first_imgThe winning tickets for the Notre Dame student body class councils were announced at midnight in the third floor of the LaFortune Student Center.The winning senior class council ticket, which ran unopposed, consists of president Martin Walsh, vice president Briggs Hoyt, secretary Robert Reed and treasurer Devin Nagendran.Senior class president-elect Walsh said he and his running mates, all from Keenan Hall, devised a peculiar strategy to come up with ideas for class events.“Briggs and I will get our best ideas right before we go to sleep, ideas tend to just flow, so we’ve found that’s the time to best come up with ideas to serve our class,” Walsh said. “Barn dance, for one, was a product of [late-night discussion], as was the idea to have a concert featuring local South Bend talent.”Senior class secretary-elect Reed said seniors can expect other new events as well.“We’re looking forward to planning a 24-hour dance marathon, a charity event common at other universities,” Reed said.The winning junior class ticket also ran uncontested, with Zachary Waterson as president, Michael Fliotsos as vice president, Miranda Herrara as secretary and Andrew Stoker as treasurer.Junior class president-elect Waterson said he looks forward to collaborating with groups around campus.“I think that there’s a lot of opportunity given that the junior class is in a special position because there are fewer juniors on campus,” Waterson said. “The official program of each student body council is to bring together their respective class through activities like dances, study breaks and class apparel. We want to focus on co-programming between multiple clubs and dorms.“No ticket won a majority of the vote in the sophomore class council election, which will result in a runoff election on Friday, Feb. 21.Out of four original tickets, the two tickets remaining tickets will be that of Noemi Ventilla, Michael Markel, Neil Joseph and Eva Niklinska, which received 43.03 percent of the votes and that of Andrew Galo, Michaela McInerney, Vincent Vangaever and Daniel Barabasi, which received 24.49 precent of the votes.Ventilla, presidential candidate of the leading ticket said she and her running mates plan to simply wait and see.“At this point, both tickets would do a great job, so we’re just going to wait to see what will happen,” Ventilla said.Galo, presidential candidate of the second-place ticket, said he and his running mates were glad to be part of the run-off.“We’re excited to move on,” Galo said. “Obviously, either one of us will do a great job.”Tags: Class Council, electionslast_img read more

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the Diane Paulus-helmed New York premiere of Invisible Thread. The new musical will star its co-creator Griffin Matthews, Nicolette Robinson, Kristlyn Lloyd and more. The show, written by Matthews and Matt Gould, will begin on October 31 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre. Opening night is set for December 2.Determined to find his place in the world, 20-something Griffin leaves his job and his New York City apartment to volunteer for a charity in Africa. But when his altruistic aspirations collide with the real world, his life is changed in unexpected ways. Inspired by a true story, Invisible Thread infuses a world pop score with African beats in a journey about discovering whether changing the world is even possible.The cast will also feature Melody Betts, Rodrick Covington, Kevin Curtis, Tyrone Davis Jr., Nkrumah Gatling, Latrisa Harper, Jason Herbert, Aisha Jackson, Michael Luwoye, Corey Mach, Tiffany Mann, Jeremy Pope, Jamard Richardson, Adeola Role, Conor Ryan and Jamar Williams.Invisible Thread had its world premiere at American Repertory Theatre (as Witness Uganda) in February 2014. The Second Stage production is in association with A.R.T. A majority of the cast, including Matthews, Robinson and Lloyd, reprise their performances from the Massachusetts run. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 27, 2015 View Comments Invisible Threadlast_img read more

first_img “. . .You as a parent have to show that you think education and homework are important.” — Diane Bales, a UGA human development specialist. Kids need parents’ help Make homework time work Once your child has completed his homework, sit down with him and check his work. Help your child identify and correct his mistakes. But don’t dwell on incorrect answers. Learning for life “Homework is an extension of your child’s school day and reinforces skills learned in the classroom,” said Diane Bales, an extension human development specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “If you want your child to be motivated to do homework,” Bales said, “you as a parent have to show that you think education and homework are important.” S. Omahen, UGA CAES As students begin the second half of the school year, some may find themselves needing to raise lagging grades. University of Georgia specialists say developing good homework habits can be the key to a child’s success in school. And parents can play an important role. Homework important to child’s success Once your child begins his homework assignments, be available to help. Younger children need more hands-on help from adults, while older children can take more responsibility for their homework. Beginning in the fourth grade, encourage your child to work on the homework assignments alone before asking for help. Help with memory work. “If your child has vocabulary words to study, drill or review with him by calling out the words or questions, or by listening to him recite the words,” Bales said. If your child has several homework assignments on a particular day, he may need a short break. “Just a few minutes away can often refresh a child’s busy mind,” Bales said. Varying assignments can help prevent boredom and reduce frustration. “If your child has reading assignments in both English and science and practice exercises in math, suggest that he do one reading assignment, then the math and then the other reading,” Bales said. S. Omahen, UGA CAES One way to show you value homework is to set aside a regular time each day for homework. And be consistent. “Provide a quiet, well-lit place for him to study,” Bales said. “Make sure your child has the right supplies on hand and is prepared to work on homework.” Organization is the key to getting homework done on time. Many children don’t complete their homework on time because they don’t remember what they need to do. “Teach your child how to be prepared for homework,” Bales said. “Encourage him to be responsible. If he has trouble keeping track of assignments, you can help by providing a calendar or assignment book for organizing daily assignments and remembering project due dates.” Many school systems are teaching children to use daily assignment books or agendas the school provides. These assignment books can help children learn to become better organized. HOMEWORK HELPS students learn more about what teachers present during the day. Helping your child learn to do homework well can also teach them life-long work habits. On long-term projects, teach your child where to find information. “Teach him how to use books, newspapers and magazines as resource tools,” Bales said. “A trip to the local library is also a must when guiding your child through a project.” When planning a school project, help your child come up with ideas. “But be careful not to take over the project,” Bales said. “You may need to offer suggestions to get your child started. But always let the final decision be his.” Be an advocate for your child, too. “If his homework load is overwhelming, talk to the teacher before your child becomes frustrated and loses interest in school work,” Bales said. “Work with the teacher and your child to solve the problem. Regular communication with your child’s teacher is essential.”last_img read more

first_imgThe 2010 annual rankings of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps have been published at www.tennisresortsonline.com(link is external).  Results are based on evaluations submitted by tennis vacationers over the past year.  Earning gold medal honors and placing third of all international tennis resorts is Topnotch Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont.  Topnotch also placed seventh overall for best international tennis camps.  As stated at Tennis Resorts Online in a feature length description of Topnotch Resort which included accolades for recent renovations,“The resort has a long history of devotion to tennis, including at one time hosting the Head Classic, a men’s professional tournament. More recently, it was the site of the 2007 Fed Cup match between the U.S. and Russia. That tennis mystique still contributes to its allure. It is home to a well-run academy, under the direction of Milan Kubala. And it has been one of the earliest to embrace new technology, including Boomer, the first ball machine that can talk and play games (it defeated Luke Jensen in an early exhibition), and Dartfish, digital video software that can be used to analyze strokes.”The “Play To Win” instructional approach as well as Topnotch tennis classes and clinics can be found at www.topnotchresort.com(link is external). Source: Topnotch. 6.10.2010last_img read more

first_imgFor a school to reopen in a orange or red zone, school need to: 25% of the in-person learning school community (both students and faculty/staff) must be tested per week.The school should ensure that it provides opportunities to test on school grounds, or otherwise facilitates testing and accepts test results from healthcare providers.If the school does not hold a testing event or provide testing on school grounds, test results provided to the school as part of the 25% testing of the population must be received within 7 days from the date of specimen collection and specimen collection must be after the school reopens.Each week the 25% of the school population tested must be composed of unique individuals who have not previously been tested for the surveillance screening, as part of the weekly 25% testing until the fifth week of weekly testing at which point the individuals who participated in the first week of testing should be tested againMembers of the school community who test positive must isolate according to established guidelines.Contact tracing must be performed to ensure that contacts to newly identified positive individuals are quarantined according to established guidelines. After a school reopens in a red or orange zone, symptom and exposure screening must be conducted daily and meet the following criteriaa: The guidelines require mass testing in schools before they reopen followed by symptom and exposure screening that is to be conducted on a daily basis. Additionally, Cuomo’s office says, “the test result must be no more than 7 days past the date of specimen collection on the day in-person learning reopens and date of specimen collection must be after the date the zone was established.” Cuomo’s office says it will provide schools with rapid testing kits if they are requested, but the school will need to provide certified personnel to perform the tests. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo released guidelines for schools to reopen in red and orange micro-cluster zones Friday. If these standards are met, a school may open, according to the state. However, those who tested positive may not be on the school grounds. Remain closed for at least 4 calendar days after the zone designation is announced (48 hours to ensure lack of infectious contact in the school, and additional time for testing), and may re-open as early as the 5th calendar day.Ensure that no person may attend in-person on the campus without first receiving a negative test result, this applies to faculty/staff as well as students.last_img read more

first_imgIn many communities, murders, rapes, sex trafficking and drugs are the dangerous byproducts of this uncontrolled wave. The United States is a country, which as defined, has borders. Immigration must be controlled to ensure the people entering the country will be a benefit to the country.The number of immigrants must be controlled to ensure assimilation to American principles of self government and of a constitutional republic. If the laws of immigration are not upheld, as in sanctuary cities, neither will our rights of protection under the law be protected.Elected officials must uphold the rule of law as an example to all of their constituents, and federal officials must stop the enticements promoting illegal immigration.Diane ClementsBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As our congressmen and senators contemplate the budget and the fate of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) program, there are many issues to consider. Although this program was made legal in 2012, it has perpetuated and encouraged illegal activities by millions of people wishing to immigrate to our country, and it has encouraged illegal activities by elected officials in our country.The promise of “free” benefits such as welfare, medical care and education has produced an understandable tsunami of undocumented people across our unprotected borders. These “free” services are bankrupting state and local governments. And in our state, the local taxpayers suffer under the state mandates to cover these programs. last_img read more

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first_img Topics : The British Open has been cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the coronavirus.The 149th Open was scheduled to take place at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent in July.But with the pandemic ripping the 2020 sporting schedule to shreds, the event has became the first of the sport’s four majors to be cancelled this year. ‘Bigger than golf’ The British Open is the latest high-profile tournament to be axed because of the virus.Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since World War II last week, while Euro 2020 and the Olympics have been pushed back a year until 2021. Ireland’s Shane Lowry won last year’s British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.”Obviously I’m disappointed that I won’t get to defend the Open Championship this year but I feel the R&A have made the right decisions based on people’s health and safety. See you all in Royal St George’s in 2021,” Lowry tweeted.Royal St George’s has hosted the British Open 14 times, most recently in 2011, when Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke won the event.The Open, which started in 1860, was also previously not held from 1915 to 1919 because of World War I.England’s Danny Willett, who won the 2016 Masters, told the BBC: “Postponement or cancellations is something that we have become accustomed to until everyone is safe and safe to do our sport. “It is a shame but there are things bigger than golf at the moment.”Both this year’s Masters and the PGA Championship were postponed in March because of the health crisis and were rescheduled after the British Open postponement.The PGA Championship, which was initially due to be held in May, is now set to be staged from August 6-9 at Harding Park in San Francisco.The US Open has been moved from June to September 17-20, the week before the Ryder Cup clash between Europe and the United States.The Masters, which usually takes place in April, is now slated to go ahead from November 12-15 at Augusta National. “We have explored every option for playing The Open this year but it is not going to be possible. “We rely on the support of the emergency services, local authorities and a range of other organizations to stage the Championship and it would be unreasonable to place any additional demands on them when they have far more urgent priorities to deal with.”We appreciate that this will be disappointing for a great many people around the world but we have to act responsibly during this pandemic and it is the right thing to do.” Golf’s oldest major will now be hosted at the same Sandwich venue in July 2021.”The Open was due to be played in Kent from 12-19 July but it has been necessary to cancel the championship based on guidance from the UK Government, the health authorities, public services and the R&A’s advisers,” organizers R&A said in a statement on Monday.St Andrews will still host the 150th British Open, but a year later than scheduled in 2022.”Our absolute priority is to protect the health and safety of the fans, players, officials, volunteers and staff involved in the Open. We care deeply about this historic championship and have made this decision with a heavy heart,” R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said.last_img read more

first_imgCurrencies outside the local currency benchmark are also permitted, according to the search details.Though the mandate is on a long-only basis, opportunistic shorting of currencies is allowed.The mandate should be managed actively, and index products or enhanced index products are not of interest, according to Kirstein.Managers with a track record of fewer than three years, or those without an existing strategy, are welcome to participate, according to the search, provided they can clarify their skills within the asset class. The deadline for the search is 22 April.In other news, the UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has appointed six firms to its newly created Assessment Period Legal Panel (APLP).The panel is the last in a series of five panels the UK pensions lifeboat has set up to help schemes transition to the PPF, in addition to the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) wind-up.The firms appointed to the APLP are Burges Salmon, Clyde & Co, DWF, Eversheds, Norton Rose Fulbright and Osborne Clarke.The new panel, which started yesterday, is to focus on the tasks of admissible rules, equalisation and the benefit specification, the PPF said. The APLP will initially run for a two-year period. A Danish pension fund is looking for an asset manager to run a DKK750m (€100.4m) local currency, global emerging market debt mandate, or a broader blended mandate, using IPE-Quest.Search QN1403 is being initiated by consultancy Kirstein Finance on behalf of the unnamed pension fund.Kirstein Finance said the aim of the segregated mandate was to consistently outperform a benchmark with similar asset allocation, irrespective of style, by selecting investments across emerging debt asset classes.The investment universe can be local currency sovereign bonds, but allocations to hard currency sovereign bonds and hard currency corporate bonds are allowed, as are small allocations to local currency corporate bonds.last_img read more

first_imgThe pension funds of several financial companies in the Netherlands are in exploratory talks to launch a ‘general pension fund’, or APF, for the financial sector.Representatives of the pension funds of custodian KAS Bank, pay firm Equens and GE Artesia Bank said they were participating in working groups to consider their options.The pension fund for Van Lanschot Bankiers previously confirmed its participation in January, making for a total of four participants.However, the various actors, when interviewed by IPE sister publication PensioenPro, made no mention of the other participants, confirming only their own individual participation. All players involved in the working groups stressed that talks were at a preliminary stage, and that participants in the discussions could pull out, and that other parties could join in.The €615m pension fund of Equens said it took part in talks due to its falling number of participants, as well as its “considerable” costs per participant.Its chairman, Ben Haasdijk, said: “The APF is the only right option for the future.”He said his scheme preferred an APF to a commercial provider to avoid having to buy services from it.The €288m scheme of KAS Bank cited the benefits of scale, as well as the ability to maintain its own identity.According to Tamis Stuker, board member of the KAS pension fund, all participating companies are likely to have an individual ring within the APF.The Dutch scheme of GE Artesia Bank, a division of US-based General Electric, also confirmed that it was participating in the working groups, but it said it did not yet know whether it would join the APF.Irma Weering, trustee of the scheme, said it was still assessing its future, as its employer ceased its Dutch operations in 2013.The Dutch pension fund of Royal Bank of Scotland previously showed an interest in the APF and recently announced that it was also weighing its options for the future.If all schemes were to join the APF, the new general pension fund would have approximately 10,000 participants and more than €2bn in assets.The new APF pensions vehicle allows the implementation of multiple pension plans within a single scheme, with a single independent board, while ring-fencing assets.The aim is to cut implementation costs through the benefits of scale.The APF is expected to be introduced on 1 January 2016.In 2012, several companies tried unsuccessfully to establish a new industry-wide pension fund – dubbed Pecunia – for the financial sector.last_img read more