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Students reflect during Lenten season

Students reflect during Lenten season

first_imgWhether giving up their favorite food, kicking a bad habit, or working to incorporate something positive into their daily routine, Notre Dame students are coming up with new and unique ways to recognize Lent. Sophomore Pat Haggerty said that for Lent, he intends to quit using Tinder, the newly popular iPhone dating application. “It’s a total time killer and distraction,” Haggerty said. “Plus, it makes for awkward sightings on campus. Also, I don’t want to get ‘Lennay Kekua’ed.’” Sophomore Jack Souter, a resident of Fisher Hall, said he plans to give up going into other male dorms for the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. “I feel that this will help strengthen my Fisher identity,” Souter said. “The community in Fisher is the only place I can truly be myself.” Sophomore Thomas Kleiber is prepared to refuse discussion over the controversial change in dining hall menus on Fridays during Lent. “I’m giving up arguing with people over whether the dining hall should serve meat or not,” Kleiber said. “It’s pointless and annoying.” Some of the most popular ways to observe Lent this year are plans to give up drinking soda, cutting swear words out, working out daily and making a point to attend church more often. “This isn’t very original but I’m giving up sweets and soda,” sophomore Claire Cosgrove said, echoing many of her classmates. “I have a sweet tooth and like to drink soda, so it’s always really hard and challenges me through all of Lent.” Junior Susan Nichols said she was planning to quit swearing for 40 days for the second year in a row. Nichols said cutting curse words out of her vocabulary is a good thing to remember in daily life and Lent provides a perfect opportunity to motivate her to stick to her goal. Sophomore Allie Gerspach decided to use Lent as motivation to be more practical in daily life. “I’m going to give up up buying coffee,” Gerspach said. “My flex points will benefit, [and] it’s a luxury that I don’t need when I can just make coffee in my room.” During Lent, many activities will take place to help students observe the period of reflection, including meat-free dining halls on Fridays, daily rosary prayers at the Grotto and a weekly “Stations of the Cross” event. Notre Dame Campus Ministry encourages students to use Lent as a time for self-reflection and improvement. “Whenever we talk about Lenten sacrifices, then, or even about the environmental and liturgical changes that mark the season, we can put all of those in the context of preparing ourselves – as individuals and as a Church – for the new life we all put on at Easter,” Campus Ministry’s website stated.   Sophomore Susanna Floyd, who is involved with Campus Ministry, said Lent is a good time for students to think about the meaning of Easter in the days leading up to the holiday. “The best thing about Lent is being given an opportunity not only to make daily sacrifices, but to reflect on why I’m sacrificing,” she said.last_img read more

South Dakota sees wind boom on the horizon

South Dakota sees wind boom on the horizon

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:The prairies and rolling hills of South Dakota will soon become dotted with wind turbines after the approval of eight major wind energy projects that could bring 700 more turbines and an investment of $2.6 billion in the state by the end of 2020.Two other projects now in the regulatory approval process would bring 188 more turbines and another $640 million in investments to the state, bringing the total of new turbines to 888 and the investment by energy companies to $3.26 billion.The rapid expansion of wind energy will reach across the state, with the majority of new turbines targeted for the northeast corner, but with other projects planned for Hand and Hyde counties in the center of the state and a 45-turbine project now under construction near Newell in Butte County in the far northwest.Just two years ago, despite being home to the third-most-active winds in the nation, South Dakota ranked No. 19 for wind energy production among the 50 states, with 15 wind farms and a total of 584 turbines able to generate 1,014 megawatts of electricity.New national ranking data is not yet available, but the approved and docketed projects would raise the total of wind farms to 25 and nearly triple the number of wind towers in the state. The electricity production capacity would rise to more than 3,600 megawatts. Though it is variable, one megawatt of electricity can power about 1,000 homes; South Dakota ranks high in the nation for the number of homes, about 300,000, that are powered by wind energy.Landowners, local governments and schools will all see significant financial benefits from the projects. One wind farm approved in Clark County, the Crocker Wind Farm, will pay leaseholders $46 million over the next 20 years, according to documents filed by developer Geronimo Energy. That project, which includes up to 120 turbines and an expected investment of $600 million, will also create 10 to 20 full-time jobs, support a “community fund” of $1.6 million, and generate $36 million in tax revenues for the state, county, township and local schools in its first two decades of operation.More: $3.3 billion wind investment will add 2,500 MW of clean energy in South Dakota South Dakota sees wind boom on the horizonlast_img read more

Enel teams up with Norwegian Investment Fund to develop renewable energy projects in India

Enel teams up with Norwegian Investment Fund to develop renewable energy projects in India

first_imgEnel teams up with Norwegian Investment Fund to develop renewable energy projects in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:With British fossil fuel giant BP having committed to invest in Indian renewables, another signal the nation’s solar market is ready to attract big foreign investment has arrived with a statement of intent from Italian utility Enel.Italy’s biggest power company already owns and operates 172 MW of wind generation capacity in Gujarat and Maharashtra and landed its first solar project in the country with a 300 MW slice of the latest round of the national tender program conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). With Spanish developer Solarpack having set a new record low price for Indian solar of Rs2.36/kWh in that procurement exercise, Enel was among five overseas-financed developers to lodge successful bids in a 2 GW tender which set a maximum solar tariff of Rs2.38.The utility, in which the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance holds a controlling stake, yesterday announced it has signed a long-term agreement with the state-owned Norwegian Investment Fund (Norfund) to develop more renewables capacity in India.Under the terms of the agreement, the Enel Green Power India subsidiary of the power company will develop clean energy projects in which Norfund will have the option of investing in return for an equity share. A press release issued by Enel yesterday to announce the arrangement did not set any capacity targets or specify a timeline for the commitment, however.“This agreement gives us the opportunity to expand and strengthen our presence in India, after recently scoring our first win in a solar tender in the country,” said Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of the utility’s Enel Green Power division. “By joining forces with an important partner such as Norfund, which shares our commitment towards sustainability and decarbonization, we will leverage on our technical expertise to harness the significant renewable growth potential of India, while contributing to the achievement of the country’s sustainable energy targets.”Historically-low interest rates set by central banks in Europe and the U.S. have been further depressed by the need to drum up investment to aid the recovery from Covid-19 in many nations. With solar developers from France and Germany among the successful bidders in the recent SECI tender – and two of the three Indian bids backed by U.S. private and U.K. public money – it appears the business case for Indian solar may have reached a level sufficient to unlock big volumes of foreign direct investment as the nation chases an increasingly distant-looking 100 GW of solar generation capacity by 2022.[Max Hall]More: Enel joins the Indian solar gold rushlast_img read more

South American Air Forces Focus On Cybersecurity

South American Air Forces Focus On Cybersecurity

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook November 14, 2019 South American air forces’ chiefs seek mutual solutions to current cyber and space security challenges, as well as transnational threats.“Cooperation as a Strategy Towards Progress” was the opening theme of the South American Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leader Conference, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, on November 4-8, 2019. For the first time, the conference included a concurrent seminar for senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs).“I look forward to the cooperation and camaraderie that is fostered during your time here, as we not only focus on topics such as space, cyber, and transnational threats, but also hear from each other on our shared capabilities and challenges,” said Major General Andrew Croft, commander of U.S. 12th Air Force, Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH), which hosted the event.During his opening remarks before more than 50 attendees, including members of the air forces of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru; representatives of the U.S. Air National Guard’s State Partnership Program; and different units of the U.S. Air Force, Maj. Gen. Croft said: “Our shared neighborhood is currently experiencing some challenges […] and these challenges compounded with malign states and actors in the region are threatening our democracies and our shared values […].When politics are uncertain is when we as our nations’ militaries must be most certain. Certain in our core values, certain in our capabilities, and certain in our cooperation to maintain security in our hemisphere.”The meeting included presentations about the capabilities of each air force, their advances in space and cyber security, and transnational threats. The air chiefs conducted bilateral meetings, along with a guided visit to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group and to the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces.AFSOUTH Command Chief Master Sergeant John Storms, speaks with master sergeants about the importance of NCOs for military mission development. (Photo: AFSOUTH Public Affairs)Space and cyber security“Space and cyber security are two factors that can spread different aggressions or threats in the world and end up affecting the interests of a nation; that’s why every state has the right and responsibility to protect its citizens, their property, and their valuables from these potential threats,” said Lieutenant General Juan José Janer, commander of the Aerospace Command of the Argentine Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff. “The Argentine Air Force is responsible for protecting the air space to safeguard national interests.”Lieutenant General Raúl Hoyos de Vinatea, head of the Peruvian Air Force’s General Staff, said during his presentation that the Peruvian Air Force had entered the era of cybersecurity. “Most importantly, a cyberdefense law was passed, since there was no legal framework and we were hesitant to execute cyber space operations, for fear of doing something illegal to non-authorized systems,” said Lt. Gen. Hoyos. “The law provides us with the legal framework to support cybersecurity and execute operations in this field.”For his part, General Ramsés Rueda Rueda, commander of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish), spoke about transnational threats that arise in his country and stressed that FAC plays a very important role in the fight against narcotrafficking. “We are denying narcotraffickers the use of airspace, but they are flying outside the territory; we want to counter narcotrafficking, even outside national borders.”NCO developmentWhile air force chiefs held bilateral meetings with Maj. Gen. Croft, NCOs and sergeant majors had a parallel agenda to analyze issues relevant to their responsibilities, such as the importance of professionalization of new generations of NCOs, as well as the new challenges in space and cyber security.“We are part of the leadership team, and we are just as committed to the mission as our commanders. We need to come together with our commanders so we can understand the full picture of what they need,” said AFSOUTH Command Chief Master Sergeant John Storms. “It’s important to recognize that the culture of empowering the enlisted force sometimes does not necessarily grant enough authority and autonomy, so it requires a culture change to get there, and we at AFSOUTH are willing to help them in every way we can to speed up that process.”last_img read more

Gov. Bush makes JNC appointments

Gov. Bush makes JNC appointments

first_img Gov. Bush makes JNC appointments Gov. Jeb Bush has made 24 appointments to the state’s judicial nominating commissions, based on a list of nominees forwarded by the Bar Board of Governors. He has also made two direct appointments to most of the state’s 26 JNCs.Under a new method adopted by the legislature a couple years ago, the Bar no longer makes direct appointments to the state’s JNCs. Instead the board makes nominations to the governor for four of the nine seats. The governor directly appoints the other five members. Terms are staggered.This year the board made nominations for one seat on each JNC at its May meeting. It also advertised for more applicants in the Third and 19th circuits, delaying those nominations to the governor.Bush made his choices from the Bar nominees last month, and at the same time made two additional direct appointments to each JNC. Bush made only one of his two direct appointments to the Fifth and 12th circuit JNCs. Following is the list of those appointed, with the Bar nominee (except in the Third and 19th circuits) named first. Unless otherwise noted, all are attorneys: • To the Supreme Court JNC, Cynthia S. Tunnicliff of Tallahassee, Olga M. Calvet of Orlando, chief financial officer, Palmas, Inc., and Dean C. Colson of Coral Gables. • To the First District Court of Appeal JNC, M. Stephen Turner of Tallahassee, Monesia T. Brown of Tallahassee, and Carlos G. Muniz of Tallahassee. • To the Second DCA JNC, Julius J. Zschau of Dunedin, Nancy M. Alfonso of Dade City, and Gow B. Fields of Lakeland, president, Fields & Company, Inc. • To the Third DCA JNC, Gerald B. Wald of Pinecrest, Matias R. Dorta of Miami, and Norma S. Lindsey of Miami. • To the Fourth DCA JNC, Manuel Farrach of Hobe Sound, attorney Paul O. Lopez of Boca Raton, and attorney Fernando L. Roig of Boca Raton. • To the Fifth DCA JNC, Ladd H. Fassett of Orlando, James A. “Skip” Fowler of Orlando, and Edward L. Jasper of Port Orange, director of corporate relations, Bethune-Cookman College. • To the First Circuit JNC, William E. Bond, Jr., of Pace, Stanley K. Luke of Crestview, and B. Kristian W. Rasmussen of Pensacola. • To the Second Circuit JNC, Brian S. Duffy of Tallahassee, Jason B. Gonzalez of Tallahassee, and Jessica E. Varn of Tallahassee. • To the Third Circuit JNC, Guy W. Norris of Lake City and Elizabeth W. Porter Lake City, district shelf representative supervisor, Procter & Gamble. • To the Fourth Circuit JNC, David M. Wells of Orange Park, Peter D. Sleiman of Jacksonville, vice president, Sleiman Enterprises, and Cleve E. Warren of Jacksonville, vice president, CapTrust Financial Advisors. • To the Fifth Circuit JNC, Jeffrey M. Pfister of Tavares and Anne W. Corcoran of Hernando. • To the Sixth Circuit JNC, Julian E. Wood of St. Petersburg, Susan P. Bedinghaus of St. Petersburg, and Nicole A. Kerr of New Port Richey. • To the Seventh Circuit JNC, Edwin D. Davis II of Ormond Beach, James D. Clark of Ponte Vedra Beach, president/CEO, Daniel Memorial, Inc., and Michael E. Glenn of Palatka, senior vice president, Mercantile Bank. • To the Eighth Circuit JNC, Elizabeth A.W. “Pan” Zettler of Williston, Maritza T. Arroyo of Gainesville, and Robert L. Woody of Gainesville, director of community relations, Florida Department of Corrections. • To the Ninth Circuit JNC, Patrick T. Christiansen of Orlando, R. David de Armas of Belle Isle, and Rebecca E. Martinez of Orlando, retired attorney. • To the 10th Circuit JNC, Mitchell D. Franks of Lakeland, Sylvia Blackmon-Roberts of Lakeland, consultant, Blackmon Roberts Group, Inc., and John K. Stargel of Lakeland, vice president/general counsel, Richland Towers, Inc. • To the 11th Circuit JNC, Tomas F. Gamba of Coral Gables, Gonzalo R. Dorta of Coral Gables, and Nilda Rodriguez Pedrosa of Miami, acting director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of State. • To the 12th Circuit JNC, Alexandra D. St. Paul of Bradenton and Patrick K. Neal of Bradenton, owner, Neal Communities. • To the 13th Circuit JNC, Clifton C. Curry, Jr., of Valrico, S. Cary Gaylord of Lutz, and Sheila M. McDevitt of Tampa, senior vice president/general counsel, TECO Energy, Inc. • To the 14th Circuit JNC, Roland W. Kiehn of Panama City, Marsha H. Lewis of Panama City, and Willie D. Wise of Blountstown, retired clerk of the circuit court, Calhoun County. • To the 15th Circuit JNC, Joann Barone Kotzen of West Palm Beach, Kathleen G. Kozinski of Jupiter, and Elizabeth T. Wade of Riviera Beach, councilwoman, City of Riviera Beach. • To the 16th Circuit JNC, John A. Jabro of Tavernier, Andrea S. Margalli of Key West, Robert B. Shillinger of Key West. • To the 17th Circuit JNC, Richard J. Zaden of Lighthouse Point, O’Neal Dozier of Pompano Beach, pastor, the Worldwide Christian Center Church, and William R. Scherer, Jr., of Ft. Lauderdale. • To the 18th Circuit JNC, James T. Skuthan of Longwood, Larry A. Dale, of Sanford, president/CEO, Sanford Airport Authority, and Juan C. Lopez-Campillo of Longwood. • To the 19th Circuit, Linda B. Braswell of Jensen Beach, owner, Braswell Bail Bonds – Braswell Surety Services, Inc., and Arlene V. Newson of Ft. Pierce, loan officer, Harbor Federal Savings Bank. • To the 20th Circuit JNC, William D. Keith of Naples, Basil L. Bain of Naples, and Stephany S. Carr of Naples. Gov. Bush makes JNC appointmentscenter_img August 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Hicksville Modeling Agency CEO Admits to $236K Scam

Hicksville Modeling Agency CEO Admits to $236K Scam

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hicksville modeling agency owner has admitted to scamming $236,000 out of nearly 100 clients and parents of children that he promised acting and modeling work after scouting them at malls over a two-year period.James Muniz and pleaded guilty Thursday at Nassau County court to grand larceny, scheme to defraud and conspiracy. His company, New Faces Development Center, Inc., also known as Model Talent Development Corp., also pleaded guilty to larceny and scheme to defraud.“James Muniz built a business, a fraudulent one, cynically exploiting something all Americans can relate to—the love and pride parents feel for their children,” said New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Prosecutors said the 44-year-old Smithtown man and his staff offered modeling gigs to adults with children and teenagers at Roosevelt Field Mall, Queens Center, Smithtown Mall and other public places between Jan. 1, 2011 and Nov. 30, 2012.Company staffers allegedly persuaded clients to purchase photographs and tricked some victims into contracts by falsely claiming that if they didn’t sign up, they would lose a shot at a gig with major retailers. Victims lost between $500 and $5,100.Charges against three of his staffers are pending. Muniz was apprehended in Florida, where he fled after his staff was rounded up.Muniz additionally pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal contempt for violating an order of protection for his then-wife in 2011 in an unrelated case.Judge William Donnino is expected to sentence Muniz on June 20 to 2-1/2 to 5 years in prison, plus restitution to his victims. He will be sentenced May 22 to six months in jail in the second case.last_img read more

Are NCUA’s lending standards too tough?

Are NCUA’s lending standards too tough?

first_img continue reading » When state chartered credit union Melrose CU was placed in conservatorship in February, New York’s Department of Financial Services put NCUA in control. Fast forward to Friday: The WSJ is reporting that the Committee for Taxi Safety, a Long Island City-based organization advocating for the medallion industry, sent a letter to NCUA Chairman J. Mark McWatters complaining that, in the aftermath of NCUA’s takeover, Melrose’s medallion loan terms have become too severe. It is demanding large down payments, imposing high interest rates and seeking peoples’ homes as collateral. Neither NCUA nor the DFS was willing to respond publicly to these concerns. According to the committee’s President David Beier, medallion owners can survive, but only if lenders (i.e. NCUA) show more flexibility.The letter comes at a key time for the medallion industry. One medallion sold for a new low of $241,000, but many within the industry argue that this sale was an outlier and that medallion prices are stabilizing at approximately $550,000. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

COVID-19: Local ‘mudik’ not allowed, Anies clarifies after confusion

COVID-19: Local ‘mudik’ not allowed, Anies clarifies after confusion

first_imgAnies said the travel ban would not apply to workers in essential sectors, including state officials, members of international organizations, security personnel or medical workers.The former education minister confirmed, however, that the decree did not mean that residents were allowed to mudik within Greater Jakarta, despite previous statements from Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) head Arifin and National Police traffic corps operational head Sr. Comr. Benyamin to the contrary.“There’s no such thing as a ‘local mudik’; only ‘virtual mudik’ is allowed,” Anies said.According to the official government count, Jakarta had 6,059 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 463 deaths as of Monday.Topics : After a number of conflicting statements from city and police officials, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has reiterated that a local mudik (Idul Fitri exodus) is not permitted, urging residents to stay at home and keep in touch with family members through digital communication instead.“Everyone needs to stay at home,” Anies said in a statement on Saturday. “The virus knows no holidays, it doesn’t care if it’s Lebaran [Idul Fitri] or not. Let’s not exacerbate the situation in Greater Jakarta […] and render our [mitigation] efforts over the past two months useless.Anies issued on Friday a decree banning all Jakarta residents from leaving Greater Jakarta, with the exception of travel serving essential needs to curb the interregional transmission of COVID-1last_img read more

Juve get Ronaldo’s boost against Cagliari,  travels to Sardinia

Juve get Ronaldo’s boost against Cagliari,  travels to Sardinia

first_img With a Champions League match against Olympique Lyonnais early next month and having played every three days since the resumption, the Bianconeri have decided to give several players a breather. read also:Pele celebrates Ronaldo as ‘modern athlete’ with incredible feat Danilo, Giorgio Chiellini, Matthijs de Ligt, Mattia De Sciglio, Sami Khedira, Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala will not travel to Casteddu. Juventus squad against Cagliari: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Buffon; Alex Sandro, Bonucci, Rugani, Demiral, Coccolo, Wesley, Frabotta; Pjanic, Matuidi, Bentancur, Muratore, Peeters; Ronaldo, Cuadrado, Higuain, Bernardeschi, Olivieri, Vrioni, Zanimacchia FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Juventus coach, Maurizio Sarri, has decided to bring Cristiano Ronaldo for today’s trip to Sardinia and the Portuguese superstar will be accompanied by eight youngsters. The Old Lady secured their ninth consecutive Scudetto on Sunday and were expected to make big changes ahead of the match against Cagliari tonight. Reports in Italy claimed Ronaldo, who is currently three goals behind Lazio striker Ciro Immobile in the Capocannoniere battle, could be rested and stay in Turin this week. The 35-year-old superstar has been picked for the last away game in Serie A 2019-20 but the list of absentees comes as no surprise.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Cheering T-wolves

Cheering T-wolves

first_img Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 TRENTON — The Trenton Timberwolves cheering squad put on a stellar performance at the Bangor Auditorium Saturday and placed fifth at the State Cheering Competition with a score of 103.9. Squad members are Rosie Gray, Haley Norsen, Colleen Sargent, Kelsie Morrison, Candace Rudow, Gloria Gray, Samantha Sawyer, Erin Beaubais, Samantha Sawyer and Jordan Harris.last_img