Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — As New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady begins to plan out his plans for the future, he posted to Instagram on Wednesday indicating he might want to return to the field for the 2020 season.“In both life and football, failure is inevitable,” Brady wrote. “You don’t always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove.”The 42-year-old Brady will become a free agent for the first time in his career this March. ESPN notes that the Patriots can not assign Brady the franchise tag, giving the quarterback more leverage to dictate his plans.“II wish every season ended with a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life),” Brady continued. “Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!!”“I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way.”After New England’s first-round playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Brady had told reporters that it was “probably unlikely” that he would retire. His latest social media post expands on that, insisting that he wants to learn from failure, and, he says “I still have more to prove.”Patriots owner Robert Kraft told NBC Sports this week that he strongly hopes Brady either returns to the only team he’s every played for, or retires. Meanwhile, head coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Sunday that the organization would take the time to determine how they view the future of all of their free agents, Brady included. Belichick additionally referred to Brady as an “iconic figure in this organization.”It’s unclear what contract demands Brady would make, should he choose to return. He earned $23 million in 2019, less than 12 other quarterbacksThere has been some speculation that Brady could look to sign with the Tennessee Titans to be reunited with their head coach, and his former Patriots teammate Mike Vrabel. Some have also wondered whether Brady would return to his California roots and sign with the Los Angeles Chargers. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. January 8, 2020 /Sports News – National Patriots’ QB Tom Brady: ‘I still have more to prove’ Beau Lund
Evansville Police Department to Host FIRST STEP Advanced Student Threat Assessment & Intervention Response…
On July 27th and 28th, the Evansville Police Department will host the FIRST STEP Advanced Student Threat Assessment and Intervention Response Program. FIRST STEP gives you the skills, materials, and confidence to quickly and effectively assess, intervene, and manage a student who has made a threat of violence.This training is for Police Officers, School Resource Officer, Teachers, School Administrators, Counselors, Residential Life Coordinators as well as anyone else involved in the education and safety of students.Every student who is planning to attack a school has stepped onto The Path to Violence. When this occurs, the best way to ensure the immediate and long term safety of your school community is to guide that student off The Path to Violence and back to the person he used to be and can be again.FIRST STEP helps you to do just that–assess, intervene, and guide students back to a safe place–back to the FIRST STEP–the place they were before they began to travel down The Path to Violence.This two-day advanced professional development course gives you 12 new skills to stop a school attack, change students’ lives, as well as to increase your personal growth and enhance your professional worth.1. Implement effective and realistic techniques to save lives2. Distinguish normal from threatening behaviors3. Identify indicators of imminent or impending danger4. Assess (read) student behaviors and determine their true risk level5. Predict type & intensity of future student behaviors & calculate potential risk6. Utilize proactive and effective (included) intervention plans to lower the risk level7. Administer effective discipline after a student has made a threat of violence8. Integrate suspended and expelled students safely back into the school9. Prevent stigmatizing students and alienating parents10. Positively change the lives of students11. Enhance your quality of life and raise your school’s total climate12. Protect your school and yourself against civil liabilityFIRST STEP can be used as a stand-alone program or to supplement your existing procedures!Those who have these skills are invaluable members of their community and profession!For more INFORMATION & to REGISTER online go to http://peoplearetheprize.com/_pages/classes/first-step-student-threat-assessment-program.html or visit People are the Prize at www.peoplearetheprize.com.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Rank Hovis, the miller, has announced a price rise, effective immediately. Flour has risen £34.38p a tonne, equivalent to 55p per 16kg bag.The last increase took place in early October last year and, prior to that, in August. Jon Tanner, Rank Hovis’ sales and marketing director, told British Baker: “The price of domestic and world wheats continues to rise. There are many reasons for the increase, including a poor UK harvest last year, which makes us all the more dependent on a good summer this year.”The root cause is global supply issues. These are exacerbated by wheat export taxes in several countries. Additionally the flow of money in and out of commodities does not help; it is estimated that speculators have added around 15-20% to the price.”He continued: “2008/9 world total wheat production is forecast at 645m tonnes. We need a record harvest; the world will be in trouble if we encounter weather events similar to last year, because, worldwide, we have the lowest stocks on record.”Tanner is due to leave Rank Hovis and the milling industry for another international job at the end of the month. Until a replacement is found, his role will be overseen by Gary Sharkey, head of wheat procurement.Sharkey told British Baker: “The wheat market is a continuously evolving picture due to the spread of harvests around the world and their cropping seasons, which take place every month of the year and change the dynamics. Global warming seems to be making a difference, because it appears to be causing extremes. There have been six years of drought in Australia, but also the worst flooding over here in July 2007 that we have seen for years. Using crops for biofuels is also an issue and must be addressed globally.”=== Wheat facts and figures ===* World wheat prices rose 120% last year* Excessive rain damaged UK and US crops* Drought curbed yields in Canada and Australia* In a good year, the UK can supply 80% of its own breadmaking wheat
Don Williams, CEO of brand and design consultacy Pi Global, suggests that brands need gentle nurturing as they pass from one generation to the next.Everything in the universe is governed by life stages: things are born, they reach their prime, they age and ultimately die (cheery eh?). But unlike us frail humans, businesses and brands don’t have to shuffle off their mortal coil in a paltry few decades they die only through neglect and, unlike us, they have the ability to thrive almost indefinitely.Family-run businesses become loved local brands and build up a loyal consumer base, but as the proprietors age, so do their customers.So how do craft bakers rejuvenate themselves without disenfranchising the people who have been their bread and butter over the years? The process of handing a business down a generation must be difficult, fraught with tensions and, sometimes, extremely painful. It’s easy to understand how parents who have put their hearts, souls and hard-earned cash into a business building it up from nothing, creating its personality and knowing it as well, if not better, than they know each other feel extremely uncomfortable at the thought of passing it down to a child, who has some pretty radical, if not alien, ideas for dragging the bakery into the 21st century.But unless that son or daughter is allowed to have their head and do what they believe is right, then the whole thing will fall apart anyway. The ability to retain the bedrock of what made the business strong while simultaneously setting about injecting new life and attracting younger consumers into the ’brand’ must surely be the biggest dilemma facing family bakers who are in this transition phase.So what’s the magic formula to smooth this passage? There isn’t one; every situation is different, involving different personalities and a whole raft of intricate functional and emotional issues, but what I would say is, ’Never throw away the Bath Buns with the bakery waste’. If the business and let’s remember that the business is a brand has a strong foundation, do not dig it up in an attempt to make it ’trendy’.Trend brands don’t live very long it’s a no-brainer! Great or serious brands are timeless; they fit the era in which they exist, without pandering to fads and fashion. This way they don’t have to reinvent themselves every two weeks at vast expense and potential damage to the longevity of the brand.Remember Mr Kipling? The visual equities of the brand were thrown away overnight and we all know the result. Understand the bedrock and gently evolve it. Make it work harder, identify the ’family jewels’ and treasure them. Introduce new ones and build on them. It’s entirely possible to breathe life into an old tradition without destroying what’s great about it. The only reason for throwing away existing equity is if the business is moribund if it has become so irrelevant that there is nothing worth holding onto. Then there is every reason to completely reposition it and create new equity.In summary, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it polish it!
Newport-based Brace’s Bakery has announced the teams that will receive a slice of £10k as part of its Community Sport Fund.The family-owned bakery launched its Community Sport Fund in April and invited sports groups across south-east Wales and the Valleys to apply for small grants of £250-£500.Of the 370 teams that applied, the £10k helped 22 teams in the local area, ranging from rugby and football to horse riding and lawn bowls. The successful clubs cater for all ages, backgrounds and interests and are the very definition of community sport.From new kits and training equipment to coaching qualifications and a new scoreboard, the grants will cover the costs of making changes to help the clubs go from strength to strength.Scott Richardson, Brace’s chief executive, said: “We pride ourselves on doing everything we can to help our local community and have loved running our first ever Community Sport Fund.“We had an overwhelming response to the Fund and picking the final teams was a really hard decision; we wish we could have sponsored them all, but we hope those that were unsuccessful this time will apply again next year.”The 22 successful teams were announced earlier this month on Brace’s website and social media.
A few weeks back, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies announced an extensive Fall tour, with a few select dates receiving a “Masquerade Ball of Light & Dark”, in which attendees are encouraged to dress up in black and/or white, as well as wear a masquerade mask (which will also be available at the merch table at each show). While the band will play originals, there is also a musical costume theme for each show.On Saturday, October 29th at Chicago’s The Tonic Room, Hamilton and crew will play the music of The Beatles, which will see the band play music from the various periods of the Liverpool quartet. Purchase tickets for the show here.With regards to the masquerade theme, Hamilton explained, “A group of our fans in Rhode Island organized a group of people to wear masks similar to the characters from the cover of our Epic Battle Between Light & Dark album cover to a show, and we just loved it….It was super cool to play to an audience that was dressed up like that, and we wanted to expand on the concept.” He continued by saying, “working on and rehearsing these songs has already been incredible, we can’t wait for the show.”Purchase tickets for Tom Hamilton’s American Babies Tonic Room performance on 10/29 here.
Read Full Story A new poll by The Boston Globe and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds, eight years into the state’s universal health insurance legislation enacted in 2006, 63% of Massachusetts residents support the law and 18% oppose it, while 7% are not sure, and 12% have not heard or read about the law. The percentage of residents supporting the law remains unchanged since a 2011 Boston Globe/HSPH poll. Support for the law varies by party affiliation, with 77% of Democrats, 60% of Independents, and 49% of Republicans saying they support the legislation. The poll was conducted May 27-June 2, 2014.The poll also asked Massachusetts residents about their support for the national health care legislation passed in 2010 by President Obama and Congress, which remains controversial nationwide. In contrast to U.S. adults as a whole, a majority (57%) of Massachusetts residents approve of the national legislation, while only a third (34%) disapprove. In comparison, a recent Pew Research Center/USA Today poll found that 41% of U.S. adults approve of the national law and 55% disapprove, indicating that Massachusetts residents are considerably more favorable than Americans as a whole toward the national legislation.“Despite news reports of rollout problems, at both the state and national levels, the Massachusetts public still supports the state law and the national Affordable Care Act,” said Robert Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard School of Public Health.
Television star Judson Mills (Walker, Texas Ranger, The X-Files) will star as the titular bodyguard Frank Farmer in the North American premiere of The Bodyguard, alongside previously announced Grammy nominee Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron. Performances of the musical adaptation are set to begin on November 25, for a limited run through January 1, 2017 at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, prior to the official national tour opening at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, on January 10.In addition to Mills and Cox, the cast of The Bodyguard will feature Alex Corrado as Tony Scibelli, Rachel’s personal security guard, Charles Gray as manager Bill Devaney, Jonathan Hadley as publicist Sy Spector, Jorge Paniagua as the Stalker, Jasmin Richardson as Rachel’s sister Nicki Marron and Douglas Baldeo and Kevelin B. Jones III alternating in the role of Rachel’s son Fletcher.The musical’s ensemble includes Arielle Campbell, Brendon Chan, Willie Dee, Jarid Faubel, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Emily Jenda, Alejandra Matos, Bradford Rahmlow, Benjamin Rivera, Sean Rozanski, Matthew Schmidt, Jaquez André Sims, Lauren Tanner and Naomi C. Walley.The Bodyguard musical is based on the Warner Bros. film written by Lawrence Kasdan, and features a book by Alexander Dinelaris, direction by Thea Sharrock and choreography by Karen Bruce. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of classic songs, including “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time—“I Will Always Love You.”The creative team for The Bodyguard includes scenic design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Richard Brooker and video design by Duncan McLean. View Comments Judson Mills
Vermont’s Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission will release its final report onJanuary 13, 2011 at 11 am in State House Room 11 in Montpelier. The Commission wascreated by legislative act in May 2009. The Commission’s purpose, as set forth by statute, wasto examine Vermont’s tax system and recommend improvements for the future. Thecommission’s final report will feature findings, recommendations, and a minority report. What: Commission hearing presenting the Commission’s recommendations to the Legislature. Who: Kathy Hoyt, Blue Ribbon Tax Structure CommissionWilliam Sayre, Blue Ribbon Tax Structure CommissionWilliam Schubart, Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission When: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Where: The State House, Montpelier, VT Room 11 www.vermonttaxreform.org(link is external)
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo June 13, 2018 The Colombian Navy carried out five combined operations in the Pacific and the Caribbean in coordination with the navies and coast guards of the United States, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama, as part of naval military strategy Orion. The operations resulted in the seizure of 19.5 tons of cocaine hydrochloride between April 1-30, 2018. “International cooperation is a must in the fight against narcotrafficking,” Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Orlando Romero Reyes, commander of the Pacific Naval Fleet, told Diálogo. “The [strategy] will set a precedent for the future of sea operations.” According to the Colombian Navy, partner nations conducted three combined naval operations in the Pacific. The U.S., Mexican, and Colombian navies participated in Operation Betelgeuse; the United States, Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia carried out Operation Alnilam-Kraken; and Colombia and Ecuador executed Operation Rigel. In the Caribbean, Colombia and Nicaragua conducted Operation Alniltag, while Colombia and Honduras completed Operation Bellatrix. “I’d like to thank the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South) for its participation in the naval operation,” Vice Adm. Romero said. “JIATF-South sets a precedent that integrates representatives from different countries and where we have a fusion center that allows us to understand narcotrafficking dynamics on a global level.” JIATF-South is one of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) three task forces. The force conducts detection and monitoring operations in the area the United States, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean share to intercept illegal trafficking in support of U.S. and partner nation security. “Colombia has a great deal of responsibility, given that it’s the world’s leading producer of cocaine hydrochloride. Transnational organized crime cartels have moved; we already have some representatives of the Sinaloa Cartel [a Mexican criminal organization dedicated to narcotrafficking] in the country,” said Vice Adm. Romero. “Combined work strengthens the efficiency of operations against narcotrafficking, which makes the Pacific a safer region.” Naval military strategy Orion For operations to be effective, Pacific Naval Fleet surface units, including warships; ocean, coastal, and maritime patrol vessels; a helicopter; and rapid response boats deployed to interdict vessels. The Mexican Navy and U.S. Coast Guard deployed ocean patrol vessels and air platforms. Panama provided all of its rapid response units, a coastal patrol vessel, and two air platforms. “Colombia reaffirmed the importance of cooperation and interdiction agreements,” Lieutenant Commander Carlos Torres Caraballo, supervisor of Pacific Operations for the Colombian Navy, told Diálogo. “It’s important to establish the appropriate dialogues and treaties in every country because the most delicate topic out there is intelligence information exchange.” In addition to coordinating illicit trafficking interdiction work with JIATF-South during combined operations, the participating navies and coast guards coordinated with the Colombian Navy’s fusion centers. The centers form a naval network that unites regional efforts, capabilities, and information since 2014. “Despite the large deployment, it isn’t enough to cover the entire Pacific Ocean. For example, Mexico has huge territorial waters and is one of the main destinations for the cocaine hydrochloride that leaves Colombia,” said Lt. Cmdr. Torres. “The alkaloid also enters Guatemala because criminal organizations find it easy to get drugs across the land border between Guatemala and Mexico.” A successful experience “The narcotrafficking transnational crime is asymmetric because gangs have a lot of money, advanced technology; they move around countries like a fish in water, and recruit criminals who deserted the peace process and know the terrain where they’ve committed crimes for a long time,” Vice Adm. Romero said. “Criminal structures have invisible groups that coordinate the distribution of money. That’s where intelligence services and international cooperation are essential to fight the entire narcotrafficking phenomenon.” “We know the diagnosis and the difficulties that lie ahead. Our organization, our democracy, our system itself doesn’t move at the same speed as organized crime. That’s a challenge,” Vice Adm. Romero added. “Therefore, it makes sense to work hand in hand with countries that have good organizations, a wealth of experience, and can help us tackle the [narcotrafficking] phenomenon.” Given the results, Colombia plans a second combined exercise. “Although we have different laws, we have common objectives, and those common goals allow us to integrate our capacities to conduct operations that impede narcotrafficking,” Lt. Cmdr. Torres said. “The Colombian Navy plans to implement more naval strategies that integrate the capacities of different countries’ navies based on three pillars: cooperation and integrated intelligence among different countries, fusion centers, and combined operations,” concluded Vice Adm. Romero.