26 Jan
2021

The Glee Project’ contestant speaks about true beauty

first_imgThe cast of The Glee Project presented True Beauty at the Carroll Auditorium in Saint Mary’s Madeleva Hall last night. Members of the show discussed their definition of beauty and self esteem as a part of Love Your Body Week. The Glee Project’s contender, Hannah McIalwain, said the True Beauty Program promotes confidence in women’s self-image. “Everyone is going to struggle with some insecurity, but come back to yourself and say, ‘Yes, I am good enough,’” McIalwain said. McIalwain said she struggled with self-image in her younger years but gained confidence before entering high school. She said she became active in school plays and felt happier. When her parents divorced during her junior year, she ate for comfort, McIalwain said. “I felt alone and I continued to gain pounds. This was a low point,” she said. “I had no one else who knew the real me and I portrayed myself as happy and bubbly.” In her senior year, auditions for MTV’s Made arrived at her high school, she said. McIalwain auditioned and landed a spot. The show changed her life, she said. “I went for everything in the show. I turned around and I felt beautiful and confident,” McIalwain said. McIalwain said she attended college at Queens University with a fresh perspective. Though a heartbreak set her back, McIalwain decided to audition for The Glee Project as well. She was chosen to be in the show with eleven other contenders. “This gave me more self-confidence than before, but I still felt like I was not good enough, but each week I kept growing,” McIalwain said. “Eventually, I gained a strong self-confidence out of the show.” The most difficult task in The Glee Project was the week of vulnerability, she said. Contenders wrote their insecurities on a white board and held their sign in front of strangers. “My insecurity was simply, fat. I felt embarrassed before the cameras were on and broke down,” McIalwain said. ” But … It does not define me; it does not matter.” McIalwain said she remained in Los Angeles for two months after the show ended for auditions, but no jobs were offered. She left Hollywood and moved back home with her mother. “I felt like I was being left behind,” McIalwain said. McIalwain said she worked minimum wage jobs until she had enough money to move back to Los Angeles. She is currently looking for more opportunities there, she said. “You have to keep going. All of us are beautiful and perfect,” McIalwain said. Through the True Beauty Project, McIalwain speaks to women about the influence the media, peers and parents have on the definition of beauty. “You have to know your confidence. You have to realize what is beautiful and redefine what beauty is,” McIalwain said.last_img read more

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18 Dec
2020

CUNA Board approves membership choice

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The CUNA board of directors Thursday approved revising the trade’s bylaws to eliminate the dual membership requirement, expand CUNA membership to include individuals and organizations in the industry and potentially reduce the size of the board.“While the board strongly believes in an interdependence model – one in which CUNA is working in concert with our league partners on behalf of credit unions – we also believe that the time is now for CUNA to change and modernize its bylaws in response to the evolving needs and demands of our credit union members,” CUNA Board Chairwoman Susan Streifel said. “A key component of that change will be to institute bylaws that accommodate membership optionality, or choice, while also strengthening the ability of CUNA and the leagues to work together as credit unions’ strongest advocates.” continue reading »last_img read more

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16 Dec
2020

Hempstead Village Cop Accused of Groping Woman

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hempstead village police officer was arrested for allegedly groping a woman’s chest in front of her young children four months ago, Nassau County prosecutors said.Louis AcilaLouis Arcila pleaded not guilty Thursday at Nassau County court to charges of official misconduct, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse.“The defendant allegedly followed a woman into a car and sexually assaulted her in front of her two children, while wearing his police shield in plain view,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said the 49-year-old Roslyn Heights man was off-duty but had his police shield clipped to his waist when he followed the victim to her parked car leaned over, and grabbed at the victim’s right breast at 10:30 p.m. June 28.When the victim pushed his hand away, he moved his hand to the victim’s inner thigh and then moved his hand back up to the victim’s breast a second time, authorities said. Her three-year old daughter and 10-year old son were in the car at the time. The woman’s adult nephew also witnessed the attack, which occurred outside El Rancho Catracho restaurant, according to investigators.The Hempstead Village Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents the department’s officers, released a statement denying the allegations and questioning the timing of the grand jury’s indictment.“We are confident that the officer will be vindicated once all of the facts are presented in court,” the union said in its statement. “We also would like to note that the timing of this indictment is troubling, since it comes just a few days before” Election Day.Judge Terrence Murphy released the officer without bail. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail. He is due back in court Nov. 13.last_img read more

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28 Aug
2020

FA rejects FIFA World Cup report criticism

first_imgEngland’s Football Association on Thursday rejected claims by world governing body FIFA’s ethics committee that it violated bidding rules in its unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 World Cup.In a report released on Thursday, the ethics committee clears Qatar over corruption allegations regarding its successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup and criticises England’s failed attempt to host the 2018 tournament, which was awarded to Russia.The England bid team is accused of having broken rules in its attempts to win the support of former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, who quit his role in 2011 amid bribery allegations.But in a statement published on its website, the FA said: “We do not accept any criticism regarding the integrity of England’s bid or any of the individuals involved.”We conducted a transparent bid and, as the report demonstrates with its reference to the England bid team’s ‘full and valuable cooperation’, willingly complied with the investigation.”We maintain that transparency and cooperation around this entire process from all involved is crucial to its credibility.” The FA added: “We also note that after a lengthy investigatory process and assessment, the report has concluded that the ‘potentially problematic facts and circumstances identified by the report regarding the England 2018 bid were, all in all, not suited to compromise the integrity of the FIFA World Cup 2018/22 bidding process as a whole’.”The 42-page report was released by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, FIFA’s independent ethics adjudicator, following an extensive investigation into the World Cup bidding process by American lawyer Michael Garcia.It alleges that in an attempt to “curry favour” with Trinidad and Tobago official Warner, who was believed to control a block of FIFA executive votes, the England bid team contravened bidding rules.England 2018 is accused of helping “a person of interest to (Warner) find a part-time job in the UK” and sponsoring a gala dinner for the Caribbean Football Union at a cost of $55,000 (44,100 euros).The report also says that the England bid team provided “substantial assistance” for a Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 training camp that took place in 2009. “The (England) bid team often accommodated Mr Warner’s wishes, in apparent violation of bidding rules and the FIFA code of ethics,” the report said.”England’s response to Mr Warner’s — improper — demands, in at a minimum always seeking to satisfy them in some way, damaged the integrity of the ongoing bidding process. Yet, such damage was again of rather limited extent.”The report was branded a “whitewash” by British MP Damian Collins, who has campaigned for FIFA reform.Collins, from the ruling Conservative party, told Britain’s Press Association: “It is a whitewash as it is an attempt to con people that there has been a full and independent investigation when there has not been.”The result is that allegations of bribery and serious wrongdoing remain unanswered and they are still suppressing the full report. “The points being made about the England bid are just a smokescreen to try to hide these facts.”The FA has previously called for more transparency in the World Cup voting process and accused FIFA of not doing enough to eradicate corruptionlast_img read more

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