Hathaway-Sycamores Holds Learning Lab Dedication Ceremony

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Hathaway-Sycamores Board Member Annsley Strong, Hathaway-Sycamores Board Member Renée LaBran, Hathaway-Sycamores President & CEO Debbie Manners, Hathaway-Sycamores Board Member Michael Galper and Malcom Boyd. Photo credit Mary Kay WilsonHathaway-Sycamores Board Member Henry Matson and his wife Paulette Matson trying out the new Computer Lab. Photo credit Mary Kay WilsonCommunity members joined friends and supporters at Hathaway-Sycamores’ Highland Park Family Resource Center for the dedication of a new Computer Lab, the latest addition to the agency’s Learning Lab. The Computer Lab is decked out with twenty new laptop computers available for at-risk area youth to use free of charge. The new addition to the Learning Lab was made possible by a generous gift from Long Beach philanthropists Paulette and Henry Matson. The Matsons are longtime supporters of Hathaway-Sycamores in general and of the Learning Lab in particular.Speaking to the assembled guests, Henry explained his passion for the work done at the Learning Lab. He recalled his first visit to the Lab when Simon Gee, then the Lab’s Manager, shared a box of letters from grateful former students.Hathaway-Sycamores Board Member Henry Matson, Learning Lab Manager Mabel Ramirez and Learning Lab student Javier Reyes. Photo credit Mary Kay Wilson“Many were struggling when they came to the Lab but with help of tutors were able to achieve success.” Henry realized that the Learning Lab changes lives. “The chance to go to college changes the trajectory of that student’s life,” Henry said. “When their lives change, they also change their own families. And when families change, communities change. We change communities one student at a time.”Hathaway-Sycamores President & CEO Debbie Manners thanked Henry and Paulette Matson for their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and families and presented them with a framed photo of the Matsons with kids from the Learning Lab and photo book from last year’s Celebrating Children Awards Reception – which honored the Matsons – and a proclamation from Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar.The Learning Lab – which serves area students ages 5 to 18 – provides a safe place to study after school, including access to computers and printers. Open Monday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Learning Lab personnel also provide tutoring, SAT prep, and assistance completing college applications. Nineteen local public schools refer students to the Family Resource Center, and it is the only free resource of its kind in the Northeast Los Angeles community.Area high school students who have taken advantage of the Family Resource Center’s tutoring, SAT prep, and college-application assistance have earned acceptance – often accompanied by full-ride scholarships – at Ivy League and other top-rated universities. In recent years these have included Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Brown University, University of California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Berkeley) and the University of Southern California. Additionally, teens who completed the Center’s SAT prep course boosted their SAT scores by more than 150 points, and students who received tutoring improved their grades by at least one letter grade and – in some instances – two letter grades.The Learning Lab is part of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ Family Resource Center recently restored, eye-catching Craftsman home located at 840 N. Ave. 66 in Highland Park. The 110-year-old structure – which was designated Historic-Cultural Monument (#411) in 1989 – today houses clinicians and program personnel for the agency’s Highland Park Family Resource Center which also provides therapeutic and other support services to area children, teens and families.About Hathaway-SycamoresHathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services is a highly respected mental health and welfare agency with 11 locations throughout Southern California. For over 112 years, we have been dedicated to nurturing hope, healing, and the opportunity to thrive for children, youth, young adults, and families facing serious life challenges. Hathaway-Sycamores’ comprehensive array of programs and services – which touch nearly 7,000 lives annually – include: residential treatment; intensive treatment foster care; transitional living assistance for emancipated foster youth; outpatient and school-based mental health services; wraparound/in-home services; psychiatric services; psychological testing; educational support services; and afterschool tutoring/enrichment. Accredited by The Joint Commission and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Hathaway-Sycamores is licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services and is certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. To learn more, visit http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org. 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Dominican Republic battles gun violence with technology

first_img Security forces in the Dominican Republic recently received an important tool in the battle against violent crime. On Oct. 1, the Caribbean country launched the Ballistic and Biometric Laboratory (LABBS), which is part of the National Weapons System (SISNA). LABBS is helping the Dominican Republic to create a national database of legal firearms and their owners. The database is part of the country’s National Safety Plan. Being able to quickly trace firearms used in violent crimes should help police identify and capture suspects quickly, authorities believe. Dominican Republic officials estimate that more than 80 percent of the homicides that occur in the country are committed with legal firearms. “The installation of this system, the most advanced in the world, will achieve greater efficiency and persuade those who commit crimes not to do so. We have organized crime; we cannot have a disorganized state. We have criminals using modern technology, and the government should as well,” MIP Minister José Ramón Fadul said, according to Listín Diario. The Dominican Republic reported 2,513 homicides in 2012, about 25 killings for every 100,000 residents, according to the United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs (UNODOC). Quick response code Technological advancement A national registry The improved technology will not only help authorities investigate violent crimes. It will also improve the system for registering firearms. Authorities will be able to verify the authenticity of firearms licenses by checking a “quick response code,” known as “QR.” New and renewed firearms licenses will have a dot matrix or a two-dimensional bar code that authorities can quickly check to verify the license is authentic. Dominican security agents can use a smart phone to scan new firearms licenses to check on their authenticity, SISNA officials said. Because LABBS allows authorities to collect data on firearms and their owners, it will become more useful as more information is collected, said MIP Minister Fadul. “The system will strengthen as licenses or permits for carrying or owning a firearm expire. The goal is to have the database ready, or in the final stage, in order to continue with the other stages, which will have complete control of the legal firearms market,” Fadul said. License renewals The administration of then- President Leonel Fernández launched the program in 2010. The project cost the Dominican government about $22 million (USD), authorities said. More than 60 high-trained technicians work on the LABBS program, authorities said. center_img By Dialogo November 19, 2013 Reducing violence The Interior and Police Ministry (MIP) is responsible for registering information related to firearms and the private data of gun owners. Dominican officials estimate 235,000 firearms are in the country, which has a population of about 10 million people. “ This will be a national registry, a public registry, where all information on gun owners will be sent. In addition, it is being prepared to include weapons of the Armed Forces and the police,” said Samuel de Moya III, the general director of SISNA. The database will be used by the MIP, the National Police, the Attorney General’s office, and the National Directorate for Drug Control (DCND), authorities said. The database will help authorities conduct criminal investigations and gather evidence to use in court prosecutions. Four integrated systems LABBS consists of four integrated systems: • The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is used to quickly identify fingerprints. AFIS is used by major law enforcement agencies throughout the world. • The Advanced Ballistics Analysis System (ALIAS) helps authorities analyze fingerprints lifted from bullets fired during a violent crime. • The Firearms Management System is used to keep track of registrations of legal firearms. This includes the issuance, renewal, transfer, and cancellation of firearms permits. • An integrative computer system consolidates each of these systems, allowing law enforcement investigators to work quickly and efficiently. The system will become stronger For the first time ever, Dominican gun owners are being required to bring their firearms with them when they renew their licenses. About 135,000 Dominican gun owners renew their licenses annually. Dominican gun owners pay about $230 (USD) for a new firearms license and $77 (USD) to renew an existing license. Every day, about 100 people throughout the country take a shooting test to obtain or renew a permit to carry a firearm, authorities said. Antonio Valerio is the technical director of the LABBS program. Helping security forces quickly obtain information on firearms and their owners should help law enforcement agents capture suspects, which will reduce the rate of violence, Valerio said. “Through the registration and control of weapons, the Dominican government seeks to prevent practices that facilitate criminal offenses,” said Daniel Matul Romero, a security analyst at the university of Costa Rica. “This lab is a good initiative because it is not an isolated action. It is an action that is inserted within a greater security policy. It is on the right track.” The Dominican government faces three challenges, according to Matul Romero: getting the public to take part in the registration process, shielding the system from tampering so that it remains a solid and transparent mechanism, and ensuring that all the data stored will serve to guide public policy decisions.last_img read more

Floridians rally to defend the court system

first_imgFloridians rally to defend the court system Their voices were a chorus of opposition to proposed legislation that would dismantle The Florida Bar and dramatically change the way judges are chosen and the courts operate. Here are highlights of their testimony before the House Committee on Judicial Oversight March 14: Barry Richard: (The Tallahassee lawyer who represented George W. Bush in the presidential election litigation, stressed he was respresenting himself before the committee.) “When I graduated from law school 33 years ago, the judiciary in this state was in a very sorry state of affairs. Most judges were political patronage. Lawyers were hired to appear in cases, not because they were qualified, but because of the fact they knew the judge involved. Ex parte communications with judges were commonplace. We went through a period of terrible scandals which resulted in, finally, the resignation of two Supreme Court justices under threat of impeachment. That finally brought the issue to a head. And then we went through years of reform efforts, some of which were brought about by conservative Republicans. As a matter of fact, the whole concept of the judicial nominating commissions was based upon voluntary procedures adopted initially by Gov. Claude Kirk. “We’ve come a long, long way since those days.. . . What concerns me is that we not take some giant steps backward to return to days in which judges are placed once again in the political arena. Just as an example, the judicial nominating commission was designed for two reasons: One of them was to attempt to remove the process of appointing judges from political patronage of the governor. Recognizing, of course, that human beings are human beings and there’s no way to remove politics altogether. At least it created some insulation. But it had another purpose, as well. And that was to protect the governor from political pressure to appoint his or her friends or supporters. And it’s worked extraordinarily well.” Vivian Hobbs, professor of English at Florida A&M University, newest public member of The Florida Bar, chair of the Citizens Forum: “I have a degree in medieval literature. I was reminded about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.. . because of all the corruption that I see could resurface were you to take away this noble institution of The Florida Bar. “I am a member of that judicial nominating screening committee. And it’s obvious to you that I am female and African-American, and I think that the judicial nominating commission is probably the best thing that ever happened to Florida since Martin Luther King and C.K. Steele walked through. At this time we have 47 percent minorities representation [on the state’s JNCs]. And if you take it back, President Russomanno said 100 years, I’m going to say 1,500 years, all the way back to the fall of the Roman Empire.. . . “I have the pulse of my university students who feel that all the grownups are acting like children, especially after this political fallout. They say, `You all are big babies. You need to let it go. It’s over.’ That’s the way I feel about it. If we are to move forward, we have to stop this partisan fighting. This is what I see this as.. . . I think The Florida Bar is the best run, most honorable organizaiton I’ve had a chance to work with.. . . “As far as electing justices, you are inviting corruption in the worst form. Don’t you know if I give you some money for your campaign that I’m going to expect some favors in return for me and mine?” Alan Sundberg, former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court: “Judges are different. They talk about the Bar occupying some privileged position. They are different than the other professions. Lawyers exercise part of the sovereignty of this state. They are the only profession I know that can get a piece of paper from the clerk of court telling you to bring your body to a courthouse. They do occupy a special position, and therefore, as in Biblical terms, even greater is expected of them. And I submit to you that The Florida Bar and the Florida Supreme Court do expect great of them.. . . “I am a product of The Florida Bar, and I say that proudly. I served on the Disciplinary Procedures Committee when I was on the Board of Governors. I will tell you this: I believe the court never lost a moment’s sleep over the fact that it is ultimately reponsible for the conduct of the members of The Florida Bar. It never lost a moment’s sleep over the fact that The Florida Bar was doing its job quite properly, and lawyers were being held to those strict ethical standards which were imposed upon them when they became officers of the court. Yes, I think they’ve done an excellent job.” Stephen Grimes, former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court: (re: proposed legislation creating “Super District Court of Appeals”) “Now, the jurisdiction of the court is spelled out in our constitution. This would allow the legislature to change the jurisdiction by the use of this so-called Super DCA. If it didn’t like the rulings of the Florida Supreme Court, it could simply take away most of the jurisdiction of the Florida Supreme Court and put it in one of these Super DCAs. That would totally have a political effect, based on the decisions of the court. If this was passed, the legislature could just move the jurisdiction around and take it away from other courts and do what it wanted. I think that ought to be something that is fixed in the constitution as to which courts can do what.. . . “If you have a two-thirds requirement (to retain appellate judges), a single interest group could just about be assured of being able to get rid of any judge they wanted to. There were two instances where there were serious oppositions to Supreme Court justices in the past, by essentially single-interest groups. Judges in both of those instances ended up with about 60 percent of the vote. Historically, it is true that in Florida no judges have been voted out of office on merit retention. But in other states, they have. Three were voted out in California, and North Carolina and Tennessee voted some judges out with a majority. At least from my view, it should be extraordinary when a judge is voted out of office. Just because they may make a decision that people don’t like, as long as it is consistent and reasoned, even if you disagree with it, that’s not a basis for voting judges out of office.” (re: allowing justices and judges to take positions) “I think that would be really bad. Legislators, you all, you all run on platforms: `If you elect me, I’m gonna vote for this.’ And that’s the way it should be. If I like what you just said, I’ll vote for you. Judges can’t have platforms. To be able to say, ` Every time I have this particular issue, I’ll vote this way’ — why, you have abdicated your job of being a judge, which is to look at the law and decide what the law requires. That would be a terrible commentary on what judges are about.. . . “I understand that some people on the legislature are unhappy with the Florida Supreme Court, with some recent decisions of the court. That’s no surprise. But what goes around comes around. Let me point out, back in the ’30s, President Roosevelt, when he wanted to add members to the U.S. Supreme Court, he thought the court was too conservative in holding some of his proposed legislation unconstitutional. Yet, by 1955, 1960, the U.S. Supreme Court was deemed to be too liberal, letting all the criminals out, all this Miranda and other stuff that came in, and some people wanted to impeach Justice Warren. Now, it’s viewed by many people, at 5-4, to be too conservative. So you shouldn’t take a given position because you may be unhappy with a particular decision, as long as those decisions are in the ballpark. I have read the decisions that are so controversial, and I didn’t necessarily agree with all of it. But they are legitimate decisions, they’re well-reasoned decisions. They are close cases. Those are the kinds of cases the Florida Supreme Court gets: They’re close cases. Reasonable people can disagree on how they ought to come out. And to dismantle a system, based on a couple of decisions at a given time that people don’t like, would do a great disservice to this state.” Thom Rumberger: “I’ve never been active in the Bar, but I’ve always been proud to be a member of the Bar, and I continue to be proud to be a member of the Bar. The Bar is well-served by various officers and members of the board and have done a good job. I would be very hurt if that were somehow tinkered with in any significant way, based on a political agenda or something of that sort.. . . “I would hope each of you would seriously consider what you’re about.. . . This is something that cannot be taken lightly and cannot be taken solely on politics or political whim or mood.” Stan Morris, Eighth Judicial Circuit judge, (re: proposal to assess costs against nonprevailing party in a civil case): “One of the things I noted, the costs are determined by the clerk, not the judge. I’ve got a lot of problems with that. A clerk handing me an assessment of costs and then telling me I have to order a litigant to pay it, I don’t understand the basis for that. Secondly, I think it’s totally unworkable. I ask you to consider that individuals coming to the court system are not doing something wrong and shouldn’t be punished for coming to the court system, especially for civil litigation.. . . One of the questions I would have is what are we going to do about the state of Florida when they are a party and they lose? Is there going to be a legislative appropriation to pay the full cost to the counties? “.. . Who prevails in a family law case? In an adoption case, I look at that where everyone is a winner.” (re: proposal to change the way the need for judges is currently certified by the Florida Supreme Court) “The danger I see if you remove that certification is you may reintroduce politicization back into the process where the most powerful circuit gets the resources. A litigant in Palatka should have the same access, whether they walk into the Union County Courthouse or the Alachua County Courthouse.” Ben Hill III, former president of The Florida Bar (1991): “What is proposed before you is indeed radical.. . . What you have before you is a real threat to the independence of the judiciary, and beyond that it is a threat to the independence of our legal profession. “Lawyers are different. They’re not different, Rep. Melvin, in an elitist sense, but they’re different because they subscribe to a code of conduct and a way of life, a professional life, that holds them accountable in a way that no other profession and no other group of people in Florida are held accountable.. . . “I can say this with a great deal of authority, being the representative to the national bar, our record is envied by bars throughout this entire country. They come to us all of the time asking us, `What did you do to deal with this particular situation?’.. . They follow our lead. That’s not to say that we’re the best. Clearly, we can all improve what we do. But it is to say that for 50 years, there have been a large number of lawyers who have been proud to stand up and abide by the oath that they take at the beginning of their practice, and they serve people with distinction, and they do not compromise their core values. And if at any time that should occur, there is a system in place where that can be addressed.” Dr. Alvin Smith, past president of the Florida Medical Association and former citizen member of the Bar Board of Governors: “I went to The Florida Bar as a skeptic, and I came away greatly impressed. I saw people who carried out vigorous and honest debate.. . . “I was especially impressed with the disciplinary review that they have.. . It’s an efficient system carried out by people who care,” and one that he wishes would be emulated by the medical profession. “One of the problems the DPR (Department of Business and Professional Regulation) has is they have investigators that are not professionals. I propose to you that I could hide an elephant with words in my chart, and you wouldn’t be able to find it. I propose to you that lawyers could certainly do the same thing. And without the appropriate kinds of investigators, you are going to miss an enormous amount of mischief that occurs against the public.” Michael Diaz, president of the Cuban American Bar Association: “The Cuban American Bar Association has resolved that we do not want to abolish The Florida Bar. We have a lot of issues with The Florida Bar. There are a lot of things that we believe need to be improved. But neither the abolition of the JNC or The Florida Bar, do we believe, at this juncture, would benefit the community or the state of Florida.” Diaz requested the committee hold public hearings to air the following issues of concern: the lack of diversity on the Board of Governors, the “dismal record” of minority appointments to JNCs, the Bar’s hiring practices and record of minority recruitment, the Bar’s role in the November 2000 merit retention and election amendment, the Bar’s refusal to allow CABA and other voluntary bar associations to have a vote on the BoG. “I point out these criticisms. But do not get me wrong. The Florida Bar does a lot of good things. I’m a former chairperson of the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, I’ve been on rules committees, and I think The Florida Bar does an excellent job in protecting the public from the unlicensed practice of law, as well as discipline regulation and pro bono legal services. But The Florida Bar does deserve some scrutiny, and these public hearings will bring that accountability to bear.. . . Perhaps we can eventually reform The Florida Bar, short of abolishing it, and make it a better system.. . . “Instead of abolishing the JNCs, we can make them better. We would like the JNCs to adopt a code of ethics to affirmatively disclose any conflicts of interest.. . . “I’d like to point to a person I personally admire, Herman Russomanno, a fine family man, a fine trial lawyer. I think he is sincere when he says he wants to correct the wrongs and ills and problems of The Florida Bar. But he alone is not The Florida Bar. And that is why I believe we need these public hearings.” Kelly O’Keefe, Florida Association for Women Lawyers: “We are against HJR 627. It does not facilitate the administration of justice, and it does not serve the public. It has been alluded to as an attempt to attack the judiciary. The reason for that, we’re aware, stems from current events that just happened.” FAWL, she said, is opposed to the proposed legislation because it unconstitutionally removes powers from the judiciary; politicizes the judiciary; punishes the Bar because the Bar believes in the concept of an independent judiciary; limits the authority to regulate the Bar; allows the legislature to create District Courts of Appeal for death penalty cases, election controversies and other issues; takes away the court’s authority to make rules and violates the separation of powers; eliminates the JNCs; and eliminates The Florida Bar. Craig Gibbs, president of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association: “Rep. Brummer’s bill, bereft of a coherent and plausible foundation vis-a-vis our ordered, constitutional form of government, seeks to eliminate our harmonious union that we enjoy, by removing our political tradition of balanced restraints on one branch, and thereby disordering our coincidence of interest of the governed.. . . Once you shift power to the executive branch, you have tilted the scales.” Floridians rally to defend the court system April 1, 2001 Regular Newslast_img

Congolese teen Kuminga awaits his chance at NBA stardom

first_imgChris Chavannes, who coaches Kuminga at noted prep program Patrick School, pointed out some of the obstacles facing the highly touted prospect in the number 1 jersey during a workout.“He comes from a place where there was not as much talent and where it was not as intense, so he must integrate our demands, physical and mental,” Chavannes said.“But he loves basketball, so the transition will not be so difficult for him.”Kuminga has the frame, according to Al Harrington, who is among the few players to make the leap directly from high school to the NBA.“Physically, he already has the body to play in university or in the NBA,” Harrington said.“It’s very rare to see such a combination, a guy of his size able to dribble quickly and post himself” Chavannes added.At ease with the ball and patient as plays develop, the young Congolese student can become fearsome in transition, although he is still working to perfect his shooting touch.Since arriving in the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo at age 13, Kuminga has had a chaotic journey, attending four high schools in as many years.Several members of his family live nearby, but Kuminga has not seen his parents since departing his homeland.“I am still a kid, so I miss them,” said Kuminga, whose older brother, Joel Ntambwe, played US college basketball at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.The cost of a trip back to Africa and a visa issue prevent a reunion with his parents or joining his homeland’s national team, whose jersey he has never worn.Nevertheless, with the 2021 AfroBasket tournament on the horizon he is on the radar of Congolese federation manager Joe Nkoi.“We are following him closely,” Nkoi said. “We give ourselves time.”– Possible top pick –Since last year, “Jon” has been considered a possible top pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, becoming eligible for the selection process one year after his high school class graduates.“With his talent, he could be number one in the NBA draft,” said his cousin, Utah Jazz star Emmanuel Mudiay, who is also from DR Congo.While the NBA has discussed changing the rules to allow direct moves from the high school ranks to the NBA – something unseen in 15 years – any change is unlikely to come in time to prevent Kuminga from having to spend a year in college basketball.Congolese teen Jonathan Kuminga, considered a top prospect for the 2022 NBA Draft, practices at Patrick School in Hillside New JerseyRead Also: Clippers land Morris for playoff push at NBA trade deadline“He has his feet on the ground so much that it makes everything very easy for him. He does not get distracted,” Chavannes said.And helping him stay on track, Patrick alumni like Harrington and Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving sometimes drop by workouts and pass along advice.“We foreigners who come from far away come with a goal,” Mudiay said. “His is to go to the NBA.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 At 17, Kuminga waits for his moment in a small establishment in Hillside, New Jersey, 30km southwest of New York. He might be a millionaire in a matter of years, but for now, the 6-foot-6 (2.03m) playmaker spends most of his time in a modest red brick building, studying and training. Loading…center_img He will not finish high school until 2021, but Congolese teen Jonathan Kuminga is already considered by some to be the young player who most interests the NBA.Advertisementlast_img read more

Lunch With No Limits: Intellectually Disabled Adults To Staff Unique Middletown…

first_imgThe most impactful visit, Stephanie said, was when she and Mark traveled to Hugs Café in McKinney, Texas after seeing it highlighted on a national news broadcast. They met with the founder, Ruth Thompson, picked her brain and even threw a few aprons on and worked a shift in the kitchen.Just like a good chef, the couple mixed in different ingredients for success from around the country to craft their own unique flavor. They took inspiration primarily from locations in the southwest and along the East Coast.FINDING A HOMEWith a vision and plan in mind, the toughest part was finding a brick-and-mortar location for the restaurant, Mark noted. They initially looked in Red Bank but couldn’t find the right piece of real estate. That’s when Rigoletto’s came on the market.The Rigoletto’s kitchen is a far cry from some commercial kitchens with small spaces for cooking and prep work. The vast cooking space was a main selling point. It will give No Limits Café the space to rework the back of house into a fully ADA-compliant kitchen facility.“This has a space that’s going to allow us to employ anyone and train anyone,” Mark said. “No pun intended, there’s no limits back there.”And the Cartiers have had no shortage of help. Although their parking lot is limited to only 14 spaces, Stephanie said she’s received permission from their neighbor, Thornberry’s Appliance, to use their parking lot. An electrician tasked with rewiring the restaurant up to code has agreed to do the work pro bono. They’ve even received a helping hand from local restaurateur Tim McLoone on how to shape their restaurant for success.“Why do this?” Mark questioned. “When you start seeing all of this good come from various places, you have to say, ‘How can we not?’ ”Their own children have also pitched in. Their oldest son, 24-year-old Mark Cartier, helped build the website and took all of the online photography. He works at an advertising agency based in Red Bank. The same goes for 22-year-old Ryan Cartier, who is studying special education at the College of Charleston. He found research and statistics used on the website.“I think we always had it in our minds that one day it would happen,” Mark, the son, said about opening No Limits Café. “We don’t feel like we have to be involved in it; we both want to be involved in it.”Mark and Stephanie, co-founders of the nonprofit, said there is a long road ahead. Fundraising will soon kick off for a major renovation to the restaurant. They’ll have to sift through paperwork and code enforcement before the doors open.But when it does, they hope the greater Middletown community recognizes the importance of their café.“People with intellectual disabilities want the same things as you and I want. They’re more alike than different,” said Stephanie. “They want to earn a living, they want to be happy in a job, they want to be useful.”For more information about the restaurant, visit nolimitscafe.org. By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – The pride of starting a new job is something almost everyone experiences during their lifetime. Cashing the first paycheck and growing through a company is rewarding.But not everyone gets that opportunity. It’s especially true for people with intellectual disabilities who have trouble breaking through societal barriers to land a job.Lincroft residents Mark and Stephanie Cartier were watching that unfold for their youngest child, Katie, a 19- year-old who was born with Down syndrome. Katie Cartier graduated from Middletown High School South in 2017 and is headed to George Mason University’s Mason Learning Into Future Environments (LIFE) program in the fall. When high school ended there was a void in her life. As an intellectually disabled young adult, finding her first job wasn’t easy.“We were thinking, OK, she’s 19. We have two more years,” before she turns 21, Stephanie said Monday evening. “Where is she going to work? What’s going to happen to her and all her friends? Nobody ever hires our kids and they’re considered to be the best, most loyal workers. But still, nobody hires them.”The Cartiers hope to ease the school-to-work transition for people like Katie by starting their own 501(c)(3) non- profit organization. Their vision is to create a restaurant offering steady, minimum wage jobs and specialized training in the food service industry to intellectually disabled adults struggling to find work.And they’ll have space to do it. Over the next few months, the Cartiers will be transforming Rigoletto’s Trattoria, a shuttered Italian restaurant at 418 Route 35 in Middletown, into No Limits Café, a lunchtime restaurant serving easy-to-make, trendy dishes. They hope to open in early 2019.Other than a full-time chef and manager, the café will be entirely staffed by 20 to 25 cognitively diverse workers. Eventually, No Limits Café will be a training ground for future job placement in the restaurant industry. Evening workshops will include further training in hopes of helping the young adults land full-time jobs at area restaurants.“For any parent of a child with intellectual disabilities, as the child ages they ask themselves two questions,” Mark noted. “Where will my child live and where will my child work? The work piece is one that we’re able to solve.”Earlier this week, the Cartiers officially launched No Limits Café’s online presence with social media pages and a website. All five members of the family chipped in during the preliminary stages, but Katie played the most important role: She came up with a unique name. Her favorite television show, “Born This Way,” and the senior quote in her yearbook inspired it.“Don’t limit me,” Katie said.PERFECTING THEIR RECIPEThe Cartiers know what it’s like working alongside cognitively diverse children, adults and their families. For eight years, Stephanie was the co-chairperson for the Middletown Friends of Different Learners parent advisory group. Mark, the managing director for a securities trading company, has spent the past 14 years volunteering and coordinating with RallyCap Sports, another nonprofit offering recreational sports programs to people with special needs.“Right now, this is a good time,” Stephanie said. “Our kids are older, we had help and why not us? We’re no different or special than anyone else.”Since April 2017, they have traveled around the country visiting restaurants, diners and ice cream shops modeled in similar fashion – offering employment to this underserved population. The statistics, they noted, are staggering.last_img read more

International tennis returns to Sun City

first_img Week 3Qualifying: 7/8 JuneMain Draw: 9 to 13 June Qualifying: 24/25 MayMain Draw: 26 to 31 May 14 March 2014 Tennis South Africa (TSA) confirmed on Thursday that three consecutive weeks of international tennis will be played at Sun City resort in North West province during May and June this year. Three back-to-back men’s and women’s tournaments will take place between 24 May and 13 June, with a total prize purse of R650 000 on offer.Futures The Futures tournaments are part of the International Tennis Federation’s Pro Circuit and the first level of professional play, just below the ATP Challenger Tour. They’re a crucial stepping stone for many players aiming for careers on the ATP and WTA World Tours. Each tournament will include a 64-player qualifying draw, a 32-player singles main draw and 16-pair doubles man draw for both men and women, with world rankings point on offer.The perfect venue Hardy Botha, the tournament director from series promoters Egalite Promotions, said Sun City was the perfect venue to host the series. “Over the years, Sun City has played host to some top international tennis events, including the award-winning ATP SA Open in 1994, as well as the 2000, 2002 and 2003 Nike Junior Tour International Masters,” Botha said. “The resort has everything the players need in one location. Coupled with good weather conditions, Sun City at that time of year has very scenic and beautiful surrounds. It promises to be a great three weeks of tennis.”Developing local players Tennis South Africa vice-president Gavin Crookes said TSA believed that hosting Futures was the best way forward to develop local players for the international circuit. “The importance of our country hosting Futures events cannot be stressed enough,” he said. “Futures are the entry level for aspiring professional players, and local hopefuls will have the opportunity of playing for important world ranking points in their own backyard at a fraction of the cost of playing abroad.” Crookes also said that the level of tennis at Futures level was always impressive. “The Futures players are hungry to prove themselves and success at Sun City will help them enter into or improve their world rankings. Inevitably, as a result, the battles on court are fierce and give rise to some really world class tennis being played.”TOURNAMENT DATES Week 1 Week 2Qualifying: 31 May/1 JuneMain Draw: 2 to 7 June SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Kiara H&B Silicone Micro Rings Beads – 100 Light Brown 5mm rings : Easy to use, and does the job!

first_img A few of them came with the plastic out of it but they worked fine in my hair. Easy to use, and does the job. Does what it says on the tin. The only reason i haven’t given it 5* is due to the silicone lining. Don’t get me wrong, its great that it has the lining, but if hair section is too thick, when the extension hair is slid in the lining gets pushed out. This is only a slight problem for me and easily rectified by simply pushing it back in. Exactly what it says on the packet. Excellent the silicone is kinder to hair. Great product arrived very quickly. Excellent the silicone is kinder to hair. Posted on January 4, 2018Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags Kiara H&B Easy to use, and does the job. Does what it says on the tin. The only reason i haven’t given it 5* is due to the silicone lining. Don’t get me wrong, its great that it has the lining, but if hair section is too thick, when the extension hair is slid in the lining gets pushed out. This is only a slight problem for me and easily rectified by simply pushing it back in. Exactly what it says on the packet. Great product arrived very quickly. A few of them came with the plastic out of it but they worked fine in my hair.Easy to use, and does the job!Silicone Micro Rings Beads – 100 Light Brown 5mm rings for I Tip Hair Extensions or Feather Hair Extensions5mm outer diameter & 2.4mm internal diameterFor use with Human or Synthetic I stick Hair ExtensionsSilicone lined help prevent slipping and provides extra gripcenter_img SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-01-04 00:49:42Reviewed Item Silicone Micro Rings Beads – 100 Light Brown 5mm rings for I Tip Hair Extensions or Feather Hair ExtensionsRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  9  reviewslast_img read more

Give Up

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Comfort: Real change requires that you move from comfort to discomfort. You have to purposely give up what you are comfortable with and do something that doesn’t necessarily feel good (at first, anyway). Real growth and real change always require that you take actions outside your comfort zone. Give up comfort.Security: What you know feels safe. What you don’t know feels uncertain and scary. Most of the time, what you feel is a false sense of security. You live on a small rock spinning at 80,000 MPH and circling a ball of fire. You have very little control. Change comes when you leave security for the unknown. Give up security.Beliefs: A lot of what you believe serves you well. A good bit of what you believe is the source of all of your problems. Your problem isn’t your problem; what you believe about it is your problem. Wherever you recognize a gap between where you are and where you want to be, some belief and the accompanying actions that result from that belief is what keeps you from having what you want. Give up beliefs that no longer serve you.Waiting: Waiting isn’t a strategy for being who you want to be, having what you want to have, and contributing what you want to contribute. Good things do not come to those who wait. Good things come to those who take consistent action and persist. Give up waiting.Avoiding Conflict: Mostly we avoid conflict. But some conflict is necessary if you are going to produce breakthrough results. Avoiding the difficult decision doesn’t mean that the problem or challenge you are facing will go away. Avoiding a difficult conversation doesn’t resolve the problem; it mostly makes them worse. Problems don’t age well. Give up avoiding conflict. If you are going to give up, here is a list to get you started.last_img read more

Azkals held to a draw anew as Asian Cup berth remained elusive

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Blackwater owner thinks Ellis on his way out of PBA after continued no show Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo from GoNepal.comThe Philippines’ AFC Asian Cup qualification bid remained hanging in the balance after the Azkals were held to a goalless draw by Nepal last Tuesday at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu. Carlie de Murga was denied by the crossbar in second half stoppage time and Daisuke Sato’s header was also cleared off the line as the Azkals failed to break down a resolute Nepalese side, which was already out of contention in Group F. ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was the third straight draw for the Filipinos, who were held to back-to-back stalemates by Yemen.But as it stands, the Azkals still have the inside track in the race for the two Asian Cup berths after improving their tally to nine points. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTajikistan and Yemen are just three points behind with a match at hand, which means the grim prospect of not qualifying is still possible for the Azkals, who have to beat the Tajiks on March 27 at home.Playing in high altitude, the Azkals took awhile to settle into the match. The first chance came in the 21st minute when Iain Ramsay found De Murga inside the box only for the defender to send his shot over the bar.  CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The spell of good play from the Azkals was highlighted by a couple of big opportunities in the 35th minute. Curt Dizon cut inside from the right and stung the palm of the Nepalese keeper Kiran Limbu, who could only save the ball into the path of Mike Ott. The diminutive atttacker, however, couldn’t get solid contact with the Kiran to beat. Just after the hour mark, Kiran was called into action by Simone Rota, who rifled a long range effort. The rebound fell to skipper Phil Younghusband, who sprayed his effort wide. The game opened up late in the second half as the Azkals threw men forward and Junior Munoz and De Murga had to make a couple of timely blocks to deny the hosts from going ahead. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley sent Pika Minegishi and James Younghusband into the fray in the hopes of boosting the attack. Off an Iain Ramsay’s inswinging corner, the ball found its way Sato, whose free header was cleared off the line in the 83rd minute. Well drilled and disciplined defensively for most of the contest, the Nepalese rode their luck in stoppage time. Neil Etheridge’s free kick picked out De Murga whose header rattled the crossbar as the Azkals came within inches of qualifying with a game to spare.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more