3 May

Precollege Coordinator – REVISED REVIEW DATE

first_imgPosting DetailsRecruitment Number978Working TitlePrecollege Coordinator – REVISED REVIEW DATEPosition TypeStaff/AdministrativeAppointment Percentage100Division/CollegeDiversity and InclusionDescription of College / Department / Program / Division /UnitThe primary role of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion is toensure that diversity, in its many forms, is understood, respected,and valued. The Division advocates for access, equity and inclusionwhile encouraging critical dialogue, thinking, and meaningfuleducational interactions on campus and in the community. TheDivision includes the following departments: Campus Climate, ACCESSCenter, Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Student Services,Pride Center, Student Support Services, and Upward Bound.Position SummaryUW-La Crosse Office of Multicultural Student Services is seeking afull time Precollege Coordinator to plan and supervise variousprecollege initiatives that serve multicultural and disadvantage(M/D) youth, 1st-12th school-aged students. The individual in thisposition will plan and supervise various precollege initiativesthat serve multicultural and disadvantage (M/D) youth, 1st-12thschool-aged students, recruit precollege students, universitystudents, staff, and volunteers. This position also involvescollaborating with local school districts and other communitypartners to plan and implement site-based programming. In addition,the Precollege Coordinator will assist the Office of MulticulturalStudent Services ( OMSS ) & UWL’s Admissions office with K-12visit days. As a part of the OMSS staff team, participation inretention and advocacy on behalf of multicultural universitystudents is required. This individual reports to the OutreachProgram Manager.Required Qualifications• Bachelor’s degree required in education, school counseling,school social work, or related field• A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. Must beauthorized to drive university vehicles• Demonstrated ability to work with low-income, first-generation,multicultural, and diverse 1st-12th grade students in aneducational setting• Demonstrated record of conducting assessment, and/or evaluationsof programs, students and staff• Excellent written and oral communication skills; excellentinterpersonal skills. Ideal candidate should demonstrate ability tobe highly organized and detailed-oriented• Strong computer skills, including proficiency w/ MS Officeapplications• Requires evening and weekend work with occasional overnighttravel• Ability to work cooperatively/effectively to develop keypartnerships with various faculty, staff, and students throughoutthe campus community, and with parents, families, schooladministrators or other community partners• Ability to be a self-starter and take initiative• Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work efficiently in afast-paced environmentPreferred Qualifications• Master’s degree education, school counseling, school social work,or related field• Knowledge of multicultural communities and values• Experience training and supervising tutors and coordinatingadvising, tutoring, and small group discussions• Previous Precollege experience• Ability to speak and write Spanish and/or Hmong fluentlyPhysical Demands• Ability to lift materials and equipment weighing up to 50-75poundsWorking conditions and environment• Requires evening and weekend work with occasional overnighttravel.Miscellaneous InformationDuties/ResponsibilitiesThese are the job duties required for the position.Responsibility StatementPrecollege ProgrammingDuties to Support Responsibility• Manage and develop programming for Academic Year and Summer CampPrograms (Mentoring and Readiness for College ( MARC ), SMART(Summer, Mentoring and Reading Together ( SMART ) and MississippiRiver Adventure Introductory and Leadership Camps ( MRA ))• Supervise and participate in program activities that may include(e.g., hiking, camping, swimming) related to academic tutoring andsummer camps• Oversee facility, equipment and/or vehicle reservations usage andimplement changes when necessary and supervise equipmentprocurement and return• Communicate with appropriate faculty members, school staff and/orcommunity members to plan, coordinate and oversee events andactivities related to programming as needed• Oversee the completion of student, tutor, and parent contracts,registration forms, Department of Public Instruction ( DPI )Precollege Scholarship Applications and obtain grade reports, andother assessment data, for each student as needed• Participate in recruitment fairs and other events to recruit newstudents (paid and volunteers) and staff year-around• Facilitate regular meetings with precollege staff to assure theachievement of objectives and goals for each program• Report any potentially dangerous incident, or concern, thatoccurs under your supervision within 24 hours (or ASAP if anemergency) to the Outreach Manager• Implement other aspects of MARC, SMART and MRA as assigned by theOutreach ManagerPercentage Of Time70EssentialYesResponsibility StatementOffice ManagementDuties to Support Responsibility• Oversee and the training, supervision, creation of jobresponsibilities, schedules and placements, time sheets, andperformance evaluation of site supervisors, work study and studenthelp employees, summer camp instructors, staff, and studentvolunteers• Assist with student-staff payroll and hiring/onboardingprocesses• Oversee the design and creation of updated precollege brochures,website and social media sites, power point presentations and othermaterials intended to publicize programs and assist in recruitingstudents and educating campus and community members• Organize, upgrade, and maintain student and staff files,electronic and physical• Oversee student helpers/office assistants conducting weekly andseasonal clerical duties• Oversee and evaluate programs delivered by Precollege – createand submit an annual report for each program• Oversee maintenance and analysis of documents regarding programevaluations, student assessments, and conduct follow-up surveys ofparticipants designed to determine the efficacy of programobjectives and goals• Maintain databases and analysis system that supportaccountability reporting• Assist with the biannual Department of Public InstructionPrecollege Scholarship Grant proposal writing process• Assist with securing other grant opportunities• Participate in the precollege administrative team’s (as well asOMSS office meetings) weekly planning meeting during the academicyear, supervision and dialogue sessions as required; and assistwith periodic “strategic planning” sessionsPercentage Of Time20EssentialYesResponsibility StatementCommunity, Campus, and OMSS Department ResourcesDuties to Support Responsibility• Serve as mentor to the UWL community services (work study)students assigned to the pre-college programs as part of theirfinancial aid award• Mentor and advise other multicultural students as assigned byOMSS as part of the office’s retention efforts• Serve on university committees as assigned by the OMSS Directorand/or Outreach Manager• Promote and publicize precollege programs on and off campus• Establish and maintain positive working relationships whileserving as a liaison and consultant for on and off campus referralsand resources• Provide appropriate office representation at campus, local,regional, and state levels• Attend System-wide precollege meetings and oversee the generationand submission of program participation data, academic outcomes andother assessments and evaluations to the UW System as neededPercentage Of Time10EssentialYesResponsibility StatementAdditional duties and responsibilitiesDuties to Support Responsibility• Other duties as assigned by supervisorPercentage Of TimeEssentialPosting Detail InformationSpecial InstructionsFor your Reference Contact Information document, please include thenames, email addresses and phone numbers of 3 professionalreferences.Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a specialneed/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiringprocess.Per UPS Operational Policy: TC 1, UW System requires referencechecks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to beconducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recentemployer and with all previous UW System institution and State ofWisconsin agency employers from the past seven (7) years.https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/download/2018-12-10- UPS-OP-TC-1-Recruitment_FNL.pdfUW-La Crosse does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visasponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legallyauthorized to work in the United States at the time of hire andmaintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If youhave questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at608-785-8013.Posting DateClose DateContinuous RecruitmentYesContinuous Recruitment First Review Date03/29/2021Position Contact NameMonica Yang, Outreach Program ManagerPosition Contact [email protected] DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationReference Contact InformationOptional DocumentsSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). How did you hear about this employment opportunity?Chronicle of Higher Education Web SiteDiscipline-Specific Publication/Web SiteHERC Web SiteHigherEdJobs.com Web SiteJob Center of Wisconsin Web SiteMinority Publication/Web SiteUniversity of Wisconsin – La Crosse Social Media (i.e.Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Web SiteLa Crosse TribunePersonal Referral * Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name andcontact information, including phone number and email address. (PerUPS Operational Policy: TC 1, UW System requires reference checksrelated to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted ata minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and withall previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agencyemployers from the past seven years.)(Open Ended Question)* Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by aUW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during thelast seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide theinstitution or agency name, your supervisor and contactinformation, including phone number and email address.(Open Ended Question)* Do you have a current valid driver’s license OR have theability to obtain a valid driver’s license, meeting the criteriafor driving a state vehicle?YesNocenter_img * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal theidentities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing,except that the identity of the successful candidate will bereleased. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).I prefer my identity remain confidential and have read andunderstand that if I am the successful candidate for this position,my name may be released.I do not request that my identity remain confidential.last_img read more

3 May

Trinity employs aide to royal houselhold

first_imgThe former Master of the Household for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall has been appointed by Trinity as its new estates bursar. Kevin Knott has worked for Prince Charles and Camilla since 2002.  He was the deputy secretary of the Duchy of Cornwall and later served as Master of the Household. Knott will take over his new post in January and his election as a Fellow of the College will take place soon afterwards. As Master of the Household, Knott was responsible for domestic arrangements and staff, as well as the catering and official entertaining at Buckingham Palace and other royal residences. His new job as Trinity’s estate bursar will bring together the College’s financial, budgetary, asset and fundraising management into one full-time post. Trinity College president Michael Beloff said, “The College is pleased and proud to have attracted someone of Mr Knott’s distinction and ability to be its senior administrative officer,”Knott played a key role in organising the wedding between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in April. He became controversial following a BBC Panorama documentary, “A Right Royal Shambles?” which revealed that there had been a mix up over the venue; dissent within the Church of England; the Queen’s decision not to attend part of the big day; a disastrous gaffe by the Prince in the media; and the possibility of a clash with the Pope’s funeral. A Clarence House spokesperson said, “Kevin Knott is leaving the household to take up the post of estate bursar at Trinity College, Oxford. “After 21 years of working for the Prince of Wales in various capacities Kevin felt it was the right time to move on. We are very sad to see him go, and we wish him well in his new job.” ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more

27 Feb

Introducing the new Dell EMC ECS EX-Series

first_imgEX300: With a minimum starting capacity of just 60TB (83% lower than previous ECS platforms), the EX300 is the perfect storage platform for cloud-native initiatives, such as apps built using Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF). As these initiatives gain traction and need more storage capacity, ECS can scale seamlessly with them. The EX300 is also well suited for modernizing Dell EMC Centera environments.EX3000: Packing up to 8.6 PB in a single rack, the EX3000 is designed to support organizations with a large data footprint. This makes it the ideal solution for archiving warm and cold data, building internal cloud-storage portals, and supporting large cloud-native apps as well as Internet of Things (IoT) or analytics initiatives. Due to its superior storage density (almost 50% higher than previous ECS platforms), the EX3000 is a great fit for datacenter consolidation efforts.Over 1,000 organizations around the world are utilizing ECS for their digital initiatives. As an example, the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, a leading research and engineering firm, has been able to reduce capital expenditures by 30% and improve IT efficiency by 75% thanks to ECS. You can check out their story in this video.Video Playerhttps://www.dellemc.com/resources/en-us/asset/presentations/Draper_with_Dell_EMC_ECS_Foundation_for_Innovation.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.ECS has been recognized by the analyst community as well. Gartner has recognized Dell EMC as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. Scott Sinclair, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), also acknowledges the value ECS can bring to customers: “Organizations today require more from their data storage infrastructure in terms of capacity, performance, and resiliency than ever before. The real challenge, however, is addressing these needs, staying in budget, and simultaneously positioning the organization for success as a more emergent set of workloads like Machine Learning, IoT, and Analytics come online. With the new ECS EX-Series, I believe Dell EMC will help organizations overcome these challenges with an affordable, flexible, and scalable unstructured storage solution.”  The ECS EX-series provides organizations with unparalleled flexibility in starting with just the capacity they need, and growing as their needs change in the future. Additionally, an investment in ECS is protected by the Dell EMC Future-Proof Loyalty Program, which provides benefits like the 3-year Satisfaction Guarantee, Hardware Investment Protection, Never Worry Data Migrations and All Inclusive Software.To learn more about how ECS can support your digital initiatives, visit the ECS website, or follow @DellEMCStorage on Twitter. One of the favorite parts of my role at Dell EMC is that I get to speak to our incredible customers almost every day. It is apparent from these conversations that data is playing an increasingly important role in determining whether organizations will thrive in a digital-first world or not. To truly unlock the value of their data, however, organizations need a fundamentally different approach to IT, as traditional infrastructure was not built to handle the magnitude of data that is generated by businesses today. This is precisely why we built Dell EMC ECS, the modern object-storage platform that brings cloud scale and economics to our customers’ datacenters.Today, at VMworld 2018, we are introducing the EX-Series, ECS’ next-generation platform. The EX-Series enhances the flexibility of ECS through two brand new offerings that are designed to meet the needs of an expanded set of use cases and organization sizes:last_img read more

8 Feb

Watchdog: Least corrupt nations produce best virus response

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — A closely-watched annual study by an anti-graft watchdog organization suggests that countries with the least corruption have been best positioned to weather the health and economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index released Thursday concluded that countries that performed well invested more in health care and were “better able to provide universal health coverage and are less likely to violate democratic norms.” Transparency’s chief says: “COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis, it is a corruption crisis _ and one that we are currently failing to manage.”last_img read more

18 Jan

Prodigal Son Playwright John Patrick Shanley & Star Timothee Chalamet on Revisiting 15

first_img Prodigal Son Related Shows “Do you remember 15?” Timothée Chalamet asks at the beginning and end of John Patrick Shanley’s irresistible memory play Prodigal Son. “For me, it was a special, beautiful room in hell.” For Manhattan Theatre Club audiences, Chalamet’s breakout performance is one of the season’s most exciting surprises, as the 20-year-old channels a troubled teen given one last chance at academic success at a New Hampshire prep school. The role of Jim Quinn is based on Shanley himself, circa 1965, and Chalamet perfectly captures the Oscar and Tony-winning writer/director’s lanky gait, Bronx-bred outspokenness and sly charm. Offstage, the two are simpatico, with the young actor—already a TV and film vet in Homeland, Interstellar, Love the Coopers and more—eagerly hanging on Shanley’s every word.Q: Timothée, how strange is it to portray your playwright and director in Prodigal Son?TIMOTHÉE: If I hadn’t auditioned three times, I would have been terrified that I wasn’t doing John or the story justice. Auditions are usually the worst thing in the world, but in this case, it provided a blanket of security because I knew I did something right.Q: John, did you realize right away that Timothée would be able to play this huge part?TIMOTHÉE It wasn’t right away!JOHN: No, I took my time. What I needed was somebody who you would believe could write a poem—and would hit you. I could find guys who [looked like they] could write a poem or hit you; to find both was harder. I saw some talented young men, but Timothée had that unquantifiable extra element you need to create magic. I thought, “I need to hire this guy.”TIMOTHÉE: This is so fun for me! I haven’t heard any of this.JOHN: He didn’t get endless praise during rehearsal.Q: Did it help that you are both native New Yorkers?JOHN: Oh, yeah.TIMOTHÉE: I’m so happy you said that. I have friends from outside New York who get on me for how prideful I am, but there’s something about growing up in the city that ages you, in a good way. It opens your eyes to things you wouldn’t otherwise be privy to.Q: John, is your Bronx neighborhood better now than in 1965?JOHN: It’s worse! I’m from East Tremont. They kill people up there.TIMOTHÉE: I lived in the Bronx last year on the Grand Concourse—not related to this play—and it helped me understand the character.Q: What’s special about Jim? What do you love about the character? TIMOTHÉE: Oh man, everything. This is the first role I’ve read where I went, “This is me.” This is everything I’ve been through, except for the violent streak—I don’t have that as much. But all the issues and dilemmas he faces in the play is stuff I’ve just crossed the bridge on or am still going through.JOHN: For most people, the most painful and interesting time of their lives is when they’re a teenager. That’s when we put it all together, or everything falls apart—usually both—and then we bury it. [But in] film and TV and theater, teenagers are depicted in very two-dimensional ways. If you have a mother and a father and a kid onstage, the kid is the most complicated person.Q: Let’s talk about high school. John’s life was turned around at Thomas More, the boarding school in the play, and Timothée went to LaGuardia, the famous performing arts school. JOHN: When I went to that school, I had no clue how to behave properly. I had been in street fights from the time I was six, which was not my natural inclination; I was physically attacked several times a week. Then I got [to New Hampshire] and people started paying attention to me for the first time—and that made me even crazier!TIMOTHÉE John has gifts intellectually that I will never have, but if I can make the leap, his [experience at] Thomas More is what LaGuardia was to me. I had an acting teacher [Harry Shifman] who fought for me to be accepted when I wasn’t because of poor grades and poor behavior in middle school. Without him, I am 1000 percent confident I wouldn’t be acting. LaGuardia was my Thomas More in that I was surrounded by kids like me who were outgoing and obnoxious and needed a ton of attention.Q: Before Prodigal Son, you played the Vice President’s bad boy son in Homeland. Is it fun to be cast as the “here comes trouble” guy?TIMOTHÉE: It was weird on Homeland because I was 16, so I didn’t have the breadth of life experience I have now at 20. I’m kidding! But it was weird to be making out with a girl on camera when I had made out with only one girl prior to that—or to be viewed as a prick when I had not done prickish things in real life. You think, “Why do people see me this way?” At this point, I realize it’s just a character and doesn’t mean anything about who I really am.Q: Are you a good liar?TIMOTHÉE: Who’s going to read this?JOHN: That’s a good answer. I would leave it at that. I was never a good liar. And people can see that [Jim] is lying.TIMOTHÉE: Those moments in the play are not so much about lying, they’re about, “Back off!” I’m just trying to get everybody out of my business and create some space for myself.Q: Do you agree with the line in the play about 15 being “a special, beautiful room in hell”?TIMOTHÉE: Fourteen was the worst year of my life. Sixteen was the worst year of my life. Seventeen, 18 and 19 were pretty bad, too, but 15 was excellent for me. I know what the “special, beautiful room in hell” means. It just speaks to John’s genius in seeing the world through the eyes of this age.JOHN: Seventeen was good for me but 15? No.Q: John grew up in a chaotic family. Did you have support from your parents, Timothée?TIMOTHÉE: Oh yeah, I’ve been very lucky. One article [about the play] started by saying that I had a “challenging upbringing in Hell’s Kitchen,” and my mom was incensed. She said, “What are you talking about? You had babysitters!” But we all have our issues. Whatever genetic loading I had put me through trials and tribulations I almost didn’t make it to the other side of, but I’m here now. I wouldn’t be able to do a play like this without having gone through that. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 27, 2016 John Patrick Shanley & Timothée Chalamet photographed in the PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown (Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

18 Jan

Meet Hairspray Live! Newcomer Maddie Baillio

first_img View Comments Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad(Photo: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) Oh, oh, oh, Maddie Baillio woke up today, feeling the way she always does, except she had some big news to share: this December, she’ll take on the coveted role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live! The Texas native just finished her sophomore year as a Theatre Arts major at Marymount Manhattan College, and now she’s getting ready to share the soundstage with Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson and more. Broadway.com sat down with the fresh face on the day of the announcement to learn all about the dramatic reveal from director Kenny Leon, keeping Game of Thrones-level secrets and more.Congratulations! This all must be such a whirlwind for you.This is surreal. I was finishing my finals in college two weeks ago. This is incredible.Walk me through that moment when you booked it.It was the last call back. Kenny Leon came in with a big envelope. He said, “Harvey Fierstein just emailed this to me and asked if you’d read it. It’s a part of the script, so just take it out of the envelope, look into the camera and project.” And I’m like, “Oh, this is fishy!” I pulled it out, and in huge, bold letters it said, “The role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live! will be played by Maddie Baillio.” I didn’t think it was real. I actually asked Kenny, “Are you joking? This is cruel if you’re joking!” But it was real, obviously. I called my mom, and she was very excited for me, and my dad just screamed. I think he was on his tractor in Texas.Was it tough keeping the news a secret? So tough. I don’t know how famous people do that, like on Game of Thrones. I think it was even harder for my parents to keep it a secret.What was the open call process like? There were so many girls who looked like me and talked like me, but I didn’t want to compare myself to anyone. I got in the room with [casting director] Bernie Telsey at noon. We were asked to prepare a short portion of “Good Morning Baltimore,” so I was pretty confident with that. Then he said, “That sounded great. Now, will you sing the end of the song?” I didn’t really know the end of the song, so I totally messed up like 50% of the words. I don’t think that mattered, though. [Laughs.]There were so many hopefuls who went full out with hair and costumes. Did you go that route? No, I think I was the only girl wearing pants. I wore pants and a color-blocked sweater. I kept it simple.Have you done Hairspray before? I’ve never done it before. I did sing “Good Morning Baltimore” for a competition when I was in fifth grade, and that’s actually the only time I’ve ever forgotten the words in a performance on stage. So I just started dancing, naturally. That was embarrassing, and I said, “Never again.”I think by December, you’ll have it down. Hopefully! That’s the only song I’m going to practice every day.Has Hairspray been a part of your life for a while now? Ever since I saw the movie, I fell in love with Tracy. That’s a girl who looks like me. You don’t see that on TV or film, or anywhere at all these days. That was really inspirational.What is it about the show and Tracy that resonates with you? There are so many important themes in Hairspray that are relevant today—particularly body image. Tracy’s so comfortable in her skin, but it took me a while to feel that way. She’s so optimistic. She sees a rat on the street, and she’s like, “That is the coolest thing ever.” I wouldn’t go that far, but I feel the same about a lot of things.For many people, these telecasts are their first exposure to musicals. What does it mean for you to be a part of that? I wish when I was really young, there would have been something like this. Being all the way out in Texas, there’s no way I could just come and see a Broadway show every weekend. It’s cool that people get to experience this art form that’s so beautiful and important in my life.What’s going through your head as you get ready to work with these huge names like Kenny Leon, Harvey Fierstein and Jennifer Hudson? These are people I’ve looked up to for so long. Harvey Fierstein won a Tony for this! And I know Jennifer Hudson is going to slay. I think what I’m most excited about is not just working with them, but learning from them. If there are days when I don’t have rehearsal, maybe I can just go and look at them. That would be the best masterclass in the world.NBC’s Hairspray Live! will air from Los Angeles on December 7.last_img read more

30 Dec

Trail Mix March 2013

first_imgThese brothers be howlin. The Howlin’ Brothers kicking it.January.  Snow.  February.   Snow.  March.  Snow.  Like you, we are ready for spring.  For green.  For wide open trails, peaks to climb, rivers to paddle, downhills to bomb.For now, that’s just wishful thinking.  So, in the meantime, we leave you with Trail Mix.We kick off this month with a track from The Howlin’ Brothers, a Tennessee trio that bends and stirs rag time, old time, and country blues into a rip roarin’ good time.  Their latest release, Howl, was produced by Brendan Benson, a founding member of The Raconteurs.Trail Mix is also excited to include a track from Anthrax, one of the biggest names in heavy metal music over the last three decades.  This month, Anthrax is releasing Anthems, an eight track EP featuring covers from some of the band’s favorite tunes from the 1970s.  We offer you the title track from that release, a cover of Rush’s “Anthems,” though you will notice it is marked “stream only.”Stream only tracks are new for Trail Mix; from time to time, we will be adding tracks for stream that will not be available for download.  Historically, we have been able to give away everything we offer on Trail Mix.  The music business being what it is, not all tracks can be given away for free.  We understand that and are totally cool with it.  Instead of denying those artists involvement in Trail Mix, however, we have decided to drop in a stream only track from time to time and turn you folks on to great stuff that, heretofore, we have not included.Also on this month’s mix are brand new tunes from British folk rocker Bobby Long, enchanting songstresses Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Caitlin Rose, Heidi Talbot, and Shannon Labrie, roots rockers The Nadas, Fat Opie, and Todd May, noted singer/songwriter Steve Forbert, and longtime rockers from Great Britain, The Waterboys.March also finds us showcasing a couple tunes from two new releases on the fabled Alligator Records label. We are happy to be working with the fine folks at Alligator and offer new tracks from Anders Osborne and Jesse Dee.Make sure to check out a couple great Virginia bands – Weird Mob, out of Charlottesville, and Scratch River Telegraph Company, from way out in the mountains of Wise County – the rollicking one man blues of Montana’s Smokestack & The Foothill Fury, and the beautiful harmonies of Duluth, Minnesota’s Low.Trail Mix is rounded out with tracks from Rolling Nowhere, Jacob & The Good People, Jacco Gardner, Smoke Fairies, Nakia, and Maston.  All great songs, all great artists.Make sure to download and stream as often as you would like.  Tell your friends and neighbors.  Mention a song or two that really strikes your fancy.  And, as always, reach out and buy a record or two from these tremendous artists.  Supporting them shows your appreciation for their support of Trail Mix.  Happy listening!Download Trail Mix March 2013 here.Click here to open the player in a new window.Download more music from month’s past here! They never go out of style.No flash player!It looks like you don’t have flash player installed. Click here to go to Macromedia download page.March 2013 Trail Mix by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine on Groovesharklast_img read more

20 Dec

Hospital Ship USNS Comfort – Relief Mission to Haiti –

first_imgBy Dialogo April 27, 2010 Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) deployed to Haiti January 20 to March 10, 2010, in support of USSOUTHCOM’s Operation Unified Response to provide immediate and critical medical care to survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated much of the Caribbean nation January 12. The ship departed Baltimore January 16 and arrived in Haiti January 20, where the crew contributed to U.S. relief efforts led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). *I. About Comfort’s relief mission:* _Mission:_ Comfort was sent to Haiti to provide critical medical care to those affected by the 7.0-earthquake that struck Haiti January 12, 2010, in order to help alleviate human suffering and save lives in the immediate aftermath of the devastating disaster. _Deployment Dates:_ Comfort departed Baltimore January 16th and arrived off the coast of Haiti just after midnight January 20th. Comfort completed her mission in Haiti March 10th and departed Haiti on its eventual return to its homeport in Baltimore. *Crew (Embarked):* A cumulative total of more than 1,400 military and civilian personnel were part of Comfort’s crew during the mission, including more than 1,200 during the peak of the ship’s humanitarian operations. Comfort’s crew included more than 700 military and civilian medical personnel. *Medical Team Onboard:* U.S. military and civilian doctors, nurses, corpsmen, technicians and support staff provided a host of medical services to include primary care, trauma care, pediatric care and orthopedic care. *Family Members and Escorts:*Patients who were escorted on board Comfort by a family member or friend were permitted to remain on board while loved ones received treatment. There were a total of 185 escorts who were provided beds, food and other amenities. *Follow-Care:* Comfort donated 218 pallets of donated and excess medical supplies to support the medical supply needs to USAID. By the time COMFORT departed there were more than 160 new sites (fixed sites and mobile clinics) where primary care was provided by 55 international non-governmental organizations (NGO). *Relief Mission Data:* • Total patients treated: 1,025 • Date first patients were received: On January 19th, two patients were transferred to Comfort from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) • Highest number of patients on board: 411 on January 28th • Total surgeries performed: 862 • Total Haitian patients referred to U.S. for further treatment: 77 • Total babies born aboard: 9 *Host Nation Participation: *The crew of Comfort worked in cooperation with Haiti’s Ministry of Health, in support of USAID and alongside healthcare providers from the international community, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and the government of Haiti. *NGO Participation: *More than 240 volunteers from: • American Red Cross • Project Hope • Operation Smile • Orthopedic Trauma Association • National Nurses United • University of Michigan • Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine • University of California, Los Angeles • Military translators: 65 • American Red Cross volunteer translators: 104 *Translator Support:* Comfort translators maintained a patient hotline where friends and relatives could obtain information on the status of patients aboard the ship. The translators took more than 130 calls, placed more than 190 calls, and facilitated 18 reunions aboard the ship. *II *. *About USNS COMFORT :* A converted San Clemente-class supertanker, Comfort was delivered to the Navy’s Military Sealift Command December 1, 1987. This is the third ship to bear the name – previous Comforts served during the world wars. A crew of about 70 civil service mariners operate and navigate the ship while Navy medical personnel and their partners staff the shipboard hospital. • Length: 894 feet • Beam: 106 feet • Speed: 17.5 knots • Displacement (full): 69,360 long tons • Medical facilities: The hospital has a full spectrum of surgical and medical services including four X-rays, one CAT-scan unit, a dental suite, an optometry and lens laboratory, a physical therapy center, a pharmacy, an invasive angiography suite, two oxygen-producing plants, 12 operating rooms, and 40 intensive care units. Embarked Helicopters for this Mission: Two MH-60S Seahawk helicopters *III . Prior assistance to Haiti:* _Continuing Promise 2009_ – USNS Comfort previously deployed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti for 12 days in April 2009, as part of Operation Continuing Promise 2009 — a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance deployment to seven countries (including Haiti) in the Caribbean, Central and South America. During the Haiti mission, Comfort’s medical staff treated 6,731 patients, performed 161 surgeries, and filled 15,504 prescriptions. _(Current as of 23 April 2010)_last_img read more

17 Dec

Republican plan still leaves credit union tax exemption at risk

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The Republican tax reform blueprint released Wednesday does not specify how tax cuts in the plan would be paid for, so credit unions that are carefully guarding their tax exemption aren’t out of the woods yet.The plan would cut taxes for businesses, the middle class and the wealthy. It also preserves some of the public’s favorite tax credits.The plan was developed by the Trump Administration and Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee. It is designed to serve as a “a template for the tax-writing committees that will develop legislation through a transparent and inclusive committee process,” according to the nine-page document.At the end of the document, there is a section entitled, “Tax Rules Affecting Specific Industries.”last_img read more

16 Dec

Escort Claims Ex-SCPD Chief Burke Paid Her For Sex At Oak Beach Drug Party

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Christopher Twarowski and Timothy BolgerA 30-year-old escort claimed Thursday that disgraced ex-Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke paid her for sex during a cocaine-fueled house party in Oak Beach five years ago.The brunette woman held a news conference to discuss the allegations along with Miller Place-based attorney John Ray, who represents the family of Shannan Gilbert, whose disappearance from the seaside community in May 2010 led to the discovery of the Long Island Serial Killer’s nearby dumping grounds and 10 sets of human remains. Ray stated that the new information from his client implicates Burke not only in Gilbert’s demise, but also in all those victims’.“It is the first time that a direct connection between Burke, prostitution and Oak Beach has been made,” said Ray, who represents Gilbert’s family in a lawsuit against Dr. Peter Hackett, a former Oak Beach resident and ex-police surgeon that the family has accused of causing Gilbert’s death. “This is a significant connection.”“It certainly puts [Burke] right at the center of the pool of suspects for the death of Shannan Gilbert and the other [women],” he continued.Burke was sentenced last month to 46 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to beating Christopher Loeb, a handcuffed suspect that stole his gym bag containing his gun, sex toys and porn from the ex-chief’s SUV and ordering subordinates to cover up the station house assault. Burke was documented to have had patronized sex workers, the Press has reported. After the ex-chief was indicted, federal prosecutor James Miskiewicz said in December that Burke’s porn collection was his “motivation for beating the hell out of Loeb.”Burke’s lawyer, Joseph Conway, issued a statement Thursday deeming Ray’s claims “more as tabloid journalism than credible news. Today’s alleged witness and her attorney know full well that any credible witness and any credible information should be provided to the proper Law Enforcement officials and not done via a press conference. All of the allegations raised today are false and slanderous.“Any claims or allegations that James Burke had any involvement in the Gilgo Beach murders is completely outrageous,” Conway’s statement continued. “Mr. Burke was not only the highest ranking Suffolk County Police Officer but also one of the most decorated officers in the history of the department. While he has admitted to his crime involving violation of civil rights and governmental obstruction, there is absolutely not one shred of evidence linking him to the Gilgo beach case. To think otherwise is preposterous.”The female sex worker, who identified herself only as Leanne, said that she first met Burke during an Oak Beach house party in June 2011, where she saw cocaine being passed around and “observed [Burke] pull a woman by her hair to the ground,” she said in a sworn statement. Two months later, she met Burke at another party at the same house.“We attempted to have sex together in the bathroom there, but Jimmy Burke was unable to consummate the sex act,” she said in the statement. “This made him extremely angry. He insisted upon oral sex, which was given. He then called me a whore.”During the news conference, she told reporters that she didn’t know Burke’s identity at the parties other than that he was a high-ranking Suffolk County police official, and she went along with him because she’s a forensic science major who hoped he could help advance her career.When Burke couldn’t perform yet again, she said, he became extremely aggressive.“It was so aggressive that my eyes teared, not from crying,” she said, but from gag reflexes, describing the experience as dehumanizing. She said Burke then threw $300 at her. Leanne said it was the first time she was paid for sex.She believes that she saw Joseph Brewer, the last client to hire Gilbert, at one of the parties, too. Brewer has since sold his Oak Beach home and moved away.Leanne learned Burke’s true identity, she told reporters, from a friend after the second encounter, and again recognized him on TV after his arrest for beating Loeb. She said she later contacted police with a tip about an Oak Beach resident that she said could be a person of interest in the Long Island Serial Killer case, and told reporters that police had informed that man about her tip. That’s when she contacted Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills, filmmakers of The Killing Season, a docu-series about the LISK case that recently aired on A&E. The duo put her in touch with Ray.Gilbert’s body was found in an Oak Beach marsh in December of 2011, several months after Leanne and Burke’s alleged encounter. County medical examiners ruled Gilbert’s cause of death inconclusive, and police said they suspect that she drowned, but her case remains an open investigation, a police spokesman said Thursday. The family had a second autopsy performed, which suggested that Gilbert may have been strangled.Police were searching for Gilbert when they found the first of 10 sets of human remains along Ocean Parkway in the LISK case six years ago this week, in December 2010. Among those discovered were Megan Waterman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Amber Lynn Costello, Melissa Barthelemy—who had all advertised themselves as escorts on Craigslist and been found wrapped in burlap—the head, hands and forearm of Jessica Taylor, whose mutilated body was found in Manorville in 2003; an unidentified woman dubbed “Fire Island Jane Doe,” whose legs washed up on Blue Point Beach in 1996 and whose skull was discovered on Ocean Parkway; another unidentified woman dubbed Jane Doe No. 6, whose head, hands and right foot were matched with another torso in Manorville; a young Asian male; and the remains of another unidentified woman nicknamed Jane Doe No. 3 until recently, who was matched through DNA to a young infant, known as “Baby Doe,” also disposed of there.Investigators have said that the victims may have been killed by two or more assailants.Asked this month if the police any closer to naming a suspect, they declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.Burke, a 30-year police department veteran, was just 14 years old when he was a witness in the murder case of John Pius, Jr., a 13-year-old from Smithtown whom classmates suffocated with rocks in 1979 for stealing a dirt bike. Following a short stint in the New York City Police Department and his time as a patrolman and undercover narcotics officer in the Suffolk County Police Department, he spent a decade as chief investigator under Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, the former chief prosecutor in the Pius case.Spota’s office is currently under federal investigation for corruption.Burke was the subject of a 1995 Internal Affairs investigation that concluded allegations he “engaged in a personal, sexual relationship” with “a convicted felon known to be actively engaged in criminal conduct including the possession and sale of illegal drugs, prostitution and larceny,” “engaged in sexual acts in police vehicles while on duty and in uniform,” and “failed to safeguard his service weapon and other departmental property” were “substantiated,” according to its report.Burke received promotions rather than discipline, however, ascending through SCPD’s ranks until he reached its top uniformed position despite his improprieties—a rise facilitated by Spota and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who appointed Burke police chief in 2012.Burke has been criticized for stymieing FBI efforts to assist in the Long Island Serial Killer case—and also pulling Suffolk County detectives off the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force in 2012.Leanne and Ray’s press conference Thursday came just days after another update in the Long Island Serial Killer case: that authorities had linked the torso of an unidentified woman, discovered 19 years ago in Hempstead Lake State Park and dubbed “Peaches” due to a peach tattoo with a bite taken out of it, through DNA, with the skeletal remains of Jane Doe No. 3, thus also identifying Peaches as Baby Doe’s mother.Ray said that Leanne’s affidavit on Burke’s alleged actions on Oak Beach would enable the attorney eventually to examine Suffolk’s disgraced police chief “under oath.”When asked why she decided to go public with her allegations now, Leanne told reporters:“Because that could be my grave—that could have been my grave. This is bigger than me. Yeah, so what, I’m on the news… But if in some way I’m able to identify a child that doesn’t even have a name yet, or give Megan Waterman’s mom some closure, I don’t care about my name.”Featured Photo: Leanne, an escort (L), tells reporters that ex-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke hired her in 2011 during a drug-fueled Oak Beach house party, with John Ray (R), a Miller Place-based attorney, during a news conference to discuss the allegations on Dec. 15, 2016. (Long Island Press / Christopher Twarowski)last_img read more