Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We enjoyed a long weekend of fishing and fireworks over last month’s Independence Day as the Armitage clan visited Geneva on the Lake (GOTL) to gather photos and first-hand experiences for an article on America’s Best Boardwalks for AAA Home & Away magazine. We stayed at The Lodge at Geneva, a former state park property that is one of our new-found favorite accommodations, steps away from a classic “boardwalk” scene that you’ll have to read about for details. We towed the family boat up and spent our days fishing the open waters of Lake Erie within sight of the waterfront Lodge and the GOTL strip. We quickly learned that the walleye bite was off that weekend, and quickly turned to jerking perch from depths as much as 70 feet below the hull of our 20-foot center console boat.Yellow perch don’t grow larger, and any fish over 10 inches qualifies as a “jumbo” on most boats. My wife Maria gave me a serious stink eye when I attempted to swing aboard — rather than net — a huge perch she had hooked and brought to the side of the boat. The perch threw the hook the moment I lifted it out of the water and with a flip of a deep-green tail it swam back into the depths.Or at least it tried. While my bride berated me for losing her trophy, the fish failed to fin back to the depths due to a serious case of the bends from being cranked up so quickly from such depths. Soon it was bobbing on the surface just off the transom but out of reach of the net I should have use the first time it was boat-side — and now drifting farther away from our firmly anchored craft.Realizing the rare second chance at catching the jumbo perch, before I knew it bikini-clad Maria had grabbed the net and jumped overboard, dog-paddling toward her fish in the 68 degree water. Netting the flopping yellow leviathan, she sculled her way one-handed back to the boat, arriving waterlogged and refreshed on the 80-degree day. Her hard-won perch was a dandy, measuring just over the 13-inch mark that qualified it for Fish Ohio trophy catch honors and a certificate, and accolades from her son and husband for the over-the top effort.
Near the geocache “Zero Emission”The icy, austere beauty of Antarctica is home to one of the most remote geocaches on the globe. “Zero Emission” (GC234PG) challenges adventurers to brave a journey to the bottom of the world to find the traditional cache. Leovinci81 placed the small geocache in January of 2010 outside a Belgian research station.Leovinci81 explains the story on the cache page for Zero Emission: “I created this geocache for people to find in one of the greatest places I ever visited. During the first quarter of 2010 I visited the Belgian research station on Antarctica.“After the first explorers Adrienne de Gerlache & A. Cook, 110 years later, Belgium returned to the South Pole with the team of Alain Hubert. It’s the first zero emission research station on South Pole, running on solar and wind power.”Belgium research stationThe difficulty three, terrain five cache waits patiently in its extreme environment for the next geocacher. Could it be you?Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNo Further South From Here — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 31, 2018In “Community”Getting warmer… — Fire and Ice (GC4TXB2) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 8, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Selfie Letterbox — Geocache of the WeekMay 23, 2018In “Community”
Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Which team will show up at winning time? She just scored two straight points when she was taken out of the court on a stretcher, grimacing in pain. The 19-year-old finished with 19 points.Tots Carlos scored 13 points, while Isa Molde added 11 for UP.After cruising to a first set win, UP rallied from a 14-9 deficit in the second frame to win.That proved too much for La Salle, which never got its bearings from then on.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving University of the Philippines may have proven several points Sunday night.But the most significant of them was that, finally, somebody figured out a way to break La Salle’s armour of invincibility in the UAAP women’s volleyball competitions.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons were one unstoppable force in shutting out the three-time defending champions, scoring a 25-16, 26-24, 25-19 shellacking before a sell-out crowd at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.The win created a gridlock in second spot among four teams underneath runaway leader Ateneo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt also proved a few other points.One is that UP’s five-set win over La Salle in the first round—the Lady Spikers first taste of defeat this year—was not by sheer luck. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag 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 It also consolidated UP’s spot among the title contenders this season, which unofficially began when it won back-to-back club championships last year.But most importantly, the Lady Maroons just figured out a way to dominate La Salle, which has won 11 titles over the span of 15 seasons.It helped that La Salle, which topped the league in scoring from the service line—2.6 aces per set average—sputtered with 17 service errors for a shocking 37 unforced errors all in all.Earlier, Far Eastern University weathered the loss of rookie Lycha Ebon to overcome Adamson, 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13.The Lady Tamaraws’ prized rookie hurt her right knee after landing awkwardly for a spike early in the fifth set.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments
Former NBA player and NBA Cares Ambassador Felipe Lopez recently traveled with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to Dajabon, Dominican Republic to help fight malaria.There, he met with officials from the National Center for Tropical Diseases Control within the country’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance to learn about the progress made toward malaria elimination on the island of Hispaniola. He also met with community health workers, civil society organizations, children and families affected by malaria.Lopez, a native of Santiago, also visited the Dominican Republic to see the efforts of his private foundation, the Felipe Lopez Foundation, that provides opportunities for at-risk youth.“I’m happy to see that my home country is on the brink of eliminating this deadly disease,” said Lopez. “I hope my fans will join Nothing But Nets and its partners on the winning team to beat malaria once and for all.”By 2016, the Dominican Republic had only 755 malaria cases, down from almost 3,000 in 2010. This progress was made possible due to the scale-up of community health workers supported by U.S. Government agencies, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This strategy allowed access to remote areas and mobile populations, making it possible to achieve universal access to malaria diagnosis and treatment, as well as to implement an excellent community-based surveillance system.Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest grassroots campaign working to protect vulnerable families from malaria, a disease that kills a child every two minutes. Malaria is preventable and treatable – and in the Dominican Republic, it is on the path to being eliminated by 2020. Since 2016, Nothing But Nets has partnered with the Malaria Zero Alliance to mobilize additional resources and momentum to ending the disease in Hispaniola.“The Dominican Republic and Haiti represent the only island in the Caribbean where malaria is still endemic. Elimination in Hispaniola is an important milestone toward a malaria-free Americas,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, Director of Nothing But Nets. “We are thrilled to have Felipe Lopez join the cause to help us inspire the momentum needed to ensure no child dies from a mosquito bite.”NBA Cares is a founding partner of Nothing But Nets, inspiring countless basketball fans to join the fight against malaria. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, along with several other professional and Olympic athletes, have joined the cause to help end malaria for good.Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $60 million from hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters, and in cooperation with the United Nations and partners, delivered more than 10 million bed nets and other malaria prevention and treatment to families in 31 countries around the world. Anyone — from students to superstars to CEOs — can help protect families from malaria. To help Felipe Lopez save lives, click here.
Two weeks from the start of the Masters Tournament and Tiger Woods says his back is still not strong enough for him to commit to being at the No. 1 tee box on April 10.Woods pulled out of Arnold Palmer’s tournament last week, citing back pain. He had withdrawn from his previous event two weeks before that because of back troubles.“For Augusta, it’s actually still a little too soon, to be honest with you,” Woods said Monday at a news conference to announce that Quicken Loans is the new title sponsor of his golf tournament. “That’s kind of the frustrating thing about this.”Woods, 38, has never missed the Masters in his illustrious 18-year career. He’s won four green jackets that come with claiming the season’s first major tournament, at Augusta National. It was there in 1997 where he captured his first major. His last time winning the Masters was 2005.Never has Woods gotten off to a worse start to a season. He stopped playing in the final round at the Honda Classic on March 2 because of what he called back spasms and pain in his lower back. He tried to defend his title the following week at Doral, only for his back to flare up again in the final round, when he shot a 78, the highest Sunday score of his PGA Tour career and his first closing round without a birdie.Then last week, Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of persistent back pain.“I’ve had a couple weeks off and getting treatment and just working on trying to get ready for Augusta,” Woods said Monday. “As of right now, it’s still too soon, which is, as I said, pretty frustrating.”This isn’t the first year Woods has claimed back troubles. At Bethpage Black at The Barclays in 2012, his back pain flared up. He said the issue was a soft bed. He said he felt twinges during the final round of the PGA Championship last year, and when his back bothered him in the final round of The Barclays two weeks later, he said it was unrelated.
Yanghee LeeThe UN independent investigator on human rights in Myanmar sees growing evidence to suspect genocide has been committed and wants prosecutions for crimes committed against entire ethnic and religious groups, she said in a report published on Friday.Yanghee Lee, in a report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council, said she was “increasingly of the opinion that the events bear the hallmarks of genocide and therefore calls in the strongest terms for accountability.””The government leadership who did nothing to intervene, stop, or condemn these acts must also be held accountable.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shake hands with Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir in Riyadh. Photo: ReutersWashington’s new chief diplomat was to meet Saudi and Israeli leaders on Sunday to rally coordinated opposition to Tehran and brief them on President Donald Trump’s threat to end the Iran nuclear deal.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touched down in Riyadh on Saturday shortly after Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen fired missiles across the kingdom’s border.US officials travelling with Pompeo told reporters the Huthi missiles had been supplied by Iran, and cited the attacks as evidence that regional powers should work together.Pompeo had dinner with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and on Sunday he was due to meet his father king Salman.Then he was due to fly on to Jerusalem to meet Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then on to Amman in Jordan, wrapping up a weekend of talks with some of Iran’s most fervent foes in the region.Trump is due to decide on 12 May whether to reimpose nuclear-related sanctions on Tehran, putting in peril the landmark 2015 nuclear accord, which most world powers see as key to preventing Tehran from getting the bomb.But Trump and America’s Middle East allies argue the deal, approved by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, was too weak and needs to be replaced with a more permanent arrangement and supplemented by controls on Iran’s missile program.Pompeo set off on his first diplomatic trip within two hours of being sworn in on Thursday and on Friday—after talks with the NATO allies in Brussels—he appeared to suggest that Trump plans to nix the deal.“Absent a substantial fix, absent overcoming the shortcomings, the flaws of the deal, he is unlikely to stay in that deal past this May,” Pompeo told reporters in at NATO headquarters.Perhaps the last chance to fix these supposed shortcomings came from talks between Washington and its European allies Britain, France and Germany on a supplemental agreement to sanction Iran’s missile program.But both President Emmanuel Macron of France and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel left Washington this week after talks with Trump having failed to secure any promise that he might keep the core deal alive.Air strikesThat may be music to the ears of the Saudi and Israeli leaders, who both support a tougher line on Iran.“This administration has made it a priority to address Iran’s missile programs,” a senior US official told reporters in Riyadh, condemning the latest Huthi volley of missiles, themselves in part a response to Saudi air strikes.“Iran supplies the missiles that the Huthis fire into Saudi Arabia, threatening civilians,” he said. “Today alone the Saudis shot down four Huthi missiles, the latest in a string of such attacks.”Earlier, a civil defense official had said that at least one Saudi had been killed by falling shrapnel as his government’s air defense batteries attempted to intercept the missiles near the Yemen border.A Saudi-led coalition air strike overnight Friday to Saturday killed dozens of Yemeni rebels including two commanders, state media said.Prince Salman and his father will welcome US solidarity against Iran—just as Israel will want to see greater US support for its efforts against Iranian influence in Syria and Lebanon—but Pompeo has come with requests too.According to US officials, while Riyadh has a right to self-defense, it must come to see that the solution to Yemen’s civil war will be a political one and its forces must not exacerbate the massive humanitarian crisis there.Washington also wants to see an end to the Gulf crisis that has seen Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates impose a diplomatic and trade embargo on fellow US regional ally Qatar.And, perhaps most importantly for Trump, Pompeo will urge Saudi Arabia to provide personnel and funding to help US efforts to stabilize northeastern Syria in the wake of the expected defeat of the Islamic State group.“The president has made clear that he wants to see meaningful participation from states in the region,” another senior US official travelling with Pompeo’s party said.“We want to see the kind of participation, for financial efforts, not just kinetic efforts that would match, parallel, would assist, the US role,” he said. The United States has more than 2,000 troops in Syria.On Qatar, the US officials said they do not blame one side or the other, but want Riyadh and Doha to sort out the stand-off themselves.Humanitarian tragedyAnd on Yemen, they warned the Saudi-led coalition not to again block or bomb ports that supply vital civilian aid, warning that there is no military solution to the crisis.“The humanitarian situation in this tragic country cannot be allowed to become worse. It needs to get better. And that means full and free access to humanitarian goods, to commercial goods, to fuel,” one said.Pompeo will conclude his first diplomatic trip on Monday after talks with senior Jordanian officials and then fly back to Washington to move in to his office in the State Department.
Chief Guest NK Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India inaugurated the theatre festival in presence of eminent theatre and film actors Manoj Joshi and Mukesh Tiwari, Prof Waman Kendre, Director of NSD, Arjun Deo Charan, Vice Chairman, NSD Society and Prof Abdul Latif Khatana, Chief, Theatre-in-Education, NSD.Five professional groups from Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Delhi and schools from Delhi-NCR, came together to present ‘Bal-Vrind’ – a musical dance performance, under the direction of Dr Laique Hussain to kick-start the gala event. The festival is a reputed theatre experience focusing the children, representing various regions and languages from across the country and beyond. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNK Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India said, “I wish Jashne Bachpan keeps growing every year so that more kids can be a part of it. I would like to thank all the children for making this festival more joyous and successful.”This year’s Jashne Bachpan theatre festival will showcase work of some of most eminent as well as emerging theatre directors and established theatre groups enacting plays (with and for children) with full-fledged productions and will be on till November 25, 2016. Rechristened as Jashne Bachpan-International Children Theatre Festival, for the first time the festival will have international participation and will feature 27 productions, including seven productions from foreign countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Turkey, Israel, France and Switzerland. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveManoj Joshi, eminent film & theatre personality said, “In every school theatre should be taught because kids who are into theatre are confident enough to get into anything and not just only theatre. Through Jashne Bachpan all the theatre experts of the country should be connected and theatre should be made compulsory in education.”As with the previous editions, the National School of Drama campus will be converted into a veritable kids mela for this 12 day theatre carnival, as thousands of kids are expected to be a part of the festival. The festival was started in 1998 by Sanskar Rang Toli (T.I.E Co.), NSD in order to contribute to the growth and development of children’s theatre across the country, and has now come to be regarded as one of the largest and most important theatre festivals in India for Children.
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And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 22:23M6 StaffordshireDelays cleared, earlier accident on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) was closed for recovery work until around 21:45. Lane two re-opened at around 21:25. 20:28Planned roadworks20:19Live: Two lanes closed on M6 due to ‘multi-vehicle collision’ (Image: Highways England)Traffic had to be temporarily held on the M6 because of a ‘multi-vehicle collision’.The busy motorway had to be closed on the northbound carriageway between junction 14, Stafford North, and junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent, at 8pm this evening.Read more.19:27A34 Trent ValeSlow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).19:21A50 accident A50 Eastbound partially blocked, queuing traffic due to accident, three vehicles involved at A5007 Victoria Place Link (Heron Cross / Fenton). Traffic is building towards A500 D Road, Officers on scene are currently awaiting recovery. 18:30M6 StaffordshireOne lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound between M6 (Stafford Services) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed. Stafford Services is located between J14 and J15.18:08A34 Trent ValeSlow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 17:41A500 D RoadUsual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 16:54Longport trafficUsual congestion on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 16:29Moorland RoadMoorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).16:27A50 westboundQueuing traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 16:27A500 delaysHeavy traffic on A500 Queensway Northbound between A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) and A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes.16:03Chell StreetA5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).16:02Old Mill Road, SandbachVery slow traffic on A534 Old Mill Road in both directions at M6 J17 (Sandbach / Crewe). Not helped by the M6 delays.15:32Porthill Road A527 Porthill Road clear at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 15:15Werrington Road, Bucknall A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 15:09CrossCountry TrainsTrains not stopping between Stoke-on-Trent and Stockport and delays and some cancellations on CrossCountry Northbound between Stockport and Macclesfield due to points failure at Cheadle Hulme. Some services may be delayed or diverted via Crewe. 15:06A34 Trent ValeUsual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 13:16Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 13:16If you are heading north from the Midlands to the North West this afternoon, Long/Severe delays emerging #M6 J16 – J17 due to multi-vehicle collision. You may wish to consider your route, further details here: https://t.co/xXk9Eww6WB https://t.co/ylZsIuqYYq— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 18, 201913:13#M6 J16 to J17 NORTHBOUND Multi vehicle RTCDue to the diesel spillage the c/way will need treating before we can open it as it is not safe for us to allow traffic to passIt is anticipated it will remain closed for the next couple of hoursPlease find an alternative route pic.twitter.com/IamwYcwuVB— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) February 18, 201913:12Severe delays on M6The M6 northbound has severe delays of at least 90 minutes between J16 (Stoke-on-Trent/A500) and J17 (Sandbach) due to a multi-vehicle collision incident. Police and Highways England resources are working to clear the incident. All traffic is now stopped on the northbound carriageway between J16 and J17 with severe delays continuing to build.Strategic traffic heading to the North West from the Midlands and South regions this afternoon may wish consider alternative strategic routes.Road users should allow extra time for your journey.12:44Car fire at Sandbach servicesThe scene at Sandbach services (Image: Cheshire Police/Cheshire HGV Cops)More here.12:43One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to multi-vehicle accident on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Cameras show lanes one and three (of three) are blocked. Traffic is squeezing through using lane two. 12:03A5272 Chell Street clear at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 12:03A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound clear at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 10:19A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound clear at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 09:28A500 fully open again now. Thanks— PenkhullPC (@PenkhullPC) February 18, 201909:09Police have closed the A500 after a man fell from a bridgeThe scene on the A500 (Image: Steven Brown)More here.08:39A500 D Road Northbound closed, stationary traffic due to police incident from B5045 to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout).Closed from 08:30.
MILAN — The board of Italian carrier Alitalia says it’s filing for extraordinary administration as a result of unions’ rejection of a plan to relaunch the struggling company.The board expressed “deep regret” Tuesday that workers overwhelmingly rejected a government-brokered relaunch plan, which had softened planned job and salary cuts. The board said the outcome made it impossible to unlock the planned 2 billion euros in investments from both managing shareholder Etihad and a consortium of Italian companies that control a 51% stake. The company will therefore need to be reorganized, the board said.Italy’s economic development minister has said that the period of extraordinary administration, which is designed to help companies avoid failure, is expected to last about six months, during which a buyer would be sought. Share Alitalia looks to reorganize to avoid collapse << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, May 2, 2017 The Canadian Press Posted by Tags: Alitalia