SBARC closed to the public due to pandemic

first_img Google+ SBARC closed to the public due to pandemic By Tommie Lee – November 19, 2020 0 319 Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Twitter Princess, an adopted cat, grabs a nap. (photo/Tommie Lee) The South Bend Animal Resource Center has been closed to the public, in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.For this reason, SBARC is not currently accepting strays or owner surrenders, but will respond to life-threatening emergency calls.Pet Refuge has stepped in the help fill the void, but admits they are running low on space.Adoptions at SBARC are currently by appointment only and the closure is until further notice. To schedule an appointment, call (574) 235-5966. Twitter Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleSouth Bend man arrested on drug chargesNext articleBerrien County coalition of health, business leaders issue open letter to the public Tommie Leelast_img read more

Press release: UKEF extends support for UK exports to over 60 currencies

first_img*Support will be approved on a case-by-case basis By giving UK exporters the flexibility to offer government-backed finance to their international customers in the currency of their choice, we are increasing the appeal of sourcing from the UK. This world-leading offer from UK Export Finance gives buyers all over the world – from Bulgaria to Vietnam – the ability to ‘buy British, pay local. Media enquiries: Robert Maccabe, Head of Press and Corporate Communications Bulgarian Lev Colombian Peso* Croatian Kuna* Dominican Peso* Ghanaian Cedi* Jordanian Dinar* Kazakhstani Tenge* Mongolian Togrog* Moroccan Dirham* Nigerian Naira Pakistani Rupee* Panamanian Balboa Philippine Peso Romanian Leu Serbian Dinar* Sri Lankan Rupee* New Taiwan Dollar Trinidad & Tobago Dollar Vietnamese Dong Image credit: UK Parliament/CC 3.0center_img Mobile +44 (0)7791 797810 Email [email protected] Overseas buyers of UK exports can now access UK government-backed finance in 62 pre-approved local currencies, Minister for Investment Graham Stuart MP announced today.The support is available through UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, and will help UK exporters compete for major overseas contracts, by allowing overseas buyers to access long-term finance in their local currency when they buy from the UK.Graham Stuart MP said: The announcement builds on the expansion of UKEF’s local currency offering to 43 currencies in the Autumn Statement 2016, compared to fewer than 15 available in 2010.Being able to access long-term finance is particularly beneficial for overseas buyers whose revenue and accounts are in their local currency, thereby helping to increase the competitiveness of a UK exporter’s offering.UKEF can now offer pre-approved local currency financing in:last_img read more

Baking Industry Awards ’18: Outstanding Contribution

first_imgSponsored by DelifranceAlan Jones, Village BakeryAlan Jones has transformed a back-street bakery with five employees into an award-winning business with three bakeries, 450 staff, and customers ranging from independents to national retailers.Now aged 73, Alan left school at 15 with no qualifications, starting as an apprentice at Scotts in Liverpool. His four-year apprenticeship involved six months at college alternating with six months’ work, and he gained experience at three other bakeries.His apprenticeship complete, in 1963 he returned to Scotts, then became a trainee manager at Cookson’s in Lytham, followed by bread production manager at Country Maid in Saltney, Chester, where his father worked. In 1964, Alan and his father bought a bakery in Wrexham, paying £5,000 for it at a time when Alan’s wage was just £20 a week.Alan and his father grew the business and named it Village Bakery. Any spare time Alan had was spent teaching the craft at Wrexham Technical College. He married Wendy, daughter of a rival bakery owner, and they went on to have three sons, Robin and Christien, both still in the business, and Tim who left to pursue other ventures.Business grew steadily, but the bakery’s meteoric rise began in the 1980s when Alan started a pie business, just as savouries began major growth. In 1992 a new, 30,000sq ft bakery was opened, and in 2008, £3m was invested in a gluten-free facility. As sales of all products soared, a partnership was established with Marks & Spencer, which led to another 30,000sq ft bakery being opened. At that stage, the decision was taken to concentrate on wholesale, and the firm’s retail shops were sold. In 2012, £1m was invested in a second production line.Alan has never lost sight of his apprenticeship roots. In 2015, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall opened Village Bakery’s new £4m Baking Academy and Innovation Centre – Alan’s idea. He still delights in giving apprentices his time and advice.Alan has given back to the community of Wrexham as well, being an active supporter of local Hope House Hospice. Since 1995 he has also supported and given the company’s name to The Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon – and everyone who finishes receives either crumpets or Welsh cakes. Links with local football team Wrexham AFC stretch back over 40 years, when Alan was chairman of a testimonial fund for club legend, Gareth Davies.He has also been the driving force in creating a six-acre nature reserve, working with the North Wales Wildlife Trust.Son Robin says their father has always been a massive inspiration on Christien and himself, having drummed into them that quality of product is everything.There’s no doubt that Village Bakery has become what it is today because of their father’s vision; not bad for a Liverpool lad who left school at 15 with no qualifications.last_img read more

Backstage at Harvard’s Oberon Theater

first_img 13Stage manager Sarah Grammer gives notes about the sound and lighting to members of the stage crew. 17Director Jake Stepansky and Madi Deming share a moment during a short break. 9Props such as a rubber toe and heel are meticulously arranged on a table backstage. Cinderella’s stepmother cuts off part of her daughters’ feet during “Careful My Toe,” so that one may fit into Cinderella’s golden shoe. 7Violinist Christine Hong of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health adds rosin to her bow in the women’s dressing room in preparation for her part in the all-student orchestra. 1Eliza Mantz, who plays the Baker’s Wife, puts the final touches on her costume, adjusting her hair bow in a nearly empty dressing room before running on stage for the final dress rehearsal of Harvard-Radcliffe’s production of “Into the Woods.” 5With finals just around the corner, Ashley LaLonde sneaks in time between scenes to study backstage. 16Cole Edick, who plays the Narrator, leads the cast in a cheer to reinvigorate them for the second act. 12Eliza Mantz and Arianna Paz stand on the Oberon Theater bar as members of the orchestra run out during the performance. 15Jack, played by Eli Troen, delivers a passionate performance of “Giants in the Sky,” in which he scales and leaps from booths and runs through the theater to signify his journey up the beanstalk. 4Ashley LaLonde practices twirling her cape in preparation for her role as the Witch. Club Oberon, known for its over-the-top disco performances, wide-open comedy specials, and colorful drag shows, took a break from the edgy this month to host the Harvard-Radcliffe Drama Club’s production of “Into the Woods.”At a glance, the show is simply a fun mash-up of fairy tales. But in true Oberon fashion, audiences found themselves witnessing a wild, behind-the-scenes look at their favorite storybook characters. From the Baker attacking the Wolf with a machete to Cinderella’s stepmother hacking at her daughters, the show danced the line between the traditional tales and off-color humor.Before the troupe pulled back the curtain for evening audiences, The Gazette pulled back the curtain on the troupe itself to see what exactly goes into a drama club production. 11Lucy Devine (left) and Annabel O’Hagan, who play the evil stepsisters Florinda and Lucinda, snap a series of selfies in the dressing room with their prop fans. 2Annabel O’Hagan and Ashley LaLonde share a laugh over O’Hagan’s Little Red Riding Hood’s Granny costume. 6The Baker, played by Derek Speedy, saves Little Red Riding Hood from the Wolf, Jake Corvino, by “cutting her out” of the Wolf’s stomach. Risk assessment was heavily discussed by cast and crew to determine whether or not it was safe to use a real machete as a prop in the scene. After several runs of the scene, it was determined a knife would be used. 10As their female cast mates meticulously apply makeup, Derek Speedy and Eli Troen, who play the Baker and Jack, respectively, solve a crossword puzzle in the men’s dressing room. 20Cinderella, Arianna Paz, recounts details of The Prince’s festival to the Baker’s Wife, Eliza Manta. 3Music Director Brian Ge delivers notes to the orchestra’s French horn player during a break. Ge, along with several members of the orchestra, enjoyed a dinner of Chinese take-out in the theater before the cast arrived. 14Sarah Grammer takes notes on her master script as she watches the Baker, Derek Speedy, and the Baker’s Wife, Eliza Mantz, perform “It Takes Two.” 18The Witch, Ashley LaLonde, explains to the Baker, Derek Speedy, and the Baker’s Wife, Eliza Mantz, that to lift the curse on their house they must bring her a white cow, a golden slipper, and a red cape. 8Before they transform into her iconic golden slippers, Arianna Paz, who plays Cinderella, slips on brown boots for the top of the show. 19Jack, Eli Troen, sings a heartfelt goodbye to his closest friend and cow, Milky White. The cow mask was designed and created by the Harvard-Radcliffe Drama Club prop design team, led by Rachel Harner and Ian Power.last_img read more

‘It’s kind of like candy to me’: Professor assists wardrobe department for ‘The Lion King’

first_imgMelissa Bialko will be assisting the costume department of the Broadway production of “The Lion King,” which will run at South Bend’s Morris Performing Arts Center from March 4 to March 22.Bialko, Saint Mary’s theatre professor and professional specialist in costume design, said she got the position working on the show through a stagehand union called International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, or IATSE. Genevieve Coleman | The Observer The Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend is hosting a traveling Broadway production of “The Lion King.” Saint Mary’s professor Melissa Bialko is among the crew working on wardrobe for the show.“My first gig with our local stagehands union, Local 187, was in September 2005, so I’ve been working with this local for quite some time,’’ she said. “Being a member of the union, there is a call order for each position. I was called in ranking order to fulfill that position, which is a wardrobe member.’’Bialko said she is humbled to take on the role for the show.“I feel great pride in any work that I can get to do in theatre, and it’s kind of like candy to me to get to work on something renowned like ‘The Lion King’ as a wardrobe person,” she said.Managing the costumes for “The Lion King” is a large undertaking, Bialko said, due to the show’s minimalistic set.“It’s a huge wardrobe call,” she said. “There’s truly very little scenery, but there’s a lot of glorious lighting and a lot of costumes. So, there’s quite a lot of us who are needed to be wardrobe [members] as well as puppet workers.”The wardrobe managers are divided into specific crews, each of which have certain jobs to perform during the shows.“There’s actually a specific laundry crew, which is typical on every show,” Bialko said. “Then during the shows themselves, we help people with changing their clothes. It’s a lot more complicated and intense than what that sounds initially. There’s actually quite a lot of running around backstage.”Bialko said she thoroughly enjoys being a part of theatre productions because of the fast-paced nature of the job.“It’s a lot of quick problem solving on your feet,” she said. “It’s really enjoyable because you get to help the performers be ready to do their job.”Originally, Bialko said she wanted to use her passion for design to become a civil engineer.“I started out in civil engineering and environmental science, wanting to go into preservation of historical structures and eventually into law for environmental and preservation reasons,’’ she said. “I found out as an engineer, you spend a lot of time not physically interacting with the old stuff I love. With scenic design, you get to interact with the old stuff everyday — you get to research it, you get to replicate it, you get to tweak it in the design sense to make it tell part of the story of the play.”Bialko said she has found a love for teaching students lessons that are applicable both inside and outside the classroom.“The appeal to me is to get to work with students that closely every day and to not only teach them, ‘This is how you draft this kind of pattern,’ but also life skills,” she said.Working in theatre enriches and complements the human experience in many ways, Bialko said.“What I really love about theatre is how collaborative it is,” she said. “You are part of a team every single day. You are working toward a common goal every single day. … I think [the arts] serve a very important enrichment for [mental health] in our world, and the joy and pride of being a part of that is very, very special to me.”Tags: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Morris Performing Arts Center, The Lion Kinglast_img read more

Free COVID-19 Testing Extended For SUNY Employees, Other State Workers

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: U.S. Army National Guard / Michael Schwenk / CC BY 2.0ALBANY – An agreement providing free COVID-19 testing to several groups of New York State workers has been extended.SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras and the Police Benevolent Association for New York State extended an agreement to conduct free, mandatory COVID-19 testing for PBA of New York State-represented employees at SUNY state-operated colleges, universities, and hospitals.Routine testing for PBA-represented employees will now continue through the end of the spring semester.The preexisting agreement was set to expire at the end of 2020. United University Professions (UUP), The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), and New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) recently extended similar arrangements.“As we look forward to the spring semester with our campuses reopening, which will bring the return of our students, we want to continue making testing available to every member of the SUNY family in order to track and control the virus as best we can—this extension provides an avenue to our University Police Officers to easily get tested,” said Chancellor Malatras. “Every one of the SUNY community’s health is a top priority, so it is crucial that we take care of our police force who work tirelessly keep our campuses and their surrounding communities safe. I thank President Ryan Law for his leadership and partnership in finalizing this extension agreement.”Effective through June 30, 2021, all state operated colleges, universities, and hospitals shall continue conduct testing of PBANYS Agency Police Services Unit (APSU) employees (University Police Officer, University Police Officer II, University Police Investigator, and University Police Investigator II) who are required to report in person to campus to conduct some or all of their work obligation.Testing of all employees shall be conducted in concert with regular surveillance testing in campus plans required under Chancellor Malatras’ Sept. 3, 2020, directive.last_img read more

Joe Mantello Joins Sally Field for The Glass Menagerie

first_imgJoe Mantello & Sally Field(Bruce Glikas) View Comments The Glass Menagerie Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2017center_img Star Files Tony-winning director Joe Mantello will return to center stage in a new Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. He’ll take on the role of Tom Wingfield, joining the previously speculated Sally Field, who will play matriarch Amanda Wingfield. Fun Home Tony winner Sam Gold will direct the production, which is scheduled to begin performances on February 14, 2017. Opening night is set for March 23 at the Golden Theatre.The show will also star American Horror Story alum Finn Wittrock as the “gentleman caller” Jim O’Connor and Madison Ferris, who will be making her Broadway debut in the role of Laura Wingfield.Mantello earned a Tony nomination this year for directing The Humans; he also helmed this season’s revival of Blackbird. He won previously for directing Assassins and Take Me Out and picked up additional nods for directing Love! Valour! Compassion! and Glengarry Glen Ross. As an actor, Mantello’s credits include The Normal Heart on stage and screen (he picked up both Tony and Emmy nods) and Angels in America.Wittrock made his Broadway debut as Happy in the 2012 revival of Death of a Salesman. In addition to AHS, he has since appeared on screen in The Normal Heart, The Big Short, Noah, Winter’s Tale and the upcoming movie musical La La Land. Ferris’ previous stage credits include The Winter’s Tale and Three Sisters at Muhlenberg College, where she studied both theater and media/communication.The Glass Menagerie, which follows a faded Southern belle and her two kids, premiered on Broadway in 1945 and has since been revived six times. The most recent revival, in 2013, featured Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto and Brian J. Smith. Sally Fieldlast_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Colonel Joins MINUSCA Team

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo October 24, 2018 Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) Colonel Alexandre Corrêa Lima joined the international staff of the United Nations Integrated Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSMA, in French). He reached MINUSCA headquarters, in Bangui, September 3, 2018, for a one-year mission. The United Nations (UN) Security Council founded MINUSCA in the Central African Republic (CAR), September 15, 2014. As of October 2018, nearly 12,000 female and male military service members serve in the mission made up of about 15,000 personnel. More than 40 countries take part in MINUSCA, while troops on the ground, spread throughout the country, come from 16 countries, principally Africa and the Middle East. Col. Alexandre joined the security reform sector, responsible for assisting CAR with restructuring its military and internal security forces. “This function supports and coordinates the preparation of strategic plans, as well as monitoring and audit activities,” he said. To be eligible for the job, the officer participated in a selection process opened to general staff service members of UN member countries, an unprecedented move for FAB officers. “I hope to be the first of many others. Our officers, from the three forces, are very well trained and prepared throughout their careers,” he said. Selection process The selection process for missions begins with a consultation with UN member countries. In Brazil, the consultation process included the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, and Armed Forces. An officer is recommended based on the UN job description. A file is sent to UN headquarters, in New York, where resumes are evaluated. Several countries presented applicants for the MINUSCA position. UN evaluated all resumes and created a shortlist with the best applicants, representatives from four other countries and Brazil. The UN international board interviewed all applicants in English and French. Col. Alexandre believes that his fluency in both languages, especially in French, was decisive for his selection. “In my field of work, the day-to-day language is French,” he said. “During the interview, members of the board in New York asked questions in English, and the members in Bangui, my current leadership, asked questions in French.” The UN requirements for the position included emotional stability to face daily challenges, respect for cultural diversity, and adaptability. Col. Alexandre’s professional career, with previous experience in peacekeeping missions, was also decisive for his selection. The officer had been part of the peacekeeping troops of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti for a year. “It helps a lot, because I’m already familiar with the UN’s organization, processes, and operating mode,” he said. Col. Alexandre’s selection for MINUSCA shows his readiness, technical capacity, and high level of professionalism, said FAB Colonel Antonio Luiz Godoy Soares Mioni Rorigues, of the Office of the Military Advisor to the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, in New York. “Brazil is an active participant in UN peacekeeping operations since 1948,” he said. Preparation of Brazilian service members According to Col. Soares, the Office of the Military Advisor monitors different steps of UN staff recruitment, motivating and supporting preparation of Brazilian applicants. The office facilitates interaction between Brazil and the UN for matters related to peacekeeping operations. “But the UN’s decision is made without interference from member states,” he said. For retired Brazilian Army General Gerson Menandro Garcia de Freitas, military advisor to Brazil’s mission, Col. Alexandre’s selection, and that of all Brazilians deployed to other missions, embodies Brazil’s traditional role as a peacekeeping nation. “It shows our country’s commitment and engagement with the three pillars of the UN’s system: peace and security, human rights, and sustainable development,” he said. “This is also an opportunity for professional growth and continued education for our service members, police officers, and civilians.” The Office of the Advisor assists Brazil’s permanent representative to the UN on defense matters. The office has three officers from the three branches of the Brazilian military and serves as a link between Brazil and the UN headquarters for peacekeeping operations matters. The office identifies opportunities for service members and police officers and submits them to the Brazilian Defense Ministry, which determines priorities, recommends applicants, and establishes guidelines, jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The process encompasses “individual positions and missions, the deployment of troops, contingents, and resources, such as aircraft, ships, and combat vehicles,” Gen. Menandro said. Brazil in UN missions Since 1948, Brazil has participated in 41 of 71 UN peacekeeping missions with nearly 46,000 Blue Helmets. The country contributed with troops in Angola, Haiti, Lebanon, Mozambique, Timor-Leste, and the Suez Canal, among others. Brazilian service members are deployed in eight of 14 peacekeeping missions throughout the world. “The commander and the flagship of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon are Brazilian, a Brazilian Navy admiral and ship, and so is the commander of the Military Component of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the peacekeeping operation with the largest military force on the ground. He’s a general officer from the Brazilian Army,” Gen. Menandro concluded.last_img read more

LIRR Train Kills Person in Syosset

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A person was fatally struck by a Long Island Rail Road train in Syosset late Monday night.The victim was struck east of the Robbins Lane crossing before midnight, the LIRR said.Service was suspended on the Port Jefferson Branch between Hicksville and Huntington while investigators were on the scene.The victim’s identity was not immediately available.MTA Police are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Common money fears and how to overcome them

first_img 76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details If you’ve ever worried about your financial status and are stressed about coming up with cash, take solace in the fact that you are not alone. A recent survey by CNBC reported that over half of all Americans lose sleep at night over financial worries. Here are a few of those common fears, and how you can work to overcome them.Living paycheck to paycheckOne of the most common money concerns most Americans have today is living paycheck to paycheck. Despite how hard most of us work, more often than not it feels as though we’ll never get ahead. It can be very difficult to enjoy life outside of the workplace when there isn’t a lot of extra money. To combat this money stressor, it is recommended that individuals sit down and physically write out a solid spending plan, including expenses as well as savings and debt payoff. Secondly, look for ways to cut costs, even in the smallest possible ways. Cancel that gym membership when the weather is nice and you can exercise outdoors. Cut your television package if you primarily use Netflix. Small changes can add up and will help you to be able to stash away money for your emergency fund.Saving for retirementMany of us live in the moment and because retirement is so far away, it’s hard to fathom dealing with what seems like the distant future. Many Americans even feel as though they won’t ever be able to retire, and for that reason put little to no concern in saving up. The reality is, preparing for retirement does not have to be a complicated process. Take advantage of your organization’s retirement plan or if one is not available through your company, consider setting up and contributing automatically to an IRA. Start out with small amounts and as you (hopefully) make more money over time, up your contribution amount until you hit your comfort level.Getting control of debtWhen you’re faced with large amounts of debt, it seems like you’ll never catch up and get it under control. Many even believe they’ll never be debt-free. The fact is that there are certain things you can do to take a chunk out of your personal debt. First, closely examine how much you owe and how much you’ve been paying. Then, you can more easily determine your best repayment strategy. Start with smaller debts to get you motivated and once those are under control, turn to those with higher interest rates.last_img read more