COR talks strategic planning, textbook rentals

first_img“We’re really excited about this,” he said. “We’ve done a lot but we’re still not quite there yet.”  Crawford said his talk would be centered on developments the College of Science is making in order “to enhance and expand research and enterprise.” Crawford said one of the goals was to cultivate Catholic tradition in the field of science. This particular initiative will be centered on the three Catholic pillars of truth, service and the common good.  “We don’t want to see this program fail,” he said. “We don’t want you to feel violated when you buy books.” “A lot of universities like Michigan, Stanford and [the Massachusetts Institute of Technology] were fighting for this opportunity,” Crawford said. “This is the first accelerator the U.S. government has invested in since 1982 and Notre Dame is going to build it.” “We’re going to be launching a program called Compassionate Care, largely for our pre-med students,” he said. “This will have our students partner with hospice care on the local level, but we will also be participating on the international level with sending a few students to Africa to do work in those communities.” “The first goal we have is to enhance and expand undergraduate research in our core disciplines,” Crawford said.  “That way every year will be different and it will help to expand our international collaborations,” he said. “The rental idea came up on the national level,” Kirkpatrick said. “We did a pilot study in fall 2009 and we’re going to be implementing across the country next academic year.”The program will allow students to pay a fee to rent the book for a semester for a price that is up to 50 percent off the price of the new book.  “The biggest plus to this program is the upfront savings,” he said. “This program also provides the incentive for professor to make the books more affordable for students because they verbally commit to use the same book for four semesters.” Crawford said even with the individual proposals, the College will continue to be involved in continuous development. This includes creating a new institute within the College for 2011 focused on pure mathematics. The institute “will bring in the best math professors from all over the world for a semester.” Director of Retail Operations for the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore Keith Kirkpatrick then took the floor to talk about a rental system for textbooks for the 2010-2011 academic school year. The plan features seven goals, most of which are centered around creating and providing more research opportunities for students within the College of Science. Kirkpatrick said he believes the price of textbooks is “out of control” and the rental program will help drive costs down. Crawford also said Notre Dame recently was awarded $3.5 million to build a new nuclear accelerator for the federal government. The Council of Representatives (COR) brought in two guest speakers at its meeting Tuesday to discuss the Strategic Plan initiative within the College of Science as well as the new service that will allow Notre Dame students to rent their textbooks. Dean Gregory Crawford from the College of Science discussed the strategic plan that is in the process of being implemented within the College. Crawford said he was there to see what the student leaders thought about the effort.“This is a really important step in having student input in academic decisions,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “This is about moving forward and forming good relationships.”last_img read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Working on a Movie Musical About an Adventurous Monkey

first_img View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Not only is the man non-stop—he’s also speeding up. Sony Pictures Animation has fast tracked the movie musical Vivo, featuring 11 songs written by Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film, featuring a script by Miranda’s In the Heights collaborator Quiara Alegría Hudes, is slated for a December 18, 2020 release, according to Deadline.For those attempting to keep track of all of Miranda’s screen projects, let’s break this down: Moana just landed at the top of the box office charts; Mary Poppins Returns premieres on Christmas Day, 2018; he’s teaming up with Alan Menken for a new The Little Mermaid; he’s creative producing and the man behind the music for the The Kingkiller Chronicle film and TV series; the Weinstein Company is at work on bringing In the Heights to the big screen.Kirk DeMicco (The Croods) will direct the new movie, which was originally developed by DreamWorks Animation shortly following the success of In the Heights. The story follows a capuchin monkey with a passion for adventure and music who travels from Havana to Miami. This is not to be confused with that Stephen Schwartz animated movie musical from DreamWorks featuring Lea Michele as a Bollywood superstar monkey.last_img read more

Sokratis Papastathopoulos slams his red card decision after Arsenal’s defeat to Rennes

first_imgAdvertisement Sokratis Papastathopoulos slams his red card decision after Arsenal’s defeat to Rennes Sokratis was sent off before half-time as Arsenal crashed to a defeat against Rennes (BPI/REX)Sokratis Papastathopoulos is unhappy with his red card in Arsenal’s defeat to Rennes and has described the decision to send him off as ‘very bad’.The Gunners took an early lead through Alex Iwobi but were reduced to 10 men before half time as the Greek centre-back was dismissed for a second yellow card.Rennes managed to equalise before the break and struck twice in the second half to seal a 3-1 win in the first leg of their Europa League tie.But Sokratis believes referee Ivan Kruzliak would not have sent him off if he had been assisted by VAR.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Of course we are disappointed because the first half we started to play good, we had control of the game but after the decision of the referee changed the game,’ said Sokratis. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Mar 2019 1:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Sokratis says the decision was ‘very bad’ (AFP/Getty Images)‘It is difficult to play with 10 players. I think the referee gave me two easy yellow cards. Both were too easy.‘The first, I didn’t touch him and the second is too easy, you know? In the end, 3-1, we need to score two goals at home and I think we can do it.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He [Kruzliak] has to explain to us. For this, sometimes it is better if they put in VAR and this helps the referee a little bit more.‘The decision was very bad. Both of these two were not a yellow.‘Of course, with the VAR there, yes [I wouldn’t have been sent off]. I don’t criticise the referee but maybe if the VAR is coming, it can help. He can make mistakes, like we can.’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 Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

SBF Petroleum/CGI Jaguars One Day League| Winners seeking added points, as losers look for points

first_imgROUND three of the ongoing Jaguars One Day League continues today across the country as winning teams seek added momentum while the unfortunate ones hunt a change of fortune as action intensifies.Essequibo will venture out of area, as they seek to continue their winning ways against West Berbice, one of the better teams in the competition, up at Bush Lot, West Coast, Berbice.Having won two in two, the defending champions Essequibo will want to carry on especially with the forms of Kemol Savory, Quintin Sampson, Ricardo Adams, Ronsford Beaton and a few others who have been their match-winners.Batsman Kevon Sinclair, along with Guyana Jaguars bowlers Gudakesh Motie and Keon Joseph, is in form and will play a huge role in today’s encounter.The Berbicians will also fancy themselves playing at home as this is Essequibo’s first match out of area since the tourney bowled off.A woeful Georgetown were hammered in back-to-back games by Essequibo then by West Demerara. Skipper Leon Johnson has been making starts but his star-studded side have misfired on two occasions, making today’s encounter against Lower Corentyne at Bourda, a must-win match for the veteran side.Lower Corentyne will be more confident, having won by 7 wickets in round two and could take their momentum into the third round and against a hapless Demerara. Lower Corentyne might have their tails up and with Kelvin Umroa, Seon Hetmyer and Kevlon Anderson in-form, they could be in for a match against the Demerara outfit.At their home turf on the Enmore ground, East Coast, another out-of-sorts team, will be seeking their first win when they oppose the uncanny Upper Corentyne. The Berbice franchise almost bowled out Essequibo in round two thanks to their dangerous trio of bowlers in Gaurav Ramesh, Sylus Tyndall and Dimitri Cameron who all played huge roles.Meanwhile, East Bank who are desperately in need of a morale-boosting win against the Tagenarine Chanderpaul-led side West Demerara, will have their tussle at the Tuschen ground as both sides could seek to outdo the other as the tournament progresses.Weather permitting, matches will bowl off at 09:30hrs. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

GTUC rubbishes Labour Dept’s denial over handling of complaints

first_imgEven in light of repudiations, Head of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) Lincoln Lewis is maintaining that the Labour Department within the Social Protection Ministry has failed in its responsibility to effectively and efficiently investigate labour complaints made by workers.Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith ScottGTUC Head Lincoln LewisIn debunking the Minister’s denials, Lewis disclosed that the Postal and Telecommunication Workers Union (PTWU) made several complaints to the Labour Department, asking for a meeting to address a major matter pertaining to the working hours of the staff at GTT.Lewis said the Union has written the Ministry twice within the past three months, but was yet to receive a response.This revelation comes on the heels of a recent statement released by the GTUC expressing grave concern over the fact that it has been receiving a number of reports that workers making labour complaints at the Ministry were being turned away.“GTUC continues to receive complaints from workers that they are being turned away from the Ministry of Social Protection when they seek to lodge complaints against employers. The process in industrial relations on matters of such nature is not to turn away complainants but to activate a process to investigate and resolve the complaint,” the organisation had stated.In a statement subsequently, Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith Scott denied the allegations made by the GTUC.The Minister asserted that his labour officers were unaware of any such instance occurring within the Department.“From investigations conducted with staff, not surprisingly, they have all categorically denied this baseless allegation,” Scott stated.However, he admitted that in rare cases when persons come to the Department without the requisite information pertaining to their employment/ past employment, they were requested to furnish same to facilitate a speedy investigation into their complaints.last_img read more

DeployHubs open source and hosted release featur

first_img“DeployHub’s open source and hosted release features are a perfect fit for integration with CircleCI,” said Tracy Ragan, CEO of DeployHub. “DeployHub brings deployment details into CircleCI, including the ability to catalog and publish microservices. And because DeployHub is open source, CircleCI users can start performing advanced release automation without the heavy cost of ARA tools.”Twilio completes its acquisition of SendGridTwilio has completed its acquisition of email API platform SendGrid. According to Twilio, the transaction was valued at $3 billion and was completed in meetings of both companies on January 30.SendGrid will continue to be led by its current CEO Sameer Dholakia, who will report to Twilio CEO, Jeff Lawson, and will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary.“Effective customer engagement is a strategic imperative for every company. With SendGrid now a part of Twilio, our goal is to provide a complete platform for every form of customer engagement,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio co-founder and CEO. “Through our mutual developer-first approach, we empower the builders of the world to create magical customer experiences unique to every interaction.” Presto Software has announced that is launching a non-profit organization to advance the open-source Presto SQL query engine. The Presto Software Foundation will work to ensure the project remains open, collaborative, and independent.“From the beginning, we stressed the importance of code quality, architectural extensibility and open collaboration with the community,” said Martin Traverso, co-creator of Presto and co-founder of the Presto Software Foundation. “With the rapid expansion of both the Presto user base and Presto developer community over the last several years, establishing a non-profit to institutionalize these values is the next logical step to ensure that this project stands the test of time.”Facebook challenges researchers to teach AI systems to learn language like childrenIn collaboration with Paris Sciences & Lettres Universes and Microsoft Research, Facebook AI Research is leading a challenge for researcher to teach AI systems to learn like children. The ZeroSpeech 2019 will challenge them to create a speech synthesizer using only audio inputs.According to Facebook, this practice will have many uses for improving AI tasks related to languages that have limited linguistic or textual resources.DeployHub partners with CircleCIDeployHub has announced that it is partnering with CircleCI in order to make it easier to publish microservices and automate the release process. According to DeployHub, the partnership with CircleCI will create a completely repeatable deployment process for all states in the delivery pipeline.last_img read more