New Video Helps Families Prepare Fire Escape Plan

first_imgFire safety starts at home and the province wants to help families prepare. A new video called Don’t Wait: Plan Your Escape! is now available on the Fire Marshal’s website. It shows families how to plan a safe evacuation from their homes in the event of a fire or other emergency. “We hope that no family will face a real fire or emergency at home,” said Zach Churchill, Minister responsible for the Office of the Fire Marshal. “Having an escape plan and practicing it can save lives.” Provincial staff worked with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency to record the video. “I’d like to thank everyone who made this video possible,” added Mr. Churchill During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 to Oct. 15, Mr. Churchill is reminding Nova Scotians to: To view or download the video, visit http://novascotia.ca/dma/firesafety/. have smoke detectors near all sleeping areas and test them regularly change smoke detector batteries every six months and replace units that are over 10-years-old use carbon monoxide detectors and check them regularly place fire extinguishers in the kitchen, furnace room, and near any fireplaces or wood stoves.last_img read more

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Jewish Community Appoints First Chief Rabbi in Morocco in 100 Years

Rabat – Representatives from the Moroccan government attended the swearing in ceremony of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, who has been appointed as the chief rabbinical judge for the Jewish community living in Morocco.International news outlets reported that leaders of the Jewish community and the governor of the Casablanca-Settat region, Said Ahmidouch, attended the special ceremony in Casablanca.Police and military members also attended the ceremony at the Beth-El Synagogue in Casablanca. Morocco, according to the Jerusalem Post, has become the first Muslim country in the modern world to recognize a “Jewish rabbinic authority.”“I would like to thank the Gaon Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, who has accomplished this venerable project,” said the special Moroccan royal emissary to the event, Serge Bardugo.Bardugo also quoted King Mohammed VI as saying, “the Moroccan Kingdom has never ceased to pursue the love and adoration which exists between the sons of Abraham, an affinity which unites them all.”Expressing satisfaction with his appointment, the rabbi also thanked King Mohammed VI, his family, and the Jewish community in Morocco.Pinto, who is a great-grandson of the renowned Moroccan-born Rabbi Baba Sali, is one of the wealthiest rabbis in the world.In 2017, Pinto was released from Israeli prison after serving a one-year sentence for bribing a police officer.Read Also: Muslims and Jews Share Friendship Tea in CasablancaThe rabbi started serving his jail term in February 2016. The rabbi appealed his sentence to the High Court, which rejected his request on account “of his health situation,” according to the Times of Israel.The rabbi, who pleaded guilty in a plea bargain, also paid a fine of $260,000.The news outlet said that the rabbi has been the subject of investigations from both Israeli security forces and the FBI since 2011.Read Also: Muslims and Jews Are Fasting Together Worldwide This YearThe 45-year-old rabbi also leads a global organization called Mosdot Shuva Israel.A total of 6.6 million Jews live in Israel, while 8.1 million live outside Israel.Morocco, which had about 250,000 Jews in the early part of the 1900s, is home to only 2,000 Jews currently, according to an Israeli expert on Jewish demography, Sergio Della Pergola, in 2018.Jewish communities have lived in Morocco since Roman days. After the Spanish Edict of Expulsion in 1492, some 20,000 Jews emigrated from Granada to Morocco. At their peak before Israel became a state in 1948, Jews in Morocco numbered over 200,000. read more

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Asian nations focus on disaster risk reduction as UNbacked meeting opens in

The three-day Third Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction brings Asia-Pacific government officials together to develop partnerships and regional cooperation for disaster preparedness and early warning systems.The Asia-Pacific region is not only one of the most populous in the world but also, by far, the most affected by disasters in terms of human and economic impacts, according to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).“The Third Ministerial Conference is a main forum to make disaster risk reduction a priority at the local level and to mobilize more resources for implementing disaster risk reduction policies, which are vital to development and poverty reduction. This is a unique opportunity to identify gaps and bring governments and civil society together to fill them,” said Sálvano Briceño, Director of the UNISDR secretariat.The Centre of Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) notes that this year alone, more than 230,000 people were killed and over 47 million affected by two major disasters, namely the earthquake in China and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.In a message to the conference, the head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) emphasized the need for greater investment in disaster risk reduction in the region. Various studies have shown that every dollar invested in disaster preparedness not only saves lives, but can also save between $4 and $7 in humanitarian relief and reconstruction costs after a disaster happens. “With this level of returns, these investments may be some of the best bargains available,” said Noeleen Heyzer. “It has become increasingly clear that disasters are setting back efforts in development – they can cripple the economy, destroy infrastructure, and plunge more people into poverty,” she added.The conference, which is being held with the support of the UNISDR, ESCAP and others, is expected to adopt a final declaration urging governments to commit more resources to disaster risk reduction policies and to engage more public-private partnerships to address the issue. Also today, UNISDR announced that Loren Legarda, a Senator from the Philippines, is its Asia Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction. In her new role, Ms. Legarda will help UNISDR promote the benefits of disaster risk reduction policies in countries and communities in the region that are most vulnerable to disasters. Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the Clinton Global Initiative – which was meeting today for the first time in Asia – that the region can play “a leading role” in both averting a prolonged slowdown during the current global economic turmoil and ensuring that the environment is protected.“The urgent challenge for the region – and for the world as a whole – is to foster economic growth to cut poverty, while minimizing the impact on climate change and the environment,” he said in a video message. “Green growth, with the potential to create millions of jobs, offers one promising way forward.“We also need a more inclusive multilateralism – one that is fair, one that gives voice to and responds to all the world’s people.” 2 December 2008Ministers from more than 40 Asian countries have gathered at a United Nations-backed meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to discuss ways to reduce the social and financial impact of natural disasters in their region. read more

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A second day of major oilpatch layoffs

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 18, 2015 11:12 am MDT A second day of major oilpatch layoffs Another major energy company with Canadian head offices in Calgary has announced layoffs in the midst of falling oil prices.ConocoPhillips has confirmed to 660News they are reducing their Canadian workforce by about 7 per cent, or roughly 200 people.The American company has offices in Calgary, but did not say how many of the job losses are in this city.The announcement comes one day after Calgary based Talisman Energy announced it is reducing its workforce by 10 to 15 per cent, or up to 200 employee and contractor jobs. The cuts come mostly at the company’s head office in downtown Calgary. Nexen said it is also slashing 400 positions, including about 300 in Calgary. read more

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Following election delay Ban calls on Nigerian government to uphold new date

The polls, originally scheduled for 14 February, was pushed back to 28 March and 11 April following appeals by the armed forces to delay the vote amid ongoing fighting in the country’s north-eastern regions against the militant group, Boko Haram. In a statement released by the UN spokesperson earlier today, the Secretary-General welcomed commitments by the candidates to the Presidency to respect the new calendar and commended the progress made by Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the preparation for the elections, including the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards. In addition, the spokesperson said Mr. Ban urged all relevant national institutions to continue to work with INEC “to ensure all voters can exercise their constitutional right to participate in the elections freely and without intimidation.”Although the postponement was greeted in many quarters as an opportunity to channel the country’s collective focus on fighting Boko Haram, some Nigerians have reportedly voiced concern about the delay’s legality. “The Secretary-General nevertheless expresses strong concern over reports of election-related violence,” the statement continued. “He urges all political leaders to adhere to their commitments under the Abuja Accord, to refrain from inflammatory statements and to immediately condemn any statements from their supporters that amount to an incitement to violence or subversion of the electoral process.” The spokesperson said Mr. Ban reiterated that the UN would continue to closely follow developments in the country and that the Organization was “offering its full support to Nigeria at this important moment,” particularly through the ongoing active engagement of his High-Level Representative to Nigeria, Mohamed Ibn Chambas. read more

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Mens basketball Chris Holtmann building excitement around Ohio State in inaugural season

To say excitement surrounding Ohio State’s men’s basketball team last season was dim would be an understatement. Despite playing in the 10th-largest home arena in college basketball, Ohio State averaged the 24th-most fans per game last season (12,324) and was only at 64.7 percent capacity throughout the season (106th out of 351). The Schottenstein Center also failed to exceed 70 percent capacity in the 2015-16 season after finishing with 76.9, 86.5 and 86.7 percent in the 2014-15, 2013-14 and 2012-13 seasons, respectively.First-year head coach Chris Holtmann hopes to return to the years of a packed Schottenstein Center. Though Butler maintained consistent success before Holtmann arrived, the head coach brought a new level of excitement around the program, steadily increasing arena capacity from 81.0 percent his first year to 89.7 percent his second and 91.8 percent his final season. The question for Holtmann becomes: How does he bring excitement back to an Ohio State program that has lacked it over the past two seasons?“Well I’m not going to be doing cartwheels on the sidelines or anything. That’s for sure,” Holtmann said jokingly in an interview with The Lantern Wednesday. “I think how we play is really important.”The success of the team will no doubt play a role in the enthusiasm in the fanbase and in the students. The reduced attendance over the past two seasons goes hand-in-hand with the struggles the team faced as Thad Matta’s squad posted two of the three worst records over his tenure, including his worst record last year. The two down seasons came after a long run of success in which the Buckeyes reached seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments. The new personnel — both on the court and the sidelines — will more than likely not result in a drastically improved season. A best-case scenario for the team could be a place in the NIT or a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. The excitement generated by the new personnel could produce early season increases in attendance, but the new staff and players will have to do more to maintain that level throughout the season.In his first full season as Butler head coach, Holtmann found a way to interact with the students and drive interest in the team. On Dec. 15, 2015, Holtmann went to a local Starbucks at Butler and bought coffee for every student at the coffee shop.Buy stock in Starbucks. Lot of @butleru students have taken @ChrisHoltmann up on that Finals coffee. pic.twitter.com/COIIrdK6T0— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) December 14, 2015Now at Ohio State, Holtmann has already begun his campaign to get students excited for men’s basketball. He gave donuts to students and parents on move-in day at the Schottenstein Center. If he has his way, that won’t be the last appearance he makes with the student body.“I had some ideas that I tossed around with our staff and our marketing people yesterday about me getting back out with the students and kind of surprising the students in some different places on campus,” Holtmann said. “Because the reality is, we just arrived here. They don’t know me. They don’t know who I am. I get to walk around on campus right now and not many people know who I am and I’m looking forward just to spending some time getting to know them.”It is not only important for Holtmann to get people in seats. Those people need to be energized while they are in them. Beyond interacting with students on campus, Holtmann has ideas for recreating a more engaged student body inside the Schott. Holtmann mentioned that he would like to incorporate the singing of “Carmen Ohio” with the players and staff after every game — just as the football team does. Holtmann said nearly every team in the Big Ten provides teams with tough environments to play in on the road. His goal is to make the Schott one of those.“When I first took the job and I was on the road in July, [I] had someone, a Big Ten coach, come in and say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to get the Schottenstein Center rocking again because it hadn’t been rocking the past few years,’” Holtmann said. “And we’ve got a responsibility as a team to play in a way that would engage our fanbases — certainly our students, which is incredibly important.”That coach actually told him, “Hey, you have to get the students back involved.”Creating the raucous home environment ties right back into getting the students interested and involved. Holtmann said he knows the arena with 19,049 seats can be a challenging environment for opponents to play in should the student section make a strong showing at the games. “Students bring a different energy,” Holtmann said. “There’s no question about it. And our students, I believe that I’ve watched games, bring a different energy.”The product on the court will in all likelihood not be much better than last season. Holtmann admitted as much. But what he hopes to do is make sure that, even if the team isn’t winning a lot of games, it is involved and engaged with the fanbase. If the Schott can be “rocking again,” the first year in the Holtmann era could get off to a better start than the record will show. In his pitch to students as to why they should show up to the games, the message was clear. “Well, we need you,” Holtmann said. “I don’t know if that’s a pitch or not, but we certainly need them. The games feel differently when you have students there … We need them to be successful.” Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann takes a selfie with a season ticket-holder after an event titled “An Evening With Coach Holtmann” on Aug. 1, 2017. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor read more

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ESPN Distances Itself from Anchor Jemele Hills Tweets Calling

He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017 And it’s funny how you cling to Benghazi but I bet you didn’t give one thought to what Trump said about the Central Park 5— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017Disney-owned ESPN did not elaborate on any possible punishment for Hill, and she was on Tuesday evening’s “SportsCenter” broadcast as usual. While many Twitter users called for Hill to be fired, unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick expressed his support, tweeting “We are with you @jemelehill.”Kaepernick, who remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, received plenty of criticism — and support — after kneeling during the national anthem before games last season to protest police brutality.We are with you @jemelehill ✊🏾— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 13, 2017 Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldn’t, because I cared about more than just myself— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017 Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017 Jemele Hill: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist.”ESPN: “WHAT!?”White People: “WHAT!?”Black People: pic.twitter.com/w6O0VDhKHd— X (@XLNB) September 12, 2017 ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, President Donald Trump (r)BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN distanced itself from anchor Jemele Hill’s tweets one day after she called President Donald Trump “a white supremacist” and “a bigot.”“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network tweeted Tuesday from its public relations department’s account.“We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”On Monday night, in a series of exchanges with other Twitter users, Hill said, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”Hill, a co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of “SportsCenter,” also added that “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”In another tweet, she said, “Donald Trump is a bigot,” and went on to criticize his supporters, adding “The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.”Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017 read more

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Football No 10 Ohio State in for a road battle against No

Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter of the game against Nebraska on Nov. 3. Ohio State won 36-31. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorFollowing a 36-31 win against Nebraska, Ohio State still has a lot to prove in order to find itself in the College Football Playoff at the end of the season.Ranked No. 10 in the recent rankings, the Buckeyes now see a route that once looked to be all in their control growing slimmer and slimmer each week.No. 18 Michigan State is the next roadblock for Ohio State (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten), and head coach Urban Meyer understands the difficult task his team faces in East Lansing, Michigan.“A big one this week against Michigan State, very strong rivalry,” Meyer said. “We have a lot of respect for that team and they’re playing as good a defense as there is any in the country.”The Spartans (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) come into the game winning three of their past four, including key victories against No. 20 Penn State and Purdue. Their loss came in a 21-7 defeat against No. 4 Michigan.The Michigan State defense ranks No. 16 in the NCAA with 19.0 points allowed per game, and giving up 71.7 yards per game on the ground, the fewest in the country.“They penetrate. The defensive line is big and strong and then the linebackers don’t sit back,” Meyer said. “When the run surfaces, they hit it hard and they pull off double teams. Just a very good defense.”Junior linebacker Joe Bachie leads the Spartans’ defense with 68 tackles, 6.5 of which are for loss, including a sack. He also had an interception, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on the season.Redshirt junior defensive end Kenny Willekes is Michigan State’s major difference-maker on the line, with 51 tackles, 13.5 for a loss, including 7.5 sacks on the year. The sacks are tied for No. 19 in the NCAA.Meyer said he expects more of the same from Michigan State in comparison to matchups in previous years..“Their defense hasn’t changed that much,” Meyer said. “Well-coached defense, tough guys, defensive front is outstanding and their backers are outstanding.”Prior to last season, Ohio State and Michigan State split their past six matchups, with each game decided by 12 points or fewer. But in 2017, after the Buckeyes lost 55-24 to Iowa, it took out its  frustration on the Spartans, rushing for 335 yards in a 48-3 rout.Redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette said he knows, even with last year’s game, the team has to be ready for a battle in East Lansing.“Games like this, it’s just going to come down to toughness,” Arnette said. “Every year, it really don’t matter what their record is, what our record is, going into that game, just need to know who you going in, you gotta go in swinging, it’s gonna be a fist fight, just everybody gotta be getting ready for it.”Offensively, it is not the same story for the Spartans.Michigan State ranks in the bottom 20 in scoring offense with 23.4 points per game, and earns 360.3 yards per game, the 25th-worst offense in the NCAA.Redshirt junior quarterback Brian Lewerke, who was confirmed to be the starter by Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio earlier this week, has been in and out of the starting job in recent weeks. He has eight passing touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season.Lewerke has been without his main threat, senior wide receiver Felton Davis III, who is out for the season with a torn achilles.Meyer said, even with the recent struggles, that Michigan State’s offense still has weapons to worry about.“Very talented running backs, very talented receivers and a very good offensive line. A quarterback can run and throw and do the whole package,” Meyer said. “You’re facing a team that does a lot of stuff on offense.”In the run game, the Spartans have switched running backs from senior LJ Scott to sophomore Connor Heyward, who is averaging 5.1 yards per carry on the season. Heyward rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in Michigan State’s most recent win against Maryland.PredictionOhio State-Michigan State games are always hard to predict, but this year feels especially difficult. With the Buckeyes coming in slumping and Michigan State starting to look a little stronger, especially defensively, a lot of this matchup feels like a toss up.The Spartans defense has the opportunity to stall out running backs, sophomore J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber, much like they were against Purdue. But Michigan State struggles against the pass, allowing the 32nd-most passing yards per game in the nation.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins has the opportunity for a big game, but he had that same opportunity against Nebraska, who had the 30th-worst pass defense. Instead, he had his lowest completion percentage on the season.Ohio State’s defense has been nothing short of terrible in the past two games, regardless of injuries playing a factor. The emergence of sophomore safety Brendon White will help, but Meyer has not confirmed whether he or redshirt freshman Shaun Wade will be the starter alongside junior Jordan Fuller, though he said both will get reps.If Lewerke, Heyward and Michigan State’s offense can take advantage of the Buckeyes’ porous defense, I think it has enough pieces on the defensive side to officially take Ohio State out of the playoff conversation.I just don’t think the Spartans can do that.Haskins, Dobbins and Weber strictly need to play remotely well in this game to escape with a victory, because I do not see Michigan State scoring more than 24 points in this matchup after failing to do so in its past six games.If the Buckeyes get the offense going, they could win in a dominant fashion. If it gets completely stalled early, the Spartans have a terrific chance at the upset.Ohio State is an ugly team right now, but it is fortunate Michigan State’s offense is even uglier, because that may just give the Buckeyes enough to hold on for the win.Wyatt Crosher: 23-20 Ohio StateColin Gay: 28-21 Ohio State Edward Sutelan: 31-28 Ohio State read more

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BBC Crimewatch in appeal for sex offender who could be living as

first_imgPolice said Lisa Hauxwell could possibly still be living as a manCredit:SWNS BBC Crimewatch is to feature an on-the-run sex offender who could be living as a man or a woman.Lisa Hauxwell, who is also known as Craig Hauxwell, was jailed for 14 years in her absence at Durham Crown Court last year for several sexual assaults.But police have not been able to track down the offender since, so she will now be featured on Crimewatch as both a man and a woman.The string of sex assaults took place in the Newton Aycliffe area in 2001 and 2002. Hauxwell, who was born in Darlington and still has links to the town, had been charged with the offences in 2015 under the name Craig John Hauxwell.Her last known address was in Leeds, but there has been no record of her at that property for many months.Police said the 48-year-old could possibly still be living as a man. Crimewatch will on Monday night feature pictures of Hauxwell as both male and female in its Wanted Faces segment in a bid to bring her to justice.Police said Hauxwell speaks with a stutter and when last seen on CCTV footage in the West Yorkshire area, last year, she had bleached blonde, shoulder length hair. “Hauxwell was convicted of two rapes and seven indecent assaults, which were truly horrendous crimes. “We hope the appeal on Crimewatch will bring new information which ultimately will result in her being locked up and sent to prison to begin her sentence.”Crimewatch will air on BBC1 at 9pm on Monday. An incident room will be staffed during the programme. After Monday night, calls relating to Hauxwell’s whereabouts can be reported to police on 101. Detective Inspector Yvonne Dutson said: “We have carried out exhaustive enquiries to trace Lisa Hauxwell and these are continuing. “There has been no activity on her bank account for several months, no record of any dealings with agencies such as the DWP or HMRC and no confirmed sightings of her since she was recorded on a security camera at a petrol station in Dronfield, Derbyshire in April 2016.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police said Lisa Hauxwell could possibly still be living as a manlast_img read more

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Unpassable Lethem trail gets temporary bypass

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRescue operations activated in Region 9 as flooding worsensJuly 5, 2018In “latest news”Lethem, several other areas in Region 9 under waterJuly 2, 2017In “Local News”Bad roads lead to fuel shortage in LethemAugust 12, 2017In “Business” A temporary bypass has been carved out along the Linden to Lethem trail, to allow for the crucial supply of fuel, among other commodities and persons to reach the  Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo district.Information coming out of the area indicated that traffic is flowing at a reduced pace.Heavy rainfall and consequently impassable roads led to a fuel shortage in the Region Nine district.In recent days, critical movement of people and cargo in Region Nine was severely hindered by a truck which toppled last week on a bridge.Workers were on Tuesday still trying to remove the vehicle.It was reported that rotten parts of the decking of the bridge collapsed under the truck’s weight.It was further stated that the situation was compounded by part of the road between Aishalton and Wariwau being washed away owing to overtopping of the Ireng and Takutu Rivers along with continuing heavy rainfall.Before the temporary bypass was made, buses were taking people and goods up to the blocked-off sections and on the other side, they had to board other vehicles to continue their journey.Regional Chairman Bryan Allicock said recently that emergency construction works needed to be carried out before the bridge was declared fully functional.He had warned that a fuel shortage was imminent as tankers had been prevented from traversing the trail. Some vehicle owners had subsequently travelled to the nearby Brazilian community of Bonfim to search for fuel.Severe flooding has been recorded in other communities in the South and Deep South Pakaraimas, and Central Rupununi. read more

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Chicago Greeks of the Second City

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There is something about Chicago that is so quintessentially American. Chicago is almost in the middle of America, and like so many places in this country, it is an indigenous name (in Chicago’s case, the term is Illinois Indian for ‘smelly onion’). The city is all-American yet an absolute mosaic of nationalities, much like the country itself. Lacking the stunning physical setting of New York or San Francisco, or the history of a Charleston or a Boston, it is truly a city of will, a triumph of architecture over topography and geography.Though founded before the American Civil War (1861-1865), the city took off in the 1870s, as the country rapidly recovered from the Civil War and the opening up of the west. A number of anchor industries arrived, most notably meat packing and railways, which sent product east and ferried immigrants west. Out of their New York or New England ports of entry, European immigrants rode the rails west. First Irish, German, and Polish, but at the turn of the 20th century, a wave of Balkan immigrants streamed westward.While a small number of Greeks had established themselves in Chicago from the 1880s, and the first Chicago Church, Annunciation, was established in 1892, Greek immigrants arrived en masse in the years just before the Balkan Wars, as the failures of the Peloponnesian current crop, the bankruptcy following the 1897 Greek-Turkish War, and a general overpopulation in Greece drove Greeks, particularly able-bodied men, abroad. Chicago stood at the centre of American rail, lake and river traffic, and in such a location jobs were plentiful and the Greeks’ entrepreneurial bent had many outlets. In spite of the ‘Second City’ being the second-largest Greek American community, with about 200,000 Greek Americans, an astonishingly large percentage of Greek Chicagoans hail from the same villages in the Peloponnesus, in particular the villages around Tripolis. Chicago is a case study in chain migration, as relatives and fellow villagers sponsored others to come over, and this process continued for several generations, and included plenty of two-way traffic. Even at the turn of the previous century, journalists and sociologists remarked on the immigrants’ Spartan or Tripolipolitan origin, though most had not lived in these towns but rather the surrounding villages.Visiting koumbari (Orthodox spiritual relatives) in Argos, my koumbaros constantly pointed to this or that house or business belonging to someone from Chicago, or returned from Chicago. When we lived in Greece, I dubbed the motorway from Corinth to Tripolis as ‘The Chicago Freeway’. It is difficult to ascertain numbers, but multiple long-time Greek Chicagoans agree that the percentage of Peloponnesians among Greek Chicagoans is well over 50 per cent, and of them, nearly half are Arcadians. A source from Chicago’s National Hellenic Museum divided the percentages as roughly one-third Arcadian, one-third other Peloponnesian, and one-third from the rest of Greece.St John the Baptist-Greek Orthodox Church.Aside from the major role of the church, fraternal and regional organisations played a key role in Greek American social history, and Chicago was at the forefront of these movements. AHEPA (the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) no longer has the same hold on Greek America as it did, say, a generation ago, but their chapters remain strong in Chicago. While regionally-based syllogoi are fading in the smaller Greek communities, the large Greek population in Chicago, with its large proportion of Arcadians and other Peloponnesians, still supports active regional organisations. As in other locations in the diaspora, the Chicago Greeks would concentrate themselves in ‘Greektowns’, which in Chicago’s case migrated with the times. The first Greektown was just west of the Chicago River, near the railyards in what was − and is − a key food market. Today this area is still known as ‘Greektown’, with several blocks of Halsted Street hosting a plethora of restaurants, kafeneia, a few ethnic stores, an impressive Hellenic Museum − although almost no Greek American residents. Greeks’ centre of gravity migrated from the original Greektown to a location in Chicago’s West Side in the 1950s, where Assumption Church boasted a very large parish whose flock often lived in close proximity to the church. Third generation Chicagoan Tom Kanelos offers: “My mother was born in the shadow of that church. The Assumption Parish is like the ‘mother’ of so many other Chicagoland and American parishes.” To further his point, he offers: “Dozens of priests came out of that parish, and it is rare to find a community in America not connected, in some way, to this parish.” The last recognisable Greektown was in Lincoln Square in Chicago’s Northside in the 1970s, as the last major wave of Greek immigrants bought up properties from suburbanising Germans to form a large enclave of homes and businesses around St Demetrios Church, one of Chicago’s largest. Since the 1990s, this final Greektown has largely dispersed, but when we lived there, from 2002 to 2005, there were still several Greek businesses and restaurants. In this neighbourhood, even a few years ago it was possible to conduct all one’s business and social transactions in Greek. As in other major Chicago Greek hubs, St Demetrios once boasted a full-time parochial school, Solon Academy, which now only has afternoon and Saturday instruction. A few Greek day schools continue to function, but the age of large parish schools seems to have passed. Several churches, and the Hellenic Museum, continue to offer afternoon and weekend Greek language and culture classes. Dance and sports events continue to be strong reference points for Chicago Greeks, and the Diocesan Junior Olympics, held at the end of May every year, attract thousands of athletes from Chicagoland and surrounding cities. Another Chicago Greek tradition is the National Hellenic Invitational Basketball tournament, an annual event started in the years of the Great Depression to assist Greek youth, and it continues a nearly 90-year tradition, drawing in Greek teams from throughout the Midwest. Chicago Greeks joined the descriptively named ‘White Flight’ out of the city and into the suburbs, and parishes today are to be found throughout ‘Chicagoland’, an urban area of 9.7 million spanning three states − Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. The urban churches retain a large following of suburbanites who have strong family or village ties to one church or another, but, like other white Americans, Chicago Greeks are by and large suburban, with social, political, and educational norms similar to their neighbours in what is, unfortunately, one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Early on, Greek Chicagoans tended to concentrate in the food service, small business, and real estate sectors, and a family restaurant (‘diner’, in American parlance) was and is likely to be Greek-owned in the area. Urban legend has it that gyros and flaming saganaki cheese were invented in Chicago Greek restaurants. Greeks today are now very well represented across industries and professions.Greek professional organisations, such as bar or medical associations, are very large and often form key social and networking venues for Chicago Greeks.Just as Greeks moved to the suburbs, and into the professions, they also joined other Chicagoans in an exodus to the ‘Sunbelt’ − warmer climates with more dynamic economies, as Chicago and other midwestern industrial cities increasingly stagnated in the 1980s and 1990s. Chicago Greeks are heavily represented in Sunbelt cities such as Phoenix, Arizona, the west coast of Florida and a number of Texas cities. In these newer Greek communities, with fewer Greeks, regional syllogoi tend to fold, as the next generation is more American and largely intermarried; identification with being Greek is more likely to be church-related or adherence to cultural norms rather than a strong tie to a Greek region, village, or island.In this most American of cities, Chicago Greeks are at every stage of assimilation, from a sizeable contingent of recent arrivals (often aided by family or fellow villagers) to fourth or fifth generation Chicagoans, both intermarried or full Greek after more than a century in America. At my former parish, St Demetrios, I spoke to a yiayia born just before World War Two, whose grandparents had immigrated to Chicago at the turn of the century. Her daughter married a Chicago Greek, and her grandchildren represent the fifth generation to be born in Chicago; they continue to go to church and to Greek school. Most of their lineage is from a handful of villages around Tripolis. Her story is by no means unique, though there are others who remain connected to Greek culture via a great-grandfather who married directly into the American mosaic. It’s all part of Greek Chicago.last_img read more

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Patrick McMullan to Launch iPhone Magazine

first_imgPatrick McMullan, noted nightlife photographer for New York magazine among other publications, is set to launch PMc, a luxury fashion “magazine” formatted exclusively for Apple’s iPhone.PMc, a joint venture with Hot Phone Hit Factory, will feature McMullan’s photos and articles by writers including Nanny Diaries co-author Nicola Kraus and novelist Molly Jong-Fast.Calling it “the first of its kind,” the bimonthly will be distributed via iTunes for 99 cents per issue. Content will be refreshed daily in order to give readers “an inside look into the glamorous world of Patrick McMullan and his peers.”It may be a first for the iPhone, but not for other trendy portable devices. Earlier this year, Tribune Media Services, the content syndication and licensing division of Chicago-based Tribune Company, launched a pair of magazines exclusively for Amazon’s Kindle.last_img read more

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Condos Townhouses Proposed For Corner Of Main Street Butters Row

first_img(UPDATE #1: Having just re-watched the 2017 Annual Town Meeting, the headline should read “near the intersection of Main Street and Butters Row.” The property in question does go to the corner, but the construction will not take place next to it.)(UPDATE #2: During his presentation at Town Meeting, the attorney representing Mr. Welch never mentioned affordable units during his presentation. He did reference a 2015 survey conducted by the town that highlighted the need for more housing opportunities for first-time homebuyers and empty-nesters looking to downsize, but he never claimed these units would be affordable units.)WILMINGTON, MA — A residential development — 10 townhouses and 39 condos — has been proposed for 635 Main Street, on the corner of Main Street and Butters Row. The site abuts the Salvation Army’s Thrift Store, is across from Colonial Park Mall, and is in front of the Commuter Rail Line.The property was rezoned from General Industrial to Neighborhood Mixed Use back during the 2017 Annual Town Meeting (Article 56), but the project is just now in front of the Planning Board, seeking a site plan review and necessary permits.The developer, Jacquelyn Welch of Mass Equity Investors, is proposing 10 town house units towards the front of the property and a 3-story building with 39 units (1-bedroom and 2-bedroom) towards the back of the property, with a parking garage underneath. (The back of the townhouses would face Main Street.) There’s a total of 99 parking spots on the entire site, resulting in a 2:1 unit-to-parking ratio.Planning Board Chair Michael Sorrentino read into the record nearly 10 minutes of concerns and required changes from Planning Director Valerie Gingrich and Town Engineer Paul Alunni.“The proposed buildings appear to be too large for the developable area. This is evident in the poor site layout circulation and overall poor arrangement of proposed utilities and stormwater management systems,” Alunni wrote and Sorrentino read. “The layout is limiting and does not provide ideal parking access or internal vehicle circulation.”“So, sounds like you have a lot of work,” Surrentino summed up. “Yes, we know this is a work in progress. We’re one of the first applicants to submit in neighborhood mixed use,” acknowledged a project representative. “We understand the Planning Board and Conservation Commission want. We’ve already started some of the revisions.”Selectman Ed Loud wanted to know why there were no affordable units as part of the development.“When they came to Town Meeting to get this approved, we were told the units were going to be affordable to the people in town,” Loud told the Planning Board. “This particular developer has railed against the Selectmen, saying the town has a crisis with affordable units. Here’s an opportunity – we’re going to add 49 units to our inventory, and there’s no affordability units? You guys are the authority of permitting this – I think you should do something about it.”“It doesn’t make sense on the site. The numbers don’t work,” Jacquelyn Welch responded when Sorrentino asked her about the lack of affordability units.“Why didn’t you tell us at Town Meeting?,” interrupted Loud. “I voted for this project because there was affordability. I was told then these would be cheaper than what’s going on in town. Now I’m hearing a different story. And that’s wrong.”“This project, when we went to Town Meeting, was never an affordable project,” added Welch. “It was ‘more affordable,’ but not ‘affordable’ that counts towards your count.”“Town Meeting was lied to,” responded Loud.“Look, I can’t speak to that. And we don’t do people’s business plans. If it works with the zoning, it works,” responded Sorrnetino. Welch clarified the 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom condos will be in the $300’s, while the townhouses will be in the $400’s.“As you know, we don’t have a zoning bylaw requiring affordability right now,” Sorrentino told Loud.“That’s another thing this board should be changing, a lot quicker than it has been,” Loud responded, referring to the Planning Board’s drafting of an “inclusionary bylaw” for the 2019 Town Meeting. Under such a bylaw, a developer would be required to make a certain percentage of units affordable when building a new development.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHOA! Apartment Complex, 7 Retail Stores & Bank Proposed At Woburn St. & Lowell St. IntersectionIn “Government”HOT BUTTON ISSUE: Should The Town Prevent New Condos & Apartments From Being Built? Could It Backfire? (Article 1)In “Government”ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE GETS TO WORK: 20 Building Projects Happening In Town RIGHT NOWIn “Business”last_img read more

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TTD takes students help to count Parakamani offerings

first_imgTirupati: The officials of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) have successfully conducted the counting of Parakamani offerings with the help of the students, which was done on experiment bases. Usually, the counting of Parakamani offerings will continue till five o clock in the evening, but it ended at 2:30 pm on Monday. The students of SV Arts college under TTD limit has participated in this counting process. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us The counting process of Parakamani offerings has become an additional burden for TTD. In this context, the TTD officials have thought to take the help of the students in this service, and for the first time, they have taken students to count the Parakamani offering. Being the students, they have completed the counting process quickly. With this, the idea of TTD was successful. It’s said that the TTD is planning to continue this process with students for one month. The students who participate in Parakamani Seva will be provided with free transport facilities and given breakfast, lunch, and snacks along with darshan of the Lord and four laddus to every batch of students.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar Harbhajan Singh Saina Nehwal pay tributes to their moms on

first_imgSachin Tendulkar posted this photo on his Twitter timelineTwitter/Sachin TendulkarLeading Indian sports personalities have taken to Twitter in order to express devotion to their mothers on the occasion of Mother’s Day. Sachin Tendulkar posted a heartfelt message on his timeline with a picture of himself and his mother, Mrs Rajini Tendulkar, holding a cake together. The text along with the photograph is even more full of sentiment.”Someone rightly said, ‘God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made Mothers,'” the Master Blaster wrote on his timeline. It must be remembered that Sachin’s mother came to watch her son play in his last Test at Wankhede Stadium, the first time she had done so, in what was a testament to their close relationship.But the Little Master wasn’t the only cricketer to celebrate Mother’s Day with a public avowal of his devotion to the maternal bond on Twitter. His former teammates, Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina also expressed love for their mothers on the social media site.Bhajji wrote: “Happy Mother’s Day MAA. I LOVE YOU. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers.” This post contained the photograph of the off-spinner who would be playing the IPL Final for his team, Chennai Super Kings, later in the day with his mother. Equally expressive was another CSK star, Suresh Raina. He too, tweeted a photograph of him and his mother along with his daughter and had this effusive message along with it: “Happy Mother’s Day mumma! You are an epitome of unconditional love & sacrifices. Love you beyond any limit.”India’s Test regular Ajinkya Rahane wrote, “Can’t describe in words how grateful I am for her presence and everything she has done for me. Happy #MothersDay Aai (mother in Marathi)!” in his dedication to motherhood. Shikhar Dhawan, who would soon be opening the innings for India at the ICC 2019 World Cup, shared a video of himself and his mother as well as some lines from a popular Punjabi song on the subject. Saina Nehwal with her motherTwitter/Saina NehwalOutside the cricket world, badminton stars also took the opportunity to celebrate this occasion. Former world no. 1 and current national champion Saina Nehwal also shared a picture of herself and her mother with a simple message of “Happy Mother’s Day.”Multiple time Super Series winner Kidambi Srikanth, along with his brother, posed with their mother for a twitter pic. “Words are never enough to describe what she has done for me. Thanks for shaping me what I am today, Mom! Happy #MothersDay,” the shuttler wrote, revealing his deep feelings for the special lady.Doubles player Jwala Gutta dedicated her wishes to not just her mother, whose picture she shared, but to all mothers in the world. “Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful and beautiful mommies in the world….you are the true superheroes. Happy Mother’s Day mom,” wrote the former World Championship bronze medallist.Tennis star Sania Mirza had an Instagram post showing herself with her mother and Mirza’s newly-born son and the line, “Happy Mother’s Day Mumma … We are because of you” on her timeline. Another legend of the sport Mahesh Bhupati too shared an Instagram post dedicated to his mom.last_img read more

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Deciding At What Age To Give A Kid A Smartphone

first_imgLA JOHNSON / NPRChild consumed by cell phone useIt’s the time of year when kids are thinking about their holiday wish lists. So what’s a parent to do when a child, possibly a very young child, asks for a smartphone?We hear that smartphones can be addictive, that screen time can hurt learning, but can’t these minicomputers also teach kids about responsibility and put educational apps at their tiny fingertips?To learn more, let’s look at two families: one where smartphones are allowed for elementary to middle school-aged kids, and one where they are not.Sydney Crowe is in sixth grade and has a smartphone. While she admits she mostly uses it for “playing games and watching television,” her mom, Patty, says that’s not why Sydney got the phone.Patty’s main concern was safety. When Syndey was in fourth grade, the bus missed her stop enough times to really worry her parents. Without means to call an adult, she would walk to school near a busy highway.That’s when Patty gave her daughter a flip phone. But Sydney never charged it — she forgot about it. To her, a flip phone wasn’t fun. “She wasn’t using the junky phone,” says Patty. So when her husband wanted to upgrade his iPhone, they decided to give the old one to Sydney as a hand-me-down.Patty says she rolled her eyes at the idea of her child having a smartphone, but ultimately decided to allow it for one main reason: peace of mind.On the other side of the debate, there’s Mercy Shannon. She’s 9 years old and doesn’t have a cellphone. She likes playing house, playing outside and singing on her karaoke machine.Mercy’s mom, Brooke Shannon, like many other parents of elementary school kids, faced the cellphone decision early on. “They started asking for a phone in first grade,” she says about her kids.Brooke felt pressure from her children, yes, but also from other parents. So she started an online pledge that she calls “Wait Until 8th” to create a community of parents within each school waiting to give their kids smartphones until at least eighth grade — when most children are out of elementary and nearing high school. So far, more than 4,000 families across the country have signed the online pledge.In addition to wanting her kids to have a break from screens, Brooke worries about the effects, specifically, of social media.“Children just don’t have the brain development at this age to be able to navigate the tricky social situations that come with social media,” she says.That isn’t just a parent concern. Richard Freed, a California-based child psychologist and author of a book on the subject, wanted to research the topic after seeing an increase in the number of children coming to him with anxiety and depression.His suggestion? Put some ground rules in place. “I want parents to understand how remarkably powerful and seductive these technologies are,” he says.Many agree that there’s no magic age to give a kid a smartphone. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on kids and technology, says rather than considering the age of a child, focus on maturity. Some questions to consider are:Are they responsible with their belongings?Will they follow rules around phone use?Would having easy access to friends benefit them for social reasons?And do kids need to be in touch for safety reasons? If so, will an old-fashioned flip phone (like the one Sydney never charged) do the trick? Sharelast_img read more

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Its Payday

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » 6 min read August 1, 2008 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Whether you’re a new eBay seller or a seasoned pro with a fast-growing online empire, eBay has all the tools to make collecting and processing payments from customers faster and easier. From enabling credit card payments to finding online shipping links to tracking payments, eBay has amassed a range of services to make payment processing and tracking a snap.Although many eBay sellers recognize that steps like inventory management, financial record keeping and shipping are important to the success of their online businesses, the truth is that payment management may be even more important.Offer Buyers ChoicesOne strategy for increasing buyers’ willingness to spend is to offer several payment options. “Being able to process payments, particularly in the way your buyer wants to pay you, is critical,” says Jason Miner, a PayPal community specialist and the host of PayPal Radio. Limiting buyer options will only limit your sales. “Some days when you’re shopping, you might want to pay via your bank account, and some days you would prefer to pay with a credit card,” says Miner, just as your buyers may prefer different forms of payments on different days. Accepting only one form of payment may dissuade buyers from making a purchase if they aren’t given the option to pay using their preferred means.Since buyers typically have several eBay sellers from which to choose when shopping online, you can increase your odds of winning their business by offering several methods of payment. One simple option is PayPal, which offers buyers the flexibility to pay however they like–directly through a checking or savings account, via credit card or by tapping a balance that’s already in their PayPal account (which may have accrued from their own eBay selling).Signing up for a PayPal account is easy–and free. At paypal.com, you can register for a Premier or Business Account in addition to your Personal Account. This allows you to immediately accept credit card payments from buyers. While many offline businesses have to qualify for a merchant account and pay high fees to be able to accept credit cards, eBay sellers have an advantage with PayPal. Says Miner, “PayPal has helped level the playing field for new small businesses,” including eBay sellers.By signing up for a Premier Account, you can do business on eBay under your own name; however, if you want to sell using a business identity, you need to register for a Business Account. “It’s eBay policy to have either a Premier or Business Account if you’re selling and accepting PayPal payments,” explains Miner. For buyers, there’s no cost to use PayPal, but sellers pay 1.9 percent to 2.9 percent of the item’s purchase price, plus a fee of 30 cents per transaction.eBay sellers who are also doing business offline–such as through a retail storefront–or online through their own website can sign up for Virtual Terminal through PayPal. Virtual Terminal allows you to process payments via phone, fax and e-mail, as well as online, with no setup fees, equipment to buy or long-term contracts to sign. The service costs $30 per month and provides even more payment flexibility, as buyers don’t even need to have a PayPal account to initiate the transaction or make a credit card payment to the seller.Protect PaymentsWhile offering several payment methods can boost sales (for example, simply adding Express Checkout to your website increases sales by an average of 14 percent) you’ll also want to take steps to protect yourself from fraudulent transactions.PayPal sellers with a Premier or Business Account also benefit from the service’s Seller Protection Policy for transactions with chargebacks or reversals, as long as a few conditions are met. Specifically, the sold item needs to be shipped to an eligible address within seven days of receiving payment; it needs to be a tangible item, rather than an electronically-delivered product or service; you need proof of delivery; and for items worth more than $250, you also need proof of signature from the recipient. When these conditions are met, PayPal stands behind those payments made to sellers for up to $5,000 per year. In other words, they won’t be reversed. The policy applies to transactions where the seller and buyer are both in Canada, the United States or the United Kingdom. PowerSellers in the U.S., as well as those in some other countries, may also qualify for expanded seller protection, which eliminates the $5,000 per year coverage limit and expands the protection to 190 countries.eBay sellers who use PayPal benefit from the fraud protection tools both companies have in place, including transaction screening and address verification, as well as card security code checks, which serve as the first line of defense against unscrupulous buyers.You’ll also want to protect the password you establish for your PayPal account. And as your business grows, you’ll want to explore multiuser access features, which allow you to generate a login ID and password for employees. That way, they can check eBay transaction data without having access to information or accounts you want kept private; you can even set differing levels of access depending on individual job requirements.Track Trends To Maximize your ProfitsAnother facet of effective payment management involves monitoring your eBay transactions. Once you’ve sold an item, you’ll want to check its payment status in My eBay on a regular basis to know when to proceed with shipment of the merchandise.A more useful and convenient method, however, is to download various kinds of payment data from the PayPal website. Using Paypal’s history section, you can sort and view buyer payments by the day, week, month or a specific set of dates. Taking a broader view of that data can be invaluable in spotting buying trends, says Miner. “For example, you might discover from your downloads that you’re getting more [money] for your Auction listings around Valentine’s Day, while your eBay Store sales volume is going up around the holiday shopping season. This allows you to develop business strategies to maximize profits.”By using PayPal to aggregate your payment data under one umbrella, you’ll have the opportunity to see shifts in your business that you may have missed if you were managing checks and money orders by hand. By managing payments manually, says Miner, “you lose valuable insight into how to best focus your business and grow it.”Tap Free ResourceseBay sellers interested in learning more about managing payments and growth can listen to PayPal Radio, a weekly one-hour show centered on payment practices and online selling, available on iTunes or at paypal.com/paypalradio. Archived shows can also be sorted to find specific topics or guests who appeared on the show.Both eBay and PayPal have plenty of free tools to help you monitor sales, track payments as they come in and issue invoices by e-mail–in My eBay, simply click “Send Invoice,” and in PayPal use “Request Money.”No matter what level of eBay seller you are–whether you’re selling five items a week or 500–your goal in managing the payments that you receive should be safety, simplicity and speed, says Miner. Process payments quickly, protect yourself from fraud and make use of those funds immediately to generate even more sales.last_img read more

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This Orthodox Rabbi took a job at an LGBTI synagogue in New

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Tell me more!Moskowitz, 38, is part of the haredi sect of Orthodox Judaism. This strain of Judaism typically opposes modern, secular culture. So for a haredi Rabbi to take a job at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, which describes itself as the ‘world’s largest LGBT synagogue,’ is surprising.Congregation Beit Simchat Torah was founded in 1973 by twelve gay Jewish men.Despite Orthodox law prohibiting same-sex relations, crossdressing, and gender fluidity, Moskowitz thinks his position as scholar-in-residence at the synagogue is a ‘perfect fit.’ He believes that compassion for people, regardless of who they are, was a main takeaway from his education.Moskowitz feels that serving queer Jews is an important duty of Orthodox Rabbis and not a contradiction. For him, this job is a great way to help those in need.‘The religious community has a unique responsibility to provide sanctuary, a literal sanctuary for people who are searching,’ Moskowitz tells JTA. ‘How can we broaden the tent to allow people to feel communally engaged in and taking responsibility for their unique relationship with God?’Moskowitz’s backgroundMoskowitz grew up in a secular Jewish family in Richmond, Virginia. He went on to participate in conservative Jewish youth groups and to study for eight years at two prestigious haredi institutions.Moskowitz started counseling transgender Jews three years ago when he worked for an Orthodox outreach program at Columbia University. Around the same time, a close family member of his began transitioning, so the plight of trans people hit close to home. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Orthodox Rabbi Mike Moskowitz took a job at the world’s largest LGBTI synagogue Chief Rabbi publishes groundbreaking guidance for LGBTI students in Orthodox schoolsPowerful Rabbi says UK Jewish LGBTI student guide ‘encourages homosexuality’This is the first same-sex Jewish couple to be married in AustraliaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/this-orthodox-rabbi-took-a-job-at-an-lgbti-synagogue-in-new-york/center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Mike Moskowitz, an Orthodox Rabbi, recently took a job at an LGBTI-inclusive synagogue in New York City. In December 2016, Moskowitz gave a sermon to the synagogue he worked for at the time about accepting trans Jews. He utilized an obscure piece of 16th-century Torah commentary to prove his point. He also wrote a letter to a Jewish day school urging them to not expel a transgender student. Shortly thereafter, he was let go from both jobs he had at the time.‘It’s the holiest among us that are often the most vulnerable because their light is the brightest,’ he said in the pro-trans sermon, referencing the symbolism of the menorah’s candle light. ‘To such an extent that some aren’t even aware that darkness exists. Are we going to protect that light?’Torah interpretationsThough Orthodox communities can claim to be warm and accepting in theory, Moskowitz believes they truly need to do more when it comes to acceptance of LGBTI Jews.‘There are absolutely ways that religion can be a system for oppression like all others,’ he says. ‘When it comes to the theoretical, they’re quick to say “of course we should be inclusive.” When it comes to the practical, there’s a huge gap between the ideal and the way in which it actually manifests.’Moskowitz thinks the Orthodox interpretation of LGBTI things, such as crossdressing, is wrong. For instance, the ban on crossdressing, according to Moskowitz, is actually a ban on misinterpretation of one’s gender identity through clothing.‘Transgender as an awareness is just a presence of understanding,’ he says. ‘There’s no prohibition to acknowledge the reality of something when it comes to one’s identity. If a person says about themselves “this is who I am,” it’s not a space of choice.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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first_imgSeptember 20, 2010 — Jonathan S. Dorn, M.D., decided to maintain his relationship with RamSoft and its distributor, now partner, Radical Radiology, when he recently opened Meridian Teleradiology in Merritt Island, Fla. With additional offices in Birmingham, Ala., Meridian Teleradiology provides preliminary and final interpretation services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all major modalities to a client-base across a large geographic area.Meridian uses RamSoft’s PowerServer to collect clients’ studies into a universal worklist, at which time reports are generated and automatically faxed or emailed to the ordering physician and facility, or they are made available via the Referring Physician Portal. In addition, a number of clients are provided with long-term archival of studies both on-site and off-site using RamSoft Gateway’s archive capabilities, as well as Meridian Teleradiology’s redundant PowerServers.Radical Radiology, Meridian’s technology backbone, manages the fully redundant LAN/WAN network infrastructure, including web hosting, image management and report distribution services, with an uptime percentage of 99.9 percent. This ensures the RamSoft PowerServer efficiently and securely routes patient studies to an appropriate/qualified reading radiologist.Ken Trotman, president of Radical Radiology, said, “Our partnership with both RamSoft and Meridian Teleradiology has vastly increased our capabilities to help other teleradiology clients in their endeavors.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | September 20, 2010 Meridian Teleradiology Opens Florida Offices, Keeps RamSoft Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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