first_imgFive new and two returning department heads will complete The Observer’s 2017-2018 Editorial Board, incoming Editor-in-Chief Ben Padanilam announced Wednesday night. The new department editors will join Padanilam, incoming Managing Editor Katie Galioto, and Assistant Managing Editors Marek Mazurek, Rachel O’Grady and Megan Valley in running the paper’s editorial operations.Juniors Chris Collins, Adam Ramos and Martha Reilly and sophomores Courtney Becker, Mary Freeman, Elizabeth Greason and Lauren Weldon will take over their respective departments March 19.Collins hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been working in the Photo department since his freshman year. Collins will now run the department for a second stint, after previously having done so in the fall before leaving to study abroad in Dublin this semester. He is junior pursuing a degree in marketing with a supplemental major in applied and computational mathematics and statistics. Chris’ favorite thing to photograph is football, specifically games played during a hurricane.Ramos, a native of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, will assume the role of Scene Editor after returning in the fall from his semester abroad in Santiago, Chile. A Scene contributor since his freshman year, he is currently pursuing a degree in international economics with a minor in the program of philosophy, religion and literature.Reilly, the incoming Saint Mary’s Editor, began writing for The Observer her freshman year and has covered topics such as student government and energy conservation. She is pursuing degrees in English literature and political science. She is from Libertyville, Illinois, but currently resides in Le Mans Hall.Becker, a resident of Pasquerilla West Hall, will head the News department. She began her work with The Observer in fall 2015 and has since covered a variety of topics, including the student government entrepreneurship and innovation initiative and the Football Friday features. Becker hails from New York City and is pursuing a degree in film, television and theatre.Freeman will be taking on the position of Viewpoint Editor. She began working for The Observer this fall as a copy editor for the department and is a current member of the Walsh community living in Pangborn Hall. Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Freeman is a program of liberal studies major and secondary education minor. Greason has been writing for The Observer since her freshman year and will take over as Sports Editor. She is currently covering Notre Dame women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse and has previously covered volleyball and men’s golf. She is a native of New York City currently living in McGlinn Hall and pursuing a degree in civil engineering.Weldon, originally from Los Altos, California, will continue in the role of Graphics Editor, which she has held since the start of this semester. A resident of Breen-Phillips Hall, she has been a graphic designer for The Observer for two years. She is a business analytics and visual communication design double-major and also works for the Alumni Association and the Gender Relations Center.Tags: department editors, Editorial Board, Observer editorial boardlast_img read more

first_imgEach year, Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon sells sweatshirts as one of its fundraisers that supports Riley Hospital for Children. This year’s fundraiser begins this week.Notre Dame junior Landis Collins, vice president of merchandise for Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon, said the EMX sweatshirt is a visible tradition at the College.“I design and help with the sales and that we do for Dance Marathon,” Collins said.The EMX sweatshirts always feature the same design, yet it is different enough from year to year that some students purchase the sweatshirt each year, she said. As vice president of merchandise, Collins comes up with the colors and patterns.“We usually sell about 150 [sweatshirts],” Collins said.The fundraiser is one of Dance Marathon’s biggest and most visible merchandise sales, Dance Marathon president and senior Clare Carragher said in an email.“Over the past five years, EMX sweatshirts have been one of our biggest merchandise fundraisers at Saint Mary’s College,” Carragher said. “The fundraiser has now expanded to include Holy Cross College, and we are looking to expand sales to Notre Dame students.”This fundraiser is important to Dance Marathon because it allows support for the campus community as well as the hospital the organization supports.“EMX sweatshirts not only raise money for the kids at Riley Hospital for Children but also strengthens the support among the tri-campus community,” Carragher said. “The EMX stands for SMC in the Greek alphabet. … Although we do not have a Greek system at Saint Mary’s, Saint Mary’s often feels like one big sorority.”This year’s design is different than previous years because it features a corded sweatshirt by a brand called Chicka-d as opposed to more traditional fabrics, Collins said.“Chicka-d is actually a brand that we’ve never used before,” Collins said. “It’s mission is to design comfortable clothing for women, so they’re more flattering sweatshirts.”Collins said she had some familiarity with the brand, which led to her decision to use it for this year’s sweatshirt.“Since Saint Mary’s is an all-girls school, their mission statement really speaks to us,” Collins said.Collins said Dance Marathon tries to sell the EMX sweatshirts in the fall to correlate with Giving Tuesday.“EMX sweatshirts have and will continue to bring awareness to all the kids we are fighting for one day at a time,” Carragher said.Dance Marathon will begin selling the sweatshirts from Tuesday until Nov. 15 during lunch and dinner hours in the Student Center at Saint Mary’s. Orders can also be placed through direct messages on Dance Marathon’s Instagram but must be paid for in person. The cost is $45.Tags: EMX sweatshirts, riley hospital for children, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathonlast_img read more

first_imgJAMESTOWN — Jason L. Schmidt has been endorsed by the Chautauqua County Republican Committee and Chautauqua County Conservative Party to seek election as Chautauqua County District Attorney.Schmidt is a state and federal trial attorney and former Chautauqua County felony prosecutor with an active criminal defense and litigation practice based in Fredonia.Schmidt received the endorsements as the country began shutting down amid the Coronavirus pandemic, effectively placing his run for District Attorney on hold.“This has been a difficult time for all of us,” said Schmidt. “With the current situation in our county and across the country, from the pandemic to racial and police tensions, it seemed insensitive and tone-deaf to campaign. But the election is less than six months away and I want voters to know they have a critical choice to make come November.” Schmidt said his approach to the law enforcement responsibilities entrusted to the District Attorney is very different from that of the current DA, Patrick Swanson.“I am a working attorney. I have to take on tough cases and have successes in the courtroom or I wouldn’t have clients. I’ve also been the victim of crimes, having been robbed multiple times and our apartment burglarized while growing up. From these personal experiences, I know first handwhat victims go through emotionally, financially and sometimes physically, and I believe strongly in working closely with victims and police, and maintaining a high level of communication with each of them, as their cases make their way through the criminal justice system. I will bring my personal experiences to the District Attorney’s Office, “and I look forward to discussing how my approach differs from the current administration in the coming months.”County GOP Chairman Allan Hendrickson said the endorsement of Schmidt track record of hard work and winning cases.“We endorsed Jason because he’s a hard-working guy who rolls up his sleeves and fights in the trenches. He’s experienced and successful – he wins cases,” Hendrickson said. “That’s why we endorsed him four years ago, and after watching the district attorney’s office struggle to prosecute serious crimes, we’re even more committed to putting a winner in the district attorney’s office. Chautauqua County needs that now more than ever.”Conservative Party Chairwoman Anna Wilcox added, “We need someone who can bring the fight back to the DA’s Office. The Conservative Party endorsed Jason, just as we did four years ago, because he knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system and has faced and won many hard cases in his career. Hard work matters, experience matters, and results matter.”Schmidt said he is available to answer any questions and can be reached by email at Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgJessie Mueller in ‘Waitress'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Everything changes. Jessie Mueller is set to play her final performance as Jenna in Broadway’s Waitress on March 26, 2017; her replacement will be announced soon. The show is currently booking through June 11 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Directed by Diane Paulus, Waitress marks five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles’ stage-writing debut. Based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly and book by Jessie Nelson, the tuner follows Jenna, a small town waitress stuck in a loveless marriage. As a nearby baking contest approaches (and a new doctor comes to town), she’s torn between her commitments and—thanks to her pie-making expertise—a chance at freedom.The cast also includes Eric Anderson, Charity Angél Dawson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Drew Gehling, Caitlin Houlahan, Dakin Matthews and William Popp.Waitress’ national tour will begin at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square on October 17. View Comments Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Waitresslast_img read more

first_imgTo battle dry conditions, many farmers rely on irrigation systemsto provide water to grow their crops. However, Georgia farmersonly slightly increased their irrigation usage during the recentdrought, according to University of Georgia Extension Serviceexperts.Between 1998 and 2000, the number of irrigated acres in the stateincreased about 2 percent, according to the UGA Extension Service2000 Irrigation Survey. Georgia now has about 1.5 million acresof irrigated farmland — a 31,000-acre increase since the lastsurvey in 1998.Leveling Out The recent increase is modest compared to the mid-`80s and early-`90s.During that period, irrigated acreage grew about 20 percent eachyear, said Kerry Harrison, an irrigation engineer with the UGACollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Farmers do consider periods of drought when planning their irrigationmanagement. However, Harrison doesn’t expect a dramatic increasein irrigated acres in the future, despite the current drought.The reason is simple economics.”We’ve about irrigated all the land in the state that isprofitable for the farmers,” Harrison said.Half Wet, Half Dry According to the survey, about half of the total crop acreagein Georgia is under some type of irrigation system. About 75 percentof these systems are center pivots, which are larger systems thatrotate in a circle in the field.It’s no surprise that two-thirds of the irrigation used in Georgiagoes toward watering major state crops, such as corn, cotton andpeanuts. But vegetables had the largest increase in irrigatedacreage. Since 1998, irrigated vegetable acreage increased 70percent, helping Georgia become one of the leading vegetable producingstates.Growing More Vegetables All commercially grown vegetables in Georgia are irrigated. Most farmers use a dripsystem for vegetable production. A hose with tiny holes is buriedinside the vegetable bed. As water is piped through the hose,drops of water drip out watering the plants.Harrison said the move towards more irrigated vegetables willcontinue. With major commodity prices low, many farmers are tryingto find ways to make their land profitable, and established vegetablefarmers are growing more acres.”Farmers are branching out into new areas,” Harrisonsaid. “They are looking at alternative crops like some vegetables: crops that are as profitable on the same or less acreage.”The water sources for irrigation systems continue the same trendas in the past. Ground water supplies about 61 percent and surfacewater about 38 percent of the agriculture water in the state.The other 1 percent comes from wastewater sources.The irrigation survey was conducted by county Extension agentsin all of Georgia’s 159 counties.last_img

first_img Sonnett wins Goldin Award June 15, 2006 Regular News Miami lawyer Neal Sonnett’s 38-year career is packed with pubic service in working to improve the criminal justice system on local, state, and national levels.From serving on a panel to improve community confidence in the criminal justice system after Miami’s “McDuffie Riots” in 1980 to chairing the 2002-04 ABA Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants and named the ABA’s official Observer for the Military Commission trials in Guantanamo, Sonnett is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with a social conscience.On Friday, June 23, during the The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention in Boca Raton, the Criminal Law Section will honor Sonnett with the Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award at the section’s noon to 2 p.m. luncheon.“Neal’s efforts in fighting against abuses in the criminal justice system have gone far beyond simply bar association and congressional activity,” Miguel de la O wrote in his seven-page nomination letter detailing his former law partner’s impressive career.“He has represented pro bono, dozens of lawyers who have received grand jury or trial subpoenas, have been threatened with restraining orders or forfeiture of legitimate fees, or have been threatened with contempt orders. Neal has also appeared as amicus curiae in a variety of important criminal justice cases in both federal district and circuit courts throughout the United States, and in the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Caplin & Drysdale and United States v. Monsanto, the attorney fee forfeiture case.”Sonnett has taught advanced federal criminal practice as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, lectured at major CLE seminars across the country, and given keynote speeches at state bar associations and judicial conferences.“As his resume demonstrates, he has been a leader in community, civic, and charitable causes,” de la O continued. “One wonders how Neal maintains an active law practice while still devoting so much of his time to professional and pro bono activities, but he also maintains a national reputation as a top-notch criminal law lawyer.”The keynote speaker at the Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award Luncheon is Mark Curriden, a lawyer, award-winning author, and national legal writer for The Dallas Morning News. His 2000 book, Contempt of Court: A Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched 100 Years of Federalism, delves into a case that, despite being buried and long-forgotten in legal history, played a significant role in the development of the law in the United States. It focuses on the case of Ed Johnson, a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Two African-American lawyers heroically appeal his conviction and death sentence to the U.S. Supreme Court, but Johnson was lynched in Chattanooga, Tennessee.center_img Sonnett wins Goldin Awardlast_img read more

first_imgLet’s say you were finally sick and tired of being sick and tired, and you decided to do something about it. You joined a gym. You also knew that if you were going to reach your goals, you would need someone to provide expert instruction and ongoing accountability. So, you hired a personal trainer.Three months passed. You barely lost any weight. You went to the gym three days a week just like your trainer instructed, but for some reason, the scale didn’t move. Frustrated by your lack of progress, you approach your trainer and exclaim, “I hired you to help me, and it’s not working! I thought you said I would get results!” Your trainer calmly responds, “What have you been eating?” Oh yeah! Instead of following the nutrition plan your trainer gave you, you’ve still been chugging a liter of soda and downing a large pizza for dinner every night. You hired an expert who has knowledge that can help you reach your goals, but you keep making excuses and practicing bad habits that hold you back. Is that your trainer’s fault, or is it yours? Sure, it feels better to blame the trainer, but in reality, you’re the one ignoring his advice. The solution seems pretty straightforward, doesn’t it?Now, let’s move this example from the gym to your office. You hired an expert to help you grow your credit union. However, after a few months, your results are disappointing at best. Wonder why? There’s a pretty good chance you’re still doing the leadership equivalent of binging on pepperoni pizza and Pepsi—you’re ignoring the expert’s advice. On a practical level, this could mean you’re allowing task saturation to distract you from essential projects, or maybe you’re letting fear hold you back from making tough decisions that will help your credit union move forward.This scenario isn’t hypothetical. I see it on a regular basis. A credit union leader will engage our team and ask us to help their organization break through to the next level. “What do we need to do to get the results your other credit unions are getting?” they ask. We step in, offer a new perspective, make our best recommendations, and kick their proverbial butt in our marketing gym—but they still don’t get the results they want. “We hired you to help us grow, but we’re not growing!” Clearly frustrated, the executive chooses to blame their coach and consultant, even though they know deep down that they didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. As a consultant myself, I think it’s important to practice what I preach. I know my weaknesses, and I hire experts to help me in those areas. I’ll be the first to admit, following their advice isn’t always easy. Change usually involves one of two kinds of pain: the growing pains of progress or the bitter sting of failure. When I turn a blind eye to the expert’s guidance, I get all the pain but none of the progress. And let’s be honest, if I’m paying for advice I’m never going to take, I might as well flush some cash down the crapper and avoid the pain altogether, right?What’s the moral of the story? Trust the expert. If you hired someone because they’re the best at what they do, follow their advice and embrace the growing pains. Make the hard decisions, do the work, and reap the results. Treat your consultant as a partner and let them hold you accountable. And most importantly, celebrate progress, not perfection. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgFriendships at work: We’re all familiar with the employee engagement question, “Do you have a best friend at work?” Cigna’s survey showed that more than four in ten full-time workers (44%) with a best friend at work are considered to have high resilience compared to just 23% of those who don’t have a best friend at work. Our people need us to take action now, more than ever, to strengthen resiliency and ultimately help them live better lives. With only 40 percent of employees surveyed stating they’re highly resilient, that leaves a startling 60 percent of the population at risk of not being able to quickly recover from challenges and cope with adversity. Fortunately, there are ways to help employees (and ourselves) cultivate and maintain a sense of resilience, ultimately creating a more human workplace during these unprecedented times. There’s no doubt that the unprecedented change and struggle this year has challenged us all to build and maintain resilience. Resiliency, commonly defined as the ability to quickly recover from challenges, has been critical throughout this year, and will be moving forward.Cigna’s Resilience Index, published in September, shows that only 37 percent of full-time workers have high resilience. Moreover, one-third of full-time workers say they almost never have workplace discussions about the impact of COVID-19 on them, their families and their mental health. If companies and employees aren’t talking about these impacts and our changing world, how can they learn about the resources available to support and grow resiliency? Most of us are coping with so much. Between COVID-19, remote learning, economic uncertainty, increased divisiveness and social unrest, we’re all feeling mentally stretched. What does this all mean for us and the credit union industry? When there are low resiliency levels amongst our employees, not only does it have a direct impact on business outcomes, it can be correlated to lower job satisfaction, engagement, and retention. Focus on the “whole self”A more holistic approach to employee wellbeing isn’t a new idea, but one not often put into practice. We must stop thinking about benefits as a recruiting tool or event like new employee orientation or open enrollment. The most impactful wellbeing programs are built on a continual drip of targeted communications and resources throughout the year, that put the benefit(s) in front of the employee when they need it most. Here’s a few areas you can start:  Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Many employees don’t know what an EAP is, or feel comfortable asking for contact information when they need help. Creating a one-page resource with benefit contact information, means employees can take it on the go and access it when they need it most. Physical Movement: Data shows that regular exercise is an important component to building resiliency, so let’s start moving more. Kick off an exercise challenge and get leaders to participate in some way to encourage employee involvement. Gratitude: Essential employees should be seen and appreciated for their time and commitment to our members. Many of them are commuting, leaving their homes, and managing the same daily schedules as always, just with a lot more stress. Consider finding ways to focus on making things easier for them and allowing them to care for themselves during working hours. Maybe pick up their grocery delivery fee so they have one less stop on the way home. They deserve it! Keep connections strong It used to be easy to keep employees connected and well informed within the four walls of our buildings. Now, we must take a more thoughtful approach. Communicate frequently: Share updates about the state of the credit union and celebrate the wins. Be sure to be transparent and proactively address any uncertainty with the economy or financial standing of the credit union. Utilize technology: Connect your workforce and encourage them to use the channel that will help them get the most accomplished. One note: be mindful of the exhaustion that comes from back-to-back video calls – it’s real, and many employees become fatigued.Connect employees and managers: Schedule frequent one-on-one meetings. A continuous feedback process with questions like, “How are things going?” or “What roadblocks can I remove for you?” provides opportunities for employees to share about themselves both personally and professionally. It’s critical that we embrace and welcome difficult conversations that may come to us from employees — we might be that one and only trusted person they’re willing to share with about work/life challenges right now.  Increase diversity and inclusion efforts It should come as no surprise that a workplace culture that encourages community and feelings of camaraderie, inclusion and belonging benefits workers’ resilience. Connect employees in micro communities: Help build trusted relationships and provide ways to learn and support one another. As leaders, we’ve been talking about ways to make things better for working parents, so explore creating a group where parents would leverage their collective resources, learn from each other, and be there for each other.  3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chary Krout For over 25 years, Chary has dedicated her career to coming alongside credit union employees and leaders, helping them solve problems, and creating better workplaces for everyone.  Chary believes in … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgCalled ‘Apple Festive’, the event will feature limited vendors offering apple growers, farmers, and cideries the opportunity to showcase their harvest to the community. ITHACA (WBNG) — While the Downtown Ithaca Alliance cancelled this year’s Apple Harvest Festival back in June, they’ll be holding a condensed version of the event this week. Things kick off Monday at noon on the Ithaca Commons, with events continuing through next Saturday.last_img

first_imgUnder Italian law, anyone who negligently spreads an epidemic risks a prison sentence up to 12 years, while anyone who does so willfully may face up to life imprisonment.”It is a way to partially compensate the national law that does not require isolation upon return from a non-EU country if the stay abroad lasts up to five days”, Zaia said during a news briefing which was streamed via Facebook.Zaia’s order says that the person’s employer faces a penalty of 1,000 euros multiplied by the number of its employees, if it does not enforce the rule.The last available data on coronavirus cases released on July 6 for Veneto shows the region had a total of 169 people hospitalized, but it said it was concerned by 28 new infections, of which 15 were related to travel abroad.The spike in cases has attracted widespread interest in Italy, which is one of the world’s worst hit countries with a total of 34,869 dead and 241,819 infected with the coronavirus.Minister of Health Roberto Speranza said on Sunday that Italy is considering compulsory health treatment in cases where a person has to be treated and does not.The Ministry of Health did not respond to a request for comment on Veneto’s move.Topics : People who test positive for the coronavirus but refuse hospital treatment could face a prison sentence under a new regulation introduced in Italy’s northeastern region of Veneto.The order by Governor Luca Zaia says that until the end of July hospitals must tell the public prosecutor’s office of anyone refusing admission after testing positive.Anyone returning to Veneto, which includes the city of Venice, must also be given two compulsory swab tests, Monday’s regional order says if they are returning from a business trip outside the European Union or a non-Schengen country.last_img read more