Thirty-two pages. That was the length of the campaign platform that Pat McCormick and Brett Rocheleau outlined during the spring student body elections. The document, titled “Hope in Action,” detailed major promises for the team to fulfill when they stepped into their positions in April, but they insisted their platform was feasible. Since April, McCormick and Rocheleau have accomplished only some of their goals, while others remain abstract. Playing 4 Peace The first and most ambitious goal in the duo’s platform was to “make Notre Dame the premier forum for nationally-recognized events uniting athletes, entertainers and policy-makers of behalf of social justice.” This semester, McCormick’s administration has continued and developed its Playing 4 Peace movement that combines Notre Dame athletics with peace efforts in Sudan. “The athletics department as a result of Playing 4 Peace has also invested … professional staff support into Playing 4 Peace, which was originally just a project between two athletic teams, student government and social concerns through [the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies],” McCormick said. The fledgling project now hosts regular events, like a soccer tournament earlier this fall, that are well attended by both students and local community members. However, McCormick’s campaign touted his plans for a large charity concert in Notre Dame Stadium, which has been relatively unspoken of this semester. McCormick still promised the concert is in the works in student government. “While there is still work to be done, I am very excited about what is going to happen in January and February of this year,” McCormick said. Fighting for quarter dogs Another major item on the McCormick-Rocheleau platform was their plan to expand student government’s capacity to work with constituent services. “It must also be the case that we not only deliver on issues of a more routine nature, but that we do so even more passionately,” McCormick said. “I think substantively what that looks like is that on midnight of transition, quarter dogs were restored.” McCormick and Rocheleau did this by the newly created Department of Constituent Services, chaired by sophomore Heather Eaton. The new department extended the previous administration’s tradition of “Whine Week” into “Whine Wednesdays,” and Eaton collected student opinion via surveys and an online suggestion box. McCormick and Rocheleau visit Hall Councils in different dorms each week as well. “We’ve been trying to update dorm by dorm on the progress we’re trying to make in building a new student government this year,” McCormick said. Rocheleau said he feels these conversations with students and the work in Constituent Services connects to the complaints students have each day. “It becomes rewarding when I feel like it actually makes a difference, and I enjoy seeing the difference it can make,” Rocheleau said. Concrete progress — quarter dogs and Puppy Days, for example — have come out of this administration and its constituent services projects so far. Taxi reform Student safety both on and off campus was another priority for this administration, and McCormick said he has tried to develop the strong relationships the previous administration built with local officials and law enforcement. “The relationship has been continued to be developed and deepened,” McCormick said. “For the first time, the Safety Summit took place right here on campus on Irish Green.” The Safety Summit in August was hosted at the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend in the past. Student met with local police and leaders to talk about how to live safely in South Bend. Outside of engaging with local law enforcement, McCormick said his administration contributed to city taxi reforms that will protect students in the future. “These were cases where sometimes student safety was being jeopardized, cases where students were being gauged in terms of their prices,” McCormick said. “What we ended up being able to come up with is something that ultimately emphasizes now a predictable cost structure and accountability on the part of the taxi companies that students know their rights.” However, the city of South Bend compiled these reforms long before McCormick’s administration began and McCormick’s role was primarily to support the project. Additionally, students have little input in the reforms themselves. Unaddressed issues Highlighted in the 32-page platform is also the promise to “enable students to customize our curriculum.” The University’s curriculum has been a non-issue in the administration’s major projects thus far, and it lies dormant with several other details in the “Hope in Action” blueprint. The administration’s final promise in its campaign was its most vague — to “amplify student voices in charting a course for the Notre Dame project.” The promise to “amplify student voices” has seen some concrete results as the administration tries to include the student body in larger conversations. McCormick and many sustainability clubs on campus participated in conversations surrounding the University’s recent comprehensive sustainability strategy. However, these conversations began in the Office of Sustainability in 2008, and McCormick’s involvement only began this summer when the plan was in its final stages. Overall, it is commendable that McCormick and Rocheleau set a high bar for their administration and have made strides toward achieving even the most ambitious goals. However, the student body has yet to see the monumental vision that the duo campaigned on come to fruition. Next, the administration should target its energy into a few actionable projects to leave its legacy on the student body.
A West Palm Beach woman says she “screamed out loud” when she found a hissing python in her washing machine.Emily snakeEmily Visnic, of West Palm Beach, says she was pulling clothes out of her washer when she found snake skin and then felt something move. It’s believed the snake was a pet that got into the vents of the apartment building and it was determined that it had been living in the appliance for a while.A maintenance worker at the apartment complex came and took the snake away.The python in the washing machine is believed to be an isolated incident and not related to the 100-thousand pythons slithering around the Florida Everglades.
Facebook67Tweet0Pin2Submitted by Olympia Harbor DaysEvery year Labor Day approaches, and so does the annual Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races and Festival, an Olympia Kiwanis free community event held at the downtown Olympia waterfront. The 3-day family friendly festival hosts the World’s Largest Vintage Tugboat Show on Saturday at Percival Landing and Tugboat Races out in Budd Inlet on Sunday, this year sponsored by Lucky Eagle Casino.The Squaxin Island Tribe, the title sponsor, presents an opening blessing on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and closing prayer on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., at the Washington’s Lottery Main Stage at Percival Landing, where you will find all the traditional festival favorites including hundreds of arts & crafts vendors, community businesses and non-profits, and amazing food booth chiefs. This year be sure to look for new features and activities including Sand Sculpting by Form Finders, live bands on stage from opening to closing daily, the high flying antics of some of Olympia’s best aerialists 25 feet up in the air.And for the kids – thanks to support by Heritage Bank, the award winning Hands on Children’s Museum will be under the large shelter with supplies galore to help kids build boats for a “Cork Boat Regatta”. Nearby kids can learn about marine life through activities and play with the Puget Sound Estuarium experts. More rides are offered next to the fire truck on Columbia Street. Saturday offers kids story time with activities and free book giveaways.Olympia Kiwanis will be at the Harbor House with some historic festival artifacts and can answer questions and will be selling $5 Raffle tickets to help fund high school scholarships. Be sure to enter the Mixx 96 Giveaway Contest on the boardwalk and win a weekend getaway aboard the Virginia V.North at the Port Plaza, find the Squaxin Island Salish Seaport, presenting tribal activities, arts, artists, and cultural history through stories and dance. Little Creek Casino will be cooking up a storm with a tribal salmon bake and beer garden, proceeds of which will go to the Squaxin Island Tribe Museum.2017 marks the long awaited return of the Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain whom will be sharing the Port Plaza docks with the historic Mosquito Fleet Steam Ship Virginia V. All ships, sponsored by WFSE, and are open for touring (donations appreciated) and offer cruises. Find information on schedules, pricing and securing your tickets go to the Olympia Harbor Days website.Other major support for the festival comes from the City of Olympia, the Port of Olympia and community sponsors. Festival proceeds and donations help support the Olympia Kiwanis Club’s mission to help children and their families in the area.For more information, directions schedules, and more go to Olympia Harbor Days website or on Facebook at Olympia Harbor Days. Or download the mobile app at http://vue.do/Olympia use event code: 5065.Whether you are a cultural or history nut, a boating enthusiast, a landlubber, shopper or simply in search of a tasty bite to eat, Olympia Harbor Days always has something for everyone!Olympia Harbor Days and HoursFriday, September 1, 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.Saturday, September 2, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.Sunday, September 3, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. consumers saw a record of almost 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2016, outpacing the previous record by almost 40%. Also for the first time ever, the monthly market topped 300 million gallons, with December’s numbers coming in at 362 million gallons.“We are proud to be delivering record gallons of American made biodiesel, but that success is undermined by the fact our members are losing more than a third of the market to foreign imports,” said Donnell Rehagen, National Biodiesel Board CEO.According to numbers released by the EPA in January, the 2.9 billion gallons was an increase of 800 million gallons from 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2015. At the same time domestic production rose from about 1.4 billion gallons in 2015 to more than 1.8 billion gallons in 2016, well below available capacity. Imports increased by more than 50% from an estimated 670 million gallons in 2015 to over 1 billion gallons in 2016, shortchanging potential economic benefits to U.S. producers.“The market realities spotlight two important points. First the RFS is working to deliver energy choices to consumers and promote local economic activity. Second that reforming the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic production credit remains critical to grow these programs in America’s best interest,” Rehagen said.According to a study conducted by LMC International, a 2.9 billion gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel market divided between domestic and foreign supply supports about 64,000 U.S. jobs and $11.42 billion in total impact. Economic benefits increase substantially with growing domestic production, rather than imports. For example, just 2.5 billion gallons domestic production would support at least 81,600 U.S. jobs and $14.7 billion in total economic benefit.“It’s just common sense that our tax dollars should benefit American jobs and local companies instead of incentivizing imports,” Rehagen said.The biomass-based diesel category under the RFS alone saw a record 2.6 billion gallon market, allowing the advanced biofuel program to reach over 4 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons. These numbers exceeded EPA’s estimates for 2016, and track NBB’s projections, showing the industry can deliver on the goals set by Congress.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileWhat a difference a year makes! This year producers were unfortunately treated to cool, wet weather for much of April, following an extended winter. Corn and soybean planting progress for Ohio was virtually nil at the end of April. While producers were not pleased with weather conditions they certainly had time to get planters and tillage equipment even better prepared for the push that finally came in early May. The two-week delayed start, in a weird twist, seems to have improved producers’ attitudes compared to last year. Gone were the major frustrations of last spring that brought the unwelcome task of replanting corn and soybeans to reach desired plant population levels for optimum yields. Gone were the added stress levels brought about by replanting two or even three times as nagging rains continued to come out of nowhere. Instead, this year there was unexpected overall efficient planting progress made during the first two weeks of May. Many were estatic at the excellent planting progress for their farms.At this writing on May 18, producers had not yet seen any hints of a U.S. weather market with the typical huge price swings, both up and down. However, there have already been huge price swings as the U.S./China trade concerns and talks have been ongoing for two months. A common thread seen in numerous analysts’ comments are that price activity during a trade war has violent price swings, similar to those seen with weather markets. Weather can fluctuate producers’ outlooks between glee and gloom multiple times in a span of just days. On again, off again trade talk progress can be a dizzying process to understand.May 18 brought about a huge change in China’s trade policy with the U.S. They withdrew their anti-dumping claims against U.S. sorghum. The U.S. had been expected to export 6 to 7 million tons of sorghum to China prior to their imposing anti-dumping duties. The U.S. had already shipped 4.3 million tons before the duties were announced. With U.S. sorghum again flowing to China, it prompts the scenario of U.S. feedgrains shrinking, resulting in larger amounts of corn being fed to livestock.The May 10 USDA Supply and Demand Report yielded neutral implications for corn and bullish implications for soybeans. New crop 2018 soybeans were estimated at 415 million bushels, 120 million bushels below trade expectations. That surprise was the bullish slant for soybeans. Further examination reveals USDA estimated 2018-2019 US soybean exports of 2.29 billion bushels, a jump of 225 million bushels above 2017-2018 USDA export estimates, an increase of 10%. Such an increase would seem extremely suspect given the continuing uncertainty as the U.S./China trade issues have not been yet resolved.While producers attitudes are the best seen in months with the excellent corn and soybean planting seen at mid-May, those sentiments are not rampant throughout the entire agricultural sector. Bankers in general have been turning down agricultural loans this past winter and spring. The farm slump of declining revenues has entered its fifth year. Livestock producers have seen a sharp decline in cattle prices over $60 since late 2014 while the hog price declines are over 40% since the summer of 2014.As time marches on this summer, remember that unexpected uncertainty brings confusion. Bull markets do not have their thrust in prolonged periods of uncertainty. Continuing trade talks or trade wars are a no win situation for producers and are not bullish. While stability can be boring, it is the desired event.Don’t give up on corn long term. Brazil’s corn production could easily be reduced further. Dry weather concerns in China’s northeast major growing area could reduce their production as well. World corn stocks to usage could be the tightest in 45 years. World corn ending stocks in 2016-17 were 227 million tons. USDA’s current projections for 2018-19 are 159 million tons while some suggest they could drop to 140 million tons.Mid-May weather issues in the US, Canada, Russia, and Australia are once again providing higher prices for wheat. The Black Sea region is the largest wheat exporter in the world. Current weather forecasts suggest their dryness is no longer just a few days event. Instead, it could last for weeks.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Option #1: Try a Hard ResetAt first, Microsoft forum moderators were recommending a “hard reset” to fix update issues before they were aware of the Samsung problem. If you’re not sure if you have the Samsung bug or something else, you should probably try a hard reset first as it would be the simplest solution.To perform a hard reset, do the following (steps courtesy of MyNokiaBlog):Press and hold the Camera, Volume Down, and Power buttons simultaneously.Release Power when the phone vibrates, but continue to hold down Camera and Volume Down.Release Camera and Volume Down when the Format prompt is displayed on screen.Press Windows key twice to confirm the hard reset.Option #2: Try a RestoreNext, there’s the option to restore your Windows Phone to its default state. This may or may not resolve the issue, but if your phone is already dead, it’s at least worth a shot.The restore process would return the phone to its previous state prior to the update. However, any changes between the last sync with the Zune desktop software and the phone would be lost. This includes text messages, ringtones, music downloads and settings changed.To attempt a restore, do the following:Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable that came with your phone. (This should be the PC you typically use to sync with Zune). Launch Zune and in the Zune software, click Settings > Phone > Update. (If you have a Mac, you can use the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac to download available Windows Phone updates.)Click Restore.Follow the on-screen instructions in the Zune software.If successful, this will bring your phone back to a working state.Option #3: Reflash the Firmware Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Firmware I8700XXJK1 ## 2010 November CSC_Cetus_Europe_I8700XENJK1: http://www.multiupload.com/OGUYF4F3VA (rar-file password: samfirmware.com) Samsung WP7 Flash Program: http://www.multiupload.com/3OE4SYAGQASamsung Mobile USB Drivers V5.2: http://www.multiupload.com/GH391NDSY1Flash Guide (English): http://www.multiupload.com/FDRJ3WDZQ7Unrar / install downloaded files (FYI: an unrar program for Windows users is WinRAR)Make sure the phone is disconnected from computer and turned offReboot computer and allow the drivers to complete the install.Start the Samsung WP7 Flash Program.Turn on the phone in “download mode” and then connect it to the computer.Drag the 4 files from the unpacked firmware rar-file to the Samsung WP7 Flash Program dialog screen. The application will place each file in the correct field.When the phone is recognized you can use the “Start” button to start the flashing process. DO NOT INTERUPT THIS PROCESS!When the flashing is done (approximately 15 minutes later) the phone will automatically reboot and show the welcome screen.More information on flashing the firmware on the Omnia 7 is available in the Flash guide you downloaded. The source/credit for downloads is http://www.samfirmware.com/WEBPROTECT-i8700.htm – registration required. Option #4: Return the Phone to Your Carrier/ManufacturerUnfortunately, if none of the above steps worked for you, the only option remaining is to return the phone to your mobile operator or hardware manufacturer. Here’s the forum post from a WP7 support moderator recommending this as your final option if you need some sort of hard proof to show the rep at your local store.The problem with this last solution is that, in many cases, carriers will point fingers at phone manufacturers while manufacturers will point fingers at carriers and at Microsoft and no one will actually step up to take responsibility for the matter. Good luck if this is your only option! (Feel like an early adopter now?)Image credits: Winrumors One forum poster had success by flashing the firmware on his Samsung Omnia 7. Obviously, this is not an officially supported solution and it requires a bit of technical know-how if you choose to try this method. Again, this may or may not work for you. However, several other forum users have claimed success by following these steps.All credit for these steps goes to forum member SConign.Here’s how to proceed:Check if the phone is capable of getting into the “Download Mode.” To do this: Turn off the phone (or remove and replace the battery), then turn it back on by pressing the power/camera/VolumeUP buttons simultaneously. When the phone turns on, release the power button. If the phone shows the yellow triangle with exclamation and a “Download Mode” message, your phone is capable of getting into the “Download Mode,” and you can proceed to the next step.Download the following files (be warned: multiupload.com is loaded with huge ads and pop-ups): Yesterday, Microsoft publicly addressed the reports that its first Windows Phone 7 update was “bricking” users’ handsets – that is, effectively turning them into non-functional paperweights after the update was downloaded to the device. According to Microsoft’s official statement on the matter, only 10% of users experienced problems with the update, and of those, only half (5%) had a problem that was unrelated to an issue on their end – like low disk space or a bad Internet connection. As had been reported, the only devices affected by this issue were Samsung phones, Microsoft said, although it didn’t confirm which models specifically.But what of those 5% whose phones are now dead? Here, Microsoft was less clear, simply pointing users to various online resources like FAQs and forums. What are these users supposed to do? We may have some suggestions for you.In Microsoft’s blog post, the company pointed users to the following sites: the online troubleshooter, its Windows Phone forum and its list of Windows Phone update articles. For those having run-of-the-mill technical issues, the online troubleshooter is probably the best bet. But for those who have actually encountered the Samsung bug, there are other options that may better serve you. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#How To#Microsoft#mobile#news#web sarah perez Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines launched an offensive masterpiece and dismantled Hong Kong, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, to open its group stage campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The hosts took the top spot in the three-team Pool A with a 1-0 record and another win for the Filipinos will put them in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Maika Ortiz finished things off for the Philippines with a down-the-line kill in a game that head coach Francis Vicente foresaw as a victory.“Not that I’m bragging but I expected to win today,” said Vicente in Filipino. “But I want to see more from my players. I want to push them so they exceed expectations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Philippines did outscore Hong Kong in spikes, 50-25, but the hosts also gave away 23 free points due to errors.Vicente added some of his players did experience jitters like Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod, but the head coach was still pleased with how the two helped the team in the bigger picture. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “That’s normal, we can’t do anything about it even if we’re put in that situation we would feel nervous also,” said Vicente. “We’re all humans, but the important thing is that they delivered and all those nerves will disappear in the long run.”Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the Philippines’ two-headed monster as the duo put up 14 and 13 points, respectively.Kim Fajardo also did some dirty work with seven points to go along her 39 excellent sets.Chim Wing Lam led Hong Kong with seven.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Flying V shrugs off elims sweep with bigger task at hand in semis
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 01: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Jim HarbaughJim Harbaugh is known for his colorful personality on Twitter. Today, he’s using his account to show off some Michigan moms for Mother’s Day.Harbaugh has posted eight photos of Michigan mothers and their sons so far this morning. Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Glenda McCray, Paula O’Korn, Erica Kinnel & Susan Bunting. pic.twitter.com/ZonxmftThj— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Sela Litia Tu’ipulutu Mone, Carolyn Malzone, Kesha Bush & Pam Gedeon. pic.twitter.com/GfKpglB35f— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016This is very cool on Harbaugh’s part. Hopefully he puts up some more photos as the day goes on.