Explosion and Fire at The Festy Hospitalizes One, Delays Performances

first_imgEarlier today, festivities at The Festy in Arrington, VA were brought to a halt after a propane tank exploded on a funnel cake truck on the festival ground, causing a fire that spread to engulf adjacent food trucks, according to witness reports.Newsplex, the local CBS affiliate station, has reported that one person was taken to the UVA Medical Center for injuries, although the person’s condition was not disclosed. Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Chief Curtis Sheets ambulances and fire trucks were already on the scene at the festival and able to respond to the fire right away.The Festy reached out to its audience via Facebook, advising attendees to return to their campsites while the situation was being assessed. They recently posted an update saying that the performances would recommence at 4 with Elephant Revival at the Blue Ridge Bowl stage, which is separate from the main festival grounds where the explosion occurred.Emergency Services continue to assess the damage. We’ll update you as more information becomes available. We hope everyone on site in Arrington is safe![Photo Credit Ross Winecoff]last_img read more

Students provide tax filing service

first_imgTaxpayers nationwide often dread the April 15 filing date, but many Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students voluntarily participate in a unique service program to provide tax assistance to low income families in the South Bend area. The Vivian Harrington Gray Tax Assistance Program is in its 43rd year of providing this service, and faculty advisor Edward Hums, a professor of Financial and Managerial Accounting in the Mendoza College of Business, said the program has grown this year. “We have approximately 100 undergrads participating in the program,” Hums said. “It is a two-credit course and last year the program filed about 3,900 taxes.” In order to be eligible to provide this service, students need to complete one course in tax, Hums said. Once enrolled in the program, students attend four weeks of classes and then go into the community to help local families with their tax returns for four to six weeks.   Students in the program complete state and federal tax returns for free, and taxpayers must have an income of less than $40,000 dollarsper year, the median income in Saint Joseph County, Hums said. There are eight sites throughout the South Bend and Mishawaka area and one site in Plymouth, Ind. “In addition to taxpayers in the community, the program helps international students here at Notre Dame,” Hums said. “Part of the tax return is also a report to immigration service, and we want to make sure students are in proper compliance with their visas.” Senior program president Sam Matthew, said the initiative also focuses on service to the community beyond the monetary aspect. “You’re doing their taxes and doing them a service, but we also become people’s companions,” Matthew said. Matthew, who has participated in the program for the past two years, said he has worked with the elderly and people with physical disabilities who are unable to leave their houses. “We benefit a lot from [the work], and it is really helpful for our education, but the bonds we form with the community are great,” Matthew said. “I really enjoy that part.” Hums also stressed the role of community service in the program. “It is very rewarding, and one of the oldest community service programs at Notre Dame,” Hums said.  “It always amazes me how students start out nervous at the start of the program, and then grow confident at the end. “They grow in understanding, interview techniques and are very proficient doing the returns at the end of program.”last_img read more

Chilean Army Tests First Unmanned Aircraft

first_imgBy Dialogo November 28, 2012 Chile’s Minister of National Defense, Rodrigo Hinzpeter, arrived in the region of Biobío on November 23 to witness the test flight of the Army’s first unmanned aircraft, a prototype called “Lascar,” which has been manufactured since 2008 and is currently undergoing tests. The “Lascar” prototype was developed by the Chilean Army, with the collaboration of the University of Concepción and a private enterprise. Among its multi-purpose applications, the aircraft can monitor water sources, volcanic eruptions, natural disasters, rescue operations, fires, and fishing explorations. “We are proud of the Army, our Chilean Army, working together with the University of Concepción, an outstanding and traditional institution in the region, and the private enterprise, to jointly develop an unmanned aircraft that will benefit our country, which faces so many challenges in terms of natural disasters,” concluded Minister Hinzpeter. The Minister of Defense added that the joint development of this prototype “is proof that Chile has the intelligence and innovation capabilities for entrepreneurship of this nature, which is sometimes thought of as being assets or a monopoly of highly developed countries.”last_img read more

In Memoriam

first_imgIn Memoriam April 1, 2004 Regular News James David Acosta, Tampa Admitted 1971; Died September 12, 2003 Lewis Ansbacher, Jacksonville Admitted 1951; Died February 7, 2004 Martin Bergman, Boynton Beach Admitted 1984; Died October 4, 2003 Charles W. Burke, St. Petersburg Admitted 1950; Died January 29, 2004 Thomas T. Cobb, Winter Park Admitted 1939; Died February 5, 2004 Tracy Gabos, Longwood Admitted 1990; Died July 23, 2003 Oakley Gentry, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1976; Died January 2, 2004 Robert Phillip Lilavois, Jr., Clearwater Admitted 1996; Died November 3, 2003 Andrew Wesley Lindsey, Dade City Admitted 1972; Died January 30, 2004 Scott Keith Lippman, Orlando Admitted 1991; Died February 22, 2004 Adalsinda Lomangino, Miami Admitted 1985; Died February 14, 2004 Daniel E. Murray, Miami Admitted 1949; Died February 28, 2004 Thomas Kyran Purcell, Jacksonville Admitted 1981; Died February 5, 2004 Suzanne Lynn Rossomondo, Tampa Admitted 1990; Died February 14, 2004 Jason Michael Savitz, Tallahassee Admitted 1999; Died February 18, 2004 Theodore Washburn Soule, Pensacola Admitted 1988; Died November 14, 2003 Alan Nelson Singer, Tampa Admitted 1980; Died October 10, 2003 Walter R. Talley, Bradenton Admitted 1953; Died December 23, 2003 John William Thornton, Miami Admitted 1956; Died November 21, 2003 W. Fred Turner, Panama City Admitted 1948; Died November 24, 2003 Frederic Brook Voght, Washington, D.C. Admitted 1971; Died September 16, 2003 John William Watson III, Miami Admitted 1955; Died September 26, 2002 Tom Whitaker II, Tampa Admitted 1957; Died December 10, 2003 Paul Wongrey, Inverness Admitted 1938; Died August 15, 2003 Eldon G. Wiggins, New Smyrna Beach Admitted 1949; Died December 24, 2002last_img read more

PPP report flags potential fraud, abuse

first_imgFollowing Tuesday’s hearing with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic released a preliminary analysis of the paycheck protection program (PPP), which found that “billions of dollars in PPP loans may have been diverted to fraud, waste, and abuse.”Administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in coordination with the Treasury Department, the PPP was created by the CARES Act and launched with $349 billion in funding April 3. After depleting initial funding less than two weeks after applications opened, Congress provided another $320 billion for the program, with several NAFCU-sought set asides for smaller lenders such as credit unions and Community Development Financial institutions.The program’s authorization expired Aug. 8 with roughly $134 billion in funds still remaining. Congress is currently considering ways to continue and improve the program, including by allowing certain borrowers to take out a second PPP loan and simplifying the forgiveness process, which could be included in a Phase 4 coronavirus relief package. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Sand Festival in Nin – A magic that arises and disappears, but remains in the unforgettable memory of tourists

first_imgThe 4th Sand Festival was organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Nin  which took place this year on the sand banks of the Queen’s Beach and Ždrijac Beach The long natural sandy beaches of Nina are one of its trademarks and an impressive image that is remembered by all who have been here at least once, and the total length of Nin beaches is as much as 8 kilometers, while the longest and most famous among them is 3 kilometers long, sandy Queen’s Beach.The Sand Festival is so logical and a phenomenal tourist story that is a great addition to the Nin story. So amazed by the beauty of Nin beaches, tourists from various countries together with residents and sculptors built imaginative sand sculptures on the theme of Nin motifs, although on the beaches you could later see various imaginary characters, animals and other interesting sand sculptures.This year’s 4th Sand Festival, conceived as an exhibition on the theme of Nin motifs on the beaches of Nin, attracted the largest number of participants so far. The weather conditions were suitable for an early morning stay on the beach, so the sun lured a multitude of participants who came to try their hand at building from sand – a magic that arises and disappears. The sand festival this year was led by the expert guidance of artists, sculptors and restorers from Zagreb Dejana Brdarić and Krešimir Valentak and artists Boris Žuliček from Lepoglava, who were also members of the jury. This year, all generations of participants competed – from the youngest to the slightly older, individually and in groups, and created a variety of imaginative sculptures:  towers and castles, motifs of the town of Nin such as a bridge, Nin’s creepers, the unique Nin church, then inscriptions of the town of Nin with features of romance and historical figures of Nin such as Gregory of Nin, Prince Branimir and others The families of the builders spent an unforgettable Sunday morning on the beach playing and socializing, and the adults also aroused children’s creativity. And there is the whole magic of this story, parents spent quality time with their children, a moment that is unforgettable, and the memory remains eternal because everything is captured by a shared photo.Building sand towers with children is an emotion and an experience to remember. And when we add other phenomenal sculptures by artists to the whole story, we have a great tourist story and content. It is these “little” unforgettable experiences that we remember the most and that is the essence of tourism.Quality content is the key to success. Sun and sea alone are not enough.The Sand Festival has great potential for future development, but it also needs the help of other participants, such as the Zadar County Tourist Board and the CNTB. Smaller environments do not have the human and financial capacity to raise events to a much higher level, and this is where the real support of the system should come into play. We did not give declarative support in the context of the type “3.000 kuna of support as sponsors”, but seriously studied the development of the event, in this case, in cooperation with the Tourist Board of Nina,It is always easy to find an excuse, but it is precisely such surveys that show the strength or powerlessness of a system that should recognize potentials and give so important real professional and market support for the day-to-day development of a tourism product. Of course, where there really is potential for the development of tourist events in TOP events, and in Nin this is certainly the case.last_img read more

John Kei’s parole revoked after murder charges

first_imgThe Bogor Correctional Board (Bapas) has rescinded the parole granted to John Refra Kei aka John Kei following his recent arrest for alleged involvement in violent attacks and premeditated murder.The board, that had supervised John during his parole, had coordinated with the Jakarta Police’s crime and violence unit since Sunday, said Rika Aprianti, the spokesperson of the Corrections Directorate General at the Law and Human Rights Ministry.On Wednesday, after Jakarta Police investigators completed their investigation report (BAP), the Bogor Correctional Board had completed its own report on John as their parole client. The next day, she said, the supervisory team of the board held a hearing to discuss John’s case and found that John had violated his parole requirements by being named a crime suspect.“The team recommended that his parole be revoked,” Rika said as reported by tempo.co on Saturday.Read also: Convicted murderer John Kei arrested for alleged attacks, murder after months released on paroleThe temporary decree on the parole revocation had been issued by the head of the Bogor Correctional Board with the final measure impending procedures from the Corrections Directorate General. John was serving 16 years of prison time for the murder of PT Sanex Steel Indonesia president director Tan Harry Tantono in 2013.He was arrested by the Jakarta Police on Sunday, around six months after being granted parole in December. Infamous in the capital city in the past, he was named a suspect for masterminding attacks and premeditated murder against his uncle Nus Rumatora aka Nus Kei. The case allegedly centered on fees for land sales between Nus and John’s groups.In two separate attacks, two people were injured and one man, a member of Nus’ group, died from stab wounds.A total of 35 people, including John, have been arrested and named suspects in the case. (rin)Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal winning race to sign Manchester United target Gabriel from Lille

first_imgAdvertisement Gabriel has a decision to make (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)While the Gunners remain confident of a deal, Napoli are pushing hard and Lille have accepted bids from both clubs. AdvertisementAdvertisementA late move from Manchester United is not beyond possibility but it appears Gabriel’s choice is between Naples and north London. Mikel Arteta is keen on signing a defensive partner for William Saliba, who joined the club last summer from St Etienne. United are similarly keen on a centre-back partner for Harry Maguire as the club’s Europa League exit to Sevilla exposed the side’s defensive weakness.MORE: Dean Henderson confirms Sheffield United exit as goalkeeper eyes Manchester United spot Comment Advertisement Arsenal winning race to sign Manchester United target Gabriel from Lille Gabriel has a choice of Manchester United, Arsenal and Napoli (Photo: Getty Images)Lille defender Gabriel is set to announce his decision in the next 24 hours with Arsenal currently leading the race to sign the Brazilian.The Gunners have had a £27million bid accepted by the Ligue 1 club for the centre-back but Napoli and Manchester United are also in the mix for the defender.Napoli, in particular, are keen on signing Gabriel as they anticpate losing Kalidou Koulibaly to Manchester City, while Manchester United’s interest has significantly increased in the last 48 hours. However, according to French outlet RMC, Arsenal are ‘leading’ the race and the defender is set to deliver his decision in the next 24 hours.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Aug 2020 8:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShareslast_img read more

Canal & River Trust Unveils Dredging Plans for 2019-20

first_imgThe Canal & River Trust (CRT) is spending £8 million on dredging in the financial year 2019-20 to help keep the waterways navigable for boaters.According to the Trust, the comprehensive program covers locations identified by boaters, as well as the places that need dredging every year.The Trust will be carrying out dredging work on the following canals over the next year: Oxford Canal; Grand Union Canal; Macclesfield Canal; Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal; Coventry Canal; Worcester & Birmingham Canal; Llangollen Canal; and Chesterfield Canal.Annual maintenance dredging will take place on the River Weaver, the Ribble Link, the River Severn and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, and throughout the Yorkshire and North East region.The Trust will also be clearing the River Thames approach to West India Dock, the River Mersey approach to Canning Half Tide Dock, and lock approaches on the River Trent.Additionally, the Trust will continue to evaluate the needs of the whole network and in some cases the projects may change.last_img read more

“Death coaching”: The slippery slope of decriminalising euthanasia

first_imgThe Australian News 25 July 2014THE term “death coaching” is how Judi Taylor describes the tragic suicide of her 26-year-old son Lucas in a deserted park in Germany.  “It was death-coaching, not life coaching, that killed him,” says the Melbourne mother of three sons. Lucas, a talented linguist, ended his life after taking a ¬euthanasia drug he had bought in Peru. Judi Taylor says her son’s every step and every instruction — and strong encouragement — came from a Peaceful Pill online forum run by Exit International, the pro-euthanasia lobby group run by now-suspended medical practitioner Philip Nitschke.Dr Nitschke has declared he will mount an appeal after being suspended by the Medical Board of Australia following his admission he supported 45-year-old Perth man Nigel Brayley in his ¬decision to commit suicide, despite knowing he was not terminally ill. He will be suspended until the end of September pending further investigation by the board.BeyondBlue chairman Jeff Kennett yesterday welcomed the decision, saying “We cannot allow the debate to start that it’s all right for a 16 year old — or a 45 year old — simply because they’re having an off day to attempt to take their own life.”It was a secretive world that Judi Taylor discovered only after his death, when she and her ¬remaining sons hacked into his computer, found his Peaceful Pill forum password and began reading a bizarre and grim litany of ¬online conversations. “There seemed to be hundreds of people busy talking to each other about the best methods to commit suicide,” she says. “Lucas mentioned in his posts that he’d learned about importing illegal drugs and what airports to use. One person would say: ‘Oh, Nembutal’s the way to go.’ They’d discuss whether the best place to go was China or Peru. “It seemed to be peer-to-peer communication, and in all the hundreds of messages nobody was saying they had a terminal illness … What Lucas definitely said was ‘I’m not sick yet’ and ‘I’m quite able-bodied’.” There were even messages to Lucas from a “moderator” Mrs Taylor describes as calling himself Doctor Ted. “He seemed to come in when a medical query needed answering.” He told Lucas ‘because of your weight, you’ll be needing this much Nembutal’.” The mother, who had spoken regularly to her son overseas via Skype — and had seen no outwards signs of depression — could barely believe what she was reading, for hours online, tracking his methodical “coaching” descent towards suicide.…The suspension of Dr Nitschke’s licence was welcomed by South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling and AMA branches in Western and South Australia, where Dr Nitschke first registered. WA AMA vice-president Andrew Miller said: “Our profession is relieved to be rid of him and wish to assure the community we will always help those with treatable illnesses to recover and live.”Mr Snelling said he wanted to ensure “Dr Nitschke and his abhorrent views aren’t being practised in a medical context here in South Australia’’.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/death-coaching-a-mourning-mothers-rage-at-sons-assisted-exit/story-e6frg8y6-1227000811812?nk=0b1b5f52cd5754b15b2168bac30270d6#last_img read more