Thieves ignored the collection box, apparently targeting the relicItalian police are hunting for a stolen holy relic that contains the blood of Pope John Paul ll.It appears to have been taken during the burglary of a small chapel that was a place of special significance to the late Pope.The church of San Pietro della Ienca lies in an isolated spot in the mountains of central Abruzzo region.Over the weekend, thieves broke some protective iron bars and forced their way in through a window.A sanctuary from the pressures of life in the VaticanThey left the collection box, but took a crucifix and the priceless relic, which contains a piece of gauze once soaked in the blood of the late Pope – one of only three such relics in the world.Members of the local cultural association supporting the chapel are distraught.“We are very displeased by the theft. We have no idea of who could have done it. The police are carrying out a search,” said Paola Corrieri, a member of the association, speaking to the BBC.The Pope used to escape the pressures of life in the Vatican by coming to the mountains.“This is an area that John Paul II visited often, with his secretary and not too many bodyguards. We feel very connected to him. After his death, his secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, came and told us that he wanted this church to become a sanctuary,” said Ms Corrieri.Dozens of police officers are now searching the area with sniffer dogs.By Alan JohnstonBBC News, Rome 153 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope John Paul ll relic stolen by: – January 27, 2014 Share Share Tweet
Facebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Dr. Stephen Reck, M.D. Clarus Eye CenterThe Clarus Eye Centre team includes nationally recognized and fellowship-trained ophthalmologists (from left) Drs. Stephen Reck, Penny Reck, Jay Rudd, and Gary Scholes.January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, so I wanted to provide a little information on some new developments in glaucoma diagnosis and management at Clarus Eye Centre. Before I do, I should explain what glaucoma is and provide a few helpful links for additional information.Glaucoma is what we call the group of conditions that cause progressive loss of nerve tissue at the end of the optic nerve, where it enters the back of the eye. Eventually, this nerve damage can result in loss of vision, usually starting in the periphery and advancing toward the center over time. Glaucoma is the leading cause of permanent blindness globally, and it is the second-leading cause of blindness in the United States, behind macular degeneration. Fortunately, most people who have glaucoma never go blind. The key to preventing vision loss from glaucoma is early detection and treatment.Glaucoma is usually painless and the vision loss usually goes unnoticed until the disease is very advanced. The best way to detect glaucoma and preserve vision is to have eye examinations at the appropriate intervals. Young, healthy people should have exams every few years. People over 60, who need glasses or contacts, have hypertension, or diabetes, or have had eye surgery should be seen at least once a year. People who have certain medical conditions may require more frequent exams, so it is important to follow-up as advised by your physician.People often worry about getting glaucoma and want to be tested for it. First, measuring the pressure in the eye does not tell if a person has glaucoma. The eye pressure reading tells nothing about the health of the optic nerve. The best initial test for glaucoma is a complete eye examination with an ophthalmologist or optometrist. In most cases, this is all that is needed. However, if there are noted risk factors for glaucoma, additional testing may be recommended. This testing usually includes measurement of the peripheral vision and laser scanning of the optic nerves. Testing is non-invasive and completely painless. With these results, we can determine the level of severity and rate of progression of the glaucoma.Treatment is recommended for people whose glaucoma presents a significant risk of vision loss. Many mild cases of glaucoma do not require treatment. For those who do, prescription eyedrops are usually tried first. Your doctor will work with you to find a therapy that is effective and tolerable. Sometimes, laser treatment is recommended, such as trabeculoplasty, or iridotomy In other cases, surgical intervention is indicated. The surgeons at Clarus Eye Centre are seeing excellent results with a minimally-invasive surgical procedure, called iStent, which is performed in combination with cataract surgery. We also perform trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage tube implants which are still the most commonly used, and most effective surgical procedures for controlling glaucoma.Early detection and effective treatment are the key to preventing vision loss from glaucoma. If you have not been in to see us recently, please call to schedule an appointment with any one of our doctors.
Facebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by WSU Thurston County ExtensionNext to digging in the dirt, there’s nothing gardeners enjoy more than learning about their favorite plants. An easy way to increase your gardening knowledge is to join the next Washington State University Extension Master Gardener volunteer training course. Master Gardener’s is a volunteer service gardening organization, cultivating plants, people, and communities since 1973.The WSU Master Gardener training course consists of 20 weeks of indoor and outdoor classroom, online, and hands-on activities. The 2019 training will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on alternating Fridays from January 25, 2019 through June 7, 2019.Instructors provide an overview of related subjects and environmentally sound practices including: vegetables, ornamentals, soils, pruning, water-wise gardening, weeds, composting, plant disease diagnosis, insects etc.A WSU Master Gardener volunteer gains more than improved gardening skills. The Thurston County WSU Master Gardener volunteer training also focuses on skill building to support volunteers in better serving our community. The fast-paced coursework involves expanding communication skills, team dynamics, problem-solving, project leadership, risk management, technology, and more.“What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their commitment to lifelong learning and sharing of accurate gardening information with others. Trainees join more than 200 volunteers who have diverse expertise and interests. As a result volunteers have fun learning from one another while making friendships and a difference in our community,” said Cori Carlton, Program Manager.Upon completion of classroom work, graduates must volunteer 60 hours on community-based garden service projects before earning the WSU Master Gardener title.Tuition is $300 which covers all course training supplies and field trips. Payment plans are available and a limited number of full or partial scholarships are available to those in need.To be considered for a training spot you must complete an application and attend a 1.5 hour pre-orientation session. To see if the program is for you, please join us for a pre-orientation session.Pre-orientations are scheduled at three locations: WSU Thurston County Extension office, Lacey Library, and Tumwater Library. No pre-registration needed.Pre-orientations held at the WSU Thurston County Extension Office at 3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Olympia, WA 98503. November 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.November 13, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.November 27, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.December 8, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.December 12, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Pre-orientation held at the Tumwater Library Community Room at 7023 New Market Street SE, Tumwater, WA 98501.December 3, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Pre-orientation held at the Lacey Library Community Room at 500 College Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503.December 11, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.Course spots are filled on a first come first, served basis. Space is limited so apply today! The last day to apply is December 14, 2018, only if seats are still available. Applications can be downloaded from our website. https://extension.wsu.edu/thurston/gardening/Non-Volunteer Track: We do have an option for those who are interested in taking the course for professional or personal enrichment but with no desire of volunteering. The cost is $600 and space is limited. Please contact the Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-867-2162 for further details.
“These are awesome plans, but we still must sell the real estate and make money off of it to pay the bills and replace and install new infrastructure like water, sewer and lights, which has been ongoing since FMERA took over the fort,” Steadman cautioned. “The fort is a city within three cities. All types of things arise each day. We still get calls and visits from those who served and lived there going back to World War II.” “FMERA is a team of 10 people,” Steadman said. “We can only be successful if we’ve got the support of our stakeholders, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the (federal) Environmental Protection Agency, the state departments of environmental protection and transportation, the three municipalities, and more. They have all been great partners, especially Monmouth County under the leadership of Freeholder Lillian Burry.” Burry has officially represented the county in the fort’s redevelopment since its closure. For Tinton Falls, that 40-acre site is next to the borough’s existing municipal complex on Tinton Avenue where Lennar Corporation has begun construction of 243 homes and 58,000 square feet of commercial space called Patriot’s Square. Lennar is also building 45 single-family detached homes, dubbed Anthem Place, on a nearby 15-acre site near completed projects Trinity Hall School, Commvault and the county recreation center, where streets have already been laid out with curbing. Nuse said model homes should open in 2020 and prospective buyers have already expressed interest. While each fort parcel has designated future uses in the master plan, FMERA stresses it will entertain alternate, “outside-the-box” compliant proposals. “Highest and best use” is a phrase frequently used by fort officials. Near Suneagles Golf Course in Eatontown, the 64-acre Howard Commons former fort housing area will require demolition of 480 deteriorating Army homes. After initial buyer HovWest backed out in 2015, Nuse said he hopes the new approved compliant bidder’s plans will be approved to go to contract in the first quarter of 2020. The developer, who will not be named until the contract is presented per FMERA rules, proposes a mix of high-end retail and 302 housing units with 20 percent affordable. Officials declined to name specific tenants, but said the retail portion should fill 250,000 square feet. In Eatontown, the highest profile town center on Parcel B will be along Route 35, just inside the brick arches of Johnson Gates, which will be retained and preserved. After the first approved bidder backed out, the second-highest bidder began negotiating with FMERA about two years ago. The developer must demolish 1 million square feet of existing structures there. Final negotiations were underway in August for the 77- acre parcel, Nuse said, adding, “We hope to bring a contract to the FMERA board this fall. We’re excited about the project. It’s the front door of the fort.” In Oceanport, the town center will take the form of a “transit-oriented development” focused on the Little Silver Train Station in what was the fort’s “400 Area.” Extending along Oceanport Avenue and Oceanport Creek, that parcel is slated for housing and commercial uses to create a live- work-play environment. A Request for Offers to Purchase, or RFOTP, is expected to be issued for the area by the end of this year, Nuse said. Projects in development at the former Fort Monmouth.Photo courtesy FMERA “The big picture remains the same: 1,585 housing units,40 percent open space and technology is still the main goal,along with targeted industry and a town center for each of thethree municipalities the fort spans, Eatontown, Oceanport andTinton Falls,” said David Nuse, FMERA director of real estatedevelopment. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski “The Master Development Plan started in 2008,” Steadmansaid. “There have been 14 changes so far, but the plan stillguides us. There have been 12 years of marketplace changessince we began, but uses we are looking for are still consistentwith the plan.” The Two River Times met with officials of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) last month for an update and exclusive tour. While the public can now drive along the fort’s main artery Route 537, known through the fort as the Avenue of Memories, activity is happening in areas still inaccessible to all but the law enforcement and security personnel who patrol them. TRIO OFTOWN CENTERS Residential tenants will drive retail development, said Sarah Giberson, FMERA senior marketing and development officer. “We hope to have local, new to the market, and/ or high-end niche businesses, not big box stores. There will be a Main Street ‘spine’ within the development and public space for things like farmer’s markets and events. A dog park and walking trails are among the proposals. We want it to be a place where people want to go.” Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, called it, “new wave retail that will be experiential, more than just shopping, so people can bring their family and spend time. That’s what makes a successful retail development today.” A concept plan will be presented at the approval stage, Giberson said. The Fort Athletic Club in the base’s former Fitness Center along the Avenue of Memories should be in business next year, Steadman said. The water tower on that site will be retained, painted and bear the club logo. Other sites breaking ground or opening for business in 2020 will be the former dance hall, bowling center and Squier Hall, currently being renovated by New Jersey City University. The massive new campus of RWJ Barnabas Health should also break ground in 2020 on the site of the former Myer Center, where demolition was recently completed. FORT MONMOUTH – Several completed deals are expected by the end of 2019 on Fort Monmouth, the 1,126-acre former U.S. Army base shuttered in 2005. More fort parcels are coming to market, construction will begin on approved redevelopment projects and other firms will soon open their doors to the public. Officials are predicting a period of accelerated activity through 2020. WHAT’S NEXT On opposite sides of the Avenue of Memories, Mallet Hall, a former Class A office building, and Vail Hall, a “communications hub in the switchboard days,” should go out for bid in early 2020, Steadman said. The Mallet Hall parcel is slated for housing. Steadman said there has been “a lot of interest” in Vail Hall. The projects above have already been completed at the former Fort Monmouth.Photo courtesy FMERA Among the Oceanport properties anticipated to go under contract in 2020 are Barker’s Circle, the Commissary and Nurses Quarters. In some cases, contracts could be signed in 2019 with the rest of the process stretching into 2020. That process includes board approval and due diligence by the prospective purchaser, followed by FMERA site plan review to work out any “kinks.” Afterward, plans go before municipal planning boards and governing bodies. The due diligence period can take up to 60 days, but can be extended depending on circumstances. “In addition to a number of (real estate) closings on schedule for this year, we are looking to put out three large RFOTPs by the end of the year, including 31 acres in Tinton Falls known as the Tinton Falls Commercial Development Parcel, the 400 Area, and the technology campus envisioned for the 50-acre McAfee Center, with space for start-ups to mature tech companies,” Nuse said. “That site could also include amenities and support companies to create a holistic campus, like a mini-Google campus and incubator.” Total reinvestment at Fort Monmouth is projected to be $1.5 billion to $2 billion once all is built out, Steadman said, adding, “It’s millions and millions of tax revenue for the three municipalities and the county; $2 million to $3 million per year for the county, and as much as 10 times that for the municipalities over a 10-year period. That’s how our ultimate success will be judged.”
Gee has led efforts to make a change in his community through Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) and Consumers Helping Affect Regulation of Gas & Electric (CHARGE), even when the odds were stacked against them. In this election, Gee advised that if people truly believe in a cause, they should pursue it regardless of any politics behind it. In response, Hinds directed his attorney Lawrence Luttrell to file a lawsuit Dec. 5 against Holmdel Township. It states that the censure was made “for alleged conduct which is based on one or more false allegations that (Hinds) ‘violated the Township of Holmdel Ethical Standards’” by “diverting public funds.” Election officials indicate their findings on the outside of the ballot envelope. Those findings are then given to the Monmouth County Board of Elections for counting. The board makes the final determination on whether or not the ballot is valid and decides what will be counted and what will be voided. The board of elections also counted late mail-in ballots both on Election Day and Friday, Nov. 8, and made determinations of write-in candidates. Liu declined to comment on the situation. “Based on past recounts that I’ve seen, the results usually don’t change,” Santhana told The Two River Times after the recount results came in. “We have to obviously thank our supporters, not only in the regular election process but in the recount process. I’m definitely thrilled with the support.” In the Nov. 5 election, voters were asked to select two members for the governing body. Mayor Eric Hinds, who was seeking re-election to the township committee, faced censure in a 3-1 vote by elected officials at the Oct. 22 meeting, which he did not attend. The mayor was accused of misdirecting taxpayer money to bring a turf field project to the Holmdel Swim Club without township committee approval. Aside from commissioners and board of election staff, there were eight people present for the recount, Gee recalled. That included an attorney for Liu, a representative of the Monmouth County Republican Committee, Santhana, his attorney, Gee and a few additional campaign staff members. Once the final tallies were counted, results were read aloud by the county administration. Liu’s and Santhana’s teams were able to independently confirm the count as well. “With all the technological advancement we still go back to pen and pencil,” said Gee. Before the recount, it appeared that first-time Republican candidate Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu had won the seat on the dais alongside Weber. Kin Gee, Santhana’s campaign manager, described the scene at the recount as quiet and intense. County commissioners responsible for recounting votes require complete silence during the process so as to not make a mistake, especially considering it’s all done by hand. The Two River Times was unable to reach Hinds for comment before press time. “Even though the odds were clearly against Independents, we believed that was the right thing,” he said. Official results after Election Day showed that Liu had beaten Santhana by three votes. Due to the tight margin, the Independent candidates asked for a recount. HOLMDEL – In a surprising twist in the township’s local election, a Dec. 5 recount has revealed that Independent candidates Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana were the top vote-getters in November’s election, clearing the way for them to join the Holmdel Township Committee in the new year. “We try to get to the issues and have frequent and constant engagement,” said Gee. “Very early on we identify what are the issues that we want to focus on, what residents should be concerned about, and a lot had to do with integrity and transparency.” At the Dec. 12 township committee meeting, elected officials agreed to direct the township attorney to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Hinds. Deputy Mayor Mike Nikolis and committeemen Rocco Pascucci, Gregory Buontempo and Tom Critelli voted “yes.” Hinds abstained. This is the first time in 25 years that Independent candidates have had a seat at the table in Holmdel, Gee said. It took a lot of effort to get this far. The candidates visited neighborhoods, made themselves available to the public and listened to residents’ biggest concerns. Official tallies after the recount put Santhana in the lead by two votes over Liu. Weber now has 2,170 votes, followed by Santhana with 2,087, Liu with 2,085, and Mayor Eric Hinds with 2,066. According to Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon, there are three offices involved in the election process in Monmouth County. The Superintendent of Elections Office is responsible for counting out provisional ballots and determining whether or not the sender is eligible to vote in the county, without opening the envelopes. The office counted over 3,000 provisional ballots this election season. HINDS FILES SUIT The lawsuit also states that per the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), municipalities must notify residents of meetings at least 48 hours in advance and must post the meeting agenda. The lawsuit alleges that the resolution for the censure Oct. 22, Resolution 2019-322, was not listed on the agenda “despite the (township committee) knowing in advance of the meeting of this subject matter and the intention to adopt it at said meeting.” When recounts are called for, the Monmouth County Board of Elections manually rechecks and recounts the late mail-in ballots and provisionals, and reviews machine tapes from the voting booths Nov. 5. Robin Major, the administrator at the board of elections, said the time it takes to complete a recount can vary, depending on how many districts are involved in the town. All the while, the clerk’s office waits for results and then posts them to the monmouthcountyvotes.com website.
Donegal/Killymard and Dunkineely Celtic with contest the Donegal Schoolboys Under 14 Champions League final next week after both sides advanced to the final this weekend.Donegal/Killymard were defeated by Glencar Schoolboys in their second leg tie by 3 goals to 1 on Sunday but advance courtesy of away goals( they won the first leg 2-0). They meet Dunkineely Celtic after the won 7-4 on aggregate against Lagan Harps. In the Donegal Schoolboys Under 10 finals played this weekend in Killygordan , Bonagee United won the UEFA Cup after a 3-2 extra time victory over Cappry Rovers and in the Under 10 Champions League Final Dunfanaghy United beat Convoy Arsenal by 1 goal to 0. RESULTSUEFA UNDER 10 CUP FINALBonagee United 3-2 Cappry Rovers(AET) CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UNDER 10 SEMI FINALSFIRST LEGDunkineely Celtic 3-2 Lagan HarpsDonegal/Killymard 2-0 GlencarSECOND LEG Lagan Harps 2-4 DunkineelyGlancar 3-1 Donegal/KillymardAction photos from Glencar v Donegal/KillymardSOCCER: DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE ROUND-UP was last modified: June 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SOCCER: DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE ROUND-UP
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More than 100,000 employees of several large corporations will get the chance to buy or lease photovoltaic (PV) systems for their homes at discount prices, thanks to a group-buying plan hatched by the World Wildlife Fund. The New York Times reports that Cisco Systems, 3M, Kimberly-Clark, and National Geographic are taking part in the program called the Solar Community Initiative.Employees will be able to get solar systems installed for no money down and then pay 30% less for electricity than they would from their utility, according to an announcement from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Geostellar, a solar company that manages the program. According to The Times, the average cost of a PV system would be $3 per watt, about 34% less than the average cost in the U.S.Keya Chatterjee, senior director for renewable energy at WWF, told The New York Times that after getting discounts for a group program for its own employees last year, WWF officials decided to take the idea to some of the organization’s corporate sponsors.“Our objective was to make this as simple and cheap as possible,” she said. Helping business embrace clean technologiesWWF’s practice of trying to influence corporate behavior in non-confrontational ways has sometimes prompted criticism that the group was too close to business, the article says.But Dan Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, told the newspaper that other environmental advocates are pursuing similar partnerships with business as a way of influencing energy policy and energy markets in a positive way.There are benefits to Geostellar, too, because the alliance with WWF is a means of attracting new customers, the article says.Plans like this also help companies retain employees while satisfying their increasing sensitivity toward environmental and energy-efficiency issues, such as recycling and reducing carbon emissions. Interest among employees of Cisco and 3M was said to be high.
Burnley winger McNeil appreciates Dyche freedomby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley winger Dwight McNeil appreciates the freedom manager Sean Dyche has granted him.Dyche recently claimed McNeil, who has three goals to his name, will “outgrow” the club and revealed he is wary of “over-coaching” him.”The gaffer will let me figure it out on my own, which I think is good for my development,” McNeil said.”He and the coaches will talk to me when they need to, when I’m doing well and not so well.”They help me in and out of possession because I’m maturing as a player, tactically and physically. I’ll give everything I have got to help the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say