Eligible Families Can Enroll Children At No Charge To Help Prepare For Kindergarten And BeyondINDIANAPOLIS – As the 2019/2020 school year approaches, more than half the available slots have been filled for Indiana’s state-sponsored On My Way Pre-K program. Right now Hoosier children and their families are getting connected with high-quality providers in their area, as state law recently expanded the program statewide. Low-income families are encouraged to act quickly to see if they are eligible for On My Way Pre-K for their 4-year-old children as soon as August. On My Way Pre-K has served approximately 8,000 eligible families at no charge to them to help prepare young Hoosiers for kindergarten.“Our research tells us that On My Way Pre-K children make higher gains than their peers in important aspects of school readiness such as language comprehension, early literacy, executive functioning and a reduction in behavior problems in the classroom,” said Nicole Norvell, director of Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning.Families must meet the following eligibility requirements:The family must have an income below 127 percent of the federal poverty level.Their child must be 4-years-old by August 1, 2019, and starting kindergarten in the 2020/2021 school year.Parents or guardians in the household must be working, going to school or attending job training.Links to electronic applications in both English and Spanish are available at OnMyWayPreK.org. Now is the time to act because space is limited and school begins soon. Applications are open year-round.Families may call 800-299-1627 for assistance from an early learning referral specialist or for other questions about On My Way Pre-K. Stay up-to-date via Facebook @OnMyWayPreKIndiana.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
I have always shared with you my latest ideas to make our fortune. But now I know they have not worked as well as I had hoped. If they had, I would not be writing this and you would not be reading it; we would all be in the south of France in our villas.However, here is a really great idea for those of you successful enough to pay tax at the 40% rate. True, that does not include me, but I live in hope of joining you one day. Our politicians have shown us how to reduce the tax burden to 25% by fiddling expenses, so we can do the same.Whereas they put their wives, mistresses and children on the payroll, all we have to do is put our pets on the company. I am putting Joey, our pet canary, on a £30,000 salary; if the tax man queries it, I shall explain that he sings loud and fast, so our bakers work faster and are happy.This way, we can keep adding pets to the payroll endlessly and pay the 25% rate, rather than the 40% you rich bakers now pay. After all, a pound saved is as good as a pound made.== a use for politicians ==How wonderful that we have found a use for politicians at last. They appear to get away with everything. For example, there is the £250 they claim without receipts every month; that is a lot of money and surely, if it is good enough for them, why not for us?After all, we are all more honest than our politicians, although that is not saying a lot. We could get the National Association of Master Bakers (NA) to judge what is right and wrong with our fiddles, as our politicians feel they have a right to be their own judge and jury and I would rather trust the NA.I am discussing these ideas with my accountant, although it is very difficult to get a definitive answer from him, as every time we get in deep discussion, the guard says visiting time is over.Mind you, I am considering taking my business to one of the blue chip accountancy firms, as I am told they have a lot of powerful contacts and, if you go to prison for tax evasion, they can get you a job in the library.== recession looms ==Back to bakery, because if I don’t, Sylvia will never print this. It certainly looks as if we are in a recession, as our like-for-like sales figures are barely breaking even with last year. I can always find reasons for this and, if short of excuses, one can always blame the weather.While I often blame the government, with its crazy laws, for making life nearly impossible for us, the wealth-creating portion of the economy, deep down, we all know our salvation lies in our own hands.The thing to remember is to keep our nerve and not go down the road of low prices. When times get tough, that is always the first thought of amateurs and it is always wrong; all that happens is they sell a little more for less profit. n
Every year across the country, thousands of anglers are prosecuted for not having a fishing licence. As well as cheating other anglers, fishing illegally can carry a hefty penalty. Getting caught without a licence could land a fine of up to £2,500.Anglers who wish to buy their licence online should buy it directly from GOV.UK as they will receive a reference number allowing them to go fishing on the same day. Customers who use third party sites may be charged more and might not get added to the official database as quickly.Any angler aged 13 or over, fishing on a river, canal or still water needs a licence. A 1-day licence costs from just £6 and an annual licence costs from just £30 (concessions available). Junior licences are free for 13-16 year olds. Licences are available from www.gov.uk/get-a-fishing-licence or by calling the Environment Agency on 0344 800 5386 between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively you can purchase a licence from your local Post Office branch.The Environment Agency carries out enforcement work all year round and is supported by partners including the police and the Angling Trust. Fisheries enforcement work is intelligence-led, targeting known hot-spots and where illegal fishing is reported.Anyone with information about illegal fishing activities can contact the Environment Agency Incident Hotline 24/7 on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. A 29-year old Nottingham man has been fined almost £600 for fishing without a licence on the River Trent at Colwick, near Nottingham, and found with a bag full of Perch which he had removed from the water.The case was brought to Northampton Magistrates Court by the Environment Agency on 3 June 2019 where Constantnsocv Florin of Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham was proved guilty in absence and was ordered to pay a total penalty of £597.47. An annual fishing licence would have cost him just £30.The penalty includes a fine of £220 for fishing without a licence contrary to the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act (1975), a fine of £220 for removing fish contrary to the Environment Agency National Byelaws (2010), costs of £127.47 and a victim surcharge of £30.Following the verdict, Lee Watts, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for the Environment Agency, said: This case shows how seriously the courts take these offences and we hope the high penalty will act as a deterrent to any angler who is thinking of fishing without a licence. It also shows we are catching and prosecuting people for removing fish from waters, which is an offence under our national byelaws. We work 24/7 and carry out our enforcement duties throughout the evening and night. We have the same powers and liabilities as a police constable to uphold the legislation and can arrest and detain offenders, enter land, stop and search, seize boats, vessels, vehicles and equipment, and ask people to show them their fishing licences. Money raised from fishing licence sales is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries, benefitting anglers and, for those caught cheating the system, we will always prosecute.
Bar headquarters participates in recycling effort The Florida Bar’s headquarters in Tallahassee recently participated in the Earth Day recycle program that resulted in more than 16 tons of books being recycled.Bar Facilities Director Don Gary said the Bar joined with City of Tallahassee and Southern Waste Information Exchange in an all out recycling effort. A dumpster was placed at the rear of the Bar building for the collection of hardbound books, and the local legal community was alerted to its availability. Collections at the Bar site were calculated to be 21,500 pounds, or 10.75 tons.“Since our e-mail went to the Florida State University law school, we also received credit for their recycle donation,” Gary said, which added another 11,680 pounds, or 5.84 tons. “This gave us a total of 33,180 pounds or 16.59 tons.”“I think our local law offices and the FSU law school deserve a round of accolades for this excellent effort,” Gary said. “Gene Jones, with Southern Waste Information Exchange, and Anja DeLoach, with the City of Tallahassee, did a great job putting this program together.” May 15, 2005 Regular News Bar headquarters participates in recycling effort
The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) has released an Offshore Wind Energy Index, the first wind index for offshore wind farms in the German Bight in the North Sea.The Fraunhofer IWES Offshore Wind Energy Index (FROENIX) is said to provide an opportunity to estimate the inter-annual power density variation at offshore wind farm sites.It reveals the percentage deviation of the average wind power density during one year compared to the average wind power density of the past five and ten years. As such, it allows wind farm operators and owners as well as grid operators to assess their wind farms’ power output in comparison with the long-term average and to identify the causes of power losses, Fraunhofer IWES said.The index is computed separately for each of the 13 offshore wind farm clusters as defined in the 2012 Federal Plan for the North Sea.It is calculated from more than a decade of mesoscale simulations of the wind conditions over the German Bight with a resolution of 30 minutes in time. The horizontal resolution of the simulations is 2.1 km.Data including time series, wind fields and statistics can be made available on request. Furthermore, Fraunhofer IWES can also provide simulations which take the follow-on effects of large offshore wind clusters into account.The simulations did not take any wind farm effects within the German Bight into consideration. Consequently, the impact of the expansion of surrounding wind farms can be estimated by comparing the actual production data with the wind index data, Fraunhofer IWES said.
Aidan O’Brien’s dual Derby winner Australia is set to be aimed at the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on August 20. O’Brien said: “Australia has been in terrific form since landing the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and he will now be trained for a tilt at the Juddmonte International Stakes at York and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.” Hailed by O’Brien as the best Flat horse he has ever trained, the three-year-old was t hird over a mile in what has been widely acclaimed as the best 2000 Guineas for many a year at Newmarket and stepped up to the plate to claim the Investec Derby at Epsom. He emulated his sire Galileo and dam Ouija Board in completing a Classic double at the Curragh when lifting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, and is now in line to drop back in trip for the 10-furlong Group One on the Knavesmire before headlining the inaugural Irish Champions weekend at Leopardstown in September. Press Association
Press Association Manager Arsene Wenger maintains there can be no regrets over former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas moving to Chelsea from Barcelona this summer. The Gunners will come up against their ex-skipper in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge after the Spain international signed for the Blues ahead of the World Cup. Arsenal held first option on the 27-year-old, who left to rejoin his boyhood club for £30million in August 2011 having come of age under Wenger’s guidance after arriving as a raw teenager. Wenger, however, insists all of that is now water under the bridge. Asked whether he believed Fabregas’ first choice would have been to rejoin the Gunners, Wenger said: “Certainly, yes. (But) I don’t want to make a big story of that because you have to accept that once he had moved away from us, and it was the first separation which was difficult for us. “Once he went to Barcelona, he could have gone anywhere else after. “I personally believe that deal (with Chelsea) was done a long time ago, early 2014.” Wenger continued: “I didn’t speak to Cesc directly. I was informed that he might go to Chelsea, but when I was informed I thought the deal was already done. “Everybody has the freedom to go where they want. We have to respect their decisions. “As long as we are not in contention (for the transfer), we cannot stop people going where they want. “I have also told you before why it was not a subject for us – we were in search of more up front and more defensive opportunities than creative midfielders. We have many. “When Cesc left we bought Ozil to buy an offensive player. We have Cazorla, we have Wilshere, we have Ramsey, we have Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are all offensive players. We were not in the need to buy offensive players. “It makes sense if you just look at the balance of the team. I think that was a decision that is easy to understand.” Wenger hopes Arsenal fans will not vent their frustrations on Fabregas and they should only have happy memories. “When Cesc looks back at his career he will find that Arsenal and myself had a very positive impact on his career. Nobody can dispute that,” he said. “After that, I hope that everyone has the feeling we had a positive influence and that he had a great career. That is all you can do. “I have no personal animosity against Fabregas. “I wish him well. He is a great player and a person and player I love. “Once he left us, he left us. We are all professionals and we have to accept that.” Wenger conceded the 6-0 mauling at Stamford Bridge in March – where Arsenal were 3-0 down inside 17 minutes and had Kieran Gibbs sent off – was a day they would certainly “never forget” on his 1,000th match in charge. He said: “It was of course a very bad memory, but football is not made of history, it is made of performance and performance in the next game that counts, that is what we want to do.” Wenger has yet to get the better of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in their 11 meetings and on the eve of last season’s encounter was branded a “specialist in failure” by the Portuguese coach. The 64-year-old, whose side went on to lift the 2014 FA Cup at Wembley, is not about to get involved in any pre-match mind games. “One of the privileges of age is that your ego is less important and you more offer your knowledge to what is important, and that is the performance of the team,” he said. “It is not a game between two managers, it is a game between two teams and two clubs. “The recent history (at Chelsea) was negative for us and on Sunday we have a good opportunity to change history.” Wenger, meanwhile, maintained forward Lukas Podolski was still part of his plans, despite the German World Cup winner hinting he may look to leave to find more regular football.
Lille: Marin Cilic defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the second singles match to give Croatia a commanding 2-0 lead over France in the final of the Davis Cup, tennis’ premier international team competition.Host France opted to play the tie on indoor clay, but the decision appeared to backfire as Croatia won both opening singles matches in straight sets on Friday night.Although the match was played on clay, a surface that benefits the returner, the Croatian did not lose his serve once in two hours and 22 minutes of play and won in classic fast court style with one break per set, reports Efe news.Tsonga, whose ranking has plunged to No. 259, got into trouble early on when he dropped serve in the sixth game to go down 4-2 and then lost the first set three games later.He was more competitive in the second set and had two break points against Cilic’s serve that would have given him a 5-3 advantage.But failure to convert those chances proved costly, as the Croatian went up a break at 6-5 when a backhand slice by Tsonga floated wide of the sideline and then held serve at love in the ensuing game to snag a two-sets-to-none lead.Tsonga, who squandered three more chances to break Cilic’s serve in the third set, committed a double fault to get broken for the third time in the match and fall behind 3-2.The Frenchman then appeared to be suffering from fatigue or injury in the sixth game. He played out the rest of the contest, but Cilic clinched the victory with an overhead winner on match point.Earlier in Friday evening’s first singles match, 12th-ranked Borna Coric defeated 40th-ranked Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.The Croatians can clinch their second Davis Cup title with a victory in Saturday’s doubles, when Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic will take on the French duo of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.If France can stay alive, the tie will come down to Sunday’s reverse singles. IANS
Facebook80Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryAuthor JA Jance will visit Centralia and Olympia February 27 and 28. (Photo credit Mary Ann Halpin StudiosTo say that mystery writer J.A. Jance’s novels are regulars on the New York Times bestseller list, which is true, misses the major theme of the relationship between the author and her readers – one of mutual loyalty and warm feelings. Jance’s devoted fans and fans-to-be will have two chances to visit with Jance this month at free local events where Ms. Jance will discuss her new thriller, “Moving Target,” her fiftieth book and ninth in her Ali Reynolds series. Jance will also talk about her life and writing career and will answer questions.Thursday, February 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Jance will be at the Fox Theatre, 123 South Tower Avenue, Centralia. The event is presented by the Centralia and Chehalis Timberland libraries and cosponsored by the Friends of the Chehalis and Centralia Timberland libraries. Pick up free, tickets in advance at any Lewis County Timberland Library, Book ‘N’ Brush in Chehalis, or PostNet in Centralia. Free tickets will also be available at the door, space permitting.Friday, February 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Jance will be at the Minnaert Center for the Arts on the South Puget Sound Community College campus, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia. The event is presented by the Tumwater Timberland Library and cosponsored by SPSCC and the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. Parking and event admission are free. No tickets are required.Doors will open an hour early at both locations so people can purchase books. After the events, Ms. Jance will sign any of her books that her fans bring.Moving TargetFrom the author praised for her “inimitable, take-no-prisoners style” (“Kirkus Reviews”),the ninth Ali Reynolds thriller sends Ali on a trans-Atlantic mission to solve a cold case murder and help Leland Brooks reunite with his long-estranged family.Back in Arizona, Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender and talented hacker, is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali’s fiancé and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England, B. turns to someone else to help out—Ali’s good friend Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm.Meanwhile, in England, Ali begins to investigate the decades-old murder of Leland’s father, which Leland himself was once suspected of committing. With unsolved murders on both sides of the Atlantic, Ali, B., and Sister Anselm are united by their search for answers—and the jeopardy they get into as a result.J. A. JanceNoveList Plus, a readers’ resource on the Timberland Regional Library website, states: “Judith Jance pens suspenseful mystery fiction set largely in the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest. She is adept at combining intricate plots, believable characters, and grisly murder. Although she maintains a fast pace, Jance’s writing is punctuated by evocative descriptions and poignant observations. Her skill at juggling multiple plot lines keeps readers on edge and ratchets up the tension. That, coupled with a sure hand at creating a haunting atmosphere, insures that her work will appeal to readers of both mysteries and thrillers.”In addition to her Ali Reynolds series, Jance is the author of the J.P. Beaumont, Joanna Brady and Walker family mystery series as well as a book of poetry. Her vivid settings are rooted in her own experience. She was born in South Dakota, raised in Arizona and moved to Washington in the 1980s. She and her husband now split their time between Seattle and Tucson, Arizona.Jance states on her website, www.jajance.com: “I learned on the reservation (Tohono O’Odham in Arizona where she taught for five years) that the ancient, sacred charge of the storyteller is to beguile the time. I’m thrilled when I hear that someone has used my books to get through some particularly difficult illness either as a patient or as they sit on the sidelines while someone they love is terribly ill. It gratifies me to know that by immersing themselves in my stories, people are able to set their own lives aside and live and walk in someone else’s shoes.”For more information about the events, call the Centralia library at (360) 736-0183, the Chehalis library at (360) 748-3301 or the Tumwater library at (360) 943-7790 or visit www.TRL.org.
Photo by Bart Lentini |HIGHLANDS – Bike riders of all ages and abilities enjoyed the perfect weather Sunday, Sept. 30 for the 17th Annual Twin Lights Ride, named after the famous lighthouse near Huddy Park where the event begins and ends. Cyclists could choose from five different routes of varying length, from 15 to 100 miles. The 15-mile route wound through Sandy Hook while the 100-mile route took riders along the Jersey Shore, through Colts Neck and Farmingdale, south to Brielle, west to Turkey Swamp Wildlife Area near Freehold and back east through Middletown. Rest areas along the routes offered riders a chance to fill up their water bottles and refuel with complimentary snacks and refreshments. Local restaurants served up food to hungry cyclists at the Finish Festival.This article was first published in the Oct. 4-10, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.