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Alumni Hall rector announces retirement after 41 years in email to Alumni community

first_imgFr. George Rozum, the rector of Alumni Hall, announced his retirement as rector Monday after over four decades at the helm of the dorm.“Because I no longer have the energy and stamina that I believe is required to do a really good job as a rector, arrangements have been made for me to leave Alumni, so that Alumni may have a rector who will do the many more things for the hall that I think should be done, and that I used to do,” Rozum said in the email.Rozum will be retiring so he can better look after his health, he said in the email.“I have loved being rector for you in Alumni, and I would never be rector in any other hall, especially because of great people like you,” he said. “But I now need regular hours of sleep, so that I can maintain my good health, and this job, as wonderful as it is, does not allow for very regular hours.”Rozum said in the email he plans to become a priest-in-residence and will minister to both Pangborn Hall as well as “the University as a whole” next year. After that, he will either move in with the Pangborn women into their new hall, or into Corby Hall after its construction.While he said leaving the Alumni Hall community will be difficult for him, Rozum assured the community that they will left in “good hands.”“All I can say to you is that I will greatly miss you — your faith, your energy, your friendships, but Residential Life will leave you in very, very good hands, because they care so much about every hall,” he said in the email.Tags: Alumni Hall, Fr. George Rozum, Pangborn Hall, rectors, residential lifelast_img read more

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U.S. Coal, Nuclear Industries Seek Billions in Tax-Credit Bailouts

first_imgU.S. Coal, Nuclear Industries Seek Billions in Tax-Credit Bailouts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Axios:Two separate lobbying pushes are underway urging Congress to create new multi-billion dollar tax credits benefiting virtually all coal and nuclear power plants across the United States. The price tags: up to $65 billion for coal and $4.8 billion for nuclear.The efforts show the aggressive lengths companies are going trying to survive in a hyper-competitive electricity market while also seeking to take advantage of President Trump’s vows to boost coal and nuclear power, which has Republican backing in Congress. The tax credit proposals, which have not been publicly disclosed, face skepticism from others in the coal and nuclear industries and are sure to face criticism that they’re handouts to legacy energy sources.Companies and groups involved in the separate efforts, including coal-heavy utility American Electric Power, coal trade group American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity and nuclear utility Exelon, are working to persuade senators to introduce proposals in the coming weeks that are separate from the broader tax overhaul.Both measures face long odds, though the coal push is the tougher ask given its bigger price tag and nuclear power’s bipartisan backing. The companies are pushing for the proposals to be included as part of any broader tax-credit extension legislation Congress could take up before the end of the year or, more likely, next year.The tax proposals are different from a Trump administration effort to overhaul electricity market rules benefiting a smaller number of coal and nuclear plants. That effort, underway at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is seeking to ensure the electric grid remains resilient. Coal and nuclear provide continuous electricity and can store fuel on site, unlike most other electricity sources.The gritty details about each tax credit, according to numerous industry officials either backing each proposal or aware of them.On coal:Pushed by American Electric Power, coal producers Peabody Energy and Arch Coal and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a coalition of coal producers and coal-dependent utilities.Would cost between $6 billion and $6.5 billion a year and last 10 years. That’s a little less than the annual combined average cost of wind and solar tax credits extended in 2015, Bailey said.All coal plants that comply with major Clean Air Act regulations would qualify, which is most if not all coal plants operating today that aren’t already scheduled to shut down.Bailey said this tax credit is necessary because whatever FERC may do would apply to about 40,000 megawatts of coal. The U.S. coal fleet is six times that. “This tax idea is designed to help the entire coal fleet, and not conflict with what FERC is doing,” Bailey said.Would allow coal plant operators to recoup half of their fixed operation and maintenance expenses up to a limit of $26 per kilowatt of installed capacity.A spokeswoman for AEP said the credit “would be an interim solution” as the FERC process unfolds. Requests for comment to Arch Coal were not returned. Peabody deferred to the trade group.On nuclear:Brown, the Exelon lobbyist, says other companies are likely to come out in support of its proposal soon.Early internal estimates of the cost are between $1 billion and $1.2 billion a year.It would be a 30% investment tax credit for capital expenditures at existing nuclear units that would run for four years.Exelon floated a similar version of this tax credit last year, but the issue wasn’t as ripe then as it is today, Brown said, thanks in part to Trump’s elevation of the issue.More: Exclusive: Coal and nuclear firms seek billions in new tax creditslast_img read more

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Brazilian and US Navies Promote Ecological Beach Cleanup in Rio de Janeiro

first_img“The Navy’s assignment is related to preventing water pollution; however, because we work in the ocean, it is important for us to always keep the ocean and beaches clean. Therefore, this is part of an idea to collaborate in the spirit of preservation,” said Rear Adm. Kerr.U.S. collaborationU.S. service members from the USS Carter Hall made the most of their participation in multinational exercise UNITAS in Brazil, August 19-30, and joined the Brazilians in the operation.“There are 13 countries participating in UNITAS, but this time the Americans learned that we were going to work on an environmental awareness operation and asked to join. This type of operation is important to them,” Rear Adm. Kerr said. “The U.S. Navy is very interactive, they always volunteer, and they are very engaged in activities of civic and social nature.” By Nelza Oliveira / Diálogo October 07, 2019 On August 20, the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) conducted a cleanup operation at Icaraí Beach, 12.4 miles from Rio de Janeiro, with volunteer U.S. service members from the USS Carter Hall. About 100 service members (20 from the U.S.) took part in the operation. According to MB, an estimated 8 million tons of trash end up in the world’s oceans every year, of which nearly 90 percent is plastic debris.“This is an environmental awareness civic and social operation to preserve the environment. The Navy supports all operations associated with preserving the maritime environment and the National Plan to Combat Marine Litter, from the Ministry of the Environment,” said MB Rear Admiral Gilberto Santos Kerr, commander of the 1st Squadron Division.The cleanup activities at beaches and mangroves are just one of 30 operations scheduled in the plan, which also includes: installing retention devices, such as rainwater collection systems and floating barriers in rivers and tributaries; stimulating selective waste collection and reverse logistics for industries to recycle or destroy materials produced (and prevent them from littering the 274 seashore municipalities along the 5,300 miles of coastline); and encouraging innovative technological projects that make use of plastic collected in the maritime environment. The Brazilian and U.S. service members completed the cleanup work, collecting a total of 176 pounds. “The idea is that the operation would positively impact the people walking along the beach, so that they would also participate in the preservation of the maritime environment,” Rear Adm. Kerr said.U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Rick Williams, chaplain of the USS Carter Hall, highlighted the importance of the joint operation. “It’s wonderful to engage with our partners, to make real friends, while cleaning the beach. It shows the partnership and friendship that unites our two nations.”center_img Brazilian Navy Rear Admiral Gilberto Santos Kerr (left), commander of the 1st Squadron Division, and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Rick Williams, chaplain of the USS Carter Hall, talk about the relevance of the joint ecological operation. (Photo: Nelza Oliveira, Diálogo)MB, whose mission is to monitor the waters, control water pollution coming from ships, ensure navigation security, and preserve human life at sea, has a special interest in the plan. On August 28, MB, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of the Environment, the Office of the Attorney General of Brazil,signed a technical cooperation agreement to fight maritime debris and protect Brazilian jurisdictional waters.According to the agreement, MB operations include monitoring and combating environmental crimes, and preventing and helping combat pollution of oceans and rivers in the Blue Amazon, a maritime area of 1.3 million square miles with a high concentration of Brazilian mineral and oil resources.“The ocean unites us all, let’s preserve it,” was the motto of the environmental awareness civic and social operation. (Photo: Nelza Oliveira, Diálogo)last_img read more

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NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood visits Indiana League

first_img NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood was at the Indiana Credit Union League office Monday to visit with several members of the League board of directors, members of its Governmental Affairs Committee and senior management.Hood, who also spoke to the National Urban League Conference in Indianapolis about credit union small business lending while he was in town, commented that he appreciated the chance to hear directly from credit union leaders who are serving their members every day.He talked to the group about his top priorities like regulatory relief, support for member business lending, cybersecurity, facilitating innovation within the agency and in credit unions, providing current expected credit loss (CECL) guidance and assistance, helping credit unions serve the underserved and  continuing strong credit union capital adequacy through a more holistic approach to capital requirements.“It was a pleasure to host Chairman Hood and to provide a dialogue between him and Indiana credit unions,” said League President John McKenzie. “We appreciate his emphasis on making regulations effective without being excessive and we support NCUA’s recent action to delay its risk-based capital rule as well as its proposed rule on public unit and non-member shares.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr From left: Indiana League SVP Governmental Affairs Chris Beaumont; Purdue FCU President/CEO Bob Falk; Indiana League President John McKenzie; Indiana League SVP League Services & Regulatory Analysis Joe Guilfoy; Elements Financial FCU EVP Lending & Sales Ron Senci; NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood; Interra CU CEO Amy Sink; Encompass FCU CEO Matt Lambert; Members Source CU Board Member Chuck Donovan; Afena FCU President/CEO Karen Madry; Via CU President/CEO Dave Abernathy; Hoosier Hills CU President/CEO George McNichols; Indiana University CU President/CEO Bryan Price. (Indiana Credit Union League photo)center_img continue reading »last_img read more

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The European Union is introducing visas for the European Schengen area – ETIAS

first_imgThe cost of developing ETIAS is estimated at € 212,1 million with an average annual cost of € 85 million. The costs will be covered by the income from the issuance fees. The ETIAS system will include more than 60 countries, including Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia and Moldova. Europska unija uvodi novi sustav čiji je cilj pooštravanje sigurnosti putnika koji ulaze u Schengensku zonu slobodnog kretanja – ETIAS. Although there has been talk for some time about the abolition of American visas for Croatian citizens, visas are still needed, and the United States emphasizes that the number of denied visas in Croatia should fall to 3 percent, from the current 4 to 5 percent. Travelers will be required to complete an online application form covering a range of biometric, travel and security issues. This information will be checked in international and European databases to identify potential terrorist and criminal threats. A fee of 7 euros will be charged when applying, and the document is valid for trips of 90 to 180 days. Američki državljani koji će putovali u neku od zemalja Europske unije morati će imati imati vizu. Also, citizens of the United States will have to apply for ETIAS. The reason for this is the dispute between the European Union and the United States, which refuses to abolish visas for citizens of Croatia, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Cyprus. Find out more information in the attachment:center_img These measures apply to people who do not currently need visas to enter one of the Schengen countries. The idea is that those who are subject to visa rules are carefully examined during the process of issuing security credentials. But those states that do not need such documentation are a potential threat. The area, which consists of 26 European countries, allows passengers to move across national borders without stopping. But terrorist attacks in Paris, Berlin and Brussels have highlighted the need to tighten security at the European Union’s external borders and within Schengen. The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will enter into force in early 2021. The ETIAS process ETIAS – European Travel Information and Authorization Systemlast_img read more

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Duterte invites Russian ‘energy giant’ to invest in PH – Panelo

first_imgPresident Rodrigo Duterte (center) arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia on Oct. 2. Duterte recently invited a Russian energy giant to invest in oil and gas development in the Philippines during his visit in the foreign country. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO The Philippines and China movedforward with their joint oil and gas exploration deal, naming members of thejoint steering committee that will supervise projects under the agreement. He added Duterte invited Rosneft toinvest in the country during his meeting with the state-owned Russian oilcompany’s Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin in Moscow. Beijing, meanwhile, looks to conductjoint oil and gas explorations with Manila, having signed a deal for thisduring Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to the Philippine capital in Novemberlast year. The deal does not specify the areas tobe covered but the Philippines earlier offered for oil exploration in the RectoBank./PN “The President also assured thecompany that an agreement on oil and gas exploration shall undergo the properdomestic processes and comply with applicable laws and pertinent rules andregulations so as not to leave any room for corruption or irregularity,” Panelosaid. Rosneft, which earned the ire ofChina, is operating an oil block that provides 10 percent of Vietnam’s energyneeds. It is also operating a Japanese semi-submersible rig on the continentalshelf of the Southeast Asian country. “(Duterte) assured Rosneft officialsthat their investments are safe in the Philippines and that he would nottolerate corruption in the bureaucracy,” he added. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterteinvited a Russian energy giant to invest in oil and gas development in thePhilippines as he assured their possible investment will be safe and free fromcorruption, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. last_img read more

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1 dead after bus hits motorcycle

first_imgThe crash happened around 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, the report stated. Gonzales was navigating the road when he was sideswiped by a bus carrying repatriated overseas Filipino workers bound for Roxas City, Capiz, police said. He was rushed to the Don Valerio Palmares Sr. Memorial District Hospital in said city but was later declared dead.   ILOILO City – A 52-year-old motorcycle driver was killed when he was hit by a passenger bus in Barangay Man-it, Passi City.Jonathan Gonzales of Barangay Poblacion Ilawod, Passi City sustained fatal injuries on the head and body, a police report showed. As of this writing, the Passi City police had not identified the bus driver, who fled after the incident./PNlast_img read more

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Andy Decker

first_imgLast week I ran into an old friend, Andy Decker.  If you recall, Andy worked for WRBI in its early days as a DJ.  However, he is remembered more as a sports announcer.  Andy and I did many football and basketball games together in the 80’s.  Andy continued to work in the radio field until a few years back when some health problems forced him to retire.Andy had one of those voices that was made for radio.   Even when the game was close and the crowd noise was high, his voice still came through loud and clear.  When he was not doing sporting events–just being a DJ–his voice was soft and pleasant.This former student of mine surprised all of us when he chose this as a career.  Andy was shy in the classroom, but behind the mic he was very confident and you could tell that in his delivery.  One of my old teachers was very wise when he said “never try to guess what a high school student will grow up to be.  You will usually be wrong.”  Thanks, Andy, for bringing back good memories!last_img read more

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Wildcats Soccer Team Wins Against Centerville Bulldogs

first_imgFranklin County High School Boys Varsity Soccer beat Centerville High School 3-1.Finally, with the strength of a fully built team, both the offense and defense are showing promise of things to come. Offensively Franklin County took 35 shots on Monday night. 13 of those were on goal and 3 made it past the Centerville goalie. Jayden Taylor, Jaun Sumancus and Patrick Kolb all scored goals on the evening. The Wildcats held Centerville to only 3 total shots in which they scored 1 goal. Overall it was a well-played game for the Wildcats as they move into the second half of their season.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jeff Essen.last_img read more

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Ferguson expects busy summer

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson is confident Manchester United will punch their weight in the transfer market this summer – even if they lack the spending power of Manchester City and Chelsea. There is no intention to go head-to-head with City or Chelsea on pure finance alone, but Ferguson is confident United can get the players he wants. “We’re competitive in the market – we’re not Chelsea or Manchester City in terms of money but we’re competitive,” Ferguson told Inside United. “We’ve been doing a bit of work over the last three or four months, targeting who the players are that we feel could enhance us, make us better or help us maintain the level we’re at.” Press Associationcenter_img He added: “Hopefully the players we bring into the club in the next year or so will be of the quality we need.” It is promising to be an interesting close season, with Chelsea definitely in the market for a new manager and City potentially so if owner Sheikh Mansour believes Roberto Mancini has failed to deliver the improvement he is looking for. Even if Mancini remains, it would seem more likely than not City will be looking to bolster their squad following a failure to keep pace with United. And Chelsea certainly will if, as Ferguson suspects, Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge – however, the Red Devils chief has already started his work. England Under-21 wide-man Wilfried Zaha was signed from Crystal Palace in January, then immediately loaned back to the Championship outfit for the remainder of the campaign. Interest in strikers Robert Lewandowski and Radamel Falcao is long-standing, whilst it is also believed United will be in the hunt for a central midfielder and a left-back. Ferguson has tried to bring in young overseas players, still in the very early stages of their development, to avoid having to spend vast sums. Yet Gerard Pique, Guiseppe Rossi and Paul Pogba have all eventually left to fulfill their potential elsewhere, so it is to be hoped the latest recruit, Belgian Adnan Januzaj, who was given a squad number last week, is more in tune with Ferguson ideals. “You have to look at the structure of the club at present, in terms of the number of first-team players we have at 23 or under,” said Ferguson. “Older players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand may be coming towards the end of their careers, but these younger players are the foundation for the next five or six years.” last_img read more

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