Administrators address residential life changes, faculty research at town hall

first_imgKatelyn Valley | The Observer University executive vice president John Affleck-Graves speaks at a town hall Wednesday.Burish also highlighted the involvement of the Kellogg and Kroc Institutes in Columbia. The Columbian president negotiated a peace treaty between rebels and the government, who have been engaged in a civil war for years, Burish said. Both the government and rebel forces appointed three members to a committee tasked with writing the treaty.“They each appointed three individuals, and those six people would get together and see if they could come up with a resolution,” Burish said. “One of the three appointed by the president was a Notre Dame faculty member. Doug Castle was his name. They created a treaty. All six agreed.”Executive vice president John Affleck-Graves discussed the construction projects currently in progress at the University.“[Rolf’s] will be closing in January, and we’ll start to remodel it for the two basketball teams,” he said. “Because many of us use the rec sports center — either for exercising or for basketball — what we’ve done is we’re moving all the rec sports equipment into the Duncan Student Center.”Affleck-Graves said Notre Dame will likely begin the project of building a new men’s dormitory in March of 2018.“Early next year, we’ll start this project, and we’re hoping to have a new men’s residence hall in August of 2019,” he said. “So it will probably take us 16 to 17 months to do this. It will look very much like Flaherty and Dunne.”The University is also constructing a new facility with water chillers and a 2 million-gallon water tank, Affleck-Graves said.“We’ll run them mainly at night because at night, electricity is cheaper,” he said. “You can buy it off the grid. We can run the chillers, and we can make cold water more cheaply.”Affleck-Graves, Burish and University President Fr. John Jenkins answered questions from faculty concerning the new facilities, changes in University policies and parking.In response to a question about the changes to housing requirements, Jenkins said he felt they will help form stronger communities in residence halls.“The reason we decided to do that is we really do believe it’s an important part of a Notre Dame education, just as we require philosophy and theology and math and science,” he said. “So we feel this is an important part of a Notre Dame education.”When asked if the number of students enrolled at Notre Dame would increase following the construction of the new men’s residence hall, Jenkins said it would not.“We feel we’re about the right size,” he said. “We don’t want to get to such a big, impersonal place we don’t know one another. We have about a little over 8,000 undergraduates and we think that’s about the right size, so we’re going to stay there.”Tags: Faculty Research, Faculty Town Hall, new residence hall, six-semester requirement, town hall The University conducted a series of faculty town halls across Wednesday and Thursday to answer questions from Notre Dame employees and address various projects and policy changes on campus.University provost Thomas Burish discussed research conducted by Notre Dame faculty members. He said Notre Dame has a turbomachinery lab in South Bend where researchers can test airplane engines under simulated conditions.“They don’t have to experiment or try to run it through a computer, build it and see what happens,” he said. “They can just test it in this lab because it’s the real life conditions. It’s the only laboratory in the world that can do this. It’s not just a research project.”last_img read more

Posting that meme doesn’t make you an ally

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: Details I’m no World War II historian. My rudimentary knowledge of history leaves me believing this, though: Showing up as one of the ally powers required more than just a statement of commitment.FDR didn’t call Churchill to say, “Hey, bro, I’ve got your back. I can’t really understand what you’re going through, but man . . . thoughts and prayers, y’know? And if there’s anything I can do to help, you let me know. I’m here for you.”It didn’t go that way because when an ally joined the forces, they were not joining someone else’s war: An ally joined the fight because the cause was their cause; they believed in the world they envisioned on the other side and could not tolerate the alternative that would exist if the wrong side won the war. There were sacrifices made, resources fully devoted, a commitment to victory no matter the cost.The word “ally” is being thrown around a lot these days . . . mostly in labels that we white people apply to ourselves, tied to a hashtag or an inspirational quote. It doesn’t mean nothing, but it also doesn’t hold the power it should. We are calling ourselves allies without going beyond words of solidarity.Don’t be mistaken: Solidarity is better than silence, but on its own, it isn’t action that affects change. It won’t help win the war against systemic racism. To get there, we must truly align with this cause. We must believe this fight is ours and we must act with a commitment equivalent to that belief.Credit union leaders are uniquely positioned to be true allies in this fight and to leverage our personal and business resources for systemic change. Many of us as individuals have power or influence in our communities, as well as the privilege of being (well-compensated) executives in a movement that was built for the purpose of social change.If dismantling systemic racism and the economic inequity that accompanies it is not our fight, what is?Your public declaration of allyship shows what side you are on. Now, take the action that supports it by deciding what resources you’ll bring to this fight, both personally and organizationally. There are many lists available to share how white people can work toward anti-racism. Here are some credit union-specific ideas that also support your fight toward economic equality, access to financial services, and your desire to be a top employer:Join or start community coalitions that address community well-being and economic inequality and its root causes.Create safe spaces for your black employees to talk about their experiences. Listen with empathy and actively choose to relegate any leadership-centric approach (because statistically, most of your senior leadership is probably white).Participate in or offer Individual Development Account programs that help people obtain wealth-building assets for the first time in their families’ histories.Scrutinize lending policies and practices to ensure you are lending to minority-owned businesses and minority homebuyers.Have advisors (Board members, community partners, paid staff) that are of the community you want to serve. Listen to their input and look for ways to take action. If this is not happening or you don’t believe the talent is there in your community, access a resource that can help you look deeper.Support college scholarships for first-generation college students, at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or through the United Negro College Fund (personally or through your credit union’s existing scholarship fund).Join the African American Credit Union Coalition or make a donation (personally or through your credit union). When you become a member, support their programs and build your knowledge, taking responsibility to better understand the experiences of our black colleagues in the credit union space.Educate yourself by reading work by black authors, watching documentaries by black filmmakers, or listening to podcasts by black producers. (A friend recently recommended 1619 to me, and I pass that on to you.)Shop at minority-owned businesses.Consider hosting a book circle to discuss your learning (personally or at your organization). I recommend Me & White Supremacy or Blind Spot to start, though the stack is growing daily. The Circle Way can provide a structure that gives equal voice to participants in these conversations. (If you have your own favorite learning tools, please use the comments below to share resources for the benefit of all.)This list of ideas is infinitesimal compared to the work that lies ahead. Each bullet point is just one tiny action, but they are actions that may add up to something that matters if we all show up like the allies we have declared ourselves to be.This credit union system is one that accomplishes much when we come together. I can’t imagine a finer bunch of allies or a better industry to work in for addressing systemic racism. If I can help you in taking action, please reach out: I’m ready to serve.last_img read more

Maintaining financial excellence to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » As credit union CFOs help guide colleagues and board directors through the different phases of COVID-19, maintaining financial excellence enables greater flexibility, creativity, and purpose-driven decision making. By staying on top of rapidly changing financial performance data, finance leaders can help their executive colleagues quickly identify the most vulnerable areas of the business. With that richness of foresight, leaders gain the confidence they need to execute inventive programs that help the members who need them most while maintaining the credit union’s own financial health.Ideal Credit Union, an $800 million Minnesota credit union, has begun putting exactly that kind of data-driven decisioning into action via greater automation of its financial reporting. By getting clean, easy-to-decipher data into the hands of leaders faster, EVP and CFO Dennis Bauer is empowering quick, confident decisions for the ultimate benefit of the credit union’s 50,000+ members.The automation is courtesy of the credit union’s integration of the Financial Performance Management (FPM) tool. The tool generates a variety of reports, each customized to the credit union’s individual business users. According to Bauer, the customization is essential because it allows each department leader access to the most relevant, level-appropriate data. Equally as important is the granularity of data that can be accessed via the FPM tool. Drilling down to exactly the right insight at the right time adds to confidence the credit union teams have in the business intelligence derived from the solution. This post is currently collecting data…center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Garuda Indonesia furloughs contract workers to stay afloat amid pandemic

first_imgDuring the three-month period, the furloughed employees will still get their health insurance and Idul Fitri bonus, Irfan stated.The COVID-19 outbreak has forced Garuda to park 100 of its 142 aircraft while its number of daily flights has declined 70 percent compared to normal days as people stay at home to avoid contracting and spreading the virus. In the first quarter of 2020, the airline recorded a 31.9 percent annual drop in passenger and cargo revenue. Previously, Garuda Indonesia took several measures to maintain its cash flow amid the plummeting demand for air travel caused by the outbreak. The measures include cutting employees’ and executives’ salaries, cutting production costs for efficiency and renegotiating obligations to partners and aircraft lessors.The airline also opened discussions with holders of its US$498.9 million in sukuk due on June 3 as the company struggles to pay its dues.Aviation observer Gerry Soejatman estimated recently that national airlines would continue to reduce their capacity and services in the next several months to avoid bankruptcy, especially as recovery in passenger demand would take a long time.“In the meantime, airlines need to be very careful in maintaining their cash flow to survive until the passenger demand returns to normal,” he said.Topics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has decided to furlough around 800 contract workers for three months starting May 14 as the airline struggles to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra said the measure was a hard decision that needed to be made to help ensure the airline’s sustainability before it resumed normal operations. “We have made this decision after thorough consideration by taking into account the employees and the company’s interests and to avoid layoffs,” he said in a statement on Sunday, adding that the decision had been discussed between the employer and the affected employees. last_img read more

Matteo Guendouzi tells Arsenal board he wants to leave during meeting

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi was told by Neal Maupay that he needed to learn humility (Getty Images)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 CityArsenal are also understood to be open to selling Guendouzi, but the Gunners will demand at least €40 million (£36m) for the 21-year-old.When asked about the decision to drop Guendouzi after Arsenal beat Southampton, Arteta insisted that the move was not because he wanted to send a warning to the rest of the squad.‘I don’t like to make any decisions to send messages,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘The messages that I send to the team or individually are very open and I’m clear with how I feel. Winning is the most important thing and when you win, everything is fine.‘It was squad management. Whatever issue we have internally, I will resolve it in a private way. I explained that I cannot explain and that’s it.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Matteo Guendouzi tells Arsenal board he wants to leave during meeting Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Jun 2020 9:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.8kSharescenter_img Advertisement Matteo Guendouzi grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat after Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton (BT Sport)And according to L’Equipe, Guendouzi has now informed Arsenal that he would be willing to leave the club at the end of the season.The report claims that Guendouzi does not have a bad relationship with Arteta but the French midfielder is struggling to accept playing fewer minutes than he did during Unai Emery’s reign.Out of Arteta’s 18 games in charge of Arsenal so far, Guendouzi has been given just eight starts, with only four of those being in the Premier League.Under Emery this season, Guendouzi had started every Premier League game before the Spaniard was sacked at the end of November. Matteo Guendouzi has reportedly told Arsenal he is willing to leave the club (AMA/Getty Images)Matteo Guendouzi has told Arsenal’s hierarchy that he is open to leaving the club this summer during a disciplinary meeting this week, according to reports in France.The 21-year-old was forced to answer to Arsenal’s board following his clash with Neal Maupay during the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Brighton last Saturday.Guendouzi is understood to have called Brighton’s players ‘s***’ during the match, while he is also said to have told his opponents that he earns ‘more than they ever will’.Maupay, who had his throat grabbed by Guendouzi at the full-time whistle, said after the game that the Arsenal midfielder ‘needs to learn what humility is’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGuendouzi was subsequently dropped from the squad by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton on Thursday evening.last_img read more

​PKA combines ‘important values’ with new €44m microfinance investment

first_imgThe investment supports two of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) — SDG 5, gender equality, and SDG 8, decent work and economic growth, PKA. These are two of the seven SDGs that PKA focuses on in particular.PKA said it would be a key investor in the new fund, initially investing around DKK200m, but with this amount growing to just over DKK330m as additional investors joined the vehicle.The micro-loan fund – Maj Invest Financial Inclusion Fund III – operates in Latin America, Africa and Asia, investing in local banks, which provide loans to poor citizens, PKA said.“It is helping to boost economic growth in the countries,” said Damgaard Jensen. “We know that productivity increases by up to 25% if women have easier access to the labour market.”The pensions firm said its investments in Maj Invest’s first two micro-loan funds had yielded an average annual return of 12.4%.Back in 2017, PKA invested DKK250m in the Maj Invest Financial Inclusion Fund II, which overall secured a total investor commitments of DKK870m.Last summer, fellow Danish labour market pension fund Pædagogernes Pension (PBU) invested DKK100m in the Nordic Microfinance Initiative (NMI).This fund focussed on poor people in Africa and Asia, predominantly vulnerable women dependent on men, providing loans to help them gain economic independence, according to PBU. Danish labour-market pensions provider PKA is investing DKK330m (€44m) in a new microfinance fund run by Danish manager Maj Invest, which is aiming to raise DKK1.3bn of investor capital for the fund over the next 12 months.PKA said the fund helps many poor people, women in particular, who typically have no other options for borrowing money to fight their way out of the worst poverty.Peter Damgaard Jensen, PKA chief executive officer, said: “We see this as a really good opportunity to combine several important values for us at PKA.”“In addition, we get a reasonable return on our members’ pensions,” he said.last_img read more

Posidonia 2018: Scrubbers Not a Long-Term Solution

first_imgScrubbers are not a long-term solution for the impending 2020 sulphur cap, Kim Yeon-tae, Executive Director of the Korean Register, told World Maritime News on the sidelines of the Posidonia 2018 exhibition and conference.The regulation requires that all ships trading outside of the sulphur Emission Control Areas (ECAs) start using fuel with a sulphur content of up to 0.5 pct, a considerable reduction from the currently permitted maximum of 3.5 pct, as of January 1, 2020.Ships using exhaust gas cleaning technology will be able to continue to use high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) as a marine fuel. However, the shipping community has raised numerous concerns regarding the viability of scrubbers, especially when speaking about open-loop type of scrubbers.The open-loop scrubber system removes SOx from the exhaust by utilizing seawater which is later discharged into the sea.Initiatives have been made to ban the discharge of the washwater from scrubbers into certain regions as the contents of the released water include heavy metals and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, posing a risk to marine life.“The main reason why shipping companies opt for scrubbers is that they think that a potential ban on the discharge of the washwater is likely to be delayed,” Kim said.Taking into account the IMO procedures, and the duration of the regulative process, it will take some time to designate these areas.Despite the fact that the IMO insists that there would be no delay in the implementation of the sulphur cap, the shipowners are still taking the “wait and see approach”, Kim continued.Aside to scrubbers, shipowners have a number of options to choose from, when it comes to picking an alternative, to become compliant with the new rules.Speaking of the sentiment among the shipping companies in South Korea, Kim informed that Korean owners still feel that it is too early to adopt LNG as marine fuel.Namely, retrofitting existing ships to LNG is a costly and complex undertaking that takes a considerable time to complete. This in particular relates to small and medium-sized companies for which converting ships to LNG is pretty far away, he explained.“Some shipowners in Korea are considering the switch to LNG, but there are several risks to consider and the price is too high,” he said, adding that LNG as marine fuel is not a long-term solution either.Another option for shipowners is low sulphur fuel, but the shipping community is worried about the lack of availability of the said fuel.Regarding the availability issues, Kim said that it would probably take up to two years for those to be resolved, adding that by 2022 there should be enough supply worldwide.Korean Register is providing technical support to different shipping companies in their decision making process and preparing for the implementation of the regulation.Speaking from personal experience, Kim informed that when providing guidance to ship owners there is no silver bullet.“We provide shipowners with different options and the final solution is decided by the company and tailor-made to their specific needs,” he concluded.Reported by Jasmina Ovcina Mandralast_img read more

Elderly most often abused by family

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 13 June 2017Family First Comment: And euthanasia would only exacerbate this problem! is family members inflicting abuse on vulnerable elderly Kiwis in more than three quarters of cases, a support group says.With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day occurring June 15, Age Concern is using the statistic to remind members of the public to speak up if they suspect an older person is being abused.“This is one of the reasons it stays hidden. Many older people feel ashamed their own flesh and blood are treating them badly, so they won’t talk about it,” Age Concern New Zealand chief executive Stephanie Clare said.The day is part of a wider Elder Abuse Awareness Week from June 15-22 and comes as Age Concern with 23 centres around the country had 2121 referrals of suspected abuse reported to it, between July 2015 and June 2016.It intervened in almost 1700 cases.READ MORE: read more

Locals recognized for drug resistance efforts

first_imgCincinnati, Oh. — The Franklin County Youth Council, Youth Quake and three local residents were honored at a recent event in the Cintas Center in Cincinnati.Youth Quake won the Carolyn Ford-Griffith Youth Award and Kim Linkel(Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville), Diane Raver(Batesville Hearld Tribune) and Liz Stenger (Country 103.9 WRBI) as “Partners” in the Power of Prevention Media.Youth Quake was formed in 2005 under the direction of Stayin’ Alive. The first ever Franklin County youth council entered the high school in 2015 and asks members in grades 9 through 12 to sign a pledge to remain tobacco, alcohol and drug free.last_img

NFL players accused of armed robbery at South Florida party

first_imgNFL players accused of armed robbery at South Florida party May 14, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMIAMI (AP) — Police in South Florida are trying to find New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party, authorities said Thursday.Miramar police issued arrest warrants for both men Thursday on four counts each of armed robbery with a firearm. Baker faces an additional four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The residential community is located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.Baker, 22, and Dunbar, 27, were attending a cookout at a Miramar home Wednesday night when a fight broke out, and Baker pulled out a handgun, the warrant said. Baker, Dunbar and two other men began robbing other people at the party of thousands of dollars in cash, watches and other valuables, witnesses told investigators.center_img “We are aware of the situation involving Quinton Dunbar and still gathering information,” the Seahawks said in a statement. “We will defer all further comment to league investigators and local authorities.”Dunbar signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and was traded to the Seahawks this past March. He started 11 games last season, recording 37 tackles and four interceptions.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Police said the four men then fled the home in three vehicles: a Mercedes Benz, a Lamborghini and a BMW. Witnesses said the vehicles were parked in a way that would make it easy to leave quickly, leading detectives to believe the robbery was planned in advance. No injuries were reported.Baker and Dunbar are both from Miami.Baker was one of three first-round draft picks the Giants had last season. He was the 30th pick overall out of Georgia. He played in all 16 games, starting 15. He had 55 tackles and no interceptions. He was the last of the three New York picks in that first round. “We are aware of the situation. We have been in contact with DeAndre,” the Giants said in a statement. “We have no further comment at this time.”Dunbar took part in a video conference call with Seattle reporters Thursday before the news broke.last_img read more