first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?“IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming MondayTodays READERS POLL question is: Do You believe that the Mayor or City Council will have nothing to do with the future decision concerning the development of Robert Park?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Spring town hall meeting addresses new facilities, faculty policies

first_imgRosie LoVoi Fr. Jenkins addresses the Notre Dame community Monday night at the spring town hall meeting. Jenkins discussed new faculty changes and benefits, including an education benefit for professors.Affleck-Graves also said plans were underway to improve other facilities, particularly the Decio Faculty Commons. Beyond facility improvements on campus, Affleck-Graves said the current campus construction is progressing as scheduled, for the most part.“I think most of you have noticed a little bit of building going on on campus,” he said. “Courtney Hall is nearing completion; it will open this August. The Hesburgh Library renovations are just spectacular. I’d suggest you go and have a look, if you haven’t already.”The move-in dates of Campus Crossroads are projected to start in August 2017 and end in May 2018, according to recent estimates, Affleck-Graves said.“The Duncan Family Student Center is slightly behind schedule, but we plan on having that open and moved in by December 2017,” he said. At the Town Hall, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced several additional employee benefits to be implemented in the next year. “Notre Dame is great for so many reasons — for our great students, for the education we offer, for its research capacity and for so many things to be proud of. But I’m particularly proud of the people who work here,” Jenkins said. “We want to continue to make this place a truly great place to work at, a place where you feel supported.”The first of these upcoming changes is an “enhanced education benefit.”“It’s important for you, and the people that work here, to get the education you need to do the work you do. And it’s good for us if you do that as well, so we want to help you do that,” Jenkins said. “We’ve had an education benefit, but this is enhanced, so we’re providing an opportunity for people to enhance their skills and improve their education in particular areas.”According to Robert McQuade, vice president of Human Resources, the University currently provides up to $1,500 per year to cover additional education costs. “That was last changed in 2008. We are going to increase that to $3,000 starting in July. For job certifications, we’re going to increase from $750 to $1,000, and for the first time, we’re going to include doctoral programs and courses,” he said. “We believe that this will continue to enhance development opportunities for all of our employees, and we’re very pleased with this.”Beyond this, McQuade introduced a partnership with Bright Horizons Care Advantage to help provide assistance to faculty whose family members require care. “I know a number of you have children or others that you need to take care of, and often that creates challenges for you on some occasions.” Jenkins said. “This is a program that will provide help for you to care for those people in your care, when those occasions arise.”Additionally, the University will help provide short-term income for faculty in need. “Short-term income replacement is another important thing, in times of injury or sickness or a new child in the family, and if you need some kind of income replacement, this program will provide that,” Jenkins said. McQuade also announced a four-week paid leave for new parents, whether due to birth or adoption. “Families are important,” Jenkins said. “We want to provide support for parents as they welcome a new child into their family and care for that child and work with that transition into parenthood.”Due to the University’s ongoing commitment to mitigating climate change, Affleck-Graves said they plan to begin utilizing and improving the dam at St. Joseph River for hydraulic power. “We’re also working with South Bend and the federal authorities to use the dam on the river downtown for hydraulic energy,” Affleck-Graves said. “We’re working with the federal authorities to help us do that, and it will save us eight percent of our costs to do that, which makes a lot of financial sense. What this does is makes a significant impact on our carbon output.”Overall, Affleck-Graves said he was impressed with the changes and looks forward to making more improvements. “We do want to confirm our areas of strength. I know we can get complacent, but I want us to keep doing these things well. I have also highlighted areas of improvement, so we can see how we can do better, and we will do better,” Affleck-Graves said. Tags: Burger King, Campus Crossroads, spring town hall, town hall meeting After receiving consistently low ratings from both students and faculty, University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves announced the Burger King in the LaFortune Student Center will be replaced next fall. “The scores on our services were incredibly varied, and Burger King has scored very low for the second time in a row,” Affleck-Graves said during Monday’s spring faculty town hall meeting in Washington Hall. “So we’re going to be making a change there this summer. We will certainly have something new coming in and replacing Burger King.” last_img read more

Soon You Will Need a “REAL ID” to Fly

first_imgThe Transportation Security Administration is launching a new campaign urging people to make the switch sooner rather than later.The Real ID Act was passed by Congress back in 2005 after a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission about national security standards for drivers’ licenses.Most states, including Florida, have already started issuing Real IDs. Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID (military ID or passport) to fly within the United States.Americans will need a new Real ID or accepted alternative ID if they want to get on a plane after October 1st, 2020.A DMV Commissioner says the ReaI ID program is designed to make sure the whole country is on the same page. last_img read more

Nate Boatright Named EPLWA Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Evergreen Premier League has named Artesians center back Nate Boatright Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Oly Town’s first ever outdoor win, a 1-0 defensive masterpiece against Bellingham United on Sunday afternoon.Nate Boatright (in blue) playing for the Oly Town Artesians. Photo courtesy: David Falk“We made some tactical adjustments moving Nate to center back and compressing the space to force Bellingham to play the ball wide and lump balls into the box,” said Artesians head coach Ray Finn. “The tactic paid off, due in part to Nate’s dominance in the box and his ability to marshal a disciplined defensive approach.”The Olympia native is a graduate of Capital High School and was named an All-America honorable mention for his senior season at The Evergreen State College in 2015. Under his leadership, the Geoducks allowed just 11 goals that season. Boatright started 18 games, registering over 1,601 minutes with a goal with three assists.He has been with the Artesians since the club was founded in 2014 and has played 15 games with the Oly Town indoor squad notching three goals. He has started all three outdoor games this season playing all but 11 minutes.“The strategy against Bellingham was to play into our strength,” said Boatright. “We have a talented defense and my role was helping to communicate in game organizational changes. It was a great team performance!”The EPLWA named Bellingham forward Kurtis Pederson Offensive Player of the Week for his two goal performance against Yakima on Saturday. But Pederson was held scoreless by Boatright and the Oly defense the next day.Boatright and Oly Town FC will make their season debut on their home pitch at Wembley Field at The Evergreen State College on Sunday, May 21. It is Chinqually Booters day at the Artesians. All Booters players get in free with a paying adult and will have the opportunity to accompany the teams onto the field during introductions. Gates open at 1:15 p.m. and first kick is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.Follow the Artesians all season long by visiting the Oly Town Artesian website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

Sania Mirza reveals what a decade of marriage to Shoaib Malik has been like…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Flickr/TwitterAdvertisement 2oeNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2a7f73Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec2fe( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) uf0vWould you ever consider trying this?😱4sddx9Can your students do this? 🌚bwi1wRoller skating! Powered by Firework Back in 2010, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza tied the knots with Pakistani international cricketer Shoaib Malik, which, at that moment spewed a lot of controversies. However, a decade has passed, and on 12th April, Mirza decided to commemorate their anniversary with a post on Instagram along with her better half. However, there was a witty twist in the post, as Mirza posted what was the ‘expectation’ staying together for a decade would have looked like, versus what the ‘reality’ is, and the hilarious touch in the post cracked her fans up.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Flickr/TwitterOn Sunday, Mirza’s Instagram post saw a photo where the couple, dressed in beautiful attire posing for the camera. However, the twist was in the second picture, where the couple are seen making funny faces, implying what their 10 years of marriage has actually become.“Happy Anniversary @realshoaibmalik😌🤗A decade of being married looks like this!! Expectation vs reality 😅😂 Swipe right for reality ➡️” Mirza captioned the post.Advertisement Along with having a giggle at the post, netizens stormed the comment section with wishes towards the couple, which even included former American tennis ace Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who couldn’t believe that a decade has passed already, as she wrote: “It’s been 10years!?!? 😱❤️🙌🏼“The six times Grand Slam winner’s marriage ceremony with Malik took place in both countries, in Hyderabad, India and then in Sialkot, Pakistan. In 2018, they had a baby boy who was named Izhaan Mirza Malik.Mirza has won three Women’s doubles titles with former Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis. The former doubles no 1 has also won three mixed doubles titles, two with her compatriot and retired tennis icon Mahesh Bhupathi, and another with the Brazilian Bruno Soares.Mirza came out of her retirement this year, and in January she won the women’s doubles titles at the Hobart International tournament in January, partnered with Ukrainian tennis star Nadiia Kichenok.Last month, Mirza joined the battle against the novel Coronavirus pandemic, teaming up with Youth Feed India and SAFA, raised money and distributed food for the needy.“The last week we have tried as a team to provide some help to the people in need..we provided food to thousands of families and raised 1.25 Crore in one week which will help close to 1 Lakh people.its an ongoing effort and we are in this together 🙏🏽@[email protected]” the 33 year old tweeted in February.Also read-Bored? Watch Roger Federer and co. pull off blistering shots in this 2010s ATP compilation!Ian Chappell: Fight Coronavirus with Sachin Tendulkar’s approach in this magical knock! Advertisementlast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for suspect vehicle in homicide

first_imgAn autopsy has been completed on a man involved in a shooting in Grande Prairie, and the Edmonton Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the death was a homicide.The name of the man will not be released, but police can confirm that he lived in Grande Prairie.RCMP were called to a complaint of shots fired at 9612 – 100 Avenue in Grande Prairie around 5 PM on Tuesday night.- Advertisement -Upon arrival, police found the man dead in a vehicle.Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a silver VW Jetta on Tuesday in the Hillside neighbourhood of Grande Prairie between the hours of 4 and 7 PM.Anyone who may have information about the VW Jetta or information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP.Advertisementlast_img

Mandela Day 2018 launch – a centenary celebration

first_imgMandela Day 2018 launch – a centenary celebration         Yesterday 23rd April 2018, the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched Mandela Day at the Constitution Hill in honour of the legacy of Madiba and placing emphasis on the culture of volunteerism.The Foundation invited all to play a part in building a society inspired by the values of the global icon – Nelson Mandela. The centenary celebration campaign prompts global citizens to take #ActionAgainstPoverty, inspire change and make every day a Mandela Day.“It is important that we use the capabilities we have, wherever we are stationed in life, in a way that dismantles the unequal structures of power and protects the most vulnerable. All of us must commit to continuing Madiba’s work; fight poverty and inequality; strive to eradicate the growing scourge of racism; and reckon with the history of oppression”, said Mr Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Constitution Hill was bustling with various stakeholders who exhibited their respective Mandela Day initiatives, calling on citizens to sign up and play their part to contribute to Mandela Day and the betterment of the country.The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Obama Foundation also made an official announcement that President Barack Obama will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture under the theme “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World” in Johannesburg at the Ellis Park Arena on the 17th of July 2018.As a build-up to the lecture and Mandela Day, citizens are encouraged to make every day a Mandela Day. There are various initiatives for citizens of all races and ages to play their part and give 67 minutes of their time to the less fortunate and #ActionAgainstPoverty.Some stakeholders took to social media to share their initiatives planned for Mandela day: @HFHSouthAfrica 21m21 minutes ago At @NelsonMandela Centenary Celebration launch today. Book your team for July’s ‘100 Houses for 100 Families in Honour of 100 Years’ in KZN, JHB and CPT: [email protected] or call: +27 81 840 7968 #rememberingmandela #BeTheLegacy @ZeldalaGrangeSA 47m47 minutes ago Launching our #MandelaDay plans as #BikersforMandeladay #B4MD during the Nelson Mandela Foundation centenary celebration launch. 14 July Mass Biker rally Cape Town – Paarl 15 July Mass Biker rally Johannesburg – Tshwane Details tbc @Absa 2h2 hours ago Like the Nelson Mandela Foundation, we believe in being an active force for good, which is why we’re proud to support them. And to mark the lead up to uTata’s 100th birthday, we’re inviting you to help write the new chapter of Madiba’s legacy. #TheNewChapter #MandelaDayFollow the conversations; and www.nelsonmandela.orglast_img read more

More Energy-Saving Products from the AIA Convention

first_imgHaiku fans from Big Ass FansDespite the over-the-top company name, Big Ass Fans has been at the forefront of ceiling fan development for some years now. The company is known for its large, well, big-ass fans that are used in improving comfort in large commercial spaces — overhead fans that may have diameters of up to 24 feet. Now the company has introduced a line of smaller, residential-scale fans that work in homes.Before getting into the specifics of the Haiku fans, it needs to be pointed out that ceiling fans don’t actually cool a space (i.e., lower the temperature). What they do is make a space more comfortable by evaporating moisture from our skin. If you are normally comfortable in a space at 75°F, with a gentle breeze you can be comfortable at 80° or even 82°F. Not only do ceiling fans not lower the air temperature, they actually raise the temperature slightly — from the waste heat generated by the electric motor (so turn that fan off when you leave the room!).The Haiku fans are exciting from an energy standpoint, because they are the first ceiling fans to use advanced, energy-efficient, electronically commutated, brushless, DC motors, and they have aerodynamically designed airfoil blades that move air more efficiently and more quietly than the blades in most ceiling fans. These features make Haiku fans up to 80% more efficient than standard ceiling fans. While a typical Energy Star ceiling fan uses about 65 watts of electricity (and generates substantial waste heat), the Haiku fans use just 2 to 30 watts, exceeding the Energy Star requirements for energy efficiency by 450 to 750%.Haiku fans also offer highly sophisticated controls, with seven speeds, reverse mode, sleep mode, and timer controls, all handled through a slick remote control. The 60-inch-diameter blades are made from either an advanced composite material in black or white, or hand-finished, laminated bamboo in a caramel or cocoa finish. The shape is sleek and modern.The downside? There’s a significant one: cost. A Haiku ceiling fan lists for $825 to $1,045, depending on the exact model. That cost would be hard to justify on energy savings alone, but combined with super-quiet operation and other features, this is a product well worth taking a serious look at. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also coauthored BuildingGreen’s special report on windows that just came out. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Philips Ledalite’s unique light diffusers for LED lightingIn the lighting world today, it’s all about LED (light-emitting diode) lighting, which is going through technology advances by leaps and bounds. At the Philips Ledalite booth, the company’s MesoOptics technology for distributing light from LED light sources caught my eye.LEDs offer various advantages, including higher efficacy (lumens of light output per watt of electricity consumption) than most fluorescent lighting. But light distribution can be a challenge, because LEDs produce highly concentrated point-source illumination. Philips Ledalite has tackled that problem using holographic technology in the diffusers of LED light fixtures to control the light distribution as required for the application.Using this MesoOptics technology, Philips Ledalite can design some fixtures to deliver linear light, to illuminate a wall surface, for example, while others are designed to disperse that light more broadly for area lighting. It’s an example of the sort of innovation that is helping LEDs begin to capture market share from fluorescent and halogen (incandescent) lighting. EcoCore phase-change floor panel from Tate Access FloorsPhase-change materials store a large amount of heat by melting (changing phase from solid to liquid). I wrote about the BioPCM material for walls and ceilings in Environmental Building News some months ago (requires log-in). At the AIA convention, Tate Access Floors introduced its EcoCore floor panel which has a micro-encapsulated paraffin phase-change material in a concrete matrix. The phase-change material melts at about 75°F, absorbing a lot of heat in the process.Access floors are popular in commercial building, because they provide a floor plenum that can be used to run wiring and cabling as well as to deliver heated or chilled air. Tate’s EcoCore floor panel looks just like it’s standard concrete access-floor panel — with a steel frame and waffle-like cross-section of concrete, averaging about an inch thickThe EcoCore floor panels are designed to be used in commercial buildings along perimeter walls, particularly west- and south-facing, where significant solar gain typically increases cooling requirements. The panels heat up when sunlight strikes them, melting the phase-change material and storing that solar heat rather warming the space. As the space cools below 75°F at night, the floor panels release that stored heat.Savings are achieved both by reducing the peak cooling demand (enabling cooling systems to be downsized) and by shifting a portion of the cooling load to nighttime hours when cooler outside air can often be used for cooling and electricity prices are lower. Just introduced, the product has yet to be installed beyond prototype and demonstration projects, but the company is hearing a lot of interest in it.The cost premium is about $1 per square foot for the EcoCore material. Last week, I wrote about a number of innovative window and glazing products I came across at the AIA Convention in Washington, DC earlier this month. Here are a few other products I came across with energy-saving features.last_img read more

England vs New Zealand: Shoaib Akhtar predicts winner ahead of World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s

first_imgFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar predicted that England will start as the clear favourites for the final against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 at Lord’s on SundayNew Zealand beat favourites India to seal the final spot whereas England thrashed arch-rivals Australia by eight wickets to set up the final date. England are totted as clear favourites but one can’t underestimate New Zealand, after seeing the quality of cricket they produced to knock out table toppers India in the semi-final..”If England wins the toss against New Zealand, they will score big runs against the Kiwis. It is important for Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls to give a solid foundation to the Kiwi lineup. I support New Zealand, but England will clearly go in as the favourites in the final,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his official YouTube channel.Shoaib added the Kiwis need to put on an all-round performance to upstage the hosts in the mega clash at Lord’s. Akhtar urged England’s team management to promote Jos Buttler in the batting order.”Pressure plays a big role in big matches. England is a big team. I think they will create history at Lord’s by winning their first ever 50-over World Cup. New Zealand needs to perform in all departments of the game. Guptill needs to score runs for New Zealand to give the team a solid base at the top,” Akhtar said.”Jos Buttler should bat at top of the order, and if he gets the opportunity he will score big runs for the team. I hope for a thrilling match, it would be disappointing to see a batting collapse in the finals,” he added.advertisementALSO READ | New Zealand vs England, World Cup 2019 final Live Cricket Streaming: Watch NZ vs ENG Star Sports, DD SportsALSO READ | Dream11 Prediction: New Zealand vs England Final Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain World Cup 2019ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Alberta energy firms split on call for government imposed production cuts

first_imgCALGARY — Oilsands and refining giants Suncor Energy Inc. and Husky Energy Inc. are rejecting a call by rival Cenovus Energy Inc. for government-imposed production cuts to reduce an oversupply of oil in Alberta linked to steep price discounts.Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal says the company has no exposure to the “differential” between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate and therefore shouldn’t have to reduce its production.She says the company’s position is that the market should operate freely and that Suncor should be allowed to benefit from the refineries and upgraders it has built and the pipeline space it has contracted that insulate it from local price discounts.Husky spokeswoman Kim Guttormson says her company also believes in a “market-based solution,” noting that intervention entails economic and trade risk for Canada.In a report, analyst Phil Skolnick of Eight Capital says the temporary cuts suggested by Cenovus and supported by some other producers of bitumen would work to clear clogged storage and quickly reduce price discounts on Alberta oil to the benefit of the province.But he adds that he expects discounts to moderate as companies voluntarily reduce output, crude-by-rail exports rise, U.S. refineries come back on line after fall maintenance shutdowns and the 80,000-barrel-per-day Sturgeon Refinery begins processing bitumen early next year.Skolnick estimates recent WCS-WTI heavy oil discounts, if held for a year, would equate to an Alberta royalty loss of about $4 billion, an oil industry-related Canadian federal income tax loss of about $13 billion and an annual U.S. federal income tax gain of about $12 billion from higher U.S. refining earnings. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, TSX:CVE)last_img read more