Instagram Takeover | Robert Stephens

first_imgThis month’s Instagram Takeover features Georgia native and avid hiker Robert Stephens.“Photography is my passion and nature is my refuge,” Robert says. “Combine the two, and that is where I am most at peace.”Robert is a self taught photographer and writer. Over the past seven years he has traveled the Southeast extensively, all the while chronicling his adventures in two self-published books.With the final stages of winter finally here, we asked Robert to submit his favorite winter landscapes, and the results were amazing. See them for yourself below and follow Robert in Instagram here. “An Entrance To Winter” – Rime ice on the Craggy Pinnacle Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville. I believe you’ve shared this one in the past, but it seems every time it gets shared it really catches on. Plus, it’s a finalist in the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition in the Landscape category. “Cascading Winter” –  taken along the Margarette Falls Trail near Greeneville, TN. This was shot after the first big snow of the year back in January.“Icing On Top” – my most recent image, shot Thursday as I hiked the four mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Soco Gap and Waterrock Knob Overlook near Cherokee, NC. Rime ice and snow only covered the very highest elevations, hence the title. This was shot just below the Waterrock Knob Overlook. “Deep Woods Winter” – a very familiar spot on the Appalachian Trail near Carver’s Gap/Roan Mountain, in its winter guise. “Maggie Valley Winter Barn” – this was also taken after that first big snow of the year began clearing out of my area in Maggie Valley, NC. I explored the town by foot and caught this burst of sunlight peeking through the clouds as the snow fell.[divider]Q & A with Robert Stephens[/divider]BRO: How did you cut your teeth in the world of outdoor photography?RS: I have always traveled and hiked, but with the advent of social media in the mid-2000’s I was able to share my journeys with friends, illustrated with photos; first, taken with a primitive camera phone (circa 2005) then, with a point-and-shoot, then finally a digital SLR in 2011. My friends liked the images I shared, so I decided to develop my skills further, and here we are!BRO: Where do you take most of your photos?RS: I take the vast majority of my images in the Appalachian Mountains, though occasionally I’ll make a beach trip to change things up. I hope to expand much further in years to come. So many places to see.BRO: 5 favorite trails in the Blue Ridge?RS: I don’t really consider myself as skilled or avid of a hiker as some, though of course I still enjoy hiking for the joy of it, and to get images. My favorite trails are Craggy Pinnacle Trail, Alum Cave Bluffs, The Roan Mountain stretch of the Appalachian Trail, The Cascades Trail in Virginia, and Waterrock Knob Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway close to home, as it offers some of the most incredible vistas I’ve ever witnessed.BRO: What’s your favorite outdoor activity when you’re not taking photos?RS: I’ve always loved playing golf, and I prefer walking while playing. It’s relaxing, and good exercise too.BRO: Is there one piece of gear, aside from your camera, that you won’t go into the field without?RS: Two pieces actually! Gotta have my tripod and remote shutter! A lot of images I shoot are either high contrast or in low light; so with the smaller apertures and slower shutter speeds necessary to capture what I want I need to keep my camera as still as possible.last_img read more

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Lawyer Referral Service records banner year

first_imgLawyer Referral Service records banner year Lawyer Referral Service records banner year The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service broke an all-time record in 2000 by making 114,804 referrals. That’s 6,357 more than in 1999 and more than in any other year since the service began. The LRS currently has more than 1,000 lawyers participating in the service, which covers 48 counties. The remaining Florida counties have referral services offered through their local bar associations. The 11 clerks of the LRS staff answer calls from consumers Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Using a computerized referral system, the clerks log consumers’ names, telephone numbers and brief descriptions of their legal problems. They then provide callers with the name, address and telephone number of a panel member and advise consumers to contact the lawyer for an appointment. This happens an average of 500 times per day, according to Karen Kelly, director of the Bar’s public service programs. LRS clerks average an additional 50 referrals per day to local bars and other agencies, she said. “The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service has had an outstanding year,” Kelly said. “I appreciate the staff’s hard work and their patience and professionalism with the callers. They do an exemplary job of helping those in need of legal assistance.” There are currently two bilingual LRS clerks. These clerks answer approximately 30 calls per day from people who speak only Spanish, and refer those callers to a Spanish-speaking attorney in their area. For the past year, the top five areas of law referred were family law (18,487 calls), personal injury law (7,552), labor law (7,323), consumer law (6,734) and real estate law (5,497). During the same period, the top five counties callers were referred to were Dade (27,124 callers), Volusia (8,776), Lee (8,315), Marion (8,008) and Polk (6,574). To promote the service, the Bar runs Yellow Page display advertisements across the state and produces a consumer pamphlet that explains the function and role of the referral service. Attorneys participating in the service must carry at least $100,000 in professional liability insurance, be members in good standing with no pending probable cause complaints, and practice in geographical areas not covered by a local bar referral service. To join the service, contact Kelly at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5810 or (850) 561-5810, or e-mail kkelly@flabar. org. Applications are also available on the Bar’s Internet site at www.FLABAR.org. February 15, 2001 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Binghamton receives $2 million in funding, creates new office in pandemic relief efforts

first_imgAbout $1.4 million of the money comes from Community Development Block Grant and around $577,000 comes from the Emergency Solutions Grant funding. The mayor’s office says the Office of Economic Recovery & Development will last until Mayor David’s term is up or until the city exits the recovery period. Mayor David’s office says $2 million in federal funds have been allocated to be used for helping the city’s residents and businsses. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced the creation of the Office of Economic Recovery and Development Thursday morning. The city says the Office of Economic Recovery and Development will begin working with stakeholders to determine which non-profits to aid. “The most pressing needs of many families impacted by COVID-19 are paying their rent and utilities,” said Mayor David in a press release sent to 12 News. The Binghamton Local Development Corporation created a $350,000 fund for 12 months and zero interests available to businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Former Planning Director for the Town of Union and Former Director of Planning, Housing and Community Development in Binghamton Paul Nelson has been hired as a temporary consultant to lead the new office. Both are part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Donald Trump. “We want to identify as many eligible residents, businesses and nonprofits as possible in advance so we can get these essential funds to those most in need as soon as the City receives authorization from HUD.” The new office replaces the Office of Economic Development and assists with helping Binghamton residents and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. It will also aid non-profits. To contact Office of Economic Recovery Development for assistance, email Ecrecovery@cityofbinghamton.com or call 607-772-7161 to leave a message. Mayor David says Nelson is an “ideal candidate” for the position with his experience.last_img read more

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Indonesia begins large-scale trials of COVID-19 blood plasma therapy

first_imgHe said 364 COVID-19 patients would be recruited for the clinical trials, which were expected to end within three months. He added that convalescent plasma had been shown to be effective in small studies on the treatment of certain infectious diseases, including Ebola and SARSConvalescent plasma can only be administered to COVID-19 patients in emergency situations or for research purposes. Research into its effectiveness and safety is ongoing, but some early results have been encouraging.Slamet said randomized controlled trials would be necessary to prove the treatment’s efficacy. Read also: Experts warn of COVID-19 quackery, false cures“The researchers’ main focus is on the safety and the efficacy of the therapy. For that, Litbangkes supports any efforts from clinicians to perform the convalescent therapy on COVID-19 patients,” he said.The therapy will use blood plasma extracted from recovered patients. The plasma will be injected into severely ill COVID-19 patients in the hope that it will give their immune systems a boost.David H. Muldjono, a researcher from the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, said that convalescent plasma therapy could be performed on COVID-19 patients who showed moderate to heavy symptoms with pneumonia and hypoxia.  “It’s a therapy. It has not yet been clinically tested globally and does not have any protocols. So we don’t give it in the context of prevention,” he said, adding that the therapy was only for treatment purposes.Subjects of the trial must be at least 18 years old and be currently suffering moderate to heavy symptoms of COVID-19. Subjects will be injected with 200 milliliters of blood plasma twice a day for three days and will be closely monitored for 28 days. The clinical trials are being conducted by Litbangkes in partnership with the Eijkman Institute, the Research and Technology Ministry, the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) and several hospitals. (trn)Topics : The Health Ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency (Litbangkes) began large-scale clinical trials of convalescent blood plasma therapy on COVID-19 patients on Tuesday.Litbangkes acting head Slamet said Fatmawati General Hospital in South Jakarta; Hasan Sadikin hospital in Bandung, West Java; Dr. Ramelan hospital in Surabaya; and Sidoarjo regional hospital in East Java would host the clinical trials. He added that 20 other hospitals would soon follow.“We open the opportunity for interested hospitals to quickly contact Litbangkes so that we can put them on the list [for clinical trials],” Slamet said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Statement on Pennsylvania Native Harry Bowman, Victim of San Bernardino Shootings

first_img December 04, 2015 National Issues,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on Pennsylvania native Harry Bowman, victim of the San Bernardino shootings:“We are saddened to hear reports that Pennsylvania-native Harry Bowman was among the victims of the senseless violence in San Bernardino, California. On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to the Bowman family and all of our fellow York County residents whom knew him.”# # # Governor Wolf Statement on Pennsylvania Native Harry Bowman, Victim of San Bernardino Shootingscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Southern Utah meets Idaho in Big Sky tourney

first_img March 9, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 10 seed Idaho (8-23, 4-16) vs. No. 7 seed Southern Utah (16-15, 9-11)Big Sky Conference Tourney First Round, CenturyLink Arena, Boise, Idaho; Wednesday, 1 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Idaho is set to face Southern Utah in the first round of the Big Sky tournament. Southern Utah swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last met on Feb. 29, when the Thunderbirds outshot Idaho 54.1 percent to 40.7 percent and hit seven more 3-pointers en route to the 32-point victory. Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Southern Utah meets Idaho in Big Sky tourney SENIOR STUDS: Idaho’s Trevon Allen, Quinton Forrest and Marquell Fraser have combined to account for 48 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 77 percent of all Vandals points over the last five games.ACCURATE ALLEN: Allen has connected on 40.3 percent of the 149 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 11 for 23 over his last three games. He’s also converted 81.1 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Idaho is 0-16 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 8-7 when scoring at least 65.WINNING WHEN: Southern Utah is a perfect 6-0 when the team records nine or more steals. The Thunderbirds are 10-15 when they steal the ball fewer than nine times.GETTING DEFENSIVE: The stout Southern Utah defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 39.7 percent, the 23rd-lowest mark in Division I. Idaho has allowed opponents to shoot 44.9 percent through 31 games (ranking the Vandals 277th).___last_img read more

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Allen and Cottoy set up Patriots win over Tallawahs

first_imgAN unbroken 94-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Fabian Allen and Keron Cottoy set St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on their way to a 20-run Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory over Jamaica Tallawahs despite Glenn Phillips smashing 87 from 49 balls in reply.The Patriots looked sure to finish below par when skipper Carlos Brathwaite was sixth out with just 82 on the board in the 13th over, but Allen launched a controlled and clinical assault on the Tallawahs bowling and found a willing ally in Cottoy, who would later pick up the all-important wicket of Phillips.Incredibly, Allen and Cottoy were able to add 81 without loss in the last five overs of the Patriots innings as the Tallawahs bowlers lost their way after an exemplary first 15 overs.Openers Devon Thomas and Evin Lewis were both dismissed inside the first three overs, and a promising recovery partnership between Mohammad Hafeez and Laurie Evans ended in a mix-up and the latter superbly run out by Ramaal Lewis.Hafeez, Shamarh Brooks and Brathwaite all then fell in the space of 12 balls to leave the Patriots up against it.Allen took an over or two to play himself in, but soon exploded into life. He had just 6 runs to his name from seven balls going into the last five but added another 56 runs from just another 20 deliveries.He started his counter-attack by taking Zahir Khan for four boundaries in the 16th over before driving Jade Dernbach high and handsome over long-off for a Hero Maximum in the next.Shamar Springer was swivel-pulled over long-leg for six more, while Allen took 10 in two balls from Dernbach’s 19th over as the former England bowler’s control deserted him.Cottoy had been the quiet partner through much of the stand, but had some fun of his own in the final over with a lap over long-leg for six and ended unbeaten on 27 from 23. It was Allen, though, who had the final word as he clipped the last ball of the innings past short fine-leg for his seventh four to go with three sixes.That the Tallawahs even got close was almost entirely down to Phillips.He produced what was almost a lone hand – no other Tallawah even scored a boundary until the 11th over, by which point Phillips had struck 12 of them – but was just left with too much to do.Every time a wicket fell – and three fell before the score reached 50 – Phillips had a response. When Gayle succumbed to the early pressure applied by Mohammad Hafeez and Sheldon Cottrell, Phillips took 18 runs from the four balls left in the over. Three times Cottrell was put away through the offside for four, while a straighter delivery disappeared over square-leg.When Chadwick Walton chipped a return catch to Alzarri Joseph, Phillips took a six and a four off Allen in the next.And when Dwayne Smith miscued Joseph to be caught at mid-off, Phillips found the boundary twice before that over was out.By the time Phillips took Brathwaite for back-to-back Hero Maximums in the ninth over, the scorecard had a bizarrely lopsided look to it, with the Tallawahs 79/3 and Phillips having scored 68 of them.He finally got some assistance from a slightly unexpected source, Imran Khan promoted up the order to number five and contributing 20 to a fourth-wicket partnership of 69 before offering a return catch to the deserving Hafeez. That wicket came from his final ball having conceded just 13 in his four overs.That wicket brought Andre Russell to the crease, but on this occasion his stay was a brief one. Going for the big shot first ball he succeeded only in skying Rayad Emrit to Cottrell at midwicket to hand the initiative back to the Patriots.Phillips finally fell in the next, looking for his sixth Hero Maximum of the night but unable to clear Brooks at long-on.Javelle Glen then steered Emrit straight to short third-man to leave the lower order to try and finish the chase. Despite a couple of big hits from Shamar Springer, it proved beyond them.Upcoming Fixtures: Friday 20 September – St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium; Saturday 21 September – St Lucia Zouks v Trinbago Knight Riders (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.last_img read more

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Serena Williams Apologizes to Naomi Osaka in Op-Ed for Her Outburst at the US Open

first_imgSerena Williams continues to roll at Wimbledon. She is headed for the semi-finals…but first she had to get something off her chest.In an essay in Harpers Bazaar she apologizes to Naomi Osaka who beat her at the US Open.In the candid, first-person essay, Serena Williams opens up about last year’s controversial match at the US Open—and why she’ll never regret using her voice to speak out against injustice. She just regrets what the circus did to her opponent.last_img

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Miami Dolphins legend Nick Buoniconti dies

first_imgMiami Dolphins professional football Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti has died at the age of 78.Buoniconti  was an 8-time Pro Bowler and one of the signature players on the Dolphins famous ‘No-Name Defense.’He helped lead the team to three consecutive Super Bowl appearances including the team’s 17-0 campaign in 1972 that remains the lone undefeated team in the NFL’s modern era.Buoniconti who died after his struggle with dementia, believed he suffered from CTE due to his football career and in 2017 announced that he would donate his brain for research purposes.He was not only known for his athletic accomplishments but also his active involvement in charity.He famously launched ‘The Buoniconti Fund’ after his son Marc who became paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury while playing football in 1985.The Fund helped launch the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, which has become one of the global leaders in neurological research.“Today, with a heavy heart and profound sorrow, my family and the entire Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and Buoniconti Fund community mourn the loss of a man who was truly larger than life, my father, NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti,” Marc Buoniconti said in a statement. “My dad has been my hero and represents what I have always aspired to be: a leader, a mentor and a champion.”Family spokesman Bruce Bobbins said Nick Buoniconti died Tuesday in Bridgehampton, New York.last_img read more

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