Mel B Starts Performances in Chicago on Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Star Files The name on everybody’s lips is Scary Spice! Mel B will begin raking in the chips in Broadway’s Chicago on December 28. The America’s Got Talent judge steps in for Dylis Croman at the Ambassador Theatre, where she is set to remain through February 19.A chart-topping music artist, actress, author, TV host and entrepreneur, Mel B is currently starring on hit TV shows on three different continents (talk about a Spiceworld). In the U.S., she is a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent; she also hosts Lip Sync Battle U.K. and is a guest judge on Australia’s The X Factor. She made her Broadway debut in Rent in 2004, when she played Mimi.The long-running revival also currently stars Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Chicagocenter_img from $49.50 Mel B(Photo: Len Prince) Mel Blast_img read more

Korea Electric writes off investment for planned Bylong Valley coal mine in Australia

first_imgKorea Electric writes off investment for planned Bylong Valley coal mine in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Newcastle Herald:The South Korean energy company that spent a decade trying to start a coal mine in Bylong Valley has written off the project and nearly 700 million Australian dollars.KEPCO’s board marked down the value of its Bylong mining rights from $Aus642 million to zero in a report to the South Korean stock exchange in early January, despite the Australian arm of the company seeking a judicial review against the coal mine’s refusal in September.The South Korean state-owned company has also marked down the value of the 13,000 hectares of Bylong Valley land it owns between Denman and Mudgee by $45 million, after paying $115 million for properties since 2010, when it paid more than $400 million for the mining license.Analyst Tim Buckley, from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said the write-off “doesn’t mean that KEPCO has walked away, but it clears the deck should they formally decide to walk.”Mr. Buckley said KEPCO documents showed the parent company made a net loss of $Aus1.158 billion in the nine months before September, when the NSW Independent Planning Commission rejected the Bylong coal mine proposal, in part because its greenhouse gas impacts would leave future generations paying the price for contemporary benefits. KEPCO’s total debts were more than their total equity value, which is “not a great position to go investing in yet more stranded assets,” Mr. Buckley said. “That is particularly at a time when the South Korean Government is re-prioritising its energy policy away from coal towards renewables and liquefied natural gas on rising pollution pressures,” he said.KEPCO planned to run an open cut and underground mine complex for 25 years and mine up to 6.5 million tonnes of coal per year for use in the domestic Korean energy market.[Joanne McCarthy]More: KEPCO says Bylong mine proposal has no value after refusal in Septemberlast_img read more

Soldiering Through The Silent Battle

first_img The bodies were children and the men working were trying to bury their young. Amidst the mid-day Caribbean heat and with anguished pleas for food, water and shelter resonating in his ears, U.S. Army Maj. Rob Schultz’s dusty boots tread the steep roads of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, like they have for the past twenty-some days. “There had been 100-plus children who perished,” Maj. Schultz said. “Around the schoolhouse were families, trying to dig out the remains of their children to be put to rest. At the time I showed up, the fathers had just entered a classroom that was crushed to the first floor and were removing the remains of seven children.” Despite the ascending mercury, the continuous cries and lengthy days, Major Shultz continued on his mission. “There’s just no survey, no inner review, nothing more powerful than those words to inspire you as to why the United States is here. It’s why we’re doing what we’re doing here and why we need to continue this effort.” And in a way only a dedicated soldier can, Major Schultz continued to do what he needed to do as a military leader –following the widely-held Army credo– he put the mission first and people always. “We’ve all had our own experiences with death and destruction throughout our careers, but I know that I have never experienced anything like that before,” said Sergeant Arier Santiago “The fact that these were children, on top of an already overwhelming incident, made it even more of a tragedy.” As Joint Task Force-Haiti Information Operations Chief, he was accustomed to filtering into the local community, assessing the needs of the Haitian people after the Jan. 12 earthquake that nearly leveled the already destitute city. By Dialogo March 09, 2010 “I spoke with a Haitian grandmother who’d been there every day over the past month, hoping to find the remains of her three grandchildren,” Maj. Schultz said. “She took a moment out of her pain and suffering to come over to me, to give a hug and to thank me — to thank the United States for being there with her and to say ‘God bless America.’ The soldiers did the only thing they could do: they prayed with the mourning families. But, along with the crushing and inconsolable sadness felt by those who have lost a child, a ray of resiliency and hope shown through. The sights and sounds made for an experience he and this teammate would never forget. As he proceeded upward, the sharp, high-pitched clash of shovel and sledgehammer against stone grew louder. The acrid stench of decomposing flesh and gangrene lay heavy in the air. Scanning the scene, past the cracked stained glass and broken remains of the adjacent church, his eyes fell upon a row of small bodies aligning the rock wall corner. Looking back to the thin, tired Haitian men, and then again to the tiny body bags, the situation became clear. This was not a cash-for-work program. This day, he and his two teammates — Maj. Dan Castro and Sergeant First Class Arier Santiago, found themselves assisting at a food distribution point, helping the Haitian women carry the allotted 55-pound bags of rice. While interacting with the local populace, he spotted a group of men working in a lot on the hill above– a cash-for-work program initiated by USAID. Major Schultz saw this as an opportunity to observe the effectiveness of the newly established program. “I’ve got four combat tours — two in Iraq, two in Afghanistan,” said Major Schultz. “I’ve seen more suffering and destruction here in Haiti than in all four combat tours combined. But, what I’ve also seen is an incredibly durable people in Haitians. Knowing this, seeing this, we’ll continue with the task at hand. We’ll help to reinstate the hope, faith and the solidarity that makes Haitians such proud people and makes Haiti such a resilient nation.”last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events for May 1-10

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The BothBrought together by fate and flourishing with chemistry. The melodic success of this rockin’ tandem is not to be compared to the commercialized bubblegum pop ordinarily associated with the concept of a male/female duo. Celebrate this marriage of Ted Leo’s messy punk roots and Aimee Mann’s knack for sassy, insightful songwriting. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn. Musichallofwilliamsburg.com $25. 8 p.m. May 1United Ink: Summer Vibe Tattoo FestivalCalling all body art enthusiasts!  Opportunity to be tattooed by one of 100+ of the country’s best tattoo artists, or just hang out in the same room with them, no pressure. All Weekend. Live music performances including but not limited to Dead Superstar, sprinkling hard-rock juices over attendees Saturday at 9 p.m. Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. Nassaucoliseum.com. Single Day Pass $19.50, Weekend Pass $50. 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. May 2, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. May 3, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. May 4Creedence Clearwater RevisitedDoubt everything you think you know about originals vs. remakes. This Creedence Clearwater Revival cover band does more than justice to their classic rock hits. Original members Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford hold down the rhythm section while overqualified new kids on the block John Tristao, Kurt Griffey, and Steve Gunner complete the package. Prepare for a mixed crowd of old school rockers revisiting old memories and young whippersnappers being newly exposed to favorites like “Susie Q” and “Lodi,” aiming to prove that not all hope is lost on generation Y. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 950 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. Thetheatreatwestbury.com. $62.50, $74. 8 p.m. May 2Long Island MarathonForgot to get in shape again this year? You’re off the hook! It may be too late to register to run the races, but there are still plenty of reasons to attend Long Island Marathon weekend. The Sports and Fitness Expo is free to attend and open to the public, so drink in some fitness knowledge, enjoy some free sample products, and cheer on participating athletes from the sidelines. Remember, if you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter! Eisenhower Park, East Meadow & Mitchel Athletic Complex, Uniondale. Run-li.com. Free Admission. May 2-4“Dirty, Sexy, Funny” featuring Jenny McCarthy and FriendsWhy embarrass yourself when Jenny McCarthy and friends can do it for you? Do more than giggle and blush with this gaggle of lushes, whose goal is to go where no man would ever willingly go to uncover the dirty, sometimes unfortunate truth about the trials and tribulations of womanhood. For mature audiences only. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Paramountny.com. $52.50, $63, $80.25. 8 p.m. May 3Ghost of a Saber Tooth TigerWhile the Beatles were largely the transcendental aural manifestation of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s songwriting chemistry, The GOASTT is the musical realization of son Sean Lennon and girlfriend/model/musician Charlotte Kemp Muhl’s relationship. Folksy, psychedelic, sometimes magical, the pair will be drifting in and out of numbers from their latest dream, Midnight Sun. Rough Trade NYC, 64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn. Roughtradenyc.com. Entry with purchase of new album Midnight Sun. 2 p.m. May 3Against Me!The punk rock stalwarts are touring in support of their latest, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, a ferocious freight train of a record that chronicles singer/guitarist Laura Jane Grace’s transformation from Thomas Gabel in fiery, explosive and chaotic glory. With Tony Molina & Big Eyes. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., Manhattan. Websterhall.com. $25. 7 p.m. May 3DopapodStill growing hatchlings of the ever-popular festival jam band scene. With sounds and grooves similar to those of Moe and The Disco Biscuits. Get carried away on a musical journey exploring a wide spectrum of vibes ranging from cool ambience to hectic light and sound collisions. With Jimkata and Aqueous. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn. Musichallofwilliamsburg.com. $15 advance, $18 day of show. 9 p.m. May 3Greenport Craft FairIt’s May. It’s Sunday. Cue: OMG I forgot Mother’s Day panic-mode. Don’t fret. You still have another week. Act on your well-timed epiphany at the Greenport Craft Fair where 50 exhibitors will be stationed to facilitate your triumph. Front Lawn of Greenport High School, 720 Front St., Greenport. Depasqualeshows.com. Free Admission. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. May 4Sid the Science KidFor parents and children alike. Join Sid and company as they question, explore, and discover their surroundings in this one of a kind, interactive experience. Directed by puppeteer and actor John Tartaglia. Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY Stonybrook, Stonybrook. Stallercenter.com. $15. 4 p.m. May 4PrimpedA perfectly trendy ladies’ Sunday Funday event. Gather with Brooklyn’s most stylish fashionistas to raid tons of rad vendors and create unique DIY accessories while an assortment of DJs and performers set a cool, easy tone all afternoon. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 165 Banker St., Brooklyn. Bkbazaar.com. $3. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. May 4Woodland Wildflowers Nature WalkA three-mile walk through Nassau County’s largest nature preserve. Force the memory of the cold, dead winter out of your mind as you get familiar with the inhabitants of Kettle Pond and marvel at the park’s lush, freshly bloomed trees and flowers. Bill Paterson Nature Center at Muttontown Preserve, 25A west of Jericho-Oyster Bay Rd., on Muttontown Lane (south side of 25A). nassaucountyny.gov. $5. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. May 4An Evening with Rob ThomasExperience Rob Thomas as he’s never been experienced before. The performance is designed to exude a comfortable closeness with the record-breaking Matchbox Twenty front-man/solo star/collaborative genius as he pays tribute to his entire life’s work so far. Not to be missed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Paramountny.com. $84.75, $107, $117, $128.50, $171. 8:30 p.m. May 5Former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. (Photo credit: Keith Allison/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons)Mariano RiveraThe Yankees legend will be posing for photographs and autographing copies of his new memoir The Closer. It is unclear whether Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” will be pumped through the store’s sound system throughout the event. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com. 7 p.m. May 6John EdwardOne of the nation’s most loved psychic mediums- born, raised, and currently residing on Long Island. Edward shares his otherworldly gifts with audiences all over the globe, appearing on countless talk shows, starring in his own television programs, penning best-selling books, and providing one-on-one insights to those who are patient enough to endure as he works through his lengthy waiting list. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Paramountny.com. $117.50, $171, $250.50. 7:30 p.m. May 7Moody BluesSnubbed yet again (!!) by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, these rock journeymen will undoubtedly be greeted with resounding applause and adulation during this three-night stand. Amen. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 950 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. Thetheatreatwestbury.com. $49.50, $59.50. 8 p.m. May 7, 8 & 9IndulgeMoms will agree that Mother’s Day should, at the very least, be a long weekend celebration. Take it upon yourselves to make that notion a reality because not unlike the dishes or laundry, nobody is going to do it for you! Skip out on the after-work chores just this once and “Indulge” yourself with a night of shopping, massages, manicures, food sampling, and live entertainment. Plus, hunky firemen posing for a charitable calendar campaign. Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City. Simon.com. Free Admission. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. May 8MogwaiSonic nuclear assault via multi-soundscape, largely instrumental visions bleeding beauty and chaos—from Scotland. With Majeure. Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., Manhattan. Terminal5nyc.com. $27.50 ADV/$30 DOS. 8 p.m. May 9The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson. (Photo credit: The Late Late Show/Facebook)Craig FergusonFresh off his announcement that he’ll be stepping down as host of The Late Late Show next year, the always hilarious and insanely wacky comedian will be sharing a very long, drawn-out “awkward pause” with all those in attendance. Once it ends, he’ll be cracking them up. Will Geoff Peterson, his robot skeleton sidekick, be making a cameo? Or perhaps Secretariat, the costumed horse?! Only one way to find out. The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester. Thecapitoltheatre.com. $45-$55. 8 p.m. May 9Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin ExperienceThe son of Zepp’s (and rock’s) infamous drummer keeps the songs and madness of the legendary, Almighty Led Zeppelin alive. Not-to-be missed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Paramountny.com. $45-$99.50. 8 p.m. May 9The Thrilling Adventure HourRevel in the lost joys of old time radio shows as the style is brought to life on stage. Includes original segments “Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars,” a supernatural suspense in which an Earth man, Sparks Nevada, is sent to protect the Red Planet, and “Beyond Belief,” a show featuring a married couple solving paranormal mysteries. To better prepare for this surely unfamiliar sounding presentation, check out the Thrilling Adventure Hour podcast. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., Manhattan. Thetownhall.org. $30, $40. 8 p.m. May 10last_img read more

5 Guidelines for social media usage in your credit union

first_imgInstituting a governance structureDeveloping policies and procedures by: Matt WilhelmSocial media is stronger than ever as a tool for credit unions to promote their brand to new members. There are guidelines you MUST have in place in order to stay compliant with your social media strategies, however.  Here is a summary of the guidelines set forth by the FFIEC with regards to social media:1) A financial institution should have a risk management program that allows it to identify, measure, monitor, and control the risks related to social media. The size and complexity of the risk management program should be commensurate with the breadth of the financial institution’s involvement in this medium. Even if a credit union has chosen not to participate in this medium, it is still recommended by the FFIEC and associated agencies that the credit union have a mechanism to respond to comments and complaints regarding the institution on social media outlets. Follow your normal risk management program to address social media including: continue reading »center_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Monetize your credit union’s data

first_imgCredit unions store much more member data today than in years past. Everything from transactions to inquiries, text messages to online reviews serve as the basis for a virtual treasure trove of consumer insights and applications. The trouble is this data is often sourced from and stored in disparate sources, making it incrementally more difficult to perform meaningful analytics.When and how to tap into this data are questions facing leaders in the movement. Among those contemplating the answers, some of the more inquisitive are beginning also to wonder if data has the potential to be monetized.Can credit unions sort, analyze and manipulate their data and then put it to revenue-generating use? Yes, but first, they must master the art of merging data to create a single (and marketable) view of members. This would illustrate for credit union staff, as well as potential partners, how a member or segment of members behaves across products.Getting to that single view of the member will help the credit union’s leadership make better decisions in each of the following areas:Risk: If a member has a loan and a credit card account, for instance, a single view will allow lending teams a clearer picture of that member’s payment history. With the increased information, these professionals can manage accounts more aggressively and offer competitive pricing and promotions that fit the complete risk profile of the member.Marketing: Leveraging history and response behavior across campaigns and departments will allow marketers to create highly targeted offers to members, greatly increasing the chances of success.Member service: If we know a certain member works best with a certain staff member, we can try and route calls to that employee. If the member comes online, we can display web content most relevant to him or her based on previous online movements.Better risk, marketing and member service decisions will lead to a greater overall consumer experience, and ultimately, a greater influx of revenue as members take advantage of personalized products, offers and service.A slightly more advanced way credit unions can monetize data is to use the information to forge partnerships with local merchants. Here are a just a few ways this can work:Merchant based incentives: Credit unions can partner with area retailers relevant to members based on transaction history. This will allow both the credit union and the merchant to market highly targeted offers. The credit union expands its value proposition, and the merchant experiences an increase in demand.Friend-get-friend offers: By monitoring the social postings of members and identifying the opinion leaders among them, credit unions can advise merchant members on where their marketing dollars are likely to have the greatest impact. Credit unions enhance the value of their relationship to the merchant, while the merchant increases the return on its marketing investment, and of course, sales.Strengthen local businesses: As neighborhood-oriented financial institutions, credit unions often understand better than any other entity which businesses in which areas of a particular geography are struggling. Providing a cash-back rewards option with these merchants based on the propriety data of the credit union can go a long way toward helping these small businesses thrive in what is becoming an increasingly competitive environment. This will help the credit union further engage its members with better and more local alternatives.Big Data can open new revenue streams by boosting the value of those relationships most important to your credit union – but only when properly synced and analyzed. Developing the capabilities to complete this type of work now will not only generate more income for the credit union; it will position your teams for success as consumers and merchants alike demand a more personalized experience. 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Suchit Shah Suchit Shah is the COO of CU Rise Analytics, a Virginia-based CUSO. CU Rise helps credit unions that want to focus their time and resources on the most advantageous strategies … Web: www.cu-rise.com Detailslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Opening of New Pipeline Investment Program

first_img November 01, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Opening of New Pipeline Investment Program Energy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has opened the new Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) for applications, offering up to $24 million funding to make Pennsylvania’s natural gas available to its residents, manufacturers, and pad-ready sites, hastening the development of low-cost energy and creating new jobs.“Pennsylvania boasts tremendous natural gas resources, and it makes sense that our residents should benefit from the assets right under their feet,” said Governor Wolf. “Doing so will also have a significant impact on the economic well-being of the commonwealth by creating jobs and making low-cost natural gas more readily available.”Administered by the CFA and funded through the reallocation of two fiscal years of funding from a previously underutilized program, the PIPE program will offer grants of up to $1 million for pipeline project expenses including construction; acquisition of land, rights of way, and easements; land clearing and preparation; and engineering, design, and inspection costs. Applicants must provide matching funds equal to at least 50 percent of the total project cost.“Since day one Governor Wolf has advocated for the creation of this program, and today we’re finally able to celebrate its opening,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “Encouraging the construction of natural gas distribution pipelines projects by eligible applicants – ranging from hospitals and school districts to business parks and existing manufacturing and industrial enterprises – the Pipeline Investment Program will help Pennsylvania fully realize the benefits of its vast energy resources.”Applicants eligible for PIPE funding include:• Businesses – A corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, limited liability company, business trust or other CFA-approved commercial entity• Economic Development Organizations – A nonprofit corporation or association whose purpose is the enhancement of economic conditions in their community• Hospitals – An entity licensed to provide inpatient care and services under either the Public Welfare Code or the Health Care Facilities Act• Municipalities – Any city, township, borough, town, county, or home rule municipality• School DistrictsThe first PIPE approvals are anticipated for early 2017. For additional information on the Pipeline Investment Program, to review program guidelines, or to apply, visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Delays in Bahamas well plans over coronavirus spread

first_imgBPC said on Friday that the drilling of its first exploration well in The Bahamas was pushed back to May or early June 2020. To remind, the previous estimate was April 2020.The company added that, notwithstanding the recent decline in oil prices, farm-in discussions in the context of BPC’s overall funding strategy continue to advance.“[…] in recent weeks there has been a material adverse change in the global operating environment, characterized by the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus and the extraordinary, unprecedented worldwide response to this issue.“This, in turn, is creating disruptions to global supply chains, limiting free movement for some project essential supplies, and creating onerous restrictions on travel for the movement and mobility of key project personnel, staff, and contractors.”BPC stated that this influences the rig mobilization window as well as the company’s ability to ensure a 45 to 60-day continuity of operations to complete the drilling campaign.This also impacts the ability to plan for free movement of mission-critical personnel to and from the drilling rig during operations, and the ability to finalize the selection of an appropriate drilling rig to be available at the right time and place required.Also, this impairs the review of the integrity and availability of required equipment, goods, and services, and consideration of any potential impacts to pricing and quality.BPC also cited global commentators which speculated that this high level of operating uncertainty would continue to prevail for at least the next 8-10 weeks, which runs right through the company’s currently scheduled drilling window.This revised target of drilling operations starting in the second half of May, and no later than early June, has the advantage of avoiding any expected peak in the Covid-19 response, while at the same time enabling operations to be completed before the peak risk period for hurricanes in The Bahamas.However, if the current adverse circumstances in the global operating environment persist, resulting in continued deferral of operations until after early June 2020, the next practical window to start operations would be from mid-October onwards, following the hurricane season. The company will develop a back-up plan on this basis to meet its primary license obligation – an initial exploration well in 2020.BPC does not anticipate drilling costs to change as a result of the rescheduled start of operations.Simon Potter, CEO of BPC, said: “We have made consistent progress toward drilling of the company’s 100 percent-owned and operated Perseverance #1 well, targeting recoverable prospective resources of 0.7 – 1.4 billion barrels of oil.“As a prudent operator, our primary objective is a safe well, best delivered by the ability to drill uninterrupted by external events for the period of the drill plan. Such a continuous operation is also the most cost-effective. It is in this context that we have had to reassess the timing for commencement of drilling given the widespread disruption being caused by the global response to the Covid-19 virus.“Pleasingly, farm-out discussions in the context of our overall funding strategy continue to advance. We will update shareholders as appropriate over the coming weeks.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. London-listed oil company Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) has decided to postpone the drilling of the Perseverance #1 well off Bahamas due to the ‘rapidly unfolding impact’ that the coronavirus, COVID-19, is having on operations.last_img read more

Confusion for children: School installs toilet for transgender pupil, aged 6

first_imgNZ Herald 15 May 2016Family First Comment: Yes that’s right. A 6 year old who apparently is fully aware of their ‘gender identity’ – aided and abetted by adults who should know better. Would you send your child to this school? And what happens when they change for PE and play sports and go on camps? #confusionA popular Auckland primary school has been praised for installing a unisex toilet to help a 6-year-old transgender pupil feel safe and accepted.The toilet was installed earlier this year with the support of the Board of Trustees and the Education Ministry after the child’s transition from boy to girl.The Herald on Sunday has chosen not to name the school to protect the child’s privacy. Sources said that school-mates have happily accepted the child’s transition and parents who know the girl have also been supportive.The school’s board chairman said their decision was about supporting a pupil. “We have a policy of safety around identity and culture, and that includes gender. We feel strongly that every child deserves to feel safe in the school environment.”Other parents were not told, just as they would not be told about other measures taken to support a child, he said.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11639240last_img read more

Earl Laker

first_imgEarl L. Laker 78, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday September 23, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born January 27, 1940 in Friendship, IN, son of the late Ernest Laker and Laura (Thomas) Laker.He worked as a Central Office Technician for United Telephone Company of Indiana, retiring after over 45 1/2 years of service.He was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church of Aurora, where he also served as a trustee for many years and assisted in the planning and renovation of the new addition. He furthered his service to his community at the Friendship and Dillsboro Fire Departments. He ran a sideline business, Laker Sales and Service, which dealt in commercial two-way radios. In his younger years, he was a talented musician and played in a band at various events. He enjoyed dancing with his beloved wife and also enjoyed socializing and making new friends. He did not know a stranger. He had a subtle sense of humor and enjoyed a good joke. He was passionate about his work in communications and leaves behind a legacy of integrity and adherence to the highest of moral values. He had a true servant’s heart and always put others first. He loved people and they very dearly loved him.Earl is survived by his loving spouse of almost 58 years Gayla M. (Thayer) Laker, two sons, Jeff (Diane) Laker of Madison, IN, Jerry (Melissa) Laker of Dillsboro, IN; four Granddaughters, Stacie (Tyson) Skinner of Madison, IN, Courtney Laker of Noblesville, IN, Kelsey (Boyd “Dickie”) Smith, Britney Laker; five great-grandchildren, Van Skinner, Zane Skinner, Maylie Skinner, Asher Andres, Emmanuel Palaguachi.He was preceded in death by his parents, aunt, Irene Jacobs, and cousins, Glenn Jacobs, and Lendo Laker.Family and friends will be received Thursday, September 27, 2018, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the St. John Lutheran Church Aurora, 220 Mechanic St., Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the church at 2:00 pm following the visitation with Pastor Edward Davis officiating.Internment will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Farmers Retreat, IN.Contributions may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Aurora or to the local Fire and EMS Departments. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more