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first_imgVice president for public affairs and communications Paul J. Browne will retire June 30, University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a press release today.“Paul came to Notre Dame with a love for the University instilled by his immigrant parents,” Jenkins said in the release. “After eight years of significant contributions, he leaves with the respect, gratitude and affection of me and so many more of his Notre Dame colleagues.”Browne has been leading his division for almost eight years to improve the University’s reputation across the nation and the world. He coordinated the first presentation by a Notre Dame faculty member to the Religion News Associations’ annual conference and helped organize presentations of the Notre Dame Award in Brazil, Mexico and Ukraine, the release said.Browne served as deputy commissioner for public information for the New York City Police Department prior to taking his position at Notre Dame in July 2013.The press release said he also worked as press secretary and chief of staff for U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and he took on similar roles at the U.S. Treasury Department, the New York State Court of Appeals and the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.In the 1990s, Browne received the Commanders Award for Public Service for serving as deputy director of the International Police Monitors in Haiti, with the goal of ending human rights abuses in Haiti.Browne received a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Marist College and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In his early career, he worked as a reporter for the Watertown Daily Times in upstate New York. He also worked as Albany bureau chief for the New York Daily News and the New York Law Journal and was a stringer for the New York Times.Jenkins reflected on Browne’s role over the course of his time at Notre Dame.“In his nearly eight years at Notre Dame, Paul has been a calm, thoughtful presence at the center of storms that sometimes envelop a university,” Jenkins said. “He has been an invaluable partner to me in crafting and communicating messages for the University.”Tags: Fr. John Jenkins, Paul J. Browne, public affairs and communicationslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which awarded me a special recognition for my contribution to the promotion of micro-entrepreneurship, expires in 1852 as the year of its founding, so I took a look at the history books…The first major exodus of the population”Life on the Croatian coast and islands is fading. People leave “belly for bread”, villages are left without inhabitants, the army without soldiers, the state without income, the country is exposed to every robbery at the mercy of… The year is 1890. It has been 17 years since connecting Rijeka and Vienna by rail, 46 years since the construction of the first summer house and 32 years since the construction of the first hotel in Opatija. A year ago, Opatija was officially declared a climatic health resort. Phylloxera took over, destroying viticulture – the economic basis of the coast and islands. This final blow after the collapse of the sailing ship in 1864, started a real exodus of the population of the coastal and island areas. “This was the socio – economic framework for the beginning of the development of tourism on the Adriatic in the form as we know it today.Good transport infrastructure is a prerequisite for developmentThe state (then) developed the most modern transport infrastructure of the time in order to quickly, efficiently and in large numbers bring people from the continent to “the most beautiful sea coast in the world”. In 1901, the narrow-gauge railway connecting the Dubrovnik littoral, Dubrovnik with the network of railways leading to Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Paris and even Istanbul was completed. At the beginning of the 20th century, 131 places on the Croatian coast and islands were connected by daily ferry lines that maintained more than 150 ships. Along the coastal voyage from Rijeka to Kotor lasted 26,5 hours and took place “non-stop” with two large passenger ships.Development of EntrepreneurshipIn addition to entrepreneurial ventures in shipping, entrepreneurial ventures in tourism also took place. In addition to joint stock companies in both segments, great contribution was made by enterprising individuals who, together with their families, encouraged by efficient state administration, launched entrepreneurial ventures worthy of admiration even today. For example, in 1904 the Society for the Beautification of Places in Baška (the forerunner of today’s tourist board) was founded, and in 1906 the first hotel “Zvonimir”, of the Tudor family. Until 1912, the Grandić family built the “Grandić” hotel, the Matejčić family the “Praha” hotel, the Gaistlich family the “Baška” hotel, the Volarić family, and the “Volarić” hotel. A similar development can be seen in a number of well-known tourist destinations on the Adriatic today. From the very beginning of tourism development, the first accommodation was “private”, ie family. Thus, history records the first written trace of the stay of Emperor Francis Joseph with the Gozz family in Dubrovnik in 1818. In 1910, a local newspaper recorded an unprecedented crowd in March when the city was flooded with tourists, filling all hotels and knocking on doors from house to house looking for accommodation. …Planned and guided tourism developmentTourism first developed where the railway came from, in Opatija, then in Dubrovnik. However, thanks to good transport connections by sea, it quickly spread throughout the Croatian coast and islands through excursions and then longer stays. The state (then) understood tourism as a lever for the development of an economically weak area. Strategic encouragement of tourism development had a great impact on the rest of the population in these areas, in fact, due to tourism, enterprising people from all countries of the then Austro-Hungarian monarchy came to the coast and islands and with their work, investments and knowledge transfer laid the foundations of what we call successful today. tourism.War and a new social order are suppressing entrepreneurshipUntil the Second World War, tourism in our country developed on the same basis as in Austria, Switzerland, Italy… However, after the Second World War, private entrepreneurship was banned, the market economy was abolished, hotels were nationalized. The only form of micro-entrepreneurship in tourism remained related to the then “home crafts” and catering in the segment of food and beverages. Both forms of entrepreneurship were limited in capacity, employees, and under the strict control of this “capitalist element” by the powerful state. This situation lasted from 1945 to 1991, when the socio-economic system of the sovereign Republic of Croatia changed. The disaster of the new war brought new suffering to people and property. Once private, then nationalized hotels, they suffered damage again and changed owners and appearance during the period of transformation and privatization. Most of these are renovated modern hotels owned by joint stock companies today. One part of these buildings still stands neglected and abandoned. Recovering from all the war and post-war disasters, Croatian tourism is returning to the paths of old glory only at the turn of the millennium. Micro-entrepreneurship, especially family entrepreneurship, only in a few years continues its development where it was violently stopped in 1941.Transport connection – public transportIn the past 20 years, the Croatian authorities have also built a good road transport infrastructure, and air transport is encouraged. In maritime along coastal and coastal-island traffic, progress has been made with the introduction of high-speed lines and modern ferries, although there is still considerable room for improvement. Attempts have also been made by seaplane connectivity, experimenting with the concession of small lines, but it seems that we have not yet reached the required level of line frequency and reasonable prices to be able to establish significant progress from the situation at the time of this text. On land in public local and intercity transport, the situation is perhaps the worst. If you do not live in the center of a larger city, without your own car you become immobile, in fact, your life returns to the level of mobility two centuries ago. This traffic disconnection is also one of the main reasons why some destinations are bypassed by tourists in the off-season.History repeats itselfToday, Croatia is reliving long-ago difficult moments. The population is in an accelerated exodus. Modern Phylloxera – the Croatian model of transformation and privatization and partnership capitalism have again destroyed the economic basis of a large part of the country. Tens of thousands of jobs have been cut. Small shipyards, agricultural cooperatives, factories, textile industry plants, petrochemical, metal processing plants, hotel complexes were closed… You will surely remember the examples of once well-established companies from their immediate surroundings that were strangely shut down… The wrong model of economic development comes into this time to charge. In addition to “Phylloxere”, there is a new “steam engine” – digital technology. The steam engine once destroyed sailing ships and the entire industry related to these ships, the digital era is slowly closing an increasing number of business premises, offices, shops, retail chains – all places of purchase of products and services that are increasingly ordered and bought “online”. History repeats itself but not quite literally, unfortunately. During the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, the efficient state bureaucracy revived the Croatian coast and islands in twenty years. Today’s bureaucratic apparatus, by accumulating legal and sub-legal obstacles, fiscal and parafiscal levies, achieves the effect of suppressing any desire for independent business. “Rolling” into the public sector has become a national sport in which “excellents”, individuals with a political “pedigree”, win. Others, disappointed and discouraged, buy non-refundable tickets for the future in a different environment.Micro entrepreneur – super heroBeing a family micro-entrepreneur in any business and in any form of registration, today, here, is tantamount to a heroic endeavor. Only a man with superhero traits can fight laws, levies, financing, business development at the same time. For such a working day has 16 hours, a week 7 days, a year 364 sleepless nights…All Croatian authorities, however many they have been to this day, have not understood the lesson of the past – the state consists of three equally important basic elements: a certain territory, a sovereign government and a permanent population. Tourism is now understood as an industry for making extra profits of desirable owners of privatized hotels, good “chargers” of the budget at all levels of public government, using the work of fluctuating seasonal workers. At the same time, modern economic planners have completely neglected the “third element” of statehood – permanent residents.Family micro-entrepreneurship in tourism is a model, a means of staying and survival of the permanent population in areas endangered by depopulation. By tying families to the land, to the home while ensuring their existence, the survival of small towns, rural areas, in fact most of Croatia, is achieved. The micro-entrepreneur first employs his family, then relatives, neighbors and other neighbors and, if necessary, additional employees in the high employment season. One small family hotel provides 15 permanent jobs and another 15 seasonal ones. 2.000 such hotels would revive the Croatian coast and islands, employ 30.000 people directly and permanently, and as many more occasionally. Behind each employee stands a family that would have a settled basic existence and a reason to stay in the place they love the most. We would have satisfied and professional employees in tourism. Earnings would be “overflowed” from tourism into additional facilities in the place, it would be invested in agricultural production because this model of development is slower, generational but more stable. This development is not only family development but also community development. Our coastal towns would look like Austrian villages. Croatia would no longer be full of life only when it is “full of tourism”, but the autochthonous rhythm of life in small towns would take place continuously throughout the year.Tourism is not an end in itself, it is a means to a better lifeIn order to achieve all the positive effects, tourism must be understood as a means to an end. The goal is a good life for the local community and primarily the permanent population. Happy and content, well-off individual = happy, content and well-off society. If we develop thousands of micro-entrepreneurs, some will fail, some will re-emerge, but development will not stop because of the “thousand little wheels”, most of them will always be in operation.Croatia needs a completely new paradigm of social and economic development. It must all start with the family as the basic economic and social unit of society. Entrepreneurial ideas emerge in the family that need to be supported and guided. Tourism as a means of achieving the survival of Croatia must be especially encouraged, stimulated, even privileged. Can political elites understand and accept this today? Judging by the increase in VAT on catering from 10 to 13% and then in just two months from 13 to 25%, it is difficult.Published by: Nedo Pinezić<br />
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first_imgA car was hit by a Brightline train in Pompano Beach Saturday at around 8 a.m.Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to the scene right away. The man in the vehicle was rushed to the hospital, reports say.Officials are still investigating the incident.850 WFTL will keep you updated as the story develops.last_img

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first_imgThe Palm Beach County School Board unanimously approved plans to deal with growing attendance Jupiter High School that is already overcapacity by nearly 600 students.The project has to move quickly to have 26 modular classrooms ready for students in August at a cost of more than $16 million.Board member Barbara McQuinn says the state has made it clear there’s no plans or money on the way to build a new school to alleviate the problem.“And so being geographically such a large county we go west out to the Glades then we go to the ocean and we’re landlocked over there. We don’t have any place to go,” said McQuinn.The district is looking to build 26 classrooms on the 40,000-square-foot site currently used for the agriculture lab.The school is the second most crowded school in the Palm Beach County District, behind Forest Hill High School.last_img read more

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first_imgA woman whose newborn died after she went into labor while in prison has been awarded $1 million from the state of South Carolina and two medical companies after an autopsy revealed that the child would have survived if given medical care.According to reports Sinetra Johnson, found out she was pregnant two days before she was sentenced to more than two years behind bars for violating her parole.While Johnson was transferred to a jail that caters to those with specialized medical needs, when she went into labor at 26 weeks, Johnson did not receive the medical attention she needed.According to the lawsuit, medical staff at the Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution did not fully examine Johnson when they conducted an examine earlier that day and several hours later Johnson gave birth to her daughter in a prison toilet.Despite requesting assistance, guards at the prison did not help.Fellow inmates then wheeled Johnson to the medical station where she delivered a healthy son.The first child, however, did not survive.After an investigation it was found that if the first child received immediate medical care, she would have survived.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook42Tweet0Pin0 A Stardust Christmas Blizzard runs at The State Theater in Downtown Olympia until December 31, 2013. Reserve your tickets by calling the box office at 360.786.0151 or online here. Submitted by Reesa Nelson for Harlequin ProductionsThe Stardust Christmas Blizzard is Harlequin Productions 18th Stardust Production.The holidays are always a magical time of year. And for many of those years, Harlequin has shared a multitude of sparkly toe-tapping Stardust productions with the community. Many thousands of regional theater goers have enjoyed the hits-filled jumping, jiving, and caroling as Stardust traveled through the 1940s. Now, after a brief break from the tradition last year, we are happy to visit times gone by in Christmas 1957 with the Stardust Gang. This year’s production, A Stardust Christmas Blizzard, marks playwright Harlowe Reed’s eighteenth production of the Stardust series. The playwright has graciously granted an interview so we could glean more insights into this vibrant delight.What inspired the leap in setting from the 1940s to 1957?HR: We spent seventeen years in the 1940s and covered over 200 songs from the period. I was ready to move forward in time. The 1950s may have a little more resonance with today’s audience owing to shifting demographics. In addition, the variety of material available broadens as you move forward in time.Do you have any personal attachment to this era?HR: I’m a social history buff and all eras have their fascinations. Mid 20th century America is an amazing time. We were a very young country that had come into a newly elevated position of power and wealth after WWII. Our culture was blasting off along with the accelerated economy.What is your process for writing a musical like this?HR: Rounding up the best cast possible and then writing characters that align with them. There has to be a kernel of story to get it going, but once I begin to let them tell their own stories on paper it rolls out from there. The music will usually be selected from the hits of the decade and be placed in the show to fit characters and situations.Where does your inspiration come from?HR: Actually while I’m in the midst of working on the current show, the idea for the following holiday may spring up. That’s often been the case. This year was different because I didn’t really know what would evolve until this summer. I knew there would be a blizzard but I didn’t know how it would turn out.How do you decide which musical numbers to include in the show?HR: We start with a list of perhaps a hundred songs that were hits and emblematic of the style of popular music during the era and narrow it down to 24 or 26 numbers. This process has to do with the vocal ranges of the cast and how many solos, group numbers and duets are to be included in the show. Emotional resonance with a number is a big influence as well.What is one of the ways you’ve infused the essence of the 50s into this show?HR: Some of the skits and introductions are framed up on several TV personalities like Ed Sullivan, Lawrence Welk, and Perry Como. One snippet is an Elvis Presley impression and a number of the songs in the show were, of course, made famous by iconic rock’n’roll stars.The Stardust Christmas Blizzard is set in 1957, a departure from the previous productions in the 1940s.Why is early rock’n’roll music still popular today?HR: I think it’s still popular because it is emblematic of freedom and individualism and these are dearly held values. When you look at the entire arc of pop culture as a mass-produced and multi-media experience, it’s not really that old. American popular music went overseas in WWII with the big band recordings and they changed the world. Rock’n’roll evolved out of that uniquely American form. But it wasn’t Big Band, it was small band and big personality. There is also an innocence in early rock’n’roll that would be almost completely obliterated by the mid-70s. That sincerity still has its charms.What is your favorite part about writing these wonderful musicals?HR: Having a great cast and seeing and hearing the show come to life. There is always an adventure to be had in inventing something new! The very best part for all of us is having happy audiences and feeling that we’ve contributed to and been an enjoyable part of their holiday!last_img read more