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Observer wins ICPA awards

first_imgThe Observer won third place in the Division I “Newspaper of the Year” category, and former Editor-in-Chief Jenn Metz won the Brook Baker Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award at the Indiana College Press Association (ICPA) awards ceremony, held Saturday at Ball State University in Muncie.The Observer staff won an additional nine awards, including three first places. Other University publications represented at ICPA were: Scholastic, which won “News Magazine of the Year,” Dome, which won second place in “Yearbook of the Year” and The Juggler, which won third place in “Literary Magazine of the Year.”Metz is the second Notre Dame student to win the Brook Baker Award, which was first awarded in 1999 and is named in honor of the late Vincennes University student.Metz was recognized especially for her role in leading The Observer’s in-depth, breaking coverage of President Barack Obama’s 2009 Commencement address.“I’m very thankful for this award, and I think it reflects the work of the staff, not just my individual achievement,” Metz said. “I’m proud to have received this honor for The Observer.”During Metz’s term, The Observer also redesigned its Web site and provided in-depth coverage of the Notre Dame football program’s head coaching change.“Jenn did a tremendous job leading The Observer over the past year, and I am pleased ICPA chose to recognize her with this award,” current Editor-in-Chief Matt Gamber said.“Her award and the others The Observer received this weekend are a testament to the continued hard work of the many members of our talented staff.”Gamber, the former Sports Editor, won first place in the “Best Sports Column” category for his article remembering Mike Lockert, the Irish hockey radio announcer who died of a heart attack last March at age 43.The Observer staff’s coverage of the University’s firing of head football coach Charlie Weis won first place in both “Best Special Issue”and “Best Staff Editorial.”The eight-page special edition was published on Dec. 1, 2009, the day after Weis’ firing.Included in the issue were player and student reaction, analysis of potential replacements and a timeline chronicling Weis’ five-year tenure. The editorial, titled “Weis’ departure handled respectfully,” ran on Dec. 4, 2009.The Observer also earned second place in the “Best Special Issue” category for the May 15, 2009, “Senior Edition,” which included coverage of President Obama’s commencement speech and full news and sports recaps of the Class of 2009’s four years.Former Photo Editor Ian Gavlick won second place in “Best Sports Photo” for an action shot of Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd making a tough catch in a game last fall.Metz and Gavlick together won second place in “Best Breaking News Reporting Online” for a story and photograph about President Obama’s commencement speech.The March 23, 2009 edition won third place in “Best Single Issue,” highlighted by its coverage of the breaking announcement that President Obama had accepted an invitation to speak at commencement.The Observer also won third place in “Best Standalone/Pullout Section” for the May 12, 2009 “Controversial Commencement” edition, which covered in-depth the circumstances surrounding President Obama’s Commencement address.The Observer’s Web site,, took third in “Best Overall Web site,” the first time the Web site earned an award.The Observer’s award-winning submissions are available on its Web site.last_img read more

Author Robert Schmuhl shares the story behind the iconic Hesburgh-King photo

first_imgIn June 1964, University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh was sitting at his desk when he received a phone call. The civil rights movement was in full swing, and the Catholic priest’s services were needed at a rally in Chicago. According to a report from Notre Dame Magazine, then-Chicago mayor Richard Daley and a series of officials from the Catholic Church had all declined to attend.“Hesburgh received a call at his office in the Main Building that he was needed to speak at the civil rights rally in Chicago,” Robert Schmuhl, an American Studies professor who has written a book about Hesburgh, said in an email. “Without hesitating, he decided to go, and his only question was to ask what time he had to arrive to participate.”Rev. Theodore Hesburgh stands arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King Jr., both singing in what is now an iconic image of the two men participating in a march.On June 21, 1964, Hesburgh took the stage at the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights at Chicago’s Soldier Field, according to a Notre Dame Archives webpage on Hesburgh’s life. Per the webpage, anywhere between 57,000 and 75,000 people attended the event. The rally took place at a tense moment in the civil rights movement: the same day the rally took place, three young activists were murdered in Mississippi while participating in “Freedom Summer,” an effort to register African American voters, according to the archives.While at the rally, Hesburgh joined hands with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was also present at the rally. The result was the now-instantly recognizable photo of Notre Dame’s president singing while standing arm-in-arm with King. According to Notre Dame Magazine, the figures were singing “We Shall Overcome” when the photographer snapped the picture.Hesburgh was no stranger to the civil rights movement — he was a longtime member of the federal government’s Civil Rights Commission, ultimately serving on the commission under four different presidential administrations.“Hesburgh was one of the original members of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that was established by President Dwight Eisenhower,” Schmuhl said. “He also served on the commission during the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.”While the photo is well-known today, it did not become famous until well after it was taken. Schmuhl said, to his knowledge, it is unknown who took the photo. Hesburgh himself was unaware the image even existed until years after the fact.“[Hesburgh] was presented with the photo after a lecture he delivered at Emory University in Atlanta,” Schmuhl said. “Previous to that, he was unaware of the picture.”Tags: Civil Rights, Fr. Ted Hesburgh, Martin Luther King Jr.last_img read more

Board seeks Foundation applicants

first_img December 15, 2005 Regular News Board seeks Foundation applicants Board seeks Foundation applicants The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its February 17, 2006, meeting: Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Two lawyers to serve three-year terms, commencing July 1, 2006, on this 31-member Board of Directors which administers Florida’s IOTA program. Directors shall be members of the Foundation during their term(s) as directors.Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may download and complete the application online from the Bar’s Web site,, or may call Bar headquarters at (850)561-5600, extension 5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Friday, January 20, 2006. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application.last_img read more

Suffolk Biker Gang Busted for Rowdy Ride

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Another roving gang of motorcyclists has been busted for riding recklessly through several South Shore towns over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Dozens of 911 callers reported between 20 and 50 people riding motorcycles and ATVs down Main Street in Islip and Bay Shore, Sunrise Highway in West Islip and on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, police said.The bikers, some of whom donned ghoulish Halloween makeup while popping wheelies, rode in a pack that overflowed from the roadway with a few riding on sidewalks. Some riders on quads rode on two wheels as well.Seven motorcyclists were arrested on various charges and more than 30 others were ticketed for trespassing for gathering on their bikes behind the Suffolk County Department of Social Services building on South 2nd Street in Bay Shore, police said. Four motorcycles and one ATV were also impounded.The case is the second such bust in two weeks after Suffolk police arrested seven motorcyclists for alleged reckless riding on the Long Island Expressway between exits 49 and 63 on Oct. 14.Charged with reckless driving Sunday were a 25-year-old East Quogue man who allegedly swerved in an out of oncoming traffic, a 19-year-old Brentwood man also charged with criminal mischief for backing into a patrol car and a 19-year-old Brooklyn man also accused of driving without a license and resisting arrest.Another Brooklyn man was charged with fleeing a police officer, a 29-year-old Yonkers man was accused of fleeing a crash with a car and a 35-year-old Bay Shore man nabbed for drunken driving.Suffolk police made the second such bust since the NYPD began investigating a biker gang that allegedly assaulted the driver of an SUV in Manhattan earlier this month.last_img read more

The power of referral marketing

first_imgReferral Marketing can be thought of as digital marketing’s dark horse. According to a recent study, only 39 per cent of marketers use referral marketing on a regular basis.Yet, 43 per cent of companies that use referral marketing consistently acquire upwards of 35 per cent of their new customers as a result. And marketers who have a consistent approach to referral marketing report acquiring twice as many customers when compared to email marketing.Every day in the United States, there are approximately 2.4 billion brand-related conversations. A referral marketing program can help you translate these conversations into a large network of satisfied customers, helping you build loyalty with existing customers and acquiring new ones.It makes sense: people trust recommendations from friends and family 7 times more than traditional advertising! In addition, a referred customer has a 16 per cent higher lifetime value that a non-referred customer. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How One Firm Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil

first_imgThe StratCom group studied environmental protesters on behalf of the driller Apache Energy. Apache was seeking to drill near Balmorhea State Park in Texas and was concerned that protesters were planning camps similar to those set up to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to two people with direct knowledge of the work.One FTI document prepared for Apache, dated Jan. 25, 2017, included a link to a list of groceries and camp supplies compiled by organizers, which the document said provided a hint of the proposed camp’s size. To arrive at that conclusion, scientists say, the report tallied data from the Environmental Protection Agency that the agency itself states does not represent overall emissions: The numbers, which are reported by the energy industry about a limited number of compressor stations and other facilities, do not include emissions from the area’s thousands of wells. The data are “too low by at least a factor of two, and quite likely more,” said Robert W. Howarth, a professor at Cornell University who has researched methane emissions.FTI stood by the report, calling its findings “on track with broader trends in Texas’ oil fields.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Texans for Natural Gas is just one campaign run with the help of FTI employees. Others include: Citizens to Protect PA Jobs, New Mexicans for Economic Prosperity, the Liberty Energy Project and the Arctic Energy Center, according to interviews, internal documents and an examination of the digital trail of domain-name registrations and other details left by the creation of the websites.Another such organization, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, said of FTI in a statement: “We are proud to have them as a contract partner, especially when it comes to direct and transparent media support.”‘Susan,’ the fake Facebook userWithin FTI, a group called StratCom, short for Strategic Communications, focuses on industry messaging campaigns. In the United States, the group is led by Brian Kennedy, former press secretary for the office of the House minority leader and a former spokesman for Transocean, the drilling contractor involved in the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs to survive coronavirus crisis

first_imgBritain’s Unite union called the measures “industrial vandalism.” France’s hard-left Force Ouvriere union and others said they would oppose mandatory cuts.There was immediate political pushback in France, where the government of President Emmanuel Macron this month announced a 15-billion-euro support package for aviation.”The number of job cuts announced by Airbus is excessive. We expect Airbus to fully use instruments put in place by the government to reduce job cuts,” a finance ministry source said.Airbus refused to exclude sackings, but said it would first seek voluntary departures, early retirements and other measures. It wants to start implementing cuts this autumn and complete them next summer – a brisk deadline for such plans in Europe.Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said the company had been left with no choice by the dire industry crisis.”It is the reality we have to face and we are trying to give a long-term perspective to Airbus,” he told reporters.Production outlookAirbus said in April it was reducing output by a third, but has raised that to 40% as it presses the case for job cuts. Sources say the discrepancy reflects different ways of measuring output on a weighted basis, rather than an immediate new cut.”We think we are rather stable now and there will be minor adjustments as we have in normal times,” Faury told Reuters.But he added, “minor changes can be bigger than seen in past because there is more volatility in the market.”Exceptional secrecy had surrounded the politically sensitive restructuring affecting jobs in Britain, France, Germany and Spain, the company’s key backers in a fierce contest with US rival Boeing for orders and industrial clout.About 37% of the 135,000-strong Airbus workforce is due to retire this decade, led by veterans of its best-selling A320.Boeing is cutting over 12,000 US jobs, including 6,770 involuntary layoffs, after the pandemic compounded woes caused by the 15-month-old grounding of its 737 MAX.Airbus’ programs chief said it was slowing a push into after-sales services while maintaining a strategy of diversifying into the high-margin area.Some industry sources say Airbus has all but abandoned a goal of more than doubling services revenue to $10 billion this decade and transferred some staff to other roles. “It’s going to be a mighty battle to save jobs,” said Francoise Vallin of the CFE-CGC union.Europe’s biggest aerospace group said it would cut 5,000 posts in France, 5,100 in Germany, 900 in Spain, 1,700 in the UK, and 1,300 elsewhere by mid-2021, for a core total of 14,000.The broader tally includes another 900 job cuts planned before the crisis at its Premium AEROTEC unit in Germany.On June 3, Reuters reported reduced jet output pointed to cuts of 14,000 full-time posts. Earlier on Tuesday, French union sources predicted 15,000 cuts in total. Airbus is cutting 15,000 jobs within a year, including 900 already earmarked in Germany, saying its future is at stake after the coronavirus outbreak paralyzed air travel.Airbus is moving swiftly to counter damage caused by a 40% slump in its 55-billion-euro ($61.8 billion) jet business following the pandemic, balancing belt-tightening against aid offered by European governments and future priorities.But it faces tough talks with governments as well as unions, which immediately pledged to fight compulsory redundancies. A 2008 restructuring triggered rare strikes and protests.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Regional Director of ChildFund International confirms dismissal of Francis Joseph

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 75 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews Regional Director of ChildFund International confirms dismissal of Francis Joseph by: – May 9, 2011 Share Regional Director of the Americas ChildFund International Paul Bode has confirmed that Former National Director of ChildFund Caribbean Francis Joseph has been dismissed by his organization after being employed for over 17 years.Joseph was informed by ChildFund International that his contract would not be renewed when it expired in April-a matter that he is seeking legal redress about.But Paul Bode told an interview with Da Vibes, that Joseph was not dismissed because of any wrong doing or dissatisfaction, “but because we needed fresh ideas and a new blood”.“Clearly during his long tenure with ChildFund as national director has made an important contribution to the development of our programs in the Caribbean but at this moment we are in the process of strategic change for the organization,” he said.According to Paul, “considering the need that we have now, we figured we need new leadership,”.ChildFund has named Mr. Mario Lima as interim National Director. Mr. Lima is currently the Director of ChildFund Guatemala.It is currently developing a three year programme to expand its work in the wider Caribbean.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Villa fight back to earn draw

first_img Brunt hoisted the ball forward from inside the Albion half towards the Villa box and it was brought down expertly by the right foot of Long, who got away from Nathan Baker with another touch before smashing a shot past Guzan into the net with his left. The visitors looked to hit back swiftly and in the sixth minute Tonev brought a decent near-post save out of Myhill, having cut inside from the left to unleash a shot that took a deflection off Gareth McAuley’s head. But Villa shot themselves in the foot five minutes later as Bacuna’s mistake was seized upon by Long. Having picked up the ball, the Republic of Ireland striker again got the better of Baker as he accelerated forward, this time slipping past him with a clever step-over, and he then produced a cool chip that drifted over Guzan and in. Sessegnon could – and should – have made it 3-0 in the 19th minute, but from Morgan Amalfitano’s cross he failed to control the ball when unmarked in the box, sending it wide. And Villa nearly pulled a goal back soon after as Kozak collected Christian Benteke’s knock-down and skimmed a strike against the top of the bar. Long was looking hungry for his hat-trick and, after one his bursts forward was halted by a good Ron Vlaar tackle, another took him straight through the Villa defence and he drove the ball against the body of Guzan. At the other end, Benteke appeared less in the groove, sending one attempt off target before shooting against his team-mate El Ahmadi, with Tonev then hitting a low strike into Myhill. After Amalfitano made an unsuccessful attempt on goal after the break, Lambert acted with his treble substitution – Tonev, Kozak and Yacouba Sylla the men removed – and it paid off handsomely. Weimann fired a warning with a deflected shot that came off Myhill and trickled just the wrong side of the right post. Then, after Sessegnon fired over from a good position, Albion failed to react as Weimann got his head to Bacuna’s cross, teeing up El Ahmadi, who hooked in from close range. Westwood then cracked in to level the scores and Villa now seemed the more likely to win. But Weimann miscued an ambitious shot and the game finished all square. Aston Villa battled back from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw in their derby clash with Midlands rivals West Brom at The Hawthorns. Stephane Sessegnon wasted a glorious chance to extend the lead, and Libor Kozak’s shot then grazed the West Brom crossbar, but as half-time approached the hosts – with Long very much to the fore and Villa looking vulnerable at the back – seemed well in control. Fit-again trio Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fabian Delph had been restored to the Villa squad but only the bench, and 12 minutes into the second half their manager Paul Lambert threw them all on at once in an effort to give his side new impetus. Ten minutes later Karim El Ahmadi pulled a goal back for the visitors, volleying in from Weimann’s header. And with 14 minutes of normal time remaining an Agbonlahor cross was only cleared by Goran Popov’s head as far as Ashley Westwood, who equalised with a fine, swerving shot from distance. The 2-2 outcome was a repeat of the result in the fixture at the same ground last year, although on that occasion it was West Brom who fought back from 2-0 down at half-time. This draw also saved face for Lambert, whose claim pre-match that Villa were the “bigger club” of the two looked set to haunt him in the early stages. Both teams now have 15 points from 12 games, with Albion 11th in the table and Villa 12th. If West Brom took additional motivation from Lambert’s comments, it showed from the off as they raced into the lead. Press Association Shane Long put Albion ahead in the third minute, delightfully controlling a long ball from Chris Brunt and slamming home. And after Boaz Myhill dived to keep out an Aleksandar Tonev strike, the Baggies found themselves 2-0 up in the 11th minute as Long capitalised on a poor attempted pass by Leandro Bacuna, collecting the ball, taking it forward and chipping Brad Guzan deftly. last_img read more

Ulster hold on in close finish

first_img Despite Ulster leading 20-0 just before half-time, Munster battled back with tries from Ivan Dineen, Dave Kilcloyne and James Coughlan to close at one stage to 23-19 in what was an absorbing contest. But Ulster held their nerve and Pienaar kicked his final penalty in the last minute as Paul O’Connell was sin-binned, allowing the home side to recover from their defeat to Leinster last time out. Pienaar, taking over the kicking duties from Paddy Jackson, got Ulster under way after three minutes with a penalty and then there was a lengthy hold-up as referee Alain Rolland consulted with the television match official (TMO) over Felix Jones’ dragging down of Craig Gilroy with a a possible try chance on offer. Ulster put the ball in the corner from the penalty, and from the lineout Jackson’s chip resulted in Jared Payne scoring to the right of the posts. Munster’s Ian Keatley was then wide with a seventh-minute penalty and Pienaar landed a monster penalty from just inside his own half to take Ulster to 13-0. Keatley then missed a second penalty after 20 minutes which led to a period of Ulster domination, but Luke Marshall was hauled down near the line after Andrew Trimble’s great break and then John Afoa’s foot hit touch as he dived over on the right. Ulster then scored a sensational try off a Munster turnover with Payne burning Paul O’Connell and setting Trimble free before Cave came in at an angle to score in the same corner where Afoa had been denied a few minutes earlier. Pienaar’s marvellous conversion made it 20-0 to Ulster, but the visitors immediately hit back and in the last play of the first half Dineen touched down. Keatley again missed as he attempted to convert, with the ball bouncing off the post to narrow Ulster’s lead to 20-5 at the turnaround. Munster still had the bit between their teeth and after Keatley hit the post again in the second half with an early penalty shot, prop Kilcoyne was driven over from a lineout maul, with Keatley managing to kick his first points after four misses. Pienaar was then well short with a 56th-minute penalty but made no mistake with a straightforward chance on the hour mark, a vital score to settle Ulster after conceding 12 points without reply. But Munster again struck back after Rolland penalised Ulster – seemingly harshly – in the tackle zone. And another driving maul from a lineout take from Peter O’Mahony saw the red shirts rumble over, with Coughlan getting the 65th-minute touchdown. Keatley again converted and Munster were just four points behind, but with 10 minutes remaining Pienaar slotted his fourth penalty to again nudge Ulster further in front. Munster came again and were held up at the line before Ulster turned them over in a five-metre scrum courtesy of Afoa. And then in the final minute, O’Connell was sin-binned by Rolland for back-chat after being pinged at the breakdown, and Pienaar did the necessary with the penalty. Ulster avoided two successive defeats to Irish rivals by becoming only the third side to get the better of RaboDirect PRO12 leaders Munster this season as they bagged a vital 29-19 victory to move back into the top four. Press Association And with two weekends of defining Heineken Cup action now ahead – Ulster are top of Pool Five and the only unbeaten side in Europe – this was the perfect way to head into games they hope will lead to a home quarter-final. Ruan Pienaar ended the night kicking five penalties and he converted the first-half tries from Jared Payne and Darren Cave to claim a 19-point haul. last_img read more