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Association prepares for student elections

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) is preparing for elections set to take place at the beginning of March. The Observer reported Monday that SGA introduced a new organizational structure for the 2012-2013 school year. SGA held a meeting Wednesday night for potential candidates running for positions within the new structure in Senate, SGA, Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Diversity Board (SDB), Class Boards and Residence Hall Association (RHA). SGA chief of staff and senior Emily Skirtich gave attendees information about campaigning, highlighting its positive elements. “This should be a fun process for everyone,” Skirtich said. Students were informed about campaign platforms, which students will use to advertise their views, beliefs and why they want to run for office. Any student running for Senate will have their own personal platform, while students with running mates will have one platform for the entire ticket. There are specific guidelines that each candidate must follow in order to participate in elections, Skirtich said. Concerns about election violations, such as vandalizing another candidate’s poster or students voting for their own tickets more than once, were also addressed. All candidates must get approval for all campaign materials by the Elections Committee and the Office of Student Involvement, Skirtich said. For Senate and SGA, the last day to get approval is Feb. 24. Any student planning on running for election on a Class Board, SAB, SDB or RHA must get approval by March 2. Any student who may not get a position in the Senate or SGA still has an opportunity to be involved in one of these activities, Skirtich said. “There are plenty of ways to be involved, so do not be discouraged if you do not get the initial position that you want,” she said. Changes will be made to the voting process to raise awareness, SGA vice president and senior Jacqualyn Zupancic said. SGA has decided to not only send links by email, but also allow students to vote in the Student Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Another informational meeting will be held tonight at 6 p.m. for interested students. Campaigning for office will begin at the end of February. Voting for SGA and Senate will take place March 1, while voting for Class Boards, SAB, SDB and RHA will take place March 8.last_img read more

National DAR Award Goes to Walden, Vermont, Filmmaker

first_imgThe National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has awarded filmmaker Caro Thompson of Walden, Vt., its History Medal for her documentary “Champlain: The Lake Between.”The film, which premiered on Vermont Public Television as part of the Champlain quadricentennial, explores the diplomacy and trade between Native nations and Europeans that flourished in the region during the 17th and 18th centuries.  It details how Frenchman Samuel de Champlain arrived in what became known as the Champlain Valley in 1609 and changed the course of history. Thompson was honored Sept. 25, 2010, at the annual conference of the Vermont DAR in Montpelier.  The medal was presented by Diane Kreis, state regent, and Elizabeth Bicknell, Seth Warner Chapter regent.  The award letter from the DAR said, “Clearly, Ms. Thompson has contributed to the greater understanding of American history.”  Thompson acknowledged the collaborative process of making the film in her comments, saying, “I accept the award on behalf of the historians, culture bearers and re-enactors who guided and tutored me over the three years of the film’s development.”The film won a Boston/New England Emmy Award, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gave Vermont Public Television its My Source Award for Education Innovation for the related educational activities.Thompson’s company, Broadwing Productions, was one of four partners in the Voyages of Discovery Project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The other partners were the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont Public Television and the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes.Source: VPT. 10.4.2010Photo of (from left) filmmaker Caro Thompson; Elizabeth Bicknell, DAR Seth Warner Chapter Regent; and Diane Kreis, DAR Vermont State Regentlast_img read more

Brentwood Toddler Drowned in Backyard Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 2-year-old girl drowned in the backyard pool of a relative’s home in her hometown of Brentwood over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Arlyn Vanegas-Luna was found unresponsive in an above-ground swimming pool on Chestnut Street at 4:35 p.m. Friday, police said.The victim, who lived next door, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

Virus cases in hard-hit Australian state reach lowest in months

first_imgDespite the lifting of the curfew, Melbourne residents remain subject to a stay-at-home order and are only allowed to travel within a radius of five kilometers for a limited number of approved activities.Non-essential businesses are still banned from reopening, with restaurants only available for takeaway, a rule that has caused angst among many owners.On Monday, a Victoria state judge was scheduled to begin hearing a case challenging the validity of lockdown measures — specifically the now-scrapped curfew — reportedly brought by a cafe owner frustrated by plummeting revenues.Melbourne became the epicenter of Australia’s second wave after security bungles led to the virus escaping from hotels used to quarantine travellers returning from overseas.Overall, Australia has been relatively successful in curbing the spread of COVID-19, with just over 27,000 cases and 875 deaths in a population of 25 million.Most regions are now reporting few or no new daily infections, allowing restrictions to be rolled back across much of the country.The nation has maintained strict controls over its international borders, with limits on the numbers of citizens who can return from overseas and a ban on leaving. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the downward trend in new cases was “very, very significant”, suggesting more restrictions would be eased if it continued.”We are so close to being able to take a really big step — big step towards that COVID normal,” he told a press conference. Five million residents in Australia’s second biggest city emerged from an almost two-month overnight curfew on Monday as just five new coronavirus cases were recorded in worst-hit Victoria state.The figure was the lowest daily rise in infections in Victoria since June 12 and came as residents of the state capital Melbourne saw a raft other virus restrictions also eased.Curbs on industries such as construction and manufacturing have been lifted in Melbourne, with childcare centers reopening and small religious services allowed to resume.center_img Topics :last_img read more

How watching reality TV helped buy a house

first_img34 Gibraltar Drive, Isle Of Capri sold for $1.256 million at The Event on Sunday.REALITY television helped a Gold Coast family successfully bid on a waterfront house during a mega auction event.Bernadette Parzatka said she and husband Henry Parzatka “stood fairly firm” to outbid their competition and snap up a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at Isle of Capri. The Isle of Capri home feaures five bedrooms and three bathrooms.“I think from watching all the reality TV shows … we know the tricks,” Mrs Parzatka said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoBidding on the property inched upwards before the Parzatkas took it from the underbidder by just $1000, for $1.256 million.It was one of $40 million worth of properties on the auction block at Ray White Surfers Paradise’s auction The Event on Sunday.Mrs Parzatka said she had an eye on a few properties she had viewed in the lead-up to The Event but was ultimately attracted to the Isle of Capri home for its weekly rental return of $1250. Pool and a view.center_img The 635 sq m property has multiple living areas.“We bought it as an investment property,” said Mrs Parzatka, who lives in an apartment in Surfers Paradise with her family.Mrs Parzatka has bought property through auction before but said The Event was the largest of its kind, and would recommend it to other buyers.“It is a bit scary … you just have to be careful not to get caught up in the action,” she said.last_img read more

Tornadoes bring death, destruction in S. US

first_imgWASHINGTON – Tornadoes ripped throughthe southern United States, killing at least 32 people and leaving behindsplintered buildings and downed powerlines, officials and US media said Monday. Twisters caused catastrophic damageEaster Sunday and early Monday morning as storms moved through a regionstretching from Texas to Georgia, prompting the National Weather Service toissue its highest level of tornado alert. This handout photo obtained April 13, 2020 courtesy of the City of Monroe, Louisiana shows the aftermath of storm damage after tornadoes ripped through southern US states on Easter Sunday. THE CITY OF MONROE/AFP / HANDOUTcenter_img Images showed lines of smashed, rooflesshouses where tornadoes had blasted through, many homes just piles of rubblesitting atop foundations. (AFP)last_img

Act Like You Have Been There

first_imgIf you have been in athletics at all, you are more than likely familiar with the statement “act like you have been there before”.  It refers to when you score or when you make a good play you should not taunt the other team.  You go back on defense or move back to the huddle or whatever the game calls for.  In other words, you have done this before; it is no big deal; and you aren’t going to rub it in their face.  The NFL is always trying to cut down on violence in football.   One way would be to severely penalize any sign of taunting.  For example, backing into the end zone after a long run which tells your opponent that they are so slow you can beat them running backwards.  When a tackle makes a good play, instead of getting up and moving to the next play they stand and point fingers in your face or dance around like they have just been stung by a poisoned bee.  One or two plays later in the game someone gets an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty because in retaliation they try to kill an opposing player rather than just tackle him.  They supposedly took away celebrating in the end zone, but I have failed to see any real enforcement of this.  You would think that someone in the multi-million dollar earning range might have a little more sense than to shed all of their dignity and act like their two-year-old sons or daughters throwing a temper tantrum.last_img read more

Man United expect new Barcelona contract for Ansu Fati

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Costly Liquids In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… As outlined by Diario Sport, the Red Devils have seen a €100m approach for the player knocked back but were preparing a new and improved offer.The teenager star has a contract until 2022 with a €170m release clause but figures at United believe their interest is being leveraged in order for the player to secure a new deal at the Catalan club, which would see his contract extended until 2024 and the release clause increased to €400m.The Blaugrana believe Fati will play a part in the club’s first-team squad for the rest of this season and going into the future under boss Quique Seiten, viewing him as non-transferable – even though they are looking to sell several first-team squad players this summer.The Catalan giants are well stocked in the attacking department – Martin Braithwaite arrived in February while Luis Suarez is back to full fitness and Ousmane Dembele will be back in August, with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann also limiting Fati’s gametime.The 17-year-old forward, who is the youngest player to score for Barcelona in La Liga is said to be held in high esteem by United and officials at Barcelona which to elevate his clause and status further.Read Also: Wenger wants players pay lowered to tackle football’s virus falloutFati – born in Guinea Bissau, who now has Spanish nationality and also qualifies to represent Portugal – scored and assisted on his first start for the Blaugrana in their 5-2 win over Valencia in September and his level of performance has generated a great level of excitement.Fati has also become a Spain Under-21 international in recent months after his nationality papers were processed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United have an interest in signing Barcelona teenage forward Ansu Fati but believe he will sign a new contract at the Camp Nou, say ESPN.last_img read more

Two Injured in Massive Fort Lauderdale Boat Fire; Officials Close Intracoastal Waterway

first_imgAlthough there is minimal impact to nearby roads, the intracoastal waterway is shut down as of about 3:30 p.m. Gollan adds that two people were injured, but did not have any additional information on the extent of their injuries. The boat, a 60-foot sport fisherman, reportedly caught fire directly behind the Shooters restaurant, says Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen GollanThe restaurant is located at 3033 Northeast 32nd Ave. just south of Oakland Park Boulevard. A massive boat fire in Fort Lauderdale has shut down the intracoastal waterway in both directions as of late Sunday afternoon, and officials say two people are being treated for injuriescenter_img “FLFR is working a boat fire aboard and approximately 60 foot sport fishermen on the inter coastal and East Oakland Park Blvd.,” Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue tweeted at 3:08 p.m.FLFR is working a boat fire aboard and approximately 60 foot sport fishermen on the inter coastal and East Oakland Park Blvd.— FLFR PIO (@FLFR411) May 17, 2020 The cause of the fire is not yet known, and it was unclear if there were any other injuries.last_img read more

Vettel beats Hamilton in Bahrain thriller

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinMANAMA,(Reuters)-Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel forged seven points clear at the top of the Formula One standings on Sunday after winning a Bahrain Grand Prix thriller that saw Lewis Hamilton penalised for underhand tactics.Hamilton, who had started the floodlit race level on points with the German, took second place for Mercedes after staging a late chase following the five-second penalty for driving deliberately slowly into the pits.Hamilton’s Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas was third after leading from his first pole position, struggling with his tyres and twice respecting team orders to allow the faster Briton through.The victory was Vettel’s second of the season after the four-times world champion won the opener in Australia. Hamilton, who won in China last weekend, crossed the finish line 6.6 seconds behind.Vettel’s 44th win lifted him to 68 points, with Hamilton second on 61 and the championship looking ever more likely to be an evenly matched battle between the two with Ferrari and Mercedes a cut above the rest.“Yes guys, that’s what I’m talking about,” whooped the German, who was helped by a safety car after an aggressive early pitstop.“It was a really great day. It was on the last half of the out lap when all the fireworks were going off that I was like ‘I love what I do’,” he said.Hamilton’s race, already compromised by Vettel passing him off the start for second place, unravelled further when he drove “unnecessarily slowly” as he came in for his first pit stop.The move was a deliberate one to prevent Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo getting the jump with a quick stop while Hamilton waited behind Bottas, already in the pits.The Briton served the penalty at his second stop, frustration evident from his shaking helmet, before charging back and taking more than a second a lap out of Vettel’s advantage.The task of making up 20 seconds in 16 laps was ultimately too great a task.BACK FOOT“The pitlane was my fault and apologies to the team. I tried my hardest to catch up,” said Hamilton, who thanked Bottas for his help.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the Finn’s hopes of a first win had been hit even before the start when a problem with a generator on the grid left him with the wrong tyre pressures.“From then on we were on the back foot,” he said.Bottas kept the lead for the opening laps, with Vettel close behind in a five-car train.The safety car appeared on track after 18-year-old Canadian newcomer Lance Stroll, suffering his third retirement in three races, turned into Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz as the Spaniard left the pits.“I got hit from the side,” the Williams rookie exclaimed.The safety car appeared on track after 18-year-old Canadian newcomer Lance Stroll, suffering his third retirement in three races, turned into Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz as the Spaniard left the pits.“I got hit from the side,” the Williams rookie exclaimed.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had already crashed out by then, blaming brake failure after he trekked across the gravel into the tyre barrier on lap 12.“It was a great team effort today and I felt like we are quick. I tried to put Valtteri under pressure. But the early pit stop worked,” said Vettel.“Lewis obviously was a very big threat again towards the end… but the car was a dream today.”Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth with Australian Ricciardo fifth for Red Bull and Brazilian Felipe Massa sixth for Williams on the 75th birthday of team founder Frank Williams.Mexican Sergio Perez finished seventh for Force India, his 13th successive points finish, with Frenchman Romain Grosjean eighth for U.S.-owned Haas.Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg was ninth for Renault, that team’s first points of the year, and French rookie Esteban Ocon bagged the final point for Force India.McLaren’s nightmare continued with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne failing to start and Fernando Alonso retiring on the final laps but classified 14th.“I never raced with less power in my life,” the Spaniard told his team.last_img read more