The Sisters argued that the law forces them to provide insurance coverage for their employees to support contraception and sterilization services in violation of their religious beliefs, or face steep fines.
To hikers on America's Appalachian Trail the gregarious character with a wild, grey-streaked beard was known simply as "Bismarck".
He posed for photographs with fellow travelers, sent detailed updates to the publishers of guide books, and held court at campgrounds telling tales of the six years he had spent wandering the 2,189 miles of forested paths between Georgia and Maine.
He disappeared in 2009 leaving behind a wife and daughter.
Hammes, who worked at a Pepsi bottling plant, left behind a complicated personal life.
At the time of his disappearance he was married to his second wife Deanna Hammes.
His first wife was Joy Hammes with whom he had a daughter Amanda, now 28.
Joy Hammes died in a fire at their home in 2003 while Hammes was out for a walk.
It also emerged that he had a secret daughter born in 1989 who none of his family knew about.
Despite the unkempt appearance he cultivated Hammes was eventually recognised by a fellow hiker who had seen the embezzlement case featured on the television crime programme American Greed.
McDonald’s, along with companies like DreamWorks Animation, MasterCard and Facebook, will donate paid television airtime or access to digital media to promote the World Food Program, including through the use of a 30-second animated commercial narrated by the actor Liam Neeson.
The World Food Program unveiled the partnership on Sunday, one day before the United Nations’ annual International Day of Peace.
While the numbers have fluctuated slightly since 2007, the trend has been largely stable since 2010. However, the percentage of U.S. adults who see corruption as pervasive has never been less than a majority in the past decade, which has had no shortage of controversies from the U.S. Justice Department's firings of U.S. attorneys to the IRS scandal.
The teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon at Stepinac in their first game since last year's much-hyped CHSFL AAA championship, an event that delivered on that promise and then some. Stepinac, long the tortured, continued to prove that the balance of power has shifted from New Rochelle to White Plains. The Crusaders won last year's championship 16-14 in thrilling fashion when its defense withstood Iona Prep's comeback in front of more than 6,000 screaming fans at Fordham University.
Stepinac enters this year's 68th playing of the rivalry trailing 40-27 in the all-time series. However, the Crusaders have now won three straight and four of the last seven after the Gaels had ripped off 16 of 18 wins from 1992-2008.
The World Cup being played in England. England is in red in this match, not their traditional white. Also in this pool is Australia and Ireland - along with Namibia - and only two teams will go through to the quarterfinals.
Last Saturday - in Newburgh. I drove up to catch the game - of course Tim is gone - and when I arrived it was already 14-0. Newburgh must have been shocked - they opened their season the week before with a 64-0 win!
Playing without senior T.J. Morrison, one of the area’s top senior recruits, Stepinac breezed out to an early lead and throttled defending Section 9 champ Newburgh on its home turf, 31-0.
Senior Tyquell Fields threw two touchdowns and the defense smothered a Newburgh team that beat Henninger, another one of last year’s Class AA state playoff teams, 64-0 last week at the Carrier Dome. Stepinac allowed just 69 yards of offense, had five sacks and got an interception from Malik Crawford.
The Stepinac defense is going to be really good.
I was glad to see this, since we know Kobe quite well.
Kobe Miranda ripped off a 52-yard touchdown run to seal it.
UPDATE: 2:30 I was wrong, no rate increase. Market immediately dropped (!) and then bounced back.
i will go against the current majority opinion on this, and say the Fad will raise interest rates a quarter of a point. And it will have no real effect on the markets. BUT my opinion is the minority view right now. So ... don't bet the farm.
See the video below. They also thought Rubio and Christie did well. interesting that Fineman on MSNBC and Rove on FOX also thought Fiorina was a winner. I saw part of the debate while in the gym and a little at home. I thought Bush did well, as well as those mentioned in the focus group. Trump was just OK. Carson was disappointing. My guy Kasich was also just OK.
I was reminded to post this, after a glorious evening sunset last evening - Tuesday.
Anyway, after the Sunday storms, we not only got a good sunset but a huge rainbow across the southeastern sky. These were all taken on my phone camera - not exactly a Hasselblad but good enough for posting - in the five minutes before 7PM.
In just two decades Sweden went from burning oil for generating electricity to fissioning uranium. And if the world as a whole were to follow that example, all fossil fuel–fired power plants could be replaced with nuclear facilities in a little over 30 years. That's the conclusion of a new nuclear grand plan published May 13 in PLoS One. Such a switch would drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly achieving much-ballyhooed global goals to combat climate change. Even swelling electricity demands, concentrated in developing nations, could be met. All that's missing is the wealth, will and wherewithal to build hundreds of fission-based reactors, largely due to concerns about safety and cost.
"If we are serious about tackling emissions and climate change, no climate-neutral source should be ignored," argues Staffan Qvist, a physicist at Uppsala University, who led the effort to develop this nuclear plan. "The mantra 'nuclear can't be done quickly enough to tackle climate change' is one of the most pervasive in the debate today and mostly just taken as true, while the data prove the exact opposite."
Based on numbers pulled by the research team from the experience of Sweden and France and scaled up to the globe, a best-case scenario for conversion to 100 percent nuclear power could enable the world to stop burning fossil fuels and start fissioning uranium for electricity within 34 years. Requirements for this shift of course would include expanded uranium mining and processing, a build-out of the electric grid as well as a commitment to develop and build fast reactors—nuclear technology that operates with faster neutrons and therefore can handle radioactive waste, such as plutonium, for fuel as well as create its own future fuel. "No other carbon-neutral electricity source has been expanded anywhere near as fast as nuclear," Qvist says.
... while a worldwide effort to follow Sweden’s nuclear example is possible—it’s not probable. "As long as people, nations put fear of nuclear accidents above fear of climate change, those trends are unlikely to change," Brook adds. But "no renewable energy technology or energy efficiency approach has ever been implemented on a scale or pace required."
Brigid likes to exhibit at the annual Croton Yacht Club River Day, and she sponsors the "River Dog" contest. she takes pictures in the prior week or two of dogs being walked at Croton landing and then puts their pictures up at her exhibit. People vote by dropping dog biscuits into bowls in front of the pictures.
The winner this year was Whiskey O'Gara - owners won a selection of biscuits and doggie things donated by the Croton Animal hospital.
Here's the winner and a partial view of the dog exhibit - that's me admiring the set-up.
A young fellow showed up at our door with my wallet! I dropped it outside of Shoprite this evening and it was returned to me before I knew I'd lost it.
I was so surprised when this fellow showed up at my door, that all I got was his name and notice the USMC t shirt before he was gone. I ran out the door with a bottle of wine as a gift but he'd already driven off.
So Joe, I know you're out there - come back to our house for some wine!
A researcher once played a recording of an elephant who had died. The sound was coming from a speaker hidden in a thicket. The family went wild calling, looking all around. The dead elephant’s daughter called for days afterward. The researchers never again did such a thing.
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Elephants sometimes cover dead elephants with soil and vegetation, making them, as far as I’m aware, the only other animals who sometimes perform simple burials. Elephants have done the same when humans are involved on several recorded occasions. When sport hunters shot a large male elephant his companions surrounded his carcass. The hunters returned hours later to find that the others had not only covered their dead comrade with soil and leaves—they had covered his large head-wound with mud.
Just when you thought you knew Stephen Colbert, the newly appointed king of late-night comedy is about to offer a surprising look into his very soul. Shortly before he took over the reins for David Letterman on CBS’s The Late Show, The Colbeard sat down with Father Thomas Rosica, media attaché to the Holy See Press Office and CEO of Salt and Light Television based in Toronto, Canada, and poured his heart out about his job, his devout faith, and Pope Francis.
The extensive exclusive interview, which is at times hysterically funny and profoundly serious, airs in full on Rosica’s interview program Witness on Sept. 13. The Daily Beast got a sneak preview.
Rosica told The Daily Beast that Colbert’s interview shows that a modern Catholic is someone who is fundamentally with joy, with truth, and with a sense of history. “When we church people talk about Hollywood and the media, we often talk in disparaging terms,” he says. “But there are some outstanding people who are strong in faith. It gives us pause that we often write off people because of their fame.” In the interview, Colbert does poke fun at the church, invoking his favorite saints “Arugula” and “Grappa,” but Rosica says that’s OK. “If we love something we can make fun of it,” he says. “We need to see the divine sense of humor in some things.”
Cavers collected the bones from a difficult-to-reach chamber 30 meters below ground within the Rising Star cave system in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind region, which is famous for its human fossils. In their paper describing the new remains, published today in the journal eLife, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and his colleagues report that the remains include multiples of nearly every element of the skeleton and represent at least 15 individuals. For a field in which even an isolated bone can constitute a major discovery, this find is an absolute windfall.
11 more paragraphs if you hit the link. Really interesting stuff.
Was very well received, with a good-sized crowd - over 65 people - more then the normal "Friends of History" presentation . Including Q & A it was over in less than an hour and she was invited to give it to two other groups.
Funny that yesterday morning, I remembered a rugby match - he was playing and I was the coach - against Manhattan RFC. We were North Jersey and the game was played at Overpeck Park, a few minutes from the GW Bridge. Probably around 1999. I haven't thought about his game in years and years.
We crushed Manhattan - a big upset - with three scores in the first five minutes and Tommy was involved in all of them. At the end we probably won the match by 25 points. And the beer tasted pretty good afterwards ...
Obama blames it on the increasing use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, which he wants to restrict not only in the United States but worldwide. The photo op was designed to build support for an international climate agreement he’s pushing hard to sell, so far with little success.
Trouble is, the president needs to get his facts straight. Exit Glacier has been shrinking for 200 years — since 1815 — long before widespread industrialization and automobiles. As the president ended his trip, he sounded the alarm again: “This state’s climate is changing before our eyes.”
News flash, Mr. President: Alaska has been buffeted by cyclical swings in climate for thousands of years. That’s true for the rest of the world, too. There was a 300-year-long Medieval heat wave, followed by a Little Ice Age that began around 1300, and then the 300-year warming period we’re in now.
Mark Rippetoe is a training maven; I am using his superb book Practical Programming for my own exercising/training and it's terrific.
And here's a column he wrote a week ago, that was picked up by pjmedia.com, with some excerpts below the link. It's very applicable to people over 50 (or 60, or 70, or 80...) The pictures on the link really tell the story.
Great article. Hit the link - you'll just have to tolerate the ads, and be sure you spot the "Continued on next page" box near the bottom of the first page.
My recent piece on my own website, “Exercise, Government-Style,” deals with the exercise recommendations of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health. Their website is an embarrassing mess of silly movements that cannot be categorized as exercises.
“Physical activity,” perhaps — like you would perform while driving to the store, going in to buy groceries, putting them in the car, going home, unloading them, and sitting back down. But they are no more strenuous than these typical daily activities — the ones you’re already doing, the ones that haven’t made you strong enough so far, and the same reason why daily activities are not sufficient for the maintenance of physical ability as we age.
The basic formula for effective exercise of any type is: stress + recovery from the stress = adaptation to the stress. If you want to get stronger, you have to give your body a reason to need to be stronger, so you have to lift a weight that is heavier than you lifted previously. When you recover from that, you’ll be stronger. Just like anything else you’ve ever accomplished, you do the work first, and then you get the results.
The exercises in your strength program must be capable of 1.) using enough muscle mass 2.) through a long range of joint motion, 3.) enabling you to lift increasingly heavy weights so that you 4.) get stronger.
The Starting Strength exercises are better because they are capable of being loaded with incrementally increasing weight — even if the increment must be half a pound — so you can get stronger. They operate over a long range of motion, so you get more flexible. As you do them with increasingly heavy weight, you continue to not fall down, so they improve your balance. And since you can do more work over a longer period of time as you get stronger, they improve your endurance, too.
If you can’t do the barbell exercises pictured above, there are other ways the problem can be solved using the same approach. The keys are lots of muscles working at the same time and continually increasing loads being lifted. The Starting Strength Method is thus, in a nutshell, full range of motion exercise matched to the current ability of the trainee that continually increases in intensity. This approach makes your whole body get stronger. The NIA approach merely asks your body if it wants to, someday, and then fails to provide the mechanism.
His approach has really helped me. His book manages to cover a whole gamut, from very advanced powerlifters, olympic lifters, and sports training, to starting a program if you're 85 years old. Here's his website Starting Strength.
This was supposed to be the Era of No Fences. No walls between blocs. No borders between countries. No barriers to trade. Visa-free tourism. The single market. A global Internet. Frictionless transactions and seamless exchanges.
In short, a flat world. Whatever happened to that?
Contrast this promised utopia with the mind-boggling scenes of tens of thousands of Middle East migrants, marching up the roads and railways of Europe, headed for their German promised land. The images seem like a 21st-century version of the Völkerwanderung, the migration of nations in the late Roman and early Medieval periods. Desperate people, needing a place to go, sweeping a broad landscape like an unchanneled flood.
How did this happen? We mistook a holiday from history for the end of it. We built a fenceless world on the wrong set of assumptions about the future. We wanted a new liberal order—one with a lot of liberalism and not a lot of order. We wanted to be a generous civilization without doing the things required to be a prosperous one.
In 2003 the political theorist Robert Kagan wrote a thoughtful book, “Of Paradise and Power,” in which he took stock of the philosophical divide between Americans and Europeans. Americans, he wrote, inhabited the world of Thomas Hobbes, in which “true security and the defense and promotion of a liberal order still depend on the possession and use of military might.”
Europeans, by contrast, lived in the world of Immanuel Kant, in which “perpetual peace” was guaranteed by a set of cultural conventions, consensually agreed rules and a belief in the virtues of social solidarity overseen by a redistributive state.
These differences didn’t matter much as long as they were confined to panel discussions at Davos. Then came the presidency of Barack Obama, which has adopted the Kantian view. For seven years, the U.S. and Europe have largely been on the same side—the European side—of most of the big issues, especially in the Mideast: getting out of Iraq, drawing down in Afghanistan, lightly intervening in Libya, staying out of Syria, making up with Iran.
The result is our metastasizing global disorder. It’s only going to get worse.