Social Work Club raises money for disaster relief

first_imgSaint Mary’s Social Work Club has conducted two successful charity events this semester, raising money for disaster relief in Puerto Rico and hosting a peanut butter and jelly drive for La Casa de Amistad, a community center in South Bend. Social Work Club president and senior Marilla Opra said the group aims to foster unity.“The Social Work Club is a service based club that believes in embodying social work ethics and values in all that we do,” Opra said. “We think that regardless of your future profession, everyone can embody social work values of dignity and worth of a person.”Their Miss-a-Meal drive, along with a silent auction, raised money for the Hispanic Federation Fund for Victims of Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico. The club aims high with its goals to provide for those in need, Opra said.“Our goal was to raise $1,000, which is pretty good considering we are a really small club,” she said. The Miss-A-Meal drive ended on November 3, and the total raised from the drive will be released after Thanksgiving Break. The club also held a silent auction to help meet its goal, she said. “We were able to get three different basket items donated for the silent auction, and we were able to raise $100 from that,” Opra said. “We’re really excited about that. We were also able to get donations from faculty and a couple students that will be factored in. Right now, it’s looking like we will definitely exceed our goal.” A few students were confused by the concept of missing a meal, Opra said. “All it means is that if you have 14 meal swipes, the week that the Miss-A-Meal goes for, you would only have 13,” Opra said. “Sodexo takes the value of that meal … and gives it to whatever cause the Miss-A-Meal benefits. It’s a really easy way to give back because there are no out-of-pocket costs to students.” Raising money for victims of the Hurricane in Puerto Rico was an easy choice for the club, Opra said. “I think sometimes Puerto Rico is overlooked as a part of the United States, even though it is,” she said. “The people in Puerto Rico are American citizens, and a lot of people were willing to jump right in and donate to Texas and Florida, but Puerto Rico was overlooked. The fact that they are still struggling so much is astonishing.” The club also made sure to choose a reputable charity to send their donations, she said.“We wanted to donate the money to an organization that sends 100 percent of the proceeds to Puerto Rico,” Opra said. Earlier in the semester, the club held a peanut butter and jelly drive for La Casa de Amistad, Opra said.“I’m really proud to say that the club collected a total of 258 jars,” Opra said. “We’re really excited about that and completely exceeded our goal.” The Social Work Club is already planning its next drive, she said. “We are going to do another fundraiser this semester for the Family Justice Center, and next semester, we are going to do a drive and Miss-A-Meal for a local food bank,” Opra said. “It’s a great way to support our fellow Americans and get involved in the on-campus and off-campus communities. We’re able to expand our involvement in the club and in different ways through our different connections in the community, which really means a lot to all of us.” Tags: 0.., disaster relief, Family Justice Center, La Casa de Amistad, Puerto Rico, social work clublast_img read more

Les Liaisons Dangereuses Eyes B’way Revival

first_img Related Shows Les Liaisons Dangereuses Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 View Commentscenter_img Christopher Hampton(Marc Stamas/Getty Images) Looks like Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses is returning to Broadway! We recently caught up with two-time Tony and Oscar winner Hampton, who told us: “We’re still not totally confirmed, but yes we hope so.”Janet McTeer, who won the Tony for A Doll’s House, is in talks to take on the role of the scheming Marquise de Merteuil, the New York Post reports. No word yet on who will play the dastardly Vicomte de Valmont, although we’re obviously doing some intense dreamcasting over here at HQ.Les Liaisons Dangereuses centers on the amoral rivals and occasional lovers Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont, who wreak havoc among the aristocracy with their casual seductions just before the French revolution. Hampton’s dark comedy was based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in 1782.Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman earned Tony nominations for the play’s 1987 Broadway premiere. Glenn Close and John Malkovich headlined the 1988 movie version, renamed Dangerous Liaisons. The show was last revived on the Great White Way in 2008, starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels.Hampton is represented on Broadway at the moment by The Father; Close is currently headlining his Sunset Boulevard to much acclaim in London.last_img read more

Brown and green

first_imgDon’t add cat or dog manure, either. It can smell bad and may introduce diseases. (Manures from horses, cows and chickens are OK, but don’t use too much. You don’t want your backyard smelling like a barnyard.)To begin composting, place your first brown and green mixture in your bin and mix thoroughly.The composting microbes need air and water, too. Turn the pile at least twice a month to make sure it gets the essential oxygen it needs. And if rainfall doesn’t provide moisture, add water if it looks too dry.Over time, rich compost will form at the bottom of the pile. When you’re ready to use your compost, just move the freshest items on top to the side and dig out some compost from underneath.The compost on the bottom of your pile will be ready to use in a few months. Then you can use it as mulch or add it to a potting mix. Or steep it in a porous bag for 30 minutes to several hours to create a nutrient-rich compost tea for your plants. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIf you’d like to start a compost bin but aren’t sure what to do, here are some tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists.To start the composting process, you need the right combination of brown and green items. The microorganisms that do the composting work need an even mixture to survive.Brown compost materials include dry and dead plant materials, autumn leaves, grass clippings, shredded paper and wood chips. These items provide carbon.Green compost materials include fresh plant products, like kitchen fruit and vegetable waste, coffee grounds and tea bags. They provide nitrogen.UGA Cooperative Extension specialist Bob Westerfield says the key is to have more brown items than green. The ratio should be 3:1. The easy way to remember this is three parts brown to one part green.Knowing what not to put in your compost bin is important, too. Don’t add meats, bones, grease or other animal-based food waste. They can smell bad and attract raccoons and opossums.last_img read more

Crop Rotation

first_imgPesticides are a costly but essential tool farmers use to control plant diseases and insects. Crop rotation continues to be a more reliable and economical management strategy. “Rotations are the cornerstone in disease and nematode management,” said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia Tifton campus. “If a grower plants the same crop in the same field over and over, the pathogens, often molds and fungi, and nematodes become problematic.”Nematodes are tiny microscopic worms that feed on roots and stunt crop growth. If cotton is planted in the same field year after year, populations of the southern root-knot nematode are likely to reach damaging levels. Peanuts are generally rotated with cotton crops as peanuts are not affected by the southern root-knot nematode and will reduce the damage cotton growers face in coming seasons.Poor crop rotations can make managing plant diseases and parasites more difficult and increasingly expensive. Unfortunately for growers, even an expensive management program using nematicides and fungicides cannot fully replace an effective crop rotation, Kemerait said.“One of the main reasons we rotate peanuts and cotton is they both attract a nematode, but it’s a different nematode. One doesn’t affect the other,” said Glen Harris, a soil and fertility specialist with the UGA Tifton campus. “If you plant cotton after cotton after cotton, you build up a nematode problem. You throw peanuts in there, it knocks them back for at least a year.”Scott Tubbs, a UGA peanut systems agronomist with the Tifton campus, recommends farmers plant peanuts four years apart. Most growers, however, say they can only justify a three-year gap between peanut crops. Some farmers argue that equipment and other costs that have to be factored. Because peanut equipment is not being used for an extended length of time, thereby not justifying its expense, most farmers prefer a shorter rotation.“We don’t argue that point. That’s the grower’s decision,” Tubbs said. “The data shows that there’s a much bigger jump going from a two-year rotation to a three-year rotation than there is going from a three-year to a four-year.”Some farmers approach the planting season with their eyes fixated on the current market prices. Others base the upcoming year on what they’ve planted in the past.“Some of the farmers are driven strictly on rotation. They are less concerned with market prices. Many maintain a defined rotation on a percentage of their land and hold a portion of their acreage as flexible based on best contract options. That’s why in years when contracts aren’t there, you’re still getting 450,000 to 500,000 acres in the state and that’s because growers often stick to a dedicated rotation,” Tubbs said. He stands by UGA’s peanut rotation recommendations. “For the entire plant’s health, nutrients, pest-related (issues), system rotations are very helpful in creating good balance for the farmer and long-term sustainability,” Tubbs said.Another reason crop rotations are significant are the benefits they bring to the soil. If the same crop is repeated planted, the same nutrients and minerals in the soil are consumed.“If you continually grow peanuts, which have a high calcium requirement, you’re going to continuously be pulling a lot of calcium out of the soil. If you put in corn, which doesn’t have as high of a calcium requirement, it’s not going to be removing calcium as quickly from the soil and you have a chance to replenish and recycle some calcium into the system when you leave the residues there,” Tubbs said.For more on crop rotation, see the UGA Cooperative Extension publications at read more

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nebraska National Forest Columbus United Federal Credit Union ($73.9M, Columbus, NE) is leveraging its relationship with another nonprofit provider of affordable housing to make a difference in their rural corner of the Cornhusker State.Through its work with NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska, one of the more than 245 community development organizations working under the NeighborWorks America umbrella, Columbus United has helped develop subdivisions, sold homes in them, and expanded its reach within its newly expanded field of membership.Without partnerships like this, we wouldn’t be doing a lot of these things. Our demographics, service areas, and community involvement all overlap. We know and trust each other.NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska buys 30 to 35 houses every year to rehab and sell, and it extensively uses a revolving loan fund to help keep costs in check.center_img continue reading »last_img read more

Start-up costs cause Lok’nStore losses

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AJI, Press Council question proposal to regulate fines, sanctions for media companies

first_img“What is the urgency of increasing fines up to 400 percent? What does the government want? Fines and sanctions should be handed out as a way to educate the press, not to make them bankrupt,” he said.One of the laws that the bill seeks to amend is Article 18 of Law No. 40/1999 on the press, which would increase fines for anyone who hinders the ability of the press to freely seek, obtain or disseminate information. It would also fine press companies that do not adhere to religious norms, morality or the presumption of innocence in reporting – or those that do not serve the right of reply.According to the omnibus bill, any violation of the provision will lead to a fine of up to Rp 2 billion (US$141,920), an increase four times greater than the previous fine of Rp 500 million.Abdul said press companies would struggle to pay such a large amount as the minimum authorized amount of capital to start a press company as stipulated by law was only Rp 50 million. The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the Press Council have questioned proposed revisions to the Press Law under the omnibus bill on job creation.The AJI and Press Council said they were opposed to certain revisions that were currently under proposal for the bill, including fines and administrative sanctions for press companies.In a House of Representatives Legislation Body (Baleg) meeting on Thursday, AJI chairman Abdul Manan said that there was no urgency to impose larger fines for press companies. Read also: House mulls axing thorny revisions to Press Law”We could imagine if such [small] companies are required to pay such a huge amount of fines. It seems like the fine is not aimed to educate but to annihilate [press companies],” he said.Abdul also expressed concerns over giving the government the authority to impose administrative sanctions on press companies, saying it would contradict the “self-regulatory” principle of press laws.”In the new order regime era, the government imposed administrative sanctions for press companies by revoking their business permits, making it so that they were unable to print. […] So returning the authority to impose sanctions to the government is a drawback to our press laws. It would also be hard to ensure that the government regulations fall in line with the needs and aspirations of the press,” he said.The proposed revisions to Article 18 would also impose administrative sanctions on any media company that failed to obtain proper legal documents or to publicly list its address and the people in charge of the organization.The specific administrative sanctions are to be outlined in subsequent government regulations (PPs). Under prevailing regulations, such a violation carries a potential Rp 100 million fine.Head of the Press Council Agung Dharmajaya said the government did not involve the press in constructing the proposed revisions. He also suggested that the House drop the revisions.”We suggested that the House drop any proposed revisions in the omnibus bill on job creation, which would regulate the press,” Agung said.Editor’s note: This article has been updated. The prevailing maximum fine is Rp 500 million, not Rp 500,000 as previously stated.Topics :last_img read more

Large family home on big block with potential to redevelop

first_img70 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Mr Fahir said the property was zoned Emerging Community under the Brisbane City Plan 2014.He said there was potential to redevelop the property subject to council approval.“With my 16 years’ experience very rarely one would find a parcel of land this size in the heart of Chapel Hill,” he said. 70 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill. 70 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home has an office/study, an open-plan lounge/dining area and undercover parking for three cars. The large fifth bedroom is ideal for a home office or teenagers’ retreat.Mr Fahir said the current owner plans to move to Sydney. The property goes to auction on March 17 at 11am. 70 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill. 70 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill.The sale of a Brisbane property on a 0.84ha block of land has been described as a “rare opportunity”.Brisbane Real Estate Indooroopilly agent Fyri Fahir said the land, at 70 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill, was scattered with mature vegetation throughout and improved with a single-level home.last_img read more

Dominica observes Environment Health Month in June

first_imgPhoto credit: ayushveda.comDominica is mounting an awareness campaign about the need for the preservation of the environment and the need to reduce risks associated with occupational diseases. To this end, the Environmental Health Department in its efforts to promote safe working environments at schools, workplaces, road and homes will host a month of activities as they commemorate Environmental Health Month 2012 under the theme “Protecting our Environment, I can make a difference”.Chief Environmental Health Officer Anthony Scotland informed that as part of the celebrations a series of activities will be undertaken around the island.They include a symposium on workers occupational Health and safety collaborating with Labour division, various unions, DAIC and Dominica Social Security, a middle management seminar for public officers and a Workshop for farmers, contractors, mechanical shop operators in the Marigot Health District.He said Safe Food Establishment workshop for managers and supervisors will also be conducted, a walk through inspection of work places, a distribution of emission control bumper stickers to vehicle owner, a school’s rally in the Portsmouth Health District and town hall meetings.According to him, an awards ceremony to recognize individuals and organizations who have contributed to health and safety in Dominica will also form part of the activities.“At the end of the month of activities the department is hoping that this programme will act as a catalyst for furtherance of a preventative approach to reduce health risks associated with occupations in Dominica,” Scotland said. Dominica Vibes News Share Share Share LocalNews Dominica observes Environment Health Month in June by: – June 1, 2012center_img Tweet 24 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Dillards mini-store coming to DCH

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Dillard’s Department Store will return to Dearborn County Hospital this week with its mini-store for two days of community Christmas shopping.Located in the conference area of Dearborn County Hospital, the Dillard’s mini-store will be open to the public on Thursday, December 8, from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and on Friday, December 9, from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.Ten percent of all sales from these two days will go to the Auxiliary of Dearborn County Hospital, also known as the Pink Ladies, Red Coats and Junior Volunteers.Funds raised by the DCH Auxiliary are used to assist the hospital in the provision of new equipment, facilities and services, as well as to provide scholarships for area students.last_img