Soler reviews trustee meeting

first_imgStudent body president Catherine Soler updated the Student Senate on student government’s recent communications with Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees at Wednesday’s meeting. Student government typically presents to the Board three times each year, but a meeting that had been scheduled for last week was cancelled due to snowstorms. Student body vice president Andrew Bell said many of the trustees were unable to travel to South Bend for the meeting. In place of the larger presentation, Soler and Bell met with one trustee. The information from that meeting will be sent to the rest of the board. Bell said the meeting would not be rescheduled. Soler said one of the main points discussed at the meeting was communication between the University and the students. They spoke specifically about e-mails the student body receives from University President Fr. John Jenkins, Soler said. These e-mails included those about the death of junior Declan Sullivan and the events surrounding the death of Saint Mary’s student Elizabeth “Lizzy” Seeberg, “That’s an essential part of being a part of the University, and making sure students are a part of that,” Soler said. Bell and Soler also talked to the trustee about the continued efforts of student government to collaborate with the South Bend Police Department. Soler said she hopes that relationship will continue in the future. Soler and Bell also said they talked to the trustee about changes with off-campus representatives in student government. “We’ve made changes to the Off-Campus Council and we hope that will continue to make things better in the future,” Soler said. She said there is a need for centralizing the services that are available to off-campus students. “When incidents arise off campus, the University doesn’t have one place to find resources right now,” Soler said. Student government’s next presentation to the Board of Trustees will be in April.last_img read more

CariMAN to host symposium on violence

first_img Share Share LocalNews CariMAN to host symposium on violence by: – April 10, 2012 Tweet Photo credit: browardprevention.orgThe Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN) Dominica Chapter Inc; an affiliate of the regional Caribbean Male Action Network, is getting prepared to host a one day symposium next week on violence in Dominica.CariMAN which is a male organization aims to create an avenue for boys and men to discuss issues that affect their lives and also to share best practices. The Dominica Chapter which was established in December 2012, launched in June 2011 and registered on February 3, 2012 also collaborates with female groups and organizations to reduce and eliminate all kinds of violence, including gender-based violence.According to a press release issued by the local chapter of CariMAN the organization “recognizes, with great concern, the increase in criminal and violent activities in our homes, schools and communities, particularly among our young males”.They also “acknowledge that many concerned individuals, groups, organizations and institutions have individually and collectively facilitated solution-oriented discussions so as to identify practical ways to reduce and ultimately eliminate crime and violence that affect, not only our citizens, but essentially visitors to our God-gifted land”.The organization therefore “firmly believes” that to “realize success in fighting crime and violence society must amalgamate its efforts and resources”.Therefore they have organized a one day symposium and have invited various individuals, groups, organizations and institutions to participate in.The symposium is scheduled to take place on Friday 20th April, 2012, from 8: 30 am to 4: 00 pm at the Public Service Union Conference Room (downstairs) on Valley Road. The release also indicates the organization’s intention “to merge our defined plans and together develop a resolute and workable National Plan of Action to address, reduce and eliminate anti-social behaviours in our nation”.The symposium will climax with a panel discussion which will “address violence and crime in relation to Youth and Education, the Law and Citizens, Spirituality, Violence against Women and the Role of Men in Ending Violence”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 10 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Why Tiny Houses Make Sense

first_imgProtect yourself by living tinyThe cost of this increase in square footage has been significant not only to our resources and planet but also to our pocket books. By building houses we can actually afford, we secure housing for the rest of our lives.According to newly released data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Americans spend, on average, more than 33% of their income on housing. How much time each week could you save if you didn’t have to give 33% of your income towards your housing? How many hours away from home, your family, your hobbies, does this represent? For most people, two out of their five work-week days go towards their housing payment alone.Consider that most people are living in spaces much bigger than what they actually need, and that the same level of comfort can be achieved in much smaller spaces with good design. Paying 33% of your income is insane!It is clear from the recent studies that Florida cites in his article that more and more people are struggling to make their housing payments. A CNN article on America’s unsettling comfort with personal debt notes, “Americans haven’t become much better at keeping track of their personal finances since the recession began in 2008.″ In the article, Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com, says, “American consumers are not showing improvement in these areas.”Compounding this debt issue is the fact that mortgage underwriting standards have become even more lax. With past housing booms and crashes and the potential, if not probability, for history to repeat itself, many of us in the tiny house world understand these risks and the need to protect ourselves from future housing crises by living tiny.We were recently directed by Ryan Mitchell from The Tiny Life website to an informative article which covers housing trends, the economy, and where things are headed. The author, Richard Florida, points out that another perfect storm for a real estate crash is brewing (much like the 2008 crash).We were personally affected by the ’08 event as we were in the middle of a green residential development project when the bottom fell out of the real estate market. As such, the news of another potential crash brings with it a familiar sense of concern. In the article, the author reports that “When it comes to housing, sometimes it seems we never learn,” and that “a spate of reports shows that families are having a harder and harder time paying for housing.” At the crux of the problem is the fact that “Americans continue to want more space in bigger homes.”Somewhere along the line we began to build bigger and bigger houses. The promise of the American “dream” is alluring and as material costs have decreased over the years, our ability to get more for our money has become an irresistible temptation, leading us to build as big as possible. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average house size in the United States (now about 2,600 square feet) has increased 61% since 1973. Tiny Houses to the RescueFreeGreen Rolls Out Plans for Tiny HousesTiny Houses Replace Tents for Homeless Interestingly, the average household size has decreased in that same time period (meaning that fewer people are living under the same roof); however, the average square footage per person (now about 1,000 square feet) has nearly doubled. Does one really need 1,000 square feet in order to be comfortable? And is it worth the extra cost and stress? RELATED ARTICLES Why not build something you can actually afford?The trend towards larger housing continues and 2014 marked the largest average home size on record in the U.S. The average cost of new house construction in the U.S., according to the National Association of Home Builders, was nearly $250,000 in 2013 (not including land).By rough calculation, the average down payment on a construction loan is 20 percent, or $50,000. Now consider that the cost to build our hOMe tiny house was just over $33,000. You see where I’m going with this: Why not build a totally functional, beautiful, and safe tiny house for $17,000 less than the down payment of the average construction loan?It doesn’t take a genius to understand how tiny houses can bring back equilibrium to our spending habits and economy. Not only do tiny houses cost significantly less to build, condition, and maintain, but they also make more mindful consumers out of us. There just isn’t space for unnecessary items.As such, we can’t go out and spend money blindly. The lessons we personally learned from the ’08 real estate crash were in large part what motivated us to break from the shackles of high housing costs and to downsize into our 207-square-foot tiny hOMe. Now, no matter what happens with the economy, one thing is certain: we will always have a beautiful roof over our heads. There is nothing tiny about that luxury. This blog originally appeared at TinyHouseBuild.com, a website run by Gabriella and her husband Andrew.last_img read more

My Best Advice for Your Sales Kickoff

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If I could offer you only one piece of advice for making your sales kickoff a massive success, it would be this: Coordinate the content into one integrated whole. Let me explain.It is rare that you get your entire sales force together in one place for a few days, so everyone is going to want time with the whole group, and a good many people on your team are going to want certain workshops. You are never going to have enough time, but you know that.It’s also expensive to put together a sales kickoff meeting. You have to deal with logistics, hire keynote and content speakers, handle catering, and deal with entertainment. All of this is critical, and it is more work than most people recognize.It is important that the sales force is entertained and educated, but it is more important that they return back to work with the ability to take action on what they learned. This means one of your primary goals should be to weave all the content together, building to the outcome that you want.Keynote speeches must be entertaining. They also have to contain some major learning outcome. A great keynote can provide the content that creates a mindset shift in the sales force. That mindset shift serves as the platform on which to build the rest of the content.Breakout sessions need to educate, and they should teach new skills to accompany the mindset shift enabled by the keynote. This is where mistakes are usually made, and they usually begin with content around product. Product is important, and salespeople need a deep understanding of what they are selling. The mistake is to provide product content alone, separated from the mindset shift and separated from the sales skills.This can very easily be improved by connecting the product to the theme, and then tying it tightly to the skills being developed in the breakout sessions. Here is a quick example.Let’s say your keynote speaker talks about how buyers have changed the way they buy. The skill set training might be around identifying where the buyer is in their process, requiring the salesperson to leverage that information to open a conversation about the new outcomes enabled by the product.The integration of content around the outcomes you are trying to enable isn’t easy to do, and there is no chance you won’t have content that falls out of your major outcomes. But it is still the best way to ensure that you achieve the result of having your salespeople leave capable of doing something they were not capable of doing when they arrived.last_img read more

Rookie Jennifer Nierva shows leadership for NU

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Jerwin Gaco helps McDavid hold off Family Mart-Enderun for 1st win Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Nierva, 19, took it upon herself to be the first one to talk after the disappointing loss, addressing everyone in the NU locker room that they had a great ride despite bowing out of contention early.“After the game, I immediately talked to the team, and I told them, ‘Ates I have something to say. I’m still happy even though we lost today because we still played great and we showed them (Lady Eagles) that they won’t get an easy win,’” said Nierva in Filipino.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, logistics“I think what we did was still an achievement because Ateneo is at 10-1 now. I’m still happy that this was the result because our team is just short right now and I know we learned something from this.”NU only has 11 players in its roster while the some schools in the league usually have the full 14-woman lineup. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img The Lady Bulldogs also don’t have setter Joyme Cagande, who injured her knee at the start of the tournament, leaving opposite hitter Joni Chavez to play as the team’s playmaker.Nierva said she’s not shy in showing her leadership despite just being a rookie since she knows she’s earned her chops when she helped the Lady Bullpups to four straight titles in the girls’ division.“I think you should work before becoming a leader, you won’t get it that easily,” said Nierva, who had 26 excellent digs and 30 successful receptions. “It needs maturity and I think I got that in high school.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Jennifer Nierva is only in her first collegiate year with National University but the young libero isn’t shy when it comes to being vocal with her teammates.The Lady Bulldogs were officially eliminated from the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament’s Final Four race after they lost to Ateneo, 25-14, 24-26, 25-17, 25-19, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Avengers Endgame star Zoe Saldana on James Gunns comeback

first_imgGamoraGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Official Instagram (guardiansofthegalaxy)James Gunn is rehired by Disney to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Fans of this series are excited that the production of this movie will finally start after such delay. Movie’s star, Zoe Saldana has recently opened up about Disney’s decision for rehiring James Gunn.James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after there was outrage over his tweets from a decade ago. In those tweets, Gunn joked about rape and paedophilia and many considered that the best way to punish the acclaimed director is to fire him from the franchise.Guardians’ cast member like Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, and others wrote a heartfelt open letter. Over the last couple of months, a lot of director’s name surfaced who would be replacing James Gunn as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s writer-director but in the end, Marvel and Disney decided to rehire Gunn, who is currently busy with DC’s reboot to Suicide Squad.Zoe Saldana, who was last seen as Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War, has now opened up about Disney’s decision for rehiring James Gunn. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Avatar movie star praised the studio for showing “redemption is important.” Director James Gunn attends The World Premiere of Marvel’s epic space adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy.”Getty Images”I’m proud of him. I’m happy that he’s coming back. I’m so proud of Disney, actually, that all the leaders right now behind that big corporation decided to lead by example, and spreading the word and the message of redemption is important.”After James Gunn’s dismissal from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the fate of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 seemed in dark. The movie was supposed to release before Avengers: Endgame and there were several speculations that the story of Guardians 3 will somehow affect the plot of Avengers: Endgame.Meanwhile, Zoe Saldana’s character, Gamora, was “sacrificed” by her father, Thanos, in order to get the Infinity Stone in 2018’s release, Avengers: Infinity War. There are several theories that suggest that we will get to see some time travel in Avengers 4. and If that happens then there are chances that Gamora will get to live again. Since Saldana has to reprise her role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 movie, there are chances that these time travel or reversing theories would be accurate.last_img read more

Diesel costlier than petrol in Odisha Oil Minister asks Naveen Patnaik govt

first_imgA worker checks a 500 Indian rupee note as a man fills diesel in containers at a fuel station.REUTERSWith diesel becoming costlier than petrol in Odisha, the ruling Biju Janata Dal and the opposition Congress on Sunday blamed the “faulty” policy of the central government for the rise in the price of diesel.A litre of diesel costs 12 paise more than that of petrol in Bhubaneswar on Sunday with diesel being sold at Rs 80.69 per litre while petrol cost Rs 80.57 per litre.Utkal Petroleum Dealers Association general secretary Sanjay Lath said that this was the first time that the price of diesel surpassed that of petrol in Odisha.Lath said while other states have different VAT rates for petrol and diesel, Odisha charges a uniform 26 per cent VAT on both.He claimed that there has been a decline in the sale of diesel in Odisha because of the high prices of the fuel.Odisha Finance Minister SB Behera said, “This imbalance is mostly due to a faulty policy of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre … There could be a tactical understanding between the central government and oil marketing companies.”Behera feared that the prices of essential commodities will also go up because of the increase in diesel price.Senior Congress leader Arya Gyanendra said, “There is an inefficient government at the Centre which failed to regulate fuel price, particularly diesel …”BJP state general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan said, “Finance minister (Behera) should be judicious while making a statement on an important issue. Everybody in the country knows the reason behind the rise in the prices of fuel. While 13 states have reduced VAT on the fuel, Odisha government is yet taking a decision in this regard.”Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who is from Odisha, Sunday again asked the state government to reduce the rate of the VAT to give relief to people.Odisha Byabasai Mahasangha secretary Sudhakar Panda too feared that the price of essential commodities in the state will go up due to the high rate of diesel.last_img read more