Twitter Google+ Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – July 17, 2020 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Previous articleTraffic diversions following Inishowen collisionNext articleDonegal club enforce precaution Covid-19 measures News Highland Three more Covid 19 linked deaths ; two more cases in Donegal Pinterest Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows The rise in Covid 19 cases continues with a further three deaths and 34 new confirmed cases.There has now been a total of 1,752 Covid related deaths, and 25,730 confirmed cases in the Republic.Two new cases have been confirmed in Donegal, the county’s total is now 471.North of the border, there have been no new Covid 19 related deaths today.The death toll remains at 556, but there were 19 new cases bringing the total to 5,834.Meanwhile, Tanaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says travelling to a country on the “green list” will be as safe as visiting Kerry, Donegal or Connemara.The list, to be published on Monday, will set out the countries Irish people can go on holiday to, without needing to quarantine when they return.Simon Coveney has confirmed the US won’t be included – and it’s “very unlikely” to include Britain.He’s was asked this evening why authorities haven’t been able to keep track of some passengers arriving here with the passenger locator form…….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/19coveney-virus.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.**************************Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 3 people with COVID-19 have died.There has now been a total of 1,752 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight Thursday 16th July, the HPSC has been notified of 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 25,730 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “COVID-19 is extremely infectious. It wants to spread, but it needs people to come into contact with each other to do so.“All of the measures that we have been talking about for many months now are so important; physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding large crowds – are all actions each of us can take to cut the chains of transmission and stop this virus in its tracks.“It now depends on the actions we take as individuals, as to whether this virus gets an opportunity to spread through our communities. Continue to follow the public health advice, know the risks, know the symptoms and stay safe.” WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA
Graduates earn £10,000 more per year than those who don’t go to university, proving that a degree continues to be a rewarding investment, brand new data has revealed today (25 April).The new figures published by the Department for Education show a continued rise, as working-age graduates aged 16-64 earned a median salary of £34,000 in 2018, a rise of £1,000 from the previous year, while their non-graduate peers who chose a different path earned a median salary of £24,000.The figures show that a degree continues to be a worthwhile investment, however it also revealed that gaps in earnings still exist between different groups of the working age population – with male graduates earning £9,500 more than female graduates, and white graduates also earning £9,500 more than black graduates.The Universities Minister has welcomed the overarching figures that highlight the value of a degree, but warned that there is further to go to tackle the disparities between different groups.There have been number of initiatives launched across government to ensure that everyone no matter their background has the opportunity to succeed, including social mobility programmes like Opportunity Areas, measures through the Race Disparity Audit, and legislative reforms to improve access and successful participation at university.Universities Minister Chris Skidmore said: The Government has put in place a number of measures which aim to narrow the gaps between the outcomes between different groups, including gender, ethnic group and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.All universities will be drawing up access and participation plans for implementation in 2020/21, which will set out how they will improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education. The regulator, the Office for Students, will scrutinise these plans and hold universities to account if they are not up to standard.In February, the Government launched a series of measures to improve outcomes for ethnic minority students in higher education, which included gathering evidence on what works to improve ethnic minority outcomes, providing better student information with a greater focus on supporting underrepresented groups, and engaging with league table compilers on including progress on tackling disparities.To tackle the gender and race pay gaps, the Government has introduced ground-breaking regulations which require large employers to publish the differences in pay for male and female staff and is consulting on plans for ethnicity pay reporting by employers.The statistics published today are part of the government’s drive to improve information for prospective students, showing 87.7 per cent of graduates are in employment compared with 71.6 per cent of non-graduates. The data also includes earnings by industry, showing that working age graduates in Transport and Communication earn the highest median salaries, followed by graduates in Banking and Finance.It also shows that across England graduates aged 16-64 can expect to earn £39,000 in London, £32,000 in the South West and £28,500 in the North East. We have record rates of 18-year-olds in England going into higher education so I am delighted to see that there continues to be a graduate premium and students are going on to reap the rewards of their degrees. However, this Government is clear that all graduates, no matter their gender, race or background, should be benefitting from our world-class universities and there is clearly much further to go to improve the race and gender pay gap. We have introduced a range of reforms in higher education which have a relentless focus on levelling the playing field, so that everyone with the talent and potential, can not only go to university but flourishes there and has the best possible chance of a successful career.
2008 Governor’s Award Goes to Rob Mermin, Founder of Circus SmirkusMontpelier, VT – Governor James H. Douglas and the Vermont Arts Council are pleased to announce that Rob Mermin, circus arts performer and founder of Circus Smirkus, will receive the 2008 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place on Friday, October 17th at the State House in Montpelier.The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts is presented annually to a Vermont artist who has achieved national or international stature for making a significant contribution to the advancement of his or her chosen art form. It is Vermont’s highest honor in the arts.In his late teens, Rob Mermin traveled to England and wound up with a job in a circus. At 19, he studied in Paris with the great French mime, Marcel Marceau and became hooked. Throughout the 1970s and 80s Mermin was a clown with tent shows in Wales, a mule wrangler with Circus Scott above the Artic Circle, rode with the Magyars in the Hungarian State Cirkusz, spent three years with the famous Benneweis Circus in Copenhagen and entertained royalty in the circus palaces of Europe and Russia.After moving to Vermont, Mermin founded Circus Smirkus in an old farmhouse in Greensboro, VT. He wanted to give kids the opportunity to run away to the Circus — but with their parents’ permission. The program, dedicated to teaching circus arts, grew over the years to include a touring circus, circus summer camp, and an in-school circus arts residency program. Circus Smirkus’ first “Big Top Tour” was one week long. In 2008, the seven-week tour included 71 performances in five states.Over the years, Smirkus has welcomed young performers from 28 different countries and 10 Native American Tribes. Smirkus has performed in Washington, DC as well as in the USSR and Sweden. Alumni span the globe as performers and teachers. The Boston Globe called the circus “one of New England’s most treasured cultural and educational resources.” It was featured in a 14-part series on the Disney channel.CEREMONY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:3:00 Performances on the State House lawn featuring clowns, jugglers, stiltwalkers and aerial acrobatics by Nimble Arts and Circus Smirkus alumni4:00 Award ceremony in the House Chamber, Vermont State House5:00 ReceptionCircus Smirkus is a non-profit, award-winning international youth circus founded with a mission: to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus and to inspire youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts.More information about its programs, The Big Top Tour, Smirkus Camp and Smirkus School Residencies, can be found at smirkus.org or by calling 1-802-533-7443.# # #
17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr April is not the time to think about your taxes. April is just the deadline for filing your personal tax returns for the prior year. By next April, just about all of your options to reduce your 2015 taxes will have run out. Now is the time! It’s October. You still have many options for reducing your 2015 tax bill and you have more than two full months to make some moves. What moves? Here are a few things to consider.Contribute to a 529 plan.Not sure if you heard, but college is kind of…well…expensive, isn’t it? Here’s a good way to help out with the cost. You can contribute money to your state’s 529 plan and any capital or interest gains are non-taxable as long as you use the money for higher education for yourself or your family. It’s a great way to grow your money tax free for college and it’s not even taxed when you withdraw the money, as long as the funds are used for higher education expenses (which include room and board too). More info on 529 plans can be found here.Employ your kids. If you’re a business owner, put your kids to work. Any earnings under $6,300 won’t be taxable. And it’s likely they won’t have to file a tax return either. And you don’t payroll taxes. And…best part…you get a deduction. Of course, make sure the work is legitimate. Your kids could get some good experience out of this. And the money will be all theirs, so let’s hope they do their best to spend it wisely. Here are some good rules to follow. continue reading »
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The lockdown — which come into force on Friday at 10:00 pm (0200 GMT Saturday) — means that people will be allowed to leave their homes only for essential reasons like buying food or medicine.Chile had until now opted for a selective quarantine strategy in dealing with the pandemic. Curfews were imposed in Santiago and other cities, but quarantines were limited to areas with high incidences of infection.Chile also has Latin America’s highest rate of coronavirus testing — 14,000 a day and around 200,000 overall.However, the government had been increasingly concerned about rising infection numbers across the city of seven million people in the past 10 days, and last week ordered strict new confinement measures in three densely populated areas.Health workers reported growing rates of infection in early May, just after the conservative government celebrated the fact that infections had “peaked,” citing a persistent daily rate of around 500 new cases.Within a few days, however, officials began to speak of “The Battle of Santiago.””The month of May is being hard on our country and we have to take appropriate actions at the right time to stop this disease,” Manalich said. He added that the health system was able to cope, as deaths remain low, with 347 from COVID-19 since March 3.Health authorities said the South American country had 553 ventilators available as of Wednesday, and more units would be added in the coming days.The minister also announced that the government was imposing a mandatory quarantine on people over 75 years of age in the northern cities of Iquique and Alto Hospicio.The government responded quickly to the first cases on March 3, introducing a nationwide curfew and selective quarantines on areas with high incidences of the virus.Schools, universities and businesses were closed as part of social distancing measures and transport restricted. The announcement follows a government request to the IMF for a flexible line of credit amounting to around $23.8 billion for the next two years. The credit line would help kickstart the economy after months of mass protests against the government of President Sebastian Pinera, a bodyblow to state revenues exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Battle of Santiago’ Topics : Chile ordered a mandatory total quarantine for the capital Santiago’s seven million people Wednesday after authorities reported a 60 percent spike in coronavirus infections in 24 hours, dealing a stunning blow to hopes the economy would soon reopen.”The most severe measure I must announce is a total quarantine in Greater Santiago,” the location of 80 percent of the country’s 34,000-plus confirmed cases, Health Minister Jaime Manalich said.Manalich said the lockdown — including in several areas where earlier confinement measures had been lifted — was necessary after 2,260 new infections and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The Board of the California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) recently awarded $3.8 million for 12 projects in the Conservancy’s Climate Ready grant program, which supports projects to increase the resilience of coastal resources and communities to the impacts of climate change. These grants were part of a total of nearly $18.5 million in 19 grants for the protection and restoration of California’s coastal resources.“For the first time, this year’s Climate Ready grants were funded by state cap-and-trade proceeds, which are deposited in the state greenhouse gas reduction fund (GGRF) and administered by the California Air Resources Board,” California State Coastal Conservancy said in its release.“In order to meet GGRF’s legislative purposes, projects must facilitate reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and, where feasible, include additional co-benefits, such as investment in disadvantaged communities and economic, environmental and public health benefits to the state. 86% of the $3.8 million awarded is going to projects that are located in and benefit disadvantaged communities.”Also approved was $5.7 million for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to place dredged sediment from Redwood City Harbor at wetland restoration sites on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay.USACE dredges approximately 1.5 million to 2 million cubic yards of sediment each year in San Francisco Bay, maintaining federal navigation channels for shipping.The sediment dredged by USACE must be placed at permitted placement sites, such as the Deep Ocean Disposal Site or In-Bay disposal sites, or at beneficial use sites. Many of the restorable diked baylands have subsided and need sediment to raise their elevations or to create transition zones prior to tidal restoration, said the Conservancy.This funding will enable sediment from Redwood City Harbor to be placed at restoration sites in Bay as the Corps requires a nonfederal sponsor to pay the incremental cost above the cost for In-Bay disposal to place the sediment at a beneficial use site.
Priscilla Lou Probst, 76, of Aurora, passed away Thursday September 15, 2016 at the home.She was born on November 21, 1939 to the late Russell Bodey and Laura Scott Bodey inWilmington, IN. She was then raised on her family farm in Mount Sinai Indiana and attended Wilmington school where she met her future husband Allen Probst.Priscilla married Allen on September 18, 1959. They purchased a farm in Wilmington, Indiana where they lived and raised their family. She attended Grace Baptist Church in Milan. She loved being outside working on her farm and in her gardens. She also enjoyed watching Nascar and spending time with family. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.Surviving are her sons, Christopher, Timothy, Matthew and Jason Probst all of Aurora, Indiana; seven grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Other close family relatives include Jerry McCreary of Lafollette, TN., Janet Kunz of Pinellas, FL., Karen “Sue” Boone of Vevay, IN., Shirre Brandon of Madison, IN., and Ralph Fitzgerald of Spencer, WI.She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Wayne Probst, her parents, daughter Gwendolyn and granddaughter Brittany Probst. Other close family relatives are Mike Fitzgerald, Raymond McCreary and Eunice Scott.Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at Mount Sinai Cemetery.Memorials are suggested to the Grace Baptist Church or Mt. Sinai Cemetery. Online condolences can be given at www.rullmans.com.