BridgeND hosts discussion on human development, education reform

January 26, 2021

first_imgShannon Valley | The Observer Fr. Joe Corpora speaks Tuesday night at the “Faith and Human Development Discussion” hosted by BridgeND.Tong, the daughter of immigrants, stressed the importance of grassroots change in showing compassion for refugees and migrants. She also spoke about the impact of climate change as an important issue that everyone should be concerned about.Corpora, director of university-school partnerships in the Alliance for Catholic Education, spoke about the need to reform education. Calling it “the civil rights issue for today,” Corpora said there needs to be a level playing field.“What zip code you are born into today will pretty much determine the rest of your life,” Corpora said.Corpora described how the poor are unable to have a choice in where their children attend schools, which means their children often have less preferable public schools as the only option. He advocated for tax credit and vouchers as options to help the lower class have a greater say in education.“Parents need and have a right to choose where their children can go to school,” Corpora said. “A good education can make the biggest difference in the life of a child and a family.”Gerson concentrated on the topic of faith in global development. As chief speechwriter and senior policy advisor for President George W. Bush, Gerson was greatly involved in human development policy in the early 2000s — his favorite experience coming from Pres. Bush’s emergency passing of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR.“Thirty to 40 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa were HIV positive while I was working for the President, all of whom were going to die,” Gerson said.Gerson visited many of these African shanty towns during this time period and still travels there several times a year through his work as a policy fellow with the ONE Campaign, an organization that fights preventable disease and poverty in Africa.In terms of human development, policy is “not only the result of faith, but it is often the result of faith,” Gerson said.He also spoke of the many ways in which faith can be a guiding principle in this field, including that it motivates great leaders and sparks an important movement of conscience and philosophical thought about human rights.Specifically, the anecdotes of his journeys in Africa and the people he met reinforced his beliefs about faith and the necessity for its involvement in human development.“You go to these places and you think that you are going to serve them, but you find such admirable people that they end up instructing you,” Gerson said.Tags: Alliance for Catholic Education, BridgeND, human development BridgeND hosted a discussion titled “Faith and Human Development” in the Hospitality Room of South Dining Hall on Tuesday night. The speakers included Michael Gerson, a Washington Post columnist and former aide to President George W. Bush, Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C. and Andie Tong, senior and officer in Right to Life at Notre Dame.Tong focused her discussion on human development, specifically her pro-life beliefs and her experiences in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in her hometown of Houston, Texas.“For me, Catholic social teaching — an inherently pro-life lens — offers a framework that calls us and our country to action,” Tong said.last_img read more

Vermont to receive $375,889 additional federal funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

January 1, 2021

first_img‘Once again, Vermont is recognized as a leader among states in protecting and serving the most vulnerable in our communities,’ said Governor Jim Douglas. ‘This award recognizes our strong efforts to reach out to Vermonters in need to ensure they have access to critical benefits, especially in these challenging economic times.’ Each year USDA sets aside $12 million in bonus awards for states with the best and most improved program access index. According the USDA, the program access index is the ratio of participants to the number of persons below 125 percent of poverty and reflects State performance in reaching those eligible for nutrition benefits. ‘We are improving the accuracy and efficiency of program delivery while working to deliver on Obama administration efforts to reduce hunger and improve nutrition for people across the country,’ said Secretary Vilsack. ‘The States we recognize today are leaders in service to their communities and their success in breaking down access barriers and processing applications in a timely manner is an inspiring model for other States.’ To view the USDA release visit http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contenti(link is external)…. And for more information visit http://dcf.vermont.gov/esd/3SquaresVT(link is external) or www.fns.usda.gov(link is external).Source: Governor’s office. 9.24.2010 USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) oversees the administration of 15 nutrition assistance programs. These programs serve one in four Americans over the course of a year and work in concert to form a national safety net against hunger. SNAP, the largest of these programs, helps nearly 41.3 million Americans each month put healthy food on the table. Vermont’s program, known as 3SquaresVT is administered by the Department of Children and Families in the Agency of Human Services.center_img Over the past three years, the number of Vermonters enrolled in 3SquaresVT has risen 63 percent. The additional funding is likely to be used to continue to strengthen Vermont’s ability to serve more and more people in the most efficient manner possible. Governor Jim Douglas welcomed the news that Vermont was recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its improved access through expanded outreach in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during 2009. As a result Vermont will receive $375,889 in bonus funds for the program as part of $18 million worth of bonus awards announced today by Federal Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The national SNAP program is known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT. ###last_img read more

Funding for esVolta projects shows institutional investors warming up to energy storage

December 31, 2020

first_imgFunding for esVolta projects shows institutional investors warming up to energy storage FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:esVolta, a developer of utility-scale battery energy storage projects, recently closed a $140 million senior secured credit facility to finance a 136 MW/480 MWh portfolio of eight storage projects in California.It’s this type of institutional investing that’s going to drive the massive growth expected from the energy storage industry. It’s not the next lithium-ion battery breakthrough that’s going to accelerate the energy storage industry. It’s not the next inflated promise from a flow battery startup, compressed-air scheme, solid-state battery research project or energy storage dream funded by Bill Gates.It’s energy storage projects as investment-grade finance tools for institutional investors that will grow the energy storage market to $546 billion in annual revenue by 2035, as predicted by Lux Research or grow the business tenfold from 2018 to 2023, rising to $5 billion annually, according to Wood Mackenzie.CIT’s power and energy business led the financing round, along with Siemens Financial Services (SFS), CoBank, ACB, and KeyBanc Capital Markets. These investor names can typically be found financing natural gas power plants and wind projects — so this entry into energy storage is a bit of a watershed moment.Randolph Mann, president of esVolta was interviewed by pv magazine and noted, “We do think this is the largest and most significant funding for front-of-the-meter stand-alone energy storage.” Mann notes that these projects are “all stand-alone front-of -the-meter — not solar-plus-storage projects.” esVolta has long-term revenue contracts on all of the projects and has partnered with Southern Power Company on four of them. The capital will be used to help fund construction and operations of the projects.Mann said, “Institutional investors are waking up and ready to invest in storage. These projects are conducive to traditional project financing.”[Eric Wesoff]More: Energy storage projects reach ‘investment-grade’ with esVolta’s $140 million debt facilitylast_img read more

How to break the millennial debt spiral

December 18, 2020

first_img‘We need to go beyond financial knowledge’by: P.R. LockhartFinding ways to increase an entire generation’s wealth is a messy business.That’s probably been the case for decades, but this time around things are even more complicated because millennials—those born between the early 1980’s and early 1990’s—had the unenviable task of coming of age in the wake of the Great Recession. Despite having the distinction of being America’s largest working generation, millennials have been entering one of the worst job markets in recent history while carrying unprecedented levels of debt and are struggling to attain the same levels of wealth achieved by previous generations.“Financial capability is the opportunity to put knowledge into practice,” noted Dr. Terri Friedline during a recent event at New America, where she spoke with Parker Cohen of the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), Sunaena Chhatry of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Vox education reporter Libby Nelson about how millennials could change their financial fortunes for the better.For Dr. Friedline, the best way to accomplish this is by giving millennials the chance to practice financial decision-making. In her research, she has found that “the combination of having received financial education and being financially included via a savings account” is the most effective way to improve outcomes and help millennials prepare for financial emergencies or work toward long-term purchases. “We see that savings accounts and credit cards perform pretty consistently [as tools for financial experiential learning],” Friedline explained. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

LGPS-backed Unigestion PE fund invests in oil & gas, life sciences

September 29, 2020

first_imgThe UK’s North East Scotland and Clwyd pension funds are backing a Unigestion private equity fund, which has achieved its first close and invested in a UK-based oil and gas company and a supplier to life science companies.More than €100m has been committed to Unigestion Direct Opportunities 2015 (UDO 2015), more than half the target size of €200m.The fund has attracted support from existing and new investors, according to the asset manager, including the £3.2bn (€4.1bn) North East Scotland Pension Fund and £1.4bn Clwyd Pension Fund.Paul Newsome, head of investment management for private equity at Unigestion, said the asset manager had a “significant pipeline” of interest in the fund from new investors. UDO 2015 is focused on investing in 12-15 privately owned companies around the world, with enterprise values of less than €1bn.The fund has completed its first investments, in Zennor Petroleum, a UK-based oil and gas company, and US-based BioreclamationIVT (BioIVT), which provides biological products used in drug discovery research by life sciences and pharma companies.Zennor specialises in the appraisal and development of hydrocarbons in the North Sea, where, according to Unigestion, “there currently exists an opportunity to buy multiple high-quality assets at very attractive prices”.Zennor recently acquired a subsidiary of First Oil Expro, a UK oil and gas producer that entered into administration.Unigestion invested alongside sector specialist Kerogen Capital.For its investment in BioIVT, Unigestion partnered with Arsenal Capital, another sector specialist.North East Scotland Pension Fund, administered by Aberdeen City Council, had a benchmark asset allocation of 10% to alternatives, including private equity, as of the financial year 2014-15.Clwyd Pension Fund, administered by Flintshire County Council, had a 10% allocation to private equity as at 31 March 2015.Read more about investment opportunities and driving forces in the energy sector in the May edition of IPE Magazinelast_img read more

Renovated Gold Coast house offers tranquil escape

September 28, 2020

first_img MORE NEWS: A pool that’s good for your health? Yes please! The outdoor areas are perfect for both entertaining and enjoying a book in the sun. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: To sell or to renovate?00:55 It’s brighter and much more open after the renovation. The renovation took about six months with nothing left untouched. MORE NEWS: ‘Showpiece’ trophy home sells in multimillion-dollar deal Manicured gardens offer a picturesque backdrop.Taking centre stage is the kitchen with a luxuriously large mint green, stone-topped island bench, subway feature tiles and a butler’s pantry. It is also connected to the laundry which provides a spot to hide the mess when guests are over. There is a living area either side of the kitchen — one is a cosy, chalet style with a gas fireplace and a view of the backyard’s waterfall, the other a more casual zone with a fireplace. A sunroom will make entertaining a breeze thanks to its outdoor kitchen with a barbecue and wood-fired oven. The main bedroom features a dressing room and ensuite, and two additional bedrooms are on the ground floor.Upstairs a second loft-style bedroom occupies the whole floor and offers an ensuite, balcony and study area. The family are selling to move onto their next project. “It’s going to be sad to leave this house — you wont find something like this again, but it’s time to move on and see what else I can create,” Ms Hodder said. Alex and Brian Phillis, of Alex Phillis Real Estate, are marketing the property with a price range between $2.5 million and $2.7 million. “When we bought it, it was very overgrown, it was like a jungle when you walked in,” Ms Hodder said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“You couldn’t see the ponds, you couldn’t see the waterfalls. “Everything inside was dark and dingy with walls everywhere and little rooms.” Ms Hodder said most of the renovation was done “on the fly” but there was always the aim of making it light, bright, pretty and calm. “We wanted to turn it into a Queenslander because it was a bit more federation style inside, so it was a real disappointment,” she said. “There was no connection between the outside of the house which was quite lovely, although it was a yellow colour, and the inside.“Now, it’s just glorious, beautiful and easy to live in. It makes us happy, we just love living here.” The internal renovation took about six months with nothing left untouched. The result was an open-plan design where each room flows effortlessly onto the next and all make the most of the property’s impressive gardens. High ceilings, full-length windows and glass doors ensure an abundance of light streams inside and maximise the garden vistas. Guests feel welcomed and relaxed from the moment they walk through the front gate. A renovation has breathed new life into the property at 4665 The Parkway, Hope Island.AN overwhelming sense of calmness and tranquillity is experienced the moment you step through the entry gate and over the foot bridge of this Sanctuary Cove house. The immaculately presented property, which has had new life breathed into it, will make you stop and say ‘wow’ at every turn. Before Leanne and Brenton Hodder worked their magic on the house it was tired, dark and not suited to the laid-back yet lavish lifestyle the Gold Coast is known for. The couple, who live there with their daughter Tahlee, 8, made it their mission to create the ultimate Coast home. The open floorplan flows seamlessly to integrate indoors and outdoors.last_img read more

DDA to embark on paint-a-thon in Roseau

September 26, 2020

first_img Share 5 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews DDA to embark on paint-a-thon in Roseau by: – April 27, 2012center_img Tweet Photo credit: crossroadschurch.ccThe Discover Dominica authority on the weekend of May 19 and 20, 2012 will focus on enhancing the look of six houses within the city of Roseau through a paint- a- thon exercise. The activity will be done as part of Tourism Awareness Month 2012. The Roseau Paint-A-Thon is a new initiative by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) which was first presented last year in partnership with Harris Paints Dominica Ltd with sponsorship from National Bank of Dominica Ltd.Director of Tourism Colin Piper says the activity is aimed at beautifying buildings in the city of Roseau with historic and architectural appeal. The houses will be chosen with the assistance of members of the (Society of Heritage Preservation and Enhancement) SHAPE. “This year we will be focusing on the Hillsborough street area. We have identified some houses we just need to get the approval from property owners. We are trying to beautify Roseau in that way, we work with SHAPE to come up with the historic colors so hopefully after the third or fourth year [of doing this] there will be quite a few houses in Roseau displaying those wonderful colors.”The paint a thon exercise will be carried out by volunteer teams from the Discover Dominica Authority, the National Bank of Dominica Ltd, Harris Paints Dominica Ltd, Ministry of Tourism & Legal Affairs, and Tourism students of the Dominica State College alongside qualified painters. The houses painted during last year’s exercise were located on Cork Street, King George V Street, and Laing Lane, and included the home of the late Sir Clarence Seignoret, third President of Dominica, and the offices of the Dominica National Council of Women.Tourism Awareness Month is celebrated annually in May under the banner: Tourism Is Everybody’s Business, Let’s Play Our Part, by the Discover Dominica Authority, Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association, Ministry of Tourism and tourism stakeholders and partners.By: Tarnia GreenGovernment Information Service Sharelast_img read more

‘Bookies’ sends 2 persons to jail

September 25, 2020

first_imgILOILO City – Two bet collectors for theillegal numbers game “bookies” were caught on Isnart Street, City Proper. Gloria Villanueva, 47, of Barangay DelaRama, City Proper and Jenelyn Deceda, 50, of Barangay Tanza Esperanza, CityProper were arrested around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, a police report showed. Recovered from their possession wereP150.51 bet money and gambling paraphernalia.center_img Detained in the custodial facility of PoliceStation 1, the suspects facecharges for violation of Presidential Decree 1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegalgambling./PNlast_img read more

Lisa Conley

September 24, 2020

first_imgLisa A. Conley, 53, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away January 24, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.She was born April 11, 1964 in Dearborn County, Indiana, daughter of the late Jackie Jackson and Betty Jackson.Lisa worked as a Home Health Aid for New Horizons Rehab. Center, with over 19 years of service.She was a member of the Dearborn County Jaycees. She volunteered for Keep Aurora Beautiful. Lisa was an avid reader and enjoyed writing poems. She loved playing with her grandkids, swimming, and she loved her dog “Mork”.Surviving are daughters, Amber Conley of Harrison, OH, Jenna (Charles) Jeffers of Aurora, IN, Bryeanna (Brad) Spurlock of Aurora, IN; Sister, Debra (Brad) Morris of Aurora, IN; Brother, Dickie Jackson of Greendale, IN; grandchildren, John Conley, Draven and Jaylon Spurlock, Alexis and Nathan Jeffers.She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Pegan O’Conner, and granddaughters, Jocelyn & Shaylyn Spurlock.Friends will be received for a memorial visitation on Sunday, February 4, 2018, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to defray Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Dubs maintain winning start

September 21, 2020

first_imgDublin made it three wins from three outings with a 2-14 to 0-16 defeat of Mayo at Croke Park. Bernard Brogan inspired the Dubs with a breathtaking attacking display which saw him hit a 1-10 tally. He grabbed a 32nd-minute goal to help Jim Gavin’s men to a 1-8 to 0-8 interval lead, but Jason Doherty and Lee Keegan helped drag Mayo back into contention. Press Associationcenter_img Mayo goalkeeper Kenneth O’Malley saved a penalty from his opposite number Stephen Cluxton, and it looked as if the westerners could claim a significant victory, until substitute Kevin McManamon drilled home Dublin’s second goal. The Metropolitan’s evening was soured by the straight red card dismissal of Ger Brennan in the second half, however. In Division Two, Laois and Louth finished level on 1-17 to 2-14 at Portlaoise. John O’Loughlin gave Laois the edge with a goal, but goals from Andy McDonnell and Kevin Rogers gave the Wee County a point. Jamie Clarke made his first apperance of the season for Armagh and inspired his side to a 3-8 to 1-9 win over Longford. Clarke scored a goal and set up two more for Stefan Forker and Tony Kernan at the Athletic Grounds, where Francis McGee scored both Longford’s goals. last_img read more