first_imgAbout six months after announcing the first two recipients of the LGBTQ Student Scholarship at its biannual Dooley Award Dinner, the Gay and Lesbian Alumni of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s (GALA-ND/SMC) hosted a fundraising event Nov. 12 to enable the continued offering of its newly-instituted scholarship.Jack Bergen, the chair of GALA and a Notre Dame class of 1977 alumnus, said the current estimate is that the fundraiser generated more than $15,000 — a figure significantly exceeding the initial goal of $10,000. Courtesy of Phil Donohue Notre Dame alumni attend a fundraising event in New York City in support of LGBTQ student scholarships at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s.“I was blown away by the event,” Bergen said. “[This is] the first fundraiser that I’ve done, and I was just amazed at the engagement of the people there, they were so happy that we had held this event.“ … Unfortunately we had a waiting list of people; we had to actually turn people away — the response was that enthusiastic for the event.”The fundraiser took place in the New York City penthouse of former talk show host and Notre Dame class of 1957 alumnus Phil Donahue. According to Bergen, more than 80 people — including both alumni and their friends — attended the event.Bergen said GALA’s current plan is to use the proceeds generated from the event “exclusively for the scholarship fund.”“Last year we gave out two $2,500 scholarships, and we’re looking at potentially raising that to four $2,500 scholarships and/or we may use some of the money to start to fund the endowment for the scholarship,” he said. “Because we see this as a long-term commitment, we see this as not just a one-time thing that we want to do, but we want to continue to do it for quite a while.”One of the two recipients of the 2015-2016 scholarship, Saint Mary’s junior Adrienne Whisman said the scholarship — designated exclusively for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s LGBTQ students — is a unique offering because few LGBTQ scholarships are institution-specific; rather, the majority are open to a national pool of applicants.“I looked it up and realized that it’s a scholarship that I could actually apply for and have a chance of winning, because usually LGBTQ scholarship are national and it’s [around] 1,000 people applying,” she said. “And it’s kind of intimidating.“… It was kind of like, ‘Wow, there’s actually an alum group where it’s people like me, who have all gotten together to support [LGBTQ students] in our education.’”Bergen said GALA decided to announce the LGBTQ scholarship earlier this year in response to a recognition that the campus climate in regards to LGBTQ issues has improved over the past few years.“As an organization, we felt that sufficient progress had been made that we wanted to step up our commitment to help out LGBT students more than we have,” he said. “ … We’re very pleased with the progress that’s been made on campus and as a result we felt that we wanted to do more, as well.”Among the recent changes that have impacted the University’s and the College’s LGBTQ communities are the extension by both institutions of benefits to same-sex spouses of employees and a concurrent cultural shift on both campuses, Bergen said.In particular, he said, Notre Dame’s official recognition of PrismND, a student organization founded to serve the University’s LGBTQ community, represents an improvement in the University’s acceptance of its LGBTQ community.“Certainly for students, Notre Dame’s attitude has changed dramatically with the creation of Prism,” Bergen said. “Students have been trying for many, many years to create a student group that provides support for LGBT students.”Like Bergen, Notre Dame senior and vice president of PrismND Connor Hayes said LGBTQ students today experience less discrimination than they did several years ago.“When I talk to my friends who are gay, lesbian, trans alumni of the University, who graduated maybe four or five years ago, when they came in as freshmen it was a much less friendly environment in the dorm towards them,” Hayes said.“Whereas now, I mean I have occasional incidents that happen, but it’s nothing like what they had to deal with,” he said. “So I think the University has changed in realizing, okay, this is a community that really has needs that need to be addressed on an institutional level, and that’s been a growth and shift in tandem with a greater cultural shift.”However, Hayes said the situation for LGBTQ community members of Notre Dame is a work in progress, and that moving forward, he would like to see the University recognize GALA as an official alumni association.“It would be nice if there was a more strong alumni network of gay and lesbian alumni that was officially endorsed by the University,” Hayes said. “ … Just on a personal level, it would be really heartwarming, give me a lot of hope, to see them extend that type of recognition to some sort of alumni group.”Bergen added that official recognition of GALA would be “an important step forward toward supporting [the University’s] LGBT alumni just as it supports many other alums such as seniors, young alumni, female alumnae, etc.”“I see this as a partnership that would serve to strengthen the ties between a very loyal alumni constituency, and to help the Alumni Association in its mission to more effectively engage all members of the alumni community,” he said.According to Dolly Duffy, the executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association and associate vice president of University relations, GALA’s current unofficial status as an alumni group is due in part to its relative newness as an organization.“We appreciate GALA’s work supporting our LGBTQ alumni through their organization — and our students with their scholarship efforts,” Duffy said in an email. “We continue to engage with GALA to learn about their goals. As GALA is a relatively new organization, we have not made any decisions about how we can support them long-term.”For now, Bergen said, GALA will continue in its efforts to support the LGBTQ community on both campuses. He is hopeful this year’s fundraiser is an indication of GALA’s future success — both in terms of the student scholarship and in terms of overall alumni engagement.“The response from the attendees was overwhelming with the support for this cause and for the desire to have things improve at the University,” Bergen said. “As progress is made with strengthening the relationship between the University and its LGBT alums, I see even greater financial resources being made available to aid those activities of supporting students and LGBT alumni engagement.”Tags: GALA, LGBTQ, LGBTQ scholarship, PrismNDlast_img read more

first_img | The Observer Over 200 residents of St. Joseph County attended a public hearing about library funding on Tuesday.A public hearing held on Tuesday would decide the fate of the county’s public libraries’ funding. The proposed redistribution of local income tax (LIT) — known as Resolution 7-19 — implied that St. Joseph County Public Libraries (SJCPL) would lose half a million dollars from its budget in order to fund a county 911 call center.As such, students, mothers, librarians, professors, religious leaders and business-owners all took it upon themselves to demonstrate their support for SJCPL, filling the room up to its maximum capacity. Within seven minutes, the meeting was concluded, and the advocates walked away victorious.Once council president Rafael Morton asked for a motion to table the resolution, a thunderous applause was heard across the room. Attendees beamed with happiness and embraced each other, signaling the importance that SJCPL holds in the county for them, and then filed out of the room.The impact the plan would have on the community caused uproar and sparked protests. Council members did not present any arguments in favor of the resolution during the hearing, but instead only commented that public opposition was one of the main reasons behind their decision to drop the proposal.According to SJCPL, the unanticipated cut would incur a 24% loss of its LIT revenue, which is used to pay for maintenance, salaries, utilities and materials. Moreover, it would cause one of its 11 branches to close, leaving about 7,500 people without a library.Jennifer Henecke, the communications manager at SJCPL, said a great group of people had mobilized in order to express their disagreement with Resolution 7-19.“We’re overwhelmed that the community showed,” Henecke said. “Throughout this whole issue, we’ve just seen an outpour and 350 people joined us for a march on Thursday from the library to the City Building. We know that they sent thousands of emails and phone calls, and shared our social media posts. We are just so grateful to the community for coming out and showing what the library means to them.”Henecke said even members of the Notre Dame community have shown their support. The SJCPL Communications Manager said she was happy that Notre Dame felt included in the community and conversation, as well.For Debra Futa, SJCPL executive director, the libraries play an important role in the residents’ life, as it offers “more than leather-bound books,” as a sign placed in front of the City Council building stated in thick white letters.“Libraries do so much more than just have books and materials,” Futa said. “We are community centers, we work with literacy, and we are work-force development. Kids come after school, so we are a safe place for them to go between school and home. There’s access to technology and the Internet.”While celebrating the victory outside of the Common Council room, attendees, such as Ina Kahil, expressed the significance that SJCPL has for them.“I can’t imagine not having access to public libraries because its one of the only places where I see people from all walks of life and just the idea of it being curtailed would be heartbreaking to me,” Kahil said.Rabbi Karen Companez, also in attendance, also expressed support for library funding.“Libraries are essential to society,” Companez said. “It’s one of the most basic ways that we learn, by reading books.”Of about 20 different people The Observer asked about the resolution, all were in opposition to the resolution.Though the next steps regarding the 911 center’s funding are still unclear, Futa said she looked forward to having a dialogue with elected officials about alternatives.“It’s not that we think that 911 isn’t important in the community,” Futa said. “It’s that we don’t think the funds should be redistributed and have libraries and other entities be punished for that.”County council members said they are still considering different alternatives to find funding for the 911 call center, but have still not decided on an option.Even though this was “the first battle,” as Futa described the public hearing, the day served to demonstrate the value of a community coming together in order to solve the issues that afflict them.“When we started this whole thing we were saying that neighborhoods need libraries, but libraries also need their communities, and both came perfectly together tonight,” Henecke said.Tags: Saint Joseph County, Saint Joseph County Public LIbrary In bold black letters, a neon pink sign read “What in the world would we do without libraries?” outside of the City Council building. Another one, splashed with bright yellow and white symbols, said “I’m kind of a big deal, I’m the library.” The sentiment plastered in these posters was carried into the South Bend Common Council, where more than 200 residents of St. Joseph County awaited the results of their opposition to a proposed tax plan.last_img read more

first_imgThe word “drought” is back on Georgians’ lips. Moist relief this time of year will only come from tropical storms or hurricanes, which bring their own troubles, but Georgians need to be prepared for bad weather year-round.Hurricane season started in June and will run to November. Time’s left for a tropical disturbance to disturb everyday life in Georgia, bringing heavy rain, flooding or damaging winds.But severe weather – like flooding or tornadoes – can hit the state through winter and early spring, too, said David Stooksbury, the state’s climatologist and associate professor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The first thing any family needs, he said, is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, radio. It sounds an alarm and broadcasts up-to-date details about tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods or tropical weather. Make sure it is equipped with Specific Area Message Encoding, or SAME, technology. It can be programmed for particular counties.“Also, prepare an all-hazard kit, which can be used for any natural or manmade disaster, that will allow your family to survive at least three to seven days,” he said.The most important thing in the kit is at least 1 gallon of clean bottled water per person per day. Don’t forget to plan for pets. Details on assembling a kit are at the website the event of any emergency, know what your county emergency plan is and follow it. “If you’re asked to evacuate, it’s important to do so,” he said. “If you’re not asked to evacuate, it’s important to stay where you are, keeping the roads free for those who must get out of harm’s way.”If a storm is headed your way, secure doors and windows with proper wind shutters, he said. Taping windows is a waste of time.The best choice of shutters is either plywood or manufactured shutters. Make sure that plywood shutters are well attached. “Underestimating the power of the wind is common,” he said. “Many people return home to find plywood shutters ripped off the house by the wind.”It’s good to have insurance, too, he said, because even the best precautions can sometimes fail. Particularly, think about flood insurance. Standard homeowner or business insurance doesn’t cover flood damage.The mountains aren’t immune from flooding, he said. With the state’s rapid urbanization, locations that were safe from flooding just a few years ago are now more likely to flood. The entire state is vulnerable to flooding. Learn about the federal flood insurance program from a local insurance agent or at read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Richmond Times-Dispatch:Dominion Energy on Thursday announced plans to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia — a 220-turbine installation that would power 650,000 homes at peak wind. If it gains state and federal approvals, the $7.8 billion project would deliver 880 megawatts of energy by 2024 and a total of 2,600 megawatts by 2026. The turbines would be anchored on 112,800 acres Dominion is leasing from the federal government 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.Dominion’s announcement comes two days after Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order calling for a plan to make Virginia’s electric grid solely dependent on carbon-free energy sources by 2050. That plan called for 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind by 2026.As pitched, Dominion’s would be the largest offshore wind farm in the country. The nation’s first commercial offshore wind farm began operation off the coast of Rhode Island in 2016. Others are in development.“If approved and generating power as projected in 2026, Dominion’s 2,500 megawatts project will be the single largest project in U.S. waters,” said Laura Morton, a policy analyst with the American Wind Energy Association, an industry group. The next largest project, Ocean Wind, would generate 1,100 megawatts off the New Jersey coast.New Jersey has a procurement goal of 3,500 megawatts by 2030. New York recently announced a 9,000 megawatt goal by 2030.Making Virginia a leader in offshore wind has become a goal for Northam, who vowed policy support for the industry during a speech in Norfolk on Thursday. Northam is calling for construction permits related to Dominion’s project to be filed by 2021 — the last full year of his administration.More: Dominion plans to build nation’s largest offshore wind farm off coast of Virginia Dominion plans 2,600MW offshore wind project, largest in U.S.last_img read more

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 24, 2020 In less than a week, the Brazilian Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) seized close to 2,300 kilograms of cocaine bound for Europe. The shipments were found in three of the country’s main ports.On October 5, police officers seized 472 kg of cocaine at the Port of Salvador, in Bahia. “The drug was hidden in a cargo of iron ore bound for Europe, with the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, as its final destination,” the PF said in a statement.On October 3, the Federal Police seized 238.9 kg of cocaine at the Port of Natal that were to be placed in a container bound for Europe. (Photo: Brazilian Federal Police)On October 3, officers arrested four Brazilian nationals with 238.9 kg of cocaine at the Port of Natal. “The drug was going to be inserted in a container and sent to Europe,” said the PF.The operation was carried out together with agents of the Brazilian Federal Revenue Service who intercepted a suspicious truck at the port’s entrance. “Following a thorough search, several cocaine tablets were found in the vehicle’s structure, hidden in a modified compartment in the trailer,” the PF said.In addition to the driver, three men were arrested for providing cover near the port’s main gate and waiting for the goods to clear.So far, in 2020, agents have seized 5.5 tons of cocaine at the Port of Natal.On October 2, in another joint operation, the PF and the Federal Revenue Service seized 1,520 kg of cocaine at the Port of São Sebastião, in São Paulo.“The narcotics were concealed on a ship among a load of corn. It was bound for the port city of Cádiz, in southwestern Spain,” the Federal Revenue indicated in a statement.The ship, which sails under an Antigua and Barbuda flag with a Russian crew, was docked in São Sebastião, awaiting authorization to depart to Cádiz, reported the Spanish news agency EFE. The PF initiated an investigation to find the perpetrators of the international drug trafficking scheme.Although Colombia and Peru are the largest cocaine producers, drug traffickers prefer to export the drug from Brazilian ports, due to the greater commercial exchanges between Brazil and Europe.Brazil’s export products are more diversified, which helps to conceal the cocaine in cargo containers, according to EFE.last_img read more

first_imgApparently, this change has been in the works (or thoughts) for about a decade — and now it’s come to fruition. Earlier this week you may have heard that NAFCU changed its bylaws to open its membership to just about every credit union in the country: federally insured and state chartered. That’s big news for this organization and we spoke to NAFCU’s President/CEO Dan Berger about this breaking news, while he was wrapping up the final days at the NAFCU Annual Conference in Montreal, which has been loaded with big announcements all week. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

first_imgAre Apple Watch SE, iPad 8th Gen the Perfect ‘Affordable’ Products for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. German site Macerkopf reported that multiple users were seeing the feature show up on their Apple Watch. An image shared by the publication shows the following message on the Apple Watch: Would you like to stream Spotify on your Apple Watch? Choose it here.Spotify’s streaming option for Apple Watch rolled out to a larger group of people over the weekend, as per the report. Users can access their music library via Wi-Fi or cellular network with the Spotify app on Apple Watch and listen via Bluetooth headphones or speakers. iPhones will not be required to be connected anymore while listening to Spotify on the Apple Watch. So, users won’t have to carry the phone along for runs or walks, and can simply rely on the Apple Watch.The report notes that there is no search function in the Spotify app on the Apple Watch. Users have to depend on Siri for this function to work.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Spotify can now be streamed directly on Apple Watch, the company has confirmed in a statement. Users will be able to stream music or podcasts on Apple Watch without having to connect to an iPhone. Spotify had started testing this feature to a limited group in September and is now expanding the direct streaming option to all users. The feature is reportedly available as a server-side update. It still appears to be a broad beta rollout, hence it may not be available for all Apple Watch users yet.The music streaming service confirmed to Engadget that it had begun rolling out streaming capabilities for Spotify on the Apple Watch. Users can stream music and podcasts on Spotify without using their iPhones, thanks to the new feature. However, offline listening still doesn’t seem to be an option on Apple Watch yet.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img“His family told us he had heart disease,” Kahar said.Neither the Gowa administration nor the Gowa Police were immediately available for comment.Meanwhile, Bontoromannu district head Muhammad Sabir said the administration was still looking for further information regarding the death.“We have sent a team to confirm the news.” Topics : A man who had traveled to Pakkato village, Gowa regency, South Sulawesi, to participate in a suspended international Islamic mass gathering reportedly died on Friday afternoon.The gathering committee chairman Kahar Munir confirmed the news, saying the man came from Manokwari, West Papua.The cause of death is yet unknown.center_img The gathering, initially scheduled to be held from Thursday to Sunday, was canceled by the South Sulawesi provincial administration over heightened concerns about COVID-19. It was suspended after more than 8,000 participants had already arrived at the site, 474 of whom were foreign nationals.Congregation members from the province were immediately sent to their respective homes. Meanwhile, people from outside South Sulawesi and foreigners attending the gathering were allowed to stay in Makassar and leave the province according to their trip schedules.They are to depart from Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport and the Soekarno-Hatta seaport in Makassar. (aly)last_img read more

first_imgTopics : The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 238 new cases as of midnight Sunday, mostly from Seoul and surrounding regions, the 18th consecutive day of triple-digit rises in daily infections.Less cars and people were on the streets of Seoul during the morning rush hours as more companies encouraged employees to work from home.”I began working from home today as the company allowed it for the first time because the number of cases continued to surge,” said Oh Yun-mi, 36, who works at a manufacturing company.A 40-year-old office worker who only gave his surname Cho said his usual commuting time was cut by about a third. Private after-school tuition academies, which operated as usual in March during South Korea’s first wave of coronavirus infections, were shuttered. There are 25,000 cram schools in Seoul and nationally three out of four children – from grade 1 to grade 12 – attended such classes.The government has cut staffing at public offices, while many corporations, including tech giants Samsung Electronics , LG and SK Hynix, have expanded or reinstated work-from-home policies.Onsite dining at restaurants, pubs and bakeries in the Seoul area are banned after 9 p.m. until Sunday, while coffeehouse chains are restricted to takeout and delivery.South Korea has reported total infections of 19,947 and 324 deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.center_img Private tuition centers shut for the first time and traffic was lighter in South Korea’s capital on Monday, the first working day of tighter social-distancing rules designed to halt a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks.South Korea took the unprecedented step on Friday to restrict the operation of restaurants, coffee shops and so-called cram schools in the Seoul metropolitan area, with churches, nightclubs and most public schools having already been closed. The decision came after earlier restrictions on movement failed to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections from erupting at churches, offices, nursing homes and medical facilities.last_img read more

first_imgIn the statement, GAM chairman Hugh Scott-Barrett backed Friedman’s handling of the suspension of Tim Haywood, head of the absolute return bond team, on 31 July. Alexander Friedman, group chief executive officer of Swiss asset manager GAM, has stepped down from his role effective today, according to a statement from the company.David Jacob, a member of GAM Holding’s board of directors, has been appointed interim group CEO until a permanent replacement is chosen.Friedman’s departure follows a difficult period for the group, which recorded a net outflow of CHF17.7bn (€15.5bn) in the third quarter of this year in the wake of the suspension of a senior fund manager.GAM’s share price has fallen by more than 60% since the start of this year, from CHF16 to CHF6 at the close of trading yesterday. Source: GAMAlexander Friedman“Alex has ably led the business during a time of unprecedented challenges for the active asset management and hedge funds industry,” Scott-Barrett said. “Alex had the full support of the board in the decision to suspend a portfolio manager in July.“During his tenure as CEO he has driven a significant programme of change that has made us a more modern, diversified and cost-effective business. We would like to thank Alex for his significant efforts over the last four years and wish him well for the future.”The chairman said Friedman’s departure was a joint decision that would “better enable us to take the action necessary to support profitability and drive forward the group’s strategy”. He added that the leadership team still had “some important decisions” to make regarding the future of the company.Jacob joined GAM’s board in 2017, and was previously CEO at Rogge Global Partners from 2014 to 2016. He worked at Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson Investors) for nine years until 2013 in a variety of senior roles including chief investment officer. He has also worked at UBS Global Asset Management, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and JPMorgan Asset Management.GAM said his “immediate priority” would be ensuring that “the steps necessary to drive forward GAM’s strategy and to support profitability are actioned as soon as possible”. GAM was forced to halt dealing on its absolute return bond fund range at the beginning of August after investors began to redeem their money in the wake of Haywood’s suspension. The company subsequently decided to liquidate the funds and return cash to investors, although new vehicles are planned for those investors wishing to remain in the strategy.last_img read more