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Johnson family makes large donation to new women’s residence hall

first_imgThe University announced the Johnson family — Todd, Susan, Matthew and Hilary Johnson of Minnesota — made a large donation that will go towards the construction of a women’s residence hall that will be located east of Flaherty and Dunne Halls, Notre Dame announced in a press release on Friday.“The Johnsons, an exceptionally generous family, have exhibited that generosity in making possible this hall at Notre Dame bearing their name,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “We are extremely grateful for this residence hall, a place for building community and contributing to the education of our students’ minds and hearts.”The dorm will be home to the Valkyries, a community of women currently living in Pangborn. It will house approximately 225 residents.Todd Johnson is the CEO of Capstan Corporation, a family business. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1981, according to the release.Susan Johnson is a speech-language pathologist, and earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1987, the release said.Together, the Johnsons are members of Notre Dame’s Cavanaugh Council, Badin Guild and Boldly Notre Dame campaign cabinet.The Johnson children, Matthew and Hilary, each graduated from Notre Dame.Matthew Johnson graduated in 2012 and 2019 as part of the one-year accelerated MBA program. While on campus he was a tour guide and served as a a weekly reader to University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, the release said.Hilary Johnson graduated in 2015 from the University, and is attending Midwestern University to get her masters degree in biomedical science. She was a resident assistant in Lyons Hall while attending the University, as well as a weekly volunteer at Saint Mary’s Convent.Johnson Family Hall will be the 32nd residence hall on Notre Dame’s campus, and the 15th women’s hall. The dorm is expected to be opened in the fall of 2020, and will be nearly 70,000 square feet, the release said. The design of the building will be “unique, integrating elements of campus architecture and Notre Dame residence hall traditions, including a chapel, courtyard and various spaces for studying and socializing,” the release said.“We are deeply honored to share our family’s blessings with the University of Notre Dame for being the lead gift for the new women’s residence hall on campus,” Todd and Susan Johnson said in the release.Additional benefactors contributed to the construction of Johnson Family Hall. They include Celeste and Kevin Ford of Portola Valley, California, Carol and Bill Hoffmann of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Molly and Geof Meyers of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, Clare and Jerry Richer of Southborough, Massachusetts and Shayla and Chip Rumely of Atlanta, Georgia.“As the University continues to invest in strengthening our undergraduate residential communities and improving the quality of hall life for our students, we are extraordinarily thankful to Todd, Susan, Matthew and Hilary for the addition of Johnson Family Hall,” vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said in the release.Tags: Donations, Johnson Family Hall, women’s residence halllast_img read more

Minnesota co-op Great River Energy to close 1,146MW Coal Creek power plant by end of 2022

first_imgMinnesota co-op Great River Energy to close 1,146MW Coal Creek power plant by end of 2022 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Minneapolis Star Tribune:Great River Energy will shutter its big North Dakota coal-fired power plant several years early, an extraordinary move that underscores the waning cost-competitiveness of coal in electricity production.The Maple Grove-based company Thursday announced the closure of Coal Creek Station — one of the Upper Midwest’s largest power plants — in the second half of 2022. It will be replaced to a great extent with new wind farms, including four in Minnesota.The plant, which supplies power to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, has historically been a low-cost electricity producer — it’s adjacent to a coal mine, a big competitive edge. But due to dramatic changes in electricity markets in recent years, Coal Creek is losing money.“The real driver for this decision is economics,” said David Saggau, CEO of Great River, a nonprofit wholesale cooperative owned by 28 retail electricity co-ops, most of them in Minnesota.When the transformation is complete, Great River expects that two-thirds of its electricity will come from wind turbines. Much of the rest will come through purchases in the regional wholesale electricity market.U.S. coal plants are becoming increasingly uneconomic because of the rise of gas-fired power and renewable energy. Those developments, combined with coal’s environmental liabilities, are prompting more early plant closures.[Mike Hughlett]More: Minnesota’s Great River Energy closing coal plant, switching to two-thirds wind powerlast_img read more

The new URLA is coming – Is it a model application form?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Good morning from NAFCU’s spring Regulatory Compliance School! Sometimes a question from a member leaves me digging around in the Federal Register looking for more information. Where a rule or its commentary still leave you wondering what is required, those old preambles can provide clarity. It’s pretty satisfying when that actually happens. Other Federal Register dumpster dives are less illuminating but helpful anyway. Today’s blog covers one of these recent research efforts.As credit unions who sell mortgage loans to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (the GSEs) are likely aware, there is a new Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) coming. For applications received on or after February 1, 2020, credit unions who sell loans to the GSEs will be required to use the new URLA. The GSEs are allowing lenders to start using the redesigned URLA as early as July 1, 2019. The URLA was updated in 2016 in anticipation of compliance with changes to Regulation C(HMDA) that require seeking specific race and ethnicity information from borrowers. However, these additional upcoming changes to the URLA are more significant.Many credit unions use the URLA for mortgage loans even though they are not selling to the GSEs. Why is that? Likely because of Regulation B, where Appendix B to the rule has model application forms including the 2004 version of the URLA. Regulation B has some general rules against seeking information from credit applicants. Use of one of the model applications in Appendix B is generally considered to be in compliance with provisions in the rule that limit credit unions from asking for certain information. While there are some exceptions, there are general rules against:last_img read more

Dennis Bergkamp let’s Mikel Arteta know where he has been going wrong at Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Mikel Arteta is making steady improvements to his Arsenal side (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arteta has long been clear on how he wants to see his team play as a manager, telling Arsenal magazine as far back as 2016: ‘My philosophy will be clear.‘I want the football to be expressive, entertaining. I cannot have a concept of football where everything is based on the opposition.‘We have to dictate the game, we have to be the ones taking the initiative, and we have to entertain the people coming to watch us. I’m 100 per cent convinced of those things, and I think I could do it.’MORE: Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud admits beating Arsenal in Europa League final was extra specialMORE: Dennis Bergkamp claims Arsene Wenger made a tactical mistake that sparked Arsenal’s declineFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Dennis Bergkamp let’s Mikel Arteta know where he has been going wrong at Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 30 May 2020 6:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Dennis Bergkamp feels Mikel Arteta needed to tweak his tactics at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Dennis Bergkamp feels there was an obvious problem with Mikel Arteta’s tactics when he watched the Spaniard’s first home game in charge of Arsenal.The Dutchman watched the Gunners lose at home to Chelsea back in December and immediately noticed a ‘hole’ in the team which needed filling.Bergkamp, who won three Premier League titles with Arsenal, scoring 120 goals for the club, feels Arteta is working on the problem, but it is not a quick-fix.‘I watched Arteta’s first game in charge at home (against Chelsea). In that game it was clear to see what his intentions were with the team,’ Bergkamp told Sportsmail. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The front four would chase the ball and put pressure on the opponents, but the midfield stayed behind.‘There was a big hole. I don’t know if you remember the AC Milan of Arrigo Sacchi, with Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard. ‘In training, they’d have ropes between them, so the distance between the players was always similar on the pitch. ‘That was fantastic in our team as well. There was always a connection. There were no holes.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe former striker feels for Arteta because he feels it is clear work is being done, but the players might not be up to it.‘He’s working on it, but it needs time and maybe different players. Slowly you can see them trying to play a possession game,’ continued Bergkamp.‘Everyone on the ball has three options, triangles on the pitch. It’s much better than before. But it’s a different culture which will take time. You have to put the hours in, like how we did with Arsene.’last_img read more

Orion Bags Two Contracts in Texas

first_imgOrion Group Holdings, Inc. (ORN) has just announced contract awards totaling approximately $14 million.The company’s marine segment has been awarded two contracts from the Army Corps following successful competitive bids to provide dredging services along the Texas Gulf Coast.“We have been actively bidding on several key Texas dredging projects throughout the last quarter and these two awards provide significant backlog for our dredging fleet going into 2020,” said Mark Stauffer, President and Chief Executive Officer.The first project calls for dredging of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) from Freeport Harbor to the upper Matagorda Bay in Brazoria and Matagorda counties.This work is valued at approximately $6.6 million and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020.The second award, with a value of approximately $7.8 million, will see Orion dredge the GIWW between Corpus Christi and Port Isabel and the channel to Harlingen in Kennedy, Willacy and Cameron counties.This project is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020.Both projects also include options at the Corps’ request for additional work that may increase the scope of work and contract value.last_img read more

CARICOM official warns about duty free access for EU goods

first_imgNewsRegional CARICOM official warns about duty free access for EU goods by: – July 6, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share CARICOM official warns about duty free access for EU goods.KINGSTON, Jamaica – Despite recent assurances by Alexander Walford, policy officer in charge of Caribbean-European Union trade relations fears about revenue loss were misguided, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque has raised concerns about Europe’s demand to reduce customs duties on their goods coming in to this region.Speaking to the media during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Kingston, the Guyana-based Secretary General said Caribbean Forum countries (members of CARICOM plus the Dominican Republic) should not sit back and allow the European Union (EU) to push countries into honouring their obligations under the European Partnership Agreement (EPA).Under the agreement, signed in 2008 between the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and the EU, CARIFOUM countries agreed to start the reduction of customs duties on a number of catergories of Euroipean goods by January 2011. However, according to a report out of Belgium last week, the EU has been growing impatient with the pace at which this is progressing.LaRocque told the media that the CARICOM secretariat was assisting member states of in “getting the correct legislation drafted” but noted that the bigger problem was that member states feared loss of revenue from lowering the tariffs.“But the EU has sounded out and it is an international obligation,” said LaRocque. “It’s an obligation that was entered into by the community by the member states who signed on to the EPA. And the EU has raised it. They have heard of the (fiscal) challenges that are being faced by members. They have not taken any action on it. I think they are making some soundings which we must listen to and be a little more certain in trying to do what we are supposed to do,” he added.He said the secretariat, which has an EPA unit comprised of four highly skilled persons, was “very much involved” in discussions on the reduction in duties and working constantly with member states.“It is an issue that all the member states derive a substantial amount of revenue from their tariffs. That is why in the EPA there is a provision that talks about restructuring your internal taxes, but they are not in tandem with each other. There is a horizon of some longer period to do that,” said LaRocque.Caribbean 360 Newscenter_img 45 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Guv to mall owners: Don’t turn away non-Bacolod residents

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Lacson reminded mall owners that many of their patrons are residents out of this city. He asked them to also take care of non-Bacolod residents. Castro pointed out sanitizing and safety practices were implemented and mall goers were requested to follow all directives. For her part, SM City-Bacolod public relations officer May Castro, said their mall had been preparing for the resumption to normal operations since the city and the province had been placed under enhanced community quarantine. Lacson also reminded the non-Bacolod residents to follow the general quarantine protocols issued by both the city government and the mall management, adding both are following protocols in order to prevent the spread of SARS-coV-2, the virus which causes coronavirus disease 2019.center_img Cleaning personnel were also performing non-stop disinfecting mall grounds and mall safety officers were moving around with their megaphones reminding shoppers to observe social distancing./PN During the mall’s opening on Saturday, it was noticed that mall goers undergo temperature checks first, before being allowed entry. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental appealed to mall owners here to accept residents from areas outside the capital city after the easing of quarantine rules on Saturday. last_img read more

Victory eases pressure on Lambert

first_img Press Association Goals from Christian Benteke and Charles N’Zogbia put Villa in control and all West Ham could manage in reply was an Ashley Westwood own goal as the home side held on for a 2-1 triumph. It was Villa’s first win in nine league games after collecting only three points from the previous 24 available. Lambert admitted: “It’s only great when you hear that whistle and you’ve won. It’s the only good thing about it. The stress levels are ridiculous. It’s hard to explain. You have to be in that position. Balls are going into your box. But once it’s finished it’s great you have won. You just have to see it through.” He went on: “It’s a huge win for us. We have been in positions of being goals up in a right few games. If we had taken more points from those, we’d be comfortably in mid-table. But the pleasing thing is we have hopefully broken the camel’s back with that.” All the goals came late in the match. Benteke scored the opener from the penalty spot after 74 minutes before a stunning free-kick from N’Zogbia put them in control four minutes later. Lambert said: “The free-kick was world-class, an absolute world-class goal. He’s got that in him. He’s a really talented footballer. To be fair, over the last couple of months, Charles has been excellent. He was unlucky because he had a bad injury with his knee. “That kept him out for six weeks or so. Since he’s come back into the fold he’s been excellent. He has been very good. He’s got that X-Factor. These type of players are not easy to come by.” West Ham have now lost five successive away games and manager Sam Allardyce was again rueing missed chances. They were handed a life line by Westwood’s late own goal and then in the final moments Villa keeper Brad Guzan pulled off two fine saves to deny Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole. Allardyce said: “I thought we had saved it but we should never have been in that position. That’s the biggest disappointment. We should never have got ourselves in a losing position because we’d created the chances. We can’t play any better than we played. “We then created the chances to get ourselves back to 2-2 and we failed to do so and that’s been our problem away from home this season. It was a great free kick from Charles N’Zogbia so we can’t criticise that too much. The overall situation was disappointing because of the way we played.” center_img Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert spoke of his relief at a “huge win” over West Ham which moved the midlands club out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.last_img read more

NWSL resumes with ‘bent knees’ from players

first_img(BBC) – Chicago Red Star team-mates, Julie Ertz and Casey Short, shared a tearful embrace on Sunday as the pair knelt during the American national anthem before their National Women’s Soccer League game.As the Chicago and Washington Spirit teams lined up and took a knee, Short became tearful and was supported by fellow USA footballer Ertz.Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage players took a knee before their game on Saturday.The players also wore T-shirts reading “Black Lives Matter” before kick-off.Ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the US anthem in 2016 in protest against racial injustice.Portland and North Carolina said it was to protest against “racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against black people and people of colour”.The joint statement added: “We love our country and we have taken this opportunity to hold it to a higher standard.“It is our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms this nation was founded upon are extended to everyone.”US star Megan Rapinoe, who has opted out of the tournament, said on social media: “You love to see it.“You love to see these women using their voice, demanding better for America, and for black people and people of colour.”The protest has taken renewed significance since the death of George Floyd in the United States.Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died after being restrained by a white Minneapolis police officer on 25 May.Saturday’s match in Utah was the first time a major North American league has returned to action since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which halted sports in March.Courage won the game 2-1, while Washington beat Chicago 2-1.last_img read more

Women of Troy defeat Arizona, earn Pac-12 title

first_imgCapping off a tough weekend that saw seniors outside hitter Alex Jupiter, setter Kendall Bateman and middle blocker Lauren Williams playing their last regular season home game, the Women of Troy swept Arizona on Saturday after taking down Arizona State in four sets Friday night.Senior Night was a little downplayed considering No. 1 USC (24-4, 19-2) will host the first round of the NCAA tournament, but being able to enjoy that plus winning the inaugural Pac-12 regular season championship made for a celebratory weekend for the Women of Troy.“It was a very good week for us; the players are tired, but they really played hard and kept their focus throughout the weekend,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “The seniors appreciated the attention and it worked out perfect for us plus having the football team win, while we were celebrating made it a great weekend to be part of USC.“Saturday’s victory against Arizona was USC’s 19th victory in its last 20 matches and marked the 20th time this season that it won by sweeping its opponent 3-0.In her final home game, Jupiter passed Jennifer Kessy to become USC’s career leader in kills, with .607 on 18 kills to go along with five digs, three blocks and two aces.Bateman turned in another 40-assist performance during USC’s romp against the Wildcats and she quietly sits just 40 assists shy of tying the USC career record held by Janice Mounts. Bateman also connected with Williams for 10 kills without a hitting error versus Arizona.Madison Kingdon and Courtney Karst each finished the match with 10 kills, for the Wildcats (18-11, 10-10).On Friday, the top-ranked Women of Troy took down an upstart Arizona State squad in four sets.Just a night before their last home game, Jupiter, Bateman and Williams showed once again how valuable they are to the team. Led by a match-high 17 kills from Jupiter, which also included nine digs and four blocks, USC had its hands full trying to keep up with a Lady Sun Devils team that had four players with at least 10 kills.Bateman attributed for 53 assists in the match as she outdueled Arizona State’s Shannan McCready, who also put in a strong effort with 48 assists.In the second set, Arizona State took down the Women of Troy thanks to a 4-1 run to end the game, marking just the third time USC has recorded a victory that did not result from a 3-0 score.Sophomore Alexis Olgard registered 20 kills over the weekend, including an error-free match against Arizona, and she continues to emerge as a viable option alongside Williams in the middle.“Olgard is getting her legs now and starting to feel good and its really important for us that she continues to develop,” Haley said. “Once we have two middles who are 6-foot-5 hammering the ball down it becomes really hard for our opponents to handle.”With two weeks to train for a neutral-site match against UCLA, the Women of Troy can rest up and mentally prepare for a deep NCAA tournament run.“We want to keep getting better and stay focused as any improvements we can make give us the best possible chance in this tournament,” Haley said. “For us, it’s the focus that remains the most important thing.”last_img read more