Nearly 100 seniors go on retreat

first_imgOver the weekend, a group of nearly 100 Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s seniors took time out of their schedules to reflect at the beginning of their last semester of college.The Campus Ministry Senior Retreat took place Friday and Saturday in the Sacred Heart Parish Center, located on the other side of St. Joseph’s Lake, retreat director Margaret Morgan said.Meg Handelman | The Observer “The retreat is a chance for the senior class to come together and reflect on their time at Notre Dame and what they’ve learned. It is also a chance to look forward and think about who you are and who God wants you to be,” said Morgan, who is also the rector of Howard Hall.MC Larme, a Notre Dame senior who attended the retreat, said the experience helped her reflect on many of the questions she faces as a senior ready to go out into the world.“Out of the retreat, I feel like I got a lot of questions about my future and a framework for my relationship with God as I prepare to leave Notre Dame,” Larme said.Morgan said the theme of the retreat was “Live the Big Questions Now,” a line taken from a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, and they wanted to help the seniors embrace thequestions and uncertainties in their lives.“There are so many populations who can benefit from retreats, but in a way our seniors are most in need,” Morgan said. “We often underestimate how stressful senior year can be. It’s such a crucial moment in their lives that it’s often easy to push faith aside.”Larme said many of the activities on the retreat centered on questions seniors face everyday.“Based on the question of ‘Who am I?’ we got to paint whatever came to our head,” Larme said. “We had one hour and a blank canvas. It was really cool.”Larme said even though she is a senior, the retreat still exposed her to people she had never met before.Meg Handelman | The Observer “I got the chance to talk to people that I’ve never known before and I realized they’re thinking about a lot of the same things I am and they have a lot of the same questions and concerns that I do,” Larme said. “I signed up [for the retreat] on my own accord but then it turned out that five to seven of my close friends signed up, too. But I also met a lot of people I hadn’t met before, so it was a cool balance of both.”Larme said she did not know what to think going into the retreat, but knew she wanted the chance to remove herself from her everyday life for a little bit.“I really wasn’t sure what to expect from the retreat, but I knew I wanted to take the opportunity at this point in senior year when stuff gets really busy to slow down and think about my relationship with God,” Larme said.Campus Ministry intern Rob Goodale said the retreat, which he and Morgan have been planning since October, formed after talking to several other schools about their senior retreats.“We talked to people at Villanova, Marquette, Gonzaga and Texas A&M about what they were doing with their seniors to get ideas for what we wanted to do,” Goodale said.Larme said the retreat featured typical activities such as silent reflection and small group time, but also included some creative and fun exercises designed to help students reflect.“We recorded videos of ourselves talking about where we are in our lives and sent them to an e-mail address set up my the retreat directors and they will send them to us after graduation,” Larme said. “It will be interesting to see how we have changed from now until then.”Larme said the retreat made her realize once again how much she appreciates the entire Notre Dame community.“It just reinforced the feeling that I am so lucky to be in the type of school environment we have,” Larme said. “It made me fall in love with my school all over again.”last_img read more

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County Officials Say They Have Control Of The Fieldbrook Foods COVID-19 Cluster

first_imgShare: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) Image via Chautauqua County Government / Facebook.MAYVILLE — With 82 confirmed cases at Fieldbrook foods in Dunkirk, Chautauqua County officials say they believe the cluster is under control.County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler said of the 82 confirmed cases, 61 were employees and 57 of them have fully recovered. All 21 community contacts have also recovered.“It definitely was a cluster, we call it an outbreak, I think it has been under control now,” Schuyler said. “We’ve been able to control the outbreak within that facility. It doesn’t mean were never gonna have anymore cases there.”Officials also said there are enough positive COVID-19 cases to change how positive cases will be reported. Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel and Schuyler said, starting Monday, positive cases will be reported by zip code, instead of fire battalion units.There are currently 558 confirmed cases, with 450 fully recovered and 10 deaths, officials said.Schuyler said positive tests were “pretty even breakout of symptoms among all age groups.”last_img read more

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Nicky Silver’s Too Much Sun Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Too Much Sun Too Much Sun: something we never thought we’d say after this winter. The world premiere of Nicky Silver’s play celebrates its official opening night on May 18 at the Vineyard Theatre. The show stars Tony winner Linda Lavin and nominee Jennifer Westfeldt. Related Shows View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 Directed by Mark Brokaw, Too Much Sun tells the story of Audrey Langham, a celebrated actress who unravels completely while preparing for a new production of Medea. With nowhere else to go, she descends upon her married daughter for a summer by the sea. She is not, however, greeted with confetti and champagne. Her arrival sets off a chain of events alternately hilarious and harrowing. In addition to Lavin and Westfeldt, the cast includes Richard Bekins, Matt Dellapina, Ken Barnett and Matt Dickson. Too Much Sun will play an extended run through June 22. Linda Lavinlast_img read more

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Panels study grievance operations, sections

first_imgPanels study grievance operations, sections The financial relationship between The Florida Bar and its sections and a review of the Bar’s grievance operations will be the focus of two special committees being appointed by President-elect Miles McGrane.Making his last report to the Board of Governors in May before being sworn in as president June 27 at the Annual Meeting, McGrane said the fiscal committee is needed because the Bar has been assuming more costs for sections. The issue also hasn’t been examined for a dozen years, he noted.“This committee will analyze the relationship between the Bar and the sections,” McGrane said. “The Bar is picking up more and more expenses of the sections and the board needs to address this issue.”He said board member and outgoing Budget Committee Chair Gerald Beer and former board member and Budget Committee Chair William Kalish would serve on the panel, as well as a representative of the Council of Sections. Beer will chair the group. And McGrane said that fiscal matters between the Bar and sections should be reviewed every three years or so, instead of sporadically when problems arise.The second committee will review the Bar’s lawyer regulation system. McGrane noted the board’s Program Evaluation Committee in recent years has reviewed virtually all other Bar operations. Now it’s time, he said, to look at the program that accounts for over half of members’ annual fee payments and about 40 percent of its budget.Board member Hank Coxe will chair the panel, but other members have not been chosen. McGrane said they will include current and former board members and lawyers from all segments of the profession.In his profile that appears in the July Bar Journal, McGrane said he was concerned that while those who work with the grievance system know it is working well, the public sometimes views it as slow and too protective of lawyers. That’s despite the fact the Bar’s process is more open than state-regulated grievance processes and statistics that show the Bar disciplines a higher percentage of its members. Panels study grievance operations, sectionscenter_img July 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Without buy-in, compliance efforts slow

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’ve had the personal experience of building a compliance program from the ground up, and I know it can be a daunting, sometimes nerve-wracking task. Progress is continuous, but slow. Interruptions occur, and set-backs such as turnover in key positions can happen. It takes effort on the part of everyone in the credit union to make the program successful. Without that buy-in, a compliance culture can be difficult to facilitate. So, how do you get buy-in?It is common for a CEO or CFO to view compliance as purely an expense. And, I don’t blame them for that at all. There isn’t an off-setting field for compliance income. But, maybe there needs to be a compliance savings field.For example, based upon the number of loans we completed this month, what could have been our expenses if documents weren’t completed accurately? Could we have lost out on interest income because we accidentally disclosed 0% APR  instead of the correct figure? Could we have had to refund all of the fees on a loan because they weren’t disclosed properly? Could we have extended the rescission period on a mortgage loan from 3 days to 3 years due to compliance violations? Each of these examples are realistic scenarios. Never mind the multi-million dollar fines some of the nation’s largest banks have had in recent years.There are also savings that cannot be expressed in purely dollars and cents. In a financial industry, reputation is key. Members place their trust in us on a daily basis. They deposit their hard-earned funds in our institutions. They share highly confidential, personal information with us – sometimes more of the personal variety than we would like! They believe that we value them as individuals and want to be a partner in their financial success. But, compliance mistakes can tarnish a reputation. continue reading »last_img read more

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Instagram campaigns seek emotional connections for banking brands

first_imgWhat would banks and credit unions do on Instagram if dogs didn’t exist?Actually, there’s quite a bit financial marketers have been doing as Instagram builds out its platform. But financial brands seem to have an affinity for canines, from service dogs sponsored by the institutions to employee and customer pets to more abstract memes such as Bank of America’s slightly surreal dog-on-the-beach Instagram post seen in the gallery below. Most bank and credit union accounts explored by The Financial Brand had many dog photos posted — we could have done an all-dog gallery and not exhausted the inventory. We found only one cat, and it didn’t look terribly happy.Instagram, invented in 2010 and now owned by Facebook, is a relative newcomer to the social media fray, especially in its current iteration. One factor that sets it apart from older platforms is that its creators designed it as a mobile-first effort. You can view and do many things on the computer version of Instagram, but using a mobile device gives you the full experience.“Instagram is a mobile-friendly experience,” says Meredith Olmstead, CEO and Founder, FI GROW Solutions, which helped with this report. People increasingly seem unable to put their phones down, so this is a good place to catch their eye. Especially if they are Millennials and Gen Z. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for January 2017

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By PsychicDeb Aries – Uranus in your 1st house – an authority figure is watching you. Follow rules and regulations; don’t attempt to cut corners. Now is the time to enhance your reputation for reliability and efficiency. Leave frills for another time. You’ll be well-rewarded. Number 4 brings luck.Taurus – Ruling planet in your 11th house – a social event finds your center of attention. Someone who can help with your career is on the scene and will appreciate your quest for learning and ability to laugh at troubles. Dress for success; you’ll be among prestigiuos people. Sagittarius plays an important role.Gemini – Ruling planet in your 8th house – a message from afar lets you know that a relative is thinking of you. Special honors are coming your way; be sure to give credit to someone who taught you in the past. This month is perfect for family or group involvement, not for going it alone. Your lucky number is 2.Cancer – Saturn in your 6th house – this month’s emphasis is on love, romance, and new enterprise. Join with a Leo on a creative project; this could lead to something much more exciting than you supposed. People notice you wherever you go this month – dress in bright, bold colors. The luck number is 1.Leo – Ruling planet in your 6th house – help comes from behind the scenes in business or a financial manner. Someone of great integrity is on your side and will share secrets of success with you. Be willing to take on the extra duties, even if long-range in nature. Watch number 8.Virgo – Neptune in your 7th house – a mystery can be solved if you dig deep for information. The answers lie within your own heart, not outside yourself. Take time to listen to music and appreciate art and beauty. Someone in your romantic fantasies could knock on your door. Number 7 is your best bet.Libra – Jupiter in your 1st house – you have the potential to broaden your horizons. Finish off a job that is petty in scope and aim for bigger goals. A communication about healing or emotional problems is on the agenda. You’ll uplift others with your message and good example. The lucky number is 9.Scorpio – Mars in your 5th house – be ready to change plans mid-stream. An exciting trip is offered to you; the chance to add to your store of learning and expressing yourself is part of the plan. Open lines of communication; say yes before an opportunity vanishes. Romance is involved. Count on number 5.Sagittarius – Saturn in your 1st house – someone of the opposite sex provides an exciting break from dreary activities. Remain flexible in your desires; you won’t really know what you want until it is suggested. A social event, new friends and much conversation is promised. Spend time with a Gemini.Capricorn – Pluto in your 1st house – an initial feeling of gloom dissipates as the day progresses. You’ll see new opportunities and can rise above former limitations. A personal appearance is on the agenda; you reach a mass audience. A generous humanitarian gesture pays off. Aries plays a key role.Aquarius – Saturn in your 11th house – this months accent is on family and community affairs. Be willing to play the role of master diplomat. Lavish entertainment could be spoiled by warring factions unless you step in and settle issues. Taurus wants to dominate, but will listen to reason. Number 6 brings luck.Pisces – Venus conjunct Neptune in the 1st house – an aura of secrecy surrounds your personal affairs. You’ll be told the inside story of someone close to your heart. Be compassionate, even if details go against your ideals. You can inspire another person now through your insight into problems. A Pisces is helpful.IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. Call 516-783-6771 for an appointment in her private office. Or you can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page: The Original Long Island Psychic Fairlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, July 6

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHoping McCarthy got message of voteI live in an impoverished neighborhood. I own my home, but most in my area do not. I have a car, but most in my area do not.I have a college education and a job that pays above minimum wage. I have healthy children who are on track to graduate.My life is like a lot of the Democrats who support Mayor Gary McCarthy. But I also see my neighbors and friends who are the majority of this city.Our neighborhood doesn’t have nice pothole-free streets like downtown. We have limited choices for jobs, groceries or laundromats within walking distance. The things that make our neighborhood great? The Boys and Girls Club, local houses of worship, SICM, the library, SCAP, our public schools and a few local businesses that have not abandoned us.The casino, downtown revitalization, building condos that few in the city can afford — they are a kind of progress. I just don’t know who it is for.Regardless of the primary results, I hope that Mayor McCarthy hears the people of this city. There’s a reason this primary was not a landslide. Those of us who voted for Ms. McCalmon are joining her in asking for all of Schenectady to be elevated, not just the parts that the tourists see.Danielle O’BrienSchenectadyFracking makes natural gas dirty fuelNatural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, but it’s really as dirty as coal because of fracking, which releases large amounts of methane during removal.In fracking, toxic chemicals are forced into cracks in shale, releasing methane, which is then tapped for use, releasing a lot of it into the atmosphere.Some methane, plus the toxic chemicals, end up in rivers, streams and the local aquifers, causing respiratory illnesses, rashes and allergic reactions in people living nearby, making their tap water unsafe to drink, or even use. People have actually been able to set their tap water on fire.Fracking uses a lot more energy to obtain natural gas than traditional methods do. The ratio of energy-spent to energy-obtained is quite high, making it costly and inefficient. Fracking wells don’t last long before giving out. In an area where fracking is going on, 100 wells might be driven, creating a moonscape effect. A couple of years later, they give out and are abandoned, but the toxins remain. About 20 percent of these wells leak, destroying local aquifers and the lives of the people. This is insupportable.So please, if you heat with gas, conserve. Turn down the heat and the water temperature if you have gas hot water.Jahnn Swanker-GibsonJohnstown Proctors works hard to avoid resellersHats off to Proctors. I know that some people were upset when Proctors’ ticket website crashed. But it was very refreshing that they were trying to get the tickets to individuals rather than secondary sellers.They also have a good system in place to eliminate the scams. I’m sick of being closed out of tickets to an event, only to find I have to pay two to three times more from a reseller.Bob KennedyBallston LakeDemocrats’ ideas pose biggest threatAfter reviewing recent Democratic positions and carefully listening to the recent debates I have come to a conclusion.The answer to the question of “What is the greatest political threat facing the United States?” is simply, the Democrats.Let’s briefly examine some of the platforms that they are presently promoting: Free Medicare for all, including all illegal immigrants; to decriminalize illegal border crossings and reducing it to only a civil offense; proposals to confiscate guns, allowing abortion-on-demand paid for by taxpayers; insisting that climate change is a 12-year existential threat; to pay reparations; to offer free college for all (again) to include undocumented immigrants; to forgive all college debt and to tax some at a rate of 70 percent or higher.The implementation of even part of this agenda would fundamentally alter our way of life.All ideas packaged as “free” merely redistribute assets by taking from some and giving to others. Many of these ideas are clearly irresponsible, giving non-citizens equal or even preferred access to limited resources — often without necessarily contributing a thing. Other ideas are unconstitutional. Some are reckless. Some are ridiculous. Some are dangerous to the safety and sovereignty of the nation.Limited space does not allow me to expound any further, but you should ask yourself one question: Is this the America you want?John MyersLower Rotterdam JunctionRepublicans support socialism for the richTony Monte’s June 20 letter (Trump not getting the credit he deserves) denounced Democrats as being socialists. But the writer never defines socialism.Did he mean Social Security, Medicare, public education, public roads and bridges?I suspect he didn’t mean the invisible socialism that has become the bedrock of the Republican party: socialism for the rich.The Trump-fueled tax cuts are a good example of this version of socialism.While New York’s homeowners now have to pay more federal taxes because of the cap on property tax deductions, the wealthy are pocketing billions from this cut.In fact, about 83 percent of the cuts’ benefits go to those earning $421,000 or more annually. Corporations are raking in big bucks, too. Amazon, for instance, made over $11 billion in profits without paying a penny in federal income taxes.Fifty-nine other super profitable corporations also didn’t pay one cent in federal income taxes. On top of that, they got $4.3 billion back, paid for by taxpayers like you and me. Tax giveaways to the rich and powerful take other forms. Exxon-Mobile alone, according to CNN, received a non-cash tax gift of close to $6 billion. These giveaways have blown a huge hole in the federal budget.So, once again, the advocates of socialism for the rich are turning to us to foot the bill. They plan to reduce the budget by cutting our Social Security, our Medicare and those other programs that benefit working and middle class people. How will they get public support to cut these popular programs? By calling their supporters socialists. Bill ScheuermanScotialast_img read more

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Regional administrations reallocate Rp 85 trillion to fight COVID-19

first_imgRegional administrations in Southeast Asia’s largest economy have adjusted their budgets to the tune of Rp 85 trillion to focus expenditure on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Ministry announced on Monday.The ministry’s director general for regional finance, Moch. Ardian, said around 93 percent of regional administrations across the country had altered their budgets, adding that the reallocation would continue as more administrations become engaged in fighting COVID-19.“The funds will be used to improve the quality of public health and provide financial support for households affected by physical distancing policies,” Ardian said in a statement made available to the press. Home Ministry Instruction No. 1/2020 issued on April 2 stipulates that regional administrations must adjust their budgets to focus on healthcare services, social safety nets and business support as part of the country’s broader efforts to combat the pandemic.Regional administrations will boost healthcare spending to Rp 23.35 trillion, led by the West Java administration, which has set aside Rp 2.88 trillion of its budget to fund the healthcare sector.Meanwhile, regional administrations have also earmarked Rp 23.55 trillion from their budgets for social safety nets, with Jakarta administration leading the pack with Rp 6.57 trillion. The administrations have set aside Rp 7.98 trillion to handle the economic impacts of the virus.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has declared a public health emergency and ordered large-scale social restrictions as the pneumonia-like illness spreads rapidly. As of Monday afternoon, 4,241 people were infected nationwide, with 373 fatalities, according to official data.The government now expects Indonesia’s economy to grow by 2.3 percent in 2020, according to the baseline scenario, or contract by 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario, as the virus disrupts business activity.Topics :last_img read more

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Beach Energy, Diamond end Ocean Onyx dispute. New deal in place

first_imgBeach managing director and CEO Matt Kay said: “We are pleased to constructively engage with Diamond and sign a new drilling agreement, in what has been a difficult time for the industry. It means Beach can move forward with its plans to develop additional natural gas supplies for the east coast gas market. The initial deal for the rig was agreed in late January 2019. The Ocean Onyx was supposed to be delivered to Beach between December 2019 and February 2020 following upgrades, maintenance, and commissioning. According to the company, the OceanOnyx rig will undertake Beach’s Victorian Otway offshore drilling program. Otway Basin; Source: Beach Energy Beach Energy added that the agreementwas inked at a globally competitive rig rate for deepwater semi-submersiblerigs. The deal includes provisions for COVID-19 related costs and delays. Australian oil and gas company Beach Energy has signed a new offshore drilling agreement with Diamond Offshore for the use of the Ocean Onyx semi-submersible drilling rig. The agreement provides for thedrilling of up to nine wells (six firm and three options), with drillingoperations expected to begin between December 2020 and March 2021 – subject toextension, should certain conditions occur that could impact the timing.center_img “We look forward to working closely with Diamond over the coming weeks to prepare for the start-up of the offshore drilling campaign”. Beach Energy said on Monday that thedeal was signed with support from its joint venture partner O.G. Energy. Concurrent with the signing of the agreement,Beach and Diamond also signed a settlement agreement which dismisses allcurrent legal proceedings regarding the termination of the previous drillingagreement. The first well in the drillingsequence is expected to be the Artisan-1 exploration well, followed by a seriesof development wells in the Geographe and Thylacine gas fields. The rig arrived in Victorian state waters in mid-April for the beginning of the Victorian Otway Basin offshore drilling campaign. In the same month, Beach Energy terminated the deal for the Ocean Onyx.last_img read more

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