Back in December we profiled Fairview, North Carolina ultra runner Peter Ripmaster and documented his astonishing goal to run 1,000 miles through the heart of Alaska in the middle of winter.Now Ripmaster is deep into his 1,000-mile trek of the historic Iditarod dog sled route which runs from Knik to Nome, Alaska.Unlike the dog mushers of Iditarod fame, Ripmaster is attempting complete his journey on foot while hauling 30 to 40 pounds of requisite survival gear in a sled behind him.According to reports coming out of Alaska today, Ripmaster endured what could have been a life-ending ordeal on Friday, March 4, when an ice bridge he was using to cross Alaska’s notoriously torrential Tatitna River collapsed, sending him directly into the frigid rapids below.Adventure blogger and journalist with the Alaska Dispatch News Craig Medred, who published one of the first reports about Ripmaster’s incident, said the North Carolina runner was able to pull himself from the dangerously cold and swift waters of the Tatitna before logging some of his fastest miles yet en route to the shelter of a nearby cabin.“His eyes were wide,” an Invitational checkpoint volunteer who was manning the cabin at the time told Medred. “We got to him and started stripping him down. He was pretty shaken up there for a while.”At last account Ripmaster was said to be back on the trail, continuing his quest for completion of the epic 1,000 mile journey.According to Medred, there as a failed attempt to reach Ripmaster by phone on Saturday which missed him by only five minutes as he passed through the Athabascan Native village of Nikolai deep in the Alaskan interior.For more info on Ripmaster read our feature story in the December issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.[divider]Related Articles[/divider]
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Southampton man was reportedly arrested Thursday on the Cross Sound Ferry in Connecticut for threatening to kill a relative in Massachusetts after making a similar threat to someone else on Long Island.Shawn Douglas was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, breach of peace and marijuana possession, New London Police told The Hartford Courant.The 42-year-old suspect is expected to face additional charges in New York, the newspaper reported.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old man was fatally struck by a tractor trailer while walking along the Long Island Expressway in his hometown of Melville on Wednesday night.Suffolk County police said Stephen Puleo was walking westbound west of Exit 49 when he was hit by a U.S. Postal Service truck at 10:30 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver, 62-year-old Russell A. Davenport of Northport Davenport, was not injured.A safety check of the tractor trailer was conducted at the scene.Second Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-854-8252. All calls will be kept confidential.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consumers lose when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) keeps credit unions from serving them. That’s the message CUNA sent to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Tuesday in advance of its hearing with CFPB Director Richard Cordray.Cordray will give the bureau’s semiannual report to the committee at today’s hearing, which begins at 10 a.m. (ET).“Despite promises to ‘level the playing field’ between regulated and unregulated financial product and service providers, the impact of nearly every CFPB rule to date has been to make it more difficult and more expensive for credit unions to fully serve their members,” the letter reads. “In fact, many credit unions have limited or eliminated certain financial products and services traditionally provided to their members as a direct result of the CFPB’s rules.”CUNA noted that credit unions’ regulatory regime, coupled with their cooperative structure, protects credit unions against ever contributing to a financial crisis.Since the bureau has proven “unwilling and unable” to pursue its mission without significantly and adversely impacting how credit union members receive services from their credit unions, CUNA told the Senate Banking Committee that it supports structural changes at the bureau. continue reading »
The increasing reliance on analyzing large volumes of data is becoming more and more prevalent across a broad spectrum of verticals that seek to maximize profits and deliver better services to their customers.The choppy waters of today’s global economy mandates that financial institutions stay operationally nimble, which is why analytics are becoming more of a necessity rather than an option to drive revenue.This is especially true for smaller credit unions that may have limited strategic resources but strive to increase membership, improve ROI and grow their business.And the numbers pointing to the sheer brawn that big data can bring to a credit union’s bottom line is compelling and makes its strategic implementation a no-brainer.A recent Nucleus Research study showed that an incremental 241% ROI can be generated by applying data to business decisions. That’s a huge boost for credit unions that know how to use a vast wealth of customer data to make profitable decisions. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Barr is a disgrace as U.S. attorney generalHow low can we set the “Barr” for the Trump presidency? I have come to accept the fact that many Americans are surrendering their values to support a man whose policies do not always align or fall on the side of decency.This level of support for a president whose motives are driven by narcissism is pervasive. For example, a Florida voter stated that “Trump is a despicable human being, but I will vote from him.” However, the most disturbing illustration of this support is the performance of Attorney General William Barr. As Will Rogers said (for those that know who Will Rogers was), “All I know is what I read in the newspapers.”So about a year or so has gone by and no movement on a Holocaust memorial. At least no mention of it in The Gazette.We have people rallying for a thousand workers of St. Clare’s. We have Gazette writers extolling the virtues of eliminating plastic straws. However, we have nothing about the 6 million-plus who died in the 1940s and the millions who have since been slaughtered. Even with last week’s killing of Christians in Sri Lanka, there’s no movement on a memorial. Come on Niskayuna. Come on Schenectady. Make a mark. Show the state that this is an important issue and get it done. As was stated in the movie “Field of Dreams,” if you build it, they will come.Bob NicolellaScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWaiting for action on Holocaust memorial Mueller witch hunt a waste of time, moneyThe Mueller report is out at last. Replace songs with sound of sleigh bellsEaster has past and spring is sprung. One of the rituals of the warming season is the roving ice cream truck.Do they really need to continuously play irritating ditties that can drive people within hearing range to exasperation? Well, after a couple years of serious political theater, the report is out. Of course, the Democrats want more. I knew that was going to happen, they have to have some nonsense to impress their less than astute followers. How much has this partisan nonsense cost the taxpayers and what has it done?The usual people are bloviating about it wholesale.Talk about a witch hunt or Kangaroo court. For what it’s worth, I think the Democratic National Committee (DNC) owes us the cost of all this waste of time and money and move on to something the taxpayers of this country want and not all the leftist, commie, progressive things they seem to be so proud of.Oh, I cannot forget the other half of this debacle, that is the so-called “fair and balanced media” that really is the rabble-rousing publicity-raising arm of the DNC.If the “fair and balanced media” had spent one-tenth of the time and money spent in persecuting Trump and done its job, we never would have been stuck with Obama; he never would have gotten the nomination.Same for the goddess of the media, Hillary. She would be in jail for all she has done. Benghazi, her so-called foundation, the nonsense of missing Haiti money, violating secrecy of important items, are just a few things.David G. DeMarcoHadleyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? I’m horrified that Barr, who was appointed by Trump as the 85th United States attorney general, has morphed into his personal attorney. We all know that he publicly auditioned for the job of attorney general by telling Donald Trump what he wanted to hear. This occurred in Barr’s 2017 op-ed defending Trump’s decision on the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Again, in 2018, Barr wrote another defense of the president stating that, “The chief executive is lawfully empowered to interfere with investigations and fire inferiors.” Possibly as a private citizen, Barr’s intense support of Trump occurred with the promise of a role in the administration. Were his memos totally unsolicited or was there a sinister plot to hire Barr with the goal of protecting Trump? Regardless of the circumstances that brought Barr to the role of the attorney general, he has forever tainted and dishonored the office of United States attorney general. Maxine BrisportRotterdam As a youngster in New York City, the ice cream man had a simple set of sleigh bells activated by pulling a cord. Everyone within hearing knew what those sleigh bells meant and where the truck was parked. The bells even conjured up the cooling image of a cold cone or Popsicle, all without assaulting our ears with an ear worm that infests our minds for hours to come.Surely, the Mister Ding-a-Ling trucks and the like could install a sleigh bell sound in place of interminable repetitions of “It’s a Small World.” Sitting outdoors would be so much more pleasant.Thomas P. HerrmannCharlton
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 16, 2016 Governor’s Residence, The Blog Muslims around the world yesterday marked the end of the Eid Al-Adha holiday or the “Feast of Sacrifice.” Considered Islam’s most sacred holiday, Eid al-Adha takes place each year on the 10th and final day of the Hajj, the celebration of the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, in the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.As the sole Muslim member of the current Pennsylvania General Assembly, this year’s holiday was particularly special to me as I was honored to join Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf for the first-ever celebration of the Eid holiday at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence. We gathered with nearly two dozen members of the Muslim community across the Commonwealth to break bread together and discuss issues impacting Muslims in Pennsylvania and across the country. Honoring an ancient Eid tradition, the food that was shared during our gathering was divided into three parts – one third we consumed together, one third was shared with friends and family, and one third was given to those in need at Downtown Daily Bread in Harrisburg.Governor Wolf has long been a friend to the Muslim community in Pennsylvania and I know that his invitation to bring this tradition to the Governor’s Residence was inspired by his genuine desire to build partnerships and to be inclusive of all residents of the Commonwealth. It is my hope that we will all follow the Governor’s lead to welcome and learn from Pennsylvanians of all background and traditions.Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating this week! By: Jason Dawkins, State Representative Eid Mubarak! Celebrating Islam’s Traditions at the Governor’s Residence Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE TWEET
Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) plans to launch its initial public offering (IPO) in mid-2018, Nguyen Canh Tinh, General Director of the company, said at a conference in Hanoi on January 23. According to the equitization plan, Vinalines will implement the IPO and operate as a joint stock company.As informed, the country’s government will take 65 percent of USD 630 million charter capital and investors will be able to buy the remaining 35 percent.Following the IPO, there will be some changes to the company’s organization and management. Vinalines intends to expand access to capital markets, improve capacity and business efficiency.The company was under the threat of bankruptcy five years ago and it underwent a restructuring process which has helped it recover, Nguyen Van, Minister of Transport, explained.The company’s total revenue for 2017 was estimated at VND 15.9 trillion (around USD 698 million), up by almost 15 percent over its annual target. In addition, Vinalines’ consolidated profit for the last five years stood at VND 515 billion.Furthermore, Vinalines’ shipping volumes reached 24.758 million tons in 2017, up by 7 percent compared with the annual target.Vinalines is a state-owned business which currently operates a fleet of containerships, bulkers, tankers and other types of vessels. The company’s fleet currently accounts for 70% of the fleet capacity in Vietnam and carries 60% of the country’s import and export goods.World Maritime News Staff
(Image: Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office)The Aurora Police Chief announced his resignation following his arrest last month. He will officially step down on Friday.Bryan Fields, 42, was arrested after a domestic dispute inside of his home on Dec. 15. Police say he and his wife Holly, 42, were in a physical confrontation when they arrived. She was later transported to the Dearborn County Hospital.The Aurora Board of Works voted to suspend him without pay days after the incident occurred.“It has been a privilege to serve the city of Aurora for the past 16 years, and my decision to resign was not made lightly,” the former police chief wrote in his resignation letter.He has been charged with one count of domestic battery and two counts of battery resulting in bodily injury, all class A misdemeanors.Ripley County Prosecutor Richard Hertel has been specially assigned to handle the case. A pre-trial conference is Jan. 30 with a trial set to begin in early March.
What is expected to be a wild off-season in baseball has already begun. Two of the early deals show how some of the teams are thinking. The Phillies got Howie Kendrick from the Dodgers for Darin Ruf. The Dodgers were willing to give up Kendrick because of his age.Just to prove that the older players still have value, the Atlanta Braves shelled out 12.5 million to get Bartolo Colon from the Mets. What is so unbelievable about this is that Colon is 43 years old. If a 43-year old is worth 12.5 million, what do you think Chapman will get as a free agent of the Cubs?