AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt’s that time of year again, where seniors flock to the Alpena Senior Citizens Center for open enrollment.MMAP Counselor, Kitty Glomski says she’s ready to roll to help seniors look at their 2018 plans for the Medicare Part D Drug Plan.Glomski says seniors should be advised that their plans always change. Glomski adds that she has volunteers on hand to help and seeing a number of seniors is no issue. Open enrollment ends December 7th, to make an appointment call the center at 989–356–3585 extension 20.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Field Trip Friday: A Trip Back In Time (Pt1)Next October Insights Takes You on a Journey of Raising Stroke Awareness With Reporter, Star Connor
MIDDLETOWN – It was all smiles and even some tears Thursday afternoon at Mater Dei Prep High School as staff and students found out there is a future for the school.School officials announced Thursday that Bishop David M. O’Connell with the Diocese of Trenton has formally approved the school’s plan moving forward. The plan will have the high school, 538 Church St., that had been operating for 50 years, to function as an independent Roman Catholic school, overseen by its own independent board of trustees which will be responsible its finances and operation. The school will no longer come under the auspices of St. Mary’s Parish, which still oversees St. Mary’s elementary school.Following the announcement in February that the school would have to permanently close this June due to unstable enrollment and unstable finances, parents and alumni rallied to raise more than $1 million and draft a business plan for the school’s future sustainability.With the announcement at the school this afternoon, parent Janet Molicki, said choking back tears of joy, “This is God’s work.”— By John Burton
TOP ‘PIT MASTERS’ TO COMPETE FOR $18,000 IN CASH IN SANTA ANITA’S SPACIOUS INFIELD AREA ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2016)–Santa Anita Park will play host to the fifth annual Winner’s Circle Barbeque Championship on Saturday, April 2 in the track’s spacious Infield Area.“Pit Masters” from throughout the Western United States will compete for $18,000 in cash, a California State Championship title and a chance to represent California in the National Barbeque Championships.With all contestants firmly ensconced overnight, fans will be greeted by the sweet smells of hickory and pecan woods and of slow-smoked beef, pork and chicken wafting among 65 competing teams of barbeque professionals.Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, the Winner’s Circle Barbeque Championship will also include live music and ready access to wagering on world class racing at The Great Race Place.Parking is free and walk-up admission on April 2 is just five dollars. For additional packages that include BBQ scrip tickets, racing programs, tip sheets, pony rides and other Family Fun activities, please visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-6384.
A taxi driver who allegedly stabbed a man who owed him $2000 was hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.Morris Carter, of Lot 20 Durban Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse.Morris CarterThe charge detailed that on August 27, 2019 at Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, Georgetown, he wounded Matthew Gilbert, with intent to commit murder.Carter was represented by Attorney-at-Law Adrian Thompson, who in a bail application, informed the court that the incident occurred at a wash bay, where his client was washing his car. He claimed that his client confronted the Virtual Complainant (VC) about the money owed; however, they got into a heated argument and a fight occurred.Attorney Thompson informed the court that his client received injuries from the VC during the fight; however, Gilbert was never charged.Police Prosecutor Christopher Morris, in presenting the prosecution’s case, stated that on August 27, 2019, Gilbert was at a wash bay when he was approached by the defendant, who asked for the $2000 owed to him for a ring, which had initially cost $7000.The Prosecutor said that Gilbert then claimed he did not have any money, but promised to pay the debt later in the month. According to the prosecution, the defendant became annoyed, pulled out a pair of scissors, and stabbed the VC several times about his body.The VC was then picked up and rushed to the Kitty Health Centre, but owing to the severity of his injuries, he was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.The Prosecutor objected to bail, informing the court that the VC is still hospitalised.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, remanded the 43-year-old man to prison. The case will continue on September 26, 2019.
MESA, Ariz. — The A’s starting rotation is still not completely set but we now have a pretty good idea of how it might shape out.Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn will not be part of that rotation. Mengden was thought to have a lock on a rotation spot and Blackburn was in the mix for the final slot. But both were sent down over the past couple of days.There was also a battle brewing for the starting catcher job, but that position also changed from our last roster projection after Chris …
SAN DIEGO–The Giants’ release of their Opening Day roster turned out to be anticlimactic, but that wasn’t good news for Mac Williamson.The Giants announced Thursday they have designated Williamson, 28, for assignment after the power-hitting corner outfielder hit .237 in 59 spring at-bats. Williamson can still remain in the Giants’ organization if he clears waivers and is outrighted to Triple-A, but after a rough spring, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi elected to move in a …
With South Africa’s gender equality statusbefore the UN, women’s rights in thecountry will receive new impetus.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) Masimanyane’s executive director LesleyAnn Foster is to present the country reportto the UN’s Cedaw committee.(Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lesley Ann FosterMasimanyane executive director+27 43 743 9169 or +27 83 325 2497RELATED ARTICLES• Women’s month launched in SA• New body to empower SA women• SA women leaders unite for change• SA women take the lead• Media awards for SA womenShamin ChibbaWomen’s rights in South Africa will take a great stride forward when a national alliance of women’s organisations presents the country’s first shadow report in 12 years on the status of women in the country.On Friday 21 January, four representatives, led by the East London-based Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre, will stand before the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw) committee.Here they’ll present research they conducted regarding the progress of women’s rights since the presentation of the first report at Cedaw’s 19th session in 1998. Gender equality is one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.Each Cedaw party state is required to report to the committee every four years. South Africa will therefore be submitting its second, third and fourth reports.Cedaw will review the report and present recommendations to the government on which steps to take to improve the situation.Identifying achievements and obstaclesAccording to Masimanyane’s executive director Lesley Ann Foster, the alliance that conducted research last year consisted of women’s groups across seven provinces.“We have worked with other organisations and have collected information on how women’s rights have been enforced by government,” she said.The study asked women to identify the achievements towards gender equality, and also considered ways in which obstacles faced by women and girls on a daily basis could be overcome. However, judging from the research, Foster said the country has not made enough advances in the right direction.In a statement delivered to Cedaw on 17 January, she acknowledged that the South African government has made significant efforts to address these gender equality issues through the ratification of the Cedaw convention and its Optional Protocol, which was introduced in 1999.“Despite these efforts, the lived realities of women, their quality of life, and their status within society has not seen a significant change,” she added.Foster and her colleague Thabisa Bobo, also of Masimanyane, discussed three main issues, namely discriminatory laws, violence against women, and challenges to young women – specifically those from rural areas – with the Cedaw committee.South Africa’s shadow report may be downloaded from the Masimanyane website.Kenya, Israel and Liechtenstein will present their reports around the same time as South Africa.Forming the allianceSouth Africa started to catch up with Cedaw reports in October last year when 22 women’s rights activists from around the country gathered in East London for a Cedaw seminar.This was a drive by Masimanyane to form a national alliance of women’s rights organisations from each province. They would then contribute to a report on the progress of gender equality in the last ten years.It was here that South African activists learnt how to use Cedaw as a tool for advocacy and lobbying. To guide them through the process were activists Ivy Josiah, the executive director of Malaysia’s Women’s Aid Organisation, and Shireen Huq of the Nariphokko organisation in Bangladesh.According to Josiah, the activists educated South Africans on the Cedaw policies, explaining how they could be used as a useful instrument. “I showed women how this is a tool to analyse and solve problems.”Josiah believes the tool is an international principle that holds governments accountable. “There is this power called government that is duty-bound to make sure women are safe.”Foster added that Cedaw is a primary standard setting document that guides all UN member states which have ratified the policy as to how they should treat women and girls within their countries.The convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979 and is often referred to as an international bill of rights for women.Masimanyane’s executive director, Lesley Ann Foster, will be in Geneva to present South Africa’s shadow report to the Cedaw committee.
Residential and commercial reconstruction in Greensburg, Kansas, which was destroyed more than two years ago by an unusually powerful tornado, have taken a green tack to address energy efficiency and other practical concerns. But the town’s push toward green also has enhanced its status as a showcase for various types of energy efficient residential construction.The recently concluded Chain of Eco-Homes Competition, a residential design contest co-sponsored by community nonprofit Greensburg GreenTown and open-source design firm FreeGreen, is among the latest sources of eco-boosterism in the town.Promoting eco-tourism in Greensburg is, after all, one of the goals of Greensburg GreenTown, a notion that didn’t seem lost on the firms and individuals who entered the competition. The contest attracted about 230 entries from professional and student designers, each focusing on one of three block-wall systems: lightweight, interlocking hollow blocks, made by German firm HIB, that are filled with blown-in insulation; Virginia Lime Works’ Enviro-Ment Masonry Unit, a lime-based masonry block that absorbs CO2 from the air; and U.K.-based Amvic Wall Systems’ insulating concrete forms.And the winners are …The first-place entry, Meadowlark House, by New York City-based Steven Learner Studio, is just under 1,450 square feet, features three bedrooms and two baths, and uses the HIB system, whose blocks stack Lego-style and are touted as being highly resistant (up to three stories) to earthquakes and hurricane-force winds.The top ranking earned Steven Learner Studios $10,000 in prize money and earned its Meadowlark House the right to be built in the GreenTown Chain of Eco-Homes, a 12-home project intended as a showcase for a variety of green construction strategies at different price levels. Construction on the house is expected to begin in November.Second place, and $1,000 in prize money, went to Stuttio Workshop, based on Venice, California. The firm’s Root/Breathe/Endure, a 1,900-sq.-ft. three-bedroom, two-bath home, is designed to use the Enviro-Ment Masonry system. Third place, and another $1,000, went to Daniel Day Studio, in Dallas, Texas, for its Linear Villa, a 1,492-sq.-ft. two-bedroom, two-bath home to be built using the Amvic ICFs.Because they are among the three contest winners, both Root/Breathe/Endure and Linear Villa are, like Meadowlark House, eligible for construction as part of the 12-home Chain of Eco-Homes, provided enough money can be raised to get them in the ground. At this point, Chain of Eco-Homes’ lineup includes the University of Colorado’s winning home from the 2005 Solar Decathlon and the concrete Eco-Home Silo, which opened to the public in May.The contest’s eight-judge panel included modular-design architect Michelle Kaufmann and Steve Thomas, current host of the Discovery Channel’s Renovation Nation and former host of This Old House on PBS.
LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Philippines had the early momentum in the third set putting up a 10-4 lead but Chinese-Taipei managed to score seven straight to take an 11-10 lead.Captain Chen Wan-Ting then finished off the no.79 team in the world with a brutal crosscourt kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlyssa Valdez, who had 13 points to lead the Philippines, was disappointed with how they squandered their edge but said they have to move on and end the tournament on a positive note.“We definitely wanted to win, but we just couldn’t hold on,” said Valdez in Filipino. “But, again, this is a learning experience because there was the regret because it would’ve been a huge difference if we were able to get at least one set.” Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View comments MOST READ “One set could’ve tilted the game but we’re here and we just have to accept the loss and move forward.”Wu Wei-Hua had 14 points to lead Chinese-Taipei while Chen, who came in as a substitute in all the three sets, and Hsiao Hsiang-Ling had nine points apiece.Jaja Santiago helped the Philippines’ cause with 10 points.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Chinese-Taipei earned a shot at the fifth place in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after taking down host Philippines, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19, in the classification stage Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The 55th-ranked team in the world is set to face Vietnam for the battle for the fifth spot while the Philippines will once again match up against Kazakhstan for a crack at seventh. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
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PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Durant’s new deal earns him approximately $53 million over the next two years and includes a player option for year two. His willingness to be flexible allowed the Warriors to re-sign Curry for $201 million over five years and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala to a three-year contract with $48 million guaranteed, among all the other reliable returners.Durant repeatedly curses when he misses during those heated post-practice shootouts with Curry. They rarely keep an official count on made shots or track who wins.“I honestly don’t know exactly what the standings are when it comes to that but we always challenge each other,” Curry said. “I think the best thing about it is we both get mad when we miss a shot because you know in that competition that we have if you miss a shot you’re probably going to end up losing whatever spot or whatever drill you’re doing. Every shot’s important, which for us can transition into the game because you have that certain focus and expectation that you’re going to make every shot. Put a little bitof pressure on yourself while you can in practice in these situations.”For Durant, it’s all about getting better alongside the shooter he considers the world’s most accurate.“I’m just coming into work every day trying to get better and I’m going home afterward,” Durant said. “It’ssimple. Just try to simplify it, so I get my work in and go home. … I don’t even remember last year.”Durant is far more comfortable this preseason.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The NBA Finals MVP wants more from himself. He thinks about it when he’s sitting on his couch at home.Beginning his 11th NBA season at age 29 and fresh off his first career championship, Durant is as determined as ever.In his second season with the Golden State Warriors, he is challenging himself to do everything better, down to setting great screens to get teammates open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just want to keep doing the same things,” Durant said. “If I’m making five out of my 10 shots a night, I can see if I can try to make 5 1/2 or six shots a night. I guess that’s just the next challenge that I have for myself, just continue to do the small things with my game as far as my rhythm, catching and shooting, dribbling, one-dribble pull-ups, post-ups, all that type of stuff that goes into me being the scorer that I am. I’ve got to work on that every day, make sure that doesn’t fall by the wayside because if I take two or three days off from doing that stuff I’m right behind. I can’t take days off because I’m not physically as big and strong as a lot of guys that can use their bodies. I’ve got to rely on my skill a little bit more.”He sure delivered on basketball’s biggest stage just four months ago, then — as promised — accepted a pay cut so general manager Bob Myers could keep the roster largely intact for repeat run. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NBA: Curry to pick Dubs teammates if picked as All Star game captain LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant poses for photos during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Oakland , Calif. Beginning his 11th NBA season at age 29 and fresh off his first career championship, Durant is as determined as ever. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, FIle)OAKLAND, Calif. — Fatigued after a long flight home from China, Kevin Durant knocked down one baseline 3-pointer after another — making 21 of 22 and 19 straight before finally another miss had him hollering in frustration over the blaring music.Stephen Curry wasn’t even pushing him this time in one of their thrilling competitions — just KD and a couple of capable rebounders.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The constant scrutiny about why he left Oklahoma City to join a super team and the questions on how the Warriors could possibly share the ball so many ways have subsided at last. He has settled in beautifully to the Bay Area. The music and low-key vibe at team headquarters are now familiar.Yes, Durant is at ease.“Oh, yeah. Last year he was trying to figure out what the hell we were doing and this year he’s totally dialed in, understands the concepts,” coach Steve Kerr said, “comfortable in his surroundings, not only on the floor but off. He’s a different guy this year. … It took a couple months for him to get comfortable with our style of play more than anything. It’s one thing to memorize a play, it’s another thing to feel comfortable with the concepts of what you’re trying accomplish every time down the floor. Then there’s a lot of little nuances within that. I thought it took him a couple months, then he figured it out and he was off and running.”Teammates can’t wait to see what Durant does next.Iguodala appreciates greats like Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady but will put Durant at the top.“In my opinion KD is the most talented I’ve ever seen. There have been some other talented guys though, but he’s gotten the most out of his talent, just like TMac and Vince,” Iguodala said. “There are a lot of guys who are talented and they don’t even make it to the pros. I’m saying KD is most talented because he’s maximized his talent. He’s still got more room to go, so I believe he’s still grinding to get there.”From Day One, Durant showed he’s a difference-maker.“There’s a lot of stuff I’ve been thinking about,” he said, “and I’m just trying to take it all in and get better.” View comments