Off-duty Pentagon police officer charged with murder for allegedly killing two

first_imgmbbirdy/iStockBy Kate Pastor and Michelle Stoddart, ABC News(TAKOMA PARK, Md.) — David Hall Dixon, a Pentagon Force Protection Agency police officer who was off duty at the time of a fatal shooting in Maryland, has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing two people, Takoma Park police said Friday.Those killed were identified by the Takoma Park police as Dominique Williams, 32, and James Lionel Johnson, 38.The shooting took place in a parking lot early Wednesday, according to police.Shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, Takoma Park police responded to reports of shots fired in the parking lot area of the Takoma Overlook Condominiums, according to a department news release issued Wednesday.An off-duty Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer approached the Takoma Park police and said he had seen what he thought was a car break-in and “engaged the suspects who failed to follow his direction,” according to the Wednesday release.When the suspects tried to “flee” in a vehicle, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer said he “discharged his service weapon,” Takoma Park police said then.The two men shot were taken to the hospital and died there, police said.The Takoma Park Police Department has scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. Friday.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Fitness and Instructional Program Coordinator

first_imgjeid-db6292b1379af14ea3bd574e2796f9b8 ABOUT NOTRE DAME:The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F.Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is anindependent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame,Ind. For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Damehas received Honor Roll distinctions as one of the top 10 highereducation workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of HigherEducation’s annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey…and we areproud of it!This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of abackground check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felonyconvictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions donot automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case willbe examined separately to determine the appropriateness ofemployment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming ordishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in thedisqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewedat https://facultyhandbook.nd.edu/?id=link-73597. Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred; major inrecreation administration, sports management, leisure studies,physical education, kinesiology, or comparable degreeHold a current Group Fitness Instructor and/or Personal Trainingcertification from a nationally recognized fitness organizationsuch as the AFAA, ACE or ACSM1-2 years of work experience in a group fitness/personal trainingprogram in a collegiate recreation settingDemonstrated knowledge of national trends and practices in fitnessprogramming and various class formatsAbility to teach a variety of class formats on an as neededbasisExperience with programming or service delivery for diversecommunity populations Preferred Qualifications:Master’s degree preferred in recreation administration, sportsmanagement, student development or related fieldDemonstrated experience supervising studentsPossess a current CPR, AED, and First Aid InstructorcertificationTwo-year graduate assistantship in group fitness/personaltrainingExperience with fitness class scheduling software (e.g. InnosoftFusion)center_img Fitness and Instructional Program CoordinatorUniversity of Notre Dame The University of Notre Dame (https://jobs.nd.edu”>ND.jobs)is accepting applications for a Fitness and InstructionalProgram Coordinator.Applications will be accepted until 4/4/2021.The Fitness and Instructional Program Coordinator reports to andassists the Assistant Director of Fitness and Fitness Facilitieswith the daily logistical operations of the University of NotreDame fitness/instructional program.This position has personnel management responsibilities thatinclude the training, development and daily supervision ofapproximately 30 group fitness instructors and personal trainers.The Fitness and Instructional Program Coordinator will establishrelationships and collaborate with other RecSports areas,departments within the Division of Student Affairs, and throughoutthe University to enhance fitness and instructional programservices.The Notre Dame RecSports fitness and instructional program offersover 40 different class options such as Zumba®, Barre, Yoga, andIndoor Cycling throughout the academic year with approximately3,500 participants annuallyProgram Management? Alongside Assistant Director of Fitness and Fitness Facilities,oversee development and administration of policies and proceduresfor fitness and instructional program including employee manuals,providing proper enforcement as needed? Coordinate group fitness and instructional class schedule viaInnosoft Fusion and develop communication for timely updates toparticipants? Assist in the development of fitness schedules/coursedescriptions for 60+ classes each semester? Ensure waivers are completed online and/or in person for allprograms offered? Provide excellent customer service by assisting front desk staffas needed with customer questions, concerns and complaintsregarding fitness and instructional programs? Assist in oversight of 6 activity spaces, supporting AssistantDirector of Fitness and Fitness Facilities with managing themaintenance and purchasing of fitness equipment? Research vendors and products for quality and pricing, advisingAssistant Director of Fitness and Fitness Facilities on selectionand purchasing of products and equipment for programoperations? Conduct free fitness services including body composition testing,fitness consultations, and fitness equipment orientations? Assist in budget development, management, and expendituredecisionsStaff Supervision? Recruit, hire, on-board, train, supervise, mentor and facilitateprofessional development for approximately 10+ studentemployees? Implement annual student employee evaluations, includingconducting and reviewing evaluations, recommending merit raises,and suggesting changes to improve employment process and/or workproductivity? Develop and lead regularly scheduled fitness and instructionalprogram staff meetings; coordinate ongoing professional developmenttraining in collaboration with the Assistant Director, coveringtopics such as policies, procedures, inclusivity, customer service,risk management, and format-specific training? Monitor employee safety and fitness certifications for compliancewith stated requirements in each job descriptionAdministration? Serve as a personal trainer and/or teach group fitness classes asneeded? Utilize a variety of software to complete various tasks, such asbi-weekly payroll submission; creation, management and tracking ofFitness Classes and Personal Training packages; and refundprocessing? Submit facility requests to designated scheduler withinestablished timelines, policies, and procedures? Submit marketing requests to Assistant Director of Administrationwithin established timelines, policies, and procedures? Teach FA/CPR/AED certification classes for RecSports employees asneededMiscellaneous? Provide assistance for campus-wide initiatives and support campuspartners as a resource for wellness fairs, speaking engagements forhalls/departments and other special events? Demonstrate active engagement with and support of the departmentmission, vision, and values? Represent the department on campus wide committees? Attend and participate in Division of Student Affairs events,programs, and training? Participate as integral member of a large, multifaceted StudentDevelopment team interacting daily with colleagues in the StudentActivities Office, Gender Relations Center, Multicultural StudentPrograms and Services, Office of Student Enrichment, Office ofCommunity Standards, University Bands, Family Resource Center, andstudent media groups? Other duties as assigned Equal Opportunity Employment Statement The University ofNotre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highestquality faculty, staff and administration. The University is anEqual Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building aculturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applicationsfrom female and minority candidates and those candidates attractedto a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dameprohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualifiedindividuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractorsto employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals withdisabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR60-300.5(a).APPLICATION PROCESS:Please apply online at http://ND.jobs”>http://ND.jobs to Job # S21266. For additionalinformation about working at the University of Notre Dame andvarious benefits available to employees, please visit http://hr.nd.edu/why-nd”>http://hr.nd.edu/why-nd. TheUniversity of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couplesand has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assistrelocating spouses and significant others with their jobsearch.last_img read more

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PSG “on the level” for the second place before TOP 16!

first_imgPingback: Klibba.com » PSG “on the level” for the second place before TOP 16! Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 1. FC Barcelona9810319:225(94)17 3. HC Vardar – Skopje10424244:228(6)10 1 Comment 5. HC Dinamo Minsk9216236:269(-33)5 6. Wacker Thun9018216:299(-83)1 PSG Handball suffered first defeat in domestic Championship 2020/2021 1 Comment UNSTOPPABLE! PSG HANDBALL 21/21 in France! Related Items:EHF Champions League, ehf champiosn league, PSG Handball, RK Vardar Skopje 2. PSG Handball10613280:263(17)13 ShareTweetShareShareEmail 4. HC Metalurg9423225:236(-11)10 EHF CL: Meshkov, PSG and Telekom Veszprem cruised to QF ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsPSG Handball showed classy performance against RK Vardar Skopje 35:25 (15:12) for winning the second place at Preliminary Group of VELUX EHF Champions League! Annonay had a leading role with 15 saves, while Abalo and Garcia scored five goals both in easy victory over Macedonians, for whom Karacic scored 9 goals.STANDINGS: Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Fees fall at ATFs, up at DVSA sites

first_imgThe Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) its reducing fees for PCV and HGV testing by an average of 3.5%, where the work is carried out at an Authorised Testing Facility (ATF). The changes come as four more ATFs (in Lowestoft, Okehampton, Basildon and Leicester) are added to the 440-strong network, alongside confirmation that 10 more DVSA test sites will close, bringing their number down to 45.“The fee adjustment will reflect the different costs between tests conducted at ATFs and DVSA sites,” says the DVSA.To achieve this, fees at DVSA sites “where the cost of delivering tests is higher” will increase on average by 18.5%. “These changes reflect the real cost of providing our services to ATFs and we will continue to provide value for money for commercial vehicle businesses,” adds the DVSA.The fee changes are from 1 October.The DVSA plans to provide at least 85% of annual tests at ATFs by 31 March 2015. Currently, there are 440 ATFs “bringing passenger and heavy goods testing closer to the customer,” and over 80% of testing is now done at non-DVSA sites. Of these, 343ATFs accept third-party bookings. In addition to the changes to test fees, the DVSA is also adjusting fees for PCV and HGV O-Licences. These will rise by 1% to cover the running costs associated with the National Register of licensed operators.Says DVSA CEO Alastair Peoples: “Our strategy of providing testing at third-party sites is already giving customers the choice of using a more convenient, local option. By realigning fees we are now making this even more cost effective for customers.“With no general fee increases since 2009, and reduced theory test fees starting in October, we are demonstrating our commitment to minimising costs for all our customers.”The next 10 DVSA test stations to close will be Canterbury, Darlington, Exeter, Haverfordwest, Norwich, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Royston and South Molton.ATF listlast_img read more

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Local elections leave Matteo Renzi wounded after first round

first_img Also On POLITICO Matteo Renzi’s election stress test By Giulia Paravicini MILAN — Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party lost the battle for Rome as expected in the first round of local elections Sunday, but it is the tight race in Milan that will have the Italian prime minister most concerned.If he loses the business capital, where his candidate won the first round by a tiny margin, support for his October constitutional referendum could flat line. A loss in Milan is plausible, as those who voted for the populist 5Star Movement are more likely to give their second-round vote to the center-right, rather than his center-left party.Renzi said Monday that his party was “happy,” and that the first round result in elections for mayors and city councilors in 1,342 cities reflected local concerns, with no bearing on the national debate. The two candidates will now have to battle to regain ground from the 5Star Movement candidate who won 10.06 percent of the vote.In Naples, outgoing candidate Luigi de Magistris, who had the support of the far-left, took the lead on 42.4 percent of the votes, while center-right candidate Gianni Lettieri came second on 24 percent.In Turin, Renzi’s candidate Pierro Fassino is in front on 41.2 percent of the vote, with 5Star Movement candidate Chiara Appendino trailing on 34 percent.“The second round will be a new election,” political scientist and pollster Ilvo Diamanti said, adding that candidates who won in the first round cannot relax as in previous elections, results have reversed.Hortense Goulard contributed to this report.This story was updated to include new information. The Democratic Party’s vice secretary, Lorenzo Guerini, said the results were “positive,” but acknowledged that “in Rome and Naples we knew that the initial situation was difficult.”In Milan, Giuseppe Sala, the former commissioner for the EXPO 2015, won the first round over center-right candidate Stefano Parisi. It was a neck-and-neck race to the finish line, and left Sala, who expected an easier ride but won just 41.7 percent of the vote to Parisi’s 40.8 percent, disappointed.At 2:45 a.m., when his lead over Parisi started to shrink drastically, Sala announced he would not comment on the results for the rest of the night and scheduled a press conference for 3 p.m. Monday.The center-right candidate, an almost-unknown before the campaign started, was vocal throughout the night.“I am very happy with the result of this first turn since we kept the center-right united, this is still an open game and one we want to play,” Parisi told reporters following the first official poll results.Parisi added that scheduling the vote on a Sunday during a holiday long weekend was a sign that some had not wanted people to come out for the vote. Anti-establishment 5Star Movement candidate Virginia Raggi took the lead in Rome on 35.3 percent of the vote, ahead of the center-left’s Roberto Giachetti on 24.8 percent and far-right candidate Giorgia Meloni on 20.7 percent.If elected mayor, Raggi said she would work with Renzi, and wanted “a loyal relationship, contrary to what the prime minister is doing against me, since [he does not] miss an opportunity to attack me,” she told POLITICO.Only 62 percent of the 13 million Italians eligible to vote headed to the polls, with turnout in large cities even lower: 55 percent in Milan and 57 percent in Rome.As expected, no candidate obtained more than 50 percent of the vote in the major cities, which means a second round of voting is likely on June 19.The local elections were an important stress test for Renzi, who emerges weakened, particularly as all five of the country’s most important cities were strongholds of his party or the Left before Sunday.The outcome will set the political tone going into October’s referendum on proposed constitutional changes to shrink the power and size of the Italian senate. Renzi has repeatedly stated he’ll quit if he loses that vote.last_img read more

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Boris Johnson chides UK for being fatter than other nations

first_imgLONDON — With Britain “significantly fatter” than other nations, the government will look at interventions to stem obesity, Boris Johnson said Monday.In his third live broadcast interview of 2020, the prime minister told Times Radio he was rethinking his “libertarian stance” on public health after his fight with coronavirus left him in intensive care.Johnson is said to have attributed his tough battle with the disease to his weight, which topped 110 kilos (17 stone and 7 pounds) when he went into hospital. He has woken up to the idea that the government must help Brits lose weight. He said options for intervention will be looked at closely. “I have taken a very libertarian stance,” he said. “But when you compare us to other countries, we are significantly fatter — apart from the Maltese, for some reason.”Turning to the British economy post-coronavirus, Johnson said it was “the moment for a Rooseveltian approach” in the U.K. — in reference to the U.S. “New Deal” of the 1930s, which saw massive public investment in building and reform.”You can’t at this moment go back to austerity. That would be a mistake”— Boris Johnson, British prime minister“You can’t at this moment go back to austerity. That would be a mistake,” he said.The PM also admitted the pandemic had been a “disaster” and an “absolute nightmare” for Britain, which currently has a third-highest coronavirus death toll in the world. Johnson will set out further plans for planning policy and infrastructure in a speech in Dudley on Tuesday.This comes after government announced a £1 billion schools building program overnight. Elsewhere, Johnson heaped praise on outgoing civil service boss Mark Sedwill, after it was confirmed on Sunday that the U.K.’s under-fire top civil servant is stepping down. The resignation follows months of reports of tension between Sedwill and Johnson’s top team and is part of a wider shakeup of how the British state functions.The PM also praised his controversial top aide Dominic Cummings as “outstanding,” despite his being accused of breaking lockdown rules at the height of the pandemic.Opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer argued changing civil service chief was the wrong priority. “Focus on the economic crisis, start preparing a budget,” he told the Today program on BBC Radio 4.On the economic renewal plan, Starmer argued building more would be “not enough on its own” and warned there could be an imminent crisis in jobs with “the real prospect of millions of people unemployed.””It’s staggering that in light of the economic crisis that is about to descend upon us that we’re not having a July budget that puts jobs absolutely at the center of the economic recovery,” he said. Also On POLITICO Europe’s obesity problem takes on new urgency By Carlo Martuscelli UK government’s motto: In Gove we trust By Charlie Cooperlast_img read more

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Ash Institute names innovation award finalists

first_imgThe Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) recently announced the 15 finalists for the 2008 Innovations in American Government Awards competition. These programs are models of government excellence, representing innovative programming from the local, county, city, tribal, state, and federal levels. The finalists were selected from an initial pool of nearly 1,000 applicants. Winners of the 2008 Innovations Award will be announced in September with each of the six winners receiving $100,000 toward the replication and dissemination of its innovation.The Innovations in American Government Awards Program recognizes innovative government programs that tackle public problems and improve the lives of citizens. In honoring their innovations, the program builds public confidence in government and fosters replication of best practices nationwide. These 15 finalist government programs address a host of pressing policy issues: prison reform, the immigrant workforce, nutrition in underprivileged areas, and juvenile delinquency.On June 12, programs will present their innovations before the National Selection Committee (chaired by HKS Public Service Professor David Gergen), which will determine the 2008 winners. This free event is at HKS and is open to the public. Presentations will also be available via live Web stream. Call (617) 495-1100 for more information.Established in 1985 at HKS by the Ford Foundation, the Innovations in American Government Awards Program has honored 181 federal, state, and local government agencies over its 20-year history. The program provides concrete evidence that government can work to improve the quality of life of citizens. Many award-winning programs have been replicated across jurisdictions and policy areas and serve as forerunners for today’s reform strategies and new legislation.The following government programs are finalists for the 2008 Innovations in American Government Awards (an asterisk indicates programs that are also finalists for the 2008 Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform).ACCESS Plus (commonwealth of Pennsylvania) delivers health care services to low-income children and families, adapting incentives for prevention and disease management found in managed care to fee-for-service settings.Acquisition Fund (city of New York) is a $230 million partnership that finances the purchase of land and buildings for affordable housing. Private finance tools allow smaller developers to compete in a tough market.Division of Youth Services* (state of Missouri) rehabilitates juvenile delinquents through small, humane treatment centers, characterized by rigorous treatment, education, and extensive family and community engagement. The “Missouri Model” has achieved cost-effectiveness through transforming young people into law-abiding and productive citizens.Fresh Food Financing Initiative (commonwealth of Pennsylvania) increases access to fresh, affordable food by providing grants and loans to supermarkets and grocery stores in underserved communities.Getting Ready: Keeping Communities Safe (Department of Corrections, state of Arizona) is the department’s “real world re-entry effort” program. Beginning the day inmates are admitted from the time t hey are released, the program aims to transform prisons by reducing institutional violence, relapse, and recidivism.Global Maritime Domain Awareness (U.S. Department of Transportation) is a low-cost, and rapidly deployed, global vessel traffic monitoring system that contributes to the maritime security and safety of the United States and its allies.Intelligence Community Civilian Joint Duty Program (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) requires intelligence professionals to complete assignments outside their agency to achieve executive rank, with the goal of developing leaders who can break through silos that prevented the intelligence community from “connecting the dots” prior to 9/11.Knowledge Management (commonwealth of Virginia) supports the Virginia Department of Transportation by strengthening its ability to share critical knowledge and the experiences of its employees to improve ongoing processes and products.Learn and Earn Initiative (state of North Carolina) allows high school students to gain job skills, jump-start their college education, and earn a four-year degree debt free.MassDocs (commonwealth of Massachusetts) makes affordable housing development in Massachusetts easier by creating one set of loan documents that simplifies the closing process, saving time and money.Project Zero* (city of New York) is a juvenile justice reform initiative of the Department of Probation offering family-focused, community-based programs as alternatives to juvenile incarceration.Solid waste and energy management (Yukon River Tribes) is a project of 66 indigenous tribes and First Nations that has improved the solid waste systems on the Yukon River through their BackHaul program, removing more than 6 million pounds of hazardous materials and recyclables that would otherwise return to the mainland.Boston Teacher Residency (Boston Public School District) employs a hands-on, in-classroom approach to teacher training and preparation, recruiting and retaining teachers to work in the Boston Public School system.The Welcome Back Center (state of California) assists internationally trained health professionals as they pursue re-entry into the health workforce.The Youth Leadership Advisory Team* (state of Maine) engages youth in foster care with state and federal policymakers to create significant improvements in child welfare policies, legislation, and programs.last_img read more

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Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman & Drew Emmitt Announce 2019/2020 Duo Tour

first_imgOn Tuesday, Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt announced a batch of intimate duo performances. The upcoming tour marks the first time the pair have hit the road together as a duo.Herman and Emmitt’s duo tour begins with a pair of performances at Knoxville, TN’s Barley’s Knoxville on December 19th and Asheville, NC’s Asheville Music Hall on December 20th.Leftover Salmon Announces New Year’s Eve At Denver’s Mission BallroomFollowing Leftover Salmon’s 2019 New Year’s run, Herman and Emmitt will regroup for a proper tour in 2020 that begins with a show at Atlanta, GA’s City Winery on February 6th and ends with a performance at Chicago, IL’s City Winery on February 29th. The tour will also see the duo make stops at Richmond, VA’s Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House (2/9); Washington, D.C.’s City Winery (2/11); New York City’s City Winery (2/13); Albany, NY’s The Egg Performing Arts Center  (2/14); Fairfield, CT’s StageOne (2/15); Peoria, IL’s Kenny’s Westside Pub (2/27); and more.Tickets for Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt’s newly announced dates go on sale this Friday, October 25th. Fans can see the various on-sale times below.Head to Leftover Salmon’s website for more information.Vince Herman & Drew Emmitt Duo Tour:12/19 – Barley’s Knoxville – Knoxville, TN (10AM)12/20 – Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC (10AM)2/6 – City Winery Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (12PM)2/7 – City Winery Nashville – Nashville, TN (3PM)2/8 – 185 King Street – Brevard, NC (10AM)2/9 – Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House – Richmond, VA (10AM)2/11 – City Winery Washington DC – Washington, DC (10AM)2/12 – City Winery Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA (3PM)2/13 – City Winery NYC (City Vineyard) – New York, NY (3PM)2/14 – The Egg Performing Arts Center – Albany, NY (10AM)2/15 – StageOne – Fairfield, CT (10AM)2/16 – City Winery Boston – Boston, MA (3PM)2/27 – Kenny’s Westside Pub – Peoria, IL (10AM)2/28 – The Redstone Room @ River Music Experience – Davenport, IA (10AM)2/29 – City Winery Chicago – Chicago, IL (12PM)View Tour Dateslast_img read more

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First African American University faculty member dies at 94

first_imgAssociate professor emeritus of finance Adam S. Arnold Jr., the first African American faculty member at Notre Dame, died April 14 at the age of 94, the University announced in a press release Monday.According to the press release, Arnold joined the department of finance in 1957 after serving in World War II and spent 30 years as a University faculty member. As well as being the first African American faculty member, he was also the first to receive tenure.Arnold spent much of his youth in Danville, Kentucky, according to the press release. He met his wife, Helen, while attending West Virginia State College. He was drafted into the U.S. Army after graduation and left it at the rank of staff sergeant. Afterwards, he earned his MBA as well as a doctorate in finance at the University of Wisconsin.In a statement in the press release, University President Fr. John Jenkins said Arnold was a groundbreaking faculty member.“After serving in the Army in World War II, Dr. Arnold came to Notre Dame in 1957 and served on our finance faculty for the next 30 years,” Jenkins said in the press release. “He was a pioneer who served Our Lady’s University with distinction. Our prayers and best wishes are with his family.”Arnold received the William P. Sexton Award — which is “given to non-alumni faculty or staff whose lives exemplify the spirit of the University,” according to the press release — in 2003, the press release said.A memorial funeral service will be held for Arnold at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hampton, Virginia, at 11 a.m. on May 5.Tags: professor emeritus dieslast_img read more

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A city logo in need of change

first_img Next UpResidents will be asked to share their thoughts on the new direction of the logo by answering questioners that will be available online. Getting the input of the community and having them on board with this new direction is vital to moving forward.Unfortunately, since this meeting, there have been some rumblings from a group of citizens voicing concerns of wasteful spending. Or, spending tax dollars for unneeded items like a new logo when the city is in much need of street repairs, an issue that has been in need of action for many years.Hopefully we can ease some of these concerns. Citizens need to understand that the cost of this logo process was not paid for by use of their city taxes. It was paid for using Hotel/Motel tax dollars. The difference here is that taxes collected through the Hotel/Motel tax process can only be used for promoting and marketing of the city, which this falls under. Hotel/Motel tax dollars cannot be used for street repair, vehicle replacement, sewer repair or anything else that does not affect promoting and marketing of the city. However, as for streets, Port Arthur residents have been hearing that they will be fixed for years. Every politician running for office has made that a part of their campaign platform. Yet, every year the streets just get worse and worse. So frustration by citizens is 100 percent understandable.2017 will be the year that this will change. Over the past month, city council earmarked and approved $1.6 million dollars to cover the reconstruction of Bluebonnet, 7th Street, 8th Street and 18th Street. Citizens will begin to see work on these locations in the coming weeks. Changing the image and perception of a city which has a difficult reputation of not being a flattering location for business and/or industry to move to is not an easy task. However, this is exactly what the city of Port Arthur and current city council are trying to do.Last summer, a team comprised of both of the city manager and members of city council, began working to create a new, updated, snazzier and appealing logo for the city. Ultimately it will replace the current outdated logo that has been in place since the mid 70’s. This is definitely a much needed and welcomed change.Using local Greater Port Arthur area marketing company, e.Sullivan Advertising & Design, the group shared their ideas with council this past Tuesday during the evening city council meeting.center_img In addition, beginning with the 2017 annual budget, the city will have approx. $11.5 million dollars allocated for street repairs each year over the next 3 to 5 years. Yes, a lot of streets can get fixed with this kind of money over this timeframe.Citizens need to be patient as repairing roads take quite a bit more time than creating a logo. The city has a lot of irons in the fire right now creating a very difficult balancing act as they work to create a better Port Arthur. Councilman Lewis says it best, “To be a good city leader, you need to be a good cook. When you put multiple pots on the stove you have to remove them one at a time, while making sure the others don’t burn.” If patient, we will all bear witness to the great changes our new group of city leaders will bring forth to our city.last_img read more

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