Observer staff wins 23 awards at annual ICPAs

first_imgThe Observer received 23 awards at the 2019 annual Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards, including second place in the Division I Newspaper of the Year category and third place for Best Overall Website Design.The News department took home five awards, including first place in the Best News or Feature Story category for senior news writer Gina Twardosz and Managing Editor Mariah Rush’s series about the underrepresentation of Native Americans at Notre Dame.News also took first in Best Non-Deadline News Story for former Editor-in-Chief Kelli Smith’s story about a Notre Dame student who created a crossword which was published in The New York Times. The Observer News department staff won second place for Best Breaking News Reporting for covering Notre Dame’s decision to remove campus-wide dorm access from student ID cards.Former Assistant Managing Editors Mary Steurer and Natalie Weber took second place for Best Continuous Coverage of a Single Story for covering the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and its impact on the 2019 Notre Dame Forum.The News department took second place for Best News Feature Series for a look inside the mental health services and needs of the students at Saint Mary’s College, written by Twardosz and Saint Mary’s News Editor Mia Marroquin. The Sports department received four awards. Former Associate Managing Editor Elizabeth Greason won first place in the Best Sports News Story category for her story about the Notre Dame women’s basketball national championship loss.Former Sports Editor Connor Mulvena won second place in Best Sports Column for his response to critics after his analysis of the problems within the Notre Dame football program. Additionally, Sports writer Jack Concannon won second place for Best Sports News Story for covering an Irish defeat by the Wolverines.Sports also took third place for Best Sports Feature Story for a piece about Ian Book written by former Managing Editor Charlotte Edmonds.The Scene department won four awards. Scene writer Jim Moster took third place for Best Entertainment Column for his dissection of the Area 51 meme. Hanna Kennedy and Ryan Israel, scene writer and Scene Editor, won second and third place respectively for Best Entertainment Story –– Kennedy for her piece about the Snite Museum’s exhibit of Native art, and Israel for a story about a basement concert, part of the department’s “Flashes in the Pan” series.Former Scene Editor Nora McGreevy won first place for Best Review for her piece on ‘Sex Education.’ Viewpoint took home two awards, including first place for Best Opinion Column for columnist Ashton Weber’s reflection on growing up in the church with a priest who had recently been indicted on nine counts of rape. The Viewpoint department staff won third place for Best Podcast for their ‘Episode Three’ in which they discussed the abortion debate.Kerry Schneeman won third place in Best Illustration for an image of Greta Thunberg featured in a Viewpoint column about the 16-year-old activist.The Graphics and Photo departments took home two awards together. Graphics Editor Diane Park and former Photo Editor Anna Mason won first and second place for Best Special Section Front/Cover for the Irish Insiders for Virginia Tech and Virginia, respectively.The Observer also took first place for Best Blog for a discussion of the ‘90s art scene at Saint Mary’s by Moster, Marirose Osborne and Evan McKenna as part of the From the Archives initiative.The Observer Editorial Board won second place for Best Staff Editorial urging the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s administrations to renew their commitment to sexual assault awareness and transparency. The Observer staff also won second place for Best Themed Issue for the 2019 Commencement edition.Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story stated The Observer won 24 awards at the ICPAs. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: Awards, ICPAs, Indiana Collegiate Press Association, The Observerlast_img read more

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Ice Cream Truck Driver Accused of Fondling Child, 11

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 63-year-old ice cream truck driver from Middle Village has been accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl who made a purchase from him in Wyandanch last month, Suffolk County police said. Muhammad Chaudhry was charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said Chaudhry was selling ice cream on May 21 when the girl approached his truck around 7:25 p.m. Chaudhry allegedly “fondled the child” during the transaction, police said in a news release. He was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by Special Victims Section detectives. Investigators declined to reveal how they were alerted to the incident. Chaudhry was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

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Center Moriches Man Charged With Fatal Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Center Moriches man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shooting a 47-year-old man to death over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.David Lemp was charged with first-degree manslaughter.Homicide Squad detectives alleged the 38-year-old suspect shot Nathanial Lathan at Lemp’s Bowditch Lane home early Sunday morning.Detectives had responded to a 911 call reporting a man with a gunshot wound to his leg in the parking lot of 7-Eleven on Main Street at 2:40 a.m.The victim, who drove his vehicle to the convenience store, was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries.Lemp will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

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Credit unions just about anyone can join

first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions charge substantially lower and many fewer fees than banks – that is fact proven in survey after survey. Which raises the question: Why don’t you belong?There are two reasons, said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com. The first: “Many people mistakenly believe they are not eligible for membership. Often they are.”Reason two, said McBride, is that many of us have fled to what we perceive to be the most financially secure and safe options – that’s big banks, in most minds, said McBride. And yet federal credit union deposits are insured by the U.S. government through an agency called the National Credit Union Administration.Which means the big reason we don’t join is that we – mistakenly – think we can’t. Don’t you have to work at a particular company or belong to a particular labor union to join a credit union? Used to be so. No more. continue reading »last_img read more

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Building brands in a voice-activated world

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Voice technology has made great leaps in the past few years. Speech recognition error rates are approaching human levels, and machine learning continues to improve the ability to understand the nuances of natural language such as meaning or intent. Last year, 20% of Google’s mobile search queries were voice queries. While Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon dominate with widely used assistant, Facebook and Samsung as well as a handful of other brands are exploring how to incorporate voice into their customer experience.Voice represents a logical next step in the evolution of how we interact with information. It’s more natural than using a touchpad or keyboard, takes less brain power, and creates even more opportunity for tech to move further into the background where it doesn’t require precious attention. And it’s quickly getting to a place where it will deliver what consumers want most from it: A fully integrated experience that connects their platforms and devices with a layer of context and a smarter assistant that incorporates preferences and behaviors to get predictive.The broadest application for voice tech with consumers will continue to be realized through digital assistants, primarily through smartphones and home devices. The more a voice assistant can connect with the user’s personal data, the better it will be at layering personal context and making recommendations. According to a report compiled by JWT 60% of smartphone users agree that “if voice assistants could understand me properly and speak back to me as well as a human can, I’d use them all the time.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Cold Spring Harbor Home Invasion Suspect Arrested on Thanksgiving

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Cold Spring Harbor home invasion suspect who assaulted an 85-year-old woman was arrested after being overpowered by family members on the night of Thanksgiving, Suffolk County police said.Jeffrey Ricer Home InvasionJeffrey Rice entered an unlocked side door of a home on Fox Hunt Lane, found a kitchen knife in the house and went upstairs into a room occupied by the victim and her 7-year-old niece at 11 p.m. Thursday, police said.After Rice assaulted the woman, he was confronted by the 35-year-old female homeowner and got into a scuffle with her 37-year-old husband, who escorted the suspect outside the with the help of his brother and brother-in-law, police said.The family held Rice outside until police arrived, authorities said. Second Precinct officers arrested Rice and charged him with first-degree burglary.The victim was taken to Huntington Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.last_img read more

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Limited health facilities leave Papua facing tough COVID-19 fight

first_imgThere are only seven pulmonologists and 73 ventilators in around 45 hospitals in the province, according to an official count. Papua also has a very limited supply of hazmat suits and only around 10,000 rapid test kits, at least 60,000 short of what is needed, according to Silwanus.“We are not ready but we have to be ready with whatever resources we have because the enemy is already here. […] Even in normal circumstances, we have very limited medical infrastructure and a shortage of workers,” he said.Papua restricted entry into the nation’s easternmost region, closing down airports and seaports in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 shortly after the province recorded its first two confirmed cases on March 22.However, the number of cases has continued to increase with the local government struggling to contain the disease partly because of the difficulties tracing new cases with the limited supply of test kits and personal protection equipment (PPE).  “I know this might sound harsh for some people but this is the fact; if you do not want to die, do not come to Papua,” Silwanus Sumule, a doctor who works in Jayapura, said in a recent phone interview with The Jakarta Post.Silwanus is also the spokesperson for the Papua COVID-19 response team.When the first COVID-19 cases were detected in Indonesia, he knew right away that Papua was not ready to handle the highly infectious disease. As of Sunday, Papua had recorded 141 confirmed cases and six deaths, according to the Health Ministry. All were imported cases brought by people who traveled back from Java and Sulawesi.”So, please don’t come here, do not give us more new imported cases. Let us deal with what we have right now,” Silwanus said.Read also: Papua restricts entry as concerns mount over lack of facilities to treat COVID-19In stark contrast, the neighboring province of West Papua has recorded just 16 cases and one death.However, Silwanus said the lower number of recorded infections in West Papua could also be a reflection of a lack of tracing and testing.West Papua, according to Silwanus, did not even have a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test machine, leaving it heavily dependent on Jakarta to process both rapid and PCR tests.Papua, on the other hand, has one machine in Jayapura.Another issue is that all major hospitals in Papua are located in big cities. With its challenging geographical terrain and lack of healthcare facilities, there are serious concerns over how people in the highlands can mitigate the outbreak once the virus reaches them.Some cases have been found in several of Papua’s remote regions, including one confirmed case in Central Mamberamo regency in the Pegunungan Tengah mountain range and one in Wamena, a city in the Baliem Valley.“That means the virus has advanced to several areas in the highlands, but we will not give up that easy. We will try to focus on tracing contacts of these cases. We have recorded 130 contacts of the case in Mamberamo,” Silwanus said. “If the virus infected more people in the remote highlands, it would be a serious problem for us.”Around four weeks ago, Freddy Edowai, 32, a civil servant working in Deiyai regency, also located in the Pegunungan Tengah region, traveled some 130 kilometers to Nabire to visit his wife and child.He could not return to Deiyai because the Nabire administration had enforced a lockdown and closed the roads connecting the regencies. Deiyai and other remote regencies in Papua, such as Paniai, Intan Jaya and Dogiyai, have also carried out similar measures.“I think closing the roads is our best option to prevent the virus from spreading to rural areas,” Freddy said. “People can help authorities by staying at home.”Having grown up in Deiyai, he said the regency had long struggled with access to clean water and basic health care.Read also: Jokowi moves Papua’s 2020 National Games to next yearIn Nabire, meanwhile, three confirmed cases have been recorded and authorities are conducting rapid tests on dozens of people under surveillance (ODP).“We are really working with limited resources. The hazmat suits we have are only enough for the next couple of days,” Frans Sayori, the spokesperson for the Nabire COVID-19 response team, said recently.Nabire Regional General Hospital is now a referral hospital for COVID-19 that covers at least four other regencies in remote mountain areas.A number of medical workers have decided to spend their own money to purchase boots, goggles and even raincoats to protect themselves.“My fellow medical workers asked me to conduct tests on them because they are at higher risk as they are in close contact with confirmed patients and ODPs, but we do not have enough rapid test kits. I have to use them for the ODPs first,” Frans said.The restrictions on entry into the province have hindered aid distribution in Nabire.“Some individuals and organizations have told us that they wanted to send help to us, like hazmat suits, but it was hard to reach us,” Frans said. “It is understandable to lock down the area. But I hope there will be solutions for aid distribution. Please help us so it can arrive in Nabire.”Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases in Mimika regency has gradually surpassed the number recorded in Jayapura city and Jayapura regency, two areas that were hit the hardest at the beginning of the outbreak.As of Sunday, 41 cases and three deaths had been recorded in Mimika, followed by Jayapura city with 39 cases and three deaths and Jayapura regency with 29 cases and one death, according to the Papua COVID-19 response team. The provincial death toll, however, differed from the Health Ministry’s count.John Giyai, 41, a resident of Mimika’s capital Timika, has stayed at home for a month and not seen his family in Asmat, Papua. He has tried his best to maintain personal hygiene and avoid contracting the disease while in self-isolation.“If I get infected, I think my chances of surviving are very thin because our health facilities are not ready for this,” John said.“Authorities said we have to clean up with clean water, but I know there are many people [in Timika] who do not have access to clean water,” he said. “They told us to wear masks, but masks disappeared in early March in Timika.”A lack of information from the local government has left people unaware of the threat posed by COVID-19, with John saying he had noticed that some of his neighbors were continuing to hang out in groups.Read also: ‘Political prisoners’ turn to UN amid COVID-19 threatWhile every region in Indonesia has said it was not ready for the pandemic, Papua is among the most vulnerable provinces.At 32.8 percent, it has one of the highest rates of stunting in the country, according to the 2018 Basic Health Research (Riskesdas), an indication of micronutrient deficiencies and insufficient hygiene.Statistics Indonesia data from 2019 also showed that Papua had the highest poverty rate in Indonesia at 27.53 percent.The COVID-19 disease emerged in Papua not long after a deadly outbreak of communal violence occurred late last year, which observers said could worsen the handling of the outbreak.A recent report by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) found there was still tension and that many native Papuans portrayed  the virus as being brought in by non-native migrants and the military, adding to the hostilities and suspicions. IPAC recommended that the government “support the provincial government in its [COVID-19] lockdown efforts, while ensuring unimpeded delivery of humanitarian supplies”.Topics :last_img read more

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Courage Marine Eyes Blockchain Joint Venture

first_imgOwner and operator of bulk carriers Courage Marine Group has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOU) with Dragon Net, and its owner, to form a joint venture.Under the deal, reached on October 20, Courage Marine will explore the possibility of cooperation by way of setting up of a joint venture with Dragon Net or acquiring a part of the equity interest in the company.The parties have agreed upon an exclusivity period of thirty days from the date of the MOU, which is not legally binding save for the provisions for confidentiality, exclusivity and jurisdiction.Courage Marine expected to commence due diligence works on Dragon Net upon the signing of the MOU.Dragon Net, incorporated in the People’s Republic of China with limited liability, is owned as to 90% by Mr. Zhou and 10% by another PRC resident. The company is principally engaged in the research and development of blockchain technology, as well as asset digitisation and exchange platform.As blockchain technology could be applied to certain principal activities of Courage Marine Group, such as marine transportation services and merchandise trading, and could “improve management efficiency, enhance security and lower information management costs,” it is expected that the development into blockchain technology can enhance its financial performance.As the MOU is not legally binding and is subject to the entering into of the formal agreement, the possible cooperation under the MOU “may or may not proceed,” according to Courage Marine.last_img read more

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‘Porn is a public health crisis’ – experts call for government inquiry into health effects of porn

first_imgTVNZ One News 5 March 2017Pornography might be a difficult subject to discuss for many, but experts say it is causing huge damage to individuals and the community.There are now calls for a parliamentary inquiry into the public health effects and societal harms of what’s being described as a “public health crisis”.Anti violence campaigner, Richie Hardcore first discovered porn when he was just 10-years-old. While he’s never been addicted and has since stopped, Mr Hardcore says porn did shape his views of sex and relationships negatively. Technology has made adult content more readily available than ever before. “With all the focus on the physical side of things, you know there’s never any discussion about mutuality of pleasure or feelings or intimacy, porn’s very mechanical and it follows a set narrative,” he said. There’s now a generation who’ve been educated about sex through the internet.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/porn-public-health-crisis-experts-call-government-inquiry-into-effectsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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‘Project 229’, Batesville Area Arts Council offers local pictorial collection

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Area Arts Council (Formerly RAA) says production of the hardcover, professional art photography book is complete and can be ordered online or at a series of upcoming events while supplies last. The chapters make up a collection of the unique, historic and beautiful scenes of the Batesville and Oldenburg areas.Project 229 is inspired by the roadway that connects our communities, State Road 229. The name is designed to create curiosity, and ultimately an appreciation of the beautiful corner of the state we call home.Here’s a list of special events planned to make the book available to the public:Friday, November 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Ripley County Community Foundation Day of GivingSaturday, November 10 at the Jen Saner Studio from 10 a.m. to noonTuesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Amack’s WellFriday, November 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. Amack’s WellSaturday, December 1 (Time TBA) at the Holy Family Church Gymnasium in OldenburgCopies of the book can also be ordered online here. Orders can be shipped for $6 or picked up.last_img read more

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