Normal Good – A Camet Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:33:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Normal Good – A Camet 32 32 Unit 5 school board members approve purchase of 3,500 Chromebooks, fully covered by grants Thu, 20 Jan 2022 04:16:59 +0000

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — At the McLean County Unit 5 School Board meeting Wednesday night, the board approved the purchase of 3,500 Dell Chromebooks for students to use.

District Chief Financial Officer Martin Hickman said the $1.1 million purchase was funded entirely by the Emergency Connectivity Fund grant, which Congress authorized under the American Rescue Plan. Act.

The district applied for the grant and was accepted.

Hickman said during the COVID-19 shutdowns, district leaders quickly learned that connectivity is important for students, and says these Chromebooks will continue to be important for district students in the future.

“That’s hugely important, not only with what we’ve had the last two years with the pandemic, but you know, now we’re also capable, K-12, you know snow days, just in case where we would have bad weather, they can still be connected on those days as well, so it will be something that will be used way beyond when this pandemic is finally over,” Hickman said.

He added that this purchase will refresh the devices they have at the secondary level and ensure they continue to have good working technology for students.

Staying physically and mentally healthy on campus | News, Sports, Jobs Tue, 18 Jan 2022 08:13:55 +0000

The covid-19 pandemic has presented challenges for students and officials at Northern Michigan University to stay physically and mentally healthy. (Photo stocked by Pixels)

MARQUETTE — Now that the holiday season is over, life is starting to get back to normal. Or at least, as normal as we can hope for in the historical times in which we live.

With all the upheaval and challenges presented by the pandemic, finding some modicum of normalcy in unprecedented times can play a vital role in keeping you healthy, both physically and mentally.

As we return to real life, our normal responsibilities return. For some, that means getting back to work as everyone returns to the office after weeks of automated voicemails and emails explaining that the person you are looking for is “outside the office” in the foreseeable future. For many of us, that means school is back.

COVID-19 has forced us all to adapt. This is especially true on college campuses across the country. Students of all ages were forced to maintain a level of flexibility and willingness to change their daily lives in no time. Courses can go from in-person to online training in the blink of an eye. Many students also miss the classic college experience with many activities where socializing is encouraged to be dropped due to safety protocols.

It’s no surprise that a National Institute of Health study found that 71% of college students admitted to increased stress and anxiety due to COVID-19.

Neil Baumgartner, director of student success and well-being at Northern Michigan University, has been working hard to try to alleviate some of that stress.

Once a week, Baumgartner sends out a university-wide email aimed at promoting the physical and mental well-being of students and faculty. It does this by providing tips and exercises that encourage the NMU community to take steps to maintain a balance between their school life and their mental and physical health, as well as providing information about the resources the campus offers for help them.

“COVID dominates the entire health spectrum. It impacts our mental health and our physical health, whether it’s people getting sick or people feeling anxious in the face of constant uncertainty,” says Baumgartner. “We’ve been doing this for almost two years now and we still didn’t know how it was going to pan out. This constant uncertainty and low-level anxiety, or for some, even high-level anxiety, is kind of an undercurrent that affects everyday life.

It’s no secret that pandemic life can be difficult. Personally, professionally and academically, the coronavirus is making life difficult. The NMU campus is no different.

“If you look nationally, research study after research study is coming out and underscoring the fact that mental health is a major concern on many college campuses,” says Baumgartner. “From what I’ve heard from our students, that’s also a concern. We try to find ways to help address mental health issues and provide students with resources.

Fortunately for students in the North, the campus offers many resources to help fight the virus and all the issues surrounding it.

Northern provides free counseling services to all enrolled students who require it. They offer professional and confidential licensed counseling for students struggling with stress and anxiety, not just the anxieties produced by the pandemic, but for any of the many kinds of struggles brought on by college life, whether it’s be it personal problems or professional burnout. busy class schedule.

Another resource Baumgartner mentioned is Therapy Assistance Online, or TAO, which the university describes as “An online library of engaging and interactive programs to build life skills and to help you bounce back from disappointments or obstacles in life.”

“He (TAO) has strategies for developing mental health behaviors. Some of them are about how to deal with stress or helpful relationship advice,” says Baumgartner. “But a lot of it is about optimizing. It’s about finding the flow, finding the best in yourself. It’s not just about finding help if you’re struggling.

While times are tough everywhere, NMU students and faculty should feel lucky to have someone like Baumgartner, who was hired in the role in 2021 and immediately started a discussion about how to stay in good physical and mental condition by providing guidance and resources for all people. His latest email suggests an exercise that can be useful to anyone, not just students.

For the next week, take 10 minutes each night to identify three good things you experienced that day.

If possible, this exercise works best if it is not just a mental exercise and if you document your thoughts in some way.

Many people choose to write down their thoughts, but you can also approach this in a different way that works better for you, like drawing pictures or creating a short video if you want.

Describe in detail what each thing was, why you consider it a good thing, who else was involved, and how you felt when you experienced it.

Let the ideas flow and feel the positive emotions that come with remembering your three good things without worrying about structure or appearance. This is just for you.

When you’re done capturing your three good things, review what you’ve found and relive those positive moments. This will help recreate the same positive emotions and further imprint the experiences in your brain.

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The Upside: Elderly German Shepherd finds his forever home after being abandoned on the streets of Schodack Sun, 16 Jan 2022 16:56:43 +0000

SCHODACK, NY (NEWS10) – An elderly German Shepherd has found the perfect home after police found him abandoned in Schodack.

Loyal, gentle and over 13 years old, there is no doubt that Zeus is a good companion. However, on January 6, Schodack police officers found Zeus wandering alone near Miller Road. Officers called Schodack’s dog control officer, Maggie Banker, for assistance.

After several days, it was clear that no one was going to claim the former German Shepherd. So, like many other abandoned animals, Banker took him in. She said she feared Zeus would spend his last days stuck in a shelter or worse.

After posting photos of Zeus online, Banker received a surprising offer from a man in Hoosick Falls. He offered to give Zeus a forever home. Banker said the man had just lost his beloved dog on Christmas Eve, so the match was supposed to go ahead.

“He’s an older man, still at home. And he said he would like to adopt Zeus; he’s looking for another best friend,” Banker said. “I explained to him that there is no long-term life expectancy with this dog. He said he didn’t care, and that dogs like this have nowhere to go. go.

On Thursday, Zeus met his new best friend, and Banker said he was already settling into his new home and enjoying a warm dog bed in Hoosick Falls.

Banker added that Animal Control is taking in more abandoned dogs than normal right now, and the funds to care for them often come from its own pockets. She refuses to have the dogs in her care put to sleep in a shelter, but sometimes that means caring for six dogs at a time. If you want to help animals like Zeus, Banker said you can call Chatham Small Animal Hospital and donate to the Pay it Forward account.

A First Day Weather Alert was issued from Saturday evening to Sunday! Sat, 15 Jan 2022 00:27:00 +0000

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — We’re ending the work week on a quiet note for us here in south-central Kentucky. Mostly cloudy skies will set in this evening with temperatures reaching a low of 30 degrees.

Details of the weather day of the first alert(wbko)

Showers will be possible as well as a few isolated showers overnight until early Saturday morning. All forms of precipitation are possible for the entire WBKO viewing area over the weekend. This is all due to a low pressure system coming from the Rocky Mountains which will bring wintry weather late Saturday evening into Sunday – which is why we have issued an initial weather warning for this period. We could see a wintry mix accompanied by some snowfall late Saturday night (affecting our southern counties first), before it turns into mostly snowfall Sunday morning and afternoon. It will change to a rain/snow mix with the potential for ice pellets and freezing rain through Sunday evening. Counties south and east of I-65 will see the greatest risk of significant snowfall accumulations. The sharp cut off of the most northwestern side of this system will determine how dangerous conditions could become. Either way, commuters should beware of dangerous road conditions, especially through Sunday. As such, these are our PRELIMINARY snowfall forecasts, and they will be updated as new data arrives.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE, our first call on total snow accumulations is as follows:

  • TRACE to 1″ of snow can be expected for northern Breckenridge, Calhoun, northern Hardin, Hopkins, northern Muhlenberg and northern portions of Ohio counties.
  • 1″ to 3″ of snow can be expected for North Allen, West Barren, Butler, Christian, Edmonson, Grayson, South Hardin, Hart, Larue, Logan, South Muhlenberg, southern Ohio, northern Simpson, Todd, and Warren counties.
  • 3″ to 5″ of snowfall with locally higher amounts possible can be expected for Adair, central and southern Allen, eastern Barren, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, southern Simpson, Taylor counties in Kentucky and Clay, Macon, Robertson and Sumner counties in Tennessee.

Temperatures will hover near freezing through Sunday, providing favorable conditions for snow to stick to the ground. The blustery conditions will also make it feel FRIGID until Sunday evening, with temperature sensations plunging into the teens! The start of next week will see sunshine and cold air, with highs flirting with the upper 30s through Monday, before seeing a mid-week warming.

3-day forecast for Bowling Green:

SATURDAY: Rather cloudy. Cold. Possible winter mix. High 41. Low 31. Winds E at 11 mph.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. Possible snow. High 36. Low 22. N winds at 16 mph.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy. Spurious snow/rain showers possible. High 37. Low 25.

Friday weather info for Bowling Green:

Today’s high: 52

Today’s low: 28

Normal High: 46

Normal Bass: 28

Record high: 72 (1907)

Low record: -2 (1917)

Today’s Precip: 0.00″

Monthly precipitation: 4.69″ (+3.06″)

Annual precipitation: 4.69″ (+3.06″)

Today’s snowfall: 0.0″

Monthly snowfall: 6.3″

Seasonal snowfall: 6.3″

Sunset today: 4:52 p.m.

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:58 a.m.

Health & Allergies:

Air quality: good (ozone number: 10 / small particles: 25)

Mold Count: Low (1395 – Mold Spore Count)

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Olmert unrepentant after calling Netanyahus mentally ill, says many agree Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:09:54 +0000

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday rejected out of hand the idea that he could apologize to opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu for calling him and his wife and son “mentally ill.” ”, Arguing that this is a widely held opinion.

Olmert gave a series of interviews hours after the first Tel Aviv Magistrates’ Court hearing in the Netanyahu family’s libel case against him.

In May, Netanyahu’s family filed a libel suit against Olmert for calling the then prime minister, his wife Sara and his eldest son Yair “mentally ill” in interviews. The lawsuit seeks NIS 837,000 (approximately $ 257,000) in damages for “Olmert’s” obsessive efforts to damage their reputation in public, out of jealousy and deep frustration. “

Were present at Monday’s hearing Olmert and his lawyer, as well as Benjamin, Sara and Yair Netanyahu, and their lawyer. The session ended with the parties refusing to reach a compromise, despite the judge’s exhortations to do so. The case will therefore continue in court.

When asked if he would apologize, Olmert said later that day in an interview with Channel 12 News: “Of course not. It was not even considered. There’s no way that will happen – no excuses or anything like it.

Olmert added that what he said about Netanyahu was soft compared to other comments made in recent years about his fellow former prime minister, saying he was “amused” by all the comments, Netanyahu decided to file a complaint against his.

“Does anyone seriously think I’m a psychiatrist?” Of course, I expressed an opinion, very popular among the public regarding the conduct of the family – and there have been countless revelations about it, ”he argued.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (left) and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2-R) and his wife Sara wait outside the Tel Aviv Magistrates’ Court on January 10, 2022 for a preliminary hearing in the part of Netanyahu’s libel lawsuit against Olmert, who called them “mentally ill” in interviews. (Avshalom SASSONI / POOL / AFP)

“The conduct of the family on various aspects corresponds to the opinion [I expressed] – their behavior is not normal, ”said Olmert in a separate interview with Channel 13.

He said he consulted experts before making this remark. “Mental illness is an illness, it requires treatment and people with mental illness shouldn’t be offended,” he said. “I just don’t want to [the Netanyahus] rule the country and make decisions on the most fateful questions.

In another attack on the Netanyahu family, Olmert said that “if there is anything they are good at, it is demanding money, especially from others.”

It was a reference to one of the ongoing corruption cases against Netanyahu in which he is accused of receiving lucrative illicit gifts from wealthy benefactors. He also referred to Netanyahu’s failed attempts to get his multimillionaire cousin Nathan Milikowsky to cover his legal fees.

At Monday’s hearing, Judge Amit Yariv asked Olmert what he based his comments on and replied: “I followed their actions, I heard recordings from the family, I conferred with them. experts and people associated with and know them well. . They described to me behaviors that are generally considered to be abnormal and crazy behaviors.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sits in Tel Aviv Magistrates’ Court on January 10, 2022, for a preliminary hearing in Netanyahu’s libel lawsuit against Olmert, who in interviews called them “mentally ill” . (Avshalom SASSONI / POOL / AFP)

Netanyahu’s lawyer Yossi Cohen said: “I don’t understand how a man can calmly write that Sara Netanyahu was in a treatment center. We don’t have a problem with Mr. Olmert; he went through difficult things. But a family is sitting here who I think are one of the best in Israel, and they must hear that a former prime minister – who by the way doesn’t have a past of their own – calls them mentally ill. ? “

Cohen said at one point that “in another country, Olmert was reportedly arrested” for his comments. To this, the judge replied, “Thank goodness we are not in this country. “

In two interviews last year, one with Channel 12 and another with the Democrat TV news site, Olmert criticized Netanyahu and said that “what is irreparable is the mental illness of the Prime Minister, his wife and son, ”referring to Yair Netanyahu.

“They need psychiatric treatment,” Olmert said.

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara arrive for a hearing in their trial against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at the Tel Aviv Magistrates’ Court on January 10, 2022 (Avshalom Sassoni / POOL)

Neither Olmert nor Netanyahu are strangers to justice.

Olmert predated Netanyahu as Israeli prime minister, ending his tenure before being formally charged with corruption. He was convicted of fraud in 2014 and served 16 months of a 27-month prison sentence.

Netanyahu is currently on trial in three corruption cases. He faces charges of fraud and breach of trust in Case 1000 and in Case 2000, and charges of corruption, fraud and breach of trust in Case 4000.

Netanyahu denies all the allegations against him and says the charges were fabricated by a biased police force and prosecution, overseen by a weak attorney general, in concert with political opponents and the media.

Netanyahu and his family have also been involved in several defamation cases in recent years, both as defendants and as plaintiffs.

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Florida legislative session promises little drama amid election year spending spree Sun, 09 Jan 2022 11:30:19 +0000