Group requests addition of student rep.

first_imgIn addition to hearing student body president Grant Schmidt’s final State of the Student Union address, Student Senate discussed and unanimously passed a resolution during its Thursday night meeting.The resolution called for the addition of a student leader in the decision process of the Commencement speaker. University Affairs chair Jeff Lakusta proposed the resolution.Lakusta said the student would be present on the committee offer the student body’s opinion.“So there can be a form of input, but it’s not the hammer or anything,” Lakusta said. Student body vice president Cynthia Weber also said the resolution was important because Commencement is an integral part of the graduation ceremonies.“Especially for the seniors, it’s the center of Commencement,” Weber said. “It becomes something that represents the entire University.”last_img read more

Welch plan on UI Trust Fund would save Vermont $8.4 million

first_imgLegislation authored by Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) to support states’ Unemployment Insurance (UI) trust funds gained traction this week as the Obama administration signaled its support for the plan.HR 650, which Welch first introduced in the House last January, would extend for two years an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provision allowing states to delay paying interest on federal loans to cover shortfalls in their UI trust funds. If signed into law, the legislation would save Vermont $8.4 million in interest payments, according to state officials.Obama is expected to include the provision in the budget he submits to Congress on Monday.‘This legislation provides essential breathing room for Vermont and other states to weather the fiscal crunch created by the recession,’ Welch said. ‘The federal government should partner with the states to ensure that fragile signs of economic recovery are enhanced, not diminished. This legislation does just that, by helping Vermont and other states balance their budgets when times are tough.’Welch first unveiled his legislation at a Montpelier press conference in January 2010 alongside state, business and labor leaders. The Vermont Department of Labor on Friday said the plan would save $3.6 million in 2011 and $4.8 million in 2012.Vermont Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding said, ‘Given the pressing need to close a $176 million shortfall in the state’s budget next year, this temporary federal assistance would provide much-needed support when Vermont needs it most.’Passed in February 2009, the Recovery Act delayed interest accrual for state UI trust loans through Dec. 31, 2010. Welch’s bill extends that provision through Dec. 31 2012.  Source: Welch’s office. 2.11.2010last_img read more

LI Girl’s Letter to President: ‘I feel terrible’ For Newtown Victims

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Obama slaps hands with 8-year-old Hinna Zeejah of Oceanside.Among the children who joined President Barack Obama for his gun control proposal presentation on Wednesday was an 8-year-old Oceanside resident who penned a letter to the president asking him to stop all these “terrible problems” in the country.Hinna Zeejah, a third-grade student, coolly slapped hands with the president as he sauntered over to a group of children before signing 23 executive orders related to curtailing gun violence.A smiling Zeejah and three others were selected by the White House to join the president during his much-anticipated speech on gun control after he received letters from them pleading that he do something about gun violence following the massacre in Newtown, Conn. last month.“I just wanted to tell you that I feel really sad,” Zeejah wrote in the letter. “Also I feel terrible for the parents who lost their children. Mr. President can we do something which will stop all of these terrible problems?”She continued: “Watching the news all day on Friday one qu(e)stion pop(p)ed in my head, and that question is: ‘Can we stop using guns?’”During his remarks, Obama introduced the third-grader to the audience, which included family members of Newtown victims, and encouraged her not to be shy.“You can go ahead and wave, Hinna. That’s you,” he said to laughter.Zeejah’s mother, Nadia, who joined her daughter on stage with the president, told the New York Daily News that she was skeptical when she first saw the White House invitation. She verified the White House official’s name on the Internet and then happily agreed to attend the event.“I called her back and then we are here,” she told the paper.The president’s use of children and their heartfelt letters didn’t sit well with everybody.Critics of Obama’s proposals to potentially curb gun violence accused him of using children for political gain on the same day the White House criticized the National Rifle Association for releasing a video invoking the president’s daughters.The tough words from both sides didn’t seem to dampen Zeejah’s experience, however.“I felt really happy,” Zeejah told the Daily News before catching a flight back to Long Island.“I love my country,” she wrote in the letter, “and I want everyone to be happy and safe.”last_img read more

Taking your success to the next level

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Whether measurable by others or defined by ourselves, achieving success shouldn’t be the point at which we stop and pat ourselves on the backs. Inc.com contributing editor Jeff Haden says we should strive to be “incredibly successful.” While there is no “magic bullet” for achieving exceptional success, he says, “there are certain qualities that incredibly successful people share.”Some of these qualities include:– finding happiness in others’ successes;center_img by: Dan BergerLeaders know what it takes to be successful. In fact, our successes, at least on a professional level, can often be seen by others. A couple examples: a decision made that led to increased sales or a new hire excelling in his or her role.last_img read more

3 questions with CUInsight’s Jackson Bolstad

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Details CUInsight Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp is joined by Jackson Bolstad, Community Manager of CUInsight for a quick interview with just 3 questions about the COVID-19 crisis…(0:48) What is your company doing to support credit unions and their members during the COVID-19 crisis?(3:00) How do you think that COVID-19 might affect credit unions and the way that we do business in the long-term?(4:56) What tips do you have for staying sane during trying times?You can learn more about CUInsight’s response to the COVID-19 crisis here.last_img read more

The gastronomic documentary “Four Seasons on Pag” is being shot on the island of Pag

first_imgRene Bakalović: In terms of gastronomy, Pag is perhaps even the most interesting island in the Mediterranean The aim of the project is to present the island of Pag in several episodes that are divided into 4 seasons and tell the story of the history of the island, archaeological sites, tradition, culture and gastronomy.  Interesting how the whole team decided to start the project alone and through contacts in filming attract partners and sponsors, which seems to be a different strategy, and which the authors believe will succeed in closing the financial construction and complete filming and post-production this year.  “The great ambition with which we entered the project was confirmed after filming for the first winter episode. This applies to the interlocutors, the recorded material and the support we found on the island. We observe gastronomy in the broadest civilizational context, from relationships with nature, top quality food, culinary traditions, rituals, all the way to modern culinary breakthroughs and new tourist ” ritual ”. We have set the highest technical and artistic standards in order to successfully distribute the series in the world after its showing in Croatia. Our approach to the topic is more “film” than television, even though it is a television series. This refers to the style, dynamics and the desire for the “shelf life” of our series to be longer than usual. As we will of course record significantly more attractive material than we will use in the final version of the editing, we will publish small thematic units on social networks that we intend to raise to the level of an attractive thematic portal about Pag. ” andBakalović added and added that they invite all persons and institutions that profile life on Pag to get involved in the accompanying segment of the project. They are returning to Pag in the spring, when they will continue touring the island and filming a documentary whose sequels we are looking forward to. The authors of the project are Fabijan Oštarić and Rene Bakalović, and the idea for this documentary came from a short trip and an informal conversation about food. The first outlines and shots of this interesting project are being created in the production of the Fare company just these days on the island of Pag.  The working title Four Seasons on Pag refers to a series of four documentaries, and as Rene Bakalović points out, the intention of the series is to confirm the basic thesis that Pag is perhaps even the most interesting island in the Mediterranean in terms of gastronomy. The documentary “Four Seasons on Pag” is currently being shot on the island of Pag, with the aim of showing all the authentic gastronomic offer of the island of Pag. “We will reveal only some details, how the first pilot show showing winter on the island was filmed; from sewing Pag lace, cheese production in the Pag cheese factory, making baškotina in the Monastery of St. Margaritas, preparation of authentic food and performance of KUD Bartol Kašić with playing the miha in Kolan while in Novalja they visited Pivače na Kanat, cooked a modern version of lamb tripe in Boškinac, visited the millennial olive groves in Luna and recorded the storm on Žigljen.” said Fabijan Ostaric.last_img read more

Mobile Visitor Center or “Blue Cow” from Rogoznica, from this year in Šibenik

first_imgYou remember the ingenious Mobile Visitor Center – a tourist office on wheels, that is. blue cows of our tourism from Rogoznica? RELATED NEWS: The Mobile Visitor Center operates on the principle of an Info Office where tourists can find out all the useful information about the contents of the destination, where they are most often moving at that moment. With its adaptability and accessibility, the van provides an opportunity for quality questioning of guests about their satisfaction with their stay in the destination and advising local actors in tourism about the values ​​of the destination and its identity. The promotional designed cult VW van is a mobile office of the Rogoznica tourist board that has been delighting guests and locals for the fourth year in a row. This year’s old timer has undergone a thorough restoration and improvement of functions, so now by opening the roof, it is transformed into a real Info office on wheels, and with its informality and attractive appearance, it wins the attention of passers-by. INGENIOUS, PHENOMENAL, THIS IS A STORY – ROGOZNICA GOT A TOURIST OFFICE ON WHEELS Synergy of the Tourist Board of Rogoznica and Šibenik  Marijo Mladinić, director of the Rogoznica Tourist Board, also recognized that every successful promotion means harmonizing communication messages and telling an authentic story about the place and people in order for guests to gain a clear picture of the destination: “We see a great advantage of associating with the city of Šibenik, which as the umbrella brand of our region adds value to our small town. The guest does not know the spatial division and from his perspective Rogoznica and Šibenik are part of one destination. Through this cooperation we want to show that there are no territorial borders in terms of tourism, and that synergies create better visibility for the whole community.. ” “We are happy to support this innovative project and in the long run we would like the entire Šibenik-Knin County to act as one entity that can offer the guest so many different values ​​in a small space. The essence of this project is innovation, mobility of information and accessibility to the guest. This is exactly how we want to act as a destination on the market”, Added Dino Karađole, director of the Šibenik Tourist Board. TZ ROGOZNICA – BLUE COW OF OUR TOURISM Photo: Šibenik Tourist Board Well done for the synergy and view of tourism beyond its imaginary boundaries, which tourists neither see nor are interested in. They are interested in quality, authentic and diverse content.  As the promotion in this way proved to be more than successful, from this year the Mobile Visitor Center near Rogoznica will promote and cover the area of ​​Šibenik and its surroundings. Rogoznica and Šibenik have chosen to associate in communication with guests and invest in quality destination promotion.last_img read more

Starbucks barista fired for giving police officer cup labeled ‘PIG’

first_imgAn Oklahoma Starbucks barista is out of a job after giving a police officer a cup on Thanksgiving with the word “pig” on the label.The incident first gained attention after a Facebook post made Kiefer Chief Johnny O’Mara, who told reporters a customer pointed out the label on the cups to the officer.“What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town,” O’Mara wrote in a Facebook post, where he shared a picture of a cup with the “PIG” label on it.In a statement issued Friday, Starbucks reps said the behavior was absolutely unacceptable, and they are deeply sorry.The company also says they’ll be hosting a Coffee with a Cop event to promote greater civility.Click here to learn more.last_img read more

Bill would require background checks at gun shows in Florida

first_imgA new bill has been approved by a Senate committee that would require background checks before weapons could be sold at gun shows and would require that private gun transactions be documented.The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee approved the plan on Monday.Read the bill HERE.This new plan is expected to be debated during the 2020 Florida Legislative session.last_img

South Florida Fair Kicks Off Friday

first_imgThe South Florida Fair is offering you and your family 17 days of pure fun starting this Friday at the South Florida Fairgrounds.Join Diener and Flash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m!One of the top fairs in Florida, this extravaganza of fried foods, tribute bands, dance parties and great rides packs in 17 days of pure delight with the thermostat set at perfect fair-going temperatures: 70s during the day and 60s at night.The theme for 2020 will be “Play Ball, Play Fair!” and will be a celebration of popular sports in The Palm Beaches.With more than 200 rides, games and attractions, there’s fun for everyone at this Palm Beach County fair.Kids can take a spin on mini-Monster Trucks, the Dragon Wagon, Wacky Worm Coaster and dozens more rides in Lil’ Pardner Land, while the big kids can get their thrills on the Mega Drop, Cliff Hanger, Zero Gravity and other spinning, whirling, white-knuckle rides.And what about the fair food? You can sink your teeth into the sweetness of a doughnut and the salty goodness of a burger in one bite with a Porky’s Doughnut Burger. Or why not combine breakfast and lunch into one tasty treat with Bianco’s Frosted Flakes Chicken on a Stick? Of course that’s just a small sampling of the deep-fried, gut-busting goodies you’ll find at this year’s fair.Sticking with the sports theme, the fair will host a Friday Night Lights Dance Party on Jan. 24 at the Party Pavilion. The event will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and dancing featuring the ultra-energetic Private Property Band.Throughout the fair’s 17 days, fairgoers will also be able to try out virtual reality sports experiences, including football, golf, soccer, basketball and baseball. If you prefer real-life competition, you can show your stuff in the batting cages, pitching cage and field goal kick as well. Additionally, the Expo Center will play host to interactive sports exhibits in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and National Baseball Hall of Fame.The fair runs from January 17, 2020 to February 2, 2020South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33421last_img read more