Foreigners

first_imgI like Belgium and I like Belgians. Not like-like, I mean, I don’t love any of them, but they are genuinely  nice people, and genuinely welcoming too. For example, I have just come back from taking my boots to  the cobbler. I used to take them to Bob the Cobbler on Turl Street and he’d spend his time mending them once ever three weeks. This time, I took this pair of boots to the cobbler’s and he inspected them  then said, ‘Amen, ils sont mort.’Then he giggled. He just wants to mend my boots, and he sees he cannot.And then the other day I went into a church and this old lady gave me a guided tour, and she knew tons  of things about each detail of the baptismal bucket (one of the seven wonders of Wallonia, the Walloons  are wonderful), and was happy to tell me about them. She kept waving her hand around it, setting off the alarm.My mum came to drop some stuff off for me, and though she means well she is not a directly amicable  person. Nevertheless she gets herself invited to a dinner at one of the other teacher’s houses with me,  she sits there, supercilious, but these are genuine people she has in front of her, and genuinely nice.That’s why I felt so bad about my discourse on the fun fair incidents. The girls I went with are genuine  and friendly people, and really open, and as hard as I try to be the cynical distanced intruder, I’ve given  up. May I? May I quote Gatsby? “Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.”That doesn’t mean I’ve given up the blogging, it simply means I’m a little more – integrated.May I?  “I was a guide, a pathfinder, an original settler.”last_img read more

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Law enforcement discusses safety with students

first_imgLocal law enforcement responded to questions about the new dorm swipe access policy, emergency blue lights on campus, discrimination at Notre Dame and other student safety concerns during a panel hosted by student government and the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) in the LaFortune Ballroom on Wednesday night.Panelists included NDPD captain Rob Martinez, NDPD major George Heeter, NDPD deputy chief Steve Smith and major Steve Noonan of the St. Joseph County Police Department. Attendees were invited to submit questions through the app, Poll Everywhere, or ask them publicly using a microphone.Natalie Weber | The Observer Multiple questions centered around whether NDPD has considered increasing the number of blue light phone systems, which are mainly located on the perimeter of Notre Dame’s campus. There are about 65 blue light emergency stations on campus currently, Martinez said. Smith said there has been discussion about increasing the number of blue lights, but currently, they are not used very frequently.“I think folks know where they are, and they know they can utilize them anytime they want, but to be quite honest, very few calls … are actually coming through those devices,” Smith said. “So if there is a need to increase [blue light emergency stations], we would certainly do that, but again we don’t get a lot of information or a lot of requests for service through those.”Several attendees also raised questions about safety following the implementation of the new dorm swipe access policy, which restricts students’ swipe access to their own dorms. Questions raised were concerns about people allowing strangers into their dorms, and attendees asked if there were any policies in the works to address this issue.Smith said he doesn’t know of any pending policies yet that are to be implemented in the dorms soon.“The one thing I would suggest is make sure you never leave a door propped open,” Smith said. “That’s been an issue in the past. … We encourage you not to do that, because it invites folks to come on in anytime they want. So to the extent that you can, I would ask that you monitor who comes in and not necessarily just let anybody in.”In response, one attendee submitted a question, raising concerns that women in particular might not feel comfortable turning away men who come to their dorms. The question asked if “full-time clerks” could be implemented in dorms to monitor who enters and exits.“That would be a great solution,” Smith said. “However, I think trying to staff an entrance like that is challenging.”Smith said NDPD has also considered installing cameras at the entrances of dorms to keep track of who comes into the dorm.“It’s early on in those discussions, but that is something that could help mitigate some of that,” he said. “And I understand it’s challenging. So what I would recommend, again, is getting to know your officers in the building. If there’s certain times of day that this is becoming an issue, let your officers know. Make them aware of that, and we can set extra patrols during that time.”In response, a student asked why the dorm swipe access policy was implemented, and suggested tracking students’ entrance to dorms with ID cards would be easier than other proposed safety solutions.“I think the University would have a perfect solution to address that issue, but it is very challenging to utilize a card so that every single person has to go through and that access is recorded, so we have documentation of that,” Smith said. “Again, that comes down to a University decision.”Martin added that the policy mirrored what other schools have enacted.“There was some benchmarking done on the process,” he said. “They’ve also been following some other universities that have actually implemented this policy.One question asked about how NDPD would response to racist slurs and threats to students of color on campus, especially in light of threats to minority students at Syracuse. NDPD is also investigating reports of “biased slurs” directed toward students Friday and Saturday that sparked a protest against hate speech.“Obviously, that’s something we want folks to report to us,” Smith said. “If you see behavior like that, or you learn of behavior like that, we want to know about it right away.”In response to a question about discrimination against LGBTQ students, law enforcement also encouraged students to report incidents to the police.Smith also discussed options for students who report sexual assault to law enforcement.“You have the option of saying ‘I want Notre Dame Police Department and the investigative team in Notre Dame Police Department to investigate that,’” he said. “Or, in St. Joseph County, we also have a Special Victims Unit … and as a student, you have the option of opting for them to investigate that crime as well.”When asked about safety in South Bend, Noonan recommended traveling in groups and being aware of one’s location. He also explained the situations that generally give rise to violence in South Bend.“Generally that violence is directed for a variety of reasons,” he said. “Sometimes it’s gang activity, sometimes a social media post can trigger violence. … The best thing for students is to stay in a group [and] always know where you’re going.”Heeter offered similar advice.“Know your surroundings, [there’s] strength in numbers, so always be with a group of other individuals,” he said.Tags: NDPD, St Joseph County Police, Student government, student safety summitlast_img read more

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Australia: Gladstone LNG exports up in June

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of BechtelLNG exports from the three liquefaction plants located on Curtis Island offshore Gladstone reached 1.7 million mt during June, according to the data from the Gladstone Ports Corporation.This represents a 1.4 percent rise compared to the previous month when Gladstone LNG exports reached 1.68 million mt.In comparison to the corresponding month in 2016, when the three projects exported 1.43 million mt, this is a 14.3 percent rise in volumes.China was the top destination for Gladstone LNG exports with 1,03 million mt imported in June, the data shows.The rest of the LNG cargoes went to South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and India.LNG exports from the three terminals totaled 9.86 million mt in the January-June period.The three LNG export plants located on Curtis Island include Shell’s Queensland Curtis LNG, Santos Gladstone LNG and the ConocoPhillips-operated Australia Pacific LNG terminal.last_img read more

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MCSSTA Wants Simeon Freeman to Apologize to Prez. Sirleaf

first_imgThe Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association has respectfully called on the political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Simeon Freeman, to apologize to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for what they termed as an “insult” to the Liberian leader.The group said the leader of MPC has failed to recognize Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the sitting President of Liberia by making derogatory statements to the President.“We are calling on the political leader of the (MPC), Simeon Freeman to kindly apologize to our President for using the media to call the Liberian leader the most irresponsible leader Liberia has ever produced and the most corrupt leader in the history of the presidency of Liberia.”Speaking to the Daily Observer on Monday, February 10, the general secretary of the MCSSTA, Samuel M. Nyanuh, said the words of Simeon Freeman were a gross disrespect to the presidency and citizens of Liberia.Mr. Nyanuh wondered what precedent the MPC political leader was setting as a politician, describing the statement made by Simeon Freeman as unfortunate and not to be taken into consideration.According to him, this is not only an insult to the President, but the entire citizenry of Liberia because only irresponsible people can elect an irresponsible person as leader.Mr. Nyanuh said the political leader must have made an error and hopes that Simeon Freeman would eventually see reason and sincerely apologize to President Sirleaf.It may be recalled on Monday February 3, that the MPC’s political leader, Simeon Freeman, reacting to the president’s annual message, described the Liberian leader as the most irresponsible and corrupt leader Liberia had ever produced.Mr. Freeman said the Liberian leader made many unfulfilled promises to the citizens including electricity, the creation of 20,000 jobs, and many other plans he said had failed over the last eight years.He also use the medium to call on President Sirleaf to recommit herself to the Liberian people and reason to live by the promises she made.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bumgarner in top form in win over Colorado

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner had the look of a pitcher ready for a playoff push Tuesday night.Coming off a poor start against the Dodgers, Bumgarnner (4-7) gave up two earned runs in six innings with three walks and 11 strikeouts in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park.Whatever scouts that were in attendance to help their teams prepare trade offers before the July 31 deadline got an eyeful, as … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

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2019 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge winners announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a Comment A team of three Ohio high school students took first place in the 2019 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge finals for their policy proposal about biosecurity at Ohio fairs.Sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio 4-H and Ohio FFA, the challenge brings together youths ages 14 to 18 from around the state to discuss community concerns and then work together to propose policies and programs to solve the issues.The 2019 winning team members are Caleb Durheim and Dustin Hill of Delaware County and Samantha Hinton of Seneca County. The team members share a $1500 prize for finishing first in the competition.The challenge started in the spring when groups met to learn about public policy issues and began planning their proposals. A preliminary contest narrowed the field down to four teams, which competed in the finals during the Ohio State Fair.The teams were judged on their public policy proposals dealing with a specific issue or problem. In the final competition, the teams described the steps necessary to have their public policy proposal adopted by the appropriate government authorities.Other finalists who received a $250 scholarship for their proposals:Rylee Craig, Sophia Tent and Zach Zwiebel, all from Allen County. They proposed starting Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs in schools.Savannah Henderson and Mason Snyder from Clinton County and Dawson Osbourn from Highland County. Swine flu vaccines for exhibition was their chosen topic.Joshua Black from Columbiana County and Callia Barwick from Mahoning County discussed  E-cigarettes education.A total of $3,500 was awarded to this year’s team finalists. This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231.Editors: A high resolution photo is available to accompany this story.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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St Stephen’s first list presents new dilemma

first_imgSt Stephen’s College announced its cut-off list on Wednesday. And with it, came a new dilemma for DU aspirants. With the varsity, too, announcing its first cut-off list the same day, candidates are now torn between taking admission in a college on the basis of the first cut-off list, or waiting for St Stephen’s College to wrap up the interview process and announce the results.This is probably the first time in the last few years that Stephen’s interview schedule is clashing with DU’s announcement of cut-offs. Till last year, the college would announce its qualifying marks at least a week before DU declared its first list.While this year, St Stephen’s interviews begin on June 20 and will continue till July 4, DU will announce its next four cut-off lists between June 21 and July 8.With university rules prohibiting applicants from taking admission in more than one college at a time, chances are that almost all interviewees shortlisted by Stephen’s would have taken admission in a college and, consequently, not be able to produce the original documents at the time of interview.Mihira Vasudev, a student of The Shri Ram School with 92 per cent aggregate in Class XII, has met the qualifying marks for B.A. (Honours) History in Lady Shri Ram College and also qualified for the interview round at Stephen’s for the same programme.Though she prefers Stephen’s, Vasudev is not leaving her future to chance.”Stephen’s will announce its results for History at the time when DU colleges will be declaring their fourth list. I can’t take a chance and will block a seat in LSR. I might cancel my admission if I clear the interview at St Stephen’s,” she said.advertisementClick here to EnlargeAcknowledging the peculiar situation, K.M. Mathews, the college’s tutor for admissions, said that exceptions will be made for candidates who cannot produce original documents during the interview on account of having taken admission elsewhere. “If the student can produce proof of admission, then we will allow him/her to sit for the interview.Then, at the time of declaration of results, the candidate can cancel admission in the other college, get the originals and take admission here,” he said.”There can, therefore, be quite a few withdrawals from other top colleges around the time of the fourth list,” said Nandita Narain, who was the tutor of admissions last year.HIGH PERCENTAGES AGAINAfter registering a dip in cut-off marks last year, St Stephen’s is back with high cut-offs.The college’s most popular programme, B.A. (Honours) Economics, registered an increase of 0.5 per cent to 1.5 per cent across all three streams. Mathematics sprang a surprise by hiking its cut-off for humanities students by 5 per cent. For science and commerce students, the increase stood at 1.5 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively.The rising eligibility bar even forced principal V. Thampu to, for the first time, leave a note to applicants. It states: “The eligibility bar, I am afraid, has shifted higher. Wonder when or where this will stop! It is a painful experience for me to reject a young scholar who has scored 95 per cent. But I have no choice. This is no reflection on your merit. All of you are meritorious.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Psychologist explains why people like fear as Halloween approaches

first_imgWINNIPEG (CITYNEWS) – Ghosts, ghouls and goblins will emerge later this month for Halloween. Part of this holiday for many people is the scare factor, but there are some scientific reasons why people seem to love being scared. Jo Ann Unger, Clinical Psychologist and President of Manitoba Psychological Society, says fear activates the fight, flight, and freeze response, and for some people, this is exhilarating. “Their body is wired that, that fight, flight, freeze response is really rewarding for them internally, and so then they seek that out because it feels really good for them, but it’s not the same for every person,” she said. Unger said some people even feel a sense of accomplishment after making it through a haunted house, plus it can be a bonding experience if you made it through with people you know.  “Those memories are encoded in a special kind of way and if we do that with friends and family you know we talk about it after and we have this its very vivid right and so it also creates this sense of connection and closeness,” she said. -with files from Stefanie Lasiuk, CityNews Winnipeglast_img read more

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Leading broker Mario Carey triples Property Management Division adds Commercial Management

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, December 14, 2016 – Carey: ‘Having someone else manage your property is a great anti-stress measure and frees the owner up to spend time in more valuable ways’Declaring that the purchase of a property should not be the end of a relationship with a real estate company, but the start of a new chapter, leading broker Mario Carey announced this week that he has launched a full-fledged property management division that includes commercial property management.  The move is a four-fold expansion of a residential property management company launched in 2013 and headed by Tina Bain.The new four-person team of experts backed by office support staff includes Bain, the managing director who holds a degree in real estate and has been managing several vacation properties, two men with property design, construction and management expertise, and an administrator who handles the accounting and financial management of the new division.“This was the last piece of the real estate business puzzle,” said Carey.  “We had been considering it for some time but I just wanted to wait until we could get it exactly right and that meant assembling a strong, solid team. I believe that we now have done so.”That team includes Bain, Holger Amman and Livingston Brown in addition to administration.  “Each brings a unique talent and skill and together we are talking about well more than half a century of expertise,” Carey said.Tina Bain, who is multi-lingual and holds a degree in real estate, developed and continues to grow the luxury vacation rental business. She maintains the properties she relies on for the ultra-luxury holiday experiences.Amman coupled a career in the hospitality industry with construction and maintenance. He has designed two commercial and two residential buildings which he owned, working with architects, drawing up plans, organizing building materials, supervising construction from the ground up, often physically working along with others. Later, after each of the buildings was leased, he continued to maintain them. Livingston Brown has more than 10 years in the hospitality field and holds a CIPM Accreditation (Certified International Project Manager) and CPRM Accreditation (Certified Project Risk Manager). The office administrator has been tasked with related financial and accounting processes. All team members are also responsible for negotiating the best terms for clients with sub-contractors, suppliers and vendors.“Looking toward the future, I believe professional property management with highly personalized service will be one of the most important benefits a full-services real estate firm can provide because the single most valuable resource in the world, the only resource that can never be renewed or replaced, is time.   And retaining professionals to manage property relieves the homeowner or business owner of so many burdens, freeing them to do other things.   It saves time, headache, and brings knowledge and expertise to the job. In a world filled with stress, having someone else manage your property is a great anti-stress measure.”The property management division falls under the MCR Group umbrella which includes appraisals, residential, commercial and industrial leasing and short term luxury vacation rentals.   Real estate listings are handled under Carey’s Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate franchise, a brand that reaches 40 million homes a week across North America.Carey, who has handled nearly $2 billion in transactions in a 30+ year career and holds the highest certification in luxury property marketing, is among the fewer than 1% of practicing industry professionals who earned a college degree in real estate.  He continues to specialize in complex appraisals.  Since opening his own firm in 2008, he’s taken on numerous agents with foreign language capability, recognized the power of the Asian market early on, supported a Bahamian college student in China who now works with the firm.   In 2014, Carey introduced the high-end holiday rental division.   From month-long tutorials and webinars to creating an office where millennials mix with seasoned experts, there is hardly a business improvement tool Carey had not studied nor a corner of the real estate market he had not covered – except property management.“We are excited about the introduction a professional property management division,” said Carey. “It is important for our current and future clients to appreciate that for their own happiness and well-being that someone else can look after their property so that they own their home or business premises, they do not need to let that home or business own them. We would hope that the closing of a transaction is just the start of an ongoing relationship.” Related Items:center_img #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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