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Saint Mary’s bans ‘hoverboards’ and drones

Saint Mary’s bans ‘hoverboards’ and drones

first_imgFollowing many college and universities across America, the Saint Mary’s administration made the decision to add drones and electronic self-balancing skateboards known as “hoverboards” to the list of prohibited items on campus. A drone is a remote-controlled, pilotless aircraft that has become commercialized in recent years which can be used for many purposes ranging from photography to Amazon deliveries. Karen Johnson, the vice president of student affairs, said she led a group of people on campus who made the decision in order to protect student safety. “The drone issue is that we are right on the take-off and landing pattern of the [South Bend] airport,” Johnson said. “The fire issue [with ‘hoverboards’] is a big concern. We did not want an item in the residence hall or in a building that could catch on fire when nobody was around to see it happen.”Assistant vice president for student affairs Janielle Tchakerian said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandates the rules regarding the drones. “FAA prohibits drone operators to stay out of airport flight paths and restricted airspace areas, and obey any FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs),” Tchakerian said. “Since Saint Mary’s College is in the flight path to the South Bend airport, we wanted to inform our students that for the safety of the manned aircrafts flying above our campus that drones are prohibited.”Though the fire concerns with “hoverboards” and the airport regulations regarding drones have not been an issue on campus, Johnson said the administration is acting proactively on the matter. Saint Mary’s students received an email outlining the new prohibitions before leaving campus for winter break.“When ‘hoverboards’ become more safe or they solve the problems with the batteries, we may permit them,” Johnson said. “We have skateboards all over campus now, bicycles, skates, all that.”Johnson said there is no set procedure for cases in which students are found with these items, but she would ask the student to take the item home as soon as possible or the College would confiscate the item and put it in a safe place until the student can take it home. Tchakerian said the decision to prohibit the items ultimately ensures the safety of everyone on campus.“[The rules] benefit the entire Saint Mary’s community because, by implementing these two policies, we are putting the safety of our community members — both on campus and those who fly above us — safer.”A comprehensive list of items prohibited on campus can be found on the College’s website. Tags: drones, electronic skateboards, hoverboardslast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! What’s the Best Tony-Winning Musical of All Time?

Culturalist Challenge! What’s the Best Tony-Winning Musical of All Time?

first_img View Comments The Broadway.com editorial team is crazy about Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank—we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday.Last week, in honor of Mother’s Day, we asked you to rank your favorite mom characters from Broadway musicals. The results are in, and fans chose Gypsy’s Mama Rose—sounds great, guys, as long as she isn’t coming over for cake and tea this Sunday. This week, we’ve got the Tony Awards on the brain, and while we’re patiently waiting to see which show is awarded Best Musical on June 7, we want to know: What is the best Tony-winning musical of all time? Broadway.com video producer Anthony Taylor posted his list of top 10 picks here!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist, you will be asked to create one at this point.)Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Broadway.com Show!last_img read more

Head of Passes, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Extends Off-B’way

Head of Passes, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Extends Off-B’way

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016 What an opening night present! Head of Passes, which officially opens on March 28, has extended through April 24; the new drama had previously been set to close on April 17. Penned by Tarell Alvin McCraney, led by Phylicia Rashad and directed by Tina Landau, the show began previews on March 15 at the Public’s Newman Theater.Inspired by the Book of Job, Head of Passes is set at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Shelah’s (Rashad) family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof but unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges.The off-Broadway cast also includes Alana Arenas, Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, J. Bernard Calloway, Robert Joy, John Earl Jelks and Arnetia Walker. ‘Head of Passes'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Head of Passeslast_img read more

Central American Defense Ministers Meet to Promote Coordinated Cooperation

Central American Defense Ministers Meet to Promote Coordinated Cooperation

first_imgBy Dialogo February 04, 2011 The defense ministers of Central America met in San Salvador on 3 February to engage in dialogue on cooperation in the regional fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime. The Salvadoran Defense Ministry has announced that on that date, the ministers held the Twenty-Fourth Ordinary Meeting of the High Council of the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC), where they discussed progress on the cooperation plan for the fight against organized crime and gangs, as well as support programs in cases of natural disasters. In addition, they addressed cooperation programs in the areas of education and military training. The CFAC brought together the defense ministers of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic, while Costa Rica and Panama did not participate in the session, since they have not had armed forces since 1948 and 1989, respectively. In the course of the regional meeting, the ministers decorated the Salvadoran president, Mauricio Funes, with the “Gold Cross” (“Cruz de Oro”) medal in the first degree.last_img read more

The keys to streamlining your loan origination process

The keys to streamlining your loan origination process

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The mortgage loan origination process can be clunky and inefficient. Ultimately, the goal of lenders is to close as many qualified mortgage loans as possible—while remaining compliant, of course. Interest rates have continued to plunge since late 2018, dipping below 4% in June on a 30-year mortgage, the lowest we’ve seen in about two years, according to Mortgage Reports. This dramatic drop in rates could potentially send consumers flocking to their lenders to refinance or take advantage of their home’s equity. From a lender’s perspective, an increase in applications, in turn, increases the need for efficiency.Across the board, our clients consistently seek ways to streamline their operational procedures and reduce the cost of conducting business, including how they originate and refinance loans. Keep reading to learn some actionable tips to help you streamline your loan origination process to realize faster turnaround times, and a reduction in the cost to originate mortgages.Audit your origination processBefore you can identify areas where you can cut the proverbial fat from your mortgage loan origination process, it’s important to conduct an audit of your current procedures. Running a process audit gives you a “big-picture” understanding of how your loan officers and originators are currently operating and how conducive it is to their productivity. continue reading »last_img read more

Lea Michele’s Sweetest Moments With Her, Zandy Reich’s Son Ever: Pics

Lea Michele’s Sweetest Moments With Her, Zandy Reich’s Son Ever: Pics

first_imgReed commented, “He sure is delish,” while Jamie Lynn Sigler wrote, “That’s what it’s all about right there.”Us confirmed in April that Michele and Reich were expecting their first child. “They’ve always wanted to be parents,” an insider told Us at the time.- Advertisement – The Glee alum went on to post a black-and-white photo of herself holding the infant’s bare foot. “ForEver grateful for this true blessing,” the actress captioned the social media upload.The New York native has continued to document her life with her newborn, from celebrating her 34th birthday later that same month to photographing him asleep on her chest in September 2020.The following month, Twilight’s Nikki Reed snapped sweet shots of Michele cradling Ever. The Scream Queens alum called her baby boy “the sunshine of [her] life,” writing, “Me and my boy.”- Advertisement – After the Emmy nominee confirmed the news with a baby bump photo, she received a slew of support from her friends and followers. “Crying! Screaming!!! Love you!” Emma Roberts wrote, while Maren Morris commented, “Aw congratulations.”The Brunette Ambition author wed Reich in March 2019, one year after their engagement. “I get to be married to my best friend, which is the greatest thing in the entire world,” Michele exclusively told Us in July 2019. “At this point in my life, I feel the most grounded — and happiest — I ever have.”Five months later, the “Run to You” singer reflected on her ceremony. “I started the year with not one but TWO amazing bachelorette parties in Hawaii and Arizona with the greatest girlfriends in the entire world,” she wrote via Instagram in December 2019. “And then the most amazing dream came true and I got married to the most amazing man in the world. … Our wedding weekend was so perfect and amazing. We had an incredible honeymoon in Bora Bora. We lived bicoastal most of the year enjoying both East and West coasts and spent great times with our families.”Keep scrolling to see sweet shots of Michele and Ever, from cuddles to birthday celebrations. Mother-son moments! Lea Michele welcomed her and Zandy Reich’s baby boy in August 2020 and has been sharing sweet shots of him ever since.When Us Weekly confirmed the little one’s arrival, a source shared, “Everyone’s happy and healthy, and they’re extremely grateful. He’s been an easy baby so far.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

macOS Big Sur Rollout Affected By Slowdown Issues, Mac Users Face Delay in App Launches

macOS Big Sur Rollout Affected By Slowdown Issues, Mac Users Face Delay in App Launches

first_imgSome users who’re attempting to download macOS Big Sur also reported massive delays. As per the details available on Apple’s System Status site, the issues impacted iMessage and FaceTime alongside the macOS Software Update service. The site also shows that Apple Maps faced a couple of outages as well. Furthermore, some users reported problems accessing Apple Card and Apple Pay as well as the Apple Developer site.- Advertisement – macOS 11 Big Sur downloads appears to have been marred by slowdown issues. Shortly after Apple released macOS 11 Big Sur, a large number of Mac users today reported issues in downloading the latest update. Several users started seeing a delay of over a fortnight in getting macOS Big Sur downloaded on their machines. In some other cases, Mac users on an existing macOS version reported unexpected issues and lag in launching of apps. Those issues impacted users of macOS 10.15 Catalina and even macOS 10.14 Mojave. Major Apple services including Apple Pay and iMessage also faced slowdowns and outages in global regions.The sudden rush for downloading macOS Big Sur seems to have resulted in the crash of Apple’s online certificate status protocol (OCSP) service. That apparently caused systemwide slowdowns on Mac machines and impacted app launches even on existing macOS versions. The issues lasted for several minutes as the OCSP service wasn’t able to establish a connection with Mac devices, as reported by ArsTechnica.- Advertisement – “My MacBook slows to a crawl when Wi-Fi is enabled,” one of the affected users wrote on the MacRumors forum. “I’m not talking about Internet speed, that is fine. But simply launching or using apps becomes extremely slow.”Users found temporary disabling the Internet connectivity acted as a workaround to resolve app slowdown issues. However, Apple took some time to fix the problems from the backend. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple identified the issues at around 1:30am IST and resolved most of them in a couple of hours, according to the System Status site. However, the issues impacting macOS Big Sur update took some time and were addressed finally at 6:45am IST.Exact cause behind the issues is still unclear. Nonetheless, the problems seem to have resolved to a large extent by now.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

Congress passes public health preparedness bill

Congress passes public health preparedness bill

first_imgDec 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Just before adjourning on Dec 9, the US Congress passed a bill to establish a new biodefense research and development agency and tune up the nation’s public health emergency preparedness programs in a number of other ways.The legislation sets up an agency called the Biodefense Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The agency represents an attempt to revive the languishing Project BioShield, established in 2004 to develop countermeasures against biological weapons and other threats.The legislation, called the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (S 3678), was passed by the Senate Dec 5 and cleared the House in the early morning hours of Dec 9. It now awaits President George W. Bush’s signature.”We’re anticipating that he will sign it,” Marc Wolfson, a spokesman for the HHS Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, told CIDRAP News today.”I think people were surprised it made it through in the last hours there,” Wolfson said. “There was a lot of negotiation that went into seeing it happen.”The final version combines a wide-ranging bill introduced in the Senate in July with a House measure calling for the BARDA. The House unanimously passed the BARDA bill, offered by Reps Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., and Mike Rogers, R-Mich., in September. The Senate added the house measure to its bill (S 3678) before passing it Dec 5; the House passed the combined bill just before adjournment.Sen. Richard Burr, R-S.C., author of the original Senate bill, praised his colleagues of both political parties who worked for 2 years on the legislation. “This bill will help improve our preparedness and response to emergencies and disasters be they a terrorist attack or caused by Mother Nature,” Burr said in a Dec 9 press release. “It will also help improve our ability to create new drugs and vaccines to fight against emergencies like a flu pandemic.”The bill reauthorizes the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, passed after the terrorist attacks of 2001. Besides setting up the BARDA, the legislation does the following, among other things:Clarifies that HHS, not the Department of Homeland Security, is the lead federal agency for health and medical response to public health emergenciesRequires HHS to set general preparedness standards and pandemic influenza preparedness standards for states and to penalize states financially for failure to meet themRequires states to match federal preparedness grants at the 5% level initially and at 10% in later yearsCalls for establishing within 2 years a nationwide electronic information-sharing system to enhance detection of and response to disease outbreaks and other public health emergenciesRequires HHS to study the possibility of providing local communities with additional medical surge capacity in an emergencyMakes political subdivisions of states and groups of states eligible for federal assistance for public health preparednessCodifies and expands the Medical Reserve Corps, a community-based network of volunteers who provide assistance in public health emergenciesThe BARDA aims to boost Project BioShield, which was set up to nurture the development of vaccines and other medical countermeasures against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear agents. Major pharmaceutical companies have shown little interest in pursuing BioShield projects.An online report this week by Government Executive magazine said past efforts to create a BARDA were hamstrung by controversies about whether it would be subject to the Freedom of Information Act and other disclosure laws. Most provisions to circumvent those laws were stripped from the bill, except for one that allows HHS to withhold information that might expose public health weaknesses, the report said.Eshoo, coauthor of the House version of the BARDA bill, said in a Dec 9 statement that the lack of commercial demand for drugs to counter bioterrorism-related diseases creates a funding gap known as the “valley of death.” She said the BARDA will bridge the gap by making interim payments at key development milestones, which will give companies incentives to pursue products that show promise in early research.HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, in a Dec 5 statement after the Senate approved S 3678, said the legislation complements work that is already being done to improve the BioShield program. He said HHS is taking steps to streamline countermeasure development by making the process more transparent and predictable. The new legislation will allow HHS to make milestone-based advance payments to companies, rather than withholding payment until the product is delivered, Leavitt said.The text of the bill says that the HHS secretary can pay up to 10% of a contract amount in advance if it appears necessary to ensure the project’s success. Also, a contract can provide for additional advance payments of up to 5% each for meeting milestones specified in the contract, up to a total of 50%.Lance Ignon, vice president of corporate affairs at VaxGen Inc., a Brisbane, Calif., company that has been struggling to fulfill an $877.5 million government contract to supply anthrax vaccine, told CIDRAP News that the legislation is a step in the right direction. “But what’s needed is a fundamental cultural shift to a more open and transparent dialogue between government and industry,” he said. “Unless that happens, this won’t succeed.”VaxGen’s anthrax vaccine has been delayed because of potency problems, and in May, the Government Accountability Office said the government’s contract with VaxGen was too rigid and might discourage other biotechnology companies from pursuing Project BioShield contracts. Developing new vaccines is expensive, difficult, and often hampered by testing and production delays.”Getting across the valley of death is not necessarily about money, but involves a true partnership between government and industry,” Ignon said.The new legislation authorizes spending of $1.07 billion for BARDA for fiscal years 2006 through 2008.In an August report, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the original Senate bill—which did not include the BARDA provision—would cost $297 million in fiscal year 2007 and about $6 billion for the period 2007 through 2011.See also:Government Printing Office text of billhttp://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_cong_bills&docid=f:s3678enr.txt.pdfDec 9 press release from Sen. Richard BurrDec 9 statement from Rep. Anna EshooDec 5 HHS press releaseJul 19 story CIDRAP News story “Broad health preparedness bill advances in Senate”last_img read more

​AMF demands overhaul of Swedish pension rulebook

​AMF demands overhaul of Swedish pension rulebook

first_imgThere was much debate on both sides of the political spectrum about tax reform, he added, so it should also be discussed how much of that went to the public pension.“Otherwise, the link between a long working life and a reasonable pension risks being reduced for large groups with relatively low wages,” he said.In its report, AMF outlined five specific proposals for regulatory change, including safeguarding the lifelong income principle of the public pension, harmonising public pensions and occupational pensions, and the introduction of a single occupational pension for individuals regardless of the number of employers they have over their careers.Adolphson Björck also warned about possible consequences of the trend for Swedes to withdraw their pensions early on in retirement, rather than opting for a lifelong payout stream.“Taking part of your occupational pension in a short period is undramatic,” he said. “But taking out entire occupational pensions in a few years leads to a large loss of income when one has to manage on the public pension and any private savings alone.” Information about the benefits of lifelong payments had to be better, he said, particularly with payment rules set to become more flexible in the future. Sweden should overhaul its pension legislation to ensure the state pension can keep pace with inflation, according to one of the country’s biggest pension providers.In a new report, the SEK590bn (€55.9bn) pension fund AMF – which is jointly owned by the Swedish Trade Union Confederation and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise – also said the trend towards members withdrawing their occupational pensions early in retirement must be halted.AMF said that, while next year was expected to bring legislation to raise the default retirement age and boost basic financial protection, politicians also needed to safeguard the income protection element of the state pension.Dan Adolphson Björck, economist at AMF, said: “A higher retirement age is not for everyone, and it is possible to strengthen the public pension without sending the bill to employees or employers. Today, one third of employers’ contributions do not go to pensions and social insurance, but to the state’s budget.”last_img read more

New Zealand an attractive target for cartels in war against meth

New Zealand an attractive target for cartels in war against meth

first_imgStuff co.nz 10 March 2020Family First Comment: “We need to continue to disrupt the organised crime group and take their assets. We need to demonstrate to these organisations that organised crime activity won’t be tolerated in New Zealand, and it is simply not worth it. But on the other end we need to work with our communities to address the problem of addiction.” – Detective Constable Blair MacDonald, manager of the National Drug Intelligence Bureau (NDIB).Exactly, but don’t legalise it. That would be a public health and societal disaster.Almost 1.8 tonnes of methamphetamine was seized in New Zealand last year, yet the drug continues to dominate the illicit substance abuse market. Are we losing the war against meth? MARINÉ LOURENS reports.“I didn’t even know what meth was until family members introduced me to it. They were dealers and they were like, ‘You have to try this!’ I guess it was peer pressure. And when I tried it, it was really good. At first I didn’t think I was addicted, but then I started using more and more.”Melanie* was 33 years old when she first used methamphetamine. What was first a novelty quickly became a habit. It wasn’t long until she was using the drug a few times a week.But it is a slippery slope to rock bottom. Melanie ended up on the street after losing her house, her furniture and custody of her children before she realised she needed to seek help.She has now been clean for more than a year.Melanie is one of thousands of New Zealanders who has fallen victim to the surge of meth across the country.A record amount of meth was seized by New Zealand law enforcement agencies in 2019 – just under 1.8 tonnes.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/119876871/new-zealand-an-attractive-target-for-cartels-in-war-against-methKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more