The Ocean City School District’s Afterschool Drama Club for Students in 2nd through 5th grades concluded on Friday with the presentation of the Fifth-Grade Showcase. Previous shows were held for the third graders (March 27-31), fourth grade (February 6-10), and second grade, (January 9-13).These events help encourage participation in the arts through theatre games, musical theatre, improvisational activities, basic stage direction, imagination activities, skits and much more. The events encouraged participation by students with no previous experience as well as those who are young “veterans” of the stage.Click here to see a short video clip of one of their routines “Another Opening, Another Show”. These programs were made possible through partnerships with the school and the Ocean City Theatre Company, and a grant provided by the Sea Isle Board of Education in collaboration with the Ocean City Board of Education.The showcase, which proved to be a great success, included the following participants: Alexis Allegretto, Anna Stam, Bria Condella, Bridget Breeden, Carly Gleason, Charles Drain, Dakota Vega, Emily Mullins, Katie Baccala, Katie McAllster, Kylee Hoagland, Mia Gallagher, Olivia Tyrrell, Reagan DeVlieger, Sammy Beckmann, and Schyler MacMichael.The students and parents were grateful for the grant provided by the Sea Isle Board of Education and also grateful for all of guidance that they received from Fourth-Grade Teacher, Andrew Benfer and OCTC Founding Artistic Director, Mike Hartman.
Saint Mary’s College announced that the Indiana Campus Compact awarded assistant professor of communication studies Terri Russ the 2014 Brian Douglas Hiltunen Faculty Award for Scholarship of Engagement.Russ, one of four recipients of the award, encourages experiential learning by creating opportunities for students in her Public Communications class to interact with adults and children of the South Bend Center for the Homeless.She said the classroom is important for learning things like theory, but going outside the classroom is also very beneficial.“We need to find ways to expand theory and put it into practice, so by breaking down the classroom walls and taking the classroom out to the public, we get to do that, and I believe it has more real world value,” Russ said.Senior Allison Priede, a member of the public communications course, said Russ has made an impact both in the community and within the classroom.“This class has made a huge impact on the community by uniting two different groups that benefit from one another,” Priede said. “The students benefit by using our knowledge of communication outside the classroom and learning from a diverse group of people.“It makes us reach outside our comfort zone and challenge ourselves.”Senior Fernanda Amado is president of the organization Lend an Ear, an outgrowth of the public communications class that takes students to the Center for the Homeless. Amado said the course opens students’ eyes to the greater community.“Those who are homeless are people who have fallen on some hard times,” Amado said. “The answer isn’t to shun them, but to lend a helping hand.“I believe that Terri’s course succeeds in disproving the negative stereotype of the homeless and helps break down the ‘walls’ of preconceived notions.”Priede said Russ has inspired and helped her become the best person she can be.“One thing Professor Russ taught me was something not everyone finds in a classroom,” she said. “She taught me how to push myself and never let myself get left behind.“Professor Russ showed me that the most important things I’ll learn in college don’t always come from a textbook.”Michael Kramer, associate professor of communication studies, said Russ is an inspiration to her students and other faculty.“Anyone who can point to something out in the world and say that I’ve had an impact on that, or I’ve helped people by using communication theory and ideas, should inspire all of us who are in the field of communications,” he said.Since Russ’s arrival, Kramer said she has worked hard to try and engage with the community, and that is what the award is about, “engaging with the community and bringing ideas to help people in real situations.”Tags: award, saint mary’s, service, SMC
Green cities abound in North America, too. In 2005, Portland, Oregon became the first U.S. city to meet carbon dioxide reduction goals set forth in the landmark (if ill-fated) Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement forged to mitigate the threat of global warming. Seattle, Washington also committed to meeting Kyoto’s goals and has persuaded 590 other U.S. cities to do the same under the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. And Vancouver, British Columbia draws 90 percent of its power from renewable sources while its metro area boasts some 200 parks and more than 18 miles of accessible waterfront. While there is no formal green cities organization, per se, many groups have sprung up to help urban areas achieve their sustainability goals. GreenCities Events, for one, hosts conferences around the U.S. at which local experts, policymakers and business leaders share ideas for greening their region. And International Sustainable Solutions takes urban planners, developers and elected officials on tours so they can check out some of the world’s greenest cities to glean first-hand what works and what can be applied back home. Another green cities leader is Rekyjavik, Iceland, where hydrogen-powered buses ply the streets and renewable energy sources—geothermal and hydropower—provide the city’s heat and electricity. London, Copenhagen, Sydney, Barcelona, Bogota and Bangkok, not to mention Sweden’s Malmo, Ecuador’s Bahía de Caráquez and Uganda’s Kampala, also score high for their green attributes and attitudes. Dear EarthTalk: What is the “green cities” movement? — John Moulton, Greenwich, CT Best described as a loose association of cities focused on sustainability, the emerging “green cities movement” encompasses thousands of urban areas around the world all striving to lessen their environmental impacts by reducing waste, expanding recycling, lowering emissions, increasing housing density while expanding open space, and encouraging the development of sustainable local businesses. San Francisco is a leader in green building, energy efficiency and alternative energy, and has been on the forefront of the battle to reduce plastic usage. Austin, Texas is fast becoming a world leader in solar equipment production and has made great strides in preserving open space. Chicago has invested hundreds of millions of dollars revitalizing its parks and neighborhoods, and has built some of America’s most eco-friendly downtown buildings. It is also working to provide affordable clean power to low-income families. Of course, many would argue that New York City—with its densely packed housing, reliance on mass transit and walking, and recent green policy moves by Mayor Bloomberg—may be the greenest of all. Perhaps the archetypal green city is Curitiba, Brazil. When architect and urban planner Jamie Lerner became mayor in 1972, he quickly closed six blocks of the city’s central business district to cars, delighting residents and business owners alike. Today the pedestrian-free zone is three times larger and serves as the heart of the bustling metropolis. Lerner also put in place a high-tech bus system, greatly reducing traffic, energy usage and pollution; the move also encouraged density around transit hubs and thus preserved open space in other areas that would have likely turned into suburbia. Today the bus system still goes strong, and three-quarters of the city’s 2.2 million residents rely on it every day. CONTACTS: Mayors Climate Protection Center, www.usmayors.org/climateprotection; GreenCities Events, www.greencities.com; International Sustainable Solutions, www.i-sustain.com. SEND YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS TO: EarthTalk, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; [email protected] Read past columns at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/archives.php. EarthTalk is now a book! Details and order information at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalkbook.
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate will open the bidding procedure for developers interested in building the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III and IV offshore wind farms without subsidies in March 2019.The ministry will accept applications from the interested bidders from 1 March to 17:00 CET, 14 March.The Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III and IV tender comprises two wind farms with an individual capacity of between 342MW and 380MW.Approximately 70% of Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III & IV wind farm sites are located within the 12 miles zone of the Dutch territories. This means a seabed lease has to be established between the wind farm operator and The Central Government Real Estate Agency. Apart from the seabed lease for the wind turbines, a rental agreement for the infield cabling between the wind turbines and the TenneT platform has to be signed.The Central Government Real Estate Agency has calculated the cost for the right to the seabed lease at these sites, based on a rate of EUR 0.98 per MWh every year, using a fixed total capacity of 350MW and 4,000 full load hours. The payment is fixed and independent of the final actual installed capacity or output from the wind farms and is only required for the part of the wind farm within the 12 miles zone. For HKZ site III this is 71.85% and for HKZ site IV is 68.23%. These annual payments will be required 4 years after the permits have become irrevocable and will be indexed for the period of operation.Additionally, from the moment the permits are given to the winner up to the moment of the payment of the right of superficies seabed lease, a fee of EUR 650 per MW per year has to be paid for the parts of the sites within the 12 miles zone. These payments (indexation) will also be required for the period from when the wind farm ceases operation until it has been fully decommissioned and removed.The rental price for the infield cables is fixed at a one-off amount of EUR 3.17 per m2 impacted corridor. The width of the impacted corridor is fixed at 0.3m. For HKZ site III, the impacted part is calculated as a total cable length of 60km, whilst for HKZ site IV the calculated length is 70 km.This will be the country’s second zero-subsidy tender, following a successful completion of the bidding procedure for the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) I and II wind farms back in March 2018.NOTE: The article was updated on Wednesday, 5 December, with additional information on the seabed lease.
Stags earn another shot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. True enough, luck was on the Lady Oragons’ side as Kmezic and Shyrra Cabriana engineered an oozing rally that left the Lady Realtors grasping for form.After trailing by as many as six in the fifth set, 5-11, Cabriana unloaded a bomb from the service box to make it 8-11 before Kmezic delivered back-to-back kills to inch closer, 10-11.MJ Philips then committed an attack error in the ensuing play before Kmezic knocked down a kill and a block, followed by another ace by Cabriana to give the Lady Oragons the match point, 14-11.“Sinabi ko kay (Kmezic) ‘to spike hard.’ Ang laki nya eh. Pero baka naga-adjust pa sya kasi iba naman ang laro ng Asian sa European,” Tupaz said.Philips fired 21 kills, three blocks and two aces for 26 points while Canadian reinforcement Marisa Field had 15 markers for the Lady Realtors, who fell short despite the presence of new head coach Jerry Yee.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Rookie team Iriga City passed its first major test with flying colors as it survived a gritty Sta. Lucia Realty side, 15-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-16, 15-13, in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Tuesday night at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Serbian reinforcement Tamara Kmezic was impressive down the stretch, carrying the Lady Oragons to their first victory in this prestigious club tourney bankrolled by Cignal, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller, Grand Sport, Rebisco, Island Rose, Cloudfone, UCPB Gen and Asics.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Kmezic, the league’s tallest import at 6-foot-6, fired 26 kills for a conference-high total of 28 points while local star Grethcel Soltones and Japanese reinforcement Saama Miyagawa chipped in 15 and 10 points, respectively.But more than anything, it was Kmezic’s intimidating presence on both ends that helped the Lady Oragons in the crucial moments of the fifth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Sinabi ko sa kanila na kung mahina ang loob nyo, talo na tayo. So, dapat lumaban tayo hanggang sa dulo,” said Iriga City coach Parley Tupaz, whose wards crawled from a deep 5-11 hole in the fifth set en route to posting the morale-boosting victory in this tourney that has ESPN5 as official broadcast partner.“Siguro lucky lang. Pero step by step lang. Ganun talaga eh, since first-timer kami, tingin sa amin mababa lang. Kung sa sundalo, ikaw ang lowest kasi naguumpisa ka pa lang naman.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments
A 23-year-old national-level sportswoman lost her leg when she was pushed out of a moving train near Bareilly by three men who attempted to rob her.Sonu Sinha, a national-level football and volleyball player, was pushed from the Padmavat Express on Monday night between Chenati and Bareilly railway stations while she was travelling to Delhi to appear in an examination, police said.As she fell on the track, she was hit by another train moving on a parallel track. Her left leg below the knee was crushed.A profusely bleeding Sonu was rushed to the district hospital here. “When she was brought here, she was in a very serious condition. Her left leg was badly damaged and her right leg had injuries. She had also suffered some head injuries. Our entire team has been treating her. Her left leg has been amputated. Her general condition is fine,” a doctor treating her said.With her legs and head in bandages, Sonu said the robbers tried to pull her gold chain. “I resisted and they pushed me out of the train. I could not move. I remember seeing a train coming towards me. I tried getting up. By then, the train had run over my leg. I don’t remember anything after that,” she said.Sports minister Ajay Maken said in Delhi that he will seek details in this matter and help Sonu. “We will ask the Railways to probe the matter and nab the culprits. We will extend the best medical treatment to the player,” he said.advertisementA fight broke out in the compartment. “Sonu claims one of the men reached for her neck. She thought it might be an attempt at chain-sntatching. There was a struggle. Whether she was pushed out or her fall was accidental, only the investigation will tell,” Railway official A K Jain said.She boarded the train from Lucknow and was travelling in the general compartment, they added.Police have registered a case of attempt to murder. None of her attackers have been traced.Sonu, alias Arunima was to appear in recruitment examination of CISF, police said.”After gaining conciousness this evening, Sonu said she boarded the train from Lucknow on Monday night at around 12.40 am and was travelling in general compartment,” Special Director General of Police Brij Lal told reporters in Lucknow.He said a case under section 307 (attempt to murder and 393 (attempt to robbery) of the IPC has been lodged against unidentified persons by the Government Railway Police.Sonu in her FIR said three to four youths were fighting in the train and one of them tried to snatch her chain, Bareilly GRP incharge Anees Ahmad said.- With PTI inputs
Kolkata: The ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ (Tell Didi) helpline number launched by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on July 29 has been instrumental in rescuing some persons who were trapped due to the Karnataka floods.The state Disaster Management department, after being informed of the problem by their family members through a call on the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ helpline number, took up the matter with their counterparts in Karnataka and those who were marooned were rescued quickly and relocated to a safe place. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSome days ago, the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ helpline number got a call from a person in South 24-Parganas, who claimed that some members of his family were stuck in their residence at Kaida township, near Karwa city due to floods since the last 4 days, without any supplies. The caller had sought immediate relief from the government. He mentioned that his sister and brother in-law were in Karnataka affected by floods and there was no electricity and telephone connectivity. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe also added that the Quick Response Team and deputy commissioner of Kaida had failed to provide any information about their present location after he called on their mobile numbers. “As soon as I was informed of the distressed family, I along with my Principal Secretary took up the matter with our counterparts in Kaida and informed of the whereabouts of the family, as per description provided by the caller. After some hours, I was relieved to hear that the victims had been rescued by boats and had been ferried to a safe place,” said Javed Ahmed Khan, state minister for Disaster Management and Civil Defence. The department was also informed that 20 Bengali families who were stuck in the area have been rescued successfully. The caller who had called up the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ number also gave the feedback that his family members have been evacuated safely and were doing well. The minister also informed that another 14 Bengali people who were stuck in Kadur Karnataka have also been rescued in a similar fashion on Sunday. It may be mentioned that of late there has been some curiosity among common people regarding the nature of suggestions and problems that have been coming on the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ platform. The platform, which is being monitored by a team led by Prashant Kishor, has not shared individual cases, respecting the privacy of the callers/registrants. But after explicit permission from the caller in this case, the platform shared this serious issue that was resolved. Meanwhile, a video was posted by Howrah resident Jagannath Chakraborty on the Facebook page of ‘Didi Ke Bolo’, informing how the helpline has come to the rescue of a patient suffering from TB. Chakraborty had called on the helpline number after the patient was denied treatment in all hospitals and medicine shops also refused to provide medicine for the patient as he was unable to provide any proper address proof. “When I called the number I was advised to take him to Calcutta Medical College and contact the deputy superintendent of the hospital. I acted accordingly and the patient is now undergoing treatment at the hospital,” Chakraborty shared in his video.
Brittany Hobson APTN National NewsIn the northeast corner of Manitoba, along the shores of Island Lake sits the Garden Hill First Nation.It’s an isolated community.When it’s cold, there is a winter road that connects people to the nearest community 18 kilometres away.In the summer, access is only by boat or air.On top of the isolation, the people of Garden Hill are dealing with a housing crisis.“My grandkids all sleep on the floor here as you can see,” said Sharon Beardy. “One mother with two little ones and my four grandkids just sleep anywhere. anywhere possible on the floor.”Overcrowded housing is the new normal for Garden Hill.The 3,500 residents share 500 homes.Three or four families can share one residence at a time.Beardy has lived in her home for the past eight years. She shares her three-bedroom house with 12 others.She told APTN the living situation is hardest on her two granddaughters.“With the two older ones, they’re teenagers, they need their privacy but basically this is their kitchen, living room and their bedroom,” she said.Kelly Ann Monias, 14, and Natalia Beardy, 12, are Beardy’s granddaughters.Like most young girls their age, they enjoy listening to music by Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.But unlike many young girls across Canada, they do not have a room to call their own.“It’s really loud and they bother me all the time,” said Moonias.The Beardy house also have heating issues. They seal cracks in the walls with foam spray and cover the windows outside with plastic for a quick fix.Despite the crowded conditions and heating issues – the Beardy’s are one of the lucky families. They have running water.Other homes have to rely on water trucks that make their way around the community three times a week.Rachel Keno’s home is one without water.Keno lives with 15 others in her two-bedroom home. Her two teenage children sleep in the living room.“Everybody has different sleeping patterns so some will try to go to sleep early and they try to go to bed but they can’t because one wakes up and then everyone wakes up everybody else. it’s hard,” said Keno. “Sometimes they all hang out in my room until I kick everybody out. It’s just kind of difficult for them to adjust and everything. there’s just too many people in here.”Keno’s son Sebastian is 16 years old. At times he has missed school because he doesn’t get enough sleep.“He tries to go to bed early because he wants to get up for school,” Keno said. “But they keep waking him up because he sleeps right in the living room. Sometimes I’ll put him in my room just for him to fall asleep.”The lack of privacy is one of the reasons families turn to the chief and council for help.“Everyday people are knocking at our band office asking for materials, boards to try and make a small room for their children,” said Chief Dino Flett.According to Flett, Garden Hill needs 500 more homes. He said they haven’t built a decent house in five years because the remoteness makes it difficult to get materials to the community.He said people are feeling frustrated – and helpless.“They do have family problems because of overcrowding,” he said. “They need space. We do have social problems too where frustration kicks in for the teenagers. They get depressed. this is a very touchy subject. Even suicide or runaways. These kinds of things that happen in our community. This is what we’re dealing with.”Some people in Garden Hill said they can’t deal with it anymore. They’ve left the community for Winnipeg.About 1,000 members, almost a third of the community, now live off reserve.For the growing population of Garden Hill it’s just too hard a place to have a life.“There isn’t really any place for me to have privacy unless i go out,” said Victoria Barkman, 17. “But during winter it’s too cold and during summer it’s too hot so i don’t really have a place to have my own privacy.”Overcrowding isn’t the only problem for kids here. They say there’s not much to do.Right now there is one sports complex in the community.Beardy’s granddaughters rely on it when they need to get away from the chaos of home.“We play hockey and basketball. we always go do that,” said Kelly Ann Monias.But for teens who don’t like sports, there isn’t anywhere else for them to go.One teacher at the high school is trying to change that.George Munroe teaches geography and social studies.He said he tries to make his classroom a safe haven for his students.“Certainly the school gives our students a place to go, a place where they can strive for in terms of trying to get their education,” said Munroe.But a lack of resources means Munroe can only do so much.There is no education facility beyond the high school meaning students must travel to the city to get further training.This can be hard on students like Barkman who don’t want to leave – but must if they want to pursue a career.“We need different courses. sometimes we don’t have the courses that we need to get into a career that we want to and sometimes we have to go into the city for that kind of class,” she said.For now Flett said council is trying to do as much as they can but the reserve needs assistance from both the federal and provincial governments.The people who call this place home – do the best they can – and hope for a better future.“Moving is not the answer. I grew up here. I love my community. I love the people that surround this community,” said [email protected]