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first_imgThe number of homeless families in Massachusetts seeking shelter in hotels and motels is at an all-time high, while one in seven in Massachusetts relies on food stamps. Yet the Massachusetts legislature is considering a wallop directed at people in poverty—a welfare reform act aimed at fostering economic independence but which make access to cash assistance even more difficult.Fran Froehlich, director of Community Works, an umbrella organization of 34 nonprofits that come together with a common vision, opened a panel discussion with these facts on November 12. She went on to describe Community Works and its membership as groups that “imagine what the world would actually look like if it were just, fair, and inclusive.” Together, the social justice organizations that make up Community Works work toward realizing that vision.Marking seven years of collaboration between the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library and Community Works of Boston, the library hosted a program, “Women Living in Poverty,” with brief presentations from seven activists who lead organizations combating poverty and its cruel effects. The annual event remembers Kip Tiernan, founder of Rosie’s Place, with speakers and a panel discussion around issues affecting women. Kip Tiernan’s papers are among many treasured collections held by the Schlesinger Library that document women’s work for social justice. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgJuniors Kayla Mullen, Zach Klonsinski, Alex Carson and Clare Kossler will join The Observer’s Editorial Board for next year in upper-level editing positions, incoming Editor-in-Chief Margaret Hynds announced Thursday.Mullen, who currently serves as Associate News Editor, will take on the No. 2 spot at the paper, Managing Editor. Klonsinski, Carson and Kossler, will assume the role of Assistant Managing Editors. They will officially begin their term March 13. Mullen, a junior from Philadelphia lives in Howard Hall on campus. Majoring in both political science and economics, she has previously covered changes to the Core Curriculum and student government. “I am excited for the opportunity to work with such a talented new team and I cannot wait for the year ahead,” Mullen said. “It promises to be a banner year for The Observer and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”Kayla Mullen, 2016-2017 Managing EditorKlonsinski, a junior from Knott Hall, is finishing his term as Sports Editor. A history major from Belgrade, Montana, Klonsinski has covered a wide range of Notre Dame sports teams during his time with The Observer, including football, hockey, and men’s soccer this year.“My time with The Observer has been one of my favorite and most cherished experiences at Notre Dame, and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with some of the best people on campus in an even larger role next year,” Klonsinski said. “It will be an extremely important and busy one on a number of fronts, but with a great staff in place I know we’re in a great position to take advantage of it.”Zach Klonsinski, 2016-2017 Assistant Managing EditorCarson currently serves as The Observer’s Associate Sports Editor and is a resident of O’Neill Hall. Hailing from Fishers, Indiana, Carson is a junior applied and computational mathematics and statistics major, and currently covers Notre Dame’s football, men’s basketball and women’s lacrosse teams, having formerly written on the Irish men’s soccer and hockey programs.“I’m really looking forward to assuming a larger role with The Observer,” Carson said. “I anticipate getting to work on boosting our online presence and working alongside our strong corps of writers across all departments.”Alex Carson, 2016-2017 Assistant Managing EditorKossler, who is pursuing a double major in history and mathematics,  previously served as Associate News Editor, during which time she aided with coverage of sexual assault and mental health issues on campus and reported on updates to the University’s core curriculum. Kossler lives in South Bend and is currently studying abroad in Toledo, Spain. On campus, she is a resident of Pasquerilla West Hall.“With the 2016 election just around the corner, I think we have a challenging year ahead of us, but one that is also full of opportunity,” Kossler said. “I’m thrilled to be working with such a great team of writers who are dedicated to providing consistent and reliable coverage for the student body.”Clare Kossler, 2016-2017 Assistant Managing EditorTags: Editorial Board, new positions, stafflast_img read more

first_imgOver 1,000 members of the Notre Dame and South Bend community will gather on the football field at Notre Dame Stadium on Monday evening to partake in a Zumba class kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Courtesy of Mike Bennett Pink Out Zumba participants take an annual Zumba class on the football field at Notre Dame Stadium to mark the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place each October.Paqui Kelly, board president and co-founder of the Kelly Cares Foundation, said the event was initiated in 2014 and welcomes participants of all skill levels.“I’m not a Zumba person,” Kelly said. “They made me take a class before the first year we did it, so I’ve probably done it less than 10 times in my life. But if you have people who are supporting you and they believe in what you’re doing, they’re going to come anyway.”The event features local Zumba instructors who teach from stages on the field, speaking dance cues over the loudspeakers. In the past, the event has been popular among families in the community, as well as among Notre Dame students. The director of marketing, communications and engagement for the Foundation, Becky Beckman, said she believes the community involvement is an important aspect of the event. “We want to make sure that our events are able to reach all demographics and be accessible to everyone,” she said. “Because we have some fundraisers that are higher-ticket events and then we have a free event like this, and I think that it obviously shows that in the community, people want to get together. They want to support the cause.”Since the Foundation began in 2008, Notre Dame has been a strong supporter and partner. Various events have been held at venues on the Notre Dame campus, and an upcoming event, the Power of Pink Cocktail Party, will be held in the new Corbett Family Hall on Oct. 11. Kelly said she plans to take advantage of the stadium’s new features during Zumba. “Part of it is the ambiance of the stadium,” Kelly said. “I’m really looking forward to this year because of the media board and the sound system. It’s been rocking at the games. I can’t imagine how the Zumba songs are going to be.”Kelly said she and her husband, Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly, founded Kelly Cares shortly after she overcame her own battle with breast cancer. Kelly was first diagnosed in 2003 and again while in recovery, causing her to get a double mastectomy. Around this time, Paqui and Brian signed the paperwork to begin the Foundation.“We started the Foundation with the idea of helping as many people as we could, in areas that we know are important, [like] health and education,” she said. “We ended up getting it much bigger than we would’ve thought, because of the position Brian holds here and what community we’re in. I don’t think that was an accident.”South Bend resident Jan Rhodes said became involved with the Kelly Cares Foundation when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Rhodes recently celebrated her fifth year being cancer-free.Rhodes, who moved to South Bend at the age of seven and has worked in the medical industry throughout her life, began volunteering with the Foundation in 2012.“I have met so many special people, some I’ve lost already. But it’s just a tight-knit society,” Rhodes said. “I think just being out there in the community, being an advocate, has really helped me get through my own personal situation.”One month after her own diagnosis with cancer, Rhodes’s brother was also diagnosed with breast cancer. “I just became very passionate about the cause,” Rhodes said. “I wanted to help get the word out there that, not only women, but men also do get breast cancer.”Rhodes will be volunteering at Pink Out Zumba as she has at Kelly Cares events in the past. “It’s a good feeling to be there, and of course to be out on the football field,” Rhodes said. “You’ve got a couple cheerleaders, you’ve got Paqui herself out there, so it’s just a great way to bring the community together.”Online registrants for this year has already topped the number of attendees from last year, but the Kelly Cares Foundation wants everyone who is interested to come to the event. “We’re not going to turn anybody away,” Beckman said. Besides dancing, community members can tour a mobile medical unit which will be at the event, Kelly said. The Kelly Cares Foundation helped the St. Joseph Health Center finance the traveling unit, which has the technology to offer mammograms around South Bend.“When the [mobile unit] comes up to your work, and there’s a schedule that says it’s coming to your work — then the excuse of ‘I don’t have time’ is hard to say,” Kelly said.Although Beckman sees Pink Out Zumba as a fun family event, she said the Kelly Cares Foundation understands its potential for more. “People aren’t even realizing that it’s an educational tool,” Beckman said. “We want to educate people, and it might just be Zumba, but it’s still putting in the forefront. I’m here because I’m supporting these initiatives.”Because of her own battles with breast cancer, Kelly strongly advocates for preventative health and said she hopes that the event helps attendees understand the importance of personal health. “Make sure you schedule your mammogram, know your body, know your health and know that it’s first and foremost,” Kelly said. “Because, if I would have waited, I just wonder how much longer.”The Kelly Cares Foundation’s fourth annual Pink Out Zumba will begin at 5:30 p.m. Doors to the field open at 4:30 p.m., and the first 1,000 people to arrive will receive a free t-shirt, among other prizes.Tags: breast cancer awareness, Kelly Cares Foundation, zumbalast_img read more

first_imgMaking a customer service call to resolve an issue can be a real drag. You know the drill: you wait for umpteen minutes for the next available representative as precious moments of your life tick away. When someone finally gets on the line, you may get the run-around, a rep with an attitude, or a transfer to customer oblivion. Who has time for that? Maybe that’s why artificial intelligence, also referred to as AI, has worked so well for situations like this.Artificial intelligence (AI) is the term that refers to machines that replicate human functions like learning and problem solving. Don’t worry; we’re not in a Will Smith “iRobot” circumstance, where the machines get so intelligent that they outsmart humans and turn on them. Well, not yet anyway. But you may find yourself speaking to a machine the next time you call for a customer service agent. It understands human speech, so an automated voice will ask you a question, and based on your response, it figures out how to best serve your needs.At SWBC, we see how AI technology is revolutionizing the customer service industry, making communication easier and speedier for customers and businesses. There aren’t enough humans to field the hundreds of calls that some companies receive in a day, so artificial intelligence is an ideal way to accommodate inquiries, questions, and concerns. Right now, businesses are using AI in two ways: as a conversational computer program that interacts directly with a customer without human intervention and as technology to support a human customer service representative. continue reading » 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe investigation into the crash remains underway. State Police say 26-year-old Shane M. Santiago of Otego, N.Y. was arrested at his residence on Aug. 11. He was charged with manslaughter in the 2nd degree, a class C felony. Authorities noted their deaths were “recklessly” caused. They say Santiago was suffered minor injuries. Police say Santiago was driving when the vehicle went off the roadway on County Highway 13, causing the deaths of 21-year-old Cheyenn J. Aubry and 21-year-old Tehya E. Gonzalez.center_img He was virtually arraigned and remanded on a $2,000 cash bail or a $4,000 bond. He was processed at the State Police Oneonta headquarters. TOWN OF PITTSFIELD, N.Y. (WBNG) — New York State Police have identified the person charged in a crash that left two people dead in the town of Pittsfield, N.Y. in July.last_img read more

first_imgThere are maximum of 104 points left to play for.After Turkey, there are only 78 left up for grabs. That means if Hamilton finishes the next race 78 or more points ahead of Bottas he is world champion for the seventh time (Hamilton would win any end-of-season tie on countback of race wins).Bottas must reduce his deficit to Hamilton to 77 points in Turkey to stay in mathematical contention into the final three rounds. 1:19 Lewis Hamilton explains why simply winning races in F1 for him isn’t enough ‘unless you do something with the platform that it provides you’

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 Nov 2019 6:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link942Shares Advertisement AdvertisementAdvertisementShkodran Mustafi’s second half header, Arsenal’s only attempt on target during the entire match, looked to have maintained Arsenal’s 100% start to their European campaign, but Bruno Duarte’s injury time volley rescued a point for the hosts and denied Emery a morale boosting win.Arsenal travel to Leicester on Saturday knowing a defeat would leave them nine points behind the Foxes and potentially bring about a premature end to Emery’s troubled reign.Asked if there was a problem with an attack which is struggling to create opportunities from open play, Emery said: ‘They are very defensive , with a big structure defensively.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 Arsenal‘They were defending very deep and together. To create and find small space is not easy against that team.‘We want to improve, to continue in our way, to be strong defensively and create chances to score.‘Today our objective we did, to be first in the group. A little disappointed because we didn’t win.’Should Unai Emery be sacked BEFORE the Leicester game?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Dani Ceballos suffers injury during Arsenal vs Vitoria Europa League clashMORE: Arsenal fans claim Hector Bellerin mocked Unai Emery ahead of Europa League clash vs Vitoria Unai Emery sends defiant message to Jose Mourinho amid mounting Arsenal speculation Jose Mourinho has been linked to the Arsenal managers’ job (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has issued a defiant message to Jose Mourinho amid speculation the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager is keen on replacing the Spaniard at the Emirates.Mourinho has been out of work since his acrimonious departure from Manchester United nearly 12 months ago, but is reportedly keen on return to management and would relish the opportunity of again plying his trade in the Premier League.The 56-year-old was pictured at the Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago when he attended the Europa League game against Vitoria, while he reportedly recently dined with Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi.Asked whether the spectre of Mourinho was worrying him after Arsenal let a lead slip for the fourth game in a row against Vitoria on Wednesday, Emery said: ‘I am the coach.’ADVERTISEMENTVitoria equalise!Marcus Edwards with the driving run, Bruno Duarte with the scissor kick!Look away, Unai Emery!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 6, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe market value of the GPFG grew only slightly in relative terms during the year. NBIM said the strength of the Norwegian currency had been a key factor, with the krone’s rise knocking NOK306bn off the fund’s value during the year.Equities produced an 8.7% return for the GPFG and fixed income generated 4.3% in 2016.NBIM managed to beat the return on its benchmark index by 15 basis points, NBIM said.Øystein Olsen, chairman of the executive board of Norges Bank – Norway’s central bank and NBIM’s parent – said the board was satisfied that the return produced for the fund had been good last year, as well as over a longer period.“The board is also satisfied that management costs have been kept at low levels despite the gradual expansion of investments into new markets,” he said.Management costs amounted to 0.05% of the fund’s capital in 2016, he said.This is 0.01 of a percentage point behind the average cost level over the last five years, according to NBIM’s figures.Net withdrawals by the Norwegian government from the fund totalled NOK101bn during the year, following the first withdrawal ever from the fund in January 2016, when the state took out NOK25bn.The first deposit to the sovereign wealth fund, which exists to manage Norway’s petroleum wealth, was made back in May 1996.Slyngstad told a news conference in Oslo that while investments in emerging markets had remained relatively stable over the last five years at around 10%, and were expected to remain so, a “major shift” had happened into US investments and out of European assets.“What has happened in our portfolio in the fund over the last few years is that we have gradually got a larger proportion of investments in the US,” he said, adding that US investments were now at a record high level for the fund.The fund’s North American assets grew to account for 42.3% of the fund’s total portfolio at the end of December from 40% at the end of 2015, while European assets reduced to 36% from 38.1%. Norway’s NOK7.5trn (€846bn) former oil fund made a 6.9% return last year, led by equities bouncing back from January losses.However, the Government Pension Fund Global’s (GPFG) real estate allocation contributed less than 1% to the overall result, compared to a 10% gain in 2015.Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which oversees the fund, said: “All of the fund’s asset classes generated positive returns, but it was the strong equity return in the second half of the year that drove the fund’s results.”In 2015, the fund made a 2.7% return on investments after management costs.last_img read more

first_imgStatewide—Preliminary results from a scientific study aimed at measuring the spread of the novel coronavirus in Indiana show a general population prevalence of about 2.8 percent of the state’s population.  As part of the first phase of the study, a collaboration of the Indiana State Department of Health and the Fairbanks School of Public Health, researchers tested more than 4,600 Hoosiers between April 25 and May 1 for viral infections and antibodies of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. After analyzing these test results, IUPUI public health researchers determined that during the last week in April, 1.7 percent of participants tested positive for the novel coronavirus and an additional 1.1 percent tested positive for antibodies—bringing the estimated population prevalence of the virus in the state to 2.8 percent, or approximately 186,000 Hoosiers who were actively or previously infected as of May 1, Dr. Nir Menachemi said.As of the same date, the state’s testing showed about 17,000 cumulative cases—not including deaths—suggesting that only about one out of every 11 true infections were identified by tests focused on symptomatic or high-risk people. Dr. Menachemi also said the research team also found that almost 45 percent of people who tested positive for active viral infection reported no symptoms at all.Additionally, the study found some differences across the state’s 10 Public Health Preparedness Districts. District 9, Southeastern Indiana, which experienced an early facility-based outbreak, was observed to have the highest prevalence of the virus in the general population.last_img read more

first_img “I saw him like this on the first day of pre-season yet I had to keep telling everyone that was the case because the media thought it was different,” said Moyes. “I saw him in great form. He was in great fettle. His training was fantastic from day one. “But people kept saying different things and I found it difficult to prove it different. “You can see by his form and the goals he is scoring that what I was saying was right.” As Moyes acknowledged, Rooney is now approaching a point in his career when he is expected to handle more responsibility. And he is pleased to note the former Everton star is doing exactly that. “He is at an age where he would be one of the main players,” said Moyes. “He is certainly a main player for Manchester United and he is one of the main players for England. Rooney found the net in England’s World Cup wins over Montenegro and Poland over the past week to guide Roy Hodgson’s men into the World Cup finals. It follows on from his outstanding efforts for United with Rooney, 28 on October 28, having scored five times in his last six games. “That is what we expected. “He takes the responsibility, scores the goals when it is required. He has done that from a young age. “But the age he is at now he has that maturity which shows in how he plays, the condition he is in and the way he is playing for both club and country.” Rooney is virtually certain to start against Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday. The big question is whether Adnan Januzaj will too. It was the 18-year-old’s two goals that turned potential defeat at Sunderland into victory on United’s last outing a fortnight ago. Yet, as Moyes pointed out, Januzaj cannot expect to be involved every week. “I don’t think anybody plays every week for Manchester United,” he said. “We have enough players to rotate the squad. “Adnan is 18, does anyone expect him to play every week? Is he good enough? The answer is yes.” The only player who has started every game for United this season is goalkeeper David de Gea. Amazingly, De Gea is not regarded as one of Spain’s top three keepers despite earning selection for last term’s Premier League team of the year. However, Moyes has no doubt the former Atletico Madrid man will go on to become one of the world’s very best. “David had to come in and prove himself at Manchester United,” said Moyes. “Sir Alex bought him young and played him, at times when it was difficult because goalkeeper and centre-half are probably the two hardest positions to put out on the pitch for young players. “Manchester United doing that over the last couple of years has shown what you can get. “He is a top goalkeeper. He will go on in time to be one of the best there is. I have no doubts about that.” Victory over Southampton will shove United further up the Premier League table, although with three defeats already, Moyes’ men have a bit of ground to make up. However, Chelsea and Manchester City have also endured stuttering starts under new management and Moyes anticipates it will be later in the year before the picture starts to become clearer. “It is a long season,” said the Scot. “Come the end of November we are getting much closer to the end of the year and we may well see things a bit clearer.” Manchester United manager David Moyes feels his pre-season assessment of Wayne Rooney has been vindicated by the striker’s impressive recent form. Press Associationlast_img read more