Sen. Todd Young attends inauguration with Indiana’s Guard General

first_img Sen. Todd Young attends inauguration with Indiana’s Guard General Pinterest By Tommie Lee – January 20, 2021 3 321 IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Twitter Google+ Previous articleThe Backyard Brawl will return in 2023Next articleDemocrats say Holcomb’s State Of The State missed the mark Tommie Lee Facebook WhatsApp Facebook (photo supplied by Sen. Young press office) Senator Todd Young was among those in attendance at the unusual 59th Inaugural on Wednesday.“The peaceful transfer of power is an essential component of the American experiment. Witnessing this uniquely American tradition once again reminded me of the immense responsibilities we have to protect this republic. I stand ready to work with the new administration to find common ground wherever possible, and to ensure every American has a fair shot at success,” said Senator Young.His guest for the event was Brigadier General R. Dale Lyles, the Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard. Young thanked the Indiana National Guard members who were mobilized to help ensure a safe event, along with General Lyles, and said the men and women of the National Guard continue to make Indiana proud. Pinterest Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

University Choir alumni reunite to make music in Memorial Church

first_img Read Full Story Generations of Harvard University Choir member voices filled the sanctuary, Appleton Chapel and even the hallways of Memorial Church last weekend in a musical reunion of Harvard’s celebrated chorus.More than 100 alumni from across the country attended the three-day event, reuniting old friends and providing the opportunity to make music again in the place where lasting memories and friendships were created.Choir members representing Harvard classes from the past 60 years — including one member of the Class of 1958 — took part in events throughout the weekend. Dr. Murray Forbes Somerville, who served as University choirmaster and organist at the Memorial Church from 1990 to 2003, also attended to share the conducting and rehearsing duties.“It was wonderful to have everyone back, making music in a place very special all to of them and to the collective group,” said Edward Elwyn Jones, the Gund University Choirmaster and Organist. “Many people in the Choir, the Choral Fellows and also the Sunday Choir, spend a significant amount of their time in this building and grow to love it as a center, not only for their music-making but also their social lives. It’s wonderful to welcome them back home here.”The reunion was organized by the University Choir Alumni Committee. The festivities kicked off with a dinner Friday evening. On Saturday, former choir members took part in a morning rehearsal, followed in the afternoon by a performance of Johannes Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem,” conducted by Somerville.At Sunday Services, Alumni singers joined with the members of the current University Choir to sing Nun danket alle Gott, SWV 418 by Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672); “Give All to Love” by Memorial Church Composer Carson Cooman ’04; and “Hear My Words, Ye People” by Hubert Parry (1848–1918).“Splendid making music together with nearly 100 alumni returning, alumni from Ed’s time, alumni from the time when I was university organist and choirmaster, and also a number of the alumni from my distinguished predecessor John Ferris,” said Somerville. “It’s a weekend of remembrance and looking to the future, and reconnecting.”Somerville recently made a generous gift to the choir in support of the Choral Fellows, a group of 16 choir members who sing at Morning Prayers every weekday during the academic term and at special concerts throughout the year.“I am honored and humbled by Dr. Murray Forbes Somerville’s generous gift to the Choral Fellows, an institution which he founded,” said Jones. “He is a tireless supporter of what I’m doing at the church.”last_img read more

Students reflect on academic accommodations

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the third day in a series on disability at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Today’s story examines students’ experiences with academic accommodations at the University and the College.Megan Crowley, a freshman at Notre Dame, has Pompe disease, which progressively weakens muscles.Editor’s note: Crowley spoke to The Observer with the assistance of her nurse, Debbie Larsen, who is quoted below.Crowley said when she was looking at colleges, she specifically looked at the accommodations available at Notre Dame.“When she’s taking an exam, she gets double the time. Not because she has trouble processing the information — it just takes her a very long time to write it down,” Larsen said. “The other thing was to have it in a room where you’re not disturbing your classmates, basically, by taking the test and taking such a long time.”In lecture-style classes, Crowley said she has note takers to supplement her own notes. In discussion-based classes, Crowley speaks and her statement is repeated by the caretaker accompanying her.“If by any means that person is gone or leaves, she does have a friend in the class that can translate if necessary,” Larsen said. “But she thinks that if nobody was with her, she wouldn’t be called on. They just wouldn’t want to have difficulty understanding her, or embarrassing her, and she understands that.”Junior Grace Agolia, who is deaf and uses a cochlear implant, said accommodations offered through the Sara Bea Center for Students with Disabilities played a role in her decision to attend Notre Dame.“Some colleges don’t have good offices of disability services, but Notre Dame’s is quite excellent. Scott Howland is the man. He is awesome, and so are all the other staff members at Sara Bea,” she said.Agolia said she submitted an individualized education plan (IEP), as well as documentation from her audiologist, and met with the office at the beginning of the year to explain the sort of accommodations she required, which include CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation).“The Office of Disability Services here hires a company called Michiana Reporters — basically court stenographers — who come in and they type, in real time, everything that is said in the classroom,” she said. “It appears on an iPad on my desk, and the transcripts are sent to me after class. They’re confidential transmissions, so no one else gets to see them, just me, just in case I miss something in class.”Agolia said she also uses an FM system, “which consists of a teacher-worn microphone, and a receiver, that I plug into my cochlear implant.”“It amplifies the teacher’s voice and transmits that amplification directly to my cochlear implant, so no one hears the amplification but me,” she said. “It’s really nice if the teacher’s back is turned, or if there is some background noise going on. It helps me to hear what they’re saying better.”Agolia said she also receives extended time on tests because of delayed auditory processing.“This is something a lot of people don’t understand. They look at me, they [say], ‘Oh you do fine hearing one-on-one conversations, you seem to do really well in class, all these things. Plus, the exam is visual, it’s written — why do you need extended time for that if your disability is a hearing one?’” she said. “The thing is, with auditory processing, the way my cochlear implant works with my brain, the auditory processing is always delayed.“You are going to hear something much sooner than I’m going to hear something. So I probably have a five second delay because my brain is always asking, ‘Is this what I heard?’ and then it’s asking, ‘What is this information about?’ So the processing comes a second later because the focus is on the actual hearing.”Although her accommodation requests have been consistent over time, Agolia said she did not have CART until she came to Notre Dame.“The college environment — the classes are a lot bigger at Notre Dame — so it was going to be harder for me to hear other people in the classroom, especially people behind me, because I like to sit in the front row, to hear,” she said. “Also, if I just had the FM system and taking notes, I’m basically trying to write down what I’m hearing.“All the processing of the information comes a lot later, so it is helpful to have CART there to do some of the notetaking for me. And especially if it’s stuff that I can’t hear, so that later I can look at it and say, ‘That makes sense now.’”Classes involving group discussions are difficult, Agolia said, because she is always looking at the transcript displayed in front of her.“Sometimes the transcript is not always accurate, and that’s just something you have to deal with because it’s a phonetic keyboard. Sometimes I can figure it out, based on the phonetic spelling of the sounds, but still by the time I read it and then figure it out, the discussion has already moved to the next person, so it’s a constant game of playing catch-up,” she said. “It is more difficult, especially when I want to make a contribution to the discussion and think of something much later, and the discussion has already moved on — it’s awkward to share that.”Agolia said the majority of her professors and classmates have been very understanding of her requests for accommodations.“I have had one or two teachers who have not been as open to certain aspects of the accommodations, which was an issue for me, and it was difficult to deal with. We eventually were able to reach a compromise, but it was still hard on my end because I had to put extra time into the class and that took away time from other things,” she said.Elizabeth Anthony, a senior with autoimmune conditions, said her professors have been very understanding of her request for accommodations.“There have been a couple of times when I’ve had to have very frank conversations, like, ‘I’m sorry, I’m horribly sick and this is why, and I can’t do this,’” she said. “And they’ve always been really understanding. I’ve been really impressed at how many of my professors have taken a very personal interest in me, or have, once I told them, been so supportive, which has been awesome.”Ross Kloeber, a first-year law student who is hard of hearing, said his experience with disability services has been very positive and “pretty straightforward,” though the availability of resources has not been prominently advertised.“There’s not a lot of outreach — it’s not necessarily different than anywhere else,” he said. “There might have been an email or something like that, but they’re not going to come find you — you have to go to them.”Kloeber said the accommodations he receives as a law student are of better quality than those he received at his undergraduate institution.“I don’t know how much of that is because the accommodations are getting better or the actual services the school provides,” he said.Fiona Van Antwerp, a sophomore with dyslexia, said the Disabilities Resource Office (DRO) at Saint Mary’s played a large role in her college choice.“A lot of schools couldn’t guarantee accommodations, some big, some small,” Van Antwerp said.When she met Iris Giamo, director of the DRO, Van Antwerp said she felt comfortable Saint Mary’s would be a good fit and that she would receive the educational accommodations she needed.“Iris made that transition very smooth with note takers, time-and-a-half on tests and a separate room for testing,” she said.Van Antwerp said she also records classes and uses audiobooks to learn material.“I maybe have to work two times harder to get the ‘A,’ but the accommodations don’t give me a leg up,” she said.She said most professors are very willing and able to work with her, but because teaching styles differ, Van Antwerp said she has had to advocate for herself and realize when she needs accommodations. One professor allowed her to record the classes and answer the essay tests orally instead of writing the essays.Van Antwerp said she learned to compensate for her dyslexia in high school because she didn’t have a resource coordinator like Giamo.“I had a lot of tutoring when I was little to teach me tools to combat my disability,” she said.It wasn’t until the end of her high school career, Van Antwerp said, that her school created a learning center for students with disabilities.“So I learned how to advocate for myself in the classroom in high school,” she said. “During tests, people would ask me why I wasn’t in the room, and I would tell them I receive accommodations. They would say ‘Really? You look smart.’ People didn’t understand. I’m not dumb.”Van Antwerp said she has become very comfortable talking about her disability.“There will always be kids who doubt you, but you just have to shake it off,” she said. “Sometimes other students are frustrated because they think educational accommodations make it easier.”Bridget Dedelow, a senior who has cerebral palsy, said the academic environment at Saint Mary’s encouraged her to explore disability in a nonfiction writing class.“Honestly, I wasn’t going to at first. It’s funny, because, with nonfiction, you think you’re telling other people’s stories,” she said. “I wanted to write other people’s stories and the project was setting itself up to be about geek culture.”Professors encouraged her to include herself in her writing project, Dedelow said, and she realized the connection between her interest in gaming and her disability.“I didn’t want to be defined by my disability, and I was nervous about exposing myself to these people that might not understand,” she said. “But writing about my disability was definitely a freeing experience, and an exercise in trusting myself and trusting my ability.”Through the revision process, Dedelow said she tried to find a balance of telling stories about geek culture and feminism, while incorporating her own acceptance of her disability through gaming.“My comp [class] was the first time I wrote peacefully and with humor,” Dedelow said. “I’ve had some angry writing in my life.”News writers Megan Valley and Madison Jaros contributed to this story.Tags: disability, Disability Resource Office, Disability series 2016, Sara Bea Center for Students with Disabilitieslast_img read more

Ready Boots? Start Walking! Wayne Brady Begins in Kinky Boots

first_imgEverybody say yeah! Wayne Brady will take over the role of Lola in Broadway’s Kinky Boots on November 21. The Emmy winner is stepping into the big red boots of Tony winner Billy Porter at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Brady received Emmys in 2003 for Whose Line Is It Anyway and The Wayne Brady Show. He made his Broadway debut in 2004 as Billy Flynn in Chicago and also appeared in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. He is currently the host of the CBS reboot of Let’s Make a Deal.The musical, featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, won six Tonys in 2013 including Best Musical.Kinky Boots also currently stars Andy Kelso as Charlie and Jeanna de Waal as Lauren. Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

A Soprano, a Baritone & Some Rotten Eggs Walk Into Feinstein’s/54 Below…

first_img View Comments Jay Armstrong Johnson, Melissa Errico, ‘Something Rotten’ & Paulo Szot(Something Rotten Photo: Joan Marcus) Spring has sprung, and several stage favorites are taking the stage at Feinstein’s/54 Below to celebrate the return of daylight, Peeps and confusion over what jacket to wear. The lineup is packed with Broadway’s best, from a soaring soprano to a few really bad eggs. Check out just some of the not-to-miss events below.DRAMA BOOK SHOP BENEFIT3/26 at 7PMThe Drama Book Shop, a theater district staple, recently ran into some trouble following a pipe burst, and now’s your chance to help out. A collection of stage favorites will head to Feinstein’s/54 Below for a benefit concert. Take a break from reading to catch Gabrielle Ruiz, Alex Boniello, Ali Stroker, Chuck Cooper and more. GET TICKETSMELISSA ERRICO”Funny! I’m a Woman with Children” – 4/1-2 at 7PMReady or not, here comes Mama! Tony nominee Melissa Errico returns to the supper club for a night of tunes and tales about marriage and motherhood. Expect original numbers, plus favorites from the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori and Jerry Herman. It may be a small world (isn’t it?), but her voice is anything but. GET TICKETSPAULO SZOT4/5-9 at 7PM, 4/9 at 9:30PMWhat’s better than some enchanting evening? How about five enchanting evenings? South Pacific Tony winner Paulo Szot makes a return trip to the 54 Below stage to present his takes on some American Songbook classics. Because there is nothing like a Brazilian opera star singing Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter and the Gershwins. GET TICKETSSOMETHING REALLY ROTTEN4/25 at 7 & 9:30PMIt’s hard to be the Bard, but it’s even harder to write a musical. Just ask the Bottom brothers…or Something Rotten! composers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick. The two, along with a smattering of original cast members, will showcase songs that ended up on the cutting room floor. You know what they say: You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make…well, you know. GET TICKETSJAY ARMSTRONG JOHNSON4/27, 29-30 at 7PMWe’re not sure how many people have managed to sing Sondheim and the Dixie Chicks in one set, but this guy found a way. After gracing the stage in everything from Hands on a Hardbody to On the Town, Johnson hits the midtown hotspot to celebrate what got him through the tough years. On top of show tunes, expect pop favorites, gospel and more. GET TICKETSlast_img read more

Inside the Shutdown: What’s Happening in Shenandoah and the Smokies?

first_imgSince the partial government shutdown began three weeks ago, visitors to the national parks have been greeted by empty fee stations and red-lettered notices posted to entrance gates.The notice advises visitors to “use extreme caution” and that “any entry… is at the visitor’s sole risk.”While many national parks, including Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains, remain open to the public, National Park Service (NPS) personnel have been furloughed and thereby unable to provide guidance, assistance, maintenance, or emergency response. The parks have shuttered their information centers, locked the restrooms, closed the campgrounds, and left the public to its own devices.While the Park Service employs approximately 20,000 people, the reduction in staff leaves only 3,298 essential personnel remaining to manage 80 million acres of national park property. Across the country, national parks have suffered overflowing trash cans, inordinate amounts of litter and human feces, illegal off-roading, vandalism, and destruction of precious natural resources. The Department of the Interior’s Contingency Plan instructs the few remaining park rangers and law enforcement officers to take a “reactive rather than proactive posture.” Without warnings and supervision from experienced park staff, visitors expose themselves to serious dangers in the untamed wild. Three hikers have died in the national parks since the shutdown, at least one of which may have been prevented by the guidance of seasoned staff and timely emergency response.To make matters worse,Photo by Katherine YoderNovember and December of last year bore particularly brutal weather in the Blue Ridge mountains, leaving damage and debris still untended. In mid-November, an ice storm in Augusta County, VA took down hundreds of mature trees from the crushing weight of nearly half an inch of ice accumulation. Thousands of residents endured power outages for more than three days, but the destruction and damage have endured far longer. The majority of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the 40-mile stretch from the south entrance of Shenandoah National Park have remained closed and gated for over two months. Necessary maintenance and debris removal have halted indefinitely, leaving outdoor enthusiasts wondering when they will be able to enjoy the BRP and SNP once again. To further complicate the matter, the government-sponsored National Parks website will not be updated for the duration of the shutdown, leaving no way for prospective tourists to verify closures. A notice at top of the page states that the information therein “may not reflect current conditions.”Though SNP had previously been open from Swift Run Gap to Front Royal, morning hikers on January 12 found the gates to Skyline Drive completely blocked in preparation for Winter Storm Gia. Meg and Mathew Clayton drove over two hours to find their weekend plans thwarted. “We live in D.C. so, in a different way, we feel the effects of the shutdown everyday… We wanted to come out and get away,” said Meg Clayton. “I just wish there was a coherent policy. From what I gathered online, some of the parks are open, some aren’t… In other shutdowns, all the parks were closed and at least you would know before you got here.”Many guests feel conflicted,Photo by Lisa Bryant (Executive Director of Keep Sevier Beautiful) expressing a desire to enjoy the parks while simultaneously recognizing the consequences of unsupervised visitors. Mathew Clayton said, “For selfish reasons, it’s crap that we have to go through this because of the government shutdown. But at the same time, it’s good for safety reasons and preserving the land. People are just sneaking in and ruining the parks, leaving trash, and it can be unsafe. So, in a way, it’s a good thing.”Sadly, in some parks the damages from unrestricted activity and cost to human life are irrevocable. The bipartisan National Parks Conservation Association stated in a press release, “NPCA believes it is not only reckless to keep national parks open without adequate staffing, it endangers lives and is illegal.” They encourage people to consider waiting until the parks are staffed and safe before visiting but urge those who do visit to be alert to their safety and to exercise extreme vigilance in protecting and preserving park resources.But even with the end of the government shutdown, visitors will have a long road ahead before the Blue Ridge Mountains are restored to their original condition. “There’s so much maintenance, research, protection of wildlife, and behind-the-scenes work. So many facets to keep it running and it will be so backlogged when [the shutdown] is over,” said Justin Beach, one of only six Americorp volunteers serving in the GSMNP. “The fallout will be dealt with for over a year after it’s over. It’s disheartening, depressing, and anxiety-inducing.”Some organizations and citizens have taken measures into their own hands, determined to protect and maintain our beloved Blue Ridge Mountains. On January 10, the environmental non-profit Keep Sevier Beautiful organized 100 volunteers to pick up trash along the Spur, a heavily trafficked road in the GSMNP.Photo by Katherine Yoder“It was eye-opening,” said Americorp volunteer Keely Dunham, a participant in the clean-up. The group collected 160 garbage bags of trash full of single-use plastics, cigarette butts, metal cans, soda cups, wrappers, and fast food containers that had been tossed to the side of the road. “It just goes to show just how important the work of the National Park Service really is.”Alleyn Harned, Executive Director of Virginia Clean Cities, organized a clean-up with twelve volunteers to pick up litter and trash along 14 miles of Skyline Drive in SNP. In collaboration with Keep Virginia Beautiful, a non-profit dedicated to improving Virginia’s natural and scenic environment, Harned and volunteers emptied overflowing trash bins and collected litter in baby strollers they had modified to carry and wheel away debris. Photo by Katherine YoderHarned expressed frustration about the government shutdown, stating, “There’s no reason for this. The level of maturity to resolve this through negotiation or communication has not been displayed by the president. I don’t know when to expect this to end.” However, he feels his volunteer efforts have helped alleviate some of his disappointment in the current administration. “The clean-up was wonderful and rewarding. It’s a way to make myself feel better in the face of this national trauma.” The NPCA, however, is wary of volunteer efforts,and encourages interested parties to wait until parks are fully staffed. “While we appreciate that people want to help, there are major safety hazards and liability issues with volunteering at parks where park staff aren’t present… This is also not the public’s burden to bear. It is the responsibility of the administration and Congress to fully fund the government and reopen our parks with adequate staff.”Like SNP and GSMNP, many parks have resorted to creative measures to finance maintenance and cleanup in the parks through help from local municipalities, non-profits, and private concessions. But clearly, this is not sufficient. On January 6, the Interior Department announced it would dip into the park’s fund of visitor fees to manage immediate costs. These fees are usually used for maintenance projects, visitor services, wildlife habitat projects, law enforcement, and recreation projects.Daniel Smith, Deputy Director of the NPS stated in a press release, “In the coming days the NPS will begin to use these funds to clean up trash that has built up at numerous parks, clean and maintain restrooms, bring additional law enforcement rangers into parks to patrol accessible areas, and to restore accessibility to areas that would typically be accessible this time of year…. utilizing these funds now will allow the American public to safely visit many of our nation’s national parks while providing these iconic treasures the protection they deserve.”This decision is met with controversy.Photo by Lisa Bryant (Executive Director of Keep Sevier Beautiful)The NPS is unable to collect more entrance fees during the shutdown and their $6 billion maintenance backlog continues to grow larger every day. The NPCA slammed the current administration, stating that this policy decision is inefficient and puts pressure on an already struggling agency. Said Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for the NPCA, “Instead of robbing from park funds, the president needs to work with Congress to fully reopen the federal government, including our national parks. And he should propose budgets that will authentically help operate parks and address their maintenance needs in the long-term. Budget antics are not the way to fund our parks.”And for residents in vicinity of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the shutdown damages lives on a personal level. Brent Finnegan, candidate for Virginia’s 26th District House of Delegates and SNP clean-up volunteer stated, “This has caused a ripple effect to local businesses. We lose tourists who come to spend money in our cities, which bolster our economies. Jobs should not be used as a bargaining chip. This is affecting our families. It needs to end and it’s already gone on for too long.”The financial toll of the shutdown extends beyond the national park itself, but also impacts local economies. A report from the NPS found tourism from SNP supported 1,200 jobs in the neighboringcommunities and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $126 million. GSMNP supports over 10,000 jobs and reaps $734 million per year. The BRP supports over 15,000 jobs in the region having a cumulative impact to local economies of $1 billion. As far removed as the actions of Congress may appear, it is impossible to ignore the fact that this shutdown affects every person with the Blue Ridge Mountains on their horizon.When the government shutdown is finally over and the NPS is fully operational once again, the damage will take effort and time to repair. Volunteers will be in high demand and the onus of work will be considerable. Now it is simply a matter of waiting and hoping for an end to this strange anarchy.Photo by Lisa Bryant (Executive Director of Keep Sevier Beautiful)last_img read more

Shannan Gilbert to be Buried Thursday on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The New Jersey woman whose disappearance from Oak Beach led to the discovery of a serial killer’s dumping ground will finally be laid to rest—nearly five years after she went missing.Services for Shannan Gilbert will be held this week on Long Island, according to her family’s attorney, John Ray, of Miller Place-based Ray, Mitev & Associates. In December, the family had sought donations to pay for the burial and to rent a funeral home where an independent medical examiner could perform a second autopsy. But results of the second exam were not released.“Finally, we were able to raise money and convince funeral directors to donate services so that Shannan could be examined and buried,” Ray said. “Her remains have stayed in the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office until now because the Suffolk Medical Examiner refused to allow Dr. Michael Baden, a renowned independent medical examiner, to examine Shannan’s remains.”Police were searching for Gilbert—a sex worker who was reported missing on May 1, 2010—when they discovered 10 sets of human remains along Ocean Parkway in December of that year. She was last seen fleeing the Oak Beach home of her last client, Joseph Brewer, who police have said is not a suspect in the deaths.The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office had only said that the cause of death is “undetermined” for Gilbert. Police have also said they suspect Gilbert—whose body was found in a marsh less than a mile from Brewer’s home—was not a victim of foul play. But Gilbert’s family believes that Shannan was killed by the same person behind the other murders, whose victims include other online escorts.Ray is representing Gilbert’s mother, Mari, in a lawsuit against Dr. Peter Hackett, who allegedly told her that he took Shannan in and drugged her before she went missing. Hackett later denied those claims in media interviews. Hackett, who has since moved to Florida, is also not a suspect in the deaths, police have said.Services for Gilbert will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Amityville Cemetery, 55 Harrison Ave, in Amityville.last_img read more

AG Pushes NY Ethics Reforms on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Friday renewed calls for the state legislature to pass ethics reforms following recent corruption arrests—urging lawmakers to approve the measures before adjourning June 17.The proposed “End New York Corruption Now Act” includes campaign finance reforms such as lowering political contribution limits—which are the highest in the nation—eliminate the LLC Loophole that allows corporations to donate mass amounts of money to campaigns and limit contributions from lobbyists. The bill would also ban campaign funds from being used for personal uses, such as clothing or tuition.“Corruption in New York is nothing new,” Schneiderman told reporters during a news conference in Mineola. “The public needs a more fair and transparent government.”The proposal comes after former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) were both arrested and pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges. Despite the arrests, the legislative leaders who replaced them reportedly do not plan on passing the reforms.The proposal includes banning outside income for state legislators and increasing legislative salaries to compensate. Another major reform would be to create a four-year legislation term, instead of the current two-year term. It would also would create new felonies for public servants that abuse their position.Good government groups backed the attorney general’s proposal.“The public has lost patience with Albany’s inability to address New York’s continuing crisis of corruption,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause/New York who called the proposal “common sense and long-overdue measures.”Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, agreed.“By providing an alternative to pay-to-play politics, Attorney General Schneiderman’s plan will restore control of state government to voters instead of donors,” she said. “That will mean state laws that benefit the majority of New Yorkers instead of the richest 1 percent of the 1 percent.”last_img read more

4 ways to be an innovative leader in a conventional industry

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Startups and new technologies are popping up constantly. Geographic limitations are being lifted as nearly everything becomes globally connected. The explosion of data — and the associated potential for analytics — has changed the playing field on which companies compete.All industries must continue to innovate and improve to keep up. Let’s embrace change, collaborate, and empower our more conventional industries to move forward.Behind-the-Scenes OpportunitiesRegardless of industry, resistance to change happens because the fear of change is greater than its perceived benefits.My field of healthcare, for example, is adopting new innovations all the time, but historically that process has been slow — one clinician at a time. Innovations don’t become standards of care until long after they’re introduced (17 years, on average). The focus is typically placed on the interaction between clinicians and patients. However, everything that goes on behind the scenes can play just as big a role in providing high-quality patient care as that direct relationship. As a result, less attention is given to revolutionizing indirect facets of the healthcare experience, meaning there’s low-hanging fruit waiting to be picked. continue reading »last_img read more