2016 Election Observer: David Campbell

first_imgEditor’s Note: Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, The Observer will sit down with Notre Dame experts to break down the election and its importance to students. In this first installment, Managing Editor Jack Rooney asks Political Science Department Chair David Campbell about the upcoming primaries and the biggest issues of the campaign.Jack Rooney: Iowa caucuses in less than two weeks and New Hampshire votes about a week after that. With voting now imminent and Donald Trump still near the top of most Republican polls, does he actually have a shot at the nomination? David Campbell: This, of course, is the $64,000 question. Everything we know—or thought we knew—about presidential nominations has been upended by Trump. Based on past research, it would seem that he does not have a chance—his supporters have a low likelihood of turning out, the party establishment is against him and (it is easy to forget) he is actually not all that conservative. On the other hand, he keeps defying expectations. I would put his chances, however, at no better than 1 in 3.JR: For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton seems to be the consensus candidate within the party. Is there any way she doesn’t get the nomination?DC: She is definitely the odds-on favorite. While it is tempting to compare Sanders to Obama in 2008, when Obama was able to beat Clinton in spite of her frontrunner status, there are big differences between them. For one thing, Clinton’s lead in endorsements among the Democratic establishment is much greater this year than in 2008. And Sanders is no Obama. His difficulty attracting support among minorities is a huge problem for him.JR: The primary debates, especially the Republican debates, seem to have generated more interest and attention this campaign. Based on political science research, though, how much do the debates matter for candidates and voters?DC: Debates are like pep rallies, as they can fire up supporters. But they rarely change voters’ minds.JR: Moving beyond the upcoming primaries, in your research and opinion, which issue or issues are set to play the biggest role in the general election?DC: At home, income inequality and the uneven performance of the economy are sure to be top issues — that is, by many indicators, the economy is booming, and yet wages have stagnated. I am curious to see whether the Democratic nominee decides to make gun control a high priority issue. In the past, they have skirted this, but it has recently become more salient. Abroad, expect to hear a lot of discussion about ISIS and safeguarding Americans from terrorism. Historically, this would make the election like a combination of 2004 — a national security election — and 2008, which was focused more on the domestic economy.JR: More specific to a college campus like Notre Dame, which issue do you think should matter most to college students this election cycle?DC: I would pick two. First, the inequality in the current economic system is a pressing issue, as it means that America is losing its traditional middle class. This affects all of us. Second, the environment should continue to be a concern, as it is for many millennials already. While I do not expect the environment to be a top issue in the general election, this does not negate its importance for the rising generation.Tags: 2016, 2016 presidential campaign, 2016 Presidential Election, Debates, Donald Trump, hillary clinton, income inequality, Iowa Caucus, ISIS, New Hampshire Primary, political sciencelast_img read more

Matilda Celebrates 1,500 Broadway Performances

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Rejoice, maggots! The delightfully revolting musical Matilda celebrated 1,500 Broadway performances on November 16. The company, including current Matildas Aviva Winick, Ava Briglia and Willow McCarthy as well as Lesli Margherita and Bryce Ryness, stepped out to celebrate Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly’s touching tuner. Previous Miss Honey Allison Case also reunited with the cast (see below). Take a look at our adorable hot shots from the event and be sure to catch Matilda through January 1, 2017 at the Shubert Theatre! ‘Matilda”s past & present company members(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Commentscenter_img Matilda Related Showslast_img read more

Uruguayan Contingent Oversees Peacekeeping in Sinai

first_imgBy Kaiser David Konrad/Diálogo August 28, 2017 Uruguay has distinguished itself in peacebuilding through its involvement in various missions with the United Nations and other international organizations. Headquartered in Rome, the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) is an independent international organization created as the result of an accord between Egypt and Israel, tasked with the responsibility of keeping peace in the Sinai.The origins of MFO lie in Annex I of the 1979 Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel, in which the parties committed themselves to requesting that the United Nations provide a force and observers to supervise the implementation of the treaty. Uruguay has a military contingent in an area of fundamental importance for security in the Middle East. To learn more about this mission, Diálogo interviewed Uruguayan Army Lieutenant Colonel Guillermo Rodríguez, the commander of the Transportation and Engineering Unit (TREU).Diálogo: What is the MFO, when was it instituted, and what is its mission? Which international contingents make up its mission?Lieutenant Colonel Guillermo Rodríguez, the commander of the Transportation and Engineering Unit: The origin of the Multinational Force and Observers dates back to early August 1981, due to the need to monitor compliance with the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel on March 26, 1979, creating a multinational force capable of observing and verifying compliance imposed in the aforementioned treaty, and preventing any violation of its terms. The force is composed of 12 nations: Australia, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, England, Fiji, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, the United States, and [Uruguay]. Relations among these nations are extremely respectful, with a mutual sense of brotherhood, and with English as the official language.Diálogo: When did the first Uruguayan contingents arrive in Sinai?Lt. Col. Rodríguez: The first Uruguayan contingent was deployed at the end of January 1982. It comprised 100 service members, and its first leader was then-Lieutenant Colonel Juan Grosso.Diálogo: What is Uruguay’s contingent like today and what is its responsibility in this mission? How do they carry out their duties and what equipment do they use? Where is the Uruguayan force based?Lt. Col. Rodríguez: The Uruguayan contingent, called “TREU,” which is the English acronym for Transportation and Engineering Unit, comprises 41 service members who perform two key functions for the force. The first is overland transportation, and the second is providing support with specialized engineering personnel.The transportation unit’s job is basically to provide experienced drivers for moving personnel and supplies to different MFO sites located along the Sinai Peninsula. In turn, the engineering unit is responsible for road maintenance and improvement, since the roads are constantly obstructed by the movement of sand dunes. The unit is also responsible for building any fortifications the force may require.Currently, the Uruguayan personnel are mostly deployed in the city of Sharm el Sheikh, in the south of the peninsula, and the rest are at various sites along the areas bordering Israel, in what is called “Zone C.”Diálogo: What are the challenges and difficulties of operating in the Sinai region?Lt. Col. Rodríguez: The challenges and difficulties mainly revolve around the current security situation in the peninsula today, due to constant clashes with insurgent groups. In recent years the situation in the region has evolved unfavorably, becoming a very unstable and unpredictable area in terms of the evolution of future events. Therefore, MFO has taken the protection of its personnel quite seriously and has invested a lot in that, increasing protective measures and responses in dangerous situations and trying to minimize any direct or collateral damage to the force.Diálogo: How are Egyptian and Israeli service members able to communicate with each other?Lt. Col. Rodríguez: Even though the official language of both nations is not English, there is a large segment of the population that understands that language. In any case, MFO has a liaison office responsible for interacting with both armies. Within the force, there are also various translators and interpreters who facilitate communication with the Army and with the population whenever needed.Diálogo: What does sending troops to Sinai represent for Uruguay?Lt. Col. Rodríguez: It is a large responsibility and great source of pride to be able to continue to contribute to world peace with armed troops and to be among the first pioneers to do so. Since shortly after the United Nations was established in 1945, our nation has been providing military observers, initially from the Army, to be deployed in the territory of Kashmir, on the border between India and Pakistan (1952).Our international involvement kept growing, and a contingent of drivers for vehicles belonging to the Sinai Peninsula was deployed in January 1982. That development established the first deployment of a large contingent of Uruguayan troops on another continent, carrying out peacekeeping missions.last_img read more

On Compliance: The impact of 20 million improved credit scores

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As you’re likely aware, the credit scores of about 20 million Americans recently improved as a result of new policies implemented by the three major credit bureaus this summer. But have you considered the compliance impacts of this change?Some credit scores may have jumped as much as 40 points, which could result in the reclassification of millions of consumers’ creditworthiness. For credit card issuers and other lenders, this is an important adjustment to think through.The policy change comes on the heels of a class-action lawsuit alleging the credit bureaus weren’t doing an acceptable job ensuring damaging activity noted on credit reports actually belonged to the person whose score was dinged. That lawsuit also claimed the process of requesting corrections to these types of errors was too difficult for the average consumer.last_img read more

Property bodies make new call for Stamp Duty rethink

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Old and new to go under the hammer this weekend

first_imgThe modern kitchen has butler’s pantry.The four bedrooms are on the upper level and there is a poolside pavilion in the backyard with an outdoor kitchen and built-in bench seating.“The home has such great flow. It’s very open and just spills out to the entertaining area and pool,” Mr MacIntyre said“It’s a home that is so easy to live in and it’s great for entertaining and families.“Our house has become the house all our kids’ friends come to because it has the pool and the media room where they can sit and watch movies.” The Rockbourne Tce home was built in the 1890s.The house was built in the 1890s and was owned by one family until the current owners bought it for $100,000 in 1981. Ray White Paddington principal, George Hadgelias said his vendors had done a “significant amount of work” to the property since buying it, including rewiring the house, repainting inside and out and opening up the verandas. The home has beautiful heritage features including timber floorboards, high ceilings, sash windows, VJ panelling, fireplaces and breezeways.The living areas are all upstairs and there are two bedrooms, a bathroom and a laundry downstairs. A veranda wraps around the front and one side of the home.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoThe home has timber floors, breezeways and VJ walls.“This is definitely an aspirational home with so much character,” Mr Hadgelias said.“It’s already popular, as we had 20 groups through our first open house.”Mr Hadgelias said it was rare for a home of such generous proportions on such a big block to come onto the market in the heart of Paddington.The home sits on a 743sq m block and is being sold with a neighbouring 404sq m corner block.Also going to auction on Saturday is a modern four-bedroom home at Bulimba. Steve and Alison MacIntyre built the two-storey property at 53 Duke St three years ago with their son and daughter in mind. The home at 53 Duke St, Bulimba is three years old.“We wanted a family home with a pool, a decent size backyard, an extra ensuite for our daughter and a media room,” Mr MacIntyre said. The final product is a light-filled, low maintenance house with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens through bi-fold doors to the patio and swimming pool. The home at 29 Rockbourne Tce, Paddington is going to auction on Saturday.A century-old Queenslander on a double block in Paddington and a sleek, near new family home in Bulimba are two of 173 Brisbane homes going under the hammer this week. CoreLogic auction spokesman Kevin Brogan said this week was a continuation of good levels of auction activity in the Brisbane market. “Looking back through March and the end of February there have been strong volumes in the mid to high hundreds each week,” he said. Last week Brisbane also recorded a clearance rate of 52.4 per cent despite the high rainfalls caused by ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie.“We were looking out for impact from the flooding and we were particularly looking to see if auctions were cancelled but there appeared to be a fair bit of resilience in the Brisbane market,” Mr Brogan said. “There were eight withdrawals for the week, which is pretty much the normal attrition rate.”Mr Brogan said auction activity was expected to take a dive post-Easter. “Traditionally the market has taken a little while to come back after the Easter break,” he said. “In previous years we did see it took a couple of weeks in Brisbane to get back to get pre-Easter levels of activity but that impact was a little bit lower than in Melbourne and Sydney where it can take a month to six weeks to get back to normal activity.” In Paddington, a five-bedroom house at 29 Rockbourne Tce is one of the many homes going to auction this weekend. It will go under the hammer at 3pm on Saturday, April 8. The poolside pavilion has an outdoor kitchen.Mr MacIntyre said his family was relocating due for work reasons and he would miss the village feel of Bulimba. “It’s a very family-friendly area with the cinema just down the road and parks nearby,” he said.The property is being marketed by Tony O’Doherty of Ray White East Brisbane and will go to auction on Saturday April 8 at 2pm.last_img read more

Gold Coast real estate: top renovators on the market

first_img 26 Tosti St, Sorrento More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThis five-bedroom house is described as an “original waterfront classic” that’s ripe for renovation.Marketing agents Scott Euler and Nicole Buchanan of @realty sold the property 18 months ago for the first time in 40 years and are reselling it for the current owners.“It is in complete original condition — down to carpets, light fixtures, bathrooms and different wallpapers in every room — even the wardrobe doors are wallpapered,” they said.It’s on the market for offers over $1.115 million. Leon Williamson, 92, is preparing to farewell her family beach house.Mrs Williamson and her late husband John paid $14,500 in 1968 for the five-bedroom Mermaid Beach property in Chairlift Ave East.The residence has three bedrooms on the second floor as well as a kitchen, bathroom and living areas.A self-contained living area and two more bedrooms are on the ground floor.Ron London is marketing the property and said it offered a range of possibilities for investment, renovation or redevelopment. 14 Alfred St, Mermaid Beach. 14 Alfred St, Mermaid Beach 18 Ernest St, Labrador. 14 Alfred St, Mermaid Beach. 7 Chairlift Ave East, Mermaid Beach 26 Tosti St, Sorrento. 2 Beau Court, Highland Park. 7 Chairlift Ave East, Mermaid Beach. This “renovator opportunity” in Highland Park is on the market at $420,000.“We have just listed this very affordable home in a sought after location, on an approx. 703sq m huge corner block of land, with side access for the boat, caravan, trailer or the additional car,” the listing states.“The home has an open living floor plan kitchen, and offers the family a perfect and easy lifestyle.“This property may suit the first homebuyer, tradie, and the investor.” Positioned on a double block in Chirn Park is an “old Queensland cottage”.“(A) great opportunity to renovate (the) existing for bedroom home or start again by building two new homes,” the listing states.“Tremendous potential only limited by the imagination.”On the market at $795,000, the house features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open plan living area, three garage spaces and a 6m x 8m shed. 26 Tosti St, Sorrento. 26 Tosti St, Sorrento is ripe for renovation!SHAGGY carpet, 70s wallpaper and oldschool chandeliers — are these the best renovators on the Gold Coast?Everyone loves a good home renovation and there are plenty of potential “projects” on the Coast.With renovation shows taking over our television screens and big profits to be made it’s not hard to see why they are so popular.We’ve rounded up five of the best new renovators to hit the market: 18 Ernest St, Labrador 26 Tosti St, Sorrento. 2 Beau Court, Highland Park. 18 Ernest St, Labrador. Located only six houses from the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s Row, this deceased estate is on the market for the first time in 50 years.It offers ocean views from the second level with two bedrooms, one bathroom and a kitchen on each level.Joanna Bell-Booth of Ray White Mermaid Beach is marketing the property. 2 Beau Court, Highland Park 7 Chairlift Ave East, Mermaid Beach.last_img read more

QLD homes scoop national awards

first_imgMore from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoTeneriffe House by Vokes and Peters (Brisbane, QLD). Photography CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK JONES. Clean modern lines at Teneriffe House by Vokes and Peters (Brisbane, QLD). Photography CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK JONES.Two Brisbane renovation projects tied to take out the House Alteration and addition over 200 sqm national award.The jury citation said Teneriffe House by Vokes and Peters was “delightfully sculptural and elegantly crafted”, respecting “the culturally significant 1909 Brisbane house, which was originally designed by AB Wilson”.“It’s easy to imagine garden parties here, with guests promenading through the cloister on arrival. Subtropical Brisbane is blessed with such caring custodians of its rich timber Queenslander tradition in this sublime contribution to the landscape and fabric of the city.” Ten suburbs where you might find a bargain Almost archaeological in its approach was Whynot St Pool and Carport by Kieron Gait Architects with Dan Young Landscape Architecture (Brisbane, QLD). Photography CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK JONES.The national Garden or Landscape Award was won by Whynot St Pool and Carport by Kieron Gait Architects with Dan Young Landscape Architecture.The jury citation said it was “part building and part archaeological dig” with a carport and store, a terrace and pool put into the site.“The skill of the designers is particularly evident in the fact that the site appears to have been deconstructed to reveal a pre-suburban landscape … This is a poetic solution to the Aussie suburban “must haves”.”The Houses Awards are in their ninth year. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Mix of materials at Brisbane Riverbank House by Owen Architecture (Brisbane, QLD). Photography SIMON DEVITT.The joint winner was Brisbane Riverbank House by Owen Architecture, an extension that was “an addition to an existing home for a car collector who had asked for a dwelling that would enable a simple way of living, with spaces for family and friends to enjoy together”.The jury described it as “a masterful balance between traditional elements of the existing 1930s home and a contemporary living landscape that greatly expands life’s possibilities on this suburban site”. Brisbane Riverbank House by Owen Architecture (Brisbane, QLD). Photography SIMON DEVITT. Whynot St Pool and Carport by Kieron Gait Architects with Dan Young Landscape Architecture (Brisbane, QLD). Photography CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK JONES. MORE: Would you buy six houses at once? The Garden Bunkie by Reddog (Brisbane, QLD) won the sustainability award. Photography CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK JONES. Rugby league star offloads luxury house The Garden Bunkie by Reddog (Brisbane, QLD). Photography CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK JONES.A tiny ‘granny bunker’, two renovations and a garden transformation were among Queensland homes that scooped up national awards Friday night.The 2019 Houses Awards “recognise the ability to challenge architectural norms”, according to 2019 juror Lindy Atkin, co-director of Bark Architects. “This year’s winning projects are all very sensitive to site and context; they’re tactile. They’re much more about place-making and space-making than they are about form-making, which is a really good thing. They respect what has come before them, particularly in the alteration and addition and heritage categories.” Serious indoor-outdoor flow. Photography CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK JONES.The Brisbane granny flat — the Garden Bunkie by Reddog — took out the coveted sustainability award after a “long deliberation” by the jury.“This small building, akin to a granny flat, is called the “bunkie” in reference to the name given to humble Ontario guest cottages,” the jury citation said.Its modesty won the jury over, as well as its use of timber and simple materials, plus the fact it was designed around existing trees.The architects had described the garden bunkie as a cross between “a garden shed” and “a timber paling fence”, working off the tiny home movement. 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Foundation laid for CorPower wave in Orkney

first_imgSwedish wave energy developer CorPower Ocean has completed the foundation installation and the delivery of its C3 wave energy converter to Scotland.Orkney-based marine operator Leask Marine conducted the installation operation of a bottom-based foundation module at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) Scapa Flow site.The module provides force reference from the wave energy converter to the seabed and includes a mooring system with tidal adjustment function and tensioning capacity up to 60 tons, CorPower Ocean said.The installation operation included the subsea attachment of the foundation frame to a pre-laid gravity base, and the laying of an umbilical cable which controls the tidal adjustment unit.Foundation with tidal unit (Photo: CorPower Ocean)Leask Marine’s C-Odyssey multicat vessel was used for the installation, with a dive team assisting the subsea activity.Following the dry test program in Stockholm, the CorPower C3 wave energy converter has been delivered to a workshop in Kirkwall, Orkney.The device is currently undergoing final checks, with installation and on-site commissioning at the Scapa Flow site expected at the beginning of 2018, CorPower informed.Robert Argo, Marine Operations Manager, CorPower, said: “We are pleased to have successfully completed this foundation install together with Leask Marine, who provided precise, reliable and safe offshore operations for this part of the project. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Orkney supply chain over the coming months during deployment and maintenance of our resonant C3 wave energy converter.”The design principle of CorPower’s device is inspired by the pumping principles of the human heart and offers five times more energy per ton of device compared to previously known technology, according to CorPower.The device uses a power take-off (PTO) system that combines the high load capabilities from hydraulics with the efficiency of mechanical drive to produce power.last_img read more

Shouting at kids losing effectiveness, parenting expert says

first_imgStuff co.nz 29 July 2019Family First Comment: As we predicted…“Research has also found that yelling at children can have the same negative effects as physical discipline.”Perhaps – as we always said – the focus should be on the type of parent (dysfunctional and negligent) rather than the type of technique used (smack, time out, telling off).#protectgoodparentsIf you want your kids to have a bath, brush their teeth, do their chores, or go to bed, you might need to lower your voice.According to parenting expert Te Karere Scarborough from The Parenting Place, shouting at your kids with the “caps lock on all the time” can become just as ineffective as smacking.“Fear-based approaches don’t always [work]… long term,” he told Seven Sharp.“What we’re trying to build into our kids is to give them the sense of mana.”Research has also found that yelling at children can have the same negative effects as physical discipline.So why do we resort to yelling in the first place?Scarborough explained it has a lot to do with our personal internal agendas, and while it does result in immediate compliance, it does wear off.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/114598480/shouting-at-kids-losing-effectiveness-parenting-expert-sayslast_img read more