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first_imgIn Wednesday night’s Student Senate meeting, student body president Alex Coccia addressed the new student government sexual assault prevention campaign, “One Is Too Many.”“I’m very excited about it,” Coccia said. “[The program] will roll out next week, and training will begin soon. In total, we have 115 volunteers.”Volunteers for the campaign will speak to the dorms about ways to prevent sexual assault, forms of sexual assault, and resources available to students. Student body vice president Nancy Joyce spoke with hall rectors on Tuesday about the project, as well.During the meeting, dean of the College of Science Gregory Crawford gave updates on events in the college.“I like [to] come once a year to give you a little perspective on what’s going on in the college,” he said. “I think it’s pretty impressive what our students and faculty do.”Crawford spoke about enhancements to the research enterprise of the university, including raising more than $250 million in grants during the last three years, including a $23 million grant this year from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research on malaria.Money was also allocated toward the hiring of additional science professors. During the last three years, the College of Science hired 43 new professors, increasing the faculty by about 25 percent. Crawford said the college plans to make 12 new hires before this May.Crawford said the college also plans to expand its horizons, building upon the current nuclear physics and stem cell research programs.Crawford said he also hopes to involve more undergraduate students in academic research.“In 2008, only 18 percent of undergraduates in the college of science were participating in research. By 2013, it was 58 percent,” Crawford said, adding that, 100 percent undergraduate participation is ultimately his goal.The college also plans to make changes to the biology curriculum, to be put into effect in the next few years. Crawford said one change would be a move towards a “flipped classroom,” where lectures are condensed and put online before each class so that valuable class time with professors can be dedicated to examples and problem sets.On Wednesday night, the senate also passed a resolution, on behalf of the student body, congratulating the men’s soccer team on their championship title.Food Services additionally announced a coffee tasting on January 27-28 to help decide what brand of coffee will replace the current type served in dining halls and at all events catered by Food Services.Contact Margaret Hynds at [email protected]: Senate, sexual assaultlast_img read more

first_imgIntuition and the “gut instinct” play a role in our success. There’s no way around it. As we march through out careers, we accumulate bits and pieces of experience and wisdom.Sometimes it surfaces in fast reactions to a given situation. This won’t work. Or…This is fantastic!You don’t know why, but something inside you is sure.I’m a big fan of trusting your gut. But it can get you in trouble.  Such as when…You forget that you are not who you serve. All of us serve someone. Our boards. Our members.  When making decisions, do you try to put yourselves in the shoes of those you serve? Your typical members may be more affluent than you, or less. More educated, or less. Different parts of your membership may be…well, different.  Your gut may be telling you what is best for you. But is that who is really important?You forget that you are a focus group of one. I always love talking with Eric. He’s in advertising, and I always discuss national ad campaigns with him. I always end up complaining about ads that I think are terrible.  When I explain why, Eric just sits there and smiles. “Anthony,” he often says,” If they wanted you to like the ad, they could easily have done that. They didn’t make the ad with you in mind. They weren’t pitching  you.” In other words, they didn’t care what I thought. They were after a different demographic, or gender. As a leader, an ad or idea may not catch your eye. But who is the audience? Vine and Instagram? I don’t get them. But man, am I behind the times! I at least get that much…You forget that the sands have shifted. The last time we tried that, it didn’t work. Not only didn’t it work, but the idea blew up in our face!  That may be true. But there may be different technology, regulations, consumer expectations or people involved this time. How old is your intel on this issue?You aren’t getting all the data. As the leader, some people will rather not pass along bad news to you. This can give you the idea that all is well. Or the converse can happen. At the annual meeting, members may search you out to complain about this or that. You might leave the meeting thinking things are a disaster. How do you gather the right data before analyzing it? How do you know it’s the right data?You get blinded by past expertise. I used to know a bunch about regulatory compliance. I still remember a little! But I have to remind myself that I’m no longer the Compliance Guy. Things in the compliance world have passed me by in many areas. A few years ago, I was up-to-date in many areas of regulatory issues. Today, not so much. Past expertise, if it unwittingly goes stale, can be a big problem. You can confidently run yourself into ditches or down one-way streets going the wrong way.Now, I hope I haven’t scared you off of trusting your gut. Perhaps I’m just proposing that you trust your gut, and then try to verify what it is telling you.  Intuition, like many other things, can send you the wrong signal if you read it the wrong way. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Detailslast_img read more

first_imgDeputy Communications Director for Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Solomon Ofusu Ware, has described the pre match preparations of the technical as perfect ahead of their league tie against Dreams FC at Dawu.The Porcupines have won two games in a row and Ofosu Ware is giving credit to the technical team to how they’ve approached those matches.“The technical team approach matches differently after the exit of David Duncan and it has been the perfect plan for the team and it has also brought the spirit of the club back,” he told Asempa Sports.“Whatever the coach tells the players to do, the players are able to adapt to it and it has really helped the team.”“The players had enough rest after the Tumu match and we travelled to Dawu but we believe at the end of the match, we will carry the day by winning the match despite our long journey.”The deputy communications was also expecting a difficult tie but was confident his side can triumph. “We know it is going to be a difficult match Dawu because of where the match will be played and it going to be exciting as well because comparing both coaches, they both played in the Black Stars, both played in Germany, and had their coaching courses at Germany.”“We have been informed that Dreams FC have a good pitch and with the tactics our players play,  you need a good pitch to see exactly what the players wants to play,” he added.  “We know they have not lost any match at home but with the experience Kotoko have and the preparations that we have put in place, we are very optimistic that we will win this match.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgAccording to the BBC News, some scientists have pushed back the evolution of photosynthesis a billion years earlier than previously believed, to 3.9 billion years ago.  This is based on uranium-thorium ratios of rocks in Greenland that led Danish researchers to conclude that they were deposited under oxidizing conditions.  Others are not sure the data warrant the conclusion.  Dr. Roger Buick, an astrobiologist at University of Washington, is cautious about the claim, but admits, “The biochemistry needed for oxygenic photosynthesis requires lots of bacterial evolution.  If their findings are correct, life was very sophisticated, very early on in Earth history.”  Not only that, but it had to withstand pounding by meteorites that presumably decreased 3.8 billion years ago.  “You would think those sorts of conditions would be pretty hostile to oxygenic photosynthesisers,”  he said.  “But life may be older and more robust than we thought.”  (Emphasis added.)You would think that those sorts of conditions would be pretty hostile to astrobiological theory.  But metaphysical naturalism may be older and more robust than we thought.  Do you guys have any vague conception of how complicated photosynthesis is?  And you want to push it back a billion years, making it magically emerge in brainless bacteria in the midst of a meteor terror war?    Thank you, Roger, for your winning entry in Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgWhen Jan Scannell was first inspired to start the initiative, he had no ideathat it would become so popular. (Image: wired communications) Kwaai Braai Pie (Image: Braai Masters of the Cape Winelands) MEDIA CONTACTS • Crystal Espin   wired communications   +27 21 464 1144RELATED ARTICLES • Bring on the braai • Heritage Day to celebrate World Cup • Remembering Enoch Sontonga • Local Xhosa heritage goes global Wilma den HartighThis Saturday, 24 September, thousands of South Africans will head outdoors, get the fires going and celebrate the nation’s favourite pastime on National Braai Day.This event, which takes place annually on National Heritage Day, 24 September, has become something of an institution in South Africa. Braai Day gives South Africans an opportunity to celebrate the country’s cultural heritage and diversity of traditions.South Africa is a diverse country, but something that we all have in common is that we need no encouragement to braai.“We want to create a national day of celebration in South Africa – one day in the year when the whole nation comes to a standstill and has a party. It’s good for nation-building and it’s good for the spirit of the country,” says Jan Scannell (also known as Jan Braai), the founder of the National Braai Day initiative.The beginnings of National Braai DayNational Braai Day is what St Patrick’s Day is for the Irish, what Bastille Day is for the French and what Australia Day is for the Australians.“Our mission is to position National Braai Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration,” says Mr Braai.When Scannell was first inspired to start the initiative, he had no idea that it would become so popular. And to give the day even more clout, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu took to the idea and became the patron of National Braai Day.“I emailed Archbishop Tutu and explained that I want to unite 50-million people around braai fires. He liked the idea, so we started talking about getting him involved as the patron,” says Scannel. “We had a braai together for the first time in 2007 – boerewors and lamb chops.”Since then, Scannell and Tutu have been in regular contact and they’ve also braaied together a few more times.National Braai Day has since become known as the Braai4Heritage initiative and in 2008 the campaign received the endorsement of South Africa’s National Heritage Council.Official AnthemIn 2009, the initiative launched an official song, “Our Heritage“, recorded by multiple Grammy Award winners The Soweto Gospel Choir, the 2008 South African Music Awards male solo artist of the year HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula), rapper JR, known for his smash hit “Show Dem”, and Cape Town-based electronic group Die Heuwels Fantasties.Recently a local comedy pop duo also got into the spirit of Braai Day by recording a parody of US pop singer Rebecca Black’s viral video hit “Friday”. Since Nicholas Smal and Gareth Allison, also known as Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues, posted the video, it has received overwhelming response from fans and quickly went viral on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.The parody has become just as popular as the main anthem, but Scannell says that any publicity for Braai Day is welcome.“We are excited about the support the song has received online so far. As South Africans, we never take ourselves too seriously and the song really captures the spirit of National Braai Day,” he says.Getting it rightBraaing is very much part of the South African DNA and it should come as no surprise that South Africans have perfected the art of having a great braai. But before you grab the marinade and braai tongs, make sure that the basics are in place.Mr Braai, who is the authority on everything to do with this form of cooking, explains that a wood fire is the way to go. “I don’t think anyone seriously prefers charcoal. Using it is simply a matter of convenience or if you can’t get hold of wood,” he says.South Africa’s great braai tradition has been the inspiration for numerous cooking books on the subject. Braai Masters of the Cape Winelands – compiled by Wines of South Africa, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the export of local wines in key international markets – is a beautiful publication that pays tribute to the country’s beloved pastime.It contains recipes, braaing tips and techniques, wine notes and wine pairing suggestions from some of the Cape’s favourite vineyards. Estate owners, winemakers and personalities such as rugby player Schalk Burger, also share their secrets for and interpretations of the perfect braai.The book suggests that the secret of successful braaing lies in controlling the heat and ensuring that it is evenly distributed. Stacking the wood is also contentious, as is the timing around turning the meat.Everyone has their way of stacking the crumpled paper, kindling, bits of wood and bigger cuts or logs. However, the book suggests that a traditional South Africa square stacking method allows for good aeration and burning, but keep in mind that this method needs careful management to produce enough core heat to generate coals.If you don’t plan to make your braai fire with such precision, try the well-known tepee style. This method can even be mastered by the novice fire maker as it is more practical and needs less management.Scannell adds that there is also no reason not to celebrate Braai Day if you are a vegetarian. He says that there are many delicious meals that can be cooked over the coals, such as putupap, mielies and mushrooms.Braaibroodjies are another favourite. These are toasted sandwiches made with cheese, tomato, onion and a dash of chutney, which can be braaied slowly in a closed grid on light coals until golden brown on the outside and the cheese has melted on the inside.If these dishes don’t sound appealing, you can still have a good time. “Simply light a fire and stand around it, everybody loves that!” says Scannell.Expand your braai repertoireInstead of putting the usual steak and chops on the coals, try something different this Braai Day. This recipe is courtesy of Braai Masters of the Cape Winelands. According to the book, this dish lends itself to experimentation. The amounts are not exact and you can add more or less of any ingredient, or improvise with whatever you have available for the filling.Kwaai Braai Pie2x 500g ready-to-bake puff pastry1 bunch of spinach, coarsely chopped3 smoked chicken breasts, sliced250g bacon, diced250g button mushrooms, sliced1 onion, chopped1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced½ cup crumbled feta cheese½ cup grated cheddar cheese1 cup grated mozzarella cheeseFreshly ground salt and black pepperRoll out the dough into two equal pieces. Fry the onion, bacon and peppers in olive oil. Add seasoning. Layer the ingredients in the following order on one sheet of dough: half of the raw spinach, smoked chicken, onion, bacon, peppers and mushrooms. Scatter the three cheeses and add the rest of the spinach.Cover with the second sheet of dough. Make a parcel of the layered, filled sheets of dough. Brush with olive oil on both sides. Place on a hinged braai grid and close gently. Do not latch it, though, or else the pie will get pinched. Cook over the coals for about 15 minutes, turning regularly, until golden brown.Whatever you do, have a braaiYou can barbeque anywhere, but you can only braai in South Africa. So don’t miss out on this Saturday’s festivities.“All we are saying is grab your friends and family, start a fire, and celebrate South Africa,” says Scannell.last_img read more

first_img‘Tis the season and all that, and this time of year I find myself thinking a lot about my parents. This is exactly the sort of thing they’d have said (if my childhood had been, oh, 20 or 30 years later), and it would have driven me CRA-ZEE.Funny thing: It’s also exactly the sort of thing I find myself saying to my own kids.And speaking of ’tis the season, thanks and all the best to all of you who’ve read, tweeted, forwarded and commented on Noise to Signal this year. Have a great holiday if you’re celebrating, and just have a lovely week or two if you aren’t. I’ll see you in 2010. More Noise to Signal. Tags:#Cartoons#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App rob cottingham 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

first_imgRonald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netWith the PBA still yet to resolve issues in the Board of Governors, Ronald Mascariñas, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president, bared that the Chooks-to-Go brand has decided to abandon its plans of pursuing its own PBA team to exert all of its efforts in helping the national team.“The last few months of our association with Gilas gave us the realization that it’s best for us to put all our resources behind the national team,” Mascariñas said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Boy Sablan out as UST coach Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Mascariñas expressed interest in acquiring a PBA franchise before, but the amiable executive had a change of heart after repeated attempts and instead, reaffirmed its partnership with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) going forward.Chooks-to-Go has been a primary supporter of SBP’s programs, from the grassroots level in age group 3×3 tournaments to sponsoring the national team in international tournaments like the Jones Cup and the Southeast Asian Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe poultry company has also went on to field a squad in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China, with prospective naturalized import Isaiah Austin, together with this year’s first rounders Kiefer Ravena, Raymar Jose, and Jeron Teng bannering Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas.“Even if we had limited time to practice, coach Chot (Reyes) was able to assemble a very strong team,” said Mascariñas. Philippines reaffirms commitment to United Nations PLAY LIST 02:50Philippines reaffirms commitment to United Nations00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Deciding to go all in with the SBP, Chooks-to-Go will continue to give its all out support for Smart Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, which starts on Friday against Japan in Tokyo. Chooks-to-Go will also rally behind Gilas in the upcoming 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup which will be staged here in Manila. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

first_imgThe BSE benchmark Sensex plunged to an over four-month low, losing 364 points on across-the-board selling on emergence of reports that government might impose capital gain tax on investments routed through Mauritius.A weakening trend in Asia and lower opening in Europe on the European Union’s decision to delay 12 billion euros aid to Greece until it passes austerity package at home also fanned market fears of Greece’s sovereign debt default in the mid of July.Find out easy ways to hit the jackpot on stock market The Bombay Stock Exchange index, Sensex, which had lost over 438 points in the last three trading sessions, plunged by another 363.90 points to 17,506.63, the levels last seen on February 9.Further, during the intra-day trade, the gauge had dipped by 556 points, with most of the stocks recording steep losses.Broad-based National Stock Exchange’s 50-share index Nifty nosedived by almost 109 points to 5257.90 level.Trading sentiment turned bearish on major sell-off by funds and retailers on reports that the government will sought to tax capital gains on investments made through Mauritius.Sensex leader RIL fell nearly 4 per cent to a 52-week low of Rs 829 a piece.The markets already weak after hike in interest rates and reports of lower advance tax collection for the first quarter this fiscal, received another jolt after BSE announced on Friday that Anil Ambani group companies stocks – Reliance Infra and RCom – will be removed from the Sensex by August 8.Reliance Infra sank 6.07 per cent to Rs 545.25 and Rcom by 7.89 per cent to Rs 87.60 on fresh selling.Among sector indexes, the realty sector index suffered the most, losing 4.16 per cent to 2,016.49 followed by Oil and Gas index that dwindled by 3.42 per cent to 8,6568.42.The IT sector index plunged by 2.50 per cent to 5,673.38 as Tata Consultancy Services dropped 3.69 per cent to 1,069.55 on reports the software maker has been ordered to pay Rs 6.56 billion in back taxes after tax officials denied some of its claims.advertisement–With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – Police have released more details, including a composite drawing of a suspect, in the disappearance of a Manitoba woman two years ago.Thelma Krull, 57, left her Winnipeg home to go for a walk on the morning of July 11, 2015. Her glasses and cellphone were found in a park, but Krull hasn’t been seen since.Sgt. Wes Rommel of the Winnipeg police homicide unit says it’s believed she was abducted that morning after she got to Civic Park.“We believe … she was involved in a physical altercation with a male and was forcibly removed from the area,” Rommel said at a news conference Thursday.“Shortly after the initial encounter, Thelma was observed with this male … and she appeared to be in distress,” he said.“That is based on some evidence at the scene and is based significantly on … what we believe to be a credible sighting of Thelma with this male.”Rommel said investigators believe the man had access to a home in the Civic Park neighbourhood and may have been living there or staying temporarily.There is nothing to suggest the two may have gone far, he said. There have been no reports of their being seen together other than the one sighting by a witness, who first came forward a year ago.“Our team scoured that area. They went over every inch of outdoor, exterior wooded area (and) community area,” Rommel said.“I don’t think it’s possible that they walked a mile or a long distance. It’s reasonable to believe, based on the information that we have and the lack of reports that we have received, that there was a location very close by.”The suspect is described as Indigenous, in his 40s, between five-foot-six and five-foot-eight and weighing about 270 pounds. He had dark hair in a bowl cut or was possibly wearing a dark-coloured skull cap or beanie on his head.Anyone who can recall seeing the man or knows of someone fitting his description living in the area at the time is asked to contact police.Krull’s family has been co-operative throughout the investigation. Her daughter appeared at a new conference on the first anniversary of her mother’s disappearance asking for the public to come forward with any tips so the family could have closure.Asked on Thursday if Krull is still alive, Rommel said that was a difficult question to answer.“It doesn’t look good but, at the same time, I am not here to remove anybody’s hope.”last_img read more