26Jan/21

Office of the Registrar returns to DART registration system

first_imgAfter experiencing delays and slowness during course registration last semester, the Office of the Registrar has decided to return to DART registration and take down the NOVO system for the duration of this semester’s registration period.Both DART and NOVO were designed by the company Ellucian Banner, University registrar Chuck Hurley said. When NOVO was released in 2015, the Office of the Registrar began to transition to the system, and up until last semester, had not seen significant issues with the program, Hurley said.“In November, we had a very odd experience which was that senior registration went well,” he said. “Then junior registration went and we saw a great deal of slowness in the system — 30 second response times, things like that. Sometimes even slower than that. Then sophomores registered and things went well. Then first year students registered and we saw the slowness come back again.”To address the issue, the University reported the issues to Ellucian Banner and began to speak with other colleges using the same software.“They were reporting the exact same error message that we saw on the back end, which is a database deadlocking error and so we found that a great concern,” Hurley said. “One of them contacted us just a little bit over a week ago and said they were still seeing it.”As a result, the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) decided to transfer to the DART system, Chris Corrente, OIT manager of student solutions, said.“Over the past several weeks, the OIT conducted multiple load tests of NOVO and DART, and the results demonstrated that DART performed better under heavy load,” Corrente said. “We thus decided, in collaboration with the Registrar’s Office, to disable NOVO and solely rely on DART for the heavy registration cycle.”Still, Corrente said, the Office of the Registrar and OIT hope to return to NOVO after resolving issues in the system.“Despite the fact that we are switching back to DART for this registration period, the OIT and the Registrar’s Office will continue to work with Ellucian to address the performance issues, as our goal is to make the NOVO service available again during future heavy registration cycles,” he said. “We also will be turning the NOVO system back online once we get through the heavy registration period over the next week.”The times for registration have also expanded, Hurley said, to further prevent slowness. Whereas students previously registered between 6:45 a.m. and 8 a.m., they will now register between 6:30 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. with 10 minutes between each registration wave.“It’s the same amount of students in each class,” Hurley said. “We’re just stretching it out a little bit. The vendor said — it’s like anything — you try to put a load over a longer period, they believe it will help the system rather than it not being as intense, so we’ve added 15 minutes onto the front end of registration … and another 20 minutes on the back.”To make the registration process as smooth as possible, Hurley said, students should be sure to have the Course Reference Numbers (CRN’s) for their potential classes ready at the time of registration. Those on campus should also use the Eduroam Wi-Fi network, as the system will not work on the ND-Guest network.Hurley said students should not hesitate to reach out to the Office of the Registrar with questions.“The people in this office care deeply about the students and about the registration experience because they understand that from being in Zahm or Cavanaugh and registering themselves as students,” Hurley said. “And they’ve had that experience of, for example, in some cases, having a child here who has registered. And they know that it is a stressful experience for students and so we’re here in the Registrar’s office to help students as best we can with this and so if students run into problems, they should call us and [we’ll] do everything that we possibly can to help them out.”Tags: class registration, DART, NOVO, NOVO registration, Office of the Registrar, OITlast_img read more

20Dec/20

Uruguai: Cyber Fraud Hits Latin American Banks

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2012 Banks in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina are the hardest hit in Latin America by fraud in online commerce and theft of confidential data, a practice known as phishing. The total bank losses in the region top $93 billion a year, found an investigation conducted by Proyecto Amparo, a Montevideo-based group that aims to strengthen regional capacity for prevention and response to cyber security incidents in Latin America and the Caribbean. The report explains that these threats are becoming more complex and more sophisticated. The average cost of a cyber attack is $50,000 to a bank, or $50 to $60 per affected account, the study added. The scope of cyber crime in Latin America is worrisome, with very likely scenarios of cyber attacks and distressing consequences for the population, the report said. Source: Agence France-Presselast_img read more

18Dec/20

2nd Suspect Charged in Hit-and-run DWI Crash That Killed 3

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man has been accused of helping a suspected drunken driver flee the scene of an alleged hit-and-run crash that killed three people in Bay Shore over the weekend.Demetri Stewart pleaded not guilty Tuesday at Suffolk County court to charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, hindering prosecution and criminal facilitation.Prosecutors said the 23-year-old Jamaica man drove his friend, Oniel Sharpe Jr., immediately after Sharpe allegedly rear-ended a Toyota while driving his mother’s BMW westbound on the Southern State Parkway near exit 41 for Bay Shore Road at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.Three people in the vehicle that Sharpe allegedly hit—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, escaped and was taken to South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. The family was on their way home to St. Albans after leaving a family party in Central Islip, police said.Sharpe, 24, of Springfield Gardens, was arrested four hours later at his mother’s Rockville Centre home. His bail was set at $250,000 cash after he pleaded not guilty Monday to driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Bail for Stewart was set at $100,000 cash.last_img read more

17Dec/20

Corelation Conference: How to stand out in a sea of sameness

first_imgTo be successful in today’s marketplace, you must do more than just sell things. That’s the powerful message acclaimed speaker, author and success coach Dr. Jackie Freiberg delivered Wednesday morning to open the 6th annual Corelation Client Conference.Credit unions and vendors alike must create an experience, Freiberg stressed. That applies to members, customer and employees; in short, anyone you engage with.Freiberg began her address by telling the story of Tim Ciasulli, the former president and CEO of Planet Honda, a car dealership. Recognizing that a) he was in a commodity business and b) that consumer pain points were generally the same no matter where the consumer shopped for a car, Ciasulli set out to create a different car-buying experience.For example, upon arrival, buyers were directed to a kiosk. If they told the kiosk attendant that they just wanted to look, they were presented with a large “just looking” sticker to wear around the lot. As long as the consumer displayed the sticker, no salesperson would approach them. If the consumer wanted to engage with a salesperson, they removed their sticker.According to Freiberg, this approach was a huge success. Planet Honda got 70 percent of its business from customer referrals. What’s more, on average, Planet Honda charged about $1,000 more per vehicle, a premium consumers were willing to pay for the improved experience.Freiberg went on to share the stories of other organizations that had figured out how to, as she put it, “stand out in that sea of sameness.” However, she made it clear that it all starts with employee engagement, noting that even though it’s unrealistic to expect to have employees for life, those employees can still be advocates for life.“When we engage our people, we create people who want to work with us for a long time and who strive to improve the member experience,” she said, “not because they have to, not because they’re told to, not because they’re trained to, but because they want to enrich your members.”“Credit unions are here to enrich the communities they serve,” she said in closing. “How will you enrich, how will you engage, and even more important than that, where do you need to show up to make a difference to your employees and your members? That’s the question of the day.” 130SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

17Dec/20

An appealing proposition

first_imgThe NCUA board unveiled proposed regulations yesterday which, taken as a whole, would create a more formal and uniform appellate process by which credit unions could appeal regulator determinations. Although these changes may not seem all that important, they are actually much needed reforms that are long overdue. Another proposal would mandate that members have more information before voting on voluntary mergers.Here is why you should care:First in the interest of full disclosure, as I started reading through these proposals last night after turning on game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, I fell asleep faster than an old man in a nursing home after taking his evening meds. As a result, I will be describing these in more detail in the coming weeks as I seek credit union feedback. But for this morning there is one specific aspect of the proposal that I want to highlight. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

20Nov/20

RHOC’s Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Sean Burke’s Ups and Downs

first_imgBraunwyn Windham-Burke and husband Sean Burke have been married for more than 20 years, but it hasn’t always smooth sailing for the Real Housewives of Orange County couple.While Bravo fans met Braunwyn in 2019 when she joined the cast of RHOC for season 14, she started seeing Sean when she was just 18 years old.- Advertisement – Before season 15 of RHOC started airing in October 2020, Braunwyn sparked split speculation as she promoted a Zoom session with a divorce specialist.Scroll through for more on Braunwyn and Sean’s ups and downs: – Advertisement – “I learned [doing the show] that I can’t always rely on my husband,” she explained in a 2019 interview. “I’ve been with my husband since I was 18, so I had to stand on my own two feet for the first time in my entire adult life. And that was not always easy.”Braunwyn and Sean tied the knot in 2000 and went on to welcome seven kids: Bella, Rowan, Jacob, twins Caden and Curren, Koa and Hazel. Before the pair welcomed their twins and youngest daughters, however, they actually separated for a short period of time.“We fought for our family because Sean and I almost got divorced,” Braunwyn recalled on the RHOC aftershow in November 2019. “We’ve been through infidelity. We’ve gone down this road and Sean and I came back stronger.”- Advertisement – While they welcomed four more kids post-split, Braunwyn ruled out welcoming baby No. 8 in 2020, revealing that she underwent two years of IVF to have the couple’s youngest daughter.“We worked very hard for this little one, 2 years of IVF and many losses to get her, but when I look at her huge smile, her eyes that light up and her adorable laugh I can tell you, it’s all worth it,” Braunwyn gushed via Instagram. “She’s the easiest baby we’ve ever had, is best friends with her sister and loves to just follow the others around. I’m so grateful for you, thank you for being a part of our family.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

18Nov/20

Experts study behavior of H5N1 virus in Vietnam, China

first_imgJun 24, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – As poultry were being culled in China and Vietnam to prevent further spread of avian influenza outbreaks this week, international experts were visiting both countries to better understand how the H5N1 virus is behaving.Ducks in central Vietnam were being culled after authorities discovered that one-fifth of the waterfowl in Quang Tri province carry the H5N1 virus, China’s Xinhau news service reported today, basing the story on a Vietnamese newspaper, Saigon Liberation. More than 23,000 birds have already been culled in 38 infected flocks, with another 144 flocks untested, Xinhua reported.As many as 120,000 to 150,000 birds may be culled, according to a report today by the Vietnamese news service Thanh Nien News, which also cited the Saigon Liberation as its source.In response to the outbreaks, the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry extended an existing ban on egg incubation for breeding poultry and building new waterfowl or quail flocks through February 2006, according to the Vietnam News Service (VNS). In addition, the country’s state bank has asked that commercial banks refuse loans to farmers and businesses that produce breeding poultry and waterfowl, VNS reported today.This is the second outbreak in Vietnamese poultry in about a week. Prior to that, the country had been free of bird outbreaks since April, Xinhua reported. However, human cases of H5N1 infection have continued without a major break since mid-December 2004.Possible and confirmed human H5N1 infections in Vietnam are the focus of intense study by a visiting team of experts from Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States, according to a Canadian Press (CP) report today. The team of about half a dozen virologists and epidemiologists is investigating whether the H5N1 virus has changed in ways that make a flu pandemic more likely.The team is working in Vietnam at the government’s request, Maria Cheng, a World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman, told the CP.Their tasks include studying clusters of cases to determine the extent of human-to-human transmission and analyzing tests on hundreds of stored human blood samples that may indicate scores of undetected human H5N1 infections, the CP reported.Those findings are questionable because they relied on the Western blot test, which is not the gold standard for flu testing, the CP story said.Authorities are negotiating to transfer the blood samples to a site where appropriate tests can be performed—a lab with the biosafety rating to conduct neutralization assays considered the gold standard for flu testing, the CP reported.In China, international experts sent by the WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) were studying the H5N1 outbreak in Qinghai province this week and recently received approval to do the same in neighboring Xinjiang province, the International Herald Tribune reported yesterday.China has had three avian outbreaks of H5N1 in recent weeks, including one this week that involved the deaths of 180 ducks and geese, according to its reports to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). In all, at least 1,490 birds were culled, according to a Jun 21 story by Agence France-Presse (AFP).Authorities are also pressuring China for details of farmers’ reported use of the human antiviral drug amantadine to control and prevent poultry outbreaks of H5N1. Scrutiny has extended to questions over whether China has used oseltamivir, one of a newer class of human antiviral drugs, on poultry, the CP reported on Jun 23.The WHO asked China to investigate whether farmers have used oseltamivir in poultry, and the FAO has urged China to prevent such use, the CP story said. Several countries are stockpiling oseltamivir for use in the event of a flu pandemic. Current strains of H5N1 are resistant to amantadine, but it could also be useful in a pandemic, depending on the nature of the pandemic virus, experts say.A spokesman for the company that makes oseltamivir, Roche, said the company doesn’t sell the product to agro-chemical businesses, the CP story said.The report quoted WHO spokesman Dick Thompson as saying, “It’s clear to us that the [Chinese] Ministry of Health shares our concerns about this and they understand the importance of . . . the possible use of this antiviral in agriculture, that it might force or speed [development of] a resistant strain.”last_img read more

18Nov/20

Nautical tourism requires urgent measures for the survival of the sector

first_imgThe association once again called for the marina business to be included in the tourism sector and to be equated with other related tourism activities by reducing VAT to 13 percent. Photo: Pixabay.com Marinas are under strong pressure from charter companies whose entire fleet is at a standstill and are therefore seeking help from marinas that are already facing liquidity problems. In addition, a reduction in VAT would bring new berths to marinas compared to competing countries due to lower berth prices, and charters would directly benefit from this in terms of lower berth costs. Croatia has one of the largest charter fleets in the world of 4.500 vessels and now is the time to become aware of the fact that these ships make up about 30 percent of the berth capacity, and are now at rest. “For this reason, charter companies justifiably cry out for help from their home marinas, which at the same time have costs equal to those before the crisis. Because of all this, we are already facing the problem of liquidity, which brings with it many other problems in business. “, points out Lisjak.  The Association of Marinas of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce calls for the adoption of measures necessary to save nautical tourism in Croatia.center_img “Following the example of other activities, we call on the Government to urgently adopt urgent measures to save nautical tourism at the next session, the most important of which are the realization of opportunities for support for workers and exemption of marinas from paying concession fee for maritime property for 2021. years. Namely, these measures already cover other activities and comparable concession fees for tourist land, but marinas cannot use them“, Appeals the president of the HGK Marina Association Sean Lisjak, where all marinas in Croatia are gathered, more than 70 of them. This difficult situation, which has resulted in the stagnation of the entire economy, needs to be exploited by looking a little further into the future as a country. “In doing so, I primarily mean the opportunity to now make key legal decisions and regulations that will better position our nautical sector in the post-COVID 19 era and thus improve the long-term competitiveness of Croatian nautical tourism. After such experiences that the whole world is facing, the imposition of increased caution in contacts and physical distancing, I am of the opinion that this caution will continue in the years to come. “, said Lisjak and added that the stay of small groups of mutually known people, our sailors on boats, where they can be with their family and isolation at sea, is a form of tourism that will significantly gain in importance. Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

28Sep/20

CMA CGM Christens New Ship for French West Indies

first_imgFrench container shipping company CMA CGM has christened CMA CGM Fort De France, the company’s 1st vessel dedicated to the French West Indies.The Post-Panamax containership was christened by Annick Girardin, French Minister for Overseas Territories, in Martinique on April 4, 2019.CMA CGM Fort De France is a 3,504-TEU vessel that was delivered to the company by China’s shipbuilder COSCO Zhoushan in January 2019.Featuring a length of 219 meters and a width of 35.6 meters, the newbuild is the first of a series of four containerships named after French West Indian forts and flying the French flag. With the ship quartet, CMA CGM intends to modernize its fleet dedicated to this region.The newbuild will be followed in the coming months by CMA CGM Fort Royal, CMA CGM Fort Saint Charles and CMA CGM Fort Fleur D’epee. In the French West Indies, the group operates 7 maritime services connecting these islands to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.In order to support the acceleration of Martinique’s economic and maritime development, the CMA CGM Group has invested more than EUR 12 million there over the past ten years.Over the past several years, the Port of Martinique has been carrying out works aimed at increasing its capacity. Following the delivery in June 2017 of 2.5 hectares of reclaimed land on the Pointe des Grives terminal, additional operations will begin over the first half of 2019 to lengthen the terminal quay and to develop 2.5 further hectares of reclaimed land. The port has also decided to order a fourth gantry crane.According to the company, these works will ultimately allow the port to accommodate larger vessels and to handle more containerships simultaneously, thereby reducing turnaround times and improving rotations.The CMA CGM Group will thus offer new services to the Mediterranean, South America and the Gulf of Mexico, with vessels of up to 6,900 TEUs.What is more, CMA CGM wants to build on the strengths of Guadeloupe and Martinique to create a hub in the Lesser Antilles. The group has recently concluded with the Port of Guadeloupe and Martinique new temporary occupation licenses for a period of 15 years.By reinforcing the complementarity between the two islands, CMA CGM plans to develop transshipment traffic, in order to better integrate these territories into their regional environment. It will thereby provide local businesses with new opportunities and new supply sources.Video Courtesy: CMA CGMlast_img read more

28Sep/20

Old Dominion Uni gets grant to study offshore wind impact on military

first_imgVirginia’s Old Dominion University has won a USD 775,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study mitigation solutions for offshore wind projects in relation to the military. The grant is expected to help create a wind energy siting solution to mitigate the effects of location decisions on military training, readiness and research, covering both offshore and onshore wind projects. “The grant will combine the University’s strong capabilities in wind energy and geographic information systems, along with the entrepreneurial business development expertise of the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to create a sustainable solution that extends beyond the life of the grant,” said Jerry Cronin of ODU’s OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub. The agreement is based on providing research and support for the local offshore wind sector, with focus on the Coastal Virginia project.center_img Last year, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Old Dominion University (ODU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the state’s offshore wind projects. Partners in the study also include the College of William & Mary and James Madison University. last_img read more