This week, the College Democrats Club of Saint Mary’s College proved that baked goods can be delicious as well as socially advantageous. The club, alongside various others such as Feminists United and Belles for Life, orchestrated a bake sale to raise funds for the charity Support the Girls, an organization which donates pads, tampons, bras and other sanitary objects to homeless women and girls.Stephanie Stapleton, a senior at Saint Mary’s, heard about the sale and took action.“The president of College Democrats, Hallie Nolan, found the organization Support the Girls and planned the event. I thought it was a timely and appropriate charity for the women of Saint Mary’s to assist,” she said over email, “Especially with the increase in the numbers of women and girls in homeless shelters due to the recent hurricanes. Support the Girls addresses a problem often forgotten in times of great need, even though these items are essential [to] women’s survival and comfort.”While Stapleton was not personally affected by the hurricanes, she said she is well versed in the aftermath of storms such as these.“I am focusing my senior comprehensive project around disaster relief, specifically focusing on displacement and natural disasters, so this cause is very timely for me,” she said.When asked about her interest in the cause, Stapleton emphasized the need for personal hygiene products especially during times of destruction when acquiring these products could be more difficult.“Knowing the struggles of personal hygiene and need for cleanliness, especially during that time of the month, I feel very passionately that these items should be available to every woman in need, not just those that can afford it. This seemed like a good way to make a difference and help alleviate this problem from all the way up here in South Bend,” she said.At the bake sale the clubs will be selling chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin bread, muffins, brownies and other assorted baked goods. Along with these, the Saint Mary’s dining service generously donated twenty dozen cupcakes to be sold.“We hope to raise at least a few hundred dollars for Support the Girls, so that women who are victims of disaster can maintain their health and dignity a little bit easier,” Stapleton said.After selling nearly $150 on the first day of their sale, they hope to exceed their goal of $300 by the second.“We really weren’t sure how much we would be able to raise. We hoped a couple hundred, and it seems like we’re going to pass that goal,” Stapleton said.Along with the cash from the sale, Support the Girls has an online donation on their website, which the club will donate through directly. The bake sale will run through Sept. 26in Reignbeaux lounge in Le Mans Hall.Tags: College Democrats Club of Saint Mary’s, feminine hygiene, pads, SMC, tampons
Just over three weeks ago, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election. Buttigieg, who grew up in South Bend and whose parents were both professors at Notre Dame, would break several barriers if he were to win the presidency, as he would become the youngest elected president, as well as the nation’s first openly gay president.While Buttigieg looks to succeed on the national stage, he is most familiar to students at Notre Dame as the charismatic “Mayor Pete.” Senior Jack Grogan, president of the Notre Dame College Democrats, said he was excited when he first learned that Buttigieg had announced his bid.“I think Pete would be a fantastic candidate, fantastic president,” Grogan said. “It’s very exciting. I mean he got a lot of good press coverage and a lot of good traction early on, so I was excited to see that happen and see those interviews go as well as they did.”Alternatively, Grant Strobl, a law student and committeeman of the 14th District Republicans, said that Buttigieg’s announcement exemplifies the Democratic Party’s chaotic identity crisis as they approach the 2020 election season.“My first reaction is, evidently, the Democratic Party is very un-united and in search of literally anybody who might even have the slightest of chance to win in the general election,” Strobl said. “It seems like they seem to be struggling in finding anybody to take that position, and it seems kind of interesting that they’re looking at a mayor of a struggling Midwest city to lead their party. … It’s definitely evidence that the Democrats are having a hard time choosing someone who will fair well against President Trump.”Grogan, who has previously interned for Buttigieg’s campaign and administration, said the mayor’s track record in South Bend is proven in the residents’ affection for him.“I started my freshman fall semester working on his reelection campaign, and what was immediately clear from that campaign onward has just been the overwhelming love for him among South Bend residents,” he said. “I don’t think I made a single call on my campaign where I heard something negative about the mayor.”Because Buttigieg comes from a small, Midwestern city with minimal national exposure, Grogan said that the debates will be vital to his ability to garner supporters, especially among younger voters.“It’s a crowded field, no doubt about it,” Grogan said. “I think that debates are going to be important for a guy like Pete to be able to make a national audience aware of who he is. … I think there’s definitely a window of opportunity for him to make a voice for himself. I think another thing is he’s definitely pitching himself as the millennial candidate, and I think that direct appeal to young people that he particularly is apt to succeed in because he is a young person himself.”Strobl said Buttigieg has yet to distinguish himself among a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls, so what Buttigieg includes in his platform will be important to his success.“I’m actually interested in seeing his original ideas because it seems like right now all of the democratic candidates are following suit on this terrible idea of Medicare for all,” Strobl said. “I’d be curious to see if he has any real, original ideas instead of falling in line with everybody else and what they’re now saying.”Though the College Democrats are excited to see a candidate they are familiar with, Grogan emphasized that the club does not endorse a presidential candidate during the primaries.The Notre Dame College Republicans did not respond to a request for comment.Tags: Election 2020, Mayor Pete, Pete Buttigieg, Politics, Presidential election, Students React
As part of its ongoing effort at resource conservation, and to explore and deploy clean, fuel-efficient vehicles, Casella Waste Systems today opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Chittenden County, its first facility companywide. Natural gas-powered trucks and vehicles are among the cleanest vehicles available and, with the discovery of new natural gas in North America, natural gas prices have decreased significantly. In addition they also have significantly lowered tailpipe emissions.‘We are thrilled to cut the ribbon on this facility, and to add three natural gas-powered trucks to our fleet,’ John Casella, chairman and chief executive officer of Casella Waste Systems, said. ‘Several years ago we began to explore replacing existing diesel trucks with natural gas-powered trucks. We quickly discovered that the environmental and economic benefits were obvious ‘ these vehicles cut particulate emissions by 95% and carbon monoxide by 75%, they’re quieter than traditional diesel engines and, because of the lower cost of natural gas, they offer potential economic savings as well.’ ‘I congratulate Casella Waste Systems on its leadership in becoming an early adopter of cleaner fleet vehicles,’ said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin. ‘We have significant opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont through alternative fuel-powered vehicles in the transportation sector. Casella Waste Systems has made an enormous impact by choosing natural gas. Moving off foreign oil to cleaner alternatives like natural gas is an excellent step that I hope other businesses will examine closely as they build to replace their fleet vehicles,’ Shumlin said. ‘Casella Waste Systems is a thoughtful company, combining positive business practice with respect for the environment,’ said Don Gilbert, President and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems. ‘While there are many natural gas vehicles in service around the world and in other states, currently Vermont only has a few. The strong North American based gas supply and its relatively low price combined with our desire to decrease greenhouse gas emissions create a unique opportunity for Vermont. Casella’s leadership has demonstrated how Vermont businesses can save money and promote a cleaner environment through utilizing natural gas vehicles in their fleets,’ Gilbert said.Casella’s new facility consists of six fueling stations, allowing vehicles to be refueled overnight. Currently, Casella deploys three CNG-powered (Compressed Natural Gas) vehicles in Chittenden County and expects to take delivery on three more vehicles by mid-summer 2011, at which time 20 percent of the company’s daily collection routes in the county will be serviced by CNG vehicles.While natural gas vehicle (NGV) technology has been available for years, the strong supply outlook and decline in prices for natural gas in North America has made transitioning to NGV’s more economical. Casella plans to add several more CNG-powered vehicles to its fleet this coming year, and has planned to build 2 additional fueling stations in other communities it serves throughout the northeastern US. About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in the northeastern United States. For further information, contact Joseph Fusco, vice president, at 802-772-2247, or visit the company’s website at http://www.casella.com(link is external). PHOTO: John Casella, Governor Shumlin, Joanna Underwood from Energy Vision, and Don Gilbert. (Vermont Business Magazine)WILLISTON, VT. (May 13, 2011) ‘
WGI says ticket holders will receive a full credit for their purchase and an additional 20 percent of the total amount in their account within 5 to 7 days. “While we are disappointed we will not experience NASCAR in New York this year, as we look broadly at the current pandemic in our country and around the world, we must focus first on everyone’s safety and well-being as NASCAR seeks the best way to continue delivering a remarkable on-track product week after week.” WGI President Michael Printup released a statement reading in part: following statement: WATKINS GLEN (WBNG) — Watkins Glen International announced NASCAR Weekend will not be coming to New York next month. It has been moved to Daytona International Speedway for the weekend of Aug. 14 through 16. The credit can be applied to a NASCAR race event in 2020 or 2021 at a NASCAR-owned track.
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Advertisement Arteta is keen to strengthen his squad (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his Arsenal squad this summer and is targeting players in three positions. The Arsenal board will reportedly target a centre-back, a holding midfielder and an attacker as they look to help Arteta turn the club’s fortunes around.According to The Athletic, offers will be listened to for many players in the squad this summer, as well. However, with values set to drop this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, Arsenal may be reluctant to sell. ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveTheir own recruitment will depend on the futures of many in the current squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementPablo Mari and Cedric Soares – both of whom joined on loan in January – face uncertain futures, while Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Alexandre Lacazette all could leave the club. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Apr 2020 4:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Aubameyang’s future is unclear (Picture: Getty)Prized asset Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract expires at the end of next season and the club could cash in on the Gabon international. Barcelona and Real Madrid are among the clubs linked with a move for the 30-year-old striker.MORE: Ronny Johnsen hails ‘very good signing’ for proving him wrong at Manchester UnitedMORE: Ian Wright reveals how ex-Manchester United captain Roy Keane made an example of him for being two minutes lateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta tells Arsenal board the three positions he wants strengthened in transfer market Comment Advertisement
APG, the €400bn asset manager for the Dutch civil service pension fund ABP, has said it has already adjusted its investment portfolio for the consequences of a possible exit of Greece from the euro-zone.Harmen Geers, spokesman for APG, said the asset manager had already underweighted its Italian government bond holdings relative to the benchmark, and that its sovereign debt portfolio for the country was now worth €12bn. He said APG had shifted its strategic government bond allocation in favour of UK and US government paper.But Geers also took pains to emphasise that APG was a long-term investor. “We are not going to change our investments on a daily basis following elections somewhere,” he said. He also declined to speculate on the danger of contagion spreading to Italy or Spain, underlining that the two countries’ fundamentals were “different”. “Currently, Italy is implementing reforms, while Spain has a more stable political climate,” Geers said.APG’s spokesman pointed to the uncertainty still surrounding the new Greek government’s plans, as well as the impact of the ECB’s recently announced bond purchasing programme.At the moment, APG has just €144m and €19m, respectively, in equity and bond holdings in Greece, according to Geers, who stressed that the investments would not be rendered immediately worthless in the event of a “Grexit”.“The new value of our Greek assets would largely depend on the exchange rate of a new currency,” he said.Geers said APG had a system ready to deal with any new currency, as a legacy of its preparations for a possible Greek exit from the euro in 2011.“Such a mechanism was very relevant at the time, when our holdings in Greek assets were much bigger than today,” he said.Currently, APG has €7bn and €800m worth of Spanish and Irish government bonds, respectively, in its portfolio.It has divested all its Portuguese government bonds.
Germany’s occupational pensions association, aba, has called on EIOPA and ”other institutions” to respect the timeline for a review of the new IORP II Directive, stating that a recent proposal from the former shows that the “Damocles sword” of solvency requirements still hangs over the industry.In an analysis of the revised EU Directive for Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs), the final proposal for which was agreed in June, the association said the Directive will lead to higher standards in the areas of governance, risk management, and information.However, it will not trigger large growth in the number of IORPs in Germany or spur a boom in cross-border activity, according to aba.It noted that IORP II did not introduce new solvency requirements for workplace pension providers, which it said would have made occupational pension provision considerably more costly, and unnecessarily so. However, it considers that the “Damocles sword” of such requirements still hangs over the industry, citing an April 2016 recommendation from the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) for a common framework for risk assessment and transparency for IORPs.The proposal met with criticism by some in the industry when it was first released, and aba has also come out against the proposal, seeing it as equivalent to EIOPA’s Holistic Balance Sheet approach, and therefore “old wine in new bottles”.An important aspect from aba’s perspective is that under EIOPA’s proposal, national supervisory authorities should be able to take regulatory action against individual IORPs based on the results of the proposed risk assessment framework.The association fears that EIOPA would try to implement its common framework recommendation through Article 29 of the IORP II Directive, which sets out the requirement for own risk assessments by IORPs. In its analysis of the final proposal for the new IORP Directive, aba noted that it is down to Member States to require and ensure IORPs fulfil the own risk assessment requirements, and that neither the European Commission nor EIOPA are given any role to play in this regard.The final draft also stripped the Commission of the ability to pass delegated acts once the final draft had been agreed by the European Parliament, making it near impossible for EIOPA to impose new technical standards at a later date.“We hope that the implementation details will be specified by the individual Member States and that Article 29 of IORP II will not leave open the back door for EIOPA to introduce the common framework,” said the association.Aba said that such a move would be “decidedly against European lawmakers’ intention”, with use of the Holistic Balance Sheet precisely not provided for by the IORP II Directive.The preamble to the finalised IORP II Directive includes a strong statement against “further development at Union level of solvency models”, and the final proposal for the new legislation also omits quantitative requirements – seen as potentially amounting to solvency requirements – from the scope of the post-implementation review of the IORP II Directive.The proposal for the new Directive foresees the review taking place six years after its entry into force, and aba said “this provision from European lawmakers should be respected by all institutions, and accordingly therefore also by EIOPA”.
LifeNews 4 August 2013The day after Stephanie Blessing learned she had been conceived with the assistance of a sperm donor and that the man she knew and loved as her father for 32 years was not her father, she went into shock. She remembers sitting in her rocking chair, staring into space. It was so bad, her husband had to remind her to do something as basic as changing their baby’s diaper.“I was just catatonic,” she said.The shock turned into depression, as she began to mourn what she had lost. “I was a daddy’s girl. I had a great childhood, and was the apple of my non-biological dad’s eye. [I] adored my dad,” said Blessing, a homeschooling mother of five, who lives in Tennessee.“It really hurt to find out [my dad] wasn’t mine in the way I thought he was,” she said. “I grew up hearing about his dad being a cowboy. Everybody on dad’s side of the family could tool leather like nobody…my grandmother, who is about to turn 100…they aren’t mine anymore,” she said.Then, she began to mourn the loss of her biological father. “As much as my dad adored me, it hurts to know that the man who helped create me chose to have nothing to do with my life,” said Blessing. “People are deceiving themselves if they think they can love somebody enough to make up for the person who isn’t there.”http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/04/woman-deals-with-shock-pain-after-learning-her-father-was-a-sperm-donor/
Photo: Indiana LandmarksRising Sun, In. — Indiana Landmarks today announced the 10 Most Endangered, an annual list of Hoosier landmarks in jeopardy. The list includes a college campus, an eccentric estate, an unusual barn, a basketball palace, and more.“We put places on the endangered list to raise awareness and find ways to save them,” says Marsh Davis, president of the nonprofit preservation organization. “Indiana Landmarks has been able to solve problems, forge partnerships, and create revitalization strategies that wrest these sites from the brink of extinction,” he adds.Demolition has claimed only 16 of the 131 Most Endangered sites listed since 1991, while 84 places are completely restored or no longer endangered.The 10 Most Endangered in 2018 includes one site repeating from last year’s list and nine new entries [see addendum for more information on each]:Cannelton Historic District, CanneltonCommandant’s Row at Indiana Veterans’ Home, West LafayetteThe Courtyard Inn, Rising SunThe shuttered Courtyard Inn is made up of five buildings—four connected—that represent the earliest links to the Ohio River flatboat industry that put Rising Sun on the map. Shadrach Hathaway replaced his two-story log structure in 1827 with a brick building at the corner of Front and Fourth streets that he operated as a general store. In the 1830s, Pinckney James and Able C. Pepper constructed row houses adjacent to the mercantile, fillingout the block facing the river.Cravenhurst Barn, MadisonMarion National Bank Building, Marion (repeat entry from 2017 list)Muncie Fieldhouse, MuncieNorth Christian Church, ColumbusOld Masonic Hall, KnightstownRocky Edge, Terre HauteSaint Joseph’s College campus, RensselaerPlaces that land on the 10 Most Endangered list often face a combination of problems rather than a single threat—abandonment, neglect, dilapidation, obsolete use, unreasonable above-market asking price, owners who simply lack money for repairs, remote location.“Indiana Landmarks confers 10 Most Endangered status on important historic places that have reached a dire point, like the Newkirk Mansion in Connersville on the 2017 list. The vacant hilltop mansion suffered a leaking roof, vandalism and an arson fire in the carriage house. We developed a strategy that included price negotiation, optioning the property, and a national search for a new owner willing to restore the house. We found an ideal buyer in the Sparks family who immediately began addressing the structural needs and embraced the protective covenant we attached to the deed,” says Davis.To find out more about each of the 10 Most Endangered, and check out some 10 Most success stories, click here or contact Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534.