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Faith Outreach hosts “Free At Last” Presentation For Smokers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Earlier today, the Faith Outreach Program hosted their “Free At Last” presentation, seeking to warn many of the dangers of smoking. The presentation was hosted at the Alpena Public Library. Both smokers and non-smokers were in attendance to witness real life stories about the dangers of smoking, and offer support to those struggling with the addiction.“Just the people being there for me- none of those people smoke- and just telling me that I can, and that I’m strong enough to do it,” said Tracy Woods, Faith Outreach Member. “ I’m stronger than nicotine and I’m not going to let nicotine rule me.”The presentation featured a guest speaker who overcame the habit of smoking, and a touching story from the director of the program as she talked about a friend who joined the program a little too late.“She stopped too, but it was too late. She was fed through a tube. She lasted four years, but was miserable,” said Pauline Filakowski, Faith Outreach Director. “So I feel her presence here for some reason because she really wanted this program so hopefully we can help somebody else today.” To join the faith outreach program or for more information call 989–916–5170. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena county, Faith Outreach, Free At LastContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Fire Department Battle Chimney Fire ThursdayNext Local Kids Earn Licenses and Radio Equipmentlast_img read more

Yankees’ Aaron Judge on recent slump: ‘It’s just baseball’

first_imgJudge missed 54 games earlier this season with an oblique strain, so as manager Aaron Boone said, it may just be “a matter of time before he gets it going.”“It’s a tough couple of weeks,” Boone admitted. “This game is hard. He’s not a good [player], he’s a great player. One of the game’s best and it’s just a couple of weeks he hasn’t been locked in. The Yankees are winning games, but it’s been in spite of Aaron Judge.The Bronx Bomber is 12-for-76 in his last 20 games with just one home run and four RBIs. After an 0-for-4 day that included three strikeouts Wednesday, Judge described his recent struggles perfectly: “It stinks.” MLB rumors: Much-maligned pitcher Matt Harvey to sign with Athletics Indians’ Yasiel Puig becomes U.S. citizen on last day of three-game suspensioncenter_img “It’s just baseball,’’ Judge said after a 6-5 win over the Orioles (via the New York Post). “Sometimes hits fall and sometimes they don’t and you hit it hard right at people.”Judge added: “You want to help out your team any time you can. Whenever you go out there and don’t produce, it’s tough. I keep doing my job and play good defense and try to get something going at the plate. The most important thing is winning. If I go 0-for-3 and we keep winning, I think we’ll be fine.” Related News “I still contend it will be a matter of time before he gets it rolling and we’ll hop on his back and he’ll go through a stretch where he’ll really carry us.”Judge is slashing .263/.388/.454 with 12 homers and 32 RBIs in the 66 games he’s played, which certainly is respectable. And like the 27-year-old said — the Yankees are winning games despite his cold bat as they’re 15-6 since Judge’s slump started July 25 against the Red Sox.The Yankees (81-41) are a cushy 10 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Astros for the best record in the American League.last_img read more

Change Of Command Ceremony

first_imgOn June 12,, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph C. Novario became the new Inspector Instructor at the Change of Command Ceremony at the Marine Base in Red Bank.Lieutenant Colonel Novario is taking over the position that was held by Lieutenant Colonel Charles M. Long.As stated in the program for the ceremony, the Change of Command Ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally restates to the officers and personnel of the command continuity of authority.It is a formal ritual conducted before the assembled unit. It is a transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.Lieutenant Colonel Novario was presented Change in Command in front of co-workers, friends and his family: his wife Meredith and their children Eli, Henry and Josephine.– By Jaclyn Shugardlast_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — More Rainbows than Bull Trout

first_img Hope this helps with your next trip. We experienced some warmer weather throughout the month of February and people just wanted to get outdoors. So, we spent a lot of time on the water in the past few weeks. This spring like weather also saw more activity from our fish Kokanee fishing in the lower west arm provided some fun mornings as well.  The weekend fishery had us managing to catch some beautiful Kokanee in the 11 – 15 inch range.  Always great for a fish fry.   What are they biting on??? We have been running lighter tackle because of the abundance of smaller fish, and that has helped make it exciting. Lots of Rainbows in the 2 – 4 pound range have put up good fights on the fly rods or ultra light rods.  Although when the 12 pound fish hit, that was a bit of a struggle. Makes for an exciting adventure. Just have to keep experimenting.  Columbia River: Rainbows from 2 – 12 pounds were being caught, as well as Bull Trout up to 12 pounds.  Definitely more Rainbows than Bull Trout though. Our best luck has been on our Bucktail flies.  The common colors have been working best.  Purple/pink, grey/pink, and grey/white have been my favorites.  Lucky numbers:  202, 207, 210, 215, and 224 have been my best. Also my favorite #10 Lyman plug has been producing, as well as good ole #69 or ‘Shizzam’ as we call it. Similar to the last few months, most of our fish have been caught on the surface.  We are seeing the majority of fish on the sonar down deep.  However, when they decide to feed, they have been coming to the surface.  Well, that about sums up our fishing for the past few weeks. A lot of these fish are really fat at this time of year.  So, the chance at hooking into a 10 pounder is always there at this time.  Most of our fish have been the typical Columbia River size. Rainbows between 16 – 22 inches have been very common, with the odd fish being over 24 inches.  Definitely my favorite time of year to be on the river. The lack of snow lately has brought us some new clientele. Our ski groups have been experiencing something new to them. Most of our skiers had never planned to go fishing in the middle of the winter and they were happily surprised. I think we have created a new activity to add to their package next year. Most days we managed to hook into 5 or 6 fish, although we did have quite a few days with 10 – 12 fish coming to the boat.  Lots of action for February. Our best techniques have been drifting with bait or bottom bouncing with bait.  Although, we have been able to persuade some big fish to take the fly lately.  Nymphing has been most productive on the fly rod, but streamer fishing should be working soon. Looking forward to this next month on the river as well.  As it can provide some of the best river fishing available. Expecting to see some ‘Big boys’ rise to the occasion.  Stay tuned………………… We have fired up the jet boat once again and the warmer weather has made for some comfortable days on the river.  We’ve had some spectacular days out there with 10 – 15 Rainbows coming to our line.  By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures SportfishingKerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is back and ready to give fishermen the edge on where to catch the big one.Kootenay Lake:  Tight lines……………….last_img read more

National labeling act getting support in ag

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Soybean Association (ASA) stressed support of a consistent, science based national food labeling act in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives.In the letter, ASA joins more than 370 organizations in favor of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) that would ensure food labeling in the United States is uniform.“Today interest groups across the country are pushing state-level labeling mandates that will exacerbate consumer confusion and drive up food prices. Instead of informing consumers, these state initiatives are filled with loopholes, exempting as much as two-thirds of foods,” the letter states. “The result will be higher food prices for hard working American families.”ASA and other agricultural organizations underscore that GMOs have been an important part of the nation’s food supply for the past 20 years and that leading health and regulatory organizations, from the World Health Organization to the American Medical Association, have all concluded GMOs are safe.“The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will give consumers, farmers, and small businesses certainty. The proposed legislation also would improve clarity for foods carrying a GMO-free label and provide uniform rules by creating a national certification program for foods that have been produced without bioengineering,” the groups state in the letter.ASA strongly encourages House members to cosponsor H.R. 1599 and to support its adoption.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

Good Leads and Bad Leads

first_imgSome leads are good even though some salespeople and their sales organization perceive them to be bad. Other leads are bad, even when some salespeople believe they are good and their sales organization paid money to acquire the lead.The worst lead: The worst lead is one who does not buy what you sell and could never benefit from doing so. This is true even if the buyer title matches your ideal customer profile, and even if you paid to acquire the lead.Compelled and engaged but should be disqualified: These leads feel like good leads. They are compelled to do something different, and they are engaged in the process. All of which points towards their being a good lead. However, if this leads should be disqualified, it is not a good lead. If you are a differentiated, value creating sales organization and happened upon a transactional, lowest-priced buyer, the lead is wrong for you.The following is a list of good leads that are often mistaken for bad ones.Not ready to buy: Just because a lead is not compelled to change and does not show up to your first meeting prepared to sign a contract, is not an indication that the lead is no good. If the lead buys what you sell or would benefit from doing so, the fact that you are required to initiate the process of change doesn’t mean the lead is not good.Stalled at discovery: The fact that a lead stalls after a discovery meeting is not evidence that the lead was no good. It is greater evidence that you did not create enough value to command another meeting or lost control of the process.Leads that don’t buy: A lead that doesn’t buy from you or doesn’t buy in the time you expected them to is not a bad lead. There is a greater possibility you mismanaged it. Even if the engagement ended in a “no decision,” the fact that they engaged in the process just that the lead was good.It is easy to spend time with bad leads believing they are right when the better choice is to abandon them. The opposite is also true, meaning you can spend too little time with good leads because you perceive them to be bad. In these cases, you are better off asking yourself if another salesperson from another sales organization is going to sell that lead what you intended to sell them.The fact that a lead is difficult to sell is no indication of the quality of that lead.last_img read more

ONE: Robin Catalan dominates Indonesian bet for unanimous decision win

first_imgThe 28-year-old Catalan was the much superior striker but he also beat Rahardian in his own game on the mat.Rahardian attempted several takedowns early but to no avail while Catalan easily took him down in the second and third rounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCatalan redeemed himself from a submission loss to Japan’s Hayato Suzuki three months ago.Rahardian dropped to 0-2 against the Catalan brothers after also bowing to the older Rene via unanimous decision last July. View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA, Indonesia—Filipino strawweight Robin Catalan manhandled hometown bet Stefer Rahardian in ONE: Eternal Glory Saturday night at Istora Senayan here.Catalan was in total control from the opening bell en route to a clear-cut unanimous decision win to silence the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Earlier, Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Bruno Pucci wisely took the fight to the ground early to submit the heavy-handed Japanese Kotetsu Boku in the first round of their featherweight fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PBA: Phoenix survives TNT in OT for early lead at 2-0 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

PM Outlines Three-Pronged Approach for National Security

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, has said that the Government is pursuing a three-pronged approach to national security and the safety of the Jamaican people.She identified the strategies as: institutional improvements; targeting organized crime; and engendering trust.“We have been building the human resource capacity, increasing training, improving skills and the technology available to the police force,” the Prime Minister outlined.Mrs. Simpson Miller was speaking at the official opening of the newly constructed Falmouth Police Station, in Trelawny, on March 6.The Prime Minister pointed out that the policy of the Government is to transform the Police Force into a modern, more effective, responsive and responsible police service.“The transformation is required if we are to achieve our national development goal of creating a Jamaican society that is safe, cohesive and just,” she emphasized.She noted that over the last year the Government spent some $500 million to upgrade police facilities islandwide, despite the funding constraints being experienced in all departments. The Prime Minister said this was done so that the police can be more comfortable, and the public can receive better service. “My administration believes in strengthening partnerships between the police and the community, and placing the interest of the community and residents at the centre of national security policy,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller called for unity, peace and love to be practised in the communities across the island, noting that the lack thereof forms part of the challenges being experienced by the country. She emphasized that strong united communities will lead to strong parishes, and ultimately a strong nation.She argued that crime fighting strategies will only succeed in strong united communities with a resolve to stand up against criminal activities.Construction of the Falmouth Police Station was implemented by the Engineering Regiment of the Jamaica Defence Force, with assistance from the Jamaica Constabulary Force. It was built at a cost of approximately $270 million by the government, through the Urban Development Corporation, with support from the Petro Caribe Development Fund.The complex has several buildings, with living accommodation for up to 200 police officers, cells for up to 50 prisoners, and several other facilities.last_img read more

Russian TV network registers as foreign agent in US

first_imgWASHINGTON – Russian state-funded TV channel RT has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent after pressure from the U.S. government, documents released Monday show.The Justice Department announced the registration just hours after RT’s chief editor said the company had complied with the U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The move doesn’t restrict the channel’s content, but the network is required to publicly disclose details about its funding and operations as well as mark certain content distributed in the U.S. with labels.Many news outlets with ties to foreign governments are required to similarly register, but the pressure on RT has angered Russian officials who have said they will retaliate with unspecified restrictions on U.S. news outlets.On Monday, RT editor, Margarita Simonyan, said on the channel’s Russian-language website that “between a criminal case and the registration, we have chosen the latter,” adding on a sarcastic note that “we congratulate the American freedom of speech and those who still believe in it on that.”Simonyan said that failure to fulfil the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to register by Monday could have led to the arrest of RT’s American director and the freezing of its accounts.In a statement, Acting Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente said that the Justice Department enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, “regardless of nationality.”“Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the U.S. government or public on behalf of foreign principals,” he said in the statement.Passed in 1938, the law applies to people or companies disseminating information in the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments, political parties and other “foreign principals.” The law is most commonly applied to foreign lobbying efforts, but the Justice Department has also required registration by media outlets funded by foreign governments. For example, the English-language newspaper, China Daily, is registered due to its affiliation with the Chinese government.The filing for RT came through its U.S.-based production company, T & R Productions LLC. According to the filing, the Washington-based production company registered as a foreign agent of ANO TV-Novosti, the Russian government entity that handles the broadcast of RT worldwide.In the filing, the production company disclosed that it was paid $350,000 within the past 60 days by ANO TV-Novosti, which it notes is funded by the Russian government “to substantial extent.” It also disclosed several licensing agreements with the Russian entity for shows such as “News with Ed Schultz,” ”Redacted Tonight” and “Larry King Now.”T & R Productions owner, Mikhail V. Solodovnikov, also registered personally as a foreign agent, but he said he “respectfully disagrees that FARA should apply.”Solodovnikov, who reported a $670,000 annual salary, said the channel’s purpose is to produce “news, talk shows and entertainment programs that are designed merely to inform, not influence.” The programs are “not aimed to primarily benefit any foreign government or political party,” he added.The U.S. intelligence agencies have alleged RT served as a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin as part of its multi-pronged effort to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Russia denies interfering.In response to the Justice Department’s pressure on RT, Russian lawmakers are drafting retaliatory measures. The Justice Department said Monday it is reviewing the filing for “sufficiency.”___Isachenkov reported from Moscow.last_img read more

Canadian oil producers prodding the province for regulatory changes

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is urging the province to increase competitiveness in the oil and gas sector.A report suggests ways Alberta could once again become an industry leader.CAPP President Tim McMillan says market access is only one part of the equation the government needs to fix its policy and regulatory programs.“If the government can get a clear signal. A vision of what they think Alberta is capable of, attracting investments, creating jobs and drilling wells, I think that gives us a ‘North Star’ to measure all of the other regulatory changes against.”He says the government needs to take a ‘whole approach’.“So many of the policies that are inconsistent and inefficient are when one government department has a different view than another and our industry is trapped in the middle.”McMillan points to the U.S. which is making tax reforms, while here in Alberta corporate taxes have increased to 27 per cent.last_img read more