Santorellis to retire after more than 30 years

first_img Shari Santorelli poses at the piano. Pinterest By admin – May 6, 2018 Local News Santorellis to retire after more than 30 years Twitter Facebook 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School WhatsApp Two mainstays of the Midland Odessa Symphony will play their last concert together May 12.Michael and Shari Santorelli joined MOSC 34 years ago. Michael plays the trumpet with the Lone Star Brass and co-principal of trumpet and Shari is the accompanist for the orchestra and chorale.Both will have chairs at $75,000 each endowed in their honor.The couple is likely familiar to area music educators in the area as they have been affiliated with the local school districts and several educational institutions, colleges and universities. Michael Santorelli performs while his wife, Shari, accompanies him on the piano. The couple has been with the symphony for 34 years. WhatsApp Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale.MOSC Michael Santorelli.MOSC Shari Santorelli. Twitter Shari and Michael Santorelli pose for a photo. The couple has been with the MOSC for 34 years and are retiring. OC employee of the year always learning Shari and Michael Santorelli pose for a photo. The couple has been with the MOSC for 34 years and are retiring. Facebook Pinterest In 1992, the symphony was at a crossroads, Development Director Violet Singh said. Prior to that year, when there was a bust, fewer sponsorships were sold and subscriptions declined, which affected what was presented to the community.“So board at the time decided to start endowment fund. Their intention was that the earnings of the endowment fund would enable the symphony to maintain its artistic offerings to the community where it will not be much reduction in the artistry of what we do every year,” Singh said.The MOSC has announced that the endowed chairs for Michael J. Santorelli and Shari Santorelli have both been endowed by Karen and Spencer Beal.The Beal’s family ties to the MOSC stretches from its inception in 1962 through today and Spencer and Karen represent a second generation continuing a legacy of philanthropy that impacts the lives of residents in the Permian Basin and beyond, Singh said in an email.“It’s our privilege to honor Mike and Shari Santorelli with endowed chairs for the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale. We appreciate their more than 30-plus years of dedicated service to our communities. We wish them all our best on their future endeavors,” the Beals said in a statement.The Santorellis played their final Masterworks concert April 7 and their final pops and family concert May 12.If a professional performance is a month or two out, Michael Santorelli said he has to practice two hours every day to maintain his abilities.Shari Santorelli added that the music has become more challenging, as well.Michael Santorelli said the prospect is bittersweet. Shari Santorelli said they would miss the symphony.“It’s time for us to pass the baton,” Shari Santorelli said. “We’ve enjoyed it and we could stay, but I think it’s time for us to do other things, to travel, to visit family.”Both said they have to devote a lot of time to practice, which gets more difficult as the years go on. Michael is 67 and Shari is 66.The couple has three children and two grandchildren.More Information Michael Santorelli laughs during a performance with the MOSC. ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Schools should grandfather students affected badly by rezoningNext articleJP runoff early voting begins May 14 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Local News Santorellis to retire after more than 30 years 1 of 4 Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeCreamy Fruit SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Your Beatering is Not Cool

first_imgWhitewater is best enjoyed by doing it well Whitewater has a slim margin of error. Mistakes, hubris, bad luck, and/or poor decision making can lead to severe injuries and death. If the ‘beatering is cool’ mentality persists, we are likely to see a parallel increase in both Facebook likes and paddling-related memorial services. And it works. As the “feel-good” effects of likes and shares on social media have taken root in our neurology and psychology, we are tricking ourselves into thinking that what gets us attention—any and all attention—is cool. We have collectively tricked ourselves and each other into thinking that beatering is cool. Whitewater is a unique sport in that it is individual- and team-based at the same time. We make our own decisions about putting on, and when it’s time to pull out of the scouting eddy, we are on our own. As a paddler, I highly value the sense of autonomy that comes from being in my own boat. And yet, at each moment, at every stroke, running parallel to that experience is the reality that as soon as something goes wrong, whitewater becomes a team activity. We take responsibility for each other on the river. Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy a quality aquatic spectacle (beatering). And I’m a firm believer that if you aren’t occasionally making mistakes — on the river or in life — then you probably aren’t trying very hard. But somewhere along the lines, shit kinda got out of hand, and frankly, some of y’all are starting to sketch me out. Post a video of yourself running a rapid well and you’ll get a few likes (as well as that comment from Aunt Martha, who is both amazed and frightened by your fearless “whitewatering.”) But post a heinous video of you getting stuck in a hole and having the swim trunks sucked off your body, and the crowd goes wild! Whitewater is best enjoyed by doing it well. Instead of relying on external stimuli such as likes and shares to feel good about the sport, we should be cultivating our own internal reward system as we grow towards improvement and mastery. As individuals, we should be striving to understand our true motivations, and the ways societal factors (like social media and the desire for attention) can warp our risk assessment. Putting on the river with an “It’s okay to beater” mentality puts everybody around you at risk. When you find yourself teetering on rocks at the mouth of a sieve, your crew is now at risk as they scramble on wet rocks or paddle into sketchy terrain to try to save your ass. I, for one, don’t appreciate that. I, for one, don’t think it’s cool. Carnage has always been a part of whitewater paddling. It is the inevitable result of humans choosing to challenge themselves amid the forces of nature. Since the inception of the sport, mistakes, experiments, and bad luck have all led to bad swims. It has long been accepted by both beginners and elite level paddlers that we are all “between swims.” Congratulations, your mishap has gotten a lot of attention. Who doesn’t love attention? This brings us to the rise of beatering. But how and when did those swims become glorified? To be clear: My issue is not with making mistakes. My issue is with the mentality behind the decisions leading to those mistakes. I’ve made my share of mistakes on the river. I’ve been roped out of some shit. I’ve crashed plenty. On the river, I play around, experiment, and try moves that I’m not sure will work – and sometimes, they don’t. On any given day on the river, you’re likely to find at least one person in any group with a Go-Pro strapped to their head. The ubiquity of the personal ‘gnar cam’ coupled with the ‘look at me!’ culture of social media has created a version of reality where people are sharing their own carnage for the sole purpose of getting attention. Suddenly, instead of 43 likes from your high school friends, you’ve got 14 shares, hundreds of “likes” (because, sadly, Facebook doesn’t have an iconographic that quite represents: “Wow, that was sketchy and it’s amazing you’re alive!”), and a slew of comments in each of the paddling groups where it was shared. But there is a difference between approaching whitewater with a “self-growth” mentality versus a “beater” mentality. The former leads to self-knowledge and conscious risk assessment. The latter leads to getting in over your head and the increased likelihood of injury to yourself and others. If you’re constantly pushing your limits while relying on others to pick up the pieces, you are putting both yourself and your crew at risk. From there, it became a label applied not just to one’s mishaps, but directly to that person: “Joe got trashed at Super Scary Falls again. He’s such a beater!” Or: “Look at me, I beatered hard today.” As members of the paddling community, we should be aware of the effects of rewarding others with our attention. When we see that other members of our community are making poor decisions instead of giving them likes, we can be generous enough to engage them in honest conversation expressing our concerns. The idea of beatering started as just a label on someone else’s mishaps: “Check out this video—Joe was beatering hard.” As a community, it is no different: Just as we have each other’s backs on the river, off the river we are responsible for how our actions affect one another as well. The reality is that these two things—our on- and off-the-river decisions—cannot be teased apart. Our actions off the river influence the choices made on the water. If we want to encourage and experience safe, sustainable and enjoyable participation in the sport, as members of this community, it is up to each of us to recognize the consequences of our actions and to help shape our culture in a way that keeps our charc in the good flow.last_img read more

Mexico Seizes Over 800 Tonnes Of Meth Chemicals

first_imgBy Dialogo July 25, 2011 Mexico’s army has made one of its biggest-ever drug busts, seizing a warehouse full of chemicals that experts say could have been used to make billions of dollars worth of methamphetamine. Just under 840 tonnes of the chemicals used for making methamphetamine were found in a warehouse in an industrial area in Queretaro, about 125 miles north of Mexico City, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. According to local media and a leading analyst, it was the largest seizure of meth chemicals since President Felipe Calderon launched an army-led crackdown on Mexico’s drug cartels shortly after taking office at the end of 2006. “This is the biggest seizure there’s been of precursor chemicals (in Mexico),” said Alberto Islas, a security expert at consultancy Risk Evaluation. It may even be the biggest seizure ever made worldwide, Islas added. The seizure in central Mexico, which the army conducted on Monday, included 787 tonnes of phenylacetamide and 52.5 tonnes of tartaric acid, all in 25 kilogram (55 pound) packets. Both chemicals can be used in the manufacture of meth, a stimulant that is smuggled across the U.S. border and sold in crystal or powder form. Government photos of the warehouse showed chemicals piled high in hundreds of white sacks, long rows of 200-liter (53-gallon) blue barrels, dozens of packing crates and a forklift truck. The ministry declined to say whether there had been any arrests. Islas said the size of the haul showed methamphetamine was being manufactured on an industrial scale in Mexico. If the seized chemicals were processed in a sophisticated lab they could yield nearly 3.5 million doses, which would have a street value in the United States of nearly $28 billion, Islas calculated on the basis of current market prices. Other estimates put the potential street value of the seizure at a minimum of $6 billion. Queretaro has not been a hotspot in the Mexican government’s fight against traffickers, which is mostly focused on states on the U.S. border in the north of the country.last_img read more

Want to win? Don’t repeat history, make it

first_imgAs we come to the end of the year, I’ve been thinking about all of the people who are rightly touting the merits of data analytics, digital transformation and customer experience management.  And I’ve been thinking about the much smaller number of Credit Union people who are moving forward with initiatives focused on these topics. And, I can’t help but think about George Santayana’s oft quoted declaration that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”Year end is a time when many people, and organizations too, profess their desire to change their ways, adopt new habits, tackle new challenges, do better in the coming year; but, more often than not, people and organizations end up at the following year end almost exactly where they started.  Why? Well, many reasons, including Santayana’s notice that ignorance of what’s come before keeps us from learning what didn’t work. For me, however, the key reason why people and organizations remain largely unchanged year over year is because the one constant in mankind’s history is human nature.  And it is in our nature to seek solace in stability. It is why we seek consensus. And it is why we shy away from the kinds of transformational change touted by those folks advocating for data driven decisioning, digital processes, and customer focused delivery.The smart folks at The Financial Brand tell us that customer experience has a major financial impact on the banking industry.  They tell us “differentiation in the marketplace is no longer determined by price, product or location. Instead, leading brands have shown that the power of customer experience – both online and offline – is the most important component of long-term competitive and financial success.”  I’m confident they are right.I’m also confident that others are right when promoting the merits of data acquisition and analysis to understand better our prospects, our customers, and their needs.  And I’m equally confident in believing that digitization of products and services can drive improvements in service and reductions in service costs, and that these improvements will allow businesses to put customers front and center.But my history working in and with financial services organizations tells me that transformative change is unlikely, because it’s just not in their nature.  Folks will include these topics in their discussions. They will eventually “try some things.” And some people will even move aggressively to integrate the new tools and thinking into their plans and operations.  But few will find themselves operating in drastically different ways than before. And that’s why everyone will end up largely where they started. They will be doing some things differently, and think them to be transformative; but, to their customers and members, they won’t be perceived to be different.  They won’t be perceived to be other than what they were before. And that’s not “winning”, that’s surviving – at least until everyone in the ecosystem “goes down.”Why Change?  Because we are Existential Beings, and so are our OrganizationsI’m going to get philosophical, but please hang with me for a few minutes more.  Existential philosophers are defined by their belief that people define their own life’s meaning, and people try to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe.  People, say existentialist thinkers, need to take ownership of their lives, recognize they have choices to make, and understand that they are not simply “who they are now” but, rather, are “always in a state of becoming”, always changing, always have the opportunity to change their life’s course.  I have often heard people describe existential thought as depressing (likely they feel the burden of choice), but it is that freedom to choose and to change course that I find most optimistic.In business, unfortunately, people tend to see their organizations as “what they are” rather than “what they can or should be.”  And they quietly fear having to question their organization’s reason for being. Because of this, they don’t look outside themselves and their organizations for help in defining that future-state organization.  They see questions as challenges to their “current state” rather than as opportunities to succeed. And they don’t work at “change.” They don’t work to be “always in a state of becoming.” But they should, if they wish to succeed, and not just survive. So, what’s first?If you agree that being open to change, focused on change, organized to change can improve your opportunities to grow and win, where do you start in your organization?  I have four suggestions:Stop doing annual planning with the goal to produce a roadmap for the year. Instead, see strategy as the journey your organization is on, and start planning for how you are going to evolve (starting today) to meet the changing needs of your customers and your people, even if it leads to places you have never gone before.Stop working toward consensus.  Stop working to get to “yes.” Instead, start debating real alternatives to what you are and what you do today.  Start accepting the challenge to change.Stop focusing on simply making the numbers “work.”  Budgets need to be approved. It’s simply so. But start making big moves.  Start changing the culture by taking chances, by embracing change. Fund your future, not just your present.Finally, stop focusing on long range plans.  They don’t move you forward. They tend to promote thinking grounded in the present and untouched by the future, a future that changes you and makes those now old plans useless.  Instead, promote agile thinking that recognizes you will be different in the future and that today’s assumptions will not be valid. Force yourself to take that first step forward into the future of your organization by stepping into “change.” 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Detailslast_img read more

WHO confirms 5 Vietnam H5N1 cases, lists lab test criteria

first_imgAug 31, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today recognized five human H5N1 influenza cases from Vietnam dating back to late May, after publishing formal criteria for accepting positive test results for H5 flu viruses from national laboratories.The five cases include four fatal ones, which pushes Vietnam’s H5N1 toll to 100 cases with 46 deaths. The country has the second highest number of avian flu cases, after Indonesia.The five cases now confirmed by the WHO had been reported earlier by Vietnamese authorities. The WHO apparently now has confirmed all the cases announced by Vietnamese authorities this year.So far this year Vietnam has had seven H5N1 cases with four deaths, and the resurgence in human infections appears to have coincided with fresh poultry outbreaks, mainly in the northern and Mekong delta areas. Previously the country was widely hailed for keeping poultry infections at bay with strict control efforts, including an aggressive vaccination program, but many of the outbreaks this year have occurred in unvaccinated flocks.In a statement yesterday about new criteria for accepting positive H5N1 findings, the WHO said it will now accept positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results from national reference laboratories that (1) have participated successfully in the WHO’s new External Quality Assessment (EQA) project and (2) have accurately identified H5 flu viruses in at least three previous cases.Tiffany Domingo, a technical officer in the WHO’s outbreak and pandemic communications department, told CIDRAP News today that the WHO will now confirm positive H5N1 results from Vietnamese labs—as it did today for the latest five H5N1 case patients—so long as the labs meet the new testing criteria.The WHO did not say which labs in Vietnam fulfilled the requirements, but in a Jun 29 statement on Vietnam’s 93rd and 94th cases, the agency said the H5N1 infections were confirmed by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) in Hanoi, as well as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Most countries that have had human H5N1 cases have had to send specimens to WHO reference labs elsewhere for testing and confirmation. However, the WHO has accepted positive H5N1 results from a few countries, such as China and, in recent months, Indonesia. In May the agency said it had formally assessed the Indonesian national laboratory’s capacity to diagnose H5 viruses and would begin recognizing cases confirmed there.Established in July, the EQA project is conducted by the WHO Global Influenza Programme at WHO headquarters in Geneva and the WHO reference laboratory at the National Influenza Centre in Hong Kong, according to a WHO statement issued in July. The program is designed to build the capacity of labs to use PCR to diagnose both seasonal and avian influenza and to support good laboratory practices. National influenza centers and laboratories are eligible to participate.To participate in the EQA project, laboratories must test a simulated panel of RNA specimens twice a year and fill out a “Good Laboratory Practice” questionnaire. The RNA specimens include H1, H3, and H5 virus subtypes. The WHO analyzes the test results and reports on the performance of each laboratory.In yesterday’s statement, the WHO spelled out the two main requirements for accepting positive H5 test results from national laboratories:The lab must participate in the EQA project and must have correctly detected all H5 viruses in the most recent set of samples, without reporting any false-positive H5 findings.Since 2004, the lab must have tested for human H5 infections and must have made at least three positive diagnoses that were later confirmed by a WHO H5 reference lab.Countries that don’t have a national influenza reference lab, or have a national lab that has not met the WHO criteria, must have their positive H5 test results confirmed by a WHO reference lab or by another WHO-approved national reference lab.See also:Aug 31 WHO statement on Vietnam casesJuly WHO statement on EQA projectWHO H5N1 avian flu case countMay 16 CIDRAP News story “WHO confirms backlog of 15 Indonesian H5N1 cases”last_img read more

Do part to reduce trash to landfills

first_imgI would like to respond to Ken Kimball’s Nov. 19 letter [“Offer solutions to Colonie landfill issue”].Local landfills are, indeed, close to being full. There are many problems and many solutions that our governments will have to deal with. In the meantime, I would challenge Mr. Kimball and all people to do what they can to help.I recently took a wonderful course through Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County, to become a Master Composter and Recycler.I thought I was doing a great job already, but I learned how much more I can do. So check out your local services (including Cornell Cooperative Extension) and see what you can recycle in your area.Reduce your garbage by composting and buying items with less packaging or packaging that can be recycled. Bring your own container to a restaurant for your leftovers, take reusable bags to the grocery store, and write letters to companies to encourage them to have eco-friendly packaging and practices. These practices won’t solve the problem, but they are a good start.By reducing your waste, the landfills will last a little longer and more permanent solutions can be found.Maggie BrownSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Anderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Paul Di Resta to feature in F1 World Championship today

first_imgBritain’s Paul Di Resta will feature in the Formula One World Championship for the first time in 4 years today.He’s replaced Williams driver Felipe Massa in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix – after the Brazilian pulled out because he’s unwell.Massa was cleared to race by the FIA after complaining of dizziness – but felt ill again during third practice this morning.last_img