AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Today, many Americans confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day, which honors veterans of all wars and is observed in November. This is an unfortunate, and all too common, misunderstanding. While it’s good and appropriate to honor all vets, it’s also crucial to pay tribute specifically to the ones who never came home. These are the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for all of us. Yet worse than the confusion about Memorial Day is our tendency to forget about its significance altogether. Because the day is part of a three-day weekend and marks the unofficial start of summer, we can easily get so caught up in barbecues and pool parties that we neglect to even give our nation’s fallen heroes a passing thought. That is a shame. And with the ranks of those fallen heroes growing every day in battles in Afghanistan and Iraq, we have no excuse for our forgetfulness – and all the more reason for gratitude. By all means, let’s enjoy the day, the barbecues, the road trips, the moments with friends and family. These are the fruits of the freedom and security that our heroes died to preserve. But let’s also be sure to honor them at our cemeteries, in our houses of worship, at our parades or even just around the table at our gatherings. For all they gave us, it is truly the very least we can do in return.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHEN Americans first started observing what’s now known as Memorial Day in the late 1860s, there was no confusion or doubt about the holiday’s purpose. The pain, grief and horrific losses of the Civil War – America’s most devastating war ever – still seared the memory. Few Americans were without loved ones who not only fought, but died in the War Between the States, and they took seriously the need to honor those lost souls. After World War I, the day expanded to include fallen American servicemen in all of America’s wars. And when President Richard Nixon formally made Memorial Day a national holiday in 1971 amid the mounting carnage in Vietnam, there was also little mystery about the day’s purpose. Sadly, that’s not the case any more.
You almost certainly watched the Battle of Winterfell rather than Avalanche-Sharks 2 because, well, most of your chums and chumettes at work would be talking about it a lot more readily than the second game of this dysrhythmic series.You did the right thing. Besides, there are going to be lots more games in this series. Sunday night pretty well guaranteed that.Colorado’s 4-3 victory in Game 2 of this series at Le Centre du SAP was essentially as head coach Jared Bednar would have wanted it in …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the January 2017 National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP) report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service conveyed that no new positive U.S. classical scrapie cases have been reported in either sheep or goats in fiscal year 2017, which runs Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017. Also, no new infected or source flocks have been identified in fiscal year 2017.In fact, the last case of classical scrapie was reported in April 2016. This is the longest period without a positive case since the beginning of the NSEP.As of Jan. 31, 2017, there were two open infected and source flock statuses for classical scrapie. One flock was designated as a Nor98-like source flock in October 2016 as a result of a sheep sampled in September 2016 that tested positive.RSSS started April 1, 2003. It is a targeted slaughter surveillance program which is designed to identify infected flocks. Samples have been collected from 531,701 animals since April 1, 2003. There have been 480 NVSL confirmed positive animals* (471 classical cases and 9 Nor98-like cases) since the beginning of RSSS. As of January 31, 2017, 11,197 samples have been collected in FY 2017, 9,551 from sheep and 1,646 from goats.The January report is available at www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_diseases/scrapie/downloads/monthly_scrapie_report.pdf.
An established Olympic swimming superstar and a seven-month pregnant shooter helped South Korea to one of its best days at the Asian Games on Sunday.Park Tae-hwan, the 400-meter freestyle gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, won the 200 freestyle in the Asian Games pool, leading throughout to break his own Asian record.Hours earlier, Gim Yun-mi, who is expecting a child in two months, helped out as South Korea swept all four shooting gold medals to give it nine on the day overall.The games also had a first world record – China’s Li Ping won the women’s 53-kilogram weightlifting division. She broke an eight-year-old world mark in the snatch when she lifted 103 kilograms, then lifted 127 in the clean and jerk to earn another world record for the combined total at 230 kilograms.China collected 18 golds Sunday and moved to a leading 37 on the second day of competition at the Games, which end Nov. 27. South Korea has 13 gold medals overall. Japan is in third place with eight golds and Hong Kong is next with two gold.China topped the medal count at the last Asian Games in Doha with 166 gold medals and is on its way to repeating that. There are 476 gold medals to be awarded in Guangzhou.South Korean shooter Lee Dae-myung won the men’s 10-meter air pistol and helped secure a victory in the team competition on the second morning. Later, Gim won the women’s 10-meter air pistol and helped South Korea win the women’s team gold.”I got the gold medal with my baby, I feel so happy,” Gim said through an interpreter.advertisementJia Rui helped deliver Macau’s first-ever gold medal at the Asian Games by winning the Daoshu/Gunshu all-round title in the Chinese martial arts of Wushu.Macau had won five silver and 10 bronze medals in previous Asian Games, but the 23-year-old individual world champion clinched Sunday’s gold with an acrobatic routine involving flips and fast sword movement.”In Macau, wushu is a hobby for many people, and this will be a big step for the sport in my country,” he said.India, meanwhile, won its first gold of the games when Pankaj Advani beat Nay Thway Oo of Malaysia 3-2 in men’s English billiards.Japanese triathletes finished first and second in the men’s race just 24 hours after two of their female compatriots took the major medals in the women’s event.On Sunday, Yuichi Hosoda and Ryosuke Yamamoto finished one-two to make Japan the undisputed triathlon champions of the Asian Games. On Saturday, Mariko Adachi and Akane Tsuchihashi of Japan won gold and silver, respectively, in the women’s race.At the Asian Games pool, Park broke the Chinese domination that has seen the host country win nine golds in 12 finals over two nights.Japanese star Kosuke Kitajima failed to win his 50-meter breaststroke heat in the morning and struggled again in the final, finishing 0.35 seconds behind winner, China’s Xie Zhi, to end up in a dead heat for fourth with Iran’s Mohammad Alirezaei Dizicheh. Kitajima’s teammate Ryo Tateishi was second.The 50 distance is not the 28-year-old Japanese star swimmer’s best event – he swept the 100 and 200 Olympic titles in Athens and Beijing. Still, failing to land a medal at all is a worrying sign heading into his signature events in Guangzhou.Kitajima said the competition was simply too strong.”Even though it’s my best result of this year, I did not get a medal,” he said. “I’ll try my best in the 100-meter breaststroke later.”