ND, SMC students safe after Brussels terrorist attack

first_imgUniversity and College administrators confirmed the safety of students participating in study abroad programs, following the Brussels attacks. Three explosions, two in the Brussels airport and one in a subway station, killed about 30 people and injured hundreds. The terrorist group ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attacks.Tom Guinan, associate vice president for administrative operations for Notre Dame International (NDI), said in an email the University has accounted for all 433 students studying abroad.“We now have final confirmation of the location and well-being of all of our students abroad,” he said.In an email to students currently studying abroad, Guinan said, students are advised to not travel to Belgium until further notice.“The U.S. Embassy in Brussels has issued this statement on the attacks, which includes a Level 4 threat rating,” he said.NDI does not have any plans to curtail or modify study abroad programs at this time, according to a release on their website.“However, in light of these attacks and subsequent Europe-wide Travel Alert from the U.S. Department of State, NDI will continue to rigorously monitor world events and urge students abroad to take proactive safety measures and access the University’s resources for responding to disruptive or unsafe situations,” the release stated.Alice Siqin Yang, assistant director for Global Education at Saint Mary’s Center for Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), said in an email the College confirmed the safety of all students studying in Europe.“We contacted our Rome and Ireland Program onsite directors. They told us all the students there are fine. We have also contacted the students in Oxford (UK), Spain and Morocco. All of them replied to our emergency response request email,” she said. “Spanish Studies Abroad, the provider of our Spain Program, also communicated with us regarding the situation of our students in Sevilla. One ND student and one Holy Cross student are attending Saint Mary’s programs. We have already informed the two institutions of the situation of their students.“The College offers HTH international insurance for every study abroad student. HTH offered some updates on the situation in Brussels today. All the [study abroad] participants are enrolled in the State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. We also received updates from Overseas Security Advisory Council. We are monitoring the situation ”Editors Note: Saint Mary’s Editor Nicole Caratas contributed to this story. Tags: Brussels, ISIS, Notre Dame Internationallast_img read more

Peanut Farm Show

first_imgThe University of Georgia Tifton campus and Georgia Peanut Commission are set to host the 43rd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Jan. 17, 2019, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.The show focuses on peanut production in Georgia and allows the state’s producers to hear about the latest trends from industry leaders while learning about the newest research findings from members of the UGA-Tifton Peanut Team.Scott Monfort, UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist, said that UGA-Tifton’s peanut production seminar — which will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. — serves as an educational resource for the growers.“We are here solely to help growers solve issues and have higher production,” he said. “We want to ensure that they have everything they need (information-wise) to go back to their farms and produce quality and high peanut yields for the upcoming year.”Weather played a significant role in lower yields growers experienced this season. A wet spring delayed planting of approximately 45 percent of Georgia’s peanut crop until after May 25. Because of the late planting dates, more than 200,000 acres of the state’s crop were vulnerable to damage from Hurricane Michael, which hit Georgia on Oct. 10. A rainy November added to harvest problems for producers.Georgia producers are usually done harvesting their crop by early November but were pushed back into December because of the delays.“Once we got the crop in the ground, we had good weather this year, but this fall we have just been really wet,” Monfort said. “A lot of the growers can’t finish and harvest the last few acres. It’s been frustrating.”The peanut farm show is expected to attract more than 1,400 farmers, who will see more than 100 exhibits during the show, which runs from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.“The peanut commission and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences strive every year to make sure that we don’t miss something and provide as much as we can, educationally and opportunity-wise,” said Monfort. “Anything that the growers need related to any part of peanut production, they should be able to find at the farm show.”For more information, visit www.gapeanuts.com.last_img read more

Anheuser-Busch says latest renewable deal will turn its energy consumption 100% green

first_imgAnheuser-Busch says latest renewable deal will turn its energy consumption 100% green FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Beer giant Anheuser-Busch announced Tuesday the signing of a 15-year virtual power-purchase agreement with Recurrent Energy for a 222-megawatt (AC) project in West Texas.In 2017, Anheuser-Busch committed to purchasing 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025. Its previously inked renewables deals with AES Distributed Energy on a 2.76-megawatt solar project in New York and with Enel Green Power for 152.5 megawatts of wind in Oklahoma.With the Recurrent announcement, the company — famous for beverages including Bud Light and the Lime-A-Rita — said it would achieve its 2025 target several years early. The Texas project, Recurrent’s largest C&I deal to date, is slated to come online in 2021.The project from Recurrent, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, joins many corporate deals cropping up around Texas. Canadian Solar says it has signed more than 1.3 gigawatts’ worth of renewables project deals in the service territory of ERCOT, the grid manager for 25 million Texas customers.Super-low prices on power-purchase agreements under $30 per megawatt have made Texas a growing hot spot for corporate solar development. Starbucks recently signed a deal with Cypress Creek Renewables in the state, and this month Facebook announced it had made its first direct investment in a renewables project there.While the overall U.S. corporate renewables market is looking increasingly diverse, with small-scale aggregation becoming more common, Recurrent’s deal for the West Texas project looks fairly traditional: a large project with one offtaker accounting for most of the power. Beyond Anheuser-Busch, Energy Transfer — the company behind the controversial Dakota Access pipeline — signed a contract for 28 megawatts (AC) from the Maplewood project, located in West Texas’ Permian Basin. It’s the oil and gas transport company’s first solar contract.More: Anheuser-Busch embraces solar to power past its 100% renewables targetlast_img read more

Setting the record straight on Elizabeth Warren’s new bill

first_imgRecently, a lot of questions have been raised in the press about whether Senator Elizabeth Warren’s new American Housing Economic Mobility Act of 2019 would increase credit unions’ regulatory burdens—despite removing them from an obligation to comply with the Community Reinvestment Act. Another trade association has specifically claimed that the bill adds new reporting, comment, and hearing requirements that do not presently exist and that they, presumably, oppose.In response to those questions and claims, CUNA is committed to doing what we have always done:  Providing fact-based, accurate, and thoroughly researched insights and analysis that our members can confidently depend upon when reaching their own conclusions. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Is your credit union appealing to unbanked millennials?

first_img continue reading » Not all unbanked Americans are in that state due to poverty, a new study finds. Some are unbanked by choice.A survey analysis performed for Packaged Facts finds that there is a general trend away from having checking and savings accounts at traditional banking institutions, especially among members of the millennial generation.This is a choice many younger people are making, since many deem traditional banking services to be unnecessary – or at least things one might only occasionally use.Packaged Facts points out that these findings challenge the traditional notion of the unbanked American as someone who is “shut out” of the system due to poverty, or a lack of access. Clearly, an increasing number of Americans are unbanked by choice. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How To Drill A Hole In Tile With Little Clean Up, By Alure Home Improvements

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsDrilling through tile is one thing, but doing it so you can properly clean up as you’re working is another.Knowing the best way to tidy up as you drill will save you a whole lot of time and a whole lot of headaches.Doug Cornwell, chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, shares his proven techniques to ensure that bathroom drilling projects don’t devolve into big messes in a recent installment of Alure Home Improvements’ “60 Second Fix: How To Drill A Hole In Tile With Little Clean Up,” so viewers can do the job right.As Doug instructed in his “60 Second Fix: How To Drill Through Tile Without Cracking It,” there’s a right way and a wrong way to penetrate bathroom wall tile. You don’t want the drill bit to slip, because a mistake can never be fixed. In that case, you’d have to replace the tile. For that reason, Doug recommends using a pointed spade masonry bit.But as the dust flies from the spinning drill, the last thing you want to do is let that cloud of debris wind up on the bathroom floor.No, there has to be a better way.Fortunately, there is. And the solution is so simple you’re probably going to ask yourself: Why didn’t I think of this before? Perhaps you have; if so, good for you. But for those who haven’t, here’s a tip you can all use to make the job’s cleanup go so much faster that you may have to stop yourself from seeing how many holes you can drill just for the fun of it.In this example, Doug has made his mark on the tile. But that’s only the first step.Here’s what you do next: Before you start drilling, tape a paper cup to the wall right below where you intend to drill.“Take the cup and put a piece of tape on the inside,” says Doug.Here, he uses black electrical tape because he knows it will stick to the tile, hold the cup in place and be easy to remove once he’s done drilling.As he shows, he starts drilling slowly until he sees that the drill is biting into the surface.“See the dust fly!” exclaims Doug.“Once we start to go through, we can speed it up!” he says.As the camera zooms in, Doug happily explains that “you can see the dust falling right into the cup!”He won’t stop drilling until the penetration is completed. Once he’s through, he’s through.“We’ve successfully drilled through the tile, and even more successfully,” says Doug, “we didn’t make a mess. We have it all in the cup!”Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsThanks to Doug Cornwell and Alure Home Improvements, that simple little tip can leave you with no mess, no fuss, just a nice little hole in the tile, right where it belongs.last_img read more

E-commerce, logistics firms face wave of complaints as COVID-19 restrictions cause delays in deliveries

first_imgThe delivery services of e-commerce platforms and logistics firms have been affected by the logistics disruptions caused by the various large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) enforced in different cities to the contain the spread of COVID-19.E-commerce platform Tokopedia customer excellence vice president Rudy Dalimunthe told The Jakarta Post on Thursday that late deliveries had been a key source of customer complaints over the last three months.“The problem is there are different types of [restrictions] in each area, which confuse our third-party logistics partners. Thus, communication with our customers is critical when the situation is very unpredictable,” he said during a webinar held by online survey firm SurveySensum. “Jakarta’s [PSBB] policy is different from Central Java. [Local] governments are implementing restrictions in certain areas that cause disruptions to delivery services,” Rudy said.In addition to the confusion over local restrictions, customers are also shipping perishable goods, which are sensitive to delays, according to app-based logistics provider Paxel.“We have seen a seismic change in consumer behavior in our same-day intercity logistics service. The food category has jumped 45 percentage points since March and is still rising,” Paxel cofounder Zaldy Masita said during the webinar.He said the combination of customer concerns about their shipments and regional differences in restrictions had created a high degree of uncertainty in the logistics sector.Meanwhile, the decision of major airlines to ground aircraft has caused further disruptions, as Paxel also relies on air cargo for its same-day intercity delivery services.The country’s domestic and international air freight volume dropped 39 percent below the monthly average in March due to the grounding of aircraft, Indonesian National Air Carrier Association (INACA) data show.The association recorded a domestic freight volume of 13,558 cargo ton kilometers (CTK) in March, a steep decline from the monthly average of 45,193 CTK throughout 2019.“Roadblocks and air cargo disruptions have affected our deliveries, and we have seen a three-fold jump in [queries and complaints] between March and May,” Zaldy said.Despite the rising number of complaints, both Paxel and Tokopedia have enjoyed an increase in customers during the pandemic.Paxel has seen a 50 percent increase in new customers over the last four months, and it is working to strengthen its same-day delivery business model, Zaldy said.“I think we could expect more demand for intercity same-day shipping services, with more second-tier cities as destinations. We are also still looking at more food product deliveries,” he said.Both companies said they were focused on improving their customer service lines to ensure a clear line of communication with their customers.Topics : Rudy said the company had seen a 40 percent increase in complaints and queries since January, due primarily to delivery issues and an influx of new users to the platform.The COVID-19 outbreak, with 59,000 confirmed cases as of Thursday, has resulted in a spike in online shopping, as people seek to avoid public spaces like markets and shopping centers. As a result, Indonesia’s e-commerce sector is expected to see 50 percent year-on-year growth this year be valued at US$35 billion, according to a recent survey by management consulting company Redseer.While the cities and regencies across the country have different rates of transmission – categorized as green, yellow, orange and red zones – the implementation of PSBB measures has mostly be left to the discretion of city-level and provincial administration.Jakarta administration, for example, decided to extend its PSBB measures during the transitional period for 14 days, from July 3 to July 16.last_img read more

Arsenal legend Robert Pires expresses ‘disappointment’ over Aaron Ramsey exit

first_img / by Metro Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 May 2019 11:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link187Shares 1 min. story Skip Ad Comment Skip Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Coming Next Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More About Connatix V67539 Video Settings Read More Robert Pires is ‘disappointed’ Aaron Ramsey is leaving Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Robert Pires has expressed his ‘disappointment’ over Aaron Ramsey’s imminent departure from Arsenal.Wales midfielder Ramsey has played his last game for the Gunners after suffering a season-ending injury last week.The 28-year-old has played more than 350 games for Arsenal and helped the club win three FA Cup trophies since signing from Cardiff City over a decade ago.Ramsey will join Juventus at the end of the season and Pires told Sky Sports: ‘I am disappointed because I have known Aaron for a long time.ADVERTISEMENT Read More Advertisement 1/1 More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s a great player, he’s doing very well and scoring a lot of goals. He’s an important part of the squad, especially in the dressing room.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But this is football, we need to respect Arsenal’s and his decision. For him it’s a new challenge, a new life.‘I’m very happy for Aaron because he deserves this great opportunity – Serie A is a good league and Juve are one of the best teams in Europe.‘He will also play with one of the greatest players ever in Cristiano Ronaldo. So, I repeat, I’m disappointed but this is life.’ Arsenal hero Pires says Ramsey is a ‘great player’ (Picture: Getty)Ramsey penned a heartfelt message to Arsenal fans on Wednesday, shortly after Unai Emery confirmed he had played his final game for the club.He wrote on Instagram: ‘It saddens me to say that the game against Napoli was my last game in an Arsenal shirt.‘Unfortunately it left me with an injury that rules me out of the remaining games. I am really disappointed not to play until the end and give everything for the club while I am still here.‘Unfortunately it’s out of my hands but I wanted to say thank you to the fans for your support. It has been a journey, on and off the field, and so much has happened in 11 years.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I was a spotty young kid coming in and I’m leaving a man, married, father of three boys and full of pride and good memories that I will treasure.‘It will be emotional this weekend – my last game at home. I Look forward to seeing you there and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for everything.’Arsenal’s remaining Premier League fixtures are against Brighton and Burnley. The Gunners can still finish in the top four but trail Chelsea by two points.MORE: Tottenham announce Jan Vertonghen injury update ahead of Bournemouth clash SPONSORED Full Screen Arsenal legend Robert Pires expresses ‘disappointment’ over Aaron Ramsey exit Advertisement Read More Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Top articles PLAY last_img read more

​Danica quits tobacco and e-cigarettes, divesting €40m equities and bonds

first_imgAccording to Danica Pension’s definition for the purposes of the blacklisting, tobacco products are items made wholly or partly from leaf tobacco, and include electronic cigarettes and other “next generation” tobacco products.The tobacco sector has been dropped by many of the world’s large pension players, including France’s pension fund for civil servants ERAFP and the UK’s largest defined contribution master trust the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).Danica, which is Denmark’s second largest commercial pension provider with around DKK450bn in assets, said this exclusion will be implemented in the near future. Danica Pension in Denmark has announced it is blacklisting tobacco, divesting from all companies that generate more than 5% of turnover from tobacco products or e-cigarettes, after a decision based on customer feedback.A spokesperson for the Danske Bank pensions subsidiary told IPE that before starting the divestment process, it had investments totalling DKK300m (€40m) in the sector across 66 companies.Anders Svennesen, Danica Pension CIO, said: “Based on our ongoing dialogue with customers about their needs and wishes, and an overall assessment of how we can ensure the best possible long-term return, it makes good sense to exclude tobacco from investment.”Tobacco will be removed from Danica’s equity and bond investments and will become the latest addition to the pension fund’s current list of investment restrictions, alongside thermal coal, tar sands and controversial weapons.last_img read more

SeaZip Expands Its UK Team with New Business Development Manager

first_imgThe Netherlands-headquartered offshore service vessels provider and operator SeaZip Offshore Service has appointed Tania Plank as business development manager for the UK.The company recently opened an office at the OrbisEnergy building in Lowestoft, which it sees as a response to the British government’s appeal for companies specialising in renewable offshore energy to set up businesses in the UK.Being involved at a local level is vital, SeaZip said, and for that reason the company expanded the team with Plank.Plank has six years of offshore wind experience, working in the crew transfer vessel (CTV) market, prior to which she worked in the human resources sector, primarily within the construction industry.According to SeaZip, Plank is a good fit for the new role and the company’s ambition to be involved in the local UK market.“It will be both an honour and challenge to help SeaZip expand as we drive forward into the next round of offshore wind projects. Whilst commercial pressure has never been greater I believe that by not compromising on standards SeaZip remains incredibly competitive within the marketplace,” Plank said.Earlier this year, SeaZip signed a contract for the deployment of one of its service vessels to support installation works at the Galloper offshore wind farm off the Suffolk Coast in the UK.last_img read more