LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 31: Nebraska fans release red balloons after the Nebraska Cornhuskers score their first points of the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska football has a long-held tradition of releasing red balloons into the air, following the Huskers’ first touchdown during games at Memorial Stadium. While many Husker fans love the tradition, a number of groups have raised concerns about the environmental impact.In 2014, an environmentalist unsuccessfully petitioned the school to end the tradition. A few years later, a lawsuit was raised, but ultimately thrown out in court.Through this fall, the balloons continue to fly. However, the tradition was brought into the spotlight once again last November.A marine biologist found a Huskers balloon, still inflated, on the coast of East Hampton, New York on Long Island.The local alumni association said that it does not release balloons, but speculated that it might have been local fans. It does seem unlikely that the balloon flew all the way from Lincoln.It still once again brought the tradition to the forefront, as those concerned about the environment push for the school to change it.Now, Nebraska-Lincoln students have the chance to vote on the balloon release tradition.The vote is non-binding, but the results will go to the athletic department. From The Daily Nebraskan:Government Bill 26 moves to add a question to the spring general election ballot to survey the student body about eliminating the balloon release at football games. The ballot item would only pose the question to collect students’ opinions and is not binding.Currently, Husker football fans release balloons after the first touchdown during home games at Memorial Stadium. The bill states people have pressured University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s administration to eliminate the tradition because of the environmental damage the balloons cause.If passed, students will answer whether they are against the balloon release, support the tradition or are indifferent to the issue.1011 Now in Lincoln spoke to a number of students who support continuing tradition, although it was short of a true sampling. Still, it will be interesting to see what the student body believes about this, given the environmental ramifications.[The Daily Nebraskan]
IT services firm NTT DATA Canada, Inc., formerly Keane Canada, Inc., will create as many as 250 new jobs in Halifax over the next five years. Keane International, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Keane Canada, Inc., were purchased by NTT DATA Corporation in January 2011. This leading, global IT services company employs 57,000 professionals in more than 35 countries and is owned by Japan’s largest telephone company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation. The Keane Canada, Inc. head office has been operating in Halifax for 15 years and, now as NTT DATA Canada, Inc., will expand its diverse group of more than 400 employees. The company is diversifying its client base, focusing on major clients in Canada and the United States. “As part of jobsHere, NTT DATA and the province are working together to grow the private-sector and create high-value, high-paying jobs,” said acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism John MacDonell. “This growth demonstrates Nova Scotia’s appeal and ideal location for global IT companies.” A $3,463,688 payroll rebate from the province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., will support the Halifax expansion. The company will reinvest in training and recruitment programs and increase its employment base by up to 250 positions over the five-year term of the rebate. The company’s former payroll rebate, announced in 2008, was not used because of the global recession and its impact on IT budgets, and global outsourcing. The rebate, which included a corresponding training incentive from Economic and Rural Development and Tourism for a combined total of $6,046,263, has been cancelled. “We are excited to be renewing our growth plans in Nova Scotia,” said John MacIntosh, vice-president, Global Client Management with NTT DATA. “We have had great success in attracting talented and loyal employees in Halifax; when it came time to choose a location to grow – Nova Scotia came out on top.” NTT DATA offers innovative business and IT solutions. The company focuses on consulting, managed services, projects, outsourcing and cloud-based solutions to mid-size and large enterprises in all major industries. “We are topping our competitors by attracting multinational companies to Nova Scotia, while also benefiting from their growth,” said Nova Scotia Business Inc. president and CEO Stephen Lund. ‘Securing NTT DATA’s growth in Halifax helps demonstrate that our province is a cost-effective place to do business and a world-class centre for IT.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and follow online at www.nsbi.ca/connect .