Student senators gather for first session of the year

first_imgWednesday night, the student senate gathered for its first meeting of the year. The meeting was comprised primarily of two workshops, one on celebrating diversity, presented by Diversity Council Representative Ray’Von Jones and Africana Studies Professor Maria McKenna, and another on parliamentary procedure, presented by Student Union Parliamentarian Sara Dugan. Jones shared a quote from an anonymous Diversity Council member about the importance of different viewpoints.“As a Catholic institution, being welcoming and accepting of all cultures and differences is embedded in our foundation,” the unnamed class of 2017 student said. “Education and discussion around diversity are so crucial because they create spaces for personal growth and help people better understand the struggles faced by their fellow brothers and sisters.”McKenna also said it was important to be inclusive of all kinds of diversity on campus, not just racial or ethnic. “We think about ideological diversity on this campus, and we think about diversity we can’t always see, particularly as it pertains to disability or other types of mental health challenges, different ways that people are seeing the world for all kinds of different reasons,” McKenna said. “Diversity doesn’t end with just racial or ethnic diversity.”The workshop also referenced several responses from Notre Dame students and faculty about the state of inclusion at the University. Jones and McKenna specifically highlighted English professor John Duffy’s letter to the editor entitled “On hearing you might transfer,” which was published in The Observer in January and signed by more than 150 Notre Dame staff and faculty members, and a Tumblr blog called “I, Too, Am Notre Dame,” which addresses the specific challenges students of color face on campus. Jones said discussion was important even though the topic can be uncomfortable for people. “I feel a lot of people don’t want to talk about race,” Jones said. “We want to pretend everything’s okay, and when we do this, a lot of people are silent. It makes it easy for us to discount people’s experiences and say, ‘There’s no way that’s happening at Notre Dame.’”Diversity Council chair Chizo Ekechukwu was also present at the meeting and explained the role of Diversity Council and encouraged senators to come to a meeting. “Diversity Council falls under multicultural student programs and services,” she said. “On campus, we have a representative from every cultural club sitting on our council. The main role of it is to use programming and collaboration to bring up and discuss issues in regard to diversity on our campus.”After the diversity workshop, the meeting ended with a parliamentary procedure workshop in which Dugan outlined the basic rules and guidelines for discussion in the senate, including the role of proxies and different types of motions. The student senate meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center. All meetings are open to the public. Tags: Diversity, diversity council, Student government, student senatelast_img read more

Credit unions are still winning on fees

first_imgMillions of Americans have switched from banks to credit unions in recent years. One big reason for this: credit unions have traditionally lower fees than banks. They still do, according to a new report from Bankrate.CUs are under a lot of financial pressure these days, and many people have feared that they would have to raise fees. Increased regulation from Washington and pressure from big banks have made things tough for CUs. But their mission is – and always has been – to offer members the best possible deal.So, it’s nice to see that credit unions are still the best choice for consumers.Bankrate said that 72% of CUs still offer free checking vs. just 38% of banks. Nearly every CU that charges a fee for checking gives you a free checking option if you meet certain requirements. Bankrate said that e-statements, direct deposit or a combination of both are the most common requirements for free checking.CUs charge $26.78 for an overdraft, on average, while banks charge $32.74. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Info point of the Istria County Tourist Board at Pula Airport as an important wheel of direct communication with tourists

first_img“Based on the previous experiences of tourist informants of the Istrian Development Tourist Agency, which provides visitor information, we can conclude that tourists are very interested in brochures and the greatest demand for a map of Istria and information about cities such as Pula, Rovinj and Porec. Also, the demand for general information brochures such as Istra Culture, Istra Gourmet as well as for cycling and walking maps has increased and there is a noticeable interest in outdoor activities.”Points out Morena Milevoj from IRTA and adds that the great interest of passengers speaks in favor of the fact that the information point contributes to better promotion of Istria as a tourist destination in which an average of 150.000 tourists arrive by air in the main tourist season, while the number of flights is over 700 per month. “According to the previous positive reactions of visitors with whom direct contact is established, it is shown how important it is to provide quality information that will make it easier for visitors to find their way to the destination and make their stay as pleasant and high quality as possible.”Concludes Mileva. In the mentioned period, 7.420 brochures were distributed, which makes 51% of the total number of inquiries for 2019, and the most requested inquiry of tourists is about the transfer for the shuttle bus from Pula Airport to the center of Pula. A total of 28 inquiries were recorded from mid-June to July 14.496, while in the same period last year there were 11.877 inquiries, which is an increase of 18%, according to the Istrian Development Tourism Agency (IRTA). Thus, the info point of the Istrian Tourist Board at Pula Airport, which provides visitors with a fast, comprehensive and quality information service, this year achieved a great growth in inquiries and direct contact with tourists, providing them with the first useful information. And when we know that there is a high frequency of passengers in one location, such as the airport, then that is where we have to be with our tourist offer because we are sure that all passengers will see our communication and we have the opportunity for direct contact with them. center_img Although digitalization is a trend today in every respect, promotional brochures still play a big role, especially if they are well produced and provide useful information. “Tourists are also looking for information on transport from Pula Airport to other cities in Istria, most often to Rovinj, Porec and Umag, as well as information on taxi services and the use of rent a car service which is most practical for visitors who want to visit as many destinations in Istria. . In addition, it is worth highlighting inquiries for current events in the peninsula, places to visit (sights, beaches, amusement parks such as aquaparks, national parks and nature parks) and accommodation options as well as other recommendations for activities in Istria”Says Mileva. Photo: IRTA From year to year, Pula Airport breaks records in the number of passengers, so this year Pula is connected with the most destinations ever by direct flights. The visitors who are most often looking for information are from the UK, Germany, Russia and the Scandinavian countries. The most active are the British and Germans of all ages, while visitors from Russia and France are looking for information in Russian and French, respectively.last_img read more

After Balanced Budget with Sustainable Revenues, Moody’s Revises Commonwealth Outlook to Stable

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: August 09, 2016 Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Moody’s Investor Service has revised Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative. This follows the final enactment of the commonwealth’s 2016-17 budget that is balanced and includes sustainable, recurring revenue.“The 2016-17 budget was an important step forward, and Moody’s revision of Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative reflects that fact,” said Governor Wolf. “Working with Republicans and Democrats in the legislature, we completed a budget that is balanced and includes sustainable, recurring revenue. When I came into office, following years of unbalanced budgets, the commonwealth faced a structural deficit of more than $2 billion. Now, we have made significant progress in reducing the deficit, but we still have more to do and I look forward to continuing to work with the legislature to fix the commonwealth’s deficit.”Moody’s said the following:“Moody’s Investors Service has revised the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative… Still, the 2017 budget fight represents some improvement: the legislature and governor agreed on a budget, and a government that had been unable to pass new revenues in 2016 was able to do so in 2017.”For the entire report from Moody’s, see below: After Balanced Budget with Sustainable Revenues, Moody’s Revises Commonwealth Outlook to Stablelast_img read more

QPR v Hull: Polter and Chery start

first_imgSebastian Polter and Tjaronn Chery start for QPR and Jamie Mackie is on the substitutes’ bench for the home match against Hull City.The selection of striker Polter means Leroy Fer drops to the bench. Samba Diakite is also among the Rangers substitutes.Rangers are still without top scorer Charlie Austin but are boosted by the return of Mackie, who has been sidelined for more than three months with a hamstring problem.For Hull, Andrew Robertson and former Brentford man Moses Odubajo have recovered from injuries in time to play.QPR: Green; Onuoha, Hall, Angella, Konchesky; Henry, Faurlin; Phillips, Chery, Hoilett; Polter.Subs: Smithies, Luongo, Diakite, Petrasso, Mackie, Tozser, Fer.Hull: McGregor, Odubajo, Davies, Meyler, Hernández, Clucas, Maguire, Livermore, Diamé, Robertson, Elmohamady.Subs: Jakupović, Taylor, Huddlestone, Snodgrass, Maloney, Aluko, Diomande.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Don’t Bother Your Prospect

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now If you don’t want to bother your prospect client then don’t bother them.But know that you are not bothering your client when, as your deal nears the end of the buying process, you follow up to ensure that they don’t still need something from you.Your Two ChoicesYou’re always faced with two choices of the salesperson.The first choice is to be self-oriented to check in with your client so that you can find out where your deal is or waste their time. Wasting time means that you are subtracting value.The other choice is to create value for your prospective client. You can still create value, even at the end of your prospect’s buying process, even when your prospect told you they need time, even when your prospect is going through the process of making the decision. Your clients have concerns they need help resolving. They need more information from you. Much of the time they won’t recognize they even need more information until they begin the process of making a decision.It is never right to ignore your clients their needs. You’re never bothering them when you attempt to create value.Make the Value Creating CallWhen you don’t have a plan to create value, the right answer isn’t to ignore your client or pretend that you will be bothering them by calling. The right answer is to find a reason to call that allows you to continue to create value.Call to make sure your prospective clients has all the information they need. Or call to share additional information that wasn’t available until your prospective clients reached this point of their process. Call because you’ve discovered some new way to improve upon the proposal you gave them.Too many deals failed to cross the finish line because sales people mistakenly believe they will be bothering their client by calling. It’s not the call that bothers buyers. It’s wasted time. Make the call to follow up—and make it a value creating call.last_img read more

Philam Life kicks football clinic into high gear with Tottenham Hotspur coaches

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Marcio Lassiter hoping to recover in time for another PBA finals duty Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Held at the McKinley stadium, the students learned the basic rudiments of football such as dribbling, shooting, core skills, and passing the ball. Shaun, who has been with the team for almost 10 years, said that mental strength is the most important aspect to be the best. “How do they push themselves to be better each week? How do they react when things get tough? Talent might be enough for youth football, but it’s the mental toughness and character that will get you a career in the game. We’ve seen some good players on our travels, and they have shown not only technical ability, but the passion and drive to complement. In football, you don’t have to be the fastest, strongest, tallest, or most physically fit to be a good player.”  Anton once played for the Tottenham Hotspur Academy before becoming a development coach. “I was fortunate enough to play with some world-class athletes and be coached by the best so I believe it shaped me in my current role, sharing my knowledge and trying to develop good players and people,” he said. “Football offers so many positives outcomes. It’s fun and enjoyable for all ages and ability levels. It allows you to stay active and healthy, and it teaches life skills that can help you in all aspects of life, such as communication, teamwork, and resilience,” he added.Although football can be a very demanding sport, Shaun says there are many benefits which can be used to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “The combination of running, kicking, jumping and changing direction, will ultimately increase stamina, reduce body fat, increase strength, and improve balance and coordination. Beyond that, football can also develop key life skills. There are huge psychological and social benefits, such as teamwork, problem-solving, leadership skills and decision making.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READcenter_img Know more about Philam Life and Philam Foundation by visiting their website at, Facebook page at, or contact them through email at [email protected] or landline at (02)528-2000. ADVT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES TAGUIG CITY, PHILIPPINES – Philam Life, the country’s premier life insurance company, recently brought to Manila football coaches from the world-famous Tottenham Hotspur to conduct a football clinic for high school students as part of their ongoing global partnership with AIA, Philam Life’s Hong Kong-based parent company.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Anton Blackwood and Shaun Harris are members of the Tottenham Hotspur’s Global Football Development program who work with players of all levels around the world, nurturing local talent. “Philam Life partnered with the 7’s Football League to help develop the sport. This football clinic is just one of the ways we’re helping the sport gain traction and drive interest among students, allowing us to bring to life our brand promise of helping Filipinos live healthier, longer and better lives,” said Bernadette Chincuanco, Philam Life’s Head of Branding and Communications. Tottenham Hotspur Development coaches have worked directly with over 10,000 participants in the past 12 months, which includes 500 coaches. They have worked with a wide and diverse range of talent, including grassroots to elite players, coaches, and AIA employees, using renowned coaching methods developed within the Tottenham Hotspur Academy. The coaches have worked in locations across Asia including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsParticipants of the football clinic were students of Taguig National High School, a beneficiary of Philam Foundation’s Philam Paaralan program which builds classrooms for unserved and underserved communities in the Philippines.last_img read more

Dowrich rescues West Indies in 3rd Test

first_img\R Bridgetown, Jun 24 (AFP) Shane Dowrich led yet another West Indies rearguard with an unbeaten half-century as the West Indies rallied from 53 for five to reach stumps at 132 without further loss on a rain-hit opening day of the third and final Test match. Almost half of the scheduled overs were lost to intermittent showers as day/night Test cricket came to the Caribbean for the first time, three years after the first such fixture was played between Australia and neighbours New Zealand in Adelaide. Having already played a vital role in the series with an unbeaten 125 that rescued the West Indies in the first innings of the series in Trinidad two weeks earlier, the wicketkeeper-batsman’s rich vein of form continued on his home ground Saturday at the Kensington Oval. His assured innings of 60 not out was well supported by Jason Holder, the West Indies captain contributing 33 not out in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 79 and going some way towards justifying his decision to bat first on a green pitch, notwithstanding the struggles faced by the home side’s top order against a Sri Lankan attack spearheaded by stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal. Appointed to lead the tourists with regular captain Dinesh Chandimal suspended for the match after being found guilty of ball tampering during the second Test in St Lucia, Lakmal swiftly dispensed with openers Devon Smith and Kraigg Brathwaite on a grassy pitch. Lahiru Kumara, Sri Lanka’s top bowler of the series, then removed Kieran Powell cheaply as well to have the home side reeling at eight for three. A one-hour break for rain offered some respite to the home batsmen but when play resumed Kasun Rajitha followed up on an encouraging debut in the second Test by dismissing Roston Chase immediately upon coming into the attack.advertisement When Rajitha accounted for Hope at the start of the second session, West Indian prospects of a decent first innings total looked grim, especially with the trend over the previous nine day/night Test matches in other parts of the world for bowlers to hold sway with the pink ball during the twilight period. But Dowrich and Hope batted with relative ease and will be looking to extend what has already been a productive partnership deep into the second day.Lakmal, the first seamer ever to lead Sri Lanka in a Test, wasted no time in making the most of the sporting track earlier in the afternoon when play got underway in bright sunshine. Smith stabbed at the last delivery of the first over of the match and Dhananjaya de Silva showed a safe pair of hands to come up with the catch at third slip. Danushka Gunathilaka, brought in effectively as Chandimal’s replacement in the middle-order, then showed good athleticism in sprinting in from cover-point and diving forward to take the catch millimetres from the turf as Brathwaite could not control a delivery from Lakmal which lifted sharply at the batsman. – Fielding support – ==================== Kumara was also grateful for the support from his fielders when Kusal Mendis held a good low catch at second slip when Powell pushed at a full-length delivery without covering the ball properly. Then after impressing with an expansive cover-driven boundary before the rain-break, Chase was bowled in Rajitha’s first over, dragging a delivery onto his middle stump. Off-spinning all-rounder Dilruwan Perea, who has replaced Akila Dananjaya in Sri Lanka’s other change from the drawn second Test, bowled the final over of the session but, as expected that the visitors relied heavily on their three seamers in between the showers in seeking to lay the foundations for a series-levelling victory. Those expectations would have been boosted when Hope fell to Rajitha via another sharp Mendis slip catch. However the Sri Lankans were left frustrated deep into the night both by the resistance of Dowrich and Holder and the frequent interruptions by inclement weather. With Chandimal already ruled out, any thoughts of recalling Rangana Herath for this must-win final match of the tour ended on Friday when the experienced left-arm spinner split the webbing in his bowling hand during catching practice on the eve of the Test. (AFP) ATKATKATKlast_img read more

League Wide: Million Dollar Assistants and the Future of the Big 12

first_img“I don’t disagree with the whole thought that it’s in our interest that the Big 12 succeed,” Boren said before telling reporters how famously OU gets along with conference rivals Oklahoma State and Texas. “So, no, we’re not desperate to go anywhere else … While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 10Horned Frogs Let’s take a look at some news around the league from this week. Million-Dollar MenTexas and Oklahoma became the first Big 12 schools to pay coordinators $1m plus this week.Just a day after Texas formally approved a record-setting $1 million annual salary for defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, Oklahoma countered Thursday with a contract making offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley the highest-paid assistant in the Big 12 and one of the tops in the country.Riley will be paid $1.3 million per season in a new three-year deal. [Austin American-Statesman]Two things stick out here, first: its interesting to see Texas finally start throwing their wallet around a little bit.Now, paying top-dollar for the former Houston defensive coordinator? Eh, not that splashy. It’d be more impressive to see them throw a stack of bills taller than the Texas bell tower at the Texas A&M defensive coordinator (or poach from someone).The Riley extension was a well-done, big boy move. The Sooners pay a premium and basically ensure that Riley will only leave for a better than average head coaching job.Stoops mentioned it’s been in the works for months, the timing feels a little responsive to their rival’s big payout to an assistant. Lord knows they’ve been a bit chippier than usual lately.Railroad from Raider LandIt’s hard to put a finger on what’s going on in Lubbock but a pair of receivers have left over the last few weeks.Texas Tech receiver Tony Brown announced he plans to leave Lubbock and transfer from Texas Tech via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.Brown is the second receiver to announce an intent to transfer after leading receiver from last year Jonathan Giles said he was leaving the program on April 28. [SportsDay]More troubling, a Texas Tech All-Transfer team is in the making. “I would just say that we’re, at this point in time, hoping the Big 12 will improve and succeed.” [TulsaWorld] Rebuilding the JayhawksForget Texas, apparently Kansas may be getting (a twinge) of buzz.I’m willing to make such a — cough — bold, risky statement based on the simple fact that, for the first time in quite a while, KU has options.Beaty has mined the transfer market for talent, and at least a few of his recent five-year recruits have shown promise. The result: some loose approximation of depth and position battles, particularly on an offense that has been destitute for years. [SBNation]We’ll spare you the details but a couple of Bama transfers on offense (wide receiver and tackle) to go with the Texas A&M transfer that followed David Beatty in Doug Meacham’s offense could mean something.They’ve had (somewhat) stingy defenses over the last few years but anemic offenses plagued hungry Kansas squads.center_img Gary Patterson (3): Patterson is in a similar situation as Dantonio. We all believe he’s a great coach, but he’s coming off a sub-par season. That recency bias has an effect on where he stands in these rankings, but his history suggests that he’s capable of another huge season with the Horned Frogs. [CBS Sports] In a perfect world: Texas Tech would be starting: Mayfield, Dauphine, Giles, Fehoko, Mitchell & Bethel in 2017. #WreckEm— Ben Rosas (@Benjamin_Rosas) May 11, 2017That’s a two-time Heisman finalist, a Biletnikoff finalist and four four-star recruits. When a coach is under pressure (as Kliff Kingsbury undeniably is), recruiting takes a toll. But internal exits?Could be anything. Generally it’s over playing time or discipline. Either way, impact players leaving heading into year five isn’t good.KingmakersIn CBS’ most recent ranking of Power Five coaches, the Big 12 found four within the top twelve. One was interesting. Not quite the reassurance Big 12 fans are looking for from one of their bell cows.The article looks at how the realignment will fire up a bit when the Big Ten’s media contracts expire in the early 2020’s. Concerning OU’s landing spot, here’s a good question.Key question: Oklahoma pres David Boren is 76. Will he hold the reins in 3-5 years, when/if (by his estimation, too) realignment cranks up?— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) May 12, 2017 Patterson threw the Frogs on his shoulders and carried them into the Big 12, securing the financial viability of the program for the immediate future.  But No. 10 in the country?Either way, Stoops was at sixth, Snyder at ninth, Patterson at tenth and Gundy rounded off the group at twelfth. It’s been said but this guys do it as well as anybody with very little NFL talent.No Place Like (A New) HomeOU and Texas are the Big 12’s trophy brands. Much ado is being made this off season about one of those school’s options.last_img read more

Another Oklahoma State Summer Hype Video? Yes, Please

first_imgWe are less than 50 days from the start of college football and our team should be pretty good! What is there not to be hyped about?So sit back, forget about the secondary for a minute and sip on some orange Kool-Aid.Who’s Ready For Some OSU Football??????????????:@OSU_Students— Boone Pickens State (@BP_State) July 9, 2017AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more