University announces pre-matriculation testing procedures for spring 2021 semester

first_imgThe Notre Dame COVID-19 Response Unit (CRU) outlined their policies for pre-matriculation testing for the upcoming spring 2021 semester in an email to students Monday.Undergraduate and professional students will be required to schedule an appointment to be tested at the University Testing Center as soon as they arrive on campus, the email said. Students may begin scheduling their appointment on Dec. 16 and are advised to do so by Dec. 18.The testing schedule will be staggered based on health and safety protocols.“Based on guidance from public health officials, appointments for on-campus students have been staggered to ensure that, to the extent possible, roommates do not move in on the same day and that no more than 20 percent of a given hall arrives on the same day,” the email said.Doctoral and masters students are not required to complete pre-matriculation testing because of their weekly participation in surveillance testing during their stay on campus during winter break. However, testing is encouraged and will be available to them.All students participating in pre-matriculation testing must self-isolate in their residence hall rooms or off-campus housing until their saliva test results come back. Students are required to use carryout for food or groceries and eat by themselves while they wait for their result.The University will inform students if these plans need to be adjusted due to changing conditions of the pandemic.“With the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, should the University need to adapt these plans in the coming weeks, we will communicate this information promptly,” the email said. “We continue to monitor conditions locally and nationally, and will make any needed adjustments to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community.”Tags: COVID-19, covid-19 response unit, pre-matriculation testing, spring semester 2021, University of Notre Damelast_img read more

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Putney Historical Society begins work on timber frame for new store

first_imgLogging and milling has begun on the post and beam frame of the future Putney General Store. In an empty lot off of Route 5 in Putney, volunteer mill operator Mark Bowen is busy sawing large oak and pine logs donated by Putney land-owners that will become the frame of the new store to be built by the Putney Historical Society.The Historical Society is closing in on its fund raising goal to rebuild the Putney General Store which was destroyed by fire in May of 2008 and again this past November. Leader Distribution Systems and Pepsi Cola, as part of the national Pepsi Refresh Project, have responded to the fund raising effort by contributing a $10,000 grant in support of Putney’s volunteer effort to raise the frame of the store. John Leader, CEO of Leader Distribution Systems, said, “We are thrilled to be able to join the amazing outpouring of support for this undertaking from so many people in the greater Putney community. Rebuilding the Putney store completely meets the Pepsi Refresh Project goal of making neighborhoods across the country better places to live.”This donation is a boost for the Thomas Thompson Trust two-for-one challenge grant that will provide $20,000 toward the rebuilding effort if the Historical Society raises $40,000.While the Putney Historical Society has more money to raise, and is still looking for someone to operate the store once it has been built, members are busy planning a community festival for early summer to celebrate the raising of the timber frame. In the meantime, Mark Bowen and others will keep cutting in preparation for that event.Source: Putney Historical Society. 4.7.2010last_img read more

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One easy idea to make members love you

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Why do so many credit unions struggle with an aging membership? Why do credit unions work to lower the average age with very little success in turning that number around? Some think it as easy as posting hip things on a Facebook page. Others spend an abundance of money on rebranding with a coined name they think will be their train ticket to Hipsterville. There’s nothing wrong with using Facebook, or with rebranding, but there’s a lo missing between those two strategies in appealing to younger members.How about going beyond talking about remote deposit capture and Apple Pay? Identify barriers of your credit union doing business within your desired age group? It’s going to take some out of the box thinking and non-traditional ideas that have nothing to with finance.For example, recently in Greenville, SC, where the YMC home office is located, Chick-fil-A announced a new service to help millennial moms (there’s a word that’s probably all over your strategic plan). Chick-fil-A has implemented a new service in select locations called Mom’s Valet, which allows parents to order at the drive-thru with their children. Then, the moms can corral their kids and go inside, where a Chick-fil-A employee has prepared a table to serve the family. continue reading »last_img read more

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Capital One says data breach affected 100 million credit card applications

first_imgCapital One, the Virginia-based bank with a popular credit card business, announced Monday that a hacker had accessed about 100 million credit card applications, and investigators say thousands of Social Security and bank account numbers were also taken.The FBI has arrested a Seattle area woman, Paige A. Thompson, on a charge of computer fraud and abuse, according to court records.The hack appears to be one of the largest data breaches ever to hit a financial services firm. In 2017, the credit-reporting company Equifax disclosed that hackers had stolen the personal information of 147 million people. Last week, it reached a $700 million settlement with U.S. regulators over that breach.“While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” said Richard D. Fairbank, Capital One’s chairman and chief executive. “I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Bay Shore Woman Fatally Hit by Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 66-year-old woman was fatally struck by a car while crossing a street in her hometown of Bay Shore on Tuesday night.Suffolk County police said Ishwer Wadhwa was crossing 5th Avenue when she was hit by a southbound Nissan Maxima at 8:47 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver, 32-year-old Jerson Ventura of Wyandanch, drove to the Third Precinct to report the crash, police said.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-852-6555.last_img

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Multiple COVID-19 Cases Linked To Tellers in Islip

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Multiple people connected to Tellers steakhouse in Islip have been diagnosed with coronavirus and recent patrons may have been exposed, Suffolk County health officials warned Wednesday.The Suffolk County Department of Health Services advised anyone who visited Tellers on Nov. 16 or 17 that they may have been exposed to COVID-19, should get tested, and should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after visiting the restaurant. Officials said they alerted the public immediately upon discovery of the cases through an investigation.“On Nov. 16th, an employee tested positive for Covid with no symptoms,” Bohlsen Restaurant Group, the parent company of Tellers, said in a statement. “The employee was immediately put into quarantine. Anyone who was in proximity to that employee was also sent home …  All employees who could have been exposed to the employee were required to test and not return to work until they provide a negative test result.”A Suffolk health department spokeswoman was not immediately able to say if the additional case or cases connected to the restaurant were staff, patrons, or others.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.Tellers is the latest in a string of restaurants that officials have issued virus advisories about, including Friendly’s in Riverhead and two eateries in Oakdale.The advisory comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently ordered bars and restaurants with liquor licenses to close at 10 p.m. to curb the spread of coronavirus as the infection rate continues to rise in recent weeks.Suffolk Health Commissioner Gregson H. Pigott told reporters during a news conference Friday that the county’s 4 percent positivity rate is the highest since May. The county also had more than 500 people test positive, the most since April.The current seven-day average COVID-19 infection rate is 3.3 percent, according to the governor’s office, which predicts cases will continue to rise after Thanksgiving and into the New Year if the public does not wear masks, practice social distancing, and avoid large gatherings.Suffolk urged residents seeking information on COVID-19 to visit suffolkcountyny.gov/COVID19.For more coronavirus coverage, visit longislandpress.com/coronavirusSign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

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PREMIUMIndonesia races against time for 2020 London Book Fair

first_imgForgot Password ? #LondonBookFair London-Book-Fair Literature #literature books #books Indonesia #Indonesia National-Book-Committee Tourism-and-Creative-Economy-Ministry Google Log in with your social account Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Indonesia has less than a month to prepare for the prestigious London Book Fair (LBF), as the government only recently made the decision confirming its participation.The 2020 LBF will be held from March 10 to 12 at the Olympia exhibition center in London. More than 25,000 publishers, booksellers, librarians and literary agents from over 100 countries are set to attend the fair, making it the second-biggest exhibition after the Frankfurt Book Fair.Indonesia has participated in the event since 2015 with the help of the National Book Committee (KBN) under the Education and Culture Ministry. In 2018, the now-defunct creative economy agency (Bekraf) took the lead after Indonesia was chosen to be the market focus at the book fair.Bekraf, however, was merged into the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry in a Cabinet restructuring last October, with a number of senior ministry offic… Topics :last_img read more

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Nicolas Pepe’s agent urges Lille star to make Arsenal transfer after agreeing financial package

first_img Comment Nicolas Pepe is valued at £72m (Picture: Getty)The agent of Lille star Nicolas Pepe is urging his client to reject a move to Napoli or Liverpool in favour of a transfer to Arsenal this summer.Napoli agreed a deal of around €80m (£72m) with Lille earlier this week and the agreement was confirmed by the French club.However, Lille’s president also confirmed that three other clubs had reached an agreement for Pepe and one of those is believed to be Arsenal.Pepe is expected to return to training this week, where he’ll analyse his options to make a decision on his future.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Jul 2019 11:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Nicolas Pepe’s agent urges Lille star to make Arsenal transfer after agreeing financial package Lille have accepted four offers for Pepe (Picture: Getty)Napoli had been expected to win the race for his signature but Gianluca Di Marzio claims Pepe’s agent is urging him to join Arsenal because the Gunners are offering more ‘commission’.AdvertisementAdvertisementSigning Pepe would be a considerable coup for Arsenal given they’re unable to offer Champions League football this term and it would go some way to softening the blow of missing out on Wilfried Zaha.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalPepe scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season – a tally that only Kylian Mbappe managed to better throughout the league.Arsenal completed deals for Dani Ceballos and William Saliba on Thursday, and have quashed persistent reports throughout the summer that Unai Emery has been handed a transfer budget of just £45m.Pepe, an Ivory Coast international, is due to return to training next week after being given time off following the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.MORE: Manchester United in talks with Juventus over sensational swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Dutch Cabinet forces pension funds to lower return expectations

first_imgDutch pension funds must significantly decrease their estimates for the future returns on AAA government bonds, the Cabinet has decided.Following the recommendations of an advisory committee, the Cabinet agreed to lower the maximum bond-return estimate from 4.5% to 2.5%. Dutch pension funds use these parameters to draw up recovery plans and calculate pension contributions.The committee concluded that the expected returns for AAA government paper should follow the forward curve. “Following current interest levels is not only more realistic but also improves consistency in rating liabilities,” said the committee, which set the maximum estimate for other fixed income investments at 3%.The parameters committee also recommended that the maximum estimates for listed equity, other securities and property remain at 7%, 7.5% and 6%, respectively.However, it said the maximum estimate for commodities should be lowered by 1 percentage point, due to the economic outlook and current commodity markets.Pension funds can continue to use a price inflation estimate of 2%, according to the advisory body, which also suggested the maximum estimate for salary increases should be lowered from 3% to 2.5%.The committee said it expected the changes to reduce estimated coverage ratios at Dutch pension funds.The funding of an average scheme with a current coverage of 105% would be 100% under the current rules, it said.The new parameters are expected to come into force as of 1 January 2015, together with the expected introduction of the new financial assessment framework (FTK).At the moment, the FTK proposals are in the finishing stage.last_img read more

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PKA, Danica referred to fraud squad over suspected competition breach

first_imgTwo of Denmark’s main pension providers are being investigated by the country’s fraud squad for suspected breaches of competition law related to a joint bid for the occupational pensions business of retailer Salling Group.Danica Pension – the country’s second-largest commercial pension provider at DKK427bn (€57.2bn) – and the DKK275bn PKA made a joint offer to provide pension benefits to a potential new company customer earlier this year. IPE understands the client in question was Salling Group, Denmark’s biggest retailer.In a statement published yesterday, Danica said that, following an internal review, it had found the offer did not comply with its own guidelines, because it probably violated Denmark’s Competition Act.The firm then informed the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen), and the case was handed over to the State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime (SØIK), also known as the fraud squad. Danica Pension said it expected to be charged in relation to the case, but since it had informed the authorities itself, expected to avoid punishment.Tomas Frydenberg, PKA’s director for members, said in a separate statement: “As soon as we became aware that the authorities were interested in the case, we ourselves made contact with the authorities and were completely open about the… co-operation with Danica.”“If we have violated the competition rules, this was in no way a deliberate act… it was our opinion that it was perfectly legal to make a joint bid.”Tomas Frydenberg, PKAPKA said its main motive in entering into partnership with Danica for the bid had been that the link-up and possible addition of new members could benefit its existing members.In the offer made to Salling Group – which changed its name from Dansk Supermarked earlier this year – PKA said it had only offered a contract to the pension scheme of HK, Denmark’s largest union for salaried employees, while Danica had offered a management pension scheme for the company.PKA was unable to offer a pension scheme for management, it said, as it was necessary to be able to offer advanced bank-like products – something PKA did not have.Frydenberg said: “Of course, we are very annoyed about this case. If we have violated the competition rules, this was in no way a deliberate act.“On the contrary, from the outset, it was our opinion that it was perfectly legal to make a joint bid.”Danica Pension chairman Jacob Aarup-Andersen said his firm wanted as much competition as possible in the pensions market.“So it is highly regrettable that there has been insufficient attention paid to the competition law framework in the preparation of this specific offer,” he said.He added that Danica Pension had tightened its internal procedures to ensure that the issue did not happen again.IPE understands the problem came to light at Danica Pension during work undertaken in connection with its proposed takeover of the Danish activities of Sweden’s SEB Pension.The competition authority and the SØIK made no public comment on the case.PKA has been engaged in an effort to expand its business by winning private-sector pension contracts since 2016.In April, the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority published new guidelines on how to assess joint bidding under competition law.In the introduction to the English version of the guidelines, the authority states that as a general rule, consortium agreements in tenders for public and private contracts “will typically be legal if the parties to a consortium agreement are not competitors as regards the contract that the consortium is to carry out”.last_img read more

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