Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. A proposed summer rodeo in Bigfork is facing opposition from the Flathead County Fair Board and fairgrounds manager Mark Campbell, who say the July event would impede ticket sales and sponsorships for the Northwest Montana Fair rodeo in August.The potential Bigfork rodeo would be a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event, which Campbell said was the basis for his objection against it.“We don’t oppose Bigfork having a rodeo at all, we really don’t,” Campbell said. “We’ve objected to the PRCA that another PRCA event would be held less than 40 days in the same community, in the same market and the same geographic area.”The Northwest Montana Fair takes place Aug. 15-19, and the Bigfork Summer Rodeo is scheduled for July 6-7. Rob Brisendine of Road Creek Events, the organizer behind the Bigfork rodeo, said the county’s reaction to the new rodeo was disappointing.“Obviously this rodeo is not going to take away from anything the fair is doing; it’s really targeted toward the Bigfork community and how that community quadruples in size over the Fourth of July weekend,” Brisendine said. “It’s over a month and a half away (from the fair rodeo) in a three-month tourism window.”The PRCA, based in Colorado Springs, is expected to make a decision on Jan. 20 about the Bigfork Summer Rodeo. Campbell sent the PRCA a letter objecting to the new event, noting that the events would be fewer that 20 miles from each other, the fair’s rodeo has been PRCA-sanctioned for 64 years, ticket sales for the fair rodeo begin in May, and sponsorships could be split if both events exist.“If it was a population base of a million or two million people in the immediate market, there would be plenty of room for both rodeos,” Campbell said.Any organization with ongoing PRCA events has the right to object to another potential PRCA-sanctioned event in the same geographical area.Brisendine disagreed with Campbell’s population assessment.“Our community has grown enough that it can support two rodeos in a summer,” he said.Campbell said the PRCA fair rodeo brings in much-needed revenue for the fairgrounds, so it doesn’t have to dip into taxpayer funds to pay for operations. A second PRCA rodeo could put that in jeopardy, he said.The Bigfork Summer Rodeo is an attempt to give the people of Bigfork another summer event to attend, Brisendine said, and to capitalize on the massive July 4 crowds. Campbell said he supported those causes, but objected to any PRCA labels.“I want the best for Bigfork and I want the best for this community — I’m not opposed to another tourist event,” Campbell said. “But when it has the PRCA tag on it, that’s the one thing I object to.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis story was submitted as a nomination to the Reader’s Digest “Top 50 Nicest Places in America” contest: a crowd-sourced effort to uncover nooks where people are still kind and respectful in an era of cultural and political divides. Be sure and vote for which story you think should be nominated as the Nicest Place by visiting the Reader’s Digest website.Photo by David Orr via Reader’s DigestIn most places, a dividing line acts to separate people – but in this border town, the line brings folks together.Texarkana is one city that happens to straddle two states, so it has plenty of built-in divisions.As its name suggests, the Texas-Arkansas border runs right through the town of nearly 70,000. And as you might expect in this part of the country, a high-school football rivalry between the Texas High Tigers and Arkansas High Razorbacks goes back more than 100 years. The annual game draws 10,000 fans. MORE: Days After Woman’s Husband Died, 125 of the ‘Nicest’ Neighbors Cleaned Her Entire BuildingOf course, few disputes can’t be solved by breaking bread, and that’s exactly what the town does with another of their annual traditions: the Dine on the Line dinner.Tables are set up down the middle of State Line Avenue (the state border runs right down the double-yellow traffic lines) and more than 1,000 people come to eat, talk, and have the unique experience of passing the salt across state lines. Diners are invited to sit on either side of the table, and mayors from both towns make a speech.“You want to focus on working together as one community,” says Bob Bruggeman, mayor of the Texas side. “We don’t talk about ourselves as Texarkana, Texas, and Texarkana, Arkansas; we market ourselves as ‘two cities, one community.’”WATCH: After 12 Years of Waving to Students From Her Window, Watch Her Reaction to 400 Kids Saying GoodbyeSounds good when a politician says it, but goals aren’t always aligned. A recent water-system dispute (the cities share the system but have different laws governing it) divided leaders in town, according to Les Minor, editor of the Texarkana Gazette. Eventually, differences were settled, and then it was time to make up—over a handshake on State Line Avenue.These days, the city is coming closer together all the time. Bruggeman, who graduated from Texas High in 1980, recalls the days when the week of the big game would mean pranks all across town.“That’s really toned down over the years,” he says. After all, locals want to live up to the longtime city motto, written in huge letters on a water tower right by I-30: “Twice as Nice.”Reprinted with permission from Reader’s Digest. To learn more about GNN’s part in searching for the Top 10 Nicest Places, click here.Be Sure And Share This Sweet Story Of Community Kindness With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Tarr specifically talked about her neighbor, Linda, a woman struggling with mental and physical disabilities who also battled symptoms of blood sugar problems for two decades. Linda feels she was never taken seriously in her claims. According to the Health and Wellness Initiative, this is common among disabled patients seeking help for symptoms unrelated to their disabilities. The phenomenon is known as ‘diagnostic overshadowing,’ where new symptoms take a back-seat to a larger preexisting disability. On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the bill that was crafted and recommended by the National Council on Disability to include both mental and physical disability. Alaskans experiencing disabilities often face difficulty in finding employment, housing, and adequate medical care. In medical care, this can result in delay of treatment leading to more serious health conditions and in some cases premature death. According to Robert L. Burgdorf Jr., who drafted the ADA, the law was written in response to “widespread, systemic, inhumane discrimination against people with disabilities” that were described by a New York judge in 1971 as “the most discriminated [against] minority in our nation.” Linda discusses the frustration of having symptoms, but not feeling heard: “Nobody cared. Nobody would say anything. Nobody cared about what was going on with me. It was just, like, I felt ignored all of those years. All of my physicians would talk to, I’d have spells right there, they’d just never do anything. They never asked questions, never bothered, never said anything.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This week marks the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act. The ADA is civil rights legislation that guaranteed the rights of Americans with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination based on a disability, requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities, and ensuring accessibility options for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations. Representative Geran Tarr of Anchorage released a statement discussing the importance of the ADA to Alaskans: “This landmark civil rights legislation changed the world for Americans with disabilities by ensuring basic human rights in employment, housing, and accommodation. While we have made leaps and bounds, we still have a lot of work to do to ensure full compliance with the law. For example, accessible entrances and safe travel on city streets are still needed. Anyone trying to maneuver an Anchorage street in a wheelchair still struggles with accessibility every day. This is unacceptable, and we must invest in these improvements for our neighbors.”
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): West Indies’ opening batsman, Chris Gayle, said despite not coming into the One-Day International (ODI) series against England in form, he never doubted his ability to score runs. The 39-year-old Jamaican was named Player of the Series after amassing 429 runs in four matches at an average of 106. Gayle scored two centuries and two half-centuries in a mesmerising display of power hitting. While he admitted he had been struggling in various T20 leagues across the world prior to the start of the series, Gayle said he always believed he would score runs. “If it’s one thing about me, my mindset is that even when I’m 60, I still think I can do it. I feel that when I reach age 60, I can still go up against the best bowlers in the world and still score runs. That’s how I feel,” the powerfully built opener said. “That mindset will never change, it’s just the body that is the worrying part for me.” In the last ODI, Gayle raced to a half-century off just 19 balls, the fastest ever by a West Indian in an ODI. He also smashed 39 sixes, the most ever in a bilateral series. But even as he contemplates retirement, Gayle said his performance in the series was expected. “It’s not a surprise to me. This hitting just comes naturally to me, to be honest with you. In T20, I hit a lot of sixes as well, but this is the first time getting 39 sixes in a series, and honestly from a personal point of view, at age 39 as well, I’m very happy,” Gayle said. His performance helped the Windies tie the ODI series and, according to Gayle, it was one of the best feelings in the world. “It is an honour to wear the crest and entertain the people around the Caribbean; West Indies is number one. This is the best achievement you can have in the Caribbean as a cricketer. This is the best thing, to be honest with you,” he maintained. “It was a fantastic feeling to be able to tie the series two-all. I thought both teams played well. Today (Saturday), our bowlers were fantastic, so you have to give credit to them. Oshane (Thomas) did a great job, and [I am] happy for him to get his first five-wicket haul for West Indies.”
OXFORD – Cody Prewitt goes out of his way to avoid glancing at mock drafts, but he admits it’s impossible to completely avoid the buzz.“It’s there,” the former Ole Miss safety said. “Sometimes you see the uncertainly and predictions and stuff.”In varying degrees, every prospect faces uncertainty during the NFL Draft.Few more than Prewitt.Draft experts have the former All-American all over the board. Some projections have him going as early as the second round on Friday. Some have him going undrafted entirely.There are forecasts that fall everywhere in between.From NFL.com’s guess which has him going No. 61 overall to the Indianapolis Colts to one prediction which has him fielding calls as an undrafted free agent, where Prewitt will begin his professional career is seemingly anyone’s guess.That includes Prewitt, who didn’t visit an NFL team or hold any private workouts.But he insists none of it bothers him.“I know it’s not good to get excited, or down, about the stuff you see in the media,” he said. “You just have to stay humble and see what happens.”It’s a lesson he learned at an early age.Prewitt was a physical, hard hitting and – admittedly – raw prospect coming out of little-known Sylva Bay Academy.Where he would play at the college level wasn’t exactly known – maybe safety or linebacker – nor was how productive he would be.The then 6-foot-3, 200-pounder was ranked as a three-star by most recruiting services. 247Sports.com listed him as the 403rd best player in the country. ESPN ranked him as the 78th best safety.Today, ESPN lists him as the No. 6 safety in the draft.“My high school coach always told me it is all just opinion,” Prewitt said. “I have the same approach now. Where I go doesn’t matter.”He paused before continuing.“Of course, I wouldn’t mind getting the extra money that comes with the earlier rounds,” he chuckled. “But for me, it’s just about getting there. I just want to get picked. Doesn’t matter what round.”The broad range stems from speed questions.The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder struggled in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, clocking a time of 4.6 seconds. However, he ran a 4.47 40-yard dash in front of 27 NFL scouts at Ole Miss’ pro day on March 6.Ask Prewitt about the speed concerns, he’ll tell you recruiting analysts had the same questions about him coming out of high school.“I don’t need to be the best pick or have the most hype around a team picking me. I just need to get there and then I’ll let my hard work shine and speak for itself,” Prewitt said. “I’m just excited to live out my dream, wherever it is. I’m excited to make a legacy for myself and my family.“Hopefully this all makes for a great story one day.”Contact Riley Blevins at [email protected] Follow @Riley_Blevins on Twitter.
Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Beal’s sixth three-pointer tied the game at 102-102 with 5:01 to play.Marcin Gortat’s three-point play with 3:03 remaining put the Wizards up for good at 109-106.The Wizards have now won five of their last six games.“I think we understand each other a little bit better and that we all bought into the system,” Gortat said of Washington’s turnaround. “Just execution defensively is better.”For the Clippers it was a disappointing end to a three-game road trip that started with two victories.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Markieff Morris scored 23 points and John Wall added 18 points and 11 assists for Washington, whose third straight victory was their longest streak of the season.The Wizards made 12 of 15 field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter, and finished 53.1 percent from the field. They made 10 of their 19 three-point attempts as they erased an 11-point second half deficit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“That’s terrible,” Clippers star Chris Paul said of a defensive effort that saw Los Angeles unable to hang onto a 102-95 fourth-quarter lead.“We have to figure it out. They were just too comfortable tonight,” Paul said. “We gave them everything they wanted. ” Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Higuain who? Mertens scores 4 as Napoli beats Torino 5-3 EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket as Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, left, and Josh McRoberts (4) defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, in Miami. APWASHINGTON, United States — Bradley Beal scored 41 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 117-110 NBA victory on Sunday over a Los Angeles Clippers team suddenly struggling on the defensive end.Beal’s second 40-point game of the season included six three-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Blake Griffin had 26 points for the Clippers but none in the fourth quarter.Clippers coach Doc Rivers was ejected after picking up two technical fouls with 1:08 remaining — moments after Morris hit back-to-back jumpers.Rivers said he didn’t think his questioning of a foul call on Paul warranted a technical.“At some point, my job is to ask a question,” Rivers said. “You shouldn’t get a technical for that.”But he also thought his side’s defense in the second half didn’t justify a win.“I thought they were far more physical than us in the second half,” Rivers said of the Wizards. “I thought we attacked them in the first half. I thought we attacked them at the beginning of third, but once they smelled blood in the water, I thought they were on the attack. I thought we played on our heels, both ends.”The Wizards certainly took advantage, especially Beal, who is enjoying a break out season and came into the contest averaging 22 points per game.“My game is still not where I want it to be,” the fifth-year player said. “It’s developing for sure. I’m definitely a lot more confident in my game, but I’m my biggest critic. I always want to get better.” CBB View comments
ONVIF has recently announced the winner of the first ever ONVIF Open Source Spotlight Challenge.The winning app, CAM X, submitted by Canada-based developer Liqiao Ying, offers an artificial intelligence-based object detection system that uses blockchain solutions for storing information obtained from ONVIF cameras. The two-month online challenge, offered in conjunction with BeMyApp, offered lucrative cash prizes for developers who use the protocol provided by ONVIF to create open source mobile or desktop applications for advanced video streaming.The submissions were required to be compatible with the latest release candidate, Profile T, which supports both H.264 and H.265 video compression standards. Developers connected to online prototype cameras with Profile T functionality from Axis Communications, Bosch Security and Safety Systems, Dahua Technology, Hikvision and Uniview for the challenge.- Sponsor – “The purpose of the challenge was to solicit creative, open-source ideas from outside the ONVIF organization and from outside the industry, helping to expand our perspective,” said Hans Busch, chairman, ONVIF Technical Committee. “We are excited about the diversity of approaches that were employed amongst the different submissions and the possibilities that exist for further development of the apps for future use by ONVIF.”In all, 37 submissions were judged on innovation, viability of implementation, functionality and whether the app is easy to navigate and use. Seven finalists received $800 each, while first, second and third place earned $3,000, $2,500, and $2,000, respectively. All of the finalist app submissions, including second place winner RPOS Open Source Camera and third place winner Open Camera, will be viewable on onvif.org. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The benefits of using SaaS usually includes these:Less TimeLess MoneyRemoves infrastructure as a distraction and lets you focus on areas of competitive advantageEnsures that you’re always running on the latest and greatest version of the applicationGartner points out that while SaaS has attractive characteristics, it isn’t always the best choice. Like any other purchase, potential users should always do their due diligence in comparing the options. While SaaS usually wins hands down when looking at short-term costs, when compared with the long-term costs of software purchased under a perpetual license, the non-SaaS option may actually be the better choice.A good rule of thumb is to consider making non-core corporate capabilities candidates for SaaS. Core capabilities should be considered as too risky to move outside corporate walls.
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now scott fulton We live in an era where it is feasible to manufacture things that seem like truths, and someone is always in the business of trying. If someone were to leak the entire contents of my active e-mail file, all 4.5 GB of it, onto some public wiki for the inspection of the entire world, folks would marvel at the astounding volume of all the bits of seemingly urgent, potentially life-threatening information I have somehow managed to ignore. There are apparently dozens of fellows who worked at, or for, or near Apple who have taken some secret with them out the door and have launched a startup with it. And it is absolutely amazing, the number of distressed foreign ambassadors who need my help in dislodging millions of dollars from American bank accounts.You would think there was some kind of automated filter, an analysis system to separate the manufactured truths from the real ones. Indeed, industrious programmers are working to build systems that do precisely this. The problem is, more industrious folks are working even harder to devise methods to thwart such systems. The fake facts industry is becoming more clever than the real facts industry.Noble truthIn Salon last Sunday, contributor Glenn Greenwald suggested that Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private held in prison on suspicion of leaking secret documents that made their way to WikiLeaks, should be lauded as a hero for bringing certain alleged war atrocities to light. (I use the word “alleged” because, as a practicing journalist, I have an old habit of labeling unproven facts.) “In general, whoever leaked those cables has done more to publicize the corrupt, illegal and deceitful acts of the world’s most powerful factions — and to educate the world about how they behave — than all “watchdog” media outlets combined,” Greenwald wrote. “In sum, whoever leaked those cables is responsible for one of the most consequential, beneficial and noble acts of this generation.”Noble, maybe, but more likely unknowing. No one really knows if Manning even read one percent of the documents he was leaking. If he were to have skimmed through a handful of them, like a fellow perusing 4.5 GB of someone else’s e-mail, he might have come across one memo. It begins like this: “Excellency, I have the honour to address you in my capacity as Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions pursuant to Commission on Human Rights resolution 2004/37. I would like to draw the attention of your Government to information I have received regarding a raid conducted by the Multinational Forces (MNF) on 15 March 2006 in the house of… a farmer living in the outskirts of Al-Iss Haqi District in Balad (Salah-El-Din Governorate).”It hit me as I read this document for the first time that, had my e-mail spam filter been trained on its containing folder, it would have been identified as spam. It has the style, meter, and mannerism of every pitch I’ve ever received, addressed to “Dear Mr. Kind Sir,” pleading with me to help recover $15 million in lost foreign aid from some safety deposit box in Cleveland.This document is, of course, the one uncovered by a McClatchy reporter amid the multitude of WikiLeaks items, purporting to tell the story of a U.S. raid on an Iraqi home where occupants as young as 5 were handcuffed and executed. The revelation of this story is credited with having convinced Iraqi authorities to discontinue the extension of legal immunity to U.S. troops after December, which may have prompted Pres. Obama’s decision last week to withdraw remaining troops from Iraq before then.Greenwald, also a practicing journalist, properly peppered his op-ed with plenty of “if’s.” Nothing about this set of circumstances is certain.Blind justiceThe revelation of this and other secret and private memos is being heralded as the truth being set free. Yet if I were an attorney rather than a journalist, and I were representing the United States in a court of law, I would have no trouble implanting the seed of reasonable doubt within a jury of 12. Sure, these documents have the right labels, they look very official, they tell a convincing tale. But, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, take a good look at the defendant, Bradley Manning, this disgruntled, disaffected, disillusioned private, a man with an axe to grind, and tell me with absolute certainty that you trust him as an authority.Many writers have taken the media at large to task for not having reported on these latest revelations. “Report,” in the modern era of the Web, often means to take information that someone else has reported, and repeat it. Thus WikiLeaks was such a reliable source in its early going, at least insofar as automatically generating headlines. Imagine, if you will, a machine that does your journalism for you!We stand on the precipice of an era where nothing we read is certain, where the authenticity of anything that fails to surrender its own self-eminence by inserting “if” and “alleged” at the proper points, is automatically questionable. The public dissemination of truth is upheld as a fundamental American principle. But up until now, the responsibility for its upkeep has been outsourced.Suppose WikiLeaks were to survive its latest travails, emerging from near-bankruptcy perhaps by virtue of a PBS-style pledge drive featuring appearances by The Temptations and Liberace. At what point would someone, perhaps inspired by Stephen Colbert himself, cleverly engineer a method to insert elements of manufactured truth-iness into WikiLeaks’ document stream? Maybe it hasn’t happened yet, but you can’t imagine someone hasn’t already tried.And what then? What if the modern emblem of truth, this latter-day Matt Drudge, were to become impregnated with spam in the public eye? Who do we trust, and who gets to decide?Second sourceThis is the danger of entrusting any single source as authoritative without the checks and balances to back it up. Last year, writing for the Washington Post, Ted Koppel brilliantly summarized this dilemma. “We are no longer a national audience receiving news from a handful of trusted gatekeepers,” he wrote. “We’re now a million or more clusters of consumers, harvesting information from like-minded providers.”There was plenty of response from folks taking Koppel to task for, as they described it, whining because it no longer means anything to be an “anchorman.” Folks take pride in tearing down towers of authority wherever they see them, and have no pity for those affected by the ruin.But in the absence of authority and authenticity, and the presence of influences and disruptions from all directions, the clear and present danger is that people can choose their own sets of facts. Paul Revere can triumphantly warn the British not to confiscate our firearms, and the shots heard from Lexington and Concord can resonate throughout New Hampshire. If it’s inconvenient for the Constitution to have actually said something about freedom of religion, we can just click “Edit.” Arab Spring can be triggered by the iPhone and Facebook. Heroes can be invented or dissolved at will. Inconvenient truths can be deleted and alternate truths inserted. Massacres can disappear, atrocities can be cleansed, history can be corrected. What raid? What Iraqi village? Winston Smith can do his work in the light of day.If we are to continue to hold certain truths to be self-evident, then we as a people cannot be selective as to how we apply them. At some point, when we’re finally through disrupting and occupying stuff, we need to rebuild a source of trust for our progeny. Because we’re leaving behind an awful mess.The opinions expressed here are those of Scott M. Fulton, III, who is solely responsible for his content. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Trends Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…
REVEALED: Solskjaer blasted Man Utd players after West Ham flopby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious with his players after defeat to West Ham.The Sun says he told his flops that they were ’embarrassing’ him after United’s loss.The under-pressure Red Devils boss also tore into them at half-time, saying their performance bored him. Solskjaer, yesterday given a vote of confidence by United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, regularly defends players in the media.Yet privately, he has been constantly losing his temper as his reign unravels.On Sunday in the capital he also accused them of showing no energy and panicking in the final third.Morale is understood to be extremely low, with the mood having changed dramatically from pre-season when Solskjaer lifted the squad. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say