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first_img What: National Speaker Dr. Nefertit B. Poyner to keynote 4C of Southern Indiana Summer ConferenceWhen: Saturday, July 13, Keynote at 10 a.m.Where: Vectren Auditorium, Room 147Ivy Tech Community College3501 N. First Avenue, EvansvilleBackground: The 4C Summer Conference is planned on Saturday at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus. Sponsored by the college and 4C of Southern Indiana, Inc., the conference will feature Keynote Speaker Nefertiti Bruce Poyner,  national trainer for the Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Center for Resilient Children. The conference is from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.. Registration takes place from 7:30-8:30, with breakout sessions in classrooms on campus from 8:30-9:45 and 12:45-2 p.m.You hear in the news about students who have experienced traumatic brain injuries, or who have been a part of traumatic events – who have trouble learning, coping, and managing their emotions. Poyner’s keynote relates to this topic and is at 10 a.m. in Vectren Auditorium. It is titled  “The Resilience Cascade: Supporting Children, Families, Organizations and Communities.” It will introduce the concept of the resilience cascade: how strong communities that collaborate can influence the health of organizations and staff, and how healthy adults can support the resilience of children.Poyner said that by gaining a stronger understanding of these important connections, participants will gain an appreciation for looking outside the box for strategies to support children. Participants will feel validated that taking care of themselves is not “selfish” or “self-serving,” but directly connected to the well-being of those in their care. Participants will also feel empowered to take a holistic, “big picture” view of resilience, leaving with a new perspective on how to best support children and families. She will also lead a breakout session titled: “Assessing and Strengthening Children’s Resilience Utilizing the Devereaux Early Childhood Assessment Program.” There will also be 20 other breakout sessions around topics related to such things as “What we can Learn from Reggio Emilia, Italy; Reading and Math Right from the Start; What Conscious Discipline Looks Like Every Day with Children; and How do you Help Children Manage Their Emotions.  See attachment for all breakouts.There will also be an exhibit, located in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Visual Arts Center at Ivy Tech (Room 107) featuring “The Reggio Approach and Experiences in Dialogue.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgCal Ripken Baseball fall registration is underway and only a few remaining spots are left in the 10 through 12 year old division. All rookie spots 7-9 are full. Any questions, email Mike Miselis at [email protected] Pictured is one of our rising stars Sammy Porch, who plays for McCabes Ambulance. ×last_img

first_img“Artie,” 94; passed away surrounded by family on December 26 at the Bayonne Medical Center, after a brief illness. Arthur was born in Bayonne and lived there all his life. He was a retired Foreman for General Dynamic Company in Avenel, NJ, where he worked for over 40 years. Husband of 75 years of Beatrice (nee: Karowski). Father of Constance Masciale, Arthur P. Cancro, Jr. and his Wife Rosemary, Blaise Cancro and his Wife Kerry and the late Blaine Cancro and his surviving Wife Diane Cancro. Grandfather of Vincent Jr., Anthony, David and Jeanine Masciale, Blaine Jr., Jaclyn, Blake, Koryne, Dr. Kristina M. Cancro, Kassidy and Kaylena Cancro. Great-Grandfather of 10. Brother of Dorothy Orlando, and the late Angelo Cancro Sr., Paul Cancro Sr. and Florence Pagano. Arthur was also survived by his Nephew Paul G. Cancro Jr., who was like a younger brother to him, and his Wife Rose. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

first_imgAbbey Fenton, who led the Red Raiders with 18 points, sinks one of her six three-pointers. By LESLEY GRAHAMThere is an old adage in sports: “You either win or you learn.”Friday night, the Ocean City High School girls basketball team was on the receiving end of one of those lessons, suffering a 66-44 loss to conference rival Mainland.The loss dropped the Red Raiders to 16-6 overall, while Mainland improved to 15-5.Senior Abbey Fenton led the way in scoring for the Red Raiders with 18 points, all of them coming from three-pointers. Cadence Fitzgerald of the Mustangs led all scorers with 20.Ocean City was unable to find an answer to what the Mustangs threw at them throughout the entire game. While Mainland was finding the open looks, moving the ball in transition and creating steals on defense, Ocean City struggled to get shots to fall and had unforced turnovers, resulting in second opportunities for Mainland.Red Raider Emma Finnegan (24) goes up strong to the basket.The Red Raiders started to chip away at the lead late in the first quarter with two big threes by Fenton and fellow senior Lauren Mirsky to close the gap to 14-12.As the second quarter got underway, the Raiders were able to find some shooting rhythm and picked up their hustle, especially by sophomore Marlee Brestle, to get second opportunities at the basket.Ocean City was making shots, but unfortunately for the Raiders, Mainland was able to answer right back. At the end of the first half, Mainland took a 32-23 lead.The Raiders were not about to lay down without a fight and came out in the second half with fire in their eyes, clawing to get back into the ball game, possession by possession.Ocean City’s Marlee Brestle plays tough defense against Mainland.With under three minutes to play, momentum was in Ocean City’s corner after a huge charge call on Mainland’s Kylee Watson caused by Fenton, who then converted for another three points on the other end.Ocean City was chipping away, still down as the fourth quarter got underway, 45-34.The final quarter was dominated by Mainland as the Mustangs increased their lead to 20 with under four minutes to play. They dropped 21 points in eight minutes to Ocean City’s 10, making the lead insurmountable for the Raiders to overcome.The Raiders are back in action 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against Cedar Creek for their final game of regular season Cape Atlantic League play.Ocean City’s Lauren Mirsky puts up a three-pointer.last_img read more

first_img providing independent scrutiny and advice on existing and future government environmental law and policy; responding to complaints about government’s delivery of environmental law; and holding government to account publicly over its delivery of environmental law and exercising enforcement powers where necessary. As the Prime Minister has made clear, we will not weaken environmental protections when we leave the EU. A new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill will ensure core environmental principles remain central to government policy and decision-making. This will help us to deliver a Green Brexit and the vision set out in our 25 Year Environment Plan. But we will only achieve our aims by also creating a strong and objective voice that champions and enforces environmental standards. That’s why our Environmental Principles and Governance Bill will also create an independent and statutory watchdog. This will hold governments to account for delivering their commitments to the natural world. The Government is also consulting on its intention to require ministers to produce – and then have regard to –a statutory and comprehensive policy statement setting out how they will apply core environmental principles as they develop policy and discharge their responsibilities. Currently environmental decisions made in the UK – from improving air and water quality to protecting endangered species – are overseen by the European Commission and underpinned by a number of these principles, such as the precautionary principle, sustainable development and the ‘polluter pays’ principle.While these principles are already central to government environmental policy, they are not set out in one place besides the EU treaties. The new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill will ensure governments continue to have regard to important environmental principles through the policy statement, which would be scrutinised by Parliament. The consultation seeks views on whether or not the principles to be contained in the policy statement should be listed in primary legislation.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: The consultation, which will run for 12 weeks, seeks views on the most effective way for the new body to hold government to account, which would include, as a minimum, the power to issue advisory notices. The consultation asks what further enforcement mechanisms may be necessary.The Environmental Principles and Governance Bill will be published in draft in the autumn. Public consultation on the environmental principles policy statement will follow in due course. The Bill will be introduced early in the second session of this Parliament, ensuring these measures are introduced in time for the end of the implementation period in December 2020. EU environmental governance structures will continue to apply during the implementation period.The consultation is concerned with environmental governance in England and reserved matters throughout the UK, for which the UK government has responsibility. However, we are exploring with the devolved administrations whether they wish to take a similar approach. We would welcome the opportunity to co-design proposals with them to ensure they work across the whole UK, taking account of the different government and legal systems in the individual nations.Backgroundcenter_img A new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill will ensure environmental protections will not be weakened as we leave the EU, the government has confirmed.A consultation has started today on the contents of the Environmental Principles and Governance Bill, which will establish a world-leading body to hold government to account for environmental outcomes.The body will support our commitment to be the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than that in which we inherited it. It will provide scrutiny and advice as we protect and enhance our precious landscapes, wildlife and natural assets and would be able to hold government to account on environmental legislation.Subject to consultation, the new body could specifically be responsible for: You can respond to our consultation on the Citizen Space website Read ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’last_img read more

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaPeanut harvest is underway in Georgia, and farmers are on track to set record-breaking yields for the state, say University of Georgia peanut experts. “Given our current conditions, we have the potential for a really good crop,” said John Beasley, an agronomist with UGA Cooperative Extension. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Georgia’s average yield could be 3,500 pounds per acre, a new record. The current record is 3,450 pounds per acre set in 2003.The prediction may be a bit optimistic, said Bob Kemerait, a UGA Extension plant pathologist. Farmers are finding some surprising damage from underground white mold that hasn’t been accounted for. “We had factors that led to a perfect storm for white mold,” Kemerait said. “Even though it’s been a bad year for mold, I hope that most producers won’t see a significant loss in yields.” Early warm soil temperatures, followed by mid-season rains and dry temperatures at the end of the season sent white mold underground and out of sight. “We have fields with no indication of disease before the peanuts were dug that are exposing underground white mold and crop loss,” he said. “Growers are stunned to see that despite their best efforts with fungicide, white mold can still be a problem.” To fight white mold, farmers spent between $70 and $150 per acre on fungicides this year. “As we approach 3,500 pounds, we need to remember that growers paid to make that yield,” Kemerait said. “They have to spend a lot of money to battle white mold to make that yield.” On a positive note, damage from tomato spotted wilt virus, another major peanut disease, has been less severe this year than in the past. Due to a large stockpile of peanuts from last years bumper crop, prices are low right now for farmers. They are getting contracts between $365 and $400 per ton. Last year, contracts were between $500 and $600 per ton. “Demand is strong and steady,” Beasley said. “But there are more than enough peanuts, so we strongly encouraged farmers to reduce acreage during our winter meetings with county agents. We needed to reduce acreage by 30 percent.” According to USDA, Georgia planted 503,000 acres this year, 187,000 acres less than last year. For more than a decade, the variety Georgia Green dominated acreage in the state. Developed by UGA plant breeder Bill Branch, it saved the industry from tomato spotted wilt virus, which was threatening to cripple the industry in the mid-90s. Now, higher-yielding and more disease-resistant varieties like Georgia-06G — also a UGA release — are taking over acreage.Recent rain has been a mixed bag for farmers, Beasley said, keeping some out of fields and delaying their harvest. “Rain has been untimely for some, but beneficial for others,” he said. “Nearly 40 percent of the state’s crop was planted in June and needed the late rain to mature.”Peanut harvest takes place in two phases. Peanuts, which grow underground, are dug to the surface. They then lie in the field for several days to dry. Finally, a peanut combine runs over them, separating them from the vines and harvesting them. This all must be done at the right time.“Digging them at the optimal maturity maximizes yield and grade potential, the amount of edible kernels when they are harvested,” Beasley said. Harvesting on time is critical for flavor. Digging too early gives peanuts a bitter taste when roasted. Bitter peanuts are not desirable for making peanut butter, which is what most Georgia peanuts become. But waiting too long to harvest can be bad, too. A farmer can lose as much as 300 pounds or more per acre in yield if peanuts are harvested too late.last_img read more

first_img Now it’s two peaks down and we’re in vehicle mode to Dragon’s Tooth. Time for food; the apple fritter I demolished on the way out my back door is long gone. We have a wide variety of fuel for the day stashed behind the car seats, but at this point I’m especially interested in scarfing down one of Josh’s special-recipe ‘super balls’ made of almond butter, oats, honey, coconut, and chocolate chips. Excellent! And I gulp down a half liter of water. At the Dragon’s Tooth trailhead I fling open the car door and my feet hit the ground running almost before we stop rolling. Happy and feeling good, the ascent goes well. We can run all but the most ‘technical’ parts of the trail. At the top we tag the big Tooth, turn and bolt back to the car, reversing the ascent route. Next comes a big one, the climb involving the most vertical ascent of the bunch, Tinker Cliffs.   We’ve been prepping for this day for a while, the adventure consisting of attempting to run all seven of Roanoke’s “Seven Summits” in one continuous push, linking each peak by driving from one to another. The idea intrigued me from the first time I heard about it -Josh and I share an odd penchant for long-distance trail running- and at Josh’s urging we put it on the calendar.   In an effort to promote some of the best trails on some of the Roanoke area’s stellar peaks, folks involved with local outdoor tourism designated “Roanoke’s Seven Summits” as McAfee’s Knob, Dragon’s Tooth, Tinker Cliffs, Read Mountain, Sharp Top, Poor Mountain, and of course Mill Mountain. It’s been suggested that a dedicated hiker does perhaps one of these peaks per week, or one per month, until all are ‘bagged.’ That would be nice, but we really just had to try to do them all at once. After all, I’ve lived in Roanoke my entire life; I’ve been to the top of all of those peaks countless times…but not on the same day.  Now we’re two-thirds of the way up Sharp Top and I’m running out of gas. I’m having trouble keeping up with Josh. I eat something -half a Clif Bar- and soon feel ok again. I slap the highest of the summit boulders a few minutes after Josh does, and get back to the car as quickly as my tired body will allow. So far I haven’t stumbled and fallen today and I fervently plan to keep it that way. Crashing on these rocky trails is no fun, and can be an outing deal-breaker. The loop trail at Poor Mountain Preserve was our first objective. After blasting off from my house we arrived at the trailhead at 04:21, jumped out of the Subaru and proceeded to almost get lost as we homed in on the proper way to run the loop. The predawn darkness was complete, and the webs of many a spider spanned the trail, draping the body of whichever of us was leading at the time. The leader would shriek especially upon encountering a web to the face, as the other of us guffawed mercilessly. Anyway, spirits were high and bodies were fresh, and we made quick work of the Poor Mountain loop trail. We arrived back at the car, yanking the hydration packs off our backs as we hopped in and careened off for…the McAfee’s Knob trailhead on Rt. 311. That run up and back went well, losing my light notwithstanding. During the ride to Read Mountain it’s time to fuel again. Riding shotgun, I’m in charge, and I’m extracting leftover homemade pizza slices and Moon Pies from our pantry. Even better, I’m mining ice cubes from the cooler to create the moment’s most desired elixir: ice water. It’s later that night and I’m tucked in bed. Not quite caught up in the approaching waves of sleep, I’m awash in thoughts of dreams hatched and realized, and of those for which I still yearn. In the logical light of day I couldn’t well explain why Josh and I so wanted to do what we did today, but here in the primordial state of coming sleep I feel it clearly and naturally to the bedrock of my soul. Curiosity, and the urge to explore in ways big and small, strange and commonplace, is just part of beIng human; it feels right. The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony is playing in my head as we jog through the stunning beauty of a softly-glowing veil of morning mist blanketing the bottomland pasture of the Andy Layne Trail. We laugh at the faces of thirty head of cattle gazing uninspired in our direction. “Excuse us, ladies!” This halcyon meadow is a prelude to the steep climb we face. Putting our shoulders to the grindstone we hustle up the “stairway to heaven” and on to the spectacular cliffs. The turnaround point is deemed to be the USGS survey marker midway along the sandstone escarpment. We tag that, pausing to take a photo of my hand next to it, my watch showing the time of 09:37. By the way, each ascent is done a certain way, with a defined turnaround point, so that others who might want to repeat this game will know exactly how we did it; so they can play by the same ‘rules.’ (Heehee)  Each ascent is not necessarily a direct up-and-back; often there’s a longer loop involved to make it all more aesthetically pleasing. Anyway, we skedaddle down from the Cliffs, loping and occasionally sliding our way back to the car. It’s 10:20 AM. Three peaks to go.center_img Josh and I are both nerds when it comes to preparing for such outings and we had discussed and refined most every detail. We would be running the trails and linking the peaks together by operating as efficiently as possible. Not only did we want to run all seven, but we wanted to go as fast as we could. All part of the ‘fun.’ The five-mile ascent and loop of the fine Read Mountain trails goes well, but then again it’s now uncomfortably warm and we’re not so fresh anymore; I’m feeling more than a bit tattered at the edges. Our conversation is not as ebullient as it was earlier, but we’re still smiling, still loving this day. Josh, by the way, is ever upbeat and positive, a trait that guarantees my readiness to partner with him in this outing and helps to fuel my own enthusiasm for this crazy stuff. As we jump into the faithful Outback we try to confine our sweat-soaked bodies and clothing to the old towels with which we carefully draped the seats, but I fear that Josh’s wagon may never be the same. In a meager gesture toward cleanliness, I change shirts on the drive to Sharp Top. On the Blue Ridge Parkway a few miles shy of Peaks of Otter we run into a frustrating traffic stop due to road work. We’re held up for 25 minutes, and this drives us batty. We are anxious to keep this ball rolling and, besides, our butts hurt when we sit in the car. Gotta move. This day began at 3:30 AM when I jumped disheveled out of bed and finished throwing my things together. My buddy Josh Gilbert picked me up at —check the clock— 04:01 and off we went. Six down and one summit to go. We swing into the Star Trail parking lot at 2:46 PM and take off, with considerably less spring in our steps we’d had earlier. But this is Mill Mountain, our backyard. I feel like we know every pebble and stick on it. We seemingly levitate up the trail to the star, where we high five and relish the moment, our friendship, life. But the clock is still ticking and we boot each other down the mountain via an aesthetic loop of premier Mill Mountain trails like Ridgeline and Sidewinder. We dive into the Subaru one more time, and snake through town to my house where we stop the clock -3:46 PM- and break out into spontaneous laughter. Ahhh…we did it. Completion of another ridiculous adventure. The day’s tally is seven classic peaks, 35 miles run, 10,000 ft, climbed, eleven hours and forty-six minutes door-to-door, and a friendship firmly set in stone. Descending the rock-strewn trail from our brief visit to the summit of McAfee’s Knob, the light from my headlamp is waning big-time; it’s fading fast and the sky remains, well, black. There’s no moon. Ok, so I had been wrong when I thought the batteries still held plenty of juice. Josh is running behind me, flooding the scene with his high-candlepower beam, but still, I’m loping through some deep shadows and I’m concerned about falling and hurting myself this early in the game. Gotta stay on my feet. Arriving at the car unscathed as the dawn sky finally lightens we jump in and head to our next objective, Dragon’s Tooth. It’s 7:15 on a warm late-September morning, and several hours into our adventure all systems are still GO.  And, just before I drift off to sleep another thought occurs to me: “I know we can beat eleven hours next time!”last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 69-year-old bus driver from Commack was struck and killed as he was walking to work in Ronkonkoma on Monday morning.Suffolk County police said Wayne Wickard was crossing Veterans Memorial Highway on his way to work at Baumann & Sons Bus Company, when he was hit by a westbound Dodge Neon at the corner of 5th Avenue shortly after 6 a.m.Wickard was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the Neon, 53-year-old Annette Agliato of Bohemia, was not injured.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-854-8552 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA’s compliance staff continues its deep dive into requirements under the changed Military Lending Act (MLA), as well as answering questions that come from credit unions trying to ensure they remain in compliance. The changes to the MLA, finalized last year, place a number of protections on loans extended to covered military servicemembers.One recent question brought to CUNA staff involves what to do if a borrower is on active duty when they establish an open-end loan, ceases to serve on active duty, but later enters active duty again, while the loan is still active.Under the MLA rule, the borrower’s status at the time the loan is established is the determining factor.In the above question, since the borrower is on active duty when the loan is established, the loan is subject to the MLA. Once the borrower’s active duty status ended, the loan is no longer subject to the MLA.When the borrower entered active duty again, the loan should not be subject to the MLA, because the loan was already in existence when the borrower re-entered active duty. continue reading »last_img read more

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA’s new proposed rule related to credit union acquisitions of banks should not impact the future of these deals, says Michael Bell, who emphasizes it’s time to “put on paper” the process for completing these transactions.Bell, who pioneered credit union acquisitions of banks leading to the completion of more than 30 to date, also recommended NCUA make a small addition to its proposal.As CUToday.info reported, the NCUA board last month put out for comment a proposed rule related to credit union acquisitions of banks with a focus on clarifying the process.Formally known as Subpart D within Part 708a to establish requirements related to transactions where a FICU proposes to assume liabilities from an institution other than a credit union, the proposed rule seeks to “clarify and make transparent the procedures and requirements currently in place related to combination transactions,” NCUA said.center_img NCUA headquarterslast_img read more