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Bike Shop Gives Back

first_imgRoanoke, VA bike shop gives away bikes to people in needDownshift Handcrafted Bikes and Brews in Roanoke, VA is trying to make it easier for those in need of transportation to get to work. Through a program called Community Upshift, the shop collects donations of used bikes and then uses their own time and parts to fix the bikes up. So far, the program has gifted 12 bikes. Recipients must take part in an interview process before being considered for a free bike. “My goal is to have everybody ride a bike, and to have bikes replace vehicles and have bikes be the primary mode of transportation,” Downshift’s owner Stephen Ambruzs told WSLS news. “So if I can help in any way possible, especially people that are in need, it’s just a two-for-one for me, and it’s really, really important.” To donate a bike or learn more about applying for a bike, contact Downshift for more information.Visit there facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/downshiftrke/last_img read more

UN Human Rights Chief Cites Continued Abuses in Venezuela

first_imgBy VOA September 23, 2019 The United Nations’ chief human rights official said September 9 that millions of Venezuelans continue to suffer rights violations, including dozens of possible extrajudicial killings carried out by a special police force.Nongovernmental organizations report that the Special Action police force carried out 57 suspected extrajudicial killings in July alone within Caracas, Michelle Bachelet said in an oral presentation on Venezuela to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.Bachelet’s presentation followed a scathing written report issued in early July that found a “pattern of torture” under the regime of Nicolás Maduro and cited violations like arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, and enforced disappearances.Bachelet’s latest presentation noted some areas of progress, while pointing to more cases of human rights violations and declining conditions, as more than 4 million Venezuelans have fled a country beset by hyperinflation that leaves monthly minimum wages equal to $2.While Bachelet said she had called for officials to dismantle the feared Special Action police force, the unit, she added, has actually received ongoing support from the highest levels of the government.Bachelet raised concern that groups that collaborated with her in the earlier report have since come under criticism and threats by senior officials.“Reprisals for having cooperated with the United Nations are unacceptable,” she said. “I urge the authorities to take preventative measures.”Bachelet said she worried about a proposed law criminalizing the activities of human rights organizations that receive money from abroad, which could further erode democracy in Venezuela.Highlighting advances, Bachelet said a member of her team recently was allowed to visit the Ramo Verde Military Center — a prison commonly used to hold what opposition leaders consider political prisoners — with an agreement for visits to come. The government also has released 83 people whose arrests human rights observers considered arbitrary, she said, adding that officials have agreed to consider another 27 cases, expecting action soon.last_img read more

Service via social media requires speed, engagement

first_imgResponse time and meaningful engagement with members are key factors to consider when carrying out a social media service strategy, according to “The State of Social Media Customer Service 2015,” a white paper from the Incite Group.Interacting with customers on social media allows a credit union to have a more human face and be more approachable to members.But to build engagement with members and improve their experience, credit unions must consider:• Speed. A J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Social Media Benchmark Study showed 67% of consumers used social media for service. But a Five9 report showed 49% will stop doing business with a company if they receive inadequate service.In other words, a slow response time can damage the credit union brand.Research by Simply Measured found only 10% of companies reply to a tweet within an hour, and the average response time is 5.1 hours. Respond more quickly and you’ll have more satisfied members. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

East Patchogue Pedestrian Fatally Hit by Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 56-year-old Mastic Beach man was fatally hit by a car while crossing a road in East Patchogue over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Peter Alker was crossing Sills Road when he was hit by a northbound Hyundai Sonata at 8 p.m. Friday, police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The 36-year-old East Patchogue woman driving the car plus her two passengers, a man and a 1-year-old girl, were not injured.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the incident to call them at 631-854-8552 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

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Social partners agree on finer points of Finnish pension system reform

first_imgUnder the agreed proposal for the pension reform, the earliest age workers will be eligible for an old-age pension will be raised gradually from 2017 by three months per birth-year cohort until it reaches 65.The upper age limit for old-age pensions will be five years higher than the earliest retirement age.However, under the agreement, the eligibility age for old-age retirement will be linked to life expectancy from 2027 to ensure the time spent working in relation to time in retirement remains at the 2025 level, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions.To keep to this ratio, the factors affecting the time spent working and the financial and social sustainability of the earnings-related scheme will be reviewed regularly, according to the agreed proposal.This development will be monitored at regular intervals through tripartite negations (social partners and government) every five years, according to the deal.TELA, which represents insurers providing earnings-related pensions, said the fact the agreement had been reached meant there would be no strikes or employer resistance to the reform.But in the end, not all parties have been pleased with the agreement.Reijo Vanne, director at TELA, said: “One problem is that the trade unions of people with academic education could not accept the agreement.”The academics’ unions wanted to have higher pension accrual rates at higher ages, he said.“Their argument was that people with long education do not have enough time to accrue a proper pension,” said Vanne.The reform also provides for possible early retirement at 63 for those who are considered to have had a strenuous and extensive working life, according the Finnish Centre for Pensions.The current part-time pension is to be abolished and replaced with a partial early old-age retirement, with certain new conditions.Pension accrual rates will be standardised to make the annual rate for individuals of all ages 1.5% of wages, and working after the earliest pensionable age will be rewarded with a monthly increment of 0.4% for deferred retirement.After 2017, pension contributions will accrue from the full wage, according to the reform, since the earnings-related pension contribution will no longer be deducted from the pensionable wage.Between 2016 and 2019, the combined pension contribution for workers and employers is to be 24.4%, though in 2016 this will be temporarily reduced by 0.4%, according to the agreement. Labour-market organisations in Finland have agreed the details of the country’s long-awaited pensions reform, which will raise the retirement age in fixed increments until 2025 and link it to longevity after that.The central labour market organisations – the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), the Local Government Employees (KT), the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) – signed an agreement on Friday on the content of the pension reform that will change to the earnings-related pension scheme.The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will now start the process of amending legislation according to the proposal agreed by the social partners.The aim of the pension reform, which will come into force at the beginning of 2017, is to extend working life and narrow the sustainability gap of the whole public economy by 1% of GDP, according to statutory organisation the Finnish Centre for Pensions, and Finnish pensions alliance TELA.last_img read more

Frye honored by Indiana Broadband and Technology Association

first_imgState Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) accepts the Legislator of the Year Award on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, from the Indiana Broadband and Technology Association for his public service advancing broadband and technology throughout the state. From left to right: Smithville Communications Executive Vice President Cullen McCarty; Indiana Broadband and Technology Association President John Koppin; Frye and AT&T Indiana Director of External Affairs Matt Long.Indianapolis, In. — Republican state representative from Greensburg, Randy Frye received the Legislator of the Year Award on Tuesday from the Indiana Broadband and Technology Association for his continued work modernizing telecommunications and broadband in Indiana.The Indiana Broadband and Technology Association, which is a non-profit trade association representing the broadband and technology industry, works to promote telecom reform and keep Indiana up-to-date on ever-changing technology and communication methods.“Hoosiers need access to dependable, high-speed service in order to take part in the modern world,” Frye said. “We are passing legislation bringing all communities into the 21st century and keeping us at the forefront of telecom innovation. These policies create jobs and give choices to Hoosiers, particularly in rural communities.”Frye, who serves on the House Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications, supported legislation this session expanding broadband internet access to rural communities. He said this new law raises the definition of high-speed internet service to 10 megabits per second and revamps a pre-existing state grant program to encourage the deployment of broadband to underserved regions of the state.last_img read more

Deer Isle-Stonington, Bangor Christian softball coaches marvel over marathon game

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img DEER ISLE — On one of the few days in late April that had weather nice enough to actually play a game of softball in Downeast Maine, Deer Isle-Stonington played one that never seemed to end.In what was the first game as head coach Deer Isle-Stonington’s Darian Gove and the second for Bangor Christian’s Dale Overlock, the hometown Mariners came back from an 11-run deficit to open the season with a 30-29 win April 24.“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Gove said. “Both teams were hitting the ball well and taking advantage of defensive mistakes offensively. One thing leads to another, and both teams are suddenly scoring runs faster than you can count.”Deer Isle-Stonington made a few errors in the field early in the game and found itself trailing 19-8 in the third inning. Yet the Mariners clawed back and eventually took a 26-22 lead with the help of clutch hitting and advantageous baserunning that saw them reach base on several passed balls.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Our team just never gave up,” Gove said. “We were down a lot at first, but I told the girls, ‘Hey, we have eight runs. Let’s get some more.’ One thing led to another, and both teams are suddenly in the 20s.”After the two teams exchanged runs again, the game was tied at 29 entering the bottom of the seventh. After reaching first base, Amy Friedell made her way to second and third on a sacrifice and a passed ball. Then, with two outs, Friedell scored on a passed ball to win the game.Gove said the game, which started at 4 p.m., lasted approximately three and a half hours. With no lights at Deer Isle-Stonington’s ballpark, there were some doubts as to whether the game would finish if the teams continued to score.“We cut it close,” Gove said. “However, once you start the seventh inning, you have to finish the seventh inning. Since we were the home team, we got to bat no matter what.”Freshman Katie Hutchinson led Deer Isle-Stonington with nine RBIs. The Mariners batted a total of seven times, and there were a grand total of 30 walks between the two teams.The game was the highest-scoring baseball or softball game to be played in the state of Maine so far this season in terms of total runs scored. As of Wednesday, the only team to score more runs in a game than the Mariners’ 30 was John Bapst, which plated 35 against Lee Academy on April 29.As high-scoring as Deer Isle-Stonington’s win was, it was far from a state record. In 1983, Washington Academy beat Lubec 88-6 to set state and national records for combined runs in a game and the most by one team. The national record for combined runs remained in tact until two California teams broke it by one run in 2011.So far, inclement weather has prevented Deer Isle-Stonington from playing a single game since the win. Bangor Christian has scored scored a total of three runs in its other two games, making its 29-run outburst all the more impressive.“I’ve been watching softball a long time, and it’s hard for me to think of a game that was as wild as this one,” Overlock said. “Whether it was errors, hits or you name it, everyone just kept getting on base and scoring runs.”Deer Isle-Stonington’s next game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 3. The Mariners will make the two-hour bus ride to East Millinocket to face Schenck.As for Gove, it’s unlikely her second game at the helm will be nearly as thrilling as her first.“For my first game, I’d say it was about as crazy of a start as you could imagine,” Gove said. “It’ll definitely be tough to top that one, but hey, at least we know we can score some runs.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Postslast_img read more

Eagles G Brooks, RB Sanders hurt against New York Giants

first_img First Published: 30th December, 2019 10:29 IST Written By LIVE TV Guard Brandon Brooks and running back Miles Sanders were injured Sunday as the Philadelphia Eagles wrapped up the NFC East with a 34-17 win over the New York Giants.Smith left in the second quarter with an ankle injury. Brooks injured his right shoulder blocking on the extra point after a Carson Wentz touchdown pass to Joshua Perkins with 1:52 left in the half.Neither player returned for the banged-up Eagles (9–7), who will be the host for a wild-card game next weekend.Philadelphia played Sunday without tight end star Zach Ertz (ribs/back), receiver Nelson Agholor (knee) and tackle Lane Johnson (ankle).The Giants (4-12) had a late major injury when center Jon Halapio hurt his left leg. He was carted off. Coach Pat Shurmur said the early diagnosis is a torn Achilles tendon.Halapio missed most of last season after breaking his right ankle and injuring his lower right leg in September. Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 10:29 IST Eagles G Brooks, RB Sanders Hurt Against New York Giants Guard Brandon Brooks and running back Miles Sanders were injured Sunday as the Philadelphia Eagles wrapped up the NFC East with a 34-17 win over the New York Giants. WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Associated Press Television News COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Jonathan Mensah makes Evian return after nearly 5 months

first_imgThe Ghana centre-back played his first Ligue 1 match in almost five months as his side endured a tough outingGhana defender Jonathan Mensah played  for Evian Thonon Gaillard on Saturday, ending a first-team absence of almost five months.However, it was a disappointing afternoon for the Black Star as ETG were comfortably overcome by AS Monaco in Ligue 1.Evian looked defensively uncomfortable right from the off and conceded on 18 minutes when Anthony Martial, finding space down the left, tore through the backline and fired home.It was 2-0 before the break, as Dimitar Berbatov—on as an early substitute for Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco—reminded Europe of his sublime technique. The former Manchester United man waltzed through the Evian defence before rounding goalkeeper Benjamin Leroy and firing home against the unfortunate Kassim Abdallah.Almamy Toure made it three on the hour mark, before Modou Sougou—another substitute—gave Evian a late consolation goal. Jonathan started the game at left-back, with Pascal Dupraz preferring to retain his central defensive pairing of Dany Nounkeu and Cedric Cambon. He excelled in this unfamiliar position, making seven clearances, four interceptions and two tackles according to WhoScored.comThe Ghana international had previously assured fans that he was in no rush to return to the Evian first team following the Afcon and that he was happy just as long as the side are winning.Even ahead of the tournament he hadn’t been present, having last featured for the side on October 25 in Evian’s 2-0 home defeat to Nantes.Despite his extensive inactivity, Mensah showed little signs of match rustiness at the Cup of Nations, where he was an ever-present for Ghana. He helped the Black Stars to four clean sheets—against Algeria, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast—but was unable to ensure the Avram Grant’s side lifted the continental championship.Defeat leaves Evian only three points off the relegation zone, having played 28 games in the French top flight.last_img read more

Broward police search for suspected cat shooter

first_imgA search is underway to find whoever committed what police call a horrible crime in Broward County.A cat in Pembroke Pines was shot with a BB gun this weekend.The cat suffered a collapsed lung but survived and could be allowed to go home on Monday.The owner told reporters she hopes the shooter is caught before another pet is hurt.The suspect is facing animal cruelty charges and a fine of at least $5,000.This story is developing.last_img

Jean is England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year

first_img22 Feb 2018 Jean is England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year Tags: Award, Jean Hooper, Volunteer of the Year Surrey’s Jean Hooper, who goes above and beyond to support the juniors at her club, has won England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by Players 1st.Jean is England Golf’s Volunteer of the YearSurrey’s Jean Hooper, who goes above and beyond to support the juniors at her club, has won England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by Players 1st.Jean represents about 50,000 golf volunteers in the country and her achievements as junior organiser at Bramley Golf Club, near Guildford, were celebrated at the England Golf Awards, sponsored by Bridgestone.The glittering, black tie event at the Royal Lancaster London highlighted all that’s great about golf in England and guests heard how Jean encourages, educates and integrates the juniors at her club.She’s built up the section to around 70 members, including 12 girls, and gives up countless hours to get them on the course, involve them in competitions, organise matches – and have fun. She even chose her car for its capability to act as team transport!“This came as such a shock to me,” she said of the award. “I do all this because I like doing it, but this is a lovely bonus – and one that I just didn’t see coming.”Jean, a retired teacher, had many nominations from fellow club members and they spoke of her tireless devotion, outstanding organisation, and her passion, drive and enthusiasm. One member told how her interest transformed him from being in trouble at school to becoming junior captain and “the person I am today.”The judges agreed with them, commenting: “Jean is an exceptional person who gives 100% and more. Her contribution to the club and members is immeasurable. She goes above and beyond in everything she does and clearly makes a significant impact on people’s lives for the better.”Jean first became involved with the juniors about 10 years ago, inspired by the opportunity to give back in return for her son’s good experience at the club.“I just like doing it, I like to see then progressing, moving from complete beginners to stunning gofers and I like to be part of what they are doing,” she commented.She’s very keen that the juniors are integrated in the club and praises Bramley: “The club are brilliant, everyone wants to know how the juniors are getting on and the juniors are just part of the club, which is how it should be.”Jean also believes that golf has a great role to play in helping shape youngsters and develop their confidence.“Life is tough for youngsters these days, there are all sorts of routes you can go down and a lot of distractions,” she said.“Golf is a lovely sport, you play with a variety of people and learn so much from the adults as well as the other juniors. The fact that it’s time consuming is good, it uses up their time, and there’s always company. It’s one of the safest environments you can be in, spend time in and meet people, young and old.”Jean also managed to fit in a term as ladies’ captain alongside her junior duties and she’s an active member, playing off 23 handicap and enjoying the club matches – when not babysitting her two young grandchildren.“The golf club is a large part of my life,” she said. “I’ll keep going until they throw me out! I just love it.”The runners-up for the Volunteer of the Year Award were Sue Robertson of Berkshire, co-founder of the Disabled Golf Association; Richard Ward of Wrag Barn Golf Club, Wiltshire; and Jenny Winch of Test Valley Golf Club, Hampshire.Jean received her award from Morten Bisgaard, Chief Executive of Players 1st.Click here to read about all the Award winners.Jean represents about 50,000 golf volunteers in the country and her achievements as junior organiser at Bramley Golf Club, near Guildford, were celebrated at the England Golf Awards, sponsored by Bridgestone.The glittering, black tie event at the Royal Lancaster London highlighted all that’s great about golf in England and guests heard how Jean encourages, educates and integrates the juniors at her club.She’s built up the section to around 70 members, including 12 girls, and gives up countless hours to get them on the course, involve them in competitions, organise matches – and have fun. She even chose her car for its capability to act as team transport!“This came as such a shock to me,” she said of the award. “I do all this because I like doing it, but this is a lovely bonus – and one that I just didn’t see coming.”Jean, a retired teacher, had many nominations from fellow club members and they spoke of her tireless devotion, outstanding organisation, and her passion, drive and enthusiasm. One member told how her interest transformed him from being in trouble at school to becoming junior captain and “the person I am today.”The judges agreed with them, commenting: “Jean is an exceptional person who gives 100% and more. Her contribution to the club and members is immeasurable. She goes above and beyond in everything she does and clearly makes a significant impact on people’s lives for the better.”Jean first became involved with the juniors about 10 years ago, inspired by the opportunity to give back in return for her son’s good experience at the club.“I just like doing it, I like to see then progressing, moving from complete beginners to stunning gofers and I like to be part of what they are doing,” she commented.She’s very keen that the juniors are integrated in the club and praises Bramley: “The club are brilliant, everyone wants to know how the juniors are getting on and the juniors are just part of the club, which is how it should be.”Jean also believes that golf has a great role to play in helping shape youngsters and develop their confidence.“Life is tough for youngsters these days, there are all sorts of routes you can go down and a lot of distractions,” she said.“Golf is a lovely sport, you play with a variety of people and learn so much from the adults as well as the other juniors. The fact that it’s time consuming is good, it uses up their time, and there’s always company. It’s one of the safest environments you can be in, spend time in and meet people, young and old.”Jean also managed to fit in a term as ladies’ captain alongside her junior duties and she’s an active member, playing off 23 handicap and enjoying the club matches – when not babysitting her two young grandchildren.“The golf club is a large part of my life,” she said. “I’ll keep going until they throw me out! I just love it.”The runners-up for the Volunteer of the Year Award were Sue Robertson of Berkshire, co-founder of the Disabled Golf Association; Richard Ward of Wrag Barn Golf Club, Wiltshire; and Jenny Winch of Test Valley Golf Club, Hampshire.Caption: Jean Hooper receives her award from Morten Bisgaard, Chief Executive of Players 1st.last_img read more

It’s hockey time — Leafs open training camp on 2015-16 KIJHL season

first_imgMcLellan said the fans would see many of those borderline rookies when Nelson opens the preseason Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.After Saturday, the Leaf coaching staff will cut the roster to between 25-27 players for the next two exhibition game series against Castlegar Rebels — Tuesday, September 8 in Nelson and Wednesday, September 9 in the Sunflower City.“We’re going to take the best players that are available to us so it’s up to them how they perform,” McLellan explained.McLellan said the defence has been overhauled since Nelson graduated most of the blueline last season — both Darnel St. Pierre and Robson Cramer heading to play for Simon Fraser of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League.Nelson has six defencemen already carded for the season.Up front, Leafs still have some players still attending Junior A camps.However, McLellan expects returning forwards Rayce Miller, Austin Lindsay and Sam Webber to help Nelson start the season on a positive note.“All three of those players are proven commodities in this league and adding Jo Davie we acquired in a trade in May with Victoria will be a big help up front as well,” he said.McLellan has signed one goalie to date with six players trying out for the starting position between the pipes.“We had an experienced 19-year-old who we thought would be with us but just got signed in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League so that position is really up in the air right now,” he said.Nelson opens the regular season September 11 against Kelowna Chiefs in the first of a two-game weekend home stand.The next day, September 12, the Fernie Ghostriders are in town to meet the Leafs at the NDCC Arena.Both games have a 7 p.m. start time. There are always more than a couple of questions at the start of every hockey season in the Heritage City: Will the latest edition of the Nelson Leafs be able to break through to overtake the always tough competition in the Neil Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League?There is some encouraging news from Leaf skipper Dave McLellan, especially after the second-year man was able to get a head start on recruiting.“Last year it was really tough coming here August 24th to start with the team but this year we started the process with many of the player at our camp in May . . . some I started taking to as early as February,” said McLellan on the eve of the start of Leafs training camp Wednesday.“Since we had our main camp in May we’ve had more than 100 players came through Nelson from all over North America to try out.”Leafs begin quest for the KIJHL title beginning Wednesday with registration at the NDCC Arena.Thursday, the players, coaches and off-ice personal get down to business with on-ice and dryland training.Later, Thursday, Nelson plays its first exhibition game against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks at 7:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.“We have most of the team picked, but with that said there are many of the players still at Junior A camps . . .. Many of them are still trying out so basically there is a few spot open available here allowing some players to still battle for spots to make the team.”McLellan has broken training camp into two phases.Phase one, which gives some of the borderline rookies a chance to impress the coaches, concludes Saturday with the second game of the home-and-home series with Beaver Valley.last_img read more