University invites candidates to campus

first_imgIf Notre Dame has its way, the road to the White House may take a pass through South Bend. Notre Dame announced Monday that University president Fr. John Jenkins and student body president Brett Rocheleau have extended invitations to President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to speak on campus during the fall election campaign, according to a University press release. Continuing a 60-year University tradition, Jenkins and Rocheleau addressed letters to each candidate offering the University as a “forum for serious political discussion,” the press release stated. The invitations are also open to both of the candidates’ running mates, Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), according to the press release. The invitations are intended “to provide the campus community a firsthand impression of the contenders and their messages,” the release stated. University spokesman Dennis Brown said any appearances on campus would help continue the tradition of political discourse on campus. “Universities provide for the free exchange of ideas, and that’s especially important when it comes to electing our president,” he said. “We have a 60-year tradition of inviting candidates to Notre Dame every four years, and we’re hopeful that one or both campaigns will send either their presidential or vice presidential candidates to our campus.” Rocheleau, who also reached out to both campaigns earlier in the year via email, said he does not anticipate any timeline for a response. However, should any of the candidates accept, he said they will find a politically-balanced student body and an exceptional venue for political dialogue. “I think it would be interesting to have the candidates speak at Notre Dame because we are a place of intellectual curiosity,” he said. “We’re pretty evenly mixed [between political parties]. I think it would be an interesting opportunity to spark intellectual conversation and I’d love for them to come visit and speak.” Rocheleau said colleges and universities, especially a school like Notre Dame, offer a unique and important political avenue for the candidates to explore. “I think they can hear what students and younger voters are interested in, and the issues that we truly care about,” he said. “I think it would be beneficial for them to visit colleges, especially Notre Dame, where we can talk about some of the issues we really care about.” Notre Dame would benefit from a visit from any of the four candidates as well, Rocheleau said, as such an event would offer a means to spark important conversation. “I think it would, overall, go to fostering intellectual curiosity and intellectual conversation on campus,” he said. “I think having one or both of the candidates speak at Notre Dame would be a great opportunity for students, undergrads as well as graduates, to hear and to think about things that are social and political.” Notre Dame in particular has always been an academic institution heavily involved in the American political sphere, Rocheleau said. “[Look] back to [University President Emeritus] Fr. [Theodore] Hesburgh working for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., involvement with all the different presidents we have had in the past,” he said. “I think we have always had a tie to politics and the President of the United States.” Hesburgh started the tradition of inviting presidential and vice-presidential candidates to speak at Notre Dame during election years, according to the press release. He invited Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson in his first year as University president, and both accepted. According to the press release, other candidates who have accepted the invitation to speak at Notre Dame include Richard Nixon, Henry Cabot Lodge, Warren Miller (a graduate of the University), Edmund Muskie, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Joe Lieberman. Notre Dame already has one significant election season event on the calendar. On Oct. 17, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will host one of the three Indiana gubernatorial debates. Libertarian Rupert Boneham, Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mark Pence are expected to participate in the event.last_img read more

New course explores religion, politics from global perspective

first_imgThis spring break, eight Notre Dame students will travel far outside the Notre Dame bubble to consider the role of religion in politics from a global perspective. Sponsored by the Keough School of Global Affairs and the University, students in the class “Holy Cross-roads: Religion and Politics from South Bend to South Asia” will travel to Oman to meet with students in a parallel course from Notre Dame University Bangladesh, a school established in 2013 by the Congregation of Holy Cross. The aim of the course is to look at the intersection of religion and politics across three cultural contexts: the United States, the Middle East and South Asia.“It started as a course on religion and global politics and then we thought about how to make it more broadly a cultural exchange,” professor Jason Klocek said. “The real impetus was to try to connect students here at Notre Dame and students at Notre Dame University Bangladesh, two places where Holy Cross has been instrumental in both founding and running universities.”The two groups of students will meet at the Al Amana Centre in Oman, which has worked to foster inter-religious and intercultural dialogue since its founding in 1987. The week will be a combination of instruction, cultural activities and downtime in which the students, who will be living together, can interact more freely and find common ground.“It just so happens that the students that are going to be coming with us and meeting us in Oman will be Muslim, so that’s just another layer of what we’re hoping to have [in] this exchange between not just students at different schools, but students with different faith backgrounds, students with different identities,” Klocek said.The course is offered through the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion and is part of a larger effort by the Keough School to develop a curriculum that studies the relationship between religion and global affairs. Having real dialogue is vital to looking at the issue non-normatively, Klocek said.“In courses here, you can explore and analyze the questions but it’s hard to experience them, particularly when it comes to religion and politics,” he said. “Understanding that it’s not a question of do they mix or is there a right way [for them to] mix, but rather thinking about: ‘How do they mix in different ways?’”A key aspect of the class is the questions it asks, a set of queries Klocek described as “questions that keep people up at night.” A recent assignment asked students to consider the recent arrest of a folk singing group in Bangladesh accused of being anti-Muslim.“I asked the students to think about just sort of what questions does this raise about the relationship between religion and politics in Bangladesh, the future of pluralism in Bangladesh and then how does that compare to debates going on the U.S.,” Klocek said. “There are debates about school prayer, for example, in the U.S.; so again, it’s not to say what’s going on in Bangladesh is worse than the U.S., but think about why it’s going on and then how does that make us rethink what’s going on here.”Sophomore Ciara Donovan noted the class has been particularly helpful in grounding her understanding of whether and how religion and politics should mix.“I think our professor does a really good job of kind of trying to dispel any negative notions we have about religion in politics, but also view them through a critical lens,” Donovan said. “So, it’s also important—especially when we’re talking about the U.S. and religion — realizing that religion isn’t a partisan issue, it’s not owned by one political party. It may be used specifically by one side more than the other, but it’s not uniquely partisan.”For Klocek, the class is an opportunity to help students be more conscious of the presence of religion on campus and in politics, which he believes is often overlooked.“Religion and politics and Holy Cross kind of fade into the background on campus,” Klocek said. “It’s everywhere, but then at the same time you don’t notice it. You have lots of interactions with Holy Cross priests, but it was interesting to me that people might not necessarily know their history and their organization and just sit down and talk about that.”Rather than putting religion in a box, the class tries to come to a better understanding of the ways in which religion plays an unconscious role in human decisions.“I think we often think about religion as causing things,” Klocek said. “Most of the time in the news, you’ll get a story about how someone did something because of their religious beliefs, whether that’s violence or peace … and so one thing we’ve talked a lot about is how religion also shapes our behavior. … Maybe you’re not walking around every day doing what you do because of religion. But religion is shaping where you gather, when you gather, how you do things, who you do it with.”Tags: congregation of holy cross, Keough School of Global Affairs, Oman, religionlast_img read more

Los Valles hit with major sanctions

first_img A Colombian cocaine confiscation, sanctions against an alleged Honduran narco-trafficking group and prison for an international drug dealer marked major victories in regional counter-narcotics efforts this week. Colombian police confiscated 1.3 tons of cocaine belonging to the Mexico-based Sinaloa Cartel, National Police Counter-narcotics Division head Gen. Ricardo Alberto Restrepo Londoño said Wednesday. Authorities discovered the narcotics aboard a ship departing from the Pacific port of Buenaventura and destined for the Guatemalan port of Quetzal, Restrepo Londoño said. Restrepo Londoño added the Sinaloa cartel has established a presence in Colombia so it can buy cocaine straight from producers and eliminate middlemen, generating a higher profit. “We are facing criminal organizations coming from Mexico,” he added. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has launched a probe into the possible presence of Mexican narco-traffickers in the department of Nariño, where the majority of coca – the main ingredient used to produce cocaine – is cultivated. The cocaine was inside a shipment of ceramic glue in a container among the ship’s cargo. No arrests were made. The bust brings the total of cocaine seized by Colombian police so far this year to 68.3 tons. Sanctions for Los Valles Meanwhile, Los Valles – considered “one of the most prolific” trafficking groups in Central America by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – was dealt a serious blow with major sanctions announced by the office Aug. 20. The group’s leader Miguel Arnulfo Valle, his brothers Luis Alonso and José Reynerio, and four businesses suspected of aiding them in their illicit activities have all been sanctioned. “[The United States Treasury Department] stands with the Honduran authorities to combat the drug trafficking threat,” OFAC Director Adam Szubin said in a prepared statement. The sanctions, established under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, freeze all assets held in the U.S. by Miguel, Luis, José and all of the companies, making it illegal for any U.S. entity or citizen to conduct financial or commercial transactions with them. Los Valles are suspected of smuggling tens of thousands of kilograms into the U.S. monthly through a comprehensive network that includes three coffee production companies and a cattle and milk production business. More than 1,600 individuals and entities worldwide have been designated under the Act since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to US$1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to US$5 million, while fines for corporations may reach US$10 million. Individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines. Decades in prison for Cournoyer That same day, the head of a US$1 billion international narco-trafficking organization arrested as he tried to enter Mexico was sentenced to 27 years in prison. Jimmy Cournoyer, who was sentenced in a U.S. Federal Court in Brooklyn, ran an enterprise that was aligned with organized crime groups and drug cartels, according to prosecutors. Cournoyer had a violent side to go along with his flashy lifestyle, as he used a portion of his money to order punishment on those who cooperated with law enforcement officials. Cournoyer, a 34-year-old native of Quebec, pleaded guilty in May 2013 to charges including money laundering and conspiracies to manufacture and distribute marijuana and cocaine. He was arrested in 2012 as he tried to enter Mexico. He was extradited to New York, where he sold marijuana grown in Canada. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch had asked for a 30-year sentence for Cournoyer, who authorities said trafficked 109,000 kilograms of marijuana into the U.S. SOURCES By Dialogo August 22, 2014last_img read more

Wooing GenZ with your mobile strategy

first_imgThose in the GenZ, post-millennial generation are often described in terms both descriptive and derisive – inattentive, apathetic, or technologically addicted.Of course views, and the truth, vary, and the stereotypes often don’t apply. We can almost certainly agree, however, that this younger generation is particularly “mobile savvy”.For credit unions, this is a critical dynamic to keep in mind when brainstorming marketing strategies for these young adults born between the late ‘90’s through the 2000’s and beginning to enter the workforce in droves.So the question is, how do you woo GenZ with your organizations’ mobile capabilities?To help you along, we’ve compiled a list of Gen-Z’s 10 most distinctive characteristics:They’re technology saturated. Cell phones went mainstream in the late 1990s, around the time GenZ was born. They’ve never experienced life without being tethered to a phone, or without the Internet at their fingertips.They live on social media. Instagram posts and Twitter hashtags are par for the course for Generation Z, who regularly access social networks through their mobile devices. According to a recent survey by Social Media Today, an astonishing 200 million Facebook users view the site strictly on their mobile devices.They’re realistic. GenZ grew up in the post-9/11 world, and witnessed the economic ups-and-downs of 2008-2009. As a result, only 56% of Gen-Zers expect to have a better lifestyle than their parents, compared to 71% of millennials, according to a Goldman Sachs survey.They read — and write — online reviews. Posting reviews is easier than ever thanks to mobile apps like Yelp. So if a business provides poor customer service, a college freshman will know it almost immediately with a quick search on his digital device.They’re entrepreneurial. A recent Northeastern University survey showed that 42% of Generation Z members expect to work for themselves one day.They’re diverse. According to the Census Bureau, the country’s Hispanic population grew at four times the rate of the total population between 2000 and 2010. Meanwhile, the number of Americans self-identifying as, ‘mixed white-and-black biracial,’ rose 134%, and the number of Americans of mixed white and Asian descent grew by 87%.They’re screen addicted. According to a recent Goldman Sachs study, GenZ members are online at least an hour per day, with nearly half of them connected for more than 10 hours per day.They love videos, too. Smartphone-wielding GenZ tweens and teens are accustomed to creating and viewing videos about everything and anything on their devices. Smart organizations know this, and are creating some seriously clickable reels.They’re used to convenience. Like their GenX parents, GenZ is addicted to convenience, which mobile technology delivers. From using their smartphones to call an Uber to using location-based matchmaking services or mobile banking apps, GenZ expects to get what it wants on demand — including cash. Credit unions that want to attract this generation need to offer services that cater to convenience, such as mobile money transfer (which allows members to make peer-to-peer payments on their digital devices).They’re jaded. When it comes to technology, they’ve seen it all — websites, blogs, smart alerts, text messages, memes, and so on. Therefore, simply having a smartphone-optimized website isn’t enough to attract them. In order to grab attention, an organization also needs to offer mobile-accessible services, and click-worthy content.The baby boomers and Generation X members who are running our credit unions will need to embrace this new generation if they are to continue to grow. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Woods Joe Woods, CUDE is a 15-year credit union veteran.  He has spent time with Corporate One FCU, Liberty Enterprises, co-founded Legacy Member Services and was part of the senior management … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Purposeful Talent Development: Helping your staff navigate the ‘career jungle gym’

first_img continue reading » National awareness days and months are all over our calendar. For example, December 2019 is International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development month. Dec. 1 is National Pie Day. January is National Mentoring Month. The purpose of these days is to remind us to refocus our energy and efforts for a day or a month to bring awareness or—in the case of National Pie Day, a little joy—to our lives.Did you know that November is National Career Development Month? Now, this may not be as exciting as National Salsa Month (it’s May, if you are curious), but it is important. It allows us an opportunity to think about not just our development within our current roles, but our careers. This can seem like a big task for anyone, especially those that may not have any specific career goals or direction. This month is a great opportunity to reflect about what interests you and what might be good opportunities or paths help you do more in than vein.About six years ago, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, brought the term “career jungle gym” to the masses. From Sandberg, it’s the idea that you don’t have to have a set plan for your career development because you don’t know what opportunities might arise in the future. If we look at this concept from an internal organizational perspective, it’s championing the mindset that you don’t always have to move up in an organization to move ahead. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pub partnership creates low-yield market

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Beachside living awaits in Woody Point

first_imgThe home at 16 Whytecliffe Pde, Woody Point.The galley kitchen opens to the open-plan living and dining room with sliding doors that open to the big covered deck.On the second level, there is a master bedroom, with built-in robes and ensuite, a living area and upper deck.Mr Aldons said his favourite part of the home was the outdoor entertaining area. The home at 16 Whytecliffe Pde, Woody Point.THIS beachside home with a historic claim to fame and stunning views is going under the hammer in Woody Point.The property at 16 Whytecliffe Pde is spread across two levels and has decks that look out over the beach and Moreton Bay.And, if local legends are to believe, General Douglas Macarthur once spent a night at the home during World War II. The home at 16 Whytecliffe Pde, Woody Point.Current owners Bob And Suzi Aldons said the original home was built in 1941 and they believed the general visited not long after.“We were told he stayed overnight when he was in Brisbane,” Mr Aldons said.The couple bought the home in 2006 and carried out some renovations, including adding a room and covering the back deck.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The home at 16 Whytecliffe Pde, Woody Point.“We kept the historical features like the beautiful ceiling roses,” Mr Aldons said.The home is on a 678sq m block with terraced yard that leads down to the beach and boatshed.On the lower level of the home there is a double garage, laundry, courtyard, three bedrooms, a study and two bathrooms. The home at 16 Whytecliffe Pde, Woody Point.“It’s just beautiful out there. You can watch the storms coming in and we often see dolphins, pelicans and turtles. We’ve even spotted a dugong — there are some seagrass beds about 100m offshore,” he said.Mr Aldons said the home was very family friendly. The home at 16 Whytecliffe Pde, Woody Point.“It’s perfect for barbecues, celebrations and family get-togethers at Christmas because it’s such a big home,” he said.The property is being marketed by Dave Musgrave of One Agency Redcliffe for $2.695 million.last_img read more

CoreMarine and CENER Collaborate on Floating Wind

first_imgCoreMarine and Spain’s National Renewable Energy Centre CENER have signed a consortium agreement to collaborate on engineering services for the floating offshore wind industry.The agreement focuses on floating foundation design, mooring and dynamic cable analysis, transport and installation, wind turbine modeling, coupled analysis and scale model testing.The combined offering will support projects from research and FEED studies to the simulation of components, detailed engineering and installation support.“Currently it is necessary to implement the latest tools for simulating wind components and validation tests in industrial processes,” said Antonio Ugarte, Director for the Wind Energy Department at CENER.“The alliance between CoreMarine and CENER makes it possible to combine precisely the engineering processes with the most advanced methods for the design, construction, transport and installation of innovative solutions for offshore wind energy.”According to the parties, the collaboration will combine their expertise in a one-stop-shop for the development of floating wind projects.“As far as we can see, this is the first offering to the floating wind market from front end engineering and model testing through to detailed design and installation. This is a first for the industry and represents a significant strengthening of our capabilities in the floating wind sector,” said Carlos Lopez, Director of CoreMarine Spain.last_img read more

Batesville MS Girls Teams Fall To Connersville

first_imgThe BMS 8th Grade Lady Bulldogs lost to Connersville by a score of 35 to 30.Jill Hartman led the team in scoring with 10 points and Sierra Cornn contributed 9 points. Taylor Rowlett led the defense with 4 steals. The 7th grade Lady Bulldogs lost a close game to Connersville by a score of 26-23.Scoring for Batesville were Hattie Westerfeld with 11, Kendall Dickman with 10, and Sidney Ayette with 2.The Lady Dogs are now 2 and 8 on the season.Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Pierson. Score by Quarter:BMS:           8  15   21   30Connersville:  7   14  22   35center_img Season Record: 5 and 5.Submitted by Batesville Coach Thomas Barnett.last_img