Couple slain after snow disposal argument; suspect also dead

first_imgPLAINS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a northeastern Pennsylvania shooting stemming from an argument over snow disposal during Monday’s storm left two people dead, and the suspect was later found dead at his home. Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said a husband and wife were shot in the street outside their Plains Township home just before 9 a.m. Monday. Police identified them as 50-year-old James Goy and 48-year-old Lisa Goy. Forty-seven-year-old Jeffrey Spaide was found dead in his home across the street of a self-inflicted wound. Chief Dale Binker of the township police department said the Goys had a 15-year-old son with autism who is now staying with his grandparents.last_img

A Bronx Tale Bobby Conte Thornton Talks Learning from De Niro

first_img View Comments Bobby Conte Thornton photographed at VANDAL(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) A Bronx Tale Age: 24Hometown: San Francisco, CACurrent Role: Bobby Conte Thornton stars as A Bronx Tale’s Calogero, a young man caught between his father and the mob boss he looks up to.Stage Cred: Thornton makes his Broadway debut in A Bronx Tale. His other New York theater credits include My Fair Lady and Starting Here, Starting Now. Regionally, he has appeared in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Comedy of Tenors, Grease, Les Miserables and The Light in the Piazza. Related Showscenter_img Bobby Conte Thornton Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 5, 2018last_img read more

Vermont Achieves Record Safety Belt Use Earns $3.7 Million

first_imgVermont Achieves Record Safety Belt UseEarns $3.7 Million in Additional Transportation & Public Safety FundingMontpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that the state’s Click It or Ticket campaign has resulted in a record safety belt use rate of 87.3% in Vermont and an additional $3.7 million for the state’s transportation and public safety programs.Governor Douglas said this is the highest safety belt use rate ever documented in Vermont.”Vermont’s extraordinary law enforcement agencies, safety advocates and a number of private partners and citizens worked together to attain this level of use and together we are saving lives,” the Governor said. “This year, our educational campaign was the most comprehensive ever, including partnerships with Thunder Road race track, Bond Auto, the American Red Cross, Clear Channel Radio, Chittenden Bank, AAA Northern New England, Vermont Voltage Soccer Team, Agency of Transportation and Vermont Information Centers.”The Click It or Ticket campaign has been an annual effort coordinated by the Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program since 2002. Before the series of campaigns began, Vermont’s safety belt use rate was only 67.4%.As a result of attaining a belt use rate that exceeds 85% for the second consecutive year, Vermont qualifies for a federal incentive payment of $3.7 million dollars, Governor Douglas added.Vermont can use these funds for any project that improves a hazardous roadway or proactively addresses highway safety problems. And at least 1 million dollars of the funds received by Vermont under this incentive will be used for public safety programs.###last_img read more

Senate OKs Leahy-Graham amendment to give National Guard seat on Joint Chiefs Of Staff

first_imgThe US Senate has approved legislation by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to give the National Guard its first seat on the nation’s highest military council, the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The bill, which has 71 Senate cosponsors, was added by voice vote Monday night as an amendment to the annual Defense Authorization Bill.Leahy and Graham are the co-chairs of the Senate’s 84-member National Guard Caucus.  Their National Guard Empowerment and State-National Defense Integration Act (S.1025) ‘ also known as ‘Guard Empowerment II’ — is the latest in a series of successful efforts led by the Guard Caucus over the last six years to give the Guard a more meaningful voice in Pentagon circles where key policy and budget decisions are made that affect the Guard. Among other changes, the Leahy-Graham bill would make the Chief of the National Guard Bureau a permanent member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; reestablish the position of the Vice Chief of the Guard Bureau at the three-star level; enhance the Guard’s representation at the senior levels of U.S. Northern Command; and help clarify the disaster response command relationship among the Guard and the U.S. military commands.  The legislation is endorsed by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Governors Association, the National Guard Association of the United States, the Adjutants General Association of the United States, and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States. Similar legislation has been approved by the House of Representatives, giving the reforms an ‘excellent’ chance of becoming law by the end of the year, according to Leahy and Graham.Leahy said, ‘These reforms will bolster our national security and facilitate the Guard’s enhanced role in our national defense.  At home and abroad, we are asking the Guard to take on more responsibilities than ever.  The Guard has grown to become a front-line, 21st Century force, but it is trapped in a 20th Century Pentagon bureaucracy.  This will help clear away those cobwebs and give the Guard a voice in the Pentagon that befits the scale of its missions here and overseas.’Graham said, “I’m very pleased the Senate has voted to allow the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to become a statutory member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Since 9/11, the National Guard and Reserves have done tremendous work at home and abroad in defense our nation.  They have earned a seat at the table where our most important military decisions are made.  This is a long-overdue recognition and fitting tribute for our citizen-soldiers.”Major General Michael D. Dubie, head of the Adjutant Generals Association of the United States and Vermont’s adjutant general, said, ‘This is a strong and powerful statement that leaves no question about the Guard’s future role in the defense of America.  In this era of persistent and uncertain conflict, the National Guard’s role has expanded from one of a strategic reserve to an operational force and changed every aspect of what it means to be a member of the Guard. Representation on the Joint Chiefs of Staff ensures that both the nation’s civilian and military leadership will receive the very best advice on matters relating to the National Guard serving overseas and here at home.’General Craig McKinley, USAF, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said, ‘We greatly admire and appreciate the outstanding leadership and support that Senators Leahy and Graham continue to provide on behalf of the more than 460,000 Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard.  We also greatly appreciate the tremendous work of the entire Senate, and particularly the Armed Services Committee under the leadership of Senators Levin and McCain, in providing for all service members and their families.” Major General Gus L. Hargett Jr. (ret.), president of the National Guard Association of the United States, said, ‘The entire Guard community is indebted to Senator Leahy and Senator Graham for bringing us one major step closer to the biggest legislative victory for the National Guard since the Militia Act of 1903 created the modern, dual-mission National Guard.  But this is so much more than about giving the Guard a voice at the Pentagon, it’s about adding the Guard’s unique domestic-response expertise to the nation’s highest military council.’ WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Nov. 29)last_img read more

Gain strategic clarity for your credit union

first_imgAs fall strategic planning sessions approach, try this approach to remove any distracting ‘shiny objects.’by: Jeff Rendel, CSPIf “shiny object syndrome” is distracting your credit union from discerning its true goals, here’s a surefire way to whip it: Embrace it, but only for a little while.The late Steve Jobs was known to bring together his top 100 executives for a retreat each year to flesh out new and refined ideas for Apple’s future. During a session, he would give his executives an assignment: Draw up a list of 10 strategic ideas that Apple should be doing next. Jobs would take to the white board and write down all of his executives’ thoughts. After much jockeying and lots of ideas crossed off this list, the group would finalize a list of 10. As Jobs looked over the list, he would insist that Apple could only focus on three.When asked if he was proud of what Apple chose to do, Jobs would reply in the affirmative, but further emphasize that he was equally, if not more, proud of what Apple chose not to do. Focus was key in the midst of great ideas. Perhaps saying “no” was more accommodating than saying “yes.” continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Borrowing––as a leadership tactic!

first_imgOne of the most popular segments in my keynotes and workshops is “The 5 Rings.” This is a set of tactics I originally developed to help martial artists access the underlying power of any effective technique or style. These tactics work just as effectively––maybe even more so, in leadership.The most difficult tactic to master is “borrowing.”Understandably, the concept of “borrowing” is very popular when I present to CU groups! However, in this case we’re not taking about how to increase lending––it’s about how to maximize the productive output of everyone in your organization.Here’s an example from self-defense:Instead of blocking, (opposition), you step inside the arc of a punch, intercepting the strike without diminishing or even deflecting it’s power. Then, with expert timing and position, you turn your hips adding your power to energy you borrow from your attacker. You blend your power with his and …… wham! He’s flat on his back.This type of technique requires expert balance, focus and timing. You’ve got to master control of combined forces—both yours and your attacker’s.Borrowing is the art of recognizing and exploiting opportunities to combine the energies of those around you, plus your own, to create an exponentially more powerful outcome. That is obviously a powerful and attractive concept to a leader!In our self-defense example, you borrow the physical energy of an attacker. Leaders can borrow energy from an adversary too—but borrowing can also be an effective tactic when you’re dealing with entrenched opposition from allies, such as fear of change or resistance to innovation. You can borrow from the people who are with you as well as those who might be against you. It’s similar to leverage in that you’re multiplying force by utilizing material and human resources to the best advantage, but borrowing involves a higher level of understanding, tactical expertise, and timing. With leverage, you can literally jam a bar under a rock and pry it out. With borrowing, you’ve got to position yourself in exactly the right place at exactly the right time—and move in precise harmony with the forces around you.You could employ other tactics to manage change or deal with threats or challenges:Opposition:This is the top down approach—command and attempt to control. Issue the orders and just make sure people carry them out. If they don’t like the changes, they can leave.How do people generally react under those conditions? What damage does this do to the culture and credibility of the organization?Deflection:“You’ve all done a great job and we appreciate your efforts and suggestions, but the company must move in a different direction.”Really? Does anyone truly believe that kind of statement, even if it’s true?Leverage: A simple application of leverage would be to call in key players of your management team and representatives from the front lines and solicit their input. Now you’re starting to leverage the expertise and perspectives of the people on your team to help ease the transition.Borrowing gives you the best “ROI.” That is, the most output power for every ounce of input energy invested. If I want to borrow the power of my attacker’s punch, I’ll try to draw him into telegraphing the punch. I want him to throw a big punch—one that will give me more power to use against him!In leadership—instead of waiting to respond to inevitable opposition, you proactively solicit maximum input from those who may fear or resist the change. And make it personal! Ask these questions:“How will this change impact you?”“How will it affect your performance?”“How can you help us implement this change most effectively with the least amount of pain?”Create allies early in the process who will give honest feedback and support key decisions along the way, unless they see a better course of action, in which case you will welcome their suggestions and sincerely consider their opinions.As I said, this borrowing requires expert balance, focus and timing.  Balance—you have to be well grounded and know as much about what you’re proposing and the possible outcomes before you embark on any significant change.Focus—pay attention to all the possible implications and impacts and concentrate your efforts where they will produce the most positive results.Timing—engage stakeholders early in the process and adjust to any shifts, reactions or changing conditions and circumstances in real time, as they happen, throughout the entire process. Borrowing is about getting all energies working in the same direction. In an organizational setting, this guiding force is usually the “vision.” At first this may come from the founder. Later the organization vision can evolve to include input from many parties at every level. The organization’s vision should be a living thing––evolving and adapting to keep the organization relevant, responsive to changing conditions, new challenges and opportunities. It is the vision that keeps the organization, its processes and most important, its people all moving in the same direction. When you employ “borrowing,” talents, skills, intentions and creativity are all moving toward the same objective. Each individual contributes and those contributions multiply. The resulting output power is exponential. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     Vision: To promote … Web: Detailslast_img read more

How to stop peace and goodwill turning to p*ssed and illwill

first_imgIt may be fun to you but your neighbour may be livid about noise levels. Watch the noise levels Voices carry — that’s not just an old wives’ tale, it’s actually true. Rules require “any noise able to be heard by the neighbours ending by a certain time, usually before 10pm, and not starting until after a decent hour”. Alas, that includes heavy foot traffic and dance stomping on floors above other units. “It may also be necessary to remind Uncle Fred, who is down from the country, not to start make loud noises on your balcony until at least four hours after the sun rises.” Take the garbage out or to the tip “Queensland’s summer heat does evil things to prawn scraps and the smell will constitute a nuisance to everyone.” Wrap it up in newspaper, freeze it and toss it out the night before collection. Maybe that should apply to all food scraps this holiday season. Enough said. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Keep everything in moderation, maybe.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“Make sure you only decorate on your own property” and for goodness’ sake “turn your Christmas lights off after 10pm if in close proximity to neighbouring bedrooms”. Remind your visitors to park thoughtfully Don’t block access for other tenants, visitors and neighbours, observe time limits for parking, and best of all try and park on the street or a safe spot nearby. Be considerate when using shared facilities Just like when out camping, leave communal spaces in pristine condition when having a barbecue, picnic or pool party in common areas. “Don’t let drunk guests disturb the peace.” Whether it’s Christmas in the suburbs or in a high-rise or close proximity city zone, there are rules to follow to stay neighbourly. Picture: Theo Fakos.HERE’S how to stop peace and goodwill from turning to p*ssed and illwill this holiday season.Contrary to the Christmas spirit, the period has typically seen a surge in complaints over the thoughtlessness of neighbours — something property management firm, Archers the Strata Professionals warn will escalate further given a surge in high rise, close proximity living.Partner Grant Mifsud warned unwanted tension and trouble could be around the corner for unprepared strata title unit owners and occupiers.“Everyone is ready to let loose at the end of the year. It’s Christmas, friends and relatives visit frequently, there’s the odd party and people will be staying over. But it’s also the time to remember to be a good neighbour,” he said.Here are their tips to survive the holiday season in close proximity to your neighbours: Go easy on the Christmas decorations You may think it’s pretty, but your Christmas decorations may just set your neighbours off the deep end. According to Archers, “both discretion and consideration are called for”.last_img read more

Townsville’s House of the Year

first_imgMr Sexton said the site was not without its challenges, but he was proud of the finished product.He said there was roughly 9m of cross-fall on the site, but that the design meant it went unnoticed.“That’s due to the way we introduced the pool, the cantilevered deck and the undercroft to contain the services for the house,” he said.“We did have to chew out a bit of rock for about three weeks straight, but it was definitely worth it.“The whole project took about 11 months, so longer than the average, but the owners are over-the-moon.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27WHEN the judges laid eyes on this custom-made Townsville home, their immediate thoughts turned to its quality finishes.Constructed on iconic Castle Hill, the house, named Seaview, was designed to make the most of its location and water views.It was those considerations that led to the design being named the HIA CSR Townsville – CQ Home of the Year. SEAVIEW BY LIFESTYLE CONSTRUCTIONS“This architecturally impressive custom home was designed with well thought out aspects and carefully put together high standards of workmanship,” the judges noted. “The home includes the newest of technologies with great room functionality, natural lighting and breezes throughout.”Built by multi-award winning firm, Lifestyle Constructions NQ, the house on the hill was a labour of love for builder Jeff Sexton. The HIA CSR Housing, Kitchen and Bathroom awards were held in Townsville on November 1, with the ceremony honouring the latest in modern trends.Members and guests from across North Queensland attended the annual ceremony, with a host of local and regional companies taking home gongs.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The finalists and winners’ entries showcased a range of new products, technology, architecture and the highest standard of workmanship from the building industry in North QLD” HIA North Queensland executive director Peter Fry said. “With design and decor changing all the time, these awards help to keep the industry up to date with new trends as well as displaying the high standards of quality that our HIA members are renowned for.” Lifestyle Constructions NQ also took home awards in the following categories – Townsville & Central QLD Custom Built Home, Custom Built Home over $800,001, Renovation/Addition Project and Renovated Kitchen up to $25,000.New Home Solutions won the highly sought-after North Queensland Professional SmallBuilder/Renovator category, and the Townsville categories for Custom Built Home $550,001 – $650,000 and Residential Building DesignerOther local winners included Bill and Ben The Cabinet Men, who won ownsville & Central QLD Kitchen of the Year for their project in North Ward, while Campbells KitchenCabinets secured five Townville and Central Queensland awards.MyStyle Homes Qld took out the major award for the night – the HIA-CSR North Queensland Home of the Year for 2019 for their My Panorama project in Cairns.The judges described that house design as “stunning”. “The stunning MyPanorama home is a feature-abundant three level, four bedroom home that demonstrates the pinnacle of expertise and execution in modern architecture, design, construction and finish, designed to capture breathtaking views over Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef,” they said of the project.center_img Mr Sexton said the owners and his team looked at about half a dozen houses and several “blocks of dirt” before settling on the site.“You see, we do a lot of renovations as well but basically, for 12 to 18 months, we looked at multiple properties until the owners found this patch of dirt, and then we worked with our designers to come up with this custom-build,” he said.“The owners wanted the house built around the orientation, so the best use of the site, and when you look closely, you can see there is no wasted space.”last_img read more

Victor Moses suffers injury setback, set to miss Inter’s matches

first_imgFormer Super Eagles winger Victor Moses is set to miss Inter Milan’s next two matches across all competitions having suffering an injury in training according to a report from Sky Sport Italia.Advertisement Read Also: Victor Moses shines as Inter Milan advance in Europa LeagueThe 29-year-old Moses joined Inter Milan on loan from Premier League club Chelsea during the January transfer window with Serie A outfit having an option to buy him for a fee of around €12 million come the end of this season.Since his arrival, Moses has made seven appearances across all competitions, with an assist from his wing back role.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian Actresses6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? Loading… The Nigerian wing back cropped a thigh strain in his left thigh and will sit out Inter’s Coppa Italia semi final away to Napoli on Thursday night, and  Inter’s next league match this weekendIn addition, the report further revealed that Moses is a major doubt for the first leg of the Europa League last 16 tie against Spanish outfit Getafe which is due to take place on March 12.last_img read more

Mary Lou Walter

first_imgMary Lou Walter, 81, of Brookville, died Wednesday, October 23, 2019, after a long illness.Mary was born in Connersville on July 31, 1938 to Cecil and Nadine Seibert Roemer. She was a 1956 graduate of Brookville High School. Mary was employed as a machinist at Campbell Hausfeld for more than thirty years before retiring. She attended Sunman Bible Church and Mary loved traveling to Florida, caring for her flower garden, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Mary is survived by her children: Virginia Boone Watson, Richard and Tina Boone, Glen and Ella Walter, Dean and Linda Walter, Ed Walter, Denise Walter Richards and Jerald, Felicity Walter Hollon and Dean, Patty Walter Haas and Don, Carl Walter, Vicky Walter Wintz and Jim, and Stacey Walter; sixteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grand children; and a brother: William and Carol Roemer.Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Phillip Boone in 1967; her second husband Francis Walter; her daughter, Rochelle J. Boone Hollon on June 5, 2003. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home 929 Main Street in Brookville, IN, with Dave Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service where memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Association. For more information or to share condolences or memories go to, The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mary Walter.last_img read more