Senate convenes in person, vice president for student affairs pays visit

first_imgThe Notre Dame student senate met in person Thursday evening. This week’s meeting was centered around an address from vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding. Hoffmann Harding spoke about campus reopening and the restructuring of student gathering spaces on campus including social spacing of Duncan and LaFortune student centers, and the introduction of many new outdoor spaces for student gathering such as the tents in front of North and South Dining Halls and Library Lawn.Hoffmann Harding mentioned certain aspects of student life that got modified in the reopening process such as an option for students to live off-campus while still earning credit towards the University residency requirement and the opening of secondary residence locations to offer on-campus housing to all students who requested it.In addition to the modifications to campus life, Harding talked about ways to address safety concerns in a way that did not cause divisions within the University community, new Title IX regulations and racial injustice within the community. Hoffmann Harding said the University is hosting conversations with Black student organizations regarding racial injustice in four main areas: campus policing, student mental health, programming funds and space and providing training for inclusion and diversity issues for faculty.Hoffmann Harding fielded many questions regarding issues like dashboard changes, surveillance testing, concerns about Saturday’s home football game and flu season. Following Hoffmann Harding’s informative address, there was an update on the Community/Campus Advisory Coalition (CCAC) in that the CCAC has now finished the election process and the council is finalized.Next, the senate moved to the appointment of 14 members to the Committee on the Constitution. This motion was put in block by parliamentarian, junior Thomas Davis and was passed without debate. Davis said he is very excited at the appointees.“Today is a very exciting moment for me,” he said. “This is a special part of the Committee on the Constitution being able to nominate or appoint members and at large members of the student body. It was a very thorough process and I’m very happy with the appointments I’ve been able to make.”Subsequently, the senate discussed order SS 2021-16: A resolution to Commit to Anti-Racist Action at Notre Dame. This order contained a statement in which the sponsors acknowledged the presence of racial injustice and discrimination on our campus and affirmed their continued desire to engage in open and constructive conversation with leaders of the Black Student Association, Notre Dame Socially Responsible Investing and the organizers of the Notre Dame Strike for Black Lives pertaining to their organizations’ goals and steps forward to foster an anti-racist campus community.Order SS 2021-16 received some push back from Dillion Hall senator Mike Dugan who called for more aggressive resolution that actively calls for more than just conversation pertaining to racial injustice.(Editor’s Note: Mike Dugan is a former News Writer and Systems Administrator at The Observer.)“We need to do something to remove the structures that are posing barriers to students of color and prohibiting them from getting the experience that they deserve here,” Dugan said. “We’re punting, or saying, Notre Dame, talk with people, but we ourselves are not taking a stand.”Despite dissent from Dugan and others, order SS 2021-16 was passed with a vote.This week’s senate meeting concluded by a motion to move order SS 2021-07 pertaining to the availability of $10,000 from the Student Union COVID-19 Response Financial Account to next week’s meeting.Tags: Erin Hoffman-Harding, Senate, Student Lifelast_img read more

Long Island Students Join in National Walkout

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hundreds of Long Island high school and college students walked out of class Wednesday in solidarity with a nationwide protest against gun violence in response to the Parkland, Florida high school massacre.Students gathered on snow-covered football fields for a 17-minute-long rally—one minute for each victim killed—at 10 a.m., the time the Parkland shooter opened fire a month ago to the day.“We want change,” Bay Shore High School students chanted while school officials and Suffolk County police officers milled around. They also chanted “no more guns,” “17 lives,” and “let us live!”A counter protester with a mega phone yelled: “You guys are wasting your time!” The students continued rallying undeterred.Nikolas Cruz, 19, was charged with allegedly using an AR-15 rifle to kill students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day. The massacre reignited the national debate over gun control. President Donald Trump proposed arming teachers in response.Students also walked out of class at Hofstra University, John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, Suffolk County Community College, Great Neck South High School, Commack High School and Herricks High School, among others. Additional March For Our Lives rallies were planned throughout the day in Patchogue, Long Beach, Stony Brook, Port Jefferson, Huntington, Farmingdale, Old Westbury, Glen Cove and Port Washington.“The victims who died that day were just like the students and staff at Great Neck South,” said Bonnie Charles, a senior at the school. “They had plans for college, they had dreams, and they had futures…. By participating in the #Enough National Walkout, we are calling out our nation’s lawmakers to let them know that unless they adopt stricter gun legislation, we will vote them out.”Joseph VanderWaag, an SCCC student who helped organize a walkout on the Ammerman campus, echoed the sentiment.“This isn’t just an issue that is affecting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, or Columbine High School in Colorado,” he said. “This is an issue that affects everyone!”Commack High School students participated in the walkout Wednesday.last_img read more

Don’t leave Uber’s status to the courts

first_imgIt needs to be recognized, and regulated, accordingly. The U.K. government, in fact, is open to the idea.Earlier this year, the Taylor review proposed a new employment status of “dependent contractor,” a category that Canada and some other jurisdictions already have.The report said the absence of a requirement to perform work — a standard feature of the gig-economy model — shouldn’t automatically exclude employment rights.At the same time, though, the dependent contractor’s looser relationship with the platform provider suggests a more limited set of obligations.According to circumstances, these might include sick pay and paid time off, and in some cases the statutory minimum wage.   What dependent-contractor status means, and the rights it would confer, still needs to be worked out, so the idea won’t bring disagreement on the subject to an end. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appears on Bloomberg View:A London tribunal’s ruling last week that Uber drivers aren’t self-employed was hailed as a victory by the company’s critics.The court upheld an earlier finding that Uber resorted to “fictions” and “twisted language” in denying its obligations as an employer, and that its claim to be a service linking 30,000 small businesses to their customers was “faintly ridiculous.”Clear as that might seem, the judgment doesn’t settle the matter. But it puts the main points of contention in the right place — in the realm of politics not litigation.Uber’s characteristic method of barging into markets and deeming itself exempt from the existing rules has made it many enemies.Yet it can hardly be considered a failure — certainly not from the customer’s point of view.Its ferocious innovation, and that of other platform enterprises, has left employment law behind. The rules need to catch up, preferably in ways that don’t squelch the benefits.That’s a job for lawmakers, not judges.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationcenter_img The legal fight will continue in Britain, as in many other jurisdictions, with no end in sight.This is what happens when courts are asked to apply outdated laws to a rapidly changing labor market.A San Francisco judge presiding over a similar case put it well:The jury, he said, is being “handed a square peg and asked to choose between two round holes.”The crucial question is for lawmakers to resolve.Uber’s drivers aren’t employees in the old-fashioned sense — and they aren’t independent contractors in the old-fashioned sense either.This is a new kind of employment relationship.last_img read more

Gold Coast real estate: secret mansion sells for $5 million

first_imgMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago16 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands. It was snapped up in an off-market deal through Jeffrey Sturgess and Colleen Brunt of Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents.Mr Sturgess said they had been helping the buyers find a property in the area for the past few years.“They’d been looking on the island for quite some time,” he said.“The owner had a price in mind and we got pretty close to what she was looking for.”The four-storey home was designed and built by the owner who, according to property records, bought the site in 2006. 16 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands.The sale marks the second highest on Westminster Court.The street’s top sale was set in 2011 when No. 18-20 sold for $8.3 million.Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents have recorded a number of million-dollar sales in the past couple of weeks.A Southport property at 3 Brighton Parade sold under the hammer on the weekend for $2.2 million, as did an Isle of Capri property at 13 La Spezia Court for $1.58 million.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 16 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands. Family buys $2 million house for Uber Mr Sturgess said she has lived there with her family since.He said the buyers loved the luxury house’s spacious and versatile floorplan.It has five bedrooms and multiple indoor and outdoor living areas divided among the levels.It has a neutral palette with modern fixtures and fittings and walls of windows to make the most of the water views.“The floorplan suited them,” he said.“It was really well designed.“The house itself looks straight down the internal part of the Broadwater so the views are spectacular.“All the rooms benefit from that view.” MORE NEWS: How’s the serenity? Coast ‘castle’ hit the market 16 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands. 16 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands. 16 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands.THE multimillion-dollar sale of a Sovereign Islands mega mansion not only marks the top sale in the past week but the second highest for its street.An interstate buyer splashed $5.28 million on the property at 16 Westminster Court, which settled earlier this week.last_img read more

Italy proposes asylum centers in African countries

first_imgItaly proposes African migrant centres to halt immigrant tide Related East African Countries form a Defense Pact The EU is considering whether to set up reception centers in African countries to process asylum applications to the EU. A proposal submitted by Italian officials, has some support from EU countries but has come under fire from the African Union, which has accused the EU of “shedding responsibility”. Our Europe correspondent Sandra Gathmann reports from Brussels African Development Bank working on empowering African countries’ natural resource sectorslast_img

Leading scientists call for ban on ‘killer robots’

first_imgKiller RobotsA group of top tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on Tuesday issued a stern warning against the development of so-called killer robots.Autonomous weapons, which use artificial intelligence to select targets without human intervention, have been described as “the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms,” wrote around 1,000 technology chiefs in an open letter.“The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI (artificial intelligence) arms race or to prevent it from starting,” they wrote. “If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable,” the letter continued.The idea of an automated killing machine — made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator” — is moving swiftly from science fiction to reality, according to the scientists. “The deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasibleThe idea of an automated killing machine — made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator” — is moving swiftly from science fiction to reality, according to the scientists.“The deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades,” the letter said.The scientists painted the Doomsday scenario of autonomous weapons falling into the hands of terrorists, dictators or warlords hoping to carry out ethnic cleansing.“There are many ways in which AI can make battlefields safer for humans, especially civilians, without creating new tools for killing people,” the letter concluded.The letter was presented at the opening of the 2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires.Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal and head of SpaceX, a private space-travel technology venture, also urged the public to sign up to the campaign. “If you’re against a military AI arms race, please sign this open letter,” tweeted the tech boss.last_img read more

Local deer numbers good, DNR official says

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Local deer hunters should expect another productive season in 2014.DNR deer management biologist Chad Stewart offered a prediction for Southern Indiana, “Hunters there should continue to see good numbers of deer.“The balance of deer cover and the absence of lingering effects from any disease outbreak have produced ample opportunities for hunters to be successful.”The deer population is lower than normal in other parts of the state as firearms season begins on Saturday, November 15.“There are several factors contributing to reduced deer numbers in certain areas of the state,” Stewart said. “Some are by design and some are by external forces.”The DNR is in the third year of a management effort to reduce deer numbers in targeted areas. Another reason for fewer deer was a serious 2012 outbreak of hemorrhagic disease – an often lethal virus transmitted by small flies known as biting midges.“These numbers are more in line with what should be seen on the landscape,” Stewart said. “We recognize these declines and have been responsive in our management by reducing our antlerless quotas in many areas and dropping some counties from the special late antlerless season. In many cases, these are the levels at which we are trying to manage our herd.”In addition to basic bag limits, hunters can purchase bonus licenses to take additional antlerless deer based on a county’s assigned quota. Bonus licenses can be used in any season, except the Urban Deer Zone Season, using the equipment that is legal for that season.The bonus antlerless quota was reduced this year for 19 counties. As a result of those reductions, six fewer counties are eligible for the special late antlerless season (Dec. 26 through Jan. 4, 2015) than a year ago.With no hemorrhagic disease reported in 2014 and few reports of deer being affected by last year’s hard winter, Stewart anticipates a deer harvest similar to that of 2013 (126,635 deer) but short of the record set in 2012 of 136,248 deer.The firearms season runs Nov. 15-30. Hunters with a firearms license may take one antlered deer. Bonus licenses are required to take additional deer with firearms.last_img read more

Holder content with underdogs tag … ODI series bowls off today

first_imgTWO of the most unpredictable teams in World cricket – West Indies and Pakistan – will commence the three-match One Day International (ODI) series today at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.West Indies during their net session yesterday.However, West Indies captain Jason Holder says he has no issues with his team being branded the underdogs going into the series, but he believes they can prove a few people wrong.“Pakistan have been hard on us. They have beaten us in the last series we played in the UAE and they started this tour well. So we probably are the underdogs right now … it’s not a bad tag to have.“The expectations are pretty much on Pakistan to beat us and that is an incentive for our guys. We must go and must show that we can beat Pakistan.“They are just a step ahead of us in the ICC rankings and I don’t think they are impossible to beat,” Holder told media operatives at a press conference yesterday.Further Holder said he expected a different approach from his side in the 50-overs format, as batsmen would have the benefit of time on their side to explore the Pakistan attack, especially leg-spinner Shadab Khan.West Indies captain Jason HolderThe 18-year-old (Khan) made his international debut in last week’s Twenty20 series and could hardly have been more impressive, capturing 10 wickets against the world champions to be named player-of-the-series.His main attacking weapon is the googly – a delivery that spins from the off side towards leg – baffling batsmen expecting the ball to turn the other way.“He obviously had some success so far in this series. He is something new. Everybody is now getting accustomed to seeing him but what I can say is that this one-day format you have a bit more time than the T20. Having said that we have our game play against him,” Holder reckoned.Meanwhile, notwithstanding carrying the favourites’ tag, the Pakistanis will also be wary of the conditions as well as the opposition.Captain Sarfraz Ahmed said, “It is important that we continue the momentum and sustain the same kind of focus.”Both teams have faded away in terms of performance, but the West Indies are under pressure to reverse a run of poor form that could see them face the indignity of having to qualify for the next World Cup in 2019.Pakistan captain Sarfraz AhmedThe top eight teams in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI rankings at the end of September 2017 automatically advance to the event in England.Pakistan are currently No. 8 in the ICC’s ODI rankings, holding the final automatic qualification spot for the 2019 World Cup; West Indies are ninth, with five ranking points separating the sides.Failure to beat Pakistan would leave West Indies – who will be absent from this year’s Champions Trophy – struggling to catch them ahead of September’s cut-off and facing the prospect of having to come through the ICC Qualifier.Today’s match will be followed by another on Sunday and the final match of the series next Tuesday; all matches bowl off at 09:30hrs.West Indies ODI squad: Jason Holder (capt.), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton.Pakistan ODI squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Zakir, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt. & wkp.), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asghar.last_img read more

Tight end Parris to have surgery for lower-body injury

first_imgSyracuse junior tight end Josh Parris will have surgery after recently suffering a lower-body injury, SU Athletics announced in a release on Tuesday afternoon.The surgery is scheduled for Wednesday and his status for the remainder of the season will be determined in the coming weeks, the press release said.Parris caught the game-winning touchdown in the final regular-season game with six seconds left last year against Boston College to give the Orange bowl eligibility.He played in all 13 games last season and had 90 yards on 13 receptions. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on August 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

USC hits the slopes with poise

first_imgAlthough snow and freezing temperatures are not characteristic of Los Angeles, the warm climate presents no challenge for students who desire to ski.Airborne · USC Ski and Snowboard club member Abe Kislevitz, who graduated from USC in 2009, created the club’s website on which followers can watch club-produced videos and keep up with the team. – Photo courtesy of Nicole Kucera Every weekend about 30 to 40 members of the USC Ski and Snowboard club travel to Mammoth Mountain to hit the slopes.Club President and ski club coach senior Chris Nelson, heads a group of 107 members that has been making a name for itself. The USC freestyle ski team, which is a part of the club, competed in its first nationals last year and won the event. It then narrowly defeated University of Colorado at Boulder to defend its national championship title March 6.The USC freestyle ski team is composed of Nelson, along with juniors Ben Gunton, Chris Farro, Caleb Farro and freshman Matt Cook, who all traveled to Sunday River, Maine for the five-day competition.With more than 500 competitors at nationals, the USC freestyle ski team made its mark in the freestyle skiing competition — that includes slope style, half pipe and skier cross, by sweeping the event. Junior Caleb Farro, placed first overall in freestyle skiing, followed by Cook in second place and Gunton in third.Because he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and broke his wrist last year, Caleb Farro was only planning to support the team and have fun skiing at the competition. Without much preparation for nationals, he still claimed first place.“I was stoked to be back. But my doctor doesn’t even know I’m skiing right now. I’m definitely not cleared,” he said.Along with Caleb Farro, Cook was able to set the stage for the USC ski team when he won the half pipe during the opening ceremony.“[Cook] was the only kid from USC to make the finals, and he went against five kids from Colorado,” Chris Farro said. “When he won, we all went nuts.”According to Nelson, Cook’s win was crucial to prove that, despite being from sunny Los Angeles, the USC ski team was legitimate competition.“A lot of people don’t associate SoCal with skiing, and this entire competition was a way to show more people what we’re all about,” Gunton said.Not only did the USC ski team prove that it belongs among the top ski teams in the nation, but it also did so funding.“Most schools like University of California at Santa Barbara sent their teams to Maine, but we had to pay $4,400 out of pocket,” Caleb Farro said.The Recreation Club Council at USC provided the ski club with $3,000, and clubs can also earn up to an additional $1,000 if they present the RCC with a valid reason for why they need the funds.“After winning nationals in Boulder last year, we thought we could get some more funding, but [RCC] only gave us an extra $375, which was kind of like a slap in the face,” Nelson said.According to Chris Farro, not many students even know that the ski team competed at nationals, let alone won nationals two years in a row.Chris Farro and Cook, however, chose to attend USC over schools like University of Colorado at Boulder specifically because of the ski club’s website.Abe Kislevitz, a fall 2009 graduate, created the team website, USCSnowSports.org, four years ago to highlight the club’s activities.“I wanted to get people to realize what we’re doing in Los Angeles and get the word out about our ski team winning,” Kislevitz said.The highly interactive website has videos of the team, including a recently created 3-D video. Last year, these videos had 250,000 views on YouTube and 187,000 views since January 2010 alone.“A lot of kids from the East Coast even follow our videos,” Kislevitz said. “I’ve had people come up to me and tell me that they’ve seen the videos and want to come to USC to ski on our team.”For the ski club, it’s not the weather that presents the obstacle; it’s demonstrating to the public that Southern California schools can shred.last_img read more