A cautionary tale: A study of a methane enhancement over the North Sea

first_imgAirborne measurements of a methane (CH4) plume over the North Sea from August 2013 are analyzed. The plume was only observed downwind of circumnavigated gas fields, and three methods are used to determine its source. First, a mass balance calculation assuming a gas field source gives a CH4 emission rate between 2.5 ± 0.8×104 and 4.6 ± 1.5×104 kg h−1. This would be greater than the industry’s reported 0.5% leak rate if it were emitting for more than half the time. Second, annual average UK CH4 emissions are combined with an atmospheric dispersion model to create pseudo-observations. Clean air from the North Atlantic passed over mainland UK, picking up anthropogenic emissions. To best explain the observed plume using pseudo-observations, an additional North Sea source from the gas rigs area is added. Third, the δ13C-CH4 from the plume is shown to be −53‰, which is lighter than fossil gas but heavier than the UK average emission. We conclude that either an additional small-area mainland source is needed, combined with temporal variability in emission or transport in small-scale meteorological features. Alternatively, a combination of additional sources that are at least 75% from the mainland (−58‰) and up to 25% from the North Sea gas rigs area (−32‰) would explain the measurements. Had the isotopic analysis not been performed, the likely conclusion would have been of a gas field source of CH4. This demonstrates the limitation of analyzing mole fractions alone, as the simplest explanation is rejected based on analysis of isotopic data.last_img read more

COMMENT: Corporations vs. Climate Change

first_imgIn Fortune magazine’s 2007 list of the world’s 100 largest economies, 37 of them were corporations. While states still monopolise the top 29 spots, corporations are virtually on parity with countries further down. Their presence in the top 100 has actually decreased by 10 since 2005, but this doesn’t mean corporations are getting smaller: far from it. The big are instead getting bigger. The highest-ranked company in 2005, Wal-Mart, was valued at $288 billion. 2 years on, Exxon leads the pack at a staggering $340 billion. It can boast of having a worth greater than that of most states including Israel and Ireland. One thing is clear: the conglomerates are now extremely powerful. But what about their role and responsibility in tackling climate change? One of the biggest hindrances in pressing corporations to act on climate change is their advantage of global spatial dynamism. They have bases across many parts of the world and come under the jurisdiction of numerous states meaning that laws imposed by one country will tend to have an effect on just a small sector of a company. Multi-state agreements to impose uniform regulations are the ideal solution to overcome this issue; yet with so many countries desperate to attract corporate investment, agreements that impose investment-deterring international regulations are hard to reach. Let’s not forget either that corporations are also very mobile. This mobility is found in the modern rise of the brand over structure, in which distributing manufacturing and transportation contracts to third parties takes precedence over building factories and a cargo fleet – allowing for corporations to focus on advertising their brand image and enables them to easily move commitments from one area to another by simply cancelling a third-party contract and setting up another. With the power of mobility, corporations are able to play states off against one another to ensure the most financially beneficial conditions. Under these competitive circumstances, developing states clamouring for overseas investment are unlikely to harm their prospects by introducing environmentally-friendly laws restricting the activities of corporations. In more developed states, the climate of more stringent regulations that presides allows for greater accountability. Despite this, as most large corporations have the polluting sector of their business – namely manufacturing – located in developing states, the scope of governments to affect change is limited. They can impose regulations that have a knock-on effect down the supply chain, for example demanding that any wooden products entering their area of jurisdiction are sourced from sustainable forests. Still, the power of the corporations can force governments to limit the restrictions they introduce; for instance, by threatening to relocate jobs overseas, corporations bully politicians into favouritism. The salient question is: how can corporations be forced to change when they hold so much power? Few CEOs must feel as though they have a moral obligation, or far greater progress would have been made by now. Only economic pressure can achieve anything: consumer activism is key. As customers increasingly campaign for more environmentally-friendly products and supply chains, corporations are seeing the potential of the green market. In the same vein, corporations don’t want to risk losing customers through the increasing amount of bad press directed at environmentally-damaging companies. Another source of change is in climate accountability. Corporations are becoming increasingly worried that they could be sued for causing environmental damage in the same way that tobacco companies have been sued for causing ill-health. For BP, Shell, and Exxon that together account for 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions, this is a big concern and is prompting the search for greener technologies. The solution may be successfully linking energy security to reducing climate change. Currently, it is still less viable to use renewable energy as opposed to fossil fuels. As consumer demands change, climate accountability becomes an issue; as fossil fuel prices continue to rise, there will soon be a cross-over point when environmentally friendly policies make business as well as common sense and become the new security. Consumers are too often lulled into thinking that corporations are reducing carbon emissions. BP, for instance, markets its brand as being ‘Beyond Petroleum’; in reality just 1% of its portfolio is constituted of renewable energy – enough to ensure it is ready to act when a sea-change occurs, but not enough to live up to its optimistic slogan. Governments will only have the power to act when voters begin to regard green issues as urgent, and corporations will only change if the consumers force them to. It is down to public action to instigate change. The economic viability of green policies and technology can be reached sooner if we campaign for them. Let’s hope that the forces of change will strengthen with time – or else the future remains uncertain.By Ben Williams.last_img read more

Foundation Awards $30,000 to Youth First, Inc.

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Gift Supports the Social and Emotional Needs of Students in Warrick County In a presentation on October 29, Alcoa Foundation awarded $30,000 to Youth First, Inc. to support school-based social work programs and services that strengthen the social and emotional well-being for thousands of Warrick County students.Youth First partners with school districts across Indiana to embed social workers in school buildings, where they become specialized mentors for students and prevention coaches for parents and teachers. Youth First Social Workers build caring relationships, foster readiness for positive change, and boost resiliency along with equipping students with valuable life skills. Their presence also contributes to a healthier and safer school environment.Research shows these protective factors are the keys to reducing and preventing anxiety, depression, addiction, suicide, violence, and similar obstacles for young people. The organization’s positive outcomes and tremendous impact are driving growth, with more schools seeking a partnership with Youth First’s to address the growing social and emotional needs of students.“The Alcoa Foundation is very proud of its association with Youth First,” said Kari Fluegel, Communications Leader for Alcoa Warrick Operations. “Youth First and the Youth First Social Workers in our schools are changing lives every day. They are making our children safer, stronger and more successful, and they are having a sustainable positive impact in our community.”Youth First Vice President of Philanthropy Julie Hoon stated, “Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s culture and core strategy. Alcoa Foundation’s investment in Youth First allows us to invest in the mental health of young people today to ensure sustainable value in our workforce tomorrow. Working together, we can ensure the future is bright for more young people and their families in Warrick County.”last_img read more

Police Merit Commission 1-9-17 Agenda

first_imgEVANSVILLE POLICE MERIT COMMISSIONMEETING AGENDAMonday, January 9, 20172:00 p.m.  Room 307, Civic Center ComplexEXECUTIVE SESSION: ACKNOWLEDGE GUESTS NEW DISCIPLINE: APPROVAL OF CLAIMS: Sgt. Steve Kleeman – 7 officers in field training. OPEN SESSION: December 12, 2016 (Hegeman, Cook, and Scott) Personnel Order 16-PO-26:  Officer Mark Decamps, Badge Number 1260 – 21 day suspension, with a further recommendation that the Merit Commission consider termination.  Appeal hearing scheduled for February 21 and 23.Personnel Order 16-PO-27:  Officer Marcus Craig, Badge Number 1250 – 21 day suspension, with a further recommendation that the Merit Commission consider termination.  Appeal hearing scheduled for February 21 and 23.Personnel Order 16-PO-28:  Officer Nick Henderson, Badge Number 1134 – 21 day suspension, with a further recommendation that the Merit Commission consider termination.  Appeal hearing scheduled for February 21 and 23.Personnel Order 16-PO-29:  Sergeant Kyle Kassel, Badge Number 5178 – 21 day suspension, with a further recommendation that the Merit Commission consider a reduction in rank.  Appeal hearing scheduled for February 21 and 23. I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(5): To receive information about and interview prospective employees.I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(6)(A): With respect to any individual over whom the governing body has jurisdiction to receive information concerning the individual’s alleged misconduct.I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(9): To discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees.  This subdivision does not apply to a discussion of the salary, compensation, or benefits of employees during a budget process. ADJOURNMENT REQUESTS FOR FUNDS: REMINDERS: The next meeting will be Monday, January 23, 2017 at 2:00pm.center_img An executive session and a closed hearing will be held prior to the open session.The executive session and hearing are closed as provided by: Sgt. Doug Schneider requests $2,190.00 for the purchase of applicant written tests from the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police for the 2017 applicant testing process.Sgt. Doug Schneider requests $1,000.00 to VenuWorks for expenses relating to use of the Victory Theater for appointment, award, and graduation ceremonies in 2017.Sgt. Doug Schneider requests $5,000.00 for disciplinary hearing transcription services provided by Tri-State Reporting.Sgt. Doug Schneider requests $6,200.00 for applicant medical evaluations for new officers being hired in 2017.Sgt. Doug Schneider requests $8,000.00 for applicant psychological evaluations for new officers being hired in 2017.Sgt. Doug Schneider requests $500.00 to Stanard & Associates for candidate and training materials for sworn and merit board oral interviews for the 2017 applicant process. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: CALL TO ORDER Personnel Order 16-PO-34:  Officer Jamarius Ward, Badge Number 1378 – 21 day suspension.  Appeal received on December 12.Personnel Order 16-PO-35:  Officer John Townsend, Badge Number 1118 – Written Reprimand. NEW BUSINESS: PROBATIONARY OFFICER UPDATE: PENDING DISCIPLINARY MATTERS:  Letter of Request for Inquiry to the Police Merit Commission from Attorney Charles L. Berger dated December 22, 2016. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Governor Eric J. Holcomb Proclamation about Public Safety Telecommunications Week – April 9 to…

first_img Public Safety Telecommunications Week originated in California in 1981 and was nationally recognized by an act of the United States Congress in 1991.  In Indiana, Public Safety Telecommunications Week has been recognized state wide since 1999, most commonly by a proclamation from Indiana’s Governor.Public Safety Telecommunications Week reminds all Hoosiers that the first step in receiving help is the initial call to 911 and hearing the voice of a local city, county, or state public safety dispatcher.  These are the men and women that collect the initial information to pass along to law enforcement officers in the field.  Often times they are able to give immediate lifesaving directions to the caller during medical emergencies or can be the calming voice to reassure the victim of a violent crime that help is on the way.  And the service of a telecommunications operator extends well beyond taking calls from citizens as they are the life line to the police officer, deputy sheriff or state trooper out on patrol.In short, the telecommunications operator is the two-way life line link taking calls for service.  Whether the call comes by phone from the public, or over a radio from a law enforcement professional, telecommunication operators are one of the most important and under-recognized components of public safety.Attached with this Indiana State Police Nixle news release is a PDF copy of the proclamation issued by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb recognizing April 9 – 15, 2017 as Public Safety Telecommunications Week.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Lettuce Rages Red Rocks With Ghostface Killah, George Porter Jr., John Scofield, And More [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Lettuce | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/13/2017 | Photo: Phierce Photo Setlist: Turkuaz | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/13/2017Set: Chatte Lunatique, Future 86, Percy Thrills The Moon Dog, Nightswimming, If I Ever Fall Asleep, Holy Ghost, Coast To Coast, Everyone’s A Winner*, Lookin’ Tough Feelin’ Good, Monkey Fingers*Notes: * with Steve SwatkinsWith the crowd properly hyped following Turkuaz’s performance, Lettuce took the stage and were clearly ready to rage the Rocks, throwing down two sets during the night that showcased not only the group’s immense musicality but also their huge range of influences and their ability to transcend genre to create a sound wholly their own. Lettuce brought out their full line-up of heavy hitters for the night, with both Eric Krasno and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff expertly holding down guitar duties, and Nigel Hall, along with adding his soulful vocals to the mix, joining Neal Evans on keys. In addition to the many special guests on the bill who emerged throughout the night, the Shady Horn’s Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis were joined by trumpeter Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band, formerly Lettuce), further augmenting the Shady Horn’s already larger-than-life sound. As is only appropriate for a massive show such as Red Rocks, the night was also made to be a family affair, which saw frequent sit-ins by Tycoon Coomes, brother to bass wizard Jesus Coomes, and Bobby Deitch, father of Lettuce’s resident drum virtuoso Adam Deitch, on auxiliary percussion.After taking the stage, Lettuce kicked things off with the dramatic intro from their Live In Tokyo album, which moved into the triumphant “Blast Off,” serving as a formal announcement that the group was ready to get into it and had no plans of holding back. Following “The Last Suppit,” Deitch championed in “116th Street”—off their latest album, Mt. Crushmore, which was released during the tail-end of last year and promoted with their extensive winter tour that wrapped up in March—with its pulsing keys and rapid-fire horns effectively dialing in the crowd before Benny Bloom saluted and led out of the song with a wailing trumpet solo. “Bowler” was up next, and the locked-in rhythm section provided a solid base for the song’s cascading, psychedelic melody and crisp, syncopated horn adornments. Zoidis built the song to its peak, with an initially minimal sax solo that eventually climbed to an intense and soaring apex.For their first guest of the evening, Marcus King came out for the bluesy number “Love Is Too Strong,” with his powerful and soulful voice elevating the song to the next level and offering the crowd shred-heavy guitar licks in between verses. The guitars were going three strong, and Krasno, Smirnoff, and King were clearly loving it, at points all turning in toward one another and grinning at their combined huge sound. Marcus King departed following the tune, with percussionist Nate Werth of Snarky Puppy (and who sat-in with Turkuaz earlier during the show) coming out for “Lettsanity.” The drum break of the song was led in call-and-response style, before the two drummers got fully into their dynamic collaboration, eventually unifying their playing to end the song together.The legendary guitarist John Scofield then emerged for “Back In Effect” and “The Flu,” both Scofield and Lettuce collaborations originally off of 2002’s Outta Here. For “Back In Effect,” Scofield’s guitar stylings were a soulful addition to lead through to the peak of the jazz-funk-infused song. In contrast, Deitch and Jesus welcomed in the dark groove of “The Flu,” with Scofield’s guitar dancing over the propulsive rhythm engine, eventually slowing to a crawl for the song’s syncopated close. Nigel Hall then came forward, calling Sco “the greatest of all time” as the celebrated guitarist took his leave of the stage.“Back In Effect” with John Scofield[Video courtesy of Manuel Ortega]To close out the first set, with Nigel taking on the vocals of the song, Lettuce enraptured Red Rocks with a celebratory rendition of “Do It Like You Do.” Zoidis came out and joined Hall front and center for his solo, with the pair getting down on a shared two-step. As the solo’s volume dropped, Zoidis, Hall, and the whole band crouched down, eventually standing as Zoidis built the song into a frenzy. “Do It Like You Do” ended Lettuce’s first set on a high note, with the energy further boosted by the coordinated musical pause before the song’s close.J Rocc provided the musical stylings during Lettuce’s quick set break before Lettuce reemerged, all wearing cloaks for “Requiem,” a heavy and dramatic tune with Neal Evan’s swirling, baroque keys at its center. After this introduction into the second set, the infamous Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan emerged to spit verses during a medley “Mighty Healthy,” “C.R.E.A.M.,” and O.D.B.’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” The audience and musicians alike were rightfully beyond stoked on Ghostface’s performance, with the audience throwing up Ws to send off the legendary rapper.Lettuce was fully dialed in as they moved into their next song, “Chief,” that featured tasty solos from both Smirnoff and Bloom over the song’s mystical groove. Next, Nigel Hall welcomed “a staple of New Orleans music,” Cyril Neville to the stage for a rendition of his song “Gossip.” Krasno’s guitar led the way into the song, eventually yielding to Neville’s passionate vocals, and then the two of them exchanging the lead on the song. The pioneering bassist of The Meters, George Porter Jr. came out to join Neville and Lettuce for the next two songs for a full-on New Orleans-style celebration. George led the vocals on “I Need More Time,” with Krasno and Smirnoff’s parallel guitar riffs dividing out the verses. Cyril joined Tycoon on percussion, and the sound of the ensemble was beyond massive during the collaboration with each instrument minus saxophone represented twice. This song was also Rashawn Ross time to shine, laying out a transcendent performance on trumpet during his solo.“I Need More Time” led directly into The Meters’ “Africa,” with Cyril Neville taking over on vocal duties for Porter. There’s a touching multi-generational  aspect to watching George Porter Jr. and Jesus play together, as the elder statesmen of the funk scene got down with the younger renowned bassist who is poised with Lettuce to continue to shape today’s and the future’s funk sound. After this colossal New Orleans-style collaboration, Neville and Porter left the stage, leaving Lettuce to wrap up their set with the forever crowdpleaser “Phyllis.” With Jesus donning his wizard hat for the set closer, the crowd rode high on the laid-back and spacious groove of the song. For their encore, Lettuce closed their night and their Red Rocks takeover with “Sounds Like A Party To Me,” with Nigel Hall again coming front and center for vocals and also serving as the master of ceremonies by breaking down the intros for the musicians on stage during the song’s instrumental break.Lettuce’s second Rage Rocks performance on Saturday was a massive collaborative musical celebration that is destined to go down in the books. You can check out the setlist below, and relive some of this weekend’s magic with a photo gallery by Phierce Photo.Setlist: Lettuce | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/13/2017Set One: Tokyo Intro, Blast Off, The Last Suppit, 116th Street, Bowler, Love Is Too Strong*, Lettsanity^, Back In Effect#, The Flu#, Do It Like You DoSet Two: Requiem $, Mighty Healthy $ > C.R.E.A.M $, Shimmy Shimmy Ya $, Chief It Up, Gossip %, I Need More Time/Africa %+, Phyllis, Ziggawat, SquadliveEncore: Sounds Like A Party To MeNotes: * with Marcus King, ^ with Nate Werth, # with John Scofield, $ with Ghostface Killah, % with Cyril Neville, + with George Porter Jr.center_img On Saturday evening, the funk gurus of Lettuce hosted a party of massive proportions at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. After last year’s inaugural Rage Rocks, the nationally-spread funk masters were set on outdoing themselves for the second annual iteration of the event, inviting Ghostface Killah, George Porter Jr., John Scofield, Marcus King, and Cyril Neville to join them for their Red Rock takeover. With Turkuaz, The Russ Liquid Test, and J Rocc (of the Beat Junkies) all supporting the bill, this year’s Rage Rocks was a magical and funk-fueled extravaganza from start to finish that is sure to go down in the books as one of the finer performances to ever grace the Red Rocks stage.J Rocc—the founder and “Funky President” of the DJ crew, the World Famous Beat Junkies—kicked off the show on Saturday, giving the audience a taste of his innovative turntable stylings that helped catapult the Beat Junkies to international stardom since the 90’s. With the sun still high in the sky, his expertly mixed funk-flavored jams set the tone for the evening as the crowd began to pack into the iconic amphitheater. Those who didn’t get to catch the infamous DJ’s relatively short set were in luck, as J Rocc later came out and supplied his tunes during Lettuce’s set break later in the night.Up next was the Russ Liquid Test, the electro-funk trio comprised of Russell Scott, Andrew Block, and Deven Trusclair. With Trusclair’s drums locking it all together, the bubbly guitar offered by Block and Scott’s radiant performance on trumpet and keys had the entire audience feeling good.  For the majority of their set, the Russ Liquid Test was focused on crafting danceable grooves, with many of their songs pulled from their debut album, 1984, which was released late last year. Foreshadowing the collaborative nature of the rest of the evening, rapper JuBee came out for a song toward the beginning of the Russ Liquid Test’s set, hyping the crowd with his energized cameo. To close it out, the Russ Liquid Test deviated from their funk-dominated setlist, offering a heavy, rock-infused last number as a refreshing palette cleanser before the next performance.[Video courtesy of Da Beaman]The massive Brooklyn nine-piece funk outfit that is Turkuaz—plus Nate Werth of Snarky Puppy on percussion, bringing their total to ten—rounded out the support for the evening, making a stunning debut at Red Rocks and perfectly priming the crowd for Lettuce. With each member in a bright monochromatic get-up, Turkuaz came to show Colorado a good time, easily slapping grins on the audience with their upbeat songs, synchronized dancing, and stellar multi-talented musicians. Across their performance, it’s apparent that outside of being excellent musicians in their own right, Turkuaz is composed of performers, with a meticulous attention to showmanship that manifests in their rainbow-inspired accoutrements, ridiculously coordinated choreography, and captivating energy, both individually and as a unit, on stage. They’re an absolute pleasure to watch, and it seems as though the sky’s the limit for the group.From their opening number, “Chatte Lunatique,” the group mesmerized Red Rocks with the vocal harmonies offered by Dave Brandwein, Sammi Garett, and Shira Elias packing a powerful punch to start of their set, which was followed by “Future 86,” for which the crowd easily coasted on Taylor Shell’s prominent bass line. During “Percy Thrills The Moon Dog,” drummer Michelangelo Carubba and guest percussionist Nate Werth went to town during an extended drum break, delighting with their dynamic interplay. Turkuaz slowed things down with “Nightswimming,” and the laid-back number led into “If I Ever Fall Asleep,” a percussive and 80’s-inspired song featuring soaring guitar riffs by Craig Brodhead, synth-y adornments by Chris Brouwers on the keys, and Garett and Elias laying down a perfect choral backing for the song.“Holy Ghost” was all about vocalist and baritone saxophonist Josh Schwartz, who stole the spotlight with his falsetto and beatboxing. The song also further highlighted the unorthodox versatility of the various members of Turkuaz—also made apparent by Brouwer frequently simultaneously playing trumpet and keys and Brodhead switching off between guitar and keys throughout the set. After “Coast to Coast” came to a massive close heralded in by Greg Sanderson on tenor sax, Turkuaz invited out Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone) to join in on keys for “Everyone’s A Winner,” whose propulsive and heavy bass line carried the song and eventually dumped into a giant solo for Shell between Elias and Garett switching off on verses. Swatkins departed for the second to last song, “Lookin’ Tough, Feelin’ Good,” a powerhouse for the rhythm section to show off their chops during its instrumental break. To close out their set, Turkuaz ended on a high with the song, “Monkey Fingers,” which saw Swatkins return and throw down on the talk box.last_img read more

Administrator analyzes tuition costs

first_imgIn 1991, when many current seniors were born, undergraduate tuition at Notre Dame cost $13,505. Each year since, Notre Dame has expanded, and so has its price tag.In a Feb. 18 press release, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced that undergraduate tuition at Notre Dame would increase by 3.8 percent for the 2014-15 school year, bringing the total to $46,237. After room and board, that total is $59,461. The increase itself is routine. According to a chart provided by University Spokesman Dennis Brown, this marks the fifth year in a row in which the change is limited to 3.8 percent, compared to increases recorded as high as 9 percent in the past 10 years. Steph Wulz Vice President for Finance John Sejdinaj said the process of setting tuition for each year is just one dimension of the University’s annual budget plans, which are approved by the Board of Trustees. Jenkins, University Provost Thomas Burish and Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves set goals for the year ahead before beginning the budget creation process, Sejdinaj said.“We have tried to get guidelines in place about how we want to think about tuition … and other aspects of the budget,” Sejdinaj said. “It’s really tuition, financial aid, salaries [and] benefits that are the big drivers. And once we’ve done all those, we see what money is left for other priorities.”Sejdinaj said the budget committee takes into account the cost of similar “peer institutions” when determining tuition guidelines.“We don’t want to be too high, and we don’t want to be too low versus our peer groups,” he said. “So we’re always watching what our peers are doing and where we’re at. “In the last four years, we’ve been able to look at what we actually need to fund the needs of the University, and we’ve been able to keep it down.”Specific factors that affect the percent increase each year include compensation and benefits for all employees, “non-salary” components, such as utility costs or information technology services, and building and operational costs of new facilities, according to Sejdinaj. The expenses associated with these dimensions depend largely on inflation or other factors outside the University’s control.One behind-the-scenes group that works to streamline expenses is the Office of Continuous Improvement, which Sejdinaj said works across campus to control costs.“They look at how we can [streamline] our work flows and our processes to try to save people time, so we don’t have to hire additional employees and we can save hours just by adjusting how we do these processes,” he said. “We have the Office of Sustainability that works with buildings like the power plant … to save on our utility costs. “There are a lot of things at work. Yes, we’re doing tuition increases, but we’re also doing these other things and trying to hold down the costs.”Sejdinaj said in recent years, the budget committee has prioritized investment in financial aid. Available aid has increased at a higher rate than tuition costs, he said.“In fiscal year 2000, we were spending about 28 million on financial aid, and next year we are budgeting 120 million,” he said. “So tuition is going up, but the increase in financial aid is growing three times what tuition is growing.”Notre Dame’s financial aid endowment is relatively high compared to peer universities, and more than 60 percent of financial aid comes from this endowment, which is close to $1.5 billion. Having this money allotted for financial aid “takes a lot of pressure off tuition increase so the tuition can be used for bigger projects,” he said.“Financial aid will still continue to be a priority because we’d like to get that 60 percent up closer to 80 percent, so that even more [money] is coming from scholarship endowment and that puts less pressure on tuition,” he said. “From a University standpoint, we’ve got to work to keep tuition low, and we’ve got to work to increase financial aid.”Sejdinaj said the goal is “not to have anyone graduate with more than 10 percent of the cost of four years here in need-based loans.”It is impossible to determine exactly what is or is not funded specifically by tuition because that money is just one stream into the larger “pot” of the overall budget, he said.“It’s hard to divide the pots, because there’s tuition but we also budget the net income from our auxiliaries, so athletics, the various food services and so on,” he said. “It [goes into] one big pot of money, and then we divide it out.” The bottom line when approaching the budget model is to think about it in both percentages and actual dollar amounts, Sejdinaj said. “When we look at the budget model, we take the last five years or so and say ‘Okay, where are all the revenue sources? Well, if we increase tuition by this, and salaries go up by this, and inflation goes up by this and so on, how do we make a balance?’” he said. “You do a little back and forth … and you look at it as percentages to see what’s going to happen, and then you look at it in dollars, too, to see what the actual tuition is then. “It’s a matter of balance and looking at it from different perspectives.”Tags: Tuitionlast_img read more

Why you should second guess your financial adviser

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Trust is a huge issue when it comes to money, but few retirement savers take the time to look up records for their brokers and financial advisers before handing over their money.Well, they may want to start.Some 7 percent of advisers have been disciplined for misconduct, according to a working paper released this week by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Misconduct included selling clients investments that weren’t suitable or not consulting with them before making trades and other investment decisions.And contrary to what some investors might expect, rates of misconduct are much higher at some of the largest financial advisory firms. At Oppenheimer & Co., for instance, nearly 20 percent of advisers had been in trouble for misconduct. continue reading »last_img read more

The best tourist season in Papuk Nature Park, as much as 30% more tourists this year

first_imgPapuk, the most beautiful mountain in Slavonia, and “flat” Slavonia has a mountain, is a favorite resort of mountaineers, hikers and tourists, and the number of tourists is growing from year to year. One of the motives for coming is certainly the geological and biological diversity and rich cultural and historical heritage, as well as the fact that the Papuk Nature Park is the first Croatian geopark under UNESCO protection of exceptional geological importance.This is supported by the fact that the Papuk Nature Park at the end of the tourist year recorded a record growth of 31% more visitors compared to 2016. Comparing the statistics of previous years, from 5.685 visitors in 2016, at the end of 2017, a significant increase was made to 7.470 visitors.The strongest tourist asset of the Park is certainly the Jankovac Forest Park, which this year again attracts the largest number of visitors, of which the largest share is domestic guests and most of them are school excursions. The signing of cooperation agreements with the founders of primary and secondary schools in Požega-Slavonia and Virovitica-Podravina counties also contributed to the increase in the number of visitors. Papuka.These results include only organized groups, ie visitors who have paid a ticket to the Park, while the total number of visitors to the Papuk Nature Park is many times higher. It is estimated that there are about 150.000 visitors. “We are proud of the effort we invest in providing all visitors with the most comfortable and quality stay in untouched nature, all the beauties and benefits it provides us. We believe that our visitors will recognize the potential of Papuk Nature Park in the future, that together we will strengthen and grow, and accordingly continue to achieve a positive growth trend in the number of visitors.” pointed out Alen Jurenac, director of the Papuk Nature Park.As of this season, the tourist offer of the Papuk Nature Park has been enriched with the first Camp resting place in the region, which at the end of 2017 recorded 185 visits and 248 overnight stays. The structure of the camp guests is in favor of foreign guests, namely guests from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Camp Duboka is included in the list of 38 best small camps in Croatia as part of the OK Mini Camps project. “One of the factors in increasing the number of visitors is, among other things, the continuous work on improving the tourist infrastructure, which has resulted in an increase in interest and a larger number of visitors. This year, the guard service of the Papuk Nature Park has intensified its work on education and professional guidance so that all interested visitors have the best possible experience of the protected area. ” Gordana Kukić points out the main guardian of the Park.PP Papku points out that several projects co-financed by European funds are underway, of which the most significant is certainly the UNESCO Geopark Geo Story project. The purpose of this project is to contribute to the acceleration of socio – economic development of municipalities and cities in the Park, which will reflect on the overall development of Virovitica – Podravina and Požega – Slavonia counties and strengthen their development potential. “Papuk Nature Park has come of age this year, and it has been 10 years since Papuk became the first geopark in Croatia. Thanks to the fact that Papuk is the first Croatian Geopark and that it is part of the UNESCO world network of geoparks, it certainly attracts an increasing number of guests. In addition to the benefits of branding the space and bringing guests to Geopark Papuk, a special value is the networking of geoparks and defining joint projects. Thus, the Danube Geo Tour project is in the implementation phase, in which 8 geoparks of the Danube region from Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia are participating. In mid-January, we are preparing a new joint project with colleagues from geoparks, which is planned to be financed from EU funds – INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE ” said Goran Radonić, expert manager of the Papuk Nature Park.The project includes investment in several locations that are thematically linked into one whole. It is planned to build and equip the Geo – info center Voćin, adapt and equip the halls in the House of the Pannonian Sea in Velika, install elements of the Adrenaline Park Duboka, reconstruct the road Slatinski Drenovac – Jankovac – County Border and build, upgrade and equip a total of 6 lookouts. In addition, a visitor management study and capacity building related to visitor safety are planned.Related news: PP PAPUK IS GOING TO NEW INVESTMENTS WITH MONEY FROM EU FUNDSlast_img read more

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