Notre Dame student government in brief

first_imgGraduate Student Union The Graduate Student Union (GSU) has achieved several goals this semester, including changing its constitution, planning social events and coordinating a graduate research symposium, president Victoria Froude said. One of the group’s major achievements this year was passing the non-discrimination clause that was added to the GSU constitution, Froude said. Froude said the GSU has coordinated several social events. GSU is also planning its third annual Graduate Research Symposium, which will take place Feb. 4, Froude said. The group’s main goals involve improving graduate student life in general. “This year, we have focused on improving funding opportunities for graduate students, support and inclusion for international students and a family friendly policy for students with spouses and children,”���Froude said. Club Coordination Council The Club Coordination Council (CCC) allocated funds to clubs for this semester and will organize a much smaller winter reallocation of funds for next semester, president Kayla Delgado said. Clubs applied for funds last spring during the spring allocation process, Delgado said. “We get requests for more money than we receive from the Financial Management Board, but we do the best that we can to [help] the clubs,” CCC member Lauren Dugas said. Clubs can apply for more funds either through participation in winter reallocation or by appealing for funds for specific events,” Delgado said. “There is a winter reallocation process in which we do have the opportunity to allocate additional funds to clubs who apply,” Delgado said. There are two appeal funds controlled by the CCC, Delgado said. One is for clubs who have unexpected expenses with a specific event and the other is for clubs collaborating to put on an event. Financial Management Board The Financial Management Board (FMB) approved the allocation of funds to student groups for the 2010-2011 academic year, and will coordinate a reallocation of funds for the spring semester, Student Union Treasurer Sarah Hurtubise said. FMB monitors the financial activity of student organizations, as well as the distribution of funds for The Shirt Charity Fund. The Board must approve any events or expenses over $5,000. Hurtubise said not many changes have taken place this year regarding the allocation of funds. However, Hall Presidents Council did receive $1,000 more funding than last year because of the addition of Ryan Hall, she said. Hurtubise said the Off-Campus Council altered its constitution this year, making improvements from previous years. “We have a slightly bigger pool for winter reallocations, so we’re looking forward to helping out some more groups,” she said. Hurtubise said groups will soon give presentations to the Financial Management Board about why they need additional funds, and decisions about reallocation will be made from there. Hall Presidents Council Hall Presidents’ Council (HPC) has continued to improve pep rallies and promote dorm participation in the rallies this year, HPC executive co-chair Alexa Doyle said. The Council worked closely with student government and the University administration to improve the rallies, Doyle said. “We asked the hall presidents what their residents liked and didn’t like about the rallies,” Doyle said. “We also wanted to make it easier for people to attend the pep rallies.” HPC also oversaw dorm signature events and will continue to encourage attendance at dorm events for the remainder of the year. Doyle said HPC will do so through increased advertising and brother-sister dorm interaction for the remainder of the year. She said attendance increased at dorm events because of brother and sister dorms attending each other’s events. “HPC is an integral link to most of the student body,” Doyle said. “We want to use it as an outlet to make dorm events more well known and well attended.” Senior Class Council The Senior Class Council spent the first part of the semester focusing on community relations. Senior Class president Kate Clitheroe said the Council partnered with the Career Center to host a barbeque at the beginning of the semester. Clitheroe said the Council is planning a February service and networking event in Chicago, as well as a Press Box Dinner. “I am proud of the Senior Class Council’s commitment,” Clitheroe said. “Most events next semester will focus on post-graduate needs, including networking and establishing a way to keep in contact [with one another]. “And Senior Week planning is in full swing.” Junior Class Council The Junior Class Council found success in their philanthropy committee so far this year, class president James J. Ward said. The Council provided class members with the opportunity to raise money for flood relief in Pakistan and held the “She’s the First Campaign,” which assists underprivileged girls in attending school, Ward said. Ward said the junior class can expect more social events off campus next semester, including a dance called the “Chicago Ball,” to take place in downtown Chicago. “I’m really happy that we’ve managed to get the class to come to so many of our events even though half of their friends are abroad,” Ward said. Sophomore Class Council The Sophomore Class Council held the first ever Domecoming Week, full of class activities, class president Brett Rocheleau said. The week included a dodgeball tournament and a “Domecoming” dance that over 600 sophomores attended. The Council also hosted other events, including a Christmas party with kids from the Center for the Homeless, a class rosary and a class Mass. The Council is planning an ice skating event, as well as a poker tournament, for second semester. “Hopefully we will continue to have an event ever other week in the second semester,” Rocheleau said. Freshman Class Council Members of the Freshman Class Council used the first semester to adjust to student government and to host fundraising, social and service events, class president Heather Eaton said. The Council co-hosted the Yule Ball dance with the Sophomore Class Council and is currently in the process of selling their first piece of class apparel to students. Members are planning many events for second semester, including an informal forum on the topic of spirituality, a class Mass and selling Class of 2014 merchandise. “I am so proud of our Council’s dedication and enthusiasm,” Eaton said.last_img read more

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In Chesapeake, The Great Outdoors Is A Great Escape.

first_img With miles of shoreline, this part of Southeastern Virginia was made forpaddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, canoeing and more. Paddlers can enjoy theIntracoastal Waterway, Elizabeth River and Northwest River. Go to VisitCheseapeake.com for more information. Forthose who prefer indoor pursuits, Chesapeake offers a diverse range of charmingshops and boutiques and an array of great places to eat and drink. Every weekChesapeake features a Food Truck Series where food trucks gather in one of ourparks – complete with children’s activities, live entertainment and a varietyof fresh, local food. April through June, the daytime sky holds magic of its own, as more than200 species of birds migrate home or simply pass through. A sanctuary foryear-round birdwatching since the 1600s, birders flock to see Bald Eagles,Egrets, White-throated Sparrows, the Great Horned Owl, Acadian Flycatchers, andRed-eyed Vireos, just to name a few. In addition to boating, the Northwest River Park and Campground offers763 acres complete with campgrounds, a putt-putt golf course and a certifieddisc golf course.  Many visitors enjoy crabbing. The Elizabeth River Park and Great BridgeLock Park on the Elizabeth River offer great crabbing. The IntracoastalWaterway, accessible by Great Bridge Locks Park, is also a good spot. Bring your camera. Take in the gorgeous cypress trees and paddle alongLake Drummond, located in the historic Great Dismal Swamp National WildlifeRefuge. This freshwater lake rarely exceeds six feet in depth and is known tohave some of the purest water in the world. Don’t be fooled by the brown color;the tannins from the cypress trees darken the water while also killing livebacteria. Outfitter Adventure Kayak Tours leads guided kayak tours through therefuge. This tour is a great way to learn about the past while immersingyourself in a world that’s both mystical and historically significant. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation or an outdoor lover’sactive getaway, Chesapeake has what you are looking for. Any season is the perfect season to bring your friends or family toChesapeake. Just minutes from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, it’s an outdoorlover’s paradise with plenty of activities for those who need an escape fromlife’s stresses – or who simply love the outdoors. If fishing is your passion, the Northwest River and the Elizabeth Riverhave some wonderful bass and trout fishing when in season. Lake Lesa, locatedin the Northwest River Park and Campground, is stocked with trout, largemouthbass, crappie, pickerel and catfish. And yes – you need a fishing license. Chesapeakeis conveniently situated. It’s only a short, 20-minute drive to urban nightlifein Downtown Norfolk or a 30-minute drive to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk andbeaches. Many visitors choose to stay in Chesapeake and benefit from affordablehotel accommodations, making us home base for their vacation.  last_img read more

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Despite Tough Talk, Google Still Censoring in China

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#international#NYT#web On January 12 Google claimed that hackers from China had attempted to break into its infrastructure, in order to access the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Because of those hacks, along with other malware attacks on Gmail accounts and ongoing concerns about the Chinese government limiting free speech on the Web, Google said in its blog that it was “no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn” and that it would discuss with the Chinese government operating “an unfiltered search engine.” If unsuccessful, Google said that it might close down or cut back its operations in China.It’s now over 6 weeks since Google’s original blog post, but there are no signs that the company has stopped censoring its search results in China – let alone shut down Google.cn.Chinese Government BlamedImmediately after Google’s post, reports circulated that the Chinese government was behind the attacks on Google and over 30 other companies. Security company Verisign iDefense claimed that the attacks came from either agents of the Chinese state, or those acting on their behalf. According to a podcast from veteran East Asia correspondent for The World, Mary Kay Magistad, Google appeared to unblock search terms and content after their announcement – at least for a short time. She said that search results seemed unfiltered for about 3 hours and then “came and went” in an intermittent way, which she thought was because “China’s censors scrambled to keep up with Google changing the game.”Despite Magistad’s report, Google said on January 14 that Google.cn was still censoring its results to comply with China’s law and protect its employees there.A New York Times report came out on January 18, claiming that “at least two foreign journalists living in Beijing have had their Google e-mail accounts hacked”. The Times also noted that several human rights advocates in China had their Gmail accounts compromised. Among those was Ai Weiwei, an artist and prominent blogger in China.China Attacks “Irresponsible” AccusationsDespite so much media attention in the West, on February 9 we wrote that Google had not made any moves to withdraw its Chinese search operations. What’s more, censored results were still appearing on Google’s Chinese portal, Google.cn. This week, Western media reported that U.S. authorities had tracked down the hacker who wrote the code behind the attacks on Google last month. However, he was not blamed for launching the attacks. The man was said to be a freelance security consultant with ties to the Chinese government and military. These latest reports appear to have angered the Chinese government. According to Chinese news site Xinhua, China has denied government links to cyber attacks against Google. Xinhua quotes China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang as saying that the various accusations against China were “irresponsible and calculating.” The interpretation was slightly different in China Daily, which translated Qin Gang as saying that the accusations against China were “irresponsible and have ulterior motives.”In an editorial, Xinhua editor Mu Xuequan adds, “The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and some other newspapers have published articles indicating that cyber attacks targeting Google and several other U.S. companies were from China. Such allegations are arbitrary and biased.”According to the Wall St. Journal, Google is about to “resume discussions” with the Chinese government.Conclusion: Google Isn’t Winning This Battle The upshot is that Google has actually done very little since its announcement on January 12. It may have modified the censor settings for a few days, but they’ve been complying with the Chinese government ever since. Talks are resuming, but despite Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s claims that it will “apply some pressure” to China, it doesn’t seem likely that the Chinese government will back down. Will Google need to eat some humble pie and continue the status quo of a censored search engine in China? Schmidt’s comments over the past month indicate that Google doesn’t want to leave China, so that’s the probable scenario – despite all of its big talk in January. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanuslast_img read more

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GBA 2.0

first_imgSix years ago we launched GreenBuildingAdvisor.com with one goal: to be the most trustworthy source of information for anyone designing, building, or remodeling energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthy homes. At the heart of GBA 1.0 were downloadable construction details, case studies of high-performance homes, a strategy generator, and the Green Spec product guide. Over the years we’ve added thousands of articles — some written by me, and others by Allison Bailes, Carl Seville, and some of the country’s top experts in the fields of construction, architecture, and building science. We’ve also built a thriving community of GBA users and members — you — who bring immeasurable value and experience to GBA. Thank you.As we prepare to move into a new time at GBA — GBA 2.0, if you will — I’d like to introduce you to some of the features that we have developed from your feedback. Members will appreciate the new GBA Prime Home Page: dedicated to showcasing the latest and most-popular content on the site. We’ve added dozens of deep and informative articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine covering green building, energy efficiency, building science, and healthy construction practices. We’ve reduced the number of advertisements that members will see on the site to make reading GBA a more enjoyable experience. And, very soon, we will be launching a new members-only e-letter, so our GBA Prime users will never miss a new article, video, or case study.We have also made some changes to the member model, making the most valuable content available only to GBA Prime members. This change will allow us to continue to improve GBA with more content, tools, and features in the future.As these changes take final shape, please check out our latest membership options.Join us today and don’t miss out on your all access pass to these new benefits to help you design, build and remodel better.last_img read more

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Sign of the times: Vettel furious as Hamilton wins in Canada

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:25What we ought to know about Filipino Sign Language02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, switches the standing markers to place Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, second and himself first at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was red with rage at being stripped of a much-needed win at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.So the four-time Formula One world champion took matters into his own hands — literally.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew After getting out of his car with his helmet still on and stomping back to his garage, Vettel then made his way to the post-race grid.The Montreal crowd watched in amazement as Vettel theatrically grabbed the big No. 1 sign parked in front of race winner Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes car and moved it to where his Ferrari should have been in the empty No. 2 slot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThen Vettel did the opposite with the No. 2 sign, hauling it over and dramatically plonking it in front of Hamilton’s car.The crowd cheered, as if witnessing a moral victory. Hamilton showed a touch of class on the podium, grabbing Vettel’s arm and pulling the German alongside him on the top step. Hamilton was asked for his view and some of the crowd jeered when he said “all I can say is I didn’t make the decision.”Vettel intervened quickly and told the crowd not to boo Hamilton, but to jeer the stewards’ decision itself.“We have very great respect for each other,” Vettel said. “I heard some fans booing when Lewis got his trophy. I will defend Lewis 100 percent here because it wasn’t him.”Mercedes has now clinched seven straight wins this season — and nine in the past 10 races overall — and Ferrari has not won since former driver Kimi Raikkonen’s victory at the United States GP in October last year.Once again, Vettel seemed to have the race under control only to lose his composure.It is the third straight season he is making panicky errors.He span his car with Hamilton behind him in Bahrain earlier this season, went into the barriers when leading the rain-soaked German GP by nearly 10 seconds last July; and crashed from pole at the Singapore GP two years ago.This time, the mistake was made on a bone-dry track and in perfect weather conditions.The excuses are running out fast for Vettel, unfair decisions or not. “Obviously I’m angry, as you can imagine,” Vettel said. “I gave everything I had today and more.”Vettel had started from pole position and crossed the finish line narrowly ahead of Hamilton.But Vettel had been given a five-second time penalty for an incident which happened with a little more than 20 laps to go. Despite Vettel taking the checkered flag, that penalty gave the five-time F1 champion Hamilton his fifth win in seven races and 78th overall.Vettel, meanwhile, has not won in 15 races — a dismal run at the most storied team in F1.His mistake was basic, unfair time penalty or not.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue He went into the grass with Hamilton pressuring behind him, and then swerved back onto the track, forcing Hamilton to brake suddenly to avoid crashing into the barriers to the right of the track.But amid the anger Vettel did have a point.F1 carved its reputation in decades of daredevil acts and used to be famed for such high-speed drama but here it was deemed preferable to fine Vettel for an unsafe re-entry back onto the track.Vettel took a swipe — or rather a full-blown lunge — at governing body FIA, saying the reasoning of the stewards went against the spirit of motor racing.“It is not making our sport popular. People want to see us race, and it was racing. Just a shame when we have these funny decisions,” Vettel said. “I just wish I could be as good as I am … but in the old drivers’ time. We should be able to say what we think, but we can’t. I disagree with where the sport is now. It’s not the one I fell in love with.”Strong words from Vettel, who finished ahead of his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc with Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in fourth place and taking a bonus point for the fastest lap.In the standings, Hamilton is 29 points clear of Bottas and already 62 ahead of Vettel heading into the French GP in two weeks’ time.An exasperated Vettel said on team radio “they’re stealing this race from us” — and the stewards’ decision clearly festered for the remaining laps — but it was another Vettel blunder following multiple mistakes in losing the past two championships to Hamilton.Vettel’s barren streak dates back to the Belgian GP last August, while his longtime rival Hamilton is well poised in his bid for a sixth F1 title to move within one of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.Hamilton and Schumacher have both won the Canadian GP a record seven times. 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Ensure Children Are Fully Immunized – Dr. Ferguson

first_imgStory Highlights All children under the age of seven must be adequately vaccinated for their age prior to entry to school. Under the 1986 Public Health Act, all children should be fully vaccinated by their first birthday. He was delivering the feature address during opening of the 29th Caribbean Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Managers Meeting. Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is reminding parents of their responsibility in ensuring that their children are immunized with exemptions only allowed for medical reasons.He said that under the 1986 Public Health Act, all children should be fully vaccinated by their first birthday and receive booster shots thereafter.All children under the age of seven must be adequately vaccinated for their age prior to entry to school, which includes nursery and daycare facilities. Failure to comply with the regulations can result in prosecution in a court of law, the Minister of Health said.He was delivering the feature address during opening of the 29th Caribbean Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Managers Meeting at the Jewel Runaway Beach and Golf Resort in St. Ann on November 19.More than 80 medical representatives from 30 countries are participating in the three-day meeting, which is being held under the theme: ‘Vaccination: A shared responsibility’.The Minister of Health, in his presentation, argued that immunization is crucially important and necessary, as it protects children under seven years of age from contracting deadly diseases such as poliomyelitis, measles, rubella, diphtheria, rubella and tetanus, among others.“Immunization is one of the most cost-effective health interventions that we can make and that will give us quick and substantial results. With the resources at our finger tips, I am disappointed that the world is still fighting the effects of vaccine-preventable diseases, especially among children,” Dr. Ferguson lamented.He said the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2008, attributed the deaths of 1.5 million children under five years old, to vaccine-preventable diseases.“Can you imagine that over a million children may be alive today if they had simply gotten a vaccine?  It is my considered view that vaccine-preventable diseases should not be claiming the lives of so many of the world’s children,” Dr. Ferguson argued.He noted that the region of the Americas and the Caribbean have been world leaders in disease elimination through vaccination, having been the first in the world to eradicate poliomyelitis, measles and rubella.Noting the devastating effects that vaccine-preventable diseases have had on Jamaica’s population in the past, including  the 1954 polio outbreak and subsequent outbreaks in 1957, 1960, 1964 and 1982, Dr. Ferguson said that the Government has been “relentless to see that our immunization programme gets the necessary resources”.“I would never ever like to see a repeat of those terrible periods especially since it is within our power to prevent something like that ever happening again … this is one of the critical areas in health in which we cannot afford to drop the ball,” he stated.The objectives of the regional meeting are to discuss and set targets for immunization coverage, and the reduction of morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases.The meeting will also serve to analyze the status of each country’s EPI programme, while identifying areas for further collaboration, strengthening and establishing targets for 2014.last_img read more

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Authorities continue search for suspect in violent Oceanside home invasion

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Authorities continue search for suspect in violent Oceanside home invasion Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 16, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Authorities Wednesday released photos of a man who they believe is responsible for a violent home invasion a week ago that left an Oceanside woman hospitalized with serious injuries and asked for the public’ help in identifying and locating him.A 911 call alerted Oceanside police to the crime — which was first reported as a battery — about 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday at a home in the 500 block of Monterey Drive, Oceanside police Detective Ryan Malone said. Responding officers found the 64-year-old woman, whose name was withheld, “battered and bloody,” he said.“She reported that an unknown male attacked her in her bedroom,” Malone said. “The victim sustained life-threatening injuries and is currently recovering in the hospital.”Police released no details about the investigation, but said that in the ensuing week, detectives identified a suspect in the case and were able to obtain two photographs of him. He’s described as a roughly 5-foot-9-inch, 160-pound black man between 30 and 35 years old, with a shaved head, goatee and mustache and possibly pierced ears. He was last seen riding a red bike.Anyone with information about the suspect or the robbery was urged to call the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4900 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can also contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org; anyone with information leading to an arrest in the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 16, 2018last_img read more

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