Island Beach Gear Seeks OK to Expand on Ninth Street

first_imgExisting Island Beach gear property as viewed from Ninth Street.The owners of Island Beach Gear at Ninth Street and Bay Avenue will go before the Ocean City Planning Board on Wednesday with a plan to expand by adding a second and third floor above parts of the existing retail store.The board will consider a site plan that proposes additions that would turn the existing 10,489 square foot store into one with a total floor area of 18,820 square feet.The store sits at the foot of the Ninth Street Bridge at Ocean City’s gateway and sells chairs and other beach, pool and patio gear, often displaying its colorful wares at curbside. It has been in business for a little less than a decade at the site of a former pharmacy.Site map of the proposed Island Beach Gear property at Ninth Street and Bay Avenue in Ocean City, NJ.In a public meeting at 6 p.m. May 13 at City Hall, the board will consider a site plan that requires variances for parking spaces, a truck berth and signs.Though the new plan proposes 47 parking spots (eight more than exist now), 54 are required. One truck berth is required, but the plan proposes none. A maximum of three signs are permitted, and the plan proposes four.If approved, the new structure would include 8,461 square feet of storage space, and 10,359 square feet of retail space. The property is part of the Drive-In Business (DB) Zone.Beverley Gill owns Island Beach Gear. Her family also owns Tackle Direct, a fishing tackle business in Egg Harbor Township, and is redeveloping a marina on the bay at 10th Street. Architect’s drawing of proposed new Island Beach Gear as viewed from Ninth Street.last_img read more

Donut Tree blossoms

first_img“People are switching back to doughnuts,” according to Noel Johnston. Mr Johnston is owner of the newly opened Donut Tree, a retail outlet in Lisburn’s Bow Street Mall in Northern Ireland. He has worked in the catering business for over 15 years, attending sporting events and exhibitions with a specialist donut unit. But when Mr Johnston took over the ailing café site that is now the Donut Tree, he had big plans for his new business. Up and running since the beginning of the year, Donut Tree sells a range of US-style ring donuts, including hot sugared and cold glazed varieties. The 12-strong standard range of flavours includes maple syrup, chocolate, strawberry, caramel and mint, and extra toppings such as chopped nuts, coconuts and M&Ms are available too. Mr Johnston says the most popular flavours are maple and caramel.Freshly bakedAlso on offer is a range of cookies and muffins, which are freshly baked in the store each day, mainly from scratch, and any unsold product is discarded at the end of the day. Beverages include milkshakes, teas and coffees, provided by local supplier Johnsons.Mr Johnston says that while the Bow Street Mall has a number of food outlets, there is no direct competition for the Donut Tree – he regards the store as being in a class of its own. “Our sales are buoyant and there’s certainly no sign of decline,” he says. Franchise future?He is already looking to expand the business, although at present is undecided whether it will be through the acquisition of new outlets or by creating a franchise chain. “If the right sites come up then we will look at opening new outlets,” he says, “but equally we could be franchising in the future. It’s all up for discussion.”last_img read more

Tesco’s Omega basket roll-out nears completion

first_imgSupermarket Tesco has revealed it will have completed a roll-out of standard-sized bread baskets to all its plant bread fixtures by the end of its financial year.The new “one-size-fits-all” 10-loaf “Omega” baskets are now being used to display bread in 400 of its supermarkets, in the Midlands and the south. And Tesco has just started introducing the baskets in the north and Scotland, at a rate of 30 stores a week. They will be in 680 of its supermarkets by December.By March 2007, Tesco plans to have them in all of its stores across the UK, including Tesco Express convenience stores. Tesco senior buying manager, plant bread and morning goods Jeremy Summers told British Baker the baskets save time in replenishing the bread aisle as baskets can be wheeled straight onto the shop floor and do not need to be unloaded before display. He added: “In terms of availability, the stores with the standard Omega bread tray are performing better than those without. It helps bread to remain in stock throughout the day.”Tesco began trialling standard baskets in October 2004, in agreement with its main plant bread suppliers and the Federation of Bakers. Suppliers previously used a variety of basket sizes, holding eight to 15 loaves.Rival supermarkets are less keen. Asda buying manager for bakery Amanda Peberdy said the baskets may reduce efficiency: “Eighteen months ago, we moved to displaying bread on shelves, rather than in baskets. If you reduce the case size, it takes longer to get the same amount of product on the shelf.”Sainsbury’s plant bread buyer Sophie Luckman said the bread baskets used by Tesco increase on-shelf availability at the start of the day, but reduce fixture capacity compared to its current shelf fixtures, resulting in the need for frequent in-day replenishment.last_img read more

South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA has announced it’s closing indefinitely

first_img WhatsApp Previous articleCatholic Parish in Elkhart reports two priests test positive for COVID-19Next articleIndiana unemployment rate soars to 16.9% Carl Stutsman Google+ Pinterest Twitter Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Carl Stutsman – May 22, 2020 0 425 South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA has announced it’s closing indefinitely WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Facebook (Photo supplied/YMCA) Ongoing financial troubles are among reasons why officials with the YMCA say they are closing branch doors permanently. Their issues also have been exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.Below is the full release from the South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA:The YMCA of Greater Michiana is permanently closing the South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA branch effective Tuesday, May 26.“As we navigate the COVID-19 health crisis, we must reimagine how to best serve the greater Michiana community,” said Mark Weber, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Michiana. “This means our YMCA has made the very difficult decision to permanently close this branch.”The Y plans to continue partnerships with area businesses and organizations to provide programming that falls into its areas of impact, such as youth development and community wellness. The closure of this facility will not be the end of the Y’s presence in St. Joseph County.“After extensive research and evaluation, we determined this physical location was not financially sustainable moving forward,” said Weber. “However, our work in the South Bend community is not done. We’re working on a business plan that will bring us wherever we are needed in the future.”Local Y programs have continuously expanded outside of their physical locations, allowing them to serve the community in several ways, including working with local schools and meeting their needs for onsite before- and after-school programs that provide mentoring and a safe space for kids.“While fitness centers are the face of the YMCA, we are uniquely capable of making an impact on the health and wellness of our community without a specific building or set of walls,” said Weber. “As a cause-driven organization, we only need passion, people, and commitment to continue serving and supporting our community.”All South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA memberships will remain active through August 2020 at no charge. During this time, members may utilize alternate YMCA facilities including our Niles-Buchanan and Benton Harbor-St. Joseph branches upon their reopening. Additionally, your Y membership gives you access to most Ys nationwide.The Y has been part of the South Bend and surrounding communities for over a century. Its current location of 1201 Northside Boulevard has housed the organization since 1964.To learn more about the Y please visit ymcagm.org. Google+last_img read more

Lockn’ Founder Dave Frey Tells Us What Makes His Festival So Special

first_imgLOCKN’ Festival co-founder David Frey has spent the last few decades making the music scene a better place for everyone. As a promoter, he’s booked thousands of shows and helped invigorate the festival scene with his other biggest claim to fame, the H.O.R.D.E. Festival, an event that featured bands like Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, and a little band out of Vermont called Phish. With his credentials firmly established, Frey has the freedom to work on projects that he cares about, and LOCKN’ is clearly a labor of love for the industry veteran.Our own Rex Thomson had a chance to talk with Frey about his past, the state of LOCKN’ and the craziest possible on-stage mash ups possible. Enjoy!Live For Live Music: You have a great “Everything happens for a reason” origin story for your career as a promoter. I understand it all started for you thanks to your band’s equipment getting stolen…is that correct?Dave Frey: Yeah. We had a van and all our equipment got stolen out of it. A local club was having a benefit for us and nobody was doing anything to promote it so I gave away some tickets at the local radio station and did fliers and stuff like that. The show ended up selling out.The night of the show the guy who booked bands for the club wasn’t there, but the owner was. He asked me if I could book his club for a week or two until he found a real booker. And I just never…I just never looked back I guess.L4LM: Do you ever look back and wish you had stuck with the music career?DF: No, not really. Like everything, it all comes down to talent, timing and luck. I wouldn’t say I was THAT talented, but I was capable. I certainly hadn’t had the timing or luck yet…there’s also lot of perseverance involved in making it as well.I like playing, I still do it for fun and to make my kids laugh. But I found I really enjoyed putting together shows as a promoter. That’s how I got started on this side of the business. Then I transitioned into being a talent agent. When I moved to New York, I got into the talent agent side for a while. Then I went back into promoting and got to work with Ron Delsener and Bill Graham. Then I became a manager and represented a few bands…I still do that.And then I got the call from my old buddy Pete Shapiro and he said he wanted to start something…and Lockn’ came from that.L4LM: You dropped a couple of amazing names with Ron Delsener and the Bill Graham a moment ago. How did you manage to work the two of the biggest promoters in the country?DF: I guess, like I said earlier, you just persevere until timing and luck arrive. I think it’s the same in any profession. That’s what happened to me, anyway. I was working really hard. It was all I was doing, all day. I was just persevering for awhile and then Ron Delsener noticed me and gave me a job as the junior booker, booking all the smaller bands for the clubs.And then…some of those little bands got big REALLY fast. That was bands like Nine Inch Nails, the Black Crowes…hell…GWAR. GWAR was pretty big in New York. That was my job. When I worked for Ron, I booked about 500 shows a year.That’s more than I could cover myself. I mean…that’s more shows than there are days in a year. There were nights when I would hit 2 or 3 shows in a night. Blues Traveler, Phish…those were bands I was booking at that point as well. I got them early.L4LM: Those last two bands you mentioned, Blues Traveler and Phish, they were part of the beginning of the H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) Festival you helped found, right?DF: Yeah, I was working for John Popper and Blues Traveler at that point. There was a meeting where we called together five bands that we knew who hadn’t been able to book fair sized summer tours. We just said “Listen…there is strength in numbers. Let’s try going out together.”It was all very organic and it actually all did start off with one big meeting. We got together in the old Bill Graham offices after Bill had passed. We were shuttering the offices and getting the building ready to sell. It was a sad time, but we all got together in the back room. Trey (Anastasio), Chris Baron, John Bell, Col. Bruce Hampton and everybody else and we all just said “Yeah, let’s do this!” It all came out of that one moment.But when it came to who was going to be liable, or who was going to write a check if the thing lost money everybody said “Oh, well that’s not us.” That ended up being John Popper and I. That is how we ended up owning it.L4LM: Let’s talk Lockn’. The fest is built around the concept of never letting the music end. Are you just anti-sleep?DF: No, definitely not. It’s more…we…and this goes back to H.O.R.D.E and what Pete [Shapiro] used to do at The Wetlands. We would have these back-to-back sets where Traveler and Panic, or Traveler and the Doctors would put their gear up at the same time and it was seamless. It would be say Spin Doctors for a hour, then Blues Traveler for an hour…and that would go on for six hours. That happened at Wetlands all the time. Pete would always encourage that.That carried over to when we started H.O.R.D.E. That first year we just put everybody on the same stage, but the second year we started carrying a second stage. So the music would go between two stages, but we never had two stages playing at the same time. It’s a personal preference. It makes the event more music-centric, to me.If you don’t like the band playing, it’s hard to escape them. If you aren’t digging a band there isn’t another stage to run to and check out something else. Invariably there is a band you like less than the others though, and that’s when we figure people will go get a beer or hit their camp sites perhaps.We only have one band at a time, and I think the bands appreciate it too. If they’re playing this nice mellow song and they get to a real quiet part, you won’t hear, say, Primus rocking out over the hill, y’know? It’s more respectful I think. That’s just something we like and that we are going to continue.You don’t find that at a lot of other people’s shows. There’s these conflicts you get when bands are playing at the same time. You can only check out half of one or half of the other. Also, it makes it so we have fewer bands. We don’t have 150 bands like some festivals. We only have 25 or 30 bands, tops. So it’s a lot more focused on the music, purposefully.We’ve been told that we should capitalize on the interest we’ve garnered and book a whole new slew of late night acts to draw in another huge segment of audience, but that’s not what WE want to do. We want to focus on rock and jam bands and let people really focus on the bands without any distractions.L4LM: You folks have managed to consistently top yourselves each year. Do you ever worry about making something so wonderful it can’t be beat?DF: Oh yeah, we do. But we have to just keep trying to raise the bar…or sometimes you have to realize there are different kinds of bars. This year is a very different year for us, and not intentionally. We have a lot of alumni bands who have different plans this year.Widespread Panic decided they wanted to play this market on their own, and not be with a bunch of other bands. String Cheese decided they wanted to play somewhere else. We’ve heard from some people who have said, “Hey, it’s not the same as it was.” And we’ve said, “Nope, it’s not. But we still hope you’ll like it, because these are still bands that we like a lot.”For all the hits and misses you have when you do something like this, in the end Pete and I are basically working towards making the shows that we’d like to see. The hope is that other people will want to see that show because…well…that is what makes it work. And that gives it a distinct personality.There’s a lot of festivals that have pretty similar line ups, and if you switched the names around people might not be able to tell. I think our show stands out, because we’re booking it. It’s just us. And that gives it a flavor, a personality that you just might not find at other shows.L4LM: This year you are bringing the kings of the jam band world, Phish, to the farm for two nights. How long has that been in the works?DF: Four years. It was a hard get. Phish rarely play events that aren’t Phish specific and we’re happy to have them with us this year.L4LM: Any hints you can give us about possible Phish-y collaborations?DF: Not yet. We’re letting that come from them, and they’re still thinking.L4LM: Speaking of collaborations, one of the hallmarks of Lockn’ is the incredible combinations you’ve pulled off, like Fogerty with Widespread, Carlos Santana as one of Phil Lesh’s Friends and the incredible Joe Cocker set that I’ve listened to a hundred times. How much fun is it to make your musical mash up dreams come true?DF: When it happens, it’s great! The thing about it is…it always starts as a suggestion. You just gotta ask. Some of the best collaboration ideas I’ve ever had and pitched to bands has gotten an “Absolutely not!” and then a click. But, like I always say…if you don’t ask you don’t know…that’s what I always say.Then somebody says yes, and it’s gets wild. Widespread Panic says yes to playing with John Fogerty and I’m like “Great! Now I gotta go talk John Fogerty into it!” That wasn’t easy either. Hopefully it is a signature thing that we can keep continuing. It’s so satisfying when it happens but for all the times it doesn’t happen..from our stand point..it’s just really challenging.People say “But you only book one show a year…” We try and really curate every little detail that we can.L4LM: One last thing on the topic of collaborations…I know you don’t want to spoil any potential future surprises, but do you take suggestions?DF: Sure. All the time. You got one?L4LM: Oh yes! Our site ran an April Fools joke announcement of a GWAR-Sting Cheese set that had people disappointed to find out it wasn’t real. So maybe we could get that to happen?DF: It’s funny because I was GWAR’s first promoter in New York and I got to know Dave really well before he passed. They’re really very cool people. They might be into it…they live in Richmond. They might be into it. They really haven’t played much as GWAR since Dave passed. They host the GWAR-B-Q where they get a lot of metal bands and meat. It’s barbecue and metal.L4LM: That sounds incredible!DF: Yeah, they get like 5-7,000 people who come out to it. I think if we ever got it to happen, String Cheese would have to be in effigy because they’re gonna end up decapitated or put through a cheese grater or something…L4LM: A String Cheese grater! That’s perfect! You just figured out the big finale!DF: It’s something I would have liked to see. I know Cheese likes GWAR, and I think they liked the idea because they reposted the link, I believe.L4LM: Beyond the incredible line-up, Lockn’ has, from what I’ve heard, the most amazing VIP upgrade values available. With so much competition for festival dollars, how important is providing upgrades like these?DF: I think all of it is important, no matter what ticket people buy. I seldom get to see any of my own show until I watch the playback afterwards because during it I am concerned with everything that happens from the lip of the stage forward making the customers experience as good as it can be. We’ve been really challenged these last couple years with growing pains in areas like parking, and then the bad weather last year that forced us to stop the show for a bit.The VIP part of the festival is run by CID and we are partnered with them. Basically, 8-10 percent of our audience goes VIP, depending on the year. The big draw for it seems to be location. You’re basically camped right next to the music.But again, to us, all of it is important. We work to make forest camping special, to make car camping special and so on. I think we had to do a lot of stuff that ended up being a little more cookie cutter than we would have liked last year, but that was all due to the weather. We had to rebuild the festival in like 16 hours, and our amazing crew pulled it off somehow, but that meant we had to let some other things go, sadly.I think the customer experience is really the most important thing, whatever level, and we try our hardest to make it the best possible.L4LM: Any message for the thousands and thousands of eager fans counting down the minutes to the first notes of Lockn’?DF: Well…the only message I have is thank you! We’re looking forward to seeing you all and we hope you all have a great time!L4LM: Thanks for taking some time to talk to us and for the magic you’ve helped create over the decades. We can’t wait for Lockn’!DF: Thanks so much![Photos by Dave Vann and Sam Shinault as indicated]last_img read more

What’s Top of Mind for Customers?

first_imgWe just concluded our 2014 series of EMC Forums, one-day technology events where our customers and partners discuss how to address the most pressing IT business and technology challenges.  More than 35,000 attendees participated in 53 Forums spanning 40 countries worldwide.With IT in the middle of a secular shift, discussions ran deep into the driving issues and what is expected of IT vendors today.  We wanted to share what is top of mind with our customers and which IT issues keep them awake at night.Big Data AnalyticsBy far, Big Data Analytics has taken the pole position in the race for grabbing customer attention. In part, it may be its promise of revealing huge unrealized opportunities to improve operations by predicting failures before they happen, increase revenue by anticipating customer needs and introducing new value, or improve profit margin by finding micro-efficiencies in existing processes.Or it may be that Big Data Analytics repositions IT as a strategic lever to transition business into this era of data-driven innovation, accelerating customer acquisition, increasing customer engagement, and encouraging customer retention.Or it may be due to the fact that the Internet of Things is gaining titanic momentum with the promise of connecting billions of devices.More likely, the confluence of ALL of the above is putting enormous pressure on our customers to quickly gain an understanding of how to best leverage Big Data Analytics in their business — and no one wants to be the last one to figure that out.Deliver Solutions Rather than Point TechnologiesAnother major shift we see with our customers is they expect IT vendors to better understand their businesses and deliver solutions that help them capture the biggest opportunities while addressing their most pressing challenges.The rapid adoption of converged infrastructures has certainly spear-headed the movement of enterprises to transfer more work to IT vendors, along with the costs associated with engineering, manufacturing, managing, and supporting technology components as a tightly integrated system. But now enterprises question why convergence and higher value-added services should stop at the infrastructure level. They now expect IT vendors to fully understand the problems and challenges that face their businesses.Customers expect to tap the expertise of IT vendors and gain their advice on how best to leverage emerging technology in the context of their business.  They expect IT vendors to listen and help them accelerate adoption to gain faster time to market. And there is no shortage of technology advances: from the wide adoption of flash to the hyper convergence of infrastructures, and from Software-Defined Data Centers to End User Computing on massive scale, as well as the adoption of Platform-as-a-Service and the accelerating adoption of Hybrid Clouds.Shift to Hybrid CloudsYes, hybrid clouds are here to stay. The only question is, “how fast can you adopt the model?”Attention has shifted to decisions on which workloads should move to the cloud and which Management and Orchestration solutions to use. This enables seamless movement of workloads and data across the private and public clouds in order to deliver the best value to the customer.Amidst the confluence of all these factors, IT is forced to truly transform and that is where our customers experience the EMC Federation (EMC, VMware, Pivotal, RSA, and VCE) difference:Being truly software-defined to deliver more IT agility and speed at the lowest total cost of ownership;Delivering on a horizontal architecture where customers are empowered to make the best choices for their needs;Providing best-of-breed solutions, leveraging technologies from all EMC Federation companies and working integrated as one on everything from Software-Defined Data Centers to Business Data Lakes.This is what has been top of mind for our customers this year. How about for your enterprise?  How have your expectations of your IT vendors changed?last_img read more

Saint Mary’s highlights options for reporting

first_imgSusan Zhu Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a five-part series on sexual assault at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Today’s stories focus on the process for students reporting sexual assaults.Saint Mary’s students who are survivors of sexual violence have several different avenues through which they can report a sexual assault.Students can either report a sexual assault to confidential or non-confidential resources and individuals, director of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) Connie Adams said.“We have confidential people on campus at Saint Mary’s and that’s myself in BAVO, Health and Counseling Services professional staff so counselors, nurses, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist all of those individuals and then the pastoral ministers that are in Campus Ministry,” she said. “If a student chooses to speak with a confidential person, he or she does not have to make a report unless he or she wants to make one.”Enacted in 1972, Title IX deals with issues relating to gender, and specifically prohibits discrimination based on gender for institutions that receive federal funding, Adams said.Saint Mary’s students who want to go through with the investigative process have two options for reporting their assault: They can either report to a non-confidential College resource or to law enforcement, Adams said.“Everyone else that is employed by Saint Mary’s is a non-confidential person or a responsible person, which means that if they’re an RA, in building services, a professor, if they work in the library, whatever they may be, they are a responsible person,” she said. “So, if they receive knowledge that sexual violence may have happened, then they are required by federal law to be reporting that information to the Title IX Coordinator. That means the institution knows and the institution has to take action.”Adams said if the survivor or third-party reporter decides to make a Title IX report or discloses information to a non-confidential person, the report goes to Title IX Coordinator Rich Nugent.The Title IX Coordinator has been designated by the institution to oversee all Title IX cases. Reports to non-confidential persons must be made to the coordinator, she said.“The report comes in to the Title IX Coordinator and the first piece is identifying if this is a Title IX issue … and identifying if we know who may have been impacted, victimized — who is the survivor,” she said. “When talking about Title IX, we use the terminology complainant — the person who filed the report.”Complainants get first priority to make sure their needs are met, she said.“There has to be those certain types of support and resources that are available while making sure that the individual is okay,” Adams said. “And making sure they have whatever they have to be able to continue in their academic environment and to be able to excel.”If the name of the perpetrator is provided, and associated with the college, Saint Mary’s has an obligation to investigate it, Adams said. However, if the perpetrator is not a Saint Mary’s student, the Title IX investigation does not move forward at the College, but rather at that student’s institution.“Really, the investigation piece is institutions can only conduct investigations if individuals are enrolled in the institution or employed in the institution,” she said. “Title IX doesn’t necessarily have to do with where something happened but who’s involved in the situation.”After a students files a report with the Title IX coordinator, she initially meets with a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for an intake meeting, in which the student receives options and information, and the Deputy Title IX coordinator offers support and determines if the complainant wants to move forward.Saint Mary’s has three deputy Title IX coordinators who oversee an area of the policy based on who is involved. Assistant vice president for Student Affairs Janielle Tchakerian handles cases involving students. Director of Human Resources Kris Urschel handles cases involving staff or administration, and Dean of Faculty Vickie Hess handles cases involving faculty members.“Depending on the information gathered, the investigation may move forward to investigation and adjudication. If the complainant wants the investigation to move forward or if the complainant does not, but the Title IX Coordinator identifies a safety concern for the wider campus community, the process continues,” Adams said.“Then we utilize — which is new this year — outside external investigators,” she said. “Local attorneys that have different kinds of specialties around sexual assault, higher education and what not that conduct more of the actual investigation component. What that looks like is sitting down and having meetings, gathering information, listening to stories, asking questions. They’re fact finding in an impartial manner.”Adams said in cases regarding student respondents, the Community Standards process begins next, which involves the Critical Issues Board.“What they’re looking at is based on the evidence, is it more likely than not, a preponderance of evidence standard, that the policy has been violated. They’re not looking at the law, they are looking at the policy. And ultimately if someone is found responsible for violating a policy, then there is some type of consequence. Ultimately, the greatest consequence is dismissing someone from the institution or firing someone,” Adams said.The process of pursuing a criminal investigation takes shape differently, in addition to having a longer time frame, Adams said. A Title IX process from start to finish is 60 days, unless extenuating circumstances change the timeline. The law enforcement process takes a minimum of one year because the prosecutor has to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the law has been violated, instead proving a policy violation has occured.“Title IX process start to finish — from the time that an institution knows, or reasonably should know, to the time that someone is found responsible or not responsible for a policy violation — is 60 days,” Adams said. “That doesn’t include the appeals process. The law enforcement process, you are lucky if it takes a year in terms of how that actually ends up playing out because it is a very different system and the components are different.”The law enforcement process looks at what state the crime was committed in, and what the laws in that state are, Adams said, while Title IX has to do with who is involved.“In this community there are a lot of different law enforcement agencies, … so if something happens on campus and the survivor wants to make a report, we are going to contact St. Joseph County as Saint Mary’s in it’s jurisdiction,” Adams said. “There’s Roseland, South Bend, Mishawaka, Notre Dame Security (NDSP) — those are the law enforcement bodies.”Adams said a number of years ago, the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office formed a special division to address issues of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. Law enforcement reports made to St. Joseph County about sexual violence will be referred to the Special Victims Unit (SVU).“That team consists of investigators that are sworn law enforcement agents that are detectives and attorneys who work for the prosecutors office and other support staff,” Adams said. “There are officers, investigators, detectives that work for St. Joseph County, South Bend and Mishawaka and they are assigned to this division so they are members of their different departments but they come together and work as a team as part of SVU. They do the vast majority of investigations when it comes to law enforcement side of things.“Students need to know they have options when it comes to reporting sexual violence,” she said. “Even more importantly, they need to know there are support systems and persons in place to help whether they make a report or not.”Tags: deputy title IX coordinator, saint mary’s, sexual assault, Title IX, title ix processlast_img read more

Grandson of Gandhi discusses political tensions, legacies of activists

first_imgAlvin Kraja | The Observer Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of activist Mahatma Gandhi, spoke about contemporary political issues and his grandfather’s legacy during a lecture on Tuesday at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.Gandhi started his talk about the current situation in India with the recent government and its policies. He said he is “tremendously troubled of what is happening in India.”According to Gandhi, he has always tried to answer the question “Why the world today is the way it is.”Gandhi argued that the norms of society have shifted from peace and mutual respect for each other to hierarchy and domination. He said his grandfather saw future India from a different perspective from the current leaders of the governments.“[Mahatma] Gandhi saw people together. India in his vision belongs to one another,” he said. ”All Indians are human beings that share the same space.”Gandhi said the discrimination of the Muslim Indians still continues, and the government has not taken the right measures to fix this issue.“[There is a] polluted landscape in India right now,” he said. ”Free India should not belong to the majority of the religion, but to all.”Since 79.8% of Indians are Hindu, they have gained more privileges and despise the Indian Muslims, he said.According to Gandhi, this behavior of Hindus is not right because “Hinduism teaches to return good from evil.”He also cited a quote from his grandfather regarding the segregation of religion, supporting the idea that everyone is welcomed in India regardless of their religion.“God is one even if addressed by different names,” he said.Gandhi further discussed the discrimination of Muslims in India by comparing the United States with India.“A second-generation Indian American is able to run for president, but in India, Muslims should prove their loyalty to the country in order to vote,” he said.The lecture also mentioned the current situation in Kashmir. According to Gandhi, Kashmir has only eight million citizens, but it is speculated that the Indian government has sent more than 500,000 soldiers to patrol this area. He said this high concentration of soldiers is a result of the Kashmir population being 95% Muslim.“History does not provide roadmaps for what happens in the future,” he said. “Gandhi and King provided roadmaps for different situations. So what do we do?”To Gandhi, the solution to these problems is to express our opinions and actively protest for our rights.“We must speak out, we must inform, pass the new when we can,” he said. “Each of us should search for the next step.”To end his lecture, Gandhi mentioned the lack of knowledge of other cultures as very critical today.“We have neglected to know our fellow human being,” he said.If people were to learn more about a different culture, they would understand each other more, and this knowledge would solve the problems he mentioned throughout the lecture, Gandhi said.Tags: Hesburgh Center for International Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, gave a lecture called “Is the Dream Alive? Reflections on Race, Nationality and the Legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. King” at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on Tuesday. The lecture was part of a joint event hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.Gandhi is a biographer and research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has written numerous books, including “A Tale of Two Revolts: India 1857 & the American Civil War” and “Mohandas: A True Story of a Man, His People and an Empire.”last_img read more

Man Charged With Strangulation Following Alleged Weekend Altercation

first_imgStock Image PANAMA – A Village of Panama man is facing charges following an alleged altercation over the weekend.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says Nicholas Shields, 29, was arrested on Sunday following the incident late Saturday night.Deputies did not release specifics, only saying Shields is charged with second-degree strangulation, second-degree aggravated harassment and second-degree harassment.They say he was brought to the Chautauqua County Jail for the centralized arraignment program. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Shakespeare Double-Bill Scores Box Office Touchdown

first_imgTwo-time Tony winner Mark Rylance pulling Shakespeare double-duty on Broadway in Twelfth Night and Richard III has consistently been one of the must-see events of the season since the shows opened on October 10, 2013. The all-male Shakespeare’s Globe repertory productions broke the house record at the Belasco Theatre for the fifth time, while fan favorites The Book of Mormon, Wicked, The Lion King and Kinky Boots once again took the lead in grosses. UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Outside Mullingar ($317,000) 4. Rock of Ages ($289,178) 3. A Night With Janis Joplin ($231,225) 2. Machinal ($196,201) 1. Bronx Bombers ($137,015) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.30%) 2. Twelfth Night/Richard III (102.12%) 3. Wicked (95.43%) 4. Matilda (95.23%) 5. Kinky Boots (91.48%) FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Book of Mormon ($1,641,717) 2. Wicked ($1,403,247) 3. The Lion King ($1,293,167) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,173,857) 5. Motown The Musical ($978,954) View Comments UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Jersey Boys (58.63%) 4. Mamma Mia! (56.72%) 3. Chicago (53.74%) 2. Cinderella (53.41%) 1. A Night With Janis Joplin (48.42%) Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 2:last_img read more