County Issues “Code Blue” Weather Advisory

first_imgThe Cape May County Office of Emergency Management has issued a “Code Blue” advisory for the entire county from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Wednesday, allowing people to seek shelter in local warming centers during the cold weather.Code Blue conditions are in effect when the temperature reaches 25 degrees or lower with clear skies or 32 degrees or lower with precipitation.Please be aware that there may be people in your municipality who require temporary sheltering during this advisory period.People seeking temporary shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality. Additional resources are available by calling the County Homeless Hotline at 1-877-886-1325 or 1-609-886-1325.If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact our office. Additional information regarding the Code Blue advisory can be found on the Cape May County website at A Code Blue advisory is issued when frigid weather poses a danger to the homeless population.last_img read more

The Show Has Gone On: Franklin County’s performing arts in a pandemic

first_imgFeatured is one of the recent classes at Thomas Performing Arts Center in Farmington. Other performing arts spaces in the area have had to modify their programs this year.FARMINGTON — Worldwide, the performing arts industry has been hit hard during the covid pandemic. Empty stages and actors and orchestral members in Zoom squares have become more common sites than a standing ovation or red curtains. In Franklin County, performing arts centers have persisted despite obstacles preventing them from bringing the arts to the community in ways with which they are most accustomed. Despite these challenges, there is a relative feeling of optimism among those within the county’s performing arts industry.“The arts themselves have been devastated,” said Lauryn Thomas, co-owner of Thomas Performing Arts Center in Farmington. “It’s definitely the first thing to go in times of financial and emotional stress. The amount of changes that we’ve had to make can feel overwhelming at times.”T.P.A.C., as it’s referred to by locals, is currently running at less than half capacity, with many of even the most loyal parents withdrawing their children from classes. Class sizes have been reduced drastically to ensure the safety of the students and there is a growing waiting list of those wishing to join programs. While some flock to the freedom that arts classes can offer, others are avoiding performing arts spaces. In an attempt to respect the comfort levels of each family, Thomas assures parents that when they are comfortable to have their children return, they will have a home at T.P.A.C. Conversely, Thomas has insisted that if money is the only obstacle keeping children from returning to classes, they remain enrolled.“If that means their kids get free lessons, then they get free lessons. The answer is always, 100 percent, bring them anyway,” said Thomas. Many students have been placed on scholarship and while this generosity isn’t financially sustainable for the long-term, Thomas is committed to maintaining what the arts represent to many children and families. With more and more virtual engagement, performing arts classes have become one of the few social outlets remaining for children. Even through the strains of a pandemic, those within Franklin County have recognized the importance of the arts. It’s this sort of mentality that the Emery Community Arts Center, on the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington, has also endeavored to support in the past several months of the pandemic.“Since Emery is so tied to the University, when UMF decided to keep students from attending in person, Emery was heavily impacted. But the question we asked ourselves was how can Emery still support the arts?” said Emery Director, Ann Bartges.In response to this, Emery hosted an online visual art exhibit called “Detour” featuring 35 artists, international, regional and local, with many pieces created in reaction to the pandemic.“It was incredible to curate a show with artists’ reflections on the pandemic,” said Bartges.The exhibition can still be viewed online. Emery is still discussing plans for the 2021 year with UMF. As far as long-term impacts of the pandemic, according to Bartges, they have “yet to be seen.”“We have a big safety net with UMF. I have no doubt that the University will continue to support the arts. I don’t anticipate this having a foreseeable impact on how Emery can support the arts in the community.”Val Zapolsky, board president of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts, shares this optimism for the fate of the arts in Franklin County.“I suspect in another year we’ll be back to normal. This pandemic won’t have any real long-term effects,” said Zapolsky.The Rangeley Friends of the Arts organization has remained successful by focusing on lowering costs while continuing limited programming through the pandemic. They have done this by writing some of their own plays instead of applying for copyrights, omitting costly musicals from their schedule, and focusing their resources on small one-act plays, storytelling events and art installations. The priority has been keeping both community members and artists safe while trying to satisfy the needs that the arts industry fills. According to Thomas, “Those in the Farmington community hold the arts dear to their hearts.” And regarding the current situations of other performing arts centers in the surrounding area, the same could be said about those in the Franklin County community.last_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris & More Get Wet for a Cause

first_img Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth It’s one thing to have a giant tub of ice water poured on you. It’s another to do it in front of thousands of people. But to also wear an Evita-esque ball gown for it? We haven’t seen that before! Bobby Cannavale We find it adorable that Cannavale and Rose Byrne filmed each other, and used the same flashy pot. We’re also very glad that he finally figured out how to post the video, after some public frustration. Alan Cumming Star Files Bobby Cannavale James Snyder vlogger accepted the nomination from our own Paul Wontorek, but added his own twist, giving If/Then fans an opportunity to ice him at the stage door. Things get weird around the 3:15 mark when the ice goes down his shirt (and uh, his pants). First vlogger Ramin Karimloo, now Snyder. Sierra Boggess and James Monroe Iglehart, we’re waiting. Alan Cumming (and the cast of Cabaret) The Tony winner gathered up some boys and girls of the Kit Kat Klub to fight ALS, Studio 54 style. Ever-so-conscious of the ecological concerns of water conservation, they all huddled together (half naked, we might add) to get drenched. Neil Patrick Harris CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! The Hedwig Tony winner took to his stoop, and with the help of his family, stepped up to the plate to raise awareness for ALS. We love how his kids cling to him, but once that bucket’s over his head, they’re nowhere to be found. Laura Benanticenter_img Laura Benanti How can one be so charming in just 13 seconds while pouring water on themselves? Also, did you hear that she’s on Nashville?! You know, just in case you couldn’t read her t-shirt. But wait, who did you nominate, Laura? Patti LuPone? DID YOU NOMINATE PATTI LUPONE?! View All (7) Neil Patrick Harris People from all over are stepping up to partake in the Ice Bucket Challenge, and that includes stars of the Great White Way. We’ve seen the casts of some of Broadway’s biggest hits get wet to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association. Now, check out some Tony winners, stage and screen legends and a video blogger get frigid for the cause! And, as many of them don’t nominate anyone in particular, that means it’s now officially your turn. View Comments Patrick Stewart Patrick Stewart Talk about smooth. Smoother than a whiskey on the rocks. Without a single word, the stage and screen icon reminds us of all the good this movement has brought. James Snyderlast_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Lisa Brown – Leading fearlessly (#68)

first_img 80SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Thank you for tuning in to episode 68 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.Navigating a major crisis can be difficult, especially when it has the potential to affect both your member’s personal and financial health. On this week’s episode, I sat down with Lisa Brown, President and CEO of Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union, to learn more about how her team is rethinking member service in the face of this crisis, applying lessons learned from the last recession, and working directly with members to develop a business strategy for the next 12 – 18 months. During our discussion, Lisa talk about how her team was able to open a branch in just five days to provide drive-thru service to at-risk members in a nearby community, while also managing the stress of implementing an emergency pandemic plan. With that in mind, she also shared some of the internal mantras she uses to stay focused and make hard decisions. On her toughest days, she often likes to remind herself that “this is what separates the men from the boys.”  Additionally, Lisa and I discuss her hopes for a healthy future, overcoming the struggles of being a type A personality, and what she believes all good leaders need to learn to be successful. We also talk about her new found appreciation for free time and what she’s doing to fill that time, which may include some chickens in the near future. We wrap up our conversation with the rapid-fire portion of the episode, where we learn a little more about Lisa’s busy life outside of credit unions, her daily routines, and her definition of success. You can feel Lisa’s passion for credit unions, her community, and her family throughout the entire episode. You won’t want to miss it! Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Lisa:Lisa Brown, President and CEO of Tallahassee-Leon Federal [email protected] | LinkedIn | TwitterShow notes from this episode:Shout-out: To our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the great work Lisa and her team at Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union are doing for their members here. Curious about DE? Find out more about the National Credit Union Foundation’s signature program. Shout-out: Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL) Shout-out: Ray CremerShout-out: CUTimes Shout-out: African DE ProgramShout-out: Rachel ProssShout-out: Big Daddy Shout-out: Vacation Song mentioned: Fancy by Iggy AzaleaShout-out: Lisa’s son Shout-out: Mike AkersShout-out: Flag Credit Union Shout-out: Jim NussleShout-out: Bob TrunzoShout-out: Diane DykstraShout-out: Jill NowackiWatch the video of the TLFCU member sharing their success story. Shout-out: Gigi HylandAlbum mentioned: The Wedding Singer (Music From The Motion Picture)Book mentioned: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark MansonPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Rachel Pross, Jim Nussle, Bob Trunzo, Diane Dykstra, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37 & 64), Gigi HylandYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[02:20] – Lisa, welcome to the show![03:07] – Lisa shares how hard it was to open a credit union in five days in order to provide them drive-thru service to members in a near-by community.[06:12] – Did your board know about your emergency pandemic plan?[09:13] – Randy and Lisa discuss how her credit union is located in a predominately low-income area and how they are helping members during this crisis.[11:09] – Lisa says to take a step back with the stock market and look at it from a thirty thousand foot level.[13:48] – Lisa speaks about moving out all consumer loan due dates ninety days.[14:21] – Lisa shares the ways they are going to reach out to members to learn about their situations.[16:27] – Lisa discusses using the data from talking to the members to come up with a plan for the next twelve to eighteen months.[18:55] – They believe that we must realize that the recovery from this pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint.[20:10] – Looking forward to a year from now, what will you be the proudest that you have accomplished?[21:27] – Lisa shares what inspired her to take the job at Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union.[24:25] – She speaks about what she does to bring her attention back when she loses focus.[27:48] – Lisa believes that to be a good leader, you need to be true to yourself.[29:56] – She shares how she learned to make difficult decisions.[32:27] – Do you have a piece of advice or a life lesson that you still use today?[35:53] – Lisa talks about what she does when she has a day off and how she recharges.[37:48] – Lisa shares that she wanted a job where she could wear high heels.[39:14] – Do you have any daily routines that if you don’t do your day feels off?[40:45] – What’s the best album of all time?[42:13] – Is there a book you think everyone should read?[43:30] – Lisa believes that time with family and simplifying her life has become more important, and the opinion of the masses has become less important.[45:12] – When you hear the word success, who is the first person that comes to mind?[47:43] – Lisa shares her final thoughts with us.[51:37] – Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to talk with us.last_img read more

Give the gift of life during National Blood Donor Month

first_imgPeople also tend to get sick this time of year, and you need to be healthy to give blood. (WBNG) — January marks National Blood Donor Month, making it a great time to get out and give blood. “There’s been times where, let’s say there’s been a common cold going around and a good amount of people can’t donate blood because we need people to be healthy and make sure that they’re feeling well to donate blood, so unfortunately that can have an impact as well,” said Gutierrez. “It could be a little bit more difficult just because the snow is here and it’s the Southern Tier, and maybe people are busy with work, but now we’re just starting off the new year so if people could really take time out of their day to make a difference, one blood donation has the power to save three lives. So think about that, they could really have the power to make a difference,” said Broome County account manager with the Red Cross Esperanza Gutierrez. The American Red Cross says this time of year is a great time to spread awareness about making a difference, because during the winter it can be tough to maintain a sufficient blood supply. “I’ve come across so many people in the Southern Tier, that they’ve needed blood before in their lifetime, so this is a problem here in our local area, as far as a national perspective as well. There’s always going to be a need for blood. It could be somebody in my family one day, it could be somebody in your family one day,” said Gutierrez.center_img If you give blood before January 19, you can be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl. For anyone who donates this month, the Red Cross is giving out free reusable bags. That’s in part because of the winter weather, causing blood drives to be canceled and making it harder for people to get out. And while it’s National Blood Donor Month, the Red Cross’ mission hits close to home.last_img read more

Cadogan shops at Harvey Nicks

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Makeshift bike lanes on Jl. Sudirman to become permanent

first_imgThe Jakarta administration announced on Wednesday a plan to make permanent the makeshift bike lanes from Jl. Sudirman to Bundaran HI as a preparatory measure to ease traffic after the COVID-19 pandemic.Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said the plan was expected to increase the number of Jakartans commuting by bicycle.”At the moment we are only using traffic cones [to mark the bike lanes], however we’re setting up a plan to make those lanes along Jl. Sudirman to Bundaran HI permanent,” Syafrin said on Wednesday as reported by also expressed hope the new bike lanes could provide safety and comfort for cyclists in the capital city.”We plan to set up proper barriers along the lanes to guarantee safety and comfort for cyclists,” he said.Read also: Urbanites turn to bike riding to beat cabin feverJakarta has seen a significant increase of people commuting by bicycle since the COVID-19 pandemic started as some residents turned to cycling to cope with mental health issues arising from being forced to stay at home for a long time.The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) – a global NGO that promotes sustainable transportation and urban development – recorded a tenfold increase in the number of cyclists on Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta in June.”Based on ITDP Indonesia’s observations on June 11, the number of cyclists has increased by 1,000 percent on Jl. Sudirman between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. on a weekday compared to the data recorded last year on Oct. 23 and Nov. 6,” ITDP Indonesia spokesperson Fani Rachmita said in a written statement on Sunday.The increased use of bicycles has also led the Jakarta administration to set up miles of makeshift lanes on Jl. Sudirman and Jl. Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.The city administration initially planned to expand the bike lane network to 63 kilometers this year out of the planned 500 km throughout the city. However, this year’s program is likely to be scrapped, as Jakarta has altered the city budget in response to COVID-19. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Bordeaux chairman explains why Laurent Koscielny insisted on leaving Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Laurent Koscielny returned to France this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Laurent Koscielny was adamant that he would leave Arsenal over the summer and Bordeaux chairman Joe DaGrosa has explained how his decision to join Bordeaux ‘transcended wage issues’.The former Gunners captain refused to go on the pre-season trip to America with the rest of the squad as he forced through a move a year before the end of his contract.Having been a loyal servant to the club since 2010, the Frenchman’s strike action came as something of a surprise, having captained Arsenal in the Europa League final at the end of last season.However, DaGrosa has explained that it was partially the 34-year-old wanting to return to his home country, but also have assurances of his career after playing, with his family’s future in mind.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It really starts with Laurent’s desire to come back to France,’ DaGrosa said, via Get French Football News.‘We were not the only club in France that he considered but Bordeaux was at the top of his list, but again, not the only one on the list.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘His desire was to return to France, and particularly to Bordeaux where he has family, in the region. I also think that this concerns this discussion on the subject of young players compared to more experienced players.‘Laurent Koscielny rightly thinks of his conversion and I think that Bordeaux presents a great place for him to stay in the world of football in the decades to come.‘We are therefore delighted to welcome someone of his level and experience, who has long-term goals with the club, after he has put an end to his sporting career.‘These are things we told him about, and I think that was reasoned in him, and it transcended wage issues. Where does he want to go with his family at the end of his career?‘So we convinced him and insisted that he came to a family, that he would feel at home, that he did not just come to a club.’Koscielny has started three Ligue 1 games for Bordeaux since returning to France, but it has been a slow start to the season for Paulo Sousa’s side, picking up five points from the first four games.MORE: Why Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Vitoria has been rescheduled by UEFAMORE: Samuel Umtiti discusses Arsenal rumours and bursts out laughing at Alexandre Lacazette’s transfer plea Bordeaux chairman explains why Laurent Koscielny insisted on leaving Arsenalcenter_img Comment Phil HaighTuesday 10 Sep 2019 7:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link320Shareslast_img read more

PensionsEurope lauds flexibility, principles-based nature of IORP II

first_imgSuch requirements could have significant negative effects on IORPs, sponsors and members, he said.The Council of the European Union yesterday said it had agreed the revised EU directive for occupational pension funds with the European Parliament.Bouma said the association, which represents national associations of pension funds, welcomed the fact the IORP II Directive recognised IORPs were first and foremost institutions with a social purpose. “Considering the diversity of occupational pension systems across the EU and the central role played by national social and labour law, we are happy the member states retain flexibility to implement the IORP II Directive,” he said.PensionsEurope was also glad the delegated acts, which would pass many regulatory competences to EU level, were not included the legislation, Bouma said.Matti Leppälä, the association’s secretary general and chief executive, said the directive made the rules on IORPs’ cross-border activities clear. Even though the requirement for cross-border IORPs to be fully funded at all times was retained as a matter of principle, Leppälä said PensionsEurope welcomed the fact the possibility of being underfunded was now mentioned in the directive for the first time.“Furthermore, we are pleased that both transferring and receiving authorities have a role in cross-border transfers, their roles are clearly defined, and EIOPA’s (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) mediation is not binding,” he said.The modernised legislation makes pension funds better governed and more transparent, he said.“PensionsEurope is happy that the new rules are more principles-based than the European Commission’s original proposal, and therefore, they take better into account the diversity of occupational pension systems across the EU,” Leppälä said. PensionsEurope, the Brussels-based lobbying association, said it welcomes the modernised rules for pension funds under the IORP II Directive, which has now officially been agreed, and in particular the flexibility it allows member states in its implementation and its principles-based nature.Janwillem Bouma, chair of PensionsEurope, said: “I would like to warmly congratulate the EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission for finding an agreement on the modernised rules for pension funds.”He singled out the Dutch EU presidency and European Parliament rapporteur Brian Hayes for special thanks for taking on board many concerns that had been raised by pension funds.“In particular, PensionsEurope is pleased that the updated legislation does not contain new solvency capital requirements for IORPs,” Bouma said.last_img read more