President meets with students

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins held his first office hours of the year Wednesday, which gave students the opportunity to discuss issues on campus or in their personal lives with the president. Junior Reid Brewster met with Jenkins to discuss the death of someone in his family. “I definitely came out of the meeting with Fr. John feeling refined,” Brewster said. “He sort of gave me a new perspective on how to deal with death and how best to move forward not only as a Catholic, but also just as a person.” Brewster urged students to take advantage of Jenkins’ office hours. “It gives you an opportunity to connect with him much more personally and get a backstage view of what kind of man he is,” Brewster said. Jenkins had previously sent a campus-wide e-mail inviting students to his office hours. “I was so surprised that the president of a university would want to, amidst his busy schedule, meet with the students and hear about their issues,” Brewster said. “It’s something I definitely respected and appreciated.” Senior Liz Furman, a member of the Campus Labor Action Project, addressed the University’s investments in HEI Hotels & Resorts with Jenkins. Furman said hotel workers have allegedly poor working conditions, expensive health care premiums and are intimidated when they try to form a union. Other worker complaints involved low wages and heavy workloads. “It’s just really hard to fight against a corporation, especially a corporation that’s employing you,” Furman said. “We think that the University should be investigating this more thoroughly.” During her discussion with Jenkins, Furman urged the administration to meet with HEI hotel workers and adopt more transparent investment practices. Furman said the meeting was worth her time, even though she still disagrees with the University. “I think it gave me a better idea of where the University stands on these issues, even though I disagree with it,” Furman said. An average of about 300 students request an appointment to meet with Jenkins during his office hours, but the office can accommodate only a third of those students, said Mirella Riley, executive assistant to the Office of the President. “There’s a widespread interest in students to participate in office hours and to meet Fr. Jenkins or to bring a special concern to his attention,” Riley said. The office typically groups students who have a common complaint together. “Students themselves can dialogue with one another in Fr. John’s presence, and I think he does a good job of facilitating those perspectives and sharing his own perspectives,” Riley said. “Obviously when the conversations are more personal or confidential in nature, we don’t do that.” A typical complaint involves construction on campus. “We’ve had students who have said, ‘This is great in terms of facilities and I’m glad that Notre Dame is providing these types of facilities for us as students,’” Riley said. “Then students on the other end have said that in expanding, Notre Dame is losing the intimacy and character of the campus.” Jenkins will hold office hours again in November. Students must sign up in advance by completing a form available at Jenkins has been holding office hours since 2006 and Riley said he values interacting with students in a more informal setting. “We notice at least in the office that he is very energized by meeting with the students,” Riley said.last_img read more

Congressman Says Additional Stimulus Money “Likely”

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PixabayCORNING — Congressman Tom Reed says more stimulus money is likely to be included in a nearly $1.5 trillion Congressional stimulus package.Reed was asked by WNYNewsNow for his thoughts on another package during his weekly media conference Thursday. The Corning Republican says the package should highlight the efforts of American workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.“What we’ve advocated for is that the stimulus benefits go directly to the American workers,” Reed said. “Workers who’ve showed up through the crisis deserve a bonus, in my humble opinion. This is not only just our heroes of our health care workers, but the people that’ve showed up at the convenience stores, our grocery stores.”“What I’ve been advocating for, and trying to push, with the (Trump) Administration and with our Senate colleagues, is we should, if we’re going to do stimulus, let’s give it to the American worker and have them use those monies that they’ve earned in regards to stimulating the economy and making their lives a little bit better off.” Reed previously co-sponsored a bipartisan bill called the “Rewarding American Workers Act” as part of an effort to reword American workers. The bill, however, is currently at a standstill in the House Ways and Means Committee.Multimedia Journalist Justin Gould contributed to this report. last_img read more

Waterfall Rewards

first_imgThanksgiving is a time when you come together with people you see once or twice a year. It is a time to give thanks, watch too many parades and football games, and eat until you can’t stand the site of food any longer. This has been the way my family and I have done it ever since I can remember. We head to Pennsylvania with our snow boots on and belts one notch looser so we can grow into them later that day. When this past year’s Thanksgiving rolled around, my family decided to break tradition and head into the mountains to have what we now cherish as one of the most memorable holidays we have experienced.DSCN0243About 30 minutes from civilization deep in the mountains of western Virginia lies a small cabin nestled between the mountainside and the James River. Arriving after sunset and later than expected, thanks to a heavy snowfall that day, we quickly nestled into bed eager to wake up Thanksgiving morning to take in our surroundings. There are six of us in my immediate family so we felt very close (literally) sleeping in a two room cabin. When Thanksgiving morning rolled around I woke up and immediately grabbed my hammock, put on boots, mustered my siblings and ran outside to see what adventures were amongst us. Right beside the cabin were steep steps covered in snow built into the river bank leading down to a narrow path beside the river.I hung my hammock right beside the river from a tree whose branch reached slightly across the rushing waters. We all hung out here for a while admiring the strong river and snow covered mountains behind it until Mom called us in to eat. Usually the meal is a focal point of Thanksgiving. While we were enjoying every bite of the warm potatoes dripping with gravy and all the other tantalizing food, we ate fast and made sure not to fill up — we were about to go exploring!With the country roads still snowy and the sun beginning to peak through the clouds and brighten the mountainside, we drove to a trail head that we noticed driving into camp the night prior. As we began our ascent up the trail, it was evident from the fresh powdered snow that no one else had been there to leave their tracks. The path led up the side of a rocky stream where we crossed twice by bridge and once by large rocks poking above the ice cold water. There were several teasingly small, crystal blue, cascading waterfalls glimmering in the snow like a picture on a calendar. Our surroundings were so calm and peaceful. All you could hear was the stream flowing and our boots crunching through the snow. Two or three miles up the trail we began to hear a faint rustling noise. As we pressed on, the soft beat turned into a roaring rush. We approached a wide, gushing waterfall that was clearly the purpose of this trail. As we sat and watched the fall spill out into a deep blue water hole surrounded by splashed rocks and shimmering snow, we admired all great and powerful beauty amongst us.DSCN0236My older brother and I are in college and rarely make the trip home. When we are home, my dad works full time so it is hard to all be together. Just like most families, we bicker and argue about useless things like whose turn it is to clean up dinner. However, as we sat in awe at the power of nature and this special holiday, it seemed as if nothing else mattered except for being with the people you love in the beautiful outdoors. It is hard to describe the strong bonding and love for one another we experienced Thanksgiving Day underneath that waterfall. None of us would hesitate to say that day was full of memorable moments that will continue to bring back warm recollections for years to come. In this fast-paced game we call life, it is very important to slow it down, be with your loved ones, and give thanks to everything this earth has blessed us with.last_img read more

Bill to enhance regulators’ cybersecurity passes HFSC

first_imgThe House Financial Services Committee passed the Cybersecurity and Financial System Resilience Act (H.R. 4458) by voice vote Wednesday. CUNA supports the bill and expressed its support in a letter to committee leadership earlier this week.H.R. 4458 would require NCUA and other sectors’ regulators to each issue an annual report to Congress describing measures the respective agency has taken to strengthen cybersecurity with respect to its functions as a regulator, including the supervision and regulation of financial institutions and, where applicable, third-party service providers.It would enhance the Federal Information Security Modernization Act through reporting requirements while also requiring the regulators to ensure robust oversight of their regulated entities, which is already a primary duty of the regulators. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

NCUA board passes appraisals rule, receives MERIT briefing

first_imgThe NCUA board passed a final real estate appraisals rule, approved an exemption from the Bank Secrecy Act’s Customer Identification Program and heard a briefing on the new MERIT Examination system at its Thursday meeting.The appraisals final rule adopts the interim final rule approved by the board in June without change. It  defers the requirement to obtain an appraisal or written estimate of market value for up to 120 days following the closing of certain residential and commercial real estate transactions, excluding transactions for acquisition, development and construction of real estate.It will be effective as soon as it is published in the Federal Register and remain in effect through Dec. 31.CIP ExemptionThe board also authorized an order granting an exemption from the BSA CIP requirements for certain loans to facilitate purchases of property and casualty insurance policies. This is a joint order together with the other federal financial regulators expanding a related order issued in September 2018. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mastic Man Drowned in Hamptons Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Mastic man drowned in a backyard pool at a Remsenberg home he was painting over the weekend.Southampton Town Police said that one of the other three house painters found the victim floating in the pool at the South Country Road home, pulled him from the water, called 911 and started CPR before first responders arrived at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday.Authorities said they are still investigation why the victim had entered the pool and lost consciousness.The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.His identity was not immediately released.last_img

Hotel Slavonija in Vinkovci, after renovation, is categorized with three stars, and new investments of millions are announced

first_imgHotel Slavonija in Vinkovci, after renovation, is categorized with three stars, and the construction of a new hotel of a higher category, congress center and wellness center has been announced.The cult city place, the symbol of the city and the first association for a hotel in Vinkovci is certainly Hotel Slavonija, which, just after many years of renovation, received a three-star categorization.By the way, Hotel Slavonija is an archeological site of the Orion calendar, the oldest European calendar, which prof. Alexander Durman found it in archeological excavations in 1978 during the construction of the hotel. The glorious and status place of all the city’s business-diplomatic and social events after the war, with a lack of maintenance, experienced a downward trajectory of business. The Vinkovci-based company GEM doo, which also owns the Gem Hotel under the management of Ivan Cvitković (the first private hotel in Vukovar-Srijem County), bought the abandoned Slavonija Hotel in 2011, at a stage when it had lost its hotel category.Admittedly, the hotel is decorated according to higher standards, but due to the impossibility of expanding the rooms, ie the element of the room area, three stars is the maximum categorization. “The furnishing of the hotel is guided by the policy of the best quality, so the hotel in a large number of segments offers a higher standard than the three-star category, and Slavonian buffet breakfast with food from local families is rated the best in Croatia by guests.” points out the director of the hotel, Kristina Dukanović.Hotel Slavonija consists of a hotel building and a hotel annex, while the hotel capacity is 89 rooms, and the hotel annex has 19 multi-bed rooms – the total hotel capacity is 240 beds. The congress center was renovated and expanded, consisting of 5 halls with accompanying facilities: hall 240 seats, hall 100 seats, hall 70 seats, hall 40 seats, party hall, congress reception, offices for organizers, space for exhibitors and sponsors; ceremonial hall for weddings and banquets 250 seats, restaurant and lounge bar, souvenir shop. “The renovation of the Slavonija Hotel itself has so far cost around HRK 16.000.000,00, it was financed with its own funds without a loan, and local suppliers and contractors were selected for the renovation, and the highest quality Croatian products and materials were used for everything possible. ” Dukanovic pointed out.In the period 2011-2017. the hotel was strategically and thoroughly renovated from the basement to the roof, electrical installations, plumbing were replaced, a new air conditioning system was installed, various formwork was removed from the walls, new carpentry was installed, bathrooms were generally renovated with new installations, tiles and toilets, rooms furnished with new beds and wellness with medical anti-allergy mattresses, LCD TV 81 cm, minibars, renovated stairs, reception, halls, cloakrooms, guest toilets, kitchen, warehouses, congress hall, restaurant and other accompanying facilities.How nice to hear that local suppliers have been selected to renovate the hotel, as well as most of the domestic hotel decorating equipment, from mattresses to furniture. We need such investors, investors who respect the domestic economy.New investment announced – new 4 * hotel, wellness center and congress hall to be built / Main focus on congress tourismBut this is not the end of the successful Slavonian and continental tourist story. On the contrary, after the complete renovation of the Hotel Slavonia, the company Gem doo announces new investments – the construction of a new 4 * hotel and a congress hall. “We are currently in the process of developing a conceptual solution for upgrading the new block of hotels Slavonija, which will contain 4.200-2 new rooms of category 30 * on approximately 40 m4, a new congress center with a capacity of approximately 400 seats with the most modern congress infrastructure in the region. center”Dukanovic points out.Target group i core business business of hotel Slavonija is MICE tourism. In 2017, a number of successful congresses, conferences and seminars were held at the Hotel Slavonija. And as people and services are most important in tourism, so for the success of the hotel, a professional hotel team has been educated and formed that can respond to the challenges of MICE tourism.  “We are proud of the excellent teams of our hotels and the fact that the best workers choose us as an employer. We will continuously invest in education and create stimulating working and professional development conditions. He says hotel director Kristina Dukanović, who is also the holder of the CCMEP certificate (Certified Croatian Meetings and Events Professional) at HUPKT (Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals).In addition, the plan is to arrange another hotel Gem, which is located at the exit from Vinkovci to Vukovar, and functions as a business hotel and supplemented by sports and recreational facilities: two clay tennis courts, indoor tennis hall, fitness room, steam bath, gym for meetings, a table tennis and darts room, and plans to expand the capacity of the Gem Hotel are also active.  “We want to turn Vinkovci into a regional leader of MICE tourism with a Slavonian signature, nationally position it as an attractive MICE destination, work with quality, autochthonous and recognizable 365 days a year. We find a competitive advantage in the amount of existing accommodation capacity and transport connections. With the synergy of the capacity of hotels Slavonija and Gem, we offer accommodation for 350 people, along with other hotels in the city with a short distance from each other, we can already offer the market quality accommodation for more than 600 people”Dukanovic emphasizes.Of course, the hotel is not a motive for arrival but a quality, diverse and authentic content of the tourist destination, and all these and other investments in tourist infrastructure should be accompanied by the destination, ie those in charge of developing the tourist destination. “We expect strong support for tourist investments in Slavonia by the Ministry of Tourism, CNTB, Vukovar-Srijem County, City of Vinkovci, Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, Vinkovci City Tourist Board and county and city development agencies. We expect that the Tourist Board of the City of Vinkovci, with the support of the Tourist Board of the County, will be transformed into a real destination management company and position Vinkovci on the national and foreign tourist market. There are local investors, but support to entrepreneurs in Slavonia is declarative, insufficient and not stimulating. ” concludes Dukanović.last_img read more

Education to raise the quality of bike & bed accommodation services in Istria – Istria Bike & Bed day

first_imgSince 2012, the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County has been encouraging the development of active and outdoor tourism in cooperation with the Istra Bike DMC department established within the Istrian Development Tourist Agency, IRTA doo, the Istrian County Tourist Board and the largest hotel and tourist companies operating in the area. Istria.The fruit of this cooperation is also a project Istria Bike & Bed initiated by the County of Istria and the Istrian Development Tourism Agency primarily to diversify private accommodation and raise the quality of services and content intended for cyclists, as one of the fastest growing segments of tourism demand and cycling in general, as a form of mobility. Istra Bike & Bed is a system of accommodation facilities specialized for the reception of cyclists (cyclists). For this type of service, it is necessary to provide specific services that this type of guests requires. In addition, such a system is connected with all other services provided to cyclists in Istria (trails, bicycle guides, the provision of professional services such as rental, service, transportation, participation in events, etc.).There are currently a total of 92 Bike & Bed facilities in Istria, of which 67 are small private Bike & Bed facilities, 13 Bike hotels and 12 Butique Bike hotels, which are classified into four categories: Bike & Bed, Bike hotels, Bike camps and Boutique bike hotels.The first Istria Bike & Bed day Precisely with the aim of promoting and educating the bike & bed service among the hosts in the family accommodation IRTA and the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County are organizing the first “Istria Bike & Bed Day” which will be held June 15, 2018 starting at 10:00 am at the Memorial House in Pazin.”Istra Bike & Bed Day” is designed as an education to raise the quality of bike & bed accommodation services in the current Istra Bike & Bed facilities as well as those that are yet to become. Lectures will be given by Istra Bike & Bed consultants and specialists, as well as private landlords who have been identified in Istra Bike & Bed accommodation as examples of good practice. After the trainings, there will be a ceremonial distribution of Istra Bike & Bed solutions and boards. PROGRAMME Istria Bike & Bed daylast_img read more

BlackRock wins mandate to manage assets at RESAVER scheme

first_imgFor nine years now, Previnet has been in charge of member administration for the multi-country, multi-currency NATO pension plan, just one of the more than 220 pension plans it administers using its bespoke software.Senior manager Martino Braico said: “With the RESAVER IORP, Previnet will include a large set of online functionalities and learning tools, such as risk profilers and country-specific pension projections.”Also at the event in Budapest, KPMG was appointed RESAVER’s external auditor, Deloitte its internal auditor, BDO its accountant and Lydian CVBA its compliance officer.The pension fund said it hoped to have selected an actuary, a custodian and a reinsurer by the end of this month.Gabriella Kemeny, chair at the RESAVER Consortium and director of human resources at the Central European University, said the selection of these providers was a “crucial step in ensuring the programme will fulfil its promise to support pan-European mobility for individuals in research and related fields with a top-quality pension plan”.Thierry Verkest, a partner at Aon Hewitt in Brussels, confirmed that the fund would include a life-cycle model, as well as a model of free choice for individual members.Aon Hewitt had been selected at the beginning of last year to help set up the IORP as a Belgian OFP.Regulatory approval from Belgium’s FSMA is expected this summer.Now that the providers have been chosen, a fee structure is to be negotiated.Kemeny said it was “important to have competitive fees”, adding that, given the possible future size of the fund, the economies of scale would help to keep costs low.Initial contributions are expected to flow into the RESAVER in the autumn from the Central European University in Budapest, the Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste and the Istituto Italiano di Technologia.The other 20-odd members of the consortium that set up the fund are expected to contribute to the fund at a later point.All research institutes – both in the private and public sectors – can join the group and contribute to the RESAVER fund.Carlos Moedas, European commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “By participating in RESAVER, employers can ensure adequate and fair supplementary pensions for their staff while boosting their international reputation as employers.”The European Commission has pledged to finance the set-up of the fund for four years until 2018, drawing on the Horizon 2020 funds. BlackRock has been selected as the asset manager for the RESAVER pan-European pension plan for researchers following a tender process, while Italy-based administration service provider Previnet is to be in charge of member record-keeping, web services and central reporting.RESAVER is a defined contribution scheme that will provide second-pillar pension benefits to researchers and research institute employees.Speaking at an event in Budapest to announce the scheme’s service providers, Tony Stenning, managing director at BlackRock, said RESAVER’s launch would be a “momentous evolution” and “is the first but not last step” towards more growth in the pan-European pension market.He confirmed the asset allocation details for the fund were “under discussion” but the major challenge would be to accommodate the investment regimes of the various EU member states, as they must be met for each fund member in each country.last_img read more

Murder suspect nabbed

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the San Dionisio police station. ILOILO City – Charged with murder, alaborer was arrested in Barangay Sua, San Dionisio, Iloilo. Police identified him as 42-year-old ReynaldDolino of San Pablo, Manapla, Negros Occidental. Dolino was caught on the strength of anarrest warrant around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, a police report showed. The court recommend no bail bond for histemporary liberty./PNlast_img