Sculpture garden under construction

first_imgMost works in Snite Museum of Art exhibits are part of indoor exhibits, but a new sculpture garden on the west side of campus will bring an outdoor art display to campus. Charles Loving, director and curator of the George Rickey Sculpture Archive, said an appreciation for the arts prompted the University to begin construction on the new garden this fall. “Through the sculpture garden, we hope to create an important artistic program for both campus and community audiences,” Loving said. “This beautiful site at Notre Dame’s community entrance could serve as a future campus fine arts district.” The presence of the sculpture garden on campus could catalyze the construction of facilities on campus devoted to the appreciation of fine arts, Loving said. “Some folks on campus would one day like to add a new art museum building, new art, art history and design building and a new music building to that region of campus that already features the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center,” Loving said.  “This project should regain momentum for the Snite Museum staff to develop funds for a new art museum building to be constructed at this location.” University architect Doug Marsh said the garden’s beauty and location would allow visitors the opportunity for reflection. “The sculpture garden will provide a place for walking and contemplation amid a naturally distinctive outdoor space,” Marsh said.  “Its location between the Irish Green and the Compton Family Ice Arena is a unique outdoor space given its change in topography and grassland context.  A storm water retention basin that serves as a water feature further adds to the location’s artistry.” The way plants within the garden will filter the sun’s rays also made the site a perfect candidate for the garden, Loving said. “The perfect quantity of light allowed through the canopy of trees will be retained with the construction of the sculpture garden,” Loving said.  “This effect will celebrate the cyclical wonder of nature by symbolizing Notre Dame’s four seasons.” Loving said the art within the garden would shift on a rotational basis. The first installment, which highlights the natural attraction of the landscape, will be an exhibit called “Reclamation of our Nature.” “Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh has specified the planting of indigenous trees and shrubs, as well as prairie grass, to return the site to what it might have appeared at the founding of Notre Dame,” Loving said.  “The sculptures selected for the first exhibit should speak to the beauty and power of nature, as well as to humankind’s universal quest for spiritual transcendence.” The architecture present within the park will span a wide spectrum of images, both real and imaginary, Loving said. “The sculptures are both representational and abstract,” Loving said.  “They are essentially of the human-scale, and they are all by modern or contemporary artists.” Marsh said that the University has invested much effort in designing the sculpture garden’s plans and that financial support for its construction has been widespread. “This project has been in the active planning and design process for approximately the last year,” Marsh said.  “Its funding has been drawn from a series of gifts from individuals.” The building contractor responsible for planning the garden was selected on the basis of financial practicality, Marsh said. Marsh said the University awarded the construction contact to local firm Gibson-Lewis, LLC. Although the building aspects of the sculpture garden will be completed in a few months’ time, Loving said the area’s natural features would not come to fruition for an extended period. “Construction of the park has just begun and is scheduled to be completed in November 2012,” Loving said.  “Of course, it will take years for the trees and plants to fully mature.”last_img read more

Trail Blazers need a ride

first_imgTroy can see the Blue Ridge Mountains from his apartment beside the interstate in downtown Asheville. But the nine-year-old had never hiked in them until last month.Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine has helped create the Trail Blazers Youth Adventure Club. Children from inner city communities are learning outdoor skills on a series of adventures throughout the summer. Kids from public housing projects learn about the plants and animals while hiking, swimming, and exploring the summits and waterfalls of Southern Appalachia.Currently the Trail Blazers are borrowing an old bus that has seen some miles. However, the Trail Blazers are hoping to raise $4,000 to purchase their own used 15 passenger van. View photos and a short video about the Trail Blazers’ efforts to grow their hiking program here.last_img read more

Lawmakers rewrite workers’ comp legislation

first_imgLawmakers rewrite workers’ comp legislation April 30, 2003 Daniel Staesser Assistant Editor Regular News Lawmakers rewrite workers’ comp legislation Assistant EditorWhen Bar Workers’ Compensation Chair Martin Leibowitz and immediate past Chair Rafael Gonzalez walked into the House Administration Committee on April 14, they along with other interested parties got a shock.House staffers were pulling from boxes and distributing a just-rewritten 377-page workers’ compensation bill, radically revamping a bill that had been approved only a few days earlier by the House Insurance Committee.The new bill, HB 1837, they said, is decidedly more unfriendly to injured workers and the lawyers who represent them. It passed after only brief testimony and limited debate among committee members.The next day, they went to a Senate Banking and Insurance Committee meeting and watched as a largely revamped bill was introduced, and 23 amendments proposed. The Senate bill, SB 1132, however, turned out more worker- and lawyer-friendly, they said.And that’s the way it has been for them during this session as special commissions have reported and various committees have held hearings and drafted bills, only to have changes proposed with little or no notice, as at the House Administration Committee.“It’s changing almost by the hour,” said Gonzalez, who has been following developments closely since last summer. Added Leibowitz, “It’s a moving target.”It hasn’t been easy for legislators either. “In the nicest possible way, what redeeming qualities would this bill have to help injured workers?” asked Sen. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Pembroke Pines, at the Senate meeting after reviewing benefit cuts, particularly for permanent total disability.“We have essentially taken a system where we encourage people to stay out of work, where we encourage people not to get better, because the only way they can get benefits is if they stay on permanent total disability,” said Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac.“I equate workers’ comp with a rubber tube, that over the years everybody has been messing with it, putting little patches over it to fix problems, and now we have just a big gusher that doesn’t make any sense to anybody,” he added.While the issue was in flux as this Bar News went to press, Leibowitz and Gonzalez reported on trends they have seen emerging in the bills:• Cutting fees for attorneys representing injured workers. Proposals include cutting the current percentages attorneys get on recoveries, and either limiting hourly compensation or eliminating it entirely. One amendment to the Senate bill, however, raised the maximum hourly payment to $5,000 in medical benefit disputes, and as much as $20,000 if the carrier tries to deny coverage. It also raised the percentage on benefits won that would be paid in attorneys’ fees. The House has no hourly rates. Gonzalez and Leibowitz said that would make it impossible for lawyers to take many, if not most, small cases because they might only earn $150 to $200 for 15, 20, or more hours of work.• Establishing a peer review panel of out-of-state licensed physicians to handle the medical review process, a system likened to what some call “Fair Care.” While lawmakers say that would be a way to resolve medical disputes without trial, Gonzalez and Leibowitz said that it would be expensive to involve out-of-state doctors and create a system with different procedures for handling different parts of a case. They also said that Minnesota tried a similar system with in-state peer review panels in the late 1980s that proved expensive and unworkable.• Enhancing some benefits for temporarily injured workers, while at the same time limiting benefits for those permanently totally disabled (PTD). The House and Senate both discussed cutting off PTD benefits between the ages of 65 and 75. Annual cost-of-living increases could be cut.• The Senate proposed dropping rates by 15 percent, while the House had no rollback provision.• Creation of a new appellate division, where appeals from judges of compensation claims go to a workers’ compensation appellate tribunal, appointed by the governor, before they would go to a district court of appeal. Instead of having all appeals going to the First DCA, the House would split them among the five DCAs.Leibowitz said that lawyers who want to follow the daily changes on the issue may visit the Workers’ Compensation Section Web site at Also on the site is a list of the section’s authorized positions, which include supporting legislation aimed at ensuring the right of the injured workers to have their cases reviewed, while opposing that which would restrict or restructure attorneys’ fees.Gonzalez said the section is working on a side-by-side comparison of the House and Senate bills and the recommendations from a blue ribbon task force appointed by the governor.Against a backdrop of budget problems and medical malpractice issues, Leibowitz said the issue is unlikely to be resolved during the regular session, and will be taken up in special session.last_img read more

Are robots coming to a credit union near you?

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Technology like artificial intelligence sounds futuristic, but changes in technology move a lot faster than it seems. ATMs took 18 years to become ubiquitous. Nothing moves as quickly as it feels, but when you look back it seems like it just happened overnight. We still hear that mobile is the future, but really mobile is today – there are more mobile phones on this planet (7.19 billion) than there are humans. It won’t be long before artificial intelligence is integrated in our lives. This was the topic of a presentation by VISA Global Head of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships Jim McCarthy at CSCU’s annual conference. Jim described an example that’s already in place today – Blackrock, the world’s largest equities asset manager, is replacing human stock pickers with artificial intelligence. Robots are now managing mutual funds.What’s driving the need for machines to do our thinking for us? The sheer volume of data that is being created each day. Smartphone cameras and voice input is producing gigabytes of unstructured data (meaning non-text-based data that is nearly impossible to find by typing in a google search box), and this data has been growing my leaps and bounds over the past few years. Humans can’t keep with the amount of data being generated on a daily basis, but machines have the raw computation power to ability to make prediction.McCarthy gave the example where Visa is working with elevator manufacturer Kone to detect passengers using biometrics (when the passenger presses the floor button) or via facial recognition, and combining with purchasing profile data to instantly serve up ads on monitors in the elevator that are relevant to the passenger(s). continue reading »last_img read more

Help members soar, not simply survive

first_imgThree years ago, Affinity Federal Credit Union($3.5B, Basking Ridge, NJ) was looking for a holistic way to grade member engagement. Traditional models — namely, the Net Promoter Score (NPS) metric — reflect a moment in time in the member experience, and Affinity wanted more regular, meaningful feedback.In its search, the credit union learned about a member engagement score developed by Gallup, an analytics and advisory company. Gallup, unlike NPS, offers analysis on the moment of truth — which aims to understand the psychology behind a purchasing decision. In addition, Gallup has spent years researching personal well-being. Affinity CEO John Fenton saw how combining engagement and well-being scoring into a survey-based member feedback mechanism, all designed and administered with Gallup’s involvement, could provide a level of insight to which it had not previously had access. Plus, Affinity thinks there’s a connection between member engagement with the credit union and overall financial well-being, so better measuring the former to help improve the latter.After a formal conversation with Gallup in early 2019, Fenton assigned its chief brand officer, Jacqui Kearns, to lead the partnership. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Leadership will impact employee experience now more than ever

first_imgCan managers build connections with employees, manage performance, communicate messages and give recognition remotely?  Are there differences in how teams or departments work that could allow for unique return-to-work plans?  How we return our people to our offices and branches will be one of the most important employee engagement activities this year. Not only will our re-entry impact the bottom line, it will also impact our engagement survey scores, employees’ decisions to stay or look for other opportunities, and how they share their experience with members and prospective hires. So, as leaders, are we ready to challenge our personal working preferences to ensure the best employee experience? Here are a few questions to consider:Have employees been successful at home, and can they continue to work from their home offices?  Have managers set clear expectations and understand how employees are performing both in and out of the office?center_img Can everyone participate in return to in-office decisions? As leaders, we need to assess our current beliefs, understand the true state, and then take action.  Time is passing quickly, so here are a few actions you can take:  Come from a place of empathy: Start by acknowledging that COVID-19 has been and is a shared experience for us all. Acknowledge that each employee is unique and psychological safety comfort levels will vary.Engage employees in the solution: Invite employees into the return-to-work conversation. Create an exercise for departments to revisit team deliverables and goals,  and reprioritize as needed. Then, talk to each of your employees to understand any unique working or scheduling needs. Be clear that this process will involve compromises, and the goal is to find the best solution for the employee and to ensure team deliverables can still be met. Communicate the why: Make sure shared goals and values are not forgotten in this process. Remind employees of why their work matters. If having employees in an office/branch is needed, be clear about why, and make sure they know how you are keeping them safe. Communicate often and make sure there is a ‘source of truth’ where employees can get the information they need.  Create or revisit remote working resources: With a long-term mindset, look at your work from home policies and practices and re-evaluate how managers and employees will connect for 1:1s, dispersed team meetings, etc.  Don’t be afraid to do the right thing: In the absence of a playbook, put humanity first— listen and find solutions in partnership with employees. An A/B schedule can ensure you have a response if someone complains, but being inclusive will drive employee engagement. Don’t let your personal preferences and beliefs interfere with one of the biggest employee-impacting decisions to date. When you engage employees in the process and solution, they’ll feel an increased commitment to the credit union, their team and your members. Now more than ever, we must live out our mission of “people helping people.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chary Krout For over 25 years, Chary has dedicated her career to coming alongside credit union employees and leaders, helping them solve problems, and creating better workplaces for everyone.  Chary believes in … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Binghamton man arrested following two armed robberies

first_imgHe also is charged with one count of robbery in the 2nd degree in connection with another armed robbery that happened on March 15 at the Speedway gas station at 63 Main Street. BINGHAMTON (WBNG)- Binghamton Police have arrested a man who allegedly committed two armed robberies at two separate gas stations. Pruitt is being held for arraignment. Binghamton Police arrested 34 year old Lucas Pruitt of Binghamton on Wednesday morning. Pruitt is charged with one count of robbery in the 2nd degree in connection with an armed robbery that happened at the Kwik Fill gas station at 263 Main Street on March 9. last_img

Development & planning

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Family home close to trains and shopping centres an ideal purchase

first_imgThe 3D Diakrit floor plan of 21 Honeybrook St, Runcorn.There is also a back patio underneath which looks out across the large backyard.It is close to a park and within walking distance of Fruitgrove train station and supermarkets. It has a solar system with two German manufactured invertors, a fully integrated alarm system and security screens, as well as ducted airconditioning. The kitchen area at 21 Honeybrook St, Runcorn.The five-bedroom home has a large 29m of street frontage.The kitchen has an L-shaped island bench and there is plenty of storage space.On the ground floor is a study which could be restyled as a guest room. Four bedrooms are upstairs with a deck leading off the main bedroom with views of the surrounding neighbourhood. 21 Honeybrook St, Runcorn.The arrival of a swimming-mad daughter has led Beni Guo to list her Runcorn home for sale.The family were keen to find a home with a pool to quench her young daughter’s desire to swim as much as she can.“My daughter loves swimming, she has done it from three years old and she is in a squad now and she is doing really well.“Especially last year when the summer was very hot, she asked to go swimming every day. ‘‘And I thought, ‘Why don’t we just buy something with a pool?’.’’center_img 21 Honeybrook St, Runcorn.While the Honeybrook St home doesn’t have a swimming pool, it has plenty more going for it.Ms Guo said they had bought the home about eight years ago and were the second owners.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“I was very happy with the location, it’s very handy to everything, close to the train, close to the bus and shopping centres.’’She said it had good feng shui because it was in an elevated position of the street.“The house itself is north-facing, and it captures the sunlight, all day long. It is at the end of the cul-de-sac, it is very safe.’’last_img read more

ERC: MORE IS LEGIT | Commission’s website announces CPCN grant

first_imgThe ERC Inspection Team also verifiedMORE Power’s readiness and capability in the aspects of development, operationand maintenance of distribution systems. An electricity consumer in Iloilo City visits MORE Electric and Power Corp.’s Customer Services Office on General Luna Street to start the processing of her electrical connection. The city’s new power distributor assures all consumers of much easier and less cumbersome requirements. Getting electricity should not be complicated, it stresses. The Commission issued the PA “toprotect consumers’ interest by ensuring uninterrupted electric service…andprevent chaos and confusion…as to who is authorized to operate the distributionsystem in the area.” “It is clear that MORE (Power) is thebona fide and legitimate distribution utility in Iloilo City. As such, (it) isauthorized to implement the last approved distribution charges for Iloiloconsumers,” said ERC chief Agnes Devanadera. PECO’s franchises expired on Jan. 19,2019 yet. MORE Power submitted to the ERC a Writof Possession dated Feb. 27, 2020 issued by the Regional Trial Court, Branch 23authorizing it to take possession of certain properties of PECO in connectionwith the latter’s business of electric power distribution. Furthermore, it submitted to the ERC acopy of the Sheriff’s Return dated March 2, 2020 to inform the latter that theWrit of Possession has been duly served and fully implemented. ILOILO City – To dispel yet again theconfusion as to which company is the legitimate power distributor here, the EnergyRegulatory Commission (ERC) announced in its official website and social mediaaccounts the granting of a provisional Certificate of Public Convenience andNecessity (CPCN) to MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE). The ERC, through its technicalpersonnel, conducted an ocular inspection on March 3 and 4 to verify the actualstatus of the distribution network and determine which company is actuallyoperating the said system. center_img “The grant of the PA to MORE (Power) haseffectively revoked the provisional Certificate of Public Convenience andNecessity that ERC granted to Panay Electric Co. (PECO), the former electricpower franchisee in Iloilo City,” according to the ERC announcement. ERC reiterated that in its letterdated March 5, 2020 it issued a Provisional Authority (PA) to MORE Power, authorizingthe latter to operate the electricity distribution network in Iloilo City.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed MOREPower’s franchise on Feb. 14, 2019. The new power distributor committed toimprove the power distribution system reliability and minimize franchise-wideoutages.  The announcement could be read at thislink: On the basis of the Inspection Reportsubmitted by the Inspection Team, it was confirmed that MORE Power had gainedfull possession and control of five substations, had prepared for all otheraspects related to electricity distribution, and had Power Supply Contracts inplace with four power suppliers that would ensure continuous supply ofelectricity in the franchise area. It also assured consumers of lowerpower rates./PNlast_img read more