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Israeli Special Forces will be in Zenica, Their Arrival is Not an Extraordinary Situation

first_imgBetween 10 and 12 members of Israeli Special Forces will be among the members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Zenica-Doboj Canton who are responsible for the security of the match between B&H and Israel, which is to be held on June 12th at Bilino Polje in Zenica and recorded as a high-risk event.‘’This is not about the classical special forces carrying long pipes that we are used to see when we say ‘special forces’. These are trained people in civilian clothes. Israel’s national football team is specific for that and Special Forces are always present when the team plays the matches in any country. Therefore, their trip is not an extraordinary situation’’, said the Director of the Directorate of Coordination of Police Bodies in B&H, Mirsad Vilić.The Israeli Special Forces have long ago duly announced their arrival to the Football Federation of B&H.(Source: nap.ba/ photo avaz.ba)last_img read more

Newly Restored, Fisk Chapel A Rich Reminder of Town’s Past

first_imgBy Alison Bitterly AFTER MANY YEARS of tireless effort on the part of community members and volunteers, the restoration of Fair Haven’s Fisk Chapel is close to completion.The historic church has long been a focus of the Fair Haven Historical Association, acknowledged for its special significance to the town and in particular to its African American residents.And although there is still some work to be done, Fair Haven residents are celebrating the remarkable progress that has been made on restoring the once dilapidated building.Fisk Chapel, originally located on Browns Lane, was built in 1858 and known as the AME Bethel Chapel. Unfortunately, the building burned down in a fire shortly after; it was rebuilt years later thanks to the efforts of General Clinton B. Fisk, a summer resident who had been one of Lincoln’s officers during the Civil War. Fisk donated $3000 to build a Methodist church in an area where many of Fair Haven’s black citizens lived. When the chapel was completed in 1882, it was dedicated to Fisk.According to former  Fair Haven andFair Haven Borough celebrated the restoration of historic Fisk Chapel/Bicentennial Hall at the annual reorganization meeting Jan. 1.Hallhistorian Timothy J. McMahon (now deceased), from 1890 into the 1940s, Fisk Chapel was the scene of an annual Emancipation celebration that featured the reading of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which officially ended slavery.The Fisk Chapel became central to the Fair Haven area’s African American community for generations to follow. Although the congregation eventually outgrew the chapel space, the building itself was donated to the Borough of Fair Haven in 1975 and moved to its present location on Cedar Avenue.The difficulty of such a move proved severely detrimental to the upkeep of the building; rust and decay set in, and many council members  even suggested that the chapel be demolished. Thankfully, the Historic Association of Fair Haven, formed in 1995, stepped in to preserve the 19th century character of the building. Fisk Chapel, which also became known as Bicentennial Hall, was added to the Fair Haven Community Appeals list and a trust fund was established to raise money for its preservation and reconstruction.For the past thirteen years, Patricia Drummond has been to go-to individual on matters of Fisk Chapel. As President of the Fair Haven Historical Society, she has overseen the work that has gone into the recent chapel restoration. However, as Drummond says, “there were many other people who worked tirelessly to raise money for the cause”. Specifically, Drummond acknowledged Borough Councilwoman Drew Dunigan, Director of the Monmouth County Historic Commission Randall Gabrielan, Councilwoman Wendy Jones, Representative Rush Holt, and Fair Haven Mayor Michael Halfacre. The project is also indebted to all of the Fair Haven Historical Association members as well as the local businesses that donated goods to various auctions.Now that Fisk Chapel, or Bicentennial Hall, is once again in functioning shape, it will be used for meetings of local organizations (such as Garden Club and Scout groups) and cultural events. Inquiries are even being made already about booking the chapel for weddings. While the kitchen and bathroom floors still need some work, the Historical Association continues to move forward towards completing the massive project they undertook years ago.Perhaps the greatest achievement of the Fisk Chapel renovation has been the Historical Association’s ability to keep alive an appreciation for the church’s significance to the Fair Haven community. As Pat Drummond says: “The preserved and restored chapel will stand as a reminder to the residents of an important time in the history of Fair Haven, especially for its African American community. It served as a center of their life during a period of segregation, Jim Crow laws, and separate schools for whites and blacks”.last_img read more

Winter Seal Walk Delights, Even Without The Seals

first_imgStory and photo by Jay CookSANDY HOOK – It was hard to believe the amount of fog that covered the barrier island on an unseasonably warm Saturday morning.While crossing the Captain Joseph Azzolina Memorial Bridge from Highlands to Sea Bright, neither the ocean or the bay were visible from the bridge’s peak.Yet, at the tip of Hook, skies were clear and sunny for 70 people gathered at the third Winter Seal and Waterfowl Walk hosted by the American Littoral Society (ALS), all anxious to catch a glimpse of some of the local Harbor Seals that call Sandy Hook home from November through March. It was one of the largest number of nature lovers the society has attracted to its walks.When one of them asked if the dense fog would push the mammals away, the society’s executive director Pim Van Hemmen admitted he had no control, “We don’t own the seals,” he joked.Leading the tour was Jeff Dement, an ALS naturalist and director of the fish-tagging program. He claimed the fog was “conspiring against us this morning.” Unfortunately, he was right. No more than a trio of seals could be seen resting on the sandbars. During low tide, they like to stay bayside in an effort to catch some rays and relax from a day’s worth of fishing, he explained.The hikers were greeted by a surprise appearance from a bottlenose dolphin, kicking towards the Shrewsbury River.Instead of waiting on the fog to pass, Dement led a caravan of cars down to Plum Island, a marshy outcropping famous for its bird displays. Collections of Buffleheads and Brant Geese floated off in the distance, with the bridge towering in the background. Dement said it was one of the most striking views along the East Coast.Lot E marked the final parking destination for the remaining hikers, just as the clock hit noon. A quick walk along the beach was followed by a hike though the Old Dune Trail. Shade from Sandy Hook’s maritime forest, mostly old cedar and holly trees, guided the group for a walk alongside prickly pear cacti and a surprising fresh-water pond.“It’s pretty special, and endangered as well,” said Dement. “The National Park Service takes that piece of land pretty darn seriously.”Across the street, binoculars and cameras were unpackaged as the fog began to lift, ever so slightly. Still, to no avail, it remained thick, right around the time when the tide was dead-low.Although the Harbor Seals made only a brief appearance, it was still an enjoyable and educational morning for the 40 or so who stayed for the whole tour. It highlighted other areas of Sandy Hook not everyone sees when simply parking at the beaches.“The seals are what gets everyone out here – people are excited to see seals – but there’s a lot more out here to rope them into the environment,” said Stevie Thorsen, ALS’s educational director.After a short, three-minute drive back to the society’s headquarters at 18 Hartshorne Drive, the naturalists were greeted with the aroma of New England clam chowder wafting out the back door.While sitting on the front porch, with a cup of that chowder in hand, Victoria Lesoine looked to her son Nikolaus, who enjoyed the limited seal-watching action that morning.“He was excited just to see their heads bobbing,” said Lesoine, a Hawthorne resident.“I just want him to spend more time outdoors,” she continued. “Get him involved in the environment, less time spent on video games.”Damani Parran, a father of three, drove 40 minutes for the walk that morning. While growing up outside of Washington, D.C., he said he never fully embraced the city. That just fuels him more as a dad.“I’m trying to make sure my kids have memories with all of this now,” he said.The next Winter Seal and Waterfowl Walk is scheduled for Monday, March 6 at 10 a.m. Spectators are advised to dress for the weather and expect to walk a mile on sandy beaches. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit littoralsociety.org or call 732-291-0055.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Bombers Girl’s Soccer

first_imgThe Bombers now take their show on the road to Courtney later this month to compete in the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championship.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row L- R Camille Gebhart, Naomi Perkins, Paige Mansveld, Alex Dehnel, Maddie Sternloff, Kat Garbula, Kelsey O’Connor, Kyra Burkart, Erica Augsten, Jesse Cooper, Abbie Bourchier-Willans and Coach Jamie Spendlove.Front, Ameeta Bhabra, Calena Marchand, Darian Voisard, Tara Yowek, DAnielle Weist, Claire Haleran, Jena Wheeldon and Keegan Paterson.Missing from photo, Brynn Forsey and Aroha Taiatini-Senechal. There wasn’t much doubt which school in the Kootenays has the best girl’s soccer team.The L.V. Rogers Bombers toyed with the opposition, outscoring their opponents 21-1 en route to the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championship.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — NMHA Atom A Team

first_imgStaff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebrations with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, coaches Sandy Boyd, Greg Andrusak, Craig Upper, Lisa Upper, Geoff Watts, Devan Andrusak, Seamus Boyd, Koby Upper, Ethan Bennett, Drake Proctor, Jamie Popoff-Hnatiuk, Mason Ouchi, Sam Orasuk, Alexander Andersen, Simon Forrester, Dylan Watts, Rhett Hamilton, Bryce Sookro, Logan Krotz (Relief Goalie from Cranbrook) and Ben Haydu. The Nelson Minor Hockey Atom A squad made it look easy en route to capturing the top prize at the recent tournament in Kimberley.The players combined solid team work with determination to capture the first-place trophy with wins over Blackfoot (Calgary), Indus (Calgary), host Kimberley and Cranbrook.last_img

Nelson Leafs win bronze medal at Atom Tournament

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs came ever so close to win it all, settling for the bronze medal at the Atom Minor Hockey Tournament this past weekend.The Leafs defeated City rival Nelson Chiefs 6-2 to claim the bronze medal.Leafs goals were scored by Gunnar Evenson assisted by Jaden Hlookoff; Cash Nay assisted by Mitchell Erickson; Larson Proctor assisted by Erickson; Jaden Hlookoff assisted by Erickson; Erickson assisted by Proctor and an empty net goal by Nay. Miller Tedesco and Max Jean replied for the Chiefs.Shea Andersen was game MVP for the Leafs while Grady Groenhuysen was in goal for the Chiefs.Nelson Leafs went undefeated during the round robin, finishing in a three-way tie with two teams from Trail.However, the Leafs lost out on a tiebreaker to drop to third spot in the standings.Trail Toads defeated Trail 3 in the final to claim the overall title.last_img read more

June Mar Fajardo scores 40, surging Beermen sink Batang Pier

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lady Eagles soar past Lady Maroons Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The reigning five-time MVP had everything going for him offensively as he hit 14 of his 15 attempts from the field and went 12-of-16 from the free throw line.Four other Beermen scored in double figures with Terrence Romeo firing 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field that went with six rebounds and three assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMarcio Lassiter added 15 points built on four 3-pointers while forwards Arwind Santos and Kelly Nabong had 11 points apiece for San Miguel, which claimed solo third place with a 6-3 record.The Beermen took a 103-92 lead after a basket by Fajardo with 5:13 remaining but the Batang Pier fought back and came within three, 110-107, with still 36 seconds left. MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo was a force to be reckoned with as San Miguel Beer held off NorthPort, 113-107, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Fajardo couldn’t be stopped, unleashing 40 points and hauling down 19 rebounds to lead the Beermen to their fourth consecutive win.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Chris Ross, however, came through in the clutch for the Beermen as he knocked down a triple to put the game out of reach, 113-107, with 12 ticks to go. Ross finished with nine points and seven assists.Mo Tautuaa led NorthPort with 28 points and 13 rebounds. The Batang Pier have now dropped their last five games after opening the season with a pair of victories.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Modern Nazi Killer Bears Darwin’s Standard

first_imgAnother terrible school shooting imitating the Columbine rampage has occurred, this time in Finland (see CNN).  Before killing eight students and himself, the 18-year-old murderer stated in a rambling note, “I am prepared to fight and die for my cause.  I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection.”  He called himself “a cynical existentialist, anti-human humanist, anti-social social-Darwinist, realistic idealist and god-like atheist.”CNN, with its typical deductively-challenged propensity for the irrelevant non-sequitur, blames the gun: “Finland, which enjoys a strong tradition of hunting, has a high proportion of gun ownership, with two million firearms owned in a nation of only five million.”  TV news anchors interviewed psychologists, who portrayed the killer as among those disaffected youths who feel alienated and powerless – i.e., victims, so it’s our fault.  Funny; hardship didn’t seem to create psychopaths during the Depression – it made many appreciate what little they had, and work harder.  At times like this, students need psychobabble like they need a hole in the head.    Why is no one pointing out the obvious fact that this killer, and the Columbine killers, saturated their minds with hate from radical rock, inspired by the purposelessness of a pointless, godless existence?I’m your nightmare coming trueI am your worst enemy…I am unrestrained excess.His ability to buy a gun and post YouTube videos with his own videocam belies any claim he was disaffected.  He had excess, he never learned restraint, and was proud of it!  His problem was not self-esteem, but others-esteem and God-esteem.  Darwinism glorifies self as the agent of progress.  Fill a selfish, undisciplined young person’s ears with the screaming rock of pride, power, hate, death and destruction, and what do you expect?    The Darwin Party will, of course, be indignant if we associate this lone killer with their belief system, so let us humbly ask them if creationist writing is producing sociopaths like this on a regular basis.  Let’s do the math.  How many have been murdered by advocates of Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you compared to advocates of Survival of the fittest?  Check the body count.  After Columbine and Helsinki, creationists can tally up the victims of Hitler, Stalin, Mao (11/30/2005), Pol Pot, Castro and Kim Jong Il, but why go on?  We already know, one death is a tragedy, 148 million is a statistic.Stalin’s goons routinely shot far more people per day than this lone murderer did.  Sometimes he would give his henchmen quotas to meet.  They would go out and round up innocent victims at random and shoot them in cold blood.  Then, they would be very proud if they could report back to the Man of Steel, that same man who years before had torn off his seminarian robes and became an atheist after reading The Origin, that they exceeded their quota for the day.Darwinian teachers can claim from their sanitized lecterns that evolutionary theory is not responsible for what people do, but like philosopher Greg Bahnsen warned, if the plane is going to Boston, there’s no getting off at Chicago.  Evolutionists need to take their world view to its logical conclusion.  Students are better at making connections than their teachers suspect.    The article mentioned that one of the killer’s favorites was the anarchistic, antichristian rock song Stray Bullet by KMFDM:I have come to rock your worldI have come to shake your faithAnathematic AnarchistI have come to take my place.How much are you willing to bet this killer also just adored Pearl Jam’s Do the Evolution video (08/31/2006)?I am ahead, I am advancedI am the first mammal to make plans, yeahI crawled the earth, but now I’m higherTwenty-ten, watch it go to fireIts evolution, baby, It’s evolution, babyDo the evolution – Come on, come on, come on!Undoubtedly the following was never found in his Favorites playlist:Praise to the Lord, the Almighty the King of Creation.O my soul praise him, for He is thy health and salvation.All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;Praise Him in glad adoration.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

LEED Can Help Fix the Water Problem

first_imgWhile news reports have recently focused on California Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order, in response to that state’s long-running drought, seeking to reduce overall water use by 25 percent, there may be more to be learned from how the small Town of Hampstead in Maryland responded to its own water crisis in 2008.Despite the fact that the U.S. uses less water than it did in 1980, availability of potable water is increasingly an issue. According to the EPA, at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages this year.In 2008, the 6,323 people residing in the Town of Hampstead, for the first time since it was incorporated in 1888, were experiencing severe water stress. The town considered restricting water use and faced a moratorium on all new building. The town commissioners sought a proven response that was easy to articulate and that could be readily and quickly implemented.With the town water system running out of water, the town created a Groundwater Conservation District “encouraging environmentally sensitive and sustainable ‘green’ design and construction methods, minimizing impervious surface, maximizing groundwater recharge and protecting the aquifer.”Within that District, outdoor watering and irrigation was strictly prohibited. Washing of cars, boats, campers, windows, and the like, was prohibited except by a hose equipped with a flow-restricting device. No need to reinvent the wheelUsing LEED as a tool to restrict water use obviated the need to create some new regulatory scheme from scratch. The ordinance met with little, if any, negative comment because most accepted that government has a proper role in responding to a crisis and, in part, because the plumbing industry was familiar with LEED. And that projects need only be LEED “certifiable” and not actually certified ameliorated the concern that LEED, a voluntary third-party rating system, was being misused.The LEED water reduction prerequisite and credits provide an ideal tool for reducing water use. Carefully drafted, LEED can provide the standards, in an ordinance, for restricting water use. More simply put, LEED can be the ideal liquidity strategy. Fixing leaky pipes was keyCognizant that every six days, U.S. water utilities lose an entire day’s water from leaking pipes, the town started an aggressive program of locating and fixing leaks, including offering a bounty of up to a $9,000 credit on water bills to customers who located a water leak on their property.And by ordinance 2008-449, Hampstead Town Code 135-150 was amended to provide:Any new building or structure shall comply with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for silver certification or a standard deemed equivalent by the Commission. The developer shall be responsible for the cost of the Town hiring a consultant to certify that the site plans and construction drawings conform to the LEED or other approved environmental standard. The Commission may establish a higher standard if deemed appropriate by the Commission.The ordinance was tied to LEED 2009 NC which included for the first time WEp1 as a prerequisite; WEp1 stipulates that all projects must reduce water use by at least 20 percent. And by requiring that projects be certifiable at the Silver level, land owners were encouraged to pursue credit WEc2, where a 30 percent reduction in water use garners two points, with up to four points available for a 40 percent reduction.Owners were also advised to pursue credit WEc1 which is available for a 50 percent reduction in potable water use for irrigation.center_img Stuart Kaplow, an environmental attorney, is legal counsel and past chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland. This post originally appeared on April 5 at Green Building Law Update.last_img read more

Woman gang-raped by six men in Noida park

first_imgA 21-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by six men on Wednesday night in Noida, the police said on Friday. Four accused have been nabbed, they said.According to police sources, the victim hails from Kasganj.“She lives with her mother and four sisters and was seeking a job. She came in contact with a man, who asked her to meet him in a park in Noida’s Sector 63 at 7 p.m. for a job opportunity,” said Superintendent of Police (City), Noida, Vineet Jaiswal told The Hindu.When the victim reached the park, the man, a peon in an export company, tried to molest her. “Soon a group of five men, who were already present there, noticed the duo. First, they chased away the man and then raped the woman,” said Mr. Jaiswal. The woman managed to reach Phase 3 police station and lodged a complaint. “An FIR was registered under Sections 354, 376 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code and she was admitted to a government hospital. The medical report confirmed gangrape,” said Mr. Jaiswal.“A reward of ₹25,000 each has been declared on the absconding accused,” said an officer.Mr. Jaiswal said the accused were in the age group of 20-25. “They don’t have any criminal record. Three of them work as contract labourers in a vegetable farm. The accused have confessed to have committed the crime,” said the officer.Focus on patrollingMr. Jaiswal said: “We are looking into how patrolling could be improved in the area,” he said.He said the woman has been counselled and her family has been informed about legal assistance.“She has given her statement to the police and on Saturday her statement would be recorded in front of a Magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC.” He added her name has been forwarded for assistance under the Compensation Scheme for Women Survivors of Sexual Assault/other Crimes-2018.last_img read more