Landscape services attempt to keep grounds clean after serious snowfall

first_imgClaire Kramer Notre Dame Landscape Services crewleader Dennis Payne, a 32-year veteran, climbs into what he calls “the loader,” used to remove large amounts of snow from parking lots.Aided by rising temperatures and a reprieve from the seemingly constant snow, Dennis Payne, another crewleader, said that a week later the situation seemed to finally be under control.During normal weather, Landscape Services provides 22 hours of coverage to campus, Henry said. However, when a snowstorm blows through, crew members switch to a 12-hour shift schedule to have a constant effort on the ground.“Before a storm, we will treat the roads so the snow doesn’t bond to the pavement,” Payne said, “which I think gives us a leg up as far as keeping it clean.”Payne added that workers who operate the Toolcat machines, which clear the walking paths, arrive at 5 a.m. so as to clear the 27 miles of pathways for students and others who will soon need to traverse campus.Each crew member has a route on campus, but Payne said that with routes each taking a few hours, sometimes the beginning of the route is snowed over again by the time a worker gets to the end of the shift. “It’s very rarely when we leave at two in the afternoon that it’s worse off than it was when we came in at two [in the morning], and last Friday there was nothing we could do,” Henry said.Although Payne said attempting to keep up with mountains of snow covering parking lots and constant phone calls requesting services made for a stressful week, crewleader Terron Phillips Sr. noted that it’s all part of Notre Dame’s reputation.  “Let’s say it’s snowing. [People] know that if they get to Notre Dame campus, they’re safe,” he said.Especially for off-campus students, Phillips noted that there is a lower level of attention paid to walkways and streets outside of campus compared to the areas under Landscape Services’ control. “We take pride in making sure our stuff’s in better shape than what it is off campus,” Henry added.Payne said the crew is able to clear snowfall of two to three inches, which he says is a normal snow situation. However, it’s not always smooth snowplowing even with the more moderate snowfalls. Crewmembers are cognizant of class schedules and popular walking routes, and plow while watching for students, who sometimes, they say, are too distracted by cellphones to realize the large machine in their path. “If I get stuck in a certain spot there, say trying to go towards the law arch at 9:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, I’m going to wait for 15 minutes while the students go, and I know that,” Henry said.Phillips added that he places first priority on the pathways that he knows are the most popular for students, as well as areas where many employees head into work each morning. He also said navigating around students can prove to be difficult. “My goal is, if I see students coming, I’m going to try to get in front of them so I can make a path for them. Sometimes it doesn’t work but sometimes they see what I’m trying to do,” Phillips said.Sometimes, however, the biggest obstacles to the machines clearing the snow lie within snow piles: bright green handlebars poking through the drifts. The LimeBikes, found scattered around parking lots and lying in the middle of the sidewalks, proves to be a substantial problem for the crew, Henry said.“We got to stop, get out, move it, then you go ten more feet and there’s another one,” Phillips said.“When we first told LimeBike, ‘You’re going to have some issues in the winter,’ they said, ‘What do you mean, winter?’ They didn’t know what to think,” Henry said. Henry said the damage done both to the bikes and to the larger snow equipment may result in some changes to the LimeBike presence on campus next winter.Whatever challenges the high snowfall and bright green bikes may bring, the three crew leaders said satisfaction and pride come from the sight of snowless parking lots, wet concrete, grass on the edges of pathways and the absence of ringing telephones in the Landscape Services office. “I’m sure that would sound very corny to students, unless you had to deal with it,” Payne said.“The last thing I want is a kid falling in my area,” Henry said.Tags: Landscape Services, landscaping, LimeBike, snow, snowfall Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stop this crew; in fact, they’re the ones battling it.Notre Dame’s Landscape Services team, known for clear sidewalks in the midst of heavy South Bend snowfall, may have met its match Feb. 9. According to the National Weather Service, 11 inches of snow fell on South Bend over a two-day span ending that Saturday.The snow flew all day, creating problems for pedestrians and the crew alike.“It’s not too often we lose the battle,” Charlie Henry, a Landscape Services crewleader, said. “Last Friday, we lost.”last_img read more

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Watch Idina Menzel Slay ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ from Beaches

first_img Star Files Idina Menzel, have we ever told you you’re our hero? (We’ve definitely told you you’re a blazing supernova.) The Tony winner is tackling Bette Midler’s iconic role of CC Bloom in Lifetime’s upcoming Beaches remake, and while she revealed that filling the Divine Miss M’s gargantuan shoes could be “career suicide,” Menzel’s first full performance of “Wind Beneath My Wings” has got us feeling confident that she’s going to deliver. After all, we know Elphaba can fly higher than an eagle. Tune in to Beaches on January 21, and have some tissues at the ready while you take in Menzel’s touching performance below. Idina Menzel One of my all-time favs. Get Wind Beneath My Wings when you pre-order the #BeachesMovie sdtrk. https://t.co/aaOcOpzOdK Hope you enjoy! xoxo pic.twitter.com/mOLTr8laMh— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) December 16, 2016center_img View Comments Idina Menzellast_img read more

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Airport town is flying, but tragedy may take its toll

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Brazil passes France in coronavirus cases to become 6th worst-hit country

first_imgBrazil registered a record number of new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, surpassing France’s tally to become the sixth-worst hit country, as the disease sends the economy toward its worst year since at least 1900.The government confirmed 11,385 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its total count to 188,974 cases of the coronavirus since the outbreak began. Early on Wednesday, France revised its total number of confirmed and suspected cases down 0.3% to 177,700.The pandemic has battered Brazil’s economy as residents shelter at home and many state and local governments instructed most businesses to close to slow the spread of the virus. He escalated the fight this week by declaring gyms and beauty salons as “essential” services that can open for business, threatening legal action against local governments that don’t comply.Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous state and with the most cases of the virus, will not comply with Bolsonaro’s decree, Governor Joao Doria said on Wednesday, echoing comments made by at least 10 other governors.The five countries that have registered more infections than Brazil are the United States, Spain, Russia, the United Kingdom and Italy.Brazil recorded 749 new deaths from coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the overall toll to 13,149. Topics :center_img Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has locked horns with state governors for weeks over the lockdowns, saying they are causing more damage through lost jobs than the disease itself.On Wednesday, the economy ministry predicted the Brazilian economy would contract 4.7% in 2020, the biggest annual fall since records began more than a century ago.The ministry estimates every additional week of quarantine measures costs the economy 20 billion reais ($3.40 billion).”It will reach the point where hungry people take to the streets,” Bolsonaro said on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Government to develop 165,000 hectares land in Central Kalimantan for food-estate program

first_imgHowever, Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) secretary-general Dewi Kartika said the government’s botched agrarian reform program was to blame for the shortages as vast plots of farmland were constantly being encroached on by mining concessions and corporate plantations.Agrarian reform was among the National Priority Programs pushed by Jokowi’s first-term administration in an effort to better distribute development and improve the quality of people’s lives.It includes programs that are expected to alleviate poverty in villages, improve the country’s food security and land production, acknowledge ownership rights over land owned by individuals, the state and the general public, including land utilization in the popular interest.“According to National Land Agency data, our farmland shrank by 650,000 ha in 2018. Much of this was converted to be used by other business sectors such as palm oil, natural resources extraction and infrastructure,” Dwi said in May.She added that she feared the government’s plan to clear 600,000 ha of peatland in Central Kalimantan would yield the same result as a similar measure taken under former president Soeharto, which ended up leading to crop failures and subsequent food shortages.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed the Public Works and Housing Ministry to expand the government’s food-estate program by developing 165,000 hectares of land in Pulang Pisau regency, Central Kalimantan, into farmland, a senior official has said.Minister Basuki Hadimulyono said a total of 85,500 ha of land in the area already functioned as farmland so the ministry only needed to clear 79,500 ha of scrubland for the development. The project aims to boost productivity by 2 tons of rice for each ha of land.“We will start developing the land this year until 2022. This project is our second-highest priority after the development of the National Strategic Tourist Areas [KSPN],” he said during an online video conference on Tuesday. He further said the land designated for the project was alluvial and not peatland, even though it was previously used in the government’s Peatland Development Project (PLG).The ministry will require Rp1.05 trillion (US$74.5 million) to build the project’s irrigation system, according to Basuki, and the development project will be carried out in conjunction with the State-Owned Enterprise Ministry through an investment scheme.“We will handle the irrigation system rehabilitation program on this former PLG land,” he said.Government data presented by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on April 28 showed that over 20 provinces faced shortages of staple foods, such as garlic, sugar, chilis and eggs, making food security one of his administration’s priorities.last_img read more

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Former minister Rudiantara appointed commissioner for nickel miner Vale

first_imgThe deputy president commissioner and the independent commissioner position was previously held by economist Mahendra Siregar.The note says that Rudiantara will be a fresh face on the board as shareholders voted to reelect all previous commissioners, except Mahendra.A business manager by training, Rudiantara built his career in the telecommunications industry having worked for each of Indonesia’s top three telcos, namely state telecommunication firm Telkomsel, telco firm XL Axiata and Indosat Ooredoo. He also served stints in other industries such as cement and electricity, when he assumed the vice president director post in state electricity firm PLN in 2008.Topics : Seasoned telecommunications player Rudiantara has been appointed deputy president commissioner and independent commissioner of top nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia.Rudiantara, who previously served as communications and information technology minister in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first term Cabinet, is slated to hold the positions from 2020 to 2023 after a shareholders meeting on Wednesday.“We will meet the regulatory requirements related to changing the board of commissioners,” wrote Vale in a shareholder note.last_img read more

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Explainer: Whoever takes over, next Japan PM faces daunting challenges

first_imgBelow are main issues the new leader will confront.Economy and coronavirusAbe’s signature “Abenomics” growth strategy was facing headwinds because of an export slump and a sales tax increase even before the coronavirus outbreak, highlighting the problem of lifting the economy out of decades of stagnation.Critics said Abe’s “third arrow” of structural reforms – the first two were hyper-easy monetary policy and government spending – was not bold enough in the face of a fast-ageing population and a rigid labor market. The successor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is resigning because of poor health, faces a daunting list of economic, diplomatic and security issues.Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will choose its next party president on Sept. 14, media reported.The winner will serve out Abe’s term as party leader until September 2021 and is all but assured the premiership by virtue of the LDP’s majority in parliament. Japan has not seen an explosive coronavirus outbreak but cases have been rising and the government must balance containing it and restarting the economy. The pandemic brought Japan’s biggest economic slump on record and a third quarter of declines knocked real gross domestic product growth to decade-low levels, wiping out the benefits of “Abenomics”.Policymakers are short of ammunition with a big public debt limiting new government spending and the Bank of Japan running out of options to hit its elusive 2% inflation target.Japan is also struggling with a rock-bottom birthrate, shrinking labor force and low global ranking on women’s empowerment.DiplomacyJapan’s ties with China had improved ahead of a planned visit by President Xi Jinping, but the trip was postponed because of the coronavirus. Some LDP members want the visit cancelled over China’s clampdown on Hong Kong and its push to assert claims in the East China Sea.China is locked in a confrontation with the United States over rights, trade and security, and Washington may press Tokyo to take sides. But while Japan shares US concerns about China, the Asian neighbors’ economies are deeply intertwined so the next leader must balance security and economic priorities.Abe had forged close ties with President Donald Trump so the next leader will be starting afresh no matter who wins the US election.Pressure on Japan from its main security ally to take on a greater share of the burden of its defense and pay more to host US troops is unlikely to ease.Japan’s ties with US ally South Korea are frigid due to disputes over Koreans forced to work for wartime Japanese firms and “comfort women”, a euphemism for those pushed into Japan’s military brothels, and the feud has spilled over into security and trade.Security, constitutionThe government has begun a review of its National Security Strategy following a June decision to scrap a plan to deploy the US-made Aegis Ashore ground-based missile defense system at two sites.An LDP committee wants the government to consider a strike capability to halt ballistic missiles within enemy territory, a controversial issue for a country that renounced the right to wage war after its World War Two defeat. The proposal is also likely to anger China and Russia, which could fall within range of any new strike weapons.Abe engineered a historic policy shift by reinterpreting the pacifist constitution, passing laws to end a ban on exercising the right of collective self-defense, or defending a friendly country under attack.But he failed to achieve his goal of revising the post-war, US-drafted charter’s pacifist Article 9. Amending that is divisive and the new leader must decide if it’s a priority.Public opinion, general electionAbe’s successor is likely to lead the LDP in a general election that must be held by October 2021 and could come sooner.The weakness of fragmented opposition parties helped Abe hold power by leading the LDP-led ruling bloc to repeated election victories, and the LDP is expected to hold a majority in the next election.But whether it can keep its nearly two-thirds majority in the lower house is a question and will likely hinge on the coronavirus, the economy and the new leader’s image.If the LDP does badly, it may choose a new leader, reviving revolving-door premierships that plagued Japan before Abe’s nearly eight-year rule.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Granit Xhaka hits out at Arsenal fans in new interview after being stripped of captaincy

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Nov 2019 12:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link596Shares Xhaka gestured to Arsenal fans after getting booed off against Crystal Palace (NBC)‘For me, this reaction is still incomprehensible, especially in this vehemence and how extremely hostile I was here.‘Since I can remember, the fans are an integral part of my sport.‘And I have a lot of respect from the beginning for the commitment and hardships fans take to help us players.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Justifiable criticism of them makes you grow as an athlete.‘And the power and energy that they put into the game makes every athlete love football even more. I feel like part of a big football family.‘But when you get scolded by this very footballing family in times when you are already being attacked massively, it hurts a lot. Advertisement Granit Xhaka says he still does not understand Arsenal fans for their reaction (Getty Images)Granit Xhaka admits it was ‘painful’ to be booed off by Arsenal fans and has criticised supporters for their ‘incomprehensible’ reaction towards him.The Switzerland international was stripped off the Arsenal captaincy earlier this week after he reacted angrily to fans who booed him off as he was substituted during the second half of the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.Xhaka has not played for Arsenal since that game, while he is now being linked with a move away from the club in the January transfer window.‘When my shirt number lit up on the board of the fourth official and then broke jealous jubilation of their own fans, that hit me very much and stirred up,’ Xhaka told Swiss newspaper Blick.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was very painful and frustrating. Advertisementcenter_img Granit Xhaka hits out at Arsenal fans in new interview after being stripped of captaincy Comment Xhaka’s future at Arsenal is now in doubt (Getty Images)‘By that I do not mean that I can not stand criticism. If I and the team do not play well, we have to listen to it and work on it.‘But if you offend and insult your own captain, bring restlessness and bad mood into the team you actually support.‘That makes no sense to me and weakens the cohesion.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

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Lucas Torreira hails Arsenal following Atletico Madrid loan move

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 10 Oct 2020 10:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.1kShares Lucas Torreira joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Arsenal (EPA)Lucas Torreira says it was ‘an absolute privilege’ playing for Arsenal following his move to Atletico Madrid.The Uruguayan midfielder joined Atletico on a season-long loan on deadline day, which paved the way for Arsenal to complete their £45 million deal to sign Thomas Partey from the Spanish club.Torreira joined Arsenal from Sampdoria in 2018 and helped the club win the FA Cup under Mikel Arteta last season.The 24-year-old also came close to winning the Europa League during Unai Emery’s reign and endeared himself to Arsenal fans after he broke down in tears during the 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the final.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd following his departure this week, Torreira has hailed Arsenal and says the club is ‘forever in my heart’.‘It was an absolute privilege playing for Arsenal these last two seasons! Thanks a lot! We catch up soon!’ Torreira posted on Twitter.‘Once a Gunner…always a Gunner!!’ Lucas Torreira posted a tribute message to Arsenal’s supporters (Twitter)Arsenal reportedly angered Atletico during their negotiations for Torreira’s loan but the Gunners have managed to secure a key advantage in the deal as the Spanish club do not have a purchase option next summer.‘Lucas’s operation was very complicated,’ Torreira’s agent, Pablo Bentancur, said earlier this week.‘Arsenal were targeting Thomas Partey and when the two clubs have a different objective it is difficult to be in the middle of the two operations.‘We had other agreed-upon teams such as Roma, Fiorentina and Lazio, who play the Champions League, but Lucas was blunt. He told us that his goal was Atletico and that we get it for him and we work for the players. Lucas Torreira hails Arsenal following Atletico Madrid loan movecenter_img Comment Lucas Torreira says Arsenal will always be in his heart (Twitter)More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He closed all the other possibilities, it either, ‘yes or yes’ to Atletico. Luckily in the end it was done.‘They have agreed a loan for a year without a purchase option and the price is not defined, it will depend on his performance.‘There is no option to buy because Arsenal had to pay the clause for Thomas.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fashanu opens up on racial abuse

first_imgRelatedPosts Manchester City end EPL campaign with battering of Norwich City + final table EPL: Burnley seek history against Brighton EPL: Burnley beat Norwich to keep Euro bid alive Former England international John Fashanu has recounted the “heavy” racial abuse he and his late brother Justin faced growing up in Norwich.The former footballer, best known for his eight-year stint at Wimbledon when he won the FA Cup in 1988 and scored more than 100 goals in all competitions, spoke during his stint on Channel 4’s Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins. The 57-year-old is one of the 12-strong line-up of famous faces being put through their paces by chief instructor Ant Middleton and his directing staff to see if they have what it takes to pass SAS selection.Fashanu faced an interrogation session from the directing staff after he was unable to control his aggression while tackling Rudimental’s Locksmith (real name Leon Rolle) in a task called Murderball, which saw the teams fight for possession of a tyre and drive it across the opposing team’s goal line.Asked about the day’s events, he said: “You know, I let myself down. I think to myself, I’m 40, come on, push, push, you can do this. But actually I’m 56…”Recounting his childhood during his Celebrity SAS interrogation, he told how he and Justin were foster children.He said: “We were fostered… and they had fostered us in Norwich, a white couple, wonderful couple. We were the only black kids in the whole of Norwich, you just don’t see black people there. The racial abuse was pretty heavy.” His late brother Justin, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest in the 1980s, came out as gay before he took his own life in 1998 at the age of 37.When Justin moved clubs in 1981, he commanded a £1 million transfer fee, making him the first black footballer to do so.In 2018, former Wimbledon and Aston Villa striker John told Good Morning Britain about paying Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay before his death.Fashanu described his brother as a “wonderful footballer”, and said: “He was the first black £1 million footballer but he was gay… we just could not accept that at all, as a family, the whole family.”The footballer, the second oldest contestant after 59-year-old Anthea Turner, said he still felt guilt, and added: “There’s not a time when he doesn’t come into my mind.” Tags: John FashanJustin FashanuNorwich CityWimbledonlast_img read more

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