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Changing a community, from the ground upChanging a community, from the ground up

first_imgArea residents, members of community-based organizations, elected officials, and Harvard representatives gathered at the Charlesview Community Center in Brighton today for the annual Allston-Brighton Legislators’ Breakfast.Seven area residents were honored by local elected officials and the Allston-Brighton Adult Education Coalition for their ongoing work in the community. The coalition is a group of more than 20 education providers in Allston-Brighton who together offer services such as classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), workforce development and literacy programs, and help obtaining citizenship.“All of us have our own programs, but every one of us knows that we can do more when we work together,” said Sister Pat Andrews, director of The Literacy Connection and a member of the coalition.Jason Clark, a program coordinator at the Harvard Ed Portal, was honored with the Community Partner Award for his work with community members seeking to take ESOL classes.“In the past year [Clark] assessed and placed more than 120 students into 12 different education programs across Allston and Brighton. That’s 120 residents who probably would have sat on wait lists for a year or two,” Meghan Bea, assistant director of the Harvard’s Bridge Program, an adult education and training program, some of which are provided at the Ed Portal. “Those who have met with him describe him as welcoming and understanding. The ESOL directors that he refers students to describe him as organized, ambitious, and just plain wonderful.”Another honoree, Archange Saintus, a Haitian immigrant, has been working with many of the organizations in the coalition, including the Gardner Pilot Academy, the Harvard Allston Workforce Collaborative, the Literacy Connection, and the Ed Portal. It’s been a busy time for Saintus; he became a U.S. citizen just last week.,The awards ceremony attracted more than 40 community members, including State Sens. Will Brownsberger and Sal DiDomenico, and State Rep. Kevin Honan.“This is the greatest county in the world because of the opportunities we receive. We need to make the road a little easier for those that follow,” said DiDomenico. “Who are we as a society if we don’t help the people who need it the most?”Honan stressed the extraordinary amount of resources that can be found throughout the community, particularly those offered by the coalition.“The great anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. It is indeed the only thing that can.’ That applies to all of us here today,” said Andrews. “I think back to 17 years ago when a group of us got together and said, ‘What can we do to help our fellow community members?’ These success stories, and these people here today, this is what it’s all about.”In addition to Clark, Alinea Paiva of the Brazilian Worker Center, Neildes Doucette of the Brazilian Women’s Group, and Wils Magloire and Yuri Alvarado of the Jackson Mann Community Center all received student awards, and Joyce Gallagher, director of nursing at Good Shepherd Community Care, received the employer award.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Jan. 7Letters to the Editor for Monday, Jan. 7

first_imgIn the last five decades, cynicism has ruled and the United States of America has engaged in an unending war to protect corporate interests. I admire this small group of protesters carrying the torch in the hope of a brighter future for all living things. I have always hoped that one day I would see global peace. Alas, my hope has been dashed by the current authoritarian regime occupying Washington, D.C.Our only recourse is to vote the backward thinking sycophants out of office. Many believe that there’s little difference between the Republicans and Democrats. At no time in my life has this been less true. I hope that the Democrats nominate a progressive thinker. Our country has never been more divided; misogyny, racism and vitriol rule. Our journalists are vilified, and they are murdered with increasing veracity, partly as a result of a president calling them “the enemy of the people.”This is the same formula that Adolph Hitler used in Germany. Now he wants his border wall to further divide us. His propaganda machine spreads fake news at an alarming rate. I believe many white men fear a loss of power and the Republican rhetoric fuels their delusional beliefs.Paul SantoRotterdam Those letters were written following mass murders at public schools and stressed the absolute necessity for armed adequate security at our schools. I hoped that my pleas would not fall on deaf ears.I was unable to capture the true fear that students, parents and teachers must feel every day throughout the school year.I am grateful for a Dec. 29 letter written by a young lady, Meg Messitt of Wilton. Meg was able to capture and articulate the true fear that she and maybe her fellow students feel each and every day. However, the most striking thought and question she presented was: Why is armed security being taken from us, putting our lives in danger? I couldn’t agree more. The answer, Meg, is ideology and a totally unrealistic view of our situation. Why apparently educated, caring people would rather further a flawed ideology through endless debate over gun control than put common sense solutions in place is beyond reason. Meg, for your sake, the sake of my grandchildren and your fellow students wherever they may attend school, I hope your very real concerns will not fall on deaf ears.Carl LaMalfaSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionListen to student fears on shootingsI have written two letters to The Gazette; both were published. We need leaders who will unite usAfter reading about the march for peace in Saratoga Springs in The Daily Gazette, Jan. 2, I was reminded of the protests of the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Legalized pot will bring big problemsIf our Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, you’ll see more accidents and crime increasing. Also, they’ll put a lot of small-time dealers and users back on the street. They want to do it for the taxes and votes. I hear Colorado is having big problems since they legalized it for recreational purposes. Crime went up. If it’s legalized, we should hold all in government that voted for it accountable and sue their butts off. That was a nice gesture for Trump going to Iraq to thank and show support for our troops. He wants to keep America strong. He should use the ones he brings back and use them for the wall. The Democrats aren’t thinking about security for our country. They are obsessed with trying to do everything possible to hurt our president. They are control freaks.James MaxfieldScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Campaigning Rashford to receive Manchester honorary doctorateCampaigning Rashford to receive Manchester honorary doctorate

first_imgTopics : “It’s a proud day for myself and my family. When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it’s humbling,” Rashford told United’s website.”We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country but receiving recognition from your city means we’re heading in the right direction… that means a lot.”Rashford had also helped to raise around 20 million pounds ($25.22 million) with charity Fareshare UK to supply meals to struggling families during the COVID-19 pandemic.United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told reporters later that he was proud of Rashford and described him as a “great person and human being”.”He cares about others so much more than himself. I’m very proud of him and hopefully he can keep his personality for the rest of his life and be himself,” Solskjaer said. Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is set to become the youngest recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his campaign to help needy children, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.Rashford earned widespread praise after the England forward successfully campaigned for school food vouchers to be provided over the summer holidays in Britain, revealing that he had relied on such support as a boy.The 22-year-old will join club greats Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton in receiving the honorary doctorate, the highest honor the university bestows.last_img read more

Polish roundup: Polish Confederation Lewiatan, Financial Supervision AuthorityPolish roundup: Polish Confederation Lewiatan, Financial Supervision Authority

first_imgAttempts to roll back Poland’s controversial second-pillar reforms suffered a further blow after the Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the legal challenge in May from the Polish Confederation Lewiatan, the country’s largest private sector employer organisation, was outside the body’s competence.According to the Tribunal, employer organisations can only make referrals concerning working conditions or relations between employers and employees.Lewiatan has responded that it disagrees with the Tribunal’s arguments, and has filed a complaint against the decision.On its website, Lewiatan argues that pension insurance is an intrinsic part of the employer-employee relationship, with the employee obliged to pay social contributions whilst working. Employers, meanwhile, are obliged to notify the Polish Social Institution (ZUS) about all employees, calculate the contributions, and forward both theirs and their workers’ contributions to the social security system.The Tribunal’s decision is nevertheless a blow for the pension reforms opponents, leaving Polish president Bronisław Komorowski’s tribunal referral at the end of January, and a class action filed in June, as the only outstanding legal challenges.In its original submission, Lewiatan challenged the legality of the advertising ban on the pension funds between April and July, the period when members must inform ZUS if they wish to remain in the second pillar.The response to date makes for depressing reading for the pensions industry, with only some 405,000 of the 16.7m members having signed up for the second pillar.In a separate development, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) has clarified that foreign companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) are to be treated, for the purposes of asset-allocation limits, as foreign investments.As of early July, 49 of the 458 companies listed on the WSE’s main and parallel markets – accounting for 34% of market capitalisation – were foreign, with 23 listing exclusively in Warsaw.Pension fund foreign investment, until the start of 2014, was limited to 5%.As part of the legal overhaul, and in line with a European Court of Justice ruling in December 2011, the limit was raised to 10% this year, 20% in 2015 and 30% in 2016.Because of the unclear wording in the new law, ING’s pension fund accumulated a total foreign issue of 12.9% of its portfolio, and PZU’s 11.4%.However, the KNF confirmed to IPE that the two funds concerned did not have to liquidate their foreign holdings, as they have until January 2015 to adjust their portfolios, by which time the higher, 20% limit will have come into effect.last_img read more

Eight injured in Decatur County I-74 crashEight injured in Decatur County I-74 crash

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department says 8 people were injured in an I-74 crash Thursday.Around 3:30 David Chung, 32, of Las Vegas, Lost control of a multi-passenger van pulling a carnival ride and rolled over two times. One passenger was flown to an Indianapolis hospital another was flown to a Cincinnati area hospital. Six others required treatment.The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, New Point Volunteer Fire Department and units from Batesville responded to the crash.last_img read more

Kris Bryant’s two home runs darken the Dodgers’ day in loss to CubsKris Bryant’s two home runs darken the Dodgers’ day in loss to Cubs

first_imgCHICAGO >> For a moment Monday, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was lights out.It happened in the sixth inning, when Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant was standing in the batter’s box. The sky had just morphed from an eerie shade of yellow-brown to near black. Unexpectedly, several floodlights illuminating Wrigley Field went dark, leaving Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson in a momentary shade.A 10-minute delay ensued. The umpires huddled. Cubs manager Joe Maddon protested. Kershaw fidgeted on the mound, looking agitated. The light banks only gradually regained their strength.When play resumed, Kershaw walked Bryant. It was one of only two plate appearances Monday in which Bryant didn’t hit a home run. His two-run home run in the third inning off Kershaw, and a solo shot off Adam Liberatore in the eighth, made the difference in a 4-2 Cubs win. The lights were ultimately nothing more than a momentary distraction, both from the game and the larger issues plaguing the Dodgers and their ace pitcher.Sometimes, it feels like the home run has been the instrument by which the Dodgers live and die this year. That was certainly the case Monday.The Dodgers got both their runs on solo home runs by Pederson and Kiké Hernandez. The Cubs got all four of their runs on homers ‑ the two by Bryant and one by Matt Szczur, who was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day.Kershaw (5-5) has now allowed 11 home runs in 15 starts this season. He allowed only nine home runs in 27 starts last year, when he won the National League Cy Young and MVP awards.“I don’t really care if I give up homers or not,” Kershaw said. “Other than them being runs, it’s just a bad pitch, a mistake. As long as they’re solo shots it doesn’t really matter. Right now that feels like the only way I’m giving up runs the past two starts. If you make a bad pitch, you make a bad pitch. Hopefully they just stay in the ballpark.” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis wasn’t sure if Kershaw is actually making more mistakes, or if his opponents are merely taking advantage.“It just feels like the balls being left up are hit hard,” Ellis said.Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ suddenly feeble offense only had one runner in scoring position all night. That runner, Yasiel Puig, was picked off second base on a pitchout to catcher David Ross with Justin Turner batting in the third inning.Other than the missing lights, it was a familiar epitaph for anyone reading into the Dodgers’ losses these days: The longball was there ‑ and little else.The Cubs had more bad breaks to deal with Monday. Center fielder Dexter Fowler left the game with a sprained left ankle. Starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada was forced to leave in the second inning with a cramp in his left deltoid.The final three innings were played under protest, per Maddon’s request, and one was played under a steady rain.But the Dodgers mustered only three hits over the first eight innings: two against Wada and one against relievers Travis Wood (4-3), James Russell, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon.Pederson’s team-leading 19th home run off Jason Motte in the ninth inning brought the Dodgers within 4-2. A single by Adrian Gonzalez brought Howie Kendrick to the plate with a chance to tie the game.Kendrick grounded out softly, ending the game.The Dodgers have lost seven of their last 10 games. They did so Monday despite a better-than-decent performance from Kershaw, who allowed only four hits in seven innings, walked two batters and struck out nine. “It’s always frustrating to lose,” Kershaw said. “A couple pitches here or there, I just wish they were doubles instead of homers. It happens sometimes.”For the Dodgers (39-32), who lead the San Francisco Giants (38-33) by a single game in the National League West, it seems to be happening a lot lately.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed his wife Majella has finished her cancer treatment and they are both looking forward to spending Christmas together.Daniel and MajellaDaniel is currently touring America but he says he cannot wait to get home to Donegal for the festive season.“I am pleased to tell you that Majella has finished her chemotherapy treatment and she is beginning to feel as she says “normal again”. “We will be spending Christmas at home and then we plan to go to Tenerife for a month in the New Year. We are both looking forward to some quiet time,” he said.Daniel will play Dublin’s Convention Centre before Christmas and will also appear on The Late Late Show on December 13th.However despite Majella’s amazing recovery from cancer, Daniel has revealed that the festive season will be tinged with sadness after the passing of Majella’s dad Tom.Tom died in Tenerife when he fell down some stairs in October and suffered a brain bleed. Daniel says Tom was one of his biggest fans and would have been annoyed that Daniel cancelled some of his concerts because of his father-in-law’s death.“It was a great shock for everyone as Tom had been in good health and had planned to spend the 5 weeks in Branson with me while Majella’s mother Marion stayed with Majella while finishing her treatment.“However God’s plan was different to ours and we have to accept what He sends us. Tom was a great character and had a huge interest in everything that I was doing.“Before he passed away he was looking forward to seeing would our album “A picture Of You” make it into the charts in the UK, making it 26 years in a row to have an album in the charts. He would have been very annoyed to think that his passing caused me to cancel all the promotion that was planned for the album as well as the remainder of the shows left on the UK tour.” DANIEL REVEALS MAJELLA’S CANCER TREATMENT IS FINISHED AS THEY PLAN QUIET CHRISTMAS IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancerdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnelltreatmentlast_img read more

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first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Nature contact sheet (785KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal province: Flowers on the mountain in the Injasuthi Nature Reserve. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The aquarium at the uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Snake exhibit at the aquarium, uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The seal show at the uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Baobab trees stand out against the bushy landscape near Musina. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Baobab trees stand out against the bushy landscape near Musina. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Baobab trees stand out against the bushy landscape near Musina. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: A scops owl in the Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Elephant in the Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageNATURE 7: {loadposition nature}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Funding available for farmers through Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement ProgramFunding available for farmers through Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Division of Soil and Water Conservation is making farmers aware of funding available to farmers through the Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).CREP is the country’s largest private-land conservation program. Administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency in partnership with the ODA and local soil and water conservation districts, CREP targets high-priority conservation concerns in exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production. In return for establishing permanent resource-conserving plant species, farmers are paid an annual rental rate along with other federal and state incentives as applicable per each CREP agreement. Participation is voluntary, and the contract period is typically 15 years.“Farmers are continually looking for innovative ways to practice conservation on their farms,” said Dorothy Pelanda, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “This program provides great opportunities to make positive contributions to our state’s water quality while allowing farms to remain productive.”New for 2019 is the $200 bonus offered by the state of Ohio for all newly-enrolled filter strip and riparian area practices. For current CREP participants with expiring contracts, re-enrolling and expanding the width of filter strips or riparian areas will earn you the bonus dollars on those new added acres all the while expanding the environmental protection of these practices.The Lake Erie CREP is available in 27 Ohio counties including; Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot counties.For more information and to sign up visit your local soil and water conservation district or contact the ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation at [email protected] or 614-265-6610.last_img read more

Stay Connected with Our Military Caregiving eNewsletterStay Connected with Our Military Caregiving eNewsletter

first_imgDo you want to learn more about what the Military Caregiving concentration area of the Military Families Learning Network has to offer? If so, get connected with us by subscribing to our monthly email newsletter. The eNewsletter provides resources to current caregiver literature and includes links to upcoming educational events for learning opportunities. The eNewsletter is an easy way to get an outline of what the Military Caregiving concentration areas has to offer that month, as well as a place to find all of the links you need to access information.To subscribe to the monthly eNewsletter, click here! This post was written by Carlee Latham of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Military Program. Latham is a member of the MFLN–Military Caregiving Concentration team. This blog was posted to the Military Families Learning Network site on May 9, 2014.last_img read more