first_imgIn a series of town halls this week, University administrators announced changes to the structure of the First Year of Studies, discussed a new early retirement program and provided updates on new recycling standards and construction projects.In a response to a question about changes to the First Year of Studies, University provost Thomas Burish confirmed that the First Year of Studies would cease to operate as a separate college. Instead, he said advisors formerly from the First Year of Studies will now work with advisors from students’ majors. The core curriculum requirements will be spread over four years, rather than being concentrated in students’ first year. Additionally, students will now have the option to take courses for their major beginning their freshman year. Natalie Weber | The Observer John Affleck-Graces, executive vice president of Notre Dame, discusses reforms that the University is planning to implement in the final fall town hall held Wednesday evening held in Carey Auditorium.Burish said the changes will allow students to explore more majors by taking a variety of introductory courses during their first year. For those first year students who have already decided on a major, the new system will allow them to get a head start on their fields of study, Burish said.“You can start early, and if you made the wrong decision, you’ve got time to recover and get into another major because you have four years now to work these major decisions in,” he said.During the town hall, university administrators also announced an early retirement program for staff. Details regarding the program will be released in the next few weeks, executive vice president John Affleck-Graves said. “In essence, it will look very similar to the program we did in 2011,” he said. “Essentially, looking at people who are 62 years or older who have 10 years of service or people 55 years and older, with 15 years of service. And there will be some element of a lump sum payment that will be tied to the number of years you put in.”Staff members will have until March or April of next year to decide whether to retire early, Affleck-Graves said.The University is also implementing new recycling policies, Affleck-Graves said. In the past, recycling allowed for 10 percent contamination of materials.“Those rules have changed because the places that used to take the recycling materials will no longer take them,” Affleck-Graves said. “And so, the new rules are that we can only have a 0.5 to one percent contamination. So that’s going to change the way that we’re going to ask you to recycle.”Administrators are asking that members of the community follow the motto “When in doubt, throw it out.”“If you put that food contaminated, when you put a liquid in, you’ve destroyed the good that everybody else has done,” he said. “If everyone else is being rigorous in their recycling and you’re not, what they end up doing is condemning the entire lot.”During the town halls, administrators also provided information on construction projects across campus, including the demolition of McKenna Hall and Brownson Hall, the construction of a new art museum and updates on the Eddy Street Commons Phase II project.“If you’re worried about there not being enough construction on campus, you don’t have to worry,” Affleck-Graves said jokingly.McKenna Hall will be torn down and rebuilt on half of the current lot to match the building to current standards, Affleck-Graves said.“McKenna has served us well, but it’s not a very efficient space,” he said. “There’s lots of open space in it, and some of the rooms for meetings aren’t up to standards you typically get at conferences nowadays. So, we’ve had very generous benefactors who have given us the funds, so we will replace McKenna Hall.”Brownson Hall will also be torn down and the site will be used to create a new space for the Alliance for Catholic Education, Affleck-Graves said.Additionally, Affleck-Graves said construction on the Eddy Street Commons Phase II will be completed in approximately 18 months to two years. A new art museum, funded by Ernestine Raclin and her daughter and son-in-law Carmen and Chris Murphy, is also set to be constructed. Currently, administrators plan to build the museum at the site of the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park. “Really, the long term dream of building this arts district on our campus really comes to fulfillment with an art museum, a sculpture park, school of architecture, performing arts, sacred music and the music library,” Affleck-Graves said. “So we’re really getting a beautiful area for the arts on campus.”During a town hall, Affleck-Graves also answered a question about whether Notre Dame’s food inspections would be kept private following its deal with St. Joseph County.“To me, it’s like filing our own taxes. … We were approached about that, we asked that they be kept private, for various reasons, as you know, that blew up in the press, so I think the agreement we have now, is that if we do them, we will make those public,” he said.University President Fr. John Jenkins also spoke at the town halls, addressing concerns about keeping Notre Dame financially accessible.“One challenge we have, and we all know it, a Notre Dame education for our students is extremely expensive,” he said. “It costs a lot of money, and we have to do everything we can to make a Notre Dame education affordable and make it effective. “To do that, we give financial aid as one of our top priorities, and we have to try to keep costs down. Because to the extent we are more efficient, we can accept more students, we can give them more financial aid, we can be more affordable, more accessible to our students.”Jenkins also addressed the sex abuse crisis facing the Catholic Church and encouraged staff members to report any concerns. Staff members can contact the University Integrity Line, Human Resources, Office of Institutional Equity or Audit and Advisory Services with any workplace concerns, Jenkins said.“If there is an issue, if there is a misconduct and if there is misbehavior, it allows us to investigate it professionally and adjudicate it correctly,” he said. “So let us have that opportunity — if you see something, say something.”Tags: Brownson Hall, Construction, Eddy Street Commons, Faculty Town Hall, fall town hall, First Year of Studies, McKenna Hall, recyclinglast_img read more


first_imgSummer is just around the corner and rainfall deficits for Georgia are expected to continue, so learning how to save water in your landscape is essential. Following these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will help keep your lawn healthy while saving water and protecting the environment. Know what you mowDo you know the type of turfgrass you are mowing? Often people move into a home and inherit a lawn. Is it bermudagrass or zoysiagrass? Maybe it’s centipedegrass or St. Augustinegrass? Grasses may look similar, but different species have different needs. For example, centipedegrass has very different nitrogen requirements than other warm-season grasses; the mowing height recommendations for tall fescue differ greatly from those for bermudagrass; and the fertilization timing of zoysiagrass is not the same for tall fescue.If you are unsure what type of lawn you have, contact your local UGA Extension office for identification help. Knowing your grass type will help you manage mowing and fertilization with better results. As a bonus, healthy turf requires less water.Aerate oftenWhen a lawn care company suggests optional core aeration, do you pass on the service? You probably shouldn’t. Aeration relieves soil compaction, which is a major problem in Georgia’s clay soils. Don’t think you have compacted soils? Several scenarios can worsen compaction. Maybe you had a tree removed and heavy machinery drove across or sat on your lawn. Do your children host weekly neighborhood football games? These activities contribute to soil compaction.In order to survive drought, grass needs healthy, deep roots– the kind that won’t be able to develop in compacted soil. Aeration can help. The core aerator has hollow tines that remove a core of soil 2 to 4 inches deep and about one-half inch in diameter. The open holes allow oxygen to enter the soil and give plant roots room to grow, allowing for greater movement of water and nutrients. Aeration creates healthier grass plants that will need less water.Aeration can be done anytime the grass is actively growing and the soil is moist enough for the aerator tines to penetrate as deeply as possible into the grass. Deeper is always better! If you would like to do the work yourself, core aerators can be rented from hardware and big-box, garden retail stores. To save money, split the rental fee with your neighbors and aerate the entire neighborhood in a weekend.Keep the mower blade sharpMany home landscapers only sharpen their mower blades once every few years. This damages the lawn as mowing with a dull blade tears rather than cuts the grass. These wounds leave the grass vulnerable to disease-causing organisms that could require additional water and chemical inputs. It also leaves your lawn looking ragged.A clean, mower cut quickly seals and leaves the entire lawn looking well manicured. If your lawn looks choppy, check your blade. Learning to sharpen your blade is not difficult, and many hardware stores offer blade-sharpening services. For more information on caring for your lawn, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or go to www.GeorgiaTurf.com.last_img read more


first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Explore how voice banking will change your credit union members’ banking experience, with John Best and Elizabeth Robins. I’m joined for this special episode of the BIGcast by Elizabeth Robins, director of product for Best Innovation Group, to discuss how voice technologies will soon proliferate the banking space. Learn what your credit union will need to stay ahead of curve.We discuss Big’s ‘Five’ (Financial Innovations Voice Experience) platform and its latest milestones, and explain what exactly an Amazon Skill is, and why your credit union should secure one soon. continue reading »last_img read more


first_imgMore on that look u attached: LONELY PLANET / BEST IN EUROPE 2019 High Tatras, SlovakiaMadrid, Hotel SpainArctic North Coast, IcelandHerzegovina, Bosnia and HerzegovinaBari, Hotel ItalyShetland Islands, ScotlandLyon, SpainLiechtensteinVevey, SwitzerlandIstria, Croatia Lonely Planet, one of the most popular tourist portals and publishers of tourist guides in the world, has chosen Istria as one of the 10 best destinations in Europe in 2019. And such as the globally recognizable media with millions of viewers: National Geographic Traveler, CNN, USA Today, Huffington Post, Fodor’s travel intelligence, Reader’s Digest, Wine Enthusiast and many others. In concrete figures, the media value annually exceeds the amount of HRK 70 million. What is especially important in the business of PR activities is continuity in maintaining quality, but also product innovation and service creativity. The competition among tourist destinations is extremely large and strong, so it is a great success for Istria when some media houses that are world opinion leaders, achieve the award among the TOP 10 for the second or even third time. You either play the game or you don’t, and Istra is obviously playing very well. That is why our most successful is our tourist region. In recent years, the Istrian Tourist Board has invested significant effort and effort in PR activities, which has proven to be an extremely good investment, namely Istria has gained an immeasurable reputation in terms of selections / awards from the most influential media around the world. In a short time, they launched Istria on the radar of the most influential media as a destination that is measured by the best according to various criteria, and ranks us among the top 10 destinations in the world. The process of selecting the best destinations and trips involves a team of experts and members of the Lonely Planet community, who through a series of strict criteria select the best of the best in various categories. Istria has been selected as one of the 10 best destinations in Europe in 2019 for this summer, and the list also includes: In the context of PR activities, Istria has managed to network a whole set of innovative activities that further feed the strength of Istria’s media value because projects such as strategic partnerships in terms of co-marketing and co-branding, the Share Istria project and many others fully complement the PR reputation of Istria. , points out the director of the Istria County Tourist Board Denis Ivošević and adds: “The new recognition that Istria has received is just another confirmation in a series that Istria every year with its investments, knowledge and organization is able to create new products, attractions, and that it is able to raise the competitiveness of the whole region to a higher level. and honor”Ivosevic concluded. Marketing is not a cost but an investment, and they know this very well in the Tourist Board of the Istrian County For the seventh year in a row, this famous media house and a favorite read that many tourists trust on their travels compiles the reference list Best in Europe, which contains ten priority destinations in Europe that should be on the radar of world travelers right now. and Istria, which earned the prestigious Best in Europe 2019 award. Lonely Planet Editor-in-Chief Tom Hall pointed out that “Best in Europe 2019” shows European destinations worth including in your travel plan. “Istria offers a famous gourmet offer (including top quality white truffles and wild asparagus) with historical charm. While the famous coast is bustling in summer, the interior of the peninsula offers the opportunity to get to know the medieval towns on the hills and enjoy the rolling vineyards and picturesque olive groves. “last_img read more


first_imgIndonesia is set to suspend its visa exemption policy for all countries for one month and expand restrictions for people with a history of travel to some of the world’s countries hardest hit by the coronavirus in its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the archipelago.The temporary suspension, which includes exemption for short-stay visits, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic visa-free facilities, and the new travel restrictions will all come into effect on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.The new policies came into force in view of the increased global spread of the coronavirus, which according to the World Health Organization (WHO) had reached 152 countries as of Monday. Topics : The Foreign Ministry said that “all foreigners or travelers who wish to visit Indonesia must obtain a visa from Indonesian missions in accordance with the purpose of their visit” and that “upon application, applicants must provide a health certificate issued by a relevant health authority from their respective countries”.“All visitors or travelers must complete and submit a health alert certificate to the Health Quarantine Office upon arrival at Indonesian airports,” the ministry said in a statement issued on Tuesday.The temporary travel ban, meanwhile, will bar people who have traveled to Iran, Italy, the Vatican, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom in the last 14 days from entering or transiting in Indonesia.Read also: Europe locks down as global virus panic spreadscenter_img At the same time, Indonesia maintained travel restrictions for those with a history of travel to China — the country in which the coronavirus first emerged — as well South Korea’s hardest-hit regions of Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do.The nations on the list are among countries with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.The policy will enter into force at midnight on Friday and will continue to be evaluated in accordance with global developments, the ministry said.Additional screening by the Health Quarantine Office will be in place upon arrival for Indonesian citizens who have traveled to the aforementioned countries.“If the additional screening shows initial symptoms of COVID-19, [citizens] should undergo a 14-day observation in a government facility. Meanwhile, if no initial symptoms are found, a 14-day self-quarantine will be strongly recommended,” the ministry said.The government will continue to closely follow the WHO situation report on the spread of the coronavirus. “Given the increasing number of countries affected by COVID-19, the government advises all Indonesian citizens to restrict non-essential outbound travel.”Read also: Indonesians in Malaysia remain calm as they prepare for lockdownFor Indonesian citizens currently traveling abroad, the government advised them to return to Indonesia at the earliest possible time to avoid further travel disruptions.“Several countries have enacted policies to restrict the movement of persons. All Indonesian citizens are requested to closely monitor the available information through the Safe Travel application or contact the hotline of the nearest Indonesian mission,” the ministry added.In its daily report on Monday, the WHO said two new countries in Africa, one new country in Europe and one new country in America had reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The total number of cases and deaths outside mainland China has overtaken the total number of cases recorded inside.At least 167,511 cases have been confirmed globally, resulting in 6,606 deaths to date. More than 79,400 people have recovered from the virus worldwide, Johns Hopkins University’s real-time data reported.As of Tuesday, Indonesia has recorded 172 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with five cases that turned fatal, according to the government.The ministry added that extensions of short visit passes for foreign travelers who are currently in Indonesia and have expired, as well as extensions of temporary stay permits (KITAS), permanent stay permits (KITAP), diplomatic visas and service visas held by people who are currently overseas and that will expire, shall be conducted in accordance with Law and Human Rights Ministerial Regulation No. 7/2020.last_img read more


first_imgPathway from crisis Although hotspots like New York face a dire lack of protective gear, ventilators and medics, there was further cause for optimism, with early-hit states like Washington and California demonstrating a possible pathway out of the crisis.Washington appears to be on the downward slope of its case curve and has even sent 400 ventilators to New York, but its governor Jay Inslee said he feared a second wave because of the ongoing patchwork response.”Even if Washington gets on top of this fully, if another state doesn’t, it can come back and come across our borders two months from now, so this is important to have a national success,” he told NBC. California is also showing how it is possible to get on top of the crisis, said epidemiologist Brandon Brown of the University of California, Riverside.  “We are now ramping up testing, starting to measure community spread, preparing spaces for when hospitals may be overrun,” he said. On the sports front, the golf world has reconfigured its schedule — the Masters will now be in November, and the US Open and Ryder Cup will go ahead on back-to-back weeks in September.”Sports, and particularly the game of golf, are important vehicles for healing and hope,” said PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University, which has been keeping a running tally of coronavirus numbers, said at least 356,942 US cases had been confirmed, with 10,524 deaths.Only Italy (15,877) and Spain (13,055) have seen more of their citizens killed by the deadly pandemic. There was a glimmer of hope however in New York, the main focus of the US outbreak, where there have been more than 4,750 deaths statewide and 130,000 cases. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday the death rate had been “effectively flat” for two days. The state reported 599 new deaths, similar to Sunday’s tally of 594 and down from a record 630 on Saturday. But the governor ordered schools and non-essential businesses to remain shut for a further three weeks, telling reporters: “Now is not the time to be lax.”  Topics :center_img ‘Social distancing is working’ “It is hopeful but it is also inconclusive,” Cuomo said, adding that it would be a “mistake” to relax restrictions too early.”If the curve is turning, it’s because the rate of infection is going down. If the rate of infection is going down, it’s because social distancing is working.” The pandemic has killed nearly 75,000 worldwide since the emergence of the new coronavirus in December in China, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources. Authorities have warned that between 100,000 and 240,000 people could die in the United States, even in a best-case scenario with social distancing guidelines being observed. Nine states — all controlled by Republican governors — have still not yet ordered total lockdowns, much to the frustration of public health experts.Wisconsin, which is among those under stay-at-home orders, became the 15th state to delay presidential primaries after initially determining to forge ahead.Governor Tony Evers, citing the risk to poll workers and voters, ordered that Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary and local elections in the Midwestern US state be postponed until June.”I cannot in good conscience stand by and do nothing,” said Evers, whose health officials have registered 2,267 positive tests and 68 deaths.Evers moved to delay the election unilaterally after the Republican-majority state Senate and state Assembly ignored his repeated appeals for a postponement. Americans were put on notice Monday not to let up in the fight against the coronavirus, as a grim milestone of 10,000 deaths cast a pall over the first signs of optimism about the trajectory of the outbreak.The United States has emerged as one of the world’s worst-hit nations, with a steadily mounting number of fatalities and millions facing the possibility of economic ruin.Authorities began the week by telling frightened communities to brace for one of the worst periods yet in the crisis as the outbreak has not yet reached its peak.last_img read more


first_img“We have checked [the abortion sites] and will take action,” Roma said.He went on to say that the police had also scoured social media platforms to find offers of illicit abortion services. In one case, the LinkedIn profile of a company in North Jakarta offers a variety of abortion pills.The Communications and Information Ministry has yet to provide any statement on the matter.On Wednesday, police arrested ten individuals linked to an abortion clinic in Senen, Central Jakarta, that advertised its services and products on the internet.The clinic has reportedly aborted more than 32,000 fetuses since 2017. It charges Rp 2 million (US$134.47) for the abortion of fetuses under five weeks of age and Rp 4 million for fetuses older than five weeks, according to one of the suspects, the police said.Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said the clinic would typically serve five to six patients per day and had generated over Rp 10 billion in revenue since its founding. (rfa)Topics : The Jakarta Police is set to block websites that offer illegal abortion services and products over public health and safety concerns.Jakarta Police’s special crimes unit head Sr. Comr. Roma Hutajulu told tempo.co on Thursday that his office had discovered a number of websites containing contact details of several illegal abortion clinics across the capital.In addition to abortion services, such clinics also offer drugs to induce miscarriage, according to him.last_img read more


first_imgJuventus and AC Milan show interest in Arsenal teenager Sam Greenwood Comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Sam Greenwood has caught the eye of European giants (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal teenager Sam Greenwood has become a target for Italian giants Juventus and AC Milan, while he has also attracted the attention of clubs in Germany.The 17-year-old moved to the Gunners from Sunderland last year, after spending 10 years with the Black Cats, and has impressed since his switch south.The striker appeared for England at the Under-17 European Championship over the summer, scoring in all three of his country’s games, against Netherlands, Sweden and France.The Sun reports that Juve and AC had sent scouts to the tournament and it was Greenwood who caught their eye thanks to his goal-scoring exploits.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt was reported that Bundesliga clubs had shown an interest in the forward even before the European Championships, as his name is spreading across the continent.A bid is yet to be submitted for Greenwood from any of the interested parties and Arsenal will not want to let him leave on a permanent deal as one of their brightest prospects.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking to Arsenal’s official website last year, Greenwood described his game: ‘I’m a striker and can play on my own in attack or slightly behind. I’ve got decent pace and like to come in and drive towards goal from the wings.‘I’m working on improving every aspect of my game, including shooting, heading and passing, but I’m concentrating most on my positioning and movement.‘When we play a three-man attack at Arsenal, how we all interact and move on the pitch is vital. Positioning and movement as a three is something we work on to make it smooth and natural, making sure we don’t all take the same line.’AC Milan’s interest is thought to have arisen through executive Ivan Gazidis who moved to the club from Arsenal last year.MORE: Real Sociedad set deadline to complete Nacho Monreal signing from ArsenalMORE: Danny Mills names his combined XI for the North London derby – and only two Arsenal players feature Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 28 Aug 2019 1:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShareslast_img read more


first_imgThe second chillout zone on the property. Picture: Realestate.com.au A supplied picture of Bernard Tomic inside Bond Bar in Melbourne. PLEASE CREDIT/MENTION BOND BARWHILE Aussie tennis star Bernard Tomic crashed and burned through the international circuit for the past 10 months, in his hometown his parents were looking to sell off two properties.Tomic, who has now dropped out of the world top 100 tennis rankings, was away when his father decided to sell the Southport properties. One of the properties has four bedrooms while the other has three. Picture: Realestate.com.au The Tomics had initially owned just one of the duplexes – bought in 2004, before picking up the second one in 2010 when it came on the market. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe family had tried to sell them five years ago and seven years ago as well when they had wanted $820,000 for one of the duplexes. Both have been on the rental market, asking between $500 to $620 a week over the past few years. Agent Rachel Scull of Lucy Cole Prestige Properties Broadbeach has been marketing the properties as having “great investment potential”. The duplexes are walking distance to light rail and the Broadwater Parklands and five minutes from Main Beach. The median price for units in Southport has surged 25.8 per cent in the past five years, with median asking rent at $370 a week. Bernard Tomic’s family put this set of duplexes on the market. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago With a personal fortune of about $14m, it’s not like Bernard Tomic needs the cash. Picture: Realestate.com.au The chillout zone has a pool and bar. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe Tomics put two of their townhouses on the market in mid-July, which was around the time that the tennis whiz lost a sponsor after Wimbledon officials fined him $20,000 for saying he was bored during his game.The Tomics were looking for a price of over $750,000 for each one. One of the duplexes was a three bedder with two bathrooms and a double garage, while the other was a four bedder with three bathrooms and a single lockup garage.last_img read more