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ACE celebrates 20th anniversary

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgNotre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a cross-country bus tour, kicking off Sept. 30. The tour will make 15 stops on its first leg, according to Fr. Timothy Scully, director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and one of the bus’ annual riders. It will be at Notre Dame for the Navy football game on Nov. 2 and will make its official stop in South Bend on Nov. 19. Scully said the purpose of the tour is to “celebrate the gift of Catholic education,” both within and outside of Catholic school systems. “We want to recognize the gifts [of] people who have given their life’s energy to [Catholic education] and galvanize support for their efforts,” he said.   With three weeks until the tour kicks off, Scully said ACE is finishing preparations, training bus drivers and confirming tour stops and events. The stops, which range from Indianapolis to Boston and Milwaukee, will each feature a celebration, speaker, awards and a Mass. The tour also will includes meetings and workshops with government and education leaders. In some the events will also include meeting with leaders in government and education. “We have a conference at the [George W.] Bush Institute that the President and Mrs. Bush are hosting in Dallas,” Scully said. “It’s a workshop . . . on parental choice in school and the value of education in the inner cities.” In addition, the Washington, D.C. stop will include meetings with members of Congress involved in education policy, he said.  According to the program’s website, Scully and Fr. Sean McGraw co-founded ACE in 1993 with Service Through Teaching, a cost-free Masters’ in Education program that sends well-qualified teachers into Catholic school systems. The program has graduated more than 1,200 teachers. Since its inception, ACE has expanded its programs and initiatives, which now include additional training programs for Catholic educators, such as the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program and the English as a New Language certification, the website states. It also provides services such as coach training and professional development workshops; and outreach initiatives that serve minority or at-risk populations. Contact Emily McConville at emcconvl@nd.edulast_img read more

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Military mailing deadline

By on January 17, 2021

first_imgBy Kristen PlankUniversity of GeorgiaChristmas won’t arrive until Dec. 25, but the deadline to ship packages to most overseas military addresses is Dec. 11.Carolyn Ainslie, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension educational program specialist, knows how it feels to have a loved one abroad and when and how mailing deadlines work.“My son is in the army and was overseas in Afghanistan last year,” she said. “When he was deployed, I sent something once a week.”Ainslie said her son Wendell loved getting gifts but was troubled that many of his soldiers didn’t get any mail. He decided to work with an organization online that helps get people to donate packages to troops. A church in Ainslie’s area also got involved last Christmas.“They only had a week left to send gifts before Christmas, but they wanted to help out anyway,” she said.The packages were sent first class to Ainslie’s son, who got them on Christmas Day. He gave packages to every solider in his unit and then, with a 9.5-hour time difference, called his mom to tell her to thank the church for him.“We called the church music director and told him the packages had arrived, and how thankful they all were,” Ainslie said. “He was able to tell the congregation, and it was an emotional thing for the community. They felt they had a personal impact in the life of a soldier that day.”Cpl. Scottie Ballew, a U.S. Army recruiter in Athens, Ga., said soldiers get “a daily mail call. But depending on where they are, mail will come every two to three days.” Each company has a mail clerk, and troops will go to the chaplain’s tent to see if they have any mail.Some places aren’t easily accessible. Justin Plank, a quartermaster seaman in the Navy, said mail can arrive anywhere from two weeks to once a month if the ship is out to sea. A supply ship will come alongside and divvy out basic supplies along with any mail.Getting mail, he said, is hard to describe: “It’s unreal. You’re up sometimes for two days straight, you’re tired and cranky and always on the defensive, waiting for something to happen. It’s incredible, and it’s the biggest morale booster. It just makes you happy.”Sometimes he’d get mail three times a week and sometimes once a month, he said. On average, crew members would get one package a month.Contents in a package can range from food to toys.“A lot of people love sending cookies, but they can go bad by the time they get here, and we have sweets here,” Plank said. He recommends sending magazines, books and, if the troops have access to a DVD player, movies.And the “quirkier” the gift the better. “My wife sent me some remote-controlled shock tanks,” he said, “And they’ve become the biggest hit on the ship.”If you’re set on sending foods, UGA Extension food safety specialist Elizabeth Andress has a few tips.* Send heavy cakes, cookies high in sugar and shortening, fudge and nut bars.* Avoid sending cookies with cream or custard fillings or moist cookies, which may mold in humid climates.* Other items that ship well include coffees, dried foods, nuts, teas and mixed cereal snacks.Packaging is important to get the gift there in peak condition.* Place foods and gifts in clean boxes or metal tins.* Pack that box inside a packing box.* Place packing materials, such as newspaper, foam pieces or bubble wrap, around the first box.* Take into account the military and each country’s customs regulations. Size and weight may be an issue, too.last_img read more

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Vermont Tech Program wins Stevie® Award in 5th Annual American Business Awards

By on January 1, 2021

first_imgPresident Ty Handy of Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that one of the signature business/labor/education partnership programs delivered at the college — The Verizon/CWA/IBEW Next Step Program — won the Stevie Award® for Best Human Resource Team in the 2007 American Business Awards on June 11, 2007.Stevie Awards were presented in over 40 categories including Best Overall Company, Best Executive, and Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program. More than 2,000 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration.Hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” (New York Post,April 27, 2005), The American Business Awards are the only national, all-encompassing awards program honoring great performances in business.In winning the Stevie Award®, this education program for line maintenance personnel beat out other finalists including DHL Express and Marriott. Dan Crocitto, Verizon’s Next Step Program Co-Director was presented the Stevie Award®, before a packed ballroom at Marriott Marquis in New York City. In accepting the Stevie Award®, Crocitto said, “The award acknowledges the successes of our educational partnership and the quality of work and creative talent of every individual on our team; a team that has maintained a clear focus on the value of an education and the significant impact it has on the individual students, as well as the program’s partners.”Dr. Joseph N. Joyce Jr., Director the Next Step Program in New England noted, “The selection of Next Step in this competitive process is testimony to the success of this pioneering corporate, union and educational initiative.”Next Step Program:By the mid-1990s the senior leaders of NYNEX (now Verizon) and its two principal employee unions, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), knew they must adapt if the company was to survive and thrive in a business environment of deregulation, global competition, and rapid technological change.The Next Step Program (NSP) became the vehicle for achieving the desired results. The company and the union together turned to partner public institutions, like Vermont Technical College, and others throughout New York and New England for program development and implementation. In total, a coalition of twenty-five colleges teamed to develop, accredit, and deliver a common AAS degree program at twenty-eight locations.Today, the Next Step Program boasts:Over 3,200 graduates, 21,152 applicants since its inception.On average, 7 employees applying for each available seat.Participants who surpass their national counterparts in higher GPA ranges.A participant retention rate of 75%, versus a 48% national rate, and 30% of graduates who continue their formal education.The Program takes participants four years to complete, taking classes one day per week as part of their regular work duty. It is funded entirely by Verizon, and managed by Co-Directors from the company, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).last_img read more

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Agriculture Ministry asks for additional funds, seeks to help farmers’ recovery

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgThe Agriculture Ministry is proposing an additional Rp 10 trillion (US$693.3 million) in next year’s state budget to finance its planned policies aimed at speeding up economic recovery, particularly in the agriculture sector.The government has allocated Rp 18.4 trillion to the ministry’s 2021 budget. Around half of the budget is allocated to programs to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality food.However, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said Tuesday the allocation would not be enough to finance policies to ramp up food production, diversify staple foods, strengthen buffer stock and food logistics, as well as modernize the country’s agriculture sector, which employed the majority of the national workforce. The ministry is also seeking to raise farmers’ terms of trade to 103, which indicates an improvement in farmers’ welfare. The terms of trade stood at 99.6 in June, slightly below the key threshold of 100, which means that farmers’ expenses still exceed their income.As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted food logistics, Syahrul reported to the lawmakers that the ministry had spent 40.48 percent of the Rp 1.46 trillion budget allocated this year to programs to secure supplies as of June amid social restrictions.The ministry also disbursed almost 46 percent of the Rp 1.15 trillion allocated to social assistance to help workers in the agriculture sector stay afloat as the pandemic hit the economy during the period.“We will keep pushing forward the spending in the next six months,” said the minister, a NasDem party politician.Out of this year’s budget of Rp 14 trillion in total, the ministry had spent 44 percent as of July 3.The slow budget disbursement, especially funds allocated to the pandemic response, has irked President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who in a video posted by his office recently told his ministers to expedite the healthcare and social aid budget in an uncharacteristically angry speech.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati admitted separately that administrative issues had hampered the disbursement, while urging ministries and government institutions to accelerate spending to help push economic activity.“The stimulus is currently in the early stage and we will improve [disbursement] to speed up spending,” she said on June 29.Topics : “The Rp 18.4 trillion budget allocated to the ministry in 2021 appears far from sufficient for the economy to recover after the COVID-19 pandemic in villages that heavily rely on the agriculture sector, and to meet the food production target set in the government’s working plan,” Syahrul said in a hearing with the House of Representatives on Tuesday.The minister proposed the additional budgetary funds as Indonesia was facing looming drought that might affect the country’s agricultural output.In 2019, prolonged drought led to Indonesia’s declining rice production, which was down 13.2 percent year-on-year to 16.1 million tons in the first half of 2020, according to the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Indonesia office.The Agriculture Ministry has set a rice production target of 62.5 million tons in 2021, 5 percent higher than this year’s target.last_img read more

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Frank Lampard unsure on severity of Tammy Abraham injury but insists Chelsea have players to cover

By on October 18, 2020

first_imgFrank Lampard unsure on severity of Tammy Abraham injury but insists Chelsea have players to cover Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jan 2020 7:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Comment Tammy Abraham suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty Images)Tammy Abraham suffered an ankle injury in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday night although just how long he will be out of action for is not yet clear.The England international played the full 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, but appeared to be in pain towards the end of the match after a strange collision with the advertising hoardings.The 22-year-old seemed to put his feet out to stop his momentum carried him off the pitch behind the goal, but the impact left him in pain on the ground.He got through the rest of the match, but was limping at the end and his manager, Frank Lampard, says they are waiting to learn how serious the injury is.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He had ice on his ankle, but we don’t know yet,’ said Lampard.‘I hope he’s not (out for several weeks), but then if he is then yes, we do have the players to cope.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But we can’t finish. We get into the box and we could have had three or four goals today. We are having shots, having crosses and lots of ‘ooh’ moments for the crowd.‘But we have to be clinical. Do we need to put the ball in the back of the net more? Yes. That’s clear. Our chance conversion is one of the worst in the league.’The Chelsea manager’s assessment of his team came after they had 19 shots to Arsenal’s two in the 2-2 draw as the likes of Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian and substitute Michy Batshuayi all spurned good opportunities.Arsenal were down to 10 men after just 26 minutes when David Luiz was sent off for hauling down Abraham in the box, but they only needed two chances for Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin to convert.Batshuayi would be the likely replacement up front for Chelsea in Abaraham’s absence as Olivier Giroud looks set to leave the club before the end of the month. Advertisement Batshuayi missed a good chance against Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)If Abraham’s injury is worse than first feared then Chelsea may look to keep hold of Giroud, but Lampard said before the game against Arsenal that he was happy to let the Frenchman leave.‘I think with Oli, it’s clear that in Tammy we’ve had a striker that’s broken through this season and done really well and played a lot of games,’ said the Blues boss.‘So there hasn’t been much opportunity for Oli. Now we get to January and I respect Oli as I’ve said in recent weeks.‘If it’s his intention or it’s right for him to go and play games and it feels right for us as a club, then I think it’s a club and Oli and me situation where I don’t’ want to hold someone here who has that feeling.‘Then there are obviously ways about how I see the game and how I want us to play on and off the ball and all those little decisions I have to make week in, week out so I suppose that’s where we’re at.’AdvertisementAdvertisementBashuayi is yet to start a Premier League game this season, scoring once in his 14 substitute appearances, while Giroud has not scored in the league this campaign.Chelsea are in FA Cup action on Saturday at Hull before returning to the Premier League at Leicester seven days later.MORE: Frank Lampard blames Emerson Palmieri for Arsenal equaliser and slams his Chelsea teamMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals how David Luiz reacted to Chelsea red card Advertisementlast_img read more

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Friday people roundup

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgAP4 – The Swedish buffer fund has lost its head of global equities to Australia’s AUD118bn (€73.2bn) sovereign fund. Björn Kvarnskog joined AP4 in 2008 and in June took a sabbatical from his role to complete a degree in business administration. He will move to Melbourne in 2016 and become head of equities at the Future Fund. The Future Fund’s CIO Raphael Arndt said Sarah Carne, director of equities, would continue as interim head of equities until Kvarnskog’s arrival.BNP Paribas – Frédéric Janbon is to replace Philippe Marchessaux as chief executive at BNP Paribas Investment Partners. Marchessaux, who oversaw the integration of ABN Amro Asset Management and the investment management business of Fortis into BNP Paribas, is to remain with the company in an as-yet-unannounced role. Meanwhile, BNP Paribas Corporate & Institutional Banking has named Wike Groenenberg as global head of Emerging Market Strategy. She previously worked as head of strategy on the Emerging Markets Macro Fund at BlueBay Asset Management. Before then, Groenenberg worked at Citigroup in London.SPF Beheer – Martin Mos has started as director of finance and risk management at SPF Beheer, the asset manager and pensions provider for the Dutch railways pension fund SPF and the public transport scheme SPOV. Mos was chief executive at A&O Services, the pensions provider for the Dutch finishing and maintenance sector. Mos succeeds Saskia Slijboom, appointed chief financial and risk officer at insurer ASR.Comgest – Vincent Strauss is to retire from his executive and portfolio management roles to join the Supervisory Committee of Comgest Global Investors in 2016. Strauss will hand over the role of chief executive to Arnaud Cosserat, effective 1 March 2016. Cosserat joined Comgest in 1996 as a European equity portfolio manager and has more than 27 years’ industry experience. He was appointed CIO in January.Institutional Money Market Funds Association – Jane Lowe has been appointed secretary general, replacing Susan Hindle-Barone. For 11 years up until 2013, she served as a senior director at the UK Investment Association (formerly known as the Investment Management Association) in a variety of roles. Keva, PensionDanmark, Norwegian Association of Pension Funds, AP4, Future Fund, BNP Paribas, BlueBay, SPF Beheer, A&O Services, ASR, Comgest, Institutional Money Market Funds Association, Investment AssociationKeva – Tapani Hellstén, deputy chief executive at the Finnish pension fund, is to take over the duties of chief executive until further notice. This follows the sudden resignation of chief executive Jukka Männistö, which the board accepted on 8 October. Keva’s board is set to discuss the schedule for appointing a new permanent chief executive at its next meeting on 29 October. Keva said Männistö’s resignation was due to a “crisis of confidence” between him and the management board.PensionDanmark – Søren Ulslev has decided to leave PensionDanmark, where he has been director of real estate, to look for new challenges, the pension fund said. He is finishing work at the labour-market pension fund at the end of October. He will be replaced temporarily by deputy director Karsten Withington Brink, who will lead the property team until a successor to Ulslev takes over.Norwegian Association of Pension Funds (Pensjonskasseforeningen) – Espen Kløw has been appointed secretary general and will take up his new role in January 2016. He will replace the current secretary general Rolf Skomsvold.last_img read more

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Wilson Buys Bremer Lloyd’s Bulker Duo

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgNorway’s shipping company Wilson has reached an agreement to purchase two bulk carriers from German shipowner Bremer Lloyd.The ships in question are the 2001-built Hanseatic Trader and the 2002-built Wilson Holla, previously named Hanseatic Scout.Featuring 4,345 dwt, the bulkers were bought for a price of EUR 5.8 million (USD 7 million) each. They are scheduled to be delivered to their new owner during the first quarter of 2018.Hanseatic Scout, which already carries the Wilson name, is chartered by the company. The second vessel Hanseatic Trader would be renamed upon delivery.Wilson said that the transactions would be financed through equity and a drawing down of an existing loan facility.Including the latest additions to its fleet, Wilson operates a total of 118 vessels, of which 81 are controlled by the company.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Aklan eyes COVID-19 testing machine

By on September 25, 2020

first_img Results from the PCR testing by trained personnel could be ready within just a day. According to Gov. Florencio Miraflores, obtaining a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine will test faster the samples of the coronavirus disease 2019 patients in Aklan. He added that he already discussed the plan with Department of Health Region 6 director Dr. Marlyn Convocar and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. BOY RYANZ ZABAL/PN Currently, the samples taken from PUIs admitted in the Aklan provincial hospital in this capital town were brought to the DOH Regional Office and then to the RITM for testing. Gov. Florencio Miraflores said that they are working on the plans of obtaining a testing machine with the help of Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 director Dr. Marlyn Convocar and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa. Miraflores added that they will prioritize persons under investigation (PUIs) manifesting severe symptoms as well as medical frontliner personnel in Aklan in the testing for the COVID-19 infection.  Of the 28 PUIs, only two are in the said hospital, while the others are under home quarantine.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)center_img As this province closed its borders for the enhanced community quarantine on March 23, Miraflores said the procurement of PCR will cut short the processing of test samples by RITM and sub-national laboratories. KALIBO, Aklan – The provincial government here is eyeing for a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine for the faster testing of samples for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City, on the other hand, there are four PCR machines that are operating already screen samples for the COVID-19. As of March 22, the Provincial Health Office-Aklan reported 28 PUIs and 4,333 persons under monitoring. last_img read more

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Lady Charger Volleyball Team Participates At Franklin Central Tourney

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgNorth Decatur High School Girls Varsity Volleyball beat Rossville 2-1. 23-25, 25-17, 16-14.ND Scoring: Kara Muckerheide 26 assists, 3 kills & 2 aces; Erika Kramer 11 kills & 7 digs; Olivia & Madelyn Bohman each had 7 kills; Olivia O’Dell 6 digs; Caroline 4 kills; Haley Gorrell 3 kills.North Decatur High School Girls Varsity Volleyball falls to Franklin Central 2-0. 25-17, 25-14..ND Scoring: Kara Muckerheide 11 assists; Sami Luttel 4 assists; Erika Kramer 5 kills; Madeline Bohman, Olivia Bohman, Caroline Stapp & Madelin Hoover all had 2 kills each; Anna Burkhart 5 digs.North Decatur High School Girls Varsity Volleyball falls to Martinsville High School 2-0. 25-16, 25-13.ND Scoring: Erika Kramer 9 digs, 3 kills; Anna Burkhart 8 digs; Kara Muckerheide 4 assists.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.last_img read more

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