Badin Hall hosts ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge

first_imgTom Naatz | The Observer Students participate in Badin Hall’s annual Polar Plunge signature event.Cook said she estimated about 250 people usually participate in this Badin event, which is “not a big percentage of the school.” Cook said she hoped 300 people would participate this year.“We basically spent the whole year thinking about, ‘What are the ways we can make it a little more revamped?’” Cook said.The heavy-duty planning for the event began in November, as the directors began contacting the Student Activities Organization (SAO), booking the venue for the event and planning finances. Planning was complicated by several factors, namely that due to study abroad, the three event planners were never present on campus together.Weather is another potentially complicating factor, event director and sophomore Alicia Cristoforo said.“I hope we get a really good turnout this year,” Cristoforo said. “It might be hard because of the weather. It was pretty balmy last year, it was like a 50-degree day.”This year, for the first time, Badin Hall inaugurated Frog Week in the week leading up to the event, including an ice cream social with St. Edwards Hall — Badin’s brother dorm, a movie night and “Ms. Bullfrog,” a mock beauty pageant.“It’s been really fun to have more community building events this year. We’ve done more than ever before. Because we’re living in Pangborn, the hall government really took the initiative of preserving and absorbing the first years in the community, which would be a little more challenging than usual,” Cristoforo said. “A lot of who we are as a dorm is the building we live in, but it’s so much more than that.”Cristoforo said they hope to be able to make a significant donation to St. Margaret’s House. In the past, making a significant donation has been a challenge because many of the supplies for the event, notably heat lamps, are expensive. St. Margaret’s is especially in need of money as donations generally drop off after the holidays, Cook said.There was a steady stream of participants at the event itself, despite the brisk temperatures, and towels, heat lamps and hot chocolate were available to participants immediately after they left the water. Two firemen were stationed in the water to ensure no participants had medical problems. Yet despite the cold, participants expressed positive feelings about their experience.“It’s a great way for the community to come together. Everyone comes out from a ton of different dorms,” senior Zosia Zdanowicz said. “It was really cold, but the hot chocolate was worth it afterwards.”For some, their participation in the Polar Bear Plunge was an impulsive decision.“On the morning of, I woke up and said, ‘Kevin, how do I get you to do this with me?’” senior Robby Lucian said.Participants also noted the important cause the Polar Bear Plunge serves.“It’s a great way to show your Badin Hall spirit and support Saint Margaret’s House,” senior Maggie James said.Tags: badin hall, Polar Bear Plunge, Saint Margaret’s House, St. Joseph’s Lake Temperatures in the high 20s do not make for pleasant swimming weather. Nevertheless, community members gathered Saturday to take a dip in St. Joseph’s Lake as part of Badin Hall’s ninth-annual Polar Bear Plunge. The event aims to benefit St. Margaret’s House in South Bend, which helps women and children living in poverty.Saturday’s event culminated a year of planning, event director and junior Alyssa Cook said.“This is something you have to think about almost a year in advance,” Cook said. “We started talking with our rector last year … and basically what we said is we want to revamp it.”last_img read more

Woman Pleads Guilty To Defrauding A Local Company

first_imgStock Image.BUFFALO – A Westfield woman plead guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return in a Buffalo courtroom Tuesday.The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Alicia Raynor, 42, could see a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.Assistant U.S. Attorney John Fabian, who is handling the case, says that Raynor was hired as a business manager for Compassion at Home, Inc. Her duties included, among other things, managing company finances and payroll. At various times during the company’s operation, payroll and other financial payments were made from different company bank accounts.While working as a business manager for the company, Raynor opened an account with Intuit, Inc., a payroll and payment processing service located outside the state of New York. The Intuit account enabled Compassion at Home, by way of wire transfers, to direct deposit payroll into employees’ bank accounts and otherwise make other direct deposit payments related to Compassion at Home’s business expenses. The payments were made using an accounting software package known as Quickbooks, which linked to Compassion at Home’s bank account. While employed with Compassion at Home, Raynor diverted money from Compassion at Home’s bank accounts to accounts that she controlled. In order to avoid detection, Raynor disguised Quickbook entries to make it appear that the payments were to Bank of America, Capital One, or Compassion at Home employees.Between August 2015 and June 2016, Raynor fraudulently diverted approximately $238,871.58 from the company’s bank account. This amount includes funds to which she was not entitled for compensation or reimbursement for expenses. For example, on May 19, 2016, Raynor caused a wire transfer in the amount of $2,978.19 from Intuit’s account to a joint checking account with her husband, with an entry in Quickbooks indicating that the payment was to Bank of America.In addition, for the tax years 2013 through 2016, Raynor received $1,214,444 in payments from Compassion at Home that she did not report as income on her tax returns for those years. The Internal Revenue Service estimates tax owed for these tax years is $370,005. On May 15, 2017, the defendant caused the filing of a U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040, for the 2015 tax year, falsely claiming a total income of $52,290, and income from Compassion at Home in the total amount of $29,615.14.The plea is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Jonathan D. Larsen, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Office, and the Westfield Police Department, under the direction of Chief Rob Genther.Sentencing is scheduled for July 8, 2020, at 2 p.m. before Judge Sinatra.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

Join CO-OP Purpose and give back

first_imgAs a credit union, you are deeply committed to your community. In partnering with CO-OP Purpose, you can make meaningful contributions that enrich the lives of those around you.SOLD OUT! Together, We Donated Hundreds of Yoobi Backpacks to Kids in NeedThis fall’s Yoobi Backpack Drive surpassed all our expectations, placing critically important school supplies in the hands of needy students nationwide.Thank You for Helping Us Prepare a New Generation of ScholarsAccording to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, school supplies cost the average U.S. parent $114 per child each year. Because not every family can afford this expense, 91 percent of U.S. teachers purchase supplies for their classrooms with their own money, and more than half spend up to $200 each year to meet the needs of students at risk. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Former sports executive agrees to plea deal in CU fraud case

first_imgA former sports executive agreed Wednesday to a plea deal in which he admitted to diverting millions in corporate sponsorship funds, including $9 million from the $12.1 billion Golden 1 Credit Union, to pay for beachfront properties, a private jet membership and credit card bills.Jeffrey R. David, 44, the Sacramento Kings’ former chief revenue officer and a former NBA executive, is scheduled to appear before a U.S. District Court judge in Sacramento, Calif., on Dec. 26. He has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identify theft.In June 2015, the Golden 1 CU signed a 20-year $110 million naming rights deal for the new arena of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, which opened as Golden 1 Center in September 2016.On behalf of the basketball team, David negotiated the naming rights deal for the credit union to pay $6 million annually for the first three years, $5.5 million for years four through 17 and $5 million for years 18 to 20. In addition, in August 2015, David also negotiated a $28 million sponsorship deal with the Kaiser Permanente Foundation, which agreed to pay $2.8 million annually over 10 years. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Today, the presentation of the Action Plan for the development of gastronomy in Croatia

first_imgThe project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, and the client is the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, while the other stakeholders are the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Tourism, Croatian National Tourist Board, Croatian Chamber of Commerce and many others. , The Institute of Tourism and the Institute of International Relations in collaboration with a large number of partners at the local and national level.   At the final professional conference of the project “Gourmet Croatia”, which will be held in Ilok today, March 25.03.2019, XNUMX, the country estate Principovac, will be presented Action Plan for the development of gastronomy in Croatia. Through the joint cooperation of numerous experts in the field of tourism and eno-gastronomic offer, it was concluded that in the next few years Croatia should work harder to establish a quality institutional, legislative and strategic framework, create destination gastronomic experiences and strengthen international recognition to achieve the goal of becoming global. recognizable gastronomic destination.  The main goal of the project “Gourmet Croatia” is to connect the food processing sector with the tourism sector, so that Croatia in accordance with the Strategy for the development of Croatian tourism until 2020 becomes a recognizable gastronomic tourist destination and enters the 20 leading tourist destinations in the world. Also, what is most important in cooperation with stakeholders at the local and national level is defined Action Plan for the development of gastronomy in Croatia. center_img During the 18 months of the Project, the current state of the gastronomic offer in Croatia was analyzed, the Strategic Framework and guidelines for the development of gastronomic / gourmet destinations and products were created, and guidelines for the development of the brand of current and future gastronomic destinations were created.  In the project during 2018. Ilok is also involved in the research, where the final conference is being held. and the Ilok Tourist Board emphasizes the satisfaction that the final, professional conference of the project at the highest national level takes place in the continental part of Lijepa Naša, which contributes to the affirmation of a comprehensive market approach and the affirmation of the region and Ilok itself as an eno-gastro destination. “Looking beyond, these days Croatia is also dealing with positioning in the business tourism sector, so the organization of such a gathering in a destination that is not otherwise perceived as a business tourism destination sends a message to the market that it is possible and that the local offer can meet requirements. to be an excellent and atypical combination of gastro and business tourism ” Ivica Miličević, director of the Ilok Tourist Board, points out.last_img read more

Obama comments weren’t about racism

first_imgRe March 7 letter, “Letter about Obama exposes racist views”: Ouch.  Did you just call me a racist?  You missed my point, Polly Windels. I was commenting on all of the hype when Obama and Hillary ran for office.I stand by my comment that more people came out to vote, plus people liked Obama. They didn’t like Hillary (at least not enough people to get her to the Oval Office). This is hardly a racist comment. It’s a fact.  I personally don’t care if the candidate is green with pink spots, just so long as I agree with his/her political views.Lorraine VanDerWerkenRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

PREMIUMGreat expectations overshadow Indonesia-Australia ties

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Google Forgot Password ? President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo returned from Canberra late on Monday having garnered largely positive responses to his historic state visit to Australia, owing much to the conclusion of a landmark economic agreement that paves the way for closer cooperation between the neighbors.However, some experts have cautioned against overstating the sentiment in Australia that Jakarta would become a helpful ally for Canberra to pursue its wider regional interests, particularly as they relate to China.Jokowi wrapped up his fourth visit to Australia with an historic address at a joint session of the Australian parliament, where he outlined not only the future of bilateral relations but also how the two countries could overcome challenges in the Indo-Pacific.In a speech to Australian lawmakers delivered in Indonesian, Jokowi said that both sides should put more focus on collabo… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Topics : Indonesia-Australia bilateral-relations Jokowi state-visit IA-CEPAlast_img read more

Last Minute Tax Tips For Hoosiers

first_imgSome Hoosiers have already filed their taxes and received their refunds, but there are some who may not even have gathered up their paperwork to get started. The April 15 deadline is just a week away and, according to IRS Indiana spokesman Luis Garcia, for most taxpayers filing is a simple process and can be done online through e-file. For those who owe, but do not have the money to pay up right away, Garcia said the IRS offers payment options to help them meet their federal tax obligations.“We can adjust for what you can pay and what is for the foreseeable future assumed to be your income,” he said. “A lot of people think it’s the end of the world, or all sorts of bad things are going to happen, and that’s not the case at all.”Taxpayers will avoid penalties by either filing by April 15 or requesting a tax-filing extension and paying an estimate of what is owed, if anything.He pointed out that it is an extension to file, not an extension to pay, and added that those who are unable to file and think they will owe should go ahead and make an estimated payment by the 15th.“If you were self-employed, or a person whose taxes are a little bit different than the standard W-2 and your income, your deductions, and everything have pretty much been the same since last year, you would want to pay that same amount as last year, maybe pad it a little bit,” Garcia suggested.As usual this time each year, there are some phone and email scams targeting taxpayers. Garcia said the scammers claim they are from the IRS, telling people they are behind on their taxes and demanding immediate payment. And while the Caller ID may indicate “IRS,” he said that’s not the case; it’s a fake.“In most cases you are going to have several letters from the IRS before you receive a phone call, but it’s very rare that you will get a call out of the blue from the IRS, and we will certainly not use threatening language and we will not ask for immediate payment on a credit card or wire transfer,” the IRS official said.According to Garcia, an estimated 82 percent of taxpayers in Indiana will receive refunds, this year averaging $3000.More information on filing is available online at IRS.gov.Indiana News Servicelast_img read more

Pattee’s first win comes at Independence’s 500th IMCA Modified main

first_imgBy Bucky DorenINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (Aug. 6) – It was a double milestone night Saturday at Independence Motor Speedway. On the night the track celebrated its 500th IMCA Modified feature event, driver Tysus Pattee scored his first career win in that division.Despite his front row starting spot, Pattee had to work hard for his first career win. Three late cau­tion flags tightened the field behind him. Jenae Gustin, who also scored her first two career IMCA Modified wins at Indee, and Ronn Lauritzen tried to keep pace on those three restarts, but Pattee was able to pull away for the historic win.Gustin settled for second. Lauritzen drove from the 11th place starting spot to finish third. Ryan Mait­land finished fourth and Vern Jackson rounded out the top five.Pattee’s win paid $500 plus a $100 bonus.Tom Schmitt pulled into Budweiser Victory Lane and landed a $500 payday, courtesy of Local Vizion, for his win in the Burco Sales IMCA Stock Car A-Main win.Rick Wendling put on a dominating performance during the Budweiser IMCA Late Model feature event. He was able to get out front on lap six and then able to pull away.During the Albert Auto IMCA Northern SportMod feature, sixth row starters Tony Olson and Andy Edwards worked their way through the field to battle for the win. Olson was able to hold off Ed­wards for the victory.Shawn Kuennen had to hold off a huge pack for the Christie Door Company IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win.Feature results – 1. Tysus Pattee; 2. Jenae Gustin; 3. Ronn Lauritzen; 4. Ryan Maitland; 5. Vern Jackson; 6. Troy Cordes; 7. Scott Hogan; 8. J.D. Auringer; 9. Patrick Flannagan; 10. Kaleb Bent­ley; 11. Brennen Chipp; 12. Dennis Betzer; 13. Robert Whalen; 14. Zach Less; 15. Austin Bishop; 16. Todd Jensen; 17. Trent Jochimson; 18. Brandon Maitland; 19. Terry Johnson; 20. Dan Praska; 21. Mike Burbridge; 22. Ed Thomas; 23. Jason Morehouse; 24. Leon Wilson; 25. Rod McDonald; 26. Justin Buhler; 27. Bryce Carey.last_img read more

Ozil loving life in London

first_img Press Association Mesut Ozil is convinced his move to England will help him to develop as a player and as a person. He said: “I think the Premier League is the strongest in the world because it is so balanced and even, and competition is fierce with a whole lot of clubs playing at the same level. “It’s also a great thing for me to get the know the British culture, the English culture, the language and develop further as a person. “The thing is, most of us here in the national team play at the same level in terms of performance, but in different countries, and that’s not a bad thing at all, on the contrary.” Ozil, who is in line to win his 50th senior international cap against the Republic of Ireland on Friday night, has quickly taken to his life in England, with a little help from compatriot Per Mertesacker in at least one respect. He said: “Driving on the left-hand side, I thought it would be much more difficult than it really is. But Per Mertesacker gave me some ‘driving lessons’ and they helped me, so I can drive there. “London is an interesting city to live in. I have grown to love the place in a short space of time. “The guys in the Arsenal team and the coaching staff are fully behind me. They have given me great responsibility and that’s what I feel great about.” Ozil, however, like any other new boy, had to go through the ordeal of singing in front of his team-mates, and he admits it is an experience he could have done without. He said: “The singing bit, I didn’t really want to do that because my voice just isn’t up to it. I’m not an X-Factor contender by any stretch of the imagination.” Asked what he had sung, he replied: “The song was a Turkish song, to be honest. Of course, people didn’t understand what I was singing.” Group C leaders Germany would book their passage to next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil if they were to beat Ireland in Cologne, although assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick has warned people not to expect a repeat of last October’s 6-1 demolition job in Dublin. He said: “If you look at the Irish matches so far, they have been extremely unlucky. They play a passionate game with a lot of enthusiasm and they have got nothing to lose. “They can take it for granted they will not be going to the World Cup, but big sportsmen and athletes don’t give away presents, so we will be called upon to play to our strengths and take the opponents as seriously as they deserve.” The 24-year-old has been a huge hit in the Barclays Premier League since his £43million summer switch from Real Madrid to Arsenal, and his influence has helped the Gunners to make a flying start to the new campaign. A growing number of Ozil’s international team-mates are now plying their trade outside the Bundesliga, but he believes that can only be good for the German national side. last_img read more