ND students participate in #hackINvTX Challenge

first_imgAlthough the name may give the initial impression of computer crime, Notre Dame students participating in the three-week #hackINvTX Challenge are working for the good of the Indiana and Texas governments. Each state has presented its residents with two challenges in the hackathon, which comes to a close next Monday.In the case of Indiana, participants are required to either “create a centralized, streamlined and secure platform for receiving, tracking and collaborating on permit applications” for the Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) or to “develop a method to register and create a checklist of available/needed services for [residents] visiting a One Stop Shop after a disaster” for the Department of Homeland Security, according to a government press release.The ongoing hackathon will allow “residents of both states to create applications that support and inspire entrepreneurship and digital government innovation, encourage government transparency and open data and promote interstate collaboration and competition,” the press release stated.Junior Liam Chan is part of a three-student team working on the permit application platform.“Currently, people submit permits, documents, updates and such through the IDEM. It’s basically a paper-based system, quite inefficient,” said Chan, an IT management major. “Our team is trying to streamline that process so that it’s no longer paper-based, so people can submit digital copies and such.”“For example, an application for a landfill that we saw at the office is seven binders full of paper. And that’s for one landfill. So you can imagine if you’re trying to build a factory downtown or even if you’re a farmer, and you get about 600 cattle that create waste. That’s something you need a permit for as well,” Chan said.The students are “working a lot on their own,” according to Don Ginocchio, who is SAP’s University Alliances Director assigned to Notre Dame. Ginocchio pointed out there are 10 faculty and staff mentors who have volunteered their time to help with the hackathon.One of the mentors, Matt Willmore, mobileND program manager, said, “It’s easy to look at a problem and just start coding and not really have an idea about where you’re going to end. But [mentors are] helping them to understand what’s the scope … and zero in on what to spend our time on.”However, Ginocchio admitted that the length of the hackathon is not entirely ideal for full-time students.“There’s always a challenge at Notre Dame, particularly something of this nature that’s spread out over three or four weeks, that other things like classwork and other priorities get in the way,” he said. “That’s true of any three-week effort, and I don’t think it’s unique to our situation. And actually, this is part of a series of hackathons. In the future, they’re going to try to do it over a shorter time frame — a day or two — so that people can really focus.”Chan mentioned his involvement in Bengal Bouts this month and Junior Parents Weekend starting Friday.“We’re definitely feeling the time constraint,” he said.Nonetheless, there was a general consensus the effort put into the hackathon was well worth it.“We hope that whether we take this project to the next stage, or a different team does or if the state finds a company to expand our solution, we wish them the best of luck and hope there are people who would benefit from this,” Chan said.Tags: Don Ginocchio, Government, hackathon, hacking, hackINvTX, indiana, innovation, Liam Chan, technologylast_img read more

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Notre Dame names Laetare Medal recipient

first_imgThe University will award Grammy-winning singer Aaron Neville the Laetare Medal at its 2015 Commencement, Director of Media Relations Sue Lister announced Sunday.The Laetare Medal is the oldest award given to American Catholics, having originated in 1883, according to the press release. The University awards the medal each year to a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”University President Fr. John Jenkins described Neville as a man who uses his own strengths to express his faith.“Aaron Neville proudly embraces and honors his faith through his God-given musical talents,” Jenkins said in the press release. “Through tumultuous times in his life, Aaron turned to God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Jude for strength, forgiveness and salvation.“His example of repentance and devotion shine bright for all who see him perform.”In his prolific career as a musician, Neville released four albums that achieved platinum status, created four top 20 hits in the United States, won the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and was named a 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame Recording Inductee.The 74-year-old attended Catholic school in New Orleans as a child and dedicated each of his albums to the apostle St. Jude, patron saint of hope and impossible causes, the press release stated.In winning the Laetare Medal, Neville joins the ranks of other American Catholics including President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Walker Percy, Martin Sheen and many others.The University’s 170th Commencement Ceremony will be held May 17 in Notre Dame Stadium.Tags: Aaron Neville, Commencement, Laetare Medallast_img read more

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Lawn Repair

first_imgMany view fall as the time to pack up the lawn mower and give the lawn a rest. Fall is actually the best time to evaluate cool-season grasses, like tall fescue, that have just experienced high, summer temperatures. Take a walk around your lawn. How happy are you with your grass? Are there bare spots? How much of a problem were weeds this summer? And most importantly, how much time and money are you willing to put towards improving your lawn? If you find yourself ready to make improvements, it might be time for a tall fescue rescue. The period between mid-September through mid-October is the perfect time for this project. You can plant tall fescue into November, but you will probably have better results earlier in the fall.Renovation stepsThe first step in any lawn renovation is to get a soil test. Your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office provides this service for a small fee. The information provided in a soil test report is well worth that investment. You will receive a profile of your soil fertility along with recommendations on how to improve it. While you wait for the soil test results, remove as many weeds as possible. You may be able to do this by hand. It is important to remove as many of the roots as possible. If you choose to use a selective herbicide, read the label carefully and understand what the product does. Be aware of any residual activity and plant-back restrictions. You do not want to put seed on an area where the herbicide may prevent germination. Next, prepare to plant the seed. Mow the grass low, to about 1.5 to 2 inches. Bag the clippings to get them off the lawn. Use a lawn rake to remove any dead grass or debris lying on the grass. The low mowing height and aggressive raking may cause the lawn to look bad, but the goal is allow the grass seeds to reach the soil. Now aerate the grass. Aerating removes plugs of soil, opening air holes. It allows air and water to get to the roots of the grass more readily and gives roots some room to spread out. The plugs, or cores, will disappear after a couple of mowings or rains. A lawn service can aerate the lawn for you. If you prefer to do it yourself, aerators are available for rent at rental equipment centers and hardware stores. Choosing seedChoose seed carefully and become an avid bag reader. Look for the blue tag on the seed bag. This indicates that the seed is certified and ensures the seed is pure and free of noxious weeds. Make sure you buy the type of seed you want. Sometimes tall fescue seed is mixed with other cool-season grass seed such as Kentucky bluegrass. This will be indicated on the seed tag. Be realistic with the project. If fescue hasn’t grown under your oak trees before, it probably won’t now. You can plant seed directly into a thin lawn, which is called interseeding. Lawns can be interseeded with 2 to 5 pounds of seed per 1,000 square foot. To ensure even coverage, use a broadcast spreader. Be careful not to apply too much seed. If too many seeds sprout they will compete with each other for light, water, space and nutrients. This results in unhealthy grass and possible pest problems. For larger bare areas, top the seedbed with a light layer of compost and pack it down. Consider using a light straw mulch. With deliberate care after seeding, in four to six weeks you should see the benefits of your renovation project in a fuller, healthier fescue lawn. For more information on growing and maintaining turfgrass lawns in Georgia, go to www.GeorgiaTurf.com.last_img read more

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New Gallery Opening in Waterbury

first_imgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE11-21-05JULIE RUTH STUDIO & GALLERY OPENING DECEMBER 1, 2005CONTACT:Julie [email protected](link sends e-mail)Waterbury, VT On Thursday, December 1, 2005, a new gallery will open its doors in Waterbury. Julie Ruth Studio & Gallery is located at 23 South Main Street, above the popular pub and brewery The Alchemist. Julie Ruth, a painter, and her husband Shannon Matthew Long, a sculptor, are the proprietors.Ruth, a painter with a ten-year exhibition record across the U.S. and Canada, first arrived in Vermont four years ago on a painting fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, a large artist residency. After closing down her design and illustration business in Ohio and relocating, she met Long (now the sculpture manager at the Center). Ruth paints mainly in oils in a representational style, working from memory and the surrounding landscape. Long’s sculpture incorporates materials such as river stones and adobe into meditative works with eastern influences.The gallery will feature both Ruth and Longs work, along with a selection of mostly local artists. On display December 1st will be both two- and three-dimensional work, including collage, sterling silver jewelry, greeting cards, small sculptures, and paintings. “I expect to add more artists as the gallery gets established, and to curate shows throughout the year in order to showcase artists whose work I admire that do not live in the area”, Ruth says. The gallery also has a small working space that the artists will use while it is open.The opening of Julie Ruth Studio & Gallery will coincide with the Alchemists celebration of their second anniversary on December 1. Hours that day will be from 2-8. Through December, regular business hours will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings: Friday from 5:30-9, Saturday and Sunday from 4-9. Some weekend morning hours will be available, and other hours are by appointment. For more information, visit www.julieruthstudio.com(link is external), or call 802-730-2527.Hi-res photos available upon request.last_img read more

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Brazil Studies Which Vendors Will Supply the Army’s Integrated Anti-aircraft Artillery System

first_img Brazil is in the process of evaluating bids for the concession of the Brazilian Army Integrated Anti-aircraft Artillery System Project (SIAAEB), a project that aims to modernize the Brazilian Army’s anti-aircraft artillery resources, both because they have fallen behind with respect to the new technologies that exist and because of the urgency of the large events that the country is organizing, such as the next World Cup and the Olympic Games. According to a complete report by DefesaNet, the project’s scope includes the Anti-aircraft Artillery Batteries, the Anti-aircraft Artillery Groups, and the Coast and Anti-aircraft Artillery School, including the development of military-use equipment for the Army and the national defense industry. On 27 January 2011, a request for information (RFI) was sent to more than thirty firms, both Brazilian and foreign, that manufacture military-use anti-aircraft defense equipment, with a deadline of 30 March for submitting information to the Brazilian Defense Ministry. So, at the end of March and in the first week of April, a request for proposals (RFP) was issued to the selected firms, whose responses are to be submitted at the end of July or the beginning of August and will be analyzed during the month of August. The winners will be announced in September, and the contracts will be assigned in November, according to DefesaNet. Even so, the SIAAEB project seeks to prepare for the international events that Brazil is organizing, the Confederations Cup in 2013, the World Cup in 2014, and the Olympic Games in 2016, as well as to modernize and update the country’s anti-aircraft artillery and cover its gaps through the acquisition of new equipment, the integration of existing platforms, and repairs of existing equipment. Even so, the project is open, depending on the information received in response to the RFI, as well as the expected demand for activity in relation to the mentioned sports events. By Dialogo June 03, 2011last_img read more

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Elmont Suspect Convicted of Sex Abuse, Cleared of Rape

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Elmont resident has been acquitted of raping a 14-year-old girl when she walked by his house on her way to school, but was convicted of sexually abusing her.A Nassau County jury found Amit Singh guilty Thursday of misdemeanor charges of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He was found no guilty on two counts of rape.Authorities have said that the 33-year-old man grabbed the victim off the street after trying to coax her into his Rosalind Avenue home, forced her inside the house where the attack occurred and then drove her to class at Sewanhaka High School at 10 a.m. on March 11, 2009.The victim told a teacher and later positively identified Singh, then 27, in a photo array, but the suspect boarded a flight to India before DNA evidence linked him to the rape the following month, investigators have said. He was extradited from India last year and has been held without bail since.He faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced Jan. 5. But, he is also facing a charge of violating his probation stemming from a prior conviction for cocaine possession, which could result in a longer prison term.last_img read more

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Todd Nickerson is a self-confessed paedophile who does not act on his thoughts

first_imgNZ Herald 22 November 2016Family First Comment: You really have to question why the NZ Herald would publish this story – “He admits that he is attracted to children as young as 3 or 4, but that his attraction peaks with children aged around 9 or 10 years old.”But apparently he doesn’t act on it. Would you allow your child around him??A self-confessed “non-offending paedophile” is on a mission to revolutionise society’s understanding of underage attraction.Todd Nickerson, from Tennessee, wants to encourage other paedophiles to seek help and support for their sexual inclinations.He claims paedophilia is better understood as a sexual orientation – although one he believes it is unethical to act on.The 43-year-old is a moderator on the online forum “VirPed” – short for “virtuous paedophiles”, also sometimes called “ethical paedophiles” or “gold star paedophiles”.The terms are used to describe those who have an attraction to prepubescent children but control their urges and refrain from watching child pornography or seeking sexual contact with minors.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11752537Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Kaitaia rent to own scheme touted as solution to housing crisis

first_imgMs Tata-Te Hira, the single mother of six is one of 18 homeless families that have moved into the village and are on track to owning their own home. He Korowai Trust is taking state houses set for demolition and using them to house those in need. Hayleigh Tata-Te Hira lived in a car for four months before moving into the site in the Northland town. “It’s an opportunity for people to break free of the shackles of state housing dependence and hop onto home ownership,” said Ms Tata-Te Hira.center_img TVNZ One News 28 October 2019Family First Comment: This is a great scheme which gives families the benefits of home ownership. But here’s the best bit (and explains why these families will succeed).. “The community is drug and alcohol free and has social support services, including addiction support, childcare and a trade school.” Yes – drug free! Someone tell the Drug Foundation and Chloe that it works.A Kaitaia housing project that sees homeless families rent to own their own home is being touted as a solution the housing crisis. Ricky Houghton rescued the former state houses from Auckland that were set for demolition and brought them to Kaitaia to set up the community four years ago.The community is drug and alcohol free and has social support services, including addiction support, childcare and a trade school.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/kaitaia-rent-own-scheme-touted-solution-housing-crisislast_img read more

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Liverpool boss Klopp gives latest update on Mane injury

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is unsure on the severity of the injury that forward Sadio Mane suffered during Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers last night.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: EPL: Liverpool suffer Mane injury blow in Wolves winHopefully this is not too serious of an injury. Mane did the right thing asking to come off as soon as he felt something.The fact he could walk off the pitch with relative ease suggests that this injury is nothing too serious. However, if it were to be, Mane would be a huge loss for the Reds. He is arguably the most important man in Liverpool’s attack.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Reds defeated Wolves 2-1 at the Molineux Stadium, which gives Liverpool a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand.However, Mane was forced off the pitch in the first-half due to a hamstring injury, which did not look season-ending, but it was enough for the the Senegal international to come off the pitch.However, Klopp has stated that he does not know the results of Mane’s injury as of yet.“We don’t know exactly [what the injury is], it’s the muscle. He felt something in the hamstring,” said Klopp, as quoted by LiverpoolFC.com.“We don’t know yet, obviously, we have to wait. We will see.” Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The HatchetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phonelast_img read more

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Banate local nabbed over ‘bookies’

first_imgILOILO City – Police arrested a manfor illegal gambling in Barangay Poblacion, Banate, Iloilo. The 51-year-old Ernesto Silvela ofBarangay Alacaygan, Banate was caught soliciting bets for the illegal numbersgame “bookies” around 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, a police report showed. Recovered from his possession was P270bet money, the report added.center_img The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Banate municipal police station, facing charges./PNlast_img

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