Leising advances support animal fraud reduction measure

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A bill authored by Republican state senator Jean Leising from Oldenburg to reduce emotional support animal fraud passed the Senate today by a vote of 38 to 10.Senate Bill 240 would allow individuals offering to rent or make available a dwelling to those with emotional support animals to request written proof of their need for the animal from a health service provider if their disability is not apparent.The bill would also make it a Class A infraction if an individual submits a request for an emotional support animal that falsely suggests they have a disability, entitling them to have the animal in a dwelling.“Emotional support animals are well-disciplined, important assistants to people with disabilities, but far too many people are claiming their pets are emotional support animals so they can live in a building that doesn’t allow animals,” Leising said. “These pets can be a nuisance to other residents and cause damage to the establishment. We need to reserve these rights for real emotional support animals and protect the integrity of those who truly need the animals’ assistance.”SB 240 will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration.last_img read more

Koeman glad of Pelle reaction

first_img Press Association The goals have dried up of late, though, and he was replaced in the starting line-up by Shane Long in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea. Pelle ran straight down the tunnel at the final whistle, having played the final few minutes, and Koeman hopes the striker can end his three-month wait for a Premier League goal when Burnley visit this weekend. “There has been a little bit of a reaction, yes, because nobody is happy to stay on the bench,” the Saints boss said. “Sometimes you need a reaction off the player in that situation. He is doing well. “In that game, in that moment, I think it was good to change the way of playing with more fast players up front. Saturday we play at home.” Koeman has no fresh injury worries to contend with against Burnley, with Eljero Elia coming back into contention after missing last week’s match through injury. Sean Dyche’s relegation-threatened side head to St Mary’s buoyed by last weekend’s shock win over champions Manchester City and having overcome Southampton 1-0 earlier in the season. “Yeah, they beat us but it wasn’t a very good game that day and we missed a penalty,” Koeman said. Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has seen a reaction from goal-shy Graziano Pelle after dropping him in the league for the first time. “It was a stupid goal against us but, of course, we analyse always the opponent and we play 11 against 11 and then one team is playing like Burnley. “Sometimes it is difficult to prepare a training session for the match, but we expect an aggressive opponent who will press us with direct play. “That is always difficult because they don’t give you time to play and you have to that and you have to prepare for that.” Saturday’s match will be their last before a two-week international break, during which time many of Southampton’s players will be away with their national teams. England duo Nathaniel Clyne and Fraser Forster are amongst those players, with some eyebrows raised by the fact left-back Ryan Bertrand did not join them in Roy Hodgson’s squad. “I am not surprised,” Koeman said. “He had suspension for three games. After that he came back and is playing well. “I think he played very well against Chelsea but I am not surprised because his time will come if he keeps working like this, keeps playing like this.” Meanwhile, Koeman downplayed speculation linking Southampton with a loan move for talented Real Madrid teenager Martin Odegaard. “It is not my job to do scouting of young players,” he said of the 16-year-old Norwegian midfielder. “He moved to Real Madrid – that means that he is a very good player.” The 29-year-old striker enjoyed a dream start to life at St Mary’s after moving from Feyenoord in a reported £9million summer deal. Pelle scored nine goals in his first 12 matches for Saints in all competitions and netted the winner on his debut for Italy. last_img read more

This Day in History: Trinidadian Pianist Winifred Atwell was born.

first_imgBy Celina DeCastroThis Day in History: On February 27, 1914, pianist Winifred Atwell was born in Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago. Born to a family of pharmacy owners, Atwell was expected to join in the family business and become a pharmacist, but life had another role for her.Atwell played the piano since her adolescence and achieved local popularity for her musical talents. She left Trinidad in the 1940’s to the United States to study with Russian-American pianist, Alexander Borovsky.In 1946, Atwell moved to London where she earned her rightful place at the Royal Academy of Music.Her Honky Tonk Style of piano playing gained large popularity in the United Kingdom. By 1950, her popularity grew nationally and internationally.In 1951, Atwell signed a record contract with Decca, thereafter millions of copies of her sheet music were sold and she recorded her best known hits of her career. Hits including Let’s have a Ding-Dong, Poor People of Paris, Britannia Rag and Black and White Rag.Poor People of Paris reached number one in the charts and Black and White Rag became the signature tune of the Pot Black snooker program on BBC television in the 1970s.Atwell also performed concerts on television and with Royal Variety Performances, her concerts would consist of her playing classical piano followed up with her popular Honky Tonk style music.In 1955, Atwell arrived in Australia and was greeted as an international celebrity. But her popularity dwindled as she attempted to combine her style of music with others such as Rock N Rolls hits without success.Atwell frequently visited Trinidad throughout her life, in one instance she bought a home in St. Augustine, Trinidad which was later turned into the Pan Pipers Music School by her former student Miss Louise McIntosh.In 1971, Atwell and her husband Lew Levisohn officially settled in Sydney, Australia. In 1983, a day after her 60th birthday, Atwell suffered a heart attack and died while staying at a friend’s home.last_img read more