Jenkins blesses particle accelerator

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins dedicated and blessed the new SU Pelletron nuclear particle accelerator Thursday, calling the occasion “a great step for Notre Dame.” The dedication ceremony was held on the first level of the new 4-level space within Nieuwland Science Hall that houses the accelerator. In attendance was physics professor Michael Wiescher, who played a key role in bringing the accelerator to Notre Dame and has worked in the department for 27 years. There are two other accelerators within the facility, but the new one has a “much more intense beam,” Wiescher said. “The accelerator is designed to test conditions at the center of sun, stars and supernova explosions,” he said. The tank that houses the accelerator was installed in Oct. 2011, and the actual accelerator was installed in March. The four-story tall instrument had to be lowered into its new home on the top of Nieuwland Science Hall by helicopter. In total, the accelerator cost about $8 million, $4 million from a National Science Foundation grant. The University paid the remainder for the necessary modifications for Nieuwland to house the new accelerator. The first beam from the accelerator was produced in April 2012, and since then, research has been under way. When asked about the South Bend community’s reaction on the project, Wiescher said concerns should be tempered by the fact the accelerator has a “number of applications.” “This accelerator is widely used for research on cancer treatments, smoke detectors, fire alarms, climate monitoring and is used extensively in archaeology and history,” he said. In addition, the machine can also be used to research nuclear waste. “The particles from the accelerator can help scientists tell how slowly nuclear waste will degrade in a shorter amount of time than traditional methods,” research faculty member Daniel Robertson said. This accelerator is one of five of its kind in the world, and the project is sustainable. When describing the accelerator, Robertson said it is “lower energy but more versatile” than the other accelerators in the laboratory. Furthermore, 20 to 30 universities around the world are involved in the project, sending user groups to campus from countries such as Brazil, Mexico and China. “International groups do experiments here, and we try to encourage international participation,” he said. The instrument has complex machinery that starts with an ion source, which accelerates charged particles and shoots them through a gas. Then there is a nuclear reaction in the gas, which forms new elements and mimics how energy is made within the sun, stars and supernovas. The instrument runs a test that models the change in elemental components of the center of the stars, and then compares the data to observations of the actual center of stars’ make-up.last_img read more

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ND COVID-19 case reported 3 days before classes begin

first_imgA member of the Notre Dame community has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Friday email from Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications.The email said the individual and six others who came into close contact with them are now in quarantine. A public dashboard will be available next week to provide the Notre Dame community with daily updates regarding campus cases.“Please remember to wear your masks, socially distance, and wash your hands frequently, and complete your daily health check,” Browne said.Tags: COVID-19, covid-19 response unit, fall semester 2020last_img

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See Robber Bridegroom Stars Steven Pasquale & Ahna O’Reilly in Rehearsal

first_img View Comments The Robber Bridegroom is gearing up to begin performances at the Laura Pels Theatre. Stars Steven Pasquale, Ahna O’Relly and more let us sneak a peek at their rehearsals for the show about con men, hucksters, charlatans, and yes, romance. The musical, written by Alfred Uhry and composed by Robert Waldman, follows a backwoods bandit who falls for the daughter of a wealthy planter. Directed by Alex Timbers, the Roundabout production (which marks the 40th anniversary of the original)  begins performances on February 18 and opens on March 13. See the two leads above and then get your tickets to this off-Broadway hoedown. ‘Robber Bridegroom’ stars Steven Pasquale & Ahna O’Reilly (Photo by Caitlin McNaney) Related Showscenter_img The Robber Bridegroom Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016last_img read more

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NAFCU, CUNA, CUNA Mutual defend NCUA’s FOM rule in court

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU, CUNA and CUNA Mutual Group lodged support jointly for the NCUA’s field of membership rule in an amicus brief filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.The brief supports the NCUA’s cross-motion for summary judgment against the lawsuit filed by the American Bankers Association last December.The ABA is challenging the NCUA’s interpretation of Federal Credit Union Act requirements for community-based credit unions as amended by the 1998 Credit Union Membership Access Act. In their brief, the credit union groups argue that the NCUA’s rule is entitled to deference under Chevron and that it furthers Congress’ purpose in enacting CUMAA to grow and strengthen the credit union industry.“NAFCU believes that all credit unions, as not-for-profit, cooperative financial institutions, should be able to grow and adapt to the needs of their member-owners,” said Dan Berger, president and CEO of NAFCU. “The National Credit Union Administration’s interpretation of the Federal Credit Union Act is a reasonable one, and we will remain steadfast in supporting it.” continue reading »last_img read more

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CUNA corrects false banker attack in Wall Street Journal

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA and credit unions responded to the latest banker attack in the Wall Street Journal Thursday, with CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle leading the response letters to the editor. Nussle responded to claims by a Florida banking association on credit unions’ tax status.“Critics of the credit union tax status say credit unions use a tax advantage to create a stranglehold on the market, a claim that is patently false. While credit unions were established to provide many of the same services as banks, their tax status has always been about the structure and mission of credit unions; it has never been about the size or powers of credit unions,” Nussle wrote. “A credit union’s growth is a key indicator that it is doing exactly what Congress intended when it established their tax status: it is successfully serving its members.If the banking lobbyists had their way and credit unions were taxed, the consequences for consumers would be detrimental; for the government would be inconsequential; and for bankers would be a windfall,” Nussle’s letter adds. “It isn’t hard to see why the bank lobbyists continue their quixotic bid to get Congress to tax credit unions. It’s equally easy to see why that would be a bad deal for everyone but the banks they represent.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson blasts Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi after Man Utd defeat

first_img Lampard baffled by VAR decisions in Chelsea’s loss to Man UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:44FullscreenLampard baffled by VAR decisions in Chelsea’s loss to Man Unitedhttps://metro.co.uk/video/lampard-baffled-var-decisions-chelseas-loss-man-united-2112714/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Had they also won against United, you’d be saying it’s done and dusted. At the moment, they just can’t break any teams down and aren’t taking their chances.‘I’m not seeing enough movement. People are only making runs when they’ve got the ball. When they get to the edge of the box, it’s all too nice, that’s the problem.‘Abraham had been struggling a bit anyway – he wasn’t setting the world alight when he got injured. He became a better player on Monday night, when he’s out of the team but he hadn’t been playing well.‘Manchester United were playing so deep, there wasn’t the need for pace up front – I didn’t think Pedro would ever play again, so I was shocked to see the team news.’MORE: Man Utd defeat proved Chelsea needed January signings, says Owen HargreavesMORE: Man Utd legend Paul Scholes slams Anthony Martial despite Chelsea goalMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Michy Batshuayi in action during Chelsea’s loss at home to Man Utd (Picture: Getty)Chelsea are now just one point above fifth-placed Tottenham – who they face this weekend – and three points above Manchester United.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMerson said: ‘When you look at Chelsea, you’re not going to get into the top four with Michy Batshuayi up front. He’s not good enough.‘I honestly think Sheffield United have every chance this season [to finish in the top four]. Neither Chelsea nor Manchester United seem to have the guile to break teams down.’Merson added in a column for Sky Sports: ‘Chelsea could quite easily beat Tottenham on Saturday, especially with Son’s injury, and all of a sudden it’s a different story. Arsenal legend Paul Merson blasts Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi after Man Utd defeat Comment Paul Merson slammed Michy Batshuayi after Chelsea’s defeat to Man Utd (Picture: Sky Sports)Arsenal legend Paul Merson says Chelsea have no hope of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League with Michy Batshuayi as their main striker.Belgium international Batshuayi started Chelsea’s clash against Manchester United on Monday evening in the absence of the injured Tammy Abraham but was replaced by Olivier Giroud after an ineffective 68 minutes.After coming on as a second-half substitute, Giroud had a goal ruled out as the Red Devils clinched a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire.center_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 18 Feb 2020 5:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Danish roundup: PFA, PKA, Skandia Denmark

first_imgPFA, Denmark’s largest commercial pensions provider, has lost a legal battle with the financial regulator the Danish FSA (Finanstilsynet), which ordered the company to stop funding commercial discounts with collective reserves.The Ministry of Business and Industry’s Commercial Appeal Board (Erhvervsankenævnet) upheld the Danish FSA’s order against PFA Pension, re-affirming that the company could not use collective special bonus reserves to cover commercial discounts for new and existing customers.The FSA’s order had been made in June 2013.The regulator said at the time PFA had acted contrary to the requirement of fairness in section 21 of the Financial Business Act. PFA said last year in response to the FSA ruling that the judgment had been based on a misunderstanding of the factual and legal conditions.Its then chief executive Henrik Heideby said no customers had been deprived of any value and that PFA’s was a benefit to all customers, citing economies of scale.PFA said it took note of the appeal board’s decision.Jon Johnson, the company’s interim chief executive, said: “PFA has already arranged its future business from the 2013 annual accounts onwards in such a way that neither existing nor future customers will notice any difference.”He said PFA would continue to be able to offer existing and future customers conditions that were competitive in the market, and added that all existing agreements would be respected.In other news, Danish pensions administrator PKA has reported a provisional return on investments for 2014 of 10.9%, with fixed income returning 18.1%.PKA, which manages three labour-market pension funds in the health and social care sectors, said all asset classes contributed positively to the annual return.Peter Damgaard Jensen, chief executive, said: “2014 was in many ways an unusual year for PKA. We are therefore particularly pleased we managed to make a very high return for our members’ pensions and so ensure that PKA remains very robust.”In September, PKA said it had been forced to write down the value of its private equity investment in tyre-recycling company Genan by about DKK750m (€101m) in the first half of 2014.The company had got into serious financial difficulties, which surfaced earlier in the year.In absolute terms, PKA said its provisional return for 2014 was DKK19.6bn.The return of 18.1% for bonds and other interest-bearing investments was due in particular to falling interest rates and investments in Southern European countries, PKA said.Listed equities generated 11%.Alternative investments produced a return of 6.8%, it said, adding that, within that, absolute return strategies and the property portfolio returned 8.7% and 7.4%, respectively.Meanwhile, commercial pensions provider Skandia Denmark has tripled the withdrawal penalty rate that currently applies to its with-profits pension product.The imposition of a withdrawal penalty on a pension product usually suggests the market value of investments has fallen below customers’ stated level of savings.The penalty on withdrawals from or transfers out of the Skandia Bonuspension with-profits product – which includes an element of guaranteed return – has been hiked to 2.8% from the current level of 0.9%, with effect from January 14.However, Skandia said it would pay the withdrawal penalty itself on behalf of customers choosing to move their pension savings to a Skandia unit-link product.Skandia explained that it was obliged to put money aside to make sure there were enough funds available to administer customer savings in the product.“The latest calculations show there is a need to set more money aside than there was previously,” the company said.The increase in the withdrawal penalty was a consequence of the historically low level of interest rates, it added.It said it had nothing to do with investment return but was primarily a result of the company’s changed expectations about how much it would cost to administer the product in future.last_img read more

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New three-storey home with wine library to appeal to families

first_imgInvite your friends over to 72 Botticelli St, Fig Tree Pocket.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoOn the ground floor there is a guest room which can be used as a home office.Mr Tabrizi, who was involved in the architectural design of the home, said a fire pit, and a swimming pool with a waterfall and plunge pool were standout features.The wine library has capacity for 400 bottles, and it is central to the house with a modern industrial look, using vintage bricks to achieve a natural insulation. “PGH Bricks are used to create a modern industrial look in the cellar and also a couple of art niches in the living room,” he said. 72 Botticelli St, Fig Tree Pocket.With a large number of living spaces, Mr Tabrizi said the home would suit families with younger and older children.“This is contemporary modern architecture,” Mr Tabrizi said. “We’ve built the house for a wide spectrum of people to tick their boxes.”He said Tabrizi Home Builders had developed a number of homes on this stretch of the river, fetching record street prices in the past. 72 Botticelli St, Fig Tree Pocket.A multimillion-dollar house in Fig Tree Pocket with a fancy “wine library” has hit the market. Tabrizi Home Builders owner Kevin Tabrizi said the new build, set to appeal to families, was finished only weeks ago and is in a prime river position. “It’s unique because Rocks Riverside Park is across from it and there’s beautiful landscaping in between with other parks and facilities,” Mr Tabrizi said.The three-storey home at 72 Botticelli St has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a powder room, and a four-plus car garage. center_img Relax and unwind at 72 Botticelli St, Fig Tree Pocket.Selling agent Cathy Lammie, from Cathy Lammie Property, said prior to the new build, a ranch-style home had been spread across three blocks.She said without a doubt the home would suit “big kids you can’t get rid of”, little kids, multi-generational living, or even car enthusiasts. Ms Lammie said Fig Tree Pocket’s lifestyle and relaxed country-style living with an inner-city address had always been a strong performer for buyers. “The lack of land and the outstanding education facilities makes the suburb number one on buyers’ lists,” she said.last_img read more

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Prison to palace: Ronaldinho gets five-star treatment in house arrest

first_img And only the best digs will do for the former Barcelona star, who is said to have a net worth of £80million, but has reportedly run into money problems. The room boasts its own balcony, 55 inch smart TV, as well as a whirlpool bath and spacious kitchenette. Ronaldinho’s brother Roberto de Assis Moreira is believed to be in the executive suite, two doors down from the presidential suite. Back on March 6, Ronaldinho and his brother were arrested after allegedly entering Paraguay on fake passports that said they had Paraguayan citizenship. A criminal investigation is ongoing, which has seen a dozen arrests including a Brazilian businessman who gave the former Ballon d’Or winner the passports, as cops probe a potential money laundering operation. While in jail, Ronaldinho celebrated turning 40 and enjoyed a barbecue with his inmates. read also:Breaking: Ronaldinho released from Paraguay prison Should he be convicted, Ronaldinho could face five years in prison. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The 40-year-old Brazilian legend is staying in the stunning presidential suite at the Palmaroga hotel in Asuncion. Aside from getting a good nights’ rest in the comfortable four-poster bed, he will be receiving five-star room service when he awakes this morning. Ronaldinho under house arrest in a luxury hotel with a rooftop pool, gym, cocktail bar and five-star service in Paraguay. Ronaldinho is out of his high-security jail in Paraguay on bail of around £650,000, but has been ordered to stay under house arrest at a luxury four-star hotel while he remains under investigation for passport fraud. Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To LeaveBrother Creates A Phenomenal Dress For His Sister5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksOnly The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their DeathCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldGreatest Movies In History Since 19829 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

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Heat Related Death

first_imgIf you have been following the news, you know that several members of the Maryland football staff have either been fired or suspended because one of their football players died from heat exhaustion after a workout last spring.  It is hard for me to understand how this could happen with all the emphasis put on protecting student athletes today.As a high school volunteer coach, I was required to take two online courses and one was on heat stroke in athletes.  You know that as a strength coach, weight coach, or head coach you had to be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion.  You wonder if this was a case of a coach thinking “I’m going to get these guys in shape one way or the other.”  When people my age were doing high school sports, you didn’t even take water breaks because that showed signs of weakness.  That is why we have all these rules today against overworking athletes until they drop.I am reasonably sure that in the case of the University of Maryland they will have a very difficult time proving to anybody that this incident just came out of nowhere.  The signs of heat exhaustion are not difficult to see.  It is a shame what has happened there and elsewhere in today’s world.last_img read more

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