Pilot DART reform launches

first_imgIn an email to the sophomore class last week, the student government Department of Academic Affairs said the Class of 2016 will take part in a pilot program for the DART registration process that condenses course registration into one three-hour time window this March.“A proposal has been brought forth for an adjustment to the registration period for sophomores in March 2014,” the email said. “Instead of the normal spread of two days, all sophomores would register on a single day within a succinct three-hour period.“Additionally, the sophomore class time tickets would be scheduled from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. to minimize conflicts with classes, department exams, etc. Time tickets are spread out across the three-hour window to avoid system overload.”ERIN RICE | The Observer Junior Max Brown, the director of Academic Affairs, said the course registration process will remain the same, aside from the shortened registration period.“It’s going to be exactly the same as it was before, but the time slots [for registration] will be compacted,” Brown said. “Absolutely nothing is changing about the DARTing process other than the time slots being closer together.”Brown said the decision to try this new system came from a close analysis of the current system and the feedback student government received regarding time conflicts with the DART system.“We asked ourselves, ‘How can we make this system administratively more efficient and operationally more user-friendly so that students get the best possible outcome?’” Brown said.“Some of the feedback we’ve gotten about the DART process was that there were conflicts with class, exams or other activities.”Brown said student government has analyzed the DART system via student comments over the past few years.“Students clearly feel that two days for registration time tickets is outmoded,” the email said. “Specifically, minimizing time tickets between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for two days due to frequent conflicts with a variety of activities would benefit students.”Brown said a student population as large as Notre Dame’s will inevitably have conflicts whenever the University holds registration, but student government felt it could still improve upon the current system.“The fact of the matter is that whenever we DART, there will be some conflicts,” Brown said. “[Student government] has really analyzed the system, and it’s an imperfect system, but we want to make it as fair as possible for as many students as possible.”Brown said student government chose the sophomore class for the new pilot program because second-year students have enough experience with the process, but still have enough room in their schedules to take a wide variety of classes.“This is probably the best group to give [student government] good feedback,” Brown said.He said new technology, specifically additional software, allowed student government to try the new registration process.“Now that we have the software, we can condense the times and not worry about overloading the system,” Brown said.The email said the registration process will remain the same for all non-sophomore students, but if the pilot program is successful, it may expand.“If the sophomore registration in March is successful, then the Office of the Deans, Registrar and Student Government shall consider expanding the concise window to other classes for Fall 2014,” the email said.Tags: Class of 2016, DART, Department of Academic Affairslast_img read more

RE/MAX report shows Vermont home sales best in New England

first_imgVermont was the only New England state that did not lose ground in either units sold or in median price. Connecticut was the only state down in both.About RE/MAX of New England, IncSince its inception in 1985, RE/MAX of New England has grown to over 230 offices and nearly 3,000 sales associates throughoutConnecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Read more about the housing industry at the RE/MAX ofNew England website www.remax-newengland.com(link is external) and follow us on Twitter at @REMAXNE. RE/MAX is proud to help raise millions ofdollars and support charitable organizations like Susan G. Komen For the Cure and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.DEFINITIONSTransactions are the total number of closed residential transactions during the given month. Month’s Supply of Inventory is the total number ofresidential properties listed for sale at the end of the month (active inventory) divided by the number of sales contracts signed (pended) duringthe month. Days on Market is the number of days that pass from the time a property is listed until the property goes under contract for allresidential properties sold during the month. Median Sales Price is the median price of all residential properties sold during the month.MLS data is provided by contracted data aggregators, RE/MAX brokerages and regional offices. While MLS data is believed to be accurate, it cannot beguaranteed.MLS data is constantly being updated, making any analysis a snapshot at a particular time. Every month the RE/MAX of New England HousingReport re-calculates the previous period’s data to ensure accuracy over time. All raw data remains the intellectual property of each local MLS organization.© copyright 2010 RE/MAX of New England, Inc Vermont’s real estate market fared the best of all New England states in a newly released RE/MAX report. There were 289 homes sold in January, an 18% increase from the 245 homes sold the same time last year. On a month-to-month basis, home sales were down -27.6% from 399 homes sold this past December. The median selling price remained flat year-over-year at $190,000. However, Vermont surpassed New Hampshire in median sale price and is now fourth in New England, also ahead of Maine.Overall inventory decreased from 8,478 in January 2010 to 7,694 in January 2011. If inventory increases, as RE/MAX expects, Vermont should experience a positive Spring market.Stability defined the New England market in January as home sales saw a slight increase of .4%from December. While some industry analysts continue to predict a serious decline in homeprices in the new year, the RE/MAX of New England Monthly Housing Report showed homeprices dropped by only -2% from levels in December 2010.‘It’s encouraging to see transactions and prices remaining stable,’ said RE/MAX of New England Executive Vice President Jay Hummer. “These trends should continue as we enter the Spring market.’last_img read more

Honduras Toughens Penalties for Extortion

first_imgBy Kay Valle/ Diálogo April 20, 2017 Extortion is a crime that the National Anti-Extortion Force (FNA, per its Spanish acronym) fights daily. However, the Honduran Criminal Code did not classify extortion accordingly. This legal vacuum impeded the fight against it. That is why judicial officials solicited a revision of the law. On February 27, 2017, the National Congress approved reforms to Articles 222 and 335, and Articles 335A and 335B were added to the law. “We felt that there were gaps in the legal tool regulating the fight against this crime. When extortionists developed the planning and intimidation phase against their victims, in other words, when they called people on the phone with death threats or threatened to burn down their businesses, we weren’t able to act,” Lieutenant Colonel Amílcar Hernández told Diálogo. He is the director of the FNA, an entity composed of the Public Ministry, the National Police, the Honduran Armed Forces, and the National Directorate of Investigation and Intelligence. “They were [only] able to arrest the person and prosecute them when money was exchanged with the victim, and if this transaction did not occur, the criminals could not be charged or arrested, despite the fact that they had been identified,” he added. This has changed. The reform specifies that it will be considered “consummated extortion” when threats are made, and the perpetrators will be charged whether or not they have achieved their goal of violence or intimidation. According to security analyst Allan Fajardo, a sociology professor at the National Autonomous University of Honduras, the change will facilitate prosecution of extortionists. “This reform ensures the inclusion of levels of the crime that were not specified before in the Criminal Code,” he said. It “facilitates the reporting of the crime and guarantees confidentiality, empowers justice officials to negotiate with those who commit the crime or with their accomplices, everything to get information that could lead to the prosecution or conviction of the perpetrators.” Other actions against extortion The legal amendments show that movement in the right direction is a reality. That is why a benefit for the victims was approved during the testimonial stage. Before the reform, victims had to testify during every stage of the judicial proceedings. Now they are only required to participate by submitting evidence prior to the trial, that is, the extorted party will make one single declaration before a judge, and that will be enough for a conviction. According to Lt. Col. Hernández, the requirement for the victim to appear in court was reformed because more than 80 percent of those crimes are committed by maras and gangs, and although judges did not allow confrontations between victims and their extortionists, they testified before the defense attorney. “Once they had the case file, the defense attorneys would often unintentionally pass that information to the criminals, who would again threaten the victims, forcing them to drop the complaint or not follow up in the case, and they were set free,” he reported. Penalties were also included for extortionists’ actions against individuals and property, and for forcing people to close their businesses or leave their homes or the country. “When someone sets a shipping or transport unit on fire, causes a person to die or be seriously injured, damages property, or forces them to leave a place, it is now classified as terrorism,” Lt. Col. Hernández said. Fajardo considers the inclusion of the term positive since “common or organized-crime activity creates terror among the citizenry, the direct victims of extortion, or among judicial officials so they can avoid prosecution.” Strategies to eradicate extortion Among the things that will help eradicate extortion are the use of technologies, changes in the habits of users, and measures that should be taken by business owners and state institutions, Lt. Col. Hernández told Diálogo. “The transportation sector has been infiltrated by maras and gangs, and letting go of personnel (drivers, assistants or route controllers) in order to clean up the companies cannot be done because the owners are under threat,” he added. He emphasized that this is why a high-level certification for all employees will be carried out by the National Transportation Institute. Panic buttons will also be installed, along with camera systems in the terminals and on buses and prepaid cards will be used to avoid the use of cash. Lt. Col. Hernández explained that members of criminal structures will receive different sentences. The prison term for the illicit association is 20 years, and if the detainees are carrying arms when they are apprehended, there will be an added term of no less than five years. If the crime is deemed to be terrorism, the minimum sentence is 40 years. Other aggravating circumstances, such as inducing a minor to extort, could add to more than 60 years in prison, and when a murder is involved, such as of a judicial official, the penalty is increased by a third. Since March 2013, when the force was created, four officers have been killed in the line of duty. “We are aware that it is a risk that goes with the territory in this fight, and we are not scared. Actually, it motivates us to continue honoring the memory of our partners who gave their life to defend people. There is a big responsibility in the fight against extortion, and we will continue growing and working to protect the lives of citizens and their property,” Lt. Col. Hernández concluded.last_img read more

2 Brooklyn Men Drown on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two 23-year-old Brooklyn men reportedly drowned hours apart while swimming at ocean beaches on opposite ends of Long Island over the weekend.In the first case, lifeguards pulled a swimmer in distress from the water at Rogers Beach in Westhampton Beach at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, but the victim, whose name wasn’t immediately released, died at Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to the Southampton Press.Then at 6:30 p.m., Kashawn Carlos drowned while swimming with a friend in Long Beach when he was caught in a rip current a half after lifeguards ordered swimmers out of the water at the end of the day, WCBS-TV reported. Carlos was pronounced dead nearly two hours later at South Nassau Communities Hospital.RELATED STORY: 6 Hazards to Beware of at Long Island Beaches This SummerBoth fatalities occurred while the National Weather Service had issued a statement warning of rip currents, which remains in effect through at least Tuesday morning.Suffolk County police officers also said they rescued five people—three on Friday and two more on Saturday—from rip currents in Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island.last_img read more

Phase 4: What the pandemic taught businesses

first_imgGinter told 12 News the zoo was awarded funding to help ramp up their digital content. The zoo plans on using that money to work with local school districts and make their Zoomobile a virtual experience for students. Included in the phase was higher education, media production, low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment, and low-risk indoor arts and entertainment While Grasso agrees the Roberson will maintain a digital presence, he said it’s tough to be the real thing. Over at the Ross Park Zoo, executive director Phillip Ginter said the pandemic has created challenges for the zoo, but it’s also served as an inspiration for new ideas. “We love having people here. This is what the museum exists for,” Roberson executive director Michael Grasso said. “It’s here to serve the public, and we are looking forward to filling the galleries again in the safest possible.” “This has really caused us to kind of re-imagine some of our work,” Ginter said. “One of the things we’re really interested in and focusing on is how we can be more accessible.” Interactive activities have been removed to limit touch points, certain galleries will have a capacity maximum, the gift shop has been spread out to create more room, and the planetarium will be closed until theaters can re-open. Roberson will open its doors on July 1, and the zoo will open to members on Monday and the general public on Thursday. However, the Roberson Museum and Science Center, as well as the Ross Park Zoo, have both decided to open up early next week. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Phase four businesses got the green light today to open up as part Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Forward plan. “Museums are meant to be an experience, so the experience of coming in, seeing something in person is unmatched,” he says. “You can’t get that online.”last_img read more

‘Explosive situation’: German minister fears a constitutional crisis in the U.S.

first_imgWith incumbent President Trump already claiming victory with millions of U.S. election votes uncounted, a top German official warned of an “explosive situation.”- Advertisement –last_img

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Aussie Open: Nadal hopeful of being in superb shape

first_img Loading… “We are excited to be here and to compete well at this great event.” Nadal also received a glowing report from one of his coaches, Francisco Roig, who added: “Rafa is spectacular “He’s found some very good form. He’s feeling confident in the way he is playing and his serve is really helping him. “I think Nadal looks great. Now it’s a question of maintaining his game.” Read Also Australian Open: Sharapova says there’s still a lot of fire amid wildcard offer Nadal who married his long time hearthrobe Mery Perello in a lavish wedding that had 350 high profile guests in October in Majorca is no doubt in the right frame to battle contenders who are equally in a hurry to take 2020 by storm. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Is The Fastest Way To Get 1 Million Followers On Instagram?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot10 Most Praised Historical MoviesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombscenter_img World number one Rafael Nadal is fit and raring to go ahead of the Australian Open and ATP Cup, saying  he is hopeful of being in “good shape” for the tests that lies ahead. The 33-year-old will become the only man to be world number one in three different decades when the season starts in Australia, after he finished 2019 in seriously hot form. It’s a stark contrast from this time in 2018, when Nadal was recovering from ankle surgery. He still reached the Australian Open final, but was some way short of his best as he was comprehensively outclassed by Novak Djokovic.  This season, though, appears to be a different story. “Hopefully we arrive in good shape,” Nadal told the Australian Press. “We have five days to practice well before the competition. “We are looking forward to play good here in the ATP Cup and then we are going to have one week in Melbourne before the [Australian Open] to start to prepare. 2019 Aussie Open women champion Naomi OsakaAdvertisementlast_img read more

P25-K ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgGenilo was nabbed after he soldsuspected shabu to an undercover officer around 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, thereport added. BACOLOD City – Nineteen sachets ofsuspected shabu valued around P25,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation inBarangay 1 Poblacion, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental. The 49-year-old van driver Rene Geniloof Barangay Bacuyangan, Hinobaan yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a policereport showed. Aside from suspected illegal drugs, acellphone was also recovered from him. Police impounded the van, too. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Hinobaan municipal police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

No bail bond for rape suspect

first_imgBACOLOD City – No bail bond wasrecommended by the court for the temporary liberty of a rape suspect arrestedin Barangay Poblacion, Cauayan, Negros Occidental. The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the Cauayan municipal police station./PN Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Rodney Magbanua of the Regional Trial Court Branch 61 inKabankalan City dated Jan. 31, 2020.center_img The 31-year-old resident Benjie Treyeswas caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 13, apolice report showed.    last_img read more