Law firm releases new details in student lawsuit

first_imgThe University fired the employee at the center of a recently filed lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and racial discrimination, according to a letter released Monday by the law firm representing the student who filed the suit.The names of the student and the now-former employee, an academic coach, were redacted in the letter originally sent to the  student by the University’s Office of Institutional Equity and dated Oct. 16.The suit, filed Friday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court, alleges a white University employee — “Jane Roe”  — coerced the plaintiff — “John Doe,” an African-American student at the University — into a sexual relationship with her daughter, who attends a “nearby school” and is also an employee of the University. The suit also alleges University administrators knew about the misconduct and, under Title VI and Title IX, had a responsibility to intervene for the student’s wellbeing, which was compromised by a racially and sexually hostile environment.The letter from Karrah Miller, director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator, stated that the University determined the academic coach’s behavior “violated the University’s values and the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy. As a result [Academic Coach] was terminated from employment with the University. [Daughter] was not found to be in violation of any University policy.”According to the letter, the investigation used the “preponderance of evidence” standard to determine the University’s course of action against the employee.“A ‘preponderance of evidence’ standard means that it is more likely than not that the event occurred (i.e., that there is a 51 percent chance the event occurred.) This is the standard of proof required by the Office of Civil Rights (a division of the Department of Education) in Title IX (i.e., sexual harassment) investigations,” the letter stated.Notre Dame’s vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said Friday the University is aware of the suit but denies all allegations of misconduct on the part of the University.“The allegations against the University of Notre Dame in the complaint are unfounded, as are gratuitous and unfounded references to ‘student athletes’ — an allegation that is nothing more than a cynical attempt to attract publicity,” Browne said in a statement.Tags: racial discrimination, Sexual harassment, University Lawsuitlast_img read more

NPSS Grizzlies Senior Girls Volleyball competed last week in Penticton

first_img– Advertisement – Male Athlete of the Week: Adam Nelson (Sr Boys Basketball, Gr 12 Centre) Adam anchored the defence for the senior boys in their close final loss to PGSS, racking up 6 blocks. His passion for his teammates was contagious over the weekend and could be heard in all three games encouraging others and spurring them on, as well as the girls’ squads when they were playing. Female Athlete of the Week: Celine Quigley (Sr Girls Basketball, Gr 12 Guard) Celine led the team in scoring, averaging 21 points per game, and led steals for the team with an average of 8 per game. Her passion for the game of basketball is tremendous not only during games but during practices as well. If you are looking for Intensity in an athlete – she is it.Up Next:Sr Basketball teams are off to Grande Prairie this weekend, and Jr Boys Basketball has their first tournament of the season at Kelly Road in Prince George. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Senior Girls Volleyball was down in Penticton last week competing at the Provincial Championships. They opened the tournament on Thursday with pool play against Belmont and Burnaby North. The girls competed well but were unable to take a set. Pool play continued on Friday with games against Riverside and Mission. Finishing 5th in their pool, the girls finished the tournament with games against Claremont, Seaquam and Penticton. It was a great week of volleyball and some of the toughest competition that most girls will face.  Notable performances by Daelyn Jeffers and Jessie Copes. Shout out to Grade 12s Daelyn Jeffers, Jessie Copes, Claire Turner, Katie Rutherford and Morgan Wiebe. We are proud to have you as a part of the Grizzlies family!The Senior Basketball teams were in Dawson Creek over the weekend for their first tournament of the season. The tourney was a good overall effort from the boys. The first two games were won handily, but they came up short of a comeback against PGSS in the finals, losing by 6 after being down 14 in the third quarter. A great team effort from both the Grade 11s and returning Grade 12s, with big performances from Adam Nelson and Liam Peterson in the final gameSenior Girls Basketball demonstrated a very strong team performance in both the offensive and defensive side of the game, averaging 81 points and 30.5 steals per game on the first two games. Coming up short during the championship game, the team scored 45 points and had 14 steals. Overall, it was a strong showing of team effort from all players.last_img read more

Storm Gareth: Public warnings as extreme winds approach

first_imgPeople across Donegal are being urged to take precautions as Storm Gareth is set to tear through the region tonight.A Status Orange weather alert is in place for Donegal and nearby counties from midday as extreme winds and damaging gusts are forecast for the west and north west.Met Eireann warns that winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 75km/h with damaging gusts reaching 110 to 130km/h. There is also the risk of coastal flooding due to high seas. Heavy rain, hail and a risk of thunder will combine for an unsettled night.Donegal County Council is warning homeowners and businesses to secure their properties and belongings and take extra care. Emergency contact numbers have been issued:Donegal County Council Emergency ServicesThe strongest gusts will come tonight with the north and west coasts worst affected.Sea conditions will be very rough and there will be exceptionally high seas and swell in Atlantic coastal regions at times. Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads.⚠️ Road Safety Alert: Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings for Storm Gareth ⚠️— RSA Ireland (@RSAIreland) March 12, 2019Storm Gareth: Public warnings as extreme winds approach was last modified: March 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:storm garethlast_img read more

Retirement: More than Money Decisions

first_imgBy Sara Croymans, Med, AFCPlanning for retirement involves more than making sure there will be enough money to last through the retirement years.  It is important for individuals to plan for this monumental transition by thinking about their expectations for the future and having conversations with their partner about their expectations.Sharon Danes, Professor, Family Economist, and Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota, authored the publication Planning Ahead for Retirement which helps folks address the transitional, emotional, social, as well as financial decisions inherent in the retirement planning process.  The first chapter, “More than Money Decisions,” provides great information and tools for individuals (and their partners) to assess how they approach life, identifying and prioritizing values and setting goals.Consider these keys to successful retirement transition identified by Danes.Identify a vision for retirement.  What do you imagine life will look like in retirement?  Consider how time will be spent and what your health might be during your retirement years.  Visualize what your relationships with family and friends will look like during this time.  Space is also a major factor as you think about where you plan to live.  And of course, finances need to be considered as you build your vision of the future. Worksheet 1: Retirement Questions in the Planning for Retirement publication provides questions to help folks think these factors in more detail.Assess life view. “There is no better predictor of your approach to life in retirement than your approach to life now.” So, it is important to take stock of your present outlook on life. Worksheet 2 in the publication provides an opportunity to think about your disposition, enthusiasm for life, inclination toward traditionalism, and capacity to affect your environment.  This information can be used to determine whether you want to adjust your stance in particular areas.Identify Values and Set Priorities.  Values are the things in life that are important to you and bring you joy.  Values typically guide one’s lifestyle, relationships, careers and volunteer work.  Being aware of your values and setting priorities can help inform what you want your retirement years to look like.  Worksheet 3 can help you identify your personal values while Worksheet 4 helps identify your priorities.Set goals. Setting both short and long term goals can help you frame what you want to accomplish.  Some goals will be easy to achieve while others will require years to reach.  Worksheet 5 provides space to identify goals.Coordinate With Your Partner. Because life is typically not a solo journey it is essential to synchronize plans with your partner.  This involves communicating about roles, values, priorities, and goals.  It may be necessary to manage any conflict that arises.Because retirement involves more than money decisions folks are encouraged to spend time thinking about and planning for this major transition.  The Planning Ahead for Retirement tool is an excellent place to start.To learn more about the transitional, emotional, and financial perspective of military retirement participate in our two-part webinar series entitled Retirement Ready? Effective Strategies for Military Families Part I and Part II on November 1 & 8, 2016. The webinars will be recorded and archived for viewing following the event. CEUs for accredited financial counselors, certified personal finance counselors, marriage and family counselors, social workers and counselors are available.This post was written by Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, and member of the MFLN Family Transitions team. Family Transitions provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Engage with the MFLN Family Transitions team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

How I made it: Viswanathan Anand, Chess player

first_imgViswanathan AnandGrandmaster Viswanathan Anand, 41, began his journey with chess at the age of six. Lovingly referred as “Vishy”, the undisputed world chess champion was crowned with success at the tender age of 14, when he won the National Sub Juniors Championship in 1983. In 1984, he became the youngest,Viswanathan AnandGrandmaster Viswanathan Anand, 41, began his journey with chess at the age of six. Lovingly referred as “Vishy”, the undisputed world chess champion was crowned with success at the tender age of 14, when he won the National Sub Juniors Championship in 1983. In 1984, he became the youngest Indian to win the International Master title at the age of 15, which was soon followed by the National Chess Champion at 16. Since then, a string of victory ensued with him and he won many more titles. The rest, as we know, is history. A Padma Shree at the age of 18, a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee at 22 and a Padma Vibhushan at 38, Anand changed the way world looked at India in the field of chess. Dronacharya for many, he has now become a national treasure. Here in his own words, the chess master shares his story with Deepshikha Punj.First encounterI started playing chess when I was only of six. Of course, I was also into a lot of other sports like tennis, table tennis, swimming-everything that we had at my club. This developed my interest in other sports as well, but the needle that pointed chess to me was my ability to grasp the basics of the game. Gradually, I became good at it. Although I did not acquire an expertise at an early age, but I played considerably well. After a couple of years, I got more and more involved with the game and soon realised this is what I should do. It has become an important part of my life now. My passion and love for chess, however, never hindered my education. I did my schooling from Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai and completed by degree in commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. I kept going to school and then to college. The best part about playing chess was that it never became a reason for stop doing anything else. The game always interested me and I even realised that I could be reasonably good at it, so I just continued playing. I would credit my knowledge on the subject to my mother who taught me to play chess at the first place. My mother and her family were into playing chess and she used to play with her younger brother. so she had some background in chess, but she never went to a club to play chess.The big challengeBefore I won the World Championship in 2008, my competitiveness was constantly questioned. So when I beat Vladamir, I felt a sense of pride. I realised that now nobody could comment that I never won a match or complain about the match formats. After that, I never had to deal with questions at all, whereas before I had to face all such questions. My strategy in all the matches that I have ever played is the same. Before any match, I always think of winning. No matter what record is available, you just want to clinch it. And I also feel that same way. It does not matter whether it is a World Championship or FIDE or something else, I always step out with a pinch of confidence and faith. Of course towards the end of the world championship, I did feel a sense of relief, so am glad that it happened sooner than later.The right pathBeing felicitated with awards such as the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri undoubtedly feels humbling. It is always nice to be rewarded. But I do not feel the pressure, just because I have won an award. I am extremely grateful for all the awards given to me but I try not to let it get into my head. It is more important to play well and do what gives you joy. If you are involved in a mundane work and do not feel connected, there are chances you might not be able to perform well. Rewards and accolades are always an added bonus. A sense of responsibility pushes me to work harder and perform better. Be it sports or any other profession, one must remember that a bad result is one thing, but a bad result when you know you didn’t put in your 100 per cent and you could have done it differently, hurts more.A different connectWhen I play chess, I play it for India. I feel Indian but I think the question of your nationality does not really come up that much. When I play my game and hear the national anthem play, of course I feel proud. I am happy that I play chess because I love chess and there are people who enjoy watching it and more importantly they enjoy my game. All of this makes me feel ecstatic. Somewhere at the back of your mind you are aware that you are an Indian but that really does not come up on a day-to-day basis.Admiration featI did not really have an idol. For instance, I used to like John McEnroe a lot, but I did not want to shout like him but perhaps I enjoyed shouting through him. I enjoyed other sports so it was natural for me to admire sportsmen of different faculties. I admire many people, but I don’t necessarily follow them. As far as chess is concerned, I admired players like Bobby Fischer, but again I wanted to create a niche for myself. I always wanted to stand on my own feet and do something on my own rather than following a star.My support systemWhen I got married, my wife Aruna was not interested in chess as such, but she gradually got acquainted to it and started understanding it. She has been my psychological support through all my stumbling blocks. Of course, chess has now become an important part of both of our lives. It has given us fame and many other luxurious perks, but relying solely on just that is not enough. Fame and money flow in with hard work and dedication.Golden rulesI have always learnt not be be complacent. For instance, sometimes, after winning, people get too excited or after losing out, they get depressed. Balance and goal are extremely important to move forward. You need to understand how badly you need to win. Even if you fall, there is always a scope for standing up and correcting yourself. Not just as a player but also as a human being, we must understand the various cycles of life. We should first understand ourselves and then reason out our failures, because failing once in a while only makes us stronger. So don’t worry about loosing too much. Also, never loose focus and forget what you want. It is important to have goals. Playing sports is motivating and measures improvement, so it’s a great way to learn and move ahead. At the end, the only pearls of wisdom I can pass on is that one must not wait for an opportunity to knock at your door but make most of what you have and do most of what you can.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Qatar Airways sees manageable decline in flights to US

first_imgQatar Airways sees ‘manageable’ decline in flights to U.S. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The CEO of one of the Middle East’s largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival, but expressed confidence in President Donald Trump as a “very good businessman.”Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said uncertainty about travel to the United States is “affecting the business, but to a very small extent.”“We didn’t have massive decline like other carriers so we still have robust loads to the United States and we will continue our commitment to our passengers in the United States,” al-Baker said.Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, slashed its flights to the United States by 20% last week.Dubai, where Emirates is based, and Doha, Qatar Airways’ main hub, were among the 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries affected by a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage aboard U.S.-bound flights.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“Qatar Airways does not plan and will not reduce frequencies to in the United States,” he said. “I am sure that these uncertainties that passengers have soon could be resolved by statements from the United States’ government.”Al-Baker also expressed hope that Trump would resist pressure from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines to block aggressive expansion into the U.S. market by Gulf-based carriers.“I have repeatedly mentioned that President Trump is a very wise individual and a very good businessman, and I don’t think that he will buy into bullying by the three American carriers,” he said.Speaking to reporters at the Arabian Travel Market convention in Dubai, al-Baker said Qatar Airways is planning to launch a new route to Las Vegas possibly as early as next year. The airline currently flies to more than a dozen U.S. cities.He said Qatar Airways has plans to expand to 26 new global destinations, adding: “The United States is not the entire world.” Monday, April 24, 2017 Share Tags: America, Donald Trump, Qatar Airways Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more