High school seniors visit SMC

first_imgIn an attempt to make the college application and selection process easier, Saint Mary’s welcomed 42 prospective Belles and their parents to campus for Senior Preview Day Monday. “What makes this day different than a traditional college visit is the girls actually get to spend the whole day with a student,” Director of Admissions Kristin McAndrew said. “They get to spend four or five hours on a one-on-one basis with a current student and attend classes within their interests.” During Senior Preview Day, the prospective students shadow a current Saint Mary’s student. The parents of prospective students also have a unique day, filled with events to help them prepare their daughters for college. “The parents actually participate in a mock admissions committee,” McAndrew said. “We break them up into groups and they review three mock applications. It allows them to see the other side of the table and see what it’s like to be in our shoes.” According to Vice President of Enrollment Management Mona Bowe, Saint Mary’s has received about 500 applications so far this year. They will begin the process of application review right after Thanksgiving. “Right now, most of our admissions counselors are still out on the road, going to high schools and college fairs,” Bowe said. “After Thanksgiving, the admissions committee begins to review applications and we will start sending out early acceptance notifications around Dec. 1.” Anna Berglund, a prospective student from Mattawan, Mich., said Saint Mary’s is currently one of her top choices for college. “I like Saint Mary’s. I like the old buildings,” Berglund said. “I came today because I wanted to go to classes and see what it’s like to spend the day on campus.” Senior Preview Day also gives prospective parents the ability to check out campus, as well as learn more about financial aid, academic programs and study abroad options. “Our daughter is considering Saint Mary’s because it is a smaller school and she wants to go into music education,” prospective parent Camille Higdon said. “She’ll get more individual attention and be closer to the faculty.” The religious aspect of Saint Mary’s is another draw for both parents and students alike. “In this day in age, we as a family believe a religious-based education is important,” prospective parent John Tentrick said. Some students will return to campus this coming Sunday for the Fall Day on Campus. “It is a more traditional open house, with sessions on financial aid, study abroad,” Bowe said. “Some professors also teach classes, so students can attend a mock class.”last_img read more

Exceptional drought

first_imgDrought conditions continue to intensify across most of Georgia. Since the end of May, conditions in the southern two-thirds of the state have deteriorated from extreme to exceptional drought, the highest drought category. Portions of northwest Georgia have now entered moderate drought conditions. All counties in Georgia south of Harris, Talbot, Upson, Pike, Lamar, Monroe, Jasper, Putnam, Hancock, Warren, McDuffie and Lincoln counties, inclusive, are either in extreme or exceptional drought. Soil moisture levels in the extreme and exceptional drought counties are between the first and fifth percentile. At the first percentile the soils in late June would have more moisture 99 out of 100 years. At the fifth percentile the soils would have more moisture 95 out of 100 years. The counties in exceptional drought are south and west of Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Marion, Taylor, Crawford, Bibb, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Johnson, Emmanuel, Treutlen, Wheeler, Jeff Davis, Coffee, Irwin, Tift, Cook, Lowndes and Echols counties, inclusive. Additionally counties classified as being in exceptional drought are Charlton, Ware, Effingham and the coastal counties of Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh and Glynn.Severe drought conditions continued or have developed in Troup, Meriwether, Spalding, Butts, Newton, Morgan, Greene, Taliaferro and Wilkes counties. Moderate drought conditions have continued or have developed in Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Haralson, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton, Henry, Rockdale, Walton, Oconee, Clarke, Oglethorpe, Madison, Elbert, Franklin and Hart.The remaining counties across north-central and northeast Georgia are classified as being abnormally dry. Streams flows across the southern half of the state are extremely low. Daily record-low flows are occurring along Pachitla Creek near Edison, the Flint River at Newton, Spring Creek near Iron City, the Alapaha River near Alapha and at Statenville, the Satilla River near Waycross, the Ocmulgee River at Lumber City and at Doctortown, Black Creek near Blitchton, and the Ogeechee River near Eden.Groundwater levels in the coastal plain are at or near record low levels for all long-term monitoring wells. Some communities in the region are drilling deeper wells to maintain water supplies. Since March, more than 370,000 acres have been scorched by wildfires in the state. Increased wildfire risk remains, and precaution must be exercised when doing any activity that could generate sparks. Preventable sources of wildfires include backyard grills, campfires and cigarettes, and also over-heated lawn equipment, farm equipment and electrical lines. Up-to-date information on dry conditions across Georgia can be found at www.georgiadrought.org. Updated weather conditions can be found at www.georgiaweather.net.last_img read more

Honduran and Nicaraguan Armies Join Forces in Operation Morazán-Sandino

first_imgBy Iris Amador/Diálogo August 23, 2017 The Honduran Armed Forces and the Nicaraguan Army have renewed their commitment to working together to protect the border that unites them. Meeting in Managua in late July, Major General Francisco Isaías Álvarez, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces, and General Julio César Avilés, the commander-in-chief of the Nicaraguan Army, signed a Working Protocol to approve the rollout of a new phase of Coordinated Operation Morazán-Sandino, which both military organizations have been conducting for three years. Operation Morazán-Sandino began in 2014 for the purpose of creating a secure environment in the border region between Honduras and Nicaragua. These Central American nations share a 966-kilometer border stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the end of the Coco or Segovia River in the Atlantic Ocean. “Joint task forces are set up to conduct these operations but they are temporary in nature,” Infantry Colonel Jorge Cerrato, a spokesman for the Honduran Armed Forces, explained to Diálogo. “The operation is activated periodically, generally for no more than 15-day periods, when there is a desire to do something with a greater impact in the area.” Phase six After conducting the first phase in 2014, two operations were conducted in 2015 and two more — phases four and five — in 2016. The sixth and most recent phase of the operation was completed in 2017, from the end of June to the beginning of July. “There are fewer problems on our border with Nicaragua than on the other borders, but our obligation is to remain on alert in order to preserve the stability of the area,” Col. Cerrato said. As a result of the latest operation, the authorities captured a dozen people for various crimes and arrested a small number of unauthorized migrants. They seized cash, weapons, munitions, and marijuana plants, as well as processed marijuana. The authorities of both nations also reported the seizure of wood and more than 80 head of cattle. In addition, three illegal border crossings were disabled and a clandestine landing strip was destroyed. A rugged border The two nations have set a goal of conducting at least one operation of this kind per year, but it is expected that one more operation will be conducted before the end of 2017, which does not mean that the border will be unprotected until the next mission. “There are permanent patrols for fighting petty crime and organized crime in those sectors,” Honduran Military Justice Lieutenant Colonel Santos Nolasco, a spokesman for Honduras’s National Inter-Agency Security Force (FUSINA, per its Spanish acronym), told Diálogo. “FUSINA has security units all along the border. In recent years the country has taken measures to strengthen its land, air, and maritime shields, and the monitoring is constant.” According to Lt. Col. Nolasco, the greatest threat on the border with Nicaragua is not drug trafficking, given how traffickers are looking to move most drugs by sea. “On our border with Nicaragua, what keeps us most busy is the contraband of natural resources and the movement of unauthorized migrants, which, it should be noted, has decreased by more than 50 percent relative to the previous year.” The border shared by Honduras and Nicaragua is mostly rugged, rich in a diversity of flora and fauna, which explains why there is so much contraband in bird species that are at risk of extinction. “We frequently seize exotic birds, such as scarlet ibis and parrots,” Lt. Col. Nolasco said. “We hand the animals over to the Honduran Institute of Forestry Conservation, whose staff takes charge of caring for these specimens and providing them veterinary care before releasing them back into their natural habitat.” Ongoing cooperation According to the Honduran Armed Forces, there are long-term operations to fight petty crime and organized crime in those sectors, and they confirm that communication channels with Nicaraguan service members remain open. “There is always an exchange of information and experiences to be more effective,” Lt. Col. Nolasco indicated. “These renewed efforts have had good results for controlling criminal gangs that are looking to operate in that sector and for guarding against contraband and tax fraud. Success in that region is owed to the high degree of cooperation and coordination between our two nations.” Honduras keeps joint task forces on its borders with El Salvador and Guatemala. Col. Cerrato did not rule out the possibility of one day establishing a task force with Nicaragua similar to the Lenca-Sumpul or Maya-Chortí task forces that already exist. “It’s possible that we might consolidate. It all depends on the need,” Col. Cerrato said. “The activation of Operation Morazán-Sandino has served to bolster the trust-building measures between our two nations and the scenarios are always being evaluated.” In their respective press releases, the armed services of both countries were in agreement that, “coordinated operations will continue to be planned and conducted in order to increase the security levels in border sectors for the benefit of the people of both nations.”last_img read more

6 signs disruptors are attacking your credit union

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How much damage did disruptive financial services companies cause your credit union last year?While CUNA Mutual Group Chief Economist Steve Rick did not quantify how much disruptive financial services startups hurt individual credit unions in 2014, he told an October online conference audience they had certainly harmed credit unions overall.Rick presented his research and perspectives on economic disruption and credit unions to CUNA Mutual Group’s online Discovery Conference Oct. 21, 2015. continue reading »last_img read more

Car crashes into building at Endicott baseball fields

first_imgIn a Facebook post, the Endicott Fire Department says when crews got there, they found the driver went through the intersection from Bermond Ave, across Watson Blvd, through a guard rail and chain link fence, and into the corner of the concession stand at Logan Field. EFD was assisted on the scene by the Endicott Police Department, The Village engineer, and Endicott Water Department. Endicott Municipal Light and NYSEG were also called to check the utilities. Fire crews had to shut off power to the building until public works could get more supplies to completely secure it. ENDICOTT (WBNG)- Emergency crews were called after a car crashed into a building in Endicott Thursday morning. They say the driver was evaluated at the scene, while Fire and Code Enforcement evaluated the building and removed the fencing so the car could be removed.center_img The Village is having the building evaluated by an engineering firm to develop a repair plan. The cause is under investigation. This is a developing story, stay with 12 News for further update.last_img read more

UK, Canada slap sanctions on Belarus strongman Lukashenko

first_imgLukashenko ‘has to go’ Macron on Sunday said that Lukashenko “has to go”, but has also vowed support possible mediation in the crisis by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).”Our objective is for this mediation to begin in the next few days or weeks,” Macron said, adding that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU chief Charles Michel would “push” Belarus to accept mediation.”The aim is a peaceful transition, the release of people who are in prison for their political opinions and the holding of free elections under international observation,” he said.Tuesday’s meeting with Macron was Tikhanovskaya’s most high-profile so far.She has previously addressed the UN Human Rights Council and the European Parliament and has met with EU foreign ministers and the leaders of neighboring Poland and Lithuania.Tikhanovskaya, a political novice whose blogger husband is in prison in Belarus accused of trying to overthrow the government, told AFP after the meeting that she had accepted an invitation to speak at the French parliament.Parliamentary officials said she would address the lower house’s foreign affairs committee. Britain and Canada on Tuesday became the first major nations to slap sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko over the country’s seething political crisis.The move came as Russia lashed out at what it dubbed “unprecedented external pressure” on Minsk after Lukashenko’s disputed election victory triggered massive street protests and Western condemnation.The European Union has so far failed to impose blanket sanctions on Lukashenko, with only its small Baltic members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania targeting the strongman leader and around 100 senior regime officials. ‘Difficult situation’Tikhanovskaya said the crisis should be resolved “as soon as possible” and new free and fair elections should be held by the end of the year.”[Macron] supports the idea of mediation because he understands that powerful countries need to be involved to begin negotiations with Lukashenko. He is ready to help with this,” she said.”I think he will speak with the Russian side about Belarus and will do everything possible to involve Russia in these negotiations.”Macron has said that Putin, Lukashenko’s main ally, is favourable to mediation in the Belarus crisis by the OSCE.But Putin on Tuesday said that Belarus was in a “difficult situation” and was facing “unprecedented external pressure”.Addressing a forum on the Belarusian and Russian regions, the Kremlin chief said Moscow was ready to stand by Minsk, describing ties as “timeless and all-weather”.Putin has promised to provide Lukashenko with security assistance if the political crisis worsens and gave Belarus a loan of $1.5 billion.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov downplayed Macron’s talks with Tikhanovskaya, saying it amounted to a meeting between the “French president and a Belarusian citizen”.Topics : But French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday signaled that EU sanctions were in the offing after he promised that Paris would help foster mediation of the crisis.London and Ottawa imposed the sanctions on Lukashenko, his son and senior regime figures for a string of alleged human rights violations.Belarus has been in upheaval since a disputed August 9 presidential election in which opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya claimed victory against Lukashenko, who has ruled since 1994.The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada regard his presidency as illegitimate, but he has the backing of long-time ally Russian President Vladimir Putin. Macron met Tuesday with Tikhanovskaya in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in what was seen as a major show of support for the activist.Tikhanovskaya fled to the Baltic EU state bordering Belarus in the aftermath of the vote as mass protests in former Soviet republic were met with a brutal crackdown in which thousands were arrested.”Europe is putting itself in a position to exert pressure, through sanctions that we will have to take in the coming days and weeks,” Macron told reporters.EU leaders are preparing to adopt sanctions against Lukashenko and other top Belarusian officials at a summit later this week.last_img read more

Saipem Posts Wider 1H Loss, Maintains 2018 Guidance

first_imgItalian oilfield services player Saipem has reported loss in the first half of 2018 of €323 million ($377.5 million), on revenues of €3.8 billion ($4.4 billion).This result compares to net loss of €110 million ($128.6 million) on revenues of €4.6 billion ($5.4 billion) for the first six months of 2017.For the second quarter 2018, Saipem booked net loss of €321 million ($375 million) with net of write-downs and reorganization expenses of €316 million ($369 million).Adjusted result was net profit of €6 million, against €92 million in the first half of 2017, with loss of €5 million in the second quarter.Revenues in the Q2 2018 were close to €1.9 billion ($2.2 billion), while 1H 2018 revenues fell some 17 percent compared to last year result.In the first half 2018, Saipem secured new contracts worth close to €4 billion, versus €2 billion in 1H 2017, and reported backlog of €12.6 billion (€12.4 billion in 1H 2017).The company’s net debt increased since December 31, 2017 from €1.29 billion at €1.32 billion.For 2018, Saipem confirmed its previous guidance with revenues of approximately €8 billion, capex at some €500 million and net debt at €1.3 billion.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

Man charged with rape falls

first_imgAriola was nowdetained in the lockup cell of the Batad municipal police station. ILOILO City – A29-year-old man charged with rape was arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Balud,Masbate. Policeinvestigators said Ariola was hiding in Masbate after he was accused of trying to rape a woman. Darl JayAriola, a resident of Poblacion, Batad, Iloilo, was caught on the strength ofan arrest warrant around 1 a.m. Sept. 26.  The court recommendeda P120,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img

Edna A. Lamppert

first_imgEdna A. Lamppert, age 91 of Batesville, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born August 17, 1925 in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Cecelia (Nee: Siefert) and Ben Fledderman.  She married Robert Lamppert April 24, 1948 at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church in St. Mary’s, Indiana.  She spent 35 years at Hill-Rom as a secretary and production scheduler, was a member of St. Anthony’s Church and a former member of the Red Hat Ladies.Edna spent a large portion of her life sewing, crocheting and quilting.  Over the years, family and friends have been the recipient of treasured pieces she made.  She had many interests which included playing the organ, watching the Reds and college basketball, collecting dolls and westerns.  She was a huge John Wayne fan.  Edna had a green thumb with plants and enjoyed working in her flower beds around the house.  Being with her grandkids is what she loved most.She is survived by her husband Bob; daughters Beverly Froman of Brookville, Indiana, Darlene Trusty of New Palestine, Indiana, Pam Brown of Shelbyville, Indiana; son Dwight Lamppert of Palm Harbor, Florida; sister Marie Connolly of Dover, Indiana; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Marcella Becker, Rita Obermeyer, Ethel Obermeyer, Elvira Moorman and brothers Raymond, Urban, Walter and Victor Fledderman.Visitation is Monday, November 21st, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 22nd, at St. Anthony’s Church with Rev. Frank Eckstein officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to St. Anthony’s Church Capital Improvement Fund or Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice.last_img read more

Raymond Elmer Luers, 80

first_imgRaymond Elmer Luers was born May 6, 1936 in Osgood, Indiana to Conrad and Emma Luers. He passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 80.Raymond grew up in Indiana and served in the United States Army. He married Alice Effinger on September 10, 1960 and they came to Chickasha in 1976. He worked as a Supervisor for Delta for 24 years and retired at the age of 55.He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Ruth Narwold and 3 brothers: Wilbur Luers, Clifford Luers and Bob Luers.Raymond is survived by his wife, Alice Luers;Children: Tim Luers and his wife, Lisa; Tammy Singleton and her husband, Boyd;Grandchildren: Joshua Luers and his wife, Sherrie; Zackery Luers and his wife, Randi; Elizabeth Bailey; Heather Ramirez and her husband, Daniel; Brandon Doughty and Kalyssa Singleton;Great Grandchildren: Owen Luers, Blaire Luers, Jace Luers, Emery Luers, Jessalyn Luers, Kylin Chaffin, Kaylie Chaffin, Ryder Bailey, Olivia Bailey, Jaelynn and Kaydence Ramirez;Brother, Gilbert Luers.Funeral service was held on Monday, March 20, 2017, at Bible Baptist Church.last_img read more