FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Ford scored a career-high 35 points on 11-of-17 shooting to help Saint Mary’s beat Utah Valley 92-63 on Sunday night.Ford made 4 of 6 from 3-point range and 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. The junior, who averaged 19.1 points over the final seven games of last season, had 23 in a season-opening win over McNeese State on Wednesday and has scored in double figures in nine consecutive games dating to last season.Jake Toolson led Utah Valley (1-2) with 15 points and Wyatt Lowell added 14.Ford scored 12 points during an 18-3 run that gave the Gaels (2-0) a 22-8 lead less than seven minutes in and they led by double figures the rest of the way and by as many as 33 in the second half.Tanner Krebs had 13 points and Jordan Hunter 11 for Saint Mary’s, which made 33 of 56 (59 percent) from the field, including 8 of 16 from 3-point range. Written by November 11, 2018 /Sports News – Local Ford scores 35 points, Saint Mary’s beats Utah Valley 92-63 Tags: UVU Wolverines Basketball Associated Press
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT) — The Utah football program is teasing a new uniform.As part of the Under Armour “school heritage” line, the Utes are expected to wear a jersey resembling what they wore in 1966 this season. The jersey features a silver helmet and silver pants.Utah is expected to wear the uniform against UCLA at home on November 16th. Tags: Throwback Jerseys/Under Armour School Heritage Line/Utah Utes Football Written by Robert Lovell August 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Football Teases New Uniform
The 11 hospitals that have been named as Genomic Medicine Centres have been designated as such following evaluation by NHS England. The evaluation found that these hospitals have a track record of providing excellence in genomic services, and meet the requirements needed to deliver the project.Around 75,000 people will be involved, including some patients with life threatening and debilitating disease. Recruitment to the project will begin from February 2nd 2015, when doctors will offer suitable patients the opportunity to take part in the scheme.Patients that volunteer for involvement in the 100,000 Genomes Project will have to agree to allow drugs companies and researchers access to their genetic code and medical records, after any identifying elements have been removed.After samples are collected, they will be securely sent to Illumina, an American biotechnology company, who have been procured by Genomics England to sequence the whole genome and to analyse it. Results will be sent back to the NHS for validation and clinical action.The 11 Genomic Medicine Centres (GMCs) are based across the country, covering Cambridge, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Exeter and the South West Peninsula, Southampton and Birmingham, in addition to Oxford. Throughout the project, NHS England’s ambition is to secure over 100 participating NHS trusts. Consequently, a second wave of GMCs will be obtained to ensure a more comprehensive coverage across the NHS in England.Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not taking part in the Project. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has been designated as one of 11 Genomic Medicine Centres across the country, NHS England announced earlier today.A government scheme implemented by the NHS is setting up Genomics Medicine Centres in 11 English hospitals. The aim of these Centres is to collect DNA samples to be used to help devise more tailored treatments for a wide range of diseases, focusing primarily on cancer and rare genetic diseases.Overall, the target of the initiative is to collect and decode 100,000 human genomes (complete sets of people’s genes) in three years, allowing doctors a greater understanding of specific conditions. The aim is for this to lead to greater specificity in diagnosis and treatment.The project has the potential to transform the future of healthcare, by improving how diseases are predicted and prevented, enabling new and more precise diagnostic tests, and allowing personalisation of drugs and other treatments to specific genetic variants within the population.Anna Schuh, Oxford University Hospital (OUH) Consultant Haematologist and Director for Molecular Diagnostics in the University’s Department of Oncology and Head of the Oxford Molecular Diagnostics Centre, told Cherwell, “We have a long history of genome sequencing in Oxford. This presents us with a great opportunity to be part of a wider programme through Genomics England which is unique in terms of its scale and ambition. We are pleased to receive this designation so that we can continue to contribute to improving clinical outcomes for patients with cancer and rare diseases by innovating diagnostics for precision medicine. This programme will transform NHS diagnostic services and will help train a new generation of diagnosticians and researchers.”Life Sciences Minister George Freeman added, “Our understanding of genomics is transforming the landscape for disease diagnosis and medicines research. We want to make the UK the best place in the world to design and discover 21st century medicines which is why we have invested in the 100,000 Genomes Project. We also want to ensure NHS patients benefit, which is why we have now selected NHS hospitals to help us sequence genomes on an unprecedented scale and bring better treatments to people with cancers and rare diseases for generations to come”.
IS IT TRUE it looks like the Mayor didn’t give any serious consideration to the possibility of giving a reasonable pay increase to our dedicated city employees in his proposed 2018 budget?IS IT TRUE we are extremely surprised that the Mayor didn’t propose to pay down the serious shortfall in the employee health plan in his proposed 2018 budget ?IS IT TRUE instead the Mayor actually came up with way to give a million bucks to the EVSC so they can use it to repair Bosse Field, a facility that the EVSC has let fall into disrepair just like the city owned Mesker Amphitheater?IS IT TRUE some people are saying that the Bosse Field proposal has got to be one of the most preposterous schemes to be proposed since our fun and games Mayor proposed a $10 Million dollar park at the old Roberts Stadium site with a $3 Million skateboard park to indulge the dozen or so skateboarders in Evansville? …we are told the reason why some people feel that way is because the EVSC owns Bosse Field not the city?IS IT TRUE other Quality of Life requests the Mayor included in his 2018 proposed budget was $650,000 for Pigeon Creek Greenway Indiana HI-rail acquisition for trail expansion? …he also wants to spend $460,000 for the initial construction of the new Humboldt Penguin exhibit at Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden?IS IT TRUE the taxpayers are also paying off an annual debts payment for the new downtown medical school ($2.7M), the downtown hotel ($1.26M) without having any ownership position? …we wonder who are the owners of the hotel and medical school buildings that the taxpayers are paying off the loan notes on?IS IT TRUE that a group of local citizens recently held a very successful event to celebrate the efforts of all of the “First Responders” in Vanderburgh County?…several years ago (2013) Evansville City Council members Jonathan Weaver and Missy Mosby held an successful and well attended version of an event that honored local police and fire fighters?IS IT TRUE we are pleased that the above group have decided to continue to celebrate the outstanding work of our “First Responders” by holding another event on 9-11 in 2018? …we are also extremely pleased to learn that this group have started a not-for -profit foundation so they can raise money for scholarships to be given to the children of our local “First Responders” who are going to college in 2018? …we have been told that this group has raised a whooping $9,000 in about a week for student scholarships? IS IT TRUE it’s projected when Tropicana Evansville completes its $55 million construction project of its on-land casino later this year they will be in a position to pay the city $12.5 million in early lease payments for 2018? …isn’t this a similar transaction that the Mayor and officials at Tropicana agreed to in 2017? …we have been told that the city has already drawn down $12.5 million in early lease payments from the Tropicana 2018 budget?IS IT TRUE in the early part of this year the city received around a $3.5 million dollars in advanced payment from the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities funds? EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Todays READERS POLL question is: Tell us ways that the Evansville City Council can balance the 2018 budget?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Thomas J. Shetler Jr City County Observer 2016 “Outstanding Community Services Awards” WinnerWe are pleased and excited to announce that Vanderburgh County Council member Thomas J. Shetler Jr has been selected as the fourth (4th) CCO 2016 “Outstanding Community Service” Award Winner” for 2016. Mr. Shelter is extremely well thought of in our community and he gives a great deal of his time and financial resources to help those in need. He is considered to be the “Dean of Conservative” leadership in Vanderburgh County. politics.. In fact, Mr. Shelter is extremely focus when it comes to hold the line on excessive spending of our tax dollars.Tom is married: to Gail A. (Folz) Shetler for 40 years. They have 7 Children: Becky Shetler Clark, married with 6 children, Natalie Shetler Pickerel, married with 5 sons, Alisann Shetler Elpers, married with 3 sons, John Freeman Shetler, married with one daughter, Martha Shetler Frounfelter, married with 2 sons, Mary Shetler at home, and the youngest is Thomas James Shetler, III a student at USI. A total of 17 grandchildren. He and his wife are members of Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Daylight.His Business Experiences Are:President, Shetler Moving & Storage, Inc (Evansville, IN)President, Shetler Moving & Storage of Ohio, Inc (Cincinnati, OH)President, Shetler – Derby Moving & Storage, LLC (Louisville, KY)Director, Atlas World Group (Evansville, IN)Mr. Shelter’s Extensive Community Service Resume Awarded Distinguished Service Award, Evansville Jaycees, 1979Awarded Distinguished Service Award, University of Southern Indiana, 1979Past member Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club, 1980 – 2003Past member Board of Directors, President, Evansville Kennel Club, 2000 – 2004Past member Board of Directors, Evansville Chamber of Commerce, 2000 – 2010Mr. Shelter’s Past And Present Political & Government Service Involvement Are:Past member, President, Evansville Park Commission, 1972- 1975Past member, President, Evansville City Council, 1976 – 1979Past Chairman, Vanderburgh County Central Committee, 1984-1989Past member, President, Evansville Board of Works, 2000 – 2003Precinct Committeeman, Ward 5 Precinct 14, 2000 – presentVanderburgh County Commission, 2005 – 2006Vanderburgh County Council, member, President, 2006 – presentMr. Shelter’s Education Background University of Southern Indiana, B.S. Political Science & History, 1976So far the City County Observer 2016 “Outstanding Community Services Awards” are Vicki Hubiak President Of HR Solutions, Anne Audain six time Olympian and world record holder in the 500 meter race.and the extremely popular Sheriff of Vanderburgh County Dave WeddingThis years awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begin at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on November 2, 2016. For reservations please call 812-774-8011. Last years event was a sellout.
After premiering in NYC and on Jam Cruise to widespread acclaim, Let Us Play, the official documentary from funk powerhouse Lettuce, is now available to purchase or rent on Vimeo.The 45-minute film, directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media and produced by Live for Live Music’s Kunj Shah, merges footage from live sets, recording sessions, interviews, and candid scenes from the road. Filmed over a six-month period, the footage chronicles the mechanics of improvisation and the artistry behind making a funk record. Viewers will get an in-depth diagnosis of the band, who they are as artists, how they work together and use their ridiculous expertise to come up with some of the funkiest music around.Watch the trailer below, and view the whole thing here! Lettuce will be headlining two nights at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise April 1st & 2nd along with Vulfpeck, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue (ft. George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Nikki Glaspie & more), The Nth Power, and more.
For more than 40 years, Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, was used in everything from plastic baby bottles and the lining of metal food containers to dental sealants. When scientists began seeing a connection between BPA and abnormal sperm and egg development, it set off worldwide public health concerns. The types of abnormal development researchers detected could lead to increased cases of Downs and Klinefelter syndromes in children or to infertility.As more scientists began investigating the effects of toxicant exposure and links to abnormal fetal development, three University of Georgia researchers discovered a more efficient, accurate and cost-effective way to conduct these studies using cells in a petri dish. Franklin West and Steve Stice, animal scientists in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Mary Alice Smith, a toxicologist in environmental health science in the UGA College of Public Health, began testing the efficiency of a technology West and Stice developed to measure the effects of environmental toxicants. They use cells that come from stem cells and represent the early cells that eventually will form sperm cells in adults. The cells are highly vulnerable to toxicants.Their findings were published recently in Toxicological Sciences.“There is no human system to study toxicant effects on early sperm development,” West said. “But, we can expose these human cells to different toxicants and predict how changes will impact birth defects and fertility later in life.”Currently, most developmental toxicological studies are done using mice or rats. “We need to move away from rodent tests because they often won’t tell us how detrimental or safe chemicals are in humans,” West said. “For example, the potential effects of BPA in humans, especially in the unborn child, is still hotly contested. This cell culture system moves us away from animal testing, which most agree is preferable as long as the studies are equally or more reliable.”The new testing model fills a void left by current methods and provides human-specific results.“Using animal studies, you are looking at more than a year to test a chemical in rodents,” Stice said. “Using this test, we get results in two to three weeks at most and possibly shorter.”Considering the vast number of untested chemicals humans are exposed to, with new ones coming out every day, animal testing will never be practical to prioritize which chemicals need further testing, Stice said. There are more than 80,000 chemicals in the environment that haven’t been tested for human impact mainly because of the cost and time required using current procedures.The reliability of those results also must be considered.“Mice don’t have three or four (of the) critically important genes that are leading causes of infertility,” West explained. “Sperm and egg cells are the only cells that go through meiosis, a special type of cell division necessary for sexual reproduction. You can’t use another type of cell to find the impact a chemical has on these cells and, in turn, fetal development.”West first developed the germ-like cells during his doctoral work in Stice’s UGA laboratory.“Our next step with the cells is to test more chemicals and see what happens with more compounds,” he said.Stice also plans to use neural and bone forming cells he developed to test chemicals for developmental neurological and skeletal toxicology. Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency already have demonstrated in peer-reviewed studies that these types of cells are very sensitive to known toxins such as lead and mercury. The team is now testing more chemicals on these cells.“If the assay is predictive and repeatable, the chemical industry will have better, faster and less expensive test systems and, as a result, will reduce the use of animal testing and experiments,” Stice said.“Testing more known chemicals for developmental toxicology will validate these assays for later use by the chemical industry. Our shared long-term goal is to ensure the health and well being of our children,” he said.An abstract of the journal article is available at http://toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/129/1/9.
The Southern Appalachians have their share of trails: bike trails, hiking trails, paddle trails—and now, thanks to the craft brewery boom, beer trails. Explore multiple breweries and find quick access to the South’s best adventure. Here are six beer trails worthy of your precious weekends.Brew Ridge TrailVirginia—35 miles Nelson County is the epicenter of Virginia’s first craft beer boom, thanks to the pioneering efforts of Starr Hill, Blue Mountain and Devils Backbone. Brewing has grown in the county, and now you can link up almost half a dozen breweries via a scenic mountain ramble. The hiking isn’t too bad, either.South Street BreweryKick the trip off in downtown Charlottesville and order the easy drinking Satan’s Pony, a malt-driven amber ale. southstreetbrewery.comStarr HillPay homage to Virginia’s first craft brewery in Crozet. Starr Hill has revamped some of their classic beers and introduced outstanding new IPAs. Jump on their imperial IPA, King of Hop, which is loaded with citrus. starrhill.com Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain helped pioneer the new wave of hop farming in Virginia, and you can see the fruits of their labor at their Afton brewery, which houses two expansive hop fields. Full Nelson is a solid pale, but try to get your hands on Blue Reserve, which uses only home-grown Cascade hops. bluemountainbrewery.com **Burn CaloriesDetour onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and climb Humpback Rocks, a fin of rock with killer views that come after 800 feet of climbing in one mile.Wild Wolf Brewing CompanyWild Wolf’s backyard is ridiculous—a white-fenced beer garden set amongst the hardwoods—and it’s the perfect road trip distraction. Order the Blonde Hunny, an unfiltered wheat beer, and bring your appetite—Wild Wolf runs a farm to fork restaurant that gets most of their ingredients within 30 miles. wildwolfbeer.com Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone has grown significantly (they’re actually owned by Anheuser Busch now), but their Basecamp campus in Roseland still has adventure-hub charm. DB Brewing made a name for themselves with their Vienna Lager, and it’s still a solid option, but consider their Gold Leaf lager for something a bit more crisp and sessionable. dbbrewingcompany.comThe Beerwerks TrailVirginia—80 milesThe only problem with the Shenandoah Valley? There’s so much to take in, it can be hard to focus. You have the Shenandoah River running through the heart of the pastoral valley, which is framed by the rugged peaks of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, as well as Shenandoah National Park. You’ve got the A.T., the best mountain biking in Virginia, paddling, road cycling…and now beer. A dozen breweries are scattered along the valley’s new Beerwerks Trail. We’ve picked a few highlights to help you focus. beerwerkstrail.com Great Valley Farm BreweryGreat Valley Farm Brewery is a small farm brewery located on 27 acres in the Natural Bridge area. We specialize in producing beers in the Belgian farmhouse tradition using many ingredients from our farm, as well as other local farms. Please stop by to enjoy a beer and the scenic views of the southern Shenandoah Valley. http://greatvalleyfarmbrewery.com/Stable Craft BrewingYou have five breweries to choose from between Waynesboro and Staunton. We say hit Seven Arrows Brewing (sevenarrowsbrewing.com) on your way to Stable Craft, just outside of Waynesboro, which operates a working hop and horse farm on the site of the brewery. Get one of their IPAs and have it poured through their Randall, which infuses the beer with a different fruit or herb each day. stablecraftbrewing.com**Burn CaloriesHead into Shenandoah National Park and tackle the road climb on the southern end of Skyline Drive that gains more than 1,000 feet in 10 miles on its way to the top of Loft Mountain. nps.gov/shenHarrisonburg, VirginiaThis small college town has become a hotbed of beer, so prepare for a quick walking tour that takes in four breweries. Brothers Craft Brewing, on the north end of town, is in an old Coca-Cola plant (order their pale ale, called The Great Outdoors; brotherscraftbrewing.com). Then hit Restless Moons (get the Negative Externalities IPA if it’s on tap), Three Notch’d (Jack’s Java Espresso Stout for a kick; threenotchdbrewing.com) and finish at Pale Fire, where you’ll order the medal winning Salad Days Saison.**Burn CaloriesGet a trail pass from Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and knock out a couple of dirty loops on Massanutten’s rugged Western Slope, just outside of downtown. svbcoalition.orgThe High Country Beer TrailNorth Carolina—40 milesYou could knock out every brewery on this High Country route in a day if you were ambitious, but you’d be missing the entire point of this trip. While the beer is good in the High Country, the adventure is better. Along this 40 mile trail that connects four breweries, you have either lift-served mountain biking or downhill skiing depending on the season, a legit peak scramble, some of the best road biking in the country, and even a bit of bouldering if you’re game.Blind Squirrel Brewing CompanyLocated in a lodge in sleepy Plumtree, Blind Squirrel has been knocking out solid beers quietly since 2012. Show up on Saturday and you can take a tour of the brewery. Order the Nut Brown Ale. Because it’s a squirrel brewery. Bonus: There’s a zipline course and disc golf course on site. blindsquirrelbrewery.comFlat Top BrewingMake a pit stop in Banner Elk for shuffleboard and a pint of Rollcast, a super crisp and refreshing Kolsch. flattopbrewing.com**Burn CaloriesHead to Grandfather Mountain State Park for a five-mile hike/rock scramble along the Grandfather Trail to Calloway Peak. Or knock out a 20+ mile road ride that combines a choice piece of the Blue Ridge Parkway (crossing the Lynn Cove Viaduct) and US 221.Lost Province BreweryGet an education in hops at this young brewery in downtown Boone by ordering the Lost Province IPA side by side with the Lost Province Mosaic IPA. You’ll see what the addition of specific hop strains can do for a beer. lostprovince.comAppalachian Mountain BreweryAMB might be on the outskirts of town, but it’s the center of craft brewing in the High Country. Order anything—it’s all good—but we’re partial to Long Leaf IPA. appalachianmountainbrewery.comBooneshine BrewingLess than a mile from AMB, Booneshine is a tiny brewery without its own taproom. You can watch the gang make beer through the window, then step next door to Basil’s for a sample at their bar. Get a flight, or go with the Sencha Saison, a Belgian farmhouse-style beer brewed with ginger and green tea. booneshine.beer**Burn CaloriesRocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, in Boone, has several miles of cross country trails built for progression so you can work on your tabletops, skinnies and drops. rockyknob.wordpress.comBlue Ridge Beerway—Virginia70 miles Roanoke is rapidly becoming Virginia’s hub of good beer, and Deschutes choosing the city for its East Coast expansion brewery helps solidify the city’s reputation. But there’s no need to wait until Deschutes opens its doors to enjoy the hop-bounty of the area. The new Blue Ridge Beerway connects five independent breweries operating in and around Star City.Sunken City Brewing CompanyNamed after the city that sits 300 feet below the surface of Smith Mountain Lake, Sunken City is a small, 25-barrel brewpub with a killer taproom and beer garden near the shore of the lake. Order the Dam Lager, a malt-driven amber lager. sunkencitybeer.com**Burn CaloriesPaddle a piece of Smith Mountain Lake’s 500 miles of shoreline. Bridgewater Marina has paddle boards ($60 a day; bwmarina.com).Chaos Mountain Brewing CompanyA rotating list of food trucks, live music and the occasional cornhole tournament makes Chaos Mountain a lively pit stop. You’re ordering the Squatch Ale, a malty Scotch ale with plenty of caramel goodness. chaosmountainbrewing.comSoaring Ridge Craft BrewersDowntown Roanoke’s first craft brewery has become a community center thanks to regular yoga classes, game nights and family fun days (with bounce houses and climbing walls!). Order the Virginia Creeper Pale Ale for the perfect balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness. soaringridge.com Big Lick Brewing CompanyYou can walk from Soaring Ridge to Big Lick, a nano-brewery that manages to put out an impressively diverse lineup, many of which are named after local personalities. Try the Jack Taylor’s House Party, an amber ale named after a morning talk radio show host. biglickbrewingco.com**Burn CaloriesExplore Park, on the edge of downtown, offers 1,100-acres and 14 miles of mountain biking and trail running (explorepark.org). Or head to Mill Mountain for a mix of greenways and purpose-built singletrack overlooking downtown (playroanoke.com).Flying Mouse BreweryHead out of town and into the mountains for the Flying Mouse, a brewery that’s within walking distance of the Appalachian Trail and directly on the TransAmerica 76 Bicycle Route. With the tagline “Life’s an adventure, drink accordingly,” I think you should order a flight and see which of the four flagship beers you like best. flyingmousebrewery.com**Burn CaloriesHead straight for the A.T.’s McAfee Knob, and the best Instagram post of your week is nearby.Brewly Noted Beer TrailTennessee + Virginia, 48 miles While Tennessee was a bit slow to the craft beer game, the state has been catching up at breakneck speeds, particularly in East Tennessee, where the Tri-Cities of Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol have become a beer hub. The Brewly Noted Beer Trail links several craft breweries together while passing some of East Tennessee’s most underrated hiking and mountain biking.Johnson City Brewing CompanyStart in the very hip downtown of Johnson City. With a little luck, you’ll have the chance to try JCBC’s Community Brew, which uses hops gathered from customers. johnsoncitybrewing.comYee-Haw Brewing CompanyHit Yee-Haw, in the renovated Tweetsie Train Depot, for an Eighty Shilling Scottish Ale, which is all malty goodness in a sessionable 5% ABV. yeehawbrewing.com**Burn CaloriesHead south of town and climb a three-mile loop on Buffalo Mountain, which includes the White Rock Trail, where mountaintop cliff outcroppings provide big views to the east.Sleepy Owl BreweryCruise through downtown Kingsport for a stop at Sleepy Owl, which got its start through a successful Kickstarter campaign. You’ll find a bunch of different IPAs on tap, but go with the slightly sweet Honey Ale if it’s available. sleepyowlbrewery.com**Burn CaloriesExplore an eight-mile loop in Warriors’ Path State Park, where singletrack cruises along the shores of Fort Patrick Henry Lake. Watch for the rocky downhill on Boneyard.Bristol, Tennessee/ VirginiaYou’re gonna stroll into Virginia on this two-stop walking tour of small town beer. Grab a Mex-I-Can Backfire, an easy drinking Mexican-style lager, at Studio Brew. And buy your designated driver one of Studio’s homemade Big E’Z’ Root Beers (studiobrew.beer). Wander over to the one-year-old Bristol Brewing, in the historic bus station, and order the Red Neck Amber. Because it’s called “Red Neck Amber.”LoCo Ale TrailVirginia—30 miles (by bike)Loudoun County is best known as Virginia’s wine country, but the area now has 17 breweries churning out beer in the midst of rolling farms. While it might be tempting (and a bit dangerous) to hit all 17 breweries in a single trip, we recommend you focus your efforts by grabbing a bike and knocking out a handful of breweries along the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, which runs from D.C. to Purcellville. A 30-mile one-way ride on the trail will run you by half a dozen breweries. Here are the highlights.Beltway Brewing CompanyBeltway was built to be a contract brewery, producing beers for breweries all over the region. Their small taproom is a showcase for the beers brewed on the premises, so you never know what you’ll get, but the diversity is usually impressive. beltwaybrewco.com Old Ox BreweryLocated at mile 25 on the W&OD, Old Ox is a cyclist’s retreat known for impromptu cornhole tournaments. Order the Black Ox, a rye porter that balances the roast character of the porter with the spice of the rye-heavy malt bill. oldoxbrewery.com Leesburg, VirginiaYou can knock out two breweries within a couple of blocks of each other at the halfway point. Crooked Run is a low-key nano-brewery with five rotating taps. Look for their Jake o’ Lantern, a spiced butternut squash ale, in the fall (crookedrunbrewing.com). Stroll over to Loudon Brewing Company for a pint of their flagship Loud and Brewing, which is all about the Cascade and Chinook hops (loudonbrewing.com), on their shady deck.Belly Love BrewingOn Purcellville’s Main Street, and near the end of the W&OD, Belly Love has a fairly swanky taproom with solid pub fare. Order the Narcissist, a malt-forward but still crisp lager (bellylovebrewing.com). Bonus: If you still have legs, you can tack on two more breweries in Purcellville—Corcoran Brewing and Adroit Theory.
By Dialogo May 07, 2013 In addition to the interdiction successes, the combined efforts of the Belizean government and JTF-B operators identified at least six more target locations for future prosecution by the supported agencies. “Engaging in the drug interdiction mission and working with international agencies is a unique and rewarding experience,” Carroll said. “Being able to fly operations with such an effective end result is why we became pilots. Thanks to this operation, we stopped the transit of $12.5 million worth of marijuana from the Caribbean and Central America into the United States.” JTF-B provided aviation support, on-call casualty evacuation and the Jacob’s ladder familiarization support to 55 Belize Defense Force personnel. Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), together with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), assisted Belize authorities in a successful marijuana eradication operation from April 8-11 throughout the northern coast of Belize. The resources and expertise used to work jointly with the Belizean government allowed unprecedented levels of interdiction. “Working with our partners in Belize, we were able to provide support consisting of a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Blackhawk with 10 crew members from 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment,” said U.S. Army Capt. Beau Carroll, CH-47 Company commander and Air Mission commander of the Belize counter drug mission. “By integrating air operations, the Belizean government eradicated more illicit crops in 48 hours than in the previous two years combined when interdiction efforts consisted strictly of ground assets.” The operations resulted in 16 fields; 61,000 illicit plants; 330 pounds of compressed marijuana and 22 pounds of marijuana seeds destroyed by the Belizean government, for an initial estimate of $12.5 million. “Jacob’s ladder, or caving ladder operations were used in areas where the landing zone could potentially harm the aircraft,” said Army Staff Sgt. Glen Haynie, Bravo Company Standardization instructor. “It allowed us to get troops up and down without landing and still accomplish the mission.” The successful operation highlighted the ability of JTF-B to conduct and support regional combined and interagency operations while building capacity of regional partner nations to combat drug trafficking in Central America.
21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What tools do credit unions use to manage social media? It is important that any tool you choose enables you to find and engage with the customers and conversations that matter most to your business. Obviously, I think Sprout Social is a great choice. But as you evaluate tools, you’ll want to look for the core features your team needs. These can include publishing, engagement and analytics, and a user-friendly platform that allows your team to quickly get up to speed. A tool with fantastic mobile apps is also imperative as so much of social management happens on the go.How can credit unions keep up with mentions or member complaints? Delivering the best possible member service should be a priority for credit unions. To extend that experience from in-person to online, it is best to start with powerful and effective social listening. Social listening includes tracking brand mentions across social platforms (for example, keywords, branded hashtags, and mentions of your CU’s name that don’t include your handle). It also enables your team to engage with customers, respond to complaints, and address both positive and negative messages.How do credit unions measure success?Like any business, each credit union should have its own strategic goals and key performance indicators on social media. For teams that primarily use social media to provide customer support, these KPIs might include their response rate and speed of issue resolution. Another common objective is raising brand awareness, in which case the metrics that matter might include impressions, follower growth, website referrals and brand mentions. continue reading »