US could add to EU fund

first_img whatsapp Share US could add to EU fund whatsapp US stocks leapt yesterday on news that America could be ready to support the extension of the European Financial Stability fund by providing extra money to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 249 points, or 2.27 per cent, to close at 11,255, while the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index gained 25 points to 1,206, and the Nasdaq Composite added 55 points, or 2.05 per cent, to 2,549. A US official confirmed there had been talks with the European Commission about possibly enlarging the €750bn (£630bn) EU IMF stability fund adding that although it was a decision for Europe the US would support using the IMF in such circumstances. The remarks came before a visit to Europe this week by a US Treasury envoy who is expected to visit Berlin, Madrid and Paris to hold talks about the debt crisis. The IMF has committed €250bn to the fund already. Wednesday 1 December 2010 9:28 pm Show Comments ▼center_img KCS-content Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical GeniusMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”Wanderoam Tags: NULLlast_img read more

IPL team chief calls for legalised betting in India

first_img Preity Zinta (pictured), who co-owns Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket team Kings XI Punjab, has said legalising betting could help the government curb corruption issues that currently surround the league. In July, a Law Commission report called for gambling to be regulated for those aged 18 years and older, with bets linked directly to Aadhaar or PAN identity cards so as to reduce the risk of money laundering. However, the Indian government is yet to accept the recommendation. Zinta (pictured) said legalisation would clean up the IPL, saying that if laws were to come into force, players could be made to take random lie detector tests to ensure there are adhering to rules. Notable corruption incidents include former India star S Sreesanth being handed a life ban from the sport for his involvement spot-fixing in the 2013 IPL season. Zinta said legalising betting would also help open up a new stream of revenue and has called on the government to take action. A 2013 report by lobby body Ficci valued the illegal IPL betting market at around Rs 300,000 crore (£31bn/€35.2bn/$40.5bn). Tax revenue on this total would be approximately $1.2bn.“I think it would be important if the government legalises betting because it will be a good source of revenue and stuff and secondly, we can stop all this crap because how many people can you control,” Zinta said, according to India Today. “So, that’s why I said let’s do a random lie detector test, the Board of Control for Cricket in India should just make it part of the policy, it will be amazing. “Because of the fear of knowing that I can get caught, that’s what you need. You can’t police people that much.” However, Jay Sayta, a Mumbai-based lawyer, told iGamingBusiness.com that it is “unlikely” the government will take any action in the near future. The comments come after Sayta also told iGamingBusiness.com in July that the government was unlikely to accept the recommendations “any time soon”. Sayta said: “The benefits [of legalisation] are obviously the potential revenue for the state, which could run into billions of dollars, employment opportunities and better detection of suspicious betting patterns and thereby reduction in fixing and cheating. “But, it is unlikely to happen anytime soon as the government has not shown any interest in taking forward the recommend submitted by the Law Commission of India and not have they shown any interest in engaging with stakeholders on this issue. “It is a complex issue having various socio-economic ramifications and things are not going to happen in a hurry.”Image: Pavanbhat619 Regions: Asia India 8th October 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Kings XI Punjab co-owner wants to regulate $40bn betting market Legal & compliance Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops IPL team chief calls for legalised betting in India AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Apopka police charge man with intent to distribute marijuana near school

first_img APD finds two pounds of pot, drug paraphernalia and handgun in suspect’s vehicleIt started out as a routine traffic stop.Officer Samuel Anderson of the Apopka Police Department was conducting a “moving speed enforcement” in the area directly in front of Apopka Memorial Middle School on Park Avenue Wednesday morning. He clocked a Ford Fiesta sedan going 36 miles-per-hour  in a school zone where the speed limit is 20 miles-per-hour. Anderson pulled the Ford over and approached the driver: Rodney Thomas, 25 of Apopka.Anderson immediately smelled a strong odor of what he believed to be raw (unsmoked) marijuana. He offered Thomas the opportunity to volunteer whatever marijuana he might have in his possession.Thomas declined.Rodney ThomasAnderson found a small clear plastic baggie that contained a greenish leafy substance in Thomas’ pocket which he believed was marijuana, and a substantial amount of money.After securing Thomas in handcuffs and putting him in the back seat of his patrol car, the vehicle was searched.Anderson located two packages which contained small, empty clear plastic baggies, a backpack in the trunk which contained multiple large bags of a green leafy substance. Within those bags were smaller zip-lock style bags, each packed with suspected marijuana. More of the small, empty clear plastic baggies were located in the backpack. A black digital scale with suspected marijuana residue was also located inside the backpack, along with a Ruger LC-9 semi-automatic handgun, which was loaded with six 9mm rounds in the magazine and another round in the chamber.There was approximately two pounds of marijuana found in Thomas’ car, and $1,325 in his pocket.Thomas was transported to APD for processing, and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana (for the small amount found in his pocket), possession of drug paraphernalia, and cited for unlawful speed in a school zone.After being processed at APD, he was transported to the Orange County Jail and booked. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSApopka Police Department Previous articleVal Demings honors law enforcement officers on House floorNext articleAAA: 75% of Floridians will travel in 2017 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear center_img Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here January 12, 2017 at 8:34 am Chris Norwood Way too go guy’s keep up the good work…. 1 COMMENT Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

LOFT 9 / skimA

first_imgCopyAbout this officeskimAOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBuildingsResidentialSeongbuk-guSouth KoreaPublished on August 13, 2018Cite: “LOFT 9 / skimA” 13 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalSinkshansgroheBasin FaucetsPaintSTAC BONDComposite Panel Finishes – MetallicsConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 70 ADUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Hinged Door | AlbaWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT BlockGreen FacadesSempergreenLiving Wall – SemperGreenwallMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/899695/loft-9-skima Clipboard CopyApartments, Residential•Seongbuk-gu, South Korea LOFT 9 / skimASave this projectSaveLOFT 9 / skimA LOFT 9 / skimA Architects: skimA Area Area of this architecture project Apartments 2017 Photographs:  Jaesang Lee (770 studio) Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project center_img Projects South Korea ArchDaily Photographs “COPY” Manufacturers: KCC, INPRECON, LG ZEA FRESH, Minjoobrick, VARONSave this picture!© Jaesang Lee (770 studio)Recommended ProductsWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsText description provided by the architects. LOFT9 is located on the hill of Dongsomun-dong facing the high-rise apartment and surrounded by low-level red tile-roofed houses. Next to the site, the white painted housing building is newly constructed. LOFT9 consisted of 9 rooms is for rent, so it aims to have maximum floor area with an efficient form. The volume, which is driven by the right of light, is delicately refined with setbacks for the clarity of form. The 4th & 5th level is designed like loft house for maximizing wide view on the terraces. Simple box shape is partly filleted on the corner edges with balustrades for softening the rectangular volume which is cladded with the pale red in between the old red tile-roofed houses and new white building.Save this picture!© Jaesang Lee (770 studio)Save this picture!Plan (L4)Save this picture!© Jaesang Lee (770 studio)Save this picture!Section AASave this picture!© Jaesang Lee (770 studio)Project gallerySee allShow lessHow to Generate Content That’s Interesting for Architects (Part 2: Include Technical…Architecture NewsClerestory House / Pearson ArchitectureSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Dongsomun-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South KoreaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Area:  342 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/899695/loft-9-skima Clipboard Save this picture!© Jaesang Lee (770 studio)+ 28Curated by Fernanda Castro Sharelast_img read more

Virgin Money Giving reveals North East saw biggest rise in donations in 2016

first_img  116 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Tagged with: North East Research / statistics Virgin Money Giving Charitable donations rose by almost 18% in the North East of England last year, the highest in the UK according to figures from Virgin Money Giving.Donation growth rose 8% in East Anglia, almost 4% in the North West and South East, and 3% in the East Midlands. The figures also show the average donation across the UK to be just over £33.Virgin Money Giving questioned 2,000 adults about their giving in 2016, including whether the vote to leave the European Union affected their giving in the second half of the year. It found that while 4% had planned to give more to charity, 8% actually did so, and while 75% said they planned to give the same to charity, a smaller percentage – 63% – did so. In addition, while 5% said they planned to give less to charity, 7% carried this out.Jo Barnett, executive director at Virgin Money Giving, said:“Our analysis shows that despite real income falling and economic uncertainty, Brits are still remarkably generous when it comes to charitable giving. It’s clear that individual motivation for charitable giving goes well beyond the constraints of personal finances.”Last year, Virgin Money Giving helped charities raise almost £92 million, and has so far helped to raise more than half a billion pounds since its 2009 launch. Advertisement Melanie May | 18 January 2017 | News  115 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img Virgin Money Giving reveals North East saw biggest rise in donations in 2016 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 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.last_img read more

Indiana Dairy Farmers Continue Indy 500 Traditions

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://www.hoosieragtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Dairy-traditions-with-rookies-and-victory-circle-continue.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Jill HouinFor the 46th year Indy 500 rookie drivers were celebrated by Indiana dairy farmers, but this event was late and most who watched weren’t even there. American Dairy Association Indiana went online with the annual Fastest Rookie of the Year Award. It originated from an Indianapolis studio with fastest rookie qualifier for this Sunday’s race Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing, on the set. He joined Jill Houin, the Plymouth, Indiana dairy farmer who will present the milk in Victory Circle.“Super excited! It’s going to be a little different, but I really am excited about that tradition being carried on and the winner drinking the milk,” she said.Houin used the event to explain what happens round the clock every day of the year on her family’s dairy farm.“We have employees that help us but it’s always constantly going. I go in in the morning and raise the calves. We make sure that they have been fed and they are healthy and then I go along during the day caring for those animals. The other thing I get to do is the tours of the farm and to teach people about agriculture and dairy farming. I didn’t grow up in it and I love sharing that story because these farmers are so passionate about what they do, about the land, their family, their animals and being sustainable. It’s just an amazing story and I love to share it.”Also joining her for the event was Tim Haynes, the 2020 Rookie Milk Man.Fastest Rookie VeeKay is from the Netherlands and is no stranger to milking cows.“When I was in school we had a little trip and we would go to dairy farms and actually milk cows just for fun.”VeeKay is the fourth fastest qualifier and starts on the inside of row 2, so he has enough speed to be another rookie to meet up again with an Indiana dairy farmer in Victory Circle. The other four rookies were part of the event via Zoom. They are Alex Palou, Pato O’Ward, Oliver Askew and Dalton Kellett.In addition to the inscription on the permanent Fastest Rookie trophy on display in the IMS Museum, VeeKay received a custom-designed plaque and $10,000 cash award from ADAI.Tim HaynesADAI has sponsored the Fastest Rookie award since its inception in 1975, and the Fastest Rookie of the Year award is one of two programs that continues the long association between the Indiana dairy industry and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The beloved Bottle of Milk presented to the winner of the 500-mile classic has been a part of Victory Circle ceremonies for portions of nine decades and 65 consecutive years. SHARE By Andy Eubank – Aug 18, 2020 Indiana Dairy Farmers Continue Indy 500 Traditions Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Dairy Farmers Continue Indy 500 Traditions Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleBaird Addresses Farmers at Shop Talk EventNext articleCongressman Baird Meets with Indiana Farmers on the HAT Wednesday Podcast Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown

first_img April 14, 2020 Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown JordanMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests June 15, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Jordan Roya TV general manager Fares Sayegh and news director Mohammad Alkhalidi were placed in detention on 9 April for 14 days after being questioned by the department of public prosecutions. Jordan is ranked 130th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. JordanMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned “We call on the Jordanian authorities to release Fares Sayegh and Mohammad Alkhalidi,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “During the pandemic, journalists must be able to report the reality at the grassroots without risk of being held responsible for what interviewees say or without risk of any kind of external interference.” News Their arrests were prompted by a news report showing people on the street complaining about their inability to work as a result of the lockdown ordered under the public health emergency declared by the government. It prevents employees in most sectors of the economy from working. Middle East governments clamp down on coronavirus coverage March 27, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further News Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF_en Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives August 12, 2020 Find out more News The authorities have not yet said what charges are being brought against the two journalists. But several sources told RSF that they could be based on a comment made by one of the persons interviewed, who said: “What should I do now? Sell drugs? Steal? This is all I have left.” This could be interpreted as promoting drug trafficking,” the sources said. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of two senior Jordanian TV journalists who have been arrested over a news report about the economic impact of a lockdown ordered by the government to combat the spread of Covid-19. last_img read more

TEAM BELL: Local ladies raising funds for St. Jude’s

first_imgSkip “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offers hope in the darkest of situations,” she said. “After hearing Candy talk about childhood cancer on such a personal level, we decided to host an annual fundraising event for Team Bell on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. We want to promote the event so that it will grow and more funds will be raised in support of St. Jude that is giving hope to so many children and so many families.”Donations are being accepted for Team Bell and checks should be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.For more information on how funds may be donated through Team Bell, call Ford at 334-372-5023. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Email the author “Team” seems to be the byword of the season. Everybody has a favorite team – Troy, Auburn or Alabama. But, there’s a new team in town – Team Bell and it’s made up of ladies who are committed to raising funds in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Amanda Ford said the idea for the Team Bell actually came out of the interest to know more about St. Jude Children Research Hospital and, who better, than Candice Howard-Shaughnessy to tell the story?“Candy has been closely involved with St. Jude for seven years or more,” Ford said. “She has a relative whose child was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her mother, a teacher, had a child in her class who was diagnosed with cancer. We all know about St. Jude and the good that it does in treating childhood cancers. It’s also a research hospital. But to hear about St. Jude from Candy would make it more personal.”A group of ladies gathered at B Graves to hear the story of Bell and how it has impacted Shaughnessy’s life. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell “Candy has been raising funds for St. Jude in honor and memory of Bell by running in the Memphis Marathon,” Ford said. “She works with the children’s ministry at her church and has helped raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. So she is very involved with fundraising efforts in support of the fight against childhood cancers.”Ford said the cost per day for providing care for the young cancer patients at St. Jude is $2.4 million.“That’s why fundraising is so important in continuing to provide that level of care,” she said. The ladies who gathered at B Graves listened intently to Bell’s story, Ford said, and realized to an even greater degree how childhood cancers impact the lives of so many. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 4:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitscenter_img Latest Stories Leaving a legacy: Hamlin contributes with leg and character As strong of a right leg as Goshen High senior place kicker Dawson Hamlin has, it is through his maturity,… read more Local ladies are teaming up to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and aid their fight against childhood cancers. The women who have joined “Team Bell”heard from local resident Candy Shaughnessy at B. Graves Monday on how childhood cancer has personally affected her life. To find out how to donate, call Amanda Ford at 334-372-5023. By The Penny Hoarder TEAM BELL: Local ladies raising funds for St. Jude’s Sponsored Content You Might Like Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf 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 HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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

Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 4 Persons Engaged in Illegal Fishing

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 4 Persons Engaged in Illegal Fishing FISHING BOATFISHING Naval personnel attached to SLNS Barana of the North Western Naval Command on routine patrol arrested 4 persons with an FGD engaged in illegal fishing using purse seine nets on 17th December 2013 in the seas off Kudiramalai in Puttalam.The arrested persons along with the recovered items were handed over to the Silawathura Police for further investigations.[mappress]Press Release, December 20, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 4 Persons Engaged in Illegal Fishing December 20, 2013 Share this articlelast_img

Commentary: My Christmas List

first_imgBy Mary Beth SchneiderThe StatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—It’s all well and good to say “all I want for Christmas is you.” But we all know that, truth be told, we want so much more.Trouble is, much of it cannot be wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a bow. And most of it wouldn’t fit under the Christmas tree. But what wonderful gifts they would be.So, Santa, if you’re listening: I want a president who doesn’t call opponents juvenile names and who doesn’t Tweet insults. I want a president who supports our allies instead of coddling dictators. I want a president who doesn’t lie every single day, including on easily disproven things such as whether he signed a bill into law that actually was passed under a predecessor or whether any new sections of a border wall have been constructed.I want traffic lights that are synchronized. (Start with West Street, please.)I want politicians who put country over party, principles over partisanship and who seek to understand the needs of all their constituents, not just those who wrote them checks. And I want independently-drawn legislative and congressional districts that lead to fair representation.I want blue jeans that fit perfectly even after they are washed. (Just saying.)I want health care that is universal and affordable. And I want life-saving drugs such as insulin to be at minimal cost. After all, the people who invented insulin in 1923 – Frederick Banting, James Collip and Charles Best – sold the patent for one dollar because they felt it was unethical to profit from a discovery that saves lives. A life very precious to me has required insulin since she was a child; it shouldn’t cost hundreds of dollars each month.I want facial moisturizer that really does eliminate wrinkles. (Asking for a friend.)I want people to realize that the only fake news are lies completely made up. Reporters are human and make mistakes – but take it from me, they agonize over them and strive every day to get important stories out and to get them right. And I want people to know that good journalism doesn’t come for free. Subscribe to as many sources as you can – but especially to your local newspaper. In most communities, there is no one else to cover your mayor, your council, your schools, your community.I want to win the lottery. (Hey, it could happen!)I want the Statue of Liberty to represent our present, not our past. I have Dutch ancestors who came to what later became New York in the 1600s, seeking a new world. I have Irish ancestors who fled famine in the 1800s. I have Hungarian ancestors who came in the early 1900s, fleeing oppression. For the most part, they came with almost nothing. Some, like my grandmother, couldn’t speak English. Yet they built homes and lives, and the nation is richer for people like them.I want zero calorie chocolates. (So long as they taste like a 200-calorie truffles.)I want children to go to school without once having to wonder if that bang is from a slammed locker or an active shooter, and parents who don’t have to kiss them goodbye in the morning, wondering if that is the last kiss.I want to go through life without once being told “ok boomer.” (Seriously.)I want a government and corporations to realize we have very little time – if, that is, we have any left at all – to address climate change before our world no longer sustains life as we know it.And I want to be more grateful for the gifts I’ve already got.So I’m grateful for the gift of a father, who loved me no matter what and thought everything I did was just great.And I’m just as grateful for the gift of a mother who, while she always loves me, definitely doesn’t think everything I do is perfect. It taught me to take responsibility for my shortcomings and to try to do better.I’m grateful for the gift of a son and daughter who have given me years of memories and the pleasure of knowing so much more are in store. And I’m grateful for a husband who has shared all that with me.And I’m grateful for the gift of writing and the knowledge that some people enjoy it, too.Merry Christmas. I’m wishing, too, for your Christmas wishes to come true.Mary Beth Schneider is an editor at TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more