Justice Friday confronts disabilities

first_imgSaint Mary’s Justice Education Department hosted Maureen Parsons and Tiffany Amburg from Hannah & Friends, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and compassion for the special needs community, to speak about the organization Friday.Parsons, director of operations at Hannah & Friends, spoke about the financial difficulties that families with children who have special needs are confronting.“As soon as their child is born and they are diagnosed, their first thought is, tomorrow. How do we get through tomorrow, get through elementary school? Yet, they need to be planning for the next 15 years,” Parsons said.According to Parsons, there are funding waivers available for families of children with disabilities, but families can sit on waiting lists for more than 10 years.“Indiana has changed it so that you receive less with the waiver so more people are allowed to receive those services,” Parsons said.Parsons said resources are improving, but still lacking.“[At Hannah & Friends] we try to focus on the ability of our participants, see where they can shine and then show that to the community,” Parsons said. “Each of them have something to share, as we all do.”Tiffany Amburg, a spokesperson and participant at Hannah & Friends, spoke about her experiences there and her lifelong challenge with Down syndrome.Amburg said she likes to write songs and speeches when she isn’t working as the receptionist at Hannah & Friends.She wrote a song with Jeda Cruz, the program director at Hannah & Friends, called “She’s Made of Steel.”This song is about a girl who has her whole life ahead of her, Amburg said.“It’s about overcoming obstacles and trusting other people,” she said. “And with my ability to tell my story [about] what it’s like to be a person with all abilities that is what the song is about, overcoming all obstacles and inspiring other people to do the same thing.”Parsons said when Cruz performs the song in the community, there is always an audience member who says they were touched and truly connect to the song’s message.Amburg said she enjoys her position as a Hannah & Friends spokesperson for many reasons.“I get to go out and talk to the media about our mission at Hannah & Friends so that we can continue our future [as an organization],” she said.“It’s also important that we can come together to promote our mission.”Tags: disability, Hannah & Friends, Justice Fridays, special needslast_img read more

Tix Now Available to See Les Liaisons Dangereuses

first_img Tickets are now on sale to see the Broadway revival of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Janet McTeer is set to take on the role of La Marquise de Merteuil, reprising her performance from the production’s debut last year at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Fellow Tony winner Liev Schreiber joins her as Le Vicomte de Valmont (played across the pond by Dominic West).Performances will begin on October 8 at the Booth Theatre, where it is scheduled to open officially on October 30. Josie Rourke, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, helms the production, which will play a limited engagement through January 22, 2017.Based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the dark comedy follows former lovers, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont as they compete in games of seduction and revenge. These merciless aristocrats toy with the hearts and reputations of innocents. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the convent-educated Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has other designs. His target is the peerlessly virtuous and happily married Madame de Tourvel.Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman earned Tony nominations for the play’s 1987 Broadway premiere. Glenn Close and John Malkovich headlined the 1988 movie version, renamed Dangerous Liaisons. The show was last revived on the Great White Way in 2008, starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels.Additional casting for this latest incarnation will be announced at a later date. Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery was set to play Madame de Tourvel in London, but had to withdraw following the death of her fiancé. Elaine Cassidy stepped in for her. Janet McTeer Star Files View Commentscenter_img Liev Schreiber Janet McTeer in ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses'(Photo: Johan Persson)last_img read more

On the Blogs: Trump’s Simplistic Portrayal of the Coal Industry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Liam Denning for Bloomberg Gadfly:In Trump’s telling, the coal industry has been crushed by regulations aimed at curtailing mining and cutting emissions from burning it. And it’s true that, for example, investing in the equipment needed to satisfy tighter guidelines such as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards does make coal less economical to its biggest customers, electricity generators, and has led to plants being closed. But the bigger threat is more prosaic: abundant natural gas from the shale boom.The trend of gas taking market share from coal began in earnest in 2009—which just happens to be when the cost of gas to produce electricity collapsed.While rolling back some environmental standards on coal-fired plants would likely help keep some more of them open, encouraging more fracking simultaneously would mean more cheap gas to keep taking away coal’s market share. That’s just competition. Now, it is possible that a Trump administration might also do its bit to encourage the construction of more plants to export liquefied natural gas, which would tend to push prices up, helping the miners. But as recent turmoil at Cheniere Energy shows, the global LNG market is glutted already. Moreover, by encouraging more fracking of shale, Trump’s policy would also tend to raise oil production, having the side effect of depressing global oil prices, which are in turn linked to LNG prices.Full item: Trump Can’t Make Coal and Fracking Great Again On the Blogs: Trump’s Simplistic Portrayal of the Coal Industrylast_img read more

Palestine, perpetually short of electricity, turns to solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:From orderly rows of solar panels in a field in the West Bank to the chaotic rooftops of Gaza, Palestinians are hoping that harnessing the energy of the sun can reduce their dependence on Israel for electricity.The West Bank only gets around three-quarters of the power its 3 million people need, imported mostly from Israel and, to a far lesser extent, Jordan.In the Gaza Strip, power generation is so paltry that, even with imports from Israel and Egypt, it gets just one-third of what it needs – so the 2 million Gazans struggle on with an average of just four hours of electricity a day.Individuals have taken it on themselves to install solar panels, trailing cables down the side of buildings to keep fans whirring or to power televisions and other appliances.The number of panels in the enclave has increased four-fold in four years and they are now dotted on most rooftops and balcony on homes, schools, hospitals, shops, banks and mosques in a place where the sun shines 320 days a year.In Gaza’s Nusseirat refugee camp, Sabreen Abu Shawiesh said installing solar panels on the metal roof of her one-floor house had changed her family’s life: “We almost had no electricity, nowadays fans are working all day.”The sun may be free, but the technology is not, and Palestinians say their ability to import solar panels has been hampered by Israeli border controls.Entrepreneurs in Gaza say they have sometimes been banned from importing various kinds of batteries – including those used for solar power – by Israel, on the grounds that they might be used for military purposes.In the West Bank, ruled by President Mahmoud Abbas’s Western-backed Palestinian Authority, the public and private sectors have launched projects to diversify power sources to get cheaper electricity and more self-sufficiency.The Authority’s Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF) plans to build three solar farms and put solar energy into 500 schools. The three new plants will generate 22 megawatts per day. The West Bank needs 1,400 megawatts but currently only 1,100 megawatts are available.Larger solar projects would require more land but it is scarce because, under the Oslo peace accords of the mid-1990s, Israel retains control of much of the land of the West Bank.“We will be in a good position if we reach 5 or 10 per cent of the required electricity supply for Palestine in general from solar energy,” said Azem Bishara, chief executive officer of Massader, a subsidiary of the PIF.Bishara said Massader intended to invest $200 million in renewable energy over the next six years to generate an additional 200 megawatts.The Gaza Strip only has one power plant, which generated 140 megawatts in 1999 when it was built but now only produces 23 megawatts. The enclave imports 30 megawatts from Egypt and 120 from Israel. This is less than a third of the Strip’s daily needs – estimated at up to 600 megawatts a day.Last week the European Union completed Gaza’s biggest solar farm which will provide 0.5 megawatts per day to fuel the Southern Gaza Desalination Plant, also funded by the EU.More: Palestinians turn to the sun to reduce their power shortfall Palestine, perpetually short of electricity, turns to solarlast_img read more

IMOD hosts pet food distribution to help the community

first_img“We needed to help the community,” said Warren. “We decided to go ahead and do weekly pet food distributions,” said IMOD founder Rolette Warren. “At one point there were places that were actually running out,” Warren said. IMOD founder Rolette Warren said the pandemic has made it difficult for people to get pet food. “It feels good to help people that really need it.” “One of them was crying because she has never needed the help from the community before.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – If you see a blue tent while driving down the road, it could be “In Memory of Diesel” who is doing their part to help the community they call home. “We’ve also teamed up with CHOW these last couple weeks to pass out the five-day boxes.” center_img Warren said they are happy to be doing it. IMOD is using its resources to make a difference. Which is what made Warren and her crew decide to take action. “We nearly depleted our whole inventory because of the calls that we were getting and trying to keep up with the demand of the help.” “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. At their distribution sites once a week, IMOD is passing out pet food and receiving donations, and Warren said the response has been terrific.last_img read more

UK decision sends a clear message to NZ

first_imgMedia Release Euthanasia-Free NZ 12 September 2015Euthanasia-Free NZ congratulates the UK House of Commons on rejecting the Marris Assisted Dying bill by an overwhelming 212 majority after an extensive yet respectful debate.Many MPs commended the medical profession on the excellent work they do, but remarked that doctors are unable to accurately predict how long a patient is expected to live. Such estimates are based on educated guesswork and probability, not certainty. It is therefore arbitrary to limit eligibility to people who have a certain number of months to live. One Member recalled a case in which a relative was expected to die by the weekend, but lived for another eight months.“The UK decision sends a clear message to New Zealand”, says Renee Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ. “It is a waste of time to debate an assisted suicide bill at committee stage because no safeguards can ever be safe enough.  As several MPs remarked, it is simply impossible to prevent vulnerable people being coerced or feeling internal pressure to request death.”“Such emotional pressure can be subtle and occur behind closed doors. There is no way any third party can be sure that a person has made a truly free and voluntary request for assisted suicide. Assisted suicide and euthanasia legislation lends itself to rubber stamping.”Euthanasia-Free NZ echoes the sentiment expressed by Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of Care Not Killing: “We hope Parliament will now turn its attention to the real issues facing our country of ensuring that everybody can access the very best care, regardless of whether they are disabled or terminally ill and that we fund this adequately.”The current Health Select Committee inquiry is an important step in determining the real needs of suicidal New Zealanders and how they can be cared for more effectively. The Committee is investigating why people desire to end their lives and give feedback on the effectiveness of existing support services. More information is available at http://tiny.cc/termsofreference.ENDShttp://euthanasiadebate.org.nz/uk-decision-sends-a-clear-message-to-nz/last_img read more

Record-breaking Mertens sends Napoli to Italian Cup final

first_img Loading… Read Also: Bonucci defends Ronaldo: Even the greatest miss penalties The second, in the 82nd minute, came after a flowing move in which substitute Alexis Sanchez found Eriksen with a lovely backheeled pass, laying on the Dane for a golden chance to take the tie to penalties. However there was another bum note for Ospina after his best game for Napoli, as his late booking for time wasting means he will miss the final. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 According to Italian media, some 8.3 million people tuned into RAI to watch Friday’s goalless draw at Juve’s Allianz Stadium, the largest TV audience for a football match this season. They were immediately thrown into the action thanks to Eriksen, whose near-post cross from a corner flashed past a host of players and squirmed under a surprised David Ospina in the Napoli goal. Inter then dominated for long stretches of the first half, and should have gone two ahead on the night seconds before Mertens struck when Antonio Candreva opted to shoot, forcing a good save from Ospina, with three teammates ready for a pass in the box. Ospina was then crucial to Napoli going ahead in the tie, as it was his quick pass which sent Insigne scurrying towards the Inter area. The Italy international drew defenders towards him before releasing a perfect pass for Mertens, who stroked home first time under Samir Handanovic. Ospina kept a powerful Inter side at bay with some super goalkeeping to make up for his early blunder, the Colombian making two excellent stops from Eriksen in five minutes towards the end. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Dries Mertens fired Napoli to the Italian Cup final on Saturday after netting the goal which gave his side a 2-1 aggregate semi-final win over Inter Milan and made him the club’s all-time top scorer. Dries Mertens slots home his 122nd Napoli goal to become the club’s all-time top goalscorer Napoli will face Juventus in Wednesday’s final in Rome thanks to Belgium forward Mertens, who slotted home his 122nd goal for Napoli four minutes before half-time to make the score 1-1 on the night and give them overall victory after a 1-0 first-leg win at the San Siro in February. Christian Eriksen had levelled the tie for Inter straight from a corner in the second minute and the away side continued to dominate the first half, but Mertens ended a lightning counter-attack to put the hosts through at the Stadio San Paolo. “We wanted the final at all costs and we achieved that. Now we need to recuperate and be ready for the final in a few days,” said Lorenzo Insigne, who set up Merten’s winner. Mertens, 33, overtakes Marek Hamsik and moves seven clear of Diego Maradona, who scored 115 goals in all competitions and won two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup over his seven tumultuous years in southern Italy. Although there were no fans in the stands at the San Paolo, public broadcaster RAI reported that a small number of Napoli supporters that had gathered outside the San Paolo set off fireworks throughout half-time in celebration of Merten’s goal and after the match. Mertens moved to Napoli from PSV Eindhoven in 2013 and has become so settled in Naples that fans have nicknamed him ‘Ciro’, a hugely common Neapolitan name. Sporting director Christian Giuntoli said pre-match that both club and player want to extend his contract, set to expire at the end of the month. Napoli will take on Juve at the Italian capital’s Stadio Olimpico after Maurizio Sarri’s side squeezed past AC Milan on away goals following a 0-0 draw in Turin on Friday, Italy’s first competitive football match since the country become the global coronavirus epicentre. – Ospina fends off Inter – As with Friday’s match, Napoli and Inter players gathered around the centre circle for a minute’s silence in tribute to the more than 34,000 people who have died in Italy as a result of COVID-19. There will likely be a big television audience for two of Italy’s best-supported clubs.last_img read more

Tyson Fury out to emulate Klitschko

first_imgTyson Fury plans to keep on boxing for as long as he enjoys it as he hinted he could emulate Vladimir Klitschko’s long dominance of the heavyweight scene.Klitschko was undisputed world champion for more than four years until Fury knocked him off his perch in 2015. Fury never defended his four titles amid mental health problems but he bounced back in stunning fashion and wants to stay at the top after regaining his WBC belt in February with an emphatic win over Deontay Wilder, who he is due to face again after the coronavirus crisis eases.The 31-year-old told Sky Sports: “I’ve won every single belt in boxing.“From the English title to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champ of the world.“All done, all finished.“Considered the best, done. “If I don’t box again, I’m happy, but if I do box again, then I continue to box.“If we get past this thing, which hopefully we will, then we’re going to keep boxing and just keep taking on contenders.“Klitschko did it until he was 40.“A lot of the great champions are continuing, and continuing.“I ain’t boxing for money, I ain’t boxing for fame, I ain’t boxing for a belt. “I’m boxing because it keeps me mentally happy and I like to do it.”Fury, who is set to face Anthony Joshua, possibly over two fights, after fulfilling his contractual obligations for a third fight with Wilder, added: “Nothing to prove to anybody.“Not one thing to prove at all, but I box now, because I love boxing and I’ve been doing it all my life.“Why walk away when I’m still only young?”RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tags: BOXINGHeavyweightsLongevityTyson FuryVladimir Klitschkolast_img read more

McGovern pleased with star display

first_img The Hamilton goalkeeper had waited almost five years for another chance at international level after making his debut under Nigel Worthington in May 2010 as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 defeat to Chile in Santiago. The 30-year-old was included in the starting line-up by Michael O’Neill for the Hampden Park friendly on Wednesday night, and his man-of-the match display kept the Scots at bay until he was eventually beaten by a late Christophe Berra header. Michael McGovern includes patience as one of his virtues and it brought its own reward with a long-awaited first start for Northern Ireland against Scotland. McGovern expects regular number one Roy Carroll to return between the sticks for the Euro qualifier against Finland at Windsor Park on Sunday but was happy to give O’Neill some “food for thought”. The former Northern Ireland Under-21 keeper, who started his career at Celtic before starring for Ross County and Falkirk, said: “All I can do is do my best and hopefully I impressed Michael and showed I am quite comfortable playing at this level because obviously I hadn’t started a game before, I just came on as a substitute a few years ago. “It was a good night personally and there were a lot of positives for the team as well although I was obviously disappointed to concede the late goal. “Hopefully I gave him food for thought but obviously I know big Roy is number one and there’s not much I can do about it at this moment as he has been different class. “It is very difficult (to oust the incumbent keeper), you have to be patient and I feel like I have been. “I am quite a patient guy so that puts me in good stead. “I have been in this position before at club level so I will keep working hard and hopefully the rewards will come.” McGovern believes the Hampden run-out was beneficial ahead of the crucial qualifier against Finland where the Irish will look to continue their fine start to the campaign. With fine away wins away in Hungary and Greece, O’Neill’s side are one point behind Group F leaders Romania after four games. McGovern said: “The Scotland game was good for the guys in our team who haven’t been playing too regularly for their clubs and it was good for the younger boys as well. “This Sunday is going to be massive for us. It is going to be one of the biggest games we have had in years. “If we could get a win it would really set us up for the rest of the games.” Defender Ben Reeves has been forced to pull out of the squad to face Finland due to a calf injury, it was announced on Thursday evening. Press Associationlast_img read more

GFF president insists no breach of contract with Elite clubs ……chides former NC Chairman for remarks

first_imgBy: Ras WadadaTHE accusation by some Elite Clubs that the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has breached contractual arrangement has been dismissed by the head of the Federation, Wayne Forde.“The primary concern that our members raised in their objections had to do with the existence of a contract, and as I had stated earlier in a Press Conference, similar to this one, that I could only assume that the members were referring to the Rules and Regulations for the first season of the Stag Elite League…and in fact that is what they were referring to…and when I stated that the Rules and the Regulations, in my opinion and in my own experience as a football Administrator, was never considered to be a contract because of precedence we have seen throughout world football, where even at the FIFA level, tournaments will be disrupted, rules would be adjusted, based on the challenges that a tournament might be experiencing…I wanted to ensure that that position was sound so we reached out to CONCACAF and FIFA and we received guidance that the Rules and Regulations of a Tournament is not a contract.“The information that we got simply said that the Regulations are issued on the sole authority of the Executive Committee based on the powers conferred by the statutes…that being said, the GFF Executive has the authority to modify the competition’s Regulations and would be entitled to add additional clubs with a purely sporting objective”,stated Guyana’s football President, Wayne Forde,as he addressed the Media last Friday on the contentious issue presented by some Elite Clubs.The football Chief also took the opportunity to chastise the former Chairman of the FIFA-installed Normalisation Committee (NC) Clinton Urling , who had stated that under his Chairmanship,when the Elite League was established,a contract was indeed signed.“It also gives me an opportunity to address some of the pronouncements that were made by the former Chairman of the NC where he emphatically stated that there was a contract.“ I am concerned with those statements that were made, but we felt at the time it was best to exhaust the consultation process before responding.“My response to the NC Chairman’s engaging in the process or the conversation would be that, perhaps it would have been best to contact the ‘Ex-Co’ or myself directly and get a more balanced perspective as to what was going on and how the matter was unfolding.I gather from his comments that he had information that essentially was supplied from one side of the argument, and I think that is unfortunate. I could only assume, however, that his firm belief that the Rules and Regulations of a Tournament is a contract,could be attributed to his lack of specific football experience and knowledge”, Forde advised.Another bone of contention by some of the Elite teams for the new season is the change in the management of the League which was done in the inaugural season by a private organization who, according to a reliable source,was paid millions of dollars for their services. The new arrangement by the GFF is for the clubs to take up this mantle.“The other objection that we had was the management of the League being allocated to the clubs…some of our members felt that it was going to disrupt the smooth flow of the League and we would not have the level of professionalism.“The Executive Committee would like to make it clear that the decision to allocate the management of the game day activity of the League is grounded in the fact that we have a mandate and an obligation to empower our members financially…and all, but one of our members, who are venue owners have indicated a willingness and the capacity to manage the ‘Game Day’ event which would include, marking of the ground, putting up the branding, preparation of the venue and all the other activities that go along with game-day planning and organising.“This is an opportunity for us to make a financial contribution to our members…revenues of course generated from the Game-Day management, we are hoping will go into the development of their youth football programs and other development initiatives that clubs might want to pursue. I think it is a very smart and practical decision and I am looking forward to clubs making full use of that opportunity,” Forde informed the Media.”The GFF Boss also dismissed the myth that was being spread by some of the Clubs that the addition of two teams will increase the number of games, “In the inaugural competition,teams played a total of 28 games in the four rounds of competition, but the upcoming season will see teams playing a total of 18 games over two rounds of competition,where at the end the Champion will be declared and $6M will be earned.”Meanwhile, when quizzed by the Media on a correspondence that was circulated to the Media last Thursday from four Elite Clubs seeking mediation through arbitration to resolve the impasse, the President declared that “there is no need for us to engage in any mediation.”We are guided by the constitution of the GFF Incorporated and our actions does not breach any Constitution or breached any material contract that exists’.Forde added that while he does not anticipate any club refusing to participate,he further stated that should any team refuse to play then the GFF will have to refer to the measures within the Constitution to deal with any elevation of the situation that may result from the decision to go forward.The second edition of the GFF-Stag Elite League which is 75 percent funded by the Federation,is set to start on November 13th at the Demerara Cricket Club in Queenstown.last_img read more