The COVID-19 pandemic has dozens of students in the tri-campus community caught in limbo between school and home. In a March 18 email to the student body, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced Notre Dame would be closing its doors for the remainder of the semester due to the advancing virus. In a follow-up email that same day, vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said each student originally approved to stay on campus past March 17 — 253 in total — was expected to return home as soon as possible. Still, with travel restrictions locking down borders both in the U.S. and around the world, many students have nowhere to go. Others may lack reliable internet access or a stable home — necessary criteria for a proper learning environment. As a result, the University is sponsoring some of the original 253 to stay at the Morris Inn for, at minimum, the rest of the academic year.After Jenkins’s March 18 announcement, Hoffmann Harding emailed students still living on campus and invited those with reason to stay to apply for extended housing via Google Form. In an email to The Observer, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said staff in Campus Ministry, the Office of Student Enrichment, Notre Dame International and Residential Life also called students individually to help them work out their next steps.“All students who identified on the form or to a staff member that they still needed housing accommodations were provided continued room and board in University-sponsored housing,” Brown said in the email.Brown said the Emergency Operations Center made the decision to provide extended housing to the students and will continue to oversee their accommodations for the rest of their stay.Students eligible to stay at the Morris Inn were notified in an email from Hoffmann Harding the evening of March 19. Move in took place March 21.“Living in a common location on campus will help alleviate any potential feelings of loneliness you may experience during this uncertain and difficult time,” Hoffmann Harding said in the email. “It will also help the University reduce the number of staff on campus in accordance with public health guidelines.” Since March 28, the Morris Inn has also been hosting about a dozen Saint Mary’s students. Linda Timm, interim vice president for student affairs at Saint Mary’s, said a few more are staying at the Inn at Saint Mary’s and Opus Hall, the College’s on-campus apartment complex.“When we made the decision to close the residence halls, we focused on settling our students in a location that was nearby, had plentiful WiFi and equipped for food service,” Timm said in an email. “The hotels on our tri-campus were willing to assist our students, and we’re grateful for that.”As a precautionary measure, most of the day-to-day life at the Morris Inn is relatively insular. Students are assigned one to a room, and meals are served at the door twice a day. Students also receive weekly laundry service from Saint Michael’s. According to a March 25 email from the College’s Office of Residence Life, both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame residents receive the same services.Morris Inn residents must abide by parietals and all other standards of conduct outlined in du Lac during their stay, according to an email sent to the Notre Dame Morris Inn residents March 20. In the interest of public health, a number of social-distancing precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also are in place. Residents must stay six to nine feet apart, may invite in no outside guests and all social gatherings are limited to 10 people.Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Pete McCormick serves as community director of the Morris Inn. McCormick works with 10 other University staff members — called “community assistants” — to help residents during their stay. Nine of the community assistants are rectors and one is a Campus Ministry employee.He said a large part of their job is pastoral care — making sure students’ needs are met and they feel supported. McCormick said each community assistant oversees about 10 to 20 residents.“Being away from loved ones, being sometimes away from your own home country in the midst of a pandemic like this can be a little nerve-racking,” he said. “We want to make sure that folks feel accompanied and known and loved in the midst of all this.”To that end, the University has arranged a number of weekly services to help build community at the Morris Inn, he said — for example, Zoom hall meetings, make-shift hall sections and virtual game nights.Students are also allowed to use public spaces around the Inn to study and spend time together, so long as they practice social distancing, McCormick said. To keep the building clean, all shared spaces will be sanitized on a nightly basis.“We do not have any expectations that students won’t engage with one another, go for a walk together or whatever the case might be like,” he said. “There’s going to be opportunities for [a] smaller community.”Notre Dame senior Natural Baptiste is one of the dozens of students staying at the Morris Inn. Baptiste said a number of reasons kept him from going home. For one, he worried about remote learning.“WiFi isn’t something I have access to readily at home,” he said. “And with my entire family at home working, being at home was not feasible.”He was also in Morocco over spring break. While returning home, he traveled through the Netherlands just as it was declared a level three travel advisory country by the U.S. Department of State. With an eight-month-old niece at home, going home wasn’t an option, he said.Baptiste said his transition back to Notre Dame and into the Morris Inn was not easy. Though students still on campus were told to leave “as soon as possible” in Hoffmann Harding’s email March 18, he said it wasn’t until the morning of March 19 that Residential Life offered them the chance to stay — and until then, students were left with more questions than answers. “If ‘Wait, what?‘ was an emotion, that’s how I felt,” Baptiste said.Gizelle Torres-Mendez, a Saint Mary‘s sophomore, is also staying at the Inn. She said she originally applied to stay at Saint Mary‘s because she didn’t have WiFi at home. Now she has no choice because of travel restrictions in her home state, Illinois.Torres-Mendez said her first few days at the Inn have been quiet.“Most of us just kind of stay inside the room,” she said. Still, she said the Morris Inn staff have been proactive in making sure all students are settling in.“I think they have been very good about asking if we have any issues or if they can help,” she said.Tags: COVID-19, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Morris Inn, remote learning
Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental impacts of all the de-icing and snow removal taking place on roads everywhere in the wake of all the recent storms? — Benjamin P Sander, via e-mailThe act of removing pure white snow seems innocuous enough, but it is actually fraught with negative environmental side effects. One major concern is the snow’s salt content, as most locales use sodium chloride (rock salt) to de-ice roads. But this salt can make nearby freshwater ecosystems uninhabitable for plant and wildlife species, and can affect the quality and taste of local drinking water supplies.Besides salt, removed snow contains accumulated amounts of antifreeze, engine oil, rubber and metal deposits from tire wear, and heaps of plastic litter, cigarette butts and other waste which is also poisonous to local ecosystems no matter where it ends up.Researchers in Toronto, Ontario have found that at least one local snow dump has been wreaking havoc in the nearby Don River. “Road salt adversely affects sensitive species when it exceeds 200 milligrams per liter of water,” reports journalist Michael Lehan. “Almost half of the test results taken between 2002 and 2005 in the river exceeded that, and the highest concentration recorded was almost 4,000 milligrams per liter.” The result, he says, is that the river can barely support life. “Only six pollution resistant fish species…can be found in the river.” Across town in the city’s west end, the Humber River—which doesn’t have a snow dump to contend with—supports some 30 species of fish.Many regions are working on ways to green their snow removal processes. In Maryland, for example, road crews are pre-treating major roadways with brine, a saltwater solution that helps prevent snow and ice from sticking and thus reduces the amount of salt needed after a storm. The state is also experimenting with a beet juice and brine mix with the hope that it will stick to roads better and prevent snow and ice build-up. Massachusetts pre-treats roads with magnesium chloride to help prevent incoming snow and ice from sticking, and also uses a sodium chloride and calcium chloride mix on icy roads in environmentally sensitive areas and when the temperature gets too low (below 20 degrees Fahrenheit) for rock salt to be effective. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), using de-icers properly can cut down on the amount applied overall and improve road conditions.Regardless of how much and what de-icers a given locale chooses to use, where the resulting removed snow ends up is the most important environmental consideration. In New Hampshire, another state that’s no stranger to snow, state officials require the placement of a silt fence between snow dumps and any nearby waterways, and have mandated that snow storage areas be at least 400 feet from municipal wells.Of course, those who complain about the environmental effects of snow removal should consider the root cause of the problems: The concentrated hazards in snow dumps—from rock salt to motor oil—are mostly a direct result of our society’s reliance on the private automobile. While asking your local and state government to green up their snow removal operations is one way to help, another is to choose mass transit or carpool whenever you can, and to convince as many friends as you can to do likewise.CONTACTS: Maryland Department of Transportation, www.mdot.maryland.gov; Massachusetts Department of Transportation, www.massdot.state.ma.us; U.S. EPA, www.epa.gov.SEND YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS TO: EarthTalk®, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; [email protected] Read past columns at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/archives.php. EarthTalk® is now a book! Details and order information at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalkbook.
Despite breaking out of a doubles slump by taking the doubles point on Friday, Syracuse reverted to its struggles by losing two quick doubles matches that sent the match in a bad direction on Sunday afternoon.And things didn’t improve from there.After snapping a four-match losing streak on Friday afternoon, Syracuse (7-9, 2-8 Atlantic Coast) lost to Florida State (11-7, 4-5) 7-0 on Sunday in Tallahassee, Florida. It was the team’s fourth shutout loss out in seven matches in March.After their resilient doubles victory on Friday, senior Amanda Rodgers and sophomore Rhiann Newborn only took two games in their 8-2 loss to Gabriella Castaneda and Emily Fanning, the No. 40 doubles team in the country.Senior Breanna Bachini and freshman Nicole Mitchell failed to win a single game in their match, and the Seminoles won the doubles point.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSophomore Valeria Salazar and senior Komal Safdar, the No. 59 doubles team, only played three games of their match before it was halted.The woes continued for the Orange in singles play, as Safdar was the only player to win a set.She won her first set 6-3, but her strong start wasn’t enough to earn a point for Syracuse as she lost the next two 3-6, 4-6.At the number one singles spot, Rodgers lost the first set 6-2, and she found an identical result in the second.Both Newborn and Mitchell also lost their matches 6-2, 6-2.Bachini played a closer first set, taking four games before losing 6-4. But she didn’t match that tally in her second set, only winning one game.Of all the singles players besides Safdar, Salazar was the most successful. She fought in the first set to keep things even at six games a piece, but then lost the tiebreak and the second set 7-5 to lose the match.The Orange takes a break from action next weekend and will resume play against Wake Forest (12-9, 2-7) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday, April 11.Compiled by Kevin Pacelli, staff writer, [email protected] Comments Published on March 29, 2015 at 5:33 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Everyone agrees: our universe appears fine-tuned for human existence. You have two choices: it was designed by God, or there is a multiverse (other universes we cannot detect). Amanda Gefter is unhappy with that choice. In New Scientist, she asked, why can’t we have more options? Calling the God-vs-multiverse choice a false dichotomy, she said, “Science never boils down to a choice between two alternative explanations. It is always plausible that both are wrong and a third or fourth or fifth will turn out to be correct.” Choosing the God option, she said, would be to “abandon science itself.” But she was also uncomfortable with the multiverse. Irritated at creationist blogs and websites that consider the multiverse a “get-out-of-God-free card,” Gefter also took umbrage at their linking of evolution with moral evil. She labeled any speculative hypothesis that avoided God as “science.” A related story on New Scientist said that the amount of dark matter in our universe is finely tuned. “It’s not just the nature of dark matter that’s a mystery,” the article began; “– even its abundance is inexplicable.” This is a bit strange since it would be hard to know the abundance of something that is undetectable. What is the explanation for this “tremendous coincidence”? the article asked, appealing to the anthropic principle. “But if our universe is just one of many possible universes, at least this conundrum can be explained.”Want to hear her speculation on what the third option might look like? Here it is – we kid you not. We quote the article so you know we are not making this up.What might a third option look like here? Physicist John Wheeler once offered a suggestion: maybe we should approach cosmic fine-tuning not as a problem but as a clue. Perhaps it is evidence that we somehow endow the universe with certain features by the mere act of observation. It’s an idea that Stephen Hawking has been thinking about, too. Hawking advocates what he calls top-down cosmology, in which observers are creating the universe and its entire history right now. If we in some sense create the universe, it is not surprising that the universe is well suited to us.Let’s get this straight: either imagining universes we can never know is science, or believing that we are god is science. But believing in a real God, who has the purpose and power to create a universe, and the omnipresence to be the Observer giving reality to phenomena (as philosopher George Berkeley argued), is not science. OK, everyone, let’s sing:When you wish upon a star, nature makes you what you are,Anything your heart concocts is science true.If your heart is in your dream, no proposal’s too extremeWhen you hyper-speculate as scientists do.Fate is kind, she gives reality,The sweet fulfillment of our observing.Like a bolt out of the blue, observation creates you,When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.Believers in this PAP or “Participatory Anthropic Principle” (i.e., the idea that we create the universe by observing it), apparently are willing to take credit for having brought into existence distant galaxies, with all their stars and planets and whatever – items they have never seen or will see – just because the universe we see from earth is a requirement for their existence. Undoubtedly this is considered more scientific than the “name it and claim it“ preaching on some religious TV programs. Welcome to modern science Fantasyland. This make-believe world, in which otherwise intelligent people employ the honorable label of science to abandon reason and common sense, and hide their eyes from the clear evidence of creation, where they can embrace absurd notions that fulfill an old temptation (“Ye shall be as gods”) to preserve their naturalistic religion, has only one explanation: Romans 1.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#NYT#voice#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “We are bringing up the service in a controlled manner and things are moving in the right direction,” Bates told GigaOm. “This outage, if anything, has made it even more clear how reliant people are on the service. It is amazing to see how many people are using it.”He also said that Skype would be issuing formal compensation to people. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sarah perez Yesterday’s widespread Skype outage continues today, according to an official update posted early this morning to Skype’s company blog. As of the time the blog post was written, 5 million users were reportedly back online, but Skype says this is only 30% of what they would expect at that time of day.However, the number is gradually increasing as Skype repairs the problem, which the company is now saying is a software issue affecting its “supernodes.” But what does that mean?For those who aren’t familiar with Skype’s technical underpinnings, this two-day outage has offered the opportunity to explore the backend of a communications system so many millions throughout the world depend on.Yesterday, when the problem was first reported, Skype said that the downtime was due to many of its “supernodes” going offline at the same time. “These supernodes act a bit like phone directories for Skype,” the company said. “If you want to talk to someone, and your Skype app can’t find them immediately…your computer or phone will first try to find a supernode to figure out how to reach them.”Understanding the SupernodesBut calling the supernodes “phone directories” is simplifying the explanation a bit, as it turns out.Dan York, a writer, speaker, podcaster and director of conversations at Voxeo Corporation as well as best practices chair of the VOIP Security Alliance wrote a more detailed explanation of supernodes on his blog at DisruptiveTechnology.com. There, he explains better what supernodes are, how they work, how they’re connected and more in a fascinating, yet still easily digestible format for anyone who’s curious to learn more.“Supernodes,” writes York, “connect individual Skype clients to each other and create a P2P (peer-to-peer) overlay network… the cloud that connects all Skype clients to each other. These ‘supernodes’ run the regular Skype software. The ONLY difference is that they are on the public network. So if you are running Skype on a computer – and you are NOT behind a firewall, there is a chance that your computer could become a supernode.” What Skype Isn’t Telling UsWell, that explains what they are (the blog post gets a bit more detailed) – but why did they fail? Why did, as Skype says, so many of these go offline? We haven’t heard of any massive outages affecting the public Internet, so what happened?That’s the part Skype isn’t telling us.York hazards a guess: a software update that somehow affected the supernode algorithm, possibly leading to cascading failures where load increased on existing supernodes as others failed and dropped offline. But as York says, that’s “purely a guess.”What we do know is that Skype is fixing it by building something it calls “mega-supernodes.” There aren’t details on what these are, exactly, but it’s probable that they are server-based supernodes that Skype controls, instead of nodes that just rely on client software running on end users’ computers, says York. Or maybe they’re just a higher level of supernode.Whatever, they are, the fix is, slowly but surely, working.Image credit: DisruptiveTechnology.comUPDATE!:Skype CEO Tony Bates gave GigaOM an update on the outage (posted 8:41 AM PDT). He said the following: 16.5 million of 25 million concurrent users are back online, even though you might be seeing a lower number in your desktop client.Users in Europe and on the U.S. East Coast are fully restored.The IM, video and audio services are back up.The Group Video services and offline IM capabilities are not going to be working for some time, mostly because Skype is using those servers as super nodes.The company will issue an update later today. Related Posts
Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Nest#Smart Cities#smart city#smart home#StratIS#Zigbee#ZWave James is a marketing, communications, and PR professional specializing in B2B and B2C software in healthcare, software, and technology.He is an innovative and proactive builder focused on bridging C-level business demands with the creative side of marketing with product and content marketing. Technology changes how things are built. Single family homes used to have the monopoly on smart home products. In 2017, you no longer have to live in a single family home to use and take advantage of the great benefits of smart home products. Smart apartments used to be a futuristic concept only seen on cartoons like the Jetsons. However, the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, ZWave and ZigBee technology, and an explosion of mobile technology and startups have all paved the way for the current day smart apartment. Today, home is where the smart is.See also: Will.i.am Winks at smart home investment, drops $38 millionSmart technology in apartments can save property managers and residents time and money.Andrew Livingstone, is Executive Managing Director at GreyStar, the largest property management company in the U.S. and possibly the world. The company manages about 425,000 apartments across 45 U.S., with operations in the UK, the Netherlands, Mexico, and soon to be expanding into Asia Pacific.“We are an apartment company, that is our niche our expertise and what we exclusively do,” Livingstone said. “At Greystar we do three things, we manage apartments, mostly for third party owners, but we also manage apartments that we own ourselves. We also are a developer and construction company of apartments. We have about 6 billion dollars of development going on right now so domestically we are the largest developer of apartments. We are also an investment management company. We call that the three legs of the stool and that is what we do and how we do it.”Moving into smart multi-familyAccording to Livingstone many of the technologies that apartments are implementing feel like they are starting from the single family market.“We are seeing so many of those features very quickly being adopted into apartments,” he said. “We are seeing technologies like Nest thermostats and ecosystems which are being developed by Google. Where you have a Nest thermostat and some of the additional features that can be controlled with your smartphone device within the unit. Whether it is the locks, camera or security feature, we are seeing a lot of interest in those.”According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, 35 percent of the U.S. population — 112 million residents — rent vs. own. Historically speaking these people tend to live in urban areas and the demographics trend younger in age. That demographic is also more likely to want technology as an amenity, a phrase coined by StratIS CEO Felicite Moorman when describing the the adoption of the StratIS SaaS platform in multifamily properties and campus communities across the U.S.“More and more multifamily is going to play a bigger more dominant role in all cities,” Livingstone said. “So to really advance what smart cities are all about, multifamily is going to play a huge role.”He explained that there was a time when most people viewed apartments as a pit stop on their final destination towards home ownership.“I am not so sure that is at all in the life plan of so many in the younger generation today,” he said. “So that means multi family is an asset class of choice and not just one that is a temporary place but in fact, they are looking to have that as a key part of their life. They want flexibility and amenities without having all of the responsibilities and risk of home ownership. I don’t see that changing over the next few decades.”A big inflow of investmentSteve Duggan is a licensed real estate salesperson at Citihabitats in New York City. Duggan is noticing a heavy investment in smart technology.“I am seeing investors who do renovation work or value add projects as well as current landlords looking to be more efficient, increasingly looking at technology to boost their operating income,” he said. “The use of an Energy Star-certified thermostat like Nest, smart locks, and customized removable insulation jackets to prevent heat loss, are being increasingly employed to reduce costs.”Duggan says that in some cases, for instance for removable insulation jackets, utility providers such as National Grid will offer incentives for landlords to install the more efficient removable jackets to cut down on heat loss on building components.“Tenants especially under 30, have a very positive reaction to smart locks and key fobs versus traditional metal keys,” he said. “The added security and convenience is definitely appreciated.”The team at Greystar is actively gathering data from its enormous network of residents. The companies email surveys receive a 28 percent response rate, which translates on a monthly basis to about 70,000 responses.“We have a massive amount of data about what people are really valuing and what people really want, and again three years ago we didn’t do that,” he said. “So I ask myself companies that aren’t doing that how do you really know what your residents really want.”Livingstone said Greystar doesn’t necessarily think about tech as an amenity first, but it is absolutely on their radar.“I think we are usually looking at number one, is the technology in demand, do people think it will have an impact on their experience,” he said. “And if we think it is a technology that is going to be in demand we then focus on how can we make that technology work well, because a lot of technologies have promised that they will work, but just really don’t work well in multifamily.”Livingstone says that there are a lot of challenges with making technology more commercially viable in multifamily as opposed to single family.“You would think theoretically if you have 300 units there are a lot of opportunities to drive revenue, but actually getting it to work seamlessly and smoothly have proven to be very difficult,” he said. “For example, we can get 1G speed to a building, that is not that hard. It is really difficult to get 1G speed to a unit and that is much more difficult. Can you get 1G to a house, absolutely, but you don’t have to then parse that into 300 channels. The challenge is real.” How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… James Calder How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…
Tom FennarioAPTN National NewsTuesday in Montreal, The Canadian Lacrosse Foundation unveiled a weekend of events to mark what they call the 150th anniversary of the sport.The events will include many contributions from Iroquois Nations, who have been playing what they call “the creator’s game” for much longer than 150 years.
Angel MooreAPTN NewsTwo Indigenous communities on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean have more in common than you might think.Cape Breton University hosted a Basque-Mi’kmaq cultural exchange conference.More than 40 researchers and scientists visited Eskasoni First Nation to learn about the connections between the Mi’kmaq and Basque [email protected]@angelharksen
Related Items:Ministry of health defends its handling of Zika virus, potential law to allow ticketing for individuals breaking DEH health codes, public thinks government is too closed mouth about zika, residents need to do more to prevent breeding sites Many believe the same is happening with Zika which has spawned resort cancellations to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.Origin of the Zika cases we asked? No, we cannot know but three countries were confirmed as the source places.Why so slow for us to know we asked? Confirmation on the five cases as Zika was needed, media was told. Yet all five cases are separate instances and we only knew at five. Now there are reportedly eight; this approach to not sharing from the very first case has many believing that the TCI is beyond the eight revealed cases which includes a pregnant woman. What about the $550,000 in Solid Waste Management money we asked? We were told it is for the Premier to say. The Premier, who is also the Minister of Health was not there at the press conference to say. And when Magnetic Media asked why? Well there was no true reply, except that one day, some day, the Health Minister will share the solid waste management plan.New to your fight? Door to door inspections and visits supported by the TCI Red Cross, we were told.Also new… ticketing for breaches in the environmental health codes for residential, industrial and commercial properties. The law, however, to get that enforcement started is likely three months from implementation.At times it was a rowdy exchange between media and the two health directors in the hunt for clarity, transparency and accountability… including a cocksure posture by Health Officials about public perception on what is or is not being done.We informed that most believe nothing is happening to stop Zika Virus spreading in these islands.Biggest problem? The public which refuses, in some cases, to acquiesce to the law and best practices to decrease breeding of that aedes Eqypti mosquito.Another, but not mentioned today by the Medical & Environmental Health Directors is the incessant rain. A leaf is a great birthplace for a mosquito and so is a plant pot.The TCI is not alone and other countries do have Zika; but the TCI is unique and is one of the countries which has opted to omit the facts. Often conveyed to Magnetic Media by Joe Public is concern over the secrecy and guardedness of info when this global health crisis which has now hit home within the past four weeks is a fight for the health and for the wealth of the nation by all.In the meantime, please do your part to become and advocate and participant in keeping the TCI free of more mosquito breeding sites. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 16, 2016 – The Turks and Caicos Ministry of Health defends its public handling of the Zika Virus; despite media conveying that residents are critical of their Public Relations. In a media conference today to share the national action plan, missing was the Minister of Health, Dr Rufus Ewing and present were Dr. Nadia Astwood and Mr Kenrick Neely who repeated commonly communicated information and gave little insight into the cases detected and confirmed; and scant information on what is new.Though the campaign against mosquito breeding at various times can be labeled vigorous, it has failed to resonate in a way to drive down the dangers as mosquito breeding sites continue to exist and actually flourish in too many communities. The inability to get some residents to fall in line has actually led to the mushrooming of two mosquito borne diseases in the TCI; Dengue Fever since 2011 and Chikungunya Virus in 2014. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp