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Locals make Roundup a big deal

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:55
Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the Roundup Committee, leads a group of dedicated volunteers who work every year to produce one of the top 25 events in the country.

Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the Roundup Committee, leads a group of dedicated volunteers who work every year to produce one of the top 25 events in the country.

DODGE CITY, Kan. – While it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community and more to put on the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

“There’s no possible way this event goes on without the number of volunteers and the great support we get from this community,” said Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual event. “Much of everything that happens with our rodeo is because of the volunteers who devote their time and energy to its success.”

They’re all working for a spectacular week of rodeo starting with an evening of Xtreme Bulls on Tuesday, July 28, and five performances of Roundup from Wednesday, July 29-Sunday, Aug. 2; all performances begin at 7:45 p.m. at Roundup Arena.

The work by the volunteers is a key reason why Dodge City’s rodeo was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2012. In fact, only office manager Elaine Gall and a handful of ticket-window staff members are the only paid employees.

All the rest of the work that goes into making Roundup a successful venture is done community members who hold full-time jobs and who devote their spare time.

“We work year-round,” Trotter said. “From working with our dedicated sponsors to getting the arena set up, it takes a lot of man-hours every year to set everything up so the fans can experience our rodeo.

“Roundup was established years ago as a community event, and it takes place during Dodge City Days. We get fans from all over the state and from all over the country who come to our rodeo ever year, and we want them to have a great experience year after year.”

From the ticket-takers at the front game to the person who sold the hamburgers at the concessions stand, virtually every ounce of labor is one of love by people who care about Roundup.

“If you buy a Pepsi or a beer, a volunteer has served you,” he said. “All the behind-the-scenes things that happen are done primarily by people who donate their time.

“When it comes to our rodeo, we have the top professional cowboys and cowgirls in the world who come to Dodge City. I credit the people of this community who make it happen.”

That includes the local businesses that support the event financially. In rodeo, cowboys and cowgirls compete in order to make a living. In addition to paying bills, dollars earned also count as championship points – the contestants in each event who earn the most money at season’s end are crowned world champions.

Roundup offers local incentives of more than $160,000. That, combined with contestants’ entry fees, makes up one of the largest purses in ProRodeo; through the years, it has remained one of the top 25 events in the country.

“We get support from more than 100 businesses, nearly all of which are local,” Gall said. “I think it says a lot about how those businesses understand the type of event our rodeo is to this community. We’re very blessed by the local support we get.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Good news for Greece! It still rules the seas

Business News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:50
Shipping is one of the biggest industries in Greece -- and this key business has held up surprisingly well despite fears of a Grexit and more economic hardship ahead.

Football's #SECMD15 Attendees Announced, Airs Live on SEC Network

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:48
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Mississippi State takes its turn at 2015 Southeastern Conference Football Media Day on Tuesday, July 14 and will be represented by head coach Dan Mullen, defensive end Ryan Brown, cornerback Taveze Calhoun and quarterback Dak Prescott.

5 reasons not to freak out about China

Business News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:46
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'South Park' renewed for three more seasons

Business News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:40
The boys from "South Park" will have a home on Comedy Central through 2019.

A college degree can make it harder to buy a home

Business News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:31
Becoming a homeowner requires a lot of cash, but a college degree can sometimes make it harder.

Identity Theft 101: What You Need To Know

Lifestyles - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:17
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - Identity theft is nothing new. It's been around longer than the Internet itself -- the process has just gotten more sophisticated.

The long and the short of it is, no matter how hard we try and protect what's ours (personal information, credit card numbers and bank account information), the more evolved criminals have become at circumventing these defenses.

To that end, it's never a bad idea to go over the newest forms of identity theft. Read on to find out how you may be (unwittingly) giving away your information and what you can do to stop it.

Internet Identity Theft

In this case, you may be unknowingly handing over information. Consider this: information can be stolen from the databases of banks, and retailers, or other third-party entities. What this means is that every time you log onto a website and provide personal information, be it credit card, debit card or a password, you are potentially giving away information.

Gone Phishing

Just like fishing, phishing uses a lure to catch its next victim. This often comes in the form of spam e-mail or a pop-up warning that looks like it came from a company you trust.

For the 57 million adults that have experienced a phishing attack, they know that one click is all it takes. The truth? Legitimate companies will never ask for personal information via e-mail.

Buying the Pharm

Pharming happens when a cyber criminal cracks a vulnerability in an Internet Service Provider or DNS server and hijacks the domain name of a well-known site. Anyone going to the site is then redirected to an identical, but bogus site. Personal information is then collected, which is used to log onto the genuine website.

Beware the Spyware

Spyware is technology that surreptitiously gathers information by logging all of your keystrokes, or by using Trojans to collect information from your computer when you click on a pop-up ad or view spam e-mail.

While it may seem impossible to protect yourself, there are companies that have made it its mission to defend consumers. VirnetX, for instance, a security and software company has created Gabriel, a set of secure communication apps derived from a U.S. Department of Defense project.

Gabriel transmits information using automatic virtual private networks with military-grade encryption -- think Cryptograms. In this way, your data and communication is invisible to hackers.

Gabriel offers its users secure mail, messaging and free voice and video calls.

Gabriel Collaboration Suite is free to try. For more information, go to www.gabrielsecure.com or the Google Play Store.

China stocks hammered as market crash continues

Business News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:16
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How to Keep Seniors Independent at Home

Lifestyles - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:15
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - When most people envision their ideal retirement, they picture themselves dancing, playing tennis or running around the playground with their grandchildren. Unfortunately, some seniors eventually find themselves losing their independence due to the natural aging process.

According to Marketing Charts, 26 percent of seniors surveyed rated losing their independence as their biggest fear. This is higher than 13 percent of seniors who feared moving into a nursing home, or 3 percent fearing death. Instead of seniors fearing a loss of independence, how can they regain it?

Here are some easy-to-adopt suggestions to help you or your elderly parent regain independence after an accident, medical condition or an inability to get around the house:

Invest in a Power Wheelchair

Power wheelchairs provide seniors with independence and comfort beyond a traditional manual wheelchair. Seniors can easily regain their independence with joystick movement, letting them choose speed and direction they are comfortable with. Power wheelchairs also let seniors recline and tilt, helping them raise their legs if they need to.

Install a Stairlift

Seniors looking to gain independence, especially when they can't make it up the stairs anymore, can install an Acorn Stairlift. Seniors with arthritis don't have to worry, because it's the only approved starlift, with the Ease-of-Use commendation by the Arthritis Foundation.

Available for straight or curved stairs, Acorn Stairlifts provide seniors with a safe and secure movement from sitting down to stepping off through its swivel seat and safety belt. Seniors also don't have to worry about malfunctions with its built-in safety sensors that prevent it from running into something it shouldn't. It also features an easy-to-read numerical display notifying seniors if it needs servicing -- preventing it from malfunctioning with someone on it.

Attach Bathroom Aids

Helping seniors regain independence after an accident is especially important when it comes to bathing. Installing grab bars or safety handles on tubs and walls, along with bath and shower chairs, can help seniors regain their independence by giving them the confidence they need to safely bath themselves, even if they have a home health aide helping them.

Learn more about how seniors can regain their independence by visiting www.acornstairlifts.com.

This county agreed to reinstate the Confederate flag

CNN - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:36
Members of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to reinstate the Confederate flag atop a county building. CNN affiliate WKMG reports.
Categories: National News

Soccer superstars moving to U.S.

CNN - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:35
New York City FC signs football superstars with a little help from Abu Dhabi. CNN's Amir Daftari reports.
Categories: National News

Greece asks for a third bailout

Business News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:34
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Baltimore eatery skips restaurant week to feed the homeless

Business News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:27
Feeding the homeless just got a lot fancier.

How to Handle the Potential Pitfalls of Dating

Lifestyles - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:18

(NewsUSA) - Dating is hard these days. Never mind the whole getting-to-know you thing, the Internet has created a world where every foible, every flaw, every thing (literally and figuratively) is on display for all the world, including potential dating partners, to see.

"Surviving any worst-case scenario comes down to not panicking, having a plan and ultimately being prepared," David Borgenicht, author of The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Sur-vival Handbook: Dating & Sex, told the Chicago Tribune in an interview. "And this applies to the realm of dating."

That is why it's best to be prepared for any dating scene so you don't find yourself wondering whether leaving-by-the-bathroom-window is actually an option.

The following tips will help you avoid the minefield of dating.

* You spill wine all over the table, on yourself, or on your date. At best, you and your date can laugh it off. And if you like one another, it's an easy way to ask them out for a second one --to a dry cleaners where you'll foot the bill. At worst, if the sparks aren't there, you have an easy out.

* You're running late. It happens -- traffic, work runs over, mistiming on how long it takes to get ready -- and all of a sudden you've kept your date waiting. In this case, take a few minutes to send a text message or a quick call and let them know you've run into a snag, but will be there as soon as possible. Better yet, giving them a timeframe. One caveat: try to keep it light. If you sound stressed about being late, they'll be stressed about waiting.

* You're a smokeless tobacco user. For smokeless tobacco users, the thought of taking a spit cup or bottle on a date is horrific, and of course, an absolute no-no. So, what to do? You might want to consider a portable spittoon made by FLASR, an Atlanta-based company that specializes in creating smokeless tobacco accessories.

To avoid the messiness that can go along with using smokeless tobacco, the FLASR flask has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, thus eliminating the risk of spills and leaks often found with cups and bottles. In addition, the small size of the FLASR flask allows users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively while in public.

For more information, visit www.flasr.com.

ISIS 'call to arms' raises terror threat levels

CNN World - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:13
CNN's Jim Sciutto explains what's behind the current terror threat warning about the risk of "lone wolf" terror attacks.
Categories: International News

The cost of keeping your nest egg in cash

Business News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:13
My wife and I have about $2 million in savings spread among a series of bank savings accounts, CDs and money-market accounts that we plan to draw on for retirement income in the near future. I keep it all in cash because I like the feeling of security I get from looking at my bank statement and seeing it's all there. Am I being too cautious? --Richard N.

Hillary Clinton: 'People should and do trust me'

CNN - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:10
In Hillary Clinton's first national interview of the 2016 race, she attacked her Republican rivals on immigration and dismissed the suggestion that the American people have a problem trusting her.
Categories: National News

How Bill Cosby betrayed black community

CNN - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:08
Categories: National News
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