Alumnae offer career advice

first_imgFour Saint Mary’s alumnae visited their alma mater Monday to talk about professional networking and social media at a panel discussion in the Student Center. The panelists were Janelle Schenher, a 2000 alumna, Angela Rupchok-Shafer, a 2003 alumna, Meaghan Veselik, a 2011 alumna and Corrie Mieszczak, a 1997 alumna. The  Career Crossings Office sponsored the discussion. Mieszczak, owner of Soaring Winds Marketing and a marketing manager for Chicago-based consulting firm Aptude, recalled her college years without some forms of modern communication and social media. “I didn’t have email when I was in school,” Mieszczak said. “I didn’t make one until grad school.” Compelled to reenter the job hunt after having her first child in 2011, Mieszczak said she realized she needed to acquaint herself with the modern job search. “People were finding work in an entirely new way,” she said. “These days, companies use technology as a recruiting tool.” Mieszczak explained the importance of using potential employers’ websites to determine if they reflect personal values like social responsibility. She reminded students networking is key in cultivating new relationships and encouraged utilizing social media outlets like LinkedIn and Twitter. Schenher, an account manager at Chicago-based marketing firm the Weinstein Organization, said as members of a younger generation, current college students have an incredible advantage once hired. “You guys can teach your elders,” she said. “You have no idea how lucky you are. This stuff is free. There’s no excuse to not use it to your advantage.” Veselik, a communications assistant at Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, said for those born into the Internet generation, “using LinkedIn or Twitter comes pretty easy. It’s almost intuitive.” Even a basic knowledge of Facebook makes a person employable, Veselik said. “Half of what I do for my job is on my iPhone,” she said. Veselik said she was initially unsure how effective establishing a Twitter account for the University’s School of Architecture would be, but she deemed it successful after an influx of alumni began following it. “Social media allows potential employees to hear about you and look for you,” Veselik, whose boss found her through LinkedIn, said. “My boss was a Saint Mary’s alumna and she wanted someone with the same education background and values as she.” Rupchok-Schafer, a social media and constituent engagement manager at Church World Services in Elkhart, Ind., said social media aptitude is a necessity in the current job market. “If someone doesn’t have a Twitter handle, I won’t even consider employing them,” she said.last_img read more

Cuomo Hopes To Eliminate State ‘Pink Tax’ This Year

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a new campaign to eliminate the pink tax in New York State.Cuomo says the campaign will include a series of events across the state to rally support for the elimination of the pink tax, as well as a social media campaign and a new hashtag – #PinkTax – to raise awareness and inform New Yorkers about the proposal.In the early 1990s, several studies reported disparities between the costs of substantially similar goods and services depending on if they were marketed for men or for women.“New York has made tremendous progress in advancing women’s rights all across the board, but unfortunately women are still victims of cultural and institutional discrimination,” Governor Cuomo said. “This year New York will once again lead the nation and continue our work to end this shameful and repugnant injustice by eliminating the so-called pink tax once and for all – because pink or blue, the price should be the same.” Despite increased public discourse around gender-based pricing discrimination, recent research indicates that the problem still persists. To address these disparities, the Governor’s budget proposal includes legislation to prohibit gender-based pricing discrimination for substantially similar goods and services.The legislation will require certain service providers to post price lists for standard services; businesses that violate the law would be subject to civil penalties.In 2016 the Governor signed legislation that prohibited a tax on menstrual products, making New York one of the first states to ban the so-called “tampon tax.”In 2019, the Governor signed a new law prohibiting employers from asking about or considering an applicant’s salary history when making hiring and promotion decisions, as well as legislation that mandates equal pay for substantially similar work.last_img read more

Cuomo Blames Feds For COVID-19 Issues And Impact In New York

first_imgImage via New York State Governor Pool Feed.ALBANY — In remarks during Monday’s virus update, Gov. Andrew Cuomo foisted the blame on the Trump administration and the federal government for COVID-19 issues in New York.“The COVID problem in New York was a direct result of the negligence of the federal government. If this was a private situation, the state could sue the federal government for negligence. Gross negligence. The federal government is responsible for public health and international monitoring of public health,” Cuomo charged.He said the federal government, not state governments, are responsible for “public health, homeland security, track diseases around the world and make sure you know where they are and make sure you know if they’re coming here. That’s the federal job. You know what they did? They failed. They failed. You know how you know that? They admitted it. They admitted it. They said China virus. The virus came from China. The virus was in China in December. They don’t take action until March.”Cuomo challenged lawmakers to not provide funding for the MTA and come home seeking votes. “Now, you cost New Yorkers lives and you cost New Yorkers billions of dollars and now to add insult to injury, you want to say you’re not going to provide federal funds to help alleviate the damage that you caused? That’s going to be the imposition? It’s reprehensible,” Cuomo said.“Let those Congress people produce no federal funds and then come home to New York and run for re-election in November and let’s see what happens,” Cuomo said.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sticky year

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s not the best year to be a Georgia beekeeper.On top of worries about colony collapse disorder, a newly detected virus, varroa mites and hive beetles, Georgia honey producers have had to deal with south Georgia fires, drought and poor honey flows.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension entomologist and honeybee researcher Keith Delaplane expects numbers to be down this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Statistics Service reported 2006 honey sales at $5.4 million. Delaplane doesn’t expect 2007 to equal that.”The mountains did well,” he said. “I think we got a decent sourwood honey crop.”But smoke from the forest fires hurt south Georgia.”Some growers say they didn’t get good fruit-set because the smoke was happening right when they needed the bees to be pollinating,” he said. Beekeepers use smoke to disorient bees and calm them. The forest fires acted as an unanticipated deterrent to bees’ flight.Despite the many problems, one bad thing is missing from the worry list for most Georgia beekeepers. The Israeli acute paralysis virus hasn’t affected the state’s bees the way it’s hit U.S. states.Scientists have pinpointed the virus, new to the United States via Australia, as one of the causes of colony collapse disorder, which was first found in fall 2004. CCD’s symptoms were disappearing bees that fled normal-looking hives without leaving dead behind to autopsy.The researchers who identified Israeli acute paralysis virus in the U.S. are “very careful to call it a marker” of colony collapse disorder, Delaplane said. “But the stats are very convincing, with literally every colony showing symptoms of CCD also harboring the virus. We don’t find data that plain usually.”IAPV hasn’t been much of a problem in Georgia, thanks to the state’s status as a queen bee producer. “We don’t have a lot of Australian queens coming into Georgia,” he said.But that doesn’t mean the virus isn’t going to spread.When the embargo was lifted on bee imports in 2004, it was the first time Australian bees had entered the U.S. since the 1920s. With no signs of problems, Australian colonies were presumed safe. And they were, even with IAPV, because the varroa mite hasn’t made it to Australia.”There’s evidence that the virus doesn’t express symptoms until the varroa mites feed on the bees,” Delaplane said. The varroa mite first showed up in the U.S. in 1987.With no vaccines for IAPV and no cure for varroa mites, the next best thing might seem to be to keep sick bees separate. But for some beekeepers, that would spell economic death.”The tail that wags the dog is the California almond industry,” Delaplane said. “It’s a huge mixing pot.”Tractor-trailers cart beehives to acres-wide parking lots, allowing billions of bees to mingle. Besides diseases and mites, the constant work that starts with the almond crop wears bees out.And now that IAPV has been associated with CCD, “I think there will be some backlash from this,” Delaplane said. “I think some beekeepers are going to say ‘you can’t keep sacrificing my bees at the altar of your almonds.'”As beekeepers nationwide worry about what’s next, the USDA is setting aside $4 million to study the problem. Delaplane is hoping it will allow entomologists to focus more attention on bee viruses and “bring us up to speed where we need to be with viruses,” including other bee viruses.”Old Israeli literature shows that some of their bees have a genetic resistance to IAPV,” he said. “We always keep coming back to genetic resistance. It’s a powerful tool the industry is slow to adopt because bee breeding is seen as neither profitable nor effective.”Delaplane and his U.S. colleagues are facing the 163-page USDA grant paperwork together. If awarded the grant, they’ll divide their responsibilities according to expertise.”Mine is treatment thresholds for damaging pests,” such as varroa mites, he said, “and the impacts these parasites have on pollination.”last_img read more

Chilean security forces maintain public safety after earthquake and tsunami

first_img Thanks for this news, I have a brother there, in the northern Santiago de Chile. We feel more at peace now. Excellent, the world needs new policies that guarantee peace and security for all the people in the world. This is good This helps a lot of people, I agree with it, excellent ♥ !!!! Security forces responded to the earthquake and the tsunami warnings in an “exemplary” manner, said Jaime Baeza, a security analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Chile. “The level of coordination between civil and military authorities was impeccable,” Baeza said. “The Armed Forces and the police responded immediately and their performance has been excellent. Chilean military forces have extensive experience in dealing with earthquakes. After a February, 2010 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 500 people and devastated wide areas of central Chile, the government deployed 14,000 Amy and Navy troops to the affected areas and assigned relief efforts to military authorities. The military forces won praise from the population for arresting looters and restoring order to the area. The strongest earthquake ever recorded on Earth happened in Chile – a magnitude 9.5 tremor in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people and brought tsunamis to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines and the U.S. West Coast. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this report. Chilean military and security forces moved quickly to protect lives and maintain order after a massive offshore earthquake rocked the northern part of the country on the evening of April 1, 2014. The 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck just before 9 p.m. local time 95 kilometers northwest of the city of Iquique, about 1,800 kilometers north of Santiago. It was followed by a series of aftershocks registering as high as 6.2. The earthquake was felt most strongly in the regions of Arica, Tarapaca and Antofagasta. The temblor caused landslides that blocked roads, knocked out electrical power and started fires. Six people were killed by falling debris or after suffering heart attacks, authorities said. Shortly after the earthquake struck, the Chilean Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service issued a tsunami warning for the Chilean coast. Security officials ordered the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from coastal areas. A surge of water more than two-meters high struck the coast in the Iquique area about 45 minutes after the earthquake, Navy officials said, but there were no early reports of significant flooding damage. Peruvian security officials also started evacuating communities in the southern coastal region of Ica as a precaution against a tsunami. Tsunami advisories were also issued for coastal areas in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and for the Hawaiian Islands. By Dialogo April 02, 2014 Security forces maintain order State of emergency Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared a state of emergency in the affected areas, and sent a C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft with 100 military Special Forces police from Santiago to the northern area. The Special Forces officers joined local police and 300 Army and Air Force personnel assigned to the area to assist evacuation efforts and prevent looting. President Bachelet ordered Army and Air Force personnel to “take control of public order and prevent … looting and disorder” in the affected areas. Army Brigadier Gen. Miguel Alfonso Bellet, commander of the 1st Armored Brigade “Cuirassiers,” was assigned command in the Arica region and Air Force Gen. Arturo Merino Núñez, chief of the Joint Command North, was assigned command in the Tarapaca region. Police and military security forces took control of gas stations and provided perimeter security for supermarkets in Iquique, a major port city of about 180,000 people, according to press reports. Attempts to loot stores and homes in Iquique were prevented by security forces, authorities said. Security forces also began rounding up several hundred inmates who escaped from a women’s prison in Iquique during the earthquake. About two dozen escapees had been recaptured within twelve hours after the earthquake, authorities reported. last_img read more

In Memoriam

first_img March 15, 2003 Regular News In Memoriam Barbara Sue Barnes, Crestview Admitted 1992; Died February 19, 2002 Anita F. Blakeslee, West Palm Beach Admitted 1948; Died January 12, 2002 Thomas Henry Caruolo, Providence, RI Admitted 1992; Died May 14, 2002 Thomas Robert deRosa, New York, N.Y. Admitted 2000; Died July 1, 2002 Harvie Sheffield Duval, Miami Admitted 1948; Died February 2, 2003 Jerold Feuer, Miami Admitted 1975; Died April 11, 2002 Ralph Geilich, Indialantic Admitted 1962; Died June 27, 2001 J. B. Hopkins, Pensacola Admitted 1951; Died November 9, 2002 Elmer David Johnson, Punta Gorda Admitted 1970; Died January 3, 2003 Lawrence Kalevitch, Plantation Admitted 1986; Died January 3, 2003 Joseph Henry Kelinson, Key West Admitted 1970; Died October 16, 2002 Arthur E. Maginnis, Coral Gables Admitted 1952; Died December 13, 2002 Ellen J. Morphonios, Coral Gables Admitted 1958; Died December 22, 2002 Richard Edward Nelson, Sarasota Admitted 1955; Died December 14, 2002 Richard D. Nichols, Jacksonville Admitted 1973; Died October 14, 2002last_img read more

5 daily thoughts designed to boost your financial success

first_imgThoughts drive our behavior.When you think about doing something, you’re obviously more likely to do it. Additionally, what you think about your life, your friends, your family, and your circumstances has a tremendous impact on your financial success.What you tell yourself matters. Believe me, I know.When I came back from serving overseas, things weren’t easy. I was telling myself things that I shouldn’t have been telling myself. These thoughts weighed on me, and they could have affected my financial success.Thankfully, I soon learned the power of stepping back and looking at the thoughts that were running through my mind. Doing this allowed me to critically examine my thoughts, and replace them with better ones.I’m sure you understand what I’m talking about. If not, you’re probably not human – no offense.Today I’d like to share with you a few daily thoughts that can help you boost your financial success. Write them down on sticky notes and attach them to your computer monitor, your refrigerator, or anywhere else you visit frequently. continue reading » 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Riau Islands governor Nurdin Basirun sentenced to four years in prison for bribery

first_imgA panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced suspended Riau Islands governor Nurdin Basirun to four years in prison for accepting bribes in relation to a reclamation project in the province.The governor was also ordered to pay a fine of Rp 200 million (US$12,592) and Rp 4.22 billion in restitution fees for his crimes.“If [the defendant] does not pay [the restitution fee] within one month after the court’s decision, the defendant’s property will be confiscated and auctioned off to cover it,” presiding judge Yanto read the verdict during a virtual hearing on Thursday. The court also revoked Nurdin’s right to run for office for the next five years.Prosecutors previously demanded a six-year sentence and a fine of Rp 250 million.Read also: Reclamation project delayed in Riau Islands after governor nabbed for alleged briberyBoth Nurdin and Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors told the bench that they were considering whether to appeal the sentence. The KPK arrested and named Nurdin a graft suspect in July last year for allegedly accepting bribes and unlawful gifts from local businessman Abu Bakar over the deliberation of the province’s zoning plan on coastal areas and small islands.Abu Bakar allegedly bribed the governor in exchange for a reclamation permit at Tanjung Piayu in Batam, which would later be used as a resort and tourist area even though the site was previously reserved for land cultivation and a protected forest.Nurdin is suspected of having accepted a total of Rp 665 million in different currencies, including the Singaporean dollar and US dollar.The KPK also named Abu Bakar, Riau Islands Maritime Affairs Agency head Edy Sofyan and agency official Budi Hartono suspects in the case.Nurdin was elected Riau Islands governor in April 2016. He was replaced by his deputy Isdianto shortly after his arrest.Topics :last_img read more

Hot tips for Gold Coast buyers and sellers in 2020

first_img REIQ Gold Coast director John Newlands. Picture: Steve HollandReal Estate Institute of Queensland Gold Coast director John Newlands said buyers had regained their confidence after a shaky start to the year. Mr Newlands said since the election and banking royal commission, buyers were back out in force and realistic sellers could capitalise on their eagerness for buying. “Lenders have settled and there are very favourable interest rates for buyers,” he said.“Plus, the infrastructure being created on the Gold Coast is giving us more depth than what we have had in the past.“Sellers have to be realistic and not think the prices will go spiralling up. “It’s a healthy market (heading into 2020), they need to not be above the market but be in line with it.” Mr Newlands said good marketing and presentation were key for vendors. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoKollosche director Michael Kollosche.Director of self-titled agency Michael Kollosche said moving into 2020 there was limited stock on the Gold Coast market, which meant both buyers and sellers should change their approach. “Buyers looking to acquire a property need to be a little more aggressive in their behaviour,” he said. “It definitely feels the market is starting to move upwards, if they don’t act with haste they will probably regret it as they see property prices jump up and pay more for inferior properties.” Mr Kollosche said low interest rates were a catalyst for sellers to hold onto their properties leading to a lack of supply and prices being slowly pushed up. “We are finding with most sellers, the stronger interest is coming in the first three to four weeks (of listing the property),” he said. “Premium buyers tend to come out at the beginning of the campaign. “It’s important they give strong consideration around price and method of sale when initially coming to the market. “ MORE NEWS: The suburb that’s topped the country’s highest sales list Looking for some hot real estate tips for 2020?IF you’re setting your sights on a new property for next year, then it might be time to reflect on 2019 and just how much the market has changed. A nationwide downturn and low interest rates were the two big take aways and agents say buyers can make the most of conditions, but they need to act fast. MORE NEWS: Is this the Coast’s wackiest house? last_img read more