A Bill That Would Expedite Teaching Licenses For Out-Of-State Military Spouses

first_imgState Rep. Wendy McNamara Dear Friend,The House of Representatives recently approved a bill I am authoring that would expedite teaching licenses for out-of-state military spouses whose husbands or wives are assigned to a station in Indiana.Members of the military are often required to move multiple times during their years of service, and by expediting the licensing process, military families coming here will be able to continue earning a living.The current law allows the State Board of Education to expedite the issuance, renewal or reinstatement of teaching licenses for military spouses, but does not require it, delaying the process for military spouses to acquire teaching jobs once they move to Indiana.My proposal would help military families who relocate to Indiana and includes several provisions to assist in that transition.House Bill 1396 now goes to the Senate for consideration Please contact me with questions or input by calling 317­-232­-9816or emailing [email protected], FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgtypewritertypewriter WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is:  Do you feel that it’s time for the State and Federal authorities do a comprehensive audit of the financial activities of the Evansville ECHO Housing?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 17 years.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgpassed away on September 27, 2017. He was born in Bayonne to the late Rose (nee: Lawless) and John F. Lee. A graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Elizabeth, and the Advanced Traffic Management School, New York, Donald was employed as a traffic manager for Sea Land Company for 28 years. He then entered the hospitality business and was most recently employed at Newark Airport, where he worked until the age of 74. He was a lifelong communicant of St. Andrew the Apostle Church and a member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore. Donald proudly served the nation as a member of the United States Army, having received training at Fort Dix, then later serving in the United States Army Reserve. He is survived by his siblings, Ann Marie Fabriele, and her husband, Peter, and Mary Lee Montesinos, and her husband, Roberto, and; his in-laws, George Hilla and Patricia and Judith Lee; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, John, and his wife, Mary Dillon Lee, Rosemary (Sissy) Lee, Robert Lee, Barbara Hilla, Thomas Lee and Joseph Lee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Center for Hope Hospice, 1900 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. Funeral arrangements by BAYONNE MEMORIAL HOME, 854 Avenue C.last_img read more

Huffington’s awakening

first_imgReformed workaholic Arianna Huffington on Wednesday urged a Harvard audience to unplug, get some sleep, and give to others, all as a way to get more out of life.Huffington, the president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, said it took her own 2007 collapse — and breaking her cheek on the edge of her desk as she fell — to interrupt her always-on lifestyle. It was during her recovery that she began to think about how she ran her life and the broader topic of how society defines success.“I know by the conventional definition I was successful, but by any sane definition of success, if you’re lying in a pool of blood, you’re not,” Huffington said. “We discovered there was nothing wrong with me medically, but just about everything wrong with the way I was living my life.”In her subsequent exploration, Huffington found research — some of it conducted at Harvard — on the importance of sleep to health and creativity. Sleep deprivation robs one of the energy that makes working hours productive, and energy, not time, is the most important factor in tasks and personal interactions, she came to realize.“Sleep is like a miracle drug,” Huffington said. “If you look at all the things that it does, it looks like the label you’d find on snake oil of the 19th century, except it’s actually for real.”Huffington’s is not the first generation to value hard work over sleep and family time, she pointed out, but it is the first to be living during a “perfect storm in public health,” when there’s increasing evidence of harm in the go-go-go lifestyle.The period of introspection that followed Huffington’s collapse also led to a book,“Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.” She discussed it with an audience of about 175 during a session of The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPS) held in the School’s Kresge Building.After introductory remarks from HSPH Dean Julio Frenk and Harvard President Drew Faust, Huffington was interviewed by Jay Winsten, the Frank Stanton Director of the School’s Center for Health Communication and associate dean for public and community affairs.Huffington said she sees slow but steady changes in the ways we run our lives. More awareness of the importance of rest and balance has helped, she said, as have declarations by some business leaders that they consider time to recharge crucial to their success, and the fact that a significant number of companies have wellness or stress-relief programs.Though sleep is critical to Huffington’s “Third Metric” of success — the first two are money and power — it is not the sole factor. Unplugging from technology is important, as is taking waking time for things such as contemplation or meditation, exercise, activities with family, and giving to others, which research has suggested can boost feelings of well being, Huffington said.Think of cellphones, she added, whose batteries we monitor regularly so we can power them up before they die.“That’s not how we treat ourselves. We have to be below zero battery remaining, crashing and burning, before we pay any attention.”last_img read more

Wildflowers Rewarding

first_imgWhether you plant wildflowers in huge swaths along roadsides or tiny pocket gardens in your ownbackyard, the vibrant colors and rich mixtures of these hardy plants are sure to please the eye. As with any kind of gardening, wildflowers require work and planning, but following these basicrules will assure your success. Determine your goals. Before you buy seed, first know what you want from your wildflowerplantings. What is your purpose? Do you want three-season, low-maintenance color? only species native toyour area? birds and butterflies? With so many reasons to plant wildflowers, it’s important to defineyour goals before you begin. Choose a site. It may be tempting to plant wildflowers where nothing else grows, but while they’rehardy, they’re not magical. Most need full sun and moderately fertile soils that drain well but not tooquickly. While it’s possible to plant wildflowers in poor soil on a steep slope in the shade, this will present aspecial challenge. Consulting with an expert will help your chances of success. Choose your seeds. Your wildflowers will be only as good as the seeds you sow. If you invest thetime and energy to plant them right, don’t ruin the project by using questionable seeds. Buy from a reputable dealer who can supply you information about individual species and differentmixtures. Most mixtures include annuals and perennials. In general, mixtures for warm climates may includemore annuals because they tend to reseed year after year. Annuals should be included in almost every mixture, however, since they act as a nurse crop forslower-growing perennials that don’t bloom until the second year. Prepare the site. I highly recommend that you remove existing vegetation before you plantwildflower seeds. Till the soil, if you can, to create a loose seed bed. If you can’t till, at least scratch up the soilsurface. Eliminate weed seeds in the upper layer of soil by allowing them to germinate and begin to grow,then removing the weeds by chemical or mechanical means. Don’t till again, or you may turn up newweed seeds and have to repeat the process. Plant the seed. Good seed-to-soil contact is essential for a high germination rate. For evendistribution, mix seeds with sand, vermiculite or cornmeal. Scatter them and rake them in lightly,being careful not to cover them too deeply. Fall plantings offer the advantage of early germination and growth. In our climate, plant before youexpect periods of winter rainfall. A spring or early-summer planting is fine in most areas, too, but youmay have to provide water for the first several weeks. Water the site. Many wildflowers are drought-tolerant, but all plantings, wildflowers included, need enough moisture to germinate and thrive. Keep the site evenly moist during the first four to sixweeks. Then gradually reduce watering. Maintain the area. Mow wildflowers high three times — usually in late spring, midsummer and latefall. Rake up the cut material or leave it in place to serve as a protective mulch. After cleanup mowing in late fall, overseed annuals and bare spots as needed with half the normalseeding rate. With timely weeding, watering and mowing, wildflowers will reward you with beauty andfragrance as the seasons unfold in an ever-changing panorama of color, from the first spring flower toautumn’s last lingering aster. To learn more about wildflowers, contact the county Extension office for a copy of ExtensionBulletin No. 994, “Wildflowers,” and Ornamental Horticulture Fact Sheet H-92-010, “WildflowerEstablishment and Culture.”last_img read more

Brazilian Receives Unprecedented Nomination for U.S. Coast Guard Athlete of the Year

first_imgBy Dialogo June 20, 2011 The only representative of the U.S. Coast Guard registered for the 5th CISM Military World Games, which will take place from July 16th to 24th in Rio de Janeiro, Petty Officer Tiago Gonçalves has been nominated for the U.S. Coast Guard’s athlete of the year. The award ceremony at which the athlete of the year will be named will be held in December, in Washington, D.C. “Three individuals are nominated, and one receives the award. A Brazilian has never been nominated for this prize,” the petty officer said. “I have a good chance of receiving the award, chiefly because I was nominated by the officers at the headquarters in Washington, D.C., which rarely happens,” he proudly explained. A marine science technician, the 29-year-old petty officer was born in Rio de Janeiro and started to practice judo at the age of four. After participating in countless state and national competitions in Brazil, he took a break to dedicate himself to his studies in 2000, when he was 19. Now, the petty officer is very happy about the possibility of reuniting with his family in July. “Participating in a worldwide event at this level is a dream for any athlete, still more in my hometown. All my family, friends, and teachers who guided me along this path, like the shihan Oswaldo Simões and the shihan Ricardo Ruffoni, live here in Rio de Janeiro. I don’t think there is a better place for worldwide events of this caliber,” said Tiago, who last visited the Marvelous City in May 2010. A marine science technician with the U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer Tiago Gonçalves will be the only representative of that body at the 5th CISM Military World Games. The 29-year-old athlete was born in Rio de Janeiro and joined the U.S. Navy in 2009. A black belt in judo, jiu-jitsu, and karate, and a former MMA fighter, the petty officer went to live in the United States to study and had never thought of joining the military. Today, he lives in the Galveston-Houston area and is the pride of the U.S. Coast Guard. “The U.S. Armed Forces have five branches, of which three belong to the Navy (U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy), then the Army and the Air Force. The athletes were selected from among all the branches, and I’m the only one from the Coast Guard,” he affirmed, recalling that a special reporter from the Coast Guard will accompany him until the end of the Peace Games. “He said that he’s going to be my shadow.”last_img read more

Man, 28, Found Dead in N. Amityville Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Amityville man was found dead in a swimming pool at an apartment complex in North Amityville Tuesday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.A resident of the apartment complex at 615 Broadway found Maurice Stone floating face down in the pool at approximately 12:45 p.m., police said.Suffolk County police homicide detectives are investigating the drowning.last_img

Jakarta worker allegedly orders boss’ murder after years of harassment

first_imgHowever, her partner finally relented and agreed to assist her in carrying out her plan after she claimed that she had been threatened by Sugianto.“NL said she was threatened by the victim, so she ordered his execution,” Nana said.Read also: Central Java family found dead after three-day disappearanceM then proceeded to seek out a group of contract killers, while NL prepared Rp 200 million to pay for her boss’ murder, he added.According to the police, NL transferred one half of the funds – Rp 100 million – to M’s account on Aug. 4. The rest of the money was later handed over in cash on Aug. 6. The murder was allegedly carried out by two field hitmen following the payment.The police have since arrested 12 suspects, including NL and M, as well as other individuals affiliated with the group of contract killers.“[One suspect] acted as the executor. [Another] was on the lookout during the execution,” Nana said as quoted by“Eight people were arrested in Lampung; one in Cibubur, East Jakarta; and two in East Java,” Nana said.The suspects face charges under Article 340 of the Criminal Code, which carries the death penalty or a maximum of 20 years in prison, Article 338 with a maximum 15 years’ imprisonment and Emergency Law No. 12/1951, also with a maximum 15 years.According to the police, NL’s motive for the murder was due to years of alleged harassment and humiliation by Sugianto.“NL was often asked to engage in sexual acts [with the victim],” Nana said.“She was also afraid because she had been falsifying the firm’s tax returns since 2015.” Topics : A female staff member at a private firm in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, allegedly hired a group of contract killers to murder her employer on Aug. 13 in a purported attempt to fend off suspicions of tax fraud and retaliate against what she claimed to be harassment.The Jakarta Police found that the woman – identified only as NL – had reportedly paid Rp 200 million (US$13,606) for the murder of Sugianto, the owner of private company PT DTJ.Security camera footage shows Sugianto getting shot five times in the back in front of Royal Gading Square as he is returning home for lunch by a man wearing a cap and a facemask.center_img Sugianto died immediately at the scene of the crime.Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Nana Sudjana said that NL had asked her partner, M, in March about possible ways to murder Sugianto, adding that she claimed to have often been subjected to verbal abuse and harassment by her employer.Furthermore, NL, who worked at the company’s administration department, had reportedly intended to cover up her involvement in falsifying the firm’s tax returns.“Around March 20, [NL] asked M [about the plan], but did not receive any response,” Nana told a press conference on Monday.last_img read more

Trustee of BT fund calls for more risk-sharing in infrastructure investment

first_imgVehicles must be developed to allow for pension investment in small-scale infrastructure projects, a trustee of one of the UK’s largest pension fund has said.Donald MacDonald, trustee at the £40bn (€48.3bn) BT Pension Scheme, said infrastructure investment by the industry faced an uphill struggle, as there was too much money “chasing insufficient opportunity”.He said BTPS had been in competition for infrastructure projects with the UK’s Universities Superannuation Scheme and Railpen Investments, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, as well as Australian Super funds.MacDonald told the RI Europe conference in London: “What we need to be doing is talking to the governments and inter-governmental organisations to look at how we package projects – because a lot of the projects, for pension funds, are actually sub-optimal. “We just haven’t got the resources and finance to manage loads and loads of small investment in infrastructure opportunities.“Things need to be bundled, risk needs to be shared. We need to look at better ways of mutual investment and co-investment vehicles, which is becoming much more part of the scene.”MacDonald, speaking at the event in his capacity as chairman of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, said the UK’s Green Investment Bank and the European Investment Bank would be “quite critical” in allowing for such co-investment deals, as they were building alliances with private sector partners.He added that many governments and civil servants had only recently begun to understand that the construction risk of infrastructure investments was not of interest to pension funds.He said other parts of the financial market were simply better equipped for such ventures.Speaking of the BPTS’s annual pension payments in excess of £2bn, he said it needed to have a “very conservative risk profile”.“Although, interestingly, both myself and others, as we become more familiar with infrastructure issues, are starting to look at [construction] risk and possibly doing more in that area,” he said.BTPS was among the three pension funds to withdraw its support from the Pension Protection Fund-backed Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) earlier this year, claiming at the time that its direct investment programme was the “most appropriate solution” for the fund. However, the two other funds – the London Pensions Fund Authority and the BAE System pension scheme – both cited concerns over the risk/return profile of the PIP.last_img read more

Player sentenced to three months for COVID-19 curfew breach

first_imgThe 29-year-old, who plies his trade with Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, was arrested on Friday at a hotel in Belgrade along with around 20 people who had all met for drinks.Serbia has imposed a ban on gatherings of more than five people in closed spaces. Serbian international Aleksandar Prijovic has been sentenced to three months of house arrest for failing to comply with the nation’s rules to combat the coronavirus epidemic.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Xi Ding Created Caricature Version Of Marvel Characters7 Enigmatic Discoveries That Left Everyone BaffledPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Read Also: Mbappe, Neymar to remain at PSG this year – reportThe Serbian government has imposed a series of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including a curfew between 17:00 and 05:00 on weekdays and total lockdown on Sundays.There have been 1,624 confirmed coronavirus cases and 44 deaths in Serbia.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more