Tribunal verdict upheld

first_imgThe Appellate Board held today to hear Krishna Omkar’s appeal against the tribunal verdict that found him guilty of electoral malpractice, disqualifying him from any future Union elections, has upheld the majority of the original tribunal’s findings, Cherwell24 has learned.The appeal process is still ongoing, as the Appellate Board will now investigate the sentencing process and the eligibility of candidates to stand in the re-poll that must now happen at the start of Hilary Term. It has been suggested that under the original tribunal stipulations, the only eligible candidate may be Charlotte Fischer, although Union sources were unable to confirm this.More to follow on Cherwell24.last_img read more

News story: UK Government Minister reiterates importance of Oil and Gas sector

first_img I was pleased to be in Aberdeen for the Oil and Gas UK annual conference where we marked the success of the industry while looking at the challenges ahead as we move to a low carbon economy. Offshore oil and gas continues to be a success story for us supporting almost 300,000 jobs across the UK and more than a third of those being in Scotland. The UK Government continues to support the sector including contributing £90 million towards the Oil and Gas Technology Centre as part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal. This will help develop new capabilities, skills and jobs for the present and the future. As times change we must harness new opportunities. The oil and gas industry will continue to have a key role to play in meeting our energy needs, making the sector greener and using its expertise to help develop new forms of energy such as renewables. This transition and diversification includes tapping into the large pools of talent from traditionally underrepresented groups in the industry, such as women. Engaging with the sector on these vital topics is key to ensuring there continues to be a bright future ahead for Scotland’s economy and jobs. The UK Government has supported the sector through the £250 million Aberdeen City Region Deal, calls for evidence on UK decommissioning in the Spring Statement 2019 and the establishment of the Oil and Gas authority as a strong, independent regulator and industry steward to maximise economic recovery from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).Following his speech Lord Duncan toured the stands on display. Today [Wednesday 5 June] Lord Duncan visited the annual Oil and Gas UK industry conference in Aberdeen, speaking to the delegates about the importance of the sector and its future.Lord Duncan said:last_img read more

Man who wore horns at riot willing to speak at Trump’s trial

first_imgPHOENIX (AP) — The lawyer for an Arizona man who took part in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns is offering to have his client testify at former President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial. Lawyer Albert Watkins said he hasn’t spoken to any member in the Senate since announcing his offer to have Jacob Chansley testify. Watkins said it’s important for senators to hear from someone who was incited by Trump. Watkins said Chansley feels betrayed by the former president after Trump refused to pardon Chansley. Chansley hasn’t yet entered a plea to his charges.last_img read more

New Keenan Hall rector embraces dorm community

first_imgThis year, Keenan Hall is welcoming a new rector, James Tull, who is taking over the position held by Noel Terranova for the last five years.Originally hailing from Cincinnati, Tull grew up visiting Notre Dame and South Bend frequently, he said. His father, Robert “Bob” Tull, played for Notre Dame’s national championship football team in 1977, his mother attended Saint Mary’s and two of his siblings graduated from Notre Dame. Tull said the University gained extra significance for him after he acquired his master’s degree from Notre Dame last year.“I did my undergrad at Brown University,” Tull said. “ … I finished my MA in theology here at Notre Dame in July 2016, after taking classes during the previous three summers.”While at Brown, Tull was a member of the Brown football team — he played every line position during his career — and he sang in an a capella group and was involved in campus ministry.After graduating from Brown, Tull accepted a job teaching and coaching at Woodberry Forest School, a boarding school in Virginia. For the past five years, Tull has been teaching religion and coaching football and wrestling at St. Sebastian’s School, an all-boys Catholic high school outside of Boston, he said. Before beginning the rector position this summer Tull said he took a four-week road trip to several national parks.“I was incredibly excited to get the job [as rector of Keenan Hall], and more specifically, I was thrilled to become a greater part of the Notre Dame community,” Tull said.Though he has never been a rector, Tull lived in the dorms with his students at Woodberry Forest School and knows how uniquely rewarding a position of this nature can be, he said. Before applying for the job, he had heard of some of the events Keenan Hall organizes — such as the Keenan Revue and Muddy Sunday — and is excited to be a part of them.“My biggest hope for the year is to really get to know the men of Keenan,” Tull said. “It’s the relationships that make the hall communities so special, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the men of this community.”For the past week and a half, Tull has already been working with the Keenan Hall staff, as they complete training and prepare for the upcoming year. Senior Wilson Barrett, a Keenan Resident Assistant (RA), expects this year to be just as good as — if not better than — last year, he said.“As an RA, a change in rector is a test of the community we’ve built,” Barrett said. “Noel did an incredible job and we hope to expand on the existing culture even more. This year, we’re looking to hit the ground running — the previous hall staff has done a great job mentoring us, and we think that all 11 of us are up to the task of facilitating community.”Senior Keenan RA Cooper Munhall agreed with Barrett and said he is looking forward to continuing the “culture of excellence” Keenan Hall has strived for in the past with Tull’s leadership.“He is quite compassionate and has made it abundantly clear that the well-being of the residents is at the forefront of his concerns,” Munhall said.Junior Lukas Cepkauskas, Keenan Hall president, is anticipating a great year as Tull becomes part of the Keenan community.“The entire Keenan community looks forward to welcoming [Tull] to our brotherhood, as well as learning from him and growing together,” Cepkauskas said. “[We] are very excited for the upcoming year and cannot wait to begin working with [Tull] and the Keenan Hall staff.”Tags: Keenan Hall, new rectors, rector, Welcome Weekend 2017last_img read more

Alumnus becomes acting CSC director

first_imgIn May, Fr. Kevin Sandberg was appointed the acting executive director of the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) for the 2017–2018 academic year, while Fr. Paul Kollman, the executive director of the center is on leave to conduct research.Sandberg, a Notre Dame alumnus, said he has been involved in the CSC since its founding. During his undergraduate years at Notre Dame, he participated in the Community of the International Lay Apostolate (CILA) which Sandberg said helped form the basis for the CSC. Members of CILA volunteered in South Bend, went to Appalachia during fall break and spent summers in Mexico, he said.“All of those things precede the existence of the Center for Social Concerns because the center came to be in 1983, out of three things: that student group, the Office of Volunteer Services and the Center for Experiential Learning,” Sandberg said.Sandberg said his new role at the Center for Social Concerns will give him the opportunity to “form hearts and minds,” — one  of the main focuses of the Congregation of the Holy Cross.“The trick of it is, the heart is the point of integration, right?” he said. “It’s not a separate entity from the mind. The heart is where the mind is put into action and where the mind can settle on both a community as well as be called into a commitment.”One of the most challenging aspects of his new role will be to continue to cultivate the Holy Cross pillar of family at the CSC as it expands, Sandberg said.“I mean I think one of the other things is ‘Now when you’re in charge, how do you approach that?’ and the goal is to help the center as it keeps getting bigger to remain a family,” he said. “That’s the real challenge I think for us. I think the challenge for me is to provide leadership — that is, what we call servant leadership.”Sandberg said he has looked to Fr. Don McNeill, the late founder of the CSC, as a mentor.“I think the principle thing I learned from Fr. Don is to listen because he always turned it back around to you and he wanted not to talk about himself but to talk about you and he wanted you to be able to listen to yourself,” Sandberg said. “So he became a sounding board for your inner thoughts.”Annie Cahill Kelly, director of Community Partnerships and Service Learning at the CSC, said the center was founded on the principles of the Bible verse, Micah 6:8 — a verse which she said both McNeill and Sandberg embodied.“It [says] ‘This is what the Lord asks of you, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God,’” she said. “So those are very much the foundational values of the center — to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with God.”Cahill Kelly described Sandberg as a “pastoral presence” who has taken to heart the values of the Center for Social Concerns.“He’s continuing in the good tradition — the great tradition of not only Fr. Don [McNeill], but then Fr. Bill [Lies] and Fr. Paul [Kollman] and kind of guiding us this year as the acting director,” she said. “I’m certain many good things will be born this year of our collaborative work.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, CILA, congregation of holy crosslast_img read more

Anthony Edwards, Annabella Sciorra & Elizabeth Franz Will Join A Month in the Country

first_img A Month in the Country Edwards (ER, Top Gun) will play Arkady with Sciorra (The Motherf**er with the Hat, The Sopranos) as Lizaveta and Tony winner Franz (Death of a Salesman) as Anna. Rounding out the company will be Peter Appel, Ian Etheridge, Mike Faist, James Joseph O’Neil, Elizabeth Ramos, Thomas Jay Ryan, Frank Van Putten and Megan West. View Comments A Month in the Country chronicles the comic and erotic turmoil that befalls an otherwise quiet country estate when a handsome young tutor arrives to teach Natalya Petrovna’s (Schilling) young son.  But it is Natalya who soon becomes interested in a tutelage of another kind, much to the consternation of her husband and her long suffering friend, Rakitin (Dinklage), who is hopelessly and secretly smitten with her. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 28, 2015center_img Related Shows The production will feature scenic design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Tom Broecker, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Bart Fasbender. Anthony Edwards, Annabella Sciorra and Elizabeth Franz will join the previously announced Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling in A Month in the Country. Directed by Erica Schmidt, Dinklage’s wife, Ivan Turgenev’s play begins performances on January 9, 2015 at Classic Stage Company for a limited engagement through February 22. The production will officially open on January 29.last_img read more

Commentary: Stock analysis shows fossil fuel divestment will not undercut fund performance

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Grantham Foundation:I have met more investment committees than I care to think about. Perhaps a couple of thousand. There is a no more conservative group on the planet than an investment committee. You could be forgiven for thinking that if you cough at an investment committee they will think they are ruined!So if you tell them that you are going to interfere in any way, such as by removing a particular group of companies from their investment portfolio, an investment committee will likely warn that it will cause great harm to the long-term return. And the committee would definitely baulk if you wanted to remove a major group like fossil fuel companies.So my colleagues and I finally carried out a test to see exactly how an investment portfolio would have been affected by divesting from a group of companies that are listed in the Standard and Poor’s 500, the index based on the market capitalizations of 500 large companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ.These companies can be divided into 11 sectors (not including real estate). We considered the 10 long-term sectors (real estate was added relatively recently), and analyzed how the index performed without each sector.Initially, we considered the period from 1989 until 2017. The results [show] there is only a 50 basis points difference between the best and the worst. They are basically all the same!So we decided to see what happened if we chose a different period, in case there was something extraordinary about the past 28 years. We extended the analysis, first to start from 1957, and secondly to begin in 1925. You will see…that changing the period of analysis does not make much difference. The difference between the best and worst is 54 basis points instead of 50. So over 90 years, it would not have cost an investor to have divested from any one of the sectors.Who knew that the stock market was that efficient? It may be hopeless in bubbles and busts, but it has evidently priced these groups of big companies pretty well. And there is no advantage to an investor of choosing the high-growth information technology sector over, say, utilities. Utilities are priced down and information technology is priced up, but they produce the same returns. It is amazing.What does this mean for divestment? It means that if investors take out fossil fuel companies from their portfolios, their starting assumption should not be that you have destroyed the value. Their starting assumption should be until proven otherwise. that it will have very little effect and is just as likely to be positive by 17 basis points as negative. That is an amazing contradiction to what every investment committee has ever said, as far as I am concerned.More: The mythical peril of divesting from fossil fuels Commentary: Stock analysis shows fossil fuel divestment will not undercut fund performancelast_img read more

Catch a Comp at Wintergreen

first_imgThe ESPN X-Games coming up next weekend, and if you are like me you are probably looking forward to them with equal parts enthusiasm and dread. Enthusiasm because you get to watch the best skiers and snowboarders do their thing on the big stage, pushing the limits of physics and physiology with flips, spins, and tweaks; dread because the ones pushing those limits are usually half our age. Sure, we throw the occasional foot high spread eagle on the slopes, but these guys are pros and throw tricks we could only dream about, even in our prime. Don’t get me wrong, I do not watch the Winter X-Games with a pint of ice cream longing for the days of yore and crying myself to sleep. I save that for the Summer X-Games – I always wanted to a skateboarder. No, I watch with respect and awe at what the elite can do on snow. This weekend you will be able to witness some ski and snowboard competitions that are a little more accessible and sample some of the gear the big dogs ride on game day. Wintergreen Resort will be hosting their Freestyle Demo Days in conjunction with a rail jam, the first event of their season-long terrain park series.Check out Wintergreen on Saturday where you can watch the local talent do their thing on rails starting at 6pm. If you have been working on your game, you can sign up to participate from 4:30-5:30 at the Snowsports Desk. The Demo Tent will be set up at the top of Acorn on Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to sample the latest and greatest from the industry’s leading manufacturers.View Larger Maplast_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf Previews Two Paths For Education

first_imgRead more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf February 03, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Budget News,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog Governor Wolf announced a $200 million increase to basic education funding as part of his 2016-17 budget proposal. He emphasized the importance of this critical funding during a visit Tuesday to 10th and Green Elementary School in the Reading School District. Watch the video of Governor Wolf’s announcement.This K-12 investment represents a 3.3 percent increase, and will be distributed using the Fair Funding Formula created and unanimously adopted by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission in June 2015.The governor continues to advocate for increased funding for Pennsylvania schools to deliver high-quality education to every student across the state, regardless of zip code.That is especially important in the Reading School District, where 93 percent of the student body is economically disadvantaged, 18 percent of students are English Language Learners, and 16 percent receive special education services.This 2016-17 investment, however, is contingent upon lawmakers passing the bipartisan budget compromise bill that proved elusive last December. The upcoming budget provides a spending plan for 2016-17 that builds upon that agreement. It invests in our schools, meets critical human service needs, fully funds our pension and debt obligations, and eliminates the structural budget deficit that has plagued us since the Great Recession of 2008.Failing to enact this compromise will put us on yet another path that abandons all bipartisanship, causing our schools to lose an additional $1 billion that would double the amount cut from education under the previous administration.This budget, by contrast, assumes we will take the path of bipartisan budget agreement and invest in our schools and our future. It provides a clear and responsible path forward to support schools that teach, jobs that pay, and a government that works.center_img BLOG: Governor Wolf Previews Two Paths For Education By: Sarah Galbally, Deputy Secretary of Policy & Planninglast_img read more

Stradbroke Island hideaway sells to interstate buyers

first_img12 Casuarina Drive, South Stradbroke Island has changed hands.A COUPLE from Sydney cancelled all of their house inspections as soon as they stepped into a Gold Coast island hideaway, completely blown away by what it offered.The property, on South Stradbroke Island and only accessible by boat, was designed to incorporate a “tropical Queensland style with a resort feel”.It changed hands for $1.875 million with the deal settling last week. MORE NEWS: Gold Coast real estate in the spotlight Relax on your deck overlooking the water.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Impressive at every turn. No expense was spared in the design and build with natural elements including hardwood timber, stonework, marble, granite and copper used throughout the house.The outdoor area overlooking the water is a sight to behold — complete with coconut palms imported all the way from Far North Queensland.The heated pool and spa feature glass mosaic tiles and a hand-sculpted feature wall with sandstone and granite sourced from Mount Warning.There is a separate “pod” at one end of the home with its own staircase while a large self contained suite is at the other end — also with private staircase.Other features include a fireplace, cinema, library, study, wine cellar and cold room.The property first hit the market in May, 2018. Stylish pendants add to the island vibe.Colleen Brunt of Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents handled the sale and said it was love at first sight.“Apparently they were looking for quite some time and hadn’t committed to move to Queensland yet,” she said.“They specifically came out to look at 12 Casuarina Court and the moment they walked through the doors they cancelled all of their other inspections.”She said they loved the feel and what South Stradbroke Island had to offer.“They are big boaties and will really enjoy the lifestyle here,” she said.“South Stradbroke Island offers an island lifestyle but you are still 15 minutes away from everything.center_img What a view! There’s plenty of space to entertain.Sellers Kathryn and Trevor Coomber bought the land 11 years ago after falling in love with the island.“The agent we bought our land from had long discovered the hidden secrets of the island and took us to spend time at his home here,” Mrs Coomber told the Gold Coast Bulletin when the property hit the market.“We piled into his 4WD and headed through a gorgeous rainforest for mere minutes, opening out to 22km of uninhabited pristine beach. After all this time I still pinch myself at the sights, sounds and sheer joy of it.”When designing their house, they enlisted their friend and renowned Noosa designer Paul Clout to incorporate tropical Queensland style. MORE NEWS: Avo dream to own a farm?last_img read more