Five firefighters were promoted in a ceremony held by North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue (NHRFR) on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. The special ceremony in the firehouse was attended by firefighters, friends, family, and numerous local and regional officials, including Mayor Nicholas Sacco, who congratulated the honorees and thanked them for their service.Battalion Chief Mark Lorenz, a 25-year firefighter, Captain Alan Williams (15 years), and firefighters James Lisa (15 years), Erik Wilson (12 years), and Richard Gora (19 years) each received a commendation, along with a promotion. Lorenz was promoted to deputy chief. Captain Williams was promoted to battalion chief, and the others were promoted to captain.“North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue is dedicated to saving lives and responding to catastrophic fires in our communities, and for the department to continue offering a high level of service, we must maintain an adequate supervisory staff of experienced fire officers,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, who also serves as chairman of the management board for NHRFR. “Today we are proud to promote these five outstanding individuals and I thank them for their continuing service.”NHRFR is one of the largest regionalized fire departments in the United States, covering the North Hudson towns of Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and West New York.As a nationally recognized fire protection unit, NHRFR takes pride in maintaining one of the best response times in the nation.“Deputy Chief Lorenz, Battalion Chief Williams, and Captains Lisa, Wilson and Gora are some of the most dedicated and professional officers I have had the privilege of working with in my career,” said NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne. “They are each very deserving of their promotions and I’m sure they will continue to do excellent work for NHRFR in these new capacities.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) issued the following statement on the nation’s inauguration of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.“Our nation today honored the democratic process and the peaceful transfer of power. On days like this we must reflect on the enormous challenges and awesome responsibilities that our nation faces. At this critical time in our history, President Trump’s speech acknowledges the anxiety and concerns felt by countless South Jersey families and Americans across the country. We all believe, cherish and defend America’s freedoms, which were built on the hard work, strength and loyalty of her people. President Trump is right to focus on restoring America’s leadership role in the world.”
By Dialogo June 10, 2011 The largest solidarity travel plan ever implemented by the International Military Sports Council (CISM), the “Travel Plan” for the 5th Military World Games, which will take place in July in Rio de Janeiro, includes 295 athletes from 49 benefiting countries. Another 205 individuals from 29 countries will also be able to compete in Brazil thanks to this support. The travel plan unites the efforts of CISM, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Brazil, and three other countries: the United States, Canada, and Italy. “We are gathering all available means with a view to reaching 110 countries registered for the Games. We are still working to achieve that mark. We help countries in difficulties to increase their delegation, thereby helping high-level athletes not to lose the opportunity to compete,” affirmed Lt. Col. Pedro Gagliardi, a CISM deputy sports director. Brazil has made available two Air Force planes with 140 seats each, which will land in four African cities – Bamako (Mali), Yaoundé (Cameroon), Nairobi (Kenya), and Johannesburg (South Africa) – where passengers from several countries will be gathered. “For the first time in history, a country is supporting a continent on this scale and with this level of involvement,” the lieutenant colonel added, referring to Brazil’s action in Africa. Italy and the United States are also cooperating with seats on their military planes. The Italians have made available forty seats for Eastern and Southwestern European countries, while the Americans will support delegations from North America and the Caribbean. Canada has made available 50,000 Canadian dollars to help in buying plane tickets, while CISM has made available 70,000 euros, and the IOC has made available 30,000 dollars. “Our preliminary data indicate that 30 countries are participating in the 5th Military World Games exclusively due to this action of solidarity. Another 19 are receiving support to transport part of their respective delegations,” Lt. Col. Pedro Gagliardi explained, noting that this information is subject to change. The Solidarity Travel Plan has the goal of reaching the mark of 110 countries that participated in the Rio 2011 Games. The soccer teams from Kenya and Cameroon, for example, will travel to compete in Rio de Janeiro thanks to this support. The same is true of the Romanian aeronautical pentathlon team, already confirmed on the Italian plane. Number of confirmed countries in the Travel Plan (as of May 30th) On the Brazilian planes: 24 countries On the Italian plane: 10 countries CISM and IOC resources: Africa – 2 countries, Asia – 4 countries, Europe – 9 countries Total countries supported by the Travel Plan Confirmed: 49 To be confirmed: 29 Approximate total personnel supported by the Travel Plan Confirmed: 295 To be confirmed: 205 (172 on the U.S. plane)
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo September 25, 2020 The Guatemalan Army seized more than 2 tons of cocaine in an aircraft near the borders with Belize and Mexico on July 26. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the press that authorities had been investigating the aircraft since it was sold in April 2019.Thanks to information provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, troops from the Guatemalan Army found 72 bags containing 2,107 kilograms of cocaine inside a shallow excavation. (Photo: Guatemalan Army)On July 26, “Defense radars of the Guatemalan Air Force detected an illicit flight, so the tracking plan was activated nationwide [to] deploy special units from the land forces to locate the aircraft,” Guatemalan Minister of Defense Major General Juan Carlos Alemán Soto, told Diálogo.A day prior, on July 25, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Orlando was notified that the aircraft was en route to the Yucatán peninsula, after leaving Venezuela. HSI Orlando contacted HSI Guatemala and U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South to coordinate and prepare ground-based monitoring efforts and intercept the aircraft, which was allegedly carrying drugs, ICE said in a press release.On July 26, Guatemalan service members found the aircraft, which traffickers had apparently set on fire, near El Chal municipality, Petén department. The troops also found two burned vehicles when they patrolled the area, the Guatemalan newspaper La República reported. “[Authorities] seized a light aircraft and 2,107 kilograms of cocaine. After offloading the cocaine, the narcotraffickers attempted to bury the drugs,” ICE said on Twitter.Guatemala serves as a bridge for narcotraffickers to smuggle drugs bound for the United States, La República reported. “This is why the Guatemalan Army is working not only at the interagency level […], but also as part of cooperative security efforts in the region,” Maj. Gen. Alemán said.According to Maj. Gen. Alemán, Guatemala has seized about 6.5 tons of cocaine so far from January to July, 2020.
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Forget about the nice summer weather.The movers and shakers from the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey Team are doing their best to dream of success on ice after inking a major cog in next season’s team — former Western Hockey League netminder Alexandre Sirard of Calgary.Sirard joins the Saints for the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season following three seasons of junior hockey spent in the WHL, AJHL and SJHL.”I’m excited to be coming to Selkirk College and joining the Saints,” said Sirard, who describes himself as a quick, athletic goaltender with a good foot work in a team press release. “I’m looking to establish myself as a top player in the BCIHL and play a role in building a winning team, while also having good marks in school.”As an 18-year old, he saw action with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos and compiled a record of 3-4-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .870 save percentage in nine games.He went on to play two-plus seasons of Junior A hockey, primarily with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Melville Millionaires.He was named the Mills’ Playoff MVP in 2011 following a first-round series loss to the Estevan Bruins, who he held to 11 goals on 172 shots over five games. Sirard split the 2011/12 season between the University of Regina and the Prairie Junior Hockey League’s Pilot Butte Storm, who he helped to a league championship following his late season addition.He concluded his junior career with a record of 29 wins, 27 losses and sevven ties. “Alex is a talented netminder whose experience in Major Junior and Junior A hockey has prepared him well to take the next step at the college level,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”With a largely new group coming in this fall, getting solid and steady goaltending will be crucial to team success early in the season.”Alex is coming off a championship run last season and he’s highly motivated to be a key piece of another winning team at Selkirk College.” The 21-year old has shown an ability to step up his game in the playoffs, where he has posted a 2.68 goals-against average and .927 save percentage over the past two seasons. Sirard is the second goaltender to commit to the Saints this offseason, joining former KIJHL and VIJHL stand-out Stephen Wolff. Also committed to the Saints for the 2012/13 season are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Stephen Saretsky (Wellington, OJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jared Seutter (Chase, KIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL) and defencemen Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL), Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL), Mark Strachan (Kimberley, KIJHL) and Lucas Hildebrand (Revelstoke, KIJHL).
Sihota, from the Gorge Vale course in Victoria, was 11 shots ahead of Fin Lawlor of North Vancouver.Leo Harper of Burnaby and Matt Hopley of Kelowna finished in a tie for third at 223.Jackson Jacob of Fort Langley finished fifth at 224.Nic Jenner of Castlegar was the top local player, carding an 80 on Day three to finish in a tie for six with Paul Kim of Abbotsford at 225.William Watt of Castlegar was the next top local finisher, tied for 34th with a total score of 248.A.J. Roberts of Castlegar finished in 40th spot at 256 while Xander Bankes of Redstone in Rossland was 46th overall at 264.Brendon Makeiv of Balfour improved on Day three of the 54-hole tournament to complete the event with a 307.Sihota and Ethan Posthumus of Coquitlam won the Best-Ball competition while Zone two took home the Team Award by four shots over Zone 4. Claire Lovan and Jeevan Sihota led from wire to wire to capture the BC Juvenile Golf Girl’s and Boy’s Championships Friday at the Granite Pointe course in Nelson.Lovan carded a four-over-par 73 to finish at 224 to capture the Girl’s Title by eight shots over Karen Zhang of Richmond.Zhang finished round three with a six-over-par 79 to hold on to second spot by two shots over Akari Hayashi of Victoria.Chaewon Baek of Langley and Natasha Kozlowski of Prince George finished fourth and fifth, respectively.Meanwhile, on the Boy’s side of the tournament, Sihota was in a class all his own, finishing the day with a two-over-par 74 for a three-round score of 209.
RACE IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2106)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray, a runaway first-out maiden winner sprinting here on April 10, made short work of her competition as she stretched out to 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes at Santa Anita, winning in dominating gate to wire fashion by 2 ¼ lengths under Tyler Baze. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 3-year-old filly by Grazen out of the More Than Ready mare Unsung Heroine, covered the distance in a solid 1:42.64.“Today it was about seeing if she could go a mile and a sixteenth and it was about getting her out there, getting her to relax and take some breaths,” said Baze. “She did. She learns so fast and she only continues to get better. She’s mature but she’s still got a lot to learn. She’ll only get better. She’s a petite filly and I’m really excited about seeing what she could become.”With a staggering $346,016 bet to show on her ($388,932 was the total show pool), Enola Gray was the 1-9 favorite in a field of six sophomore fillies bred or sired in California and she paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10.Now undefeated in two starts, Enola Gray picked up $110,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $143,600.“I was extremely nervous this morning, but this shows me that she can overcome some adversity. I’m quite relieved. Phil and I were both (trying to decide) between running her at six or seven furlongs after her maiden win, but she was coughing a lot on the morning we were going to enter, so we waited and ran here.”Ridden by Joe Talamo, Allsquare sat second the entire trip and outran Cheekaboo the final quarter mile to be second by 4 ¼ lengths. Off at 29-1, Allsquare paid $7.60 and $5.00.Cheekaboo, who loomed boldly three-wide at the top of the stretch, proved third-best under Rafael Bejarano. Off at 7-1, she paid $2.60 to show.Fractions, all set by the winner, were 23.97, 47.72, 1:11.88 and 1:36.26.
MONTREAL — Kevin Labanc was asked to assess how he played Thursday night in the Sharks’ 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.“Not sure,” Labanc said with a wry smile. “What did Cooch say?”Quite a bit, actually. Logan Couture, who didn’t pull punches about the way the Sharks’ lost in overtime Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres, liked how Labanc and the rest of his teammates competed as they improved to 4-1-1 overall after an 0-4-0 start.Labanc scored a second period even …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Don “Doc” SandersMany activists proselytize how bad animal agriculture is for the environment. Most of them operate on the premise that big is bad and that we should return to small family farms — or eliminate food animal agriculture altogether.They also advocate a vegan diet. But I’m not concerned about people who choose that lifestyle for themselves, so long as they don’t mess with my getting a steak once in a while. Regardless of what they say, I’m convinced that we can’t rely solely on small family farms if agriculture has any chance of providing worldwide food security. This leads me to my topic for this month: the recent introduction of fake foods. Namely, the increasing presence and popularity of plant-based alternatives to dairy and meat. Are these fake foods based on good or bad nutrition? Well, it depends.Promoters’ claims of health benefits are common for alternative foods. For instance, Whole Foods, Walmart, Amazon and others tout Himalayan pink salt (HPS) for its supposed health benefits due to alleged trace minerals. And like many other products, HPS is promoted for being made without GMO ingredients. This GMO claim, of course, is a bunch of hooey, because salt does not have genes. It’s not a living organism. And many other products promoted by large food retailers as non-GMO are made of ingredients, like oats, that are never genetically modified. Himalayan pink salt, mined in Pakistan, is just ordinary salt that’s pink. Like the good old Morton brand, HPS contains a smidgen of trace minerals. Though HPS marketers claim the salt may contain over 80 minerals, these minerals account for only 2% of HPS. The rest is sodium chloride. That is, salt. I only mention HPS because it illustrates the length that food marketers will go to make a buck.You can also find at the grocery almond milk, oat milk, soy milk and a host of other spin-offs that allegedly supply required nutrients. At best, an eight-ounce serving of any of these products supplies about a third of the nutrients in an eight-ounce glass of whole milk. This is provided you aggressively shake up the sludge from the bottom of the fake milk carton before pouring. The sludge contains most of the added nutrients that allegedly boost the nutritional value.While you are savoring a fresh glass of one of these alternative “milk” products this: Although Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) claims the environment is being ruined by cow farts, the credible environmental research of Dr. Frank Mitloehner at UC-Davis shows quite the opposite. His research shows that food animal ag accounts for only 2.8% of the global environmental impact. AOC and the naysayers she references claim livestock contribute 28% of the ill effects on the environment.I don’t want to get too technical, but any of you working around cattle know that cow farts aren’t a major issue. Rather, cows burp frequently. They burp methane gas.I visited Dr, Mitloehner’s lab at UC-Davis a few months back. He maintains a group of cows in one facility and a group of fattening steers in an adjacent lab. After repeated trials, his work demonstrated that the burps of cattle contribute about 2.8% to global warming because of methane release. His research also showed that methane in the environment does not increase from cattle ruminations, but from a natural cycle.As more methane is released into the atmosphere, existing methane in the air is being degraded at about the same rate as cattle release methane. His work demonstrated this occurs in a 10-year cycle.In the meantime, numerous start-up companies are developing fake meat with the stated goal of eliminating the cattle industry by 2035. They each claim that fake meat is healthier and/or more wholesome for you than real meat, plus being good for the environment. These claims are not supported by science.These alternatives are commonly marketed as burgers made from plants, which sounds pretty wholesome. In reality, they fully qualify for the NOVA definition of “ultra-processed foods,” which many (or most) nutrition scientists, dietitians and clinicians warn us about constantly. In 2018, a report in The British Medical Journal uncovered a link between ultra-processed foods and an increased risk for cancer. And now, most recently, a study from JAMA Internal Medicine associated a high consumption of ultra-processed food with an earlier death.Faux hamburger patties are as ultra-processed, with almost identical ingredients, as dog kibbles. I challenge you to look at the three ingredient labels I provide here, and tell me which one is for vegan dog food and which two are recipes for fake meat. No peeking at the answer!From: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/impossible-burgers-dogfood/ (see bottom for answer)From left to right is Beyond Meat, premium vegan dog food, Impossible Burger.