Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fajardo duplicated the four MVP awards of legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio.Last year, Fajardo steered the Beermen to a record-tying three straight Philippine Cup championships that allowed the franchise to become only the second team in PBA annals to bring home the June Bernardino Perpetual trophy after TnT KaTropa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lady Eagles soar to third straight victory; Lady Spikers back in orbit after first loss GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo will be bestowed the Mighty Sports Mr. Basketball award during the SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Awards Night at the Maynila Hall of Manila Hotel on Feb. 27.The 6-foot-10 Cebuano will be feted in the event presented by Milo and Cignal TV for bagging an unprecedented fourth straight PBA MVP trophy.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer
SYLMAR – Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab Inc., maker of solar cells that power Mars rovers, won a $13.3 million contract to develop its super-efficient solar cell into a marketable product, officials announced Friday at the San Fernando Valley lab. U.S. Department of Energy Undersecretary Raymond Orbach highlighted that award and six others, totalling $96 million, to be given to California companies over three years. They are part of President George W. Bush’s Solar America Initiative, which aims to make the price of solar energy competitive with natural gas, coal, and other energy sources. “Solar energy must be a significant component of our nation’s energy supply” to reduce reliance on foreign energy sources and fight climate change, Orbach said. Energy officials announced an additional $72 million for six out-of-state projects Thursday. California gets less than 1 percent of its energy from solar sources. That’s partly because solar energy costs 18 to 23 cents per kilowatt hour to produce. Natural gas, the state’s largest source of energy, seems like a relative steal at 5 cents per kilowatt hour, according to the California Energy Commission. But if the Energy Department program reaches its goal of producing solar energy at 5 to 10 cents per kilowatt, the sun could become a major provider of energy. “We are at the dawn of a new era,” said Vahan Garboushian, president and CEO of Amonix in Torrance. The company is focused on achieving large-scale solar energy at a competitive price. The Energy Department awarded Amonix $14.8 million, which the company is matching. Mass-produced solar energy is a possibility that Spectrolab president David Lillington can imagine. “There is plenty of space in California, Nevada and Arizona” to install large-scale solar energy farms, Lillington said during the news conference. Spectrolab developed the super-efficient solar cell in December. It converts 40.7 percent of the sun’s rays into energy, making it the most efficient solar cell ever created, according to the lab. Solar cells available on the mass market typically convert 16 percent of the sun’s rays to energy. They are made of silicon, which is less powerful than gallium-arsenide, the material used in Spectrolab’s cells. Spectrolab boosts the cell’s conversion rate by having lenses concentrate sunrays before reflecting them onto the cells. The tiny cell, measuring about a square centimeter, will not be ready for market for 18 months. The Energy Department award, along with $16.5 million that Boeing is kicking in, will be spent to test the cell, reduce its cost, and improve its performance. Spectrolab’s solar cell is designed to suit the rugged conditions of space, but its development will impact the residential and commercial market for rooftop solar panels, according to Claudia Chandler, a spokeswoman for the California Energy Commission. “It pulls the market,” Chandler said. “If these folks are coming out with 40 percent efficiency, they are going to set the high mark for other manufacturers to reach.” Spectrolab is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing. It was founded in 1956 by Alfred Mann, a scientist from Portland, Ore. The company’s solar panels powered the satellite that took the first pictures of Earth from space and were used on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Today, the company’s solar panels power two Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. email@example.com (818) 713-3735 SoCal solar awards (in millions) Spectrolab, Sylmar: $13.3 Amonix, Torrance: $14.8 Practical Instruments, Pasadena: $4160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Sunderland midfielder Charis Mavrias has joined Panathinaikos on loan for the remainder of the season.The 20-year-old, who arrived on Wearside from the Greek club in August 2013, returns after making just six senior appearances on Wearside to date.Greece international Mavrias scored his only goal for the club on January 25 last year, the winner in a 1-0 FA Cup fourth round victory over Kidderminster. Charis Mavrias in action for Sunderland
0Shares0000Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal is in talks over a new contract © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 12 – Nacho Monreal has opened talks with Arsenal over a new contract with the Premier League club.Monreal has one year left on his present deal and the Gunners are willing to extend the Spain defender’s stay at the Emirates Stadium. The 32-year-old has made 165 Premier League appearances for Arsenal since joining from Malaga in 2013.“At the moment we are talking with the club. I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal,” he told the London Evening Standard.“I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them.“We are in contact in any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.”Monreal has been a useful member of an Arsenal defence that new boss Unai Emery hopes to strengthen after their error-strewn displays in the final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign.In the latter stages of his career, Monreal is keen to be a big part of Emery’s rebuilding process.“My idea is to play in football until my body says, ‘Nacho, so sorry but that’s the end’. But I think it is far away,” Monreal said.“I hope so. You never know because your body, sometimes you start with some problems, some injuries and you can’t continue giving 100 per cent.“But at the moment I feel good so I am not thinking of my retirement.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Cash-strapped Barcelona are struggling to keep Lionel Messi and Neymar out of the clutches of the Premier League’s big spenders. Manchester City and Manchester United are preparing a staggering£350MILLION raid for the superstar pair. And former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could also be available if the price is right. The La Liga giants are being pushed to the brink of financial meltdown as they try to convince their biggest assets to stay in Spain. (The Sun)Juventus star Paul Pogba returned to Manchester this week and told photographers he ‘loves’ the city, fuelling speculation he could be set for a move back to Manchester United or to Manchester City. (Daily Mail)Chelsea are facing a dilemma over the future of one of their most highly rated young players Charly Musonda, who is attracting interest from clubs all over Europe. Musonda only signed a new four-year contract in March, but the 19-year-old midfielder is growing increasingly concerned that there is no path for him into the Chelsea first-team squad. Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and a host of big clubs on the continent have monitored his progress for a number of years. (Daily Telegraph)Arsene Wenger’s backroom staff have been instructed to put together a list of possible transfer targets for injury-hit Arsenal in the January transfer window. Lars Bender is one of the candidates on that list and Bayer Leverkusen admitted this week they would not be able to keep hold of the 26-year-old should he ask to leave. (London Evening Standard)Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno has played down reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid, and says he does not know if rumours of interest from the La Liga side are true. (Liverpool Echo)Ravel Morrison is searching for a new club with Lazio ready to wash their hands with the bad-boy midfielder.The 22-year-old is free to end his nightmare spell in Italy once the transfer window reopens in January. Ex-West Ham playmaker Morrison has failed to settle in Serie A and his wish to return to England will be granted. (Daily Mirror)Sergio Aguero says he will leave Manchester City for Independiente at the end of his contract. The Argentine’s current deal will expire in 2019. (Various)Massimo Cellino will listen to offers for ANY of the first-team squad at Leeds. Italian owner Cellino wants cash to continue running the Elland Road outfit and rival clubs have been informed all their top stars are up for grabs. That includes six-goal top scorer Chris Wood, who cost £3million from Leicester last summer, and whiz-kids Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram, who each carry £8m price tags. (Daily Mirror)Stuart Gray has emerged as a surprise contender to take over at Fulham. Former Southampton boss Gray has been out of work since being sacked by the Cottagers’ Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday in June to make way for Carlos Carvalhal. (Daily Mirror)Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is set to be in the stands at Reading on Thursday night ahead of his imminent appointment as new Queens Park Rangers boss. And Rangers hope to confirm Hasselbaink as their new manager on Friday. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Charlie Austin on QPR future: ‘If the right opportunity doesn’t come for me in January, I will stay’ Former Man City star would back big-money move for Everton defender John Stones Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho wanted by Roma in January – reportsFormer Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson backs Gary Neville to succeed at ValenciaInter Milan pull out of race to sign Manchester United target Lucas BigliaMan United send scouts to watch Benfica star Nicolas Gaitan ahead of January bid – reportsMan United transfer report: Louis van Gaal keen on Edinson Cavani but PSG reluctant to sellCrisis club Newcastle eyeing move for 1860 Munich striker
Freshman Sam Paulak fired a five-over par 77 to lead Drake on the final day and finished with a total score of 243 (89-77-77). The Bulldogs return to the links on March 30-31 at the Bradley Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ill. Print Friendly Version SEDONA, Ariz. – The Drake University women’s golf team finished in 12th-place out of 16 teams at the Red Rocks Invitational Sunday at the Oakcreek Country Club in Sedona, Ariz. Story Links Sophomore Aimee Gerschke finished as the team’s top scorer for the first time of the season with a total score of 242 (76-82-84). Junior Grace Dunn tied with Paulak with a total score of 243 (79-83-81) after shooting an 81 in the final round. Senior Madison Glennie totaled a score of 245 (80-79-86), while Sigurlaug Jonsdottir rounded out the team’s effort with a total score of 254 (86-84-84). The Bulldogs recorded a 326 in the final round for a 54-hole total of 968 (321-321-326) and were just a stroke back from 10th-place Boise State and Seattle. College of Charleston took home the team title with a score of 909 (301-306-302). Final Results
Chief refreshment providers on the day Tara Campbell, Margaret McConnell and Tina Crawford take time out for a quick pic.Some of the young people ready to give the machines a big send off at the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Michael Burns all set for the off at the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Kieran O’Donnell, Neville Rodgers and Patrick Rodgers enjoying a quick cuppa before heading on the Tractor Run.Young Oisin Higgins all suited and booted for the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Neville Rodgers makes his way through Newmills on the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Anne Roarty and William Ramsey enjoying a quick cuppa before the start of Saturday’s Tractor Run in aid of Drumoghill NS.James O’Donnell, Terence McClintock and Paul McNamee at the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Taking a breather at the mid-way point at the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Patricia Hill of Stateside Restaurant, Letterkenny stops for a quick pic during the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.Alan Robb leads the charge through Newmills at the Drumoghill NS Tractor Run.‘ON TRACK’ TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DRUMOGHILL NS – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Drumoghill NStractor run
Featuring high profile actors sharing powerful stories raised enough money to fund a permanent arts centre in rural South Africa.A massive fund raising campaign staged by celebrity actors in the UK to raise money for South African children has inspired local thespians to put together a star-studded event of their own.THE CHILDREN’S MONOLOGUESFeaturing high profile actors sharing powerful stories raised enough money to fund a permanent arts centre in rural South Africa. Now our local stage celebrities are preparing to replicate the event to raise money for the same charity, Dramatic Need.The UK version first ran in 2010 starring famous names like Nicole Kidman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and James McAvoy.The local version being staged by the Market Theatre’s artistic director James Ngcobo working with Mfundi Vundla as Executive Producer, Mfundi who has a long standing relationship with Dramatic Need.The Market Theatre production will feature Jamie Bartlett, Robert Whitehead, Lesedi Job, Sonia Radebe, Masasa Mbangeni, Sello Maake Ka Ncube, Lebo Toko, Nokukhanya Dlamini, Gugu Shezi and Nomfundo Dlamini with live music from Tshepo Mngoma.This moving production in aid of Dramatic Need will play for one night only on Friday 20 May, 2016.The Children’s Monologues brings alive the true stories of more than 200 children in rural South Africa as they try to come to terms with moments that changed their lives forever.For many of these kids that means searching for answers in the aftermath of rape, death, and injustice.For others it is about trying to hold on to a memory that still inspires happiness. The Market Theatre has selected 15 of these moving soliloquies.The stories have been adapted for the stage by a Who’s Who of writers, including Napo Masheane, Elliot Moleba, James Graham, Neil La Bute, Laura Wade, Jack Thorne, Roy Williams OBE and Tanika Gupta MBE and Sir David Hare – from first-hand accounts of children supported by the charity.SPONSORSHIPThe fundraising evening will host corporates, high profile individuals, providing a powerful platform for corporates to partner with us.Sponsorship opportunities include:Headline Partner• Brand association: at the event, online, and in print• Visibility in all printed materials and digital platforms• ‘Sponsor a Monologue’ – credit as a supporter of a specific performance and piece• The opportunity to be established with a cutting-edge arts event and a forward-thinking, international charity.To Learn More Follow the link: www.dramaticneed.org.ABOUT DRAMATIC NEEDDramatic Need introduces vulnerable children in rural South Africa and Rwanda to the creative arts as a means to cope with trauma and hardship.It works to develop visual literacy and freedom of expression without recourse to violence. The organisation believes that creativity, not money, has the best chance of changing a generation of children’s attitudes to themselves and to each other.Through engagement in drama, visual arts, filmmaking and music, these children are empowered to confront complex issues with confidence and to resolve – rather than engage in conflict. Its classes are running at full capacity, with demand far outstripping what it is able to supply.ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S MONOLOGUESThe original Monologues played to a sold-out theatre and were covered by every major news outlet in the UK.The production highlighted to an international audience the challenges these children face and the power of creative storytelling to change attitudes and prejudice within developing communities.It was a unique event, in terms of offering both glamour and integrity.The proceeds funded a permanent arts centre in rural South Africa that now runs six workshops a week and serves hundreds of local children.The original event was staged at London’s The Old Vic and was put together by Danny Boyle, a founding trustee of Dramatic Need. Its stars included Sir Nen Kingsley and Eddie Redmayne. The second airing in 2015 was a sell-out performance at The Royal Court Theatre.Tickets cost R200 each with all the proceeds going towards Dramatic Need, which runs an arts and culture centre in a farm in the very poor community of Viljoenskroon, Free State.Ngcobo is also asking companies or individuals to come forward with sponsorship to make it a huge success and raise enough money to make sure more children have a story with a happy ending.The fundraising evening will give corporates and high profile individuals a powerful platform and the opportunity to be associated with a cutting-edge arts event and a forward-thinking, international charity.For bookings and donations call:Anthony Ezeokeon 011 025 0377 (Direct Line) or 083 246 4950 / 072 413 9247AnthonyE@markettheatre.co.zaDate: 20 May 2016Time: 07:00pmTickets: R200
Gasoline- or propane-powered generatorsWe have considered a small portable or stationary propane generator. But such generators are obnoxiously loud for occupants and neighbors alike, require a fuel storage tank, have to be tested monthly, require periodic maintenance, and get pricey for larger capacities.That all seems an excessive one-time cost, plus a monthly chore we don’t need. Pipes might freezeEven if a loss of power seldom happens, what’s the impact if it does? There can be a substantial effect if it occurs in winter. Unless you heat with a wood stove, you need electricity to run the electrical motors on an oil- or gas-fired boiler, or the fan on a hot air system, or even the impeller on a pellet stove. So it could be a bone-chillin’ stay in the house while you await electrical power to be restored.More critical is preventing water pipes in the house from freezing. When warmer temperatures return, a burst water pipe can cause enormous damage to furnishings and even the structure of the house, particularly if it occurs in a concealed wall. That is a special concern for us as we will likely become “snowbirds” traveling to warmer climates during the deep throes of winter.Fortunately, a frozen pipe in Edgewaterhaus is a very unlikely event, thanks to the robust building envelope of a Passivhaus building. We’ve heard one Passihaus owner in upstate Massachusetts say he left for a week in winter when temperatures dropped below freezing most of the time, but the home’s interior stayed in the high 50s, according to the data-logger he installed to monitor building performance.We have no critical business or medical electrical usage needs. So our risk is really a lifestyle impact, and potential food loss in the summer. That suggests a no- or low-cost electrical backup approach. Power outages are rareNeighbors tell us that it is rare to lose power for more than a few hours. Most such situations are due to trees falling on power lines during storms. Users can notify Central Maine Power of a power failure by email or phone. CMP has recently implemented a slick web-based electrical power outage map. You can zoom to multiple levels of details, from the total area of service down to local street level, with summary information on the number of affected customers. That’s reassuring. RELATED ARTICLES Using a PV array in a power outageWhat are our choices for low-cost backup systems?We toured a nearby home with a roof-mounted photovoltaic system and a sophisticated – read expensive – series of deep-cycle batteries along with controllers to keep the batteries fully charged and a means to safely disconnect the house from the grid when you resort to battery power. We will have a photovoltaic system, but I don’t like the high cost of such a backup system, nor the idea of storing and maintaining batteries in the house. You’d also have to hope for sunny days during the outage to replenish the batteries. BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND Looking Through Windows — Part 7Designing Superinsulated WallsCutting Down Trees and Milling LumberA Visit to the Local SawmillSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Can We Get More and Pay Less To Keep About The Same? Though there have been few brief power interruptions in this area, there is always a risk of widespread and extended power loss due winter ice storms. Many Maine communities have been without electrical power for days going on weeks when this occurs. Planning for Backup Power in an All-Electric HouseGas Lines Point to a Need for ResilienceHow to Live Comfortably Off the Grid Do Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really Have an Advantage? Should we include a backup electrical power supply for Edgewaterhaus, since it will be an all-electric home? If so, we should include provisions for a backup electrical source as part of the overall plan, whether we decide to implement it now or later.Backup power is like insurance: if you don’t collect a benefit while the insurance policy is in effect, all of your insurance payments were a complete waste of money. Conversely, if you collect a substantial benefit, you can pat yourself on the back for having made such a prescient investment.There are two questions to consider in deciding whether to buy a backup electrical power capability: What is the likelihood that we lose power, whether for a matter of hours or days? And what is the impact in terms of financial loss or lifestyle accommodations? Your Prius can provide emergency electricitySo I was intrigued with an innovative approach I saw while attending the Building Energy 2012 symposium in Boston in March. Converdant makes a “plug-out” kit that allows a Toyota Prius to serve as a home backup electrical generator! What an interesting concept.Why buy a separate generator when we could temporarily tap into our 2010 Prius’s efficient electrical generator, sophisticated electronic management system, battery reservoir, and ultra-quiet operation when the engine is running to recharge the batteries? No separate monthly testing required; system testing occurs each time you drive the car. No need for a separate propane storage tank; the Prius includes an 11-gallon gasoline tank easily refilled at any service station. The Converdant plug-out cost: $800 for a 2-kW kit, $1,300 for a 3-kW kit, and $1,800 for a 4-kW kit, plus an estimated $100 to install an electrical connection on the Prius, and a means to connect to the circuit(s) you want to energize.I can only think of a few downsides and one concern. The downsides: you must manually connect the Prius to the Converdant device each time you need backup electrical power; you must either park the Prius outside, or channel the exhaust fumes outside the garage. There is no instant-on switching capability as some dedicated backup generators provide. There will be periods without electrical power. That’s not a big deal for us.The concern regards the effect on the Toyota warranty. Toyota warrants the Prius hybrid system for 96 months or 100,000 miles. Would including an aftermarket product like the Converdant plug-out device void the Toyota warranty? No, according to the FAQ page on the Converdant website, which state that the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act would require Toyota to prove that the Converdant device caused the hybrid system failure. I wonder whether there has been a real life test of this situation. Specifying a panel with a transfer switchFor now, we will hedge our bet. For less than an additional $100 above the cost of a typical electrical panel, we will specify a generator-ready electrical panel with an integrated transfer switch: the bus on the upper portion of the panel powers only grid energized circuits; the bus on the lower level powers circuits either from the grid or a standby generator.Under normal conditions, all circuits are powered via the grid. But manually throw the transfer switch in the middle of the panel, and all upper circuits are cut off and all lower circuits are powered via the backup generator.Using the Prius as a backup electrical generator sounds very interesting. We also plan to include a circuit to the garage to allow recharging a future plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 19th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.] The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.
Throughout 2017 we provided many webinars to support caregivers, families with special needs and service providers working with those families. Let’s take a look back at all of our free online professional development opportunities provided in 2017.Caregiver Support and InformationMany Needs, One Source: Navigating Military OneSource for Caregiver SupportMilitary OneSource is a 24/7 call center and website that provides information, answers and support on every aspect of military life. This webinar discussed how the military community can access Military OneSource’s high-tech and high-touch support that address a wide range of needs.Hidden Heroes: Caregiver Stress and What to Do About ItThis webinar addressed family caregiving: its role in society, the stress associated with it and the impact caregiving stress can have on a person. The conclusion of this program also covered how military helping professionals can assist family caregivers.The Caregiver in the Room: Considerations for Providers Working with FamiliesIn this training, Dr. Leanne Knobloch examined interpersonal communication skills and strategies for providers collaborating with family caregivers. Throughout the webinar Dr. Knobloch examined the core challenge of how to respect the autonomy of the client while also communicating with his or her family caregiver. Specific topics included protecting face, offering support, and providing comfort.Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journey (2 Parts)Throughout this two-part collaborative series, presenter Dr. Tai Mendenhall discussed stressors associated with chronic illness and its impact on health and wellness of individuals and families. During part two of the series participants explored ways to help military families harness resources, utilize resilience, and provide support to promote effective management of chronic illness.*This webinar series was a collaboration between MFLN Family Transitions, Family Development, Military Caregiving and Nutrition and Wellness.Special Needs Support and InformationEstate Planning for Families with Special NeedsThis session explored the importance of estate planning and decision making, as well as considerations across the life cycle for families with special needs. Throughout the webinar we discussed documents such as powers of attorney and trusts, including a revocable living trust and a special needs trust. Needs-based public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid were also discussed.Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: What resources are available to you?This webinar addressed the question “How can helping professionals ensure that all students succeed in reaching their transitions goals?” Throughout the webinar best practices for working with Individualized Education Program (IEP) Committees on transitions plans, career and technical education programs of study and state agencies that provide support for students in transition were discussed.Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in ClassroomsIn a follow-up to the session above, Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan explored the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles for instruction, employability skills that can be taught using UDL principles, and provided suggestions for ways in which parent/guardians and students can self-advocate for UDL to be incorporated in classrooms.Health Care Program – InformationMedicaid: Taking Stock of an Essential Program in Uncertain TimesMilitary caregivers and their families may find themselves interacting with Medicaid in cases where TRICARE and ECHO coverage is not enough or when family members are not eligible for TRICARE and/or ECHO coverage. This webinar provided an overview of the Medicaid program and why it might be important for military families, discussed the relationship between Medicaid and TRICARE, as well as identified resources for military support personnel, caregivers, and families to learn more about Medicaid.Medicare 2017 & What it Means for YouThis session provided a broad overview of the Medicare program’s coordination of benefits with other programs such as Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance, TRICARE for Life and VA Benefits, among others.2017 Virtual Conference – Learning Through ChangeThe MFLN Military Caregiving team participated in and attended the 2017 MFLN Virtual Conference – Learning Through Change. This free four-day virtual learning and networking experience brought together professionals working with military service members and their families to discuss “Learning Through Change”.You can now view the 2017 MFLN Virtual Conference archive to learn how to ADAPT to change, GROW your understanding of your capacity for change, and THRIVE as you learn from speakers and participants discussing common and not-so-common challenges. We would like to invite you to join us in 2018 for more webinars!Rebalancing Work and Life: Be the ModelJanuary 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. EasternThis workshop provides you with a framework for identifying and rebalancing your work and life priorities. The tools you will gain in this workshop will help you see how the choices you make every day can bring more energy, happiness and appreciation to yourself and the people you are close with at work and at home. This allows you to model your ‘best’ self as you create your successful work-life balance. How Providers Can Support Advocacy & Leadership in Parents of Children with DisabilitiesFebruary 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. EasternIn this this interactive webinar tailored to providers who work with parents of children with disabilities, Sarah will share insights from her research on advocacy with over 300 parents of children with disabilities as well as her personal experiences in advocating for her 11-year-old son with fragile X syndrome. Participants will learn about the advocacy strategies parents use in successful advocacy efforts as well as how the parenting and advocacy journey shifts as children grow. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on December 29, 2017.