Saint Mary’s closes 2014-15 Justice Friday series

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan Senior Meredith Mersits and director of the Justice Education Program Adrienne Lyles-Chockley presented the final Justice Friday installment and reflected on the series as a whole.The Saint Mary’s Justice Education Program closed this year’s Justice Friday Series by reflecting and assessing progress made this year and the challenges ahead.Professor of philosophy and director of the justice education program Adrienne Lyles-Chockley led the open discussion with the help of her student assistant, Saint Mary’s senior Meredith Mersits.Lyles-Chockley and Mersits tried to focus on letting the audience carry the discussion because part of the purpose of the discussion was to gain feedback from students on how Justice Friday presentations have been and how they can be improved in the fall“I aim for the program to be student centered and focused,” Lyles-Chockley said.The overall goal of the discussion was to reflect on how progress has been made on the Saint Mary’s campus to bring awareness and advocate for different social issues. The discussion also focused on prospective ideas on social justice issues to be discussed in next year’s series of Justice Fridays.One of the initial points brought up by an audience member was that one of the major improvements that should be made overall is the presence of Justice Fridays on campus.The Justice Friday series is meant to be an opportunity for students to talk with other students and faculty about justice issues that are commonly faced in the Holy Cross community. It is an opportunity for students to voice their opinions, solve problems and initiate changes necessary to bring justice to the community, Lyles-Chockley said.However, some students suggested a greater awareness of Justice Fridays is necessary throughout the campus.Mersits said her experience with the Justice Friday series had broadened her horizons.“It’s been great to hear about issues that I didn’t even know about,” Mersits said. “It’s helped to grow my scope of the Saint Mary’s community and the world.”Many suggestions for expanding the presence on campus were mentioned such as possibly creating a forum for students, a Justice Friday series Twitter page or possibly videotaping each section of the series so that those who are not able to make the meeting can be a part of the discussion and remain up-to-date on the issues.Lyles-Chockley pointed out that the more people experience Justice Fridays, they will see the value in them, and the presence will grow.“If people see the value of Justice Fridays, it will continue to grow,” Lyles-Chockley said. “It’s a snowball effect.”Many justice issues were suggested and taken into consideration for next year as well.Students said they wanted to focus on the more controversial issues on campus that generally are ignored or bypassed by the College.Lyles-Chockley said she agreed and added the more students are willing to participate and share their view on such controversial issues in the community, the more they will be able to confront such issues themselves and as a community.“There’s a lot of value in discomfort during discussions,” Lyles-Chockley said.Lyles-Chockley said that this is why she wants to keep Justice Fridays student centered. She said students need an opportunity to come together and have discomforting discussions about social issues because it brings awareness. Once there is awareness, students are prepared and able to be advocates of justice in the community, she said.Tags: Justice Education Program, Justice Fridays wrap, saint mary’slast_img read more

Vermont unemployment rate dips to 6.0 percent

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor announced today the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2010 was 6.0 percent, down two tenths from the revised May rate and down 1.2 percent from a year ago. ‘The unemployment rate and the jobs count both showed improvement in June,’ said Valerie Rickert, Acting Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor.  ‘A decline in the number of unemployed caused the unemployment rate to drop and the over the month change in the payroll survey may suggest some positive signs for the Vermont economy. The trends of the past several months continue to show slow but steady improvement in the Vermont labor market.’Vermont Labor Force StatisticsSeasonally Adjusted June  2010  May  2010  June  2009  May  2010  June  2009   Change to         June 2010 from    Total Labor Force358,800360,800360,100-2,000-1,300  Employment337,200338,500334,200-1,3003,000  Unemployment21,60022,30025,900-700-4,300  Rate6.0%6.2%7.2%-0.2-1.2Seasonal Job GrowthThe total job gain in June was mostly typical for the period. Since May, Vermont added 3,350 payroll jobs. Leisure & hospitality contributed the majority, adding 3,800, which reflect seasonal influences at many hotels, motels and eating & drinking establishments. Retail grew by 850 due primarily to the seasonal expansion of payrolls. Construction also continued its seasonal expansion, adding 550 jobs. Manufacturing experienced a healthy over the month change, up 500; both durable and non-durable goods presented increases. Private educational services added 400 jobs, which was a divergence from the typical seasonal pattern. Government education shed a comparatively average number of seasonal jobs in June. A decline in the number of intermittent Census workers drove the downturn in Federal government employment. The annual rate of unadjusted job growth was -0.4%, which is up one percent from the revised May estimate.When seasonally adjusted, June payroll jobs added 1,500 over May and lost 1,900 from a year ago. Leisure & hospitality grew by 1,200, with all of the gain concentrated in accommodation & food services. Private educational services presented an unusual increase, up 1,100 since May, which may represent a statistical anomaly associated with the seasonal aspect of the industry in combination with the aforementioned estimated unadjusted job growth. Construction lost 500 jobs; though we may see some improvement in this sector once more data for June becomes available. Retail added 300 jobs. In aggregate, government lost 400 jobs, with state government down 1,000 and local government up 800 over May.Employment GrowthVermont’s June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by two tenths of a point to 6.0 percent as a result of a decline in the number of unemployed. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 9.5 percent, also down two tenths from May.June unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 4.1 percent in Hartford to 7.9 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the June unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 5.9 percent, unchanged from May and down 1.3 percent from a year ago. The change in the unadjusted unemployment rate was not statistically significant from the May value.Source: Vermont DOL. 7.20.2010last_img read more

Suspect in Vestal domestic shooting dies

first_imgThe Vestal Police Department identified Jean Guillaume as the suspect involved in a shooting that initially left his 17-year-old stepdaughter dead, her mother injured and himself injured. Police believe Guillaume’s wound was self-inflicted. Authorities say Ajax, Dr. Jean-Jacques and Guillaume were discovered with their injuries by police at the scene. VESTAL (WBNG) — The suspect in a domestic shooting died Wednesday night, police tell 12 News. SWAT Teams responded to 709 Rano Blvd. around 9 p.m. on July 4 to a report of shots fired in a residence. They say an 11-year-old girl who resided in the residence called the police from a neighbor’s house. 12 News is working to confirm the condition of Dr. Jean-Jacques. As of July 6, she was listed in stable condition. The 17-year-old and woman have been identified as Lauren Ajax and 52-year-old Dr. Marie Laure Jean-Jacques.last_img read more

Ronald W. “Jack” Blake

first_imgJack Blake, 77, of Greensburg, Indiana passed away at Decatur County Memorial Hospital Monday May 11, 2020.He was born Sept 1, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of the late Laurin L. Blake and Anna Allen Lewis Blake.Jack graduated from Clarksburg High School and was known as Jackie by the community.  He enjoyed and was most known for his basketball abilities.He was employed at Steel Technologies for 15 years until his retirement in 2016. He also owned and operated Koester and Blake Excavating Company for 24 years.Jack was known for his infectious smile and kindness. He was more likely to be helping others than caring for himself. He was a quiet, hardworking man and never complained. He was dedicated to his work and was passionate about his CAT bulldozer and excavator. His entire world revolved around his grandkids and family. His greatest joy was driving his grandkids around on his John Deere tractor. Jack would never pass up on a good banana split if he was offered one.Jack is survived by his wife Linda Redelman. They were married Sept. 21, 1974. He is also survived by daughters, Jennifer Lynn (William) Lantz, Greenwood, IN and Emily Diane (David) Kissick Dexter, MI; 5 grandchildren Kennedy and Blake Kissick; Sydney, William Jack, and Lyndi Lantz. He is also survived by brothers Gary Blake Knoxville, TN; Larry Blake Hagerstown, IN; Barry (Pamela) Blake, Salem IN and sisters Deena (Dale) Redelman Chipley, FL; Patricia (Ken) Stephens, Chipley, FL.  In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by daughter Lisa Michelle Blake; brother Paul L. Blake; sisters Geraldine Lewis-Blake, Geneva Kelly and Sue Veerkamp.A Celebration of Life will take place after the state mandate on public gatherings is lifted.  Memorial contributions can be made in Jack’s honor to Our Hospice.  Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.   Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Ottis Gibson praises South African pace battery after Test series win vs Pakistan

first_imgThe emergence of Duanne Olivier to bolster South Africa’s impressive fast bowling stocks was a major catalyst in the 3-0 Test series victory over Pakistan and provides a glimpse into the future for teams visiting the country.When Ottis Gibson took over as Proteas coach in August 2017 he made it clear he favoured using South Africa’s traditional strength — fiery seam bowling — to bring success in the Test arena.With wickets produced to aid that plan, South Africa used a four-prong seam attack against a Pakistan team clearly not equipped to handle the pace and bounce of South African conditions.”You have to play to your strength, and if your strength is four quality fast bowlers, then use those,” Gibson told reporters, while dismissing criticism from Pakistan’s Mickey Arthur the pitches were too much in favour of the home side.”When you look at the opposition and see they are accustomed to playing on slow wickets, then why not produce fast, bouncy pitches when you are playing at home?” Gibson added.”We will continue to play this brand of cricket because it’s successful.”Ironically injuries have helped to boost their depth, with Lungi Ngidi filling in for the experienced Dale Steyn when he was sidelined for lengthy periods, while Olivier replaced the former when he missed the Pakistan series with a knee problem.Olivier would likely not have played the first Test were it not for a finger injury for Vernon Philander, but ended up with 24 wickets at an average of 14, just one shy of the 117-year old South African record for a three-Test series.advertisementWhile the bowlers and Gibson, a former pace bowler, might have enjoyed the conditions, there have been some rumblings from the batsmen about how difficult it is to score runs at home.”I keep saying to the batters, when the wickets are like this, you don’t need to score 500, it’s not necessary,” Gibson said.”If we get 262, on a fast, bouncy track, 262 with our fast bowlers is a great score because we know we can knock a team over for under that, which is what we did.”South Africa, who have moved to second in the Test rankings behind India, play five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches against Pakistan before Sri Lanka arrive for two Tests in February.Gibson has hinted the heavy workload in a World Cup year may see a change in tactics for that series, which could give the side the opportunity to rest players and bring about a return for spinner Keshav Maharaj.”KG [Kagiso Rabada] says he is bowling at 60 percent but he is bowling at the speed of 145 and I say to him that ‘I am looking forward to the time when you are bowling at 100 percent'” Gibson said.”He is taking wickets doing great work for the team and what we have done in the last 12 months is to look for opportunities to rest people. We will find an opportunity to rest him for sure.”With regards to Keshav he knows that he is still part of the plans and he understands his role and the bigger picture.”last_img read more

UTSA Coach Larry Coker on OSU: ‘They Look Awfully Good’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We have reached the portion of Oklahoma State’s schedule where we all reminisce and make jokes about how Larry Coker coaches in Stillwater before Mike Gundy even showed up. Coker was the offensive coordinator there (with Gundy as QB) from 1983-1989.Coker has yet to beat his former squad. He’ll give it a third go on Saturday afternoon in Boone Pickens Stadium.“They look awfully good,” said Coker. “They’re awfully good at defensive end. Their front is outstanding. They’re a really good defensive football team.”“I think they’re more explosive than they were a year ago,” Coker said earlier this week.  “The defensive front is probably better and I think the linebacker from Cibolo (Ryan Simmons) is a good player.  He was good last year.  He’s good this year.  Now we’ve got to see him again.”He made a few jokes about the offense (just like the rest of us!) when talking about QBs 1 and 2.“They have a really good quarterback in Rudolph and of course J.W. Walsh played against us two years ago, the young man from Denton, so we think they have two really good quarterbacks. They can get the ball to their receivers. Is Dez Bryant still there or is he gone?”He also noted what a great stadium BPS is.“I’m going to be in the third row, I’m not standing on the sidelines this year,” Coker joked. “It’s dangerous down there. I was there for seven years, you know it’s close, but I went back last year and said ‘wow I didn’t realize it was this close’ because you’re right there by the wall.”“It’s a great atmosphere for college football. That’s the thing, I don’t know if that’s a good thing for us, but I like our players to have the opportunity to play in those types of places, in that type of atmosphere. That’s just a great thing, I think. It’s a great college venue. I know Mike [Gundy] well. I coached Mike and guys that are there so it’s going to be a great atmosphere. It’s a tough atmosphere, it really is.”And finally, on how many Texas players are on each roster (a combined 154!)“They probably have more Texans on their team than we do.” Nope. UTSA has 96. OSU has 58.“They have a ton of kids from Texas. Pat Jones, I don’t know if I totally agree with this, but Pat Jones always said, ‘You can have people recruit in Texas … go down there and get the players other schools don’t want and still recruit a good football team.’ There may be a little truth to that. These kids were not afterthoughts, they were very good players and had places to go when they came out.”[Scout]last_img read more