Student Senate had its last meeting of semester on Wednesday evening. Marisa Olsen and Louis Bertolotti, directors of the First Undergratuate Experience in Leadership (FUEL), presented their concerns about the new traditions associated with the Celtic chant during football games.According to Olsen, the freshmen on FUEL are concerned by the “negative representation” of Notre Dame when students chant expletives directed towards Zahm on national television.“The chant does not reflect well on the Catholic University and the strong tradition in faith that we have here,” Bertolotti said. “We are one family and this is something that we can change to better the University.”Olsen and Bertolotti suggested using Frosh-O as a way to change the cheer. FUEL suggests simply teaching different words to chant during the Celtic Chant to avoid cursing at football games.“This isn’t necessarily a tradition as it only began two or three years ago,” Bertolotti said. “But we most definitely want to keep it from becoming a tradition.”The group had mixed opinions about the issue at hand. Michael Wajda, co-chair of Hall President’s Council, said he was totally unaware of the chant and had never heard it been used before. Olsen and Bertolotti encouraged the group to step up and make this change happen.“We want you as student leaders to project the changes to the student body to bring us together as a family,” Bertolotti said.Senate also focused on the discussion of student safety on campus. Vidal said during his meeting with local law enforcement on Dec. 10 to discuss off campus safety, the police gave good tips for securing off campus homes during break.“We are going to post a webinar link soon so that students have the opportunity to ask the law enforcement questions live about campus safety,” Vidal said.As the meeting was the last of the semester, Senate plans to continue the 29 for 29 initiative and the discussion about campus safety during the spring semester.
At $30 million/5,500-member First United Credit Union, Grand Rapids, Mich., employees embrace an empathetic and forward-thinking sales approach.“It helps us to leverage the credit union alongside our city’s mega-sized financial institutions,” says CEO Mark Richter. In his market, there are more than 130 banking outlets, including Bank of America, collectively serving a metro population of just over one million.Richter believes small institutions can be just as competitive as their larger counterparts. “It requires offering the right product mix, multiple service channels and having your employees present banking solutions to members in the right way.”Richter says smaller CUs can leverage their size to provide a more personal way of doing business. He believes a well-designed sales culture can help an organization define how it wants to serve members and be a differentiator. “Gone are the days of a single sponsor; members don’t have the same loyalty to any institution. But with a strong sales culture, a credit union can stay abreast of changing member needs and assist with products that are top of mind.” continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more
Published on February 11, 2017 at 12:03 am Syracuse (16-9, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) is going for its sixth straight win when it takes on Pittsburgh (13-11, 2-9) at 1 p.m. on Saturday from the Petersen Events Center. Syracuse won, 77-66, the last time these two teams met over a month ago in the Carrier Dome.Here’s how The Daily Orange beat writers think the game will unfold:Connor Grossman (15-10)A day at the ZooSyracuse 79, Pittsburgh 71Syracuse continues to roll against the Panthers. It remains to be seen whether or not SU can play defense outside the Carrier Dome, but the Orange’s offense keeps it afloat. There’s no reason to believe Andrew White won’t drop 20-plus points for a sixth straight game, and Taurean Thompson can be a force in the paint if he stays out of foul trouble. Syracuse will extend its winning streak to six games.Matt Schneidman (12-13)On the road againSyracuse 81, Pittsburgh 73AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPittsburgh has taken a deep nose dive since playing Syracuse, only winning two games in league play while Syracuse currently sits fourth in the conference. The Orange is the hottest team in the best league in the nation, and the Panthers won’t stop Jim Boeheim’s roll. White scores over 20 points for the sixth game in a row and Tyus Battle shakes off a fever he’s dealing with to help guide the Orange to an astounding sixth straight win and, more importantly, a third consecutive win away from home.Paul Schwedelson (15-10)Oakland ShmoaklandSyracuse 70, Pittsburgh 60The Orange is riding a five-game win streak and is playing its best ball of the year. SU’s NCAA Tournament hopes are still barely hanging on by a thread, but don’t plan on that thread being cut on Saturday. The Panthers previously used to own the Orange but things aren’t the same under first-year head coach Kevin Stallings. Syracuse hasn’t won at Pitt since Tyler Ennis’ buzzer-beater, but expect that to change. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Tullow’s holdings offshore GuyanaIt was a one sided affair on Wednesday, as Finance Minister Winston Jordan moved a motion in the National Assembly confirming tax waivers for British oil company subsidiary Tullow Guyana.The Parliamentary Opposition – Peoples Progressive Party – was not in the National Assembly on Wednesday, having announced they are boycotting while the very legal status of the Government depends on how the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rules in the No Confidence Motion cases.“By now this is familiar territory for the house,” Jordan said. “This is probably the fourth or fifth time I’ve come to the house to affirm what has been placed in contracts and have become an obligation for the government under section 51, premised on the Petroleum and Exploration Act of 1986.”According to Jordan, that order empowers him as Finance Minister to modify the application of tax laws towards oil companies holding Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) with the government; specifically, as it relates to income, corporation and property taxes.“Tullow first became involved in oil exploration (in Guyana) in 2008, when the company obtained equity in the Georgetown block and participated in the exploration Guyana essay, operated Jaguar one well in 2012. As in many of these activities, this well failed to reach its target depth, as safety was a concern.”He added that in 2016, Tullow and Eco signed a petroleum agreement with Guyana, to explore the offshore Orinduik block. “Tullow acts as operator in that block and holds a 60 per cent interest. In 2017, they safely acquired 3D surveys. Good quality data was achieved, enabling drilling activities to be planned in 2019,” the minister said.Jordan noted that along with its partners, Tullow is aiming to proceed with drilling in the Orinduik block in 2019, which would expand its commitment to Guyana’s development agenda. He pointed to its plans to drill at least two wells – Joe and Jethro- this year.Section 15.1 of Tullow’s contract states that “subject to Article 32 and except as provided in Article 15.2, 15.8 and… Article 15.1, no tax, value added tax, excise tax, duty, fee, charge or other impost shall be levied at the date hereof or from time to time thereafter on the contractor or affiliated companies in respect of income derived from petroleum operations or in respect of any property held, transactions undertaken or activities performed for any purpose authorized or contemplated hereunder.”There are exceptions, such as import duties at rates set out in the Customs Act and subject to Article 21 of the contract; income unrelated to what is derived under the agreement and rent due to the government for any land rights granted or assigned.PlansTullow had in February announced it was bringing forward its drilling programme from the previously scheduled end of the year to the second quarter. It had announced that the Jethro prospect would be drilled in June.On the other hand, its Carapa prospect in Kanuku will be drilled in the third quarter. It is understood that the net cost of the Jethro well is US$30 million, while the Carapa well will cost US$20 million.Tullow’s partner in the Orinduik block, Eco Atlantic, had announced that drilling on the Joe prospect will begin in mid-July of this year. They had announced that the Stena forth drill ship will move directly to the Joe, after it finishes drilling the Jethro Lobe Well in the Orinduik block.It is understood that the Joe is located in approximately 650 meters of water and will cost Eco approximately US$3 million to drill. A recently published report from international company Gustavson Associates has estimated that the well has a 43.2 per cent chance of success.The Orinduik oil block is just a few kilometres from Exxon’s discoveries in the Liza and Payara fields. It is under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow, who signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting licence and Production Sharing Agreement with the Guyana in 2016 French firm Total E&P Activities Petrolieres entered the fray in 2017; partnering with Eco with the option to get a 25 per cent share in the block.WarningOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on several occasion had warned that all contracts/agreements/concessions granted by Government after December 21, 2018 would be reviewed if the PPP wins the next General and Regional Elections. On December 21, 2018 a no-confidence motion was passed in the National Assembly and brought the Government tumbling. The Government has since moved to the court to determine the validity of the motion, which was already certified by the Speaker of the National Assembly.The Opposition Leader has maintained since December 21, 2018 the Government is merely in a caretaker mode.On March 22, a divided Appeal Court ruled that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the No-Confidence Motion brought against the A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government last year.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George had, in January, upheld the December 21, 2018, passage of the No-Confidence Motion, ruling that in Guyana’s 65-member National Assembly, a majority is 33. This, however, was appealed by Attorney General Basil Williams.While Justice Rishi Persaud dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate judges allowed the State’s appeal.The matter has since engaged the attention of the Caribbean Court of Justice, which is set to rule on the cases soon.Finance Minister Winston Jordan as he moved the motion read more
Michael Jude McGarvey walks free from courtA MAN who punched his former brother-in-law in a pub toilet has walked free from court after a judge decided not to impose a three month prison sentence.Michael Jude McGarvey, who is 37 and from Glassagh, Gaoth Dobhair, was convicted of assault at Dungloe District Court and jailed but he had appealed the case to the Circuit Court. Victim Stephen Ferry, who is 28, stood by his version of events on a night out at Teach Jack’s on September 2, 2012. McGarvey’s marriage to Ferry’s sister had ended two years earlier.Mr Ferry said he had gone out to watch Manchester United play on TV that day.He claimed that McGarvey had told him there “would be no more hassle” if he dropped allegations relating to an assault six months earlier at a takeaway in Derrybeg.He claimed that McGarvey had shouldered him in the bar shortly afterwards.“He started calling me a ‘wanker’ and slagging family members,” Mr Ferry told Judge John O’Hagan.Around 9pm he said he went to the toilet and was standing at a urinal when McGarvey came in, punched him in the back of the head and he hit his head, busting his eye. Blood was pouring from the wound and as he had tried to escape out of the toilets McGarvey had ripped off his t-shirt.Mr Ferry’s cousin Eimear McFadden said she saw him coming out of the toilets with blood pouring from a wound above his eye. She said she saw McGarvey emerge from the toilets smiling.A short time later in the smoking area outside she said McGarvey had told her – in Irish – that “someone had to put manners on him (Mr Ferry).”McGarvey gave a completely different version of events. He claimed Mr Ferry had been winding him up in the bar and said the injury suffered by Mr Ferry in the toilets was self-inflicted.He claimed he was at the urinal when Mr Ferry had come out of one of the cubicles and attempted to throw a punch at him. He said he defended himself and Mr Ferry had fallen onto the floor, hitting his head and causing the cut.He said Mr Ferry’s t-shirt “must have got caught in his hand” when he was defending himself.Mr Ferry said there was a witness in the toilets. Sgt Rory Harrison told the court that five different witnesses in Teach Jack’s that evening had declined to give statements to gardai.Retired inspector John O’Toole, who went to the scene, was asked by Judge John O’Hagan if Mr Ferry was “as drunk as a skunk” on the night of the incident. The garda said that he wasn’t.The court there was “no hassle any more” between the parties.Ferry had been cleared of assault in the District Court.Judge O’Hagan said he was satisfied the State had proved beyond a reasonable doubt that McGarvey was guilty of assault causing harm.He said McGarvey was “less than consistent with a considerable number of additions to explain what went on” when giving his evidence.He said he was also satisfied with the evidence of Eimear McFadden that she did see McGarvey smiling “as if he had achieved something” and that McGarvey did say that “somebody needed to put manners on” Mr Ferry.However the judge said the incident happened four years ago.“The storm has settled and there would not appear to be same angst as there was in the past,” said Judge O’Hagan.Turning to Mr Ferry he said: “In other words Mr Ferry, I believe you.”However “under the circumstances” he set aside the three month prison sentence, applied to the Probation Act adding the parties should “stay away from one another in the future”.MAN INVOLVED IN HOTEL TOILET ATTACK WALKS FREE FROM COURT was last modified: February 9th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultFightGaoth DobhairMichael Judge McGarveypunch-uprowTeach Jack read more