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Notre Dame decks the halls for Christmas

first_imgWith lights lining the dining halls, Christmas music blasting out of windows and wreaths dotting the doors of buildings campus-wide, the only thing keeping Notre Dame from being a winter wonderland is the conspicuous lack of snow, though students are still decking the halls. McGlinn and O’Neill Halls put up large wreaths the week before Thanksgiving break. According to McGlinn rector Sister Mary Lynch, the wreath is a beloved tradition. “Our shamrock wreath was made by one of the McGlinn residents a few years ago,” Lynch said. “She made it with wire, and we had the maintenance shop back it with metal and hang it up each year since.” The wreaths, shaped like the McGlinn shamrock and the O’Neill “O,” are not necessarily Christmas themed, but Lynch finds them seasonally significant nonetheless. “We thought about keeping them up all year, but then it would lose its wintertime effect,” she said. Not content to have decorations exclusively outdoors, freshmen roommates Maggie Lawrence and Rachel Miceli of McGlinn Hall decorated their room on the first day back from Thanksgiving break. “We have Christmas lights up, gingerbread men across the window and paper chains in Christmas-inspired colors zigzagging across the ceiling,” Lawrence said. “Our entire section decorated, so there are giant paper snowflakes and ornaments dangling in the hallways,” Miceli said. “There are bells on the doorknob and giant red bows on the door too.” According to the maintenance office, trees have been set up in Bond Hall, O’Shaughnessy Hall, the Jordan Hall of Science, the Hesburgh Center, the Basilica, the Eck Visitor’s Center, the Main Building and the Stepan Hall of Chemistry. The individual departments purchase the ornaments and decorations, and maintenance teams have been working to set up the arrangements according to the departments’ instructions. Employees decorated the dining halls, and many hall council members oversaw the decorations for their respective dorms. Notable decorations beyond the wreaths on McGlinn and O’Neill Halls include the “Have a Phoxy Christmas” banner outside Pangborn Hall and the cutouts of Santa and Mrs. Claus in the lobby of Walsh Hall. Other campus traditions include Carroll Christmas, an annual Christmas party put on by the men of Carroll Hall, complete with a tree-lighting, a Glee Club performance and refreshments. Another major event is the Dillon Hall Light Show on South Quad, which begins with a performance Sunday at 7 p.m., another show at 9 p.m. and continued performances throughout the week. According to senior Thomas Catanach, one of the organizers, about 6,000 LED lights are used to create the show. “Basically, we have a bunch of strands of Christmas lights suspended from the building and divided into different sectors,” Catanach said. “The sectors are choreographed to Christmas songs, and it’s all coordinated by computer.” Although impending finals can add great stress to the last few weeks of the semester, many students said they refuse to let them put a damper on their holiday joy. “We make up for the sadness and stress that finals bring by decorating and celebrating Christmas,” Miceli said.last_img read more

New York moves forward with plans to install 3GW of battery storage

first_imgNew York moves forward with plans to install 3GW of battery storage FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) on Monday filed its energy storage implementation plan, which aims to incentivize deployments and help the state meet its 3 GW by 2030 target.The plan targets retail and bulk market storage incentives, allocating $130 million and $150 million toward growth in those sectors, respectively, and proposing the remaining $70 million of a $350 million fund be allocated toward “opportunities that have the greatest potential to build a self-sustaining storage market.”NYSERDA’s filing is “an enormously positive step” in the state’s deployment goals, Bill Acker, executive director of New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), told Utility Dive. It will advance New York’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and shift to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040, he said.The plans follow Gov. Cuomo’s announcement earlier this month of new emissions regulations aimed at phasing out less efficient power plants and encouraging plant owners to replace the lost capacity with battery storage or other clean energy options. Along with the storage target, the state also wants to add 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035 and 6,000 MW of distributed solar by 2025.Under NYSERDA’s plan, “incentives are offered at a fixed amount per AC kWh of usable storage capacity.” Retail incentives can be applied to standalone or paired storage projects of 5 MW or less, considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting at $350/kWh and winding down as each funding block is filled.More: NYSERDA targets retail and bulk storage incentives as state aims for 3 GW by 2030last_img read more

5 success factors for collaborative teams

first_imgAt CEO Institute II at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., last Wednesday, attendees spent the morning discussing a fictional case study about a cross-functional team that wasn’t working well.The obstacles faced in the case included personality conflicts, a weak CEO and an overall corporate culture that didn’t support collaboration.Before the discussion, Beta Mannix, associate dean for executive MBA programs, Ann Whitney Olin professor of management and professor of management and organizations, asked attendees to think about a work group they were leading or a part of and what obstacles it faced. After the discussion, she asked them to consider whether their team faced some or all of the issues highlighted in the case study.In all, Mannix said successful collaborative work is built on the following five factors: continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Corporate CUs proposal includes NAFCU-sought changes

first_imgThe NCUA Board Thursday proposed a rule to amend the agency’s corporate credit union rules, which includes some NAFCU-sought changes. In addition, the board finalized the interagency policy statement on the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard, received briefings on the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) and credit union mortgage rates, and briefly discussed the agency’s selling of the majority of its taxi medallion loan portfolio.The agency Wednesday evening announced the sale of the majority of its taxi medallion loan portfolio to Marblegate Asset Management LLC and released an FAQ. NAFCU had urged the NCUA to do whatever was necessary to obtain fair pricing, which was integral to both the health of the NCUSIF and the impact on the value of taxi medallion loans still held at some credit unions. NAFCU will evaluate NCUA’s actions to see if these two goals have been achieved.Proposed rule on corporate credit unionsThe proposal to amend Part 704 would make four notable changes:permit a corporate credit union to make a noncontrolling, de minimis investment in a natural person CUSO without the CUSO being classified as a corporate CUSO; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cancer Charity Scammer Violated Probation, Sentenced to Prison

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 24-year-old heroin addict who perviously pleaded guilty to scamming people into donating money to a fictitious cancer charity that instead went toward supporting her drug habit was sentenced Monday to prison after violating the terms of a court-mandated rehab program.Suffolk County District Court imposed the one-to-three year sentence on Brittany Ozarowski after she violated terms of her inpatient and outpatient drug counseling program, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said.Ozarowski pleaded guilty in December 2013 to all 24 charges against her and was able to escape prison time. She had been indicted for grand larceny, scheme to defraud and forgery, among other charges.A spokesman for the DA’s office was unable to say how Ozarowski violated the program, citing HIPAA regulations. George Duncan, Ozarowski’s Central Islip-based attorney, said the violation stemmed from his client smoking a cigarette, plus “multiple technical violations.”“This is a girl that really benefited” from the program, he said. “She really successfully participated for over nine months, and it saved her life.”Ozarowski was arrested more than two years ago after authorities uncovered a scam in which she pleaded for donations to treat a variety of cancers.“There was no cancer, no chemotherapy, no radiation, and no medical bills,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said at the time. “There was just heroin.”Ozarowski accepted donations through a PayPal account and created a website that read “Help Save My Life,” prosecutors said.The scam lasted 13 months, prosecutors said.last_img read more

Study finds that violent video games may be linked to aggressive behaviour

first_imgThe Independent 18 August 2015Psychologists have confirmed that playing violent video games is linked to aggressive and callous behaviour. A review of almost a decade of studies found that exposure to violent video games was a “risk factor” for increased aggression.But the same team of experts said there was insufficient evidence to conclude that the influence of games such as Call Of Duty and Grand Theft Auto led to criminal acts.The findings have prompted a call for more parental control over violent scenes in video games from the American Psychological Association (APA).A report from the APA task force on violent media concludes: “The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behaviour, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect, and decreases in pro-social behaviour, empathy and sensitivity to aggression.”The report said no single influence led a person to act aggressively or violently. Rather, it was an “accumulation of risk factors” that resulted in such behaviour.It added: “The research reviewed here demonstrates that violent video game use is one such risk factor.”The APA has urged game creators to increase levels of parental control over the amount of violence video games contain.At a meeting in Toronto, Canada, earlier this month the association’s ruling council also called for a video game rating system that took more notice of violence and for games to be more appropriate to players’ age and psychological development. read more

Dominica ready to host 10th Caribbean Week of Agriculture

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 21 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Dominica ready to host 10th Caribbean Week of Agriculture by: – October 6, 2011 Share Delegates forming part of the 10th Annual Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) which will be held in Dominica from October 9th to 15th have already begun arriving on island.A move that the organizers say has proven the importance of the event.Accommodations Coordinator of the CWA Athenia Henry told a press briefing today that over 250 delegates have already been booked and have begun arriving in Dominica.She said hotels are booked and all is set for the grand event.“We have used a number of accommodations from Portsmouth to all the way in the south. Over 20 various hotels and guest houses have been used. Delegates are coming from a number of African countries, Europe, Central America and the region. We have also put in place officers who will work well with the delegates who are coming in,” he said.She said there are over 40 VIP’s on the list and the protocol office is well ready to receive these persons.“Chief of our VIP will be our own Secretary General of CARICOM Erwin LaRoque. This is his first visit since his appointment, added to that we have a number of events and meetings taking place. Most of the organizations who have anything to do with agriculture will be in Dominica,” she said.Meantime Coordinator of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture Edward Registe says several aspects of the Dominican economy will benefit from event.Described as what may be the biggest agriculture event to be hosted by Dominica, Registe says the main focus will be centered upon the country’s agriculture sector but several other aspects will be involved.“It’s really a national project and several other sectors in society, tourism health trade and others are involved in this. While the focus is on the agriculture sector, it is really a national project,” he explained.Registe said Dominicans must do all in their interest to make sure the seminar is productive and interesting.The event will commence on Sunday.Domincia Vibes Newslast_img read more

Everton striker Cenk Tosun open to Besiktas move

first_imgEverton striker Cenk Tosun has admitted he’d be open to a move to Besiktas. Loading… “It was my childhood dream to play here. The English Premier League means a lot to me. read also:COVID-19: Everton using Zoom to keep tabs on Iwobi, others “[But] why should I not want Besiktas in the future? Besiktas is my home. “I am proud of my people, I would like to return to my home. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Actors Who Had Ridiculous Reasons For Quitting A Role6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Tosun is out for the rest of the year with a knee injury suffered on-loan with Crystal Palace. Speaking to TRT Spor, he said: “[Palace] welcomed me very well. There are friendly football players. “Even though it was a short time, it was a place that I enjoyed incredibly.Advertisementlast_img read more

UWF Volleyball downs Alabama Huntsville to Stay Unbeaten in Conference Play

first_img Sept. 30, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Volleyball team rode the strength of Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) to a 30-26, 30-13, 30-18 win over Alabama Huntsville on Sunday afternoon. Rapach had a match high 12 kills, and also chipped in with 12 assists, 4 digs, and 2 blocks. The win moves UWF to 19-2 on the season, and 4-0 in the Gulf South Conference.The Argos were a little sluggish in game one, only hitting .171, but turned it up in game two by hitting an impressive .448. Rapach and Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) both hit over .400 for the match, while Danielle Spitzer (Sr. / Birmingham, Ala.) hit .389, and Louann Rusch (So. / Homestead, Fla.) hit .308. The Argos were in control of the match from the outset and played 11 different players.Alabama Huntsville dropped to 7-16 on the season, and 1-4 in the conference with the loss. Kelly Ingram lead the Chargers with 10 kills. The Argos defense stopped the UAH offense as the Chargers had a negative hitting percentage for games two and three, while the Argos piled up 8 blocks. The Argos setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) and the Chargers setter Yuki Kuriharra tied for a match high 24 assists.The well rounded Argonaut attack produced 46 kills, while the Chargers only managed 31. Jamie Nichols (So. / Crawfordville, Fla.) chipped in with 5 kills and 5 digs, most of which game early in game three as the Argos got out to quick lead in the decisive game. Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.) led the West Florida defense with 16 digs, while Gonzalez added 10 digs. Carter became the second Argonaut ever to amass 1,000 digs, as she passed the mark in game one. She now has 1,011 digs and trails the all-time leader, Jessica Bragion (1,029), by only 18 digs.The Argos will travel to West Alabama and Montevallo next weekend for conference matches. Friday night (Oct. 5) at 7:00 pm is the match against West Alabama. Then on Saturday, UWF will be at Montevallo for a 2:00 match. The next home match for the Argos is Tuesday, October 9th, at 6:00 pm in the UWF Fieldhouse. Print Friendly Version Share UWF Volleyball downs Alabama Huntsville to Stay Unbeaten in Conference Playlast_img read more

Kazeem shocks Camelot for Gold

first_imgAl Kazeem produced a tremendous performance to lower the colours of hot favourite Camelot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. Roger Charlton’s British raider was settled in last place of the four runners, just behind Camelot, as the market leader’s stablemate Windsor Palace took them along in single file. All looked to be going well enough for triple Classic winner Camelot but James Doyle ranged upsides at the quarter-mile pole on the lightly-raced Al Kazeem (9-4) and it soon became apparent he had his rival’s measure. Press Associationcenter_img Quickening in great style, Charlton’s five-year-old claimed the Group One prize with something in hand. A length and a half was the winning margin for Al Kazeem, who was having just his second start since victory in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket last May. Charlton said: “He’s been a slow maturing horse. Last year he came home with a stress fracture of his pelvis in the Jockey Club Stakes. His work has been really impressive and James said the ground was a bit lively for him there. He’s a good horse and he rode him confidently. The plan was to drop in behind Camelot and he rode a good race. “We can look at all the top races over a mile and a quarter and we also know he stays a mile and a half very well. I’d like to think maybe the Arc at the end of the season. Ascot is an obvious possibility, we’ve also got the Eclipse – there’s lots of lovely races there for him.” Doyle was riding his first winner in Ireland and was recording his second Group One winner after the Charlton-trained Cityscape in Dubai last year. He added: “All credit to Mr Charlton – he’s done a fantastic job with the horse and he’s done a fantastic job with me as well. He took me on – I’d never even ridden in a Group One race before and he gave me a massive opportunity in Dubai and it paid off. “Without people like him I’d probably be doing OK but I wouldn’t be here today in these type of races. He’s a great boss and a great person to work for. He gives me great confidence. My grand-father is from Monasterevin. He’s 75 now and he’ll be at home watching. My mother used to train and right from an early age I had ponies and stuff. I started riding out when I was about 12 years of age. I’m 5ft 10, it’s not easy but as I’ve got older I’ve become more disciplined. I can comfortably do 8st 10 so it’s grand.” Aidan O’Brien admitted he has had to tread carefully with Camelot after the horse had surgery for colic late last year, saying: “They say it usually takes six months to get over an anaesthetic as big as he had, so we are taking him along gently. He ran a very good race. Obviously we are disappointed he got beat, but that’s the way it is and it’s a stepping stone on the way.The plan was to go here and then go to Ascot and I think that is still the plan at the moment.” last_img read more