The Notre Dame administration is considering constructing a parking garage on the south side of campus, most likely at the current location of Legends of Notre Dame, Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves said in an email to the University community Thursday morning.Along with the email, Affleck-Graves attached a survey intended to collect feedback from Notre Dame students, faculty and staff about the necessity of a parking garage for the campus community.“The next step in implementing the Parking Committee’s recommendations is to explore the feasibility of a parking garage,and share the findings with the University community,” he said in the email. “Over the next several months, the University will conduct a study of how campus would use a parking garage and what the associated costs would be for those who use it.”Affleck-Graves said the potential site of the parking garage would be in response to an expressed interest in “covered parking as close to the center of campus as possible” and recent expansions to campus.“With the opening of several new facilities on the south side of campus, the area in greatest demand for parking is the south side of campus,” the email said. “If a parking garage were to be constructed, we believe it would be built on the site where Legends restaurant is currently located.”Due to the high cost of building a parking garage, Affleck-Graves said in the email that the University would develop rates for its use, which would be “inversely correlated with the expected number of people who would use the garage.”“Since parking garages are much more expensive to build and maintain than surface parking, those who use the parking garage would cover the associated costs,” he said. “The University would seek to break even. We expect that there would be rates for hourly, daily and special event parking for faculty, staff, students and visitors. In addition, annual reserved parking passes would likely be available to faculty, staff and students.”Affleck-Graves said in the email that he would release the results of the study later in the semester.Tags: Legends of Notre Dame, parking, parking garage
Finland’s Etera reported a 1.3% investment return for the first half of this year, down from 3.7% in the same period in 2015, and said Britian’s vote to leave the Europen Union had had no real impact on its investments over the period.In its interim report, the mutual pensions insurance company said the market value of investments dipped to €5.90bn at the end of June 2016, down from €5.94bn at the end of June 2015.Stefan Björkman, Etera’s chief executive, said: “Brexit did not rattle Etera’s investment portfolio or solvency.”He said the firm’s investment strategy had proved successful. “The market movement caused by Brexit has not had any greater impact on our investment portfolio than normal day-to-day fluctuations,” he said.Investment returns continued to develop positively in July, after the reporting period ended, he said, with Etera’s January-to-July return on investments at 2.4%.Fixed-income investments returned 2.0% in the first half, down from 2.4%, while equities produced a slim return of 0.2%, down from 7.8% in the same period last year.Real estate investments produced 2.8%, up from 2.0%, and other investments — a category which includes hedge funds and commodities — made a 0.2% loss, down from a 1.3% profit.Etera said it was continuing to actively seek investments within Finland, and that domestic investments made up 37% of its total investments at the end of June.In Etera’s full-year 2015 data, the share of domestic investments was 38%.It said Finnish investments made in the first quarter of this year included the acquisition of a share of forest owner Finsilva, based in central Finland, and a share of the cleantech company BMH Technologies, in which it had jointly invested alongside Finnish Industry Investment, government-owned investment company.Etera’s solvency capital decreased to €715m at the end of June from €751m at the end of December, falling to 13.5% of technical provisions from 14.2%.However, compared to March 2016, the solvency ratio had risen slightly.
Ghana defender Daniel Opare has completed a move to Belgium Jupilar Pro League side Zulte Waregem.Opare joins the Essevee on a two-year deal from fellow Belgian outfit Royal Antwerp after passing a mandatory medical test at a private hospital in West Flanders.The 29-year-old becomes the Zulte’s first acquisition ahead of the summer window.Zulte Waregem is the Ghanaian’s third Belgian club after stints with Standard Liege earlier on in his career.He is expected to use his huge experience to help the club challenge for titles and a place in Europe after they finished in 9th spot last season.“I played against Zulte Waregem a few times and it is a strong team with a lot of ambition. In addition, the great support from the supporters is added. I can’t wait to start the season!” Daniel Opare told Essevee TV.“Due to the corona crisis, the transfer summer starts later than usual. We are happy to make our first move in early June, ”says CEO Eddy Cordier. “It was no secret that we were looking for a right and left rear. With the arrival of Daniel, we have already been able to fill one of those positions perfectly. ” Source: Ghanasoccernet.com