Group advocates for inclusion

first_imgIn their final meeting of the semester, members of Campus Life Council (CLC) discussed how to best advocate for the expansion of inclusion on the basis of sexual orientation, race and ethnicity in student government’s Year End Report to the Board of Trustees. Student body president emeritus Pat McCormick said student government regularly reports student concerns to a Board of Trustees committee responsible for the Board of Student Affairs. These reports usually happen two to three times each year. “In the fall, we presented students’ advocacy of sustainability, informing the building of a Notre Dame for the 21st century,” McCormick said. “We thought this time it would be especially valuable to talk about how we might expand inclusion in the Notre Dame family, particularly ethnicity and race, as well as sexual orientation, based on events in the past couple of months.” Ed Mack, rector of O’Neill Hall, said although student government has tried to expand inclusion in the past, there might be better ways to work with the University administration.“ “I’’m wondering if after the presentation we can ask, ‘‘What are we missing?’’ What’’s their advice to us?” he said. ““The best and brightest of student government have worked on this for several years and there hasn’’t been much progress.”“ McCormick said Student Senate passed resolutions requesting the addition of sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination clause and the approval of a gay-straight alliance (GSA) or equivalent student group. “The University ran a press release last week on their intent to expand inclusion. We don’t think it has been unsuccessful,” McCormick said. “I hope this year’s work speaks to a broad consensus on all sides on sexual orientation and race that we have made progress.” Members of CLC also discussed concerns students have voiced in the past week. Former Zahm Hall Senator Kevin Noonan said students thought the administration’s press release was ambiguous. (Editor’s Nnote: Noonan is the Scene editor for The Observer.) “There’s been a lot of student support, specifically for a GSA and a sexual orientation clause,” he said. “I think for the very least, ask [in the Year End Report] for an explanation, a public explanation, of what’s holding it back when students have supported this for so long.” The work of several campus stakeholders was essential to the progress made this year, McCormick said. “We are committed to ensuring discrimination in every form is confronted,” he said. “Students have advocated in extraordinary ways and in ways that remain in line with the mission of the University. We hope to express our gratitude that engagement from other stakeholders has occurred and hope to progress in weeks to come.”last_img read more

Shorts: Blue Ridge Briefs

first_imgEastern Cougar Declared Extinct?In June the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided it was ready to call the eastern cougar extinct. The particular subspecies of big cats has been on the Endangered Species List since 1973, and although there have been recent confirmed cougar sightings in the East, officials say those were likely western mountain lions that migrated to the right coast.“We recognize that people have seen cougars in the wild in the eastern U.S.,” said Martin Miller, northeast chief of endangered species, in an AP report. “Those cougars are not of the eastern cougar subspecies.”Eastern cougar populations declined rapidly in the 1800s, killed by European settlers protecting livestock as they harvested native forests. The large cats, known as mountain lions, pumas, and other names in different parts of the country, are still being spotted on the East Coast. A cougar was killed in Kentucky last December. A 60-day comment period on the proposal to remove the specific eastern cougar subspecies from the endangered list ends later this month.Two Virginia Friends Visiting Every National Park in a YearTwo buddies from Charlottesville are currently on an epic road trip, traveling across the country with plans to visit all 59 National Parks in the continental U.S. within the next year. In June, Trevor Kemp and Darius Nabors both quit their jobs at the University of Virginia and set off to visit the 59 parks within 59 weeks, an excursion undertaken to commemorate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. “I’ve always wanted to go on the great American road trip, and this is like an extreme version of that,” Nabors told the Daily Progress. The pair left Virginia in a Dodge Ram truck borrowed from Nabors’ parents. They started at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio and plan to finish next August at Maine’s Arcadia National Park. Along the way adventure plans include canoeing in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota and hiking the 93-mile Wonderland Trail in Washington.—Follow the journey at 59in59.com A.T. Plate Sales Raise a Million Dollars in N.C. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy announced in June that it has raised more than $1 million from sales of the A.T. license plate in North Carolina. Trail lovers willing to spend a little extra for the specialty plate, first offered in the state in 2005, are making a big difference along America’s Favorite Footpath. The conservancy funnels the cash raised from the plates—also offered in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and Pennsylvania—straight to trail maintenance through grants given to trail clubs and other organizations. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, this year the ATC has already given $30,000 to trail projects, monitoring, and outreach.5point Film Fest Headed to Asheville, N.C.On August 14-16, Asheville will host a celebration of the country’s top boundary-pushing adventure films. The festival weekend will kickoff with a free outdoor party before the films roll at 7pm on Friday. Saturday’s line up will include a community picnic, ice cream social, van life rally, dance party with DJ Marley, a youth adventure film program, and an amazing lineup of powerful films. BRO Editor in Chief Will Harlan will moderate a panel of top regional athletes on Saturday morning at the New Mountain Sol Bar—including elite triathlete and runner Jay Curwen, Girls at Play founder Anna Levesque, ultra running wild man Adam Hill, pro paddler Pat Keller, and champion mountain biker Sam Koerber—who embody the spirit of the film fest. Unlike other film fests, 5Point features films that are about more than heart-pumping adrenaline. They highlight people who go deeper and give voice to the places and issues that matter most.5pointfilm.org/ashevilleBikers Bare AllOn June 13 groups of cyclists around the world once again stripped down and pedaled in unity as part of the World Naked Bike Ride. With bare butts on seats, bikers in cities across the globe from Barcelona to Chicago took short rides to raise awareness for alternative transportation and cyclist safety. In Portland, Oregon, an estimated 10,000 riders pedaled in the buff. A spokesperson explained why: “We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil and other forms of non-renewable energy.”500-Pound Man Planning Marathon in DecemberDerek Mitchell is shedding pounds on race courses. Since March the Kansas City-based Mitchell has committed to running at least one 5K a month in an effort to lose weight, and so far it’s working. In March he weighed 570 pounds, and in late June he was down to 538 after finishing five races. Now he’s raising the bar and planning to run the Honolulu Marathon in December. He picked the race because it doesn’t have a time limit, but he’s taking the endeavor seriously, telling Runner’s World that he recently started a six-month endurance-building training plan. “I’m losing about 12 pounds per month, so if I keep that up, I’ll be at about 450 pounds by December, which, to think about that is awesome,” Mitchell told RW.last_img read more

Crying out for an end to overdraft fees? Meet grain technology

first_imgProbably the single most despised charge at financial institutions is the overdraft fee – and a NerdWallet survey of the exact charges imposed by a selection of mid-sized (Navy Federal) through mammoth (Chase) institutions found fees at $20 (Navy Federal) and as high as $39 (KeyBank).$35 is a particularly common charge in the survey.Rapacious greed.Ask yourself this. You present a Visa card at WalMart and the card is declined (and you know it’s because the balance is overextended and a payment is late).  Does the cashier say, “Sorry, bud, card declined and now you owe us another $35 for being a nuisance.”That does not happen. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PPP forgiveness: Choosing the best covered period

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Bosenko Heather started at Lucro in 2013 where she’s done everything from underwriting to developing and launching the CUSO’s digital lending tool. Prior to that, Heather worked in the banking world … Web: https://www.lucro.org Details For borrowers with a potential loan payment looming, it can be tempting to rush into the PPP loan forgiveness process, but making sure your members know how to choose the best covered period could actually help them get more of their loan forgiven. While you’re having discussions with members about these PPP covered periods it’s important to be aware of the advantages of waiting and utilizing the 24-week covered period to maximize their forgiveness.What is the 24-week covered period? The covered period begins on the loan origination date and eligible expenses are then incurred over the following 24 weeks.Some of the advantages of utilizing the 24-week covered period include:Getting the maximum forgivable amount. For a proprietor with no employees or an independent contractor filing a 1040 Schedule C, the maximum loan amount that can be forgiven using an 8-week covered period is $15,385. Choosing a 24-week covered period will allow for a maximum forgivable amount of $20,833.Time to increase staffing and wages. If there were reductions in employee wages there would be a penalty assessed in the forgivable amount if the wages or the number of employees is not restored by the time you apply for forgiveness. By using a 24-week covered period, there is more time to restore these employees before applying for forgiveness.More time to speak with advisors. By choosing the 24-week covered period, borrowers have more time to consult advisors who can help gather the appropriate documentation for forgiveness or even prepare a professional payroll report.Ultimately there is no need to rush. Members have 10-months to apply for forgiveness after the last date of their chosen covered period. The PPP program has been a moving target since the beginning with rules and guidance continuously changing. Waiting to apply could save time and effort as new rules come into place.Although many borrowers are anxious to begin the forgiveness process, it’s crucial that your credit union is ready to respond with accurate information and well-constructed processes. At Lucro Commercial Solutions, we can help you automate the forgiveness application process and keep you up to date as the SBA releases further guidance. We’ll even provide a tool to help you calculate your borrower’s forgiveness amount. If your credit union would like to quickly set up a custom, software-free, online business loan portal to assist with automating and centralizing the collection of applications and documents visit www.Lucro.org/DBLC to learn more or contact Heather Bosenko at [email protected]last_img read more

Towers Watson appoints new head of global investments business

first_imgChris Ford (pictured), Towers Watson’s head of investments for the EMEA region, has been promoted to oversee the company’s global investment business.Ford, who has been at the firm for more than 20 years and took over the EMEA investments business in 2010, will replace Carl Hess, who is to become managing director for the Americas.Hess, who was appointed global head of investments in 2008, also joins the consultancy’s executive committee.Roger Urwin will remain as global head of investment content. Towers Watson said a decision on who would head its EMEA investment business had not yet been taken, and that the process of appointing a successor to Ford would begin shortly.He is to take on his new role with immediate effect, the company said.Hess replaces Jim Foreman as managing director of the Americas – Foreman will now lead the company’s expanded exchange solutions business.Ford was appointed head of the EMEA in November 2010 after a range of positions, and quick promotions, across Towers Watson.This included heading up the New York investment practice in 2000, after 10 years with the firm.He then became responsible for the investment strategy team in 2004, back in the UK, and joined the EMEA executive committee and the global practice management team in 2007 and 2008, respectively.Ford oversaw the separation of Towers Watson’s investment advisory arm and its fiduciary management business in 2011.On the announcement of Ford’s promotion, managing director of risk and financial services Tricia Guinn described him as an extremely talented individual well placed to succeed Hess.“Chris has proven himself to be very capable – both strategically and operationally – at propelling the business forward and delivering strong growth and excellent results for our clients,” she said.last_img read more

There’s a rainforest growing inside this Brisbane home

first_img“I tried to build it as good as I could,” Mr Donaldson said of the sprawling two level homestead with over 500sq m of internal space, not including the five patios and drying area.“I think it stood the test of time very well.”Bathrooms have been renovated to prepare the property for sale and new kitchen appliances have been installed.“There’s not one part of this house that is not my favourite,” Mr Donaldson said from the airconditioned media room.The internal courtyards, one between the entrance and dining room, and the other between the main bathroom and media room serve a practical and aesthetic purpose. THERE ARE 13 HOUSES FOR SALE IN GUMDALE. CHECK THEM OUT HERE. This indoor green room is a breath of fresh air.The building is oriented to the north with the bedrooms and kitchen all making use of the cooler aspect.It’s a house that architect Desmond Donaldson and his wife Jill will find difficult to leave but with their son and grandchildren living away, it is time to move closer. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The dining room has access to an internal courtyard.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 2020center_img Loaded with extra features like internal courtyards and lofts in the bedroom is 55 Archer St, Gumdale.THERE is architectural excellence and a few quirky twists in this 25-year-old homestead on one hectare that is on the market for the first time.In the quirky corner, 55 Archer St, Gumdale has internal courtyards filled with rainforest plants, lofts in three bedrooms, an attic above the library, and a roaring open fireplace with raked ceilings. Helping to clean the air, internal courtyards filled with tropical plants form an integral part of this architect-designed house.“My wife and I are nature lovers and the plants in the courtyards look after themselves, you just make sure they have enough water,” he said.The greenery helps to oxygenate the house, and allows for the internal bathroom to open out to a green room. Fraser Evans of RE/MAX Results will open 55 Archer St, Gumdale for inspection on Saturday, February 9 from 2pm-2.30pm.The design excellence is captured by glass walls and tiles that blend with a colour palette of crisp whites and warm creams.last_img read more

End Third-Party Conception Arrangements

first_imgCBC Network August 2014I’m no fan of third-party reproduction. Anybody who reads my writings or who has watched any of the three documentary films I have produced on the topic knows that these arrangements in my view are fraught with medical, ethical, and legal problems that affect women and the children they produce in negative ways.Take the breaking news of Baby Gammy in Thailand: The surrogate mother was carrying twins for the intended parents and did not know until late in her pregnancy that Baby Gammy had Down syndrome; allegedly the parents did not want the disabled child and asked the surrogate mother to abort the disabled fetus; the surrogate mother refused, carried the fetus to term, and is now parenting that child. Or consider the story breaking in Italy about an embryo mix-up, in which a woman just gave birth to the twins of the wrong couple; or the case of the wealthy young Japanese businessman who has fathered 13 babies via surrogacy. These stories should wake the world up to the gross human-rights abuses of women and children in the surrogate-mother industry. Even here in America we have our own surrogacy story gone very badly wrong: The estrangement of Sherri Shepherd, a former host of The View, from her husband, Lamar Sally, has left the future of their baby, conceived using egg donation and surrogacy, very uncertain. The couple is involved in a heated dispute over whether Ms. Shepherd has a legal obligation toward the child.In the wake of the Baby Gammy scandal, industry stakeholders came forward immediately to offer their assessment of the problem as well as suggestions for its solution. To no one’s surprise, they proposed regulation as the solution to stopping these kinds of atrocities. If only Australia allowed commercial surrogacy, they say, infertile and same-sex couples would not have to go to Thailand to have a baby. Bring surrogacy home, clean it up, get rid of the extremely bad actors, and all will go well in the end. Contracts, enforceable and clearly spelled out, will deal with mix-ups and changed minds. Informed consent will be the ultimate protection. In other words, you signed up for this, so let the cards fall where they may.An Australian law professor, recognizing the unequal status of surrogates and egg donors in relation to wealthy intended parents, made this audacious statement: “Yes, there are massive disparities of wealth, and education and information, but why does that mean in a reproductive endeavour that a [third-world] woman can’t make a decision of her own?”http://www.cbc-network.org/2014/08/end-third-party-conception-arrangements/?utm_source=CBC+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ef8bd3f39a-2014_08_14_Misc&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_56f2fc828e-ef8bd3f39a-70772305&mc_cid=ef8bd3f39a&mc_eid=e458a49e38last_img read more

Girl, 16, claims gang rape, tags 2 classmates, 3 others

first_imgILOILO City – A Grade 10 girl claimedtwo boy classmates and three others raped her on Sept. 16 in BarangayPoblacion, Dueñas, Iloilo. One of the five suspects, a minor,surrendered to the police and was turned over to the Municipal Social Welfareand Development. Prior to the rape, the boys and thegirl had a drinking binge, said Vipinosa. Her two classmates were minors whilethe three other boys were not, the student told the Dueñas police station. “The girl became inebriated and that’swhen the rape happened,” said the police official. The rape took place in the house ofone of the suspects at around 1 p.m., according to Dueñas police chief, PoliceCaptain Samuel Vipinosa, citing statements from the girl. “A complaint for rape is beingprepared against the suspects,” said Vipinosa./PNlast_img read more

Janiuay local stabbed dead

first_imgAccording to police investigation, Barrancowas sleeping on a waiting shed in Barangay Mangil when Leo Arca – who wasbelieved to be inebriated – stabbed the victim on the chest using a bladedweapon. Barranco was rushed to Janiauy DistrictHospital but was declared dead while being treated. He was identified as 47-year-old JoseGlen Vincent Barranco of Barangay Abangay, Janiuay. ILOILO City – In Barangay Mangil,Januay, Iloilo, a man was stabbed dead. Responding police officers were able toarrest Arca. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the municipalpolice station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

‘Replacing Ronaldo is impossible, nobody can do it’

first_imgBernardo Silva admits “taking Cristiano Ronaldo’s place is impossible”, with the Manchester City winger eager to point out that he has no intention of trying to emulate an iconic countryman once Portugal find themselves in need of another talisman.Advertisement A five-time Ballon d’Or winner is very much the main man for his country at present, with the Juventus superstar recording 99 goals through 164 appearances.Ronaldo has helped Portugal to Euro 2016 glory and the inaugural UEFA Nations League crown, with his standing among the all-time greats very much secure.There will, however, come a day when the 35-year-old walks away and someone else is required to step up in his place.Silva, given his ability and experience, would be among those expected to take the lead when it comes to providing inspiration.The City forward is reluctant to put himself anywhere near a category occupied by Ronaldo, with the 25-year-old aware that any efforts to follow in illustrious footsteps are likely to be thankless.Silva told AS: “Taking Cristiano’s place is impossible. Nobody is going to do that.“I’m going to try and always keep improving so I can do the best I can for Portugal and my club – helping my country and team to win everything possible.”While turning out alongside legendary figures at international level, Silva continues to do likewise with his club.Sergio Aguero remains a prolific presence for City, as the club’s all-time leading scorer, and the Argentine is being backed to chase down Alan Shearer’s Premier League benchmark of 260 goals.Aguero sits 80 efforts short of that figure at present, but Silva has said: “Kun is goals. There’s nothing more to say about him.“He hits it so hard. If you give him a bad ball, he hits it well. It’s so good to have a player who scores so easily.“That’s why he’s the player with most goals in City’s history and I think he’s close to the record for the Premier League. If he carries on like this he’ll get there.”Another distinguished team-mate that Silva gets to work with on a regular basis at present is namesake David Silva, with the World Cup-winning Spaniard expected to prolong his playing career after bidding farewell to the Etihad Stadium when his current contract expires in the summer.Read Also: Messi asked if he would pass to Ronaldo if they played together“He’s got a lot of football left in him,” said Bernardo.“With David’s style of play he can play as long as he wants. He’s really smart, he always makes the right choices and he’s physically in great shape. He can play for as long as he wants.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All TimeNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Showscenter_img Loading… last_img read more