first_imgMartha Minow, this year’s speaker for the annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy, is not someone who ascribes to the “ivory tower” mentality that can isolate academics, said Joan Fallon, director of communications for the Kroc Institute.Instead, Minow is a highly accessible and relatable thinker who has a passion for education, Fallon said.Minow, a human rights advocate for minorities, women and children, is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor and dean of Harvard Law School.Her lecture, Education as a Tool in Preventing Conflict: Suggestions for the International Criminal Court, will be given on March 16 at 4:15 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.“It’s exciting to showcase a high platform person because those aren’t always so visible,” Fallon said. “These speakers meet students, faculty, they talk with them … I think students across the University, from law to history to journalism, not just peace studies students, would be really interested in her.”The Hesburgh Lecture is the largest and most prestigious event the Kroc Institute hosts each year, Fallon said. Past speakers have included the Rev. Bryan Hehir, Congressman Lee Hamilton and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.“We don’t tell [the speakers] what to talk about,” Fallon said. “We choose them based on the merit of their work and each brings a fresh perspective.”The lecture series began as a way to honor University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh in his public role as an international leader in ethics, said Hal Culbertson, executive director for the Kroc Institute.“We set up the lecture to bring in people contributing to society in the areas of ethics and public policy,” Culbertson said. “Fr. Hesburgh founded the institute, with the help of Mrs. Kroc. He had a vision for an institute where we would educate peace builders and also shape public policy.”The lectures are always a popular event, Fallon said, with last year’s expected audience so large they moved the lecture into the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.“We usually have equal parts students and faculty,” Fallon said. “There’s also a reception afterwards for people to meet her and talk for a few minutes.“The Hesburgh Lecture represents people who are doing the essence of what Notre Dame tries to do, and that is to be engaged at the highest level of thinking … We try to encourage Notre Dame students to think about themselves as influential global citizens.”last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Public News Service:The West Virginia Legislature has passed a 40 percent cut in thermal coal severance taxes, despite Revenue Department predictions that it would do little to change steam coal’s steady decline.The long-term outlook is no better, said Carey King, a research scientist and assistant director of the University of Texas’ Energy Institute. King said thermal coal, used to generate electricity, has a lot stacked against it. Natural gas is likely to stay cheap and renewables will continue to drop in price, while demand for electricity is flat.King said most coal plants are old, and the cost of a new plant is too big to risk. “‘Big’ means over a few billion dollars,” he said, “and when you don’t have electricity demand increasing, it is hard to commit to large electricity-generation projects, but much easier to commit to smaller projects – like natural gas, wind and solar – and in addition, they’re cheaper, anyways.”The coal industry has argued that lower taxes and less environmental regulation would prompt a boom in mining jobs. According to the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, about 8 percent more coal miners are working now than two years ago, although many are producing metallurgical coal for making steel, not thermal coal.Critics have argued that even eliminating severance taxes would not make Appalachian steam coal competitive with coal from mines in the western United States. David Schlissel, director of resource planning analysis for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said another trend is emerging that will help renewables at the expense of all fossil fuels – huge, grid scale batteries and pumped storage.“And it’s a real game-changer, will be storage,” he said. “There are plans for substantial amounts – California definitely, and New York, I think, is still talking about it. And storage will make it increasingly difficult for coal and natural gas to compete.” He said storage will make the electric grid more reliable, even as it shifts to intermittent sources such as sunshine and wind. As more storage comes online, its price will fall, he said, much like the price of renewables.More: Despite state tax cut, bleak long-term outlook for WV steam coal Experts say state tax cut plan won’t help West Virginia steam coal producerslast_img read more

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,During this season where the buzz is all about the attitude of gratitude, I am struggling. My kids have been cooped up in the house by the early arrival of darkness and the frigid temperatures. I am surrounded by whining voices demanding new toys, computer games, and ski trips.Any tips for an appreciation make-over for my kids? Yours,Can’t Handle the Whining————————————————————-Dear Can’t Handle the Whining,Gratitude can be difficult to come by in the never-enough culture in which we reside. This time of year we’re bombarded with gift-lists and new products, cleverly advertised to make us think we “need” them.As a parent, I can relate to feeling overwhelmed. But that doesn’t mean I let myself off the hook for cultivating an example of gratitude for my son.Most mornings I woke to his cries way before the sun has graced the day. As I rubbed my eyes, I’d think, “I didn’t get enough sleep.”  All morning long I glanced at the clock and thought, “We don’t have enough time.” As I packed our lunches, there was always something I forgot to pick up at the store and I thought, “We don’t have enough food.” A never-ending to-do list would loop through my head as I thought, “I didn’t get enough accomplished.”My two-year old son started constantly asking for more of everything. He said, “Mama, more, more, please” (which actually sounds like, “mama, moo, moo peas”). His constantly asking for more almost sent me over the edge, until I realized he was only reflecting my own attitudes about deprivation and never having enough.The realty is even as a single working mama, we have enough of all the important stuff – we have enough love, enough wonderful people, enough time outdoors, and enough food. We are blessed with a warm house with enough toys and art supplies and instruments to keep ourselves amused all winter long. We are fortunate to live in a wonderful, supportive community.I made a commitment to change my viewpoint from scarcity to abundance, a promise I have to renew several times a day. Now when I wake up, I hold my son in my arms and we look out the window. We look for the sunrise and talk about the clouds. He claps his hands as he shouts, “Sun!” as it appears over the horizon.Starting the day like that sets the tone for appreciation. When we are stuck in traffic, we talk about the golden leaves swirling in the breeze. When we walk at night, we look for the moon and when we find her, we greet her as if she was a long lost friend.I still get stressed out and thoughts of not having or being enough return. The other day the car wouldn’t start. A bag of groceries fell, and I watched as my big splurge, a pint of blueberries, rolled across the parking lot. I cursed as I thought about not being able to run the other errands on my to-do list. My son tugged at my leg and pointed up toward the sky, “Mama, cloud.”I looked up at the Carolina blue sky at white, fluffy clouds. Simply taking a couple minutes to marvel at the world with my son transformed the moment and averted a mama meltdown.Instead of stressed to the max, I felt lucky to have a son who connects with the natural world. We set about the task of gathering the groceries. A nice guy jump started my car. It’s amazing how exuding an attitude of gratitude sends out a message to the universe that we are willing to receive her gifts.Can’t Handle the Whining, next time your kids are driving you crazy, distract them with nature. Show them the sky. Give them a rock. Dance in the rain. Over time, your kids will return the favor and remind you to appreciate just how luck we are to live in this amazing world.This November, remember to marvel!Mountain MamaGOT A QUESTION FOR MOUNTAIN MAMA? SEND IT HERElast_img read more

first_imgAround the world, social distancing measures are keeping people from hugging their nearest and dearest, but Iceland officials want the world to know that social distancing shouldn’t keep you from hugging trees.  Hiking trails have been crowded during the pandemic and many officials are asking the public to stay away from our beloved outdoor spaces. But that doesn’t mean you can’t walk outside and discover what lives in your own backyard (literally.)  Head outside in support of the 2020 City Nature Challenge Taking long walks during quarantine? If so, keep your eyes open for pine snakes. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public to report any sightings of the animal in southwestern North Carolina.  Rangers at Hallormsstadur National Forest in Iceland have been clearing paths in the forest so locals can hug trees without coming in close contact with others. “When you hug [a tree], you feel it first in your toes and then up your legs and into your chest and then up into your head,” says ranger Por Porfinnsson. “It’s such a wonderful feeling of relaxation and then you’re ready for a new day and new challenges.” Since you can’t hug people, Iceland’s Forest Service recommends hugging treescenter_img Wildlife commission wants to know if you’ve seen pine snakes in southwestern NC The City Nature Challenge, beginning April 24, asks the public to take pictures of wild plants and animals and note their locations through iNaturalist. When you participate, you help scientists learn more about nature in your neighborhood.  The commission is trying to learn more about the distribution of the northern pine snake. Pine snakes are large, non-venomous snakes that spend most of their lives underground. Spring is the best time to spot them because they’re more likely to be above ground this time of year, seeking mates and food. They are primarily found in the Sandhills and southern Coastal Plain of North Carolina, though they have also been spotted in Cherokee and Swain counties.  Photo: Public Domain – http://herpingmichigan.blogspot.com/2012/06/trail-continues.htmllast_img read more

first_imgWith $20,000 worth of professional development at top business schools and the title of 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec  on the line, the pressure was high yesterday as the five NTCUE finalists faced off at CEO/Executive Team Network in Scottsdale, Ariz.In the photo they are (from left): Garrick Throckmorton, Jimese Harkley, Danielle Buscher, Hayley Badeaux and Kris Wanner.Which project is most deserving? Who will be named winner on Wednesday, Nov. 11? That’s partly up to you! Online voting runs today until 6 p.m. ET.Below is a highlight from each presentation. Or watch the 2015 NTCUE finals videos in their entirety. Then vote for your favorite and tune in tomorrow at 8 a.m. ET to see the 2015 NTCUE announcement streamed live. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgWe are all familiar with dynamic pricing in the hospitality, travel and entertainment industries. We may have even encountered dynamic pricing in e-commerce, probably without knowing it. At its core it is flexible pricing based on current market demands, fine tuned by data analytics where sophisticated algorithms account for time of day, supply, demand, competitive offerings and target profit margins. We have either benefited from – or taken a hit by – what we perceived were bargains or price gouging. Booking a flight or hotel room during peak travel periods, purchasing a ticket to a weekend sporting event or even Uber surge pricing are all examples.But what about dynamic pricing applied to the financial services industry. Can the credit unions apply dynamic pricing in the same manner other industries have applied it – as an intermediating algorithm, matching supply and demand? Prices of financial services take into consideration operational costs, profit margins, and demand, but at its core, financial service or product pricing is predominantly constructed around risk. A loan, an insurance product, a payment service is usually priced based on risk assumptions.Let’s focus on a borrower who wants a loan from a bank. The bank will assess the risk of that borrower, and will come up with a rate that is directly linked to that risk and to the bank’s cost of capital, which in turn is based on market based rates. The borrower will, in turn, be very price/rate sensitive, shopping for the best available rate. The only variable in the equation is the bank’s margin embedded in the loan’s rate. The floor on that margin has to align with profitability standards and liquidity coverage requirements. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgWhile a bank’s greatest interest is generating profits for their shareholders who can be located anywhere in the world, credit unions are only interested in keeping money in the pockets of their credit union members, in the communities they serve. Concern for community is one of the 7 cooperative principles. A Credit Union’s members are also members of the community, so it makes sense that they operate while keeping the best interest of the community in mind.Credit unions support communities not only through financial means, but also through their employees. Most credit unions offer employee volunteerism programs and events and are an excellent mechanism for credit unions to weave in their purpose driven practices while connecting employees to their brand purpose and values. Whether it’s through financial literacy events, local events, or simply volunteering their time and skills to worthy organizations, these volunteering efforts make up a big part of the credit union difference. These programs are also a great way for credit unions to support organizations and charities that reflect the values of their members.How To Manage an Effective Employee Volunteer ProgramBe FlexibleTo put an effective employee volunteer program in place, it’s important that the program be flexible. Unless it’s an event or a financial literacy program with a specific organization being supported, your program should recognize and capture how your people support local organizations that matter to them. Over time you’ll be able to see trends in the types of organizations that people are supporting, and this can influence the programs you put in place moving forward. The more flexible your program is, the more likely it will be engaging enough to increase participation. Define WhenIn the case of a volunteer program, it’s important that you define a set of guidelines around when your people can volunteer their time. You can decide whether you offer opportunities for paid volunteer time off (PVTO), or simply decide to recognize how they volunteer on their own time. Many credit unions decide to measure both. Set a GoalUnless it’s your first year managing your program and you’re looking to develop a benchmark for your team’s impact, your program should have a goal associated with it. Goals are important because they keep your team aligned and motivated. They also provide your team with a number to work toward that they can measure their progress against. Use TechnologyThis is an important point that many organizations take for granted. Most credit unions start out by using spreadsheets and email to manage programs and collect their impact metrics. Implementing technology to manage your workplace volunteering and community impact programs can take your program from good to great. Technology like the Porpoise platform can be used to raise awareness, increase participation and engagement, and measure the impact, results, and success of your program.Celebrate ImpactOnce you’ve successfully implemented and managed your employee volunteer program, one of the best things you can do is celebrate that success. Celebrating your organizations community investment both internally and externally is the best way to share how your credit union gives back. Your community commitment could be your greatest mechanism for attracting and retaining new employees and members!Credit unions are a force for good in the communities they serve. By managing an employee volunteering program effectively, you’ll be able to maximize and measure the impact that your credit union creates. Following the above tips can make a difference in the your organizations efficiency and impact in fulfilling your mission. How does your credit union impact the communities and member that you serve? 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Caleb Dow Caleb is the Marketing & Sales Manager at Porpoise.com, a technology platform that helps credit unions manage, measure and celebrate their community impact through engaging workplace programs and events, … Web: www.porpoise.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgYusri said the body had been taken to Kramat Jati Police Hospital for an autopsy. The initial autopsy result confirmed that the mutilated body belonged to the person reported missing by his family.Read also: Crime surges as restrictions easedThe head of the Pancoran District Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit, First Insp. Supardi, added that the alleged murderers had initially kept the body in another place. “The victim was mutilated in Central Jakarta, and then the body was kept in another place before being taken to Kalibata City,” he said.The alleged perpetrators were arrested on the same day by the Jakarta Police at a house they had rented on Monday in Depok City, West Java.“There are two suspects, allegedly husband and wife. They have been arrested by the police in Depok,” Pancoran District Police chief Comr. Johanies Soeprijanto Sinateroe said. (aly)Topics : The mutilated body of a 32-year-old male was found at Kalibata City Apartment in South Jakarta on Wednesday night. Parts of the body had been wrapped in a plastic bag and then put in a suitcase.Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said the family of the victim had reported him missing to the Jakarta Police on Sept. 12.“His family reported on Sept. 12 that he had been missing since Sept. 9,” Yusri said on Wednesday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to Cronache di Napoli, Lozano could be involved in a swap deal for West Ham’s Felipe Anderson .Anderson spent five years at Lazio before moving to the Premier League in 2018 but it hasn’t worked out for him either after his 42 million euro transfer. Read Also: Ronaldo shares cute family pic to wish fans Happy EasterSeeing as neither forward is going through their best time at their respective clubs, coaches David Moyes and Gennaro Gattuso would be prepared to do a deal.Everton and Atletico Madrid are also thought to be interested in Lozano , who has four years left on his deal at Napoli.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Mexican international has struggled to make an impact in Serie A after joining Napoli from PSV Eindhoven last summer. Hirving Lozano is reportedly attracting interest from West Ham.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Historical Mysteries That Still Haven’t Been Solved10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should SeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Most Beautiful Middle Eastern ActressesWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

first_imgLovett, In. — A two-year-old child has been airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital following a Sunday off-road vehicle (ORV) crash in Jennings County.A report from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says Cody Kissich, 25, was riding the ORV in the 4100 block of South County Road 350 West around 2:25 p.m. with a two-year-old sitting in front of him. The ORV overturned ejecting both occupants. Neither was wearing a helmet.Kissich rushed the child to St. Vincent Hospital in North Vernon before being airlifted to Indianapolis. The extent of injuries to the child is not known.Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage riders to wear a helmet and necessary safety equipment, as well as understand all laws while operating any Off-Road Vehicle on and off of Indiana roadways.last_img read more