SMC construction to continue throughout year

first_imgThis fall, construction continues on the Patricia Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields and Science Hall at Saint Mary’s.According to the College’s website, both projects are funded through the completed $105 million Faith Always, Action Now campaign. According to the Saint Mary’s Facebook page, Patricia Wiedner Purcell and her husband Paul are significant benefactors of the new athletic complex. Purcell is a 1969 Saint Mary’s graduate and a member of the Board of Trustees.After initial planning in 2008-2009, the construction team broke ground on the fields in spring 2015 and plans to have them completed by late October 2015, Austin Stahly, manager of energy and facilities projects, said.“The concept for this project arose out of an inherent need to continue to make significant improvements to our athletic complexes while enhancing the experience for our student-athletes and fans,” Stahly said. Photo courtesy of Gwen O’Brien Austin Stahly, manager of energy and facilities projects at Saint Mary’s, stands with Ben Bowman, director of facilities.Stahly said when construction is completed, there will be new soccer, lacrosse and softball fields, as well as new lighting, scoreboards and press boxes for each field. Interconnecting sidewalks will lead from entry gates to various buildings and bleachers.“[Students should expect] an increase in the competitive nature and livelihood for all of our athletes with a positively correlated experience for the fans and spectators,” Stahly said. “This will also allow for multiple practices and games to occur simultaneously.”The construction directly impacts the Saint Mary’s soccer team this season. According to the the team’s website, all home games in 2015 will be played at the Jr. Irish Soccer Club’s Airport field six, near South Bend Regional AirportIn communication to College staff, director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien said fourteen maple trees were removed during construction. The timber will be used in a future Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex, for which fundraising is still in progress, O’Brien wrote.Construction is also being done on campus to update Science Hall. According to Saint Mary’s website, the renovation for Science Hall was funded by Jennifer Mathile Prikkel, a member of the class of 1995, and her parents Clayton and MaryAnn Mathile.Plans for Science Hall have been in the works since 2010, with construction beginning in spring 2015. Stahly said the College plans to have the renovations completed by fall 2016.“This carefully planned phased renovation to the Science Hall will create new learning and study spaces that encourage collaboration between peers, not only in their own department but across disciplines as well,” Stahly said.Science Hall was originally built in 1956 and was renovated in 1985. Today, the two-story building houses undergraduate classrooms and research activities for 10 science departments, Stahly said.“In both professional and academic settings, scientific inquiry increasingly relies on active collaboration among colleagues who offer different skill sets and perspectives,” Stahly said. “Yet the majority of science students still learn in traditional classrooms built for isolated, passive student learning.”Stahly said collaborative learning will be encouraged with the installment of shared teaching and research areas on the first and second floors. Science Hall will also include multiple classrooms that seat more than 20 students, two research labs and four new faculty offices, in addition to more renovations.In the renovated basement of Science Hall, students will experience two new physics labs, a 48-seat classroom, new bathroom facilities, three offices, a lab prep room and a research lab. A three-zone automated controls greenhouse is already completed, he said.“We anticipate this design will reflect a highly adaptive facility which will support interactive, collaborative and experimental learning, enhancing the development of innovative approaches to teaching and learning,” Stahly said.“This project, with the right kind of classrooms, will allow students to begin thinking in ways that break down the walls between disciplines and help them understand the integrated nature of what they are studying,” he said.Tags: Austin Stahly, Construction, Faith Always Action Now, Patrica Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields, Saint Mary’s Science Halllast_img read more

Are you living next to a brothel?

first_imgStuff 22 April 2015Marlborough residents could be living next door to a brothel without knowing it.An investigation revealed no official means to find out if brothels operated in Marlborough, and where they were.The Marlborough District Council does not have any bylaws dealing with prostitution or brothels.In 2003, brothels in New Zealand became legal under the Prostitution Reform Act.Any operators of a prostitution business with five or more sex workers are required to hold a certificate, which is issued by the Ministry of Justice.But a small owner-operated brothel, with four or fewer sex workers who each control their earnings, is not classed as having an operator, therefore no certificate is needed. read more

Colihaut to greater profit from quarry operations

first_img 78 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has told councilors of Colihaut that government is looking at ways in which the community can gain greater revenue from the quarry operations in the area.We’re looking at imposing “per tonne a very minuscule amount on the aggregate and sand which will not have any great impact on the overall selling price to the residents of Dominica, but when you add it up overtime, can be a very important source of revenue for the council to be used for the beautification and maintenance of the village of Colihaut,” Prime Minister Skerrit said at the 17th inaugural meeting of the Colihaut Village Council on Monday. He admitted that while the quarries have been useful for several national projects, they have caused inconveniences to Colihaut residents, and he assured the community, the necessary discussions will take course, in an effort to help them gain more from the quarry operations.“We believe that some kind of greater benefit ought to come to the residents of Colihaut because while we appreciate the need to have those quarries for national development, but at the same time we understand and appreciate the great inconvenience which have been caused to the residents of Colihaut”.New chairman of the Colihaut village council Najimi George vowed that his team will work collaboratively to “take Colihaut to the next level” and to pave the way for the next generation. Erick Williams Junior, Debra Leblanc John, Wendell Shillingford, Veronica Pascal, George Elizee, David St. Louis and Barry Casimir are the other councilors making up the Colihaut village council.Source: DBS Newscenter_img LocalNews Colihaut to greater profit from quarry operations by: – March 16, 2011 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

AFE sends its 10,000 members an action protocol against coronavirus in the workplace

first_img2.2.- Stoppage of the activity by decision of the workers In the event that the provision of services in the workplace involves a serious and imminent risk of contagion by coronavirus, and in application of the provisions of the aforementioned article 21 LPRL, in section 2, also workers can interrupt their activity and leave the workplace. Workers and their representatives may not suffer any harm arising from the adoption of the measures referred to in the preceding paragraphs, unless they had acted in bad faith or gross negligence. For the purposes of points 1 and 2 above, it is necessary to take into account the definition that article 4.4 of the LPRL itself gives of a “serious and imminent” risk: ‘Every aspect that it is probable that it will materialize in the immediate future and could be a cause of serious health for all the workers in the job. ” In the case of an exceptional situation, in which the company is required to carry out an additional prevention activity and specifically designed to cope with it, the interpretation to be given to the “situation of serious and imminent risk” must be a restrictive interpretation. In relation to the analysis of the severity required by the precept, if there is a risk of contagion, and regarding the harmful consequences of exposure to the virus, it can be affirmed that, if this possibility is real, its existence will be presumed in general. However, and with regard to the immediacy of the risk, the mere assumption or the social alarm generated are not sufficient to understand the requirements of the norm fulfilled, and an assessment without subjective appraisals must be made, taking exclusively into account reliable facts that lead to to understand that the continuation of the labor activity supposes the elevation of the risk of contagion for the working people. It is necessary to bear in mind, also, the foreseen in the article 44 LPRL on the possibility that the Labor Inspection has of paralyzing the works and tasks.3.- Preventive measures: In general, the ordinary protection duties established in the occupational risk prevention regulations must be applied. The company’s duty to protect implies that it must guarantee the safety and health of the workers at its service in all aspects related to work that are under its direction, that is, under its control capacity. In any case, companies must adopt those preventive measures of a collective or individual nature that are indicated, where appropriate, by the prevention service in accordance with the risk assessment, that is, depending on the type of activity, distribution and specific characteristics of the activity that the company carries out. Among the measures that can be adopted in accordance with the indications of the prevention service and always in accordance with the recommendations established by the health authorities, are the following: a) Organize the work so that the number of exposed workers is reduced, establishing rules to avoid and reduce the frequency and type of person-to-person contact. b) Adopt, where appropriate, specific measures for particularly sensitive workers. c) Provide information on hygienic measures, such as frequent hand washing, not sharing objects, ventilation of the workplace, and the cleaning of surfaces and objects. In this sense, companies must make the necessary hygienic material available to workers, and adopt the necessary cleaning protocols.On the other hand, ensure that their employees strictly follow the following advice also issued by the WHO:Wash hands frequentlyCover your mouth with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezingUse disposable tissuesDo not shake hands, reduce external contactDo not touch your face or eyesOnly use a mask if you have symptoms of being infectedAvoid crowdsWe must remember that in this all WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, because even if there are no symptoms, any Club employee can be a carrier of the virus and infect his colleagues, loved ones and his surroundings, the measures established by the health authorities must be followed in a disciplinary manner. HEALTH IS NOT PLAYED”. The Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) is aware of everything that its members may need in a moment of anxiety before this crisis of the coronavirus that affects world soccer. For this reason, it has sent a protocol of action to its more than 10,000 affiliates to follow rules and guidelines in the workplace.The full statement is as follows:“The Association of Spanish Soccer Players has sent its more than 10,000 members an affiliate protocol of action, following the instructions set out in the labor guide of the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy, in relation to the crisis caused by the expansion of the coronavirus. The guide sets the following guidelines, mandatory for all citizens:1. Introduction: Coronaviruses are a wide family of viruses that normally affect only animals. Some have the ability to transmit from animals to people. SARS-CoV-2 is a new type of coronavirus that can affect people. It was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. As the Ministry of Health points out in relation to the protection of workers at risk of exposure to the new coronavirus, it is necessary to start from a series of premises: a) Coronavirus is a virus previously unknown in human pathology. b) Isolation measures, in the cases investigated, constitute the first protection barrier for both the affected working person and the rest of those susceptible to contact with the patient. The latest global events that have led the world to a serious health crisis, Classified by the WHO as a pandemic due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus, it is imposing both governments and the rest of the institutions dependent on them, to take hitherto unknown measures to cut the contagion of the population and ensure its health. and sports institutions cannot be oblivious to it, and must assume the responsibility of taking the necessary measures advised by the competent authorities, to ensure that they avoid occupational risks, which in this case are the spread and spread of infection among their workers and workers.2. – Prevention of occupational risks. Protection of the health of working people2.1. Stoppage of activity by company decision Companies can adopt organizational or preventive measures that temporarily avoid situations of social contact, without the need to paralyze their activity. However, and for when this is not possible, in accordance with the provisions of article 21 of law 31/1995, of November 8, Prevention of Occupational Risks (LPRL), and regarding the risk of contagion due to coronavirus, when workers are or may be exposed to a serious and imminent risk on the occasion of their work, the company will be obliged to:Inform as soon as possible about the existence of said risk,Take the measures and give the necessary instructions so that, in case of serious and imminent danger, the working people can interrupt their activity and, if necessary, leave the workplace immediately. In application of this rule, companies must proceed to paralyze work activity in the event that there is a risk of contagion by coronavirus in the workplace, despite the activation of measures that allow the development of work activity as an alternative. Once the competition has been postponed, and in view of the serious and imminent risk of contagion, we consider that the Clubs / SADs, in accordance with the instructions that are being carried out by the health authorities, should replace the collective training sessions with a individual training plan that the footballer can follow until circumstances allow a return to group training with safety for the health of the footballers.last_img read more