Maintenance staff persevere, keep working through Polar Vortex temperatures

first_imgWhile students hunkered down in their rooms due to a severe cold front — nicknamed the “Polar Vortex” — that passed over South Bend on Jan. 30, the University called in workers it deemed essential to student safety and the maintenance of campus. Chris Abayasinghe, director of Campus Dining, said the University called in staff to make sure dining services continued throughout the deep freeze, providing food to both students and workers.“Our primary concern has and continues to be, obviously, for the wellbeing of our students, as well as our staff, and we balanced that concern to ensure that they would be able to report to work safely,” Abayasinghe said. Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said precautions were taken to ensure the staff’s safety despite the low temperatures.“One of the things we arranged … was making sure shuttles were bringing those people that had a distance from where they parked because of the extreme weather,” Browne said.Abayasinghe echoed Browne’s point, saying that in addition to having the dining hall workers provide food for students, they also provided food for those who drove the transport vehicles. “Because the decision was made so far in advance for us for the emergency [that] we were also able to work closely with our friends and partners over at [Transportation] Services to be able to work through getting a shuttle, to be able to coordinate that shuttle to ensure our staff were as minimally exposed to the weather as possible,” Abayasinghe said. “We also had the fortunateness of having other Notre Dame staff members come in to drive some of these University vehicles to allow us to do that. So during this period … we also took care of the University’s essential staff so anyone who’s brought in to keep the campus safe and things like that. So we fed them as well.”Browne said those workers called in on Wednesday were notified around noon Monday, the same time students were notified that classes were cancelled.Abayasinghe said one of the other protections the administration put in place for dining workers was opening only locations at Notre Dame deemed “essential” by the University. “Our main thing as we think about our staff is obviously not to put them in harm’s way. So, when we declare an area as an essential service area, in our response this time … we opened NDH and SDH, and we also opened in collaboration with our friends over at student activities and student affairs, the Huddle Mart,” he said. “So we made a determination that we were primarily going to open those areas versus [the Duncan Student Center], for example or any of the other restaurants. So we were thoughtful to minimize how many people we had on campus, and then further with additional transportation services, being able to get them back to their vehicles.”In addition to these safety precautions, Browne said the University compensated employees appropriately.“We increased their compensation to reflect the harsher conditions, or the unusual conditions, and that applied to service workers and others,” Browne said. “ … [Those] who were not required to come in, they were not docked but they were paid, even though they didn’t have to come in.”Considering the dangerous and difficult circumstances the Polar Vortex created, Abayasinghe said he feels Campus Dining staff handled the situation well. “They just continue to amaze and impress me and especially when there’s a certain situation or emergency as to how they pull together. They’re pretty cool,” he said.Tags: Campus DIning, maintenance staff, polar vortex 2019last_img read more

Mediterranean diet

first_imgMediterranean people eat healthy. Following their culinary tastes may reduce anyone’s risk for diseases, says a University of Georgia expert. “The Mediterranean diet is based on the food habits of people living in countries that grow food locally and eat few highly processed foods,” said Connie Crawley, a nutrition specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “Because of the high amounts of vitamins and minerals and low amounts of saturated fat in the Mediterranean diet, studies have found that the diet may reduce risk for many chronic diseases.”There are at least 16 countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Diets vary between the countries, depending on the culture, economy and agriculture production. But they share a common dietary pattern, she said. All include a high consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds. Olive oil is used as a healthy source of fat. The diet includes moderate amounts of dairy products, fish and poultry and red meat. Eggs are included in some diets. Wine is consumed in moderation. “People who follow the average Mediterranean diet eat less saturated fat than those who eat the average American diet,” according to the American Heart Association Web site. “More than half the fat calories in a Mediterranean diet come from monounsaturated fats, mainly from olive oil. The incidence of heart disease in Mediterranean countries is lower than in the United States. Death rates are lower, too. But this may not be entirely due to the diet. Lifestyle factors, such as more physical activity and extended social support systems, may also play a part.”Arthritis and the risks for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease and stroke are decreased for those who follow a Mediterranean diet. “Mediterranean diets include very little animal fat or saturated fat,” Crawley said. “Because there is a direct link between the consumption of saturated fat and colorectal cancers, heart diseases and strokes, the risks of getting these diseases are reduced when following a Mediterranean diet.” A diet rich in nutrients may control inflammation and decrease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. One study of women suffering from RA, she said, found women who received counseling and information about the Mediterranean diet reported significantly less overall pain and early-morning stiffness than women who only received general nutrition information. The women following the diet lost weight and lowered their blood pressures.“Two studies have shown a connection between following a Mediterranean diet and a reduced risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease,” Crawley said. “Many participants saw a nearly 50 percent reduction in risk.” To follow a Mediterranean diet at home:Use olive oil and canola oil instead of butter when cooking. Replace one red-meat entrée a week with fish. Use whole-wheat bread. Switch to low-fat or non-fat dairy products. Fill half a dinner plate with vegetables (especially brightly or deeply-colored ones like broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets and greens). Have a glass of wine with dinner. If you don’t already drink alcohol, however, don’t start.last_img read more

Arsenal could be stuck with Shkodran Mustafi having received no formal transfer offers

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal are interested in signing Dayot Upamecano (Picture: Getty)With Rob Holding still at least a month away from being in contention for first team action, Arsenal are in dire need of defensive reinforcements but what remains of their transfer budget is unlikely, at this stage, to be boosted by Mustafi’s sale.According to the BBC, Arsenal are yet to receive concrete interest from any club, while Mustafi is determined to stay and fight for his place.Arsenal have already seen a loan offer for Juventus’ Italy international Daniele Rugani rejected and are struggling to raise the funds required to tempt RB Leipzig into selling £55m-rated Dayot Upamecano.More: 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 Arsenal are keen to sell Shkodran Mustafi (Picture: Getty)Arsenal could be lumbered with Shkodran Mustafi having received no formal offers for the error-prone centre-half.Arsene Wenger sanctioned the £35million signing of the Germany international three years ago but his performances have deteriorated to such an extend that he is currently close to being unselectable.A section of supporters booed the former Valencia defender after he was introduced as a second half substitute against Lyon 10 days ago and almost immediately committed an error which led to Moussa Dembele’s winning goal.Mustafi was limited to just four minutes of action against Barcelona on Sunday but was again at fault, failing to detect the run of Luis Saurez and allowing the Uruguay international to score the goal which denied Arsenal a morale boosting draw.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal begin their Premier League campaign against Newcastle on Sunday and are likely to line-up with Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Calum Chambers at the heart of their defence with Unai Emery set to revert to a flat back four, having largely operated with a 3-5-2 formation last term.Club captain Laurent Koscielny is on the verge of finalising his acrimonious departure and signing for Bordeuax, while summer recruit William Saliba has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne for another 12 months. Arsenal could be stuck with Shkodran Mustafi having received no formal transfer offers Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 12:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link673Shares Commentlast_img read more

16 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and a beach backyard to die for — all for just $10m

first_imgThis house at 34-37 Beach Front Mirage Dr, Port Douglas, is for sale.Set among the towering palms and lush landscaped grounds of the Beachfront Mirage gated community in Port Douglas, this massive family estate comprises not one, but three, luxurious residences with direct access to Four-Mile Beach.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoImagine the parties and family getaways you could have! HOUSES ARE GETTING CHEAPER RECORD $11.6M BEACHFRONT SALE SWITCH ON THE LUXURY The bathroom in the house at 34-37 Beach Front Mirage Dr, Port Douglas, which is for sale. One of the three pools at the property at 34-37 Beach Front Mirage Dr, Port Douglas, which is for sale. The tennis court that is part of the property for sale at 34-37 Beach Front Mirage Dr, Port Douglas This property at 34-37 Beach Front Mirage Dr, Port Douglas, is for sale.The estate at 34-37 Beachfront Mirage Drive is divided into four land parcels, spanning 4267 sqm.Marketing agent Barbara Wolveridge of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty said the property was unique because it had Foreign Investment Review Board approval — meaning anyone in the world could buy it. A property on this stretch of beach in Port Douglas is for sale for $10.95m.IT HAS 16 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, three swimming pools, a tennis court and possibly the best backyard in the world.A tropical mansion has hit the market in Far North Queensland and for just $10.95 million, it could be yours. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The living room in one of the houses at the estate at the Port Douglas estate, which is for sale.The residences can be leased as holiday accommodation, generating a lucrative return.The property is within walking distance of the recently refurbished Mirage Resort and Country Club and Cairns International Airport is a 50-minute drive away.Other nearby amenities include the Crystal Brook Super Yacht Marina and its award-winning restaurants, bars and shops. This house at 34-37 Beach Front Mirage Dr, Port Douglas, is for sale. This house at 34-37 Beach Front Mirage Dr, Port Douglas, is for sale.last_img read more

NOW: Pensions authorised by UK regulator

first_img Stanplan A Run by Standard Life  Universities Superannuation Scheme DC section of USS, the UK’s largest pension fund  Industry-Wide DC Section DC section of RPMI Railpen  Atlas Master Trust Run by Capita   Fidelity Master Trust  Standard Life DC Master Trust  Aegon Master Trust  The Pensions Trust (TPT Retirement Solutions)  The Baptist Pension Scheme Oversees pensions for the UK’s Baptist churches NOW: Pensions was launched in 2011 by Danish pension giant ATP. Despite growing into one of the largest auto-enrolment providers, it has faced a number of issues.A change of administration provider in 2014-15 led to problems processing and investing contributions. The provider removed itself from TPR’s list of approved master trusts in 2017 and was fined £70,000 by TPR in 2018 in connection with the problems.The provider has also been criticised by rivals for its charging structure, with some arguing that it is possible for smaller pots to be eroded down to zero over time. ATP sold NOW: Pensions to Cardano earlier this year, with Patrick Luthi subsequently replacing Troy Clutterbuck as CEO.NOW: Pensions is the pension provider for IPE International Publishers.Other trusts authorisedThe other trusts signed off by TPR today were Scottish Widows’ multi-employer DC fund, Punter Southall’s Aspire Savings Trust, and the ITB Pension Funds, which runs £1.3bn worth of defined benefit and DC pensions for the construction industry.Steve Butler, CEO of Punter Southall Aspire, said: “The authorisation process has been rigorous. It involved a complete examination of our scheme’s capabilities, including our systems, processes and technology, our governance and financial sustainability. We are delighted to have met the standards, which was an important last step for us being ready to welcome new members.” Today’s announcement brought the total number of authorised auto-enrolment providers to 31. TPR received 38 applications in total. No master trust has failed the authorisation process so far.DC master trusts were required to apply for authorisation by 31 March this year as part of the UK’s efforts to improve standards in the auto-enrolment market. It included new capital requirements, formalised processes and higher governance standards.As of today, the full list of authorised trusts is as follows:Authorised master trusts Master trust   Workers Pension Trust Northern Ireland-based provider  Creative Pension Trust Run by HS Admin  NEST  The Cheviot Pension Run by the Cheviot Trust  Scottish Widows Master Trust  LifeSight Run by Willis Towers Watson  Legal & General Worksave Master Trustcenter_img  National Pension Trust Run by XPS Pensions Group  Aspire Savings Trust Run by Punter Southall  The ITB Pension Funds Construction sector scheme  Mercer Master Trust  The Bluesky Pension Scheme Run by Evolve  Legal & General Worksave Master Trust (RAS)  NOW: Pensions Run by Cardano  The People’s Pension  Ensign Retirement Plan DC section of the Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund NOW: Pensions, one of the UK’s largest master trusts, has been authorised by the country’s regulator.The £1.3bn (€1.5bn) multi-employer defined contribution (DC) fund’s authorisation was announced this morning by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) along with that of three other master trusts.Joanne Segars, chair of trustees at NOW: Pensions, said: “The master trust authorisation regime ensures high standards are upheld, giving workers enrolled into a workplace pension the confidence that their employers have chosen their pension provider wisely. “We want workers to feel reassured that their hard-earned pension savings are being regulated and are in responsible hands. As the number of people enrolled is only set to rise, it is important that the industry is held accountable.”  The SEI Master Trust  The Lewis Workplace Pension Trust Run by financial advice firm Lewis Investments  Aviva Master Trust Master Trust Run by Smart Pension  The Aon Master Trustlast_img read more

Fortitude Valley site linked to Qld’s Fitzgerald Inquiry sells after bidding frenzy

first_img144 Wickham Terrace was once the site of Brisbane’s notorious Bubbles Bath-House, illegal casino and massage parlour, and was a key location during the Fitzgerald Inquiry.Mr Robertson said the historical back story of the site meant interest and inquiries were strong throughout the campaign.“There was such a strong buzz around this opportunity and we had more than 50 separate enquiries leading up to the auction,” Mr Robertson said.“You could sense in the room the registered bidders really appreciated what was on offer, and the fact the final sale price was more than double the opening bid, highlights that.“The auction came down to the final two with more than half the 50 bids coming from those two bidders alone.”The property was marketed as a “a rogues gallery of corruption and misconduct (which) is highlighted throughout the restaurant/bar and is an essential stop for connoisseurs of Brisbane’s past”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago The site of the notorious Bubbles Bath-House, illegal casino and massage parlour at the centre of the Fitzgerald Inquiry has sold for $1.63M. It is now home to Les Bubbles, a popular bar and restaurant.IT was once the site of Brisbane’s notorious Bubbles Bath-House, illegal casino and massage parlour, and was a key location during the Fitzgerald Inquiry.Now it is a popular steakhouse known as Les Bubbles, a venue with the words ‘We regret to inform you we are no longer a brothel — Management’ emblazoned above the bar in neon red lights. A render showing the living space inside one of The Jordan ResidencesThe scheme would eventually be exposed, leading to some of Queensland’s most influential movers and shakers being jailed for official corruption following the Fitzgerald Inquiry. FURTHER READING: Brothel offers bang for buck A render showing the external outlook at The Jordan Residences Les Bubbles is a Parisian steakhouse on the corner of Wickham and Little Street in Fortitude Valley.Mr Merkur said the winning bidder was a Queensland investor who understood how iconic the property was to Fortitude Valley.“When you think of the Valley, you think of Les Bubbles and most people will know someone who has been there for a meal, a drink or a massage,” he said.Meanwhile, another site that was also a key location probed during Queensland’s biggest ever corruption inquiry is also being transformed. RELATED: Bowen Hills house linked to infamous corruption case to make way for new developmentcenter_img Inside Les Bubbles, where management have made it crystal clear that it is no longer a brothel.The site at 144 Wickham St in Fortitude Valley was auctioned on the weekend, with a bidding frenzy seeing it change hands for $1.63 million, well above its reserve, according to Ray White.The iconic property, with a net leasable area of 543sq m and land area of 238sq m over three levels, was marketed by the Ray White Commercial Gold Coast Commercial Sales duo Simon Robertson and Brad Merkur. The art deco house at 29 Jordan Tce, Bowen Hills was central to the Fitzgerald Inquiry, but has been demolished to make way for a townhouse developmentEssah Developments is constructing The Jordan Residences at 29 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills.The original art deco-style house, which was demolished to make way for six townhouses, was linked to Vic Conte, Geraldo Bellino and Jack (The Bagman) HerbertItalian-born Conte and Sicilian-born Bellino were partners in illegal casinos and massage parlours in the 1980s. This hole in the wall was reportedly used to stash cashHerbert, a former policeman, was the mastermind behind a racket known as The Joke, which saw bribes exchanged between crooks and crooked cops.last_img read more

St. Leon Clinic announces back-to-school event

first_imgSt. Leon, In. — St. Leon Primary Care and Family Nurse Practitioner Rachel Holcomb will host a back-to-school event on Tuesday, August 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at their facility on State Road 1. Children of all ages and their families are invited to attend.The event includes free Skyline ® hot dogs, door prizes, free hearing screenings, eye exams, height and measurements will be offered.“A quick sight, hearing, height and weight checkup can help make sure your child is ready for school,” noted Mrs. Holcomb.  “Sight and hearing problems can adversely affect your child’s academic performance.  Through screenings, potential health issues can be detected and addressed early.”Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome. Office hours are Monday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 812-576-0139.last_img read more

Time gives Toland a new appreciation of IMCA title

first_imgRob Toland (center) literally got back on track in 2016 to win his career third IMCA Late Model national crown. He is pictured with Speedway Motors President Clay Smith at left and IMCA President Brett Root at right. Speedway Motors is title sponsor of IMCA Weekly Racing. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)DAVENPORT, Iowa – By no means is Rob Toland ready to hang up his racing helmet.But the oldest IMCA driver to win a national championship has definitely learned to better appreciate his on-track accomplishments.Toland won the national Late Model crown for the third time, as well as track titles at his hometown Davenport Speedway and Quad City Speedway, plus the Allstar Performance Illinois State championship. He turned 55 six weeks after the point season ended.“With age, we always appreciate things better. This national championship was pretty special to me,” said Toland, who also topped 2001 and 2005 point standings for the premier division. “I was second in points at East Moline and Davenport when I got hurt at work and ended up missing the last half of 2014 and all of 2015, so it was good to be able to come back and be competitive.”“It was an amazing year. I would have never fathomed I would win the national championship and two track championships,” he added. “Winning a national championship is always your ultimate goal but at the age of 54 I would have had to be foolish or arrogant to think I could do it. I couldn’t imagine having this good of a year.”Toland led the national points race from green to checkered, wheeling a Mike Humphrey-built Mach 1 Chassis. His 10 feature wins gave him 128 for his IMCA career, fourth on the all-time list for the division.He’s now a 10-time track champion since 1998. The state crown was the first for Toland, who’s divided his time between tracks on both sides of the Mississippi River.His season highlight came on season championship night at Davenport, when he won ahead of son Bobby and friend Justin Kay, also a three-time IMCA national king.Long-time sponsor Doug Curless, who crewed for and traveled with Toland when he followed the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series in 1999 and 2000, partnered with him to run both the World 100 and the Knoxville Nationals.“There are very few guys who still do it the way I do. I have always idolized Gary Webb and his work ethic,” Toland said. “I have a job, I drive, I work on my own car and I have the best group of guys in the world who help me. One of them is retired but all the others still have jobs. They all help me as much as they can. We all do this because we love it.”Starts: 45Wins: 10Additional Top Fives: 23HIS CREW: Wife Jolinda, Jim Ervin, Sean Ervin, Bill Feliksiak, Duane Christisen, Vern Remour, Elmo Baldock, Steven Ables and John Denato.HIS SPONSORS: Doug Curless and C & W Trucking of Silvis, Ill.; DNS Solutions of Hillsdale, Ill.; and J & J Campers of East Moline, Ill.last_img read more

Lazio hit with partial stadium closure

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Spurs to face Bulgarian minnows in Europa League opener Celtic’s Europa League match against Lazio in Rome will be subject to a partial stadium closure after the Italian club were charged with racist behaviour by UEFA.The charge followed Lazio’s 2-1 Europa League victory over French club Rennes on October 3 at Stadio Olimpico.Scottish champions Celtic host Lazio on October 24 and then head to the Italian capital for the return Group E match on November 7, when the partial closure will be enforced.In a statement, UEFA announced that Lazio will be required to display a banner containing the wording ‘#EqualGame’ and the UEFA logo in the closed section of the stadium.Lazio have been fined £17,300 (€20,000).UEFA has also ordered the Italian club to play one additional UEFA competition match behind closed doors, with that sanction suspended for one year.Tags: #EqualGameEuropa LeagueStadio Olympicolast_img read more

U.S. House Requests Info on Local Officials’ Role in 2006 Epstein Case

first_imgThe U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform is setting its sights on reviewing “the role of state or local officials” in the secret non-prosecution deal and jail treatment given to Jeffrey Epstein in Palm Beach County more than a decade ago.Letters sent to the U.S. Justice Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Friday show that the Committee is requesting a long list of documents and emails related to the case.According to House Representative and committee member Lois Frankel, “We are going to try to get anything we can. I know they are serious about looking at the Epstein case.”Specifically, the committee is looking for information about how the non-prosecution agreement was kept from Epstein’s teenage victims, as well as how the Palm Beach multimillionaire was allowed to spend six days a week, 12 hours a day on work release while he served 13 months of an 18-month jail sentence.Although no local officials are named in the letters, Frankel says she wants to hear testimony from Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and former State Attorney Barry Krischer, as well as former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta.Current State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock are fighting the public release of those documents.Acosta’s office worked out the non-prosecution agreement with Epstein’s attorneys in 2008. In return, federal prosecutors scrapped a 53-page indictment that could have sent Epstein to prison for decades.Krischer has denied having any role with the non-prosecution agreement, although The Palm Beach Post found emails revealing that he helped broker the deal between Acosta’s office and Epstein’s defense attorneys.Under the deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to two felony prostitution-related charges. He was then allowed to leave the jail under work release in order to work at his newly formed Florida Science Foundation. However, one woman says she was flown in as a teenager in order to have sex with him there.Epstein was charged with sex trafficking in New York last July, when additional victims went public with their allegations. He hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell the following month.The Oversight Committee has given a January 3 deadline for the documents to be turned over.They have given the same deadline to Attorney General William Barr.U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra of West Palm Beach found last February that federal prosecutors violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act when they concealed the existence of the non-prosecution agreement. However, he ruled last September that Epstein’s death meant the judge could not discard the agreement, which also protected Epstein’s accused co-conspirators.last_img read more