Students find companions in pets

first_imgWhen alumni laud the friendships forged at Notre Dame, they usually are referring to their classmates. Some students, however, find extra companionship in dorm or house pets. Senior Matt Jensen said his Betta Fish, Goldie, has been not only a companion since freshman year, but an ongoing lesson in responsibility. “Having a pet during my time at Notre Dame has been a fantastic and memorable experience,” he said. “Not only is she more loyal than my roommates, but her daily care stimulates my skills of discipline and careful responsibility during these formative years of my life.” While du Lac restricts students to “non-carnivorous fish in an aquarium less than 30 gallons,” some off-campus students use their newfound freedom to house a four-legged pet. Senior Mike Rose said the demands of his dog, Sammy, have forced him to establish a caretaking routine with his housemates. “I live at a house with my friends on the soccer team and a black lab named Sammy,” Rose said. “He has a pretty set schedule, which he reminds us of constantly, but between housemates, we are all able to split most of the duties.” While busy students’ schedules may not cater to dog ownership, Rose said friends and family have been willing to share the responsibilities when necessary. “We are able to have people take care of Sammy if we are out of town for a team trip or for any other reason, because pretty much anyone that meets him loves him,” he said. Senior Alyssa Sappenfield said the companionship of her cat Mango outweighs the added responsibility and expense. “During breaks, I always have to think about who can look after her,” she said. “I take care of everything concerning her, so it is a good practice in responsibility. This means food, litter, toys and vet bills, which can be pricey. Overall though, you get a little pal that loves you, which is really great.” Rose said he also enjoys the sense of companionship he gets from having a pet in the house. “One of the benefits of having the dog around is that there’s always someone at the house to entertain you or play with you even if all of the housemates are gone,” he said. Junior Shannon Hughes said she wishes on-campus students had more freedom with regard to housing pets. “Having pets around just makes everyone feel happier,” Hughes said. “I wish the rules were more lenient regarding pets in the dorms, but I understand how difficulties might arise with pets larger than fish.” Rose suggested that small, caged animals might be a reasonable option for students if du Lac were modified. “ND should open their policy up for animals, even though it would be tough to monitor,” he said. “I don’t think anyone is ready for dogs or cats in the dorms yet, but even smaller, less care-intensive animals would be good for students because it teaches them a lot of responsibility, and they are fun to play with. Could you imagine gerbil balls running through the dorms? It could be hilarious.” While some residence halls have adopted dogs, Hughes, a Walsh Hall resident, said campus could do with a few more. “We don’t have a dog in Walsh, but if we do ever get one, I think it will get more than enough love,” she said. “There are so many people in the dorm, and I think there would be more than enough people willing and happy to care for a dog.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s senior wins “The Price is Right”

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Alyssa Mazurek Saint Mary’s senior Alyssa Mazurek won both a new Ford Fiesta and a six-night trip to Germany on “The Price is Right” in March.All audience members were interviewed upon arrival, according to Mazurek. “It can be anywhere from five seconds to a minute, depending on how bubbly and personable you are,” she said.Before taking their seats, everyone participated in a dance party, which the producers watched to evaluate individuals’ varying levels of interest, Mazurek said. “I was just having a good time at that point,” she said. “Then we were seated in the third row, smack dab in the center. … We were number 200 or so out of 300 people in the studio, so we thought ‘Oh, we’re going to be in the back.’ But then they pulled us out of line and said ‘You guys are going to go to this spot.’”Mazurek said she and three other contestants were selected when the taping began. “We have to give our initial bets on the first prize that comes down,” she said. “It was two video cameras. I’m not aware of prices, and I was still totally in shock at that point.”She said her bet on the video cameras earned her the first spot on stage, where she was asked whether a trip to Seattle or a trip to Chicago was more expensive. Though Mazurek answered this question incorrectly, she still had the chance to prove herself by spinning the wheel, she said. “I got 85 right off the bat,” she said. “The next two people went, and they both went over, so then by default I got to go to the final portion.”Mazurek said she waited in the audience for the second half of the show, during which contestants were narrowed down to determine who would challenge her in the final segment.“I appreciated that because I could mellow down and actually process what was happening,” she said. Her opponent, David, bid on the first showcase, so Mazurek had to estimate the cost of the second, which included a six-night trip to Germany for two and a Ford Fiesta, she said. She said she could still see her boyfriend and friend in the audience, so she relied on their opinions when formulating her answer. “One of them said $27,000 and one said $26,000, so I just cut it in the middle and said $26,500,” Mazurek said. “Drew Carey read David’s number first, and he went over, so all I had to do was be under … and I won. The actual price was $26,767.”Mazurek said she was unsure how to react to her victory since she was in such shock.“I had no idea whether to shake [Drew Carey’s] hand or hug him,” she said. “They tell you to run over toward the prize, because the car was on the stage.”The new car and trip to Germany  are the highlights of an overwhelming and unexpected experience, she said.“I’m about to graduate college, and there’s no way I could afford a brand new car,” she said. Mazurek said she could not tell even her closest friends or family she won for the three-week period that separated the filming date from the episode’s airing. “It was really hard to keep it a secret,” she said. “A lot of people were like ‘Why didn’t you tell me? You lied straight to my face.’”The Saint Mary’s community has been supportive of her achievement, she said.“People keep stopping me, if they hear about it, and saying ‘You won,’” she said. “I am still in shock about it too. Professors I haven’t had in a while email me, or people in meetings congratulate me. These people truly think it’s a truly great thing that happened to me, so it makes me appreciate it a lot more.”According to Mazurek, her Saint Mary’s education prepared her to participate on “The Price is Right” with enthusiasm and vitality.“I accredit a lot of my confidence being up in front of people to Saint Mary’s,” she said. “Even though I was out of it and in shock, I was able to compose myself and not look like a total idiot on TV.”Mazurek said she won far more than prizes from the experience, since she learned a valuable lesson about life’s unpredictability.“If something not great just happened, look forward,” Mazurek said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”Tags: car, Drew Carey, Ford Fiesta, game show, germany, The Price is Right Saint Mary’s senior Alyssa Mazurek had good fortune over spring break when “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey asked her to “come on down” during a March 15 taping of the show.Mazurek said she, her boyfriend and his friend traveled to the “The Price is Right” studio in Los Angeles with no expectations of being selected to participate.“We thought we would just go into the city and get to watch the show,” Mazurek said. “How often do you get to go on a TV set? We didn’t think any of us would actually get up there, because why would we?”last_img read more

Watch Olivia Colman & More in the Docu-Musical London Road

first_img In London Road, sometimes people speak, sometimes they sing, and sometimes the difference between the two is barely distinguishable. Take a look below at an exclusive clip, adapted from Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s docu-musical. The film stars Emmy nominee Olivia Colman and tells the true story of a group of Ipswich neighbors after their street becomes the epicenter of a string of murders of young women. Every word you hear is taken directly from interviews of residents of Ipswich, down to every stutter and “uh.” The show premiered at the National Theatre in 2011 under the direction of Rufus Norris with a cast including Kate Fleetwood, Rosalie Craig and Clare Burt (all appear in the screen version, as does Tom Hardy).London Road is now playing in New York and will premiere in additional cities in America over the next two weeks. For complete information, click here. Olivia Colman in ‘London Road’ View Commentslast_img read more

CVPS unveils new solar project in Rutland Town

first_imgEmbracing renewable energy and hoping to educate Vermonters about it, Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) today unveiled its new Rutland Town solar project and renewable energy education center.CV President Bob Young was joined by Gov. Jim Douglas and representatives of the Stafford Technical Center and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – Local 300, who helped build the most publicly accessible solar project in the state.”This will be much more than just a solar project,” Douglas said. “It is a true renewable education complex, with hydro generation across Route 7, and a wind measurement tower that may be replaced with a wind turbine or two in the future. Together with the educational displays, these generation facilities will educate thousands of Vermont students who will be welcomed in the next few years.”Along with the solar display, CV installed six museum-style educational displays that will provide visitors with a self-guided look at the array and other forms of renewable energy. While formal tours will be available to schools and other organizations, the displays highlight CV’s power supply history and explain how five different renewable energy sources create electricity.”We felt it was important to not just build the solar array, but to make it accessible to the public so people could learn about the project and renewable energy production,” CV President Bob Young said. “We are quite proud of the fact that we have arguably the cleanest power supply in the nation, but we also wanted to explain in simple terms the complexities of renewable energy generation.”The displays are designed for all ages, and provide simple but factual explanations of generation via wind, water, biomass, sunlight and cow manure, or CVPS Cow Power™.Stafford Director Lyle Jepson said the project afforded students a tremendous opportunity. “Hands-on learning is critical to our students, and this project provided not only that, but an opportunity to work with a major local employer and understand how it operates,” Jepson said. “They got to work with union members, with senior CV employees and with contractors, all of them as focused on the students’ education as on their own jobs.”The educational aspects of the project prompted special note from the Vermont Public Service Board when it approved the plan last year.”Unlike most utility projects reviewed by the board, the project is designed to be highly visible in order to fulfill one of its intended purposes — public education of photovoltaic projects,” the PSB said. “The integration of educational materials and interpretive signs into the project design, along with the proposed installation of new plantings, represents appropriate mitigation for any changes associated with the removal of existing trees… Parking and pedestrian access… plantings, and the equipment shed, all designed by local high school students at the Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, are intended to enhance both the appearance of the site and the educational value of the project for local students and the general public.”Matt Lash, marketing and business development director for the IBEW, which represents about half of CV’s 530 employees, lauded the collaboration, which also included CV Solar and Wind, Sherwin Electric and Reknew Energy Systems Inc. “Our partnership with CV has grown way beyond the day-to-day operations of the core utility business,” Lash said. “CV never considered using non-union labor, which speaks volumes about how we have grown together to serve our collective customers and the state of Vermont.”The 50-kilowatt solar project includes 264 solar panels, each 3 by 5 feet wide, mounted eight at a time to create 33 individual, stationary modules. Under perfect sun conditions, the project can produce enough energy to power about 50 homes; over the course of an average year, it is expected to provide enough energy to meet the entire needs of 10 to 11 homes. The approximately $400,000 project was funded by CVPS, a rebate on insurance related to the sale of Vermont Yankee, and a grant from the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund.Source: CVPS. RUTLAND, VT — (Marketwire) — 06/22/10 —last_img read more

Rock ‘n’ roll

first_imgI was trapped in a flipped kayak, hanging upside-down in the ice-cold river. I couldn’t think. And I certainly couldn’t remember the roll technique I’d just learned. The current was spinning me downriver, where another foaming rapid bared its rocky teeth. So I did what any other air-breathing animal would do: I panicked. I bailed out on my paddle and started flailing my arms in a desperate attempt to get above water. When that didn’t work, I pulled the release strap on the skirt and wiggled out of the boat. I popped to the surface moments later, blue-faced and foggy-headed, and grabbed onto Gene’s kayak to catch my breath.I was trying to Eskimo roll on the Nantahala, a loud, hard-flowing whitewater river in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. My friend Gene—a class V kayaker—had already talked me through the roll technique dozens of times that morning: Tuck your body, cut your paddle, snap your hips. It seemed so easy above water. But every time I flipped, the words fell out of my head and washed downstream, and all I could do was flounder in the freezing flow until Gene rescued me.“Stay relaxed out there,” he suggested. “Next time you flip, clear your head and count to three.”On shore, I tried to knock the water out of my ears, which were still ringing with the underwater sound of the river. Then I climbed back into my kayak—an oversized Dagger from the early 70s that looked like a long, ripe banana—and paddled out into the current.Veils of morning mist still shrouded the river. In the gray gauze, Gene and I eddy-hopped through Patton’s Run, a bouncy rapid with a 90-degree bend, and played in the splashy wave train below Jaws, a fin-shaped rock in the middle of the river. At Delabar’s Rock, we haystacked over large tongues of whitewater. My head still felt cloudy, but it was starting to shake loose.Next up was Whirlpool—a sudsy, squirrelly rapid with a great surfing wave. Gene demonstrated a few Eskimo rolls in the rapid, then asked me to give it a try.The wave knocked me over instantly, and my mind was swallowed up again in the underwater surround-sound—a dull, low-pitched ringing that drowned out my thoughts. It reminded me of lying on my back in a bathtub while trying to listen to a radio in the other room. Only this time, the radio was my own muffled brainwork.Nothing was getting through the river’s garbled static. Like a hooked fish fighting the line, I frantically flapped around underwater, then squirmed out of the kayak again.Usually, after I wet-exited, Gene tried to come up with something positive and encouraging to make me feel better: “You almost had it … You’re getting closer … Your set-up looked really good …” But this time, he gave it to me straight: “You’re scared.”It took a few seconds to sink in. He was right, dammit. I was scared to death. I wasn’t trying to roll. I was trying not to drown.We paddled silently downstream for a while. Steep granite cliffs blocked all but a sliver of sky. Ahead, I could hear the churning, crashing sounds of Nantahala Falls — a class III rapid with swirling suckholes and skull-cracking rock ledges.Gene whirled his index finger in circles, signaling me to eddy out above the rapid. I ferried across the river and was paddling toward the pocket of calm water—when my kayak unexpectedly skimmed a rock and flipped.It caught me completely off guard. I didn’t have time to think about my roll. I didn’t get a chance to get scared. One second I was talking to Gene, the next I was blowing bubbles.Once again, the hollow hum of river water clogged my ears. I started to panic. I reached for the release strap, then stopped myself. I counted one … two … three … and suddenly, in the river’s voice, I heard my own. It said: tuck, cut, snap.Keeping my body close to the boat, I twisted my paddle and flicked my hips toward the surface. I felt the kayak rotate. And the next thing I knew, the river was below me again.I pumped my fist and screamed—a deep, throat-scorching screech that sounded strangely like the ring of the river. Gene hugged me, and I almost flipped over again. We high-fived our paddles and slapped them against the water. Not even the noisy Nanny Falls could drown out our hoots and howls.We finished our run down the falls, snaking smoothly along a seam of current and splatting onto the frothy foam below. The sun had burned off the mist, glossing the water with white light. I wasn’t scared now. And for the first time all morning, my mind was as calm and clear as the river below me. •last_img read more

International Community Shows Brotherhood to Mexico

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo October 18, 2017 In September 2017, Mexico dealt with two large-scale earthquakes in less than 15 days. The first, with a magnitude of 8.3 on the Richter scale, struck on September 7th, leaving 100 dead in the southeast of Mexico. The second quake, on September 19th, with a magnitude 7.1, led to 320 fatalities and massive material losses in the nation’s center. In the face of the disaster, the international community immediately showed its support for Mexico. The Mexican government accepted aid from various countries and from every region of the world in order to assist the population affected by the second earthquake, which shook the states of Guerrero, Mexico, Morelos, Puebla, and Mexico City. “As Mexicans, we are moved by the countless demonstrations of immediate solidarity from the international community,” said Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray. Highly specialized aid and heavy machinery needed for mounting a quick response was brought in on military and commercial planes from 23 nations around the world. From the outset of the search-and-rescue operations, Mexico had technical support from the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Their teams are part of the UN’s Disaster Assessment and Coordination, which identified the specific assistance that Mexico needed in order to support its search-and-rescue efforts. The outpouring of support reached Mexico in coordination with its National Civil Defense System and the Mexico City government. The assistance included 500 people and more than 400 tons of humanitarian aid consisting of canned food, water, basic necessities, medical supplies, field tents, electrical plants, machinery, work equipment, and tools. The presence of friends “Our friends have made themselves present during hard times, and we have been humbled to see that Mexico has true friends all over the world,” Secretary Videgaray added. “Your help can mean the difference between life and death for many people.” El Salvador was one of the first countries to arrive in Mexico. A highly trained multidisciplinary team from its Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Group arrived in one of the Salvadoran Air Force’s Douglas C-47 turboprop planes. “Because we also live in a region that is quite seismically active, the Salvadoran Air Force has ground, air, and naval units permanently ready to provide assistance domestically and internationally,” Salvadoran Air Force General Carlos Jaime Mena Torres, the deputy minister of Defense for El Salvador, told Diálogo. “We are very proud to be the first country to arrive in Mexico in support of this contingency.” Several other nations have also joined the cause in order to provide the necessary aid. The United States, with the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s USAR team, and Japan, with a brigade made up of various corps, provided support with specialized equipment for collapsed buildings and machinery such as circular saws, high-capacity hydraulic jacks, inflatable devices for lifting debris, and geophones for searching over large swathes of terrain. Spain showed its solidarity by sending over a Military Emergency Unit contingent. And civil defense members from Israel’s Home Front Command Rescue Unit assisted with the process of reviewing the damage to buildings. This outpouring of support was aided by rescue teams from Colombia, Panama, Honduras, Ecuador, Chile, and Costa Rica, sent to locate people trapped under debris in collapsed buildings. Canada also sent rescue personnel and 1,500 field tents. In addition, several civilian businesses and associations donated financial resources to support the aid efforts for the states that were most damaged by the earthquake. “With such an outpouring of solidarity, Mexico is grateful to its brothers and sisters around the world, and it reaffirms its conviction that only by working together can we overcome the challenges that face our nation today,” the Secretariat of Foreign Relations reported. Recognition for Mexico “This international support is recognition of the way in which Mexico has extended its hand to other nations during natural disasters,” Yadira Gálvez Salvador, a security and defense issues analyst at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM per its Spanish acronym), told Diálogo. “It’s a showing of reciprocity.” Recently, Mexico assisted the United States with a group of Red Cross volunteers who worked in shelters after Hurricane Harvey passed through. Similarly, 130 rescuers and more than four tons of humanitarian aid and equipment were sent to Ecuador in April 2016, when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the central part of that South American country. Challenges and strengthening “This aid allows us to measure our personnel’s level of operational readiness,” Gen. Mena remarked. “Also, [it lets us test] the capacity of our aircraft to detect any vulnerability and then go about finding solutions, whether in equipment or in training.” “This kind of humanitarian aid shows today’s challenges for international and interagency coordination during natural disasters: nations are looking to build a more effective coordination and response capacity during an emergency or a natural disaster, and they’re looking for how to create more efficiency,” Gálvez added. “The aid given to Mexico was managed in an extremely efficient way.” “The military needs to be better prepared, trained, and equipped in order to react in a positive way and help save lives,” Gen. Mena concluded. “The armed forces must get stronger because natural disasters are a constant throughout the Americas and all over the world.”last_img read more

US prosecutors ask for 7-9 years in jail for Trump confidant Stone

first_imgUS prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to sentence President Donald Trump’s longtime aide Roger Stone to between seven and nine years in jail for lying to Congress and witness tampering.Stone was found guilty in November on charges related to his efforts to spare the president embarrassment over the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.He was arrested in January 2019 at his home in Florida after the charges were brought by then-special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation. He will be sentenced on Feb. 20. “When his crimes were revealed… he displayed contempt for this court and the rule of law,” the prosecutors said in a court document.Stone, 67, had argued that the charges against him were politically motivated, but prosecutors demonstrated he lied and bullied witnesses to protect Trump.When Stone was found guilty, Trump immediately responded on Twitter, suggesting that it was a “double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country.”Stone began his career as a political aide to Richard Nixon, whose face he has tattooed on his back.center_img Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMBatam retracts remunicipalization promise, appoints private tap water firm

first_imgLinkedin Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Google Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone Authority (BP Batam) has appointed private water company PT Moya Indonesia to operate the city’s drinking water system as the current contract with private water company PT Adhya Tirta Batam (ATB) is coming to an end after 25 years.The announcement comes despite BP Batam previous pledging to return the city’s drinking water system into public hands, in pursuant of Law No. 17/2019 that stipulates that the government should take a more active role in providing drinking water to the public. The term for undoing privatization in city water services is called “remunicipalization”.The handover was made official in a signing ceremony between BP Batam and Moya at BP Batam headquarters on Sept. 14, attended by BP Batam head Muhammad Rudi and Moya CEO Mohamad Selim.Moya Indonesia is part of Moya Holdings Asia, which is controlled … Facebook Forgot Password ? Batam Moya-Indonesia Tamaris-Infrastructure Anthoni-Salim tap-water water-privatization remunipalicizationlast_img read more

TORM Nets USD 496 Mn for Debt Refinancing

first_imgDanish tanker shipping company TORM has obtained a commitment for a total of USD 496 million from a syndicate of lenders to refinance its debt and bolster its capital structure.The company said the total amount is a combination of two separate term facilities and a revolving credit facility, which will be used to refinance the company’s debt covering a total of USD 502 million.“I am very pleased that we have been able to utilize TORM’s strong relationship with our lenders to remove all major near- and medium-term debt maturities with the financing of USD 496m in debt facilities at attractive terms. TORM’s new debt repayment profile further strengthens our capital structure and supports financial and strategic flexibility for our Company,” says CFO Kim Balle.The new term debt is structured as a Syndicated Facility of up to USD 341 million with maturity in 2026 covering 27 vessels, a Term Facility of up to USD 110 million with maturity in 2025 covering 19 vessels built between 2002 and 2006, and a USD 45 million revolving credit facility maturing in 2026.The bank group in the Syndicated Facility and the revolving credit facility includes Danske Bank, ING, ABN AMRO, Nordea, Swedbank, Crédit Agricole CIB and Société Générale. Hamburg Commercial Bank is providing the USD 110 m Term Facility. Following the refinancing, TORM will not have any major debt maturities until 2026.TORM expects to finalize documentation and execute the refinancing during the first quarter of 2020. The company operates a fleet of 80 ships.last_img read more

National Team Not Yet Named for 2011 Win Lotto Windward Island T20/20 Tournament

first_imgNewsSports National Team Not Yet Named for 2011 Win Lotto Windward Island T20/20 Tournament by: – May 16, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 44 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Windsor Park Stadium, Roseau. Photo credit: banglacricket.comThe thirty (30) cricketers who were selected by the National Selectors for the 2011 Win Lotto Windward Island T20/20 Tournament on Thursday evening had their third training match at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium to once again try to impress the selectors to name a Dominican Team.The Game which was a day night game separated the training group into two teams; Tyron’s eleven and Kevin’s 11.Elton Mark who played with Tyron’s 11 against Kevin’s 11 was one of the trainees who had an excellent spell with the ball getting a hatrick and finishing with 4 wickets for 11 runs in 3 overs.Dominica Vibes News got the opportunity to interview Mr. Mark as to his performance on Thursday evening.Click here to listen to interview with Mr. Elton Mark: The National Team was supposed to be called out on Friday 13th May 2011 but has yet to be called. Reports to Dominica Vibes News indicates that the National Selectors were having a difficult time picking a team and that the team would be called sometime next week.The cricketers who were named for the training squad for the 2011 Win Lotto Windward Island T20/20 Tournament were:Martin MathewMervin MathewJunior JervierKent MitchelJerlanie RobinsonVivian TitreKavem HodgeRay CasimirShane ShillingfordElton MarkJoel MingoNigel CarbonDenis BellAnderson JollyKevin JamesClem NicohlasJohn FabianVincent CasimirOscar GeorgeJean PaulKirstin CasimirOdiama OrnareVincent LewisTimothy JosephSamuel MitchelTyrone TheophileRoyston SobersAllan LaurentLiam SebastianEzron GreenThe 2011 Win Lotto Windward Island T20/20 Tournament is carded for May 26th to May 29th 2011 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.News reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes Newslast_img read more