Club sells treats for a charitable cause

first_imgThis past week, Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to support She’s the First*{Saint Mary’s}, a new club on campus which is part of the national nonprofit organization, She’s the First. Junior Mileva Brunson, founder of the Saint Mary’s chapter, was excited to share the present and upcoming goals for the club on campus. “We creatively fundraise throughout the year to sponsor girls’ education in developing countries. This week, we held our first fundraiser, ‘Tie Dye Cupcakes For a Cause,’” Brunson said. “All proceeds from the bake sale will go towards our goal of $360, which would sponsor a year of school for a girl in Uganda.” The cupcake fundraiser was initially started by Lindsay Brown, the president of She’s the First*{Notre Dame}, where it became such a success that the organization made it the national campaign. “The goal for this year nationally is to raise $50,000 for girls education, and there has been amazing success all across the country,” Brunson said. “We have been posting a lot on social media. We post daily on our Facebook and Twitter, and a lot of girls who purchase a cupcake are Instagraming them. It’s been great to see students posting in support of She’s the First across many different social networking sites.” Brunson said she is thankful student reception of She’s the First has been great, as well as faculty support for the chapter at Saint Mary’s. “We have had such wonderful support from both students and faculty. It’s great to have people come up to the table to buy a cupcake, and then want to learn more about our mission and our goal for the fundraiser,” Brunson said. While some students have joined Brunson with She’s the First*{Saint Mary’s}, she is hoping that more will help raise awareness as the year progresses. “I would love to see this grow into a powerful force on campus, working to make a difference in girls’ education worldwide,” Brunson said. “We are hoping to partner with the She’s the First chapter at Notre Dame and work to hold a fundraiser together. Also, if we reach our fundraising goal, we could get to know the girl we have sponsored in Uganda and begin to build a relationship with her and see how she is doing in school, which would be so rewarding.” As far as the cupcakes go, Brunson knows students will take away more than just a sweet treat after visiting the club’s table outside the dining hall. “I hope that students realize how much of an impact they can have, just by buying a cupcake; because what begins with a cupcake ends with a girl in school,” Brunson said. “It is so inspiring to know that our actions this week are life-changing.” Brunson wants others to remember each cupcake the club sells adds up to opportunity for a girl in the developing world and helps her to achieve her dreams. “We are so lucky to be receiving an outstanding education here at Saint Mary’s,” Brunson said, “and to give that opportunity of education to other girls around the world is so inspiring and I hope it has inspired the Saint Mary’s community as well.” Contact Jillian Barwick at jbarwi01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Something Rotten Skips Seattle, Heads Straight to Broadway

first_img View Comments The show has music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, with a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self…and all that jazz. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Something Rotten! Side Show will end its run at the St. James on January 4.center_img Casting and additional creative team will be announced soon. The company of the tuner’s workshop included Christian Borle, Brian D’Arcy James, Beth Leavel, John Cariani and Brad Oscar. We told you this musical comedy was one to watch! Something Rotten, which had a developmental lab this past October, will skip its planned run in Seattle in the spring and instead receive its world premiere on Broadway. Directed and choreographed by Aladdin’s Casey Nicholaw, the buzzed about show will play the St. James Theatre, beginning previews on March 23, 2015. Opening night is set for April 22. Related Showslast_img read more

Pricey Vidalias.

first_imgThe price of one of Georgia’s most popular crops will almost certainly be higher next year, says a University of Georgia economist. Vidalia onion farmers planted 2,000 fewer acres this year than last. “Vidalia farmers had 2,000 acres that weren’t harvested last year because they couldn’t run them through the marketing system,” said Bill Thomas, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “They just didn’t have a market for them.” This year they cut back to compensate. “Part of it is that the Georgia Department of Agriculture limited some of the early varieties that weren’t as high quality,” he said. “The later varieties had higher quality.” While the price might be higher than at times last year, Thomas thinks the acreage cutback will make for a more stable market price. “Hopefully, it will help maintain a steadier price at the grocery store,” he said. “The growers also hope that by cutting out the early varieties, harvest will come off just a little bit later this year. “Last year there was an overlap with the Texas Sweet onion harvest,” he said. “This should eliminate the confusion. Shoppers will know they’re getting true Vidalias, not those Texas onions.”last_img read more

5 tips for reducing workplace stress

first_img continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Office stress pervades every industry at every level, causing health problems, worker inefficiency, and mental health issues that cost U.S. businesses in more ways than one. A 2016 report by Harvard University found that 36 percent of workers suffer from job-related stress, costing businesses $30 billion per year in lost workdays. Professionals also reported that job stress had a negative impact on their sleep cycle (27 percent), eating habits (28 percent), and weight (22 percent), indicating a national stress epidemic that degrades the workplace environment and the personal lives of employees.How do we start to reduce stress in the workplace?Sharon Schweitzer, an international business etiquette expert, bestselling author and the founder of Access to Culture, says to consider these five tips for creating a healthier office environment.1. Identify the Source: Observe whether there are certain situations that generate stress, or the times of day when you feel under pressure. If morning meetings make you sweat, try practicing meditation or take a few moments to decompress once you’re back at your desk. If you get overwhelmed every time you take inventory, ask a coworker to lend a hand. Recognizing stressors is the first step towards eliminating them for a healthier work environment.last_img read more

CUNA, trades respond to Senators with coronavirus response info

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As Congress and the Administration respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, credit unions and banks will continue to offer assistance to customers directly affected, wrote CUNA and other financial services trade organizations. CUNA and the other organizations responded to a letter from Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) encouraging prudent and appropriate actions to assist consumers.“We share your concern about the toll the spread of this disease is taking on customers, communities and the broader economy. At this time of significant challenge to the nation, we can report that banks and credit unions across the country are stepping up to help those affected,” the letter reads. “We are in the business of serving customers, especially when an unexpected hardship strikes. Banks and credit unions are well positioned to assist customers and many have already begun the process of reaching out to offer a variety of services to individual borrowers and small business owners alike, including but not limited to fee waivers; deferred payments for credit cards, auto loans and mortgages; loan modifications; low-rate and zero-rate loans and other accommodations.”last_img read more

Memories made: Lessons for credit unions we can learn from our dads

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Katie Nehl A born and raised ranch girl from small town North Dakota, Katie started her credit union journey six years ago, with First Community Credit Union (FCCU). After working three years … Web: myFCCU.com Details As Father’s Day has just passed and Independence Day is just around the corner, I take a step back to reminisce about how most of our holiday weekends during the summer were spent – at a rodeo. For years we spent the two weekends traveling to a rodeo to watch family or when we were old enough, my brother and I would be competing ourselves. In fact, the Independence Day weekend is often referred to as “Cowboy Christmas”, because of the abundance of rodeos over July 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Needless to say, rodeo has been a big part of both Father’s Day and the Independence Day weekend for our family, for my cowboy dad and my husband, too. See, a year ago, over Father’s Day weekend, after a rodeo that my husband was in, we told our families that they would get to be grandparents. They were overjoyed and excited for their grandchild to come. Now, at over 5 months old, that handsome little boy has his grandparents wrapped around his finger. Recently, a coworker asked me what my favorite thing about being a new parent was. Without much hesitation, I said, “Seeing my husband, as a dad and our parents, as grandparents.” The truth is, many of my friends and other parents told me to be prepared for the emotional roller coaster of parenthood. However, none of them prepared me for the joy I would feel when seeing my husband, parents and in-laws with our baby. So, in honor of Father’s Day that has just passed, and the upcoming Cowboy Christmas as we like to call it, here’s a few things I’ve learned watching the cowboys in our family, like my husband, my brother in law, my own father and my father-in-law, become dad’s and grandpas. You’ll Learn as You Go: Seeing the dads in our lives like my husband, my dad, my brother in-law and father-in law with our son is like pure magic. At first, the nurses had to teach my husband how to hold our child, how to hold a bottle up for him and yes, how to change a diaper. But he got the hang of it in no time and is now ‘super dad’ as I call him. The same went for our sons’ grandpas. They forgot how to hold babies and were worried they would hurt him. But, every day and minute that goes by with them and our son, they’ve learned. Their love for him is so pure and grows stronger by the day. As our son grows, he’s learning, but the wonderful dads in his life are also learning, too. They all remind me that no matter what we’re doing, we never stop learning.Take Time to Play: Having a baby has really changed my husband, my dad and my father in law’s mindset about just slowing down. It’s fun to see how they all now take time to lay and play with our son, read him books, shake his toys, help him roll and more. The other stuff can wait. Having our son grow, learn and laugh, cannot. The time we take to sit down, laugh, enjoy baby giggles and join together as a family is one of the greatest gifts I could ever ask for. In our fast paced world, filled with technology, social media, and hand-held games, it’s important to not forget face-to-face communication; to not forget how to simply enjoy being in one another’s presence; to not forget to slow down and enjoy the little things in life; and to not forget how to laugh and feel emotion with others. It’s Not Always About You: It’s funny how when you have a child, life changes and things you did selfishly before, you can’t now. It’s not about you, it’s about them. It seems so much that my husband or dad will ask how Clayton is first, as they should. Your child is the center of your plans, dreams, goals, and more. It’s the same at your credit union. It’s not always about you, and meeting your goal numbers every month. It’s about the member; it’s about giving them the attention they need and finding out what you can do to help them. Just Do your Best: Those that know me, know I share this story about my dad often. See, before every single rodeo event I used to compete in- Breakaway roping, Barrel Racing and Pole Bending, my dad would come up to me as I sat on my horse, look me in the eye, pat my leg, and say “Do your Best, Kate”. It was like clockwork. Whether he realized it or not, he taught me so much in those three words: Do Your Best. Now, as first-time parents, my husband and I are learning that we have to simply do our best, in raising our son. There are so many unknowns and scary times when we question if we’re parenting correctly, but my husband reminds me like my dad used to, that we have to just keep doing our best.  See the thing is, if we’d simply give our all, do our best in every task we face, we can better ourselves in our career, inspire others, win awards, stand out from the crowd, develop new skills and more! If you’re not doing your best, then you’re operating at a lower level. You’re compromising your standards, and setting yourself up to accept substandard performances. Every day, in every aspect of our lives we have the option of doing our best work or something less. I hope you choose to do your best for all the reasons above, and simply because you can.Remember That Some Things Aren’t for Sale: This may be the one lesson that sticks with me the most that I’ve learned growing up from my dad, and now the same goes for watching him become a grandpa: Some things aren’t for sale. The truth is, some things in life simply can’t be bought. You can’t buy hard work. You can’t buy honesty. You can’t buy the feeling of holding your new child, watching them smile and grow. Or seeing your husband and parents hold your child and all the fun they have with him. The same can be said in our office, you can’t buy the feeling you get when you help a young adult get their first car loan, or a newly married couple afford their first house. The older I get, it seems as if time passes by more quickly than ever. I now realize that there are so many things that our parents taught us, that I hope we can now pass on to our son. The point is, these memories and valuable time we can spend together can never be bought. The best “things” in life, aren’t things, they are memories and the time we have with others. Don’t forget to be thankful for these life moments, as they go by quickly.So, while some of the best men I know and have had the privilege of knowing are cowboys—it’s fun to see these cowboys like my husband, my dad, and father-in-law now become dads and grandpas, themselves. I think it’s their best roles in life, yet.Happy ‘late’ Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there and happy early ‘4th of July’.  I know where we will be over the 4th– at a rodeo of course! But, I hope you all have a wonderful day, making memories with your family.last_img read more

Tourism in numbers 2018

first_imgSide dish: TOURISM IN FIGURES 2018 Although the number of arrivals and overnight stays is not a measure of success in tourism, statistics are important to know where we are, in which direction we are going, what are our strengths and weaknesses, and which also shows us various trends. Tourism in figures for 2018 shows us an insight into our tourism and a useful review of the last tourist year, issued by the Ministry of Tourism. last_img

Tax Administration: So far, 11 percent more accounts have been fiscalized

first_img“From the beginning of the year to August 15, 11,18 percent more accounts were fiscalized compared to the same period last year. That’s 17,3 million more bills. The amount of these bills is higher by 6,55 percent, which is HRK 7,4 billion more compared to the same period last year. ” said Kutlesa. The results of intensified surveillance are central Dnevnik HRT-and commented by the Director of the Tax Administration Božidar Kutleša who points out that the Tax Administration performed 10.256 fiscalization inspections this year, of which over 6 were with irregularities. Since the beginning of the year, the Tax Administration has been continuously conducting tax inspections, and as the turnover has increased in accordance with the tourist season, special attention has been paid to issuing fiscal invoices.center_img Interestingly, the daily amount of fiscalized accounts on August 16 reached HRK 890 million, which is the largest amount fiscalized in one day since fiscalization was introduced in 2013.last_img read more

LSH London chief made redundant

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City in Aceh bans Valentine’s Day celebration as it ‘goes against Islamic law’

first_imgThe city administration of Banda Aceh in the conservative province of Aceh has barred residents from celebrating Valentine’s Day, which falls on Feb. 14, on the grounds that it goes against Islamic teachings. “To maintain the purity of Islamic values and strengthen Islamic laws, we would like to inform the public that Valentine’s Day goes against Islamic law and is not a part of Aceh’s culture,” Banda Aceh Mayor Aminullah Usman said on Tuesday.Aminullah said he had signed and issued a circular on Monday urging youngsters in the city to refrain from taking part or carrying out any kind of activities in celebration of Valentine’s Day.  He also asked hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues in Banda Aceh not to facilitate any events of such kind on Feb. 14.“Aside from defying Islamic law and Acehnese culture, Valentine’s Day also goes against Aceh’s traditions,” he said as quoted by news agency Antara.Aceh is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia that imposes sharia, which stipulates flogging as a punishment for crimes related to Islamic morality, such as adultery, gambling as well as gay and premarital sex.The Bandung Education Agency in West Java issued a similar circular on Monday prohibiting elementary and junior high school students in the city from celebrating Valentine’s Day. Bandung Education Agency secretary Cucu Saputra said the prohibition had been in place for a few years to prevent students from engaging in improper activities on Feb. 14.He also expressed his belief that celebrating Valentine’s Day was against the norms and culture of Indonesia.“Valentine’s Day is not a part of our culture and goes against the religious norms,” Cucu said on Wednesday as quoted by tribunnews.com. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more