‘BeaUtiful’ event promotes self-esteem in teenagers

first_imgShades of Ebony, an organization of female African-American students at Notre Dame, sought to empower local South Bend high-school students with their BeaUtiful event in the Coleman-Morse student longue on Thursday. Shades of Ebony vice-president Deandra Cadet said the BeaUtiful event brought together Shades of Ebony members, guest speakers and around 50 female African-American students from Washington High School for an evening of group discussion and presentations centering on individuality and self-esteem.“This year the theme is “Believe in Your Beautiful.” We will focus on believing in the beauty of yourself, of others and your future,” Cadet said. “Our goal is to mentor and support the girls and provide them with tips and advice for self-esteem, image and the future through the words of exceptional speakers and discussion.”Cadet said planning for the annual high school outreach event involved community engagement on and off campus.“We reached out to the guidance counselors from various South Bend schools and visited to send permission slips, flyers and waivers,” Cadet said. “As far as funding, many dorms have generously donated to support the success of this event.” Sophomore Lena Madison, the club’s treasurer, said this year’s event focuses on promoting individuality.“It’s important because it’s empowering women to be who they are,” Madison said. “The goal is to make sure that these young women know that they can decide who they want to be, as opposed to having society decide who who they ought to be.” Freshman Arielle Flowers, a committee member of Shades of Ebony, said the event’s focus on individuality is much needed.“The problem is that society propagates stereotypes about being an African-American, and a woman on top of that,” Flowers said. “But this event is about being what you are, saying what you feel and fitting in the skin that you’re in.” According to Madison, the role of beauty and image formed another focus of the event.“Right now in society, it’s easy to think that you need to be perfect in every way. So when we look at body image, we’re trying to say that you’re in the skin that you’re in and the things that matter are what people don’t see at first glance,” Madison said. “Appearance is nothing compared to what someone can be inside and as a person.”Guest speakers and Notre Dame graduates Arienne Thompson (class of 2004) and Jocelyn Allen (Class of 1991) helped impart the group’s central message of individuality and self-esteem. Thompson, who helped found Shades of Ebony in 2004, and Allen spoke on the themes of believing in self, others and destiny. In addition to the BeaUtiful event, Cadet said Shades of Ebony hosts other events targeting community engagement, inclusion and sisterhood.“Our biggest event, started last year, is Women’s Week and is co-hosted by the Gender Relations Center,” Cadet said. “It is a weeklong event in celebration of Notre Dame women focused around spirituality, service, discussion and community,”.The club also meets routinely every other Wednesday in the Walsh Hall basement to discuss issues such as those focused on high school students.Tags: Shades of Ebonylast_img read more

Debate: Should you shave your body hair for better athletic performance?

first_imgYES: Hair Today, Gone TomorrowYou’ve seen them. They shave their face, arms, chest, legs, and parts unknown. They do it in the name of performance, the ease of treating injuries, and just for the look.But is there really any good reason for an athlete of any level to remove all traces of body hair? Even if you’re grizzly-bear hairy, do you really think you will cut any time off your run, bike, or swim?I’ve shaved my body hair regularly for more than twenty years, and I’m convinced there is a substantial performance advantage in shaving. The advantage isn’t so much aerodynamic, though it has been proven to take time off various efforts. Instead, the real performance advantage with shaving smooth has everything to do with giving you a mental boost.The first time you shave and then go fast in air or water, you’ll notice something. You don’t feel any resistance at all. Your body becomes a knife. Hair on your body slows you down because you can feel the amount of wind or water you’re pushing out of the way. I notice it most when I’m swimming. After I shave, I slip through the water like a glass spear. When I can’t feel the water, I don’t feel how fast I’m going. That means I can push even harder because there is no mental limit being reached. The negative feedback doesn’t trigger my mind to ease off. I can go considerably faster because I can feel the water better without the distraction of thousands of tiny hairs giving me unnecessary biofeedback.Want a couple more good reasons to shave down?Remove the rug, and your skin will feel cooler during exercise. Without hair, it is also easier to treat cuts and scrapes. Most cyclists cite this as the reason they shave. It is easier to apply and remove adhesive bandages and keep skin clean and free from infection after injuries.If you are serious about competition, with yourself or others, shave once and see how you feel. If you don’t dig it, your hair will grow back in a month or two. But I’ll bet you’re going to like the feeling, and I know you’ll love the results.–Vern Lovic is a top triathlete and cyclist. NO: A Shave Like Any OtherAs a consultant to professional endurance athletes, I get asked all manner of things. Including, strange as it may seem, looking into the research on performance benefits of shaving body hair.  Beyond psychologically induced gains (placebo effect), there is little to no legitimate evidence that shaving results in any meaningful performance gains. And, even the few studies showing ever-so-miniscule gains are debatable due to potential placebo effects and research bias influence. The only population that may have a somewhat valid argument would be very hairy long-distance, non-wetsuit wearing swimmers with excellent swim technique. That likely limits the number of people who could truly see performance gains from shaving to a very, very small percentage of the athletes.Let’s take a closer look at a few of the most common rationalizations for shaving.It makes me faster. In cycling, 90% of your effort is simply fighting wind resistance. Therefore, it would make sense that any additional wind resistance would help, right? To date, this claim is unsupported by legitimate research. The truth appears to be none beyond that it makes you think you’re faster. If there is a true speed benefit, it is ever so tiny. Turns out those little extensions of our body are pretty aerodynamic.I’m less likely to get an infection in my wounds from the crazy riding I do since I’m the Chuck Norris of biking. Somehow, road cyclists and triathletes have turned this into an excuse. Yet, mountain bikers rarely shave. The truth is that you will get an infection whether you have hair or not if you don’t clean out the wound. Cleaning techniques also work on leg and body hair.I don’t want hair follicle infections from my recovery massages. My advice is to not to use this excuse. It just adds more ammo.  Now you shave your legs and get lots of massages.My opinion: skip the unfounded “important” reasons to shave and tell the truth…you do it because everyone else does and it accentuates those hard earned calf muscles.–Dr. Garret Rock is an adviser to over 80 of the world’s top professional triathletes, cyclists, and runners. And yes, he shaves his legs.last_img read more

Baldwin Doctor Admits to Deadly Prescriptions

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Baldwin doctor admitted Thursday that he prescribed painkillers to patients that he knew were addicted without performing medical exams on them—including two men who died of drug overdoses days later.Dr. William Conway pleaded guilty at Central Islip federal court to conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone.Conway was arrested last year after DEA agents raided his office as a part of a larger probe of Long Island doctors selling prescriptions for commonly abused drugs such as oxycodone.Two men, Giovanni Manzella and Christopher Basmas, died in 2011 within days Conway prescribing them oxycodone, authorities said.Conway issued 5,554 oxycodone prescriptions, or 782,032 pills, to numerous individuals between January 2009 and November 2011, authorities have said.Conway’s former office assistant, Robert Hachemeister, pleaded guilty earlier this year to the same charge,according to court records.Federal prosecutors said Hachemeister, who possesses no medical or nursing degree, distributed thousands of oxycodone pills using prescription pads pre-signed by Conway between 2011 and 2012.Both man face up to 20 years in prison.last_img read more

AREC 2018 Gold Coast kicks off on Sunday

first_imgAuthor of the best-seller The Ultimate Book of Influence Chris Helder will speak at AREC 2018 on the Gold Coast in May.This year’s keynote speakers include Australian business whiz Chris Helder, Canada’s inspirational speaker and New York Times best-selling author Amanda Lindhout, and Tom Ferry, the leading real estate trainer in the US.Attending every single AREC since its inception, James Tostevin will give a keynote presentation at AREC 2018. In the past four years Mr Tostevin has ranked as one of the top two performers in Australia. “From my presentation I plan to give delegates an understanding of the importance of articulating their points of difference in a listing presentation, both their own and that of their company … the ability to differentiate themselves, given the similarities and competence of most of their competitor agencies,” he said. GC Good Health Guide Suburb Aerial Photography of the Gold CoastTHE cream of Australia’s real estate industry will descend on the Gold Coast next weekend for the Australasian Real Estate Conference.In its milestone 21st year, the line-up of more than 30 speakers at AREC 2018 has proven to be a major drawcard with 3450 registrations from Australia and New Zealand and as far away as the UK, South Africa and Hawaii.The two-day conference, set to focus on real estate strategies for the future, returns for the seventh year to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoGold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said securing signature conferences such as AREC allows the Coast to take centre stage. Picture Glenn HampsonGold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the Gold Coast economy was forging ahead following the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a range of commentators speaking positively about the real estate, tourism, health and knowledge and tertiary education sectors.“Securing signature conferences such as AREC allows our city to take centre stage with some of the most influential minds in the real estate business,” Mayor Tate said. “It is a coming of age for the Gold Coast — bring it on.” John McGrath (left) and Bob Wolff at AREC 2017. Picture: Matthew Foster“Last year we achieved our largest attendance in AREC’s history and the momentum from that has carried over into this year’s event,” Nichola Byrne, general manager of Total Real Estate Training, said.“We believe we have our best line up of speakers in our 21 years, as we are seeing and feeling the excitement and anticipation from our delegates, and we are on track to break last year’s record attendance. “With such diversity among the speakers, agents are going to walk away with such varied and valuable content which will set them up with strategies that can enhance their own businesses and service to their clients.”NSW and Victoria are leading AREC registrations with 38 per cent and 31 pre cent respectively.Queensland follows with 12 per cent while New Zealand has 10 per cent of delegates registered.There are also four registrations from UK, four from South Africa and one delegate from Hawaiicenter_img Gold Coast agent Michael Kollosche, of Kollosche Prestige Agents, is attending AREC 2018. Picture Mike Batterham Gold Coast agent Michael Kollosche, of Kollosche Prestige Agents, is attending AREC 2018 and said it was a coup to have the conference in his backyard.“It’s fantastic having it here on the Coast and I’ve encouraged my entire team to attend,” Mr Kollosche said.“You’re never too good in this industry to learn and it’s always good to hear from the leading agents around Australia.” AREC 2018 will be held on the Gold Coast on May 27 and 28. For more information or to register visit www.tret.com.au or call 1800 335 336.last_img read more

Legal Affairs Minister says additional magistrate not mandatory.

first_imgLocalNews Legal Affairs Minister says additional magistrate not mandatory. by: – June 22, 2011 Tweet Share Legal Affairs Minister, Ian Douglas. Photo credit: GIS NewsLegal Affairs Minister Ian Douglas is reporting a full complement of magistrates for Dominica.His comment comes on the heels of concerns that there is a shortage of magistrates in Dominica.Douglas told a media interview this week that government has an arrangement with Mickey Bruney.“We have a full complement of magistrate. We have an arrangement with Mickey Bruney who is a private practitioner. All the courts are being fully manned right now. All the magisterial districts are being fully serviced,” he said.He says the availability of additional magistrate is not mandatory at this time.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share 35 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Indy 500 2014

first_imgThis year’s Indy 500 appeared to be on its way to a caution-free race until they reached the mid 140 lap segment.  Once the wrecks started, they came fast and furious in the last 50 laps.  The final wreck at lap 192 actually stopped the race for about 15 minutes.  With Hunter-Raey leading on the restart, the final 6 laps were as exciting as any race could be.  Ryan Hunter-Raey became the winner of the 98th edition when he passed Helio Castroneves at the start of the last lap.  These two drivers had been swapping the lead on the last 6 laps.The 33-year old Floridian kept Castroneves from winning his 4th Indy 500.  Marco Andretti had to settle for 3rd, so the Andretti curse on winning the 500 continues.  Young Marco tried his best to pass both Castroneves and Hunter-Raey but just didn’t have the power left in his car.What a beautiful day for the race.  It is even better that there were no injuries to any of the 33 drivers.last_img read more

August 10, Police Blotter

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October 16, 2018 Police Blotter

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Irene Ball, 93, Brookville

first_imgIt is with deep sadness that we share the passing of our mother, Mary Irene Renner Ball, who passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the home of her daughter and caregiver, Karen Ball Wolfe in Brookville.  Irene was born March 25, 1926 in Pulaski County, Kentucky to Dora Ann Cromer and George Washington Renner.  She was an excellent student who loved school and was known for her amazing memory.  Her youthful dreams of becoming a teacher were dashed when her father died of typhoid fever when she was eleven years old.  Life was difficult for her mother and Irene’s seven surviving siblings.  It was during this time that Irene honed her cooking and housekeeping skills when she became the caregiver for her younger brothers and sister when her mother had to take a job away from home.On November 30, 1940 in Brodhead, Kentucky she married Hamp Ball, son of Floyd and Louisa Bailey Ball,  She caught his eye at church, after he purchased a pie she had baked for a box supper,  He bid a whole dollar, a high price in those days, and she later admitted she worried if he would like it as it was the first pie she had ever baked!  He did, and the rest is history.Shortly after their marriage they first moved to St. Bernard, Ohio, and in late 1951, they purchased a small farm in Oak Forest, Franklin County, Indiana, where they raised their family.  She and Hamp had nine children, six of whom survive.  The family thrived on that farm, helping their parents put out a huge garden every year and tending the livestock.  Irene canned countless jars of vegetables, stored apples, potatoes, and sweet potatoes in their root cellar and cooked endless meals for her family.  Her fried chicken and potato salad were the best! She could put a meal together quicker than anyone, not only to feed her family, but for all the others who seemed to know when dinner time was at the Ball farm.  She and Hamp raised their children to adulthood on that farm, all of whom achieved successful lives.After her husband’s death in 1975, she and her youngest daughter, Karen, moved to Brookville, Indiana to a small house on Mill Street.  Irene cared for many children in her home, as well as some of her grandchildren.  All remember her fondly and with love.  She was a godly woman who enjoyed reading her Bible and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brookville.  She attended church every Sunday until ill health required her to stay home.  As she grew older, she retained her quick wit, and could recall the birthdays of her grandchildren up until a few months before her death.She is survived by six children; Leonard (Pat) Ball of Richmond, Indiana, Shirley (Chris) Fehl of Connersville, Indiana, Donald (Cheryl) Ball of Phillipsburg, Missouri, Lloyd (Rosemary) Ball of St. Peters, Indiana, Linda Kay (Bob) Runyon of Brookville, Indiana, Karen (Monte) Wolfe of Brookville, Indiana; a sister, Willie Ester Hensley of Lebanon, Ohio; 27 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren with three more on the way.She was preceded in death by her husband Hamp Ball on July 24, 1975, three sons Robert Lee Ball November 21, 1996, Dempsey Harold Ball died at birth November 8, 1955, Charles Ball died at birth December 19, 1956; four sisters, Alice Bradley, Marie Robbins, Sarah Renner and Dorthea Renner; as well as six brothers, Monroe Renner, Edward Renner, Jacob Renner, John Renner, George Renner and Fred Renner.Her descendants, scattered over several states will gather for one final farewell to a woman who left a lasting impact on each of them on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 5 until 8:00 P.M. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Mike Holman, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Brookville, will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:30 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, with burial following in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville beside her husband, Hamp.Memorial Contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Disabled American Veterans.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ball family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com.Her long and well-lived life, always in service to others, will leave lasting and loving memories for all those who loved her.  Precious memories, how they linger, how they satisfy the soul.last_img read more

Wenger: No defender signing ‘risky’

first_img “We can cope because we have (Calum) Chambers, (Per) Mertesacker, Koscielny,” Wenger said. “But we have now lost Debuchy who can play centre-back, Monreal who can play centre-back and Gibbs has been out too. “So if we have another injury or two we will struggle. It is risky (not to sign anyone) – too risky.” The Gunners have been linked with a number of central defenders in the January transfer window including West Ham’s Winston Reid and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels. “Why have we not signed a defender? We haven’t found one. We are not the only ones working on the case,” Wenger said. “It is not a supermarket where you go in and buy a defender. “It is a market that is very restricted. The players who can strengthen the best 10 teams in Europe, you don’t find many and it is the same for everybody. “We are a big attraction, of course we are. If it was easy we would do it. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits it would be a gamble not to bring in a new defender this month but insists the Gunners would be able to cope. “We have made enquiries but then you have the second handicap – who wants to sell their best player, especially a central defender in the middle of the season? “They say, ‘come back in June or July’.” Arsenal are close to completing a deal for Legia Warsaw’s 17-year-old midfielder Krystian Bielik, who Wenger believes is ready to join up with the first-team squad straight away. Clubs increasingly use statistical scouting systems to judge potential recruits, but Wenger insists nothing can beat the human eye. “What is most important is the eye,” he said. “For example, you can have very good numbers for a defender but if he is suspect to one big mistake every game or every five games, the numbers will not detect that. “Still the priority is the attitude of the player and your eye – does he read the game well? “The numbers over 15 games can be very good but, in the big games, that’s where the players should be judged for us.” The north London side have been regularly left short of defensive cover this season with the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy all suffering injuries. Debuchy is expected to be out for another three months after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder, leaving Wenger with only six fit senior defenders at the club. Press Associationlast_img read more