Odds & Ends: Marisa Tomei Circling Spider-Man & More

first_img Star Files View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Marisa Tomei Circling SpideyOscar winner Marisa Tomei is in final negotiations to star as Aunt May in the new Spider-Man movie. According to Variety, the stage and screen favorite would join former Billy Elliot ballet boy Tom Holland, who as previously reported will appear in the title role. Directed by Jon Watts, the Marvel movie is scheduled for release on July 28, 2017. Tomei was last seen on Broadway in 2014’s The Realistic Joneses.Jan Maxwell Announces Stage RetirementBroadway vet Jan Maxwell, who is currently headlining Scenes From an Execution off-Broadway, is retiring from the theater. The actress, who received Tony nominations for Follies, Lend Me a Tenor, The Royal Family, Coram Boy and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, told Time Out: “The kinds of roles I was being offered were just…I’d been there and done that, and I just didn’t want to do that anymore. If I could do television and film just to keep the health insurance going, that would be great. But I don’t know if that will happen.”Charles Busch Premieres New Act at 54 BelowCharles Busch is taking up residence at Times Square hotspot 54 Below! The two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee and drag legend will appear in That Girl / That Boy on July 14, 16, 17, 23. The show will feature an eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past and you can book tickets here.Trevor Nunn Sets Big Apple Return DateTony-winning (and extremely busy) director Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables, Cats) is returning to New York! Not with felines (yet!), but with a production of Shakespeare’s Pericles. The classic will play February 14 through March 27 at Theater for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. The New York Times reports that it will be the first time that former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Nunn has worked with an all-American company on one of the Bard’s works.Watch Damian Lewis v. Paul Giamatti in Billions TrailerEmmy winners and Broadway alums Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti will square off against each other in new TV show Billions, and if the teaser trailer just released, below, is anything to go by, we can’t wait! Lewis plays Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, a hedge fund king and Rhoades is a U.S. Attorney. Additional cast members include the previously reported two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad; the series will air on Showtime next year.center_img Marisa Tomeilast_img read more

Quick Hits: Blankenship conviction, Insect decline, Parkway motorcyclist sues Park Service

first_imgMotorcyclist sues National Park Service for 1.7M after crash on Blue Ridge ParkwayAfter a near fatal accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway, South Carolina resident Dallas Fischer, 57, filed a 1.7 million lawsuit against the National Park Service in September. According to the lawsuit, Fischer claims he was riding his motorcycle on the south end of the Blue Ridge Parkway when he saw a “Bump in Road” sign and almost immediately hit the bump, toppling his motorcycle and breaking ribs and a finger, and puncturing a lung. The lawsuit claims the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior did not properly install adequate traffic signs and failed to maintain safe roadways and adequately warn of unsafe conditions on the road. There are hundreds of motor vehicle accidents on the Blue Ridge Parkway each year. In 2017, 14 of those accidents were fatal.Department of Justice urges federal court to uphold former coal baron convictionLawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice urged the federal court not to overturn the conviction of Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, who served a year in prison and paid a $250,000 fine for conspiring to violate safety and health standards at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. In April 2010, 29 out of 31 miners at Upper Big Branch were killed in a coal dust explosion. Blankenship hopes to have his conviction overturned, claiming that that there is undisclosed evidence that could have swayed the jury’s verdict in his favor. In a brief filed in the U.S. District Court in Beckley, W.V., the government says that much of the information Blankenship claims was undisclosed was available and used “through alternative means” and that there is “no reasonable probability that the jury would have reached a different verdict.” Heat waves may be to blame for the decline in insect populationsInsect populations have been dropping worldwide for years with no clear explanation but a new paper in Nature Communications may provide an answer: heat waves. According to research out of England’s University of East Anglia, after enduring a lab-simulated heat wave, the sperm production of male flour beetles dropped by half. Researchers have long known that the sperm quality of mammals can be impacted by heat but before now no one had studied the impact of heat on coldblooded males. Dr. Curt Stager, a professor at Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smiths, New York, told the New York Timesthat he’s not yet convinced climate change is the primary cause of insect decline. “Global-scale insecticide usage is, to me, a more convincing cause for a widespread, across-the-board insect decline,” he said.last_img read more

America’s Credit Union Museum: New exhibit tells the CUSO story

first_imgIn an increasingly virtual world, museums remain an important testimony to authenticity. But what happens when museums add an element of virtual reality to the scope of existing stories and artifacts? The new interactive “Impact of CUSOs” exhibit at America’s Credit Union Museum in Manchester, N.H., is beginning to reveal some answers that could help shape how history is viewed. The real-time accessibility of this new display makes it a quintessential bridge between current curiosities and the historic role CUSOs have played in the progression of the credit union industry.The “Impact of CUSOs” exhibit tells the story of the value of CUSOs to the credit union movement and outlines the foundation on which CUSOs were built. This exhibit exists to spread awareness of CUSOs and teach others about the pivotal ways in which they have helped credit unions balance trends throughout history.The exhibit uses an interactive touch-screen display and has the power to tell a very big story in a very small space. For those unable to travel to the Manchester location, the exhibit will soon be accessible from any desktop computer. America’s Credit Union Museum is an amazing experience for anyone interested in the human side of the credit union story as it provides the opportunity to learn from history and the important impact credit unions have had on the communities they serve.Key CUSO pioneers are given rightful recognition within the exhibit; these pioneers include: Dave Serlo, former President and CEO of PSCU; Guy Messick, General Counsel for the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO) and partner of Messick, Lauer & Smith P.C.; and Sarah Canepa Bang, credit union industry expert and former President of Shared Branching at CO-OP. With nearly 100 years of combined experience, there are no better people to tell the CUSO story than these three individuals. Serlo, Messick and Canepa Bang understood the importance of leveraging the power of collaboration to bolster an entire industry. Collectively, these visionaries were able to ensure a model for cooperative self-help that enables CUSOs to spur innovation, increase efficiencies, and gain economies of scale for credit unions everywhere. Early CUSO pioneers recognized that while communities of the past faced different problems than those today, one thing remains the same: people. For all that has changed in today’s financial landscape, human nature remains much like it has always been: people and their communities are at their best when they exist to help one another. This belief is at the very heart of the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People,” something this exhibit is able to bring to life. CUSOs number around 1,100 today, and like the credit unions they serve, they strive to remain fluid – some increasing in size, others decreasing, to meet the needs of their credit union owners. Dynamic collaboration at a niche level is at the heart of each CUSO interaction. Thanks to the Legacy Campaign that funded the new exhibit, everyone now has the opportunity to learn about CUSOs’ role in community economics and celebrate shared progress and achievements. Studies have shown that organizations that are inclusive of all people and cooperate to uplift one another are historically more successful than those that do not. Time spent with the new CUSO exhibit is a reminder of this simple truth. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Merry Pateuk Merry Pateuk is vice president of industry engagement at PSCU. Since 1989, Merry has served in a wide range of senior leadership roles, each of which were critical to building … Web: www.pscu.com Detailslast_img read more

The Red Cross CEO Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This story was co-produced with NPR.The American Red Cross regularly touts how responsible it is with donors’ money. “We’re very proud of the fact that 91 cents of every dollar that’s donated goes to our services,” Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern said in a speech in Baltimore last year. “That’s world class, obviously.”McGovern has often repeated that figure, which has also appeared on the charity’s website. “I’m really proud” that overhead expenses are so low, she told a Cleveland audience in June.The problem with that number: It isn’t true.After inquiries by ProPublica and NPR, the Red Cross removed the statement from its website. The Red Cross said the claim was not “as clear as it could have been, and we are clarifying the language.”The Red Cross declined repeated requests to say the actual percentage of donor dollars going to humanitarian services.But the charity’s own financial statements show that overhead expenses are significantly more than what McGovern and other Red Cross officials have claimed.In recent years, the Red Cross’ fundraising expenses alone have been as high as 26 cents of every donated dollar, nearly three times the nine cents in overhead claimed by McGovern. In the past five years, fundraising expenses have averaged 17 cents per donated dollar.But even that understates matters. Once donated dollars are in Red Cross hands, the charity spends additional money on “management and general” expenses, which includes things like back office accounting. That means the portion of donated dollars going to overhead is even higher.Just how high is impossible to know because the Red Cross doesn’t break down its spending on overhead and declined ProPublica and NPR’s request to do so.The difference between the real number and the one the Red Cross has been repeating “would be very stark,” says Daniel Borochoff of the watchdog group CharityWatch. “They don’t want to be embarrassed.”Charities are closely scrutinized for how much they spend on overhead rather than programs that serve the public. Studies show that donors prefer to give money to organizations that spend more of their money on services. While there is a debate about the usefulness of overhead spending as a measure of performance, charities regularly celebrate having low figures.The 17 percent the Red Cross has spent on average for fundraising expenses is below the ceilings set by nonprofit watchdogs. The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, for example, says that fundraising expenses should not exceed 35 percent of related contributions.McGovern, a former Harvard Business School marketing professor, has faced criticism within the Red Cross for a focus on branding over delivery of services. ProPublica and NPR recently reported that Red Cross officials on the ground after Superstorm Sandy saw disaster relief resources diverted for public relations purposes. The charity has also been facing deficits and layoffs. As a result, McGovern has been pushing to increase the Red Cross’ annual fundraising.The incorrect 91-cent figure has been used by McGovern in at least four speeches and written statements since last year, and other Red Cross officials have used it repeatedly to potential donors around the country.After being contacted by ProPublica and NPR, the charity changed the wording on its website to another formulation it frequently uses: that 91 cents of every dollar the charity “spends” goes to humanitarian services.But that too is misleading to donors.That is because of the unusual structure of the Red Cross. Most of what the Red Cross does is take donated blood and sell it to health care providers. Of the more than $3 billion that the Red Cross spent last year, two-thirds was spent not on disaster relief but rather on the group’s blood business.The charity spent $2.2 billion on the blood business, most of which went to employee wages and benefits. By contrast, the charity spent $467 million, or 14 percent of total spending, on its famous domestic disaster response programs, including the expensive Sandy relief effort.Nonprofit experts say that in combining the blood business spending with disaster relief spending, the Red Cross is painting a confusing picture of its operations for donors.“It probably has the effect of making the Red Cross look better than it actually is,” says Jack Siegel, a lawyer who runs the consulting firm Charity Governance.If the Red Cross split its blood business from the rest of the charity, “their ratios would look worse. So they don’t want to do that,” says Borochoff of CharityWatch.The Red Cross manages to hit its 91 cents target with remarkable consistency. Year in and year out, overhead and fundraising costs amount to about nine cents of every dollar spent. That also raises the eyebrows of experts.“The simple-minded question is: how is it possible with different donations, changing revenues from blood business and different disasters, that every single year it is an average of 91 cents of every dollar spent?” asks Rob Reich, a nonprofit expert from Stanford University. “It seems to fly in the face at the very least of common sense.”Other figures the Red Cross frequently cites also appear to be unreliable.The Red Cross says that it served 17.5 million meals and snacks during the Sandy relief effort. It has used that number in responses to inquiries from New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.But multiple current and former staffers and volunteers raise questions about the accuracy of those numbers.During major disasters, the Red Cross often counts meals that are prepared as meals served, according to 11 people ProPublica spoke with. (Most spoke to ProPublica on the condition of anonymity because they still worked for the Red Cross or feared alienating the charity.) That difference is important because large volumes of meals that are prepared are ultimately not served, but rather thrown out because of poor planning and the chaotic nature of disasters.One former staffer, from a chapter in Massachusetts says, “The idea that the numbers are based on people getting the meals is ludicrous,” adding that “there’s no mechanism to report how much is actually served.”The Red Cross told ProPublica and NPR that it stands by its public “meals served” numbers and says it has a policy in place to count them. It provided us with forms volunteers are required to fill out to track meals.“If we become aware of anyone who failed to follow written Red Cross policies and procedures, we retrain them,” the charity said.But Richard Rieckenberg, a top Red Cross official during the relief effort, says, “The issue is whether or not they were carrying out this policy during Sandy.”“Sandy was different,” he says. “I was only asked how many meals were prepared each day and so I began to think that [headquarters was] not interested in the actual meal count.” He says that in the early days of Sandy, the wasted meals amounted to 30 percent.Others were even more blunt. “They just want to know how many meals are made. Whatever they make is the number that gets reported,” says an official involved in the Sandy effort to feed, house and shelter people. This official said this had been “business normal” for years.Red Cross volunteers and staffers say over-counting meals served is commonplace partly because disaster responders are less experienced than in the past.An internal Red Cross “Lessons Learned” presentation previously reported on by ProPublica and NPR notes that the charity’s efforts after Sandy and Isaac were  hindered by “lack of trained managers and leaders.”The presentation also says that food waste was ” excessive” because of “kitchen manager inexperience,” “political pressures,” and “poor communication.”One volunteer during the Sandy response says he was “instructed to count every snack set out as served, and we just opened a box, and that was how many were served that day.”“The problem is that it is so hard to count waste. They probably never got an accurate count so they went with what they ordered,” says Sharon Hawa, a former Red Cross staffer who worked on feeding Sandy victims.Hawa says that she still loves the Red Cross, which she described as indispensable. “Whether it’s 17 million or 17,000 [meals served], I think as a country we should be proud that there’s an organization that can provide that level of care.”Read about how the Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac in PR Over People: The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster.Can you help us with our Red Cross reporting? Learn how to share a tip or email justin@propublica.org.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Get a COVID-19 antibody test when you give blood

first_img“It’s the same process; the blood donation is taken to our medical facility where we would be testing for infectious disease anyway, so on top of that, we are doing the antibody test,” said Gutierrez. Antibody testing indicates if a donor’s immune system developed the COVID-19 antibody, regardless if they showed any symptoms. Gutierrez says she has already seen an increase in sign-ups for blood drives. If you would like to make an appointment to give blood, click here. “It also helps because we are in an urgent need for blood,” said Gutierrez. (WBNG) — The American Red Cross is now giving donors insight into whether they have been exposed to COVID-19 providing antibody testing to all blood, platelet, and plasma donors. Not only is the initiative helping people know if they’ve been exposed, it’s helping the Red Cross attract more donors.center_img “We have gracious donors that have helped out with the organization, with the Red Cross, and we have the opportunity to work together and give back to the community. So this is a way maybe we can give some people a peace of mind during a pandemic,” said Broome County account manager for the American Red Cross Esperanza Gutierrez. In a short amount of time, your results will be available at your fingertips. “We have this antibody test going on for the summer months and maybe to continue,” she said. “I hope people continue to come out so they can do the antibody test; they continue to save lives and make a difference in their community.” “About seven to 10 days after your blood donation, the donor will be notified with the blood donor app, or they can visit redcrossblood.org and login with their information, and that’s how they’ll get their results,” said Gutierrez. The Red Cross will be using the resources it already has, making the antibody testing no different for a donor.last_img read more

Villages in Indonesia lack skills to manage development funds

first_imgVillage head Heriyan of Serjiabo, South Sumatra, has a lot on his plate when it comes to administering and managing the village funds.He said that village heads lacked financial literacy, which slowed budget absorption. They also worried under the shadow of the current provisions, which stipulated sanctions if they failed to manage the funds appropriately – never mind their lack of skills and understanding.”Technical problems have delayed the absorption of village funds. There are regulations on rural development, yet technical experts and advisors are not available to villages,” he said during a meeting with several ministers in Palembang, South Sumatra.Heriyan is only one village head among the thousands attending the meeting to discuss the village funds, which has helped rural infrastructure projects get off the ground.Read also: Villages key to Indonesia’s economic growth: MinisterThe village funds is a flagship program of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, whose administration has provided from Rp 800 million (US$56,200) to Rp 1 billion to each of the archipelago’s 73,670 villages.But there have been reports on the misallocation of funds and corruption because of the poor accountability systems that are in place. Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) reported that it had recorded 181 corruption cases in villages across the country from the launch of the program in 2015 until January 2019, with 30 percent of these cases related to the village funds. A 2017 study by the Australian-Indonesian Government Partnership revealed imbalances in funding distribution due to flaws in how the funds were calculated.Read also: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/02/09/corruption-down-but-incompetence-remains-problem-icw.htmlFinance Minister Sri Mulyani, who attended the meeting, said that only one out of 14 regencies in South Sumatra alone had successfully channeled its funds this year, while the other regencies and city administrations had yet to meet all criteria for the funds’ disbursement.The government is allocating Rp 2.7 trillion in village funds to the province this year.  Home Minister Tito Karnavian admitted during the meeting that not all village heads had the capacity to manage the village funds.”Yes, there are problems among the village heads. The village funds need to be used quickly once it has been disbursed and shouldn’t [remain idle] in a bank account,” said Tito. Meanwhile, the budget increased annually, with Rp 72 trillion allocated to the program in 2020 from Rp 70 trillion in 2019.He said the home ministry’s regional human resource development team would help train the village heads in financial management and public administration. The training program would emphasize transparency in compiling the budget realization report, which will be publicized on billboards.Tito also urged local institutions, including the police and judiciary, to provide guidance before taking legal action against village heads for administrative errors. However, he made an exception for cases in which the government funds were used for personal reasons.Read also: Three fictitious villages received funds, 31 others problematic: KPKThe 1999 Corruption Law, which was amended as Law No. 20/2001 on corruption eradication, carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a maximum Rp 1 billion fine for “any person who commits an act of illegal enrichment [that benefits] oneself, another person or a corporation [in a manner] that is detrimental to the country’s finances or economy”.”If the [village funds] is used to buy a car, we’ll arrest [them],” Tito said in providing an example.Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar said that his team would focus on increasing the capacity of its field experts to improve infrastructure development in 2021. He expressed the hope that, in the future, only one or two villages would need just a single expert to assist them in administering the funds.”But we still ask village heads to be creative and empower [the community] in using the disbursed village funds from labor-intensive [industry], to roads, bridges, village markets [and] to clean water,” he said. (mai)Topics :last_img read more

Ahead of Dangerously Cold Temperatures, Wolf Administration Urges Safety, Preparedness

first_img January 04, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Ahead of Dangerously Cold Temperatures, Wolf Administration Urges Safety, Preparednesscenter_img Press Release,  PSA,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – As extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills are set to affect the commonwealth, Governor Tom Wolf reminds residents of the need for safety and preparedness during the winter months.“Cold temperatures can be damaging to our health, the health of our seniors and the health of our pets,” Governor Wolf said. “I urge all Pennsylvanians to take steps to make sure they are prepared for these cold temperatures and to check on neighbors and watch out for one another.”Air temperatures through Saturday will be very cold, with wind chills well below zero and potentially as cold as negative 30 degrees. With wind chills at these dangerous temperatures frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 20 minutes or less, and hypothermia can set in rapidly as well.State agencies, including the departments of Health and Aging, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and PennDOT are urging people to stay indoors if possible, and if people must travel outdoors, to take proper precautions.“Hypothermia and frostbite are extremely dangerous conditions and people need to take precautions to protect themselves,” said Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine. “With the forecasted temperatures, these conditions can occur within a matter of just a few minutes. People need to wear layers, hats, gloves, scarves and other items to make sure that all skin is protected if traveling outside.Hypothermia occurs when the body becomes too cold and cannot keep itself warm, and is dangerous because it affects the brain and can prevent people from thinking clearly and moving well. Early symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, drowsiness, confusion, memory loss and slurred speech. Late stage symptoms include a lack of shivering, blue skin, a slowed pulse, slowed breathing and loss of consciousness. If you believe someone has hypothermia, you should take their temperature. If the temperature is below 95 degrees, they need immediate medical attention.Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in areas exposed to the cold, and can permanently damage parts of the body. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes – those areas typically exposed to the elements. This is why it is so important to protect all skin. If you experience redness or pain on any skin area, it is essential to protect that exposed skin and get out of the cold as soon as possible. Signs of frostbite include white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that is firm or waxy, and numbness. Individuals with frostbite symptoms should seek medical care.For more information on cold temperatures and your health, visit www.health.pa.gov.The extreme cold can be particularly dangerous to certain age groups, including infants and seniors.“While all Pennsylvanians should be cautious when dealing with this current bout of extremely frigid winter weather, older adults are especially vulnerable as they are at increased risk for complications from conditions including snow, ice, and the bitter cold,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne.  “Extremely cold temperatures equal severe weather, and we encourage all Pennsylvanians to be a good neighbor by checking on older loved ones, friends, and neighbors during this and other severe weather. Being a good neighbor can help save a life.”Here are some tips for checking on your elderly neighbors during winter weather:Take a few minutes to shovel out their driveway and sidewalks and clear the front of all the doors, so that even if the elderly occupant does not need to get out, if need be, medical personnel, home health workers, or meals on wheels volunteers can get in. If they have a car, offer to clean off the snow, start it up, and let it run for a few minutes.Engage in a conversation with your elderly neighbors.  Ask them if their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work and if they have an adequate supply of oil, batteries, water, food, and medications. If you are headed to the market, call and ask if you can pick anything up for them.Knock on the door of those you may not have seen out during or after a severe weather event. Sometimes a quick check-in can make a big difference — for safety or for those who may be afraid or lonely.To learn about local resources available to seniors during extreme weather, contact your Area Agency on Aging – www.aging.pa.gov/AAA.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, as the state’s agency to respond to disasters, is taking steps to ensure that all needs are met.“We typically don’t see temperatures this cold, combined with extreme wind chills for an extended period of time,” PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn Jr. said. “PEMA is working closely with county emergency management coordinators and partner state agencies to monitor conditions across the state, and we are going to be ready to respond with whatever state resources are needed.”Flinn said citizens should also be aware that they can reach out to their county emergency management offices for information regarding help that might be available to them, particularly warming shelters.It is also important for people to take steps to protect their pets and other animals who are outdoors from the cold temperatures.“Many people assume that domesticated animals like cats and dogs have fur and therefore can safely be kept outside in extremely cold weather,” said Sarah Speed, Acting Executive Director of the PA State Animal Response Team (PA SART). “However, there aren’t many animals that can withstand brutal cold without insulated or heated shelter. Take the time to provide them with protection from the weather and take steps to keep them safe.”Speed provided the following tips:Provide protective shelter by raising it off the ground and lining it with a blanket or cedar shavings, and keep the opening away from weather. Remember, that may still not be sufficient to keep pets warm so check your pet often and if in doubt, bring them inside.Provide potable water and healthy food as cold temperatures can cause shivering and burn more calories than usual. Use a heated bowl to ensure water doesn’t freeze.Keep older or ill pets indoors; stay with them during toileting outdoors, as they can easily fall and injure themselves.Watch for signs of frostbite or injury from salt or small cuts from icy, rough surfaces.Never leave your dog inside a parked car, which can quickly amplify the effects of cold weather just as it does during hot summer months.PennDOT advised that with low temperatures and high winds forecast, along with snow that has fallen in locations, to take extra caution while driving and give themselves extra time. With January 7-13 being Winter Driving Awareness Week, now is a great time for drivers to prepare their vehicles for winter and familiarize themselves with winter safety laws. Motorists can always check road conditions on over 40,000 miles of roadway at http://www.511PA.com.For more on information on the Wolf Administration’s steps to protect Pennsylvanians, visit www.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Big family home with space for everyone’s cars and toys

first_imgThe home at 2-4 Julia St, Narangba. Picture: supplied.It would be easy to make this 3001sq m property your castle with its spacious home, salt water pool, plenty of entertaining space and a big shed. The property at 2-4 Julia St, Narangba also comes with a new heavy duty concrete driveway leading to a 7.5x12m shed with 3m awning, three phase power, remote control roller door and extra vehicle parking to the side. MORE NEWS: Would you swim in a skip bin? A new heavy duty driveway leads to the big shed. Picture: supplied.Owners Kerryn and Peter Munday built the home 13 years ago and have recently updated the kitchen and installed the pool. Mrs Munday said when they built the home they had four children at home so space was key. “We wanted plenty of space, a shed, an entertainment area and lots of storage,” she said.“My husband is a mechanic and heavy machine operator so space for him to service vehicles and machinery was a must.”The heart of the home is the spacious open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with high ceilings and sliding doors opening to the poolside patios. The brand new kitchen has stone benchtops, a glass splashback and stainless steel appliances. There is also a media room off the main living space. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe open-plan living spaces flow out to the poolside patios. Picture: supplied.The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite while the three remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and the study is big enough to be a bedroom. Outside, the covered patio overlooks the self-cleaning pool and there is a second covered area perfect for the barbecue or spa. The home has app-controlled zoned, ducted airconditioning, new paint, new carpet, solar power, plenty of storage and a double lockup garage with internal access. Mrs Munday said the home offered plenty of space for the large family and great lifestyle. “We have three patios around the pool, so it’s great home for entertaining, and it’s also in a great location,” she said. The property is on the market through Narelle Mannaert of Ray White Narangba. Real estate workers upskilling to help fight domestic violencecenter_img Take a peek inside this sky high penthouse right on the waterfront. last_img read more

Use of synthetic drugs on the rise in China

first_imgChinese police have released some alarming figures on the drug problem in the country. They also say that new types of drugs, called synthetic drugs, are fast spreading. CCTV’s Han Peng reports Related Talk Africa: China-Africa Investment Forum China’s interests in Africa on the rise #Achievements2015: The rise of Africa – China Tieslast_img

Zeimke joins effort to boost foster families

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Republican state representative from Batesville Cindy Ziemke joined fellow House lawmakers to fill diaper bags with donated baby supplies for foster families across Indiana.The lawmakers partnered with the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy and the Institute for Excellence for the “Bags of Hope” event. About 100 bags were filled and distributed to local foster families. The association serves more than 4,600 Hoosier kids every day.During the event, Ziemke welcomed IARCA member organizations including representatives from Fayette Regional Care Pavilion. Fayette Regional is a full affiliate member of IARCA and provides comprehensive behavioral health services for youth and their families.“Taking care of the kids in our community placing them in safe homes and giving them the care they need is crucial,” Ziemke said. “Recently, the Fayette Regional Care Pavilion expanded their in-patient services by over 30 beds and are constantly reinventing their services to better serve Connersville. It’s services like Fayette Regional that make all the difference.”According to the Department of Child Services, the number of children in out-of-home care jumped from 13,811 in September 2015, to 17,214 just two years later. Ziemke said much of this increase is due to the escalating opioid epidemic.last_img read more