Group discusses overcrowding

first_imgStudent body president Brett Rocheleau reviewed meetings this week between student government, community leaders and administrators during Wednesday’s gathering of the Student Senate. He also looked ahead to his administration’s goals for its upcoming meeting with the Board of Trustees. Last Thursday, Rocheleau met with Director of Academic Affairs Max Brown to talk about issues within academics. “We met with the provost and talked over issues and looked ahead at what’s to come in the future,” Rocheleau said. Friday morning, Rocheleau and chief of staff Katie Baker attended the South Bend Community Summit.   “The main topic this time was the perceptions held by Notre Dame students about South Bend residents and vice versa,” Baker said.  “The idea is for students to get more involved in the community because a lot of the time the residents just see Friday night shenanigans going on. We are trying to show them a more positive image.” Rocheleau said the summit was successful. “Basically the summit was for community leaders, police force, and students,” Rocheleau said  “We met and talked through different events and collaboration ideas. I thought it went very wel .” Also on Friday, Rocheleau met with the Office of Student affairs about the current proposals for a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).   “It went really well,” Rocheleau said. “They’re definitely going through a lengthy process. They’ve done a lot of research for benchmark activities. They are planning to make an announcement at the end of the semester so that’s something to look forward to.” After completing this overview of their weekend meetings, Senate looked ahead to a student government presentation before the Board of Trustees. Student body vice president Katie Rose went through an outline ofnwhat this will entail. “We will start by showing what the student body looks like statistics-wise and infrastructure,” Rose said. “So we have 29 dorms – two new buildings opened to relieve overcrowding, but we are back to being overcrowded.” Rose said the presentation will include an analysis of the residence hall system versus off-campus living. “We’ll talk about why people love living on campus and why our residence life system is so remarkable and unique,” she said. “We also have to address why students are moving off campus, which we discussed last week. We will conclude with recommendations for the future, some being more student facilities or possibly new dorm buildings.”   Rocheleau said overcrowding is a result of admitting more students. “We have about 8,400 students when our goal is usually 8,000,” Rocheleau said. “We’ve been admitting more and more per class, so more beds are being taken up in dorms. Even if we build new dorms, the same thing will happen again. We just opened two new dorms and overcrowding still happened.. McGlinn Hall senator Ali Wellman asked if reducing admissions would fix the problem. “Notre Dame admits a certain amount of students anticipating that some students will decline their offer,” Baker said.  “More and more people have been accepting the offer lately which is why the class sizes have been over the normal amount.” Carroll Hall senator Matthew O’Brien brought up a good suggestion that would open up more beds. “Would they change the rule that athletes have to live on campus? I know a lot of athletes who have rooms in dorms but don’t actually live there,” O’Brien said.  “That’s a good 100 beds that aren’t being used.” After concluding their discussion of overcrowding in residence halls, the senators addressed a resolutionoabout a new campus ministry council, introduced by campus ministry representative and senior Ellen Carroll “There is a new campus ministry leader this year, so we’re changing the model to make it really driven by the students,” Carroll said. “We want student-generated ideas to share with the administration so they can work with each other.” To bring those ideas before the administration, Carroll said a new body called the Campus Ministry Advisory Council will include 12 to 15 students. “They will meet with campus ministry administrators and talk about topics brought up from both sides,” she said. Carroll said she hopes for a wide range of students to participate in this council, not just “campus ministry regulars..   “We want to be able to better meet the needs of the entire student body,” Carroll said. “The resolution says we have this new position to facilitate communication between student government and campus ministry. The campus ministry representative will be someone from the advisory council, once it is created.” Senate voted unanimously in favor of this resolution.last_img read more

Kilmer and Beyond

first_imgA couple of months ago I wrote about a short hike in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in southwestern North Carolina. The area has so many good places to visit that I want to make sure you know about few more.A Soaring Observation DeckFrom the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest parking area, drive back to the first four-way intersection, turn left onto NC 1127, and ascend five miles to the Maple Springs Observation Area. A handicapped accessible platform juts into space, with a 180-degree vista of the Snowbird, Unicoi, Cheoah, and Great Smoky Mountains rising high above Santeetlah Lake shimmering in the foreground. Come here in early June for an explosion of pink and white mountain laurel blossoms.Camping, Fishing, Swimming, BoatingSanteetlah Lake is lined by 76 miles of mostly forested shoreline, with more than 50 primitive campsites and access for anglers to cast for smallmouth and largemouth bass, crappie, bream, and lake trout. A white sand beach is located at Cheoah Point Recreation as a protected place for the kids to swim, while several marinas rent boats of various shapes and sizes.A Mini Blue Ridge ParkwayThe Cherohala Skyway rises to more than 5,000 feet as it wiggles for 51 miles across the Unicoi Mountains from Robbinsville, North Carolina to Tellico Plains, Tennessee. Like the parkway, it has overlook pullouts to enjoy mountain crests and narrow valleys, and short trails to get on more intimate terms with the landscape. Two of my favorites are the 0.5-mile Wright Creek Trail along its namesake stream and the Hooper Bald Trail (less than one mile roundtrip) to an open summit punctuated by swaying Turk’s-cap lily plants. This is a great driving, motorcycling, and biking route. Just remember, there are no commercial establishments, so fill up with fuel, food, and water before heading out.Adjacent to the parkway are the many miles of the proposed Snowbird Wilderness, with the main route, the Big Snowbird Trail, providing access to several waterfalls.last_img read more

Nassau Officer Acquitted of Harrassing Colleagues

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County police officer was aqcuitted of harassing her colleagues who arrested her while she was off-duty after a parking dispute with on-duty officers who accused her of resisting arrest.A Nassau County jury found Dolores Sharpe, 53, not guilty Wednesday of harassment and resisting arrest charges following a two-week-long trial.“I am free of this dark cloud that these men placed over me and my good name,” Officer Sharpe said. “I did nothing wrong and today the jury made that fact clear.”Officers Charles Volpe and Victor Gladitz, who are white, had arrested Sharpe, who is black, for allegedly trying to strike one of the officers “in his face with a neck chain by swinging it at him” and later “refused to comply with multiple lawful orders to place her hands behind her back,” the officers alleged in  court documents.The altercation occurred Nov. 29, 2013 the parking lot of a store in Hempstead, where Sharpe was shopping at the time, authorities have said. One of the officers accused Sharpe of blocking his view during an investigation. Heated words were reportedly exchanged by both sides, but Sharpe’s lawyer said the arresting officers crossed a line.“Not only was this incident one which subjected Officer Sharpe to an extreme level of humiliation, but the clear attempt by these two officers was to personally degrade her and deprive her of any sense of dignity,” said Sharpe’s Hempstead-based attorney, Frederick Brewington. “The County of Nassau and its Police Department have been asked to investigate the actions of the two officers and consider charges of perjury against at least one of them.”In addition to the arrest, Sharpe later served a 30-day unpaid suspension. A police spokesman has said that an internal affiars investigation into the case is continuing.Prosecutors said they respected the outcome.“An arrest was made, allegations were reviewed, the evidence was presented and a jury carefully considered the case, as evidenced by their four-day deliberation,” said Paul Leonard, a spokesman for Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas. “Judge Kluewer presided over a fair trial. We respect the jury process and their verdict.”last_img read more

Retail North-eastern promise

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Teachers protest across US over re-opening schools in pandemic

first_img“Cases up because of BIG Testing! Much of our Country is doing very well. Open the Schools!” Trump tweeted on Monday.While reported case numbers may be linked to more testing, recent increases in hospitalizations and deaths have no connection to more people being tested for the virus.The United States is in a new phase of the outbreak with infections in rural areas as well as cities, Deborah Birx, the coordinator of Trump’s coronavirus task force, said on Sunday.”What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread,” Birx said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program.On Monday, Trump lashed out at Birx for her comments. Trump accused Birx of capitulating to criticism from Democrats that the federal government’s response to the pandemic has been ineffective.”So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!” Trump wrote.House of Representatives Speaker Pelosi said on CNN on Monday that Birx has “enabled” Trump, who played down the seriousness of the virus in the early stages and pushed for a quick reopening of the economy and schools following weeks of lockdowns.”I don’t have confidence in anyone who stands there while the President says swallow Lysol and it’s going to cure your virus,” Pelosi said in a reference to Trump at a coronavirus briefing in April with Birx present.Trump had asked whether injecting disinfectant into the body could be a treatment for the virus, leading makers of those products to issue warnings against doing so. Teachers are also demanding financial help for parents in need, including rent and mortgage assistance, a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures and cash assistance.Many of these issues are at the center of a political tussle in Washington, where Congressional Democrats and Trump administration officials will resume talks on Monday aimed at hammering out a coronavirus economic relief bill after missing a deadline to extend benefits to tens of millions of jobless Americans.The coronavirus, which first appeared in China late last year, has infected 4.6 million people in the United States and killed more than 155,000 Americans since February, according to a Reuters tally. Deaths rose by over 25,000 in July and cases doubled in 19 states during the month.President Donald Trump has made school re-openings for classroom instruction, as they normally would in August and September, part of his re-election campaign. The Republican president is trailing in opinion polls against Democratic candidate Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Teachers and support staff at more than 35 school districts across the United States on Monday are protesting the re-opening of schools while COVID-19 is surging in many parts of the country.They are demanding in-person classes not be held until scientific data supports it, safety protocols such as lower class sizes and virus testing are established, and schools are staffed with adequate numbers of counselors and nurses, according to a website set up for the demonstrations.On Twitter, the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association showed protesters making fake gravestones that said “Here lies a third grade student from Green Bay who caught COVID at school” and “RIP Grandma caught COVID helping grand kids with homework.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Alternative credit can bridge between return and matching assets: NN IP

first_imgAlternative credit and real assets could act as a bridge between the traditional return and liabilities portfolios as demand for matching asset changes, asset manager NN IP has argued.Ageing populations and low interest rates have driven down interest rates, altering the way investors balance growth and matching assets, NN IP said.Bart Oldenkamp, the firm’s managing director for integrated client solutions, highlighted mortgages, credit, property, infrastructure, and renewable energy as offering attractive returns combined with a low volatility and a low correlation with other asset classes.In a presentation during the annual congress of the Dutch Pensions Federation, Oldenkamp said individual pensions accrual – part of a proposed new pensions system in the Netherlands – could trigger the need for different matching requirements. He added that alternative credit and real assets could also increase the potential for responsible investment relative to a traditional asset class, such as government bonds.Using an example of a infrastructure loan for a motorway, Richard Sanders, investment strategist at NN IP, said the loan could act as an alternative for interest swaps because of the stable rental income a government would pay over several decades. His example generated annual interest of 2.7%, which is 150 basis points higher than interest rate swaps and 60 above BBB credit, at the time of financing.Sanders added that such a loan also contributed to diversification and had an environmental element: “The secondary route replaced by the motorway could become cleaner and safer. This effect is measurable.”However, the investment strategist emphasised that the investment could not be used as collateral for derivatives because of its illiquid character.“As the secondary market is limited, it is sensible to keep the investment until the end of its duration,” Sanders saidOldenkamp added that an infrastructure loan was a more complex product than liquid alternatives such as credit and government bonds.“It is not entirely risk-free and requires more expertise as well as attention for reporting and monitoring,” he said.last_img read more

On the edge of World Heritage rainforest, Trinity Beach home a treasure

first_img16 Weld Crescent, Trinity Beach, Panguna Valley Estate“We made it as liveable as possible, put in bigger windows,“It’s made out of concrete blocks inside, too, which keeps it quiet. You can close the bedroom doors and windows and you don’t hear anything else.” Elite Real Estate Services agent Carol Thomas said, too, a lack of rear neighbours helped create the peaceful surroundings. She said the home’s neutral colour scheme has added a feeling of timelessness to a “cleverly designed space”.The home has three-metre side-access, parking on each side of the property, a double-car garage with a storage or work nook, a ducted vacuum system and a 4kW solar system.The master suite has been built pool side and at the rear of the property and has a walk in robe, ensuite and alfresco access. 16 Weld Crescent, Trinity Beach, Panguna Valley EstateThe additional three bedrooms are sized generously and include above standard built in robes.The main bathroom is an elegant three-way design and the discrete laundry boasts ample space and storage. 16 Weld Crescent, Trinity Beach, Panguna Valley EstateThe Dawsons have raised their sons at the home and said the proximity to the bush and mountain bike routes made for an envious outdoor lifestyle typical of the Far North.With a move to Kuranda on the cards, Mr Dawson hopes their creation will be enjoyed by another young family. “We loved the home because it was a nice, quiet neighbourhood, there are bike tracks out the back, and lots of walks,” Mr Dawson said. “There is a view from back at the fire pit and you’d come off the highway and you don’t even know you’re in Cairns. We used the fire pit about every weekend. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago16 Weld Crescent, Trinity Beach, Panguna Valley Estate“I used to work in the city a fair bit and it’s not that far out, Palm Cove is only a few minutes drive away too.Louvres and an open plan design ensure the property catches the breezes on long, hot, summer days.An alfresco entertaining area, complete with new outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, as well as beautifully leafy surrounds also ensure long, hot summer days and nights can be enjoyed in style.“We always get a nice breeze which comes down from the hill, it is a nice, cool, sort of house. There is aircon in bedrooms for sleeping, but in the rest of the space we don’t really need it. 16 Weld Crescent, Trinity Beach, Panguna Valley EstateSITTING in the back yard of Peter and Karen Dawson’s Panguna Valley Estate home, you could almost be forgiven for thinking you were thousands of kilometres from the suburbs of Cairns.But nestled on the edge of World Heritage rainforest, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 16 Weld Crescent is within easy access of Trinity and Kewarra Beaches.A commute to the Cairns CBD is not such a big ask either.last_img read more

Chelsea failed in Neymar attempts before Barcelona move

first_img Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In Thailand7 Reasons Why You Don’t Get Your Work Done On Schedule6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can Resist10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And Now10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? The Blues offered Neymar a long-term contract, a new car and a luxurious mansion in London, but he rejected the approach. Chelsea then launched another bid for the player three years later and attempted to persuade Neymar by saying that he would have a similar role to famous basketball star Michael Jordan and leave a similar legacy as Jordan did at the Chicago Bulls. read also:Neymar was Real Madrid president’s “dream signing” Neymar however had already committed his future to Barcelona. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea made unsuccessful attempts to sign Neymar from Santos ahead of his move to Barcelona, it has emerged. Loading… Diario Sport cite a report from The Athletic which details the West London club’s unsuccessful attempt to land the Brazilian star before his move to Camp Nou in the summer of 2013. Michael Emenalo, the former technical director of Chelsea, travelled to Brazil in the summer of 2010 to try and put together a package for the upcoming teenage star, who was aged 14 at the time.Advertisementlast_img read more

Callahan rides rim to Dubuque Speedway win

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa (July 9) – Joel Callahan impressed in winning Sunday’s Out-Pace Racing Prod­ucts IMCA Late Model main event at Dubuque Speedway.Callahan bolted to the front and immediately shoot to the top side of the track to set a blistering pace. He led the caution-free 25 lap race flag to flag in scoring the win ahead of Luke Merfeld and Jus­tin Kay.The Merfeld Brothers Automotive Modifieds again featured plenty of side-by-side racing. Jason Schueller advanced from his fourth row start and outraced Ryan DeShaw in scoring his second feature win of the 2017 season. Schueller used several lines around the multi-grooved track to get to the front. DeShaw ran second ahead of a fast closing Mark Schulte.Tyler Soppe topped the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod feature. Soppe raced to the front from a fifth row start and went on to take the checkers ahead of Jerry Miles and Troy Bauer.Greg Gill scored the win in the Bakey Seamless Gutters IMCA Stock Cars by crossing the finish line ahead of Dustin Wilwert and Tim Schneider.last_img read more

Hansen completes Fall Nationals mission at RPM with $5,000 IMCA Modified payday

first_imgBy Mike Hughes HAYS, Kan. (Oct. 10-12) – John Hansen earned the biggest share of the weekend’s $60,000-plus purse when more than 230 race teams, representing 11 states and Canada, converged on RPM Speedway for the seventh annual Fall Nationals Oct. 10-12. Pole starter Hansen was a man on a mission in Saturday’s 40-lap IMCA Xtreme Modified feature, which included four former national champions in the star-studded lineup. Scott Drake and Dominic Ursetta swapped the lead early.Hansen took the lead on lap 14 and never looked back as he lapped half of the 24-car field en route to the win and a $5,000 check. The new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier was followed by Ursetta, Eddie Belec, Drake and Jeremy Frenier. Mike Nichols led all 30 laps of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature to capture a $3,000 paycheck. Several cautions gave the field a chance but Nichols was dialed in and held off a stellar field for the victory.Jason Rogers chased Nichols most of the distance but had to settle for second, followed by Jeff Tubbs, Chris Adams and Josh Hudson. The 25-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern Sport Mod feature was close early between Tyler Frye and Greg Metz. Frye led the first three laps before Metz took charge briefly. The caution waved on lap four and Frye shot past Metz on the restart and held on for his career fourth Fall Nationals championship and a $2,000 winner’s check.Metz, Clay Sellard, Daniel Gottschalk and Trenton Kleweno completed the top five.Ron Wehling took the lead from Kyle Bond on lap two of the 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and led the rest of the distance to pick up the victory and a $1,000 payday. The lone caution waved on lap six. Brandon Beeter finished second, followed by Jesse VanLaningham, Jamie Songer and Eric Ross. On Thursday, Lanny Bolton and Monte Honas swapped the Mach-1 Sport Compact point before Mitch Bolton took the lead and led the remaining distance for the win. Lanny Bolton finished second, followed by Josh Modde, Honas and Zach Olmstead.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. John Hansen; 2. Dominic Ursetta; 3. Eddie Belec; 4. Scott Drake; 5. Jeremy Frenier; 6. Cody Gearhart; 7. Johnny Saathoff; 8. Jesse Sobbing; 9. Dylan Sherfick; 10. David Murray Jr.; 11. Brendon Gemmill; 2. Hunter Marriott; 13. Kyle Rohleder; 14. Jason Schoenberger; 15. Regan Tafoya; 16. Jeremy Zorn; 17. Greg Gustus; 18. Jesse Taylor; 19. Mike Petersilie; 20. Jack Sartain; 21. Travis Sherfick; 22. Jordan Grabouski; 23. Matt Gilbertson; 24. Michael Wadel. Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols; 2. Jason Rogers; 3. Jeff Tubbs; 4. Chris Adams; 5. Josh Hudson; 6. Nick Tubbs; 7. Lance Borgman; 8. Bruce Plumisto; 9. Mark Zorn; 10. Tyler Tipton; 11. Casey Woken; 12. B.J. Wagoner; 13. Eric Munoz; 14. Andrew Altenburg; 15. Terry Cunningham; 16. Randy Dowell; 17. Brendon Eilts; 18. Angel Munoz; 19. Elijah Zevenbergen; 20. Chris Heim; 21. Perry Misner; 22. Kyle Vanover; 23. Jordan Grabouski; 24. Arnold Williams. Northern Sport Mods – 1. Tyler Frye; 2. Greg Metz; 3. Clay Sellard; 4. Daniel Gottschalk; 5. Trenton Kleweno; 6. Dustin Daniels; 7. Tyler Sutton; 8. Jake Krone; 9. Ben Kates; 10. Mason Daughters; 11. Jon Plowman; 12. Nick Dieter; 13. Blaine Walt; 14. Kurtis Pihl; 15. Austin Carter; 16. Zach Schultz; 17. Austin Walker; 18. Brendon Damon; 19. Bryan Herrick; 20. Cody Pancake; 21. Darick Lamberson; 22. Josh Appel; 23. Bryan Harkness; 24. Dillon Schultz. Hobby Stocks – 1. Ron Wehling; 2. Brandon Beeter; 3. Jesse VanLaningham; 4. Jamie Songer; 5. Eric Ross; 6. Sterling Sorenson; 7. Garrett Hager; 8. Jason Fusselman; 9. Brock Beeter; 10. G.W. Fuller; 11. Kurt Hansen; 12. Cody Davis; 13. Jeromy Wagner; 14. Brian Stich; 15. Daniel Irwin; 16. Austin Davis; 17. Kyle Bond; 18. Jake Pemberton; 19. Brady Weinman; 20. Darren Unrein; 21. Russ Specht; 22. Gary Goudy Sr.; 23. Luke Pfannenstiel; 24. Mike Traskowsky.Sport Compacts – 1. Mitch Bolton; 2. Lanny Bolton; 3. Monte Honas; 5. Zach Olmstead; 6. Kirk Pfannenstiel; 7. Madison Reed; 8. Andrew Soderlund; 9. Madison Reed; 10. Tanner Chapin; 11. Jacob Olmstead.last_img read more