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  • Notre Dame Right to Life celebrates family during You Are Loved Week

    first_imgNotre Dame Right to Life Club will seek to affirm the value of family and encourage students and faculty from different backgrounds to engage in the conversation surrounding the issue of human worth in their fourth-annual You Are Loved Week.Through this year’s theme, “Pro-Life is Pro-Family,” the event week seeks to affirm the value of family and encourage students and faculty from different backgrounds to engage in conversation about the issue of human worth.“There was a need on campus to not only focus on controversial issues like abortion but also the parts that make it holistic, which is what our club really values,” senior Sadie Facile, president of Right to Life, said. “We’re dignifying not only those in the womb but also those who are marginalized.”The week began Sunday with a prayer service for life and family at the Grotto. Monday’s events featured a tent on South Quad to distribute stickers and apparel as well as a Respect Life Mass in the Basilica and reception that followed.A panel Tuesday at 7 p.m. in 138 DeBartolo Hall called “Witness to Love and Life: Insights from Notre Dame Families” will host Notre Dame community members to share their families’ stories.“We wanted to encourage interactions with students who are isolated from family life,” senior Matt Connell, vice president of communications for Right to Life, said. “The individuals at the panel will talk about different aspects of family life like disability in the family, fatherhood and pregnancy and parenting at Notre Dame.”To continue the events, the club will host backpack making 6 p.m. Wednesday in LaFortune Student Center, where volunteers can make blankets and fill backpacks for children in foster care. Thursday’s keynote speaker, Alexandra DeSanctis, is a staff writer at the National Review and will address the developing abortion debate in America in her lecture, “Surrender is Not an Option: Reclaiming the Abortion Debate.” The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. in 155 DeBartolo Hall. On Friday, Angelus will take place outside the Main Building on God Quad at 12 p.m.To create the week’s events, Right to Life focused on their three key pillars: education, spirituality and service. Through this combination, the club hopes to reach a broader audience to get involved in the issues at hand. Student organizers reached out to University organizations and centers, such as the Gender Relations Center, the Center for Ethics and Culture and the McGrath Institute for Church Life to support the week’s endeavors. “We always want to be cognizant of common ground,” Right to Life vice president of programming junior Michaela Reyes said. “There’s so many clubs that support the dignity of life in so many ways and we wanted to draw those people together.”Reyes said You Are Loved Week is intended to be a continuation of the conversation that occurred in last semester’s Respect Life week, which focused on the theme of “Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”“We wanted to go off of those ideas, because it’s actually about the whole family,” Reyes said. “You Are Loved Week says that every person has inherent human dignity and worth. The family is where we grow up and experience that and learn it or not. We want to focus on the family and affirm those values.”Facile noted a primary goal of You Are Loved Week is for Notre Dame students to share in self-love and respect.“You Are Loved Week came about from viewing a lack of dignity in other people and in ourselves,” Facile said. “Our worth and value is not dependent upon performance, grades, how many friends you have or what you’re doing this weekend. There’s a lack of love in ourselves that we wanted to inspire.”Right to Life’s ultimate goal behind You Are Loved Week is to bring together different groups on campus that focus on service and affirming the dignity of the self in a broader and more unified manner than in previous years.“We didn’t want to approach this week as something political or partisan,” Facile said. “This is just a time to encourage interaction with families and students. We wanted to engage in service activities that supports families in the community. This week is an open dialogue about real ways that we can support life. That’s really it.”Tags: Notre Dame Right to Life, Pro-life, Pro-Life is Pro-Family, You are Loved Weeklast_img read more

  • Ag Forecast

    first_imgAgriculture is the food you eat, clothes you wear and the fuel that runs your life. From the local Georgia farm to the globally stocked supermarket, access to safe and affordable products is important. Learn what’s ahead for this vital industry at the 2012 Ag Forecast series to be held 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 23 in Macon, Jan. 24 in Tifton, Jan. 25 in Statesboro, Jan. 26 in Gainesville and Jan. 27 in Carrollton. Producers, policymakers, agribusiness professionals and consumers will hear the 2012 economic outlook for agriculture from University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences economists. Regional speakers will discuss farm labor issues.Participants will receive a copy of the 2012 Ag Forecast book, which gives a detailed analysis of each major agricultural product – from broilers to blueberries – produced in Georgia. The UGA CAES, Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Department of Agriculture annually present the series. Registration is $30 per person or $200 for a table of eight. For more information and to register, visit www.georgiaagforecast.com. Registration deadline is Jan. 19.last_img read more

  • Stern Center Names Development Director

    first_imgJuly 18, 2007 : WILLISTON – Edward R. Wilkens, Ed.D., has been named the Development Director for the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston. VT.Dr. Wilkens began his education career teaching high school English for five years. He then was a public school principal for eleven years, served the US Department of Education as a policy consultant and technical assistance provider for six and then returned to serve eight more years as a principal in Vermont. Since September 2006 Dr. Wilkens has been the Stern Center’s Community and Educational Liaison and Interim Development Director. His duties as Development Director begin September 1, 2007.The Stern Center for Language and Learning is a non-profit literacy center, based in Williston, Vermont with a satellite facility in White River Junction. For more information, please call the Stern Center at 878-2332 or visit their website at www.sterncenter.org(link is external).last_img read more

  • More than $1 million in SBA disaster loans approved in Vermont; deadline to apply August 15

    first_imgMore than $1 million in US Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loans have been approved for Vermont residents who were affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred from April 23 – May 9, 2011Homeowners and renters who cannot afford a loan may be referred to FEMA for possible grant funds. There is a tendency for survivors to discard SBA disaster loan applications because they may not want a loan. However, they risk missing out on grants by not returning completed applications to SBA. ‘Currently, 46 home and business disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $1,050,300 for affected survivors in Vermont,’ said Frank Skaggs, director, SBA Field Operations Center East, Atlanta. ‘We are pleased to be able to get these loans approved so residents and businesses in the disaster area can start to rebuild and resume their normal lives. With the August 15 deadline approaching, I encourage anyone who has not completed their disaster loan application to do so and return it as quickly as possible,’ Skaggs added.Those affected by the disaster should register with Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov(link is external).More information about the disaster loans can be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail). Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external). Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).The deadline to return SBA applications for physical property damage is August 15, 2011. The deadline to return applications for economic injury is March 15, 2012. For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov(link is external).last_img read more

  • Serve members positive lessons

    first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Recently my daughter and I decided to dine at a local restaurant, one of our favorites.We soon realized that nothing can ruin a good dining experience faster than poor service. The visit served as a reminder about the importance of providing excellent service at your credit union.A few weeks prior, I ate at the same restaurant, and the owner mentioned business was slow. I took to social media to rave about how wonderful the food was and encouraged anyone who lived in the area to try it.Flash forward to my recent visit. The dining room was packed. I was hoping my social media outreach generated some of this increased interest. We sat down and expected to have a great meal.last_img read more

  • In a Divided Washington, Biden Could Still Exert Economic Power

    first_imgMr. Biden will face several trade decisions in the short term, including whether to continue with Mr. Trump’s ban on TikTok and WeChat, the popular social media apps, and whether to retain America’s tariffs on Chinese goods and foreign metals. Updated Nov. 8, 2020, 7:15 p.m. ET Stimulus- Advertisement – Mr. Biden will be able to exert some additional oversight over the $2.2 trillion stimulus package that passed in March. For instance, small businesses that took Paycheck Protection Program loans were required to keep workers on payrolls, and he could instruct his Treasury Department to more rigorously scrutinize the loans to ensure that the money was actually going to pay salaries and overhead costs.Mr. Biden could also take a page from Mr. Trump and seek to repurpose unspent funds from that stimulus legislation, including hundreds of billions of dollars that were earmarked for the Paycheck Protection Program but never allocated before a congressional deadline ended the program. He could also lean on the Treasury to make lending facilities established by the Federal Reserve more generous and attractive to users, if they haven’t expired by the time he enters office.TaxesMr. Biden proposed trillions of dollars of tax increases on high earners and corporations in his campaign. Much of that agenda would require cooperation from Congress, but in a few areas, a Biden administration could act on its own to raise taxes — largely by changing regulations governing how Mr. Trump’s signature 2017 tax law is carried out.Several of those regulations apply to income earned abroad by multinational corporations that operate in the United States. A Biden Treasury Department could move to reverse a series of decisions that Mr. Trump’s team made after the 2017 law was passed that effectively reduced the liability of multinationals under a pair of new taxes created by the law, known as the Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax and the Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income.Mr. Biden campaigned on a promise to raise U.S. tax liability on multinationals’ global income, which he could attempt to do via regulation by changing how the liability is calculated. His Treasury Department could also attempt to roll back a so-called high-tax exemption, which allowed some companies to lower their tax bills in the United States.A Biden Treasury could also change the regulations covering Opportunity Zones, another creation of the 2017 law that is intended to entice investment in high-poverty areas by providing a tax break. Such changes could make it more difficult for investors to qualify for the tax benefits from the zones, and Treasury could impose more stringent reporting requirements on projects that qualify for the breaks.TradeAs Mr. Trump has shown, the executive branch has a great deal of latitude when it comes to trade policy. In the run-up to to the election, Mr. Trump saw the limits of the White House’s ability to jump-start the economy without Congress. He repurposed some federal funds to temporarily extend expanded unemployment insurance and allowed companies to defer collection of workers’ payroll taxes but found his hands largely tied beyond those measures. Economists and political advisers say Mr. Biden could seek other creative approaches if a Republican Senate blocks the kind of big spending package that Democrats have been pushing.That includes providing student debt relief, which Ms. Wong said would work as a sort of stimulus by removing the burden of those payments. Mr. Biden could direct the Education secretary to forgive student loans up to a certain amount — Ms. Wong would favor as much as $50,000 to $75,000 for low- and moderate-income households. That move, she said, would strongly benefit workers from minority racial and ethnic groups.The administration could also use executive authority to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour, she said, providing a pay boost for many thousands of workers. But as President Trump has demonstrated time and again, Mr. Biden has the power to pull some levers unilaterally, without congressional approval, and could influence the federal government’s economic policymaking machinery through an array of executive actions, regulations and personnel changes.“There’s a tremendous amount that can be done without Congress,” said Felicia Wong, who serves as an adviser on the Biden transition board but who was speaking in her capacity as head of the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think tank. From finding ways to stimulate the economy to changing trade rules to tinkering with corporate taxation, here are some of the ways a Biden presidency could unilaterally influence economic policy. Mr. Katz pointed to payday lending regulation and a debt collection rule at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as things that could be on the table quickly.Richard Cordray, the bureau’s former director, said in a white paper earlier this year that the it should be taking action to help people avoid foreclosure and eviction during the pandemic and be carefully monitoring the practices of debt collectors.“The C.F.P.B. should make sure companies are complying with all emergency protections on the books, and maximizing assistance to consumers to prevent garnishments, foreclosures and repossessions,” said Linda Jun, senior policy counsel at Americans for Financial Reform.center_img WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will take office in January with a weak economy weighed down by the resurgence of the coronavirus, millions of Americans still unemployed and businesses struggling and shuttering as winter bears down.Addressing that economic challenge and following through on his campaign’s tax and spending promises could be complicated if Republicans maintain control of the Senate.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden would not need congressional approval to deal with these and other outstanding trade issues — including how to resolve a spat with the European Union over subsidies given to Boeing and Airbus, how to resolve global negotiations over digital services taxes and whether to follow through on Mr. Trump’s plans to place new tariffs on Vietnam.“The administration would want to keep Congress in the loop, but they have a lot of discretion to shift away from Trump’s policies,” said Simon Lester, a trade policy expert at the Cato Institute.Mr. Biden will also have broad scope to stake out his position on America’s economic relations with China, including whether to continue limiting U.S. exports of sensitive technology like artificial intelligence and robotics. And the next president will also have to decide whether to pursue additional sanctions for human rights violations in the Chinese region of Xinjiang and whether to continue trying to block Chinese investment in the United States. Congressional approval would be needed if Mr. Biden wanted to pass any free trade deals. But his advisers have said that they are unlikely to pursue any new agreements in the short term, instead focusing on domestic priorities.Some of Mr. Biden’s other priorities on trade transcend party lines and could gain support among congressional Republicans — like strengthening Buy American rules to devote more federal dollars to American products, or investing in domestic technologies like semiconductors to ensure that China does not gain a competitive edge. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Financial regulationSome of the biggest Trump-era changes to bank regulation have been done through the regulatory agencies, rather than through Congress. Examples include a weakening of the Volcker Rule, which keeps banks from betting for their own profit, and a reworking of the Community Reinvestment Act, which requires banks to invest in poor communities.A new crew of regulatory officials will have leeway to either undo those tweaks or to impose new ones — which will probably cut toward stronger oversight. Much like the slow drip of deregulation under the Trump administration, any changes coming out of the Fed and its fellow regulatory agencies are likely to be small and steady.“It is going to be a tough slog for the Democrats on the legislative front,” said Ian Katz, a director and financial policy analyst at Capital Alpha Partners. “The action is really with the regulators.”But changes may not come that quickly, even if Mr. Biden taps more pro-regulatory officials for the various agencies. One of the most powerful regulatory positions — the Fed’s vice chair for supervision — is held by Randal K. Quarles, a Trump appointee whose term is not up until October 2021.One area to keep an eye on is climate finance: The independent Fed has been slow to embrace climate stress tests, or to publicly examine how its own policies might take into account climate concerns, against a political backdrop in which climate-related measures seemed overtly political. That could change in the next four years.Consumer protectionA Biden administration could exert huge influence over consumer protections, including those involving debt collection, payday lending and foreclosure abuse.The Supreme Court ruled in June that the White House has the power to fire the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without cause, rejecting a federal law that sought to place limits on presidential oversight of independent agencies. That means Mr. Biden will be free to replace Kathleen Kraninger, the bureau’s current director, with someone who will more rigorously scrutinize businesses and ramp up enforcement.last_img read more

  • British supermarkets’ plea to shoppers – stop panic buying

    first_imgAnecdotal evidence suggested activity has stepped-up further since Thursday when Prime Minister Boris Johnson said those showing even mild symptoms of having the virus should self-isolate for at least seven days.As of Saturday, 21 people had died after testing positive for COVID-19 in Britain, health authorities said.In the letter to customers, Dickinson says food retailers are working closely with government and suppliers to keep food moving quickly through the system and making more deliveries to stores to ensure shelves are stocked.She also says retailers with online delivery and click-and-collect services are running at full capacity.Tesco chairman John Allan said on Thursday it was unlikely the retailer, which has a 27.2 percent UK grocery market share, would experience anything more than “very short term, temporary” shortages of certain products.Topics : Britain’s food retailers appealed to shoppers on Sunday to stop panic buying during the coronavirus outbreak, saying purchasing more than they need would mean others will be left without.The British Retail Consortium (BRC), which represents supermarket groups including market leader Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons, said retailers have come together to write to their customers, calling on them to be considerate in the way they shop.Their letter will be published in adverts in national newspapers on Sunday and Monday. “We understand your concerns but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without. There is enough for everyone if we all work together,” Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, says in the letter.Social media has been awash over the last week with pictures of empty shelves in Britain’s major supermarkets, with items like dried pasta, toilet rolls and canned food particularly sought after.Trading in UK supermarkets has been intense, with some shop bosses saying it can only be compared to the pre-Christmas rush.Read also: Why rational people are panic buying as coronavirus spreadslast_img read more

  • Hampton beckons

    first_imgHampton GroveHOUSES are expected to start being built at the exclusive Hampton Grove Estate from next month with eight lots already sold.All the infrastructure has been completed at the large-lot estate and housing sites have been levelled ready for construction of homes to start.The estate located in the foothills of Mount Louisa bordering Dalrymple Rd has blocks starting at 1000sq m. When complete the estate will have 47 lots while 26 are available in stage one and two.As well as the eight lots already sold, another two are under contract with strong interest from buyers for the remaining blocks. Hampton GroveRay White Kirwan selling principal Nicky Faulks, who is heading up sales at the estate, said it allowed people to have a large allotment while still being close to the city.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We’re leaning it towards second and third home buyers who want something more than the average block with premium buildings around them,” she said.“Families can still have room for a pool and shed without being too far away from everything.“All the lots are flat except for the elevated lots and ready to build on.”The largest block on the estate is a massive 7281sq m and sits on top of the hill with a grand driveway winding its way up to the home site already built.The lot is still for sale and has stunning views of The Pinnacles and Mount Louisa.The estate is a stone’s throw away from shops, entertainment precincts, schools and employment hubs.Ms Faulks said the final approvals for the estate were with Townsville City Council before construction of homes would start next month. “We’re aiming to have a private community with homes that are a little bit of a statement and blocks that are a really good size,” she said.“It will be quite an exclusive estate.“It would be great for Kirwan residents who want to build again because it’s close to all the Kirwan schools.”For more information call Nicky Faulks on 0403 023 663 or visit www.hamptongrove.com.au.last_img read more

  • Bacolod gov’t buys 1K sets of virus protective gear

    first_imgVargas said the orientation aimed toharmonize the preparedness and response plans of the barangays and to establishguidelines to prevent, contain, and mitigate the possible transmission of thevirus. Executive Assistant Jomarie Vargas,cluster head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office(CDRRMO), said these protective gears will be used by health and rescuepersonnel should they need to respond to COVID-19 cases. Each setof PPE costs P3,750. The PPE includes protective clothing, gloves, goggles,facemasks and other equipment designed to protect the wearer frominfection.  Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, head ofthe local inter-agency task force on COVID-19, said part of the P10-millionstandby fund the city council had allocated last week went to the procurementof PPE sets. BACOLOD City – The city governmentpurchased at least 1,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) againstthe coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19).center_img Dr. Anna Maria Laarni Pornan of theCity Health Office together with CDRRMO personnel demonstrated the donning anddoffing of PPEs at the New Government Center on Feb.17. Personnel of the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office demonstrate how to put on personal protective equipment in case they are called to respond to confirmed coronavirus disease cases. The city government recently purchased at least 1,000 sets of personal protective equipment that P3,750 each. BACOLOD CITY PIO The task force also distributed facemask, alcohol and gloves to every barangays of this city./PNlast_img read more

  • June 2, 2018 Police Blotter

    first_imgJune 2, 2018 Police Blotter060218 Decatur County Fire Report060218 Decatur County EMS Report060218 Decatur County Laweport060218 Decatur County Jail Report060218 Batesville Police Blotterlast_img