Georgetown University athlete walks at graduation for the first time since a spinal-cord injury

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGeorgetown University(WASHINGTON) — Georgetown University linebacker Ty Williams dreamed of one day being able to walk across the stage at his own graduation just two-and-a-half years after a devastating injury during a football game left him paralyzed.On Saturday, Williams’ dream came true in front of hundreds of families and friends inside the McDonough Gymnasium. As his name was called he was pushed onto the stage in his wheelchair until, with the help of two women, he lifted himself up and began his walk across the stage.With a walker to guide his steps, Williams made his way toward university President John DeGioia. The two embraced as DeGioia handed the student his diploma.Williams’ journey to the commencement stage was not easy. One game changed the course of his time in undergrad as a football player. During his sophomore year, Williams was playing in the season opener game against Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania when a defensive tackle went wrong — breaking five bones in Williams’ neck and vertebrae.Through years of routine rehabilitation in order to regain movement in his upper and lower body, Williams never let his paralysis stop him from being a part of the college experience and a support for his teammates. Once able to return, Williams regularly attended games and practices — even becoming team captain.“They tell you what heals, will heal, whenever it decides to, so there’s no guarantee that I ever get [better] … I could stop healing today and that’d be it unfortunately, but fortunately that has not been the case,” Williams told the university paper, The Hoya.The commencement walk was shared by the university and has since inspired thousands of viewers, many of them students and faculty, proud to have witnessed the emotional moment of determination.Williams told ABC News, “Graduation was everything I wanted it to be and more. I was able to accomplish a goal I’ve had for a long time, and what made it even better is that I was surrounded by the people who care about me.”Although his road to recovery is uncertain, Williams continues to be a role model for his team and make an impact on others.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundcenter_img May 21, 2018 /Sports News – National Georgetown University athlete walks at graduation for the first time since a spinal-cord injurylast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 3/25

first_img Written by Boys Soccer Tags: Adam Huff/Avery Wade/Jace Miller/Jesus Lamas/Kayden Lyons/Peyton Fonville/Trever Trythall Region 17 MANTI, Utah-Trever Trythall doubled and tripled and took the win on the mound, leading the Manti Templars to a Region 15 doubleheader sweep of Grand with a 12-1 win Monday. MANTI, Utah-Trever Trythall tripled and Jace Miller earned the win on the mound as the Manti Templars routed Grand 19-5 in the first game of a Region 15 doubleheader Monday. Miller, Adam Huff, Kayden Lyons and Peyton Fonville each added doubles in the win for Manti. March 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 3/25 MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Jesus Lamas scored twice as the Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s Winged Lions routed Wasatch Academy 9-1 Monday in Region 17 boys soccer action. Avery Wade scored in the loss for the Tigers. Region 15 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseball Brad Jameslast_img read more

Teen phenom Coco Gauff gets US Open wild card entry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tennis phenom Coco Gauff has been granted a wild card entry to the final Grand Slam of the year, the U.S. Open.The decision was announced by the USTA on Tuesday, with the release of the women’s singles main draw and qualifying wild card entrants. The 15-year-old Gauff became the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon earlier this summer.In 2017, Gauff was the youngest ever finalist in the U.S. Open girls singles event as a 13-year-old.Gauff reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, beating Venus Williams in the first round and becoming a fan favorite in the process.The U.S. Open begins on August 26.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img August 13, 2019 /Sports News – National Teen phenom Coco Gauff gets US Open wild card entrylast_img read more

NATO MARCOM Commander Visits Norfolk and the Pentagon

first_img View post tag: europe Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO MARCOM Commander Visits Norfolk and the Pentagon View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: Norfolk View post tag: NATO View post tag: the Pentagon View post tag: MARCOM View post tag: Commandercenter_img The Commander of NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM), Vice Admiral Peter Hudson CBE, paid official visits to Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, and U.S. Navy leaders in Norfolk and the Pentagon last week to discuss outcomes of the Wales Summit and the specific impact on the maritime domain.During the visit to Norfolk, Vice Admiral Hudson met with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Jean-Paul Paloméros, and his staff, Commander Fleet Forces Command, Admiral Bill Gortney, and Deputy Commander Fleet Forces Command/Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Center of Excellence (CJOS COE) Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, among others.While at the Pentagon, Vice Admiral Hudson met with U.S. defence leaders, including Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michelle Howard, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Europe Mr. Jim Townsend, and U.S. State Department officials.Specific subjects of discussion included development of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), or Spearhead Force; operationalization of the Alliance Maritime Strategy; ballistic missile defence (BMD); maritime reform; and U.S. Navy presence in the European Command (USEUCOM) area of responsibility, to name just a few.“The transatlantic bond between Europe and North America is a critical and defining characteristic of NATO, and is one of our new Secretary General’s three priorities,” said Vice Admiral Hudson. “I had a series of excellent discussions with NATO and U.S. Navy leadership on the western side of the Atlantic that should be of great benefit to Allied maritime operations going forward.”[mappress]Image: NATO MARCOM View post tag: Navy October 15, 2014 NATO MARCOM Commander Visits Norfolk and the Pentagon View post tag: Naval View post tag: usa View post tag: visits Share this articlelast_img read more

Bakkavor reveals UK plans after last year’s takeovers

first_imgIcelandic firm Bakkavor, which owns New Primebake, said it had strengthened its position in the UK, as it released its results for 2006 this week.The company reported an operating profit of £113.9m up 71% year on year, and total sales of £1.2bn, with like-for-like sales up 10% year on year.In the coming year, the company claims it will respond to UK customers’ growing concerns about social, environmental and ethical issues, and aims to develop products free from hydrogenated fats, artificial additives and preservatives, using only natural ingredients to flavour and preserve foods.Bakkavor made four acquisitions in the UK last year. These were the desserts and chilled cakes companies Laurens Patisseries and Rye Valley Patisserie, speciality bread firm New Primebake and readymeals producer Fresh Cook.Bakkavor said inflationary pressures in the UK, caused by higher oil prices and interest rates, are influencing economic confidence. This runs alongside ongoing price competition among grocery retailers and internet pricing.last_img read more

Cake checker

first_imgBakery name: Kuchenmeister in Soest one of the largest mid-market bakeries in Germany and the market leader in ready-made cakes.Machinery installed: Mettler Toledo Garvens XE3 checkweigher.Why has it been installed?: To ensure the correct product weight during production.What does the machinery do?: The XE3 is a compact, economical and efficient checkweighing solution. Equipped with a touchscreen interface, 100 product memories, three weight zones and a large range of options and accessories, this checkweigher is suitable for a broad range of applications in all industry segments weighing products up to 6,000g.Technical specifications: The XE3 checkweigher is suitable for dynamically weighing products up to 6,000g with an accuracy from ± 200mg and a maximum throughput of 200ppm.Problems solved: Ensures high product quality, while optimising the production process. The XE3 checkweigher weighs up to 100 cake bases per minute, automatically rejecting those that deviate from the nominal weight of 300g. In an adjacent room, another X3 checkweigher has been installed to control a Dutch cake speciality. This allows for entering and storing various nominal weights and pertinent weight zones in its memory, so that product changeover is particularly quick.Supplied by: Mettler Toledo GarvensTelephone number (UK): 0870 066 3150Website: www.mt.com/garvenslast_img read more

David Bowie ‘Loving The Alien’ Boxset Features Unreleased Music & New Production of ‘Never Let Me Down’

first_imgDANCE1. Shake It (Re-mix aka Long Version)2. Blue Jean (Extended Dance Mix)3. Dancing With The Big Boys (Extended Dance Mix)4. Tonight (Vocal Dance Mix)5. Don’t Look Down (Extended Dance Mix)6. Loving The Alien (Extended Dub Mix)7. Tumble And Twirl (Extended Dance Mix)8. Underground (Extended Dance Mix)9. Day-In Day-Out (Groucho Mix)10.Time Will Crawl (Dance Crew Mix)11.Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (12” mix)12.Never Let Me Down (Dub/Acapella) DANCESide 11. Shake It (Re-mix aka Long Version)(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘China Girl’ 12” single on EMI America 12EA 157 (U.K.) and V-7809 (U.S.) in May, 1983.)2. Blue Jean (Extended Dance Mix)(Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EA 181 (U.K.) and V-7838 (U.S.) in September, 1984.)3. Dancing With The Big Boys (Extended Dance Mix)(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Blue Jean’ 12” single alongside an Extended Dub Mix of the same, release details as above.)Side 21. Tonight (Vocal Dance Mix)(Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EA 187 (U.K.) and V-7846 (U.S.) in November, 1984.)2. Don’t Look Down (Extended Dance Mix)(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Loving The Alien’ (Extended Dance Mix) 12” single alongside the ‘Loving The Alien’ (Extended Dub Mix) on EMI America 12EA 195 (U.K.) and VG-7858 (U.S.) in May, 1985.)3. Loving The Alien (Extended Dub Mix)(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Loving The Alien’ (Extended Dance Mix) 12” single, release details as above.)Side 31. Tumble And Twirl (Extended Dance Mix)(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Tonight’ 12” single alongside a ‘Tonight’ (Dub Mix), release details as above.)2. Underground (Extended Dance Mix)(Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EA 216 (U.K.) and V-19210 (U.S.) in June, 1986.)3. Day-In Day-Out (Groucho Mix)(Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EAX 230 (U.K.) and V-19239 (U.S.) in March, 1987.)Side 41. Time Will Crawl (Dance Crew Mix)(Originally released on 12” single on EMI America 12EAX 237 (U.K.) in June, 1987.)2. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (12” mix)(Originally released on the ‘Never Let Me Down’ digital E.P. on EMI 0094639278954 in May, 2007.)3. Never Let Me Down (Dub/Acapella)(Originally released on the B-side of the ‘Never Let Me Down’ (Extended Dance Mix) 12” single on EMI America 12EA 239 (U.K.) and V-19255 (U.S.) in August, 1987.) CD Box Set:128 Page hardback bookLet’s Dance (remastered) (1CD)Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2CD)Tonight (remastered) (1CD)Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1CD)Never Let Me Down 2018 (previously unreleased) (1CD)*Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (2CD)Dance (1CD)*Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (2CD)** Exclusive to ‘Loving The Alien (1983-1988)’ Digital download standard:Let’s Dance (remaster)Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased)Tonight (remaster)Never Let Me Down (remaster)Never Let Me Down 2018 (previously unreleased)*Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87)Dance*Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered)** Set exclusives GLASS SPIDER (LIVE MONTREAL ’87)Side 1Up The Hill BackwardsGlass SpiderDay-In Day-OutBang BangSide 2Absolute BeginnersLoving The AlienChina GirlRebel RebelSide 3FashionScary Monsters (And Super Creeps)All The MadmenNever Let Me DownSide 4Big Brother‘87 And Cry“Heroes”Sons Of The Silent AgeTime Will Crawl / Band IntroductionSide 5Young AmericansBeat Of Your DrumThe Jean GenieLet’s DanceSide 6FameTimeBlue JeanModern Love NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018)Side 1Day-In Day-OutTime Will CrawlBeat Of Your DrumSide 2Never Let Me DownZeroesGlass SpiderSide 3Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (ft Laurie Anderson)New York’s In Love87 & CryBang BangSide 4David Bowie 1987 logo etching NEVER LET ME DOWNDay-In Day-OutTime Will CrawlBeat Of Your DrumNever Let Me DownZeroesGlass SpiderShining Star (Makin’ My Love)New York’s In Love’87 And CryBang Bang SERIOUS MOONLIGHT (LIVE ’83)Side 1Look Back In Anger“Heroes”What In The WorldGolden YearsFashionLet’s DanceSide 2Breaking GlassLife On Mars?SorrowCat People (Putting Out Fire)China GirlScary Monsters (And Super Creeps)Rebel RebelSide 3White Light/White HeatStation To StationCracked ActorAshes To AshesSide 4Space Oddity/Band IntroductionYoung AmericansFameModern Love NEVER LET ME DOWN (2018)Day-In Day-OutTime Will CrawlBeat Of Your DrumNever Let Me DownZeroesGlass SpiderShining Star (Makin’ My Love) (ft Laurie Anderson)New York’s In Love’87 And CryBang Bang ‘LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988)’ Vinyl & CD Tracklistings (showing Vinyl side breaks)LET’S DANCESide 1Modern LoveChina GirlLet’s DanceWithout YouSide 2RicochetCriminal WorldCat People (Putting Out Fire)Shake It CD TRACKLISTINGLET’S DANCEModern LoveChina GirlLet’s DanceWithout YouRicochetCriminal WorldCat People (Putting Out Fire)Shake Itcenter_img A new David Bowie box set has been announced this week, with the collection titled Loving The Alien due out on October 12th via Parlophone. Loving The Alien, named after the track off 1984’s Tonight, will catalog Bowie’s career in the mid-80s, with the collection spanning the years 1983 to 1988.Featuring studio albums, live LPs, and more, the boxset contains three of Bowie’s studio albums—Let’s Dance (1983), Tonight (1984), and Never Let Me Down (1987)—in addition to live albums Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) and Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87), both of which will be getting the vinyl treatment for the first time ever, and the new remix compilation album Dance. Exclusive to the set is a special compilation called Re:Call 4, which features select outtakes, rarities, B-sides, and demos from the era, plus songs from the Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners, Falcon and the Snowman, and When the Wind Blows soundtracks, and an accompanying book that contains unpublished photos and collected reviews and technical notes from producers/engineers Nile Rodgers, Hugh Padgham, Mario McNulty, and Justin Shirley-Smith.Notably, Loving The Alien features a brand-new production of 1987’s Never Let Me Down, an album that Bowie always wanted to re-record and that he called “a bitter disappointment.” This new take on Never Let Me Down was produced by Mario McNulty, arranged on strings by Nico Muhly, and features Laurie Anderson for a guest cameo on “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)”. For 2018’s Never Let Me Down, McNulty tapped longtime Bowie collaborators guitarist Reeves Gabriel, drummer Sterling Campbell, and bassist Tim Lefebvre to assist in the production.As Parlaphone, the record company that is releasing Loving The Alien in October, noted in a press release, “The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when Bowie asked McNulty to remix the track ‘Time Will Crawl’ and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer Sterling Campbell along with strings. … The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim and, in the notes for that record, David remarked ‘Oh, to redo the rest of that album.’”Loving The Alien is part of a series of era-themed David Bowie retrospective box sets, which have steadily been released since Bowie’s untimely death in 2016. Thus far, releases have cataloged 1969 to 1973 with Five Years, 1974 to 1976 with Who Can I Be Now?, and 1977 to 1982 with A New Career In A New Town.For more information, head to David Bowie’s website here. NEVER LET ME DOWNSide 1Day-In Day-OutTime Will CrawlBeat Of Your DrumNever Let Me DownZeroesSide 2Glass SpiderShining Star (Makin’ My Love)New York’s In Love’87 And CryBang Bang TONIGHTLoving The AlienDon’t Look DownGod Only KnowsTonightNeighborhood ThreatBlue JeanTumble And TwirlI Keep Forgettin’Dancing With The Big Boys TONIGHTSide 1Loving The AlienDon’t Look DownGod Only KnowsTonightSide 2Neighborhood ThreatBlue JeanTumble And TwirlI Keep Forgettin’Dancing With The Big Boys RE:CALL 4Side 11. Let’s Dance (single version)2. China Girl (single version)3. Modern Love (single version)4. This Is Not America (The theme from ‘The Falcon And The Snowman’) – David Bowie / Pat Metheny Group5. Loving The Alien (re-mixed version)Side 21. Don’t Look Down (re-mixed version)2. Dancing In The Street (Clearmountain mix) – David Bowie and Mick Jagger3. Absolute Beginners (from Absolute Beginners)4. That’s Motivation (from Absolute Beginners)5. Volare (from Absolute Beginners)Side 31. Labyrinth Opening Titles/Underground (from Labyrinth)2. Magic Dance (from Labyrinth)3. As The World Falls Down (from Labyrinth)4. Within You (from Labyrinth)5. Underground (from Labyrinth)Side 41. When The Wind Blows (single version) (from When The Wind Blows)2. Day-In Day-Out (single version)3. Julie4. Beat Of Your Drum (vinyl album edit)5. Glass Spider (vinyl album edit)Side 51. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (vinyl album edit)2. New York’s In Love (vinyl album edit)3. ‘87 And Cry (vinyl album edit)4. Bang Bang (vinyl album edit)5. Time Will Crawl (single version)Side 61. Girls (extended edit)2. Never Let Me Down (7” remix edit)3. Bang Bang (live – promotional mix)4. Tonight (live) Tina Turner with David Bowie5. Let’s Dance (live) Tina Turner with David Bowie SERIOUS MOONLIGHT (LIVE ’83)CD1Look Back In Anger“Heroes”What In The WorldGolden YearsFashionLet’s DanceBreaking GlassLife On Mars?SorrowCat People (Putting Out Fire)China GirlScary Monsters (And Super Creeps)Rebel RebelCD2White Light / White HeatStation To StationCracked ActorAshes To AshesSpace Oddity/Band IntroductionYoung AmericansFameModern Love GLASS SPIDER (LIVE MONTREAL ’87)CD 1Up The Hill BackwardsGlass SpiderDay-In Day-OutBang BangAbsolute BeginnersLoving The AlienChina GirlRebel RebelFashionScary Monsters (And Super Creeps)All The MadmenNever Let Me DownCD 2Big Brother‘87 And Cry“Heroes”Sons Of The Silent AgeTime Will Crawl / Band IntroductionYoung AmericansBeat Of Your DrumThe Jean GenieLet’s DanceFameTimeBlue JeanModern Love David Bowie ‘LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988)’ Boxset Track ListingLP Box Set:88 Page hardback bookLet’s Dance (remastered) (1LP)Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2LP)*Tonight (remastered) (1LP)Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1LP)Never Let Me Down (2018) (previously unreleased) (2LP – side 4 is etched)*Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (previously unreleased on vinyl) (3LP)*Dance (2LP)*Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (3LP)** Exclusive to ‘Loving The Alien (1983-1988) LP box’ RE:CALL 4CD 1Let’s Dance (single version)China Girl (single version)Modern Love (single version)This Is Not America (The theme from ‘The Falcon And The Snowman’) – David Bowie / Pat Metheny GroupLoving The Alien (re-mixed version)Don’t Look Down (re-mixed version)Dancing In The Street (Clearmountain mix) – David Bowie and Mick JaggerAbsolute Beginners (from Absolute Beginners)That’s Motivation (from Absolute Beginners)Volare (from Absolute Beginners)Labyrinth Opening Titles/Underground (from Labyrinth)Magic Dance (from Labyrinth)As The World Falls Down (from Labyrinth)Within You (from Labyrinth)Underground (from Labyrinth)CD 2When The Wind Blows (single version) (from When The Wind Blows)Day-In Day-Out (single version)JulieBeat Of Your Drum (vinyl album edit)Glass Spider (vinyl album edit)Shining Star (Makin’ My Love) (vinyl album edit)New York’s In Love (vinyl album edit)‘87 And Cry (vinyl album edit)Bang Bang (vinyl album edit)Time Will Crawl (single version)Girls (extended edit)Never Let Me Down (7” remix edit)Bang Bang (live – promotional mix)Tonight (live) Tina Turner with David BowieLet’s Dance (live) Tina Turner with David BowieView All Trackslast_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling In St. Paul, MN

first_imgWith their nationwide tour underway, Greensky Bluegrass made a stop at St. Paul, MN’s Palace Theatre on Friday night, offering up a high-energy two-set spectacle in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Following memorable Red Rocks Amphitheatre shows last weekend, Greensky continued their expansive fall tour on Friday night with support from Ghost Light, the new improvisational project from fan-favorites Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling.Greensky opened the evening with “Roberta”, moving forward with setlist staples “A Letter To Seymore”, “Last Winter In Copper Country”, “200 Miles From Montana”, and “While Waiting”. Next, Ghost Light’s Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling were invited up to assist on electric guitar and keys for a trio of tunes. Notably, Hamilton recently sat in with GSBG at Red Rocks for a ripping take on “Cry Holy, All” > “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox”, wowing the sold-out Sunday night audience.Greensky Bluegrass – Palace Theatre – 9/28/2018[Video: Noah Turner]With Hamilton and Bowling onstage, the seven-piece band went into a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark”, with Bowling tickling the ivories with precision. Next, the band worked through “I’d Probably Kill You”, changing the lyrics to tip their hat to frequent collaborator and friend, Billy Strings. With Hamilton and Bowling still on stage, Greensky brought set one to a close with a cover of The Dillards’ “Reuben’s Train”, as the Midwest crowd erupted with applause.Following a brief set break, Greensky Bluegrass opened set two with “What’s Left Of The Night” before working through GSBG favorites, “Miss September”, “Train Junky”, “Old Barns”, and “The Four”. To close out Friday night’s second set, Greensky burned the Palace Theatre to the ground with “Kerosene”. Greensky Bluegrass encored a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”, an ode to the iconic songwriter who spent his earlier years in Minnesota.For a full list of Greensky Bluegrass’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Palace Theatre | St. Paul, Minnesota | 9/28/2018Set One: Roberta, Grow Bananas, A Letter to Seymour, Last Winter In Copper Country, 200 Miles From Montana, While Waiting, Dancing in the Dark (1), I’d Probably Kill You (1)(2), Reuben’s Train(1)Set Two: What’s Left of the Night (3) > Miss September, Steam Powered Aeroplane > Train Junkie, Better Off, Blood Sucking F(r)iends > Old Barns (4), Before Bring Your Dead > Bring Out Your Dead, The Four > KeroseneEncore: Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You(1) – w/ Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling, (2) – Lyric change “pretty sure Billy Strings was in there”, (3) – Tarpology tease, (4)- New Barns arrangementlast_img read more

Seminar explores border issues

first_imgTags: Arizona, Border Issues, CSC While snow virtually buried the Midwest during winter break, 11 Notre Dame students traveled down to the desert of southern Arizona for the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) Border Issues Seminar.According to the CSC website, the seminar, which took place Jan. 3 to 11, was meant to “expose students to diverse perspectives about [the] Mexico-U.S. border and immigration issues.”Seminar director and sociology professor Kraig Beyerlein said the experience is formative for students.“I just think it’s one thing to read and intellectually talk about things, and it’s a whole different experience to actually see what’s going on on the ground,” Beyerlein said. “I think it can potentially change people in a way that you can’t just do in a classroom setting.”The goals of the border class and seminar are three-fold. Beyerlein said the first is to provide “an intellectual, educational framework to understand broader debates about immigration, mostly from a sociological perspective.”Beyerlein said the second goal of the class is to provide a unique, distinctive lens for understanding immigration in light of Catholic Social Teaching. The third goal is then to take students to the border for firsthand experience.Although the class is not allowed to cross the border due to security issues, Beyerlein said students are able to approach the wall and, in some areas, see through it.“From the students’ perspective [it’s] frustrating, but I also understand the constraints given the security issues,” he said.As part of the seminar, Beyerlein said students participated in legal proceedings, humanitarian service with a group called the Samaritans, border ministry work, work with Catholic Charities and travel, all within the context of religion and immigration.Prior to the trip, students attended class, wrote a preeimmersion pape, and watched the documentary ‘Crossing Arizona,’ which recorded personal accounts of crossing the border. Beyerlein said as much as students anticipate the experience and imagine what may occur, post-immersion papers always indicate the students’ experiences are not what they expected.Beyerlein said students saw migrants being sent back across the border to Mexico.“About 60 migrants are processed in an hour and a half, which is pretty fast,” he said. “I think just seeing the migrants in the shackle  – I think that’s a pretty hard experience for students.”Beyerlein said normally, migrants who are caught crossing illegally are returned to the Mexican side of the border. Those who are processed through Operation Streamline, a government program that files criminal charges against illegal migrants, receive jail time for a period of 30 days.“If you’re caught again, the jail time keeps increasing up to the point where it can actually be a felony,” he said.Students who have participated in Beyerlein’s seminar have gone on to work in the Peace Corps, humanitarian organization, and internships in Washington, D.C.“Part of the seminar is for students to figure out their position on immigration, what they should do,” he said. “I do think it’s great to see continual engagement about the issues.”Senior Maggie Duffy said she initially participated in the seminar her sophomore yea, but also served as the seminar’s student leader this past year.Since her sophomore-year experience, Duffy has worked with a local immigration lawyer, added a supplementary major in Latino Studies, and spent several weeks in Arizona last summer, working with the humanitarian organization, No More Deaths.“One of the most important aspects of the seminar is … [meeting with] people who deal with the issues of immigration on a daily basis,” she said. “Seeing the passion and commitment that all these people have for protecting the rights of migrants and working towards change in our country is truly inspiring.”last_img read more

Vermont General Fund, Education Fund revenues exceed targets, Transportation lags

first_imgThese targets reflect the revised Fiscal Year 2011 Consensus Revenue Forecast approved by the Emergency Board at their January 14, 2011 meeting.  Statutorily, the State is required to revise the Consensus Revenue Forecast two times per year, in January and July; the Emergency Board may schedule interim revisions if deemed necessary.    The consumption taxes both showed above target results for March: Sales & Use Tax receipts of $16.80 million exceeded the monthly target by +$1.03 million (+6.52%); Rooms & Meals Tax receipts of $12.76 million were above target by +$0.73 million (+6.07%).  On a year to date basis, both consumption taxes remain slightly below target: Sales & Use Tax, $165.23 million (-0.15%); Meals & Room Tax, $96.38 million (-0.05%).    Vermont Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding delivered good good news on tax revenues Tuesday as the General Fund and Education Fund both exceed targets for the month of MArch. The Transportation Fund, however, fell below its anticipated mark.   Individual Transportation Fund revenue receipts components for March were: Gasoline Tax, $5.31 million or -3.17% behind target; Diesel Tax, $1.03 million or -33.76% short of target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $4.04 million or +4.04% above target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $6.75 million or +0.18% ahead of target; and Other Fees, $1.71 million or -11.27% below the monthly target.  The March year to date Transportation Fund revenue results were: Gasoline Tax, $46.35 million or -0.52% short of target, Diesel Tax, $11.24 million or +0.25% above target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $34.81 million or +1.86% ahead of target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $49.26 million or -0.50% behind target; and Other Fees, $12.89 million or +1.34% above target.  Personal Income Tax (PI) receipts are the largest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-ofPersonal Income Tax refunds.  Net Personal Income Tax is comprised of PI Withholding Tax, PI Estimated Payments, PI Refunds Paid, and PI Other; with PI Withholdings less PI Refunds accounting for more than 60% of the annual net Personal Income Tax receipts.  Strong net PI Receipts for March were recorded at $15.61 million, +$6.29 million or +67.60% ahead of the monthly target of $9.31 million.  Year to date PI receipts were $353.67 million, or +0.42% above target.  Education Fund The ‘non-Property Tax’ Education Fund revenues (which constitute approximately 11.9% of the total Education Fund sources) were released today by Secretary Spaulding.  The non-Property Tax Education Fund receipts for March totaled $11.96 million, or +$0.43 million (+3.70%) ahead of the $11.54 million target for the month.  Year to date Education Fund revenues were $114.57 million or -0.01% behind the year to date target of $114.58 million.    General Fund March is the ninth month of fiscal year (FY) 2011. General Fund revenues totaled $74.87 million for March 2011, and were +$5.98 million or 8.68% above the $68.90 million consensus revenue forecast for the month.  The monthly results closed the February year to date shortfall and pushed March year to date results slightly above target.  March year to date revenues were $813.33 million or +$1.65 million or +0.20% ahead of target.  Compared to the same period for the prior fiscal year, FY 2011 GF results are 8.67% ahead of FY 2010, but remain below the pre-recession FY 2008 results by -2.70%.   ConclusionSecretary Spaulding concluded, ‘Just as the national economy was beginning to brighten, energy prices have begun to climb and the US Congress is cutting the federal budget.  Concerns about the unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, and rising energy prices have brought consumer confidence down slightly and could well be a drag on the recovery.  Vermont’s modest unemployment rate reduction and continued positive vehicle sales are offset by another stall in the housing market.’  The Secretary also reported on the results for the Transportation Infrastructure Bond Fund (’TIB’).  TIB Fund Gas receipts for March were $1.41 million or -5.15% below target; year to date receipts of $12.20 million were -1.20% short of target.  TIB Fund Diesel receipts were $0.12 million or -38.00% behind the monthly target; year to date TIB Diesel receipts were $1.34 million or -1.00% short of target.  TIB Fund receipts are noted below the following table:   Secretary Spaulding said, ‘The Transportation Fund overall is still on target, albeit certain components seems a bit erratic; up one month and down the next.’   Secretary Spaulding noted that, ‘We will be watching the individual and corporate tax filing results for the next two critical weeks in the hopes that we will regain some of the below target results in net corporate tax.  Overall, General Fund receipts are just slightly above target; we are hopeful that we will be able to maintain these results through the final quarter of FY 2011.’   Corporate Income Taxes for March are also reported net-of refunds.  The March receipts were disappointing at $13.75 million, or -$1.68 million or -10.90% below the monthly target of $15.43 million.  Year to date Corporate Income Tax receipts of $62.41 million fell below the target by -1.11%.  ‘Net Corporate Income tax performed below expectations for March,’ said Secretary Spaulding.   Of the four corporate tax components, two were above and two were below the targets for March.  The most notable underperformance occurred in the Corporate Paid Returns component, which finished -$6.0 million and -50.41% below the target for the month.  Secretary Spaulding said, ‘It is not a good sign that March has fallen -50.41% short for the month; March is normally the largest single month for Corporate Paid return receipts.’    Transportation FundSecretary Spaulding also reported on the results for the non-dedicated Transportation Fund Revenue for March.  Total non-dedicated Transportation Fund receipts of $18.85 million for the month fell below target by -$0.75 million (-3.81%), against the monthly target of $19.60 million.  The year to date non-dedicated Transportation revenue was $154.56 million versus the target of $154.22 million (+$0.34 million, +0.22%).    The remaining non-major tax components include Insurance, Inheritance & Estate Tax, Real Property Transfer Tax, and ‘Other’ (which includes: Bank Franchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax, Beverage Tax, Fees, and Other Taxes).  The results for the month of March were as follows: Insurance Tax, $7.02 million (+3.06%); Estate Tax, $0.80 million (-25.51%); Property Transfer Tax, $0.52 million (-1.80%); and ‘Other’, $7.61 million (-4.02%).  Year to date results for these categories were: Insurance Tax, $47.49 million (+1.05%); Estate Tax, $20.74 million (+4.57%); Property Transfer Tax, $6.23 million (+7.41%); and ‘Other’, $61.19 million (+2.73%).  ‘Overall, our revenues are basically on target through the first three quarters of FY 11.  It is heartening to see personal income receipts recover nicely in March after two below target months in a row, and to know that General fund revenues are up almost 9% compared to last year.  However, we must be cautious going forward because the run-up in fuel prices, numerous global hotspots, and government spending reductions have the potential to be a drag on continued economic and revenue trends,’ explained Secretary Spaulding.  The individual Education Fund revenue component results for March were: Sales & Use Tax, $8.40 million, or +6.52% ahead of target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $2.02 million or +4.04%; Lottery Transfer, $1.54 million or -9.69%; and Education Fund Interest, under $0.01 million against a target of $0.01 million (-15.49%).  Year to date results were: Sales & Use Tax, $82.61 million or -0.15%; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $17.41 million or +1.86%; Lottery Transfer, $14.51 million or -1.11%; and Education Fund Interest, $0.04 against a target of $0.08 million (-51.01%).  Source: State of Vermont Agency of Administration. 4.12.2011last_img read more