Jenkins details University’s new initiatives relating to diversity

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins announced new initiatives the University has implemented as a result of findings from the President’s Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion early Wednesday morning via an email to the student body. Jenkins said these programs were “positive steps” toward improving diversity on the University’s campusThese initiatives addressed three major groups, Jenkins said in the email — faculty, students and staff.In regards to faculty, new initiatives included a diversity and inclusion panel on the Office of the Provost’s website, diversity workshops, continued participation in the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, work with the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development and new inclusion plans, Jenkins said in the email. “Each college/school has now completed a comprehensive diversity and inclusion plan, focusing on five areas: making the case for diversity; resourcing the recruitment effort; hardwiring the faculty search process; strategies for retaining and developing faculty; and improving climate,” Jenkins said.In terms of student life, Student Affairs staff are participating in multicultural competencies workshops, new pieces of art celebrating the University’s “commitment to diversity” have been selected to be showcased in the Duncan Student Center and the Office of Student Enrichment has helped underprivileged students, according to the email.“With the goal of creating a more inclusive environment, the Office recently launched the Fighting Irish Scholars Pilot Program to facilitate peer mentoring between upperclassmen and first-year students, as well as providing financial resources and programming,” Jenkins said in the email. “Instructors in the Moreau First-Year Experience course were given training to enhance the cultural competency component of the course taken by all first-year students.”In the email, Jenkins said staff hirings and promotions had become more diverse, and the University had implemented a new system for tracking its commitment to affirmative action where “senior management … [tracks] gaps in hiring versus market availability across the University.”Widespread participation in “Walk the Walk Week,” and the events surrounding the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. highlighted the University’s commitment to diversity, Jenkins said in the email.“Notre Dame’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration … has become one of the most widely-attended MLK Day commemorations among universities nationally, with over 4,000 students, faculty and staff in attendance this year,” he said.Jenkins said a commitment to diversity was key in maintaining Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, and he hoped these initiatives would spark new conversations on diversity and inclusion, according to the email.“We cannot be afraid to talk openly, in ways that are both honest and respectful, about the opportunities and challenges, hopes and anxieties, before us,” he said in the email. “Yet, whatever challenges there are, they should lead us to recommit ourselves to building a community of respect, love and mutual support that will reflect the spirit of Notre Dame.”Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, duncan student center, Father John Jenkins, Office of Student Enrichment, Walk the Walk Weeklast_img read more

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Malawi agriculture partnership

first_imgThe Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut at the University of Georgia partners with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Malawi to help farmers diversify their crops.The Malawi Ag Diversification Activity (called AgDiv for short) is a USAID initiative to empower farmers to grow more peanut, soy and orange-fleshed sweet potato, three nutritious foods that promise to improve the diets of Malawians while giving farmers more options.Malawi – a landlocked country of 18 million people in southern Africa – depends on agriculture as its main industry. Most people grow at least some of their own food, and peanuts – or groundnuts as they are called in Africa – already are part of the traditional diet.Making peanut production more efficient and improving the quality of the crop benefits both the consumer and the farmer.“Peanuts work well in a diverse cropping system,” said innovation lab Director Dave Hoisington. “Because they fix atmospheric nitrogen, peanuts can benefit other crops grown on the farm, while providing healthy food and a cash crop for the farmer.”The innovation lab, which USAID awarded to UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in early 2018, works in focus countries throughout Africa to foster research by U.S. and overseas scientists. Over five years, the lab will research questions that could improve peanut yields and safety, explore and promote nutrition, advance understanding of gender and age issues in peanut production and hone the process that takes peanuts from the field to storage to a factory to consumers’ tables.The Peanut Innovation Lab received a sub-contract from Palladium, the implementing partner for AgDiv, to deploy past research findings, getting the technology into the hands of producers.Working together with experts at the University of Connecticut and North Carolina State University, UGA will create a production package for Malawian farmers – basically, improved seed varieties, inoculants, training about disease management, introduction to harvest technology and advice about how to use the packages. Private and public seed producers already are evaluating drip irrigation to gauge the value to peanuts.Finding the right formula for growing any crop can be complicated. Before the seeds even go in the ground, breeders work to create varieties best adapted to the needs and challenges of the area. Researchers do cost-benefit analyses to see if different expenses – such as buying inoculant or herbicide, paying for hand-weeding or mechanizing the harvest – pays off in increased yield.As the innovation lab brings together all that information into a practical plan for farmers, the staff also will bring together different stakeholders in the U.S. and Africa to work together, including Malawi’s national agriculture program and extension system, along with private seed sellers and others.last_img read more

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CUNA provides memorandum on UBIT refunds

first_imgCUNA has asked outside counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP, to prepare a memo with general information on how credit unions can claim tax refunds on income exempt from Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) and what a credit union might expect if it files for a refund.CUNA does not give tax or accounting advice to individual credit unions, Kathy Thompson underscores in a recent CompBlog entry about the memo.However, Thompson, CUNA’s chief compliance officer, says that after credit unions’ hard-won concession from the Internal Revenue Service last March, any state-chartered credit union considering filing for a UBIT refund may want to discuss the contents of the Foley & Lardner memo with its tax adviser. Foley & Lardner has a history of assisting credit unions in this area.After years of challenges by CUNA, the state credit union leagues and credit unions, the IRS in March 2014 conceded that certain types of income earned by state-chartered credit unions are exempt from unrelated business income taxes. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Assisting Hispanic businesses provides ‘moment to shine’

first_imgHispanic business owners who are struggling financially during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may not be aware financial assistance is available or may not have been able to access funds from other financial institutions.This is an opportunity for credit unions to help those business owners obtain funding through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).To do so, credit unions must build relationships with these individuals, gain their trust, and educate them about the program, a panel of credit union leaders said Thursday during “Reaching Hispanic Small Businesses: COVID-19 Crisis,” a webinar presented by Inclusiv.“There’s still plenty of time to make a difference for businesses that are struggling right now,” says Jeff Ivey, president/CEO of $109 million asset River City Federal Credit Union in San Antonio. “This is a long-term situation and it’s a huge opportunity for credit unions to step forward and do the right thing.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Allied profits dented by lack of sales

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Why Granit Xhaka is emerging as Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Joe Willock has been one of Arsenal’s most impressive performers this season (Picture: Getty)Emery has also introduced academy graduate Joe Willock into the mix this season and the 20-year-old has more than held his own after being handed starting places in each of the club’s Premier League matches this season. Against Liverpool, he was their best midfield performer.That youthful quartet of stars suit a new-look, energetic Arsenal side more than the elder statesman Xhaka seems to, as while they all possess good technical skills, they are also athletes, capable of pressing intently and able to contribute in each transition phase.It has also been interesting to note that Xhaka no longer seems to be Arsenal’s main set-piece taker either having stepped aside so far this season. Perhaps Emery has sought to alleviate responsibility on him now he has the armband, or perhaps it could be to slowly decrease his importance to the side.There is still a place for Xhaka at Arsenal. As a technically gifted footballer who can dictate the tempo from midfield in certain games, he has his uses. But in the biggest matches when more than pretty passing is required, he is no longer indispensable.The problem for Emery is who takes on the leadership mantle if the fifth member of his captaincy group is no longer an automatic pick?AdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Granit Xhaka has captained Arsenal so far this season (Picture: Getty)Yet despite this representing Xhaka’s fourth season at Arsenal, there remains a nagging sense that he still doesn’t quite fit the team’s style on the pitch, particularly with Emery injecting further pace and energy into his squad during the summer.Although there can be no doubting Xhaka’s expansive passing ability, question marks remain about his suitability to fulfil a role in Emery’s midfield given he lacks the requisite attributes to perform in a high-octane, pressing system.At times during Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, the pace of the game appeared to pass Xhaka by. In fairness, he was far from alone in this respect. The more nimble and agile Dani Ceballos felt the full brunt of the Liverpool press when he shanked a cross-field pass straight to Sadio Mane inside his own penalty box when swarmed by red shirts.Nevertheless, Ceballos has the physical and technical attributes to play himself out of such situations and once he has acclimatised to the pace of the Premier League, he will be better prepared to avoid a repeat performance. Xhaka, on the other hand, has been unable to adapt when the tempo of a game increases.For a player for whom pace and mobility has never been part of his skill-set, it seems strange that he has spent formative and peak years of his career playing in the two quickest, most physically demanding top leagues in Europe: first the Bundesliga, now the Premier League, rather than the more serene world of La Liga. Unai Emery has sought to re-energise Arsenal’s midfield with youthful players like Matteo Guendouzi (Picture: Getty)In both leagues, Xhaka has an extremely sketchy disciplinary record. Over the past six league seasons, Xhaka has accumulated 51 yellow cards – one every 3.6 games – and a large chunk of those have been professional fouls on players who have skipped past him in midfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementXhaka really struggles when an opposition team is in an attacking transition – i.e. when they launch attack quickly having regained possession of the ball – due to his inability to cover ground and therefore, space quickly which leaves his defence exposed.That Xhaka has defensive deficiencies in his game is hardly a new phenomenon but in order to mask them, he has to overcompensate in other areas to remain an asset to his team. Unquestionably his standout attribute is his passing, both in terms of accuracy and range.Xhaka attempted 480 more passes than any other Arsenal player in the Premier League last season while his pass accuracy rate has never dipped below 85% since his very first campaign with Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012-13.center_img Why Granit Xhaka is emerging as Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal Oliver Young-MylesSunday 1 Sep 2019 7:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Should Granit Xhaka remain an automatic pick for Unai Emery? (Picture: Getty)Of the five players appointed to be members of Unai Emery’s captaincy group last summer, only one has played any minutes in an Arsenal shirt this season.Petr Cech retired and returned to Chelsea, Aaron Ramsey left to join Juventus at the end of his contract, Laurent Koscielny went on strike to force a move to Bordeaux and Mesut Ozil’s inadvertent involvement in a north London gang war has seen him excused from action.That has left Granit Xhaka as the sole survivor of Emery’s original captaincy group this season, with the Swiss international playing the full 90 minutes in two of Arsenal’s three Premier League fixtures and wearing the armband both times. Nacho Monreal, seemingly on his way to Real Sociedad, did so in the other.AdvertisementAdvertisementAhead of Arsenal’s opening home game of the season against Burnley, it was Xhaka who was tasked with writing the traditional captain’s notes in the pre-match programme, even though he is yet to have been given the position full-time.ADVERTISEMENTXhaka is a valued member of the Arsenal squad, comes across as measured and well-informed in interviews and clearly possesses strong leadership skills considering he is Switzerland’s permanent captain at the age of 26. Xhaka has been booked 26 times in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)With Ozil currently out of the side, Xhaka is Arsenal’s best passer of the ball by some distance, but there have been accusations levelled at him that he takes too long to release it once he has received it, thus slowing down the pace of attacking moves.As was shown against Liverpool at the weekend, Emery will look to set his team up to counter-attack on occasion, through the pace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe in the attack, but for that strategy to work, they need to be fed passes at the earliest opportunity while the opponent’s defence is out of shape.Despite only playing two out of three Premier League matches this season, Xhaka ranks 50th across the Premier League for the number of touches taken with 203, which for a deep-lying playmaker in a team geared towards counter-attacking seems too many.AdvertisementOf all the changes that Emery has implemented during his time in charge of Arsenal, regenerating the team’s midfield features high on the list. Since his appointment, Arsenal have signed three central midfielders – Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Dani Ceballos – all of whom are 23 and under.last_img read more

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On “Jobs that Pay” Tour Governor Visits Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories

first_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Lancaster, PA – Governor Wolf today toured Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc, a provider of analytical testing services to the bio/pharmaceutical, food, environmental, and medical device industries. In March, Eurofins announced its plans to expand its presence in Lancaster County and create 350 new jobs.“Eurofins is an excellent example of a Pennsylvania company that is dedicated to expanding and creating jobs right here in Lancaster County,” Governor Wolf said. “One of my highest priorities is making sure that we are investing in companies, and areas, that are commitment to growing the economy in the commonwealth”Over the next few months Eurofins will be begin construction on a five-story, 168,000-square-foot facility to house laboratories and office space at its main campus in Upper Leacock Township. The company will invest $57 million in the expansion project, which includes construction of the facility and purchase new state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation and equipment. The company has already begun hiring new employees.Governor Wolf was joined by Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Development Corporation of Lancaster County President, Lisa Riggs, and Eurofins leadership. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County (EDC).Eurofins received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $1 million Pennsylvania First Program grant and $1,050,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.“We thank Governor Wolf for his interest and support as we continue to expand our global laboratory testing network and bring high-tech jobs to Lancaster County,” said Timothy S. Oostdyk, Ph.D., chairman of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories and group senior vice president for Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing. “We are delighted to share how our outstanding service capabilities and expertise help our global clients improve the world as well as convey our 56-year growth history and future expansion plans. We see this visit with Governor Wolf and Secretary Davin as an opportunity to strengthen our positive relationship with the State, and appreciate their support for our expansion initiatives.”Governor Wolf’s budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.Governor Wolf plans on investing in job creation by:Partnering with the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.Creating a new apprenticeship grant program to ensure workers can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.Investing $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant program to partner with technical programs and community colleges to develop new training programs that align with their workforce needs.Founded in 1961, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is a global leader in the analytical testing services field, providing innovative scientific solutions to the top bio/pharmaceutical, food, environmental, and medical device industries around the world. The company is a member of Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing Group—the largest network of harmonized bio/pharmaceutical GMP product testing laboratories worldwide. Belgium-based parent company, Eurofins Scientific employs 25,000 staff in more than 250 laboratories across 39For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit DCED.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter On “Jobs that Pay” Tour Governor Visits Eurofins Lancaster Laboratoriescenter_img April 26, 2017last_img read more

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Cottage transformed into grand Queenslander

first_imgThe house was extensively renovated.A few years later, and with their now young daughter in tow, they bought the original 1910-era Queenslander cottage, and embarked on an extensive renovation with John Thelander of Thelander Architecture and Interiors.“It had never even been painted inside. We lifted it, knocked off the small kitchen at the back and built underneath,” Mrs Molesworth said.“At the time it had a small front veranda but we had to re-roof the house so we added the wraparound veranda.“We opened up all of the rooms so they op Mrs Molesworth said the renovation brief had been to capture the natural light and breezes, while in keeping with the character of the property.“It is very much a classic renovation,” she said. “The front facade, the flooring at the front, it’s all original.” This area opens to a covered outdoor entertaining area and pool.Downstairs there are two more bedrooms, with built-in wardrobes, a rumpus room, laundry, bathroom and double garage. A cottage at 70 Vale Street in Wilston was transformed in to a grand Queenslander by its owners. Their son was born in a small cottage across the street, but it wasn’t until after their daughter was born that they moved in to the house that they would call home for more than 20 years.Jane and Nigel Molesworth bought 70 Vale St in Wilston in 1998, having moved away from the suburb for a few years after their son was born.center_img Now looking to downsize, Mrs Molesworth said it would be hard to say goodbye to the home. She said she had enjoyed watching the kids play in the back garden, on the verandas and grow up in the home.“Our kids walked to school, the village, it has been such a great area for a family,” she said.“The house itself is great because with a young family you can all live upstairs but when the kids get older, they have that space downstairs.“And we spent a lot of time in the garden, making it very green and very private.“There are a lot of happy memories here of family gatherings … it will be quite hard to say goodbye to be honest.” ened on to the veranda via french doors.”The five bedroom, three bathroom house sits on an elevated 810sq m block with inground pool, established gardens and outdoor entertaining spaces.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe home has plenty of character features including a double-sided fireplace, VJ walls, timber floors, sash windows and high ceilings.Upstairs, there are three bedrooms including the main suite with an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and views overlooking the gardens and pool.There are also the formal dining and living rooms on either side of the original corridor, which lead to the new open-plan kitchen, living and dining space.last_img read more

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Coastal home with a tropical vibe hits the market

first_img Classic beauty shines after epic renovation “I really liked the concept of an outdoor bath. It’s not connected to water but you can just fill it up with the hose. In summer I would jump in and out of it during the day. It would also make a beautiful water feature.” Set across two levels, the home has an open-plan kitchen and dining area and a living room with timber floors and doors opening to the large covered deck. The upstairs living space opens to the big deck. Picture: supplied.Two of the three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a bathroom and toilet upstairs.Downstairs there is a multi-purpose room with kitchenette and toilet. A bathroom is off the utility room and there is a study opening to the outdoor bath area and patio. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“I like the downstairs area– it’s so calming. It has a beautiful feel about it and I painted it white,” Ms Lyons said. “It also has beautiful breezes that come through there.” The downstairs area is light and bright. Picture: supplied.The home is on a 574sq m corner block with side access, established gardens and a big shed. “This is a good home for someone who likes nature,” Ms Lyons said. “There is a wildlife corridor that backs onto (the neighbourhood) that is filled with rosellas, parrots and ducks, which walk up the street. There is also a walking path that takes you all the way to Hornibrook.” The property is on the market through Loren Mulholland of Abode Properties. The home at 12 Duke Street, Clontarf. Picture: supplied.Shelley Lyons has trans-formed her Clontarf home into a Balinese-inspired oasis and is now ready to pass it on to new owners. Ms Lyons bought 12 Duke St more than four years ago and set about adding her stamp to it. “I built in downstairs, creating a massage clinic space for myself down there. It has a studio kitchen, bathroom and toilet,” she said. “I’ve enclosed (the front of the home) in with timberwork to create a Balinese feel and cut down on heat. I painted the house, put in garden beds and I did the outdoor ‘bathroom’. The outdoor bathtub would also make a great water feature. Picture: supplied. MORE NEWS: Private acreage close to the beachcenter_img Australia’s biggest housing jump in 16 yearslast_img read more

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Bacolod neighborhood on COVID lockdown

first_imgOn Thursday, Dr. Grace Tan, chief of the CHO’s Environment and Sanitation Division, announced that the patient from Purok Celita was 35-year old male (Patient No. 19) and a locally stranded individual (LSI) who arrived from Manila last May 26. The local government will supply food and water to every household as well as their other needs, he added.   Alijis village chief Donny Dela Vega said residents of the identified area are not allowed to go out of their houses for the meantime, even to buy provisions. The patient was immediately placed under quarantine in a facility and underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test. Councilor Cindy Rojas confirmed yesterday the City Health Office (CHO) sealed off a neighborhood to preempt a possible massive spread of the infection. The patient has been isolated and contact tracing and investigation is now ongoing.center_img He is asymptomatic and has no pre-existing health conditions. Dela Vega, on the other hand, requested the CHO to conduct swab testing to some 41 individuals in his barangay, who had a contact with Patient No. 19./PN BACOLOD City – Authorities here ordered the lockdown of seven houses in Purok Celita, Barangay Alijis after a resident tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). No test was done on the said patient before he left Manila, according to Tan.last_img read more

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