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‘Our voices needed to be heard today’: Students gather in support of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation

first_imgMaria Luisa Paul | The Observer Students in support of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination march toward Library Lawn during their Thursday demonstration.Reminiscent of the contentiousness that surrounded the replacement of former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the two groups participating in Thursday’s events — one in support of Coney Barrett and the other in opposition — clashed at Library Lawn.The cluster of pro-Coney Barrett students initially lined up behind the platform facing the protesters. They were asked to back off to the other side of the reflective pool by Notre Dame Police Department officials because they lacked permission to gather at that space, Sergeant Derrick Chambliss said.Freshman Aiden Robertson, who participated in the congratulatory gathering, said the encounter between both groups was nevertheless peaceful.“As much as I didn’t really appreciate the fact that we were led away even though we were still on the other side of the metal fence, I think that it’s still really respectable that they have some show of force to make sure that everything stayed safe,” he said.Robertson said he disagreed with the scorn Coney Barrett had received from some members of the Notre Dame community, as her confirmation deserved recognition.“I think people definitely have a very valid reason to not want something like that based on their own political leanings, but to show such disrespect for someone, especially someone that’s really their own,” Robertson said. “We should just respect the fact that even if you don’t like what she stands for, this is a really respectable position that she’s now been promoted to.”Second-year law student Bridget Bush echoed Robertson in stating that Coney Barrett’s confirmation represented an achievement for the university.“It’s a huge honor for the University of Notre Dame, especially the law school, and I’m here to express my support for her and for the conservative values that she represents — the rule of law, originalism textualism and Notre Dame spirit,” Bush said.Even though many have expressed concerns over the new Justice’s conservative values, especially in regards to women’s rights and reproductive health, Bush said there was “no better model of feminism” than Coney Barrett.“She’s a mother of seven. She’s a wife. She was first in her class at the University of Notre Dame law school,” Bush said. “She was in private practice. She’s been an exceptional judge on the federal court. And I don’t know how much more successful but women you can find the Justice Barrett.”Similarly to Bush, freshman Marlot Shorey cited Coney Barrett as a role model for women.“There’s a lot of talk in this day and age that having a baby is something that takes away from what your life can be, which is ridiculous, because as ACB shows, being a mother is one of the most like impressive things you can do, and that’s what we were made for,” Shorey said.Though most of the participants said they were Republican, third year law student, Allie Howell, said she did not consider herself conservative. Rather, her motivation to attend the event was to support her former professor, Howell said.“I had the privilege of having now Justice Barrett in class for half of the semester, and I just had a wonderful time in the class and can’t speak highly enough of her as a professor,” Howell said. “She taught everyone the importance of respectful dialogue in classes, and I learned a lot from just having really good conversations with people that thought about statutory interpretation differently than I did.”Despite holding different views than Barrett, Howell said that the Notre Dame professor would not allow her political beliefs to encumber her practice.“I do not think the judiciary is inherently political,” Howell said. “I think it’s been politicized, but I think Justice Barrett will faithfully apply the law as is the duty of a judge, and she’s not a political appointee.”In the midst of a time marked by political polarization, as shown throughout Thursday’s events, Shorey said both sides of the political spectrum had to learn to both respect and listen to one another.“I think people need to take a step back and think about the perspective that they have, and where they come from, and really think about listening rather than just fighting,” Shorey said. “All we want to do is scream back at each other rather than listening to the other side and thinking about how everyone has different beliefs and values. That’s something that Notre Dame used to stand for, and we’re kind of failing in that front right now.”With differences across the political spectrum becoming more salient, to achieve a democratic future, freshman Taylor Batilo had a plea for the Notre Dame community: “Vote.”“I hope no matter what political ideology that you align yourself with, I hope you go out and vote,” Batilo said. “I hope you support American democracy and American ideals, and I hope we show support for whatever candidate you think is the best for our nation.”Tags: Amy Coney Barrett, Notre Dame Police Department, US Supreme Court Carrying posters emblazoned with phrases like “ND for ACB” and “The Notorious ACB,” and waving the Vatican, Gadsden and American flags, a group of students congregated to celebrate Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court on Thursday evening.Sophomore Michael Barrett, secretary of College Republicans, said the gathering was planned by a group of conservative students who promoted the event via Instagram on Wednesday as a means to “show support for a member of our community,” he said.“Justice Barrett was appointed properly through the legislative process,” Barrett said. “She was nominated by the president and appointed by the Senate, and she represents an extensive background on originalist interpretation of the Constitution, which seems to be supported by a large portion of the student body. And we felt that our voices needed to be heard today.”With an event opposing Coney Barrett’s nomination scheduled during the same time at Library Lawn, the College Republicans’ secretary said the congratulatory gathering also served as a way to give a voice to all students, despite of their political beliefs.“While this is not a very vocal portion of campus, since normally [conservative] people are silenced and shunned in social media, we thought if we could come together in presence, we could actually stand and represent our political views,” Barrett said. “We have both sides represented on this campus, not just one side. We’re here to show that there’s balance on this campus. We are here for bipartisanship.”The group of almost 60 people assembled by the Law School’s archway at 5:30 p.m. and then made their way towards Hesburgh Library, chanting “ACB, USA!” as they walked. The event finished at 6:15 p.m. with a prayer at the Grotto.last_img read more

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West End Star Gina Beck on What Glinda & Christine Daae Would Think of Her Role in Show Boat

first_imgRebecca Trehearn & Gina Beck in ‘Show Boat'(Photo: Johan Persson) Gina Beck has taken over leading roles in Wicked (as Glinda in the West End and also the U.S. tour) and The Phantom of the Opera (as Christine), but at long last the performer is opening a London production with the arrival in town of Daniel Evans’s Sheffield Theatre production of the 1927 Broadway landmark Show Boat at the New London Theatre. Beck chatted amiably one recent lunchtime about playing innocent, traveling America, and—in her words—being “set free.”How do feel playing Magnolia in Show Boat, which is widely regarded as the mother of all musicals?Can you imagine what it must have been like to see this show when it first opened? They’d have seen the follies and big social numbers and a political story and black and white people on a stage together. But they obviously adored it at the time and it did very well.How well did you know Show Boat before the Sheffield production late last year?I didn’t really. I’d never seen any of the films, and I didn’t really know the storyline. All I knew going in was that it was often done by opera companies and can be more about having a big ensemble and big numbers and singing the songs beautifully, whereas what we’re working on is acting the piece through song – which is how it was written to be performed.What about the score?“Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” were certainly among the standards that I’d heard growing up but, weirdly, I didn’t even know it came with this great opportunity for a soprano. So when I was given “You Are Love,” I just thought it was the most amazingly romantic song for a soprano to sing.How does it feel to open a production in the West End after years of takeovers?I think potentially the only reason I hadn’t done it before is that there aren’t actually any soprano roles that people are writing, and I had kind of exhausted all the big ones in the long-runners. And because I trained solely in acting [at the Central School of Speech and Drama] and never had that desire to be a song-and-dance actress, those parts that also required a dancer—like in Top Hat or Singin’ in the Rain—weren’t on offer to me.Do you regret not having added dance to your skill set?I do slightly now. I would love to be able to dance. I look at our Ellie Mae and Frank in Show Boat and they are just unbelievable.What do you make of Magnolia as a character, given that innocence can be hard to portray onstage?I just think she has had the most amazing childhood—an upbringing led by her father [Captain Andy] without barriers or boundaries or racial prejudice who has lived in this world of the show hanging around people much older than her. She’s become sort of the mascot of the boat and they all adore her; she’s having a lovely time.She goes on quite a journey.She does! I enjoy playing the first act, which is all about love and freedom and dancing with all the black folk in the kitchen, and Magnolia’s sense of innocence comes across in her love of life. The second act is quite a stark contrast: she gets taken away from the boat and everything falls apart.How do you retain the intimacy of such an epic piece?We’re actually doing the Goodspeed Opera version, which has a cast of 24 so it’s quite concise and some numbers have been cut while others like “Hey, Feller!” have been put back in. And because the Sheffield Crucible is an intimate space with a thrust stage, we’ve kept that for London. So in fact, we can see the audience’s faces, which can be quite disturbing when you spot someone you know.What do you think some of your previous stage heroines would make of Magnolia—Glinda, for instance?Glinda would like Magnolia, partly because Glinda has that loyalty thing and I think she would respect Magnolia for the kind of courage in adversity that Glinda thinks she has by the end of her show.And Christine Daae?Christine has the vulnerability that Magnolia has, as well, but weirdly it’s Cosette [in Les Miserables] who I played before all of these who is the one most like Magnolia, in my view, in terms of the innocence and the whole falling in love thing. When I began to rehearse Magnolia, I thought, “I’ve been here before when it comes to that awakening to a romantic feeling.” And they all have really long curly wigs.Is it hard in these takeovers making the role your own?You do have some flexibility, and you can’t ever try and copy. What happens is that basically you have to walk to the right position but within that, you can do your own performance. That’s especially true with Wicked, and especially in America where we were a lot more free in terms, say, of [the song] “Popular,” where they would encourage you to do what you wanted with that big number. They were keen for you to go a bit wild.How do the Phantom and Wicked fans compare?The Wicked fans are a whole different ballgame. The Phantom ones are nice but there seem only to be about four or five regulars whereas with Wicked there are, like, hundreds, and they start to become friends with each other and travel together and visit together and it all becomes very social for them as they follow you from show to show.What about a Sondheim show?Would you believe that I have never auditioned for a Sondheim show? I basically just trapped myself in long runs over the last 10 years and now it’s as if I have been set free. That was good for the bank balance, and I loved it, but now I can afford maybe to be more artistic. View Commentslast_img read more

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Linville Gorge Wildfire Forces Closure of Mountains to Sea Trail

first_imgA wildfire was reported  around 4 p.m. Thursday by hikers in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area of the Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina.Firefighters are responding to the blaze, which is burning on the southern end of the Linville Gorge near Shortoff Mountain, and the United States Forest Service (USFS) has closed the Mountains to Sea Trail from Old Highway 105 at Pinnacle to the Table Rock Picnic Area along with the Shortoff Trail (Trail #235).USFS is currently investigating the source of the incident, which they are calling the White Creek Fire, but no burn ban is currently in effect for the Linville Gorge Wilderness.According to a press release issued by the USFS at noon today, the fire has spread to 75 acres with a containment percentage of zero.At present, there are 100 firefighters on the scene. USFS is leading the response, with support from the North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Burke County Emergency Management, and North Carolina Emergency Management.Thanks to significant and widespread drought, coupled at times with deliberate arson, the mountains of Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians as a whole have seen more than their fair share of wildfires during the fall and winter of 2016-17.Related:last_img read more

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Paid advertisements and endorsements lose trust of female consumers

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The coveted “target demo” of 25-54 year old females continues to grow more elusive to reach. For credit unions with a minimal marketing budget, there’s some good news from an article in Fast Company this month: Female Shoppers No Longer Trust Ads or Celebrity Endorsements.While it’s the topic of this recently published article, it’s been known for awhile that paid ads are losing steam with consumers. “Before buying a product for themselves or their families, women want to hear from everyday people with whom they can relate: 86% of the 1,470 women surveyed said they put the most trust in real peoples’ product and service recommendations” the article states. While that’s good news for credit unions with small budgets, it’s bad news for credit unions who have not adopted a culture of excellent member service. continue reading »last_img read more

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Nice to meet you: The new definition of service

first_img 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jack Lynch Jack Lynch oversees PSCU’s operations service delivery to credit unions including implementations, project management and CU Learning. Jack has over 25 years of leadership experience in delivering operational services, … Web: pscu.com Details “We provide great customer service.” From advertisements and website mission statements, to sales presentations and trade shows, we’ve heard this message from companies in every industry more times than we can count. But what does service really mean to consumers today?It’s a standard for those of us in the credit union industry to say service to our members is our No. 1 focus. After all, it is, and it should be. But what does that really mean? Specifically, how does your vision of service translate into results for current and potential future members? Will your service message result in an increase in membership?Great service is no longer just about saying ‘hello’ and smiling when someone walks into your branch. (We’ve been doing that for years!) Many of our competitors in the financial services industry have already recognized the importance of friendly in-branch customer service and are making improvements. And even if you have your competitors beat with a great branch experience, are you really winning the service battle for members? Maybe not, as your member’s definition of service has likely changed.The New Meaning of ‘Service’Service has moved to being defined by consumers as 24/7 access across all channels. They want what they want, when they want it via mobile, web, branch or phone. When your members reach out for help, they need to experience your commitment to service across all of those channels.For example, you may have the latest and greatest mobile application out there, but an important metric of success is what users encounter if they run into an issue. What do they think if they call you at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening only to receive an automated voicemail response that no one will be available to provide assistance until 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning? And it’s not as helpful as you may think to direct them to your website in the interim. In today’s service environment, your member probably visited your site to do their own troubleshooting before ever calling you. Would this translate into a great service experience in their mind? Probably not.The Credit Union AdvantageThe advantage for credit unions is our long history of service to members. This gives us a built-in advantage over other financial institutions. It’s our job to not only meet evolving consumer expectations of service, but also to help educate the millions of people out there about just what makes credit unions so unique. And one of those differentiators should be that we are available to our members when they need us, in the channel in which they want to engage with us.The question all of us in the credit union industry must continually ask ourselves is, “Are we aligned with the member’s definition of service expectations?” This means ongoing assessments across all your channels, as well as considering how you measure up against the competition. Identify where the gaps are and create a roadmap for improvement. In what areas do you need to invest to create the service current members demand and for which future members are looking? It’s easy to say but hard to execute when you are confronted with day-to-day business challenges. The gap may seem insurmountable when some of your competitors are the largest financial institutions in the country and have the resources to make huge investments in service delivery.The Power of PartnershipsService is an area where you should leverage your partners across all channels to develop an overall plan to address the new definition of service.In addition to handling inquiries on a variety of financial services, PSCU’s Total Member Care™ call centers help credit unions communicate effectively with their members about conversions, mergers, EMV upgrades, home banking conversions and regulatory changes. All services are available 24/7/365 to ensure maximum satisfaction and loyalty. PSCU partners with its Member-Owner credit unions to provide an exceptional level of service to their members.Just as the landscape in payments is rapidly changing, the definition of what it means to serve is also evolving. When a member engages with you across all channels, can you confidently say your service is superior to what they would receive from another financial institution? As you plan for the future, make service a part of every strategic discussion. This is an opportunity to differentiate yourself from the competition and not only retain current members but also expand your membership as you help them meet – and exceed – their new definition of service.last_img read more

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CFPB releases arbitration proposal

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CFPB released its proposed arbitration rule Thursday, which would prohibit the use of arbitration agreements to limit consumer access to class action litigation.The proposal follows the outline the bureau released last October on the use of arbitration agreements. The outline did not include an outright ban of pre-dispute arbitration but merely prohibited the use of “class action waivers” in financial product agreements. The outline also contained a potential requirement for financial institutions to submit information on arbitration claims and rewards to the bureau.“NAFCU and our members believe that consumers should have access to fair and efficient methods of dispute resolution,” NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Alexander Monterrubio said in a statement. “To that end, we urge the bureau to avoid promulgating any rule that unreasonably limits the availability of arbitration or creates burdensome reporting requirements that negatively affect credit unions. NAFCU is especially concerned with the CFPB’s plan to publish the arbitration data it collects as such actions would present system-wide reputational risk, meddle in the arbitration process, and create significant privacy issues.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Asia markets mostly up after US passes huge stimulus

first_imgAsian markets mostly rose Thursday as investors breathed a sigh of relief that US senators have finally passed a gargantuan stimulus package for the world’s top economy after being delayed by wrangling over details.The unprecedented $2 trillion plan — described by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a “wartime level of investment” — helped spur a surge across global equities as panicked traders worried about the impact of the coronavirus sweeping the planet.But another advance on Wall Street was blunted Wednesday as it emerged that four Republican senators have baulked at the generous provisions agreed to in the bipartisan deal with the White House. Tokyo ended down 4.5 percent after surging almost a fifth over the previous three days, while Hong Kong dipped 0.3 percent and Shanghai eased 0.2 percent.But Sydney jumped more than two percent, Wellington and Mumbai climbed four percent, Manila rallied more than seven percent and Jakarta soared almost 10 percent.There were also healthy gains in Taipei and Bangkok.Singapore also bounced back into positive territory, having earlier lost more than two percent. Data in the morning showed the city-state’s economy suffered its worst quarterly contraction since the financial crisis more than a decade ago, giving global investors an early insight into the economic effects of the pandemic.Singapore is considered a bellwether for trade-reliant Asian countries.While the US bill provides much-needed support, observers continue to err towards caution with most now expecting the global economy to plunge into recession as countries go into lockdown, turning off the growth taps.”While this is good news… it’s impossible to gauge the ultimate economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for weeks, possibly months, and until that point, the sustainability of any rally in oil or equity markets is questionable and suggests the current high level of volatility will likely extend,” said AxiCorp’s Stephen Innes.”All the stimulus chatter will fade if the COVID-19 headcount curve goes vertical. The reality is the ‘Big Bazooka’ sway is impossible to sustain, and not to mention the surprise effects greatly diminish. Ultimately, policy is harder to maintain the more protracted virus outbreaks continue.”Investors are now nervously awaiting the release later Thursday of US jobless claims data, which is expected to show a massive rise.”The high-frequency data will confirm we’re in a horrible vortex of the fastest and most substantial rise in the US unemployment in modern financial history,” Innes added.And CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson said the figures “could well be extremely ugly” and warned some estimates had put them at around the four million mark.Also Thursday, G20 leaders will be holding a summit by teleconference, with hopes they can provide a united front in the face of the pandemic after the group of leading economies faced criticism that it has been slow to address the crisis.French presidential sources said the virtual meeting would focus on “coordination on the health level” as well as sending a “strong signal” to financial markets over efforts to stabilise the global economy.Topics : The bill eventually cleared the Senate by an overwhelming majority and will now head to the House of Representatives before going to President Donald Trump for his signature.The monster deal thrashed out between Republicans, Democrats and the White House includes cash payments to American taxpayers and several hundred billion dollars in grants and loans to small businesses and core industries. It also buttresses hospitals desperately in need of medical equipment and expands unemployment benefits.The plan, together with a huge bond-buying programme by the Federal Reserve that effectively prints cash, is part of an unprecedented global response to the outbreak, which has even seen Germany put together a list of measures worth more than $1 trillion.Asian markets mostly rose though major indexes struggled after posting hefty gains this week.last_img read more

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Speaker Ryan: Meet the people who would lose treatment under GOP plan (+ VIDEO)

first_imgSpeaker Ryan: Meet the people who would lose treatment under GOP plan (+ VIDEO) Office of Governor Tom Wolf January 26, 2017   SHARE  TWEET Gov. Wolf to Speaker Ryan: Meet the people whose Medicaid you want to cut Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  The Blog,  Videos With Speaker Paul Ryan in Philadelphia for the GOP retreat, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf invited the speaker to see firsthand how Medicaid is saving lives in the opioid epidemic–and consider the devastating impact of cuts. Watch the video below, read the letter Governor Wolf sent Speaker Ryan, and see reactions from Twitter. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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JCD SPOOKTACULAR Mini-Golf Scramble on Friday

first_imgOsgood, IN—The Jac-Cen-Del High School Band is holding a SPOOKTACULAR Mini-Golf Scramble on Friday, November 1st at the Delaware Campgrounds.  The event starts at 6 pm and the proceeds from the event will go towards lowering the cost of the band trip to Walt Disney World during Spring Break 2020!  Teams of 4 will compete to be the Mini-Golf Champions! The grand prize for the winning team is a $100 gift card and bragging rights!  The event will also include food, music, a campfire, and a costume contest, so make sure to come out dressed in your best Halloween costume to support our fantastic students!Admission for the event is $7 per person or $25/team of 4 in advance or $8/person and $30/team of 4 the day of the event.  Please complete the attached form and turn it in with the registration fee to Cameron Papandria (band director) at Jac-Cen-Del High School.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cameron Papandria at cpapandria@jaccendel.k12.in.us or Alesha Neal at 812-621-1670. The JCD Band is also looking for people, companies, businesses, organizations, etc. to sponsor each of the holes for the upcoming Mini-Golf Fundraiser on November 1st at 6 pm at the Delaware Campgrounds. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring a hole for the event, please contact Alesha Neal at 812-621-1670 or Nichole Drockelman at ndrockelman@jaccendel.k12.in.us or 812-212-2170. More information is also attached.If you do not want to set up a booth but still want to support the event, donations are welcome! All proceeds from the event will go towards lowering the cost of the band trip for participating students.  Please consider helping out our fantastic students!last_img read more

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Harris questions Ferguson claims

first_imgFormer Chelsea defender Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris has questioned the timing of Sir Alex Ferguson’s public revelation that he was approached to manage the Blues. Fiorellino wonders whether Ferguson and Abramovich would have got on. She added: “Ferguson was very well established at Man United at the time and coming to Chelsea, where there’s talk of Abramovich interfering, how long would that relationship have lasted? “I don’t think Ferguson would’ve put up with any interference whatsoever.” Had Ferguson been appointed, Jose Mourinho might never have become the most successful manager in Chelsea’s history. The Portuguese is now in charge for a second spell. Fiorellino added: “Everything works out for a reason and if Fergie turning us down brought us Jose eventually, it was meant to be. “It’s part of the Jose Mourinho and Chelsea fairy story.” Press Association Harris wondered why Ferguson chose now, after successor David Moyes’ challenging start at Old Trafford, to reveal the approach. “Why bring it out now?” Harris told Press Association Sport. “They haven’t started the season off particularly well. Maybe he’s trying to upset the apple cart. “If it was true, I’d have thought it would’ve leaked out before. “It just seems strange now all of a sudden since he’s retired it’s come to light.” It is the first time Ferguson has commented publicly on the matter, although it was previously reported by the Manchester Evening News. It was not a shock to Chelsea Supporters’ Group chair Trizia Fiorellino. “I’m not surprised at all; I’d have been surprised if he wasn’t offered the job,” she said. “Abramovich was very new to football and was going around trying to pick up the best of people to fill the football club with.” In a wide-ranging hour-long interview with US TV network PBS, Ferguson, who left United in the summer after almost 27 years in charge, revealed he was asked to manage Chelsea not long after Russian Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. “They used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over the club,” the Scot said. “And I said, ‘No chance’. I always come back to this point – why would you leave?” last_img read more

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