What do kids really think about Santa?

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Young children are captivated by the Santa Claus story.Yoganov Konstantin/Shutterstock.com LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear center_img TAGSChristmas 2019Santa ClausThe Conversation Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleNancy’s Christmas twig Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Christmas 2019: Tha Santa Claus ReportBy Jonathan Lane, Vanderbilt UniversityChildren’s belief in Santa may be taken as evidence that they’re gullible or unable to distinguish fantasy from reality. But, consider your reaction to the following scenario:The past few nights, the local news has been filled with reports of an unidentified person who has broken into homes, stolen car keys and driven away with vehicles. The culprit hasn’t left much evidence behind, aside from muddy boot prints.You wake one morning to find a trail of mud on your floor, notice your car keys are missing and run to the window – your car is gone. You immediately think that this must be the work of the person from the news. Minutes later you get a call from your messy – and inconsiderate – roommate. He apologetically explains that he tried to walk to work as usual, but it was raining heavily, so he went back into your apartment with soiled shoes and borrowed your car for the day.In the U.S., adults, peers and TV commercials give children the constant narrative that Santa exists. Children visit shopping centers where they meet a person elaborately dressed as Santa, sit on his lap and divulge their desired gifts. Parents then plant evidence – the cookies and milk on Christmas Eve, the half-eaten cookies, the half-empty milk glass and – most important – presents under the tree on Christmas morning.Believing that Santa exists is no more evidence that children are gullible than is your initial deduction that a wanted criminal broke into the apartment. To the contrary, children are at times more skeptical than adults about a variety of people’s claims and assertions.The topic of children’s beliefs about Santa is particularly intriguing to me, as a scholar who examines children’s beliefs in what they’re told, their concepts of people and minds, and their understandings of the extraordinary. Research on children’s cognitive development supports an intriguing and nuanced story about children’s belief in St. Nick.A child writing a letter to Santa. It’s one thing to believe that Santa brings gifts, but another to imagine that he flies around the world.Yuganov Konstantin/Shutterstock.comWhat exactly do children believe?To believe that Santa exists is one thing. But do children believe that Santa can do all of the extraordinary things that parents and other adults purport? Do they believe that Santa can fly around the Earth in one night, on a sled pulled by reindeer, and deliver gifts to every child’s house; or that Santa really knows if they’ve been naughty or nice?This is where the developmental story becomes more interesting and nuanced. These beliefs depend on children’s concepts of the world, and these concepts undergo dramatic development across childhood.For example, there are substantial individual differences and developmental changes in how children conceptualize the Earth and in how they conceptualize time and speed.If a young child believes that the Earth is rather small or that there aren’t many people in the world, then believing in Santa’s 24-hour mass gift distribution isn’t so far-fetched. There are also substantial differences in children’s concept of minds. Young children, in particular, find it difficult to conceptualize someone who is all-knowing or who knows about their every thought and move. Preschoolers likely believe that Santa has a special mind, that he may know some things that most other adults don’t know but not everything.So, young children typically believe that Santa exists, but in a more mundane form than adults let on.By about age eight, most children realize their parents bring the goodies and gifts.LightField Studios/Shutterstock.comWhen the believing stopsYet, even within cultures where messages about Santa and physical evidence of Santa’s existence pervade, most children eventually come to realize that Santa doesn’t exist.Messages from friends may slowly erode children’s belief, or children may catch parents in the act of feasting on Santa’s cookies or placing presents under the tree.Also, as children increasingly understand the magnitude of Santa’s purported powers – for example, when they realize the distance Santa would need to travel and how many houses Santa would need to visit on a single night – this may raise doubts about Santa’s purported qualities and eventually inspire doubt in Santa’s existence altogether.By the age of about eight, most children don’t actually believe in Santa anymore.The pretense continuesSo why do they continue to participate in the annual ritual? Why do they act as if Santa really exists and actually delivers presents to them – of course, only if they’ve been nice?The simple answer is because it’s fun. This is similar to their having imaginary friends. Children with imaginary friends realize that those friends aren’t real people, but they pretend to play with them and tell people about them because that fantasy is enjoyable and rewarding. Playing with the idea that Santa is real has the added benefit of receiving toys every year! When older children indulge in the mythology of Santa, they are playing the game with adults, who themselves enjoy the fantasy.Are there consequences to deceiving children about Santa? Do children lose trust in their parents when they realize that it was all an elaborate ruse?There’s not much research that directly answers these questions. One of the few studies that asked children about their reactions found that children experienced more positive emotions than negative emotions when they learned about the myth, whether they discovered the ruse themselves or parents told them.Considering that children may understand that it’s a game before their parents realize that they do – and children continue playing along – and considering that the whole fantasy plays out in the context of fun and togetherness, there’s probably more to gain by playing along than there is to lose.Jonathan Lane, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Three charity CEO appointments for June 2017

first_imgWomen’s Aid appoints Katie GhoseKatie Ghose has been announced as the new chief executive of Women’s Aid. She will take up her position on 17 July 2017. A barrister and campaigner, Ghose joins Women’s Aid after seven years as chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society (ERS).During her time at ERS, Ghose led the transformation of the Society into the UK’s leading campaigner and commentator on democracy; pioneered the UK’s first citizens’ assemblies to engage new audiences in politics and launched the Society’s operations in Northern Ireland. Previously, she was director of the British Institute of Human Rights (2005-2010), and in 2009 she was awarded Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the Asian Lawyers’ Association. From 2006-08 Katie was an independent commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission.  166 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6  165 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 2 June 2017 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6center_img The Abbeyfield Society appoints David McCulloughDavid McCullough is to join The Abbeyfield Society as chief executive officer on 1st August. He joins the charity from the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and brings with him a background of experience working across the voluntary sector.With the Abbeyfield Society serving local need through volunteer led services, key to McCullough’s appointment is his understanding of this operating model, his recognition of the important role of volunteers and his successful financial transformation of the RVS. Helen McEachern joins Cherie Blair Foundation for WomenThe Cherie Blair Foundation for Women has appointed Helen McEachern as its new chief executive officer, taking up the role on 26th July. She succeeds interim chief executive Officer Clare Twelvetrees, who will return to her former role as the Foundation’s director of strategy, knowledge and learning.McEachern joins the Foundation after over a decade at ActionAid, most recently in the role of director of fundraising for ActionAid UK. She brings over 20 years’ experience in international NGOs and has held senior leadership positions at Greenpeace, ActionAid UK and ActionAid International. Key successes over the course of her career include overseeing the doubling of ActionAid’s global income to over £200m annually, expansion of the organisation into new countries and raising over £300m in five years as leader of ActionAid’s UK fundraising programme. Advertisement Three charity CEO appointments for June 2017 Here are three charity CEO appointments to kick off June 2017: for Women’s Aid, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and The Abbeyfield Society.last_img read more

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Police Were At Informant’s Doorstep, Yet Prompt Reporting Of Incident Was Withheld: Allahabad HC Acquits Murder Accused Over Delay Of 3.5 Hrs In Lodging Of FIR

first_imgNews UpdatesPolice Were At Informant’s Doorstep, Yet Prompt Reporting Of Incident Was Withheld: Allahabad HC Acquits Murder Accused Over Delay Of 3.5 Hrs In Lodging Of FIR LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 March 2021 6:03 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court last week allowed a criminal appeal and set aside an order of conviction passed under Section 302 of IPC for the offence of murder, citing a delay of 3 hours 20 minutes in lodging of FIR against the alleged offence. A Division Bench comprising of Justices Manoj Misra and Sanjay Kumar Pachor held that the aforesaid delay was ‘unreasonable’ in view of the fact…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Allahabad High Court last week allowed a criminal appeal and set aside an order of conviction passed under Section 302 of IPC for the offence of murder, citing a delay of 3 hours 20 minutes in lodging of FIR against the alleged offence. A Division Bench comprising of Justices Manoj Misra and Sanjay Kumar Pachor held that the aforesaid delay was ‘unreasonable’ in view of the fact that the Police authorities arrived at the place of occurrence immediately after the incident. The order stated, “Normally, a delay of few hours, particularly in night incidents, might not be considered significant but here the police were at the doorstep of the informant and the injured (Pratap Shankar Mishra) was carried to the hospital by the police, with Mazrubi Chitthi, and a so-called witness, who was there at the place of incident and happens to be the brother of the eye-witness, yet prompt reporting of the incident was withheld, which suggests that either the incident was not witnessed or if witnessed, the identity of the assailant was not certain, therefore, the guess-work delayed the FIR.” Background The Prosecution case was that at around 2:00 am, the Appellant-accused entered the Complainant’s house and attacked her husband with a hockey stick. Her husband tried to run towards the courtyard but the accused caught him and shot at point-blank range on his neck. She averred that her brothers who were asleep outside, woke up on hearing her cries and tried to catch the appellants, who were able to escape by jumping over the boundary wall. Thereafter, the Police officers on patrol duty arrived on hearing the gunshot and noise and helped her in taking her husband to the Hospital, where her husband succumbed to the injuries. Subsequently, at around 5:20 am, a FIR was registered. Arguments In appeal, the Appellants inter alia argued that the Complainant and her brother had not seen the incident. It was averred that the presence of the alleged eyewitnesses at the time of the incident is highly doubtful and unbelievable because at the time of the incident they were present in Village Shivpur, which is around 12-14 Km away from the place of the incident. It was stated that both of them (alleged witnesses) were informed and called by the Police after the death of the injured, and it is for this reason that the FIR has been lodged after 3.20 hours. Findings The Court noted that there were several materials generating a doubt regarding the time of lodging of FIR. It observed, 1. The Complainant, even while witnessing her husband being caught and shot by the appellants, neither screamed nor cried for help; and her brothers woke up only after hearing the gunshot. 2. Even the deceased did not make any noise nor did he call his two brothers-in-law for help, who were sleeping at a distance of just 9-10 feet from the door of the room in the courtyard. He also did not call his mother (who was sleeping in the adjacent open terrace room) and wife for help. 3. The above circumstances rounds off to a probability that the Complainant and her brothers were not present at the time of the incident and did not see its occurrence; or that the incident did not occur in the manner as alleged by the prosecution; or that the incident was a split-second affair. 4. The police arrived at the place of occurrence immediately after the incident and arranged a vehicle for taking the injured to the hospital for medical assistance. During this time, the injured kept lying on the spot. Meanwhile, the Complainant’s brothers were present at the police station before they reached the hospital. But despite all that, the FIR was not lodged till return of the Complainant from the hospital. 5. The FIR was not lodged soon after the incident despite the fact that the police were present at the door-step and had arranged a vehicle to take the injured to the hospital. Wife, brother-in-law and mother of the deceased were allegedly naming the assailants at that time i.e (around 2:00 a.m.) yet, they chose to wait to lodge the FIR. This gives rise to a serious doubt whether PW-1 and PW-2 at all witnessed the incident and generates a probability that they reached the place of occurrence later. 5. The prosecution explained the delay by stating that Complainant’s brother did not know the whole incident and therefore his sister lodged the FIR. Whereas, in his examination-in-chief, the said brother claimed he witnessed the incident and identified the assailants. In view of the above, the Division Bench remarked, “A conspectus of the evidence noticed above indicates that the FIR in the present case was lodged with an ‘unreasonable delay’ and after deliberation.” Reliance was placed on Satpal Singh v. State of Haryana, (2010) 8 SCC 714, where the Supreme Court held, “Delay in lodging FIR more often than not, results in embellishment and exaggeration, which is a creature of an afterthought. A delayed report not only gets bereft of the advantage of spontaneity, the danger of the introduction of a coloured version, an exaggerated account of the incident or a concocted story as a result of deliberations and consultation, also creeps in, casting a serious doubt on its veracity. Thus, FIR is to be filed more promptly and if there is any delay, the prosecution must furnish a satisfactory explanation for the same of the reason that in case the substratum of the evidence given by the complainant/informant is found to be unreliable, the prosecution case has to be rejected in its entirety.” Other reasons cited by the Court for returning a finding of acquittal: There are two sets of accused who are completely unrelated to each other and the prosecution has not explained why would they join hands to finish off the deceased.The possibility of the FIR being lodged on the basis of guess-work gets credence from the circumstance that two sets of accused who had no link with each other were made accused in this case.There is no dispute regarding the enmity between the deceased and appellants Indrajit Mishra and Sanjit Mishra on account of a property dispute. It thus appears to us that the appellants Indrajit Mishra and Sanjit Mishra were roped in as accused due to an inimical relationship between the parties.Material contradictions in the testimony of witnesses, indicating that they did not see the incident occur.With regard to the arrival of police at the place of occurrence, there is discrepancy between the testimony of Complainant, her brother and the sub-Inspector.Complainant claimed that she was sleeping in the room and she saw the entire sequence of events unfolding in front of her but there is no evidence to show that she as a wife of the deceased made any attempt to take her husband out of the clutches of the accused-appellants and in the process sustained injury. No doubt each person reacts differently in a given situation but if she had intervened, her conduct may have lend credence to her story.Complainant and her brother had no blood-stained closthes to offer during investigation and from their testimony it appears that they did not touch the body of Pratap Shankar Mishra after the incident. This conduct appears unnatural and casts a doubt on their presence at the time and place of occurrence.As per the post-mortem report, there was no injury on the body of the deceased caused by a hockey stick or a knife. “On the basis of the facts and circumstances discussed above, an inference can easily be drawn that this is a case of blind murder, no one actually witnessed the incident and the FIR was lodged on the basis of guess-work and suspicion and the 45 appellants have been implicated on account of suspicion because of the previous enmity. Even the possibility of the FIR being ante-timed cannot be ruled out,” the Court said while acquitting the accused. Case Title: Mukesh Tiwari v. State of UP Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Roll out of Covid vaccine begins in Donegal nursing homes

first_imgNicky Hanlon 77yr old resident & Judie Cabanero, CNM1 are first resident & HCW to receive the Covid vaccine in HSE CHO 1 Older Persons services Donegal. Vaccinated at Ramelton Community Nursing Unit, Donegal @HSELive #CovidVaccine pic.twitter.com/DyPQ3f6Qfw— HSE Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) Area 1 (@HSECommHealth1) January 13, 2021 Roll out of Covid vaccine begins in Donegal nursing homes Facebook Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Meanwhile, Frank Morrison, Head of Older Persons Services CHO 1 says it is their aim for all residential home residents in Donegal to have received their first vaccine by January 24th:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/frankweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Previous articleBusiness Matters Ep 26 – Michael Tunney & Niamh GallagherNext articleTaoiseach apologises to victims and survivors of Mother and Baby Homes News Highland Pinterest The first Covid 19 Vaccine at St. Josephs Nursing Home Ramelton. Nicky Hanlon and Shauna Kelly, Staff Nurse. Photo Clive WassonA 77 year old man has become the first person in residential services for older people in Donegal to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.Nicky Hanlon from Ramelton received the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine today.Meanwhile, Judie Cabanero CNMI was the first ‘staff’ member to be vaccinated at Ramelton Nursing Unit.The first Covid 19 Vaccine at St. Josephs Nursing Home Ramelton. Judy Cabanero, CNM1 and Marie Bonner, CNM 2 Nurse Manager. Photo Clive WassonPhilomena Gallagher, Director of Nursing, St Joseph’s, Ramelton says it is a significant day for the centre:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/philomena3pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – January 13, 2021 Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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‘Festival of Miracles’ to benefit veterans

first_img “They ride up in groups if they want to get together or come by themselves. We just want everybody to come and enjoy the day.”The day’s activities will include music, a silent auction, door prizes, free food to the first 100 participants at the site and other activities.“We’ll also have a 50-50 drawing with half of the pot going to the winner and the other half to the veterans at Bill Nichols,” Fannin said.There will be a guided ride at 3 p.m. to Indian Hills Motorcycle Resort at Rockford for an evening of fun and entertainment. Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “Indian Hills is a resort designed especially for bikers,” Fannin said.“It’s a great place, and we’ll have a lot of fun just being together and the ride there is great. They have rooms and cabins to rent so those who want to stay overnight and make a weekend of it are encouraged to do so.”Fannin said the Confederate Cavalry Corps MC is the premier heritage motorcycle club in the country and is a strong support of America’s veterans.The benefit for the Bill Nichols Veterans Home is just one way they show appreciation to those who have served. ‘Festival of Miracles’ to benefit veterans Email the author Published 10:09 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2009 The Confederate Cavalry Corps MC is sponsoring the second Annual Festival of Miracles, a motorcycle event that benefits Bill Nichols Veterans Home in Alexander City, Saturday, May 16.“Last year’s Festival of Miracles was a great success, and we’re expecting another big event this year,” said Jacob Fannin, Confederate Cavalry Corps member.“We want to invite all bikers in the Troy and Pike County area to join us for this event that honors and supports our veterans at Bill Nichols. There are close to 200 of them and all of the money that we raise with the bike benefit goes into a special account and the veterans, themselves, decide how it is to be spent. They can use it for things they need or want to do and that means a lot to them. They’ve done a lot for us and we should do something for them.” Print Article Sponsored Content Latest Stories You Might Like New library location named After years of discussion and one offer of purchase, the Troy City Council has officially decided on a new location… read more Donations to the Festival of Miracles are $15 for each rider and $5 for an extra person on the motorcycle.The bikers will meet at Bill Nichols Veterans’ Home in Alexander City between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.“It’s up to each participant to get to Bill Nichols,” Fannin said. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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On the job: where HR gets the chance to say what it really feels

first_imgOn the job: where HR gets the chance to say what it really feelsOn 20 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Political correctness has gone utterly barmyIt’s January 20th and I’m still steaming! Well past Christmas, the New Yearhangover. The season to be jolly, wasn’t it? Was it hell. ‘Twas the season formanagers’ folly. Political correctness can no longer be said to have gone mad.It’s gone utterly barmy. Don’t put up a Christmas tree. Don’t throw a Christmas party. Don’t eventhink of following any wandering stars. Why? You might offend the sensibilitiesof the staff by the water cooler who worship the ancient Macedonian gods. We don’t stop people participating in Ramadan. And rightfully so. It’s abona fide religious event that should be respected. Try that argument about themajority belief (Christianity) and you’d be for the high jump. The DTI’s Christmas cards didn’t have any images of a Christian nature onthem. They did have a rock guitarist (commonly believed to be an emissary ofSatan) and the word ‘Goal’. Surely venerating people like David Beckham fallsunder the auspices of ‘thou shalt not worship graven images’? So there we have it. In the thousands of years since Moses came down fromMount Sinai with the 10 Commandments (surely the eldest of HR proclamations)and found the Israelites worshipping a statue of a calf, we’ve gone from theworship of Golden Bulls to Golden Balls. I’m tempted to just end it all, but am afraid of the industrial tribunalthat would result if I don’t include crucifixion, hanging, ritualdisembowelment and the death of a goat in the process. HR Hartley HR director at large Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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GREGG/HALE PUBLIC SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, ELECTION DAY

first_imgGREGG/HALE PUBLIC SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, ELECTION DAYINDIANAPOLIS – Today the Gregg for Governor campaign released the public schedule for John Gregg, Democratic candidate for governor, and State Rep. Christina Hale, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, for November 7 and 8, 2016.All times are local. This schedule will be updated with additional locations and events.Monday, November 7, 2016• John Gregg will visit Fort Wayne to thank volunteers for their work on the campaign. He will stop by the Gregg for Governor Field Office located at 7301 Decatur Road at 10:00 a.m. Members of the media are invited to attend and Gregg will be available for interviews.• John Gregg will be New Albany at 12:00 p.m. to greet volunteers and thank them for their work. Gregg will visit a call center hosted at the New Albany Roadhouse, 1706 Graybrook Lane, in New Albany. Members of the media are invited to attend and Gregg will be available for interviews during the visit.• John Gregg will be in Evansville starting at 1:00 pm (local time) to thank volunteers for their work. He will visit the Gregg for Governor Field Office located at 1010 Sycamore Street in Evansville. Members of the media are invited to attend and Gregg will be available for interviews during the stop.Tuesday, November 8, 2016:• John Gregg and his family will vote at 200 Ross Street in Sandborn at approximately 7:00 a.m. Members of the media are invited to attend and Gregg will be available for comment after he casts his ballot.• Christina Hale and her family will vote at First Friends Church, 3030 Kessler Boulevard East Drive in Indianapolis, at approximately 7:00 a.m. Members of the media are invited and Hale will be available for comment after she votes.• John Gregg will visit the Vigo County Democratic Party Headquarters, 120 Cherry Street, in Terre Haute at 9:30 a.m. to thank volunteers for their work. Members of the media are invited and Gregg will available for comment.• Christina Hale will stop by the Gregg for Governor Field Office in Fishers, located at 7450 Fishers Station Drive, to thank volunteers for their work starting at 9:30 a.m. Members of the media are invited and Hale will be available for comment at the stop.• Christina Hale will stop by the Gregg for Governor Field Office, located at 2601 East 46th Street in Indianapolis, to thank volunteers for their work at 11:00 a.m. Members of the media are invited and Hale will be available for comment at the stop.• John Gregg will stop by the polling location at Indianapolis Public School #63, at 1163 North Belmont Avenue, in Indianapolis to greet voters at 11:30 a.m. Members of the media are invited and Gregg will be available for comment.• John Gregg and Christina Hale will join other Democratic candidates and supporters for lunch at the Kountry Kitchen, located at 1831 North College Avenue, in Indianapolis, at noon. Members of the media are invited and both Gregg and Hale will be available for comment to the media.• Christina Hale will stop by the Gregg for Governor Field Office in downtown Indianapolis, located at IBEW 481, 1828 North Meridian Street, at 1:30 p.m. Members of the media are invited and Hale will be available for comment at the stop.• John Gregg will stop by the polling location at Guion Creek Elementary School, located at 4301 West 52nd Street in Indianapolis, at 2:00 p.m. to greet voters. Members of the media are invited and Gregg will be available for comment.• John Gregg will stop by the polling location at Martin Luther King Community Center, located at 40 West 40th Street in Indianapolis, at 3:00 p.m. to greet voters. Members of the media are invited and Gregg will be available for comment.• John Gregg will stop by the polling location at the Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, located 5640 East 38th Street in Indianapolis, at 3:45 p.m. to greet voters. Members of the media are invited and Gregg will be available for comment.• John Gregg and Christina Hale will join fellow Democrats and supporters at the Indiana Democratic Party’s Watch Party held at the Indiana Convention Center’s 500 Ballroom. Members of media should contact the Indiana Democratic Party for press credentials.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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ND Campus Ministry to host ‘Home for the Holidays’ support group

first_imgFor many in the Notre Dame community, the holiday season is a joyful time of year and something to look forward to during the stress of finals. However, for those suffering from the recent loss of a loved one, Christmas, and all that comes with it, can sometimes bring more pain than cheer. To help those experiencing loss during the holiday season, Notre Dame’s Campus Ministry is holding a grief support group called “Home For the Holidays,” Associate director of pastoral care Tami Schmitz said.“The holidays can be particularly tough, especially if it’s the first time [someone is] celebrating without one of their family members,” she said in an email. “The purpose of the session is to remind students they are not alone and to offer some practical suggestions for facing the holidays.”Schmitz said though Campus Ministry offers a variety of grief groups throughout the year, they have never offered this specific session. “We sensed that it was something needed this year,” she said.Though this is the first year “Home for the Holidays” is being offered, Schmitz said Campus Ministry has been helping bereaved students heal for over a decade. “Our grief ministry began about 15 years ago when there was an incoming first-year student whose father was tragically killed a few days before bringing her to Notre Dame,” Schmitz said. “Jerry and Dorene Hammes, who were avid Notre Dame supporters, were friends with this family and reached out to the [Vice President] for Student Affairs at the time and generously offered to provide support for a grief support initiative. That was the catalyst that has allowed us to serve so many students over the years.”Schmitz said she hopes the session will lead to people gaining tools to make it through holiday traditions during this difficult time. “We hope those who participate will gain some ideas of how to face the holiday season without their loved one,” she said. “We know nothing we say can heal all the wounds and brokenness that death leaves behind. But we can at least be present, listen and offer support as needed.”Despite the fact that every person coping with the death of a loved one experiences grief differently, Schmitz said she hopes that those who participate can find some comfort in solidarity with the rest of the group. “The purpose of the session is to remind students they are not alone and to offer some practical suggestions for facing the holidays,” she said. “We will also have a student who lost her brother about a year ago share about the challenges and the support she has experienced these past months.  I am hoping those who come know that even though it’s an extremely difficult time, [they] will feel supported and know that they can get through it.”Though nothing can bring back the people who have died, Schmitz said there are some things that may help students to honor their loved ones who have died and cope with the loss. “Each person’s experience of grief is different so there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer,” she said. “But there are some things that may be helpful: find a way to honor your loved one at the holiday meal with a prayer, give a gift in the name of the person who died, give yourself permission to slip away and do something for you, prepare the favorite foods of your loved one and share a favorite story or memory are a few ideas.”The “Home for the Holidays” grief support group will be meeting Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in 301 of the Coleman-Morse Center. All students — undergraduate and graduate — are welcome to attend.Tags: Campus Ministry, home for the holidays, support grouplast_img read more

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West End Elf Star Ben Forster on Christmas Shopping and Buddy vs. The Phantom

first_imgBen Forster played Magaldi in the most recent West End revival of Evita and is poised to take over as the Phantom in London in the New Year, but through the holiday season he can be found leading the company at the Dominion Theatre of Elf, playing Buddy, which was originated onscreen in 2003 by Will Ferrell. Broadway.com caught up with the reality TV star to talk Christmas shopping, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more.Were you surprised to be offered this role in Elf?Yes, but I’m quite pleased with the way it has turned out. What’s great is that I feel free to do my own version and not have to copy Will [Ferrell] from the film or anything like that. For me, this is about doing it honestly and trusting in the humor as written and not trying to get a laugh.What’s your take on Buddy?The thing with Buddy is that he’s just a human being who was taken to the North Pole by mistake. He’s childlike, to be sure, but I almost think the comedy is funnier if he is just a normal bloke who looks as if he could actually be working in an office. In the movie, Will looks as if he could be a barrister or a doctor.And you get to wear a pretty out-there costume.I’ve got this crazily green, woolen suit, which is made of authentic wool so it’s ridiculously hot. I know a couple of the Broadway actors who played the part were a little bit bigger, but Will wasn’t big in the movie so I think this kind of works.Sounds intense!It is, but [the costume] also means I can have a rocky road ice cream between shows without feeling guilty.How’s your American accent?I think it’s all right, or let’s just say that I haven’t had any complaints. I’ve done a number of shows in the past where I’ve had dialect coaches, so I’ve spent a lot of time on the accent and because I’m from the north of England, it can be quite difficult to do a standard English accent whereas sounding American is so different that I can kind of slip into that more easily.Elf is a Christmas show. Have you ever spent Christmas in New York?No, my God, I would love to! I’ve done Christmas shopping in New York, which was lovely but it didn’t snow. I’ve always wanted to do that whole romantic thing of being there in the snow. I really love New York.Speaking of Christmas, aren’t you amazed at the volume of holiday-themed decorations and merchandise on view in London already?I think some of the shops do it from September but that’s because we get cold early; it gives us an extra license because our winters are a bit longer and a bit colder than most places in the world.Have you done your Christmas shopping for this year?Ha! I’m not a very organized person. I’ll be the one running about between shows on Christmas Eve.How do you feel about seguing directly from this to The Phantom of the Opera?That will be a welcome change! With Buddy I’m on stage for virtually the whole show with barely any time off whereas the Phantom has less stage time, but is of course hugely demanding in its own way. There’s a lot of pressure that comes from taking on that role.Have you sought advice from any previous Phantoms?Mark McKerracher who plays Santa Claus in Elf was a past Phantom and when I told him about it, he said, “You’re going to love it; the Phantom was one of my most favorite jobs I’ve ever done.” And I know John Owen Jones; I think he’ll be a big inspiration when I get into that world.What’s your particular history with Phantom?I saw it in the West End when I was 10 or 11. It was the first musical that I’d ever seen apart from amateur dramatics. I remember turning to my mum when we got back on the coach to go home and saying, “This is what I want to do.” It felt magical as a child and it’s magical as an adult, as well.What do you think Buddy would do if he were to meet the Phantom?I think he would jump on the chandelier and try to take the Phantom out! He wouldn’t just watch; he would dress as Christine and try and help out.What do you think would have happened in your own career if you hadn’t won Superstar on Britain’s ITV?The honest answer is that I probably wouldn’t be doing this anymore. I love the business and being an actor and a singer and I had had a lovely career since I was 18, but I had got to the point where I was 31 or 32 and was playing the lead in Thriller Live and yet still couldn’t get seen for Broadway shows coming to London or for a big new musical. Superstar shone a spotlight in my face and opened doors that otherwise would not have been opened.Do you think the TV show also intensified audience interest in theater?Yes, and like I say, it’s all about recruiting more interest in our business. Anything that does that is a positive. View Commentslast_img read more

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Operação Martillo – Ensaio fotográfico

first_imgBy Dialogo July 06, 2012 Navio da Guarda Costeira dos EUA participou de quatro interceptações de embarcações, inclusive uma em parceria com a Marinha da Nicarágua. Tripulante do cúter Valiant, da Guarda Costeira dos EUA, examina um contrabando interceptado em 31 de março cujo teste deu positivo para cocaína. (Cortesia da Guarda Costeira dos EUA). A Guarda Costeira dos EUA apreendeu 1.205 kgs de cocaína, no valor de US$ 32,5 milhões, num barco no Mar do Caribe em 31 de maio. (Cortesia da Guarda Costeira dos EUA) A fragata de mísseis guiados USS Nicholas colaborou com a Marinha colombiana na interceptação de uma lancha que transportava mais de US$ 59 milhões (R$ 114 milhões) em cocaína no oeste do Mar do Caribe em 6 de maio. (Cortesia da Marinha americana) Uma lancha com uma carga de 2.200 kg de cocaína foi interceptada por forças navais americanas e colombianas no oeste do Mar do Caribe em 6 de maio. (Cortesia da Marinha americana) Um semissubmersível de autopropulsão foi interceptado no oeste do Mar do Caribe em 30 de março por tripulantes dos cúters Decisive e Pea Island, da Guarda Costeira americana, e pela Marinha hondurenha. As tripulações de perseguição dos cúters americanos interceptaram a embarcação e detiveram quatro supostos contrabandistas. O semissubmersível afundou a milhares de metros d’água durante a operação. (Cortesia da Guarda Costeira dos EUA)last_img read more

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