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New campus club spreads ‘kiNDness’

first_imgThe new semester welcomes to campus the new student organization, kiND Club, which focuses on performing random acts of kindness and spreading positive affirmations.“The overarching goal for the club is to create an infectious display of kindness on campus and in the community. … We want to use the concept of kindness to help, heal and educate,” Stephanie Gaal, assistant professional specialist in the Physical Education and Wellness Department, said.Gaal was instrumental in starting the club, which is a division of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. She proposed the idea to students in one of her Contemporary Topics classes last semester. Sophomore Elaine Schmidt, who now serves as the club’s president, was one of the first students to show interest and participate in kiND’s official founding.“We’re really just people that want to get together to do nice things for others,” Schmidt said. “Taking a few minutes each day to do something nice for someone else keeps you centered and helps you remember what’s really important in life.”Before attaining full club status last spring, kiND organizers wrote positive affirmations on Post It notes and placed them on dining hall trays for their first random act of kindness, or RAK, Schmidt said. The club also posted flyers in the Hesburgh Library with tear-away strips of encouraging words during finals week.After receiving 319 sign-ups from Activities Night, Schmidt said kiND is ready to take it to the next level this school year. The club will host meetings every other Thursday at 8 p.m., during which they will plan regular, communal RAKs. Schmidt said they could be as simple as giving compliments in classes or as elaborate as a campus-wide flash mob dance to brighten people’s day. She said one of kiND’s first RAKs of the semester is planned for Wednesday.“This is really a grassroots club,” Schmidt said. “The members will have a big say in the kinds of events and RAKs we do, which is something that is really cool about our club. Everyone can contribute.”Gaal said the club is also planning a fundraiser with Notes to Self, a company that designs socks with positive affirmations written on them. The company was founded by Schmidt’s mother.“At Notre Dame, we are so busy. It’s nice to take a breath and remember what’s most important,” senior Sarah Very, who recently joined the club, said. “We can make a difference through acts of kindness, and it’s good to have something to remind us.”The next kiND Club meeting will be held Sept. 25 in a to-be-determined room in Debartolo Hall. Students interested can e-mail [email protected] to join the listserv and “like” the club Facebook page to stay up-to-date on organized RAKs.Tags: Kindness, random acts of kindness, Random Acts of Kindness Foundationlast_img read more

Renewables Investments More Than Double Those in Coal and Gas

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Matt McGrath for the BBC:New solar, wind and hydropower sources were added in 2015 at the fastest rate the world has yet seen, a study says. Investments in renewables during the year were more than double the amount spent on new coal and gas-fired power plants, the Renewables Global Status Report found.For the first time, emerging economies spent more than the rich on renewable power and fuels.Over 8 million people are now working in renewable energy worldwide. For a number of years, the global spend on renewables has been increasing and 2015 saw that arrive at a new peak according to the report.About 147 gigawatts (GW) of capacity was added in 2015, roughly equivalent to Africa’s generating capacity from all sources. China, the US, Japan, UK and India were the countries adding on the largest share of green power, despite the fact that fossil fuel prices have fallen significantly. The costs of renewables have also fallen, say the authors.“The fact that we had 147GW of capacity, mainly of wind and solar is a clear indication that these technologies are cost competitive (with fossil fuels),” said Christine Lins, who is executive secretary of REN21, an international body made up of energy experts, government representatives and NGOs, who produced the report.“They are the preference for many countries and more and more utilities and investors and that is a very positive signal.”Investment in renewables reached $286bn worldwide in 2015.With China accounting for more than one-third of the global total, the developing countries outspent the richer nations on renewables for the first time. When measured against a country’s GDP, the biggest investors were small countries like Mauritania, Honduras, Uruguay and Jamaica.“It clearly shows that the costs have come down so much that the emerging economies are now really focusing on renewables,” said Lins.”They are the ones with the biggest increases in energy demand, and the fact that we had this turning point really shows the business case – and that is really a remarkable development.”Full article: Renewable energy surges to record levels around the world Renewables Investments More Than Double Those in Coal and Gaslast_img read more

DACA debate likely to impact lenders

first_imgPresident Trump’s announcement that he was ending the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in six months unless Congress passes legislation addressing the issue has important implications for lenders as individuals affected by the President’s announcement turn to the courts for protection.The DACA program was instituted by President Obama in 2012. It allows qualified individuals who are illegal aliens who entered the country as minors to receive renewable two-year periods of deferred deportation. They are also eligible to receive work permits.When I heard about the President’s announcement, I figured that now would be a good time to update you on the status of a case which has important potential implications for lenders. In Perez v. Wells Fargo & Co., Case No.: 17-cv-00454-MMC, DACA recipients are suing Wells Fargo claiming that the bank’s lending policies violate federal civil rights law. Each of the highlighted plaintiffs applied to the bank for a loan. Nonetheless, they argue that they were denied loans ranging from student loan applications to a loan for commercial equipment. Each claims that they has a U.S. citizen as a willing co-signer but that the bank categorically refused their applications. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Permanent sea pollution in the area of ​​Kaštela. No bathing!

first_imgBy the way, as every year, this year on several occasions at five measuring points in the area of ​​Kaštela, the sea was of unsatisfactory quality.  After several reports from the citizens of Kaštela that sewage is leaking into the sea and incredible videos of the same, the Split-Dalmatia County has now informed the public that there has been permanent pollution of the sea in accordance with Article 27 of the Bathing Sea Quality Regulation (OG 73/07). The town of Kaštela. And in the following locations: Gojača, Kaštel Sućurac and Ballet School, Kaštel Kambelovac. Pollution data are entered into the database on sea quality and are available through the application for data entry, processing and valorization, as well as reporting and informing the public. http://baltazar.izor.hr/plazepub/kakvoca. To make the whole situation more absurd, this is not an isolated case, but the same scenes of leaking sewage into the sea are repeated from year to year. Any comment is redundant… As they point out from the Split-Dalmatia County, on August 12.08.2019, 7, in the 73th cycle of bathing sea quality testing at the locations in question, seawater was sampled, and microbiological analysis determined exceeding the limit values ​​prescribed by the Bathing Sea Quality Regulation (OG 08 / XNUMX) for microbiological indicator Escerichia coli.last_img read more

Birmingham leisure: with regeneration, Birmingham is shrugging off its dull image

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COVID-19 fast response team calls on dentists, ENTs to stop operating amid pandemic

first_imgHe said the team had asked the Health Ministry to issue a circular instructing dentists and otolaryngologists to close their practices for the time being. “If they do practice, it should only be for patients who are seriously [ill],” he saidDoni added that all doctors, both at COVID-19 referral hospitals and non-referral hospitals, should wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gloves and hazmat suits.He further said the government was confident about the availability of PPE for medical workers, given that the domestic textile and garment industry could produce PPE using local raw materials that had been certified by the World Health Organization.”So far, we noted 570,000 pieces of PPE and distributed 390,000 to some regions, plus 105,000 this afternoon,” he explained.The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) announced on Monday that at least 24 doctors across Indonesia had died in the fight against COVID-19, six of whom were dentists.Topics : The government’s COVID-19 fast response team has asked the Health Ministry to call on dentists and otolaryngologists to close their practices temporarily in order to avoid being infected by the virus.Team leader and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said that the appeal was made due to the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among medical workers and doctors.”More than 20 of our doctors have died [from COVID-19]. Some of them were apparently not on the frontlines. Some of them were dentists and ENTs,” Doni said Monday in a virtual meeting with the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing health issues.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta told to snap up two free transfers this summer by Arsenal hero Kevin Campbell

first_imgMikel Arteta told to snap up two free transfers this summer by Arsenal hero Kevin Campbell Scotland international Fraser could join for free (Picture: Getty Images)Fraser has struggled to replicate his excellent form of last season, registering just one goal and four assists in 28 appearances this campaign, but Campbell suggested the 26-year-old’s output would improve in a better team.He continued: ’You can get Ryan Fraser on a free transfer, his assists for Bournemouth were double figures last year, I know he suffered injuries but he’s still been having a decent season.‘That’s playing for Bournemouth, when you’re playing for Arsenal, he’s going to get more of the ball in the positions he wants and give more opportunities, because there’s a lot more threats for Arsenal than some of these other teams.’ Comment Brazilian Willian has 70 caps for his country (Picture: Getty Images)Brazil international Willian has been heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal and Tottenham, admitting last week that he would be ‘fine’ to make a move to either of Chelsea’s London rivals.Despite turning 32 later this year, Campbell highlighted the areas of Willian’s game which would be incredibly useful in Mikel Arteta’s squad.He continued: ‘There’s talk of Willian, I like Willian, there’s still a lot of life left in him. He actually suits what Mikel Arteta wants to do, playing in a three, he’s got pace, he can beat people, he can score goals and we could get him on a free, and he’s experienced.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It ticks all the boxes, but I know some Arsenal fans saying, “We don’t want Chelsea’s cast-offs”, but he’s not a cast-off.‘The problem with Chelsea is they’ve got young players coming through who need to play, who know now is the time where [Frank] Lampard’s come in with Jody Morris, it’s the transition where they have to play them now.‘Whereas Willian is 31, still got life in him, he’s a similar age to [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, no one is saying Aubameyang is over the hill, so how can Willian be over the hill? It doesn’t make sense.‘If we haven’t got the money to spend in the transfer market, let’s get these guys on free, get them motivated and get them playing. That’s what Mikel Arteta’s got to do, and he realises if he hasn’t got the war chest then he’s going to have to move smart.’MORE: Tony Adams explains why he turned down Man Utd and Sir Alex Ferguson to stay at ArsenalMORE: Aaron Ramsey makes telling admission over final period of his Arsenal careerFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Spaniard Arteta might be looking for bargains this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Kevin Campbell has urged Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to make the ‘smart’ move in signing Chelsea winger Willian and Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser for free this summer.The two experienced Premier League widemen are set to become free agents at the end of this season, with their contracts due to expire on June 30.Gunners executive Raul Sanllehi has reportedly warned club staff to forget about any big-money moves in the next transfer window, effectively silencing speculation of a £43million swoop for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.Without any investment from billionaire owner Stan Kroenke, Campbell does not believe the north London club will be splashing out significant sums on transfers this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told Metro.co.uk: ‘If Stan Kroenke invests in the likes of Thomas Partey, you can say OK, fair enough, we can make that move. But if the owner doesn’t invest, I don’t see how Arsenal are going to be able to afford him, unless you swap players.‘I know [Alexandre] Lacazette has been coveted by Atletico Madrid before he joined Arsenal, so there might be some swaps that can happen, but I just don’t think Arsenal are in the financial position to be able to be aggressive in the transfer market, how we as fans would love them to be.‘I see they might have to come down a couple of levels, and I don’t mind that, I don’t mind the team giving younger players a chance, I just think there’s experienced players out there who won’t cost the earth who could do a job at Arsenal.‘I think we need to be more of a team, and not look for the names. We’ve missed out on that for years.’center_img Advertisement Mike StavrouMonday 4 May 2020 3:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Sub-penthouse on market for $2.850 million has one of the best views in southeast Queensland

first_img3501/50 Marine Pde, Southport.GARY Johnson describes the view of the Gold Coast from his sky-home as a pleasure to wake up to every day.“I feel like I am a part of the Gold Coast watching the whole city wake up with me from my bird’s eye view,” Mr Johnson said.There’s no denying the sub-penthouse at 3501/50 Marine Pde has sublime views — even from the toilet. Mr Johnson said it was the views that really sparked his and his wife’s initial interest in the property.3501/50 Marine Pde, Southport.The couple, who bought the apartment in 2007, said it was their first sky-high living experience.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:08Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream Home: Buderim02:08 Related videos 02:08Dream Home: Buderim00:32Mediterranean style mansion with wine cave02:10Dream Home: Manly01:31Lana’s Dream Home: favourite rooms01:19Dream Home: Buderim Qld01:36Dream Home: Brookfield“We knew it was a good decision because we ended up getting married shortly after we moved in,” Mr Johnson said.“There was good feeling about the place.”Floor-to-ceiling windows envelope the 330sq m floorplan of the substantial sub-penthouse and expose a breathtaking 360-degree vista from the 35th floor.3501/50 Marine Pde, Southport.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoWhile the views were a drawcard, the couple said it was styling inspiration from a friend that helped seal the deal.“It was fairly bland looking place when we first bought it, the interiors were really lacking character,” Mr Johnson said.“We had our eye on two apartments, this one and another at Main Beach, ” the father-of-two said.3501/50 Marine Pde, Southport.“My wife and I were unsure about Southport at first, but it has the better views.“You’re not peering into other apartments on the beachfront and we love the CBD vibe. Our friend Warren Tutton invited us over for some drinks one day, he lived on the 34th floor of the same Southport tower we were looking at.“He had his place styled by Robinson’s design and it was very, very schmick. We loved what he did to the place and how inviting it felt.”3501/50 Marine Pde, Southport.The Johnsons spent $300,000 on renovations. The couple said they made a few small changes by widening doorways and adding a touch of luxury to the main bedroom.“It was a subtle change that made a huge difference,” Mr Johnson said. “The views were marvellous and are a standout so we wanted a comfortable, simple style to complement it.”Double doors create formality to the luxury main suite with a relaxation space, a wall of built-in wardrobes, and a spa bath.3501/50 Marine Pde, Southport.Mr Johnson said living in an apartment hadn’t compromised his lifestyle. “The balcony is north-facing which means it is protected from the elements,” he said. “You can still entertain, we have had 40 people around for a get-together once. We usually have a barbecue on the balcony.”A granite wine bar with twin integrated Vintec fridges feature in the media lounge room, where glass doors provide seamless interaction with a covered balcony and outlook of the northern coastline.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Finding a narrow path to prosperity

first_imgThe Bank for International Settlements’ office in Basel, SwitzerlandAction pointsThe first line of action suggested by the bank is to redouble efforts to implement structural policies – the only way to raise sustainable growth without generating inflationary pressures. Economies are already operating at or beyond estimates of full employment and potential output, but growth has been disappointing, which the BIS sees as an indication of supply constraints.The reforms include national governments fostering entrepreneurship and supporting the rapid take-up of innovation, as well as limiting rent-seeking behaviour and promoting the flexible reallocation of production.This all sounds very good – and European venture capital does appear to be doing better now than it has been for decades – but it is difficult to see what actions can be implemented that will be real game changers.Perhaps naturally for an international financial institution owned by central banks, the second line of action it recommends is to strengthen the resilience of the financial system, by ensuring banks can be profitable enough to be able to absorb any losses smoothly and swiftly.However, as the BIS admits, profitability has not only been hit by persistent and unusually low interest rates eating away at banks’ net interest margins, but they are also facing the challenge of growing competition from technology-savvy new entrants.The BIS’s third recommendation is to ensure the sustainability of public-sector finance and to avoid pro-cyclical fiscal expansions. Public debt has risen to new peacetime highs in both advanced and emerging market economies.But countries face immense challenges in satisfying this, particularly given the requirement to move back to normal monetary policy and away from the artificial quantitative easing environment, which has itself given rise to many unpleasant side effects.The BIS must hope that it does not end up like Cassandra, daughter of Priam, the King of Troy in Greek mythology: given the ability to utter prophecies which were true, but then given a curse that she would always be disbelieved. In the absence of a trade war, for the next couple of years consensus forecasts predict that the trend will continue, marking one of the longest post-war expansions.The heavy reliance on monetary policy to support the post-crisis recovery clearly has longer-term implications, however. The BIS points out that, post-crisis, the weight of non-bank intermediaries such as asset managers and institutional investors has risen substantially, “and is likely to influence the dynamics of any future episodes of financial stress, in familiar but also some unexpected ways”.A second possible trigger for an economic slowdown could be a sudden decompression of historically low bond yields, or a “snapback” in core sovereign market yields, notably in the US – this will be discussed further in the September IPE issue.An inflation surprise and the perception that central banks will have to tighten more than anticipated could be the catalyst. In the US, the risk could be exacerbated by the prospective heavy issuance of government debt, combined with the gradual unwinding of central bank purchases. Given the central role of the US in the global economy, the impact could easily be global in scope.The third trigger, as outlined by the BIS, could be a more general reversal in risk appetite. There are many possible catalysts for this, including disappointing profits, the drag of the contraction phase of financial cycles where these have turned, a souring of sentiment around emerging markets, or unforeseen political instability in some large economies.What can policy do to ensure the current expansion is more sustainable and balanced, the BIS asks. Compared to the pre-crisis world, the room for policy manoeuvre has narrowed considerably, so the answers are important. Concerns are growing that US president Donald Trump seems ready and willing to instigate a global trade war that could have a calamitous impact on future global prosperity.As the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) states in its recent annual economic report, an escalation of protectionist measures could be “a possible trigger of an economic slowdown or downturn”. The impact could be significant, if such an escalation is seen to threaten the open multilateral trading system.That may not be the only threat to future prosperity. The BIS suggests that, post the financial crisis, it is time to take advantage of current favourable conditions “to put in place a more balanced policy mix to promote a sustainable expansion”. However, as the BIS warns, the path ahead is a narrow one.President Trump’s election coincided with raised “animal spirits” in the US and a renewed optimism in the corporate sector – it remains to be seen whether or not that mood will persist if the US blunders into a global trade war with both its allies and China.last_img read more

OCEANERA-NET COFUND Launches €6.8M Ocean Energy Call

first_imgOcean Energy ERA-NET Cofund (OCEANERA-NET COFUND) has opened its second Joint Call for collaborative research and development projects in the field of ocean energy.Funding for this Joint Call is provided by seven funding organisations from four countries (Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden), three regions (Flanders (Belgium), Pays de la Loire (France) and Scotland (UK)).These funding organisations have allocated up to €6.82 million to this Joint Call. This means the call budget for the OCEANERA-NET COFUND Joint Call 2019 will be at least €6.82 million.The aim of the OCEANERA-NET COFUND Joint Call 2019 is to promote the development and competitiveness of the ocean energy sector by supporting projects involving research, technological development and innovation activities, demonstrating or validating innovative technologies of ocean energies: Wave Energy, Tidal and Ocean Currents, Tidal Range, Salinity Gradient, and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion.The focus will be on enabling industry to push technologies from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 to 6 (experimental proof of concept to technology demonstrated in relevant environment) through to TRL 4 to 8 ( technology validation in a lab to system being complete and qualified), facilitating improvements in technology performance, reliability and cost reduction, supporting the Horizon 2020 aims of maintaining and growing Europe’s position in ocean energy and bringing innovative low carbon energy solutions closer to commercial deployment.OCEANERA-NET COFUND is a five-year action supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation. This project, operating from 2017 to 2021, will build on the work of the Ocean Energy European Research Area Network (OCEANERA-NET) which started in 2013 and ended in February 2018.The deadline for expressions of interest is March 1, 2019, and for proposals submission April 5, 2019.Guidelines for Applicantslast_img read more