Basilica to close in August for organ installation

first_imgThe Basilica of the Sacred Heart will close from Aug. 1 to Aug. 14 for the next phase of the installation of the new Murdy Family Organ, the Basilica announced on Twitter.Michael Yu | The Observer The Murdy Family Organ is replacing the current Holtkamp Organ and is set to be completed by Christmas 2016, according to a University press release in December. The Basilica will continue celebrating daily mass Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Parish Crypt, and confessions will be heard from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., according to the announcement. Andrew McShane, associate director for music and liturgy in the Office of Campus Ministry, said the Holtkamp Organ was “was not designed to be played as frequently as it is now.” “Two Masses each day along with choir rehearsals and ongoing student practice sessions have created serious operating issues,” he said in the release. “The Basilica has simply outgrown the current organ and there is a need for a larger, better functioning organ to occupy the space and sustain the Basilica for years to come.”The Basilica last closed in December for renovations to create space for the new organ, which is set to arrive in August, according to the release. The Murdy Family Organ comes from Tacoma, Washington, where Paul Fritts and Co. Organ Builders are designing and constructing it at night and in off hours, according to the press release.The new organ, in addition to new floors installed in the Basilica in 2014, are the result of a donation from Wayne and Diana Murdy.Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Campus Ministry, Murdy Family Organlast_img read more

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Norway wealth fund develops software program to analyze climate investment risk

first_imgNorway wealth fund develops software program to analyze climate investment risk FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Norway’s $975 billion wealth fund, the world’s largest, wants to know how much of a company’s carbon dioxide emission costs can be passed on to customers. The fund holds 1.4 percent of all globally listed shares, representing 9,000 companies, so a lot is at stake for the fund as it considers how to allocate investments amid rising climate-related costs.Norges Bank Investment Management is turning to data analytics, building a software tool that can help guide the process. Called Angle, the software can now take non-financial data, such as carbon dioxide emissions, combine it with trading data and earnings data of a given company, and see how it will affect its earnings in the years ahead. The next step, which has not been disclosed before, is to develop the platform to see how much of the carbon cost can be passed on to customers and how much companies must pay themselves.“For us, it is reasonably obvious that the focus on climate change risk will not go away and that is there as a risk for the companies (we invest in), whether directly or indirectly,” fund CEO Yngve Slyngstad said in an interview. “Therefore, there is an issue about the pricing of different companies,” he told Reuters, adding that the latest development of the software was not yet completed. “There is more work to be done on it,” he said.The work began when the fund was mandated by the Norwegian Parliament to divest from companies that derive 30 percent of more of its business or activities from thermal coal in 2015.Other institutional investors are also pushing companies to disclose the data they need to assess the climate-change risk to their investments. “The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund is one of the leading institutional investors when it comes to the analysis of climate risk,” Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the institutional investors group on climate change, a group of 163 pension funds and asset managers representing over 21 trillion euros ($23.8 trillion) in assets.More: Norway wealth fund builds tool to analyse climate risk to portfoliolast_img read more

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Brazil Prepares for Cyber War

first_imgBy Dialogo December 14, 2011 “Brazil has an advantage in terms of law enforcement because our constitution prohibits anonymity. Therefore the identification of the owner of any domain is mandatory,” Scartezini said. The ideal would be to have international security legislation regulating all contracts with Internet providers and the sellers of domain names, “in order for the basis of the Internet to become more secure,” she said. Scartezini said three components are essential to any cyber security policy. First, there should be international umbrella agreements that form the basis for establishment of country-specific legislation. Secondly, the policy needs an agreement that links registries, registrars, Internet service providers (ISPs) and domain name sellers. This would be based on a single code of conduct with penalties applicable by all countries for violations. Lastly, broader educational campaigns should be implemented to protect young people from possible online dangers. Scartezini is not along on the demand for a more global focus. “I strongly believe that as cyber is a global problem, it will require a global approach,” said William Beer, director of OneSecurity at PricewaterhouseCoopers. “Individual nations must not limit their focus to their own borders.” Securing the nation’s data SERPRO President Marcos Mazoni stressed the importance of information security for Brazil. “People, businesses, all need to feel secure. The data that travels on our network and that of our clients is protected. We have created the conditions to provide and guarantee that security,” he said, recalling the attacks on SERPRO’s network a few months ago. “They said they got information from our network, but we proved it was not true. It was all public information, such as my email, for instance.” The only thing that no security system can fully avoid is the mischief of professionals with access to information, he said. SERPRO has a partnership with the National Airport Authority to help with large events, starting with the Rio+20 Earth Summit next June. This will be a key test of the agency’s security. “We will have several heads of state circulating through Rio de Janeiro. Our mission is to guarantee the cyber security of this event,” Mazoni said. “It is important that everybody know that security is not just a government matter, but a matter that should be debated by society as a whole.” Cyber security now a defense issue Since cyber-attacks have reached the level of national security threats, countries increasingly treat the protection of cyber space as a defense matter. The Brazilian Armed Forces are indeed playing a leading role. “The need for preparation and technological knowledge imposes itself, but the military is not part of law enforcement,” said ICANN’s Scartezini. “Their readiness in cyber security is a function of a broader defense need, the defense of the state.” Law enforcement agents have to be technologically well-equipped and trained and should act in concert with all other agencies in seeking a global policy of security for the net, Scartezini said. Others, like PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Beer, said that the traditional approach to cyber security is simply not working and cannot keep up with the quantity, pace of change and complexities of cyber-attacks. “A military mindset and approach can offer a more robust and focused manner to address the problem,” said Beer. “However, private-sector clients and the military are not used to working together and there is skepticism about collaborating from both groups.” The Brazilian government’s invitation to the military and private sector to sit down to discuss the risks and potential solutions to cyber security is a step towards erasing some of that skepticism, which Beer says “is due to their different mentality and drivers, such as command and control vs. profit.” Dos Santos, head of command at CDCiber, said multiple collaborations already exist between private industry and the government, and specifically the military on information technology, for instance, data and trend analysis. “I think that, as the lines between our personal lives and professional lives become blurred due to consumerization and social media, a military approach will only work in large enterprises and behind the scenes in the data centers,” Beer said. “It is not suited for dealing with how you and I use the Internet for personal reasons.” The limits of censorship While it may be tempting, censorship is not the way to secure the Internet and reduce the virtual attacks, said Scartezini, who’s also a professor at the University of São Paulo. It would also stifle innovation by users, which has been the reason for the Internet’s success, she said, noting that “any action that restricts the Internet constitutes a direct attack on the capacity for innovation that it brings to the world.” Scartezini puts stock in the importance of public awareness, in particular for youth. For her, meetings such as the Cyber Security International Forum promote a needed debate about Internet security and collaboration. Since 2009, Brazilian law enforcement agencies have lobbied hard for international monitoring and capture of those who commit crimes via the Internet, particularly child pornography and human trafficking. But to be successful, she said, there must be an agreement to share information about domain names and ISPs. All this data needs to be preserved for investigation for a set period of time, with access to the data bank as well as continuous information exchange about sites associated with crimes such as pedophilia. That would prevent the selling of new domain names to individuals wanted by any law enforcement agency for Internet crimes, she said. “The best approach is to negotiate individual agreements and incorporate them in a structure that maintains an internal logic, so that in time we will have a complete, international legislation on the topic,” Scartezini said. The Brazilian government wants to revolutionize cyber security by readying the country’s military, law enforcement agencies and private sector for collaborative, preventive work. In late November, security specialists gathered in Rio de Janeiro for a two-day Cyber Security International Forum that attracted top military officials, federal and state police, data processing entities, the Committee for Information Security, the Cyber Defense Center and the Presidential Institutional Security Cabinet (GSI), as well as private consultants and IT firms. Maj. Brig. Álvaro Knupp, a director in the Defense Ministry, emphasized that cyber security and cyber defense are indeed a matter for society as a whole. “At the end of the day, in a war many more civilians die than soldiers,” he said. The forum — organized by the Federal Service of Data Processing (SERPRO) — took place at Rio’s Windsor Atlântica Hotel and focused on the development of a national cyber security policy, known in Brazilian IT circles as the White Book. An initial step toward such a consolidated strategy was the Army’s recent launch of the Cyber Defense Center (CDCiber) to protect its communications networks. “The Center is a step in the development of doctrines for the coordination of cyber security among all the branches of the Armed Forces and with other sectors of society,” said Army Lt. Gen. José Carlos dos Santos, commander of CDCiber. Brazil constitution prohibits anonymity In 2010, the GSI published its so-called Green Book of Brazil’s Cyber Security, intended as a conversation-starter to define the parameters of a collaborative national policy. “National policies for any country are not the solution to the problems of Internet security that we all face,” said Vanda Scartezini, chair of the nominating committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and one of the forum’s speakers. The Green Book calls “to develop, cultivate and broaden a culture of cyber security in Brazil is a long-term and far-reaching challenge that merits prioritization and a joint effort in the building of consensus and premises and directives for the White Book.” Specifically, a national cyber security policy includes symmetric cryptography, asymmetric techniques, security protocols, techniques for secure implementation, high-performance data processing, computation and quantum cryptography, project management and collaborative infrastructure, and human resources development. last_img read more

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Central American Immigrants Kidnapped in Mexico Are Rescued

first_imgBy Dialogo February 14, 2012 On February 9, a group of 73 undocumented Central American immigrants, including 18 minors, was rescued from three buildings where they were being held in Mexico, near the border with the United States, the Mexican Secretariat of Defense announced. The immigrants were identified by the secretariat as “Central American nationals.” Four people who were responsible for guarding them were arrested and were to be turned over to the judicial authorities. AFP attempted to learn the nationality of the immigrants or details about those arrested, but the secretariat referred inquiries to the text of the statement, which indicated that the rescue operation “was executed in a coordinated way, simultaneously, and with surprise.” In 2010, also in Tamaulipas, the corpses of 72 undocumented migrants from countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, Brazil and Ecuador, were found murdered after refusing to work for the Los Zetas cartel, according to testimony by a survivor. According to Mexican Government figures, around 140,000 immigrants, the majority of them from Central America, cross the country annually en route to the United States, although non-governmental organizations raise that figure to around 400,000. In Mexico, undocumented migrants are targets of extortion, robbery, abuse, and murder at the hands of organized crime. In some cases, official complicity has been reported.last_img read more

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4 signs your boss is ready for you to hit the road

first_imgIf you feel like your boss no longer wants you around, you could be right. There’s nothing worse than losing your job and not seeing it coming. If you don’t want losing your job to come as a surprise, here are some warning signs that your boss is ready for you to go…They don’t want you to succeed: Did you just do something awesome? Did you finish an amazing project or finalize a big sale? Most bosses would be ecstatic about that. If your boss seems annoyed or irritated, it may be because he doesn’t like that you’re not giving him any reason to let you go.They talk about you behind your back: It’s not professional to complain about someone behind their back. If you find out from your coworkers that your boss is doing this, it’s definitely a bad sign.They start analyzing everything you do: The best bosses don’t micromanage, so if your boss suddenly starts to do that, they might be looking for a reason to let you go. If you’re also receiving constructive feedback, they might just be trying to help you improve. But if not, they’re probably trying to find a reason to justify your dismissal.They start giving you all the worst assignments: By giving you horrible assignments, your boss could be trying to wear you down. Either you’ll get distraught and quit or your work quality will suffer and they’ll have a reason to let you go. Either way, constantly giving you the worst projects might be their way of driving you out. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Allied lands last piece of £300m Manchester scheme

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North-central Iowa braces for extremely dangerous cold Monday night through Thursday afternoon

first_imgBelow is information from the National Weather Service as of 1:00 PM. For updated information, click on one of the following links, or click on the red weather alert bar at the top of this page for the latest weather statements:National Weather Service-Des Moines — latest “Situation Report”National Weather Service-Des Moines main pageIowa Road Conditions …Strong Winds with Blowing Snow Still Possible Today……Prolonged Dangerous Cold and Wind Chills this Week….Light snow will be diminishing to flurries with periods ofblowing snow today for most locations. Winds this afternoon willcause blowing and drifting snow over areas where overnight snowoccurred. Wind gusts of 25 to 40 mph will remain this afternoonand diminish by evening.An extended and rarely seen outbreak of extreme cold anddangerous wind chills from late tonight through Thursday morning.Continue to monitor later forecasts for updates to currentwarnings, advisories and watches in effect for the upcomingextreme cold.IAZ004>006-015>017-290230-/O.EXP.KDMX.WS.W.0005.000000T0000Z-190128T1800Z//O.NEW.KDMX.WW.Y.0009.190128T1821Z-190128T2100Z//O.CON.KDMX.WC.W.0001.190129T1200Z-190131T1800Z//O.CON.KDMX.WC.Y.0002.190129T0000Z-190129T1200Z/Emmet-Kossuth-Winnebago-Palo Alto-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Including the cities of Estherville, Algona, Forest City,Lake Mills, Emmetsburg, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City,and Clear Lake1221 PM CST Mon Jan 28 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CST THISAFTERNOON……WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENINGTO 6 AM CST TUESDAY……WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TUESDAY TO NOONCST THURSDAY……WINTER STORM WARNING HAS EXPIRED…* WHAT…Blowing snow. Dangerously cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 60 below zero expected from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.* WHERE…Northern Iowa.* WHEN…For the Wind Chill Warning, from 6 AM Tuesday to noon CST Thursday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 3 PM CST this afternoon. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 6 PM this evening to 6 AM CST Tuesday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes and also be life threatening. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air andthe wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbitecan occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautionsare not taken.A Winter Weather Advisory for blowing snow means thatvisibilities will be limited due to strong winds blowing snowaround. Use caution when traveling, especially in open areas.A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind willcombine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia canoccur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat andgloves.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from canbe obtained by calling 5 1 1.last_img read more

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Snow hampers 3rd day of Formula 1 testing in Spain

first_imgThe Catalunya racetrack with snow covered seating is shown before a Formula One pre-season testing session in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 28. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Montmelo, Spain (AP) — Cold weather continued to cause havoc for Formula One teams on Wednesday, with snowfall delaying the third day of testing and keeping cars mostly in the garage.Parts of the track were covered in snow when teams arrived at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, and when conditions improved only five drivers ventured out.Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was the only driver to post a time after running 11 laps on full-wet tires with his Renault-powered McLaren.“The poor weather conditions made things difficult all day long,” Alonso said. “In the few laps we did at the end of the day we managed to collect some good data for future development, so even with the little running we could complete, the information we got is very positive. I’m happy that despite a difficult day of testing for everyone, we made the best of it.” The other four drivers who made it to the track — Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, Marcus Ericsson of Sauber, Robert Kubica of Williams and Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso — only ran installation laps in the near-freezing temperatures.“We tried but it was nearly impossible to do anything so we stayed in the garage for most of the time,” said Kubica, Williams’ test driver.Mercedes, Ferrari, Force India, Renault and Haas didn’t get their cars out on the track. McLaren said Alonso was able to work on a series of tests and checks during his runs.“We adapted our program to maximize our time both in the garage this morning and later this afternoon when the track began to dry out,” McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said. “I’m satisfied that despite the challenges, we used our time efficiently today.”The unusually cold conditions near Barcelona have hindered the teams’ ability to learn much about their new cars throughout the week, with the track lacking enough grip for proper runs. It should be warmer for Thursday’s final session, but more rain was expected.There will be another four-day test session in Barcelona beginning next Tuesday. The season-opening Australian GP in Melbourne is March 25.“We shuffle our program around and try to fit all the work we need to do into seven days instead of eight,” Mercedes technical director James Allison said. “There’s just slightly less time available now. It is the same challenge for all the teams, so we take it on the chin and move on.”There were talks about adding extra days of testing in Barcelona, but the decision would need to be unanimously approved among the teams.It was cold for the first two days but cars were able to stay much longer on the track. They couldn’t run for most of the morning on Wednesday as organizers couldn’t open the track until visibility improved and the medical helicopter was cleared to fly.“Thanks for making me feel at home, Barcelona,” Ericsson, a Swede, said on Twitter after arriving at the snow-covered track.last_img read more

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Car-drifting competition hits Pattaya Aug. 9-11

first_imgRound 3 of the DC 2019 Drift competition comes to Pattaya Aug. 9-11. (Photo/Rowan Harrison/Wikipedia)Burning rubber and revving engines will punctuate the Eastern National Indoor Sports Stadium as the Round 3 of the DC 2019 Drift competition comes to Pattaya Aug. 9-11.The exhibition will see cars speeding through precise tracks and “drifting” through corners as seen in the movie “Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift.”At a July 26 meeting, city officials met with organizers to finalize plans for security, first aid, traffic and parking.last_img read more

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