While a large number of graduating Notre Dame seniors may decide to enter the workforce or pursue a tertiary degree upon graduation, other seniors decide to pursue a year of service spanning an array of programs and activities.Gemma Stanton, who is graduating with a civil engineering degree and minors in resiliency and sustainability of engineering systems and Catholic social tradition, is spending her year at Bethlehem Farm in Alderson, West Virginia.“Their mission statement is to transform lives through service with the local community and the teaching of sustainable practices,” Stanton said. “I’m going to help volunteers who come with home repair sites — teaching them how to use tools, as well as being there to help them out on sites.”Stanton said she chose the program at Bethlehem Farm because of its emphasis on sustainability.“Senior year I started looking at the application processes and what stuck out to me about Bethlehem Farm was that I knew what I would be doing would be really tied to sustainability, which I knew I wanted,” she said.This feature is also important to Stanton, as she completed coursework on this subject during her time at Notre Dame.“An exciting thing about Bethlehem Farm is that they just got a couple of grants to do sustainability audits of houses, so they’re going to be analyzing how the homes they go into are sustainable and how we can make them better, not just safer or warmer but also more sustainable,” she said. “I think the things I’ve learned are going to be useful for having a technical background and that perspective on it. It’s not just, ‘Oh, I like solar panels,’ but I can actually do some math and figure out how many solar panels are needed to power a house.”Maria Heiman, who studied accountancy with a minor in poverty studies, is also embarking on a year of service. Heiman will be working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) in Minneapolis.“I will be working with individuals experiencing homelessness and providing resources like transportation and opportunities to get them to stable housing and stable employment,” she said.Heiman said she has always wanted to do some form of service, especially at this time in her life.“A year of service was something that I always felt called towards. For me, I always wanted to give myself to something greater,” she said. “I thought as long as I’m young and flexible and had the opportunity, I thought if I don’t do it now, I might never do it. Living in community with others also was something that I unknowingly was looking for. Being at Notre Dame and being around people who are always cheering you on and always being there for you in that aspect was something that I was searching for and hopefully have found with JVC. Also, I would say the spirituality component, too. I am always looking to increase my faith life, so I found a great opportunity to do that within the Jesuit order that I am not as familiar with.”Heiman’s coursework at Notre Dame also influenced her placement within the JVC, she said.“Part of what I’m doing with my placement is starting up a financial readiness program there. Obviously my business coursework will help me in that aspect, but I think a Notre Dame education overall is what I’ll bring the most to JVC,” she said. “I am excited. I think just being able to be in a new territory and find my place in that community, not just the JVC community, but the broader region.”Tags: Commencement 2019, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, service, sustainability
STAGE 14 – 7/18 -Ã‚Â Revel to Ax-3 Domaines – 184km:In celebration of the 100 anniversary of the Tour’s first foray into the Pyrenees, this first-of-four Pyrenean stages Ã‚Â will take riders over two “modern” (ie. introduced during the 21st century) climbs: The Port de Pailheres and Plateau de Bonascre in Ax-3 Domaines. Ã‚Â In 2003, Carlos Sastre jumped into the limelight by taking his first ever stage win on the top of Plateau de Bonascre. REST DAY – 7/12 STAGE 1 – 7/4 – Rotterdam to Bruxelles – 224km:Rotterdam’s second visit by the TdF, but its first Tour start. Ã‚Â A flat, plain stage. STAGE 9 – 7/13 -Ã‚Â Morzine-Avoriaz to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – 204km:Four climbs on queue, ending with the Madeleine pass just 30km from the finish. STAGE 10 – 7/14 -Ã‚Â ChambÃƒÂ©ry to Gap – 179km:It’s Bastille Day, and the French will be hoping for a win over the mildly mountainy stage. STAGE 12 – 7/16 -Ã‚Â Bourg-de-PÃƒÂ©age to Mende – 210km:Laurent Jalabert enjoyed a Bastille Day win in Mende in 1995 by owning the Causse climb, which has been renamed the Jalabert climb. Ã‚Â Riders will ascend it before finishing into the airfield in Mende. STAGE 5 – 7/8 – Ãƒâ€°pernay to Montargis – 185km:A Sprinter’s stage, the pack will roll through the hills of the Champagne region. The official LeTour.fr website has individual stage histories and information about each host city and town. Ã‚Â Full stage info will not be updated on their site until June, but we’ll keep you posted with any changes, news and updates. PROLOGUE – 7/3 – Rotterdam – 8km:Reintroduces the prologue time trial, which was missing from the previous two TdF’s. STAGE 16 – 7/20 -Ã‚Â BagnÃƒÂ¨res-de-Luchon to Pau – 196km:Eddy Merckx first conquered theÃ‚Â Peyresourde-Aspin-Tourmalet-Aubisque series of mountain climbs in 1969 as he destroyed his competition with a solo victory. Ã‚Â His stage win led to the first of his five TdF victories, and in 2010 riders will get to “enjoy” this piece of history all over again before heading into Pau for the second and final rest day. Ã‚Â My quads hurt just looking at this: STAGE 18 – 7/23 -Ã‚Â Salies-de-BÃƒÂ©arn > Bordeaux – 190km:A flat day after the big summit finish, the race enters Bordeaux for the 80th time, the second most visited city behind Paris itself. Ã‚Â Sprinters, if they’ve made it through the mountains, should rule the day. REST DAY – 7/21 STAGE 6 – 7/9 – Montargis to Gueugnon – 225km:The longest stage of the 2010 Tour de France, it finishes into new town for the Tour. Ã‚Â A couple of mild inclines could make for some breakaway attempts and team tactics play. STAGE 3 – 7/6 – Wanze to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut – 207km:A flat stage, it’s the first Tour visit to Wanze and the first stage of the race to put riders on cobblestones, including the Haveluy sector just 10k from the finish at the Arenberg Trench, the backdrop for the Paris-Roubaix. STAGE 20 – 7/25 -Ã‚Â Longjumeau > Paris Champs-Ãƒâ€°lysÃƒÂ©es – 105kmRiders will take a high-speed train from the Time Trial to Longjumeau for the shortest (non TT) stage of the Tour. Ã‚Â Leaving from a new stop for the Tour de France, riders will have a flat stage to prep their legs for the final laps around theÃ‚Â Champs-Ãƒâ€°lysÃƒÂ©es. Ã‚Â Green Jersey contenders and those with anything left in their legs will be looking to take the glory. STAGE 7 – 7/10 – Tournus to Station des Rousses – 161km:Medium mountain climbs fill the gaps between two first-time Tour host cities, including an ascent up the southern slopes of La Coix de la Serra (1,049m / 3,441 ft) and ending with a 1,140m climb to the summit finish at Les Rousses. STAGE 2 – 7/5 – Bruxelles to Spa – 192km:A hilly stage starting from 11-time Tour host Bruxelles, capital of Belgium. STAGE 11 – 7/15 -Ã‚Â Sisteron to Bourg-lÃƒÂ¨s-Valence – 180km:Another stage with two first-time hosts, it’s a relatively flat stage with the exception of the Cabre pass. Ã‚Â Look for teams to keep their sprinters near the front. STAGE 4 – 7/7 – Cambrai to Reims – 150km:A rolling stage that finishes in windy plains into the capital of Champagne. The 2010 Tour de France runs from Saturday July 3rd to Sunday July 25th 2010. The 97th running of the penultimate bicycle stage race will consist of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,600 kilometres.Stage Profiles Summary:1 prologue,9 flat stages,6 mountain stages and 3 summit finishes,4 medium mountain stage,4 individual time-trial stage (59 km).Distinctive Features of 2010 Course:le Tourmalet climbed twicea hint of the Classics and cobblestones2 rest days23 Category 1, Ã‚Â 2 and Hors Categorie level mountain passesNO team time trial!Hit ‘more’ for a stage-by-stage list, elevation profile maps and descriptions…The 2010 Tour de France races through 11 new stage towns:Ã‚Â Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, Bourg-de-PÃƒÂ©age, Bourg-lÃƒÂ¨s-Valence, Gueugnon, Longjumeau, Pamiers, Pauillac, Sisteron, Station des Rousses, Tournus, Wanze (Belgium).The stages through Belgium and several in France bring cobbles back to the Tour for the first time since 2004, putting riders over a total of 13.2 km (8.2 miles) of bumpy roads.STAGE LIST: STAGE 13 – 7/17 -Ã‚Â Rodez to Revel – 195km:With only a few “warm up” climbs scattered throughout the stage, riders will be trying to outdo one another on the climb in Saint-FerrÃƒÂ©ol. Ã‚Â At just 6km from the finish, the first person up could well take the stage. STAGE 17 – 7/22 -Ã‚Â Pau > Col du Tourmalet – 174km:The well known Col du Tourmalet puts riders right back into the big climbs after a day off, and riders will climb the steepest side leading up from BarÃƒÂ¨ges. Ã‚Â But that’s OK, they get to warm up on two smaller passes 1/3 and 2/3 through the stage. The stage finishes on the 2,115m (6,940 ft) summit of the Col. STAGE 19 – 7/24 -Ã‚Â Bordeaux to Pauillac – 51km:A relatively long 31.7 mile individual time trial on the final day of real racing should add some excitement and if the racing is anything like recent events, may well help decide the ultimate winner. STAGE 15 – 7/19 -Ã‚Â Pamiers to BagnÃƒÂ¨res-de-Luchon – 187km:The Tour’s very first Pyrenean finish in 1910 was in Luchon (now calledÃ‚Â BagnÃƒÂ¨res-de-Luchon), and has since returned there 50 times over the race’s history. Ã‚Â This stage will bring riders to the breaking point as they climb the Port de BalÃƒÂ©s (1,755m / 5,758 ft) for only the second time in the Tour’s history. STAGE 8 – 7/11 -Ã‚Â Station des Rousses to Morzine-Avoriaz – 189km:The first big mountain stage adn the entry into the Alps. Ã‚Â Only climbed twice in the Tour’s history, the riders will crest the Ramaz pass before a 40km dash for the high altitude (1,800m / 5,900 ft) finish in Avoriaz.
Nov 1, 2012 USDA quietly reduces audits of meat exporters’ food safety systemsThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reduced its audits of the meat safety systems of US trading partners by more than 60% since 2008, according to an investigative report by Food Safety News (FSN). From 2001 to 2008, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspected meat and poultry safety systems in 25 to 32 exporting countries per year (except for 2006, when inspections were much reduced), FSN reported. But from 2009 to 2012 the number of countries audited dropped to from 3 to 20 per year, or an average of 9.8. Last year the agency audited meat safety in only three countries: Australia, New Zealand, and Poland. Also, FSN said the FSIS has been slow to release audit reports and that it unveiled reports covering the past 2 years only this week, after multiple FSN requests. Current and former FSIS officials told FSN the agency is shifting to more of a “risk-based” approach to foreign audits, relying more on self-reporting by foreign inspectors. FSIS officials said they had intended to explain the change in a Federal Register notice, but they have been too busy issuing other policy notices. Agency officials asserted that the cutback was not caused by lack of funding, but a former agency employee said budgetary pressures were a major factor. The USDA currently allows 34 countries to export meat and poultry to the US, on the basis of determinations that their safety systems meet USDA standards, the story says.Nov 1 FSN storyFSIS foreign audit reports Feds declare post-hurricane New York public health emergencyHealth and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declared a public health emergency for New York state yesterday in the wake of hugely destructive Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall on the East Coast on Oct 29. The emergency declaration is necessary for HHS to waive or modify certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements, the agency said in a release. The declaration enables affected New York healthcare facilities to adjust some operating procedures temporarily, such as admitting qualified Medicare patients to a nursing home without the usual 3-day hospital stay. HHS said more than 500 of its personnel have been deployed to help affected states respond to public health, medical, and human services needs.Oct 31 HHS news releaseIn related news, destruction from Hurricane Sandy creates a myriad of health concerns, including illness from contaminated water and foodborne disease from improperly refrigerated food, according to an NPR blog post today. Health officials are warning residents of New Jersey, New York, and other affected states of possible health risks, including pathogens from sewage in floodwater, which may cause illness with contact. “That kind of shows up as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms related to gastrointestinal illnesses,” said New Jersey state epidemiologist Christina Tan, MD, MPH. CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, cautioned about the risk of foodborne disease, given that refrigerated food stays cold for only about 4 to 6 hours after a power outage (and millions of East Coast residents are still without power). “In 2003 there was a long blackout in August, and we saw a significant increase in foodborne illness in the days after,” Frieden said. His advice: “If in doubt, throw it out.”Nov 1 NPR blog post
Omega Canyon Bridge. Courtesy photoATLA News:All Together Los Alamos is accepting requests for assistance from Los Alamos County residents who are housebound during the COVID-19 public health emergency.The all-volunteer group of local residents is working to provide information on resources and services to people who need assistance during these difficult times. The aim is to supplement where needed the services already being provided by local senior centers and local non-profits.All Together Los Alamos plans to assist homebound residents with:Simple “well-check” phone calls;Directing people to available resources;Providing simple over-the-phone support when possible to help set up communication methods such as video- chatting;Picking up groceries, prescriptions or other essential items and delivering them to homes.The group also will provide information to local online and print newspapers, local social media and KRSN radio.Anyone in need of assistance may register a request for assistance at the All Together Los Alamos website https://sites.google.com/view/alltogetherlosalamos/home or call 505.500.4116 for more information.Volunteers also are invited to register at the same address.
Daily Postcard: A luminous double rainbow appears in the sky and colors the clouds about 7:45 p.m. Friday over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
Deepwater drilling contractor Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. has revealed plans to retire and scrap six of its mid-water semisubmersible rigs.The plans are expected to result in a non-cash impairment charge in the third quarter of USD 109 million before tax, or USD 0.84 per share after tax, the company said.The retired units include the Ocean Epoch, Ocean New Era and Ocean Whittington, which are currently cold-stacked, and the Ocean Concord and Ocean Yatzy, which are currently idle in Brazil.The sixth unit, the Ocean Winner, will be retired and scrapped upon completion of its current contract term in Brazil.According to Marc Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer, the company’s newest units—four drillships and a harsh environment semisubmersible—are contracted into 2019 or beyond.“By operating all of our new-build drillships in the U.S. Gulf, we are positioned to enjoy meaningfully lower operating costs than in other ultra-deepwater markets,” added Mr. Edwards.Press Release
China-based Penglai Jutal Offshore Engineering Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (PJOE) has recently been awarded a construction contract to build an offshore platform jacket for an offshore oil project in South China Sea.The company did not reveal the name of the client nor the exact location of the project, however it did say that the contract value is over RMB 200 million ($32.3 million).Jutal Offshore Oil Services is an integrated provider offering customers oil and gas equipment and facilities, offshore engineering and technical support services. In the shipbuilding industry, Jutal provides engineering contracting and professional technical services.The company did not respond to our email seeking further information about the project.Offshore Energy Today Staff[mappress mapid=”1082″]
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Please see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >> Several major legal practices tentatively reopened their offices last week – partly for the benefit of staff struggling to work from home – as the Law Society advised firms to revisit their health and safety policies.Allen & Overy and Dentons are allowing a limited number of employees into their London premises under strict social distancing rules. Dentons said employees can return for ‘mental health, isolation or other wellbeing reasons’ but just 25% of the building will be occupied. It has also set up an onsite ‘track and trace’ system where staff must sign in and out of the building and inform HR if they develop Covid-19 symptoms.Deloitte will reopen six of its UK offices in July, citing the negative impact prolonged working from home can have on mental health.Meanwhile, BDB Pitmans is moving from its Westminster office to One Bartholomew Close, a new development near Moorgate. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner are also due to relocate offices this year.Many firms which have yet to open are redesigning their premises to allow for social distancing, installing cleaning stations and one-way systems. International firm CMS said its clients will be required to check in and may be asked for additional contact tracing information.The Law Society last week published a back-to-the-office toolkit to assist employers, including a risk assessment template and detailed guidance about the legal challenges posed by coronavirus. Firms have been advised to revisit their health and safety policies to cover Covid-19 and to test safety measures on a small number of employees.The Society said it is ‘hard to be certain’ about employees’ rights to refuse to attend the workplace for health and safety reasons. However, it said that ‘due to the government messaging and news reporting of coronavirus it’s likely to be reasonable for employees to believe there was a serious and imminent threat unless employers take appropriate action’. Find advice and updates here. *The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England.