YouTube/AlJazeeraEnglish – Let’s get more on our top story now and the crisis in Gaza. Paramedics there are battling to save lives of those injured in Israel’s bombing campaign. Al Jazeera’s Casey Kauffman joined a response team on call.
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The Hesburgh Center for International Studies hosted the event “Dinner and Discussion: The Crisis in Ukraine,” a discussion that focused on Russia, Ukraine and the political and ideological motivations that encompassed them on Tuesday evening.The discussion was led by Russian scholar Alexander Martin and leading international relations scholar Dan Lindley, who are both fellows of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The pair attempted to explain the historical, political and ideological relationship Russia has with Ukraine, Europe and NATO.Martin said while there are similarities between the crisis in Crimea and the Cold War, there exists a failure to understand the Russian political system.“Russia is not a dictatorship in the sense that you might assume,” Martin said. “The Russian government is a political machine. It’s a system in which multiple groups have to work together, but that is dominated by a small number of people, particularly Vladimir Putin”.Martin said Russia’s political system is largely influenced by people who occupy positions in the military, police and other occupations relating to defense and security, which is influential in international relations.“The people who dominate the Russian political system are people whose careers have mostly been spent in what Russians call the ‘power ministry,’ [where the] people’s number one concern has been national security. That leads them to view international affairs in terms of threats,” he said.Russia’s history and ideological viewpoint is crucial to understanding the events in Crimea, Martin said, for Russia is not just a nation, but a multinational empire.”[Russia] is a state with a unique purpose and a unique destiny,” Martin said. “Russians see themselves as having a special role or mission that is reflected in Russian orthodoxy and Soviet socialism.”Lindley mainly discussed the relationship between Russia and NATO. NATO created part of the problematic relationship between the U.S and Russia, Lindley said, due to its role in the fall of the Soviet Union.“The U.S looks at events in Crimea and the Ukraine from two main perspectives: liberal internationalism and conservative primacy,” Lindley said.Lindley defined liberal internationalism as an ideology centered on spreading western values and democracy to other countries, while conservative primacy places more importance on America’s relative position of power in the world. Both views support NATO expansion in countries bordering Russia, yet fail to understand the implications, he said.“Both are wrong and both are dangerous in their approach and explanations to what’s going on.” Lindley said. Tags: alexander martin, Cold War, Crimea, dan lindley, dinner and discussion, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, nanovic institute fellows, nato, power ministry, Russia, russian political system, the crisis in ukraine, Ukraine
Officials from the Office of the Registrar updated the Notre Dame student senate on the class registration project Wednesday.Amika Micou, Chuck Hurley and Paul Ullrich explained and demonstrated the use of the new system, which will be implemented when students register for classes for the spring semester. The new process will allow students to create a mock schedule in a Notre Dame specific online planner, similar to the process available on websites like Coursicle.“The plan … is integrated into the NOVO registration,” Micou said. “So, in two clicks, you have registered for classes.”The system will allow for easier class searching with a wildcard search option, a calendar representation of the classes in the planner and the ability to switch to a different section of the same class without leaving the planner, the presenters explained.The registration process will look very similar to the current system, with each student receiving a timed ticket to access registration for classes.“I know all of you love waking up in the morning and registering early, so we won’t prevent you from doing that,” Hurley said. “The planning tool is not registration, and it’s important that you emphasize that.”Senators will have the chance to try the new system before the rest of the student body and give feedback on their experience, Micou said.An update to the co-exchange program between Notre Dame, Holy Cross College and St. Mary’s will also take place next semester. Students will be required to enroll in 12 credits in their home institution before enrolling in classes elsewhere, Hurley said.Student Union parliamentarian Colin Brankin presented proposals for amendments to the Student Union Constitution to the senate, the largest involving the quorum and proxy policies for the senate. Currently, the quorum, which is the minimum number of senators that must be present in order for the meeting to take place, is set at three-fifths of members present. Brankin and his committee propose increasing that number to two-thirds, which is the quorum for every organization in the Student Union except for the senate.“Nobody really knows why it’s three-fifths, so just for consistency’s sake, we are setting it at two-thirds,” Brankin said. “One of the other supporting reasons why we are changing it to two-thirds rather than just consistency is to hold you guys accountable. You ran based on the promise that you’d be here … and two-thirds will hopefully entice you to do so.”Senate also discussed whether proxy members of senate, who attend in place of a senator who cannot attend, should count for quorum and should be allowed to vote. Currently, proxies do count for quorum, meaning there is no limit on the number of proxies that attend senate meetings. No consensus was reached on either issue.Other proposed changes include allowing the chairperson, currently student body vice president Sibonay Shewit, to call for a paper ballot vote for any type of vote. As the constitution reads now, any senators can call for a paper ballot vote, but the chairperson cannot.“Some people may be discouraged to [call for a paper ballot] for fear that people will automatically assume that they are voting a certain way,” Brankin said. “This way, it gives [Shewit] the extra ability to call for that. It will allow the voting members to feel more comfortable in how they vote, and to vote truthfully and honestly.”Other proposed changes are organizational changes to clarify and condense parts of the constitution, with no effect on the constitutional policy itself.The group will continue to discuss these proposed changes and will vote in the coming weeks.Student body president Becca Blais, Shewit and student government chief of staff Prathm Juneja updated the senate on their report to the Board of Trustees.The report regarded on-campus alcohol culture and was given to the Board over fall break. Blais said the Board asked questions, engaged with the report and were interested in finding solutions to make campus safer, especially with the new requirement to spend six semesters on campus.The implementation of Callisto, a program to allow for easier anonymous recording and reporting of sexual violence on campus, will be voted on by Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP) this Friday. Blais, Shewit and Juneja said they support the enactment of this program at Notre Dame.Tags: alcohol abuse, class registration, Constitutional Amendments, Senate
Fresh off the Tour de France, some of the world’s best cyclists will reach for freshly-baked Bonk Breaker energy bars during next week’s Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Billed as America’s Toughest Stage Race, which this year takes place 6-11 August, Bonk Breaker will fuel the peloton, including 5 UCI Pro Teams, as the official nutrition bar – in addition to sponsoring the Bonk Breaker Feed Zone.Among the 16 professional cycling teams invited from around the globe to do battle over the challenging six-day, 586-mile mountainous stage race summiting over 43,000 vertical feet are two UCI Continental teams sponsored by Bonk Breaker: 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing and the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team.“The Tour of Utah is one of the premier cycling events held on American roads and is a perfect fit for Bonk Breaker,” said Chris Frank, Chairman & Co-CEO of Bonk Breaker.“We’re proud to be the official nutrition bar and sponsor the Bonk Breaker Feed Zone on every stage. We are confident that this partnership (with the race) will be a sensational success and as die hard cycling fans, we’re excited to fuel some tremendous competition.”Bonk Breaker makes the official energy, protein and nutritional bars of USA Cycling and the USA Cycling Team in ten flavour variants. It is also the official energy bar of the US Ironman triathlon series.“The Tour is proud to have Bonk Breaker support the race this year at our feed zones, showcasing their gluten, dairy and soy-free energy bars to endurance athletes, weekend warriors and spectators,” said Jenn Andrs, Project Manager for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.“We welcome the partnership between a physically challenging activity like cycling and a nutritional product that can help fuel high performance.”www.bonkbreaker.comwww.tourofutah.com Related
There is a game played out every summer out here, Us against Them. You all know what I mean. Some locals resent the summer visitors and I get that. They clog up the already clogged up roads and all the good restaurants are all booked up on weekend nights. There’s no place to park. A lot of the visitors are short-tempered, bossy, and nasty. They annoy us even more than we annoy each other.On the other hand, our little town wouldn’t survive without their money.The locals take grim satisfaction on holiday weekends when the weather is bad. That’s because we know a lot of people come out for the sun and beaches and have nothing to do when it rains. Let’s face it, if you brave the traffic to come all the way out here and end up eating a soggy hot dog in your dank summer rental, you lost.But if you are among the new breed of nouveau riche and you have a couple tricks (or should I say tips) up your sleeve, life is sweet. One phone call to your favorite maître’d and you and your loved ones have the premier seat at the best restaurant in town, with three waiters fawning all over you and complimentary Shirley Temples for your little obnoxious snot-nosed kids who screech painfully loud and run around the dining room coughing and spraying germs all over. Meanwhile, locals are still waiting outside after being promised the next available table that never comes.The sun finally comes out and you head for the beach. No, there are no parking spaces — you already knew that. You also know at least one of these pushy city Alphas will park without the requisite beach sticker, because they don’t realize how precious these things are. So, you drop a dime on the Land Rover and wait five minutes until the tow truck comes. You pull right in as the tow truck backs out.Here’s one the locals love. Go to Main Street and keep circling until you finally get a parking space. This takes a while because hundreds of people are doing the same thing, circling to find a spot so they can go buy charcoal, coconut suntan lotion, and pink flip flops.Once you pull in, turn around and drape your arm around the seat and look out the back window. When you see Mr. Alpha in his black Land Rover coming, place the car in reverse. The Alpha will stop to wait for you to pull out. Don’t. Eventually he’ll jump out of the Land Rover, slam the door, storm towards you, and angrily knock on your car window. “Are you pulling out or what?” he yells. “No, I’m not,” you say.Let’s tell it like it is. There are only three things to do around here at night: drink, drink, or go to the movies. During the summer, hundreds of people are bearing down on the theater because it’s a rainy cold night and they can’t get into the restaurant. You wait online for an hour and when you get to the head of the line, four of the five movies in the multiplex, like the Avengers and Ocean’s Eight are sold out.The only movie left is Mrs. O’Reilly’s Left Foot starring Emma Thompson as a blind woman who reads The Brothers Karamazov with her big toe — in English and Russian. Note: Best take a bottle of vodka in with you. I laughed, I cried as I desperately waited for the clock to move.Meanwhile, our friends from the city used their phone apps to buy tickets to all the future Oscar winners that will be playing out here all summer.Here’s our little revenge: all our stores carry the de rigueur Hamptons summer wear. But not really. None of us would ever get caught wearing any of this stuff, but the tourists love it to death. For example, straw hats actually attract flies. It’s like wearing a miniature horse on your head. If you want to keep the sun out of your eyes, here’s a tip: stay out of the sun.Terrycloth shirts: my god, man, this isn’t the Yonkers Bath House. Take those things off; it scares the kids.Flip flops: regular readers know how I feel about these peculiar things, made all the more ridiculous because they are invariably either pink, orange, or lime green. If God wanted two of our toes to do the work of five, he would have made us ducks.What’s that smell? You guessed it — the coconut suntan lotion. Does this concoction prevent sunburn? Of course not. But sharks won’t come within 20 miles of it. And that’s a win-win for all of us.Rick Murphy is a six-time winner of the New York Press Association Best Column award as well as the winner of first place awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Suburban Newspaper Association of America and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. Share
After it was previously announced that China’s Sinopec has reached an agreement to buy Marathon’s stake in Block 31, offshore Angola, the US-based oil company has confirmed the deal today.Marathon Oil Corporation announced that its subsidiary, Marathon International Oil Angola Block 31 Limited, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its 10 percent working interest in the Production Sharing Contract and Joint Operating Agreement in Block 31 offshore Angola to SSI Thirty-One Limited (Sonangol Sinopec International). The transaction has a total value of approximately $1.5 billion, excluding any purchase price adjustments at closing. The companies anticipate closing the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2013, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013.The transaction is subject to government, regulatory and third-party approvals, and pre-emption rights which exist on the block. SSI Thirty-One Limited currently holds a 5 percent working interest in the block.“This transaction highlights the shareholder value we have created through exploration success in Angola, as well as our commitment to financial discipline and efforts to profitably grow the Company,” said Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., Marathon Oil chairman, president and CEO. “We expect to use the proceeds from this sale to repurchase shares, strengthen the balance sheet and for general corporate purposes.”With this transaction, the Company has agreed upon or closed on nearly $2.9 billion in divestitures, at the upper end of its targeted $1.5 billion to $3 billion of divestitures over the period of 2011 through 2013.Production from the PSVM development on Block 31 commenced in the fourth quarter of 2012. The concessionaire of Block 31 is Sonangol, Angola’s state-owned oil company. The operator is BP Exploration Angola with a 26.67 percent working interest. Sonangol E.P. holds 25 percent; Sonangol P&P holds 20 percent; Statoil Angola A.S. holds 13.33 percent; and SSI Thirty-One Limited currently holds 5 percent.Marathon Oil’s financial advisor for this transaction is Scotia Waterous.[mappress]June 26, 2013; Image: Marathon
The newly announced Claims Process for RTA claims valued up to £10,000 is the latest attack on the rights of those injured in road traffic accidents. The outstanding ‘achievement’ of the Predictable Costs regime is that many claimants are now represented by so-called claim factories, that are forced to employing cheap, inexperienced clerks to run PI claims. It seems this rot is set to worsen with the vast majority of cases under the new regime attracting costs of only £1,200. This is compounded by a regime that, among other limitations, forces the claimant to accept the opinion of a medical expert, which simply cannot be challenged, and which must be disclosed 15 days from finalisation. This means that claimants will no longer be able to exercise their right to challenge the opinion of a medical expert or obtain alternative evidence before disclosure. Much worse, claimants will no longer be able to await the expiry of a declared prognosis period to ensure it is actually accurate, before having their claim resolved. How many claimants will have their claims forcibly adjudicated by the court during a prognosis period, only to return to their solicitors months after to complain that they are still suffering? In (what will no doubt be rare) cases, where the prognosis period does expire before the claim is resolved, there are provisions within the new rules to allow for medical opinion to be obtained outside of the process, and for oral hearings to take place. However, in such cases the claimant will effectively have to obtain alternative evidence to defeat his or her primary medical evidence and convince the court the latter evidence is correct, while costs will remain restricted to the paltry sums allowed by the regime. Claimant solicitors should be forgiven for having little enthusiasm to take such cases forward, given the risks and self-defeating financial implications involved in doing so. Whether at that point solicitor practices will even be able to afford to employ those with the necessary expertise to do so is also highly questionable. We can however take comfort from the fact that the latter situation will be rarity, as most cases will be forced to under-settle before the prognosis period expires. Christopher Hibbert, Sheldon Davidson Solicitors, Manchester
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TAROUBA, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – SEPTEMBER 08: Shimron Hetmyer (C) of Guyana Amazon Warriors walks off the field dismissed by Scott Kuggelejin (3R) of St Lucia Zouks during the Hero Caribbean Premier League Play-Off match 32 between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Zouks at Brian Lara Cricket Academy on September 8, 2020 in Tarouba, Trinidad And Tobago. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images) Unfancied St Lucia Zouks surged into their first-ever Caribbean Premier League final when they inflicted a punishing 10-wicket defeat on last year’s losing finalists, Guyana Amazon Warriors, in the second semi-final on Tuesday night.After choosing to bowl first at the Brian Lara Stadium, they bundled out Amazon Warriors for a paltry 55 in the 14th over – the second lowest-ever total in tournament history – with off-spinners Mark Deyal (2-2) and Roston Chase (2-15), along with left-arm spinner Zahir Khan (2-12) and seamer Scott Kuggeleijn (2-12) all claiming two wickets each.Zouks then needed only 27 balls to reach their target with burly Rahkeem Cornwall slamming two fours and three massive sixes in an unbeaten 32 off just 17 deliveries.The victory propelled Zouks into Thursday’s final where they meet overwhelming favourites Trinbago Knight Riders who are unbeaten in the tournament.“My message [in the dressing room] before I came out was this is not what we came here for – we didn’t come here to celebrate a semi-final,” captain Darren Sammy said in a post-match interview.“Nobody really gave us a chance but we have some effective guys. We don’t have guys in the top 10 or top five in the runs but we’ve played as a team. It’s a massive effort to get to the final with the players that we have.”New Zealander Kuggeleijn, entering with 14 wickets under his belt, handed Zouks an explosive start when he removed Brandon King and Shimron Hetmyer with successive deliveries in the opening over without a run scored.King fished at a wide ball and featured a catch behind and left-hander Hetmyer offered no stroke to a good length ball that clipped the top of off-stump.Nicholas Pooran (11) struck Kuggeleijn for back-to-back boundaries in the third over but then holed out to a diving catch at long off by Deyal in the following over from off-spinner Mohammed Nabi.And when New Zealander Ross Taylor missed a sweep and was plumb lbw in the sixth over for three, Amazon Warriors were 24 for four and the backbone of their batting broken.Left-handed opener Chandrapaul Hemraj tried to repair the innings in a top score of 25 of 26 balls but wickets continued to tumble around him and he was eventually seventh out in the 13th over – one of the last five wickets which crashed for four runs in the space of 15 deliveries.“It’s a disappointing effort to be knocked out like that but full credit has to go to Darren and his team, they completely outplayed us,” said losing captain Chris Green.“You can’t score 55 and expect to defend it. Nonetheless, I’m incredibly proud of our guys.”With history beckoning, Cornwall left nothing to chance. He twice cleared the ropes with Green in the first over and he and Deyal, who finished on 19 not out, combined to take 13 runs from the next over sent down by leg-spinner Imran Tahir.“When you have low scores like that, I don’t think we want to go out there and muck around with it. Just get it over and done,” Cornwall said.When 16 runs leaked from the third over from seamer Naveen-ul-Haq, the floodgates were truly open and the end came swiftly.CMC
WASHINGTON D.C., United States, CMC – The World Bank has approved US$36 million for St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Lucia after the two Caribbean countries were affected by a freak storm last Christmas resulting in the deaths of more than 12 people.It says more than 30,000 people will benefit from the funds approved under the International Development Association (IDA) Crisis Response Window.The bank said the weather heavily impacted infrastructures in both countries with substantial damages on roads and bridges, and the impact was concentrated in areas with the highest levels of poverty.The World Bank said the respective governments’ Rapid Damage and Loss Assessments, conducted in January with assistance from the World Bank, the Africa Caribbean Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Natural Risk Reduction Programme and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) estimated total losses to be about US$108 million, or 15 percent of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ gross domestic product (GDP) and US$99 million or eight percent of St Lucia’s GDP.The bank said the disaster took place in the peak of the tourism season.“While the financial impact of the disaster remains unknown, early estimates conclude that this event will affect the agriculture and tourism sectors and result in economic contractions in both countries,” it said.Within a few weeks of the disaster, the World Bank said it was able to make US$1.9 million in emergency funds available to support the governments’ recovery efforts.“The reconstruction efforts are crucial as the hurricane season in the Caribbean is fast approaching,” said Sophie Sirtaine, World Bank country director for the Caribbean.“Our financial support will not only rebuild critical infrastructure and boost the economy, it will also help build long-term climate resilience.”The World Bank said approval for specific investments under these operations will be sought under streamlined emergency response procedures that allow the bank to respond quickly to meet reconstruction needs following natural disasters.“We will never forget the people who lost their lives as a result of this disaster, and will use their deaths as a wake-up call for the entire nation that we are a country that is highly vulnerable to natural disasters and the impacts of climate variability,” St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves told the World Bank.“While services and transport access have been largely reinstated, parallel efforts will need to be undertaken to mobilize resources required to stabilize and permanently rehabilitate, reconstruct and retrofit damaged infrastructure,” added St Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony. Caribbean Media Corporation Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet 23 Views no discussions NewsRegional World Bank approves funds for St Vincent and St Lucia freak storm damage by: – March 25, 2014