Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University is looking for qualified Instructors to teachcourses in Elementary Education Reading Methods. The instructormust be able to teach during the day and have licensure andexperience in Elementary Education/Reading. Master’s Degree isrequired.Opportunities are available at our Aurora campus as well as ourWoodstock campus (graduate and undergraduate, daytime andevening).Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected]
Family First NZ is a member of the Care AllianceMedia Release Care Alliance 27 August 2015The Care Alliance has welcomed the Health Select Committee’s terms of reference for considering a petition from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.Spokesperson Matthew Jansen says that the terms of reference will allow all New Zealanders to be involved in considering what society’s response should be to people who express a wish to end their lives. “We believe that the best compassionate response to a person experiencing physical, emotional or psychological suffering is to surround them with love and provide them with the best possible care. Legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide (EAS) would give exactly the wrong message to vulnerable people feeling overwhelmed by their circumstances.”Mr Jansen said that the recent Research New Zealand poll1, which recorded a sharp drop in support for EAS following the Seales v Attorney-General case, showed that a more informed debate helps expose the practical problems with EAS. “The Select Committee can do all New Zealanders a great service by investigating the complex issues involved in suicide. We believe the evidence will show that EAS is both unnecessary and dangerous.”ENDS
After a quick one-game road trip at Northwestern, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team (19-8, 10-4 Big Ten) returns to the Kohl Center for its final two home games of the season with a new No. 17 ranking to boot in the most recent Associated Press poll. After a rough start to the season saw the Badgers open up the conference schedule 9-4, head coach Bo Ryan spoke highly of this year’s senior leadership during his weekly press conference Monday.“They’ve answered the challenge that the other seniors have over the years as far as setting a good example, working hard, persevering. I mean, who’s persevered more than this group”? Ryan said of the five seniors on the team. “Jared [Berggren] with the troubles with his shoulder, finally had it taken care of, definitely helped him. Mike [Bruesewitz], what he’s been through. Ryan [Evans] with some struggles that he’s still working on, they’re all working on things.”Evans’ struggles this season, particularly at the free throw line, have been disappointing for the fifth-year senior. The Arizona native has shot 40 more free throws than anyone else on the team with 126 attempts and has made only 51 (41 percent) of them. A new free throw shooting technique may emerge from Evans Tuesday against Nebraska in order to increase that percentage.“He shot it pretty well that way,” Ryan said about Evans shooting jump shots for his free throws. “Ryan tried that method and feels that right now that’s the best way to make the free throw, and it’s not that unusual to have a different style. A lot of guys have different styles. So whatever works, as long as he believes it.”Although most of the attention has been paid to seniors such as Evans, Bruesewitz or Berggren, scout team seniors, J.D. Wise and Dan Fahey will also be playing in their last two home games of their college careers this week. The two players have only combined to play 36 minutes the entire season, but that hasn’t changed their attitude during their final season.“There’s never a whine, never a complaint, never anything other than to the assistant coaches that have the particular scout on that team, it’s like, ‘okay, what would you like us to do today?’” Ryan said. “Hopefully, they’re getting as much out of the experience as we are, as we’re receiving from their efforts that they’re putting in. But those two young men have been doing it for a long time, and they’ve never changed.”The basketball careers may be ending for some of the seniors once the season is over, but Ryan said the things they learn while playing basketball at UW will be with them for the rest of their lives.“It’s a great part about college athletics, team sports like this, the things you learn, the things you go through knowing, as I always tell them, [in the] next 60, 70 years, you’re going to be going through some of the same things,” Ryan said. “Maybe not the exact issues, but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. You keep working, keep doing the right things, good things will happen.”Whether it’s Wise, Fahey or the other three seniors, this UW team will need senior leadership as the postseason remains just a few weeks away. In what could be called a crazy college basketball season, no game is a sure win or loss for any team. Unlike this year’s college basketball season, especially the Big Ten, Ryan hasn’t been making anything too unpredictable for opposing teams or his players.“You know, if you really think back and sit down and look, I’m sure there’s been years like this,” Ryan said. “When you talk about predictability, as coaches, we’re always trying to do certain things. It’s not unpredictable what we’re trying to do, and players are trying to do certain things. So you can’t say they’re unpredictable.”After Nebraska and Purdue on Tuesday and Sunday, respectively, Wisconsin has just two games left against Michigan State and Penn State, so Ryan will need not just his seniors, but all players to step up with a Big Ten title still within reach.
Leinster duo Greg Jones and Max Deegan went over for Ireland while Ulster’s Adam McBurney also scored a try.Clonmel native Bill Johnston, who went off with a shoulder injury just before the break, converted two of the tries scored by his side and also kicked two penalties.Johnny McPhillips also kicked a conversion and two penalties for Ireland who now top Pool A. Cashel RFC’s Sean O’Connor came on as a substitute in the closing minutes of the second half.Nigel Carolan’s side, who also beat Grand Slam champions Wales in their opening game, will reach the semi-finals of the tournament if they beat Georgia in their final pool game on Wednesday.
General Manager of Asante Kotoko has labelled their crunch matchday 3 encounter against Medeama as a do or affair.The Porcupines head into the game win no win or goal this season albeit playing one game less.Presssure is beginning to mount of the 23 time league champions after their bitterest rivals Hearts of Oak had a superb start to the season.For Nti, they can’t afford to slip come Sunday.“Sunday is a do or die affair,” he told Adom Sports“Medeama have lost their first two matches we also lost our first match.” “We are playing at home and won’t allow Medeama to come ruin our day. It is surely do or die.”“Once Hearts are in top form, their fans begin to mock ours.”The General Manager has urged all fans to get behind the team in a bid to overturn their bad start.“If we are going to have an upper hand over them, then we must all get involved.”“We need all the supporters on board. They are our biggest sponsors.” “Years back, when we didn’t have sponsorship it was the fans who made the difference. That makes Kotoko ahead of the rest of the clubs in the country.”Kotoko play their outstanding fixture against Ashantigold in midweek.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A gunman is on the run after a deadly double shooting near Lantana on Wednesday morning, authorities say.According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a domestic dispute in 7900 block of Overlook Road around 9 a.m. and found two women dead from apparent gunshot wounds.Neighbors say they heard at least gunshots and the identity of the victims has not been released yet.The shooter was gone when deputies arrived.
Submitted by Concern for AnimalsHere’s your chance to build your dream dog house or cat tree and make a difference in the lives of animals.* All houses and trees will be displayed at the Olympia Master Builders Home & Garden Show on September 15 & 16, St. Martin’s University, Marcus Pavilion, to support Concern for Animals. The public will vote (with their dollars) for their favorite dog and cat house during the two-day event. Prizes and public recognition awarded to the winners!Before the Home & Garden Show, all houses on display at the old Schoenfelds building in downtown Olympia from August 15 – September 14 and at the Westfield Mall from November 1- November 9.Houses will be donated to Concern for Animals to be auctioned at Toast for Tails on November 10. For more information about the competition or to SIGN UP, contact Stacey at [email protected] Sarah at [email protected]*Footprint of the doghouse should be no wider than 4’, no longer than 6’ and a maximum height of 6’. Houses need to be completed by August 1 in order to be photographed and promoted in The Olympian Sunday Real Estate and other places. Sponsored by the Olympia Master Builders Home & Garden Show. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0
Melissa KirkebyPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Melissa Kirkeby recently earned her NMLS, so in addition to being the Lacey Branch Manager, she is now a Loan Officer. Melissa started her banking career at Oly Fed in 2004 as an intern and was hired in 2006 as a Lead Customer Service Representative after graduating from Washington State University. Melissa has held many positions since that time and was promoted to Branch Manager in 2016. “Melissa is a very talented and positive force within our organization. This new credential allows Melissa to serve our customers in an even greater capacity,” said Drummond. Facebook179Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsMichelle LordPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Olympia Federal Savings is pleased to announce the followings staff changes and promotions:Michelle Lord has a new role with the organization and is shifting her responsibilities from AVP/Senior Loan Officer to AVP/Loan Underwriter. As loan volumes continue to increase for the organization, Oly Fed found it necessary to add additional personnel to review and approve loans. Michelle began working at Oly Fed in 1982. She’s held many positions over the years and has an in-depth knowledge of the level of service and products offered throughout the bank. “We’re fortunate to have someone of Michelle’s caliber ready and willing to take on this new challenge,” said Lori Drummond, Olympia Federal Savings, President & CEO.Leah BackusPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Leah Backus has been promoted to Senior Loan Officer. In 2011, Leah joined Oly Fed and served as a Customer Service Representative at the Lacey branch. In 2012, she entered the Loan Servicing Department and was promoted to Loan Officer in 2015. “Leah is currently responsible for one of the Association’s highest loan volumes and has definitely earned her new title,” said Drummond.
By John BurtonFor those who ever wondered Who the f&*$ is Linda Chorney? the question has been answered by Chorney herself.Chorney, a veteran of the music scene for more than three decades – and a nominee for a 2012 Grammy Award that stirred some controversy at the time – has detailed her life and music career.She’s written about knocking around small clubs around the country, staying true to her artistic vision, working on independently produced albums and offers what she said is the backstory of the fallout she experienced following her Grammy nomination last year.The now 53-year-old singer-songwriter called her book a sort of Moneyball with the current music industry filling in for baseball.“It’s an adventure where you can experience what it was like to be in my shoes as a 51-year-old woman who played in bars for 30 years, trying to make it in this business,” she said.The book concentrates on Chorney’s experiences surrounding her Grammy nomination, her unconventional campaign to garner the nomination and the alleged backlash she experienced.She said she wrote the book “because the truth needs to come out. The real story was never told.”Chorney, who lived in Sea Bright for a number of years with husband Scott Fadynich and still owns a home there, was nominated but did not win in 2012 for Best Americana Album, for her sixth and most recent album, Emotional Jukebox. She was nominated in the category with Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris and others. As an independent artist, Chorney took an unconventional route to win the nomination by lobbying votes from young members of the Recording Academy, which awards the Grammys, using social media, asking them to vote by way of the Grammy website.Her methods were met by a resistance, she charged, by music industry insiders who felt Chorney had “gamed the system” to push her work. The real motivation, she alleged, was that some of “the suits” in the music business felt challenged by her strategy. Her work, she insisted, speaks for itself and that’s what won her the nomination, despite all the backbiting she said she experienced.“The story should have been a feel-good Cinderella story,” she said. “Unfortunately, the industry did not like that they were not profiting off of my nomination.”With the help of her husband and the financial support of friend Dr. Jonathan Schneider, Chorney said she was able to put out an album she felt was truly a quality product – with the necessary production finesse for the Grammys to take seriously.Following her nomination, Chorney was contacted by an industry insider, someone she has dubbed “Mr. Grammygate,” who called, “telling me the secrets of the AMA (Association of Americana Album),” she said.“I kept thinking this story is crazy and I have to write about it,” she said, documenting this in Who the F&*$ is Linda Chorney? “There’s a lot of dirty stuff that goes on there.”About that title, by the way? “It could be who the fork. It could be who funk or who the fish, or whoever you want,” she said, clearly having a little fun with it. She did warn, however, anyone offended by “f-bombs” might not want to read her book.For those who are struggling to make it in a very tough business, Chorney said, her work can offer some advice to avoid some of the pitfalls she’s experienced and to understand the need to keep playing.“If you’re good, you’re good,” she said, “and believe in yourself, believe in your art.”Chorney, now lives in Tucson, Ariz., where she and her husband moved to be near Chorney’s family as her mother battled – and beat – cancer. She is currently touring New England, promoting her book and work and is working on a new album, tentatively slated for a holiday release.She also is working on another book, that will chronicle her attempts to track down filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Say Anything) to convince him to adopt the book for the movies.
If a civil service town and a non-civil service town want to share a department, employees from the non-civil service town would gain civil service rights, even after the agreement ended, he said. Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11) At the moment, New Jersey has 192 towns where employees are covered under the Civil Service Commission, which is in, but operates independently from any super vision or control by, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. A larger chunk, $5.8 million, is earmarked for implementation grants to aid in completing or transitioning toward shared services arrangements and for school consolidation studies. “Whenever there’s an opportunity to create efficiency and some cost savings, I think there’s a willingness,” said Mike Cerra, assistant executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. “Shared services agreements can’t come from a top-down approach, where the state tells individual towns what to do, where to merge, and when to cut,” said state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) in a statement Sept. 25. “With these grants, we can really harness the independent creativity of each town in New Jersey, and use that competition to make sure that this $10 million creates the most possible taxpayer savings for every dollar spent.” The league favors allowing local referendums to give voters a choice to opt their communities out of the system. “We’ve been doing that for years, so I’m glad the state is catching up,” she said. “The only way we’re going to save taxpayer dollars is if we work together.” The funding from the state does not specifically address supporting towns that want to merge with one another. The last major municipal consolidation in New Jersey took place in 2013, when Princeton Borough and Princeton Township officially became one community. New Jersey has 565 municipalities and more than 600 school districts. Some parts of the state are further ahead than others when it comes to sharing services. “As we lead our state towards the stronger and fairer economy that we hope to build together,” Murphy said in a Sept. 25 statement, “it is our administration’s responsibility to provide these communities a platform from which to pursue efficient growth, achieve smart government, and provide relief to local taxpayers.” An initiative included in the program challenges local governments to compete for grants from a $3.1 million fund for impactful local shared services projects. Each county has been allocated $150,000. “Not everyone is in the system, although most of the larger communities are,” he said. “The goal of this whole thing for the challenge grants is to encourage towns, counties, municipal authorities to develop the best plan for their residents,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11). “Even with the 2-percent property tax cap, too many New Jersey residents can’t afford to live here. And that’s the bottom line.” The Murphy administration will provide $10 million to help towns around the state pursue government shared services and school district consolidation studies to lower New Jersey’s property taxes, among the highest in the nation. The final piece provides $1.05 million for the 21 counties to hire staff as shared service coordinators, intended for public-sector, career-minded young professionals under a fellowship, according to the Murphy administration. The funding comes out to $50,000 per county. State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D- 3) has proposed merging hundreds of school districts into K-12 regional districts as par t of a series of steps to improve the state’s fiscal health amid concerns about public employee health benefit and pension costs. By Philip Sean Curran Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) said that when she was a Monmouth County freeholder with current director Thomas A. Arnone, the “county was in the forefront of shared services.” She said the county would share services with towns for everything from snow removal to road repair. During the administration of former Gov. Chris Christie, the state imposed a 2-percent tax cap that governing bodies and school districts have to live under. “And we’re concerned, because if you have overlapping, competing school districts and wasting money, that could be going towards children’s education, not towards like more administration costs,” Downey said. But he said there are “administrative obstacles” to shared services at the local level that the state needs to look at. For example, he cited New Jersey’s Civil Service system. “That’s been an obstacle,” he said, “and potential discussions about agreements have almost not gotten started because there’s almost no way to get around that problem.”