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first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Diego Arias Students line up at the starting line to compete against football players in a 40 yard dash. The race was one of many events on Notre Dame Day.Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, after the conclusion of the fourth annual Notre Dame Day — a 29 hour and 26 minute live broadcast that was watched by three million people — Pablo Martinez, class of 2011 graduate and program director for Notre Dame Day, and his team left the LaFortune Student Center.The event was a huge success, Martinez said. Notre Dame fans around the world contributed over 25,000 gifts, totaling $2,175,436 as of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. This year, of the over 850 groups who participated, the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund — a non-profit organization that funds medical research projects that strive to find a cure for Niemann Pick Type-C Disease — received the most votes from donors.Martinez attributed the organizations he was involved in during his time as a student at Notre Dame as part of the reason he is now involved in Notre Dame Day.“When I was approached to lead Notre Dame Day, I said definitely because [of my experiences as an] undergrad,” he said.“ … I know that formed me and I am very grateful for that.”According to Martinez, Notre Dame Day is often misconceived as simply a fundraising event, when it is much more. Donors are able to have a direct and substantial impact on Notre Dame students.“We aren’t asking alumni to make substantially large donations, just to be a part of the day … the day is based a lot on equity, getting people to participate, and getting people to watch the broadcast,” he said.Notre Dame day functions as a place for the campus community to showcase its accomplishments to the external Notre Dame community, Martinez said.“That added funding, those added resources … really helps the students take their experiences while they’re here on campus to another level — that’s why we do it,” he said. “ … one of the things we did do a better job of is making sure the student body feels ownership and they can make this day what they would like to make it.”One of the ways they did this was through the creation of a student advising committee and a Snapchat filter, Martinez said.In addition, to encourage student participation on the day itself, the team added two of what turned out to be some of the most popular events of the broadcast — The Fighting Irish 40-Yard Dash and a performance by two actors from the Chicago cast of “Hamilton,” Ari Afsar and Joseph Morales.Martinez said until Saturday night, due to a contractual restriction from performing Hamilton songs on a non-Hamilton stage, the two performers were just going to sing unaffiliated songs in Lafortune for the live broadcast. However, due to relentless requests from the Notre Dame Day the Hamilton executives allowed a few notes of “My Shot” to be as well as a rendition of “Dear Theodosia,” with Afsar playing the part of Aaron Burr.“I think there was something about the performance of Hamilton in relation to the rest of the broadcast that was so cool, so different that almost made you feel like you changed channels and you weren’t streaming it from LaFortune, you were watching an episode of ‘The Voice’” Martinez said.Martinez said getting more people than ever to watch and participate would not have been possible without his team, or their partnerships with the alumni association, student affairs, director of club sports and every college.“I’m glad I got everyone at the table at the right time and to see themselves enjoy themselves at the table,” he saidThe final monetary count, as well as the official order on the leaderboard, should be available in around a week, following audits, Martinez said.“We just need to make sure that all the transactions were made appropriately, correctly, making sure the number of votes, everything, was fair,” he said.Martinez attributed this year’s success to a wider audience reach via Facebook live, increased student participation and overall, the fact people want to be a part of something and help people accomplish goals.Notre Dame Day is a process that takes 364 days, and preparation for Notre Dame Day 2018 has already begun, with Martinez looking forward to the possibility of a location change to the new Camps Crossroads project.“Starting today, if we hear a good story that we want to include in Notre Dame Day 2018, we’ll log it,” Martinez said. “Come February and March we’ll start thinking about how we can produce it … the model of Notre Dame Day is that we tell ND stories, and no one can tell a story than the person who lived it first hand. So for me, it’s just a matter of making sure that people understand the value there is in Notre Dame Day and participating in it.”Tags: Hamilton Chicago, Notre Dame Day 2017, Pablo Martinezlast_img read more


first_imgThe February 2011 RE/MAX Housing Report indicates that New Hampshire was the only New England state to show an increase in month-over-month increase in sales, while Vermont was the only state to show year-over-year increase in sales for the month. RE/MAX stated that tighter credit standards and unfavorable weather conditions resulted in a decrease in home sales for the region in February. Overall sales declined -13.8 percent month-over-month in New England, led by Massachusetts, while prices declined overall by -2.6 percent.New Hampshire was the only state to see an uptick in sales month-over-month, and Rhode Island was the only state to experience an increase in median price during the same period.In Vermont, however, there were 243 homes sold in February 2011, a 12.5 percent increase from the 216 homes sold the same time last year. RE/MAX of New England predicts that with expected inventory increases, Vermont should experience a positive spring market. Source: RE/MAX of New England. 3.16.2011last_img read more


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Consolidated Edison Inc., or Con Edison, said Thursday it has entered into an agreement to acquire a unit of Sempra Energy that holds 981 MW of operating renewable power plants in the US.The transaction was agreed at a purchase price of USD 1.54 billion (EUR 1.31bn), which takes into consideration USD 576 million of existing project debt. It is expected to close near the end of 2018, subject to receiving certain nods, including from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the US Department of Energy.In addition to assets that are fully owned by Sempra, the deal involves its 379-MW share of projects that the company owns jointly with Con Edison subsidiaries. It also concerns some development rights for additional solar and energy storage projects. Together, these assets are seen to increase Con Edison’s own utility-scale renewables to about 2,600 MW.“With completion of this acquisition, we expect to be the second largest owner of solar electric production projects in North America,” commented John McAvoy, chairman and CEO of Con Edison.The newly-purchased assets are located in Nevada, Arizona, California and Nebraska — states in which Con Edison already has projects — and in some cases adjacent to existing Con Edison developments. This creates opportunities for value-enhancing synergies, noted Mark Noyes, president and CEO of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses Inc.More: Con Edison strikes USD-1.54bn deal to buy renewables from Sempra Con Ed buys Sempra solar assets for $1.5 billionlast_img read more


first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You’ve invested massive amounts of time and energy into developing an ethical, member-centric sales and service culture. What steps should you be taking to ensure your staff stays true to your vision and core values?As news coverage of unscrupulous behavior rocks the financial services world, it’s an opportune time for credit unions to re-examine their communication, goal-setting and incentive strategies, oversight capabilities, and performance management.Three members of the CUNA Creating Member Loyalty™ team—Angela Prestil, Carla Schrinner, and Jayne Hitman—along with Denny Graham, president/CEO of FI Strategies, weigh in with advice on developing and maintaining a strong, positive culture in your credit union, designing an incentive program that prioritizes members’ best interests, and the value of earning your members’ trust. continue reading »last_img read more


first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release Washington, D.C. – Governor Tom Wolf’s Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller testified today before the U.S. House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the immediate need for stability from the federal government to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and improve affordability and competition for consumers in individual market plans. Commissioner Miller joined health care industry experts to discuss plans that would actually improve the market as the U.S. Senate voted to open debate on a bill to end the ACA.“Commissioner Miller is the exact person with the knowledge and experience to convey the importance of maintaining and stabilizing the Affordable Care Act to help all Americans – not only Pennsylvanians – continue to access affordable, comprehensive health insurance,” Governor Wolf said.Commissioner Miller expressed serious concerns surrounding proposals put forth by both chambers of Congress, as well as the legislative process used to craft these bills.“I believe we need to build upon the foundation of the health care system we have and make targeted, common sense changes that will improve the ACA and make it work better for the people it is not working perfectly for today,” said Commissioner Miller. “Starting over, or even moving backwards as I believe the proposals we’ve seen from the House and Senate will do, will not better serve Pennsylvanians or Americans throughout the nation.”Millions of Pennsylvanians have benefited from the ACA’s ban on annual and lifetime limits and expanded access to free preventive care services, and the 5.4 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions – half of Pennsylvanians under age 65 – can no longer be denied coverage or charged higher premiums due to their medical history. Additionally, more than 175,000 Pennsylvanians have been able to access substance use disorder treatment services through their exchange and Medicaid expansion coverage, which is critical to helping individuals impacted by the opioid crisis.In April, Commissioner Miller co-signed, with executives representing each of the five health insurers selling on Pennsylvania’s exchange, a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price that echoed the need for stability and predictability to continue the progress the market has made by funding payments to insurers for cost-sharing reductions. She reiterated this urgent need to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma in a response to her request for information regarding market stabilization.“Yet here we are, roughly a month out from when states need to send final rates for 2018 to HHS, and the Trump Administration still refuses to make anything longer than a month-to-month commitment on these payments. I cannot stress enough how difficult this uncertainty is on our insurers,” said Commissioner Miller. “These payments have a significant impact on insurer’s rates, and failing to make a long-term commitment will do nothing but drive up prices for consumers in the market. This will especially hurt the 1 to 2 percent who do not receive subsidies – if their company stays in the market at all – as those who do receive subsidies would be shielded from most of the increases. The closer we get to rates being due, the more critical this need for certainty becomes.”Commissioner Miller also highlighted stricter enforcement of the individual mandate, funding a reinsurance program, and moderating the growth of health care costs long-term as methods to mitigate premium increases moving forward.“In the long-term, it is imperative that we begin to look for ways to moderate the growth of health care costs to ensure our health care system is sustainable and will meet the needs of those that need it now as well as those that will need to rely on it in the future,” said Commissioner Miller. “I am hopeful that we can move away from drastic proposals that would jeopardize the health and financial security of millions of Americans, and focus on solving real problems with common sense solutions like these.”A video of the hearing is available www.facebook.com/HouseDemocrats/. Wolf Administration Insurance Commissioner Testifies Before U.S. House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on Immediate Need for Stability to Strengthen Affordable Care Actcenter_img July 25, 2017last_img read more


first_img“Oil price movements will have less of an impact on renewables than many fear due to the longevity of climate change as an investment driver relative to the short-term fluctuations in commodity prices,” S&P said.It noted that many green bond proceeds were used not only for renewable energy projects but to tackle pollution, and fund housing and water projects unaffected by commodity-price volatility.The rating agency’s report argued that market growth would come from corporate and municipal green bond issuance but said the Chinese market’s embrace of the concept would be a “game changer”.It said there were several reasons China would have an interest in growing the diversity of the local bond market – including the government’s stated aim of reducing carbon emissions.But it added that green bonds could be a means of encouraging Chinese companies to issue debt, thus relieving the credit risk concentrated within the country’s banking system.Its prediction came the same day as the Climate Bonds Initiative and the International Institute for Sustainable Development launched a report in Beijing to promote the growth of green bonds in China by setting up a green bond market development committee to review market standards, among other things.The promotion of such standards, either through the private or public sector, is allowing green bonds to “take root”, according to S&P, although it added that the onus of ensuring individual bonds are compliant is still on investors.The European Commission recently indicated it would support market solutions over new regulation for green bonds as it seeks to establish the Capital Markets Union.Jonathan Hill, commissioner for financial stability, told IPE new legislation would not always be the most effective or proportionate approach.“In many cases, the onus will be on the market to deliver solutions,” he said. The recent decline in oil prices is unlikely to harm the green bond market due to the longevity of climate change as an investment topic, Standard & Poor’s has predicted.According to the rating agency, 2015 would be a test for the viability and durability of the green bond concept due to changes to energy markets.The report, ‘Corporate bond market shows its green shoots’, questioned whether recent market growth had in fact been the result of “exceptionally benign” capital markets conditions.But it concluded that the market would continue to grow despite falling oil prices.last_img read more


first_imgAccording to the AODP’s analysis, insurers lag behind pension funds when it comes to climate risk management, engagement and low-carbon investment.Julian Poulter, chief executive at AODP, said climate change posed “a double threat” to the insurance industry.“Insurers face mounting costs from claims relating to the impacts of climate change, and the investment portfolios that enable them to meet those claims are exposed to climate risks as the transition to a low-carbon economy accelerates,” he said.The AODP said there was a risk of “systemic failure”, with potential catastrophic effects on the wider economy given “the relatively few insurers currently taking action” on climate risk. In the not-for-profit organisation’s recent Global Climate 500 Index, 26 pension funds were rated A+ on managing climate risk but only one insurer, the UK’s Aviva.The next highest rated insurers were France’s AXA, rated BBB, and Germany’s Allianz, rated B.The AODP said that, across the index, one in eight insurers were taking tangible action to manage climate risk in their portfolios, compared with one in four pension funds.However, more insurers than pension funds recognise climate risk as an issue, and there are big regional differences, the AODP added.“European insurers are setting the standard when it comes to managing the risks of climate change in their investments,” it said.Nearly one in four insurers in the EMEA* region, with 41% of regional insurance assets, are taking tangible action on climate risk. Half recognise climate risk but are taking little action, according to the AODP. One-quarter of European insurers “do nothing”, providing no evidence of addressing the issue.Overall, the AODP considers that insurers are exposed more to climate risk than pension funds because a greater proportion of the former’s investments are in fixed income.This, according to the AODP, means they are dependent on rating agencies, “who are only starting to reassess this risk”.*One of the insurers in this region in AODP’s analysis is in South Africa, the others are European European insurance companies lead the industry when it comes to tackling climate risk in investments, although, overall, the insurance industry lags “way behind” pension funds on this, according to the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP).It came to this view on the basis of its annual index rating the world’s 500 largest asset owners on how they tackle climate risk in their portfolios, and a special study that compared insurers with pension funds.Specifically, this insurance sector analysis compared 116 insurers, with $15.3trn (€13.9trn) of assets under management, (AUM) with 324 pension funds with $15.9trn of investments.This comparison covered 80% of the $38trn of assets covered by the AODP’s annual index of the top 500 asset owners globally.last_img read more


first_img Sharing is caring! 35 Views   no discussions InternationalLifestyleNews WHO Moves To Update COVID-19 Guidance After ‘Great News’ In Drug Study by: – June 17, 2020 Share Tweet Share “But some experts have warned of the drug not only reducing the inflammatory response in patients, but also the immune system and may trigger side effects. KCDC is discussing the use of it for COVID-19 patients.”(Reuters)center_img The positive news comes as coronavirus infections accelerated in some places including the United States and as Beijing cancelled scores of flights to help contain a fresh outbreak in China’s capital.“This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement late on Tuesday. The agency said it was looking forward to the full data analysis of the study in coming days.“WHO will coordinate a meta-analysis to increase our overall understanding of this intervention. WHO clinical guidance will be updated to reflect how and when the drug should be used in COVID-19,” the agency added.But South Korea’s top health official cautioned about the use of the drug for COVID-19 patients. The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was moving to update its guidelines on treating people stricken with COVID-19 to reflect results of a clinical trial that showed a cheap, common steroid can help save critically ill patients.Trial results announced on Tuesday showed dexamethasone, used since the 1960s to reduce inflammation in diseases such as arthritis, cut death rates by around a third among the most severely ill COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital.The WHO’s clinical guidance for treating patients infected with the new coronavirus is aimed at doctors and other medical professionals and seeks to use the latest data to inform clinicians on how best to tackle all phases of the disease, from screening to discharge.Although the dexamethasone study’s results are preliminary, the researchers behind the project said it suggests the drug should immediately become standard care in severely stricken patients.For patients on ventilators, the treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one fifth, according to preliminary findings shared with WHO. The benefit was only seen in patients seriously ill with COVID-19 and was not observed in patients with milder disease. “(It) has already long been used in South Korean hospitals to treat patients with different inflammation,” Jeong Eun-kyeong, head of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Sharelast_img read more


first_img Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement in reaction to the Sept. 27 to 30 survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). MANILA – The survey results showing fewer victims of common crimes in the last six months only shows that the Duterte administration’s war on drugs “is working effectively,” Malacañang said. The SWS survey showed that 5.6 percent or 1.4 million Filipino families reported being victimized by common crimes in the past six months. “The survey was a clear repudiation of the disinformation being peddled by the opposition against the government’s fight against crimes and drugs,” the Palace spokesperson claimed. The latest figure is lower than the 7 percent or 1.7 million families who were victimized by any common crimes in June.center_img “The September crime victimization survey validates government data that the campaign against illegal drugs and criminality, a centerpiece program of the Administration, is working effectively and efficiently with the results being significant, palpable, and meaningful,” Panelo said. Philippine scene of the crime operatives tend to the body of a slain drug suspect. The Supreme Court has ordered the government to produce hand over records of thousands of deadly encounters in its war on drugs. AP “It does not therefore take a rocket scientist to understand that the Chief Executive’s performance, satisfaction, approval and trust ratings remain at the stratospheric level at the midpoint of his presidency,” added Panelo./PNlast_img read more


first_imgLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admitted his side were well beaten as they crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Southampton. He went on: “We only started to play when we were 2-0 down. We got it back to 2-1 and we were better in the second half but then conceded another very poor goal. “(It) was a poor day at the office. The problem is we have to live with it for a couple of weeks now.” Rodgers was most aggrieved at the way his side defended. “When you concede the goals we conceded it is always going to be difficult to win games,” Rodgers said. “It’s something I know that we need to improve. We need to develop as a group. We didn’t defend or play as well as we can. I know the areas where we can improve.” Southampton’s win was just their second in the league under manager Mauricio Pochettino, and he said: “I think we set out the game in a very positive way. “Most importantly the players believed in the way we set up. I think we made Liverpool really uncomfortable on the pitch. “We pressed them quite a lot and we put in a really big effort. I think my team played really well.” The Reds arrived at St Mary’s on the back of four successive wins but were second best from start to finish. “We just weren’t very good. It was as simple as that,” Rodgers said. “If you start a game the way we started it then it is very difficult at this level to get back.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more