Iran’s hard-line parliament rejects president’s budget draft

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament has rejected a budget bill proposed by the country’s relatively moderate president, the latest win by the hard-liners in the house. The move is part of a political struggle between moderates and conservative hard-liners ahead of June elections, which hard-liners hope to win. Iranian state TV report said that of the 261 lawmakers who were present in the 290-seat parliament on Tuesday, 148 voted against the bill while 99 lawmakers backed it. The rest abstained. The hard-liners and opponents of President Hassan Rouhani say the proposed budget is unrealistic, lacks transparency and would cause high inflation.last_img

SMC Alumna starts dance company in South Bend

first_imgAfter graduation, Saint Mary’s alumna Hannah Fischer started her own dance company in South Bend and is now choreographing dances for the upcoming play “Lucky, Liar, Loser,” to be performed at Saint Mary’s Moreau Center for the Arts.Fischer said she wanted to major in women’s studies and dance before there were programs at Saint Mary’s, so she combined them in a self-designed major along with a major in humanistic studies.“I did a self-design major at Saint Mary’s in digital media, women’s studies, and art,” she said.This liberal arts education at Saint Mary’s prepared Fischer for all of her jobs she held after graduation“It’s demonstrative of the education I got at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “And people ask me what I do at my job … I have been [a] jack of all trades.”Part of Fischer’s job in Saint Louis was working with incarcerated youth through dance and theatre.“That work really centered around 13 to 18-year-old young women incarcerated,” she said. “I did that for three years and would love to do that again.”When she came back to South Bend, Fischer said she wanted to start using dance as a means by which to have a conversation.“I just found the dancers I knew in town and found some [other people] that weren’t dancers, but wanted to have conversations that use movement to have the conversation,” Fischer said. “Not everyone I work with is a classically trained ballet dancer.”Fischer got involved with Saint Mary’s upcoming show when one of the dance professors asked her to help. This lead to Fischer and playwright Casey Whitaker exchanging information about the show, she said.“Once I read the description [of the show] I was really interested in being part of the process,” Fischer said. “So when I read about the topic … I was like ‘that is very right up my alley of what I am interested in,’ which is interdisciplinary work that is not just theater for theater sake, or dance for dance sake, but is going to push a conversation along … and to bring people in to the conversation.”Whitaker said she wrote the play to be a “dramedy.”“It’s this hard, serious topic, but it’s also very comedic,” she said. “It’s a multimedia project, so there’s dance and sketch comedy and we’re using this projector to do shadow puppetry.”Fischer said she wants to have dialogues with hard topics in her work.“At the end of the day, I am an artist and I want to have conversations … especially the tough conversations … [those that are] not going to beat around the bush,” Fischer said.Fischer said that she thinks the new show will be groundbreaking for the community.“I think Saint Mary’s has never seen a show like this and South Bend has never seen a show like this,” she said.“Lucky, Liar, Loser” will be performed from April 27 through 30 at the Moreau Center for the Arts at Saint Mary’s.Tags: Lucky Liar Loser, Moreau Center for the Arts, Second Citylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s cancels summer and fall study abroad programs, summer classes to continue online

first_imgSaint Mary’s announced the continuation of summer classes online and the cancellation of the upcoming summer and fall study abroad programs due to COVID-19 concerns in an email to the College community Monday.These are the latest changes made by the College in response to the spread of coronavirus in the U.S.The decision to hold summer classes online was made last week after consultation with faculty, Titilayo Ufomata, Saint Mary’s provost and senior vice president said in the email. Program directors reached out to students enrolled in these courses shortly after and notified them of the change.The College will do its best to accommodate as many students as possible to study abroad spring 2021, Ufomata said.“Students who want to carry over their summer or fall application fee to another program in the spring can do so, while those who would prefer a refund should let their program director know by email,” Ufomata said.Accommodations will also be made for students whose participation in a study abroad experience is tied to a specific time in their program of study, including the nursing program.“I understand how disappointing this news must be for students who have been planning for these experiences for some time. For this, I am sorry,” Ufomata said. “We do not see a responsible way to let these programs go ahead under the uncertainty that the whole world is experiencing at this time.”Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, study abroad, Titi Ufomatalast_img read more

King Charles III Begins Reign Over Broadway

first_img Tim Pigott-Smith Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016 God save the King! Tim Pigott-Smith and the cast of King Charles III will begin previews on October 10. Directed by Rupert Goold, the Olivier-winning play is scheduled to officially open on November 1 at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre and will play through January 31, 2016.In the future history play by Mike Bartlett, the Queen is dead, and after a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne. The controversial play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.Along with Pigott-Smith as Charles, the cast will include Oliver Chris as William, Richard Goulding as Harry, Lydia Wilson as Kate, Adam James as Mr. Evans, Margot Leicester as Camilla, Tafline Steen as Jess and Miles Richardson as James Reiss.The show had a successful run at London’s Almeida Theatre in the spring of 2014 before transferring to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre. It will be followed at the Music Box by the Audra McDonald-led Shuffle Along, which will begin performances on March 14, 2016. View Comments Star Files King Charles IIIlast_img read more

Broadway Will Dim Lights for Edward Albee

first_img Broadway theaters will dim their lights in honor of Edward Albee, the legendary three-time Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright who died at the age of 88 on September 16. Marquees will go dark on September 21 at 7:45 PM for exactly one minute.One of the most accomplished playwrights of his generation, Albee penned over 30 plays; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, which was a titanic achievement that went on to become an iconic film, won a Tony Award as did his later work The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Meanwhile, A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women were all awarded Pulitzer Prizes.Albee was a member of the Dramatist Guild Council and president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980 and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005, he was awarded a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. Edward Albee(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) View Commentslast_img read more

Vermont Law School continues FEMA assistance for residents

first_imgVermont Law School,Vermont Law School’s Land Use Clinic and South Royalton Legal Clinic are continuing to help residents to fill out FEMA applications for Tropical Storm Irene-related damage from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday in the VLS Library. The South Royalton Legal Clinic also will provide civil legal assistance. For more information, call 802.831.1028. Residents should bring their Social Security number, address, contact telephone number, insurance information, total household income, bank routing and account information (if they want FEMA funds directly deposited into their bank account) and a description of losses caused by the disaster. If residents need additional legal advice, VLS volunteers will put them in contact with someone who can assist them. VLS faculty and student-clinicians are available to talk to the media about their relief efforts. VLS 9.6.2011last_img read more

A culture of aspirations, not expectations

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Meyer Jeff is the President of CU Succeed, llc, a strategic advisory and consulting firm he founded in 2013 to assist mid-sized credit unions. C U Succeed, LLC exists for the … Web: Details I don’t generally write articles that are based on the meaning of words and how that influences our perspective. Yet, I’ve been contemplating the differences between aspirations and expectations for a period of time and I believe it’s worthwhile to take a moment to further explore how their interpretation can meaningfully impact your culture.Expectation – a belief that something will or is likely to happenWhile the differences may be subtle I think the effect can be tremendous. Let’s start by stating you have an expectation that loans will grow by 10% this year. The definition implies that not only is it likely to happen, but there will be some level of disappointment if the growth is not achieved. Should the goal actually be met there’s a diminished sense of accomplishment – after all it was expected. Furthermore, there isn’t any implication of the amount of work that may be required in order to achieve the desired loan growth. In my experience positive results don “just happen” without sound, actionable strategies and solid execution. It’s important to realize this upfront and also to recognize the effort and exertion required to bring the results to fruition. If it’s expected the desired outcome is taken for granted.Aspiration – a strong desire to achieve something high or greatHowever, if you aspire to achieve double digit loan growth I believe that there are some additional, very beneficial implications. First there’s the desire – suggesting that this might be something that you really want to happen while also indicating that it will not materialize without some focused action. The acknowledgement that you will not be able to achieve the measure without putting in the requisite effort emphasizes the fact that in order to achieve something high or great you have to actually do something substantially different or it will not transpire. The latter half of the definition acknowledges that achieving the goal is a significant accomplishment – something to be recognized and celebrated – not going unnoticed or quickly forgotten.Semantics yes, but Employee Perception is Their RealitySo what does this have to do with your culture? In a high-performing organization isn’t it all right to expect great results? The flaw in this thinking is that it doesn’t adequately acknowledge the efforts of the people required to obtain the extraordinary outcomes. Eventually the star performers who generate the lion’s share of results tire of ever increasing expectations and being taken for granted. The overriding motivational factor is fear of failure, which is not a prescription for long term employee engagement.Conversely by conceding upfront that the goals may be lofty, but achievable given sufficient effort, you have emphasized their importance and the critical role each employee will need to play in reaching such a lofty height. If you commit the necessary resources and pay attention to progress periodically along the way that’s further reinforcement that the mission the employees are doing is critical to the success of the institution, not just “part of their job”. Finally, upon successful attainment of the goal, by recognizing and celebrating the efforts the individual’s involved you’ve created an environment where teams come together collectively in wanting to take the organization to even greater heights. Not out of fear, but genuine engagement that is sustainable over the long term. If you aspire to have a great credit union that soars to new heights be wary of simply setting expectations.last_img read more

17 signs millennials are better with their money than you

first_imgMillennials might have a much better grasp of financial matters than their critics suggest, according to findings in TD Bank’s first Consumer Spending Index survey.Members of this generation — born between the early 1980s and early 2000s and now roughly between the ages of 12 and 34 — have been chided for being too sheltered as children and for having grown up believing they are “special.” They’ve also been accused of being irresponsible with their money.In many ways, however, millennials are more financially responsible than the Generation Xers and baby boomers who came before them. TD Bank surveyed 1,502 consumers age 18 to 70 with a household income of at least $50,000 and found that millennials spend less than the average American consumer. The survey findings revealed that millennials use debit, cash and checks more often than they use credit cards.Julie Pukas, head of U.S. bankcard and merchant solutions at TD Bank, said millennials are focused on: continue reading » 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Croatia – full of Champions, a campaign that should start today!

first_imgEveryone is surprised that Croatia, such a small country, is in the finals of the most popular sporting event in the world, the World Cup.We got attention and we got the world interested, Bleacher Report which are read by millions of people yesterday announced that we are the smallest country in terms of population that has reached the finals since the 1930 World Cup.According to the research MediaToolkita after the match with England, more texts about Croatia were published on the Internet than have been published in its entire history since its establishment. After the victory over Russia, a graph was published where it can be seen that it was 20.000 posts half an hour after the game on the web. After meeting with Russia 118.482 times we mentioned, after the victory over England nearly 300.000. What will be after the final?Everyone is exploring CroatiaCNTB records an increase in site visits of even 250% compared to last year, on the cover is a shortened version of the video of our footballers who will be in the finals of the World Cup. The markets that record the growth of site visits are:thallium, USA, Russia, India, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France and the UK.During yesterday’s campaign from the CNTB, they used it  microtargeting, according to the principle of geolocation – in the area of ​​Luzhniki Stadium, and after that in the whole of Moscow.The eye narrowed 250.000 views on YouTube and 74.000 views on Facebook.And yet…I honestly think that we were all a little surprised by the success of our national team and that everyone, as ugly as it may sound, was unprepared for this final.As far as I know, we don’t have any campaign on the field around the stadium, no guerrilla promotion, and we are in the finals and the focus is on us. We haven’t put together any stories and links to the countries we play with. We were able to put together stories and links with Russia, England and France, for example, and target their fans.Although we are perceived as a sports nation because of these things, unfortunately we have never used sports in the right way in the promotion of Croatia. There were nice ideas and sporadic attempts, but without strategy and innovation.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Full of ChampionsThe slogan of the CNTB, Full of life, is arranged so that it can be easily changed and adapted to various campaigns. For example, instead of life you can add: nature, islands, culture, sun…I suggest that now, immediately after the World Cup, launch a campaign with the slogan: Croatia – Full of Champions!Why? I have already mentioned how sport brings us a lot of publicity and how people know about us through sports. We have great athletes such as: Goran Ivanišević, Borna Ćorić, Mirko Filipović, Stipe Drvis, Stipe MioÄ iÄ ‡, Blanka Vlasic, Janica Kostelić, Ivica Kostelić, Sandra Perković, Barbara Matić, Sara Kolak, Tin Srbić, Robert Seligman, sisters Zaninović, brothers Sinkovic, Duje Draganja, Filip Hrgović, Mihovil Španja… There are also our football, handball and water polo teams.All these successes were achieved by the state, which has about 4 million inhabitants, all these athletes are responsible for our recognition and they are all champions.With a campaign like this and athletes who would support it on all social networks, and on the wave of this success of our national football team, we would achieve great results!Targeting by marketsA great thing could be done with targeting certain markets, according to the popularity of sports.In countries where water polo is popular, promotion can go through our water polo team, in countries where skiing is popular, promotion can go with Janica and Ivica Kostelic, in England there can be promotion through Goran Ivanisevic, in Japan there can be promotion through Mirko Filipovic…CNTB has statistics in which city and county most guests come from certain countries… and you can go there with targeted creative campaigns.If ever there was a time to invest money in promotion, it is today!The hardest thing is to motivate people to take an interest in you – and we have that right now. We need to increase our presence now that everyone already knows about us, it will be very difficult for us to get this opportunity again.Where does the money for that make you wonder? Our tourism grew by 14% in the first three months, so why not invest that money in promotion, which would continue to grow next year. Instead of spending it on patching up the budget and then expecting growth next year on its own.Published by: Marijan Palić, expert in digital marketing and new technologies, CEO @ Eclectic.Digital If you want to think out loud, get in touch Only through argumentative and constructive discussion can we grow and develop as a society, a profession and as individuals.,If you want to think out loud, get in touch Only through argumentative and constructive discussion can we grow and develop as a society, a profession and as individuals.last_img read more

GUEST COLUMN: City needs smarter digital sign regulation

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Nor is planning staff recommending instantaneous transitions, banning animation and gimmicky visuals, limiting the amount of text, prohibiting digital signs near intersections and in mix-use-residential districts or imposing other restrictions that promote safety and good taste in other municipalities. (See for excerpts from municipal codes, a fuller safety discussion, and relevant materials and images.)EMBs are literally designed to distract.We need to speak up and insist that being business-friendly should not mean forfeiting effective regulations on technology that offers little to the public and often no real advantage for businesses over conventional signage.As guidelines recently written for Dutchess County say: “Municipalities must decide what is more important – the benefit to the digital sign owner, or the safety and visual quality of the community.”David Giacalone of Schenectady is a retired lawyer and mediator, and editor of (3) “If more than one CEVMS sign face is visible to the driver at the same time”, the signs must be spaced at least 300’ apart;(4) CEVMS must “not appear brighter to drivers than existing static billboards.” Each of those standards is, in fact, more crucial on urban streets than on highways, because they are much closer to traffic, pedestrians, housing and other buildings than billboards are from major highways. And the streetscape can offer so many additional distractions and ambient light conditions.Worse, the Planning Office has allowed applicants, such as Proctors and Mohawk Harbor, to make the required “showing” that there will be no significant impact on safety or a neighborhood by simply stating the conclusion that there will be no negative impact.As a result, among other problems, we have multiple digital signs where downtown vehicle and pedestrian traffic is the busiest; huge digital billboards along already-challenging roadways; and, a garish digital sign replacing a tasteful, effective one a few feet from Upper Union Street.The Planning Office is about to recommend changes to our EMB provisions.Staff has looked at laws elsewhere, but so far has decided not to increase the change interval, which is 5 minutes in Buffalo and 30 seconds in Syracuse, while Dutchess County planners recommend 12-hour intervals. Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Daily GazetteSchenectady needs to get smarter about regulating the bright, frequently-changing, and highly distracting digital signs that it allows along our streets and highways.Our Zoning Code calls them Electronic Message Boards, “EMBs”, and since February 2015 allows the image on the screen to be changed every 8 seconds, rather than the prior interval of every 60 seconds. Studies confirm the common sense conclusion that the more often a digital sign changes, the closer it is to busy roadways, intersections and sidewalks, the more verbiage and screen gimmicks it uses and the higher its comparative brightness, the greater distraction and safety hazard it presents.But, neither the City Council nor the Planning Office has seriously considered the safety issues, much less the aesthetics, raised by such rapidly changing signs.We deserve the more thoughtful regulation of digital signs found in many other upstate cities. In 2015, the Planning Commission recommended the “dwell time” change to make our Code “consistent with State law.” But, staff never discussed the 3-page state Department of Transportation policy statement they were relying upon. That 2015 DOT Commercial Electronic Variable Message Signs (CEVMS) Policy focused on off-premise signs (billboards) along major highways, not “on-premise” signs in front of businesses along urban streets. Because variable digital signs “attract increased attention through their brightness and temporal changes of light,” DOT’s experts concluded they require more restrictions than conventional signs.Therefore, DOT imposed a set of complementary restrictions, only one of which was the 8-second change interval recommended by the Planning Office. The DOT’s statement emphasized:(1) “Local ordinances will govern if they are more stringent” than every 8 seconds;(2) Transition Time between the messages on the sign must be Instantaneous, to reduce distraction, especially for older drivers;last_img read more