first_imgIt’s no secret that there are millions of homeless pets around the world, and in the United States alone thousands of them are euthanized each day simply because there are too many. World Spay Day is a worldwide effort powered by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association to promote spay & neuter as a means of ending pet overpopulation across the globe. It centers around one specific day in February where organizations can rally together to promote the cause.VHS’ goal is to provide $10 spay/neuter surgeries for dogs & cats belonging to residents of the 47711 zip code on World Spay Day, which is Tuesday, February 23rd. Surgeries will be filled on a first-come first-served basis and $10 is required up front to reserve an appointment.  Proof of residency will be required. Rabbits are not eligible. We are seeking fifty separate $50 sponsorships to underwrite each surgery’s cost.The VHS Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic opened in July of 2007, and has altered over 50,000 animals since then. This has prevented hundreds of thousands of unwanted litters from entering area shelters. Each VHS shelter animal is altered before it goes home with its new adoptive family, and we offer low-cost services to the public to get their animals spayed or neutered. We accept SNSI Spay/Neuter Assistance Program vouchers that the State of Indiana provides to low-income Hoosiers. We also have transport agreements with 15 other organizations in all three states of the Tri-State area, providing spay/neuter surgeries for their animals. Other services are offered through our Clinic as well, such as microchipping, vaccinations, nail trims, heartworm testing for dogs, FIV testing for cats, and flea & heartworm prevention.The World Spay Day website,, provides a Spay/Neuter locator tool that allows pet owners to search for spay & neuter clinics near them. The VHS Clinic is the only clinic listed in Evansville. Many other organizations listed nearby are ones that use our clinic’s services for their own animals, including SNIPZ in Henderson and Pay-It-Forward in Owensboro.As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the VHS receives no funding from the city of Evansville or Vanderburgh County. Despite our participation in World Spay Day, we are not financially affiliated in any way with the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA. Supporters can donate a $50 sponsorship in a number of ways. They can visit and click “Donate Now,” specifying that their $50 donation is a Spay Day sponsorship in the memo line. Donations can be made over the phone using a Visa, Discover, or Mastercard by calling (812) 426-2563 Tuesday through Saturday. Or, sponsorships can be dropped off at the shelter at 400 Millner Industrial Drive in Evansville Tuesday-Saturday 9 am – 6 pm. Checks should be made payable to VHS.We would be happy to arrange a photo opportunity or live remote from our Spay & Neuter Clinic during World Spay Day. Please contact Kendall Paul or Amanda Coburn at the above phone numbers to arrange a time. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Inter-American Air Forces Academy Welcomes Partner Nations

first_imgBy Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo June 12, 2019 The U.S. Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) hosted an event for military officers and delegates from Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. The nations took part in the IV Western Hemisphere Exchange Symposium (WHES IV) in San Antonio, Texas, on May 20-24, 2019. The yearly symposium gathers nations of the hemisphere to exchange information and experiences on disaster relief and humanitarian assistance operations, counternarcotics operations, and air and maritime strategies. “We are here fundamentally about education and training, on IAAFA’s mission. We work to solve our challenges, our problems, to share perspectives, knowledge, ideas, and to make a difference for our people across this hemisphere,” said U.S. Air Force Major General Mark E. Weatherington, Deputy Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The symposium is an open forum for regional high commanders to present their progress and challenges, with organized crime as a common issue. “The U.S. initiative enables us to [figure out] what is happening to us, our problems, and also to meet in person, so that we can work in a combined way,” Brigadier General Javier Rene Barrientos Alvarado, commander of the Honduran Air Force, told Diálogo. “It’s a great opportunity for all countries to cooperate and operate with better outcomes.” In the case of El Salvador, narcotrafficking and gangs cause unrest among the population. “That gang-narcotrafficking combination causes grief and death to families and countries threatened by these scourges,” said Army Colonel Carlos Alberto Tejada Murcia, head of the Salvadoran Armed Forces’ Engineering Command. “One of the Salvadoran gangs, the so-called MS-13 [Mara Salvatrucha], has the scope of a transnational criminal organization.” For four days, the officers presented the most efficient ways to confront common threats. Experiences and information shared helped attendees to find specific solutions to local problems. “Honduras was one of the most violent countries in the world,” Gen. Barrientos told Diálogo. “We did a deep restructuring and purge of the National Police and Armed Forces to strengthen both institutions.” “The changes implemented in our country in the last six years have worked,” Army Colonel Hugo Lorenzo Coca Cantarero, Operations deputy director of the Honduran Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “In 2012 we had 86 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, and we have now reduced it by 50 percent.” In 2018, the average murder rate went down to 40 per 100,000 inhabitants, after authorities fired 4,000 corrupt police agents, increased education, training, and wages, and hired new personnel in security institutions, the Inter-American Development Bank indicated in its report How Did Honduras Cut its Homicide Rate by Half The goal now is to train and certify 23,000 new agents by 2023, the report said. Guatemala’s initial solution was a considerable investment to improve the Armed Forces’ capabilities. “We bought planes, recovered helicopters, optimized 3D radar systems for airspace surveillance, and conducted a combined, comprehensive effort to counter transnational crime,” Brigadier General Timo Hernández Duarte, commander of the Guatemalan Air Force, told Diálogo. The rule of law is under constant attack from traffickers and other criminals. “They control sections of towns and cities, bribing government officials, murdering judges and police officers, as well as friends and partners of ours, and common citizens,” U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Michael T. Plehn, U.S. Southern Command deputy commanding general, said at the meeting. “[For] the U.S. Southern Command, the competition is deadly; many of you take part in it on everyday, and it destroys tens of thousands of lives in our neighborhood every year. It’s a competition [where] we all participate actively,” said Gen. Barrientos. “We have to work together; we must trust each other so that we can conduct better operations,” he concluded.last_img read more

The five most important threats to your financial life

first_imgWhen an individual makes a plan for their future, they know there is a possibility that something might go wrong. Some obstacles are obvious while others are undetectable. Whatever the case, the result is the same: the failure to meet the goal. In this article, we will reveal the five most important financial risks and explain what you can do to reduce them.Before we get into the specifics, we should have a common understanding of a couple terms. The terms are uncertainty and risk. Uncertainty is defined as, “Something unknown may happen, good or bad.” Risk is defined as, “The possibility of an undesirable outcome.” In addition, the five risks we will discuss may not apply to every person; however, they will apply to a majority. Therefore, it is important to understand each and create a strategy to avoid them. Here are the five risks:#1) Live Too LongThe issue here is evident. Will you have enough money to support your desired standard of living for the remainder of your life? I have heard that the best plan is to write your last check on the day you die and have it bounce. In other words, you would have spent your last dime. However, if you do this before you expire; your remaining years may not be very enjoyable. Therefore, in planning with clients, unless there are reasons to the contrary, it is best to assume you will live to age 100. Why 100? If your nest egg will support you to age 100, you can make it to 90 or 80, etc. In short, it is better to have too much capital than too little. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Shot, bus conductor lands in hospital

first_imgAccording to police investigators,Zamora was sitting inside a bus when he was shot by an unknown assailantyesterday morning. The 24-year-old Elboy Zamora ofHinobaan, Negros Occidental was recuperating at the Culasi District Hospital.He sustained two gunshot wounds on the body, a police report showed. CULASI, Antique – A bus conductor wasshot in Barangay Centro Sur.center_img Culasi municipal police station CaptainBryan Alamo said that they already have a lead for the suspect’s identity, butthey still need to establish more concrete evidence to pin the gunman./PNlast_img read more

St. Louis Blues welcome back Patrick Maroon, present forward with Stanley Cup ring in emotional pregame tribute

first_imgPatrick Maroon may no longer be with the Blues, but he’s always from St. Louis.The 31-year-old forward, who grew up in the town but the left the Blues to sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning over the offseason, was honored before the Lightning’s game against St. Louis, receiving not only a tribute on the big screen but something much more significant: his Stanley Cup ring. MORE:  Patrick Maroon’s journey to the Stanley CupAlongside a few of his former teammates, Maroon received his ring from Blues general manager Doug Armstrong in a pregame on-ice ceremony. Prior to the game, he told reporters that he’d only seen photos of the ring. The #HometownHero gets some new bling. #stlblues— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) November 20, 2019The hometown hero received a standing ovation in his return to Enterprise Center and emotional responses from his former teammates, to boot.Another look of Ryan O’Reilly tearing up after the ring presentation for Pat Maroon:(Thanks for the gif @stlsportscntrl )— Joey Palazzola (@Palazzola_RTN) November 20, 2019In 74 regular-season games with St. Louis last season, Maroon registered 10 goals and 28 points. After that, he went on to post seven points in 26 playoff games en route to the team’s first Cup title, including the series-winning overtime tally in Game 7 of the second round against the Dallas Stars that propelled the team to the Western Conference Final.He has four goals and seven points through 15 games with the Lightning so far this season.last_img read more

Reds’ Trevor Bauer is right to lament exclusion of Barry Bonds, other ‘Steroid Era’ stars from Hall of Fame

first_imgDuring a career that stretched from age 21 to 42, Barry Bonds earned seven MVP awards, eight Gold Gloves and 14 times trips to the All-Star Game. He hit more home runs and drew more walks than any player in the long, grand history of baseball.“Barry Bonds is a Hall of Famer,” pitcher Trevor Bauer of the Reds said Sunday on Twitter. This was a statement of opinion, not fact. Because Barry Bonds has not been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, even though he has been eligible for eight years, even though his achievements stand far above the majority of those honored.Bonds has been excluded, because of his association with performance-enhancing drugs, along with all-time greats Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire, a reality that was underscored Sunday evening with the airing of ESPN’s documentary on the 1998 season, “Long Gone Summer.”MORE: Why MLB needed the McGwire-Sosa home run race then — and must celebrate it nowApparently, this extended reminder of what occurred in baseball in 1998, with both McGwire and Sammy Sosa of the Cubs surpassing Roger Maris’ record 61 home runs, prompted Bauer to share his beliefs about how the legacy of such players has been regarded. Safe to say he disagrees with how the majority of voters from the Baseball Writers of America has dealt with their Hall of Fame candidacy.The hall of fame is a shrine to the history of the game. Regardless of your feelings on this, steroids are part of the game’s history. It would be very hard to convince me that no players in the hall of fame currently used performance enhancing drugs. And even if they didn’t use— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) June 15, 2020“The Hall of Fame is a shrine to the history of the game,” Bauer wrote during an extended Twitter thread. “Regardless of your feelings on this, steroids are part of the game’s history. It would be very hard to convince me that no players in the Hall of Fame currently used performance-enhancing drugs. And even if they didn’t use what we would consider ‘steroids,’ substances that are illegal today were legal back then. Greenies, amphetamines, etc., used to be handed out like candy. Players were forced to take them because it was seen as ‘not doing everything you could to help the team’ if you didn’t.“Those same substances are illegal today, so by that logic, should every player that took them be disallowed from the Hall of Fame? It would be a hall of empty if that were the case. At some point, the best players of their era have to be enshrined. Period. It’s part of our game’s history.”He is right, of course. It has been preposterous to watch Bonds treated like a career utility player and Clemens like a journeyman middle reliever during the Hall voting of the past decade. There never has been any formal establishment as to which players of their era did (and which did not) take performance-enhancing drugs, which weren’t against the rules of the game. And yet those who achieved the most have been excluded.MORE: Remembering Mark McGwire’s 70-home run season If we could be sure the extended wait for these players is being wielded as a punishment for perceived sins against the game — that, ultimately, they’ll be honored — it might be a tenable position. But McGwire already fell off the ballot after never receiving more than 23.7 percent support of the voters, a tape-measured blast away from the threshold necessary for election. In 2020, Clemens climbed to 61 percent and Bonds to 60.7, not terribly far from making it, but both have only two more shots before they end up in “veterans committee” purgatory.Baseball analyst Ryan Spaeder, who has written for Sporting News and other publications, replied to Bauer’s thread with the statement, “I can tell you, for an absolute fact, that there are players in the Hall of Fame who used PEDs to include steroids, some dating back 40 years.”He chose not to name any names. It doesn’t really matter, though. What is germane to this discussion is who is excluded, not who is included. Bonds, Clemens and McGwire have become symbols of latent outrage. Their exploits were celebrated at the time by many of the same people now blocking their entry to the Hall.last_img read more

Silence at Spurs over Pochettino United speculation

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino may be the bookmakers favourite to get the number one job at Manchester United on a permanent basis but on Thursday the club press officer refused to allow questions on the matter.The press officer said the 46-year-old Argentinian — whose attractive style of football and ability to bring on young players has earned him praise — had dealt with the matter on Tuesday.On that occasion — just hours after Jose Mourinho had been sacked — he said there were a lot of rumours and he could not answer such a question but “wanted to deliver my best at this football club.”However, Britain’s Press Association reported that at Thursday’s press conference — to look ahead to Sunday’s match with Everton — the press officer eventually resorted to asking for the cameras to be turned off after the journalist posing the question refused to cede ground.A debate lasting just under two minutes then took place over the matter.One question mark that has been posed about Pochettino’s eligibility for the United job is he is yet to win a trophy. Indeed under Pochettino Spurs — who have not won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup — have fallen short in two successive FA Cup semi-finals and surrendered a lead over Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League last term.They will try and dispose of the ‘chokers’ tag in a two-legged League Cup semi-final with Chelsea — who beat Spurs in the 2015 final of that competition in Pochettino’s first season in charge — in January.However, Pochettino — who is contracted to Spurs till 2023 — played down the possibility that the elusive trophy was within their grasp.“Closer? I think it’s a long way still,” he said.“I think we’re playing against Chelsea over two legs and of course it’s going to be our fourth or fifth semi-final in four-and-a-half years.“But we’re so far away. There’s a lot of work to do.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

A Year Of Classic Photographs From Dorn’s

first_imgWith its third annual calendar, Wheels & Wings, Dorn’s Classic Images (DCI) selected photographs that capture the Two River area’s good old days of planes, wagons, skates, classic autos, bikes and trolleys. The calendar has two “front” covers, both of them featuring shots of Red Bank Airport, which was actually in New Shrewsbury—now called Tinton Falls.Kathy Dorn Severini said, “Everyone seems to have a story about working at or flying out of the airport or dining at the Airport Inn next door. So the calendar’s proving to be very popular. I’m on one of the covers with my mom and dad, back in 1971, when the Dorn’s Tripacer (in the background) was the last plane to fly out of the airport on the field’s final day of operation.”The calendar includes memorable shots from its 10,000-image archive, of Red Bank, Fair Haven, Rumson, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, Little Silver, Oceanport, Sea Bright, Long Branch, and Asbury Park. “We don’t always know the identity of all the persons depicted in the photos, but every year our customers get the satisfaction of recognizing friends and relatives and providing us with names,” says George Severini co-archivist with his wife Kathy and the calendar’s designer. He adds that, “This year, I again included more than one photo per month. There are so many beautiful photos to choose from.”“We’re proud that our calendar publication has become a tradition around the holidays. For six years our photos were featured in the Prown’s calendar as well as our independent version for the past three years. David Prown has always been a big civic booster for the area, and though he is not publishing his own calendar with Dorn’s images this year, he will be selling the calendars at his new location, Prown’s Doors and Windows, in Middletown,” Severini said.The calendars, which retail for $10, are available directly from DCI in Fair Haven and through the DCI Facebook page and on at They are also available at: Sickles Market, Little Silver; Bain’s Hardware, Sea Bright; Red Bank FrameWorks; Renaissance, Atlantic Highlands; Fair Haven Hardware, Fair Haven; New Corner Restaurant, Red Bank; and Monmouth Museum’s Holiday Boutique on the Brookdale Community College Lincroft campus.last_img read more

Bantam Wildcats finish in the middle of the pack during Kelowna female hockey tournament

first_imgThe West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats finished in the middle of the pack during a female hockey tournament this past weekend in Kelowna.The Cats, consisting of players from Kaslo, Nelson, Castlegar, Rossland and Trail, were 1-2-1 during the weekend tilt against competition from throughout the province.The Cats opened the tourney bowing to Kelowna 3-1 with Merissa Dawson scoring the only goal. West Kootenay then rebounded with an impressive performance, defeating Abbotsford 6-4 behind the three-goal of Nelson’s Emma Hare.Molly Benbow and Paige Gattafoni also scored for West Kootenay. West Kootenay then came up against a powerhouse in the form of Tri-Cities, losing 10-4. Tri-Cities jumped all over the Cats in the first period, building a 6-0 lead.Hare once again led the West Kootenay scoring with three goals. Team captain Stephanie McAuley added the other marker for West Kootenay.The Cats then tied Terrace 4-4 on the Sunday.Jesse Cooper of Nelson scored twice and Gattafoni and Hare added singles for West Kootenay.Catalina Hartland of Kaslo was in goal for all games.The Cats opened the season by grabbing three of four points in a two-game set against Cranbrook.West Kootenay opened with a 3-2 win in Castlegar. The teams tied 1-1 in Rossland.Hare scored twice in the win with Cooper adding the single.In the Rossland game, McAuley scored the only goal for West [email protected]last_img read more

St. Pierre set for comeback fight vs Bisping at UFC 217

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. GSP is back for his people and on top of a UFC card one more time.But is it for the final time?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSt. Pierre (25-2) was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and pay-per-view draws during his long reign atop the 170-pound division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. After a lengthy sabbatical, he returns Saturday to headline UFC 217 in a 185-pound championship bout with Bisping (31-7), the gritty English veteran who won the middleweight championship in a surprise upset of Luke Rockhold last year.St. Pierre, now 36, left UFC as one of its biggest box office draws, holder of the second-longest winning streak in the promotion’s history and with enough stardom to grace the cover of a video game. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Four years later, St. Pierre returns to a UFC world that blew up into a $4 billion company without him.His fights with Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn that drew two of the biggest buy rates in UFC history have been passed six times, notably by cards headlined by Conor McGregor. Ronda Rousey came (and went?) and bulldozed her way into becoming a mainstream superstar. St. Pierre’s 12-fight winning streak that he takes into Saturday has been topped by Jon Jones and matched by flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. And it was McGregor again, with a championship belt draped over each shoulder, who was announced Friday as the EA Sports UFC 3 video game cover boy .But the use of a PS4 controller may be the only way to make sure McGregor steps into a cage any time soon. With Rousey, McGregor and Jones all sidelined, and UFC struggling to build a new crop of pay-per-view stars, the big attraction for 2018 just might be a blast from the past in St. Pierre.Another change, MMA wasn’t even legal in New York the last time St. Pierre fought. He’ll top UFC’s fourth card in the state in 12 months and the first at MSG since a McGregor-headlined show helped draw an arena-record gate of $17 million.Cody Garbrandt defends the 135-pound belt against T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts the 115-pound women’s title on the line against Rose Namajunas in the other two big PPV bouts.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Bisping, who had eight fights during St. Pierre’s break, is eager to add another big name to his improbable late-career surge of victories. Bisping defended his belt against Dan Henderson last year, and St. Pierre is a second straight opponent who isn’t among the top middleweight contenders for his title.The fight has been attacked as nothing but a money grab for Bisping and a desperate attempt by UFC to give MSG some star power in a year that has lacked in must-see main events.But the fight legend is back and Bisping would walk out of the cage with the biggest name win of his career should he stop St. Pierre. GSP was at UFC’s pinnacle in his prime — but a four-year layoff could be cruel to the fighter.“Why would I not want to come back, fighting Michael Bisping for the title in the Madison Square Garden, this mythical place?” St. Pierre said. “I would be fool to not take this opportunity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img St. Pierre, who hasn’t revealed any career goals beyond claiming Bisping’s 185-pound title, hasn’t decided if this bout would be his last.“Nothing for sure,” St. Pierre said. “Sometimes you win the fight and you could lose and sometimes you lose but you should have won. It depends how it happens and how I will feel and depend on a lot of stuff. But I don’t see myself going away for a long time so it’s going to be a good match.”St. Pierre hasn’t lost since April 2007 when Matt Serra took away the 170-pound belt. St. Pierre reclaimed the title later that year and beat Serra in a rematch shortly afterward.But St. Pierre didn’t fight between April 2011 and November 2012 while recovering from a torn ligament in his right knee. He bounced back from injury with wins over Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks.He beat Hendricks, who has a fight on the 217 card, by split decision, then decided it was time for a hiatus. St. Pierre had lamented the stress of his prominence in the sport, saying his obsessive nature prevented him from enjoying life while maintaining the focus necessary to train for title fights.“It’s hard on my nerves, but when I close my eyes at night, I give myself the choice would I want to be there or not,” St. Pierre said. “Yes, I want to. I don’t do it because I have to do it, because I really want to. I’ve never been forced to do anything I don’t want to in life, but I felt like I had that pressure from outside and I was stuck into a pattern. Now, I am doing it and I’m happier than ever.”GSP smiled and appeared happy on the MSG stage as foul-mouthed Bisping tried his best to rattle him with trash talk to fuel the fight.“There’s no other place and moment I want to be,” St. Pierre said. “I’m back now.”Bisping yelled, “I’ll retire him!”Robert Whittaker, the interim middleweight champ, could be on deck for the winner in a fight to unify the belt. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, Britain’s Michael Bisping, left, and Canada’s Georges St. Pierre face off during a news conference in Toronto, to promote their upcoming UFC 217. At center rear is UFC President Dana White. The pair square off on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)NEW YORK — Georges St. Pierre waved his hands as a conductor would to a chorus of “G-S-P” chanted by fans wrapped in Rising Sun headbands inside Madison Square Garden.“These are your people? These are your people, Georges?” fighter Michael Bisping chirped as he dismissed the rising cheers with a wave.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more