Church responses to government shutdown bear unexpected fruits

first_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Members of St. Paul’s, a small Episcopal church in Vernal, Utah, invited furloughed workers to eat for free at a community lunch it hosted on Oct. 6. The lunch was so successful, community members are looking for ways to make it a regular Sunday event in town. Photo: Rachael Gordon[Episcopal News Service] This Sunday, champagne is on the menu at Christ Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia.At the initiation of Ken Knapp, a government contractor, and his wife Nancy, an IRS lawyer in the Treasury Department, the church held two Sunday gatherings for people affected by the 16-day government shutdown that ended Oct. 18. They shared food, feelings about the shutdown and resources for coping. On Oct. 20, they’ll meet for a last supper – at least for now.“We’re having a closing session with them this Sunday,” Nancy Knapp said. “We promised champagne along with the meal. I’ll be very curious to see what happens with this group. At least one gentleman asked if there was any interest in extending the group for people who were out of work. I think there’ll be some ongoing dialogue about that.”Christ Church was among Episcopal churches across the country who reached out to those affected by the shutdown. Some experienced unexpected results from those ministry initiatives, from increased volunteering to a greater awareness of feeding ministries.“This is my fourth shutdown,” said Nancy Knapp, who recalled being “younger and scared” during the others during the 1990s, one of which lasted three weeks. “Now, I’m 55. As a manager, I had to send people home. … I actually felt some guilt in that, because I was one of the few who was asked to stay behind, at least initially.” Ultimately, she was out of work seven days. Her husband continued to work throughout the shutdown.But that wasn’t true for some other members of the church, located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Probably 20 to 30 percent of members work for the government or a government contractor, Ken Knapp said.About 18 people attended the first Sunday-afternoon meeting, 15 the second.“It’s a ministry of presence and prayer and sharing and listening, really,” Nancy Knapp said. “It was really sitting around the table, having a meal together. We let them know that it was a safe place for conversation, that whatever happened there, stayed there.”Through the meetings, participants could share resources and ideas. Had the shutdown gone on longer, they would have sent meals home with those who needed them, she said.The first week, participants “talked a lot about feelings and coping mechanisms,” she said. “We talked about taking care of ourselves and ways we could do that.”That included spending time volunteering.“I introduced the concept of outreach to them and told them we could connect them to ministries,” Nancy Knapp said. Many subsequently volunteered for the church’s program making bag lunches for homeless people and for its Lazarus Ministry to the homeless.Said Ken Knapp, “The impact of this [shutdown] goes beyond the financial for a lot of people, and it goes to their sense of identity and their sense of purpose in life. So by redirecting those energies towards some sort of a mission or outreach project, you’re giving them back a sense of purpose … something to feel good about at the end of the day.”And, Nancy Knapp said, “it gave them a new perspective on the problem.” They learned about “the poor among us who depend on government services who were really much more hard-hit than we were.”In Grand Haven, Michigan, St. John’s Episcopal Church extended the hours of its food pantry and gave patrons to its twice-weekly feeding program access to the pantry’s infant supplies such as formula and diapers. They particularly were concerned that mothers have access to supplies if the local Women, Infants and Children program was forced to close, said the Rev. Jared Cramer, rector.During the first Loving Spoonfuls meal program after news was published about the extended services, the church administrator reported that “there were a lot of new faces that she hadn’t seen before,” he said.Beyond any individuals needing help during the shutdown, he said, “what it did wind up doing was providing a catalyst for people to know what our church does just every day, when there’s not a shutdown; that we’re a church that really cares about feeding and clothing and taking care of people, which is cool. We’re hoping that may be one good that will come out of this.”The meal program serves mostly low-income working people, he said, noting that it’s a need that can be invisible.“We do have some parishioners affected who are government workers, but not a lot,” he said. “Part of the difficulty, I think, is that the pain this creates in the lives of lower-income families is one that is hidden from society’s view. I grew up blue collar, and for a period of time my family relied on assistance from our church for groceries and needed items. However, like many families in our situation, we tried to be private about it. So, a lot of this pain is hard to see.”Besides alerting those who need them to the existence of the church’s programs, he said, he hopes the publicity and demonstration of need will bring in more volunteers for the programs, which are supported by donations.Before coming to St. John’s, Cramer was a clergy resident at Christ Church. Reflecting on the issue after the government shutdown ended, he said his time at the Alexandria church likely influenced his desire to do something because, after working in the Washington, D.C., area, he knew the shutdown affected “real people.” His first thought when the shutdown occurred was: What can the church offer to make a difference?At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a historic mission parish in Vernal, Utah, efforts to help furloughed workers dovetailed with a new feeding initiative. Using a $500 grant from the diocese, the church, which has an average Sunday attendance of 26, had obtained a temporary food permit and invited everyone in town, from those in the homeless shelter to local government officials to members of other churches, to come for a meal together outside the church Oct. 6. Those who needed it, ate free; others paid the cost or the meal or made a donation.“We had invited anybody who needed a meal to come to lunch,” said the Rev. Connie Gordon, vicar. “We put up signs at the food bank. We put up signs at the shelter and just said, ‘Come and eat.’”When the shutdown occurred, they issued a special invitation to furloughed workers to come for a free meal.“It took on a life of its own,” Gordon said. Young people attended church the next Sunday and asked, “When can we help this out again?” Other people asked the same question, with government officials suggesting county space to host regular Sunday lunches and offering to help St. Paul’s connect with other churches and organizations. Donations provided seed money for the next gathering.It was “not what I expected at all, this wonderful starting of something new and just a great response from the community,” she said. “It’s exciting what a little parish can do when you just sit down and say, ‘What can we do?’”Further west, in Bremerton, Washington, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church didn’t offer shutdown-specific services but did anticipate increased use of its feeding program and onsite low-income counseling center as the shutdown continued, said the Rev. Kathleen Kingslight, rector. The area contains several military installations, and people had been coming to the church for financial assistance, she said.“I just hope this changes. It’s scary,” she said in a telephone interview several days before the shutdown ended. “It’s scary. So many of the military live hand-to-mouth … if this goes on too long, the churches are going to be inundated.”In Atlanta, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, like Christ Church, offered a listening ministry Oct. 6 to parishioners affected by the shutdown.“We are deeply aware of the emotion swirling in our St. Bartholomew’s community in this time that our government is shut down. Many are directly impacted by this, and we want to offer a space to gather on Sunday morning to hear how you are affected by it,” the church said in an e-mail announcement.Back in Washington, D.C., diocesan Bishop Mariann Budde invited couples displaced by the shutdown to wed in the Bishop’s Garden at Washington National Cathedral. Cheryl Wilburn, associate for pastoral care and canonical acts, reported via e-mail Oct. 16 that she had 25 weddings scheduled from Oct. 5 to 30.“I think most have proceeded as planned,” she said. “Requests are a combination of those deferred from federal government property to a number who were scheduled for civil weddings at our local Superior Court. … Where folks have found officiants, I have offered them a place for the ceremony. Size has ranged from parties of three to 100.”Some other Episcopal churches followed Budde’s example, including Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, near Cincinnati in Mount Auburn, Ohio, according to the Religion News Service.Near Grand Teton National Park, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offered the community green in front of its main sanctuary for couples, although no one took it up on the offer, said Greer Freed, director of development and communication. The church also operates the Chapel of the Transfiguration, with a window view of Grand Teton, that closed during the shutdown.None of the weddings there had to be cancelled, Freed said. But the park shutdown did cause a headache, according to RNS: “Workmen who needed to winterize the building for the season had to outrun park rangers once the roads through the park to the chapel were locked down.”– Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. 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Consultation process on a new action plan for apprenticeship launched

first_imgNewsBusinessEducationConsultation process on a new action plan for apprenticeship launchedBy Staff Reporter – August 4, 2020 242 Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Twitter Print Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Linkedin Previous articleWeekly Racing News: Galway double for Billy LeeNext articleDates and Venues Decided for FAI Semis Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Advertisementcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp THE LAUNCH of the consultation process to help develop a new action plan for apprenticeship has been announced which “will help place apprenticeships at the heart of enterprise and education in this country”.Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Further Education and Skills Niall Collins TD have announced the launch of the consultation process to help develop a new action plan for apprenticeship.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The number of people registering for an apprenticeship has risen from 3,153 in 2015 to 6,177 in 2019.However, just 2.7 per cent self-declared as having a disability and 4 per cent of the apprentice population was female.Minister Simon Harris said apprenticeship is “apprenticeship is a joint effort between employers and employees” which give the apprentice an opportunity to “earn and learn from the employer”.He said, “Last week, I announced a new recruitment incentive for employers where they can earn €3,000 for each apprentice they take on.“We know our apprenticeship model needs to be revised and this consultation is the beginning of that process. We also know we need to expand the model and change people’s mind set of what an apprentice is and is not.“The apprentice model is no longer confined to craft trades. It has expanded to the financial services sector, to ICT and accounting.“Now we must look to expand it to where skillsets are most needed including in the area of childcare and the health service and crucially where it may be needed in the future.“This consultation process will be crucial to the success of the new plan and the future of our apprenticeship system and I encourage people to have their say.”Building on actions set out in the Programme for Government and the Further Education and Training Strategy, which was launched in July, the Action Plan for Apprenticeship will set out a five-year pathway to embed apprenticeship in enterprise and will provide a comprehensive set of actions designed to increase the diversity of learners who chose apprenticeship programmes.Speaking today, Minister Collins said: “Apprenticeship has changed radically over the past five years.  There are now 55 apprenticeship programmes across all sectors of the economy, in areas such as international financial services and insurance to technology and the built environment.”“The new action plan provides a chance to build on the lessons learned from the introduction of new programmes and the experience of the past to deliver a robust and dynamic governance and funding system which will help place apprenticeships at the heart of enterprise and education in this country.”Apprentices are employed by their sponsoring company and apprenticeship provides a robust educational pathway while giving apprentices the chance to build on workplace skills and experience throughout their programme. In addition to the 55 apprenticeship programmes currently available, a further 23 programmes are in development to be rolled out during 2020 and beyond.Depending on the programme, apprenticeships take from 2-4 years to complete and currently cover from level 5-9 of the National Framework of Qualifications.Further information on apprenticeship may be found at www.apprenticeship.ie Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSbusinesseducationIrelandLimerick City and CountyNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Limerick on Covid watch listlast_img read more

Rush Limbaugh, radio king and architect of right wing, dies

first_img TAGS  Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Local NewsUS News Twitter FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2001, file photo, Rush Limbaugh puffs on his Ashton VSG cigar while waiting to tee off from the fifth tee of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during third round play of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif. Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died. His death Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at the age of 70 was announced on his website.center_img WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 Facebook WhatsApp Rush Limbaugh, radio king and architect of right wing, dies Previous articleEnergy Transfer LP: 4Q Earnings SnapshotNext articleSierra Metals meldet Finanzergebnisse seiner Tochtergesellschaft Sociedad Minera Corona in Peru für das 4. Quartal 2020 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

NI Fisheries minister visits Arranmore for talks with local fishermen

first_img WhatsApp Facebook NI Fisheries minister visits Arranmore for talks with local fishermen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Facebook Newsx Adverts Twitter Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img The North’s Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Michelle O’Neill visited Arranmore Island today for talks with local fishermen. Minister O’Neill was accompanied by a number of local Sinn Fein politicians including Deputy Pearse Doherty.Fishermen on the island say they were impressed by the minister’s understanding of the issues facing island fishermen, many of which are also a factor for salmon fishermen in Northern Ireland.Jerry Early is a spokesperson for the fishermen on Arranmore………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/jearl530.mp3[/podcast] Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Previous articleCross border hunt following armed robbery at Culmore PONext articleGweedore call centre closes with the loss of 26 jobs News Highland Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – July 9, 2012 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Patna HC Extends Operation Of Interim Orders Till May 18; Period Between March 16 & May 17 Excluded From Limitation [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesPatna HC Extends Operation Of Interim Orders Till May 18; Period Between March 16 & May 17 Excluded From Limitation [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 April 2020 6:04 AMShare This – xTaking note of the likelihood of continuation of Red Zone COVID-19 restrictions in and around Patna beyond May 3, a full bench of the Patna High Court on Thursday passed a slew of directions for the extension of interim orders till May 18.The following are the directions issued by a bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol, Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh and Hemant Kumar Shrivastava :(i)…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTaking note of the likelihood of continuation of Red Zone COVID-19 restrictions in and around Patna beyond May 3, a full bench of the Patna High Court on Thursday passed a slew of directions for the extension of interim orders till May 18.The following are the directions issued by a bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol, Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh and Hemant Kumar Shrivastava :(i) Unless directed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in any particular matter, all interim orders passed by any Court/Authority/Tribunal in Bihar under the power of superintendence of High Court of Judicature at Patna, be it of any nature, prior to 16th of March, 2020 shall stand automatically extended till 18th of May, 2020. Resultant hardship of an extreme nature, caused if any, to any one of the parties would entitle them to seek modification of continuance of such interim order(s), by moving an appropriate application in those proceedings wherein such interim order(s) stood issued by the respective Court(s)/Authority/Tribunal and this order would not come in the way of consideration of such  application on merits.(ii) All interim orders passed by the High Court of Judicature at Patna, all the District Courts, Family Courts, Labour Courts and Industrial Tribunal and all other Tribunals in the State under the powers of superintendence of the High Court of Judicature at Patna, which has expired subsequent to 16th of March, 2020 only for the reason that the matter could not be taken up on account of the Pandemic or are due to expire during the period of the lock down, i.e. upto 3rd May, 2020 shall be deemed to be in continuance till 18th of May, 2020.(iii) However, we clarify that those interim orders which are not of limited duration/are to operate till further orders would not be governed by these directions.(iv) The period for complying with any directions issued by this Court in any judicial proceedings or in any Civil Proceedings by the Courts/Authority/Tribunal under the powers of superintendence of the High Court of Judicature at Patna, including peremptory orders shall be deemed to have been extended up to 17th of May, 2020. No adverse order shall be passed or construed to have been passed for non-compliance of such directions directed to be complied with between the period 16th of March, 2020 upto 17th of May, 2020.(v) All orders or decree for eviction, dispossession and demolition passed by any Court, Tribunal or authority, save and except Hon’ble the Supreme Court of India, shall continue to remain in abeyance, till 18th of May, 2020.(vi) Considering the prevalent attending circumstances, unless essentially required in public interest, it is expected of the State not to precipitate any action till 17th of May, 2020 so as to compel the citizens to approach the Court for redressal of their grievances.(vii) The period from 16th of March, 2020 till 17th of May, 2020 shall be deemed to have been excluded for the purposes of computing limitation stipulated under the Statute or for complying with judicial orders passed by this Court or the Subordinate Courts. Click here to download orderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Seven more Covid-19 patients have died in the North

first_img Twitter Google+ By News Highland – April 5, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seven more Covid-19 patients have died in the North Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Seven more covid-19 patients have died in the North, bringing the death toll there to 63.Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency says 91 people have tested positive for the virus there in the last 24 hours.It means the total number of confirmed cases there has passed over a thousand for the first time, at 1089.center_img Previous articleGardai on patrol in Inishowen following reports of influx of peopleNext articleGardai hunt man who purposely coughed on woman in Letterkenny News Highland Homepage BannerNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterestlast_img read more

RRI answers questions on global assignments

first_imgThis month’s questions and answersWhat are the most effective steps employers can take to overcome employeeand family resistance to a global assignment? With security and family issues high on the list of concerns and the number ofdual career families significantly increasing, the most important step is toprovide a comprehensive policy and support it with the right services,delivered in the right way. An employee’s willingness to accept an assignment often corresponds with thecompany’s ability to demonstrate the importance of global relocation – that itis the company’s way of developing the next generation of leaders. Actionsspeak louder than words when it comes to conveying this value and careeradvancement potential, and it is the most effective means of building a lengthylist of eager applicants. Convincing the employee’s family requires early counselling and culturaltraining; as a rule, the better you prepare them before the move, the betterthe results will likely be. Performing a detailed needs assessment will helpyou gauge each family’s unique concerns and develop a customised solution thatmakes relocation more attractive, while offering personalised, on-the-groundassistance and orientation tours in the new location will help them feel atease with the decision. Complementing your core settling-in programme with a wide range of familytransition services – from spouse job counselling to school finding – can makea big difference, increasing your chances of a successful assignment. How are companies addressing the security issues that are inherent inglobal relocation? For your global assignees, security begins with cultural training andemergency preparedness. Assignees who are thoroughly versed in the practices,lifestyles and people of their destination country will be more comfortablewith their decision. They will have a keener eye for potentially dangeroussituations, how to avoid them, and how to react when faced with them. Somecompanies are also establishing contingency plans for any unexpected problemsand issues that may arise. Further, we are seeing an increased need among today’s managers to knowprecisely where their global assignees are at any given time. That is whereessential ‘on assignment’ services make a difference, not only by providing alifeline to assignees, but also allowing home country managers to access onlinestatus reports and run instant ‘roll calls’ for all of their assignees. At what stage of a global assignment should repatriation planning begin? A global relocation can be a sizable investment, but unless your companymaintains an effective repatriation plan, you may never realise the maximumreturn. This means that even before an assignment begins, planning for itsconclusion should be under way. Start by fostering an understanding of the ‘expatriate experience’ amongyour home country management. One of the primary reasons cited for assigneeturnover is a perceived lack of appreciation and/or outlet for theinternational business skills and cultural insight they have acquired. Evenwhile your employees are on assignment, their managers back home should bethinking of the best ways to put their expertise to work. As soon as your candidates are selected, have a comprehensive discussion oftheir career paths, explaining how the skills they acquire will be put to useupon return. The last thing you want to see is your valued assignee heading offto a competitor, armed with years of international business knowledge for whichyou have footed the bill. Keeping your assignees ‘plugged in’ throughout theassignment not only helps relieve one of their most common fears – being ‘outof sight and out of mind’ – but can also provide direction for the re-entryplan. Don’t forget that repatriation can carry as many cultural and logisticalissues as the initial move – assignees often have to buy a new home, getchildren settled into a new school, and address a spouse or partner’s careercontinuation. In some cases, particularly after long assignments, reverseculture shock can occur. Methods to ease this transition – such as culturalreorientation programmes – should be addressed during the initial planningstages. What are some of the most effective means of keeping an employee ‘pluggedin’ to the company during a global assignment? While your employees will no doubt embrace the challenges that await them intheir new assignments, even the most adventurous will want to feel tethered tothe company during their stay in the destination country. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to keep your employees linkedto your corporate intranet, letting them access company news and developments,or delivering custom messages through your relocation provider’s e-servicesystem. Companies may also wish to assign mentors who will remain in contactwith the assignee from time to time to keep them “in the loop.” Infact, the results of our recent Question of the Month survey indicate that anincreasing number of companies are assigning mentors and giving formerassignees the opportunity to become mentors. A lot of companies have attempted to implement ‘global’ policies. Dothese work? While global policies are growing in popularity, to be effective they mustbe implemented in accordance with the local norms/practices of each of yourtarget destination and departure regions, and that requires local expertise.One of our major clients has had great success with its global policy, which issupported by service centres in each major region – the Americas, EMEA andAsia-Pacific – to ensure timeliness, responsiveness across time zones, and themost effective global counselling. In our experience, global policies are best executed by providers who knowthe client’s policy and have a global team of trained specialists who can offercrucial ‘on the ground’ assistance and expertise to your assignees, and who arealso well-versed on policy, procedures and service performance metrics. This isthe only way to ensure consistency throughout the entire process. Are there any instances in which it would be preferable to choose a localhire over an expatriate? The simple answer is, of course, yes. However, you can’t overlook theimportance of building global fluency among your employees. The value of aglobal assignment is that it instils essential international business skills,and companies that eliminate such opportunities risk depleting their pool ofglobal leaders. Look at the CVs of today’s CEOs and you will find that themajority earned their leadership positions through consecutive globalassignments. Author biographies Pablo Colon Director, global client services, RRI Pablo oversees the development and worldwide management of RRI’s GlobalAssignment Programs (GAP). He also interfaces with the company’s ServicePartner Alliance and Global Network Services groups to identify new andinnovative ways to deliver the best total solution to RRI’s global relocationclients. Pablo is bilingual, has close to a decade of global relocationexperience and his international business career has encompassed assignments inCosta Rica and the UK. Diane Fitz-Gibbon Director, client services, EMEA, RRI Diane has more than two decades of global relocation experience, and in hercurrent role she works closely with clients being serviced out of RRI’s UKoperations centre to ensure the company continues to exceed its service andcost-savings expectations. She also fosters synergy between members of the RRIteam on both sides of the Atlantic to increase client product knowledge. Beforejoining RRI, Diane worked for Ernst & Young and British Petroleum. Roxanne Pappas Director, consulting services, RRI An authority on global relocation, Roxanne provides RRI’s clients with comprehensiveconsulting, research and information services to help them develop andimplement effective programmes. She has been a valued member of the RRI teamsince 1990, has held a wide range of roles from account manager to director,client services, and was instrumental in the establishment of RRI’s UKoperations. Roxanne speaks French, Spanish and Greek. About the company Relocation Resources Inter-national (RRI) is a global relocation company providingcomplete, customised solutions to a wide range of corporations. The company hasbuilt its reputation as the industry quality leader through its ability topartner with clients to develop and administer the best total solution to theiremployee relocation needs – solutions specifically tailored to meet eachclient’s unique culture, objectives and budget. Unique among relocation companies, RRI is independent and employee-owned,with operation centres throughout the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific and morethan a quarter century of global relocation experience. Through its expertstaff, extensive global service network, in-house consulting services andrelocation finance groups, and state-of-the-art online programme managementtools, RRI offers clients one convenient stop for all their relocation needs. 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Ecophysiological strategies of Antarctic intertidal invertebrates faced with freezing stress

first_imgRecent studies have revealed a previously unanticipated level of biodiversity present in the Antarctic littoral. Here, we report research on the ecophysiological strategies adopted by intertidal species that permit them to survive in this environment, presenting cold-tolerance data for the widest range of invertebrates published to date from the Antarctic intertidal zone. We found significant differences in levels of cold tolerance between species within this zone. However, and contrary to expectations, intraspecific comparisons of subtidal and intertidal groups of eight species found significant differences between groups in only three species. One species, the nemertean Antarctonemertes validum, showed evidence of the presence of antifreeze proteins (thermal hysteresis proteins), with 1.4°C of thermal hysteresis measured in its haemolymph. We found a strong inverse relationship across species between mass and supercooling point, and fitted a power law model to describe the data. The scaling exponent (0.3) in this model suggests a relationship between an animal’s supercooling point and its linear dimensions.last_img read more

UVU Men’s Basketball Faces Grand Canyon in WAC Semifinals

first_imgThe Antelopes lead the all-time series against the Wolverines 9-5, but Utah Valley bested Grand Canyon 82-70 in their last meeting March 7. While star junior guard Jake Toolson struggled against the Kangaroos, senior guard Conner Toolson (21 points) and sophomore center Richard Harward (15 points, 8 rebounds, 6-7 shooting) stepped up in his stead. After besting UMKC 71-64 in the conference quarterfinals Thursday, the Wolverines set a school record with their 24th win of the season. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS-Friday, Utah Valley men’s basketball (24-8, 12-4 in WAC play) meets Grand Canyon (19-12, 10-6 in conference play) in the WAC semifinals at the Orleans Arena of Las Vegas for a 9:30 pm tip-off. Grand Canyon got to this point by downing Seattle U. 84-75 in the WAC quarterfinals Thursday. Brad James March 15, 2019 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball Faces Grand Canyon in WAC Semifinalscenter_img Junior guard Carlos Johnson (31 points, 7 rebounds, 10-20 shooting) led the Antelopes as did redshirt senior forward Michael Finke (21 points, 6 rebounds, 7-11 shooting). The winner earns a berth in the WAC championship game Saturday at 8:00 pm MDT. Tags: Carlos Johnson/Grand Canyon/Jake Toolson/Michael Finke/Orleans Arena/Richard Harward/UVU Men’s Basketball/WAC Tournament Written by The Wolverines still remain one of the best shooting teams in the country, as they are 16th nationally in field goal percentage (48.5 percent) and 12th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.1 percent).last_img read more

O.C. School District Appoints New Athletic Director and Intermediate School Principal

first_imgGeoffrey Haines takes over as the Ocean City School District’s new athletic director. (Photos courtesy Ocean City School District) In two major personnel moves, the Ocean City Board of Education has approved Geoffrey Haines as the school district’s new athletic director, while Michael Mattina has been named as the new principal of the Intermediate School for the 2019-2020 school year.Haines served as Intermediate School principal before taking over as athletic director. Most recently, Mattina served as Ocean City High School’s assistant principal.“Both administrators bring a new perspective and a fresh outlook, rooted in a solid understanding of our school district and the community we serve,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Taylor said in a press release Wednesday night announcing the appointments.“Mr. Haines and Mr. Mattina are accomplished educators ready to guide our students and student athletes to become the leaders of tomorrow, build upon student, staff and family relationships and capitalize on the strengths of our ever-improving district,” Dr. Taylor added.Haines earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Hiram College, teaching certification from Stockton College (now Stockton University) and a master’s degree in school administration from Rowan University.He started his education career as a social studies teacher in Egg Harbor Township, then served as vice principal of Galloway Township Middle School before joining the Ocean City School District in 2011 as the Intermediate School principal. In addition to his years in the classroom and in school administration, Haines brings extensive coaching and officiating experience, ranging from Little League to collegiate level and five years as a professional umpire in the minor leagues, to the OCSD athletic director position.“I want to see as many students, from kindergarten to senior year, engaged in our athletic programs,” Haines said in the press release. “We have such as storied history in the Ocean City Athletic Department and I will look to continue the successes of the past, while building each and every program, at every level and further developing skills and the love of sports in the young athlete as they become a part of the Red Raider team.”Haines added, “I always say it is more about the name on the front of your jersey rather than the name on the back, meaning our athletes will play for the pride of Ocean City, both school and community. Off the field, I firmly believe scholar-athletes need to achieve and grow in the classroom and find success in their futures, whether in the college classroom or the career path that they choose. As athletic director, I will look for ways to keep our scholar-athletes healthy, both mind and body.”Haines currently resides in Northfield with his wife of 18 years, Krista, and their three children.Michael Mattina replaces Geoffrey Haines as the principal at the Ocean City Intermediate School.Mattina received his bachelor’s from Thomas Edison State College, master’s of education in school counseling and master’s of education in school leadership from Wilmington University.Upon graduation, Mattina began his education career as a counselor at Pinelands Regional Junior High School. He then moved on to become a guidance counselor at Hammonton High School, and then vice principal at Buena Regional High School.In 2016, he joined Ocean City School District as an Ocean City High School assistant principal. “I am excited to begin the school year at OCIS and to work together with the staff to expand upon the many accomplishments and achievements of an already outstanding school,” Mattina said in the press release. “It is of the greatest importance to me to build strong and lasting relationships with the students, staff, parents and surrounding community throughout the coming year. I believe in open communication to ensure that all stakeholders are heard and represented. My decision-making process has always been, and will continue to be, centered around student needs.”Mattina continued, “In keeping with our district’s belief in supporting the whole child, we will be opening a new Wellness Center in the intermediate school, and I am thoroughly looking forward to being a part of that process. My ultimate goal is for students to look back on their time at OCIS and remember a school that supported them in healthy and academic endeavors, while encouraging them to be the best version of themselves.”Mattina currently resides in Little Egg Harbor with his wife of 13 years and two children.last_img read more