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Irish Red Cross raises €2 million for Haiti

first_img Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland Research / statistics The Irish Red Cross has reported that over €2 million has been raised to date in its Haiti Appeal.The appeal was launched in mid-January in response to the catastrophic earthquake which struck Haiti, killing over 200,000 and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Since then, the response from the Irish public, businesses, and the media has seen a strong flow of donations to the charity.The Irish Red Cross commended the creativity of members of the public and businesses who have undertaken a variety of fundraising events and initiatives, encouraging people of all ages and from all walks of life to get involved in the appeal.“We have seen schools, companies, community groups and many more individuals and groups really thinking about how they can use their own skills and ideas to fundraise on behalf of the Irish Red Cross and help the people of Haiti in the best way possible,” said Declan O’Sullivan, Acting Secretary General of the Irish Red Cross.www.redcross.ie  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 February 2010 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Irish Red Cross raises €2 million for Haiti About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Brazen interference in the media by Tanzania’s government

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very disturbed by Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s declaration of support for Dar es Salaam governor Paul Makonda’s heavy-handed raid on a radio and TV station last week, and urges the authorities to leave the media alone and to stop interfering in their work. November 27, 2020 Find out more March 23, 2017 Brazen interference in the media by Tanzania’s government Help by sharing this information News News TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Receive email alerts President Magufuli swearing in ceremony in Dar es Salaam, 5/11/2015 ©Daniel Hayduk / AFP​ ​ The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation center_img RSF_en Follow the news on Tanzania Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story February 4, 2021 Find out more Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic There has been an outcry in Tanzania about the way Makonda stormed into Clouds FM on 17 March accompanied by armed police officers, who ordered the station’s staff to broadcast a video incriminating Josephat Gwajima, a Protestant church leader and well-known opponent of the governor.Makonda has tried to discredit Gwajima by accusing him of being involved in drug trafficking but has failed to produce convincing evidence. Clouds FM’s employees refused to broadcast the video because of the nature of its content.Far from condemning the governor’s behaviour, President Magufuli endorsed it during the comments he made at the inauguration of a construction project in Dar es Salaam. “I, as president, don’t let anyone tell me what to do,” he said. “I decide who should be where. So you Makonda, do your job and ignore the rest.” Reporters Without Borders has also learned that information minister Nape Nnauye, who visited Clouds FM afterwards and announced that the incident would be investigated, has just been fired without any explanation. “We are witnessing a grave and unprecedented interference in the media by the executive,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “These recent events show how brazen the government has become in its attacks on media freedom. “President Magufuli says he wants to combat corruption and establish the rule of law, but that cannot happen if the law is not respected. This kind of arbitrary attitude runs totally counter to the rule of law. We call on the Tanzanian authorities to end the repeated attacks on the media and to respect freedom of information.”Dubbed “Tingatinga” (which means “bulldozer” in Swahili), Magufuli has declared a crusade against corruption but his summary methods have received a great deal of criticism, which he has taken badly.He has attacked media freedom ever since taking office in November 2015. Several radio stations were shut down in the space of a few months and at least ten people have been prosecuted over their posts on social networks. Journalists have told RSF they are no longer free to criticize the president and his associates. If they do, retaliation is swift and can range from a threatening phone call to prosecution.Maxence Melo, the founder of JamiiForums, East Africa’s leading website for whistleblowers, is being prosecuted for refusing to reveal the identity of contributors who have help to reveal cases of corruption involving major privately-owned companies that support the government.The Media Services Act that President Magufuli signed into law last November, replacing the Newspaper Act, which dated back to the 1970s, has been much criticized by media organizations and the Media Council of Tanzania, which deplored the failure to take its recommendations into account.This new law provides for heavy prison sentences and fines, and restricts the freedom of journalists by requiring that they be officially registered and by allowing more control of content. It also requires all social media users and contributors to be accredited.Tanzania is ranked 71st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Reports News to go further November 5, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Industry Reaction: Dana Wade Confirmed as Federal Housing Commissioner

first_img Industry Reaction: Dana Wade Confirmed as Federal Housing Commissioner Previous: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Mortgage Connect, Hyland Next: Fannie Mae Offers Two New Single-Family Green MBS Issuances Tagged with: Dana Wade FHA FHA Commissioner About Author: David Wharton July 28, 2020 22,148 Views Home / Daily Dose / Industry Reaction: Dana Wade Confirmed as Federal Housing Commissioner “I congratulate Dana Wade on a well-deserved confirmation as the next Federal Housing Commissioner,” said Ed Delgado, President & CEO of Five Star Global. “I look forward to her continuing the transformative work begun by now Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery as HUD and FHA work to help guide our American system of homeownership through the continuing health and economic crisis and on toward recovery.” Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago By a vote of 57-40, the U.S. Senate today confirmed Dana Wade as Assistant Secretary for Housing – Federal Housing Commissioner. She will step into a role previously occupied by The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery, now serving as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.In a released statement, HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson praised Wade’s confirmation.“I want to congratulate Dana Wade on her confirmation by the United States Senate to serve as the Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration,” Carson said. “Dana has been a tremendous asset to the Department and the Administration throughout her years of service, and I have full confidence in her ability to successfully lead FHA.”Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery added, “I join Secretary Carson in congratulating Dana on her confirmation and welcoming her back to FHA, where I know she will do an outstanding job serving the American people. We are grateful to have her considerable talents and knowledge to help guide the agency as our nation pulls through this pandemic.”Montgomery served as FHA Commissioner from 2005–2009 and 2018–2020.Dana Wade“I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity to hit the ground running during this critical time for our nation’s housing markets,” Commissioner Wade said. Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Postcenter_img Dana Wade FHA FHA Commissioner 2020-07-28 David Wharton The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Robert D. Broeksmit, President and CEO of the MBA, said in a statement, “MBA applauds the Senate for confirming Dana Wade to be the next FHA Commissioner. During her tenure at HUD, Ms. Wade has been an integral part in strengthening the various programs that provide affordable housing opportunities and assistance to homebuyers and renters. With her expertise and experience, I am confident that Ms. Wade will be successful in developing workable solutions during this unprecedented time.”FHA currently insures more than eight million single-family mortgages, almost 12,000 mortgages for multifamily properties, over 3,700 mortgages for residential care facilities, and nearly 100 mortgages for hospitals.HUD’s release notes that “Wade previously served as Acting Federal Housing Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for Housing from July 2017 to June 2018, where she oversaw over 2,400 employees and implemented enhanced risk management and monitoring of FHA’s $1.3 trillion portfolio.  Wade also served as a Program Associate Director for General Government at the Office of Management and Budget from December 2018 to December 2019, where she led budget oversight for six Executive Branch agencies with a keen focus on financial services, including HUD, and multiple independent agencies.”While serving in Congress, Wade worked as Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and as Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Appropriations under Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama). She holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from Georgetown University. David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] last_img read more

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Delhi Govt Shall Ensure Proper Segregation of COVID and Non-COVID Patients Before Taking Over Private Hospitals: Plea Moved In Delhi HC [Read Petition]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi Govt Shall Ensure Proper Segregation of COVID and Non-COVID Patients Before Taking Over Private Hospitals: Plea Moved In Delhi HC [Read Petition] Karan Tripathi11 Jun 2020 5:11 AMShare This – xPlea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to be issued to the Delhi Government to ensure adequate segregation of COVID and non-COVID patients before taking over private hospitals for COVID facilities. Filed by Dr Kaushal Kant Mishra, the petition seeks quashing of the order dated 24/05/20 by the DG of Health Services wherein it has been directed that all…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginPlea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to be issued to the Delhi Government to ensure adequate segregation of COVID and non-COVID patients before taking over private hospitals for COVID facilities. Filed by Dr Kaushal Kant Mishra, the petition seeks quashing of the order dated 24/05/20 by the DG of Health Services wherein it has been directed that all private hospitals/nursing homes in Delhi having bed capacity of 50 or more, should reserve 20% capacity for treatment of COVID-19 patients. While citing the said order as arbitrary, the Petitioner claims that it violates Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution as it will lead to the hospitals becoming further spreaders of infection. The said, the Petitioner argues, also violates the order dated 28/03/20 of the Central Government which had asked for proper segregation of COVID and non-COVID facilities. ‘An unintended consequence of the impugned order is that there is increased risk to the healthcare workers if all hospitals/nursing homes are made to treat COVID-19 patients. This may lead to healthcare workers getting infected in larger numbers, which will lead to shortage of the health care staff and will worsen the situation as proper treatment wont be available in the hospitals. Also, there is hardly any possibility to segregate staff under one roof’, the petition argues. While highlighting the example of Kerala, the Petitioner suggests that the better thing to do would be to make new COVID facilities by taking over banquets, hotels, etc. The Petitioner further suggests: ‘Another possible option would be to take over few hospitals in each District fully and use them exclusively for treating COVID-19 patients. In addition to that each hospital can dedicate one ambulance with emergency care in case any Covid patient needing hospitalization arrives. This ambulance can take the patient to one of the Covid hospital in the District.’ The petition, which has been filed through Advocate Pooja Dhar, will come up for hearing on Friday.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Next Storylast_img read more

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Gardai involved in chase as two men are arrested in Derry

first_img Pinterest Gardai involved in chase as two men are arrested in Derry Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Facebook A cross border chase has led to two men being apprehended in Derry who are believed to have been involved in two hit and runs in the city yesterday.A report was received by Police in Derry yesterday that a Volkswagen Golf was involved in a hit and run road traffic collision on the Temple Road, Strathfoyle.Further calls were received about the manner in which the vehicle was being driven.The car was identified on the Limavady Road and Police followed it over The Foyle Bridge.A vehicle check point was set up which the driver ignored and continued at speed along the Madams Bank Road.The car was pursued by Police but the driver failed to stop before continuing to take the wrong side of the roundabout on Racecourse Road.An Garda Síochána were contacted by the PSNI as the vehicle traveled towards Donegal.Gardai located the car and gave chase back across the border.Police recommenced their searches and received a further report of a hit and run on the Groarty Road and a near miss with a pedestrian.The occupants of the vehicle made off on foot after abandoning the car but were located close by.The two men were arrested for a number of offences and are currently in custody.Police say they are particularly keen to speak with the driver of the car that was struck on Groarty Road and the pedestrian that avoided the suspects vehicle. Google+ WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleInvestigation launched after sum of money stolen from house in L’KennyNext articleSecurity alert in Derry News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By News Highland – April 4, 2019 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

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In the spotlight

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Published 11:00 pm Friday, July 15, 2011 In the spotlight For those who packed the Trojan Theater at Troy University Thursday night for the Summer Spotlight Showcase, there’s no doubt that the Summer Spotlight camp is a great place for young people to be exposed to and involved in the performing arts.The Summer Spotlight Showcase was the culminating event of the four-day camp where children learn through the arts, music, movement and writing.“Spectacular!” was the way camp director Tori Lee Averett described the Showcase. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell “This entire week has been incredible,” she said. “We have had a wonderful time as our campers participated in musical theater, writing, acting, stage combat and the technical aspect of theater. Literally, everything that is necessary to run a show.”The camp also included stagecrafts. The campers made different kinds of puppets and paraded them on stage during the Showcase performance.The Showcase brought together all the things that the campers had learned, however, it was just one hour in a week of fun and learning that has become the trademark of the Summer Spotlight Camp.“This is our third year for the Summer Spotlight Camp and we were splitting at the seams,” Averett said. “We were running out of room and had to increase our staff. Half of the kids were returning campers. So, all of this is a good indication that interest in theater is growing and that’s just fantastic. We are excited.” Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like The campaign at Crooked Creek Union Cavalry fords Black Creek ahead of Forrest’s brigade For just a day, Pike County farmer Joe Murphy traded his… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author The performing arts are “incredibly important,” Averett said.“Participating in a camp like this is a very different atmosphere from school,” she said. “School is much more ridged. There’s a lot more ‘Sit down and be quiet.’ The theater is a creative outlet and it stimulates the imagination. And, what kid doesn’t have an imagination.”Averett said participating in the performing arts helps children express themselves and think creatively.“Children learn to work in groups and to problem solve, both of which are very important in the school environment,” she said. “They get to try new things and Summer Spotlight is a safe place to try new things and that’s especially beneficial to kids who are shy. They learn that, if you try something new and it doesn’t work out the way you had hoped, you won’t die from it. Theater gives children confidence and courage.”What the campers learn at Summer Spotlight camp can be carried over into the school year.“This experience will help them in so many ways,” Averett said. “It will give them more confidence to speak in front of a class and more courage to step out and do things that they might not have done otherwise. Here at camp, they are a part of group and they learn that the success of what the group is doing depends on each person doing his or her part.”Averett said the campers also learn how important those who work behind the scenes are in making things happen.“They learn that the technical people are just as important to a production as those who are in the spotlight. Without those people, it won’t happen,” she said. “For kids to learn at an early age the importance of teamwork is a lesson that will benefit them throughout their lives in the workplace and as contributing members of their communities.”Dr. David Dye, retired Troy University dean of communication and fine arts, said, too, that there is no educational opportunity that exceeds that of drama camp.“There is no better place to take ownership of an idea and one’s actions than at drama camp,” Dye said. “It is an opportunity to create something for the very start and develop it. To create magic.”Dye and his wife, Judy, attended the Summer Spotlight Camp because they are interested in all levels of theater and “because we had five grandchildren attending.”“To see what the children can do and how they do it with so much enthusiasm, is inspiring,” Dye said. “At the Summer Spotlight Camp these children form a bond. They develop a new family and learn to problem solve. And they do it with so much pride. It’s a beautiful thing to see.”On a personal level, Dye has seen what a difference the camp has made in the life of one of his grandchildren.His grandson’s shyness kept him for being a part of the group and made him hesitant to express himself and try new things. After attending the camp for a couple of years, he is not only a part of the group; he is stepping onto the stage with confidence and the enthusiasm of a kid having loads of fun.“This drama camp and the camp next week for older youth are a phenomenal opportunities for children and their families,” Dye said. “It gives them a venue to celebrate. Adena Moree (director of the Troy University of Theater and Dance), Tori Averett and all of the camp staff are to be commended for the outstanding work they do in offering this wonderful opportunity to this area.”Dye said that upon leaving the Trojan Center Theater Thursday night, a patron of the arts said she has seen many wonderful performances at the university but she has not seen anything better than what she had seen that night.“And it was truly magic,” Dye said. Sponsored Content Skip Print Article Members of the musical theater group perform during the Summer Spotlight camp showcase in Troy, Ala., Thursday, July 14, 2011. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)Young stars shine at campCommunity theater is alive and well in Troy.And, that’s thanks, in part, to about 80 kids ages 4 through 13. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more

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Pike County Chamber recognizes local businesses and leaders

first_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip “And, you should never pass up an opportunity to get better at what you do. If you do not improve, you are going backward,” he said.Kathleen Sauer, Chamber president, said Price provided valuable information on how to move forward in the business world.“He gave us good, solid information that was specific to employees and customers,” she said. “Good business is always about the people – your employees and your customers. He also gave us valuable information on ways to keep our business community in the forefront. The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated and committed to forward movement.”The mission of the chamber is to serve as a leader and catalyst in planning, promoting and supporting programs and services that foster a favorable business climate and improve the quality of life for Pike County. “We all make mistakes,” Price said. “It’s okay to fail if we learn from those mistakes and grow from them. We need to know, too, that it is okay to speak out.”Price said often a member of a team knows or expects a wrongful outcome but fails to speak out for fear no one will listen or they will be “cut off at the knees.”“The best decisions are made in team situations and communication is the arterial component,” he said. “In all situations, look at the operative standard of where you ought to be.”Price said the keys to success are to be a life-long learner, to know it’s okay to fail if you learn from the experience and to continually move forward. By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 3:00 am Thursday, March 10, 2016center_img The keynote speaker for the Annual Banquet was Captain Alan W. Price, founder of Falcon Leadership.Price has worked with clients involving topics relating to leadership development, strategic planning, safety systems, communications and team development.His initial advice to Chamber members, when working with employees, was, first, to thank them for doing their jobs. Secondly, to share their insight and wisdom with them, and to be mentors through success and failures. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Latest Stories Seven members of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce were recognized Wednesday for outstanding business practices. Pictured from left, Mark Hayes, chamber board 3rd vice-chairman; Adam Carson, Lockheed Martin; John Reeves, Cervera, Ralph, Reeves, Baker, Haistings; Jordan Cox, Troy Junior Women’s League; Troy Hidle, Chicken Salad Chic; John Little, SARAH; John Ramage, First National Bank; Jason Jones, Jones Medical Supply; and Jack Worthington, Chamber board chairman. Pictured below, Mayor Jason Reeves and Johnny Witherington, Troy City Council President attended the awards banquet and expressed appreciation to all the winners.The Pike County Chamber of Commerce recognized seven chamber businesses and organizations for outstanding achievement and service at its 2015 Annual Banquet Wednesday at Troy Country Club.First National Bank of Brundidge and Troy was honored as the Chamber’s 2015 Business of the Year.Mark Hayes, chamber board 3rd vice-chairman, presented Awards of Excellence to Chicken Salad Chic for Hospitality, Leisure and Retail Service; SARAH for Health and Human Service; Lockheed Martin for Manufacturing, Industrial and Logistical Service; Cervera, Ralph, Reeves, Baker, Haistings for Commercial, Professional Business Service; Troy Junior Women’s League for Philanthropy through Non-Profit Organizations; and Jones Medical Supply for Customer Service. Chuck Carson, Chamber Board 2nd Vice-Chairman introduced the keynote speaker, Captain Alan W. Price, Falcon Leadership/Lifewings. Price is a speaker for a range of topics dealing with leadership/crisis leadership, teamwork, communications, strategic planning, and Crew Resource Management/Threat and Error Management. Pike County Chamber recognizes local businesses and leaders You Might Like Young Leaders: Students embrace civics, history through ‘Mayor for a Day’ program Seven eighth-grade students learned first-hand about the roles of city leaders on Tuesday as they participated in the City of… read morelast_img read more

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Family welcomes 14th son: ‘I can’t imagine not doing this’

first_imgCourtesy Jay Schwandt(ROCKFORD, Mich.) — For many parents, the idea of 14 children might seem too overwhelming. But one Rockford, Michigan, family, says they were “destined” to have the family they do.Jay and Kateri Schwandt welcomed a son — their 14th — to their family on Wednesday. And Dad could not be more proud.The family, with boys ranging in age from 25 years to 2 days, did not know the baby’s gender prior to the birth, In fact, Jay Schwandt said, the couple has never known ahead of time. “That’s like opening your Christmas presents on Thanksgiving.”The 13 older boys were “pretty split” on whether they wanted to have another brother or a little girl. And even though this was his 14th time experiencing the birth of a child, it was “just as exciting the 14th time around.”“We really savored this one,” he said, noting that the high school sweethearts are realistically at the end of their baby-making days. “Every little kick, every moment felt special.”As for a name, baby Schwandt doesn’t have one — yet. “We’ve narrowed it down to just a couple,” Schwandt said. “After 13 boys, we’ve really had to start getting creative.” He said the baby’s names would ultimately be left up to a vote of the older boys. They’re all coming today to meet their little brother, including the ones who are living on their own and off to college.“I’m kind of the leader of this pack and it’s very rewarding,” he said. “It’s times 14 to set a good example, be a good role model. I’m very proud.”Today, there’s 11 Schwandt boys still living with the parents. Jay Schwandt said though that it’s his wife who is the “glue that holds the family together. She’s an awesome mom.”Kateri Schwandt herself is one of 14 kids — seven boys and seven girls.And since the five older boys all have girlfriends, there are females around that “feel like part of the family,” said Jay Schwandt. The whole clan 13 boys, two parents and five girlfriends recent;y took a vacation prior to baby’s birth. That’s not unusual, Jay Schwandt said, noting that the family does many activities as a group.“There’s plenty of attention to go around,” Jay Schwandt said when asked what advice he would give to a couple who wants a larger family than is seen as typical.“We love this,” Jay Schwandt said. “I can’t imagine not doing this.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Circulation and melting beneath George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctica

first_imgIntroductionGeorge VI Ice Shelf, sandwiched between the western coast of Palmer Land and the eastern coast of Alexander Island, is the largest and most studied of the west AntarcticPeninsula ice shelves. It covers an area of approximately 25,000 km2 and is underlain by Circumpolar Deep Water (CDW), with temperatures in excess of 1ºC, giving rise to rapid basal melting (Bishop and Walton, 1981; Lennon et al., 1982). The maximum ice thickness of about 500 m occurs about 70 km from the southern ice front, where a ridge of thick ice extends across George VI Sound (near 70ºW, see Figure 1) effectively dividing the upper water column into northern and southern regions. The northern ice front, which faces Marguerite Bay, appears to be near the geographical limit of ice shelf viability and hasundergone a gradual retreat in recent decades (Lucchitta and Rosanova, 1998), a timeframe over which much of the nearby Wordie Ice Shelf disintegrated (Doake and Vaughan, 1991). There is extensive surface melting over the northern parts of the ice shelf and much of the ice column near the northern ice front appears to be temperate (Paren and Cooper, 1986). Conditions in the south, where the ice front faces into Ronne Entrance, are colder and the icefront position appears to be steady. The vast majority of the flow into the ice shelf comes from Palmer Land, but basal melting is sufficient to remove most of this, so that the ice is derived almost exclusively from local accumulation by the time it reaches the ice fronts(Potter et al., 1984). There is some evidence at the margins of the ice shelf to suggest that it may have disappeared completely during the early Holocene before reforming (Sugden and Clapperton, 1981; Bentley et al., 2005).last_img read more

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DVD: In the Hands of Gods

first_imgby Kristen DiLemnoDirected by Benjamin and Gabe Turner, In the Hands of the Gods follows five free-styling footballers trekking from England to Argentina to meet their hero, Diego Maradona. Without any money for food, lodgings or travel, they perform and hustle their way south from New York.The five friends – Sami, Mikey, Jeremy, Danny and Paul – have a touching dynamic that generally withstands seeing one other non-stop for four weeks. Bickering tends to take a backseat to pride in each other’s skills, and their backgrounds are rough enough to encourage sticking together. Sami takes a break to check in with his parole officer, while Mikey gets choked up over the untimely deaths of his two best friends. None come from particularly privileged backgrounds, and all reveal that football gave them something to work toward.The people they encounter in Mexico and Central America construct a surprisingly poignant backdrop for In the Hands of the Gods. Workers in small towns donate generously to the boys’ passionate cause, and an impoverished family takes in Sami and Paul for a night. The Turners manage to capture scattered moments of humour during the trip. Sami promises a kiss to any girl who can get the football away from Paul, and an astonished Mikey informs his mum that three Englands could fit in Texas alone – “and that’s only one of the 52 states”. But the bonding sometimes slips into gooey sentimentality, particularly when Jeremy pleads with his best pals to embrace Jesus. It’s sweet that the friends have each other’s backs, but proselytising and enjoining one another to “follow that dream” border on family-film frippery.Montage sequences of the guys free-styling offer a much-needed reprieve from the MTV-style melodrama. Their obvious talent and camaraderie when busking make the misery of sleeping in cars and hustling deals at restaurants almost seem worth it. The soul of In the Hands of the Gods lies in the unity of the group. When it breaks up in Mexico – they only earn enough cash for two of the five to fly from Guatemala to Argentina – the factions have to find their way to Maradona separately. Even with the unfortunate split, In the Hands of the Gods captures a lively enough journey across the Americas. The fantastic free-styling and emotional train wrecks make for an engaging documentary.last_img read more

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