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Students create Moneythink chapter

first_imgSenior John Gore founded and serves as current president of the Notre Dame chapter of Moneythink, an organization founded in 2008 at the University of Chicago that places college volunteers in local high schools to teach students about financial literacy and entrepreneurship.Moneythink’s mission is to empower the next generation with economics and financial literacy. Mentors go to underserved communities within the United States, such as South Bend, and aim to provide students aged 17 and 18 with financial literacy skills and entrepreneurial skills to succeed in the future, Gore said.“The Mendoza College of Business is founded on the principle of ‘Ask More of Business’ and this is a great example of asking more of business,” he said.Gore said Moneythink spans 30 campuses across the United States, has trained more than 600 mentors and provides services for more than 6,000 high school students in underserved communities.During his study abroad experience in Santiago, Chile, Gore said he spoke with native students from underserved communities in order to improve his Spanish fluency. He said a lot of the students did not know much about banking and finances.“When I came back, I knew I wanted to do something with sustainability and financial education,” he said.Gore said he talked to Kristen Collett-Schmitt, assistant professional specialist in Mendoza, about opportunities regarding this idea, and she proposed starting a chapter of Moneythink.In order to start the chapter, Gore said he first submitted an application to the Moneythink website. He was then interviewed by representatives and attended a summer leadership institute at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with the other chapter presidents and founders.Junior Sydney Rebne, current vice president of operations, said Moneythink is a unique opportunity for Notre Dame students to combine social service with their interests in business and finance. Notre Dame business students are not only helping these high school students with their financial skills, but they are also solidifying their business acumen and understanding of finance.Gore said many obstacles were faced in establishing the Notre Dame chapter. The first involved gaining Notre Dame’s approval of the chapter, which was followed by a lengthy wait time. Gore said he was not able to reach out to schools until receiving official approval.A future obstacle the Notre Dame chapter will face is the development of its campus brand. Moneythink currently consists of a board of directors and faculty advisor Collett-Schmitt, but Gore said the organization is still in its recruitment stage.The current board of directors will also sit on next year’s board, and Gore said Rebne will succeed him as the next chapter president.Gore said the chapter plans to finish building the board of directors and lay down a solid recruiting base before reaching out to the local schools in South Bend. In the near future, Gore said the organization hopes to partner with South Bend’s Clay High School and Adams High School.“I don’t think your background and upbringing should determine your success,” he said.“This is a really unique opportunity for not only business students but all students of the university,” Gore said. “The curriculum is really easy to understand and anyone can get involved. Not only are you making a social impact, you are also developing your own financial skills.”Tags: Mendoza, Mentors, Moneythinklast_img read more

Saint Mary’s sells coffee to support charity

first_imgSaint Mary’s is selling coffee in Spes Unica and Cyber Cafe this week in support of and to raise awareness for the Emiliani Project. All proceeds go towards the children of the Emiliani Project and the construction of an orphanage.The coffee is fair-trade and grown on small two- to three-acre family farms in Colombia, and it will be sold at a discounted rate, $1 for a small cup and $1.50 for a large.Junior Deirdre O’Leary has been working with Barry Bowles, Director of Dining Services, for weeks in order to encourage the College to sell and support the Emiliani Project.“Conveniently, Food Week is this week, and Barry Bowles and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to sell Emiliani coffee because it supports an amazing cause,” she said.The Emiliani Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping orphaned and abandoned children in Colombia, O’Leary said.“By selling fair trade coffee, the non-profit gets its name out there,” O’Leary said. “Then, 100 percent of these profits and 100 percent of all donations to the charity, go right to the children.”The organization is named after St. Jerome Emiliani, the patron saint of orphaned and abandoned children who built a hospital and two orphanages and cared for innumerable children throughout his life, O’Leary said.O’Leary said the charity’s first major project, following in the spirit of Saint Jerome Emiliani, is to build an orphanage for children on the outskirts of Medellín, Colombia, the second largest city in the country.“According to the World Bank, one third of Colombia’s population lives on or below their poverty line, and there are hundreds of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children in the country,” O’Leary said.She said the orphanage will provide a space for 160 children.“It will provide shelter, food, education, love, faith community and anything else a child could need to grow up and living a healthy, fruitful, joyous life,” O’Leary said. “… A Colombian priest has already donated a 17-acre plot of land to the Emiliani Project, and others have generously given labor and some supplies, now all that is left to do is raise the funds for the orphanage.”“When the charity runs mission trips now, participants work with at the orphanage with the priest who donated their land, and they work to improve the lives of children in the parish,” she said.Bowles said all the leftover coffee from this week will be sold in the Spes Unica and Cyber Cafe and has the possibility of being for sale in bulk throughout the rest of the year and further on.O’Leary said encouraged students to contact her if they enjoy the coffee.“I would love for Emiliani coffee to be sold in these cafes at Saint Mary’s permanently, and it could be possible if a good response is elicited,” she said.For more information about the Emiliani Project, visit emilianiproject.orgTags: coffee, cyber cafe, Emiliani Project, saint mary’s, service, SMC, Spes Unicalast_img read more

Higher Risk.

first_imgFoot-and-mouth disease poses a threat to the United States becauseof the high volume of traffic between Europe and the United States,says a University of Georgia expert.The latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease began in mid-Februaryand threatens much of Europe. The disease rarely harms humans,but humans can transport the disease.Because of this, the European outbreak has been the cause of greatconcern in the United States, said Ronnie Silcox, an ExtensionService animal scientist with the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.Foot-and-mouth disease has been a problem in many parts of theworld for many years, Silcox said. Outbreaks have been reportedin South America, Asia and Africa. Because the outbreaks werein less developed parts of the world, though, the spread of thedisease was limited.The United States has not had a case of foot-and-mouth diseasesince 1929.Disease Harsh, Not Fatal But the disease is highly contagious. It affects any cloven-footedanimal. The greatest economic threat comes from infected livestock,such as cattle, hogs and sheep.Initially, the disease has a harsh effect on the animal. It runsa high temperature and develops blisters around the mouth andtongue and on the hooves, Silcox said. The animal doesn’t eatbecause of the blisters in the mouth.”The big thing you’d see with this disease is that the animalwill lose weight,” Silcox said. “And in dairy cattle,milk production drops tremendously. It can take several monthsfor the animal to regain the weight.The dairy cattle may never return to production levels reached before the disease, Silcox said. Foot-and-mouth disease isn’t normally fatal, but it can causedeath in very young animals. The disease usually runs its coursein two to three weeks, Silcox said.When an animal becomes infected, though, it runs a higher riskof catching another illness, he said. Female animals also havea higher risk of abortions.Though the disease is highly contagious, the virus that causesit is fragile, Silcox said. It can’t stand a range of conditions.Heat, for instance, easily kills the virus.Strict Regulations “It would be a terrible disease if it got started in theUnited States because it has such a serious impact on the livestock,”Silcox said. “Because of this, regulations on imports andthe handling of products from countries with confirmed cases havebeen in place in the United States for years. We’re pretty carefulabout what we bring into the country.”To protect the United States from this latest outbreak of foot-and-mouthdisease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has banned importsof farm products from Europe that may transmit the disease. Securityhas also been heightened on travelers and cargo coming from Europe.”If you’re doing any international traveling,” Silcoxsaid, “don’t bring any agricultural products into the country.”For further information on foot-and-mouth disease, call the USDAat 1-800-601-9327. Or check the Internet at (www.aphis.usda.gov).last_img read more

Senate vote means $19 million for education and $37 million for Medicaid for Vermont

first_imgIn a crucial showdown vote, the U.S. Senate today advanced a bill to preserve the jobs of teachers and extend emergency Medicaid payments to states. In Vermont, the measure includes $19 million for teachers and $30 million to $40 million for health care.Winning approval of the relief funds for Vermont has been a high priority of Vermont’s congressional delegation and the state of Vermont.Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, “During the economic downturn, more Vermonters have relied on our state-run Medicaid program for basic health care, and that is straining Vermont’s budget.  Without this extension of federal help, before long our state could be forced to cut essential services and more jobs.  We have kept the pressure on, and the Senate has finally taken this important step toward providing this sorely needed infusion.”  “In the midst of this horrendous recession – and at the same time we want our kids to get the best education possible – I am glad that we could overcome a Republican filibuster and save hundreds of jobs in our schools,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate education committee. “Further, with extremely high property taxes and a hard-pressed state government, this bill also will provide much-needed funds for Vermont and other states that desperately need that help.”The education funding would avert layoffs of hundreds of thousands of public school teachers nationwide. The amendment would provide $10 billion for additional support to local school districts and help keep nearly 140,000 educators employed next year.Vermont would receive $19.3 million to fund an estimated 300 jobs in public schools, according to U.S. Department of Education estimates.  The Senate vote came as Vermont school officials were notifying 283 school districts across the state of spending cuts totaling more than $23 million (STORY). Just as students are returning to classrooms this fall, the increased federal education dollars would fund jobs for teachers who have been laid off or who could face losing their jobs in the next school year.The $16 billion for a temporary increase in federal Medicaid assistance would provide critical help for states struggling to maintain their Medicaid programs at a time of high enrollment and lagging state revenue.Vermont’s share of the Medicaid assistance would total approximately $37 million, according to the state Joint Fiscal Office.Nationwide, the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage – the federal share of Medicaid – would be increased by 3.2 percentage points from January to March 2011, and 1.2 percentage points from April to June 2011for all states, and by additional percentage points for states with high unemployment.  The temporary increases were enacted in last year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in response to the increased Medicaid caseloads and decreased state revenues resulting from the recession.  That increase is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2010.  The new measure would continue the additional federal assistance for six months. By a vote of 61 to 38, the Senate cut off a filibuster and moved toward final passage of the bill.  The Senate is expected later this week to complete action on the measure, which must return to the House for a final vote before it is sent to President Obama.Source: Vermont congressional delegation. 8.4.2010last_img read more

Colombia Promotes Professionalization of Special Ops NCOs

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo April 23, 2019 The first Special Forces Noncommissioned Officers (NCO) Professional Development Course took place March 4–April 3, 2019, at Tolemaida Military Fort in Colombia. The Colombian Special Operations Joint Command (CCOES, in Spanish) coordinated the U.S. Special Operations Command South- (SOCSOUTH) sponsored basic and advanced courses. Three instructors of the Joint Special Operations University’s NCO Academy of U.S. Special Operations Command contributed. “The date was set a year ago [2018] when we jointly designed the syllabus based on the needs of noncommissioned officers,” retired U.S. Army Special Forces Command Sergeant Major Amil Álvarez, course instructor, told Diálogo. “Colombia supported the initiative, which shows its interest in promoting education.” Mission-like command A total of 45 Colombian NCOs of all ranks and branches took part in both courses. “Nowadays, the Army includes mission-like commands that leaders give subordinates to exercise discipline and make decisions,” said Colombian Army Sergeant First Class Juan Carlos Hernández Daza, member of the Urban Counter-terrorism Special Forces Group and a distinguished student in the basic course. “The U.S. Army developed this doctrine; we had the opportunity to receive vital information,” he told Diálogo. The academic initiative seeks to train students to be instructors. SOCSOUTH provides specialists during the first two years of the course. CCOES will then take over with its own instructors. “The challenge is to dig deep into the information received. We study subjects that train us to understand and operate better,” said Colombian Marine Corps First Sergeant Juan Alexander Espitia, one of three NCOs in the first course with access to both levels. “Delving into critical thinking will make us better NCOs.” Passing on experiences U.S. instructors are experts in leadership training, among other courses. “They also know about Colombia,” said Colombian Army Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Andrés Henao García, commandant of the Special Forces School and in charge of the new educational process. “We took on the challenge of raising our NCOs’ standard to a university level, a process that wouldn’t have been possible without U.S. Southern Command’s help. But we must make it continuous and extend it to all special forces NCOs in our Army, Navy, and Air Force.” Before the final exam, basic course students had to plan a fictitious mission in non-controlled areas between Colombia and Ecuador. The plan involved locating the areas, establishing contacts with Ecuador, identifying criminal gangs, analyzing the conditions of the population, determining the economic and military operation, and analyzing threats and origins, among other tasks. “The result was a document that makes me proud,” said retired U.S. Army Special Forces Command Sergeant Major Francisco Melendez, course instructor. “I wasn’t expecting such focus on the situation.” “This course transitions from tactical to operational to develop plans and execute special operations,” Colombian Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Devis Díaz Vanegas, field analyst for special operations development, told Diálogo. “Methodology helps me think strategically to understand the commander’s intent and transmit the message correctly to subordinates.” Comprehensive syllabus Colombian Air Force Staff Sergeant Manuel Molina Garzón, a course participant, told Diálogo that two topics caught his attention: military counseling and operational analysis. “The former allows NCOs to [learn to] counsel their personnel; the operational helps us analyze information to understand the process that should end in successful special operations.” After tackling thought patterns and leadership conditions, the course offers information about strategy, planning, and operations. Its emphasis is on doctrine; operations; tactics, techniques, procedures, and tasks; military decision-making, and troop leadership, among others. Effective communication processes and military counsel complement the course. “We provide a lot of information combined with daily objectives. We use what they learned from their own experiences,” retired U.S. Army Special Forces Command Sergeant Major Orlando Ramón, course instructor, told Diálogo. “I connect the counterinsurgency class with the Colombian reality; that makes learning easier.” “[The course] is for future generations, for corporals and staff sergeants who are starting their careers, also for those who are halfway through,” Colombian Army Sergeant Major Rigoberto Carvajal Mahecha, of CCOES, told Diálogo. “We are service members with exceptional technical training, but I recognize that this course is at a different intellectual level. We are committed to be multipliers of this knowledge.” The three instructors agreed that although change won’t happen overnight, it won’t be difficult either. Colombian students have the high levels of education, discipline, motivation, and analytical capacity to make it—all they need is some practice. “Practice doesn’t make perfect, but practice sharpens [skills],” said Sgt. Maj. Álvarez. Now, NCOs have the opportunity to put into practice what they learned, and lessons learned will be part of their daily decisions and actions. The challenge they will face is passing on their knowledge to their counterparts and practicing vertical communication until they reach perfection.last_img read more

10 Most-Read Long Island Press Local News Stories of 2016

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ah, the internet. It never ceases to amaze how it makes some things go viral while others get lost in cyberspace. But as with most things, hindsight is 20/20 online.The annual review of the Press’ most-clicked stories of the year never looks anything like the editors’ choices for top stories of the previous 12 months. Instead of big political and business news stories that affect many Long Islanders’ lives, readers instead flocked to articles about creepy clowns, serial killers and video games.But hey, we’re here to inform, educate and entertain. So here’s the 10 Most-Read Long Island Press Local News Stories of 2016:10. State Orders Testing of Bethpage’s Toxic PlumeNew York State ordered the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman to allow water districts to have access to monitoring wells that are testing for carcinogens headed southbound from Bethpage in a 4.5-mile long by 3.5-mile wide underground plume—a cocktail of potentially harmful chemicals dumped decades ago by the defense contractor. No shock that readers are eager to know if their drinking water will kill them!9. Long Island Cops Report Apparent Clown SightingsRemember how freaked out everyone was when the creepy clown epidemic swept the nation this fall? So it was of little surprise that Long Islanders were hungry for news that the scary circus came to town, with police reporting incidents of clowns menacing the public in September and October. And that was before Halloween!8. Did Police Name a Suspect in the Long Island Serial Killer Case?While this story was bewildering, interest in it wasn’t. The Killing Season, a docu-series on A&E about the Gilgo murders and similar cases, noticed that in the edit history for the Wikipedia page on the Long Island Serial Killer (LISK) case, someone who appeared to be using a Suffolk County police IP address seemed to have added the name of a suspect, which was odd, considering the agency hasn’t officially named a suspect.7. Silent No Longer: Brentwood Residents Detail MS-13’s Control Through FearInterestingly, this was the only story that made the editors’ picks of top stories of the year. After all, the fact that six people—most of them teenagers—were killed by gangs in Brentwood over a five-week span had become a national story. This piece, about how MS-13 uses fear to control their turf, was the most widely read Press story on the topic this year.6. 2 New TV Series Examine Long Island Serial Killer CaseIt was also no wonder that readers curious about the LISK case—perhaps the biggest Long Island story in recent years—were interested to learn that The Killing Season was coming to A&E and that People Magazine Investigates, which also dedicated two episodes to the Gilgo murders, was airing on Discovery ID this fall.5. Report: Denied Service, Veteran Commits Suicide at Northport VA HospitalThis case was a real head-scratcher, but the anger it whipped up—as evident by how widely it was read and the online comments it generated—was not. In short, a veteran was said to have been turned away from the Northport VA Hospital before committing suicide in the parking lot outside the complex. The story led to congressional hearings, which raised more questions about the case.4. Pokémon Go Fever Sweeps Long IslandRegardless of readers’ opinions on such things, the fact that this was news was astonishing. For those living in (Internet-accessible) caves, Pokémon Go is a smartphone app released this summer that set records for popularity as users worldwide and on LI fanned out across local destinations to hunt creatures only visible on their mobile devices.3. Real Life Stranger Things-Montauk ParallelsPerhaps the only things weirder than the plot of the Netflix hit series Stranger Things was the fact that it was inspired by events said to have happened on Long Island. And given how both the show and tales of The Montauk Project sparked such interest, it’s no curiosity how this story detailing the link between the two took off.2. Unidentified Murder Victim Dubbed Peaches Linked to Gilgo Beach KillingsThis was a true revelation. As the Press first reported, authorities disclosed that partial skeletal remains of one of the 10 sets of victims found on Ocean Parkway six years ago in the Long Island Serial Killer case were confirmed via DNA to belong to an unidentified mutilated woman dubbed Peaches, whose torso donning a tattoo of the fruit was found in Rockville Centre in 1997. She was also confirmed to be the mother of the lone child whose remains were found amid the carnage along Ocean Parkway.1. State Suspends Liquor License of Rowdy Nautical Mile BarOK, this one astonished the newsroom. Who knew that so many people cared that the New York State Liquor Authority had suspended the liquor license of Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar in Freeport after a string of complaints—including an unauthorized 50 Cent performance the same night when patrons of the club pelted police with debris? The bar’s owners are appealing, but who knows if they’ll get it back next year.last_img read more

Lights, camera, prison! Woman in West Java imprisoned for starring in sex videos

first_imgOn the other hand, V’s lawyer, Asri Vidya Dewi ,said her side would appeal. “The judges ignored many facts during the trial, such as the fact that V had reported the case to the Garut Police prior to her arrest. She was also a minor when the videos were made,” Asri said as quoted by tribunnews.com.She added that filing an appeal was important because it would set a legal precedent for women involved in trafficking cases.V was arrested in August last year alongside her husband, 31-year-old A, after videos showing her engaging in sexual intercourse with three men went viral on social media. The woman accused A of forcing her to engage in sexual acts with other men for money.Read also: West Java teen falls victim to ‘sextortion’ by online ex-boyfriendHer husband died one month later, before his trial was due to start. V and her lawyers asserted the claim that she was a victim because she had been forced by her husband to make the sex videos. However, prosecutors dismissed the claim. “The real victim here are the people. Why did they only claim to be victims now that the videos have gone viral?” Garut Prosecutor’s Office official Dapot Dariarma said on March 12 as quoted by kompas.com. (nal)Topics : Judges at the Garut District Court in West Java have found a 20-year-old woman guilty of creating and starring in several pornographic videos, sentencing her to three years in prison.“[We hereby] punish the defendant to three years’ imprisonment and Rp 1 billion [US$69,818] in fines,” presiding judge Hasanudin read from the verdict on Thursday as quoted by Antara.The bench argued that the woman, identified as V, was guilty of violating Article 8 of the 2008 Pornograhy Law for appearing in pornographic content. Apart from the women, the court also sentenced two men that appear in a video, identified as AD and W, to two years’ and nine months’ imprisonment.The sentence was lighter than the five years’ imprisonment demanded by prosecutors.  Meanwhile, prosecutors had demanded that the court sentence both men to four years in prison.“We respect the court’s sentence and are still considering whether we will appeal it,” prosecutor Sugeng Hariadi said.Read also: ‘Pesantren’ head reported to police for allegedly marrying 7-year-old girllast_img read more

How much would you pay to live a life of luxury in the home owned by Australia’s richest woman?

first_imgGina Rinehart is renting out this property at Sutton Street, Chelmer. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home at 61 Sutton Street, Chelmer, is listed with a reduced $1500 a week asking rental. That’s a bargain considering it was last rented for $2000 a week in 2012.Property records show Rinehart’s Wingfield Avenue Pty Ltd bought the home for $3.175 million in 2010.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago Historic home built as a wedding gift 90 years ago hits the market From liveable to double the luxury Cheapest house in one of Brisbane’s best suburbs Gina Rinehart is renting out this home at Sutton Street, Chelmer. Picture: realestate.com.auRinehart also owns a Hawthorne mansion that set a Brisbane house price record in 2014 when she bought it for $14 million. That record was eclipsed earlier this year by an $18.48 million sale. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Mining magnate Gina Rinehart is renting out one of her riverside Brisbane properties.FANCY living a life of luxury in the home owned by Australia’s richest woman?Gina Rinehart is renting out her redundant Brisbane riverfront property for $1500 a week, while the home remains on the market.center_img Gina Rinehart is renting out this property at Sutton Street, Chelmer. Picture: realestate.com.auShe listed the property for sale late last year through Place Graceville agent Peter May and Brad Robson and it’s for lease through the same agency.The luxury two level, four bedroom home on a 1315 sqm block features open plan living and dining areas banked by walls of glass which connect with the poolside terrace and provide stunning river views.last_img read more

Robbery suspect arrested

first_imgThe 24-year-old Kimberly Kay Junioreported Bunda to the police on Dec. 2, it added. Bunda allegedly took the store’s earningsworth P5,055 while threatening Junio with a knife, police said.    Tagged suspect was 31-year-old MarkLeo Bunda of Barangay Alijis, a police report showed. Bacolod City – Police arrested a man in a robbery incident at astore in Barangay 35.center_img The suspect tried to flee but failedwhen bystanders in the area caught him, the police added. Bunda was detained in the custodialfacility of Police Station 1./PNlast_img read more

Connacht edge battle of the boots

first_imgConnacht produced a 10-minute flourish to see off Edinburgh 32-24 in a RaboDirect PRO12 encounter that that featured only rare flashes of flowing rugby and was dominated by the boot. The defeat was Edinburgh’s first under the three-match tenure of interim coaches Stevie Scott and Duncan Hodge. Greig Laidlaw banged over eight penalties for the hosts, while his one-time international colleague Dan Parks contributed four penalties and a drop goal, as well as the conversions of tries by Mick Kearney and Robbie Henshaw, and Gavin Duffy weighed in with one penalty. Press Associationlast_img read more