Professor inhabits Lyons

first_imgWhen accounting professor Edward Hums graduated from Notre Dame in 1975, he never imagined he would return to campus as a resident, let alone in a women’s residence hall. Hums and his wife Shirley have made Lyons Hall their home this academic year after the Office of Student Affairs approached them last year about the possibility of moving into a residence hall and becoming Notre Dame’s first faculty-in-residence. The couple accepted the offer and moved into Lyons in August, along with their cat Squeak.   “I hope it’s working out well,” Hums said. “I think it is. My wife and myself have really enjoyed our time here [in Lyons].”   Hums, who has taught at Notre Dame since 1989, said he and his wife are test driving the faculty-in-residence program. “Because we’re the only faculty-in-residence at Notre Dame, we’re kind of the point people, kind of the pathfinders for this,” Hums said. “Hopefully, if things work out [in Lyons], it’s an opportunity to expand this program in other halls.” Hums said they have not yet determined whether he will continue to live in Lyons next year, and whether the faculty-in-residence program will be expanded. A native of Mishawaka, Hums said he did not live in a residence hall during his time at Notre Dame, so living in Lyons marks his first time as an on-campus resident at the University. Hums said he decided to move into the residence hall because he perceives as a growing disconnect between students and faculty. “I sense that somehow the faculty and students, when Notre Dame was a little smaller, were closer, and over time they have grown more apart,” Hums said. “I just sense that more and more, students and faculty do not have the opportunity to meet as much as we used to, and I thought it was a good idea to take some steps to change the situation.” Hums said he is used to making himself available to students, but living in a residence hall is a good way to be even more accessible. “The best thing about living in a dorm is surrounding yourself with students,” he said. “I’m a Notre Dame graduate and my wife has a master’s degree from Notre Dame. It gives us an opportunity to be with students and gives us an opportunity to learn from students. It gives the students an opportunity to learn from us.” Hums said that Squeak the cat is a “great icebreaker” to encourage students to visit. “Our secret weapon is our cat,” Hums said. “Students like to come over to pet the cat because they have pets at home and they miss their pets.” Despite its benefits, dorm life still takes some getting used to, Hums said. “It is a change. There are some challenge.,” he said. “Obviously, student hours are not the same as faculty hours. Some of us are up and teaching at eight in the morning. Students don’t go to bed at 11 o’clock at night.” Contact Nicole McAlee at [email protected]last_img read more

Brennan to lead AFTL

first_imgBrennan to lead AFTL The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers has elected new officers and members of its Board of Directors and installed them at its recent convention in Orlando.Elected as president was Tampa attorney Web E. Brennan, while Edward H. Zebersky of Hollywood was installed as president-elect. Other officers are Treasurer Frank M. Petosa of Boca Raton and Secretary Thomas S. Edwards, Jr., of Jacksonville.Other members of the executive committee are Sean Domnick, Michael A. Haggard, William H. Harrell, Betsey T. Herd, C. Richard Newsome, and Alex Reboso. Immediate past President Alexander Clem and Scott Carruthers, academy executive director, also will serve on the executive committee.“Web is truly devoted to protecting and serving the people of Florida and to ensuring the preservation of Florida’s civil justice system,” said Carruthers.Elected to two-year terms on the board were Lisha M. Bowen, William W. Corry, Sean C. Domnick, Gary M. Farmer, William H. Harrell, Scott T. John, Glenn M. Klausman, Jennifer K. Millis, C. Richard Newsome, Stuart N. Ratzan, Alex Reboso, Edward M. Ricci, J. Eric Romano, and Joshua A. Whitman.The new board also appointed five district directors and three directors at large to serve one-year terms on the board. They are Richard R. Alexander, Betsey T. Herd, Douglas J. McCarron, Adam Fetterman, Steven T. Vasilaros, Stephen A. Barnes, Michael A. Haggard, and Dawn Vallejos-Nichols. President Brennan also made two presidential appointments to serve one-year terms: Chris M. Kavouklis and John C. Bales. August 1, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Brennan to lead AFTLlast_img read more

Cricket Federation Disbands National Team, Sacks Coach

first_imgFrom Olawale Ajimotkan in AbujaThe Nigeria Cricket Federation has disbanded with immediate effect the male national cricket team (Yellow Green) as a consequence of their embarrassing outing at the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 qualifiers in Jersey Island, UK.Federation president Emeka Onyeama told reporters on Tuesday that national chief coach Uthe Ogbimi has also been relieved of his duty with the team. He said both Ogbimi and team Captain Kunle Adegbola were liable for what happened to the team and on the pitch. Nigeria, which nursed a high hope of advancing to World Division 4, has now been demoted to the regional amateur category after the scrapping of Division 5 and 6 by ICC.Onyeama, who tendered unreserved apologies to the Nigerian public, said the performance left a bitter taste in the mouths of everyone.He said the team underperformed in spite of the intensive preparations and increment of their daily allowance to $100 per day from the old regiment of $25- $50 per day which they met in place.Onyeama, who noted that given that the national team taken to UK was already too old and no longer reliable, declared that the federation would now undertake a rebuilding process where young players from the U19 team would be upgraded to the national team.He said a new national coaching crew will be announced in the wake of the proposed North West Africa Tournament and ICC/Africa T-20 tournament scheduled for September.He refused to attribute the failure to the role of Indian level A coach Shriam Regananthian, who joined the team on the eve of their departure to UK.He said it would amount to speculation and assumption to attribute the poor outing to the inclusion of the Indian, saying that in cricket people will always take responsibility for failure and success.Onyeama said the partnership with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI) which brought Regananthian to Nigeria was a based on need basis, adding it has earned four of the country’s young prospects opportunity of playing in India.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Delhi govt blames rain for delay in CWG projects

first_imgWith just 25 days to go for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), the Delhi government is again set to miss its deadline for the completion of various projects. This time, the government is blaming the slow progress on the rains. The latest deadline set by the state government expires on September 15, but the works seem far from completion. However the state government defended itself blaming rains in the capital and again refused to take responsibility for the debacle in the making. When Headlines Today posed some blunt questions to Delhi PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan, he hinted at the deadline being missed once again. “Normally it doesn’t rain so heavily in September. We should have completed the work by now, but we are facing difficulties because of rain,” Chouhan said. “Rain doesn’t see any deadline, be it September 10 or 15. It is difficult to do construction when it is raining,” the minister added. On the other side, CWG organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi termed the rain as a challenge. He however was confident about the success of the Games. “There were many challenges for the Commonwealth Games. Rain is also a challenge. It has been raining heavily. But we are confident that we will meet this challenge also. Everything will be fine,” Kalmadi said.last_img read more

Forestry forum tries to find solutions to a struggling industry

first_imgLee WilsonAPTN NewsThere was a not a seat left at the “Rethinking Forestry Forum” held in Terrace, British Columbia in hopes of finding long-term solutions to the economic downtown that has rocked the industry.This year more than 4,000 forestry workers have lost their jobs according to the province.Eighty-five per cent of First Nations in the province have signed forest consultation and revenue sharing agreements, and the downturn is also affecting these nations.Roger Keery, president of Skeena Sawmills, was pleased to see industry focus their energy to find solutions to improve forestry.“There is an enormous amount of experience of people in the forest industry,” said Keery. “It’s common to have people who have worked in this for 30 plus years who have tried a lot of things and seen these problems and wrestled with them.”The northern terrain itself creates challenges.Building roads through coastal mountains is costly and tree growth is slower than in southern regions.“The value of the fibre here is on average lower than in some other parts of the province and the logging costs are high,” Keery said.“Those are some of the historic issues for logging in this area”.The forum was arranged by Skeena MLA Ellis Ross after residents shared job concerns with mill closures happening around the rest of the province.“This is really bad what’s happening in B.C., 89 mills either closed or curtailed.“I don’t want to see that, there has got to be a long term solution to this”, said Ross.Another challenge is high stumpage fees which are what industry pays the government to harvest timber on Crown lands.Those fees make it harder to be competitive in the market. An idea shared here was stumpage fees applied on average over multiple permits rather than each permit having a separate fee.The industry is also in search of new markets.Terrace Resident Chayo Nyawello has been trying to reach a deal to sell timber to Africa.He put together a plan that was approved by federal and provincial governments.“In the last two years, the year before I travelled to Africa to Ethiopia and Sudan. I looked around and I saw the opportunity in those countries as a new market for Canadian wood products,” said Nyawello.In Ethiopia, he discussed with government officials the benefit of building homes with Canadian lumber.“My meeting was very good with him. He said go into the community look for the construction companies and sell your ideas to them – that building with wood and wood housings are the best”, he said.Ross says MLAs are looking at how other wood producing countries like Sweden have built a sustainable and profitable forestry industry.“Are we at year one of BC having a 30-year plan for forestry, I am hopeful we can get to that conversation and make it more sustainable”In late September, loggers staged a rally in downtown Vancouver. They drove their trucks through the downtown to raise awareness of the struggles the industry is [email protected]last_img read more

Ben Mee insists Hart will get a good reception at City

first_imgBurnley defender Ben Mee insists Joe Hart will get the reception he deserves on his first return to the Etihad Stadium.Hart, who recently had a training pitch named after him at the Etihad Campus, won five major trophies in a 12-year period with the Citizens.The former Manchester City shot-stopper never got chance to say a proper goodbye to fans who adored him, but he will back in goal, only in opposition tomorrow as he plays against City for the first time in his career.Asked whether Hart has a point to prove, Mee said, according to Burnley Express:“Yeah, you have to ask him that, but I’m sure there’s something there. It’s always good to go back to places you’ve played. “He has been, I guess, written off in the past, but he’s still a top keeper and I’m sure he wants to prove he’s still a top keeper.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“I think he’s still got a lot to offer and show he’s still a top goalkeeper.”“He’s well thought of at the club for what he did over the years. He was there a long time, yeah, I’m sure he will get a very good reception.”“He’s well thought of. “I think I was playing in his first game when he arrived at City, so I knew him from a young lad. He’s a good lad.”“I remember watching him and went to see him when he made it into the first team. It’s great to see how well he’s done.”last_img read more

Latest death of BJP worker in Purulia a suicide case Police

first_imgKolkata: The man found hanging from an electricity tower in Purulia had committed suicide as per the post-mortem examination, police said on Sunday as life was hit in the area due to the 12-hour strike called by the BJP to protest against the alleged murder of its party workers. Soon after taking charge on Sunday morning, the new Superintendent of Police of Purulia district, Akash Magharia, said: “There was a death of a person at Dava village in Balarampur on Saturday. He was found mysteriously hanging from a tower of high tension wire. We had initiated an unnatural death case and the body was sent for an autopsy that was carried out by a board of five doctors. We have received the report. The board of doctors has clearly stated in the report that the death was due to asphyxia due to hanging and suicidal in nature.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWith the police getting the opinion of the board of doctors, they have become sure that Dulal had committed suicide and there was no foul play behind it as claimed by BJP.Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of the Trinamool Congress, said: “The autopsy report showed that it was a suicide. It shows that such controversy over it was created just to malign the state government.”It may be mentioned that Dulal had left home on Friday evening and went missing since then. His motorbike was found on Friday night itself. But his body was found hanging on Saturday morning. Locals had agitated and the police had to chase them away by raising their lathis to ensure that the law and order situation remained in order. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe BJP had called a strike in Balarampur on Sunday. But people went out for their work as usual without caring much. There were allegations of threats to the local residents asking them not to come out of their houses and to keep shops shut. Starting from women to middle-aged men, all went out of their houses without paying any heed to the warnings. There were sufficient state-run buses and it helped to ensure a normal day in Balarampur. However, there was police patrolling in sensitive places to avoid any untoward incident that might occur once again leading to deterioration of the law and order situation.The police are also maintaining a strict vigil in the district so that no attempts to disturb peace can be achieved.last_img read more

For the girls by the girls

first_imgTo commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, a UN-declared international observance day to support greater opportunities for girls and end gender discrimination, teenage girls from marginalised communities stepped into the roles of traffic policemen and manned the traffic in the national Capital.European Union Ambassador to India, Tomasz Kozlowski inaugurated the takeover and distributed badges to the girls. He said, “Ensuring that girls feel respected and valued in society is the first step to breaking down the barriers of discrimination. Today, on International Day of the Girl Child, we remember that empowering girls and women is not just our moral duty, it is also the solution to many of the greatest challenges we face in the quest for development and peace: Investing in girls is investing in peace and prosperity”. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf120 girls manned traffic for two hours at multiple locations in Delhi- Rajpath, Mandi House, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Windsor Circle. They were assisted by traffic police personnel, most of whom were women. They also displayed signage and posters on gender equality as well as girls’ rights. Passersby were handed stickers with the message ‘Be the Driver of Change’.The celebration of the International Day of Girl Child is part of a 3-year collaboration between the European Union (EU) and Plan India for promoting gender equality and combating discrimination against the girl child. The EU currently funds 3 large initiatives on the rights of the girl child in India, with a specific focus on eliminating sex-selective abortions. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the occasion, Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India said, “Despite significant progress over the last several decades toward girls’ and women’s equal participation, gaps still remain. By occupying such spaces and places where they are rarely seen or heard, it is a step towards promoting gender inequality and claiming their rights.”Besides manning traffic, the girls also took over important roles even in corporate houses, media publications and radio stations for a day, last week to commemorate International day of the Girl Child. Going forward, 10 metro stations in Delhi will also have signage and people will be requested to pledge their support for a safer Delhi, from October 11-20.  Plan India, a member of Plan International Federation, is a nationally registered independent child development organisation committed to creating a lasting impact in the lives of vulnerable and excluded children, their families and communities. Plan International celebrates this day to support the movement for girls’ rights and development so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive.Champa, studying for a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, comes from a family of six. She has been involved with Plan India as a youth advocate for the past four years, ensuring that her community is safer for girls and that they are more aware of their rights. She said, “We must work together to ensure girls and young women are aware and have access to justice. Informed and empowered girls can stand firm against injustice and demand their rights. Doing this together allows us to share our challenges and innovative ideas to overcome them.”last_img read more