Senate supports sustainability lesson in Moreau curriculum

first_imgWith the hopes of promoting sustainability on campus, Notre Dame’s student senate passed a resolution Monday evening in favor of adding a sustainability lesson to the Moreau First-Year Experience course.Lewis Hall senator Dana Plagenz co-authored the resolution after discovering that 92.5 percent of Notre Dame students want to learn more about the campus’ sustainability efforts. Plagenz, who conducted the survey for a sustainability course last semester, was troubled to learn that a large percentage of Notre Dame students held misconceptions about issues of sustainability, both on campus and in general.“We found that kind of alarming,” Plagenz said. Plagenz partnered with Alumni Hall senator and chair of the senate sustainability committee Daniel Rottenborn, and the two explored strategies to raise awareness about sustainability on campus.“We decided that Moreau would be the best place to implement this because it’s the only class that everybody has to take here, regardless of major or AP credit, and it’s in your first year, and it’s supposed to orient you to University life and well-being and challenge you to think critically,” Plagenz said.As Plagenz prepares to discuss her proposal with University officials next week, she and Rottenborn hope that the resolution will send a strong message from the student body.“We felt that it would be important for us to have something more tangible … something official from the students,” Rottenborn said.While the resolution passed with majority support, some senators expressed concern that students would not take the information seriously in the context of the Moreau course.“If your goal is to educate people about sustainability, this will just become one more [lesson] module,” Saint Edward’s Hall senator John Usher said.But other senators pushed back, arguing that student government should work to improve the Moreau curriculum by teaching relevant and meaningful information. Although senators widely agreed that Moreau has its flaws, many also pointed out that the Moreau course is here to stay.“You have to be there, [so] you might as well get information that you actually want during that,” Welsh Family Hall senator Lindsay McCray said.Student body president Gates McGavick and vice president Corey Gayheart also briefed senators about developments on the topics of sexual assault and club funding.Following last week’s senate meeting, McGavick and Gayheart met with University administrators to discuss new student government business. Administrators corrected elements of student body president-elect Elizabeth Boyle’s presentation on Title IX, the federal law that regulates sexual misconduct policies on college campuses.Administrators clarified that Notre Dame, in fact, does not currently practice mediation between sexual assault survivors and perpetrators and does not plan to in the future. Additionally, administrators assured McGavick and Gayheart that residence hall rectors are and will remain mandatory reporters of sexual assault.McGavick and Gayheart also expressed confidence in their legislative agenda. After struggling to increase club funding in the previous weeks, McGavick assured senators that he and Gayheart were making progress. Two weeks ago, the student senate rejected a resolution to reallocate funding from student union organizations toward other student organizations. McGavick, however, said that he and Gayheart are approaching a compromise with members of the Student Union Board and the class councils.“I am more confident than ever that it’s going to get done,” McGavick said.Tags: funding, Notre Dame Student Senate, sexual misconduct, sustainability, Title IXlast_img read more

Militaries Join Forces To Help Residents Of La Macarena

first_img In the town of La Macarena, 170 miles south of Bogotá, it is difficult to get residents medical services because the town is far from the nearest metropolitan center. Because of growing concerns for the people living in the town, the Colombian Military, with support from a group of U.S. Army Civil Affairs Soldiers and a Bogotá-based nongovernment medical organization called Patrulla Aérea Civil Colombiana (PAC) conducted a Surgical Civic Action Program on April 27-28, 2012. More than 1,000 Colombian citizens benefited during the two-day event. Colombian Soldiers provided security while doctors and medical staff from PAC, with the assistance of U.S. Soldiers from Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), based at Homestead, Florida, provided free medical care and general surgery services. SOCSOUTH is the special operations component for U.S. Southern Command. Medical services included pediatrics, dermatology, general medicine, optometry, ophthalmology, dentistry and general surgery to remove or correct ailments such as hernias, cataracts and lipoma, a benign tumor. “We are here to bring solutions to some of the health problems in this community and show the people we care about them,” said 1st Lieutenant Diego Mauricio Quintero Franco, a Colombian Soldier who served as an operations officer during the event. More than 150 general surgeries were conducted by PAC medical volunteers. 1st Lt. Franco said more work needs to be done to provide services more consistently. “The relationship we have with the U.S. Military and Soldiers with U.S. Civil Affairs is tremendous, and we hope to continue this work,” said Franco. By Dialogo July 01, 2012last_img read more

Trump Administration argues Mulvaney is proper CFPB chief

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mick Mulvaney is the properly appointed interim director of the CFPB, Justice Department attorneys argued Monday.In documents filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the attorneys asked U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly to reject the argument of agency Deputy Director Leandra English that she should be running the agency.Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, was President Trump’s choice to run the CFPB after Director Richard Cordray resigned. Cordray had tried to install English as acting director before he resigned—citing a section of Dodd-Frank that says the deputy serves when the director is absent or unavailable.English filed suit in an effort to block Mulvaney from taking control of the CFPB. continue reading »last_img read more

Sheffield Wednesday’s points deduction halved | Football News

first_img2:00 They have made a bad start to the campaign, with five defeats from their opening 10 games – and the Owls have not confirmed whether they are happy with the outcome, or whether further challenges are forthcoming.A statement read: “In August 2020, the club filed an appeal to a League Arbitration Panel against the decision of the EFL Disciplinary Commission to impose a sanction on the club of a deduction of 12 points in season 2020/21.“The club confirms that today its appeal was upheld in part. The decision of the League Arbitration Panel is that the sanction is reduced to a deduction of six points in season 2020/21.“The club is digesting the content of the decision and will not provide further comment until it is published.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Bournemouth Wednesday were informed they would start the 2020-21 season on -12 points in August, having been told by the league they “should not have included profits from the sale of Hillsborough in financial statements for the period ending July 2018”. Sheffield Wednesday have had their points deduction for breaching EFL spending rules halved from 12 to six.The revised punishment, set by an arbitration panel on Wednesday, will see their current points total grow from minus one to five.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – preview imagelast_img read more

ANWB scheme boosts equity, divests put options

first_imgThe €1.4bn pension fund of Dutch Automobile Association ANWB has raised its strategic equity allocation from 30% to 36% at the expense of its discretionary matching portfolio, which was lowered to 38%.In its annual report for 2016, it said the adjustment came in the wake of a switch to a dynamic investment policy, following an asset-liability management study.However, as the pension fund – with a funding of 95.9% last July – was not allowed to raise its risk profile, the allocation change couldn’t be fully implemented this year, it said.At the same time, the scheme increased its interest hedge from 46% to 60.5%, ahead of a planned further rise to 65%. It said its interest cover was based on the swap curve and comprised of payer swaps as well as receiver swaps. Last year, the ANWB Pensioenfonds divested its quanto put options – an instrument without exposure to currency risk – which it had held since 2012, when they were to cover 50% of its equity risk.The equity hedge was no longer needed, the scheme said, as its funding would remain above the set trigger of 80% without the options.Henk van Drunen, the pension fund’s director, told IPE that the complexity of the hedge was an additional reason to divest, “as the options were difficult to evaluate and their impact was often opaque”.Last year, the put options came at the expense of 0.17 percentage points of the scheme’s overall result because of rising equity markets.The pension fund reported an overall result of 9.7%, chiefly due to the effect of the falling interest rates on its matching portfolio, which generated 12.8%.The interest hedge contributed almost 4 percentage points to the result. In contrast, its cover of the US dollar, Canadian dollar, the pound and the yen caused a loss of 1.1 percentage points.Credit, high yield and emerging market debt – placed in pools – jointly produced an 8.8% return, while equity gained 8%.The scheme also divested a 4% holding in commodities futures, following a loss of almost 26% in 2015.It said that government bonds in its liabilities portfolio had returned almost 3.7%. However, it lost almost 0.4% on its stake in Merrill Lynch euro-denominated money market fund, citing “negative capital market interest rates as a result of the ECB’s policy”.The ANWB scheme said that investments were managed passively in principle, and preferably through discretionary mandate because of lower associated management costs, transparency and flexibility.This approach also provided better options for a bespoke policy for responsible investment, according to the pension fund.The board said it currently didn’t see the need to adjust its pension scheme, but made clear that it was actively assessing the pension fund’s future for the mid term.The ANWB Pensioenfonds is preparing for central clearing of its derivatives in compliance with incoming European rules, and has therefore placed its interest swaps into a single mandate.last_img read more

PIC, Prudential aim to expand de-risking market to small schemes

first_imgPrudential Financial’s office in Newark, New JerseyUK pension insurers like PIC tend to reinsure their bulk annuity business against the risk of members living longer than expected. Prudential’s McCloskey said this was a “more efficient” use of their balance sheets and allowed them to focus on investment risks.For Prudential Financial, taking on longevity risk helps balance out its huge life insurance business by offsetting the risk that people die sooner than expected with the risk that others die later than expected.As well as a long-standing partnership with PIC, the US insurer has backed major longevity swap deals for Marsh & McLennan Companies and the BT Pension Scheme in recent years. The latter transaction remains the biggest longevity risk transfer deal ever completed, covering £16bn of liabilities when it concluded in 2014.JLT launches buyout comparison toolSeparately, consultancy JLT Employee Benefits last week launched a “buyout comparison service” to allow pension funds considering de-risking transactions to access price quotes from a number of insurers.Eight funds have already signed up for the service, the company said. They will upload anonymised member data to an online portal, which then “streamlines” the data for insurers to analyse and price. This replaces the current “manually intensive” process for insurance pricing, JLT said, whereby insurers would process data on member benefits directly from schemes in whatever format it was held.Using its comparison service, the consultancy said schemes would “receive actual quotations, rather than proxy buyout prices on a regular basis, allowing them to expedite the process towards locking into a bulk annuity contract”.Harry Harper, head of buyouts at JLT Employee Benefits, said: “With more schemes coming to market, the existing model was becoming inefficient, giving rise to a situation where schemes received fewer quotes, paid higher prices and could not update quotations regularly, to the detriment of all market participants.“By allowing schemes to access regular ‘real’ pricing, companies and trustees using our service will be able to spot when insurer pricing has improved and can transact immediately to capture the pricing opportunity. For our clients, improved automation means better information, more quotations and less chance of missing opportunities.” Bill McCloskey, head of transactions for international longevity reinsurance at Prudential Financial, told IPE the model was “a material step forward”. “We have been able to provide a specific commitment that lets [PIC] know that it can use our model to come up with the underwriting and fee structuring,” he said.“As PIC is executing the pension insurance, it has full transparency and commitment [on reinsurance]. The fact that we have a transparent set of criteria for underwriting gives them not only great certainty but also reduces – or even eliminates – the need for us to do due diligence on the scheme and its data.”LCP, the UK consultancy and a lead adviser on many derisking transactions, reported that insurers had “a pipeline of over £30bn of deals” going into 2018. Capacity in the market had grown by £5bn, the firm said. Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has partnered with an American insurer to automate part of the de-risking process for smaller pension funds.It means PIC and Prudential Financial can automate the longevity reinsurance aspects of buyouts and buy-ins for schemes of less than £200m (€227m) in size, improving efficiency and reducing costs for all parties.The two firms trialled the “flow reinsurance” system last year on transactions totalling nearly £300m. In total Prudential took on the longevity risk connected to more than $1.2bn (€968m) of PIC’s bulk annuity business in 2017. The new system allows PIC to secure a commitment from Prudential to take on longevity risk early on in any derisking transaction. Subject to meeting Prudential’s criteria, the schemes and the insurer are given price certainty from Prudential and guaranteed capacity for reinsurance.last_img read more

Chandler acreage can sleep 14 without even trying

first_imgIn the 20 years the Melville family have lived at 114 Warriewood St, Chandler, they have given the house a Federation Queenslander flavour, and built a three bay shed on the property to store product for their wholesale milk run business.“We put all the verandas on and the sunroom and three bedrooms and a lounge down one end, so it’s completely unrecognisable from when we bought it,” Mrs Melville said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 There’s plenty of room to camp on this 1.06 hectare property.“The children all slept downstairs, it’s been a good house that way, and with the pool table and the bar down there, it always gets well used.” The downstairs rumpus room is a versatile space.The property is located in a quiet cul-de-sac with three bedrooms including the master suite on the first floor and two more bedrooms downstairs with a rumpus and separate office.The couple are now semi-retired and moving to Birkdale where they will swap acreage for a spot of fishing. This house at 114 Warriewood St, Chandler is for sale now and open for inspection this Saturday from 11.15am-12pm.THIS acreage block in Chandler was blessed before Kenneth and Roslyn Melville moved in, quite literally.“The house was built by parishioners of the Hungarian Catholic Church and the priest used to live here,” Mr Melville said. Lead-light front doors lead to the formal living area in the house. “The house has been blessed, there’s a plaque. It was blessed by a cardinal back in the day.”Back then it was a rectangular double brick house centrally located on the highest point of a 1.06 hectare block.center_img >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The sunroom with views over the inground pool and spa.“I guess in a way it has been (a blessing), because we are blessed to have such a wonderful family.”That family, 14 of them including the six grandchildren, descended on the property for one last Easter celebration this year, with all of them sleeping over.“They were going to camp but the weather wasn’t too good,” Mrs Melville said. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN CHANDLERlast_img read more

John Terry: Chelsea ‘players 100 per cent’ behind Jose Mourinho

first_img Press Association Mourinho is under pressure from all angles – not least to retain his job amid a miserable run of nine losses in 17 matches in all competitions – and declined to reveal if he had spoken to owner Roman Abramovich this week, merely pointing to the length of his contract. The Portuguese has an ally in captain Terry, who insisted Mourinho has the players’ support contrary to rumours of unrest and despite disciplinary disputes with the Football Association and being the subject of a personal legal claim from former first-team doctor Eva Carneiro. “I can assure you now that the players are 100 percent behind the manager,” said Terry, who was speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League Group G clash with Dynamo Kiev. Mourinho was subject of the first managerial vote of confidence in Abramovich’s 12-year ownership on October 5, but Chelsea have one win in five matches since, against free-falling Aston Villa. Mourinho says he has had support from friends within and outwith football and was reminded by a friend of comments he made after leading Porto to the Champions League title in May 2004. “I said that one day in my career bad results will come and I will face the bad results with the same honesty and dignity that I’m facing now as European champion,” Mourinho said. “I resisted well to the nature of my job, to the nature of football – 11 years waiting for this. It took time, but came in a moment where I am stable and I am strong to face it.” Mourinho insisted his confidence had not been impacted by the run of results and he would remain steadfast to his methods, which the players had not questioned. “It’s new for me. That’s why I am a good one (manager). If I was a bad one it would come before (now),” Mourinho said. Terry said the players were culpable. “He’s under pressure because of the way we’re performing,” the defender said. ” We know we need to be better, for this club and for him.” Mourinho often shoulders the burden on himself, deflecting attention from his players, Terry says. The Blues boss added: “For my players I do everything. I always did and I am not going to change.” Mourinho did not address the Carneiro case or the stadium ban and £40,000 fine he was hit with on Monday for his half-time dismissal in last month’s loss at West Ham. Chelsea are awaiting the written reasons to determine whether or not to appeal. He is currently banned from the stadium at Stoke. There is an ongoing appeal over a separate disciplinary matter relating to comments made after the loss to Southampton on October 3. Poor results are what would ultimately cost Mourinho his job. He says he knows the reason why Chelsea have fallen so far in six months, but declined to say. “It’s not one reason. One reason would be easy to fix,” he said. center_img John Terry on Tuesday came out fighting in support of Jose Mourinho and refused to contemplate the embattled Chelsea manager being sacked. The club’s position has not changed, but the date with Dynamo and Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Stoke could determine whether or not Mourinho has a future at Stamford Bridge. Asked how he and the players would feel if Mourinho did leave, Terry said: “It’s not going to come to that. The club have shown faith in the best manager in the history of this football club. “It’s not what ifs. I’m adamant we’re going to turn this round and he will be in charge for the rest of the season and long after I’ve finished playing at this football club. “For me he’s the right man to take this club forward. That’s the only way I’m thinking.” Last Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool was Chelsea’s sixth in 11 Premier League games, leaving the reigning champions 15th in the table. Asked how much time he has left as boss, Mourinho, who signed a new contract until June 2019 on the eve of the season, said: “Four years. In this case, three years and seven months.” last_img read more

Boos, Protest Votes at Arsenal AGM

first_imgVotes to reappoint Keswick and director Josh Kroenke were rejected on a show of hands, forcing a formal vote via distributed cards, with both men eventually winning re-election following support from Arsenal’s two major shareholders.Significantly, Alisher Usmanov, the club’s second largest shareholder, decided against joining what Arsenal Supporters Trust said on Twitter was an unprecedented protest at an AGM.At the meeting, Gazidis came under scrutiny with the board asked to justify his £2.6 million salary, including a one million-pound bonus.“Ivan is doing a fantastic and first-class job leading the development of this club across every aspect of its operations,” Keswick said.“It is important the remuneration of all the club’s management remains competitive in order to attract and retain talent. In this regard, our CEO’s pay is comparable to clubs of a similar stature.”Gazidis defended the club’s approach in allowing the contracts of leading players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to run down and said the board had made huge resources available for transfers.“All resources are made available for investment. We’ve broken the club transfer record multiple times and did it again with (Alexandre) Lacazette,” who cost £42.5 million from Olympique Lyonnais.“We’ve made over £200 million of transfer investments in the last three years. Approximately £40 million in our facilities at London Colney, Hale End and Borehamwood and further investment in staff.“Every club has successes and failures and we want to do better. Arsenal, of the big clubs, have been the most over-performing club over time.“On an objective basis we perform very well. However, I agree we have to find ways to perform better.”But he was interrupted by one shareholder who asked whether a 10-2 (aggregate) defeat by Bayern Munich (in the Champions League) represented success.Gazidis also defended the decision this year to renew the contract of Frenchman Wenger who has managed the club since 1996. Arsenal won the last of their 13 English top-flight titles in 2004.“Arsene has new two-year deal in the belief that he has the experience, values and quality,” Gazidis said. He refused to set a “public, pre-existing schedule” around the Frenchman’s eventual successor.Wenger also addressed the meeting, giving an eloquent depiction of why the club means so much to him.“We represent something that is exceptional. It’s a tradition of class,” he said.“My hunger, my commitment is bigger than ever. I question myself a lot, don’t worry, I will sit down every year to see where I go.“No matter what happens one day I will always love this club forever and be an eternal fan.”The meeting closed amid stormy scenes when Keswick declined to answer some questions and announced that chief shareholder Stan Kroenke would not be speaking “as it is not on the agenda”.“I think you are getting very angry so there is no point continuing,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Disgruntled Arsenal supporters opposed the re-election of chairman Chips Keswick and director Josh Kroenke amid rowdy scenes at the club’s annual general meeting on Thursday..Chief executive Ivan Gazidis was also heckled as he defended the way the club was run and outlined why Arsenal had reappointed manager Arsene Wenger on a two-year deal this year despite unrest among fans.Around 200 individual shareholders attended the meeting at Emirates Stadium after Arsenal Supporters Trust announced its intention to oppose resolutions because of “dissatisfaction at the current ownership and governance arrangements”.last_img read more

Tongue in Chic: Changing your hair changes your life

first_imgOnce I went pink, though, hiding became impossible. My hair was no longer an attention deflector but an attention magnet. Everywhere I went, strangers came up to me to compliment it, to ask how long it took and what products I used on it. Everyone from Starbucks baristas to Uber drivers told me they liked my hair.   I’d never noticed before how much I relied on my hair as a security blanket. I used it to shield my face, a curtain that I could retreat behind whenever I felt shy or awkward. Long, thick and dark, it was a de facto invisibility cloak, allowing me to blend in and disappear.  I’m crystal clear on the date because there are two photos from that day saved in my camera roll. In the before shot, my hair is long, dark and virginal. I’m smiling, though a frisson of tension hovers around my mouth. In the second, my hair is a bright bubblegum pink, a far cry from the pastel hue I’d envisioned. My expression: sheer consternation. I’d sent that photo to all my friends with the caption: “I’ve made a mistake.” It’s faintly astonishing to me that I’ve had pink hair for nearly a year now. It feels both so long ago and like yesterday that I made the plunge. I can say with certainty, however, that dyeing my hair pink has changed my life.      As quickly as the thought came, I dismissed it. Of course that couldn’t be me. I’m not a 5-foot-8 model who’s walked for Louis Vuitton and starred in a Chanel campaign. Also, my parents would never go for it.  But you know what? I’m not worried about it. It’s been almost a year, and I no longer feel like an impostor pretending to be someone I’m not. I’ve fully grown into my pink hair; I don’t need to lean on it like a crutch anymore.  What sealed the deal for me, though, was watching Mi-Anne Chan dye her hair pink for her Refinery29 series “Beauty with Mi.” Here was someone who wasn’t a multimillionaire celebrity or an Instagram influencer; she was just a journalist who worked for one of my favorite outlets. In her video titled “I Dyed My Virgin Hair For the First Time,” Chan documents the process from start to finish, talks about the experience of bleaching her whole head and recommends products for her new hair care routine. When I finished the video, I determined right there and then: “Fuck it, I’m gonna do it.”  Kitty Guo. Kitty Guo is a senior writing about fashion. Her column, “Tongue in Chic,” typically runs every other Monday. (Tiffany Kao | Daily Trojan) On May 24, I walked into Spoke and Weal’s SoHo salon and walked out six hours later with pink hair. When it was finally over and the stylist gave me back my glasses, I looked in the mirror and felt faint all over. My head was magenta. She assured me that it would fade in no time, that the brightness was just to ensure that the color wouldn’t disappear too quickly. I nodded, paid her an exorbitant amount and scurried home in dismay, snapping the selfie in my camera roll along the way.  When we get out, maybe I’ll go lavender. Or blue. Or silver. Who knows? After all, I’m young, and the future stretches out before me, shimmering with possibility.  That was in 2015. Since then, pink hair’s popularity has risen to a fever pitch. Every beauty publication — Allure, Glamour, InStyle — ran articles gushing over the trend. A sea of rose gold waves flooded Pinterest boards. High-profile celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and BTS’ Jimin debuted their new rosy tresses on Instagram. Then e-girls came on the scene, and, well, I can’t say that my decision wasn’t partially influenced by my fascination with Belle Delphine.  Every two months, I go to the salon to touch up my roots. I white-knuckle my way through two hours of chemicals soaking into my brain, dealing with dandruff the size of snowflakes, just so I can keep feeling like that. Well, I used to. The last time I went to get my roots bleached was back in February, and as my salon is temporarily shuttered due to the coronavirus, I have no idea when I can make another appointment. When I wake up in the morning, I notice the darkness at the crown of my head gain another centimeter. I wash my hair once a week and watch the water circle the drain; when I step out, I’m a little more blonde, a little less strawberry.  I don’t remember when I started toying with the idea of dyeing my hair pink. I think it started with Fernanda Ly, the poster girl for pink-haired Asians, and her Teen Vogue cover. Thumbing through her photoshoot, enthralled by her cotton candy-colored strands and thick, blunt bangs, I wondered, “Wow, could that be me?”   But I needn’t have worried; she was right. After a week and a thorough rinse in the shower, the shade faded into the soft fairy-floss pink of my dreams, and I haven’t looked back since. Determined to recreate Chan’s exact experience, I went to the same salon in the video, and even booked the same colorist. I sat in a chair for five hours as bleach ate away at the melanin in my hair, my scalp prickling with the sensation of fire ants crawling all over my head.  With pink hair, I felt … cool. As someone with the personality of a shrinking violet, my hair dragged me out of my comfort zone and forced me to act like how I thought a pink-haired person would act — bold and arresting, at ease in their own skin; someone who didn’t give a shit about what other people thought. Unnatural hair color is no substitute for a personality, but my newfound confidence didn’t supplant my identity so much as evolve it. last_img read more