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

Tony Winner Jack Hofsiss Dies at 65

first_imgJack Hofsiss(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Jack Hofsiss, a Tony Award winner for directing the original production of The Elephant Man, has died at the age of 65, according to Deadline. His death was confirmed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.Hofsiss was born in 1950 in Brooklyn, where he attended a Jesuit high school. It was there that Hofsiss learned to find a balance between faith and his sexuality. In a 2000 interview with The Advocate, he said, “They shared the fact that ultimately your relationship to God is your own thing, that you can be gay and have a relationship with the God of the Catholic church.” Similar themes appeared in the 2000 off-Broadway play he directed, Avow.While studying at Georgetown University, Hofsiss created the show Senior Prom, which ended up running locally at the O Street Theatre and was briefly considered for a New York transfer.After directing the TV mini-series The Best of Families, Hofsiss helmed The Elephant Man on Broadway, earning him a 1979 Tony and Drama Desk Award at the age of 28. He went on to direct Total Abandon and The Shadow Box on the Great White Way. He returned to the screen to direct an episode of 3 by Cheever, as well as The Oldest Living Graduate and the 1982 film I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can.In 1985, Hofsiss suffered a severe spinal cord injury after diving into a shallow pool, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. While the incident left him in a wheelchair and in a period of severe depression, it ultimately did not stop his career, beginning with his return to stage work the following year with All the Way Home at the Berkshire Theatre Festival View Commentslast_img read more

S&P: 10,000MW of renewable energy capacity to be operating in New Mexico by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):New Mexico’s recently bolstered renewable portfolio standard, or RPS, is expected to be a major driver as Market Intelligence estimates over 10,000 MW of renewable capacity installed in the state by 2030. Aggressive state renewable legislation, the expected participation in the Energy Imbalance Market, or EIM, corporate renewable demand, and a climate that supports utility-scale wind and solar power plants make New Mexico a popular destination for renewable developers through the next decade.In March of 2019, New Mexico’s state Senate passed Senate Bill 489 increasing the state’s RPS from 20% to 50% by 2030, 80% by 2040 with a goal to reach 100% carbon-free by 2045. This is a significant increase to their previous RPS which was set at 20% by 2020. Eligible technologies include solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, fuel cells not powered by fossil fuels, biomass, landfill gas and anaerobic digested waste biomass.The 847-MW San Juan coal plant is scheduled to close in 2022 and the bill allows Public Service Co. of New Mexico, or PNM, a subsidiary of PNM Resources Inc., to securitize the costs of the closure. PNM has stated they plan to phase out coal generation entirely by 2031. The legislation permits the utilities to retain zero carbon resources in their generation portfolios until Dec. 31, 2047. Zero carbon resources, which would include nuclear power plants, are defined as generation assets that do not produce carbon dioxide emissions.In terms of compliance to their previous RPS obligations, New Mexico utilities have largely fallen short in recent years with qualifying utilities reaching only 83% of their overall RPS requirement in 2017. The previous legislation included carve-outs for wind, solar, biomass and distributed generation and utilities fell short in every technology.The state has an impressive pipeline to help make up this shortfall with over 5,000 MW of wind projects and 1,000 MW of solar projects in various stages of development. The pipeline for wind is particularly front-loaded with over 3,600 MW of capacity planned to come online between the end of 2019 and 2021. Solar projects are a little more spread out with almost 600 of the 1,000 MW planning to come online in 2022. Current estimates project in-state renewable builds surpassing 10,000 MW by 2030. As is the case in many regions across the country, transmission and distribution access will be a consistent concern over the next five years as thousands of megawatts of wind and solar projects undoubtedly located in remote locations across New Mexico are expected to come online.New Mexico’s newly implemented aggressive RPS, its aim to boost their participation in out-of-state markets, abundant land availability and favorable climate for wind and solar energy will make it one of the country’s most popular markets for renewables over the next ten years and beyond.More ($): Over 10 GW of renewable capacity expected in New Mexico by 2030 S&P: 10,000MW of renewable energy capacity to be operating in New Mexico by 2030last_img read more

CUNA to policymakers: Current exams sufficient for CUSO data collection

first_imgData collection on credit union service organizations (CUSOs) would be better if collected during examinations or supervisory visits rather than through additional credit union reporting.That’s what CUNA told the National Credit Union Administration and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in response to a request for comments on revisions to OMB information collection.Under the revisions, federally insured credit unions with an investment in, or loan to, a CUSO must obtain a written agreement with the CUSO addressing accounting, financial statements, audits, reporting and legal opinions.According to the Federal Register notice, collection of this data would require roughly 4,116 respondents to respond, leading to an estimated 11,558 hours of burden at a total annual cost of $76,177.20.“A better alternative for the agency would be to collect this information during an examination or supervisory visit and not require additional reporting by a credit union,” CUNA’s letter reads. “We believe this is a much less burdensome alternative that reduces the reporting burden on the public.” continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

7 Questions With Creedence Clearwater Revisted Bassist Stu Cook

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Michael Harris After their years of success in the 1960s and early ’70s with the legendary classic rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford regrouped as Creedence Clearwater Revisited 21 years ago. On June 26, their current world tour will take them to The Paramount theater in Huntington, where they’ll play original CCR hits such as “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” Ahead of the show, Cook sat down with the Press to talk about his inspiration and his favorite album.Long Island Press: How did you get started in music?Stu Cook: I come from a musical family. My dad was a horn player; my mom was a keyboard player. There were always people playing music and instruments in the house, so I kind of grew up with music.LIP: What was your earliest musical moment?SC: Probably the most important musical memory that I can remember is one year my folks got me and my brother tickets to see Ray Charles. We got them as a Christmas present, and I remember that as sort of a turning point. The songs on the record “What I Say” were one of the first things I learned to play on the piano.LIP: Besides Ray Charles, is there any one group or person who inspired you guys?SC: For me, that kind of gave me inspiration to be a musician. That just kind of clicked for me when I was like 12 or 13 when I had that experience. Later on, I would have to say one of the most influential bands for all of us in Creedence was Booker T and the MGs.LIP: Is there any musician today you really admire?SC: I think Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age are absolute monsters. Like Clockwork, the last album they put out a few years ago now—time does fly—that’s one of my most listened albums. I like the Foo Fighters; they’re about my two most enjoyable to listen to artists in the last 10 years.LIP: What is your favorite musical venue?SC: I like Mountain Winery in Saratoga (California); that’s a nice venue. We played last night at Motor City Casino in Detroit. It is a super room to play in. Great stage, whole room set up great for sounds and lights.LIP: On June 26 you guys are going to be playing at the Paramount in Huntington…SC: You know what, that is a great room, that building has some history. I remember playing there last year. It was a very enjoyable experience. Usually when we are in that part of the woods, we play in places like Westbury, but I liked playing the Paramount a lot more. I like those old theatre rooms.LIP: Anything else you’d like to say to Long Island?SC: We are really looking forward to coming back. We had a great time last year. This is going to be Cosmo’s first time. He was recovering from a surgical procedure last time when we played there last year. We had another drummer with us, but I know he is going love it there. We are going to have a great time. Everyone was surprised last year so this year won’t be as much of a surprise, but it will be a bit more like coming home.last_img read more

From next year, the sojourn tax will increase by 25%

first_imgDespite strong opposition from the entire tourism sector, at today’s session, the Government, as previously announced by the Ministry of Tourism, increased the amount of residence by 25 percent, except in camps.According to the new Decree, in the A-class tourist resort in the main summer part of the season in hotels and similar accommodation, the fee increases from HRK 8 to HRK 10.Tourist tax from 01.01.2019.Also, sojourn tax for persons providing catering services of accommodation in the household and on the family farm increases by 15% ie it is determined in the amount of HRK 345,00 per bed and camping unit., in B class HRK 293,25, in C class places HRK 241,50, and in D class HRK 172,50. The new Decree on the amount of the sojourn tax enters into force on 01 January 2019. How is the income from the sojourn tax divided?The paid means of the sojourn tax are delivered to the users according to the following schedule: 1% The Red Cross, 2,5% it is paid into a special account of the Croatian Tourist Board, intended for development projects and programs for creating new tourist programs in underdeveloped tourist areas, 65% the tourist board of the municipality, city, town, 10% the county tourist board and 25% Croatian National Tourist BoardThey are all AGAINST and everyone is obviously FORThe Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gari Cappelli, pointed out that the sojourn tax is not a tax or parafiscal levy and that the funds are not transferred to the state treasury, but to revenues that are returned directly to destinations through redistribution, cities, counties, CNTB and the Red Cross. . “The sojourn tax is stated on a separate invoice and can in no way be part of the price of our accommodation offer. The amounts have not changed since 2005, when it was calculated at the level of 35 days of occupancy and the average price of 100 kuna in private accommodation. When you look at how many millions of people have searched our country these days thanks to the strong promotion for the historic success of our footballers at the World Cup, it is invaluable. I am sure that all our dear guests would be happy to contribute to the beauty, infrastructure, offer and promotion of destinations in the Republic of Croatia that they have chosen as their vacation spot.”, commented the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia and the President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli. Representatives of the Croatian tourism industry gathered in the Croatian Tourism Association, the Croatian Hotel Employers ‘Association, the Hotel Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Camping Association and the Croatian Employers’ Association do not support the new proposal for the 2019 Sojourn Tax Regulation.”In principle, we do not oppose a possible increase in the amount of the sojourn tax, but we believe that the increase is not acceptable without a thorough analysis of the entire system of tourist boards. Only the increase of income without redefining the role and tasks of individual levels of tourist boards and without assessing the real financial needs is a new unargued imposition on tourism”, Said Veljko Ostojic, director of the Croatian Tourism Association.The system of the Croatian Tourist Board from year to year “collects” higher revenues based on increasing capacity and traffic. Thus, in 2015, HRK 410 million was earned, in 2017 HRK 463 million, and in 2018 it is planned to “take” HRK 540 million. However, even that is not enough, so new increases in the sojourn tax are planned for 2019, Nedo Pinezić pointed out and wonders: “How is that money distributed? How does he return to the guest? Which of these money has a real function of “improving the living conditions of tourists”? Numerous unanswered questions arise. On the other hand, eVisitor’s records lack more than 100 non-commercial tourist facilities – apartments and holiday homes, “cottages”. With this title alone, the system loses more than 000 million kuna in fees annually”Concluded Pinezić.The unique position of the tourism sector is that the Ministry of Tourism should pass a new Law on Tourist Boards and the Law on Tourist Tax. But on the other hand, it is interesting how everyone was against raising the residence tax, but at the public hearing that lasted until July 21, there were no less than 7 comments. Make your own conclusions.Side dish:eSavjtovanje Comments / REGULATION ON DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAX FOR 2019DOCUMENT / Decree on determining the amount of sojourn tax for 2019 RELATED NEWS:MINISTER CAPPELLI: RESIDENCE TAX IS NOT A TAX OR PARAFISIC TAX CROATIAN TOURIST INDUSTRY AGAINST RAISING RESIDENCE TAX BEFORE RESTRUCTURING THE TOURIST BOARD SYSTEMANNOUNCEMENT OF INCREASE IN RESIDENCE TAX AND TAX CAUSED AN AVAILABLE OF DISSATISFACTIONlast_img read more

China’s cyber watchdog punishes livestreaming sites for ‘low taste’

first_imgTopics : It also called on them to punish platform supervisors and to blacklist “delinquent livestreamers,” depending on the seriousness of the violations.It also said some platforms are using online learning to promote video games, and fail to censor “illegal information” on its comments section.The government heavily regulates its cyberspace and often scrubs content like violence, pornography, or politically sensitive speeches or commentary from social media.Earlier this month CAC took issue with Sina Weibo over separate matter, ordering it to disable some features for a week.The action came after some Sina Weibo users complained their posts were being censored, after the relationship between a senior executive in the Alibaba Group and a prominent social media influencer came under scrutiny.  China’s cyber watchdog has penalized several of the country’s leading livestreaming and video platforms for spreading “low taste” content, reprimanding women wearing low cut clothes and men for indecent dancing and using foul language.The Cyberspace Administration of China said in a notice posted on Tuesday that there is an “unhealthy phenomenon” prevalent among the 31 major livestreaming sites in the country.CAC said 10 firms, including Bilibili, Tencent-backed Huya, Douyu, Bytedance’s ixigua and Baidu’s quanminxiaoshipin, would be asked to freeze main channel updates, stop new user registrations, and e revamp their platforms before a deadine.last_img read more

Unai Emery reveals conversation with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before brace to win Golden Boot

first_imgAubameyang has scored 30 goals in all competitions for the Gunners this term (Picture: Getty)Emery revealed that Aubameyang was desperate to start against Burnley and sent his congratulations to the forward after he went on to share the Golden Boot with Salah and Mane.On Aubameyang winning the award, Emery replied: ‘Yes [that was] another target also.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘We spoke yesterday and he wanted to play today for this opportunity and the team, every player, also were with this commitment to help him if we can.‘We are really very pleased for him that he reached his target and today I think today we can be happy with him.’MORE: Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri reveals why he feels sorry for Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League runners-up Advertisement Unai Emery reveals conversation with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before brace to win Golden Boot Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 May 2019 7:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.4kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace saw him share the Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane (Picture: Getty)Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pleaded with Unai Emery for a start against Burnley before his brace at Turf Moor saw him share the Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.Aubameyang, 29, scored a hat-trick against Valencia on Thursday night to send Arsenal into the Europa League final and the forward’s lethal form continued as he inspired the Gunners to a 3-1 win over Sean Dyche’s side on the final day of the Premier League season.The Gabonese opened the scoring just after half-time before doubling Arsenal’s advantage in the 63rd minute to take him to 22 goals for the campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementAshley Barnes immediately pulled a goal back for Burnley before Eddie Nketiah finished from a tight angle to secure three points for Emery’s side in the fourth minute of injury time.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal finish the Premier League season in fifth place, 28 points adrift of champions Manchester City who secured the title with a 4-1 victory away to Brighton.‘I’m proud of the players and our work because I think we deserved to be fighting for the top four,’ Emery told BBC Sport after the final whistle.‘At the last moment we didn’t take it but we are closer to the other teams in our progress. We have the Europa League, we can play for one title.‘High performance today, they worked a lot in a very tough match here. We adapted the game plan and little by little we imposed our idea. A very good 90 minutes for them, us and the supporters.‘We won and we deserved it. We created chances and in the first half we struggled in moments but this is normal here with the corners and crosses. But we defended well and we could win and could play like we wanted to.’ Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Cottage charms brought to life

first_imgTess Sellwood’s home before it was renovated. Picture: Supplied.Ms Sellwood has retained the cottage feel of the home, including fretwork while a 110-year-old piano has pride of place in the dining room.Ms Sellwood said when she bought the home it was in desperate need of a makeover but she was won over by the location.“The house was modest, very basic, tired looking and it was also yellow,” she said.“For us it was all about the location because it was opposite the park on a corner block and it had good street presence.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Ms Sellwood said while renovating she was careful to make sure any changes would pay off when she decided to sell the home. Keyes & Co agent Tess Sellwood out the front of her renovated Pimlico home. Picture: Zak SimmondsREAL estate agent Tess Sellwood has transformed her Pimlico miners cottage bringing it into the modern era while retaining its old-world charm.Ms Sellwood lives in the home with her husband Bill Reddy and two-year-old daughter Patience.When they bought the home it was run down, had yellow cladding and carpeted floors.After an extensive renovation there are now timber floors throughout, a white and blue colour scheme, modern kitchen, bathroom and laundry, and large rear deck. Keyes & Co agent Tess Sellwood out the front of her renovated Pimlico home. Picture: Zak SimmondsShe said she was lucky to work somewhere family-friendly where she could bring Patience to work with her if she needed to.“It’s a combination of very good time management, support networks and a good kid,” she said.“We just juggle from day to day and the flexibility of my job gives me the ability to pick her up if it’s an emergency.“We also have a playroom at work, which the children can access at any time of the day.”center_img Keyes & Co agent Tess Sellwood out the front of her renovated Pimlico home. Picture: Zak Simmonds“This house needed an uplift to make it more saleable because when we bought it the market was a lot healthier,” she said.“We started with the bathroom because it was possibly the worst room in the house,” she said.“Then I required a laundry because we had an outdoor laundry with an old-fashioned sink. Then we ripped the back of the house out and extended the deck.”One of the biggest jobs was removing all the yellow cladding on the outside of the house, it then had to be completely sanded before the home was repainted inside and out.Ms Sellwood juggles being a mum with working full-time as a real estate agent for Keyes & Co Property.last_img read more

Spanish pension funds return 7% for 2014

first_imgIn contrast, assets for individual pension plans totalled €64.1bn at end-2014, covering 7.8m participants.According to INVERCO, the biggest single component of pension fund portfolios is invested in Spanish government bonds – 35.3% as at end-December 2014, up from 33.9% the previous year. A further 18.6% is invested in Spanish corporate bonds, compared with 20.7% at end-2013.Equities have risen slightly over last year as a percentage of both domestic and foreign segments, with Spanish equities making up 8.6% of portfolios as at end-2014. An average 11.5% was invested in foreign equities.The cash component at end-2014 had risen to 8.9%, from 6.9% the previous year. Spain’s occupational pension funds made average investment returns of 7.14% over calendar year 2014, according to the country’s Investment and Pension Fund Association (INVERCO).The results indicate a moderate decline over the previous year’s return of 7.7%, taking average returns for the three years to 31 December 2014 to 7.73%, and for the five years to that date, to 5.09%.Total assets under management for the occupational sector rose to €34.2bn, an increase of 1.2% over the previous year. However, the number of participants fell slightly to 2m.last_img read more