26 Jan

Academic Affairs presents new series

first_imgStudents now have an opportunity to hear from professors outside of the classroom through the First and Last Lecture Series. The Department of Academic Affairs invites professors every semester to speak as if it were their first or last lecture at the University. Sydney Zepf, the coordinator for Last Lectures, said this is a great way for students to learn from professors in a new way. “We ask professors to imagine what they would say if they could only give one more lecture in their life, and then give them the opportunity to present it to students,” she said. “This lecture series is unique because it allows students to hear from professors about something other than the professor’s traditional area of study.” Often, professors lecture on important lessons that they have learned throughout their careers, Zepf said. “Professors tend to lecture about the ways that they have gained their success and important lessons that they have learned. However, the time of the lecture is completely theirs – we give professors no restrictions.” While anyone can attend these lectures, the series serves as a connection between students and professors, Zepf said. “This lecture series is beneficial for the ND community because it gives students an opportunity to take advantage of the knowledge of their teachers in a new way.  It also serves to bridge the gap between professors and students and to help students get to know their professors in a new way. Many professors have amazing stories that students just don’t get to hear in a classroom setting. “ These lectures are held twice a year, and anyone is allowed to attend, Zepf said. The First Lecture series is a new addition to the Academic Affairs Department. Timothy Kirchoff, the coordinator for First Lectures, said this series gives students the opportunity to listen to new professors talk about their fields of specialty, and why they came to the University. “It seems to me that, when a professor comes to Notre Dame specifically in order to participate in Notre Dame’s mission as a Catholic University, we should take note of that in some way, and that is what the First Lecture is designed to do,” he said. “It is an opportunity for a professor to discuss their field of expertise and why they wanted to come to Notre Dame – to place their own work in the context of Notre Dame’s mission as an institution that seeks to bring faith and reason into conversation.” The Notre Dame identity is an integral part of this series, Kirchoff said. “Maybe this is a cliched line, but Notre Dame is a unique institution, and professors – like many students – come here believing that they can be part of something truly special. They are not just joining the faculty of one of America’s top universities, but the faculty of a uniquely Catholic university,” he said. These lectures may also have many benefits for the future, Kirchoff said. Specifically, he said he hopes to see the First and Last Lectures set a precedent for student-professor engagement outside the classroom. “If each individual First Lecture sends the message to the speaker that students are interested in this kind of engagement and encourages both the speaker and students to pursue it more deliberately, I would consider it a success. As a series, though, I would like the First Lecture to help both students and professors develop a deeper appreciation for and willingness to participate in Notre Dame’s unique identity and mission,” Kirchoff said. The First Lecture series begins with a talk from Professor Deneen of the Department of Political Science on Nov. 11.last_img read more

1 Jan

Champlain College names five new trustees

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College, a career-oriented, private college in Burlington, Vt., has named five new members to its Board of Trustees.Dawn Bugbee, CPA, of Colchester, Vt., is chief financial officer at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. Shes a member of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Healthcare, as well as a Vermont board member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Shes also a member of Rotary International.As a volunteer, Bugbee serves on the board of directors of the Vermont Education and Health Buildings Financing Agency and the Nordic Spirit Soccer Association, and she coaches girls soccer teams. She earned a bachelors degree at Castleton State College and her CPA license in Vermont.Susan Willey Lamaster of South Burlington, Vt., a 1988 Champlain College graduate, is the vice president and chief financial officer of Systems & Software, Inc. in Colchester, Vt. Systems & Software is a leading national provider of integrated information management systems for both single and multi-service utilities.Lamasters volunteer activities include working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Vermont Special Olympics and Champlain Vocational Services.Mary McLaughlin of Stowe, Vt., is area vice president, Northern New England, for Adelphia Communications in South Burlington. She is a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable, as well as a member of the Women in Cable and Telecommunications and the New England Cable and Telecommunications Associations.McLaughlin also serves on the advisory board of BELL-Boston (Building Educated Leaders for Life), and the national board of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). She earned an undergraduate degree at Bridgewater State College and a law degree at Suffolk University.Ambassador John OKeefe, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Human Resources at the US Department of State, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor. OKeefe, a resident of Vienna, Va., has headed the Office of Career Development and Assignments and he served as U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan from August 2000 to July 2003.Previous posts included serving as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Management, Management Minister-Counselor in Moscow, Deputy Executive Director of the Bureau of European Affairs, and Management Counselor in Belgrade.OKeefe has served as the Treasurer, International School of Belgrade, Vice President of the Board, International School of Manila, and Chairman of the Board, Anglo-American School of Moscow. He has a bachelors degree from Loyola College and a masters degree in public administration from Harvard University.Dr. Peter Stern of Shelburne, Vt., is a retired anesthesiologist and an investor. Hes a board member of Partners in Adventure, board member of the Bernice and Milton Stern Foundation, and honorary board member of the Stern Center for Language and Learning. Stern earned undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Vermont and a MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.Founded in 1878, Champlain College in Vermont offers professional certificates, associates, bachelors and masters degrees in 26 fields. Champlain is known for its innovative business, technology and human services programs. The College also offers its programs online and overseas at campuses in India and the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

1 Jan

New Vermont DMV service offers online IFTA/IRP for truckers

first_imgccess Real Time Permits with New Online IFTA/IRP Service at Vermont.govMONTPELIER, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles today announces the availability of real-time permits with the release of a new online permitting service for International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and International Registration Plans (IRP). Available at https://secure.vermont.gov/DMV/irp/(link is external) the new online service is an upgrade to the previous paper- and fax-based service.‘This new process will save time and resources for fleet trucking companies, the DMV, and the taxpayers of Vermont.’The IFTA/IRP service allows out-of-state truckers and others to purchase 72-hour permits to travel through Vermont and pay apportionable fees, and is now accessible via the Internet 24 hours a day. The new service allows fleet drivers and companies to apply for permits, pay by credit card, and receive copies of new permits immediately.‘The new IRP and IFTA services are yet another way that the State of Vermont and the Department of Motor Vehicles in particular are answering the call for better e-government service,’ said Commissioner Robert Ide. ‘This new process will save time and resources for fleet trucking companies, the DMV, and the taxpayers of Vermont.’The service provides quicker turnaround times and lowers costs, significantly reducing the department’s costs related to handling these requests. The new online service also provides a comprehensive management tool to help administer the permitting process.Built for the Department of Motor Vehicles at no cost to Vermont taxpayers through a unique public-private partnership with Vermont Information Consortium (VIC), the new IRP-IFTA service is the latest in a suite of services launched by the DMV. Additional online services built by VIC include DMV Express (https://secure.vermont.gov/dmv/express(link is external)), Online License Reinstatements, and the Municipal Highways & Bridges Weight Limits service.About Vermont.govVermont.gov (http://www.Vermont.gov(link is external)) is the official Web portal of the State of Vermont. Vermont.gov is managed through a public-private partnership between the State of Vermont and Vermont Information Consortium, the Montpelier-based official eGovernment partner for the State of Vermont. The company builds and manages interactive government services on behalf of the state and is a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).About NICNIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,000 federal, state, and local agencies that serve 98 million people in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.nicusa.com(link is external). Soruce: MONTPELIER, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. 12.3.2010last_img read more

31 Dec

Virginia reconsiders approval of water permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

first_imgVirginia reconsiders approval of water permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The Virginia State Water Control Board might cancel a state-issued Clean Water Act Section-401 water quality certification for the 2-Bcf/d Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC natural gas transportation project after the state sued the developer for water-related environmental violations.The board voted to hold a hearing to “consider the revocation” of the permit at a meeting in Richmond, Va., on Dec. 14. According to a news release from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the board will decide on the process and schedule in the next few weeks. Losing the permit could hamper construction on the pipeline in the state.The move came after Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced a lawsuit against Mountain Valley for what the state said were as many as 300 environmental violations in several counties along the pipeline route. The violations of federal and state law involved erosion, sediment and stormwater standards, and many of them occurred after significant rainfall, the state said.A Mountain Valley spokesperson said the developer has tried to design a route with the least impact to communities and the environment and has worked closely with state and federal agencies. “We will continue to work with the VA DEQ and the [State Water Control Board] to address any additional concerns,” Natalie Cox said Dec. 14.The Virginia board’s action is one of many permitting and legal challenges for the pipeline project. More ($): Virginia considers revoking water permit for Mountain Valley gas pipelinelast_img read more

18 Dec

4 Pillars of the high performing IT credit union

first_imgMaking delivery systems both serve members well and be truly efficient requires credit unions to have several factors in place. One of these, according to CUES Supplier member and strategic provider Cornerstone Advisors, Scottsdale, Ariz., is a truly high performing information technology function at your credit union.Cornerstone Director of IT Leadership Butch Leonardson has identified four pillars of the high performing IT organization:1. The priority. According to Leonardson, the high performing IT group will have the members’ experience as top of the list. The chief information officer will look in from the outside to make sure members are delighted by their interactions with the CU. As a result, IT becomes a positive player in unifying the CU around key initiatives2. The ‘therefore.’ A high performing IT organization will have a strategy that is a direct result of its member focus. For example, our members need similar experiences with us regardless of delivery system; therefore we will choose vendors and configurations that support this vision. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

20 Nov

Two QAnon fanatics arrested toting guns outside Philly vote center allegedly plotted an attack

first_img– Advertisement – LaMotta, who claims to be a veteran with mastery in multiple forms of martial arts, maintains a website for his private security business offering services as an “international guard, security escort, personal bodyguard, instructor.”Amanda Chase poses with Q flag and HummerVirginia State Sen. Amanda Chase, left, poses in June in front of a QAnon banner attached to the Hummer compounded by Philadelphia police on Thursday,Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase—one of the leading figures in the Virginia far-right’s ongoing campaign against gun control and COVID-19 pandemic measures, and a candidate for the Republican nomination to run against incumbent Gov. Ralph Northam in 2022—has multiple associations with LaMotta, including hiring him to provide security at her announcement event in February.Chase also has posed with LaMotta and his “Virginia Patriots” group alongside the Hummer that was impounded after the men were arrested Thursday, in photos that were on the group’s Facebook page before it was removed. She can be seen posing with a semiautomatic rifle in front of a QAnon banner raised alongside the Hummer.When someone on Facebook pointed out to Chase that QAnon is considered a domestic extremist group, she responded, “Guess I just triggered a liberal.”But on Friday, Chase denied any connection to the men charged in the plot in a Facebook post. “Give me a break,” she wrote. “There is no connection.  The individual has never worked for my campaign as paid staff or asked by my campaign to help out as a volunteer.  He is simply a supporter that shows up on occasion at events.” The men’s Hummer bore a large “Q” sticker with the hashtag #WWG1WGA, which stands for the QAnon motto “Where We Go One, We Go All.” One of the two men arrested, as WHYY reported, is a Chesapeake man named Antonio Paredes LaMotta, whose social media accounts are filled with QAnon and other conspiracy theories. The vehicle is linked to a group calling itself the “Virginia Armed Patriots.”In a blog post, LaMotta had described COVID-19 as a “psyop,” and justified killing the people he considers responsible for the pandemic.“The entire plot is equivalent to crimes against humanity for causing premeditated deaths, suffering, and economic hardship, in combination with the suppression of preventive medications and natural treatments,” read the post. “Killing these people is a legitimate act of self-defense and not a crime.”- Advertisement – LaMotta had also predicted that Trump would win the election. “Election or Not, Trump will win by a landslide, if you can’t see that, you’re in denial,” he wrote in late August.In other posts, he appears to have embraced sovereign citizen ideology, which claims that ordinary people can simply declare themselves no longer subject to federal, state, and local laws by filing papers filled with legal gobbledygook. “Folks, don’t let the democrats brainwash you about taxes,” he wrote in September. “We have two kinds of citizens (Sovereign citizens and First Class citizens). Ones you’ve relied on public schools, borrowed money that you can’t pay, Social Welfare, the democrats will be able to slowly shackle you into slavery. Matter-fact, you can’t become First-Class citizens if your kids go to public schools.”He added: “The teachers don’t even know about First-Class and Sovereign Citizens … They’ve been programmed to preach that we’re a democracy … but it’s beyond that … they are preaching Socialism now.”- Advertisement – The men, ages 42 and 61, were found to be carrying a 40-caliber pistol and a 9mm handgun, respectively. Neither of the men had a valid permit for carrying weapons in Pennsylvania, and were promptly arrested. An additional gun was found inside the Hummer, police said.The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that police had been warned by FBI agents in Norfolk to be “on the lookout for a mother, son and another man from Virginia Beach traveling to the Philadelphia region to ‘straighten things out’ as vote counting continued.” They were believed to have an AR-15 rifle in the car and were believed to have recently purchased large amounts of ammunition and gun parts.- Advertisement –last_img read more

18 Nov

Suspected plague killed 42 in Congo, WHO says

first_img The low case-fatality ratio is unusual for pneumonic plague, which suggests that the number of suspected cases may be overestimated, the WHO stated. The outbreaks, which include 626 suspected cases, occurred between Jul 31 and Oct 8 in two health zones in the Haut-Uele district, most of them in the Wamba zone of Oriental province in the northern part of the country. The plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis, circulates mainly among rodents and their fleas but occasionally spreads to humans. It is transmitted primarily by flea bites, direct contact, or inhalation of contaminated respiratory droplets. Oct 19, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization reported last week that 42 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) died recently of suspected pneumonic plague. Plague kills 30% to 60% of infected people if left untreated, but it can be effectively treated with antibiotics and other measures if diagnosed in time, according to the WHO. Pneumonic plague accounts for only 2% of plague cases. About 99% of all plague cases and deaths occur in Africa. The agency said a team from Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), the WHO, and the provincial health ministry carried out the initial investigation. Disease surveillance was being stepped up, and authorities were implementing case management, contact tracing, and sensitization measures in the outbreak area. May 27, 2005, CIDRAP News article “Plague outbreak highlighted ongoing problem in Africa”center_img In rapid diagnostic tests in the field, three of eight samples were positive for pneumonic plague, the least common but most lethal form of the disease. Further laboratory analysis was underway, the WHO said. Oct 13 WHO statement on plague outbreakhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_10_13/en/ See also: In June the WHO reported that 100 people in the DRC had died of suspected pneumonic plague. Nineteen of the deaths occurred in Ituri district in the northeastern Oriental province, a plague hotbed. CIDRAP plague overviewlast_img read more

19 Oct

Mother and cub sun bear duo roam Riau village, eat 7 chickens

first_imgOfficers from the Riau Natural Resource Conservation Center (BBKSDA) installed a trap on Tuesday to capture and relocate two sun bears that were seen wandering around Kampung Sengkemang in Siak, Riau.“Our team installed a trap on the route where bear sightings have been common. We were helped by public order officers, community leaders and the people of Kampung Sengkemang,” BBKSDA Riau spokesperson Dian Indirati said, as quoted by kompas.co. Read also: Two sun bears break out of rescue center in YogyakartaDian explained that the bears, a mother and cub, had been roaming throughout the settlement for the past few days. The pair ate seven chickens that belonged to the villagers, causing a stir in the community. The bears are capable of attacking humans when they feel threatened.“We urge the public to remain calm, stay cautious and contact officers immediately if they see the animals inside the trap or if they appear in other locations,” Dian said.Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) Conservation and Resources Unit head Heru Sutmantoro said he received a report about a conflict between humans and bears on Sunday. “We received a report that there were two bears that had entered the Kampung Sengkemang settlement in Siak regency,” Heru said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

18 Oct

Arsene Wenger reveals why Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry failed at Arsenal

first_imgArsene Wenger reveals why Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry failed at Arsenal Sean KearnsTuesday 25 Feb 2020 9:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.1kShares Gnabry scored twice in Bayern’s 3-0 win against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘He has no real limitations it’s more how much does he want to suffer,’ said Wenger.‘Because he has pace, power, technical ability, he’s very intelligent, sometimes he looks for the easy way in football. That’s what was his problem. He lacked a bit.‘I gave him to West Brom, it didn’t work out at all. In fairness I think we had an agreement with him but Bayern stole him away from Werder Bremen.‘He’s a good player. He has individual ability and collective ability. We had an agreement with him but because he didn’t play at West Brom I let him go with the U21s in the summer with the German national team and he did very well of course.‘We had prepared him for us to sign his new contract but then suddenly he wanted to go to Werder Bremen. But it was not Werder Bremen that bought him it was Munich that bought him. Because six months or less than one year later he moved from Bremen to Bayern but it was a done deal before.‘He was at the end of his contract and we thought that he would stay because he told he would stay.’Bayern’s 3-0 win means Chelsea need a minor miracle to make it through to the last-8.Gnabry opened the scoring shortly after the interval after playing a one-two with Robert Lewandowski and he was on hands to double their advantage just moments later.Lewandowski provided the icing on the cake when he converted a third from an Alphonso Davies cross.MORE: Joe Cole explains why Reece James is pushing Trent Alexander-Arnold for England Euro 2020 spot Comment Advertisement Advertisement Gnabry spent four years at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Serge Gnabry’s tendency to look for the ‘easy way’ was behind his failure to make it at the Emirates.The German winger signed for the club at the age of 16 for a fee of £100,000 from Stuggart and was tipped to make a breakthrough into the first team when he became the second youngest player in Arsenal’s history to play for the club in the Premier League at the age of 17.However, after a poor loan spell at West Bromwich Albion, Gnabry made a shock move to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in 2016 but he spent just 12 months at the club before moving onto German giants Bayern Munich.AdvertisementAdvertisementWenger was providing punditry for BeIN Sports as Gnabry scored twice during Bayern Munich’s win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League and though he had praise for the winger, he believes he lacked the desire to make it at Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

25 Sep

‘Shabu’ worth P210K seized in buy-bust

first_imgOfficers of Police Station 2 stagedthe entrapment operation which led to the arrest of the suspects on Dec. 8. Residents Miguel Tarog, TerrysitaMagbanua, Jovy Asidoy, and Ed Devino Panisa yielded the suspected illegaldrugs, a police report showed. The suspects were detained and chargedwith violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Actof 2002./PN Aside from suspected shabu, a P500marked money and P400 cash were recovered from them, the report added. BACOLOD City – Suspected shabuweighing about 14 grams valued around P210,000 was seized in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay 8.last_img read more