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White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The talks come as Biden faces increasing headwinds in his effort to win bipartisan backing for the initial legislative effort of his presidency. Lawmakers on the right question the wisdom of racking up bigger deficits. Those on the left are urging Biden not to spend too much time on bipartisanship when the pandemic is killing thousands each day and costing more jobs. One key Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, said afterward she would reconvene a bipartisan group to focus on “a more targeted package.”last_img

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ACE initiative helps literacy in Haiti

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first_imgNotre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) partnered with the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to begin the Haiti Reads project in August 2014, working to improve the literacy of Haitian children.The initiative is sponsored by a $1 million grant from an anonymous foundation, with additional funding and personnel provided by ACE and CRS, according to a University press release.Emily Danaher | The Observer Kate Schuenke-Lucien, associate director of Haitian Catholic Education Initiatives for ACE, said the primary goal of the project is to help Haitian children to “learn to read, to read to learn,” a mantra the project uses to promote the long term benefits of increased literacy. Haiti Reads is trying to improve students’ ability to read and write in Creole, which is spoken by 95 percent of the Haitian population, and French, which is the language primarily used in educational instruction, Schuenke-Lucien said.“We know that early literacy is incredibly important for educational success for children,” she said. “Basically, children who don’t learn to read well in the early grades are not able to continue in school.”According to the Haiti Reads press release, this explains why 50 percent of the Haitian adult population is illiterate and why only five percent of students continue past primary school.Haiti Reads works with some of the 2,400 Catholic primary and secondary schools in Haiti as a way to “renew and strengthen Catholic education to provide an improved education and opportunity for the children in Haiti,” TJ D’Agostino, associate director of Haitian Catholic Education Initiatives for ACE, said.“Catholic schools are the biggest single educational provider in the country so [Haiti Reads] is a way to make a pretty big dent in trying to improve education quality in Haiti at large,” he said.Schuenke-Lucien said the project’s approach to their mission is two-fold.“[Improved literacy] would happen by improving students’ test scores and students’ ability to read and write … and then also by improving the ability of the teachers to deliver a high quality curriculum to the students,” Schuenke-Lucien said.The Haiti Reads team began training teachers in approximately 50 Catholic schools in August 2014, and the teachers implemented the newly crafted curriculums in December 2014, Schuenke-Lucien said.Jaime Zarafonetis, associate director of teaching and learning for ACE, said Notre Dame is excited to work with the teachers in Haiti.“The Haitian educators are exceptionally dedicated, and we feel really grateful at ND that we are working with so many knowledgable and committed educational leaders [in Haiti],” Zarafonetis said.As of now, 49 percent of Haitian third graders cannot read either language, Zarafonetis said.Tags: ACE, Alliance for Catholic Education, Catholic Education, catholic relief services, Haiti Readslast_img read more

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Two New Pediatric Cases Of COVID-19 Reported, County Total Now 60

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – The number of COVID-19 cases in Chautauqua County has reached 60, after two new pediatric cases and another adult case was reported on Thursday.The county health department says the adult case involves a woman in her 30s. They did not release any other information about the two new pediatric cases.Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been three reported cases involving minors in the county.There are now 19 active cases, up from 16 the day before. So far, 37 people have recovered from the virus since the outbreak began. Four deaths have since been reported because of COVID-19.The Cattaraugus County Health Department reported two new COVID-19 cases, bringing the countywide total to 55, with 16 active.Meanwhile, the third COVID-19 case was reported in Warren County, Pennsylvania today. Officials say the person was tested for the virus and is now seeking medical treatment.“The test was not conducted at Warren General Hospital,” said officials in a statement to the media. “Currently, no further details about this case are available.”The Emergency Management Team says they will continue to monitor the outbreak and provide updates as additional information is obtained.As a reminder, the public is encouraged to continue practicing safe COVID-19 mitigation practices:Engage in safe social distancingWear masks in publicWash their hands frequentlyDisinfect common areasAnd isolate themselves and seek medical attention if they don’t feel welllast_img read more

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King Lear, Starring John Lithgow & Annette Bening, Begins Performances in Central Park

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first_img King Lear In addition to Lithgow as Lear, Bening as Goneril, Hecht as Regan and Collins as Cordelia, the cast includes Jeremy Bobb as Oswald, Steven Boyer as Fool, Glenn Fleshler as Cornwall, Slate Holmgren as the King of France, Christopher Innvar as Albany, Chukwudi Iwuji as Edgar, Clarke Peters as Gloucester, Dale Place as Old Man and Curan, Jay O. Sanders as Kent and Eric Sheffer Stevens as Edmund. The non-equity ensemble features Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Burnap, Christopher Ghaffari, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Matt Helm, Dave Klasko and Phillip Shinn. The Central Park production will run through August 17. Jessica Hecht View Comments The Public Theater’s 2014 Shakespeare in the Park season continues with a starry production of King Lear, beginning previews on July 22. Tony winner and Oscar nominee John Lithgow stars as the titular father figure alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Annette Bening, Tony nominee Jessica Hecht and Jessica Collins as Lear’s three daughters. The production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, will open officially on August 5.center_img John Lithgow Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014last_img read more

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People’s United Bank donates $15,000 to Shareheat

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first_imgHoping to ensure crisis heating funds are available to assist low-income Vermonters this winter, People’s United Bank has donated $15,000 to the CVPS Shareheat Fund.The People’s United Bank donation will go into a pool of funds that will be used to match customer donations to the heating assistance program. Customer donations, along with the matching dollars, are distributed to five community action agencies across the state to assist those in need.‘People’s United Bank’s generosity will help protect families across our service territory,’ CVPS President Bob Young said. ‘Combined with CVPS’s donation and grants from other Vermont businesses, the matching pool now totals $145,000.’‘People’s United Bank supports the Shareheat program because its design leverages additional funds and addresses a critical need in Vermont,’ said Kathy Schirling, director of marketing and community services of People’s United Bank. ‘We encourage anyone in a position to do so to join us in protecting our friends and neighbors who may be struggling to stay warm.’CVPS shareholders will provide $100,000 to Shareheat this season. People’s United joins Carris Reels, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Weidman Electrical Technology, and The Vermont Country Store as Shareheat Business Partners. Carris Reels, Passumpsic Savings Bank and Weidman Electrical Technology donated $5,000 each, while The Vermont Country Store provided $15,000.‘Each of these businesses has supported the program over a period of years, making an enormous contribution to the fabric of our communities,’ Young said. ‘These are outstanding companies that share a common belief that businesses like ours have a collective responsibility to our communities and customers.’Businesses that would like to join the Shareheat Business Partnership Program may call Steve Costello at 747-5427 for more information. Anyone needing crisis fuel assistance should contact their local community action agency.CVPS Shareheat is a program of last resort for over 1,000 Vermont families each year. Funds are available to assist people who face heating emergencies, often because they never expected to need assistance, lost a job, or have exhausted all other available assistance.Contributions should be made payable to the CVPS Shareheat Fund. Donations may be mailed with a CVPS payment, or sent separately to CVPS Shareheat, 77 Grove St., Rutland, VT 05701.last_img read more

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Michigan Legislators Move to Slow Growth of Renewables, End State Energy-Efficiency Program

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Andy Balaskovitz for Midwest Energy News:Driven by Republican support, Michigan lawmakers advanced a pair of comprehensive energy bills Wednesday that seek to put more restrictions on the state’s electric choice program and limit clean energy standards.SB 438, which passed the Senate Energy and Technology Committee 7-3 along party lines, would hold a 10 percent renewable energy standard “floor” going forward and phase out Michigan’s successful energy efficiency program by 2021. The bill establishes a 35 percent clean energy goal by 2025, which would include energy efficiency and an expanded definition of renewable energy to include incineration.Proposed amendments backed by Democrats to increase the state’s renewables portfolio standard to 15 percent and 20 percent failed, as did a proposal to extend the efficiency standard to 2025.“I think we missed a golden opportunity here to build on very successful 2008 energy legislation and bring more parties on board to build support,” said Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood.The bill does not, however, eliminate the state’s solar net metering program in favor of a “buy-all, sell-all” model where generators would buy their electricity from a utility and reimburse at roughly wholesale rates. That proposal originally drew fierce criticism from clean energy advocates. Though some changes were made for net metering provisions, existing participants would be grandfathered in under the existing system.SB 437 would maintain Michigan’s 10 percent cap on customers who can participate in electric choice, but place greater restrictions on alternative energy suppliers to provide capacity and on customers who participate.Full article: Michigan lawmakers advance bills to abandon clean energy standards Michigan Legislators Move to Slow Growth of Renewables, End State Energy-Efficiency Programlast_img read more

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Eight in 10 Americans are in debt: study

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first_imgIt may be a dirty word in some quarters, but debt is a fact of life for more and more Americans. And that may not be a bad thing.That is the conclusion of a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which examined debt through the generations. It found that 8 in 10 Americans are in debt in some fashion, most often because of a mortgage. And that debt is not limited to young people starting out life: increasingly, people are carrying debt into retirement.For many Americans, their debt is a burden, but others view it as a necessity. Some 69 percent of the survey respondents indicated that while nonmortgage debt was a necessity for them, they preferred not to have it—but 68 percent said loans and credit cards had enabled them to make purchases or investments that expanded their opportunities. And in fact, Pew found that higher-income people with more assets tended to have more debt, but even so, they had healthier balance sheets than low-income, low-debt respondents.“Americans have a love-hate relationship with debt. They know they need debt, but they don’t actually want it,” said Diana Elliott, research manager for financial security and mobility at Pew. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Coventry Is it just a put-up job?

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Anies issues decree on increasing Jakarta’s COVID-19 alertness level

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first_imgIn addition, Anies said the city administration would form a special COVID-19 command center for preventing, monitoring and addressing a potential outbreak. However, he said Jakarta residents should not be unduly alarmed. “Go about your day as usual and don’t spread news that has not been confirmed as true,” he said on Sunday as quoted by Antara news agency.The decree comes amid the viral circulation of a photograph that reportedly shows a Jakarta Health Agency report on a possible outbreak in the city. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has issued a gubernatorial decree on increasing the capital’s alertness in response to the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).In the decree, issued on Tuesday, Anies urged all city officials – including mayors, agency heads and district and subdistrict heads – to step up efforts to educate the public about the deadly virus.“We are supporting and organizing events to educate the public about how to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 infection in Jakarta,” Anies said in the decree. The post, which has since been mostly removed from social media, shows a presentation slide depicting a pie chart with the caption “COVID-19 cases based on case criteria,” with 32 cases marked as being under “supervision” and 115 cases as being “monitored.”The agency issued a statement to clarify the image on Friday, stating that the term “COVID-19 cases” on the slide only meant patients who had exhibited symptoms of the disease and had recently traveled to affected countries.center_img “The Jakarta Health Agency hereby states that all lab test results have shown that there are no COVID-19 patients in Jakarta,” the agency’s disease control and prevention division head, Dwi Oktavia, said in the statement. She acknowledged, however, that 115 people were being “monitored’ and that 32 people were “under supervision”, but did not detail whether these people had been tested for the disease or not. Dwi Oktavia did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post’s requests for comment. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

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Grand, stylish and plenty of room for the horses

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first_imgThe home 25 Warwick Lane, Samford Valley is a rural oasisThis custom-built residence on pristine acreage is a horse lover’s dream.Donna and David Aplin built the home at 25 Warwick Lane, Samford Valley five years ago to make the most of the lovely setting. “I planned the house myself because I wanted to take into account the views and I also wanted the house to wrap around the pool,” Mrs Aplin said. “I also wanted to make sure there were enough bedrooms and ensuites, not only for us but for the next people to own it.” The home was custom-designed by the current owner.The sprawling lowset home is spread across 671sq m and includes six bedrooms, five bathrooms and spacious living areas. Mrs Aplin said the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area was the hub of the home. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“We do most of our entertaining around the kitchen, so we invested quite a bit in it to make it perfect,” she said. The kitchen has waterfall-edge Caesarstone benches, mirror splashbacks, soft close drawers, induction cooktop and a butler’s pantry with additional sink and concealed fridge drawers. The kitchen has mirrored splashbacks and a butler’s pantry.Inside the home has a host of extras including a sleepover room with built-in bunk beds that can accommodate four people, a purpose-built media room with soundproofing and black windows, and a parents’ wing with a formal lounge and gas fireplace.Outside, the large horse paddock has a single bay shed and wash bay and there is an 8x10m shed with three-phase power. The gardens have been professionally landscaped and the internal garage has a kitchenette. The home is being marketed by Brett Crompton from Ray White Samford for $2.795 million.“This is an extraordinary home — thoughtfully planned and designed with impeccable attention to detail,” Mr Crompton said.center_img The home several living areas.This open-plan area flows out to the huge entertainment pavilion and inground pool, and on to the fire pit and spa. “I love the pool area and I love how we can see it from every room in the house,” Mrs Aplin said. last_img read more

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