University receives top workplace honor

first_imgFor the sixth consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education placed the University of Notre Dame on the honor roll of the top-10 “Great Colleges to Work For.”The Chronicle offers a survey every year to universities around the nation, in which every faculty and staff member has the opportunity to provide feedback about the overall work environment at his or her respective universities.Of the 12 categories included on The Chronicle’s survey, Notre Dame achieved excellence in the categories of “compensation and benefits,” “confidence in senior leadership,” “facilities, workspace and security,” “job satisfaction,” “supervisor or department chair relationships” and “work/life balance,” according to The Chronicle’s website.To make the top 10 honor roll of the 196 four-year institutions surveyed, The Chronicle’s website stated that schools must be “cited most often across all recognition categories.”Bob McQuade, vice president of Human Resources at Notre Dame, said the administration, above all, aims to create an environment that satisfies all Notre Dame employees.“[University President] Fr. John [Jenkins], [Provost] Tom [Burish], [Executive Vice President] John Affleck-Graves believe in creating an environment [in which] our staff is treated with respect and dignity,” he said.Notre Dame has created many initiatives in the past few years to ensure employee satisfaction, McQuade said.“This honor is a fantastic affirmation that those [initiative] efforts are well-received,” he said, according to the official press release.McQuade attributes the honor to the many systems of “upward feedback” in place at Notre Dame that allow employees to report evaluations of their supervisors, the work environment and their job satisfaction to higher authorities at the University.“One of the key things was to target where there were anomalies, looking at where an individual may have some shortcomings so [the institution] could look to develop some programs to help that leader to improve,” he said.In particular, McQuade said the employee ND Voice survey, which takes place every two years, is a consistent source of feedback. With 74-percent employee participation, he said the survey provides a “very good view of what people think of the organization with that high of a return.”“Looking back, [ND voice] has been the biggest success we have had,” he said.Notre Dame also has an extensive leadership-training program open to all employees, McQuade said. Although not mandatory, more than 60-percent of supervisors and a large number of employees have participated in these programs, which McQuade said the University spends nearly $1 million on each year.“People are being managed more professionally, and that has a definitive effect on job satisfaction,” he said.Tags: Great Colleges to Work For, honor roll, leadership-training program, The Chronicle of Higher Education, top-10last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio to Star on the Great White Way?

first_img View Comments Four-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio may not just be visiting Broadway theaters but treading the boards in the near future! The actor told the Daily Mail that he’s “been looking at plays, and I have read a bunch of stuff. I would love to do it.” We think the Wolf of Wall Street would fit right in taking a great big bite out of the Great White Way!center_img “I’m going to get all of this—the awards and traveling—over with and maybe, just maybe, there will be a play,” said the Titanic star. “I have thought about theater on and off over the years, but other things kept getting in the way. Maybe now’s the time.”last_img read more

Vermonters pay relatively low car repair costs

first_img11.Utah$373.50 1.Arizona$421.49 25.Kansas$350.86 New Mexico$406.81  (14% higher than U.S. avg.)$240.59  (13% higher than U.S. avg.)$166.22  (16% higher than U.S. avg.) 16.Connecticut$366.79 California$394.49  (11% higher than U.S. avg.)$227.39  (7% higher than U.S. avg.)$172.30  (20% higher than U.S. avg.) 48.Wisconsin$298.76 CarMD ranking of states/districts with the lowest car repair costs in 2010: StateAverage Cost  (Parts & Labor)Average  Parts CostAverage  Labor Cost D.C. $265.29  (25% lower than U.S. avg.)$163.09  (23% lower than U.S. avg.)$102.20  (29% lower than U.S. avg.) Missouri $297.27  (17% lower than U.S. avg.)$160.76  (24% lower than U.S. avg.)$136.51  (5% lower than U.S. avg.) 24.Kentucky$350.86 37.South Carolina$336.97 Colorado$397.83  (12% higher than U.S. avg.)$244.91  (15% higher than U.S. avg.)$152.92  (6% higher than U.S. avg.) 43.New Hampshire$318.14 12.New York$370.98 32.Delaware$343.62 14.Idaho$368.17 36.Vermont$337.88 4.California$394.49 22.Florida$352.98 6.Washington$386.62 7.Hawaii$385.54 RankingStateAverage Car Repair Costs (Parts & Labor) 23.Iowa$352.98 17.Oregon$364.79 Other key findings:Six of the 10 states with the lowest car repair costs are from the Midwest, including Nebraska,Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana and Minnesota.The states with lower repair costs had more gas cap-related problems. A loose gas cap, which is one of the most common causes for check engine problems, accounted for nearly 12% of repairs in D.C. and 11% in Ohio. Loose, damaged or missing gas caps are an inexpensive fix but cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate annually.More than 12% of the repairs in D.C. were made at zero cost in terms of parts and labor charges, likely because of a higher number of vehicles that are new or under manufacturer’s warranty.Several states with lower repair costs had a substantial number of repairs that did not require any parts at all, including Missouri (26%) and Wisconsin (21%). Some of these repairs were made under warranty at no charge, while others were “check engine” light issues that could be fixed with a simple adjustment such as “tighten gas cap,” “adjust idle,” “remove aftermarket alarm” and “clean throttle body.”Drivers in Alaska paid the most ($268.22) for oxygen sensor replacement, which was the no. 1 most common repair in the country in 2010. O2 sensors monitor the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust and tell a car’s computer how much fuel to inject for proper operation. If a faulty O2 sensor is not repaired, the car’s fuel economy will dramatically drop. The average cost to replace an O2 sensor is $238.71, including parts and labor, but can lead to as much as a 40% reduction in gas mileage.The CarMD State-by-State ranking of average repair costs was derived from analysis of roughly 80,000 repairs made from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2010 by CarMD’s network of Automotive Service Excellence-certified technicians.  The Census Regions and Divisions of the U.S. map was used for regional data calculations.  The repairs are all related to a vehicle’s “check engine” system, which is designed to alert drivers to large and small problems that affect emissions output and drivability. This technology is standard on all vehicles manufactured since 1996 and covers an estimated 80% of systems on cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans ‘ foreign and domestic. The CarMD database and average cost of repair findings does not include repairs of problems that are not associated with a vehicle’s on-board diagnostic computer such as tires, brakes and mechanical parts such as belts and hoses.About CarMDThe mission of Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Corporation is to empower consumers and the vehicle market by providing the tools and information needed to make better-educated decisions about their vehicles’ health and maintenance. An ISO 9001:2008-certified company, CarMD’s premiere product is the CarMD® Vehicle Health Systemâ ¢. The company has also built the largest, most up-to-date database of diagnostic trouble codes; expert fixes and repair costs, which it uses to compile the annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Indexâ ¢. For more information about common car repair problems and costs, visit, visit is external). For information about the company, its products and other consumer tips, is external).(Attached is a complete ranking of U.S. states in order of most to least expensive car repair costs in 2010)Average “Check Engine” Light Car Repair Costs ‘ 2010  (Source: Corp.) 39.Arkansas$334.35 35.Virginia$337.88 50.Missouri$297.27 15.Massachusetts$367.07 31.Maine$344.68 29.Texas$347.25 13.Alabama$368.85 In 2010, drivers in Arizona paid the most in the nation for car repairs at an average cost of $421.49, according to Corporation, which analyzed roughly 80,000 repairs made on vehicles with “check engine” light problems in 2010. Vermont ranked 33rd.Arizona’s no. 1 ranking is 18% more than the U.S. average for overall costs and 23% more for parts. Drivers in theDistrict of Columbia, which is one of the wealthiest areas in the country (according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau), paid the least at $265.29 per transaction. CarMD also found that drivers in New Jersey pay closest to the national average for car repair costs at $357.32, just a dollar more than the U.S. average. According to the first annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Indexâ ¢, the average cost of U.S. “check engine”-related auto repairs in 2010 was $356.04, including $212.44 in parts and $143.61 in labor costs.”Through comprehensive data collected via CarMD’s nationwide network of Automotive Service Excellence-certified technicians, we are able to provide national and state-by-state transparency into vehicle repair costs,” said Art Jacobsen, vice president, Corporation. “We are releasing this data to empower consumers and technicians with a better understanding of common repairs and costs, and to call attention to the fact that, regardless of region, drivers who follow a regularly scheduled maintenance program and address small problems early tend to have reduced fuel bills and repair costs.  That said, if you live in a state with harsh weather conditions such as Arizona’s heat or North Dakota’s cold, it’s imperative to take care of your car to avoid catastrophic vehicle failures.”Several interesting highlights emerge when comparing costs and ranking repairs for each state. WhileArizona’s no. 1 ranking can be attributed to warm, dry weather, which wreaks havoc on the longevity of a car’s parts, it is surprising to see Arizona’s average parts costs at 23% higher, and California’s labor costs 20% higher than the U.S. average. Western states round out the top five most expensive spots, with only three non-western states listed in the top 10, including North Dakota at no. 8, Rhode Island at no. 9 andSouth Dakota at no. 10. Drivers in the western U.S. paid about 13% more than drivers in the Midwest, 11% more than drivers in the Southeast and 5% more than those in the Northeast for repairs. Labor costs in the West tend to be higher due to dry air, build up and dust, such as clogged mass airflow sensor, which occurs more frequently and increases costs. Milder temperatures in Western states also allows for more year-round driving, which leads to added wear and tear.The following is the ranking of the top 5 states with the highest car repair costs in 2010, according to CarMD:center_img 21.New Jersey$357.32 Ohio $298.49  (16% lower than U.S. avg.)$175.24  (18% lower than U.S. avg.)$123.26  (14% lower than U.S. avg.) 38.Oklahoma$335.49 10.South Dakota$374.61 26.North Carolina$349.34 Wisconsin $298.76  (16% lower than U.S. avg.)$170.88  (20% lower than U.S. avg.)$127.88  (11% lower than U.S. avg.) 41.Montana$325.56 StateAverage Cost  (Parts & Labor)Average  Parts CostAverage  Labor Cost 28.Louisiana$347.46 42.Minnesota$318.54 20.Maryland$358.45 18.Pennsylvania$362.90 19.Illinois$361.56 Nevada$393.96  (11% higher than U.S. avg.)$227.08  (7% higher than U.S. avg.)$166.89  (16% higher than U.S. avg.) 40.Wyoming$330.88 2.New Mexico$406.81 3.Colorado$397.83 47.Nebraska$301.79 5.Nevada$393.96 44.Indiana$317.33 Arizona$421.49  (18% higher than U.S. avg.)$260.29  (23% higher than U.S. avg.)$161.20  (12% higher than U.S. avg.) 27.Michigan$348.03 9.Rhode Island$384.24 8.North Dakota$384.67 34.Georgia$338.31 45.Tennessee$316.64 Nebraska $301.79  (15% lower than U.S. avg.)$179.00  (16% lower than U.S. avg.)$122.79  (14% lower than U.S. avg.) 46.Mississippi$315.43 49.Ohio$298.49 33.Alaska$339.06 30.West Virginia$345.00 51.District of Columbia$265.29 FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

More needs to be done to prevent insider abuse

first_imgLate Friday evening as I was settling down for an end-of-week drink, the CU Times sent out a news alert about yet another credit union executive charged with ripping off his credit union. So it goes.This news wouldn’t be all that unusual, but for its audacity . Thirty six  year-old Michael LaJoice, CFO of the Clarkton-Brandon Community Credit Union in Michigan, is accused of stealing a mere $20 million from the $68 million credit union over a 12 year period.   LaJoice, who started working with the credit union when  he was 23, is charged with 14 counts of embezzling $100,000 or more from the credit union on 9 different occasions. He walked into a sheriff’s office last week and confessed his crimes  According to an Oakland County prosecutor, he did all this while  living a life-style of the rich and famous.With the caveat that Mr. LaJoice is innocent until  proven guilty. Stories like this are all too common, and they have real life consequences. In fact,  NCUA estimates that fraud was a factor in 41% of credit union failures between 2005 and 2015.What’s going on here? On paper, supervisory committees are well positioned to mitigate this type of criminal activity. For example, one of their primary goals is to establish policies and control procedures “that safeguard against error, carelessness, conflict-of-interest, self-dealing and fraud.”  (Supervisory Committee Guide, Section 4.01).  The most important way they  accomplish  this goal is by overseeing a yearly outside audit of the credit union’s books. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Civil Protection Headquarters of SDŽ provided accommodation facilities for guests who must remain in self-isolation

first_imgAmong the individual cases of staying in the Republic of Croatia, there are all those who came by public transport, and who will therefore also have to remain in self-isolation in the Republic of Croatia. As Martina Nimac Kalcina, President of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, points out, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Split-Dalmatia County in cooperation with certain units of local headquarters organized and provided certain accommodation facilities for such guests for the islands of Brac, Solta, Vis, Hvar and the rest of the county. Yesterday, a session of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the City of Split was held in the presence of representatives of the SDŽ Headquarters. The main topic of the agenda was “treatment in the case of tourists suffering from COVID-19 or with suspicion of COVID-19 disease, who are in hotel or private accommodation”. “Certain facilities have been rented (for now one hotel and holiday homes), and work continues on finding and organizing other accommodation. Although these facilities are rented by the County, the cost of the stay is borne by the guest. If possible with the agreement of the host, the guest will be left for the entire period of self-isolation in the accommodation in which he is, and only if this is not possible goes to organized accommodation. In both situations the guest must pay for their stay. If he goes to organized accommodation, the transfer will be done by the Red Cross. In these situations, if the guest has a pet and stays in organized accommodation, the pet will have to be placed in an asylum.”Points out Nimac Kalcina. All information in case of suspicion of the existence of COVID-19 can be obtained by calling 112. The emergency call service (112) has the numbers of all competent family offices, COVID offices and services for accommodation and transfer of guests in self-isolation. HZZJZ issued instructions on June 19, which resolved many issues, but most regional and local authorities have not yet organized accommodation facilities for guests who will be assigned self-isolation. Most guests who are ordered to self-isolate should return to their home country, and the police are in charge of controlling their return until they cross the border.last_img read more

US announces $8bn coronavirus funding, testing underway on cruise ship

first_imgUS lawmakers passed an emergency $8.3 billion spending bill to combat the coronavirus Thursday as health workers boarded a cruise ship held off the coast of San Francisco to test sick passengers and crew.The Senate gave sweeping bipartisan support to the funding a day after the House passed the bill, so that it could be quickly sent to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature.”The American people are looking for leadership, they want assurance their government is up to the task of protecting the health and safety,” said Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. One of the passengers contacted by AFP said there was no panic on board and people seemed to be taking the setback in stride.”I can’t get over how the news is sensationalizing our ship,” said Carolyn Wright, 63, a professional photographer from New Mexico. “There were two cases on the previous cruise and they act like everybody on board has the plague.”She said passengers were told around midday on Thursday to remain in their cabins and that test results would be released early Friday.The Grand Princess belongs to Princess Cruises, the same company which operated the Diamond Princess — the coronavirus-stricken ship held off Japan last month from which more than 700 people tested positive and six died. School closures and teleworkingOn Thursday, Washington state officials announced a jump in cases, from 39 to more than 70. Eleven of the 12 deaths have been reported there, with the other in California.Tech firms in Seattle like Amazon, Facebook and Google were telling employees to work remotely, as was Microsoft in nearby Richmond.Some schools in the state have also decided to close for a couple weeks and hold classes online.Vice President Mike Pence, the White House pointman on the crisis, was due to visit the state.US officials continue to stress that the overall risk to the public remains low and are urging people not to panic or buy masks — which could create a shortage for those who require them.The scientific data so far shows that elderly people and those with underlying conditions are most at risk of serious illness and the majority of deaths have occurred in a Seattle-area nursing home. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has surged, particularly in northwest Washington state where another person succumbed to the illness, bringing the US death toll to 12. There have been more than 180 confirmed cases nationwide, according to an AFP tally.Health workers meanwhile began testing 35 or so people on board the Grand Princess cruise ship who have shown flu-like symptoms, after one 71-year-old man who was on a previous voyage died from the virus.There are nearly 3,500 passengers and crew on the vessel, which cut short its voyage back from Hawaii after the passengers began to fall ill.Though not everyone was being tested, they will be isolated once the ship is finally allowed to dock, an official said.center_img Nurses union slams preparation But the largest nursing union in the US denounced Thursday the “disturbing” lack of preparation at many hospitals.Nurses are working without necessary personal protective equipment and lack education and training for handling the disease, said National Nurses United director Bonnie Castillo.”It is not a successful strategy to leave nurses and other health workers unprotected,” she said.Earlier, a top health official said the overall mortality rate for the novel coronavirus was lower than previously thought.”The best estimates now of the overall mortality rate for COVID-19 is somewhere between 0.1 percent and one percent,” Admiral Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary of health said at a news briefing.He explained the new figure, far lower than previous estimates of 2 to 5 percent, by saying that there had been a significant underreporting of cases. Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesia records highest death toll in Southeast Asia at 19

first_img“The total number of [COVID-19] patients who have died from the disease as of 12 p.m. of March 18 is 19,” Yurianto told the press on Wednesday afternoon.The 19 fatalities mean that Indonesia has now recorded the highest death toll among Southeast Asian countries hit by the coronavirus to date.As of Tuesday, Malaysia had recorded the most COVID-19 infections among ASEAN member states with 673 confirmed cases, but only recorded two deaths. Philippines recorded 14 fatalities, with 187 cases of infection, while Thailand recorded one death with 177 confirmed coronavirus cases. Singapore, meanwhile, recorded 266 cases of infection but no fatalities as of Tuesday.Indonesia also reported 55 new confirmed cases of infection on Wednesday, with Yurianto saying that most of them were reported in Jakarta with 30 cases, followed by West Java with 12 cases, Banten with four cases, and Central Java with two cases. Indonesia’s death toll from the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 jumped to 19 on Wednesday, the highest in Southeast Asia to date, as the government announced that the number of infected people had reached 227.Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said most deaths had been recorded in Jakarta with 12 fatalities, followed by Central Java with two fatalities, while Banten, Bali, West Java, East Java and North Sumatra each reported one fatality from the disease.Yurianto said the death toll had soared from the reported five on the previous day because several hospitals had failed to submit their fatality reports from March 12 to March 17 and the government had only managed to obtain the updated data on Wednesday morning. Yogyakarta, North Sumatra, Lampung, Riau and East Kalimantan have reported one new COVID-19 case each while independent epidemiology tests found two positive cases.“But despite the increasing number of confirmed cases, we can also confirm that 11 people have recovered from the disease and hospitals have allowed them to go home,” he said.He further urged the public not to panic about the situation since the skyrocketing number of confirmed cases was because more people were aware about the disease and the government had also been active in conducting contact tracing.Yurianto described the situation as “normal” compared with other countries.“The number of confirmed cases has dramatically increased because we are just entering the first phase of the contagion. We hope that everything will be under control and therefore new confirmed cases per day will gradually subside in April,” he added. (glh)Topics :last_img read more

Dubuque checkers fly for Callahan

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa (June 3) – Joel Callahan topped the strong field of IMCA Modified drivers in in scoring the 20-lap feature win Sunday at Dubuque Speedway.Callahan took the lead near midway and held off Tyler Madigan at the checkers. Troy Bauer followed up a feature win at Farley Speedway on Friday night with another victory in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Bauer took the win over always tough Tyler Soppe. Sunday, June 10 will be Fan Appreciation night at Dubuque with everything half price, including admission and all concessions. In addition, a pre-race car show will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. All kids will be given autograph books courtesy of the Richardson Motors Kids Club. Drivers will have cars on display and will be signing autographs prior to the races.last_img read more

Trojans Grapplers Capture Sectional Crown-Lots Of Area Regional Qualifiers

first_imgThe East Central Trojans Wrestling team continue their winning ways this season by capturing The Wrestling Sectional Team Championship at Franklin on Saturday, February 1st, at Franklin County. Coach Adam Wolf’s squad won six individual weight titles en route to repeating as Sectional Champs and all Trojans Wrestlers participating also Regional bound. The overall team results. 2-Milan, 3-South Dearborn, 4-Rushville, 5-Lawrenceburg, 6-Franklin County, 7-Connersville, 8-Greensburg, 9-Batesville, 10-Union County.The Batesville High School wrestling team traveled to Franklin County to compete in Sections with 9 other teams. Despite the 9th place finish, The Bulldogs had a strong individual performance with half the team that participated in placing and 3 moving on to regionals.Sophomore Josh Mobley had the best finish with a 2nd place finish at 152. Mobley went 2-1 with a pin and a 9-3 victory. Josh lost in the finals to number 3 ranked Bryar Hall form East Central. JT Linkel went 3-1 on his way to a 3rd place finish at 145. Linkel had 1 pin and 2 decision victories. Alex Murphy went 2-2 finishing 4th with 2 pins. All three will be moving on to regionals next week in Richmond. Seniors Nick Nobbe and Axel Garcia both placed 6th at 160 and 170. Other participants were Jonathan Lamping at 126, Jonathan Schrank at 138, Jy’lil Chappell at 182, Christian Garcia at 195, and Brandon Manning at 220. The team placed 9th with 55 points.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoThe top four wrestlers from each individual weight class will advance to The Regionals at Richmond on Saturday, February 8th, starting at 9 AM.Congrats to our area qualifying wrestlers at The Sectionals and good luck at The Regionals.last_img read more

Tom Brady Denies Making Fun of Bob Kraft’s Jupiter Prostitution Arrest in Netflix Cameo

first_imgNew England Patriots star Tom Brady is slamming the media for suggesting he’s trying to mock the team’s owner Robert Kraft.Earlier this year, Kraft pleaded not guilty to charges he solicited prostitution at a Jupiter strip mall spa called Orchids of Asia.That spa bears a striking resemblance to a fictional spa in the new Netflix show “Living with Yourself” where Brady makes a cameo in the first episode.He’s seen walking out of the spa and taking a relaxed breath then asks another customer, “first time?” Brady looks sheepish and says it’s his sixth 6th…a nod to the number of Super Bowls he has won.Tom Brady answers questions about his cameo on a Netflix show and he wasn’t happy.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 19, 2019 Brady says the whole thing was shot on green screen and he had no idea what the final cut would look like. He is insisting the joke had nothing to do with the Pats owner.The TV show script was reportedly written before Kraft’s legal issues.last_img read more