September 20, 2017 5:56 am
Foundation to host community meeting Monday - News - The Hays Daily News - Hays, KS Monday at Fort Hays State University's Robbins Center and will include officials with the university, several Ellis County cities, county government, Hays Medical Center and private business.
"It's a very exciting opportunity," said Sandy Jacobs, executive director of Heartland Community Foundation and a Hays city commissioner. The foundation is a key source of grant funds in northwest Kansas and has suggested the meetings to further community improvement efforts.
Heartland Community Foundation serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties.
September 20, 2017 5:56 am
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday criticized sanctuary cities that try to protect immigrants in the country illegally as places that "undermine the moral authority of the law."
He made the comments a day after the Trump administration appealed a judge's ruling blocking its efforts to withhold money from the cities.
Sessions, speaking to law enforcement officers in a sanctuary city in the sanctuary state of Oregon, urged officials who have decided that local police should not cooperate with federal immigration agents to reconsider those policies.
As he spoke, protesters lined the streets outside the Portland field office of the U.S. cities receive are not an entitlement, and cannot be given to sanctuary cities that he said frustrate efforts to reduce crime.
"Rather than reconsider their policies, these sanctuary jurisdictions feign outrage when they lose federal funds as a direct result of actions designed to nullify plain federal law," Sessions said.
A Chicago judge last Friday at least temporarily blocked the administration's attempt to withhold one particular public safety grant from cities that don't cooperate.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick rejected the administration's argument that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress
The Chicago lawsuit blocked late last week was in response to the administration's decision to attach immigration restrictions to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
Sessions told the law enforcement officers in Portland that city officials in "these sanctuary jurisdictions feign outrage when they lose federal funds as a direct result of actions designed to nullify plain federal law."
And he accused Portland and other cities of suing the administration "so that they can keep receiving taxpayer-funded grants while continuing to impede federal immigration enforcement."
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who did not attend the speech, wrote a letter to the Sessions saying that the city celebrates diversity and that "our local laws support these values and we are better for it."
"It is for these reasons that I strongly oppose the Trump administration's efforts to coerce local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws," wrote Wheeler, a Democrat.
Sessions highlighted the case of Sergio Martinez, a man accused of assaulting two women in July after his release from a Portland jail.
September 20, 2017 5:45 am
Using ICT to overcome remoteness- award winning educator excels
"[Since then] I've always been on the cutting edge of any of the new tools that have come out."
The only Australian to have recently snagged one of six prestigious Making IT Happen awards for her pioneering leadership in the tech ed space, Mirtschin has build up an extensive network of educators from all corners of the globe, thanks to her 'Tech Talk Tuesdays' webinars and edublog.
Most find their (virtual) way into Hawkesdale via Skype in the Classroom.
"My kids work in small groups with kids from other countries, like New Zealand, America, Canada we've had the Middle East in there as well, so they work together to research and then produce a product they share on their research "
Mirtschin has also connected her otherwise "geographically and culturally isolated" students to the likes of music producer Mark Ronson, Call of Duty game developers, and an author based in New York.
"A lot of our kids are on beef farms, sheep farms so we've linked up with students at a Japan university to show them what it looks like in the supermarket over there," she notes.
Next on the cards is a collaborative project on oceans with a Taiwanese school, plus a 'pollution and traffic' investigation with a group of New Delhi students.
September 20, 2017 5:33 am
The event will feature a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, food, and live entertainment.
Tickets are $15 per person, $25 per couple and free for children ages 10 and younger.
Proceeds will help defray medical expenses and allow her to go to a cancer center for another opinion or treatment.
For tickets and to make a donation, call 315-508-5518 or 315-489-9351.
Foundation appoints new officers, trustees
The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties recently named 2017-18 officers and two new members to its Board of Trustees.
The 2017-2018 Community Foundation Officers include:
* Chair Eve Van de Wal. Bonaventure, both in accounting.
The Community Foundation's new Board members are:
* James Engler Jr., president of Engler Electric Inc., a third-generation, family-owned business. He is immediate past president of the Mohawk Valley Builders Exchange, an IBEW-NECA Pension and Health Fund trustee, past member of Utica Rotary and past trustee of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Commission.
* Merritt Locke, an attorney and partner at Saunders Kahler LLP, is a member of the Oneida County Bar Association and New York State Bar Association and a past member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She is a current board member for the Central New York Community Arts Council, the Central New York Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and New Hartford Baseball Boosters Inc., and a past president of Family Services of the Mohawk Valley.
* Other members of The Community Foundation Board of Trustees are: Laura Casamento, Ronald Cuccaro, Burt Danovitz, Lisa DeFrees-Lovett, Keith Fenstemacher, David Griffith, Cathleen McColgin, Gregory McLean, Cheryl Minor, Mary Morse, Jawwaad Rasheed, Rev. Robert Umidi, Randy VanWagoner.
Drone exhibit taking off at Rec Center
CNY Drones in cooperation with the City of Utica Youth Bureau, is hosting Drone Info Day at The Parkway, from noon to 4 p.m. The day features flight simulators, a hands-on first-time flyer flight zone, full-scale drone demos with FPV viewing, safety information, a live build and repair station, 3D printing, degree and training information, local drone technology company exhibits and an introduction to Rig Rescue, an inclusive, low cost, STEM-based Team Drone Challenge.
Weather permitting, there will also be drone demonstrations outdoors. The event is part of CNY Drones' efforts to promote STEM, provide awareness of drone technology educational and employment opportunities and build a safe flying recreational drone community.
CNY Drones provides a local social media information hub and organizes STEM volunteers that include drone enthusiasts, educators, drone technology and cyber security company engineers and Air Force Research Lab staff. A planning committee meets weekly to discuss upcoming drone events, requests and inquiries.
For more information on the Drone Info Day at the The Parkway, visit
www.CNYDrones.org or email CNYDrones@gmail.com.
UFA Blue and Gold Weekend scheduled
Utica Free Academy Alumni Association is hosting its Blue and Gold Weekend annual banquet and meeting from 11 a.m. Box 4712, Utica, NY 13503.
For information, visit Utica Free Academy Alumni Association on Facebook.
Food Sense program registration set
Registration for the Food Sense program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $20.50.
The projected package will include boneless pork chops, beef and broccoli meal, chicken drumsticks, breaded fish sticks, ground turkey, pierogies, chicken noodle soup, frozen carrots, applesauce, brownie mix and two fresh produce items.
Specials may be purchased separately.
New customers and volunteers are welcome.
For information, call 315-336-0742.
Defensive Driving Class set for Oct. Make your check or money order out to "Safety Council."
Those who complete the class will receive a 10 percent insurance discount on collision and liability for the principal driver; and reduce up to four points on your license for violations occurring within the past 18 months.
To register, call 315-525-7165.
to host workshop
As a leader in Central New York in bringing experts to area professionals and families, Arc Herkimer will present Celebrate Calm: Ten Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect, and Yelling at two local school districts in October.
Celebrate Calm will be hosted from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
September 20, 2017 5:33 am
Johnson City Press:
Get your barbecue, blues and brews at Covered Bridge Park on Saturday
ELIZABETHTON Do you like to sample barbecue from several of the best purveyors of barbecue in the region and wash it down with some of the best local beers? That will be followed by a barbecue contest between some of the best purveyors of barbecue in the area, washed down with some of the best local beers and made even more enjoyable with some great live music featuring My New Favorites and this mountain.
The competitors in the barbecue contest include: J's Corner, Jiggy Ray's, Moe's Original BBQ, Smotkehouse BBQ, Southern Craft BBQ, Wayne's BBQ and Hokie Smokie.
September 20, 2017 5:22 am
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Cuts Will Affect At-Risk Youth Across the Country Meeting the unique sexual health needs of youth in foster care can be a daunting task, but many TPP grantees specifically work with this cohort of young people.
West Virginia has the sixth highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. TPP grantees help teach these vulnerable youth about healthy relationships, communication, prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and their rights to sexual and reproductive health services.
Many of the models funded through the TPP Program have also been proven to reduce the number of teen pregnancies or related behaviors like delaying sex, increasing contraceptive use, and decreasing the number of sexual partners: 41 evaluations conducted during the first round of grants found 12 evaluations (29 percent or 1 in 3) showed positive impacts. still become pregnant at least once by the age of 20, and rates are significantly higher for young women of color and those living in poverty.
In addition, The National Campaign conducted polling showing that 85 percent of adults favor continuing the TPP Program, including 75 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of Democrats. Dismantling this evidence-based program will harm hundreds of thousands of our most vulnerable youth by denying them high-quality information and education that would help them make healthy decisions about their futures.
With such high stakes for our most at-risk youth, why would our government suddenly decide against investing in our nation's youth by defunding programs like the TPP Program?
September 20, 2017 5:22 am
''+ ''+ ''+ '' ''; ''; The first book is a novel about an art student and a sculpture of a giant robot, aAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing.a Dutton, which also publishes John Green, announced Tuesday the novel is scheduled for next fall. Hank Green said in a statement he hoped the book would help capture the areally weirda historical moment weare living in.
John Greenas aTurtles All the Way Down,a his first novel since the million-selling aThe Fault in Our Stars,a comes out next month.
Jesmyn Ward novel among Kirkus Prize finalists: Jesmyn Wardas ghostly aSing, Unburied, Singa and Mohsin Hamidas acclaimed novel about refugees, aExit West,a were among the finalists Tuesday for the fourth annual Kirkus Prize.
Presented by the trade publication Kirkus Reviews, the prize includes six nominees each in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and young peopleas literature. Winners for each category, to be announced Tuesday, receive $50,000.
Fiction nominees besides Ward and Hamid included the novels aThe Ninth Hour,a by Alice McDermott, and aWhite Tears,a by Hari Kunzru, and a pair of story collections: aWhat It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky,a by Lesley Nneka Arimah, and Carmen Maria Machadoas aHer Body and Other Parties.a
Nonfiction nominees were Jack E. Davisa aThe Gulf,a Patricia Lockwoodas aPriestdaddy,a Edward Dolnickas aThe Seeds of Life,a Valeria Luisellias aTell Me How It Ends,a Michael Twittyas aThe Cooking Genea and Laura Dassow Wallsa aHenry David Thoreau: A Life.a
Judge refuses to move manas trial from aS-Towna: A character from the hit podcast aS-Towna will stand trial on theft and other charges in the rural Alabama county that serves as the setting for the serialized narrative, a judge decided Tuesday.
Bibb County Circuit Judge Donald McMillan, ruling after a brief hearing, refused to move Tyler Goodsonas upcoming trial to an even more rural county.
Defense attorneys J.D.