Notre Dame welcomes new rectors to campus

first_imgIn some campus residence halls, freshmen and transfer students won’t be the only new residents this week. New rectors will welcome students in Breen-Phillips Hall, Farley Hall, Keenan Hall, Stanford Hall and Zahm House as they transition into their jobs as dorm leaders. Associate Vice President for Residential Life Heather Rakoczy Russell said rectors have four important roles within their dorms: pastoral leader, chief administrator, community builder and university resource. Backgrounds in each of these areas are the criteria the University uses to hire new rectors, she said. “We’re looking for people who are trained in theology, ministry, education – specifically higher education – and that they have a sense of themselves and their work and mission in ministry, education, student development and formation of the whole person,” Russell said. Scott Opperman, rector of Zahm House and a former Notre Dame graduate student, said the intersection of all these areas influenced his decision to apply to be a rector at the University. “I will try to integrate academics and spirituality into residence life, and Notre Dame does that very well already,” Opperman said. “I believe in the Holy Cross charism and mission that the University of Notre Dame has … I love Notre Dame so much so it’s just a perfect fit for me.” Stephan Johnson, rector of Stanford Hall, said working with young people is one of the best parts of his job. “I feel really fortunate to be here, and I think it’s a tremendous calling to have an opportunity to affect so many of God’s great children,” Johnson said. “Every time I see them, they inspire me, and they give me personally a sense of hope about the world.” Sr. Mary Catherine McNamara, rector of Breen-Phillips Hall, is a Sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, and she said in a statement that being a rector has great religious significance for her. “Simply put, it is a ‘God-thing,’” she said. “I believe God is inviting me to accept the challenge and embrace the opportunity to carry on the rich tradition of serving as Rector of Breen-Phillips Hall. It seems to be a natural next step on my journey of ministry.” Although previous ties to Notre Dame are not required, some rectors have a long history with the University. Elizabeth Moriarty, rector of Farley Hall, lived in Farley as an undergraduate and also received a master’s degree in divinity from the University. “I am humbled to be returning to Notre Dame, yet again, to be the next rector of Farley Hall, which I believe is the result of the divine intervention of my dear friend and confirmation sponsor, Sr. Jean Lenz,” she said in a statement. Lenz passed away in January. Noel Terranova, rector of Keenan Hall, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in theology at Notre Dame. He said in a statement he hopes his faith will guide him to be a good leader in his dorm. “I feel it is a noble calling to guide young people through a transitional period in their adult development that will have a deep and formative impact on how they live the rest of their lives,” Terranova said. “I pray that Spirit will guide me so that the men of Keenan will know me as a strong leader, with firm convictions and a gentle heart.” Opperman said he looks forward to promoting a welcoming culture in Zahm House and celebrating the dorm’s 75th anniversary this year. “We’re going to strive to be the most inclusive and welcoming Notre Dame residential community,” Opperman said. “Another fundamental thing is we have to respect, care for and love ourselves and others, and we’re going to do that in an exceptional way.” Johnson said building community is also important for him in Stanford Hall, and he is working to institute a big brother program within the dorm. But his first goal is to emphasize service, he said. “My primary goal is that we become known all over campus as the hall that dedicates itself to serving others,” Johnson said. “One of the themes of our year is ‘Fend for Others.’ We’re going to get the guys out of the dorm and into some of the impoverished areas in our community and even challenge them to go beyond that.” Russell said she is impressed with this year’s group of new rectors, and she is excited to see what they will accomplish. “I am delighted,” she said. “What all of these rectors share in common is a deep connection to Notre Dame.”last_img read more

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first_img– TAP Portugal starts flights Milan-Lisbon from 1.6.2020. USA – data from Friday 15.05.2020. – Measures to help save tourism, which include the preservation of jobs for employees in tourism, which are currently almost 100% at the employment office, exceed 19 billion euros. Measures of massive care for tourist workers have been extended until September.  BENELUX – Regarding the opening of borders, they believe that this is crucial for Slovenian tourism. In the coming days, they will intensively prepare protocols with neighboring countries that have a similar epidemiological picture as Slovenia, those who have a good health system are prepared to introduce measures if the spread of the virus occurs. They expect and want to establish such a protocol as soon as possible with Austria and part of Italy where they have a similar situation as Slovenia. -Interior Minister Seehofer said the goal of easing controls was to establish freedom of movement within Europe from mid-June – The game is, of course, very sensitive: tourism – according to the World Bank – represents 20 percent of GDP in Greece, and in Croatia (24%), Portugal (18%), Spain (15%) and Italy (13%) . The opening of hotels and beaches in the coming months in these countries is crucial for a faster economic recovery. Everyone is formally looking for a common European solution. But behind the scenes, many are looking for shortcuts in case of a stalemate in Brussels. Austria and Germany have announced that the borders will reopen from 15 June. Austria wants to do the same with Switzerland. Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia will abolish border controls in two days. Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron are studying the agreement to avoid quarantine those traveling between those countries, while Spain has just reaffirmed its isolation obligation for those entering the country. Self-initiated tourist corridors are being prepared: Greece has already reached an agreement with Israel on a health protocol that could activate the arrivals of one million visitors. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mistotakis has organized several conference calls with his counterparts in Australia, Norway, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Singapore to study bilateral acts on common rules on admission to hotels and health passports. The entire industry in the sector, of course, is committed to minimizing obstacles within tight deadlines. Ryanair has announced that – if there aren’t too many obstacles like quarantine – 40% of the fleet will fly again from early July while Easyjet and Wizzair are ready for a gradual recovery. – The Israeli Ministry of Tourism has signed a one-year marketing contract with TravelBrands, one of the leading travel groups in Canada, to develop a successful campaign aimed at promoting Israeli tourism. This project will focus on positioning Israel as a dynamic destination dealing with all tourism segments such as historical and cultural tourism, MICE, adventure tourism and gastronomy. – A large part of the economic damage comes down to a change in consumer behavior – Schiphol Airport in April recorded a drop in traffic of 90% compared to the same month last year. In total, only 127 passengers passed through the airport in April, compared to the 000 million passengers the airport had last year. The number of passengers fell by 6,1%, while the number of cargo flights increased by 98%. 14/05/2020 – From Saturday 16.5. at the German borders with Austria, France, Switzerland and Denmark, controls will be carried out only on individual passengers 14/05/2020 – Foreign citizens who show signs of infection with the virus at the entrance to Slovenia are not allowed to enter the country automatically. Quarantine is still mandatory for persons coming from third countries unless they are visiting close families or have to go to a funeral or do business within the same day. – Controls on the border with Luxembourg will be abolished from Saturday 16.05. – In Italy, 6 low cost airlines have joined forces, accounting for more than 50 percent of total flights from Italy to nearby destinations. BlueAir, EasyJet, Norwegian, Ryanair, Volotea and Vueling have formed a new association AICALF that will represent the interests of low-cost airlines in relation to the Italian state authorities and other institutional bodies. The Italian economy has suffered a huge blow from the coronavirus crisis, and the association will focus on saving jobs and economic growth, and will launch flights across Italy in the near future, boosting the Italian economy. In particular, the association will focus on trying to restore the competitiveness of Italian air transport. The aim will be to ensure that air transport can play a fundamental role in boosting the Italian economy by continuing to create jobs and increase GDP, thus ensuring that the damage currently suffered by Italy is temporary and short-lived. Italy, meanwhile, has re-nationalized Alitalia with an injection of 3,7 billion euros. ICELAND GERMANY Data from Thursday 14.05.2020 Last year’s financial turnover of this tour operator amounted to CHF 100 million, of which 70% was related to foreign programs. Given the COVID-19 crisis and the fall in booking by 50-70%, by introducing domestic programs, tailored to the needs of Swiss guests, STC in cooperation with travel agencies wants to overcome the crisis. – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at yesterday’s press conference that it is not yet clear when and to what extent Dutch citizens will be able to travel on holiday this summer. Rutte considers it important to preserve the Dutch travel industry and airlines, and that until the European Union launches proceedings against the countries, tour operators can continue to issue vouchers. It is still unclear what the decision will be in Europe regarding holidays. – The decree was previously repealed in North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition to EU countries, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland have also been exempted from quarantine. This should make it easier to travel to neighboring countries.  – The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a second warning to airlines about paying refunds to customers whose flights have been canceled due to a coronavirus epidemic. According to ABC News, DOT officials received more than 25.000 complaints about the lack of a refund between March and April, well above the usual 1.500 identical complaints to the Ministry per month. State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Elaine Chao, confirmed that an investigation has been launched into an “unprecedented number of complaints” and that she will make sure that all carriers follow the policy of refunding the funds recommended by the Ministry. “The department is asking all airlines to revise their customer service policies and ensure that they are as flexible and attentive as possible to the needs of passengers facing financial difficulties during that time,” Chao said in a statement. The CNTB office, in cooperation with the most important travel portal in Hungary, agreed to publish a post on their FB page, in which the main prize is a voucher for 2 people, 3 BB services at the Falkensteiner Hotel Iadora in Zadar. The post was purposefully published yesterday, on a rainy day, it also published information about the opening of the border, and it caused unprecedented reactions – in just a few hours, the post collected 2300 likes, 5100 comments and 420 shares. In the comments, many people wrote that they would like to visit Croatia this year, and the total reach so far is 224000! THURSDAY 14.05.2020. -Travel organizer Switzerland Travel Center, the largest travel organizer in Switzerland focused on foreign travel, turns to domestic programs and includes in the offer attractive programs available through travel agencies. 14/05/2020 NORWAY- After announcing on Wednesday that all passengers on the plane will have to wear protective masks, Norwegian changed its decision today and is waiting for the decision of the European Aviation Authorities on measures to control the infection in aircraft. – Austria announces a joint agreement on the opening of borders between Central European countries in mid-June, namely Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and France. The opening of the borders between Austria and Italy is not yet in the plan of gradual opening, as well as the relaxation of measures restricting the entry of passenger traffic with Spain. With the opening of borders with Germany on June 15, Austria plans to gradually relax border measures and controls with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia. – The coronavirus pandemic had the strongest impact on passenger air traffic in April, BUD airport announced. While Budapest Airport had 2019 passengers in April 1, this year there were only 337 passengers last month. The average daily passenger traffic in April 871 was 9870; that number in the same month this year was 2019 passengers / day, including days when traffic did not reach 44.  – Travel organizer Bentour is optimistic about summer programs in Turkey and states that travel in July is likely. – Lufthansa Group plans to establish 1.800 weekly flights by the end of July. Talks are still being held at the European Commission, and Rutte is still unable to give citizens a recommendation on whether they can count on being able to spend the summer or not this summer, as talks are still being held at European and European level. hopes an agreement will be reached in the next 2-3 weeks.  – Virtuoso Travel Week will be held virtually, and the opening ceremony is scheduled for August 10th. In addition to other elements that will be announced soon, a seminar on sustainability “Under one sky” will be held. Dates of the event: August 9-13. – The president of the Italian association Federazione italiana campeggiatori Giovanni Grassi, which has 190 clubs, said that the camps have no problem with accommodation, but questions are asked about the bathroom, common areas, social distancing, use of showers and kitchens, etc. So far more has been canceled of 50% of bookings and there is also the problem of charging the annual rent of campers or mobilhome in campsites, but I see that institutions care more about hotels than campsites. Hoping to open on May 16, we are waiting for government guidance. Faita Federacamping president Maurizio Vianello said turnover in the sector is expected to fall by more than 50 percent. If lucky, overnight stays will drop from 67 million to 30 million. HUNGARY FRANCE 14/05/2020 – The government has confirmed that it will financially protect vouchers issued instead of refunds for delayed trips due to COVID-19, if future trips are also canceled or companies run into financial problems. – Yesterday in the afternoon, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia announced the end of the epidemic in Slovenia at its evening session. With this decision, two things change, the first being that with today’s date 15.05. the obligatory seven-day quarantine for all those who will arrive on the territory of the state is abolished (valid only for residents from EU countries) and that from 31.05. measures adopted by the anti-crown law cease to be valid.  – The Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization congratulated Viktor Orbán on resolving the crisis in the tourism sector, MTI said. The UN Secretary-General, who specializes in tourism, wrote that they were closely monitoring “the incredible work of the Hungarian government in this extraordinary crisis”. Zurab Pololikashvili congratulated Viktor Orbán on his commitment and efforts to help the travel and tourism industry in the social and economic crisis caused by the outbreak of the corona virus, the spokesman said. – Hungarian B2B media write about the possibilities of traveling within the surrounding countries and opening borders, including Croatia. The information is rather vague, mostly talking about business reasons, but no information has been passed on that tourists can enter Croatia with a reservation in one of the accommodation facilities. As the main problem, they cite the obligation of isolation only for 14 days upon return, as well as movement within Hungary, which is still forbidden to Budapest residents. – TUI also reacted to yesterday’s recommendations of the European Commission. On the one hand, TUI is satisfied with the fact that the European Commission accepts vouchers as an important means of protecting and preserving the European tourism industry, but at the same time regrets that the Commission does not agree on a temporary change in European legislation. it is still not fully resolved nor is it sustainable for tour operators, as the refund in cash remains valid, which most tour operators are currently unable to meet. TUI fully understands and is aware of all the rights of consumers who prefer a refund instead of issuing a voucher, but at the same time hopes that consumers will have an understanding for the extremely difficult financial situation and conditions in which tour operators and the travel industry currently find themselves.  Given the evolution of the health crisis and the latest developments and decisions regarding travel restrictions, SETO (association of French tour operators) today recommended to its members to postpone all departures until June 26. They had previously issued a recommendation to postpone all travel until May 30th. SETO represents 80% of French tour operators. – According to the Association of “Hungarian Baths”, it is certainly not expected that they will completely lift the restrictions in Hungarian bathrooms by next summer. For now, the spa that opens can accommodate half the number of guests, and only outdoor pools can be used. Precise and detailed working conditions, binding for all baths, were received from the National Center for Public Health (NNC). Based on them, the number of guests that one spa can receive is limited to half, so each spa can operate with approximately half of its usual capacity. 14/05/2020 POLAND SWITZERLAND 15/05/2020Since June, Swiss Air has been gradually establishing passenger traffic with 190 flights to 41 European destinations. Flights will operate from Zurich and Geneva to Malaga, Barcelona, ​​Madrid and Valencia in Spain; Brindisi, Florence, Naples and Rome in Italy; and for Gothenburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris, Brussels, Moscow, Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Lisbon, London and Porto. – French AIRBUS is announcing a restructuring that could cause the dismissal of 10% of employees, which means more than 10.000 workers. – The Dutch association of tour operators ANVR states that in case their members achieve 20% of last year’s booking, this year they will already consider it a good result. Tour operator Corendon states that they hope to achieve about 30-35% of last year’s result. ANVR also states that if travel during the summer months is not possible, many tour operators and travel agents will not be able to survive without an elaborate plan and assistance from the state, as the sector suffers damage not only from declining revenues but also from damage caused by numerous cancellations. travel or cancel – The European Commission has concluded that in the case of airline tickets, customers should be paid in full for canceled airline tickets due to the coronavirus epidemic or issued vouchers with which customers can subsequently take advantage of canceled flights. However, the airline can only issue a voucher with the client’s consent. It is a measure that has greatly disappointed the airlines of 12 European countries. – Although the number of those who would engage in the activities they engaged in last year continues to increase, there are still a large number of Americans who are still reluctant to travel to distant destinations. The latest survey also compared the public’s willingness to engage in a variety of travel and activities now, weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks and during the Great Recession (2009). Although engagement lags behind the previous two crises, the Sports and Leisure Research Group says the latest results show consistency in consumer hesitation compared to previous surveys. “Our ability to compare today’s findings with previous crises in 2001 and 2009 makes our 2020 survey particularly relevant,” said Rich Thau, president and co-founder of Engaious. Exactly half of U.S. citizens (50%) firmly agreed that at the end of September 2001, “going on vacation to a destination more than 500 miles away is a priority for them and their families in the next 12 months) so, after 9/11, a one-time event; “Now, during a pandemic, 35% of respondents responded positively in the first survey conducted on April 1, 2020. The conclusion is that for Americans, travel has become a way of life that they do not want to give up even during serious health disasters. The number further jumped to 40% in a survey conducted on April 22, 2020, now in the latest poll that percentage has dropped to 38%. The online survey was conducted on May 5 and 6, 2020, and includes a random sample of Americans identifying themselves as active in sports and recreational activities. At a session last night, the government adopted new measures of concessions. From 18.05., Monday, all shops will be open, and all shopping centers will open, regardless of size. Schools and kindergartens will start operating on Monday. It will be possible to serve indoors catering facilities, and all accommodation units up to a capacity of 30 rooms will be opened. The camps of that mountain house will also open. Facilities with more than 30 rooms, spas, spas, larger hotels, nightclubs and casino clubs remain closed until further notice. Before the Covid-19 crisis, all-inclusive was a regular at the top of Travelzo’s surveys with more than 50% of respondents preferring this holiday style. A May 7 survey also found signs of a change in the image in terms of length of stay, the results showing an increase in the popularity of longer trips. For overseas travel, more than half of respondents prefer 8-14 nights as opposed to shorter 5-7 nights, which were more popular before the pandemic. The Danish government is in the process of harmonizing with other neighboring countries, as the Danes want this to be implemented as a package with several countries. In Denmark, there is a lot of pressure from the tourism industry to open the borders as soon as possible. – Thai hotels, partners of TUI, are worried about their existence because TUI does not pay their debts. TUI promises the payment of part of the debt in the amount of 25% after the acceptance of new contracts, and the rest after the normalization of operations. – Continuing to increase demand and ease travel restrictions around the world, Lufthansa is preparing to restart flights to Canada on June 3, with a three-weekly direct line between Toronto and Frankfurt. – The Hungarian Travel Agency is constantly upgrading and expanding the Covid-19 manual in accordance with the current situation, thus helping tourism entities to reopen the facilities. – After moving this year’s schedule from June 27, 2020 to October 4, 2020, the Italian shipping company SNAV opened reservations for 2021 for Croatia and all those who book with the code ripartiamo2021 until September 30, 2020 receive a 15% discount – The holiday home rental association wants Denmark to open its border with Germany no later than May 21st. The request comes after Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen opened the possibility for German tourists on Thursday night with a rental certificate to spend a holiday in Denmark. – The Italian government is working to ensure that foreign tourists can come to Italy safely this summer, said Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. “With the decree of May 18, we will determine how it will move within the country,” Di Maio added, in order to avoid “bilateral agreements” between countries aimed at directing the flow of tourists between only some countries. According to the foreign minister, the government’s goal is to allow all tourists in Europe to move equally among countries to freely decide where to go. To this end, Di Maio explained, a video conference was scheduled for Monday, May 18, between the foreign ministers of the EU member states, “with whom we will begin to address the general principles that this summer, including the rest of Europe, they can spend their summers in one of the beautiful places in Italy ”. “We will do our best to create safe tourist corridors,” Di Maio concluded. 14/05/2020 SLOVENIA For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a travel forecast for Memorial Day due to COVID-19. Last year, 43 million Americans traveled on holiday for Memorial Day and it is the second largest number of trips recorded since 2000 since the AAA tracked tourist traffic. Memorial Day 2009 currently holds the record with the lowest travel volume of nearly 31 million passengers. That holiday weekend, which was the end of a major recession, 26,4 million Americans traveled by car, 2,1 million by plane, and nearly 2 million by other forms of transportation (train, cruise, etc.). 14/05/2020 – Crossing the border is possible at several checkpoints on road links with Austria, Italy and Hungary. – The Italian daily La Repubblica writes about Italy and Spain as “cinderellas of Europe” which, since they are more strongly affected by the coronavirus, will remain outside the “tourist corridors”. Countries without a coronavirus or less vulnerable to an epidemic like Greece and Croatia are trying to open tourist corridors for travel with other countries. This redesign of the map of the area where it is possible to go on holiday or not, limits the choice of Italians to go on holiday outside of Italy. Tourist Europe is preparing for the summer “on its own” by allowing Italy to remain neglected. Greece and Croatia, which have a small number of infected people, have been trying in recent weeks to open preferential tourist corridors with other countries less affected by the virus, including Germany. Many Italian regions are pressuring the government to reopen, the same is happening in Europe. CNTB offices around the world have sent reports on the current situation in their countries. The reports provide brief information to get a specific picture of the situation in each country / destination. DENMARK – Regional tourism organizations are making every effort to attract citizens to their region during the summer months. Many Danes expect to spend the summer holidays in Denmark. Experts believe that some campaigns will be just a waste of time because the number of Danish tourists has always been less than foreign ones.  – The restriction of movement has been lifted, and as of today, the work of catering facilities and the holding of worship is allowed.  14/05/2020 – Danish standby.dk writes that Germany is putting indirect pressure on Denmark to open its borders to Germany. The Danish borders are closed until the end of the month. Germany is ready to open the border with Denmark as early as Friday, May 15th. – Eurowings restarts the flight from Budapest to Düsseldorf, twice a week, from 16 May.Re-flights of the following companies have also been announced for June:British Airways to London, Eurowings to Stuttgart, Jet2 to Leeds and Manchester, Qatar Airways to Doha, Ryanair to London and Swiss to Zurich.July – Emirates plans to launch a direct Budapest-Dubai flight, and Ryanair has just announced plans to restart 90 per cent of its network and most of its bases from early July. – The Austrian Association of Travel Agencies (ÖRV) welcomes the gradual opening of borders and calls on the government for the swift and clear government guidelines necessary to ensure planning security in the tourism sector. “We will continue to be vigilant in line with indicators of contagion in Canada. That means we continue to restrict international travel, ”Trudeau said. Ramo We are considering stronger measures to ensure that we monitor people (entries) appropriately because, as we know, as economic activity begins to increase, and as constraints decrease in all countries, we are likely to see some more people returning home or… they are trying to cross the border. ”He added that even after Canada’s own epidemic is under control, a key aspect of avoiding the second wave and spreading it across the country is caution when it comes to travelers entering Canada.AUSTRIA – 15.05 Iceland opens its borders from tomorrow, May 15th. The plan adopted by the Government regarding the entry of foreign nationals was also welcomed by the director of the Icelandic Tourist Association. He believes that one problem would be the already endangered airlines, where Icelandair is no exception. BALTIC COUNTRIES – Self-isolation / quarantine measures are the sole responsibility of the federal provinces. – Some of the major airlines are returning to Milan’s Malpensa after 2 months. The first of them is KLM Airlines, which started operating in early May. Belavia started flights only for business reasons, twice a week. On May 2, 20, Qatar Airways will start again with a gradual return, and the Milan Malpensa-Doha flight will run 2020 times a week. Emirates is scheduled to return on May 3, 21, with Milan Malpensa among the 2020 returning lines, along with London, Frankfurt, Paris, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sidney and Melbourne.  14/05/2020 – Norwegian E24 writes that more and more people are interested in buying Norwegian shares. The online broker has 2 new buyers who ordered shares on Wednesday. That’s well above the figure of 196 on Friday, but still only a small share of about 230 buyers who are shareholders in the airline. The stock is traded for 5,5 Norwegian kroner. Norwegian has so far raised NOK 400 million in fresh capital, the last part that must be made available before the company will have access to the rest of the state’s crisis package. The airline announced earlier Wednesday that the company had received more than 12 stock orders and that demand for shares was several times higher than the quantity offered. – HomeExchange has published a large survey on summer vacations. Despite international border closures, 49% of French people still plan to go on holiday. But 76% of them will travel in France, and only 15% of them abroad. The French continue to expect detailed Government recommendations on foreign tourist travel during summer holidays.  – Tallink Silja and Viking Line started sailing between Sweden and Finland again yesterday. – Restaurants, cafes and bars in the green zones open on June 2. By the way, the Ile de France Paris zone is still in the red zone due to the active expansion of tourism, so in the region visited by 50 million foreign tourists a year, catering facilities are not expected to open soon. – Members of the hotel section of MSZÉSZ Boutique held a virtual meeting. Most boutique hotels are planned to reopen in mid-June, but this will largely depend on the appearance of flights and the opening of borders, as hotels in Budapest do not count on domestic tourism. For now, hotels in Budapest have a negligible number of new bookings, some for August and others for autumn. – Demand is growing, 30% more than last week. Continuing to survey Travelzoo members shows that growth will continue. The number of U.S. members who said they would book a domestic hotel in May for a future stay was up 84% from last week. Similarly, those who previously stated they would not book until late summer are now ready to book. 32% would consider booking an international trip in the second quarter of 2020 if the offer is flexible, up 35% from the previous four weeks. – Border controls are extended until 14.06. SWEDEN – Canada and the United States will keep their mutual border closed for non-existent travel until June 21, Globe and Mail report. Initially, the restriction on closing the border was supposed to last until May 21. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canadian government will be “very, very cautious” about reopening any international travel, including to the United States, CTVNews reports. While other countries are taking steps to ease physical distancing measures and moving toward reopening their economies, Trudeau says Canada is looking for stronger travel measures. – Business travelers, freight drivers, doctors and scientists could be exempted from the 14-day self-isolation rule when returning to the UK. – A study by the Sports and Recreation Research Group called “Back to Normal” compared attitudes about travel and leisure in September 2001 (after the attack on New York’s “Gemini”) and July 2009 (economic crisis) to date. – and found that most Americans who were on a cruise last year (2019) will go on a cruise again now despite the extensive health hazards of COVID-19.- The analysis shows that the percentage of people who would now, in 2020, engage in other travel and recreational activities, if possible, is growing dramatically. Source: CNTB Following yesterday’s publication of the European Commission’s guidelines for tourism, the Dutch association of tour operators ANVR also reacted. The ANVR states that European Commissioner Vestager caused unnecessary confusion about refunds for canceled trips, stating that the commission will initiate proceedings against countries that have (legally) approved the issuance of vouchers to consumers instead of refunds for already paid but canceled trips. From May 15 to August 31, SAS introduces an obligation to wear protective masks in aircraft. Items such as blankets, pillows, drawers and reading materials are being removed from the seats, new boarding routines are being introduced and food will no longer be served. Furthermore, the aircraft is cleaned according to new routines, and hand luggage is limited to one per passenger. The ANVR also points out that the commission states that the travel organizers are in a difficult situation, but at the same time did not offer them any help, but called on national governments to help the tourism sector. ANVR states that tourism represents 10% of the European economy and that it employs 27 million workers in Europe, of which 9 million will lose their jobs. And the Association of European Travel Agencies, ECTAA regrets that the European Commission has not presented more concrete measures, and ECTAA would like to see concrete and coordinated measures at European level to help tourism and re-establish tourism, which is essential to regain consumer confidence. – Charter agency Wing risks bankruptcy if the state does not initiate support measures, said the general secretary of the Association of Travel Agencies of Sweden Didrik von Seth for Dagens Industri. He also wants the government to consider solutions taken by neighboring countries such as crisis funds. He also believes that TUI and Apollo will find it easier to get out of the crisis because they have German owners. – The Bratislava Tourist Organization promotes city attractions with 3-5 minutes of short films, encouraging both domestic and foreign tourists to rediscover city buildings, streets and museums. 15 new videos under the slogans “Be a tourist in your (capital)! “I will stay at home and I will discover Bratislava” is intended primarily for locals, but – in preparation for the return of foreign tourists as soon as possible. – As of today, SAS is launching new flights to London and it will soon be possible to book flights to New York. However, the demand for flights does not really exist, as reported by SAS Press. They warn that even those who have booked flights should be ready to cancel flights if the restrictions continue. – The Dutch low-cost airline Transavia, whose flights have been suspended until 28 May, has announced that it is extending its suspension until 3 June due to measures still in force in the Netherlands and the destinations to which it flies, and hopes that soon to be able to give their passengers more concrete information about re-establishing flights soon. – Swiss Travel Day scheduled for October 22 has been postponed and will take place on November 26. A new date for this largest Networking event for the Swiss tourism industry has been agreed due to the current ban on events with more than 1.000 people. – Virtuoso predicts the growth of luxury travel for the upcoming holidays. Analysis of airline reservation data shows that the top 10 destinations for upcoming trips are all far or abroad – Grand Cayman, Dubai, Saint Martin, Tanzania, Los Angeles, Maui – Hawaii, Nairobi, Montego Bay, Cape Town and Puerto Vallarta. Later that day, Vestager corrected herself on her own Twitter account, stating that these were recommendations to countries and not the initiation of proceedings. She also stated that vouchers are one of the possibilities (with a refund), although the tourism sector demanded that the issuance of vouchers be a legal obligation, ie that consumers must accept them and not insist on a refund. ANVR states that the European Commission must understand that tour operators do not prefer to issue vouchers for their own comfort or luxury but for necessity, and behind the issuance of vouchers are guarantee funds that guarantee it, so the consumer is in any case protected from insolvency. in case all consumers will demand a refund tour operators will face illiquidity and bankruptcies because they simply do not have the money to refund as they have passed it on to their suppliers. – Due to the ambiguities caused by the statement of the European Commissioner Vestager regarding the issuance of vouchers for canceled trips, KLM allows passengers who have booked and paid for a flight, which has been canceled, to choose between refunds in the form of vouchers or refunds in cash. Passengers to whom the trip was canceled earlier and to whom the voucher has already been issued, cannot immediately receive a refund in cash. In any case, passengers are allowed a refund after one year if they do not use the voucher.  – Austrian Airlines extends the suspension of flights for a further week until 7 June. TO Ithaca canceled all its trips until 10.06. (previous decision until 31.05.) Among those Americans who have participated in these activities in the last 12 months:- 58% would like to cruise- 48% would attend a live sporting event- 47% would stay in a hotel- 46% would visit a casino- 43% would fly in commercial airlines- 39% would watch a movie at the cinema – All passengers who have a certificate from a doctor that they are healthy will also be exempt from quarantine. – French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe yesterday presented the details of the “Marshall Plan” to help the tourism sector. This is an unprecedentedly high amount of 18 billion euros that the state will allocate for the rescue of the French tourism sector, which is obviously a state priority.  – Nancy Pelosi, a spokeswoman for the House of Representatives, defended a three-trillion-dollar aid package for a pandemic on Wednesday as needed to deal with the virus and economic collapse. “The American people are worth those funds,” she told the Associated Press.  – Prime Minister Eduard Phillipe has finally made recommendations to the French for tourist trips and upcoming vacations. He pointed out that the French can go on holiday in July and August, but for now only France is recommended as well as its overseas territories as potential holiday destinations. The French, therefore, can currently book accommodation in France, and hotels, private renters, campsites… undertake to refund 100% of the amount paid to customers in the event of a coronavirus cancellation.  – Since the beginning of the crisis, the Austrian Tourism Association (ÖVT) has asked the relevant ministries for special government economic measures aimed at travel organizers and travel agencies, a solution to the issue of legal issuance of vouchers, which also changes the current law on flat travel, grants still unpaid crisis loans. The association expects concrete answers from the government and line ministries by the end of May.  – Ryan Air withdrew from its reservation system the sale of tickets for the Budapest-Zadar route, which was to operate twice a week from July to September. We have not received an official response from Ryan Air at the time of writing. – Iceland announced the opening of borders on 15.6. Instead of a 14-day quarantine, passengers will be able to be tested at the airport, after which they will be able to go to their accommodation overnight to wait for the result – usually available the same day or within 24 hours. 14/05/2020 – France will not open its borders with European neighbors before mid-June – confirmed French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, despite the fact that some countries have already announced the opening. Only after that deadline could the gradual opening of borders with border countries such as Switzerland and Germany follow. -The Minister asked the mayor to submit information by Thursday afternoon on whether he considers it timely to lift the restrictions on going out in Budapest and gradually resume life in the capital. GREAT BRITAIN- Dart Group Plc, owner of Jet2.com and Jet2 Holidays, secured a £ 300 million loan from a mutual fund for corporate financing during the COVID-19 crisis, by the Bank of England (CCFF). The commercial loan is an addition to an existing £ 100m loan fund already used by Dart Group Plc and financed by the government. “Looking at our tracking data, we seem to have reached a tipping point among consumers interested in recreation, sports fans and travelers,” said Jon Last, president of the sports and recreation analytical team, whose company conducted the research together with Engagious. om and ROKK Solutions. – Minister of Foreign Affairs Maas announced the withdrawal of the warning for travel to other countries, which is valid until 14.06. He announced that the warning would be withdrawn first for European countries that are in a favorable health situation. As for domicile travel in the UK, although the most popular duration is three to four nights (44%), more than a quarter (26%) would opt for a five to seven night holiday. – Scenic Group has extended the suspension of all river and ocean cruises as well as other tours (Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Cruises and Evergreen Cruises & Tours) until August 31, 2020. – JPMorgan, announced its expectations – the unemployment rate will reach its peak at 25% – like the level recorded during the Great Depression – instead of 15% as previously expected. GoldmanSachs has also revised its GDP forecasts: it now expects GDP to fall 39% this quarter, slightly more than the expected 34% decline. For the full year, Goldman expects GDP to fall 6,5%. The booking platform TravelZoo has seen a significant drop in interest in all-inclusive travel during the Covid-19 crisis, but points out that the desire for holidays and travel remains strong. The latest survey results from May 7 revealed that demand for B&B (bed & breakfast) (39%) exceeded demand for all-inclusive supply (39%). Travelzoo believes this shift in interest raises concerns about the likelihood of corynavirus in large tourist resorts. -It is necessary for Croatia to enter among those countries for which from 15.6. travel warnings will no longer be valid. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania plan to open the borders between the three countries on Friday (May 15th). The so-called “travel balloon” allows citizens of the three Baltic states to move freely across borders, while people entering from other countries still have to be quarantined for 14 days.- Latvian hotels are recording an increase in bookings and are expecting their first guests at the end of next week. Of course, these are guests from the neighboring Baltic countries. – Everyone who travels to Germany from EU and Schengen countries, as well as from Great Britain, will soon no longer have to be quarantined. The obligation to spend two weeks in self-isolation to prevent the spread of coronavirus should be lifted across the state in the next few days. The federal states have agreed on that with the federal government, reports the government of North Rhine-Westphalia. 14/05/2020 Key points of the plan: 1. The French are allowed to go on holiday in July and August.This is long-awaited news that has delighted the general public, noting that there will certainly be local restrictions regarding the evolution of the epidemic.2. A green light is given for summer reservations. From today, the French are free to start booking summer vacations. The secretary of the Association of French Travel Agencies EDV reacted immediately to this news and encouraged the French to immediately start preparing for the summer holidays. Valerie Boned pointed out that French travel agencies will try to encourage French people to book this year’s holiday in France.3. Canceled holiday reservations in France will be paid in full. This is an unprecedented measure. All tourism professionals, including hoteliers, have committed themselves to fully refunding the funds paid for reservations that could be canceled due to the possible negative evolution of the epidemic. The possibility given to the French to cancel their holiday reservations in France until the last minute is a key measure that will reassure the general public and encourage them to make reservations.4. The “chômage partiel” and assistance from solidarity funds have been extendedThe partial work of employees in the tourism sector has been extended until the end of September 2020, under the same conditions as they apply today. The French Prime Minister emphasized that practically the entire French tourism sector applies the “chômage partiel”. In addition, travel companies with up to 20 employees and an annual income of 2 million euros have been extended the opportunity to use solidarity funds until the end of the year. 5. Additional assistance to the tourism sector.The French Prime Minister put forward several additional aid measures: the state approved the so-called seasonal loans whose payment terms will be more favorable compared to classic loans, and whose ceiling can reach the total income generated by the company during the three best months of the previous year. BPI France has increased the ceiling of such loans from 250 million euros to 1 billion euros. In addition, the banks have committed to allow the loan to be repaid for 12 months instead of 6 months as was initially said. Social benefits for the period from March to June have been abolished. The registration fee of 20% of the salaries of workers paid since February will be paid to companies to help encourage work, and will be collected as part of mandatory contributions. This is also an unprecedented measure of assistance. In total, these additional aid measures represent more than 2 billion euros of direct aid to the tourism sector, which, according to the Prime Minister, will have an extremely positive effect on the future work of the tourism sector.6. Possibility to open restaurants in green zones on June 2ndEdouard Philippe pointed out the possibility of opening cafes and restaurants in green zones on June 2, provided that the evolution of the epidemic does not worsen and that sanitary conditions are respected. An opening date has not been announced for cafes and restaurants located in the red zone. Link to overall economic measures to help tourism www.plan-tourisme.fr – Restaurant spending fell by more than 50% in March and April, analysts say, as did health insurance costs as people canceled all medical procedures – Greece with 2.774 infections and 152 deaths, Croatia with 2.277 infections and 81 deaths, Malta 506 infections and 5 deaths, and even Portugal with 27.000 infections and 1.163 deaths do not want to be put on the same level as Italy and Spain where figures far worse and putting pressure on Brussels. They are asking for umbrellas and borders to be opened first to those who managed the virus better so as not to throw the whole season into the wind. There is a lot of talk about beaches and distancing, not to mention that 80 percent of Italian campsites are on the sea and lakes and that everyone has a beach. In our guides we have prepared all the information about hygiene, sanitation, access to showers, swimming pools, sinks, reception, beaches. During the lockdown, we worked on training the staff of our members. We want to give our contribution to the national economy, but we are prevented from doing so and we do not know the real reason. Since the post-war period, hotels in this sector have dominated, and I expect the legislature to get some space. And the voucher will not be a sufficient answer to curb this bleeding – said the president of this association, which protects the interests of companies that manage camps and tourist resorts. In 2019, there were 70 million overnight stays and 10 million arrivals in Italian camps. -The federal government has also instructed to abolish the measure of self-isolation for travelers coming from abroad (14 days), which falls within the competence of the federal provinces. – Before that, Lower Saxony lifted the quarantine after the verdict of the administrative court of that province, which declared the measure illegal, after a lawsuit filed by a citizen who was to be quarantined after returning from Sweden. An inter-ministerial conference is under way, chaired by French Prime Minister Eduard Phillipe, on accepting the historic “Marshall” plan, the measures of which should help France remain the world’s first tourist power. The tourism sector has been hit hard in France, with losses estimated at 40 billion euros in the first half of the year alone. In 2019, French tourism directly employed 2 million people, generated 7% of GDP and more than 170 million tourist revenues. The Paris region alone accounted for 50 million tourist arrivals a year. All the details of the historic tourism rescue plan will be announced during the day, and the plan envisions more than 1,5 billion euros in additional direct investment in tourism with the aim of creating a “new tourism” geared towards sustainable development and the numerical segment.  – The Portuguese Algarve region is preparing for the gradual reopening of tourist facilities over the coming weeks ahead of the summer season. Currently, more than a third of hotels in the Algarve are open, and an increase to 75% is planned for next month, and most facilities are expected to receive guests in July. They plan to allow restaurants to open on May 18 with a capacity limit of 50%, while beaches should open in June.  – Yesterday’s news of the European Commission on guidelines and recommendations for travel was poorly received in Italy. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said Italy will leave the EU if bilateral agreements on tourism and privileged tourist routes are reached. If the movement of European citizens is allowed only in EU countries with a similar epidemiological level, it means destroying the single market and expelling Italy. At a press conference presenting a decree on restarting Italy’s economy, Conte was categorical about travel between European countries: Italy will leave the European Union if bilateral and privileged tourism agreements are reached. – Brussels Airlines has announced that, after the flights have been suspended for 7 weeks, it will extend the suspension of flights until June 15, when it should gradually start introducing flights. In the first phase of establishing air traffic, only a limited number of flights will be introduced depending on demand and depending on travel restrictions in individual destinations. Brussels Airlines intends to introduce safeguards for passengers and staff on its flights.  14/05/2020 ITALY – Water parks are also planned to reopen in June and Julylast_img read more

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Oxford captain Hudspith takes inspiration from Quins star

first_imgOxford’s Karl Hudspith has taken inspiration from Harlequins and England captain Chris Robshaw as he prepares to lead the defending champions against Cambridge in Saturday’s Boat Race.Earlier this week Robshaw sent a signed shirt to the Hammersmith-born Hudspith, who grew up in Twickenham and went to Hampton School.“I’ve been a Harlequins fan for quite a while now. Obviously being at Oxford it’s hard for me to get to games but I do when I can,” said Hudspith, the only remaining member of the Oxford crew that won last year.“I’ve tweeted a few times about Quins so maybe they took notice. It was a really nice surprise for me to come back from training and find a signed shirt from the England captain.”Robshaw had gained just one international cap in a seven-year senior career before being named England captain at the start of this Six Nations campaign.“One of the things I’ve done this year is look at great sportsmen who have gone from nothing and achieved a lot,” Hudspith added.“I feel like that’s my journey as well. I was so terrible when I started this sport, for the first few years I couldn’t even make the top boat for my year group at school.“To come from the Hampton School fourth eight to president of the blue boat is quite a journey.”Oxford are hot favourites for victory this year even though Cambridge have a weight advantage of 7.9kg (17lb) per man – the second biggest weight difference ever for the race between Putney and Mortlake.Steered by Zoe de Toledo, who went to school in Hammersmith, the dark blues have looked much better than their rivals in warm-up races and in training in London this week.But De Toledo warned: “It’s likely to be close. They’re a lot bigger than us but we’re rowing well and it might be a race that goes to the line.“From watching Cambridge it looks like they have made some big improvements in the last two or three weeks but we’re more interested in our own performances.”The pressure is on Cambridge coach Steve Trapmore, who was based in Hammersmith when he was part of the Great Britain eight that won Olympic gold in Sydney 12 years ago, as he goes into his second Boat Race.“We’ve been putting the race together for the last six months. The guys have been training hard, putting a lot of effort in and have come together pretty well,” he said.“We know Oxford are very strong and will be very, very fast so we’ve got to be able to put it together on the day to compete with the speed that they produce.” You can follow the Boat Race with live text commentary at www.theboatrace.orgFollow Martin Gough on Twitterlast_img read more

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QPR v Leeds United: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgCharlie Austin got the winner when Leeds visited Loftus Road last NovemberKick-off: 12pm, Sunday 7 August 2016Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands)Five key battles: Including Steven Caulker v Chris Wood Vital statistic: QPR drew more Championship matches (18) than any other side last season – Leeds drew 17.Injuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Ariel Borysiuk (ankle), Jamie Mackie (ankle), Jack Robinson (knee).LEEDS UNITEDRuled out: None. Possible line-upsQPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Bidwell; Cousins, Luongo; Petrasso, Chery, El Khayati; Polter.Subs from: Ingram, Lumley, Furlong, Perch, Lynch, Kpekawa, Tozser, Gladwin, Henry, Prohouly, Washington, Shodipo.Leeds: Green; Coyle, Bartley, Bamba, Taylor; Diagouraga, Murphy; Mowatt, Dallas, Roofe; Wood.Subs from: Silvestri, Turnbull, Berardi, Cooper, Grimes, Vieira, Antonsson, Doukara, Sacko. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)QPR: W L D L D (5 points) • Home: W D W L W (10 points)Leeds: D L D W W (8 points) • Away: D D W L L (5 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)QPR: None.Leeds: None.LAST FIVE MEETINGSClint Hill celebrating the QPR winner in August 20135 Apr 2016: Leeds 1 QPR 128 Nov 2015: QPR 1 Leeds 01 Mar 2014: QPR 1 Leeds 131 Aug 2013: Leeds 0 QPR 17 May 2011: QPR 1 Leeds 2QPR 2 wins, Leeds 1 win, 2 drawsSee also:QPR v Leeds United: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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ID. Article Makes N.Y. Times

first_imgMichael Behe got a full-length column in the New York Times (reproduced at Discovery.com) to present the case for intelligent design.  The EvolutionNews blog says it is the second most emailed article from that day’s edition, and asks, “Who says there’s no controversy?”Which side wants to air the debate?  Which side wants to shut off debate?  What does that tell you?    Sample line from Behe’s op-ed: “Still, some critics claim that science by definition can’t accept design, while others argue that science should keep looking for another explanation in case one is out there.  But we can’t settle questions about reality with definitions, nor does it seem useful to search relentlessly for a non-design explanation of Mount Rushmore….”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Sponsor Post: Can You Believe There’s an App For That?

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Sponsors#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Editor’s note: We offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write posts and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Odd apps for mobile devices date back to at least the Palma Sutra, if not before. But Apple has spurred huge numbers of “fringe developers” to mess with our iBrains. Most of these apps cost $0.99, so developers might make money on offerings that make you wonder about the App Store approval process.Some of these apps go where no apps have gone before. Maybe they shouldn’t have.RUSexy: This love tester lets you “meet people or judge them,” all while letting you measure your own “hotness level.” A great idea for those who trust their love lives to a 99-cent app.Anti-Aging: Did RUSexy return an insufficient hotness level because of wrinkles, acne, cellulite, stretch marks, arthritis and a host of other age-related matters? Then step right up! This app offers color, light and sound therapy treatments tailored to the condition you want to treat, all for the low price of $2.99!iPoop: You can learn important things about your personal health from number 2. WARNING: using this app may lower your hotness level.Task-list apps: These things have spread like mushrooms, so the key differentiator may be what they promise to help you do. For instance, if you hate task lists for what they represent -getting things done – then get the Put Things Off app. And guys, if you need help keeping things smooth on the home front, get either one of the Honey Do apps – here’s one, and here’s another.iAllowance (requires iTunes; available in Canada only): Get kids into task lists! They can track their chores and the allowances that go with them. Granted, the kids need to budget $1.99 to get this app – after getting an iPod Touch or iPhone to run it.DrinkTracker: We’re all for keeping track of your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content). That said, what did the field-testing look like for this app? Did “volunteers” remember to enter that seventh martini or umpteenth beer, and if they did, could they still read the display?Hunting Calendar: In a demographic match made in heaven (see also Fishing Calendar), this app helps you plan auspicious hunting trips. Remember to pick up Predator Hunting Calls and Deer Calls and Sounds to help you broadcast woodpecker distress calls and deer grunts during the hunt.Finding new apps: A whole class of apps now alert you when new apps hit the App Store. AppSniper, for instance, tells you when an app you covet goes on sale, while more full-featured apps like PandoraBox send you several alerts each day full of the latest and greatest.To keep up on the wonderful world of apps, dedicated iDevice users need their hardware to give them the peace of mind that comes with keeping their heads in one piece. If this describes you, then step right up and get your very own BlackBerry Helmet!What other new doors will apps open for humanity? The comments section awaits just below. rww sponsor 1last_img read more

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LiAngelo Ball center of attention at UCLA media day

first_imgThe Ball family was thrust into a media spotlight thanks to the brothers’ outspoken father, Lavar. Lonzo Ball played just one year at UCLA, where the Bruins finished 31-5 and lost to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen. LiAngelo follows this season. Lavar Ball has pulled his youngest son, LaMelo, out of high school and has said he’s home-schooling him.Ball is one of seven freshmen joining the Bruins but clearly is the most heralded because of the name on the back of his jersey.“I think he has a pretty good head on (his shoulders),” junior Aaron Holiday said. “Obviously, coming in being one of the Ball brothers and his dad, there’s a lot going on with him so he’s handled himself pretty well, and I think he’s good with that.”He’s proven to be a reliable shooter in his young career and once had 72 points in a high school basketball game.“He can shoot it, and we’re going to need it,” Alford said. “He’s lost weight. He’s in much better shape. I like the strength he adds. He gives us a different look when you’ve got maybe speed and athleticism in different areas of our backcourt. Gelo brings a whole different look of someone who is 230-235 pounds. You don’t see a lot of guards with that kind of body, so we can post him. He can extend the floor to the NBA 3 with ease. He’s like a lot of freshmen right now. As he learns defensively what needs to take place, he’s going to be a very valuable piece.”ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball (2) greets his brother LiAngelo Ball, left, and father LaVar Ball, right, after scoring 20 points in their 114-77 win over Long Beach State at an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles. The UCLA Bruins open preparations for a new season with another Ball brother in the lineup. With Lonzo Ball off to the Lakers after one season, his middle brother LiAngelo takes up residence in Westwood. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)LOS ANGELES — There’s a new Ball on the court at UCLA.Cameras and cellphones captured the moment Wednesday as LiAngelo Ball walked toward the center of the court at Pauley Pavilion.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters 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 Games Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LiAngelo Ball is listed at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, measurements that were updated in July.His new teammates have noticed his shooting touch, and in a few weeks, they’ll take the new Ball show on the road when UCLA takes a trip to China.“He’s been really well and shoots the ball extremely well,” senior center Thomas Welsh said. “That’s onething if you give him space in the corner or wherever it is, he can knock the 3 down. I’m excited to see what he has to bring. All the freshmen have their own flavor and style in the game. Seeing how they all work into the new system will be interesting.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland rocked: Indians’ season comes to stunning halt Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The younger brother of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball was making a debut of sorts at UCLA media day. The freshman was not made available to the media but he was there for pictures and practice.Freshman Chris Smith noticed the hoopla as he walked alongside his teammate and said, with a hand over his eyes: “There’s a Ball brother here?” and jokingly looked around.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 shutoutBall is sure to be under a microscope and face expectations unlike those faced by most college basketball players.“It’s hard. Obviously, Lonzo sets a very high bar,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “I will say knowing the family like I know, they’re all made that way. They’re all made in a championship pedigree. Gelo (pronounced Jello) is not going to be any different than that. He’ll figure out his role as he gets into this thing. I know he’ll fight and compete and extend his role as much as he possibly can because he’s got that championship DNA that I think all of them have.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

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UST gets back at FEU in straight sets

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Dustin Poirier bloodies Max Holloway, wins unanimous decision for interim lightweight title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss UST upped its record to 9-4 just a half-game behind second-running La Salle, which will be FEU’s next assignment.FEU also safely reached the semifinals after National University’s five-set win over UP in the first game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsUST lost to FEU in the first round in a match that saw the Tigresses lose key player Milena Alessandrini due to injury. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid UST Golden Tigresses. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas exacted revenge over Far Eastern University, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23, Sunday night and quickly put its crosshairs on the twice-to-beat incentive in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four at Mall of Asia Arena.Already in the semifinals after University of the Philippines’ elimination earlier, the Tigresses didn’t letup in thrashing the Lady Tamaraws and slaying the ghost of their first-round defeat.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Former First Nation chief seeking audience with Iran

first_img(Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson. APTN/File Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA former Manitoba chief who says the federal Aboriginal Affairs department orchestrated a “coup” against him plans to ask Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for permission to address Iran’s parliament on how Canada treats First Nations people.Former Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Chief, Terry Nelson, said he wanted to speak to Iran’s parliament on the “economic sanctions” Canada has imposed on First Nations.“I will go to Iran if they want me to address the issue of economic sanctions and what is happening with our Indigenous peoples in Canada,” said Nelson. “The chiefs continue to go meet with (Prime Minister Stephen Harper) and don’t do anything more than leave their people suffering.”Nelson visited Iraq in 1998.The former chief said he has no choice but to go international after what he calls a “coup” orchestrated by the Aboriginal Affairs department.Nelson said the department’s decision to cancel a referendum scheduled for Thursday in his community was aimed at ensuring he could not return to power.Roseau River band members were to vote on whether to elect a band government based on a custom code or one under the Indian Act.“This was a coup at Roseau River,” said Nelson, who has made national headlines when he called for a national day of action in 2007. “They are not allowing people to make any decisions…there is no democracy.”Nelson has been voted in repeatedly under section 74 of the Indian Act, but he is opposed by a group that adheres to an election code outside section 74.The Federal Court issued an interim ruling earlier this month naming the chief elected under the custom code as the legitimate leader of the community.The ruling is temporary and comes on the heels of a drawn-out power struggle where both sides claimed to be the legitimate government and the department refused to acknowledge either.The custom council attempted to oust Nelson in the fall and called an election that put current Chief Ken Henry Jr. in power.The department said in a statement that the planned referendum “has been postponed until further notice.”The statement said the department planned to “allow chief and council to submit a plan to address governance issues in the community.”The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Henry planned to have Aboriginal Affairs officials arrested if they came on the reserve to hold the planned referendum.Nelson won re-election last spring under section 74 of Indian Act election despite the department releasing a forensic audit a week before the vote that slammed Nelson’s council for poor management of band funds and incomplete accounting.Roseau River is currently under third-party management.A group of community members protested in Winnipeg Wednesday demanding the department hold the referendum.Nelson said the federal government has targeted him because of his recent calls for First Nations to assert jurisdiction over oil deposits and pipelines in their territories.He has also called for unspecified action against oil pipelines.A motion, partially authored by Nelson, calling on the Assembly of First Nations to back actions against pipelines was rejected in December because the organization feared it promoted “terrorism.”Nelson planned to hold a press conference Thursday at 1 p.m. local time.Nelson issued a press release on Jan. 23 stating he was not trying to hang on to his job as chief.“As I stated many times, I am not running for chief again,” Nelson wrote.He went on to accuse the federal government of meddling in his band’s affairs.“They want the court to install a regime that was voted in by less than 13 per cent of the 1,470 eligible voters and they want the court to give them access to millions of dollars currently held in trust for the First Nation,” he [email protected]last_img read more

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Facebooks ratcatching team spies on employees report

©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: Facebook’s ‘rat-catching team’ spies on employees: report (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-facebook-rat-catching-team-spies-employees.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. UK lawmaker: Facebook misled Parliament over data leak risk One Facebook employee was told he was led to expect a promotion, but instead was taken into a room where members of the Menlo Park social media giant’s “rat-catching team” were waiting to interrogate him over an “innocuous” leak to the media, according to the report.”You get on their bad side and all of a sudden you are face to face with Mark Zuckerberg’s secret police,” the unidentified man told The Guardian, referring to Facebook’s CEO.The man’s grilling was a mere technicality, the news outlet reported.”They already knew he was guilty of leaking. They had records of a screenshot he’d taken, links he had clicked or hovered over, and they strongly indicated they had accessed chats between him and the journalist, dating back to before he joined the company.”Facebook uses online and real-world surveillance and legal threats to prevent and identify leaks that could jeopardize company secrets or involve criminal activity, The Guardian reported.”However, those same tools are also used to catch employees and contractors who talk publicly, even if it’s about their working conditions, misconduct or cultural challenges within the company,” according to The Guardian.A Facebook spokeswoman told the news outlet that companies “routinely use business records in workplace investigations, and we are no exception.”For Facebook, part of the problem is the amount of company information that is shared with employees, and that trust is a double-edged sword, according to the report.”If anyone steps out of line, they’ll squash you like a bug,” the unidentified man reportedly told The Guardian.In Europe, the contract workers hired to spot and block content Facebook prohibits are subjected to extremely intrusive oversight, the report suggested.”One European Facebook content moderator signed a contract, seen by the Guardian, which granted the company the right to monitor and record his social media activities, including his personal Facebook account, as well as emails, phone calls and internet use,” according to the report.”He also agreed to random personal searches of his belongings including bags, briefcases and car while on company premises. Refusal to allow such searches would be treated as gross misconduct.”In Dublin, after The Guardian reported on working conditions in Facebook’s operations there, the firm came down hard on the side of secrecy.”On more than one occasion someone would print something and you’d find management going through the log to see what they had printed,” a purported former worker reportedly told the news outlet.Security teams would plant “mouse trap” USB flash drives containing around the office to “test staff loyalty,” according to the report.”If you find a USB or something you’d have to give it in straight away. If you plugged it into a computer it would throw up a flare and you’d be instantly escorted out of the building,” the purported former worker reportedly said.The employee surveillance described in the report is “common, widespread, intrusive and legal,” Al Gidari, consulting director of privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, told The Guardian.”Companies are required to take steps to detect and deter criminal misconduct, so it’s not surprising they are using the same tools to make sure employees are in compliance with their contractual obligations.” Explore further Silicon Valley’s tech giants are famously secretive—after all their proprietary products and services are worth billions—but a new report alleges that Facebook goes to Orwellian lengths to keep its workers from talking out of turn, even about their working conditions. read more

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