NDSP reports robbery on campus

first_imgAt about 2 a.m. Saturday morning, three men in a silver sedan approached a Notre Dame student on campus, demanded the student get in the car, took the student to an off-campus location to withdraw cash and robbed the student, according to an email from NDSP on Saturday afternoon.The student was approached on Notre Dame Ave. between the Morris Inn and Holy Cross Dr., the email stated. Following the incident, the three perpetrators returned the student to campus.“One of the men got out of the vehicle and instructed the student to come with them,” the email stated. “They demanded money and took the student to a gas station and a grocery store so he could get cash for them. They then brought the student back to campus.”According to the email, the student did not see any of the men carrying a gun, but it was implied they were armed.“The suspects were described as three black males wearing dark clothing,” the email stated. “They had no facial hair or visible marks or tattoos. One of the men had dreadlocks. One of the men was about six feet tall, medium build. All three appeared to be between 20-23 years old.”The email reminded students they should travel in groups and use safe transportation options such as licensed taxis or the Transpo bus system.last_img read more

Sievewright: Digital dominance to continue

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Payments expert Mark Sievewright outlined the latest trends in the payments space during a breakout session at the PSCU Member Forum Thursday in Austin, Texas.Among the biggest trends is the continued shift toward digital dominance in the consumer world, as evidenced by the growth of companies such as Amazon, Apple, and Walmart.Amazon and Walmart have each sought to entrench themselves in consumers’ lives with different strategies, says Sievewright, founder of Sievewright & Associates.“Amazon has set the standard for consumer experience, but at the same time they’ve invested in bricks and mortar and they’re looking to leverage that,” he says.Meanwhile, Walmart is blending digital technology with its brick-and-mortar presence. continue reading »last_img read more

Facility Solutions: Creating beneficial lease agreements

first_imgIn just the past few years, I have seen several credit unions reprioritize their delivery focus from branches to digital, particularly in the areas of mortgage, auto and business lending. These changes are increasing growth and profitability by substantially reducing operating cost, and the evolution is not likely to stop. This means we need to be as flexible as possible. Leasing rather than owning branches seems to make sense for all but the most stable, profitable locations.The first lease acquisition step is to determine a location and size based on your strategic business and marketing plan and projected shifts in delivery priorities over the next five to 10 years. Then select a real estate agent that is going to help you find the right site rather than just the most available location. Your work together will result in selecting a site, sending a letter of intent with your initial offer and completing the lease. Below is a list of key points to consider as you negotiate the lease:Is the space calculation based on BOMA measurements to ensure you are paying for the right square footage? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Broome County has no new virus cases tied to Willow Point Nursing Home

first_imgMcManus says news cases are tied to community spread among young people: Most of them are under the age of 30. As of Wednesday, there are 54 actives cases of the virus in Broome County. Willow Point was condemned as a coronavirus hot spot in May. On Sept. 2, that status was removed.center_img (WBNG) — Deputy County Executive Kevin McManus announced Wednesday there are no positive-virus cases tied to Willow Point Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Vestal.last_img

Trump Fires Mark Esper, His Defense Secretary

first_imgWASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper was fired by President Trump on Monday, the latest casualty in the president’s revolving door of top national security officials who fell on the wrong side of their boss.Mr. Trump announced the decision on Twitter, saying in an abrupt post that Mr. Esper had been “terminated.”- Advertisement – Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter that he was appointing Christopher C. Miller, described by the president as the “highly respected” director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to be acting defense secretary. He will be the fourth man to lead the Pentagon under Mr. Trump, who made a point of noting that Mr. Miller has been approved by the Senate already.Mr. Miller is a former Army Green Beret who previously served as the top counterterrorism policy official in the Trump White House’s National Security Council. Mr. Trump’s has referred to Mr. Esper as “Mr. Yesper.” But the insult is ironic by itself, since it was the defense secretary’s public break with the president during a news conference in June in which he spoke against use of active-duty American troops to quell civil unrest that infuriated Mr. Trump to begin with. Those comments came after he had accompanied Mr. Trump on his walk across Lafayette Square outside the White House, where protesters had just been tear-gassed, prompting condemnation from former military and civilian Defense Department officials.By midsummer, Mr. Esper was walking a fine line to push back on other contentious positions involving the military that Mr. Trump had taken.The Pentagon, without once mentioning the word “Confederate,” announced in July that it would essentially ban displays of the Confederate flag on military installations around the world.In a carefully worded memo that Defense Department officials said was written to avoid igniting another defense of the flag from Mr. Trump, Mr. Esper issued guidance that listed the types of flags that could be displayed on military installations — in barracks, on cars and on signs.The guidance did not specifically say that Confederate flags were banned, but they do not fit in any of the approved categories — and any such flags are prohibited.After the fateful events of June, Mr. Esper sought to fly under the radar, avoiding the media and keeping a low profile to prevent being pulled into election politics.Mr. Esper traveled often beginning in early summer, including overseas trips to North Africa, the Middle East and India. Mr. Shanahan had been standing in for Jim Mattis, who resigned as defense secretary in 2018, citing his own differences with the president.Mr. Esper had taken pains to hew to the Trump line during his tenure. But concern over invoking the Insurrection Act to send active-duty troops to battle protesters across the country is deep in the Pentagon. Under heavy public criticism, Mr. Esper ultimately broke with the president. – Advertisement –center_img Mr. Esper’s downfall had been expected for months, after he took the rare step in June of disagreeing publicly with Mr. Trump and saying that active-duty military troops should not be sent to control the wave of protests in American cities. The president, who had threatened to use the Insurrection Act to do exactly that, was furious, officials said.- Advertisement – Mr. Esper’s spokesman tried at the time to walk back the damage, telling The New York Times that Mr. Trump did not want to use the Insurrection Act, either, or else he would have invoked it already. “We fail to see the disconnect,” said Jonathan Hoffman, a spokesman for Mr. Esper.White House officials disagreed.Mr. Esper, 56, a former secretary of the Army and a former Raytheon executive, became defense secretary last July after Mr. Trump withdrew the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan, the acting defense secretary, amid an F.B.I. inquiry into allegations from Mr. Shanahan’s former wife that he punched her in the stomach. Mr. Shanahan denied the accusations.- Advertisement – But the secretary deliberately limited his public comments while on the road.And when he did speak in public, when either abroad or in Washington, it was often in prerecorded remarks, on safe subjects (bashing China and Russia on the Africa trip) or in friendly venues (a question-and-answer session on military readiness at the Heritage Foundation, where Mr. Esper served as chief of staff earlier in his career).Yet, on the single biggest issue of 2020 — the coronavirus pandemic — history may show that Mr. Esper has, by far, outperformed his boss, who largely refused to wear a mask and contracted the coronavirus during an outbreak at the White House. Mr. Esper, by contrast, has strictly adhered to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on wearing a mask when unable to keep a recommended social distance.At a Pentagon virtual town-hall-style meeting, Mr. Esper responded to a sailor on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, who complained the required social distancing onboard the ship was hurting morale.“It is tedious — I understand that,” Mr. Esper said. “But I think it’s showing, in terms of the Navy’s results in terms of infection rates, that they’re doing a very good job.”last_img read more

Three firms combine to create new decommissioning player in Aberdeen

first_img“This is what we call the next generation decommissioning,” the company said.The creation of the joint venture is subject to approval of the Norwegian competition authorities.AF Offshore Decom is a specialized contractor that has been developing and executing solutions for the removal and recycling of offshore installations for the past 15 years.Heerema has over 50 years of experience in transporting, installing, and removing all types of offshore facilities, including fixed and floating structures in shallow, deep, and ultra-deep waters for the offshore oil, gas and wind industries.Decom Energy is the first fully outsourced end-to-end late-life and decommissioning operator in the North Sea, with its subsidiary Fairfield Energy, well-advanced in the decommissioning of the Greater Dunlin Area.Graeme Fergusson, Managing Director of Fairfield Decom comments: ”We have built a strong business relationship with AF Offshore Decom and Heerema as contracting partners in the Dunlin topsides removal and as alliance partners for integrated decommissioning business opportunities. The three companies have unrivaled experience in decommissioning and there is great alignment in terms of our responsible approach to business and our core values. Our operator background mean that we understand what the E&P community wants – an integrated solution that is technically robust, commercially creative and that delivers a safe, cost-effective and environmentally-sound solution.”Highlighting the importance of the new company, Bengt Hildisch, Managing Director of AF Offshore Decom comments: “AF Offshore Decom is very pleased to collaborate with partners who are aligned with our goals. The establishment of Fairfield Decom represents an important step change in the decommissioning business model. It responds to the call from the UK regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority, to create new business delivery models to reduce complexity to support the ‘next generation decommissioning’.”In support of the new venture, Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, CEO of Heerema comments: “Heerema is proud to be part of this unique new venture. Three leaders in the global decommissioning market have joined forces, providing a smarter and cheaper approach to decommissioning and recycling offshore structures. As an experienced offshore contractor, Heerema is constantly seeking opportunities to further strengthen our position in the international offshore market through innovation, pro-activity and reliability. Fairfield Decom is a great example of how we are achieving those ambitions.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. ‘Next generation decommissioning’ AF Gruppen’s subsidiary AF Offshore Decom is joining forces with offshore decommissioning players Heerema Marine Contractors and Decom Energy to launch a new company: Fairfield Decom. SSCV Thialf transports section of decommissioned jacket to disposal yard. Source: HMCHeadquartered in Aberdeen, this new venture combines the knowledge of an operator with the expertise and capabilities of the offshore decommissioning contractors, AF Gruppen said on Thursday.Through this step, a unique late-life operations and decommissioning operator is created, providing an all-encompassing solution for offshore oil and gas assets, primary in the UK Continental Shelf, the company added.The company noted that, with an average £1.5 billion annual projected expenditure over the next eight years, the UK Continental Shelf is the largest of the global offshore decommissioning markets.In the Thursday statement, AF Gruppen further said: “Fairfield Decom represents a major leap towards a more innovative and sustainable offshore decommissioning industry. Customers will benefit from a new business model, designed to reduce complexity and the number of contractual arrangements, deliver operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness and predictability contributing to the 35% cost reduction targets set by the Oil and Gas Authority in the UK.”According to the company, Fairfield Decom’s customers will benefit by having direct access to the expertise, capabilities and assets brought together via AF Offshore Decom, Heerema Marine Contractors and Decom Energy, as Fairfield Decom is able to manage, integrate and then execute end-to-end late-life and decommissioning activities.last_img read more

More EV-D68 Cases Confirmed In Indiana

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – State health officials are confirming 19 new cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a respiratory illness that was first confirmed in Indiana three weeks ago. The Indiana State Department of Health is working with local health departments and hospitals to conduct surveillance for additional cases of EV-D68 in the state.Surveillance of hospital emergency department chief complaints indicates that statewide respiratory activity has returned within normal limits.“The best way to prevent the spread of EV-D68 is through washing your hands with soap and water frequently, covering your cough and staying home when you’re sick,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “This virus can be quite serious and potentially even fatal. These measures are currently our best defense.”Typically, EV-D68 causes upper respiratory illness, such as low-grade fever, cough, runny nose, sneezing and body/muscle aches. Infected individuals generally recover on their own without incident by treating symptoms.However, some individuals, especially infants, children and those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, may experience severe complications and require hospitalization. There is no vaccine or treatment for EV-D68, but hospitals can provide supportive therapy.Enteroviruses are very common, with more than 100 strains and between 10 and 15 million cases in the United States each year, usually during the summer and fall.EV-D68 is spread through close contact with infected people. State health officials recommend the following tips to protect you and your family:Clean: Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds. *Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is not effective in preventing the spread of EV-D68.Cover: Cover your cough with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.Contain: Prevent spreading illness to others by staying home if you are sick.Avoid close contact and sharing cups or eating utensils with those who are ill.Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.last_img read more

Duo left out of Ireland squad

first_img “Guys are looking good, Marty (Moore) is back in full contact and he looks fine,” said Murphy. “Luke Fitzgerald is back in full contact and looks really good. “Most of the squad now are back on their feet and available for selection. “There’s no real update on Cian Healy, he’s progressing well. “He’s not doing full contact but he’s doing more or less the whole session yesterday and today. “He’s progressing reasonably well. “There will be quite a few changes (to the team to face Scotland). “The guys at the weekend did reasonably well. “It’s another opportunity to get more guys onto the pitch over these first two games, so I think you would expect quite a few changes and some guys who haven’t had game time will be coming back in.” Tommy O’Donnell’s dislocated hip has already ruled the Munster flanker out of the World Cup reckoning, and perhaps alleviated the need for another flanker to leave Ireland’s squad this week. “I haven’t actually been talking to Tommy myself, but it’s a massive blow,” said Murphy. “He had a great performance at the weekend and definitely was right up there fighting for a place in the squad. “For anyone at this stage, after putting in a really gruelling five weeks of training, it’s tough for him to miss out.” Murphy confirmed Ireland would not add a back-row replacement in the wake of the nasty injury O’Donnell suffered in Cardiff last weekend. “There’s probably no need in that position,” said Murphy, when asked if Ireland would boost resources. “Obviously it’s one of those positions that we have a lot of really talented players, so it does open up opportunities for other guys. “I don’t think we need to look at the squad at the moment.” Ulster hooker Rob Herring and Leinster centre Noel Reid have been omitted from Ireland’s World Cup training squad. Ireland must submit their final 31-man squad on August 31, and Schmidt could make further cuts to his training group later this week. Herring’s departure leaves hookers Rory Best, Sean Cronin and Richardt Strauss all-but nailed-on for the final World Cup squad, barring injury. Reid’s omission does little to clarify the midfield options, with some six potential centres remaining in Ireland’s World Cup training camp. “Two guys have gone back to their provinces this week and over the next while it’ll be an ongoing process,” said assistant coach Richie Murphy. “Rob Herring has gone back to Ulster and Noel Reid has gone back to Leinster. “We’re not here just to cut players and get rid of them though. “We’ll see how that is and when we feel we’re in a really good position guys will feed back to their clubs.” Tighthead prop Marty Moore and three-quarter Luke Fitzgerald are both fit for selection for Saturday’s warm-up Test against Scotland in Dublin. Leinster prop Moore and club-mate Fitzgerald have both now fully recovered from shoulder injuries, with both carrying strong claims to final World Cup selection if fit. Confirming Cian Healy is still battling his neck problem, Murphy said Ireland will look to mix up selection for Saturday’s Scotland visit, following on from last weekend’s 35-21 win in Wales. Press Associationlast_img read more

Georgetown faces tough test vs No. 14 Nova

first_img March 5, 2020 Georgetown faces tough test vs No. 14 Nova For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press center_img TEAM LEADERSHIP: Omer Yurtseven has averaged 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds to lead the way for the Hoyas. Jamorko Pickett has complemented Yurtseven and is maintaining an average of 9.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The Wildcats have been led by Saddiq Bey, who is averaging 16 points and 4.8 rebounds.SOLID SADDIQ: Bey has connected on 44.7 percent of the 170 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 16 of 37 over his last five games. He’s also converted 77.4 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Georgetown is 0-12 this year when it scores 72 points or fewer and 15-3 when it scores at least 73.THREAT FROM DISTANCE: Villanova’s Samuels has attempted 110 3-pointers and connected on 28.2 percent of them, and is 4 for 16 over the past five games.DID YOU KNOW: Georgetown is ranked second among Big East teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 33 percent. The Hoyas have averaged 12 offensive boards per game.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 14 Villanova (23-7, 12-5) vs. Georgetown (15-15, 5-12)Capital One Arena, Washington; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 14 Villanova presents a tough challenge for Georgetown. Georgetown has won three of its eight games against ranked opponents this season. Villanova won 79-77 at Seton Hall in its last outing.last_img read more

All eyes on Loftus Road

first_imgLoftus Road is the centre of attention for today’s big west London derby between QPR and Chelsea. Terry will be under the spotlight.Inevitably the focus will be on Anton Ferdinand and John Terry after allegations that the latter racially abused the R’s defender when the two sides met in October. Terry strongly denies doing so.QPR manager and former Chelsea player Mark Hughes has continually stated that Ferdinand is relaxed about facing Terry despite the furore surrounding the game.Last night Hughes again insisted he had no doubt that the player was in the right frame of mind for today’s FA Cup fourth round clash.AdChoices广告Hughes said: “He’s very positive about the game and looking forward to it like the rest of us. He’s given me no sign that there’s anything weighing on him.”Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is also adamant that he has no qualms about selecting Terry, who is sure to get a hostile reception from the home fans.Villas-Boas’ side will be out to avenge their 1-0 defeat against their neighbours three months ago.Blues duo Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa were sent off in that game, yet Chelsea dominated much of it even with nine men – perhaps a sign of the task facing QPR this afternoon.Click here to follow West London Sport on Twitter for updates from Loftus Road from around 11am.last_img read more