ND faculty member nominated to be secretary of veterans affairs

first_imgOn Friday, President-elect Joe Biden nominated Denis McDonough, a professor of the practice of public policy in the Keough School of Global Affairs, to the position of secretary of veterans affairs, permitting Senate approval.McDonough has been a Notre Dame faculty member since 2017, teaching courses on public policy analysis and formulation as well as writing for policy, government and nongovernmental organization management and leadership.Recently, he has contributed expertise to the Keough School’s Global Policy Initiative and has worked on the Presidential Transition Index, which studies weaknesses of the current presidential transition process. He will remain on the Notre Dame faculty on academic leave.Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, McDonough served as the White House chief of staff in the Obama administration from February 2013 to January 2017.University President Fr. John Jenkins congratulated McDonough on the nomination and recognized him for his work at Notre Dame in a press release.“Denis is a dedicated public servant who, over the past three years, has been a valued member of our Keough School faculty, sharing his considerable expertise in public policy, international and domestic affairs and management with both graduate and undergraduate students,” Jenkins said. “I join his campus colleagues in extending congratulations on his nomination and wish him well in the confirmation process.”Tags: denis mcdonough, Joe Biden, Keough School of Global Affairs, Veterans Affairslast_img read more

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Stay a little longer for an adventure in Southern West Virginia

first_imgGet your pulse racing in Southern West Virginia! Paddle raging whitewater rivers, go off-roading on an ATV and hike twisting trails to amazing views. Mild or wild, there’s an adventure here for everyone.Whitewater RaftingSouthern West Virginia is home to some of America’s best whitewater. From the mild UpperNew to the raging Gauley, there’s a whitewater trip here for every type of adventurer.The New River is considered to be one of the oldest rivers in the world and features twosections – the Upper and the Lower. A trip on the Upper New River is the perfect family-friendlywhitewater adventure. Gentle class I – III rapids and rippling shoals make this trip exciting forkids! Or, kick things up a notch with a trip on the Lower New! This section of the river featuresclass III-IV rapids that create huge, splashing waves and incredible excitement.The Gauley River, also known as The Beast of the East, features class III – V rapids. Thisextremely technical stretch of whitewater hits peak season in the fall, when Summersville Damis opened and water from Summersville Lake rushes into the Gauley, creating the biggestwhitewater on the East Coast and a thrilling ride for everyone.ATV AdventuresRev your engines! Southern West Virginia is home to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. Morethan 700 miles of off-road adventure wind through our mountains. Get dirty and take in themountain views from the trails. Along the way, discover ATV-friendly communities and smalltowns full of charm and heritage.Stunning ViewsNo matter where you go in Southern West Virginia, there’s a gorgeous view waiting to bediscovered. Hiking trails here will lead you along wooded paths, past waterfalls, and wildflowers,to beautiful mountaintop scenery. We’re home to many state and national parks full of hikingopportunities. In fact, the Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge National River was namedthe Best National Park Hike in America by USA Today voters in 2015. Hit the trails and getinspired by nature.With so much to do, looks like you’re going to need a few extra days. Stay a little longer anddiscover your next adventure in Southern West Virginia.last_img read more

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Bar Web site to get a fresh, new look

first_img Bar Web site to get a fresh, new look January 15, 2005 Regular News Bar Web site to get a fresh, new lookcenter_img An ambitious overhaul of The Florida Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, has begun and should be finished for an official unveiling at the Bar’s June convention.Communications Committee Vice Chair Kim Bald of Bradenton told the Board of Governors last month that 3W Studios has been hired for the project and had already begun to redesign the Web site. The work is expected to take 16 weeks.The Bar is assembling a testing group that will work with 3W Studios, trying out changes for ease and user friendliness, she said.The Bar’s site now contains a huge amount of information, from contact info for every Bar member to lists of all its committees and sections to online versions of the Journal and News. Minutes of the Board of Governors meetings, committee reports, and other information are also posted.The goal is for someone going to the home page to get the information they want by clicking on no more than two hyperlinks, Bald said.On other matters, Bald said, the committee is continuing to work well with the Citizens Forum, which recently has been studying children’s legal needs and lawyer advertising rules.The panel also reviewed the Board of Legal Education and Specialization’s promotion campaign. A part-time marketing person — paid for by BLSE — has been hired to oversee that effort, she said, and the group of lawyers most likely to be interested in certification has been identified. Work there is continuing, Bald said.last_img read more

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Removal of MBL cap would be ‘boon to small town America’

first_imgLifting the credit union member business lending (MBL) cap would help small businesses and low-income families disproportionately impacted by the lockdowns, Young Voices’ John Kristof wrote this week on the Foundation for Economic Education site. Noting that the country is in a recession and Congress is in a “fiscal gridlock,” he says billions in capital could be freed up by simply lifting the MBL cap currently set at 12.25% of assets.“The cap leaves billions of dollars of potential loans to businesses off the table. In an analysis of FDIC and National Credit Union Administration call data, the Credit Union National Association estimates that, if the MBL cap were lifted, credit unions would lend an additional $5 billion “in capital to small and informal business ventures” over the next year,” he writes. “Another $5 billion to small businesses and entrepreneurs could translate to 50,000 jobs created over the same period.”The article notes that these funds are for the most part economic opportunities unique to credit unions, as opposed to loans “stolen” from banks, as Small Business Administration research shows that 81% of business loans given by credit unions would not have been given by traditional banks. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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California Grill’s senior lunch program provides 3,000 lunches over 9 weeks

first_img“It feels nice being able to give stuff to people and knowing you’re doing a good thing,” said 7th grade student Annalie. The senior lunch program comes to an end tomorrow, as the California Grill is preparing to re-open and return to normal business operations, when they are able. “We just thought, with all the senior centers closing and stuff a lot of them got meals at a lower cost, so we thought we could do something like that for the seniors,” she said. General Manager Jacqueline Soule said the restaurant was inspired by local high schools giving out meals to students. Soule and her two sisters manage California Grill, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant is only open for takeout Thursday-Saturday. In addition to California Grill’s hardworking employees and community donations, five helping hands have pitched in. Annalie, Emma, Olivia, Brandon and Nate are the three managers’ children, and have done their part to help out their moms. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. They all echoed Annalie saying they love helping out their moms and seeing smiles when they handout the lunches. Soule said the senior lunch program has been keeping them busy, and although they haven’t asked for donations. they’ve received many – whether it’s monetary, or food donations to go along with the lunches. “It’s been amazing to see the support we’ve gotten from others,” she says. VESTAL(WBNG) — The California Grill has been serving seniors in our community with a senior lunch program, providing seniors with free lunches daily. When the program began over two months ago, Soule said they handed out 30-50 lunches per week. Nine weeks later, more than 3,000 lunches have been served, something Soule said they never anticipated. last_img read more

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A week of rest worthwhile: 340 offers have been submitted to the project so far. Get involved, but not just with a discount, but primarily with a story

first_imgToday, the project was presented at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports “A week of rest worthwhile”  within which, in the period from 16 to 25 October, domestic and foreign guests are offered various tourist services and experiences by 50 percent better prices. Apply for sure, no matter what, this is a great project for our tourism. Take the opportunity and be a part of the “Vacation Week Worthy” project. Ultimately, it is up to you whether the project comes to life. You are also the narrators of the story, because the more we all push it, the more effective the communication and promotion will be. Again, synergy as well as the responsibility of everyone in this chain is key and the first prerequisite for the project to come to life. Tango always takes two. Also, as I mentioned, you do not have to give a 50% discount on accommodation, but on some other service, from wellness, massage, agency program, sports activities, etc.… it is important to put together a rounded story. But again, the destination is important, and accommodation is the basic supporting infrastructure. She also commented on the project Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac who ordered: “I am pleased with the large number of tourist entities and service providers who have joined the “Vacation Week Worthy” campaign. We are launching this action because we want to offer the domestic tourist the adventure of discovering the riches of autumn in Lijepa naša, and at half the price. Meet, explore and enjoy Croatia in the off-season and at the same time create a story of year-round tourism development with us ”.  What is the reason for that, it is difficult to say, but it certainly lacks quality communication, project promotion, trust of the profession, and ultimately the realization, ie implementation of the project. Among the registered entities whose offers are on the portal are, for example national parks and nature parks such as Plitvice Lakes, Krka, Paklenica, Risnjak, Kopački rit, Papuk, Lastovo archipelago, Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje and Vrana lake, Hotel such as Valamar Riviera dd, Arena Hospitality Group dd, Marina Punat hotel & resort doo, Hilton hotels Zagreb, Coronaro hotel, Hotel Petrčane, Importanne resort Dubrovnik, Thalassotherapy Crikvenica, Grand Hotel Lav Split, etc. They also offered their package deals Travel agencies such as Adriagate, VAL, Terra Travel, Horizon travel, etc. All lovers of culture, art, but also tourist attractions at significantly reduced prices will be able to enjoy museums such as the Natural History Museum of Rijeka, the Croatian Maritime Museum in Split, the Museum of Betina Wooden Shipbuilding, the Museum of the Trilj Region, the Archaeological Museum of Narona, but also other content  such as Aquatika – Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac, Glavani Park, Solana Nin, Segway city tour Zagreb, Quad Gorski kotar, etc. I recently wrote and gave an example of how to take advantage of the action, and that it has an effect for everyone, and stressed for the millionth time that the synergy of everyone in the destination is crucial and how it is necessary to make a complete tourist product. On the project portal “A week of rest worthwhile” there is an eye 340 valid bids (of which 159 accommodation offers,) and services at 50 percent better prices from different parts of Croatia, from the coast to the mainland, and an additional 70 applications are being processed. “It is a long-term project that will be organized twice a year, during the Easter holidays and in October. We are glad that the project has aroused great interest of tourism service providers who are our main partners and without whose cooperation this action would not be possible. Through the project, we want to positively influence the increase of tourist traffic in the periods before and after the season, but also the further development of domestic tourism. Through this action, tourists will have the opportunity to visit different parts of Croatia with 50 percent better prices for many tourist products and services, from accommodation, transportation, cultural, historical, natural sights and attractions to catering services and various experiences”, he said director Staničić, inviting all travel lovers to take advantage of the week of favorable prices, but also all tourist entities to get involved in the offer with their offers.  All interested business entities can register and submit their offers until October 15, 2020. // BRAVO LIKA. GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW TO TELL THE STORY FOR THE “HOLIDAY WEEK WORTH A” ACTION Although the project was announced at the beginning of the year, various meetings were held on the topic of this project, but unfortunately it did not arouse great interest in the profession. Because only 340 applications is certainly a small number, especially when we know that of the total number of applications are accommodation facilities (apartments, hotels, hostels, holiday homes (). I would personally expect a minimum of 1.000 applications, that would be my first minimum project goal. / / / HOW TO USE THE “HOLIDAY WEEK WORTH” ACTION, AND IT HAS AN EFFECT FOR EVERYONE. THE KEY WORD IS SYNERGY It was on this trail that only Lika (at least as far as I know) did something similar. But, again, the project was made by the synergy of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Plitvice Lakes and the Tourist Board of the town of Gospić, and not the whole of Lika. Well done to Gospić and Plitvice Lakes, but it is a pity that others do not follow them. Also, in addition to the tourist package, crucial is that the local joined the campaign receptive agency for the area of ​​Gospić, Plitvice Lakes, Lika and surroundings, Laudon Travel. It is the receptive agency that is in charge of the ready-made programs it offers on the market, which is the main role of the travel agency. Again, in this example we see how tourist boards are crucial and how we need them. Not in its current form, we certainly need a real reform of the system, but in my opinion, it is the tourist boards that are key to the strategic development of the destination. As you know, my position is that we need to brand the regions. We need to strengthen and encourage receptive agencies and arrange the system according to the DMK / DMO concept across regions. Imagine that now for this action one destination has made a thematic week and a story, and as a whole destination it has appeared on the market. Again, the main focus is on the story, the motive for coming – and the discounts are just the icing on the cake and an additional motive. For example, the recently completed phenomenal HeadOnEast project in Osijek. Here the destination and the story play a key role. It is great that the action will be organized twice a year, during the Easter holidays and in October, as well as what it is about long-term project. Also, we must be aware, regardless of constructive criticism, that the project has yet to come to life in the market, and that it certainly takes 2-3 years to show itself in full swing. As well as the Cro card project. It takes a lot of time, money and communication to create a new habit, it is a process, but we have to actively deal with it. Submitted to the project so far samo 340 offers. A lot or a little? This means that along the way you should monitor how the project, partners and market breathe and accordingly correct some possible mistakes in the steps (which always are and always will be, as in every project) but you should be aware of them, detect and correct, upgrade and supplement, change the direction of communication, etc.… the project as well as the market is a living “organism”, it is not static and predictable, and the evaluation should always be followed and influenced how to get it back on track. Photo: HTZ Promotional video project Holiday week worth These are important things that someone needs to communicate, define, push and ultimately implement. That is why leadership (leadership) as well as quality communication is key, and later project evaluation – key. And that is exactly what the CNTB is missing. Things are much more complex with a lot of challenges and obstacles, but that’s exactly why we have to deal with challenges and push forward. I sincerely hope that the CNTB will evaluate the project, and ask yourself key questions, in order to find answers as well as solutions on how to better prepare the entire project in the second wave. All of this is normal in any project, nor can it come to life right away. Ultimately as we know it the motive for coming is not accommodation, just listing the offers on the website is not enough nor does it have any effect. The motive for arrival is the destination and content, not accommodation or a 50% discount. All owners of accommodation facilities complained about the big discount, because that is where the biggest profit is. So the whole story needed to be arranged completely differently, as did the web platform. The focus must be on destinations and content. Also, the current crisis in tourism, as well as the bad season (no matter which is better than we expected) should be an additional motivation for entrepreneurs to join this project, precisely because they are trying to earn something more this season. You can sign up HERE. Get involved, but not just with a discount, but primarily with a story. Ideally, the destination (tourist boards), in agreement with all partners in the field, compose and lead the story and push the narrative of the destination. So it should be logical and natural. As we know, the project will also be implemented during the Easter holidays, so we have time to make progress and correct perhaps some omissions this year. Action. Ultimately, the goal of the project is to extend the tourist season and activate domestic consumption more strongly, which is in everyone’s interest. Also, this is certainly an opportunity to position continental and rural destinations.last_img read more

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Buy gas, get internet and TV: PGN takes it all to fund gas pipe expansion

first_imgTop gas distributor PGN, a state-owned publicly listed company, is looking to sell internet and cable TV services to fund the expansion of Indonesia’s household gas pipe program, known locally as jargas.PGN’s freshly appointed president director, Suko Hartono, said on Monday the company sought to expand its existing fiber optic cable network to deliver such “gasnet” services for residential customers.The fiber optic network, built into PGN’s gas pipe network, is currently managed by subsidiary PT PGAS Telekomunikasi Nusantara (Pgascom) for internal and business-to-business communications.“When installing fiber optic, the biggest cost is digging, and we have already done that for our pipes,” Suko told lawmakers at the House of Representatives in Jakarta.“We are doing this program to make the jargas program more economical,” he added.At the government’s behest, PGN is expected to connect 316,000 new homes to its gas pipe network this year, 84 percent of which were to be connected using state funds.However, the government cut program funding such that only 40 percent of the targeted homes will be connected using state coffers. The difference will be diverted to tackle COVID-19 and jump-start the economy. Thus, PGN is left to find new means of financing the gas pipe program. The company also expects the gasnet program to lure investment into developing gas pipe infrastructure, said Suko.“So, going forward, a house could get gas, cable TV and internet and pay around Rp 300,000 to Rp 500,000,” he added, estimating installation costs.Topics :last_img read more

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Neart na Gaoithe O&M facility gets OK

first_imgThe O&M building, designed by Corstorphine + Wright Architects, will house the office, warehousing and staff welfare facilities required to support the servicing of the wind farm once operational.  “We need an O&M base for the 25-year lifespan of NnG which brings with it fantastic socio-economic benefits for the town of Eyemouth and the local community.”  “Having worked so closely with the Eyemouth Harbour Trust on the details of this proposal I am very pleased that Scottish Borders Council has approved the plans for our O&M base at Eyemouth Harbour,” said Matthias Haag, NnG Project Director. Scottish Borders Council’s (SBC) planning committee has approved plans for the operations and maintenance (O&M) building in Eyemouth for the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm. The planning permission is for a new, three-story 1,040m2 main building and a two-story 538m2 storage warehouse.center_img Neart na Gaoithe construction started in November last year with onshore works, while offshore construction began this August. The 450 MW wind farm will feature 54 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines and two GE Renewable Energy Grid Solutions’ offshore substations. The project, owned by EDF Renewables and ESB, is expected to be commissioned in 2023.last_img read more

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Cavani’s parents reveal preferred club despite Chelsea interest

first_imgEdinson Cavani’s mother and father claim their son has his heart on a move to Atletico Madrid despite interest from Chelsea.Advertisement Chelsea are exploring the possibility of signing the Uruguay international as Frank Lampard seeks to strengthen his options up front but it would appear the 32-year-old would favour a move to Spain.In an interview with Spanish television programme El Chiringuito, Cavani’s father claimed his son would sign for Diego Simeone’s side ‘tomorrow’ if the chance presented itself.“He wants to join another club in Europe,” Luis Cavani said. “That would please me that he plays here (at Atletico), yes.“(Diego) Simeone wants him now (in January). The head coach of Paris Saint-Germain (Thomas Tuchel) has also said he needs him to help compete in the Champions League.“But PSG do not want him to go to Atletico Madrid if he finds an agreement.“I think there is a strong chance he will go to Atletico, the option to join the club (Atletico) always remains in June.“There are lots of other clubs but when you give your word to a team, you respect it. If tomorrow, if he is available and Atletico still want him, I think he will sign.”Cavani’s mother has also given an interview to Madrid-based newspaper AS, revealing PSG have rejected three offers from Atletico for the striker. Cavani has handed in a transfer request at the Parc de Princes despite entering the final six months of his contract with the Ligue 1 champions. Loading… center_img Read Also: Chelsea target axed by PSG after handing in transfer requestWhether it is this month or in the summer when his PSG contract expires, Berta Gomez believes a move to Spain is on the cards.“It’s complicated but he wants to play at Atletico and if it’s not now, in the summer,” she said.“We are eager for some time but it doesn’t depend on my son but on PSG and Atletico Madrid. We understand their [PSG’s] position but what we don’t understand is that they want him to stay and then they only bring him out for six minutes. They are not treating him well considering what he has given to PSG in the almost seven years he has been there.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

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Tokyo Olympics: FIFA raises age limit for men’s football to 24

first_imgFIFA has raised the age limit to 24 for the men’s football tournament at next summer’s rearranged Olympics. The tournament is usually for under-23s, but the governing body has made the change to allow players who were eligible for the Tokyo Games this summer to still take part next year. Any player born on or after January 1, 1997 will be able to play, plus the three allocated over-aged players. The men’s tournament will kick off before the July 23, 2021 opening ceremony in Tokyo, while the women’s event has no age limit. FIFA has also called off all men’s and women’s national team games set to be played in June 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic still grips the world. falcons missed the ticket to tokyo 2020Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The governing body had previously announced that it would not be compulsory for clubs to release players for those games, but now they have been wiped off the calendar. A dedicated Covid-19 working group made the decisions at their first meeting, as well as postponing the Under-20s Women’s World Cup in Panama and Costa Rica and the Under-17s Women’s World Cup in India. The 2020 Olympics originally billed for this year has been shifted to next year due to the rampaging effect of the coronavirus even as the world continues to look for a cure for the pandemic. When eventually the Olympics takes the centre stage Nigeria will be a spectator in both the male and female football event as she failed to pick a ticket for the event.  Both the Super Falcons and the Olympic Eagles were booted out in the qualifiers. Dream Team failed to make it after finishing third in their group in U-23 AFCON in Egypt. The Super Falcons on their part lost to their Ivorian counterparts in their two legged affair. The Christopher Danjuma tutored side had played a goalless draw in Abidjan and were expected to make mince of their opponents in the second leg at the Agege Stadium but that was not to be as they were held to a 1-1 draw thus kissing the ticket to Tokyo bye. Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Most Expensive (And Surprising Things) Keanu Reeves Ever Bought6 Natural History Museums That Have World’s Greatest CollectionsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

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