Event to showcase majors

first_imgStudents can investigate the 65 possible undergraduate majors and other academic programs at Majors Night tonight for guidance on what direction their studies will go at Notre Dame. Faculty and students enrolled in these different majors will be available to advice students in South Dining Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. Academic Affairs Committee member Toni Schreier said all students should feel welcome to attend this event. “We’ve organized this majors night as an opportunity for students of all levels – not just freshmen – to learn more about the opportunities, both academic and extracurricular, that Notre Dame has to offer,” she said. Schreier said upperclassmen who have already declared a major can still benefit from the information available. “[For upperclassmen,] it would just be an opportunity to confirm that’s what they want to do,” Schreier said. “If there’s an area they’ve always been interested in, they can find out the requirements for a minor and if it’s plausible.” Professor Thomas Stapleford in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) also encouraged students of all levels to attend. “It’s really valuable for a wide range of students,” Stapleford said. “This is a great opportunity to learn about other programs, even if you’re in a major right now, if you’re still not quite sure this is the one for you, this is a great chance to go and explore some other programs.” Schreier said students can really learn about what each department is like because both professors and students will be available. “You can find out about all the different classes you’d have to take, what the requirements are and if it’s possible to double major or minor,” Schreier said. Majors Night is a good time for students to learn about majors that are not as common or that might be unique to Notre Dame, Stapleford said. “[PLS] is unlike English or History, where students may have a rough idea of what they’re doing,” he said. “There are English departments in other universities. [PLS] is unique to Notre Dame. We get a chance to explain this to the students and answer any questions they might have.” Stapleford said the professors in attendance want to highlight the distinctive features of their disciplines for students so that it is easier for students to choose between majors. “In [PLS], there’s an emphasis on students who really love to read, students who like to think about ideas and write about ideas – students who have a broad range of interests.”last_img read more

Director speaks on alleviating financial concerns of college students

first_imgSarah Olson | The Observer Director of the Office of Student Enrichment Marc Burdell, a Notre Dame alumnus, speaks Monday night about decreasing the cost of a Notre Dame experience for low-income students through funding.The Office of Student Enrichment — founded in late 2015 — was the topic of conversation at the diversity and inclusion lecture series Monday night at Debartolo Hall. Director of the Office of Student Enrichment Marc Burdell spoke about the Office’s founding and its purpose — to help make Notre Dame financially feasible for low-income students.“The task was to figure out how to put together a new office that would really figure out how all of our students, regardless of socioeconomic status, first generation college status, non-traditional background or anything else for that matter, could feel welcome at the university,” Burdell said.Burdell, a Notre Dame alumnus, said he was particularly motivated to work in the office because he himself came from humble beginnings.“I showed up in 1983 without a winter coat, my dad worked in a grocery store and I was the first in my family to go to college,” Burdell said. “I didn’t have a dime, but it was awesome. I had the greatest experience.”Burdell said leaving for college as a low-income student brings with it many complications.“You don’t just unplug from your family’s situation,” Burdell said. “Many of our students here were helping to raise their families, helping to support their families and helping run their families. When they left, there’s a void there and there are also some feelings of guilt.”To help students deal with such issues, Burdell said the office has set up a peer-advising program.“We try to pair students who have been here and have gone through certain things with students who just got here and are likely going to go through similar experiences,” Burdell said.Due to its relatively recent founding, Burdell said one of the office’s priorities is to educate students on the office and the resources it can provide.“We need to inform our community and our campus as to what’s going on,” Burdell said. “We put a lot of time into making these presentations, having these conversations and really informing all of campus as to what we’re trying to do.”Thus far, Burdell said one of his main focuses has been to hear as many student voices as possible.“We have probably talked one-on-one or in small groups with somewhere between 700 and 800 students over the past 18 months,” he said.Burdell said he has learned that students are most concerned about financial aid and ensuring that money does not hold them back from having the Notre Dame experience. To help this problem, Burdell said the Office of Student Enrichment offers the Student Experience Fund, which is funded entirely by profits from The Shirt.“If you say ‘Hey, I need help with this or that, or I want to go to this conference, or I want to go to my dorm’s dance’, then the fund can probably help you out,” he said.Additionally, Burdell said the Office launched the Fighting Irish Scholars Pilot program this year, which aims to better fund 55 high-achieving, under-resourced students by providing them with $1,000 in cash and $1,000 in Domer Dollars.“We give this money to the students and let them decide on their own how to budget, how to choose their experience and how to meet their own needs,” Burdell said. “We’re not going to tell them how to do it.”Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Burdell spoke to the financial burden of a Notre Dame education. Burdell addressed financial concerns of students related to the campus experience and outside the cost of attendance. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: Diversity, inclusion, Office of Student Enrichmentlast_img read more

Video: Antonio Callaway’s Electrifying 85-Yard Punt Return TD Gave Florida A 7-2 Lead

first_imgAntonio Callaway runs away from Alabama defenders on his way to the endzone.All week long, the expert opinion contended that in order for Florida to hang with Alabama, the Gators would need to catch some breaks and create points with their defense or special teams. The Gators did just that moments ago when freshman wide receiver Antonio Callaway corralled an Alabama punt and sprinted 85 yards to give the Gators a 7-2 lead.HERE COMES FLORIDA. The Gators with the HUGE TD return in this @BestBuy highlight. https://t.co/r2cEGevtWp— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 5, 2015That’s some serious SEC speed.Callaway’s score energized the UF faithful in attendance in Georgia. Can the Gators keep it up and spring a huge upset?last_img

Community Tourism Policy Being Finalised

first_imgSeveral community-based projects within the tourist industry are to be implemented this year, as the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment seeks to finalise the Community Tourism Policy.Making the disclosure during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, July 2, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said the Ministry is moving to implement “practical and immediate programmes,” as the formal policy is being finalised.“During this financial year, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), through the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) project has allocated funding valued at $350 million, which will be used to implement community-based programmes across the island,” he said.The Minister noted that the call for these community-based projects has already been advertised in the print media, adding that the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo)will be available to assist the enterprises in the process of preparing their submissions.“The reach of community tourism can extend far beyond the tourism industry, generating increased capacity within communities, stronger community governance, employment creation and poverty reduction,” he said.Dr. McNeill further informed that under the initiative, a needs assessment study of the agricultural sector is to be conducted. In addition, funding is also to be identified for the development of a craft policy that will govern the craft industry. “The craft industry is an important sub-sector and it needs to have its own policy framework and growth agenda,” the Minister said. The community-based tourism policy seeks to implement strategies to assist enterprises that offer a community-based tourism product, to achieve further growth.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Locals Will Not Be Displaced By Foreigners In Global Logistics Hub Initiative – Minister Hylton

first_img Jamaican workers will be employed in significant numbers in the Global Logistics Hub Initiative Story Highlights There are already protocols in place to ensure that a fair ratio of local to foreign workers Government is seeking to ensure that it maximises employment opportunities for Jamaicans Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has assured that Jamaican workers will be employed in significant numbers in the Global Logistics Hub Initiative.Addressing journalists at a press briefing held on August 30, at the Ministry’s St. Lucia Avenue offices, Mr. Hylton said there should be no fear that local workers will be displaced by foreigners.He noted that while the Chinese-owned, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), is one of the leading foreign investors involved in the project, along with other international partners, Government is seeking to ensure that it maximises employment opportunities for Jamaicans.“We must get our people ready for the jobs and they must have world-class training and world-class standards. The Logistics Hub is a global asset, so there can’t be two standards, a Jamaican standard and a global standard – there can only be one standard,” he stated.Mr. Hylton further indicated that there are already protocols in place to ensure that a fair ratio of local to foreign workers are employed on all existing Chinese investment projects in the island.The Industry Minister also pointed out that the hub will be integrating Jamaica into the global economy given its world-wide connectivity and the integrated activities with the global value and supply chains.He noted that this will “link us into the global trading production systems, so it’s very important that we place due emphasis on training our people to world-class standards, which can be the only standard.”last_img read more

Grange Congratulates Miss Jamaica Universe Davina Bennett

first_imgThe Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated Miss Jamaica Universe Davina Bennett on her third place finish in the Miss Universe Pageant last evening (Sunday) in Las Vegas.“We’ll take 2nd runnerup but in our hearts you are number one and our queen,” Minister Grange said.The Minister said also that, “she displayed poise, confidence and the true Jamaican spirit during the show. Our Davina left her mark on the world and is an inspiration to other Jamaican young women.”last_img

Ottawa studies risk of pathogen transfers to wild sockeye from fish farms

first_imgVICTORIA – New research released by the federal government says there are minimal risks of farmed Atlantic salmon from British Columbia’s Discovery Islands transferring a deadly viral disease to wild sockeye making their way to the Fraser River.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said Wednesday the findings are the first in a series of investigations to assess the risk of pathogen transfer associated with aquaculture activities to wild fish in the islands, which are near Campbell River on Vancouver Island.The department said management practices on fish health at the B.C. farms, including a vaccine that is 95 per cent effective, minimizes the risk.“This full detailed risk assessment is the first robust analysis that has ever been completed for examining population level effects of fish pathogen transfer from farmed fish to wild fish,” said Jay Parsons, the department’s director of aquaculture.The research was released as part of a science advisory report on Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus, a disease that affects fish and trout raised in fresh and salt water.Parsons said the department will conduct risk assessments on nine other diseases known to impact farmed salmon.The risk assessments are part of the work it is doing to address recommendations in an October 2012 commission of inquiry report into the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.Justice Bruce Cohen made recommendations for improving the future sustainability of the fishery including placing a freeze on net-pen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands until September 2020.Cohen also said the Fisheries Department should prohibit farms in the area completely if it concludes the operations pose more than a minimal risk to Fraser River sockeye.The B.C. government announced Wednesday it will review fish processing plants to ensure waste materials from the operations do not affect wild salmon stocks.Jeremy Dunn of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association said the industry welcomes both government reviews and will co-operate fully.The area around the Broughton Archipelago off northern Vancouver Island has been the site of ongoing protests at Atlantic salmon farms this year by Indigenous people who say they fear the loss of wild salmon populations.last_img read more

North American markets close higher as increased oil prices drive the TSX

first_imgTORONTO – Investors shrugged of ongoing trade risks to send North American markets higher on Thursday, raising the potential for a larger eventual correction, says an investment expert.By not pricing in uncertainties, equity markets are becoming inflated and overvalued as trade issues have so far not hurt corporate earnings, said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“What that means is two to three quarters from now, if these trade wars actually hit the bottom line of corporations, they’re going to have a real surprise and selloff because you weren’t pricing it in along the way,” he said in an interview.“If it was a five-per-cent selloff, it’s not out of the question to see that traditional five-per-cent selloff now be a 10 or 15 per-cent selloff because the market does not price it in at all along the way.”He said the market is pricing in perfection even though they are late in nearly a 10-year positive cycle.“A correction this week, next week or next month should not be a surprise to any investors,” Pashootan said.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 35.34 points to 16,204.62 after hitting a high of 16,262.84 on 223.8 million shares traded.The index was led by the energy sector, which rose 1.77 per cent on the back of higher oil prices.The November crude contract was up 55 cents at US$72.12 per barrel.Also gaining were the information technology, telecom, consumer discretionary and industrials sectors.The healthcare sector led on the downside on the back of large decreases by cannabis stocks.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 54.65 points to 26,439.93. The S&P 500 index was up 8.03 points to 2,914, while the Nasdaq composite was up 51.60 points to 8,041.97.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.66 cents US compared with an average of 77.07 cents US Wednesday.The decrease in the loonie came a day after the Federal Reserve again raised interest rates and signalled that further hikes are likely. The Canadian dollar was hurt because those increases will come at a faster rate than Canada will be able to adopt because of the country’s high debt, said Pashootan.Uncertainty about NAFTA negotiations is also weighing down the Canadian dollar, he added.“It’s difficult to see a scenario where NAFTA gets settled and Canada negotiates a better deal than the one that’s in place now.”The November natural gas contract was up 7.6 cents at US$3.06 per mmBTU.The December gold contract lost US$11.70 at US$1,187.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 4.5 cents at US$2.78 a pound.last_img read more

Canada Post workers continue strikes await word on request for mediator

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada Post workers took their rotating strikes to Alberta and British Columbia today after rejecting the Crown corporation’s latest offer and asking that a mediator be appointed to help end the ongoing labour dispute.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says they have pickets set up in just two locations — Edmonton and Kelowna, B.C. — following a request late Saturday to bring in a third party.It came after the union let pass a time-sensitive proposal from Canada Post meant to stop strikes affecting about 42,000 urban employees and 8,000 rural and suburban carriers.A spokeswoman for Labour Minister Patty Hajdu wouldn’t say whether Ottawa would oblige the request for a mediator, but indicated it was a good sign that both sides remain committed to finding a solution.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a last-minute plea to the two sides late Saturday to resolve their differences, just hours before the midnight deadline on the Crown corporation’s offers expired.The strikes have created a huge backlog of undelivered mail, prompting some businesses to issue pleas for a resolution ahead of the busy Christmas shopping season.The Retail Council of Canada urged Ottawa to “bring an immediate end” to the rotating strikes through back-to-work legislation.Last week, eBay also called on the government to legislate an end to the dispute in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events tied to the American Thanksgiving.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Gold prices dip for another week

first_imgNew Delhi: The slide in gold prices continued for yet another week, with the yellow metal losing Rs 600 to close at Rs 33,170 per ten grams at the bullion market, tracking a weak trend overseas amid tepid demand from local jewellers. Silver followed suit and ended lower due to reduced offtake by industrial units and coin makers. Market remained closed on Monday on account of Mahashivratri. Traders said sentiment remained downbeat on a weak trend overseas and strengthening of rupee against the dollar, making imports of gold cheaper. Meanwhile, the rupee ended the week at 70.14 against the US dollar at the interbank forex market. Globally, gold ended the week higher at USD 1,298.70 an ounce and silver at USD 15.31 an ounce in New York. Besides, diversion of funds to the rising equity market and fading demand from local jewellers and retailers at the end of the wedding season too fuelled the downtrend. In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent purity commenced the week on a weak note at Rs 33,450 and slipped further to hit a low of 33,070 per 10 grams, largely in sync with weak global cues and tepid demand from local jewellers. Thereafter, it staged a partial recovery after gold rebounded from multi-week lows in the global market on safe haven demand as investors fretted over increased signs of a global slowdown. It finally ended the week at Rs 33,170, showing a hefty fall of Rs 600. Gold of 99.5 per cent purity too fell by the same amount to end the week at Rs 33,000 per 10 grams. Sovereign, however, moved in a narrow range in limited deals and settled Rs 100 lower at Rs 26,400 per piece of eight grams. Tracking the movement in gold, silver too opened with sustained weakness at Rs 39,500 per kg and dropped further to a low of Rs 38,980 before settling at Rs 39,900, showing a marginal fall of Rs 50. However, silver weekly-based delivery finished higher by Rs 428 to Rs 38,728 per kg after touching a low of Rs 38,202 during the week. Silver coins too plunged by Rs 1,000 to Rs 80,000 for buying and Rs 81,000 for selling of 100 pieces in limited deals.last_img read more