University President Fr. John Jenkins voiced his concerns in a letter marked Saturday regarding proposed changes to a federal policy which would make it more difficult for international students to enroll in schools in the United States.The letter was addressed to Chad Wolf, the acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The policy intends to limit international and exchange students’ time in the U.S. to a fixed period of two to four years. Students would be able to apply for an extension in this time.Currently, student visas allow students to remain in the U.S. as long as they continue to be enrolled in school.With the proposed policy, students who are citizens of countries with high rates of visa overstay — above 10% — along with other designations of students would only be able to apply for two-year visas with the possibility of renewal.While reports have detailed concerns regarding overinflated data regarding overstays, Jenkins also expressed concerns over the DHS identification of these countries.“Typically, these are impoverished countries from which few international students manage to enroll in the United States,” Jenkins said. “Among them are Haiti and the Philippines, where the University of Notre Dame has special relationships among the poor. While DHS reports that students from each country are more likely to overstay their visas, Notre Dame has not found that to be the case.”Jenkins went on to reference the University’s own data on compliance of international students in the 2019-2020 academic year and urged Wolf to examine the records of other U.S. universities as well. Out of the 1,546 international students Notre Dame enrolled last year, Jenkins said only one student failed to return to campus as expected in the spring semester and did not have a record of departure in the government’s reporting system.“Examining our track records is a fairer and surer way for your department to protect the national security interests of the United States,” Jenkins said. “Notre Dame fully recognizes your obligations in this regard and stands ready to assist you in having international students adhere to their obligations under existing visa requirements.”Instead of limiting international students’ stays in the U.S., Jenkins suggested the DHS find other ways to resolve the increase of students abroad requesting education at U.S. universities.“I recognize that your department is responsible for screening these increasing numbers of foreign students,” Jenkins said. “However, DHS funding should be increased to meet the demand rather than restrict wholesale admission of desirable foreign students to our institutions of higher learning.”The University is expected to submit a formal statement in opposition to the expected changes in the coming days, according to a Tuesday press release.Tags: Department of Homeland Security, Fr. John Jenkins, International students
Put on your gloves and your shiny satin shorts, because Andy Karl, Terrence Archie and the stars of of Rocky are ready to rumble! World Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin and legendary boxing announcer (who also coined the famous phrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble”) Michael Buffer stopped by the Winter Garden Theatre to catch the boxing musical live on July 23. Golovkin, who is prepping for his fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City on July 26, couldn’t resist paying a visit to see Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. After watching the adaptation of the hit movie unfold onstage, the pair jumped into the ring to take photos with the stars—and lucky for Karl and Archie, Golovkin brought along a few of his championship belts! Check out these Hot Shots of the Rocky stars meeting real-life boxing royalty, then see the knockout musical at the Winter Garden Theatre! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 View Comments Star Files Rocky Related Shows Andy Karl
View Comments We’re happy to meet him! Nicholas Rodriguez will take over the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Rodriguez will begin performances in the Jack O’Brien-directed touring production on March 21 at the Hershey Theatre in Hershey, PA.Rodriguez appeared on Broadway in Disney’s Tarzan. His additional stage credits include Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Hair, Carousel, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and The Light in the Piazza, Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of Oz, Les Misérables, South Pacific and The King and I. Rodriguez’ film and TV credits include Sex in the City II, Madam Secretary and One Life to Live.“Rarely, but once in a blue moon the planets align in such a way to make both a director happy and his audiences even more so,” said O’Brien, in a statement. “Nicholas Rodriguez assumes the crucial role of Captain von Trapp in our wonderful The Sound of Music, bringing me not only pride that one of my own friends has turned up in the perfect role, but with the assurance that our audiences are about to hear this great music sung as beautifully as can be imagined. Nicholas’s voice is one of the major theatrical gifts I’ve known, and any production lucky enough to snag him will glow with melodic pride! We welcome him, and envy those about to experience this remarkable evening!”Rodriguez joins a cast that includes Charlotte Maltby as Maria Rainer, Melody Betts as The Mother Abbess, Merwin Foard as Max Detweiler, Teri Hansen as Elsa Schraeder, Austin Colby as Rolf and Paige Silvester as Liesl. The von Trapp children are played by Elliot Weaver (Friedrich), Stephanie DiFiore (Louisa), James Bernard (Kurt), Dakota Riley Quackenbush (Brigitta), Taylor Coleman (Marta) and Anika Lore Hatch (Gretl).The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. This new production is directed by Jack O’Brien, choreographed by Danny Mefford and music supervision by Andy Einhorn.The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when The Sound of Music Live! aired on NBC in December, 2013; 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Nicholas Rodriguez
Learn about native azaleas, pest-resistant roses and lawn irrigation on “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves May 29 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting.Lawns grow better if they are watered correctly. Reeves and Michael Dukes, a University of Florida Extension irrigation specialist, will demonstrate how to adjust irrigation spray heads to deliver water uniformly. Horticulturist Hank Bruno will give a list of his favorite native azaleas. Reeves will show how to divide and plant aspidistra (cast iron plant). Then UF horticulturist David Clark will reveal genetic research results on putting the fragrance back into pest-resistant roses. “Your Southern Garden,” produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UF IFAS Extension, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by underwriter support from Scotts Miracle-Gro and sponsorship from McCorkle Nurseries.
BURTON PRESIDENT LAURENT POTDEVIN PROMOTED TO CEO9/29/05Burlington, VT – Burton’s President Laurent Potdevin will assume thetitle of President and CEO, formalizing his role overseeing all Burtonbrands and shared services on a global level including Burton Snowboards,Gravis, R.E.D., ANON, Analog and The Program. Since Jake Burton Carpenterfounded the company in 1977, he has been the sole CEO. “I couldn’t be more stoked about this promotion for Laurent,” says Jake.”Laurent has worked hard and been tough, but fair in his leadership. Hehas made us all better at what we do. I have been here close to 30 years,and in that time I have never felt that someone was deserving of the CEOtitle until now.” Laurent earned this unprecedented promotion by making an impressiveimpact on the company as Burton’s President and COO. Working closelywith Jake, Laurent led the company to continued success by capitalizing onnew and existing opportunities. Since Laurent became President in 2002,Burton has grown exponentially in key business categories, made its firstacquisition in the purchase of Four Star Distribution’s snow brands,opened a Southern California office, launched the Analog streetwear brandand opened its first retail stores in New York City and Tokyo. “I have had the great fortune to work side by side with Jake for over tenyears,” said Burton President and CEO, Laurent Potdevin. “Managing aprivately held company with such a unique culture and exceptionalopportunities is an amazing challenge. This role will allow me to focus ona rapid growth plan not only for Burton but for our family of brands.” As for Jake, he’s not going anywhere. He’ll still be at Burton doing histhing – riding, testing product and working with everyone at the companyon taking Burton to the next level. Laurent will continue to report toJake, whose official title will now be Chairman and Founder, or just’Jake’ as he prefers.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Joshua Geddes has been accused of second-degree murder for the alleged shooting death of a man in Valley Stream Monday.A 23-year-old Queens Village man currently on a parole has been arrested in the alleged shooting death of a man in North Valley Stream Monday night, Nassau County police said.Joshua Geddes was taken into custody in Elmont at 6:49 p.m., police said. He was charged with second-degree murder and violation of parole. He will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.Police first received calls of a possible shooting on Charles Street at 5:57 p.m. Monday, police said. When officers arrived, they found a 21-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 6:40 p.m., police said.Another shooting victim was discovered a short distance from Charles Street with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, police said. The 22-year-old man was taken to a local hospital and was listed in guarded condition, police said.The name of the murder victim has yet to be released.Geddes has not been charged for the shooting of the second victim.Police said the investigation is ongoing.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A humpback whale was euthanized by marine biologists Wednesday, four days after it got stuck on a sand bar while feeding on fish in Moriches Bay and couldn’t free itself, officials said.The 33-foot-long, 10-ton whale, which was first spotted last week feeding in Seatuck Cove—a rare event in the bay—became stranded in 1-to-2 feet of water in Hart’s Cove on Sunday. Experts with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation unsuccessfully tried to move the whale that day. And efforts to make enough waves to help the whale off the sandbar during high tide were also ineffective.A team of veterinarians with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the International Fund for Animal Welfare, North Carolina State University and the Riverhead Foundation released a joint statement explaining why the whale needed to be put down using injectable medications at 1:20 p.m.“It was thin, limp, weak, minimally responsive, had evidence of neurological abnormalities and extensive skin injuries with evidence of infection,” they said in the statement. “Based upon these findings, the most humane option was to euthanize the whale since its chance of surviving in the wild was minimal.”The incident comes after another humpback whale has been spotted swimming in the Hudson River off Manhattan recently. Two dead humpback whales were found off Long Island this spring and at least a half dozen whales also washed up in local waterways last year.Biologists will remove the whale and perform a necropsy to determine why it became stranded in an effort to better prepare for a similar event in the future. NOAA officials noted that underlying health issues such as illness or malnutrition is often the cause of whale strandings and that refloating a sick whale can cause more harm than good.“It’s clear that this response was not limited by resource availability; rather, the tidal conditions and other oceanic or biological factors that led to this stranding overtook any ability by our responders to rescue it,” said John Bullard, director of NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office. “We are thankful to our partners and the community for their caring response and respect for law enforcement as we pursue this humane option.”Some were outraged that the whale could not be saved.“I’m not only sad, I’m angry,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, who called on local lawmakers to form a whale response task force to prevent this from happening again. We had absolutely no plan and no response for this situation…This scenario can easily happen again and when it does, we need to be ready for it.”She noted that local resident named the whale ‘Morey’ after Moriches Bay. She added that the name was not without ironcy since ‘Mori’ is Latin for death.“Let’s honor Morey’s death by making sure it doesn’t happen again,” Esposito said.Humpback whales are a threatened species that can grow up to 60-feet long, weigh 25-to-40 tons, and have a lifespan of 50 years, according to NOAA. They are threatened by getting entangled in fishing gear, struck by ships, harassed by whale watching boats, detrimental changes to their habitat and illegal hunting, NOAA said.The Riverhead Foundation urges anyone who finds marine wildlife stranded on the beach to call its hotline: 631-369-9829.
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Pennsylvania Celebrates 20th Anniversary of HealthChoices Program; Highlights Necessity of Providing Affordable, Quality Care Healthcare, Medicaid Expansion, Press Release, Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Department of Human Services (DHS) celebrated the 20-year anniversary of HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program. Since implementation in February 1997, the program has expanded to cover all 67 counties and serves over 2.8 million children, individuals with disabilities, pregnant women, and low-income Pennsylvanians by providing primary and specialty care, preventative care, dental care, prescription drugs, and behavioral health services.“The success of the HealthChoices program highlights why Pennsylvania needs to continue to provide affordable, quality care to residents who need it most,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “While Pennsylvania’s Medicaid system is providing quality medical care and timely access to services, Republicans in Washington are proposing to roll back coverage. Their proposal would pull the rug out from under our most vulnerable citizens, including seniors, children, and individuals with disabilities, by slashing their health care and putting their lives at risk.”In 2015, Governor Tom Wolf announced Medicaid expansion. As a result, over 700,000 more Pennsylvanians have enrolled in HealthChoices. Of those 700,000 individuals, almost 125,000 have received vital drug and alcohol treatment which has been instrumental in battling the opioid and heroin crisis. If Republicans in Washington rolled back Medicaid, these Pennsylvanians would be robbed of the opportunity to seek substance use treatments, which would exacerbate our already crippling opioid and heroin crisis.In the recently revealed Republican health care proposal, Medicaid expansion would be scrapped, future reimbursement for states would be capped, and people with pre-existing conditions may no longer be guaranteed coverage. This would force more people to rely on the emergency room for uncompensated care, which translates to higher costs for all of us, and likely push many small and rural hospitals in Pennsylvania to close.“Over the last two decades, the department has delivered access to critical health care to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable. HealthChoices has given Medicaid recipients access to a wide array of services in a cost-effective manner through a more streamlined, consumer driven system,” said DHS Secretary, Ted Dallas. “ Any rollback of Medicaid could be fiscally devastating to the commonwealth or force us into rationing care for Pennsylvanians, which is unconscionable.”Currently, Pennsylvania has the lowest uninsured rate in the state’s history at 6.4% for the general population and 4.1% uninsured rate for children.Provider enrollment in the MA program has also increased. Today more providers than ever are enrolled in the Pennsylvania MA program, increased from 92,801 in 2014 to 108,776 currently.“One of the department’s main goals is to provide access to high-quality services. The HealthChoices program does just that,” said Dallas.Key design features of HealthChoices have contributed to its success over the long term:Inclusivity – MA recipients of all ages and most eligibility groups, including older Pennsylvanians and individuals with disabilities, participate;Focus on special needs – The definition of special needs for HealthChoices recipients is not limited by clinical diagnosis allowing for individuals to access treatment easily;Comprehensive array of services;Enrollment assistance – enrollment specialists provide accurate, unbiased information to enrollees to help them select their health plan;Continuous open enrollment – MA recipients may request a health plan change at any time;Consumer choice – participants are able to choose from the participating health plans;Health home – Access to primary, preventative, and specialty care through their primary care provider; andOngoing public input through consumer committees.For more information on the HealthChoices program, visit www.HealthChoicesPA.com. March 01, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
37 Champion Circuit, Narangba.She said it made relaxing, dining and entertaining outside much more enjoyable in the warmer months.The patio is an impressive feature – and understandably the couple’s favourite part of the home. 37 Champion Circuit, Narangba.“It’s very private, we like that about the block,” Mrs Kelly said.The four-bedroom home is somewhat a hidden gem with a flourishing garden surrounding the entire property.“The landscaping goes right around the house,” Mrs Kelly said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 201937 Champion Circuit, Narangba.“We put a beautiful water feature in the garden as well.“We wanted to create a very intimate feeling to the home.“The house is next to a park on the right side, that’s quit nice because we’ve got the trees around the property, too.” 37 Champion Circuit, NarangbaEVERY detail of this modern home was carefully designed.Owners Virginia and Dean Kelly were seeking an escape from a busy lifestyle when they decided to build the property at 37 Champion Circuit in 2013.“We like the country feel to Narangba,” Mrs Kelly said.She said they were “very particular” about the design, with peacefulness and seclusion in mind throughout process. 37 Champion Circuit, Narangba.Fondly known as the “man cave”, it has an undercover outdoor kitchen.“We use it all the time – we’ve had some good parties out there,” Mrs Kelly said.It it a seamless extension of the home when the bi-fold doors to the sleek kitchen and spacious living area open up. 37 Champion Circuit, Narangba.The home also boasts high ceilings, a study nook, a two-car remote lockup garage and security screens.It is a short walk from shops, schools, and public transport.“It’s a very friendly street that we’re in and we love our neighbours,” Mrs Kelly said.