Baraka Bouts raise money for Holy Cross missions

first_imgMore than 80 Notre Dame women will face off under the lights in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC) for the 12th annual Baraka Bouts tonight.Baraka Bouts takes its name from the Swahili word for “blessing,” because funds raised through the tournament support the Holy Cross missions in Uganda. According to women’s boxing team captain Colby Hoyer, last year’s tournament raised around $25,000.In addition to selling tickets, Hoyer said the team also fundraises through the “Power 24 Hour,” ad sales for the tournament’s program and team merchandise.“The ‘Power 24 Hour’ is our main fundraiser, which is when we work out in front of South Dining Hall,” Hoyer said “We do that, and this year we had a really rainy day — rainy and cold — so we didn’t get as many donations as we had in years past, but it was still really fun and all the girls came out.”Team captain Nikki Murgas said boxers must attend at least four of the eight practices each week since September to qualify to compete. She said the first week of training is dedicated solely to first-year boxers.“We have a week that’s just for novices and we do beginning workouts, and we start by teaching them basic punches and combos,” Murgas said. “… Everyone in the club is an amateur boxer, so we start at the beginning.”Second-year boxer sophomore Mercedes de la Rosa, whose nickname for the bouts will be Mercedes “Merciless” de la Rosa, said the practices focused on strength and skill equally.“As far as actual practice, it’s split half and half,” de la Rosa said. “One of the halves you do will be workout and one will be technique. What we do for workout varies, but you can always count on about 100 burpees, lots of core, lots of legs.”De la Rosa said although she “has literally put blood, sweat and tears” into the workouts, personal growth trumps competition in terms of physical ability.“If you can’t do a plank for 50 seconds at the beginning of the year, they won’t kick you out,” de la Rosa said. “If you can’t do a plank for 50 seconds at the end of the year, they won’t kick you out. It’s all about personal growth and where you’re at, and doing the best that you can personally do.”Hoyer said her responsibilities as captain include coaching girls during spars and helping them to hone in on what they need to improve in terms of their technique, but everything changes during the bouts.“It’s incredible to me to see just a completely different person on fight night than I’ve been cornering on spars the whole season,” Hoyer said. “Your friends are there, and you’re under the lights, and there’s the pressure. … I’m excited to see how the girls respond to that and the improvements they’ve made.”Murgas said she is excited to see the novice boxers demonstrate what they have learned thus far.“I know a lot of them are nervous, but I think they know a lot more than they think they do,” Murgas said. “… I am just so excited to see them have that moment and be able to realize that they have come so far since our first practice. I can’t wait to see everyone’s efforts come to fruition.”De la Rosa, who endured the training but did not box in the tournament last year, said she enjoys boxing because of how it makes her feel.“Honestly, my favorite part is putting on wraps and putting in the mouth guard,” de la Rosa said. “When you put them on you just feel like such a pro. You feel like a cool kid.”Tags: Baraka Bouts, Holy Cross, Power 24 Hour, Ugandalast_img read more

Man Arrested After Allegedly Assaulting Person With Axe

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) DUNKIRK – A 33-year-old Dunkirk man was arrested after allegedly hitting a man in the head with an axe over the weekend.Dunkirk Police say Brian Nowak was arrested Saturday afternoon following the alleged assault.Nowak is charged with felony second-degree assault and was remanded to Chautauqua County jail on $20,000 bail.Officers report the victim was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital for his injuries. The Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Village of Fredonia Police and U.S. Border Patrol.last_img read more

Good News, Bad News About The Goodbye Girl Concert

first_img View Comments Postponed! Recent Big Fish co-stars two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and Tony nominee Kate Baldwin had been set to reunite for a one-night-only concert of The Goodbye Girl on April 7. However “due to a late-breaking change in the availability of its headliners” the concert will be rescheduled for Fall 2014. Perhaps Butz’s new Netflix role had something to do with it? Norbert Leo Butz Kate Baldwin Star Files The original Broadway production of The Goodbye Girl opened on March 4, 1993 at the Marquis Theatre and starred Bernadette Peters and Martin Short (in his Broadway debut). Directed by Michael Kidd with choreography by Graciela Daniele, the show ran for 188 performances and garnered five 1993 Tony nominations including Best Musical. Penned by David Zippel, Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch and based on the Oscar-winning film, The Goodbye Girl chronicles the unlikely romance between Paula (Baldwin), a single mother who has been jilted one too many times by one too many actors, and Elliot (Butz), another actor, who shows up at her door—out of the blue—with a lease to sublet her apartment.last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Laverne Cox, Krysta Rodriguez & More

first_img View Comments Happy Friday! Whatever your big plans for the weekend are, put them on hold, because it’s time for the Lessons of the Week. As always, the past seven days have been full of wild times on the Great White Way, from a visit from Miss Sasha Fierce to incessant shimmying from Danny Burstein. Read all about it below!There Are Even More Schuyler SistersLast week, we named Beyoncé the fourth Schuyler sister after discovering the perfect pairing that is Hamilton and “Single Ladies.” It appears she got the message, since Queen Bey and Jay Z caught the show this week. But we’re also obsessed with Angelica, Eliza (and PEGGY!) flanking Oprah Winfrey. So many minds at work looking at these pics…and they’re all dreamcasting.Everyone at Litchfield Is Singing NowBetween Uzo Aduba, Lea DeLaria, Danielle Brooks and Annie Golden, we knew the ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary could sing. Now joining the roster of singing inmates is Orange is the New Black Emmy nominee Laverne Cox, who will surely have us shivering with anticipation as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox’s upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show remake. Perhaps she can pick up some advice from Big Boo herself!Danny Burstein Can’t Stop Daidle DeedlingWhen performing “If I Were a Rich Man” at a recent Fiddler on the Roof press event, Tony nominee Danny Burstein showed off that memorable “daidle deedle daidle.” When talking to us about the show, he also managed to sneak it in. And then when giving a shout-out on the Show, he couldn’t stop himself. That’s certainly one way to get into character.EVERYONE Knows Lesli’s Q&A Song…Oh. My Gah. Oh mah goh. OH. MAH. GAWH. OHMAHGAH. OHMAHGAWWWW. Q and A. QQQ and AAA. QQqQQqQ and AAAaAA. [Various noises of purging and regurgitation.] Thanks to your support, Lesli Margherita’s “Q&A” theme song is as ubiquitous and varied as “Send in the Clowns.” Does this mean no more crotch punches? Please?…But Lesli Doesn’t Know “Masquerade”The world may know Queen Lesli’s Q&A theme song, but the Dames at Sea star only vaguely knows the showstopper from the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. When asked to sing a snipped from Phantom, the cast recording for which which Queen Lesli allegedly “wore out” as a kid, she went up on the lyrics to “Masquerade.” Fortunately for her, that doesn’t merit a crotch punch.Divorced Couples Write the Best SongsKelli Barrett and Jarrod Spector are happily married, but they also realize that some of the best love duets were written by those whose marriages didn’t work out entirely. When previewing their 54 Below show, the duo performed a medley of hits written by divorced couples. Their marriages may not have lasted forever, but their melodies will. Still waiting for that Carcassonne game night invite, though.Ana Villafañe Became an Equestrian OnlineOn Your Feet!’s Ana Villafañe can conga like no other, but if she says she can sidesaddle, don’t believe her. Before turning the beat around, Ana got a job by lying about her equestrian skills (she said she had some, then learned on YouTube the night before). What she lacks in horse-riding she makes up for in confidence and successfully passed herself off as an expert. Way to get up and make it happen!Wesley Taylor Might Be a ClownWhen Krysta Rodriguez stopped by HQ for a #LiveatFive session of Periscope, she couldn’t stop gushing about her Broadway bestie Wesley Taylor. And we can’t blame her; he’s full of surprises! In addition to acting, singing and writing, he’s also a gifted circus performer, according to Krysta. Which reminds us: Isn’t it about time for a Barnum revival?Krysta Rodriguez Keeps on SmashingWhen she wasn’t singing the praises of writer/actor/circus impresario Wesley Taylor, Krysta Rodriguez proved that she’s got a little bit of a green girl in her. To kick off our #WickedDubs festivities, the Spring Awakening darling showed off her lip-syncing skills with “Defying Gravity.” Funnily enough, she sounds just like Idina!Mama Walks Around in LouboutinsC’mon, wig! After serving the tea in Cinderella, Broadway alum NeNe Leakes (how many times have you heard that before?) is heading back to the Great White Way, this time as Countess of the Clink Matrom “Mama” Morton” in Chicago. Catch the Real Housewife beginning November 23. Like Mama always said: “When you’re bloop to Mama, Mama’s bloop to you!”last_img read more

Oil service provider Weatherford latest casualty of U.S. shale sector’s financial struggles

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Wall Street Journal ($):A slowdown in U.S. drilling activity is taking a toll on the oil patch as Weatherford International PLC has become one of the biggest oil-and-gas bankruptcies in years.Among the world’s largest oil-field service companies, Swiss-based Weatherford filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday after bondholders approved a restructuring agreement that will reduce its total debt by almost $6 billion, or 70%. Five years ago, the company was worth more than $12 billion, but equity shareholders would be left virtually empty-handed if the reorganization is approved.U.S. oil production is topping all-time records, but producers have held back spending even as crude prices climb to almost $60 a barrel. Shale companies are under pressure from investors to live within their means after years of failing to do so. That fiscal restraint has weighed heavily on the oil-field service segment, the industry’s largest employer and often the first to bear the impact of financial headwinds in the energy sector.Almost 180 service companies have filed for bankruptcy since 2015, when prices plunged, affecting about $57 billion in debt, according to law firm Haynes and Boone LLP. While prospects for larger service providers, including Schlumberger Ltd. and Halliburton Co., are improving with an expected increase in international activity, Weatherford has been burdened by a heavy debt load.Shale companies have been reducing activity levels over the past six months while also demanding price reductions from the service companies that drill and frack wells for the producers. Shale companies have managed to maintain and even increase production by eking out efficiency gains, although they face tremendous pressure as capital dries up from Wall Street.Service companies are in a vise. The sector is experiencing both an increase in operational costs and a decrease in pricing and margins, according to a survey in June of oil-and-gas companies by the Dallas Federal Reserve.More ($): U.S. drilling slowdown triggers oil bankruptcy Oil service provider Weatherford latest casualty of U.S. shale sector’s financial struggleslast_img read more

March 1, 2006 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Perry Binder of Georgia State University received the 2005 Teaching Excellence Recognition Award from the Robinson College of Business. Binder was also a finalist in the National ALSB Master Teaching Competition. Michael C. Gongora of Becker & Poliakoff in Miami was reappointed as a special master for the City of Miami Beach. In addition, Gongora was elected as president-elect of the Miami Beach Bar Association for 2006.The American Board of Trial Advocates, Ft. Lauderdale Chapter, awarded Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian of the 17th Judicial Circuit its 2005 Outstanding Judge Award. Tony Argiz of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra was awarded the Excellence In Accounting Award in the litigation support category. Elizabeth M. Hernandez and Rafael E. Suarez-Rivas each presented topics at the legal seminar “What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Florida.” Joan Nelson Hook of New Port Richey spoke to the Pasco Guardianship Council, Inc., on legislative and end-of-life decisions. René D. Harrod of Berger Singerman and Jacqueline Howe of Ruden McCloskey gave a presentation at the monthly luncheon of the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association. The presentation was titled “The Attorney-Client Relationship: Avoiding Conflicts & Disqualification in Pitches & Prospects.” Alexis M. Yarbrough of Tripp Scott was selected to participate in the Tillie Fowler Excellence in Public Service Series. Christopher C. Copeland of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach spoke at the “Preventing Employment Discrimination, Harassment and FLSA Claims” seminar, sponsored by the National Business Institute. Jeffrey C. Fulford of Stuart was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to the Civil Jury Instruction Committee for a three-year term. Jeff Kamenetsky of Christopher & Weisberg in Ft. Lauderdale was named president of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida. Jon Rawlson of Akerman Senterfitt was reappointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to serve as a member of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Region Six. Laurel M. Isicoff of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami has been selected to be inducted as a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. Justin Zinzow of Ruden McClosky in St. Petersburg was elected treasurer of the Greater Pinellas Young Republicans Club, Inc., and is also serving as special counsel to the organization. Carlton Fields participated as one of three co-hosts at the Counsel to Counsel forum in Atlanta. Robert W. Pass of Tallahassee and Alison Danaceau of Atlanta spoke at the forum titled “Managing Discovery in the Digital Age.” Luis E. Suarez of Boies, Schiller & Flexner was elected to the board of directors of the Cuban American Bar Association. Marian Pearlman Nease of Berger Singerman spoke about the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on the governance of non-profit boards at a seminar hosted by Moore Stephens Lovelace. Stewart D. Fried of Kilpatrick Stockton in Washington, D.C., has been appointed co-chair of the Young Lawyers Subcommittee of the Environmental Litigation Committee of the ABA. Fried was also selected as general counsel of the Florida State Society. Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida was honored with the Judge Steven Levine Award, presented by the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association. W. Edward McIntyre of Bunnell, Woulfe, Kirschbaum, Keller, McIntyre, Gregoire & Klein was appointed to the Administration of Justice Committee of The Florida Bar Foundation. David Pratt of Proskauer Rose spoke at the Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council meeting. His topic was gift tax returns. Michael G. Whelan of Ogletree Deakins in Miami spoke on “The Force v. The Dark Side” at the Florida Public Employers Labor Relations Association’s 32nd annual training conference in Orlando. Charles H. Lichtman of Berger Singerman in Ft. Lauderdale was asked to serve on the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Equipment Leasing Association. Brett Rivkind of Miami was selected as legal counsel to International Cruise Victims Association, Inc. Joe Englander of Christopher and Weisberg lectured on copyright and trademark law at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. James P. Dawson of Fox Rothschild in West Palm Beach participated as a judge in the The Florida Bar Tax Section’s 2006 National Tax Court Moot Competition in St. Petersburg. Mikki Canton of Gunter Yoakley & Stewart in Miami was presented with the Valor Award from the American Diabetes Association. Additionally, Canton was honored as the event-opening speaker at the 2006 Midyear Meeting of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Harry A. Shevin of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach was elected treasurer of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association. Additionally, Jack Hill was elected to the PBCTLA board of directors, and Emilio Diamantis is serving a second year as paralegal representative for the organization. Dennis G. Corrick of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer in Ft. Pierce was elected to the board of directors of the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce. Stephen R. Looney of Dean Mead in Orlando led a panel discussion titled “Redemptions and Purchases of S Corporation Stock” at the ABA Tax Section’s S Corporations Committee at the 2006 midyear meeting in San Diego. Luis Lauredo of Hunton & Williams in Miami was elected to the board of directors of the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Lauredo was awarded the “Gran Cruz de la Orden Al Mérito por Servicios Distinguidos” by the government of Peru and President Alejandro Toledo. Judge Thomas H. Bateman III received second place honors in the Judge Edward R. Finch Law Day Speech Award competition for 2005, awarded by the ABA Standing Committee on Public Education. His speech was titled, “Juror Justice: Enhancing Jury Trials through Innovation; The American Jury: We the People in Action.” Thomas Ringel of Markowitz, Davis, Ringel & Trusty in Miami was appointed chair of the Palmetto Bay Charter Revision Committee. March 1, 2006 News & Notes March 1, 2006 News and Noteslast_img read more

3 ways to prepare for next tax season

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details May is right around the corner and that means tax season is finally over. Believe it or not, it’s never too early to start thinking about next year. If filing your taxes was a headache and a hassle this year, here are a few tips to get you prepared for 2018.Get organizedDid you waste a bunch of time looking for receipts this year? Create a system, whether it’s a file cabinet or a shoebox, and keep track of those receipts and other financial documents you may need at the end of the year. Keep a tally of your charitable and retirement contributions and you’ll be ready to go as soon as you get that W-2 in the mail.Look for changesWhat’s happened to you this year, and what will be happening in the next few months? Are you getting married? Having a kid? Buying a house? Opening up a ROTH IRA? All of these things will affect your filing status, so make sure you’re up to speed on how any of things will affect your filing process.Prepare for a slow processDo you have a side hustle or do freelance work? If so, any number of hiccups can occur during tax preparation. Be prepared and know it’s no big deal if you have to file an extension. If you find yourself in this boat, head on over to and get an extension form.Taxes can be annoying, but with a little preparation, you can make the process a lot easier.last_img read more

Are your financial literacy programs a waste of time and money?

first_imgThe United States has a savings crisis.  According to the Federal Reserve, household rates of saving have dropped to levels not seen since 2008 and are not far from the all-time low.  Surveys show that a majority of households don’t have $1,000 in liquid assets accessible in an emergency, and according to a recent CNBC survey a full 39% have no access to liquid savings at all.  Typically, our response to this problem is to ramp up our financial literacy efforts.  We think if we tell people they should save more, and advise them how to save, our work is done.  However, the CNBC survey data shows these efforts are not making much of a difference.  This isn’t about not knowing, it’s about how we’re wired.  We see the same pattern in healthcare.  People know they should lose weight, know why it is important and know what kind of changes they could make today for a difference.  But they don’t act.The problem is not just a lack of knowledge or education.  While knowledge is a prerequisite for proper behavior, by itself knowledge does little to change behavior.   It is likely most of your members know they should save, but they don’t. And don’t hide behind the assumption your members’ financial condition will not allow them to save.  Our partners at the Common Cents Lab at Duke University surveyed low and moderate income households and found that over 90% could name three things they could do immediately to start saving, even if the amounts were small.  If education isn’t the problem, what is?Science and common sense tells us changing behavior is hard work.  And when it comes to our dysfunctional relationship with money, the effort needed to change is even harder.  In their new book Dollars and Sense, Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler review the multitude of ways money further amplifies the confusing and often irrational ways individuals actually analyze choices and make decisions.  Ariely’s work as one of the leading behavioral economists of our time provides us with solid insights into creating more effective connections with our members and assisting them in improving their financial wellbeing. How are credit unions leveraging these insights?Do you make it easy for members to save?  One credit union realized it was easier to cash a check than deposit a check.  Once they equalized the effort, savings increased.  Do you default your members into a monthly savings plan, moving money automatically from shares to savings?  One of our credit unions does this with new accounts. Members are informed of the program when they join and can opt-out then or anytime in the future, but few do.  When a member is close to paying off a car loan, what do you do?  Do you send a letter encouraging them to buy a new car, like my credit union did, or would you suggest the account continue to be debited once the loan is paid off and the money put into savings?  Do you have programs in place to encourage members to save some of their tax refunds?  Using a concept called pre-commitment, our partners at Common Cents Lab had an appreciable impact on the number of households that saved a significant portion of their tax refund.Knowing isn’t doing.  Financial literacy efforts are valuable IF you pair them with an environment that helps your members implement what they have learned. Otherwise, they really are just a waste of time and money. 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rick Leander Rick Leander is Founder and Managing Partner of LFB Holdings, a behavioral insights consultancy that works with established and startup enterprises.At LFB Holdings we teach clients how to leverage … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Cord-cutting… a viable option?

first_img 127SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derek San Filippo Derek is a freelance writer who spends his off time either working with his rescue animals or writing children’s books. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife … Web: Details Cord-cutting refers to the practice of canceling TV services from cable providers. With the continuous rise of online streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu + TV, using cable is becoming a thing of the past.Before you jump in to try and cut the cord, it’s important that you look at what you’re getting for the money you’re spending. For this article, we’re going to look at mostly Hulu because it’s the most comparable to your traditional cable-viewing experience.Hulu + Live TV is exactly what it sounds like. It is Hulu that offers live television along with its library of content. The base plan gives you access to 60+ networks, including ABC, CBS, ESPN, Fox, and NBC. For those who don’t always have the ability to watch the shows they love when they air, Hulu + gives its subscribers 50 hours of cloud DVR. Record away!For $44.99 at this writing, this seems like a good deal. Hulu + does have add-ons that’ll make the experience even better. And that’s where it gets a little pricy.First, Hulu + does give subscribers the option to access premiere movie channels. The breakdown for those is as follows:HBO: $14.99Cinemax: $9.99Showtime: $10.99STARZ: $8.99Assuming you’d want these channels, you’re going to spend an extra $45. That brings your monthly television cost up to $90.The next add-on is Enhanced DVR. This gives the subscriber an additional 150 hours of cloud DVR, bringing your total recording space up to 200 hours. This add-on costs $9.99If you want to view these shows in multiple rooms in your house, shell out an extra $9.99 a month and you’ll upgrade from the base two screens to unlimited screens with the Unlimited Screen Add-on. Assuming you’d bundle the DVR and Unlimited screen, you can save money and only have to pay $14.98 instead of $20. Hulu + also offers an Español add-on for $4.99.So, let’s look at what you’re paying:$45 (Hulu +) + $45 (premiere channels) + $15 (DVR/Screen Bundle) = $105Get Spanish language and it’s brought up to $110. Let’s also assume you have Netflix and Amazon, so we’ll add $16 and $9 respectively. So, let’s call it $135.Is cutting the cord really worth it? That depends on your situation and viewing habits. However, here’s one last thing to consider. If you get Internet service from your cable provider, you’re probably getting a lower rate by having that bundled with your TV service. Cancel the TV service and your cost of Internet will go up.last_img read more

Marcus Smola, CEO of Best Western Central Europe one of the speakers at the HOW Festival

first_imgThe conference program includes 15 topics for eight different hotel departments, of which for the first time is MICE with the topic: Hybrid is a new black. The participation was also confirmed by the CEO of Best Western Central Europe and a member of the board of the German Hotel Association (IHA), Marcus Smola. In a 15-minute interview, he will reveal when he expects the numbers in Best Western hotels to return to the period before the corona virus and how they help the hotels they manage, how the current situation affects their group and whether he expects any positive changes for the hotel industry in the future. You can sign up via of this link, and more information about the program and speakers is available at official site Festival.center_img Second online edition HOW /Hotel Operations Weekenda/ The festival is held in less than 3 weeks in virtual form, to be exact 25.11. The discussion will discuss a new trend in the organization of events, how the requirements of guests have changed and how to adapt to them, but also when the recovery of the MICE industry is expected.last_img read more