Chautauqua County’s Marine Toys For Tot Seeks Normalcy In Upcoming Season

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County’s Marine Toys For Tots launched its 2020 campaign with a virtual kick off Friday morning.Several participants, including coordinator Heather Brown, appeared on the Zoom call. Officials say this year’s event will be rather different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Brown tells WNYNewsNow that, because of the pandemic, the 2020 campaign will be key to providing some stability for children during the Christmas season.“This year, more than ever, children have been out of their routine since March 15,” Brown said. “How scary to not understand what’s going on in the world, or to have so many confusing messages or uncertainty. Hopefully the Christmas and Holiday season can anchor that back. Whatever their family dynamics may be, at least if they can have a toy under the tree on Christmas morning, give them a semblance of this isn’t going to be something their going to miss out on.” “We want Christmas to be as close to normal as it can. If we can do just a small part of that, we are honored to.”Applications for families in need start online now and will close on Dec 13th. Applications for agencies, community groups, schools start online now and will close Dec. 4. All Volunteers will sign up through “Sign up Genius.”Collection boxes will be limited at sites throughout the county.Other events include the “Non- Event”. Officials ask the public not to come to the annual Kick-Off Charity Ball. – see flyer for detailsDrive Thru Toy drop off events Saturdays in November: November 7th @ Foote Avenue Plaza November 21st @ Kirks Jewelers Fredonia November 28th @ Chautauqua MallTim Hortons Donuts & Coffee sale: Buy certificates for $10 each and redeem at Tim Hortonso COVID Survival Raffle – details to be announced soono Wholesale Bundles shipped direct – flyers availableo Amazon Wish List “Chautauqua County Toys for Tots 2020”o “Buy Local” project – details to be announces soon.o Paper Trains – businesses can accept donations and post paper trains on their wallso Donations can be made online, being sure to indicate Chautauqua County. Or checks, must be made out to “Toys for Tots” and mailed to 200 Dunham Ave., JamestownCOVID Details:All NYS and CDC COVID guidelines will be strictly followed while running our local campaign. Applications will be accepted on-line only, distribution / toy pick up will be contactless drive thru ONLY.All Volunteers will be screened as per current guidelines and numbers of people in the warehouses will be limited.Officials anticipate local toy collections will be negativity impacted during the holiday season due to the pandemic.Officials expect a significant increase in families seeking assistance from Marine Toys for Tots.last_img read more

Governor Douglas appointed by President Obama to co-chair Council of Governors

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas has been appointed by President Obama to co-chair the Council of Governors, a bipartisan group of 10 governors who will work closely with the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, as well as other defense and national security officials to advise on matters related to the National Guard and civil support missions.“It is a great honor to be asked by the President to co-chair the Council,” said Governor Douglas.  “Ensuring that the state and federal governments are coordinated in response to domestic military operations and disasters is critical to the safety and security of our Vermont residents, and citizens across the country.”The National Guard Empowerment Act of 2007 directed the President to establish a bipartisan Council of Governors – five from each party – who will work with defense and homeland security officials on issues regarding the command structure for National Guard and active duty military forces operating within states in response to domestic disasters and emergencies.“Governors appreciate the opportunity to exchange ideas and views about military operations within their states,” said the Governor.  “This Council will provide a forum for the discussion of issues that might arise and ultimately lead to more effective responses to domestic disasters and emergencies.”  On January 11, President Obama issued an executive order to formally establish the Council.  Its membership includes:Ø Governor James H. Douglas, Co-ChairØ Governor Chris Gregoire, Co-ChairØ Governor Janice K. BrewerØ Governor Luis G. FortuñoØ Governor Brad Henry, MemberØ Governor Robert F. McDonnellØ Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) NixonØ Governor Martin O’MalleyØ Governor Beverly Eaves PerdueØ Governor M. Michael RoundsØ Secretary of DefenseØ Secretary of Homeland SecurityØ Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and CounterterrorismØ Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public EngagementØ Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security AffairsØ Commander, U.S. Northern CommandØ Chief, National Guard BureauØ Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard Source: Governor Douglas’ office. 2.5.2010###last_img read more

Peacock to head JLL

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Westfield secures UK site in first European offensive

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First Lady Frances Wolf Visits Columbia High School for “School Breakfast Week,” Highlights Need to Increase Access to Breakfast for PA Students

first_img Education,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf today visited Columbia High School in Lancaster County to help kick off the school district’s “School Breakfast Week,” an effort to increase student participation in the district’s breakfast program. She visited with students and highlighted the importance of breakfast to ensure students have the start to the day that they need to be successful. Governor Wolf’s 2017-18 budget proposal includes an additional $2 million to enhance Pennsylvania’s existing school breakfast programs. This investment will help the Commonwealth leverage tens of millions of dollars in federal funding and will go directly to schools to help them adopt and expand breakfast programs that work.“One in five children in Pennsylvania struggle with hunger. This statistic alone is nothing short of heartbreaking, but it also has an enormous impact on our schools and our kids’ future,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Kids who are hungry are less likely to learn as much or as fast because a lack of healthy food can impair a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school. That’s why this investment to increase access to breakfast for more Pennsylvania students is so important. When children start the day with the nutrition they need, it has long-lasting consequences for the entire state – they grow up smarter, healthier, and stronger – and that means a smarter, healthier, stronger Pennsylvania.”Governor Wolf’s school breakfast budget proposal would be administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Education as competitive grants to schools that adopt alternative breakfast delivery models, including “Breakfast After the Bell” programs in elementary schools and “Grab ‘n’ Go” models in middle and high schools. The funds will be targeted to schools with student populations with more than 60 percent of children receiving subsidized meals.Last year, the Wolf Administration announced its food security plan, “Setting the Table: A Blueprint to for a Hunger-Free PA.” The plan lays out the administration’s goals of providing all Pennsylvanians with access to healthy, nutritious food, which will improve their well-being, health, and independence. One of the key goals of the Blueprint is to increase access to and participation in school breakfast programs for students who are eligible for free and reduced price lunch at school.Studies show that breakfast impacts a variety of outcomes in our children – both in academic progress, as well as behavior and the number of visits to the school nurse every day. School breakfast is a smart investment that will have a lasting impact on our students and on Pennsylvania. First Lady Frances Wolf Visits Columbia High School for “School Breakfast Week,” Highlights Need to Increase Access to Breakfast for PA Students May 15, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Towers Watson’s Mansi promoted to CIO of delegated investment business

first_img“There are significant advantages to be gained by establishing a level playing field between alpha, smart beta and bulk beta investments, as well as by treating risk management as a source of value creation rather than only considering return generation.”Ford added: “In an increasing number of jurisdictions, our clients are asking us to augment their internal resources by taking on the responsibility for implementing part of or their entire portfolio through a delegated or outsourced CIO service.”Mansi was named European delegated CIO in 2011 as part of a move to establish a separate team for Towers Watson’s delegated business.It has since gone on to win clients including the Lafarge UK Pension Plan and the scheme for car manufacturer Jaguar. Towers Watson has promoted Chris Mansi, currently the consultancy’s European delegated CIO, to a global role in charge of all $60bn (€44.2bn) of delegated mandates.Mansi, who has been with the firm for 15 years, has been promoted alongside Craig Baker.Baker was previously global head of research at Towers Watson’s investment division, and has been named global CIO.Chris Ford, global head of investments, said the changes were about providing a competitive advantage to clients.last_img read more

NFE commissions LNG terminal off Jamaica’s coast

first_imgJamaica’s liquefied natural gas import terminal developed and operated New Fortress Energy off the coast of Old Harbour Bay, in St. Catherine has been officially unveiled over the weekend.The 125,000-cbm FSRU Golar Freeze that will serve a 15-year charter for New Fortress Energy as an import facility supplying new gas-fired power plants, has been positioned 3.6 miles out at sea.Golar Freeze, owned by the Nasdaq-listed Golar LNG Partners, a limited partnership formed by Golar LNG, was previously converted into an FSRU from an LNG carrier and has a 4.9 billion cubic meters per year regasification capacity.Speaking at the occasion of unveiling the facility, Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness noted that this latest introduction of LNG supply in the country is in line with Jamaica’s energy policy, which calls for the development of its energy resource potential to enhance international competitiveness and energy security, whilst reducing carbon footprint.The terminal, which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean, will provide fuel to several facilities, including the Jamaica Public Service’s (JPS) soon-to-be-completed 190-megawatt power plant in Old Harbour, through natural gas pipelines, prime minister’s statement reads.Holness noted that already, New Fortress Energy is supplying LNG to the University of the West Indies (UWI) and Red Stripe.The terminal is also providing LNG for Caribbean Products, Appleton, IGL Limited, CB Group, Clarendon Distillers, Wisynco and Seprod.New Fortress has invested close to$1 billion to bring the LNG project to its current stage.Prime minister pointed out that there are also plans to supply the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) with the chilled fuel, noting that in the near future Jamaican buses could run on LNG.last_img read more

First penis transplant patient to be a father

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Stellenbosch University doctors perform the world’s first successful penis transplant in Cape Town, South Africa (file photo)JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) – A South African man who received the world’s first successful penis transplant is to become a father just months after undergoing surgery, his doctor said Friday.Urologist Andre van der Merwe, who led the team that performed the operation, told AFP that the 21-year-old’s girlfriend was pregnant.“He said that she is about four months pregnant. They are very happy with it and we also very happy,” said Van der Merwe, who is based at Stellenbosch University.“We are happy that there were no complications and his penis is functioning well,” he said.There was nothing preventing the patient from having children because his testicles, where sperm is produced, were not affected.Van der Merwe has previously admitted surprise at the speed of the man’s recovery of sexual function however, saying the original goal was that “he would be fully functional at two years”.The man, whose identity has not been revealed, received his new penis from an organ donor in a nine-hour operation on December 11 at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.His own penis had to be amputated three years earlier after a botched traditional circumcision.The procedure, which often leads to disastrous infections and complications, is performed on boys and young men as a rite of passage to adulthood in some rural parts of South Africa.“These young men don’t have a penis so they have to sit to urinate, so the first objective is to make them be able to stand to urinate, like other men do,” Van der Merwe told AFP.“Secondly the objective is for them to have normal sexual intercourse if and when they want, so the second objective was met,” he added.“He’s got a normal sensual penis. His sensation has recovered 100 per cent at this stage, and he has got normal erections and he is sexually active.“We can say that the third objective – to conceive a baby, or for him to be able to conceive with his partner – has (also) been met.”Van der Merwe said he had not examined the man’s partner but had no reason to disbelieve that he had impregnated her as he was a “stable young man” and had been in a relationship with the woman for a number of years.He said his team had been inundated with requests from men who have had similar amputations but could not take everyone.“Right now we have about nine people on our programme,” he said, pointing out that finding penis donors would be one of the challenges, as with any other organ.“I don’t think it would be easy but I believe people will now come forward because of this positive case,” he said. 136 Views   no discussionscenter_img HealthInternationalLifestylePrint First penis transplant patient to be a father by: Associated Free Press – June 12, 2015 Share Sharelast_img read more

Christopher family continues to grieve after his sudden death

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 15 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Christopher family continues to grieve after his sudden death by: – April 24, 2012 Share Don Christopher. Photo credit: Dominica CentralThe family of the late Attorney at Law McDonald Christopher is still trying to come to terms with his sudden loss.Christopher, popularly known as “Don” passed away at the age of 72 at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday.Shirley Christopher who has been his wife for six years said her husband had a corrective surgery last week after complaining of serious abdominal pains.“My body feels weak because I wasn’t expecting that at all. I was with him. I took care of him. I bathed him, I put clothes on him. Everything was okay and I wasn’t expecting that call. Up till this day I don’t believe it. I can’t believe it. He told me he didn’t sleep well and that his blood pressure was a little high but apart from that he was okay,” she said.Meanwhile, president of the Dominica Bar Association Wynant Adrian-Roberts recalled Christopher as one who was always “eager” to give his opinion.“He practiced at the Magistrate court, high court and the court of appeal. His practice was mostly at the civil court though he did some criminal work. He was always eager to give his opinion on matters, he was very outspoken and the profession will certainly miss him,” she said.She described his passing as a sad day for the legal fraternity of Dominica. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Courts Dominica to host first ever ‘Super Mom Challenge’

first_img Share LocalNews Courts Dominica to host first ever ‘Super Mom Challenge’ by: – May 3, 2012 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 18 Views   no discussions Share Courts Dominica will host the first ever ‘Super Mom Challenge in an effort to reward and show appreciation for mothers as part of Mother’s Day 2012 celebrations.The challenge which is carded for Friday the 11th of May 2012 at the company’s Roseau outlet is “geared at giving back to moms as well as having some fun in these otherwise serious times” according to a press release from the company.The challenge is open to anyone who would like to participate and believe that they possess the skills and fortitude to complete the challenges outline bellow in the shortest possible time. Challenge #1While holding baby make Baby Bottle- Set-up will be done prior to this…. Kettle will be provided with water, courts to provide: bottle formula speed will be your priority here. Challenge #2Make Bed Holding Baby – at this point, the mother is apparently pregnant with a baby in her arms. She needs to use her skills at this point to make a bed without hurting the baby or herself. (bed sheets and baby provided)Challenge #3Dress and Change Baby – after the bed is made… participant must now dress and change baby with the clothes provided. (baby clothes, pampers, wipes)Challenge #4Open Clothes on Rack…. The clothes will be in a washer; the participant must take clothes out of washer and hang clothes on the rack provided by Courts. (Clothes)Challenge #5Ironing- Clothes will be set aside for the participant to iron (2 pieces of clothing for each participant). After ironing.. rings are to be placed in wardrobesChallenge #6Clean and Organize fridge – Groceries will be set aside by the fridge. For this course, the challenger must clean fridge and organize it to the best of her ability. A photograph will be taken of how the fridge is to be packed.. Contestants must pack fridge in same orderChallenge #7Sweep or Mop balls – Two balls will be placed on floor for participant to sweep or mop to a particular point in store. (broom, mop, balls)Challenge #8Whip a Quick Meal – Mom is tired by now.. but she still has to cook a meal for her husband when he comes home from work.. we will select a dish for all moms to prepare and this will be the final challenge. (Sandwich/Soup) using one of our appliances.Participants will be expected to take part in all aspects of the competition and will be judged on adherence to allotted time, Skills, Confidence and Overall Presentation.The winner will receive EC$2000.00There will also be in-store specials during the challenge for persons who would want to do last minute shopping for the mothers in their lives.Do you have what it takes? Press Releaselast_img read more