Student body presidential candidates: Neil Joseph and Noemi Ventilla

first_imgWho are they: Neil Joseph, the presidential candidate, is a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, living in Stanford Hall. He studies political science and economics with a minor in Middle Eastern studies. Currently, Joseph serves as treasurer of the sophomore class and sits on the financial management board, which oversees spending for all campus clubs and student organizations.Noemi Ventilla hails from New York City and resides in Pasquerilla East Hall. The sophomore majors in political science and peace studies and serves as the current sophomore class president.Michael Yu I The Observer First priority: Continuing conversations with students, administrators and faculty. “If we were elected, from Wednesday until April 1 we would continue to meet with students directly because we realize that’s the best way to get good ideas and see what students want and need from student government,” Joseph said. Top priority: Joesph/Ventilla said their biggest overall goal would be ensuring that students have a say in big University  decisions in the future. They hope to establish communciation lines that will last beyond a single year and include more student voices in conversations about topics from Campus Crossroads to the P.E. program. Best idea: As sophomores, Joseph and Ventilla said they would leverage the two years they have left on campus to leave a long-term impact. Ventilla said she believes past administrations would have benefitted from the chance to serve two terms or at least remain on campus after the first term to accomplish long-term goals. After the 2015-16 term, they said they would consider either running for re-election or providing consultation to the next administration. Worst idea: When asked about plans for big issues facing campus such as sexual assault or diversity and inclusion, Joseph/Ventilla repeatedly brought up the new P.E. program as an opportunity to address these concerns in a classroom setting. While it’s true that the new structure of P.E. provides an opporunity to broaden the scope of required sexual assault prevention education for students, that alone cannot suffice as a plan to deal with the broader question of how to prevent and respond to incidents on campus.Most feasible: Joseph/Ventilla’s suggestions for improving the quad markets that began this year are specific and relatively simple. They would like to give student vendors a chance to sell items alongside the South Bend representatives, and their suggestion to use the markets as an opportunity for networking and engagement with South Bend businesses seems like a good step toward improving relations between Notre Dame and the community beyond.Least feasible: The pair admitted they “have heard from the administration that it’s not feasible” to change the dining hall setup, and yet they emphasized it as a major part of their platform. Adding take-out boxes to carry out dining hall food would be detrimental to the communal meal-sharing experience that is a hallmark of life on campus. Furthermore, the suggestion that leftover meal swipes be transformed into flex points seems highly unlikely. Notable quote: “Although we both come from a programming background, we have both been on the administrative and policy side of things too. That really informed our decision to run, because as much as we love the programming side, the changes we wanted to see and do were only possible on the policy side.” — VentillaFun facts: Joseph has visited the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Ventilla was born in Hungary before she moved to New York City as a child. Bottom line: Joseph and Ventilla have worked closely together on two class councils, and they make a very charismatic and compelling team. However, their proposals seem largely shortsighted and fail to take into account the bigger cultural and social issues that  students have come to expect action on. They have a keen sense of the potential for change on campus in the coming year but do not seem to have fully developed their big picture plans.last_img read more

MLBPA calls out ‘blatant lack of respect’ MLB shows with ‘championship belt’

first_imgMLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark called out a “blatant lack of respect” MLB shows with its awarding of an informal “championship belt” to the team that does the best to keep salaries low during arbitration.Clark’s statement came in response to The Athletic’s report Friday that revealed MLB hands out the toy belt during a private meeting each year. “That clubs make sport of trying to suppress salaries in a process designed to produce fair settlements shows a blatant lack of respect for our players, the game and the arbitration process itself,” Clark said in a statement. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNThe Athletic released a report, citing multiple sources, earlier in the day, revealing details behind the belt awarded to the team that did the most to “achieve the goals set by the industry.”The report indicates delegates from​ every​ MLB​ team meet at the end of each season for about three hours to set recommendations for teams to use in negotiations with their players. At the end of the meeting, there’s a presentation of a “replica championship belt.”MLB acknowledged the existence of the belt in a statement to The Athletic, describing it as “an informal recognition of those club’s salary arbitration departments that did the best.” Arbitration allows players to ask for a certain amount of money to be paid out for one year, which the team generally counters with a lower offer. If the two sides can’t reach an agreement, the case will go to trial where an independent party determines a winner. Players are eligible for arbitration after three years of service time. Then, after three years of arbitration, players can enter free agency.”The Association has worked with thousands of players through the salary arbitration process,” Rick Shapiro, the union’s senior adviser to Clark, told The Athletic. “All I will tell you is that players respect the process and take the process very seriously — and rightfully so.”USA Today notes that 32 players have gone to arbitration over the past two winters with 18 of those players winning their cases.last_img read more

17 new local COVID-19 cases

first_imgHancock57574 Cerro Gordo4354 Kossuth Worth1024.4 Floyd942 Winnebago Worth413 Butler81 Franklin Winnebago2543.1 Mitchell41461.2 Cerro Gordo10323.7 Area Total8131055.2 July Total661 Floyd6670.2 Franklin7051.9 Winnebago582 Worth Mitchell67 Hancock2 Floyd2 Wright347183.4 Deaths Hancock771 Cerro Gordo12 Wright4161 Wright1 Total % Recovered RecoveredNew Recovered Area Total19 Franklin1353 Kossuth681 Mitchell Kossuth3044.1 Area Total147217 Butler2 Butler6479 DES MOINES — 17 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in our listening area.In the 24-hour period leading up to 11 o’clock this morning, four new cases were reported in Cerro Gordo County; three each in Franklin and Worth; two each in Floyd and Winnebago; and single cases in Hancock, Kossuth, and Wright. That brings the area’s total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic started to 1472. 661 of those cases, or 45%, have been reported in the month of July.One local long-term care center continues to report a COVID-19 outbreak. Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City reports the number of positive cases they’ve had is now up to 106, with 21 having recovered.Ten more local cases have been reported as recovered — five in Hancock, four in Mitchell and one in Wright — for a total of 813, or 55%. No new area deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, with the total remaining at 19.Looking at the statewide numbers, 353 new cases were reported for a total of 38,917; one more death had been recorded to bring the death toll to 793; the number of people recovered now stands at 27,972, or just under 72%. Confirmed CasesNew Caseslast_img read more

Billboard to Launch Country Music MiniMagazine

first_imgFor now, the publication—with a distribution of 30,000—is a “launch” product, with no editorial calendar, but Billboard senior marketing director Lila Gerson says the magazine is in talks to produce more in other genres.“Country music is extremely important to the Billboard brand, so we were excited to partner with ‘stache Media on this mini-magazine because it is focused on country music and is a natural extension of Billboard’s coverage of this genre such as Billboard’s country charts and The 615 blog,” says Gerson.Under the terms of the partnership, Billboard provides the content and “brand power,” while ‘stach—which, according to Gerson, approached Billboard for the initiative—produces and distributes the magazine, works closely with Target, secures the music for the CD through its relationships with the record labels involved and promotes the product through TV and online advertising as well as social media. The mini-mag aims to have collectible appeal, as it offers two different covers, respectively featuring country music artists Jason Aldean and The Zac Brown Band. Billboard is set to launch a country music “mini-magazine” in partnership with ‘stache Media, a marketing agency specialized in music. The 48-page issue, packaged with a sampler CD, will be sold exclusively through Target—in the music section of the store and on its website—with a cover price of $4.99, beginning December 27.center_img Other magazines to partner with ‘stache include music titles SPIN, Alternative Press and Revolver.last_img read more

Los Del Río To Ilan Chester Latin Recording Academy Special Awards

first_img Email Meet The Latin Academy Special Awards Honorees los-del-r%C3%ADo-ilan-chester-latin-recording-academy-special-awards News Facebook Twitter Los Del Río To Ilan Chester: Latin Recording Academy Special Awards Lucecita Benítez, João Bosco, Cuco Valoy, and Lalo Schifrin also among group to receive special honorsRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 13, 2017 – 4:10 pm Each year the Latin Recording Academy honors esteemed Latin music makers with their Special Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Trustees Award. On Sept. 13, The Latin Academy announced this year’s class of Special Awards recipients.Lucecita Benítez, João Bosco, Ilan Chester, Víctor Heredia, Los Del Río (Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones), Guadalupe Pineda, and Cuco Valoy will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Jon Fausty and Lalo Schifrin will receive the Trustees Award.Benítez began her career as a young Puerto Rican star of Nueva Ola pop, and later grew in international recognition for her contributions to the nueva trova movement and her classic boleros. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Bosco is an essential part of the música popular Brasileira movement in Brazil in the 1960s and ’70s. A Latin GRAMMY-winning musician, Chester is a pioneering Venezuelan singer, keyboardist, arranger, and composer.Argentine singer/songwriter Heredia is arguably best known for his symphonic work about Taki Ongoy, a movement against the Spanish conquest in South America. Los Del Río — comprising Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones — made their mark on Latin music with the smash crossover 1990s hit, “Macarena.” Mexican singer Pineda, aka the Queen of Bolero, has released more than 30 albums in her career. A Dominican salsa, son montuno and merengue artist, Valoy is arguably best-known for his song “Juliana.”A Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winner, Fausty is a sought-after engineer and mixer who has worked with artists such as Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, Tito Puente, and Eddie Palmieri. Also a Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winner, Argentine pianist/composer/arranger/conductor Schifrin is instantly recognizable through his popular themes, including the “Mission—Impossible” theme (GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 2017) and Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry films.Lifetime Achievement Award for performers who have made unprecedented contributions of outstanding artistic significance to Latin music and the Latin community, and the Trustees Award for individuals who have made significant contributions, other than performance, to Latin music during their careers.”Our 2017 class represents a wide-range of artists that together have contributed to shape Latin music’s iconic rhythms and lyrics throughout history,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., Latin Recording Academy President/CEO. “Each honoree is an inspiration to our culture and community as well as a muse for new and contemporary work.”The Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Award honorees will be celebrated during a private ceremony held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas on Nov. 15 as part of the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Week. This ceremony will be followed by the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, which will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 16, from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT on Univision.Nominations for the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards will be announced Sept. 20.Read More About The Latin Recording Academy HonoreesRead morelast_img read more

CyHi The Prynce Gives The Scoop Behind No Dope On Sundays

first_img Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 6, 2017 – 2:37 pm CyHi The Prynce: Writing With Kanye West News CyHi The Prynce Talks Music, Mentors, And Ministry cyhi-prynce-gives-scoop-behind-no-dope-sundays Email CyHi The Prynce Gives The Scoop Behind ‘No Dope On Sundays’ Twitter The GRAMMY-nominated rapper reveals the inspiration behind the creative decisions for his debut albumBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2017 – 5:40 pm GRAMMY-nominated rapper CyHi The Prynce has built a career out of working with some of the biggest names in hip-hop. With nine mixtapes under his belt, and countless featured appearances alongside artists such as Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Kid Cudi, and Common, among others, CyHi The Prynce — aka Cydel Young — will drop his debut LP, No Dope On Sundays, on Nov. 17. “I didn’t want to rap about where I am now in life,” Young explained to Billboard regarding his songwriting process for No Dope On Sundays. “I wanted to take fans to the beginning of who I am.”That sentiment also informed his decision to heavily feature fellow rapper ScHoolboy Q on the album’s lead single, “Movin’ Around.””[ScHoolboy Q] is one of the first genuine people that I met in hip-hop, him and Kendrick Lamar,” Young points out. “[He] felt like someone that I hung with [growing up].”Young also spoke to Billboard at length about his approach to handling the dichotomy between his strict religious upbringing and deeply held faith and the realities of street culture and the trap music scene.”I have to tell my mom and dad, ‘Don’t blow my cover. I am undercover for the Lord,'” he said. “We talk about new suggestions for a better way of life. …They don’t realize it because I am sitting with the pistols everywhere, I am in there in the trap house with them. But it’s like they have a different type of conversation with me.”Young also touched briefly on the legendary artists who helped him get his start — Beyoncé is credited as the person who convinced Kanye West that she should first sign Young to G.O.O.D. Music back in 2010.”I believe Jay-Z is the poster child for what every young black man who came from the struggle went through,” he said. On the subject of West, Young lauded the Chicago legend’s devotion to the creative process. “He keeps me so close [because of] the brainstorming of our projects … Kanye West and I hear something we like, and we sit down and have a three-hour meeting about it.”Why Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” Stands Tall: For The Recordlast_img read more

British Airways passenger discovers dried vomit on seat cabin crew refuses to

first_img(Representational image)Reuters FileAir travel always comes with its own share of difficulties and airlines strive to make lives easier for the passengers. However, this particular British Airways passenger was disgusted beyond measures when he found a massive vomit stain on his seat’s leg rest on his flight from London to Seattle.Dave Gildea recounted his experience to Sun Online saying that he was two hours into the flight when he noticed the dried up vomit. He had gotten himself an upgrade to business class and was getting ready to take a nap and pop up the footrest. There was a big patch of dried up vomit and on further investigation, Dave found vomit on the walls near the foot rest too. Twitter/@thecloudrangerTo make matters worse, the cabin crew refused to cooperate with Dave when he brought up the complaint with them. They did not change his seat nor did they give him a blanket to cover up the stain.”I went to the cabin crew and the attendant’s first response was ‘Was this here when you boarded?’ but it was clear it was dried in. He didn’t offer a seat change or an apology, so I asked for a blanket to cover it up so I could put my feet down,” Dave said.He was forced to sleep in the vomit for 10 hours and the cabin crew did not give him an apology too.”Of course as I slept, I moved around on the blanket so I woke up with dried vomit on my feet. ‘It was pretty disgusting. With the price I paid for the ticket, I was shocked,” Dave said.Two weeks after the incident, British Airways hasn’t given any answer and informed him that they were looking into the incident.A British Airways spokesperson said, “We pride ourselves on delivering a high standard of service and an enjoyable experience on board our flights, and we are sorry that on this occasion this fell short of our customers’ expectations.”We are investigating and are in contact with the customer to apologise and resolve this matter.”last_img read more

HC scraps Niko deals orders to confiscate its properties

first_imgnonameThe High Court on Thursday scrapped the decade-old joint venture of BAPEX and Canadian company Niko to explore gas in Bangladesh.A High Court bench comprised of justice Naima Haider and justice Abu Taher M Saifur Rahman passed the order in the morning.The bench also scrapped the deal between Petrobangla and Niko for supply, sale and purchase of the extracted gas.Saying that the two deals were signed through corruption, the court ordered that no payment should be made to Niko as long as the Canadian company gives compensation for two blowouts at Tengratila Gas Field in Chhatak of Sunamganj and the case regarding the compensation payment is not disposed of.The court also ordered that all the properties of Niko Canada and Niko Bangladesh under the two deals should go under the custody of Bangladesh government.Besides, whatever properties Niko has in Block-9 will be confiscated and thus go under the custody of Bangladesh.last_img read more