“What did I do?!!!”

first_img Mrs. Rumple should have called you up to the front of the class and had you to bend over her desk, and paddled your butt in front of the rest of the class like the teacher used to do in my fourth grade class at school, to those who misbehaved……LOL How a can of worms can both literally and figuratively ruin a person’s dayInspirationBy Charles TowneI never could figure out why Mrs. Rumple didn’t like me? Mrs. Rumple was one of my teachers in grade school and she was a grump, but then with a name like Mrs. Rumple what could you expect?Nobody and I mean nobody, could ever accuse me of being a “Teacher’s pet.” Come to think about it I never did have a teacher that would have claimed me as a favorite student.I always felt sorry for Mr. Dundas, our Physical Education Teacher. Kids being kids and all, you can imagine what they did with a name like Dundas!  He showed his dedication to the teaching profession by putting boxing gloves on my best friend, Buster and me, and proceeded to have us beat on each other, but that backfired because we came to the place we actually enjoyed the pain and mayhem that came with boxing.Come to think of it I believe Mr. Dundas had a very broad streak of sadism in his character.Back to Mrs. Rumple…It was in the spring and I had been fishing. Have you ever noticed how a can of worms acquires a somewhat delicate, even piquant aroma when left out in the sun?   I don’t know how Mrs. Rumple figured out who put the can of rotten worms in her desk? I figured she would have forgotten the three garden snakes someone put in her desk drawer a couple of weeks earlier but she somehow put snakes and worms together and came up with me. It is a good thing teachers aren’t allowed to administer capital punishment. One thing I have learned over the years is that Papa God is a lot more forgiving than grade school teachers, don’t you agree?Live fully, Love openly, Love God, and make a difference, today. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adapted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy filled life. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Linda Please enter your comment! Mama Mia Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSInspiration Previous articleRemembering Robert F. Kennedy…Next article5 ways Americans unite to help one another Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply charles towne June 13, 2017 at 10:47 am Imagine your teacher with the smarts to put snakes and worms together! How mischievous you were! Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here June 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm She did that quite frequently and seemed to enjoy it, and then, when I got home my dear old papa beat my butt again. I was really a good boy. July 12, 2017 at 4:43 pm 3 COMMENTS Reply last_img read more

For the First Time, Latin America Emerges Strengthened from a Worldwide Crisis

first_img For the first time in its history, Latin America was not dragged down by an international financial crisis and returned to vigorous economic growth in 2010, thanks to its good economic policies and the yield of its raw materials. While the United States and the European Union should close the year with GDP growth of around 2.6% and 1.7%, respectively, the Latin American figures will be around 5%. And the fact is that in the world financial crisis – triggered in September 2008 in the United States, prolonged this year by the crisis in Europe – the region turned out to be one of those least affected in the world and even, despite some glancing impacts, succeeded in coming out strengthened, in the judgment of analysts consulted by AFP. According to Augusto de la Torre, chief economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank, there are various factors that explain the region’s favorable trajectory in this crisis scenario. In the first place, there was a “transformation of factors that in the past usually amplified external shocks,” such as weak currencies, weak financial systems, and not very orderly budget processes, which magnified “the effect (of the crisis) on our economies,” he explained. For its part, the region’s “integration in international trade is much more diversified,” since the region is no longer focused solely on Europe and the United States, but has now opened to markets such as the emerging markets of Asia, he affirmed. Another aspect is the “way in which we are integrated into the international financial system,” having become creditors and recipients of large amounts of foreign direct investment, he added. At the same time, the region took advantage of two circumstantial factors: the growing “appetite for risk” that is attracting foreign investment and high prices for raw materials, De la Torre added. In this regard, Alberto Ramos, chief economist for Latin America at Goldman Sachs, judges that between 2003 and 2008 there was a valuation of raw materials that offered favorable conditions “for reducing vulnerabilities, increasing foreign reserves, reducing the level of public debt.” The most representative case is that of Chile, which used the resources accumulated thanks to the high price of copper, of which it is the world’s leading producer, to launch stimulus packages worth millions, explained Francisco Castañeda, a professor at the University of Santiago in Chile (USACH). For Ramos, “it’s not that Latin America was in a situation of immunity with regard to the crisis (…) but that it wasn’t in a catastrophic situation,” as in the past. Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, will have growth of around 7.5% this year (7.7% according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), 7.6% according to economists who study the local market), accompanied by greater access to credit and an increase in employment, which translated into in an increase in consumption. With more money in their pockets, the more than 190 million Brazilians passed the mark of one cell phone per inhabitant (194.4 million devices activated), and a million and a half are expected to travel by plane for the first time during the Southern Hemisphere summer. Argentina, for its part, is forecasting growth of up to 9% this year according to the latest official figures (8.4% according to ECLAC), after applying anticyclical policies and social programs. For the upcoming year, specialists agree that the region must continue looking north. By Dialogo January 03, 2011last_img read more

Pablo Mari hoping to emulate Spanish heroes at Arsenal

first_imgMari put pen to paper on a six-month loan deal at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mari will hope to hit the ground running as he looks to follow the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla and Jose Antonio Reyes in leaving a positive legacy in north London.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There have been some wonderful Spanish players to play for Arsenal,’ he told Arsenal’s official website.‘Fabregas, Cazorla, Reyes… they’re all great Spanish players that have passed through this club.‘One of those legends that we have with us now is Mikel. He was a very important player for Arsenal and now this is a new project for him as coach, but I think he’s going to repeat what he achieved when he was a player.‘Personally I look up to him and the career he had at Arsenal. That’s what I’ve been working for all these years.‘I’d love to be at Arsenal for a long time and I hope to give the Gunners some victories to celebrate again.’ Pablo Mari completed a loan move to Arsenal this January (Picture: Getty)Pablo Mari is hoping to give Arsenal fans something to cheer about again by emulating some of his fellow countrymen who have starred for the club in recent times, including current head coach Mikel Arteta.The 26-year-old completed a six-month loan move from Flamengo to Arsenal last month, with Arteta desperate to strengthen his defensive options following Calum Chambers’ season-ending knee injury.Arsenal reportedly have an option to make Mari’s switch permanent at the end of the season for a fee of around £7.5million.The Spanish centre-back, who was on Manchester City’s books from 2016 to 2019, is yet to make his debut for the Gunners but should be in contention to face Newcastle after the winter break.ADVERTISEMENT Mari wants to emulate the likes of Cazorla and Arteta (Picture: Getty)Mari believes Gabriel Martinelli can go on and ‘become a top player’ if he keeps working hard and makes the most of his ‘incredible talent’.‘Martinelli has shown he is a bit different to any other player in terms of his ability,’ Mari told Arsenal’s official website.‘He has great vision and there’s real talent there in terms of his dribbling and his ability to choose the right play.‘His decision-making is improving all the time.‘Martinelli still has a lot more to show but he has incredible talent and I think gradually he’ll keep developing and become a top player.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe added: ‘He has exploded on to the scene and is showing that he’s a great player with a lot of talent.‘Obviously he’s still very young, but he’s already had a taste of playing at the top level and he’s doing very well.‘I’ll say congratulations when I meet him, but now he just needs to keep it up and work hard because he’s really talented.’MORE: Mikel Arteta disappointed with Arsenal’s lack of progress and ready to axe three stars Comment Pablo Mari hoping to emulate Spanish heroes at Arsenalcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Feb 2020 4:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Mars Methane May Be Geological, Not Biological

first_imgJust when the ESA Mars Express spacecraft was collecting data on methane emissions on Mars, leading some to speculate it might be a biomarker, Science Now reported new findings that indicate methane can form naturally in Earth’s mantle by heating water, iron oxide and calcite under pressure (see also Physics Web).     This demonstrates that “hydrocarbons could be produced without the byproducts of life,” and that “The methane recently detected on Mars … may not indicate life, because it could have been produced from simple elements.”  It also indicates there could be vast yet currently inaccessible reservoirs of natural gas in Earth’s mantle. This means also that future missions such as the Space Interferometry Mission and Terrestrial Planet Finder may not be able to assume that the detection of methane is an indicator of the presence of life on a distant planet.  Nor could Cassini scientists assume that methane at Titan was a precursor to biology.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

‘Spend wisely, avoid the debt trap’

first_img14 January 2009In the context of grim market conditions characterised by high inflation and interest rates, as well as record over-indebtedness, the National Credit Regulator is urging South African consumers to think twice before applying for credit.“Consumers are advised to borrow money responsibly and wisely, especially at this time of the year,” NCR senior education and strategy manager Peter Setou said in a statement this week.Setou pointed out that consumers were often desperate for financial assistance at the beginning of the year, and might recklessly take out various forms of credit, which included credit cards, clothing accounts, overdrafts, and long- and short-term loans.“This entails borrowing money without planning how to repay the loan, borrowing money from unscrupulous credit providers, signing loan contracts they do not understand, and eventually finding themselves in worse financial predicaments,” he said.Consumer rightsSetou pointed out that it was paramount that consumers be familiar with their rights as borrowers in order to protect themselves from unscrupulous lenders.The National Credit Act, he said, was aimed at regulating South Africa’s credit granting industry, curbing reckless lending, and ensuring that consumers were protected from harmful business practices by lenders.Key features of the Act are to ensure that interest rates and fees are regulated, and that the advertising and marketing of credit contain prescribed information on the cost of credit.“Compare interest rates and other costs from different providers, always ask and make sure you understand what the total monthly payment, including insurance and all other charges is,” Setou said. “Avoid paying over too many months; it will cost you more in the end.”In addition, a credit provider cannot legally enter into a credit agreement unless the provider has given the consumer a pre-agreement statement and a quotation in the prescribed form, as well as giving the consumer a copy of a document that records their credit agreement.‘Must haves’ vs ‘nice to haves’Setou pointed out that while many consumers received their bonuses and other extra income during the festive season, they did not plan on how to spend their money – ending up spending their extra income on “nice to haves”, instead of “must haves”.He explained that consumers failed to plan for the New Year, for essentials such as school fees, uniforms, rent, transport and electricity, and were left with no money as they had exhausted all their income.The NCR, together with partners like the Department of Trade and Industry, provincial consumer affairs directorates, the Financial Services Board, and the Council for Medical Aid Schemes, have been running awareness campaigns countrywide to educate consumers about their rights and obligations.“We believe that an informed consumer is a protected consumer,” Setou said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Play Your Part Ambassador Catherine Constantinides takes on the Sahara

first_imgSouth African Earth Warrior and Social Justice Activist, Catherine Constantinides to take up the challenge and use her profile and passion for the environment and human rights, this time to participate in the 2019 Sahara Marathon. The marathon will be taking place on the 26th of February in the Sahara Desert.As an internationally renowned climate activist and human rights defender, this South African Earth Warrior is no stranger to challenge and adventure. And has set her mind firmly on participating in this desert run. She serves on the Saharawi Human Rights Council and has been travelling back and forth to the refugee camps as a humanitarian for the past five years. She is participating in this particular event to raise awareness and honour the Saharawi freedom fighters and victims of landmines in the region. Last year she spent time with Aziz Haider who is the founder of the Saharawi Association of Landmine Victims (ASAVIM).According to various estimates there are still between 5 – 10 Million landmines still in the Sahara, “Western Sahara is one of the most contaminated territories in the world,” the UN Mine Action Service says on its website. Landmines and explosive remnants of war “remain widespread” and “there is very limited information available regarding the location of hazardous areas”, it warns. High winds, sandstorms and rainfall also pose a challenge as they can hide, reveal or move landmines.According to Aziz Haidar, who has lost three of his limbs in a mine blast, such explosions have caused more than 300 casualties since a ceasefire which took effect in 1991.The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event hosted in the Sahara Desert every year. The aim of the marathon was designed to demonstrate solidarity with the Saharawi people, first initiated in 2001, organised by the Secretary of State for Sport, under the auspices of the Government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and with the help of volunteers from all over the world.Constantinides has been actively engaged in highlighting causes across the continent linked to climate change and human rights for more than a decade, her work as a former Miss Earth South Africa has seen her work passionately in the waste, water and food security space as she leads educational and community development projects linked to these spaces in furthering the movement towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Her work through her organisation Generation Earth has gained much momentum across South Africa and the world over the past eight years.This activist says it is certainly the biggest physical challenge she has ever committed to and has already begun preparing for the upcoming marathon. Her goal is to highlight the ‘ #StandInTheSand ’ solidarity movement which gives a voice and presence to the last colony in Africa, Western Sahara.Western Sahara is the last colony in Africa. A Spanish colony from 1884 to 1975 when Spain failed to finish the decolonization process which it promised to achieve. Instead, Spain, Morocco and Mauritania signed a secret agreement to divide this African territory into two parts by military control by Morocco from the North and Mauritania from the South while Spain maintained privileged economic interests especially in the illegal exploitation of the rich fisheries and phosphate of Western Sahara.The Polisario Front, the Saharawi liberation movement was already constituted in 1973 to fight against Spanish colonialism, but found itself encircled by the two armies and had to deliver a heroic fight against the two African armies and at the same time to build a genuine Saharawi Nation and ‘State in Exile’ which was declared on the 27th of February 1976 as the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, also a founding member of the African Union.Constantinides’ active humanitarian work in the Saharawi Refugee Camps over the past five years has brought international awareness to this more than 43-year-old conflict. Now she runs in the sand for a people who continue to fight for self-determination and justice.The Sahara Marathon, includes the standard-distance marathon also includes a half marathon of 21km, 10km, 5km and a special children’s race which is aimed at promoting sport activity. Funds raised through the marathon assist in financially supporting and developing humanitarian programmes. More so to use the power and strength of sport and its unifying power to raise awareness and sensitize the world about the plight and struggle of the forgotten people of Africa; the Saharawi people of Western Sahara.last_img read more

What to look for when scouting for frost damage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Earlier this week, many parts of Ohio got some mid-May snow and overnight lows below the freezing point. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Trent Brisby discusses what to look for when scouting corn and soybean fields for frost damage.last_img

TCI Government to Donate 100000 for Dominica Relief

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government agreed to a relief fund of US$100,000 to assist with the restoration efforts in Dominica. Premier and Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Hon. Dr. Rufus W. Ewing, following the Cabinet meeting commented, that “he is pleased that we are in a position to assist financially and while the grant is but a dent in the estimated value of damages, we know from the devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2008 that every little bit helps.” The Government of Dominica has reported that TS Erika destroyed over 370 dwelling homes, devastated villages and wrought infrastructural damages amounting to some US$228 million dollars. Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aid Related Items:dominicana, relief, tci government, tropical storm erika Atlantic Hurricane Season over; takes 88 lives, costs $590 million Dominica gets 300 temporary homes; $34 million to rebuild communities Recommended for youlast_img read more

Tapir calf with watermelonlike coat being fed at the San Diego Zoo

first_imgTapir calf with watermelon-like coat being fed at the San Diego Zoo Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Zoo Updated: 3:40 PM KUSI Newsroom, June 27, 2018 Posted: June 27, 2018 FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Zoo welcomed its first endangered Baird’s tapir calf in 30 years, the organization announced today. Baird’s tapirs are herbivorous mammals similar in shape to pigs, but with short trunks. Calf coats also feature spots and stripes, like the surface of a watermelon, that serve as camouflage in the dispersed light of forest floor habitats.First-time mom Luna gave birth June 13 after a 13-month gestation period, though she hasn’t provided nursing opportunities for the newborn. With no explanation for Luna’s hesitance — which also happens among other species in the animal kingdom — staff stepped in to rear the calf to ensure consistent feeding and strong health. The calf’s birth and upbringing is a valuable research opportunity, animal care manager Matt Akel said.“Animal care and veterinary staff performed ultrasounds, using protective contact, for months leading up to the calf’s birth, to identify milestones in Luna’s pregnancy and provide useful information for future pregnancies of this endangered species,” he said. “The last endangered Baird’s calf born at the zoo was in 1988, so we’re thrilled with the arrival of this male — and happy to provide him with optimal care, since mom wasn’t successful.” The calf, which weighed 22 pounds at birth, receives five bottle feedings per day. Keepers initially milked Luna to provide the calf with necessary nutrition. Now, the animal’s diet is supplemented with goat’s milk and a protein mixture. Luna and the newborn are able to interact, and staff are monitoring both animals to see if full reintroduction may eventually be possible.The calf will begin to lose his distinctive markings after a few months, eventually resembling a miniature adult before he is a year old. Visitors can see the animal in a mixed-species zoo habitat that also features capybaras and guanacos. Native to Mexico and Central America, the calves are key to maintaining biological diversity in tropical forests, according to the zoo.Tapirs disperse seeds and keep forest floors fertilized, which facilitates growth of new plants that provide food and shelter. Habitat loss and hunting have contributed to an estimated 50-percent population decline over the last 30 years. The zoo participates in a handful of projects to maintain a genetically viable species population and prevent extinction.Officials work with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Tapir Specialist Group and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on its Baird’s tapir Species Survival Plan. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

DAs office releases bodycam footage of four officerinvolved shootings

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In a move to achieve transparency with the public when it comes to officer-involved shootings, the DA released findings concerning four officer-involved shootings that took place over the last several months.Perhaps the most remarkable shooting discussed is one that happened in Chula Vista last year when an officer was stabbed numerous times in the head.Last September officers responded to a call of a suspect hurling concrete bricks at a neighbor.When officers entered the suspect’s house he immediately started stabbing Officer David Sachs who was in the fight for his life. Sachs, a Police Cross-Fit Competition champion, then physically overpowered the suspect, reached for his weapon and shot the suspect, thus ending the stabbing attack.Had this officer not been in such great physical shape, this story could have had a much different ending. Posted: June 29, 2018 Updated: 6:43 PM DA’s office releases body-cam footage of four officer-involved shootings June 29, 2018center_img John Soderman John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more