Dail passes bill calling for immediate rent freeze

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – December 12, 2019 WhatsApp Facebook Dail passes bill calling for immediate rent freeze WhatsApp The Dáil has passed a bill calling for an immediate rent freeze.The Sinn Féin bill passed 83 votes to 36 with Fianna Fáil’s support.It calls for a three year rent freeze and for the government to examine a tax rebate for renters.The bill will now move to committee stage where further amendments can be made. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleSupplementary estimates show funding dysfunctionality of Gov – DohertyNext articleFarming News&Views 11/11/19 News Highland Twittercenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Google+ Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterestlast_img read more

Analysis shows U.S. corporate renewable energy purchases will smash record this year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享North American Windpower:Corporate renewable energy procurement in the U.S. is continuing to blossom, outlines a new report from the Business Renewables Center (BRC), a membership program at Rocky Mountain Institute.In its updated tracker for corporate-backed renewable energy procurement, BRC says the U.S. renewables market has almost doubled its annual total of corporate off-site deals since its prior high point in 2015. Further, the number of new entrants in the market has doubled since then.As of Dec. 14, publicly announced contracted capacity from corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs), green power purchases, green tariffs and outright project ownership in the U.S. cumulatively reached an annual high of 6.43 GW. Facebook, AT&T, Walmart, ExxonMobil and Microsoft are leading the clean energy acceleration with the top five highest volume in deals. Facebook leads the year in highest capacity, with several deals totaling 1,849.5 MW; it also breaks every buyer’s cumulative annual procurement record since BRC began tracking the deals in 2013.“The record number of companies successfully pursuing renewable energy this year sends a clear signal that environmental sustainability is a serious priority for business leaders across the economy,” says Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute. “These companies aren’t going to wait for public policy on climate issues to catch up – they are taking the initiative to accelerate toward a prosperous, low-carbon economy.”BRC’s deal tracker emphasizes the growth of corporate renewable energy purchasing in the U.S., reaching over 15 GW cumulatively since 2013.“Large-scale buyers of clean and renewable energy continue to accelerate their power to drive the zero-carbon future they want,” comments Miranda Ballentine, CEO of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. “We are impressed with the growth and expansion in the corporate renewables marketplace, from a broadening sector diversity and increasingly supportive policy conditions to utilities and developers rising to meet customer demand and reducing their own generation emissions. At this pace, we anticipate a fourfold increase in corporate renewables procurement by 2025. There is a tremendous amount of good work yet to be done, and we are counting on the power of partnership to get there.”More: Report: 2018 a ‘record-breaking’ year for corporate renewable energy deals Analysis shows U.S. corporate renewable energy purchases will smash record this yearlast_img read more

Halilhodžić: Meša should stay, Players should talk less

first_imgThe renowned BH expert Vahid Halilhodžić, who is currently leading the national team of Japan with great effectiveness, commented on last night’s defeat of the Dragons by the national team of Ireland (2:0) and the end of the dream about qualifying for EURO 2016. Halilhodžić is currently in Cambodia, finalizing the preparations of his team for the match against the national team of this country within the qualifications for the World Championships in 2018. The match was scheduled at 1:15 p.m., B&H time. “It was a great chance for the national team of B&H to qualify for EURO. They have managed to rise up during qualifications, but some players should take a look at themselves after the match against Ireland. Earlier, Safet (Sušić) was not good, now probably Meša (Baždarević) will not be good. Great responsibility is on the players. They should dedicate less to talking, and more to playing”, said Halilhodžić. Halilhodžić highlighted that the national team usually changes the coach after a defeat such as the last night’s defeat by Ireland, but he believes that Mehmed Baždarević should remain the coach of the BH national team. “Meša has to be supported and the Football Federation of B&H should extend contract with him. He made several very good results in difficult matches during the qualifications. I am sorry that there was no final celebration in the last moment”, Halilhodžić added. (Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Pacers star Victor Oladipo: Modern resources can create racial progress ‘no one has ever seen before’

first_imgOn a social media platform known as Facebook Live, Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo spoke through the World Wide Web to an audience watching on phones, tablets and personal computers spread throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. The astonishing technological progress made during the past three decades, and its ability to influence similar progress with civil rights, led him to say this:“Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm, Rosa Parks and even Harriet Tubman all the way back then, they didn’t have the resources we have right now. They did all they could to affect change. Now I can sit at the table with my white friends. Now I can go down the street to a restaurant with my white friends. I can use the same bathroom as my white friends. I can go on trips with my white friends and nobody think it’s weird or un-normal. They didn’t have the resources we have, and they empowered that big of a change. Lewis said that even as a black man he felt as though he were living in an ivory tower while coaching the Bengals in Cincinnati for 15 years, from 2003 to 2018.“If something would happen, if somebody pulls me over, they run the plates and they already know who I am when they walk up,” Lewis said. “And my son said this to me one time, and it didn’t resonate. But it does now. The last year and a half … when they run your plates, they don’t know who you are. It just happened to me about a week-and-a-half ago. It’s a different feeling. So we have to understand.“We as coaches, we have to have an influence. … There still has to be a respect element. We can’t forget that. Because these people that work in law enforcement, they’re not 100 percent bad. We know that. But we do have to understand that we need to command the respect we all deserve.” “So now it’s our turn to see, with the resources we have … together, we can affect change that only they could dream about. We can affect the change that Martin Luther King had a dream about. We can effect change that no one has ever seen before. We truly have the power to do that. And if people are out there who don’t think that, well, then, you’re a fool. Plain and simple.”MORE: When will NBA return in 2020? Key dates to knowOladipo was appearing on a Monday morning broadcast of John Calipari’s Facebook Live program “Coffee with Cal” that primarily discussed the civil rights demonstrations launched by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, an even that led to second-degree murder charges against former officer Derek Chauvin and “aiding and abetting” charges against three officers who watched or assisted as Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.Calipari’s panel for the hour-long discussion included Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, former Wildcats center Reid Travis and Arizona State defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, with ESPN’s Jordan Cornette serving as host. All made essential points about the need for progress in American race relations.Oladipo, asked by Cornette how he could help assure that the widespread support for Black Lives Matter becomes a “movement, not a moment,” responded by saying that it’s important to understand the positive recent response — which we’ve all seen from citizens, leagues, corporations, governments — must continue.“This is just the beginning. At the end of the day, it takes time to do anything powerful. It takes time to do anything great,” Oladipo said. “Just think about where we are when it comes to segregation; that’s been 400 years. And things, if you really look at the grand scheme of things, things are better than they were back then. But they’re still not solved.“It’s taken 400 years to do so, and it’s going to take longer than this pandemic to solve the problem. Our generation has to steer that.”When Cornette suggested to Amaker that what he’s seeing reflected in the protests “feels different, more unified,” the coach responded by saying that he sees a genuine opportunity for progress.“I have found it very ironic that it is the year 2020, and for me 2020 stands for clear or maybe perfect vision,” Amaker said. “We’re seeing all of this through clear vision, not anything that’s clouded, and I do think part of it is really because of the pandemic. As awful as that has been for our world, our country and communities of color, specifically, it has allowed us all to take a pause.“We see clearly that this is a problem. We see clearly that it’s more diverse in who wants to get behind it, which I am just thrilled about and it just warms my heart to see. The protesters and people who are supporting come from all different backgrounds and all different colors and shapes and races and religions. It’s wonderful to see.“I think we have a chance for a breakthrough. Is it going to heal and fix everything? I don’t know about that. But I do think we can move in a direction that we’ll be very proud of as we look back on these moments.”last_img read more

Furloughed Disney Workers Start Returning Ahead of Reopening

first_imgIn addition, the international workers from Epcot’s World Showcase who returned home will be temporarily replaced by domestic workers, Clinton said.However, Disney hopes to eventually bring them back.Employees will also staff Spaceship Earth, the ride inside Epcot’s globe, since the ride’s renovation has been postponed indefinitely and it will remain open.Clinton also explained that features such as Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, an outdoor musical held at Hollywood Studios, may not be allowed to continue for at least a while.Meanwhile, other rides may need to be closed at times for cleaning“Disney has not shared those details with us,” Clinton said. “What we do know is there’s going to be a massive need for attractions workers across property. … There’s going to be a lot of work that needs to be done.”The company previously announced it is temporarily eliminating parades, character meet-and-greets and fireworks at its parks.Workers will undergo temperature checks at work; they will be sent home if they have fevers, but will receive paid time off while they quarantine, Clinton emphasized.The Magic and Animal kingdoms will reopen July 11, while Epcot and Hollywood Studios reopen July 15.Disney’s competitors are opening earlier. Universal Orlando theme parks will be back up and running on Friday, and SeaWorld Orlando gets back in action June 11. Walt Disney World plans to bring back thousands of its furloughed workers over the next few weeks, and may need to move some of those employees around to replace its college interns, says a union leader.Eric Clinton, who leads Local 362, gave his union members an update earlier this week and shared some details online.During June, all Disney full-time attractions and custodian workers, and a large number of part-timers, will be called back to work.Union members who work at the company’s water parks, which have no immediate plans to reopen, as well as vacation planners and others at closed Disney properties, will have the option to transfer to other jobs where there are shortages.Disney Vacation Club hotels and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground are reopening June 22, and the theme parks will follow in July.“With a focus on the health and wellness of our cast members and guests, we have worked with the unions on a thoughtful plan to bring thousands of our existing cast members back to work as soon as possible in a safe and responsible way,” Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said.Clinton added that Disney is also in need of employees to clean around ride queues and to take positions that maintain social distancing in the lines, as guests await temperature checks to enter the theme parks.The company has no plans to bring back seasonal workers or to resume the Disney College Program immediately, according to the union.“If anyone thinks that college program workers are coming back anytime soon, they are mistaken,” Clinton said.last_img read more

Hopes of a peaceful Sudan poll

first_imgSouthern Sudan is set to become Africa’s new country. (Image: Final Gear) Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s recent visit to the country’s south region is being seen as a possible sign that the upcoming referendum will be peaceful, and its outcomes will be accepted by the different parties. It’s all systems go for the January 2011 landmark referendum, which is expected to result in Southern Sudan becoming a country of its own. The predominantly Christian population there is in favour of breaking away from the Arab-dominated north.Thousands of citizens have to return home to take part in the vote. The UN Refugee Agency estimates that more than 400 000 Southern Sudanese have travelled back from camps for displaced people in and around Khartoum, while others have returned from exile in neighbouring countries.The referendum, which will take place over seven days from 9 to 15 January, is an outcome of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005. This ended a two-decade-long war between the north and south.Al-Bashir visited Southern Sudan’s capital Juba on 4 January, just five days before voting kicked off, and was warmly welcomed by the region’s President Salva Kiir. International media reported that the visit was seen as Al-Bashir’s farewell to the region.Al-Bashir, who’s wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, vowed to “congratulate and celebrate” with the south should its people vote for secession. He will recognise a new Southern Sudan state, he promised.There had been fears that Al-Bashir’s government would not support the breakaway, as the south is important to the broader country’s economy. About three-quarters of the country’s oil reserves are located there.Although unity between the two regions is desirable, Al-Bashir’s Khartoum-based government will respect the outcome of the referendum, the UK’s Guardian newspaper reported.“Imposing unity by force doesn’t work … We want unity between the north and the south, but this doesn’t mean opposing the desire of the southern citizen,” said Al-Bashir.Former South African president Thabo Mbeki, who’s in Sudan at the moment, was encouraged by Al-Bashir’s visit to the south.Mbeki, who’s highly active in the Sudanese negotiations as chairperson of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel, said Al-Bashir has show that he’s committed to the peace process.“Speaking in Juba, President Bashir displayed once again his commitment to the CPA and his qualities of national leadership,” Mbeki said in a speech at the University of Khartoum on 5 January.“There is no greater test of statesmanship than to accept, in a graceful, generous and humane manner, the decision of those of your people who have the opportunity to choose secession.“President Bashir’s Juba speech demonstrated that he, and the Sudanese leadership, are rising to the occasion, meeting the challenge of the exercise of self-determination by the Southern Sudanese.”Credible referendum predictedVoter registration has been completed and any remaining challenges regarding this will be dealt with through the courts before the final list of eligible voters is published, according to the UN.More than 3-million people have registered for the poll, with 51% of the portion being female.The UN panel tasked with monitoring the referendum is confident of a smooth voting process. “Based on our observations so far, we believe that a credible referendum can take place,” said the panel’s head Benjamin Mkapa, according to a UN statement.“The eyes of the world will be watching this referendum, and we hope that all the hard work that has gone into preparing for it will culminate in a vote that is smooth, transparent and a credit to all,” added Mkapa, the former president of Tanzania.The panel also includes António Monteiro, Portugal’s former minister of foreign affairs, and Bhojraj Pokharel, a former chairperson of the Election Commission of Nepal. The UN appointed the trio to ensure a credible referendum on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.It has been facilitating talks with opposing parties and other authorities, and encouraging them to resolve problems and disputes, the UN said.International and local observersAbout 3 000 observers from different parts of the world will travel to Southern Sudan to monitor the referendum. The Carter Centre, established by former US President Jimmy Carter, will lead a 100-strong observation delegation, which will include respected figures like former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan.The African Union will also send in a team of observers.“The referendum is a critical step in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” Carter said in a statement. “We hope this process will help the people of Sudan work for a peaceful future, regardless of the outcome.”Former US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is said to have already arrived in Southern Sudan. The European Union is expected to deploy 110 observers from its 27 member countries.Russia said it will relocate four helicopters from Chad to Sudan to help the UN guarantee security during the referendum, according to an Al Jazeera report. China will also send a team of observers.last_img read more

Urban Rustic: Air Sealing the Attic Floor

first_imgEditor’s note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The first blog in his series was called An Introduction to a New Passive House Project; a list of Eric’s previous posts appears below. For more details, see Eric’s blog, Kimchi & Kraut. BLOGS BY ERIC WHETZEL Ventilation BafflesUp on the RoofA Light Down BelowKneewalls, Subfloor, and Exterior WallsLet the Framing BeginDetails for an Insulated FoundationThe Cedar Siding Is Here — Let’s Burn It An Introduction to a New Passive House Project Floris Keverling Buisman, from 475 High Performance Building Supply, did our WUFI analysis and suggested the Intello would be a better fit for our project than Zip sheathing. Intello is a smart vapor retarder, so it can expand and contract as needed, and it’s obviously less physically demanding to install than Zip sheathing.Once the air sealing was complete around the top of our outside perimeter walls, and the insulation chutes had been installed, we were almost ready for the Intello. At the gable ends of the house, one last detail needed to be put in place (circled in red in Image #2 at the bottom of the page).Adding this 2×6 on the flat, which is in the same plane as the bottom of the roof trusses, makes it possible to carry the Intello over the transition from the ceiling (under the roof trusses) to the walls (top plates). This is one of those details that is hard to “see” when in the planning, more abstract, and two-dimensional phase of designing a structure.Once the trusses were placed on the top of the walls and you start imagining how the Intello will be attached to the ceiling, it becomes much more obvious that something in this space at the gable ends of the house is needed in order to accomplish the transition from the ceiling to the walls. Air Sealing an AtticGBA Encyclopedia: Air BarriersQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersAir-Sealing Tapes and Gaskets Installation is easy — with some helpAfter reading about so many other projects that utilized Intello, it was exciting to unwrap the first box. The directions are pretty straightforward, and the product is relatively easy to install, as long as you don’t have to do it alone.center_img Getting the hang of it right on timeAs we rolled out the Intello, it took some practice to get it to sit taut and flat before stapling.The view of the Intello membrane from the attic side.The dotted lines near the edges of the Intello (see Image #4 below) help you keep the rows straight as you overlap two sheets and progress from one row to the next. The lines also make it easier to maintain a straight line with the Tescon Vana tape (don’t ask me when I realized this latter detail — too embarrassing to admit).Working our way through the interior walls, especially the bathrooms, was more time-consuming and took more effort. (I grew to hate those interior bathroom walls — first the Intello, then the service core details described below.) But once we were out in the open, the Intello was fairly easy to install.As Eduardo and Jesus rolled out sections of the Intello, I followed, pulling on the Intello a little to help make it sit tight and flat, before stapling. There were a couple of sections, some of the first ones we installed, that I managed to wrinkle (one, in particular, became problematic during our first blower door test — and, of course, it was in a tight spot around the bathroom shower area), but overall, the installation of the Intello went pretty well. Like most things you do for the first time, we got comfortable and good at it just as we were finishing up.We decided to use Tescon Vana tape to cover the staples, as well as all the seams, in the Intello. I have no idea what actual impact covering the staples has on airtightness, but visually as you tape over the staples you can see how, if nothing else, it will help the staples resist pulling out under pressure from the eventual blown-in cellulose in the attic.Even as the build progresses, it’s interesting how details like this pop up, making building “green” a never-ending process of learning something new — someone’s always coming up with a new product or a new way to do things better, faster, or less complicated — which makes the process itself very exciting. I didn’t get a chance to touch and feel the product before ordering (always fun to do with any new product). The front side, the side facing the living space, is shiny. The back has a matte finish. I was curious about its strength and tried to tear it with various objects, including the cut ends of 2x4s and the brackets we eventually used to help establish our service core. The material is surprisingly tear-resistant, but a utility knife, or a stray sharp edge will cut through it (as our first plumber proved to me with his careless actions — a story for another post).Having never used the Intello before, I decided to start small and began by experimenting with it in a corner (see the image posted at the top of this blog). Getting the corners fully covered while getting the material to sit flat before applying the blue Tescon Vana tape proved to be the most challenging part of using the Intello.In order to attach the Intello to the bottom of the roof trusses, we used the staple gun shown in Image #3 below. Loading it is kind of counterintuitive. (Online reviews complain about it not working out of the box, but my guess is — like me — they were trying to load it improperly.) Once I figured it out, it ended up working really well, almost never jamming, and it’s very comfortable to hold because it’s so light. It should work with any standard air compressor. It was available on Amazon and in Menards, a local big box store here in the Chicago suburbs.Instead of loading from the bottom, like all the finish nailers I’ve ever used, the staples load higher up, where the staples exit. And yes, there was quite a bit of swearing as I made the transition from “What the…” to “Ohhhh, now I get it…”. It didn’t help that there were virtually no instructions on its use, apart from a tiny black sticker with an arrow pointing to where to load it (which, of course, I only noticed after figuring this out).The heavy duty Arrow staples we ended up with seemed to grab better (presumably the sharp ends make a difference), and they sit flatter on a more consistent basis (less time having to go back, or stop, to hammer home proud staples flat). RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Cheating DeathWatch: The CIO

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Did that send a bigger message to the technology world? A message that the CIO – as we understood the role – was a dying breed?Plenty of people seem to think so.At a September event in Sydney, a Forrester Research analyst described the CIO position as “potentially under threat”. A different analyst at the same event called out the emerging Chief Mobility Officer (not to be confused with a Chief Marketing Officer) as one of the primary usurpers. The logic behind that assertion, it seems, is that CIOs are traditionally PC-focused, while CMOs are gaining power with the rising tide of mobile devices in the enterprise. A report by Getronics claimed the real threat comes from increasingly tech-savvy CFOs.It’s like an episode of Spy vs. Spy with less exciting weapons.Alphabet SoupThere’s no shortage of theories about who’s gunning for the CIO, but they all miss the point. Yes, the CIO’s role is changing, but so is everyone else’s. Marketing is buying software. CFOs are shifting from purchases to subscriptions. It’s a wacky world out there, to be sure, but the CIO still has plenty to do – and a lot of value to bring to the party.The biggest danger to the CIO is tying the position’s definition to the devices, rather than the responsibilities. Once upon a time, the CIO kept the mainframes running and – in a very literal sense – “kept the lights on” in the datacenter. These days, many of those services are being pushed to the cloud. If you view the CIO as the person in charge of making sure someone reboots the servers on schedule, she’s obsolete. If the CIO is the person who keeps mission-critical technology running smoothly at the best possible cost – while grabbing opportunities for innovation and competitive advantage, she’s still an invaluable asset.Businesses play fast and loose with C-level titles all the time, particularly when technology is involved. Before taking the CTO position at JCP, Kristen Blum held CIO titles at PepsiCo and Abercrombie & Fitch. And in her spare time? According to J.C. Penney, “She is a member of the National Retail Federation’s CIO Council and a Governing Body Member of the CIO Summit, among other leadership roles in CIO-focused organizations.”CIO vs. CTOSo what’s the difference, anyway? It depends on the organization. Traditionally, most businesses view the CIO as a cost center, charged with maintaining system reliability. While the CTO is seen as a potential revenue center, building new technologies.In some companies (for example, software outfits), the delineation between the two jobs and the skill-sets required of them is fairly clear: IT versus product development. In other companies, much of the development may be internally focused, and internal and external systems may be intimately connected, blurring the lines.In those cases, businesses may find a single chief executive managing technology can be more efficient. That’s likely what happened at J. C. Penney. We’ll probably see a lot more consolidation in 2013, but businesses could just as easily call their surviving executives CIOs and have the same outcome. After all, Kristen Bum is Kristen Blum, regardless of her title.Chief Accountability Officer?Whatever the letters, one thing that won’t change is the CIO’s most basic function. One man who’s been both a CIO and CTO described it this way: “I don’t care what you call me. I’m still the guy with his ass on the line when something breaks. Someone needs to take responsibility for whatever systems you’re using, and it’s sure as hell not going to be the Marketing guy.”That’s exactly right. The CMO may become the new technology customer, but someone else needs to be responsible for oversight, integration, performance monitoring, compliance auditing and other technological evaluations – all functions that are squarely in the wheelhouse of the CIO.The CIO function will continue to evolve, and we’ll probably see a reduction in line-of-business CIOs as platform consolidation occurs, but the job isn’t going anywhere.To see more ReadWrite DeathWatches, check out the ReadWrite DeathWatch Series, which collects them all, the most recent first. The ReadWrite DeathWatch is known for serving up plenty of doom, gloom and grumpiness. But for the Holiday Season, we’re taking a slightly different tack – highlighting companies, technologies and perspectives that have managed to cheat death. That are surviving even after many observers wrote them off. Ed Robben’s LinkedIn Profile page lists his title as “SVP & CIO, Fossil.” The irony of that title isn’t lost on the latest wave of doomsayers predicting the end of the CIO.In January, retailer J. C. Penney named Kristen Blum its new CTO. At the same time, they let Robben – their CIO – go. The newly rebranded JCP was too small for two sheriffs, and the CTO was running the show. Tags:#enterprise Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… cormac foster Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

BMX skateboarding stars hitting halfpipe at Ramp Jam CarnOval

Ohio State students and faculty may not want to head home too early for Memorial Day weekend. Today, OUAB’s Ramp Jam kicks off and brings BMX and skateboarding action to OSU. Ramp Jam will run 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. in Buckeye Lot 3 behind the Schottenstein Center. There will be four showcases throughout the day featuring BMX rider Jamie Bestwick, skateboarder Pierre-Luc Gagnon, along with skateboarders Sandro Dias, Danny Mayer, Jimmy Walker, Elliot Sloan and BMX rider John Parker. “The main goal was to bring something to campus that has never been brought here before,” said Shari Lee, special events chairman of OUAB. “I think this is a pretty unique event that not many people get to experience, and it also has a really high appeal and excitement level.” The first shows will start at 12:30 p.m. and will last about 20 minutes. Ramp Jam costs about $65,000 and is funded by the student activity fee, Lee said. The funds go toward performance fees for the athletes and the band, the set-up fees required for the ramp and food vendors, promotional materials, safety and security needs and other miscellaneous costs, Lee said. OUAB receives 52 percent of the $25 Student Activity fee — $13. “With that $13, we have been able to plan 47 events this quarter, resulting in a cost of just under 28 cents per event,” Lee said. “For this specific event we will be utilizing around 1.6 percent of the allocated funds for the quarter.” The construction all over campus, particularly on the South Oval, prompted OUAB to combine Ramp Jam with the third annual CarnOval. “OUAB had been planning to do Ramp Jam for about six months,” Lee said. “CarnOval, because of all the construction on campus, was having a really hard time finding a location, and they were actually going to have to cancel it.” Lee said she believed the collaboration with CarnOval could help Ramp Jam. “I think (CarnOval) will bring a lot of people in because it’s become kind of a staple on campus over the last couple of years,” Lee said. Athletes will sign autographs during 50-minute breaks between performances. Donora, an indie-rock band, along with Cincinnati’s DJ Bandcamp also will perform music at the event. “I think it’s a really unique event, so it’s hard to capture the essence and enthusiasm of the event and that’s why we decided to do a video,” Lee said. “I think all in all the reaction has been good.” Ramp Jam is open to students with a valid Buck ID. read more