Nieman Fellows announced for 2020-21

first_imgIn a period of unprecedented challenges for journalism, Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation has selected an innovative and distinguished group of journalists for its 2020-21 fellowship class and has created new visiting fellowships to address racial justice and public health.Nieman, a center for internationally recognized journalism fellowships, publications and programs, has selected 16 Nieman Fellows for its 83rd class, including investigative reporters, science journalists, editors, television and radio producers, a critic, a columnist and newsroom executives working across all media platforms.Due to Harvard campus restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the academic-year fellows will begin their fall studies online. The university and Nieman are preparing classes and programming that utilize Harvard’s vast academic and creative resources and take advantage of the interactive capabilities of distance learning.In addition, Nieman will offer remote visiting fellowships this coming year in support of projects that address racial justice and public health in the U.S., dual challenges underscored by the growing anti-racism movement and the global coronavirus pandemic.This special initiative, designed to complement our yearlong fellowship program, will offer targeted research opportunities and specialized training to individuals in the U.S. with innovative ideas to advance the representation of journalists of color throughout the news industry; improve coverage of underreported stories and communities; explain the impact of coronavirus on an area or group; or enhance reporting expertise and coverage of public health. Learn more about the visiting fellowship and view the rolling application, due by September 25.“The challenges for journalism are as consequential as ever, inspiring Nieman to recommit to its mission of fortifying journalists through its fellowships while also creating new opportunities to meet this moment,” said Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski. “This will be a historic year at Harvard and we look forward to working with these gifted journalists to redefine what education and fellowship can look like during a pandemic. We are also eager to offer new support for projects focused on fostering racial justice and public health, areas of deep concern for the nation and our industry. Journalism’s new challenges are opportunities for Nieman to help in new ways.”The Nieman Foundation has educated more than 1,600 journalists from 99 countries since 1938. In addition to taking classes during their time at Harvard, fellows participate in Nieman seminars, shop talks, workshops and master classes and conduct research with Harvard scholars and others in the Cambridge area.Nieman will host journalists Emily Corwin and Scott Dance as the 2021 Abrams Nieman Fellows for Local Investigative Journalism. After two semesters of study at Harvard, they will receive fieldwork support for a public service reporting project and participate in specialized journalism education. The fellowships are funded by a generous grant from the Abrams Foundationdesigned to strengthen local news coverage in underserved communities across the United States.Visit the website for the full list of fellows. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Sexual assault reported on campus

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a report of sexual assault committed Saturday, according to an email sent to students Thursday night.The assault reportedly occurred in a West Quad men’s residence hall, the email stated. This is the third sexual assault report NDSP has sent to students this school year.The email quoted “du Lac: A Guide to Student Life,” Notre Dame’s official policy book, and warned students of the risks of sexual assault as well as the standards of consent.“Sexual assault can happen to anyone,” the email said. “Anyone initiating any kind of sexual contact with another person must seek consent and not engage in sexual contact unless consent is given.“On college campuses, perpetrators are more likely to assault an acquaintance than a stranger. 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.“The perpetrator, not the survivor, is responsible for any instance of sexual assault. Nothing a survivor does or does not do is an excuse for sexual assault.”Tags: Clery Act, NDSP, sexual assautlast_img read more

Italian and US Police Bust Cocaine and Statues Gang

first_imgBy Dialogo June 06, 2011 Italian and US police said they have made 66 arrests in a two-year investigation against drug smugglers who hid large amounts of cocaine in crates of chalk statues sent to Rome’s Fiumicino airport. The cocaine was smuggled to Fiumicino from Colombia through the Dominican Republic and payments were then laundered through various countries including Germany and Libya, ending up ultimately in Boston in the United States. The Italian side of the operation was led by the owner of a clothes shop in Rome with no previous convictions, who handled contacts with Colombia. The finances were handled by five Lebanese nationals, who are on the run. Gang members never communicated by phone, speaking only in public places or by email using code words, officers said at a news conference in Rome. In a statement, the police said the inquiry had led “to the discovery of a criminal organisation specialised in international drug trafficking and recycling dirty money with a turnover of more than two million euros a year.” “The Italian side of the inquiry led to the arrest of 14 people and the seizure of over 220 kilograms of pure cocaine, hidden under chalk statues and polystyrene in a hidden bottom of two crates at Fiumicino airport,” it said. Police said they had also seized bank accounts in the offshore tax enclave of San Marino, as well as villas, cars and even a stud farm outside Rome. In total over two years, 1,800 kilograms of cocaine and 238 million dollars (164 million euros) in assets have been seized in Italy and the United States. The investigation, codenamed “Fire and Ice”, was conducted by Italian police working together with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).last_img read more

Budget panel works on portal and Dignity in Law programs

first_img February 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Technology Task Force Chair David Welch said after technical and budget difficulties, the Internet portal appears to be back on track. He and George Rudge, who directs the Bar’s computer operations, gave a presentation to the board.“We’ve gotten the budget down to a very acceptable figure,” Welch said.He said the system will require $165,000 of out-of-pocket Bar expenditures, plus another $50,000 to $60,000 of in-house staff time.Rudge said the portal is being developed in conjunction with FindLaw, which will provide many of the portal services.The portal will be an access point to the Internet, similar to MSN.com or Yahoo.com, that Bar users can customize for their professional and personal interests.The main design change from last May’s board meeting is rather than a “vertical” home page that will require users to scroll down their computer screens to get to various options, the new setup will have tabbed “folders” that contain various features. Users can click on the tab that has the programs and information they want.Although there will be a default setup, Rudge said users can customize the portal to select their own tab areas and what is in each folder. They will also have the choice of a wide variety of modules to put in their folders that will provide a variety of information and services.A sampling of what will be available includes:• Free legal research from the National Law Library, including docket and case law searches.• A module for Florida Bar announcements that will allow the Bar to quickly communicate with its members. Unlike most other modules, Rudge said Bar members will not be able to delete this one.• A link that gives members access to a variety of Internet search engines.• A calendar and date program. If a lawyer must file a document in 75 days, the computer will calculate the due date.• Links to discussion groups on various areas of legal practice.• Information on upcoming CLE seminars, including eventually the ability to register online and pay via credit card.• Links to instant stock quotes.• Customized links that can provide lawyers with news and local weather and traffic conditions.• A legal dictionary.• Access to federal and state court and legal forms.• E-mail services.“The Web portal gives the lawyer the ability to get everything that’s available on the Web together in one place,” Welch said. “It has so much functionality. We’re excited about the whole thing.”Around 35,000 Bar members are anticipated to sign up for the portal in the first year, and the plan calls for Bar staff rather than outsiders to provide technical support, Welch said. He added that feedback from Bar members has been excellent.“Reaction has been surprise that the Bar is going to do that and it won’t cost anything,” he said. “We all have to understand that once this is up and running that we can make further changes to it in the future. Technology is going to drive that. But I think it’s going to be pretty near at launch.” Budget panel works on portal and Dignity in Law programs Senior Editor and Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe Bar’s Budget Committee is working toward a balanced budget for the 2003-04 fiscal year that may allow for the proposed free Internet portal for Bar members that will include legal research. The tentative budget will also allow for the continuation of the Dignity in Law program but with perhaps reduced funding.2003-04 Budget Committee Chair Jesse Diner brought that message to the Board of Governors at its January 31 meeting in Tallahassee. The board also got reports on Dignity in Law and the portal.Diner, who also chairs the special committee that is reviewing the Dignity in Law effort, will formally present the budget to the board at its April 4 meeting in Kissimmee.“As of this moment, your budget for the next year is not yet balanced. I think there are some things that by the time we come to the budget next time [at Kissimmee], it will be balanced,” he told the board.“At this time, it is $300,000 to $400,000 out of balance,” he added. “That is not anything out of the ordinary. There are still some items that are being looked at and numbers that are being tweaked.”Current Budget Committee Chair Jerald Beer reported that the Bar, halfway through the 2002-03 budget, is breaking even.“The state of the budget right now is it looks like we’re close to being on a break-even budget, but it’s a little hard to tell at this juncture,” he said.The board increased annual membership dues in the 2001-02 budget — the first hike in 11 years — and had hoped to be running surpluses in the budget. But a slow economy and hard times for its investments, as well as expenditures for Dignity in Law, have led to tighter than expected fiscal plans.Dignity in Law While calling the Dignity in Law program a resounding success, Diner told the board budgetary realities may force the Bar to scale back the program next year.“While this program has been extremely laudable, we may not be able to fund this program — given the current budgetary status — at the rate we funded it this past year,” Diner said.“The Bar simply may not be able to afford it.”Diner recommended that some of the campaign be brought in-house and rbb, the Coral Gables public relations firm hired this year to manage the program, be used in a consulting role in the future.Diner said a Bar survey of voluntary bar associations “shows that overwhelmingly they think it should be a part of the Bar’s budget going forward.”“Rbb did an outstanding job,” Diner said. “They took this thing by storm and they worked extremely hard in launching a campaign from zero to where it is at this point in time. One of the things we hope to do is talk with rbb about what part of the program they can provide next year.”Technology Task Force Budget panel works on portal and Dignity in Law programslast_img read more

DNA testing deadline temporarily extended

first_img DNA testing deadline temporarily extended Two days before the October 1 deadline for convicted inmates to request DNA testing to help prove their innocence, the Florida Supreme Court extended the deadline to July 1, 2006.In its September 29 order, the court explained it wants sufficient time to consider a report from The Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee recommending that the court adopt an emergency amendment to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.853, Motion for Postconviction DNA Testing (see notice, page 24).The court invites all interested persons to comment on or before November 15, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, George Tragos, 600 Cleveland St., Suite 700, Clearwater, FL 33755, as well as a separate request for oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case (Case No. SC05-1702). The committee’s proposed amendment can be found on the court’s Web site at www.floridasupremecourt.org.Besides the court’s action to extend the DNA filing deadline for nine months, Gov. Jeb Bush has signed an executive order to preserve evidence for DNA testing, and bills have been filed in both the House and Senate to do away with DNA testing deadlines completely. The Bar’s Executive Committee approved the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee 23-0 vote (with one abstention) to omit any references to the October 1, 2005, deadline in the rule.Currently, more than 1,000 inmates seeking testing still wait to have their cases screened, according to Jenny Greenberg, director of the Florida Innocence Initiative. DNA testing deadline temporarily extended October 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

4 ways to manage workplace stress

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When facing tight deadlines, an inbox full of unread emails and constant demands from others, how do you stay focused and get things done? We all know stress in the workplace is inevitable. However, as leaders, we must maintain a certain level of professionalism in all circumstances and hopefully teach our employees how to do the same.Forbes contributor Ashley Stahl lists four ways to manage workplace stress. But first and foremost, she suggests taking a deep breath.Her list includes:– Eliminate stressful thoughts. “Eliminating stressful thoughts is critical because they can build up over time, resulting in a meltdown or panic attack,” she writes. Stahl recommends replacing a stressful thought with a positive one. continue reading »last_img read more

3 cool tech gifts that can save time and money

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details We all love technology for the convenience that it brings, but normally that convenience comes at a price. But what about those techs, apps, and gadgets that can actually help you keep a little money in your pocket? Here are three cool gifts for the techie in your life, that can make their life a little easier and put a few bucks back in their wallet.MoviePass: I love going to the movies and I’m sure you do as well. I’d probably go a lot more often if movies weren’t so expensive. And then I discovered MoviePass. For just $9.95 per month, you can go to any movie at any theater any day you want. The pass covers one movie a day and other than a couple downsides (have to purchase tickets day of, no 3D or IMAX) it’s an absolutely fantastic deal for any movie buff.PopSockets: How many times have you shattered your phone screen? If you have a hard time hanging on to your phone, you should check out PopSockets. It’s like a pop-up handle that can even be custom designed if you want. Plus, it makes a great stand when you want to turn your phone into a 4” flat screen TV. The PopSocket lays almost flat when not in use, and can help prevent you from having to get your screen repaired or replaced from an unnecessary drop.FoneFuel Diesel: As cool as technology is, most gadgets these days don’t seem to hold a charge very long. The FoneFuel Diesel can help solve that problem. When fully charged, the Diesel can charge an iPhone 6 from 0-100% 4-5 times. You don’t always have time to find a wall socket, and the Diesel is just what you need to stay on-the-go. What’s more awesome? FoneFuel donates a portion of their sales to “improve education & living conditions with solar technology in underdeveloped regions in the U.S. & abroad.” That’s a great side effect to buying Christmas presents.last_img read more

Navigating success with your brand GPS

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Danielle Havlicek As Senior Creative Director, Danielle’s 15 years of interdisciplinary design experience in the financial industry make her an asset to the La Macchia Group team. Her resume reflects a … Web: www.lamacchiagroup.com Details The competition to attract and retain membership amongst financial institutions has grown incrementally over the past decade. When everyone is vying for the same end goal, how do you stand out from the pack and move ahead? The answer – your brand. But what truly is your brand? While many people identify a brand as a logo or a tagline, it is so much more than that. At La Macchia Group, we believe a brand is an experience. It is the emotional connection created with your members at every touchpoint; it is the heart and soul of your business. So, while a logo is a visual representation of your brand, a brand development or rebranding project is not just about creating an eye-catching graphic. It is about uncovering your Brand DNA and developing a supporting brand strategy that results in transformative experiences. To determine the best brand strategy for your credit union, your Brand DNA will be your GPS. It will help you select the best route and guide your path to success. Starting PointBefore you begin your branding journey, you need to have a starting point. How is your brand being reflected in the eyes of your members? Is your brand easily identifiable in your branches? What does your community think of your brand? Analyze your current brand equity to start to uncover opportunities and the strategic path forward.A deep understanding of your existing member base as well as your targeted new membership helps us determine the breadth and broad appeal needed for your brand. Taking the time to truly understand what keeps your members up at night will help us create a brand that meets your members’ emotional needs and achieves a deeper connection. Focusing on how to develop strong relationships between your credit union and current and future members will strengthen your position in the market.Using socioeconomic data, La Macchia Group connects your target demographic to your brand. By digging deeper into your brand demographic personas, from spending habits to lifestyles, we can then identify what we like to call your Brand DNA. It is that emotional, experiential connector between you and your consumers. Brand DNA is comprised of your core purpose, your desired position in the market, your vision for the future, the benefits of the products and services you offer, your values, and the personality of your credit union. Selecting the Best Route – Let the Research Lead the WayWith a strong understanding of your Brand DNA, we can carve out the right direction for your strategy. Through this brand audit, you can make an informed decision about the best path forward for your credit union’s brand. Not every strategy will take the same path. Some brands may need a complete redesign, while others may need to refine their message in a specific delivery channel, such as the way their brand is experienced within their branch locations. Taking the time to research and gain hard data about your brand should be the guiding force behind which route you take your brand strategy. Go! The Journey BeginsReady, set, GO. With the best route selected, we then consistently and clearly reflect your Brand DNA across every touch point throughout your digital and physical landscapes. What makes brands competitive today isn’t just a product or service, but the experience offered. At La Macchia Group, we define brand as the promise of an experience and we believe in creating transformative experiences. From the look and feel of your graphics and retail space to how your staff treats members and how your credit union contributes to the community reinforces that promise. What you need for your credit union is a brand that gets to the heart of what matters to your members. You need to infuse that emotion into your entire financial experience to ensure your organization leaves a lasting impression and reaches the ultimate destination—brand loyalty.Reaching Your Destination: Brand Loyalty The path to brand loyalty takes hard work and dedication; it’s not established overnight. Does your staff stand behind your brand mission and values? Are they embodying those values when they interact with members? Are your digital channels providing convenience and meeting the needs of your members? Brands that acquire strong brand loyalty have several common factors: strong communication and engagement, high-level service experience, and product delivery experience. If you’re able to elevate your brand experience to include all three factors, brand loyalty is within reach—and you’ll be there before you know it.last_img read more

Labor shortages need to be addressed at the system level

first_imgFor the next tourist season, Croatian tourism will lack about 15 thousand qualified employees. The situation with the lack of workers in the strongest Croatian industry is all the more absurd since this year the students chose mostly vocational occupations when enrolling in the first grade, but the available number of places was not in line with the interest of students. So this year more than 3.800 students wanted to study to be a chef, and only 1.200 were enrolled. 705 students will be educated for the profession of waiter, but the interest was much higher compared to the available quotas, a total of 2160 students. The needs of employers, successful European models of vocational education and the current situation in tourism in terms of labor force were discussed at the Croatian Tourist Forum organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce on the topic Human resources – challenges of Croatian tourism, which was held today as part of the Croatian Tourism Day in Hvar. Although the discussion presented temporary solutions and measures that employers themselves apply in order to attract and retain labor, the forum participants concluded that for a long-term solution to the shortage of skilled labor it is necessary to implement a dual model of vocational education. In Austria, students spend 80% of their time on the bang Photo: HGKDirector of the Austrian Foreign Trade Office (WKO) Sonja Holocher-Ertl presented a model of dual vocational education in Austria, more precisely a set of measures developed by the Chamber of Education based on the needs of employers. In Austria, medium-sized companies have the greatest difficulty in finding skilled workers, especially in tourism. “In our model, the practical part, ie the time the student spends in the company, makes up 80% of the education. Students become an employee of the company by being selected by the company, in return for their work. It is usual to spend four days a week in a company and one in a school, while in the case of tourism this is adjusted according to the season. Only one third of the curriculum is dedicated to general knowledge,“Said Holocher-Ertl, noting that 81% of students who graduate according to this model continue to work in tourism.The German model was presented by an education expert at the German-Croatian Chamber Ramona Neuse. Through bottom-up Approach companies are involved in curriculum development. They invest not only financially in the student, but also with knowledge in the development of the program itself.State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Franjo Matušić noted that the need for labor will be even higher than expected for next year given the new investments, with 20 thousand workers for tourism. He presented six centers of competence for tourism in Zabok, Osijek, Pula, Opatija, Split and Dubrovnik, which will be used for teacher training and cooperation with business people, but whose sustainability will be shown only after some time. “We really wanted to achieve that business people can also establish centers of competence, but we managed to define it in this framework. The weakest point here is the current teaching staff in these centers, but thanks to foreign partners, they will also receive additional education., “Said Matusic.Silvija Baričević, Director of Human Resources of the Hotel Jadranka presented internal trainings for employees of the hotel group. “In our company we have internal small centers of competence that we believe are necessary to provide quality service to guests. We invest over 2 million kuna annually in internal education, namely, our employment needs are currently much higher than what the market provides us., “Baricevic emphasized.Photo: HGKNevena Tolanov, the head of the human resources department at the hotel company Valamar Riviera expressed concern about the small capacity of schools and the fact that interest is being generated more in the schools of continental Croatia. “Iwe have intensive campaigns all over Croatia in all schools to present occupations in tourism and attract students from continental schools to come and work on the coast, which still means a major life change. More than 70% of our scholarship holders are students of continental schools, but the problem is how to ensure such a student to do an internship with us, “Said Tolanov.With the problem of enrollment quotas, the head of the Department of Education of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Božo Pavičin he noted that it is not only the essence in quantity, but also in what skills these students have when they enter the labor market and whether this is what the economy needs. “The problem is that our legislation does not allow a smaller number of students to enroll in a course because a class cannot be formed. In Austria and Germany, with the dual model of vocational education and the mediating role of the chambers, this is not the case, but the company announces a competition and on that basis enrolls in the school. At the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, we are committed to solving this at the system level, and not through a few bright examples of individual companies. The Chamber has these capacities to meet the needs of the economy for labor through such a model,Said Pavicin.last_img read more

Frank Lampard praises Mikel Arteta after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Frank Lampard praises Mikel Arteta after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea Advertisement Frank Lampard spoke highly of Mikel Arteta after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea (PressBureau)Frank Lampard praised Mikel Arteta for Arsenal’s gameplan following Chelsea’s 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.The Gunners were excellent in the opening 45 minutes and were ahead by half time through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal in the 13th minute.But Chelsea drastically improved in the second half and two late goals from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham handed the win for Lampard’s side.Lampard, however, has credited Arteta for setting up Arsenal in a way which pinned back Chelsea’s three-man defence in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT‘When we played as we did at Tottenham last week, I probably would have questioned my sanity if I had come to Arsenal and we played four at the back and it had gone that way in the first half-hour,’ said Lampard.center_img Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are four points clear in fourth place in the Premier League (Getty Images)Lampard praised the response from his Chelsea players showed after his ‘firm’ half-time team talk.‘You don’t want 11 quiet players who go let’s get on with it and just trot out the game,’ said the Chelsea manager.‘I said my piece, it was pretty firm, you can’t come here and have nothing about you.‘Win, lose or draw, I was not so bothered in terms of how I saw the second half coming. It was a case of can we show something here lads, because we have to.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We are Chelsea and we can’t roll up and not feel like the 3,000 fans who have travelled across London to watch the game.‘And then the lads started talking and it was a bit aggressive, which is a good thing.‘The response in the second half was everything I wanted. We have been rightly questioned recently.‘Everton away would be a good one, a team that had life breathed into them by a new manager and we didn’t react and it was quiet after that game in the dressing room and I did not like that, and some of our home games recently were lacking something.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Mikel Arteta looked dejected after Arsenal conceded two late goals against Chelsea (PA Wire)‘For me the main thing in the first half-hour was not the tactics, it was the spirit and the fight. Arsenal were quicker, we were lethargic, they were brave, we were nervous.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You say I was decisive but I could have made the change after 10 minutes, and not just Emerson coming off, any of the players could to change it slightly.‘It is hard to convey a message with your voice on the sidelines with this sort of atmosphere so sometimes it has to be a gesture.‘We changed and it got better.‘Mikel Arteta is not silly. He saw us play at Tottenham and found a way to pin our five back.‘We had three men marking one at the back and they had numbers in midfield and they won all the second balls, and that had to change.’ Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Dec 2019 7:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.4kShareslast_img read more