The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By Julie EtterThe house hunting is done, the boxes are all in, and you are in your new home! All is perfect, right? It will be, but may not be just yet! In reality, the next chapter has just begun, and you want to write it carefully. Settling into your new house can be an exciting experience, but don’t overlook the necessary steps to make it “HOME.” Here are a few quick steps to making that house a home to ensure everyone is on board with setting up the space to best accommodate your family.Let the children have a say in some décor—perhaps it’s a paint color for their room or input on the wall where the couch will be positioned. Your children’s involvement will add a delightful personal touch. It’s now HOME.Offer some consistency. Yes, it’s a new house and fresh start, but did you have a staple painting in the last eating area? Was the snack cabinet set up a certain way? You will find there are natural things you do for your set-up (e.g., glasses go in the cabinet above the dishwasher), but don’t overlook the chance to create consistency in areas that are seemingly insignificant to you because they offer familiarity to the children.Be efficient and get settled as soon as possible. This is easier said than done. You are exhausted from the move. Oh, and you still have jobs and a family to take care of. However, the sooner the house is settled (you know, the “main” stuff . . . your box of high school trophies that has followed you for years can stay unpacked), the sooner the kids will acclimate. Children are resilient; the sooner they can depend on stability in their surroundings, the sooner they can get comfortable.Have a party! Big or small. Celebrate the new home. Regardless of why you moved and if this home is bigger, smaller, better or worse, it’s yours! Celebrate new beginnings. Also, make a specific point of paying attention to the things your kids point out to guests—you will find they will be very open while giving a tour. Take note of the positives you can further accentuate or the “negatives” you could improve based on their perception.Finally, and most importantly, give yourself a pat on the back. You are on the other end of the move and despite the late nights, details, and boxes, you are in. Your kids know how hard you worked; time to enjoy with them . . . after you give yourself another cup of coffee!!Julie Etter is a professional, national award-winning realtor and former middle-school teacher based in Wrentham, MA. She is the author of Lily and Andrew Are Moving (Hardcover, $14.95; Kindle, $11.99), published by JT Publications, LLC. For more information, visit www.treehousebuddies.com Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGShomeJulie EtterMoving Previous articleCity Council votes unanimously to advance New Errol projectNext articleOrange County’s 911: Call if you can, Text if you can’t Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Happy couple in their new home having fun – moving concept Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter
Houston — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a federal eviction moratorium on Sept. 1 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Coming several months into the pandemic, it may help keep many in their homes — but only until Dec. 31. This is very much a case of too little, too late. Millions of renters and mortgage payers nationwide face uncertain futures, with the potential for houselessness.Since May 19, Houston has been the largest city in the country with no eviction protections, as the Texas Supreme Court let a statewide eviction moratorium expire on that date. Since then, the eviction machine in this city has been churning out orders damning many families deeper into poverty. Houston-area landlords have filed nearly 10,000 eviction orders since March, according to Princeton University’s Eviction Lab. (tinyurl.com/evictiontracking)Eviction defense at Harris County Southwest Courthouse, Houston, Aug. 21. (Photo credit: Gerardo Monarca Velasquez)Many folks evicted since the start of this crisis have contracted COVID. Evictions present a direct threat, not only to those removed from their housing, but to public health in general. Eviction moratoriums are better than nothing, but they just kick the housing crisis farther down the road. Houston political leaders like Mayor Sylvester Turner explain that they are relying on the goodwill of landlords in these hard times to do the right thing. This violent lack of policy protects only landlords, and we know they are not going to hold themselves accountable. Most city dwellers are rentersIn a city of 2.6 million people, 53.6% of Houstonians are renters. They don’t own the property they live in and often have to turn over the majority of what they earn to a landlord. As owners of property who charge people to live there, landlords are a protected class.Their eviction notices are delivered by a flunky with a gun on their hip. Law enforcement, like the constable smugly delivering eight evictions in one day in a now-viral news clip, protect and serve property — not people. (tinyurl.com/HoustonEvictions)A clear example of how threatening the slogan “Housing is a human right” is to the wealthy can be seen in what happened to the organization Moms4Housing. In their own words, “On January 14, 2020, in a pre-dawn raid of a residential home in Oakland, Calif., the Alameda County Sheriff’s [office] spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to evict women and children from a vacant, speculator-acquired property.” Tanks and militarized law enforcement were deployed against them. At a time when millions are unemployed, eviction moratoriums are the bare minimum needed to keep the public housed and safe from the virus. As soon as the moratoriums expire, those who were already living paycheck-to-paycheck before the pandemic — if they are still able to get a paycheck — will be expected to continue paying rent which many do not have, on top of being responsible for paying thousands in back rent owed as well.The CDC moratorium supposedly protects tenants from being evicted for nonpayment of rent. But it leaves open measures for landlords to harass and sabotage renters with eviction by other means. Evictions can still be carried out for violation of lease terms.According to the information service Texas Housers, “A tenant in the state of Texas can still be evicted for compounding late fees, and nowhere in the [CDC] protection is this remedied when the moratorium is up; conversely, it empowers states to make their own decisions. The Texas Legislature has passed a law that lets landlords define what a reasonable late fee is, which is a decision that recent history has shown to be used in cruel and exorbitant ways. We need to eliminate these punitive rules that exist only to line landlords’ pockets and exploit the confusion of tenants.” (Texashousers.org, Sept. 2)The only thing that could ease the scale of the crisis at this moment is to cancel rents and mortgages. This should include any amount owed. Other countries have done it in the name of public health. But to respect human life over property is not something we can expect the ruling class to suddenly start doing here in the U.S., not after hundreds of years of violently disrespecting life in the name of property. This is going to take a mass movement of people fighting for these protections.In New Orleans, in Kansas City, in Philadelphia and even in Houston, people have banded together in front of eviction courts to block landlords from entering. Eviction defense is likely to grow in popularity, as the state protects the interests of private property over human life and violently displaces the living.Charging people for a human necessity, such as housing, is not necessary. It serves to benefit the class of people who own and accumulate property. Abolish private property on stolen landJoin your local tenants’ union. Housing is a human right! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Colorado fugitive arrested after shoplifting call Local NewsCrime WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitter By admin – March 5, 2018 WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Previous articleOdessa police arrest man wanted on federal warrantNext articleWoman indicted in connection with OPD shooting admin Danielle Crisp-Yeager Odessa police arrested a Colorado fugitive on felony warrants last week.After police responded to the Wal-Mart on Loop 338 for a call on shoplifting on Feb. 27, Danielle Marie Crisp-Yeager, 34, was arrested on several charges, including failure to identify, false identification and fraudulent destruction, removal or concealment of writing.The release states she gave officers a false name and date of birth on Monday, before fingerprinting revealed her identity, and revealed that she had two outstanding warrants for failure to identify, including a felony warrant out of Colorado.
Google+ Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook A 27-year-old man has been charged with murder after last week’s fatal house fire in Fermanagh.He’s been remanded in custody at a court in Enniskillen today.Hannah Spratt reports…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/derrylincourt.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – March 5, 2018 DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleINMO seek a State of Emergency declaration in the health serviceNext articleNo compelling safety / technical reasons disallowing trains enter Waterside railway station – Translink News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter 27 year man charged with Derrylin murders WhatsApp
kali9/iStock(HONOLULU) — At least three people were killed and several pedestrians were injured in a crash involving two pickup trucks at a busy intersection in Honolulu on Monday night, authorities said.The collision occurred around 6:10 p.m. local time at Ala Moana Boulevard and Kamakee Street in Hawaii’s capital.Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, and five others — three pedestrians and two drivers — were transported to various hospitals in serious condition, according to Honolulu Emergency Medical Services.No further information about the crash and the victims was immediately available.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Crude oil prices have fallen well below $60 per barrel since the coronavirus began to spread, with travel restrictions and economic slowdown denting demand The coronavirus outbreak has slowed demand for oil in China The coronavirus outbreak that has now affected almost 17,500 people and claimed more than 360 lives is also having an impact on global oil markets.As China moves to stop the spread of the infection and economic activity in the country slows, demand for oil in the commodity’s biggest import market has fallen significantly.According to Bloomberg, Chinese oil demand has dropped by about three million barrels per day (bpd) since the start of the outbreak, which is about 20% of total consumption.As a result, prices of Brent crude, which last month weathered the impact of the US-Iranian conflict in the Middle East, have dropped well below $60 per barrel since the outbreak took effect — trading at around $56 per barrel at the time of writing.The members of OPEC – the intergovernmental organisation of thirteen prolific oil-producing nations — are expected to meet this week to discuss ways to address the situation — potentially leading to an agreement to cut global production in a bid to stop the freefall of prices. Coronavirus travel restrictions in China are hitting demand for oil used in jet fuelChinese demand for jet fuel and other transportation fuels are expected to be most significantly affected by the coronavirus incident, as travel within — as well as to and from — the country slows amid quarantine measures and public health concerns.Similar patterns were witnessed during the 2003 SARS epidemic, analysis of which has been used to guide forecasts about the potential impact of the coronavirus on international oil markets.Research firm Wood Mackenzie believes first-quarter oil demand growth from China could slow by more than 250,000 bpd as a result of the health emergency — with growth levels expected to be around the 150,000 bpd level compared to the previous year.That compares to annual average demand growth in the country of more than 300,000 bpd in 2019.For jet fuel, gasoline and diesel alone, Chinese demand is expected to drop by 100,000 bpd in the first quarter of the year.Wood Mackenzie consultant Yujiao Lei said: “The ongoing coronavirus outbreak and subsequent large-scale quarantine measures are posing a major economic risk to China and beyond.“With respect to the impact on oil demand, as preventive measures focus mainly on aviation and public passenger transport, jet fuel will be the most susceptible.“The experience during the 2003 SARS outbreak suggests a severe and one-off impact on China’s demand for jet fuel and, to a lesser degree, gasoline and diesel.Quarantine measures have impacted demand for jet fuel in China“Although the Chinese government has been taking action more swiftly in a more determined manner than in 2003, domestic and international transport activity is incomparably higher today and thus the impact may be larger.“For the first quarter of 2020, China’s oil demand could be reduced by more than 250,000 bpd.“Taking into account adjustments to other regions for separate reasons also, we have adjusted first quarter 2020 world oil demand lower by 500,000 bpd.” Economic slowdown could further impact Chinese oil demandWhile the decline in public transportation is expected to have the most immediate impact on Chinese demand for oil as travel restrictions take their toll, a prolonged incident could have more long-term effects on economic and industrial activity in the country — impacting demand from sectors such as freight and shipping.Lei added: “As the imposed transport restrictions focus principally on public passenger transport, the impact on freight transport will likely depend on overall industrial and economic activity in China.“If the severe transport restrictions such as those implemented in Wuhan linger, they would also restrain the affected local economy.“Clusters of automotive manufacturing and high-tech industries are located in Wuhan, while Hubei Province accounts for more than 4% of China’s gross domestic product.“Meanwhile, diesel demand is led principally by road freight, and unlike in 2003 when China was in the middle of resource/materials-intensive industrialisation, road diesel demand has been weakening already since 2019.“This weakness would be exacerbated by a slowed economy.”The coronavirus impact on global markets throughout the year is forecast to be a decline of 100,000 bpd on an average annual basis to an overall gain of 1.2 million bdp — although this is based on the assumption that the incident will be largely contained within the next few months and Chinese demand will strengthen later in the year.
Although most people may still remember it best as the Farmer’s Daughter restaurant, the four-story building at 228-230 Main Street originally opened as Washington House in 1855. It is the oldest structure left in downtown, having survived the urban renewal movement of the 1960s, when many old buildings disappeared downtown. The hotel closed in 1867, but many other businesses have occupied the site. This photo is dated about 1960, shortly after the Carlton Theater was razed to make a parking lot for the Peoples Savings Bank in the middle of the block, and three years before the Farmer’s Daughter opened for its thirty-year run.FOOTNOTES: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at www.willard.lib.in.us.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
It will be news to few when we say that there is a veritable tsunami of youth interested in global health. In universities across the country, students are seeking out classes, organizations, and opportunities to learn, discuss, and act. Harvard is, of course, no exception.As Harvard Medical School (HMS) students, we often get emails about speaker events, attend student gatherings about global health, or talk with professors about their latest research. For both of us, it seems as if most of our free time (and then some) is spent negotiating how we can engage in these exciting opportunities. Like many of you, we not only care deeply about grave, unjust inequities in our world but want to build lives dedicated to addressing these complex issues.What if we were to tell you that, despite being inundated with the discourse of global health, we’ve still seen educational gaps? Perhaps we’re critical or hard to please; certainly we’re restless. The truth is that at HMS there is a preponderance of opportunities that focus separately on theory, practice, and discernment — three necessary areas in the development of global health professionals. Lectures educate us. Organizations and projects enable us to engage as students. And our impressive classmates and mentors empower to us consider our roles as physicians. All occupy different spheres and can sometimes fragment the experience.Enter, a new elective at HMS called “Clinical Topics in Global Health.” Having recently finished its second year, this class was a critical merger of these three areas that we thought necessary for budding physicians. Taught by Patrick Lee, a clinical instructor in medicine, and Brett Nelson, an assistant professor of pediatrics, the elective united a group of students diverse in both prior experience and stage of education. Our classmates ranged from fellow first-years to a third-year resident to an experienced clinical psychologist. As we were instructed on the first day, we were to be our own teachers and mentors, as well as colleagues — a lesson we quickly learned to appreciate.Over two months, we encountered a wide range of issues, such as models of health care delivery, mental health, primary care, oral health, and cancer. Each topic was explored through several lenses so we could understand the current context of the issue, relevant clinical skills, and the inevitable challenges of implementation. Far from simply discussing topics, the class was hands-on and entertaining. We dove into the first week by resuscitating plastic “infants” replicating acute respiratory distress. Later we proceeded to learning case management for HIV/TB patients, recognizing infectious parasites under a microscope, and performing ultrasounds on each other.Through these clinical applications, we constantly stretched our creativity as we considered how we could provide quality medical care with severely limited resources. Who knew a condom not only can prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, but when inflated with water can also stabilize a post-partum hemorrhage, buying a woman critical time to make it to a medical center?One of the most unusual facets of the class came in the final evening. We sat with a panel of global health professionals and were able to ask some of the most personally important questions, ones that we frequently ask each other and that lace our conversations about our futures. How do I engage in global health and yet have a family? How do I take care of myself? How can I balance my time between living overseas and in the United States? While there is no correct answer, discussions like this are important for the next generation of global health care professionals, filled with unguided uncertainty yet limitless potential.It would be preposterous to claim that we covered every clinically relevant issue that challenges humanity around the world. This class, however, came at a critical moment for some young doctors interested in global health. At a time when we are beginning the process of forming our professional lives, we come out of this class with a broadened ken and clearer conception of how we can be responsible and more effectively leverage our roles. For Divya, every day in rural Liberia this summer working on a women’s rights project is a constant reminder of the lectures on maternal mortality and innovation in resource poor settings. For John, working on an ethnography of managed care and skin cancer in Colombia has given him an arena in which to apply the classes on non-communicable diseases as well as begin to build a long-term engagement in the country.Amid the fertile landscape of global health here at Harvard, this class serves as an interesting model. For us, the gap between student and physician — the global health physician in training — is narrower.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please email your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]
Swoon For Bridges One Last TimeMay 18 at the Schoenfeld TheatreIt’s the end of the road for The Bridges of Madison County, the beautifully bittersweet musical by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman. So make sure you catch Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale as the two strangers whose lives get thrown for a passionate loop over a heated four-day romance in the most exotic of locales: Iowa! If you need a fix afterwards, fear not—there’s the novel, the movie, and of course, this fan fiction. Click for tickets! Learn Lessons From Kate BaldwinMay 15 at 54 BelowLet’s be honest: we’d pay to hear Kate Baldwin sing a takeout menu. But the Tony nominee singing her Broadway favorites while sharing the lessons she learned in her journey from college student to the star of Finian’s Rainbow and Big Fish? We’re so in! That’s the focus of Baldwin’s Sing Pretty, Don’t Fall Down, her first NYC solo concert in three years. Click for tickets! Get Creeped Out by Michael ShannonMay 17 at Theatre for a New AudienceThe perpetually intense Michael Shannon is playing a “cheerful, well-meaning everyman?” What the what? Hold on. In Eugene Ionesco’s 1959 play The Killer, Shannon begins as a man who discovers a dream city of beautiful gardens and stunning architecture near his own shabby digs. But there’s a catch. No, not sky high rents and limited parking. A serial killer is running amok! And you thought stalled subways were a pain. Click for tickets! Michael Shannon Support the ClassicsMay 12 at the Hudson Theatre in the Millenium Broadway HotelWant to dress up like a million-dollar trooper and support the arts? Well, the Classic Stage Company provides the perfect opportunity with its annual Musical Masterworks Gala. This year, a collection of stage stars, including Jeremy Jordan, Brooke Shields and Santino Fontana, salute Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern and Lorenz Hart. Try your best not to sing along—or get mustard on your gown. Click for tickets! Spring is finally, officially, here. Woo-hoo! But if Mother Nature suddenly plays some sick meteorological joke and New York gets blasted with a blizzard, that’s still no excuse to say inside. There’s plenty of great stuff happening this week, including the arrival of a new Phantom and Christine, the early departure of a new musical, and a Broadway belle’s one-woman show. It’s all part of this week’s must-see list! View Comments See Norm Lewis Make HistoryMay 12 at the Majestic TheatreIt’s time to go down to the Phantom’s lair once more! Tony nominee Norm Lewis debuts as the first African-American to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Even better: It’s the venerable actor’s dream role, so he’ll be primed. Even betterer: He’s playing opposite his Little Mermaid co-star, the returning Sierra Boggess, who is “the best Christine,” according to Andrew Lloyd Webber. So, yeah, this is a “dear diary” moment waiting to happen. Click for tickets! Star Files
State Auditor’s Office Releases Audit of Orange County:County Finances Not Being Managed in a Sound Manner;Numerous Internal Control Deficiencies NotedMONTPELIER – Finances at the Orange County Courthouse are not being handled ina fiscally responsible manner, and poor management by the county’s elected assistant judgeshas contributed to the problem, according to a 32-page report released today by the Office ofState Auditor Tom Salmon, CPA.Salmon commissioned the audit in May before he was called to active duty as a memberof the U.S. Navy Reserve; he is now deployed in Iraq. The audit initially targeted payrollprocedures due to citizen concerns about possible improprieties, but was broadened to includea range of internal controls and financial procedures and transactions.”We found a number of financial errors, poor procedures and controls, missingdocumentation and weak record-keeping,” said Deputy State Auditor George Thabault, “butwe did not find evidence of any misappropriation of assets.” Questioned costs on a number ofmatters totaled $7,337, some of which has already been paid back to the county.The report noted that many problems stem from the fact that the county has notestablished adequate accounting and personnel policies and procedures, and that there is alack of segregation of duties and insufficient review of county disbursements. (Segregation ofduties is the division of key duties and responsibilities among different staff to reduce the riskof errors and fraud.)Auditors noted, among other findings:- some employee earned benefits which were not accounted for sufficiently, andsignificant compensatory time (‘comp time’) of 213 hours and $3,648 for oneemployee could not be substantiated by any documentation;- one employee was paid for 80 hours in a pay period but only had 59 hours markedon the time sheet; the employee was also overpaid $523 when the county paid for aretroactive raise;- the county did not make timely deposits of federal income taxes;- the county incorrectly calculated accrued vacation and sick time for employees;- the county clerk is not authorized under state law to sign checks, but signed about25 percent of checks tested;- the county maintains five bank accounts with the Mascoma Savings Bank, andaccount reconciliations were often performed late, had significant unreconcileddifferences, and were not reviewed by a supervisor; and- county officers were not complying with several state statutes that require certainquarterly and annual financial reports, and publication of annual financial details inlocal newspapers.Among other minor errors, auditors found that two employees did not withhold or payenough to cover the cost of dental insurance premiums for family members. Both have sincereimbursed the county a total of $638. Auditors issued approximately 30 recommendations toimprove policies, procedures and monitoring of county disbursements.The business operations of Orange County government are directed by Assistant JudgesPrudence Pease and Maurice Brown. Assistant judges are elected for four-year terms byCounty voters.The Orange County assistant judges currently receive a salary of $9,500 each per year,with health and other benefits; the county budget is approximately $700,000. All CountyAssistant Judges also receive State part-time compensation at $142.04 a day for judicial dutiesperformed in Family Court, Superior Court, Traffic Court, meetings and trainings.In their response to the audit, the assistant judges expressed general agreement with thefindings; they noted they have already improved procedures related to reporting state funds,and promised to quickly implement fiscal management procedures to address the reportsrecommendations.Please note:The full report can be found on State Auditor Tom Salmon’s web sitewww.auditor.vermont.gov(link is external)(Click on Audits and Reports, then Special Audits.)– 30 —