first_imgSunday 14 November 2010 11:25 pm FINANCIAL TIMESLLOYDS TO SPIN OFF BUY-OUT ARMThe private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group has for the first time outlined plans for the UK’s most prolific buy-out investor to spin off from its banking parent. Darryl Eales, chief executive of Lloyds TSB Development Capital, said it was expected to start raising money from third-party investors by 2013. LDC invests about £250m each year from Lloyds’s balance sheet into 15-20 companies.MAN CHIEF HITS OUT AT MOVE TO SHUT THE FSAThe UK government’s decision to abolish the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the financial regulator, has damaged London’s ability to withstand punitive regulation from Europe, according to one of the City’s leading figures. Peter Clarke, chief executive of Man Group, the FTSE 100-listed hedge fund, said the UK’s bargaining position in Europe had been “impaired” by the decision to shut the FSA down.PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS FACE CONTRIBUTION RISEThe Treasury will shortly launch a consultation into the methods used to calculate public sector workers’ contributions to their pensions, the results of which are likely to require that employees contribute at least £3bn more per year than they pay now.GAZPROM SET TO EMBARK ON HIRING SPREEGazprom, the Russian state-owned gas company, is mounting an aggressiving hiring spree that could see it recruit up to 600 staff in London as it seeks to expand its energy and commodities trading operations. The Kremlin-owned oil and gas producer already employs 300 staff at its Hampton Wick premises but will move to headquarters for up to 900.THE TIMESBRITISH GAS DOUBLES ITS PROFITS, THEN RAISES PRICES 7 PER CENTBritish Gas was lambasted by consumer groups last night after increasing prices just weeks after announcing a 98 per cent rise in profits. Eight million households will see their fuel bills rise before Christmas.Tariffs for both gas and electricity will rise by an average of 7 per cent from 10 December, raising the annual bill for a typical dual-fuel customerby £81 from £1,157 to £1,238.TROLLS DIAGNOSES PROBLEM THAT SPARKED OIL FIRERolls-Royce said that it had identified the faulty part that caused an oil fire inside one of its Trent 900 engines, provoking the first significant safety incident involving the world’s biggest passenger jet. The engine manufacturer stands to lose tens of millions of pounds as it rectifies the problem.theguardianJOHN LEWIS SEES EARLY START TO CHRISTMAS SALESJohn Lewis said the starting gun had been fired for Christmas as sales jumped more than 10 per cent last week to put takings ahead of the level seen a year ago. Its managing director Andy Street said: “With very strong figures from last year against us, our results are a clear sign that the steep sales climb towards Christmas has begun in earnest.”TESCO LAUNCHES FOUR-HOUR SHIFT SYSTEMTesco famously claims “every little helps” – now Britain’s biggest private-sector employer is among the first to offer the option of working “slivers of time” to its employees. A four-hour shift might not appeal to many of us, but the spin is that it is good news for workers with complicated home lives such as carers or those with illnesses.THE WALL STREET JOURNALEUROPEEURO-ZONE GROWTH EASESThe Eurozone economy slowed in the third quarter but still grew at a moderate pace, suggesting that continued financial strains on the currency bloc’s weakest members haven’t yet derailed the region’s overall economic recovery. Eurozone gross domestic product grew by 1.5 per cent in the third quarter at an annualised rate, according to calculations based on data from the European Union’s statistics arm. GREECE EXPECTS BUDGET PRESSURE FROM EU, IMFDebt-ridden Greece expects “substantial pressure” from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund this week to adopt further austerity measures, a senior government official said yesterday, amid expectations that the country will miss its deficit targets. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp WHAT THE OTHER PAPERS SAY THIS MORNING KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeWorldLifeStyleMom Sells Baby’s Crib, But Buyer Returns And Tells Her To Look In The TrunkWorldLifeStyleNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext RefinanceStudent SeaWoman Sees _1FStudent SeaProstaGenixThe King Is Back! How Larry Fixed His ProstateProstaGenixBlood Sugar1 Easy Way to Lower Blood Sugar Levels NaturallyBlood SugarZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldDefinitionThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeDefinitionOpulent ExpressAn Aircrew Saw Movement On A Remote Island, Then Took A Closer LookOpulent ExpressLivestlyA List of The 18 Best Breeds That Don’t ShedLivestly Share Tags: NULL whatsapp last_img read more

HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) 2015 Annual Report

first_imgHF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke)  2015 annual report.Company ProfileHF Group Limited formerly (Housing Finance Limited) is a financial services group with interests in mortgage lending, corporate and retail banking, property development and a bancassurance business. Its product and service offering ranges from transactional banking products to financial services for micro-enterprises, group banking, agricultural and small-to-medium enterprises. HF Group offers asset finance services, micro-credit loans and loans for anything from solar water heating systems to mortgage finance. The company also has interests in developing and selling residential houses and offers insurance agency services. Formerly known as HF Group Limited, the company changed its name to HF Group Plc in 2017. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. HF Group Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Diocese of Oklahoma names three nominees for bishop

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET [Diocese of Oklahoma] The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma is excited to announce the nominees for the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma. Following a yearlong search and discernment process, the Search Committee announces that the nominees are the Rev. Scott Gunn, the Rev. Greg Methvin and the Rev. Poulson C. Reed.Gunn is currently the executive director of Forward Movement, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Methvin is currently the rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Frisco, Texas. And the Reed is currently the rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoenix, Arizona.The candidates will participate in “walkabouts” Dec 6-8 to engage with diocesan clergy and community members. The election will take place on Dec. 14 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City, and the bishop consecration will follow on April 18.The Rt. Rev. Edward J. Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, announced in November his intention to retire on January 1, 2021. Konieczny was elected and consecrated as the fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma in 2007, and at the time of his retirement will be in his 15th year as bishop.To find more information on the candidates including CVs, essays and videos, please visit the diocesan website at epiok.org/candidates and follow the diocese’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay up on the latest news on the bishop of Oklahoma search process. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Elections Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Posted Oct 2, 2019 Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Diocese of Oklahoma names three nominees for bishop Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME last_img read more

What the votes tell us

first_imgJohn ParkerWe are especially sensitive to the plight of those most in fear of a Trump presidency, who are wondering if they or their loved ones will be deported today or tomorrow, or if the Klan is now emboldened to come out from under their sheets and begin lynching again, or if men who hate women feel it’s OK to become more predatory.We know that the best thing we can do about that is make our anger known in the streets so they don’t feel alone. The best thing we can do is organize their defense while realizing that this is also an opportunity that can give the movement wings.This was no landslide. Yes, part of this vote reflects the dangerous presence of deep racism and sexism. But this was also a reflection of the desperation and anger of those who don’t know who or what to blame and are lashing out, trying anything, even things that don’t make sense because survival has become so much harder under capitalism in global economic crisis.Although most votes came from white men who were used to being more economically and socially privileged — and the fact remains that Black and Latinx voters came down strong against Trump — he was still able to get some support from a noticeable number of Latinx and African Americans. All of this is partly a reflection of the gap in consciousness of those voting for Trump regarding an understanding of the importance of solidarity, especially with the most oppressed. That’s what our election campaigns were all about.But it is especially important to understand that this election was also a reflection of a higher level of consciousness from those who decided that they would not vote for a lesser evil — and in this election it was hard to figure out who was more evil when you consider one candidate who spoke racism and sexism and another who had already practiced it with the lives of the people of Honduras, Libya, Syria and, of course, who had her hand in vilifying those so-called “superpredators” incarcerated for profit.OK, here’s the data backing up my opinions: In the first place, Clinton actually won the popular vote. And if you look at the most significant states that voted for Trump, you’ll find that the determining states with more than 10 electors — with a switch of 1 percent of the votes in Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan — Clinton would have won with a shift of 75 electoral votes.This is just one part of the rigged factor of these elections under capitalism. Not only do they not allow third parties a chance at getting close. But, in addition, they’ve set up an electoral college that guarantees them an escape hatch.Reactionary vote deal in 1877For example, the manipulation of electors back in March 1877 allowed for the destruction of Reconstruction and an end to the radical and revolutionary governing of the Black former slaves who temporarily were able to seize political power after the Civil War. Just days before the scheduled inauguration, Samuel Tilden, the Democratic winner of both the electoral and popular votes, was denied the presidency by a section of the ruling class through the disqualification of electors. Then a concession was made to the party of the slaveholders, the Democrats.Troops protecting the former slaves would be removed from the South, allowing the former slaveholders, through the murderous terror of the Ku Klux Klan, to resume power.Actually, since the late 1800s, the money of the rich, beginning with the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Morgans and others enriched from slave labor production of cotton, determined every branch of government. Sometimes there’s a fluke, and Clinton probably had the majority of ruling-class support, but the result has to be acceptable to the ruling class or they will wipe it out by the many means at their disposal.A Forbes magazine article analyzing the elections said: “Trump either won, or closely contested all the traditional manufacturing states — Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa and even Michigan, where union voters did not support Clinton as they had Obama and where trade was also a big issue.”And this from a Nov. 11 analysis of the election from the Telegraph News out of the U.K., “A key part in Clinton’s failure to claim certain states was the fact that ethnic minorities and women didn’t back her in the numbers initially expected.”Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin had voted for Obama in 2012 but switched to Trump in 2016. But Republicans gained only 3 percent more votes from 2012 in those states. The Democrats, on the other hand, lost twice as many, with a 6 percent decrease from 2012.This was a vote against Clinton, who represented not only her and her husband’s racism and thievery of Haiti and use of mass incarceration, but the Obama administration’s eight years of record deportations, regime change and attempted regime change, plus continuing austerity and increased poverty and desperation of working people.And, one other thing, three times more people — about 6 million people — decided to vote for an alternative candidate.In the swing states, manufacturing jobs are down from 2008 to now and food insecurity is up.The Forbes analysis I mentioned earlier ends by encouraging Trump to get closer to our class by increasing austerity, income inequality, global warming and military spending. Yeah, that’s what we workers want — right? Wrong.What really needs to be done: further expose bankrupt and rigged elections and push the building of our People’s Power Assemblies with our allies to chart an independent course of our own making.Hell, we might even want to elect our own candidates. The hell with the mayor, city council and president. We can choose our own official leaders of our communities and barrios and dare them to defy our authority, fortified with the masses of people, like the ones who are marching in the streets right now demanding a new day, quick, fast and in a hurry!Black Lives Matter! Brown Lives Matter!Solidarity is the glue that makes our struggle matter!Onward to building a Workers World!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Man killed in Limerick road crash

first_imgTwitter Gardai are investigating a fatal road traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a car on the R513 at Hospital, Co. Limerick at approximately 1am this Saturday morning.A male pedestrian in his late 60’s was fatally injured when he was struck by a car.He was brought to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The driver of the car was uninjured.This stretch of road is currently closed pending an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are in place.Witnesses are asked to contact Bruff Garda Station on 061-382940, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSlimerick center_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash NewsBreaking newsMan killed in Limerick road crashBy Staff Reporter – September 10, 2016 624 Print WhatsApp Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleFunding for Biblical Centre an answer to prayersNext article1,625 young jobseekers in Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

County fair dates set

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Print Article Latest Stories Email the author Book Nook to reopen County fair dates set Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… The Troy Shrine Club has finalized its plans for the 2013 Pike County Fair and dates have been set for Oct.1 through 5.Homer Homann, Troy Shrine Club president, said everyone is encouraged to mark those dates on the calendar and plan now to be a part of the fun and excitement of the county fair.“This year, we have a new fair promoter, Modern Midway Entertainment,” Homann said. “We’ll have a larger midway and some new and bigger rides. Those who have been to our fair know that we sell armbands for $20 and that allows whoever buys one to ride any or all rides all night. This year, with the help of our fair promoter, we are able to presell these armbands at a tremendous savings.”center_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “We’ll have cattle, horses, mules, pigs, rabbits, poultry and other farm animals,” he said. “The rules for the cattle barn animals are the same as the rules for the Creative Living section.”Homann said it’s not too early to begin making plans to enter the many different categories of competition at the county fair.There are categories ranging from paintings to pigs to produce.“There is a category for every interest so we encourage everyone to be a part of the fun of the Pike County Fair,” Homann said. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Next UpHomann said the presale price for an armband is $15, which is good for any night of the fair.“These presale armband coupons are available starting Sept. 15 and ending Sept. 30,” Homann said. “They will be available at the Gift and Thrift and Consignment Shop in Brundidge, Troy Bank & Trust main office in Troy and every Saturday morning at the Shrine Club office on U.S. 231.”The fair promoter is also offering a two-for-one armband that will be good only for Wednesday night, Oct. 3. Published 11:00 pm Friday, September 6, 2013 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Art reception set for Sunday Every two years, the Johnson Center for the Arts celebrates the contemorary arts in Alabama and invites the Alabama State… read more By The Penny Hoarder “These tickets will be available from local businesses in Troy, Brundidge and at the Shrine Club office,” Homann said.In addition to the midway, the Pike County Fair will continue to be a place to display crafts, artwork, baked goods and canned goods.“For anyone planning to enter items for judging in the Creative Living section of the Pike County Fair, it is important to remember that the items have to be delivered to the Pike County Fairgrounds from 1 until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29,” Homann said. “No entries will be accepted after these times. Judging will take place Sept. 30.”Homann said the Troy Shrine Club also has a great cattle barn and each year the Shriners look forward to having a great selection of animals.last_img read more

Troy library honors top readers

first_img Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Twenty top readers where recognized for their accomplishments at the celebration party and what they accomplished, as Colvin said, was amazing.Aadi Patel took top honors in the 6-11 age group with 427 age-appropriate books read. Dani Daniel, once again, was the top reader in the young adult age group with an amazing 29,117 pages read.“Dani blew it out of the water,” Colvin said. “She and Aadi both. And, Violet Amonson was the winner in our youngest age group. Violet had 109 books read to her by her parents and her sisters. She loves to hear stories read and I’m sure she will grow up to be a very dedicated reader.”Colvin congratulated all the top readers in the different age groups. You Might Like Pike Lib receives AISA Blue Ribbon Becky Baggett, headmaster at Pike Liberal Arts School, was named secretary of the AISA Board of Directors last week, as… read more Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 27, 2016center_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy library honors top readers “Reading is fun and those who participated in the Summer Reading Program, not only had fun, they learned a lot and that learning will benefit them in many ways during the school year and in life.”The top readers in the 4 and 5 age group were Violet Amonson, Eli Southwick and Gideon Sutton.Among the 6-year-old readers, Sofia Aelterman and Daisy Amonson were tops.Penelope Earnest and Ben Hill topped the seven-year-old readers. And Aaid Patel and Queenie Chen were tops among the eight-year-old readers.In the nine-year-old group, David Everett and Brodee Asher were tops.Carl Knight and Ava Leverett were the top readers in the 10-year-old group.Daniel Niu and Ginger Amonson were tops among the 11-year-old readers.In the Young Adult division of the TPL Summer Reading Program, Dani Daniel, Princess Wright and Donna Chen were the top three readers.Colvin said the number of pages read was so close that she couldn’t let the accomplishments of Alex Asher and Edward Aelterman go unrecognized.“They are excellent readers, too, and also very dedicated, so I wanted to recognize them with honorable mention awards,” Colvin said.“We gave top reader awards today but I want to congratulate every child, ages 4-18, who participated in the TPL Summer Reading Program. They are all readers and there’s no way to ‘top’ that.” Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “We were excited that so many children and young adults participated in our summer reading program and continued to hone their reading and comprehension abilities.”The Top Readers in the TPL Summer Reading were recognized at the summer celebration party Tuesday night at Xtreme Athletics.“The number of books read by the young readers and the number of pages read by the young adults is astounding,” Colvin said. “And, that these top readers read because they love to read and to learn and that is the goal of the TPL Summer Reading Program – to encourage young people to read and to learn.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy Public Library held a recognition party for the top readers in the Summer Reading Program. The top readers in each age divisions were honored. Pictured front, Sophia Aelterman, Aadi Patel, Edward Aelterman. Second row, Queenie Chen, Princess Wright, Carl Knight, Brodee Asher, Gideon Sutton, Alex Asher. Third row, David Everett, Donna Chen, Ava Leverett, Penelope Earnest, and Ben Hill. The recognition party and Summer Reading Program was supported by The Friends of the Library.In speaking for Dr. Seuss, Thing One and Thing Two, let children know that “The more that you read; The more things you will know. The more that you learn. The more places you will go.”That being true, Teresa Colvin, children and young adult director at the Troy Public Library, said the 250 readers, ages 4 to 18, that participated in the TPL Summer Reading Program will be knowing, learning and going at an accelerated speed when they begin school in just a few weeks.“Children that do not read over the summer months experience what is called the ‘summer slide.’ Their reading skills diminish to some degree because those skills are not being use and that connection to literacy is not being made,” Colvin said. 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Yoga teacher Amanda Eller, who survived 2 weeks in a Hawaii forest, out of hospital

first_imgCourtesy Troy Helmer(MAUI, HI) — She spent 16 days lost in a dense forest in Hawaii but after less than two days in a hospital, Yoga instructor Amanda Eller was discharged to go home and start her second chance at life.Eller, 35, left the Maui Memorial Medical Center on Sunday, after being treated for fracture and minor injuries to her ankles and feet.“We are thrilled to report the great news that Amanda Eller was able to leave the hospital on her own accord to continue her rehab and recovery with family and loved ones,” Michael Rembis, chief executive officer of Maui Health System, said in a statement. “The staff and physicians at Maui Memorial Medical Center involved in her treatment and care are rejoicing at the miraculous news of her great outcome.”Eller, a yoga teacher and physical therapist from Maui, disappeared after going for a hike on May 8 on the Kahakapao Trail in East Maui’s Makawao Forest Reserve. Her white Toyota RAV4 was found in the forest parking lot with her phone and wallet inside, but she was nowhere in sight.Police suspended the search for her on May 14, but friends, loved ones and volunteers never gave up and kept looking for her.On Friday afternoon, their efforts paid off when a helicopter crew searching for Eller spotted her waving up at them about 3:45 p.m. near the Kailua reservoir. She was in a creek bed with waterfalls on both sides, rescuers said.The rescue crew plucked her from the ravine and whisked to safety.“There were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up, and it did come down to life and death, and I had to choose,” Eller said from her hospital bed on Saturday. “I chose life.”Eller said she survived by eating wild berries and guava she foraged in the jungle and drank water when she was sure it was clear enough. She said she lost her shoes several days into her misadventure when they got washed away in a flash flood while she was attempting to dry them out.She was severely sunburned and her ankles and feet were chewed up from the rough terrain, but overall she was alert and in good physical condition when she was found.In a video post on the Facebook page “Find Amanda,” which was created soon after she went missing, Eller thanked all the volunteers who refused give up searching for her despite the long odds of finding her alive.“People that know me, that don’t know me, just under the idea of helping one person make it out of the woods alive just warms my heart,” she said in the video. “And just seeing the power of prayer and the power of love when everybody combines their efforts — is incredible. It could move mountains.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Students Celebrate Indiana’s 203rd Birthday

first_imgYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name *Email * FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare December 11, 2019     Posted by Editorcenter_img By Brandon BargerTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—The marble halls of the Statehouse filled with many voices Wednesday. It wasn’t a rally, but it certainly felt like one. It was actually the voices of many third and fourth grade students from around the state singing the classic song, “Happy Birthday.”The voices that echoed around the building and up into the Rotunda weren’t honoring an individual, though. Instead, they were singing: “Happy birthday, dear Indiana. Happy birthday to you.”The Plainfield Belles and Beaux Choir sings Back Home Again in Indiana at the Statehood Day event at the Statehouse on Dec. 11.Photo by Brandon Barger, TheStatehouseFile.comThis birthday party was honoring Indiana’s 203rdyear as a state.The Statehood Day event commemorates the day – Dec. 11, 1816 – when Indiana transformed from territory to the 19thstate of the union.About 100 people attended Wednesday’s celebration. In addition to the students, attendees included Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Chief Appellate Judge Nancy Vaidik and former President Benjamin Harrison, represented by an impersonator.The atrium where the event was held was decorated for the occasion with a large blue-and-gold Indiana state flag hung from the third-floor banister. As the program began, the Indy Metropolitan Memorial Color Guard presented the national and state flags to the assembled group and the Plainfield Belles and Beaux Choir from Plainfield High School sang the national anthem and later, Back Home Again in Indiana.The theme of the birthday party, Today is Tomorrow’s History, was emphasized by Connor Lakin, a fourth-grade student from Van Rensselaer Elementary School who was the winner of the Statehood Day essay contest.Gov. Eric Holcomb shakes fourth-grader Connor Lakin’s hand after Lakin’s speech at the Statehood Day event on December 11.Photo by Brandon Barger, TheStatehouseFile.com“History is how we grow, and Indiana is a huge part of my history,” Lakin said, noting he lives in the same home in which his father grew up.After Lakin finished, he was awarded several prizes, including one of the state flags that has flown over the Statehouse and a proclamation honoring him from the governor.Holcomb also talked about the theme, asking the children what they wanted to do in the future. Their stories, he noted, will become part of the history of Indiana in the years to come.FOOTNOTE: Brandon Barger is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists.last_img read more

News story: Minister welcomes ‘accountability revolution’ in higher education

first_img Since taking office I have visited universities around the country to talk to students and listen to their hopes and concerns. What students have told me is that they value excellent teaching, high quality information and want a system that is responsive to their needs. The new regulator will have real powers to deliver these goals. By putting students’ interests first, the OfS will play a key role in delivering an accountability revolution. The Office for Students will replace HEFCE and OFFA as the single regulator for higher education in England. It will take up its regulatory role in April 2018.The minister’s speech can be read in full hereThe Secretary of State’s guidance to the Office for Students is available hereThe new Regulatory Framework is available here Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has called on the new universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), to put a “laser-like focus on students” at its inaugural conference today (28 February).Speaking to leading figures from the Higher Education sector at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London, the Minister outlined the significant progress that has been made by the Government to establish the OfS.At a time when the university sector is experiencing unprecedented levels of scrutiny, the Minister set out how the launch of the OfS signified “a new age – the age of the student”. He called on the sector to embrace this new era and made clear that he expects the OfS to put student interests at the centre of everything they do.The conference marked the publication of the OfS new framework – a blueprint for higher education – and the biggest regulatory change in Higher Education in over a quarter of a century. The truly modern framework will ensure our world-class universities are able to rise to the challenges of the future.In his speech, the Minister set out his vision for a successful higher education sector, including how universities must fulfil their vital civic duty in society by championing student interests and transforming their lives.Speaking at the OfS conference today, Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said:last_img read more