Notre Dame announces health, safety protocols for reopening campus in the fall

first_imgNotre Dame announced their guidelines and health and safety procedures for reopening campus for the 2020 fall semester in a statement Tuesday.The guidelines are based on “medical advice from local and national experts, including a team from the Cleveland Clinic,” and include measures such as rearranging classrooms, daily health checks, on-campus testing and a contact tracing program, quarantine and isolation spaces for students who test positive and more frequent cleaning of high-traffic areas, in addition to guidelines for wearing face coverings and an outline for the condensed semester schedule. Students and faculty will be expected to wear face coverings any time they are in a public space or in the presence of other individuals, except when they are alone in a private room, office or vehicle, the statement said. Students will have to wear face coverings in communal areas of residence halls, though not in their rooms. Daily health checks will be required for all faculty, staff and students. The results of the health check, which will only be shared with University medical professionals, will be used to determine which community members may need to be tested. Increased cleaning measures will not only be implemented by the building services staff. The University said in the statement that they are encouraging “all students, faculty and staff to be active participants and aid in the disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces to help eliminate the virus that causes COVID-19.” To do so, spray bottles containing disinfectant will be placed in high-traffic areas throughout campus and available for use at all times. The statement said classrooms will be arranged to accommodate physical distancing requirements. “In fixed seat classrooms, students will use only every third seat; in non-fixed seat classrooms, students will be seated in a way that provides each student with 30 square feet of space,” the statement said.In addition, students will have assigned seats and classrooms will be arranged to make sure instructors can lecture at least 6 feet away from students. Faculty will also be asked to stagger class dismissal by releasing one row at a time, and classrooms will be deep-cleaned. To minimize exposure when students and faculty are transitioning between classes, an extra five minutes has been added between each class, the statement said. “The registrar has already incorporated this increase in the passing period into the weekly schedule. In addition, in order to accommodate needs related to the configuration of instructional spaces, we have added a teaching slot at the end of the day.”The University also suggested in a May 29 letter that professors restructure semester-long classes into two distinctive “periods” with different assignments and learning goals for each half. “The aim of a modular design, that weights work across the course of the semester, is to ensure that our students are able to complete some of the learning outcomes within a course as intended in the event of a second disruption to instruction,” the statement said.The statement also included a tentative schedule for the shortened semester. The semester will tentatively begin Aug. 10, with staggered undergraduate move-ins the week before. The last day of class will be Nov. 12, with reading days taking place Nov. 13-15 and finals the week after, from Nov. 16-20. Residence halls will tentatively close for students at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. Tags: 2020 fall semester, campus reopening, COVID-19, face masks, physical distancing, registrar, University medical professionalslast_img read more

Atlantic Season Will Include Rebecca Hall, Mamet World Premiere & More

first_img The 2016-17 Atlantic Theater season will welcome actress Rebecca Hall back to the New York stage in Clare Lizzimore’s dark comedy Animal. A new David Mamet play joins Atlantic’s 31st roster as well, which includes the previously announced world premiere of The Band’s Visit by David Yazbeck and Itamar Moses.Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe will helm the world premiere of George Brant’s Marie and Rosetta, which starts off the off-Broadway season in August. The play with music chronicles Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history. A huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, Tharpe was a legend in her time, bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music; however, she ended up buried in an unmarked grave in Philadelphia.The Band’s Visit will hit the Linda Gross Theater stage in November. Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, Yazbek and Moses’ highly-anticipated musical follows members of an Egyptian Police band who, after a mix-up at the Israeli border, are sent to a remote village in the desert instead of their expected concert venue. They are quickly welcomed by the locals and form an unlikely and unexpected relationship. As previously reported, David Cromer will direct, stepping in for Hal Prince.Paola Lázaro, Atlantic’s 2016-17 playwright in residence, will kick of January 2017 at Atlantic Stage 2 with Tell Hector I Miss Him. The play welcomes audiences to Puerto Rico’s La Perla, the barrio and the underbelly that lies under the tourism and behind the fort walls.Pepe will also direct the world premiere of Atlantic Theater co-founder David Mamet’s new, yet to be titled play written specifically for the off-Broadway company’s ensemble. Performances will begin in February 2017 in the Linda Gross Theater.Golden Globe nominee Hall will star in Animal, Lizzmore’s play about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos and the thin line between sinking and survival. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, the play will premiere at Atlantic Stage 2 in May 2017.Additionally, Atlantic For Kids’ season launches this fall with Frozen songwriter and EGOT-er Robert Lopez’ New York premiere of 1001 Nights: A Love Story about Loving Stories. In the playful adaptation of the Arabian Nights fairy tales, a princess uses her wits to save a kingdom from an evil decree as she spins tale after tale for a narrow-minded king. The family-friendly show is co-written and directed by Adam Koplan.One additional mainstage and a second Atlantic For Kids production, as well as additional cast and creative teams, will be announced at a later date. Rebecca Hall(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) View Commentslast_img read more

Garden gifts

first_imgBy William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaAnother holiday shopping season is upon us, bringing the age-olddilemma of deciding what to buy that special someone who lovesgardening. What do you get the gardener who has everything?Well, maybe they don’t quite have everything yet. Let’s look at afew possibilities and some tried-and-true suggestions.The easiest thing that comes to mind is a nice gift card to thelocal garden center. Every gardener will be buying seeds andfertilizer for the spring crop, so a gift card might come inhandy. There are tools that need replacing, too, and maybe a fewother necessities and gadgets they can choose from.If you’re just not the gift-card type, consider more specificgifts.Take a lookIt might behoove you to check out the tool shed to see if a hoe,rake or spade is in disrepair. This is the perfect time to give anew garden tool to replace the one with the handle held togetherby tape or nails or broken off so short that only your 3-year-oldgrandson could use it.There are all types of weeding gadgets on the market, too. Andvarious three-piece hand tool sets normally include a trowel,garden fork and cultivator. Newer ones have extensions that fitaround the wrist for added comfort.And what about personal protection gear, such as a new pair ofgloves or a pair of coveralls? What about a wide-brimmed hat orone with a covering attached to protect the ears and neck? Thiskeeps your special gardener from being exposed to too muchsunshine.For those who use pesticides, disposable rubber gloves, a facemask and some goggles would be appropriate, too.Think of the gardenerWhat about something to make gardening more ergonomic? A nice setof knee pads, a kneeling pad or a gardening stool are all usefulfor any of that close-to-the-ground work.In fact, one gardening stool is made to wear. It attaches to thegardener with a harness and allows hands free movement around thegarden. A coil spring on the bottom cushions the seat and allowsthe gardener to plop down just about anywhere.For the more technically advanced, electronic meters help monitorsoil pH, moisture and fertility. For under $40, you can equipyour favorite gardener to quickly determine whether morefertilizer or maybe some irrigation is needed.Speaking of irrigation, how about a new garden hose or sprinkler?Kits are available for under $100 to set up drip irrigation inthe garden. Drip irrigation is more efficient. It helps reducediseases by keeping the foliage dry while providing moistureright at the soil surface.CompostDoes your gardener use compost? A plethora of composting aids isavailable, from simple wire mesh bins to polyurethane composttumblers made from recycled plastic. There are collapsible bins,food composting containers, biodegradable composting bags,compost thermometers, choppers, turners and even books on how todo it.Finally, consider a rain barrel to collect natural irrigationwater, a garden cart for transport or maybe some hand lotion forthe end of the day. Don’t forget the postharvest gifts, such assalad choppers, pressure canners or freezer containers, either.If your gardener has all of this, never fear. There’s always roomfor a new garden gnome somewhere. Happy holidays.(Terry Kelley is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Beer Blog: Calhoun Brothers Adventure Spirits

first_imgYou know how I know it’s Christmas? Because I just discovered a Christmas miracle—whiskey in a bag.Calhoun Brothers Adventure Spirits is a straight bourbon whiskey that’s packaged in a lightweight, flexible, reseal-able pouch. 86 proof, 200 ML. Ladies and gentlemen, this is whiskey on the go!I haven’t had the opportunity to try it, so I can’t speak for the quality of the bagged bourbon, but my mind is reeling with the possibilities, neh, the global implications of putting whiskey in a travel pouch. I spent most of my formative years pouring bourbon into sure-lock zip lock baggies. Football games, weddings, long-distance flights…there always seemed to be an occasion that called for a bag of whiskey. The system was never perfect. There was often leakage.Later in life, after discovering the outdoors, the need for whiskey on the go only seemed to increase. Stronger bags were tried, but with limited success. Flasks are fine, but they only hold a few ounces. You can bring a whole bottle of whiskey backpacking with you, but do you know what a broken bottle of whiskey inside your backpack does for moral when you’re on day two of a five-day backpacking trip?But here, finally, with Calhoun Brothers, we have what could be the perfect whiskey on the go system. The antidote to leaky zip lock bags and broken bourbon bottles.Boys and girls, this is a Christmas miracle. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And he has bourbon in a bag!last_img read more

Report: Citizens Redrawing Nassau Districts Avoids Gerrymandering

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Among the changes in the newly redrawn Nassau County legislative district maps is that the Five Towns area was split up between four districts.A good government group is urging Nassau County lawmakers to reform the way it redraws legislative district lines each decade after partisan gridlock revealed flaws in the system last year.Proposed recommendations include creating an independent “citizen commission” to draw up a fair map, barring political operatives from the commission and clarifying contradictions in the county charter, according to a report issued by the Nassau County United Redistricting Coalition, a collaboration of nonprofit advocacy groups.“Our redistricting process, regardless of who’s in control, is controlled by partisan interests,” Steve McFarland, a Nassau organizer with Make the Road New York, told the legislature at its meeting Monday. “I think there’s bipartisan agreement in this room that the system is broken.”The report suggests that the county model its reforms after Ulster County in upstate New York, but avoid overly strict rules like in neighboring Suffolk, where the plan fell apart and the Democratic majority redrew the map.A judge had initially rejected an attempt by Nassau’s legislative Republican majority to rush a redrawn map through before the 2012 elections. A redistricting commission split between five Democrats and five Republicans later proposed separate maps to the legislature. The GOP majority approved their map last March.The coalition, concerned that both maps were gerrymandered to benefit the party that drew them, issued its own map that was ignored. McFarland said the dysfunctional process fostered a sense that Nassau lawmakers care more about keeping their jobs than doing right by voters.Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said her counsel has met with the group to discuss their proposal. “The dialogue will continue and we’ll take a look at the report,” she said.Democratic legislators expressed support for the move and credited the group for pushing for such complex reforms well in advance of the next reapportionment rather than waiting until the 2020 Census, when population shifts will restart the process.Eighty one percent of survey respondents support the plan for a nonpartisan, citizen-led redistricting process, according to The Long Island Civic Engagement Table, one of the groups that formed the coalition that issued the report.last_img read more

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PLSA rejects MiFID workaround for public pension schemes

first_imgThe rules could damage the government-endorsed pooling project underway across the LGPS.The 89 LGPS funds in England and Wales have created eight asset pools aimed at improving efficiencies and increasing investment in UK infrastructure, but the PLSA warned that the MiFID II rules threatened to limit access to such asset classes and urged the regulator to make an explicit exemption for the pools.The FCA proposed amendments to its existing handbook allowing local authorities fitting certain criteria to be considered as professional clients through “elected professional status”.But the PLSA, which represents pension funds, said the plan was too complex and risked significant disruption to LGPS funds’ investment strategies.The Local Government Association has expressed fears LGPS funds would be forced into a fire sale of assets without an adequate resolution.In its response to the consultation, the PLSA said LGPS funds would be forced to go through a “significant and time-consuming process that … provides no guarantees that future investment strategies will be able to be effectively executed with existing managers or existing terms”.Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA, said: “The FCA needs to consider that local government pension funds have significant levels of investment expertise, a robust track record of effective risk management in investments and considerable experience across a wide range of asset classes, including infrastructure.“Reclassifying local authority pension funds as retail investors will prevent them from investing in certain asset classes such as infrastructure.“With LGPS funds investing billions in infrastructure right now, and at a time when the government is calling for greater infrastructure investment by pension funds, these proposals are counterintuitive.”As the MiFID rules require individual asset managers to assess their clients’ retail or professional status, pension funds would be required to prove their suitability multiple times for various asset classes and managers.The PLSA said: “The reclassification of local authorities as retail investors is unnecessary, does not reflect the experience and expertise of local government pension funds and will have serious implications for their ability to effectively manage their investments in line with their pension fund liabilities.“It will also severely impact their ability to invest in certain asset classes, such as infrastructure – a stated objective of government …. Therefore, we recommend the FCA distinguish between the investment activity of local authorities and local authority pension funds, so the latter may retain its per se professional client status to continue its effective investment strategies.”The FCA’s consultation paper is available here, while the PLSA’s press release is available here. The UK regulator has proposed a “costly, complex and difficult-to-apply” workaround for European rules on investor classification, according to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA).The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) yesterday closed its fourth consultation on the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).The directive classifies all local authorities as retail investors in an effort to protect small treasury managers from being mis-sold complex investment products.But in the UK, treasury managers are often also responsible for managing local government pension scheme (LGPS) assets, including alternative and illiquid asset classes.last_img read more

UK women face pension ‘gap’ of £7,000, report says

first_img“It is not acceptable that women are condemned to less comfortable retirements and greater anxiety about finances because of inherent unfairness in the labour market and structural problems in the pension system.”Prospect defined the gender pension gap as the percentage difference in average gross pension income for women receiving the state pension compared to that of men.Ferns said the figures revealed “the shocking scale of the gender pension gap”, and clearly showed the need for the government to both recognise the issue and act urgently to address it. She called for the publication of an annual report about the size of the gap to help build a consensus for action to tackle it.“There are also practical steps that government must take such as abolishing the automatic enrolment earnings trigger which disproportionately excludes women from occupational pension scheme membership,” she said.Other action recommended by Prospect includes recognition of caring responsibilities in the state pension system, and the establishment of a new pension commission.It also backed issuing credits for people who opt out of receiving child benefit and tax relief for low earners in net pay pension schemes.In the European Commission’s Pension Adequacy Report 2018 published in May, women in the EU were shown to be facing 37% less in pension income than men due to pay gaps and shorter careers.This report put the difference in average pensions between men and women in the UK at 35%, with the country having the fourth widest gender pensions gap in the union after Cyprus, the Netherlands and Germany.At the other end of the scale, Estonia had the narrowest gap and Denmark had the second slimmest.Yesterday, the Finnish Centre for Pensions reported that women in Finland have a pension income on average 25% less than men. Women in the UK receive 39.5% less in pension income than men – twice as large as the difference in pay between the sexes, a new analysis shows. The trade union Prospect analysed responses to the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Family Resources Survey, and found that the pensions gap in 2016-17 was 39.5% – equating to an approximate average shortfall for women of £7,000 (€7,941) a year.This was twice the level of the gender pay gap in 2017, it said, which was 18.4%. UK firms began reporting the difference between average pay for men and women earlier this year.Sue Ferns, Prospect’s senior deputy general secretary, said: “Gender-based economic inequality may start in the workplace, but it follows women for the rest of their lives.last_img read more

Knutsen’s New LNG Vessel Getting Wärtsilä Equipment

first_imgTechnology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver integrated propulsion and cargo handling systems for Knutsen OAS Shipping’s new LNG vessel which is currently under construction at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) in South Korea.Wärtsilä’s equipment, which will enable interfacing between the vessel’s propulsion, onboard auxiliary power generation, and cargo control processes, is scheduled for delivery in 2020.The new 30,000 cbm will be operated by Knutsen and chartered to Italy’s Edison under a 12-year long term charter, once it is delivered in 2021. It will be used to supply coastal LNG deposit terminals in Italy.Wärtsilä said the order was booked in January 2019, adding that the contract includes an option for an additional sister unit.The cargo handling system includes the fuel supply, cargo control system, boil-off gas (BOG) reliquefaction, and safety management. According to the company, the vessel will be one of the first LNG carriers in its size to be equipped with space-saving C-type bi-lobe cargo tanks.“We have worked closely for many years with Knutsen OAS Shipping, a globally recognized LNG sector player, and we are proud to be partnering them once again as the single-source supplier for ensuring the efficiency of this innovative vessel,” said Timo Koponen, Vice President, Processing Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine.Wärtsilä is also to supply three 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines that power the board net, thrusters, cargo control system, and re-liquefaction module.last_img read more

Bulldogs Top Golden Bears In Tennis Action

first_imgThe Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis team defeated Shelbyville 4-1 on Monday to finish out the regular season with a 15-4 record.#1 Singles- Beau Brown defeated Derek Blain 6-4, 3-6, 10-6#2 Singles- Blake Walsman defeatedEvan Phares 6-2, 6-4#3 Singles- Ben Schwettman defeated Peyton McQueen 6-1, 6-1#1 Doubles- Matthew Taylor and Spencer Rose were defeated by Tyler Kirk and Chris Asher 3-6, 2-6#2 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Todd Hughes and Will England 6-3, 6-3The JV tied with Shelbyville 3-3. Winners were Jonathan Kunkel and Brandon Laker at singles the doubles team of Mitch Esser and Lane Westerfeld. The JV finished the season with a record of 8-3-1.Batesville will play Milan in the first round of the sectional on Wednesday at South Dearborn.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more