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Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty to superseding federal indictment

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first_imgiStock/CatEyePerspectiveNEW YORK– Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty on Friday to an eight-count superseding indictment alleging that she aided and conspired with Epstein in the sexual abuse of minors.The new indictment adds a fourth alleged female victim to existing charges and substantially expands the timeframe of her alleged facilitation of Epstein’s abuse, which now includes four victims from 1994 to 2004. Epstein was facing sex-trafficking charges when he died by suicide in jail in 2019.The indictment also alleges that Maxwell committed perjury during two civil depositions in 2016.This was Maxwell’s first in-person court appearance. In a federal courtroom in Manhattan, the 59-year-old’s eyes appeared sunken, her arms frail and her hair — once dark and cut short — appeared to fall beneath her shoulders and be graying at the roots.She affirmed she understood the superseding indictment and waived its public reading.Two U.S. Marshals sat behind her, springing up from their seats when she stood to leave. Maxwell paused, removed her mask, drank from a bottle of water and was led back to jail.U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan did not rule Friday on the question of whether the trial will proceed as scheduled on July 12.Maxwell’s lawyers are seeking a continuance of the trial until the fall or winter to allow them time to investigate and prepare for the new allegations. The government opposes the delay, citing, among other reasons, the stress on the alleged victims ahead of the trial.Nathan said she’ll give an answer on the trial date soon, but she advised both parties to continue preparing for the scheduled trial date.Defense attorneys also have claimed Maxwell has been mistreated while incarcerated. In a February filing, Maxwell said she was “withering” from conditions she described as needlessly harsh and in one instance she’d been “physically abused” during a pat-down by guards. Her bail requests have been denied multiple times.“She’s looking forward to fighting,” Maxwell’s family attorney, David Markus, said outside court Friday. “She has been treated horribly.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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MOL to buy Chevron’s stakes in ACG oil field and BTC pipeline for $1.5bn

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first_imgThe ACG oil field, which is located in the Caspian Sea, has been in production since 1997, while the BTC pipeline serves as transport route for oil produced from the field The BP-operated ACG oil field platforms in the Caspian Sea. Photo: courtesy of BP p.l.c. MOL Group has agreed to acquire a 9.57% stake in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli oil field (ACG oil field) and an 8.9% stake in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline (BTC pipeline) in Azerbaijan from two Chevron subsidiaries for $1.57bn.The Hungarian oil and gas company will be buying the non-operated stake in the ACG oil field from Chevron Global Ventures and the non-operated stake in the BTC pipeline from Chevron BTC Pipeline.Details of the ACG oil fieldThe transaction will make MOL the third-largest stakeholder in the offshore Azerbaijani oil field after BP and SOCAR’s subsidiary AzBTC. Located in the Caspian Sea, the ACG oil field has been in production since 1997.In 2018, the BP-operated field yielded an average of 584,000 barrels per day. Its estimated total gross recoverable reserves as per BP are around three billion bbl of oil. In September 2017, the Azerbaijani oil field’s license was extended until 2049.In April 2019, BP and its partners approved the $6bn Azeri Central East project (ACE project), which marks the next stage of development of the ACG oil field.Details of the BTC pipelineThe 1,768km long BTC pipeline transports the crude oil produced from the ACG oil field and also condensate produced from the Shah Deniz gas-condensate project across Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. The pipeline, which has been in service since 2006, connects the Sangachal terminal on the shores of the Caspian Sea to the Ceyhan marine terminal on the Turkish Mediterranean coast.For Chevron, the deal marks its exit from the oil field and its associated pipeline.MOL Group chairman-CEO Zsolt Hernádi said: “This major USD 1.57bn transaction is a significant milestone in building our international E&P portfolio, in one of our core regions, the CIS, where we will team up with world-class partners.“Following the closing of the deal, around half of our production will come from outside the CEE region, giving us a healthy balance. With these new barrels we are also strengthening our resilient, integrated business model, which will continue to generate robust cash flow to finance the MOL 2030 transformational projects as well as rising dividends to our shareholders.”The acquisition, which is subject to government and regulatory approvals, is anticipated to be closed in the second quarter of next year.last_img read more

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Sweet bakery goods enjoy buoyant exports

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first_imgUK exports of cakes and sweet biscuits increased significantly in 2008, according to the latest report by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), as the low value of the pound made UK products more competitive overseas. The data, supplied by Leatherhead Food International, showed exports of UK biscuits shot up 15.3% to £203.9m and cakes were also buoyant, up 12% to £156.5m.Canada, Australia and The Netherlands were some of the biggest importers of sweet biscuits, seeing export growth of 35.7%, 38.9% and 26.7% respectively. Fifty-seven per cent of all UK cake exports were to Ireland, up 5.8%, and cake exports to The Netherlands and France rose by 25.5% and 34.7% respectively.Following an upturn in its exports in 2008, United Biscuits has launched its McVitie’s Digestives brand in France for the first time. Four products will be available – McVitie’s Original, McVitie’s Chocolate, McVitie’s HobNobs, McVitie’s Caramel – and marketing support will kick off this month. The brand saw the most growth in Saudi Arabia (+25%), Greece (+23%) and Australia (+18%), achieved through a variety of measures, including customising the McVitie’s range for individual overseas retailers, raising awareness through TV advertising and successful promotions, said a spokesperson for the firm.Berkshire-based Handmade Cake Company has also noticed its export orders have been ramping up. “Exports are an increasingly important part of our business – we have certainly noticed that the recent decline of sterling versus the euro has made our cakes an even more attractive proposition to potential customers within the euro zone,” said sales director Simon Law. “In the past month, we have made our first delivery to one of Europe’s largest catering companies, based in France.”Bulgaria and Poland have also both significantly increased their imports of bakery, cakes and biscuits, by 302.2% and 225.7% (£3.6m) respectively.last_img read more

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Italian innovation

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first_imgAutumn is an important season for exhibitions and Italy’s major bakery show, AB Tech Expo, takes place at Milan’s massive Rho Fiera showground from 23-27 October. If you catch the shuttle bus from the airport directly to the show (see details page 40), don’t forget to ask the driver to stop at Fieramilano.Equivalent to Birmingham’s NEC in prestige, all the fun of the fair is promised and it won’t just be breads. Cakes, pastries, biscuits and pizza will also be coming out of mixers or onto production lines before going into the latest ovens. With interpreters on hand, Italy’s most renowned pizza-maker Renato Andrenelli will talk about new flours, latest machinery, leavening and ingredients.For bakers most of Italy’s major machi-nery manufactures will be present, as will many international exhibitors. For a full list of exhibitors see abtechexpo.com, but key names include Rondo, Tagliavini, Fortuna, Sancassiano, Pietroberto, VMI, Bertuetti, Sottoriva, Turri, Colip, Mimac and Werner & Pfleiderer.New productsThe De Danieli Cooker line is aimed at bakers who need to make all sorts of doughs and mixtures, including creams, jams, mustards, cheese, nougat, almond brittle and caramels.There is also a separate nougat cooker and a tank for chocolate and fats in stainless steel with capacities of 50-500 litres.Dell’Oro will be showing its new Triplex divider/rounder for flatbreads, including pittas, piadinas and pizzas. It can work dough pieces from 60-300g. The latest model has three independent units laid one on top of the other, which allow a triple working of the product in one passage.Pietroberto’s Sart 2 rounder is described as a “compact and silent machine” suitable for craft and industrial bakeries and can work both soft and medium-hard doughs.Brevetti Gasparin’s Bauletto Line slices and packs tin bread in flow at high speed. The belt’s guide sides and speed are fully adjustable. Output is 1,800-2,400 per hour. Bread shelf-life can be extended by use of an alcohol spray.Costa Group will be showing its latest shopfittings used by craft bakers and foodservice outlets all over the world.CP spiral mixers can be programmed for 99 different mixes at three different speeds with a reverse bowl rotation to help with premixing. A water meter and thermal probe help guide and indicate both dough and water temperaturesRondo’s latest Curl & More for croissants, baguettes and pretzel-type shapes has already won two innovation awards so it is not strictly new, but it can now work in conjunction with the Rondosprayer, which can atomise liquids or spread seeds.Molino Galla Giovanna will be demonstrating the various products that can be made with the latest 00 flour, ideal for Danish pastries, brioches, sponges and croissants.Sottoriva has a new version of its Athena divider/rounder, which can work from one to six rows with weight ranges from 25-700g. Designed for breads, rolls and stamped bread, it can also produce pittas and hamburgers. Complete with a resting prover, it offers maximum flexibility.Sottoriva is also unveiling an automatic unit with a tray-loading device for ciabattas and rolled breads. It uses new technologies and the option of non-stick materials.Tagliavini will be showing its full line of compact, energy-saving rotary ovens. It will also demonstrate its Global One project, which includes point-of-sale, product advice, marketing and training.With the Wiesheu Dibas 64 oven, the door disappears sideways into the housing. Automatic or manual, there are no corners or edges for optimum ease of cleaning. With energy-saving as standard, options include variable air circulation and steam.The latest Rollmatic bread slicer is especially designed for shops and supermarkets. It features automatic opening and closing by photocells and, with state-of-the-art protection, can even be operated by customers. With two cutting speeds and adjustable blade widths, it is said to be very easy to operate and has two patents pending. It is also available without the automatic front door and photocells.Finally, VMI Berto Italia will present its new removable bowl mixer for capacities of 80280kg of dough. How to get there During the exhibition visitors will find a direct shuttle bus service to the fair (stop on request) by Malpensa Shuttle and Malpensa Bus Express.Malpensa Shuttle: l Departures from Malpensa airport at Terminal 1, exit 6. From 7am to 10pm departures every 20 minutes with a stop at Fieramilano only on request. Direct line Malpensa-Fieramilano from 9am to 11.30am, every 30 minutes.l Departures from Fieramilano at West Gate, at 2pm and 3pm and every 30 minutes from 4pm to 7pm. l For online ticketing and information: www.malpensashuttle.it Malpensa Bus Express: l Departures from Malpensa airport at Terminal 1, exit 6. From 6.30am to 6.10pm departures every 20 minutes with a stop at Fieramilano on request.l Departures from Fieramilano at West Gate, at 2.30pm and 3.30pm and every 30 minutes from 3.45pm to 6.45pm. Last bus is at 7.30pm.l For information: www.autostradale.it During demonstrations in the workshop areas, foreign visitors will find hostesses and interpreters who can translate into the main languages (English, German, Spanish, French and Russian).Show organiser F&M Fiere & Mostre Srl l Tel +39 02.409221 (as of 1 September)l [email protected] [email protected] l www.abtechexpo.com Welcome to our international visitors “We look forward to welcoming trade operatives from all over the world and particularly British and Irish visitors to AB Tech Expo 2010. It will be the premier event for the baking industry, with a strong focus on bread and cake-making equipment and also everything to do with pizza and even fresh pasta.”We are proud to have as exhibitors the main international representative companies of the market, keen to show their latest novelties to the British and Irish markets. While there is a strong focus on technologies, there will also be many ingredient demonstrations with best ’maestri’ (craftsmen), competitions, tutorials and new ideas.”Fieramilano is one of the most important and modern fairgrounds in Europe and it will be great to welcome bakers and professionals from all sectors of the trade in such an exclusive location.” Aldo Tagliabue (Organiser andsecretary general of AB Tech Expo)last_img read more

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Coelacanth genome surfaces

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first_imgAn international team of researchers has decoded the genome of a creature whose evolutionary history is both enigmatic and illuminating: the African coelacanth. A sea-cave dwelling, 5-foot-long fish with limblike fins, the coelacanth was once thought to be extinct. A living coelacanth was discovered off the African coast in 1938, and since then, questions about these ancient-looking fish have loomed large.Coelacanths today closely resemble the fossilized skeletons of their ancestors of more than 300 million years ago. Their genome confirms what many researchers had long suspected: Genes in coelacanths are evolving more slowly than in other organisms.“We found that the genes overall are evolving significantly slower than in every other fish and land vertebrate that we looked at,” said Jessica Alföldi, a research scientist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and co-first author of a paper on the coelacanth genome, which appears in Nature this week. “This is the first time that we’ve had a big enough gene set to really see that.”Researchers hypothesize that this slow rate of evolution may be because coelacanths simply have not needed to change: They live primarily off the Eastern African coast (a second coelacanth species lives off the coast of Indonesia), at ocean depths where relatively little has changed over the millennia.“We often talk about how species have changed over time,” said Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, scientific director of the Broad Institute’s vertebrate genome biology group and senior author. “But there are still a few places on earth where organisms don’t have to change, and this is one of them. Coelacanths are likely very specialized to such a specific, non-changing, extreme environment — it is ideally suited to the deep sea just the way it is.”Because of their resemblance to fossils dating back millions of years, coelacanths today are often referred to as “living fossils” — a term coined by Charles Darwin. But the coelacanth is not a relic of the past brought back to life: It is a species that has survived, reproduced, but changed very little in appearance for millions of years. “It’s not a living fossil; it’s a living organism,” said Alföldi. “It doesn’t live in a time bubble; it lives in our world, which is why it’s so fascinating to find out that its genes are evolving more slowly than ours.”The coelacanth genome has also allowed scientists to test other long-debated questions. For example, coelacanths possess some features that look oddly similar to those seen only in animals that dwell on land, including “lobed” fins, which resemble the limbs of four-legged land animals (known as tetrapods). Another odd-looking group of fish known as lungfish possesses lobed fins, too. It is probable that one of the ancestral lobed-finned fish species gave rise to the first four-legged amphibious creatures to climb out of the water and up onto land, but until now, researchers could not determine which of the two was the likelier candidate.In addition to sequencing the full genome — nearly 3 billion “letters” of DNA — from the coelacanth, the researchers also looked at RNA content from the coelacanth (both the African and Indonesian species) and from the lungfish. This information allowed them to compare genes in use in the brain, kidneys, liver, spleen, and gut of lungfish with gene sets from coelacanths and 20 other vertebrate species. Their results suggested that tetrapods are more closely related to lungfish than to the coelacanth.However, the coelacanth is still a critical organism to study to understand what is often called the water-to-land transition. The lungfish may be more closely related to land animals, but its genome remains inscrutable: At 100 billion letters in length, the lungfish genome is simply too unwieldy for scientists to sequence, assemble, and analyze. The coelacanth’s more modest genome (comparable in length to our own) is yielding valuable clues about the genetic changes that may have allowed tetrapods to flourish on land.By looking at what genes were lost when vertebrates came on land as well as what regulatory elements — parts of the genome that govern where, when, and to what degree genes are active — were gained, the researchers made several unusual discoveries:Sense of smell. The team found that many regulatory changes influenced genes involved in smell perception and detecting airborne odors. They hypothesize that as creatures moved from sea to land, they needed new means of detecting chemicals in the environment around them.Immunity. The researchers found a significant number of immune-related regulatory changes when they compared the coelacanth genome to the genomes of land animals. They hypothesized that these changes may have been part of a response to new pathogens encountered on land.Evolutionary development. Researchers found several key genetic regions that may have been “evolutionarily recruited” to form tetrapod innovations such as limbs, fingers and toes, and the mammalian placenta. One of these regions, known as HoxD, harbors a particular sequence that is shared across coelacanths and tetrapods. It is likely that this sequence from the coelacanth was co-opted by tetrapods to help form hands and feet.Urea cycle. Fish get rid of nitrogen by excreting ammonia into the water, but humans and other land animals quickly convert ammonia into less-toxic urea using the urea cycle. Researchers found that the most important gene involved in this cycle has been modified in tetrapods.The coelacanth genome may hold other clues for researchers investigating the evolution of tetrapods. “This is just the beginning of many analyses on what the coelacanth can teach us about the emergence of land vertebrates, including humans, and, combined with modern empirical approaches, can lend insights into the mechanisms that have contributed to major evolutionary innovations,” said Chris Amemiya, a member of the Benaroya Research Institute and co-first author of the Nature paper. Amemiya is also a professor at the University of Washington.Sequencing the full coelacanth genome was uniquely challenging for many reasons. Coelacanths are an endangered species, so samples available for research are almost nonexistent. This meant that each sample obtained was precious: Researchers would have “one shot” at sequencing the collected genetic material, according to Alföldi. But the difficulties of obtaining a sample and the challenges of sequencing it also knit the community together.Although the coelacanth genome offers some tantalizing answers, the research team anticipates that further study of the fish’s immunity, respiration, physiology, and more will lead to deep insights into how some vertebrates adapted to life on land, while others remained creatures of the sea.last_img read more

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Chemistry professors receive multimillion dollar grants

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first_img Read Full Story The Department of Defense recently announced the winners of their 2020 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. The agency received 365 proposals and awarded 26 grants. In a rare feat, they selected two professors from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology — Daniel Nocera and Kang-Kuen Ni — to lead multi-disciplinary teams in designing the next generation of military and commercial technology.“Modern science and engineering problems often intersect more than one scientific discipline,” said Bindu Nair, the deputy director for basic research at the Department of Defense, in a press release. Multidisciplinary effort “accelerates research progress to enable more rapid R&D breakthroughs by cross-fertilization of ideas, and can hasten the transition of basic research findings to practical applications.”Daniel Nocera, the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, will use his MURI to work on oxygen harvesting and storage in the ocean. For example, if a diver descends into the deep sea with a limited amount of oxygen, could a tool let them extract oxygen from the surrounding waters and stay down there longer?Nocera and his multidisciplinary, cross-institution team of experts, which includes Jarad Mason, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology will design technology to harvest pure oxygen from undersea environments of different temperatures and depths. Ultimately, their work could help create the next generation of diving suits capable of extracting and storing oxygen mid-dive.Kang-Kuen Ni, the Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and of Physics, will work on a problem of precision. A pioneer of ultracold chemistry, Ni has used colder and colder temperatures to forge molecules from atoms that would otherwise never react. Cooled to such extremes, atoms and molecules slow to a quantum crawl, their lowest possible energy state. There, she can manipulate molecular interactions with utmost precision. Recently, her lab performed the coldest chemical reaction and saw, for the first time, a slowed-down version of two molecules breaking and forming bonds.With her MURI, Ni has formed a team of experts from chemistry, quantum information, precision measurement and physics to take this work further and achieve the same level of control over molecules as she has over individual atoms. With that power, she will investigate how specific molecules behave in the quantum realm, which could lead to far more sensitive sensors, processors and transducers, as well as advanced material science and drug design. Her team’s work will also add more rungs on the ladder to quantum computers.Previously, the MURI helped launch technologies like laser frequency combs — now the gold standard in frequency control for precision in navigation and targeting — atomic and molecular self-assembly projects, which advanced nano-manufacturing, and the entire field of spintronics.This year’s 26 winning teams earned an average of $7 million for their five-year research projects. Nocera and Ni’s teams include collaborators from nine different institutions including Harvard.last_img read more

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Students sell Nicaraguan goods in bookstore

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first_imgThe Nicaraguan-based Custom Elevation, a company founded by three Notre Dame students in 2012, continues to expand its sale of handicrafts to improve the lives of artisans.Co-founder and senior Christian Estrada, who is from Nicaragua, said Custom Elevation bases itself on the principle of fairness.“It is about giving the artisans a chance,” he said. “It is about letting them do what they love and getting paid fairly.”Estrada said the company has developed new handmade products since it began selling its goods at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore in April 2013.“We expanded our product line to fit the likes of our various customers,” Estrada said. “In the collegiate market, we have added the Salbeke Hand-woven Bag. We introduced this product in early December and have received quite a bit of attention.”The company introduced the new products after assessing the marketability of the Amaka Hammocks featured in the company’s first product launch.“The hammock has proven to be a very tough product to sell because of the lack of summertime activities around Notre Dame and the high price point due to royalty expenses, transportation and packaging,” Estrada said. “This is why we introduced the Salbeke.”Estrada said the artisans employed by Custom Elevation work out of a renovated building in the Nicaraguan city of Masaya, where the production of handicrafts stretches back many generations.“The conditions in Masaya in general are still very bad. Given that the artisan community is extensive, it will be hard to fix this problem right away, but our vision is to help change the lives of as many artisans as possible,” Estrada said. “By eventually expanding to more and more universities and institutions, we will be able to increase the size of our facility and the number of workers we employ.”Between business classes and collaboration with recent Notre Dame alumnus Roberto Pellas, Estrada said he has met with officials from Texas Christian University (TCU) and the University of Texas at Austin to market Custom Elevation’s products bearing the logos of each institution.“I just met with TCU’s licensing director and it went very well,” Estrada said. “We have basically secured a license with them and will most probably start selling at their bookstore around June.”In addition, Estrada said Custom Elevation has set its sights on the corporate logo market.“This will be pretty much like the collegiate market in that we will personalize our products with institutional logos,” he said. “We are also selling our generic products [without logos] at different boutiques in Nicaragua and here in the states.”Tags: Custom Elevationlast_img read more

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Kelsey Grammer & Kelli O’Hara May Headline Julie Andrews’ My Fair Lady

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first_img View Comments Wouldn’t it be loverly?! Kelsey Grammer and Kelli O’Hara are the latest names in the mix to lead a revival of My Fair Lady as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, respectively. Previous names attached to a potential return of the classic tuner include Colin Firth, Ralph Fiennes, Anne Hathaway and Carey Mulligan. A production directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher had been aiming for a 2014 Broadway opening; the Wrap reports that Julie Andrews’ previously reported Australian incarnation will go on the road before landing in New York in 2017, where both Grammer and O’Hara would star.Grammer and O’Hara previously appeared in the roles back in 2007 at a Lincoln Center fundraiser. Grammer will return to the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland in the New Year; his additional Great White Way credits include La Cage Aux Folles, Macbeth and Othello. He won four Emmy Awards for his performance as the titular radio psychiatrist in the long-running hit series Frasier. O’Hara is the current headliner of The King and I, for which she won a 2015 Tony Award. She has also received Tony nods for her performances in The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game and The Light in the Piazza.Featuring music by Frederick Loewe and a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956, starring Andrews and Rex Harrison. The production won the Tony Award for Best Musical, and Harrison snagged a Best Actor trophy. My Fair Lady was last seen on Broadway in 1993, starring Melissa Errico and Richard Chamberlain.last_img read more

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Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Prestonsburg, Kentucky

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first_imgDeep in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, the small town of Prestonsburg is home to a diverse array of outdoor opportunities. For starters, there is the Dewey Lake Recreation Area, where locals and visitors enjoy scenic views of Appalachia’s western end in a serene, wildlife-rich setting.Also on the shores of Dewey Lake is the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. This unique state park offers boater access, fully furnished campsites, and luxury lodge accommodations. The Prestonsburg area is also home to the Levisa Fork River, know to hold abundant populations of trophy smallmouth, and the 18-mile Dawkins Line Rail Trail.Cudas_IB_0814_2DID YOU KNOW: This part of Eastern Kentucky is one of the rare places east of the Rocky Mountains where elk populations flourish.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more

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True confidence = success

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first_imgTruly confident people do things differently. They can motivate others without words and have an amazing ability to get things done.“[T]ruly confident people always have the upper hand over the doubtful and the skittish, because they inspire others and they make things happen,” writes Travis Bradberry, a contributor to Forbes who focuses on emotional intelligence and leadership performance.Bradberry shares 12 “cardinal habits of truly confident people,” including:– Their happiness comes from within. “People who brim with confidence derive their sense of pleasure and satisfaction from their own accomplishments, as opposed to what other people think of their accomplishments,” he writes.– They listen more than they speak. Truly confident people have nothing to prove, so they listen rather than talk.– They don’t seek attention. This goes back to where truly confident people find their happiness: within. They don’t need the approval (or attention) of others.– They stick their necks out. Truly confident people aren’t constrained by fear and are always open and willing to try new things. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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