Albanian communist-era landmark reinvented as youth center

first_imgTIRANA, Albania (AP) — A pharaonic landmark in central Tirana built as a posthumous museum for Albania’s communist-era strongman, Enver Hoxha, is being transformed into a youth training and art center. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama attended Thursday’s symbolic start of work to radically transform the largely abandoned, 17,000-square-meter (180,000-square-foot) structure. It was designed by Hoxha’s daughter and her husband, both architects. Long viewed with mixed feelings by Albanians due to its link with the hated communist regime, the building narrowly escaped destruction a few years ago under a former center-right government. Other proposals had included turning it into a national library, a theater or even the country’s parliament.last_img read more

EPA administrator speaks at ND

first_imgMargaret Hynds | The Observer Just days after Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S. and address to the nation’s leaders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy spoke on campus Friday afternoon to both students and the press, discussing climate change and Notre Dame’s recently announced efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and integrate a variety of sustainable energy sources.In the next five years, the University will cease burning coal in its campus power plant, and by 2030 it plans to halve its carbon emissions, University president Fr. John Jenkins said last week.At Friday’s press conference, McCarthy quoted Francis’s words earlier in the week and stressed the importance of the nation getting behind efforts to prevent further climate change.“On Wednesday, during remarks at the White House, the Holy Father Pope Francis said, ‘When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment in history,’” she said. “Indeed the Pope, President Obama and countless other world leaders have made it clear that the time to action climate change is now, and that all of us — whether in the public, private, academic or faith-based communities — have a role to play in addressing this global challenge for the sake of our kids and especially for those most vulnerable. That’s why we must act today.“And I have to say, the pope’s time in Washington was indeed personal for me, not just as a Catholic but as someone who has been in the fight against climate change for many years.“His trip reaffirmed the tide really has turned … that we’re past the old days of debating the science and making incremental progress, and right now we do have solutions available to us so that we can take actions now that are not just good at addressing climate but that are also good for our economy and those most vulnerable,” she said.McCarthy described Notre Dame’s plans for the integration of sustainable energy and reduction of carbon emissions as “an opportunity to demonstrate what the pope’s moral responsibility actually looks like.”“The steps we are taking here today at ND are something that I want to make sure everybody knows and is celebrating, because they are a tremendous example of bringing life to the pope’s challenge; of recognizing that we have a moral responsibility and we do have actions that we can and must take today,” she said. “I want to explain to everybody just how excited I am to be on this campus, under this president’s leadership and actually tackling this issue in a way that’s going to add value to the campus, but perhaps more importantly bring life to the intersect of faith and values that the challenge of climate change demands.“That is really so well aligned with the message of this pope. And I commend the University of ND for setting ambitious goals and efforts in taking action already to reduce their carbon footprint, which they expect to halve by 2030. That is what leadership and that is what stewardship actually looks like,” she said.Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves also spoke, detailing further what the University hopes and plans to do in the coming years in regards to renewable energy.As the University works through its coal cessation plan, he said, it has explored and is currently working on a number of other energy strategies.“At the moment, we’re using a lot of natural gas, we’re looking at creating our first geothermal field set to go in after next June as we complete the research building on the east side of campus,” he said. “We’re going to have a geothermal field under the parking area there, and we’re looking at other geothermal fields in several places on campus.”In addition to geothermal energy, Affleck-Graves said Notre Dame is investigating other avenues to create a more “diversified strategy.”“[We’re] moving more and more towards renewable energy, so we arrive at a situation where most of our energy will come from renewable sources,” he said. “ … We’re looking at a hydroelectric plant on the river. We’re working with the city of South Bend, and that’s in the planning and approval stages. There’s a lot of regulation that goes around that.“We’re also looking at solar, particularly in some of the parking fields that we have, where we have large open areas that we can maybe put solar on top of parking structures, and maybe a little bit of solar on top of roofs.”When asked about the cost of moving from traditional sources of energy to renewable sources, Affleck-Graves said he did not foresee that being a large issue for the University. The cost of investing in things like a geothermal field would be high, he said, but after the field goes in there would no longer be installation costs associated with it.“I wouldn’t say it’s new money, it’s an element of new money but also the redirection of money. … Instead of a new coal fire burner, we’ll invest in another alternative source,” he said.McCarthy said because climate change is a reality now, action needs to be taken immediately to protect the disadvantaged and future generations.“It’s not just about the challenge of keeping our children safe in the future, but it is all about protecting them today, protecting the most vulnerable and making sure we meet the president’s call for us to take action and meet that moral responsibility,” she said.Tags: EPA, Notre Dame, Pope Francis, renewable energylast_img read more

The state of the State Credit Union system with NASCUS’ Lucy Ito

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and will definitely observe this milestone at its NASCUS Summit next week in New Orleans. What better place to have a party than New Orleans? continue reading »last_img

HZJZ published new recommendations for the operation of catering facilities

first_imgCaterers should adhere to the highest hygiene standards and wash your hands with warm water and soap as often as possible with the use of hand sanitizer, certainly before serving guests to each new table. Opening hours of catering facilities are possible from 6 to 23 hours. In the facilities, tables are kept empty until guests arrive, and utensils are served when guests sit down. It is recommended to display the menus at the entrance or other visible place in an appropriately plasticized form, ie it is recommended to remove the classic forms of the menu. It is possible to give visitors an oral recommendation or in some other acceptable way to express the offer of food and drinks. It is possible to order and pick up food or drink at the bar without delay, ie it is not allowed to stay at the bar. Also, it is possible to serve standing guests if they keep a physical distance, without high tables, with consumption by hand. Other general measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are available at: Labour organization. Visitors can also order a meal or a drink in the restaurant, which they will take with them and consume on the terrace or outdoors. When ordering, a physical distance of at least 1,5 m between customers waiting in line must be observed. After the departure of each group of guests the table, chairs and other surfaces touched by the guests must be wiped with disinfectant, ie the tablecloths must be removed even if they are not visibly soiled.  The use of joint newspapers, magazines and other printed matter in catering establishments is prohibited.  One employee is appointed who serves a predetermined number of tables in advance in order to minimize the mixing of employees and guests. Between charging for the service and serving individual visitors, the facility employee must disinfect their hands. No COVID-19 patients: An employee who serves a guest on the outside of the facility itself. Indoor areas where guests stay should be regularly ventilated.  Special rules for catering facilities in accommodation facilities and others that have buffet way of serving. Instructions for cleaning and disinfecting the area are available at the following links: In order to prevent the spread of infection during the stay in catering facilities with and without terraces and in catering facilities in accommodation facilities, it is necessary to ensure a physical distance between visitors and between visitors and employees. It is recommended to wear face masks indoors. In addition to medical masks, cloth face masks that can be washed at a minimum of 60 ° C and reused can also be used. Instructions on the proper use of masks are available at the link: Staff should take their body temperature in the morning before coming to work. If the body temperature is higher than 37,2 ° C, if the person feels sick or has any signs of illness (applies to all symptoms and signs of illness, not just respiratory diseases), he should contact his superior and not come to work. until he calls the family doctor. Health protection of visitors and staff. center_img Adapted to the epidemiological situation, it is currently recommended that air conditioners be out of use and that the space be ventilated. Refers to sales and service staff. A disinfectant should be available to everyone at all times to periodically disinfect their hands. If possible, it is recommended to provide a space of at least 1,5 m between the server or cashier and the customer when issuing goods and paying for goods, or if possible, install a protective barrier at the place of service and at the cash register, which will physically separate the cashier from the customer. . Contactless payment by bank cards should be encouraged. Food and drink serving. Limit the total number of visitors. Cleaning and disinfection of the space. At the entrance to the facility, visitors should be provided with a dispenser with hand sanitizer and a clearly displayed notice of the obligation to disinfect hands upon entry. Also, at the entrance should be clearly displayed a notice of the obligation to maintain a distance of at least 1,5 m between visitors and between visitors and staff. Door handles and handrails, handrail surfaces and door edges on refrigerators as well as other surfaces that are noticed to be frequently touched by customers should be continuously wiped with alcohol-based disinfectant or other means with declared virucidal action according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  The limit on the number of visitors can be achieved by making available the number of tables that can be set so that the tables are 1,5 m apart. The entry of guests is regulated in such a way that the next visitor or group of visitors can enter only when the previous group of visitors leave the space of the object. The physical distance between individual groups of visitors must be at least 1,5 m. The tables should be arranged so as to maintain a physical distance of 1,5 m between the tables, ie between different groups of guests. Persons suspected or suffering from COVID-19: It is forbidden to serve snacks in bowls on tables, salt / pepper / oil / vinegar / other spices are not left on the tables, but new, previously washed or disinfected dishes are brought for each group of new guests. It is desirable that employees also wear disposable protective gloves. Face masks. It is recommended that buffet the method of serving is carried out so that there is a barrier between the guests and the food and that one employee serves the guests food according to their choice. Other measures of physical distance related to family or other groups of visitors who use the services of the facility in the group are the same as for all other catering facilities. Daily measurement of employee body temperature. Organized groups of guests can sit at tables, and the distance between individual groups of guests in the facility must be at least 1,5 m. For example, members of one family sit 1,5 m away from another group of guests, even if it is a long table that is intended for seating multiple people.  In these facilities, it is recommended that visitors maintain a physical distance of 1,5 m during their stay, and especially during the serving of meals at buffet way, unless they are members of the same family when it is not necessary for members of the same family to maintain a distance of 1,5 m during their stay in the catering facility. Today, HZJZ announced new recommendations for the operation of catering facilities. Let’s visit, from Monday, May 11, catering facilities in Croatia will start working, but only those that have a terrace.last_img read more

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hails Granit Xhaka’s display in victory over Southampton

first_imgArsenal boss Mikel Arteta hails Granit Xhaka’s display in victory over Southampton Xhaka impressed Arteta (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta heaped praise on Granit Xhaka after the midfielder returned from injury to help Arsenal beat Southampton 2-0.Xhaka missed Arsenal’s last game and the Gunners arrived at St Mary’s off the back of successive demoralising defeats.The former club captain has faced lots of criticism this season, but Arteta was relieved to have Xhaka back in his side.‘He’s a big presence, he doesn’t hide and makes a good example for rest,’ Arteta said in his post-match press conference.ADVERTISEMENT‘We had two very difficult weeks. I was concerned after the defeat at Brighton, it really touched the team but I could see yesterday the reaction was really positive.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t want to talk about what happens on the table but what happens in training and games,’ Arteta added. ‘Against Brighton we had total control and threw the game away in seven minutes. The win is Arsenal’s first since the restart (Picture: Getty)‘I know what this team can do when we’re at 100 per cent but if not we’re average.’Goals from academy stars Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock sealed the win for Arsenal, with established stars Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil watching on from the bench. The three points do little to Arsenal’s position in the Premier League table and the Gunners are nine points off Chelsea in fourth place.MORE: Mikel Arteta sends message to Bukayo Saka amid contract stand-offMORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out after Matteo Guendouzi is dropped for Southampton vs Arsenal clashFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryThursday 25 Jun 2020 9:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Coronavirus vaccine key for Olympics’

first_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Loading… Most of those backing a delay or cancellation said they simply didn’t believe the pandemic could be contained in time for the Games. Among the options that have been floated for a Games held during a pandemic is the possibility of limited spectators, or holding the event behind closed doors. But Mori said reducing the number of spectators would be tough. And he said holding the event without any fans was not an option for now. “If it’s the only way to do it, then it’s something we’d have to consider. If that happens, there might be the talk of cancellation,” he was quoted as saying, without elaborating. read also:‘No solution today’ for Tokyo Olympics as Bach announces re-election bid With just over a year to go until the rescheduled Games, there are persistent doubts about whether the delay will be sufficient for the pandemic to be brought under control. Japan has so far reported 26,300 COVID-19 cases with 989 deaths, but Tokyo has seen an increase in cases recently and the country’s borders remain almost completely sealed to overseas visitors. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Development of a coronavirus vaccine or treatment will be key to allowing the postponed Tokyo 2020 games to open in a year’s time, organising committee president Yoshiro Mori said Wednesday. Asked what factors will be crucial for the rescheduled Games to go ahead, Mori said “it would be whether the coronavirus woe is settling down.” “Specifically, the first point will be that a vaccine or drug has been developed,” he said in an interview with national broadcaster NHK, published Wednesday. Asked whether Tokyo could hold the Games if the virus situation remained unchanged, Mori said: “If things continue as they are now, we couldn’t.” But he said that scenario was hypothetical. “I can’t imagine a situation like this will continue for another year,” he said Tokyo 2020 should have been opening on Friday, but the Games were postponed in March as the coronavirus spread across the globe, marking the worst disruption to an Olympics since two editions were cancelled during World War II. The Games are now set to open on July 23, 2021, but recent polls have shown less public enthusiasm for hosting the event, as virus cases show a resurgence in Japan. Just one in four people in Japan want to see the delayed Tokyo Games held next year, with most backing either further delay or cancellation, according to a survey published by Kyodo News this week.last_img read more

AC examine Ibrahimovic’s injury, say no threat to career

first_imgRelatedPosts Ibrahimovic to stay at Milan for another season – Reports PSG confirm Mbappe has ankle sprain Pioli pens new AC Milan two-year deal AC Milan have confirmed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a calf injury on Monday and will be examined again in 10 days.There were reports that the 38-year-old had ruptured his Achilles tendon, an injury which could have brought an end to his long career in the game with his Milan contract set to expire in the summer after he signed a short-term deal in January. However, medical tests on Tuesday revealed good news, with the injury affecting his calf and no damage to the Achilles.A Milan statement read: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered an injury to the soleus muscle of his right calf.“The Achilles tendon is perfectly intact. An examination will be carried out in 10 days.”Ibrahimovic has managed four goals since re-joining the Italians following the end of his contract with LA Galaxy.His future at the San Siro was already up in the air with Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic claiming he would leave the club at the end of his deal. Mihajlovic suggested the forward could join him at Bologna or return to his native Sweden.Ibrahimovic returned home to train with with Hammarby, the Stockholm-based club in which he bought a nearly 25 per cent stake last year, to keep up his fitness while Italy was under lockdown.He was forced to spend time in self-isolation upon his return to the country and has given little away about his future.Tags: AC MilanInjuryZlatan Ibrahimoviclast_img read more

Tiger, a hit with fans at New York book-signing

first_imgBy Larry FineNEW YORK, USA (Reuters) – Tiger Woods has been largely absent from the golf circuit for nearly two years due to nagging back problems but the 14-time major champion can still draw a crowd.Some 250 fans and autograph hounds lined up outside a Manhattan bookstore yesterday. Some had camped overnight, to attend a book-signing by Woods for ‘The 1997 Masters: My Story’, about his first major title.A Barnes and Noble spokesman said they had enough interest to accommodate a thousand people, but had to limit the crowd based on Woods’ availability.Dressed casually in a long sleeve grey striped shirt, the golfer, who has played just three competitive rounds over the past 19 months, received enthusiastic applause as he made his way to the stage and flashed a big smile at his reception.Attendees were allowed a maximum of two signed books, without personalisation, and Woods exchanged pleasantries as he signed on the title page.“He was really nice. Just a normal guy,” said Claudia as she was escorted to the exit escalator by the attentive security detail.“I was very surprised. Nice signature and pretty pleasant,” said a man who made a seven-hour drive from Pittsburgh to attend. “I’m absolutely a Tiger fan. He’s going right up next to my Michael Jordan.”Another man said he attended as “a memorabilia thing. I met (Jack) Nicklaus and (Arnold) Palmer and had to get him to have the three.”A middle-aged New Yorker said he offered Woods some advice.“He was very nice. I suffer back pains and I expressed that he should maybe get acupuncture and he said that he does try it and enjoys it.”A grey-haired fan got a handshake. “Now I can go to heaven,” said Kenny.last_img read more

Week 2 of Wimbledon begins

first_imgPhoto: © pixabay In the women’s draw Venus Williams is first up on Centre Court against 27th seed Ana Konjuh. It’s the start of week two of this year’s Wimbledon with men’s and women’s fourth round ties down for decision.In the men’s draw reigning champion Andy Murray takes on Benoit Paire of France – that game is second on Centre Court.Following that game is the meeting of Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov.last_img

UK Proceeds With Deportation Flight to Jamaica Despite Court Ruling

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The United Kingdom’s Home Office today proceeded with the deportation of several Jamaicans, despite yesterday’s ruling from the Court of Appeal which briefly halted the charter flight.The UK’s Court of Appeal ruling, which came yesterday, was on the basis that the persons originally scheduled to be deported did not have access to proper legal advice.But in a last-minute turn of events, the charter flight left the UK for Jamaica this morning, with fewer than half of the 50-odd deportees on board.British politician, Chancellor Sajid Javid said that the 17 deportees on this morning’s flight were not British nationals, but foreign criminals that have committed serious offences.“They are not British, they are not members of the Windrush generation and they are all guilty of serious crimes, receiving custodial sentences of at least 12 months.”He said they were guilty of offences such as manslaughter, rape and dealing class A drugs.A spokesperson from the UK’s Home Office also issued a statement on the deportation flight, saying: “We make no apology for trying to protect the public from serious, violent and persistent foreign national offenders. The court ruling does not apply to all of the foreign national offenders due to e deported and we are therefore proceeding with the flight.”The Home Office also added that the court did not order that those taken off the flight cannot be deported at a later date, even though they should now have access to legal aid.The Government of Jamaican has not yet commented on the flight that should land in Kingston later today.Since the Windrush scandal broke in 2018, this is the second deportation flight to be scheduled from the UK to Jamaica. Last year, 29 convicted criminals were deported to Jamaica.last_img read more