With claims from disgruntled staff mounting, many employers are baulking at the high costs of a legal defence. So should you just settle? A major report on employment tribunals starts by looking at the costs to organisationsNigel Brown, head of employment relations at Axa Insurance, is typical of many personnel professionals in being proud of his procedures. Having well designed internal procedures, and sticking to them, is an integral part of good employment practice, he believes. It means that things can be sorted out internally with relatively little fuss.But it also means that if ever Axa Insurance receives a tribunal claim, the company would fight it unless there was an overpowering reason not to. Brown says, “We try to avoid cases by having good procedures but we would choose to fight them rather than settle, and expect to win. The best defence is to be prepared to fight.” There have been five claims in five years, all of which Axa has won.According to the CBI, this stance is being taken by more companies when faced by the seemingly inexorable growth in the number of claims going to employment tribunal. Rather than attempt to persuade an employee who decides to pursue a claim to accept a couple of thousand pounds to go away, which is invariably the cheapest option, they make it known that they will defend all claims on principle. Deterrence is the name of the game. The employee has to reckon on facing the best lawyers corporate cash can buy. “It does all mean that employment law becomes more complicated, which is regrettable,” says Brown. “But on the other hand no employer welcomes a reputation for being easy to get money out of.”The nuisance factorMany employers will have sympathy for this view. With an awful lot of employment law around – more than 50 bits of legislation under which to pursue a tribunal claim – a familiar complaint is the “nuisance factor” of applications. Business lobbying organisations think some employees try it on for settlement money. For employees, tribunals are free; for employers, there is always a cost. According to calculations made by the Institute of Directors, employers paid out £7.5bn in compensation and settlements in 1999.Of all the claims dealt with by tribunals, the Employment Tribunal Service annual report says applicants win in just 12 per cent of cases. Employers have a good record – a logical reason for taking a principled stand. It may ratchet up the amount of brinkmanship, of psychological intimidation, in the tribunal process and it may clog up the system, but work is an emotional arena and precedents matter. “Justice should not be a game of chicken,” says Dominic Johnson, head of employee relations at the CBI. “But there are a number of employees who understand the law and understand the incentive for employers to settle. Many cases involve several jurisdictions and are therefore costly to fight. It is an unfair manipulation of the system, but unfortunately it is becoming more legitimate for employees to behave in this way.”Axa is a big company and can afford its policies. But it remains a rare and novel response to the boom in employment law. Some 33 per cent of tribunal claims are withdrawn and a hefty 39 per cent of claims are settled with the help of Acas.Within some sectors there is a clear preference for settling most claims. Take small businesses, which are said by many organisations including Acas, the TUC, the CBI and the CIPD, to account for a lot of claims because they do not have the resources to keep up with the relentless twists and updates of employment law.Despite vociferous complaints from the Federation of Small Businesses about the burden of red tape on business, it would appear from the figures that members are not exactly staggering under the weight of IT 1 forms. Abbey Legal Protection, which runs the FSB’s legal arm, deals with 400 claims a year from the federation’s 155,000 members – and 80 per cent are settled for an average pay-out of about £2,000. Of the few cases that do go to tribunal, the firm claims to win 90 per cent.“Applicants seem to feel there is a pot of gold at the end of the litigation rainbow,” says Murray Fairclough, head of legal services at Abbey. “There are a lot of frivolous or vexatious cases, as evidenced by the fact that they disappear right at the start for a nominal sum of £100 or two or three days before a hearing when the applicant realises they have to give evidence.” However, while the bitterness is understandable, it has to be asked what kind of message those figures send. If 80 per cent of applications are being settled, either there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or small businesses routinely break the law. Or both.Here we have two extremes, neither of which was meant to happen. Fighting all cases is expensive, irrespective of whether any compensation is awarded. Settling may be cheaper and easier, but damaging in the long term. It is a sign perhaps of just how much tribunals have evolved since the 1960s, something which Sir Andrew Leggatt’s review – set to report at the end of March – is well aware. That said, pretty well everybody who uses tribunals is in favour of retaining them. Only two out of 110 responses to the review (which is dealing with all tribunals, not just employment) felt they should be scrapped. Getting rid of them and moving to Euro-style labour courts would be “a disaster”, according to CIPD employment relations adviser Mike Emmott.And yet the calculus of whether to defend a tribunal is often perceived as having little to do with justice. Even though everything may have been done by the book and the sense of being “in the right” within a personnel department may well be very strong, politics and psychology play a complicated role.For a start, there is the media. Media interest is a frequently cited reason for avoiding going to a tribunal – a point which applies especially to discrimination cases. Tribunals attract qualified privilege. Applicants can make allegations and they can be reported, except in cases of sexual misconduct or some disability cases, where chairmen may issue restricted reporting orders. But newspapers are under no obligation, other than a sense of professional objectivity, to report the defence or the actual judgement. Judgements are interesting only if there is a lot of money awarded in compensation, an important precedent is involved or the chairman’s remarks are strong enough to attract attention in their own right. Reputation is priceless. Mark Solon, director of Bond Solon, believed to be Britain’s first witness training company, reckons many tribunal cases are settled because employers do not want to be cross-examined. “Even if they have strong cases, they are settling because they do not want their laundry washed in public. It is the hidden costs, rather than the direct costs that are the problem and there are major PR consequences to tribunals. But then, if you pay people to go away, they keep coming back.”There is an argument that part of the reason the press is so interested in tribunals is that employers are notoriously tight-lipped. In the eyes of a journalist, the reality of life at work exposed by tribunals can jar splendidly with a company’s public pronouncements.How do we know about the Ku Klux Klan graffiti and climate of racial violence at Ford’s Dagenham plant in Essex? Sukhjit Singh Parmar’s employment tribunal. There are other subtle pressures exerted on employers to keep employment rights trouble hidden, too, such as cheaper insurance premiums. Insurers would always rather settle than fight. Yet any company with a good industrial relations reputation can enjoy discounts. Charles Wright, general manager of DAS Legal Expenses Insurance, which insures 105,000 employers from McDonald’s franchising to small florists, says, “If there is a business with a long and noble history of not having any employment problems, that will affect the discounts available.”Aside from the cost of management time, the most important consideration is the need for lawyers (see panel, above). “Need for” is perhaps an exaggeration, as there are plenty of employers appearing before tribunals without representation, but for many personnel departments, lawyers are fast becoming seen as vital for damage limitation. Some solicitors grumble that their clients in HR departments are so spooked by the litigious climate, they seem to need “hand-holding” in everything they do. Axa’s Brown says there is little doubt that companies will be more successful at a tribunal or in negotiating a favourable deal if they use lawyers. It is perhaps ironic that, despite years of complaint from businesses about the tribunal system becoming the play-thing of lawyers and their captious arguments, if there is a worst offender in legalising the process, it is probably employers.Even with the significant growth of no-win, no-fee solicitors and many staff having household insurance which can cover them for legal fees in the event of an employment dispute, Rita Donaghy, the chair of Acas, says, “Most people going to tribunal are not represented.” Barry Mordsley, a long-serving tribunal chair and a partner in law firm Salans, Herzfeld and Heilbronn, says that of the applicants bringing cases before him, only a quarter have lawyers in tow. For employers, he puts the figure at about half.One employee-sponsored source on the Employment Appeal Tribunal, who asked not to be named, adds, “The use of lawyers in the tribunal system often means the employees just don’t stand a chance. It puts the employee instantly at a significant disadvantage.”If the employer is insured against tribunal claims, as many are, the insurer, pathologically risk-averse as they are, may insist on a barrister for the day as well. Daniel Barnett, a barrister who also runs an Internet bulletin on employment law, says he has occasionally represented an employer who he felt had engaged him to put staff off their claims. If it is a complex case, brought under several heads of claim, or perhaps a discrimination claim where compensation is uncapped, a barrister is more likely to be appointed, he adds. But barristers as weapons in tribunals? It is a long way from the original conception of the Donovan Commission of 1968. As claims keep rising and lawyers rub their hands in glee, it is perhaps worth reflecting on the commission’s famous words which brought tribunals into existence: “To make available to employers and employees, for all disputes arising from their contracts of employment, a procedure which is easily accessible, informal, speedy and inexpensive.”The cost of tribunalsTribunals can potentially do significant financial damage to an employer. A maximum award on a basic unfair dismissal (43 per cent of all cases) is now £50,000, while discrimination awards are uncapped. But in practice they generally revolve around far smaller sums. We do not have official figures on settlements because they are normally confidential, but it seems that a reliable average across Britain for settling a tribunal claim is £2,000. Some can be settled for as little as £250.The median compensation award for unfair dismissal claims that go all the way to tribunal is £2,515, according to the ETS annual report. For race discrimination (2,499 cases), the median figure is £2,378 and for sex discrimination (3,809 cases), the median award is £2,180. Small difference, then, among average sums in pure cash terms. But as soon as an employer receives an IT 1 form, the meter starts ticking. Some applicants may settle quickly, for a variety of reasons, which reduces costs. But it is common for settlements to come in the run-up to a hearing, after considerable work has been done by managers and their lawyers.Rates for lawyers will vary given the nature of the firm, and who is overseeing the case: a junior employment solicitor might cost about £110 an hour; a senior partner can cost as much as £400 an hour. Outside London, legal firms generally advise their clients to expect to pay anything between £2,500-£5,000 in legal costs for a basic unfair dismissal claim. For race, sex and in particular disability, it will cost more – £10,000 is easily possible – because the hearings are longer with the need for more, and often expert, witnesses.London firms tend to cost rather more: between £4,000 and £6,000 for an unfair dismissal. If using a barrister, the cost will be about £1,000 a day. However, these figures should come with a health warning. Unfair dismissal is the single biggest issue at tribunal, but many cases are brought under several different jurisdictions. Extrapolating figures from the Acas annual report, some 60,091 applications are under several different heads of claim – which will automatically add to the cost.It is possible to avoid lawyers and engage one of the new breed of HR advisory firms which can do advocacy work as well (see page 26). These tend to be cheaper: £3,500 is a maximum for unfair dismissal and the lowest can be as little as £650.The most significant cost of tribunals is almost certainly the management time they take up – whatever the employer decides to do. Witness statements need preparation, daunting bundles of documents must be in order, obscure information winkled out. The cost is near impossible to calculate. Some personnel departments estimate it can take up to two weeks’ solid work to prepare a case. Inevitably, because the stakes are so high, it means significant input from personnel directors. On receiving an IT 1 form, employers have 21 days to prepare their response, known as an IT 3. Again, race and sex discrimination claims are the trickiest because respondents have to fill in a questionnaire seeking highly detailed information on personnel policies in these areas. Failure to furnish the tribunal with accurate, detailed data will almost certainly draw the chairman’s ire. Employers can also reckon on quite a bit of hanging around when the tribunal is finally heard. There is never any clear timetable about when certain witnesses will be called.Finally, scheduling tribunal hearings can be a long wait. Some 88 per cent of cases get to a first hearing within the target 26 weeks, although there is regional variation. Bristol and Exeter are the quickest to hear applications in the country; Birmingham and Shrewsbury are the slowest. The Scottish tribunals are slowest to reach decisions. They reach decisions within four weeks of the final hearing on only 71 per cent of occasions, against a national performance of 84 per cent. Comments are closed. Fighting talkOn 9 Jan 2001 in Vexatious claims, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
In this study we consider the phase relationships between the oscillations of various ionospheric signatures associated with Pcl geomagnetic pulsations. Investigations using a simple analytical method and a numerical model, which has proved successful when applied to longer period pulsations, both suggest that Doppler velocity oscillations should be predominantly in anti-phase with oscillations of the rates of change of group range and echo amplitude. However, observations indicate that the Doppler velocity oscillations are in quadrature with the other two types of oscillations. Possible causes for this discrepancy are suggested
A study was carried out to assess primary production and associated export flux in the coastal waters of the western Antarctic Peninsula at an oceanographic time-series site. New, i.e., exportable, primary production in the upper water-column was estimated in two ways; by nutrient deficit measurements, and by primary production rate measurements using separate 14C-labelled radioisotope and 15N-labelled stable isotope uptake incubations. The resulting average annual exportable primary production estimates at the time-series site from nutrient deficit and primary production rates were 13 and 16 mol C m−2, respectively. Regenerated primary production was measured using 15N-labelled ammonium and urea uptake, and was low throughout the sampling period. The exportable primary production measurements were compared with sediment trap flux measurements from 2 locations; the time-series site and at a site 40 km away in deeper water. Results showed ∼1% of the upper mixed layer exportable primary production was exported to traps at 200 m depth at the time-series site (total water column depth 520 m). The maximum particle flux rate to sediment traps at the deeper offshore site (total water column depth 820 m) was lower than the flux at the coastal time-series site. Flux of particulate organic carbon was similar throughout the spring–summer high flux period for both sites. Remineralisation of particulate organic matter predominantly occurred in the upper water-column (<200 m depth), with minimal remineralisation below 200 m, at both sites. This highly productive region on the Western Antarctic Peninsula is therefore best characterised as ‘high recycling, low export’.
EDITORS NOTE: Posted below is a Letter to The Editor Of The City County Observer written by Mayoral candidate Gail Riecken on October 7, 2015. At that time we posted her letter without bias, opinion or editing. Today we re-post it with opinion. Our opinion is that it looks like Gail Riecken Letter to the Editor was track on. Bottom line, it looks like what Mrs. Riecken wrote on October 7, 2015 has proven to be a correct concerning the future financial challenges of our city.During the City election of 2015 Mayor Winnecke, his Controller Russ Lloyd Jr and his hand picked City Council candidates put a successful political spin that discredited Gail Riecken comments about the city having a looming budget crisis. In fact all we heard during that campaign from Mayor Winnecke and his hand picked council candidates was that City of Evansville financial condition was in excellent shape.What’s even more amazing is that current City Council members Connie Robinson, Dan McGinn, Dr. Dan Adams, Jonathan Weaver and Missy Mosby all knew that Evansville was facing a major budget shortfall concerning the Employee Healthcare program during the 2015 city election. They also were aware that the General Fund was in trouble because of the City excessive spending practices on capital projects. We know for a fact the former Councilman and Finance Chairman John Friend CPA told all of them on numerous occasions about the looming financial crisis that the City of Evansville faces.We hope after you read Mrs. Riecken October 7, 2015 letter you will stand up and demand that our elected city officials start practicing ‘Good Public Policy” concerning the future spending of our heard earned tax dollars!Please take time and vote in todays “Readers Polls”. Today question is: Are you getting sick and tired of our elected and appointed City officials playing political games with our hard earn tax dollars?RIECKEN CHARGES THAT WINNECKE CONTINUES TO DENY CITY HAS SERIOUS FINANCIAL PROBLEMSReading the article from the September 29th newspaper about the transfer of casino and rainy day money reminds me yet again that the city has a serious financial problem that Mayor Winnecke continues to deny. He uses the bond rating and audits to proclaim a solid financial situation. He is confused on the issues. In his September 12 Letter to the Editor he said, “It has been confirmed time and time again by the state’s independent audits and the independent bond rating agencies that the city has operated in a financially sound, efficient and prudent manner.”Even if you take Winnecke’s position, he cannot make that claim. The audit for 2014 has not been completed by the State Board of Accounts, so no one has any idea where we stand. Also, it was the dissention over the 2013 audit last year that caught many people’s attention, including mine, that something is wrong with the finances. As for the hotel bonds, why weren’t they higher? After all, payback is guaranteed with casino and COIT (local income tax) monies, just like the arena, which was rated higher than the hotel.The reality is the city is not financially sound. During his term, the Mayor has decreased the city reserves – with the starting general fund balance going from approximately $4,000,000 to $307,000 in in just three short years. At the same time, the Mayor has increased the city’s debt from $396 million, to $514 million by the end of this year. That is $4,278.32 dollars of debt for every man, woman, and child in the city of Evansville.Just to stay in the black for 2014 and continue to paint the picture that all is well, the Mayor shored up the general fund with a $2,400,000 advance from the water and sewer utility. Now, we see the Mayor had to borrow from the casino monies and emergency rainy day fund. He has no reserves, he cannot control spending and he does not plan to.One indicator of government spending is efficiency. There is a table of comparisons on the Gateway Indiana website. From 2012 to 2014, looking at the per person efficiency rates of the top four cities of comparable size to Evansville, Fort Wayne cut their per capita spending by 1.66%. South Bend raised their per-capita spending by .72%. Indianapolis cut their per-capita spending by 4.82%. Evansville increased per capita spending by 4.98%! That is spending $1,877.14 for every man, woman, and child in the city of Evansville. Not only are we the highest in spending, we are way out in front, and the spending is spiraling out of control.The other issue that came to mind about the City Council meeting on Monday was how the administration refused to tell us exactly how the monies to the casino and rainy day fund will be repaid. If you spend more than you take in (about $600,000 per month) and the November tax monies must help pay the bills till next property tax monies, you tell me how the Mayor is going to pay back the monies.You can’t ignore the fact there is a shroud that covers the details, whatever the issue, such as why the administration left one accounting method that gives a true picture of the finances or why the council and the public could not get solid financial information on the hotel project.Time and time again we hear Mayor Winnecke say that “Since taking office, our administration has spent less than what has been budgeted by our City Council every year.”This has been the rallying cry of Mayor Winnecke in 2015. However, the details are that he absolutely spent more money than he has brought in (from controller’s financial books). He greatly over-projects revenues during budgeting, and then recognizes the over projection later in the year. However, the problem is, when the revenues are reduced and not coming in, the Mayor does not address reducing spending to be in line with the actual revenues the city is receiving.Evidence is a budget meeting in the mayor’s office in August or early September of 2014. Mr. Hedden of Umbaugh was on the phone with Councilmembers Dr. Adams, John Friend and Conor O’Daniel, the Mayor. Controller Russ Lloyd and Steve Schaefer. There was one more person from the Controller’s office. In that meeting Mr. Hedden said that the Mayor Needed a spending plan. There has been none to date and it is over a year later and millions more wasted.The Mayor has nothing in his checking account, and rather than trying to curtail the spending, he simply looks for other bank accounts he can borrow money from to continue his spending spree. If we truly want to get our city back in strong financial standing, we must change the philosophy of government and that means starting with a thorough assessment to find out exactly where we stand financially, department by department. Then we must create a spending plan and a strict budget to make sure that we know where every dollar is. To move forward we must have the continued resources to do so. That means conserving and spending wisely.Our “cash flow” issue that was addressed at the September 28th City Council meeting is not a cash flow issue at all. The Mayor cannot boldly claim we are financially strong when all evidence is to the contrary. There is an over-spending problem that Mayor Winnecke must face.Please take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read. Please scroll at the bottom of our paper so you can enjoy our creative political cartoons. Copyright 2015 City County Observer. 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City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave. Ocean City is seeking volunteers to fill vacant seats on the following board and commission.Free Public Library Board of Trustees (one vacancy as a regular member).Meetings: 4 p.m. on second Monday monthly.Historic Preservation Commission (one vacancy as an alternate member).Meetings: 6 p.m. on first Tuesday monthly.Duties and responsibilities can be found on the Ocean City website at www.ocnj.us under Government, Boards & Commissions or at the City Clerk’s office. Complete the online Citizen Leadership Form by clicking here or print a form and send it to the City Clerk’s Office.Mail or drop off to Melissa Rasner, City Clerk, 861 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, N.J. 08226.For questions, call (609) 525-9323 or email mr[email protected]
Back Row from Left to right: Bob Wilcox (instructor), Sean Doxsey (chimes), Floyd Labbe (marimba/suspended cymbal), Zachary Mathieu (concert toms/auxiliary percussion), Emily Kropo (marimba/concert tom), Ethan Dupont (congas/hi-hat/suspended cymbal), Ethan Contreras (tympani/suspended cymbal), Shane Jones (chimes/suspended cymbal), Donny Binette (instructor)Front Row from left to right: Erin McLaughlin (instructor), Marissa Carter (vibraphone/suspended cymbal), Lindsey Schulte (vibraphone/concert tom), Vincent Biancarelli (marimba), Heylee Walker (concert snare/shaker/rain stick), Blake Andrews (concert snare/shaker/ocean drum), Melody Ky (bells/gong/tambourine), Cassidy Rosado (alto glockenspiel/tambourine), Charley Marenghi (xylophone/granite blocks/suspended cymbal), David Pelaggi (instructor)Not pictured: Emaly Pereira (concert bass drum/suspended cymbal/triangle), Amanda Stevens (bells/crotales/wind chimes)Band director: Robert HughesOur percussion arranger: Dave Dion] It isn’t every day that you come across a group of teenagers with an interest in the music of Phish. Sure, The McLovins burst onto the scene in 2008—has it really been 9 & 1/2 years?—with their rendition of “You Enjoy Myself.” But even if you’re a parent trying to encourage your son or daughter to listen to music other than EDM or hip-hop or radio pop, more than likely, Phish, isn’t at the top of the list for most high schoolers. However, it might be now, after a high-school ensemble in Connecticut rode their rendition of “Divided Sky” to second place in competition following their rehearsal of the Phish song going viral earlier in the year and earned high remarks from Trey Anastasio himself. Don Binette, a percussion instructor at Naugatuck High School since 1999—his own alma mater—and a long time Phish fan, had an idea in 2009 after being inspired by Trey Anastasio’s orchestral version of the phish song “Divided Sky.” Why not perform the piece in competitions with the winter percussion ensemble he leads and that he had been a part of as a student. Binette sent off a few emails to the Phish organization, which eventually reached Don Hart—Anastasio’s string arranger—and was given the go ahead by Phish and Hart. Presented then to the schools’ musical director at the time, it was passed on and back-pocketed by Binette. Forward to 2016 and current percussion director Dave Pelaggi reached out to fellow instructors for ideas. Binette offered “Divided Sky.” Another email dashed off to Hart, “Hey Don, it’s 7 or 8 years later and we’re about to get this off the ground…” and Hart was all in, even offering his own thoughts on how the piece could be presented by a percussion ensemble. “We started rehearsals—not the piece—in December,” says Binette when asked about how long this ensemble has been performing the piece. “We did two pre-rehearsals to see what kids were interested so we could see how many kids we had to write the piece for. We actually started rehearsing the music in January. We missed eight rehearsals because of snow and that really set us back. But, pretty much every Tuesday and Thursday, and then we started adding in Saturday’s in February and started our competitive shows the second Saturday in March.”Among the students that showed an interest in the winter percussion ensemble was fifteen-year-old Emily Kropo, who as a freshman played piano in the school marching band. A natural talent and dedicated student, Kropo found her way to the marimba and vibes and other instruments in the percussion orchestra. Now a sophomore, she’s the lead instrumentalist in the ensemble, leading a group of twenty fellow students—for whom percussion is not their primary instrument and from several schools in Naugatauk including middle school—in competitive performances of the piece. She nor any of her fellow bandmates had heard the song before being presented with it for the performance. “No I hadn’t. I was very surprised, because I haven’t been in a winter ensemble before. For marching band, you usually do something that’s like … formal,” she states when asked about her thoughts upon hearing the song. “And this is formal, but it’s more like, jazz type of groove. So it’s surprising to me that we’re doing something that you can relax to and you can enjoy it while your performing it. And use your improvisation skills, like you can see where in the piece things need to be loud and things need to be soft.” She liked the song upon first looking it up on YouTube and even checked out another Phish song. She says that elements of this performance have helped expand her knowledge of the jazz style. “So I take that criteria that we learned in the winter percussion ensemble—cause it’s kind of jazzy—and I put it into the piano playing I do for the jazz band.”The hardest part she says is keeping the entire orchestra in rhythm and on tempo. “I guess the tough part is that I try to pulse to what the beat is and if the kids can’t get it in time or they can’t feel the beat as I feel the beat, it just throws everyone off track.” This performance is strictly done on percussion instruments and does not include a drum set drummer; Marimbas, xylophone, bells, orchestra bells, chimes, timpani, concert snares & toms & bass percussion are all utilized. Binette notes that the competition called for different styles of music with multiple musical elements. The piece performed is supposed to have high, fast, mild tempos; soft, subtle textures, slow pieces.The student performances are judged by two judges, one judging execution & technical performance, while the other listens for interpretation of the piece; highs and lows, crescendos for impact. “Divided Sky” encapsulates all of those elements he says, all in under seven minutes, the maximum amount of time allotted for performance. “As a percussionist myself, I know that there’s different time signatures, it gives different moods. It’s almost like a fugue—a variation of a theme throughout the whole thing,” he says. “With this show, we have a very specific purpose. As much as we are all about being competitive, we are all about competitively beating ourselves each week. We’re not necessarily looking to chase the group that’s ahead of us,’ Binette says. But competitive they were—each week improving their scores & placing second in every performance including the championship. “It’s a real dedicated group of kids,” Binette concludes. ‘Some of them are doing school sports now too. They’re going to school, doing their sports activity and heading here straight from that. I get tingles listening to them, when they hit the times and tempos right. It’s a dream come true to mix those two worlds together and to have it come out as well as it is right now.”You can check out the video of the group rehearsing in the Naugatauk High School auditorium below, courtesy of MK Devo.
Read Full Story The 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, marked by tragedy, are also known for being the first to incorporate a brand across all aspects of the games.“The Munich games were really the first games to create a visual identity. And it was a visual and graphic identity that spoke to the new identity of West Germany,” said Matthew Gin. “This was important because it was the first games held in Germany after World War II.”Gin, a Ph.D. candidate in architecture, was this year’s first place winner in the Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting. His collection “Between West Germany and the World: Design at the 1972 Munich Olympics” was deemed outstanding by the judges who evaluated this year’s entries.The annual prize, open to all Harvard students, is named for Philip Hofer, ’21, a former curator of Houghton Library. The awards are given to students whose collection of books or works of art fulfill “the traditions of breadth, coherence and imagination” exemplified by Hofer. According to Hope Mayo, Philip Hofer Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts and one of the judges who evaluated the entries, this year’s Hofer Prize competition attracted such a strong field the judges decided to award not only a first prize of $2,000, but also two second prizes of $1,000 each, and two third prizes of $500 each.This year’s prize winners were recently recognized at a ceremony at Houghton prior to the Philip Hofer Lecture on April 16.
Whittier Street Health Center President and CEO Frederica Williams, C.S.S. ’91, was recently awarded the 2020 Dean Michael Shinagel Award for Service to Others, presented by the Harvard Extension Alumni Association.Williams, a Sierra Leone native, has been at the helm of the health center for 18 years, transforming it from a provider of basic health care to a state-of-the-art facility that serves the full continuum of care.Driven by her faith, work ethic, and her mission — helping “the least, the lost, and the last” — Williams has made a monumental impact on vulnerable populations in Roxbury, Mass., and its surrounding areas.“There was an opportunity [at Whittier] for me to realize my vision of addressing health disparities, social justice, and economic inequities,” said Williams.“Our health is our wealth. If you don’t have access to resources, you cannot take care of your health. If you’re homeless, you cannot take care of your health. If you are suffering from food insecurity, you cannot take care of your health.”Barbara O’Reilly, director of the Alumni Awards, said Williams’ ability to charter a transformative path for her organization while taking on academic challenges and successfully managing family life makes her exemplary of a Shinagel award winner.“Frederica Williams embodies exceptional leadership advancing social change in addressing health and economic disparities and social justice in the Greater Boston community,” said O’Reilly.To read more about Williams’ story, visit the Harvard Extension blog.The HEAA also recognized three alumni as Emerging Leaders, those who show promise as trailblazers in their fields.“From conducting critical research on COVID-19, leading in mentorship and advocacy at Goldman Sachs, to founding a literary journal dedicated to poetry, flash fiction and short stories; their achievements are nothing short of extraordinary,” said Jill Felicio, director of advancement for Harvard Division of Continuing Education.Renee M. Greene, A.L.M. ’19, studied international relations to diversify her expertise in finance and military background. Currently serving as Vice President, Credit Trading at Goldman Sachs, Greene also works as a mentor to marginalized students and serves on the associate board of the Council for Economic Education.Peter Thielen, A.L.M. ’11, studied biotechnology before starting a position at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in the Research and Exploratory Development Department. He’s now a senior scientist studying molecular biology and leads workshops for implementing vial genomic epidemiology in low- and middle-income countries.Diane Smith, A.L.M. ’17, used her journalism degree to strengthen her business, Grey Sparrow Press. Now celebrating 10 years in operation, the company publishes two literary journals as well as poetry, flash fiction, and short stories.
Police arrested a Notre Dame senior Saturday night when he crashed his truck into a vacant building at a South Bend intersection and then fled the scene of the accident. Sgt. James Walsh from the South Bend Police Department said the crash occurred around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Eddy Street and South Bend Avenue. “The driver overcorrected on his turn and drove into the building,” Walsh said. Walsh said none of the evidence points to intoxication as a factor in the accident. The student left his car and returned home. Walsh said the building was structurally sound before the crash and is now “very unstable and dangerous.” Police arrested the student at his off-campus home about an hour after the crash for leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage. He spent several hours in the St. Joseph County Jail on Sunday morning. Walsh predicted the student would face a misdemeanor charge from the St. Joseph Country Prosecutor’s Office in the next few days. The Observer is withholding the student’s identity because he has not yet been formally charged with a crime.
There will be an extra 400 women roaming around Saint Mary’s College campus this weekend, as junior moms from all across the country come to visit their daughters.Juniors Michelle Lester and Kassandra Acosta, class of 2022 council representatives, are in charge of planning this year’s Junior Mom’s weekend event with help from executive administrative assistant of student affairs Noelle Warren and vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson.“This weekend is important because it gives the Belles of the junior class a chance to spend a special weekend with their loved ones as we end our junior year,” Lester said. “It is also a great way for us to thank our loved ones for everything they have done for us throughout our lives and especially their help in us attending Saint Mary’s.”Lester said this year, they are making specialized shirts that read, “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, together we’ll be,” and wine glasses with the words “Together we’ll be,” referencing the famous children’s book, “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. They will also host a garden dedication ceremony.“We will all gather at Riedinger House to dedicate a garden we have donated on behalf of the class of 2020 and our moms [and] mother figures,” Lester said. “It is a beautiful garden on the right side of the lawn in front of the house.”Lester said they will host an opening reception Friday. Moms and daughters will have the opportunity to practice yoga in Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex, attend Mass in the Church of the Lady of Lorretto and go to a silent auction at the Hilton Garden Inn over the course of the weekend.“All proceeds from the silent auction go to help offset the costs of the Class of 2020’s Senior Week next year,” Lester said.Lester said moms and daughters also have free entry to the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex along with tickets to Saint Mary’s production of the play, “Proof.”Junior Kellen Hinchey said her mom is traveling from the suburbs of Chicago to spend some quality time with her daughter.“I am most looking forward having my mom here all weekend, being able to introduce her a lot of my friends and getting her more involved in the SMC community,” Hinchey said.Hinchey said she and her mom decided to participate in most of the pre-planned activities but will also spend time together on their own shopping or getting their nails done.“I hope to spend quality time with my mom this weekend and show her what a Saint Mary’s woman is all about,” Hinchey said. “We didn’t know anyone who went to SMC before I started school here, so we are learning a lot of the SMC traditions together.”Tags: Community, Junior Moms Weekend, moms and daughters