Saving – Direct Vanqex http://directvanqex.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 07:54:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://directvanqex.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Saving – Direct Vanqex http://directvanqex.com/ 32 32 Gold, guns, gangs: on patrol with the elite unit saving Ivorian forests | Global development https://directvanqex.com/gold-guns-gangs-on-patrol-with-the-elite-unit-saving-ivorian-forests-global-development/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 07:45:00 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/gold-guns-gangs-on-patrol-with-the-elite-unit-saving-ivorian-forests-global-development/

About an hour before dawn, Lt Mahi Landry and his team of rangers find the illegal gold mine they were looking for deep in the Téné forest in south-central Côte d’Ivoire.

It rained heavily for most of the night and the only light came from the beams of a few torches. The team, accompanied by the Guardian, must dodge the fallen branches, taking care not to fall into holes dug in the ground. Packets of cigarettes, empty liquor bottles and a few shoes litter the forest floor.

Two rangers begin to discover a pit that has been sealed with pieces of wood covered in materials and sand. They throw a stone into the hole and it takes about three seconds to hit the bottom. “It’s deep, probably about 25 meters,” Landry said. “It would have taken about two to three weeks to dig.”

Landry is the head of the Forest Control Service, an elite 10-man unit whose mission is to defend the 234 classified forests of Côte d’Ivoire against gold panners, loggers and illegal cocoa producers, and to safeguard the reforestation efforts.

A mine is discovered in the forest of Téné, in Côte d’Ivoire. Photograph: Sylla Cheick/The Guardian

Côte d’Ivoire has lost around 80% of its forests in 60 years. Between 2001 and 2021, the country lost 3.46 million hectares (8.5 million acres), a decrease of 23%, mainly due to intensive cocoa farming and oil extraction. gold. A 2019 Global Forest Watch report found that Côte d’Ivoire had the second-highest percentage increase in deforestation in the world between 2017 and 2018. About 70% of tree felling was in protected areas.

Faced with this dramatic loss, Côte d’Ivoire acted. In 2019, it adopted a code to preserve, rehabilitate and expand the country’s forests. Anyone caught illegally logging protected areas can now be fined or jailed for up to five years.

“Gold mining in protected forests has been a problem for a long time, but recently the situation has worsened,” says Landry, whose unit was created after the political crisis of 2010-2011, when the forests were heavily logged.

The last 10 years have been “a real struggle, but I can say that we have secured 75 to 80% of our classified forests”, he says. “We have many forests without any infiltration and many where they are at a minimum. As for where we are now compared to [before]I am satisfied with the situation.

The prospect of finding gold attracts diggers from neighboring Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea. They come to flee the conflicts in their country of origin and seek their fortune in dozens of small unlicensed mines. Some illegal miners will hire traditional hunters, the dreaded Dozos, to protect their mines. Many people in Ivory Coast see them as possessing special power, wisdom and strength.

Lt Mahi Landry: “The last 10 years have been a real struggle, but I can say that we have secured 75 to 80% of our forests.
Lt Mahi Landry: “The last 10 years have been a real struggle, but I can say that we have secured 75 to 80% of our forests. Photograph: Sylla Cheick/The Guardian

Landry explains that two grams of gold can fetch up to 25,000 CFA francs (£33). “Imagine what you can get from a kilo. It’s a much faster way to make money than farming.

During an operation in the Téné forest last year, 21 gold diggers were arrested and their equipment confiscated. Landry’s unit investigates gold smuggling rings.

The impact on the environment is deleterious. Ore mining displaces huge piles of dirt and rock, and trees are felled in the process. Mercury and cyanide used to extract gold pollute water and land, endangering the health of people and ecosystems. The river that runs through the Téné forest is a vital source of water for the country’s largest tree nursery, where millions of trees are grown for reforestation efforts.

Moreover, as Pierre d’Herbès, an independent defense and security expert specializing in West Africa, explains, the search for gold exacerbates social problems. “There is the issue of land degradation … but also the competition around who controls the mines and the land that proves suitable for exploitation. This often leads to inter-communal conflict,” he says.

Child labor and slavery are found in clandestine gold mining operations, as are prostitution, drugs, alcohol and firearms. In some cases, the miners have ties to jihadists, particularly in Mali and Burkina Faso, earning money for their terror campaigns back home, d’Herbès says.

Holes were dug in the ground around the Téné forest.
View of a mine in the Téné forest. Photograph: Sylla Cheick/The Guardian

As clandestine gold mining operations become more sophisticated and organized, Landry’s team has had to adapt. They use networks of informants who provide them with information and drones to spot illegal activity before planning an operation. They carry weapons, but only to defend themselves, he says. Moving silently on foot in the middle of the night and carrying little to be able to move quickly, the strategy is to take people by surprise, ambushing diggers early in the morning after working through the night, so that resistance is minimum.

At the Téné gold mine, Landry and his team discuss next steps. There were no arrests tonight; the heavy rain kept the diggers away. They are talking about setting up a surveillance operation to monitor what is going on and are considering filling in the mines which will hamper the progress of the gold diggers.

As they walk towards where they left the vehicles, five kilometers away at the entrance to the forest, there is the sound of crushers in the distance. They are almost certainly breaking up the rocks containing gold collected earlier at Téné. “They are located outside the forest boundary,” Landry explains. “There is nothing we can do.”

The government of Côte d’Ivoire paid for the Guardian’s accommodation.

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Coordinate college savings with your estate planning | Warner Norcross + Judd https://directvanqex.com/coordinate-college-savings-with-your-estate-planning-warner-norcross-judd/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 18:12:05 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/coordinate-college-savings-with-your-estate-planning-warner-norcross-judd/

During our discussions about estate planning, parents and grandparents often tell us about their hopes and dreams for the next generations of their families. Helping children and grandchildren reach their full potential often means helping them pay for additional education after high school.

With the rising costs of higher education, most people will need to save for these expenses. Starting your savings plan early is essential. Another key is to coordinate your college savings plan with your estate and tax planning, as there are many tax benefits to saving for the education needs of the next generation.

Keep in mind that for most of your savings options, savings vehicle assets will be considered an asset of the student on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) form and could affect their eligibility for financial assistance or the amount. financial assistance they are eligible for.

529 plans are a tax-efficient savings choice

529 plans coordinate well with estate and tax planning because

  • You can fund them with annual exclusion gifts, which are not subject to federal gift tax. For 2022, the annual exclusion (the tax-free amount you can gift each person per year) is $16,000 per donor or $32,000 per married couple donating.
  • You can preload a 529 plan in one year with up to five years of annual exclusion gifts, which means up to $80,000 from a single person or $160,000 if you’re married.
  • The growth of plan assets is not subject to income tax.
  • Some states, including Michigan, allow you to deduct the amount contributed to the plan from your state taxable income each year (up to the state deduction limit).

Family members have two options for a 529 plan:

  1. 529 prepaid tuition plan. These plans, like the Michigan Education Trust (MET), allow you to purchase future tuition credits at the current price. The plan covers tuition and fees (but generally not room and board) when the student later attends a public college or university in the state.
  2. If the child does not attend college or receive a scholarship, the credits can be transferred to another family member or your contributions can be refunded to you, although subject to a penalty.
  3. Students can attend an out-of-state or private school, but will have to pay the difference between the most expensive tuition and the average in-state public school tuition.
  4. 529 savings account. These plans, like the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP), allow you to put funds into one or more investment accounts and then use the funds for the beneficiary’s higher education expenses. Your account growth is based on the performance of the investment options you select, so these plans carry investment risk.
  5. Distributions from this account will not be taxed as long as they are used only for “qualifying higher education expenses” such as tuition, room and board, books, and computers.
  6. Money that is disbursed from the account but not used for eligible educational expenses is subject to federal taxes and a penalty of at least 10%. However, unused funds may be transferred and used by an eligible family member of the beneficiary.

Less Conventional Options for Saving for Education Expenses

Depending on your tax or estate planning goals, other savings options may coordinate well. Like the 529 plans, these options can be financed by annual exclusion gifts:

  • Donation trusts. Generally, irrevocable gift trusts are a great customizable tool used to save for education expenses, allowing the settlor to select the purposes for which the funds can be used and at what age the beneficiary can withdraw the assets. Income generated by the assets of the trust is subject to the income tax rates of the trust and the settlor does not have to act as a trustee.
  • Section 2503(c) Trust of a Minor. This is a specific example of a more complex gift trust that has only one beneficiary and can be structured to allow the beneficiary to choose whether or not to exercise their right to the assets at the age of 21 years old. Donations to these trusts are considered annual exclusion donations. as long as the beneficiary is under the age of 21. Distributions from this trust may be narrowly tailored for educational purposes or permitted for broader purposes, but the assets of the trust may only be used for the benefit of the designated beneficiary. Income generated by the assets of the trust is subject to the income tax rates of the trust and the settlor does not have to act as trustee.
  • UTMA (Uniform Transfers to Minors Act) or UGMA (Uniform Gift to Minors Act) deposit account. These accounts are created in accordance with state law to hold gifts made to a minor and are maintained for the minor by a custodian. The Custodian of the Account may be, but need not be, the child’s parents or a person donating assets to the Account. Ownership of this account must be transferred to the child at a specific age (usually 21, but this age varies by state). The assets in this account do not have to be used for education, but they can only be used for the benefit of the designated beneficiary. Income earned on account assets is taxed to the beneficiary but, in some cases, could be taxed at the parent rate.

Get started with an education savings plan

It’s never too early to start saving or to realize that your estate planning lawyer can help you choose a plan that will meet your savings goals over time and avoid unintended tax consequences.

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maybe last year americans will change their clocks https://directvanqex.com/maybe-last-year-americans-will-change-their-clocks/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 00:05:00 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/maybe-last-year-americans-will-change-their-clocks/

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) — There’s no doubt that people across America are tired of stepping back and leaping forward. Despite decades of deliberation on Capitol Hill, a Senate proposal to end daylight saving time awaits a vote in the House. Proponents say this would put DST to bed for good. They call it the “Sunshine Protection Act” and the Senate unanimously approved it in March. The citizens of Lubbock we spoke to unanimously agree that resetting the clocks twice a year is outdated.

A citizen of Lubbock said: ‘I understand it was important years and years ago for farmers and so on. Now it’s just time to make a decision, and let’s choose one or the other.

Originally, daylight saving time was introduced to ensure that agricultural workers had enough daylight in the field. Now, with new technology, people think it’s not as necessary, especially for those who have a family and a nine-to-five job.

Another Lubbock citizen said, “I work all day and come home at half past five and we’re trapped in the house so I don’t spend time outside with them.

For others, summer time makes it harder to reach loved ones.

Another Lubbock citizen said: ‘Every time I call overseas my family is confused. We are ten hours apart. Every six months I have to tell them that the weather has changed and they forget.

The Sunshine Protection Act stands at the House desk, so the question remains, will Americans change their clocks in 2023?

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First responders recognized for rescue efforts in Lancaster County https://directvanqex.com/first-responders-recognized-for-rescue-efforts-in-lancaster-county/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 11:55:00 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/first-responders-recognized-for-rescue-efforts-in-lancaster-county/

First responders recognized for rescue efforts in Lancaster County



Alright, Joe, thanks. TONIGHT TOWNSHIP OF WEST HEMPFIELD RECOGNIZES FIRST RESPONDERS FOR THEIR FATHER’S DAY RESCUE EFFORTS BECAUSE OF THEM. AND QUICK ACTION BY FAMILY MEMBERS. A 78-YEAR-OLD MAN IS ALIVE TODAY BECAUSE HIS REPORTS AMBER GERARD OF LANCASTER COUNTY, A. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT PATTERSON WITH WEST HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP EMS ONLY 10% OF THOSE WHO HAVE A HEART ATTACK SURVIVE. THE REASON PAUL SNYDER IS HERE TODAY IS BECAUSE THE CPR WAS ADMINISTERED EARLY AND EVERYONE PLAYED THEIR PART. FATHER’S DAY PAST, PAUL SNYDER, 78, AND HIS SON MICKEY ARE AT THE CINEMA. EVERYONE WAS IN GOOD SPIRIT. BUT HALFWAY THROUGH THE FILM, MR. SNYDER STARTED TO FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE, SIT DOWN ON A BENCH, AND HE, LIKE, HOLD HIS HEAD LOWER. IT WAS. I COULD TELL SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT. HIS SON RECOMMENDED TO GO TO HOSPITAL. BUT MR. SNYDER SAID HE WAS OK. INSTEAD, THEY COME HOME AND THAT’S WHEN THINGS TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORST. IT LACKS OF AIR AS IT HAPPENED SO QUICKLY. MICKEY CALLED HIS BROTHER PAUL, WHO LEARNED CPR 15 YEARS AGO. HE WAS FRANTIC ON THE PHONE AND HE WAS FRANTIC. HE WAS LIKE, DAD TURNS BLUE. HE DIES RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. ALL HIS 56-YEAR-OLD WIFE CAN DO WAS WATCH. IT IS A VERY SCARY THING WHEN YOU ARE WHEN YOUR HUSBAND STOPS BREATHE. WHEN PAUL ARRIVED, HIS TRAINING STARTED IMMEDIATELY. MY WIFE AND BROTHER QUICKLY TAKEN HIM TO THE FLOOR AND STARTED A VERY HARD CPR ON THE CHEST. A MOMENT LATER THE POLICE AND EMS ARRIVED. THEY WERE LIKE SUPERHEROES. YEAH, FOR REAL. SHE OR THEY. THERE MUST HAVE BEEN SIX OR SEVEN PEOPLE IN A FEW MINUTES. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SURVIVOR CHAIN, THERE ARE THREE KEY ELEMENTS, ONE REALLY NORMAL. EARLY CPR, EARLY DEFIBRILLATION. 7 MINUTES LATER, MR. SNYDER’S HEART STARTED BEAT AGAIN. MY TIME IS NEARING. MR. SNYDER DOESN’T REMEMBER MUCH ABOUT THAT FATHER’S DAY, BUT I ASKED IF HE LEARNED ANYTHING FROM THIS ENTIRE EXPERIENCE. HE TOLD ME, SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS YOU CAN WITH YOUR FAMILY AND MONEY AND THINGS DON’T MATTER. JUST LOVE IN WEST HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP A

First responders recognized for rescue efforts in Lancaster County

On Tuesday, first responders were recognized for their Father’s Day rescue efforts in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County. According to Lieutenant Patterson of West Hempfield EMS, on average, only 10% of those who suffer heart attacks survive. The reason Paul Snyder, 78, is alive with his family is because the CPR was administered quickly and everyone played their part. Snyder and his son had gone out to the movies, but halfway through the film, Snyder began to feel uneasy. “He sat down on a bench and he held his head down. I could tell something was different. He was out of breath, and it happened so fast,” Paul’s son Mickey said. Snyder. Mickey called his brother, Paul, who knew how to perform CPR. When Paul arrived, he immediately started CPR on his father. Within seven minutes, Paul Sr.’s heart started beating again.

On Tuesday, first responders were recognized for their Father’s Day rescue efforts in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County.

According to Lieutenant Patterson of West Hempfield EMS, on average, only 10% of those who suffer heart attacks survive.

The reason Paul Snyder, 78, is alive with his family is because the CPR was administered quickly and everyone played their part.

Snyder and his son were at the movies, but halfway through the movie, Snyder began to feel uneasy.

“He sat down on a bench and he held his head down. I could tell something was different. He was out of breath, and it happened so fast,” Paul’s son Mickey said. Snyder.

Mickey called his brother, Paul, who knew how to perform CPR.

When Paul arrived, he immediately started CPR on his father. Within seven minutes, Paul Sr.’s heart started beating again.

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4 smart ways to save money in November 2022 https://directvanqex.com/4-smart-ways-to-save-money-in-november-2022/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 12:00:45 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/4-smart-ways-to-save-money-in-november-2022/

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Want to end the month with more money in the bank? You must read this.


Key points

  • November is often an expensive month as people start their holiday shopping, but you don’t have to end the month with a bloated budget.
  • These techniques can help you save more this month rather than overspending.
  • Look for ways to cut your Thanksgiving spending, consider your Black Friday shopping, and try to participate in “No-Spend November.”

November officially marks the start of the holiday season for many people. This may mean pulling out the credit cards to start buying all kinds of items that are eating into your budget.

But you don’t have to end the month with less money than you started. In fact, there are four techniques you could try that will save you more during this month. Here is what they are.

1. Reduce your Thanksgiving spending

Thanksgiving can be an expensive holiday after factoring in the cost of groceries and decorations. This is especially true this year, as the price of many food items has risen significantly from last year thanks to soaring inflation.

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But you can still have an amazing vacation at an affordable price if you’re smart about how you do it. If you want to save money on Thanksgiving festivities, consider:

  • Decoration shopping at the Dollar Tree: It stocks a surprising number of attractive seasonal items that you could buy for between $1 and $1.25.
  • Buy groceries with coupons and take advantage of special promotions: Many stores offer a free turkey if you spend enough in the months leading up to the holidays. You can also look for manufacturer coupons on Thanksgiving sides and staples online or in the Sunday paper.
  • Make it a potluck: Ask guests to each bring one of the traditional dishes so you don’t have to buy everything yourself.

Black Friday is a day of huge spending, but it also offers the opportunity to save. Of course, you can simply ignore the purchases and pocket the money you would have spent. But, a better approach may be to carefully review your holiday wish list and the items you need to buy throughout the year.

If you can get plenty of essentials that you’ll have to buy anyway, shelling out the cash to buy it on Black Friday could end up saving you money in the long run.

3. Adjust your thermostat

The weather is changing and electricity and heating fuels are more expensive this year in many parts of the country. If you want to save more money this month, consider turning down your thermostat to make your home a little cooler. You can always throw on a sweater or add an extra blanket to your bed, and lowering your energy costs could give you a lot more money to spend on other things.

4. Participate in the month of November “No-Spend”

Finally, if you really want to maximize your savings, you can pledge to participate in No Spend November. This is a financial challenge that many people participate in at this time of year where you commit to buying only the essentials for the entire month.

If you take this approach, not only could forgoing non-essential expenses help you cut costs this month, it could also get you out of the consumer mindset and save you more money. money throughout the year.

Each of these techniques could go a long way to helping you save more, so give them a try and see if they work well for you.

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Are meta-platforms saving AMD and Nvidia investors? https://directvanqex.com/are-meta-platforms-saving-amd-and-nvidia-investors/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 11:30:00 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/are-meta-platforms-saving-amd-and-nvidia-investors/

Today’s video focuses on how Nvidia (NVDA -2.75%) and Advanced micro-systems (AMD -2.83%) could benefit from Metaplatforms(META -5.59%) huge push towards artificial intelligence. Many might believe that Nvidia only has one solution for the data center market, but this video will show different solutions provided by Nvidia. Watch the short video to learn more, consider subscribing and click the special offer link below.

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Volusia County woman to be honored for saving lineman’s life after Hurricane Ian https://directvanqex.com/volusia-county-woman-to-be-honored-for-saving-linemans-life-after-hurricane-ian/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 20:25:50 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/volusia-county-woman-to-be-honored-for-saving-linemans-life-after-hurricane-ian/

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida. – A woman is branded a hero for saving the life of a shocked lineman while working in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. City of New Smyrna Beach officials will honor Casey Shaw at their committee meeting on Tuesday with a lifesaving award.

On October 2, two fitters were working to restore power in the Venetian Bay neighborhood when they were both shocked – one suffered minor injuries, but the other lost consciousness.

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Residents said they heard the boom, then ran to the nearest person they knew they could help.

“I hear a very loud knocking on my door and it was a neighbor saying someone had been electrocuted. You have to run,” Casey Shaw said.

Shaw, a registered nurse, lives across Airport Road from the electrical transformer box. After opening the door, she answered the call for help.

“I had never done CPR in the field before. I always used to be in intensive care with monitors and doctors and everything around me so it was very scary but my instincts kicked in and I checked his pulse. Couldn’t feel a pulse,” she said.

Neighbors watched Shaw begin CPR on Zach Halpin.

“I saw someone laying there and someone ran, and I just saw her doing CPR and stuff, and I was like oh my God, someone knows what to do because I knew that I didn’t know,” neighbor Victoria Coombs said.

Shaw said luckily one of the other utility workers pulled a defibrillator out of his truck.

“He needed to be shocked, so we delivered a shock, and I continued CPR, switching off with another fitter until paramedics arrived,” she said.

Three weeks later, Halpin is finally released from the hospital. His family told News 6 that 20 per cent of his body had been burned and he was now struggling to regain his mobility.

Zach Halpin, a lineman who was shocked while working in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian (Risa Halpin)

“He sent me a Facebook friend request the other day, and I almost started crying because I was so thrilled he was okay,” Shaw said.

Shaw, now hailed as a hero in New Smyrna Beach, will receive a lifesaving award from the city’s fire chief on Tuesday.

“I don’t feel like I necessarily deserved it because I was just trying to help someone, but I’m really flattered and honored by the recognition,” she said.


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Lafayette Football partners with nonprofit Be The Match and delivers life-saving results – The Lafayette https://directvanqex.com/lafayette-football-partners-with-nonprofit-be-the-match-and-delivers-life-saving-results-the-lafayette/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 08:06:39 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/lafayette-football-partners-with-nonprofit-be-the-match-and-delivers-life-saving-results-the-lafayette/

While the Lafayette football team had a goodbye last week, they remained active in the community by organizing a fundraiser for the nonprofit “Be The Match” in Farinon. Be The Match is an organization dedicated to finding possible bone marrow solutions for blood cancers like leukemia, sickle cell disease and lymphoma.

The procedure to register in the Be The Match database and possibly help with blood stem cell transplants takes two minutes, is painless and can have an incredible impact on a stranger’s life. Former player and Class of 2022 graduate Ty Hranicka, who happened to be a genetic match, went through the donation process.

“It’s a great feeling to help save someone’s life and it certainly puts things that are happening in my personal life into perspective,” Hranicka said. “I am very grateful to be able to help. Be The Match are a fantastic organization and have taken care of me throughout the process.

For the team, this event hits even closer to home this year with senior Joey Gillette announcing that his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has returned.

“With Joey being diagnosed again, it further underscores how important it is to raise awareness about this. He’s our brother and teammate, so seeing him impacted provides huge motivation to help out,” Hranicka said. Diseases can affect anyone, and the more people on the registry, the more we can help.

“I think our guys felt really passionate about it, not just because of Joe, but also a lot of the players on the team have family members or know people who have had cancer, so there was a lot motivation at all levels,” added Maddie Rodgers, Director of Football Operations.

Be The Match had a partnership with the Lafayette football team long before COVID-19. The new coaching staff supported this initiative with renewed vigour.

“Now that I have graduated, I am extremely happy to see the team continue to organize this event. I love and respect that Coach Trox has carried on this tradition. It was great to see a lot of guys using social media to raise awareness and promote the event,” Hranicka said.

Seniors Malik Hamm, Jyaire Stevens, and Ryan Dengler, along with freshman Spencer Adams, help raise awareness for bone marrow research.
(Photo courtesy of @LafColFootball on Twitter)

“[Be The Match] works with a ton of colleges across the country and they said we did a really good job,” Rodgers said. “They said that normally, on average, they would have about 120 swap kits per Be The Match event they attend, and we were able to get over 260. I would say our event was relatively successful.”

After a week off in which the Lafayette community showed their support for this important cause – 269 more people joined the register thanks to community efforts – the Leopards will face Holy Cross tomorrow with renewed strength.

“I’ve been through the entire process before and would happily do it again. I highly recommend that everyone join the registry and help those in need. This organization offers the opportunity to save lives in ways few can” , Hranicka said, “I would love to see this tradition continue at Lafayette and I hope it will for years to come.”

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black adam: ‘Black Adam’ review: Dwayne Johnson is the only saving grace in an otherwise predictable DC superhero movie https://directvanqex.com/black-adam-black-adam-review-dwayne-johnson-is-the-only-saving-grace-in-an-otherwise-predictable-dc-superhero-movie/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 03:05:00 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/black-adam-black-adam-review-dwayne-johnson-is-the-only-saving-grace-in-an-otherwise-predictable-dc-superhero-movie/ Shortly after “Black Adam”, a tween looks up at Dwayne Johnson’s muscular carcass and asks for his help: “We could use a superhero right now.” Speak for yourself, kid.

Do we need another superhero with another convoluted origin story that stretches back thousands of years and fulfills a crazy fate? Do we really need another group of secondary level heroes to focus on confusion? We are almost 40 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a dozen in the DC Universe. You can almost smell the fumes now, can’t you?

“Black Adam” isn’t bad, it’s just predictable and color-by-numbers, stealing from other movies like an IP supervillain. But Johnson is a natural in the title role, blending power and humor and able to deliver those needed wooden lines. Why he hasn’t had a starring role in a DC or Marvel superhero movie so far is amazing – come on, he’s already transformed into a creepy superhero in street clothes.

Like Marvel’s “Eternals,” “Black Adam” comes off the blocks very slowly with the tangled history of our setting – Kahndaq, a fictional Middle Eastern kingdom in 2,600 BC that has wizards, a bloodthirsty king, a magic crown and Eternium, a rare metal ore with energy-manipulating properties (Hello, Vibranium from ‘Black Panther’).

Flash-forward to the present day, where Kahndaq is under the cruel rule of the organized crime syndicate Intergang and its citizens are ripe for rebellion. They think they may have a leader in Black Adam (here Teth Adam, when introduced), who is freed from his 5,000-year-old grave and is naturally grumpy. Is it a force for good or for evil? (Or for a new sub-franchise?) The answer is yes to all.

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Still, the other superheroes in DC’s pantheon aren’t sure about the new guy and send in what can only be described as plan B muscle from the remaining members of a counterfeit organization called the Justice Society of America.

There’s Doctor Fate (a Doctor Strange in a dollar store played by Pierce Brosnan, who somehow keeps his dignity), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo, sweetly playing a giant dweeby and always hungry), Aldis Hodge as Onenote Hawkman and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, who can control – checks notes – the wind. They apparently left the superhero at home with the ability to open jars.

Black Adam is more than a match for all combined. He can fly, move as fast as The Flash, catch rockets, deflect bullets, and harness his own bluish electricity. Most of the time it does this weirdly passive thing of just floating around. “I don’t kneel in front of anyone” he intones, which could explain it.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra and the design team do a great job across the board but are let down by a boozy derivative script by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani that jumps from one violent scene to the next. like a video game in order to paper on a plot both undercooked and overcooked. At one point, with audiences exhausted from all the carnage, they feature skeletons rising like a legion from hell, just what we wanted.

They include plenty of pockets of humor that DC hasn’t always done well – a bit recurring with “Baby Come Back” and teaching Black Adam satire is fun; a Clint Eastwood gag fails – and there may have been three natural endings that piled up before the final, manipulative one. (“It can only end one way,” the script says. Don’t believe it.)

Amidst the banging superheroes are two humans – a rebel leader and his skateboarding and comic book-loving pre-teen son, played superbly by Sarah Shahi and Bodhi Sabongui, respectively. Comedian Mohammed Amer is an indispensable flash of brilliant humor.

Most intriguing – and the most fruitful angle to lean into – is the notion of the hero itself. Members of the Justice Society are shocked to find that they are not seen as heroic by the people of Kahndaq, who have lived 27 years under oppression. Black Adam came to help, even if he is a little more violent. Residents wonder where the guys with all the superpowers were for nearly three decades as they suffered – a nice dig in western nations.

“There are only heroes and villains. Heroes don’t kill people,” says a confused Hawkman. Black Adam responds, “Well, I do.” It’s Shahiby’s character who notes that it’s easy to call someone a hero when you’re the one drawing the line.

Sadly enough is the number of – ahem – callbacks to other films – ‘Tomb Raider’, ‘Back to the Future’ and plenty of ‘Star Wars’ (even, unforgivable, the phrase “You are our only hope”.) It’s a sometimes self-aware movie, like when the kid urges Black Adam to come up with a hook that will sell lunch boxes.

He does, but it doesn’t make much sense: “Tell them, ‘The man in black sent you.'” Wait, was he sent by someone else? Do they mean Johnny Cash? In fact, that may be a clue. What the filmmakers probably had in mind was money – selling those lunch boxes.

“Black Adam”, a Warner Bros. release. Pictures, which hits theaters on Friday, is rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, intense action and language. Duration: 124 minutes. Two and a half out of four stars.

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It’s disconcerting to re-listen to my interview with Colm O’Regan. Not because of anything he says; the writer and comedian is an avowed person who wants to be loved. But we are outside the Irish Museum of Modern Art and artists are playing discordant music in the courtyard. “Is this the soundtrack of the fight?” O’Regan asks, as the discordant notes swell. It’s the 4am collywobbles that make noise.

It’s a tribute to O’Regan’s skills as a comedian and writer that his new book, Climate Worrier, was the polar opposite of unsettling. It made me laugh, think, and feel a little lighter. It’s a one-man plea against tribalism, a stream of consciousness telling the vivid thoughts of someone who loves animals and eats meat and contains plenty of anecdotal advice on the changes we can make to make part of the solution to the climate crisis.

O’Regan is funny and the climate and biodiversity crises are not. But there is work to be done and he has rolled up his sleeves.

Is the book a plea for unity? “I guess there’s a bit of ‘why can’t we all get along’,” he says, “and ultimately like I’m hit by a tomato and think good ‘f**k this’ and choose a side and storm a barricade. But for now, why not try it as a thing? One of the things we might suggest (to use an expression from the book) is to be a “tactivist” , someone who enjoys “building consensus…Someone who has learned patience the hard way. Who knows that very little is useless,” he wrote.

These thoughts nudge us into a softer space of conversation. When we laugh, we breathe and connect. Social media conversations have become places where “you have to win the conversation. I think people are fine with being wrong if the person who is right didn’t care.

How does he mix the oil and water of the serious and the funny? “I think there’s an episode of The Simpsons where they go to see a comedian about climate change and everyone walks off crying. You don’t want to be that either. Serious comedy can be awful and not for the wrong reasons. It’s just that the nature of comedy is to flip the message, be the bold kid or whatever. Trying to be funny without preaching is very important. That’s what I’m trying to do. If I’m successful? Great. If not, tell me where. But don’t be a pimple about it.

The book begins at O’Regan’s childhood home on a dairy farm in Dripsey in West Cork, where his late father (whom he affectionately calls Dada throughout) was a “tasty” farmer or else tidy who pulverized rushes and bulldozed ditches to widen pokey fields. He was “biased about Gramoxone to remove moss from courtyards” but also a man who loved nature and planted trees to replace the dead elm. “So I knew he was one of the good guys.”

It’s a small country. That’s why we have a chance to do things. There isn’t this giant gaping chasm between the oligarchs in a gated compound and someone 4,000 miles and two time zones away making a living in North Dakota

Quotations recalled from Dada preface certain chapters. How would he feel about things now? “I would say what he would say… whatever business you’re in, whether it’s agriculture or cement, when you’re focused on a particular area and someone comes and says ‘you should doing it this way” is incredibly boring, no matter how fair… I would be really annoyed if someone told me that the manual work I was doing was wrong. And I would not have to a long time before reading the study.

O’Regan’s litter pick-up group in Inchicore was his first step in the kind of community action he hopes will help. Our smallness as a country is also our strength. “Who spends the same time outside doing thankless work for an hourly rate that would not be accepted? Environmentalists and farmers… there is common ground here. It’s not going to fix everything, but it’s a small country. That’s why we have a chance to do things. There isn’t this giant gaping chasm between oligarchs in a gated compound and someone 4,000 miles and two time zones away making a living in North Dakota. There is a strong shared experience and the degrees of separation here are about one and a half.

The lost decades were lost in part because of a deliberate campaign funded by fossil fuel companies. “I heard about climate change in 1988 and fell asleep for 20 years. If you asked me about climate change in 2005, I’m sure part of the answer might be “well, isn’t there some kind of guesswork around that? I thought it was something that actually last year was the coldest year in Greenland. I certainly wasn’t denying anything, but somehow these stories drifted into my thinking and it turns out it didn’t happen by accident. We wasted all that time in a very smart way.

Has Covid had lessons for the climate? “If we winter this one and winter the next and the next after that, we might have a summer. Yeah, so we won’t do a Seamus Heaney quote as a preamble,” he says.

There are two lessons from Covid, he thinks: the first was a demonstration of how quickly decisions could be made, the second was learning “how many types of frontline workers there are. It started with nurses and doctors, then men and women who work in waste disposal, postmen and women, people who work in a store, taxi drivers, bus drivers, people making food.

Networks like the WhatsApp group that “neighborhood” pink tie for someone’s debts the night before, and the kindness of most people are what give him hope. O’Regan has a dustpan and a brush in his backpack. He came across a broken bottle on the Rialto Bridge during the school run earlier and decided to come back that way on the way to maintenance. But someone else got there first. It was gone, the work already done by a good nameless person.

The media also have a role to play in sweeping away the mess. “If you’re an opinion maker and you stir things up and work in the opinion industry – I’m sure I’ve done something like that in the past, so tell me – that doesn’t mean we need to cover the biodiversity agenda without listening to anything else, but if you frame it as ‘transport wars’, ‘food wars’ or ‘culture wars’, you know what you’re talking about. Stop it.Since we all do a little, people who communicate with a lot of people have more of a duty than one person in their car or van.

“I have a column [in The Examiner], I want everyone to love me. See the attached email from the therapist,” he says with a smile, “but I also think if two people with different viewpoints can read this and not have their opinion hardened, then that’s a win. .

He hopes the book is the kind of gift an activist might receive for a parent who sees him as someone who’s just angry. “It’s my first job: number one, ‘save the planet’; two “don’t sound like a button”. Actually no, number one is ‘doesn’t sound like a pimple’…because we don’t have time for people to get over their dislike of me until they read.”

Climate Worrier, A Hypocrite’s Guide to Saving the Planet is published by HarperCollins

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