Club Feature: the Identity Project

first_imgThe Identity Project of Notre Dame (IDND), a student club that addresses issues of sexuality and human dignity through the lens of Catholic Church teaching, is in the midst of planning its annual Edith Stein Project Conference.“The Edith Stein Project Conference is the largest student-run conference in the United States,” Hailey Vrdolyak, club co-vice president and junior, said. “The conference brings together 30 speakers to discuss what the Catholic Church can offer to the discussion of issues faced on college campuses, such as the hook-up culture, pornography and other topics regarding human sexuality.”Vrdolyak said past conferences have been attended by more than 300 people, including Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students and professors. This year’s conference, to be held Feb. 6-7 in McKenna Hall, will address the theme of “Radiant Image: Cultivating Authentic Identity in the Modern World” and will focus on the central idea of living in God’s image, according to the IDND website.The conference namesake, Edith Stein, was canonized in 1998 as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and “fought for the truth and the dignity of women through her writings and frequent letters,” according to the IDND website. Working as a teacher, nurse and philosopher and eventually as a cloistered Carmelite nun, she was martyred at Auschwitz in 1942. The club website states: “We look to Edith Stein for inspiration as a model of turning one’s heart to God and as someone who lived her vocation with the genuine spirit of self-gift.”This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Edith Stein Project Conference.“The club was founded in 2004, and the first conference was held in the spring of 2005,” IDND president and senior Mary Kate Martinson said. “The Identity Project has hosted an annual conference every spring since its founding.”Although the annual conference serves as the club’s main event, IDND co-sponsors other campus events that promote the Catholic identity of Notre Dame and help students develop as Catholic leaders, Alexandra DeSanctis, IDND co-vice president and junior, said.The club meets on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in the McNeill Room of LaFortune.“We foster fruitful conversation about issues of identity … and healthy relationships,” DeSanctis said. “We often read articles on these topics and discuss in a group. The meetings are also often used as a time to plan for the conference.”Contact [email protected] or visit the club Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/identityND for more information about the club or the conference. Register for the conference online at www3.nd.edu/~idnd/. Registration is free for Notre, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students.Tags: carmletine nun, Edith Stein, Edith Stein Project Conference, Identity Project, Identity Project Notre Dame, IDND, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Crosslast_img read more

Jamestown Mayor’s 2021 Budget Includes No Layoffs, Property Tax Decrease

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist presented his 2021 Executive Budget Thursday, one that includes no layoffs for full-time employees, as well as a decrease in the property tax rate. Sundquist says that the property tax rate decrease of .72 percent, or $.17 per thousand in assessed value, is the largest decrease in a decade. For an average $70,000 home, that is a decrease of $11.90, according to Sundquist.  Additionally, Sundquist’s budget includes a decrease in the tax levy of $70,000.The cut comes despite a slew of challenges, including a projected $4 million dollar deficit to an already fiscally stressed municipality.“When faced with the prospect of being against the state constitutional taxing limit, low home values, and a structurally inflexible budget, if we just sat back and kept the City afloat, we were one storm away from sinking,” Sundquist said in a letter addressed to Jamestown City Council and the community at large. “Little did I know at the time, that one of the largest storms we have ever had to face was just beyond the horizon.” The Mayor, however, says that the cut comes with a caveat. The budget assumes a 20% cut in general purpose aid from the State, as well as local street and highway maintenance funding, according to Sundquist. In addition, he says the budget “further removes many of our recreation and event programming to ensure the City keeps staff.”“The City will begin in earnest to shift the responsibility of events toward community organizations,” he adds.Additionally, the Mayor cut $1.2 million from the 2020 adopted budget as part of Phase One of his Financial Reconstruction Plan. Sundquist said during the City Council Work Session last Monday that the municipality wouldn’t have to move to Phase Two.Sundquist also says that a major 2021 goal involves the increase in community engagement from several City departments. The following are points listed, verbatim, by the Mayor in his letter:Parks. “If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that we must cherish our public parks. For the first time in 14 years, the Parks Department will have a new Parks Manager and a reimagined vision for recreation in the City. Our Recreation Coordinator will focus less on specific yearly events, and more to fostering community involvement, lifestyle, and year-round recreation.”Mayor’s Office. “The Mayor’s Office sees the addition of a Communications Coordinator/Grant Writer, who will assist all City departments in a centralized communication strategy and in funding opportunities. As many departments do not have the capacity to write grants or showcase their current projects, this dual role will allow City departments to communicate more clearly with the public and capture valuable dollars for projects.”Police Department. “As a part of reform initiatives, the Jamestown Police Department will be adding a new position of Citizen Affairs & Community Engagement Captain. This role is to focus on citizen engagement and ensuring our residents are connected to the resources they need in every interaction with our police. We must be committed to making our Police more connected with our community.”Sundquist says that City Council is required to hold a public hearing on the budget and then vote to ratify on, or before, Dec. 1st. If Council does not act by that date, the proposed Executive Budget goes into effect for 2021. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Roanoke Go Outside Festival

first_imgRoanoke, Virginia’s annual Go Outside Festival is taking place this weekend, October 17-19. From live music to hiking, biking, and fishing to professional demos and craft beers galore, there will never be a dull moment. The top-notch musical acts this year include the Hackensaw Boys, Humming House, Blue Moonshine and Proverbial!Hackensaw_Boys_-_Promo_Photo_Hi_Res_mediumGates open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and entry to this event is free of charge. That’s right, no tickets needed! Bring some cash for the delicious food and drink vendors, as well as the gear tents and a few competitive events if you so choose to participate.Camping is first come, first serve. There are a couple of designated areas: quiet, not-so-quiet, and RV. Check their site for a venue map.Kids are welcome and even have their own space to run free with activities like cardboard cave building, rock climbing, hula hooping, guided hiking, and more.The Go Outside Festival is pet friendly. To keep everyone happy and safe, be sure to have your dog on a leash at all times! There are even a few activities for your four legged friends.Everyone is encouraged to get involved, walk around, touch gear, try stuff out, and have fun.View GO Outside Festival in a larger maplast_img read more

Make a Plan: Vote This November to Protect Our Winters

first_imgmakeadamnplan.org  With incredibly close Senate, congressional and even presidential contests in North Carolina and Virginia that will decide the future of outdoor sports and the country’s public lands: outdoor voters have outsized power to make a massive impact. But to do that we must all vote. “As Americans, we all come from different places and have different stories. But we are united by the places we love to play. It’s not left or right, it is literally our common ground. I encourage all of those who love the land to join us and make a plan,” said Jeremy Jones, professional snowboarder and founder/president of Protect Our Winters. As an outdoor enthusiast, you know that having a plan before you head out is the best way to ensure you reach your destination safely. That’s why POW launched Make A Plan To Vote as a way to help voters understand how to get out and cast a ballot this November, even in the midst of a global pandemic. With that collective political power, POW is challenging outdoor enthusiasts to take a stand this November and vote to protect our public lands, rivers, and mountains from the effects of climate change. Defined not by common borders but rather a shared passion for the outdoors, this is the time to make a difference together as the Outdoor State. While climate change can’t be tackled alone, it can be solved by a powerful community of passionate people ready to step up for our outdoor spaces. You can join the Outdoor State today with a pledge to vote by texting OUTDOOR STATE to 65351 or by visiting MakeADamnPlan.org. Make a damn plan and vote this November to Protect Our Winters. center_img Voting Made Easy Whether you plan to vote by mail or in person, this tool is a one-stop shop for all the information you need about election day with step by step instructions to guide you through the process. Check on your registration status, request a mail-in ballot, set reminders for important election deadlines, and find your polling station all in one easy to use location. POW is an alliance of athletes, scientists, creatives, and brands committed to preserving our world for future generations. If the more than 50 million eligible voters who identify with any outdoor sport vote together as the Outdoor State, it would be larger than any state and one of the most influential voting blocks in the country. This community of skiers, snowboarders, hikers, runners, climbers, bikers, and anglers has the power to change the direction of global warming and protect our wild places. But to do that, those who play outdoors together must also vote. Jeremy Jones, photo by Andrew Miller “At 50 million strong, those of us who live to play outdoors are the largest and potentially most influential voting block in the country. But to have that influence, we must vote,” said Mario Molina, Executive Director of POW. “Protect Our Winters’ Make a Plan to Vote tool provides personalized, behavioral science-based nudges and planning actions that are shown to increase voter turnout by 9.1%, which is nearly 5 million people in the Outdoor State, and could be the difference in tight races.” There is a lot at stake this November. And Protect Our Winters (POW) is helping those who play outdoors to make a plan to vote and vote together for climate champions.last_img read more

Lakeview Gunman Shot at Robbery Try Victim, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged gunman fired a shot at a driver who fled an attempted robbery in Lakeview after a teenager lured the victim in a job application ruse over the weekend, Nassau County police said.The 32-year-old man showed up to a meeting on Pine Lake Drive with Kayla Gries, 17, of Malverne, who said she was seeking a job from the victim at 2 a.m. Sunday, police said.But when Gries walked up to the victim’s car, the driver noticed a man standing near the car, became afraid and drove off, police said. Jason Thurmond, 27, of New Hyde Park, allegedly fired a gunshot into the victim’s car, striking the front dashboard, police said.Two other suspects were also involved in the robbery try, including 24-year-old Michael Thompson of Lakeview and 27-year-old Jamal Davis of Hempstead, police said.The victim was not injured and police said they recovered the gun.All four suspects were charged with attempted robbery.  Gries, Thurmond and Davis were additionally being charged with conspiracy.  Thurmond was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.They are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

3 benefits of giving money away

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Americans gave away an estimated $373 billion to charities in 2015. A number that size shows you how important it is to give. What causes are important to you? Are you giving to those charities? I encourage you to find a cause that’s close to your heart and make a donation. If you’re not already supporting a charity, here are 3 reasons why you should start.It’ll make you happyWe could all use a little more happiness in our lives. Giving is a great way to accomplish that. When you give your money away your body releases endorphins that can produce a “helper’s high.” Not only will it make you feel better, but you’ll be helping someone less fortunate, and that’s sure to make that person a little happier too.It’ll make you gratefulSometimes it’s really easy to overlook the opportunities we’ve been given. We grow up with so many advantages and after a while you can take those things for granted. By giving back, it helps to make you mindful of what you have, and gives you a better understanding of those who don’t have the same luxuries that we’ve been given.It’ll make you a good exampleThere’s nothing better than passing on positive traits to younger generations. By setting an example of giving with your children or grandchildren, you’re helping make the next generation aware of the issues of this world, and creating a desire to make a positive difference. If you’d like to give but don’t know who to give your money to, start here.last_img read more

Charging stations for electric vehicles on highways put into operation

first_imgOf the first 16 HEP filling stations on motorways, 12 were set up in cooperation with INA, and are located at the Ljubeščica, Vukova Gorica, Brinje and Lepenica Sjever rest areas, and at motorway entry / exit points in Goričan and Sesvetski Kraljevec. With this, we have put Croatia on the European map of electromobility and joined the network of electric charging stations on the trans-European transport network, said the President of the Management Board of Hrvatska elektroprivreda Frane Barbarić. and added: “Our ultimate goal is to provide Croatian citizens and all tourists and our guests with a safe long-distance electric car ride. To this end, as part of international projects, we will set up a total of 57 filling stations on Croatian motorways and other roads. With the completion of the currently active projects, HEP’s network, together with the already installed filling stations in Croatian cities, will have more than a hundred filling stations. ” HEP’s fast charging station in Brinje, with a capacity of 50 kW, was set up as part of the NEXT-E project, and like other HEP charging stations on motorways, it supports charging all available and upcoming types of electric vehicles on the market, HEP points out. Upon completion of the project, HEP’s network will have over 100 electric charging stations On the occasion of the National Day of Nikola Tesla, HEP marked the commissioning of the first 16 charging stations for electric vehicles on motorways by opening a fast charging station at the Brinje rest area. Investments in the installation of HEP filling stations on motorways are co-financed from European Union funds within the EAST-E and NEXT-E projects. As part of these projects, HEP is working with partners from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania to create a new network of 309 charging stations, which will enable uninterrupted driving of electric cars through six Central European countries. The new electric charging stations will enable citizens and tourists from European countries to drive an electric car and reach all tourist destinations in Croatia. “Electric vehicle drivers have at their disposal a wide range of products and services at our retail outlets, and while their cars are full, their time can be shortened with coffee or a meal at our Fresh Corners. For us, customers come first and that is why we are committed to improving our products and services every day, and we see a step towards electromobility as an opportunity for the company.”, Said Sándor Fasimon, President of the Management Board of INA. For the first time, the network of electric charging stations enabled electric car owners to drive from the border with Slovenia and Hungary to the Adriatic Sea, and the Republic of Croatia to connect to the network of charging stations for electric vehicles on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).  The remaining four filling stations are located in Vrbovsko, Čavle, Delnice and Fužine, in the immediate vicinity of the A6 motorway. In total, more than 30 charging stations for electric cars on highways in the direction of the sea, but also in the direction of Lipovac on the continent, will be installed at rest areas near INA retail outlets. Photo: Pixabay.com RELATED NEWS: FIRST PORSCHE DESTINATION STATION FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC CARS IN CROATIA INSTALLED IN ESPLANADElast_img read more

Swiss institutional tenders ‘trade finance’ mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgAn undisclosed institutional investor based in Switzerland has tendered a $250m (€195m) “trade finance” strategy mandate using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1457, the strategies can be investment grade or sub-investment grade, with a maximum duration target of 18 months.The investor asks that managers have at least $500m in assets under management (AUM) for the mandate itself and $5bn in AUM as a company.It said it would accept a track record of one year but prefer one of three years. Interested parties should state performance, net of fees, to the end of June.The closing date for applications is 7 October.The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email [email protected]last_img read more

University of Glasgow to divest fully from fossil fuel industry

first_imgThis represents 12% of the university’s endowment funds, worth around £153.9m as at 31 July 2013, the date of the last published accounts.The campaign to persuade the university to divest from fossil fuels has been led by GUCAS, and has lasted around a year.The university already bans directly held tobacco stocks from its portfolio, as these investments run entirely counter to its direct interests in research.David Newall, secretary of the University of Glasgow Court, said: “The university recognises the devastating impact climate change may have on our planet, and the need for the world to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.“Over the coming years, we will steadily reduce our investment in the fossil fuel extraction industry, while also taking steps to reduce our carbon consumption.”Directly held stocks in the endowment fund portfolio as at 31 July 2013 included Shell, BP, Chevron, Statoil Holdings and BHP Billiton.Portfolio management is split between Schroders and Newton.The commitment to divest is subject to reassurance that the financial impact for the university will be acceptable, the detail of which will be monitored by the University Court.The decision to divest does not extend to the University of Glasgow Pension Scheme, run by separate pension fund trustees.Other UK universities are reportedly considering the issue of fossil fuel divestment within their endowment funds.Oxford University’s executive governing body is set to make a decision early next year.In the US, 13 universities, including Stanford, have now pledged to divest from the fossil fuel industry.Last month, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, whose endowment is worth $868m (€682m), announced its decision to divest from the industry.Meanwhile, a low-carbon energy system could free up trillions of dollars over the next 20 years to invest in better economic growth, according to two new reports from the Climate Policy Initiative.The reports found that moving to a low-carbon electricity system would bring the global economy around $1.8trn in financial savings between 2015 and 2035 because of significantly reduced operational costs associated with extracting and transporting coal and gas outweigh increased financing costs for renewable energy and losses in the value of existing fossil fuel assets.And changing from oil to low-carbon transport could increase global investment capacity by trillions or result in net costs, depending on policy choices.Governments own 50-70% of global oil, gas and coal resources, and collect taxes and royalties on the portion they do not own.However, governments also control much of the policy that could lead either to asset stranding (losses in the financial value of fossil fuel assets) or financial savings.And, says CPI, the right policies can maximise the financial benefits of a low-carbon transition. The University of Glasgow has become the first European university to commit to disinvesting fully from companies in the fossil fuel industry.The decision was taken by the university’s governing body, the University Court.It follows a consultation process by an independent working group taking evidence from the Glasgow University Climate Action Society (GUCAS) and the university investment committee.Full divestment will mean the reallocation of around £18m (€12.7m) worth of current investments over a 10-year period.last_img read more

Preparations afoot for Salisbury Reunion

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews Preparations afoot for Salisbury Reunion by: – July 14, 2011 Share 28 Views   no discussions Share The community of Salisbury, will, from the July 23rd to August 7th 2011 be celebrating their Grand Reunion under the theme “Building Community With Pride and Unity“. This effort is being orchestrated by The Salisbury Reunion Committee, an initiative of the Salisbury Enhancement Committee Inc.The reunion will begin with a grand opening ceremony which will take place on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 at 4:30pm, at the Salisbury Playing Field which has been dubbed ‘Reunion Village’.A number of local gospel artists and groups will grace the stage on that night at a Gospel Concert carded for 7:00pm on that night.Sunday, July 24th will feature a Church Service followed by a cricket match from 2:00pm and a Miss Salisbury Pageant from 7:30pm.July 25th to 29th will feature a summer school program at the Salisbury Primary School for children from the ages of 5 to 18.The history of Salisbury will be revealed at a History Night carded for July 5th from 7:30pm at the Salisbury Primary School.The agricultural side of Salisbury will be showcased at a grand Market Day with a Difference scheduled for Saturday July 30th from 8:00am at Lower Salisbury.Other events will include a health fair, a bouyon night, a family fun day and a dinner and awards ceremony.An Oldie Goldie Night, carded for August 6th will give seniors an opportunity to reminisce on the music of the 50s and 60s at the Salisbury Government School from 8:00pm.The reunion will culminate with a sporting activity called Bawi Olympic on August 7th, followed by a Block-o-rama.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more