The most significant community organisation of the Greek Australian community was, not that long ago, born and raised on a voluntary basis. It was volunteers who started Fronditha Care and Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS), and today, it’s volunteers who lend their helping hand to these organisations. National Volunteer Week, from 12 to 18 May, is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and an opportunity for communities to highlight the role that Australia’s 6.4 million volunteers play. And the value that volunteers add to the Greek Australian community is far more important than just economic value. It’s the vital social benefits that make volunteers priceless. They add value to the lives of the people they support, they help build trust and connections within communities; they enhance community well-being and make them stronger and more resilient.Voluntary service is a fundamental principle of community organisations like Fronditha Care and AGWS. Paraskevi Tsingas, AGWS Senior Coordinator of Volunteer Work Force Development, says the contribution of volunteers is priceless. The number of those who approach AGWS willing to volunteer increases from year to year, with many of them on the waiting list.“AGWS volunteers play a vital role in providing companionship as well as linguistically and culturally appropriate support and activities to Greek residents of aged care facilities as well as socially isolated Greek speaking people living at home,” she tells Neos Kosmos.Today, AGWS care is supported by over 200 volunteers, the majority of them over 60 years of age. “I am so grateful to our community. The response of volunteers is amazing in all areas. Many people are interested in becoming a volunteer, but unfortunately not all of them can get a position due to limited numbers. “Volunteerism is the foundation of our organisation, that’s what it’s based on,” Ms Tsingas tells.Jacob Fronistas, treasurer for Fronditha Care, who has been involved with the organisation for 34 years and was once its youngest board member, says it’s only been in the last few years that young people started joining the board. “It’s been mainly the elderly who have volunteered their time and services. It’s still older people in all those community organisations that try to keep the organisations going, while the younger generations are not interested, haven’t got time, passion or commitment,” Mr Fronistas says. At AGWS, the official volunteers program is now 25 years old. But since it was first founded 45 years ago, AGWS – just like Fronditha Care – was always supported by volunteers.“The volunteer is the one who knows all the programs and what happens at AGWS through the training they undertake, and they become the ambassador who passes on this knowledge. And that is even more emphasised in the community where not all of our members speak good English,” Ms Tsingas explains.Having the reputation that AGWS enjoys within the community helps the organisation that is never short of volunteers. It’s the feeling of belonging to AGWS and the joy of giving that play the main role in the dedication of AGWS volunteers. “One lady recently told me ‘I came here to give, and then I wonder – did I come to give or to take?’,” Ms Tsingas says. Similarly, Fronditha Care has always had volunteers support. It wasn’t until the first aged care opened up in 1983 in Clayton that staff was employed. For six years, from 1977 to 1983, all the work was done by volunteers. Today, Fronditha Care has around 200 registered volunteers. “There are different levels of volunteers at Fronditha. Those who are on the board, who ensure that the organisation is run properly. People in the auxiliaries, also very important to Fronditha – they are the ones who are involved in doing a lot of fundraising. “Then we have a group of volunteers who visit aged care facilities, spend hours with the elderly, talk to them, play tavli, do activities with them.“The elderly look forward to their visits. It’s a very important thing, that keeps the elderly active and it actually enhances and improves their quality of life. Volunteers play a very important role at Fronditha and no money can buy these things. They are there for the love of the elderly,” Mr Fronistas said. A special morning tea was held on Friday to celebrate and acknowledge Fronditha Care volunteers who have helped during the years. On 22 May, AGWS will honour its volunteers on the occasion of National Volunteers Week. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has officially launched his new political party, MeRA 25.Launched on Monday in a theatre hall in Athens, the 57-year-old said the grassroots party will seek to “bring realistic hope” to Greece, with the aim of releasing the debt-ridden country from “debt bondage”.“We will not mince our words,” Varoufakis said during a press conference.“[Our alliance] will be people of the left and liberalism, greens and feminists.”The party is an extension of the DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025) co-founded by Varoufakis in February 2016 and present in seven European countries.With Greece having the highest debt to GDP ratio in the eurozone at 180 per cent of GDP, MeRA 25’s first proposal is to drastically restructure the debt.While the government is currently promoting the idea of a clean exit from the bailout program at the end of the summer, Varoufakis is adamant that this will never happen.An economist, Varoufakis was the Greek finance minister when the Alexis Tsipras-led Syriza party first assumed power at the height of the financial crisis between January and June 2015.While he is blamed by many in Europe for his handling of negotiations with the EU for the severe austerity measures Greece and its people have had to pay with their bailout loan, it is thought his party may appeal to those citizens dissatisfied with the current prime minister.
Attention aux régimes amaigrissantsL’Agence de sécurité sanitaire alimentation, environnement et travail (Anses), a passé au crible quinze régimes (dont les célèbres Dukan et Atkins) et souligne dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui les nombreux risques que ces régimes font courir à la santé des personnes qui les suivent.Régimes Atkins, citron détox, californien, chrononutrition, Dukan, Cohen, Mayo, Fricker, Montignac, Weight Watchers ou encore soupe au chou… Trop riches en protéines, ou encore trop pauvres en glucides, ces régimes étudiés par l’Anses induisent de dangereux déséquilibres alimentaires. Un constat établi grâce à des expertises scientifiques. À lire aussiAlpha-foeto-protéine : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Ainsi, pour plus de 80% des régimes, les apports en protéines sont supérieurs aux apports nutritionnels conseillés (ANC), note l’Anses. C’est le cas du régime Dukan, notamment, qui en a fait sa marque de fabrique. Mais en ce qui concerne les apports en fibres, ce régime induit des apports dix fois moindres comparés aux ANC.Pour Chrononutrition et Atkins, ce sont les apports lipidiques qui dépassent ces apports conseillés.De plus, plusieurs régimes (Mayo, Montignac phase 2 et Fricker 3, par exemple) ne couvrent pas les besoins en calcium. Deux phases du Dukan, a contrario, en sont beaucoup trop riches.Concernant l’apport en vitamines C et D, celui-ci est souvent trop faible. Les carences sont montrées du doigt. Parmi les risques que ces régimes font courir à la santé, l’Anses cite la diminution de la masse minérale osseuse, les fractures et la réduction en acides gras poly-insaturés indispensables. L’Agence craint également les risques de cancer colorectal avec des régimes pauvres en glucides complexes et en fibres.L’Anses préconise de consulter un médecin avant de se lancer dans un régime amaigrissant, surtout en cas d’obésité. Pour elle, “rien ne peut remplacer en termes de santé une alimentation équilibrée, diversifiée”.Le 25 novembre 2010 à 09:48 • Emmanuel Perrin
Mycestro, un prototype de souris sans fil à surveillerMycestro est un dispositif de pointage qui se place sur le doigt et qui permet de prendre le contrôle et d’agir avec différents outils : tablettes, ordinateurs, même les GPS !Mycestro est une souris portable multimédia et sans fil mise au point par Innovative Developments. Fixée sur la main, elle permet de contrôler à distance et sans fil toute sortes de médias. Une vidéo de démonstration monte ce que l’on peut en faire face à un écran d’ordinateur (lien non disponible)…À lire aussiVienne : des milliers de personnes manifestent pour les droits des malades du sidaPendant une conférence ou lors d’une simple présentation PowerPoint, par exemple cette souris est très pratique puisqu’elle ne limite pas les déplacements de l’intervenant qui n’est pas contraint de revenir pianoter sur son ordinateur pour lancer des programmes. La souris Mycestro peut être utilisée pour commander plusieurs applications. Les infographistes peuvent aussi manipuler des objets en trois dimensions dans l’espace, ils peuvent aussi jouer sur les zooms de manière plus ludique et agréable. Cette souris est également compatible avec des tablettes, les télévisions connectées ou les GPS, permettant, entre autre au conducteur de ne pas à avoir à regarder son écran pour entrer les informations.Le 23 octobre 2011 à 18:51 • Maxime Lambert
TK Bremen : un découpage à vitesse grand VLe découpage du TK Bremen, échoué sur la plage d’Erdeven depuis le passage de la tempête Joaquim le 16 décembre dernier, s’effectue plus vite que prévu. Les opérations de cisaillage et de découpage devaient prendre au moins trois semaines mais ont finalement pris un peu plus de 2 semaines. Depuis le 7 janvier dernier, date à laquelle a commencé le cisaillage du cargo échoué sur la plage d’Erdeven, dans le Golfe du Morbihan, la grue géante a assuré un découpage à vitesse grand V. Le délai du chantier s’étendait normalement sur trois semaines, sauf intempéries empêchant le travail des ouvriers. Mais hier, l’entreprise néerlandaise Euro Demolition, chargée des travaux, a annoncé que les opérations de découpage du cargo se déroulaient plus vite que prévu et devraient s’achever en milieu de semaine prochaine “au plus tard”. À lire aussiCargo TK Bremen : des barrières et des amendes pour protéger les dunesLe plus gros est donc fait. Sur les 2.000 tonnes de ferraille du cargo, 800 ont déjà été évacuées par camion. D’autres éléments, détachés de la coque, sont encore sur la plage où ils font l’objet d’une découpe plus fine en vue de leur transport, a indiqué Euro Demolition cité par TV5 Monde. Le moteur a été extrait et la partie des cabines a été quasiment totalement démantelée. Il s’agit maintenant de terminer minutieusement le découpage du bâtiment sans polluer la plage. Car le TK Bremen n’a pas été totalement vidé lors des premières opérations, fin décembre. Il est donc nécessaire d’opérer sans laisser s’écouler le reste des substances de la cuve. Le temps restant jusqu’au 6 avril, date de fin de chantier, sera consacré à la remise en état du site dunaire de Kerminihy, classé Natura 2000.Le 18 janvier 2012 à 15:05 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 24, 2017 – Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2017, Drug Enforcement Unit officers took two adult males and an adult female into custody following the seizure of a large amount of dangerous drugs on Thursday 23rd February 2017.Reports are that shortly after 9:00am, Drug Enforcement Unit officers were on operation in the Calvin Street off Soldier Road, when a premises, was searched and 34 pounds of marijuana was found in a number of small containers and bags. Two adult males and an adult female were arrested and taken into custody in connection with the seizure.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
June 17, 2019 Posted: June 17, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Cancer Survivors Day events are held throughout June every year to celebrate those who have survived, as well as inspire the recently diagnosed and thank medical professionals, family and friends for their support.Today there are an estimated 15.5 million cancer survivors nationwide and the likelihood of surviving cancer has been trending in a positive direction — A recent report shows the rate of people dying from various forms of cancer in the U.S. has dropped for 25 straight years (1991 to 2016) – by an overall total of 27 percent according to American Cancer Society.Scripps is hosting two free Cancer Survivors Day events June 22nd. One at Farmer & The Seahorse Restaurant (Torrey Pines Mesa) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Updated: 11:41 AM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Cancer Survivors Day Celebrations planned in San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Facebook282TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has announced the opening of the Refuge to snowmachine use. In addition, rocks and tree stumps can be hazardous in areas of less snow accumulation. Closed areas include the Swan Lake and Swanson River Canoe Systems, all areas above timberline and areas within the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area (except that Hidden, Kelly, Petersen and Engineer lakes are open to provide snowmachine access for ice fishing when ice conditions are sufficient). For more information, contact Refuge Headquarters at (907) 262-7021. Maps depicting Refuge areas open to snowmaching are available online at http://kenai.fws.gov and at the Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. The Refuge advises that snowmachine users exercise caution, especially on lakes, rivers and streamsmany of which are either not yet frozen or not sufficiently frozen to support a snowmachine. All areas of the Refuge traditionally open to snowmachining will be open effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday December 21.
Opinionated reporting (which can certainly be read as a contradiction) is where these CCOs are placing their bets for the success of their editorial offerings. “We need to take editors, and figure out how to get them to operate them beyond [what can be] problematically neutral. We need to get them to be brandividuals, and able to leverage market knowledge,” says Longobardi.The dangers of identifying a solidified brand with fluctuating staff (talented editors are often poached for more lucrative opportunities, taking their list of followers with them) was not a pressing concern of the aforementioned CCOs. “You can’t put all your eggs in one basket; we try to have a network and a core brand handle, so we structure ownership of that. Staff has their own handle, though we encourage them to temporarily embed our brand in their handle. This leads to lots of retweeting. When someone leaves and goes to a semi-aligned content organization, they still often tweet our content,” says Longobardi. Gallant cites a complete narrative of a news story as a way to gain audience interest, “We take multiple slices on things we know how are coming: a pre- and post story. We ask, ‘How do we time things? How do we capture wave of interest around the event itself?’” A New Brand: The Journalist In the social scape, the content creators are being pushed to brand themselves along with the copy they produce. Berlind says, “We need our editors to be ‘brandividuals’. We market them as people you have a trusted relationship with. In this day and age of social media, with all the entities you connect to, the majority are people.”As brandividuals, b-to-b editors are expected to be as comfortable on camera as they are on a laptop, “We expect each of our editors to operate equally comfortable in text, video, audio and still realms. We have a few people who can really rise to that challenge, and there’s a bright future for them,” says Berlind.SourceMedia is also on board with the journalistic leap from undetected reporter to visible commentator. Longobardi says, “You have to decide what makes people want to comment. This matters if you are going to publish opinions, things that require a counterargument. We’ve been pushing boundaries in terms of opinion news. We increasingly invite and urge our editors and journalists to express a point of view.” The theme of this year’s American Business Media Executive Forum was paid content, and vets from every facet of the b-to-b industry were on hand to offer guidance and lessons from the field. Beyond the paywall debates, marketing services and analytics discussions was the business brands are built on: the content. David Berlind, UBM Techweb’s editor-in-chief/CCO, John Gallant, CCO with IDG Enterprise and SourceMedia EVP/CCO David Longobardi shared how they are encouraging and prepping editorial staff for the future.In the Forum’s keynote presentation, president of The Marketing Democracy Judy Franks reinforced the difference between social networks and social media. Social networks (Twitter, Facebook and the like) are the platforms for social media (a provocative article, cover treatment, etc. that inspires sharing among readers). According to Franks’ categorization, and CCO commentary, social media is what will aid b-to-b companies in the transition to the new content model.Replacing the rush to break news is getting that news picked up by a largely read source. While aggregators may have initially been seen as predators of original content publishers, this view is shifting. “The most important thing to do for editorial team is to get them is change quantity to quality of content,” says Longobardi. “It’s no longer just ‘I beat The Wall Street Journal’, it’s ‘Huffington Post linked to me’.”The oft-baffling task of garnering attention in the social network space can be broken down into a less daunting series of steps. Says Longobardi, “You tweet, use Facebook, then provide analysis. Ask smart questions first; this already garners a certain amount of attention.”
National Enquirer publisher American Media has acquired TEN: Publishing’s Adventure Sports Network, a group of 14 action sports brands, including Bike, Powder and Surfer magazines as well as the Dew Tour event series. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.The move is the latest in a string of recent acquisitions for American Media, which has now bolstered its portfolio with nearly 30 additional magazines since early 2017. It bought Wenner Media titles Us Weekly and Men’s Journal in two separate 2017 deals, and then a handful of tabloids and teen titles, including In Touch and Life & Style, from Bauer Media last June.An announcement cited synergies with Men’s Journal—which merged with its former competitor Men’s Fitness last year after being acquired by American Media—as a reason for buying the magazines, which will join that brand as well as Muscle & Fitness and Muscle & Fitness Hers as part of American Media’s Active Lifestyle Group of titles. “Focused on deep passion and engagement from their readership,” said Men’s Journal chief content officer Greg Emmanuel, the magazines “are an extraordinary complement.”The acquisition comes less than a month after the company—which had been doing business as American Media, Inc. but changed to an LLC after its parent company acquired TNG and Comag late last year—announced that it had raised $460 million to refinance of its outstanding debt despite an onslaught of negative publicity surrounding the Enquirer and CEO David Pecker.“ASN has built a portfolio of the most enduring brands in the adventure sports media landscape,” added Norb Garrett, president of the Adventure Sports Network at TEN. “Under American Media’s leadership, we will continue to grow our multi-platform reach across digital, social, print, and experiential events.”TEN: Publishing’s parent company, The Enthusiast Network, sold a majority stake in itself to Discovery Communications in 2017 and rebranded the joint venture as Motor Trend Group. Moving forward, it said it plans to focus on its suite of automotive titles, which includes Motor Trend as well as Automobile and Hot Rod magazines, among others.As with the Us Weekly deal, law firm Cole Schotz P.C. acted as legal counsel to American Media. TEN: Publishing was advised by M&A firm The Raine Group, with Latham & Watkins LLP as legal counsel.
Guntur: TTD Chairman Y V Subba Reddy on Monday inspected the Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple construction work site at Venkatapalem under Tulluru mandal in Guntur district. He discussed about temple foundation work with the engineering officials. The foundation stone was laid to construct the temple at a cost of Rs 150 crore in January this year. Subba Reddy inquired about progress of temple works. TTD chief engineer Chandrasekhara Reddy said that the works were delayed due to rock in the land.Speaking to media, Subba Reddy said that the devotees in the state capital can visit Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple soon. He was accompanied by TTD executive engineer Prasad and other officials.
Hyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State chief official spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said MP Asaduddin Owaisi is so presumptive and guilt-ridden that he reacts to a national call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for parents to be responsible and plan their families. This is for their own good and in the national interest. How is it intrusive, he asked? Adding, that is what national leaders should be doing, guide and lead. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Rao said that Asaduddin should understand and learn that Modi was referring to those who are irresponsible to their own family and are so unplanned in having children that they continue to have more, lacking necessary means to raise them responsibly. Why is Asaduddin bringing it upon himself? Did he relate to any process which is underway which he can co-relate to on PM Modi’s statement, he asked. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us The BJP leader said the Majlis MP should know that PM is not referring to the productive young people but those who are increasingly becoming a liability and dependent on the government for their survival. It is a piece of advice in the larger national interest and it’s delivered by the most competent Prime Minister of our time.
PinterestThe journey of Mukesh Ambani and wife-Nita Ambani from being the biggest business persons in India to emerging as one of the biggest business giants across the globe is beyond doubt inspiring. Over the years, the fabulous duo has indeed come a long way and how! Working with the same determination and taking their legacy forward are their three incredible children – Akash Ambani, Anant Ambani and Isha Ambani. Instagram InstagramMukesh and Nita’s daughter – Isha Ambani is married to the Piramal scion – Anand Piramal. After tying the knot with the Piramal scion Anand, Isha Ambani moved out of her parents’ home Antilia and shifted to Gulita, another premium, princely property in Worli. Ajay and Swati Piramal gifted the building to their son Anand Piramal and daughter-in-law Isha Ambani, as their wedding present. The Piramals had won the bid for the building in 2012 and bought the property for a whopping Rs 450 crore. The house is a 50,000 square-foot mansion and has been made on diamond theme. It also has a room called the diamond room. Instagram InstagramAkash Ambani recently tied the knot with Shloka Mehta. Shloka Mehta is the youngest daughter of Russell Mehta and Director of Rosy Blue Foundation, one of the country’s leading diamond companies. She is also the co-founder of ConnectFor volunteer organization. InstagramAnant Ambani is rumoured to be in a relationship with Radhika Merchant. Radhika Merchant is the daughter of Viren Merchant, the CEO and Vice Chairman of Encore Healthcare. Radhika has her graduate degree from the New York University, in Politics and Economics. After coming back to India, she worked as Sales Executive in 2017 at Isprava, a real estate firm known for building holiday homes for the princely and premium customers.It will be interesting to see how the coming generations take the legacy forward.
Records show over half of HISD schools report zero bullyingThe data reveal that in the 2017-18 school year, over half of HISD schools had zero bullying reports. That includes about a dozen middle schools where bullying behavior often spikes.HISD’s numbers are far below what national research indicates, that between 22 and 30 percent of students in grades K-12 are involved or experience bullying in some way. Share UT taps new chancellor UT Regents voted James Milliken as the sole finalist to be the next chancellor of the 14-campus system in Texas on Saturday.Milliken is the former chancellor of the City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban university system, and is the former president of the University of Nebraska.By state law, regents will have to wait 21 days before they can formally appoint Milliken. He will replace William McRaven, who stepped down in May. Monday, August 6, 2018Top afternoon stories:Allison LeeDr. Alison Haddock, an emergency physician in Houston, believes the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas review change is in violation of the state’s prudent layperson law.Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’ controversial ER claims process beginsThe largest health insurer in Texas changed an ER claims review process Monday. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas said its 500,000 HMO members may have to pay the entire cost of an out-of-network emergency room bill, if they go for something not serious or life-threatening.The insurance carrier said the stricter review policy is designed to help make health care costs more affordable. In an April 18 memo, Blue Cross first explained the change by pointing to examples of people who use out-of-network ERs for things like head lice or sprained ankles.In our recent News 88.7 In Depth, we reported backlash from physicians in Texas prompted the insurance company to delay rolling out the new change.In a statement provided to Houston Public Media, the Texas Medical Association said it’s disappointed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is moving ahead with the change.“Unfortunately, even the announcement of this plan has already planted a seed in patients’ minds that they’ll be left with a big bill if they go to the emergency room for the ‘wrong reason,’” said TMA President Dr. Douglas Curran. “We encourage TDI to join us in monitoring this closely to make sure no patients are denied necessary care.”Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeDeputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on the scene of Santa Fe High School, where a shooting occurred in May.Substitute hurt in Santa Fe shootings calls for more trainingSubstitute teacher Flo Rice was watching over a gym class at Santa Fe High School on May 18 when a fire alarm sounded.The Galveston County Daily News reports she walked from the gym into a hallway near an art classroom and into a killing zone.“We were parallel to what was going on,” she said. “The kids were playing basketball when the alarm when off. We never heard a thing.”Rice was shot in both legs. Her left femur was broken. She managed to get outside the school building, where police were exchanging fire with a gunman who ultimately would kill 10 people and wounded 13 before being apprehended.Rice has stayed mostly quiet since the shooting, worried that voicing her concerns would be inappropriate while families grieved lost children, mothers or wives.But Rice last month spoke up. She stood during a Santa Fe school board meeting and called on the district to better train and equip substitute teachers to respond to emergencies.Houston Matters: The Full Menu: Where To Eat During Houston Restaurant WeeksEach August is your chance to try all the local eateries you’ve had on your restaurant bucket list during Houston Restaurant Weeks.On this edition of The Full Menu, local food writers Gwendolyn Knapp of Houstonia Magazine, David Leftwich of Sugar and Rice Magazine, and Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, give us a preview of what different restaurants are doing for this annual event, which benefits the Houston Food Bank.Click HERE to see the restaurants mentioned in this edition. Texas Senate school safety committee recommends focusing on mental health, avoids gun controlA special Texas Senate committee devoted to fighting school violence has recommended improving mental health resources for students and increasing funding for a program that arms some members of school staff, but shied away from any measures aiming to limit access to guns.Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, formed the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security following the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School south of Houston. Committee members heard testimony during four meetings in June and July on ways to improve school safety infrastructure, address mental health issues among students and consider controversial “red flag” policies that would take guns away from those deemed a risk to others.Several of the committee’s recommendations focused on “hardening” schools, adding funding for metal detectors and other security apparatuses on campuses. The committee also recommended that the state explore increasing financing for school marshal programs, which allow certified staffers to have access to firearms in schools. During its public hearings, committee members heard testimony that marshal programs can strain school budgets, since they require training and lockboxes for guns. The committee hopes to alleviate that strain with state funds, though it didn’t give specific dollar amounts for any of its recommendations.Gallery pays tribute to South Texas church shooting victimsFramed obituaries and stuffed animals are part of a museum exhibit to remember the more than two dozen people slain last fall during gunfire at a South Texas church.The San Antonio Express-News reports the donated tributes line the walls of a section of the Sutherland Springs Historical Museum.The man who opened fire Nov. 5 at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Devin Kelley, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while being pursued.The exhibit opened Saturday. Sparkling painted stars hang at the entrance to the gallery, decorated with flowers and suns, plus words of support.Many of the items came from a makeshift memorial near First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, 30 miles southeast of San Antonio._____________________Top morning stories:TABC arrests Atascocita clerk A store clerk in Atascocita is facing criminal charges after allegedly selling alcohol to the teen driver police say killed two classmates in a deadly crash last month.Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission agents arrested Gumaro Muñoz Campos on Sunday, multiple media outlets report. Campos is charged with selling alcohol to a minor, which carries up to a year in jail and a fine of up to 4,000 dollars. Arkema, CEO, and plant manager indictedMichael Stravato for The Texas TribuneHomes in view of the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas.A Harris County grand jury has indicted chemical manufacturer Arkema for the release of toxic chemicals after its plant flooded during Hurricane Harvey.Harris County prosecutors allege Arkema “recklessly” released toxic chemicals into the air as fires burned within the facility, allegedly making Crosby residents and first responders sick. Man accused of killing doctor dead after standoffJoseph James Pappas, 62, the suspect in the fatal shooting of Dr. Mark Hausknecht, killed himself on Friday morning during an encounter with two police officers in southwest Houston.Pappas died from a single self-inflicted shot to the head, Houston police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters a short time after Pappas’ death, with his body still at the scene. Pappas was wearing a bulletproof vest during the confrontation and shot himself after a second police unit arrived, Acevedo said.
Today’s Google’s I/O keynote focused on Chrome. We learned that a year ago today there were 70 million Chrome users, and since then, the number has more than doubled with 160 million Chrome users. There may be even more now with the news that everyone’s favorite Pig/Bird game, Angry Birds, will now be available on the web via the Chrome Web Store.Rovio Mobile CEO Peter Vesterbacka, came on the stage wearing a red Angry Birds sweatshirt to announce the news. The newest version of the game will be available on the Chrome browser and will feature exclusive levels available only on Chrome.It can also be downloaded locally to your hard drive so you don’t even need to be connected to the web to play the game. Like Google did with its new movie rental feature, announced yesterday, you can now play Angry Birds while you’re traveling on a plane.Angry Birds on Chrome will use Chrome graphics, such as Chrome buttons as rocks, Chrome logo clouds and flowers, Google colors, and even “Chrome bombs.” The new version will also allow in-app payments so that Angry Birds players can actually buy the coveted “Mighty Eagle.” If you’re unfamiliar with the Mighty Eagle, it’s a special bird that you can buy that will skip you past that level you just can’t beat. The Mighty Eagle was only available for iOS until now.Angry Birds for Chrome will be available today, but Vesterbacka said to try after 11 a.m. PST. Now that anyone with Chrome can download the game, will companies start blocking Chrome due to employees obsessively playing Angry Birds during work?Update: Angry Birds is available at the Chrome Web Store now. More photos below.
Travelweek Group Share Thursday, December 13, 2018 Posted by Air France has a new CEO; AF-KLM Group CEO Smith approves ROISSY — Anne Rigail has been appointed CEO of Air France, replacing Benjamin Smith who is CEO of the Air France-KLM Group and who was appointed acting CEO of Air France through the end of 2018.Previously EVP Customer at Air France, Rigail takes up her new role as CEO Air France on Dec. 17.“I am delighted that Anne Rigail is to become the new CEO of Air France,” said Smith. “Anne is a strong professional in the airline industry. Throughout her career, she has always paid particular attention to employees while implementing the many projects and transformations she has led, and placed the customer at the heart of everything she does. With the support and commitment of every single employee, I am confident we can rise to the challenges for Air France today, ensuring service excellence to all our customers. I have complete faith that Anne will succeed in transforming Air France. Together with Pieter Elbers, President and CEO of KLM, the Air France-KLM Group is taking an important step in its reorganization to reconquer its market position.”Rigail joined Air Inter in 1991. In 1996, she was appointed head of Air France Customer Services at Paris-Orly. In 1999, she was became Director of Passenger and Baggage Connections at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub, and subsequently head of Customer and Baggage Products for Ground Operations.In 2005, she was appointed head of the Paris-CDG Hub Operations Control Centre. She became VP Ground Operations at Paris-Charles de Gaulle in 2009. In 2013 she became EVP In-flight Services, in charge of Cabin Crew and in 2017 was appointed EVP Customer. Tags: Air France, Promotions << Previous PostNext Post >>
in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing First-time claims for unemployment insurance jumped 38,000 to 368,000 for the week ending January 26, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.ows.doleta.gov/press/2013/013113.asp reported Thursday. Economists expected a smaller increase to 350,000 from the prior week’s 330,000 initial claims.[IMAGE]For the third straight week, the originally reported claims figure was unrevised. In the week ending January 19, claims dropped to a five-year low.Continuing claims–reported on a one-week lag–rose 22,000 for the week ending January 19 to 3,197,000 from 3,175,000. Continuing claims for the week ending January 12 were revised up from the originally reported 3,157,000. The continuing claims data series tracks the number of longer-term unemployed who qualify for regular state jobless benefits. The weekly jump in initial claims was the first in three weeks. It reflected, in part, a drop in the seasonal adjustment factor the Labor Department applies to the raw data, which includes holiday workers whose jobs were eliminated. This week’s report also reflects a disruption for the Martin Luther King holiday, when many government offices were closed and unable to process claims that had been filed electronically. Holidays usually affect this data series more than others. Even with the jump in claims, the largest week-over-week increase since November, first-time claims filings are beginning 2013 positively. Weekly filings have averaged 352,000 this year compared with 376,500 at the beginning of 2012. The January average is the smallest since January 2008’s 338,250, just after the Great Recession began.The four-week moving average for first-time claim filings was 352,000, up 250 from the previous week. The four-week moving average for continuing claims was 3,192,250, down 9,750 from the previous week.This data will have no effect on the Employment Situation report to be released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That report is based on data collected for the week of the month including the 12th calendar day. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect that report to show 185,000 new payroll jobs in January and that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent from 7.8 percent in December.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 12 was 5,914,983, an increase of 255,501 from the previous week. There were 7,655,224 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012. According to the BLS, 12,248,000 persons were officially considered unemployed in December, which means that of those individuals counted as unemployed, 6.33 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance, down from 6.59 million one week earlier.The Labor Department said states reported 2,112,559 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending January 12, an increase of 418,762 from the prior week. There were 3,007,696 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012.States continue to borrow from the federal government to cover shortfalls in those funds which will eventually have to be repaid–unless Congress intervenes–with higher assessments on employers. Since those assessments are a percentage of payrolls, they discourage employers from adding new workers. As of January 29, 23 states had borrowed a total of $28.6 billion. One week earlier, 22 states had an aggregate $28.3 billion in outstanding loans to cover shortfalls. California accounted for 37.4 percent of the borrowing.According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 19 were in Florida (+1,157), Arizona (+295), and Vermont (+77), while the largest decreases were in Pennsylvania (-12,625), Texas (-10,448), North Carolina (-9,287), New York (-7,379), and Indiana (-6,069)._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 8:45 a.m. and again at 11:45 a.m. Eastern time._ January 31, 2013 384 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-01-31 Mark Lieberman Share Unemployment,Volatile First-Time Jobless Claims Jump Back Up
Top 5 Housing Markets for Retirees Affordability HOUSING mortgage Retiree Housing Markets Retirees Zumper 2017-08-09 Nicole Casperson Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News August 9, 2017 803 Views After working a lifetime to finally reach the lazy days of retirement, a homeowner is more than likely looking to downsize and move somewhere more suitable to their new lifestyle.To help retirees looking for their next place to call home, Zumper, a company specializing in apartment and home rentals, recently published a study revealing the best locations to retire in the U.S.The report evaluates 117 U.S. metropolitan areas to determine how well the locations serve the needs of the nation’s growing population of retirees. According to Zumper, the data evaluates factors that are important for retirees. This includes the percentage of the population that is at least 65-years-old, weather, crime and safety, healthcare, and access to affordable housing.So which cities ranked above average?Earning the top metropolitan area across the country was Tucson, Arizona. With the city’s low cost of living, the percentage of retirees overall in the total population at 95 percent, and temperate weather conditions, this is the best market for retirees to consider.For retirees that are looking for a city with almost constant sunshine, Redding, California is a market to look into. According to the data, this metropolitan area averages 88 percent of sunny days a year, and the average median rent for two bedroom units is $930. With its great weather and affordable options, it isn’t surprising this area ranked second on the list.Coming in third is Tampa, Florida’s metropolitan area. Readily available healthcare is the greatest advantage of this top ranking market for retirees to consider homebuying. In fact, the accessibility to doctors is about 60 percent higher in the area compared to the nationwide average.Completing the top five locations for retirees are the metro areas of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona, and Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida.To see the full data for all of the ranking metropolitan areas, click here.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Oh, the highs and lows of being a rookie in the National Football League.Tuesday morning, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians made an example of safety Deone Bucannon for a questionable hit in Monday’s practice.“He was trying to show off a little bit,” Arians said. “He tried to show that he’s a tough guy and we know he’s a tough guy.“He’d have gotten flagged and penalized and they’d have the ball first and goal on the 1-yard line, so it’s stupid. But he learned from it.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The step up in competition level from the college ranks to the NFL is a steep one, but Bucannon feels he’s starting to grasp the changes even though he’s got just four full training camp practices under his belt.“A little bit, but everybody out there, they’re great players,” Bucannon said. “It’s going to take a little bit more than four days for anybody — you’ve got to get out there and get adjusted. But it definitely is slowing down for me, but at the same time, I’ve got to stay in my playbook and I’ve got to study and keep on getting better.”Despite being the 27th overall pick and third safety selected in May’s NFL Draft, Bucannon knows he’s just like every other rookie in his first training camp.“I want to earn the respect of my teammates. I want to show them that I can get out here and play with them and that I can be a positive influence on this team,” he said. “I’ve always said it doesn’t matter where you got picked, it doesn’t matter how you got here, I want to come here with the same mindset each and every day. “I’m on the bottom of the totem pole. I’m trying to work my way up and show the vets — and we’ve got some great players, some of the best players out here — I want to show them what I can do.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share – / 20 A few hours later, Bucannon, obviously unfazed by his coach’s criticism, pulled off the highlight of the Tuesday afternoon practice at University of Phoenix Stadium. Bucannon stepped in front of a Carson Palmer pass, made a one-handed interception and took it to the end zone for a touchdown. The Washington State product has been playing a hybrid safety-linebacker position in Arizona’s dime package.“They just let me get down there in the dollar position and act like I’m blitzing,” Bucannon said. “You know, just get out and try to trick the quarterback and maybe get in the window and help out the DBs behind me. Thankfully, I was there to be able to get my hands on the ball.”Bucannon certainly has a knack for that — 15 interceptions in a four-year collegiate career serve as proof. The Cardinals are hoping the hard-hitting safety can bring that nose for the football to the next level.“I’m just out there trying to make as many plays as possible,” he said. “That’s just thanks to the people who are out there on the field with me — D-linemen getting pressure to get the quarterback a little more excited than usual and give me a chance to intercept the ball.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
The postal service on Monday said it was launching this year’s ‘letter to Santa’ service where children receive replies regarding their gift requests from Santa.The service, offered free of charge, gives parents the opportunity to request a letter from Santa for their children by filling out an online form, also including what gift they had asked for.The children will then receive a letter from Santa.To receive a letter from Santa, the online form must be submitted by December 17, 2018.The online form may be found at www.post2santa.comThe postal service also reminded that people should post their Christmas correspondence on time.Priority foreign mail, letters, Christmas cards, parcels, etc should be mailed by December 11. Priority A mail should be posted by December 14, and domestic mail, Priority B should also be posted by that date.“Correspondence mailed after the above dates may be delivered after Christmas and New Year due to the volume of postal items observed in all countries on this festive or period,” an announcement said.To make sure items sent are delivered, people should indicate correctly and clearly the addresses, including the postal code, make sure their correspondence has the correct postal charges and take bulk correspondence to the post office instead of putting it in mailboxes.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola