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LAPS Superintendent Issues Spring Break News

first_imgSuperintendent Kurt SteinhausLos Alamos Public SchoolsLAPS News:Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus today sent the following letter to parents and families:Dear LAPS Parents and Families,As we prepare for a spring break unlike any in the past, here are some thoughts about how to help children, teens and even adults, make the most of your time together.  These ideas are about: New Mexico Crisis Line 1-855-662-7474 is available 24 hours a day for any kind of emotional crisis, mental health or substance use concern. The Warm Line 1-855-466-7100 offers peer assistance and a listening ear. Work on broader Executive Functioning (EF) skills.  EF includes skills such as problem solving, time management, goal setting and organization. Provide sorting activities, set a daily goal, or play some problem-solving games such as Heads-up, Charades or Guess Who. making connections while following CDC guidance on social isolation; Getting outside for some fresh air is an ideal way for our children to move their bodies. Take a walk or ride a bicycle.  Indoor options include Gonoodle.com and Cosmickids.com for whole body movement and yoga videos. If you are looking for options other than video-based activities, consider building a pillow fort, keeping balloons off of the ground, having a dance party or setting up a home-made obstacle course. Try reaching out to friends and family via phone call, text, video chat or whatever means of communication that works. Last night, I enjoyed sitting down to hand-write a letter to my brother. Last week, I enjoyed using Google Hangouts to connect with LAPS staff. Making ConnectionsCollectively, we must understand the importance of “flattening the curve” and do our part to slow the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing. However, separating ourselves because of COVID-19 could come with increased loneliness – so we need to find different ways to maintain social connections. Here are a few ways to do that: Creating Positive and Productive EnvironmentsHere are some ways we can create positive and productive environments in our own homes with our children during Spring Break: Taking Action to Reduce AnxietyTake the pressure off and recharge during Spring Break. Students are not required to complete homework this week. Dr. David Burns, author, researcher, and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, reminds us that we can fall into the trap of waiting for motivation – we put off tasks until we’re in the mood or we feel like it. But motivation actually works the other way around.  Motivation follows productive action and leads to a positive feedback loop of feeling good and wanting to continue the actions or habits we’ve started.To get motivated, consider making a list of things you’ve been wanting to get done as a family and take steps to get started today. You could help support healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19, declutter and donate items to Big Brothers Big Sisters, paint a room, prep for a garden, plant flower bulbs, or take an online course.And if you’re struggling during this time, please remember to reach out for help.  Here are some useful links. center_img creating positive and productive environments in our own homes with our children. Maintain an optimistic mindset. It’s extraordinary what people can accomplish when they pull together to serve a cause greater than themselves. Click here to watch a TED talk about how people think. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – If you are concerned about yourself, a friend, or a family member, call 1-800-273-(TALK)8255 or text START to 741741.  If you are having a life threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. Take care of yourself. You can’t give what you don’t have. To connect well and help others, we need to be physically and emotionally strong and steady. Practice gratitude. Every day, take a few minutes to write down something for which you are grateful.  I am grateful for the wonderful staff and parents of the Los Alamos Public Schools. During these last few weeks, they have proven to be flexible, creative, and resilient.   Gratitude helps keep you emotionally strong and will help you connect better with others.  Let’s all help one another through these new challenges. As we continue to adapt to the changing public health situation, our guidance for students and parents is evolving as well. At this time, it is unclear when the children will go back to school.  The New Mexico Public Education Department currently lists April 6, 2020 as the return to school date for students. I will continue to stay in touch with you on a regular basis as we learn more. Our children can thrive with routines. Consider keeping regular bedtime and morning routines, sitting down for lunch at the same time as they do at school, and establishing a daily schedule so that they know the plan for the day. Keeping these small things consistent can help our kids feel regulated, calm and confident. taking action to reduce anxiety; andlast_img read more

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Aging & Long-Term Services Reminds New Mexicans About Medicare Open Enrollment Deadlines

first_imgALTSD News:The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) wants to make certain that Medicare beneficiaries including older adults and people living with a disability as well as their caregivers, are aware of the upcoming fall open enrollment deadlines. From Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 of this year, people enrolled in the Medicare program can make changes to their existing coverage such as switch to a different Part D drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan, or drop their private plan and go back on Original Medicare with a standalone Part D plan. Any changes made during Medicare Open Enrollment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021. “It is our goal and our priority to ensure New Mexicans receive the life-sustaining, most cost effective benefits for which they qualify, and we are here to help make that process as straightforward as possible,” stated Katrina Hotrum-Lopez, Cabinet Secretary of the Aging and Long Term Services Department. “We look forward to serving this community and facilitating these critical services.” Knowing that navigating the health care and medical systems can be an overwhelming and lengthy process, New Mexico’s SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) has trained benefits counselors available to make sure Medicare consumers are on the correct plan that works within their network of providers, covers their medication, and is affordable. All the benefits counselors can provide assistance in multiple languages. The New Mexico SHIP benefits counselors provide objective, unbiased and reliable information about the Medicare program to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries can make informed decisions about their healthcare coverage. SHIP counselors can assist with reviewing Medicare coverage options, assist with Medicare plan comparisons, and screen people for important cost saving benefits such as the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) and the federal Extra Help program.Starting Oct. 1, 2020 Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers can call the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 1-800-432-2080 to schedule a Medicare open enrollment remote counseling appointment with a SHIP counselor. SHIP benefits counselors will be available to provide remote counseling including plan comparisons starting Oct. 15 through the Open Enrollment period which closes Dec. 7.When our SHIP benefits counselors talk with clients, they will ask the beneficiaries to set aside about an hour to go over their current coverage, their health care needs, medications and the Medicare coverage option that is best for them. It is important for the public to know that Medicare Advantage plans and Part D prescription drug plans can make changes from year to year. People enrolled in Medicare who do not review their coverage this fall may end up in the wrong plan that does not meet their needs Jan. 1, 2021. People who do nothing this Fall may end up in plans that do not include their providers in their plan’s network, or their medications may not be listed as covered drugs. Medicare beneficiaries cannot afford to sit this one out. People who miss the Open Enrollment period may not be able to make changes later. We urge Medicare beneficiaries and their families to act and seek help this fall by calling the ADRC at 1.(800).432.2080 and requesting assistance from SHIP.last_img read more

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Deal will see hydrogen fuelling stations for new fleet of ‘green’ buses

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MoJ confirms quango cull

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has today confirmed that the Youth Justice Board and two court rules committees are among the legal quangos to be abolished as part of a drive to cut costs and ‘reinvigorate public trust’ in democracy. The bodies to be scrapped include: the Youth Justice Board for England & Wales; the Chief Coroner’s Office; the Victims’ Advisory Panel; the Administrative Justice & Tribunals Council; the Courts Boards; the Crown Court Rule Committee; the Magistrates’ Courts Rule Committee; the Public Guardian Board; and HM Inspectorate of Court Administration. The future of the Judicial Appointments Commission, the Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman and the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information remain under consideration, the MoJ said. The MoJ also confirmed that the Crown Prosecution Service will merge with the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, while the Advisory Council on Historical Manuscripts and the Advisory Council on Public Records will merge with the lord chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives. The Legal Services Commission will become an executive agency of the MoJ. Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly said: ‘This announcement marks an unprecedented step towards enhanced transparency, increased accountability and greater efficiency of all public services. Reform will help to reinvigorate the public’s trust in democracy. It will ensure the restoration of ministerial accountability for important decisions that affect lives and the way taxpayers’ money is spent.’last_img read more

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Air Partner names UK freight manager

first_imgChalmers, a recent graduate of Air Partner’s intensive two-year internal cross-division Management Training Scheme, reports to Richard Smith, group freight director, who can now concentrate solely on developing the company’s worldwide freight strategy.Prior to joining the MTS scheme Chalmers was a senior analyst in the Commercial Jets charter broking division organising flights on airliners for groups of every size. Prior to joining Air Partner in 1998, he was an operations officer with the former Stansted Airport-based charter carrier Classic Airways.In his new role Chalmers’ objectives are to develop the freight business by working closely with clients, prospects and cargo operators along with growing Air Partner Freight’s market share.last_img read more

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Siemens unveils diesel surprise at InnoTrans

first_imgINNOTRANS: Siemens Mobility marked the launch of its new Vectron interoperable locomotive family with a short ceremony on September 22 to name the first multi-system electric loco after the company’s founder Werner von Siemens.Chief Executive of the Siemens Industry Sector Siegfried Russwurm noted that it was highly appropriate that the event should take place at InnoTrans, as it was at a trade fair in Berlin in 1879 that von Siemens first demonstrated the practicality of electric traction on rail.Derived from experience with the Eurosprinter and Eurorunner designs, the Vectron family has been developed for cross-border freight and passenger services, at speeds of 160 or 200 km/h. Four prototypes are on show at InnoTrans 2010: the multi-system version named in the ceremony, plus AC and DC electric versions and a diesel variant.Hailed by Siemens Mobility CEO Hans-Jörg Grundmann as ‘a surprise for our competitors’, the Vectron DE had been kept as a closely-guarded secret. Sharing a high proportion of components with the electric locos, it is powered by an MTU 16V 4000 R84 engine, rated at 2 400 kW. This engine meets Euro Stage IIIB emissions regulations, and delivers a starting tractive effort of 275 kN.The standard Vectron loco is 19.9 m long and 3 m wide, and meets the UIC 505-1 loading gauge. With a Bo-Bo configuration, it can be supplied for track gauges between 1 435 and 1 676 mm. The flexible design and interoperable capability are expected to prove popular with customers large and small, including leasing companies looking to order versatile traction at short notice.Grundmann said that there had been considerable interest from potential customers, and the company was in negotiations with several possible clients, but as yet no firm contracts have been signed.last_img read more

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Emerald Star – Latest Update & Helpline Numbers

first_img Author: Priyanka Ann Saini The government is using aircraft and vessels to search for the 10 missing crew members of the cargo ship that sank in the Pacific off the Philippines last week, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday.The 33,205-tonne Emerald Star with 26 Indian nationals on board sent a distress signal early on Friday as the Hong Kong-registered vessel was sailing some 280 kilometres (174 miles) east of the northern tip of the Philippines, said a statement from the Japanese coastguard, which received the distress signal.MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that 11 crew members were rescued by the ship Densa Cobra, registered in Xiamen, China and five more by Samarinda, registered in the Philippines. Search for the missing members is still going on using aircraft and vessels, he added.The Hindu quoted officials of Vridhi Maritime Pvt Ltd, which manages the ship, as saying that they have not received any update on the status of the missing crew. The spokesperson of the company said that they are awaiting information on those missing, the report added.Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, Government of India tweeted that the Indian Navy dispatched an aircraft for maritime reconnaissance to assist in search and rescue operations. A navy official stated, “One P-8I aircraft took off at 11.45 pm on Sunday for Manila to search for missing sailors of MV Emerald Star.” The aircraft carried two SAR kits that contain a 10-men inflatable dinghy, emergency food and water supply onboard which can be dropped near the survivors. The Japanese coastguard too sent out two patrol boats and three planes to the site, but the typhoon made a rescue difficult.The external affairs ministry has also announced helpline numbers for information related to the sinking. Those seeking information can get in touch with the MEA control room on 0091-11-23012113/ 0091-11-23017905 and 0091-11-23015300 or at controlroom@mea.gov.in.Sea News first reported the incident on October 16Inputs from FirstpostSea News, October 18last_img read more

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Parishoners march in the streets

first_img 523 Views   no discussions Video Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. LocalNews Parishoners march in the streets by: – November 25, 2018 Share Tweet Share “Parishioners March In The Street” 1:03 “Parishioners March In The Street” center_img 2. The South Western Vicariate had a week of Revival services that begun on the evening November 19 and ended on Friday November 23,2018.The services were held in a different parish each evening and ended with a mass at the St. Alphonsus Church on Friday 23 at 6.30 p.m.After the Christ the King Mass at Our Lady of Fair Haven Cathedral Chapel, Roseau at 9.00 a.m. the church goers marched through the streets.Below are videos of the march. Share Sharing is caring! read more

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Indians To Play Rangers in a Pair of Games Next Spring at the Alamodome in San Antonio

first_img Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsAlamodomeIndiansRangerscenter_img The Indians will be in the spotlight next Spring, as today it was announced the Tribe will take on the AL West Champion Texas Rangers on March 17th and 18th in a pair of games at the Alamodome in downtown San Antonio.Here’s the official press release on the announcement: (San Antonio, TX) – It’s slated to be another American League showdown as H-E-B Big League Weekend officials announced the American League Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians will face off against the American League West Division Champion Texas Rangers March 17-18 in San Antonio.SPRING TRAINING IN SAN ANTONIO – This will be the fifth year for H-E-B Big League Weekend, a two-game Major League Baseball exhibition hosted at the iconic Alamodome in downtown San Antonio. Attendance has averaged more than 60,000 fans per weekend over the first four years of the event.Ryan Sanders Baseball, whose principal ownership group includes Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, produces the event in partnership with the Texas Rangers, the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau and the San Antonio Missions.“We made a commitment to the City of San Antonio, H-E-B and all our other event partners that we would bring in the best teams possible every year,” said Big League Weekend Executive Director J.J. Gottsch. “With the Indians and Rangers both clinching division championships, we couldn’t feel better about the 2017 matchup.”This will be the second straight year that both H-E-B Big League Weekend teams were previous year division champions, and the third straight year that at least one club was a division champion. The only year that at least one H-E-B Big League Weekend club was not a previous year playoff representative was in 2014, after the Rangers lost a tie-breaking 163rd game against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013.last_img read more

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NFF secures $1.5m for foreign coach’s salary

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is now banking on a $1.5 million lifeline from a sponsor to cover the salaries of a new foreign coach for the country, reports africanfootball.com.The cash is expected this week and if it came through, the NFF could appoint a new coach as early as next week, the report said.The NFF is broke and the sports ministry has made it clear the government will not help out with paying for an expatriate coach.The NFF is known to have sounded out a bank and an oil company to pay for the new coach, who will lead Nigeria through a difficult 2018 World Cup qualifying group that has Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia.It will be recalled that a major telephone company bankrolled the salaries of German coach Berti Vogts between 2007 and 2008, while a presidential task force was responsible for the salaries of the country’s last foreign coach, Lars Lagerback, for the 2010 World Cup.Meanwhile, caretaker coach, Salisu Yusuf and frontrunner, Paul Le Guen, are among the 20 coaches that have applied to lead the Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament.NFF technical committee chairman, Chris Green, disclosed that as many as 20 coaches have applied for the Eagles post vacated by Sunday Oliseh in February.Former Cameroun coach, Le Guen, was previously reported not to have applied for the position, but officials have now confirmed he has done so.Serbian Goran ‘Plavi’ Stevanovic, who posted a superb run with Ghana between 2011 and 2012, is also in the running.Former Kano Pillars’ Slovenian coach, Ivo Sajh, has also thrown his hat in the ring. He led Pillars to a historic CAF Champions League semi-final in 2009.Tomorrow is deadline for submission of applications, with NFF billed to announce a short list of candidates on Friday after a technical committee meeting.last_img read more

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