Dinner aims to spark dialogue during fourth annual Women’s Week

first_imgStudents and faculty gathered Wednesday night for the Celebration of Women Dinner, as part of Women’s Week, which is sponsored by Shades of Ebony and the Gender Relations Center (GRC). Rachel Wallace, president of Shades of Ebony, said in her welcoming remarks that she is proud of how much Women’s Week, now in its fourth year, has grown.“When I was just a freshman, I remembered upperclassmen asking us to help them with an idea they had, and they wanted to celebrate women and 40 years of women at Notre Dame,” she said. “We started out with the GRC doing three events in the spring of 2013, and this year, we have six events. We’ve really come a long way.” According to Wallace, the Women’s Week theme reflects the theme for National Women’s Month; this year, the theme is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” The dinner featured Kym Worthy, the current prosecutor from Wayne County, Michigan, as the keynote speaker.Worthy, who graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1984, is known for filing charges against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and for working on a massive backlog of unprocessed rape kits. Despite these high-profile cases, she said she never intended to be a prosecutor. “At that time, there weren’t very many female prosecutors at all,” Worthy said. “There weren’t many women, there certainly weren’t many people of color in the office — they kind of had the same view I had at the time, a skewed view that prosecutors were there to put African Americans in jail. That’s not true, but perception is reality for most people.”Much of Worthy’s work has been devoted to domestic abuse, sexual assault and other women’s issues. According to her, these issues need to be addressed more fully. “Why can we only be a more perfect union by paying attention to so-called ‘women’s issues?’ Because they’re exactly the issues we aren’t addressing,” she said. “And I feel they wouldn’t be ignored if it weren’t primarily female victims.” In 2009, 11,000 abandoned unprocessed rape kits were found in a Detroit Police Warehouse. Worthy said it was extremely difficult to get funding from the city to test the kits and carry out prosecutions, if possible. “Nobody was interested. Nobody wanted to help,” she said. “The police department wanted it to go away — it wasn’t on their watch. They didn’t care that it represented 11,000 victims.”Some of the rape kits dated back 35 years, according to Worthy. She said while some women use the kits to make sure they’re not pregnant or have any STDs, most victims do it because they want justice. “Women do it because they want to find their perpetrator,” Worthy said. “So, can you imagine finding out that, not only were you assaulted, not only did you go through that rape kit process, but that rape kit sat on a shelf for 30 years and nobody did anything about it?” In order to form a more perfect union, Worthy said the country needs to stop neglecting women’s issues, because they affect everyone. “We have to break the domestic abuse cycle,” she said. “We have to break the sexual assault cycle. We have to look at sexual assault in a different way — it’s the forgotten crime, no one really cares about it. If we want to have a more perfect union, we have to reexamine these issues, and it has to start with prosecutors.”Tags: Gender Relations Center, GRC, Kym Worthy, Shades of Ebony, Women’s Weeklast_img read more

09 Plum good!

first_imgBy Kathryn Taylor University of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 9 Plums are popular for cooking and jam making, and many people enjoy them fresh as well. The sweeter varieties are some of the most delicious dessert fruits we have.Plum varietyGardeners can choose among several varieties.”Methley,” a small but sweet early-season variety, is self-fertile and crops reliably. “Morris” is a commercial plum that’s productive and firmer.Two Auburn releases, “AU Rubrum” and “AU Producer,” produce reliably. And several Georgia releases, like “Spring Satin” (a plum-apricot hybrid), the yellow-fleshed “Byrongold” or the tasty “Rubysweet,” are good for fresh eating.Many gardeners prefer plums that are best when eaten green, like “Bruce,” “Six Weeks,” “Robusto” or “Segundo.”Whatever you choose, you need at least two plum varieties for pollination and fruitfulness, since plums are generally not self-fertile.When considering other varieties, choose trees recommended for zones 7 or 8. A good, central Web site that lists fruit tree nurseries is ssfruit.cas.psu.edu/appendix/appendix1.htm. Several Tennessee nurseries sell plum trees appropriate to the Southeast.Grow them most anywherePlums will grow all over the country but often flower early, making them vulnerable to spring frosts. In the home garden or landscape, proper placement can reduce the vulnerability of the fruit and flowers to frost.Placing plum trees next to a wall can protect against cold winds, mitigate temperature inversions and allow heat storage. Placing them on a grade, too, allows cold air to drain into lower areas, providing protection on frosty nights.Another trick some gardeners use is to keep outdoor Christmas lights on fruit trees to protect them on cold nights.Soil results importantA well-drained, sandy-loam soil at a pH of 6.5 is ideal for growing plums. It’s best to have the soil checked before you plant.The test will tell how much lime and phosphorus to add to the soil before planting. Work these into the soil throughout the rooting depth — generally, 18-24 inches will be enough.Don’t add any fertilizer to the planting hole. Do this later. In the first and second years, add 1 pound of 10-10-10 in March and 1.5 cups of calcium nitrate in May and July. Thereafter, apply two-thirds cup of calcium nitrate each March and August Be careful not to place the fertilizer against the tree’s bark.Tree formationImmediately after planting a 30-inch, one-year-old tree in February or March, cut it off at 18 to 24 inches to force bud break of lower buds.Then, during the summer, select about four that are at a 25- to 30-degree angle from the vertical, forming the framework for a “bowl” or “vase.” The ultimate shape of the tree depends on its growth habit.Plum trees have forms ranging from spreading to upright and need to be pruned with the natural pattern in mind. Prune the upright type to spreading limbs and the spreading type to more upright limbs. These will become the scaffolds that will bear fruit close to the trunk, keeping it in easy reach for harvest.last_img read more

Champlain College students conduct market research on the Marketplace

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Some Champlain College students have been hitting the bricks of the Church Street Marketplace, but this time they arent shopping. Students in Champlains Consumer Behavior course this semester are working with five businesses on the Marketplace to complete store-specific marketing research.This is the second semester to feature such projects, which bring clipboard-carrying Marketing and Business students to the pedestrian marketplace. Last spring students worked with eight businesses on Church Street, while others conducted research for Church Street Marketplaces director Ron Redmond.It had been difficult to acquire market research because of our budget restrictions, said Marketplace director Ron Redmond. Champlain College students answered our call.The data is helpful–it tells us where our strengths and weaknesses are. What we had been doing before was relying on anecdotal information, he said. This gave us a much better read on our markets, Redmond said.This semester the students are verbally surveying store customers about things such as name recognition, customer service, reasons for visiting, and shopping habits.The student teams met with store managers to define each stores objectives and designed a project plan and questionnaire. Theyll implement the market research and analyze the responses. Theyll then deliver to these businesses a written report including findings, methodology used, relevance of data and recommendations for each store. While the businesses earn valuable market research that can be acted upon, the students will gain priceless hands-on experience.Professor Michael Miceli said, Doing a project like this helps students put theory into practice, while providing valuable information for store owners that, upon implementation, will have an immediate positive impact on their business.Area businesses and nonprofits looking for assistance to tackle business challenges and opportunities are encouraged to check out the resources available through Champlain College at www.champlain.edu/corporate(link is external).last_img read more

Brooklyn Man Gets 25 Years for North Bellmore Home Invasion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gustavo ArroyoA Brooklyn man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison for his role in a group of four that tied up victims during a North Bellmore home invasion two years ago.Gustavo Arroyo had been convicted in September at Nassau County court of robbery, burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful imprisonment, assault, resisting arrest and escape.Prosecutors said Eduardo Cruz first entered the home, where he beat a woman before signaling Arroyo, 35, and Carlos Segura to come inside, where they tied up three residents and ransacked the house at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 19, 2011.Arroyo and Cruz were armed with knives and Segura was armed with a gun. Dario Guerrero drove their getaway vehicle.The group also tied up a fourth resident who lived in the home’s basement and stole his cell phone and $350.Another resident who arrived home during the incident broke free when Arroyo tried to grab him, fled the scene and called for help. Nassau County police quickly stopped the group in Merrick.While Cruz had resisted arrest, Segura and Guerrero jumped back into their car and drove straight at the officer, who fired at the vehicle, striking Guerrero in the left leg. Arroyo ran away but was caught shortly later.Guerrero was apprehended in Wantagh and Segura was arrested in a cab heading back to Brooklyn after a traffic stop on the Southern State Parkway.Cruz was sentenced to 25 years in prison, Segura was sentenced to 15 years in prison and Guerrero was sentenced to 1-1/4 to 4 years in prison.last_img read more

How to lead with a purpose and mission: Make it personal

first_imgWhen you lead an organization, the mission – the reason that organization does what it does – is paramount to its success. For us at NAFCU, our mission is simple: to strengthen credit unions. And it is our core values – passion, excellence and being member-driven – that make living up to our mission possible. It’s our culture.Because we are member-driven, everything we do is for our credit union members. Every decision we make, every conference we host, every training session we create is all done through the lens of what our members want and need. This is why at the beginning of every year we provide our members with the priorities we will adhere to in order to ensure they have the regulatory and legislative environments necessary for them to grow and thrive.Sometimes this makes our organization look different than others – but none of that matters when we are standing firmly with our members and fighting for their best interests. Different or not, you can’t go wrong by listening and heeding the direction of your core membership. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Veteran-Owned Homeland Manufacturing Services in Centre County, Creation of New Jobs

first_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Homeland Manufacturing Services, Inc. (Homeland), a veteran-owned electronics manufacturer, will expand and establish a new facility in Benner Township, Centre County, supporting the creation and retention of 30 jobs in the area.“Any time we can support Pennsylvania veterans in their business enterprises, it’s great news – but especially so when it means the business is creating good, reliable jobs in the manufacturing sector,” Governor Wolf said. “Homeland has been growing in Centre County since 2011, and I applaud its decision to continue its growth right here in Pennsylvania.”Homeland requires more production capacity to grow, and will establish a new facility in Benner Township with an initial 12,500 square feet of space. The company will invest at least $1.96 million into the project, which is expected to create 10 new full-time jobs and retain a further 20 jobs over the next three years.“As one of the fastest-growing veteran-owned private manufacturers in the U.S., we’re proud to expand right here in Centre County where we’ve been since the start,” said John Bonislawski, president and CEO of Homeland. “We appreciate the support of the Governor’s Action Team in making this expansion a reality.”Homeland received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $13,500 grant through the WEDnet program to assist with job training costs, and was also approved for a $2.65 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) earlier this month. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership (MVEDP).“Back in September, the MVEDP was very pleased when the PIDA board approved our organization to administer the PIDA loan program throughout all of Centre County, and in less than one month, we were involved with John Bonislawski to assist him with a PIDA loan for his expansion project,” said Stan LaFuria, executive director of the MVEDP. “We are pleased and proud to partner with the state to support this expansion project that will create jobs here in the region.”Homeland is a veteran-owned full-service electronics manufacturing services provider created in 2011. The company is driven by the principles of lean manufacturing and certified with a 9001:2008 quality management standard from the International Organization for Standardization, which denotes the company consistently meets customer satisfaction standards and regulatory requirements. Homeland has extensive experience in electronics manufacturing process development and control, supply chain management, program management, quality systems, and design for manufacturability.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. October 23, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Veteran-Owned Homeland Manufacturing Services in Centre County, Creation of New Jobslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Bridgeville Families, Businesses Hurt by Flooding

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Bridgeville Families, Businesses Hurt by Flooding February 28, 2019center_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Bridgeville, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Bridgeville leadership, and local businesses, to discuss the need for funding to assist Pennsylvania’s communities with storm preparedness and disaster recovery.“Last year was the wettest year on record in Pennsylvania, and communities across the state were impacted by record-breaking rainfall and flooding,” said Governor Wolf. “Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities deal with storm water mandates, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance to help protect our communities. Restore Pennsylvania will help homeowners put their lives back together after severe storms by establishing a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that the federal government will not fund.”To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced a bold, infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four-years in significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including High Speed Internet Access, Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery, Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy Infrastructure, Demolition, Revitalization, and Renewal, and Transportation Capital Projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.In Bridgeville, the governor outlined how Restore Pennsylvania will help the borough and Allegheny County by with flood prevention and disaster recovery. The National Weather Service reported that more rain fell over the area in June 2018 than had fallen in any other June in the past decade. An estimated 126 homes and 48 businesses were affected in some way by flooding on June 20.“I am encouraged and excited about the potential opportunities of Restore Pennsylvania,” said Lori Collins, Bridgeville Borough Manager. This proposal would assist a small municipality such as Bridgeville Borough with large hazard mitigation project needs assistance that has not been available to us in the past; allowing us the opportunity to invest in our community to provide a safe, prospering region for residents and business owners, and the foresight to plan for future economic development within our community.”Storm Preparedness and Disaster RecoveryCritical Flood Control InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.Helping Families RebuildRestore Pennsylvania will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here.last_img read more

These are the suburbs where the number of people looking to buy has soared

first_imgPopularity is building for houses in Dakabin, where this home at 19 Vibrant Court is listed for sale. Picture: realestate.com.auDEMAND for property has jumped more in Dakabin north of Brisbane than any other suburb within 30km of the Brisbane CBD.New figures released by property listing website, realestate.com.au showed that Dakabin houses received an average of 471 visits per property during the period – up 102 per cent since October last year.In Chuwar there was an average of 537 visits per house – 88 per cent higher than six months ago.It was many of greater Brisbane’s more affordable suburbs which recorded the increase in viewings during the period.Fitzgibbon, which has a median house price of $470,000 was next on the list, with an average of 560 views, 81 per cent higher.In the unit market Daisy Hill experienced the biggest jump in demand of 217 per cent with an average of 466 views per property in the past six months.It was followed by Mackenzie which increased 215 per cent with 564 average views and then Boondall which was up 88 per cent with 225 views.Unit demand has grown in Daisy Hill, where this unit at 20/18 Daisy Hill Rd is under contract. Picture: realestate.com.auWHERE DEMAND HAS GROWN (houses)Dakabin 102%Chuwar 88%Fitzgibbon 081%Kallangur 78%Karalee 72%Deagon 71%Mount Cotton 70%Kuraby 70%More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoBarellan Point 69%Carseldine 68%WHERE DEMAND HAS GROWN (units)Daisy Hill 217%Mackenzie 215%Boondall 88%Deagon 85%Bridgeman Downs 81%Doolandella 75%Murrumba Downs 64%Mango Hill 61%Ormiston 57%Fitzgibbon 55%Source: REA Grouplast_img read more

Global assets under management to exceed $100trn by 2020, PwC predicts

first_imgAn estimated annual growth rate of 6.6% until the end of the decade will see global pension fund assets reach $57trn (€42trn), according to analysis by accountants PwC.In a report entitled ‘Asset Management 2020: A Brave New World’, PwC said the asset management industry would grow to $101trn by the end of the decade.It said, however, that the market share of assets for the management industry would not grow substantially.The growth will be driven by an increase in overall assets from affluent clients and high net-worth individuals, coming from emerging and frontier economies. Despite the majority of asset growth coming from retail areas, PwC highlighted pension fund assets as a major contributor, continuing growth seen since the turn of the century.From the $33.9trn in assets seen in 2012, the move towards the $60trn mark will be helped by a 9.9% growth in Latin American retirement assets, over eight years, and 9.5% from Asia Pacific.PwC predicted European assets would increase by 6.2% from 2012 to 2020 and that US assets would grow by 5.7%, but that both would still account for the majority of global assets, at $14trn and $30trn, respectively.PwC said, despite some defined benefit (DB) scheme assets being frozen, it would continue to represent a critical amount.“However,” the report said, ”the increase in investable assets mainly stems from defined contribution (DC) schemes created in countries of fast-growing GDP and prosperity. Pension funds will swell the total assets managed as both developed and developing countries attempt to bring more savers under the retirement umbrella.”The company also predicts that mandates, stemming from institutional investors, would continue to grow, and at a greater pace to mutual funds.Assets managed under mandates will hit $48trn by 2020 compared with $41trn in mutual funds, with the former growing by 5.7% over the eight years, compared with 5.4% for the latter.The firm predicted that, out of the $48trn in mandated assets, a significant majority would remain in active management, accounting for $35trn.Rob Mellor, who led the report’s publication, said the asset management industry had not yet focused on the future, but that shifts would begin to occur.He said managers would be unable to take advantage of the growth in assets from pension funds and high net-worth individuals unless they showed their commitment to managing assets to the best of their ability.“Strong branding and investor trust in 2020 will only be achieved by those firms that avoid making mistakes that attract the ire of investors, regulators and policymakers,” he said.“Asset managers must deliver the clear message that they deliver a positive social impact to investors and policymakers. The efforts required to satisfy investors and policymakers cannot be left to others.”last_img read more

UK accountants, actuaries welcome amended FRC proposals

first_imgAccountants and actuaries have backed a UK proposal to clarify how defined-benefit plan sponsors account for a minimum funding requirement.The proposals in question are detailed in FRED 55 – draft amendments to FRS 102 – which the UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) published on 20 August.They affect businesses reporting under the new UK GAAP framework of FRS 102, a financial reporting standard that will apply in the UK and the Republic of Ireland from 1 January 2015.Out of 20 comment letters from interested parties, all registered support for the FRC’s actions. However, commentators did warn that FRED 55 failed to address surplus recognition. Aon Hewitt actuary Simon Robinson said: “FRED 55 suggests that the ‘additional liability’ parts of IFRIC 14 do not need to be applied to FRS 102 but is silent on whether to consider the surplus recognition parts of IFRIC 14.“So we are left with the likelihood of diversity in this area. In my view, FRED 55 should address surplus recognition as well.”The publication of FRED 55 is the latest step in a major shake-up of the accounting framework in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which will see the introduction of FRS 102.FRS 102 is a localised version of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for Small- and Medium-sized Entities and replaces existing UK GAAP with a single point of reference.Section 28 of FRS 102 replaces FRS 17, which is a standalone accounting standard. Its new requirements apply from 1 January 2015, along with the rest of FRS 102.FRED 55 deals with circumstances where a DB plan sponsor has booked a DB asset or liability on its balance sheet under FRS 102.The approach proposed in FRED 55 potentially creates divergence in practice between UK GAAP and the application of the International Accounting Standards Board’s asset-ceiling guidance, IFRIC 14.FRED 55 says that where a defined benefit (DB) plan sponsor agrees to pay a schedule of deficit contributions, the sponsor need not look at whether it will build up a surplus in the future and then decide whether any benefit will flow from that surplus.Instead, the sponsor only has to calculate any plan surplus or deficit at the balance sheet date. Put differently, it shortcuts IFRIC 14’s two-step process.And complicating this situation is the move earlier this year by the International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee to investigate how a scheme trustee’s actions might affect surplus recognition.In particular, the committee, which is responsible for IFRIC 14, explored whether a trustee’s power to increase member benefits, or wind up a plan, would mean sponsors could no-longer book a plan surplus.The committee’s discussions during July led some commentators to fear that it might become all but impossible to report a surplus.Any such move, consultants Aon Hewitt warned in August, would leave FTSE 350 companies to take a £25bn (€31.7bn) balance sheet hit and blow a £1bn hole in net income.Those fears receded in September, however, when the committee’s subsequent discussions suggested that any changes to IFRIC 14 would hit just a small number of plan sponsors – if any.In comment letters on FRED 55, audit giant EY, as well as actuaries JLT and Towers Watson, warned that the proposals failed to deal comprehensively with practice under IFRIC 14.The advisers also said that there remains a real risk of divergence in practice emerging in this area.EY wrote: “We would therefore encourage the FRC to monitor this issue and reconsider at a later date whether it should take any action to clarify how this paragraph should be applied.”JLT argue that the draft amendment was principally concerned with the recognition of additional liabilities in respect of a schedule of contributions – the ‘minimum funding requirement’ aspects of IFRIC 14.“It does not clarify whether or not the remainder of IFRIC 14 should be referred to when deciding on whether a surplus is recognizable.”JLT also claimed that FRS 102 could be more flexible on the issue of surplus recognition than the standard it replaced, FRS 17.
“The key difference between the two standards is the wording  ‘agreed by  the  pension scheme trustees as the balance sheet date’ as, in practice, this means that the possibility of allowing for a refund is not usually available under FRS 17.“The wording of FRS 102 omits this additional detail and so implies that thereis more flexibility to recognise a plan surplus as an asset.”And Towers Watson actuary Charles Rodgers wrote: “Having clarified the non-application of one particular aspect of IFRIC 14, it would also be helpful if the FRC could indicate whether any of the other requirements of IFRIC 14 should be applied to Section 28 of FRS 102.”In addition, on a separate issue, FRED 55 confirms that entities should recognise the effect of restricting the recognition of surplus in a DB plan, where surplus is not recoverable, in other comprehensive income and not in profit and loss.Further action by both the FRC and the IFRS IC is expected in the new year.Separately, on 16 December, the FRC published a revised version of Actuarial Standard Technical Memorandum 1, its pensions communications standard.The FRC said in a statement that the new standard reflected “the implementation of automatic enrolment, legislation on same-sex marriage and to enable pension providers to more effectively take account of the impact of guaranteed annuity terms.”last_img read more