Sexual assault reported

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a sexual assault reported Saturday, according to an email sent to students the same evening. The reported sexual assault occurred in a North Quad men’s residence hall late Friday, police said. The assault was committed by an acquaintance of the victim. In the email, police warned students of the risk of sexual assault. “Sexual assault can happen to anyone,” the email stated. “College students are more likely to be assaulted by an acquaintance than a stranger. This means that the person perpetrating the assault could be part of the campus community. “Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.” Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention. Following the email from NDSP, student body vice president Nancy Joyce sent an email to students inviting them to gather at the Grotto on Sunday evening “to pray for the healing of our Notre Dame family.”last_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans are Thrilled for Rupert Grint’s B’way Debut in It’s Only a Play

first_img 2. Emma Stone, Cabaret—36% If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. The big screen star is tapped to make a “perfectly marvelous” debut as Sally Bowles, taking over from Oscar nominee Michelle Williams beginning November 11. Stone was originally in talks to lead the production, but scheduling conflicts led to her bowing out early. Looks like this time, she’ll win. Hope you like nervous breakdowns and prairie oysters, Emma! View Comments It’s here! It’s finally here! The fall Broadway season is underway as a herd of new productions light up the Great White Way. And with those shows come stars galore. Many screen actors are tapped to make their heavily anticipated Broadway debuts this fall in various plays and musicals and we wanted to know which star’s Broadway debut you were most amped for. Here’s what you had to say! 1. Rupert Grint, It’s Only a Play—40% The Harry Potter fave makes his debut this fall in the Terrence McNally comedy as Frank Finger, a wunderkind director. He’s part of a star-studded cast that includes Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham and Stockard Channing. Not bad company to be in for your first Broadway bow. Hopefully, this will pave the way for more wizards and witches to get their names on a marquee. 3. Keke Palmer, Cinderella—6% September 9 will be a “lovely night” for the small screen star and talk show host, as she makes her Great White Way debut in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tuner. She will be joined by two devious stepmothers: Sherri Shepherd, and beginning November 25, NeNe Leakes.last_img read more

Catch a Magical First Look at Tony Yazbeck in Finding Neverland

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments Laura Michelle Kelly, Tony Yazbeck & the cast of ‘Finding Neverland'(Photo by Carol Rosegg) Dapper triple threat Tony Yazbeck has grown a beard, brused up his Scottish accent and stepped into the Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland. See the pics of the star, who replaced original headliner Matthew Morrison this week, as J.M. Barrie. Barrie, as you probably know, was the mastermind behind the beloved story of Peter Pan, and Finding Neverland examines the inspiration for the iconic story. Take a look at the pics, then see the show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Finding Neverlandcenter_img Star Files Related Shows Tony Yazbecklast_img read more

Body Image

first_imgChildren and teens are always looking for role models. Fashion magazines, athletes, movie stars, popular kids at school and even you are influencing the standards they set for their appearance and behavior. American culture can sometimes send the message that how a person looks is how a person is valued. With this message, many feel their body is the enemy and they must fix it, dress it up, deprive it and try to improve it. In the extreme, these negative attitudes can lead to eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. While it‘s fashionable to blame the media for these self-defeating attitudes, parents often contribute as well. When was the last time you said something positive or negative about your own body? Have you said something negative a lot more recently than you said something positive? Similarly, when was the last time you said something positive about your son or daughter’s body? It doesn’t have to be related to appearance. Instead you could say, “I’m really impressed that you are strong enough to carry in those groceries” or, “you seem to be getting better hand-eye coordination when you play basketball.” The goal is to appreciate the function of the body over its appearance. People tend to think criticizing their bodies will shame them into a dramatic change in eating or exercise habits. While many people could be more fit, rarely does bad-mouthing result in a beauty queen figure or an elite athlete body. In fact, if we feel bad about ourselves, we usually just sit more on the couch and eat larger amounts of comfort food to escape our unhappy thoughts. To begin to change your family’s body image, start with yourself. Focus on what your body does well, not where it is deficient. Instead of always saying bad things about your body, make positive statements such as, “my body feels great after taking a walk” or “my skin looks so much better when I get enough sleep.” Don’t feel uncomfortable doing this. You are not bragging, just stating a fact. Many people suffer from negative self-centeredness. In reality, no one pays much attention to anyone else for more than a few seconds. Can you remember what your friend, spouse or children were wearing today? Often, we think people are much more interested in us than they really are. Don’t let body shape prevent you or your family members from participating in fun physical activities because you think you look bad in a swimsuit, sports uniform or exercise outfit. You’ll never look better if you sit at home worrying about how you look.last_img read more

Governor, UVM President sign Vermont Climate Collaborative Charter

first_imgGovernor, UVM President sign Vermont Climate Collaborative CharterMONTPELIER – Governor Jim Douglas and UVM President Daniel Mark Fogel have formally adopted the Vermont Climate Collaborative framework, which will guide Vermont’s effort to address climate change and further develop the green tech economy.At a charter signing at the Statehouse Wednesday, Governor Douglas called the Collaborative a signature partnership that brings together the state’s higher education institutions, businesses, legislators and nonprofit organizations to allow the state to forge ahead with confidence in protecting and enhancing Vermont’s quality of life.”This charter spells out a foundation and framework for action,” the Governor said. “The Collaborative’s mission is simple: to see that Vermont stays green, leads the nation in environmental policies and creates job opportunities for a thriving green economy.”Douglas created his Commission on Climate Change in 2005, asking its members to enter into a wide-ranging discussion on initiatives that will safeguard Vermont’s way of life, where economic prosperity goes hand in hand with environmental stewardship.Hundreds of Vermonters offered their assistance and expertise to the Commission. In the end, the Commission’s final report focused on six main themes, including this collaborative partnership.Creation of the Vermont Climate Collaborative would be essential to meeting the five other goals, and to implementing policy recommendations contained in the Plenary Group Report, the Commission concluded.”Vermont, as the greenest state in the nation, is again leading the way by developing a far-reaching blueprint that creates and maintains a climate-friendly green infrastructure where man and nature co-exist and thrive together – and because of each other. And that’s what it’s really all about in Vermont,” Douglas said.Now that the Collaborative charter is signed, its members will begin to hold regular public meetings with the first order of business to be writing bylaws and defining the criteria to measure success.UVM President Fogel said Vermont has a robust foundation of environmental research and scientific capabilities that will be meaningful to the Collaborative’s work.”Addressing climate change will not be easy,” said Fogel. “But the Collaborative will become the ‘clearinghouse’ that will help set priorities for action and measure results.”The Collaborative will serve as a coordinating hub to provide connections to appropriate resources and individuals to foster climate change research and activities, Fogel said.”Numerous research efforts are already underway in Vermont to help us understand the impacts of policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Fogel said. “The Vermont Climate Collaborative gives us the opportunity to harness our collective ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also strengthening the green economy in Vermont. The Collaborative framework will enhance the speed at which Vermont is able to move forward with green initiatives.”Fogel pointed to climate change research already taking place at Vermont’s higher education institutions, including the work of Lisa Aultman-Hall and Richard Watts at UVM’s Transportation Research Center, the Carbon Reduction Initiative at Middlebury College, and the work of UVM’s Jennifer Jenkins and William Keeton on biomass, forest dynamics, and carbon storage.The Collaborative members include: UVM Provost John Hughes and ANR Secretary George Crombie will oversee the Collaborative; Dean Domenico Grasso of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; Dean Lawrence Forcier at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources; Dean Thomas Vogelmann at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Frances Carr, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies; Chancellor Robert Clarke at the Vermont State Colleges; Paul Fonteyn, President of Green Mountain College; William Wooten, President of Sterling College; Commerce Secretary Kevin Dorn; Transportation Secretary David Dill; Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee; Public Service Commissioner David O’Brien; Senate President Peter Shumlin; Rep. Margaret Cheney of Norwich; Gregg Marston of the Vermont Business Roundtable; Mark Snelling from the Governor’s Council of Environmental Advisors and Scott Johnstone, Executive Director of Vermont Energy Investment Corp.last_img read more

Vermont Law School helps update Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan

first_imgVermont Law School,Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) is playing a significant role in updating Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan. A draft of the plan is open for public comment until October 10. The IEE was commissioned by the Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) to craft a background to the plan, which addresses Vermont’s energy future for electricity, thermal energy, transportation and land use. The plan, which was last updated in 1998, is being developed by the DPS in collaboration with other state agencies, the public and stakeholders such as VLS. ‘Our goal was to support the plan and create a map of the regulatory and legal landscape of Vermont’s energy policy,’ said Professor Michael Dworkin, director of the IEE. ‘The plan is to be used by decision makers and a lay audience who are looking for the forest, not the trees.’ The plan’s background crafted by the IEE evaluates the legal and decision-making aspects of Vermont’s energy policy; identifies inconsistencies, tensions and other problems with the Legislature’s energy goals and current laws; and identifies ways to resolve those problems.  The plan’s primary purposes are to inform Vermonters about the challenges of maintaining a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy supply; to examine efforts to address these energy challenges; and to make recommendations to achieve Vermont’s energy goals.The draft plan is available at: is external)last_img read more

Peruvian Police Capture Suspected Shining Path Commander

first_imgBy Dialogo September 21, 2009 The suspected “principal coordinator” of the Shining Path guerrilla group has been arrested by the National Police in an operation in the jungles of northeast Peru, the official Andina news agency reported. Brandy Maldonado Vasquez was arrested at a house outside the town of Santa Rosa de Yanajanca, where police found flags bearing the hammer and sickle, a shotgun, leaflets, notebooks and a cell phone. The 35-year-old, known as “Comrade Levi,” is believed to have been the group’s political chief in Yanajanca, as well as in the towns of Nuevo Progreso, Alto Uchiza and Tocache, all located in Huanuco and San Martin provinces. Maldonado is accused of having participated between 2004 and 2008 in several campaigns led by “Comrade Artemio,” the only remaining high-profile fugitive of the guerrilla group that terrorized Peru in the 1980s, committing murders, distributing propaganda and stirring up unrest, Andina said. He allegedly organized strikes and protests by coca growers against crop eradication programs between 2005 and 2007, Andina said. The so-called “remnants” of the Shining Path have been blamed for an increase in violence in Peru’s interior in recent months. The Shining Path has a presence in both the Upper Huallaga Valley and the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, known as the VRAE region. The Upper Huallaga Valley is a center of coca cultivation and cocaine production. The guerrilla group’s remnants operate in both valleys, working with drug traffickers and staging attacks on the security forces. The Maoist-inspired Shining Path launched its uprising on May 17, 1980, with an attack on Chuschi, a small town in Ayacucho province. A truth commission appointed by former President Alejandro Toledo blamed the Shining Path for most of the nearly 70,000 deaths the panel ascribed to politically motivated violence during the two decades following the group’s 1980 uprising. The guerrilla group also caused an estimated $25 billion in economic losses, according to commission estimates. Founder Abimael Guzman, known to his fanatic followers as “President Gonzalo,” was captured with his top lieutenants on Sept. 12, 1992, an event that marked the “defeat” of the insurgency. Guzman, who was a professor of philosophy at San Cristobal University before initiating his armed struggle in the Andean city of Ayacucho, once predicted that 1 million Peruvians would probably have to die in the ushering-in of the new state envisioned by Shining Path. The group became notorious for some of its innovations, such as blowing apart with dynamite the bodies of community service workers its members killed, or hanging stray canines from lampposts as warnings to “capitalist dogs.” The Shining Path’s remnants did not comply with Guzman’s order more than a decade ago to end the armed struggle, and he does not recognize them as members of the group. Comrade Artemio called on the government last December for a “political solution” to end the armed conflict. In May, the La Republica newspaper reported that Guzman, who is serving a life sentence for terrorism, called the remaining members of the guerrilla group operating in the VRAE region “mercenaries.”last_img read more

One attorney on a child safety crusade

first_imgOne attorney on a child safety crusade Three-year-old Adam was playing with his grandfather’s heart medication and the bottle was open. His mother, Debra Smiley Holtzman, called the poison-control center and was told to rush him to the emergency room. Hooked up to a heart monitor, little Adam was given ipecac syrup to induce vomiting. Six hours later, doctors confirmed he had not swallowed any of grandpa’s pills. If he had, Holtzman was shaken to learn, he could have died. That life-changing close call propelled Hollywood lawyer Holtzman into her role of child safety crusader. She volunteers as a poison prevention specialist with the Broward County chapter of the National Safe Kids Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based safety advocacy group, as well as the Florida Poison Control Center and the Sierra Club. Holtzman, who holds a master’s degree in occupational safety from New York University and a law degree from St. Johns University, is married to Robert, a trauma surgeon, and they have two children Adam, now 13, and Laura, 9. Her latest achievement is writing “The Panic-Proof Parent: Creating a Safe Lifestyle for Your Family,” (a 299-page paperback, $12.95, published in August by Contemporary Books), that Publishers Weekly called “a book no parent should be without.” Holtzman said her stint as Mrs. Florida 1995 helped spark her success at being invited to speak at schools to teach children about environmental issues. She brings her eyecatching prop, the “Safe House,” constructed like a doll house, where each door opens to reveal common poisons in each room. The door to the bedroom, for example, listed cosmetics and jewelry cleaner. “Although my title as a former Mrs. Florida opened many doors for me, I believe my role as a poison and injury specialist with the Broward Safe Kids Coalition has been much more rewarding,” Holtzman said. She takes her show on the road to fifth-graders, demonstrating how much alike Pine-Sol and apple juice look in identical glasses, how Sweet-Tarts look like Tums, how Tic Tacs look like Motrin tablets and how Hershey’s chocolate looks like Ex-Lax. “While volunteering, however, I noticed a huge gap when it came to finding one book that was couched in phrases all parents could understand and that covered everything. It took me three years to remedy that situation.” The September 2000 edition of Reader’s Digest named Holtzman an “Everyday Hero,” for her contributions in the field of child safety. And singer Olivia Newton-John, national spokesperson for the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, has heartily endorsed Holtzman’s book. “It’s common sense to avoid exposing children to pesticides and other toxins found in the home environment,” Newton-John said. “‘The Panic-Proof Parent’ provides many preventive steps every parent can take to safeguard children’s health.” In her book, Holtzman exhaustively covers it all in detail — from good habits that protect the unborn to 10 ways to calm a crying baby to insisting your child’s school be tested for radon. She begins each chapter with a homespun quote from her mother. The chapter on “Taking Care with Pesticides” begins: “Mother used to say, `If it can kill a bug, it can make you sick.’” This mother sees the world from a child’s perspective, curious and down on her knees. Holtzman’s advice includes: “Install a toilet lid lock on all toilets.” “Magnetic fields can penetrate walls, so don’t, for example, place your television set against a wall that backs to where your child’s bed is located.” “Guns kept in the home for self-protection are 22 times more likely to be used to kill a family member or friend than to kill in self-defense.” Holtzman likes to say that she didn’t find this line of work — it found her. And if it seems that she finds a hidden danger lurking in every corner like a poisonous philodendron plant, her philosophy on child-rearing is more word-to-the-wise than worrywart. “You can’t be so crazy that you would never let any of your kids out,” she said. “Things are going to happen. But what you have control over, you can do something about.” Holtzman can be contacted at One attorney on a child safety crusade October 15, 2000 Regular Newslast_img

Credit bureau data security focus of next week’s Senate Banking hearing

first_imgThe Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing next Tuesday on consumer data security at the credit bureaus in further follow-up to the Equifax data breach, which affected potentially more than 145 million Americans. NAFCU continues to advocate for a strong national data security standard.The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Tuesday.During the Oct. 17 hearing, Andrew Smith, a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, will testify on behalf of the Consumer Data Industry Association, which has the mission of educating the public, legislators and regulators about responsible use of consumer data. Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, is also set to testify on the importance of upholding consumers’ right to privacy.In addition to obtaining personal information – including Social Security numbers – of 145.5 million Americans, Equifax recently announced hackers gained access to driver’s license information of almost 11 million U.S. consumers. Reports indicate this will likely lead to more fraudulent activity, as driver’s license information is often used to verify a person’s identity when disputing credit-report information. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

EDITORIAL: September 11 continues to take its toll

first_imgCategories: Editorial, Opinion“It remains inconceivable that now, 18 years later, we’re still losing our loved ones because of the attack this day.” ~Daniel Nigro, fire commissioner, FDNY.For those of us who watched in horror on that beautiful, sunny Tuesday morning in 2001 as the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, we will never forget. The terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people that day in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., shattered our collective sense of security, made us question our own mortality and rallied our patriotism.But when it was over and the shock had died down, most of us were able to go back to our lives, shaken but not broken.That’s not the case for the heroes of 9/11, both those who died trying to help others that day and the heroes who came in after, searching for victims, helping recover the bodies, investigating the site and cleaning up the damage. Among the thousands of tons of debris that fell on the city that day was dust containing toxins and carcinogens. The people who worked at the site or who worked and lived around it in the immediate aftermath of the attacks breathed in that dust.Many have since suffered from chronic health problems, respiratory illnesses and cancer — tens of thousands of people.Many have died, and continue to die, from their exposure.And now it’s even possible that fetal development issues related to the toxins may be affecting a generation of Americans that wasn’t even born on September 11, 2001.   Among those who helped in rescue and recovery operations and who died years later of cancer as a result of their efforts in the wake of 9/11 were State Trooper Brian Falb of Morrisonville, Trooper Michael J. Anson of Colonie and Sergeant/Station Commander Charles R. Salaway, who was stationed in Wilton and Greenwich.The events of 9/11 had an enduring effect on all of us who lived during that time.In a sense, we were all victims. But there were those who paid a much higher price than the rest of us. The people on the planes. The people in the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. The first responders who rushed into danger and never came out. And the many others who suffered and died from diseases in the aftermath.Today, we remember all of their sacrifices, and pray that something like this never happens again.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more