Student government screens sensory-friendly film

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first_imgIn an effort to raise awareness about different disabilities and their effects on every aspect of individuals’ lives, student government partnered with the LOGAN Center of South Bend to organize a sensory-friendly movie showing of “The Red Turtle” in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Browning Cinema on Sunday afternoon.Sabrina Battiston, a sophomore who was one of the event’s organizers, said the screening catered to attendees’ viewing preferences.“The idea is that we want to minimize sensory overstimulation in a movie,” Battiston said. “People might be sensitive to loud noises or might not be able to sit still for a long time, and this can be related to mental disabilities or just general sensitivities.” Sensory-friendly showings provide disabled individuals and their families with the opportunity to see a movie without worrying about the reactions of other moviegoers, Battiston said.“We had the lights halfway on, so people could see if they wanted to get up and walk around, and it was very casual,” she said. “If kids needed to talk to their parents, they could do that. There’s no judgment there. Also, the sound was lower than in normal movies.”The movie, “The Red Turtle,” is a critically acclaimed animated film from Studio Ghibli, the Japanese studio that produced such classics as “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle,” Battiston said. She said she met with Ricky Herbst, cinema program director at Debartolo Performing Arts Center, to get his opinion on the best movie for the showing.“It’s animated, it’s colorful, all ages like it. It was nominated for an academy award this year,” Battiston said. “[Herbst] thought it would appeal to all audiences.”The showing drew a variety of viewers, including families with young children, elderly couples and Notre Dame students, Battiston said. She said the event was co-sponsored by the LOGAN Center of South Bend, which supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.“It went really well, and we had a great turnout,” she said. “We’re hoping that this will become a regular thing, maybe once a month,” Battiston said.The showing was part of the student government policy department’s push to raise awareness and sensitivity toward the difficulties of living with all different disabilities, including developmental, physical and mental disabilities, Battiston said.“We don’t always realize the everyday things that people find difficult,” Battiston said. “They might have to accommodate themselves to the experience rather than the experience being accommodated to them.”Tags: debartolo performing arts center, movie, sensory-friendly, The Red Turtlelast_img read more

CVPS completes Readsboro Electric purchase

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first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service (NYSE-CV) has completed the purchase of the Town of Readsboro’s franchise territory and electric department assets.  The $360,000 deal includes about 14 miles of distribution line and associated equipment, and the exclusive franchise Readsboro held to serve its 330 customers.  The purchased assets also include Readsboro’s small ownership interest in Vermont’s high-voltage transmission company, specifically 133 shares of VELCO stock and 9,651 shares of Vermont Transco.‘Readsboro customers will fit perfectly into our southern Vermont territory,’ CVPS President Larry Reilly said.  ‘We have two operations centers within proximity to the town, and we serve most of the surrounding territory.‘CVPS will be able to offer most customers lower rates, new services and rate choices, top-notch customer service, and award-winning operations.  This is a nice addition to our customer base.’Among the service offerings are CVPS Electripay, an automated bill payment program; on-line bill review; CVPS Cow Powerâ ¢; even monthly billing; Speedpay, an on-line payment program; and service guarantees for everything from bill accuracy to on-time appointments.CVPS’s rates have been generally lower than Readsboro’s rates; the typical customer will see a rate decrease of about 0.32 percent in their first CV bills. The Vermont Public Service Board approved the sale on July 8. Town voters approved the sale of the Readsboro Electric Department in March 2010. Selectmen had attempted to sell the utility for several years, but voters twice rejected the idea, the last time by just a handful of votes in 2009.  Under the agreement, CVPS will reimburse Readsboro for half of its reasonable legal fees and expenses related to this transaction.CVPS, founded in 1929 through the consolidation of eight electric companies, now includes territory once served by more than 100 different companies.  CVPS is listed by Forbes magazine as one of the most trustworthy companies in America. CVPS is in the process of being bought by GazMetro and merged into one company with Green Mountain Power. GazMetro, from Quebec, owns GMP and Vermont Gas Systems. The merger is expected to be completed by mid-2012.last_img read more

Honduras: FUSINA Reinforces Border Security against Gangs

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first_imgCol. Arriaga explained there are plans for countries throughout the region to create a unified force to combat organized crime. “We are constantly exchanging information among the militaries in the region concerning our activities and operations. For example, Joint Task Force Maya-Chortí was established in March 2015 between the governments of Honduras and Guatemala with the goal of counteracting drug trafficking as well as reducing organized crime operations, ordinary crime, and the activities linked to both.” Civilians have also provided timely information regarding the presence of suspicious persons to FUSINA, which has helped reinforce the country’s borders, where the presence of civil authorities has been strengthened. Cooperation with the security forces of other countries is a key component of the initiative. When FUSINA arrests a foreigner at the border, the force exchanges information with the authorities from that person’s country of origin to determine the suspect’s background and possible criminal ties. Since its creation in February 2014, FUSINA has confiscated weapons, drugs, munitions, and explosives under the framework of Operation Morazán. Overall, FUSINA forces have executed 1,261 arrest warrants; seized 363 kilograms of cocaine; confiscated 935 firearms; and destroyed two drug labs. The Honduran government has given the Interagency Security Force (FUSINA) the responsibility of monitoring the land, air, and water borders and capturing gang members who are fleeing neighboring El Salvador, where security forces have put extraordinary public safety measures in place. Fighting crime Gang threats transcend borders, making it crucial for Central American countries to guard their borders closely, FUSINA Commander, Infantry Colonel Selman David Arriaga Orellana, explained to Diálogo. “We hold joint and coordinated operations with authorities from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, which include operational coordination with the Armed Forces and militaries of the various countries. This coordination is performed under the framework of the Conference of Central American Armed Forces, a regional organization comprised of the Armed Forces of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.” Gangs are a public safety problem for each of the countries in the Northern Triangle (Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala), said Migdonia Ayestas, the director of the University Institute for Democracy, Peace, and Security. “The Central American Integration System is prioritizing the issue of Democratic Security, but what is most important is not to just think about things. We have to act on them because these crime syndicates are already here.” Since January 1st, FUSINA has arrested 804 suspects who intended to enter or move through Honduras illegally, 90 percent of whom had the intention of migrating. Overall, security forces determined that 5 percent of those detained were involved in crime. Throughout Honduras, FUSINA is carrying out “Operación Morazán,” which is aimed at combating common and organized crime, in addition to securing the Central American country’s borders. Operation Morazán is being carried out “[while] respecting human rights and constitutional protections, since the only goal is to locate and arrest those people and criminal gangs that operate outside the law in order to later submit them to trial in the appropriate courts,” Col. Arriaga added. By Dialogo June 10, 2016 Gangs problematic to public safety Assistance from the public is crucial to the operational success of FUSINA, which is combating those who want to use Honduras as a hideout or a base to conduct crimes, Col. Arriaga stated. “One of the resources used to fight crime is the Military, but the most important one is the public’s collaboration in a culture of complaint. From any corner of the country, they can reach out to 911, and FUSINA will respond safely to counter whatever illegal threat is taking place in a given area. A complaint means preventing illegal activity or a homicide. Confidence in FUSINA is essential, and the culture of complaint is fundamental.” FUSINA has confiscated military-grade firearms, including AK-47 rifles, M-16 rifles, M-203 rifles, light automatic rifles, submachine guns, mini-Uzis, and 9mm pistols. The security force has also seized $1,036,874 in cash and dismantled 11 covert landing strips used for narcoflights. last_img read more

Divided NCUA Board approves new appraisal rule

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A divided NCUA board on Thursday approved a final rule that increases the appraisal threshold for commercial real estate-related transactions from $250,000 to $1 million.For the second month in a row, board member Todd Harper voted against a major rule, while Chairman Rodney Hood and board member J. Mark McWatters voted for it.Last month the board divided the same way in approving a proposal to seek comment on a possible delay to the agency’s Risk-Based Capital rule.Harper said the magnitude of the appraisal increase was too large, noting that banking agencies increased their threshold from $250,000 to $500,000.“We’re not just running before we walk, we’re leapfrogging over the other banking regulators,” he said. NCUA headquarterscenter_img continue reading »last_img read more

American Pool Player’s Association to give back to community

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first_imgCordero said it was a way for the league to give back to the community it calls home. The APA has been collecting donations for the tournament. Whichever players comes out victorious will get to donate 100 percent of those donations to the charity of their choosing. “We want people to get together, families, friends colleagues, coworkers and it’s way for them to get away from everyday life,” said Cordero. League Operator, Gregg Cordero, told 12 News that play is set to resume this weekend. A tournament will be held in Syracuse. Players from the Southern Tier will be going up against players from the Syracuse area. “It’s stuff like that, that makes me fall in love with this league because you have members that care more about the community than their personal selves,” said Cordero. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Like most sports, the coronavirus put the Southern Tier’s American Pool Player’s Association on hold. “When I see members themselves stepping up and pitching ideas like [playing in Syracuse] to me it affirms I made the right decision in becoming league operator,” said Cordero. After this week, the APA is set to resume its league play in July.last_img read more

#MeToo is about assault, not romance

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first_imgRe Jan. 14 letter, “Country is headed back to Puritan age”: Wow. Jim Schaefer, you really don’t understand the concept of #MeToo. It has nothing to do with romance.Sexual assault and sexual harassment are acts of violence, not love. Acknowledging the rights of victims, (women and men and children alike), to say no and be respected has nothing to do with Victoria’s Secret, mini-skirts or breast implants. Society needs to address these rights; there have to be consequences for the perpetrators. As far as your reference to “the trickery of all the gold-diggers,” yes, there are some who will lie and cheat. But we can’t dismiss the undisputed fact of countless legitimate victims because of that. Don’t worry, #MeToo doesn’t signal the demise of romance. You can still enjoy fine wine and chocolate and a cozy evening by the fireplace with someone you love.Beverly SkollSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Governor Wolf: Commonwealth is Prepared for Winter Storm Scott

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first_img Press Release,  Transportation,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With fast-moving Winter Storm Scott expected to bring snow across Pennsylvania on Sunday, Governor Tom Wolf is reminding Pennsylvanians that the commonwealth is prepared for winter weather and they should be, too.Snow is expected to spread across the state from the southwest to the northeast throughout the day Sunday with several inches of accumulation possible and the highest amounts in eastern Pennsylvania, potentially to over half a foot. Snow could be heavy at times, making travel difficult.“I urge all Pennsylvanians to consider staying home and off the roads as this winter storm moves across the state Sunday,” Gov. Wolf said. “If you must travel, please be vigilant in traveling safely and be sure you have an emergency kit in your car and your cell phone is charged. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has been in contact with state agencies involved in weather-related activities, including PennDOT and local emergency management agencies to make certain we are prepared.”“PEMA is actively monitoring the storm in coordination with other state agencies and our partners in local government to help them with any unmet needs that may arise,” said Acting PEMA Director Randy Padfield. “We encourage everyone to stay tuned into their local news for important storm updates and to heed advice to stay home and off the roads as this fast-moving storm makes its way across the commonwealth.”PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are expected to implement phased restrictions through the storm. Depending on conditions, restrictions may be expanded or reduced. If restrictions are in effect, see www.511PA.com.Gov. Wolf also reminded Pennsylvanians that the state of emergency declaration he signed in January remains in effect to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs.It is important to note that the declaration does not restrict citizens from travel on commonwealth roadways, but motorists should be aware of restrictions that are in place and heed the guidance of local authorities.To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.PEMA works with county emergency management personnel to monitor unmet local needs during inclement weather affecting travel, utilities, and shelter. You are encouraged to monitor state agency social media accounts for the most up-to-date information on any emergency or weather-related situation affecting the state, in addition to any social media accounts for your local emergency management offices.Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions, follow the conversation by using www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at PennDOT.gov/safety.“Safety is always our priority, so please heed warnings from emergency responders and personnel, and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly,” Gov. Wolf said. “Let’s all do our part to be prepared and safe during this stretch of late winter weather.” March 02, 2019 Governor Wolf: Commonwealth is Prepared for Winter Storm Scottcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Collins rejects liquor pleas

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first_imgNZ Herald 25 Oct 2012South Auckland MPs have pleaded with their fellow South Aucklander – Justice Minister Judith Collins – to put aside politics on alcohol reform and adopt their amendments to keep liquor outlets away from schools. Speaking in the debate on the Alcohol Reform Bill, Su’a William Sio and Louisa Wall both said alcohol was an issue that had plagued their South Auckland communities for years and called for liquor outlets to be banned near schools. Ms Wall, MP for Manurewa, said there were 494 liquor licences across wider Manukau, including 181 off-licences, and the number of small corner-store liquor shops had prompted protests in the local community. Her amendment would ban liquor outlets other than supermarkets within 1km of schools – one of several Labour amendments the Government is refusing to support. “There is no place in the life of a child for alcohol. “What really concerns me is our children who do walk to school and stop in at the superette on the way to school are confronted with alcohol. Alcohol will become, and has become, a normal part of children’s lives.”…In reply, Ms Collins said decisions such as the placement of liquor outlets were best dealt with by local councils rather than applying universal rules, partly because communities in poor areas would want tougher rules than those in wealthy suburbs such as Remuera. Ms Collins said it was in poorer areas that people had taken to the streets to protest about liquor outlets. “It’s not the people in the rich areas. They generally don’t care.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10842692last_img read more

Man Utd set Villa playmaker as new priority target

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first_img The Aston Villa skipper is top of the wanted list for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he seeks to push the Red Devils back in the big-time, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror. The 24-year-old playmaker is said to have been ‘at the centre of detailed due diligence that’s being undertaken by senior figures at Old Trafford’ over a potential £80m move. Despite Grealish breaking lockdown rules to attend a house-party with former team-mate Ross McCormack – a move that ended with him picking up a £150,000 club fine – that has not put off United chief Solskjaer.Advertisement Jack Grealish is now Manchester United’s No.1 summer transfer target, according to reports in Sunday’s press. But with cash at a premium this summer, United will prioritise Grealish over Jadon Sancho – especially as Borussia Dortmund are unwilling to lower their £100m asking price. The Bundesliga giants were asking a nine-figure fee for the England international and are happy to hold onto him for another season, despite alleged interest from Real Madrid, while Liverpool are also said to be back in the chase for the attacker. That kind of outlay is reportedly becoming increasingly difficult for United to justify, with respect to Sancho, but Grealish is said to have captured the attention of the decision-makers at the club and, regardless of whether Villa are relegated, the Norwegian will press the button on the deal. read also:Security Palaver: Villa’s Jack Grealish acquires £25,000 guard dog Meanwhile, Grealish’s agent Jonathan Barnett has also hinted that a move could be on tha cards when dicussing the future of the Villa star, as well another of his clients, Saul Niguez – who is also a United target. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

COVID-19: Super Eagles player Ahmed Musa speaks on ‘positive’ test

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first_imgRelatedPosts Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Nigeria Super Eagles Player, Ahmed Musa, has dismissed claims on social media that he had tested positive for coronavirus.Musa, who plays for Al-Nassr Football Club in Saudi Arabia, described the rumour as fake news on his verified Twitter handle. He tweeted: “Please, ignore any false news about me or my family testing positive to COVID-19.“We are self-isolating for 14 days as we just got in from Saudi Arabia, as the law stipulates.“Stay safe! Maintain social distance.”The Nigeria international also advised Nigerians to avoid fake news.The News Agency of Nigeria reports, quoting a World Health Organisation global figure of coronavirus as at April 20, that Saudi Arabia, from where Musa says he just returned, had 12,772 confirmed cases, 114 deaths and 1,812 patients have recovered from the pandemic. Tags: Ahmed MusaAl-Nassr FCSaudi Arabiasocial mediaSuper Eagleslast_img read more