Student government tickets debate initiatives

first_imgAs Wednesday’s election for student body president and vice president rapidly approaches, the candidates were given their first and only chance to debate their platforms against one another Monday night. In the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library, student body presidential candidate — and current student body vice president — Becca Blais and her running mate, Sibonay Shewit, faced off against the opposing ticket of presidential candidate Rohit Fonseca and his running mate, Daniela Narimatsu, to begin the final push for votes before the election. The candidates began the debate by discussing why they chose to run for office.“When we decided to run for student government, we had one thing in mind — you guys, the students, our classmates, our friends, the people who mean the most to us and the Notre Dame family,” Fonseca said. “We have very different life experiences that we bring to the table, but you will find us united in our passion for Notre Dame.”Blais said one of the key issues that motivated her to run was reforming sexual assault procedures, prompted by an experience at a sexual assault prevention meeting.Both tickets had plans to tackle sexual assault. Fonseca and Narimatsu advocated for presenting anonymous testimonies to the student body via displays in the dining halls, an initiative that Fonseca had spearheaded in regards to mental health during his tenure as director of health and wellness for student government. “You kind of understand that these people you walk by everyday … might be dealing with sexual assault, might be dealing with domestic abuse, might be dealing with serious life issues that we pretend don’t exist here in our perfectionist culture here at Notre Dame,” Fonseca said.One of the key policies Blais and Shewit said they hoped to enact in regards to sexual assault is the use of the sexual assault recording software Callisto. The software aims to “provides survivors with a confidential and secure way to create a time-stamped record of an assault, learn about reporting options and support resources, or report electronically to campus authorities. It [als] gives survivors the option to report their assault only if someone else names the same assailant,” according to the software’s website.“SpeakupND is a great reporting software for harassment; Callisto is an online software for sexual assault,” she said. “The unique thing about Callisto is that you can put in all of your information when it happens.”Blais said the current system did not go far enough and more steps needed to be taken to prevent sexual assault.“[Sexual assault victims] are your classmates, those are your dormmates — those are your friends,” she said. However, Fonseca argued that the technology already used by the University ought to be kept in place.“We want to push what we already have,” he said. “We don’t need any new technology for online reporting of sexual assault. We already have speakup.nd.edu and we’re going to make that known.”The candidates also discussed issues relating to inclusion and diversity on Notre Dame’s campus. Narimatsu said one way to help students that feel left out, especially non-Catholics, become a part of the community is through service.“It is really hard for [non-religious] first years trying to navigate within the culture of Notre Dame and [be included]; we think service is going to be a part of that,” she said.Fonseca added that another one of their campaign’s initiatives — a campus-wide prayer service — was also aimed at bringing students together. The prayer would be held on Monday mornings to “start the week off right,” he said.Shewit said in order to bring students together, greater dialogue about diversity and inclusion was necessary. “We want students to know that it’s okay to celebrate their differences and talk about them and to ask questions about other students and their own celebrations and uniqueness,” she said. “We want to foster a place where these conversations can happen.”The candidates then transitioned to issues relating to greater student health. Blais and Shewit said they wanted to provide free STD and STI testing and rape kit testing to St. Liam’s. The duo also wants to bring in the JED Foundation — an organization that evaluates schools’ mental health programs in order to improve the programs — to help streamline the University Health Services’ care.Fonseca said improving student health was important but that some of Blais and Shewit’s proposals weren’t feasible. “We know that there are some things that we need to be realistic about,” Fonseca said. “We have talked directly to a director in St. Liam’s who says that it is impossible — not that it’s her opinion or she thinks that it’s impossible — it is impossible to get free STD and STI testing within a year.”Blais said being told something is impossible isn’t the end.“Sometimes when you hear that something is impossible, try anyway,” she said. “We were once told that a peer support group was impossible, yet we launched the first-ever sexual assault survivors support group last fall.”Tags: blais-shewit, Election, fonseca-narimatsu, Student governmentlast_img read more

It’s Only a Play’s Rupert Grint on Why Wizards Want to Do Broadway

first_img Did they win? No, they didn’t, they lost quite heavily. [Laughs.] But yeah, it’s great. We’re quite busy rehearsing, but it’s great to be here. Who cracks you up the most in rehearsal? Oh, Nathan is quite a force. He’s hilarious, and Murray as well. I’m just so lucky to be surrounded by these people. Tell me about this guy you’re playing, Frank Finger. It’s a type of character that I’ve never had the chance to play before—he’s someone very complicated and deeply troubled. That’s really what attracted me to him. The play is amazing, it’s so funny and such an interesting insight into the theater world from behind the scenes. You’re in a cast with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and all of these hilarious Broadway pros. Is that intimidating? It’s really intimidating, yeah. Just to keep up with them has become my main objective. They’re just so funny and they’re so experienced. They really know what they’re doing. It’s amazing to me to watch that. I’ve learned so much just being in the room with them. See Grint in It’s Only a Play beginning August 28 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Is this your first time living in New York? Yes, and I love New York. I’ve only ever been here for like two weeks at a time, so I never really got to know the place, but I’m loving it. It’s such a great place. I went to a Yankee game the other day. Related Shows This fall, Rupert Grint is moving from Hogwarts to the Great White Way. The Harry Potter favorite will make his Broadway debut in It’s Only a Play, a revamped revival of Terrence McNally’s 1986 off-Broadway comedy. Grint will play Frank Finger, the angsty young director of a play by a nervous playwright (played by Matthew Broderick) who is worried his new project will make or break his career. But Grint and Broderick aren’t the only heavy hitters in this new mounting—the comedy also stars Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham and newcomer Micah Stock. Broadway.com caught up with Grint to chat about the Yankees, wizards, and of course, musicals. Can you sing at all? Would you ever want to do a musical? Hmm, I don’t think I could do that. I released a song recently, I did an animation [Postman Pat: The Movie] and it’s on an album now, so I can kind of sing, but not like that. That’s on a totally different level. I just saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch and that was amazing. I couldn’t do a musical, but it looks fun! View Comments The Harry Potter wizards are all getting on the Broadway train—you, Daniel Radcliffe, and now Tom Felton wants to. Why do you think that is? New York just feels like the place to be. I’ve seen some amazing shows here, and there’s such an incredible energy to the city. It’s so exciting, even just walking down the streets. The West End is great as well, I love that, but New York City a really special place. Were you rooting for the home team? Yeah, definitely! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 It’s Only a Play You starred in Mojo in the West End. Did you pick up any tips you want to remember for this time? That was different because it was my first ever taste of theater in any form, really. Before that it was just school plays and pantomimes, so it was a big learning experience. [Mojo and It’s Only a Play] are very different shows. But I find keeping the concentration quite hard, just being in character for so long. I’m used to dipping in and out. On a film set you’re in character just for a few seconds, then you walk away. So with this, you have to be in the moment for the whole two hours, so it’s hard, but it’s great fun.last_img read more

Dear Congress: Patagonia Writes Letter Urging Protection for Public Lands

first_imgPatagonia recently penned a letter to Congress on behalf of over 100 executives of both large and small outdoor companies. Collectively, these businesses contribute $650 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employ approximately six million people.In the letter, Patagonia called on Congress and elected officials to protect public lands. Republicans in Congress have proposed transferring public lands to state and private ownership. Patagonia and the alliance of outdoor businesses signing on to the letter oppose these transfers and encourage Congress to safeguard our natural heritage. Patagonia writes:“It is an American right to roam in our public lands. The people of the United States, today and tomorrow, share equally in the ownership of these majestic places. This powerful idea transcends party lines and sets our country apart from the rest of the world. That is why we strongly oppose any proposal, current or future, that devalues or compromises the integrity of our national public lands.Yet as the 115th Congress begins, efforts are underway that threaten to undermine over one hundred years of public investment, stewardship and enjoyment of our national public lands. Stated simply, these efforts would be bad for the American people. They include the potential of national public lands being privatized or given to states who might sell them to the highest bidder. This would unravel courageous efforts by leaders from across the political spectrum up to the present day, including Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.This is not a red or blue issue. It is an issue that affects our shared freedoms. Public lands should remain in public hands.”Read the full letter and the complete list of outdoor companies signing on to the letter here.last_img read more

Is your business continuity plan up to date?

first_imgThe developing COVID-19 pandemic serves as a reminder to our industry of the importance of business continuity planning (BCP). It is not just worldwide health pandemics that should prompt businesses to create and maintain a BCP—natural disasters and other unexpected events also reemphasize the importance of preparedness.Most institutions likely follow the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s (FFIEC) recommended BCP process, which includes a business impact analysis (BIA), risk assessment, risk management and risk monitoring and testing. And despite the FFIEC’s 2019 updates, some financial institutions are still behind.Is your institution’s BCP up to date? Ensure your organization is ready for the business landscape of the digital age by using these best practices. And don’t forget to review your plan with industry professionals who can evaluate your completed plan.Protecting Your DataWhile threats of physical loss or disruption caused by pandemics and natural disasters indeed pose risks, other threats to business continuity include disruptive data loss, breach or corruption—and these threats could affect any geographic region at any point in time. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Are you preparing for the economic spring?

first_imgIf online articles came with soundtracks, this piece would be accompanied by The Beatles performing their classic “Here Comes the Sun”.Perhaps you prefer the edgier version by Ritchie Havens or Nina Simone’s soulful rendition. Regardless of your preference, you probably know or recognize the lyrics.“Little darling, it’s been a long, cold lonely winter.Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here.Here comes the sun. Here comes the sun.And, I say, ‘It’s alright’.My November 2019 article asked you to prepare for an economic winter. Obviously, it arrived much sooner and stronger than anyone imagined. The COVID-19 virus is the equivalent of a global economic polar vortex.Preparing for SpringWe don’t know the ultimate length or severity of this economic downturn. We do, however, know that after the winter comes the spring.Here are three ideas you should pursue right now to be ready:Watch for the signs.Nature signals that spring is in the air.Birds sound happier. Trees begin to show their buds. The smells of wood burning in a distant fireplace or the piney odor of evergreen trees are replaced with the fresher, softer scents of a reawakening Earth.The economy shows signs, too.From a macro perspective, the economy is on its way back when layoffs decrease and consistently fall below 250,000 per month. Hiring increases begin to exceed 100,000 per month. Construction activity picks up. The GDP forecast projects growth in the future. There are significant positive moves in consumer confidence, leading economic indicators, and the percentage of economists who forecast growth.There are similar signs in the marketplace you serve. Identify and begin monitoring them now.You are rarely hurt by planting your garden a few weeks late. You can miss opportunities when you aren’t paying attention to signs of economic spring.Build your culture to flourish in what’s next.Are you hunkered down waiting for the returning “new normal”?Forget about it. We aren’t going to awaken from hibernation to find that things are the same. A sense of “normal” won’t return for a very long time. Perhaps it will not arrive at all.There is no more new normal. There is only a new next.The concept of a state of “normal” is rooted in Kurt Lewin’s classic change model that you unfreeze the thing you want to be different, change it, and refreeze it.That notion was already questionable because the world moves too quickly to ever fully refreeze a change. The COVID-19 virus has proven that the best we can often achieve isn’t refreezing to ice. It is gelatin.The culture needed to flourish in a new next environment is built on the foundation of the past. It is values aligned, results focused, member obsessed, and people centric.The culture accelerates your ability to flourish when it is change ready, data driven, and process oriented. Chances are that you were already working on – or at least talking about – these items. This crisis is the ultimate stress test that determines where you are solid and where there are gaps.Even those things aren’t enough to ensure your survival … much less position you for growth.The game changers for your culture are that it is collaboration enabled and future seeking.Collaboration-enabled, future-seeking cultures actively seek different perspectives and ideas to solve problems and capture opportunities. They are like the scouts who worked for the wagon trains as the West was being settled. Every day they rode out over the horizon in search of two things: Where are the hostiles that have the potential to do us harm, and where is the water that provides an opportunity to sustain and fuel us on our journey?Keep the ground prepared and the plants watered.Lawns and plants need water even when they are dormant. It helps to put a pre-emergent on your lawn before the weeds have a chance to sprout.These are facts of winter lawn care that you probably learned in your youth. I, on the other hand, had to discover them the hard way when I became a first-time home owner.It’s the same with your members. Consistent care and feeding of the relationship during this economic winter sets the stage for a vibrant growth spurt when the economy thaws and spring arrives.Managing the DissonanceArticles, presentations, and books make leading sound easy. Then you are bombarded with the realities of the moment.That is especially true right now. The dissonance between preparing for the spring and surviving the winter is real.Your good intentions compete with the emergencies and mundane of today. Your team and members must have the necessary PPE. Members have questions about their PPP loans or unemployment payment status that require research. Helping your team remain productive as it works from home is taking more time. The clock doesn’t magically add an extra two hours per day.One solution lies in doing things differently rather than trying to do more things. Look for opportunities to grow others by asking them to collaborate on new ideas. Identify activities with minimal value that can be discontinued, and engage everyone in watching for signs of the emerging spring.The sun will shine again. Rebirth will happen. Now is the time to prepare for the economic spring. Cue The Beatles. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Pennington Randy Pennington is an award-winning author, speaker, and leading authority on helping organizations achieve positive results in a world of accelerating change. He is author of the award-winning books Make … Web: www.armstrongspeakers.com Detailslast_img read more

Deer Park Murder Suspect’s Alleged Accomplice Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A second suspect has been arrested for his alleged role in a shooting that killed a 25-year-old man and wounded a second victim in Deer Park last year, Suffolk County police said.Demar Rose, 27, of Deer Park, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder. Another suspect, 23-year-old Jhamek Daniels of Brentwood, was arrested three weeks ago in the same case. Daniels has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that Daniels and Rose fatally shot Jean Yves, of Wyandanch, in the parking lot of the Night Owl Lounge on Long Island Avenue at 2:22 a.m. on Jan.16, 2014. A second man identified as 23-year-old Javonne Mimms was wounded in the shooting, police said. The victims were taken to a local hospital, where Yves died and Mimms was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest.Police had said at the time that the two victims were in a Cadillac that pulled into the parking lot when two people in a group standing outside fired several shots at the vehicle. The group that the suspects were with fled in two vehicles, authorities said. A third person in the victims’ vehicle was not struck by the gunfire.Police had also said at the time that they were investigating whether the shooting was gang-related. Upon the arrest of Daniels, investigators said that the shooting stemmed from a prior dispute at the bar.Rose will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip. Daniels, who was denied bail, is due back in court March 11.last_img read more

Regeneration: The genesis of West Quay III

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South Tangerang resident who possessed radioactive substances offered ‘decontamination services’: Police

first_imgA resident of South Tangerang, Banten, who allegedly kept radioactive substances in his house at the Batan Indah housing complex did so for economic gain, the National Police have said, and had been engaged in business involving radioactive substances.National Police spokesperson, Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra said that the man, a National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) employee identified by the initials SM, had been keeping radioactive substances at his house for a long time.“He opened a decontamination service, too, so [the service] was a part of his livelihood,” Asep said on Sunday, as quoted by kompas.com. Police found the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 along with other radioactive substances in SM’s house last week. Asep said that the decayed nature of the substances indicated that they had been in the house for a long time. SM is currently still only a witness in the investigation, but the police have said that he could be soon named a suspect and charged under a 1997 law on nuclear energy for illegally storing radioactive materials in his house. If charged, he faces a maximum punishment of two years’ imprisonment and a Rp 100 million (US$7,154) fine.The Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) first detected high levels of radiation in the Batan Indah complex during a routine check at the end of January. Between Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, a joint Bapeten and National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) team discovered several radioactive fragments in a vacant lot next to a volleyball court in the housing complex. The joint team later traced the radiation to SM’s house. (hol)Topics :last_img read more

What we know about possible COVID-19 transmission from freight and packages

first_imgWhat experts say about the risk of infection from packaging:-Studies suggest the virus can linger on packaging material between hours and days, depending on the material, temperature and humidity, according to the World Health Organization. The virus can stay 4-5 days on plastic or paper.-There is currently no evidence that people can catch COVID-19 from food or food packaging, according to the WHO, a view backed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies. Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food – they need a live animal or human host to multiply and survive.-Since the new coronavirus cannot replicate on the surface of food or packaging, it can only become gradually weaker outside a living cell, said Jin Dong-Yan, virology professor at the University of Hong Kong.He did not rule out that a person could spread droplets containing the virus on the surface of food, or a package, and someone else could then contract the virus by touching the surface and then their mouth or nose. But such a case would be rare, he said.-Infection from contact with a frozen virus through imported food “is still not to be considered a major route of infection and still not an event that should substantially affect policy at the public health levels,” said Eyal Leshem, director of the Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Sheba Medical Center in Israel.-“The number of virus particles coming out a person’s mouth or nose is far greater than a few virus particles remaining on frozen foods, somebody touching it and then spreading it,” said T. Jacob John, retired professor of clinical virology at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.”Among all the risks, I think these are very low risks.” -New Zealand reported its first COVID-19 cases in more than three months on Wednesday, prompting a swift reimposition of movement restrictions. Health officials raised the possibility that the virus had arrived in New Zealand via freight, given one of the infected people works at a cool store that takes imported frozen goods from overseas.-China said on Thursday a sample of frozen chicken wings imported into Shenzhen from Brazil had tested positive for the virus. The discovery by local disease control centers was part of routine screenings of meat and seafood imports that have been carried out since June, when a new outbreak in Beijing was linked to the city’s Xinfadi wholesale food center.-Earlier this week, traces of the virus were found in China on the packaging of frozen shrimp from Ecuador and on the outer packaging of imported frozen seafood that arrived at Yantai port from Dalian in northeast China.-Chinese customs officers first found the virus in packaging from Ecuador on July 10. It marked the first positive results from 227,934 samples that had been taken from imported foods, their packaging, and the environment. Topics :center_img China reported several cases of frozen food packaging contaminated with the novel coronavirus this week, while New Zealand said it is investigating the possibility that its latest COVID-19 cases could be traced to imported freight.Here’s what has happened and what experts say about it:What’s happened:last_img read more

PTTEP to spend $3,1 B in 2018. Working on 3 FIDs

first_imgThai oil company PTTEP has earmarked $3,1 billion dollars for investments in 2018 and is planning to accelerate final investment decisions for three projects this year.Of the full budget, $1,77 billion will be capital expenditure, and $1,3 billion is for operational expenditure (opex).This year’s capex will be mostly spent to maintain the production level at 302,000 BOED, primarily focusing on increasing crude oil and condensate production volumes. PTTEP expects the unit cost will also be sustained at around $30 per BOE “to strengthen PTTEP’s competitiveness.”The company’s business plan for this year to add more production in the future is to accelerate the FID of 3 key pre-development projects including the Mozambique Rovuma Offshore Area 1 project, the Algeria Hassi Bir Rekaiz project and the Vietnam Block B & 48/95 and Block 52/97 project.Planned to start first gas in 2023 with a production capacity of 12 million tonnes per year, the Mozambique Rovuma Offshore Area 1 Project has already started the resettlement activity and is waiting for the approval of development plan, PTTEP said.PTTEP late last year submitted the development plan of the Algeria Hassi Bir Rekaiz project to the Algerian Government and anticipates the approval in the first quarter of this year. The Vietnam Block B & 48/95 and Block 52/97 project is targeted to produce first gas in 2021 with a capacity of 490 million cubic feet per day.Somporn Vongvuthipornchai, Chief Executive Officer of PTTEP said: “This year, PTTEP will absolutely join the bidding process of the expiring concessions – Bongkot and Erawan – in order to enhance our petroleum reserves and production volumes. This is critical for building the country’s energy security. Apart from that, we will keep our eyes open for the investment opportunities in the strategic locations including Thailand, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. We also have plans to expand our investment along the gas value chain in countries where we can build our competitive advantage upon our upstream presence.”2017 resultsIn 2017 PTTEP generated total revenues of $4,5 billion, up from $4,3 billion in 2016.The company saw recurring net income of $836 million, an 80% increase from a year earlier. The increment, PTTEP said, was mainly due to the recovered average selling price of $39.20 per barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) from $35.91 per BOE, while unit cost was lowered from $30.46 per BOE to $29.05 per BOE. The average sales volume last year, however, was impacted by lower demand for natural gas from projects in the Gulf of Thailand.PTTEP said it mitigated the impact by increasing condensate and crude oil volumes, which finally helped the company to maintain the average sales volume as planned at 299,206 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOED). By end of 2017, PTTEP could maintain strong liquidity position with cash on hand of USD 4,468 million (equivalent to THB 146,008 million)Update: February 1, 2018The previous version of the article said that “Thai oil company PTTEP has earmarked $3,1 billion dollars for investments in 2018 and is planning to make final investment decisions for three projects this year.”PTTEP subsequently told Offshore Energy Today: “PTTEP’s plan this year is to accelerate the FID of 3 key pre-development projects including the Mozambique Rovuma Offshore Area 1. However, whether we can make it as planned or not depends on several conditions. With note that our partners and us will try our best to push forward the FID for the sake of serving energy demand in Mozambique.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more