View post tag: HMNB Portsmouth BAE Systems to Prepare HMNB Portsmouth for New Aircraft Carriers June 25, 2015 View post tag: BAe Systems BAE Systems has been awarded a £5.5M contract to install a new Vessel Traffic Management System to assist in the controlling and monitoring of all ship movements within Portsmouth Harbour and the Eastern Solent.The contract is the latest development in the partnering agreement between BAE Systems, the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence to modernise HM Naval Base Portsmouth and prepare for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth – the first of the four acre, 65,000 tonne aircraft carriers to be based in Portsmouth.Minister of State for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne said:A huge amount of investment is under way right across the Naval Base to get Portsmouth ready for the arrival of our HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier in early 2017, including refurbishing the base’s jetties to ease access for the ships and installing new power supplies. This new system, to help control and monitor ship movements within Portsmouth Harbour and the Eastern Solent, is an essential part of these upgrades.Making Portsmouth the home of our Queen Elizabeth Carriers, alongside with the existing Portsmouth flotilla, will sustain thousands of jobs, meaning these impressive ships will provide an enduring contribution to jobs and skills in the local economy.The new system installation, which is to be completed in early 2016, is designed to provide the Queen’s Harbour Master and the Vessel Traffic Service team with the situational awareness they require to control the vessels in their operational area. The system will integrate several different sensors, including four radars, an Automatic Identification System, 17 High Definition CCTV cameras, a high performance thermal camera, six metrological sensors and four hydrological sensors.[mappress mapid=”16327″]Image: BAE Systems View post tag: europe View post tag: News by topic View post tag: aircraft carriers Authorities View post tag: HMS Queen Elizabeth View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems to Prepare HMNB Portsmouth for New Aircraft Carriers View post tag: Navy Share this article
Open Date11/19/2018 Job TitleUniversity Collections/Perkins Specialist Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents Optional DocumentsResumeCover LetterOther DocumentOther Document 2Other Document 3Other Document 4 * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo This job has no supervisory responsibilities. Education and/or Experience Remove from Web State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Supervisory Responsibilities Quick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/4544 Other duties may be assigned.1. Compiles and sorts documents, such as invoices and checks, fromthird party servicers for collections.2. Process all Perkins loan payments. Verifies and posts fundsreceived and disbursed through journal entries and balance generalledger to third party servicer’s database ( UAS ).3. Maintain collection files: requesting and tracking payments, orplacing accounts with outside agency.4. Maintain Communications with Third-Party Servicers (i.e.resolving balance disputes and processing payments).5. Continually reviews and evaluates the effectives of thecollection agencies and determines when changes need tooccur.6. Ability to negotiate monthly payment arrangements and settlementoffers.7. Preparing monthly journal entries to the General Ledger.8. Coordinate with Student Accounts to monitor and transferstudents to the collection account.9. Verify Perkins loan awards and transmit new loans and advancesto the billing agency.10. Maintain and coordinate due diligence requirements for thePerkins loan program.11. Provide default management for Perkins loan borrowers byassigning to collections as required.12. Generate monthly summary reports for Perkins andcollections.13. Perform other related duties as may be assigned. Classification Title Posting Details Special Instructions to Applicants Nondiscrimination Statement Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Open Until Filled Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; or one ortwo years related experience and/or training; or equivalentcombination of education and experience.MATHEMATICAL SKILLS : Ability to add, subtract, multiply, anddivide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, commonfractions, and decimals. Posting NumberS653P Compiles, maintains, records, verifies and analyzes the collectionsaccount and Federal Perkins Program for the University. Essential Duties and Responsibilities * Are you a Christian?YesNo Other Knowledge Skills and Abilities Summary If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able toperform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Knowledge of Perkins Federal Aid Program, including Federalguidelines and regulations. Skill in the use of personal computers and related softwareapplications. A thorough knowledge of: Business English and arithmetic; generaloffice methods, procedures and practices. Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties ofthe position. Ability to gather data, compile information, and preparereports. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability towork effectively with a diverse faculty, staff and studentbody. Strong organizational skills and detail oriented. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Excellent telephone courtesy, knowledge and experience. Knowledge of general accounting principles. Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems andprocedures. Ability to resolve customer complaints and concerns.
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is recruiting 100 outstandingacademics in emerging fields with potential for scientific andscholarly breakthroughs—above and beyond our existing recruitmentprogramme—to join HKU as assistant, associate, or full professors,on tenure-track or with direct tenure ( https://www.prof-scholars.hku.hk/).To achieve strategic cluster recruitment, the Institute of DataScience (HKU-IDS) invites applications for multiple positions inthe general area of machine learning, data science, and artificialintelligence. We welcome outstanding candidates from diversedisciplines in computer science, statistics, optimization, appliedmathematics and other related areas to apply. Each successfulcandidate will be jointly appointed between HKU-IDS and theacademic department at HKU best aligned with the candidate’swork.This is a broad search open to all areas of data science includingbut not limited to databases and systems, fundamental machinelearning, interface between optimization and machine learning,natural language processing, visions and robotics, Bayesianlearning, causal inference, and decision making underuncertainty.We are seeking dedicated and creative scholars to help build up ournewly established Institute of Data Science through active researchand strong commitment to teaching and mentoring of students.To apply online, please complete applications with a cover letter,curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, 2 or 3most significant research publications, and contact information forat least three references ( https://www.prof-scholars.hku.hk/apply-now). Review of applications is ongoing and the search will continueuntil the positions are filled.Advertised: Nov 6, 2020 (HK Time)Applications close:
Cambridge’s Jesus College has confirmed that a statue known as Benin Bronze, which previously held a place of pride in the college’s dining hall, will be taken down following students’ protests that repatriatiation of the statue was the moral course of action.Though the college’s decision has been met with criticism by academics and others, a spokeperson said, “Jesus College acknowledges the contribution made by students in raising the important but complex question of the rightful location of its Benin Bronze, in response to which it has permanently removed the Okukor from its Hall.“The College commits to work actively with the wider University and to commit resources to new initiatives with Nigerian heritage and museum authorities to discuss and determine the best future for the Okukor, including the question of repatriation.The College strongly endorses the inclusion of students from all relevant communities in such discussion.”The move follows activist efforts by some students. In February, Jesus’s Student Union Committee proposed a motion which argued that repatriation would be “both intrinsically and instrumentally good”.But the college’s reaction has also been seen negatively. Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, has said, “Students always look for things to protest about and at present universities seem to be making the mistake of taking these protests too seriously.“We can’t be in the business of trying to re-write history. How a cockerel can make some students feel bad amazes me. It’s something that they are projecting on to it, not something that it signifies in itself.”Jesus College’s removal of the statue coincides with Harvard Law School’s recent decision to change its crest to remove references to Isaac Royall, Jr., an especially vicious slaveowner and a march just yesterday by Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford.
View of the beach south of 50th Street at low tide on Jan. 22. The stretch will be part of a beach replenishment project scheduled to begin May 1 in Ocean City, NJ.Ocean City officials met Thursday morning with representatives from the company that will rebuild eroded beaches at the southern end of the island and learned more about the timeline for a massive project that will stretch into the summer tourist season.The date for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company to start pumping new sand onto Ocean City beaches remains May 1, according to Ocean City Business Administrator Jim Mallon. Staging work to set up a dredge off the coast of Ocean City and lay a pipeline to the beach will begin in April.A first pipeline will land on the beach in the area of 41st Street in Ocean City, and work will proceed northward from there to 36th Street. When that is complete, work will progress southward from 41st Street to 49th Street.A second pipeline will then be directed to the beach at 55th Street, and work will move from there to 49th Street. Work will end with a southward push from 55th Street to 59th Street. (Corson’s Inlet State Park will not be part of the project.)Mallon said about 1,000 feet of beach (approximately two blocks) of beach will be closed at any given time — with work proceeding at an estimated 200 feet per day.The company hopes to finish pumping by Aug. 12 and to complete dune construction by Aug. 20. Dune grass will be planted in November._____Sign up for free daily news updates from Ocean City._____The information came from a preconstruction meeting Jan. 22 with the federal Army Corps of Engineers, state Department of Environmental Protection and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock. Mallon shared information on the project Thursday afternoon during the annual Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Forecast event at the Flanders Hotel.Great Lakes was awarded a $57.6 million contract to pump sand from an offshore borrow area to replenish beaches between 34th and 59th streets in Ocean City and across the length of Strathmere and Sea Isle City, where a second dredge will being pumping about a month earlier.Real estate professionals, property owners and city officials are working to minimize the impact of the beach closings on the summer vacation season.Mayor Jay Gillian said the city is working to arrange trolley service to help residents and visitors get to the beach this summer in sections where work is ongoing.The city and Realtors are looking at other ways to communicate information about the project and cater to visitors during the project.Read more:Ocean City South End Beach Project to Start in May50 Years of Sand on the Way to Ocean City’s South End__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook
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Leslie and Abigail Wexner, founding and sustaining donors of the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard’s Kennedy School, announced today an additional gift of $3 million to the center. Their gift, an extension of the couple’s longtime commitment to inspiring, preparing, and connecting tomorrow’s global leaders, brings the Wexners’ total commitment to the center and HKS to more than $42 million.Les Wexner built Limited Brands and now serves as chairman and CEO. He and his wife, Abigail, an attorney, are among the nation’s leading philanthropists. Les Wexner’s alma mater, The Ohio State University, recently named its entire medical complex in his honor. Both Wexners are deeply engaged in numerous community activities in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. In addition, they serve as cochairs of The Wexner Foundation, which promotes the vitality of Jewish communities throughout North America and is highly supportive of Israel.The Wexners’ engagement with the Kennedy School began in 1989, when the foundation established the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program. This initiative has enabled more than 200 Israeli public leaders to come to the Kennedy School in pursuit of a midcareer master’s degree.In August 2000, a gift from the Wexners launched the Center for Public Leadership, reflecting a longtime interest in leadership and history by Les Wexner. Since then, their ongoing counsel and generosity, underwriting core operating expenses, have enabled the center to become recognized as one of the top university-based leadership institutes in North America. CPL serves a growing number of young, aspiring leaders at the Kennedy School and beyond through scholarships, workshops, field trips, and conversations with visiting leaders. Read Full Story
The governing body of international soccer is on increasingly shaky turf.An ethics committee on Monday barred longtime FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter and Michel Platini, president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), from the sport for eight years for ethics violations in connection with a $2 million payment that Blatter made to Platini in 2011.Blatter, who headed FIFA for nearly 18 years, insisted the money was for consulting work Platini did for him between 1999 and 2002. But the committee found “no legal basis” for the payout and ruled the pair guilty of a conflict of interest. Blatter was fined 50,000 Swiss francs (about $50,600); Platini was fined 80,000 Swiss francs.At a news conference, Blatter, 79, denied any wrongdoing. His adviser told reporters that Blatter would appeal the suspension. Platini, 60, once widely seen as a likely successor after Blatter retires in February, also intends to appeal.The sanctions are just the latest in a string of high-profile embarrassments for FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) that began last May when the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives associated with the organization on 47 counts including racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering for their alleged roles in a 24-year corruption scheme. In September, Swiss authorities launched a criminal investigation into a sweetheart contract that Blatter signed and the $2 million payment to Platini. Earlier this month, U.S. officials indicted 16 more FIFA officials on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, and corruption, for a total of 41 people and entities charged thus far by the DOJ. Of those, 12 people and two companies have already been convicted.Matt Andrews is an associate professor of public policy at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. He also co-leads Sports Complexity and Governance Indicators, a collaborative research project with the International Centre for Sport Security that studies governance and economic factors that influence the development of sports industries around the world, particularly soccer, known outside the United States as football. Andrews spoke with the Gazette about FIFA’s ongoing troubles and what it will take to clean up the organization overseeing the world’s most popular sport.GAZETTE: How significant is it that football’s two top executives have been banned from the sport?ANDREWS: It’s obviously significant, but at the same time I don’t think it’s the end of the story. I have heard lots of people praising the decisions to ban these gentlemen by referring to the saying, “The fish rots from its head.” Physiologically, however, the saying is incorrect. The fish rots from the gut. Our argument is that is exactly the problem with football. The game itself is in trouble. Probably 60 percent of the national associations across the world are bankrupt, engaging in a patronage network in which one finds many other worrying challenges, including corruption and money laundering and human trafficking. Many players also earn wages below the poverty line in clubs across the globe. These are the bigger issues that require attention, beyond banning two personalities.As far as FIFA is concerned, there’s no way that Blatter and Platini could maintain their positions. There are too many problems and allegations for some not to be true or for the sport to be able to proceed without real action. But we should remember that Blatter got his position when his predecessor had the same kind of departure. The risk is that people pay too much attention to replacing these men, and they don’t pay enough attention to cleaning up the sport and making it viable in the future.GAZETTE: Were you surprised at the ethics committee’s ruling?ANDREWS: No. I think that both men seemed to have made mistakes in respect of the specific incidents for which they were charged. As soon as the committee actually made the charges, you knew that both of them were in trouble. The fact that the committee moved on this was a bigger issue because Blatter and Platini seemed to be quite bulletproof before the allegations were made. What I find interesting is that this transaction between the two men from years ago was revived for attention, which makes me think that somebody on the inside told somebody something to move these guys aside. It’s often the case with these big scandals.GAZETTE: Does banning Blatter and Platini significantly clean up FIFA? What reforms can or should be instituted to sanitize the game?ANDREWS: There is certainly an argument that if you get rid of people at the top — if that’s where the corruption is — then it helps you. But I think the corruption is throughout the organization, and indeed the sport. If you look at the list of people who are standing in the wings waiting to come up, these are all people who have long histories of working in and around FIFA, and there is no way they can be seen as immune from the mistakes of the past. It doesn’t really seem to me that it’s going to clean anything up by changing one or two personalities at the top.FIFA is essentially meant to be an association that represents other associations. But it has really become a big private-sector organization that makes $1.5 billion a year and does not pay taxes. There are some huge conflicts of interests that emerge in making this money. The time has come to separate the business side of the organization from the sports representation side. And it is time to have more transparent and formalized ways in which money is raised and contracts and events are awarded, and in which members determine how the money gets spent, so that it doesn’t get determined by a few individuals at the top. A whole lot more accountability and transparency is required.Football itself could also do with more transparency. Most of the regional confederations and over half of the 209 national associations don’t publish annual financial reports, for instance. There’s just a huge amount of opacity in the sport. I think that’s where they should begin to make improvements: Get the confederations to publish their financial statements, support players’ unions in holding these bodies accountable, and ensure we can all see what the money flows look like. This is anti-corruption 101.GAZETTE: FIFA’s been accused of having a culture of patronage for many years. Why only now has there been an effort to meaningfully confront it? Was having a relative outsider like the U.S. Department of Justice the necessary catalyst?ANDREWS: Absolutely. It may have been corrupt for a long time, but it’s only been making money for about a generation now. If you go back and have a look at our research, even in the 1980s, the 1990s, the World Cup wasn’t a huge moneymaker. The money in sports is new, within the last generation, so it’s taken people a bit of time to catch up to it and realize the problems that go with newfound wealth. I do think, though, that it took the U.S., it took the DOJ, to move on this. FIFA is based in Switzerland, and the Swiss are constrained in tackling these nonprofit organizations. Along with FIFA, they have the International Olympic Committee (IOC) — basically, every sporting body is sitting in Switzerland — and as soon as you start tackling issues in one or them, maybe you spook them all. FIFA also reserves the right to essentially ban countries and teams if they go against FIFA, so it’s going to be very interesting to see down the line what they do to the United States.On previous occasions when countries have taken steps against FIFA or against national associations to say, for instance, that they didn’t pay their taxes or manage transfers correctly, FIFA has banned their national teams from international competition and said that it’s a global football issue rather than a national legal issue. So I think you needed a country that’s not completely in love with football (and willing to risk FIFA’s ire). With the U.S., there’s enough objectivity in the country where people are willing to take that step. But we need to remember the U.S. did not press against Blatter and against Platini. The cases that have been brought by the Department of Justice have actually not had anything to do with soccer, per se. They’ve had to do with money laundering and corruption using the U.S. financial system. I honestly think you really did need the U.S. to go forward with those cases. It probably is the only country in the world that is in a position to take those kinds of steps right now. Because for all the other countries, losing soccer would be a huge issue for them, but I think it’s a risk that could be taken here.GAZETTE: Is there something endemic to major sporting bodies like FIFA, the IOC, or the NFL that encourages ethical lapses and/or corruption, or is it just because sports businesses are so rich and high-profile that we hear more often about these incidents?ANDREWS: I think it’s a bit of both. I like to think of sports as a part of the entertainment sector. There is something about this kind of sector that is scandalous, and people love to read about scandal. But there’s also something about the industry being a little bit above the law. As with the entertainment industry, there is a lot going on that makes it vulnerable to wrongdoing as well. The money flows in in many different ways; you have a lot of people who are trying to make a quick buck; their careers are very short; there’s huge amounts of people around these players and these officials trying to make money; and I think there’s a bit of a culture of impunity that you find. It definitely is part of sport, unfortunately. And that’s what we’re looking at and trying to understand in our work — the culture behind this kind of sector.GAZETTE: What role or responsibilities do local and national governments, clubs, and other organizations have in managing sports industries?ANDREWS: It’s a very interesting question. Local and national governments have given football clubs and bodies a free ride for a long time. The clubs are part of their communities, and sometimes one feels that governments turn a blind eye to their behavior because of this. If you were just to apply some of the labor laws to football, for instance, you would find real cause for change; if you were to apply some of the common laws about financial transparency and financial reporting and tax compliance, you would also find clubs and organizations in trouble. Two of the biggest clubs in the world are Barcelona and Real Madrid. Both of those clubs are tax-exempt organizations just like FIFA. It’s quite incredible. They both have enjoyed significant support from governments, and both get to pay tens of millions for players, but they do not pay taxes even while Spain’s governments struggle under financial austerity.One of the challenges for national and local governments is to treat these clubs more like other businesses, which means being selective as to when you support them, and making sure that when you support them, that they are generating the kind of social and economic value that you expect. I have no problem with local governments or national governments subsidizing a football club in the same way that they might subsidize a business that employs people. But when you are subsidizing them and then they are not paying taxes and they are not necessarily putting the money back into your community, I think that’s a big problem. Some of the laws we use to regulate the economy generally should be used more aggressively to regulate the organizations in this sector. Regulate them as if they are private organizations, including FIFA.Beyond FIFA, however, one needs to ask tough questions about the future of football. There are 4,000 to 6,000 professional clubs globally. It’s very questionable as to whether the economics of football will allow them all to survive. Perhaps we will see some elite leagues dominating everyone else in the future, and most clubs reverting to amateur status as they were a generation ago. I think this is the way football is going, and it poses big questions for governments, clubs, and leagues. Until these questions are answered, I fear the unstructured nature of global football will continue to create opportunities for people to do things that we really don’t want them to be doing, kind of like the Wild West was before it was tamed.This interview was lightly edited for clarity and length.
Notre Dame alumnus Tim Roemer spoke Wednesday about the advances in technology that have transformed interaction and communication between the United States and India. Roemer, a Notre Dame alumnus, former U.S. Congressman [D-IN-3] and former Ambassador to India, spoke on the nature and importance of the United States’ interactions with India. The lecture, titled “Twitter, Buffett, and Darwin: India and the United States Relationship,” was the second installment of the Distinguished Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. As India’s economy develops and its middle class grows and becomes more and more successful, Roemer said the country is becoming one of the biggest markets in the region for innovative technology. India also is home to a large number of English speakers and maintains a good relationship with the U.S, Roemer said. The region as a whole has an emerging middle class that is bigger than the entire U.S. population, he said. To illustrate the opportunities technology provides to that middle class, Roemer showed a photograph of a woman wearing traditional dress, carrying a metal pot on her head and talking on a cell phone, which he said would have cost $15. The woman, Roemer said, along with a hundred others, was transporting dirt from a construction site. “She is a small-business owner,” Roemer said. “She’s on this phone while she’s working at this job, and she is calling, as a small-business owner who grows flowers – she on that phone is hiring two new people because she just got a text from Twitter that the price of flowers has gone down, and she can afford two new employees. … That phone is life-changing for that woman, as a business owner.” Roemer said the elevation of millions of people from poverty to the middle class has impacted hugely both business and trade. If India’s economy continues to grow – which, he said, is not guaranteed – multinational firms are going to shift their focus to Asian markets. “If you are an international business and you want to succeed in the next 30 or 40 years, are you going to keep selling in the U.S. and EU and depend on 50, 60, 70 percent of your sales there, or are you going to expand into those markets right there?” Roemer said. “That’s this middle-class migration that is absolutely essential for the U.S. to get a hold of, to understand, and to entice our manufacturing companies to create jobs here . . . there is a real incentive, given these trends, to do more and more manufacturing in the U.S. and export these products into these new middle-class markets so you can see the resurgence of American products in the U.S.” Roemer said that the development maintenance of a good relationship between the U.S. and India, especially India’s rising middle class, is crucial. He said the past three U.S. presidents have cooperated closely with India regarding national security as well as trade. The governments of both nations recently have “supported generally a health U.S.-India relationship,” he said. Despite problems like border disputes with Pakistan, inflation, and rising food prices, trade between the two countries is increasing, Roemer said. Roemer outlined three models for companies to emulate in order to take advantage of this relationship. First, he said the “Warren Buffett Model,” is best exemplified by General Electric [GE]. GE CEO Jeffery Immelt often holds board meetings in India to expose members to the country, culture, and market, he said. “Immelt has been very, very smart about teaching his company and getting some of his best leadership to go to some of these places,” Roemer said. “If you want to run the company and you haven’t had one of those tough assignments, … if you have run the company, and you’ve been president of India, of Nigeria, of Indonesia, you really are going to see where the future of GE is.” Second, Roemer said the “Winston Churchill Model,” is best exemplified by Starbucks. CEO Howard Schultz tried to enter India in 2005 but was not successful, he said. In 2010, however, Starbucks returned. But, the company made several fundamental changes, such as partnering with Indian companies and using domestic products. “He figured it out, and that is the Churchill Model – try it, don’t ever give up, come back again and again,” Roemer said. “That’s Churchill’s great commencement speech – never ever, ever, ever, ever give up. Schultz did not, and I think he’s onto the right thing now, and I think he’s going to succeed in India. Third, the “Darwin Model,” is an “evolutionary model” best exemplified by IKEA, he said. When it entered the Chinese market, Roemer said Ikea changed almost everything about how it presented its products, from its value proposition to its promotions to where it manufactured its products. “You have a completely different model for almost every value network and category from Europe to China. IKEA is just going into India now, and it will be a hybrid of these two approaches,” Roemer said. “It will change again.” The U.S.-India relationship is positive now, Roemer said. This relationship will remain important because India is civically engaged, religiously diverse, and respects the rule of law, he said. “That potential influence in the entire region as India grows in confidence, as India grows in influence, as India grows in articulating its foreign policy and working with other countries is absolutely and potentially profound in the future,” Roemer said. “I’m betting that future presidents are going to see this, see the economic and religious and political advantage and continue to make this one of the most important relationships in the world.” Contact Emily McConville at [email protected]
The Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture (NDCAC) will be hosting a celebratory event for El Dia de Los Muertos on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. in the NDCAC building in South Bend.El Dia de Los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday held to remember and honor deceased loved ones, taking place during the first few days of November.“The celebration is a great way to celebrate being part of the larger South Bend community and for many to learn about Dia de los Muertos,” Alex Schaufele, the art coordinator for the Crossroads Gallery at the NDCAC, said.Schaufele said the celebration will include performances by campus groups, including Ballet Folklorico Azul y Oro and Mariachi ND. Taqueria Chicago also will provide free food for those with a student ID, and traditional Pan de Muerto and hot chocolate will be available for all attendees.The event will also feature an exhibition of altars created by 20 community members or groups to honor the lives of the deceased. Schaufele said the NDCAC wanted the altars at the celebration because of the sense of community and celebration of life they represent.“In years past there was just one altar and it was built by an invited artist,” Schaufele said. “Through bringing multiple groups and individuals together the exhibition has helped to create a new relationship within the community. Instead of one person being honored, we have twenty different ofrendas this year.”Schaufele said a bus doing a continuous, round-trip shuttle service will transport students from McKenna Hall to the NDCAC for free starting 15 minutes before the celebration.Idalia Maldonado, the events coordinator for the Institute for Latino Studies, which is co-hosting the event, said El Dia de los Muertos shows deceased family and friends that they’re still remembered and recognized.“Unlike Halloween, the actual tradition itself is really more of a recognition that these people at one time lived,” Maldonado said. “It’s not a celebration that they’re gone and that they’re dead but it’s in remembrance that they once lived here and they’re not forgotten.”Maldonado said in accordance with the holiday, student altars displayed at McKenna Hall were dedicated on Wednesday to those that died in Puerto Rico and Mexico City from recent natural disasters while another more traditional altar was dedicated to loved ones who have passed.“This will be the fifth year that a group of students have come in and built their own altars,” Maldonado said. “They dedicate it from year to year to different entities or different groups and this year they’re going traditional.”Junior Leslie Vergara, president of Notre Dame’s Ballet Folklorico Azul y Oro group, said the group will be dancing to “La Bruja,” a solemn piece from Veracruz, Mexico, and “El Buey” from Nayarit, Mexico, an upbeat song intended to evoke the happiness of the remembrance that takes place on El Dia de Los Muertos.“The wardrobe for this region calls for vibrant colors,” Vergara said. “This adaptation, though not traditonal, helps convey the message that this is a celebration.”Vergara said performing for Dia de los Muertos is a reminder of the traditions within her family.“When I lived in Mexico, I recall going to my great-grandmother’s house and seeing the altar she had put together for our loved ones that had passed away,” Vergara said. “Now that I live in the U.S., this is my way of keeping my culture alive and remembering all my loved ones that have passed away.”Tags: Ballet Folklorico Azul y Oro, El Día de Los Muertos, Institute for Latino Studies, NDCAC