89 foreigners arrested at Thai bar flouting COVID-19 rules

first_imgBANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand say they have arrested 89 foreigners for violating coronavirus regulations at a party organized by a bar on a popular resort island. The raid on the Three Sixty Bar on Koh Phangan also netted 22 Thais, including one identified as the bar’s owner and another who sold drinks there. An immigration police official says the gathering was illegal under a national state of emergency declared last March to combat the coronavirus. Those arrested are from more than 10 countries, including the U.S., Britain, Switzerland and Denmark. Koh Phangan is a popular destination for young backpackers and is known especially for its Full Moon beach parties. However, Thailand has barred virtually all tourists from entering the country since last April.last_img

Women’s club rugby team increases competition, campus presence

first_imgTags: Breakfast Bingo, Charity Day, Claire Kozlowski, Colleen Tigani, Notre Dame Women’s Rugby Football Team, Women’s Rugby Photo courtesy of the Notre Dame women’s rugby team The Notre Dame women’s club rugby team plays in a tournament at Ohio State University in The team is a Division I club sport and competes against teams in the Big Ten.Although varsity sports are a big aspect of the Notre Dame experience, club sports also have a large impact at the University. The Notre Dame Women’s Rugby Football Club, which is growing both in numbers and competitively on campus, is one example.“We’re a Division I club sport [in the Midwest Rugby Union] and we play in the Big Ten,” senior Colleen Tigani, president of the club, said. “We usually play local teams like Michigan or Michigan State, but then we also travel to Penn State and Ohio State. We are a very competitive club. We have regular practices twice a week, meetings as well, run-throughs on Friday and games on weekends.”Senior Claire Kozlowski, the team’s field captain, said they originally played only a version of rugby that had fifteen-member teams, but it added a team of seven in order to go to Philadelphia for the Collegiate Rugby Championship this May.“This is our first year starting a sevens team, which is actually the type of rugby that is going to be in the Olympics in 2016,” she said.Kozlowski said the team aspect of rugby is what motivated her initially to join the club.“When I was a freshman one of the upperclassmen in my dorm, who I played flag football with … was like, ‘You should come play rugby.’ and I said, ‘No thank you, I don’t want to die.’” Kozlowski said. “I went to a practice and never played rugby in my life … but fell in love, and everybody was super encouraging [and] super welcoming, and that’s how it has been the past four years.”Tigani said the team, which also includes Saint Mary’s students, has improved her entire experience at Notre Dame.“For me right now, it’s kind of like a second family.” she said. “You run into girls on the team outside of practice, and it’s like, ‘Oh I know you!’ And it’s weird to explain, but it’s kind of like you always have a person on the team that’s going to be there for you in your classes or outside of sports, then you also have that bond of coming together and playing as a team.”Kozlowski said rugby teams have a camaraderie that makes the sport less intimidating than it seems.“Rugby is one of those games that unless you play it it’s really hard to explain,” she said. “Literally every single moment, you lay your body out on the line for your teammate … and you know that your teammate is doing the same thing for you.”Tigani said the team will host events this semester in order to fundraise, including Breakfast Bingo on Friday at 10 p.m. in LaFortune Ballroom.“There will be breakfast food, and there’s going to be a bingo tournament and different style bingo games and prizes,” Tigani said. “But I think our biggest event will be the weekend of April 12, our Charity Day. We do pink jerseys and pink socks, and we raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. It’s actually going to be paired with our alumni game this year, so some friendly faces will be back to play us.”Looking forward, Kozlowski said she would like to see an increase in membership.“The less they know about rugby the better, we like to say,” she said. “We really like to teach people. That’s how every single one of us started.”Tigani said she encourages those interested in joining women’s club rugby to email her at Colleen.M.Tigani.1@nd.edu.last_img read more

Panel discusses LGBT issues, Catholocism

first_imgWhen in 2013, Pope Francis, referring to gay and lesbian persons, said “who am I to judge?” he sparked a conversation on the Catholic Church’s stance on LGBT issues that has continued over the past few years. In a panel hosted by Campus Ministry, PrismND and the Gender Relations Center on Thursday evening in DeBartolo Hall, professor of theology at Providence College Dana Dillon and Dr. Patrick Beeman, an Air Force obstetrician-gynecologist, discussed the LGBT community in relation to the Church and Catholic teaching.After a brief discussion of the meaning of mercy by both panelists, Beeman talked about how his initial “knee-jerk reactions” against gay marriage and other LGBT issues changed when he went through a divorce, another act formally condemned by the Catholic Church.“I ran in circles that were uber-Catholic and I thought, ‘What am I going to do?’” Beeman said. “Then I realized that it doesn’t matter; I’m still called to be a Catholic.”Beeman said he was able to apply this same logic to those in the LGBT community, who he said could still seek Christ despite the Church’s official opposition to their actions. He said he moved more toward becoming an ally of LGBT people as a result of this experience.Dillon said supporting LGBT individuals falls within the greater Catholic social teachings on the common good and preferential treatment for the poor, which she said applied not just to those poor in wealth, but also marginalized groups.“The Catholic common good is the good of all and the good of each, where the two serve one another, rather than being in competition,” she said. “I think it is certainly true with the LGBTQ community, a historically marginalized group. Where we stand exactly in our Catholicism and our Catholic identity, we need to stand with those marginalized and vulnerable.”The panelists also discussed what Catholics can do better to aid LGBT individuals. Beeman said he thought Catholics ought to be better in helping gay or lesbian couples when they choose to start a family.“Yes, we don’t think that artificially produced pregnancies are a good idea for lesbian couples or for anyone, but couples who are going through pregnancy … we must be supportive of their health,” he said.Dillon said there must be a constant fight against derogatory speech and actions.“Every single one of us [should work] to create that environment resisting hate and oppression,” she said. “It is a different discussion … arguing about principles and about people and how we talk to them.”Dillon said her stance as an LGBT ally has often exposed her to criticism, especially when she defended John Corvino, an advocate for gay marriage, in his attempt to speak at Providence College. Corvino’s 2013 appearance at Providence was canceled.“I got lectured by people in Campus Ministry and the theology and philosophy [departments] on cooperating with evil, for my willingness to stand up and defend Church teaching and [to] also allow this man to come and speak on campus,” she said.Dillon concluded with a plea for acceptance by all Catholics.“I want to suggest that however you identify — gay, Catholic, both, neither — try to find ways to actively give people permission to be your friend and ally without agreeing on everything,” she said.Tags: Campus Ministry, Gay and Catholic, Gender Relations Center, PrismNDlast_img read more

A Coal CEO Backs Trump But Doubts His Understanding of the Industry

first_imgA Coal CEO Backs Trump But Doubts His Understanding of the Industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Taylor Kuykendall for SNL:With early-choice candidate Ted Cruz out of the picture, Murray Energy Corp. founder and CEO Robert Murray is pivoting his support to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, though he thinks he may need to temper recent promises to return coal to its glory days.Murray expressed his support for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee at the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance annual conference May 23. He said he based his opinion on a recent meeting with Trump in which the two discussed energy policy.Murray said he did feel the need to curb Trump’s enthusiasm in at least one way.“He wants to bring the mines back and I told him that was not possible,” Murray said. “I explained to him that mines are a living thing and that they cave in. They flood and you can bring a new mine back in that reserve, but now you have the capital cost that renders the mine noncompetitive in the energy mix.”Full article ($): Coal CEO backs Trump, but warns against promising mines’ returnlast_img read more

Peruvian Navy’s BAP Unión Training Ship Sets Sail on its First Instructional Cruise

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo October 26, 2016 Navigating on the Peruvian Navy’s training ship BAP Unión is an exceptional experience. On board the ship, the crew experiences the art of navigation and the secrets of the sea. “It is a unique experience; there is an incredible adrenaline rush,” said Cadet Jair Moisés Chávez Pretell, who has been enrolled at the Peruvian Naval School for the past three years. Twenty-year-old Chávez dreamed of being a Peruvian Navy officer ever since he was a child. His childhood wish will become a reality a year from now when he graduates as a Frigate Ensign. “Being a sailor is something that is hard to express. It is something you feel inside. You feel proud to serve your homeland and safeguard the nation’s sovereignty.” Cadet Juan Diego Villalta shares his navigation companion’s patriotic sentiment. “Being part of the Peruvian Navy is my life,” he said. For Cadet Villalta, a 20-year-old third-year student, being part of the Navy gives him the chance to “protect Peru and defend its maritime territory.” Cadets Chávez and Villalta are taking part in the first instructional cruise of the Naval School’s training ship BAP Unión. Their first sea crossing will allow them to take classes in an academic program designed to complete the training of future Navy officers. They study subjects ranging from astronavigation, meteorology, oceanography, and sailing maneuvers. The ship also serves as a sailing ambassador for Peru in ports around the world. On its maiden voyage, the ship visited the city of Miami from September 18th – 22nd. It was the fifth port visited since departing from the Naval Base in Callao, Peru, on July 27th. Before docking in Miami, the ship visited the ports of Guayaquil, Ecuador; Cartagena, Colombia; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Havana, Cuba. From Miami it departed for Veracruz, Mexico, and passed through Balboa, Panama. It will return to Callao on November 2nd. Roving ambassador The BAP Unión is the largest sailing ship of its kind in Latin America and the second largest in the world. There are 243 troops on board, including 24 officers and 89 cadets. “Peru’s image is disseminated from this roving ambassador,” said Ensign Delia Echegaray, press officer for the BAP Unión. “This is a dream brought about by Peruvian handiwork, it is 100 percent Peruvian. All the first crewmembers are proud to be here bringing this little piece of Peru to all the world’s ports.” She spoke about the sailing ship’s educational and diplomatic mission. “It is designed to instruct the cadets and share its mission with people and the media.” Ensign Echegaray is one of 31 women on board. “This ship encourages women to join the Navy. It is a source of pride for a woman to be on board a ship, with every one of them fulfilling a specialized function,” she added. Specifications of the training ship Launched in December 2014, the ship is a four-mast, steel-hulled, full-rigged barque. It has 34 extended sails and can reach speeds of up to 10 knots. It is 115 meters long (including bowsprit), 13.5 meters wide, and 53.5 meters tall. The BAP Unión also has a displacement of 3,200 metric tons. It has been a “historical desire for over a century,” said Captain Gianfranco Polar Figari, during an on-board press conference in Miami. The training ship was named in honor of the corvette Unión, that participated in the first stage of the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific under the command of Peruvian Navy Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario, a national hero, said Capt. Polar. Speaking about the vessel’s specifications, Capt. Polar said that the vessel uses its sails as its main means of propulsion. Maneuvering with sails encourages teamwork and teaches the cadets to resolve issues, he said. “Peru has never had a sailing ship for training. The way in which cadets are trained on this type of ship is different; it is traditional.” Meanwhile, Cadets Chávez and Villalta welcomed visitors to the training ship and explained its features to them. Cadet Villalta said that being a student on the Unión and bringing Peruvian culture to other countries “is a unique experience.”last_img read more

The history of big data in banking

first_imgby: Brandon BoglerIn today’s competitive world, the old ways of segmenting consumers along broad socio-demographic and class-based lines have ceased to aptly describe the modern consumer.Underscoring this is the influence of life in the digital world. Consumers have come to expect continuous attention, connection and feedback, anytime, anywhere and on any given subject.Big Data analytics, fortunately, is helping financial institutions (FIs) deal with these “moving targets.” By studying behavior across different areas of an individual’s life, marketers and others can better understand how to meet consumer expectations.A recent fi.deluxe.com article takes us through a brief history of data segmentation. The article highlights the ways data segmentation has evolved over the decades, and the role Big Data plays in it today.In the 1950s, FIs’ data segmentation was pretty rudimentary. Individuals fell under the categories of either male or female, white collar or blue collar, urban or rural. This simplistic method was necessitated by a lack of technology. At the same time, it served many FIs well, particularly in smaller communities where bankers were able to supplement the data with personal knowledge and experience with their customers. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Should the Fed raise interest rates?

first_imgCUNA’s Mike Schenk debates fellow economist Steve Rick of CUNA Mutual Group.by: Adam MertzBy maintaining near-zero interest rates, is the Federal Reserve helping or hampering the economy?That question served as the basis for a stimulating one-hour debate between economists Mike Schenk of CUNA and Steve Rick of CUNA Mutual Group on the final day of the CUNA CFO Council Conference in New Orleans.Leaning heavily on a narrative indicating underlying “bifurcation” of the economy, and particularly weakness in construction and manufacturing sectors of the labor market, Schenk argued during his share of the point-counterpoint presentation that the Fed should stay the course, pushing off any interest-rate increase until 2017.An increasing interest-rate environment sows the seeds for a recession,” Schenk says.“Extreme caution is the rule of the day here, especially because the economy remains extremely weak, because labor markets have a long way to go, and incomes have not been increasing. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How ‘Mom’ Wrote Off Anna Faris’ Character in Season 8 Premiere

first_imgThe season 8 premiere of Mom wasted no time explaining what happened to Christy Plunkett after Anna Faris exited the CBS sitcom.The Thursday, November 5, episode began with Christy’s mother, Bonnie Plunkett (Allison Janney), in the car with her husband, Adam Janikowski (William Fichtner).- Advertisement – “Every mom dreams of the day when they drop their 42-year-old daughter off at the airport to go to school,” Bonnie said of the law student. “And I did it all by myself — not the dropping off, the raising. I mean, I wasn’t there the whole time. But I was definitely there for the beginning, in and out during the middle and rock-solid from age 37 on. You know, the formative years.”How Mom Wrote Off Anna Faris Character in Season 8 PremiereAnna Faris on an episode of ‘Mom.’ Robert Voets/2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.She then revealed that Christy got “a full scholarship” to Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C.“A lot of parents would be a puddle of tears right now, but you know what I think of them? Selfish. Not me ‘cause I’m focusing on what she’s going to get, not what I’m going to lose, which is the most beautiful little girl a mother could ever have,” Bonnie continued as she and Adam began to sob.- Advertisement – “I think I’ll miss the most, for me, the relationship between Bonnie and Christy, even though that will still continue,” the I, Tonya star said on Monday, November 2. “But she won’t be present. That’s what I’ll miss.”Ahead of Thursday’s premiere, Jaime Pressly, who plays Jill Kendall, exclusively told Us Weekly that the characters “still talk about” Christy even though she is no longer with them.“It’s become a show about a group of women in recovery and the relationships between these beautifully flawed women, and so we’re all very tight,” the My Name Is Earl alum said on the “Watch With Us” podcast. “While we’re missing one of our main links, we’ve all been together for so long and have significant roles. … We kind of feel like she’s still there!”Mom airs on CBS Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! – Advertisement – Faris, 43, shocked fans of the show in September when she announced that she was leaving after seven seasons as the main character.“The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career,” she said in a statement to Us Weekly at the time. “I’m so thankful to Chuck [Lorre], the writers and my amazing castmates for creating a truly wonderful work experience. While my journey as Christy has come to an end, allowing me to pursue new opportunities, I’ll be watching next season and rooting for my TV family.”How Mom Wrote Off Anna Faris Character in Season 8 PremiereAnna Faris Carlos Tischler/ShutterstockJanney, 60, later told Entertainment Tonight that the Scary Movie star’s departure was “a huge loss” for the Emmy-nominated series.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Recognize all that volunteers provide

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We often take for granted the benefits we receive because others take their time to serve. But stop for a minute and think about a world without volunteers.How many people would die? How many would go hungry or become ill? The ramifications would be catastrophic. Volunteers are one of our country’s most important assets. If there no volunteers, how would we mentor the young, feed the homeless and provide comfort to the sick and elderly? We should take a moment to recognize the volunteers who make our country a better place. Remember, they are giving of themselves so life will be better for all of us.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more