FARMINGTON – A mother and her son were transported to Maine Medical Center Wednesday morning after their ATV fell into Hardy Brook.According to Mark Latti, communications director for the Maine Department of Inland, Fisheries and Wildlife, Kerri Stone, 26 of Wilton, and her son Ashton, 6, were seriously injured in an ATV crash on the Whistle-Stop trail at approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.Kerri Stone was operating an Arctic Cat 400 with her son as a passenger when she apparently lost control of the machine as it approached the bridge over Hardy Brook, Latti said. The ATV fell 23 feet into the brook.Game wardens, Farmington Fire Rescue, Farmington Police and NorthStar EMS responded to the scene. Ashton Stone was transported by LifeFlight to Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, as was Kerri Stone by ambulance.
Blue Ridge Outdoors is excited to announce its partnership with the New River Alliance of Climbers for the first annual Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival (AOFF), set to take place in Fayetteville, W.Va., on May 21, 2016. Whether or not you’re a professional filmmaker is no matter to us — we’re looking to spread the love of Appalachia and its mountains, rivers, adventures, and adventurers.Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival: Trailer 2 from Jay Young on Vimeo.Submission is free, but the deadline is soon! Want to learn more? Check out this Q&A with AOFF Co-Director Jay Young.BRO: Where did the idea for AOFF originate?JY: Kenny Parker, Maura Kistler, and I were at a birthday party, sitting around talking. For a couple years, the elephant in the room had been “With what do we replace the New River Climbers’ Rendezvous?” And Maura had an idea—bring the Banff Mountain Film Festival to Fayetteville. The more we spoke about bringing a festival like Banff or Reel Rock here, the more we began to see problems with them. One, they’re prohibitively expensive for a little non-profit like us. Two, the films are too long—if you’re not into one, you’re a captive audience for the next 40 minutes. Three, while the films are very high quality in those other festivals, they’re not usually geographically specific to the New…or West Virginia…or for that matter, Appalachia. BRO: Who should enter in the AOFF and what types of films are you looking for?JY: Amateurs and professional film makers should feel free to submit their films. The run-time limit for submissions is 15 minutes (no captive audiences here), and all entries must have some tie to Appalachia, even if that’s just an Appalachia-based film maker who ventured farther afield to create a film. BRO: What is the mission of the AOFF?JY: We want a festival that is accessible to amateur film makers and geographically pertinent to where we are, Appalachia. BRO: What are the important dates and facts to know about the film fest?JY: The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm April 1, but really, as long as it’s in my inbox when I turn my computer on April 2, we won’t worry about minutes and hours. Films must be maximum 15 minutes long and must have some tie to Appalachia. Submission is free. There’s a submission form to fill out here: http://aoff.org. The live festival is May 21, 2016, at 8pm, with the after party at the American Alpine Club campground.There’s also a pretty hefty cash prize up for grabs. Rather than prizes for various categories, we have one cash award for Best in Show and one for Audience Favorite. Both are $1,000, which means there’s potential for one film maker to walk with two large lumps of cash. BRO: Is the event BYOP (bring your own popcorn)?JY: Huh, we haven’t really thought about that. I think we may actually own a popcorn maker from the Rendezvous days… BRO: The culture of the New River Gorge is steeped in adventure, so for film makers and potential attendees to the film fest who may be unfamiliar with the area, tell us what makes the NRG, and this fest, so unique?JY: The Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival is not a New River Gorge film festival. I really hope that we’ll be able to draw films and film makers from as far away as Maine and Georgia. But none of that means the festival is not infused with the adventurous spirit of the New River Gorge. Our roots are here, and we love to share it with others, but we also know that our spirit is not unique to the Appalachian chain. We want to bring Pennsylvania’s spirit in, Georgia’s, Vermont’s, New York’s. In that way, the Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival is a celebration of East Coast adventure and East Coast natural beauty. We also decided early on that we didn’t want just a climbing festival. Here at the New—where several world class outdoor pursuits are 20 minutes from our front doors—none of us are just climbers. We all have multiple outdoor loves. I’m also into whitewater. Maura’s a trail runner. We all snowboard. A bunch of us mountain bike. I can think of a few fishermen and a birder. This festival is as inclusive as the New River Gorge itself is.
The Ecuadorean Marines seized 773 kg of marijuana on July 5, in an operation on the Colombian border in which two Colombians were arrested, the National Directorate of Aquatic Spaces (Dirnea) announced. The seizure took place on a beach in the locality of Rocafuerte, around 175 km northwest of Quito, in the border province of Esmeraldas, AFP was told by a source at the Navy’s North Operations Command, which previously reported the seizure of 430 kg of drugs. Two Colombians, one of them undocumented, were arrested in the operation, which included the participation of a member of the Coast Guard who detected the boat that was transporting the contraband. “The Ecuadorean Navy, in its fight against drug trafficking, has landed another heavy blow, for which reason it will continue conducting patrols and working in coordination with all Naval units and competent authorities to combat illicit activities in the country,” Dirnea said in a statement. During the first six months of 2012, Ecuador seized around 17 tons of drugs, chiefly cocaine. Seizures of narcotics reached 26 tons in 2011, compared to 18 tons in 2010 and the record of 68 tons in 2009. On the basis of those figures, President Rafael Correa stated a week ago that his country is one of the world’s most effective in the fight against drug trafficking and the only one in the Andean region where coca, the raw material for cocaine, is not grown. By Dialogo July 09, 2012
Of the total number of applications, 3,739 were already approved, 9,950 are still on process and 3,539 were endorsed to DOLE for funding and releasing, as of May 13. Moldes said they already received a total of 16,768 applications from OFWs since the AKAP program was opened on April 13. ILOILO City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region 6 disbursed P27,110,000 worth of emergency assistance to 2,711 overseas Filipino workers in Western Visayas affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. OFWs who qualify to the program get a one-time cash assistance of P10,000 released through a remittance center. Moldes said application is ongoing and done online in strict observance of the social distancing precautionary measures. Proofs of employment can be any of the following: verified employment contract, work permit/visa, residence IDs, CeC/BM exemption showing validity, employment offer certification from agency, and service record. Moldes advised applicants to prepare their proofs of arrival, overseas employment and loss of employment as requirements for submission. Proofs of arrival include any of the following: airline ticket, boarding pass, arrival stamp on passport, disembarkation on seaman’s book, immigration sticker upon arrival and arrival sticker of the baggage. Land-based and sea-based OFWs who were displaced due to COVID-19 are covered by the program. Officer-in-charge Rizza Joy Moldes said the amount was part of the P1.5-billion fund of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-AKAP for OFWs through the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. Any of the following can be submitted as proof of loss of employment: Termination Letter/Notice, cancellation of engagement, travel ban advisories, self-undertaking written with signature. “All our eligible OFWs have to do is visit the dole-akap.owwa.gov.ph to apply in the program to be able to avail of the cash aid from the government,” said Moldes. (PIA-Iloilo/PN)
“In the case of John as we all know he has one of the brightest careers in English football, and I don’t say that lightly. “He had an injury earlier in the season but he is now in a situation where he can be a leader.” Stones won Everton’s young player of the year award while Brendan Galloway, who made his first-team debut against West Ham last weekend, was named under-21 player of the year. Toffees captain Phil Jagielka had a clean sweep winning player of the season, player’s player and goal of the season for his long-range strike in the Merseyside derby at Anfield. “It is always nice to win personal things but as captain of this team I’d have like to have won with us pushing for European and Champions League places,” said the England centre-back. “That would have made the award that more sweeter. “We have quite a few young lads in the team so hopefully they will have learned just as much from this season as they did from last season. “Considering the standards we set ourselves and we’ve had a bit of disastrous season, but we’ve actually picked up a decent amount of points and some good results along the way. “It’s not been all doom and gloom; we expected to be higher up the table for the majority of the season but it never materialised. “We are not that far away so we won’t beat ourselves up too much.” The Toffees boss has argued all season the 21-year-old should not be considered because of his progress with the senior side and Southgate has agreed. Martinez welcomed the move, insisting Barkley will benefit more from a well-earned rest. “We work together with England and we are always there to help,” said the Spaniard, speaking at Everton’s annual awards night. “I think Ross is a player who has already been in a tournament (the World Cup in Brazil) with the senior side and it is common sense when you are in the under-21s and go into a big tournament it is to prepare you for the seniors. “I think with Ross it makes sense he is allowed to concentrate on the senior squad. “He hasn’t been involved in the (under-21) qualifying rounds and I think it makes sense the team that qualified stayed for the tournament. “He needs a good break. I think it has been an incredibly mature role the one he has developed this season without catching real highlights. “He deserves a good break and we are very excited about the future of Ross.” Everton do have John Stones and Luke Garbutt in the under-21s squad but Martinez is pleased for the pair to have the chance to experience a major tournament. “John and Luke can help England to be successful,” he said. Press Association Everton manager Roberto Martinez has backed England Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate’s decision not to take Ross Barkley to this summer’s European Championships.