Rape charge against ex-student dismissed

first_imgThe charge against a former Notre Dame student accused of felony rape of a fellow student was dismissed Wednesday after new evidence was introduced in the case. One rape charge against Patrick Augustyn, 20, was dismissed because “it has become clear that the defendant had a reasonable belief that the complainant in this matter consented to the sexual activity which occurred,” according to court documents.The female accusor said it was “accurate” that Augustyn could have inferred that the sexual intercourse was consensual.Augustyn’s no-contact order with the female student was also terminated.The charges stemmed from an encounter between Augustyn and the female student in the early hours of Feb. 23, 2009. Both individuals attended an off-campus party before returning to campus around midnight, court documents said.According to court documents, witnesses said the female student had been drinking alcohol and vomited both at the off-campus party and in the cab on the way back to campus.Witnesses later saw the female student in Knott Hall. She was asleep and alone in Augustyn’s bed at 1 a.m. and witnesses attempted to wake her for two hours. At 3 a.m., the male witness asked the female witness to leave because it was past parietals, court documents said.At 4 a.m., Knott Hall assistant rector Charles Gough called Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) to report that “a female wearing only a T-shirt had come into his living room and lied down on the floor,” court documents said.The responding officer said the girl was in a “confused state.”“She had no recollection of where she was, how she had gotten there or how she ended up wearing the T-shirt,” according to court documents.The female student was administered a portable breathalyzer and registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.13. At the time, she did not indicate she had engaged in sexual intercourse with Augustyn.The T-shirt had the name “Patrick” written on it, which led officers to question Augustyn in his room, where they also found the female student’s clothing.Augustyn said he and the female student “hooked up” and had sex, according to the court documents.When NDSP officers informed the girl of Augustyn’s statement, she “immediately began to cry and said ‘I never would have done that with him,’” court documents said.The female student said Augustyn was an “acquaintance” and “not a romantic interest,” according to the documents.On Aug. 19, 2009, the case was officially filed with St. Joseph County District Courts. Augustyn was arrested on campus Aug. 26, 2009, and The Observer reported he was no longer enrolled at the University on Aug. 31, 2009.last_img read more

Brandon Leffler Takes on New Role in Trip of Love

first_img Brandon Leffler has assumed the role of George in Trip of Love off-Broadway, having previously appeared in the ensemble. He takes over for David Elder at Stage 42.Leffler has appeared on Broadway in On the Town, Cinderella and Wicked. His additional credits include A Chorus Line, Cats and Anyone Can Whistle.Trip of Love brings the ‘60’s to life with over 25 of the decade’s biggest hits including “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “Born To Be Wild,” “California Dreamin’,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” “White Rabbit,” “You Don’t Own Me” and many more.Also joining the production are new ensemble members Colby Q. Lindeman and Connor McRory. The cast also features Joey Calveri, Kelly Felthous, Dionne Figgins, Austin Miller, Tara Palsha and Laurie Wells. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 Trip of Love Related Showscenter_img Brandon Leffler(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

D.W. Brooks Awards

first_imgFour University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty members were awarded the college’s highest honor Oct. 4 in Athens, Ga., at the annual D.W. Brooks Lecture and Faculty Awards for Excellence.The program honors Gold Kist Inc. founder the late D.W. Brooks. A CAES alumnus, Brooks advised seven U.S. presidents on agriculture and trade issues. At 19, he was the youngest professor at UGA. He then became one of its oldest, still lecturing into his late 90s.Yen-Con HungCAES food scientist Yen-Con Hung received the award for excellence in research. A world-renowned expert on food freezing, Hung began studying the use of electrolyzed water in 1997 for disinfecting without the use of harmful chemicals. The technology he invented allows the production of EO water at near neutral pH, eliminating many of the challenges to the safe storage and commercial use of the product. William VencillWilliam Vencill, a CAES professor of crop and soil sciences, received the award for excellence in teaching. Vencill teaches an introductory weed science course and a graduate course in herbicide physiology and is the crop and soil sciences department’s undergraduate coordinator. His weed science course is a required course for crop science, turfgrass management and plant protection majors. Casey RitzUGA Cooperative Extension poultry specialist Casey Ritz received the Extension award. Ritz’s programs focus on broiler production, environmental and waste management. He assists Georgia’s vast poultry industry with nutrient management issues, improving production and environmental air quality. Ronnie BarentineRonnie Barentine, UGA Extension coordinator in Pulaski County, received the public service Extension award. Since 1994, he has coordinated the Pulaski Extension program. He plans agriculture and natural resource programs for the county’s $65 million agriculture industry and supports family and consumer science and 4-H in the county. Paul Thomas received the faculty diversity award and Marianne Shockley Robinette was awarded the staff diversity award. A special posthumous diversity award was presented to the family of Marco Fonseca.Paul ThomasA CAES floriculture professor, Thomas was selected based on his service to the college’s Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences chapter, Young Scholars program and CAES Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee. Thomas has also hosted students through the Hispanic Student Intern Exchange Host and Mentor program through the UGA Office of International Public Service and Outreach. Marianne Shockley RobinetteRobinette, a program coordinator in the CAES entomology department, developed an insect natural history course taught in Costa Rica. She developed a second study abroad course in medical entomology, which was offered this summer in Ecuador. Marco FonsecaFonseca was a UGA Extension agent before becoming the State Master Gardener Program coordinator. He was honored for training individuals in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Cuba to use UGA’s Distance Digital Diagnostics Digital Imaging system. His work with the UGA Hispanic Working Group led to OSHA funding for safety training at UGA, Spanish training in urban agriculture and a Spanish safety-training manual. Fonseca helped students study abroad at Zamorano Agricultural University in Honduras. This summer he arranged for three undergraduates from Universidad Nacional de Agricultura, Catacamas, Honduras to study at the UGA campus in Griffin.The college also presented the CAES Outstanding Faculty Advisor award to Dean Pringle and the CAES Early Career Teaching Award to Maria Navarro.Dean PringleA professor in the animal and dairy science department, Pringle serves as the coordinator of undergraduate advising. He also teaches introduction to animal science, live animal and carcass evaluation, experimental techniques in meat science and muscle biology and advanced meat processing. He also coordinates the departmental internship program and advises both undergraduate and graduate students. Maria NavarroAn associate professor in the CAES Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, Navarro has developed and taught courses in international agriculture, poverty and hunger issues, development, leadership, and agricultural education, both on the UGA campus and abroad. She also teaches for the Honors Program, the Certificate of International Agriculture, the Latin American and the Caribbean Studies Institute and the African Studies Institute.Staff awards were presented to Mike Kelley (technical support), Robin Harvey (administrative/professional support) and Michael Mathis (skilled trades support), all of the CAES animal and dairy science department.Mike KelleyA computer services specialist, Kelley was originally tasked to write programs for the genetic analysis of beef cattle traits. In addition to keeping the computer inventory up to date, Kelley manages nine Linux servers for the breeding and genetics group, two Windows servers for the file and print sharing in the department, approximately 180 devices on the network and classroom instructional technology.Robin HarveyA program specialist, Harvey maintains academic records and schedules advising appointments for more than 250 undergraduate and 30 to 40 graduate students. She helps faculty with course and classroom scheduling, course management and advising and assists with graduate students. She earned a certificate for academic advising from the UGA Office of the Vice President of Instruction and is now part of the university-wide team that conducts the training.Michael MathisMathis manages the Wilkins Beef Cattle Research Unit, a 700-acre farm with 500 acres of pasture and hay fields. He manages the farm’s feedlot facility and individual feeding stalls for 40 head of cattle, as well as multiple feeding pens for backgrounding calves and feeding bulls. He conducts beef-production laboratories for undergraduate and graduate classes. He is responsible for breeding, feeding out and performance testing UGA bulls that are sold at the annual UGA Focus on EPD bull sale.last_img read more

What credit unions can learn from the 40 yard dash

first_imgEach spring, America’s most popular sport takes over the attention of millions of sports fans for a week to hold the annual National Football League Draft.   What marks as a new beginning for each NFL Franchise and a huge milestone for the collegiate athletes chosen to begin their professional careers is essentially the end of a lengthy and cumbersome interview process for young men looking to land their dream job.  And without a doubt, the single most important part of the interview process?  How fast they can run 40 yards.So, what makes the 40-yard dash such a crucial component for athletes and NFL teams?  And what lessons could Credit Union leaders take from the most important 4.42 seconds of a twenty-one-year old’s life?1. It Can Take Years of Preparation to Save Hundredths of a SecondAthletes preparing for potential selection in the NFL Draft start long before the end of their final college season.  Years of practice on the field, in the weight room, and in film study prepare them for making a lasting first impression on scouts and coaches.  We have to ask ourselves as Credit Unions: how much preparation goes into making a great first impression on potential new members?  Do we just assume they know who we are and what we are capable of doing for them?  Have we put in the time and the effort to win them over, in spite of our competition working hard to gain their trust and business?   Credit Unions need to put their best foot forward every time they are given the opportunity to make a first impression to a potential member, business partner, or community leader.2. Technique and Attention to Detail MatterThe 40-yard dash is measured in hundreds of seconds, and laser-timed, making every breath, motion, angle, and step significant in an athlete’s attempt to post their best time.  For Credit Union leaders, it is imperative that our teams pay attention to the details, and are always fine-tuning their technique to help achieve organizational goals.  Also, are we avoiding any “wasted motions” and not trying to squeeze too much out of something that doesn’t get us closer to our goal?  Making sure your techniques are sound and you focus on the details that matter can make a world of difference.3. Consistency Is KeyAthletes interviewing for the NFL Draft run two timed 40-yard dashes at the NFL Combine, then also run a timed 40-yard dash at their “Pro Day” (see, I told you this was a lengthy and cumbersome process).  They also test and re-test on a variety of agility drills, strength drills, mental exams and more.  What teams look for – and what your Credit Union members are looking for from you – is consistency.  Can you consistently deliver your best performance under different sets of circumstances?  Have you empowered your employees to keep delivering great service when the demand is high?  Ensuring consistency in fulfilling your brand promise is critical to becoming your members’ #1 pick.4. Never Forget Where You Came FromIf you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a football junkie.  As much as I love watching the games and watching these great athletes perform at the NFL Combine, one of my favorite moments in football comes right after a young man posts an amazing 40-yard dash time.  They decelerate, high-five some folks in the stadium, and run straight to their cell phones to facetime mom or dad, and celebrates all of the love and support they were given from family to get to this point in life.  As a Credit Union leader, we must instill in our organization the gift we receive from our members each and every day, which is their trust and support.  Appreciation for our members, colleagues and community is essential to our success, and the purpose of our work can help keep us grounded and perform at our best.So next time you are sitting down for a management meeting, staff meeting, or board planning session, take 4.42 seconds to watch a 40-yard dash, and think about all of the ways in which you can take these lessons to perform at your absolute best. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Mattone Michael Mattone is the Vice President of Marketing and Member Experience at Hudson River Financial FCU, a $60 million credit union serving members who live, work or worship in Westchester, … Web: https://hudsonriverfinancial.org Detailslast_img read more

A dash to help DACA recipients achieve their education goals

first_img Coopera is dedicated to helping both credit unions and Latino communities across the country grow together to realize their dreams and successes. We’re always pleased and excited to see and support such efforts in action.When we come across a credit union that goes above and beyond in helping Latino communities, especially the most vulnerable ones, we’re absolutely thrilled. That happened in April when $55.7 million Des Moines Metro Credit Union (DMMCU) stepped forward to financially support its staff members participating in the second annual 5K run and fundraiser in support of DACAmented students on the Iowa State University campus.DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that allows youths under the age of 16 entering the United States to work in country for two years before having to reapply for a work permit. The current political environment poses a threat to the future of the DACA program, which primarily affects Latino immigrants. The program’s success is critical to the Latino community’s growth and personally important to me since I, too, am a DACA recipient.DMMCU had already provided exemplary service to its Latino members and critical support to its DACA community. The credit union offers a Credit Builder loan program that enables DACA recipients to pay application fees and other costs associated with their immigration processes. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Image courtesy of Des Moines Metro Credit Union.center_img continue reading »last_img read more

Singapore remains open for business, despite COVID-19: Envoy

first_imgAmid heightened fears about the global spread of the novel coronavirus, Singapore has said it remains open for business and that it has put effective measures in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the disease resulting from the virus.Singapore’s ambassador to Indonesia Anil Kumar Nayar said that from an economic standpoint, a complete lockdown of the country was impossible and cooperation between countries in the region was needed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.”I have to emphasize that Singapore is safe as far as COVID-19 is concerned. Our Indonesian friends who have business in Singapore, who would like to visit Singapore, please continue to do so,” Kumar Nayar said at a press briefing on Monday in Jakarta. Kumar Nayar said that authorities in Singapore would be strict about border control for inbound travelers and would pay closer attention to those who had travel histories to places that had seen an outbreak of the coronavirus, like China and South Korea.Authorities in Singapore have also enacted measures to quarantine those who recently traveled from areas of coronavirus outbreak like Wuhan in China and Daegu in South Korea.”We give a stay-at-home notice to people coming back to Singapore from those places. This is strictly enforced and we can deport or ban the entry of people who refuse to comply,” Kumar Nayar said.As of March 1, Singapore has confirmed 106 cases of COVID-19. A total of 74 patients have been discharged from the hospital, while seven are still in critical condition and under intensive care.Singapore has raised the Disease Outbreak Response (DORSCON) level to orange, a move that has allowed authorities to contain the spread of coronavirus.The country has also stepped up its cooperation with other countries and bodies in the region to prevent the spread of the disease, including the World Health Organization and Indonesia.”We worked closely with the WHO and countries in the region. There’s no point in lying because panic can be created from fake news and hoaxes,” Kumar Nayar said.Topics :last_img read more

Alan Shearer explains why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be ‘going mad’ despite Arsenal win

first_imgShearer feels Aubameyang will be weighing up his options amid Arsenal’s struggles (Picture: Getty)‘Someone he’s happy with and they convince him they are going to move in the transfer market and get better players to the football club, I think he stays.’On Aubameyang’s goal, Shearer said: ‘Very good movement from him in the first place, in behind again, very difficult to pick up, West Ham are stood with their arms in the air. He’s not offside at all.‘His first movement there to go in behind. Gets it, little flick, watch him go again. He’s moving, always on the move, and West Ham can’t pick him up. They try to play offside, he’s not offside and it’s a wonderful finish.’MORE: Mesut Ozil reacts to Arsenal ending two-month wait for a win and praises Freddie LjungbergMORE: Jamie Carragher rates Freddie Ljungberg’s chances of getting Arsenal job after first winMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Alan Shearer explains why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be ‘going mad’ despite Arsenal win Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 10 Dec 2019 7:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link46Shares Advertisementcenter_img The Gabon striker has continued to be prolific in a difficult campaign for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)Alan Shearer still feels Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be feeling ‘frustrated’ at Arsenal despite getting on the score sheet as the Gunners ended their two-month wait for a league win.Arsenal went behind in the first half of Monday night’s clash with West Ham but rallied after the break, scoring three quick-fire goals through Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Aubameyang.The Gabon striker has continued to be prolific despite Arsenal’s struggles this season, scoring 11 goals in the Premier League – only Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has more. Aubameyang netted the third of Arsenal’s goals and assisted Pepe (Picture: Getty)However, Aubameyang – who is out of contract in the summer of 2020 – is believed to be stalling on signing a new deal and weighing up his future, with Shearer questioning how happy he is in such an underperforming team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about Arsenal’s reliance on Aubameyang, Shearer told the Premier League: ‘It is just unbelievable. He is a top goal scorer. He must be going mad in that team.‘I know he’s still getting goals, but he must be so frustrated.‘The problem Arsenal have got with him now is that he’s got 18 months left on his contract, they’re going to have to make a decision on him.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‘Because if he’s not going to sign that contract they would have to sell him in the summer.’Fellow pundit Tim Sherwood added: ‘I think it’s a great club for him. I think he wants to sign, but he’s going to watch very, very carefully what happens between now and the appointment of the new manager. Commentlast_img read more

Deposit return schemes should be practical, not political

first_imgSource: UnsplashNext time you take the bins out, take a look at the drinks. How many are glass? How many are plastic? How many are cans? How many are Tetra Paks?Some or all of these could potentially be taken out of an efficient local authority-delivered supply chain (aka kerbside collection) and instead could clutter up your stores as households (or a new breed of bin divers) reclaim a deposit.On the one hand it’s a just reward for households that are not only recycling drinks receptacles but have paid the deposit in the first place. But what is this actually achieving?The aim of deposit return schemes was to address out-of-home consumption, increasing historically low recycling rates, and reducing litter. And that primarily means collecting plastic – of which there is a shortage. Win-win.Deposit return schemes: is the bottle spinning out of control?There’s also a decent case for including cans. True, local authorities already do a lucrative trade in recycling cans. But out-of-home consumption of cans is high, recycling rates are low, and litter is again a problem. What’s more, like plastic, they’re light and can be easily compacted.Recycling glass via DRS schemes makes much less sense. A far higher percentage of glass is efficiently recycled via kerbside collections. And glass is not only a hazard, it’s heavy and bulky, ie not easily compressed.Maybe small glass bottles could be included to target on-the-go consumption. But accommodating crates of empty wine bottles in shops is both unnecessary and a nightmare to manage. In fact if you were a conspiracist you would be tempted to conclude that Sainsbury’s decision to trial glass collection in DRS plans is part of a plot to send independent convenience stores to the wall – especially as they are also potentially more susceptible to fraudulent claims and cashflow problems.Deposit return schemes are a great idea, but they should be driven by problem-solving and practicality, not political dogma. Nor should they detract from the urgent need for the industry to work with government and local authorities on other recycling measures – like consistent recycling facilities, clearer recycling labels and a rationalised range of easily recyclable substrates.last_img read more

Buyers snap up land south of Townsville

first_imgOwen and Ashley (last names to come) with their newly purchased lot at Elliot Springs.BUYERS are continuing to snap up land at Elliot Springs as the satellite city officially opens today.The estate, which has been developed by Lendlease, will eventually be home to as many as 26,000 people.It’s predicted the masterplanned community will spark a wave of commercial development as the population of the estate grows.Today, for the first time, potential buyers can drive into Elliot Springs and stand on completed lots.Lendlease regional manager development manager for Elliot Springs Simon Walker said they were receiving strong interest from couples and families attracted to the affordability and larger lots on offer in the estate.“Buyers have told us they are excited about the vision for Elliot Springs as it promises to be much more than a place to live,” he said.“Builder interest has also been strong with 13 builders commencing construction on the first Display Village which will showcase a variety of homes available for purchase to suit individual needs and budgets.”The opening comes as Lendlease releases 15 new lots to meet buyer demand.The lots offer mountain views, flat elevation and affordable price points.The lots are for sale for between $110,000 and $166,000 and range in size form 313 sqm to 766 sqm.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The July 2018 Herron Todd White report states that Elliot Springs will contribute to retail expansion in Townsville’s southern corridor.“The development is earmarked to include retail, education and light industry uses, with commercial lots currently available for potential service station and convenience centre developments.,” the report stated.Elliot Springs is 15km south of Townsville and will include 10,600 homes over 1609ha of land when complete.The satellite community is a 40-year development project expected to be completed by 2056 and 30 per cent of the land area will be dedicated to open spaces such as parks and a conservation area. A community facility is also planned for the community and due to open later this year including a cafe, meeting space, digital portal and events space.Owen and Ashleigh Davis have just purchased a 767 sqm block at Elliot Springs and they plan to build a four-bedroom, two bathroom family home with plans to move in before Christmas. “We wanted the views and the mountains and to feel a little bit removed from but still only be 10 minutes away,” he said.“We feel like this has got some really good plans for the future.“We’re planning on having a family and there is plans for schools as well as a park down the road.”For more information, visit elliotsprings.com.aulast_img read more

John Roughan – Men no substitute for a mum

first_imgNZ Herald 16 June 2012When I suggested here that adoption by gay males might not be fair to a child I was fiercely condemned by an overwhelming majority online and advised to do some reading on the subject. I did. I have received an 88-page report circulated by National MP Nikki Kaye who has been preparing a legalisation bill. I think it is the report cited by an Auckland lawyer, David Friar, in an article last Friday that rubbished mine. It is a review of the available research with potted summaries of numerous studies, published by the American Psychological Association under the title Lesbian and Gay Parenting. Lesbian parenting didn’t worry me, I needed information on how children fare whenlast_img read more