Stowe resort’s Hank Lunde named Stowe Business Person of the Year

first_imgSTOWE MOUNTAIN RESORTS HANK LUNDE ISSTOWE BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEARStowe, Vt (July 2,2008) Stowe Area Association named Mt. Mansfield Company Chairman/AIG Stowe Holdings Chairman Hank Lunde as the Stowe Business Person of the Year at their annual meeting and dinner, held at Edson Hill Manor on June 25, 2008.Lunde was selected not only because of his involvement with the Stowe business community but also for his contribution to the Stowe community at-large over many years. Born and raised in Barre, Hank Lunde graduated from Norwich University with a degree in civil engineering and has served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has been Mt Mansfield Company’s President and CEO since 1997.Lunde has been the guiding force behind the Spruce Peak expansion. He has been instrumental in not only bringing diverse interest groups to the table, but also preserving the integrity and heritage of a great ski mountain throughout over a decade of planning and implementation. He has had an unparalleled and positive impact on not only the Stowe and Lamoille County business communities, but all of Vermont. He serves as director on the boards of Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Ski Areas Association and the National Ski Areas Association. For ten years Lunde also served as a board member of the Stowe Area Association.The Stowe Business Person of the Year was first presented in 2003 to John Springer-Miller, former owner of Springer-Miller Systems. Subsequent honorees include Chuck Baraw, President of Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa; Kathy Kneale, owner of Harrison’s Restaurant, Neil Van Dyke, owner of the Golden Eagle Resort, and Ken Beiderman, General Manager of the Green Mountain Inn. A plaque honoring these important members of our community hangs in the lobby of the Visitor Information Center on Main Street.###last_img read more

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An integrated road to Colombian peace

With an area of 1,141,748 square kilometers and a population of almost 41.5 million according to the last official census in 2005, Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America. Its strategic geographic location in the northwest tip of South America, between both Caribbean and Pacific waters and borders with five other countries, makes it as an important gateway to Central America and North America and vice-versa. A large part of its national territory, however, is covered by thick jungles, and the rugged terrain of the eastern and western Andes mountain ranges, creating largely uninhabited and ungoverned areas of difficult access in environmentally rich territories. For much of the last half century, illegal armed groups operating from Colombian bases in these areas have managed to create international networks for greater reach, sowing insecurity through their use of crime, kidnap for ransom and extortion to fund their illegal drug trafficking operations within and beyond the country’s boundaries, but also exporting their terrorist actions and influence to other regions of the world. It began with deep socioeconomic divisions in the 1960s and 70s that generated generalized restlessness and popular discontent with the government, and produced increased urban protests and radical peasant movements that gave rise to extreme left and right insurgencies such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 1964 as a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization and the largest and longest-running left-wing insurgency in the Americas; the National Liberation Army (ELN) in 1964; the Popular Liberation Army (EPL) in 1967; the M-19 in 1970; and the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) in the 1980s. As these spread their extreme anti-government sentiment through violence, drug lords were taking control of large areas of the country and building international networks dedicated to supplying a major part of the world’s cocaine demand. In the 1980s, Colombia became the major producer of coca globally. Decades of intense crime followed; kidnapping and assassination became commonplace, resulting in rates that were unparalleled by other countries. This is the first article of a three-part series. After years of internal conflict, Colombia seems to have climbed the last precipice and finally stands just short of the summit of peace and prosperity. How they got there, and where they started their journey is an interesting story that tied a strategic vision to tactical implementation and has involved a comprehensive whole of government approach. As the final phases of its longstanding internal conflict begin, combatant demobilization and the consolidation of the government’s success are imperative in ensuring an effective presence is maintained throughout the country that is capable of providing services and maintaining law and order. Colombia’s internal conflict has gone on for almost half a century, but since 2000, with the establishment of Plan Colombia, has represented an effort that pulled the country from a practically failed state to one of Latin America’s most robust economies. The Colombians brought together state, private and interagency capabilities to consolidate their national territory through varied collaborative approaches under one unified front against the guerrilla insurgencies and their drug-trafficking networks of violence and terrorism. Their experience has become a unique model of a whole of government approach that focused all elements of state power to reestablish security for the Colombian people as well as those throughout the region. The birth of the insurgents and their marriage to drugs By Dialogo December 18, 2013 While a 2010 article in Time Magazine, referred specifically to the city of Medellín as “one of the most dangerous cities in the world” in the 1980s and 90s because it was initially the hub for Pablo Escobar’s cartel activity and then a “playground” for the insurgents, an article published on the BBC News online portal in June 2001, called Colombia “the kidnap capital of the world”. At the same time, the FARC disassociated itself from the national communist party and its political ideology, and made a strategic decision to strengthen its military capacity in order to ex According to Fundación País Libre, a Colombian non-governmental organization working to prevent and fight kidnapping, extortion, forced disappearance and other acts that deprive people of freedom, there were over 3,500 kidnapping cases reported in Colombia only in 2000, of which approximately 750 were perpetrated by the FARC alone. pand. They fused with the drug trafficking community to fund their activities, and peaked between 1996 and 1998, when they claimed to have control of close to one tenth of the country’s municipalities – some 100 of the 1093 at the time. “When Álvaro Uribe became president of Colombia in 2002, the country had endured nearly half a century of a Marxist insurgency that had become perniciously entangled with the booming drug business. The lawlessness had spawned private protection militias, creating a three-way war among the government, the leftist guerrillas and the paramilitary forces,” said a column published by international affairs and foreign policy website World Politics Review (WPR) in October 2013. Continued on Part 2: Light at the end of the tunnel: the 21st century and Plan Patriota read more

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Georgia could see dual runoffs—and keep narrow door open for Democrats to win Senate

first_img● State Legislatures: Tuesday night was a big disappointment for Democrats at the state legislative level, especially since this is the last election before the 2020s redistricting cycle. Via the National Conference for State Legislatures, the legislative chambers below are still in doubt. Democrats failed to flip other targeted chambers such as the Iowa House, Minnesota Senate, North Carolina Senate and House, and Texas House.Alaska: Republicans have again won majorities of seats in the state House and Senate. However, it’s still possible that moderate Republicans will side with Democrats and independents to form new bipartisan coalitions in either chamber, as has been the case in the House for the last four years.Arizona: Enough races to decide majority control in both chambers are undecided. Democrats still have a chance to flip one or both chambers from GOP control, though later-counted votes have largely favored Republicans.Michigan: Control over the state House is still undecided as we are waiting on absentee ballots that lean heavily Democratic. Democrats are hoping to overcome GOP gerrymandering to flip the state House. The state Senate is only up in midterm years.New Hampshire: Republicans regained their majorities with an assist from their gerrymanders, giving them full control over state government heading into redistricting. Republicans also regained control over the state Executive Council, which is key for certain legislation and approving executive appointments such as giving the GOP a new majority on the state Supreme Court.Pennsylvania: Control over the state House is still undecided as we are waiting on absentee ballots that lean heavily Democratic. Democrats are hoping to overcome GOP gerrymandering to flip the state House. Republicans likely cemented their majority in the state Senate, though many absentee ballots are still remaining to be counted for that chamber too.Ballot Measures● CA Ballot: Ride-share giants Uber and Lyft scored a big victory in the most expensive most expensive ballot measure campaign in Californian—and perhaps American—history when voters backed Proposition 22 by a 58-42 margin.The passage of Prop. 22 designates drivers for “App-Based Transportation and Delivery Companies” as independent contractors with some benefits rather than as employees. Uber, Lyft, and delivery companies like DoorDash spent more than $200 million to pass Prop. 22, while labor groups were only to muster up a tenth of that in opposition.● FL Ballot: A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a top-two primary system in state-level races failed to muster up quite enough support to pass. Amendment 3 earned 57% of the vote on Tuesday, which was short of the 60% that constitutional amendments need in Florida.Unfortunately, though, a 79-21 majority approved Amendment 1, which will rewrite the Florida constitution to emphasize that “only a citizen” may vote instead of “every citizen.” While Amendment 1 doesn’t alter the status quo, it prevents local governments from experimenting with letting legal permanent residents who lack citizenship vote in local elections, something a handful of small localities in the U.S. and many European democracies already allow.● MS Ballot: Mississippi voted 78-22 for Measure 2, which repeals a provision of the state’s Jim Crow-era constitution that deliberately penalizes Black voters and the Democrats they support in elections for statewide office. The new law requires candidates for posts like governor or attorney general to take a majority of the vote in the general election in order to win outright; if no one hits this threshold, a runoff would take place between the top-two vote-getters.This new system, though, is still bad for Team Blue because a runoff could lead to a disproportionate drop in Democratic turnout, but it’s better than the 1890 law it replaces. Until now, statewide candidates needed to win not only a majority of the vote but also a majority of the state House’s 122 districts. If no candidate surpassed both thresholds, the members of the House would choose the winner, and there was nothing to stop them from picking the person who lost the popular vote.Voters also supported Measure 3, which will adopt a new state flag, by a 72-28 margin. Earlier this year, GOP Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill that retired the 126-year-old state flag, which prominently displayed the Confederate battle emblem, in the face of a boycott by the NCAA and SEC. The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag was tasked with designing a new flag, and it settled on one with a magnolia in the center and the words “In God We Trust” below; the design was approved by voters on Tuesday.● St. Louis, MO Ballot: Voters in the city of St. Louis supported Proposition D, a ballot measure to make it only the second municipality in America to adopt an “approval voting” system for its local elections, by a strong 68-32 margin. Approval voting will be used for the first time early next year when Democratic Mayor Lyda Krewson is up for a second term.As we’ve written before in the Voting Rights Roundup, all the contenders will face off on one nonpartisan ballot, and voters could cast as many votes as there are candidates, with up to one vote per candidate. The top-two vote-getters will then advance to a general election.The goal of this method of voting is to eliminate the “spoiler” problem, where a candidate wins without majority support only because their opposition was divided. The approval approach attempts to ensure that the most broadly acceptable candidate prevails. Fargo, North Dakota is the only other American city that uses approval voting, though unlike the St. Louis system, there is no runoff there.Mayoral● Miami-Dade County, FL Mayor: Sunshine State Democrats got a bright spot on an otherwise dreary Tuesday when Daniella Levine Cava defeated Republican Steve Bovo 54-46, a result that makes her the first woman to lead Florida’s largest county. Levine Cava is also the first Democrat to hold this office since 2004.  Redistricting Roundup● Redistricting: Here’s our look at where control over 2020s redistricting stands as of now, which is shaping up to be bleak for Democrats—and democracy:Democrats failed to gain key legislative chambers in 2020 and break the GOP’s full control over Florida, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, or Texas, and the Kansas GOP’s supermajorities so that they could uphold the Democratic governor’s vetoes there. Democrats also gained just one of the two Ohio Supreme Court seats needed for a 4-3 majority that could have curtailed GOP gerrymandering there, while Republicans swept every Supreme Court in Texas to maintain their 9-0 majority. Democrats also failed to win the governor’s office or break the GOP’s legislative supermajorities to stop a GOP congressional gerrymander in Missouri.Democrats’ only substantial gain so far was with gaining Oregon’s secretary of state office, which ensures they will control legislative redistricting instead of potentially letting the GOP gerrymander. Democrats did gain a 4-3 majority on Michigan’s Supreme Court in addition to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s existing veto power, though the ability of both to stop the GOP legislature from gerrymandering could be threatened by the U.S. Supreme Court.One small bit of good news is that Team Blue appears to have stopped the GOP from gaining a filibuster-proof majority that would let them gerrymander Nebraska, though the GOP could always end the filibuster with a simple majority if its various factions can overcome their differences, which is not guaranteed. Democrats additionally stopped the GOP from gaining gerrymandered supermajorities in Wisconsin, but the GOP’s state Supreme Court majority there may yet strip Democratic Gov. Tony Evers of his power to veto new gerrymanders.Finally for Team Blue, New Jersey voters also approved Democrats’ cynical ballot measure that will likely postpone legislative redistricting from 2021 to the 2023 elections. That ballot measure was intended to protect Democratic incumbents both in the primary and general, and while partisan control was unlikely to be at stake in such a blue state, maintaining lines based on the 2010 census hurts New Jersey’s growing Asian and Latino populations.Instead of Democrats making major inroads, Republicans actually gained ground by regaining their gerrymandered majorities in both chambers to assume full control over New Hampshire. Republicans also gained enough seats to deny Democrats and the left-wing Progressive Party the two-thirds supermajority they had enjoyed in Vermont’s state House (they failed to break the Democratic-Progressive Senate supermajority). Independents now hold the key to overriding GOP Gov. Phil Scott’s vetoes, but that looks very unlikely for redistricting and other issues in a state where bipartisan comity remains a rare holdout.Missouri voters also passed the GOP’s deceptive ballot measure that will roll back 2018’s legislative redistricting reform, ensuring that even its bipartisan legislative commission will enact legislative maps that give the GOP an undue advantage. Finally, Republicans have gained at least one North Carolina Supreme Court seat and tentatively lead in two more, potentially cutting the 6-1 Democratic majority down to 4-3 Democratic and weakening a check against their gerrymanders, though many provisional and absentee ballots are yet to be counted and likely lean DemocraticWhile Virginians voted to create a bipartisan redistricting commission that would prevent Democratic gerrymandering, which should ensure that the legislative districts are relatively fair for 2021, the inability of Democrats to control congressional redistricting there only further cements the GOP’s national advantage when red states don’t similarly follow suit.At the national level, Democrats failed to gain enough seats outright to win the Senate, though they may yet do so in Jan. 5 runoffs in Georgia depending on the uncalled GA-Sen-A seat held by GOP Sen. David Perdue; Perdue currently holds just over a majority of the vote with many mail votes left to count. If Democrats don’t take the Senate, they can’t pass HR 1 and ban congressional gerrymandering nationally. Nor can they reform the Supreme Court and get it to stop enabling GOP gerrymanders. Campaign ActionThat target kept shrinking over the course of the day Wednesday as officials counted absentee votes, about 90,000 of which remained to be tallied when we put the Digest to bed—the vast majority in Democratic-leaning counties. Further updates are reportedly not expected until 10:30 AM ET, but with many election officials working hard late into the night, it’s possible that whether or not we have a runoff could be decided before the sun rises.- Advertisement – Here’s where things stand in the key Senate races that the Associated Press had not called as of Wednesday night:AK-Sen: Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan leads independent Al Gross 62-32 with 191,000 votes counted. At least 133,000 absentee and early votes have not yet been counted, and that number will grow since ballots are valid so long as they are postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 13. Absentees will not be counted until next week.NC-Sen: Republican Sen. Thom Tillis leads Democrat Cal Cunningham 49-47 with 5.4 million votes counted. The North Carolina Board of Elections says that about 116,000 absentee ballots remain outstanding, though it’s not clear how many have been returned. Ballots are valid so long as they are postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 12. The News & Observer reports that final tallies will not be known “until next week.”HouseAnd here’s where things stand in the key House races that the Associated Press had not called as of Wednesday night. Currently, Democrats have won or lead in 219 races and Republicans have won or lead in 216 (see our “Summary” tab here). Several of these results are bound to shift, however, as additional votes are tallied.AK-AL: Republican Rep. Don Young leads independent Alyse Galvin 63-37 with 190,000 votes counted.AZ-01: Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran leads Republican Tiffany Shedd 52-48 with 310,000 votes counted.AZ-06: Republican Rep. David Schweikert leads Democrat Hiral Tipirneni 50.4-49.6 with 352,000 votes counted.CA-04: Republican Rep. Tom McClintock leads Democrat Brynne Kennedy 53-47 with 327,000 votes counted.CA-21: Republican David Valadao leads Democratic Rep. TJ Cox 51-49 with 110,000 votes counted.CA-25: Democrat Christy Smith leads Republican Rep. Mike Garcia 50.3-49.7 with 271,000 votes counted.CA-39: Republican Young Kim leads Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros 50.3-49.7 with 275,000 votes counted.CA-48: Republican Michelle Steel leads Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda 50.4-49.6 with 340,000 votes counted.CA-50: Republican Darrell Issa leads Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar 52-48 with 261,000 votes counted for this GOP-held open seat.GA-07: Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux leads Republican Rich McCormick 51-49 with 362,000 votes counted for this GOP-held open seat.IA-02: Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks leads Democrat Rita Hart 50.04-49.96, a margin of 282 votes, with 393,000 votes counted for this Democratic-held open seat.IL-14: Republican Jim Oberweis leads Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood 50.1-49.9 with 377,000 votes counted.IL-17: Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos leads Republican Esther Joy King 52-48 with 296,000 votes counted.MI-11: Democratic Rep. Haley Stevens leads Republican Eric Esshaki 50-48 with 438,000 votes counted.MN-01: Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn leads Democrat Dan Feehan 49-46 with 366,000 votes counted. MN-02: Democratic Rep. Angie Craig leads Republican Tyler Kistner 48-46 with 423,000 votes counted.NJ-02: Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew leads Democrat Amy Kennedy 51-47 with 279,000 votes counted.NV-03: Democratic Rep. Susie Lee leads Republican Dan Rodimer 48-47 with 349,000 votes counted.NV-04: Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford leads Republican Jim Marchant 50-47 with 279,000 votes counted.NY-01: Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin leads Democrat Nancy Goroff 61-39 with 288,000 votes counted. New York has not counted any absentee ballots yet and likely won’t start tallying them for some time, possibly a week or more. Final results could take many weeks, as was the case following the state’s June primary.NY-02: Republican Andrew Garbarino leads Democrat Jackie Gordon 58-41 with 268,000 votes counted for this GOP-held open seat.NY-03: Republican George Santos leads Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi 50-49 with 273,000 votes counted.NY-11: Republican Nicole Malliotakis leads Democratic Rep. Max Rose 58-42 with 236,000 votes counted.NY-22: Republican Claudia Tenney leads Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi 55-43 with 249,000 votes counted.NY-24: Republican Rep. John Katko leads Democrat Dana Balter 58-38 with 266,000 votes counted.PA-07: Republican Lisa Scheller leads Democratic Rep. Susan Wild 51-49 with 326,000 votes counted. Absentee ballots, which have disproportionately favored Democrats, were still being tallied in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said Wednesday evening that she expects the “overwhelming majority” of ballots to be counted by Thursday.PA-08: Republican Jim Bognet leads Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright 51-49 with 301,000 votes counted.PA-10: Republican Rep. Scott Perry leads Democrat Eugene DePasquale 55-45 with 357,000 votes counted.PA-17: Republican Sean Parnell leads Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb 51-49 with 383,000 votes counted.TX-24: Republican Beth Van Duyne leads Democrat Candace Valenzuela 49-47 with 339,000 votes counted for this GOP-held open seat.UT-04: Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams leads Republican Burgess Owens 48-47 with 242,000 votes counted.VA-07: Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger leads Republican Nick Freitas 51-49 with 450,000 votes counted.WA-03: Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler leads Democrat Carolyn Long 55-45 with 341,000 votes counted.Election RecapsSenate, Gubernatorial, HouseThe following notable Senate, House, and governor races were called by the Associated Press after midnight on election night:AZ-Sen: Democrat Mark Kelly has defeated Republican Sen. Martha McSally, flipping this seat to the Democrats.ME-Sen: Republican Sen. Susan Collins has defeated Democratic challenger Sara Gideon.MI-Sen: Democratic Sen. Gary Peters has defeated Republican challenger John James.MN-Sen: Democratic Sen. Tina Smith has defeated Republican challenger Jason Lewis.MT-Sen: Republican Sen. Steve Daines has defeated Democratic challenger Steve Bullock.NM-Sen: Democrat Ben Ray Lujan has defeated Republican Mark Ronchetti, holding this open seat for the Democrats.MT-Gov: Republican Greg Gianforte has defeated Democrat Mike Cooney, flipping this open seat to the GOP.CO-03: Republican Lauren Boebert, who unseated Rep. Scott Tipton in the GOP primary earlier this year, has defeated Democrat Diane Mitsch Busch, holding this open seat for the GOP.GA-06: Freshman Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath has defeated Republican challenger Karen Handel in a rematch of their 2018 race.IA-01: Republican Ashley Hinson has defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer, flipping this seat to the GOP.IA-03: Freshman Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne has defeated Republican challenger David Young in a rematch of their 2018 race.IN-05: Republican Victoria Spartz has defeated Democrat Christina Hale, holding this open seat for the GOP.ME-02: Freshman Democratic Rep. Jared Golden has defeated Republican Dale Crafts. Golden won despite Donald Trump carrying the electoral vote for Maine’s 2nd District.MI-03: Republican Peter Meijer has defeated Democrat Hillary Scholten, flipping this seat, which is held by retiring Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash, to the GOP.MI-06: Republican Rep. Fred Upton has defeated Democratic challenger Jon Hoadley.MI-08: Freshman Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin has defeated Republican challenger Paul Junge.MN-07: Republican Michelle Fischbach has defeated Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, flipping this seat to the GOP.MT-AL: Republican Matt Rosendale has defeated Democrat Kathleen Williams, holding this open seat for the GOP.NJ-03: Freshman Democratic Rep. Andy Kim has defeated Republican challenger David Richter.NJ-07: Freshman Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski has defeated Republican challenger Tom Kean.NM-02: Republican Yvette Herrell has defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, flipping this seat to the GOP in a rematch of their 2018 race.NE-02: Republican Rep. Don Bacon has defeated Democratic challenger Kara Eastman in a rematch of their 2018 race. Bacon won despite Joe Biden carrying the electoral vote for Nebraska’s 2nd District.OK-05: Republican Stephanie Bice has defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn, flipping this seat to the GOP.PA-01: Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has defeated Democratic challenger Christina Finello.PA-06: Freshman Democratic Rep. Chrissy Houlahan has defeated Republican challenger John Emmons.SC-01: Republican Nancy Mace has defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham, flipping this seat to the GOP.TX-06: Republican Rep. Ron Wright has defeated Democratic challenger Stephen Daniel.TX-07: Freshman Democratic Rep. Lizzie Fletcher has defeated Republican challenger Wesley Hunt.TX-10: Republican Rep. Michael McCaul has defeated Democratic challenger Mike Siegel.TX-21: Freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy has defeated Democratic challenger Wendy Davis.TX-22: Republican Troy Nehls has defeated Democratic challenger Sri Preston Kulkarni, holding this seat open seat for the GOP.TX-23: Republican Tony Gonzales has defeated Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, holding this open seat for the GOP.VA-02: Freshman Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria has defeated Republican Scott Taylor in a rematch of their 2018 race.TX-25: Republican Rep. Roger Williams has defeated Democratic challenger Julie Oliver.VA-05: Republican Bob Good, who unseated GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman for his party’s nomination in a convention earlier this year, has defeated Democrat Cameron Webb, holding this open seat for the GOP.WA-10: Democrat Marilyn Strickland has defeated fellow Democrat Beth Doglio in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Denny Heck. (Heck, by the way, defeated fellow Democrat Marko Liias in the open-seat race for Washington’s lieutenant governor.)WI-03: Democratic Rep. Ron Kind has defeated Republican challenger Derrick Van Orden.Legislative- Advertisement – If Perdue does in fact finish below that critical majority threshold, Ossoff will do battle once more in early January alongside fellow Democrat Raphael Warnock, who advanced to a runoff with Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the special election for Georgia’s other Senate seat.At the moment, Democrats and Republicans have each won 48 seats in the Senate, though Republicans are likely to wind up with 50 once races in North Carolina and Alaska are called (see our Uncalled Races section below). Should we wind up with a 50-48 Senate favoring the GOP and two runoffs in January, Democrats could seize control of the chamber if they can flip both seats in the event that Joe Biden wins the White House, allowing Kamala Harris to break ties. If that happens, an already wild election season will come to an even wilder finish in Georgia two months from now.Uncalled RacesYou can stay on top of of all uncalled Senate and House races with our key races tracker, which we’ll be updating continually until every last race is settled.Senate- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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51. Ilok grape harvests

first_imgThe traditional Ilok grape harvest, the most important tourist and wine event in Croatia, will soon begin. In its 51st edition, it returns with a rich cultural and entertainment program and, of course, occasional eno contents. The event starts on August 23 and lasts until September 2, and the central part of this half-century tradition, the organizers announce, will take place on August 31 and September 1 with big concerts by the group Magazin and Miroslav Škora.The main organizer of the 51st Ilok Grape Harvest is the City of Ilok, led by Mayor Marina Budimir, and the event was realized in partnership with the Tourist Board of the City of Ilok. Also, the winemakers of the Srijem Wine Cluster and Ilok cellars are involved in the realization. The Museum of the City of Ilok, the Library and Reading Room, Matica Slovačke, numerous caterers, cultural and artistic societies and many others have enriched the program with their contents.This year, visitors can expect a lot of interactive and interesting content. Those who find themselves in the easternmost city of Croatia at that time will have the opportunity, among other things, to see the old folk custom of guarding the vineyards before the harvest – the so-called Pudarin, then the Danube Chicken Marathon, performances by cultural and artistic societies from Slavonia and Srijem, and the youngest will be able to participate in appropriate educational and entertainment workshops. With the inevitable gastronomic offer of authentic delicacies, visitors will be able to taste some of the top wines and participate in the 6th Night of Wine.Ilok once again profiled itself as the Danube wine kingdom, and wine again proved to be an excellent tourist product that attracts many lovers of good wine. But it also creates additional value – above all a brand that is skillfully positioned on the tourist map of Slavonia, the rest of Croatia, I would dare say the whole region.The Ilok grape harvest originated from the old Srijem-Slavonian custom of gathering people at the time of the beginning of the harvest with the aim of preserving the vineyards, but also more than that – celebrating the good year and the harvest. The entire arrangement of the Ilok grape harvest began in 1962, and over the years this folk custom has grown into one of the most famous and most attractive tourist and cultural-entertaining events.Ilok is still aware of the value that the local wine industry creates for the community and makes full use of the potential of this branch of production. Ilok grape harvests, but also other wine festivals in Ilok are an example of the good rise of this rich, but unfortunately often forgotten area. Evil tongues may say “is it wine again?”, But why reveal hot water, when an established but unpolished tourist product is at hand. The very fact that from year to year the Ilok grape harvest is visited by an increasing number of tourists from all over Croatia, but also from Vojvodina and nearby regions, speaks for itself. Ilok should be applauded because in turbulent times it recognized its strengths and specialized in the tourist offer, which, we repeat, proved to be a recipe for success and a positive story from sleeping Slavonia.You can follow the program of the 51st Ilok grape harvest at the official online headquarters Harrow, To the tourist board i social platforms.last_img read more

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Medicinal cannabis ‘false hope’ for chronic pain sufferers – pain doctors

first_imgRadio NZ News 12 July 2019Family First Comment: “…the largest review on the effects of chronic non-cancer pain showed medicinal cannabis did not work for most patients. You have to treat 24 patients to find one patient who has a 30 percent or more reduction in their pain, 23 out of 24 patients won’t even get a 30 percent reduction in their pain,”Pain management doctors are worried the hype of medicinal cannabis is giving chronic pain patients false hope.The Ministry of Health has released proposed regulations on how GPs and specialists could prescribe medicinal cannabis products.The regulations are now open for public feedback.Christchurch-based pain medicine specialist John Alchin said the largest review on the effects of chronic non-cancer pain showed medicinal cannabis did not work for most patients.“You have to treat 24 patients to find one patient who has a 30 percent or more reduction in their pain, 23 out of 24 patients won’t even get a 30 percent reduction in their pain,” he said.Dr Alchin said other medications for chronic pain had been proven to be much better than cannabinoids.However, he said scientific reviews had also showed it could be very effective for paediatric epilepsy, pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, or for those with nausea from chemotherapy.“It’s not a blanket solution for everything but that’s the way it’s being presented – it’s the new ‘miracle drug’ – but that’s not what the data shows,” he said.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/394227/medicinal-cannabis-false-hope-for-chronic-pain-sufferers-pain-doctorslast_img read more

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Back Again!

first_imgIt is good to be back again at both Huddle Up and Coaches Corner!  Because of illness, Huddle Up has not been on since May.  Coaches Corner is beginning its 2018-19 season this evening at Ison’s Pizza!  It will be on at its usual 6 -7 p.m. time slot.  You will be hearing from many of our long-time coaches, and you will hear several new ones as well.It is always fun to get a new school year underway.  Please join us on Monday nights and watch for our Huddle Ups on the Web!last_img

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‘SEPAC Field Day’ today in Butlerville

first_imgButlerville, In. — “SEPAC Field Day” is happening today at the Southeast Purdue Agriculture Center at 4425E County Road 350N in Butlerville. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., sessions start at 5 p.m. and a free dinner is offered at 7 p.m.Session 1 is entitled “History of Corn Hybrids & Soybean Varieties”, session 2 is “Putting a Sprayer on the Road.” The fish fry at 7 p.m. is sponsored by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council. There is also an optional session entitled “Using Aerial Imagery in Scouting.”For more information please call 812-458-6977.last_img

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Saint Leo Attack Too Much for West Florida

first_img Sept. 2, 2007 Box Score  SAINT LEO, Fla. – In a rematch of last season’s NCAA Division II Regional Semifinal match that ended with the Argonauts winning in a shootout, West Florida (1-2-0) was unable to overcome a late second half goal and fell to Saint Leo (2-1-0) 2-1 Sunday afternoon at University Field on the Saint Leo campus.Following a two hour delay due to lightning in the area, the teams battled in the midfield for the first fifteen before the Lions were able to crack the score board at the 28th minute of the first half. A pair of thru balls opened a lane for Chrissy Darwell, leaving her with a one-on-one opportunity, against the Argonauts goal keeper Courtney Jones (So. / Panama City, Fla.).West Florida tied the match 12 minutes into the second half, when Lura Carter (Jr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) sent the ball into the box on a set play and Jodi Galucci (So. / Stuart, Fla.) finished the opportunity netting her first goal of the season.The Lions answered back at the 72:10 mark of the match. Bridgett Godwin ran the ball down in the corner and sent a cross to Sara Macko who settled it and put away the eventual game winner.”They got an early goal and had a lot of momentum with their fans there,” said head coach Joe Bartlinski. “We battled back and were able to equalize but made some mistakes due to our youth.”It was good to see us battled back the way we did, but we need just a bit more soccer maturity to break though for better results. They are going to have to learn and on a faster curve then most young player get.”It was Saint Leo’s first victory over West Florida in eight all-time meetings. Up next for the Argonauts is a weekend road trip to Rollins and Florida Southern. On Friday they take on the Tars at 5 p.m. CT and the Moccasin at 1 p.m. CT. Fans can follow the action with “Live Stats” at goargos.com on the Women’s Soccer home page. Print Friendly Version Share Saint Leo Attack Too Much for West Floridalast_img read more

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Salad products on recall due to possible E. Coli

first_imgStatewide—Missa Bay, LLC, is recalling approximately 97,272 pounds of salad products because the lettuce might be contaminated with E. coli.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the products were from October 14 through October 16 and sold in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.The products have the establishment number “EST. 18502B” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Specific product information can be found on this spreadsheet.FSIS lists this recall as a high health risk, meaning “there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences,” according to the recall.The recall comes after the Maryland Department of Health collected an unopened package of the product, and the lettuce tested positive for E. coli. All products from the same lot of lettuce are included in the recall. FSIS is concerned that some product may be in distribution centers, restaurants, or institutional refrigerators or freezers.Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Mary Toscano, Consumer Affairs Manager for Bonduelle at 1-800-800-7822.To read the full recall click here. See the full list of recalled products below.last_img read more

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Holders handed Scarlets opener

first_img Press Association Leinster’s bid to become the first team to successfully defend the RaboDirect PRO12 title will begin away against the Scarlets. But the Scarlets hope to have fly-half Rhys Priestland fit for the opening day clash with Leinster and the region have signed Scotland loose forward John Barclay. Leinster will have new signings Jimmy Gopperth and Zane Kirchner in their ranks this season while Brian O’Driscoll enters potentially his final season, having agreed a one-year deal in May. If it is O’Driscoll’s farewell, he will hope to be right at the centre of a successful title defence having been sidelined for the thrilling denouement of the Lions tour. Glasgow host Cardiff Blues, who have lost centre Jamie Roberts to Racing Metro but are boosted by a return to the ranks of Wales prop Gethin Jenkins. Elsewhere, Benetton Treviso host the Ospreys, Connacht tackle Zebre and Munster will open their season at home to Edinburgh. Tournament director David Jordan said: “It is 10 years since the competition changed to a home and away format and four years since the introduction of the end of season play-offs. “During that time a regular season pattern has emerged and we have seen increases in both attendances and viewing figures so fans are obviously enjoying the rugby that is on offer in the RaboDirect PRO12. “In the coming season fans in the home unions have the added excitement of the victorious British and Irish Lions players returning to their clubs to look forward to as well. “Since the inception of the competition five different teams have taken the title, although interestingly no champions have ever defended their crown, Leinster will have a challenge on their hands in the coming season.” Leinster will be launching a new era for the province at the Parc y Scarlets, with Australian Matt O’Connor now in charge after Joel Schmidt was appointed Ireland coach. Both Scarlets and Leinster have lost British and Irish Lions stars, with George North leaving Wales for Northampton and Jonny Sexton to start the new season with Racing Metro. The league fixtures for the 2013-14 season have been released, with the opening round scheduled for the first weekend of September and the final to be held on the last weekend of May. Last season’s runners-up, Ulster, open their campaign with a trip to Rodney Parade to face the Newport Gwent Dragons. last_img read more

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