Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) Q12021 Interim Report

first_imgLucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Lucara Diamonds Corporation reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lucara Diamonds Corporation company page on AfricanFinancials.Indicative Share Trading Liquidity The total indicative share trading liquidity for Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) in the past 12 months, as of 5th May 2021, is US$8.18K (BWP89.55K). An average of US$681 (BWP7.46K) per month.Lucara Diamonds Corporation Interim Results for the First Quarter DocumentCompany ProfileLucara Diamond Corporation is a diamond exploration and mining company which operates in southern Africa. Its principal asset is the wholly-owned Karowe Mine in Botswana where Lesidi La Rona was found; the world’s second largest gem-quality diamond. Karowe Mine consistently produces large Type IIA stones and has an estimated worth of $US2.2 billion unmined diamonds. Lucara Diamond Corporation also has interests in the Mothae Diamond Project in Lesotho and the Kavango Diamond Project in Namibia. The company was previously known as Bannockburn Resources Limited, but the name was changed to Lucara Diamond Corporation in 2007. Lucara Diamond Corporation is a member of the Lundin Group of Companies with its head office based in Vancouver, Canada.last_img read more

Apopka native playing in NCAA Championship game tonight

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Joel Berry II  plays in his first NCAA Championship game tonight against Villanova.Apopka has a well-earned reputation as a football town. With the success of Apopka High School in winning state championships on the gridiron, it is no wonder. But tonight there will be an Apopka native playing in the NCAA Basketball championship game – Joel Berry II.Berry, a point guard for The University of North Carolina, played high school basketball at Lake Highland Preparatory School, but lived in Apopka with his parents Joel Sr. and Kathie Berry. He led Lake Highland to three state titles and was the first player named Florida’s Mr. Basketball three times in a row from 2012-2014. He was also named a Parade and McDonald’s All-American as a senior in 2014 before signing to play college basketball with the (University of North Carolina) Tar Heels.At only 6 feet tall, Berry does not have the physical size or skills as many at this level of basketball, but he more than makes up for it in work and effort.“His work ethic and discipline were by far the greatest I’ve ever coached,” said Jason Vallery, Berry’s coach at Lake Highland.That work ethic was evident this past off-season as Berry overcame a series of nagging injuries in his freshman year and improved in the areas targeted by his current coach Roy Williams.“He did a great job in the off-season of working on the things we talked about,” Williams says. “And he’s continued to work — he’s better right now than he was the first day of practice. It’s not coaching secrets, it’s sweat by the player.”And that blood, sweat and tears mentality led to another valued component in Berry’s game – consistency.Joel Berry II lived in Apopka with his parents Joel Sr. and Kathie Berry while leading Lake Highland Prep to three state championships from 2012-2014.Berry averaged 12.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game during the regular season and in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Then in the NCAA Tournament, he averaged nearly the same numbers – 12.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in the five Tar Heel contest thus far.“Joel, I would probably say, has been our most consistent player all year long,” Williams said. “Just with each and every game, I thought he got more confidence and more confidence and more confidence. He can play the total game.”And tonight will be his biggest game on the biggest stage in college basketball. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSJoel Berry IILake Highland PrepNCAA ChampionshipUniversity of North Carolina Previous articleCreate a ‘wow-worthy’ home entry using fun and free online design toolsNext articleWant Heartburn Relief? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Transformational Leadership: Vision, Persuasion, and Team Building for the Development Professional: New Directions for

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Transformational Leadership: Vision, Persuasion, and Team Building for the Development Professional: New Directions for Howard Lake | 26 October 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Names on a Plane campaign puts donor names on a Red Arrow

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Melanie May | 12 May 2016 | News  170 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Names on a Plane campaign puts donor names on a Red Arrow The Royal Air Forces Museum is offering the public the opportunity to have their names written on a Red Arrow in a campaign to help it raise the last £8m of a £23m fundraising target.Names on a Plane asks people to donate any amount from a minimum of £30, or to choose from five naming packages, ranging from £30, up to a £25,000 donation. Their names will be written on the wings of one of the RAF Red Arrows Hawk Jets, which will fly throughout the 2017 display season, as well as displayed on the digital wall in the Members Room at the RAF Museum.The campaign aims to raise £2m and supports the museum’s RAF Centenary Programme, which will see the RAF Museum celebrate and commemorate the centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018, through a major transformation of its visitor experience at its London site, and by sharing the RAF story on site and online. The museum needs to raise £23m to pay for its plans and has so far raised £15m.For £30 you can have the name of a loved one on a Red Arrow – no ifs, no buts #NamesOnAPlane https://t.co/yBp4bzW6pa pic.twitter.com/k74y9DCu30— Names On A Plane (@NamesOnAPlane) May 11, 2016 Advertisement The multi-million-pound transformation of the RAF Museum’s London home will reflect the historic RAF Hendon airfield, with new galleries exploring the first 100 years of the RAF, its roles today and inviting visitors to imagine its future contribution and technology. A digital sharing project will also connect people to the RAF story.Squadron Leader David Montenegro, Red 1 and Team Leader of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, said:“Through the Names on a Plane campaign, thousands of people will be joining us as the Red Arrows fly in 2017, displaying to millions of people. The Museum’s Centenary Programme will transform its London site, providing an enduring legacy for the Royal Air Force. This development will help to tell the story of the Royal Air Force and the vital roles the Service continues to provide, such as securing the skies of the United Kingdom, every hour of the day, 365 days a year.”  169 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Boston union aids Standing Rock, Charlotte resistance

first_imgOn Sept. 22, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, Steelworkers Local 8751 held its first membership meeting since the start of school.This writer had the rare opportunity to witness the union’s 40-plus-year tradition of solidarity in action. While in Boston, I was asked to give the membership an update on the case of Michigan political prisoner Rev. Edward Pinkney.Last November Local 8751 passed a resolution demanding Pinkney’s freedom. Rev. Pinkney in turn sent a letter of support to the four fired Bus Drivers Union leaders, who later won their 26-month battle and were reinstated by the union-hating Veolia/Transdev corporation. At their recent meeting, the bus drivers listened attentively and voted unanimously to donate to Pinkney’s defense.This was only one of nine solidarity actions taken at just one meeting.The members and leadership gave recognition to the vanguard role being played by the Indigenous communities at Standing Rock and the Black and Brown youth of Charlotte, N.C., in resisting racism and capitalism. Motions to contribute funds to the Red Warrior Camp and the bail fund for youth arrested in Charlotte passed unanimously, with the latter drawing a friendly amendment to increase the amount originally proposed.The Standing Rock resolution read in part:“Whereas the Standing Rock Sioux are in a life-and-death struggle to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, a struggle of the most vital import to environmental justice and the very survival of the planet.“Whereas unfortunately and regrettably at the height of this battle, the AFL-CIO issued a statement attacking Standing Rock defenders and defending DAPL using the company line that it provides ‘family-supporting jobs’ and ‘makes the U.S. more competitive.’“Be it therefore resolved that the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, USW Local 8751, pledges our wholehearted solidarity to the resistance at Standing Rock. …“Be it further resolved that Local 8751 will forward this resolution to President Trumka, urging that the AFL-CIO pledge full labor solidarity to this just struggle and pledge the vast human and material resources of the AFL-CIO towards assisting the occupation at Standing Rock.”What solidarity looks likeThe membership also voted to support a campaign by teachers’ unions against Question 2, a ballot measure to impose more privatization on Boston’s public schools through budget transfers to expanded charter schools; to support a local demonstration against police brutality and in solidarity with Charlotte and Tulsa, Okla.; to assist the U.S. delegation to the 17th Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions; to support the Sept. 30 Day of Action for Haitian Workers; to support changing “Columbus Day” to Indigenous Peoples Day and “Thanksgiving” to the annual National Day of Mourning; and passed resolutions of solidarity with Mexican teachers’ unions and with Puerto Rican unions fighting austerity.This local of less than a thousand members, 98 percent workers of color and primarily Haitian, committed significant resources to assist oppressed workers in other states and other countries.This meeting was not exceptional in that regard. Anti-racist and anti-imperialist solidarity is what defines Local 8751, from the days its founders began driving Black schoolchildren through crowds of brick-hurling racists in the early 1970s to its current daily battles with the monster multinational corporation Veolia/Transdev. The union covered its workplace battles in depth, bringing the rank and file up to date on the massive grievance backlog, new charges with the National Labor Relations Board and in federal court, and routing and payroll problems created by Transdev’s misuse of GPS technology to speed up work.This kind of class struggle unionism, fostered by the revolutionary Team Solidarity leadership of Local 8751, is what sorely needs to be revived across the labor movement in this country.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award

first_imgFacebook TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Colin Post Twitter No. 10 TCU continues to roll with back-to-back series sweeps, ten straight wins printFew baseball teams in the country have been as hot as the No. 5 TCU Horned Frogs lately, as the team has now won 18 of its last 21 games.This weekend, TCU stayed hot with a series win over Kansas that kept the Frogs tied for first in the Big 12 standings and propelled them to fifth in the national rankings.Despite dropping a close game Sunday, the Frogs dominated the Jayhawks for the majority of the weekend, outscoring Kansas 26-6 in the series.Right fielder Phillip Sikes was phenomenal in TCU’s two wins, collecting six hits (three of them home runs) and six RBIs to lead a powerful Horned Frog scoring effort.The junior was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday after his big weekend.Game 1Starter Austin Krob went a career-high eight innings, and Sikes homered twice, as the Frogs blew out the Jayhawks 15-1 on Friday night to start the series on a high note.Krob struck out seven during his outing, giving up just one run on eight hits and a walk.TCU scored 11 runs in the first four innings of play, setting a tone early that it would be a long night for whoever was on the mound for Kansas.The biggest inning of the night for the Frogs came when they scored five runs in the 2nd, which was highlighted by a three-run double by true first-year Brayden Taylor.Sikes kept the party going after that, hitting his fifth and sixth home runs of the season on back-to-back at-bats to send TCU to their 6th-straight win.The Frogs recorded a whopping 18 base-hits on the night, with 12 different Horned Frogs recording at least one.Game 2Yet another eight-inning performance by a starting pitcher and home run from Sikes gave TCU its 7th-straight win on Saturday, as the Frogs pounded the Jayhawks 10-3 to win their fourth conference series of the season.Following in Krob’s footsteps, starter Johnny Ray went eight innings, striking out eight while giving up three runs on six hits.Following a scoreless 1st, TCU proceeded to score at least one run in the final seven innings they saw offensively, out-dueling a trio of runs scored by Kansas.The lone home run of the day for the Frogs came from Sikes, who hit his third in two days in the bottom of the fourth inning.Five different TCU players recorded an RBI in the win, with designated hitter Hunter Wolfe leading the way with three on his own.The victory moves the Frogs to 24-2 on the season when they are the first to score.Game 3Despite out-hitting Kansas 8-6, TCU lost all of their scoring prowess on Sunday, tying their season-high with 15 runners stranded on base to drop game three to Kansas 2-1.An RBI-double by catcher Zach Humphreys gave the Frogs a 1-0 lead in the 3rd, but TCU was unable to hit when it mattered after that.A trio of hits, a sacrifice fly, and a hit by a pitch in the top of the fourth earned Kansas two runs and gave them all they would need for the rest of the afternoon to prevent the sweep.During that time, starter Charles King was pulled after giving up both runs on three hits in 3.2 innings pitched. Entering the game in relief, River Ridings and Haylen Green gave up zero runs on just three hits over the final 5.1 innings.The loss prevented TCU from finishing its eight-game home stand perfectly, as the Frogs had entered the contest on a seven-game winning streak.Up Next:TCU will look to get back in the win column on Tuesday against UT-Arlington. First pitch at Clay Gould Ballpark is set for 6:30 p.m. ReddIt + posts Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Linkedin Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Facebook Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Junior Phillip Sikes recorded seven hits (including three HR) and six RBIs this weekend to take home Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. (Photo courtesy of gofrogs.com) ReddIt Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Twitter Previous articleStudent-led book drive aims to help children with incarcerated loved onesNext articleTheatre TCU debuts its performance of play inspired by Botham Jean’s murder Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Linkedinlast_img read more

What I Learned During my First Months at Dell EMC

first_imgAlways Bring a Potato SaladLet’s say you got invited to a party, and you want to impress whoever is there. Everybody agreed to bring something to the party so when you enter, the others logically ask what you brought with you. And you just stand there and think oh no, I brought nothing with me. Not even a good joke to at least make them laugh.Not a really good impression, right?This example actually has a very important lesson in it that you can apply at work, and even in your private life: one of the lessons I’ve learned at Dell EMC in my first four months.Last October I started working for Dell EMC as an EMEA Sales Graduate in The Netherlands. During my first few months I had the privilege to follow specific sales training together with sales graduates from countries all over the EMEA region, work with my local group of 10 graduates in Amsterdam on several on-site activities (e.g. the annual Christmas drinks with a charitable event) and get to know an organization that is totally different from what I expected.That’s why I want to share a few key insights I got at Dell EMC. Insights that not only helped me see Dell EMC in a totally different way but also changed my perception about what sales is or should be.1.  Dell is much more than just computers I made an assumption about Dell before applying for my role and it couldn’t have been further from the truth: I thought Dell only sells computers. After graduating I wanted to move into the IT sector because of its quickly changing landscape and its huge potential (think of IoT, Big Data, VR, AI, Machine Learning, etc.). I thought of Dell mainly as a computer selling organization. I mean, as many of us might have, I purchased my first computer at Dell. Turns out that Dell is actually also investing in IoT, Big Data, VR, and so much more.Yet it doesn’t stop there. When I applied I found out that I didn’t apply for Dell but for Dell EMC, a name that I mentioned a few times before in this article. Dell EMC is part of a family of organizations under the umbrella of Dell Technologies. Like me before I applied, most of my family and friends didn’t have a clue what Dell EMC actually does. But as part of Dell Technologies it helps organizations modernize, automate and transform their data center infrastructures. Sounds different than only selling laptops and desktops right?Next to Dell EMC, Dell Technologies consists of:RSA and Secureworks to address cyber threats and other security issues that organizations can encounter;Pivotal to transform how organizations build and run any application, at every cloud, in one platform to innovate at start-up speedVirtustream to build cloud solutions to run complex and critical applications;VMware to use software and services that let organizations run, manage, secure and connect all of their applications across clouds and devicesSo as you can tell I made a very wrong assumption about what Dell actually does, and I’m very happy that I looked past this assumption.2.  Sales is great skill to master early in your careerA second lesson I learned during my first few months at Dell was that many of us (including me a few years ago) associate sales with something negative. But you know what: I think that mastering how to do proper sales will teach you so much for your professional career and your personal life. Let me tell you why.Sales is everywhereThe first time I actually read about sales being everywhere was in a blog on LinkedIn from Somen Mondal about why sales is the best first job and it made me realize how sales is an important part of most organizations. In my opinion he is absolutely right: sales comes back in every aspect of your life. Whether it is convincing people about your ideas, when you are looking for a new job (and you basically need to “brand yourself”), when you’re selling products to customers or when you want to sell your vision to your employees as a manager. Think about that for a moment.  Sales generates direct value to organizationsWhen an organization is going to invest in you it will expect a return on investment in the long run. What will your value to the organization be after many training-hours? After looking around at different departments, and drinking coffee with managers to understand the business? In sales you can directly generate revenue (=value) for your organization, which will give the organization a reason to invest more in you and gives you the opportunity to grow faster in an organization than any other position. No sales, no customers, no money, no existence. And this example doesn’t limit to only profit organizations: for non-profit organizations to exist sales is also of paramount importance.Sales gets lots of people out of their comfort zone because you need to deal with rejections – which makes you strongerGetting rejected is something nobody likes, including me. I have learned that it is not about being rejected but how you learn to deal with it, how other people see you dealing with rejection and how you stay focused on your goal. In work and in life rejection will evidently happen – for example riding a bike: the more you ‘practice’, the better you become and the faster you can grow. Just like Michael Dell, who started his business in his college dorm room and now runs a global organization.3.  You should always bring a potato salad to a party One specific lesson I have learned already at Dell EMC is from one of our sales trainers, and I found it ties everything that I have mentioned nicely together. It is that you should always bring a potato salad to a party. Meaning that when you call a customer or when you enter a meeting with your colleagues, always think in advance how you will be able to contribute to the other(s). How you will be of value? What will be your ‘potato salad’ that you bring to the party?For me, part of learning and slowly mastering sales is being able to deliver true value to customers. Working for Dell EMC and subsequently, Dell Technologies makes it so much easier to have that talk with these customers. To have that potato salad ready during every customer meeting.Thinking in advance about that potato salad in whatever situation you are is for me one of the most important lessons I have learned so far. It will help me to avert awkward situations in which everybody expects me to bring some kind of value to the table and that I actually have thought this through in advance. And that I will never think oh no, I brought nothing with me.So what do you think about my experiences after reading this piece? Did you have a similar assumption about sales, and has it changed since you have experienced it? Please let us know in the comment box!  (And if you are interested in reading more about our graduate program make sure to read this blog post about the experiences of graduates last year!)last_img read more

Nobel Laureate stresses family in poverty prevention

first_imgNobel Laureate economist James Heckman opened the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 2014 fall conference on poverty on Thursday night with a discussion of the importance of family and early intervention in alleviating socio-economic inequality.“I want to think about a dynamic strategy — a way to approach poverty and intergenerational inequality which is going to be based on the notion which I will call ‘predistribution,’” Heckman said. “… [Predistribution is] a strategy of giving skills to people to avoid [poverty] in the first place … a strategy that builds character, promotes family values, and creates skills … [such that] what is socially fair can also be viewed as economically efficient.”Rosie Biehl | The Observer Rather than fixating on purely cognitive skills, like IQ scores or performances on tests, Heckman said that non-cognitive “character skills play a very important role, are very predictive [of future economic success], and can be shaped by education” and environment.  These skills include motivation, sociability, attention, self-regulation, self-esteem and the ability to defer gratification, he said.“I want to think about a strategy based on creating capabilities … the capacities to act and create future capacities,” he said. “If we look at those capacities in a modern sense … we’re going to have a very different way of thinking about addressing poverty.”“What we’ve come to understand is that in the life of children … there are critical and sensitive periods in the formation of these capabilities … where some skills are more easily shaped than in other periods,” he said.Gaps in “both emotional and social skills [observed in 5- and 6-year-olds] … really aren’t that much alleviated by going to school,” and persist into adulthood, Heckman said.  This becomes problematic in the fact that “skills are very important all around the world, and they’re major determinants of inequality.”“Genes play a role, but they’re far from the whole story,” Heckman said. “The capabilities that matter are … acquired, and can be fostered by families, schools and social interactions.”“What we’ve seen from a number of [successful] interventions … [is a change in] the nature of the parent/child relationship, or the mentor/child relationship … [in that they] change the way parents perceive themselves, how important their role is … and parental response to the child’s curiosity.”Economics professor Joseph Kaboski summarized Heckman’s discussion as the idea “that lack of personal development, inequality in personal abilities, leads to both material poverty and other social problems.”“Skills beget skills … [and] predistribution is better than redistribution in terms of being a possible win-win for everybody,” Kaboski said, in the fact that it is a preventative rather than reactive approach to reducing inequality.Tags: Center for Ethics and Culture, Economic Inequality, James Heckman, Nobel Laureate, Nobel Prize, Predistributionlast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: The Autumnal Equinox

first_imgWhat’s better than a Monday? A Monday you can call The Autumnal Equinox! Today at 3:50 a.m. the sun was directly in line with the equator, marking the official equinox. As a result. both the Northern and Southern hemispheres will have the same amount of daylight. Which means the first day of astronomical fall for us, and the beginning of spring for those south of the equator. The new rules go into effect Oct. 17, you can find the complete list here. State officials are still taking public comments on these pending rules through October 2nd.  If you love the outdoors, it’s safe to say that most of your favorite memories as a kid involved exploring nature and getting outside. Every Kid Outdoors understands that and is offering students in the fourth grade a free annual pass to our nation’s national parks for a full year. The Autumnal Equinox is Upon Us Fourth Graders Receive Free Admission to National Parks Through ‘Every Kid Outdoors’ Program More than a dozen new rules go into effect at Virginia State Parks in October.It’s part of a fast-track regulation review from the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Some of the changes to state rules update outdated languages, others could catch campers off-guard. Here’s a list of some of the changes that could affect you:center_img Temperature and weather conditions, though, can impact the intensity of fall colors along with the timing of when they change. Hopefully this year, we get a bright and colorful fall! As daylight hours continue to shorten, the leaves will start to change color. This is because the color change is more dependent on light than temperature Vox reported. The short days cause the green and leafy trees to signal to their leaves to stop producing chlorophyll, which is what gives leaves their green color and photosynthesis. New Rules Heading to Virginia State Parks Generator use will be prohibited at campsites and in the campground at all times.  Previously, generators were allowed except during quiet hours (10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.)Drones and unmanned aerial systems have been included in the list of “flying machines” prohibited in the park.  There is a provision that exempts rescue and training exercises for law enforcement.Vaporizers or e-cigarette use is banned in buildings or parts of parks where tobacco smoking is banned.Fungi have been added to the list of materials park visitors cannot remove from parks.  That list includes trees, minerals, rocks, and historical artifacts.  However, there is a new provision that allows fruits, nuts and berries to be collected for personal use.The penalty for urinating or defecating outside in designated areas or facilities is being re-classified.  Previously an individual caught doing so, was charged with indecent exposure (a class-1 misdemeanor) regardless of intent.  They were also required to register on Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry.  Once the new rules go into effect,  that violation of park law will become a class-3 misdemeanor.Electric power-assisted bikes will be allowed on designated bicycle paths.  From now until August 31, 2020, fourth graders all over the United States can get a free pass to visit any federal lands or waters. For more details and to claim a pass, parents of fourth-grade students, homeschooled included, can go to Every Kid Outdoors’ website. Educators can also get in on the deal in addition to other special program opportunities for teachers to extend learning outside the classroom.last_img read more

Colombia Rebels Seek Peace Talks, Name Replacement After Leader Killed

first_imgBy Dialogo September 28, 2010 Colombia’s FARC guerrillas on September 24 said they wanted a chance for peace negotiations a day after troops killed their top military chief in one of the worst blows to Latin America’s oldest surviving insurgency. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, have often called for talks since the government began a U.S.-backed security crackdown in 2002 but the two sides have never been close to agreeing on conditions for negotiations. Top guerrilla commander Mono Jojoy was killed on September 23 in an air strike and ground raid on his jungle camp, delivering a blow to the FARC’s leadership and its military capacity. “We continue to call for an opportunity for peace,” the FARC said in a statement posted on Anncol website that carries rebel communiques. “It is not through the extermination of opponents that Colombia will find peace and reconciliation.” Battered by the government’s offensive, the FARC is at its weakest in decades. Rebels have lost several top commanders in the past three years and its ranks have been thinned by desertions as fighters flee under military pressure. Guerrillas are still a force in rural areas and over the last month have stepped up attacks, killing 22 police officers in two recent attacks. But negotiations are unlikely unless rebel commanders met government conditions: cease hostilities, release soldiers and police officers held hostage and halt criminal activity such as cocaine trafficking. President Juan Manuel Santos, who took office in August, has vowed to keep up his predecessors hard-line security approach, which has driven down bombings and kidnappings from the war and helped foreign investment grow five-fold in the past eight years. Still, according to new information published on September 28, the FARC has urged its members to redouble efforts in the fight against the Colombian government. Following the death of its No. 2 leader ‘Mono Jojoy’, the guerrilla announced it replaced the fallen leader with Felix Antonio Muñoz, known as Pastor Alape, who had led a faction of the group in the northwest region of Magdalena Medio.last_img read more