Stepping up for a good cause

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Ideal Credit Union created its Wellbeing Champions Committee in part to encourage employees to participate in the 10th annual MN Brain Tumor 5K. continue reading »center_img Ideal Credit Union’s new Wellbeing Champions Committee launched a five-week step challenge to highlight the importance of daily exercise and encourage participants to walk with a greater purpose at the 10th annual MN Brain Tumor 5K.Each week the committee shared helpful tips, recipes, motivational messages, and more to inspire and encourage employees to work toward a healthier lifestyle.The Woodbury, Minn.-based credit union provided employees with a tracking device to measure their daily activity. Participants submitted their average weekly steps for a chance to win prizes and received encouragement to build upon the previous week’s results.Seventy-eight Ideal employees participated, and 49 completed the five-week step challenge.last_img read more

Over 9,300 personnel deployed to secure Jakarta as omnibus law protests enter 2nd week

first_imgWidespread protests erupted across the country after the House of Representatives passed the bill on Oct. 5.Some protests, however, have been marred by violent clashes between protesters and security forces.Meanwhile, civil society organizations have slammed the police for using “excessive force” in managing the demonstrations as pictures of police assaulting protesters and journalists circulated on social media.The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said it had received at least 1,500 reports on alleged police violence from Oct. 6 to 8 during the planned national strike against the new law, organized primarily by labor unions. (trn) The police also deployed 200 Brimob officers to West Java.Awi added that a joint force of 9,332 policemen, soldiers and Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers had been deployed in the capital on Tuesday to enforce security.Read also: ‘We are not yet defeated’: Students condemn govt’s dismissal of jobs law protestsWhile Tuesday’s protest in Jakarta involved several religious groups, the country’s second largest Islamic organization, Muhammadiyah, reasserted that it would not take part in any demonstrations. Instead, it would “focus on handling the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on education, the economy and public health”, Muhammadiyah secretary Abdul Mu’ti said on Monday, as quoted by The National Police on Monday deployed around 7,500 Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers to ensure public safety and security in Jakarta amid continuing protests against the newly passed Job Creation Law, or omnibus law.Several groups, including the hard-line Islam Defenders Front (FPI) and the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212), went ahead with their planned demonstrations on Tuesday in Jakarta to demand that the government revoke the omnibus law.“The first deployment of [Brimob officers] arrived in Jakarta on Oct. 5, while the second arrived on Oct. 12. At least 7,500 officers are deployed here,” National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono said on Monday as quoted by Topics :last_img read more

House panel approves debate for impeachment vote

first_imgThe House Rules committee has approved six hours of debate ahead of Wednesday’s impeachment hearing.The measure was approved late Tuesday night by a party-line vote of nine to four who approved the legislation.President Trump is accused of abusing his powers as president and obstruction of Congress after withholding funds from Ukraine in order to get information regarding relations of political rival, Joe Biden’s son.The move will clear the way for the panel to debate and then vote on whether President Trump committed a crime and whether or not he should be impeached.If the House decides to impeach President Trump, they then will decide if he should also be removed from office.last_img

Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs Director Rosalind Conerly celebrates black culture at USC

first_imgRosalind Conerly was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. Now, as the director of the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, she said she uses what she learned as a first-generation student to help students at USC.“Having to navigate school and figure out resources, having to work with my family to teach them about FAFSA and residence halls, [was something] I had to learn as I went [through] my undergraduate years,” Conerly said. She attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She said her experiences there prepared for a career in student affairs. Recently, she completed her Doctorate at USC.As director of the CBCSA, Conerly is able to work closely with Black students at the University, who make up less than 10 percent of the school population. “I’m able to listen to conversations that [students] are having, whether it’s music or TV shows or even deeper conversations about the political climate,” Conerly said. “I get a lot of students that just stop by to check in or tell me how their day is going.”Conerly began her career at the Office of Institutional Inclusion at Arizona State University, where she coordinated diversity programs for both faculty and students. Through her work, she found a new and more personal experience once she joined the staff of the CBCSA. “[USC] was a great opportunity for me to get the hands-on, one-on-one experience with Black students as well as with the larger campus,” Conerly said. As a recent graduate and staff member at the CBCSA, David Elliott IV is one student who has witnessed Conerly’s compassion and hard work.“Not only does she worry about administrative matters but the students themselves. They can come to her with anything, with problems or just to say hello,” said Elliott, who serves as the  CBCSA’s outreach and recruitment specialist. “I myself can go into her office and just rant and talk about anything — she makes time for that.” Every year, the CBCSA hosts events that aim to celebrate black culture and create a welcoming, supportive space for students and staff of African descent.This year, Conerly said that the African American Culture Ceremony, which celebrated black students who were members of the USC class of 2017, was an important moment for her first year as the director of the CBCSA. “It was major for me, because I finished my doctorate [at USC’s Rossier School of Education] as well, and it was the first time I got to see an entire class graduate from freshman to senior year,” Conerly said.  As Conerly watches the students she works with day to day move forward in their careers, and the conversations at the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs that she cites as meaningful to her position expand into the bigger world.“We get to see them develop over the four or five-plus years they’ve been here, and it’s great to see them help us celebrate in our own way,” Conerly said.last_img read more

Lionel Messi ready to leave Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his contract with the club and is ready to leave the Catalans when his deal expires in 2021, according to reports from Spanish radio network Cadena Ser.Sources confirmed to ESPN’s Moises Llorens that Messi is said to be angry with Barcelona’s front office about leaked media reports that appeared to make him seem responsible for events at the club, such as the January sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde, and that he is frustrated about the squad’s lack of quality.Messi and his father, Jorge, had begun discussing renewing Messi’s last deal with the club, which was signed in 2017, but they no longer wish to advance the negotiation, according to the Cadena Ser report.The Argentine’s representatives and Barcelona did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Messi, who turned 33 last month, scored his 700th career goal on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid, but the milestone strike ended in disappointment as Barca drew the game 2-2 in the latest blow to their bid to retain the Spanish title.Barca trail Real Madrid by four points in the title race with five games remaining after Real beat Getafe 1-0 on Thursday.Previously known for his shy personality off the pitch, Messi has become more vocal in his criticism of the club in the past year.In January, he hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal, whom Messi said had implied players had a hand in Valverde being sacked.In a February interview with newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Messi declared the team wasn’t good enough to win this season’s Champions League.Then in April Messi criticised Barca’s board of directors for implying players were not willing to accept a pay cut to help the team’s financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic. Source: ESPNlast_img read more