John Affleck-Graves announces retirement as executive vice president of Notre Dame

first_imgAfter serving as Notre Dame’s executive vice president since 2004, John Affleck-Graves will retire on June 30, the University announced in a press release emailed to the Notre Dame community Wednesday.“It is with mixed emotions that I send along the attached press release announcing the retirement in June 2019 of the University’s executive vice president, John Affleck-Graves, a trusted colleague, cherished friend and highly regarded member of the faculty,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the email. “John informed me of his decision to retire from the EVP role earlier this summer, and we agreed that we would make this news public soon after the start of the new academic year.”Affleck-Graves said he appreciated the opportunity to work with Notre Dame’s administration during his tenure, and thanked the University’s staff for its service.“It has been a privilege to work with Fr. John, Provost Tom Burish and the Board of Trustees for these 15 years,” he said in the release. “I have been blessed to have a tremendous team of leaders in the EVP Division and am especially grateful for the commitment and dedication of all the staff who deliver such exceptional service to our campus community on a daily basis.”The University will search for a successor to Affleck-Graves in the coming months, Jenkins said in the email.“I am confident that, working closely with our Board of Trustees, we will identify a visionary leader who will carry forward and build on John’s extraordinary legacy,” he said.Affleck-Graves has also served as chief financial officer of the University, managing “the operating budget, endowment, finance, information technology, human resources, campus safety, event management, construction, building services, landscaping, food services and auxiliary operations, including the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, Morris Inn and licensing,” the release said.“John Affleck-Graves is key to why Notre Dame is universally respected for its superb management by institutional leaders across the country,” John J. Brennan, the University’s chair of the Board of Trustees, said in the release. “He shepherded the greatest expansion and modernization of Notre Dame’s physical plant, including research and residential facilities, in ways which were fiscally responsible, environmentally sound and beautiful. At the same time, John has stewarded a huge increase in financial aid for our students to more than $147 million from $58 million during his tenure.”Since 2004, when Affleck-Graves began his tenure, the University’s endowment has grown from $3.5 billion to $11.8 billion and its operating budget has increased from $650 million to $1.5 billion, according to the release. Notre Dame has added 3.3 million square feet in new structures, through the 36 buildings constructed under Affleck-Graves’s tenure, including the Campus Crossroads project. According to the release, the University “maintained its construction timelines and never laid off employees,” under Affleck-Graves, despite pressures to do so during the economic recession that began in 2007.“The University has benefited immeasurably from John’s intelligence, good judgment, leadership ability, tireless work ethic and, above all, his devotion to Notre Dame and its mission,” Jenkins said in the release. “It has been a personal privilege to work with him as a colleague and a friend for 18 years.”Originally from South Africa, Affleck-Graves earned an undergraduate degree in finance at the University of Cape Town, as well as a master’s degree in the same field. He also holds a doctorate degree in mathematical statistics from the University of Cape Town.His career includes 11 years as a professor and researcher at the University of Cape Town. He first came to Notre Dame in 1986 and stayed until 2000, serving as chair of the Department of Finance and Business Economics in his last three years. He then spent a year at Florida State University, before returning to Notre Dame and serving as associate provost, vice president and Notre Dame Chair in Finance.Affleck-Graves’s predecessors include Congregation of Holy Cross priests, Fr. Edmund Joyce, Fr. E. William Beauchamp and Fr. Timothy Scully. According to the release, he is the first lay executive vice president.Affleck-Graves has been recognized with eight teaching awards at Notre Dame and two at the University of Cape Town, the release said. During his tenure, it stated, he has served on “the Academic Council, Academic Code of Honor Committee and Faculty Senate and as chair of the Provost’s Task Force on Curricular Innovation.” As chair of the Regional Development Authority in north central Indiana, he played a key role in procuring at $42 million state grant for his work in cross-county development plans.According to the email announcing Affleck-Graves’s retirement, the University administrator plans to continue teaching at Notre Dame, traveling and spending more time with his children and grandchildren during his retirement.Tags: Board of Trustees, Executive Vice President, John Affleck-Graves, retirement, University President Fr. John Jenkins, University Provostlast_img read more

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Gazprom’s natural gas exports to Europe rise

first_imgRussian giant Gazprom saw its natural gas export to Europe rise 1.6 percent in January, compared to the corresponding month last year. According to the company’s preliminary data, Gazprom’s gas deliveries to Europe amounted to an estimated 17.6 billion cubic meters during the month.The company boosted its gas supplies to Italy (109.8 percent up), Austria (25.5 percent up), the Czech Republic (56.5 percent up), France (17.9 percent up), Finland (20.4 percent up), the Netherlands (6.9 percent up), and Denmark (21.8 percent up).During January, Gazprom produced 47.4 billion cubic meters of gas, which was 3.8 percent or 1.7 billion cubic meters up compared to January 2017.The production levels recorded in January 2019 were the highest since 2015, Gazprom said.Gas sales to the domestic market via the national gas transmission system were up 4.3 percent or 1.4 billion cubic meters.last_img read more

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Italy’s football bosses take to name-calling over virus

first_img Read Also: Victor Moses suffers injury setback, set to miss Inter’s matches But Italian Olympic Committee boss Giovanni Malago – himself facing uncertainty about whether the Tokyo Summer Games will go ahead in July – told La Repubblica daily it was time for everyone to calm down. “Health comes before everything, and that includes football,” Malago said. “There are people dying, people getting sick, and people trying to bring this global emergency under control,” he said. “I’d say it is time to stop this playground squabbling.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Their last meaningful match was against Bulgaria’s Ludogorets in the Europa League last week. It was a drab affair they won 2-1 at an empty San Siro stadium in Milan. All the postponements have created massive confusion and a logistical nightmare. Some of the matches are being rescheduled for May 13 – theoretically the time the Italian Cup final should have been played. Inter could be in that final if they manage to overturn a 1-0 deficit away to Napoli in the return leg of their semi-final tie on Thursday. That match is still scheduled to go ahead. Inter chief executive Beppe Marotta called Dal Pino’s various scheduling moves “impractical and almost provocative”. “You find teams that haven’t played for two weeks, others that play continuously,” Marotta fumed in a separate TV interview. Dal Pino has not said much in self-defence and largely avoided the media. Loading… Initial plans to play several matches behind closed doors last weekend gave way to a series of postponements Inter wanted the Juve match played behind closed doors so that players did not lose form. Italy’s football schedule has been thrown into disarray by the new coronavirus and its bosses are taking out their frustrations via social media and calling each other names. Inter Milan played Ludogorets behind closed doors at the San Siro in the Europa League last week The football-mad Mediterranean country has borne the European brunt of the COVID-19 disease now sweeping across much of the world. More than 2,000 people have tested positive and 52 have died from the virus in Italy since February 22. The big problem for football is that the Italian epicentre of the outbreak is in the northern part of the country where many of the big teams play. Milan’s Lombardy region has recorded 38 deaths and its western neighbour Piedmont – home to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus – has also been heavily hit. Now the bosses of Inter Milan are lashing out at league president Paolo Dal Pino for what they view as completely random scheduling decisions that favour specific teams. Inter’s Chinese chairman Steven Zhang posted a somewhat extraordinary missive on his verified Instagram account Tuesday calling Dal Pino a “clown”. “Playing around (with) the calendar and always putting the public health as secondary consideration,” Zhang wrote in English. “You are probably the biggest and darkest clown I have ever seen.” Zhang then posted what a “face vomiting” emoji to illustrate the strength of his feelings about Dal Pino’s scheduling moves. “How about we don’t protect our players or coaches and ask them to play for you 24⁄7 nonstop?” he somewhat rhetorically asked. “Yes, I am speaking at you. Our Lega President #PauloDalPino! #shameonyou.” – ‘Playground squabbling’ – Zhang and other Italian football bigwigs could be forgiven for being a little upset. Inter have not played in Serie A since losing to surprise league leaders Lazio on February 16. They trail second-placed Juventus by six points but have a game in hand. But it is far from clear just when that game might be played. Their home match against Sampdoria and last weekend’s title clash with Juventus were both postponed. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World10 Largest Cities In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple MistakeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mindlast_img read more

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Pirates Lose To Eagles In Soccer

first_imgGreensburg traveled to Jac-Cen-Del to take on the Eagles on Tuesday night and fell 9-1.The Pirates were able to hold off the Eagles attack for the first 10 minutes of action, but once the scoring started there was little the Pirates were willing to do to stop it. Keeper Jimmie Day had yet another good game with 12 saves allowing for Greensburg to have a fighting chance at times. Jac-Cen-Del scored 5 goals before the halftime buzzer sounded and added another 4 in the second half. Senior Collin Springmeyer was able to keep the Pirates from being shut out for the 3rd straight game, by scoring his 6th goal of the season off of the assist from Sophomore Grayson Newhart. This marked Grayson’s 4th assist on the season, as well.The loss drops the Pirates to 1-4-1 on the season.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more

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Restaurant Owner McLoone Takes A Stand Against Straws

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo | SEA BRIGHT – One of New Jersey’s most prominent restaurateurs is joining the fight against throw-away plastics.Tim McLoone, the owner of 11 shore-area dining establishments, has pledged to stop offering plastic straws to his customers, save for use by individuals with special needs and children. Any other customers who request a straw with their beverage will be offered a paper version.“We have five restaurants right on the water, three of them in Monmouth County, so I think that we have a certain responsibility to do our part,” said McLoone, who owns Rum Runner in Sea Bright, as well as McLoone’s Pier House in West Long Branch and Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park. It’s part of McLoone’s broader effort to have his New Jersey and Maryland business operations be more accountable to the environment.“I’ve asked Clean Ocean Action to come in and provide a green restaurant audit. I want to know what all of my sins are in detail and then I want to make my sins public so other business owners and restaurant owners can learn. Be brutal and we’ll tell everyone,” McLoone said.According to Cindy Zipf, COA executive director, the survey will not only provide a list of products and practices that have been proven harmful to the environment, but also a series of alternatives that will replace older methods. Zipf said the objective of the audit is to create a plan that is sustainable and able to be replicated, a formula that could resonate with business owners around the world.“It’s all about sustainability. To sustain an effort like this you need a blueprint in place. And with Tim leading the way, we’ll be able to create one and share it,” Zipf said. “We think this could be a very impactful endeavor and we’re very excited to get started.” “We live in a very competitive area for restaurants and my hope is that other owners will feel challenged by the information that comes out of our audit and the changes that we make,” McLoone said. “We need to be more conservative with our garbage. We need to get back to a place where people feel bad about litter and pollution.”According to Rachel Ganley, McLoone’s Restaurants director of marketing and events, the Rum Runner in Sea Bright will be the pilot location for this audit and the proving ground where this sharable blueprint will be built. The audit’s design is based on the Oceanic Standard, a step-by-step guide for restaurants, event venues, hotels, bars and nightlife venues to adopt sustainable practices that empower consumers to make conscious choices while meeting both business and environmental needs.“It’s not just the removal of straws,” Zipf said. “We couldn’t have a better spokesperson or leader working with us, because Tim is taking this approach to his entire organization. And as we go through this journey together, we’re hoping to produce a model that other restaurants can use.” “Some initiatives, like the change in straws, have already taken place, but other changes will not be immediately visible,” Ganley said. “Clean Ocean Action will be analyzing our current plastic usage, as well as other aspects of the operation like soaps, detergents and other cleaning products.”Zipf said COA will also be assessing Rum Runner employee awareness of the single-use plastic issue and other environmental challenges, in order to prepare the staff to speak with customers about the changes being implemented.McLoone cited other local initiatives like townwide efforts taking place in Atlantic Highlands and nearby Monmouth Beach – a municipality that passed a progressive ordinance in May banning single-use plastic straws, bags and containers by local businesses and restaurants – as the push he needed to finally take action. “I’ll be the first to say that we’re not the first to be taking this step. Others are already doing it. And I actually feel bad that it’s taken this long to get things moving. But it’s something we’ve been talking about for months and it’s time to start doing our part,” McLoone said.This article was first published in the July 26-Aug. 2, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Red Bank Rethinks Ban on Tattoo Studios

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |RED BANK – With a major annual convention in nearby Asbury Park and Bayshore-area shops in abundance, tattoo artistry has gone mainstream.In Red Bank, tattoo shops have been prohibited in the central business district. But now elected borough officials want to re-ink the rules.At a Sept. 12 meeting, the governing body introduced an ordinance amending Red Bank’s Land Development Regulations, effectively deleting the prohibition of tattoo parlors in all primary commercial zones.Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said he is confident the ordinance will be adopted upon second reading at the public hearing Oct. 13, which would allow artists to set up shop in the borough’s Neighborhood Business District (NB), Central Commercial Districts 1 and 2, and Business Residential Districts 1 and 2.“The only reason that prevents these artists in town right now is because of some accumulated antagonism over the years to when only sailors got tattoos, or people involved with some sort of illegal trade,” Menna said in an interview with The Two River Times.“That’s no longer the case. You don’t have to be a member of the military or Navy to have a tattoo these days. It’s now an accepted artistic expression. As long as it’s done safely, with safeguards in place, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be allowed here.”Menna said governments should have more faith that their constituents know what’s good for themselves and that the market will work itself out.“In this situation we’re dealing with stereotypes that have plagued the way we look at commerce for so long,” Menna said. “My point is, why don’t we let the market decide what works in a particular area and what doesn’t work.”“A liquor store would not be able to make it in a downtown setting anymore. That’s not just Red Bank, it’s anywhere. The market has dictated that. But a tattoo artist providing his or her craft, in a safe and convenient setting; that’s proven to work. But the market will dictate.”It is not unusual for municipalities to have bans against tattoo shops. Last year at this time, Shrewsbury Borough passed legislation banning them, along with vape shops and gun stores.Tommy Wood owns and operates White Wolf Tattoo with his wife Danielle in a Hazlet strip mall. Three years ago when he launched his own Route 35 establishment, Red Bank would have been an alluring location, he said.“It would be really hard for me to make that move right now because we’re established, even though at one point I really did want to,” Wood said.For an upstart artist looking to lay their roots, Red Bank could be a great option, but the situation would have to be right for both the business owner and the town.“I hope Red Bank shows that they’re committed to having these types of artists in town. It will go a long way if the government leaders and business leaders show that they’re willing embrace and support tattoo shops,” Wood said.“And I hope they get the right shop down there, too. Someone who is going to do it right and not hurt the reputation of the (tattoo artist) community. I wish it could be me, because we are reputable. But hopefully whoever goes in there doesn’t ruin the opportunity,” he added.Jim Scavone is the executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, an organization founded in 1991 to manage the borough’s business district. He said experiential retail establishments – like DIY enterprises, breweries, art spaces and tattoo parlors – are the future of the municipality.“I think moving forward, in addition to their retail offerings, places that can offer an experience that you can only find in that particular establishment are going to be more successful,” Scavone said.The issues that could serve as deterrents to tattoo shops are the same for any new business moving to town: rent costs and lack of parking.The borough recently formed a private-public partnership with Red Bank RiverCenter to conduct the town’s first parking study in 26 years, which will aim to alleviate the lack of long-term customer and employee parking spaces.As for rent, Wood said it’s the biggest overhead a shop owner has to contend with, which means tattoo artists could be hesitant to make the move.“At the end of the day, most of these people are starving artists,” Wood said. “Unless you’re the shop owner and have five people working under you, you’re living just like everyone else is. Because some days, if the weather turns, you won’t tattoo a damn thing. It’s a gamble being an artist, whether you’re a painter or a tattoo artist. But it’s a labor of love.”This article was first published in the Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Hastings off to Williamsport after winning Canadian Little League title

first_imgThe teams were tied 1-1 entering the pivotal frame.Thomas Neal and Steve Moretto led the offence with four and three, RBIs, respectively.Hastings, defeating Glace Bay 5-0 in Friday’s semi final, finished the game with eight hits and was helped out by three Lethbridge errors.Hastings headed directly from Edmonton to Toronto before going to Williamsport to represent Canada.The champs were in attendance to watch the Blue Jays outlast the New York Yankees 10-7 on Sunday at the Rogers Centre.In 2011, Langley won the Canadian title.The 2013 Canadian Little League Championship is being hosted by Glace Bay, NS. After getting hot at the right time during the B.C. Tournament in Trail, Hastings continued to shine at the 2012 Canadian Little League Championships in Edmonton.The B.C. reps blasted Prairie Champion Lethbridge Southwest All Stars 11-1 in the final of the Canadian Little League Championships Saturday at John Fry Park.Hastings now represents Canada at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania from August 16-26th.Hastings, finishing the round robin undefeated, blew open the final with 10 runs in the fourth inning.last_img read more

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Debbah Tracks ‘Cream of Players’

first_imgWith at least 35 days to the opener of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) against Togo in Lome, Coach James Salinsa Debbah is still in the hunt for a cream of players to begin intensive training.Since the start of the Coca-Cola Big 8 Tournament, the Lone Star manager has been seen on the Blue Field purposely to “pick and choose” super players in the absence of the domestic league, which has been deferred for the 3rd time on Monday, May 25.On the tournament’s opener, Coach Debbah sat in the VIP stand during BYC and Nimba United derby but moved on the technical bench of Mighty Barrolle, his former club in which in played for five years, 1984-1989, and his presence might have motivated the Rollers to draw with LISCR FC, 2-2.The 47-year-old watched the rest of the preliminary rounds which ended yesterday at the VIP.Though Debbah is tightlipped on his selection many football connoisseurs believe that most of the players would come from BYC I, because the ‘Go Blue Boys’ are the only team that won all her games and didn’t concede a goal.The Group A leader whipped Nimba United 1-0, as well as Barrolle and LISCR FC 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.NPA Anchors, head of Group B emerged with seven points, having convincingly whipped FC Fassell and Aries 4-0 and 2-0 respectively and drawing with IE, 1-1.The runners-up of Group A and B, Nimba United and IE are also in the fray for their players to be single out. Players from second runners-up LISCR FC and Mighty Barrolle are not an exception for the ‘go-after’.Amidst the crucial call-up of players being hinged on the nine-day football league, some connoisseurs are admonishing the coach to begin intensive practice on Monday, May 11 to have adequate time to prepare for the showdown.Meanwhile, besides the local players, Coach Debbah has announced the call-up of at least 40 overseas players for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).For the oversease players, Coach Debbah named Sam Johnson (in Sweden), William Jerboe (Portugal), Alex Nimely (England), and Baba Kar, a young Liberian who is playing in Italy, among others.He dismissed reports that South Africa based Anthony Laffor remains captain of Lone Star. Reports have it that he has verbally resigned.Coach Debbah argued that a new coach has the right to retain or appoint a new captain, though he has not officially unveiled whether the ex-skipper would be among his 40 foreign based players.Lone Star, particularly, the local players would also participate in the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers, (the Orange African Nations Championship in Rwanda 2016.)The CHAN competition is organized for players who feature in the local league, while the AFCON tournament is for both foreign based and local players.Many football connoisseurs are doubtful that the employment of an inexperienced coach, the delay in the selection of players, lack of deputy coach and the unpleasant relationship with the LFA and the Liberian government coupled with the ‘No Money Syndrome” would lead Liberia to qualify since we last appeared in 1996 and 2001.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fifa volunteers pass 15 000 mark

first_imgA volunteer helps a spectator find herseat during the final of the 2008Vodacom Challenge, which was used asan early trial run for the 2010 volunteersystem.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff, For more freephotos, visit the image library) reporterOnly seven days after applications opened for volunteers to help run the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the number of volunteer hopefuls has exceeded the 15 000 places available.The volunteers will be pivotal to the smooth running of the tournament, helping out in areas such as transport, media, marketing, logistics, accreditation, spectator services, language support, administration and hospitality.Applications opened on Monday 20 July 2009 and, by 9:30 am today, 15 042 potential volunteers from 133 countries had registered with the World Cup Organising Committee.“We’re delighted with the phenomenal response and the enthusiasm from people to play their part in helping to successfully deliver Africa’s first Fifa World Cup.” said Danny Jordaan, the organising committee’s chief executive..The 2010 Fifa World Cup final draw, to be held in Cape Town in December, has attracted 482 applications, while a further 188 volunteers have applied for the Football for Hope festival in Alexandra, Johannesburg, which will be held during the World Cup.The OC will continue to accept applications until the closing date on August 31 2009, after which the 15 000 volunteers needed for the 2010 Fifa World Cup will be selected.“We encourage people to continue to apply until the end of August to ensure we have the strongest possible volunteers to assist in all functional areas,” Jordaan said.“Language support, in particular, will be very important, especially when it comes to assisting foreign fans that will follow their teams to the tournament. So, while we’re very happy with the initial response, we want to stress that the volunteer recruitment process is still very much open.”Prospective volunteers can apply at Those without internet access or requiring further information about the programme and how to apply at volunteer centres around the country can contact the toll-free volunteer hotline on 0800 52 52 52. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 on 1 March 2010.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] links2010 Fifa World Cup Volunteers2010 Fifa World CupSouth Africa 2010Fifa Media Channellast_img read more

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