Chicago Tribune wins Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers

first_imgThe Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University has named the Chicago Tribune this year’s winner of the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for its evenhanded and thorough investigation of improper influence peddling in the admissions process at the University of Illinois in “Clout Goes to College.”The Taylor Award and a $10,000 prize, established to encourage fairness in news coverage by America’s daily newspapers, will be presented at a ceremony on April 8 at the Nieman Foundation in Cambridge, Mass.In “Clout Goes to College,” the Chicago Tribune revealed that lawmakers and university trustees used their sway to help subpar applicants gain admission to the University of Illinois, at times over the objections of admissions officers. The paper exposed secret admissions clout lists and a corrupt admissions process and in doing so, paved the way for reforms including a new admissions system, a new university president and chancellor, and six new members of the university’s board of trustees.Over the course of five months, the paper published about 90 stories and developed two online databases that showed readers what role their local high schools and legislators played in the scandal. Reporters Robert Becker, Jodi Cohen, Tara Malone, and Stacy St. Clair worked with editor Tracy Van Moorlehem and graphic artist Keith Claxton to produce the series.Taylor Award judge Ames Alexander commented, “Fairness was both the means and the end of this investigation. The newspaper let University of Illinois officials speak for themselves at length, publishing e-mails that spoke volumes about the tainted admissions process. But while the Tribune pounded the power brokers and university officials who had corrupted the admissions system, it sought to protect ‘clouted’ students who weren’t demonstrably culpable. The staff’s dogged and conscientious efforts produced a remarkable result: An unjust student selection process was replaced with one based on merit.”Another judge, Monica Campbell, said, “The idea that political favoritism exists in the university admissions process is not new. But in a nuanced and comprehensive way, this series shows how a university system can allow for such corruption and drives that angle, rather than merely calling out the culprits, in a way that usefully shows how power and undue pressures wind their way through a university’s bureaucracy. Taken together, with informative graphics, reproduced e-mails and sidebars, the series offers a precise case study on deal-making at universities — not just at the University of Illinois, but what may likely exist at other institutions — and fairly portrays the culture that allows such problems to exist.”last_img read more

4 marketing strategies to lead your credit union to success in 2021

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » 2021 is almost here, and like many of us, most credit unions are eager to put this year behind them. Unfortunately, you can’t take COVID-19 out of the picture as you plan your marketing strategies for next year. The pandemic has permanently changed the way your members shop, absorb content and identify with a brand. Marketers will continue to have the challenge of remaining on top of constantly changing trends in marketing technology, data regulations, channel use and consumer behavior. So how do you tackle 2021?Here are four strategies you should consider before finalizing your marketing plans for the new year.1. Understand the Customer Journey and Member ExperienceIt’s time to stop thinking about the digital vs. physical experience and instead focus on what truly brings in a new member – and what drives them to stay. Gina Bhawalkar, Principal Analyst at Forrester, says, “The industry needs to stop thinking about different ‘channels’ and instead think about banking the way consumers do. Members expect data and balances to always be up-to-date, as well as the same functionality no matter what door they walk through.”center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Real Madrid support battle against COVID-19 with huge donation

first_imgThe President of the Community of Madrid has confirmed Real Madrid have made a ‘large donation’ in the fight against coronavirus. Los Blancos have donated a significant amount of medical equipment to help the authorities save lives against the global pandemic that has brought the planet to a halt. Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can ResistThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson Real Madrid have made huge  donation to help fight coronavirus On Tuesday, it was confirmed that there were 39,673 confirmed cases of the virus in Spain, with a total of 2,694 deaths while 2,636 Spaniards are in intensive care. Those figures translate as 6,584 (a 2,067 jump from Monday) new cases in one day, 514 (an increase of 57 from Monday’s figures – 24%) more deaths and 281 more Spaniards in intensive care. “Thanks to @realmadrid for their very important contribution to face the coronavirus and help us save lives,” tweeted Isabel Díaz Ayuso – a Spanish politician who serves as the President of the Community of Madrid. “I have closed with their president Florentino Pérez a large donation in health matters.” Loading… Read Also: COVID-19: Ronaldo donates medical equipments There have been multiple examples of Spanish clubs helping in the fight against the virus. As outlined by El Mundo Deportivo, Spanish second division club Almeria have donated €1.2m in the battle against the spread of coronavirus. €700k of the donation will be divided up as follows: €300k will be spent on food for those most in need, €200k will go towards health workers, €100k will be spent on those who have lost their jobs and €100k towards volunteers who are helping combat the virus. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week – Nelson Curling Club Men’s League Champs

first_imgTeam Brett McLellan overpowered Fred Thomson to capture the Men’s title at the recent Nelson Curling Club Championship Tournament at the Heritage City facility. McLellan & Company made a steal of three in the fifth end to double Thomson 6-3.McLellan added another steal of one in the sixth end to build the insurmountable lead.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the McLellan rink with Team of the Week honours.Team McLellan includes third Chris Osborne, second Devon Duncan and lead Shane Learmont.Marla Dreher edged out Allison Sutherland to claim the Ladies League title while Rick Cutler needed an extra end to lead his rink to a win over Team Douglas.last_img

Snoop Dogg enters plea, gets probation

first_imgHe was arrested at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank on Oct. 26 on suspicion of transporting marijuana. Police later found a gun at his home. If convicted at trial, he could have faced up to four years in prison. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling placed conditions on the probation, including that only 400 hours of the community service could involve the youth football league. The judge also ruled that Snoop Dogg could not have any gang members in his entourage and must notify the probation department before leaving the state. The rapper must also provide authorities a DNA sample and must have a medical permit if he uses marijuana. The rapper caused a sensation when he arrived in a fur-collared black leather jacket, T-shirt and sequined jeans. Teenagers screeched when the music star strutted down a hallway to the courtroom. Court security ordered them to stop taking pictures. Defense attorney Donald Etra said outside court that Snoop Dogg smokes marijuana because he has migraines and has a medical permit under state law. Etra said Snoop Dogg’s security staff and drivers are all currently licensed by the state and that they and his entourage do not include gang members. “Snoop’s position is he wants to give children and teenagers an example to follow,” Etra said of the football league.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – A stone-faced Snoop Dogg pleaded no contest to felony gun and drug charges Wednesday and avoided what could have been a yearslong prison sentence. The 35-year-old rapper, born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., agreed to five years’ probation and 800 hours of community service. He faced charges of gun possession by a felon and sale or transportation of marijuana. He said little other than “no contest” when the charges were read. Snoop Dogg’s recent arrests marked the end of a relatively long trouble-free stretch for the rapper. He has burnished his image in recent years with appearances in mainstream movies and by starting a youth football league. last_img read more

The Fruits of Two Worldviews

first_imgOf all the arenas of state-sponsored genocides of the 20th century, the Killing Fields of Cambodia were among the most disturbing.  There, in a massive social engineering project, a radical communist government systematically starved, tortured and murdered nearly two million people with the brutal efficiency of an assembly line operation.  The regime outlawed all religions.  It sought to establish a communist utopia by force, driving everyone into an instant agrarian economy, and eliminating the brightest and most skilled simply because they did not fit the communist ideal.  Simply wearing glasses was enough to be processed – i.e., photographed, catalogued, tortured if necessary, and shot or hacked in the back of the head with a hoe.  Hundreds of thousands were killed by their own countrymen in a cold, calculated operation so dispassionately merciless, Cambodians to this day are almost in denial of what happened.    The Independent reported that Kang Kek lew, otherwise known as Comrade Duch, was taken to the killing fields as part of his trial.  Duch had overseen Prison S-21 where 20,000 people were photographed, tortured and eliminated.  Now 66 years old, Duch broke down when shown trees where children’s heads were smashed and saw a pile of 8,000 skulls of victims.  The article says he “fell to his knees, hands clasped in tearful prayer for the terrible crimes committed three decades ago.”    Prayer?  Yes; you see, long after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, after some personal tragedies, he started attending a Christian church and became a born-again Christian in 1995.  He became a lay pastor.  When he went to assist the World Vision international relief organization in 1999, he was discovered by a journalist and surrendered to authorities.    A visit to the killing fields was part of his trial which resumed last July after eight years in detention without being charged.  It was also part of an effort to document the horrors of the regime in order to bring closure to the horrific tragedy that killed nearly a third of the Cambodian population.  Duch is one of five remaining leaders of the Khmer Rouge awaiting trial and sentencing by the UN-backed Cambodia Tribunal. Is this entry off-topic?  Perhaps somewhat.  But it is necessary to remember intently and frequently the stakes in the battle of worldviews.  Let’s recite the obligatory disclaimers first: not all atheists are genocidal maniacs, and not all Christians are merciful saints.  Understood.      That being the case, who can deny that the worst genocidal regimes in history were atheistic, and that most atheists are evolutionists?  Communist philosophy was built on atheism, and evolution was the scientific justification for its views.  Evolution portrayed a world of death and struggle where killing was necessary for the advancement of the race.  The fitness of the State, not the individual, is what mattered to both communists and national socialists (both, despite their differences, subsets of Social Darwinist ideology; see 02/17/2008 and 11/30/2005; also see response to criticism of this linkage by Dr. Richard Weikart on Evolution News).    Keeping unfit individuals around, in the minds of many Social Darwinists, was sin; advancing the fitness of the State was righteousness.  These were ideas first, then ideologies, then political parties, then dictatorships.  The perpetrators of communist genocides (Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, and more) sincerely believed they were acting in accordance with the “laws of science” Darwin had delineated.    Here we see one perpetrator who underwent a radical change of worldview.  Kang Kek lew was no peasant yanked into service.  He had been head of a local college.  He joined the communist party of Cambodia willingly.  As a communist, Comrade Duch dutifully carried out the will of the State.  He even went beyond the call of “duty.”  The Wikipedia entry on him says,Assisted by his two deputies, Comrade Chan and Comrade Pon, Duch began perfecting his interrogation techniques and the purging of perceived enemies from the Khmer Rouge ranks.  Prisoners at these camps, mostly from the ranks of the Khmer Rouge, were routinely starved and tortured to extract real and made up confessions.  Few prisoners left the camps alive.Now with a Christian worldview, Duch weeps over his sins.  He prays for the souls of his victims.  As a lay pastor, he tried to teach others the truth.  He joined a Christian relief organization that works around the world to feed the hungry and bring relief to the vulnerable.  Only God knows the depths of his sincerity, but one thing is certain: a Christian worldview of mercy and compassion is polar opposite to the communist worldview that turned intellectuals into cold-blooded mass murderers.    Does Comrade Duch deserve the ultimate sentence for past crimes now that he has changed?  Whatever the tribunal decides, the blood of his victims is crying from the ground for justice.  The institutions of law enforcement, ordained by God according to the Apostle Paul (Romans 13), must act impartially by the rule of law and must weigh the magnitude of the crimes.  God will take care of justice for the soul.  These matters are not the point of this entry.  Comrade Duch’s story illustrates the stark contrast in the outcomes of worldviews that begin with intellectual questions – the existence of God, purpose in life, the nature of good and evil.    What begins in the mind can move armies: armies of tanks and bombs, or armies of relief workers.  That’s why Creation-Evolution Headlines matters.  The killing fields in Cambodia, chilling as they were, were not unique.  Each Social-Darwinist utopian regime committed similar atrocities in ways just as cold and calculated.  The body count from 20th-century state-sponsored genocides, far outstripping the number of casualties from war, is exhausting to contemplate (11/30/2005).  A proverb of Jesus, applied to science by Sir Francis Bacon, sums up in seven words what we tried to say in seven paragraphs: “By their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:15-20).(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Local communities benefit from Trees to Textbooks funding

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fifteen rural Ohio school districts and their corresponding counties and townships will share $2,054,354 from the sale of timber from Ohio’s state forests, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This is an increase in the amount of funding available to local schools; last year a total of $1,765,245 was distributed.ODNR Director James Zehringer visited Central Elementary School in McArthur to attend a Trees to Textbooks ceremony and to help Smokey Bear share his fire safety message with the students.“This program provides an excellent opportunity for these communities to benefit from the natural resources found right in their backyards,” Zehringer said. “We understand how important these funds are to the local schools, counties and townships as they work to provide their students and residents with a great education and safer communities.”“These revenues are an investment in the education and maintenance of our local communities,” said Robert Boyles, ODNR deputy director and state forester. “Well-managed public and private forests have far-reaching benefits for us all.”Through the ODNR Division of Forestry’s Trees to Textbooks program, a percentage of the revenue generated from state forest management activity goes to the county, township and school district in which the activity took place. To see which local communities received Trees to Textbooks funding, go to http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/portals/forestry/pdfs/ttt/TreesToTextbooksFY15.pdf.The ODNR Division of Forestry is responsible for the care of nearly 200,000 acres of state forests. State forestry experts manage these woodlands for overall health and diversity, soil and water conservation, improved wildlife habitat and a variety of recreational opportunities. Selected trees or areas of woodland are harvested through a competitive bid process that includes requirements for sound management practices. All work is conducted by certified master loggers under strict monitoring.last_img read more

Still too soon to pull the plug on corn planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More rains pushed through Ohio over the Memorial Day weekend, keeping farmers out of unplanted fields or fields in need of a replant in the latter part of May. Terry Jones, Regional Agronomist with Brodbeck Seed says as farmers concerns are concentrated on what is not planted yet, they also need to keep on top of what is planted, up and growing. He also says it is not too late to plant corn in 2017. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

3 Case Studies: Solving Server Sprawl with Virtualization

first_imgalex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#RWCloudSponsored 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Frederick Memorial HealthcareDownload case studyQuebecor WorldDownload White Paper PDFQuebecor World Goes Virtual Organizations that consider virtualization often face issues that keep the operation from running at top performance. Server sprawl is a big problem that when addressed often allows companies to dramatically reduce the number of servers it maintains.The following case studies all demonstrate the opportunities that come when the decision is made to consolidate servers by implementing modern virtualization technology.American Institute of Certified Public Accountantslast_img read more