going and try to make sure you’re improving all the time.“Having SportsAid support has been really helpful, it’s allowed me to play in competitions around the country and doing that has allowed me to be picked for England to play around Europe.”Humphreys has played in events far and wide, including the World girls’ championship in Canada and the Asia Pacific junior championship in Hong Kong – with top ten finishes in both – but she will never get complacent about representing her country.“Playing for England is always a real honour, you feel proud that you can go out there and play, see different places and see different people around the world – it’s really great,” she added.Humphreys took up golf six years ago and remarked: “I first hit a ball when I was nine, first went on a golf course when I was ten and by 11 it became a thing I was going to do for quite a while – there’s been a lot of hard work that goes into that.”Dame Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, and five-time Paralympic champion Natasha Baker are among the panel of judges for the award.The winner of SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award will be revealed at the charity’s annual SportsBall in London on Thursday 23 November. All the funds raised from the SportsBall help to support the next generation of British athletes. Please visit www.sportsball.org.uk for details of all the award contenders and for ticket information. 7 Nov 2017 Lily May shortlisted for SportsAid’s One-to-Watch award Tags: Lily May Humphreys, SportsAidlast_img read more

Locke kids burning up cross country trails

first_imgThe happy Locke family would not be complete if sister Robyn didn’t participate too.The younger sibling has not disappointed the rest of the family at most of the same events Peter and Julien competed at — except for Junior Nationals.“Last year my biggest race was going to Terrace for B.C. Winter Games,” said 14-year-old Robyn Locke. “I finished eighth and 12th in my category (midget girls). These were probably of my two best races of the year.”Some results for Robyn Locke has the Nelsonite 18th and 16th at Canmore to start the season, and 12th and 15th at a B.C. Cup race in Prince George.Robyn Locke plans on joining older brothers at the Westerns and [email protected] By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsLong time ago in a far away place, humans realized by attaching two shaped pieces of wood to their feet they could travel faster when hunting in snow-covered fields and woods. You won’t see Peter or Julien Locke breezing through the forests around the Heritage City with rifle strapped on back looking for dinner.They shop at the Co-op.However, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see the two Nelsonites leading the pack during a provincial or national cross-country race.The two Nelson skiers have quietly turned more than a few heads at the elite level and are looking for more success in the coming months.“The season is going very well,” Peter Locke told The Nelson Daily on the eve of the Western Canadians this weekend in Kelowna. “I’ve had some very good results this year, however, they were as good as I hoped for at (junior) nationals.”“My sprinting this year has been very good,” added Julien Locke. “One of my best races was the Thunder Bay sprint (January 6-9).”Not that long ago the two Locke boys, twins you know, were being towed around the Nelson Nordic Ski Trails in a sled by their parents.It wasn’t that long before the two were up on skis, competing in the Jackrabbit program, passing up on the traditional team sports like soccer and hockey.“It’s not like don’t like team sports, I just prefer individual sports like cross-country,” Peter Locke said.“Nothing against team sports at all . . . I used to swim when I was younger,” added Julien Locke. “I just never did any.”After a few years in the Nelson Nordic Ski Club system, the two decided to join the more competitive Blackjack club in Rossland.“There wasn’t much happing in Nelson and Rossland ran a higher caliber team so we thought there was more opportunity for us,” Julien Locke explained.The Blackjack coach is none other than Dave Wood, formerly of the Canadian national team for the past 16 years. Wood wrapped up his career in 2010 helping Canadian athletes at the Vancouver/Whistler Olympics.
 The Locke boys, who home school but find time to put in 500 hours per year or eight to 24 per week of training, have already logged more miles than Greyhound this season competing on the cross country circuit.There were races in Canmore, the Alberta Cup; at Vernon’s Silver Star Resort for the Haywood NorAm; and at the home Blackjack Club for the Haywood NorAm Senior World Championship trials. The two then traveled to Thunder Bay, Ont., for the World Junior Trails.Peter Locke, at 6’3”, 175 pounds, finished 26th in the 20-kilometer continuous pursuit, 31st in the 1600m classic sprint and 19th in 15km skate.Julien Locke, at 6’1”, 180-pounds, finished 34th, eighth and 25th.“I was hoping to land one of the spots for Canada at World Juniors but I came up just a little short,” said Julien Locke.“I had a fast heat, with the eventual first, second and fourth-place guys in it and unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay with them up the hill. I did everything I could but they were all a year or two older than me and with the long course, they had the advantage.”“My best race was the Thunder Bay . . . the 15 km,” Peter Locke admitted. “So far this year we have mostly raced up in Junior Men’s category, which has been quite a change from last year as the distances have increased from 10 km to 20km. I really like the longer races and have been having a really good season so far.”The two 17-year-old skiers, Julien is part of the B.C. Team and Peter the B.C. Development squad, have been racing most of this season in Junior Men’s category against many older skiers.This weekend another major test comes in Kelowna at Westerns.The Westerns is going to be a “tour” race.  The first stage is a skate sprint. The next day is a prologue race, which will be one of the first times this type of race being been held in Canada. It’s a 3.5 km classic individual start. The race is so short, competitor need to ski at a sprint pace for the duration. The final day is the 15 km pursuit. For this race skiers are seeded according to times and bonus seconds from the first two days of racing. The start is staggered accordingly. The first person to the finish wins the overall three days of racing. The whole idea of tour races has been around for a long time in other sports but it’s quite new to cross country skiing.The field won’t be as strong as World Junior Trials, a field that included many of the top skiers in Canada, but most of the top skiers from the west will be competing.“Last year we did not attend Westerns but at Nationals I won the skate sprint and got fourth in the aggregate, just a few points out of third,” said Julien Locke, whose goal is to ski for Canada on the World Cup circuit. “So I expect westerns should be good again.”Next month in Canmore, March 12-19 promises to be the ultimate test for the two Locke boys.“I am looking forward to all of the races but I’m especially exited for the sprint,” said Julien Locke. “The classic (my favourite), the course is perfect and I am going into it as last years winner. It’s not going to be easy to hang on to the title but I am looking forward to the challenge.”Then again, if it doesn’t work out on the cross-country circuit for the two Blackjack skiers, there’s always the chance of putting those skills on boards to good use trying to find dinner.Sister Robyn keeps up with older brotherslast_img read more

Leafs looks to snap winless streak Thursday against Rebels

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs look to snap out of a five-game losing streak Thursday night in the Sunflower City when the Green and White plays the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The skid comes as the Leafs struggle with injuries as well as a host of suspensions following an October 26 line brawl against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.“You never want to get into a situation like this, but I think it’s good that everything is happening at this stage of the season,” said Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt.“Because it gives some of the guys who are working their way into the lineup a chance to show the coaches what they can do.”“We’ve got a good hockey team here,” Hunt added, “and it’s still early enough in the season where we can turn this around.” Nelson enters the weekend in third spot in the Murdoch Division, two points behind Grand Forks Border Bruins but only two in front of the Rebels.Beaver Valley leads the division but eight points over Grand Forks after putting together a 10-game winning streak.“We’ve got a real good team here,” said Hunt, second in Leafs scoring to teammate Dale Howell. “I just think we need everybody to just play their roles, and if we do that, you’re going to start to see a very improved team.”Castlegar has won three straight games to climb back into the running in the Murdoch Division.The Rebels have turned the season around scoring 21 times in the past three games. Leading the onslaught is forward Logan Styler who rang up eight points during the stretch to move into second overall in KIJHL scoring with 31 points.Sunday, Nelson concludes the weekend with an afternoon tilt in Spokane against the Braves.ICE CHIPS: Leaf center Ryan Piva saw his first action at the Junior A level when the Trail native suited up for West Kelowna Warriors Sunday in BC Hockey League action against Prince George. . . . The Leafs traded forward Kolten Nelson to Comox of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League for future considerations. Nelson joins teammate Cleary Ambrose, who was moved to the Island squad earlier this season.last_img read more

Gardai and ambulance personnel rush to crash near Newtowncunningham

first_imgGardai and a number of ambulances are attending a crash on the Killea to Newtowncunningham road. One car is involved in the crash which happened after 9pm near the former Argony Pipe pub.It is not known if anybody has been injured in the crash. Diversions are in place.Gardai and ambulance personnel rush to crash near Newtowncunningham was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more