Wainstein says Sacco lied about huge petition filing, Sacco team says…

first_img Hudson County commissioners discuss exiting ICE deal, advocates call for no new jail contracts Wainstein says Sacco lied about huge petition filing, Sacco team says get the facts straight Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Hobokenite4Sacco March 27, 2019 11:56 am at 11:56 am Jersey City POBA elects new president and his leadership team to three-year terms TAGS2019 north bergen municipal electionsanthony vainierilarry wainsteinnick sacconorth bergen clerk’s officepetitions for nomination SHARE March 27, 2019 11:57 am at 11:57 am Lying Larry ,Please go back to franklin lakes.Mayor Sacco only needed 350 petitions. You want to try and smear everyone. Your petitions are signed by people like yourself who do not reside in north bergen. You pay for votes. You have convicted felons running your campaign. Go away stop wasting your money and lying to the good people of North Bergen . They are tired of your lies LYING LARRY. You think people are stupid … if larry does not live in north bergen, by law he can not run for mayor, and people who are not registered to vote in north bergen, can not sign petitions, you have no more arguments to give and they know that they have the town destroyed and that people do not support more. Is Enough. WasteSteinLies ElectionsNorth Bergen/Guttenberg Facebook Twitter Who cares about petitions? Larry the liar is an outta town candidate. Previous articleSheriff: Jersey City man crashes car while fleeing police, caught with heroin, ecstasyNext articlePolice: Hoboken man arrested for grabbing woman’s chest, forcibly trying to kiss her John Heinis By John Heinis – March 26, 2019 5:59 pm 5 “He [Sacco] said he surrendered those petitions to you,” Wainstein said to Township Clerk Erin Barillas in a YouTube video released by his campaign last night.“No he did not,” Barillas responded.“He had them inside the township, in Town Hall,” Wainstein continued.“But he didn’t give them to me. I did not accept those petitions that were downstairs,” Barillas answered.While the footage is not dated, it seems clear that the video was filmed the same day that Sacco and the Board of Commissioners announced that they had filed over 52,000 petitions of nomination, collectively, during a March 8th press conference.In a rare instance where the Wainstein and Sacco camps are in agreement, both sides revealed today that the incumbents ended up filing about 1,100 petitions each.“This is another instance of Sacco lying to the public. Sacco said on filing day and then again at his campaign rally that they had over 10,000 signatures,” Wainstein said in a statement.“However, the clerk’s office only has 1,100 petitions. This is more smoke and mirrors by a 35-year incumbent that has lost touch with the people of North Bergen. Sacco knows his days are numbered.”However, Board of Chosen Freeholders Chair Anthony Vainieri (D-8), also the chair of the Sacco re-election campaign, along with campaign spokeswoman Wendy Martinez, fired back at Wainstein during a short presser at their headquarters this afternoon.“We filed, with the clerk, somewhere around 1,100 petitions. I walked them in myself personally. They were filed with the municipal clerk, okay? He’s just mad because he can’t get his hands on these petitions to go after our supporters,” Vainieri began.“These are not OPRA-able. They were not handed into the municipal clerk. They’re not township records. These are our personal records for ourselves, our database, to get our supporters together, emailing them information, to let them know when the election will be, if they need assistance getting to the polls, and etcetera.”Martinez added that the Sacco team decided to only file about 10 percent of the petitions they collected in order to keep the clerk’s office operating smoothly and be put in a predicament where municipal employees had to work overtime.She also said that Wainstein’s campaign video quotes Sacco at his campaign kickoff rally as saying his team had gathered over 10,000 signatures per person, not submitting that number to the clerk’s office.“Each and every one of you here, who spent the last month out getting petitions, so we have about 10,700 petitions each,” Sacco said on March 11th.The boxes of unsubmitted petitions were also on display inside headquarters and the press were welcomed to inspect them.When asked by HCV to respond to accusations of being disingenuous or engaging in gamesmanship, Vainieri said the campaign has no reason not to accommodate each and every person who wants to sho support.“When our supporters and volunteers are walking the streets and getting nominating petitions, it’s hard to tell somebody, ‘no, don’t sign anymore, we don’t need the signature,’ he explained.“People are still coming into this office handing in petitions, wanting to sign, because they’re starting to here about the signatures and they want to sign for Mayor Sacco and his team.”Wainstein was not immediately available to respond in person, but campaign spokesman Hank Shainkopf blasted Sacco over the situation.“Power plant Sacco and the truth don’t usually meet, petitions are due on a date according to the law, not when he feels like he ought to be provided,” he said.“This shows the North Bergen voters that they shouldn’t be afraid, because when it comes to petitions, Sacco doesn’t have the support.”Meanwhile, Vainieri found it amusing that “Lying Larry” would accuse the Sacco campaign of spreading misinformation.“He doesn’t live in North Bergen, [it’s] comical,” he concluded.The North Bergen municipal elections are on May 14th, a rematch that has been four years in the making after Sacco bested Wainstein after a grueling 2015 campaign. The Real Deal March 27, 2019 10:10 am at 10:10 am Bayonne Community March 27, 2019 10:20 am at 10:20 am Robert Gonzalez. 5 COMMENTS In 2015 the campaign slogan Sacco Liar was: “Stable Taxes”, … but of course, what has been “stable” is the rise of the Taxes, even so what has remained stable are the schools in terrible conditions, and with a dismal school district rating of 2-3 in a range of 10, with overcrowded classes, no air conditioning, no computers, old books, and poor preparation of our children to continue higher education, which It is a disadvantage when it comes to wanting to access good universities, in addition, teachers involved in politics. Also, our sidewalks and streets have been kept “stably” dirty and broken, the most expensive pool in the country, the exemption of taxes from large corporations and developers, who have filled the city with new buildings, creating an overload on the old schools and the availability of parking, as well as the drainage system of the city, has also kept stable the deterioration of the parks, as well as the intimidation and threats to the elderly people living in housing, to keep the vote at their abducted and while they deliberately campaign in all those buildings, they prohibit Team Larry from having access to talk with their constituents, in a frank violation of the first amendment of the United States, which establishes Freedom of Expression and Pacifica Reunion. … Now the Sacco Campaign Slogan is: “Keep our Town Forward” ….. Yes, Forward to disaster because they have inaugurated the bridge on 69th Street, between West Side and T Onnele Ave, after 12 years of construction and the theft of millions of dollars from the taxpayers, and everything is a sham, because the bridge has not been finished yet, the traffic is horrible and worse than before, they also want to continue poisoning the The air that we breathe and the water we drink, with the construction of a gas plant, that uses the method is schizophrenic, with the serious consequences of all this for the environment, flora, fauna, affectation of the water sources of human consumption and our health in general, which will increase the already high rates of cancer and the incidence of autism in our children, which are precisely in our city of the highest in the country, our chance to prevent it is May 14, voting the Column A, because it’s Our Town, Our Time .. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DeGise: Hudson County ‘determined’ to get out of ICE contract following Essex decision George Smith Comments are closed. Bayonne North Bergen mayoral hopeful Larry Wainstein says that Mayor Nick Sacco and his re-election slate lied about collecting over 52,000 petitions for nomination as a group, but the incumbents say that they only submitted a portion of that number as part of a strategy. That’s a word salad if I ever heard. March 26, 2019 8:14 pm at 8:14 pmlast_img read more

WEG Vaulting Preview

first_imgGreat Britain’s Joanne Eccles will be bidding for her second consecutive gold medal in the Female Individual Championship when Vaulting gets underway at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in the Zenith Indoor Arena in Caen, France on 2 September. However the big show-stealers may be the host nation’s Male Vaulting super-stars, World and FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Champion Nicolas Andreani, and European champion Jacques Ferarri.When the Frenchmen performed in Bordeaux earlier this year the home crowd went wild. And with Andreani by his own admission nearing the end of his career, the Zenith Stadium may provide the ideal venue for his final curtain-call.The USA arrives at these Games as defending Squad champions, and there is a great deal of excitement about the many “firsts” attached to the Vaulting discipline at the 2014 Games.New Zealand sends a squad for the very first time, Lambert Leclezio (MRI), who received support from FEI Solidarity, is representing his country, Mauritius, for the first time at World Championship level, and Pas-de-Deux, so successfully introduced into the 2013/2014 season’s FEI World Cup™ Vaulting series, will make its FEI World Equestrian Games™ debut.Increased entryThe discipline of Vaulting, which involves gymnastic exercises on horse-back and which is a huge hit with the public, has, like so many of the other FEI sports, attracted a significantly increased entry for this edition of the Games.A total of 179 athletes from 22 countries will line out compared to the previous record number of 149 athletes from 17 countries set at the last Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky, USA four years ago. There will be 17 nations represented by squads of 6 vaulters, 35 Female Individuals and 18 Male Individuals along with 12 partnerships competing in the popular new Pas-de Deux.There will be four separate sets of medals, for the Squad (Team) competition, Female Individual, Male Individual and Pas-de-Deux. The lunger who keeps the horse cantering in a rhythmical stride that supports the artistic efforts of the athletes as they perform their floor-plans is a key player in this demanding sport and also receives a medal along with the vaulters.Busy weekIt’s going to be a busy week, starting with the Compulsory Tests on Tuesday 2 September, Freestyle tests on Wednesday 3, Technical Tests and the first Freestyle Pas-de-Deux on Thursday 4 and the drama-filled Finals for all four events taking place on Friday 5 September.In the battle for the Female honours, Eccles can expect a strong challenge from Italy’s Anna Cavallaro who successfully defended her FEI World Cup™ Vaulting title this year, while in the Pas-de-Deux the Austrian duo of Jasmin Lindner and Lukas Wacha may prove hard to beat.Eccles will join her sister, Hannah, in the Pas-de-Deux challenge, but the history-making Austrians are a polished pair having previously clinched the 2012 FEI World Vaulting Championship title in Le Mans (FRA) before storming to victory at the FEI European Vaulting Championships 2013 in Ebreichsdorf (AUT). Performing to “Heart’s a Mess” by Gotye with lunger Klaus Haidacher at Bordeaux this year, they received the maximum 10 points from German judge Jochen Schilffarth in the first round, leading to a stunning final score of 8,783 points, and if they can match that performance next week then they may well be untouchable.Germany’s Pia Engelberty and Torben Jacobs, bronze medalists at last year’s FEI European Vaulting Championships, finished second while Stefanie Millinger and Evelyn Freund from Salzburg (AUT) completed the top three at the Bordeaux fixture, and all will be back in action and hoping to the turn the tables when the exciting Pas-de-Deux gets underway in Caen.Andreani, with his horse Quiece d’Aunis and lunger Marina Dupon Joosten scored a massive 8,826 to win the FEI World Cup™ Male Vaulting Final at Bordeaux where his French colleague, Ferrari finished second ahead of Switzerland’s Lukas Heppler.Andreani is something of a “rock star” in the sport, and should he prove successful in his bid for Male Individual gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™2014 Vaulting Championships then the roof of the Zenith Stadium may well go into orbit on Friday 5 September as the crowd will definitely not be holding back on their emotions for both their sport and their home hero. Tags: 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

EC is Accepting Dressage Committee Applications

first_imgEquestrian Canada (EC) is now accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on EC’s Dressage Committee in 2018.As an operational committee of EC, the Dressage Committee is responsible for providing strategic guidance and counsel to EC management to support the development of dressage in Canada. The Committee works in collaboration with other EC committees, task forces and national office staff, to provide assistance in implementation of the respective mandates.Specific responsibilities of the Committee include:Advising management on the annual operational priorities, strategies, and performance targets for the ongoing development of dressage in Canada.Reviewing and reporting on the achievement of the Committee’s annual operational priorities and performance targets, and identifying key areas for improvement.Providing input and feedback to management concerning policies, programs, rules, regulations, and services related to the development of dressage.Supporting management in dealing with appeals related to dressage.Interfacing as a unit with the equestrian community in partnership with management on key developments, issues, challenges, and achievements within dressage.Providing strategic counsel to the EC Director of Sport on matters concerning High Performance programs and services.Committee members will be appointed by the EC senior leadership upon recommendation of the committee for a term of three (3) years. Each member is eligible to serve up to two (2) terms. In appointing the members of the Committee, consideration is given to diversity, including without limitation, national/international experience and competency in the sport discipline, as well as gender, regional, technical, and linguistic balance.Members of the Committee must be registered participants in good standing with EC and hold a valid Sport Licence.How to ApplyIndividuals are invited to submit their resume along with an expression of interest highlighting their unique qualifications to serve on the Committee to:Christine PetersManager, DressageEquestrian [email protected] applicant’s full name and EC Sport Licence number must be included in the application.The deadline for applications is Nov. 1, 2017. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Protest erupts over ‘critical incident’ class taught by Oklahoma officer who killed an unarmed black man

first_imgTulsa Police Department(TULSA, Oklahoma) — Protests have erupted over a class being taught to sheriff’s deputies by a white Oklahoma officer who was acquitted of manslaughter charges in the fatal 2016 shooting of an unarmed African-American man.Despite the demonstrations, however, former Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby, now a nearby sheriff’s deputy, went ahead Tuesday with the scheduled class titled “Surviving the Aftermath of a Critical Incident” to Tulsa County sheriff’s deputies, officials said. Word of Shelby’s teaching such a class in Tulsa ignited protests Monday outside the Civic Center in city’s downtown area, where one demonstrator, Marq Lewis, called the move “a slap in the face to all African-Americans.”“The reason this is a slap in our faces is that they’re putting it in our faces and they’re saying to us, ‘It’s fine, deal with it. We don’t care how insensitive it is. We’re going to have this class and it’s OK,’” Lewis, leader of the grass-roots civil group We the People Oklahoma, said Tuesday morning.“These are our tax dollars that are being put to use to have this class for other law enforcement officers,” Lewis told ABC News. “It’s almost as if we, as citizens, don’t have a say in saying that we don’t want this class going forth.” Shelby was arrested and charged two years ago with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, 40, after she came across an idling SUV stopped in the middle of a two-lane roadway and spotted Crutcher walking toward the vehicle. Police dashcam and helicopter video showed Crutcher with his hands in the air as Shelby and other officers approached him with their guns pointed at him. Crutcher can be seen in the video lowering his hands and apparently attempting to reach into the vehicle when Shelby opened fire, killing him.Authorities later determined the vehicle window into which Crutcher appeared to be reaching was rolled up at the time and no weapon was found on him or inside his SUV. Shelby went to trial on manslaughter charges and a jury acquitted her in August 2017, prompting outrage from the African-American leaders in Tulsa and angry protests in the city’s streets. Shelby returned to the police force with back pay. She has since gotten a new job as a sheriff’s deputy in neighboring Rogers County. Shelby’s course, which she teaches outside her regular duties as a sheriff’s deputy, was scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday. She was expected to “describe some of the challenges” that arise after a critical incident, such as officer-involved shootings, including financial, legal and emotional issues, according to a synopsis of the course.Shelby has taught the course to other law enforcement agencies throughout Oklahoma but this is the first time she has led the class in Tulsa. The class has been certified by the state Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training under mental-health instruction.“My class is not about the shooting and I do not discuss the shooting,” Shelby said in a statement Monday to ABC Tulsa affiliate KTUL-TV. “A critical incident is an event that happens to someone that will test the limits of their coping skills. I faced many challenges that I was unprepared for such as threats to my life by activists groups to loss of pay. My class is to help others by sharing some of the skills I used to cope with the stress of my critical incident,” her statement reads. “As law enforcement, we experience many critical incidents throughout our career. These tools that I share are just a few to help them cope with the stress of the critical incidents they have had or will experience.”Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton told the Tulsa World that he is supportive of Shelby’s class.“It’s not about opening wounds,” Walton told the newspaper. “It’s about Betty Shelby teaching something that opens law enforcement’s eyes. If this was taught to the community, I think it would open [their] eyes to what law enforcement had to endure.”During the protest Monday attended by Crutcher’s parents, demonstrators carried signs reading “#BanBetty.”“We’re saying that you need to get another teacher,” Oklahoma state Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa, told the crowd.Goodwin recalled an interview Shelby gave CBS News’ “60 Minutes” after her acquittal in 2016 in which she said, “I would rather be tried by 12 than carried by six.”Rep. Goodwin said, “Terence Crutcher didn’t get an opportunity to get that statement. Folks are talking about there’s a scab on the wound. There’s no scab here because there’s no healing.”Lewis and other protestors have no problem with the course Shelby is teaching, he told ABC News, but they just find it “tone deaf” that she is being allowed to teach it.“Betty Shelby went on national television and said that Terence Crutcher caused his own death,” Lewis said, referring to the “60 Minutes” interview. “We don’t feel there is any form of rehabilitation.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Indiana DOR offers tips for 2020 tax season

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – January 28, 2020 0 295 Pinterest Twitter Indiana DOR offers tips for 2020 tax season Facebook Previous articleShepherd Files AppealNext articleSouth Bend school bus route changes are being delayed Brooklyne Beatty (“Personal Income Taxes Ver3” by Chris Potter, CC BY 2.0) It’s tax season, and the Indiana Department of Revenue is already busy processing returns.The DOR has provided the following tax tips to keep in mind to ensure your filing goes smoothly:Use the correct forms. Incorrect or outdated forms submitted may cause delays or be sent back.Always file state taxes, even if you are under the threshold or don’t expect a refund.Don’t file your taxes until you have all your income statements and appropriate documentation.File your taxes electronically, if possible, as this process is faster and more accurate.Check to ensure your return is complete and correct. Write clearly and use blue or black ink.If you claimed certain deductions or credits be sure to include all required and supporting documentation.Make and save copies of all relevant paperwork submitted, in case you need to reference them later.Be sure to send state returns to DOR. Federal returns go to the IRS.Don’t duplicate your filing. Filing more than once causes further delay in the refund process.If you receive any correspondence from DOR, please respond accordingly and quickly.Do NOT staple checks or returns.Make sure all state returns are sent to the correct P.O. Box. Mail is processed by P.O. Box from April – June with top priority being individual tax returns.When sending a check, write the liability number or tax period on the check. If it is a personal check being submitted for a business liability, write the business name on the check.Be sure to attach all W-2’s and 1099s to your return.Be sure to sign the return.For questions, contact the DOR Customer Service line at (317) 232-2240.center_img WhatsApp Google+ Google+ TAGS20/20Department of RevenueDORfilingIndianataxtax seasontips Twitter IndianaLocalNews Facebooklast_img read more

FTT screens student films

first_imgFor some undergraduate film students, this weekend’s 24th annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival will be the first time their work is shown to the public. But others, like senior Film, Theater and Television (FTT) student Kathleen Bracke, have displayed their work publicly before. Bracke participated in last year’s Film Festival and said the experience was extremely rewarding. “The film program at Notre Dame is completely unique from bigger, more well-known film programs,” she said. “Unlike at those schools, you can actually put your name on a film [here] and point out exactly what you did. And you get to watch it in a sweet movie theater like Browning [Cinema].” The Film Festival began yesterday. It will continue today and tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in Browning Cinema inside the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Bracke’s film, “Journey of a Pen,” follows a pen as it travels between diverse students and faculty in a high school. “Through the pen, we get to see all these different lives and how they interact,” Bracke said. “We learn some things about each character, but it is always through the pen.” Bracke, who collaborated on the film with 2012 graduates Kelsie Kiley and Brendan Fitzpatrick, said she was attracted to the script because its features the unique perspective of an inanimate object, rather than a person. The group produced “Journey of a Pen” over the course of a semester for an advanced film production class. Bracke said she finished editing the film just this week. “I think that’s one thing a lot of people not familiar with FTT don’t realize about the program, how time consuming it is,” she said. “There were five people in DPAC last night pulling all-nighters, and it’s only the second week of school.” Senior Erin Moffitt is participating in the Student Film Festival for the first time this year. Moffitt partnered with senior Nicole Timmerman and junior Elizabeth Kellogg to create the documentary “Amie’s Image.” The film follows a day in the life of Amie, a handicapped middle-aged woman who lives at a YMCA in Chicago and sells her photography to support herself. “It’s a character piece about her and the struggles in her life, and yet she finds so much happiness through art,” Moffitt said. “It keeps her going, and it’s what she enjoys most even though her life isn’t the best.” Timmerman, who participated in the festival last year with a short narrative piece called “Soles,” said the weekend is an excellent opportunity for students in the FTT department. “It’s really exciting to be a part of it,” she said. “It represents FTT in a very positive light. It’s amazing how many talented filmmakers there are, and it’s really cool to see your peers’ work.” Tickets to the festival are $7 for regular admission, $6 for faculty and staff, $5 for seniors and $4 for students. Tickets are available on the DPAC website or by calling the center’s ticket office.last_img read more

Vermont taps out at near record maple syrup production in 2017

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Falling just below 2016’s record level, this past season’s maple syrup production in Vermont of 1.98 million gallons is still twice the size of any other state and 46 percent of the entire production in the United States. The total value (retail, wholesale and bulk) will not be available until next year, but based on average sales from last year, the 2017 crop will be worth about $59.4 million. Retail represents only about 10 percent of Vermont production. Price per gallon for retail sales is about $47.40. Retail alone is worth about $9.4 million. Bulk sales represent over 80 percent of total sales, but at a lower price point ($25.40 per gallon in 2016). The 2017 United States maple syrup production totaled 4.27 million gallons, up 2 percent from the previous year. The number of taps is estimated at 13.3 million, up 6 percent from the 2016 total. Yield per tap is estimated to be 0.320 gallon, down 4 percent from the previous season. Producers were encouraged to tap earlier this season by the warmer than normal temperatures. The earliest sap flow reported was January 1 in Indiana, New York, Ohio, and Vermont. The latest sap flow reported to open the season was February 12 in Minnesota. On average, the season lasted 37 days, compared with 33 days in 2016.The 2016 United States average price per gallon was $35.00 (Vermont $30.00), down $1.70 from 2015. Value of production, at $147 million for 2016, was up 17 percent from the previous season. New York and Maine are the second and third largest producers in the United States.All producers have benefited in recent years from technological advances, which include vacuum pumps that can suck sap out of the tree and reverse-osmosis machines that reduce moisture content, which saves on fuel and boiling times (30 minutes from two hours). Vermont alone produced more than half-a-million more gallons of syrup in both 2016 and 2017 than it did in 2015, or about a third more.Quebec is the world leader in maple syrup production. Quebec had its biggest year yet in 2017, with 152.2 million pounds (13.8 million gallons, or over 70 percent of worldwide production) of maple syrup from 44.2 million taps, which was also a record. In Canada, maple syrup volume is accounted for by weight, not fluid. Unlike Vermont, Quebec also tightly regulates the number of taps allowed in production.Source: USDA June 2017. Photos courtesy Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Marketslast_img read more

Happy Students: Suicide all too frequent among youth

first_imgCharles JackardBy Charles Jackard, EdDFirst, some suicide statistics:Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2013 CDC)Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2013 CDC)More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12.Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signsExperts say that suicide probably occurs three times more often than the reported figures, and that the attempts are most likely10 times more frequent than the reported deaths. Suicide is the most dramatic alternative to dealing with problems, whatever the problem might be. And that leads to another disturbing observation: the stigma of suicide keeps many people in denial about it, both the suicidal person, and any other person in a position to deal with them, such as educators, friends and especially parents.Some warning signs include:The recent suicide, or death by other means, of a friend or relative.Previous suicide attempts.Preoccupation with themes of death or expressing suicidal thoughts.Depression, conduct disorder and problems with adjustment such as substance abuse, particularly when two or more of these are present.Giving away prized possessions, making a will or other final arrangements.Major changes in sleep patterns – too much or too little.Sudden and extreme changes in eating habits, losing or gaining weight.Withdrawal from friends, family or other major behavioral changes.Dropping out of group activities.Personality changes such as nervousness, outbursts of anger.Impulsive or reckless behavior, or apathy about appearance or health.Frequent irritability or unexplained crying.Lingering expressions of unworthiness or failure.Lack of interest in the future.Steps and strategies for assisting those who are thinking of suicideSuicide is one of the most difficult subjects to deal with and the hardest to put in words. Suicidal clues are generally divided into three areas: verbal, behavioral and situational. Always tell somebody, anybody, if you have the slightest inkling if a person is considering or might consider suicide. Become a “helper” to a person in dire need, and who is reaching out. Encourage the person to talk about the problems and dilemmas that are going on in their life. Strongly urge the person to seek professional help.Never ignore or deny the person’s expressed feelings. Whatever others say they feel is real to them, even if it seems irrational or wrong to you. In almost every situation as a “helper,” work from the understanding that the suicidal person is contemplating death of the whole self in order to get rid of just a part of self that the person finds too painful, despicable, shameful, hateful, or raw to live with. Always speak with the person on those terms, with the goal of having them see that it’s only a portion of self they want to get rid of, not the whole self.We have a tendency to get very emotional when people involved in war and those who protect us lose their lives. There doesn’t seem to be the widespread alarm over the suicide rate. One of the worst tragedies in our society is the discovery that a young person has reached the state of mind to consider taking their own life.Leawood resident Charles Jackard is an education expert and the former principal of Horizons Academy in northeast Johnson County. You can read more of his work on his website here.Have a question you’d like to ask Charles or a column to suggest? Let us know!last_img read more

Lobos to be a test for Minnesota in first round of NCAA tournament

first_imgLobos to be a test for Minnesota in first round of NCAA tournamentMay 7, 2009Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota menâÄôs tennis team will get the chance to soak up some Southern California sun Friday when they face New Mexico at 2 p.m. PST in the first round of the NCAA menâÄôs tennis tournament at the University of Southern California. It will be the 20th overall NCAA tournament appearance for the school and its 14th in the past 16 seasons. The Gophers were one of six Big Ten teams to earn a spot in the NCAA field of 64 after drawing an at-large bid and the first round matchup against the Lobos. Minnesota (18-7) enters the NCAA tournament coming off a disappointing showing at the Big Ten tournament, losing its first match in an upset to lower-seeded Indiana. âÄú(Indiana) just played more aggressive than us,âÄù Gophers coach Geoff Young said. Minnesota defeated the Hoosiers 6-1 earlier this season, but lost 1-4 the second time around after Indiana won the doubles point to start the match and followed that up by taking the No. 1 singles match next. Young says the team learned a good lesson from the loss, though. âÄúWe learned that we need to respect every team no matter if theyâÄôre ranked above us or below us,âÄù Gophers junior Dino Bilankov said. Bilankov had the only point for Minnesota at the No. 4 singles match in that loss to the Hoosiers and is entering the NCAA tournament playing some of his best tennis. He has won four consecutive matches along with 10 of his last 12. The pairing against New Mexico (20-5) will put Minnesota in a similar situation as the Big Ten tournament. The Gophers are favored once again, entering the tournament ranked 33rd in the nation while the Lobos are ranked 41st. But this time, Young says, they wonâÄôt be overlooking anyone. âÄúTheyâÄôre very similar to Indiana,âÄù Young said. âÄúThey compete hard and they have gritty players and they fight hard; weâÄôll have our hands full.âÄù Ishay Hadash âÄì ranked 60th in the nation in singles competition âÄì will likely draw New MexicoâÄôs Johnny Parkes in the No. 1 singles match for Minnesota. Parkes is ranked 77th in the nation and is the Mountain West ConferenceâÄôs Player of the Year. HadashâÄôs matchup against Parkes could go a long way in determining the outcome of the match. âÄú(New Mexico is) pretty strong at the top of their lineup so if we can get the doubles point and win at some spots at the top of the lineup it would be good for us,âÄù Young said. This will be the ninth meeting between the Gophers and Lobos all-time. The teams last met in 2007, with New Mexico winning 5-2 in Albuquerque, NM. Minnesota was ranked No. 18 in the nation at that time, but fell on the road to the underdog Lobos after they swept the doubles point from the Gophers and then won all but the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches. Bilankov knows that a stronger performance will be needed this time around. âÄúWeâÄôve had great guys playing inconsistent so we need to come together and try to be a team again where everyoneâÄôs playing well,âÄù Bilankov said. USC and UC-Santa Barbara are the other two teams playing in the Gophers regional. The winner between Minnesota and New Mexico will face that winner Saturday for a spot in the NCAA finals in College Station, Texas.last_img read more

Paying Too Much For Medication

first_imgMany of us are being charged far more than we legally have to pay for our prescriptions—and our pharmacists not only know it, but are under a “gag order” not to tell us.The shocking practice has been going on all over the country for years, until the media began reporting about the hidden costs. Now, the practice is being addressed by numerous states. Bill #A9893, sponsored by Anthony Brindisi (Utica), is under consideration in the New York State Assembly after being introduced last week. The bill relates to enhancing pharmaceutical transparency and consumer protection between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers.Assemblyman Fred Thiele said he will come on board as a co-sponsor.“An act to amend the public health law and the insurance law, in relation to contracts between pharmacies and pharmacy benefits managers,” is needed, Brindisi wrote, “because pharmacies and pharmacists enter into contracts with health carriers or pharmacy benefits managers that contain gag orders.”Pharmacists who tell their customers that they are paying more than they should could be penalized for disclosing the information.According to an article by Robert Pear in the New York Times on February 24 titled, “Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20 Prescription Could Cost Only $8,” customers, even ones with top tier health insurance, often pay more out of pocket than they are supposed to.“Many pharmacists have expressed frustration about such provisions in their contracts with the powerful companies that manage drug benefits for insurers and employers. The clauses force the pharmacists to remain silent as, for example, a consumer pays $125 under her insurance plan for an influenza drug that would have cost $100 if purchased with cash,” Pear wrote.The culprits are drug benefit managers who hold down costs for consumers by negotiating prices with drug manufacturers and retail drugstores, but their practices have come under intense scrutiny. Much of the “saved” costs negotiated go into their pockets instead of those of the consumer or pharmacist.“This is unreasonable and unnecessary,” according to the proposed bill before the New York Assembly.The White House Council of Economic Advisers said in a report that large pharmacy benefit managers “exercise undue market power” and generate “outsized profits for themselves.”The National Conference of State Legislatures took up the matter after pharmacists complained. Federal and state officials say they share the pharmacists’ concerns, and they have started taking action. At least five states have adopted laws to make sure pharmacists can inform patients about less costly ways to obtain their medicine, and at least a dozen others are considering legislation to prohibit gag clauses, according to The Times.Pharmacists are, “the most direct, personal connection that a patient receiving a prescription drug has. That’s why it is important that we free them from the constraint of these gag orders so as to allow them to properly serve patients,” Brindisi wrote.In North Dakota, a new law explicitly bans gag orders. It says that a pharmacy or pharmacist may provide information that “may include the cost and clinical efficacy of a more affordable alternative drug if one is available.”The North Dakota law mandates that a pharmacy benefit manager or insurer may not charge a co-payment that exceeds the actual cost of a medication.The lobby for drug benefit companies, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, has filed suit in federal court to block the North Dakota law, saying it imposes “onerous new restrictions on pharmacy benefit managers.” Sharelast_img read more