Student government to sponsor teaching Mass for community members

first_imgStudent government will be hosting a “Welcome Back Teaching Mass” to educate students on the workings of Catholic Mass in the Stanford-Keenan Hall chapel Sunday night.Organized by junior Keenan White, the student government director of faith and service, the Teaching Mass will feature a dialogic Mass led by Fr. Lou DelFra, the priest-in-residence at Keenan Hall, who will explain the theology behind the main parts of Catholic Mass.“It’s still just a regular Mass, but the priest is literally explaining everything he’s doing so you actually get a feel for what’s going on on the more theological side,” White said.White said the inspiration behind the idea came from feedback she received signifying that students of different faith backgrounds don’t receive much ministering on campus. After hearing of the quality of Teaching Masses Fr. DelFra has led in the past, White reached out to him during the summer and has been preparing for the event since.“When about 80 percent of the student body is Catholic, I can totally understand how it could be intimidating to come here as a non-Catholic student,” White said. “What we can do to incorporate our Catholic tradition and values with students of different faith backgrounds is to make it a hospitable environment for them to learn about our faith.”All students are invited to attend. DelFra said attendees can stop the Mass at any point to ask what is happening or why he is doing something, saying something or gesturing in a particular way.“[The Mass is] so powerful, it has transformed my and countless people’s lives over the centuries — and I hope students will come to some glimpses of that power and that beauty,” DelFra said. “And also to see that the various components of the Mass are not arbitrary but have deep and really beautiful meaning to them.”DelFra said he hopes students — whether non-Catholic or Catholic — will come to not only a deeper understanding of Catholicism after the Mass, but also a deeper appreciation and love of “the beautiful sacrament.”“I’m really excited that it came at the request of the current student body, showing their growing interest, and even joy, in this sacrament that is at the very heart of our Catholic identity,” DelFra said. “It is such a beautiful gesture of hospitality towards students who are not as familiar with the Catholic faith.”The Mass is expected to last about an hour starting at 7 p.m. Depending on the attendance, White said she hopes student government can continue hosting the Mass annually.“I would hope that it brings awareness to the kind of community that the Mass is at Notre Dame,” White said. “A lot of times we’re dozing off or it’s just mundane because we go every week, so to be more present and engaged in the Mass when it’s being explained to you and you’re getting the behind-the-scenes tour will be cool for Catholic students.”Tags: Catholicism, Mass, Teaching Masslast_img read more

Bianca Marroquin Will Return to Broadway’s Chicago

first_img View Comments Marroquin began her stage career in Mexico City in productions of Beauty and the Beast, Rent, The Vagina Monologues, The Phantom of the Opera, and Chicago. Her other Broadway credits include In the Heights and The Pajama Game. Chicago Star Files The name on everybody’s lips is soon to once again be Bianca Marroquin. The Latina stage and screen sensation, who was recently named the first National Ambassador for The Broadway League’s Viva Broadway audience development partnership, will resume performances as Roxie Hart in Broadway’s Chicago beginning on March 31. Chicago currently stars Anne Horak as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Roz Ryan as Mama Morton, Christopher Fitzgerald as Amos Hart, Olympian Elvis Stojko as Billy Flynn and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. from $49.50 Bianca Marroquín Related Showslast_img read more

IBM layoffs hit Vermont

first_imgGlobalFoundries,While the exact number of lay offs at IBM s Essex plant was not known at press time, the total number was expected to be under 500. If it were more than 499, IBM would have been required by federal law to notify state officials before the action, which it did not. According to Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Pat Moulton Powden, she was not informed ahead of time of the layoffs. She confirmed that IBM had laid off less then 500 of its roughly 5,200 employees Tuesday, January 27.The layoffs had been anticipated for a few weeks, with worldwide cuts rumored to be about 16,000, though IBM has neither cut that many nor indicated if or when it would make further job force reductions. The Systems & Technology Group, which the Essex Plant is a part, was the only division to see a drop in revenue last year. Overall, IBM’s sales rose 4.9 percent in 2008 to $103.6 billion, and net income rose by 18.4 percent to $12.3 billion. The per share profit was $8.93, which in part was due to the company’s aggressive stock buy back plan.The spokesperson said that this was a nationwide lay off and not specific to the Essex Junction plant. Severance packages were offered but no details concerning them were released, she said. Powden said several laid off employees will stay on the payroll for several weeks. Labor groups have said that IBM laid off about 2,800 workers in other facilities last week.Commissioner Powden indicated that the Department of Labor s Rapid Response Team was ready to help out and was waiting for word from IBM when they should come to the plant. Powden indicated that she thought the Labor Department would be up at IBM the 2nd or 3rd week in February with their team. IBM will be in charge of contacting the laid off employees once the team is in place. The Vermont Department of Labor will work with the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation and the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce in putting on entrepreneurial workshops for the laid off employees.IBM is Vermont s second largest private employer behind only Fletcher Allen Health Care. The State of Vermont, by comparison, is larger than both with more than 8,000 employees. Governor Douglas has proposed in January that 660 state jobs be eliminated in order to help balance the state s books.More information will be available on the Labor Department Web site, http://labor.vermont.gov(link is external).Commissioner Powden said that an IBM spokesperson told her that the lay offs were less than 10 percent of the total workforce. Other media reported that the percent was in the 5 to 7 percent range. IBM declined to tell her exactly how many.last_img read more

Mountain Mama: My Paddling Partner Put His Kayak Through My Window. Should He Pay Up?

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,Last weekend a friend accidentally slid his kayak through the rear window of my pickup. He apologized and offered to pay. I had the window fixed and called him about it, but he’s not making good on his promise.I don’t want to lose a paddling partner, but things are tight, especially during the holidays. Should I ask him again?Thanks,Out-of-Pocket————————————————————————-Dear Out-of-Pocket,I can hear the glass shattering into hundreds of pieces. I can see the looks of surprised exchanged, the feeling that if only we could rewind two minutes, we’d be more careful.I know because my rear window has been busted. My friend slid a canoe all the way into the front seat, ignoring that glass barrier altogether. I was out $200. At first he offered to split the cost with me. But then he didn’t follow through, despite my constant reminders.I resented that he never made good on his offer to split the cost. I was keeping track, a tit for a tat, and I began to wonder if he was a good friend after all.Fast forward two months later when my two-year old son reached a toddler milestone – his first visit to the ER. My two-year old came to crying to me, covered in blood. It was almost eight on a freezing Tuesday evening. The friend in question is a nurse. I called him, expecting at most for a few minutes of his time to figure out how serious the cut was. He picked up on the first ring, was cleaning the blood 10 minutes later, and drove us to the ER. Not only did he drive us there, but he escorted us through the whole ordeal, calming a nervous mama.That night I realized that generosity can’t be captured on a balance sheet, that it doesn’t work when we keep tally. Instead, if we trust in our friendships we will discover abundance. By letting go of accounting, we nurture generosity. When we assume that our needs will be taken care of, we are able to give and receive without strings attached.Dear Out-Of-Pocket, consider letting go of the expectation that your friend needs to pay you back for the window. You’ll be paying it forward in the karma bank. Trust that when you really need your friends in some way, they’ll be there for you. Consider it a bonus if your friend comes through with a check, but don’t ruin a friendship over broken glass.Cheers!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

Colombia’s Coca Clearers Face Landmine Danger

first_img Growing numbers of civilians employed by the Colombian government to clear coca crops are being killed and injured by landmines, according to the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines (CCCM). Colombia’s drug-running rebel groups plant mines in and around coca fields – the raw ingredient of cocaine – to protect their valuable crop. Colombia’s main guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is one of the largest planters of mines in the world. It has funded its nearly five decade war against the Colombian government mainly by drug trafficking. “The guerrilla groups have declared a war against this government strategy of using manual eradicators. They plant mines in the areas where eradicators work,” Camilo Serna, operations coordinator at the Bogota-based non-governmental organisation CCCM, told AlertNet. As well as aerial spraying coca crops, the Colombian government employs thousands of people to clear the coca plants by hand in jungle areas across the country. The majority are poor and live in rural areas. “We believe civilians should not be put in such danger. The government should only be using specialised military demining teams – which Colombia has – in mined areas,” Serna said. It is a practice that violates the 1997 Mine Bans Treaty, to which Colombia is a signatory, as it places civilians in mined areas, according to the CCCM. Rebel groups booby-trap their coca crops, making the job of clearing coca by hand a risky task. They also make mines from plastic, using paint thinner and fertilizer as a masking agent, making it difficult for metal detectors and dogs to pick up, CCCM says. Colombia has the second highest casualty rate of landmine victims in the world, trailing only behind Afghanistan, according to a recent report by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). While the report shows the number of new landmine casualties in Colombia has decreased by nearly a quarter – from 741 reported casualties in 2009 to 512 in 2010 – the number of coca clearers maimed and or killed by landmines has increased in recent years. By Dialogo December 02, 2011last_img read more

Errand of mercer

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Indonesian stocks plunge after Wall Street free fall

first_imgIndonesian stocks plunged deep in the red on Friday morning following a market rout seen by Wall Street in Thursday’s session as investors grew wary of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the main gauge of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), plummeted 2.54 percent to 4,731.54 as trading started. It had pared some of its losses to 1.2 percent as of 10:26 a.m. Jakarta time.“We note that the Dow [Jones Industrial Average] plunged more than 1,800 points yesterday as investors grew concerned about the spike in COVID-19 cases in some [US] states as lockdown eases,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia analyst Andy Wibowo Gunawan wrote in a research note on Friday. “We are less optimistic the JCI will trade higher for today due to the negative sentiment from Wall Street,” he added.Read also: Indonesian stocks, rupiah surge in recent weeks despite weak economic outlookThe Dow Jones crashed 6.9 percent on Thursday while the S&P 500 lost 5.89 percent and the Nasdaq Composite fell 5.27 percent as spiking coronavirus cases in several US states helped spur the worst sell-off since March amid worries over excess valuations and another massive number of US jobless claims, AFP reported.After weeks of focusing on the positive side of the reopening of economies, investors shifted attention to rising coronavirus cases in some states that have reopened, including the US states of Texas and Arizona. On Friday morning, Tokyo dropped 1.52 percent, Hong Kong declined 1.38 percent while Shanghai and Singapore fell 0.31 percent and 1.66 percent, respectively.As many as 2994 stocks traded on the IDX fell in the red, 90 managed to hover in positive territory while 110 stock prices were unchanged. Energy company PT Medco Energi International, pharmaceutical company PT Kalbe Farma and state-owned construction company PT Wijaya Karya were among the stocks that suffered as they fell more than 2 percent.Read also: Tokyo, Hong Kong stocks falls more than 2% after Wall Street routForeign investors sold around Rp 311 billion (US$21.8 million) worth of stocks more than they bought on Friday morning.“We project the JCI to hover around 4,650 to 4,800 today,” Kresna Sekuritas wrote in its note. (prm)Topics :last_img read more

$1.8 million sale inspires Hope in listing hotspot

first_imgDressed for success! A great result for the vendor. Source: realestate.com.auMr Phillis said the advertised price of $1.8 million was “obviously ambitious” for a single level home, leading the vendors to be extremely happy with their sale result. “Being a gated estate, you don’t have big groups of 20 or 30 coming to open inspections. We had about three or four inspections before we sold it.” The property at 1058 Rosebank Way recently sold for $1.79 million. Source: realestate.com.au There are 9 properties listed on Rosebank Way. Source: realestate.com.auThere are currently nine listings for Rosebank Way, and two listings for adjoining Rosebank Way West, including a single storey four-bedroom, two-bathroom residence on the market for $1.49 million and a renovated single storey abode with a pool at 1051 Rosebank Way, that sold for $1.38 million back in 2009. The new owners can soak up the modern finish. Source: realestate.com.auMr Phillis said it’s indicative of Hope Island’s status as a “hot suburb”. In June, he sold a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house next door for $1.9 million.“Those buyers were a retired couple looking for a holiday house. So it just goes to show there is a completely different mix of people looking to get into Hope Island,” he said. The sale was put to bed earlier this month. Source: realestate.com.auProperty records show just up the road, 1056 Rosebank Way sold a month later in July for $1.92 million. No decking around. The pool setting has river views. Source: realestate.com.auThe Bahamas themed residence is described as having one of the best outdoor decks on the Gold Coast, on one of Hope Island’s best streets. The property was on the market for 67 days. Source: realestate.com.auAgent Alex Phillis said the sale is proof of the Chinese market’s longevity. “A lot of people are saying there’s no more Chinese buyers but I disagree,” he said.“We identified the buyer straight away. It shows the Chinese market is still there.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoLounge in style. Source: realestate.com.au 1058 Rosebank Way, Hope Island. Source: realestate.com.auAN “ambitious” Hope Island property listing has come out smelling like roses, after a Chinese investor snapped up the riverfront residence just shy of the vendor’s $1.88 million price tag. The revamped property on Rosebank Way sold for $1.79 million, after 67 days on the market, and changing marketing agents about halfway through its campaign. last_img read more

Equity slump increases chances of cuts at Dutch schemes

first_imgPME’s policy funding level had already dropped to 101.6% at November-end, when its €72bn sister scheme PMT reported a coverage of 102.5%.Both metal schemes have been underfunded since 2015. In order to avoid benefit cuts, their policy funding levels must improve to at least 104.3% by the end of 2019 when their five-year recovery plans expire.Meanwhile, at the end of November, the policy funding level of the €206bn healthcare scheme PFZW stood at 101.6%. The coverage ratio of the €406bn civil service pension fund ABP dropped to 104.4% at the same point.Funding of both schemes must be at least 104.3% at the end of 2020 in order to avoid having to cut accrued benefits and payments to pensioners.In November, the policy funding level of BpfBouw, the €58bn pension fund for the construction industry, stood at the relatively safe level of 118.7%.Market and interest rate developmentsMercer said that developed market equities lost 8.2% in December, for Dutch investors operating a 50% hedge of the main currencies. Investments without a currency hedge lost 8.4%. Emerging market equities incurred a 3.5% loss.According to Aon Hewitt, equity markets fell 5% over the course of last year.Equity index performance, Q3 2018Chart MakerIn addition, interest rates continued to slide. Following a drop of 4bps in November, the 30-year euro swap rate – the main criterion for discounting liabilities – fell by 9bps to 1.37% in December, according to Mercer.The consultancy attributed the development to lower inflation expectations, as well as a flight to AAA-rated government bonds.Aon Hewitt estimated that the interest rate fall in November had increased Dutch pension funds’ aggregate liabilities by 1.7%.Mercer reported that only bonds posted gains in December, with euro-denominated government bonds and credit generating 0.9% and 0.3%, respectively.Listed property and commodities lost 6.3% and 7.8%, respectively, it said.According to Aon Hewitt, pension funds’ investment portfolios lost 2.3% on average in December.Mortality data offers small reprieveThe consultancies said the only substantial windfall for Dutch pension funds last year was the switch to new mortality tables, which meant a funding improvement of approximately 1 percentage point on average.Based on Mercer’s funding figures, the financial position of Dutch schemes was little changed over the course of last year: at 2017-end, the average policy funding stood at 107% on average. Relative to the introduction of the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) in 2015, when policy funding was 110% on average, pension funds’ financial health has actually deteriorated.Frank Driessen, Aon’s head of pensions, highlighted that the pensions sector did not have additional time for adjustments necessary to implement a new pension agreement. However, he also said that past experience had shown that politics would not allow new cuts to pension payments.“Under specific conditions, sudden adjustments have turned out to be possible,” he said, adding that “even the tiniest cuts would have an enormous impact on the image of pensions”.UK schemes hit by asset price volatilityMeanwhile, in the UK, JLT Employee Benefits has estimated that December’s volatile market conditions caused the combined shortfall of UK defined benefit pension schemes to increase by £59bn (€65.1bn), more than doubling the aggregate deficit in the space of a month.Across all private sector DB funds the aggregate funding level fell to 93%, from 97% at the end of November and 99% at the end of July – the highest level recorded by JLT during 2018.Over the course of last year, the overall funding level of UK schemes improved slightly from 92% to 93%, as the aggregate deficit improved from a shortfall of £150bn at the end of 2017 to £107bn as of 31 December 2018, JLT said. A number of Dutch pension funds – including four of the largest – have fallen further into the danger zone as a result of falling equity markets and declining interest rates in December, with potential benefit cuts looming on the horizon.Following market declines in early October and December, discounts to pension payments and accrued benefits have become a more real prospect. Consultancy Mercer said that schemes’ coverage ratio had fallen 4 percentage points to 104% on average in December.Mercer added that the “policy funding” level – the 12-month average of the coverage ratio, and the main criterion for cuts and indexation decisions under the Netherlands’ financial assessment framework – had fallen by 1 percentage point to stand at 108% at December-end.During a presentation of its third-quarter figures, the €47bn metal scheme PME indicated that it was already worried about the potential for further recovery of its funding position, which required rising interest rates, according to Eric Uijen, chairman of the executive board.last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night 20: You’re a coward, Real One taunts Joe Boy

first_imgRelatedPosts GOtv Boxing Night 20: Ehwarieme eyes world title Esepo delighted at winning best boxer prize at GOtv Boxing Night 20 Ehwariemi wins WBF title as Agbaje emerges best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 20 West African Boxing Union lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, has launched a fresh verbal attack on Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, the African Boxing Union lightweight champion, ahead of their 12 October ABU title bout at GOtv Boxing Night 20. The encounter will headline the eight-bout event, which is scheduled to hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. Speaking after his training at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Saturday, Real One described Joe Boy as a coward and boxer with limited ability. He boasted that he will expose the ABU champion’s limitations in brutal fashion. “I know him very well. He is my boy; I know what he can do and what he can’t. He relies on raw power. He has no boxing brain. But raw power can only work against low-grade boxers. I’m not in that category. The ABU title is for me. His limited ability has taken him as far as it can. It is the end of the road for him on 12 October,” bragged Real One, who has serially claimed to have defeated Joe Boy in their amateur days. Real One’s verbal offensive is the latest trail of bad blood between both boxers, who are considered the best in their division. They have had to be pulled apart at press conferences and GOtv Boxing Night 18, where Real One never failed to taunt Joe Boy, who also always responded. The event will also stage the national bantamweight challenge between Sadiq Adeleke and Opeyemi “Sense’ Adeyemi. Also scheduled to be in action are Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, WABU welterweight champion, who takes on Jafaru Sulaimon; Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, national super featherweight champion, who fights Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan; Tope “TP Rock” Musa and Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, national light heavyweight champion, who faces Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi in a rematch. Two debutants, Alaba “Eye Blow” Omotola and Bolaji Abdullahi, both graduates of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, will also be in action in addition to an all-female bout featuring Cynthia “Bobby Girl” Ogunsemilore and Aminat “Smart” Yekini.Tags: ABU titleGOtv Boxing Night 20Oto “Joe Boy” JosephRilwan “Real One” Oladosulast_img read more