Assembly focuses on safety

first_imgStudent body vice president and senior Matthew Devine said he has been very proud of the “work and commitment” of the senators during the semester.“I have loved meeting and working with Senate this year,” he said. “Its members are some of the brightest and most enthusiastic leaders of the campus community. We are all working together to better our University.”Senate has already taken serious steps in addressing widespread issues this semester with the rise of campus safety concerns.“Campus safety has been at the forefront of our conversations most recently,” Devine said. “Following the Safety Summit at the beginning of this year and in response to the most recent off-campus crime reports, Senate began to discuss ways to both protect and educate students about how to live and work safely both on and off campus.”To address these issues, Senate has “enhanced interactions” with the South Bend police and Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) to increase student awareness of safety resources and is in the process of making a campus safety video. Most noticeably, the implementation of O’SNAP at the beginning of the year has taken serious steps to improve campus safety.At the beginning of the semester, Senate met with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to discuss the new printing quota system and concerns that were voiced by the student body.“[Senate] functions simultaneously as a forum for discussion and conversation about some of the most important aspects of student life and the University at large, while also acting as a podium to voice student opinions,” Devine said.In response to student concerns revolving printing quota, there is now a working group of Senate members tasked with creating a new system.Devine said Senate plans to continue addressing issues related to campus safety and mental health of students and to continue discussing some of the more short-term goals such as University’s policy towards auditing courses, revision of the DARTing and class search processes, sexual assault prayer services, national engagement and the distribution of daily press clips and library renovations.Senate has taken steps to address the issues a majority of students find most important to campus life. The group has also shown strong commitment to meeting the needs of students and making changes that directly affect the quality of their time at Notre Dame.Grade: A-Tags: Matthew Devine, NDSP, Senate, South Bend, Student governmentlast_img read more

Jam to This Amazing Mashup of Rent & Lady Gaga Songs

first_img#GAGA4RENT No day but today! Michael Korte and musical arranger Jared Jenkins are at it again. Following their Hamilton/Beyonce mashup (called #HAM4BEY), they’ve joined vocal forces with Jeniffer Criss, Cameron Wright, Danielle Withers, Eric Lyn, Matt Bloyd, Christine Noel and Trevon Davis to create #GAGA4RENT. That’s right, Little Monsters and Rentheads: your favorite Lady Gaga songs have been infused with Jonathan Larson’s Rent score, and we’re over the moon for it. Maybe this will help in our campaign for Lady Gaga to perform a show tune at the Super Bowl? Either way, get ready to geek out over the video below! View Commentslast_img read more

U.S. Army War College Students View Security Efforts in Haiti

first_imgOSC-Haiti was honored to host distinguished professors and U.S. Army War College (USAWC) students on its inaugural study-abroad visit to Haiti. This innovative academic collaboration between OSC-Haiti and the USAWC has taken learning beyond the classroom and enhanced the student experience. The visit promoted multilateral relationships and provided a unique opportunity for U.S. diplomats and international partners to collaborate and exchange ideas with these distinguished military leaders. Outside of the academic activities, the evening social events sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and NGO created opportunities to build enduring professional and personal friendships. The U.S. Office of Security Cooperation (OSC)-Haiti hosted a study group from the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from April 14-16, 2016. The group included 15 students comprising senior Military officers from all service branches, one class auditor, and two exchange professors. The purpose of the study visit is to have a better understanding of U.S. government (USG) foreign aid and international development programs. This is the first time the USAWC has sent its students to a foreign country as a part of its academic curriculum. Haiti is an interesting development case where many international governments and non-government organizations (NGOs) are still assisting the country rebuild itself from the devastating 2010 earthquake. The inaugural study-abroad program is building upon their classroom studies of international developments as the U.S. Military is increasingly taking on stabilization operations around the world and working closely with other USG agencies and international partners to ensure that expertise, capabilities, and resources are best leveraged to meet development goals. The new study-abroad program serves up global engagement opportunities for USAWC students. Second, the group visited a Haitian market to learn about a clean cooking stove project, which promotes the use of natural gas stoves instead of traditional biomass fuel stoves. Charcoal is, by far, the predominant fuel source used for household cooking in Haiti; more than 90 percent of total households use it. However, burning charcoal indoors has devastating health effects and significant environmental consequences. Already one of the most deforested countries in the world, Haiti is in desperate need of low-cost technologies such as natural gas cooking stoves, which will reduce biomass fuel consumption. The USAID-funded project aims to reduce pressure on Haiti’s forests, encourage local and sustainable solutions to the environmental concerns, and create cooking options for Haiti that are clean, efficient, affordable, and able to meet local cooking needs. The study group met with U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Peter Mulrean, and discussed the current state of Haitian politics and its impact on USG foreign aid. The group also met with the Deputy Mission Director of USAID-Haiti, and discussed various development programs and challenges. Other participating agencies and offices included the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention; the Defense Attaché Office, the Office of Security Cooperation; the U.S. Embassy Political and Economic Sections; the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti’s (MINUSTAH) Military and police components; and Global Communities Project (GCP), an NGO operating in Haiti. The students listened to presentations by participating agencies and engaged in interactive question-and-answer sessions. These meetings provided a forum for open, honest dialogue among participants about achievements and challenges regarding international development in Haiti. Finally, the group visited the sûrtab factory; a computer manufacturing company founded by seed money from USAID and established in Haiti in 2013. The factory is based in Port-au-Prince and manufactures affordable and durable tablet computers. Sûrtab is focused on creating much needed, well-paid jobs and increasing overall prosperity in low-income areas by bridging the existing digital gap. By visiting different development projects, the group benefited from observing real world activities and walked away with eye-opening experiences. Upon their departure from Haiti, the students expressed a greater appreciation for the challenges in Haiti, and were able to see a few USAID projects that allowed them to see the potential the country can offer to the world. Group visits project sites The group visited a number of USAID- and NGO-funded project sites. First, the group visited the Ravine Pintade Project, a new community development project that provided 386 homes to the community devastated by the 2010 earthquake. This community was created from rubble and turned into a well-planned neighborhood with improved water and sanitation; roads and walkways, as well as retaining walls; adequate drainage; and other measures that will reduce the risks to property and personal safety in the event of future disaster. After the earthquake, the USAID provided durable transitional shelters for internally displaced people. Later on, these shelters were replaced by permanent concrete and cinder block homes that provide homes to more than 2,000 residents. By Dialogo April 27, 2016last_img read more

Limp Bizkit To Rock The Paramount in Huntington

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York On Monday, October 6, Long Islanders will get a rare chance to get all up-close-and-personal with one of the most controversial, listened to, and perhaps even slammed, acts of the late ’90s.Yes, nu/rap-metal stalwarts Limp Bizkit is coming to The Paramount in Huntington. In the immortal words of Antoine Dobson: “Hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your husband!” y’all!Limp Bizkit is singer Fred Durst, bassist Sam Rivers, drummer John Otto and guitarist/scary-as-hell-horror-freak Wes Borland, who’s as infamous for his six- and seven-string sonic experimentations as his shockingly ghoulish, otherworldly onstage appearances. Also the lead singer in industrial rock outfit Black Light Burns, Borland has gigged with Limp Bizkit in full body paint as a skeleton, burnt match, donned Kung-Fu and bunny costumes as well as an assortment of demonic-looking creatures.Click here to learn about more concerts and events taking place at venues across Long Island in The Island Ear!The band mashes dark, heavy riffs with Durst’s spitfire, often pissed-off lyrics, cemented together by Borland’s non-traditional playing, with punctuations of odd noises and sounds from DJ Lethal. Otto supplies a seemingly never-ending barrage on the skins which somehow crosses several genres—from funk and jazz to hardcore—complementing Rivers’ ever-changing-along drops and grounds.As LB lore goes, Durst named the band Limp Bizkit because he allegedly wanted a name that would piss off listeners. Not sure if it’s just the name that angers people, but he sure accomplished his mission: The band has seemingly been plagued by haters, critics and hecklers from its beginning, though Durst and co. don’t seem to mind. In fact, they are known to egg on and play off that stuff in attempts to turn it around, or just show how much they don’t give a crap about it.They’ve been known to take the stage sticking up their middle fingers at the audience. They’ve appeared onstage with a giant toilet bowl, emerging from its inner sanctums and flushing life-size cardboard cutouts of other band members. Durst even got pied in the face during a 2002 visit to a Portland Guitar Center. Ouch!In some circles, they’ve also garnered the unfortunate branding as “Danny Ponces,” “White Caps” and/or, as Press music critic Zack Tirana explains, just simply “Toolbags.”Limp Bizkit has the accolades and the miles and the stories and the hits to show for their conquest of the late ’90s airwaves, though, regardless. They’ve sold more than 40 million records worldwide. They’ve been nominated for three Grammy Awards. After their 1994 formation and domination of the Jacksonville, Fla. underground music scene and signing with Interscope subsidiary Flip Records, they dropped 1997’s Three Dollar Bill, Y’all$.It was 1999’s Significant Other and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water the following year, however, that catapulted them to the top of the charts. Significant Other, fueled by the catchy, anti-love anthem “Nookie” and the live staple “Break Stuff,” rose to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.Yes, this band was huge.Limp Bizkit’s most notoriously known performance may be its spot at 1999’s Woodstock, which saw its Danny Ponce audience members—among a sea of more than 200,000—commit various acts of destruction and violence, including tearing down plywood walls during their performance of “Break Stuff.” The gig was also notorious for sexual assaults which took place. (That Woodstock, which followed 1994’s, is perhaps forever known for the violence, sexual attacks, fires and random acts of vandalism and destruction; more perhaps in a future post.)Will Limp Bizkler get all those in attendance at The ’Mountler up on their feet, moving to the beat, singing along? Most definitely!Will Limp Bizkit incite some Dannies to uncontrollable levels? I sure hope not!Will someone from the crowd pie Fred Durst in the face!? Only one way to find out!Regardless, this is sure to be a killer gig, replete with memorable songs that will undoubtedly harken old-school fans back to those immortal days in rock, and possibly even help convert a whole new generation of Limp Bizkit followers.Just please don’t “Break Stuff,” boys. Pretty please.The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com With Special Guests Machine Gun Kelly & Blvck Ceiling. $34.50-$59.50. 7 p.m. October 6last_img read more

CU trades tell bankers to mind their own business

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Banks that have been fined millions of dollars in recent years have no business opposing requests from credit unions for an exemption from CFPB supervision, credit union trade groups argued Tuesday.“What we have here is a letter from the associations representing institutions that have been fined billions of dollars by the CFPB suggesting there is equivalency in how consumers are treated by credit unions and their too-big-too-fail Wall Street banks,” CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan said. “It would be laughable if it weren’t so shameful.”Late last week, the American Bankers Association and the Consumer Bankers Association sent a letter to CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger opposing a request from CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle for the agency to exempt credit unions from the agency’s supervision. That power should be invested in the NCUA, Nussle said. continue reading »last_img read more

3 unexpected sources of inspiration for brilliant member engagement

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Prager Prior to forming Prager Creative, Ben worked with design studios, branding firms and advertising agencies to push great strategy and design for all his projects. His experience with all aspects … Web: www.pragercreative.com/creditunions Details We all know that member enthusiasm is one of the most crucial areas of focus within a credit union. Satisfied members help build up community engagement and strengthen trust, which leads to higher member retention. If your credit union’s engagement levels have become stagnant, it might be time to rethink your approach. Whether it’s for marketing campaigns, advertisements, or website presence, you must always actively seek new ways to interact with your audience that will get the truly excited about your brand. And that means doing things differently; breaking out of the routine of the same old usual marketing. Below, we explore three areas you might never think to look for inspiration when planning your member engagement efforts. Start with these and watch the happy crowd of members come streaming through your doors! Your CompetitorsIf you’re itching to win members from the banks – or even other credit unions – take a good look at how they’re holding onto their customers and members. There’s no need to shy away from checking in on your competition – in fact, viewing their techniques from a holistic approach can provide you a greater wealth of knowledge and insight that in turn will help your brand to better differentiate from the rest. Look at their websites, their past promotions and marketing campaigns, their credit rate offerings. What are they doing well? What’s missing from their strategies that you should be striving toward? More importantly, what factors must be implemented to make your own brand stand out amongst the masses?If your biggest competitor appeals to your target market because they’re perceived as a modern brand with great products, perhaps it’s time for a campaign highlighting the key benefits of your services – and how they’re better than your competitors. Or maybe it’s time for a brand refresh that’s better aligned with your current business. Evaluate the noticeably repetitive elements showing up within other bank and credit union campaigns and seek inventive ways to change up the status quo. There’s value in learning from competitors’ differing strategies, as it gives you the benchmark needed to surpass their level of creative thinking and bring your brand to the top.Other IndustriesIt’s no secret credit unions do things differently than most other industries, so there’s a tendency to solely seek answers from within. But seeing customer engagement methods from varying types of brands can help you figure out how your own brand can more deeply engage. Take global skate shoes and apparel brand, Vans, for example. They recently launched a playable ad on Facebook tied to a holiday video game on their website, where players collect Vans-related merchandise while snowboarding down a mountain. The game successfully resulted in a 4.4-point ad recall lift and a 2.4-point lift in favorability. While fashion and footwear are far from related to credit unions, the idea behind the playable ad is still applicable. A great idea for credit union engagement could be a miniature game that allows members to collect gold coins or ‘savings,’ which ultimately drives to the credit union’s savings account products. This type of interactive ad is simple and fun, while making members feel included and more involved within their own credit union community.Social Media CommentsFor a completely unfiltered conversation regarding what members think of your credit union, look no further than social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, as well as review sites like Yelp. Social media comments offer a wealth of information – what members really think about your brand, which areas of your brand need improvement, and general understanding of how your audiences think and feel. We know all too well the incredible value social media comments can provide, having launched a recent campaign for Liberty Savings Federal Credit Union based off a trend identified within the comments on their social pages. After noticing several members had commented that the service they received in-branch was “#wow!”, we created the ‘Banking with #WOW service’ campaign, attracting new members in a way that personally resonated with them. We also transformed the campaign into an opportunity to survey members on what #wow service meant to them, allowing us to gain even more insight into how to best engage members in the future extending across all brand touchpoints. What’s more, the brand has steadily built equity in the member experience through continued use of #wow on all social media platforms.It’s important to always be active and attentive within your credit union’s social media accounts. When a brand’s own engagement is high, member engagement will follow suit. The Liberty Savings campaign helped encourage members to express themselves, proving that their voices are not only heard but are valued. They have a tangible impact within their credit union community.Inspiration is EverywhereNo matter the method you choose, there’s plenty of exciting ways to break out of the credit union bubble and find fresh inspiration in unexpected places. Try to avoid repeat or recycled campaigns and give something different a chance. Not only are you likely to discover new and unique perspectives, you might also find great ideas that can effectively boost member engagement more than you ever thought possible.last_img read more

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Asia-Pacific drug trade thrives amid the COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgTopics : “While the world has shifted its attention to the COVID-19 pandemic, all indications are that production and trafficking of synthetic drugs and chemicals continue at record levels in the region.”Inshik Sim, a UNODC Illicit Drugs Analyst, told Reuters that recent intelligence suggested that there had been no change in the street price of methamphetamine in Bangkok or Manila, the capitals of Thailand and the Philippines and the biggest markets for the substance in Southeast Asia.This, he said, showed there had been “no impact on its availability in the market”.The relative stability of the drug market in much of the Asia-Pacific contrasts with the experience in North America and Europe, where tougher travel restrictions and border controls have disrupted supply chains and pushed prices higher. In recent years, transnational crime groups based in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau have expanded the sophistication and scale of methamphetamine production in industrial-scale labs in northern Myanmar and widened their distribution network as far as Japan and New Zealand.As supply has surged and prices have fallen, the purity of the drug has increased, the UNODC report said.Asian crime syndicates produce both potent crystal meth and less expensive tablets of meth mixed with caffeine known as yaba, or “crazy drug” in the Thai language.While opium cultivation and heroin production has been declining in Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle which straddles northern Myanmar and parts of Laos and Thailand, there has been a “steady emergence” of dangerous synthetic opioids like fentanyl in East And Southeast Asia, said the report.”The illicit drug market here is at a tipping point as synthetic opioid production appears to be migrating into places with deep governance problems like the Golden Triangle,” said Douglas. “Southeast Asia could well become a source of opioids for other parts of the world while these substances get mixed into or displace part of the regional heroin supply.”Other synthetic drugs such as ecstasy, ketamine and cannabinoids are also increasingly found across the region, the UNODC report said.center_img Illicit drug markets in the Asia-Pacific continue to expand and diversify and appear to be largely unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak, the United Nations said on Friday.The production of methamphetamine, the most popular drug in the region, continues to hit record highs while prices fall to new lows in East and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report that compiled data from 2019 to first quarter of 2020.”It is hard to imagine that organized crime have again managed to expand the drug market, but they have,” said Jeremy Douglas, UNODC Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.last_img read more

Maryland DNR Announces Funding for 49 Projects

first_imgThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $10.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to improve public boating access and navigation throughout the state.Passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed by Governor Larry Hogan, this critical funding will go toward 49 projects in 18 counties from Allegany to Worcester.“Through this grant program, we are improving the quality of life of our citizens and visitors through the development and enhancement of various water access sites throughout the state, while expanding opportunities for the public to appreciate all that the Chesapeake Bay, coastal bays and their tributaries have to offer,” Governor Larry Hogan said.“The boating industry supports thousands of jobs in Maryland and contributes billions to our economy.”Funded projects include the dredging of local navigation channels, maintaining public boating access facilities, improving parking and upgrading existing infrastructure such as bulkheads, piers and ramps.Funding is also provided to local first responders to enhance water rescue operations.“From cruising the Chesapeake Bay to maneuvering the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, boating is a way of life in Maryland,” Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said.“The Waterway Improvement Fund is a vital state resource that ensures that residents and visitors alike will continue to benefit from Maryland’s world-class recreational boating opportunities for years to come.”The Waterway Improvement Fund was created in 1966 to support the development, enjoyment and use of Maryland’s waters for the benefit of the general boating public. It is primarily derived from a five-percent vessel excise tax on boat purchases and titling.last_img read more

Nigeria discloses possibility of finding oil in troubled Lake Chad region

first_imgThe Nigerian Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed that there are possibilities of finding oil in the Lake Chad area, which has been riddled by violence perpetrated by the Boko Haram militia group.“There are signs from the latest 3D seismic studies that oil may well be very close to being found now in Lake Chad after very many years of trials,” said managing director Ibe Kachikwu.Kachikwu gave no further details but is believed to have been referring to the Kukawa area of Borno state, where exploration had previously begun but was halted because of the six-year Islamist insurgency.In 2006, Nigeria licenced the state-run China National Petroleum Corporation to explore four blocks in the Lake Chad basin.Lake Chad forms the border between Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Chad hit oil on its side of the border in the late 1970s and production hit 100 000 barrels a day in 2013.The Muslim-majority northern region of Nigeria is riddled by unemployment and the discovery of oil has the potential of altering this.last_img read more