Icy, dangerous weather expected from Texas to New York

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Cities from Dallas to New York City will experience icy weather Friday morning.Winter alerts are issued from Texas to Massachusetts.A record-breaking 24-hour snowstorm hit Del Rio, Texas, this week, where up to 11.2 inches fell.Paducah, Kentucky, has seen the coldest eight-day stretch of snowfall on record, and temperatures are staying below 30 degrees.New York City is now experiencing one of the top 10 snowiest Februaries on record, with 24.4 inches having fallen so far this month.On Friday morning, 22 states, from Texas to Massachusetts, are on alert for winter snow, ice and hard freeze.Two C-17 military transport aircraft will be heading to Galveston and Corpus Christi, Texas, likely Friday, to deliver supplies, a senior defense official told ABC News Thursday evening. The official said the aircraft will mainly be used to deliver water.The military help comes at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which itself is responding to a request from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.The eastern storm will stretch from Florida to New England Friday with flooding rain in the Carolinas, an icy mix from Virginia to New York and snow from New Jersey to Massachusetts. Throughout the day, an additional 1-3 inches of snow could fall in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. During the evening, the snow and ice will begin to move out.Across the South, there is a hard freeze warning Friday morning, for Texas, Arizona, Louisiana and Mississippi, where temperatures are currently in the teens and 20s.As of Friday morning there are still more than 500,000 people without power across seven states.Most of Jackson, Mississippi, is currently without water, and city officials say there’s no timeline on when it will be restored.“We do not have a definitive timeline as to when the water will be restored in the tanks,” Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said during a news conference Thursday.The city will begin water distribution at several sites Friday.In the next 24 hours, however, the weather will improve. Temperatures will reach above freezing Friday afternoon in most of Texas and the South, and are expected to reach the 50s and 60s over the weekend.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

CO Medical Assistant

first_img You need to sign in or create an account to save JH at GreenspringStation Save Adjunct Faculty – Department of Mechnical Engineering (pooled positions) Share The Citadel You need to sign in or create an account to save The Department of OB/GYN Reproductive Endocrinologyseeks aMedical Assistant (MA)to workunder direct supervision of a physician or mid-level provider toperform duties and responsibilities related to patient care in theambulatory clinic environment. The individual displays responsiblebehaviors, communicates effectively with others, and functions as amember of the healthcare team. The MA functions under the directsupervision and authority of the physician when performing clinicaltasks during patient care. The MA reports to the nurse manager, whois responsible for administrative supervision, staff development,and orientation of the MA to the area’s policies andprocedures.The MA must demonstrate competency in all skillsrelated to the performance of patient care. The MA maintainsinventory of examination/procedure room supplies, assists in theorganization of efficient patient flow, and organizes the clinicenvironment to assure patient safety. The MA demonstratesproblem-solving skills as they relate to patient care activities,provides guidance for and acts as a role model for MedicalAssistants in the clinical area.Specific Duties andResponsibilities:Clinical:Participates in the care of the patient, underdirect supervision of a physician or mid-level provider, and incollaboration with the healthcare team.Collects patient information and assessment data.Obtains and records patient’s vital signs: temperature, pulse,respirations, blood pressure, weight andheight.Reports assessment findings to practitioner andrecords on appropriate documentation forms in a timelymanner.Obtains additional data from patient andsignificant other based on initial data collection. Performs chartreview prior to clinic visit to obtain historical data, includingany previous ultrasounds, labs, etc.Monitors patient status, recognizing and reportingabnormal findings or changes in condition. Organizes patient careactivities based on assessment findings. Confirms and clarifieswritten orders prior to implementation of delegatedtasks.Maintains and uses principles of aseptic techniquesand infection control when performing clinical duties and tasks.Under clinical supervision, performs delegated procedures(including injections) common to specialty area in a safe,effective, and efficient manner according to Clinical PracticePolicy and Procedures.Assists practitioner in identified patientprocedures/treatments/examinations (preparation, positioning,supplies, equipment).Proactively problem-solves and identifies solutionsto barriers to safety.Appropriately obtains and manages specimens,including: labeling, form completion, transport to laboratories,and log maintenance. Performs quality control for waivedtesting.Acts as a “trainer” for waived testing, andcoordinates activities related to proficiency. Recognizes emergencysituations and implements emergency procedures according to clinicguidelines.Notifies physician first, then administers firstaid, CPR, and maintains emergency equipment and supplies asneeded.Provides appropriate patient education, healthinformation materials, and community resource lists as directed,and maintains educational supplies.Identifies patient’s need for additionalinformation, and refers to appropriate healthcareresources.Occasionalcoverage of other offsite JHH/JHU GYN/OB clinic locations remotelyor by traveling to location.Unit Operations:In close partnership with the healthcare team,assures smooth and efficient patient flow and clinicaloperation.Maintains computer log of pending studies,including lab, radiology, and other ordered tests. Obtains lab/testresults for review by provider.Mails letters to patients notifying them of theirresults. For consultations, sends copy of consultation letter,patient records and pertinent labs/study results to referringphysicians in a timely fashion.Assists patients to and from exam room and preparespatients for examination. Assists patients in wheelchairs andstretchers, with transfers to and from exam tables, proceduretables, and scales, utilizing proper body mechanics and safetymeasures.Identifies patients with specialneeds.Orders, stocks, and maintains exam rooms and clinicareas with standard levels of supplies, medications, linens,nourishments, forms, and equipment.Recognizes patient care trends affecting unitsupplies and notifies clinic manager. Operates clinical equipmentaccording to equipment procedures including safety and qualitycontrol checks.Checks clinic area and rooms for malfunctioningequipment and general maintenance problems on a regularbasis.Reports findings to appropriate person or arrangesfor repairs as required. Ensures that soiled linen, needlecontainers, and potentially infectious waste are appropriatelydisposed and removed from the clinic and exam area according to theinfection control guidelines.Performs related and delegated tasks, whichincludes request for prescription refills, taking and relayingmessages, directing patient flow, and runningerrands.Works with healthcare team to assure smooth andefficient patient flow and clinical operation. Problem solvesobstacles to throughput process and notifies manager and patientsof wait time. Maintains cleaning and sterilization of office andexam equipment.Responsibilities in MARole:Identifiesself-learning needs related to job description and seeks outappropriate resources to meet learningneeds.Acts as a resource and preceptor for otherMA’s.Participates in staff meetings by providingconstructive input and facilitating problem-solving. Identifiesopportunities for performance improvement and provides input forthe development of solutions.Identifies and uses a variety of resources tovalidate patient care decisions.Demonstrates the knowledge and skill necessary toprovide care or service based on physical, psychosocial,educational, safety, and related criteria appropriate to the age ofthe patients served in assigned servicearea.Occasional coverage of otheroffsite JHH/JHU Gyn/Ob clinic locations remotely or by traveling tolocation.MinimumQualifications:High School diploma or GEDrequired. Certification/Registration as a Medical Assistant (e.g.CMA, AAMA, RMA, AMT, NAHP) required. If not currentlycertified/registered, must become certified/registered within 90days of date of hire. Current CPR certification bythe American Heart Association or the American Red Cross required.Must maintain MA and CPR certification/registration during durationof employment in this position.In order to be eligible forcertification/registration, successful completion of an accreditedMedical Assistant training program or five or more years of primarymedical care medical assistant experience isrequired.AdditionalAbilities: Requires successful interpersonal and communicationskills with patients, families, physicians, and other healthcareteam members in order to foster optimal quality of outpatientcare.PhysicalRequirements: Sitting, standing andwalking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) orarm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulateobjects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s).Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or clinicalenvironment.Classified Title:Medical Assistant ​​​​​Role/Level/Range:ACRO40/E/02/CBStarting Salary Range:$13.00 – $16.93/Hour;Commensurate with experienceEmployee Group:Full TimeSchedule:Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pmExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation:JH at Greenspring StationDepartment Name: OB GYN ReproductiveEndocrinologyPersonnelArea:School of MedicineThe successful candidate(s)for this position will be subject to a pre-employment backgroundcheck.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employment physicalfor positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working withresearch subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Virginia Tech Salary Not Specified South Carolina, United States You need to sign in or create an account to save Immigration Program Specialist Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Student Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Lutherville Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Lutherville Save Immigration Program Specialist Adjunct Faculty – Department of Mechnical Engineering (pooled positions) Save WBJC General Manager Baltimore City Community College Virginia, United States Maryland, United States Salary Not Specified Pediatrics Not specified Full Time jobs in Lutherville Facebook Faculty Positions Not specified Full Time jobs in Lutherville LinkedIn More searches like this Twitter Similar jobs Salary Not Specified WBJC General Manager Health & Medicine Not specified Full Time jobs in Luthervillelast_img read more

Pokémon Snap | Critical Consensus

first_imgDanielle PartisNews EditorFriday 30th April 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleBandai NamcoNintendoThe Pokemon Company InternationalPokémon fans have been eager to get their hands on New Pokémon Snap for a long time — 22 years, to be exact.New Pokémon Snap is a successor to Pokémon Snap, originally released for the Nintendo 64 in 1999. It was developed by HAL Laboratory, a Japanese studio fabled for handling some of Nintendo’s biggest IPs, including multiple entries into the Kirby and Smash Bros franchises.The original Pokémon Snap sold modestly in its first week — as noted in our piece looking back on the release — but it did go on to amass a keen cult following despite the N64’s shortcomings. This fresh instalment, this time developed by Bandai Namco, launches today on the Nintendo Switch and promises a faithful reimagining of the revered pocket monster photography adventure.Needless to say, expectations are high, not just for Nintendo and Bandai Namco to deliver a sleek, polished game, but to also satisfy Pokémon Snap fans that have been waiting for this game for decades. The critical reception is positive so far. As it stands, New Pokémon Snap has a Metacritic score of 80, with favourable reviews all round. For comparison, the original Pokémon Snap has a Metacritic score of 77, so it seems that expectations have been sated, if not exceeded.The game’s length was praised by critics, which was a welcome breath of air considering that the original game suffered from a short, repetitive campaign clocking in around five hours. IGN’s Rebekah Valentine said in her 8/10 review that “If ‘Pokémon Snap, but more’ were the baseline for New Pokémon Snap being any good, it would handily clear that simple bar with far more courses, available Pokémon, and possible photos than its decades-old parent managed.”Eurogamer’s Lottie Glynn concurred. “While New Pokémon Snap relies on the foundation built by the original game, it has managed to develop these mechanics to create a longer, more fulfilling, experience,” she wrote in her Recommended review.”While New Pokémon Snap relies on the foundation built by the original game, it has managed to develop these mechanics to create a longer, more fulfilling, experience”Lottie Glynn, EurogamerUnlike the original Pokémon Snap, New Snap features an overarching story that plays out as players build their Photodex. “The story itself isn’t particularly deep and feels somewhat half-baked,” wrote Jenae Sitze in her 8/10 review for GameSpot. “But having the narrative reasons for continuing to explore each island does help progression feel natural and well-paced.”However, Valentine wrote that the “gradual storytelling that occurred as I visited courses over and over again is the greatest unexpected joy of New Pokémon Snap.”The addition of a dynamic day and night mode was praised by critics, adding a new level of depth compared to the predecessor. “New Pokémon Snap gracefully avoids Pokémon Snap’s problem of repeating the exact same courses ad infinitum in several ways,” Valentine added. “Most courses get both day and night versions, with each variation including more than enough distinct Pokémon and interactions to merit the duplication. Many courses also hide branching pathways, some obvious and some hidden, that let you get better views on certain monsters or discover new ones entirely.”Sitze echoed this in her review. “Though each day and night course is on the exact same track, they feel distinctly different,” she wrote. “During the day, the bustling jungle is alive with activity and sounds of Pokémon cries, while at night it’s quiet, calm, and peaceful, with sights of Pokémon slumbering as you travel by.”New Pokémon Snap was praised for its new ‘Research Levels’ which dictate players’ photography prowess in-game, and that affects how comfortable the Pokémon subjects are. As the Research Level increases, certain Pokémon will trust the player more, opening up better photo opportunities.Photography efforts in New Pokémon Snap are graded by a new character, Professor Mirror. While this method comes with a checklist of attributes, the accuracy of the system often falls short, as noted by GameInformer’s Brian Shea in his 8.5/10 review.”Documenting the region’s diverse collection of monsters and filling your Photodex with more than 200 species is rewarding,” he wrote. “Sadly, the grading system sometimes misses the mark, rewarding higher points to clearly inferior photos.”Sitze also noticed this, and wrote: “I’ve had four-star photos where the Pokémon was barely in the shot simply because the camera registered it as performing a certain action in the photo, and while I was happy to file it away in my Photodex to fill that star requirement, it wasn’t a photo I felt particularly proud of.”The original Pokémon Snap was criticised for its disappointing variation of different Pokémon, which was around 60 in total. Of course, there’s a much larger Pokémon pool to choose from now than there was when the original Snap released, and this is reflected in the ones included in New Snap.Keza MacDonald noted this in her 3/5 review for The Guardian, estimating that around 200 different Pokémon are available to find, drawing from all eight generations of the game’s history.Shea echoed this sentiment in his review, saying “I rarely felt bored or overwhelmed by the number of creatures I came across.”New Snap remains largely faithful to its namesake, but faithful to a fault in some areas. While the game is longer, richer, and more developed, it seems to still suffer from repetitive points, as noted by multiple critics.”The coasts and forests and volcanoes are sometimes spectacular and always teeming with life, but, after the first few hours, you trundle through them over and over again, and though they remix themselves slightly, there are only so many times you can get excited about photographing an anime caterpillar,” Mcdonald wrote.Techradar’s Adam Vjestica agreed in his 2.5/5 review, stating: “New Pokémon Snap feels rudimentary by today’s standard, and we found it extremely monotonous to play. There’s simply not enough variation on offer, and only fleeting moments of enjoyment to be found that make it hard to justify the price tag.”New Pokémon Snap seems to do just enough to position itself as a worthy successor, expanding on the core elements of the original. However, some issues with repetition and unclear criteria on how the game scores its core photography element has left a tender sense of letdown.Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “It is still enjoyable, because the Pokémon themselves are so interesting to look at; it’s just not wildly exciting,” MacDonald concluded. “It’s a laid-back game and one that offers many hours of gentle photographic research to anyone drawn to Pokémon’s weird world — whether you’re a veteran of ’90s Pokémania, or a nine-year-old newly captured by its charm.”Valentine covered this at the end of her review. “Some of its supportive systems, like its photo scoring and tutorials, can drag down momentum or even frustrate at times,” she wrote.”But at the end of the day, some artificial grade is utterly secondary to the clever environmental storytelling you’ll experience as you level up courses, the fun of discovering surprising photo ops, and the sheer joy of observing a moving ecosystem of believable, personable, and lovable Pokémon.”last_img read more

Obama gets personal with Democrats on Iran

first_img“This is the most intense I’ve ever seen him,” Vermont Rep. Peter Welch, who supports the deal, said.Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, said Obama told the lawmakers: “This is very important and you should vote on your real convictions, not based on politics.”The president’s focus on marshaling enough Democratic votes to sustain a veto of legislation disapproving of the nuclear deal is evident. He blew past a deadline to say goodnight to his daughters, Sasha and Malia, in order to keep taking questions from lawmakers on the ins and outs of the deal. The majority of House Democrats had gone to the White House earlier Wednesday, but roughly 20 returned to hear from Obama and a handful of Cabinet secretaries.Lawmakers say this is the most invested in winning over lawmakers on a policy priority they’ve seen Obama during his seven years in office. He’s pitching Democrats on a variety of fronts: sending emissaries to Capitol Hill for briefings, inviting lawmakers on golf outings and spending hours personally calling and meeting with lawmakers to answer questions about the agreement.“He is very engaged on this issue … and it was probably one of the most remarkable moments I’ve had in Congress,” said California Rep. Jackie Speier. “We were sitting in the Blue Room … and the president spent almost two hours with us and answered every question with specifics, clarity and — I think — persuasion.”Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a strong supporter of the deal, organized the Wednesday night meetings at the White House. They occurred on the eve of lawmakers’ departure from Washington for their long summer recess, when they’re expected to face heavy pressure to oppose the Iran accord. At the initial meeting with House Democrats at the White House Wednesday, Obama urged lawmakers not to be distracted by political pressure. Groups opposed to the agreement are threatening to spend $40 million over the August recess on television ads opposing the deal. That money, and the political pressure groups like AIPAC are putting on lawmakers, came up frequently.Obama said, “You can’t allow yourself to be subject to political pressure,” on such an important vote, said one Democrat.Among the members on hand for the White House gathering were Rep. Brad Sherman of California, John Larson of Connecticut, Speier, Tony Cárdenas of California, Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts and Steve Cohen of Tennessee. Several White House Cabinet members attended, including Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Energy Secretary Ernset Moniz, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.Sarah Wheaton contributed to this report. Also On POLITICO lobbying Old Europe pushes Iran deal By Michael Crowley Poll: Americans don’t support Iran deal By Eliza Collins It was a side of President Barack Obama many of the 20 House Democrats who gathered in the White House’s Blue Room Wednesday night hadn’t seen before: engaged, direct, even a little bit personal.Obama dived into his pitch on the Iran nuclear deal, demonstrating his command of the nuances as lawmakers peppered him with questions. But the president who has infamously shied away from hardball politics when it comes to selling his policies also made abundantly clear he’s making an exception to secure what would be the biggest foreign policy triumph of his two terms.He told the lawmakers they “owe me” the chance to persuade them to support the nonproliferation agreement, according to multiple members in attendance. He repeated comments made to lawmakers last week that they would not get a pass on the Iran bill — that he wants, and expects, their support.center_img Obama, of course, has become well known for avoiding the grueling task of building relationships with lawmakers, which many in Congress used to being stroked and cajoled have taken as a snub. The lack of outreach has even hurt the president in the past. This year, Democrats bucked the White House on major trade legislation and a bill giving Congress a say on the Iran deal. In the past, congressional Democrats have been at odds with Obama on budget and tax deals he’s hatched with Republicans.But it appears, at this late date, that the White House has learned the value of including lawmakers early, Democrats said.“It’s a different White House. He’s working this differently than I’ve ever seen him work anything and I think it’s making a difference,” said one Democrat, who requested anonymity.Obama asked Democrats who plan to support the deal to go public early, a message that lawmakers have heard repeatedly from their pro-deal colleagues. Many are following that advice. Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee, who attended the White House briefings, announced Thursday that he would vote to push the deal forward.Republicans are united in opposition to the Iran deal and will likely pass a resolution registering their opposition when Congress returns from its summer recess in September. Obama has pledged to veto that measure, meaning it will likely fall on House Democrats to sustain that veto. Senate Democrats could also provide the votes to preserve the Iran agreement, but that conference is more skeptical than its counterpart in the House, where senior staffers already predict they have the votes to back Obama.“I’m confident [we have the votes] because of the nature of the agreement,” Pelosi said Thursday. “It’s really pretty exciting. It’s probably one of the most important endeavors members will be engaged in. It’s your vote that they are going to be held accountable for.”last_img read more

Caretaker of Stray Cats Wins Charitable Deduction Fight in Court: Helps All Animal Rescue Volunteers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA woman who claimed a charitable deduction for taking care of 70 stray cats won her case against the IRS, a victory for animal-rescue volunteers across the U.S. that helped clarify the treatment of unreimbursed expenses for 1.5 million IRS-recognized charities.The decision paves the way for volunteers of animal-rescue groups like the ASPCA and Humane Society of the U.S. to deduct unreimbursed expenses that further the groups’ missions, such as fostering stray animals. (READ the story in the Wall Street Journal)Thanks to Joel Arellano for submitting the story to our Facebook page!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

SMC kicks off Heritage Week, honors Sr. Madeleva

first_imgMcSorley, who has studied Wolff ever since she learned of her many contributions to Saint Mary’s, said she thinks all students should know her story.“She is truly fascinating to me,” she said. “She was educated at Notre Dame, [the University of California] Berkeley, Oxford. She ran with an impressive literary circle, with friends like Edith Wharton and C.S. Lewis, and she published over 20 books in her lifetime.”During her tenure as the third Saint Mary’s president beginning in 1934, Wolff headed the English department and introduced many distinguished programs, McSorely said.“She formed a school of theology here that made Saint Mary’s one of the only colleges at the time offering graduate degrees in theology to women, and she also ordered the construction of the Moreau Center for the Arts, which was one of the first buildings in the nation to have galleries, theaters and classrooms for the pursuit of art,” she said. “One of my favorite facts about her, though, is her role in establishing the nursing program. As a nursing major, I don’t know where I would be without Sr. Madeleva and her accomplishments while president. She truly molded Saint Mary’s into the great place it is today.”Sunday, the College held an event in the Student Center Lounge to celebrate her poetry and life. English professor Sr. Eva Hooker selected and read nine poems from one of Wolff’s collections, including famous poems “Apology for Youth” and “Song of Bedlam Inn.”“These nine poems in some way read Sr. Madeleva as I knew her through the years both as a student and as a young sister,” Hooker said. “She was president when I came here as a first-year student in 1958, and she retired from the College not too long after that. She would come over on Sunday afternoons and read poetry to us, and I got the privilege of walking her back and forth between one side of the campus and the other.“She was always the person who best represented Saint Mary’s.”After the reading, College archivist John Kovach shared a variety of memorabilia belonging to Wolff, including her college scrapbook, old photographs and many of her letters, McSorley said.“John also played a recording of Sr. Madeleva reading her own poetry, which I really enjoyed,” McSorley said. “It was great to be able to hear her poems spoken by her own voice. I have always been a fan of her poetry, and I was glad other students could hear it, too.”Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney said Wolff is still widely studied, read and even quoted today.“She is truly legendary,” Mooney said. “She was an internationally acclaimed poet and brought a great deal of recognition to Saint Mary’s through her connections around the world. Many refer to those as the ‘golden years.’“I was an English major during my years as a student and of course, I have read all of her books and biographies. I admire her work ethic and love for Saint Mary’s very much.”Wolff set Saint Mary’s course as the leading Catholic women’s college in the country, and she truly cared about the students, Mooney said.“In fact, she ate dinner with them in Reignbeaux Lounge regularly,” she said. “She is also rumored to have stood on her balcony (her bedroom was in the southeast corner of LeMans) to watch the young women coming home from their dates. “She also was responsible for much of the beauty of our campus, working with the head gardener at the time to bring as many species of plants and trees to campus as possible. She was a believer in the presence of God in nature.”Vice President of the Division for Mission Sr. Veronique Wiedower said Wolff is also responsible for inspiring students to expand their worldviews while remaining firmly rooted in the Catholic and Holy Cross heritage.“Sr. Madeleva was, as she says of herself, a person who dreamed and then worked hard to make her dreams come to fruition,” Wiedower said. “She believed that women needed to be immersed in a global reality and worked hard to bring the world to Saint Mary’s.“Her promise to the students of her day was one of discovering the universe and one’s place in it. That is still true for the College today.”Wolff’s legacy can still be seen throughout the College, Wiedower said.“[It’s in] the beauty of the campus, in the curriculum that embraces the liberal arts and professional arts, and in the excellence of our faculty; in our dedication to study abroad and global studies and environmental studies,” she said.Wiedower said she hopes she can be equally committed to her ministry and find the time to nourish both her own religious life and love for music.“The thing I personally find most inspiring about Sr. Madeleva was her ability to stay true to herself in whatever circumstances she found herself. “She would have loved to focus solely on the artistic and aesthetic aspects of her life — her poetry, her love of nature, her delight in travel, her love of religious life — and yet she gave over 30 years to administration because she believed in the mission of education.”Student body president Kat Sullivan said the students today acknowledge Wolff’s motivational legacy in many of the College’s courses and in daily life.“I was a teaching assistant for an English class of mostly freshmen with Professor Laura Haigwood last year called ‘Saint Mary’s Women,’” Sullivan said. “We studied Sr. Madeleva’s biography and analyzed her poetry, and it was interesting to see how different she was from the other sisters of her time. She’s still very much a part of our curriculum and inspires our students to follow their beliefs, despite what anyone else says.”For Sullivan, the greatest way to honor Wolff as a Saint Mary’s woman is to try to make a difference in the world.“I think each student should model what they do on the mission statement.,” she said. “It’s no secret that Saint Mary’s women are prepared to make a difference in the world, and that’s an exact reflection of what Sr. Madeleva embodied.“I think modeling yourself after the Saint Mary’s mission while also creating your own mission is what each student can do to honor Sr. Madeleva.”Since 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Wolff’s death, Saint Mary’s professors Susan Baxter and Haigwood are currently working on a play showcasing her life and legacy, set to be released in March, McSorley said.“In the words of Sr. Madeleva, ‘We [at Saint Mary’s] promise you discovery: the discovery of yourselves, the discovery of the universe, and your place in it.’” McSorely said. “Because of Sr. Madeleva, there is no place else in the world I’d rather discover myself.”Tags: Heritage Week, SMC Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a three-part series exploring the unique characteristics of the Saint Mary’s alumnae, leaders and places on campus in honor of the College’s annual Heritage Week.This week marks Saint Mary’s annual celebration of Heritage Week, a time for students to reflect on the rich tradition of the College. One of the most important figures in the College’s history is Sr. Madeleva Wolff, a woman who embodied the College’s four core values of spirituality, learning, community and justice, junior Grace McSorley said.last_img read more

Osman Swati knew how to leave a room

first_img Lewis, who has threatened court action in clinging to the last vestiges of his political weight, spent his final council meeting dividing the room.He blamed the former city manager for the destruction of heavy equipment during the 2017 flood. He fumed aloud that there was no storm plan now. He lamented the state of the city, suggesting it might never recover. He offered a cryptic comment about Port Arthur going “to Section 8” and accused the mayor of not doing his own job or knowing how to do it.The last of these caused the affable mayor, Derrick Freeman, to not only bristle — that was uncharacteristic — but also fire back. That was a bad moment for Lewis.Freeman recounted in detail that as the city was drowning in 60 inches of rain last August, council members were to meet in an emergency session at City Hall. There, Lewis pitched this single idea as the city sank underwater: Diverting $30,000 of Port Arthur’s public treasure to The Breeze, run by Lewis’ friend, for radio programming. Osman Swati knew how to leave a room.Port Arthur’s District 6 representative served but a single City Council term — his seat was eliminated by voter choice — but he lent grace, reason and humility that this governing body sorely needed and — shouldn’t we concede this? — some dash. Ironically, Swati left public service the same night as Willie “Bae” Lewis, a 23-year councilman whose seat was also eliminated by voter decision.While Swati left public life reading from an elegant farewell letter, Lewis left with his fingernails scraping his own chair bottom. Like the last toddler in the toy store at lights out, he simply refused to go.Swati thanked God and the voters for the privilege of serving, humbly extended apologies for anyone he might have offended, offered a heartfelt paean to democracy and praised devoted city workers, staff and his own colleagues for all they do for this beleaguered city. He provided the class in the room.center_img “The only thing you were worried about was that $30,000,” Freeman recalled, staring straight at Lewis.We might have hoped for a better farewell for Lewis, at least on his last night as a council member. He never provided leadership but he usually brought the entertainment.Swati’s farewell letter contained these words, and Port Arthur citizens might take them in more than one way: “This council is a direct product of your vote.” In some cases, it’s a direct product of not voting in Port Arthur, where casting a ballot is rare.Choosing not to vote is a choice in itself: You still bear consequences. On this night, those consequences were stark:One guy knew how to leave a room. The other guy was Willie Lewis.last_img read more

Ride the Haute Route with Fish, and his Bombtrack

first_imgThe Haute Route team is all about giving amateur riders the professional experience that comes with the door to door support of their race caravan. And that’s probably a good thing since each running of the Haute Route, whether in the Colorado Rockies, French Alps, Italian Dolomites, Swiss Alps, or the Pyrenees, is likely to rack up over 20,000m of climbing over the course of 7 riding stages. You literally won’t have much left in your brain or legs for having to deal with logistics. It is name the High Road after all, what would it be without a little oxygen deprivation.The organizers tout their 7 timed and ranked stages as having a more professional-level than anything else you’ll find in the amateur sphere. That includes rolling road security, mechanical support, on-site medical teams, film crews, and of course, massages. No matter if you are trying to survive each day until the finish, or fighting for position on the leaderboard, there’s something for anyone up to the challenge tackling some of the highest, steepest, most-hallowed mountain climbs in cycling. Over the last few months we’ve been seeing more about the Haute Routes trickle across our desk, and as nice road riding weather has taken hold in the northern hemisphere we’ve started looking to more and longer adventures. The Haute Route has built itself a unique position in the cyclo sportif & gran fondo calendar as the first global series of multi-day amateur races. Starting back in 2011 crossing the Alps from Nice to Geneva, the riding has now expanded to six events in 2017 in Europe & the US, offering a multi-day, ride-like-a-pro experience through some of the toughest mountain roads in the world.Just this week it was Stefan “Fish” Vis who got us thinking about the week-long trek across the high mountains. Dutchman Fish is more of a flat land fixed gear crit rider from the Amsterdam, but as a project with his sponsor Selle San Marco & team Bombtrack he pushed himself up and over the Alps last year to test their newest steel disc brake road bike. And the film team from OSM followed him to give us a nice insight into the race and the spectacular scenery along the way. While the pro peloton is off climbing through the Dolomites at the Giro d’Italia, we’ve started thinking about doing our own giro in the mountains. And the first edition of the year out of Boulder, CO is just over a month away. Time to squeeze in some last minute training… This year the series kicks off in the US at the 1st edition of the Haute Route Rockies starting in Boulder on June 24 and making its way to Colorado Springs by the end of the week. The next stop is the 5th running in the Pyrenees from August 13-19, then to the 7th edition of the original Haute Route Alps from Nice to Geneva August 21-27. Then three more crossing of the Alps with the another new event in the Haute Route Alpe d’Huez for a shorter three days July 12-14, the seven stage Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps out of Innsbruck from September 2-8, and another short option in another new event for 2017 – the Haute Route Ventoux from October 6-8.Registration is open for each of the premium level events (read: they aren’t cheap for that full all-inclusive deal, but vary event to event). Or as Fish put it, “it’s not the cheapest ride ever, but it’s pretty much worth it.”HauteRoute.orglast_img read more

Look teases lightweight carbon, disc brake 785 Huez RS Disc road bike

first_imgLook’s own homepage seems to offer a teaser of a new lightweight carbon climbing bike fitted with disc brakes. Besides the obvious missing rim brakes on the bike with 785 visible on the seattube, it has the unmistakable Red eTap Hydro levers. Most likely a disc brake version of the 785 Huez lightweight carbon disc brake road bike, we can’t wait to see more…Look 785 Huez Disc light carbon disc brake road bikeIf Look’s partnership with Insta-famous rider/model Malena Nowotarska and her Look Team Granfondo tells us anything, it’s that a disc brake version of their lightweight carbon 785 Huez road bike is imminent.No official details from Look so far, other than the fact that they are an exhibitor at Eurobike which is just a week and a half away.What we can see from screen grabs from the youtube video teaser for the Team Granfondo preview of the upcoming Marmotte sportive ride is clearly a Look 785 Huez RS according to its frame decals. But it drops the rim brakes on the current model in favor of flat mount disc brakes (and no seatstay bridge.)Clearly there is routing for internal hydraulic brake lines and shift wires. But Malena’s bike has a SRAM Red eTap group, so a few of those cable ports go unused. It also looks like she is riding the new Exakt powermeter pedals co-developed with SRM. No surprise there, since we saw her at Exakt’s product launch.The rim brake 785 Huez weighs just 730g in its top RS version, so this is likely to be one of the lighter production disc brake road bikes on the market as well. We will keep our eyes open for the new bike, and cross out fingers for good wide racing tire clearance.LookCycle.comlast_img read more

Prairie Village’s Claridge Court celebrates 20 years

first_imgRoe Taliaferro, flanked by former Kansas City, Mo., mayor Kay Barnes (left) and Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer, now lives in the senior living community he approved as mayor in the mid-1990s.When Monroe Taliaferro was mayor of Prairie Village in the early 1990s, one of the biggest issues facing the city council was what to do with a proposal to bring a 241,000 square foot senior living community to the vacant lot at the corner of Somerset Drive and Mission Road.Register to continuelast_img read more