Heritage Ministries Names New Interim CEO

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) GERRY – The Heritage Ministries Board of Directors announced Tuesday that Lisa Haglund has been named as the interim CEO for the company, replacing the previous CEO David Smeltzer.Officials with the company were not at liberty to explain specifically why Smeltzer left his position. WNYNewsNow has reached out to set up an interview with Haglund in the near future.Haglund began her career with Northwest Bank where she worked for over twenty years, prior to joining the Heritage organization. Haglund attended Alfred State College as well as the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Advanced School of Banking at Penn State. She has also been an active member of her community, with involvement ranging from Chautauqua Leadership Network to the St. Susan Center.“It is this combination of business acumen, integrity, and Christian values that made her the obvious selection as we take next steps in an exciting future for Heritage,” Heritage Board of Directors shared.Heritage Ministries was founded in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry, to six locations in New York with additional affiliations across the United States.last_img read more

Man Allegedly Exposed Private Parts To Children, Second Incident This Week

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) Image by Jamestown Police. JAMESTOWN – A man who was previously charged with exposing his private parts in public is now accused of doing it again, only this time showing off to several underaged children.Jamestown Police allege John Hollingsworth, 41, of Lakewood, exposed himself to several youths in the area of Front Street on Thursday around 4:30 p.m.Officers arrested Hollingsworth who was seated in a parked vehicle near the area.Hollingsworth is charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and public lewdness. Police say under the New York State Bail Reform Act he was arraigned and released.Hollingsworth was charged in a similar incident on Wednesday after Lakewood-Busti Police responded to a suspicious person complaint on East Third Street near Sales Alley in the Village of Lakewood.Officers there say Hollingsworth allegedly exposing his private parts near a house in the area.Jamestown Police say this case is not connected to a ‘stranger danger’ incident at nearby Lincoln Elementary School on Thursday.last_img read more

Bryce Ryness Begins Performances in Matilda

first_img Related Shows View Comments Star Files Bryce Ryness in ‘Matilda'(Photo: Joan Marcus) There’s a new Trunchbull in town! Bryce Ryness starts performances in Matilda on June 7, succeeding Christopher Sieber, who played his final performance on June 5; Sieber is set to move on to the world premiere of the much-buzzed about The Prom. The delightfully naughty tuner is playing at the Shubert Theatre through January 1, 2017.Ryness joins the Broadway company after originating the role of Trunchbull on the first National tour. His other Broadway credits include Hair, First Date, Leap of Faith and Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway, he’s premiered and/or originated roles in Long Story Short, Fly by Night, See Rock City & Other Destinations, Around the World in 80 Days and Crossing Brooklyn. Ryness’ screen credits include Tangled, Sacrifice, Law & Order: SVU, Peter Pan Live!, It Could Be Worse, Submissions Only, Political Animals and Just for Kicks.Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Matthew Warchus, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.In addition to Ryness, the cast currently includes Allison Case as Miss Honey, Amy Spanger as Mrs. Wormwood, Rick Holmes as Mr. Wormwood and Natalie Venetia Belcon as Mrs. Phelps. Ava Briglia, Aviva Winick and Willow McCarthy share the title role.The Olivier-winning London production of Matilda continues to run at the West End’s Cambridge Theatre.center_img Bryce Ryness Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Matildalast_img read more

Governor Wolf: President Trump Should Stand Up for Pennsylvania Energy Workers

first_img October 10, 2018 Governor Wolf: President Trump Should Stand Up for Pennsylvania Energy Workers Economy,  Energy,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today again urged President Trump to protect Pennsylvania refinery workers by reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the wake of the president directing the Environmental Protection Agency to benefit ethanol producers in other states. The Trump Administration has repeatedly ignored calls to support two major refiners in Pennsylvania that are struggling to remain profitable due to the burden of the RFS on their operations, even as it has taken numerous actions to benefit ethanol producers.“President Trump needs to do the right thing for Pennsylvania’s refinery workers and stop only catering to major ethanol producing states,” Governor Wolf said. “Since last year, I have been asking the Trump administration to come to the aid of Pennsylvania refineries that are burdened by unfair rules which make it impossible for them to compete. The Trump Administration’s failure to act puts thousands of good jobs and middle-class families in Pennsylvania at risk.”The governor also announced that he will be filing an update to his prior petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, again requesting that the EPA administrator exercise waiver authority due to the economic harm the RFS standard is imposing on the region. The governor will be updating the petition with a recent study noting that the number of East Coast refineries has dropped from 16 to 8 over the last two decades, and production has fallen by over half over the same period. The report concludes that if the Trump Administration does not take action, the RFS requirements are likely to substantially exacerbate the financial difficulties of these refiners, potentially pushing profitable refiners into unprofitability.In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Energy Solutions employs approximately 1,500 workers and Monroe Energy employs nearly 500 workers. According to a Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry study, these direct jobs support over 35,000 indirect jobs in Southeastern Pennsylvania.Governor Wolf has directly contacted the Trump Administration multiple times regarding this issue. In October 2017, Governor Wolf sent a letter on this topic to President Trump. In November 2017, he personally appealed to then EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. No action has been taken to date.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

NZ doesn’t want ‘marijuana industry’ – English

first_imgThe vast majority of viewers tuning into The AM Show on Monday support medicinal cannabis.A (non-scientific) poll on the Newshub website found 94 percent of respondents backing its legalisation.It comes after oncologists claimed at the weekend half their patients are using cannabis to ease their suffering.Half of cancer patients using cannabis, say doctorsBut don’t expect the Government to ease up the rules anytime soon.Speaking to The AM Show on Monday, Prime Minister Bill English said there’s already a “compassionate” and legal route for patients to get cannabis products – if they need them.“The minister’s just changed the rules so that’s a little bit easier, with the Ministry of Health now approving it instead of each one going to the minister.“As far as we can see, that’s going to work pretty well and we don’t want to take it any further.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/04/nz-doesn-t-want-marijuana-industry-english.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. NewsHub 3 April 2017Family First Comment: There’s already a “compassionate” and legal route for patients to get cannabis products – if they need them. “The minister’s just changed the rules so that’s a little bit easier, with the Ministry of Health now approving it instead of each one going to the minister. As far as we can see, that’s going to work pretty well and we don’t want to take it any further.”“We don’t want an official marijuana industry. We’re not going to be legalising it.”Well said.#saynopetodope last_img read more

My work as a prostitute led me to oppose decriminalisation

first_imgBBC News 2 October 2017Family First Comment: A fascinating read – warning the world of NZ’s flawed experiment….“For most of her life in prostitution in New Zealand, Sabrinna Valisce campaigned for decriminalisation of the sex trade. But when it actually happened she changed her mind and now argues that men who use prostitutes should be prosecuted.In 1989, after two years working on the streets, Valisce visited the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) in Christchurch. “I was looking for some support, perhaps to exit prostitution, but all I was offered was condoms,” she says. “They started talking about how stigma against ‘sex workers’ was the worst thing about it, and that prostitution is just a job like any other,” Valisce remembers. “It somehow made what she was doing seem more palatable.” Valisce says that in New Zealand it was a disaster, and only benefited the pimps and punters.”In 1989, after two years working on the streets, Valisce visited the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) in Christchurch.“I was looking for some support, perhaps to exit prostitution, but all I was offered was condoms,” she says.She was also invited to the collective’s regular wine and cheese social on Friday nights.“They started talking about how stigma against ‘sex workers’ was the worst thing about it, and that prostitution is just a job like any other,” Valisce remembers.It somehow made what she was doing seem more palatable.She became the collective’s massage parlour co-ordinator and an enthusiastic supporter of its campaign for the full decriminalisation of all aspects of the sex trade, including pimps.“It felt like there was a revolution coming. I was so excited about how decriminalisation would make things better for the women,” she says.Decriminalisation arrived in 2003, and Valisce attended the celebration party held by the prostitutes’ collective.But she soon became disillusioned.The Prostitution Reform Act allowed brothels to operate as legitimate businesses, a model often hailed as the safest option for women in the sex trade.In the UK, the Home Affairs Select Committee has been considering a number of different approaches towards the sex trade, including full decriminalisation. But Valisce says that in New Zealand it was a disaster, and only benefited the pimps and punters.“I thought it would give more power and rights to the women,” she says. “But I soon realised the opposite was true.”One problem was that it allowed brothel owners to offer punters an “all-inclusive” deal, whereby they would pay a set amount to do anything they wanted with a woman.“One thing we were promised would not happen was the ‘all-inclusive’,” says Valisce. “Because that would mean the women wouldn’t be able to set the price or determine which sexual services they offered or refused – which was the mainstay of decriminalisation and its supposed benefits.”Aged 40, Valisce approached a brothel in Wellington for a job, and was shocked by what she saw.“During my first shift, I saw a girl come back from an escort job who was having a panic attack, shaking and crying, and unable to speak. The receptionist was yelling at her, telling her to get back to work. I grabbed my belongings and left,” she says.Shortly afterwards, she told the prostitutes’ collective in Wellington what she had witnessed. “What are we doing about this?” she asked. “Are we working on any services to help get out?”She was “absolutely ignored”, she says, and finally left the prostitutes’ collective.Until then, the organisation had been her only source of support, a place to go where no-one judged her for working in the sex trade.It was while volunteering there, though, that she had begun her journey towards becoming an “abolitionist”.“One of my jobs at NZPC was to find all of the media clippings. There was one thing I read: it was somebody talking about being in tears and not knowing why, and it wasn’t until they were out [of the sex trade] that they understood what those feelings were.“I had been through that for years [thinking], ‘I don’t know what’s going on, why am I feeling like this?’ and realised when I read that: ‘Oh God, that’s me.’”For Valisce, there was no turning back.She left prostitution in early 2011 and moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, seeking a new direction in life, but was confused and depressed. When her neighbour tried to recruit her into webcam prostitution, she politely declined. “I felt like I had ‘whore’ stamped on my forehead. How did she know to ask me? I now know being female was the only reason”, says Valisce. Afterwards the neighbour hurled insults at Valisce whenever she saw her.Valisce began to meet women online, feminists who were against decriminalisation and described themselves as abolitionists – the abolitionist model, also currently being considered by the UK’s Home Affairs Select Committee, criminalises the pimps and punters while decriminalising the prostituted person.Valisce set up a group called Australian Radical Feminists and was soon invited to a conference. Held at the University of Melbourne last year, it was the first abolitionist event ever to be held in Australia, where many states have legalised the brothel trade.READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41349301Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Libyan minister kidnapped by gunmen linked to fellow minister

first_imgGunmen have reportedly kidnapped a Libyan minister.Libyan parliament said on Tuesday that gunmen kidnapped Mohamad al-Gaddar, the planning minister in the country’s Tripoli-based government, and accused a group linked to its interior minister of being behind the abduction.The security and defence commission of the General National Congress (GNC) condemned the kidnap of the minister by “an armed group linked to the interior minister.”The GNC also accused the same group of attacking its government headquarters.Libya has experiences waves of chaos since October 2011 after the ouster and killing of long serving leader Muammar Gaddafi, with two governments battling for power and other armed groups seeking to control its vast energy resources.In August 2014, a militia alliance overran Tripoli, establishing a rival government and a parliament that forced the internationally recognized government to flee to the country’s remote east.last_img read more

Pair Accused Of Selling Wild Animals, Having Drugs

first_imgMOORES HILL – Two Moores Hill residents are in trouble with the law as authorities say they were trying to sell wild animals and also had drugs inside the home.Indiana Conservation Officers searched a residence on State Road 350 in Moores Hill Monday after receiving information that Jason Miller, 27, and Rachel Blankenship, 18, were keeping raccoons and skunks in the home and selling them to buyers.The search turned up raccoons, skunks, black bass and illicit drugs and paraphernalia, police said.Miller is charged with possession of skunk (class C misdemeanor), possession of raccoon (class C misdemeanor), possession of black bass (class C misdemeanor), illegal sale of wildlife (class C misdemeanor), possession of a controlled substance (level 6 felony), possession of a legend drug (level 6 felony), possession of paraphernalia (class A misdemeanor), taking juvenile to location used for drug sale, manufacture, or possession (class A misdemeanor).Blankenship is charged with possession of skunk (class C misdemeanor), possession of raccoon (class C misdemeanor), illegal sale of wildlife (class C misdemeanor), possession of paraphernalia (class A misdemeanor), taking juvenile to location used for drug sale, manufacture, or possession (class A misdemeanor).Both suspects were booked into the Dearborn County Jail and the Department of Child Services was contacted for further investigation.last_img read more

Europa League: Man U ease into knockout phase

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford netted fine goals as Manchester United beat Partizan Belgrade to seal their place in the Europa League knockout phase with two games to spare. Having seen a three-match winning run come to a disappointing halt at Bournemouth at the weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side rallied and secured a comprehensive Group L victory under the lights at Old Trafford. Classy goals by Greenwood, Martial and Rashford gave free-flowing United a deserved 3-0 victory on Thursday night, ensuring progress to the Europa League round of 32 with games against Astana and AZ Alkmaar still to play. Solskjaer can now experiment and rest key players in those fixtures – a boost with the energy-sapping 6,000-mile return trip to freezing Kazakhstan looming large later this month. The United boss named a strong team in a bid to get qualification wrapped up early and teenager Greenwood, one of four changes from the Cherries loss, showed excellent composure to make space and send Partizan’s goalkeeper the wrong way to open the scoring after 22 minutes. The 18-year-old’s pressure led to the home side’s second of the evening, although Martial deserves all the credit for the way he turned superbly, evaded three challenges and slotted home a magical goal. A thumping strike by Rashford early in the second half wrapped up victory against Savo Milosevic’s side, with the only negative for United being the sight of Scott McTominay limping off. Thursday’s match provided entertainment too often lacking at Old Trafford this season, with both sides seeing goals ruled out for offside during the opening four minutes. That deflected effort off Umar Sadiq was as close as Partizan would get, with Rashford fizzing wide, forcing Vladimir Stojkovic into a close-range stop and volleying over inside the opening 15 minutes. Murmurs of frustration followed the latter opportunity, but Rashford’s directness soon helped unlock the Partizan defence. The 22-year-old’s pass found Greenwood in the box, with the teenager making space to hit a left-footed strike that bamboozled Stojkovic. It was a lovely finish and United stepped up a gear after Seydouba Soumah, impressive in the return fixture, curled wide. Greenwood’s pressure led to a clearance ricocheting off him into the path of Martial, who showed exceptional skill to collect the ball and turn Strahinja Pavlovic in the same motion. The Frenchman did not stop there, with his fine footwork and calmness seeing him avoid three challenges and beat the goalkeeper. Martial tried to add to that before half-time, as did Rashford and Ashley Young. United were in control and the second period was just four minutes old when Young laid a pass into the path of Rashford to leather into the top left-hand corner in front of the Stretford End to make it 2-0. Young and Fred went close with free-kicks as Solskjaer’s Reds looked to press home their advantage, but the game was over and they eventually dropped their intensity a gear or two. James Garner, who started in Belgrade, came on for his first senior appearance at Old Trafford, before McTominay went off with what appeared to be a foot issue.Tags: Europa LeagueManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordPartizan Belgradelast_img read more

Benfica handed tough trip to PAOK in UEFA Champions League qualifiers

first_imgRelatedPosts Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Chuba Akpom confirms Nigeria switch Twice former European champions Benfica were handed a tough match away to Greek side PAOK in the draw on Monday for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.Red Star Belgrade, the other former champions among the 16 clubs in the hat, travel to Cyprus to play Omonia Nicosia who surprisingly knocked out Legia Warsaw in the previous round. Dynamo Kiev will host Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and Ferencvaros entertain Dinamo Zagreb.As with the previous two qualifying rounds, the ties will be held over a single leg due to the difficulties of travelling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.They will be played on September 15 and 16, and must also take place without spectators.Two teams have forfeited ties and have been eliminated because of positive COVID-19 tests among their squad – Slovak champions Slovan Bratislava and Kosovo champions Drita.Reuters/NAN. Tags: BenficaPAOKUEFA Champions League qualifierslast_img read more