((Rapha + Paul Smith) Rain Jacket) + Competition = Purple Fun

first_imgIn case you hadn’t seen this year’s fall/winter collection yet, Rapha has collaborated with British fashion designer Paul Smith to offer their quality riding garments with a bit of color and flair, as opposed to their normally subdued palette of blacks and whites (with a dash of a gentlemanly pink, of course).To celebrate this, they’re giving away the $400 rain jacket and a some sexy winter caps too… Enter to win here and check out more of the Rapha + Paul Smith garments after the jump…last_img read more

Leahy statement on defending the Constitution and the country

first_imgStatement of Senator Patrick Leahy on defending the Constitution and the countryJune 4, 2020On Monday I watched the shameful scene a block from the White House as the President of the United States ordered U.S. Park Police, backed by the D.C. National Guard and following threats throughout the day, to use the U.S. military against peaceful American protesters so he could have his photograph taken in front of St. John’s Church holding a Bible.  It was an appalling, almost surreal, abuse of power that showed a flagrant disregard not only for our Constitution, but for those who have devoted their lives to defend it.Several of those patriots have spoken out forcefully and eloquently to reject the President’s grotesque display of force, and the way he has abused the office of the presidency, day after day, year after year, to stoke divisions in this country.  I am grateful to them for doing so, and I want to highlight in particular two of those voices, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, and former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.  In pieces, one published in the Atlantic and one released as a statement, both laid out an alternate vision for our country, a vision that so many Americans who were similarly outraged share and that I also share.I ask unanimous consent that these statements from Admiral Mullen and former Defense Secretary Mattis, be inserted in the Record.I Cannot Remain Silent: Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so.June 2, 2020The AtlanticMike MullenSeventeenth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of StaffIt sickened me yesterday to see security personnel—including members of the National Guard—forcibly and violently clear a path through Lafayette Square to accommodate the president’s visit outside St. John’s Church. I have to date been reticent to speak out on issues surrounding President Trump’s leadership, but we are at an inflection point, and the events of the past few weeks have made it impossible to remain silent.Whatever Trump’s goal in conducting his visit, he laid bare his disdain for the rights of peaceful protest in this country, gave succor to the leaders of other countries who take comfort in our domestic strife, and risked further politicizing the men and women of our armed forces.There was little good in the stunt.While no one should ever condone the violence, vandalism, and looting that has exploded across our city streets, neither should anyone lose sight of the larger and deeper concerns about institutional racism that have ignited this rage.As a white man, I cannot claim perfect understanding of the fear and anger that African Americans feel today. But as someone who has been around for a while, I know enough—and I’ve seen enough—to understand that those feelings are real and that they are all too painfully founded.We must, as citizens, address head-on the issue of police brutality and sustained injustices against the African American community. We must, as citizens, support and defend the right—indeed, the solemn obligation—to peacefully assemble and to be heard. These are not mutually exclusive pursuits.And neither of these pursuits will be made easier or safer by an overly aggressive use of our military, active duty or National Guard. The United States has a long and, to be fair, sometimes troubled history of using the armed forces to enforce domestic laws. The issue for us today is not whether this authority exists, but whether it will be wisely administered.I remain confident in the professionalism of our men and women in uniform. They will serve with skill and with compassion. They will obey lawful orders. But I am less confident in the soundness of the orders they will be given by this commander in chief, and I am not convinced that the conditions on our streets, as bad as they are, have risen to the level that justifies a heavy reliance on military troops. Certainly, we have not crossed the threshold that would make it appropriate to invoke the provisions of the Insurrection Act.Furthermore, I am deeply worried that as they execute their orders, the members of our military will be co-opted for political purposes.Even in the midst of the carnage we are witnessing, we must endeavor to see American cities and towns as our homes and our neighborhoods. They are not “battle spaces” to be dominated, and must never become so.We must ensure that African Americans—indeed, all Americans—are given the same rights under the Constitution, the same justice under the law, and the same consideration we give to members of our own family. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so.Too many foreign and domestic policy choices have become militarized; too many military missions have become politicized.This is not the time for stunts. This is the time for leadership.Mike Mullen is a retired admiral from the U.S. Navy and was the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.In Union There Is StrengthJames MattisI have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.We must reject any thinking of our cities as a “battlespace” that our uniformed military is called upon to “dominate.” At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.James Madison wrote in Federalist 14 that “America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” We do not need to militarize our response to protests. We need to unite around a common purpose. And it starts by guaranteeing that all of us are equal before the law.Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that “The Nazi slogan for destroying us…was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’” We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.We can come through this trying time stronger, and with a renewed sense of purpose and respect for one another. The pandemic has shown us that it is not only our troops who are willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the community. Americans in hospitals, grocery stores, post offices, and elsewhere have put their lives on the line in order to serve their fellow citizens and their country. We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Park. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite.Only by adopting a new path—which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals—will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad.James Mattislast_img read more

Challenge Family expansion continues with Challenge San Gil Queretaro, Mexico

first_img Related The international expansion of the Challenge Family long distance event series continues, with Challenge Family’s newest member – Challenge San Gil Queretaro, taking place over the half distance on 7 June 2015.Challenge San Gil brings the total number of Challenge Family races in Latin America to four, joining Challenge Florianopolis and Challenge Maceio in Brazil and Challenge Ixtapa also in Mexico. There are now 16 races on the American continent, marking Challenge Family’s significant growth in the region.Challenge San Gil is the result of a partnership with the organizers of the popular Triatlon San Gil event, which will be rebranded for 2015.The new event’s stunning location is expected to attract athletes from all over the world, but Challenge San Gil will be particularly targeted at athletes from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and also for Central American athletes.The 1.9K swim will take place in a calm, private lake followed by a demanding 90K bike course, full of spectacular scenery and impressive uphills and descents where athletes are expected to reach high speeds in the final downhill kilometres, making all that climbing through the Queretaro Mountains worthwhile!The flat 21K run is through the residential area of San Gil as well as around the lake before finishing in central San Gil.Since 1991, San Gil has been of Mexico´s top triathlon locations and this triathlon venue is already well known to Mexican triathletes. The State of Querétaro is one of the fastest growing athletic communities in the country.The event venue has a long history hosting Olympic and sprint distances races in the 1990s, and in the past six years the area has seen a promotion of longer distance triathlon events in Mexico.“We’re delighted to join forces with Mario Herrera and his team at this spectacular and well-proven venue,” said Zibi Szlufcik, Challenge Family CEO. “With its stunning course, outstanding quality race delivery and warm Mexican welcome, I have no doubt Challenge San Gil Queretaro will bring a new dimension to long distance triathlon in Mexico.”Querétaro, also known as ‘Santiago de Querétaro’, is located 190 kilometres north of Mexico City. It is a colonial tourism destination with lots of attractions for triathletes and their families. San Gil also has San Juan del Río city nearby where many of the hotels in this municipality are found in luxurious colonial haciendas.www.challenge-sangil.comlast_img read more

Indian Hills prepares to mark 60th anniversary; still looking for two-generation families

first_imgIndian Hills has undergone extensive remodeling in the last few years.Indian Hills is preparing to mark its 60th school year with a celebration on October 10 that will open the school for tours of the building. Indian Hills underwent extensive construction during the last few years.The open house for the community will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. that afternoon. Since it is the last day of the quarter, no classes are in session.A new display that honors families with two or more generations who have attended Indian Hills in those 60 years will be unveiled on the celebration day. It will be in a new large display case across the hall from the office. The display will include family names of those who have attended Indian Hills and dates of their enrollment. The display will be updated each year.Two-generation families who have not yet provided their information for the display can email it to IndianHills60@yahoo.com or drop off the information at the school. It should include the names of those who attended Indian Hills, the dates and the relationships of family members. A form can be found here. Information submitted by September 25 can be included in the display.Indian Hills students will have an opportunity to estimate the number of family groups registered by September 26 for the display. Winners will receive a copy of the booklet: Indian Hills Middle School, 1955-2005, 50 Years of Excellence.Former faculty and staff and past PTA presidents have been invited to a morning tour and to a lunch buffet on the celebration day.last_img read more

Best Bets for the Weekend: Festivus maximus

first_imgA Popeye selfie at 2018 Lenexa’s Spinach Festival. Photo credit Bill Harrison.I’ve been doing this column long enough to recognize that this weekend, more than almost any other, is filled to the brim with fun.Looking to add a little more green in your diet? The Lenexa Spinach Festival holds a special place in my heart for celebrating one of the planet’s healthiest foods. Apparently, Lenexa was hailed as the Spinach Capital of the World during the 1930s. In addition to your standard food, music, entertainment, arts and antique vendors, visitors can also check out the World’s Largest Spinach Salad and submit a favorite dish to the recipe contest.Saturday is the Prairie Village JazzFest. While this year features Dan Thomas & the KC All Star Big Band, my favorite is always the talented students from the Shawnee Mission East Blue Knights.And things aren’t slowing down on Sunday. The Wheels and Dreams Car, Truck and Bike Show in Shawnee. It’s quite the event, with five thousand spectators and 300 cars each year. Check out the recently updated Shawnee Town 1929 grounds while you’re there.Also Sunday is the inaugural 47 Foodie Fest will be held in Roeland Park at the southwest corner of Mission Road and 47th Street. There are so many amazing restaurants to enjoy (1889 Pizza, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Joe’s KC, Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop, Taco Republic) as well as music, kids activities and more.last_img read more

Going the Distance: Stereotypes and Hard Work

first_imgThe Huffington Post:I plead guilty to trading in stereotypes once in a while. For example, I’ve somehow gotten the idea that East Africans are especially good distance runners, and I think I’ve even said as much on a few occasions. But I don’t know this to be true. I’ve never done the work to verify that East Africans are statistically superior at distance running. It just seems that every time I flip on ESPN and happen on a long-distance event, an East African is winning.This kind of stereotyping seems harmless enough, but is it? I intend it with admiration rather than disrespect, but new research suggests that whether stereotypes are positive or negative may be irrelevant. Attributing any ability to a particular social group may be damaging, contributing to the belief that natural talent is more important than hard work, which in turn can undermine effort and achievement, especially in children.Read the whole story: The Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Gun Control Versus Mental Illness: After Florida Shooting, Trump Deepens a Fraught Debate

first_imgAfter more than two dozen people died in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration was committed to tackling “the difficult issue of mental health.” The person identified as the shooter previously sought help for mental illness, the Washington Post reported.The shooting in Parkland is now among the most deadly mass shootings in American history. Debates following these tragic events in the U.S. have become increasingly polarized, with some focused on gun control and others focused on mental health. Trump’s statement did not include any mention of gun control. Yet many question if the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is an appropriate time to discuss mental health.Newsweek asked Frank Farley, a psychologist at Temple University who has studied extreme psychological behaviors, to weigh in. This interview has been condensed and edited. Read the whole story: Newsweek More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

CDC: Listeria outbreak sickens 15 in four states

first_imgSep 13, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that it is collaborating on the investigation of a multistate Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, warning at-risk groups to avoid eating cantaloupe from Colorado’s Rocky Ford region.So far the outbreak has sickened 15 people, 1 fatally, in four states: Colorado (11 cases), Nebraska (1), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (2). However, the CDC said cases in other states are under investigation to determine if they are connected.New Mexico health officials said yesterday they have identified nine Listeria cases, including three deaths, and that investigations suggest a link to eating cantaloupe. All nine of the patients had consumed cantaloupe, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDH) said in a press release, adding that the state’s cases are awaiting molecular fingerprinting at the CDC to see if they match the outbreak strain.Trace-back investigations suggest the cantaloupes suspected as the source of the outbreak are from southeastern Colorado’s Rocky Ford region, which are harvested in August and September and distributed widely to grocery stores, the CDC said. Also, lab testing by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has detected bacteria on cantaloupe collected from grocery stores and from a sick patient’s home.Dr Chris Urbina, chief medical officer and executive director of the CDPHE, said in a statement yesterday that he expects test results later this week that may help pinpoint the specific source of the outbreak.So far no cantaloupe recalls have been issued. The NMDH said its field investigators are visiting distributors around the state to collect samples for further analysis.People at risk for severe complications from Listeria infection include older people, those with underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women, the CDC said. Many of the people sickened in the outbreak so far are in the high-risk groups. Among patients with available information, the illnesses began after Aug 15. Most of the sick people are older than 60 and have health conditions that compromise the immune system, it said.Most (73%) of the patients are women, and all 15 patients were hospitalized.The NMDH said that all nine of its listeriosis case-patients were hospitalized. The ages of the sick patients ranged from 43 to 96 years, including five women and four men. The patients who died were a 93-year-old man, a 61-year-old woman, and a 63-year-old man.Though Listeria outbreaks are typically linked to products such as deli meats, hot dogs, and Mexican-style soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk, produce has been linked to US outbreaks before, including a 2009 outbreak in sprouts and a 2010 an outbreak in celery.The CDC said it receives reports of about 800 Listeria case reports, along with reports of three or four Listeria-related foodborne illness outbreaks, each year.Listeria infections often cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms that are followed by fever and muscle aches, the CDC said. Other symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery, and infections in newborns.People who have cantaloupes marketed as coming from Colorado’s Rocky Ford Region in their homes should place them in a closed plastic bag and dispose of them in a sealed trash can. It advised people at risk for listeriosis complications to follow precautions such as heating deli meat and hot dogs until they are “steaming hot” before serving.The CDC’s melon safety steps for consumers includes hand washing before and after handling whole melons, washing and drying them before cutting, and promptly consuming or storing fresh-cut melon at 40ºF or colder.See also:Sep 12 NMDH press releaseSep 12 CDPHE press releaselast_img read more

St. Kitts and Nevis to host Conference of Governors-General, Presidents of…

first_imgBasseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis will play host on the Occasion of the 16th Conference of Governors-General and Presidents of the Caribbean Region, which takes place from Sunday 8th to Thursday 12th of April, 2018. Chair of the conference, His Excellency Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis, said that there will be an opening ceremony and reception at Government House on Monday 9th April with the Governors-General and Presidents. Prior to the opening ceremony and reception, the visiting delegates would have already visited Nevis and taken a tour. Other visits while in the Federation will include one to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Center at the C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Park and the other to the recently opened five star luxury hotel, Park Hyatt St. Kitts located at Christophe Harbour on the island’s Southeast Peninsula. The working sessions of the conference will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort where several issues will be discussed. According to Sir Tapley, some of these issues relate to the Office of Governor-General and Office of President and the experiences of the office holders; issues relating to Central Banks in the region; the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and its accomplishments in 50 years and prospects for the future; the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a retrospective look at its 70 years in existence with predictions for the future; and the relationship of the High Commissions in London with Buckingham Palace. Dominica a land ‘brutalised’ – reflection on the fury of a… Conference of Governors-General, Presidents off to warm… CDB to discuss regional productivity, tourism industry… May 25, 2017 CDB study recommends strategies to promote regional… Sep 25, 2017center_img Apr 10, 2018 Apr 24, 2017 You may be interested in… Some of the countries that will be represented at the conference include Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while some prominent persons who will attend include Former Governor-General of Saint Lucia, Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy, the first woman to hold that post in Saint Lucia and who held the office for 20 years; President of the CCJ, Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, who demits office this year; Governor General of Belize and Dean of the Governors-General of the Caribbean Region, Sir Colville Norbert Young; President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, His Excellency, the Honourable Charles Savarin; and Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Mr. Timothy Antoine. (St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service Press Release)Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Conference of Governors-General, Presidents off to warm start in St. Kitts and NevisBasseterre, St. Kitts, April 10, 2018 (SKNIS): His Excellency Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton, Governor-General of St. Kitts-Nevis, warmly welcomed eminent Heads of State to the federation, as they assembled at Government House on Monday, 9 April for the opening ceremony of the 16th Conference of Governors-General and President of…April 10, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Regional Bar Associations should promote CCJ more – St Kitts and Nevis Governor-GeneralBASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — St. Kitts and Nevis Governor-General Sir Samuel Tapley Seaton believes that Regional Bar Associations have dropped the ball on promoting the merits of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Seaton made the remarks while participating in a discussion on the CCJ at the two-day,…April 4, 2016In “CARICOM”Former Governor-General receives knighthood from Prince HarryBasseterre, St. Kitts – (SKNIS): An investiture ceremony was held Wednesday in the State Room at Government House where former Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence, formally received his knighthood. Sir Edmund Lawrence was invested with the insignia of Knight Grand Cross of…November 24, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

SRA sets ‘final deadline’

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority has added two extra days to the time allowed for renewing practising certificates – but stated this will be the last extension. The renewals process, due to finish the end of this month, will now close at 5pm on 2 March. The SRA has been beset by difficulties caused by the new mySRA online renewal system but said today this date will be the ‘final deadline’. The authority repeated its ‘sincere apologies’ to solicitors who have struggled to access the new system and advised anyone who believes they won’t make the 2 March deadline to call its contact centre. The postponement of the closure date for online renewals means other regulatory deadlines have had to be moved back. The process of registering compliance officers for legal practice (COLPs) and compliance officers for finance and administration (COFAs) – nominations for which were supposed to be in at the end of March – will take place later than planned, the SRA said. The process to update the roll of all solicitors in England and Wales will also be delayed.last_img read more