AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNoah Fisher was devastated when an optician told him he’d have to wear glasses, fearing that he would be laughed at.But his mom, Lindsey, set up a Facebook group called Glasses for Noah, and encouraged friends and family to send pictures of themselves wearing glasses.It grew beyond Lindsey’s circle of friends and now includes tens of thousands of strangers who have posted their own pictures, encouragement, and photos of celebrities wearing glasses.– READ and WATCH the story from the Huffington PostThanks to Joel Arellano for submitting the link on our Facebook Page! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
IntroductionAs you settle into Fort Benning, you’ll want to find things to do. Below are some activities andtheir locations to check out. Spending quality time with family and friends is crucial to feeling at home and feeling comfortable in your new surroundings. Explore these options and find what works best for you and your family. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and neighbors for their recommendations too!Suggested Read: Fort Benning Georgia: In-Depth Welcome CenterCOVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available for the time being. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each place’s current hours and situation.20 Things to Do in Fort BenningThe post has an extensive network of establishments suited for many of your needs. If you are looking to do something off post, there are a lot of options around Columbus, GA, which can be as close as 20 minutes away. Check out the options below for some suggested activities on and outside of the comforts of the post.Know what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go:(1-2) Golf Courses(3) Shooting Range(4) Bowling(5-10) Parks, Fishing, & Hunting(11-16) Gyms(17-20) MuseumsFort Benning Golf Course1. Fort Benning Golf Course7471 Baltzell Avenue,Bldg 390Fort Benning, Georgia 319051 (706) 545-0397Open seven days a week and includes a driving range. There is also disc golf available if you’d like to try something a bit different. Be sure to check out the website for tee time requirements and hours.2. Topgolf Swing Suite7611 Sightseeing RoadBldg 2784Fort Benning, GA 319051 (706) 545-8205If real golf isn’t your thing, you can try a virtual version at Topgolf. They also offer other virtual games, a computer lab, a movie room, and pool tables.Fort Benning Shooting Range3. Recreational Shooting Complex7839 1st Division RoadBldg 2975Fort Benning, GA 319051 (706) 545-6158Rifle, pistol, and trap and skeet ranges. Check out their website for details on membership and prices.Fort Benning Bowling4. Fort Benning Bowling & Entertainment Center (BEC)6530 Eckel Avenue Building 2785Fort Benning, GA 319051 (706) 545-4164A great place for family and team/unit events, open usually Wednesday – Sunday. Check out their website for more details and specials. If this alley is full, there is another bowling option is at the Mall Bowling Center.Parks, Fishing, & HuntingFort Benning5. Parks, Ponds, and Trails7310 Gillespie StBuilding 1707,Fort Benning, GA 319051 (706) 545-7978There are many on-post options for hiking and recreation. You can also reserve pavilions and gazebos at select locations where you can have cookouts and parties.6. Hunting and Fishing1 (706) 544-7516Although hunting and fishing is permitted on Fort Benning, please check with their Natural Resources Branch for details including permissible areas, season information, firearms, permits, and guest passes.Columbus7. Flat Rock Park6106 Warm Springs Rd,Columbus, GA 319091 (706) 225-4658Hiking and biking trails as well as outdoor picnic areas with grills and playgrounds.8. Cooper Creek Park5089 Cooper Creek Road,Columbus, GA 319071 (706) 225-4658Tennis courts, playgrounds, trails, and picnic areas.9. Lake Oliver Marina5501 River RoadColumbus, GA 319041 (706) 653-4634Seasonal fishing and boating.10. Psalmond Road Supercenter6550 Psalmond Road,Columbus, GA 318201 (706) 641-5935Playgrounds, fields, and full recreation center.Fort Benning GymsFitness, which is an integral part of the military, can also be a fun and healthy activity for post patrons. There are many fitness centers across the post including one that requires a paid membership. While most have the basic amenities such as weight room and cardio, other features specific to different locations are listed below. Check out the link for details on times and available classes.11. Audie Murphy Athletic Performance Center6561 Way StreetBuilding 2818Fort Benning, GA 319051 (706) 545-1940Amenities: Full gym with specialized equipment for soldiers. Times in the mornings are set aside for active duty soldiers in PT gear.12. Kefurt Fitness Center8710 Watkins StreetBuilding 9001Fort Benning, GA 319051 (706) 544-4511Amenities: Full gym, bumper plates, fan bikes, expansive turf area.13. Whittington High Performance Center7098 Old Cusseta HighwayBldg 4303Fort Benning, GA 319051 (706) 544-7528Amenities: Brand new facility with weight machines, squat racks, and fitness rooms for cardio, spin, and more.14. Santiago Fitness Center23rd Infantry Regiment RoadBldg 3350Fort Benning, GA 319051 (706) 544-9486Amenities: Gym with basketball and racquetball courts, co-ed sauna.15. Smith Fitness Center6835 Dixie RoadBldg 2874Fort Benning, GA 319051 (706) 545-4388Amenities: Full gym with basketball / volleyball court configurations, cardio, weights, classes, pool.16. Breezeway Fitness Center Complex 977 Lincoln St Bldg 117Fort Benning, GA 319051 (706) 545-1687Amenities: Paid membership only gym that is open 24/7. It also has a pool and an outdoor fitness park.Fort Benning MuseumsThese institutions preserve history and are a great learning opportunity for those new to the area. Many have programs and guided tours as well as activities for kids and all of them are a quick drive, or even walk, from the post. Check out their websites for details on business hours and specific programs.Columbus17. The National Infantry Museum1775 Legacy Way,Columbus, GA 319031 (706) 685-2622As Fort Benning is the home of the infantry, it is only fitting that there be a national infantry museum nearby. Check it out to learn the in-depth history of the infantry branch.18. National Civil War Naval Museum1002 Victory Dr,Columbus, GA 319011 (706) 327-9798Not only do they have preserved warships, but this museum also offers historical theatre, living history reenactments, cannon firings, and weapons demonstrations.19. The Columbus Museum1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 319061 (706) 748-2562The Columbus Museum has temporary and permanent exhibits on American art and historical artifacts. They are family friendly and provide educational programs throughout the year.20. Coca-Cola Space Science Center701 Front Ave,Columbus, GA 319011(706) 649-1470They have film screenings, activities, and simulators that can be enjoyed by the whole family.ConclusionWhether on or off post, Fort Benning has many offerings to keep you and your family busy. Explore the options, and don’t be afraid to try a few things out. Ask your new friends and neighbors for recommendations, especially when it comes to outdoor parks and activities. This list is just a taste of the offerings on and near the post during your time at Fort Benning. We hope you can feel inspired to check these out and explore the area as you get settled in.More like this: 26 of the Best Fort Benning Restaurants The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.
A new 9-part video series from Italian bike maker Officina Battaglin’s offers a detailed peek into their workshop and how the company developed over time. Founder & 1981 Giro-Vuelta winner Giovanni Battaglin takes you inside their production shop in northern Italy to see the techniques Battaglin uses to craft modern, meticulously precise steel road bikes…Battaglin’s How to build modern, precision steel bikesIn “The Man of Steel” series Giovanni Battaglin leads us into the workshop where he oversees the construction of his eponymous steel frames. The complete series details a “secret formula” Battaglin has used over the decades, and touches on some of the most successful steel bikes to come out of his shop over the years.Battaglin only speaks Italian, so the series gives him a voice-over & subtitles so more international viewers can hear his racing & bike building stories & opinions. Giovanni’s son Alex who manages the brand now said the put a lot of effort into producing the comprehensive video series because they “wanted our customers to see how their steel frames are made.”This first video we embedded above is available directly on their site, with the remainder freely accessible via a private link once you sign up via email to their mailing list.OfficinaBattaglin.com
(Photo: Joan Marcus & Matthew Murphy) For musical theater fans, today is an international holiday! March 22 marks musical theater legends Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s birthdays. In honor of this truly magical day of theater-dorkdom, we’ve created a quiz so you can finally figure out which of their beloved songs is your true anthem. (You already known our top 50 favorites from Sondheim and Lloyd Webber.) Take our quiz below, share your results with us on Twitter and (why not?) belt out your answer to celebrate these Tony-winning titans’ big day. View Comments
Chicago Hotcha! A Chicago veteran is back to rake in the chips. Bianca Marroquín will assume the role of Roxie Hart in the Tony-winning revival from May 1 through July 2, taking over for Charlotte d’Amboise. As previously announced, Ryoko Yonekura will step into Roxie’s tap shoes on July 3.Marroquín has become a familiar face at the Ambassador Theatre, having celebrated over a dozen stints as Roxie in the Broadway mainstay. Upon returning to the role in July 2016, she and long-time friend Jaime Camil made history as the first two Mexican-born actors to lead a Broadway musical together.She has also appeared on Broadway in In the Heights and The Pajama Game. Marroquín’s additional credits include Carnegie Hall’s 2016 warehouse presentation of West Side Story and Mexican productions of Rent, Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music.The current cast of Chicago also includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Tony Yazbeck as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, LaVon Fisher-Wilson as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Bianca Marroquín in ‘Chicago'(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) Related Shows View Comments from $49.50 Bianca Marroquín Star Files
Vermont Business Magazine After historic highs and spikes and dips, weekly unemployment claims fell back to a more typical level last week. Claims also fell back below numbers from the same time last year. Claims in 2015 generally were lower than in 2014, but since the holiday season have been running well ahead until last week. For the week of January 16, 2016, there were 753 claims, 402 fewer than the previous week’s total and 41 fewer than they were a year ago. By industry, claims were down for all categories and similar to the same time last year. Construction claims (36 percent) again led all categories. Altogether 7,535 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 713 from a week ago, and 866 fewer than a year ago.The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)Vermont’s unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent in November (half a point lower than November 2014), as the labor force and total employment fell, with a small decrease in the number of unemployed. SEE STORY.NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.
Source: October 14, 2020 – The Snelling Center for Government Photo credit: Johannes OtterVermont Business Magazine The Snelling Center for Government announced today the Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2021. The Class of 2021 is comprised of a diverse group of leaders from across the state who represent a wide variety of organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors:Abeer Alzubaidy, South Burlington, Winooski School DistrictShawn Burroughs, South Ryegate, Northeastern Vermont Regional HospitalEvan Carlson, Sutton, Northern Vermont UniversityMark Eley, Winooski, Department for Children and Families – Economic ServicesBrian Horbal, Bradford, Agency of TransportationStevya Mukuzo, Burlington, Winooski School DistrictBrittany Nevins, Waltham, Agency of Commerce and Community DevelopmentJillian Niggel, Essex Junction, Department for Children and FamiliesColleen Safford, Jericho, University of VermontSamuel Santos, Highgate, Department of CorrectionsLouisa Schibli, Charlotte, Milk Money VermontSuzanne Shibley, Underhill, Department for Children and Families – Family ServicesMelanie Slocum, Northfield, Blue Cross Blue Shield VermontCarrie Stahler, East Burke, Green Mountain United WayChelsea Takamine, Essex Junction, UVM Central on Rural AddictionErin Wetherell, East Thetford, Community College of VermontDennis Wrest, Essex Junction, TekLexRepresenting the 26th class of the Vermont Leadership Institute, the Class of 2021 embarked on their leadership journey at the end of September with a two-day Opening Retreat held outside at Basin Harbor following all safety precautions. Over the course of the program, associates will delve into topics such as personal leadership adaptation; complex systems thinking and innovation; and leadership paradigms that support diversity, equity, and inclusion for all Vermonters. The Class of 2021 will learn from both each other and an esteemed faculty while building meaningful networks and relationships. Through this experience, associates are inspired to take thoughtful action and work effectively with other Vermont citizens to lead transformative change both professionally and personally, thereby making greater contributions to their organizations, communities and Vermont.Upon graduating next year, the Class of 2021 will join more than 600 VLI graduates who are positively influencing Vermont’s future in business, public policy, education, community development and in a wide range of volunteer and non-profit sector roles.To learn more about the Vermont Leadership Institute and the Snelling Center’s other professional development programs, please visit www.snellingcenter.org(link is external) or contact 802-859-3090.The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to fostering responsible and ethical civic leadership, encouraging public service by private citizens, and promoting informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont. For more information, please visit our website at www.snellingcenter.org(link is external).
Aug 28, 2012Second Yosemite visitor dies from hantavirus infectionA second person who visited California’s Yosemite National Park in June died of a hantavirus infection, according to a statement yesterday from the National Park Service (NPS). Officials said a third related case had already been confirmed and a fourth case is suspected. The park commissioner is contacting visitors who stayed at the Signature Tent Cabins in the park’s Curry Village from the middle of June through the end of August. That amounts to 1,700 people, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The park is warning occupants about the recent cases and advising them to seek prompt medical treatment if they experience any hantavirus symptoms. Don Neubacher, the park’s superintendent, said in the NPS statement that because people don’t get sick until 1 to 6 weeks after exposure to the virus, the park is warning people who stayed in Curry Village since June to be aware of the symptoms. The park set up a nonemergency phone line to field questions and has stepped up rodent trapping and rodent proofing of buildings. Earlier this month the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in two Californians, one of whom died, and reminded residents to take precautions against the disease, which is spread by rodents and their droppings, urine, or saliva. Is said since 1993 when the disease was first detected in California, 60 cases have been reported, and about a third of HPS cases have been fatal.Aug 27 NPS press releaseAug 28 AP storyAug 16 CDPH statementLouisiana West Nile cases could approach recordLouisiana’s cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection reached 145 last week, the highest in a decade, according to statement from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH). So far, Louisiana has recorded 78 cases of neuroinvasive disease and 9 deaths from WNV. Jimmy Guidry, MD, state health officer, said in the statement that surveillance suggests the virus has been found in mosquitoes in every part of the state, and people, especially seniors and those with weakened immune systems, should take steps to reduce the risk of being bitten. The LDHH said the state’s record year for WNV cases was 2002, when the disease was first detected in the state and 328 cases and 24 deaths were reported.Aug 24 LDHH statementAnthrax outbreak strikes two Russian villagesFourteen people from two neighboring Russian villages in Western Siberia’s Altai territory have been hospitalized in an anthrax outbreak, including three with confirmed Bacillus anthracis infections and five showing symptoms of the disease, Interfax, a nongovernmental news agency based in Russia, said today. The patients are from Marushka and Druzhba villages. One death has been reported. A spokesman from a local health department told Interfax that a vaccination campaign will be launched today with 130 doses of anthrax vaccine that have been delivered from Tomsk and another 200 doses sent by Omsk. A meeting with local residents is scheduled for Marushka village to explain the next steps they should take, and officials have met in an emergency session to decide on the next response measures. Authorities have declared a state of emergency and have quarantined the Tselinny district. Residents have been prohibited from taking meat or dairy products out of the district.Aug 28 Interfax reportPediatrics group endorses circumcision to prevent diseaseThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in a reversal from its 1999 recommendations, has endorsed male circumcision as a procedure to prevent infectious diseases, the group said in a statement in Pediatrics yesterday. The AAP’s Task Force on Circumcision wrote, “Systematic evaluation of English-language peer-reviewed literature from 1995 through 2010 indicates that preventive health benefits of elective circumcision of male newborns outweigh the risks of the procedure. Benefits include significant reductions in the risk of urinary tract infection in the first year of life and, subsequently, in the risk of heterosexual acquisition of HIV and the transmission of other sexually transmitted infections.” It added, “Although health benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all male newborns, the benefits of circumcision are sufficient to justify access to this procedure for families choosing it and to warrant third-party payment for circumcision of male newborns.” The task force said the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has endorsed the AAP statement.Aug 27 AAP statement
Saint Lucia to ‘Retire’ Common Entrance Oct 6, 2020 You may be interested in… (CXC Press Release) In a move aimed at boosting security and portability of official examinations records, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will pilot Blockcerts or blockchain-based credentials to a limited number of candidates starting on Wednesday 31 October 2018. During the Blockcerts pilot, some 24, 000 candidates who sat the 2018 May/June examinations and for whom CXC has e-mail addresses, will receive credentials to access their e-certificates. The candidates will also receive the traditional paper-based certificate. The Blockcerts will be issued using the Learning Machine Federated Issuing System, an enterprise platform for nation-states and multinational organisations looking to securely digitise the issuance and verification of official records. CXC Exams Stay in July Jul 20, 2020 Apr 20, 2020 May 15, 2020 It Is Our CXC: Let Us Work Out A Solution – Amb.… CARICOM Girls in ICT Partnership Hosts First Digital… CXC To Issue E-Certificates Across RegionAfter a successful trial period, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has announced that it will continue to provide students with e-certificates across the region. While CXC will still be offering the traditional paper-based certificate, students who have registered unique and valid email addresses will now have the option to acquire…March 7, 2019In “Barbados”In Face Of COVID-19 Pandemic, CXC Offers Revised Exams Process(Caribbean Examinations Council Press Release)– The Caribbean Examinations Council® (CXC®) stands in solidarity with the region and the international community as we grapple with the impact of COVID-19 on our way of life. During the past two weeks, we have been monitoring developments across the CARICOM region and working closely…March 26, 2020In “CARICOM”CXC Makes Two Key Appointments to Leadership Team(CXC Press Release) – The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC®) in activating its digital transformational agenda, and repositioning as a regional enterprise that facilitates regional integration and development, has appointed two senior members to its leadership team. Effective 1 February 2020, Mrs Nicole Manning assumed the role of Director of Operations,…February 10, 2020In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp “CXC is extremely excited about this latest development as we transition several of our processes to electronic workflows,” CXC Registrar, Mr Glenroy Cumberbatch stated. “Our candidates as well as users of the certificates, that is, employers, colleges and universities will find Blockcerts very convenient to use.” The Registrar added that as an examination board, security of the certificates is a CXC priority and the blockchain technology provides the most robust protection available. With the shift to Blockcerts, candidates will receive their certificates via the free, open source Blockcerts Wallet, a highly secure credentials wallet that stores, shares, and verifies evidence of candidates’ achievement in CXC examinations. Issuing documents as Blockcerts helps to prevent the loss of official records in the event of relocation, natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, all hazards that affect the Caribbean periodically. In addition, there are no fees for current and future candidates to receive their e-certificates, and for users of Blockcerts to authenticate a candidate’s record. Blockcerts was selected because it offers several advantages: preserves vendor independence for records issuance, sharing, storage, and verification, and is it is the most widely-adopted global open standard for blockchain credentials. Natalie Smolenski, Learning Machine Vice President of Business Development, said, “It is institutions like the CXC that are advancing the cause of individual ownership of their official records. Students and workers travel frequently to live, study, and work throughout the Caribbean. Having easily shareable, portable electronic credentials can speed up a verification process that usually takes weeks or months into a matter of seconds. This is a win/win for both issuing institutions and Caribbean citizens.” Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…
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