The legendary Willie Nelson celebrates his 87th birthday today, emerging from a rural Texas town to become a leading figure in the folk/country music genre for 60 years and counting. Nelson got his start in 1956, working in the Vancouver radio industry while struggling to make a name for himself. Nelson initially struggled, moved back to Texas, and went door-to-door selling encyclopedias. Fortunately, that isn’t the end of his story.After a string of releases that varied in popularity, Nelson would find breakthrough success with a string of albums in the early seventies, including Shotgun Willie (1973), Phases and Stages (1974), and Red Headed Stranger (1975). Nelson also starred on the pilot episode of Austin City Limits in 1974, a series which is still running today. By pairing with Waylon Jennings, the two created the idealistic “Outlaw Country” movement, and the rest was history.Listen To Willie Nelson’s Emotional Cover Of The Grateful Dead’s ‘Stella Blue’Nelson hasn’t slowed down since, celebrating his 70th album release this year with Ride Me Back Home. With more than 40 million albums sold, not to mention his own strain of marijuana, there’s really nothing off-limits for a legend like Willie Nelson. With Nelson on our mind, we wanted to share some glorious live footage of the mastermind. Check out this star-studded live performance of his hit, “I’ll Fly Away”, from Farm Aid 2019, which proves he’s still got it.Willie Nelson & Family — “I’ll Fly Away Melody”[Video: Farm Aid]Wishing you all the best Willie!
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activist say a car bomb has killed at least four people in a rebel-held town in northern Syria. Saturday’s explosion in Afrin took place during the afternoon rush hour on the first working day of the week, wounding over a dozen others. Explosions in northern regions controlled by Turkey-backed fighters have left scores of people dead or wounded over the past months. Turkey and allied Syrian fighters took control of Afrin in 2018 in a military operation that expelled local U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters and displaced tens of thousands of Kurdish residents.
WNY News Now File ImageSILVER CREEK – A Village of Silver Creek man was arrested Tuesday after following an alleged altercation on Spears Road just after midnight.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says Zachary Roche, 19, allegedly attempted to stop an individual from requesting police assistance and during the altercation struck the caller in the face.While arresting Roche deputies say he attempted to evade deputies by fleeing the scene on foot.Deputies say Roche was quickly apprehended charged with resisting arrest, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. Roche was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 Rock of Ages Featuring a score of such classic rock hits as “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. It’s been nothin’ but a good time. The head-banging musical Rock of Ages will shutter on Broadway on January 18, 2015. The tuner, which began performances in April 2009 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre before moving to the Helen Hayes Theatre on March 24, 2011, will have played 22 previews and 2,328 regular performances at the time of closing. Related Shows The musical currently stars Constantine Maroulis, who reprises the role of Drew, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009, Lauren Zakrin as Sherrie, Chester See as Stacee Jaxx through January 4, Genson Blimline as Lonny,Adam Dannheisser as Dennis, Frankie J. Grande as Franz, Josephine Rose Roberts as Regina, Paul Schoeffler as Hertz and Teresa Stanley as Justice. View Comments
Money is a powerful thing.Its very existence allows us to focus on what we do best while having just about every other need met through the spending of the money.Think about it. Say you’re an excellent plumber. You may not be good at accounting, raising chickens, or building vehicles, but because you’re an excellent plumber you earn enough money to have all of those other tasks done for you. It’s a beautiful thing.Unfortunately, the existence of money just isn’t enough – you need to know how to manage your money. In other words, you need to achieve financial greatness. You need to know some foundational things about how money and business work to do well in this life. continue reading » 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Fellow senior Alex Reksten, expressed gratitude for what the school gave them. Normally held at the school’s Peace Quad, Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger hosted a virtual Champagne Send-off on Facebook, a staple event of commencement festivities. It was a decision that senior Dan Mottes, a member of the college’s lacrosse team, expected. The school postponed their commencement ceremony back in April due to the coronavirus pandemic. VESTAL (WBNG) – While the class of 2020 won’t have the traditional ceremony with guest speakers, caps, gowns and all the celebratory festivities, seniors at Binghamton University looked back at the last few years and it what it taught them. In the video, Stenger promised students the school will have an in-person graduation ceremony, with this upcoming fall being a target date. “A few weeks into the quarantine, you just kind of got the sense that we weren’t coming back for graduation,” Mottes said. “Who you were as a person back then versus who you are now, it’s really cool to think back and think about all the personal growth that you’ve had,” he said. “It’s an absolute privilege to be graduating from Binghamton University,” Reksten said. “The biggest takeaway is that no matter where you are in life, you’re going to be presented with a set of resources and what you do with them is entirely up to you.” But as students prepare to go their separate ways, the class of 2020, at the school and across the globe, are forever connected. But while quarantined with his family, Mottes has been able to reflect on his time on campus. Reksten said she and her family were able to watch together over Zoom, hearing from alumni, local leaders, professors, students, and others with ties to the Binghamton University community. “I think we’re all going to be tied together because of this event,” Mottes said. “In the long term this is only going to make you stronger as person.”
Iran (new) Rwanda (new) North Korea South Sudan Equatorial Guinea Congo (new) Burundi (new) Bahrain (new) Guinea-Bissau Ethiopia (new) Syria Eritrea Yemen Haiti Thailand (new) Democratic Republic of the Congo Swaziland (new) Somalia Turkmenistan Central African Republic Saudi Arabia (new) Papua New Guinea (new) Tajikistan (new) Comoros (new) Around DKK400m (€53.6m) of investments would be reinvested over the next two years as a result of the change, MP Pension said.“It really is no easy task, but we will try to do it in the best possible way by being very methodical and basing our decisions on a broad information base,” Schelde said.The pension fund said it had screened countries quarterly for many years in relation their approach to the environment, human rights, good governance and corruption, but now it was toughening its stance.The decision also meant companies controlled by the blacklisted countries were included in the investment.Schelde said the pension fund placed a lot of importance on trends, and would “support a country that is going in a positive direction, but on the other hand we will withdraw more quickly if the level is low and the trend points downwards”.Schelde told IPE back in March about the relatively high level of resources the pension fund dedicates to ESG.Since then, MP Pension’s chief executive has spoken out several times regarding Danske Bank’s response to its money-laundering scandal. Sudan Afghanistan MP’s banned country list Libya Denmark’s MP Pension has cut Saudia Arabia and 13 other countries from its investment universe on the grounds of systematic human rights violations.As a result, the Danish labour-market fund for academics has blacklisted a total of 30 countries.Anders Schelde, MP Pension’s CIO, said: “With this step, we are getting the most consistent criteria for responsibility in the financial sector, when it comes to investment in government bonds.“This is an area we have been working on for a long time, but now the time has come to redouble our efforts to promote respect for human rights.” Mozambique (new) Chad Benin (new)
The Federalist 24 July 2015 It has become devastatingly clear that virtually the entirety of the gay-marriage activist effort was built on a lie. That lie, repeated ad nauseam, was this: gay marriage will affect nobody outside of the gays who wish to partake in it. This will become abundantly false as the Supreme Court-instituted gay marriage regime takes effect.We did not actually need to nationalize gay marriage to realize this. We have had examples for years from the states that already legalized the practice. Combined with the growing public hostility towards supporters of traditional marriage, it is impossible at this point to deny that gay marriage is a growing and serious threat to the liberty of those who disagree with it.Gay Marriage Doesn’t Hurt AnyoneExhibit A comes to us from Gresham, Oregon, a state in which gay marriage has been legal since 2014. In Gresham, a couple of bakers declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian wedding. Because the lesbians in question endured “emotional and mental suffering” after their cake request was turned down, the state’s labor commissioner demanded that the bakers—a husband-and-wife team—pay the plaintiffs $135,000.In addition to this astronomical charge, the excitable commissioner ordered that the couple was not allowed to publicly proclaim their desire to not bake cakes for gay weddings. That is to say, the state slapped the Christian bakers with an enormous fine, then forbid them from advocating the point of view for which they were being fined.Gay marriage, we’ve been told, will not affect you.Exhibit B is found near Albany, New York, a state in which gay marriage has been recognized since 2011. At the Liberty Ridge Farm, another husband-and-wife team was fined $13,000 for refusing to host a gay wedding on their property (at which they host other public and private events). In 2012, a lesbian couple requested to use the property for their wedding. Believing in traditional marriage, the couple declined. Unluckily for the owners of the property, the phone call was being recorded. A judge subsequently determined the farmers guilty of “sexual orientation discrimination,” hence the fine. The farmers were also ordered to attend “staff re-education training classes.” The defendants have appealed the decision.Just legalize it, we were told for years. It’s not going to affect you!No More Churches For YouExhibit C comes from the laughably-misemployed religion writer for The New York Times, Mark Oppenheimer: “Now’s the time,” he announced after the ruling, “to end tax exemptions for religious institutions.” Oppenheimer, you see, believes that a tax exemption is functionally identical to a “subsidy,” and because religious institutions and other non-profits can be “quite partisan,” they don’t deserve to receive “subsidies” that require the rest of us to “faithfully cut checks to them.”As a result of the Supreme Court declaring that homosexuals have the right to marry, in other words, we’re now facing an energized progressive intelligentsia that wishes to effectively shutter many if not most of America’s churches.They told us over and over again: Gay marriage has nothing to do with you! You don’t have to worry about it!Exhibit D—perhaps the most foreboding—is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in which the editor of PennLive/The Patriot-News announced the paper “will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.” Under the First Amendment, the paper is free to refuse to print any letters it wants, of course. It is unfortunately utilizing that precious freedom to silence differing opinions on a critical, complex issue of serious public interest.It is wholly plausible that many newspapers will follow suit, believing that opposition to or even skepticism about gay marriage is equivalent to, as the above newspaper’s editor put it, “racist, sexist, or anti-Semitic” opinions. Overnight, the sincerely-held opinions of a great many good, well-intentioned Americans became verboten. Reasonable dissent will not be tolerated.http://thefederalist.com/2015/07/24/the-big-gay-marriage-lie/#.VbLHbEj4knA.twitter
Middle School Track results from 4/8Batesville @ Jennings CountyGirls: Batesville 89 Jennings County 16Shot Put-1 MaKayla Granger (23’3”) 2 Cora Deputy (22’11”) 3 Veronica King (21’8”)Discus-1 Veronica King (77’8”) 2 Lilly Grigg (56’4”) 3 Sarah Bedel (56’)High Jump-1 Kaylie Raver (4’4”) 2 Sarah Bedel (4’) 2 Ava Powner (4’)Long Jump-1 Madelyn Pohlman (13’8.5”) 2 Elena Kuisel (12”2.5”)100M Hurdles-2 Cora Deputy (20.21)100M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (13.09) 2 Elena Kuisel (13.83)200M-1 Nadine Davis (28.71) 2 Ava Hanson (29.01) 3 Lizzy Nobbe (29.37)400M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (1:04) 2 Ava Hanson (1:09)800M-1 Kaylynn Bedel (2:51) 2 Jada Day (2:52) 3 Kaylie Raver (2:56)1600M-1 Kaylynn Bedel (6:20) 2 Kaylie Raver (6:28) 3 Jada Day (6:35)400M Relay-1 BMS Elena Kuisel, Nadine Davis, Lizzy Nobbe, Madelyn Pohlman (55.61)3200M Relay-1 BMS Kaylie Raver, Kaylynn Bedel, Margaret Wilson, Jada Day (11:21)Boys: Batesville 53.5 Jennings County 51.5Shot Put-2 Blake Hon (28’11”)Discus-1 Eli Loichinger (104’8”)High Jump-2 Trenton Kincade (4’6”) 3 Luke Hon (4’2”)Long Jump-1 Seth Pierson (16’5.5”) 2 Will Sherwood (16’5”) 3 Evan Williamson (15’5.5”)110M Hurdles-2 Trenton Kincade (17.6) 3 Seth Pierson (18.88)100M-1 Will Sherwood (12.27) 2 Evan Williamson (12.35) 3 Trenton Kincade (12.78)200M-1 Evan Williamson (25.70) 3 Deacon Hamilton (27.70)400M-1 Will Sherwood (59.16) 3 Otto Hund (1:07.4)800M-2 Eli Loichinger (2:28.13)1600M-2 Eli Loichinger (5:35) 3 Jake Chapman (5:51)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.
Skrtel, 30, would have been a free agent next summer if terms had not been agreed on a new contract, but talks were prolonged as the Slovakia international held out for a suitable deal. Now he has signed his new contract he will comp ete with the likes of Dejan Lovren, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho for a place at the heart of Brendan Rodgers’ defence. The news comes after an announcement earlier on Friday that midfielder Jordan Henderson has been chosen as Liverpool’s new captain, succeeding Steven Gerrard who has moved to Major League Soccer side the LA Galaxy. Only last month Skrtel rejected as ”unacceptable” the new contract on offer, one of the club’s new model performance-related deals, after describing it as ”the kind offered to players who are much older or who have health problems”. However, those issues were ironed out and the Slovakian, Liverpool’s most consistent defender over the last two years, is likely to be a key figure in manager Brendan Rodgers’ back line this season. Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has finally penned a new deal with the Anfield club. Press Association