Maritime Day observance to recall sinking of Texaco Oklahoma

first_imgBy Janet ClineSpecial to the NewsWhen the SS Texaco Oklahoma broke apart and sank in heavy seas 45 years ago this past March, some 13 Port Arthur seamen were among the 31 crewmen who lost their lives. A memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, at the Seamen’s Memorial Sundial on Procter Street and a luncheon to follow will commemorate those Port Arthur residents and the other seamen of the Oklahoma. The tankship SS Texaco Oklahoma departed Port Arthur with a cargo of black oil and was about 120 miles northeast of  Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in a heavy storm on March 27, 1971,when it broke in two and subsequently sank. Only 17 of the ship’s crew of 48 survived; 15 in a life raft rescued by the Liberian tankship Sasstown, and two rescued directly from the sea by the SS Texaco Nebraska. The event, which will include a procession to the seawall to lay a wreath upon the water, is sponsored by the Port Arthur International Seafarers Center, Port of Port Arthur, Apostleship of the Sea-Beaumont Diocese, the Propeller Club and the U.S. Coast Guard-Port Arthur steering committee.Doreen Badeaux, Apostleship of the Sea representative, said the Seafarers’ Center is issuing a special invitation to all relatives, friends, and colleagues of SS Tx. Oklahoma crewmen to participate in the commemoration. Those planning to attend or wanting more information may call Badeaux at409-718-2627.The memorial service will be followed by a free luncheon at the Seafarers Center, 401 Houston Avenue, sponsored by the Port of Port Arthur.last_img read more

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Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Recoups on Broadway

first_imgLooks like Broadway audiences love a good laugh. Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, starring Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen, has recouped its full $2.75 million investment in just 17 weeks.Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will run through August 25 at the Golden Theatre. View Comments Inspired by the works of Chekhov, the play takes the playwright’s classic characters and plotlines and transports them to modern-day Pennsylvania. Vanya (Pierce) and his adopted sister Sonia (Nielsen) have lived their entire lives in their family’s farmhouse. Their sister Masha (Weaver) has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star, leaving Vanya and Sonia feeling trapped and regretful. Meanwhile, their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra (Grant) keeps warning them about terrible things in the future, which include a sudden visit from Masha and her twenty-something boy toy Spike (Magnussen). Kristine Nielsen Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike In addition to Weaver, Pierce and Nielsen, Vanya features Shalita Grant, Billy Magnussen and Liesel Allen-Yeager. Tony winner Julie White joins the production on July 30, replacing Weaver in the role of Masha. Billy Magnussen Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2013 Related Shows Star Files David Hyde Pierce Shalita Grant Sigourney Weaver View All (5) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike received six 2013 Tony nominations, taking home the coveted Best Play Award. last_img read more

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Vermont helps Feds stop ‘Payday Loan’ debt traps

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced(link is external) a national rule that will eliminate payday loan debt traps by requiring lenders to ensure that borrowers can repay their loans. Vermont already bans payday loans and other forms of high-interest lending. Around 12 million Americans use payday loans. The new rule is estimated to eliminate two-thirds of the payday loans currently offered across the country.The rule will not affect Vermont’s laws, but will help raise the floor of protections in other states where payday loans are offered. Since 2012, Vermont has been a leader in protecting consumers from harmful lending practices, including cracking down on illegal online lending and working with Google to ban advertising(link is external) for payday lenders.The Vermont Attorney General’s Office worked closely with the CFPB and other states to help shape the rule. “This rule is a great example of state and federal cooperation to address a financial problem that affects millions of working Americans,” said Attorney General T.J. Donovan.For more on Vermont’s lending laws and enforcement efforts, visit the Attorney General’s “Illegal Lending” webpage(link is external).Vermont AG: Oct 20, 2017,Yeslast_img read more

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Vermont State Colleges System and VELCO team up to offer free Wi-Fi on campuses

first_imgVermont State Colleges,Vermont Electric Power Company (Velco),Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) announced that it has partnered with Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) to offer free Wi-Fi to the general public on the campuses of Northern Vermont University, Castleton University and Vermont Technical College. The move is designed to support Vermonters living in areas where connectivity is anything but universal and comes at a time when more Vermonters are working and learning remotely due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.Designated areas will be available for public use daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All Wi-Fi hotspots will provide safe, socially distanced and tobacco-free spaces for 20 to 30 simultaneous users to access the internet.“Providing economic and educational opportunities for our neighbors in more rural and routinely underserved areas of our state is a foundational tenet of the VSCS,” said Sophie Zdatny, Interim Chancellor. “We also know that connectivity is essential for even basic functions, such as remote work, paying bills, reading the news and staying in touch with loved ones. We are pleased to be part of this program and hope this service makes a difference in our communities.”The Wi-Fi locations and information are posted on the Department of Public Service’s Public Hotspot Map(link is external), which serves as a central listing service for all free Wi-Fi locations throughout the state. VELCO provided and installed the equipment necessary to expand the number of users who could log on to the systems at the same time. According to Tom Dunn, VELCO President and CEO, the organization has strong ties to the Vermont State Colleges system, with some 30 employees having graduated from VSCS schools.“VELCO is grateful to the Vermont State Colleges for their work to help expand broadband service to more Vermonters. Our Company seeks out partners who share a common commitment to serve some of our most challenged communities better, especially during the current pandemic,” said Dunn. “Once they were alerted to the collaborative opportunity, the VSCS team delivered and helped make this exciting opportunity a reality. While I am impressed, I am certainly not surprised. No one knows better than the Vermont State Colleges how to meet rural community needs.” Source: MONTPELIER, VT – The Vermont State Colleges System 7.1.2020last_img read more

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A little help from some smaller workers at annual ‘Village People’ event

first_imgPrairie students Maisie, Evan and Aaron made the glass shelves of a display case shine as part of their participation in “Village People” Thursday.Village Shops patrons may have noticed that the average age of the staff at the center’s businesses appeared to have plummeted Thursday.Alas, it wasn’t some coordinated attempt to thwart child labor laws. Instead, it was a much-loved tradition for Prairie Elementary sixth graders: “Village People.”Each year, the school’s eldest class spends part of the day pitching in at Village Shops stores and restaurants. On Thursday, the sixth graders could be found cleaning shelves at Bruce Smith Drugs, arranging displays at Spangler’s, making stationery at R.S.V.P., and even helping make donuts at Tavern in the Village, among other duties.“Getting help doing the chores is the best part of it,” said Larry Kinsey, who has worked at Bruce Smith Drugs the past 16 years.last_img read more

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VuWall will Debut ControlVu Touch Panel, VuScape Video Wall Controller at ISE 2020

first_imgVuWall will debut its new ControlVu touch panel for a multi-video wall management platform and new VuScape video wall controllers with KVM support at ISE 2020. The company will also show its video wall solutions that allow operators and managers to “control what they see” on its ISE stand (15-K250) in Amsterdam next month.The new VuScape is a video wall controller aimed at control rooms, collaboration rooms and corporate signage. The latest version claims collaboration and KVM support in addition to its existing video wall control functionality. With VuScape, users can control and distribute all content sources to any display on the network. At ISE 2020, VuWall will showcase the new functionality of VuScape’s control software, VuWall2, featuring automation enhancements, including a new carousel for IP streams, color detection, TLS security, new VMS plug-ins and full KVM support of IP sources.VuWall’s new 15-inch ControlVu touch panel will also make its debut at ISE 2020, alongside the 10-inch model already on the market. The series features the company’s web-based control panel designer.VuWall will also demonstrate the new security capabilities available within the innovative TRx 2.5 centralized management solution for configuring and operating multiple video walls, multiviewers, encoders and decoders. TRx claims to simplify the deployment of complex AV-over-IP networks. The latest version of the software adds three new security features: Transport Layer Security (TLS) between the TRx GUI and TRx Server, improved user rights management and additional KVM modes.ISE attendees will benefit from a demo of VuWall’s new range of VuStream encoders and decoders that support H.264 and SDVoE (Software Defined Video-over-Ethernet) standards. These solutions allow high-quality video streams to be delivered across an organization’s network. The VuStream series includes a range of appliances available in various form factors, resolutions, and performance features. Each appliance is compatible with VuScape controllers and can be centrally configured and managed by TRx.See related  SDVoE LIVE!’s Debut Episodes Glistened & Gleaned, Just in Time for the HolidaysHere’s a video we shot of the VuWall at ISE 2020:last_img read more

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What’s the optimum amount of homework to set a teenager?

first_imgEmail Share Share on Twitter Homework can help to establish a routine and to develop independent learning skills that will be useful for professional life. Conversely, it could be argued that working at home in the evenings is the beginning of an unhealthy work-life balance and that there are academic drawbacks in studying instead of sleeping.Not all children need to study the sameIt’s unclear whether the children in the Spanish study achieve more as a result of doing the “optimum” amount of homework. Children of different abilities may take different amounts of time to complete their homework. If we subscribe to the idea that there is an “optimum” time, then we are effectively saying that children who work more quickly should complete more homework than children who work more slowly, which is arguably a disincentive for the fastest – and probably the most able – children.The study also acknowledges that the nature of the homework has more influence over the outcomes than the time taken to complete it. This is an important point and is underpinned by a common sense view that an hour of inappropriate homework will be less effective than 45 minutes of appropriate homework.It is only through understanding what the goals of homework are that we can properly consider how much should be set. There has been much disagreement about this among researchers: some argue that homework is about consolidating new knowledge and improving test scores, while others argue that homework is about developing skills.The reality is that teachers set homework with different purposes, so any optimal amount of homework is unlikely to apply to all situations. In the context of mathematics, homework is often about practising a particular process – such as solving equations – whereas in other subject areas there may be a more conceptual focus, such as research into a particular aspect of history.Giving some an advantageEven if we accept that there is an optimum amount of homework, there are numerous other factors that need to be considered, including the subject area, the length of the school day, the socio-economic background of the student and the age, gender and culture of the student. With so many factors to consider, it is challenging to ensure both equity and excellence – and it is most likely impossible to generalise about an optimum amount of homework.For example, parents from middle-class families are more likely to be able to support their children with homework or to hire a tutor. This means those children from disadvantaged backgrounds become further disadvantaged as they are likely to have less academic support at home.The cultural variations between children are also significant, not only from the family perspective, but from the expectations of society. For example, children in China and the UK have very different expectations and experiences in terms of the volume of homework set. It has also long been argued that girls outperform boys in coursework, which is not dissimilar to homework.So it is difficult to generalise that all 13-year-olds should be set no more than one hour of homework a day. Every child has a unique set of individual needs that may vary over time. There has been much discussion in recent years about personalised learning in the classroom, but less so about the benefits of personalised learning through homework. One hour a day may well be the optimum amount of homework for some children in some circumstances, but let us not forget that every child has different needs.By Adam Boddison, University of WarwickThis article was originally published on The Conversation.Read the original article. Share on Facebookcenter_img Pinterest LinkedIn Coaxing teenagers to sit down and do their homework is never an easy task. But is it actually worth their while to slave away for hours on end every evening? Not according to a new study of Spanish secondary school students which has concluded that the optimum amount of homework for children is around one hour a day.Researchers at the University of Oviedo studied the maths and science homework and test results of 7,451 adolescents with an average age of around 13. They found a relationship between the amount of homework completed and children’s attainment. But the authors acknowledge they can’t say definitively that one hour of homework a night in total actually causes better test results.Previous research in this area is both inconsistent and inconclusive. Some has shown the positive effects of homework and some its negative effects. In 2012, The Guardian reported on Department of Education research showing that two to three hours per day produced greater effects on achieving the highest results. In 2014, research at Stanford University found that too much homework can have a negative impact on children.last_img read more

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Twice weekly yoga classes plus home practice effective in reducing symptoms of depression

first_imgShare Individuals with MDD were randomized to the high dose group, three 90-minute classes a week along with home practice, or the low dose group, two 90-minute classes a week, plus home practice. Both groups had significant decreases in their depressive symptoms and no significant differences in compliance. Although a greater number of subjects in the high dose group had less depressive symptoms, the researchers believe attending twice weekly classes (plus home practice) may constitute a less burdensome but still effective way to gain the mood benefits from the intervention.“This study supports the use of a yoga and coherent breathing intervention in major depressive disorder in people who are not on antidepressants and in those who have been on a stable dose of antidepressants and have not achieved a resolution of their symptoms,” explained corresponding author Chris Streeter, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and a psychiatrist at Boston Medical Center.According to Streeter compared with mood altering medications, this intervention has the advantages of avoiding additional drug side effects and drug interactions. “While most pharmacologic treatment for depression target monoamine systems, such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, this intervention targets the parasympathetic and gamma aminobutyric acid system and provides a new avenue for treatment.” Share on Facebook Share on Twitter People who suffer from depression should participate in yoga and deep (coherent) breathing classes at least twice weekly plus practice at home to receive a significant reduction in their symptoms.The findings, which appear in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, provide preliminary support for the use of yoga-based interventions as an alternative or supplement to pharmacologic treatments for depression.Major depressive disorder (MDD) is common, recurrent, chronic and disabling. Due in part to its prevalence, depression is globally responsible for more years lost to disability than any other disease. Up to 40 percent of individuals treated with antidepressant medications for MDD do not achieve full remission. This study used lyengar yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture and breath control.center_img LinkedIn Pinterest Emaillast_img read more

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CARICOM, World Customs Organisation, sign MOU for capacity-building support to…

first_img You may be interested in… Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the Secretary-General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) His Excellency Kunio Mikuriya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing ceremony took place at the CARICOM Secretariat  in Georgetown, Guyana on Tuesday, 20 March, 2018. The main objective of the MOU is enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of CARICOM Customs administrations through cooperation in the field of technical assistance and capacity-building. The Region should benefit from greater coordination of customs training programmes and pursuit of the most suitable training solutions.  There will also be closer cooperation with the WCO in managing development and technical assistance programmes for Customs Administrations, and  capacity-building to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.   CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque makes remarks at the ceremony World Customs Organisations Secretary-General, H.E. Kunio Mikuriya CARICOM SG, Amb. Irwin LaRocque greets WCO SG, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya More details to follow. See other photos here Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CCJ upholds COTED decision on cement classification center_img Aug 7, 2019 Customs Committee of COTED meetsThe Customs Committee of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), met 20-21 September, 2018, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, welcomed the participants on behalf of CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. He pointed out the importance of…September 25, 2018In “Business”Secretary-General of World Customs Organisation attends COTEDThe Secretary-General of the World Customs Organisation, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, attended the Forty-Seventh Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Guyana. The two-day Meeting is underway at the Georgetown Marriott Hotel. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Dr. Mikuriya earlier this year signed a Memorandum of…November 16, 2018In “CARICOM”Harmonised procedures necessary for full economic integration – CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General tells customs officialsHarmonised approaches to conducting trade across borders in the Caribbean, and effective customs valuation, are among the steps that must be taken towards full economic integration within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, said on Monday that harmonised laws, procedures and best…April 11, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Landon White Promoted At Arnold Motor Supply

first_imgLandon White has been named the store manager for the Arnold Group Co.’s Arnold Motor Supply auto parts store in Creston, Iowa. White has been part of the Arnold Group team for three years and brings a wealth of experience to his new position.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWhite started his career in the automotive aftermarket working at the Creston store shortly after graduating as an I-CAR certified body tech. He has held a variety of positions in the store, including sales and counter service, as well as customer service specialist, all of which have prepared him for his new position.,Carparts Distribution Center, Inc., a New England-based chain of parts stores and an Auto Value shareholder owner of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., is celebrating 45 years of business this year.While COVID-19 put a damper on any official anniversary events, the company has virtually and internally honored the momentous achievement.“Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we have still achieved a milestone anniversary” said Stan Lewis, president of Carparts. “I am proud of and grateful for every member of the Carparts family who has enabled us to thrive for the past 45 years, and I look forward to many more years of Carparts growth and top-notch service.”Since its founding in 1975, Carparts has been providing quality parts at the right price to its New England customers. Many of the company’s employees have been working in the industry for more than 40 years.The company currently boasts 21 Carparts locations including the nine recently acquired stores in central Maine, and works with dozens of traditional jobbers. Carparts also services more than 80 Auto Value Certified Service Centers in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.“Congratulations to Carparts on 45 years of excellence,” said John R. Washbish, president and CEO of the Alliance. “All of the staff members at Carparts hold themselves to a high standard. We are proud to be associated with such a high-caliber company.”AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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