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State probes deputy body slam of female high school student

first_imgKISSIMMEEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the body slam by a school resource officer on a female high school student who appears to lose consciousness after her head hits the concrete in videos taken by other students. Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said Wednesday that his office was turning over the investigation of what happened between his deputy and a student at Liberty High School in Kissimmee to state investigators “to be sure no one can say that we are looking out for our own.” The deputy has worked for the sheriff’s office for a decade. He has been put on paid administrative leave.last_img

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Student government leaders turn over roles

first_imgIn April 2011, newly elected student body president Pat McCormick and vice president Brett Rocheleau began enacting an ambitious plan to transform student government. Sunday, McCormick handed the reins to Rocheleau, now student body president, and incoming vice president Katie Rose. McCormick said his administration sought to unite student government, augment its constituent services capacity and “build a kind of student government capable of building a Notre Dame for the 21st century.” Through reforming elections and fusing the Council of Representatives and Student Senate, McCormick said his team cut through the red tape that had accumulated in student government. The Department of Constituent Services addressed issues of convenience through projects such as restoring the price of quarter dogs to 25 cents and hosting Puppy Days and Circus Lunch, McCormick said. “Our hope for the Department of Constituent Services was that it would serve as the front door to the student government office,” McCormick said. “Through the leadership of [sophomore department director] Heather Eaton and her Constituent Services team, we’ve seen, I think, an enormous increase in the ability of student government to deliver on constituent service needs.” McCormick said student government advocated for a University sustainability strategy, promoted the Playing for Peace initiative and proposed a peace summit and charity benefit concert, tentatively titled “3.17,” to administrators.   “We have submitted the proposal [for 3.17] to the University, and the University now is pursuing its own due diligence, as it would for any project of this scope,” he said. “It’s been positively received, and we’re grateful to the administration for considering it.” McCormick said his and Rocheleau’s 2011 campaign centered on students’ hopes that Notre Dame could serve as a crossroads where ideas could intersect and a lighthouse that could serve as the conscience of higher education. “From the beginning of when this journey began to where we sit today, I think that my greatest hope for student government was that we might be able to … serve as a means for students to realize their own greatest hopes for Notre Dame,” McCormick said. “If there’s even one student who believes still in that greatest hope that we have for Notre Dame, then the work goes on and the hope lives on.” The death of sophomore Sean Valero last spring was the most challenging experience of his term, McCormick said. “Any time that there’s a student death, that is the most challenging part of serving in student government,” he said. “And I think at the same time, it’s consistently those times of tragedy where we most see the Notre Dame family coming together.” The incoming student government team is uniquely suited to furthering the outgoing administration’s vision, McCormick said. “I think that one of the greatest gifts of all has been getting to work alongside of such an extraordinarily gifted and talented team,” he said. “To the extent that we have made progress in realizing the vision that brought us all together in the first place, it’s because of their leadership, and I’m beyond excited to see not only where Notre Dame will take them next, but where they will take Notre Dame.” During his time at the University, McCormick said he has learned Notre Dame is uniquely capable of educating students’ minds and hearts. “There is no university more capable of being a transformative force for a world deeply in need than the University of Notre Dame,” he said. “That’s our project and that’s our family, and I think that my hope is that the next generation of students at Notre Dame will find it to be the journey of a lifetime.” McCormick, who will graduate in May, said he will continue a few projects during the remainder of his time at Notre Dame and will participate in a research project in Ireland in the fall. He said he will then pursue a master’s degree in forced migration and refugee studies at Oxford University. “It has been the greatest honor of my life so far to serve the student body of this extraordinary University,” McCormick said. “Notre Dame will without a doubt be with me for the rest of my life. It has been formative in ways that I could never have imagined, and I couldn’t be more grateful for not only the place itself, but the people who make it.”,Student body president Brett Rocheleau and vice president Katie Rose, who took office Sunday, said Rocheleau’s experience as vice president last year, combined with their new platform, will help this year’s administration strengthen relationships on and off campus, improve safety and modernize Notre Dame. Rocheleau said the connections he made as last year’s student body vice president will be important in achieving the goals outlined in the new administration’s platform. “Pat [McCormick, student body president emeritus] and I began to build relationships with everyone, all the way from [University President] Fr. John Jenkins, the Provost’s Office, Faculty Senate, different student organizations, to the community as we took office,” he said. “Now we have those established, so we’ll just build Katie in.” Rose said she looked forward to joining the network established during the last administration. “I’m really excited … that the groundwork is laid for them,” she said. “The people we talk to can help us tremendously.” Rose said the first goal of the administration is to improve constituent services. “We want a two-way connection where we keep people updated on things they asked us to work on,” she said. Rocheleau said he hopes to run a student government that is transparent to the student body. “Every other week we will update them on the process,” he said. “Students need to feel comfortable working with us. The accountability side is important.” The Rocheleau-Rose platform also aims to reach beyond campus and deepen Notre Dame’s roots in the South Bend community, he said. “Five years ago tensions were at a high, but as each administration goes by, it gets better,” Rocheleau said. “Our administration will value keeping these up and working with the community.” Rocheleau said the pair has already worked to improve campus safety by advocating for the installation of more lights on campus and popular places for students off-campus. “Putting up simple lights can deter crime and assaults,” he said. “Also, off campus there was a lot of crime first semester this year. It will be a challenge to get lights installed since it’s not land owned by Notre Dame, but we’ll work with the mayor’s office.” Rose said the team also hopes to modernize the University through improvements in sustainability and the introduction of new campus groups. “We love Notre Dame and its traditions, but we also want to bring the campus up to a modern standard,” she said. She said the two would continue striving for the past administrations’ goal to connect Notre Dame to the global community, as well. “Like Pat and Brett’s administration, we want to make Notre Dame a forum for social concerns, and make it easier for student to access funding to go abroad,” Rose said. Rocheleau said he and Rose hope to represent the student body in the fullest capacity. “Our position is to represent the students, even if it goes against what other people say,” he said. “If it’s what the students believe, we want their voices to be heard. That will have made us successful, if we can embody what the students on this campus feel.”last_img read more

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Peach field day

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaPeaches come in many varieties. Anyone who wants to see the latest and best to grow in the Southeast should go to the Florida-Georgia Twilight Peach Field Day May 22 at 5 p.m.at the University of Georgia Research and Education Center in Attapulgus, Ga. Participants will learn about low-acid peach types, types with long shelf life, high-sugar types and types with “enhanced” flavor. They’ll get to taste them, too.The Attapulgus breeding program is a partnership between the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Florida and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.RSVP for the free supper by calling (229) 386-3355.last_img

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2 Hempstead Shootings Leave 2 Wounded in 2 Hours

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men were wounded in shootings about two hours and two miles apart in Hempstead late Monday night into early Tuesday morning, but it is unclear if the cases are linked, Nassau County police said.In the first case, four men demanded money from a 22-year-old victim at the corner of Wellesley Street and James LL Burrell Avenue and beat the victim to the ground when he refused shortly before 10 p.m., police said.One of the attackers shot the victim in the right leg and stole cash from his pants pocket before the group ran away.Then a 12:10 a.m., a 19-year-old victim was shot in the foot by a pair of gunmen on bicycles while he was walking on Pierson Avenue, police said. Those suspect also fled.Both victims was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.A police spokeswoman said detectives are investigating whether the cases are linked.Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymouslast_img read more

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Create a sustainable market advantage at your credit union

first_imgCan you strictly define your credit union’s business model and your competitive advantage?If you say, “We’re a full-service credit union and our competitive advantage is your member service,” then you’re missing the boat.Being a credit union isn’t a business model, it’s a financial cooperative formed under a certain charter.Being “full-service” doesn’t really answer anything. Offering great member service with the best price is a worthy goal, but many experts characterize those traits as almost mutually exclusive.Let’s delineate five business models and competitive advantages:1. Convenience model (McDonald’s). Convenience is the trump card in banking services. Bank of America and Wells Fargo have inconsistent service and only moderate pricing, but have gigantic market share. continue reading » 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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New requirements for MasterCard issuers for breach recovery

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Several changes have been put in place at the beginning of this year for the Account Data Compromise (ADC) program for MasterCard issuers seeking recovery in the case of breach. And one big new change is coming on June 1st of this year.Participation in recovery used to be handled case-by-case, with an opt-in to recover both Operational Reimbursement (OR) and/or Fraud Recovery (FR) pertaining to a breach, and in so doing waive rights to further class action activity. Now, participation in the recovery program is optional, and the issuer must opt-in to all recovery activity annually on a calendar basis. This simultaneously waives the issuer’s rights to participate in further lawsuits regarding activity of the ADC program.New caps for assessment against merchant acquirers for combined OR and FR have been implemented. These caps, 5%/10%/20% are based on the merchant’s prior year’s sales volume of under $50k, $50k to $500k, and over.If a breach involves less than 30,000 MasterCard accounts, there is no OR or FR chargebacks.And, as of June 1, 2016, there will be no FR or OR recovery for mag stripe only cards. This change is intended to encourage migration to chip cards. continue reading »last_img read more

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The evolving credit crisis – How credit unions can respond now

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » The COVID-19 pandemic hit the US economy hard in the spring of 2020, yet many credit unions have yet to see the full impacts on their loan portfolios. While government stimulus and proactive steps by lenders have helped borrowers stay afloat, credit challenges are still likely on the horizon. Credit unions can prepare now by leveraging portfolio analytics to spot trouble before it arrives, and have the right processes in place for when it does.Key Takeaways:[03:32] Banks are reporting minimum increases in the things you would expect to see as warning signs like charge-off rates and delinquency rates. [11:20] Sophisticated modeling techniques are models that are built from lots of historical information, can tie variables together, and anticipate credit losses. [17:29] The credit unions that have a good understanding of their membership, markets, loan portfolios, and the ability to get some insight into those analytics may see some opportunities to expand into other product types. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

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Support efforts to protect water supply

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo established the New York State Drinking Water Council to determine what courses of action the state should take in protecting our most vital resource.The council is responsible for making sure that our communities have access to clean and healthy drinking water, while also addressing other major water-quality issues, including setting limits on extraordinarily dangerous and currently unregulated contaminants that have been linked to increased risks of various cancers, hormonal disorders, and birth defects.In the face of crumbling water infrastructure, the presence of toxic and industrial pollution, and the slashing of the Environmental Protection Agency at the federal level, it is more crucial than ever that New York takes the strongest measures toward protecting every water supply throughout the state.We as New Yorkers must use our voice to urge the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council to put forth the strictest health standards for unregulated water contaminants, to grant our water infrastructure an adequate budget for improvement and safety, and to guarantee that we know what is in our drinking water. This council has been granted an enormous task, and the public must be part of the process to ensure that it is fully completed.The New York State Drinking Water Quality Council is taking public comments via email, at dwqc@health.ny.gov.To learn more about the quality of your community’s water, visit www.nypirg.org/whatsinmywater.Eric WoodNew PaltzThe writer is the regional coordinator for NYPIRG. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, March 3

first_imgRHA should inspire votes of conscienceThere were many reasons for me to vote for Donald Trump: He made conservative sounding noises; he was (uniquely among politicians) willing to oppose the lopsided trade policies that are funding an existential threat from China; and I certainly didn’t want more of the Clintons’ shenanigans, not the least of which was facilitating the trade policy mentioned above.But among the many warts on Donald Trump was one that I could not tolerate — his support of increased coal burning and his gross denial of related environmental data. My conscience on this issue overcame my preferences in the other issues, and I could not vote for Trump. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSchenectady Italian food a taste of home In the movie “Goodfellas,” Henry Hill, who was from East New York,  Brooklyn, was put under the witness protection program and sent to a secret location.The only hint we have as to where he went is this sentence: “Right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and got egg noodles with ketchup.” We know for sure that he was not sent to Schenectady. Frank ColemanScotia In memory of Mary E. Cappiello: In 1990 I moved from Queens to Glens Falls and worked at Fleet bank in Albany.On the first day on the job, I met Lou, an Italian from Brooklyn, who asked, “What are you going to miss from New York City?”I responded Yankee stadium baseball games, tickets on Broadway, the noisy subways and of course New York Italian food, to which Lou followed up with, “Have you ever been to Schenectady?” I responded “No.”Lou from Brooklyn went on to tell me that the Italian food in Schenectady was as good as anything in the boroughs, including the Arthur Avenue stores in the Bronx.A year later, I moved to Schenectady and walked into Cappiello’s. The smells of good food told me that I wasn’t going be homesick for New York’s Italian food anymore.I often tell my friends and family in the city that Schenectady has the best Italian food in the state. I brag about Cappiello’s, Villa Italia, Ferrari’s Perreca’s and Canali’s.  Among the many warts on Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one that I hope my Democrat and liberal friends will find intolerable. The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) is an obscenity, and the joyous celebrations by Cuomo and his supporters in the Legislature after passing it made me sick.  I respect arguments that the moment of conception should not initiate the legal status of “person.” Accordingly I would not ask the state to ban first-trimester abortion. Sparing the reader the details, second=trimester abortion is harder to tolerate. But the Reproductive Health Act denies full protection under the law to third-trimester fetuses. Terminating a 25-week-or-older fetus is inarguably killing a baby that has not passed through the birth canal. I beseech the Democrat and liberal citizens of this state to have enough conscience to protest this disgusting law with their votes in the future.Norman PerazzoGlenville  New super party will be the end of AmericaI agree wholeheartedly with Bonnie Decker’s Feb. 28 letter saying that undocumented Americans in this country illegally don’t deserve better treatment than native Americans.I believe we’re seeing a shift in the control of the nation’s future.  The Demo-cRAT party and the RepubliCan’t parties are morphing into a single super party. The first party would rather see the nation fail; it hates the president. They hate hard-working Americans. Immigrants here illegally are more deserving. They will throw us under the bus because they are RATS.The second party can’t bring itself to support an outsider. They frequently can’t agree what to do about the opposition. They can’t bring themselves support America.The coming super party will negatively affect the lives of all Americans as the new, group pushes changes that will allow them to stay in power. As the undocumented immigrants are allowed in, they will feel a party loyalty for likely several generations. The Demo-cRAT-RepubliCan’t super party will control every aspect of our lives.The parties are being joined together by a fundamental distaste for Americans. They are joined in their hatred of President Trump. They are joined in their desire to stay in office.Undocumented immigrants will be allowed to vote, first in state elections. Then the states will eventually allow them to vote in national elections. Then it will only be a matter of time until we’re overrun, totally disenfranchised and left for dead as a viable country.The new party expects it will control the one-world government. The super party won’t see the blade coming for our collective throats.Frank Van StaverenScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Govt revokes export ban on PPE amid oversupply

first_imgMeanwhile, manufacturers can now produce 54 million coveralls a month, dwarfing the pre-pandemic figure of 1 million per month.Read also: PPE production soars but quality, distribution issues remainAgus said the now-defunct export ban under Trade Ministery Regulation No. 23/2020 in part made the excessive medical supplies possible. The regulation had been put in place to ensure national demand for PPE during the ongoing health crisis was met.In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, prices of face masks skyrocketed in several parts of the country as people stockpiled protective supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer, to protect themselves from the virus.“The temporary ban had a positive impact on an excessive supply of antiseptic,” Agus said. “With the issuance of this trade ministry regulation, we hope that it will provide certainty for medical equipment manufacturers in Indonesia.”Topics : “This trade ministry regulation that I have signed and that is currently undergoing the legislation process at the Law and Human Rights Ministry aims to spur national economic growth, particularly for manufacturing, and improve our export performance amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the minister was quoted as saying in a statement on Tuesday.The country’s exports have fallen by 28.95 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May to US$10.53 billion, the lowest level since July 2016, due to reduced shipments of coal, coffee, palm oil, as well as oil and gas.Meanwhile, textile manufacturers, who are suffering from dwindling demand due to the pandemic, have switched to produce PPE products, leading to an oversupply of the domestic production.For example, Indonesia’s production capacity of surgical mask has more than doubled to 394 million per month in April compared with the pre-pandemic level, according to an estimate by the Industry Ministry. The supply is expected to exceed domestic consumption by 2 million this year. The Trade Ministry has lifted an export ban on personal protective equipment (PPE) amid oversupply in national production as it seeks to restore exports hard hit by the COVID-19 economic crisis.Ministerial Regulation No. 57/2020, issued by Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto on Tuesday, will allow manufacturers to export surgical masks, N-95 masks, coveralls, surgical gowns and raw material to make face masks, thereby annulling the previous ban that had been imposed to ensure domestic supplies during the pandemic.Manufacturers can apply for the export permit via the government’s export-import online licensing system Indonesia National Single Window (INSW). They will then be required to provide documents such as a business permit, six-month export plan and statement to prove that they have stocks to meet domestic demand, in order to be granted export approval.last_img read more

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