SMC students fight Alzheimer’s

first_imgSaint Mary’s College hosted its third annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday and teamed up with local colleges and the South Bend community to raise nearly $18,000 to find a cure for the disease. For some Saint Mary’s students, like junior Katie James, the event was personal. “I participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in remembrance of my grandmother, who suffered from the disease for over 10 years,” she said. “To truly make it a commemorative day, I wore red lipstick and munched on fruit snacks — two things my grandmother always seemed to have handy in her purse.” The one-mile walk, which was hosted by Saint Mary’s Office for Civil and Social Engagement (OCSE), raised $17,842 in donations for the organization, which will be used to fund the research for a cure, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Junior Kelly Roepke, OCSE’s student director and coordinator of the walk, said the walke was a great opportunity for Saint Mary’s to come together as a community. “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of my favorite [campus] events — it’s about uniting as a community to remember the loved ones we’ve lost to the disease and to come together in hopes of eliminating it in the future,” she said. Roepke also had a grandmother affected by the disease and said it was inspiring to see take action with her College community. “Witnessing the onset and development of Alzheimer’s as it affected my grandmother was heartbreaking, so to come together and take action as a SMC and South Bend community has been empowering,” she said. Registration for the event began promptly at 11 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. outside of Dalloway’s Coffeehouse. The walk began at noon. Participants included students from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Holy Cross College and people from the surrounding South Bend community. Each participant that raised $100 or more was given a Memory Walk T-shirt. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s began in 1989. Since then, the walks have been raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and money to fund the search for a cure. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the country, according to the Association’s website.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts ‘Little Sibs Weekend’

first_imgThis weekend, the younger siblings of Saint Mary’s students got the chance to experience college life with their older sisters, bonding over karaoke and t-shirt tie-dying at the annual “Little Sibs Weekend,” hosted by the Residence Hall Association.Little Sibs Weekend chairperson and sophomore Alayna Frauhiger said the weekend aims to give students an opportunity to share their new home with their siblings of all ages.“We tried our best to include activities, events and movies for all age groups, but most were directed towards the younger age group,” Frauhinger said.The event kicked off Friday evening in Angela Athletic Facility with gym events and a photo booth, Frauhiger said. Numerous events took place throughout the day Saturday, including craft tables, movie showings of “Finding Nemo” and of “The Hunger Games” and cookie decorating.“Overall, I think the Friday night fun event was a popular event for all siblings to get acclimated and settle into campus,” Frauhiger said. “Also, on Saturday, the siblings loved tie-dyeing their t-shirts that they received over the weekend.”First year Megan Carswell said she and her two sisters enjoyed the scavenger hunt. For the hunt, the girls were instructed to walk around campus with a list of photo challenges, such as taking a picture near a squirrel or on the Avenue, Carswell said.“We walked around campus with some other girls and their siblings and took a bunch of photos,” Carswell said. “It was fun seeing my friends’ siblings interact with mine. My four and 13-year-old sisters traveled from New York to participate in this weekend and enjoyed every moment.”First year Emma-Kate Conlin said she and her sister played trivia and painted their nails at home, but having the opportunity to replicate those activities in the atmosphere of Le Mans was special.“I loved showing [my sister] places on campus she had never seen before,” Conlin said. “She enjoyed seeing what college life was like, meeting my friends and all the options in the dining hall.”Conlin said Little Sibs Weekend was significant because it gave younger siblings a chance to see what their older siblings do once they leave home and because it allowed college students to share weekend traditions, such as quarter dogs at LaFortune Student Center at Notre Dame, with their siblings.Months of planning culminated in a wonderful event, Frauhiger said.“[The] committee and I started planning back in September for the weekend and still were planning up to [last] week,” Frauhiger said. “Overall, the weekend went very well, and great memories were made for all girls.”Tags: Little Sibslast_img read more

Forecast in ’96 Food Prices

first_imgWhile farmers wait to learn what and how much they can plant under whatever programsWashington finally adopts, some consumers worry. How will the drawn-out farm bill battleaffect their grocery bills?”We don’t see the delayed farm bill as having a significant effect on groceryprices in 1996,” said Bill Thomas, an economist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service.”In the short run, I see world markets having much more effect on prices thandomestic farm policy,” he said.Thomas expects many grocery prices to rise 2 percent to 4 percent in 1996. “That’sabout the same rate as inflation,” he said, “so consumers shouldn’t see much ofa net change.”Potential price hikes vary by commodity, he said, with several interesting twists.Fresh fruits and vegetables should remain plentiful, but their prices will increase themost — 6 percent to 8 percent.Fresh produce isn’t supported by government programs, so the higher retail prices thisyear are due mostly to export demand. World markets demand large quantities of U.S.produce, since the quality is very high.”U.S. growers export about 25 percent of their fruit and vegetable crops,”Thomas said. “World demand that strong means U.S. consumers will have to pay more toget the same high-quality produce.”The North American Free Trade Agreement had some effect on produce markets. Thomas saidthe United States imports many of the same items it exports, but during different times ofthe year.During the winter we may import produce from Mexico, he said. But southern U.S. farmersprovide produce for U.S. and world markets over a long growing season.Prices of other commodities may change less, he said. As consumers, we know the priceof staples — the items we buy every week. So we’re more aware of changes of those itemsand wonder why the price fluctuates every week.Some people don’t pay attention to fairly minor fluctuations, thinking, if they needmilk or ground beef, they need it at almost any price.A government support program can affect prices of items not directly covered by theprogram, Thomas said. For instance, grain prices kept artificially stable have kept beefand pork prices more stable.Farmers feed corn and other grains to livestock that eventually are sold at grocerystores. As feed-grain prices rise or fall, so do meat prices.As consumers buy more prepared foods to make meals easier and quicker, they may notrealize that for many items, only about 10 cents of every dollar of cost is actually forfood.”The rest is preparation, labor, packaging, safety inspections, transportation andother related costs,” Thomas said.Basic foods may contain even less food cost than that. A regular loaf of plain bread,Thomas said, may contain only three to four cents’ worth of wheat per dollar of retailcost.”So even if grain prices increase fairly dramatically this year,” he said,”retail prices of such items won’t increase much.”Still, Thomas said U.S. consumers spend less of their budget on food than those of anyother country: 7.8 percent on average, compared to almost 20 percent in Japan, which hasroughly the same overall economic picture. Former Soviet countries spend around 30percent, and in India shoppers must fork out 68 percent of their household dollars forfood.”Even though our percentage is lower, we still spend more actual dollars onfood,” he said. A family in India may spend the equivalent of $500 a year on food,while an American family may spend that much in a month.The American system of food delivery and availability, Thomas said, is geared almosttotally to satisfying consumer demand.”Transportation or weather affects short-term prices more than almostanything,” he said. “Those changes are usually temporary and the pricestabilizes quickly.”last_img read more

Starting Small

first_imgBackyard gardeners thinking of turning their hobby into a business should start small, according to University of Georgia consumer horticulturist Bob Westerfield.Westerfield has advised home gardeners across the state for more than 25 years – first as a UGA Extension agent and for the past 20 years as Extension’s home gardening expert. He manages research gardening plots on the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ campus in Griffin in order to study the pests and diseases that home gardeners tackle. He and his wife, Carmen, grow vegetables for their own use and to sell through co-ops and online markets in Pike County in addition to growing blueberries in south Georgia.Westerfield advises gardeners who want to sell their produce to begin small. “Think small to begin with, unless you have a lot of help and equipment,” he said. “I recommend a quarter- or half-an-acre plot.”Planting, maintaining and harvesting a garden take time. Determine how much time you have to devote to a garden before you plant a big plot, he said.“You have to pick okra and squash every day. It takes a non-stop commitment,” Westerfield said. “You have to have time to do it. It can work you to death if you’ve never done it before.”In addition to time, resources are a must when caring for a garden of any size.“Smaller gardens may get by with just shovels and hoes, but for large plots of okra and corn you need some equipment to help you. Tillers, small tractors, a small hobby farm tractor—we’re talking thousands of dollars in equipment,” Westerfield said.Even with small-scale equipment, someone has to tend the garden, pull weeds and pick vegetables at harvest time. “Everyone loves working in the garden in May, but not in July and August. I hire summer helpers, and it’s hard to find folks to work in a garden in August,” Westerfield said.Access to water is essential for success no matter the size of the garden plot. The cost of water has to be worked into the small business budget. Using public water will result in a higher water bill, and a well costs about $5,000, he said. Buying transplants can also be expensive. Westerfield recommends gardeners grow transplants from seed. “It’s hard to make a living if you don’t grow your own. It’s going to get really expensive if you don’t grow them yourself,” he said.Just like other businesses, a small farm business needs a business license. “In most cases for a roadside stand, you need a business license. If you are selling processed foods, like pickled okra or jellies, you need a cottage food license,” Westerfield said.Organic vegetables are a niche market, but Westerfield warns small farmers not to label their produce as such. “If you are you are selling vegetables, your farm has to be inspected on the national level to get organic certification,” he said.Pick-your-own farms should have liability insurance to cover accidents and taxes must be paid on any income made from small gardens, he said. Like all businesses, a small farm business needs customers. Westerfield recommends small farmers sell their produce through online farmers markets and local farmers markets, to friends and relatives and, if supplies are large enough, to school systems. Westerfield also recommends small farmers look for specialty or niche markets. “Offer unique crops like asparagus, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, colorful lettuce, Italian and hot peppers, and herbs,” he said. Small farm owners have to balance the costs to determine if a profit can be made. “If you sell three tomatoes for $2.50, but you bought an $80,000 tractor, you should be charging $150 for those tomatoes to break even,” he said.last_img read more

Democracy activist Joshua Wong says world must ‘stand with Hong Kong’

first_imgTopics : The world must stand in solidarity with Hong Kongers after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the semi-autonomous city, activist Joshua Wong said Monday, vowing to continue campaigning for democracy.Wong, one of the city’s most prominent young activists, was speaking outside a court where he and fellow campaigners were being prosecuted for involvement in civil unrest, which rocked Hong Kong last year.China enacted the security law for the restless city last week, banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Party disbanded, books removed Wong steered clear of any mention of sanctions in his remarks on Monday, instead sticking to more general comments about not turning a blind eye to what is happening in Hong Kong.”We also encourage the global community to let our voice be heard around the world,” he said.The national security law, imposed on Tuesday, is the most radical shift in how Hong Kong is run since it was handed back to China by Britain in 1997.Under the handover deal, Beijing promised Hong Kong could keep key civil liberties, as well as judicial and legislative autonomy, for 50 years.The new law has changed that landscape.It empowers China’s security agents to operate openly in the city, toppling the legal firewall that has existed between the mainland’s party-controlled courts and Hong Kong’s independent judiciary.Beijing has also said it will have jurisdiction over especially “serious” prosecutions.China says the powers will restore stability after a year of pro-democracy protests, will not stifle freedoms, and will only target a “very small minority”.But police have arrested people for possessing anything carrying slogans pushing independence or greater autonomy, and businesses have scrambled to scrub protest displays.Over the weekend, public libraries removed a number of books written by dissidents, including a title by Wong, to review whether they complied with the new law.Wong’s political party Demosisto announced it was disbanding last Tuesday. Its co-founder Nathan Law, another prominent former student leader, announced two days later that he had fled Hong Kong.Wong has remained in the city, where he faces ongoing prosecutions over last year’s protests.On Monday, he was in court alongside Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam to face three unlawful assembly charges.Wong previously served jail time for his involvement in protests in 2014. Wong — who began campaigning for democracy when he was just 12 — is often vilified by China’s state media as a “black hand” conspiring with foreign forces to undermine the nation.Beijing has been incensed by Wong and others meeting Western politicians and supporting sanctions in response to China’s tightening control over the city.The new security law specifically outlaws lobbying for sanctions. The law has sent a wave of fear through the city, and criminalized certain opinions such as calls for independence or autonomy.At his court appearance on Tuesday, Wong, 23, remained unbowed.”We still have to let the world know that now is the time to stand with Hong Kong,” he told reporters, adding that China could not “ignore and silence the voice of Hong Kong people”.”With the belief of Hong Kong people to fight for freedom, we will never give up and surrender to Beijing.”last_img read more

Diego Simeone contacts Lucas Torreira as Atletico Madrid target loan deal with Arsenal

first_imgLucas Torreira has been left out of Arsenal’s last two Premier League games (Getty)Arsenal have already offered Matteo Guendouzi and Alexandre Lacazette as part of a deal which would see Partey move to the Emirates Stadium.But Atletico have turned down Arsenal’s bids this summer and are requesting that the Gunners meet Partey’s €50 million (£45.5m) release clause.AS report that Arsenal have not yet proposed a swap deal involving Torreira and Partey.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMeanwhile, Torino have ruled themselves out of the running to sign Torreira, despite Giampaolo being keen to work with the midfielder again.‘The coach has had time to evaluate the squad at his disposal, we are content with what [Tomas] Rincon is doing, so a midfielder in that role is no longer necessarily a priority for us,’ Torino’s director, Davide Vagnati, told Sky Sport Italia on Sunday.‘We discussed the new technical and tactical project, he is happy with the players and there is still time to the end of the transfer window, so we’ll see what happens then.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Diego Simeone contacts Lucas Torreira as Atletico Madrid target loan deal with Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 21 Sep 2020 8:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.3kShares Comment Diego Simeone has reportedly spoken to Lucas Torreira about a move to Atletico Madrid (Getty)Diego Simeone has spoken directly with Lucas Torreira as Atletico Madrid plan to sign the midfielder on loan from Arsenal, according to reports in Spain.Arsenal are looking to complete further sales before the end of the transfer window in order to fund moves for Atletico’s Thomas Partey and Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.The Gunners are open to offloading Torreira with the Uruguay international attracting interest from Fiorentina and Torino, whose head coach, Marco Giampaolo, worked with the midfielder at Sampdoria.But according to AS, Atletico are also interested and have now opened talks with Arsenal to discuss a deal for Torreira.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that Atletico initially want to sign Torreira on loan, while Simeone has personally contacted the midfielder on several occasions in order to persuade him to move to Spain.Torreira is currently out of favour at Arsenal as he has failed to make Mikel Arteta’s matchday squad for the first two Premier League games of the new season.last_img read more

Waterfront home with exclusive river access

first_imgInside 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.The architecturally designed home is set over three levels on a 1,087sq m waterfront block. Mr Ward said the home had to feel open and spacious to allow for light and ventilation. “We wanted total natural light from sun-up to sundown,” he said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The master suite at 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.“And full access to the children – that’s why there’s such a big void throughout the levels of the home. Inside 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.Other features include the in-ground swimming pool and poolside deck, media room, gym room, wine cellar and private jetty and pontoon. 61 Gillian St, Norman ParkDesigned with uncompromising quality, 61 Gillian St, Norman Park is a luxurious inner-city home. A bird’s eye view of 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.“We wanted to have constant contact with them, no matter where they were in the house.”The impressive home has five bedrooms, including a master suite with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, four bathrooms and two-car garage, indoor kitchen plus an additional outdoor kitchen for entertaining. The home at 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.Mr Ward said the family had enjoyed making use of the property’s waterfront position.“It’s so handy having water access,” Mr Ward said.“Our boys ride their tinnies to and from school. The home at 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.Owners Austin and Angela Ward said it was the size and position of the land that prompted them to buy the former Fleming Boat Building Yard 13 years ago, and build their dream home. Direct water access from 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.“We also have a house over on Moreton Island, and we just jump on the boat from our backyard and off we go.”Mr Ward said his favourite part of the house was the rear deck overlooking the water.“We’re surrounded by mangroves, so the home is very private and peaceful. “It feels like your own resort, like you’re somewhere remote.“It’s like an inner-city getaway.”last_img read more

Merchant Navy scheme pioneers wellbeing webinars for members

first_imgThe Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund (MNOPF) is running wellbeing webinars aimed at helping retired members through the COVID-19 pandemic and global lockdowns by improving their physical and mental health.The defined benefit (DB) scheme has 25,000 members and some 350 participating employers.The live webinars, provided by Wellbeing People, are being run as 13 weekly sessions, which include topics such as coping with social distancing and self-isolation, resilience and mental fitness, nutrients versus calories, and easy exercise routines.E-mails were sent to 13,000 members for whom the scheme has e-mail addresses – largely in the UK, but also spread throughout the world. The messages invited them to sign up to the webinar series, and achieved a 68% opening rate – a “phenomenal response”, according to the pension fund. Rory Murphy, chair of MNOPFMurphy added: “The main tips for our members are, first, do not take dramatic action as a result of COVID-19, be aware of scams. Second, our fund is doing well and there is no need to worry. Thirdly, look after your wellbeing.”The scheme considers that the cost per head of those participating provides very good value.Murphy said he would like to see every pension fund following the MNOPF’s lead in providing wellbeing support for members.He said: “I want to see our members live as long and as healthily as they can, enjoying the fruits of their labours. As a pension fund, we have a part to play in that, because it is a people business and our members trust us.”Murphy said he would like to take the member support concept further, for example, by using MNOPF’s bulk-buying ability to provide discounts on financial products such as home and motor insurance.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. At least 430 members have tuned in to each of the first two webinars, with an additional 730 viewing them afterwards. This proves there is a need for the service, according to Rory Murphy, chair of MNOPF, who also believes the programme is unique in the pensions industry.The idea originated with Murphy, whose trade union background had encouraged him to believe that pension funds should do more for their members than simply pay out a retirement income.Murphy said, “Our members are going to suffer during lockdown, physically and mentally. Retirees are not always able to cope with lockdown because they can’t go out and pursue their leisure interests.”Webinars are accessed by a simple link and each lasts one hour. Members can ask questions during each session via a chat function, and the most popular topics are answered later on the scheme’s website, which contains a video recording of the session.The members’ section on the pension fund website also contains the latest news relating to the MNOPF.last_img read more

DAYLIGHT MURDERS | 2 shot to death in Jaro, La Paz; Treñas orders probe,…

first_imgAccording to Police Captain EduardSiacon, Jaro police chief, Muller was attacked just minutes after emerging fromhis house. Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered the ICPO toconduct an investigation and set up checkpoints. In Aug. 16, 2019 Muller’s youngerbrother who was also a call center agent and drug surrenderer was shot byriding-in-tandem gunmen in Barangay Taft North, Mandurriao district. This casehas remained unsolved. He said Police Colonel MartinDefensor, the city police director, assured him that the ICPO was “on top ofthe situation.” A week before yesterday’s shooting,Jaro policemen visited Muller’s house and tried to coax him into undergoingdrug rehabilitation but he refused citing his tight work schedule. In the case of Britanico, his familytold the police they believed the killing was business-related. Muller was peppered with bulletsoutside his house by two masked men who alighted from a silver-painted car ataround 12:05 p.m. while a motorcycle-driving Britanico was ambushed by gunmenwho were in a black van at around 12:30 p.m. although there were initialreports that the gunmen were riding in tandem on a motorcycle. SHOT DEAD. A woman comes to the aid of call center agent Alain Muller who falls to the ground after being shot by masked men in Barangay Cuartero, Jaro, Iloilo City a little past noon on Jan. 19, 2020. Muller, a drug suspect, died. PHOTO BY JOMARIE HIMALAYA It appeared, he said, that the gunmenprepared for the strike and knew exactly when Muller was emerging from hishouse. The first shooting took place in Barangay Cuartero, Jaro a little past noon while the one in La Paz happened in Barangay Nabitasan at around 12:30 p.m. Britanico was taken to the MedicusMedical Center in Mandurriao district where he was declared dead./PN ILOILO City – As the city prepares forthe Dinagyang Festival, two men were shot to death just minutes apart in thedistricts of Jaro and La Paz past noon yesterday. The Iloilo City Police Office(ICPO) played down the broad daylight killings as “isolated incidents.” It was possible Muller went out of thehouse because he was meeting someone, added Siacon. Muller was brought to the WesternVisayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district where he died. The younger Muller was in the watchlist of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council of Cuartero as a drug user. Heturned himself in to the police in 2017 but did not undergo rehabilitation. “Information reached us that Mullerwas engaged in the illegal drug trade,” said Siacon. The victim in the Jaro shooting was42-year-old call center agent and drug surrenderer Alain Muller of BarangayCuartero while the victim in the La Paz shooting was 37-year-old businessmanDelfin Britanico of Mirasol Subdivision, La Paz. It was initially speculated that theshooting was a result of a traffic altercation with a black van. Britanico had a quarry business inAklan province, according to ICPO’s Colonel Defensor. CRIME SCENE. A police officer secures the spot where motorcycle-driving businessman Delfin Britanico was ambushed in Barangay Nabitasan, La Paz, Iloilo City on Jan. 19. 2020. The victim’s family believes the attack is business-related, according to the Iloilo City Police Office. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Hinalilang nag abot ang salakyan pila pa lang ka minutos nga nag gwa ang biktima,” said Siacon.last_img read more

Labor Department Awards $10.2 Million To Fight Tax Cheats

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $500,000 to Indiana as part of a nationwide program aimed to improve worker misclassification detection and enforcement initiatives in unemployment insurance programs.In total, $10,225,183 was awarded to 19 states.“This is one of many actions the department is taking to help level the playing field for employers while ensuring workers receive appropriate rights and protections,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Today’s federal grant awards will enhance states’ ability to detect incidents of worker misclassification and protect the integrity of state unemployment insurance trust funds.”The funds will be used to increase the ability of state tax programs to identify instances where employers improperly classify employees as independent contractors or fail to report the wages paid to workers at all. The states that were selected to receive these grants will use the funds for a variety of improvements and initiatives, including enhancing employer audit programs and conducting employer education initiatives.Under an innovative, “high-performance bonus” program, four states will receive a share of $2 million in additional grant funds due to their high performance or most improved performance in detecting incidents of worker misclassification. The remaining $8,225,183 was distributed to 19 states in competitive grants.The maximum grant available under the competitive grant award process was $500,000.last_img read more