Town information – Tavistock Devon Thu, 29 Sep 2022 06:02:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Town information – Tavistock Devon 32 32 Information on the Erie Canal Bicentennial Celebration – Saturday, September 17! Thu, 29 Sep 2022 01:00:50 +0000

September 15, 2022

Join us this Saturday to celebrate the 200e Erie Canal Anniversary at Fairport & Perinton! The party starts in Perinton Park at 5 p.m. with live music, food trucks, children’s activities and historical exhibits. Our Bicentennial Flotilla will float near the park around 7:15 p.m.

Perinton Park Event Details:

Come hungry and enjoy some local restaurants:

Bring a chair and enjoy good music along the canal:

  • A taste of jazz (5-6 p.m.)
  • Jimmy Jam Band with Dave Tiberio (6:15-7:15 p.m.)

The Perinton Recreation Department will provide non-stop fun for children:

  • gaga ball
  • face painting
  • A craft boat
  • Basketball
  • lawn games
  • temporary tattoos
  • Photo background
  • Glow sticks

City Historian Bill Poray will feature historical exhibits and give presentations on the history of the Canal, Perinton Park and the 1962 Flotilla.

Parking is available at the lower lot of Perinton Park and Qualitrol (across the street). We hope to see you there!

Fleet details:

Our Bicentennial Flotilla will be led by Colonial Belle and joined by local boats of all sizes. Join us at Perinton Park to hear the announcement of the boats or watch the parade of boats along the Canal Path.

Boats will depart near the Parker Street Bridge, pass under the Fairport Lift Bridge and head west towards Perinton Park. The parade will turn around at the Oxbow and resume the same 2-mile route.

Health groups call on the feds to delay the information blocking deadline by a year Tue, 27 Sep 2022 04:39:45 +0000 The federal government has set October 6 as the deadline to comply with a rule aimed at improving the release of health data. The American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals and others say they need more time.

Facing a pressing Oct. 6 deadline to comply with a federal information-sharing rule, ten major health care organizations are asking the government for more time.

Health industry groups have sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services asking to push back the deadline for a year. Groups include the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Essential Hospitals of America, and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

“Based on the feedback from our members that continues to accumulate, it is evident that healthcare providers, clinicians and providers are not fully prepared for the October 6 deadline,” the letter reads.

“Therefore, we respectfully request that HHS consider both extending the information blocking compliance deadlines for a period of one year – including October 6, as well as using warning communications from corrective action to providers/clinicians before imposing monetary disincentives or commencing a formal investigation.”

CHIME, which helped organize the letter, said the organization continues to be a supporter of information sharing. Russ Branzell, president and CEO of CHIME, said organizations are doing their best to comply, but many will not be able to meet this deadline.

“CHIME members remain steadfast in their commitment to being a trusted partner to patients and protecting their ability to access their health records, but it is clear that more time is needed to ensure providers have a thorough understanding of these important policies,” Branzell said in a statement. “There hasn’t been enough guidance on best practice and potential application.”

The federal government defines information blocking as efforts to deny or prevent access, sharing, or use of electronic patient health information. The government is pushing to facilitate the exchange of information between health systems, insurers and patients to improve outcomes.

Through August 31, the Federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology reports that it has received 452 complaints of possible blocking of information. Most complaints come from patients. More than 80% of complaints (371 out of 452) involve accusations of health care providers blocking access to health information.

US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in March that most of the complaints were about health care providers. He warned that the government would take a closer look at organizations that block access to information.

In a video address to the HIMSS conference, Becerra recounted a complaint involving a patient waiting to hear about a biopsy and being told that the results are available, but the patient has not yet been able to get the results because the doctor was out of town.

In the letter to the Health Department, CHIME and the other healthcare groups said a major barrier to compliance is “the widespread failure to support access, exchange and use of ‘EHI (Electronic Health Information) There is no clear definition of EHI and there is a lack of technical infrastructure to support its secure exchange.

Healthcare organizations have been taxed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and a recent AMA survey found that physician burnout has reached a new high. CHIME argued that meeting the deadline would only add stress to many overworked healthcare teams.

Health systems interpret what data should be shared, and what can be exempted, in different ways, the letter says. Some areas of confusion include information regarding substance use and mental health, the letter says,

Even large health providers are puzzled, smaller providers are likely to be more confused, the health groups said in the letter.

Small health systems also rely on electronic health record providers to comply, but hundreds of smaller health information technology providers are not ready to meet the deadline, CHIME said. Vendors have a deadline for delivering required upgrades on Dec. 31, 2022, about three months after the vendor compliance deadline, the groups said.

As well as extending the deadline, health groups have called on the government to put in place more training and education efforts, including some aimed at mid-sized and smaller providers.

Mutiny Information Café seized by the City of Denver Sat, 24 Sep 2022 13:26:00 +0000

The building that houses the Mutiny Information Cafe has been seized by the city of Denver for unpaid taxes. It happened, as these things tend to happen, both after a long labor and all of a sudden. But for now, the doors are closed, and they will remain so until Mutiny reconciles with the city…or the default becomes permanent and Mutiny is no more.

In a quick response to the seizure, Mutiny set up a GoFundMe page late September 22, with the goal of raising the $42,126 needed to settle its financial obligation to the city. By mid-afternoon today, donations had already topped $24,000 in pledges…and counting. “It’s overwhelming,” says Mutiny co-owner Jim Norris. “I feel bad for having to ask. It’s been a comedy of errors to get to where we are right now. Now we’re in this Blues Brothers kind of situation.”

“Coming out of COVID has been difficult for all small businesses and humans across the globe,” the GoFundMe page notes, outlining some of the reasons for Mutiny’s current situation: not just the pandemic, but the disruption caused by proximity from co-owner Matt Megyesi. fatal heart attack earlier this year. Although GoFundMe doesn’t mention it, the chaos caused by the summer vandalism of the storefront couldn’t have helped either.

“We had no idea this was going to happen,” Norris said of the city’s seizure of the overdue sales tax bill. “We had received letters, but I thought I had a little time.”

But around 1 p.m. on September 22, city officials showed up with a locksmith. “I had to take my cat out,” says Norris. “It would have been comical if it wasn’t so sad, me trying to load up a cat carrier and a beer cooler with some of my personal stuff.”

“The city prefers that our local small businesses succeed and remain open, and warrants of seizure are only issued when other options to collect taxes owed to the city and county of Denver have been exhausted,” says Josh Rosenblum, gatekeeper. -word of the Denver. The Department of Finance. “If the outstanding taxes are paid, the city will rescind the warrants for seizure.”

Norris acknowledges that the city had been coming to Mutiny’s house once a week for the past two weeks, leaving him a card to allow him to make contact about unpaid sales taxes which then only exceeded $31,000, but with all this was going on with Mutiny, he simply hadn’t had time to call them back. “I was stunned,” Norris says. “That doesn’t seem like a number you would grab a company for, especially considering how many other companies have significantly higher tax arrears than that.”

As unexpected as the town’s move may have been, Norris quickly takes responsibility for the situation. “It happened on my watch, you know?” he says. “I made it up just trying to keep up. That’s all I’ve been doing since January.

Norris is currently discussing his options with the city and a tax attorney who has volunteered to help. While Mutiny has thirty days to settle the debt — specifically, in the form of a lump sum cashier’s check — he could also ask the city to change its mind, which the GoFundMe page promises “you can best believe that. We will do it”.

The building at 2 South Broadway has been many things since it was built in 1904: a gas station, a grocery store, a pharmacy, a soda fountain, and even a dance studio. Books have been the main focus since the 1980s, culminating in Mutiny, a haven of support for creatives of all types. The GoFundMe page lists some of them, although the actual list is endless: “LGBTQ+, anarchists, punks, hiphoppas, nerds, sex workers, writers, comedians, artists, eccentrics, idiots, etc.”

“I don’t know if I would have become a full-time artist without Mutiny,” says R. Alan Brooks, writer, artist, and Regis Professor of Denver, who adds that it “created a place where the artistic community can be embraced, loved and connected to each other. There is no place like this in the city, and their love for the community is boundless.

Local author Hillary Leftwich agrees: “When I moved to Denver in 2006, Mutiny quickly became my local support system. I’ve had so much support and love from Mutiny and artists who have been connected to Mutiny since then. I always tried to give back what they gave me, but it would be impossible. They survived when so many other local businesses did not. They have lost friends who have been valuable in both friendship and community. They survived the pandemic. They are, in many ways, the heart connecting many businesses, artists and local people within the Denver community. Now it’s our turn to save them.

Brooks and Leftwich are two of the Colorado creators listed on the quick and admittedly incomplete list of artists hosted by Mutiny over the years on the GoFundMe page. Others include “Jessica Halpine, Karl Krumphoz, Meca’Ayo Cole, Go Go Germaine, Katie Bowman…Brandon Allen, Erin K Barnes, Zack Kopp, TJ Little, Vincent Cheap, Casey Donelle Dubois, Spells, Ben Roy, King Rat …Ravi Zupa, Jack Jensen, Lily Fangz, Jeff Stonic (DeadRoom Comedy), Thomas Detour Evans, Addison Herron-Wheeler, Shannah Makes Stuff, Heart in Box Vintage, Chingon Pinz, SmallBoiFunk (and everyone from Fr8 Heavy Freestyles), Black Market Translation (and everyone from Punketry).” The fact that this is only part of the community that Mutiny has supported speaks to his importance in Denver’s art landscape, and what a loss it would be to all of Denver and beyond if Mutiny disappear.

Norris points out that one of his immediate concerns is with his staff. “They’re probably the best staff I’ve ever had for any company. People see that something bigger is going on,” he says. “It’s more than just a business. Everyone at the store knows that.”

Like everyone who has ever entered this store.

“Please be patient while we sort this out,” Mutiny concluded in his online post. “It’s been a hell of a year. We love you all.”

To support Mutiny Information Cafe, visit the GoFundMe page; For more information about the store and its history, see Mutiny’s website.

This story has been updated to include quotes and information from an interview with Jim Norris, as well as a comment from the town.

UTSA/Texas Southern Football Fan Information Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:34:17 +0000 SAN ANTONIO- UTSA has released the following information for fans planning to attend the Roadrunners’ home football game against Texas Southern on Saturday, September 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Alamodome and the game will be broadcast on Stadium (CW 35 in San Antonio) and Ticket 760 AM.


Saturday’s game is UTSA’s annual “Orange Out” and fans are encouraged to wear orange to show their support for the Roadrunners.


Stay connected to your favorite teams with UTSA Roadrunners, the official mobile app of UTSA Athletics, powered by SIDEARM Sports. With real-time news alerts, schedules, exclusive media content, matchday details and more, the new UTSA Roadrunners app is free and compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Through the app, UTSA fans will enjoy a personalized mobile experience with the ability to manage tickets, purchase official UTSA Athletics merchandise, and receive the latest news and score notifications for teams that they follow. The app is designed with a user-friendly interface that integrates with to bring the latest UTSA Athletics digital content to your fingertips. Additionally, it includes links to live game video and audio streams, game stats, and team social media feeds.

To download the app to your smartphone or tablet, visit the App Store or Google Play and search for “UTSA Roadrunners”.


Tickets are on sale by calling or texting 210-458-UTSA (8872) or visiting UTSA has moved to digital tickets through the account manager.

All students currently enrolled at UTSA are eligible for free entry to all home football games. UTSA students can purchase up to four guest tickets to sit in the student section.

For walk-in sales, the Alamodome Southwest box office will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and all other Alamodome box offices will open at noon. Customer service counters are located at the northeast and southeast counters.


Alamodome’s clear bag policy is in effect all season.


Please enter the stadium early to avoid long queues. Doors open to the public at 1 p.m.

Speed ​​lanes will be available at security checkpoints for those without a bag. Please take out your keys, phone and wallet before going to the scanners.

Please exit or load your tickets on your phone with the screen brightness at maximum before reaching the gates.


Student seats are general admission in sections 122-131. To accommodate increased student attendance, Club Level Sections 220-226 will be open for general student admission seating. The Spirit of San Antonio group will occupy sections 127-128.


Parking in Lots A, B and C of the Alamodome is limited to fans who have already purchased permits. A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alamodome lots A, B and C will open at 8 a.m. for those with valid parking passes. Please do NOT enter the lots before 8am or staff will ask you to leave your seat(s) and re-enter once the lots have opened. There are several paid public parking lots near the Alamodome.


Alamodome parking lots will open at 8 a.m. Saturday. For more information and City of San Antonio tailgating guidelines, please visit


The drop-off and pick-up location for rideshare users is located in Parking Lot D next to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at the corner of Montana Street and Tower of Americas Way.


VIA has announced that it will serve UTSA’s home football games. VIA’s Park & ​​Ride service is convenient and affordable with round-trip travel to the Alamodome for just $2.60. Service to all UTSA home games will be provided from Park-and-ride at the intersectionstarting three hours before match time, and return service will operate for one hour after each match.

Park & ​​Ride fare is $1.30 each way with discounted rates available for children, seniors, students, and active duty military. Pre-purchase tickets on VIA goMobile+ App, free to download on Apple and Android devices. Cash and credit cards are accepted on game day at Crossroads Park & ​​Ride.

UTSA students can use their U Pass for game service. VIAtrans customers and children under 5 travel for free. VIA bus passes are not valid for this service. VIA’s 1-day pass, 7-day pass and 31-day pass are valid for special event service.


Students and their guests can park at UTSA’s main campus and take a UTSA shuttle to the game at the North Paseo Bus Oval, just outside the North Paseo building. Shuttles will begin serving the Alamodome at 11:30 a.m. The last shuttle for the game will depart campus at 2 p.m. Students will be dropped off and picked up at the Robert Thompson Transit Station at the Alamodome. Buses will begin return service to UTSA at the start of the fourth quarter and the last Alamodome shuttle will depart one hour after the game ends.


Located at HEB Square and the VIA Bridge on the north side of the Alamodome, rowdy city opens at 11:30 a.m. and is completely free for all UTSA fans to take part in the pre-game festivities, which include:

• The first hour of Credit Human Pregame Radio Show with Andy Everett will air live on Ticket 760 AM from Rowdy Town beginning at 12:30 p.m. UTSA Sports Director Lisa Campos will be the guest of the show at 1 p.m.

spiritual walk will take place at 12:15 Join the UTSA Head Football Coach Jeff Traylor and the football team as they walk from Cherry Street towards Roadrunner Alley, which is located between parking lots B and C. Rowdy the Roadrunner, UTSA Cheer and the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band greet the team as they walk along the way and in the Alamodome before the game.

• Fans can purchase the latest UTSA apparel and accessories from Rowdy campus store, which will be installed in Lot B near Roadrunner Alley. Merchandise counters are also located inside the Alamodome in the Plaza Level Lobby near sections 106 and 118.

• The UTSA Student Interior Tailgate is the gathering place for UTSA students inside the Alamodome on game day. Free food and drinks will be available (while supplies last). Door prizes may be offered. The UTSA inner student tailgate is open from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the north end of Level 1. Students can access the inner student tailgate directly across from the shuttle drop-off location outside the north end of the Alamodome. .

Roadrunner Nation Tailgate organized by the UTSA Alumni Association will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hoefgen car park located at 499 Hoefgen Avenue in Saint Paul’s Square. The tailgate is open to everyone and is not limited to members of the UTSA Alumni Association. To purchase tickets, please visit


Saturday’s game will be televised on Stadium (KMYSDT 35.3 in the San Antonio area). The contest will be broadcast live on Ticket 760 AM in the San Antonio area and on channel 982 of the SiriusXM app. The pre-game show will begin at 12:30 p.m. central time, and there will be a 45-minute post-game show. The radio show can also be listened to online at and through the iHeartRadio and The Varsity Network apps.


CDD-Ghana reiterates citizens’ access to information Tue, 20 Sep 2022 20:55:31 +0000

Dr. Kojo P. Asante


Dr. Kojo P. Asante, Director of Programs and Advocacy, Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) reiterated that citizens’ access to information is an essential ingredient for consolidating good governance.

He noted that among the challenges to governance in Africa was the lack of citizens’ access to information and data.

Dr Asante said so in Accra at the opening of a five-day “Stakeholder Engagement on Governance, Democracy and Human Rights in Africa”.

The project, led by Afrobarometer (AB), in collaboration with four other institutions – the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and Laws Africa, seeks to strengthen the implementation of the Africa Governance Program (AGP) on democracy, governance and the human rights agenda.

The project, which is funded by the European Union, aims to promote data-driven advocacy and engagements among Pan-African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and members of the African Governance Platform (AGP).

Through Afrobarometer surveys, the D4GA project would produce data on African citizens’ perceptions on a number of governance issues, including human rights, women’s and youth rights, corruption, and security.

This is the first of three convocations scheduled for 2022. The second convocation would take place in Cape Town, South Africa from October 3-7, and the last would be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from October 17-21.

Dr Asante said that the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals share a citizen centered approach to governance, however, this was questioned by declining coverage, quality and frequency of publicly available data for key data categories. in Africa.

In addition to this, there was a lack of awareness and visibility of the AGP Agenda and efforts to promote it.

He said that CSOs often face difficulties in accessing information on African Union platforms and processes, and compliance with AGP protocols is also hampered by a lack of transparency and access to information. information.

“This project and its planned activities aim to address these barriers to CSO actions and the success of AGP in pursuing its agenda.”

He said that over the decades progress in democracy, good governance and respect for human rights across Africa had been stalled at best and, as reported by Afrobarometer, the Foundation Mo Ibrahim and Freedom House, there were concerns about backsliding in many countries.

Dr Asante said these concerns had been heightened as governments continued to claim extraordinary powers under the guise of responding to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of violent extremism.

He said the World Justice Project’s 2020 Rule of Law Index shows that 65% of countries in sub-Saharan Africa scored below the median, and there was less and less space for legal remedies to protect human rights since the dissolution of the Southern African Development Community Tribunal. , and the weakening of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

He recalled that CDD-Ghana and more than 30 West African CSOs had just launched a transnational platform known as the West African Democracy Solidarity Network (WADEMOS) last Thursday ( September 15).

He said WADEMOS sought to mobilize pro-democracy CSOs and civic groups to counter the backsliding of democracy.

He said WADEMOS Secretariat staff would help increase their knowledge and acquire additional skills to help CSOs work together to advocate and promote democratic development in Africa.

Dr. Asante therefore expressed optimism that they were already on track to achieve the goal of the project and that of D4GA.

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MATCH UPDATE: Tuesday match night information – News Sun, 18 Sep 2022 12:45:02 +0000
It’s more action from the Papa Johns Trophy group game at Brunton Park on Tuesday night, with Fleetwood Town as visitors.

Tickets for this game are on sale now.

In person – for affected games, present yourself at the main box office in the Pioneer stand at the time indicated.

Telephone – call the ticket office at 0330 094 5930 and pay with a credit/debit card.

Please note – to post tickets to customers who have purchased over the phone there is a surcharge of 85p.

Don’t forget that you can buy an e-ticket online until kick-off on the day of the match. Simply present your purchased smartphone ticket at the turnstile and you will be scanned as usual.

E-tickets really are a fantastic and seamless way to make your game day experience a little easier.

Click on HERE for a detailed guide for visitors to Brunton Park.


Ticket collections (windows open at 5 p.m.):

West Stand and Paddock ticket collections are at the West Stand ticket office.

All collections for away fans come from the West Stand box office.


Car park:

Fan parking is open to the general public for this match at a cost of £3 per car.

Due to ongoing works at the venue, places are limited, so please arrive early as it is likely to reach capacity before kick-off.

For the safety of spectators as crowds build up, access to the West Stand car park from Warwick Road, next to the Blues Store, will cease from 5.45pm.

West Grandstand parking pass holders – please enter and park your car before this time. If arriving after 5.45pm, please enter the stadium footprint via the East Stand junction opposite Fourways (until 6.30pm) or via Stonyholme.

If you park outside the stadium, please observe local parking restrictions.

Keep an eye out for works on Warwick Road – they could affect your journey time!!


The fan zone (west side of the stadium … open at 6 p.m.)

live music – There will be no live music for this game.

Our outdoor fan zone has the container bar at its focal point, and there are three serving hatches, which will serve lager and soft drinks (Heineken Silver, Moretti, Fosters, Ullswater Blonde, Pilsner).

Please note that transactions at the Container Bar are card only.


Bars and facilities

The glass bar (formerly Sunset Suite) will open at 6 p.m. as we all gather before kick-off.

We are delighted to confirm that neck oil and Heineken Money will be available for draft for this season.

We also have Ullswater Blonde Gluten Free beer at the Glass Bar.

Don’t forget that contactless payment is available at all points of sale.


Booths open:

The South Paddock Kiosk and Bar McVitie kiosks will be open for this match, with a selection of McCall’s pastries on the offer – including the return of the Brunton Pastie! – as well as soft drinks and our fantastic Brunton Blend coffee, provided by John Watt and Sonsand Cumbrian teafor the more leafy drinkers among you.

Don’t forget your Pie & Pint deal for just £6 – it’s available for you at Foxy’s restaurant.

And there’s your Pie & Hot drink deal for just £4.50!

Also remember that contactless payment is available at all points of sale.


Click and collect app – buy your food and drinks using our handy new app!

You can order your refreshments on match day via an app that offers a ‘click and collect’ service for purchasing food and drinks inside the stadium.

Our application is operational in the following areas:

+ Bar McVitie’s
+ Glass bar

To download the application, click HERE for Apple or HERE For Android.


+ Select the products you want.
+ Choose collection time.
+ Choose location.
+ Pay.

It is then a question of going to the collection point at the chosen time and your food and drinks will be ready to be tasted!


Match program and team sheet

There is no match program for this match.

Official team sheets are available for purchase for 50p from 6.10pm at the Blues Store or the main West Stand ticket office.


Fan behavior

The club’s commitment is to promote equality, diversity and inclusion and to fight and eliminate discrimination.

We want everyone to feel welcome when they visit Brunton Park, whether they are our own supporters or supporters of other clubs.

Please report any inappropriate behavior to the nearest steward or by telephone to our SLO team on 07891 779 015 or by email to: Where Where Where


Flags and banners

The club hosts flags and banners from home and away supporters. Flags of any size attached to wooden or metal poles, or rigid plastic tubing, are NOT permitted.

Small size flags held by hand on flexible plastic handles are acceptable. If you have any questions or wish to bring a flag or banner you should contact the club in advance so that we can confirm arrangements and avoid disappointment on the day.

Full details are in the Club Charter HERE.


Contactless payment:

We are delighted to confirm that we have contactless payment, with the cash payment option reduced to one checkout per refueling point.

We hope this arrangement will improve your experience on game day.



SLO team members and greeters will be around the stadium to answer any questions you may have. Please stop and talk to them if you have any problems, or to give feedback. They are there to help you make the most of your day.

We look forward to seeing you all.

You can contact the Supporter Liaison Officer at 07891 779 015 or by email at


Club charter and ground rules

If you need more information on match day at Brunton Park, see our Club Charter HERE.

And you can read our ground rules for this season HERE.

Senior Expo informs, has fun Sat, 17 Sep 2022 03:30:52 +0000

TEXARKANA, Texas — Hundreds of seniors gathered Friday morning to explore all that the 23rd annual Townsquare Media’s Senior Expo had to offer at the Texarkana Convention Center.

“People my age need to think about how to plan for the last leg of their life,” said event organizer Andi Darby. “We feel like an intermediary between those who have the products and services and those who need them.”

Darby said about 65 vendors attended the event, which included a variety of booths showcasing respite and home care, hospitals, hearing assessments and real estate attorneys.

Kattie Thomas came to the event with her friends and enjoyed the photo booth props provided by Cowhorn Creek Estates Seniors Residential Facility.

“I came here for health reasons,” Thomas said. “I’m diabetic, and there are so many goodies here too.”

Tommy and Valerie Lindsey received a free hearing screening from the Gilliam Hearing Center.

“We’ve never been there before because we were both often working during the day,” Valerie Lindsey said. “But we both recently retired and decided to go out and see what it’s all about – and grab the free stuff.”

Business developer Katie Stone led the stand law firm of Ross and Schoalmire. Elderly people passing by often stopped to play PLINKO to win prizes like a jar opener.

“It’s always been a great place to see as many older people as possible at the same time,” Stone said. “We do elder law and estate planning, probate and things like that. We’re excited to have things picking up in person.”

Super Bingo was a big draw, which came as a pleasant surprise to first seller Trace Smith.

“We’ve been here in town for 34 years and we have nine charities playing with us,” Smith said.

Jackie Keener and Kattie Thomas don their crowns at the Cowhorn Creek Estates photo booth Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, during the 23rd Annual Senior Expo at the Texarkana Convention Center in Texarkana, Texas. (Staff photo by Mallory Wyatt)

News and information – Get ready to vote because your documents are on the way Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:17:07 +0000

Voters have until noon Saturday, October 8 to return their ballots. Voters should return completed ballots in the Freepost return envelope provided – either by post or in one of our specially marked ballot boxes.

We provide ballot boxes in all supermarkets in Wellington, the Council Library and several other locations and they are all on one handy map with a list of locations making voting even more accessible than before.

Deputy Electoral Officer for the City of Wellington, Jennifer Parker, recommends not voting until the last minute – and better understanding how the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system works.

“Local elections are really important as the Council oversees around 500 services and facilities which play a huge role in our daily lives, so it is important to do our due diligence and ensure we elect the right candidates for the job. .

“Wellington City Council is one of fifteen local authorities that use the STV system to elect their mayor and councillors, and it’s a good idea to get to know how it works as it can significantly influence the outcome.

“And above all, don’t forget to vote!

Under STV, voters rank their favorite candidates by placing a “1” in the box next to the candidate they most prefer, a “2” next to the candidate they most prefer next, and so on. You can rank as many or as few candidates as you want – you don’t have to rank them all. A detailed explanation of how the STV works is available at

Wellingtonians will also be asked to vote for candidates for the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Voters in Tawa and Mākara-Ōhāriu will also be asked to vote for members of their community councils.

If you are voting by mail, the last day to cast your ballots is Tuesday, October 4. And if you’re going out of town during the school holidays, consider voting before you go or taking the papers with you to post.

You can vote in one of our specially marked ballot boxes until voting closes at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8.

If you have not received ballots by Thursday, September 22, you will need to cast a special ballot in the election. If your ballots are damaged or mutilated, or if your name was entered on the voters list after August 12, a special vote will also be required.

To request a special vote, visit the Te Pokapū Hapori Community Center at 107 Manners Street starting today and starting Monday, October 3 JOhnsonville (Waitohi), Karori, Newtown and Ruth Gotleib (Kilbirnie) libraries will provide the service. You may also receive a special vote at these locations Find your nearest library and its opening hours .


From Friday 16 September: voting materials displayed

Friday, September 16: vVoting center opens at Te Pokapū Hapori Community Center, 107 Manners Street, with special voting available

Monday, October 3: aopening of additional voting centers in Johnsonville (Waitohi), Karori, Newtown and Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) libraries

Saturday October 8: voting closes at 12 p.m.


Saturday October 8: preliminary results

Thursday 13 – Wednesday 19 October: final results


Friday 14 – Thursday 20 October: elected officials take office (the day after the notification of the final results)

Wednesday October 26: inauguration and swearing-in of mayor and councilor

For more information visit our elections section.

For Donald Trump, information has always been power — ProPublica Wed, 14 Sep 2022 09:30:00 +0000

Since the FBI emerged from Mar-a-Lago last month with box after box of documents, some of them highly sensitive and classified, questions have floated about the criminal investigation: Why did former President Donald Trump s sneaked in with the hideout to begin with? with? Why did he keep it when he was asked to return it? And what did he intend to do with it, if anything?

It’s true that Trump likes to collect shiny objects, like the framed cover of Time magazine that has been stowed, according to the US Department of Justice, alongside documents marked top secret. It’s true, as The Associated Press reported, that Trump has a “penchant for collecting” items that demonstrate his connection to famous people, like Shaquille O’Neal’s giant shoe, which he kept in his office in Trump Tower in New York.

But I’ve covered Trump and his company for decades, and there’s something else people around him have told me again and again: Trump knows the value of hoarding sensitive and secret information and using it regularly and precisely for its own purposes. The 76-year-old former ‘The Apprentice’ host appeared in the New York tabloid world, where business gossip was the currency of the kingdom. Admittedly, sometimes he just wanted to show that he knew things about important people. But he has also used compromising information to pressure elected officials, seek commercial advantage or blunt accountability and oversight.

A Trump spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

Take a little-known episode where Trump tried to pressure former New Jersey Republican Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

In 1997, Trump, then the owner of a major casino in Atlantic City, was furious with New Jersey elected officials for backing a $330 million tunnel project. The tunnel would run from the Atlantic City Freeway almost to the doorstep of a casino run by then-rival Steve Wynn. “Trump didn’t want Wynn in Atlantic City,” Whitman told me recently. Trump “wanted to control the game there.”

As a casino owner, Trump has been unable to donate in New Jersey’s legislative races, with contributions being one of his favorite methods of trying to exert control over government decisions. But Trump could run caustic ads and sue, which he did. When none of that worked out and the tunnel was in the final stages of approval, Whitman said, Trump called her.

A few years before the tunnel vote, Whitman’s son Taylor, who was in high school at the time, had gotten drunk from a private dance at Trump’s Plaza Hotel near New York’s Central Park and had to be taken to the hospital. It’s something high school kids do stupidly, and Whitman told me she was glad Taylor was sick “to teach her a lesson.” But on the call, Trump suddenly brought up the episode. He said it would be “a pity” if the press found out about his son’s drunken antics.

“He made the threat during the tunnel deliberations,” Whitman said, and it “blindsided” her because the high school dance was private and Taylor’s behavior was a family affair. She had no idea how Trump found out, she said, but the episode made it clear to her that people were collecting and providing sensitive information to Trump about what happened. in its properties. She did not pander to Trump and he never followed through on her threat.

Many people who have found themselves, for better or worse, in Trump’s orbit over the decades – people with far less power than Whitman – told me it was obvious that Trump was collecting information about people, even rejoiced. And he did not hesitate to deploy it. “There was always someone watching,” a former high-level Trump Organization employee told me. “What Donald would do is he would let the person he knows know, in his roundabout way. He let the person know he was big and he knew what was going on. Like most other former employees, this person didn’t want to speak out publicly for fear that Trump would come after him again all these years later.

It was helpful for Trump to let people know he was collecting information about other people’s less-than-stellar moments as potential ammunition down the road. A former New Jersey lawmaker told me he was warned to behave on his best behavior when he travels to Atlantic City because Trump is keeping tabs on the important people. Even as a rumor, it empowered Trump.

In an infamous case involving a journalist, Trump exercised his knowledge of behavior in Casino City.

In 1990, Neil Barsky, then a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, came across a scoop. A banker told him that “Donald Trump is going 100 miles per hour towards a brick wall and he has no brakes” in Atlantic City. Four major banks had hundreds of millions of dollars in debt at stake. Trump was divorcing his first wife, Ivana, and desperately trying to keep his finances away from her and the tabloids. Unfortunately for him, Barsky continued to write about Trump’s financial struggles.

In early 1991, one of Trump’s top executives offered Barsky free tickets to a company-sponsored boxing match in Atlantic City. His editor encouraged him to accept a post for himself to cultivate the sources of the Trump Organization. In what he later called “an act of bad judgment”, Barsky also accepted tickets for his father and brother. Writing about the episode in 2016, Barsky said he later learned that after the game Trump called the New York Post, asking, “How would you like to destroy the career of a Wall Street Journal reporter ?” The story that followed conjured up an image of a malevolent Barsky, extorting the tickets in exchange for keeping bad stories out of his diary.

After its release, publishers moved Barsky off the beat and Trump no longer faced his rigorous financial scrutiny.

A decade later, Trump attempted the same thing with another reporter, New York Times real estate reporter Charles V. Bagli. For years, Trump had offered Bagli tickets to the US Open. One year, Bagli finally agreed to advance his reporting on a story. Trump had tried to ingratiate himself with an important beat writer – but now he had potentially incriminating information.

Finally the time has come. After Bagli penned a fact-checking story for the opening credits of “The Apprentice,” writing that Trump “isn’t the biggest developer in New York, nor does he own Trump International Hotel and Tower,” Trump surged. His lawyer sent a letter to The Times threatening legal action and saying Bagli tried to shake Trump over the tickets and wrote the article when Trump refused. The charge was false, and the Times backed its reporter.

While people’s gambling and hotel habits can be valuable, top secret information has the potential to be even more so. Since he was back in his casino heyday, just knowing that Trump may have compromising secrets and could use them confers continued power.

The New Jersey tunnel that Trump fought so hard against was finally approved, although Wynn, and then Trump, left Atlantic City. But Trump and Whitman never reconciled. In 2016, she declined to support him in the Republican presidential primary. Displeased, Trump passed her a letter, Whitman recalled, which again referenced his son’s drunken incident at the school dance. At that time, her son, who now works in healthcare financing, was an adult. As Whitman remembered, on the letter were these words scribbled with a Sharpie: “Too bad you don’t remember the good old days.”

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‘We’re hiding on either side’: Fox News host reacts to Donald Trump’s rebuke of Bernie Sanders town hallway Sat, 10 Sep 2022 14:31:39 +0000

President Donald Trump issued rare criticism of his favorite cable network after Fox News hosted a City Hall event Monday night with one of his 2020 rivals, Senator Bernie Sanders, I -Vt.

So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews. Unsurprisingly, @BretBaier and the “viewers” were so smiley and good. Very unusual, and now we have @donnabrazile? the president tweeted Tuesday morning.

Bret Baier, who co-hosted City Hall alongside his Fox News colleague Martha MacCallum, responded with a tweet saying, “Thanks for watching Mr. President – we would be delighted to have you soon in a town hall – and even an interview on @SpecialReport – it’s been a while. We cover all sides.

Sanders’ tax returns and populist message took center stage in the City Hall on Monday. The Vermont senator released ten years of tax information minutes before taking the stage. The president, for his part, continued to refuse to launch his own.

“Come on, I paid the taxes I owe,” Sanders told Baier and MacCallum when asking Sanders about his returns. “And by the way, why don’t you get Donald Trump here and ask him how much he pays in taxes? President Trump is watching your community a bit, isn’t he? Hey, President Trump, my wife and I just kicked off 10 years. Please do the same.

Regarding the question of his income, Sanders later added, “That year we had $560,000 in income. In my case and that of my spouse, I have written a pretty good e-book. It was the best provider offered anywhere in the world and we made money. If anyone thinks I should apologize for writing a bestselling e-book, I’m sorry, I won’t.

When Baier asked Sanders if the success of his 2016 book “Our Revolution” proved the validity of the “American Dream,” the Democratic nominee disagreed.

“No,” Sanders replied to Baier. “What we would like is a rustic by which everyone has a possibility. . . A lot of people don’t have a school diploma. A lot of people shouldn’t be United States senators.

As Baier asked studio viewers about Sanders’ help with “Medicare for All,” his vocal enthusiasm for the plan seemed to overshadow the Fox News host’s follow-up question.

“I have to ask the viewers a question. When can you raise your hands here, a giveaway of how many people are getting their work insurance coverage, personal insurance coverage right now?” Baier said asked. “Now, of these, how many are eager to move to what the senator says, a government-run system?”

After a majority of viewers seemed to throw up their hands, Baier tried to rephrase the question by asking Sanders: “There are 180 million people under personal insurance coverage, and they could be misguided, aren’t they? not it?”

“Truthful request. I know that’s what the proper wing throws, so let me answer, okay? Hundreds of thousands of people lose their health insurance every year, do you know why? They get fired, or they quit and so they go to another employer. I was mayor for eight years, and do you realize what I did? What every mayor in America probably does is you search for the perfect insurance program, probably the most cost-effective insurance coverage. You change the insurance cover. Every year, hundreds of thousands of employees get up in the morning, and their employer has changed the insurance coverage they have. Maybe they preferred the docs. Some people nod their heads. OKAY. So it’s not new – annual. Now, what we’re really talking about is stability – that when you have Medicare for All, it’s there now and may be there sooner or later.

Sanders also responded to a question about whether he supports abortions at the time of birth, saying, “I feel like it happens very, very rarely, and I feel like it’s becoming a political subject. Ultimately, I feel like the choice of abortion belongs to a woman and her doctor – and never to the government.

Watch Sanders sort through the topic of “Medicare for All” below: