Student senate discusses resolution proposals

first_imgIn addition to Senate expressing its support for the Notre Dame Forum, it also voted unanimously to pass Holler’s second resolution regarding the dissolution of the Department of Economics and Policy Studies.  Duncan senator CJ Kelly agreed to the importance of the event.“There should be a lot of thought put into the topic,” Kelly said. “The purpose of it is to inspire discussion and debate.” Committee chairs and senators agreed there has not been enough information presented to students for a decision of this magnitude. In a brief presentation, Holler first briefed senators on the Notre Dame Forum — an annual campus event that had been held since 2005 until its cancellation this year. Administrators have said they plan to hold the Forum again next fall.   Past topics discussed at the forum include global health, immigration and energy and sustainability  The resolution passed unanimously.  “It was planned for the fall semester but the speaker had an issue and it was postponed,” Holler said. “For lack of better terms, it got put under the rug.” Senators discussed and passed two resolutions at its meeting Wednesday. The votes concerned the annual academic forum and the dissolution of the Department of Economics and Policy Studies.Junior Austin Holler, chairman of the Committee on Academic Affairs, proposed the resolutions. “It adds to the overall intellectual engagement of students at Notre Dame,” Farley senator Elise Jordan said. In proposing the resolution, Holler said he would ask “the University take action to make sure that it (the Forum) is an annual event,” Holler said. Senior Jeff Lakusta, chairman of the Committee on University Affairs, said it was important to note that this resolution was not intended to offer the Student Senate’s view of the dissolution of the department.  Rather, the resolution calls for the decision — set for Thursday — to be delayed, and for the student body to have a more active voice in the process. “We at least need to understand the reasoning behind such a big decision,” Lakusta said.Lyons senator Clair Sokas said she also believes more information is needed.“They should have educated us before,” Sokas said..last_img read more

The drought is over

first_imgLOS ANGELES — When senior Scott McIntosh attended the Notre Dame football game at USC in 2008, the Irish entered the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with a 6-5 record, and rumors that then-head coach Charlie Weis would be fired were already swirling. McIntosh recalled the grim mood of Irish fans before that game and said energy flagged even more when USC pummeled the Irish 38-3. But when he returned to the Coliseum Saturday, the mood of Notre Dame fans was palpably more energetic. “This year, everyone was definitely much rowdier, and I think you could get a sense that this is a more competitive game, more evenly matched,” he said. “You could feel there was a chance we would win.” Rain pelted fans in the stadium for much of the second half, but students who trekked to Southern California for Saturday’s game said watching Notre Dame’s 20-16 victory over USC was a satisfying and exciting end to a season of highs and lows. For McIntosh, a former resident of Alumni Hall, the best part of the game was senior safety Harrison Smith’s interception near the goal line at the end of the fourth quarter, stopping USC from completing what could have been a last minute, game winning touchdown. “We lived in Alumni with Harrison Smith. I didn’t know him, but to see a senior come up with huge play at end was amazing,” McIntosh said. Senior Zach Reuvers, who traveled to Los Angeles for the game, said the fourth quarter brought flashbacks of tantalizing games that were lost in the last few plays, particularly the most recent 28-27 loss to Tulsa on the final play. But the win against USC made up for four years of disappointing losses, Reuvers said. “After Harrison [Smith] came back and intercepted, the joy and eruption and everyone screaming and jumping was unbelievable to watch,” he said. Students highlighted USC quarterback Mitch Mustain’s incomplete pass to receiver Ronald Johnson in the fourth quarter as a game-changing moment. Senior Sarah Wanek said that dropped pass was when she began to believe the Irish would win. “Being a Notre Dame fan, you always want to go in with the expectation that we will win even though we’ve been used to losing,” she said. “Especially with that dropped pass, once that happened, it gave me confidence that we would win.” Reuvers said he breathed a sigh of relief when Johnson missed the pass. “When he dropped the ball — that was the end zone we were in — everyone just let out a huge gasp,” he said. In between the masses of maroon at USC, students said Notre Dame fans had a strong presence at the game. Junior Caroline Walsh sat in the USC student section with a friend and said she could hear Irish fans cheering from across the stadium. “When it got to the fourth quarter and USC was not doing well, I could hear Notre Dame fans screaming, ‘Let’s go Irish,’” Walsh said. “Viewing that from the student section of USC and seeing the Irish fans getting rowdy in the rain was awesome.” Reuvers said Notre Dame made its mark on the pregame atmosphere on USC’s campus with numerous tailgates and displays of blue and gold. “It felt like the Notre Dame tailgating experience was transplanted to Southern Cal,” he said. “It was almost like being home a little bit. Being surrounded by a sea of green felt good.” But sitting in the USC student section sporting Irish colors, Walsh said she experienced some animosity. “During the fourth quarter when it was so intense, I was getting some glares for cheering when everyone else was silent,” Walsh said. Despite a storied rivalry between USC and Notre Dame, senior Kristen Tappel left the Coliseum with a positive impression of the USC fans surrounding her. One of her friends dressed for the warm weather before the game, and didn’t have a jacket when the weather turned cold and rainy. “They saw that she didn’t have a jacket on her and gave her a blanket,” Tappel said. “Everyone was worried and offering blankets, trying to keep everyone dry and having a good time.” Tappel said she is hopeful the momentum from Saturday’s victory will be a turning point for the football program. “This is what [Irish coach] Brian Kelly has been saying. Changes within the organization were hard to see with some of the losses earlier on, and now those changes are starting to show,” she said. Laura McCrystal contributed to this report.last_img read more

Governor encourages innovation, creativity

first_imgGovernor Mitch Daniels humored fans of Star Trek as he explained why Indiana should be the place where Notre Dame graduates choose to “go forth and prosper” during his lecture on enterprise and entrepreneurship in the Mendoza College of Business’s Entrepreneurial Insights lecture series. “The objective is to make talented people like you to plant your flag in this state,” Daniels said Tuesday. “We want talented people like you to stay in Indiana.” Daniels emphasized the importance of innovation and the creative minds its fosters in the state of Indiana. “The culture in our state encourages and celebrates those rare individuals who make the most change in our society,” Daniels said. “The death of Steve Jobs made people think about the incredible effect that one person can have on the lives of others. The great scientist inventor has more of an impact on history than the greatest statesman.” Entrepreneurs have had a large impact on Daniels’s own life, he said. Daniels cited his gubernatorial campaign in 2004 as a direct result of entrepreneurial innovation. “The guy who nagged me into running for office is the same sensational, young Indiana entrepreneur [Bill Oesterle] who started Angie’s List [a website for local service company reviews],” Daniels said. Throughout his tenure as governor, Daniels asserted that he has striven to make Indiana more welcoming to the growth of new technological businesses such as Angie’s List. “Seven years ago, until we changed it, if you bought a piece of heavy machinery, you did not pay sales tax,” he said. “However, if you bought high tech equipment, you did pay sales tax. We now have the highest tax credit for venture capital in the nation. I don’t know of a state that is more supportive of venture capital in its public policy than we are. The illusive and single most important element is to ramp up the rate at which new businesses form, succeed and blossom.” Daniels also said government itself could become more effective by learning from business and business practices. “Government is not and will never be a business, but it could be much more business-like,” he said. “We work to reward people, measure everything and build a culture of economy and performance in the state government.” Part of making government more business-like involves making government accommodating of entrepreneurial endeavors, Daniels said. According to Daniels, Indiana is the best “sandbox” for investment in the nation. “The spirit of enterprise is more essential now than ever,” he said. “It’s important to not obstruct the flowering and fruition of innovation. The spirit of enterprise is still strong in our state. There is nothing we prize more than people who invent, innovate and take that invention to the marketplace.” Daniels closed his lecture by challenging Notre Dame students to contribute to the growth of Indiana enterprise. “I hope that most of you will devote your careers to the noble endeavor of creating opportunities for others,” he said. “The very same spirit that innovates our best enterprises is still lacking in the public enterprise. I hope Indiana will be the place where you go forth and prosper.”last_img read more

Aidan Project donates blankets to cancer patients

first_imgThe ninth annual Aidan Project — a service event dedicated to making fleece-tie blankets for hospitalized cancer patients throughout Indiana — will take place Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at South Dining Hall.Circle K president Ivana Surjancev, a junior, said Aidan Fitzgerald, a 2009 Notre Dame alumnus who lived in Knott Hall and battled cancer while at the University, worked with his hall and Circle K to help organize the project as a signature dorm event after his diagnosis in 2006.“We donate all the blankets to both oncology and pediatric units to help remind the patients that they are not alone and that, as a community, we are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers,” Surjancev said.Students have the opportunity to volunteer for any length of time, and Surjancev said it only takes 20 minutes to make one blanket. Volunteers also have the opportunity to write a personalized note to be delivered to the patients along with the blankets.“It’s very easy to make the blankets and always a lot of fun to do,” she said. “Aidan still visits our event, too, and it is inspirational to see how this project has touched so many different people.”One of the biggest components of the project is its ability to raise awareness about cancer, Surjancev said.“More importantly, it helps lend warmth, strength and hope to those currently fighting cancer,” she said. “Many hospitals and patients benefit from receiving these blankets.”Knott Hall president and junior Joseph Schneider said the Aidan Project is great because it allows students to share the support system they have at Notre Dame with children in need of encouragement.“As with all dorms on campus, you become a part of the family when you live there,” Schneider said. “The great thing about having that sort of family support system is that you can team up with your friends and roommates to help people truly in need.“That is exactly what Aidan Fitzgerald did when he started the Aidan Project in 2006.”While the event only lasts one day, Surjancev said planning begins more than half a year beforehand. Each year, a minimum of 15 Circle K board members join the hall staff and service commissioners of Knott Hall to organize the event.Junior Ralph Hauke said the event is a great opportunity to help others.“The blankets are really easy and fun to make, and you walk away knowing that you made an impact in someone’s life,” he said.Other clubs and organizations also aid in the event, and they include the local Key Club, Kiwanis Club of South Bend and other Circle K clubs, including the district board. Surjancev said this year the Harper Cancer Research Institute also joined the cause in support of the fight against cancer.“In addition to that, so many members of the Notre Dame community come out to make a blanket or two so we really couldn’t do it without the community support,” she said.Tags: Aidan Fitzgerald, Aidan Project, blankets, Circle K, Knott Halllast_img read more

Notre Dame community remembers Theresa Sagartz

first_img“She’s one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met — and she’s that way with everyone,” junior Erica Tabor said.“I think that’s the reason why so many people are hurting through this loss. She touched anybody that she came in contact with, whether it was sharing with them in laughter or helping them out with schoolwork. She just related to anybody.” Rachel O’Grady | The Observer A candle display at the Grotto honors junior Theresa Sagartz, who died last week from natural causes related to a chronic medical condition.Theresa Sagartz, a junior and former resident of Pangborn Hall, died last week in her off-campus apartment from natural causes related to a chronic medical condition. Sagartz was originally from Albuquerque, N.M., and was pursuing a degree in chemistry.“She was incredibly loyal and caring for her friends, which is definitely one of the things I’ve admired most about her,” Matt Schaefer, Sagartz’s boyfriend, said. “It was always kind of amazing to me how she was always able to put them first.”‘So entirely giving’Tabor, Sagartz’s roommate, said Sagartz loved taking care of others, regardless of whether they were a close friend or a complete stranger.“We would joke and say, ‘Theresa, you could get emotionally attached to a rock,’” she said. “When we lived off-campus this year, I don’t think I cooked us dinner once because she was the house mom who just loved taking care of people.”Senior Taryn Gutierrez, who knew Sagartz in middle school and high school, said Sagartz would rearrange an already busy schedule to check in with one of her friends or family members if she thought they needed company.“Theresa was hyper-aware of what others needed, sometimes before we even knew what we needed,” Gutierrez said. “She was so entirely giving of her time, her wisdom and her witty charm. Her laugh was contagious and possibly the best remedy she could offer to any ailing situation.”Junior Clare Carmody said Sagartz helped her transition when she transferred from Saint Mary’s to Notre Dame last year.“I had known Theresa since freshman year. She didn’t care that I went to Saint Mary’s. She was always very friendly and open with me,” she said. “And when I got in, she completely welcomed me with open arms.”‘Ready for everything’During her senior year of high school, Sagartz planned to attend the Air Force Academy when she was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, Gutierrez said. Sagartz was forced to withdraw from the Academy and instead came to Notre Dame.“Nothing could get that girl down,” she said. “Her faith, coupled with an unrivaled drive for life, made her one of the strongest people I knew.”Sagartz could always be counted upon for a spontaneous trip to LaFortune Student Center or the dining halls, junior Christine Kager said.“She was also just ready for everything,” Kager said. “Even if she didn’t necessarily want to do something but you asked, she would be ready to go in five minutes. You didn’t question it at all. She just wanted to spend time with you.”Junior Maggie McDevitt said Sagartz had a love for exploring the outdoors, especially in her home state of New Mexico.“She was very adventurous. She loved hiking, camping — she loved New Mexico,” McDevitt said. “She just thought Albuquerque was the best place in the world.”Schaefer said Sagartz always had a witty response at the ready.“She was very funny and didn’t get caught up in a lot of the typical things,” he said. “Right after she turned 21, she was planning to go to her ‘first Feve,’ which was Halloween week. Instead of the usual college-aged girl Halloween outfit, she decided to wear a pizza onesie.”‘A passion for learning’McDevitt said Sagartz was “secretly a total genius.”“She’s the kind of person that was in really hard classes — she’s the only reason I made it through chemistry freshman year — but you never knew it,” she said. “I don’t know when she did all her work.”Tabor said Sagartz was always asking questions, about academic subjects, people’s feelings and every topic in between.“Whether it was baseball team stats or asking me about accounting … she would just sit and ask hundreds of questions, just to hear what we know. And then she would remember it all,” she said.At Notre Dame, Sagartz served as secretary for the College Republicans and worked as a student manager in LaFortune Student Center. She was also devoted to research projects she did on campus, Tabor said.“In the final weeks, she was really dedicated to doing a research study on her disease because there wasn’t much known about it. It’s a very rare disease,” she said. “One of the last things she did was participate in this study to help people learn more about it.”Sr. Mary Donnelly, Sagartz’s former rector in Pangborn Hall, said Sagartz was passionate about everything she did.“[Theresa] was a young woman who was filled with life and energy and enthusiasm, and this spirit was contagious,” she said. “… She was determined to do her best at all times and in all things.”‘Unapologetically herself’Junior Heather Lennon, who lived with Sagartz her freshman and sophomore year, said Sagartz stayed true to her convictions in every aspect of her life.“She is just so unapologetically herself,” Lennon said. “She’s 100 percent who she is — and she’s not only okay with that, but she loves that.“You could have a 30-second conversation with her and still feel like you knew her, just because she was so upfront and genuine.”Schaefer said this openness made Sagartz an easy person to talk to and confide in.“She was confident, in a very charming way, about who she was,” he said. “She had great stories, but she was also a great listener.”McDevitt said Sagartz was never afraid to express herself and her beliefs.“She knew what she believed, and she stood up for it all the time. She didn’t compromise,” she said. “She wasn’t mean or aggressive about it. She would just say, ‘This is what I believe, and this is what I think is the truth. I’m going to defend that.’”‘This too shall pass’McDevitt said Sagartz always wore a ring with the words “this too shall pass” — her favorite quote — inscribed in it.“It wasn’t just that things will get better, like ‘this bad thing will pass,’” she said. “It meant even the good things are fleeting, so you have to enjoy them. They’re not going to last forever, so while they’re here be present and really enjoy them.”Sagartz lived out this mantra, especially in recent months, Tabor said.“Something that has really helped me … is that when Theresa passed, she was the happiest she’s ever been,” Tabor said.“She was in love, she was in good places with all her friends, she had a plan for what she was going to do when she got out of college.“She was just so happy, and she had so much love to give. We just need to keep that happiness and love and carry it with us.”Sagartz’s bright personality brought others happiness as well, Lennon said.“She is the most loving, naturally beautiful, caring, kind, hilarious, best friend in the entire world. She is just a beautiful person inside and out,” she said.Tags: Notre Dame remembers, Theresa Sagartzlast_img read more

Faculty comes together to host week dedicated to romance languages

first_imgOn Sunday, the department of Romance languages and literatures kicked off its inaugural Romance Languages International Week with JeoparNDy, dance lessons and desserts from around the world. The week will sponsor a number of language events to help students get a taste of other cultures from around the world.Last year, the Italian department hosted an Italian concert for students. The Romance Languages International Week was born from this idea, Italian professor Lesley Marcantonio said.“Alessia Blad and I were sitting in her office talking about the next concert and she just said ‘What if we made it the final event of an entire week including the other languages?’” Marcantonio said. “And immediately, a professor from Portuguese walked by and she stopped him and said ‘How about we do this International Week? Would you be interested?’ and he said yes immediately and that’s how it started.” Photo courtesy of Marcio Bahia Faculty pose in t-shirts commemorating the first-ever Romance Language Week, which is designed to promote the study of French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese through a variety of events.Senior Paul Rudnicki, who is helping to organize the Italian concert this Friday, said he hopes to share Italy’s culture with other students.“We’re really looking to share Italian with everyone,” he said. “Each song will have introductions in English and descriptions of why the song is culturally important and the time period and who sang it and how it really fits in with Italian society even up to the present day in the development of their music and culture.”The department of Romance Languages and Literatures also organized a photo contest, showcasing students’ and faculty members’ pictures from around the world, and will be displaying the photos in O’Shaughnessy Hall until Thursday, said Marcio Bahia, associate professional specialist in Portuguese and Brazilian studies.“The basic idea was, we have all of these people, all this wonderful staff, faculty and students who travel all over the world, especially to the countries of romance languages — Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian — and it would be nice to view the world, to see the world, through their eyes, through their experiences, through their photographic experiences,” he said.As part of the week’s festivities, the department will also be screening films in each of the four romance languages, said Spanish professor, Tatiana Botero.“We have a documentary—it’s a world screening happening on the campus of Notre Dame of the documentary ‘Soy Andina II’” she said. “The director and the main character are coming for the world premiere. So it’s the first time it’s going to be shown worldwide.”Blad said the French department will be hosting a Fest-Noz celebration this Friday to allow students to explore French culture.“[It] is a recreation of a traditional French event or celebration, so the French club with the French faculty are organizing this event for students of French and other students of [the] course. It’s open to everybody,” she said.Italian professor Patrick Vivirito said he is organizing a soccer tournament between students from the four different language departments as part of Romance Languages week.“Saturday afternoon, we’ve invited students and in all the four languages to represent their countries and their languages in an international soccer tournament,” he said. “The refs are a couple of Italian graduate students, so it’s truly an international type of event.”The department also created a shirt with the words “Speak like a champion today” in the four different romance languages, to celebrate the week, Sandra Teixeira, professor of Portuguese and Brazilian studies, said.“The faculty was the one that worked [on it] the most,” she said. “We hand selected days to launch the shirt where all the romance language faculty wore it.”Botero said the various language departments within the department of Romance languages and literatures were able to come together to collaborate and plan the week.“It’s not a department where like ‘Oh, the French are over there and the Italians are over there and the Spanish are over there and the Portuguese,’” she said. “No, we’re a very tight cohort that regularly meets together and we plan events together and this huge endeavor which is the International Week came out of that.”Tags: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Italian, Portuguese, romance languages, Romance Languages International Week, Spanishlast_img read more

Schumer Calls On VA To Explain Use Of Unproven Drug On Vets

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: BFMTV / YouTubeWASHINGTON — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the Coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk.Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said the VA needs to provide Congress more information about a recent bulk order for $208,000 worth of hydroxychloroquine.President Donald Trump has heavily promoted the malaria drug, without evidence, as a treatment for COVID-19.Schumer’s request comes after a whistleblower complaint filed this past week by former Health and Human Services official Rick Bright alleged that the Trump administration, eager for a quick fix to the onslaught of the coronavirus, wanted to “flood” hot spots in New York and New Jersey with the drug. Major veterans organizations have urged VA to explain under what circumstances VA doctors initiate discussion of hydroxychloroquine with veterans as a treatment option.Schumer said given the fact the malaria drug, despite being untested, had been repeatedly pushed publicly by Trump, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie must address whether anyone at the department was pressured by the White House or the administration to use hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.Schumer said Wilkie also should answer questions about a recent analysis of VA hospital data that showed there were more deaths among patients given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, including how much patients knew about the drug’s risks before taking it.In a statement Sunday, VA spokeswoman Christina Noel called it “preposterous” for anyone to suggest that VA would make treatment decisions based on anything other than “the best medical interests of patients.”“VA only permits use of the drug after ensuring veterans and caretakers are aware of potential risks associated with it, as we do with any other drug or treatment,” she said.Wilkie in recent weeks has denied that veterans were used as test subjects for the drug and that it was instead administered at government-run VA hospitals only when medically appropriate, with mutual consent between doctor and patient.Still, Wilkie and the department have repeatedly declined to say how widely the drug was being used for COVID-19, including how many veterans were given the drug, and whether VA doctors were given guidance by VA headquarters on specific scenarios when it should be used.In a weekly call with veterans’ groups this past week, Wilkie continued to defend VA’s use of hydroxychloroquine. He dismissed the recent analysis of VA hospital data showing no benefits to patients, suggesting the poor outcomes were because the cases involved older, very sick veterans.“Use of this medication for treatment of COVID-19 is considered ‘off label’ — perfectly legal and not rare,” he wrote in an April 29 letter to veterans’ groups.The analysis of hospital data, done by independent researchers at two universities with VA approval, was not a rigorous experiment. Researchers analyzed medical records of 368 older male veterans hospitalized with confirmed coronavirus infection at VA medical centers who died or were discharged by April 11.About 28% of veterans who were given hydroxychloroquine plus usual care died, versus 11% of those getting routine care alone.The VA recently said most of its recent bulk order for hydroxychloroquine was being used for approved uses, such as treating lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, but it didn’t provide breakdowns.Wilkie in recent weeks took advocacy of the drug even further than Trump by claiming without evidence that it has been effective for young and middle-aged veterans in particular. In fact, there is no published evidence showing that.Veterans are “very concerned that we still do not have clarity on the VA’s past and present use of hydroxychloroquine in treating veterans with COVID-19,” Jeremy Butler, chief executive officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told the AP.“Now that the federal government issued an emergency use authorization for remdesivir to treat COVID-19, we need answers to these questions as well as the VA’s plans for administering, or not administering, remdesivir,” he said. That action by the Food and Drug Administration came after preliminary results from a government-sponsored study showed that remdesivir shortened the time to recovery by 31%, or about four days on average, for hospitalized COVID-19 patients.In a tweet Sunday, former VA Secretary David Shulkin urged the department to immediately curtail use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19. “With studies showing no benefit, VA should restrict use exclusively to clinical trials,” he wrote. Shulkin was fired by Trump in March 2018, and Wilkie replaced him.Schumer said his main concern is determining whether the VA had conducted any “clandestine studies to determine whether hydroxychloroquine was effective without their permission.” He said there’s also concern that the department won’t address specifically where the drug was sent.“These are people who risked their lives for us,” Schumer said. “They should be treated only with the utmost dignity, respect and high standards of care.”The drug has long been used to treat malaria and other ailments. A few, very small preliminary studies suggested it might help prevent the coronavirus from entering cells and possibly help patients clear the virus sooner. But the FDA last month warned doctors against prescribing the drug for COVID-19 outside hospitals because of the risks of serious side effects and death.last_img read more

Lack Of Social Distancing Blamed For Increase In COVID-19 Cases This Weekend

first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Health officials say a lack in social distancing is to blame for an increase in COVID-19 cases this weekend. On Sunday the Chautauqua County Health Department reported three new cases of the virus.There is now a total of 53 confirmed cases, including the new cases of two young adult males and one female in her 50s.Of the cases, 14 are active and continuing to recover in quarantine. There are 35 recovered cases and 4 deaths related to the outbreak.“There has been an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and in the number of ordered quarantine/isolation cases due to people not abiding by social distancing guidelines and gathering together,” said officials. “New cases develop when people are in the same location at the same time and in close contact (defined as closer than 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes) with someone who is infected with the coronavirus.”“Large gatherings and parties cause an increase in the number of people being monitored.”Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),People just don’t care here in Denver.(They) just want to party. And don’t think of consequences. We need to take COVID a lot more serious. There should be citation given if you don’t wear a mask. And distance yourself up to six feet.,Thats because no one cares anymore i personally don’t we want to move on from this how many cases are lied bout how long are you guna try to keep people living in fear this scam has gone to far cdc is always blaming covid for a death grow up were guna do what we wna do regardless of a virus omg covid 19 o.o weee u stay locked up for months no family no friends,How insensitive and dumb could you? Have you not thought about all the people who have died from this disease? What planet are you from? And you might think about taking a refresher course in english!,How many people have to die all the contagious before people say wait a minute let’s do what we have to do the sacrifice of social distancing it’s nothing compared to your death stop being selfish and do what you have to do people are there will be much bigger numbers then there are now I’m doing what I have to do until I have to do it stop crying you big babies This Is How We Roll by because I was finally send friends lives dear God help us all with the selfishness you can still have a social life with safe distance to and still go to the stores and go for a walk outside just need to mask and gloves on and save distancing what’s the big freaking deal when it’s okay that’ll do it anymore then we won’t,Some people never ‘guna’ grow up Joe.. go lick a friend and high five yourself for being so clever then die alone cause no one is allowed to visit you in the hospital,@Joe. First, you need to go back to school because clearly you are highly uneducated. You obviously didn’t lose some near and dear to you from this virus. I didn’t either but my heart goes out to the poor people that did. Not even able to see them on their death bed or kiss them goodbye because no one is allowed in the hospital. You need to GROW UP. AND QUIT HAVING THE POOR ME MENTALITY. WE ALL WANT THIS OVER BUT WE NEED TO FOLLOW RULES UNTIL IT IS FINALLY DEALT WITH.,Right on! Took the words right out of my mouth. God bless you and the ignorant man that whined!,You’ve got that right, Joe should be taking late night English classes .,There are some people without the maturity no matter what the age they just don’t get it.,Amen to lack of maturity!,If everyone would just buckle down & do what they’re supposed to do, we’d be over this thing already!,This virus is real, folks. It’s not some political hoax to ” make your president look bad”. It’s killing lots of a lot of countries. Just because it hasn’t ravaged your town yet doesn’t make it any less real for those people and their families. This has shown Americans’ complete inability to be responsible. A serious virus can run all across our country in less than 3 months no matter the warnings issued. Bottom line is people just don’t care about each other enough.,Hey Deborah, please elaborate. Tells us all how staying holed up will end this. That’s 100% scientifically not possible. Just because we all hide from it doesn’t make it go away. I’m sorry that when the country opens back up that you’re going to have to work for and earn your salary but that’s how life works.,I cant believe the way that some people behave! It’s just shocking to me!! I have always thought people would come to realize what we have to do to survive…but so many seem to be from a different place? I guess just a totally different mind set!! I truly feel sorry for them and their families! Very thankful for mine!!,If people would just follow the rules instead of bucking the system we would get through this quicker. The selfishness is what will kill you. My heart hurts for all the people that are suffering. We need to be caring and nicer to each other. Spirituality is gone from this planet, just caring is gone. May God help us all!,Just keep believing that ok. Naievity is attractive – especially to a predator like Ice cream Nancy and her gang of Communists .,Ok, enough is enough…. people need to realize this is NOT a death sentence. Folks need to step back & think of this very logically, this is a virus just like any other virus that pops up…it has to run its course & if you keep people in & NOT with other people you’ll NEVER build up an immunity. I’m NOT saying this isn’t a bad one but must really look at the symptoms, really no different than a VERY bad flu. People pass from a flu, people pass from pneumonia, people pass from cancer, heart attacks, car accidents etc…just time to stop panicking & have to live, this is NOT living this is just existing….how about ALL the people who have committed suicide, what about the people who are being abused by a violent person in their home because of ALL this….& I’m NOT saying death is a good thing NOT at all…. anytime someone pass away it’s horrible @ ANY age BUT got to look at this smartly, if you get COVID & you pass on, maybe it was your time to go. We ALL have an expiration date ONLY so many beats of our hearts, we just DON’T know when that is we will pass on….do I want it (COVID) no but God forbid I get it & I should pass away then guess what, it was my time to leave this earth…we really NEED to just step back & asses what it is we’re doing, because doing what we’re doing IS NOT healthy for our bodies OR our minds. NO matter where we live…take care & be well everyone.,Ok Christina R. You may be right! Maybe it is those people time, so you can go out and get exposed to the coronavirus and then you can pass it on to your friends and family. Who are you willing to sacrifice so you can go out to Walmart or eat at a restaurant? Your Mom or Dad? Sister? Friend? Using your logic why don’t we just all run out on to the Thruway and if we are hit by a car then we can just say it was my time?,Hey Al, you REALLY NEED to grow up, my father has COPD stage 4 emphysema & he goes out everyday…life is short enough dude…get with the program & realize this Coronavirus IS NOT as bad as it’s made out to be…. apparently you don’t know how to read or study & NO medical background….so in your case ignorance & naiveity is bliss….have a nice life,Oh & just an fyi Al, I don’t shop in Walmart…. DON’T assume things dude, just REALLY shows your ignorance…far well.,Hey dude, like I don’t shop at the Walmart because they don’t sell no weed there. Loser!,What trailer park are all these people from?last_img read more

Rails To Trails Seeks To Cohabitate With Beaver Colony

first_imgSteve Raubenstine/PixabayFREWSBURG — High waters created by a beaver damn near the Main Street trail head of the Rails To Trails path have delayed the project, but officials say they are working to co-exist with nature’s construction engineers.Town of Carroll Supervisor Russell Payne told WNYNewsNow that a solution is being sought that will complete the trail without harming the beavers or their habitat.“I know their still working on trying to solve the high water issues due to the proximity to the beaver damn,” Payne said.Officials and Department of Environmental Conservation staff are seeking an environmentally friendly solution, he said. “We want to coexist with the beavers,” Payne said.The first phase of the project will run from Main Street to Riverside Road and the second phase will from Riverside Road to the Pennsylvania State Line.Payne said the close proximity to the Audubon Community Nature Center on Riverside Road is a natural tie-in to the trails.“That is one of the draws and it will bring people into the Town of Carroll as a tourist attraction,” Payne explained. “People want to see wildlife when they are using the trails.”Efforts to reach Jim Fincher, Chautauqua Rails To Trails director, were unsuccessful. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New York State Set To Pay Lost Wages Benefits Starting Soon

first_imgMGN ImageALBANY – New York State has been approved to pay out the additional three weeks of Lost Wages Assistance program benefits.So far, New York has paid out about $1.9 billion in those $300 per week LWA payments.The second and last round of funds will be heading out to New Yorkers soon, which includes the retroactive payments for the weeks ending on Aug. 23, Aug. 30 and Sept. 6.The State Department of Labor says about 2.3 million New Yorkers are eligible for the second round of LWA payments. Of those, about 2.1 million are pre-qualified. They will receive a text and an email saying so and won’t need to do anything else. There’s about another 157,000 people who are eligible for one or more of the six weeks of LWA payments and have been sent an email alerting them to certify their benefits.And there’s about 23,700 people who are eligible for one or more weeks of the last round of LWA payments who will get an email telling them to certify theirs.People who are prequalified, and those who complete their certification for the second round of LWA by 5 p.m. Tuesday, should get their payments next week. If not, it’s on a “rolling basis.” That means their payments will be released as they certify. Once they’re certified, the payments will be released to their account the next business day.So far, the state Department of Labor has paid out almost $45 billion in benefits since the start of the pandemic. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more