1 dead in avalanche outside Aspen: Sheriff


first_imgrobertcicchetti/iStock(ASPEN, Colo.) — One person has died in an avalanche outside Aspen, Colorado, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.The victim was the only person caught in the snow slide, the sheriff’s office said.The sheriff’s office had warned about dangerous conditions on Saturday.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

California man facing criminal charges for protected mountain lion killing


first_imgmari_art/iStock(NEW YORK) — A California man is facing criminal charges for the killing of a protected mountain lion. Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, is accused of fatally shooting a collared mountain lion, known as P-38, back in July. The animal was found dead in the Simi Valley area with a gunshot wound to the head and its GPS-enabled radio collar vandalized, according to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.P-38 was part of a cougar population being studied by National Park Service biologists, the district attorney’s office said. First collared in 2015, the 7-year-old male mountain lion predominately roamed parts of the Santa Susana Mountains, which surround Simi Valley in Southern California. The biologists detected a mortality signal from the animal’s collar on July 2, according to the district attorney’s office.The National Park Service did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Wednesday morning.It’s unlawful to kill a mountain lion in the state without a permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The complaint filed by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office charges Gonzalez with two misdemeanor counts — one for the unlawful taking of a protected mammal and another for vandalism of National Park Service property, the collar, valued at $950. Gonzalez, a Simi Valley resident, will be arraigned in Ventura Superior Court on Oct. 9. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Teachers And Students Take Top Honors At Arts Council’s Annual Awards Ceremony


first_imgAbout Katie Waters (Mayor’s Art Award): It was an honor and a pleasure for Katie Waters to have been part of her students’ journey towards their greatest artistic potential.Katie taught painting and drawing at the University of Southern Indiana from 1981 to this year. Additionally, she served as Art Department Chair for seventeen years, and as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in 2003-2004. From fall 2009 – fall 2018 she was Director of the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries on the USI campus.Her drawings and paintings appear in many corporate, university, museum, and private collections and have been exhibited widely at the national and regional levels, including Matter, Mind, Spirit: 12 Contemporary Indiana Women Artists at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.“My work in the arts has been the most rewarding and fulfilling facet of my life. The inventiveness and imagination of the human mind is without limit. Art is universal; it brings us together and connects us – across time, geography, and cultures. Art’s search for truth and beauty leads us to the highpoint of what it means to be fully human.”About Jon Siau (Arts Council Award): From the 3,500 students he taught at North High School over the course of 42 years to having his art viewed in all 50 states and every nation on Earth, Jon Siau dedicates his life to art.Jon’s art career is littered with awards and honors, including — but not at all limited to — two University of Evansville / Evansville Courier “Teacher of the Year” awards, two national honors, Evansville Living’s reader’s choice for “Most Outstanding Educator” in 2008, EVSC and Harrison High School Hall of Fame, and the 1994 recipient of the Arts Council’s “Arts Educator of the Year” award.Jon also supported the arts and community through civic participation. He served of the Arts Council’s Board of Directors, the Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science’s art committee“Creating, teaching, sharing, viewing, and discussing art has been a constant passion throughout my life. A world without the arts is a barren, desolate place — doomed to fail,” he said. “I am proud to be part of such a vibrant community, one that values and embraces all the arts.”Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana mission: Enhancing quality of life and supporting economic development through advocacy and promotion of the arts, arts education, and arts organizations in Southwestern Indiana. Teachers and their students were honored at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana’s annual Arts Awards ceremony Thursday evening at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Evansville.Mayor Lloyd Winnecke presented Katie Waters with the prestigious Mayor’s Arts Award. Waters, a recently retired art teacher, worked at the University of Southern Indiana for 28 years. Retired art teacher Jon Siau was honored with the Arts Council award. Siau taught more than 3,500 students in his career at North High School.Waters and Siau taught the winner of the Visual Arts Award, Jonathan Hittner, while he attended USI and North High School, respectively.Waters said working in the arts is the most rewarding and fulfilling part of her life.“The inventiveness and imagination of the human mind is without limit. Art is universal. It brings us together and connects us – across time, geography and cultures. Art’s search for truth and beauty leads us to the highpoint of what it means to be fully human,” she said.Another student-teacher pair won awards at Thursday’s event. Signature School art teacher Kyle Darnell took home the Arts Educator Award and his student, Olive Bousman, won the Young Artist Award.Local community leaders presented seven awards, to the following:Mayor’s Art Award – Katie WatersArts Council Award – Jon SiauVisual Arts Award – Jonathan Hittner Performing Arts Award – Kevin RoachYoung Artist Award – Olive BousemanArts Educator Award – Kyle DarnellArts Community Award – PG / Pionear Group page1image49173568center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

House Republicans Hang On To Supermajority Status


first_imgIn the Senate, Republicans maintain a comfortable majority, controlling 40 out of 50 seats. They lost one seat when Democrat J.D. Ford defeated Carmel Republican Mike Delph, who had been a vocal opponent of hate crime legislation that would have provided LGBTQ protections. Ford is the first openly gay person to be elected to the General Assembly.A supermajority means that Republicans can have a quorum to conduct business without Democrats.Meanwhile, Senate Republicans formally elected state Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville as the president pro tempore in their first caucus meeting following Tuesday’s election. He had been elected to that position last summer after former President Pro Temper David Long, R-Fort Wayne, resigned but it wasn’t finalized until after Tuesday’s election.After assuming the leadership role, Bray named Sen. Mark Messmer of Jasper as majority floor leader. Senate Republicans also elected Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis as the majority caucus chair.The Senate’s 10 Democrats will have an opportunity to weigh in on Bray’s selection as president pro tempore when the legislature meets on Nov. 20, Organization Day.Also, Bray named the chairs of the standing committees for the 2019-2020 sessions, which includes replacing the longtime chair of the Education and Career Development Committee, Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, with Sen. Jeff Raatz, R-Centerville.Kruse, in a statement, said he was voluntarily stepping down from the committee post to spend more time with his wife and family.“This role has been rewarding, but it has also been demanding on my family and me,” Kruse said. “While I’ve chosen to step down as Chair to spend more time with my wife and family, I believe Sen. Raatz will serve this committee well, as he strongly cares about Indiana students and the quality of their education.”FOOTNOTE: TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare House Republicans Hang On To Supermajority StatusNovember 13, 2018, Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Republicans will maintain their supermajority status in the Indiana General Assembly after votes were finally tallied in Porter County were state Rep. Ed Soliday, of Valparaiso, defeated his Democratic challenger.The final count showed Soliday edging out Democrat Frank Szczepanski by just under 2,000 votes and giving House Republicans 67 seats, leaving Democrats with 33.“By voting to maintain our supermajorities in the General Assembly, Hoosiers have made it clear that Indiana is on the right track, and that we must continue this momentum,” said Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer in a news release after the Porter County votes were announced Friday.last_img read more

Ocean City’s $11.3 Billion in Total Real Estate Value Back on the Rise


first_imgA town with a year-round population of just 11,701, Ocean City has the fourth highest combined real estate value of any municipality in New Jersey.Only 56 Ocean City property owners filed tax appeals this year. They reduced the assessed value of their properties by a combined $3.8 million.Those appeals come just two years after 829 tax appeals wiped $108 million of taxable value off the boards in Ocean City and three years after 641 appeals reduced ratables by another $100 million.At the same time, Ocean City is wrapping up a multiyear in-house program that has pro-actively reassessed property values on almost 17,000 of the city’s approximately 19,275 taxable properties. The “compliance plan” reduced combined tax assessments by more than $1 billion.At last, Ocean City’s assessed values appear to be more in line with market values.The net effect of the changes?A stabilized tax rate for all Ocean City property owners.The City of Ocean City and the Ocean City Board of Education in recent years have held tax increases to about 2 percent or below. But with less property value to tax, Ocean City had to increase the tax rate more substantially — even just to collect close to the same overall amount in taxes.Taxpayers shared the tax burden unevenly. The owners who had their property values reassessed in any given year likely paid less in taxes, while those who didn’t paid more.When the overall ratable base falls, tax rates become inflated, Ocean City Finance Director Frank Donato said. It has the opposite effect when the ratable base increases.With tax appeals and reassessments stabilized, and with new construction and rehabilitations on the rise, Donato estimates Ocean City could see more than $100 million in new real estate value this year.That would reverse a trend that saw Ocean City’s overall ratable base fall from about $12.9 billion four years ago to $11.3 billion today. And that would likely lead to relatively stable tax rates.Even with the decrease in the ratable base, Ocean City still has the fourth highest combined real estate value of any municipality in the state of New Jersey. (With a year-round population of 11,701, Ocean City is just the 83rd most populous city in the state.)See the following rankings for 2013 from a state Department of Community Affairs abstract of ratables:Atlantic City: $14.4 billionNewark: $13 billionToms River:$11.4 billionOcean City: $11.3 billionBrick Township: $10.2 billionMiddletown Township (Monmouth County): $9.8 billionFranklin Township (Somerset County): $8.7 billionPaterson (Passaic County): $8.5 billionMillburn Township (Essex County): $8.1 billionBridgewater Township (Somerset County): $8.1 billionThe rankings also include: No. 14, Avalon, $7.3 billion; No. 41, Sea Isle City, $4.9 billion; No. 45, Stone Harbor, $4.4 billion; No. 102, Cape May, $2.8 billion.Donato said the compliance plan “might not be completely done.”  The city has until Oct. 1 to apply to the county to reassess more properties. But with the vast majority of properties already complete, the effect on the ratable base would not be substantial.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Speech: Speech by the Foreign Secretary to the UN Human Rights Council


first_imgYour Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I want to begin on behalf of the UK by thanking High Commissioner Hussein for his service and for his tireless efforts for speaking up for human rights around the world.And I’m delighted to be here because, at its best, this Council has shone a spotlight on appalling violations of human rights in specific countries – as we’ve just heard – and given a voice to people who would otherwise have suffered in silence.Britain considers this Council to be part of the rules-based international system in which we believe and that we strive to protect.And I will say that we share the view that a dedicated agenda item focused solely on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace and unless things change, we shall move next year to vote against all resolutions introduced under Item 7.But I stress that that does not mean that we in the UK are blind to the value of this Council – including the work it could do on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict under the right agenda item – and we support its emphasis on freedom of religion and expression and the empowerment of women.Which brings me to my main point because after flying around the world for two years as UK Foreign Secretary, I have concluded that we could solve the majority of the world’s most serious problems – from infant mortality to unemployment to civil war to the unsustainable loss of habitat because of population growth – indeed we could achieve virtually every sustainable development goal – if only we could provide every girl in the world with at least 12 years of quality education.It is a global disgrace that, at this moment, 130 million girls are not in the classroom, female illiteracy in some countries is running at 60, 70 or 80 per cent, and there are bigoted fanatics who actually campaign to stop girls from going to school, including the numbskulls from Boko Haram who will raid schools, abduct children and inflict any atrocity in order to deny girls an education.As recently as February, Boko Haram kidnapped 110 girls from a school in Dapchi and we all remember how 276 were taken from Chibok in 2014.When I visited Borno state last year, I met girls who had been told they would be shot if they dared learn to read, as the Taliban shot Malala.I am lost in admiration for those who press on with their studies in defiance of these threats – and for teachers who are brave enough to help – but the problem is global.Today, almost 800 million adults across the world cannot read or write – and two thirds of them are women.Think of the wasted talent, the appalling opportunity cost to humanity.But just imagine what we could achieve if we turned this upside down and ensured that every girl went to school and received the education they deserve?If all girls went to secondary school, then infant mortality would be cut in half, saving three million young lives every year.About 12 million children would not have their growth stunted by malnutrition.The future wages of girls would rise by 12 per cent for every extra year in the classroom and with that prosperity you create jobs and therefore you strike a blow against the Boko Harams and the maladjusted chauvinist fanatics who overwhelmingly come from countries where women are under-educated.And the conclusion is obvious: educating our daughters with the same care that we educate our sons is the single most powerful spur to development and progress, which is why, this year, the British Government has devoted an extra £500 million to the cause of female education.We are helping another 1.4 million girls in 15 countries to receive a minimum of 12 years of quality education.When we welcomed the representatives of 52 countries to London for the Commonwealth summit in April, all of them endorsed that target.And I should say by the way, in case you don’t know, Britain is one of a handful of countries that has a female Head of Government, a female Head of State and a female Head of the Judiciary.And I have joined my friend Amina Mohammed, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary, to form a Platform for Girls Education, a group of 12 influential people drawn from across the Commonwealth who will keep up the momentum.But resources and political will are not the only constraints: even when schools and teachers are available, girls may still miss out.If physical or sexual violence are commonplace, if dormitories are unsafe, if sanitary facilities are inadequate, then girls will be deterred from entering the classroom.If they are married at an early age this may deprive them of the chance to go to school and the reality is that one girl in every 12 in the developing world is married before the age of 15.Today, there are about 700 million women who were married in childhood and if the prevalence of child marriage remains unchanged, then that number will rise to nearly 1.2 billion by 2050.All of these problems – including the prejudice and sexism that hold women back – will need to be addressed if we are to achieve the goal of universal female education.I would respectfully appeal to every member of this Council to do whatever is necessary to eliminate child marriage, whether by passing new laws or enforcing existing ones.And I would urge every country here today to sign the joint statement of principles on girls education and support resolutions during this session that condemn female genital mutilation and violence and discrimination against women.And we should remember that mere attendance in school is not enough: we have to ensure that girls actually learn when they get there, which means that teachers need to be properly trained and opportunities improved for the most disadvantaged, including disabled girls.But all these measurable and material benefits of which I have spoken cannot be the sole or even the primary reason why we must ensure that all girls go to school.It’s not just that this ambition will make us more prosperous and expand our GDPs – though it will do all of that and more.I am here to appeal to all the men in suits, who are so adequately represented here and in positions of power around the world – there are quite a few – to do what is right.We can build the schools and train the teachers and surmount all of the other barriers: in the end, it is only a question of priorities and of will.This is one cause which attracts no dissenting voice and there is no reason to question the benefits or morality of what needs to be done.So Mr President may I say for the sake of our common prosperity, for the sake of peace and for economic progress – but above all in the name of simple justice and fairness – let us give every girl in the world 12 years of quality education.Thank you very much for your attention this morning.Boris Johnson on the importance of girls’ educationlast_img read more

News story: Education Secretary urges more faith schools to consider academy conversion


first_imgThe meeting followed the news that more than 50% of children in state-funded schools in England are now taught in an academy or free school, with standards rising faster in many sponsored academies than in similar council-run schools.Standards in faith schools are also impressive, with last year’s GCSE data showing faith schools perform better than their non-faith counterparts, while over half of the top performing 5% of schools at Key Stage 2, are faith schools.Representatives from all major faiths attended the meeting, including individuals from the Church of England, Muslim, Catholic, Sikh, Jewish and Hindu faiths, and from the Methodist Church.They were joined by leaders of high performing faith multi-academy trusts – Hamid Patel of Star Academy Trust, Nitesh Gor of Avanti Schools Trust and Dr Brinder Mohan Singh of Nishkam School Trust.These trusts are just three examples of faith groups combining their own ethos and values with the freedom and autonomy that academies and free schools enjoy, to create thriving schools providing the education their pupils deserve.Director of the Catholic Education Service, Paul Barber, said: The Catholic Church has been a longstanding Government partner in the provision of education, and today’s meeting highlights the continued strong working relationship we enjoy with the Department. Nearly a quarter of all Catholic schools in England are academies and we welcome the continued support of the Secretary of State for Catholic dioceses and their academisation plans. As the country’s second largest provider of schools, we remain committed to providing high quality Catholic education centred around the formation of the whole child. Faith leaders are being encouraged to convert more of their schools to academies – joining hundreds of schools across the country already benefiting from higher standards after academy conversion and building on the leading role faith groups have played in delivering the Government’s education reforms.At a round-table of representatives from all major faiths held on 29 January, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds set out the benefits of becoming an academy school – placing freedom into the hands of school leaders and helping schools to work together to achieve more than they can alone.The Education Secretary also praised the role faith organisations have had in the Government’s education reforms since 2010, with more than a quarter of state-funded faith schools already having academy status and more than 100 faith free schools open or due to open soon. The figures reflect an upturn in the pace of academy conversion within faith groups, with more groups now also establishing their own multi academy trusts.The department would also like to see more people from faith groups choosing to join the thousands of volunteers already offering their time, energy, skills and expertise as school governors and trustees.Mr Hinds said:center_img The diversity of schools in this country is one our education system’s most valuable assets, and faith schools play a pivotal role in that. They have led the way in embracing our reforms, with innovative free schools and high performing academies, taking advantage of the freedom and autonomy those choices provide. Faith schools make up one-third of the schools in England. I want to see even more faith schools enjoying the benefits of academy conversion, with even more faith groups using the exciting opportunity the free schools route provides. In doing so, the leaders of these schools will ensure they are the ones making the right decisions for their pupils and for their communities, as I firmly believe they should be.last_img read more

CVMC opens Coumadin Clinic


first_imgCentral Vermont Medical Center,Central Vermont Medical Center s Outpatient Anticoagulation Coumadin Clinic provides patients with a complete and organized approach to anticoagulation therapy, using established protocols. Protocols to manage therapy are followed by anticoagulation clinic nurses under the medical supervision of Dr. David Ospina. A comprehensive assessment by a registered nurse along with intervention and education provide patients the tools they need to have successful outcomes.Physicians prescribe the anticoagulation medication coumadin to reduce the blood s tendency to form clots. It is important to regularly check the medication s effect to ensure that the patient s blood is not too thin or too thick. Therefore physicians will provide a referral to the clinic and set up a patient s first appointment.The clinic is located in the CVMC Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) located immediately off of the main lobby. Patients first go to registration and then to the ACU waiting room. The clinic is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.Medicare and most major insurance companies cover clinic visits with varying co-pay amounts. Check with Medicare or your insurance company for details.last_img read more

All I Want for Christmas…


first_imgAll right all you good little boys and girls, let’s think about what we want Santa put under the tree this year.How about a wool PISGAH jersey made by local Pisgah Works? It’s a full zip, with a silver pull ornately designed as a dragon. It has a hood, complete with tiny visor so that it can be worn under the helmet. The visor keeps your face from being leaked on by the annoying drip through the slits in the helmet. The extra-long sleeves have thumb-holes, which are perfect for those days you don’t want a gap between your glove and sleeves. It’s even perfect on the days you almost needed gloves. Of course it has snug rear pockets. The best part is how frigging cool you look, and everybody tells you so.You just can’t get enough base layers, either. That includes socks, which have become nearly as important as shorts. DeFeet, which is a local company, has always kept my toes comfy whether they’re wet in the summer or the winter. Everybody needs a thin, long-sleeve thermal layer with a neckline that doesn’t choke or bind and tucks down low into the shorts. As for tights, it’s that time of year that if you don’t have fleece tights, you probably won’t ride.Since buying whimsical, yet highly functional gear can be a little costly, a great stocking stuffer would be a cool riding shirt from Club Ride. Not only do you look like a sexy cowboy, but the material does not hold stink. You can finish an epic Sunday in it and still wear it to work the next morning. Not only is the line American made by some hot dude in Idaho, but he buys tricot material from a local company who also serves Patagonia.Who wants to struggle anymore with a hand pump. What we need is a sturdy floor pump with a gauge. It works well for cars and motorcycle tires too.It’s pretty much guaranteed that riders are going to go through some tubes, so might as well fill the stocking with a few to stash in the backpack. Other safety necessities might be a small first aid kit (with painkillers and a suture kit). Even a whistle is a good idea, as well as a fistful of Cliff Cubes, which are yummy gummies filled with the necessities for trail-burned legs on a long ride.Speaking of packs, Camelbak is no longer the only choice for hydration. Osprey has busted out with a system that craves details. The bladder has a long handle and screw top that never suctions on too tightly, requiring a Hulk grip to open it. It has a firm back that allows the bladder to slide easily into the pack, providing a smooth surface on the rider’s back. It has small, waterproof, zipped compartments that can be washed out. Never does the tube down to the valve flop around tapping your knee in that irritating fashion. The chest strap has a super magnet that holds the valve in place, just inches from your thirsty lips. Plus, they’ve got a cool purple one that funds breast cancer research.The only other thing I can think of beyond a Go-Pro video camera is a small private fridge in the garage filled with beer.last_img read more

Two Other Suspects in Kidnapping of 10 People Arrested in Colombia


first_imgBy Dialogo May 06, 2011 On 3 May, Colombian authorities announced the arrest of two alleged members of a criminal group suspected of kidnapping ten people the previous week in a vacation home in the Colombian department of Antioquia (in the northwestern part of the country), the Army reported. On 2 May, the Public Prosecutor’s Office had announced the arrest of another suspect in southern Medellín, the capital of Antioquia, bringing to three the number of individuals linked to the case who are in custody. The most recent arrests “took place in the Belén neighborhood of Medellín, as a result of intelligence work begun by soldiers from the Military Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty (Gaula) as soon as the kidnapping of the ten citizens took place and thanks to the timely report by relatives,” the Army indicated. On 24 April, an armed group arrived at a rural property in the municipality of Sopetrán, in northwestern Colombia, apparently looking for members of a criminal gang. When they did not find them, they carried off ten individuals who were there, no indication of whose whereabouts has yet been found. According to the Army, “a rifle, a submachine gun, four pistols, a fragmentation grenade, a silencer, nine ammunition clips, and ninety-six live rounds,” among other items, were seized during the arrest operation. Among those arrested was a female juvenile.last_img read more