With Phish‘s Baker’s Dozen run almost upon us, many phans are still figuring out where they’re going to stay for the duration of the residency. Thirteen shows in sixteen days is a tough proposition, and sixteen nights of hotel rooms in New York City is certain to put a dent in your wallet no matter what your budget. Thankfully, Mayor Bill DeBlasio has come up with a plan to house as many people as possible at Central Park’s famous Great Lawn.In a press conference focused on the new camping initiative, DeBlasio could barely contain his excitement at the influx of phans that will be hitting New York City this summer. “New Year’s with Phish is always a special time in our city, and we’re just so thrilled to have the band and their fans in our city for thirteen shows this summer,” DeBlasio said.He went on to explain that “when we heard that Phish would be in New York for so many shows this summer, we knew we were presented with a unique opportunity. With the warm weather that typically hits New York during July, we could provide some interesting housing options that would keep the shady element out of our city’s hotels while creating a special experience for the tens of thousands of traveling phans that will need a temporary home.”There is some fine print, of course. The city makes no promises about the safety of your belongings. DeBlasio explained that “…the Great Lawn will be like the campgrounds at Woodstock, never leave any of your valuables behind, always lock your tent, and whatever happens, happens. Whatever you do, take care of your shoes, am I right?”Camping spots will go on sale on April 11th, 2017 at the Central Park website. To ensure that only Phish fans make use of this special opportunity, they will be required to show their tickets at the entrance to the campgrounds. or risk being denied admission.
Notre Dame announced Katie Washington of Gary, Ind., as the valedictorian of the graduating class of 2010 Wednesday.Having earned a 4.0 GPA in biological sciences with a minor in Catholic Social Teaching, Washington said she owes the success she’s had to the support she’s gotten from loved ones.“By no means do I feel like I’ve done this on my own,” she said. “I’m humbled and grateful to have had this experience at Notre Dame.”Washington, who received the announcement Tuesday evening, said she is still processing the news.“I’m still trying to distill my feelings and get a grasp on what it really means,” she said. “It’s very surreal.”During her time on campus, Washington was the director of the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir and active with the Center for Social Concerns, serving as the student coordinator of its “Lives in the Balance: Youth Violence and Society Seminar.”For more than two years, Washington has worked in a research lab with biology professor David Severson, with whom she co-authored a research paper. Washington said working as an undergraduate in a research lab has been one of the most significant parts of her college experience.“It has been a really transformative experience,” she said. “I was able to take charge of a project on my own but also build relationships with people in my lab.”Washington said her work in the lab with mosquitoes that transmit diseases like dengue fever and malaria has cultivated her interested in global health equity.“These diseases account for many of the deaths of people in impoverished countries,” she said.University spokesman Dennis Brown said the Valedictorian Selection Committee unanimously chose Washington from a group of 11 students.“The Valedictorian Selection Committee was greatly moved by the address that Katie Washington wrote for her fellow graduates and their families and guests,” Associate Provost Dennis Jacobs.Jacobs said Washington is an exemplar for the graduating class.“Katie’s time at Notre Dame exemplifies the principles by which she lives — excellence in all she does, compassionate service to those in need and a deeply rooted faith life that animates her,” he said. “Katie’s humble but determined spirit represents well the Class of 2010 and will serve as an inspiration for generations to come.”Upon graduation, Washington plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. dual degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
In the first meeting after spring break, Campus Life Council (CLC) members discussed the possibility of reopening the Notre Dame Bike Shop. Student body chief of staff Claire Sokas said the Bike Shop was displaced when part of the Art, Art History & Design Department moved to the Old Security Building, where the shop was previously housed. Student advocates are trying to find a new space to work from, she said. “It has no place to function, so it doesn’t exist right now,” Sokas said. “They’re looking into a lot of options, but no one has stepped forward to offer a place.” Student body president Pat McCormick said mechanics at the shop repaired approximately 331 bikes in the 2010-2011 school year. Sister Carrine Etheridge, rector of Farley Hall, said the Bike Shop offered an important service to students on campus. “The campus has expanded so much, you almost need a bicycle,” she said. “And if you’re a freshman with no car, where else do you go if your bike breaks?” Members of CLC also discussed other ways to aid students in on-campus travel. Etheridge said an auction for old bikes would be helpful for students. McCormick said Student Senate would discuss a resolution calling for the University to take definitive actions to make space for a bike shop before the fall semester. “It will continue in a sustainable way, using salvaged parts and student mechanics,” McCormick said. “I’d also like to introduce a resolution expressing Campus Life Council stakeholders’ support to see if we can engage some other partners on campus as we move forward.”
Two years after inaugurating O’SNAP, student government and Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) are “rebranding” the campus shuttle service as SafeBouND. “What we found with O’SNAP was that people were abusing it as a party shuttle because of the golf carts,” student body vice president Becca Blais said. “What then happened, was that numbers were going up and up and up, not because students felt unsafe on campus, but because students wanted to take advantage of this free ride from one place to the next. We decided to bring it back to the safety aspect.”Joseph Han Student body president Corey Robinson said 16,000 students requested rides last year, just on the weekend. “The numbers from Sunday to Wednesday are very manageable, about 200 to 400 requests a week, but on the weekends it goes up to 600 or 700,” he said. SafeBouND will start at 9 p.m. every day, ending at 1:30 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on the weekends starting Thursday nights. The golf carts and minivan will only be available during the week; on weekends, SafeBouND will be a walking service. “We looked at the analytics from last year and those were the popular times,” NDSP captain of crime prevention, outreach and safety Tracy Skibins said. “Student government thought it was important we work around parietals as well.” The SafeBouND weekday hours are slightly shorter than the hours for O’SNAP, which went until 3 a.m.“With the numbers, cutting it back on the weekdays shouldn’t make much of a difference,” chief of staff for student government Michael Markel said. A “minimum of three and maximum of six” student walking pairs will be available on the weekends, Skibins said. To cut down on wait time, she said the pairs will be stationed at populated areas, like the library, LaFortune Student Center and Reckers, rather than being centered at Hammes-Mowbray Hall. “They have safety vests on that signify they work for SafeBouND, so you know they work for us,” Skibins said. “They also have a handheld radio that is in constant contact with our 911 dispatch center.”Robinson said the rebranding will help students realize the purpose of the service.“We think that since it will be a walking program during the weekend and the golf cart and van on the weekdays, it will be much more manageable,” Robinson said. “We think that will decrease numbers from that ‘party shuttle’ aspect and bring it down to the real issue at hand.”Blais said that by working so closely with NDSP, SafeBouND can “constantly” be adapted to fit the needs of the students. “We’re working to try to compliment SafeBouND with an off-campus safety program as well,” Robinson said. “We’re in the works for that, but our vision for down the road is to have an off campus safety program, which hopefully we can announce soon, partner and match up with campus safety and then we can have a more holistic view.”The program is open to the whole Notre Dame community, including faculty and students from Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross walking back to their campus. SafeBouND can be contacted through the ND Mobile app or by calling 574-631-5555.Both Skibins and Robinson said students also always have the option to call SafeBouND after hours to request a police or campus safety officer to assist them. “We’ll never turn anyone away,” Skibins said.Tags: NDSP, O’SNAP, SafeBouND, Student government, student safety
By Dialogo July 28, 2010 Outgoing Colombian president Álvaro Uribe’s administration announced the new armed forces high command that will serve under Juan Manuel Santos, who takes office on 7 August. Adm. Édgar Cely was designated as the new commander of the armed forces (the highest position within the armed forces), replacing Army Gen. Freddy Padilla, who submitted his resignation in May, effective 7 August. Cely, fifty-eight years old, has wide experience in military strategy, since he was one of the military personnel who created Task Force Omega, an elite force specialized in fighting leftist guerrilla groups in the country’s jungles. With graduate studies in security and national defense, in addition to a specialization in international relations and humanitarian law, Cely has been head of operations for the National Navy, director of the War College, and naval attaché at the Colombian embassy in Great Britain. The defense minister, Gabriel Silva, also announced that Gen. Alejandro Navas has been named the new commander of the Army, Adm. Álvaro Echandía will be the new commander of the National Navy, and Maj. Gen. Julio Alberto Gonzáles will be the commander of the Air Force. At the same time, Gen. Oscar Naranjo was confirmed as the national director of the police. The new military high command is well known to Santos, who was defense minister for two years, until May of last year, when he gave up the position in order to launch his presidential campaign.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s little known—to some people—blues scene gets the wide attention it deserves in Big Fish Blues, a new documentary directed by Leslye Abbey that will get its premiere at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington on Feb. 22.To those in the know, Long Island’s nickname on the music circuit is “The Big Fish,” thanks to the twin forks, it’s been home to many of the top musicians in blues over the years, and Abbey believes that it’s well past time they got their due.“They are a lot of very famous people in this movie—people that are known in Europe, all over the country,” said Abbey, a social worker, psychotherapist and filmmaker who lives in Bellmore.She began her project in 2001 by filming performers at the Back Street club in Rockville Centre.“I just started shooting, meeting people, and interviewing people and it went on and on year after year,” said Abbey. “Then I put it away. But now I’m finishing everything I started!”The Cinema Arts Centre is proud to host the event, says Cindy Campbell, who is producing the evening event. After Campbell saw a rough cut of the film in November, she said it was a revelation to her.“I didn’t know Long Island had a big blues following,” Campbell told the Press, “but there is a big blues circuit. These people’s lives revolve around the blues.”This film delves deep into one of the greatest genres of American music, featuring a wide range of artists delivering unforgettable performances. Here’s a short list: Little Buster and The Soul Brothers, Bo Diddley, Jr., Sam Taylor, Doug “Harmonica” McLean, Stevie Cochran, Toby Walker, Sandra Taylor with “A Band Called Sam,” Kerry Kearney, Gail Storm, and many more.Their lives make great stories too, as the film makes clear by documenting their musical journey from the club scene to the silver screen. Besides Abbey, many of the musicians will be on hand in Huntington to talk to the audience and share their love of the music that is their life’s work.“It’s going to be a big party!” said Abbey. “It’s going to be a dynamite night.”So forget about the south side of Chicago, sit back and dig the blues from “The Big Fish.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. For more information, go to the Cinema Arts Centre’s website.In the photo, Bo Diddley Jr. is performing. [Photo courtesy Cinema Arts Centre]
22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ann Davidson Ann assists credit unions in identifying areas of risk in their operations and recommends sound loss control measures to help reduce loss exposures.Davidson has over 40 years working with … Web: www.alliedsolutions.net Details What does the road ahead hold for fraud prevention? As 2015 closed and 2016 begins, several themes keep recurring, suggesting both opportunities and challenges for financial institutions in 2016. One of the latest and greatest ways to effectively manage fraud risk is to create a risk culture awareness program that helps your financial institution to better identify and manage potential fraud activity.What exactly is a “risk culture awareness program”?A risk culture awareness program is an ongoing initiative managed by leaders within your organization to encourage enterprise-wide awareness of fraud and financial loss threats, so every member of your staff is better equipped to quickly and effectively detect and address these threats. Such programs include creating a fraud investigation unit to centralize the management of these risks, or adopting an enterprise risk management strategy that includes fraud mitigation.What are the steps an organization should take to implement a risk culture awareness program?Develop the foundational changes that will encourage this new culture of risk awarenessApply these new organizational changes and the risk culture awareness programMeasure the impact of these changes to determine if they were effectiveApply any necessary changes to the risk culture awareness programAdjust your risk culture awareness program as needed to meet the evolving needs of your organization and address current risksThere is something to say about knowing your entire staff is doing their best to help head-off fraud before it happens. There is also the added bonus of being able to tell your account holders all the hard work you are putting in to help keep their information and money protected – which will inevitably lead to good things for your organization.No matter where 2016 takes us, know that there is much to offer in the way of risk prevention and Allied’s team of risk specialists are here to help! To find out more about the actions your organization can take to prevent fraud in 2016, attend Allied’s Top Risk Concerns: A Look Back and a Look Ahead webinar presented through NAFCU Services on February 11, 2016 from 2-3 pm (ET).
I visited an antique shop with my cousin recently, as we sought inspiration for an apartment she will be moving into in a few months. I wasn’t planning on buying anything, but I saw a piano bench that looked perfect for our piano. My son had been complaining about our bench and the hinged top of this bench appealed to me; the current bench didn’t have a place to store music.On impulse, I bought the bench for $65. I don’t regret the purchase. It’s a nicer bench than what we had before, and now my son has a place to store his sheet music and lesson books — instead of just tossing them on the floor.This prompted me to started thinking about impulse purchases, though. Normally, I plan out most of my purchases because I don’t like to spend money that could go towards my vacation fund. Still, I clearly make unexpected purchases. And it’s not just me. Impulse shopping is far from uncommon in America. According to a survey from CreditCards.com, about 54% of Americans have spent $100 or more on an impulse purchase. The survey also points out that 84% of Americans have made impulse purchases, and 20% have even made purchases of at least $1,000 on impulse. continue reading » 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Celebrated photographer Šime Strikoman took three millennium photos on Strossmayer Square in Prague dedicated to three Croatian greats associated with the Czech capital: Faust Vrančić, Nikola Tesla and Josip Juraj Strossmayer, and hundreds of students from the Strossmayer Primary School took part in the shooting.It was the first time that Strikoman took as many as three millennial photographs at one location, and the reason for the shooting in Prague was the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Faust Vrančić. On this occasion, on October 9 in Prague, as part of the project of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Let’s Meet Croatian Scientific Heritage, led by Dr. sc. Marijana Borić held a scientific colloquium organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the Czech Republic, the Czech-Croatian Society from Prague and the Croatian-Czech Society from Zagreb. Due to bad weather, the shooting on the plateau in front of the Church of St. Anthony was held in very demanding conditions, and Strikoman was assisted by Prague firefighters, as well as employees of the Croatian Embassy and the Croatian National Tourist Board in Prague.The millennial photograph dedicated to Vrančić had the motif of a parachute as his most famous invention. Jubilee of this Croatian polyhistor, inventor and lexicographer who lived in Prague from 1581 to 1594 as an adviser to the Roman-German emperor and the Czech and Croatian king Rudolf II. it was also used to popularize another Croatian scientific great, Nikola Tesla, who was a student in Prague, and since 2014 he has had the largest monument in the world in Nikola Tesla Street in Prague. A millennial photo dedicated to Tesla shows the students of the primary school Strossmayerovo náměstí who formed the inscription Tesla and three signs of lightning with their bodies. The Prague school, named after the Croatian bishop, politician, patron and honorary citizen of Prague, is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, and in honor of that jubilee, Strikoman photographed its students forming a school logo consisting of the inscription “Strauss” and four pencils.Millennium photographs depicting groups of several hundred or thousands of people have been realized by Šime Strikoman since 2000, and after visiting Prague the number of photographs taken as part of the project rose to 593. Prague is the 197th city where millennial photographs were taken and one of the few outside Croatia.This marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Croatian inventor Faust Vrančić in Prague, and in Croatia where it was supposed to be the “year of the parachute”, ie an event where the whole world was to celebrate the genius of our innovator again nothing, silence and stillness. I apologize, but a scientific-professional meeting will be held at the Faust Vrančić Memorial Center. The Croatian is the inventor of the parachute, and we do not appreciate or respect that, let alone turn it into a unique and authentic tourist product. Still, it’s better to be someone’s copy; Croatia Tuscany, Croatian Monaco, Croatian Oktoberfest in Porec…Obviously our greats still value more out there than we do. Any other comment is superfluous.Related news:
Indianapolis, In. — Hunter participation in previous years has allowed the Indiana DNR to scale back bovine tuberculosis (bTB) surveillance in southeast Indiana.The bTB surveillance the DNR conducted during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 hunting seasons resulted in the collection of more than 2,500 samples. None tested positive for the disease.Because those testing results may suggest the prevalence of bovine tuberculosis within the previous surveillance zones was at a very low level, the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has established a bovine tuberculosis surveillance zone in a smaller focal area of Franklin and Fayette counties than in previous years.DNR will still accept samples for bTB testing from concerned hunters who harvest deer from outside the focal area, but still within the 2017 bTB surveillance zone.Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial disease that affects primarily cattle, but can be transmitted to any mammal. In 2016, the disease was detected in a deer culled for testing from a Franklin County cattle farm affected by bTB.Surveillance involves collecting and testing lymph nodes from the head and neck of deer harvested by hunters and voluntarily submitted for evaluation.The DNR asks those who hunt in the small focal area to help it collect as many samples as possible. The preference is for bucks that are 2 years old or older, but all deer will be accepted for testing. Submitting deer for testing is voluntary.A biological check station staffed by DNR employees will be located at Whitewater Canal State Historic Site maintenance facility at 19083 Clayborn St., Metamora. The check station will be staffed on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 3 – Dec. 23. After hours, hunters may drop off deer heads in a designated drop box at the check station. In addition, drop-off locations will be established at two area businesses for hunters to drop off deer heads.See wildlife.IN.gov/9320.htm for more information where to submit a deer for testing, more general information on bTB, and how to help with this effort.Hunters must check in their deer online and receive a confirmation number before bringing the deer to a biological check station. The deer must be submitted to a biological check station within 12 hours of harvest to be eligible for testing.