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Peace Energy looking for artistic takes on nature’s energy

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first_imgEntry forms are available at the Peace Energy Cooperative office at 1445 102 Avenue, or by going online to www.peaceenergy.ca. The contest closes on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. She said they are finalizing the details for a special event to be held in early November to announce the winners.No matter the medium that is chosen, artists are encouraged to submit no more than three jpeg images of their artwork/photos per entry via email at info@peaceenergy.ca or to the office. All submissions will be displayed on the cooperative’s website.For more information, contact Nicola Peacey at 250-782-3882 or at info@peaceenergy.ca, or go online to www.peaceenergy.ca. “We have some amazing artists here in the Peace region, absolutely phenomenal, and some of the artwork I’m sure will come from those people,” she said.There are some great prizes to be had for those who enter. For children and youth, a fuel cell car kit (for best youth entry Grades 8 to 12) and a working wind turbine model kit (for best youth entry Grades K to 7) have been donated by Northern Toy Box. First prize for an adult entry is $500 and second prize is $250. Members of the cooperative will also vote on their favourite entry, and that person will win a special framed print of their entry.Peacey said besides the chance at prizes, she hopes participants will have fun, learn about their community, and discover new aspects about renewable energy.“It’s to build the awareness of renewable energy and how far it has come and how important it is in our society now. It will encourage people to think of it in a different light.”Advertisement The renewable energy cooperative is holding in art contest called “Nature’s Energy – the Beauty and Power of Renewable Energy,” where anybody and everybody with an artistic interpretation of renewable energy can enter.Nicola Peacey, executive director for the Peace Energy Cooperative, said originally they were going to limit the contest to photography, but after doing some research online, they discovered there was a whole new genre of renewable energy artwork that has been done in a variety of media.“It’s actually a recognized medium – it has become its own entity, and it’s quite intriguing,” she said.- Advertisement -She said examples include drawings, paintings and photographs, but they could also include quilts or even working models of a renewable energy project.“You really have to think outside the box with this kind of art,” she said. “Anything goes.”Peacey said she expects the Bear Mountain Wind Park will be an inspiration for many of the pieces submitted, but the contest is not limited to just wind power, or to just the Dawson Creek area. There is no limit on how many entries can be submitted per person, and there is no fee for entry.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Education Revolution countdown

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The May 15 runoff election for control of the Los Angeles Unified School District is fast approaching, with the future of the educational system at stake. The candidates and power brokers have yet to come clean on what they intend to do to dramatically turn the district around, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep silent. So speak your mind by going to dailynews.com and clicking on Education Revolution or go directly to insidesocal.com/education, where we will post our editorials, information from our reporters and your comments.last_img

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Dead Chihuahua pup used as weapon

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ST. PETERS, Mo. – A woman angry that her new puppy had died pushed her way into a dog breeder’s home and repeatedly hit her on the head with the dead Chihuahua, authorities said. The 33-year-old woman told police she had taken the puppy to a veterinarian, who said it was only 4 weeks old and needed to be returned to its mother. But before she could return the puppy, it died. Early Wednesday, the woman went to the breeder’s home, pushed her way inside and began fighting with the breeder as she tried to make her way to the basement to get another puppy, police said. The breeder wrestled the woman out of her house to the front porch, where the woman then hit the breeder over the head numerous times with the dead puppy, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, citing police. As the woman drove away, she waved the dead puppy out of the car’s sunroof and yelled threats at the breeder, police said. Police said they are considering felony burglary charges and misdemeanor assault charges.last_img read more

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LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE NOTES

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first_imgRAPHOE LOCAL NOTESWeek ending Friday 1st June 2012 10 YEAR CELEBRATIONSThe Family Resource Centre’s 10 year celebrations come to an end on Tuesday 26th June with a number of events taking place leading up to and on the day to mark the occasion:-Balloon Release:National Carers Week takes place from the 18th-24th June. The Family Resource Centre is inviting carers to join with us in releasing balloons in the Diamond, Raphoe on Friday 22nd June at 11.00am. Each carer in attendance will also receive a card thanking them for what they do. Those family carers who cannot be in attendance due to their caring role will be sent a thank you card in the post. If you would like to nominate a family carer to receive a card please contact 074 91 45796. In 2011 there 274,000 family carers in Ireland, of these 10% were women and 6%were men. A full time family carer performs 110 hours caring per week –that’s 5,720 hours per year! In contrast the average worker performs 1,664paid hours per year.26th June:11.00am-12.00pm –Teddy Bears Picnic on the green at Castle Grove (beside Springboard)1.00pm-3.00pm –Donegal Citizen’s Information Service will be in the Family Resource Centre to answer your queries on back to school allowances, medical cards etc. No appointment necessary. This is a free and confidential service.2.00pm-4.00pm –Tea Dance in the Family Resource Centre6.30pm-9.00pm –Outdoor Car Boot Sale in the Diamond. This will be an excellent chance to clear out your attic or garage of unwanted items, such as homeware, bric-a-brac, toys, games, electrical equipment, second-hand books etc. Home baking, homemade jams and fresh produce are also welcome. It will also be a great opportunity for local community groups to raise funds for their organisation. There will be a limited number of tables which will cost €10.00 to hire. For further information and to book a table please contact 074 9145796. It is the policy of Raphoe Family Resource not to promote or support the sale of any items or goods which are unauthorised or which breach copyright or trading standards. 7.00pm –Live music in the Diamond with local artists, Fox ‘n’ Crew Dance Showcase, Balloon Sculpting, Face-Painting, Lucky Dip and Novelty Games!!7.30pm -5K Road Race and Fun Walk in association with Lifford A.C. The 5k is part of Donegal Co. Athletics Board’s Grand Prix event. Registration will take place in the Family Resource Centre from 6.00pm onwards. Registration fee £8.00/€10.00.Tony McDaid from the Family Resource Centre (running his first ever 5k), Jane Stowe and Ann Graham will be running to raise funds for the North West Simon Community’s Tenancy Sustainment Programme. If you would like to sponsor Tony please contact 074 91 45796. To sponsor Jane or Ann please contact 0863588642.A number of people will be taking part in the Fun Walk, which begins as soon as the runners have set out, to raise funds for Raphoe “Meals on Wheels” so if you would like to sponsor any of these walkers please contact Rose Lynch on 0868338728 for more details. The 5K and the Fun Walk will take a different course from last year. The starting line will be outside the Presbyterian Church Hall, Meetinghouse Street with the race proceeding down through the Diamond towards Lifford, taking in 2 laps of the “Racecourse” and finishing outside the Allied Irish Bank in the Diamond. We would ask motorists to please co-operate with stewards who will be on traffic management duties. Good Luck to all the runners and walkers!STUDENT GRANT INFO SEMINAR Letterkenny Youth Information Centre, which is managed by the Donegal Youth Service, will hold a Student Grants Information seminar for parents and young people in Raphoe Family Resource Centre on Thursday June 21st. The seminars will have information and guidance on how to apply for third level grant assistance for young people and parents of those who recently completed their Leaving Certificate, or those who are entering the third level system as mature students. The Student Grant process has seen significant changes this year, with all new applications now having to be completed online. The grant is now administered nationally through Dublin VEC’s Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), meaning Youth Information Centres will now provide vital mentoring support at local level for those who need help in filling out the online application. The seminar gets underway at 7pm.VISIT TO LEINSTER HOUSEFollowing on from the recent visit to Stormont on 1st May members of the Speaking up Reaching out Project will travel to Dublin on 12th and 13th June to meet with Donegal Oireachtas members. The group will be raising issues that affect people with disabilities and will urge the public representatives to use their influence in effecting change at a National level.One of the issues raised with MLAs at Stormont on 1st May was unpaid employment and on 25th May Lord Morrow MLA asked the First Minister and Deputy First Minister whether they will introduce Legislation to ensure that people with a disability, who are working on a placement for no salary, are not discriminated against by any employer when salaried posts become available, particularly those people who have been on placement for more than six months.We trust that our TDs and Senators will also give due consideration to the issues raised by the group.The Speaking up Reaching out Project is supported by the European Union Intereg IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programme Body and delivered by co-operation and working together (CAWT) Community Awareness Programme.ANTENATAL CLASSESAntenatal Classes will continue in Raphoe Family Resource Centre onTuesday 12th June -2.30pm -4.30pmWednesday 13th June -Physiotherapist -2.30pm -4.30pmTuesday 19th June -2.30pm -4.30pmEnquiries: Rose Lynch, Public Health Nurse, Raphoe: 074 91 45108PARENTS INFORMATION NIGHTSaint Eunan’s National School Raphoe are holding a “Parents Information Night” on the 12th June at 8.30pm. All parents from playschool are welcome!! Refreshments will be served.TEA DANCESThe Family Resource Centre has been contacted by a number of people regarding the running of morning time tea dances as a social outlet. Therefore, the Centre would like to hear if there is sufficient interest for such a pursuit. We would also like to hear from anyone willing to help out, provide suitable live music or donate/loan CDs or records. If there is enough interest it is likely that the tea dances will start in early June and on a Thursday morning from 11am-1pm. For further information and to register your interest please contact the Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796.RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMESTuesday: 3rd & 4th class 3.00-4.00pm5th & 6th class 4.00-5.00pmWednesday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pmYouth Café 1st -3rd Year 7.15-9.00pmThursday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pmYouth Café Transition, 4th & 5th Year 7.00-9.00pmRegistration forms are available at the Family Resource Centre for all the above activities/programmes.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a friendly baby and toddler group situated in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. We are open every Wednesday morning from10.30 – 12 noon. Little Smiles with Big Dreams is a group that focus on fun for the kids and the opportunity for parents, grandparents and extended family to have discussions with other adults. It is a great way to introduce your child to a social environment while you can discuss parenting tips with others. There is no charge but your kiddies will enjoy playing with all our lovely toys, having messy play, singing and dancing and a light lunch is provided.THANK YOURaphoe Playscheme Committee would like to sincerely thank Sorcha, Sadie, Aisling, Rachael and Aine who gave their time to let us sample some of their pampering, from nail, Pilates facials, eyebrow threading, hair styles and blow dry’s and a big thank you to the Volt House. They also kindly donated spot prizes, the winners were;Rachael’s hair voucher –Teresa DuffyWine, sponsored by Aisling –Christine BrollyAine’s hair voucher –Kate QuinnHD eyebrow voucher –Roisin McConnellThornton’s chocolates –Majella KilpatrickHairspray –Teresa DuffyHair Treatment –Roisin McConnellRegistration for Summer Playscheme is taking place on Friday 8th June from 7.00-9.00pm and Saturday 9th June from 11.00am- 1.00pm. €15 per family.BOXERCISEMixed Boxercise Fitness Class in the Cathedral Hall, Raphoe. Thursday6-7pm. Suitable for all fitness levels and age groups (16+). Female Instructor. Excellent all over body workout, which burns between 400-900 calories in one hr session? For more information contact 086 3238437.RAPHOE KURLING CLUBRaphoe Kurling Club A.G.M. was held in the Volt House Hall. Raphoe on Monday 7th May 2012 @7.00 pm. Mrs Tilly Hyndman was Chairperson.Adoptions of the minutes for year 2011 were noted.Elections of Office Bearers for Year 2013 are Chairperson: Mrs. Mgt.Parke.Secretary: Mrs. I. Wilson, Treasurer: Mrs. A. Wilson.The Clubs Activities during the past year were many and varied.Kurling is the main Activity, networking with other groups locally and cross,Craft Classes, Social Events, Short Holiday Breaks etc.The year concludes with members going Ten Pin bowling followed by a meal.The Club closes end of May 2012 and will reopen 1st Monday September 2013.COFFEE MORNINGSpringboard Family Support Project is holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday 13th June from 11am -1pm @ Springboard premises, Castlegrove, Raphoe in aid of North West Simon Community. Everyone Welcome!Your support will be much appreciated. Thank You!The North West Simon Community is a not for profit organization working with those at risk of homelessness in counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.RAPHOE BOXING CLUBThe Raphoe boxing club is now closed for the summer break and will re-open in mid August when all new and former members will be very welcome.Work at the clubs new changing rooms, toilets and showers are now at an advanced stage and local building and scaffolding contractor Mike Kelly (Sheercloon Developments) hopes to have all the work completed at the end of June.The boxers and officials at the Raphoe club would like to extend a sincere thanks to the community of Raphoe, to all the generous business people of the town for their continued financial support over the years and to the clubs Honorary Life President Frank McBrearty Snr for his most recent generous sponsorship. Special thanks go out to everyone for without your support the boxing club would fail to exist.RAPHOE TIDY TOWNS NEWSThe Application for Raphoe in the National Tidy Towns Competition has now been sent off to the department for this year. Judging is usually during June, July & August. Thank you to everyone in the community for all your help to date. Our entire community of Raphoe is doing well receiving 293 points and a bronze medal award last year. If you wish to put out flower boxes, hanging baskets this year it will be a great help also. Thank you from the Committee, Supervisor & Staff RTT Ltd.Results will be announced in September. Thanks.DRUMKEEN 3RD ANNUAL CAR WASHOur annual car wash takes place on Sunday 10th June at Drumkeen crossroads from 10.00am – 3.00pm. All proceeds going towards Restoration of Our Lady’sMarian, Shrine which is situated at the crossroads. Any support would be greatly appreciated.St Eunan’s Catholic Parish events to mark the Eucharistic Congress 2012We are having a Corpus Christi Procession here in our Parish on Sunday 10th of June starting at the Chapel at 3pm going to the Diamond where there will be blessings at the junction with Irish Street, Friel’s Corner and the top of the Glen. Then there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the centre of the Diamond before returning to the Chapel for the concluding ceremony. People are encouraged to put out little covered tables along the way suitably prepared in honour of the Blessed Sacrament. Everyone is encouraged and invited to attend, as this marks the beginning of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. During the week there will be adoration of the most Blessed Sacrament each day in the Church for set times. On Friday 15th June Holy Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm with the anointing of the sick. May this bring many blessings to our Parish.RUNNING GROUPA new running group is starting in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm.This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners. €3 per person per session. For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980.OAKFIELD PARKThe gardens at Oakfield Park are now open for the summer. As always the trains will be running every weekend. The gardens are open from 12 – 6pm, Wednesdays to Sundays. Come along with the family & friends and bring a picnic. Maybe you’ll meet our new Black Swans on the lower lake! See the website, find us on facebook or call our enquiry number 9173068 for more info.SELF MANAGEMENT COURSEHSE are providing a self management course for people with long term conditions and Carers of people with long term conditions that promote self care. Self care means looking after yourself and your general health so that you can manage your life and not just your condition. The course is free of charge and is run over six weekly sessions, each lasting 2 ½ hours. Courses are being provided across the county. If you would like some more information on this course or would like to book a place on a course, you can contact the HSE Consumer Services Department on 9189016 or email paula.quinn@hse.ie. All enquiries are welcome.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.Community News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at volthouse@eircom.net or to Lisa at raphoetidy@eircom.net Thank You.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net every Thursday to meet the print deadline.LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE NOTES was last modified: June 1st, 2012 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)Tags:RAPHOE LOCAL NOTESlast_img read more

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‘WE NEED TO REFORM SEANAD, NOT ABOLISH IT’ – SAYS GAOTH DOBHAIR FIANNA FAIL

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first_imgOgra Ghaoth Dobhair has called for a No vote on October 4 – to keep Seanad Éireann and reform it.Ogra Fhianna Fáil’s Seanad Reform document has been accepted as policy by the senior party.And the west Donegal branch says that this document if implemented would create a more democratic Seanad, allow checks and balances to be orientated, give Diaspora the chance to vote, scrap the Taoiseach’s 11 nominees, and allow for the election of Senators from Northern Ireland and more independent voices of expertise to the Upper House. “This government was elected on the promise of radical political reform, reform that would benefit us as a nation and help Ireland grow once again in a more democratic and equal fashion. Unfortunately Fine Gael and Labour have broken every promise they’ve made, and furthermore, have tried to dress self-serving power grabs up as substantive reform,” said Conor Kelly from Ogra Ghaoth Dobhair.“Removing the right of the people of the Gaeltacht to directly elect the members’ of Udaras na Gaeltachta and giving the Minister the power of appointment was a most blatant undemocratic abuse of power. This ploy was used to anoint associates of the government to create a majority which they would never have received if direct elections were held.“The Yes side’s campaign has been revolved around spinning untruths about the cost of the Seanad and trying to justify its abolition by making comparisons to other states that function with only one chamber. The facts are that this government has already diluted the power of local government and in the case of Town Councils quashed it completely.“The Yes side fail to mention that Scandinavian states that operate with one chamber have concentrated incomparably greater power in local government.” He also criticised Sinn Fein.“Ogra GD was not surprised to learn that the ever populist Sinn Fein Deputy Pearse Doherty was in favour of the abolition of Seanad Éireann,” said Kelly.“This completely hypocritical standpoint must be highlighted and condemned as Dep.Doherty served as a Senator for five years, used it to gain entry into national politics and never missed an opportunity to highlight his Senator Status in press releases. It seems that neither he nor his party would like to see a reformed Seanad that would strengthen democracy but are happy to become bedfellows with the Government. His supporters should question if this referendum was held three years ago when he was a Senator would his stance be the same.”‘WE NEED TO REFORM SEANAD, NOT ABOLISH IT’ – SAYS GAOTH DOBHAIR FIANNA FAIL was last modified: September 2nd, 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)last_img read more

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What Do Kids Say Is The Biggest Obstacle To Technology At School?

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first_imgTop image credit: Scott McLeod Despite the national emphasis on increased use of digital tools and online learning, students say they continue to be frustrated by their access to technology at school. When a similar survey was undertaken five years ago, students’ number one complaint was the speed of Internet access at school. Now, they point instead to school filters and firewalls. 71% of high school students and 62% of middle school students say that the most important thing their school could do to make it easier for them to use technology would be to allow them greater access to the websites they need.While CIPA, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, does require schools block students’ access to obscene and harmful images, filtering is often extended to a variety of other sites, including many social networks.Are Schools Doing a Good Job with Instructional Technology?How well are schools doing in leveraging new technologies to enhance learning? The survey asked that simple question to the various stakeholder groups (students, parents and educators). And the results are pretty telling:74% of high school teachers, 72% of high school principals, and 62% of parents of high school age children said yes, they thought their school was doing a good job using technology to enhance learning and/or student achievement.Only 47% of high school students agreed. iPads. Interactive Whiteboards. Netbooks. Video games. Although educational technologies are being implemented more and more in classrooms across the country, we don’t often stop and ask students – or their parents – what they think their technology needs are. But the newly-released Speak Up 2010 survey has done just that. The project surveyed almost 300,000 students (along with 43,000 parents, 35,000 teachers, 2000 librarians and 3500 administrators) from over 6500 private and public schools last fall about how they’re using – and how they want to be using – technology for learning.The results are pretty fascinating, as they show great adoption of technology among even very young students, but lingering resistance on the part of school administrators to sanction some of those tools into the classroom.The two major obstacles that students say they face at school: filters that stop them from accessing the websites they need for homework and bans on using their own mobile devices (namely cellphones) at school.What Students Want: BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)The study found that 20% of kindergarten through second graders said they owned cellphones. 29% of third through fifth graders do. 51% of middle schoolers and 56% of high schoolers do. Smart-phone usage among these age groups is increasingly common too. 34% of middle school and 44% of high school students reported being smart-phone owners. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Despite students’ and parents’ interest, administrators in the survey were not supportive of cellphones in the classroom. “When we asked administrators about the likelihood of them allowing their students to use their own mobile devices for instructional purposes at school this year, a resounding 65% of principals said “no way!” And even within the cohort of administrators that use a smart phone themselves, only one-quarter of them said they are likely to allow students to use their own mobile devices this year.”What Students Want: Unfiltered AccessThe survey found much support for increased access to digital tools in the classroom, with educators, parents and students particularly interested in online textbooks. Nonetheless there were some interesting differences between what digital skills teachers thought were important and what skills students thought they needed to know.center_img Tags:#E-Learning#web Smart-phone and cellphone ownership opens a lot of doors to the much-touted mobile learning, the ability for students to have 24-7 access to a computing device, whether they are at home or at school. And the high school students surveyed said that they were interested in using their phones at school to check grades (74%), to conduct research (68%), to take notes in class (59%), to collaborate and communicate with friends (53%), to use the calendar (50%), to access online textbooks (44%), to send an email (44%), to learn about school activities (40%), and to create and share documents and videos (37%).The majority of parents surveyed – 67% – said that they were willing to buy their children a mobile device for school if the schools allowed it, and parents seemed particularly interested in their children using these devices in order to access online textbooks. In tough economic times, with schools facing increasing budget shortfalls, this parental willingness to foot the technology bill may be something educators want to pay attention to. audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Field Talk: A Q&A with Providers Supporting Military Families

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first_imgDiPietro-Wells, R. (2015). Field Talk: A Q&AField Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old).  We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.Photo from Betty Mohlenbrock. Used with her permission.Recently the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, located at the University of Illinois, discovered the work of Betty Mohlenbrock, an alumni of our home campus! We were thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with her and learn more about what she’s been doing to help children and families in her career. This month, we share excerpts from that conversation with you!Betty graduated from the University of Illinois. Through her early career she developed a strong belief in the importance of family relationships and maintaining strong bonds within a family. She has since worked tirelessly to design programs that promote these family relationships through reading, despite various obstacles a family might be facing.In 1990, she began a military outreach program called United Through Reading that uses video to virtually bring deployed parents into the home to read to their children. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, multiple branches of service and United Service Organizations (USO) widely embraced this program across the globe. In 2016, Betty’s work as the founder and CEO of United Through Reading earned her The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Community Service Hero Award.The following are some of Betty’s thoughts and comments about her experiences.Can you please describe United Through Reading’s ‘conception/birth’? For example, when did you first get the idea to start it and why? What sparked you? How did you find funding? What challenges did you face in starting it, if any?My nonprofit journey started officially in 1989 when I formed the Family Literacy Foundation (later to become United Through Reading). I continue under the umbrella of Reading Legacies today. The mission has always been to facilitate supportive relationships for children through read-aloud experiences so that children can learn to love reading and feel the stability and confidence of caring relationships.I grew up in Champaign-Urbana, IL as the daughter of two educators. They were fabulous role models in every way, and they instilled in me an interest and passion for children at an early age.I studied education at the University of Illinois, and went on to get my Master’s Degree in Education with a special focus on the Teaching of Reading. I met and married Bill Mohlenbrock when he was a student at the University of Illinois as well.   After graduating, I taught third grade for three years and then left the classroom to raise a family while I tutored children with reading difficulties. Eventually, my husband’s career took us to St. Louis for medical school where I went back to teaching.While raising our daughter and working with other children through the local public school, I became acutely aware of both the benefits of reading to children and the struggles that many children were experiencing when they have missed out on supportive read-aloud time with family and other adults. My husband, Bill, and I discussed what could be done to serve this population of children and families.During this time, the Vietnam War occurred and Bill went into the Navy as a Flight Surgeon. This Navy experience took us to San Diego, CA where Bill then deployed for ten months. Our daughter turned two years old while he was deployed and when he returned she did not know him. It was heartbreaking. That experience indelibly imprinted on our hearts and caused us to enter into another discussion as to how to solve this problem for children, as well.We formed the Family Literacy Foundation (now United Through Reading) with the vision to help all children in our country, starting with the military community. It was based on my personal experience as a Navy daughter and spouse. The journey is discussed in more detail in this historical timeline, which states that, “In 1990, [Betty Mohlenbrock] began a military outreach program utilizing video technology to bring the visual image and voice of the parent into the home while separated from the family…”What were your goals for the project and how have those goals evolved?The original goals for the project were very clear and quite simple: Instill the love of reading in children and provide stable, comforting relationships for them through the bonding experience of reading aloud with them. Those goals have never changed – and the mission has not wavered either. I attribute the success of these endeavors to my ability to stay true to the mission all of these years. This requires discipline and education for all involved on the team. A strong team is essential in any successful endeavor.What outcomes did you see emerge from United Through Reading?The outcomes have been astounding and consistent:Children became more interested in books and readingThey did better in schoolTheir relationships with their parents, other family members, and community members became stable and positiveWhat are your current goals/dreams for UTR?My current goals and dreams are much larger than UTR. All branches embraced the military program around 2006. Target Corporation discovered our organization, under its original name Family Literacy Foundation, that same year. They became our national sponsor at a very generous dollar amount. This put us on the map and allowed us to take the program to all branches on bases and installations all over the world. The other key ingredient in our growth was our alliance with the United Service Organization (USO). This wonderful organization was looking for quality family-focused programs and we were looking for facilities around the world. This was a match made in heaven. Also in 2006, the Peter Drucker School of Management, out of 500 nonprofit competitors, selected us for our Unique Innovative Program called “United Through Reading.” Our organization then decided to take the name of our program for our overall organizational name.What other projects have you worked on, or are you currently working on, that serve children in unique circumstances?While waiting for the military program to take off, we had programs that reached out to at-risk teens to learn about volunteerism through reading to young children regularly after school. We also reached out to children of incarcerated parents as they are vulnerable to school failure and other cycles of failure without parents in their lives.When I retired from United Through Reading, the organization decided to focus exclusively on our military program and asked if I wanted to do something with the other programs. Of course I said yes and came out of retirement to start Reading Legacies. Reading Legacies has the same mission of reaching out to children facing difficult situations in order to help prevent future struggles in reading, education, and life. With hundreds of volunteers giving of their time throughout San Diego County, we have served over 15,000 children and their family members by providing close to 30,000 shared-reading program experiences for them. Our Reading Legacies programs were launched in 2010.Military families wishing to participate in United Through Reading’s program can find information about how to do so here.Those wanting to support United Through Reading’s mission and programming can learn more here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

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Specific Naga names to be mentioned in ST list

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first_imgThe Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Home Ministry’s proposal to replace the generic term ‘any Naga tribes’ with the specific names of the tribes that will qualify for recognition as Scheduled Tribes (ST) in Arunachal Pradesh. “The proposal to replace ‘any Naga Tribes’ with the specific names of Tutsa, Wancho, Nocte and Tangsawas was cleared by the Tribal Affairs Ministry first,” said a senior official.Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2018, for revision of the list of the Scheduled Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, was cleared, and the names of some communities would be deleted. An official statement said ‘Khampti’ would be replaced with ‘Tai Khamti’ in the list. ‘Abor’ would be deleted and ‘Mishmi-Kaman, Idu and Taraon’ would be included. ‘Monpa, Memba, Sartang, Sajolong’ would be included in lieu of ‘Momba’ in the list of the Scheduled Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The winter session of Parliament, technically the last for the NDA government, comes to an end on January 8. The Home Ministry will have to move the Bill in Parliament before the winter session concludes on January 8 for the changes to come into effect.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar not yet satisfied with career

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first_imgSachin Tendulkar has almost every batting record there is to be made, but the iconic Indian cricketer says he is still not satisfied with his career as he considers satisfaction the beginning of stagnation. “When you win something or score a century you say you are happy, but not satisfied. Satisfaction is like engaging the handbrake and hoping a car moves forward,” Tendulkar said in the latest issue of Sky Sports Magazine.”I am not satisfied yet with my career and what I have done, not at all. I feel the moment you start to feel satisfied, then it is only natural that you begin to cool down and lose it,” he explained. Tendulkar reiterated that he is not even thinking of retirement despite completing more than two decades in international cricket.”I still love cricket as much as ever. It is my job, but it is also my passion. Cricket remains in my heart, I don’t need anything else to motivate me. I dreamt of playing for my country when I was young and it is still my dream, it is still fun for me,” the 38-year-old right-hander said. “Life without cricket is unthinkable,” he added. Tendulkar attributed his longevity and recent success to a stricter fitness regime, not playing Twenty20 Internationals and bowling only sparingly.”I am still learning about the game. I figure something out about my batting all the time, you have to keep your mind open. I learn all the time, those small adjustments, with your footwork or bat swing can improve your game, I love doing that. You never know everything. Mentally that makes you feel so good. That is the best form of preparation,” Tendulkar said.advertisementRecalling India’s recent World Cup triumph after a gap of 28 years, Tendulkar said when the defining moment of his career finally arrived, he wasn’t in the middle of the field wielding his bat, nor was he even on the balcony watching his teammates. Instead, he was on his own in the dressing room, his hands clasped together, his eyes closed as he prayed in silence.He only knew India had won the World Cup when he heard that cathartic roar reverberate around the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai as his captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit the winning runs against Sri Lanka. Tendulkar described the experience as a different kind of feeling, “A high like living on a different planet, it felt as though I was flying.”For all his personal records – and he boasts the most Test runs and Test centuries, and the most One-Day runs and One-Day centuries – Tendulkar wanted something tangible, a trophy to lift, a medal to wear, and to win something as part of an Indian team. Tendulkar had played in the previous five World Cups, but had fallen short each time. The experience left him feeling shattered beyond words. His fellow players too lauded the way Tendulkar has sustained himself at the top level. “It has been fascinating watching the changes in his approach,” said teammate Rahul Dravid.”From being a master blaster, he is now a mistakeproof batsman. While he can’t control his body ageing, Tendulkar has increasingly sought to exert more control over his mind. You have to be still in your mind, and keep it blank. It is also important to avoid any needless anger,” he said. “Growing up, I picked up a lot from my father, who never lost his temper, and I tried to follow that, so I don’t lose my cool.”last_img read more

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Shah Rukh Khan gets clean chit by Mumbai police in Wankhede brawl case

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first_imgBollywood superstar and co-owner of the IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan has been given a clean chit by the Mumbai police in connection with a brawl at the Wankhede Stadium after an IPL match in 2012.Police have informed a metropolitan magistrate’s court that no ‘cognisable offence’ was made out against Shah Rukh Khan.”After the investigation, it was found that no cognisable offence had taken place,” said a police report filed in the court recently.A local activist had filed a private complaint in the court with regard to the incident, seeking action against Khan for abusing security personnel of the stadium.Police said in the report that they recorded the actor’s statement, and he denied the allegations.Khan told the police that after his team Kolkata Knight Riders won the match that day, his children and their friends entered the ground and the security guard Vikas Dalvi asked them to leave.According to Khan, he only told Dalvi that the children were with him, and nobody should touch them. His business manager then took the children out of the stadium.The actor told police that he got angry when someone spoke to him in indecent language.The complainant, Amit Maru, had earlier filed a petition against him in the High Court in 2008, but the court’s verdict went in Khan’s favour, the actor said in the statement to the police, alleging that Maru may have filed the present complaint only for publicity.Following the incident, the Mumbai Cricket Association had imposed a five-year ban on Shah Rukh which was lifted last year.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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