Mom thanks firefighter who stopped in freezing cold to fix daughters’ car seats

first_imgiStock(ELON, N.C.) — Crystal Holland, a mom of three, faced a dilemma common to parents as she was ready to take her middle child, a 5-year-old daughter, to school Wednesday morning.Holland, of Elon, North Carolina, had taken the car seat for her youngest child, a 2-year-old daughter, out of the car the night before and then could not get it back in as securely as she wanted on her own.Holland put her two daughters in their car seats still and drove the short distance to school.Also at Holland’s daughter’s school that day was Chuck Loy, a 25-year veteran of the Burlington, North Carolina, fire department, who was dropping off his granddaughter.When Holland spotted Loy wearing a fire department sweatshirt, she asked him if the Burlington Fire Department, located next to the school, was doing a car seat check that day.Instead of sending her to the fire department to check, Loy told Holland he would meet her at her car to check both of her daughters’ car seats himself.“She kept saying, ‘No, I can go next door to the fire department,’ but I said, ‘Look ma’am the safety of the kids comes first. We need to do this right now,’” Loy told Good Morning America.Loy, a grandfather of two who is certified to install car seats, then spent the next 20 minutes in below-freezing temperatures working to secure both of Holland’s daughters’ car seats.“There were points where I was like, ‘OK, that looks good,’ and he was like, ‘No, it needs more,’” Holland told GMA. “He was not going to let me leave until it was absolutely perfect.”Holland posted on Facebook about her chance encounter with Loy, thanking him for helping her on his day off.She said she wanted to share not only the importance of car seat safety but also to recognize the selflessness of firefighters like Loy.“Chuck didn’t know me but he took the time to make sure my daughters were protected,” Holland said. “These men and women really do sacrifice so much and they’re always on duty. They’re angels walking on earth really.”Loy said the act of kindness was “no big deal” for him and something he is used to doing.“I try to be the good neighbor in my neighborhood and try to help moms with smoke detectors and car seats,” he said. “[Firefighters] are on duty 24/7.”Car seat safety is of personal importance to Holland because she was T-boned in a car crash two years ago while her two daughters were in the car. Both of them were secured safely in their car seats and not injured in the accident, according to Holland.“I remember being terrified to turn around and see what happened to them and when I did they were both there just fine,” she said of her daughters. “That’s why I’m such a firm believer in car seat safety because my children walked around with a scratch because of it.”Here are the car seat checkup tips to ensure your child is properly protected, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).Ensure your child’s car seat is facing the right directionIn 2018, the AAP issued new car seat safety guidelines encouraging parents to keep their children’s car seats in the rear-facing position until they have reached the manufacturer’s height or weight limits in order to protect their developing heads, necks and spines in the event of a crash. Previous guidance for rear-facing car seats was age 2.When a child has outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car seat, the child should then use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.When a child’s whose weight or height is greater than the forward-facing limit for their car seat, parents should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, “typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 through 12 years of age,” according to the AAP.Children should remain in rear seats until the age of 13, the AAP added.Use LATCH or a seat belt to secure a car seat inside a vehicleLATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) is an attachment system that can be used instead of the seat belt to install a car seat. LATCH can be found in nearly all car seats and passenger vehicles made on or after Sept. 1, 2002.Parents may use LATCH or a seat belt, but Walker said to choose “one or the other” and remember to take your time.“They’re both equally safe, but sometimes you find when you do the installation [one over the other] has a tighter, better fit,” she added. “That’s the one to go with if it works for your car, car seat and child.”Properly install the seatTo use LATCH, the AAP advises fastening the lower anchor connectors to lower anchors located in between where the back seat cushions meet. All lower anchors are rated for a maximum weight of 65 pounds, or the total weight of the car seat and child. As always, check the car seat manufacturer’s recommendations or car seat label for the maximum weight a child can be to use lower anchors.Following your car seat’s instructions, pull LATCH strap tightly, applying a significant amount of weight into the seat. The same should be done if using a seat belt.The top tether from the car seat improves safety provided by the seat, the AAP says. Use the tether for all forward-facing seats and check your vehicle owner’s manual for the location of tether anchors.Always follow both the car seat and vehicle manufacturer instructions, including weight limits, for lower anchors and tethers. Weight limits are different for different car seats and different vehicles.After the car seat is installed, it should not move more than an inch side to side, or front to back. If the car seat shifts, it’s not tight enough.If you install the car seat using the vehicle’s seat belt, make sure the seat belt locks to keep a tight fit. Check your vehicle owner’s manual and car seat instructions to ensure you are using the seat belt correctly.On their website, Safe Kids Worldwide offers an ultimate car seat safety guide complete with car seat buying tips, safe installation tips and more. All the information is based on your child’s age and weight.Strap in your precious cargo snuglyWhile buckling your child into their car seat, test that the harness is snug enough where you cannot pinch any slack between your fingers and the harness straps over your child’s shoulders.The harness chest clip should be placed at the center of the chest and even with your child’s armpits.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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First time buyers flee their parents’ home towns… and prying eyes

first_imgIf the Zoopla ‘wall banging’ ads are anything to go by, young first time buyers are keen to buy their own home so they can escape the prying eyes of parents and live a more liberal lifestyle.And new research by the portal appears to back this up.In-depth surveys among 2,000 young first time buyers found that just over three quarters were not planning to live in the same locale as their parents and that 45% planned to move at least 20 miles away.But this research reveals a significant disconnect among offspring; most wanted to live near their family, but few had any intention of doing it.Just 8% had bought their first home within a mile of their parents, 14% up to three miles away and 11% up to five miles away.The research also backs up the view that people are more community orientated in the north. House hunters in the North West were the most likely to buy their first home close to where they grew up, with 14% getting onto the property ladder within a mile of their parents’ house.In London, where first-time buyers have long faced challenges around stretched affordability, 53% buy their first home over 20 miles away from their parents’ house.“When it comes to getting on the ladder, our research reveals that despite a desire to be close to family, buying in the same area as your parents for many people appears to be a thing of the past,” says Zoopla spokesperson Richard Houston.“Whether it’s due to constraints around affordability, moving for employment opportunities or even if they simply want to start out on their own, first-time buyers are choosing to flee the nest.”Watch the Zoopla ad.Read more about first time buyers.first-time buyers Zoopla March 5, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » First time buyers flee their parents’ home towns… and prying eyes previous nextHousing MarketFirst time buyers flee their parents’ home towns… and prying eyesGone are the days when young buyers wanted to live near their parents, with many choosing to live 20 miles away – presumably to engage in the sort of wall banging featured in the Zoopla ads.Sheila Manchester5th March 20200469 Viewslast_img read more

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Cambridge to introduce entrance tests

first_imgCambridge University has announced plans to introduce entrance exams as part of its application process in a letter to UK schools and sixth forms this week. School leavers will now have to sit one to two hour exams either before or at their interview, in a similar style to exams sat by Oxford applicants. Dr Sam Lucy, Director of Admissions at Cambridge, told schools that “no advance preparation will be needed, other than revision of relevant recent subject knowledge where appropriate”.A Cambridge spokesperson told Cherwell that the decision was taken after the government’s move to scrap the AS qualifications for students sitting their exams in 2017. The University has been critical of government exam reforms, having voiced support for the AS qualification, and claimed that AS level results are the best indicator of A-Level success in a majority of subjects.When Cherwell asked Cambridge whether the move was in response to a report condemning Oxbridge for failing to improve access to students from state schools published in December, a spokesman for the University responded, “We have the expertise needed to devise assessments which are appropriate for academically gifted Year 13 students from all backgrounds. This decision runs in parallel with our ongoing and extensive work to widen participation. We have consulted teachers from state schools and colleges and taken on board their constructive feedback.”Response to the entrance exam has been mixed. Niamh Ryle, a Cambridge undergraduate, told Cherwell, “The current at-interview assessments run on a college-by college, subject-by-subject basis are more difficult to predict than entrance tests or AS exams and thus a much fairer measure of academic potential. Preparation for the new application process will be available to the wealthier students whereas those at state comprehensives will not be able to afford it.”Eleanor Smith, who reads Anglo Saxon Norse and Celtic (ASNAC) at Clare College, told Cherwell, “I can’t say the decision thrills me. With ASNAC, what subject knowledge could they possibly be testing? If they were testing based on knowledge, it would depend heavily on the books you’ve read, some of which are pretty expensive. One of the things I liked about interview was that it gave me the chance to show skills in a setting which was more like a conversation.”However, Katherine Griffiths, a Cambridge offer-holder, argued that standardised admissions test would lead to greater fairness for candidates. “At the moment, it seems unfair that some candidates have to sit a test at their chosen college at interview when other candidates have no test at all. This surely means it’s difficult to judge candidates equally and fairly when you have different amounts of information from each candidate.”Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, which works to improve social mobility, told the Financial Times, “Cambridge should be aware that tests could present a disadvantage for lowand middle-income students as there is a thriving market in private tuition for the extra admissions tests used at Oxford and Cambridge.”The courses which will have pre-interview assessments are Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Chemical Engineering, Economics, Engineering, English, Geography, History, Human, Social, and Political Sciences, Medicine (BMAT), Natural Sciences, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion and Veterinary Medicine (BMAT).There will be at-interview assessments for Architecture, Classics, Computer Science, Education, History of Art, Land Economy, Law, Linguistics, Modern and Medieval Languages and Philosophy.This announcement follows The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s finding that Oxbridge places are “out of reach of most locals.” Not one pupil eligible for free school meals in Cambridgeshire was accepted into Oxford or Cambridge in 2014, and no such Oxfordshire pupil managed it in 2013.last_img read more

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Weiss to guide Library Implementation Work Group

first_imgDeborah Jackson Weiss has been named senior project director for the Library Implementation Work Group.  In that role, she will guide the panel putting in place the recommendations made last month by the Library Task Force. Weiss will work closely with the group’s chair, David Lamberth, professor of philosophy and theology at Harvard Divinity School, on financial planning and administrative structures at the libraries.Before coming to Harvard, Weiss was a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart and Ropes & Gray, where she concentrated on tax and employee-benefit matters.  She is Romance languages cataloger at Harvard Law School. Weiss holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. in history from Case Western Reserve University, a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, and an M.S. from Simmons College.last_img read more

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Canadian ordered to stand trial in France for 1980 bombing

first_imgPARIS (AP) — France’s court of appeal has said that a Lebanese-Canadian academic wanted in connection with a 1980 bombing outside a Paris synagogue must stand trial. The ruling on Wednesday came three years after a lower court freed 67-year-old Hassan Diab from French custody owing to a lack of evidence. Diab’s lawyers said they would challenge the reversal. Diab has denied involvement in the October 3, 1980 bomb attack that killed four people and wounded 46. French investigators attributed the unclaimed synagogue attack to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-Special Operations. They accuse Diab of planting the bomb.last_img

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Vermont Federal Credit Union Announces New Addition to Senior Management Team

first_imgJoseph M. Finnigan, president and CEO of Vermont Federal Credit Union (VTFCU), is pleased to announce that Sarah Gamer, CPA, has joined the Vermont Federal Credit Union senior management team as Controller.Sarah brings to the Credit Union over 28 years of professional experience in accounting, finance, administration and consulting. Prior to the credit union, she was Dean of Administration at Johnson State College, as well as a financial and taxation consultant for various firms in the area. She also spent time as the Director of Finance and Administration at the New Brunswick Seminary and the Director of Administrative Service at Western New England College.Sarah is a Certified Public Accountant. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Georgia, and an MBA from Bentley College in Waltham, MA. She is a member of various professional organizations including; the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of College and University Business Officers, among others.Sarah is originally from New York, and now resides in Burlington. She enjoys hiking, stitching and reading in her spare time.last_img read more

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Top takeaways from Finovate Fall: Digital interactions

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Parts one and two of my Finovate Fall recaps focused on ideas intent on upending conventional fintech wisdom, monetizing and digitizing the mortgage process, and helping millennials with investments.Another key focus at the New York convention was on using tools to increase engagement with members in the digital space.Digital activationDigital Onboarding’s company’s name is self-explanatory, although its mission might better be described as digital activation.The Boston startup aims to create active engagement within 60 days of account opening. If there isn’t active engagement within that timeframe, Digital Onboarding claims there’s a high likelihood the account will be unprofitable permanently.last_img read more

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Spacious Stretton home offers room to spread out

first_imgThe swimming pool and entertaining area at 17 Poinciana Cres, StrettonThe home has a grand entry with European-inspired pillars and a 2.7m ceiling, which opens to the formal lounge and dining areas. Further into the home there is a family room, rumpus and a games room with a bar and enough room for the pool table. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“The kitchen is absolutely magnificent and features sleek stone benchtops, loads of space to move around, tons of high quality cabinetry, a handy island counter and high-grade NEFF appliances,” Mr Florentzos said. There is also a study, which could be used as another bedroom, laundry, bathroom, separate toilet and store room on this level. 17 Poinciana Crescent, StrettonFAMILIES will love this five-bedroom home new to the market in Stretton. The property at 17 Poinciana Cres sits on a 1024sq m block in a sought after street. LJ Hooker — Sunnybank Hills marketing agent, Peter Florentzos said this home ticked all the boxes. “It has a sparkling pool oasis, impeccable presentation, huge block, highest quality fittings throughout and a prestige location,” he said. The games room has a built-in barUpstairs, the master suite has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with two basins, shower and corner spa.The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and are serviced by the main bathroom.Outside there is a paved patio, a saltwater pool with glass fencing and landscaped gardens. The property also has solar power, a water tank and two sheds.center_img The master bedroom at 17 Poinciana Cres, StrettonThe Stretton home is down the road from Calamvale Central and Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town, and close to city buses, parks, restaurants and schools. Mr Florentzos said the home was attracting interest from local families looking for a big home on a big block.The property at 17 Poinciana Cres will be auctioned on February 18 at 12.30pm.last_img read more

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Logan is experiencing an influx of high end buyers

first_imgThere were multiple living spaces.“They loved how big it was compared to what they were coming from,” he said.“There was also dual living for the oldest of the kids and the size of the land was a benefit.The lowset brick house had five bedrooms, three bathrooms and several living areas.There was also a double lockup garage, ducted airconditioning, and an inground pool.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The buyers were attracted to the pool.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Mr Aston said the house at 11 Lloyd Court, Heritage Park, sold in about two weeks, which was fairly quick for the area for $660,000.According to CoreLogic data, the median days on market for a house at Heritage Park over the past 12 months was 45 days and the median sale price was $450,000.Mr Aston said the house was bought by a large family from Marsden. REAL ESTATE: 11 Lloyd Court, Heritage ParkTHE Logan market is experiencing a shortage of stock as interest in high-end properties ramps up.All Properties Group agent Jay Aston said property was hot in suburbs like Heritge Park.“There are more buyers than houses available,” Mr Aston said.“There are a lot of buyers in the high end market, $500,000 and above, but not enough properties coming to market.”last_img read more

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Collins:Babayaro, Cole are my role models

first_img “Growing up I was enjoying playing in attack but at the same time I was admiring him, so I got to a club and they decided to play me as a left-back, some people started calling me Babayaro. “At that point I started to like the name a little bit but at the same time, I was wondering why they were calling me Babayaro as I always wanted to play in attack. “Gradually I continued playing left-back. Every club I go to I tell them I play attack but they put me in the left defence, sometimes I get angry. read also:Babayaro queries Yobo’s Super Eagles appointment “At the end of the day I stuck to the position and started watching a lot of Babayaro more, I started to fall in love with him because he became my role model and I was watching a lot of Ashley Cole also, they were the favourites for me back then.” Collins, who has 11 caps for the Super Eagles, has made 23 appearances across all competitions this season for Paderborn before the outbreak of the coronavirus. The full-back will hope to help his club maintain their Bundesliga status when football activities resume in Germany. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Babayaro had an illustrious career playing in the Premier League with the Blues and Newcastle United before his retirement. The full-back was famous for his sollid defensive performances during his playing years as well as his ability to join in attack. Collins started his career as a winger before he was converted to a left-back and has since been in spectacular form for both country and club, helping Paderborn gain promotion to the German Bundesliga last season. The 25-year-old, who grew up in Kaduna, just like Babayaro has spoken of how he has been learning from the former Super Eagles star and his admiration for former England defender Cole. “I never met Celestine Babayaro in person, I watched him a lot, loved the way he was playing,” Collins said in an Instagram chat with the Super Eagles media team. “He’s the number one player in Kaduna. Everybody talked about him a lot, the way he plays, he attacks a lot, he has good moves. Paderborn left-back, Jamilu Collins, has revealed former Chelsea players, Celestine Babayaro and Ashley Cole as his role models. Promoted Content12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole Life10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The Worldlast_img read more

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