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  • YSU Stem College Dean cut from list of presidential candidates

    YSU Stem College Dean cut from list of presidential candidates

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:12:22 GMT
    Dr. Martin AbrahamDr. Martin Abraham
    The Youngstown State UniversityBoard of Trustees has revealed the names of the six finalists seeking the YSU presidency.Althoughformer Ohio State and YSUcoachJim Tresselmade the cut, Dr. Martin Abraham's name is absent from the list.Below are the names submitted by the Youngstown State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee: Mary Cullinan Gary L. Miller Gayle L. Ormiston D. Marshall Porterfield Steven M. Rothstein James P. TresselTressel, who interviews for the University of Akron...More >>
    The Youngstown State UniversityBoard of Trustees has revealed the names of the six finalists seeking the YSU presidency.Althoughformer Ohio State and YSUcoachJim Tresselmade the cut, Dr. Martin Abraham's name is absent from the list.Below are the names submitted by the Youngstown State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee: Mary Cullinan Gary L. Miller Gayle L. Ormiston D. Marshall Porterfield Steven M. Rothstein James P. TresselTressel, who interviews for the University of Akron...More >>
  • Part time Lowellville policeman charged with abduction

    Part time Lowellville policeman charged with abduction

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:19:29 GMT
    A part-time Lowellville police officer faces charges of abduction and unlawful restraint.The Mahoning County Grand Jury handed up a two count indictment against 46-year-old Roger Vance.According to the indictment, Vance used force or a threat to restrain a 40-year-old womanin lateFebruary.The case was investigated by the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department after Lowellville's Police Chief received the initial compliant and asked the outside agency to get involved.Sheriff Jerry Greene says th...More >>
    A part-time Lowellville police officer faces charges of abduction and unlawful restraint.The Mahoning County Grand Jury handed up a two count indictment against 46-year-old Roger Vance.According to the indictment, Vance used force or a threat to restrain a 40-year-old womanin lateFebruary.The case was investigated by the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department after Lowellville's Police Chief received the initial compliant and asked the outside agency to get involved.Sheriff Jerry Greene says th...More >>
  • Youngstown man sentenced for slashing and stabbing woman and her daughter

    Youngstown man sentenced for slashing and stabbing woman and her daughter

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:34:48 GMT
    A Youngstown man has been sentenced to ten years in prisonafterpolice say he tried to murder a woman and her daughter. 32-year-old Jamar Berry plead guilty earlier to charges of attempted murder, assault and burglary.Berry was accused of slitting the throat of a woman and stabbing her 16-year-old daughter at their Craiger Avenue home last December.Both victims survived the attack.More >>
    A Youngstown man has been sentenced to ten years in prisonafterpolice say he tried to murder a woman and her daughter. 32-year-old Jamar Berry plead guilty earlier to charges of attempted murder, assault and burglary.Berry was accused of slitting the throat of a woman and stabbing her 16-year-old daughter at their Craiger Avenue home last December.Both victims survived the attack.More >>

You’re about to set foot on foreign soil. Are you prepared to be there? If you’ve done the following, you’re in good shape:

1. Fill out the emergency information page of your passport. You never know where – or when – this information will be critical.

2. Get a physical and dental exam. Be sure you’re up-to-date on all of your standard vaccinations: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. If you’re traveling to Europe, Australia or New Zealand, these basic immunizations should be all you need. Africa, Asia and Latin America, however, require you to show a vaccination certificate for cholera, yellow fever, typhoid and others (such as Malaria). Some foreign countries even insist you be tested for HIV. (This applies mainly to those visiting for an extended period of time.) It’ll take a few weeks to get all of these vaccinations completed, so be sure to allow enough time. If you’re not sure which ones are required for your destination, contact your local public health department. They’ll be able to tell you what you need, as well as where to go to get them.

3. Invest in travel health insurance. You may already have it under your current medical plan, however double check to be sure. At the very least, you want to make sure you’re covered for accidents and hospital costs abroad.

4. Learn local customs and laws. What are the standards on tipping? Can women wear shorts? Remember, the world does not revolve around you. Make a concerted effort to understand, practice and appreciate the way other cultures live. It’ll keep you out of trouble and your experience will be richer for it.

5. Stay abreast of current news. You’d be surprised at the number of foreign countries that post their newspapers online. Be on the lookout for travel advisories or warnings.

6. Read up on what The State Department has to say. The State Department does an excellent job of providing Travel Warnings (advising Americans to avoid certain countries), Public Announcements (postings of significant risks to the security of American travelers) and Consular Information Sheets for every country in the world. Be sure to check in when planning your trip and before you leave.

7. Learn enough of the language to communicate. When it comes time for assistance, you’ll be glad you did. Plus, locals are more likely to respond warmly if they know you’re trying to speak their language. Never assume the world speaks English. It doesn’t.

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