Minnesota Refugee Agencies Inundated With Donations And Offers to Help

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMinnesota has an unusual refugee problem — too many people volunteering to help.“We have four to five times the number of volunteer inquiries and interest,” the Minnesota Council of Churches told the Star Tribune. “It’s a wonderful problem to have.”The sudden surge has happened in just the last couple of weeks, as 31 governors around the U.S. demanded that no Syrian refugees be allowed in their states.GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSBut in Minnesota, citizens are offering to house refugees in spare bedrooms and teach English classes. They’re also flooding relief agencies with donations of coats, diapers, cash, and other items.Even though no Syrians have reached the state yet, their plight is raising awareness that has inspired people to help.According to the Star Tribune, five nonprofit agencies resettle about 2,000 refugees in Minnesota every year. Three of those groups report a sudden groundswell of support in the past two weeks.RELATED:  Scotland to Welcome Refugees With Screening of It’s a Wonderful LifeDonations to the International Institute of Minnesota have come from around the state and from 24 other states — many with governors rejecting refugees. The Institute, which resettled 465 mostly African and Asian immigrants last year, has received 500 phone calls from people asking to volunteer in the last two weeks.Catholic Charities report an upsurge of volunteers and the Council of Churches has had to put people wanting to help on a waiting list.Volunteer To Share This Story…  (Photo by DFID-UK, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Bill To Early Fund Public Education In Alaska Signed Into Law

first_imgThe signing ceremony for House Bill 287 was held at the Harborview Elementary School in Juneau. HB 287 authorizes the State of Alaska to spend $1.3 billion for K-12 education and student transportation. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker was joined by members of the Alaska Legislature and dozens of elementary school students for the official signing ceremony for legislation to early fund Alaska’s K-12 public education system. The bill was introduced at the beginning of the Second Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature by House Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer). HB 287 was co-sponsored by 22 State Representatives and 12 Senators.Representative Paul Seaton (R-Homer): “With the passage of House Bill 287, the Alaska House Majority Coalition has kept our promise to protect education from further funding cuts. For the first time in three years, pink slips won’t go out because of late funding of public education.” A provision to the bill inserted in the Alaska Senate provides an additional $30 million in education funding in Fiscal Year 2020 if some version of Senate Bill 26 passes this session. $30 million is equivalent to a $117 increase to the Base Student Allocation (BSA). House Bill 287 passed the Alaska House of Representatives on February 7th by a vote of 33-3. The bill passed the Alaska State Senate on April 14th by a vote of 15-4. HB 287 was officially signed into law earlier today by Alaska Governor Bill Walker.last_img read more

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Haughton finishes runner-up in Dixie O-Zone state baseball tournament

first_imgThe Haughton All-Stars finished runner-up in the Dixie 12 O-Zone state baseball tournament.Haughton hung with a powerful Shreveport All-Stars team before falling 5-2 in the championship round Tuesday. Haughton would have had to defeat Shreveport twice to win the title.Shreveport, which will represent Louisiana in the 12 O-Zone World Series in Laurel, Miss., had won every game by at least 10 runs before facing Haughton.Members of the state runner-up team are Ryan Rimmer, Chase Keith, Jake Pieri, Logan Carmack, Jackson Voigt, Hunter Tolbert. Braden Franks, Landon Ruybal, Sergio Delgado, Jacob Hernandez, Connor Blank and Dakota Delahoussaye.Haughton’s Ryan Rimmer hit a home run. Chase Keith started on the mound and pitched well. Jacob Hernandez came on in relief.The score was tied at 2 in the bottom of the fourth with Sergio Delgado getting an RBI for Haughton. Shreveport’s Donald Bickham broke the deadlock with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth. Shreveport starter Caden Akana pitched three innings and was relieved by Kirk Martinson.The District 4 champion Bossier All-Stars also had a good tournament, going 2-2.Team members are Noble Means, Hayden Smith, Kynner Miller, Nathan Fielder, Triston Hargrave, Caleb Hemmings, Steven Gilbreath, Carson Carey, Coleman Beeson, Harrison Waxley, Keegan Lehr and Dylan Procell.Coaches are Eddie Fitzpatrick, Trey Smith and Chris Fielder.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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Gerard Pique offers support to Ousmane Dembele: ‘We will help you!’

first_imgAdvertisement Ousmane Dembele was not in the squad of Barcelona against Real Betis in the La Liga match on Sunday. The young French footballer was absent in the training session and he was located at his house one and half hour later with a stomach bug. The unhealthy lifestyle of Ousmane Dembele is going to be an area of concern for the club management of the Catalan Giants. Advertisement Gerard Pique tried to defend the youngster and offered him the helping hand. According to him,Advertisement  “It’s the coach’s decision [not to call him up],” Advertisement “He has a lot of talent and a lot of room to improve. If the coach doesn’t call him up, it’s to help him improve. We’re all here to help him. We’ve all been young like him, we’ve all made mistakes like him. “From experience, you have to teach [the young players] that football lasts for all 24 hours of the day — you have to live it from the first minute until the last. I am sure he knows that and that he will keep improving with time.” Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in the previous summer transfer window. However, he is still not able to seal his position in the first team of Barcelona yet. According to the sources, the club management of Barcelona still do not have any plan to sell this star French winger in the next summer transfer windows. Many top European clubs are interested to sign Ousmane Dembele; but Barcelona will like to give him more time to settle at Camp Nou. Advertisementlast_img read more

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No choppers for Wood

first_imgBy DANI ROTHWELL AND KATHRYN BERMINGHAM WHILE Bronwyn Bishop has been in the firing line for her travel expenses, local…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Mobile Library comes to Nar Nar Goon

first_imgBy Helena Adeloju The Mobile Library Service will stop at Nar Nar Goon Primary School on its weekly round from…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Mesut Ozil to be given chance to impress Unai Emery in clash with Totttenham

first_imgMESUT OZIL may return for Arsenal’s Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with Tottenham tonight.The German playmaker, 30, has featured in the Gunners’ last two games – the 1-0 win over Qarabag and 3-2 loss to Southampton.4 How Arsenal could line-up for tonight’s clash with Tottenham4 Mesut Ozil may start tonight’s Carabao Cup clash against SpursCredit: GettyBut Ozil came off the bench during this weekend’s defeat on the south coast and could be thrust back into the starting XI against fierce rivals Spurs.However, Gunners boss Unai Emery still has a crippling defensive crisis to contend with – despite the return of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from suspension.Shkodran Mustafi is doubtful with a hamstring injury, while Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos are definitely out.Laurent Koscienly will likely be forced to continue his comeback from injury, despite playing twice in four days already recently.4 Sokratis will also return from suspension to shore up the defenceCredit: EPAThe likes of Carl Jenkinson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Stephan Lichtsteiner or even midfielder Granit Xhaka may be forced into part of a makeshift back-line.Julio Pleguezuelo has also featured for the Gunners in this competition this season, in the 2-1 win over Blackpool in the previous round.But fellow youngster Emile Smith-Rowe is likely to miss out out with an injury of his own – while Petr Cech could get a rare run-out in place of Bernd Leno.Other than that, Arsenal are likely to stick with a strong line-up against their neighbours, meaning a similar midfield and attack to the Saints defeat could be on show.Southampton 3-2 Arsenal – Charlie Austin wins it late on as Ralph Hasenhuttl makes winning start as Southampton bossMORE ARSENAL STORIESSTILL GOT IT!Philip jokes with soldier about weight at ceremony 3 years after retirementSTAR POWERMeghan ‘needs to be admired’ & Kate is ‘the peacemaker’ according to star signsHEIR WE AREInside Prince Charles’ study full of family snaps & a sweet tribute to CamillaROOM WITH A VIEWInside Camilla’s living room with family pics & painting of Prince CharlesCHEEKY CHARLIECharles & Camilla’s ‘secret’ relationship is ‘fun, naughty & spontaneous’Not your queenWhy will Camilla not be Queen when Prince Charles is King?CAM OFF IT!Man, 53, says Megxit is cover-up to hide that he’s Charles & Camilla’s sonREIGN AND SHINEFrom Harry’s love life to Andrew scandal – what the 2010s meant for royalsROYAL HONOURWhy The Queen wears five poppies, Meghan Markle has one & Kate opts for threeROYAL HONOURMeghan and Harry honour our heroes at Westminster’s Field of Remembrance4 Harry Kane is doubtful for Tottenham in their cup derby clashCredit: Alamy Live NewsEmery has now come out and said his side must adapt and take control defensively, despite his shortage.The Spaniard said: “We need to improve and concede less chances to the opposition. We are scoring a lot but we are also conceding a lot.”Meanwhile, Tottenham have doubts over the fitness of Harry Kane, as well as Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez.Spurs will definitely be without Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Jan Vertonghen.Tottenham 1-0 Burnley – Christian Eriksen strikes in stoppage time as Spurs snatch winlast_img read more

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Pitch of baby cries found to be predictor of vocal pitch at

first_img The pitch of a person’s voice is one of the characteristics by which humans are judged by others. For example, those with a high pitch are often found to be annoying, while those with a low pitch are seen to be commanding. Also, scientists have discovered in recent years that what happens in the womb can have a major impact on personal and physical traits—one of which is voice pitch. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if there might be a connection between the pitch of a baby’s cries, and the voice they come into as children. To find out, they pulled voice recordings made during a prior longitudinal study of babies crying and compared them with the same individuals five years later.The researchers found that the voice pitch of a crying baby could be correlated to speaking pitch five years later. Or put another way, the pitch of a crying baby could be used to predict what that child would sound like as a five-year-old. This finding led them to revisit the findings of another team who had found that right-hand finger ratios could be used to predict pitch in both children and babies. That team had found that if the index finger on the right hand is longer than the ring finger, a baby will likely to grow up to have a high-pitched voice. Conversely, if it is shorter, they will be more likely to have a lower-pitch voice. The researchers note that prior studies suggested this was due to hormone levels present in the womb. And this, they suggest, indicates that such levels are likely the cause of the impact on voice pitch.The researchers also note that more work will need to be done to better understand the connection between the cries of a baby and how they will sound as children, because they only had 15 volunteer samples in their study. Explore further Pregnancy temporarily lowers a woman’s voice – new study More information: Florence Levrero et al. The pitch of babies’ cries predicts their voice pitch at age 5, Biology Letters (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0065AbstractVoice pitch (fundamental frequency, F0) is a key dimension of our voice that varies between sexes after puberty, and also among individuals of the same sex both before and after puberty. While a recent longitudinal study indicates that inter-individual differences in voice pitch remain stable in men during adulthood and may even be determined before puberty (Fouquet et al. 2016 R. Soc. open sci. 3, 160395. (DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160395)), whether these differences emerge in infancy remains unknown. Here, using a longitudinal study design, we investigate the hypothesis that inter-individual differences in F0 are already present in the cries of pre-verbal babies. While based on a small sample (n = 15), our results indicate that the F0 of babies’ cries at 4 months of age may predict the F0 of their speech utterances at 5 years of age, explaining 41% of the inter-individual variance in voice pitch at that age in our sample. We also found that the right-hand ratio of the length of their index to ring finger (2D : 4D digit ratio), which has been proposed to constitute an index of prenatal testosterone exposure, was positively correlated with F0 at both 4 months and 5 years of age. These findings suggest that a substantial proportion of between-individual differences in voice pitch, which convey important biosocial information about speakers, may partly originate in utero and thus already be present soon after birth. Journal information: Biology Letters © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Pitch of baby cries found to be predictor of vocal pitch at age five (2018, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-pitch-baby-cries-predictor-vocal.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain A combined team of researchers from the University of Lyon/Saint-Etienne in France and the University of Sussex in the U.K. has found that the pitch of a baby’s cries can be an indicator of voice pitch at age five. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group outlines their study and what they found. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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