McWell introduces new services to promote wellness on campus

first_imgIn its second year, the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, also known as McWell, is looking to expand the services it offers in order to encourage more students to utilize its resources.Michael Yu | The Observer Kelly Hogan Stewart, director of McWell, said the mission of the Center — located on the second floor of St. Liam’s Hall — was to strive for comprehensive wellness for all those on campus. “Our mission is to cultivate a healthy campus environment where students thrive through the integration of mind, body and spirit,” she said in an email. The Center pursues its goal by offering programs that focus on increasing well-being in all aspects of student life, Stewart said.“By strategically partnering with units across campus, we create well-being programming and resources that are easy for our students to access,” she said. These programs include leadership training workshops, the McWell Sleep Program, Koru Mindfulness Training and the Annual Wellness Expo. By offering many different options for students to better influence their own well-being, they “strive to make the healthier choice the easier choice for Notre Dame students,” Stewart said. In addition to the many programs offered for the greater health of the University, McWell itself has also undergone significant changes in recent months in order to better serve its function as a place of relaxation and revitalization for students. McWell now houses a student break room, living room — complete with a mini fireplace — and the fort, a small room ideal for reading or meditating. Every room is available for reservation, Stewart said. After studying or lounging in the living room, students can take advantage of the resource hub, where coffee, tea, trail mix and even strawberries are all offered free of charge. The essential oil station provides a wide variety of calming and beneficial topical and air sprays. Stewart said input from student government and Notre Dame faculty experts in the field of environmental psychology was crucial to the planning of the renovations to the Center. She said that the “space was updated to reflect the expanded mission.”“We have become a holistic well-being department, driven by students for students,” she said. Concern for the environment was also a large factor in the creation of the new space. Dana Bakirtjy, sustainability communications project manager for the Office of Sustainability, worked closely with the staff of McWell to ensure that the upgrades to the center were as environmentally friendly as possible.Bakirtjy said the “greener” solutions included reusable containers and bulk dispensers in the resource room, as well as a gooseneck spigot for the water fountain and the introduction of LED lights.“They’re a fairly young office,” Bakirtjy said. “They were brought in to increase wellness through the student body.”“They’re really working on the overall concept of wellness,” Bakirtjy said. “They’re always looking for new opportunities [to increase the sustainability practices of McWell].” Tags: health, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, McWell, sustainabilitylast_img read more

Murry H. “Sonny” Nobles, Jr.

first_img “Sonny” is survived by his mother, Ola Nobles of Port Neches; sister, Marilyn Johnson of Port Neches; brothers, Mickey Nobles of Port Neches; Rick Nobles and wife, Julie of Overland Park, KS; nieces and nephews, Marcos Johnson, Ashlie Edwards, Adam Nobles, Robin Wahlquist, Todd Nobles. He was preceded in death by his father.A gathering of family and friends will be Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 4 to 6 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 6 p.m. at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland with Rev. Rob Jones officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Port Neches in “Sonny’s” honor.Details and registry available at Melancons.org Murry H. “Sonny” Nobles, Jr., 71, of Port Neches, TX, passed away April 9, 2016.   He was born May 8, 1944 to the late Murry Hammond Nobles, Sr and Ola B. Metcalf Nobles.last_img read more

The Gophers send Syracuse back east empty-handed

first_imgAfter the game, Syracuse’s head coach, Quentin Hillsman, called Bello the best when it comes to rebounding.“I know it don’t look like it, but we game-planned for that … we didn’t do a very good job of executing that obviously,” Hillsman said.Syracuse weathered the storm and used balanced scoring to hang in the game. Five players on the team scored more than eight points, and they tied the game at 55 with 6:34 remaining in the fourth quarter after Minnesota had the lead for most of the game.“The first three quarters you’re up the whole time, and then they changed the momentum, we just knew that we worked too hard to lose this game,” said Kenisha Bell.In the fourth quarter, Minnesota used a timeout by Whalen to regain the momentum and the game away. With 3:33 left in the game, down six points, the Gophers went on a 11-0 run to pull the game out of Syracuse’s reach. “We knew that coming into this environment, that if we didn’t get to the foul line, if we didn’t control the rebounding, that we didn’t have a chance to win this game. And that’s pretty much what happened, we got handled in the paint and we didn’t get to the foul line,” Hillsman said. “You can’t win games like that, not against evenly-matched teams, and they were definitely that, tonight they were the better team.”Next on the schedule for the Gophers is a game against the Air Force Falcons on Dec. 2 at Williams Arena. It will be the second-to-last of six-straight home games for the team, as they now move to 6-0 on the season. The Gophers send Syracuse back east empty-handedThe No. 12 team in the country proved no match for Minnesota on Thursday night.Tony SaundersForward Taye Bello looks up court during Gopher women’s basketball’s annual exhibition versus the men’s scout team on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Williams Arena. Babatunde JinaduDecember 1, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota women’s basketball team played the Syracuse Orange on Thursday evening at Williams Arena in front of a deafening crowd. Head coach Lindsay Whalen had worked all week to get her team ready and it showed.The No. 20 Gophers upset the No. 12 Orange 72-68 in the first test against a ranked opponent for Minnesota.“It was nice to have a couple days, we worked a lot on getting ready for their pressure, just getting ready for what they wanted to do,” Whalen said. “It’s still early in the season, we still have some strides to make, so it was good for us to have a couple of days of practice.”Thursday’s game was a part of the 12th annual ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge. Last season, the ACC Conference and the Big Ten Conference each sent 10 teams to the postseason and, to many, they are recognized as two of the most competitive conferences in the country. The Gophers got out to a hot start in the game, and pulled ahead of the No. 12 team in the country by a score of 17-6 with two minutes left in the first quarter. Syracuse looked rattled and out of sorts in the first half, and at halftime Minnesota held on to its lead by a score of 36-31.Kenisha Bell was relentless in her attack and time and time again her teammates were ready to back her up when called upon. At times the Gophers seemed to score at will against Syracuse’s zone defense. Bell finished with 24 points in the game, while Taiye Bello scored a double-double in two and half quarters and would eventually finish the game with 20 points and eight rebounds. “We worked hard all week staying competitive in drills. Nobody likes to lose especially when you’re working so hard,” Bell said.last_img read more

Interaction between Trade and Labour – the Future of Work in the Caribbean

first_img Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates Thus here in the Caribbean where international trade is critical to economic growth and development, we must be aware of the link between trade and labour and be engaged in the discussions now taking place on the future of work in this new industrial age. Jamaica has been celebrating the highest increase in employment in many years due to investments in trade in services through business process outsourcing (BPOs) and tourism. This employment increase is linked to international trade. Nevertheless, there is concern about our preparations for looming changes in employment, including increasing automation in the BPO sector. Many countries in the Caribbean commemorate Labour Day in May, most on May 1 to coincide with International Labour Day and its activities. As we in Jamaica prepare to mark Workers’ Week, May 17-24, and Labour Day on May 23, we need to be examining the relationship between trade and labour and building awareness of the ongoing work and discussions on the future of work. I note that during the week an event will be held to commemorate the centenary of the ILO, 1919-2019, and the Trade Unions Act of Jamaica. I did not see an event on the Future of Work. This Future of Work question came to my attention when the report issued by the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work entitled “Work for a brighter Future” was recommended as a must read. In addition, in the Barbados Advocate newspaper of May 10, it was reported that on May 8, the Sir Arthur Lewis Distinguished Lecture was delivered by Professor Emieritus Hilbourne Watson on the subject “Transnational Capitalist Globalization and Caribbean Future: Unlimited Supplies of Labour and the Robot Rampage”. The Professor, it was reported, pointed out that in the production of goods and services, humans are not just competing with but are being replaced by machines, robots, and other smart devices and there are implications for Caribbean. My research reveals that work on the future of work has been ongoing since 2016 when the World Economic Forum published its first future of jobs report – The Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In 2017, the ILO, approaching its centenary, launched its Future of Work Initiative and established the Global Commission, co-chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden. The ILO noted that the world of work is undergoing a major process of transformation due to, among other things, advances in technology and the impact of climate change on production and employment. The Commission’s report will be discussed at the centenary session of the International Labour Conference to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, June 10-21. This Conference is expected to be addressed by Heads of State and Government. Leading up to the Conference, the ILO invited Member States to organize events to mark the centenary and to discuss the Report on the Future of Work as the Initiative is to culminate at the Conference. In preparation for and to ensure its input, the Caribbean has been engaged in studies, consultations and meetings as follows: 2017 – ILO/SALISES Study on the Future of Work in the Caribbean: What do we know? What do we need to know? 2018 – Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) – Series on the Future of Work in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Great Opportunity for the Region? An ILO Meeting on the Future of Work in the Caribbean was also held in Panama in October 2018 at which the CARICOM Human Resource Development (HRD) 2030 Strategy and its role in enabling employability was presented. 2019 – ILO Bureau of Workers Activities and Office in the Caribbean convened a High Level Conference on the Future of Work in the Caribbean in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, February 14-15, to encourage discussions in the region. The 11th Meeting of Caribbean Labour Ministers will be held in Barbados, May 14-15, and the Ministers are expected to discuss the ILO’s Future of Work report. ILO meetings/consultations usually take a tripartite approach involving representatives of government (Ministry of Labour), employers (Employers Federation) and workers (trade unions). Given the importance of these discussions on the future of work and the link to trade and development, I would hope that to ensure coherence, consultations on the ILO report would have included other Government Ministries such as Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Economic Growth and Job Creation, Finance, Education, Industry and Commerce, Agriculture, Gender and Culture, and Tourism and that other private sector bodies would be included such as Exporters, Manufacturers, the Chambers of Commerce and Small Businesses. At the regional level, I would have liked to read that CARICOM organs such as the Council for Finance and Planning (COFAP) and the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) as well as the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) reviewed this significant ILO Report. Although there have been some reporting in the media on the future of work, I would like to see more focus on this issue during Workers’ Week and leading up to the International Labour Conference in June. By Elizabeth Morgan We are apparently in the second machine age of the fourth industrial revolution. Investors want to remain competitive in global trade. The challenges being faced include aging workers in some regions including the Caribbean; facilitating movement of labour – migration issues; reducing cost of employment – less benefits to workers, more contracts including zero hour contracts; increasing resort to technology and automation – robots, driverless cars, self-service checkouts, online banking and shopping; digitization trending towards a “gig” economy with a flexible workforce and hours; new industries – green and blue; re-training of workers, and lack of capacity to respond to evolving requirements of the global labour market. These present risks and opportunities for the Caribbean in investment, trade, employment, and sustainable economic growth and development. It is recognized that labour plays a significant role in international trade and competitiveness. A study undertaken by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2007 concluded that trade and labour and social policies interact and greater coherence can significantly impact trade reforms and the quality of jobs. In the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), key related goals are 4 -quality education that is inclusive, equitable and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all;  8 –  decent work and economic growth promoting sustained, inclusive sustainable growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;  and  17 pointing to partnerships with international trade as a key means of implementation. Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities… Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance Oct 14, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 You may be interested in…center_img Oct 1, 2020 Sep 29, 2020 Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics. ILO: Centenary Declaration for the Future of WorkBy Elizabeth Morgan I am returning to an article I wrote in May on the Future of Work. In that article, I referred to the link between trade and labour and informed that the report of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Global Commission on the Future of Work titled “Work…August 15, 2019In “Featured”Impact of Population Issues on Foreign TradeBy Elizabeth Morgan The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting some issues which I had not fully explored. One of these is the impact of population issues, such as demographic shifts, on foreign trade. COVID-19’s ravishing of Italy and Spain in Europe brought to the fore the issue of Europe’s aging population.…April 8, 2020In “General”CARICOM’s Economic Independence: Role of Foreign TradeBy Elizabeth Morgan August is a significant month in Caribbean liberation history. The Anglo-Caribbean countries commemorated Emancipation Day, marking the official end of slavery. Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago celebrate 57 years of Independence on August 6 and 31 respectively. The Rt. Hon. Norman Manley expressed the view that his…August 7, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Ahead of Biodiversity Summit, UN Officials call for Action… last_img read more

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 9 To Oct. 15, 2019

first_imgISAIAH LEE EDWARD AYLMEROct. 11 at 1:53 p.m. / Police arrested Isaiah Lee Edward Aylmer, 19, of White Rock at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant. LAPD News:The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.HALLIE MAY SCHWENKOct. 9 at 12:48 a.m. / Police arrested Hallie May Schwenk, 21, of Grants in Grants on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. ELIJAH J. MEASONOct. 15 at 11:21 p.m. / Police arrested Elijah J. Meason, 30, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant, a warrant from another jurisdiction and i=on an arrest order.last_img read more

Carbon Free Power Project Advances To Next Phase

first_imgAn image describes how the carbon free power project would operate. Courtesy imageBy KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Postkirsten@ladailypost.comLos Alamos County’s Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) will advance into the next phase.The motion to approve continuing the project passed 5-2 during Tuesday night’s County Council meeting. Councilors Randall Ryti and Antonio Maggiore opposed the motion.With this approval, the project’s next phase includes a financial commitment from the County totaling $1,046,849 to prepare the Combined Operating License Application (COLA), according to a County press release. The COLA is planned to be submitted in May 2023.The CFPP is being pursued by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), which Los Alamos DPU is a member. It entails constructing a nuclear generating station at Idaho National Laboratory. The nuclear station generation capacity is planned for 720 megawatts using 12 small modular reactors. The County has subscribed for 11.186 megawatts at a target price of $55 per megawatt hour.This has been a project under serious consideration since the 2017 Integrated Resource Plan was adopted to explore how the County could meet its goal to be a carbon neutral electrical energy provider by 2040.Even though the County is moving into the next phase, the project’s future is not a sure thing.For the project to be successful, all parties involved need to financially contribute the agreed upon cost sharing, Department of Public Utilities Manager Philo Shelton said. This includes participating UAMPS members, DOE and NuScale, the developer of the small modular reactor technology.To execute this project over the next three years Shelton added that there is approximately a $20 million commitment from UAMPS participants for the completion of the COLA. He said that the DOE Multi-Year Grant Award needs to be secured prior to spending any money on the completion of the COLA.DOE is proposing it will contribute 80 percent of the funding for this next phase with 5 percent coming from NuScale and 15 percent from UAMPS’ members that are participating in the CFPP.If this does not happen the County will have two more opportunities to leave the project. The objective is to construct the nuclear generating station starting in December 2025 and have it operational in 2030.Although both Ryti and Maggiore supported the technology, utilizing nuclear power to meet electrical demands, they opposed moving forward with the project due to the belief that the County should not be investing in a first-of-a-kind technology.Ryti said he wished the nuclear power station were built in New Mexico so that the state and the County’s regional partners could reap the benefits that the station would offer.“I would like it, if we could have a project in New Mexico where we could generate this kind of revenue for our neighbors,” he said.Maggiore said he was skeptical DOE would follow through on its commitment to fund the project.“I think this is a wonderful project,” he said. “Is this a project I think Los Alamos County should be underwriting? Absolutely not … to underwrite this project requires a degree of faith in the (DOE) and that is a department that especially as of late has let us down; whether it be how well they clean up land or whether it be bold face, disingenuous offers of land. I am not willing to risk our rate payers’ money on the potential that (DOE) will do the right thing.”Ryti and Maggiore were not the only skeptics. Los Alamos resident George Chandler also encouraged abandoning the project.“We should take the off-ramp,” Chandler said. “I refer to the lagging subscription rate, the ever-sliding schedule, the failure of the plan for a factory-built module shipped to site, the absence of any prototype using nuclear fuel, and the changing design of the fuel … I am mostly concerned that we are not being fully informed by NuScale about the scale of the technical effort that is required. Our utilities department does not seem interested in challenging the assertions that are made by NuScale and has never engaged relevant technical expertise to get an independent evaluation of the project.”The project does have supporters.“Nuclear power needs to be the way to go,” council candidate Aaron Walker said. “It is really the only pathway forward for renewables until the technology for solar and wind catch up … the benefit outweighs the risk.”Several councilors agreed.Councilor David Izraelevitz said while theproject poses questions and risk, he felt an approximate $1 million investment from the County, which equals about $60-$70 per rate payer over the three year period, is a fairly minimal financial risk. Plus, it allows the County to stay in the game for new energy technology.“It’s a prudent investment to stay in the game,” he said.However, Izraelevitz said a competitive analysis is a good idea and the subscriptions to the project need to grow.Councilor Katrina Martin said she felt it was important to act to achieve the County’s carbon neutral goal.“I do agree in lieu of a better option … we have to do something,” she said.More information on the CFPP is available on the County website at https://ladpu.com/CFPP. Additionally, the recorded BPU and Council meetings are also available on the county website. View the BPU meeting held Aug. 19: http://losalamos.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2035 and the County Council meeting held Aug. 25: http://losalamos.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2040last_img read more

Linde to demonstrate power of H2 at Shell Eco-marathon

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Scana Scores Ichthys Contract, Australia

first_imgScana Industrier ASA has, through its subsidiary Scana Steel Stavanger, been awarded a new contract from Samsung Heavy for delivery of steel casting intended for the Australian Ichthys project, representing a value of 36 MNOK.Including previously received orders from Samsung for the same project, the total value adds up to 93 MNOK.The project will commence activity immediately, and deliveries will complete by the end of 2013.The new contract includes approx. 60 casting components which are part of the mooring system for the Ichthys project.1 Norwegian krone = 0.170395 U.S. dollars[mappress]LNG World News Staff, August 12, 2013; Image: Inpexlast_img read more

Hanjin Heavy Secures Capesize Bulk Carrier Order

first_imgKorean shipbuilding company Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. (HHIC), announced today in its regulatory filing that the company has secured an order worth around USD 55.6 million for the construction of one Capesize bulk carrier.The order has been placed by a Liberia-based ship-owner.The company also said that the vessel will be delivered by the end of April 2016.World Maritime News Staff, November 1, 2013last_img

Trademark

first_img Schutz (UK) Ltd and another v Delta Containers Ltd and another: Chancery Division (Mr Justice Briggs): 5 July 2011 The claimant was a company manufacturing bulk containers (IBCs). Each IBC consisted of a metal cage, into which a plastic bottle capable of holding 1,000 litres of liquid would be placed. The bottles wore out faster than the cages. The defendant company had established a business in which it would fit a new bottle, not necessarily of the claimant’s manufacture, to the cages (the altered IBCs). The claimants displayed their name and logo conspicuously on the cages and less conspicuously on the bottles. The defendants used a disclaimer sticker on each IBC. The claimant issued proceedings against the defendant, on the ground that the claimant’s business activities constituted trade mark infringement and passing off. The claimant contended that when the defendant fitted an IBC made by the claimant with a bottle made by another company, it was infringing the claimant’s trade marks in relation to the bottle and the IBC as a whole. It further claimed that the defendant’s conduct was sufficient to constitute passing off of its altered IBCs as the IBCs of the claimant, by giving the impression that the bottle was manufactured or approved by the claimant and that the IBC as a whole was the claimant’s product. The defendant contended that the continued appearance of the claimant’s trade marks on the IBC constituted no more than the legitimate use of the trade mark in relation to the cage alone, and was neither a use nor a misrepresentation in relation to the bottle or the IBC as a whole. The defendants further contended that their use of disclaimers was sufficient to avoid the allegation of infringement of the claimant’s trade mark. They submitted that where applicable their customers were fully aware that they were purchasing an altered IBC, and that where the IBCs were sold on, the eventual purchasers were indifferent to the manufacturing source of the different component parts of the IBC. The claim would be allowed.(1) On the facts, the average end user of an IBC would be likely to conclude that the claimant’s trade marks on the cage were being used in relation to the bottle as well and hence the entire IBC. Were the IBC to fail, it was likely that they would consider that the claimant was to blame. The appearance of the claimant’s marks on the cage, alongside a disclaimer, would be such to create in the average consumer the impression that the marks were being used in relation to the IBC and the bottle, rather than merely the cage. Consequently, the claim of trade mark infringement would be made out in relation to the bottles and the IBCs as a whole. (see [100], [103]-[110] of the judgment). On the facts, infringement of the claimant’s trade mark had occurred (see [110] of the judgment). OFT v Officers Club [2005] EWHC 1080 applied. (2) A successful claim in passing off did not require any demonstration that the defendant’s product would be of lower quality or more prone to failure than the claimant’s product. Likelihood of damage could lie in the fact that a purchaser would be likely to blame the wrong party for a failure or defect if it were to occur (see [119] of the judgment). On the evidence, passing off had been proven. Were any defects to arise in the IBCs sold by the defendant, they would most likely be blamed by users on the claimant. On the evidence, none of the disclaimers used by the defendant would be sufficient to remedy that misrepresentation. It would not matter whether there was a level of choice for end-level users as to which IBCs they received, nor would it matter whether the eventual consumers had any preference as to which supplier of IBCs was used (see [120], [122]-[123] of the judgment). On the evidence, passing off had occurred (see [124] of the judgment). Lindsay Lane (instructed by SNR Denton) for the claimants. Aubrey Craig (instructed by Clough & Willis) for the defendants. Associated Newspapers plc v Insert Media Ltd [1991] 3 All ER 535 applied; Reckitt & Colman Products Ltd v Borden Inc [1990] 1 All ER 873 applied; Warnink (Erven) BV v J Townend & Sons (Hull) Ltd [1979] 2 All ER 927 considered. Infringement – Sale of reconditioned goodslast_img read more