Officials: Two People Struck by Lightning on Florida Beach

first_imgThe second person is still being examined at by medics on scene.This is a developing story. According to Clearwater Police, the incident happened on Clearwater Beach.One person was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Two people are in the hospital after getting struck by lightning in the Tampa Bay area Sunday, authorities say.last_img

Prevention First Celebrates 45 Years of Excellence

first_imgPrevention First will hold its annual Excellence in Prevention Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale.This year’s event celebrates the agency’s 45th year of service.“Reaching the 45th anniversary milestone is not an easy task for any nonprofit charity. Just as our world has continued to change, we have needed to adjust how we care for ourselves and how to prepare for a more complex and uncertain future,” said Executive Director and CEO Mary Pat Angelini. “From our 1967 beginning as the Alcoholism Council of Monmouth County, our mission and focus have expanded and staff has grown from one dedicated employee to a dynamic team of 26 highly-trained, award-winning professionals.”Prevention First provides research-based alcohol and drug abuse and violence/bullying prevention programs to students ranging from preschool to high school, as well as to parents and guardians. During the last 45 years, more than 180,000 children and families have benefited from the comprehensive range of programs and services the agency offers.Prevention saves. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administra­tion estimates the savings in future “societal costs” to be $18 for every dollar spent on prevention. The savings in quality of life and life itself is immeasurable and invaluable, and Prevention First takes pride in celebrating it!Tickets to the Excellence in Prevention Luncheon are $45 per person and may be purchased online at or by calling Michelle Cicalese at 917-608-4247.last_img read more

Two River Gardeners Help Decorate Drumthwacket

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – What began  as a “three-ring circus” for Judy McMaster ended  more than six hours later as a graceful, elegant showplace filled with holiday décor.The Garden Club of Fair Haven’s Judy McMaster was the coordinator of holiday decorating at the governor’s official residence.McMaster of Rumson was this year’s coordinator of holiday decorating at Drum­thwacket, the New Jersey governor’s official residence. As a member of the Garden Club of Fair Haven and a board member of the Garden Clubs of New Jersey, McMaster recruited garden club members from across the state to fill the mansion at 354 Stockton St. (Route 206) in Princeton with gorgeous greenery and sparkling trees.She even suggested this year’s theme: “Drum­thwacket Sings the Songs of the Season.”Each of the six first-floor public rooms in the white Greek Revival mansion was dressed to the nines in holiday finery in accordance with popular holiday songs and Christmas carols. The front porch was decorated with the idea of There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays. The entry foyer, stairway and landing took on the musical and decorative notes of Deck the Halls. The music room took its cue from The Nutcracker Suite and the library, Winter Wonderland. The parlor was the embodiment of The Holly and the Ivy. Jingle Bells was the song used for the governor’s study and the dining room took on the look of Silver Bells because it is the place where the formal silver service from the battleship the USS New Jersey is displayed year-round.The volunteer job was a joy for McMaster who has loved to decorate since she was a child. As a Fair Haven garden club member, she has been part of the crew several times which has volunteered to decorate the mansion.Each year the workers arrive at 9 a.m. on the Monday after Thanksgiving – this year it was Nov. 26. They spend about 45 minutes unloading their materials – dried, fresh and faux – and then each team goes to work on the room they have been assigned and designed to celebrate the holidays.The decorating of the mansion had a little something special this year, occurring only four weeks after Super Storm Sandy. Among the garden club members who agreed to decorate were members of the Garden Club of Keyport. “They were decimated but they didn’t back out,” McMaster said. They designed and installed the décor in the parlor. The club from Toms River, “also decimated, did the entry foyer.”  The other clubs that participated were from Shrews­bury, Warren, Basking Ridge, and Mountain Lakes.The materials used were all donated by the clubs and an event planner who decorated the front porch. Some of the money for the decorations each year comes from the clubs’ treasuries and sometimes from the designers’ pockets. “It’s getting to be expensive,” McMaster said.Because of the duration the decorations are on display, the garden clubs have been using some faux materials along with the greenery and fresh flowers. Among the items used this year were magnolia branches “which dry well,” orchids in pots, birch and white-painted branches along with holly, ivy and evergreens plus pinecones, ribbons and ornaments.The decorating of the governor’s mansion is a longtime service project for the Garden Clubs of New Jersey.  As this year’s coordinator, McMaster invited various clubs to volunteer their talents, made sure they understood the perimeters of the job and then organized the decorating day. She also will supervise the dismantling of the decorations on Jan. 2.“The house is used throughout the season for events – political and social events,” McMaster said. “Last year, the Christies used the house pretty much from the time the kids got out of school until they went back. They hosted family and friends and I think that’s the plan again this year.”The dining room of Drumthwacket.McMaster’s favorite Drum­­­thwacket room is the dining room. “It’s amazing,” she said. “I’m guessing that table seats 24.“I like the whole house,” she said. “I think it’s a gracious home, not overdone. I think it’s a comfortable home.”McMaster was very pleased with the results of this year’s decorating. “I think this was, if not the best, than one of the best ever,” she said. “Every room was really elegant and tastefully done.“I just like doing this,” she said. “I like the planning stages, the concept, in my mind’s eye of what it needs … It’s a lot of fun.“It’s great for all the garden clubs to get together and do something cooperatively,” McMaster said.Construction of Drum­thwacket began in 1835. The estate’s name means “wooded hill” in Scottish Gaelic. The property was purchased by the state in 1966 but it wasn’t until 1981 that the New Jersey Historical Society raised the funds to begin converting the property for use as the governor’s mansion.last_img read more

Bombers coast to Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Soccer title

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers proved to be in a class of their own, out scoring the opposition 12-0 en route to clinching back-to-back Kootenay High School AA Soccer Championships last week in Creston.The Bombers clipped the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 5-0 in the final en route to a berth in the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Tournament next month in Burnaby. LVR, gaining a bye into the semi final round of the six-team tourney as the top seeded team, defeated David Thompson of Invermere 7-0 in one semi final.The Hawks upset two-ranked Prince Charles Comets of Creston to advance into the final.Bomber coach Jamie Spendlove said LVR dominated both semi final and final, owning at least 90 percent of the play.LVR now travels to the Lower Mainland to participate in the AA Championships, November 18-20 at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West.last_img read more

Redwoods men’s basketball holds off American River, improves to 4-1

first_imgLast time Redwoods started a losing streak it took 29 tries to end it.But 2019-20 is a new season, and on Thursday Redwoods, following a close loss to College of Marin on Wednesday, got back to its winning ways in a hurry with a 78-76 win over American River at American River College.Redwoods led the contest 39-19 at half and by a 60-40 margin with just over 12 minutes to play in the second-half.American River got close but never tied the ball game as Thomas Nelson and Zac Claus each chipped …last_img read more

Technology helps to motivate pupils, say top teachers

first_imgTeachers across South Africa are turning away from the traditional blackboard and are plugging into technology in their attempts to become better educators. Along the way, they have found that learning is more fun, and that children are keener to get to grips with their education. Top teachers use technology in classrooms to enhance learning. (Image:• Teachers are ‘our nation’s pride’• South Africa turns on digital classrooms • Wits to offer free online courses for Africans • SKA will drive growth of Africa’s human capital • Join the 2015 South African Competitiveness Forum Melissa JavanAlthough she struggled to use her own cellphone, a Limpopo teacher said, she still used iPads to teach her class rather than the traditional blackboard.Malale Reshoketswe Leshilo, a teacher at Selale Primary School, was speaking at the 15th annual National Teaching Awards (NTA), hosted by the Department of Basic Education and held at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on 7 March.Leshilo was nominated for the NTAs. Speaking to news agency eNCA on the sidelines of the awards, she said that she was one of those teachers who valued technology when it came to motivating her Grade 3 pupils. Enrolment at her school had skyrocketed since it had started to use iPads in the classroom.“You can look at me now. I’m 43 this year. I still struggle in using a mere cellphone,” she said. “Yet I’m teaching learners through technology. It will make their learning even faster. They are also having fun! And they start to get these technological skills at a very young age.”Morne Smit, a teacher at Hoër Volkskool in North West, won the award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (further education and training). He also uses technology to get his message across to his pupils, who were particularly keen on videos. “When they go online, use their username and password, they have a timeline of mathematical content.”PrizesWinners at this event recieved gifts like Blackberry cellphones, Samsung tablets and Chevrolet Spark cars. Some hot cars to be awarded tonight. National Teaching Awards #nta15— Chuma Kave (@chumakave) March 7, 2015CategoriesThere are NTAs in 17 categories, including Excellence in Primary School Teaching, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Prof Kader Asmal Excellence Award. In handing out the awards, the department says it “wishes to salute all schools and teachers who have entered the National Teaching Awards since 2000. It acknowledges their extraordinary efforts, which have been achieved often under very difficult conditions and in service to our children, many of whom come from poor communities.”The Prof Kader Asmal Excellence Award seeks to recognise teachers who demonstrate the key values that were a hallmark of Asmal’s leadership; like its namesake, the winner must be a demanding educational activist who leads by example. It was won by Thembisile Mavis Mdlalose of Thembimfundo Special School in KwaZulu-Natal.Ganasen Reddy of Glenhaven Secondary School in KwaZulu-Natal received the Lifetime Achievement Award, with Albert Dill of Transorania School for the Deaf in Gauteng second placed, followed by Leepile Ishmael Mompati of Albert Morkoka Secondary School in Free State.Keynote SpeakerIn his keynote address at the awards ceremony, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the winning teachers were shining examples of teaching excellence, which all teachers should strive to emulate.Without incredible teachers, he added, he would not be the man he was today. We would not have had the calibre of great people that we have had, such as Nelson Mandela, and we would not have developed as a country like we had over the last 20 years if it was not for the hard work and dedication of our teachers.RecognitionThe UN marks World Teacher Day on October 5; it is one of many ways teachers and their profession are honoured. South Africa hosts a number of events to acknowledge and encourage dedicated and caring teachers in their efforts to develop each pupil. The NTAs are just one of those ways. Their objectives are to:Focus public attention on the positive aspects of education, thereby raising the public image of the teaching profession;Recognise and promote excellence in teaching performance;Honour dedicated, creative and effective teachers and schools;Encourage best practice in schools; and,Afford South Africans the opportunity to publicly say thank you to outstanding teams or individual teachers in schools.MotivationBuzzfeed, the social interaction and news portal, recently asked teachers to list on Instagram what makes their day. They listed:That “oooooh” look on a student’s face when they finally get a concept.The knowledge that I’m playing a little part in shaping a (hopefully) better future.Seeing a child blossom right before your eyes.When the worst student in class finally has a break and behaves well for the whole day.All the ridiculous things my kids say.The priceless stories I get to share with my friends.When a student identifies your class as a place they feel safe. That might mean it’s a place where they can escape tumultuous home lives or is place where they aren’t afraid to take risks, but either way it is a great feeling.Seeing the kids helping one another, both academically and socially, is so gratifying.Seeing a kid smile because you made them feel special.That moment when a wonderful idea comes to your mind and you expand on a topic with great discussions and they can’t wait to learn more.The NTA categories are:Excellence in Primary School TeachingExcellence in Secondary School TeachingExcellence in Primary School LeadershipExcellence in Secondary School LeadershipExcellence in Grade R TeachingExcellence in Special Needs and Inclusive TeachingExcellence in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and LearningExcellence in Teaching Mathematics (FET)Excellence in Teaching Physical Science (FET)Prof Kader Asmal Excellence AwardLifetime Achievement AwardKha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer EducatorKha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer SupervisorKha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer CoordinatorKha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer EducatorKha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer SupervisorKha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer Coordinatorlast_img read more

Newspapers Trumpeted ‘Solar Homes’ in the 1940s

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. What’s a “solar house”? The phrase has been used since the 1940s to refer to a house with lots of south-facing glazing — a type of house later called a “passive solar house.” The phrase is also used to refer to homes that include an active solar thermal system (one with collectors on the roof, along with pumps or fans). Finally, the phrase has recently been applied to homes with a photovoltaic (PV) array on the roof.Anyone interested in a thorough history of this subject should buy The Solar House by Anthony Denzer. (Denzer is also the author of a guest blog on GBA, “Historic Solar House Has Been Bulldozed.” Denzer’s blog recounts the sad fate of a solar house designed by George Löf, a researcher whose work is an essential part of the history of solar homes.)Denzer’s history is academic and thorough. I thought it would be fun to take a different retrospective approach to this slice of architectural history: I decided to look back at how a leading newspaper, the New York Times, has used the term “solar house” over the last 60 years. 1945: “Houses Warmed by the Sun” One of the first articles I found was published on April 15, 1945. The article, “Houses Warmed by the Sun,” was written by Mary Roche, who apparently depended heavily on press releases and promotional information issued by Libbey-Owens-Ford, an Ohio glass manufacturer. Libbey-Owens-Ford developed the insulated glazing unit (IGU), which it sold under the Thermopane brand name, and funded a significant advertising campaign promoting the so-called solar house. (In April 1986, Libbey-Owens-Ford sold its glass business to the Pilkington Group.)Roche’s article refers to several Glenview, Illinois, homes designed by architect George… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Jindal coal case: Interim bail of 5 fresh accused extended

first_imgFive fresh accused in the multi-crore coal scam case were granted extension on their bail on Thursday till May 25. They were named by the CBI in its supplementary charge sheet in the scam, which allegedly involves Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal and others.The case pertains to allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar extended the relief to accused — Jindal Steel’s adviser Anand Goel, Gurgaon-based Green Infra’s Vice-President Siddharth Madra, Nihar Stocks Ltd Director BSN Suryanarayan, Mumbai-based KE International’s Chief Financial Officer Rajeev Aggarwal and Mumbai’s Essar Power Ltd Executive Vice-Chairman Sushil Kumar Maroo. They did so after noting that the CBI had not yet supplied all the documents to them.The court also took strong objection to the delay in supply of case-related documents and directed a CBI officer of SP rank to personally look into the matter.It also directed the SP to remain personally present at every hearing of the case till further orders.Earlier, the CBI had opposed the regular bail plea of two of the five accused persons — Goel and Maroo — alleging that they tried to hamper the investigation and threatened witness Suresh Singhal in the case.The names of these five persons were revealed by Singhal, a chartered accountant, who was earlier charge sheeted by the CBI as accused in the case.The court had summoned the five new persons as accused after taking cognisance of the supplementary charge sheet filed by the CBI on March 24.Others involvedBesides Jindal, the case also involves former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda.The court had earlier asked the agency to expeditiously file its further probe report.The CBI had alleged that Koda had favoured Jindal group firms — Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL) — in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.All the accused had denied the allegations levelled against them and said there was no evidence to show that there was any conspiracy during the coal block allocation process.last_img read more

If BJP and PDP can come together, why can’t Sena-NCP-Congress combine be in place, asks Sanjay Raut

first_imgSenior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Monday said that this was the moment when political parties such as the Congress-NCP needed to come through on their past statements that everything possible needed to be done to keep the BJP out of power.Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has invited the Shiv Sena to indicate its willingness and ability to form the government today. Speaking on this backdrop, Mr. Raut said the Sena should have got more time.“The Governor has given us 24 hours’ time, while the BJP was given 72 hours. It is our responsibility to form the government but when many people are taken together, it requires time. But some people are working to push this State towards President’s Rule. But we are trying until the last moment to give this State a stable government. We will try to put forth our position before the Governor. We will be telling the Governor, yes, we are forming the government but had we got more time, it would have been better for the State. Had Governor given us more time, it would have been easier but we are not complaining,” said Mr. Raut.On the BJP blaming the Sena for insulting the mandate, Mr. Raut said, “How can the BJP blame us for not being able to form government? In fact, the BJP was so determined about not sharing CM post with us, as pre-decided, that it decided to sit in Opposition. This is ‘ahankar’ (ego) and ‘dwesh’ (hatred). It was the BJP’s responsibility to implement what was decided with its ally and give Maharashtra a stable government and such a situation would not have been created. This is an insult to the people. The Governor was told by the BJP that the Sena is not ready and so, government cannot be formed. But we were never even asked about holding discussions.”Mr. Raut said that Union Minister from the Shiv Sena Arvind Sawant was resigning today according to orders from party chief Uddhav Thackeray. “Why should we stay in the NDA for one Ministry? We are not responsible for this situation.”“I appeal to the Congress-NCP, this is the moment to prove that they will do what it takes to keep the BJP out of power. The Shiv Sena is forming the government and the CM will be from the Sena. We want to build this government on a common minimum programme of farmers welfare, unemployment, inflation, education, health, development of State but now all political leaders need to come together to create a common minimum programme and we are working in that direction.”When asked about ideological differences, he cited examples of the BJP and Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP in Kashmir. “Forget that, these parties are not seditious parties, they were formed in Indian soil and have contributed to the country. We have had differences with the BJP also.”Mr. Raut confirmed that leaders of the Sena, the Congress, and the NCP were in communication with each other.last_img read more

13 days agoEverton STUNNER! UK government blocked sensational Ferenc Puskas deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton STUNNER! UK government blocked sensational Ferenc Puskas dealby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt’s been revealed Everton made a sensational attempt to sign Hungarian and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas.The move is confirmed in Gavin Buckland’s book on Everton in the 1960s “Money Can’t Buy Us Love”.The Liverpool Echo reports the book reveals that John Moores, the benefactor of the Mersey Millionaires, tried to use his financial muscle to sign the Real Madrid magician in 1960, the year Puskas scored four goals in the famous European Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden Park.Moores’ words delivered to Everton shareholders in December 1960 are published:”It is no use people telling us to go out and buy world-class players like Real Madrid can do. The League rules will not allow it.”If I had offered Puskas a £15,000 signing on fee when he left Hungary, and made him a director of Littlewoods at £10,000 a year, I still could not have signed him for Everton because the Home Office would not have admitted him into the country as an alien, the Players’ Union would have objected and the League would have vetoed it too.”The Everton chairman then bitterly fired off his frustrations to Mike Langley of the Daily Express in August 1962.”Real Madrid, with naturalised Hungarians and Argentinians, are almost helped by the Spanish government to build the world’s best team.”Our government has no interest in football apart from taking millions in pools money out of the game and putting none of it back.” last_img read more