Saint Mary’s dedicates trees for victims of sexual violence, cancer

first_imgBelles Against Violence Office (BAVO), Stand Up to Cancer and Campus Ministry co-sponsored the dedication of two trees Tuesday evening in the Student Center Atrium to provide support for those affected by sexual violence, stalking, relationship violence and cancer.Connie Adams, director of BAVO, said the idea for the tree dedication originally came from a student. She said the two goals of the service aligned with core tenants of BAVO’s mission of awareness and healing.“[One goal is] to raise awareness of the issues of violence and abuse and their prevalence in our communities,” Adams said. “[The second] is to provide a space for healing for those who have been impacted to know that they aren’t alone and to break the silence which often surrounds these issues.”Adams said the dedication of the two trees held important symbolism, as each tree represents different struggles. One is for victims of sexual violence, stalking and relationship violence, and the other is for victims of cancer, she said.“Trees are a symbol of life and hope, both important aspects to an individual’s healing journey as well as our community’s commitment to prevent violence from happening,” Adams said.Director of Campus Ministry Judy Fean said the trees would provide a visual sign of support for students.“In the Student Center Atrium, they are in front of Mary, with the sign of living water to show there is hope and prayer in community,” Fean said.Adams said the tree dedication combined different areas of campus life, BAVO, Stand Up to Cancer and Campus Ministry but united them in faith.“While there are significant differences when understanding cancer and violence, hope and healing are common themes,” Adams said. “It is also common for individuals directly and indirectly impacted by cancer and violence to use their faith as a means of strength.”The Student Center Atrium is an important location for the placement of the trees, Adams said.“The placement of the trees in a prominent area on campus will increase visibility and allow more community members and visitors to participate,” Adams said.Fean said the dedication service Tuesday night included three readings that highlighted the importance of peace and support.“We gather in prayer to recognize God’s unconditional love and His healing power for all people,” Fean said. “The service [provided] a sense of peace and openness to be changed by God’s love.”During the service, students were invited to tie ribbons onto the branches in remembrance of loved ones affected by sexual violence, stalking, relationship violence and cancer, Fean said.Anyone who was unable to attend the service is still able to participate by tying a ribbon on either tree at his or her convenience, Adams said.“I encourage students, faculty, staff and alumnae unable to attend the dedication [Tuesday] evening to visit this space and tie a ribbon on the respective tree for someone impacted by violence and/or cancer,” Adams said.Tags: BAVO, Campus Ministry, cancer, saint mary’s, sexual violence, Stand Up to Cancerlast_img read more

SMC fair to offer service opportunities to students

first_imgSaint Mary’s will host a service fair in the Student Center Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., which will feature different organizations offering a variety of volunteer opportunities for students.The director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) Erika Buhring said she started the Service Fair in the fall of 2014 to provide “an environment for students and community agencies to connect with one another.”“The primary reason a service fair was started was to draw volunteer-minded students, staff, and faculty together in order to connect them with organizations that were in need of their assistance,” she said.Janice Chung | The Observer According to Buhring, organizations that will be present at the fair include Hannah and Friends, St. Margaret’s House, She’s the First, Students Supporting Autism, the South Bend Center for the Homeless, Food Bank of Northern Indiana, Take Ten, the American Red Cross and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps among others.“Integrated within the mission of the OCSE is the notion of developing a bridge for the Saint Mary’s community to connect with the Michiana area while also fostering a sense of social responsibility towards others as they participate in civic engagement,” she said. “The Service Fair certainly promotes these ideals.” Buhring said the Service Fair differs substantially from the Involvement Fair, which was held earlier this year by the Office of Student Involvement. For one thing, she said the Service Fair is held the second week of school as opposed to the first week so that students have a chance to become familiar with their schedules before signing up for volunteer opportunities. Additionally, Buhring said the Service Fair focuses on bringing outside agencies to campus instead of exclusively promoting on-campus groups.However, she said together the Service and Involvement Fairs serve to help students become involved on campus.“The OCSE sees that the Service Fair and the Involvement Fair are complementary towards one another. By having both, individuals have the opportunity to learn about so many different types of activities and volunteer work available to them.”Buhring said the Service Fair also encourages faculty and staff as well as students to participate and find opportunities to volunteer.“This fair constructs the space for fostering conversations that in turn allow each participant to learn more about opportunities that might be a solid fit for them,” she said. “Volunteer placement success rates are increased due to interactions at the Service Fair.”Saint Mary’s stresses the importance of service and provides students with opportunities to get involved, Buhring said. She said through the Service Fair, students can conveniently learn and follow through on making connections with the community and with post-graduate organizations.“The design of the fair is to assist students in making a strong match to an opportunity that they might otherwise not be aware of,” Buhring said. “The size of the fair allows for students to be able to talk individually to the representatives from the organization, but also allows them to see the breadth of choices available to them.”Tags: saint mary’s, service, service fairlast_img read more

Tax Relief.

first_img“The state introduced a current-use taxation program for qualified properties, called ‘Conservation Use Valuation,’ in 1992,” said Coleman Dangerfield, an Extension Service economist in the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forest Resources.CUV was created, Dangerfield said, in response to concerns about urban sprawl, land use transition and resulting environmental impacts from these changes.”It also provides tax relief for broad classes of qualified agricultural and forest landowners,” he said. “Under CUV, a landowner signs a 10-year covenant with the county to receive current-use, as opposed to fair-market, valuation of the property for tax purposes.”Residential TransitionalUnique to the CUV program, he said, is “residential transitional” property. It gives relief to anyone whose home is in an area changing from single-family, owner-occupied homes to agricultural, commercial, industrial, office-institutional, multifamily or utility use, or a combination of those uses.Eligible RT property is a single family’s home and no more than 5 acres around it. The bottom line is that people who want to keep the property for a home should have it assessed on its use as a home and not on its development potential.Evidence of ChangeEvidence of a change in use, Dangerfield said, may be recent zoning changes, purchase by a developer, affidavits of intent, or being close to property that has changed from single-family residential use.To qualify as RT property, the tax valuation must reflect a change in value that can be attributed to being in or close to a transitional area.Application for CUVApplications for current-use assessment, including RT property, must be filed with your county tax assessor by the deadline for filing county ad valorem tax returns, usually Jan. 1 to March 1.If the property must be reassessed by the board of tax assessors, you can file for current-use assessment in conjunction with or in lieu of an appeal of the reassessment.To learn more about the CUV or RV tax breaks, call the Georgia Department of Revenue Property Tax Division at (404) 656-4240. Property Tax Facts People are always talking about property tax relief. But since 1992, a little-known program has already been offering tax breaks for many Georgians.last_img read more


first_img NOTICE Legislative Action Under Rule 2-9.3 (b) – (e), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, active members of the Bar may file a specific objection to any legislative position adopted by the Board of Governors.Objections properly filed within 45 days of this News issue will be considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory membership fees applicable to the contested legislative position, within an additional 45 days. The Bar’s governing board has the option to grant the appropriate refund to an objector or to refer the matter to arbitration.The arbitration process will determine solely whether the legislative position is within those acceptable activities for which compulsory membership fees may be used under applicable constitutional law. The objecting member’s fees allocable to the contested legislative position will be escrowed promptly upon receipt of the objection, and any refund will bear legal interest.Any active member may provide written notice to the executive director of The Florida Bar, setting forth an objection to a particular legislative position. Failure to object within 45 days of this News issue will constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative position within this notice.The policy requires the Bar to notice such legislative positions in the next available News issue following their adoption.Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 9.20, on January 28, 2005, the Board of Governors approved the following positions of The Florida Bar:12. Supports increases in state judicial salaries consistent with the 2005 recommendations of the Florida Conferences of District Court of Appeal, Circuit Court, and County Court judges. First Circuit YLD board seat open The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on its board of governors representing the First Judicial Circuit.The successful candidate will fill a two-year term beginning June 24.Anyone interested in being considered for appointment to this seat should send a letter of interest and a brief resume to Austin Newberry, YLD administrator, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300, no later than March 1. Wakefield petitions for Florida Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Stanley Craig Wakefield has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Wakefield was suspended for six months pursuant to a February 19, 2002, court order for various trust account violations and failing to properly supervise his nonlawyer staff.Anyone having knowledge bearing on Wakefield’s fitness or qualification to resume the practice of law should contact Kenneth Bryk, Bar Counsel, 1200 Edgewater Dr., Orlando 32804-6314, (407) 425-5424. Manslaughter instruction amendments At the request of the Florida Supreme Court, the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases has submitted to the court a report proposing a comment to be added to Florida Standard Jury Instruction (Criminal) 7.7, Manslaughter. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposal, which is reproduced in full below, as well as online at An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before March 17, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Judge Dedee S. Costello, Bay County Courthouse, P.O. Box 1089, Panama City 32402-1089, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the court’s administrative order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). Please label envelope to avoid erasure. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA STANDARD JURY INSTRUCTIONS IN CRIMINAL CASES – INSTRUCTION IN MANSLAUGHTER CASES, CASE NO. SC04-2488 PROPOSED COMMENT 7.7 MANSLAUGHTER § 782.07, Fla. Stat. To prove the crime of Manslaughter, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt: 1. (Victim) is dead. Give 2a, 2b, or 2c depending upon allegations and proof 2. a. (Defendant) intentionally caused the death of (victim) . b. (Defendant) intentionally procured the death of (victim) . c. The death of (victim) was caused by the culpable negligence of (defendant) . However, the defendant cannot be guilty of manslaughter if the killing was either justifiable or excusable homicide as I have previously explained those terms. Give only if 2b alleged and proved To “procure” means to persuade, induce, prevail upon or cause a person to do something. Give only if 2c alleged and proved I will now define “culpable negligence” for you. Each of us has a duty to act reasonably toward others. If there is a violation of that duty, without any conscious intention to harm, that violation is negligence. But culpable negligence is more than a failure to use ordinary care toward others. In order for negligence to be culpable, it must be gross and flagrant. Culpable negligence is a course of conduct showing reckless disregard of human life, or of the safety of persons exposed to its dangerous effects, or such an entire want of care as to raise a presumption of a conscious indifference to consequences, or which shows wantonness or recklessness, or a grossly careless disregard for the safety and welfare of the public, or such an indifference to the rights of others as is equivalent to an intentional violation of such rights. The negligent act or omission must have been committed with an utter disregard for the safety of others. Culpable negligence is consciously doing an act or following a course of conduct that the defendant must have known, or reasonably should have known, was likely to cause death or great bodily injury. Give only if 2(a) alleged and proved, and manslaughter is being defined as a lesser included offense of first degree premeditated murder In order to convict of manslaughter by intentional act, it is not necessary for the State to prove that the defendant had a premeditated intent to cause death. Trial judges should carefully study Eversley v. State, 748 So. 2d 963 (Fla. 1999) in any manslaughter case in which causation is an issue. February 15, 2005 Regular News Noticelast_img read more

Price Chopper to resume plastic bag ban

first_imgAlso starting Saturday, employees will resume bagging groceries for shoppers without reusable bags. The company says it brought plastic bags back because paper bags were growing scarce. They report some customers felt safer from the virus using disposable bags. (WBNG) — All Price Chopper and Market 32 stores in New York are resuming the ban on plastic bags Saturday. The chain removed plastic bags from its stories when New York’s law went into effect on March 1. Price Chopper Vice President says that was halted to protect employees and customers from coronavirus.last_img

Spacious penthouse for sale with never to be built out city views

first_img WOULD YOU SWIM IN A SKIP BIN? The last four-bedroom penthouse is for sale at Dwell Newstead.Dibcorp managing director Franco Di Bartolomeo, who is retaining a penthouse himself in tower two, said the project was a “labour of love”.Mr Di Bartolomeo said tower one included 75 apartments.“Level one to eight is sold, and we have six skyhomes and one penthouse to sell out of a total of 22,” he said.Only two penthouses are part of tower one, the other sold for $2.95 million.One of Dwell’s main points of difference is the “create your own” feature, along with expansive podium green spaces, stunning city views, plenty of natural light and breezes, and the best lift-to-resident ratio in the area. Dwell Newstead is penthouse living at it’s best. Dwell Newstead’s offer to“customise and create’’ your own personalised penthouse and skyhome focuses on buyers who want to plan their own standout dream home.Designed as an oasis within a busy inner city location, the last remaining four-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse is for sale on level 14, atop Dwell Newstead. The 307sq m penthouse with a media room also includes three side-by-side car spaces and the ability to purchase additional car park and storage cages.The half-floor penthouse has 6m floor to ceiling glass panels, and never to be built out city views. Stunning river views and northern views of Hamilton Hill are also part of the luxury living experience. Dwell Newstead is the perfect place to kick back and relax.Mr Di Bartolomeo said the penthouse buyer could still customise their own apartment down the track if they chose.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“They can move any walls around. There is the opportunity here for someone to include a mezzanine down the track,” he said.Only launched to the market this month, Mr Di Bartolomeo said local downsizers had shown a keen interest in the penthouse. “We designed this building based on our clients. We identified they are moving from a home and want something equivalent to a home,” he said.“This could be their last acquisition and there is the opportunity to create it. Everyone wants an outlook, they want views, they want something unique.“They want low body corporate fees and that’s why we opted out of pools and gyms and provided green space.“In every thing we do, we will always be guided by our core values of family, care, loyalty, clarity and enthusiasm.”Mr Di Bartolomeo said other focal points of the development included a 15m ‘spider wall’ at the front of Dwell, worth more than $500,000. He said more than $2 million had been spent on the building’s facade so it never had to be painted again. Follow us on Facebook.center_img MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: WHAT’S INSIDE A $16M PENTHOUSE? TAKE A LOOK AT THIS RIVERFRONT LUXURYlast_img read more

Redefining Marriage – The Case for Caution

first_imgJulian Rivers – Jubilee Centre – volume 21 number 3 September 2012The Government’s proposal to introduce same-sex marriage seems to rest on reasons of equality, stability and convenience. But on closer inspection, these are respectively incomplete, speculative and negligible. As currently defined, marriage secures the equal value of men and women. It also promotes the welfare of children. By contrast, the new definition of marriage will unavoidably call into question its exclusivity, its permanence and even its sexual nature. Such an unravelling of marriage is too high a price to pay for a proposal which fulfils no practical legal need.READ MORE

Supportive dads increase breast milk success, Waikato University study shows

first_imgStuff 3 July 2018Family First Comment: “First-time mum Dena Baxter said breastfeeding wasn’t easy to begin with and an encouraging partner made it easier. She can see how mums turn to formula without enough support.”Yep#DadsMatterDoting dads who chip in around the house could help to boost breast milk production in mothers, new research shows.Those who feel supported by their partners have better milk production and more success in exclusively breast feeding, University of Waikato masters student Angga Rahadian’s​ research found.Happy mums are the most important thing when it comes to feeding, with stress known to dry up the breast milk, Rahadian said.While Rahadian, originally from Jakarta, based her research around Indonesian parents, her supervisor Dr Polly Atatoa Carr said it’s applicable to New Zealanders.The research comes amid dropping breastfeeding rates in New Zealand.Last year research found only 16 per cent of New Zealand mums were exclusively breastfeeding for the six month period recommended by the World Health Organisation.Yet few breastfeeding campaigns target fathers, Atatoa Carr said.READ MORE: read more

Gene Russell Flint Sr.

first_imgThe community of Osgood lost a familiar smile and a friend with the sudden passing of Gene Russell Flint Sr. age 54, on Saturday, April 11, 2020.  Gene was born on October 27, 1965, in Madison, In., the son of Gene Arthur and Alene (Cave) Flint.  His childhood would see him move from Texas to Tennessee before settling in Osgood.Gene finished his education at Jac-Cen-Del and was a graduate of the Class of 1983.  After completing school Gene joined the United States Army and began his basic training. He had entered the Army Airborne Division but was forced to return home after the passing of his father.In August of 1984, Gene had begun working in the family business and consequently one fateful day was needing to get lunch.  He had no idea that stopping at Ernie’s (Larry’s) Pizza in Versailles and ordering would forever change his world by meeting his future bride, Miss Paula Derringer.  Gene and Paula were married on September 11, 1989 in a very short ceremony held in Mama’s Pizza in downtown Osgood.  They were blessed with two sons, Gene Russell and Ryan Arthur.  Gene and Paula have been a team in every aspect of the way.  Gene was self-employed and operated numerous adventures over the years from siding to trucking. A hard worker, he wasn’t scared to venture into about anything.  His first and foremost important job was simply being Dad, which has evolved into being the best grandpa he could be.Gene and Paula in recent years had been blessed to take long vacations and travel to many states.  He has fished numerous lakes, oceans, and various points in between, from Maine to California.  The family said every vacation ever taken revolved around being able to fish.  He wasn’t afraid to push it to the limit on getting out on the water.Gene was a proud member of Church on the Rock in Batesville.Gene is survived by wife, Paula, sons, Gene Russell and Ryan Arthur (Sabrina Yocum), loving mother, Alene Flint, granddaughters, Emma Grace, Bailey Sue, and Whitley Jean, and grandson, Wyatt Russell.  He was preceded in death by father, Gene Arthur, brother, Michael, and sister, Michelle.  Due to the Covid 19 restraints in place a memorial service will be planned at a future time.  Memorials may be given to Church on the Rock in care of Neal’s Funeral Home.  Online memorials can also be left at Nealsfuneralhome.netTo plant a tree in memory of Gene Russell Flint, please visit our tribute store.last_img read more

Carver: I won’t let Magpies ‘drift’

first_img Press Association “When you are a manager you have to manage the football club, but the role has changed and it gives me maximum time on the training ground, coaching the players. “What I have done is given Steve (Stone) and Dave (Watson) more responsibility because they are very good at what they do, and it is important that you delegate to those who are talented. “But when it comes to the meat of the session, it is my responsibility to prepare the team for the final 16 games. “The players have been really positive and have responded. “Even though we haven’t won a game yet, I think we’ve played some nice stuff in spells. “Ultimately though, it is about scoring goals and winning games so that needs to change. “We’ve done plenty of work on that on the training pitch and hopefully that little bit of luck we need will fall our way this weekend.” Carver’s hopes of a first victory in charge could be boosted by the return of top scorer Papiss Cisse following Senegal’s early exit from the African Nations Cup on Tuesday. Senegal’s 2-0 defeat to Algeria saw them crash out at the group stage and nine-goal Cisse, who scored twice in a 2-2 home draw with Hull in September, could now be available for the trip to the KC Stadium. Newcastle have been linked with Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga – but the Bundesliga club say there has been no official offer for the Germany Under-21 international. Hamburg sporting director Peter Knabel told Sport Bild about Newcastle’s interest: “There have been requests, but no offer.” Lasogga has been linked with Newcastle in the past, most notably towards the end of last term before he turned a loan deal at Hamburg into a permanent move. The 23-year-old scored four times in 11 appearances for Germany’s U21 side and hit 13 goals for Hamburg in 20 league games while on loan from Hertha Berlin in the 2013-14 season. But Lasogga, who is contracted at Hamburg until 2019, has struggled in front of goal this season and scored just twice in 16 Bundesliga appearances. Newcastle striker Siem de Jong hopes his long spell on the sidelines is coming to an end after he scored in Tuesday’s 3-1 behind-closed-doors friendly victory over Carlisle. The Dutchman, who turned 26 on Wednesday, cost Newcastle £6million when he joined from Ajax last summer but the striker has started only one Barclays Premier League game after picking up a thigh injury. “Hopefully I’ll be back playing real games soon and this was a nice start,” de Jong told nufcTV after coming off at half-time against Carlisle in a planned substitution. “I’ve been training for a while now and training with the group as well, but this is different. “It’s the first game in four months so I have to be patient and keep playing games.” Carver was handed the reins at St James’ Park until the end of the season on Monday, starting with Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Hull. Eleventh-placed Newcastle have lost their last three games and failed to win in four as the 50-year-old former assistant manager seeks his first victory at the helm since succeeding Alan Pardew earlier this month. John Carver says he will not allow Newcastle’s season to “drift away” after being appointed head coach until the end of the season. “I’m delighted to have got the job until the end of the season,” Carver told “Everyone knows I love this club and my goals are simple – to finish as high as we can in the Premier League and get as many points as we can. “Everybody on the outside is talking about our season petering away but I am not going to allow that to happen. “Those who are saying that don’t know me, don’t know the people around me and don’t know this group of players. “We’re much more professional than that. We can’t afford to let the season drift away and I won’t allow it to happen. “I’m too demanding and I won’t allow anyone to slacken off between now and the end of May.” Carver will work alongside Steve Stone and Dave Watson, the latter having stepped up from looking after the Magpies’ Under-18 side, and says he plans to spend as much time on the training ground as he did when he was Pardew’s assistant. “I love being on the training pitch and the role of the head coach is to be hands-on out here,” Carver said. last_img read more