Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials are advising motorists that there will be traffic delays in the southbound lane of Interstate 89 between exits 16 and 14 until at least Friday August 5th. VTrans officials said contractors are installing an access road to allow work on a pipe. This has required the closure of the southbound driving lane starting just north of exit 15. Some traffic stoppages have been reported as of this morning. Work on the project is set to begin at 9 am to accommodate morning ‘drive time traffic.’ However, state officials will be monitoring the situation to see if further adjustments will have to be made.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU Chief Economist and Director of Research told Reuters Money on Friday that June’s jobs rebound of 287,000 jobs is a sign of labor market strength, but the Federal Reserve will still likely wait at least until December for a rate hike.In a Reuters Money television interview, Long noted: “It wasn’t so strong that it’s going to tilt the Fed to raise rates faster than they might have otherwise.”The unemployment rate increased to 4.9 percent as 414,000 workers joined the labor force. Average hourly earnings also increased 2 cents to $25.61 – bringing wages up 2.6 percent, year-over-year. continue reading »
1. Keep your debt limitedWhen you’re starting out in your first job, you quickly find yourself making about five times what you were making from your part-time college gig. That account balance can look quite enticing. Trust me, I know. While I loved my new truck, 15 years later I would rather just have that money back. Leaving college you’re probably taking a substantial amount of student loan debt with you. Try your best to not let that debt grow. Tackling debt can take years, and you don’t want to add to it.2. Start a savings account/emergency fundWhen you’re young, you tend to push things off because you think you have plenty of time. When it comes to saving, the earlier you begin, the more you’ll appreciate it later. If you save $100 a month, during the first 5 years after college, you will have created a $6,000 fund that could come in handy when you need to make lemonade out of the lemons that life will inevitably throw at you from time to time.3. Stick to a budgetThis may one of the harder tips to stick with, especially when you have more money than you’ve ever had in your life. Buying every meal from your favorite restaurants is tempting, and the sooner you curb that habit the better. By budgeting, you can see how you’re really spending your money. Try not to look at it as restricting your spending, but rather a guide to help you spend confidently.4. Don’t forget about retirementI know retirement seems like it’s 40 years away, (and maybe it is) but it’ll sneak up on you. Putting your money in an IRA early is one of the best decisions you can make. There’s a little thing called compound interest that wants to be your best friend. Read about it and tell me you’re not happier than a kid in a candy store. 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details read more
He said he had also asked the Supreme Court to reduce the number of convicts it sent to prison. Read also: Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons scramble to protect inmates from infection”Therefore, with these efforts, we can gradually release about 50,000 inmates and the number could increase, especially if the police and the Supreme Court can reduce the number of new inmates from the usual 2,500 per day.”Yasonna and the House have also agreed to restart deliberations on a revision to the Criminal Code (KUHP) bill and the 1995 law on correctional procedures, which had been postponed following mass public protests against the House’s legislative agenda following the passing of revisions to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law.”Please notice that the government is committed to continuing the deliberation of these two bills. We do not disagree about the bills,” he said.He added that he would ask the President to send a new presidential letter to ask the House to restart discussions of the bills.The lawmakers and the government had previously concluded deliberations of the two bills.However, in September 2019, tens of thousands of university students in Jakarta and other cities across the country took to the streets to demand lawmakers hold off the passage of several controversial bills, including the two bills, arguing that the KUHP bill, in particular, posed a threat to democracy and civil rights.Anticorruption activists had also warned that the correctional procedures bill, which would technically remove hurdles for corruption convicts to receive remissions and conditional releases, was a “gift” to graft convicts, including those who were currently serving sentences.Topics : “As of today, at 11 a.m. according to our SDP [Correctional Database System], we have released 5,556 prisoners,” he said.According to Yasonna, the ministry has two legal bases for the release, namely Human Rights Ministerial Regulation No. 10/2020 on terms and conditions of assimilation and integration for prisoners and juvenile inmates to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as Human Rights Ministerial Decree No. 19/2020 on the release of prisoners and juvenile inmates through assimilation and integration to prevent the spread of COVID-19.“We are monitoring the developments hourly through our system. We hope there will be no moral hazard,” he said, adding that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo agreed with the regulations.Yasonna said the 50,000 inmates eligible for early release included some 15,442 drug convicts that had served five to 10 years in prison, 300 graft inmates aged 60 years and above, 1,457 special crime convicts with chronic diseases and 53 foreign prisoners who had served two-thirds of their sentences. The authorities have granted more than 5,500 prisoners early release to help prevent a possible surge in coronavirus infections in Indonesia’s overcrowded prisons.Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said on Wednesday during a virtual meeting with the House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs that he had raised the number of prisoners that were planned to be released to 50,000 people from 30,000. “As of today, at 11 a.m. according to our SDP [Correctional Database System], we have released 5,556 prisoners,” he said. read more
“Farewell, Pak Jakob Oetama. His services and contributions to the nation were extraordinary. It’s a big and noble task to continue his legacy,” the governor tweeted.The National Police also expressed their condolences over Jakob’s death, with spokesperson Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono calling him “Indonesia’s best press figure”.Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko called Jakob a person who stressed the importance of having a conscience above all. “Thank you for your services in journalism in Indonesia.”Read also: Jakob Oetama bids farewell, leaving journalism legacy Government officials and lawmakers are mourning the death of Jakob Oetama, the cofounder of Indonesia’s largest media and publishing company, Kompas Gramedia.The 88-year-old died on Wednesday at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. He will be buried at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta on Thursday.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan extended his condolences on Wednesday through his Twitter handle @aniesbaswedan. House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) also extended her condolences.She said Jakob was very close to the nation’s first president and her grandfather, Sukarno, who suggested the name “Kompas” upon the foundation of the newspaper in 1965.“At that time, Bung Karno said, ‘Do you know what a compass is? It’s our direction across the ocean and jungle,” Puan said, quoting Sukarno’s words.People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) deputy speaker Asrul Sani said Jakob inspired him to fight for people’s interests and to maintain idealism when the politician served as a Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) lawyer in the 1980s.“His passing is a loss for us all. Pak Jakob doesn’t only belong to Kompas Gramedia or Indonesian journalism but also to many different elements of society, as well as any religion, ethnicity and political group,” the United Development Party (PPP) politician said.Read also: Jusuf Wanandi mourns death of Kompas Gramedia cofounder Jakob OetamaJakob graduated from Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University in 1961. He started his career in journalism with Petrus Kanisius Ojong – among the country’s active figures in journalism and politics – to publish Intisari magazine.The magazine paved the way for the establishment of Kompas newspaper in 1965.The Kompas Gramedia group has expanded to other sectors, including printing, hospitality and television.Jakob is well known for his philosophical, thoughtful and polite writing style, which bordered on non-confrontational and humble, yet supported by logical arguments.He received the Mahaputra Utama award from the government in 1973. He was also awarded an honorary degree in communications by his alma mater on April 17, 2003. Topics : read more
The Christian Post 12 October 2017Family First Comment: “Many children and families struggling with gender dysphoria are not receiving the facts about the permanent consequences associated with “experimental” puberty-blocking and sex-reassignment treatments, nor are they being told that justification for such treatments are not backed by strong scientific evidence”Many children and families struggling with gender dysphoria are not receiving the facts about the permanent consequences associated with “experimental” puberty-blocking and sex-reassignment treatments, nor are they being told that justification for such treatments are not backed by strong scientific evidence, doctors warned Wednesday.“Much of what is being done here can be considered experimental treatment,” Paul Hruz, a St. Louis-based doctor who is a professor of pediatrics, endocrinology, cell biology and physiology at the Washington University School of Medicine, said during a panel discussion on transgender medicine hosted by the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation.“But that is not how the public is hearing about this and [not] what the patients themselves and the families who are dealing with this issue are being presented with.”Hruz, who co-authored the June report published in The New Atlantis titled Growing Pains: Problems With Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria, and Dr. Michelle Cretella, the president of the conservative American College of Pediatricians, joined Dr. Allen Josephson of the University of Louisville and Heritage Foundation senior fellow Ryan Anderson to discuss the dangers and long-term consequences linked to the use of hormone therapy and puberty suppression treatments on children.Although a number of mainstream medical societies and organizations have been recommending over the last decade that children who suffer from gender dysphoria be given a puberty-blocking drug and later be treated with cross-sex hormones before potential sex reassignment surgeries, Hruz said that “the evidence behind this new treatment paradigm is slim to none.”READ MORE: http://www.christianpost.com/news/doctors-describe-dangers-puberty-blockers-used-children-lgbt-activists-dont-tell-202572/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. read more
Tweet 316 Views one comment Pope Francis jokes with Alberto Gasbarri, Pope’s trip organizer, as he meets reporters during his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Thursday, January 15. (Photo: AP)ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good.But he said there were limits.By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.“If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said half-jokingly, throwing a mock punch his way. “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”His pretend punch aside, Francis by no means said the violent attack on Charlie Hebdo was justified. Quite the opposite: He said such horrific violence in God’s name couldn’t be justified and was an “aberration.” But he said a reaction of some sort was to be expected.Many people around the world have defended the right of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to publish inflammatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed in the wake of the massacre by Islamic extremists at its Paris offices and subsequent attack on a kosher supermarket in which three gunmen killed 17 people.Others, though, have noted that in virtually all societies, freedom of speech has its limits, from laws against Holocaust denial to racially motivated hate speech.Recently the Vatican and four prominent French imams issued a joint declaration that, while denouncing the Paris attacks, urged the media to treat religions with respect.Francis, who has called on Muslim leaders in particular to speak out against Islamic extremism, went a step further Thursday when asked by a French journalist about whether there were limits when freedom of expression meets freedom of religion.“There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” he said. “They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr Gasparri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit.”In the wake of the Paris attacks, the Vatican has sought to downplay reports that it is a potential target for Islamic extremists, saying it is being vigilant but has received no specific threat.Francis said he was concerned primarily for the safety of the faithful who come to see him in droves, and said he had spoken to Vatican security officials who are taking “prudent and secure measures.”“I am worried, but you know I have a defect: a good dose of carelessness. I’m careless about these things,” he said. But he admitted that in his prayers, he had asked that if something were to happen to him that “it doesn’t hurt, because I’m not very courageous when it comes to pain. I’m very timid.”He added, “I’m in God’s hands.” Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression by: AFP – January 15, 2015 Share Sharing is caring! Share read more
The 7th grade Bulldogs lost to Greensburg 14 – 0.Batesville’s defense was led by the outstanding play of Jeremiah Lemmel. RJ Powell and Calvin Sherwood also had good games on defense. The offense was plagued with fumbles, but the line play by Ryan Thayer, Gavin Ertel, Kristian Hinners, Adam Longstreth, Logan Adams, and Kody Hooten blocked well.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.On a rainy night and on a wet and slippery field, the Batesville Middle School eighth grade football team beat a very good Greensburg Middle School team 14-8.The win improved the Bulldogs to 5-2.Isaiah Riffle was the offensive star with a kickoff return for a touchdown and a long reception from Seth Gausman for another touchdown. Jacob Cruse scored the two point conversion. The defense was solid all night only giving up one score. Playing well defensively for the Bulldogs were John Thompson, Marshall Kinnard, Jacob Cruse, Owen Hudepohl and Max Foutch.The Dogs next plat next Tuesday at Franklin County.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clay Kellerman. read more
2018 ORVC Boys and Girls Track and Field AwardsTeam Champions.Girls Track. Switzerland County Lady PacersBoys Track. Southwestern RebelsMental Attitude.Girls Track. Taylor Cole – SouthwesternBoys Track. Nathaniel Ott – Milan and Luke Welch – South RipleyCoach of the Year.Girls Track. Adam Pietrykowski – Switzerland CountyBoys Track. Zac Nussbaum – SouthwesternORVC-18TrackCourtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
BOONE, Iowa – The opportunity for dirt track racing immortality awaits competitors at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Drivers from more than 20 states and Canada have now pre-registered for the greatest show on dirt, set for Sept. 4-9 at Boone Speedway.Champions crowned at the 35th annual event will race their way into the record book in full of a packed grandstand and an international audience watching on IMCATV.“A Super Nationals championship is the pinnacle of any driver’s career,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “The entire format of the week is as driver and fan-friendly as possible and with a number of improvements such as expansion of the pit and camping areas, the only wild card continues to be the weather.”“There’s nothing we can do about that,” he added, “except make any necessary adaptations to the race night format as needed.”Entry fees, if paid before Aug. 25, remain $40 for Modifieds, $50 for Late Models, $25 for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods and Southern SportMods, and $15 for Sport Compacts.“We will continue accepting pre-registrations right up until the Friday before Super Nationals,” Root said. “While that gives us a better idea on what car counts to expect, it also saves drivers some money ($20) on registration and makes them eligible for the bonuses to be paid to champions in each division except the Late Models.”Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod drivers pre-registered for Super Nationals are also eligible to compete in the Sept. 2 50th anniversary Wild Rose Casino and Resort Prelude special at Boone.Super Nationals competitors can pre-enter by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201. Entry forms are also posted on the IMCA (www.imca.com) and Boone Speedway (www.raceboone.com) websites.Depending on car count, purse for the week will be approximately $300,000 with another $60,000 in contingencies to be awarded.Southern SportMods crown the first champion of the week on opening night Monday, Sept. 4.Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod qualifying is Monday and Tuesday; the entire Sport Compact program is on Tuesday.Modified and Stock Car qualifying is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 6-8.The Late Model feature is part of the Deery Brothers Summer Series and returns to the Thursday program. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational for Modifieds is on Friday.Following last-chance events for the Modifieds and Stock Cars, the Saturday, Sept. 9 program concludes with race of champions and main events for the Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, Stock Cars and Modifieds.Event coverage by IMCATV also includes the Prelude. read more