UG shows support for World Autism Month

first_img…lights up Registry building in blueThe University of Guyana joined the rest of the world in support of World Autism Month as they hosted their “light it up blue” campaign to raise awareness for persons living with autism. As such, the University lit up its Registry building to show support.This symbolic gesture was intended to “unite the world to shine a light on autism and increase greater understanding and acceptance for children, individuals and families across the globe.According to founder of Sorsha Williams Foundation for Autism and Special Education, Karen Williams, persons living with this developmental disorder are often placed under an umbrella.Being a mother herself to an autistic child, Williams further explained that the demands of living with a child with autism are great, and families frequently experience high levels of stress.“Parents have to deal with behaviours and pursue treatments while also planning for the future; siblings might feel embarrassed or overlooked; and it’s important for the whole family to stay involved in the community. Recognising and preparing for the challenges in store will make a tremendous difference to everyone involved, including parents, siblings, grandparents, extended family and friends,” Williams emphasised.The 9th annual World Autism Awareness Day was observed on April 2, 2018. Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.This year, #LIUB is being used to share experiences across social media and help light the world up blue this April.Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that involves abnormal development and function of the brain. People with autism show decreased social communication skills and restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviours or interests.last_img read more

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Council seeks to fill exec position

first_imgMONTEBELLO – The city’s search to replace its top administrator continues today with the council holding a closed door meeting at 4 p.m. The City Council voted 10 days ago to fire City Administrator Richard Torres from the job he held for 18 years. The firing came on a 3-2 vote and highlighted some of the changes the city has undergone in recent months. “We will be looking for an individual who will be proactive and not reactive,” Councilman Jeff Siccama said. “We need new leadership that will move us in that direction.” The firing came just a month after the council voted to hire J. Arnoldo Beltran as the new city attorney, in a similar 3-2 split. Beltran replaced interim City Attorney John Pringle. “This should be a full-time person, with strong skills in management and economic development,” she added. Vasquez said the ideal replacement for Torres should have an understanding of the demographics and population of Montebello, and experience with union negotiations. “We’re right in the middle of negotiations with the police and fire departments,” Vasquez said. Torres’ dismissal was the latest in a series of firings that began with the termination of city Fire Chief Jim Cox, Community Development Director Ruben Lopez and City Attorney Marco Martinez, who was replaced in the interim by Pringle. Those firings have all taken place since the voting bloc of Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid and Councilmen Siccama and Bill Bagwell gained their edge in the 2005 citywide elections. “\ have a hit list of people they are going to eliminate,” Vasquez said. “It’s most unfortunate and at this point the community is upset.” Among Vasquez’s concerns over the latest firing is the cost to city taxpayers. Under the terms of his contract, Torres will receive 18 months pay at his salary of $131,000 per year. Additionally, he will continue to receive benefits. “We’ll be paying double. That’s taxpayer’s money,” Vasquez said. “They should have brought in Torres and try to make it beneficial for him to retire.” Siccama noted that Montebello, a city of 68,000 on the gritty southwest edge of the San Gabriel Valley, faces several challenges as it moves forward. Primary among those challenges is money – specifically, there is not enough to properly run the city and offer essential services to its residents. A new city administrator would be charged with finding ways to stretch an already thin budget. “So much has been cut back in programs and services,” he said. “\ will have to find the money to pay for these things.” Vasquez noted the process should be thorough. “On paper a candidate might look good,” she said. “But until you meet the person you never know.” frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While little controversy has attended the search for Torres’ replacement, Beltran’s role in replacing Bell Garden’s city manager with a sitting city councilwoman in 2000 caused a political firestorm. The councilwoman, Maria Chacon, was charged with criminal conflict of interest after an investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office that included a search of Beltran’s offices in 2001. The candidate hired as a result of the ongoing search will hold the title of interim city administrator; a search will continue for a permanent replacementG. Siccama, who described the search for Torres’ interim replacement as a regional recruitment effort, said four candidates had been considered for the job initially, and two remain in the running. He would not identify the remaining two candidates, other than to say they are from outside Montebello and have asked for confidentiality. Siccama was clear about what he believes are the qualifications for the job. “They have got to know the California way of things,” he said. Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez, who opposed the firing of Torres, said the interim city administrator should possess “skills of experience in redevelopment. last_img read more

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Budget politics

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From the sounds of horror coming from some wings of Los Angeles City Hall these days, one might surmise that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had proposed that bureaucrats offer up their firstborn to help pay for budget gaps. Or maybe that’s just what it feels like for city officials to be asked to do something new: To live within their means. The proposed city spending plan for 2007-2008, as crafted by the Mayor’s Office, is the tightest budget in years. Who knew Villaraigosa would turn out to be such a fiscal conservative? The $6.78 billion budget may be slightly larger, thanks to a 2 percent growth in revenue, but it’s constrained by the structural deficit and the rising costs of prior pay commitments to City Hall employees. To hear it from the City Attorney’s Office, which is protesting a $3.7 million cut to its $97 million budget, and the Animal Services Department, which stands to lose $300,000 for a rarely used service, these cuts could spell doom. But such complaints are mostly for show. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says the cuts will force him to eliminate gang programs. But Delgadillo can use his budget any way he wants, and by threatening gang programs, he’s just found the best weapons against the anti-gang mayor. Other city departments may be peeved that the Los Angeles Police Department is getting $53 million more to spend. But this is an acknowledgment of a promise to Angelenos. When the trash fee was hiked last year, city officials promised revenues would help grow the department’s force. It would be a betrayal to siphon off that money to make other politicians happy. The truth is that every city department will have to tighten its belt. And for the most part city leaders, including members of the council, understand this. Still, Delgadillo may have a point: His gang programs are effective and shouldn’t be cut while the council squanders millions on itself.last_img read more

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QUIZ-GOERS USE THEIR BRAINS TO DO THEIR BIT FOR VICTIMS OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOON

first_imgQuiz-goers in Letterkenny put their thinking caps on tonight and raised more than a thousand euro to help victims of the Philippine Typhoon Disaster.Organiser Catherine Kelly said she was overwhelmed by the support from the community and thanked sponsors for their help in making the event at Arena 7 a success last night.She said: “It was organised at the last minute but it was great to see so many people come out. We have members of the Filipino community working in our hospitals and other areas in Donegal and it’s important to show our support for them.” A total of €1,420 was raised on the night.Mary Grace Alegarme of the Filipino Irish Society of County Donegal, was delighted with the fund-raising night.Thanking everyone, she said:”On behalf of the Filipino community in Donegal, we would like to thank you with all our hearts for all the donations and collections for the people affected by the disaster.”  QUIZ-GOERS USE THEIR BRAINS TO DO THEIR BIT FOR VICTIMS OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOON was last modified: November 15th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:QUIZ-GOERS USE THEIR BRAINS TO DO THEIR BIT FOR VICTIMS OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOONlast_img read more

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COUNCIL INSPIRES A NEW GENERATION OF CIVIC LEADERS

first_imgThird class of Lurgybrack National School.This school year more than 300 national school children are benefiting from the advice and experience of volunteers from Donegal County Council, who are teaching Junior Achievement programmes in their schools.These volunteers have helped the children gain a better understanding of the world they live in.Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s leading enterprise education organisation and Patricia Friel Co-ordinator of the programme in Donegal has said that she is delighted to have Donegal County Council involved. “Donegal County Council has supported this programme for a number of years now and it is great to have them on board. The volunteers from the Council, who are mostly employees, bring a different dimension to the programme and it is great for the children and the schools to get to know the Council staff so well and vice versa. Each volunteer works with one school at a time and delivers a specific programme over a six week period”Christina O’Donnell, a clerical officer in the Community, Development & Enterprise section of the Council taught the “Our City” programme in St. Patrick’s National School, Lurgybrack, Letterkenny with Ms. Green’s third class.Christina together with her students built a new city. The students constructed paper buildings and mapped out a city on the correct zoning. They also wrote class newspaper articles, planned their own restaurants, and examined the importance of the banks role in doing.“It is not just about teaching the children about how things actually work but it is about giving them the confidence and empowering them to use their own ideas and their own thoughts to shape how they would like their city to be and what is important to them. “It was great to see the children working together, developing and sharing their ideas and bringing their city to life” says Christina.There are 10 employees from Donegal County Council volunteering with schools throughout the county and any school interested in participating in this programme should contact Patricia Friel on pfriel@jai.ie COUNCIL INSPIRES A NEW GENERATION OF CIVIC LEADERS was last modified: February 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Dempsey wanted by Sunderland as Liverpool hesitate – reports

first_imgSunderland manager Martin O’Neill is keen to capture Clint Dempsey if Liverpool continue to hesitate over signing him, the Daily Mirror say.Fulham star Dempsey wants to move to Anfield, but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is yet to follow up his apparent interest with a firm bid.It is claimed that O’Neill will try to persuade the American to move to the Stadium of Light and hopes to speak to him this week.The Daily Mail also suggest Sunderland want Dempsey – and say Fulham are considering signing former Arsenal striker Eduardo from Shakhtar Donetsk as well as Brescia’s Omar El Kaddouri.According to the Mail, QPR are interested in Tottenham defender Michael Dawson and expect Joey Barton to join Marseille on loan later this week.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Evolution: Onward and Downward

first_imgA story in New Scientist explores a growing realization about evolutionary trees: over time, things have gotten simpler, not more complex.  Better cut down the tree in your textbook and start over.If you want to know how all living things are related, don’t bother looking in any textbook that’s more than a few years old.  Chances are that the tree of life you find there will be wrong.  Since they began delving into DNA, biologists have been finding that organisms with features that look alike are often not as closely related as they had thought.  These are turbulent times in the world of phylogeny, yet there has been one rule that evolutionary biologists felt they could cling to: the amount of complexity in the living world has always been on the increase.  Now even that is in doubt.    While nobody disagrees that there has been a general trend towards complexity – humans are indisputably more complicated than amoebas – recent findings suggest that some of our very early ancestors were far more sophisticated than we have given them credit for.  If so, then much of that precocious complexity has been lost by subsequent generations as they evolved into new species.  “The whole concept of a gradualist tree, with one thing branching off after another and the last to branch off, the vertebrates, being the most complex, is wrong,” says Detlev Arendt, an evolutionary and developmental biologist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany.The article goes on to describe a new storytelling strategy. The entire tree of life has been built on the assumption that evolution entails increasing complexity.  So, for example, if two groups of animals were considered close because both had a particular prominent feature, then someone discovered a third, intermediate line that lacked that feature but shared many other aspects of the two groups, traditional phylogenists would conclude that the feature had arisen independently in the two outlying groups, by a process known as convergent evolution.  They often did not even consider the alternative explanation: that the feature in question had evolved just once in an ancestor of all three groups, and had subsequently been lost in the intermediate one.  Now a handful of molecular biologists are considering that possibility.How the earlier, more primitive creature evolved the innovation in the first place was left unstated.  These innovations are not simple functions likely to arise from genetic mutations.  They include multi-part systems, such as a central nervous system.The Darwin Party’s motto is, “Everything we know is wrong.”  If you like trying out the avenues with signs that say Wrong Way, follow the Darwin Partymobile onto the highway of life.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, September 21, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Change comes to our weather pattern today, although we are making very few actual changes to our forecast. Yesterday was likely the last day that felt like summer…and by coincidence, today is the last day of summer. A cold front moves through the state today and it will bring cooler air along with some minor precipitation. Scattered shows bring a few hundredths to a quarter inch in most areas and we look for coverage around 70%.Dry weather returns for the weekends. We still see heavy rains staying south of the Ohio river for the most part on Sunday but will say that the southern tier of counties in south central Ohio should prepare for at least a chance of showers Sunday afternoon. There is no threat farther north. Sunshine and blue sky will be in control over the rest of the state.Rain is back for Monday and Tuesday and most of Wednesday. We are keeping our rain totals of half to 2” combined over nearly 100% of the state for the 3-day period. However, we think the rains may be a bit slow to start at least in terms of coverage, and the heaviest, most frequent rains likely develop for Tuesday and Wednesday.  We should be fully dry for next Thursday.Friday-Saturday of next week is the only part of the forecast where there is some question this morning. Models are divides on how precipitation comes in late next week. Some models bring action Friday, others delay it into Saturday. Either way, we likely are looking at a final system before we bring the month to a close. The even still has potential for half to 1.5” rains but we are scaling coverage back slightly to 80% of the state.The 11-16 day forecast period still is mostly dry this morning. We have strong Canadian high pressure slowly meandering across the central and eastern corn belt in the period, and we should see low humidity and good drying again. The difference there vs what we have seen here recently will be temperatures…we should be significantly cooler as we finish September and move into October than right now. Looking past the end of the 11-16 day period, we see a strong front building to the west, and that should bring rains of at least 1 inch back in for the October 6th and 7th time frame.Temps pull back to near normal today through the weekend, and then behind the early week system make another move lower. We should be normal to below normal by the end of next week. We continue to point to that Oct 1 to Oct 3 period as a window where we can see our first frost over at least parts of the state, perhaps a majority of the state. The map at right shows potential morning lows for October 1st.last_img read more

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Hacking Through the Thicket of Green Marketing

first_imgTo some degree, consumers have become overly skeptical of claims that a product is green, healthy, energy-saving, or similarly virtuous. Problem is, there are so many ways to twist the truth, our BS detectors sometimes overheat and shut down. A recent blog by SmartPlanet contributor Heather Clancy highlighted the fact that the House subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection was concerned enough about this issue to hold a hearing on the subject earlier this month. The hearing was titled “It’s Too Easy Being Green: Defining Fair Green Marketing Practices.”One of the five witnesses invited to testify, M. Scot Case, vice president of TerraChoice Environmental Marketing, suggested that the Federal Trade Commission require third-party verification of every environmental marketing claim; that the Environmental Protection Agency form an office to create a single national label to recognize environmental leadership; and that the government should fund the EPA and the National Academies to create a national lifecycle inventory that could be used in making environmental performance assessments.Clearly, it is going to take time to sort things out. As I noted, most of us have already learned to navigate at least some of the vast advertising waters, although we still often use claims, as marketers may intend, mainly to assuage guilt over a particular purchase. So we eat the “healthy” food product (zero trans-fats!) while willfully ignoring a nutritional assessment of its ingredients (16 grams of monosaturated fat and lots of sugar!). When it comes to big-dollar renovation and construction, though, things get considerably more complicated.Issues of simplicity, regulation, and demandA few homeowners do dig deep into the details of energy efficiency and sustainability (we’ve recently written about two who live in Chicago, Tim Heppner and Michael Yannell). But most consumers predisposed to go green seem to prefer the conciseness and potential marketability of a well known green-certification label over immersion in performance and sourcing data.Of course, remodelers and builders don’t have that luxury. They’ve had to stay agile as building codes get greener, national and local green rating systems evolve, and homebuyers and homeowners respond to it all.So far, national ratings systems such as LEED for Homes and the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Standard have become well established and reasonably well recognized by the public, and programs such as EarthCraft House have fairly high public profiles. Consumers’ green-homebuilding savvy, in other words, continues to inch along. But as blogger Clancy points out, if the government decides to get tough on misleading and false claims, green marketing could get a lot more verifiably green in short order.last_img read more

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Centre not providing funds that are due to Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

first_imgAlleging that the Central government was not providing the funds which were due to the State, West Bengal Chief Minister on Thursday said those amount would have helped the state carry out relief work in the Cyclone ‘Bulbul’-hit areas.Ms. Banerjee expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would keep his promise of helping the State in dealing with the relief work in cyclone affected areas.“Around ₹17,000 crore is due to us from the Centre.”If they had given us that due amount, we could have used that to carry out relief works,” Ms. Banerjee told reporters at the State Secretariat on Thursday.She said she would write to the Centre in connection with the dues.The CM also asked people to refrain from playing politics in relief distribution.“It was a big cyclone. Instead of standing by the affected people, some are playing politics and indulging in vandalism. I would urge them to refrain from it. This is not the time to do politics,” she said.The individuals or BJP mouthpieces who are “playing dirty games” should stop, the Chief Minister said.Ms. Banerjee also stressed that the central and the state governments have specific roles to play and they must work together in this situation.last_img read more

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