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Study abroad applicants receive decision letters

first_imgA world of possibilities was opened to Notre Dame sophomores Friday, as the Office of International Studies [OIS] mailed out decision letters regarding study abroad programs for the 2011-12 academic year. Sophomore Augie Bossu, who was accepted to study in Bologna, Italy, in the spring of 2012, said he was happy to hear such positive news at the same time as many of his friends. “The anticipation and hearing everyone else find out [was great],” he said. “I was getting nervous, but it was a relief and I am really excited.” Bossu said anticipation for the decision letter has been building since the application was due Nov. 15, climaxing in the week before the results were released. “[I was nervous] when I originally filled out the application back in November, but over break I almost forgot about it,” he said. “It was almost too long of a wait. This past week I was getting more nervous as people were talking about it on campus. The buzz came back.” Sophomore Jenny Lesko was accepted to be one of the first Notre Dame students to study abroad in Dakar, Senegal, in the spring of 2012. She said while she isn’t familiar with the program, she is ecstatic to be studying in Africa for the semester. “I am so excited. I called about 10 people when I got in, I was so happy,” Lesko said. “I don’t know much about the program yet. I like trying new things out.” Lesko said the destination and the freedom of the program is what she is looking forward to the most. “I’ve always wanted to go to Africa. It’s been a dream of mine,” she said. “It won’t be so structured, but that is good for me.” Bossu said the travel opportunities offered by studying in Bologna are what he is most excited for in his study abroad experience. “I definitely plan on travelling through Europe to see friends. I am just excited about all the possibilities because it is just so easy to get around everywhere in Europe,” he said. “I haven’t really planned anything yet, I just know it’s going to be so easy to go wherever you want.” Lesko said she was anticipating the cultural opportunities at her disposal in Dakar. “I am really looking forward to the field trips and staying with the host family. Apparently there is a lot of art and music,” she said. “It’s a huge city, about a million people, so there is a lot of stuff to do.” Sophomore Jackie Bacon was accepted to study in Cairo, Egypt, in the spring of 2012. She said her excitement has been tempered by the recent civil unrest in the nation. Notre Dame students who began this semester in Cairo were evacuated out of the city Jan. 30. “Everyone is excited about where they are going and who they are going with, but for me it is different,” she said. “I got in and I’m qualified, but I don’t know if I am going with all the turmoil.” Bacon, an Arabic major, said her program of study requires specific classes not available at most study abroad sites. “I have to be able to take Arabic where I go abroad to graduate in time, so I hope they can find a location where we can take Arabic,” she said. Bacon said she remains hopeful OIS will be able to find a new site in the region, or the conflict in Egypt will be settled. “I definitely would like to go somewhere in the Middle East or an Arabic-speaking nation than go to London and take Arabic classes,” she said. “Hopefully things can get settled in Cairo or they can set something up in Jordan or Morocco. As an Arabic major, I would prefer to go somewhere like there.” Sophomore Jess Fay was waitlisted for the London program. She said after talking with OIS, she remains optimistic she will be able to spend a semester in the country. “It is upsetting, it’s sad. I talked to OIS and they told me to still have hope,” she said. “I applied for summer right before because I was nervous, so I was on the right track.” Fay said at this point, there is not much else she can do besides wait and hope for good news. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everything will work out in the end,” she said.last_img read more

I Believe in Unicorns Will Transfer to West End

first_img I Believe in Unicorns is set in a library full of books which contain more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. He loves playing in the mountains and hates reading and school but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn and the Unicorn Lady in his local library. The interactive show is devised and produced by Wizard Presents, directed by Dani Parr, designed by Kate Bunce, with music and sound by Martin Thompson, lighting by Will Evans and projection by Arnim Freiss. Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns will transfer to London’s West End. The one-woman production, starring Danyah Miller, will play at the Vaudeville Theatre August 8 through August 31, following a National tour.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Powder River Basin coal output down sharply in second quarter

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Total coal production declined sharply in the second quarter at some of the largest coal mines in the nation, according to early data from the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration.Coal production from the Powder River Basin, the most productive coal region in the U.S., was down 9.9% in the second quarter compared to the prior quarter. Production was down by 4.0% from the year-ago quarter, according to the most recent MSHA production data.The Powder River Basin produces thermal coal primarily extracted from large-scale surface coal mines and shipped to domestic U.S. coal-fired power plants. Producers in the region have reported that utilities continue to have high levels of inventory due to relatively low demand for power from coal-fired facilities, at the same time many of the power plants that consume U.S. thermal coal are being retired.Peabody Energy Corp. reported that output at the North Antelope Rochelle mine, the largest coal mine in the U.S by production, was down by about 5.0 million tons, or 18.8%, in the second quarter compared to the prior quarter. The quarterly total was about 1.4 million fewer tons than the company reported producing in the same quarter in 2017.The second-largest coal mine in the U.S., Arch Coal Inc.’s Black Thunder, reported production fell by about 1.3 million tons or 7.3% from the first quarter of 2018 to the second quarter. Second-quarter coal production was 802,656 tons greater than in the same period a year ago at Black Thunder.Cloud Peak Energy Inc.’s total coal production from its three Powder River Basin mines was down 3.7% from 12.1 million tons in the prior quarter and down 17.8% compared to the second quarter of 2017.More ($): Powder River Basin coal production declined 9.9% in Q2’18 Powder River Basin coal output down sharply in second quarterlast_img read more

World Cup of Darts 2020: Wonderful Wales set up showdown with holders Scotland in Salzburg | Darts News

first_img Last minute replacements Latvia defeat Hong Kong 5-4 in the World Cup of Darts. Meanwhile, last-gasp replacements Latvia marked their World Cup bow with a hard-fought win over Hong Kong to set up a meeting with fifth seeds Belgium in round two.Madars Razma and Janis Mustafejevs were called up at late notice to deputise for China, and they were rewarded with a landmark success, despite having to survive match darts from Kai Fan Leung and Royden Lam in a dramatic climax.Don’t miss a dart at this weekend’s World Cup of Darts – the action continues from 12pm on Saturday on Sky Sports Arena and we will have the remaining four sessions as the new champions are crowned. John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis of Greece defeat Sweden 5-0 in the World Cup of Darts. The former hosts now play Greece in Saturday’s second round, after John Michael and Veniamin Symeonidis created history by registering their first victory in the competition.Greece – without a World Cup win since 2017, produced a stellar display to stun beleaguered Swedish pair Daniel Larsson and Dennis Nilsson, averaging over 90 and converting 63 per cent of their attempts at double.Latvia set up Belgium tussle Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton celebrate kicking off their campaign in style
Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton celebrate kicking off their campaign in style

Developers shop at Sainsbury’s

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Desperate seller slashes two-bedroom unit price by $90,000

first_imgThis is the view from one of the balconies of the two bedroom unit.THE price of a two-bedroom CBD unit with water views has been slashed dramatically as a desperate seller looks to cash out.The Brisbane City apartment at 505/6 Exford Street has seen its price drop drastically from $490,000 to offers over $400,000, according to SQM research head Louis Christopher. 505 /6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000The property has two bathrooms, a single car space and two balconies. 505/6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000Mr Creed was marketing the property as having twin views – one towards the city skyline and the other toward the river. 505//6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000 505/6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000“It is only a stone throw away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant Queen Street Mall and Eagle Street pier,” he said. 505//6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000Mr Creed does not expect the property to last long on the market now that the price has dropped. If you have half an hour to spare after work, the property is open for inspection from 5.30 to 6pm this evening. 505 /6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000Real estate agent Matthew Creed of Ray White Brisbane CBD said the owner of the Parc Apartments unit was “Brisbane’s most desperate seller”.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago505/6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000The 98sq m property was tenanted until April at $495 per week in a complex that has a pool, gym and on site management, The seller was also throwing in the furniture for that price. last_img read more

Kirwan a big winner for value

first_img56 Burnda St, Kirwan.THIS three-bedroom home at 56 Burnda Street is the epitome of value for money Kirwan has become known for.Set on a huge 802sq m allotment, this home would suit everyone from a family, to first homebuyer, investor or retiree.The home is priced well below Townsville’s median house price of $314,000, despite being superbly located and packed with features.Ray White agent Nicole Plozza said the home was well priced, being listed for $314,000.“Everything in this property is oversized from the big patio to the big kitchen,” she said.“I think for the price point and how big it is compared to a standard three-bedroom the owners have really priced the property for sale.”The home has been freshly painted and fitted with modern, stylish finishes, new fixtures and appliances.The large sunken loungeroom has new carpet and can be accessed from both the kitchen and dining room. The large kitchen has a breakfast bar and modern appliances.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020All bedrooms are big enough to fit a queen-size bed or larger and have built-in wardrobes. The large patio overlooks the yard which has room for a shed or pool.The home is also within walking distance of shops as well as Kirwan State School and Kirwan State High School.Ms Plozza said with Kirwan being a large suburb, there was a huge diversity in the types of homes available with prices remaining affordable compared to other Townsville suburbs.“We’re finding that with Townsville expanding north Kirwan is becoming more central and properties there are good value,” she said.“We’re talking about 15 per cent cheaper to buy in Kirwan than it is to buy in Annadale or in Douglas.“You get a lot of buyers in Kirwan who were already renting there and they want to continue staying there.” 56 Burnda St is open for inspection on Sunday from 10am to 10.30am. For more information call Nicole Plozza on 0415 624 609.last_img read more

Pension funds should drop high-carbon investments ‘very quickly’

first_img“As long-term investors, you are the best positioned to make a choice about what kind of infrastructure we’re going to build in the next 5-10 years.”She said there was more awareness about the urgency of assessing climate change risk but serious engagement was lagging.“I woke up the day after Paris having swallowed an alarm clock,” she said. “We have five years to turn this huge ship around, but I don’t see the urgency being really understood, in particular in the financial world.”With respect to fiduciary duty, Figueres said there was a need to redefine what was understood by that concept and that long-term investors were best placed to take the lead.She urged anyone with a high-cost, high-carbon investment to “get out very quickly”.Donald MacDonald, chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), said the Paris agreement, COP21, caused “a seismic shift in the way the investment world is going to have to look at the issues of climate change and capital”.It presents asset owners with several key issues they need to address from a fiduciary point of view, he said, including that “climate change is a reality accepted by virtually every government” and that the implementation of the targets set by countries, the INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions), “will have far-reaching consequences for pensions regulation, insurance regulation and financial regulation”.David Adkins, CIO at The Pensions Trust but sharing his personal views, focused on practical aspects for pension schemes and their trustees.Climate-change risk, he said, should be treated like any other risk, and trustees should refrain from focusing on ethical or emotional arguments.He suggested thinking about climate-change risk in terms of whether it would “make or lose money”, noting that active fund managers were better placed to manage the risk than a passive portfolio. On an earlier panel, pension fund executives discussed how best to deal with climate change from an investment perspective.They largely dismissed divestment as being ineffective – “a complete waste of time,” according to one – and instead argued in favour of engagement and exploring attractive clean-energy investment alternatives, such as solar or waste-to-energy. Pension funds are not investing enough in assets, like infrastructure, to combat global warming and should “get out very quickly” of “high cost, high carbon” expenditure, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told delegates at the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) conference in Edinburgh last week. The outgoing head of the UN’s climate body said awareness of climate change risk had improved but that more action was needed. Despite climate finance’s being aligned with long-term investor interests, by virtue of its timescale and predominant asset type – infrastructure – institutional investors are “paradoxically”, in comparison to their size, the least engaged in this area, she said.“I’m here to ring a bell of alarm for you and to tell you frankly that that can, should and must change – because of the risk to the global economy, that’s why,” she said. last_img read more

UK charities rushing to shut costly DB schemes

first_imgCharities have been rushing to close their defined benefit (DB) pension schemes to future accruals, with 58% of the largest charities now having done so, according to Hymans Robertson’s 2018 Charity Benchmarking Report.The UK consultancy analysed the DB pension exposures of the largest 40 charities by income in England and Wales. The sample included the Wellcome Trust, Church Commissioners for England, the British Heart Foundation and Oxfam.Alistair Russell-Smith, head of corporate DB at Hymans Robertson and author of the report, told IPE: “Typically, the pension scheme is a bigger issue for charities than companies in, say, the FTSE 350.“Around 85% of those companies can pay off their scheme deficit with six months of earnings, but the pension scheme tends to be a bigger burden than this for charities.” He said charities were facing big financial challenges, with contracts being run on ever tighter margins and fundraising under increasing pressure from new data protection rules.Charity portfolios had an average allocation to growth assets of 53%, according to the report.Russell-Smith said: “Some charities have been slower to de-risk than in the private sector, so have been hit hard by falls in yields over the past few years. This has made pension fund deficits in the sector more volatile.”He added: “It is better to take a moderate amount of investment risk than to shoot the lights out. Doing this in conjunction with hedging inflation and interest rate risks stabilises the pension position and reduces the chance of having to pay higher pension fund contributions further down the line.”The survey also found that the average charity paid around 3% of its net unrestricted income into its pension scheme. Russell-Smith said this percentage was not likely to fall.“But it does not have to go up either,” he continued. “It looks small, but charities understandably want to use their resources to fund their charitable activities. Those with local government contracts also need to spend money on servicing those contracts.”He said the most important priority was to maintain the security of regular deficit contributions, bearing in mind that charities could work to a slightly longer recovery plan than in the private sector.last_img read more

DEME Places Saint-Nazaire Drill Order with Herrenknecht

first_imgThe XL-monopile foundations have to be installed on a difficult rocky seabed, according to DEME. This is the first wind farm in the world to use drilled XL-monopile foundations, DEME said. In 2019, a consortium including DEME Offshore and Eiffage Métal was awarded the EPCI contract for 80 foundations for the French wind farm. The scope includes the design, fabrication, transportation and installation of the steel foundations. DEME Offshore and Herrenknecht have signed an agreement for the fabrication of a subsea drill to be deployed at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm in France. The 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, owned by EDF Renewables and Enbridge, will be located between 12 and 20 kilometres off the coast of the Guérande peninsula in western France. “Installing drilled XL-monopiles is a new step forward in the offshore wind industry,” said Bart De Poorter, General Manager DEME Offshore. DEME Offshore and Herrenknecht are fabricating a tailormade subsea drill specifically for the project. The subsea drill will be deployed from DEME Offshore’s installation vessel Innovation. “We are proud, that DEME relies on Herrenknecht’s solution, expertise and know-how in the field of excavation technology. The project teams of DEME and Herrenknecht cooperated very well, now we all are looking forward to project realisation.” “The Offshore Foundation Drilling (OFD) enables mechanised installation of monopiles, thus providing ecological and economic advantages compared to conventional methods,” said Ulrich Schaffhauser, Member of the Board of Management of Herrenknecht AG.last_img read more