The ice thickness distribution of Flask Glacier, Antarctic Peninsula, determined by combining radio-echo soundings, surface velocity data and flow modelling

first_imgAn interpolated bedrock topography is presented for Flask Glacier, one of the tributaries of the remnant part of the Larsen B ice shelf, Antarctic Peninsula. The ice thickness distribution is derived by combining direct but sparse measurements from airborne radio-echo soundings with indirect estimates obtained from ice-flow modelling. The ice-flow model is applied to a series of transverse profiles, and a first estimate of the bedrock is iteratively adjusted until agreement between modelled and measured surface velocities is achieved. The adjusted bedrock is then used to reinterpret the radio-echo soundings, and the recovered information used to further improve the estimate of the bedrock itself. The ice flux along the glacier center line provides an additional and independent constraint on the ice thickness. The resulting bedrock topography reveals a glacier bed situated mainly below sea level with sections having retrograde slope. The total ice volume of 120±15 km3 for the considered area of 215 km2 corresponds to an average ice thickness of 560±70 m.last_img read more

Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Mike Mussina won’t have team logo on plaque

first_img Written by January 25, 2019 /Sports News – National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Mike Mussina won’t have team logo on plaque FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDebraMillet/iStock(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) — Former Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, but his plaque won’t show either team’s logo.Mussina announced the decision in a statement released by the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Both the Yankees and the Orioles were instrumental in my reaching Cooperstown,” he wrote. “I am honored to have the opportunity to represent them both in the Hall of Fame.”Mussina, now 50, played ten seasons in Baltimore before signing with the Yankees. He pitched the final eight seasons of his career in the Bronx.He will be the second inductee this year to have no logo on his plaque, joining former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies hurler Roy Halladay. Halladay’s family made their decision known on Wednesday, with his widow Brandy saying that the late right-hander “is going in as a major league baseball player. And that’s what he is.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

UK, US Leaders Voice Need for Stronger Russia Sanctions

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Russia View post tag: UK View post tag: Naval View post tag: Voice UK, US Leaders Voice Need for Stronger Russia Sanctions View post tag: News by topic U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosted British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond at the Pentagon. The two discussed a range of subjects, but the main focus was Ukraine, Hagel said at a news conference with Hammond after their meeting.Economic and diplomatic sanctions that have been imposed against Russia by the European Union and the United States will further isolate Russia, Hagel noted. “As the leaders of both our countries and the other G-7 nations affirmed this week in the Netherlands, we will continue to coordinate closely on future actions and sanctions we may take against Russia,” he added.Hammond said Russia’s action was completely unacceptable, and he called the Russian occupation of Crimea “illegal annexation of a sovereign territory.”The United Kingdom stands with the United States and the rest of NATO in opposing the Russian action and supports “wide-ranging economic and diplomatic sanctions to force President Putin to stop his bullying behavior,” Hammond said.“The Russian government should be in no doubt that should there be further acts of aggression, there will be further consequences for Russia,” he added.Hammond confirmed that in addition to the offer of Royal Air Force Typhoon combat jets to bolster the Baltic air policing mission, the United Kingdom is working with its allies and partners to scope options for additional measures of reassurance to Eastern European and Baltic allies.Hammond stated that evidence suggests that the Russian agenda is being run by Putin personally. “Other Russian players, including [Defense] Minister [Sergei] Shoigu, may express views, but it’s a moot point, and we cannot know, we do not know, to what extent all of those people are really inside the inner circle in which President Putin is planning this exercise,” the British leader said.The situation in Ukraine demonstrates the continued need for NATO, Hagel said. “The essential character and commitment of this alliance, of its 28 members to one another, remains unchanged, but we will look for new ways to collaborate and improve the alliance’s capabilities and readiness,” the secretary said. “That means we will make continued necessary investments in defense.”Both countries are grappling with budget constraints, and both leaders look on this as an opportunity to explore new areas of cooperation. Hammond said the United States and United Kingdom could work together in nuclear deterrence, special operations forces, intelligence, unmanned aerial vehicles, surveillance aircraft and carrier strike regeneration.[mappress]Press Release, March 27, 2014; Image: US DoD View post tag: US View post tag: Defense Back to overview,Home naval-today UK, US Leaders Voice Need for Stronger Russia Sanctions center_img View post tag: need Authorities View post tag: Stronger View post tag: Sanctions US, UK DEFENCE LEADERSU.S. and United Kingdom defense leaders yesterday reiterated that there must be consequences for Russia following President Vladimir Putin’s forced annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. View post tag: leaders March 27, 2014 Share this article View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

Security Officer

first_imgPosting Details A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required; college coursework preferred. Applicants must possess strong interpersonal andverbal communication skills; the ability to deal calmly with a widevariety of people in dynamic, often stressful circumstances; strongwritten communication skills, with the ability to complete detailedwritten incident reports, logs, forms, and other writtencommunication; the ability to learn and use a variety ofcomputerized and electronic systems essential for departmentmissions; the ability to work independently or as part of a team;the ability to achieve CPR and First Aid Certification. Mustsatisfactorily complete Security Department training andqualification process. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). ShiftN/A Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle,rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?Yes About Bowdoin Special Instructions to Applicants Employment CategoryCasual Open Until FilledYes Is a pre-placement physical required for this position?Yes DepartmentSafety and Security Days and hours vary depending on need and availability.Safety and Security operates patrol activities 24 hours per day,365 days per year in all types of weather. Shifts are generallyfrom 7a-3p, 3p-11p, and 11p-7a seven days per week.This is a part-time, non-benefits eligible position. Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college,enrolling approximately 1,800 students. Through a need-blindadmissions policy, the College meets 100% of students’ demonstratedfinancial need with no loans. 32% of students identify as studentsof color, an additional 5% are international, and 45% receivefinancial aid. Bowdoin is a dynamic living and learning communitycommitted to fostering pluralism, building community, and nurturinga commitment to the common good.The College seeks academically and culturally diverse faculty andstaff, welcoming applicants from diverse backgrounds, and/or whohave experience working collaboratively with diverse populations.Bowdoin is set in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine.Brunswick, a town of 22,000 residents, brings together elements ofboth city and country living including cultural offerings, avariety of restaurants, and four season activities for outdoorenthusiasts. Bowdoin’s historic 215-acre campus, comprising 120+buildings, is a brief walk to downtown Brunswick, and is 25 milesfrom Portland and about 120 miles from Boston. The Security Officer provides Communications Center support andserves on foot, bicycle or security vehicle patrol while conductingsurveillance for the entire college campus to ensure the safety andsecurity of College students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors andproperty. This is a part-time, non-benefits eligibleposition. Type of PostingInternal/External Benefits EligibleNocenter_img Pay TypeHourly Background Check Package RequirementsSupport Staff + MVR * How did you hear about this position?Indeed.comChronicle of Higher EducationJobsinme.comHigherEdJobs.comInsideHigherEd.comTwitterLinkedInMANPMaine Job LinkLiveandWorkinMaine.comEmployee ReferralBowdoin College WebsiteRadio AdTechMaineNCAACASEGlassdoorFacebookOther Job Summary TitleSecurity Officer Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal andstate laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment,admission, or access to its educational or extracurricularprograms, activities, or facilities based on race, color,ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexualorientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, maritalstatus, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, oragainst qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilitieson the basis of disability, or any other legally protectedstatuses. Licenses or Certifications: A valid Driver’s license and theability to meet the requirements of the College’s Motor Vehicle UsePolicy required; CPR Certification: Required; First Aid training:Preferred. Other Educational Requirements: Must satisfactorilycomplete a security training course sanctioned by the Director ofSecurity. Will be required to learn to utilize various types ofelectronic and/or manual recording and information systems used bythe agency. Posting Date03/11/2021 EEO Information Standard Work Days and Hours Education/Skills Requirements If you answered Employee Referral or Other, please specifyhere:(Open Ended Question) Applications Accepted Until Posting NumberC00192JP Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume / Curriculum VitaeCover LetterOptional Documentslast_img read more

Afropunk Brooklyn Announces 2019 Lineup: Gary Clark Jr., Kamasi Washington, Leon Bridges, Tank & The Bangas, More

first_imgOn Wednesday, Afropunk announced the artist lineup for their annual Brooklyn event, set to take place on August 24th and 25th at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY.The 2019 Afropunk Festival lineup includes high-profile artists like Jill Scott, FKA Twigs, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Kamasi Washingon, Santigold, Lianne La Havas, Danny Brown, Toro y Moi, Death Grips, J.I.D., Leikeli47, Rico Nasty, Tierra Whack, Goldlink, Masego, Earthgang, Tank & The Bangas, The Suffers, and more. You can check out the lineup announcement video below:Afropunk 2019 Lineup Announcement VideoSince getting its start in Brooklyn in 2005, Afropunk has expanded across the globe. Now, Afropunk hosts annual events in Paris, France; London, U.K.; Atlanta, GA; and Johannesburg, South Africa. For more information on Afropunk Festival’s various global events, head here.Tickets for this year’s Brooklyn edition of Afropunk are on sale now via the event website.last_img read more

Tom Marshall Discusses Phish Lyrics On New “Under The Scales” Episode [Listen]

first_imgOn his latest Under The Scales podcast episode, host and lyricist Tom Marshall discusses the meanings behind five different Phish songs. Marshall is joined by Under The Scales regulars RJ Bee and Stephen “Tebo” Thomas.The trio begin their conversation by discussing their thoughts and feelings towards Trey Anastasio‘s recent Ghosts of the Forest tour. Tom mentions that he attended four shows on the tour (Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Berkeley), and touches on the Berkeley show being a particularly emotional performance, as the late-Chris Cottrell’s daughters were members of the audience. Tom goes on to discuss his thoughts on the possibilities of Ghosts of the Forest material entering Phish‘s expansive catalog.Next, Tom leads his co-hosts into the episode’s main theme, diving into the lyrical analysis behind five favorite Phish tunes. The trio begin by discussing “Blaze On”, a newer tune that appears on Phish’s 2016 Big Boat release and was debuted the summer prior at Phish’s 2015 summer tour-opening show at Bend, OR’s Les Schwab Amphitheater. Tom explains that he wrote the tune with Trey in February 2015 while on a songwriting retreat in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where the duo also conceptualized and arranged “Shade” and “Mercury”. Tom was gracious enough to share a clip of a “Blaze On” demo recording.The trio move forward with “Wading In The Velvet Sea”, a setlist staple since 1997, off of Phish’s 1998 Story of the Ghost release. Tom begins by playing a clip of the original version, recorded at the Trampled by Lambs and Pecked By The Dove sessions in Stowe, VT. Tom describes “Waiting In The Velvet Sea” as a love song that encompasses elements of uncertainty and missing someone.Next, Tom, RJ, and Tebo choose to involve Under The Scales listener’s questions into the latter half of the episode. Tom explains that he wrote “Lifeboy” with Trey while Anastasio was on a vacation in Tortola. Trey’s brother-in-law, Kevin Statesir, recently reminded Tom that Trey was communicating with him via a pay phone to write the song, long before cellphones, or even household phones on the island existed. Tom shares a beautiful rendition of “Lifeboy” from October 18th, 1994 at Vanderbilt University Memorial Gym, which features Béla Fleck on banjo. The trio then discuss the lyrical process behind “Bug”, as they also analyze the similar themes of God in both “Lifeboy” and “Bug”. Tom Marshall closes out the podcast discussion with a brief dive into “Horn”, off of Phish’s 1993 Rift LP, and shares a clip of the studio version because, as he puts it, “it’s so f-ing great.”Listen to Tom Marshall’s latest Under The Scales episode with RJ Bee and Stephen “Tebo” Thomas below:Head to Under The Scale’s website for more information.last_img read more

Two Saint Mary’s students who opted to remain in Rome now living under lockdown

first_imgFor weeks, they’ve been watching the world from their apartment window. Beneath them, the streets of Rome are empty, except for the rare passerby carrying groceries or walking a small dog.Saint Mary’s junior Zoe Ricker and sophomore Sarah Tschida are two students who opted to remain in Rome when the College officially suspended the study abroad program. Ricker and Tschida signed a waiver stating their independence from the College in early March and have been living in the John Cabot student residences since then.On March 9, Italy entered a nationwide lockdown, after the number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 9,000, banning all nonessential travel and large public gatherings. By March 11, all restaurants and bars were closed to the public.Ricker and Tschida, the lone Saint Mary’s students remaining in Rome, have been sheltering in place, taking online classes through John Cabot and occasionally venturing out to the local grocery store. They cook traditional Italian dishes, share wine and each other’s company, and sketch the view out the window for art class.It’s possible that the pair will still have to return to the U.S., Ricker said, though they would be forced to organize their own departure, as per the agreement waiving their ability to travel through Saint Mary’s.“We’re in it until at least April 3,” she said. “We’ll see what happens then, and then we’re in it until May 9 when school is out. It’s getting harder and harder to leave. We’re just sticking to it. We’re too far in.”Despite hoping to remain in Rome for as long as possible, Ricker said she has felt some reservations about her decision to stay. If the lockdown is extended and her summer plans to travel with family are disrupted, regret will set in, she said.“Until then, I think we’re just we’re taking it day by day,” Ricker said. “We have to keep going. It’s a lot of emailing, just staying in touch with everybody and just staying sane. Our ultimate conclusion is that it’s going to be worth it. We hope.”Tschida said she has experienced the same sense of wavering since deciding to stay at John Cabot, even as the CDC raised the Level 2 safety regulations in Italy to Level 3, and other American students returned home. Initially, she considered it safer to remain in Rome, rather than board a long plane ride to an international airport.“I feel like it changes every week honestly, and you’re always going to go back and forth like, ‘Is this the right decision?’ I don’t know,” Tschida said. “I was pretty confident with that decision, and then it just changed.”Their situation will depend on the length of the lockdown, Tschida said.“Now that the U.S. is level four, we’re afraid that because airlines are flying empty flights, they’re not going to have as many flights out,” she said. “We might be stuck here.”If the two are forced to stay into the summer months, John Cabot has agreed to extend their housing.Ricker said her emotions change day to day, as she watches more and more students return home.“It’s been stressful,” she said. “People are still leaving. Today [Tschida] and I were trying to look at where to get more suitcases for when we do have to go in May — or if we need to go sooner than that for any other reason. And they’re really expensive. Like hundreds of dollars through Amazon. I think they’re upping in the prices.”The Italian locals never seemed to truly panic, Ricker said, even as restrictions on travel and congregating settled over the usually bustling city.“The grocery store is stocked full — people aren’t panic buying here in Rome,” Ricker said. “It really hasn’t been terrible. It’s just been kind of sad, and it’s emptier, like there’s just less and less people. Students really were just sad and distressed because they were slowly getting told that they had to go home.”In the first few days after most Saint Mary’s students returned to the U.S., Ricker said the city operated normally. She and Tschida paid a visit to the Vatican and were joined by other tourists, though she noted the site was less packed than usual.There has been a police presence on the streets since even before the official lockdown, Ricker said, though the officers were mostly patrolling to enforce appropriate social distancing. One day, while sitting on the steps of a piazza, an officer approached Ricker.“The police came up to us and they told us to disperse because we were in a group of four and they were not okay with that,” she said.After the lockdown, Ricker and Tschida have interacted with the police several other times, especially when walking to the grocery store. John Cabot has provided its students with paperwork intended to act as certification for approved travel, and Ricker said she has had to present these papers while walking to the store.“You sign it and then if somebody stops me, they sign it too,” she said. “We just keep it on us. It’s kind of scary being given that and told that, but for the most part, it’s been okay. We did get stopped today again. I think he could tell we were foreign; we’re both young.”John Cabot has offered to deliver groceries to its students, but Ricker said she enjoys doing her own shopping because it gives her something to do in the midst of the lockdown. The University is also providing a host of activities for students who are under lockdown, including online cooking classes.Because the waiver Ricker and Tschida signed released Saint Mary’s from all liability, they and their families are barred from suing the College should they test positive for COVID-19.“I release from liability and waive my right to sue Saint Mary’s College, their employees, officers, volunteers and agents … from any and all claims, including claims of the College’s negligence, resulting in any physical injury, illness (including death) or economic loss that I may suffer or which may result from my decision to remain in Rome,” the waiver states. “I, individually and on behalf of my heirs and assigns, agree to indemnify the College and hold it harmless from and against all liability, losses, damages, claims, liens and expense (including reasonable legal fees) arising out of or connected with my decision to remain in Rome.”Despite having claimed their independence, Ricker and Tschida said they have maintained a relationship with their professors.“We’re still their students,” Ricker said. “I’m emailing my professor right now about advanced registration for classes for my major. I’ve had plenty of professors check in — I’ve even had one DM me on Instagram. Everybody has been reaching out.”The College has been checking in on all of those who were part of the Rome program; however, they have yet to contact Ricker and Tschida individually and inquire about their status, Tschida said.“Saint Mary’s officially suspended all the programs abroad, but we continue to care for all our Saint Mary’s Belles,” director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership Mana Derakhshani said in an email. “They are still covered by the insurance we had purchased for them and continue their coursework online at the institutions where they were studying abroad. I am sure they are all trying their best to get the most out of the experience in very challenging circumstances.”Saint Mary’s administrators trust their partner institutions in all study abroad locations to take “good care of [the] students” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Derakhshani said.Every day, the students receive the same email detailing emergency protocols should they start showing symptoms of coronavirus.“If you start showing symptoms, they want you to self-isolate completely,” Ricker said. “Don’t go anywhere, and call the hospital.”Sophomore Nadia Hartman also signed the original waiver opting to remain in Rome but chose to return to the U.S. at the last minute.“A few days after I signed, however, my grandmother passed away and I decided that I needed to come home for the funeral and be with my family during my spring break,” Hartman said in an email.There was no screening process in place at any of the airports Hartman visited upon arrival, and when she contacted the CDC with questions, she was instructed to quarantine at home for a few days before returning to normal, as long as she didn’t display symptoms during that time.“My intention was to return to Rome after my spring break, but Italy shortly went on lockdown after my arrival and the travel bans went up, preventing me from returning,” Hartman said. “While I would absolutely love to return to Rome this semester, I am increasingly doubtful that this will be possible. With the way things are and the way things are heading, I do not think that the borders will open up in time for the end of the semester.”Hartman said she was disappointed to be barred from returning to Rome, but she hopes the health and safety measures put in place are effective in slowing the spread of the virus and flattening the curve.“In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy being with my family and doing all the things at home that I would otherwise not have the opportunity to do,” she said.In Valparaiso, Ind., Hartman and her family are sheltering in place, though essential travel is allowed.Those who are in Rome remain calm and organized, Ricker said, as many have agreed to abide by the restrictions imposed by the Italian government and the CDC.Though the streets of Rome are “dauntingly empty,” and will remain that way for some time, they are filled with music, Ricker said.“A lady across the way opened her window and played guitar and sang a song,” she said. “We’ve gone on a few, you know, forbidden walks, and you hear people singing, playing guitar. It’s all in Italian. It’s beautiful.”Tags: CDC, coronavirus, COVID-19, CWIL, Level 3, lockdown, Mana Derakhshani, Rome, study abroadlast_img read more

Spring 2021 study abroad programs intend to run, remain subject to change

first_imgThe cancellation of Notre Dame study abroad programs began with Rome. Next, all students studying abroad in the spring were recalled to the U.S. Then, summer and fall study abroad programs were cancelled. The pandemic has forced the hand of Notre Dame International to suspend its study abroad programs, which rank the University seventh in the country for study abroad programming. As of now, the University plans to run all 45 of its spring 2021 study abroad programs, but the coronavirus pandemic looms large over the programs’ existence.  “At this time the University fully intends to run all Spring 2021 study abroad programs and will proceed accordingly.” Notre Dame International said in an email sent to students planning on studying abroad in the spring Aug. 10. The email informed students their pre-departure meetings specific to their programs will begin soon, while also urging students to refrain from buying any pre-departure purchases such as plane tickets until they receive further direction from their program directors. The situation is subject to change as long as the pandemic continues, senior director of global education Hong Zhu said in an email. “The decision may change as we continue to monitor the situation around the globe in the coming weeks,” Zhu said. Zhu explained that Notre Dame International is continuing to consider a variety of different factors affecting the future of study abroad. These include, but are not limited to, the COVID-19 response and healthcare capacity of each partner country, as well as its flight and visa restrictions. Additionally, Notre Dame International is basing future decisions on U.S. Department of State and Center for Disease Control and Prevention travel guidelines, as well as each host institutions’ preparedness for in-person instruction and safeguarding against the virus. The possibility of canceling some or all the study abroad programs remains contingent upon these considerations, and Zhu said either of these situations are possible. “We plan for different scenarios, and we conduct risk assessments program by program and country by country,” Zhu said. “With health and safety conditions improving in some countries while deteriorating in others, we will continue to monitor daily the health and safety environments of all program locations.”Zhu, citing associate director of international travel and safety Jaime Signoracci, said there are always safety concerns running study abroad programs and the University has always followed a risk-based decision-making model in selecting safe program locations. “Living with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future now requires everyone’s vigilance in strictly adhering to health and social measures (both national and local) to control the spread in the community we are a part of,” she said. “This is the same for our campus here and will be the same for any study abroad programs that run in the spring.”Zhu and Signoracci said COVID-19 training will be part of the student pre-departure meetings. There, the students will also receive clear sets of behavioral expectations for their time abroad. On June 8, Notre Dame announced the cancellation of all fall 2020 study abroad programs. In the same announcement, study abroad offered students who had planned to study abroad in the fall the option to be accommodated into the spring version of their programs, as well as the opportunity to participate in summer 2021 and fall 2021 programs. According to Zhu, of the 386 students scheduled to study abroad in the fall, 170 of them chose to study abroad in the spring semester. Currently, 611 students are scheduled to study abroad in the spring semester. Junior Clare Stoyell-Mulholland was supposed to study abroad in Santiago, Chile this fall, before she opted to study in the spring semester 2021. “I would rather take my chance that I will be going and will be able to get that experience, than miss out on it.” A neuroscience major with a peace studies minor, Stoyell-Mulholland chose to study in Chile to improve her Spanish, explore the country and build community with the other students of the relatively small program, among other reasons. However, she was not confident the program will happen and she expressed some concern over traveling during the pandemic. “Honestly, I’m more concerned for Chile,” she said. “I don’t think Chile will want people from the United States to go.”Stoyell-Mulholland said she had faith in the University to not send students if the situation remains unsafe. She continued, “If we’re going to be negatively affecting that country, I don’t think study abroad should go.” Stoyell-Mulholland was thankful to study abroad for waiving the withdrawal fee in the fall, but wished they would do the same for the spring semester. All spring study abroad students, including the ones who transferred their acceptance from the fall, had until Aug. 10 to withdraw from their program without being fined the fee, which starts at $200 and gradually increases as the start date of the specific program draws nearer. However, due to the extenuating circumstances, students may not have to pay the withdrawal fee. “The fees have always been waived for students for medical or other compelling reasons,” Zhu said. Junior Michael McElroy was supposed to be studying in Rome this semester. A lover of Italian culture, history, and language, he was disappointed when the program was canceled, as he had never been overseas before.“That being said, I was not surprised because the COVID-19 pandemic had devastated Italy even before the United States,” he said in an email.McElroy chose to transfer his acceptance and learned he could attend Rome in the spring. He said all fall students were allowed to list up to two other programs they’d be willing to attend, but Rome was always his first choice.However, McElroy said he has prepared himself for the strong possibility of spring programs being canceled.“Considering the fact that the U.S. continues to present an abysmal response to the pandemic, I’m fairly pessimistic that Americans will even be allowed into the EU by next spring,” he said.While he was concerned about the safety of traveling abroad, he suspected the University would cancel its programs if the situation remains a threat to students’ health.“So it’s not even so much my decision’,” he said.Walsh Hall junior Paige Cooper is scheduled to study in Puebla, Mexico this spring. The psychology major minoring in the Hesburgh Program of Public Service chose the program because she was attracted to the program’s host family residence feature to improve her Spanish and as a member of the Band of the Fighting Irish, she didn’t want to miss the football season. Cooper said in an email she was skeptical of her program’s vitality. “I think the chances that other countries will open their borders to the U.S. by the spring are slim unless we get a vaccine,” she said. Cooper said she almost withdrew from the program, but changed her mind. “Every important decision in my life has happened by accident so I just decided to let the universe decide for me,” she said.Cooper added she’s now concerned it was the right decision, as Notre Dame has moved classes online for the next two weeks. “I’m afraid we’ll be sent home again, and there’s a possibility I won’t see any of my friends until senior year,” she said. Zhu stressed the department will be transparent with students regarding the process in the upcoming weeks. “We understand that the disruptions to the spring 2020 study abroad programs and the cancellations of summer and fall 2020 programs have been very disappointing to students,” she said. “While we very much hope that the pandemic around the globe will continue to improve and study abroad will be a reality in spring 2021, students’ health and safety will always be a top priority when the decisions are being made.”Editor’s note: A previous version of this story identified Clare Stoyell-Mulholland’s last name incorrectly. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Notre Dame International, spring study abroad, spring study abroad 2021last_img read more

Above & Beyond: Small acts have big impacts

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The smallest act can have a big impact on a member’s life.That’s the belief employees at $202 million asset San Antonio (Fla.) Citizens Federal Credit Union hold, influencing their daily actions.Consider the week of Thanksgiving. Employees hand out $25 gift cards to local businesses—such as coffee shops, restaurants, and even Christmas tree farms—to members who visit the branch on Black Friday, but the credit union also has door mats urging members to “shop small” on Small Business Saturday.A local businessman who stopped in the branch last year mentioned to an employee that he loved the door mats. Melissa Cummings, an assistant branch manager, overheard his comments. When her workday was done, Cummings grabbed a mat and drove to the man’s store—a 20-mile round trip.The man wasn’t there, so she left the mat for him, ensuring he’d be able to put it out for the Shop Small Business Satur­day event.last_img read more

Good Governance: Did you dust off your old pandemic plan?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you’re like most in this world today, you likely feel like you’ve lived a lifetime in just the last week. I know that we have. As we write to you safely from our home offices, we send well wishes to you and everyone in your circles that you are safe, well and doing what you can to “flatten the curve.”But we also know that you all have immense responsibilities. Personal responsibilities to your families and your loved ones. And professional responsibilities to your employees who are looking to your credit union for stability and, yes, a paycheck. Responsibilities, too, to your members who are counting on you to keep your doors open—or at least your drive throughs and your ATMs—so that when they need access to their funds, you are there. And eventually, they may need even more from you.In 2005, the White House, through the Homeland Security Council, issued the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza—which addresses the threat and potential impact of a pandemic. At the time the experts issued that document, they were focused on a pandemic resulting either from a flu strain that existed then in birds or another influenza virus. The National Strategy is still very relevant, and it outlines how the government prepares, detects and responds to pandemics of all kinds. It is still in use today.last_img read more