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Sports today: WMS results, freshman volleyball, high school cross country…

first_img10 Next meet for WHS Runners will be at the KS Vet Home/Winfield 9 25.37 Date: 9/15/16 29.54 5K race 27.46 Place 22.58 Yes TIME 1st Yes Grade McCue 9 Yes 12 Freshman 9th 5th Tyler 9 Hope WHS Girls JV Yes WHS Boys JV Redford 10 21.16 Hamel 5th Maxwell Heacock 29th Place Billy Carson 3rd Andrew Kotchavar 7th Long 12 16th 17th 22.49 Yes Medal 26.33 3rd Medal 22.53 6th Thursday, Sept. 22nd TIME 21.41 Avery Derick 30.46 Kadin 9 29.51 4th Bales Anthony Golf Course-Hosted by Chaparral Quinton Bryant 9 TIME Jo Grade Mackenzie 17th Soles Quinn Tredway Yes Hosted by Oxford High School 9 26.27 25.29 Yes Yes WHS Boys Var. 9 9 Wolf Austin Freshman Boys  1st place 26.11 Dakota LeGrand 22nd WELLINGTON HIGH School CROSS COUNTRY results 9 21.14 12th Montana Dry 5K race 11th 11 5K race 1st Walker Long 32nd 20.50 Chance 26.06 Yes 10th Place Medal Will Yes 9 26.09 Brown Yes 9  Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Heacock 9 MEET: Hunter 9 2nd John 26.06 22.22 TIME Barker Place 23.10 11 11 5K race Jordyn by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are results from Thursday sporting events as we have for today:Eighth grade volleyball: The eighth grade volleyball team swept Ark City 25-15 and 25-17. The Knights are 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Pioneer League.The statistics as follows:Set 1: 25-15 WLexi Clift 3 Kills, 4 Assists, 1 DigKayleigh Smalley 2 Kills, 2 Aces, 2 DigsMykiland French 1 Kill, 4 Assists, 1 AceDraven Warnock 1 Kill, 1 Ace.Myriland French 3 Kills, 4 DigsKadin Brown 3 DigsSet 2: 25-17 WLexi Clift  2 Kills, 3 Assists, 1 Ace, 1 DigKayleigh Smalley 1 Kill, 3 DigsAllison Buresh 2 Kills, 1 AceMykiland French 3 Assists, 1 AceDraven Warnock 3 Kills, 4 DigsMyriland French 2 Kills, 5 DigsKadin Brown 1 Dig The seventh grade girls B team lost: 13-25, 25-27, 3-15. ———Seventh grade volleyball: The seventh grade girls continued their undefeated ways with another victory in Ark City. They won 25-12, 25-8. Wellington’s seventh A is now 5-0 for the season and 1-0 in the Pioneer League. In the B team game, Wellington won 25-22, 27-25 for a 4-1 record and 1-0 in league. ———WMS football scores: Seventh football: Ark City 44 Wellington 14. Eighth football: Ark City 54 Wellington 0. ———WMS girls tennis: The Wellington Middle School Girls Tennis Team traveled to Goddard Eisenhower Thursday.  “It was a close battle which involved a couple of tie-breakers, but the Lady Knights just came up a little short against their opponent,” said Terry Driskell, WMS girls tennis coach. Singles winners were:  Rylee Rusk, Calli Hatfield, Baylee Newberry and winning doubles matches were Rusk and Hatfield.———Freshman volleyball: The Wellington freshman volleyball team had a successful night winning all three games.  The scores were: WHS vs. Collegiate 25-11, 25,5 WHS vs. Mulvane 25-16, 25-16 WHS vs. El Dorado 19-25, 25-22, 15-12 “I’m happy to say that I see the team starting to come together,” said Deb Beougher, Wellington volleyball coach. “Our passing and serving was on key last night.  “Now we need to focus on getting our spiking/hits consistent.” Beougher said the approach, footwork, and timing are still an issue.  “Since we are running a simple offense, I find that our middle and outside are having spacing problems and will start to address that issue,” she said. “We also need to get more aggressive with our arm swing so it makes it more difficult on the defense to pick up the hit.”  The girls travel to Garden Plain this weekend for their first tournament.  “The more touches we get on the ball; the better experience we gain,” Beougher said. ———High school cross country: Wellington came home with two first-place team placings, with two individual runners and 11 medals. Wellington didn’t have enough runners in the other races to make up a team for scoring. The full Crusader results are as follows: Young Heacock Girl’s JV 1st Place Grade Blake 18th Grade 12 Medal Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down steve · 203 weeks ago Amazing one 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 203 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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Magnificent Milford make history as they book their place in Division One

first_imgMilford GAA club have created history and will play in Division One next season following their three-point home win over Glenfin.Danny O’Donnell in his first year in charge has had an incredible year, and has gained promotion to the big time for a club plying their trade in Division Four just a few short years ago.The former Naomh Muire manager has been a revelation since taking over, and has built on the solid foundations that had been planted by the previous managerial teams at the club. Cathal McGettigan and Christopher Barrett were in sensational form, with the pair contributing ten points between them.McGettigan landed some great scores from placed balls, while Barrett continually drove at the heart of the Glenfin defence.Substitute Kyle Black netted a crucial goal in the second-half, and they managed to keep Glenfin at bay to record a 1-15 to 2-09 victory. That result ensured that Milford will play in Division One next season, what an incredible achievement by everybody associated with the club.They’ll be some partying done in Milford tonight!The weekend could get even better for Milford if SP Barrett can lead Donegal to the All-Ireland minor final.Magnificent Milford make history as they book their place in Division One was last modified: August 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAMilfordnewsPromotionSportlast_img read more

Green Building Priority #3 – Ensure a Healthy Indoor Environment

first_imgA green home should be a healthy home. It shouldn’t grow mold, mildew, and dust mites. It shouldn’t introduce significant quantities of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other hazardous chemicals into the indoor environment. It should have plenty of fresh air for its occupants.Beyond keeping homeowners healthy, a well-designed green home can go even further with measures to ease stress and enhance a sense of wellbeing.A few specific strategies for ensuring a healthy indoor environment are described below:Deal with moistureMoisture getting into homes—or not being able to get out—is probably the number-one cause of health problems in homes today. Standing water, dampness, and high humidity result in mold and mildew growth, dust mites, and other problems. Strategies for keeping water out include deep roof overhangs, surface grade sloping away from the house, and proper flashing around windows, doors, and other penetrations.Strategies to get rid of moisture include installation of quiet bath fans that will actually get used (automated controls for bath fans are even better), kitchen range-hood fans that exhaust to the outdoors, rainscreen detailing on walls to allow trapped moisture to escape, and soffit and ridge vents in the attic (unvented “hot” roofs can also work, as long as the roof system is extremely well-sealed).Various “operation and maintenance” measures are also very important in dealing with moisture: fixing roof leaks that are found, fixing plumbing leaks, never drying firewood in the basement, always operating fans when showering, and avoiding too many indoor plants (especially in the summer when relative humidity levels are high).Keep pollutants outOne of the easiest ways to cut down on pollutants and moisture being tracked into a building is to install track-off mats for entryways. In commercial buildings, track-off mats are often designed with grates and drainage outside, then a coarse mat to remove soil and particles, and finally a softer mat that dries shoes as you scuff across it. In homes, a place to remove shoes and a no-shoes policy is a great way to keep pollutants out and reduce cleaning needs.Avoid VOCsSpecify zero-VOC or low-VOC paints, sealants, and other materials with chemical constituents. With recent advances in finishes and adhesives, for most applications there is no longer a compromise in performance or durability when selecting low-VOC products.Avoid hazardous chemicals and componentsA wide range of chemicals are introduced into our homes through building materials, furnishings, and other products. Hazards we should try to avoid include brominated or chlorinated flame retardants, bisphenol-A or BPA (used in epoxies and polycarbonate plastics), phthalate plasticizers (used mostly in flexible vinyl or PVC), and formaldehyde. It’s a good idea to invest in learning about these hazards and working to select products that are free of them. Try to avoid insulation materials that include brominated flame retardants, for example, and cabinets made with particleboard or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) that contains urea-formaldehyde binders.Provide fresh airMechanical ventilation is needed to deliver fresh air throughout a house. The old argument that we shouldn’t tighten up our homes too much, because we won’t get enough fresh air doesn’t make sense. When we depend on air leakage for fresh air, we only get fresh air when there’s a pressure difference driving air exchange in a house: that could be wind or very cold temperatures that create a stack effect. In the swing seasons (spring and fall) and in milder climates air leakage doesn’t cut it. With mechanical ventilation, we can control how much air we introduce, where it comes from, where it is delivered, and from where we exhaust the stale indoor air.The best ventilation system is a “balanced” system with separate fans for exhaust and supply with ducting. In cold climates, it makes sense to run these air streams past each other using a air-to-air heat exchanger or heat-recovery ventilator, so that most of the heat from the outgoing indoor air is transferred to the incoming fresh air.Provide for psychological healthDelivering daylighting and connections to the outdoors can help to maintain psychological health. A growing body of research is showing that in offices, these features boost worker productivity, in hospitals they speed recovery from illness or operations, and in schools they improve learning. The idea of design features that connect us with nature is referred to as “biophilic design” (biophilia is the innate affinity humans have for nature). This is a way to make an ordinary home a great home.My top-10 list of green building priorities so far:#3. Ensure a healthy indoor environment#4. Reduce the need for driving#5. Build smaller and optimize materials use#6. Ensure durability and reuse existing buildings#7. Protect and restore the site#8. Use green materials#9. Create resilient, climate-adapted buildings#10. Make it easy for homeowners to be green In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog Alex’s Cool Product of the Week on BuildingGreen.com, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, LLC and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

Farmer leaders reject loan waiver


Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215

first_img“I know the crowd wants to see a knockout … but tonight, this fight was for me, to go five rounds and prove I’m the best. I’m here to stay. I’m here for a reason,” she said.Shevchenko, a Kyrgyzstan fighter nicknamed ‘Bullet,’ is 14-3.The 29-year-old walked to the side of the octagon, shaking her head in disbelief.“I don’t agree with the decision at all,” Shevchenko said afterward, adding: “I won this fight.”She said she believed she won three rounds, and while Nunes took her down in the fifth, “I was landing more punches from being on the ground (than Nunes from above).”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Amanda Nunes, top, of Brazil, and Valentina Shevchenko, of Kyrgzystan, battle during their mixed martial arts bout at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)EDMONTON, Alberta — Brazilian brawler Amanda Nunes played a tactical game Saturday night to beat challenger Valentina Shevchenko by split decision and retain her bantamweight title at UFC 215.“I wanted to show the world I’m here to stay,” Nunes said.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 9 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 to run Nunes’ record to 15-4.It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round. The fans often booed and chanted “Fight, fight, fight!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNunes, nicknamed the Lioness, raised her arms as the decision was announced while many of the fans booed the verdict.She later told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds to wear Shevchenko down and then strike — and hush detractors who said Nunes was an early-round knockout artist and would fade in the long game. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ It was the second time Nunes had beaten Shevchenko in 18 months. The 29-year-old Nunez took a unanimous decision over Shevchenko at UFC 196 in March 2016.The two were set to fight in July at UFC 213, but Nunes pulled out the day of the fight with sinus issues.Nunes has smashed her way to the top of her class over the past 14 months. She bloodied and submitted Miesha Tate in July 2016 to take the belt, and then defended it successfully in December with a 48-second dismantling of star Ronda Rousey.Also on the main card, in a bout with a potential title shot on the line, former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos submitted sixth-ranked Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke at 3:43 of the first round of their welterweight battle. The 10th-ranked Brazilian is now 27-9-0.No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, looking for another title shot against Demetrious Johnson, nailed Wilson Reis of Brazil square in the jaw, dropping him to the mat, then pounded him into a knockout 25 seconds into the second round.Swedish veteran Ilir Latifi lived up to his Sledgehammer nickname, lifting up and pile-driving Australian upstart Tyson Pedro head first to the mat in a light heavyweight tilt. Latifi won by unanimous decision.Gilbert Melendez, dropping down to make his debut in featherweight, was cheered as he staggered up repeatedly from the canvas while taking a hellacious flurry of kicks and punches from eighth-ranked Jeremy Stephens. Stephens won by unanimous decision.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Rodney Hood’s late basket sends Cavs past Knicks

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ Rodney Hood, center, drives to the basket against New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr., left, and Frank Ntilikina, from Belgium, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — A laugher nearly turned into a nightmare for the Cleveland Cavaliers.Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points and a basket by Rodney Hood in the fourth quarter gave Cleveland a late lead as the Cavaliers defeated the New York Knicks 113-106 Wednesday after squandering a 22-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “He did a terrific job,” Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said. “He really hasn’t been playing so we don’t want to burn him out early. He brings so many intangibles and things we need as a team.”Hood put the Cavaliers in front 107-106 with 23 seconds remaining after New York took a one-point lead on rookie Kevin Knox’s fast-break dunk with 32 seconds left.Hood scored 23 points and rookie Collin Sexton had 19.Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway each scored 20 points for New York, which lost its fifth straight. Knox, moved into the starting lineup before the game, finished with 19.Emmanuel Mudiay missed in the lane following Hood’s basket and Cedi Osman made two free throws, putting Cleveland up by three. Larry Nance Jr. stole Mudiay’s inbounds pass and Dellavedova’s two free throws pushed the Cavaliers lead to 111-106.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ GOOD MOVEFizdale started Knox in place of Mario Hezonja and the decision nearly gave New York the win. Knox’s dunk off a turnover put the Knicks ahead.“Two-on-one, I knew we were down one,” he said. “They (my teammates) have been waiting for a while to see that dunk, so I gave it to them.”“Every game, you’re seeing him get a little bit better, doing more things out there for us,” Fizdale said.TIP-INSKnicks: Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina each scored 16 points. … New York took a 6-4 lead, but was outscored 33-17 the rest of the first quarter. … New York is 5-11 on the road.Cavaliers: Drew missed the team’s shootaround because of an illness, but did his pregame meeting with the media and was on the bench during the game. … Channing Frye started at center. … F David Nwaba returned after missing eight games because of a sore right knee.UP NEXTKnicks: Visit Charlotte on Friday.Cavaliers: Host Milwaukee on Friday. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? The Cavaliers ended the game on an 8-0 run sparked by Hood’s basket and two free throws by Matthew Dellavedova, who had a season-high 15 points in his first home game for Cleveland since being re-acquired from Milwaukee.Dellavedova, who became a fan favorite in his first tenure with the Cavaliers from 2013-16, received a standing ovation when he entered in the first quarter. Dellavedova hit his first two 3-pointers in the half, leading to a louder roar with each shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“It feels great to be back,” he said. “Big rims here, so it was nice to see a few go in early.”Dellavedova, who had three 3-pointers, three assists and four rebounds in 22 minutes, led Cleveland’s bench, which outscored New York 64-24. He played in only 12 games with the Bucks, but has averaged 18 minutes in two games with Cleveland Real Madrid, Man U pay price for fielding weakened teams LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland led 53-31 midway through the second quarter, but New York began a flurry that carried through the third period and tied the game at 86.The matchup of teams near the bottom of the Eastern Conference began as a blowout, but turned into a tight contest.“The game was lost in the first quarter, but I am happy with the way we fought back,” New York coach David Fizdale said. “These guys never stop fighting.”Cleveland hit 15 of 28 shots in the first quarter and built a 53-31 lead midway through the second. Kanter helped move the Knicks closer with nine points in the quarter.New York’s run continued in the third quarter and Drew called two timeouts in the first four minutes of the period.Cleveland played its first game without center Tristan Thompson, who could miss a month with a sprained left foot.Thompson is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds in 27 games. The eight-year veteran was injured when he twisted his foot while landing on the foot of Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon on Monday.KNOCK IT OFFNance has quickly become a fan of Dellavedova, even though they have only played two games together. Nance waved his hands to the fans after they began an “MVP” chant for the guard.“He needs to stop that,” Dellavedova said with a laugh. “He’s fun to play with, but he needs to stop that.”last_img read more

9 months agoBakayoko insists AC Milan can upset Juventus

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bakayoko insists AC Milan can upset Juventusby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko insists they’re capable of upsetting Juventus in the Supercoppa.The Italian Super Cup takes place in Jeddah on Wednesday evening and is a replay of last season’s Coppa Italia Final.“It was important that we beat Sampdoria yesterday, as it gave us more confidence going into the Juventus game,” the on-loan Chelsea midfielder told Milan TV.“I feel in good shape and just need to recover a little energy. “It’s going to be tough, as Juventus are the best side in Serie A right now, but in a one-off match, we can beat them.” last_img read more

a month agoLampard insists Chelsea were better than Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard insists Chelsea were better than Liverpoolby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard was happy with Chelsea’s performance in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool.Liverpool went 2-0 up within 30 minutes against the hosts, thanks to goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino.N’Golo Kante struck back late in the second half but it wasn’t enough for Chelsea to rescue a point.He told Sky Sports:”Performance wise we were the better team. We had more energy in our game, character and spirit.”That’s why the crowd applauded at the end. Let’s take this forward.”The Blues did have a goal disallowed by VAR due to an offside, which Lampard was happy to accept after the game.”I like to think we might get a couple in our favour, but you can see Mason is a tiny bit offside,” he added.”We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at. It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.” last_img read more

A Whole Lott More To Premiere At ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival

first_imgIt was announced today that the award-winning new documentary A Whole Lott More will have its New York Gala Premiere on Monday, March 10th, at 6:30 p.m., as part of ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, at the JCC in Manhattan located at 334 Amsterdam Ave at West 76th street.The Premiere screening will be introduced by Emmy-nominee Victor Buhler, the director of A Whole Lott More, and by Wanda Huber, who is featured prominently in the film.Following the screening, Tamsen Fadal – Emmy-winning anchor, PIX 11 News – will moderate a Q&A with Executive Producer Loreen Arbus, President & CEO of The Loreen Arbus Foundation, Inc., Jacqueline Conley Director, Program Services, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and John Sasso, Assistant Director, IT Services, Northeast AccessAbilities Leader, Ernst & Young, LLP.A Whole Lott More has already won the Audience Awards at both the Toronto HotDocs Festival and the Indie Memphis Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Cincinnati Film Festival.A Whole Lott More began when director Victor Buhler, motivated by a car accident that left him in a wheelchair, decided to tell the powerful story of an Ohio company that hired primarily workers with disabilities, yet had been able to compete for decades, until the collapse of the auto industry gave the company a year to reinvent itself and find new contracts or close down. A Whole Lott More examines work and disability through new perspectives, revealing the struggles of over 8 million people in America with developmental disabilities to join the work force. It is a film about the great spirit of the American worker, about the economy, and about three unforgettable characters – who happen to have a developmental disability – and their quest for a job.A Whole Lott More will also have three other screenings: • Hunter College – March 6th at 7:00 p.m. • The Actor’s Fund in Brooklyn – March 10th at 7:00 p.m. • Jacob Burns Center (Pleasantville, NY) – March 13th at 7:30 p.m.To purchase tickets to the New York Premiere of A Whole Lott More at the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival or additional screenings on March 6 and March 10th click here.
To purchase tickets to the Jacob Burns Center screening on March 13, click here.last_img read more

Provinces feds to debate proposed changes to everdivisive equalization program

first_imgOTTAWA – A decades-old sore spot in the Canadian federation is days away from another flare-up as the country’s finance ministers prepare to discuss potential tweaks to the formula behind equalization payments.British Columbia Finance Minister Carole James said in an interview that the federal government is proposing a change to include non-residential property values as part of the complex calculation.The adjustment would likely make it more difficult for provinces with property values well above the national average — such as B.C. and Ontario — to qualify as recipients of equalization payments from Ottawa.Equalization is designed to help poorer provincial governments provide public services that are reasonably comparable to those in other provinces. The program is coming due for its twice-a-decade update before the 2019-20 fiscal year — and since it’s a federal program, Ottawa can make unilateral changes.Historically, equalization has been a source of conflict between governments within the federation.Under the current formula, the provinces that received shares of this year’s $18-billion equalization envelope — the so-called “have-not” provinces — included Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Prince Edward Island and Ontario. Quebec easily took in the largest share in 2017-18 at $11 billion.The other provinces — B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador — did not receive anything through the constitutionally guaranteed equalization program.The B.C. government warns that going forward the inclusion of non-residential property values in the formula would make it more difficult for the province to qualify for payments in the event of an economic downturn.The issue is a top concern for James ahead of meetings Sunday and Monday in Ottawa with her federal, provincial and territorial counterparts.“We certainly don’t agree with that direction — we’ve seen no research that has shown that it makes sense to change the weighting in the equalization payments,” James told The Canadian Press.“I’ll certainly be standing up for our province … and telling the federal minister of finance that these aren’t acceptable changes.”James said the update would mean the formula would deem B.C. to have untapped capacity to generate additional property tax revenue. She argued it’s based on the assumption B.C. municipalities could raise tax rates on properties, which have seen their values soar in recent years.To determine whether a province qualifies for an equalization payment, and for how much, the formula measures each province’s ability to raise revenues, or their fiscal capacity.James wants Ottawa to make sure the short- and long-term impacts for all provinces have been explored before it moves forward.With the renewal of the equalization formula scheduled for 2019, this weekend’s meeting will likely be the first of many federal-provincial discussions on the matter.B.C. isn’t the only province with concerns about the proposal.“When it comes to the potential of generating more revenue from the high prices of real estate, which is what British Columbia is arguing, we don’t have the capacity to squeeze out more money from the system,” Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said in an interview.Sousa said his province has lowered its revenue expectations for the real estate sector after the introduction of measures to cool red-hot markets, such as the Toronto region.“So, I agree with British Columbia that we can’t basically assess certain real estate valuations as a means to assess equalization payments,” he said.Ontario has been receiving equalization payments since 2009 as a have-not province. But after improvements to its economy in recent years, the province is expected to return to “have” status some time in the next couple of years.A senior Ontario government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the proposed change could be the difference between whether it collects equalization or not.“Our concern is that if the last years taught us anything, it’s that property values are volatile in both British Columbia and in Ontario,” said the official, who would prefer a phased-in approach.“We would rather have it dealt with in a more tempered way, rather than just jumping right off the cliff on it.”Chloe Luciani-Girouard, a spokeswoman for federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, wrote in an email Thursday that Ottawa will always listen to the concerns of provinces and territories — and will take them “very seriously.”The future of the equalization formula will also be a priority for Newfoundland and Labrador at the meetings.The province’s economy, hit hard in recent years by the commodity slump, still failed to qualify for equalization payments this year and Finance Minister Tom Osborne doesn’t expect it to next year, either.Osborne said in an interview that the current formula only addresses revenue and doesn’t account for the different costs of services between provinces.He says his province, with its small, dispersed population, faces the highest costs of services in Canada — and they’re growing at an “unsustainable” clip.Osborne plans to push his counterparts on the issue in hope of changing the formula so that it reflects both revenue and expenditures.“If anybody can explain to me how we’re a have-province, I’d like to hear it, because we’re certainly not a have-province,” he said.The formula is also based on a three-year moving average of economic growth, so a province’s have- or have-not status can lag economy-altering events.The country’s finance ministers will discuss a range of issues during the meetings — from cannabis taxation, to the three-year review of the Canada Pension Plan, to the state of the global economy. The ministers are also scheduled to meet Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz.Ahead of the meetings, Morneau will distribute updated figures outlining how much the neediest provinces can expect to receive from Ottawa in the next fiscal year, 2018-19.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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