Senate discusses USC game expectations, sexual assault

first_imgStudent Senate discussed preparations for the upcoming USC football game, sexual assault and its relation to alcohol and the “4 to 5 Movement” at its meeting Wednesday night. Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick spoke to the Senate about students’ actions and behavior during the USC night game on Oct. 22. Swarbrick said one of the reasons Notre Dame has not hosted a night game in 21 years is because of the incidents that frequently surrounded the games. However, he hopes that will change after this game. “We want to have the opportunity to do future night games because it allows us to promote the University so much more effectively,” Swarbrick said. On a game day against a popular rival with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff, approximately 2.5 million people watch the game on NBC. With a 7:30 p.m. kickoff, between 5 and 6 million people will watch, giving Notre Dame a much larger audience for its commercials, Swarbrick said. Swarbrick, who also spoke in both dining halls during the lunch hours Wednesday, said students should arrive at the Stadium “game ready,” fresh and alert. “We want to have a spectacular evening a week from Saturday when we play USC,” he said. “We want a stadium full of noise and excitement that helps us win an important game. It should be a day that celebrates Notre Dame and its values.” In order to encourage intelligent decisions before the game, Swarbrick said the University will hold more activities around campus during the day, including additional musical acts and opportunities to interact with the players. Director of Game Day Operations Mike Seamon said all post-game Masses are going to become pre-game Masses. The Mass in the Basilica will be held at 4:30 p.m. For students who are returning to campus after fall break on Saturday, Seamon said NDSP would send an email to the student body detailing the procedures for driving onto campus. “The only thing I can say is don’t come back late. If you’re coming back that day, come back early,” he said. “As the day goes on, with 100,000 people traffic is always the biggest circumstance.” Although Seamon is predicting around 105 to 120 thousand people will be on campus, he said there will be close to the normal amount of ushers and University personnel around Notre Dame. “You won’t see a noticeable increase in [Stadium personnel], but we’ll have enough there to handle the situation,” Seamon said. Seamon said the focus of the day should be keeping an eye on friends. “Our biggest network is the people around you who can take care of you,” he said. “Be a network for your friends.” He recommended the use of Notre Dame’s help line. On a game day, Seamon said students and visitors can text “Irish” to 69050, along with their location, and University personnel will be sent to that area. “If there’s an issue, anything at all, whether it’s medical or you’re a visitor and need directions, or there’s someone who’s bothering you,” he said. “It comes straight to the command center and we can dispatch resources to you right away.” Although senators inquired about the proposed student “green-out,” Swarbrick said the University is not endorsing the wearing of a particular color. Following the game day discussion, Dr. G David Moss and Sr. Sue Dunn, co-chairs of the Committee on Sexual Prevention, called on students to become more active in the fight against sexual assault. Moss emphasized the close connection between alcohol abuse and sexual violence. “On this campus last year, every incident of sexual assault that was taken to ResLife involved alcohol on the part of one or both of the parties,” Moss said. Moss said alcohol has ingrained itself in campus culture, a fact that inevitably brings up the issue of sexual assault. “When you have alcohol consumption and a physically permissive culture bad things can happen,” he said. “You have a very slim line between what is sexual aggression and sexual violence.” Dunn said the key to combating these issues is to hold discussions on the connection between alcohol and sexual assault. “What we’re really challenging people to do is to engage in honest conversation certainly among closest friends first, and then to start to mix it up,” Dunn said. The effort to raise awareness needs to come directly from student leaders, Moss said, for they are the greatest influence on their peers. “It’s going to take a lot of effort, a lot of sacrifice and a lot of you stepping up and saying we’re going to change this culture, we’re going to change this environment,” Moss said. Alex Coccia, co-president of Progressive Student Alliance (PSA), then brought up another concern of the student body — the “4 to 5 Campaign.” Coccia and members of PSA recently launched their “4 to 5 Campaign” on campus. The name comes from the statistic that four out of five people aged 18 to 30 support gay rights. Coccia said another statistic that might affect more Notre Dame students is that among all ages nationwide, 73 percent of Catholics are opposed to discrimination. “However, the problem is that when polled, those same people believe only one-third of others agree with them,” Coccia said. The goal of the movement, he said, is to move from four out of five people who support gay rights to five out of five. Coccia said the organization is currently working on the ally movement and attempting to show people that being an ally makes them part of the majority. The next steps include a larger campus awareness plan and broader awareness such as addressing the nondiscrimination clause. “You might think that in years past there have been petitions and they do this every year and it’s never successful,” he said. “But we have had some big changes in the last year.” These changes include an on-campus office for the Core Council and changes to the sexual harassment clause. “This is going to be a constant push,” Coccia said. “There’s going to be an event every week, I guarantee it, even if it’s a small event it’s just to get the word out there.”last_img read more

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UK regulator sets out climate change investment guidance for DC schemes

first_imgThe UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued updated guidance for defined contribution (DC) investments that includes an obligation on trustees to consider climate change when producing their investment strategy.The new DC investment guidance incorporates regulations that are due to come into effect in October 2019 and October 2020, and has been published in response to industry requests for further guidance in certain areas.According to David Fairs, executive director of regulatory policy, analysis and advice at TPR, climate change is a “core financial risk which trustees will need to consider when setting out their investment strategy”.“They will be obliged to show how they are taking this and other financially material considerations into account over the lifespan of investments,” he added. TPR’s guidance stated: “Consideration of ESG factors allows you to evaluate the short and long-term financial risks and opportunities of your investments by looking at the current practices of the firms in which you invest.”It added that it was important for trustees to understand “the implications of the systemic risk of climate change on investment decisions in the context of your scheme when developing your SIP [statement of investment principles]”.Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, said pension schemes had a significant part to play in tackling the climate emergency.Vassos Vassou, a professional trustee at Dalriada Trustees, added: “With climate issues becoming front of mind, we need to be conscious of what our members want from their investments and act responsibly on their behalf.”From October this year, trustees must make their SIP available free of charge on a website.Then from October 2020, trustees will have to produce an implementation report that explains how they have followed and acted on the investment policies outlined in the SIP, such as environmental, social and governance factors, and stewardship of investments.Daily dealing and liquidityTPR’s new guidance also addressed asset liquidity and dealing frequency, stating that it “may not be beneficial for dealing to be carried out daily”.In the updated guidance, TPR said trustees should think about the level of liquidity that members need, and take into consideration “the liquidity constraints on certain fund structures”.Earlier this month, financial services regulator the Financial Conduct Authority revealed it was reviewing its rules about open-ended funds holding illiquid assets after Woodford Investment Management had to halt redemptions from its LF Woodford Equity Income fund, which had a significant allocation to illiquid companies.last_img read more

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Bhiroog elected to head GHRA interim body

first_imgBUSINESSMAN Poonai Bhiroog will head a nine-member interim body to run the affairs of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA) following an election held last Sunday on the West Coast Berbice.The newly elected body replaced the previous administration which was inactive for a number of years, following the resignation of the-then president Vickram Ouditt who demitted office in February last year.Other members of the executives are: Fazal Habibulla (First vice-president), Dennis De Roop, (Second vice-president), Mohindra Persaud (Third vice-president), Godwyn Allicock (secretary), Francis Chichester (treasurer) and Issac Dallo (assistant secretary/treasurer).The committee members are: Nazrudeen Mohammed (Junior), Therbhuwan Jagdeo and Lakeram Sookdeo.The Jockeys’ representative is Alan Padmore while Colin Elcock and Zaheer Sheriff are the trainers’ and horse owners’ representatives.After the elections, Bhiroog said his immediate task is to raise the standard of the sport and to attract more small stables to horse racing.Meanwhile, Allicock in an invited comment yesterday indicated that the interim body will also be looking at the implementation of the long overdue horse racing legislation.Over the years the work of the GHRA has been put on hold due to the lack of a critical piece of legislation that will legitimise its operations.Dubbed the ‘Sport of Kings’, horse racing, since its resuscitation locally, has been operating under a legal document that was registered under the Miscellaneous Deeds Act.But back in 2014, a key step to regularise the sport was taken when the-then Legal Adviser to the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA), Rajendra Poonai, handed over draft legislation on the sport to then Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony.Nothing much was done by the previous administration with regard to the implementation of the legislation.However, the present Government cannot escape their fair share of criticism since a copy of a horse racing legislation has been with the government for some time now.In fact, an official from the GHRA has confirmed that the copy was handed over to the National Sports Commission late 2015.Subsequently, Assistant Director of Sport, Brian Smith, confirmed earlier this year that NSC had indeed received the document which was sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers.But the Attorney General Chambers remained sceptical about the status of the document.The draft Guyana Horse Racing Authority Act, which will allow the sport to run more effectively and to deal with violators, includes: increasing the membership of the Racing Authority from nine to 15; including the Bush Lot United Turf Club as a member of the GHRA and implementing a two-year term for members of the Authority.The legislation, which was championed by former GHRA president Justice Cecil Kennard, will also give the GHRA the power to schedule race dates for race meetings in the event that a club is unable to run off a race meeting.last_img read more

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Hazard Trolls Neymar In Instagram Post?

first_img25-year-old Neymar became the worlds most expensive footballer after completing his £200m move to the French capital on Thursday, and will reportedly earn £40.3m in wages per year after tax, with around £515,000-a-week. Chelsea midfielder, Eden Hazard seem to have trolled PSG new signing, Neymar, in a social media post on his Instagram page.An Instagram post Neymar fans considered as a troll, Hazard wished the Brazilian goodluck at PSG, predicting Neymar’s next individaul trophy, the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award, an award Hazard won in 2011 while playing for Lille. RelatedReal Madrid Deny Neymar BidJuly 14, 2018In “Europe”Real Madrid to Pay Neymar £1.2m per Week to Leave from PSGMay 27, 2019In “Europe”Cristiano Ronaldo Names Rashford, Asensio As Potential Heir To World Best ThroneAugust 27, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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