University announces parking changes, Eddy Street expansions at town hall meetings

first_imgWith the opening of Campus Crossroads, Jenkins Hall and Nanovic Hall scheduled for later this year, the Notre Dame campus is undergoing large-scale changes. However, the expansion of the University continues beyond even these projects.Lindsay Meyers | The Observer Throughout the week of Feb. 20, executive vice president John Affleck-Graves discussed various University issues and projects at a series of town halls.In a town hall addressing the human resources department Tuesday in McCourtney Hall, Affleck-Graves began by addressing one of the areas of greatest faculty and student concern: parking.Affleck-Graves said that there will be three major upcoming changes to parking — a new shuttle service, a parking garage and a paved lot on the current site of O’Hara-Grace graduate-student housing.These recommendations came from a parking committee assembled by Affleck-Graves, who said he wanted to preserve the University’s atmosphere while still expanding parking.“The whole idea here is that we want this to be a pedestrian campus,” he said. “ At the same time, we all work here, and we want to be able to get to our buildings, and the weather isn’t always great.”One of the central elements to expanding parking, yet maintaining a pedestrian atmosphere, is a shuttle service, he said. “The basics of what they want from the shuttle service are no more than a 10-minute wait during peak time and no more than a 15-minute wait at other times,” Affleck-Graves said. “We’re going to put technology up so that you are at least able to see where the shuttles are. So you can sit in your office and see when you wanted to go down.”The second major parking project the University hopes to undertake is the construction of a self-funded parking garage near Legends, Affleck-Graves said.Finally, Affleck-Graves said a temporary lot will be built on the east side of the University.“In the next year or so, we’re scheduled to take down O’Hara-Grace, so they asked that when we take that down, we convert it into a parking lot,” he said. “When that comes down, we will pave it, and it will become a surface parking lot, but the long-term plan for the University has that scheduled for a research building sometime in the future.”The second major project the University is undertaking is the expansion of Eddy Street Commons from its current end at St Vincent Street to Howard Street. The project is scheduled to take 12 to 18 months. This area will include retail and apartment spaces, with one of the key innovations being a new “flex space” on the first block of expansion.“The rents in Eddy Street are very high, so there is a way to make a lower price point for young entrepreneurs or people who want to start a business, and that’s what the flex space is,” Affleck-Graves said. “There’s a big window in the front that can be used for a store … it’s a kind of mixed apartment-business thing.”Affleck-Graves said the second block of expansion will also include a revamped Robinson Community Learning Center, a grocery store and graduate-student housing to coincide with the demolition of the O’Hara-Grace residences.“The next block down will be pretty much a mirror image, except the first level will be apartments, not businesses,” he said. “We’re hoping at least one of those, in the southernmost block, will be a graduate housing complex.”Affleck-Graves also touched on plans to open up Campus Crossroads briefly to the public during Welcome Weekend 2017. “We’re opening it up to the whole community,” Affleck-Graves said. “In a sense, it’s a dry run. The idea is, open it softly … test the video board, test the seating.”At the Athletics town hall on Thursday, athletic director Jack Swarbrick and University President Fr. John Jenkins discussed inclusion and specific goals for the athletic department and the University as a whole.Swarbrick spoke on Jenkins’ recently deceased mother and how she acted as a model for inclusion.“[The Jenkins home] was the place where friends and strangers and, it seems like, half of Omaha gathered. It was in a very natural way a place of inclusion — a place where everyone was welcome,” he said. “That’s the essence of the mission of inclusion and building diversity, and I think it exists best when it exists naturally in the lessons of someone like Helen Jenkins.”Jenkins then outlined his three major goals for the athletic department.“The first thing is integrity,” he said. “That’s absolutely critical for everyone at the University, but because athletics is so prominent, it’s critical. What I mean by that is, compliance with NCAA regulation and other regulations, but also to act in a way that you can be proud of and Notre Dame can be proud of you.“Second, we’re about these kids, our students … and help[ing] them grow as people — educationally, morally, spiritually — and grow into responsible adults,” he said.Jenkins’ concluding goal for the department was to win championships. Jenkins said these three goals must all be achieved and none left out in the pursuit of excellence.“If we do the third and not the first two, we’re not Notre Dame,” he said.The University will hold one more town hall Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Washington Hall.Tags: athletics, Campus Crossroads, Construction, development, Eddy Street, town halllast_img read more

Egypt’s Hector Cuper confident, Uganda’s Micho optimistic

first_img“Egypt are thirsting for revenge and we must be aware that they have built a new, very good team since Kumasi.”Cranes coach Micho. FILE PHOTOUganda coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic says that although his team are seeded last in the group, they can match Ghana, Egypt and Congo.“We can create shocks even though our budget is probably 10 percent of some rivals,” said the Serb, who has worked in numerous African countries.“While some other African countries liken us to a motorcycle competing in a Formula One race, I disagree. We can match any team.”Congo coach Pierre Lechantre is not pessimistic either, although Ghana and Egypt seem easily the strongest sides in the group.“We will face very strong teams, but Congo have a chance,” said the Frenchman, who guided Cameroon to the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations title.The Group C opponents of Morocco coach Herve Renard include Ivory Coast, the country he steered to the 2015 Cup of Nations title, Mali and Gabon.“All the groups are tough,” he said. “You can sense being in a good position, but always have to be careful.”Senegal are favoured to top Group D ahead of Cape Verde, South Africa and Burkina Faso and compete at a World Cup, 16 years after reaching the quarter-finals.But South Africa coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba says: “I am confident we will be in Russia. The draw made me very happy, although it is not going to be easy.”“We have to start very well,” he said, conscious that a draw against Gambia and a loss to Mauritania in Cup of Nations qualifiers means they will not be part of the 2017 tournament in Gabon.Group A comprises Tunisia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea and Libya and a blockbuster Group B includes Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon and Zambia.Share on: WhatsApp Group  A :Libya, Guinea, DR Congo, TunisiaGroup B: Zambia, Cameroon, Nigeria, AlgeriaGroup C: Gabon, Morocco, Mali, Ivory CoastGroup D: Burkina Faso, South Africa, Cape Verde, SenegalGroup E: Uganda, Congo, Egypt, Ghana Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |Egypt coach Hector Cuper says it is irrelevant that 2018 World Cup qualifying opponents Ghana humiliated the north Africans three years ago, declaring: “We fear no team.”The two countries were placed in Group E with Congo Brazzaville and Uganda when 20 nations were split into five groups this weekend, with the winners going to the finals in Russia.Ghana crushed Egypt 6-1 in the first leg of a 2014 World Cup play-off and won 7-3 overall to secure a place in Brazil.“I know what Ghana did to Egypt, but that is history,” insisted Argentine Cuper, the former manager of Valencia and Inter Milan.“We fear no team, our target is qualification for the 2018 World Cup, and what lies ahead for the Egyptian squad is work, work and more work.”Thrashing by Ghana history, says Egypt coachGhana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi believes the unexpectedly big winning margin achieved by the Black Stars at home three years ago will work against them this time.“That triumph does not give us any psychological advantage,” he stressed. “On the contrary, it is a disadvantage.last_img read more

Exciting 2019 Artesians Season Kicks off at Home Saturday

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Oly Town Artesians exciting 2019 season kicks off with a bang on Saturday night when the defending Evergreen Premier League runners-up, the Seattle Stars, visit Black Hills High School. May the 4th be with you on Star Wars Night with a costume contest, trivia, games and prizes. There will be an inflatable soccer darts board and the giant soccer ball for the kids and more throughout the game. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and first kick is set for 6:00 p.m.. Tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12, military, first responders and seniors.The Artesians are coming off a successful 2018 season in which they went 5-3-2, finishing with the third best record in the EPLWA, just barely missing the playoffs due to the league’s wild card rules. Christian Segovia and Daniel Gonzalez led the way with four goals apiece. Gonzalez recently signed with the Sounders U23s of the USL League Two but Segovia returns and is part of a healthy mix of veterans, recently graduated collegians and current collegiate players that head coach Matt Herrera has focused on improving on 2018 and making the EPLWA playoffs for the first time.Saint Martin’s alum JJ Olson returns for his third season in goal behind a backline that includes First Team All-Western Indoor Soccer League selection Nate Boatright and All-Armed Forces defender TJ O’Connor. Daniele Zaccagnini anchors the midfield along with newcomer and PLU alum Shane Gutierrez, and Evergreen grad Esau Vazquez is joined by his brother, Geovanny, who helped FCM Portland to the National Premier Soccer League’s semifinals last season.Off the field, it’s been a season of change for the Artesians, including Leon Grinnell joining the club as the Director Of Soccer Operations. Well 80 Artesian Brewing is the new presenting sponsor and are featured on new kits and sponsor the club’s new supporter’s group, the Well Heads. Oly Town also welcomes Jimmy John’s, Hotel RL Olympia, Century Cleaners and Cinco De Mayo as new sponsors. Teaming with Founder and General Manager Brandon Sparks, the Artesians have focused on providing a top-notch game day experience for fans including Cinco De Mayo providing concessions at all home games.Single game tickets and Well Heads memberships are on sale now and can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets. Single game tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, military and kids 5-12 years-old. Well Heads memberships are $80 and include the new slate jersey, a Well Heads scarf, season tickets, 20 ounce pours for 16 ounce prices at Well 80, and more.The Artesians head to Bellingham on Sunday to face the Hammers at Civic Stadium at 6:00 p.m. Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

Improvement works to get underway at busy Letterkenny road

first_imgMuch-needed improvement works to a busy stretch of road in Letterkenny will begin this week.Work on the Lismonaghan Road, between Rowan Park and Hill View, will see the vision lines improved along with the construction of a new footpath.Welcoming the announcement, local Donegal County Councillor, Ciaran Brogan said the widening of the road and the provision of a new footpath will have huge benefits for the residents and road users in the Lismonaghan area. “€37,000 has been approved to complete the project at Lismonaghan, with €10,000 also secured for the provision of lights next year.“A lot of work was done behind the scenes to acquire the necessary land to allow these improvements to be carried out. I commend all involved for their efforts.“The stretch of road in question is extremely busy and these works are a positive development for the area.”Improvement works to get underway at busy Letterkenny road was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Ciaran Broganimprovementsletterkennyroadlast_img read more

49ers draft: Round-by-round roster breakdown

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Once you get past all the hoopla of the NFL draft’s first round, rosters are fortified with chip-on-their-shoulder players for ever-valued depth.The 49ers certainly illustrate that after a personnel overhaul since coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch clocked in two years ago.With two weeks until the next draft, here is a round-by-round breakdown of the 49ers current roster:First Round (10 players) No. 3DL Solomon Thomas (2017)No. 7DL DeForest …last_img

SIT to probe Maharashtra Cooperative Bank loan scam

first_imgThe Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the Maharashtra Cooperative Bank case. The first information report was registered on Monday. The EOW had registered an offence under the Indian Penal Code as well as Prevention of Corruption Act on directions of the Bombay High Court (HC), which is hearing a public interest litigation regarding the matter. The petitioner, Surinder Arora, had moved the HC in 2012. “Due to the seriousness of the case and the players involved, we have appointed an assistant commissioner of police-level officer as the investigating officer, who will head the SIT,” an EOW officer said.The officer said the SIT will first examine all the documents related to the case. “We will start with the inspection report prepared by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development in 2011 as well as other reports connected to the matter. Documents of all financial transactions made by the bank from 2002 to 2017, during which the offence is alleged to have occurred, will also be studied. We have called for copies of these documents from the agencies as well as banks,” the officer said.He said the examination of documents is necessary to study the trail of money as well as to verify the allegations of fraudulent loans allegedly granted by the directors to various sugar mills and yarn-spinning units. The bank’s directors at the time include senior Nationalist Congress Party members like Ajit Pawar, Vijaysinh Mohite Patil and Anand Adsul.“We will only be able to fix responsibility after examining all the relevant documents and then mention the names of specific individuals as accused. The process is expected to take around a month, and the further course of action will be decided once this is complete,” the officer said.last_img read more

Semi finals spots decided

first_imgIn the 18’s Boys division, Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) will play New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) in the first semi, while New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) will meet the South Queensland Border District (SQBD) Sharks.In the 18’s Girls division, QSST will play the Sharks, while NSWCHS will play NSWCCC.Saturday games:18’s GirlsSemi final 1 – QSST v SQBD – 9am (field one)Semi final 2 – NSWCCC v NSWCHS – 9am (field two)Playoff 3/4 – loser of both semi finals – 12pm (field one)Playoff 5/6 – Brisbane City Cobras v Southern Suns – 11am (field one)Playoff 7/8 – Sydney Mets v Sydney Scorpions – 1pm (field two)Playoff 9/10 – Northern Eagles v Sunshine Coast – 11am (field three)Playoff 11/12 – Sydney Rebels v Western Tigers – 11am (field five)Playoff 13/14 – Canberra Pirates v Northern Territory – 10am (field three)Playoff 15/16 – Hunter Western Hornets v NSWCIS – 10am (field four)Playoff 17/18 – South West Queensland v South Australia – 10am (field five)18’s BoysSemi final 1 – QSST v NSWCHS – 10am (field one)Semi final 2 – NSWCCC v SQBD – 10am (field two)Play off 3/4 – loser of both semi finals – 1.00pm (field one)Playoff 5/6 – Sydney Mets v Sunshine Coast – 11am (field two)Playoff 7/8 – Sydney Rebels v Sydney Scorpions – 12pm (field two)Playoff 9/10 – Brisbane City Cobras v Southern Suns – 11am (field four)Playoff 11/12 – Hunter Western Hornets v Canberra Pirates – 9am (field five)Playoff 13/14 – Northern Eagles v Tasmania – 9am (field three)Playoff 15/16 – Western Tigers v NSWCIS – 9am (field four)Grand final – 18’s Girls – 2.05pmGrand final – 18’s Boys – 3.15pmlast_img read more

Bank of Canada expected to raise interest rate as some trade uncertainty

first_imgOTTAWA – With some trade uncertainty now out of the way, the Bank of Canada is widely expected to hike its benchmark interest rate today for the fifth time since the summer of 2017.This morning’s policy decision will be the central bank’s first since Canada agreed with the United States and Mexico earlier this month on an updated North American free trade deal.The bank left the rate unchanged at its last policy meeting in September and senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins later said the unknown consequences of the continental trade talks — as well as the tit-for-tat tariff dispute — were front and centre in the decision.Governor Stephen Poloz’s rate announcement today will also come as the Canadian economy continues to show signs of strength and the unemployment rate remains close to a four-decade low.A hike would be Poloz’s first increase since July, when the rate rose 25 basis points to 1.5 per cent.The central bank has carefully followed a gradual, data-dependent approach to raising the rate to assess factors, including how smoothly indebted households absorb the increases.last_img read more

TransCanada going ahead with expansion of Nova Gas reports Q3 profit up

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says it will go ahead with a $1.5-billion expansion of its Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. System as the latest expansion of its natural gas network.“With today’s announcements, we are now advancing $9.1 billion of financially secured growth projects on the NGTL system over the 2018 and 2022 period,” said TransCanada CEO Russ Girling on an earnings call Thursday.“Looking forward, customer demand for access to our systems remains strong and we continue to work with industry on options to connect growing Western Canadian gas supply to markets across North America,” he said.The latest spending plan on the NGTL system includes about 197 kilometres of large diameter pipeline, three compression units, meter stations and associated facilities.The pipeline company said applications for approvals to construct and operate the facilities are expected to be filed with the National Energy Board in the second quarter of 2019. It expects to have construction of the segment completed in 2022.TransCanada also continues to work on the $6.2-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline that it said it would go ahead with in early October after Shell-led LNG Canada officially gave the go-ahead for its massive gas export facility in Kitimat, B.C.In the U.S., TransCanada is pushing forward on its controversial Keystone XL pipeline that faces several court and regulatory challenges.A Montana court is considering a challenge to the presidential permit awarded to the pipeline, with a decision expected in early December.The Nebraska Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments Thursday on a challenge to the route approval through the state, with a decision expected in late December or early next year.Permitting for the project through the Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies is expected early next year to allow for the start of construction next year, said Paul Miller, president of liquids pipelines, on the earnings call.“We continue our construction planning and preparation in anticipation of resolution of these legal and regulatory hurdles to prepare us for a start of construction in 2019. But we’ll have to reflect on the rulings that do come down from the courts as well as the federal agencies.”TransCanada reported third-quarter profit of $928 million or $1.02 per share, up from $612 million or 70 cents per share in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled $3.16 billion, down from nearly $3.20 billion a year ago.Analysts had forecast profits of 78 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)last_img read more

Avoiding a cash crunch when its time to pay your taxes

first_imgNEW YORK — While many business owners know they’ll owe the government less money or perhaps get refunds under the new tax law, others are still unsure about what they might have to pay while they file their returns. They need to be sure they have some extra cash, or access to financing, in case they’re facing sizeable tax bills.The owners with some of the greatest uncertainty are those who are sole proprietors, partners and shareholders in S corporations; they are the ones hoping to claim a 20 per cent deduction for their qualified business income. Their returns and tax payments are due April 15.The problem for these owners is that the deduction is based on their taxable income and therefore includes other income that they have, even if it’s not from the business. And if they’re married, their spouses’ income is included in the calculations. Another factor is whether they have employees.But owners have time to accumulate cash, and they may discover that it’s easy to find ways to free up money in their companies.Small business advisers suggest first that owners stay on top of invoicing and payments. Getting invoices out promptly is a start. And if some customers are slow payers, it may be necessary to negotiate different terms or give them incentives to pay faster.Another way to bring in more money is to raise prices where possible. That may be easier in the first couple of months of the year.Lowering expenses also helps. Owners should take a hard look at everything they spend, and see if they can order fewer goods and supplies and/or negotiate discounts with vendors. They should encourage employees to save energy by turning off lights and putting electronic devices into sleep mode.Owners might consider crowdfunding, giving people who donate money merchandise or other rewards in return.Some owners who get an unpleasant surprise at filing time might consider not filing their returns, something they should just not do — they’ll end up paying hefty late filing penalties as well as late payment penalties and interest. The advice from the IRS is, file and pay what you can. Owners must do this whether they file their returns or get an automatic extension of the filing deadline. They can seek an installment payment agreement with the IRS. The agency’s Publication 4849, Can’t Pay the Tax You Owe has information. It can be accessed on the IRS website, www.irs.gov .____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more