Campus dining to reopen dining halls for indoor seating

first_imgFollowing an extended closure of indoor seating in the dining halls due to COVID-19, dine-in seating in North and South Dining Halls will reopen Oct. 5. As colder weather is expected to limit outdoor dining options, Campus Dining, along with other working groups, made the decision to reactivate the dining halls. “As our weather changes, [we want] to provide a facility to be able to dine in and also be somewhat secure from the elements,” campus dining director Chris Abayasinghe said. While dine-in seating will be available, students will continue to be able to take their meals to go. Abayasinghe said the dining halls will be configured so there is still adequate spacing for students to queue while waiting for food. “[At North] we’re going to reconfigure the area where you might pick up your beverages into seating, and then of course you have the additional landings that we will reactivate,” he said. “At South, we will reactivate East Wing and West Wing.” Abayasinghe estimates that South Dining Hall will be able to hold around 500 students at any time, while North Dining Hall’s capacity will be approximately 400 students. All students will be seated at least six feet apart from each other, and plexiglass shields will separate diners in accordance with St. Joseph County guidelines. Protocols will also be in place to sanitize the dining areas.“We are really focused … on our continued cleaning and disinfection protocols because that will also be in tandem with this,” Abayasinghe said. Ryan Peters | The Observer South Quad recently received chairs and fire pits at which students may gather.Devon Sanchez-Ossorio, assistant director for events and services, said in an email that the popularity of Library Lawn pushed the Student Activities Office (SAO) and the wide variety of units who collaborated on Library Lawn to add additional gathering spaces.“The Library Lawn has been so well received by students that we initially expanded it to include the area west of Hesburgh Library, adding additional chairs, fire pits, and lights. Given the interest we have seen from students in these spaces, we decided to move forward with introducing an additional inviting outdoor space to [South Quad] while the weather is still nice,” Sanchez-Ossorio said. Sanchez-Ossorio said there are currently no plans to create any more gathering areas, but SAO is open to feedback.   “While we do not currently have any plans to expand to additional areas on campus, we remain receptive to student feedback and look forward to seeing the impact these existing spaces have on our campus community,” Sanchez-Ossorio said.Tags: Campus DIning, North Dining Hall, SAO, South Dining Hall, South Quad Courtesy of Chris Abayasinghe Plexiglass shields will separate diners in order to reduce potential virus transmission.Campus Dining collaborated with Student Affairs, the local health department and others to plan for how to provide safe indoor seating. Abayasinghe said he received a lot of student feedback that sparked the discussion about how to adapt to the colder conditions.“Our students love to provide feedback. So for many students, especially over the last week or so as the weather started to turn, this became the most frequently used topic,” he said. “Additionally, with the engagement that my department has with Student Government and student leadership as well, there has been encouragement for us to move forward on this conversation.”The University also expects indoor dining spaces in LaFortune and Duncan Student Centers to reopen Nov. 1. Dining spaces will be open on the first two floors of Duncan while LaFortune will have seating on all floors. Abayasinghe added that the Nov. 1 target date is tentative as the University continues to monitor COVID-19 data on campus. Additionally, Campus Dining is working on providing conditioning in the tents in order to provide comfortable seating in the spaces already adapted to the health guidelines.The announcement of available indoor seating comes as the University attempts to provide dining and gathering spaces that follow local health guidelines. Recently, South Quad and the area west of Hesburgh Library received chairs and fire pits. last_img read more


Randolph Man Charged With Producing Child Pornography

first_imgStock Image.RANDOLPH — A Randolph man faces up to 30 years in prison after he was charged with production of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.Alexander Carnahan, 27, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, and a $250,000 fine.Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles M. Kruly and Elizabeth R. Moellering, who are handling the case, said that according to the complaint, on June 9, the Jamestown Police Department responded to a residence for a report of alleged child sexual abuse involving an 11 year-old. The victim’s mother advised officers that another one of her children gave her a cell phone belonging to the defendant, who was staying with the family, and told her that there were nude images of the victim on the phone. The victim’s mother searched the phone and found what she believed to be nude images of the victim. The mother then kicked Carnahan out of the family residence.On June 16, Jamestown Police Officers executed a state search warrant on the defendant’s phone but did not locate any images or videos depicting child pornography. On June 17, a federal search warrant was executed on the defendant’s Google account. Investigators recovered several images and videos that appeared to match descriptions provided by the victim’s mother. The investigation determined that the defendant transferred the images and videos from his phone to his Google account. Investigators also recovered child pornography images that Carnahan did not produce himself. On August 13, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s current residence in Randolph. A second warrant authorized photographs of Carnahan’s hands to determine whether his hands matched a hand seen in the images of child pornography recovered by investigators.The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Leading Swedish pension fund to stop investing in fossil fuels

first_imgLeading Swedish pension fund to stop investing in fossil fuels FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:A major Swedish pension fund announced that it will “no longer invest in fossil fuels.” Första AP-fonden (AP1), which is one of five pension funds in the country’s national income pension system, outlined the reasons for its decision in a statement issued Monday. The Stockholm-based fund explained that the move toward a low-carbon economy less reliant on fossil fuels represented “a substantial uncertainty for companies involved in coal, oil and natural gas activities.”It added that “continued investments related to these activities can increase the financial risk exposure of the fund” and said its decision was one measure being taken to manage the fund’s “climate risk exposure.”As of December 31, 2019, AP1 had 366 billion Swedish krona (around $36.82 billion) of assets under management.On Monday, the fund’s chairman, Urban Hansson Brusewitz, described divesting from fossil fuels as “an efficient way for the fund to manage the financial risk associated with a transition in line with the Paris agreement.”He went on to state that AP1 had “decided to develop a roadmap and measurable targets towards reaching a carbon neutral portfolio by 2050.” This week’s announcement comes after AP1 decided to stop investing in firms involved with oil sands and thermal coal in late 2018. The newly announced decision to divest from all fossil fuels was taken by the fund’s board of directors in December 2019.[Anmar Frangoul]More: Swedish pension fund with billions of assets under management to stop fossil fuel investmentslast_img read more


In Memoriam

first_imgIn Memoriam April 15, 2003 Regular News Peter Joseph Giacoma, Jr., Plantation Admitted 1980; Died January 17, 2003 Bruce Roger Lieberman, Delray Beach Admitted 1997; Died July 21, 2002 Felix Rivera Lujan, San Juan, PR Admitted 1952; Died October 6, 2000 L. Thomas McAnnally, Green Cove Springs Admitted 1971; Died October 13, 2002 Jerry R. Parker, Tampa Admitted 1972; Died January 11, 2003 David F. Patterson, St. Petersburg Admitted 1964; Died December 6, 2002 Raymond L. Potts, Orlando Admitted 1994; Died August 27, 2001 Albert Nissen Proujansky, Boynton Beach Admitted 1983; Died December 21, 2002 Jeffrey W. Reinen, Brookfield, CT Admitted 1975; Died Novebmer 22, 2000 Fred Marshall Spitz, Miami Admitted 1969; Died August 29, 2002 Luther M. Taylor, Palm Beach Gardens Admitted 1964; Died December 12, 2002 Thomas Finley Woods, Tallahassee Admitted 1963; Died August 13, 2000last_img read more


2nd Eastport Home Invasion Murder Suspect Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Matthew Rooney, left, and Paul Batterson, Jr.A second suspect wanted in connection with killing a man during an Eastport home invasion surrendered Thursday, the same day the first suspect faced upgraded charges in a grand jury indictment.Matthew Rooney and Paul Batterson, Jr. both pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court to assault and second-degree murder charges. Batterson had been arrested a month after the Dec. 8 murder and Rooney turned himself two weeks after that.Prosecutors said the 22-year-old East Moriches men broke into the victim’s house on East Moriches Boulevard, announced a robbery and fatally shot Francisco Pirir-Canel, 45, who later died.Rooney allegedly shot the victim in the face with a shotgun and authorities said Batterson stormed inside and demanded cash from the residents, believed to number as many as seven men who work as landscapers.A second victim, Cipriano Pirir-Patzan, was shot in the hand while trying to hold a door closed as the masked pair broke into the house, prosecutors said.Investigators found the gun in a search of Battersons’ parents’ home, prosecutors added.Judge Richard Ambro ordered both men to be held without bail at Suffolk County jail.  Batterson is due back in court Feb. 28 and Rooney on March 6.last_img read more


Cebu City is PH’s new COVID-19 epicenter – DILG

first_imgAño said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel that the rate of COVID-19 infection in Cebu City has exceeded the rate of 17 local government units in Metro Manila. MANILA – Cebu City is the new epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the Philippines, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said yesterday. “We can’t be sure if those patients are observing proper protocols of home quarantine. So better to extract them out of the community to ensure safety of the families and neighborhood,” he said. “We’d also like to enjoin and ask the people to observe the health protocols. There are so many people violating the quarantine protocols, not wearing masks, not observing physical distancing,” he added. “Cebu City is taking a lot of new cases. We are worried with the number of deaths also. That’s why we put up a task force in Cebu led by Secretary [Roy] Cimatu as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte,” Año said. Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says that Cebu City is the new epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the country. He said the rate of COVID-19 infection in the city has exceeded the rate of 17 local government units in Metro Manila.RAPPLERcenter_img National Task Force for COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez, for his part, said that Cebu City has geographical disadvantage since it only has seven level 3 hospitals that can accept COVID-19 patients. “Tinututukan natin ngayon ang Cebu at ibang areas na nagkakaroon ng spikes ng kaso,” Galvez said during the Malacañang virtual press conference. “Ang nakita namin ay tumataas ang severe at critical cases, pati ang rate of death ay tumataas din.” Año also said that government officials will be going to the city to look for more sites for isolation facilities as most of the infections in the community were due to positive patients staying at home. “We expect 2 to 3 weeks increase in Cebu City. Parang ganoon ang nakita nating surge of cases sa Metro Manila noong March to April. Noong nag-ECQ sila, hindi ito strictly implemented. Ngayon ang 19 barangays on strict lockdown,” he added./PNlast_img read more


Barry calls for patience

first_imgEverton midfielder Gareth Barry has urged fans to be patient amid growing disquiet over the club’s lack of transfer business. Midfielder Tom Cleverley and forward Gerard Deulofeu are the only acquisitions so far – and they were both signed in June. Manager Roberto Martinez is keen to sign a number 10 and a centre-back but supporters are growing increasingly discontented with the lack of activity to bolster a squad which finished 11th last season. “I am sure the manager and chairman (Bill Kenwright) have something up their sleeves to excite fans.” Everton’s 2-2 home draw with newcomers Watford did not help to quell supporters’ unhappiness but Barry believes it is unwise to read too much into one result. “We have tinkered with our pre-season in the way we have done stuff and games we have had and generally the lads felt good,” he added “Overall I think we were disappointed with it (the Watford result) as we were at home and wanted to get three points but at the same time it was the opening weekend and you only have to look at the other results at the weekend to see how difficult it can be. “It is just important we take things forward and hopefully results will do the talking, as they generally do.” Despite the focus being on football, Barry said it was important the players supported events put on by the club’s official charity, which is one of the UK’s top sporting charities and considered one of the Premier League’s leading community schemes. “When the players get chance to come down and help raise money we are grateful to do that because we are aware of what it can achieve,” he said. :: Since 1988, Everton in the Community has been at the forefront of social intervention across Merseyside. Operating seven days a week, 365 days a year, Everton in the Community supports the most vulnerable and underprivileged members of local communities. Through its 120 dedicated full-time staff, 72 casual staff and 144 volunteers, the charity offers 60 programmes covering a range of social issues including health, employability, anti-social behaviour, crime, education, dementia, poverty, youth engagement, youth justice and disability. Chelsea’s intent to continue their pursuit of England centre-back John Stones after having two bids – the last £26million – turned down, has only added to the unrest among supporters. Everton have spent the least of all Premier League clubs this summer but Barry has asked for fans to remain calm. “It is just about being patient,” he told Press Association Sport at Everton in the Community’s golf day at Formby Hall. “It is always hard to be patient being a fan. You want players joining your club to excite you and give you something different to look at. “Every club does things differently and that means leaving business till late then that is the way Everton do it. “Other clubs have strengthened really well and spent a lot of money so we are up against quality teams but it is about getting momentum and that comes from winning games. “It is a great group of lads who really trust each other and we know what we are about and everyone does their jobs. “If the manager can keep that core of players together and keep them fit we are capable of achieving good things. Press Associationlast_img read more


CNN Rejects Two Trump Campaign Ads, Network Disagrees with Content

first_imgThis is not the first time CNN has rejected Trump campaign ads. CNN is refusing to run two ads from the Trump campaign because the network claims they make false claims and disparage the network’s journalists.The first ad claims President Trump is being unfairly treated for urging Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.The ad accuses the Democrat front-runner, Joe Biden, of corruption, a claim that has yet to be thoroughly investigated.It is for this reason President Trump is calling for China and Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. The ad also claims “media lap dogs” are helping Democrats in the impeachment inquiry and shows three CNN journalists. The second ad claims Democrats are staging a “coup” by trying to impeach him. CNN said it rejected that one because the network believes “President Trump made false claims about the whistleblower complaint against him” and uses the word “coup” to describe the impeachment inquiry on which the House of Representatives has not officially voted.DRAIN THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/N3FaZ5Dkjq— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019last_img read more


Boys hoops Warriors edge F-M; C-NS falls to Henninger

first_img Tags: boys basketballC-NSliverpool Back on Dec. 7, the Liverpool boys basketball team had to hold on in the final seconds to defeat its rivals from Cicero-North Syracuse by a single basket, 59-56.Since then, the two sides have gone on completely different paths, with the Warriors earning a string of impressive and dramatic victories over the likes of West Genesee and Corcoran, while the Northstars were still in search of its first win.And that remained the case after last Friday night’s game at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall, where Liverpool again found a way to win in the final seconds to push past Fayetteville-Manlius 57-55. F-M was unable to answer it, and the Warriors escaped, mostly leaning on Works, whose 22 points topped all scorers Kyle Caves finished with nine points, while Pento gained eight points and Josh Young had six points.Contrasting this was what happened to C-NS as it hosted Henninger, the Northstars seeing its offense shut down for long stretches of a 59-38 defeat to the Black Knights.Henninger entered the game nursing its own four-game skid, and for a half C-NS seemed intent on making it worse, playing solid defense and establishing a 26-24 advantage.Then the Northstars almost got shut out in the third quarter, managing a single free throw. While that went on, the Black Knights jumped out in front 40-27, never to get caught.Unable to overcome its prolonged drought, C-NS still got 13 points from Brian Bonin, with Luke Paragon and Brayden McLean earning eight points apiece. Tong Mading led Henninger with 21 points.As the Northstars  appear in East Syracuse Minoa’s holiday tournament this weekend, Liverpoool would go to a similar tournament at Rome Free Academy, meeting Colonie on Friday and Albany’s Green Tech a day later.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Nearly a week had passed since Romeo Clarke’s twisting last-second jumper had stunned Corcoran, and perhaps a sense of contentment hit the Warriors because, once more against F-M, it had to work from behind.Solid early production had the Hornets out in front, 18-13, through one period, and for a majority of the game it kept that margin as Ethan Page, with 16 points, and Jack Nucerino, with 13 points, led the way.Yet it could not put away Liverpool and, clinging to a 55-54 lead as time wound down, the Hornets fouled Jack Pento. Though Pento missed the free throw, Jacob Works got the rebound, converted, was fouled – and converted the three-point play with six seconds left.last_img read more


Students, alumni participate in startup project

first_imgUSC Incubator director Paul Orlando is no stranger to helping cultivate startup ideas from their inception to reality, including his co-founding of Hong Kong’s first startup accelerator, AcceleratorHK. This summer, he will be pursuing another international project: Laudato Si’ Startup Challenge, located in Vatican City.Laudato Si’ Startup Challenge united more than a dozen international early-stage startups with the goal of addressing environmental issues. The challenge aims to help these startups reach their respective goals, and provides $100,000 in seed money, which can grow over the timeline of the program. The central cause of the startup was inspired by the 2015 encyclical letter written by Pope Francis calling for a solution to an “environmental crisis.”Many USC students and alumni are involved in the Laudato Si’ Startup Challenge. Orlando is joined by junior Ben Stanfield, who was the assistant program director of the effort, and two of the 12 startups include former and current USC students. Though USC is well-represented at the challenge, Orlando did not have any influence in who was chosen to participate.The project was fully funded by venture capital firms, tech companies and organizations, like Fresco Capital, Instagram and Facebook. Though the Vatican was an informal supporter and did not host or financially back the project, Cardinals from the Vatican would occasionally check in on the startups and offer advice, according to USC News.USC senior Kevin Kassel, who co-founded the water filter social enterprise Aqus, said the experience allowed him to better understand the buying power of his company’s demographic: primarily rural poor people in developing nations. USC alumna May Kabiri is also on Kassel’s team.“For years, experts have insisted they were too poor to buy anything and would be a horrible group to sell to,” he said. “Turns out, there’s a big misconception in the understanding of these poor populations. They are by far our largest and most passionate customer base.”Innov8tia also had USC alumna Tracy Wen Liu on its team, which aims to solve China’s toxic sludge issue by creating a process that will treat it.last_img read more