Jack Swarbrick, vice president and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics, and Patricia Bellia, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill professor of law and chair of the Faculty Board on Athletics spoke about COVID-19 in the Eck Institute for Global Health’s weekly “Consider This!” webinar episode. Titled “Pandemic and Athletics,” this session explored how the pandemic is affecting college athletics. Guest speakers Swarbrick and Bellia discussed the decision for Notre Dame to continue fall sports, the roles of National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Athletic Coast Conference and how the pandemic is affecting college athletics nationally. Swarbrick spoke of Notre Dame sports and the pandemic’s impact on student athletes and coaches, while Bellia explained how her perception of what the role the pandemic would play on athletics differed from reality. Notre Dame athletics has evolved on a daily basis as a result of the unprecedented times of the pandemic, Swarbrick said. He stays connected with others in the industry as much as he can, talking to a lot of athletic directors, commissioners and the media, in attempt to get an advanced warning of what is coming next. However, everything that has happened has been impossible to predict. “What I say at nine o’clock is probably wrong by noon, what I say at noon is probably wrong by three,” Swarbrick said. “It’s the life we’re all living.”The challenge he had was not knowing with certainty which conferences would subsequently make a decision to go conference only. The opportunities were there, but the risk could not be eliminated, which made the ACC the most attractive choice for Swarbrick. He noted the hardest thing for student athletes throughout the pandemic has been staying positive. Everything has changed, as students experience less interaction with their teammates and coaches. Student athletes were excited when they received the football schedule, Swarbrick said, as this gave them something to look forward to during times of uncertainty. Although the athletes spend a majority of their time practicing and training, Swarbrick recognizes that they are student athletes. “It’s important to remember that these are students first,” he said. “The critical dividing line in the future of athletics is having schools in the country staying committed to athletes as students.” As many people look forward to Notre Dame football in the fall, Swarbrick offered a few parting words to the audience, saying the Notre Dame community should be proud of the leadership of the University. He said he is amazed at the steps it has taken to give students the chance to be back on campus and to have a successful experience at Notre Dame. “Of all the things that the students tell me, the thing they say the most is, ‘I am excited to be back, I hope I can play, but I can’t tell you how appreciative I am for everything this University has done to give me a shot,’” Swarbrick said. Swarbrick was assured by the University’s leadership that the Notre Dame community will come together and figure out how to navigate the times successfully because he said he strongly believes it is a University and a community that can. Bellia, chair of the University’s Faculty Board on Athletics, has influenced the philosophy of athletics at Notre Dame. She keeps track of admissions, graduation rates and everything else at Notre Dame that impacts student athletes’ progress toward their degrees. However, the pandemic has introduced a new set of challenges for student athletes. Bellia did not appreciate how rapidly things would change on the intercollegiate landscape as a whole. It was not what she expected to happen, she said, and she emphasized the need for a statement of values for all colleges. Notre Dame has a unique structure and depth of involvement, and Bellia said she does not see the University’s specific set of policies replicated at any other institution in Division I. “For Notre Dame, [they] have a statement that says, ‘Here’s what we are about. Here are the principles about academics that we cherish. Here are the principles about student welfare that we cherish. Here’s what we expect from our coaches, here’s what we expect of our administrators. Here’s what we want the life of a student-athlete to look like,’” Bellia said. Using her personal experience as an athlete in college, Bellia continues to work to facilitate the lives of the student-athletes at Notre Dame. Notre Dame provides many benefits for its student athletes to have the best opportunity to get the education they signed on for, she said . Tags: COVID-19, Notre Dame Athletics, student athlethes
How do you choose between the love of your life and man’s best friend? 2015 Tony nominees Annaleigh Ashford and Julie White, along with Robert Sella, will lead a production of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia on Broadway. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the comedy is set to begin previews on September 25 at a Shubert theater to be announced. Additional casting will be revealed later.Ashford will play Sylvia. She was Tony nominated for her performance in this season’s You Can’t Take It With You; she also received a Tony nod for Kinky Boots and has additionally been seen on the Great White Way in Hair, Legally Blonde and Wicked. White will take on the role of Kate. A 2015 Tony nominee for Airline Highway, she won the Tony for The Little Dog Laughed; additional Broadway credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Sella will appear as Tom/Phyllis/Lesli; his resume includes Stuff Happens, Sleepy Hollow and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.Has your pet changed your life? Have you ever wondered what she’s thinking when she stares up at you and tilts her head? Could she have the secret to understanding the world at large and your place in it? Or is she just more interested in how your shoe tastes? In Sylvia, the world of a middle-aged New York couple is turned topsy-turvy when the husband brings home an exceptionally engaging canine running loose in Central Park.Sylvia was first produced off-Broadway in 1995 at the Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, where it ran for 167 performances; this will be the first time it has been seen on the Main Stem. Sylvia Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016
– Advertisement – The longtime television personality, who began his stint on the game show in 1984, publicly revealed in March 2019 that he suffered from stage IV pancreatic cancer.“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer,” he announced in a YouTube video on March 6. “Now, normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m gonna fight this and I’m gonna keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”The ABC series thanked its fanbase for their support two days after Trebek’s announcement. “The outpouring of good wishes and support in response to Alex’s recent health news has been humbling and overwhelming,” the tweet read. “Please know that your messages are being conveyed to him and are deeply appreciated. From everyone at Jeopardy! – thank you.”Alex Trebek at the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame Awards in Las Vegas on April 9, 2018. Robb Cohen/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – Jeopardy host Alex Trebek died on Sunday, November 8, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,” the game show’s official account tweeted on Sunday.- Advertisement – Nearly two months later, the Canada native told Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts that he was doing his best to stay strong, despite his setbacks, which also included kidney stones and ruptured discs.“I’m used to dealing with pain,” he said in the interview, which aired on May 1, before admitting that it hasn’t been easy to remain optimistic. “But what I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eye. I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m a bit of a wuss.”Trebek is survived by his wife, Jean Currivan, and their two children, Matthew, 30, and Emily, 27.- Advertisement –
The results of the research conducted by the regional research center “TIM” from Novi Sad, confirmed that the premiere edition of the Sea Star Festival in Umag this year has contributed to the Croatian tourism industry more than 60 million kuna.The new festival organized by Exit from the first announcement to the final opening, due to great interest has tripled the initial capacity and doubled the number of festival zones in the Umag resort Stella Maris, while according to official data of the Tourist Board of Umag, all accommodation facilities in the city and surrounding places , were filled. Thus, according to the data of the Umag Tourist Board, in relation to the pre-festival weekend in Umag and its surroundings, the number of visits increased by as much as 220%!The festival was visited by more than 25 fans from 28 to 50.000 May, and as many as 93% of them came from outside Umag, and the host city in hospitality is followed by the Istrian County, which was visited by as many as 85% of guests from abroad! The survey also found that each of these visitors spent an average of 292 euros during the festival, according to organizers, which was conducted on a representative sample of visitors with purchased tickets.The research of visitors also shows that they stayed in Umag for an average of three days, and the list of about 40 countries from which guests came to the festival includes Great Britain, the Netherlands, France and most countries on the European continent. from nearby Slovenia and Italy. Visitors from Western Europe spent a bit more, with 310 euros in the end, or 103 euros per day, and it is interesting that visitors from the countries of the region with an average of 305 euros, or slightly more than 100 euros, did not lag behind. Daily.”After the exceptional start of the Sea Star Festival, which exceeded all expectations, a historic chance was created for Sea Star to grow into one of the most important music festivals in the Mediterranean and one of the most important brands in Umag, Istria and the entire region. According to the experience from Exit, with this initial energy, Sea Star will shine on the European map of the festival for a long time”, Said the director and founder of EXIT festival Dusan Kovacevic and adds that visitors, numerous performers, both international and regional who traveled by road in Istria, and more than 300 journalists from around the world in the superlatives themselves spoke about the beauties, gastronomic offer and acceptance by the host.Also, the whole story needs to include the media value and coverage of the festival, which is certainly not negligible when we talk about branding and promotion of a tourist destination. As Kovačić points out, this year the festival received numerous awards from the world media, so some of the most influential British media aimed at the younger population, such as DJ Mag, Billboard, IQ, Mixmag, gave their recommendations for Sea Star as well as for a holiday in Umag. , Pulse Radio, Festpop and many others. Unfortunately, the real media value, ie the reach of the Sea Satar Festival, has not been done, but certainly this information, which is extremely important, should be added to the total tourist consumption.Research also shows that the highly educated make up as much as two thirds, and the average age of the Sea Star festival audience is 26,2 years, which puts them in a higher pay group. Visitors were mostly accommodated in apartments, private accommodation and hotels. The research also showed that the vast majority, over 80%, visited Umag exclusively because of the Sea Star festival, while over 95% of respondents said that their opinion of Umag improved or remained equally positive after the festival! Also, as many as 95.3% of respondents estimated that the Stella Maris complex is an excellent or good location for holding festivals.Investing in events is not a cost, but an investment If we want to have a good attendance and a good story, we must invest, ie invest money in quality content. Without content there is no story, no visitors and ultimately no interest. The goal is to offer quality products and services that visitors are willing to pay and consume, and of course the story of the event as the main motive for coming. The most important thing is to complete the whole story, both to the visitors and to the partners who are inside the festival through catering and other facilities. The event must be a win-win-win for everyone, because if only one element is missing, everything falls into the water.But the most important message is that investing in events is not a cost, but an investment, of course if we look at the long term and work on developing a large event that becomes a motive for coming. With the arrival of as many visitors as possible, such as the good example of the Sea Star Festival, a tourist overnight stay is generated as well as the most important tourist spending. If there is no spending, there is no interest, and interest is the earnings of all partners. Everything pulls one after another, so the organization of events is a serious job that consists of a lot of elements that complement each other.If you want to develop events, then you have to invest money, because one does not go without the other. Without investing in production, the whole experience and quality development, the money invested is a cost and thrown to the wind because we did not complete the whole story, ie get a sufficient number of visitors and, accordingly, not tourist spending. An excellent example is Advent in Zagreb, which achieved 120.000 arrivals and 230.000 overnight stays, and according to the conducted research, generated an estimated consumption of 390 to 438 million kuna.And don’t forget, content is king and the motive for coming.Related news:FIND OUT HOW MUCH ADVENT GENERATED TOURIST SPENDING IN ZAGREBSMALL EVENTS AS THE ESSENCE OF OUR TOURISMTHE ESSENCE OF TOURISM IN ISTRIA – SO SIMPLE AND SO INGENIOUS 100 MILES OF ISTRIA AS A GREAT TOURIST STORY THAT WILL GENERATE 5.000 NIGHTS
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British passenger David Abel, who became a minor celebrity with his upbeat video messages in the early days of the quarantine – including a cheeky request to the captain for whisky – typified the mood shift aboard.”It’s all getting to us now and it’s not just me, it’s the other passengers as well. It’s the not-knowing factor that is the real challenge. Mentally, it’s now taking its toll. Right now, it’s very hard to remain focused on anything,” he said.He later announced he and his wife Sally had tested positive.China announced Wednesday there were 1,749 new infections, the lowest number of new cases this month. All but 56 new cases were in the epicenter of Hubei province.Michael Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies program, said the outbreak was “very serious” and could grow, but stressed that outside Hubei, it was “affecting a very, very tiny, tiny proportion of people.”There have been 900 cases around the world, with five deaths in France, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong.But in Japan, some have raised concerns about allowing people from the cruise ship to board flights home or spread out into the notoriously crowded Japanese capital.Kentaro Iwata, a professor at the infectious diseases division of Kobe University, blasted the on-ship quarantine as a “major failure, a mistake”.”It is highly likely secondary infections occurred,” Iwata told AFP, saying skepticism from abroad of the quarantine was “only natural”.He later said in a video published online that he was self-quarantining after a brief visit to the ship where he raised major concerns about the procedures on board.”It was completely chaotic,” he said.Several countries appear to have lost patience with the on-board quarantine and have prepared chartered planes to bring back their citizens.In the first such evacuation Monday, more than 300 Americans flew home even though 14 of the passengers had tested positive.Early Wednesday, South Korea flew six of its nationals plus a Japanese spouse to Seoul. They will be placed in isolation for 14 days, the Yonhap news agency reported.Britain, Hong Kong and Australia are among other countries that have vowed to repatriate people from the ship but will insist on a further 14-day quarantine on home soil.Nathalie MacDermott, a medical expert at King’s College London, stressed the importance of continued quarantine even after leaving the ship.”Given the circumstances on board the Diamond Princess, those passengers leaving the boat should be managed in a similar manner to those individuals departing a highly affected city or region,” said MacDermott.She recommended “further 14-day self isolation or quarantine period would be advisable even in the absence of symptoms.”Disembarkation is expected to take around three days as more test results become available. Anyone who has had contact with an infected passenger will have to undergo 14 more days in quarantine.In addition, the crew will begin a new quarantine when the last passenger has disembarked.But people in Yokohama appeared supportive of the decision to allow the passengers out despite the virus fears.”I am sure those people on board must be really worried. I hope they can go back to their normal life soon,” said 51-year-old Isamu Habiro.”As a Yokohama resident, I don’t want them to be treated unfairly. I want to cheer for them,” Habiro told AFP.Topics : For some 500 passengers allowed to disembark after testing negative, a difficult 14-day quarantine period has come to an end after their dream cruise turned into a nightmare of fear and crushing boredom confined in many cases to small windowless cabins.”NEGATIVE! Me, son, husband, mom and dad! Thank you Lord for protecting us… So emotional now,” tweeted passenger Yardley Wong, who has been cooped up with her six-year-old son.Those with no symptoms and a negative test received an official certificate saying they posed “no risk of infection of nCoV, as the said person has also presented no symptoms including fever at the time of infection.”But not everyone was so lucky. Relieved passengers began leaving a coronavirus-wracked cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after testing negative for the disease that has now claimed more than 2,000 lives in China.The Diamond Princess has proved a fertile breeding ground for the virus with at least 542 positive cases, and there is mounting criticism of Japan’s handling of quarantine arrangements as passengers ready to disperse into the wider world.The ship is the biggest cluster outside China, where new figures showed the death toll surging beyond 2,000 with more than 74,000 infected. Hundreds more cases have been reported in two dozen countries.
Hill added that the Commission was looking to identify “factors negatively affecting long-term investment and growth”, with the cross-border taxation of pension investments identified as one area in need of reform.The Commission said it would promote best practice and develop a code of conduct on withholding taxes across the single market and examine, in 2017, any discriminatory taxes hampering cross-border investment by pension funds.It warned member states it would launch infringement procedures against countries in breach of EU law.Reaction from the European pensions and asset management industry groups was guarded but positive.PensionsEurope chair Joanne Segars said the organisation welcomed the comprehensive approach on financing future economic growth but added that the Action Plan had the “potential” to remove cross-border investment barriers.Matti Leppälä, director general of the organisation, added: “The publication of the Action Plan means the EU can now take concrete steps to overcome the remaining obstacles and improve investment opportunities for pension funds and other institutional investors.“PensionsEurope stands ready to contribute.”The European Fund and Asset Management Association welcomed the idea of a pan-European personal pension to bring about a “truly” single market. “The current market fragmentation,” it added, “makes economies of scale impossible to achieve and limits the choice of pension products and pension providers.”The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants also greeted the plan favourably but warned against hasty design or poor implementation.Representing the retail investor sector, including pension interests, Better Finance also qualified its welcome with the caution that the initiative must “involve and attract EU citizens as individual investors”. The European Commission has vowed to review “discriminatory” EU member state tax policies as it detailed plans to boost cross-border investment by the pensions sector.Publishing its Action Plan on the Capital Markets Union (CMU), the Commission released proposals aimed at growing the European securitisation market, which it estimated could boost investment in Europe by €100bn if it once again reached pre-crisis levels.It also launched a consultation on covered bonds and accepted proposals by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority that certain infrastructure investments should qualify as a standalone asset class under Solvency II.Jonathan Hill, commissioner for financial stability, said the CMU was about “creating the right conditions for more funding to flow from Europe’s savers to Europe’s businesses”.
A proposal that will see Switzerland’s first pillar pension fund receive an additional CHF2bn (€1.8bn) in annual contributions was passed in a referendum yesterday.The funding plan for AHV/AVS pensions, which was linked to a proposal for corporate tax reform, was supported by around two-thirds of the voting public, according to media reports.The outcome means increased contributions to the first pillar pension plan for employers, employees and the federal government. The extra CHF2bn are due from 2020. Switzerland’s federal social security office has calculated that the AHV/AVS fund will run out of assets by the end of 2030 if no measures to address the funding imbalance are adopted before then. Compenswiss, the CHF34.3bn (€30bn) manager of the AHV/AVS and other statutory social security plans, has been selling assets to address its cashflow problem. Last month it said the first pillar pension plan lost CHF2.2bn in 2018, CHF1bn of which was down to a cashflow shortfall and CHF1.2bn down to investment results.The Swiss employers’ association, UPS, said the result of yesterday’s referendum “does not change the fact that the cabinet and parliament must get down to a genuine reform of the AHV without wasting time”.“Precious time” to put the first pillar on a sustainable footing had been lost with Sunday’s vote, the association added.SGB, Switzerland’s trade union confederation, meanwhile, said the Yes vote “created room and time for reform of the state pension plan in the interest of the entire population,” and that the emphasis needed to be on contributions.It reiterated its opposition to an increase of the general pension age and the pension age for women.The trade union has argued that consequences of the baby boom for the pension system are a temporary phenomenon that can be handled with additional financing. It is calling for state pensions to be expanded with the addition of an extra month’s pension.
Exxon shareholders staged a significant rebellion yesterday at the company’s annual general meeting registering 40.8% support for a proposal to separate the positions of chair and CEO.In addition, 29.8% backed calls for a board matrix to include each director’s gender and ethnicity, as well as their skills and other attributes relating to the company’s business, long-term strategy and risks.The proposal on an independent chair was filed by the Kestrel Foundation and presented by the Church Commissioners for England, which backed both proposals along with the New York State Common Retirement Fund (NYSCRF).The two asset owners had previously filed a resolution asking Exxon to disclose emissions reduction targets, but this was barred by US regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission at Exxon’s request. The Church Commissioners, acting as part of the engagement initiative Climate Action 100+, were joined by Scott Stringer, New York City comptroller, and four of New York City’s five pension funds, who filed the second proposal. ExxonMobil shareholders voiced their dissatisfaction with the board at its AGM yesterdayHowever, Edward Mason, head of responsible investment for the Church Commissioners, who presented both proposals, underlined the connection between governance and action on climate change.Mason said: “This has been a very difficult AGM for Exxon and a warning shot to management. The result of Exxon refusing to put our shareholder proposal to the vote is that investors have simply expressed their frustration at Exxon’s governance on other ballot items.”He added: “Today’s increased support for the separation of chair and chief executive, in the face of board opposition, is a measure of investors’ profound dissatisfaction.“We now expect the company immediately to institute the intensive, meaningful engagement on climate strategy with Climate Action 100+ investors that it has delayed for too long.”
LocalNews Public Service of Dominica not politicised by: – January 10, 2012 Tweet 18 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, Mr. Felix Gregoire. The opening of the year 2012 is an opportune time to extend warmest New Year’s greetings to all citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica and to thank all Government Employees for their dedication, commitment and diligence during 2011.In recent times, the perception being given in the media is that the Public Service of the Commonwealth of Dominica is politicised. This perception is totally baseless. The Public Service has served the general public with integrity and impartiality and will certainly continue to do so without fear or favour in 2012 and beyond.Section 68 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica states: “Where any Minister has been charged with responsibility for any department of Government, he shall exercise general direction and control over that department; and, subject to such direction and control, every department of Government shall be under the supervision of a public officer whose office is referred to in this Constitution as the office of a Permanent Secretary:”. This section of the Constitution clearly describes the relationship between the Minister and the Permanent Secretary, which demands that in the management of a Department or Ministry the Minister and Permanent Secretary must work together in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Put simply, the Minister is responsible for policy direction with the advice of the Permanent Secretary while the Permanent Secretary is responsible for the administrative aspects, which include the implementation of policy, rules and regulations.Government’s policy framework is outlined in the Growth and Social Protection Strategy (GSPS) which has been developed with the input of various stakeholders, culminating with the final approval of the Cabinet. Presently the GSPS is being revised for the second time.Given that Government’s policy is outlined in the GSPS, there should be no conflict between the Minister and Permanent Secretary in the implementation of such policy.With respect to the recruitment and promotion of public officers, this responsibility rests with the Public Service Commission. In the performance of its duties the Commission receives recommendations from Permanent Secretaries and Head of Departments, (never from Ministers). The decisions of the Commission are final except in the case of officers to be appointed under Section 86 of the Constitution which requires the Prime Minister to give a “no objection” to these appointments. This “no objection” is enshrined in Section 86 (1) of the Constitution and has been exercised by every Prime Minister since 1978.Permanent Secretaries and Head of Departments are public officers who have worked their way upwards through the various ranks within the Public Service, and have served various administrations (Governments). These officers, after completing their professional training overseas, have returned to Dominica to serve their country through thick and thin. Many of them could have landed lucrative jobs overseas, but decided to remain in Dominica to contribute to the national development.It should be noted that the few advisors engaged by the Government operate within their terms of reference and are not public officers, although they may report to a Permanent Secretary.There may not always be agreement between Ministers and Permanent Secretaries on the specific manner in which programmes are implemented, but this has been managed through the observance of public service rules and regulations, and of course the will to see progress and development in the country.Senior public officers have the discipline to separate personal opinion and agenda from professional advice and good work ethics, given the need to account to their superiors as well as set the example for subordinates and officers under their supervision.The Public Service of Dominica is an institution. Many persons have entered and left the public service and various Governments have been in and out of office. Through all these, the Public Service has remained as an institution established by the Dominica Constitution. The recent Public Service Reform Programmes have been designed mainly to increase productivity in the Public Service. These improvements have produced tremendous results at the Inland Revenue, Customs and Registry for example, while improvements will soon follow in other areas. In conclusion, there is need for the Public Service, like any other institution, to continuously examine its operations, policies and programmes to ensure achievement of targeted development objectives. Therefore, any input, feedback or suggestions that will support the valiant efforts of the Public Service in this endeavour, would be welcomed.Felix GregoireSECRETARY TO THE CABINET & HEAD OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE