Saint Mary’s to hold walk for hungry

first_imgThis event is another way to CAT is working to bridge the gap between Saint Mary’s and the community.  “It is a great way to bring food insecurity to the forefront during the Easter season, and provides support for a local food pantry — Little Flower Food Pantry — that is always in need,” Critchlow said.  The walk will benefit the Little Flower Catholic Church Food Pantry.   Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff and the South Bend community will come together Sunday to walk for the hungry during the Yes We Can! Walk 2010. It will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, and will start at Saint Mary’s Student Center, head to the Grotto at Notre Dame and then end back at the Student Center. It will happen, “rain or shine,” and “children and dogs — on leashes — are welcome,” said Olivia Critchlow, assistant director of the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) and coordinator of the event.  Critchlow said events like these help to bring the community and the College closer together. Cost to participate is three cans of food or a $2 donation per person or $5 or three cans/person if you bring a team, Carrie Call, director of OCSE said in an e-mail to the student body.center_img According to Critchlow, the walk is open anyone and people are encouraged to join. Those interested can register online at http://www3.saintmarys.edu/ocse/calendar/walk-for-hungry-form. There will also be a booth in the Student Center Atrium today and tomorrow during lunch and dinner hours.  Even though last year’s event happened to fall on a rainy day, 75 walkers participated, Critchlow said.  “I am hoping that we are able to at reach the same attendance this year, if not exceed that number,” Critchlow said.  The walk was first held last year, and began when the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) scholars decided to organize an event for the spring that would help connect the College with the greater community, Critchlow said. CAT is an organization of students from the College that began in 2006 to help tutor elementary-age children in need at local elementary schools.  “Events that involve and benefit the South Bend community are great ways to keep the College in touch with the community’s needs and are excellent opportunities for our students to stand in solidarity with the poor,” Critchlow said. last_img read more

Save more money with 5 sneaky tricks

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Developing a savings habit can be daunting. It might feel like enough hassle tracking your money, without going the extra mile and assigning a proportion of your income to medium or long term savings. Like many good habits, it can be tough to get started.If you’re struggling, then try these simple and painless tricks to start building your nest egg. Not only will you quickly create a decent pot of money, you can also develop a habit which can last a lifetime.1. Get the Mindset Right FirstThe key to developing a savings habit is your mental approach. The barrier usually is not so much about making the changes needed to save, but about getting sucked into the mindset of feeling deprived. Once you get to this stage, you are more likely to splurge, and blow the savings on something you may later regret. If you’re trying to develop a daily or weekly habit, of ditching the morning coffees or paying bills on time, for example, then a habit tracking app like coach.me might help. Set your own personal goals, which you check off every day in your phone, and get reminders, encouragement, and a way of watching your new practice become a daily habit. continue reading »last_img read more

Beach crowds lead California to step up enforcement of coronavirus restrictions

first_imgTopics : He warned that the coronavirus outbreak was not over in California, where 45 people have of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 1,300 more cases were diagnosed.”The virus is as transmissible as it’s ever been,” Newsom said. “It doesn’t take the weekend off. It doesn’t take any time off. It is ubiquitous, it is invisible and it remains deadly.”Late on Monday, seven Bay Area public health officials issued a statement saying the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the city of Berkeley would issue revised “shelter-in-place” orders this week.The current orders will expire on May 3.The new orders will keep the restrictions in place and extend them through May, they said, while adding there would be limited easing for a small number of low-risk activities.Two additional states, Nevada and Colorado, have joined California, Oregon and Washington to develop a Western regional plan for reopening their economies and allowing residents to begin more typical social interactions.But coordinating public health rules and schedules for re-opening across five states may be complicated.Hours after Newsom chastised Californians for crowding the beaches, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said his state’s parks and other outdoor areas would reopen on May 5 for golf, hunting, fishing and other recreational activities.Members of the public will be expected to follow public health guidelines, and the parks would close again if illnesses spike, Inslee said, but the announcement stood in contrast to the California governor’s efforts to keep beaches closed.”Outdoor recreation is one of the best things we can do to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being for Washingtonians during a time of great stress and isolation,” Inslee said.  California will step up enforcement of coronavirus-related public health restrictions after crowds jammed beaches over the weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday.Newsom’s announcement came after officials in Orange and Ventura Counties allowed access to their beaches even as state parks remained closed, prompting families and groups to head to the ocean on a warm spring weekend.The crowds put at risk the state’s progress in slowing the advance of the novel coronavirus and could delay a loosening of restrictions that was just weeks away, said Newsom, a Democrat.center_img The beach crowds exemplify the tension that officials throughout the United States are dealing with as residents chafe under stay-at-home orders and some states begin to loosen them.Newsom said he would not direct state police or park rangers to issue citations to individuals who were just out quietly with their children or walking their dogs.”I don’t want to be punitive,” he said. “They just want to take a rest on the beach and all of a sudden they get a citation – I don’t want to see that. But if there are people thumbing their nose and taking a risk … I think we may have to do a little bit more.”The two counties that opened their beaches are reconsidering their plans after people thronged their shoreline spots, prompting criticism from public health authorities, Newsom said.last_img read more

Aker BP and Framo Ink Seawater Lift Pumps Maintenance Deal

first_imgAker BP and Framo have entered into a long-term contract for seawater lift pumps maintenance which covers all of the five field centers where Aker BP is the operator.This is a continuation of the pilot contract signed by Aker BP, pump supplier Framo and technology company Cognite during ONS in 2018.In 2018, the two companies and Cognite, a global AI software company, set up a digital pilot effort for predictive maintenance of the seawater lift pumps on the Aker BP-operated Ivar Aasen field.According to Aker BP, the new contract represents a huge step within digitalization and predictive maintenance.Going forward, algorithms and sensor data will help Aker BP to increase uptime and reduce maintenance on its seawater lift pumps.The new ‘smart’ contract has a duration of six years, with an option for an additional six years.“Cooperation with Cognite, along with sharing of data, have been essential in arriving at both algorithms, digital boards and an incentive model that ensures value for both Aker BP and Framo. This way of working is in line with Aker BP’s strategy where we create added value together with strategic partners,” says Kjetel Digre in Aker BP.“Basing contract models on real-time data has been uncharted territory. With the release of these data flows, Framo has been able to predict the condition of equipment, foresee what will happen with the pumps in the future, and in turn plan effective maintenance. Together with Aker BP, we have altered the traditional approach to maintenance. We are now continuing this cooperation into the future and over to the other fields,” says Trond Petter Abrahamsen, managing director in Framo Services.last_img read more