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first_imgSince senior Soeren Palumbo founded “Spread the Word to End the Word,” an international campaign to end the use of the word “retard,” in 2009, he said the campaign has collected more than 170,000 Internet pledges and 10 million verbal and handwritten pledges. Notre Dame students contributed over 2,600 pledges last year alone, Palumbo said. Wednesday marked the third annual “End the R-Word Day,” which more than 250 universities and 1,000 high schools recognized around the world. Volunteers collected pledges to end the R-word on both the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s campuses throughout the day. Palumbo began the campaign with Yale senior Tim Shriver and it is co-sponsored by Special Olympics and Best Buddies. “We’re not asking for money. We’re not asking for someone to commit volunteering time,” Palumbo said. “All we’re doing is asking someone to make that slight modification in their language.” In addition to limiting the use of the R-word, the campaign seeks to raise awareness about the treatment of those with intellectual disabilities, Palumbo said. “We live in a community that excludes people with intellectual disabilities,” Palumbo said. “Hopefully … just starting to think about these issues will lead to someone being more accepting of people with intellectual disabilities, starting to value the contributions that people with intellectual disabilities give to society.” Palumbo said he started “Spread the Word to End the Word” because his sister has an intellectual disability. “I grew up with a very first-hand experience with the stigma and discrimination that goes along with having an intellectual disability in the United States and the role that the R-word plays in that,” Palumbo said. Palumbo said he and Shriver developed the idea for “Spread the Word to End the Word” while working for Special Olympics in 2009. They announced the event at a youth rally in February 2009 and established March 31, 2009, as the first “End the R-Word Day,” Palumbo said. In the six weeks between its announcement and its inception, “Spread the Word to End the Word” expanded from five participating universities to 40 solely by word of mouth, Palumbo said. In its third year, “Spread the Word to End the Word” is celebrated at schools “in every continent except for Antarctica,” Palumbo said. Palumbo said “End the R-Word Day” is one part of a larger campus campaign to raise awareness of disability issues. “We really want to represent this event as one of many throughout the semester engaging in issues of disability,” Palumbo said. “We want to present the opportunity for this to be the gateway into more involvement.” Palumbo said he hopes “Spread the Word to End the Word” would also help end bullying and discrimination. “This isn’t just a word,” Palumbo said. “It’s not just one linguistic vessel, one combination of letters. It’s more attitudes. It’s more consistent abuse and harassment of young people with intellectual disabilities. We’re trying to focus it towards that and allow the campaign, not to forget the one word, but to transcend the one word and grow beyond that.”last_img read more

first_img James Franco Star Files View Comments Leighton Meester Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Jim Norton Chris O’Dowd Related Shows Of Mice and Men View All (4) Broadway is betting the farm on screen stars James Franco and Chris O’Dowd! The Hollywood pair will make their Broadway debuts in John Steinbeck’s beloved drama Of Mice and Men this spring, and Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the two new buddies together for the first time in the production’s new poster. Franco (George) and O’Dowd (Lennie) will be joined by Gossip Girl favorite Leighton Meester as Curley’s Wife and Tony winner Jim Norton as Candy in the new revival, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. If you missed eighth grade English class, Of Mice and Men tells the story of sharp-tongued migrant worker George and his simple-minded friend Lennie, who dream of one day buying their own farm. Get a glimpse of these two new stage stars before they hit the Great White Way, beginning March 19 at the Longacre Theatre. But act fast—the production is slated to play a limited engagement through July 27.last_img read more

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Daveed Diggs: Part OneHamilton’s Daveed Diggs will join forces with the previously reported Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford, Allegiance’s Telly Leung, the Wicked-bound Judy Kaye and more for Broadway Belts for PFFF on February 29 at the Edison Ballroom. Emceed by Julie Halston, the sixth annual concert, featuring Great White Way stars in an evening of music and comedy, will honor the late AP theater critic Michael Kuchwara and others with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Sounds like we should all be in this particular room where it happens! Oh, and more Diggs to follow below…Bernadette Peters’ Scottish BowBernadette Peters is set to play her first ever Scottish date at Edinburgh Playhouse on June 7. The Tony winner and doganizer’s date will follow her previously reported summer concerts at London’s Royal Festival Hall on June 3 and Manchester’s Opera House on June 5. One staff member is still looking into his air miles.New Kenneth Lonergan Movie in Bidding WarGood weekend for Kenneth Lonergan at the Sundance Film Festival—after intense competition, the domestic rights to Manchester By The Sea, which he both penned and helmed, are likely to be picked up by Amazon for $10 million, Deadline reports. And this is not going to be one of those straight-to-streaming scenarios—a traditional theatrical release and awards season campaign is planned for the movie, which stars Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler and Broadway alum Michelle Williams. Meanwhile, Lonergan’s Hold on to Me Darling will soon see its world premiere off-Broadway, and Williams returns to the Main Stem in Blackbird on February 5.One to Watch in London: The TruthAnother production to keep an eye on from London’s buzzy Menier Chocolate Factory (Broadway’s The Color Purple revival started out there). Florian Zeller’s The Truth will make its U.K. premiere at the venue in a new version by Tony and Oscar winner Christopher Hampton. The very same Hampton who adapted Zeller’s The Father, which will begin previews on the Main Stem on March 22 and is returning to the West End this spring. Directed by Lindsay Posner, The Truth is scheduled to play March 10 through May 7 at the Chocolate Factory, officially opening on March 16. According to press notes, the show follows: “Two couples. Friendship, suspicion, deceit….and the truth.”Daveed Diggs: Part DeuxMore Diggs of Hamilton news! Broadway’s Thomas Jefferson (and Marquis de Lafayette) will appear on Law & Order: SVU on February 3 alongside Anthony Ramos, who of course plays John Laurens / Phillip Hamilton in the hit tuner. In 41 Witnesses, Ramos takes on the role of a man accused of rape; Diggs appears once again as Louis Henderson (below), who is the lawyer for one of Henderson’s alleged partners-in-crime. Mr. Diggs, you can defend us any time!(Photo by Will Hart/NBC) Daveed Diggs View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

first_img View Comments David Cromer(Photo by Caitlin McNaney) David Cromer will step in for Hal Prince and helm the world premiere of The Band’s Visit. The legendary director has withdrawn owing to scheduling conflicts. Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, with a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by David Yazbek, the production will now bow in the fall of 2016 at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater. The musical adaptation of the 2007 film had previously been set to run this spring.An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.Cromer returns to Atlantic where he staged the world premiere of Ethan Coen’s play Women Or Nothing. Broadway credits include the revivals of Brighton Beach Memoirs and The House of Blue Leaves. His additional off-Broadway work includes Adding Machine: A Chamber Musical, Others, Our Town, Really Really and Tribes.last_img read more

Building a diverse workforce from the STEM up

December 17, 2020 | uhjupwev | No Comments

first_imgUber’s recent mishaps have shined an uncomfortable but very necessary light on the male-dominated “bro-grammer” culture at many Silicon Valley tech firms.Now in full-on damage control mode, the ride hailing service has opted for transparency, releasing diversity reports that reveal a workforce composition basically on par with its Silicon Valley brethren.As usual, however, the real takeaways reside a few layers below the headlines—and they point to issues that extend well beyond Uber or Silicon Valley.Uber’s 36% ratio of female employees company-wide compares favorably to Google’s 31%. Isolating tech jobs, however, the share of women drops to 15%—lower than the high-teen percentages found at other Silicon Valley bellwethers.Even those troubling figures are likely generous. There’s no set definition of a “tech job,” and I suspect these firms stretch the criteria as wide as they can. (It’s worth noting the stats exclude drivers, which Uber emphatically categorizes as independent contractors.) 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Happy Holidays, Compliance Friends! Nothing puts me more in the holiday mood than a good movie. One of my favorites holiday movies is the Sound of Music! I hope that each of you is taking some time to enjoy this time of year with the ones you hold most dear. Yes, I wanted that to rhyme.Back to our regularly scheduled programming, this post highlights a fairly recent change to the SCRA, which will hopefully make it easier to provide protections to members of the armed forces and stay compliant.SCRA ChangesAs a bit of background, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides members of the armed forces with certain financial protections for debts incurred prior to military service. These protections include interest rate reductions, the ability to terminate leases and protections against foreclosure and repossession. The protection begins when the member enters “military service”, i.e., active duty status. One common issue for SCRA compliance is servicemembers properly notifying credit unions of their active duty status to cap their interest rate at six percent. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgArsenal have won their last two matches against Alisson’s Liverpool side (Picture: Getty)Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits the Premier League champions failed to maintain their usual high standards towards the end of last season, but last week’s win at Chelsea has helped restore confidence and build momentum ahead of Monday’s heavyweight showdown against Arsenal.Jurgen Klopp’s side cantered to the title last season but displayed signs of vulnerability during the run-in and began the current campaign by losing to the Gunners on penalties in the Community Shield and conceded three times in an opening day seven-goal thriller against Leeds at Anfield. Liverpool returned to their ruthless best at Stamford Bridge last weekend, recording their first clean sheet in nine matches in the process, and will put their 100% start to the season on the line on against rapidly improving Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe signings of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota have given an added boost to the feelgood factor around Anfield and, after a slight wobble, Alisson is confident Liverpool are returning to their best form. ADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘We know that we dropped a little bit, we don’t know why,” he said. “It wasn’t something we wanted to do but we knew we had to go back to our path if we want to be competitive this season for the title, because I believe this season the level is higher. Alisson makes admission over Liverpool form ahead of Arsenal showdown Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 26 Sep 2020 10:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link31Shares Advertisement Comment Jurgen Klopp looks ahead to Arsenal visitTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:39FullscreenJurgen Klopp looks ahead to Arsenal visit is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘It is just the beginning of the season, we had a difficult game against Leeds, it was an open game where anything can happen. It was 4-3 and a good game for anyone who is watching football, but a really hard game to play.‘Then you have Chelsea away and it’s a tough opponent and then the way we went to the pitch from the mental perspective, I really liked this. I like the intensity of the game, I like the way we defended also, the opponent had some opportunities to score but it was from the quality of the opponent. But what I like was our mentality on that game. I think we are on the right path again.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘With their quality, I believe they have a really good team on paper and they are putting out the things on the pitch. You can see they are playing together, really well organised in the defensive phase and they have fantastic strikers with really good quality who can take decisive decisions on the pitch.‘But also, I believe now with more games played, our team will do better against them. Also back with the clean sheets, it is something mental that gives you the confidence to keep on going and I believe it will be a really good match.’MORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Liverpool vs Arsenal & Brighton vs Man UtdMORE: Arsenal legends Michael Thomas, Liam Brady, Lee Dixon and Alan Smith pick between Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar Advertisementlast_img read more

Beautiful sunsets on the horizon

October 6, 2020 | uhjupwev | No Comments

first_imgThere’s a “teenager zone” downstairs too.Ms Edmunds said Oxley had been a wonderful place to live.“There’s Rocks Riverside Park. You can walk there from the end of the street and that’s amazing for children. It’s an incredible park on the river with an awesome playground. Oxley Central has Black Milk Coffee which is quite new.”Ms Edmunds said it would be hard to move on. “There’s part of me that’s sad because I have loved living here and it will be sad to say goodbye to the neighbours and that familiarity. But I’m ready for a change,” she said. The home will be auctioned on site at 2pm today by Place Graceville. 92 Fort Road, Oxley is renovated and ready for auction.Fast forward nine years, and hard work by Ms Edmunds and partner, Peter Chant, has paid off with a thoughtful redesign that created a beautiful home.“We flipped upstairs. The kitchen was at the front of the house initially and the lounge room was at the front with the bedrooms at the back,” Ms Edmunds said. “The decks weren’t there — but there were such lovely views that I had the decks put on. Peter’s very handy — I’m better with a paint brush.”The pair loved living there, but a long work commute and other life opportunities mean it’s time to move.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe two-level, post-war home has been finished with polished timber floors and a new kitchen and lounge area opening to the deck via sliding timber doors. The deck has been a favourite place for the couple to spend downtime. The home’s lounge area opens on to great outdoor living where …“The sunsets are amazing — just to chill out with a wine in the evening,” Ms Edmunds said. … a glorious sunset view awaits.On the lower level, they created a fourth bedroom and bathroom. Peter Chant and Cassie Edmunds are auctioning their Oxley with glorious sunset views. Photo: Tara Croser. Cassie Edmunds knew her perfect first property needed good bones, and 92 Fort Ave, Oxley, delivered just that.“It popped up at a really good price,” she said. “It required a bit of work and, despite the renovations that were required, I was very excited to buy the place.”last_img read more

first_imgLNG World News Staff Ships being loaded with LNG at all three of the plants on Curtis Island (Image courtesy of Bechtel)LNG exports from the three liquefaction plants located on Curtis Island offshore Gladstone totaled 1.77 million tons in September, remaining nearly flat month-on-month. The volume was some 50,000 tons above the August figures, pushing to an eight-month high.Compared to the 1.68 million tons exported from the three facilities in September last year, this is an increase of 5.3 percent, according to the data from the Gladstone Ports Corporation.China continues to be the top destination for east-Australian LNG with 1 mt of LNG landing in the country. However, this was a 7.6 percent decrease from the volumes exported to China in September 2017 and a 17.3 percent from the previous month.The remaining volumes from the three Curtis Island facilities landed in South Korea, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia.LNG exports from the three terminals totaled 15.13 million tonnes in the January-September period.The LNG export plants located on Curtis Island include Shell’s Queensland Curtis LNG, Santos Gladstone LNG and the ConocoPhillips-operated Australia Pacific LNG terminal.last_img read more

first_imgBrazilian oil company Petrobras has kicked off oil and gas production from its Lula Norte area in the Santos Basin.Petrobras on Friday said that oil had started flowing into the P-67 FPSO, which is the ninth production unit installed in the BM-S-11 block.The FPSO has the capacity to process up to 150,000 barrels of oil daily and compress up to 6 million cubic meters a day of natural gas. It is located approximately 260 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, at a water depth of 2,130 meters, and will produce oil from nine production wells.Currently, Petrobras has said, the Lula field (Lula and Cernambi fields) is the country’s largest producer and is expected to reach 1 million barrels of oil produced daily in less than a decade since the beginning of its commercial production started in 2010.In addition to the P-67, the other platforms operating in the block are:  FPSO Cidade de Angra dos Reis (Piloto de Lula), FPSO Cidade de Paraty (Piloto de Lula Nordeste), FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba (Iracema Sul), FPSO Cidade de Itaguaí (Iracema Norte), FPSO Cidade de Maricá (Lula Alto), FPSO Cidade de Saquarema (Lula Central), P-66 (Lula Sul) e P-69 (Lula Extremo Sul).The Lula field is located in the BM-S-11 concession operated by Petrobras (65%), in partnership with Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda. (25%) and Petrogal Brasil SA (10%).last_img read more