Student dancers to perform in Saint Mary’s spring dance showcase

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s department of dance will present its annual spring dance showcase Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, with showings at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Little Theatre. This year’s colorful performance is entitled “Dance Kaleidoscope,” and will be an exhibition of technically proficient student dancers performing a variety of dance styles. Professor Laurie Lowry said in an email the performance was inspired by the way a kaleidoscope offers an endless array of shifting colors and diverse patterns. “For dance, it is a blending of movement phrases and creating a variety of patterns that can be manipulated to create an interesting visual palate,” she said. Last year’s dance performance sought inspiration from the visual arts, such as famous works of art. This year, Lowry said the dance department wanted the “freedom to select a wide variety of styles” for “Dance Kaleidoscope.”Professor Michele Kriner said in an email that this year’s dance performance seeks to spotlight the unique abilities and techniques each dancer possesses. “This year there are many more solos and small group dances than in the past,” she said. “With a small company possessing such advanced technique, it was essential to allow them to shine.”Organizing the preliminary aspects of “Dance Kaleidoscope” was the most difficult part of choreographing a dance performance of this caliber, Lowry said. “I think getting started is the most difficult stage,” she said. “Once in the studio and with the dancers, miracles happen and creativity takes over. Working with other artists, choreographers, lighting designers and costume designers open new perspectives and ideas on one’s own work.”Every year, Kriner said the show becomes a balancing act, but through hard work and dedication everyone involved is able to pull together an amazing performance. “Balancing rehearsals with class schedules, breaks and personal issues can be a challenge,” she said. “This company is so professional in its dedication and perseverance that they overcame that challenge.”Lowry said more students should take dance classes because they are “a great way to get in shape” and have fun, too. “[Dance] will bring pleasure to [students’] lives and give them a break from their daily activities,” she said. For those who appreciate dance but are not ready to take a class themselves, Lowry said she recommends attending “Dance Kaleidoscope” as the performance is sure to enlighten and entertain all those in attendance.“Dance and the arts bring joy to our lives,” she said. “It enriches our lives and addresses the situations we experience.” Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone and in person via the Moreau Center Box Office. Tags: Dance, Dance Kaleidoscope, Laurie Lowry, Michele Kriner, Saint Mary’s Dance Department, spring showcaselast_img read more


US reaches agreement with Caribbean green card holders

first_imgThe United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says it has reached an agreement with a Miami-based company over claims that the company discriminated against work-authorized Caribbean and other immigrants when verifying their work authorization.The DOJ said the agreement was reached with Brickell Financial Services Motor Club, Inc, otherwise known as Road America Motor Club, Inc (Road America), resolving the department’s investigation into whether the company violated the US Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).The department concluded, based on its investigation, that Road America routinely requested that lawful Caribbean and other permanent residents show their Permanent Resident Cards to prove their work authorization but did not request specific documents from US citizens.Lawful permanent residents often have the same work authorization documents available to them as US citizens, and may choose acceptable documents other than a Permanent Resident Card to prove they are authorised to work, the DOJ said.It said the investigation further revealed that Road America required lawful permanent resident employees to re-establish their work authorisation when their Permanent Resident Cards expired, even though US federal rules prohibit this practice.The anti-discrimination provision of the INA prohibits employers from subjecting employees to unnecessary documentary demands based on the employees’ citizenship or national origin, the DOJ said.“When verifying the work authorisation of employees, employers may not erect unnecessary barriers based on employees’ citizenship or national origin,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.“Employers must ensure they are aware of their legal obligations to avoid discrimination, and we applaud Road America for committing itself to do so through this settlement,” he added.Under the settlement, the DOJ said Road America will pay a civil penalty of US$34,200 and pay US$1,044 to compensate an unidentified worker who lost wages due to its unfair documentary practices.The DOJ said Road America has also agreed to post notices informing workers about their rights under the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, train their human resources personnel, and be subject to departmental monitoring and reporting requirements.last_img read more


Sumner County Sheriff weekly bookings: March 11 – March 18, 2013

first_imgSmith, Andrew40Homeless702 N H Street WellingtonWPDPossession of Stimulants, Use/possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia into the human bodySUSO3/13/13 Hulm, Shane23Yakima WA130 W 16th Wellington KSsusoUse/possess w/intent to use drug paraphernalia into human body, Driving while suspended, No proof of insurance, Vehicles; Unlawful Acts; e.g., registration, Possession of Meth, Possession of Hydrocodonesuso3/12/13 Houser, Felix57Mulvane, Ks604 E Vine, MulvaneMPDDomestic batteryMulvane3/17/13 Cartmill, James22Wellington, KSB st And 16th Wellington KsWPDDriving while suspended and Drivin Under the influenceWPD3/15/13 Monday 0800  to  Monday 0800WEEKLY   BOOKINGS3/11/2013 thru 3/18/2013 Campa,Casimiro64Wellington, KS610 E HillsideSUSOServing SentenceWPD3/15/13 Bickel, Deric20Wellington, KS610 E Hillside Wellngton KsSUSOServing SentenceSUSO3/15/13 By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the weekly books for the Sumner County Sheriff’s office for March 11 to March 18, 2013: Schulte, Sean40Conway SpringsSedgwick CountySGCOWarrant Arrest Failure to appearSUSO3/15/13 Pearson, Troy43Iowa City, IA500 N washingtonsusoProbation Violationsuso3/13/13 Hotchkin, Michael29Winfield, Ks500 N washingtonSUSOServing SentenceSUSO3/14/13 Perez, Patrick28Olathe, Ks610 E HillsideWPDServing sentence (48 hours)WPD3/16/13 Sedgwick38 Gould-Hutchins, Caleb30Wichita, KS1100 N LoganBPPDDriving while suspendedsuso3/14/13 Hawley, Wilbur48Wilson, NC1062 E 147th AvesusoSg County Warrant3/14/13 Bergman, Lars32Wellington, KS1800 W 16thsusoPossession of Hallucinogenic drug, Possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI (2nd)suso3/15/13 Wellington PD9 Bickel, Deric20Wellington, KS610 E Hillsidesusoserving sentence (48 hours)suso3/15/13 Sumner16 Padgett, Michael T34Wichita, KS777 Kansas Star Dr, Mulvane, KSKRGCPossession of Opiates, Adentity TheftSUSO3/18/13 Belle Plaine PD1 Castro, Martin53Jaripitiro MXCherry/16thWPDNo proof of insurance, Operate a motor vehicle without valid drivers licenseWPD3/13/13 Sandell, Aaron28Wellington, KS500 E 16th WellingtonWPDDriving while suspendedWPD3/17/13 Bell, Tom53Wichita, KS610 E Hillside Wellngton KsSUSOWarrant arrest,Probation ViolationSUSO3/15/13 KHP1 Baltazar, Jose32Hidalgo MXI-35 MP 8KHPFail to pay toll, Operate a motor vehicle without valid drivers license, No proof of insurancesuso3/12/13 Whitfield, Tameka33Wichita, KS800 S US 81SUSODriving while suspendedSUSO3/17/13 Flanagan, Joseph29Wichita, KS610 E HillsidesusoServing sentence (5 days)suso3/12/13 Richards, Jarred29Wellington, KS607 S JeffersonWPDOttawa County Oklahoma WarrantN/A3/16/13 Ong, John42Wichita, KS1000 N HillsidesusoButler County Warrant, Driving while suspended, No proof of insurancesuso3/13/13 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesCourtDate of Arr Clevenger, Ross22Derby, Ks500 W Bridge MulvaneSUSOCriminal use of a weapon (Shotgun barrel <18″)SUSO3/17/13 Quackenbush, Kindra Rose30Wichita, KSButler County DetentionSUSOWarrant arrest,Driving while suspendedSUSO3/14/13 Fletcher, Brandon18Wichita, KS500 N washingtonsusoProbation violation(sanctions house)suso3/14/13 Bookings Close Forgot password? 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Proposed 2015 LEC Law under Scrutiny Again

first_imgFor the second time in two months, the National Legislature will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2015 Electricity Law submitted by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in July.According to the office of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, a similar bill submitted by a civil society group in May under the sponsorship of some Legislators will also be considered at the hearing, which starts at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.President Sirleaf’s proposed act and that of the civil society group deal with the liberalization and unbundling of the electricity sector in order to create an enabling environment for the attraction of private investment to the sector.The new role of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) in the unbundled sector is also considered in the proposed acts, according to the report from the office of Senator Albert Tugbe Chie who chairs the energy committee.The outcome of Wednesday’s hearing which takes place in the Chamber of the Senate is expected to complement the July 17, 2015 public hearing which focused on the liberalization of the electricity sector.It may be recalled that during the July 17, 2015 hearing, the joint committee sought the views of students, representatives of the Government and parastatal bodies, the business community, international partners and civil society advocates on the best approaches to fully open the electricity market to private sector investment.According to the National Legislature, it is expected that when the electricity sector is reformed, competition will be enhanced which could improve access to electricity services by urban and rural dwellers, and improve quality and lower costs.During the last public hearing the LEC, represented by Mr. Joseph Mayah and Minister Patrick Sendolo of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, delivered a paper under the topic, “Road Map to the Liberalization of the Electricity Sector of Liberia” and agreed on the need for the liberalization of the sector, but through a gradual process.Under its road map as presented at the public hearing, the LEC management is of the view that the liberalization of the sector shall be pursued in many ways, such as the amendment of the act creating the LEC to reflect the incorporation of private sector participation in the electricity sector; and introduction of a governance structure that incorporates private participation.Also delivering a paper at the July hearing was Mr. Harry Greaves, chairman and founder of BRESCELCO, a coalition advocating for sufficient, cheap and reliable electricity to Liberia.Greaves, who is also a former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC), told the hearing that the LEC tariff at U$54 cents /KwH is the highest in the world by a long shot, and lacks enough money, skilled manpower, and know-how or management talent to get the job done. He asserted that LEC is on life support, relying primarily on donor aid, which he said is usually short term.The BRESCELO chairman noted that the solution to LEC’s current predicament is to unbundle services into three constituent parts – generation, transmission and distribution; offer services to private investors, alongside LEC, based on their demonstrated capabilities.He also suggested the introduction of an independent regulatory commission to referee resultant competitive landscape; and maintained that opening the country’s electricity market to private investors (local and foreign) will enable Liberia to play its proper pilot role in the US$27 billion Obama Power Africa Initiative. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more