Students compete in 26th Fisher Regatta

first_imgChris Collins | The Observer Thirty-six boats raced across Saint Mary’s Lake on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Hall’s Regatta for a crowd of over 1,000 people, according to Fisher Regatta commissioner Ryan O’Donnell. “The turnout was a lot nicer than last year because there was no rain,” he said. “There were a lot more rectors than in previous years that showed up to watch their dorms and there were a lot of families at the finish line, a lot of kids and older adults.”O’Donnell estimated that between 12 and 15 boats sank at one point or another during the race. The purpose of the Regatta, “along with having fun,” is to raise money for St. Adalbert’s, a local Catholic school. Last year, the event raised $5,000 renovate the gym, according to Aaron Collier, co-director of advertising and photography for the Regatta. “Last year, we redid their basketball court floor and we’ll continue to do more, along with our partnership with McGlinn Hall,” Collier said. “So as we continue to do these things, it’s really inspirational, it’s a lovely event.”“This year we’re raising money to renovate the front entrance,” O’Donnell said “We’re trying to give them a foyer-type entrance so when you get in, you have to be allowed into the rest of the building. It’ll make the school a lot safer and more secure.“We have, so far, raised $7,000,” he said. “That’s not a set number, we’re getting more donations and we’re hoping by the end to have $8,000. We’re almost there.” Collier said that in addition to the races, there was “so much going on for the people,” including, free hamburgers and hot dogs, a slushie machine, a DJ, Spikeball and people lounging on blankets. The races were split into men and women’s divisions; O’Donnell said there were 20 boats competing in the men’s and 16 in the women’s. “My favorite boat today had got to be the ‘meat boat’,” Collier said. “So the meat boat is this beautiful piece of machinery and basically, all it is is wood, random empty barrels, more wood. The problem with it is you have to row and in order to row, you have to stand on it. But you stand on it with 13 other guys and it’s just not that conducive to, well, movement. What happened is their boat flipped three different times and they still found the willpower to get over to the other side. I don’t understand how they did it but they did.” O’Donnell also said he had some clear favorites in the competition, including one that was powered by a tandem bicycle. “One boat put an anchor into their boat because they wanted to camp out in the middle of the lake,” he said. “Another put a futon on their monstrosity and rode that across. There was the party barge, as always, from Fisher that put 15, 16 guys on it and it totally capsized. Then there was the inflatable pool that made it to the finals, even though it was technically illegal.”Pangborn Hall defeated Ryan Hall to win the women’s division while a boat built by Moreau Seminary and raced by Old College beat out Knott Hall and the American Society of Civil Engineers in a three-way final for the men’s. While O’Donnell said he loved seeing which boats sank, his favorite part of the Regatta is seeing how happy it makes the spectators. “I really enjoy that other people enjoy the Regatta,” he said. “Being on staff, you sometimes miss out on the actual fun times that are happening because you’re busy, but after you sit back and think about it, I really enjoy that everyone else had a fun time.”Collier said the sense of unity that comes from the Regatta is his favorite part of helping to plan the signature event. “Regatta is one of the most spectacular events to ever come to the campus of Notre Dame and that’s very true for a multitude of reasons. The biggest reasons of which are simply that this event is something that brings people together. It brings people together and tears boats apart.“Quite frankly, I believe Fisher Hall is responsible, personally, for between 40 and 50 percent of the pollution present in Saint Mary’s Lake,” he said. “Why is that so true? Because we really suck when it comes to getting boats out of the water — or people really suck at building them. Either way.”Chris Collins | The Observer Tags: 26th annual, fisher hall, fisher regattalast_img read more

VT Agency of Transportation HR Chief Joins Criterion

first_imgCriterion announces that Rick Carey has joined the company as a senior consultant. Carey will concentrate on management coaching, advising on policy and procedure and management training seminars for the public sector.Carey holds SPHR certification and brings to Criterion three decades of experience in Human Resources administration within Vermonts Agency of Transportation. He most recently served as the agencys Human Resources Chief. In that position he was responsible for a staff that served the HR needs of 1,300 employees and provided expertise in many areas of management and career coaching.I am thrilled to add Rick to our team, says Dianne Kenney, founder of Criterion. Those who have worked with him know that Rick has exceptional skills in leading, motivating and managing individuals, as well as the ability to drive business results with innovative processes and cost-effective solutions.Criterion is Vermonts only consulting firm dedicated primarily to serving public sector entities. They specialize in business coaching, human resources strategy and management education. For more information call 802-280-3061 or visit www.criterion.biz(link is external).###last_img read more

Hempstead Town Officer Gets Plea Deal in Theft Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Stephen CentoreA former longtime Town of Hempstead code enforcement officer has struck a plea deal to avoid jail time after being accused of stealing a laptop from his boss’ office four months ago.Stephen Centore pleaded guilty Friday at First District Court to attempted petit larceny. Judge Francis Ricigliano sentenced the 56-year-old Franklin Square man to 50 hours of community service.Centore was arrested and charged with felony grand larceny in March four days after authorities said he stole a Panasonic Tough Book computer worth more than $1,000 from the acting Chief of Public Safety’s office in town hall.The ex-town employee resigned after nearly three decades on the job when the allegations surfaced.He was reportedly suspended for 60 days in 2007 and fined $500 in county court the following year after pleading guilty to illegal use of a single family home.The case came to a close while Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla’s misconduct trial entered its second week, also at First District Court.A Hempstead town spokeswoman did not return a call for comment.last_img read more

To blunt anthrax attack, mail carriers to get antibiotics

first_imgOct 2, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials yesterday announced a plan to supply mail carriers with antibiotics so they will be protected and prepared to deliver the drugs to others in case of an anthrax attack.The program will start with a $500,000 pilot project involving carriers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, which were chosen because of their extensive bioterrorism preparations, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday.”In an anthrax attack, time is of the essence,” Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a news release. “By providing advance protection to letter carriers who volunteer to deliver antibiotics in an affected community, we can gain the benefits of the unique capabilities of the Postal Service to get much needed medicine to those who need it quickly.”Inhalational anthrax is usually fatal unless the patient is treated with antibiotics early. In 2001, five people died and 17 others got sick after envelopes containing anthrax spores were sent to several media offices and two US senators.In recent years, HHS and the Postal Service ran exercises in which mail carriers in Seattle, Philadelphia, and Boston delivered empty pill bottles and explanatory fliers to residents. Carriers paired up with police officers to distribute the items, the AP reported. William Raub, Leavitt’s senior science adviser, said that 50 carriers reached about 53,000 Philadelphia households in 8 hours, according to the story.The tests were part of the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI), a federally funded effort to equip 72 major cities with the ability to deliver antibiotics to their entire populations within 48 hours, in the name of bioterrorism preparedness.According to the AP, the Postal Service and its unions told the government that carriers who volunteered to deliver antibiotics in an anthrax emergency would need assurances that they and their families would be protected. That led to the idea of giving carriers a supply of doxycycline to keep at home for themselves and their families. In an emergency, they could start taking the drug while the government brought in supplies that the carriers would deliver to residents.In Minneapolis and St. Paul, about 700 carriers who deliver to homes in 20 ZIP codes are eligible for the pilot project, the AP reported. Medical teams will screen volunteers to make sure it would be safe for them to take doxycycline. The carriers also will have to be sufficiently fit to wear masks to protect them against anthrax while walking their routes, the story said.Volunteers will receive extensive education and will be instructed not to use their doxycycline for any reason other than an anthrax emergency, according to the AP.If the Minnesota pilot project works well, the program could be offered to other cities starting next year, the story said.Leavitt and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff took steps yesterday to clear the way for mail carriers to legally receive the antibiotics, according to the HHS release. The two officials made an emergency declaration, which permits the Food and Drug Administration to consider issuing an Emergency Use Authorization, required under federal law for distribution of the drugs.In a related action, Leavitt issued a declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act that provides liability protection for activities related to the use of measures to prepare for and respond to an anthrax attack, HHS announced. The protection covers activities ranging from development and manufacture of countermeasures to administering and using them.In other related news, Emergent BioSolutions Inc. announced yesterday it had signed a contract to deliver another 14.5 million doses of BioThrax, the only US-licensed anthrax vaccine, to HHS for the Strategic National Stockpile. The total value of the contract will be between $364 million and $404 million, depending on whether the company can supply vaccine with a 4-year shelf life.The company, based in Rockville, Md., is scheduled to start delivering the vaccine in the third quarter of 2009 and to finish 2 years later, according to a news release. The firm has been supplying BioThrax to the government under a $448 million contract for 18.75 million doses, with deliveries expected to continue until shipments under the new contract start.See also: Oct 1 HHS news releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2008pres/10/20081001a.htmlOct 1 Emergent BioSolutions news releasehttp://investors.emergentbiosolutions.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=202582&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1204156last_img read more

The Social Council for Tourism proposed measures to improve employment in tourism

first_imgThe Social Council for Tourism sent a letter to the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, presenting a proposal for measures to improve working and employment conditions in the tourism sector and requesting a joint meeting on the issue of tourism staff. Finally, the letter to the mentioned ministries proposes more lobbying during Croatia’s presidency of the Council of the EU, through new budgeting of EU funds, with the aim of opening greater opportunities for projects in tourism. In this regard, improvements and simplifications are proposed measures Permanent seasonal, in such a way that the compensation for the time when the permanent seasonal worker is not working is support outside the measures to encourage employment or co-financing of the salary (contributions to and from the salary) during the time when the permanent seasonal worker is not working.Also, for employment on indefinitely (regardless of age) it is proposed to introduce incentives in the form of exemption from paying contributions from and to the salary for a period of three years. In order to improve working and employment conditions in the tourism sector, it is proposed to regulate the control of extended branch collective agreements, because the basic goal of the social partners is to introduce order and apply equal minimum rights and obligations for all workers and employers. Effective control is necessary in order to achieve the basic goals of the expanded application of collective agreements, which are: reduction of unfair competition, gray economy and payment of wages “on hand” stand out from the Social Council. Photo: Pixabay.com Employment opportunities for workers should be increased through the institute of additional work (from 8 to 16 hours per week with consideration of the obligation to give consent to the employer), in catering and tourism, namely, according to the Social Council, large jumps in business activities, both seasonal and on a weekly and daily organization of working hours. Therefore, it is possible to apply the redistribution in the maximum duration and a shortened daily rest of 8 hours. “The proposals of these two measures are explained by the fact that the stability of employment is a prerequisite for the regulation of housing, family community and living standards in general so that workers have an interest in working and staying in a particular community. It is especially important for tourism to keep the local population in tourist places and ensure the authenticity of the offer and long-term quality of tourist services. If the local population has quality working and living conditions for tourists, that destination will be pleasant and attractive, thus ensuring the long-term development of tourism. ” emphasize from the Social Council in its statement. The assessment of the Social Council, which consists of representatives of trade unions (STUH and SIKD) and employers, is that the issue of availability of the necessary labor force is a priority for further and long-term sustainable development of tourism. They also believe that providing the best possible conditions for employment and work with the aim of greater safety and satisfaction of workers in the tourism sector is in the common interest of all social partners. Therefore, the Social Council for Tourism proposes to the ministries to introduce additional incentives for year-round employment as a demographic measure of stable labor relations for the local population and retention of young people in the Republic of Croatia.last_img read more

COVID-19 task force to trace contacts of dead ‘ojek’ driver after mugging

first_img“We are still looking for people who came to the location. After we find them, we will conduct rapid tests on them because the deceased reportedly tested positive,” Irvan said, as quoted by kompas.com.DAW died on June 4 after an unidentified group of people attempted to mug him on Jl. Darmo Harapan Sukomanunggal in Surabaya, East Java. Medical workers later found that he was positive for COVID-19 and planned to bury him according to COVID-19 protocol.However, the plan was opposed by his family and hundreds of fellow ojek drivers, who forcibly retrieved his body from Dr. Soetomo Hospital in the city. They demanded that the hospital bury him normally.East Java has become the country’s COVID-19 epicenter. Health authorities have recorded 7,103 confirmed cases, with 297 new cases reported on Thursday afternoon. There have been 553 fatalities linked to the disease and 1,793 recoveries. (dpk)Topics : The Surabaya COVID-19 task force in East Java will trace the contacts of DAW, a 39-year-old app-based motorcycle taxi (ojek) driver, who died in an accident following an attempted mugging.Surabaya COVID-19 task force deputy chief Irvan Widiyanto said the team had been testing DAW’s family members and the drivers who came to the funeral to determine if they had caught the illness.last_img read more

Nathan James Schwegman

first_imgNathan J. Schwegman, age 34 of Batesville (Happy Valley), Indiana passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.  Born August 24, 1983 in Cincinnati, Ohio he is the son of Terry and Bev (nee: Brunemann) Schwegman.He is a graduate of Batesville High School (Southeastern Career Center) and attended Cincinnati State Technical College.  He worked as a welder and in construction, both trades closest to his heart.  Nathan’s passion was woodworking, doing tattoos, fishing and spending time with his two children, Aidan and Genevie.Nathan is survived by his parents, Terry and Bev, son, Aidan Nathaniel, daughter, Genevie Rose, two brothers, Shawn and Ryan Schwegman, along with his nephew, Kieran Schwegman and  niece, Kelsey Schwegman.Visitation will be Monday, October 23rd from 9-12 followed by a 12:00PM Celebration of Life all at St. Mary of the Rock Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.   Fr. Robert Obermeyer officiating.Donations in his memory, may be given to the Schwegman Children Memorial Fund through Mainsource Bank.  The family will be making a donation to The Salvation Army Harbor Light Rehab Center in Indianapolis in support of drug addiction recovery.    Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

D’Tigers get new head coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Oguchi named D’Tigers player of the decade D’Tigers star distributes COVID-19 relief materials D’Tigers’ captain hints at retirement The Nigerian Basketball Federation has appointed Mike Brown as the new head coach of the men’s national basketball team, D’Tigers. Prior to his appointment, the 49-year-old coach was the associate head coach of the NBA team, Golden State Warriors. Brown expressed his delight joining the Nigerian team. He said: “I am honoured and humbled that Musa Kida and the Nigerian Basketball Federation have given me this opportunity. “The Nigerian Basketball Federation has been very professional and organised throughout the vetting process. “They want to continue to build a world-team and organisation on and off the court.” Brown will replace Coach Alex Nwora who was appointed as head in 2017 and in charge of the team during the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket, World Cup African qualifiers, and 2019 FIBA World Cup. Nwora will support Brown as an assistant. Brown’s immediate responsibility will be to put a team together and get them ready ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, which begins on July 24 in Tokyo, Japan. He said: “I have learned that the vision is to provide the team with the necessary resources to compete at the highest level. “Their commitment will enable players and coaches to focus their energy on competing at the highest possible level every time we step on the basketball court.” Brown’s record includes leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the franchise’s first NBA Finals in 2007 and winning the NBA Coach of the Year in 2009. “He was the head coach of the Cavaliers from 2005 to 2010, and also during the 2013-14 season. He coached the Lakers in 2011-12, and led the Golden State Warriors to a 11-0 record while Steve Kerr was away due to his back surgery during the 2016-17 playoffs. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be the team’s third consecutive appearance. In the two appearances so far – London 2012 and Rio 2016 – the team only won one game each and failed to advance from the group stage. Brown’s goal will be to improve on that performance.Tags: Alex NworaD’TigersGolden State WarriorsMike BrownMusa KidaNigeria Basketball Federationlast_img read more

Hammers rule out new Pogatetz deal

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed the club will not be extending on-loan defender Emanuel Pogatetz’s stay at the club. Press Association Austria international Pogatetz joined from German side Wolfsburg during January’s transfer window on a loan deal until the end of the season. Pogatetz has made only a handful of appearances with the Hammers though, mainly as a substitute, and Allardyce has decided he will not be looking to retain the 30-year-old. Allardyce said ahead of West Ham’s final Barclays Premier League match at home to Reading on Sunday, according to the London club’s Twitter account: “We’ve already said to Pogatetz thanks very much, he’s been a fantastic professional but it won’t be extended, and we’ll decide on the others after the game.” last_img read more