Preparing for Unknowns

first_imgFirst-day jitters are common, but students returning to school this year during the COVID-19 pandemic will face all sorts of unknowns that could lead to heightened anxiety.“School is going to look very different this year, from increased handwashing to masks to social distancing,” said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension child development specialist Diane Bales. “All of the typical concerns like not having a routine and not knowing your teachers will be magnified this year.”With so many changes and unknowns, it’s important for parents to reassure their children that anxiety is normal, Bales said.“Encourage kids to talk about their concerns,” said Bales, associate professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “If they’re excited about going back but anxious and nervous about having to wear a mask, let them know that all those feelings are valid and normal. Talking about their concerns can help them feel better.”Knowing what to expect can also help to reduce anxiety, Bales said. With that in mind, she urged parents to find out as much as they can about their child’s daily schedule and routine in advance.“Preparing to whatever degree you can before the first day of school is going to reduce some anxiety and make the school day more successful,” Bales said. “Kids will engage more completely and not be overwhelmed with anxiety.”To illustrate this point, Bales often asks her students to recall their own first day of school, and then asks them to recall their 38th day of school.“Everybody laughs,” she said. “By the time you get to your 38th day of school, you know your routine and schedule and everything is normal. It has a lot do with having that consistency and predictability. It also gives kids confidence when they know what to expect.”Bales noted it’s a good idea to “practice” going over the new guidelines at home before school starts.For example, measure off 6 feet of distance in your house to help your child visualize the social distancing rules, and practice wearing a mask.“I’d start with 10 to 15 minutes a day and build up to longer periods of time wearing the mask,” she said. “Getting the routine down before school starts is important.”For younger kids, Bales suggested that parents who pack lunches make sure items are easy to open since it may not be feasible for teachers or administrators to help at lunchtime due to social distancing.Parents should also remind their children not to share common items such as pencils and paper.“We normally teach kids to share, but right now, that could be less safe in terms of spreading germs,” Bales said. “For now it’s probably important to not share items and to keep up with our own things.”Bales stressed that parents should remind their children why the safety measures being put in place to prevent the spread of the virus are important.“Prepare them without overwhelming them or giving them too much information,” she said. “Remind them that the goal is to keep everybody healthy.”To learn more about child and family development from UGA Extension experts, visit read more

Colombia Gears Up for III Expodefensa

first_imgBy Dialogo October 09, 2012 For more information, visit The event, which seeks to introduce the industry’s most innovative technological developments in the fields of defense and security, will also serve as an interactive platform where national and international Armed and Police Forces along with their suppliers can exchange client information and garner new client networks. In an interview with defense news portal, Colombian Deputy Defense Minister Yaneth Giha, who is at the head of the event’s organization, said that Expodefensa will become the “window through which we [Colombia] will show the world our defense industry.” Colombia’s National Defense Ministry is partnering with Bogotá’s Corferias international business center, as well as with Indumil, the country’s military industry provider, to put together the third edition of Expodefensa, an international biannual defense and security exhibition, from October 31 to November 2. According to the Colombian Ministry of Defense, the initiative is an important opportunity to position and strengthen Colombian military self-sufficiency as a major player in the defense and security field, boosting the country in the arena across the region by being the focus of large-scale cooperative projects that highlight the development of the defense and security sector and national industry within Colombia. The exhibition seeks the participation of national and international high-ranking military official delegates, government representatives, and executives from the defense and security industry. The confirmed exhibitors, a diverse array of companies from Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, will have the opportunity to introduce their products. Among them are the Peruvian defense manufacturer Airex International E.I.R.L., which specializes in the sale of machinery, equipment and specialty-use components for state security and business sectors; the Colombian Association of Aerospace Producers ACOPAER, which will showcase satellites, aircraft systems and components, simulators, etc., and other big-name international players, such as Brazilian state-owned aeronautics manufacturer Embraer, among many others. last_img read more

8 Long Island Postal Workers Charged With Theft of Marijuana Mail

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Eight workers at a U.S. Postal Service processing center in Bethpage were accused of stealing 129 pounds of marijuana mailed from the West Coast and then selling it over a six-month period.The suspects—three of whom are from Long Island—were arrested Tuesday on federal charges of theft of mail, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and marijuana possession with intent to distribute.“Not only did the defendants allegedly abuse their positions as Postal Service employees, but in doing so they endangered the security of the postal service facility and their coworkers,” James Hunt, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York office, said.The suspects from LI include 37-year-old Eugene Williams of Brentwood, 25-year-old Jerrod Rollerson of Hempstead and 43-year-old Jose Hurtado of North Bellmore. The other five suspects were identified as 29-year-old Kempleton Nash, Jr. and 34-year-old Lloyd Johnson, both of Queens, 28-year-old Timothy Marshall of Far Rockaway and two 36-year-old Brooklyn residents: Tanicha Grenald-Allen and Sherwin Parkes.The octet allegedly stole oddly shaped U.S. Priority Mail parcels they suspected of containing marijuana from the processing line at the Logistical and Distribution Priority Mail Processing Center in Bethpage, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.In some cases, they placed the packages in a corridor through a fire exit door that had a disabled alarm before taking the items outside, authorities said. In other instances, they put the items back on the line after re-directing delivery to alternative addresses of their choosing, according to investigators.Federal agents seized 129 pounds of marijuana from a dozen parcels with an estimated street value ranging from $100,000 to $930,000, prosecutors said. Authorities noted that priority mail has become a popular way of shipping marijuana for major drug traffickers.They are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday before Judge Gary Brown at Central Islip federal court.last_img read more

Several CUNA changes in OT rule, credit union concerns remain

first_imgFurther CUNA analysis of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule found minor relief, but CUNA remains concerned about the increased burden on credit unions. Several CUNA-suggested changes were included, but CUNA believes credit unions, especially smaller credit unions and thosein rural and underserved areas will still face regulatory burdens as a result of the rule.Compliance with the rule is required by Dec. 1.CUNA’s advocacy efforts on this rule includes writing to both the DOL and NCUA to seek relief for credit unions who we believe are disproportionately impacted by this rule. CUNA also shared concerns with the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, and supported legislation and sent letters to Congress seeking reforms to this rule.CUNA suggested changes to the rule include: continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NAFCU talks CUs’ TCPA concerns with FCC, launches resource page

first_imgNAFCU and a coalition of other trade groups met with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Thursday to discuss the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the commission’s efforts to target illegal robocalls. NAFCU has urged the FCC for more clarity and flexibility so credit unions can contact their members without fear of breaking the law.The association also just launched a new resource page for credit unions with more information on TCPA reform and NAFCU’s efforts.The trade groups on Thursday had discussions with staff from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s and Commissioner Michael O’Reilly’s offices; NAFCU Regulatory Affairs Counsel Ann Kossachev attended the meetings. The discussions focused on possible steps forward once a decision is issued in a lawsuit challenging the FCC’s order on TCPA prohibitions on autodialed calls to account holders. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Using analytics to help members in times of crisis

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Join our conversation about how to create an adaptable data analytics strategy to guide your credit union through times of crisis. The financial impact across member segments can vary widely as we’ve seen from this pandemic. Where some Americans have suffered deep and immediate income losses, others haven’t been hit nearly as hard. So how does your credit union best respond and live out the people-helping-people philosophy in times like these? Many answers can be found within your data, so we’re going to explore how to use the data you already have, plan member relief strategies for the future, maintain members’ accelerated digital behaviors, and more. continue reading »last_img

Memorial shouldn’t be focused on hate

first_imgThe proposed site backs up to the Lishakill Preserve and creek in the back; on one side is the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. On the other is woods. The memorial will have a boxcar — closed but easily able to be broken into. The memorial won’t be fenced in, with not enough lights and no guard.The Niskayuna police have offered to conduct drive-throughs, but it won’t be enough. Our police force is small and we’re paying too much overtime as it is. I can see the site becoming a teenage party site, a place to deal drugs, even a gang hangout.I’ve lived on Route 7 for 52 years and have seen too many accidents. If commercial development is allowed, all ancillary roadways will be impacted by vehicles avoiding Route 7.Why not instead put the money toward improving and expanding the Holocaust Education Center on Washington Avenue Extension? The location is accessible from all Capital District cities and outlying areas and there’s a service road, ideal for school buses. I can’t believe Dr. Lozman and the Jewish Federation want this to become a hate issue. The issue is really zoning, safety and traffic. Let’s address and debate these three issues only.Margaret WexlerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Some of our politicians and some people in favor of the Niskayuna Holocaust memorial have labeled residents who are against it anti-Semitic, anti-memorial and anti-education. This accusation makes me very sad and it’s untrue. This is a very simple issue. It only involves zoning, traffic and safety.Troy-Schenectady Road from Union Street to Vley Road in Colonie is residential, If we allow the  memorial to be built, we’re opening the door to other businesses, large and small, office buildings, other memorials. The town won’t be able to stop it.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, April 5

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMohon not getting adequate state aidMohonasen schools are facing a budget crisis. Inadequate increases in Mohonasen’s state foundation aid, the base aid for New York’s schools, have left our district with difficult choices to make in the upcoming district budget.With the end of the state budget process, Mohonasen is a glaring example of what happens when the state underfunds our schools. The decisions at hand are not about how to expand our programs or extra-curricular activities to better serve our students; they’re about how many staff positions need to be cut and what programs need to be scaled back.Mohonasen is still owed about  $4 million in state foundation aid. The executive budget proposal called for just an $80,000 increase, to which state legislators added $58,000 in the final budget.We cannot keep reducing resources and services at the local level, which impacts our class sizes and our learning environment, because the state has not followed through on full funding of foundation aid. It’s not fair to our students, our parents and our entire school community.As educators, we strive to provide our students with every opportunity to succeed. After 33 years in the Mohonasen School District, I feel as if I’m at the apex of my career and still have much to give my students. However, without real state support, my fellow educators and I are forced to work against strong negative currents.The fix is simple. Fully fund our public schools. It’s time the state stepped up.Maria  S. PachecoSchenectadyThe writer is a teacher in the Mohonasen Central School District. America shouldn’t favor one religionIn Jim Norris’ March 21 letter, he complains that George Will’s column on March 17 was part of an attempt to “de-Christianize our good old United States of America.”This sounds as though he believes the United States should primarily be a Christian nation, and he thinks too many people are working against that.Actually, “the good old United States of America” is not quite what he is longing for. Let’s go back to that good old day when the First Amendment was written, and note that the first sentence therein states (paraphrasing): The government must remain neutral regarding religion, and may not favor one over another.George Washington was more explicit in his letter to the Tauro Synagogue in Providence, R.I., (again paraphrasing) that the idea of tolerance was not of one group granting other groups the privilege of being here, but rather that no one could have such discretion in the first place.What he calls de-Christianizing is actually the growing trend, especially among younger citizens, to reject religion altogether, mostly because it has become irrelevant to them.The only way he can increase the presence of Christianity in our country is to get more of the flock to return to their churches (of course without using government to help him). Spa day provided a touch of tendernessAs we all struggle with headlines evidencing a world about us which is stressful and worrisome, I was able to witness a genuinely human, praiseworthy outreach to a group of Baptist Health Nursing and Rehab residents on the morning of March 20.This facility is working hard to bring a tenderness to its residents.A spa day was highlighted in which ladies were fussed over, nails buffed and polished, feet and shoulders massaged. A sense of caring and touching conveyed in a way far from the hostilities of the outside world.To care about what it takes to make someone significant and feel good about themselves — such is the goal of the Baptist health care team. I was privileged to see a special sweet side of life.Nancyjane BattenScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18center_img We should be striving to reinforce the idea of the equality of all religions and atheism, not weaken it.Bob ScherClifton Parklast_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf anuncia subvenciones por $96 millones de dólares para pequeñas empresas afectadas por la COVID-19

first_img August 10, 2020 Economy,  Español,  Press Release Se abre el período de solicitud de la última ronda de financiación En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que se han asignado subvenciones estatales por $96 millones de dólares a 4,933 pequeñas empresas de Pennsylvania que se vieron afectadas por la crisis de salud pública producida por la COVID-19 y la posterior orden de cierre de empresas.Empresas en todos los condados de Pennsylvania recibieron subvenciones en esta primera de dos rondas de financiación, y se otorgaron 2,512 subvenciones, o el 51%, a empresas históricamente desfavorecidas.“A medida que continuamos abordando esta crisis de salud pública, es crucial que también nos centremos en la recuperación económica de nuestro estado y en apoyar a nuestras pequeñas empresas en todo el estado, que continúan viéndose afectadas por las medidas de mitigación necesarias que hemos tomado”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Estos fondos ayudarán en gran medida a las pequeñas empresas, incluidas las empresas históricamente desfavorecidas, en el momento en que más lo necesitan”.Los fondos de la Asistencia a pequeñas empresas de todo el estado para aliviar la crisis por COVID-19 se desarrollaron en colaboración con los legisladores estatales y se asignaron a través del presupuesto estatal, que incluyó $2.6 mil millones de dólares en fondos de estímulo federal a través de la Ley federal de Ayuda, Alivio y Seguridad Económica por el Coronavirus (Ley CARES), de los cuales $225 millones se destinaron como medidas de alivio para pequeñas empresas.El Departamento de Desarrollo Comunitario y Económico (DCED, por sus siglas en inglés) distribuyó los fondos a las Instituciones Financieras de Desarrollo Comunitario de Pennsylvania (CDFI, por sus siglas en inglés), que administran las subvenciones a través de tres programas: $100 millones de dólares para el Programa de Revitalización de Empresas de la Calle Principal, $100 millones de dólares para el Programa de Revitalización de Empresas Históricamente Desfavorecidas y $25 millones de dólares para el Programa de Aplazamiento de Pago de Préstamos y Reserva para Pérdidas.“La pandemia de COVID-19 perjudicó inesperadamente a las pequeñas empresas en todo el estado, una circunstancia desafortunada e imprevista para la que no estábamos preparados”, dijo el Secretario del DCED, Dennis Davin. “Sin embargo, a través de las medidas colectivas de la Administración Wolf, la Asamblea General y la Red CDFI, las empresas más afectadas y en mayor riesgo de Pennsylvania podrán acceder a los fondos que necesitan para afianzar sus recursos y recuperar una base financiera sólida a medida que avanzamos en la recuperación”.La segunda y última ronda de financiación abre hoy desde hoy hasta las 11:59 p.m. del viernes 28 de agosto. Los solicitantes elegibles que no hayan recibido los fondos en la primera ronda no necesitan volver a presentar una solicitud ya que pasarán a la siguiente ronda para ser considerados. Encuentre más información sobre el Programa de Asistencia a pequeñas empresas de todo el estado para aliviar la crisis por COVID-19 e incluso cómo solicitarlo en el sitio de Internet del DCED.“La Red de la Institución Financiera de Desarrollo Comunitario de Pennsylvania (Red CDFI de Pennsylvania) asignó estos fondos para llegar a las empresas más pequeñas y vulnerables en todo el estado y recibimos una inmensa respuesta. En la primera ronda, recibimos cerca de 50,000 solicitudes y más de $860 millones de dólares en las solicitudes totales”, dijo Daniel Betancourt, Presidente de la Red CDFI de Pennsylvania, y Presidente y Director Ejecutivo de Community First Fund. “Estamos agradecidos de ser parte de este primer paso con el Gobernador Wolf y la Legislatura de Pennsylvania para recibir los recursos que tanto necesitan las pequeñas empresas que se han visto afectadas tan adversamente por la pandemia”.Las subvenciones se pueden usar para cubrir los gastos operativos durante el cierre y la transición a la reapertura, y para recibir asistencia técnica, que incluye la capacitación y la orientación de los propietarios de empresas a medida que se estabilizan y reabren sus negocios.“Estas subvenciones y el alivio que brindarán son testimonio de lo que podemos hacer cuando priorizamos las iniciativas adecuadas”, dijo el Senador estatal Vincent Hughes (Demócrata por Philadelphia, Montgomery), Presidente demócrata del Comité de Asignaciones del Senado. “Gracias a la colaboración y al enfoque colectivo, hoy pudimos ayudar a los talleres de carrocería, las peluquerías, los esteticistas, los propietarios de pizzerías, los establecimientos de comida soul y otros negocios en todo el estado. Es crucial entender que todavía existe una gran necesidad y que debemos continuar dirigiendo recursos y ayuda a nuestra comunidad de pequeñas empresas para ayudarla a recuperarse de la devastación de la pandemia”.“No podría estar más orgulloso o agradecido por el gran trabajo del DCED y la Red CDFI de Pennsylvania al brindar asistencia sustancial, justa, equitativa y basada en las necesidades a la calle principal de nuestro estado y a las pequeñas empresas históricamente desfavorecidas. El diseño de nuestro programa y la rendición de cuentas que proporcionan a los contribuyentes y a nuestros financistas federales es un modelo para la nación”, dijo el Senador estatal John Blake (Demócrata por Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe), Presidente demócrata del Comité de Finanzas del Senado. “Hago un llamamiento al Congreso de los Estados Unidos y a nuestros colegas de ambos partidos en Harrisburg para que reconozcan el éxito de este programa a la hora de asistir a las pequeñas empresas devastadas por la pandemia y que inviertan más en el programa para que podamos ayudar a más empresas”.“Nuestra comunidad empresarial se ha visto gravemente afectada por la pandemia de COVID-19 y necesita asistencia inmediata. El programa de subvenciones tiene la finalidad de ayudar a las pequeñas empresas a administrar los costos, manejar los gastos y mantenerse en funcionamiento en estos momentos excepcionalmente difíciles”, dijo el Senador estatal Jim Brewster (Demócrata por Allegheny, Westmoreland). “Desde que la COVID golpeó nuestro estado y debilitó nuestra comunidad empresarial, he estado promoviendo subvenciones para cubrir brechas y he solicitado millones en ayuda para las empresas y los trabajadores afectados. Las subvenciones de asistencia para pequeñas empresas son una de las herramientas que podemos usar para impulsar los negocios, mantener los puestos de trabajo y ayudar a los trabajadores en un momento de inmensa angustia”.“Para las empresas de propiedad de minorías y mujeres en Pennsylvania, la COVID-19 no creó una crisis, sino que puso al descubierto la crisis que nuestros empresarios minoritarios han estado enfrentando durante décadas”, dijo el Representante estatal Jake Wheatley Jr (Demócrata por Allegheny), presidente demócrata del Comité de Finanzas de la Cámara. “Si bien me alegra ver las repercusiones positivas de estas subvenciones e insto a todas las empresas de la comunidad local a que soliciten la próxima ronda de subvenciones, debemos ampliar la inversión en programas como este porque ya es tiempo de que la legislatura aborde las fallas sistémicas que dejan atrás a demasiadas personas marginadas”.“La carga que la COVID-19 ha puesto a los dueños de negocios, empleados y familias en el sudeste de Pennsylvania se vuelve cada día más pesada”, dijo el Representante estatal Chris Sappey (Demócrata por Chester). “En este momento, cuando hablamos de abordar la pandemia, no solo debemos combatirla con el uso de máscaras y el distanciamiento social, sino que también debemos apoyar con la misma fuerza e igualdad a nuestra comunidad empresarial, donde tiene lugar esta lucha por nuestra salud y seguridad. El comercio y la industria también deben sobrevivir a este virus. Pennsylvania necesita esta ayuda ahora, y mi oficina está dispuesta a colaborar con toda empresa que necesite ayuda para presentar una solicitud”.View this information in English. El Gobernador Wolf anuncia subvenciones por $96 millones de dólares para pequeñas empresas afectadas por la COVID-19center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Former Arsenal star linked with Juventus exit

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo sets new Juventus record but can’t prevent defeat to Hellas Verona It is not clear whether Ramsey would be keen on a return to England or if he would prefer to stay abroad, but it appears he has a limited time to convince Sarri he can be a valuable member of the team. Ramsey came off the bench during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Verona, and Juventus will finish the weekend in second place if Inter Milan beat rivals AC Milan on Sunday evening. Read Also:Ramsey apologises to Ronaldo for stealing record-breaking goal Sarri was furious with his side’s performance in the loss to Verona, and speaking to DAZN after the match he said: “Evidently we have different performances and results when comparing home form to away. It was a difficult game, we knew it would be and that Verona would make us suffer early on. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 29-year-old made the move to Turin on a free transfer last summer following 11 seasons at Arsenal and he started promisingly, scoring on his debut in a win over Verona. Since then thing have not gone so well, however, with the player struggling with injuries, and Ramsey has made just 11 appearances in Serie A so far this season. He has a contract until 2023 with Juventus, but according to Italian outlet Calciomercato there is a strong chance he could move on after just one year.Advertisement Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey could reportedly leave Juventus at the end of the season because manager Maurizio Sarri does not see him as part of his long-term plans. Promoted ContentWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 10 Disney Male Role ModelsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations Loading… last_img read more