Senators brainstorm community relations

first_imgStudent body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell asked the Student Senate for ideas on how to better relations between Notre Dame and the South Bend community and for feedback on the beND campaign. The beND campaign is designed to “unify all our University relations and off-campus efforts,” Soler said. The campaign will focus on campus safety, good neighbor relations and community engagement, Soler said. “At the forefront of our community relations and our efforts with law enforcement, we are up front about the fact that this is in no way an attempt to make underage drinking legal,” Soler said. “As student leaders, we try to improve things that are going to be productive in the long run.” “People want specifics about what their rights are when they are dealing with police,” Breen-Phillips senator Erin Burke said. “They want to know what the truth is.” Siegfried senator Kevin McDermott suggested voter registration efforts on campus through the Center for Social Concerns should branch out to off campus students to promote responsible citizenship. “I did read the Good Neighbor Guide recently and thought it was really well put together,” Carroll Hall senator John Sanders said. “But the alcohol section that seems to be so important right now was just a few paragraphs so maybe it needs an addendum.” More prominent information about Transpo will also educate students about their options off campus and how to safely travel through South Bend, Off Campus Concerns Committee chair Emily LeStrange said. The offcampus.nd.edu website also presents students living both on and off campus with resources about the South Bend community, LeStrange said. Committee chairs in the Senate meeting also reported brief plans for their projects outside of beND during the upcoming year. “Our goal for social concerns this year is to clarify service opportunities on campus for students,” Social Concerns chair Patrick McCormick said. Service opportunities abound for students at Notre Dame but many students have complained they do not know where to find clear information about these needs, he said. McCormick said the Social Concerns Committee will collaborate with web design students to create serve.nd.edu, a “clearing house” for all possible service opportunities on campus. Multicultural commissioner Brigitte Githinji said her plans for the year include the creation of a diversity certificate to prompt students to choose courses intended to broaden their worldview. “We are also working on a possible lecture series to show the importance of diversity for years after Notre Dame and especially in the workplace,” Githinji said. Pangborn senator Tierney Roche said members of her dorm thought security in student parking lots needed more attention after several girls experienced car break-ins. The University Affairs Committee would investigate this problem further, committee chair Chase Riddle said. Soler and Bell encouraged the senate to represent the concerns of students as “the elected voice” of their dorms and continue to bring forward campus concerns as the meetings progressed.last_img read more

Madeira honoured with top World Travel Awards title | News

first_imgThe rich volcanic soil, mountainous terrain and expansive Laurissilva forest – a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering 20 per cent of the main island – mean that if nature is your thing, guests will feel extremely happy there. – Advertisement – It has the winning combination of breath-taking natural beauty, friendly people, great food and wine, value for money, excellent accommodation and outdoor activities, fun cultural festivities, year-round warmth and is within easy reach from the UK (3.5-hour flight).  On the same latitude as Casablanca, this Portuguese outpost is home to some of the most striking and lush landscapes in Europe. The scenery is rugged, varied, more tropical than anywhere else in the continent and the warm sea is always close by. – Advertisement – OlderWorld Travel Awards reveals Middle East hospitality leaderscenter_img Discover Madeira has been awarded the title of Europe’s Leading Island Destination at the World Travel Awards.It is the seventh time the archipelago has received the accolade. – Advertisement – Madeira was referred to as the most enviable island on earth by author H.N. Coleridge in the 19th century – “it ensures every European comfort with almost every tropical luxury” – and as the award shows, this view continues to the present day.  The destination has been in the news for its excellent handling of the current Covid-19 pandemic, making it one of the most appealing and safe holiday options.However, safety is just one of the many strings to Madeira’s bow. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Masks should be prioritized for health workers to avoid shortage against coronavirus: WHO

first_imgTopics : WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gheybresus, noting that several countries were considering new recommendations on masks, said: “First and foremost medical masks must be prioritized for health workers on the front lines of the response.”We are concerned that the mass use of medical masks by the general population could exacerbate the shortage of these specialized masks for the people who need them most,” he told a virtual news conference.”Masks alone cannot stop the pandemic, countries must continue to find, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact.”Tedros also announced that Lady Gaga would direct a televised live concert “One World: Together at Home” with top entertainers including Elton John and Paul McCartney later this month to support health workers. “It has been an honor to help with this huge broadcast event that will take place on April 18 where we need to tell the stories of and celebrate the frontline community, health care workers and their acts of kindness,” Lady Gaga told reporters. The World Health Organization (WHO) voiced concern on Monday that the wearing of medical masks by the general public could exacerbate the shortage for health workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.It said lockdowns in many places are proving effective in dampening spread of the coronavirus but any lifting of restrictions requires a calibrated, step-wise approach based on data.European nations including hardest-hit Italy and Spain have started looking ahead to easing their lockdowns as fatality rates have fallen, while Austria said on Monday it would start reopening shops from next week, although it widened a requirement to wear face masks.center_img In the past week, $35 million had been raised for WHO’s solidarity fund, the American pop star added.Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergencies expert, said governments would have to look at specific parameters, including hospital bed occupancy, the doubling rate of infections and the proportion of positive results compared to all tested samples, to determine whether they can start lifting easing measures.”So (we need) a step-wise approach of unlocking somewhat and then waiting to see. I think you need to say we’ll stop doing this element of the shutdown and then we’ll wait and we’ll look at the data. And if that works, we’ll go to the next stage.”He said it was very important to help fragile countries in the developing world to avoid a lockdown situation.Tedros, a former Ethiopian foreign minister, said Africa should do its utmost to prevent coronavirus transmissions. But he condemned what he said were suggestions by some scientists that the “testing ground” for experimental vaccines should be Africa. Normal protocols will be followed, he said.”We will be announcing as soon as possible, hopefully during this week, a big initiative to accelerate the research, development and production of vaccines and also design mechanisms for equitable distribution,” Tedros said.last_img read more