Newly elected senate meets, hears about club funding

first_imgThe newly elected 2020-2021 senate met for its second session over Zoom on Wednesday night. In addition to honoring members of the former executive board, the senate heard a presentation on how the Club Coordination Council (CCC) is moving forward in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week the meeting was recorded and live-streamed over Facebook Live, as it will continue to be Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. EST.First, the senate approved the nominations of sophomore Meenu Selvan and freshman Charlie Dapp as assistant student union treasurers. Selvan is the former director of faith and service for Executive Cabinet and Dapp was a member of First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership  (FUEL). Selvan said she was eager to take the position because “going to these senate meetings, I saw there were so many people who were passionate about what was going on on-campus, and I still wanted to surround myself with the people who had the same ambitions for Notre Dame. I also saw how club allocation is a sensitive issue, and after participating in that senate meeting, I realized that I wanted to see what was going on a little more, and contribute my skills in that area as well.”Selvan referred to two senate meetings on Feb. 6 and 20 in which the senate concluded to not allocate more funds to the CCC. Dapp said his earlier involvement in student government inspired him to apply for a new position.“Starting out with FUEL, I got a good idea of what student government could do, and I wanted to help with clubs and help bring the experience of what makes Notre Dame so special to all of the different clubs that are out there,” he said. The senate then bestowed the status of emeritus to four former leaders of student government. Senior Elizabeth Boyle was granted the title of student body president emeritus. Junior Patrick McGuire was bestowed student body vice president emeritus status. Senior Linde Ann Hoffman was granted the title of student government chief of staff emeritus, and junior Halena Hadi was bestowed the status of judicial council president emeritus.“A good example of that [emeritus status] would be Fr. Monk Malloy, the President Emeritus of Notre Dame,” student body vice president, junior Sarah Galbenski said. “He served wonderfully as Elizabeth [Boyle] did, and this is more honorific than anything. Just recognizing her for her work in the past year and making sure she has this recognization going forward.” CCC president, junior Ricardo Pozas Garza then took to the Zoom floor to give a presentation on club allocation funding in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. To begin, Pozas Garza explained the normal operation of funding by the CCC. He said the CCC normally receives 40% of the annual student union budget to allocate to clubs, which normally approximates to $400,000. In order to receive funding, clubs must complete a number of steps, starting with submitting budget requests. The requests are then processed by the club divisions. These are the groups under which clubs fall including academic, cultural, performing arts, social service and special interest.The budget requests are then subjugated to an internal review before being forwarded to an individual meeting between the CCC and the club in question.“It goes through three sets of eyes,” Pozas Garza said.The funding is then finalized during the spring allocation meeting (SAM). This year, the process has looked a little different, as much of it was postponed and must take place virtually.“Physical presence was one of the key elements of our decision-making process and interaction with clubs,” Pozas Garza said. The SAM is now being held asynchronously. Clubs had the opportunity to review slides that explained how funding will be allocated. The clubs then completed a check-in form with the CCC. Clubs completed budget sheets next and will soon conclude digital division meetings. Pozas Garza said the CCC advised clubs to not count on any ND Day funding in their budgets, as the fundraising event is still postponed. However, he believed funding from the CCC’s end would remain relatively unaffected.“We don’t think [the effects of the pandemic] will negatively or to a very significant degree, negatively impact our ability to provide funding to clubs,” he said. Additionally, Pozas Garza said about two-thirds of clubs have participated in the virtual SAM.“I think we have every reason to confidently assert that clubs are successfully engaging with the spring allocation process and submitting their budgets on time,” he said.The senate then briefly discussed the possibility of finding additional funding for clubs to make up for the loss of ND Day funding. As of now, the Financial Management Board (FMB) and Student Union are considering holding unused funding in a carry-over account instead of transferring the funds to the student union endowment, as unused funds normally are. However, this decision is not final. Next week, student body president, junior Rachel Ingal will give the annual state of the union address during the regularly scheduled senate meeting Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. EST.Tags: 2020-2021 senate, Club Coordination Council, zoomlast_img read more

Beat the heat

first_imgBy David BerleUniversity of GeorgiaThe flowers are all gone. Cracks are forming in the ground. Thelandscape is looking a little baked at the end of long, hotsummer. This is a common problem in the Southern landscape.Back in the spring, your yard was alive with dogwood and azaleablooms, which soon gave way to green and eventually brown. Whatcan a gardener do to perk up the landscape at this time of theyear?There are several solutions. The temporary answer is to plantsome cheerful annuals to liven things up a little. Garden centersoften have a few things left from spring sales that could stillbring some color back into the landscape.Lantana and verbena are plants that can beat the heat and producecolor well into the fall. Several varieties of repeat-bloom rosescan still make a difference. And soon, fall mums will beavailable with their array of yellows, oranges and burgundies.Just a few of these heat-tolerant bloomers, carefully placed inthe landscape, can brighten up any yard worn down from the summersun.Next yearThe best solution, however, is to plan ahead for next year andhave your landscape looking alive all summer long. Manyperennials, shrubs and even trees can provide color andexcitement at a time when everything else is crying for water.Plants in the salvia family are known for taking the heat.Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha) and blue anise sage(Salvia guaranitica) are two commonly found salvias, butthere are many hybrids as well. Some are hardier than others, butall seem to take the heat and bloom on through a hot summer.The perennial sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) perform well atthe end of the summer, as do the asters and repeat-bloomingdaylilies. The common blanket flower (Gaillardia sp.)often seen growing along the coast is a great plant to beat thesummer heat, and it’s extremely drought-tolerant.The many new shrub roses available today could be considered aperennial flower or tender shrub. But either way, these excitingflowering plants are great for keeping color alive.Gardeners can pick from the knockout roses or some of the otherhybrids like “Nearly Wild” or the butterfly rose (Rosamutabilis). All of these will bloom throughout the summer andare resistant to the diseases that bring down the tea roses byearly summer.Other summer-flowering shrubs include the butterfly bush(Buddleia davidii) and the panicled hydrangea, which isoften called Pee Gee Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata).These two shrubs alone could make any landscape look happier andmore colorful when other plants have called it quits for thesummer.Think bigThere are even some trees that will bloom well into the lastsummer days.The crape myrtle is a Southern classic whose name is synonymouswith the heat of summer. The newer types offer attractive bark,too, and the latest dwarf varieties take up far less room andwork well in planters.The chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) provides along-lasting display that attracts butterflies and other insects.Most varieties have blue flowers, but there are pink- andwhite-flowering varieties as well.And finally, a tree that really shines in late summer is thegolden rain tree (Koelruteria paniculata). This otherwisecommon-looking tree stands out in late summer with its brilliantyellow flowers.No matter how you choose to brighten up your summer days, selectplants that are hardy in your area and suited to your siteconditions. And remember, many plants bloom well after Aprilshowers have long been forgotten.(David Berle is a horticulture professor and CooperativeExtension landscape specialist with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Violent Deaths In Guatemala Down In 2011

first_imgBy Dialogo January 05, 2012 More than 5,600 people died violently in the Central American nation of Guatemala in 2011, a decrease from the previous year, according to National Police figures out on January 3. The figures come out to an average of 15.4 deaths a day — better than the average of 19 a day recorded in 2010, police said. Central America has become one of the most violent areas in the world, according to the United Nations, and Guatemala, with a population of around 14 million, has increasingly become tainted by violence from Mexican drug cartels. Mexico and Guatemala share a 1,000 kilometer (600-mile) border, and Mexico’s feared Zetas drug gang is known to be active in at least three Guatemalan provinces. Of the 5,618 Guatemalans murdered last year, the overwhelming majority — 82 percent — were shot dead, while the remainder were knifed, strangled or beaten to death, police said. That comes out to nearly 36 violent deaths per 100,000 people, one of the highest in Latin America. Police Director Jaime Otzin told reporters that in the last month of the year 58 murders were recorded in the country. Central America has become a staging ground for illegal narcotics, especially cocaine coming from South America and making its way north to the lucrative US market.last_img read more

Simple ways to spread kindness

first_img 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details In these turbulent times, it’s more important than ever to be kind to one another. We should never forget the power of simply being nice to those around us, both in our personal lives and while in the workplace. Not only does being kind leave others feeling positive, happy, and appreciated, but it also gives us a joyful feeling and reminds us of how fortunate we are. Below are three easy ways you can spread kindness in your everyday life.ConnectThere are many people you encounter daily that you ordinarily wouldn’t stop to get to know. Whether it’s a teller at your credit union, the barista at the coffee shop, or the cleaning staff at your office, take a moment to make a personal connection. Even just asking them how their day is going can make an impact on their life. They will feel noticed and valued and you will feel reconnected to those around you.InspireIs there someone at work that is less than motivated or feeling down in the dumps? Take time to help get them back on track. If you reach out to them and help steer them in the right direction, they will feel like someone has their back. Use the skills you’ve acquired and help inspire your colleague by brainstorming new and innovative ideas for accomplishing goals. Collaborating with a teammate is an excellent way to bring out the best in both of you.EmpathizeThink about little things you can do to make someone’s life easier. Put yourself in their shoes and come up with ways you can simplify their life. For example, if you’re dining out with children and you leave a mess, tidy up as best you can before you leave, and you’ll make the staff’s job easier. Another idea is to return your shopping cart to the proper location instead of leaving it in the parking lot. Small kindnesses like these can really brighten the day of many hardworking people.last_img read more

IPE View: The starting gun for a power revolution?

first_imgWhat Tesla’s battery technology represents is the final piece of a jigsaw that, if completed, could enable less developed countries to leapfrog into power generation in a similar way that many countries jumped into the mobile revolution. Anyone travelling to India will soon discover that the mains power supply is unreliable. Households and companies are incurring significant expenses in dealing with the problems of intermittent supply by buying back-up solutions such as diesel generators, diesel, etcetera. Moreover, large parts of many emerging countries do not yet even have access to the grid, and there are numerous places where it would be very costly to scale out the conventional grid.What many emerging economies do have in plenty is sunshine, and the combination of much lower costs for photovoltaic solar cells and cost-effective battery storage systems could be transformative – particularly so if electric cars like Tesla’s become ubiquitous, as their batteries could be used to supplement home storage. Ajay Shah, an Indian economist, sees enormous potential for Tesla’s Powerwall in remote communities in India. Roofs could be equipped with photovoltaic cells, perhaps supplemented by diesel generators for peak loading, while battery storage could be used to by-pass the need to be connected to the grid.But what the Powerwall represents is still just an incremental change to existing battery technology. Once you get beyond the hype, there are still many things that need to happen before the potential of battery storage can revolutionise power generation.First, as Shah points out, higher oil prices would help to encourage the development of alternatives. He favours a global carbon tax, although I suspect this may be an issue for poorer countries. Second, in industrial countries, there needs to be continued government support for R&D and adoption of renewables and electric cars. Third, there needs to be continued worldwide scientific progress with batteries – Tesla’s product is relatively expensive for the power output it can produce. Fourth, Shah believes there needs to be sustained low interest rates globally for a long time, as these technologies require high capital costs but have close to zero running costs. And fifth, countries may needs electricity policies that give time-of-day pricing all the way to each household, ideally with a mechanism for distributed producers to sell electricity back to the grid at a cost that reflects that faced by the grid in delivering electricity to that location.Tesla’s announcement is certainly of importance to both developed and emerging economies as a clear stepping stone to a possible future. But Tesla’s selling price to installers of $3,000 (€2,690) on top of the cost of solar cells, etcetera – together with a continuous output of just 20,00 watts that won’t make it powerful enough even for just a couple of domestic devices – makes it an unattractive proposition for the mass market.However, what it does suggest is that technology is now making great strides in the right direction. The importance of the Tesla Powerwall may not be what it can do but rather its inspiring vision for the future. Even if it takes another decade, the ability to have large-scale, low-cost rechargeable batteries may be far more significant than a flashy sports car.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE The new large-scale Tesla Powerwall battery is important but perhaps not for the reasons you think, Joseph Mariathasan writesSeveral friends of mine have now been for test drives of Tesla’s electric sports cars. I’m not convinced they were seriously thinking of buying one, but they certainly enjoyed the ride! Whilst Tesla’s sports cars have certainly been a hit, what the company may eventually become famous for is the development of large-scale Lithium Ion batteries, which could transform the economics of alternative energy sources. Chief executive Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Powerwall last week. This device is designed to store energy at a residential level for load shifting, backup power and self-consumption of solar power generation. If it does fulfil its potential, it could be the first step towards a revolution in power generation.Alternative power sources in the form of photovoltaic cells and wind energy have attracted huge amounts of government subsidies in an attempt to foster viable alternatives to fossil fuels. A key drawback for both is the fact they are intermittent providers of energy – you only get solar power during the day, whereas maximum demand for energy may be at night. Similarly, wind power cannot be guaranteed to supply energy when it is needed.Another significant drawback is that they both require large amounts of space unlike conventional power plants, whether fossil fuel burning or nuclear. In Europe, with a highly developed grid supply, the need is for power sources that can be switched on and off to add power at times of peak demand. In emerging markets like India, the grid supplies do not even supply base power, leading to numerous power cuts, whilst more remote areas may have no electricity at all.last_img read more

German doctors scheme invests in Prime Capital infra fund

first_imgThe investment strategy is based on early access to projects, securing good wind sites, focusing on technology and support for developers to make the projects commercially viable and attractive.Projects in the Nordics can achieve profitability without receiving subsidies from the governments due to lower costs to generate electricity. Prime Capital has already identified three investment projects in Sweden and Norway.Werner Goricki, chief investment officer at Prime Capital, said: “We want to satisfy the growing appetite of investors that look for sustainable investments, attractive, risk-adjusted returns.”He said the infrastructure fund has attracted a broad range of institutional investors that can access large-scale projects, adding that the firm’s recet deals “have brought together consortia of international investors that reinforced our relationships, paving the way for this fund.”NAEV increased its investment volume by 4.1% in 2019 to €13.69bn with returns of €235m to €608m.The pension fund has gradually reduced its exposure to asset classes where returns are based on interest rates, while adding private debt to its portfolio.Bonds make up 31.2% of its investments, compared to 37.4% in 2016, plus 13.5% in convertible bonds. It also invests 11.6% in mortgages; 16.4% in real estate, 10.5% in  equities, 4.7% in private equity, 6.1% in infrastructure, and the remainder in other alternatives, including private debt (3.1%).The COVID-19 crisis has added pressure to markets and asset classes since March, the fund stated. NAEV avoided forecasts for the second half of 2020, but believes stock market performance this year will certainly be significantly below the prior year.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Nordrheinische Ärzteversorgung (NAEV), the German doctors’ pension scheme, has invested in Prime Capital Asset Management’s Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund.The investment fund, which at the time of the first closing reached €202m, will deploy the capital in energy infrastructure projects in the Nordics, primarily Sweden, Norway, Finland. Other European countries can follow subject to investors’ approval, the firm said.Prime Capital is targeting a total volume of €500m for the infrastructure fund, with a final closing expected in Q2 2021. The fund will have a life span of 10 years plus an extension option up to a maximum of two consecutive two-year periods, it said.The firm opted for Scandinavia because onshore wind power is the most cost-efficient technology for electricity generation in the region, which offers a low level of Levelized Cost of Electricity, or LCOE, in Europe, it added.last_img read more

Stout-Glazed Ribs.

first_imgFood & DiningLifestyle Stout-Glazed Ribs. by: – July 11, 2011 Stout-Glazed RibsThese mouth-watering ribs are sure to be a hit at your next backyard barbecue. The honey-mustard marinade used for these pork ribs will have all of your friends coming back for more.Throw some sweet onions on the grill, serve some cool refreshing drinks, and you will have everything you need for a great summer get-together.Ingredients:2 pounds pork loin back ribs1 12-ounce bottle stout1/2 cup chopped onion1/4 cup honey mustard3 cloves garlic, minced1 teaspoon caraway seedSalt and pepperFresh sage leaves (optional)Grilled sweet onion wedges (optional) Directions:Place ribs in a 1-gallon sealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For the marinade, stir together the stout, onion, honey mustard, garlic, and caraway seed. Pour the marinade over ribs. Close the bag. Marinade ribs in the refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.Drain the ribs, reserving marinade. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. Pour marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered about 15 minutes or until the marinade is reduced by about half.Meanwhile, prepare grill for indirect grilling. Test for medium heat above the drip pan. Place ribs, bone side down, on the lightly oiled grill rack over the drip pan. Cover and grill for 45 to 55 minutes or until juices run clear, brushing ribs frequently with marinade during the last 10 minutes of grilling. Discard any remaining marinade. Garnish with fresh sage leaves and serve with grilled sweet onion wedges, if desired.Makes 4 servings. Share 23 Views   no discussions Recipe source: Better and Homes and Gardenscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Inter kit goes square with Nike

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Unusual (And Stunning) Human TraitsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actors A leaked version of the Nike Inter away kit for the 2020-21 season seems to be white with a thin blue and black checked stripe effect. According to the pictures on, the shirt will have a geographic print made up of large squares, created using thin blue or black stripes. read also:Inter boss Conte expecting more from ‘shy’ EriksenAdvertisement Loading… center_img The stripes would continue on the shorts, with blue on one side and black on the other. There is a large gap on the back for the players’ names and another for his number. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Butland could make loan switch

first_img With just a few days of the current transfer window remaining, Hughes has promised Butland he will try to get him another loan deal – with the right club. “We’ll look at every player’s individual circumstances,” said Hughes. “Jack’s an outstanding ‘keeper – I’m very fortunate I’ve three outstanding ‘keepers. In that respect we are well served. “The important thing for Jack is his development, and we have to make sure the next stage of his career is correct so he progresses at the right level. “Ideally we would probably want to get him out and get him some game time, but it has to be at the right club with the right philosophy. “If we have that opportunity of a club that would benefit Jack, and vice versa, then we will look at it. “If that’s not the case then he will stay here and work with an excellent group of goalkeepers and he will learn doing that as well.” Asked whether he would consider another Barclays Premier League club for Butland, who played for England against Italy last year, Hughes added: “It’s about circumstances. The 20-year-old was signed by Hughes’ predecessor at the Britannia Stadium, Tony Pulis, for £4million from Birmingham on the final day of the January transfer window. Butland was immediately loaned back to Birmingham for the remainder of the Championship campaign, but is back at Stoke where he finds himself as third choice behind Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen. “We’ll look at every individual situation and see whether the benefits outweigh the negatives.” Butland has been linked with a switch to West Brom in light of Ben Foster being out for 12 weeks with a stress fracture of a bone in his right foot. West Brom head coach Steve Clarke, however, is keeping his cards close to his chest as he said: “It’s disappointing for Ben because he worked hard all pre-season, and we saw with his level of performance he was in a really good place. “But these things (injuries) are a part and parcel of football, he has to deal with it, and we’re looking at 12 weeks maximum. “Looking at the market we’ll see if we can get an experienced back-up, but I’m not going to speak about names. “There are a number available, some out of contract, and so a number of ways to do a deal.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes is considering loaning out goalkeeper Jack Butland. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News India Women’s Cricket Team Continue Unbeaten Run, Take Unassailable 3-0 Lead Vs South Africa

first_imgNew Delhi: India women cricket team’s spinners, led by Radha Yadav’s 3/23 and superb spells from Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav restricted South Africa to 98/8. Despite losing some quick wickets, Harmanpreet Kaur held firm and smashed an unbeaten 34 as India crossed the line by five wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series at the Lalabhai Contractor stadium in Surat on Thursday. None of South Africa’s batters could capitalise on a good start provided by the openers, with Lizelle Lee and Sune Luus stitching a solid 23-run stand in five overs. Lee, in particular, looked in aggressive touch with two fours off Deepti Sharma. However, when Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav got the wickets of Lee and Luus in successive overs, South Africa lost total momentum. Laura Wolvaardt and Nadine de Klerk tried to break the shackles with a four each off Pooja Vastrakar. Woolvardt, who plays for the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League, smashed two fours off Radha Yadav. However, Harmanpreet Kaur got rid of Wolvaardt for 17 and Radha got her second by getting de Klerk out for 11. Anne Bosch tried to get South Africa past hundred with a couple of boundaries but when she fell for 11 to Radha Yadav, South Africa managed stumbled. Deepti Sharma got two wickets in the final over and South Africa ended on 98/8.Also Read | 15-Year-Old Shafali Verma Helps India Take 2-0 Lead Against South Africa In T20I SeriesShafali Verma started off with a couple of fours but she fell to Shabnim Ismail. Smriti Mandhana’s poor run continued when she fell to Ayabonga Khaka for 7. India had some nervous moments when Luus got the wicket of Jemimah Rodrigues but Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma got India closer with a couple of boundaries. Also Read | Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur To Miss Women’s Big Bash League For National DutiesDeepti Sharma and Veda Krishnamurthy fell but Harmanpreet sealed the deal with a four off Ayabonga Khaka as India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the six-match series. India and South Africa both agreed to play two extra Twenty20 Internationals after two games were abandoned without a ball being bowled in Surat. Thus, the five-match series has become a six-match series and the final match will take place on October 4. The ODIs will start from October 9 and they will take place at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more