Sand Mandala Being Built at the University of Evansville

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare There will be ceremonies that visitors can attend throughout the week, and all of the funds raised during the ceremonies will go towards the Tashi Kyil Monastery.“Have a message, for how we can make peace in this world, how to share some kind of message,” said monk, Yeshi Rabjyal.The mandala will be available for viewing in the John Wesley Gallery located in the lower level of the Neu Chapel until Thursday when it will be deconstructed. The sand will be ceremonially spread into the Ohio River to spear healing energies throughout the world.The schedule for viewing the sand mandala and visiting the monks as well as the closing ceremony and deconstruction is listed below:Monday, August 20th, 10am-5pmTuesday, August 21st, 10am-5pmWednesday, August 22nd, 10am-5pmThursday, August 23rd, 10am-12pmThursday, August 23rd, 12 pm: Closing ceremony and sand mandala deconstructionYou can find more information on UE’s Neu Chapel and Office of the University Chaplain’s Official Facebook page. Sand Mandala Being Built at the University of EvansvilleAUGUST 19TH, 2018 SHELBY LAMELA EVANSVILLE, INDIANAThis weekend the Tashi Kyil Monks from India started building a World Peace Sand Mandala on the University of Evansville campus.The creation is meant to spread the teachings of the Dharma, and to educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet.last_img read more

Guidance: Adult Social Care Rapid Testing Fund

first_imgThe Rapid Testing Fund will support increased lateral flow device (LFD) testing of staff in care homes.These documents set out: This new funding has separate conditions to the original Infection Control Fund and the extension to the Infection Control Fund. measures that this funding can be spent on requirements for local authorities and care providers the allocation of funding to each local authoritylast_img

Warburtons enlists celeb Sylvester Stallone for new ad

first_imgWarburtons has confirmed that Rocky actor, Sylvester Stallone, will star in its new TV advert.In a power-pairing of bakery meets Hollywood, the 68-year-old is set to be the face of a new TV advertisement campaign, after filming at one of Warburton’s bakeries this week.Stallone will appear with bakery boss Jonathan Warburton in the new small-screen ad.The ad is set to air later this year, with more information about the campaign to be released around April.A source told The Sun newspaper: “The bosses at Warburtons have signed a real top-drawer name in Stallone.”Sly doesn’t come cheap and he isn’t an obvious choice to promote bread – but he is bound to get people talking.”They’re sure the investment will be worth it.”Warburtons invested £750,000 in November last year in new equipment to produce new premium loaves in a bid to diversify.The brand’s bread suffered a loss of over £50m in sales last year [Nielsen 52 w/e 11 October 2014] as a result of the discounters and consumers moving away from traditional sliced bread.Stallone is well known for his Hollywood action roles, as boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky series, and John Rambo in Rambo.last_img read more

Commissioners discuss mental health service bid process for jail

first_imgFARMINGTON – County commissioners agreed to discuss mental health and substance abuse service contracts at Franklin County Detention Center at their next regularly scheduled meeting, after the company that wasn’t awarded the bid said that the winning bid had not met the county’s request for proposals.In September 2019, commissioners moved to terminate the county’s contract with Evergreen Behavioral Services. That decision reflected turnover within Evergreen’s organization, Sheriff Scott Nichols said at the time, as departing personnel meant that Evergreen couldn’t provide the jail with access to certified personnel required by state corrections requirements.Individuals that had worked at Evergreen went on to form Clearwater Counseling and Consulting, owned by Dalene Sinskie. That company was then hired in September to provide county inmates with mental health and substance abuse services until the county could put out a new request for proposals.That RFP went out in late 2019, with two companies submitting bids to provide services over a six-month period. That six-month period would provide the jail with services through June 2020, putting the county back on a July-June schedule – matching the county’s fiscal year – for future contracts. Proposals were submitted by Clearwater Counseling and Western Maine Behavioral Health, at the cost of $30,000 and $36,000, respectively.Commissioners gave the proposals to Maj. Doug Blauvelt, the jail administrator, to review. He later recommended the county go with Clearwater Counseling, citing the lower cost and the company’s familiarity with the jail. The proposals offered a similar scope of services, Blauvelt said. Commissioners moved to accept Clearwater Counseling’s bid, at the $30,000 figure.Bert Poisson, an owner of Western Maine Behavioral Health, appeared before the commissioners Tuesday, arguing that Clearwater Counseling had not met the requirements of the request for proposals. Specifically, Poisson said that Clearwater Counseling did not have a state mental health agency license. That license had been cited in the county’s RFP, Poisson said.Sinskie, who was also present at Tuesday’s meeting, said that while Clearwater Counseling did not have that license, it wasn’t required to work in a county jail facility. Personnel at Clearwater did have the personal certifications that were required, she said.Poisson also said that Clearwater Counseling did not provide psychiatric care as required by the request for proposals, and that Western Maine’s bid would have been $27,000 without that component. Sinskie said that those services would be provided through another contracted company.Commissioners decided to wait for their next meeting, scheduled for Jan. 21, so Blauvelt and Nichols could be present.In other business, commissioners approved a new requirement for county’s Tax Increment Financing education funding program. That program allows Unorganized Territory students attending courses to receive financial support through the TIF; it is overseen by the county’s TIF Committee, made up of U.T. residents. The committee recommended that commissioners add a requirement that U.T. residents seeking funds live in the U.T. for a consecutive 12 months before submitting their application. Commissioners agreed and approved the change.Commissioner Clyde Barker of Strong also addressed an issue from the previous, Dec. 17 meeting, saying that he was opposed to not paying funds allocated through last year’s budget process. Western Maine Community Action, Western Maine Transportation and SeniorsPlus were to be appropriated $30,000, $10,000 and $1, respectively, by the Budget Committee through the budget process. Commissioners Terry Brann of Wilton and Charlie Webster of Farmington, citing a previous goal of eliminating nonprofit funding at the county level, have not released that funding.Commissioners Brann and Webster took up the issue at the Dec. 17 meeting, instructing County Clerk Julie Magoon to draft letters to all three nonprofits, informing them that requests will not be considered this year. Barker was absent from that meeting.Barker said that the county should release the previously-allocated funds, even if it chose to no longer fund the agencies in the future.“I think we should pay our debts and start the new year right,” Barker said.Brann and Webster reiterated that they had intended to de-fund most outside agency funding within a three-year span and said that additional money raised for those agencies would have used to cover salary increases. Webster said that commissioners had used an additional $40,000 out of the undesignated funds to help reduce the tax impact of the budget during last year’s process.last_img read more

Chase coverage: Profiles of 12 drivers

first_imgMORE: READ: Top 10 Chase moments Get complete coverage of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup READ: Race breakdowns: The Chase READ: Fantasy preview: The Chase READ: Driver previews: The Chase Profiles of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cuplast_img

The Future of Rail Travel is Tied to the Future of Technology

first_imgThey say there’s romance in train travel. And I’ve certainly caught some beautiful sights through the eyes of my train-traveling coworker, Susie Gidseg and her personal Long Way Home blog.But, many people ride trains simply to get from home to work and back. Their travel often looks more like this:Man talking constantly on the phone on the train: “One call after another. You know how it is.”“Yes, we all know.“— John Dickerson (@jdickerson) February 9, 2018Share “What’s worse? A loud train ride or a quiet train ride but some guy decides to eat a bag of chips.“— kiwi🥝 (@Laurenk0ala) February 9, 2018Share “Girl on this train has been makin eyes at me the whole ride“— The Corgi Corner (@TheCorgiCorner) February 9, 2018ShareOk, so maybe that last one was not your typical commuter, but their owner very well could be one of the 475,000 riders our customer Rio Grande Pacific Corporation (RGPC) supports every year. The privately-owned holding company for regional freight railroads & support services is also responsible for an average of 120,000 carloads of freight each year.And whether it’s commuters or freight, downtime is not really an option for them. Modern technology can make all the difference, but this 150-year-old industry has been traditionally slow to change.“It has been a bane of existence of railroads to be able to get the information that they need to make rapid decisions,” says Robert Bach, president and COO, RGPC. “If you’re going to adapt for the future, you have to have the data at your fingertips.”You can hear more from him and other members of the RGPC team in this video where they explain how Dell EMC is helping them take on digital transformation.In an industry where being on time isn’t actually that easy to define, success is measured in seconds. And while measuring those seconds on their own lines, RGPC’s Technology Group also is developing products for others. Dell EMC’s Unity All-Flash has put them in a position to continue such growth.Click to watch“By choosing the [Dell EMC] Unity platform we solved several needs. One is performance. The second is scalability,” said Jason Brown, chief information officer, RGPC, in this second video. “The platform has allowed our mission-critical safety signal systems to run on a robust redundant system.”That’s vital when their team is providing crucial operations and maintenance offerings, including third-party dispatching, signaling and communications, technology solutions and maintenance-of-way (MOW) services, to commuter transit agencies and short line railroads.Deploying technology has allowed them to move from being a cost center to being a revenue center, and create their railway internet of things pulling together systems that were once separate into one dashboard for all of their customers to see.We’re proud that all those systems are being developed on Dell EMC Unity All-Flash, enabling RGPC to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud. Visit to learn more about what it can do for your organization.last_img read more

Employers target Facebook accounts

first_imgStudents joke about “Facebook stalking,” which involves searching through social network website Facebook to gain information on another person. But what happens when employers begin using these same techniques to find applicants online? This presence may be protected by privacy settings used to limit access to individual accounts, but even with just the name of a person and a little information on where that person is from, virtually anyone can be found online. Posts, photos, videos and comments posted on Facebook can cause problems for students as they begin to search for opportunities beyond the undergraduate level, associate director of the career center Kevin Monahan said. Monahan said the context of a post is not taken into account if an employer happens to check a profile. “This isn’t limited to Facebook. If you rant and rave, make homophobic, sexist, or racist remarks under the guise of sarcasm, we don’t have the luxury of reading body language or the circumstances surrounding the things we read or see something online,” he said. Companies such as Deloitte and Ernst & Young — two major recruiters of Notre Dame graduates — have Facebook pages, suggesting that while they may be there for people to “like” them on Facebook, they also navigate the online forum. Photos depicting parties, often including underage drinking, have brought about many issues. “I haven’t had trouble with it, but my employer back home said that any pictures posted of us doing illegal activities, while wearing any part of our uniform, would subject us to termination,” freshman Nicole McMillan said. Some students respond by putting their profiles on full lockdown, with as much privacy as possible. A few students even change the name that appears on their profile, which senior Nick Normandin did once he began applying for jobs. “I changed my name so it’s not recognizable. I don’t know what exactly they’re looking for, but whatever it is, I don’t want them to find it on my Facebook,” he said. Even while posts can be monitored to some extent, once something is placed online it is difficult to minimize its impact and impossible to remove, Monahan said. “Once it is out there, it’s like trying to put toothpaste back into a tube; it stays out,” Monahan said. However, Monahan said companies are not maliciously tracking down every candidate online. In fact, most aren’t. “Most employers have a policy telling their managers and human resources: do not look at these sites. There have been lawsuits about these from individuals who feel they have lost opportunities because of Facebook, Myspace or other social media sites. Those are still pending,” Monahan said. Sophomore Jacqueline Patz, whose sister worked in human resources, understands the basics of why this rule has been set at many companies. “Her company is specifically not allowed to go and look at people’s Facebooks. When you’re hiring, you’re not supposed to take into consideration things like race or gender, and if you look at Facebook, you can’t avoid seeing that in their pictures or on their wall,” Patz said. When this occurs, the main question returns: are employers justified in looking at Facebook profiles or are they overstepping certain boundaries? Two main theories have emerged on the topic. The first opinion is based on the Internet as a public forum. “I don’t think that employers overstep any boundaries in checking Facebook. It’s a public website and anything you post on there is something you should expect everyone to see,” McMillan said. Others, like Patz, find there is a clear division between a person’s professional and personal life. “I think that there’s a big difference between the two, and whenever that line starts to get blurred, that’s crossing the rights of your employees,” she said. Monahan said both sides have convincing arguments, but ultimately the Internet is a public forum that anyone can access. “There are valid arguments on both sides, but when you post things out there, even under the guise of a personal site, it’s been made public. If you don’t want these comments or pictures being read, you should not be putting that information out there. I guess the courts will decide what that privacy levels — or privacy expectations — should be, not just for companies, but for all individuals,” he said. With all of this discussion on how dangerous the Internet may be, some students rush to edit their profiles their profiles when applying for jobs. But students can take a step back and breathe again. There are ways job applicants can use the Internet to their advantage, and even combat negative social networking from their past, Monahan said. “Developing a strong, positive online presence is key. Writing a blog offering industry advice or recommendations can help. Another way is to create a website that details some work or class experiences you’ve had,” Monahan said. “By making these active, when an individual searches your name, your more positive aspects will show up first, and that’s what you want them to see.” As students forge their own career paths, students like Normandin have come to realize that growing up amidst a social networking boom is beginning to show its effects. “I think part of our generation, now that we’re mature, has grown up and is now realizing the consequences,” he said.last_img read more

Prayer service honors life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

first_imgOn Monday night, students were welcomed back to campus with a typical South Bend chill and a slight drizzle. However, a temporary source of light and warmth on God Quad sliced through that dreary weather: candles with “Walk the Walk Week” labels on them that sat in front of Main Building.The Main Building Rotunda was packed with students and faculty holding candles and celebrating a message of equality during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration. After the celebration, the candles were left by the statue of Jesus in front of Main Building.Michael Yu | The Observer Speakers for the event included University President Fr. John Jenkins, director of campus ministry Fr. Pete McCormick and associate provost for undergraduate studies Hugh Page; music was provided by Voices of Faith.Jenkins opened the event with a tribute to King’s character.“He was someone who could point out bigotry and injustice, yet do so in a way that calls us to a deeper unity,” Jenkins said. “He was someone who was truthful about the struggles we face, yet did so in a way that inspires hope. He was someone who could confront hatred but [did] not hate.” Jenkins led a prayer that emphasized the need for determination and unity in sorrow, joy and pain to continue to fight against inequality.“May our celebration tonight in the weeks ahead propel us, may it motivate us, may it energize us, may it unite us in the commitment to respect,” Jenkins said.Page reflected on the relationship between the biblical Amos and King. He cited the famous phrase, “Let justice roll down like waters” from King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” and its original conception in the Book of Amos.“Amos serves as kind of textbook for those elected to serve as agents of resistance,” Page said. “We should not be surprised therefore by the frequent reference of Amos of the various writings of Martin Luther King Jr.”Page said King often found himself in conflict with establishment forces in the political and religious spheres. He said many people do not realize that he was at times in odds with some of his church colleagues that felt he was moving too aggressively with the campaign of civil rights. Page said this should encourage people to “give up their mythical notions of when and how to act in the fact of injustice.”“So does Dr. King encourage us here and now to strive to a commonwealth where character is the … true measure of success,” Page said. “He reminds us in no uncertain terms … that the time is always right now to do right.” Page said each individual is a prophetic presence in the place they live, work and worship. He encouraged those who attended the event to take inspiration from both Amos and King.“May we work tirelessly without ceasing as members of the ND family, to promote freedom and justice not for few, but for everyone everywhere,” Page said.last_img read more

Senate discusses goals for the year

first_imgThe student senate met Monday to discuss goals and possible projects in committee groups at their weekly meeting in Duncan Student Center.The meeting opened with a prayer and welcome by Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry. Following the approval of the minutes from last week’s meeting, which lasted over two hours, senior and student body vice president Corey Gayheart spoke about the success of last week’s fundraiser to benefit Notre Dame Veteran’s Fund.“I want to thank everyone who helped with wristbands … at the pep rally alone we raised $2,500 for the Military Veteran’s Initiative here at Notre Dame,” Gayheart said.Gayheart also announced upcoming events, which include “ABCs of Political Engagement,” presented by First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and a dorm voter registration contest in collaboration with ND Votes. Student government is currently discussing potential hurricane relief projects with the Center for Social Concerns and Faith and Service, which may include a prayer service, fundraiser and supply drive, Gayheart said. The senators then split into four committees –  Student Wellness and Safety, Sustainability, Student Finances and Residential Life – to establish a mission statement and goals for the school year. The committee chairs were elected at last week’s meeting.The Residential Life committee hopes to engage students for “the enhancement of their residential experience,” junior committee chair Zachary Spitzer said.The committee’s goals include finding better solutions to animal infestation issues — namely bats — as well as addressing campus water quality and increasing the transparency between the administration and the student body. They hope to better inform students regarding large University projects such as dorm renovations. The Sustainability committee aims to change the culture surrounding sustainability at Notre Dame and streamline communications between all sustainability-centered groups, committee chair and sophomore Daniel Rottenborn said. The committee set goals such as reducing food waste and increasing composting practices in the dining halls and eventually the residence halls. They hope to collaborate with the city of South Bend for projects, such as community gardens. The Student Finances committee hopes to give a voice to those who struggle financially at Notre Dame, educate the entire campus about personal finance and increase transparency with the administration by holding the University accountable for its use of tuition funds, committee chair and sophomore Andrew Seketa said.The Student Wellness and Safety committee has two main purposes, sophomore and committee chair Bailey Baumbick said.“One, to increase the transparency and accountability of the administration regarding safety issues on campus, and secondly, to increase awareness regarding safety and wellness issues on campus,” Baumbick said.The committee hopes to look into the blue lights on campus and work with Notre Dame Security Police about reporting incidents that occur on campus, among other projects.Tags: committees, Student government, student senate, Veteran’s Fundlast_img read more

Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner Are Taking Your Questions!

first_img Related Shows Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner: Unattached! Show Closed This production ended its run on July 25, 2016 They said they would never leave us, right?! Before they reunite at Feinstein’s/54 Below for Unattached!, Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner are stopping by to answer your questions. The original conjoined twins of Side Show haven’t performed together in New York for nine years, but now they’re back together…and on our couch! What other sister act would they like to headline? What was the worst hip-related snafu? Submit your questions below, then tune in later as the dynamic duo interviews each other!<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> View Commentslast_img read more