Prom is a celebratory pinnacle of four years walking high school hallways, and Saint Mary’s Stands Up will bring the magic of that night to cancer patients and survivors in March. The College chapter, which is a branch of the national Stand Up To Cancer organization, will host a prom for those in the local area dealing with cancer March 2. Senior Devon Graham, Saint Mary’s Stands Up president and founder, said she wanted to create an event that would allow students to interact with cancer patients and survivors. “So many of us are healthy people and we underestimate things like prom, but prom is a big deal for people who aren’t healthy enough to go,” Graham said. “I think this prom gives students and patients the opportunity to interact and be a support system for each other. The event will be held at Haggar Parlor and is open to all students and cancer patients in the area. There is no cost for cancer patients and their guests. This is Stand Up’s second prom, and Graham said she hopes the event will eventually become an annual occurrence. “It’s amazing to hear a cancer patient’s story,” Graham said. “The prom is a great way for patients to share those stories with students.” Graham said she established a Saint Mary’s chapter during her sophomore year because of her belief in the value of Stand Up’s mission. “My dad passed away from cancer when I was in high school and ever since I’ve kept up with Stand Up To Cancer,” Graham said. “Everyone is so affected by cancer. We have a passion for it because we’ve all had someone we love either survive or lose the fight.” During the school year, Stand Up member s volunteer at Memorial Hospital and fundraise, Graham said. Supporting cancer research is a key aspect of the club’s goals. “I really like that 100 percent of any donation goes straight to research,” Graham said. “Researchers work together through out the country to come up with treatments or ways to detect different types of cancers.” Graham said she is happy to be a part of an organization that provides both financial and emotional support for students who have been impacted by cancer. “I like being a part of Stand Up because not only is it a great organization with a great mission, but it’s also such a great support system.”
continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU’s Alexander Monterrubio, during a recent interview with CUbroadcast’s Mike Lawson, said the current regulatory outlook seems positive for credit unions as the CFPB and NCUA focus on reviewing and tailoring regulations.Monterrubio, NAFCU’s director of regulatory affairs, provided an update on efforts at the CFPB with Acting Director Mick Mulvaney now in charge. Monterrubio told Lawson he expects the bureau to offer more substantive guidance on regulations, and for it to “take into account credit unions’ and other financial institutions’ feedback on rulemakings.”He also noted the series of requests for information (RFI) the bureau is issuing in order to review its functions. Monterrubio encouraged credit unions to provide input on the RFIs to the CFPB and NAFCU to help the bureau improve and make sure credit unions’ concerns are heard.
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Southern Tier has the opportunity to receive money to preserve its historic buildings. “Binghamton is rich with historic resources. We have these beautiful buildings, gorgeous old houses and, these need to be preserved. Anytime that there’s economic development going on in a town, preservation should be not just a seat at the table, but the head of a table,” she said. The presentation discussed the preserved New York and Technical Assistance Grants, the requirements to receive them and how to apply. The Preservation League of New York State was in Binghamton Thursday giving local municipalities and non-profit organizations a road map to receiving preservation grants. “Historic preservation is important in any town that has these historic resources,” said Southern Tier Field Consultant Janna Rudler. The presentation was held at the Bundy Museum of History and art.
The President of the Management Board of Aminess Hotels and Camps from Novigrad, Zrinka Bokulić, was the moderator of the panel, which is still a burning topic in Croatia – how to attract and retain labor, especially professionals, and whether employers are able to say “thank you” to employees. The shortage of manpower in the future will be even more pronounced, and it was discussed by colleagues dealing with human resources, Gordana Frgačić from Pevec, Gordana Kolenko from BHV Consulting and Marija Lekić from the Belgrade hotelier Mona Hospitality. The goal of the HOW Festival is to bring together representatives of tourism and hotel management from the entire region, present international trends in hotel operations and examples of good practice, facilitate the implementation of new products and services and ensure entertainment and networking of participants. The main debate was about lowering prices when demand fell. Morin said that they do not lower prices and do not give discounts, because they reduce the value of their products. Sahin also agreed with him, talking about his resort in Antalya. However, there are situations when they have no other choice, so Morin mentioned the example of their hotel in Glasgow which worked well until other hotels opened. A large number of new rooms were “killed” by the market, so they had to lower prices by as much as 50 percent, which was a “slap in the face”, said Morin. Two important topics were the focus of the first day and the panel as part of the HOW Festival Kolenko presented the research that her company did with seasonal workers – receptionists in a large Croatian hotel that have been working in it for two and a half to three and a half years. It turned out that the most important thing for employees is advancement, to enable them a permanent career and development (which they cannot have if they are seasonal) and that their opinion is valued. Only after that was a good salary on the priority list. The first was revenue management and the risk of lower prices, and the second was the importance of investing in human resources, that is, do we know how to say “thank you” to employees. Simple, and so important and neglected. Mirella Premeru from Valamar Riviera, Regis Morin from Point A Hotels by Queensway Group and Cahit Sahin from the Turkish Montgomery Maxx Royal Golf Club discovered how they manage revenues in their companies and what technologies they use. She pointed out to the Prime Minister that the role of the revenue manager in Valamar is quite traditional by definition and is actually a kind of compass for marketing and sales and the development of their strategy. Morin emphasized that they have more hotels in the United Kingdom, and the manager has the role of a revenue generator for them. In the conversation, they mentioned the trend from the last two to three years, according to which guests book more and more later, there are more and more last minute reservations, especially in Britain, where Brexit has changed everything. They have to adapt to that, they pointed out. Investing in people is many times more profitable and just as important as investing in hardware. Frgačić presented all the changes that have taken place in Pevec in the last three years – from bankruptcy to changes in the entire Management and top management, and, at the same time, different policies towards employees, which ultimately resulted in a huge reduction in employee turnover. The future and role of revenue managers, as the panelists pointed out, hope to be more market-focused than mathematical analysis. She added to the example that this will happen in Croatia maybe only in five to ten years. Other panelists added that there is no need to be afraid of new technologies in revenue management. On the island of Poreč, Sv. Nikola opened yesterday the conference Hotel Operations Weekend – the first festival in Europe on the topic of hotel operations. This year, the festival gathered more than 570 participants and over 50 speakers in 20 panel discussions and presentations at which the participants were introduced to the latest world trends in hotel operations. Education is important to them because they are opening new shopping malls and they need a loyal workforce. Therefore, the entire Management Board visits the shopping centers, talks quite openly with the workers in all the centers who are in direct contact with customers, asks them what they need and what problems they have, and in the end it is solved. They give people security, they thank them for their efforts, which together brought positive results. They concluded that any recruitment competition is actually a promotion of the company, and that today’s human resources departments are most concerned with how to attract and retain workers. During the panel, Turkey was constantly mentioned as a competitor, and all participants together concluded that in the long run, lowering prices is not good. Lekić explained that they are adapting to the workers because they are opening new hotels and the need for employees is constantly growing. They have managed to reduce the turnover of workers in various ways, primarily by treating those who have worked for them for a long time differently and those who are very young. They noticed that young people today say very directly what they want and their basic motive for employment is security, that the salary is regular, that they have a hot meal and that they know exactly when they will have a vacation. They watch how they are treated starting from the interview, and in order to work with guests in hotels, they have to stay in it themselves, in rooms and restaurants so that they can know what service they offer. Today, Friday, the conference will address social media topics and their importance in sales and marketing, then the quality of wi-fi in hotels, new trends in hotel households, and will be about communication with guests and creative concepts in the food and beverage departments.
Considering Mexico’s diverse manufacturing base, Marquez said the government was interested in attracting a range of companies from across the globe.She said the government also would seek to speak with Apple and other US firms about relocating their supply chain to Mexico.Retelling a recent conversation with Lopez Obrador, Marquez said she pointed to the cellphone she was holding in her hand and said, “These phones don’t have to be produced in China, … there is an enormous opportunity to produce them” in Mexico.The government is looking to attract North American and European firms producing in China, Singapore and Vietnam.Marquez said the new trade deal came into force at a “critical” juncture for both the Mexican and the global economy and that it could help Latin America’s second-largest country recover from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.Topics : “In steel we see the biggest opportunity,” Marquez, a Harvard-trained economist, told Reuters in an interview. “We want to show these companies the opportunities that open up with this increase in regional content requirements.”Marquez said the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has held talks with foreign steelmakers, including South Korea’s POSCO, Japan’s Nippon Steel Corp and Mitsubishi Corp and Ternium, about investing in Mexico to produce steel for the auto sector.She said there is a possibility foreign steelmakers could partner with or take a stake in Mexico’s Altos Hornos de Mexico. A spokesman said the Mexican company is not currently in talks.None of the other steelmakers immediately responded to requests for comment. Mexico has spoken to a host of foreign companies, particularly steelmakers, in an effort to lure business from Asia to capitalize on a new North American trade deal, Economy Minister Graciela Marquez said on Monday.The United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) took effect at the beginning of this month, replacing its quarter-century-old predecessor, as the coronavirus pandemic wallops the global economy and international trade.The new deal includes tougher content rules both for autos and steel and aluminum than when the North American Free Trade Agreement was launched in 1994.
The property at 9A Narelle Ct, Plainland overlooks the stunning infinity pool.A home at Plainland is being offered for sale with a feature rarely seen in the suburb.A stunning saltwater infinity swimming pool is part of the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 9A Narelle Ct.The home has been designed and built by the current owners who are downsizing to a smaller home. 9A Narelle Ct, Plainland. 9A Narelle Ct, Plainland is being sold for $685,000.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 Could you live here?The property, on 2.43ha, is being sold by Elders Real Estate Laidley agent Darryl Muckert, for $685,000.Mr Muckert said it was very unique to find an infinity pool in Plainland.“The house, the land and pool, combined in one package is so rare to find in this area,” he said.The central section of the home includes the living areas, a powder room, laundry, office and a wine cellar. 9A Narelle Ct, Plainland.A central feature in this area is the 3m high running waterfall over a split-brick faced wall along with the high raked timber ceilings and the polished hardwood floors. The northern wing of the home is connected by a enclosed walkway which has some glass flooring in place to look through to the purpose built fish/water pond that wraps through and around the home.The southern wing is also connected by a enclosed walkway and has two bedrooms.
NZ Herald 12 December 2019Family First Comment: This is good. Courts that take a health approach and know the best way to deal with drug addiction and drug lifestyles.BUT that involves the coercion of the law to force them to take the action necessary to change their ways AND it doesn’t involve legalising drugs!Specialist drug and alcohol courts in Auckland will be made permanent and a new one will be opened in Hamilton, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced as part of a pre-election-year promise for major reform of the justice system.Releasing two independent reports that deeply criticise the sector, Little on Thursday said the Government would embark on a “new direction” in the criminal justice system in a bid to tackle reoffending and incarceration rates.“Thirty years of locking more people up for longer has not changed reoffending rates nor made communities safer,” Little said.“The old ways have failed us. They have resulted in too little rehabilitation and therefore more crime, while not doing enough to support victims.”While large-scale and long-term change is being promised, Little on Thursday announced the two current Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Courts in Auckland and Waitākere would immediately be made permanent.The Government will also fund a new, third court in Hamilton – with Little promising it would open next year.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12293029&ref=twitter
Manila – The Supreme Court (SC) has reversed an earlier ruling by theSandiganbayan in relation to the graft charges filed against Sen. Lito Lapidand three others over the 2004 fertilizer fund scam. Sen. Lito Lapid and three others have been slapped with graft charges in 2015 for buying P4.761 million worth of liquid fertilizers without public bidding. CNN PHILIPPINES In a decision that was made publicyesterday, the SC’s second division reinstated the cases against Lapid, Ma.Victoria Aquino-Abubakar, Leolita Aquino, and Dexter Alexander S.D. Vasquez“with reasonable dispatch.” The SC said the respondents wererecommended indicted in 2013, a resolution the Ombudsman approved on June 2014.The respondents filed motions for reconsideration and were charged in courtonly on Nov. 4, 2015. “No such delay attended theOmbudsman’s proceedings that would warrant the dismissal of the criminal caseagainst herein respondents,” it added. Just months after the case was filed,the Sandiganbayan found that it violated the defendants’ right to the speedydisposition of cases and dismissed it, prompting the Office of the Ombudsman totake the case to the High Court./PN The High Court added the Sandiganbayanhas gravely abused its discretion when it dismissed the case against Lapid andother fellow respondents supposedly due to inordinate delay. “In sum, delay becomes inordinate onlyin the presence of arbitrary, vexatious and oppressive actions or inactions thatare discernible from the proceedings,” the SC said. Lapid and three others have beenslapped with graft charges in 2015 for buying P4.761 million worth of liquidfertilizers without public bidding.
Batesville High School and Notre Dame Graduate, Chris Giesting, and 3 other members of the New Jersey New York Track Club set an indoor 4 x 800m World Relay Record at the BU Last Chance Meet in late February. They broke the old record by close to 2 seconds with a time of 7:11.30. Giesting’s time was 1:47. His teammates were Kyle Merber, Joe McAsey, and Jesse Garn.Giesting was surprised at this performance, because in the individual 800m he had a disappointing time of 1:52 just a week or so earlier. Giesting stated to a reporter that he seems to run much better in relay situations. This is the 3rd time that I know of that Chris has been a part of a relay team that set some type of meet or world record. His first came as a member of Indiana’s 4 x 4 relay team at the Midwest Meet of Champions. When he was a junior at Batesville, in a meet at East Central, Chris “wowwed” the crowd by making up a 50m deficit in a final leg of a 1600m relay race. He not only made up the difference, but won “going away”. That is when I knew he was something special!I want to thank Sherry & Elton Linville for sharing this information with me. Congratulations, Chris!
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