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SMC Tostal welcomes Ron Pope

first_imgA concert by Ron Pope will headline the Saint Mary’s College Tostal this year, the highlight of the annual event hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) on April 25.All activities will take place on the College’s library green from 12 to 4 p.m., and the Pope concert will take place in Angela Athletic Facility at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.Pope’s songs have been featured on “The Voice,” “MTV’s TRL” (Total Request Live), “Vampire Diaries” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Some of his most popular songs include “A Drop in the Ocean,” “You’re the Reason I come Home” and “Our Song.” Currently, he is recording a new album set to release in 2016.“As soon as Ron Pope’s name was mentioned, SAB board members were excited,” SAB’s Marketing Committee Chair Maddie Ehlerding said.In the past, students have voted on which artist will perform at Tostal. Past artists include Bonnnie McKee, Timeflies, Sammy Adams, Sean Kingston, Sarah Bareilles and Colbie Caillat.Ehlerding said SAB took on the responsibility of choosing the artist this year because the board cannot always ensure that they can get the artist who has received the most votes from the student body.“The process for choosing an artist is difficult, timely, and we can’t always guarantee the student body that the person who they voted for will be available to perform for us,” Ehlerding said. “To avoid disappointment, we found it best if we just narrow down our options and decide as a board.”SAB vice president Colleen Michael said the change of this year’s Tostal priorities affected the process of choosing an artist.“Tostal has been reinvented this year,” said Michael. “It is different from what it has been in the past. Although the artist is an important aspect of the event, it is not the main focus of the event. The important part of Tostal is to celebrate the year and foster community.”Michael said Tostal is meant to bring the community together.“The purpose of Tostal is to celebrate the end of the academic year and to foster community,” Michael said.Ehlerding said the group wanted to emphasize this sense of community in this year’s Tostal, not only among Saint Mary’s students, but with Holy Cross and Notre Dame students as well.“This is an event that allows students to kick back and relax before finals,” Ehlerding said. “We hope to have a great turn ut of attendance from Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross. It’s an awesome chance to bring the three campuses together.”Michael said Tostal will be hosted on a Saturday this year, differing from years past when the event took place on Thursday or Friday. Michael said she hoped this change of day would be ultimately beneficial to students.“Tostal is different this year,” Michael said. “It is not just a concert, but a full day of activities. In order to allow all students to participate in the day’s events, we moved Tostal to a Saturday.”The activities leading up to the concert include inflatables, novelty food, a DJ, caricatures, airbrush tattoos, crafts and giveaways, Michael said. Sodexo will also be serving an outdoor picnic, and following the concert, there will be a fireworks show. All activities are free to students.Historically, students paid for Tostal concert tickets, but Ehlerding said the event would be free this year. Students still need tickets to enter the concert, and they can get them by bringing their student ID to the Student Center Atrium.“We want to ensure that all students are able to come and are not prevented by the price of a ticket,” Michael said.Ehlerding said students seem to be looking forward to the event.“Students have already been very supportive and excited for Tostal this year,” she said. “We’re hoping this will be a fun event for the students of Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross, and [we] feel that this will be a great opportunity to bring the communities together.”Michael said Tostal will be a fun and beneficial event for the entire community, improved by its accessibility in cost.“All of these events allow students to spend time together; to enjoy a day full of fun and exciting activities,” Michael said. “It is not every day that students get to go to a free concert. SAB has worked hard to provide the community a day to celebrate and have fun.”Tags: Ron Pope, Tostallast_img read more

Disaster response

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaWhen Paul Williams called Don Hamilton on Thursday, Sept. 8, it wasn’t to chat about Hurricane Katrina. Mississippi needed Georgia’s help.In just two business days, they had 13 people ready to go. Williams is a veterinarian and Georgia Emergency Management Agency program manager, and Hamilton is a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist and agrosecurity expert. They led a state agricultural response team that consisted of veterinarians, livestock/poultry specialists, an animal health technician and Extension specialists. UGA’s contribution included Hamilton, Bill Thomas, Don Shurley and Curt Lacy. Other agencies involved were the Georgia Department of Agriculture, USDA and GEMA.On Sept. 12, the Georgia team arrived in Hattiesburg, Miss. On Sept. 20, they came home. Between those dates, the group added disaster response to their list of expertise.“The most important thing in dealing with a disaster is attitude,” Hamilton said. “It has to be an attitude of whatever it takes to help is what needs to be done.”The chaos following Hurricane Katrina “affirmed that there is a need for a county-by-county plan in each state,” said Bill Thomas, the team’s safety officer. Thomas, a retired Extension economist, is a grant coordinator for the Georgia Department of Agriculture.“Every county needs to know what you’re going to do with 12 dead cows should the need arise,” he said. “They need to know who’s doing what, who’s bringing the backhoe to the party.” Be preparedHaving a disaster plan is vital for both Extension agents and producers.“Extension agents can be working with the farmers about the yo-yo period, the 72-hour period when you’re on your own,” Thomas said. “For example, farmers need to be working with their power providers to see if they are first on the line or if it’s going to be two weeks before their electricity’s back up. People come first, yes, but agriculture and animals don’t have to be put to the side.”The Mississippi trip, “gives us a much better idea of how to actually get Georgia prepared,” Hamilton said. “… Your mission, your goals can change very quickly. You have to be ready to adapt, be flexible.”The disaster memories will never leave Hamilton. He clicked through photos detailing the damage they saw – homes crushed as they were wiped off their foundations and a boat parked by receding flood waters next to a Burger King’s front door.“It was amazing,” Hamilton said of Katrina’s damage. “You could ride for hours and see nothing but destruction. It’s like if everything between Athens and Atlanta was destroyed.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) For Hamilton, that meant 12 to 14 hours of daily situational reports and paperwork. Thomas spent long days making sure workers were healthy and didn’t keel over in the mid-90 degree heat. Others worked with operations, loaded and unloaded supply trucks, did agricultural damage assessments, oversaw livestock and poultry carcass disposal and took care of animals.The Georgia State Agriculture Response Team was called in to relieve the Florida SART team. North Carolina came in behind Georgia.Before the hurricane, Mississippi “was not trained on an incident command system,” Hamilton said. That was one of the Florida team’s first jobs. “When Mississippi started using it, they were sold on it.”When Georgia’s group arrived, Mississippi Extension agents were just getting involved in the recovery process. By the time the Georgia team left, they were arranging the agricultural supply depot of everything from fencing to cat food, Thomas said.“It’s very important that agents be involved in the assessment of need,” he said, “even if they’re just supporting the community’s mental health.”center_img Training MississippiansOver in Mississippi, the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center lived up to its name as it became the Mississippi Emergency Management Operations Center staging area. The Georgians joined Mississippi’s Board of Animal Health, Extension Service and Department of Agriculture, and the Humane Society of the United States as they took care of companion animals at the center.last_img read more

Don’t Miss Tennessee’s Oktoberfest This Weekend Sept. 13

first_imgIn it’s fourth year, the Kingsport Oktoberfest — Tennessee’s largest Oktoberfest — is making quite the name for itself in the craft beer scene.The list of brewers and unique brews will have any beer snob tipping his or her hat. Foothill’s Brewing will be there with their coveted Sexual Chocolate, Founders is bringing their Breakfast Stout – and those are just two of the 100+ beers available.Tickets are $40 if you buy in advance and $45 at the gate. Also included with your ticket entry is Beer University. You can get “schooled” on beer while drinking it. Make your parents proud. Come see why this event was named a “Top 50” Festival by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine and one of the “Top 7” Oktoberfests in the U.S. by Paste Magazine.Not into beer? Don’t worry, there’s free music, a kidzone, and a Bier Hall where you can watch the big games on the big screen.Events:Kingsport Oktoberfest – September 13, 2014 – Kingsport, TNAttack of the Big Beers – November 15, 2014 – Charlotte, NCAll Ale to the Queen Beer Carnival – March 2015 – Charlotte, NCThirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza – April 2015 – Johnson City, TNWestside Fest – May 2015 – Asheville, NCFind more information at www.kingsportoktoberfest.comAnd don’t forget about the Fabulous 5 Series – Johnson City/Kingsport – August to November 2014. Check out for complete information and dates! Printlast_img read more

BOLI: How one “loan” can help offset expenses

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What if the CEO of an $18 billion institution walked in your door and asked to borrow a million dollars for working capital?What if the hypothetical company’s assets consist almost entirely of government bonds, mortgages and high grade corporate bonds. Due to their 130+ year history, strong capital position, balance sheet and stable earnings, Moody’s, AM Best and S&P rate them in the top 10 percent in credit quality for similar companies. They would adjust the interest rate at least annually to keep your loan rate in line with market rates. Due to the unique nature of the loan, there would be no required loan loss reserve accrual or servicing requirements. And, should you ever be concerned about credit quality, you could demand payment at any time. Does this scenario sound too good to be true? It’s not. What I am describing is not actually a loan, but is in fact business-owned life insurance (BOLI). The transaction is shifting lower yielding investments to BOLI and using the potential increase in income to offset and recover expenses of employee benefits programs such as benefits pre-funding, 457(f) plans, and split-dollar life insurance. continue reading »last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Canada’s antiviral mix, H5N1 in Tibet, flu vaccine in military, new biodefense center, Toronto foodborne disease, Florida horse deaths

first_imgApr 20, 2009Canada set to shuffle antiviral stockpileCanada will adjust the combination of antiviral medications in its national emergency stockpile because of concern about ostelamivir (Tamiflu) resistance among influenza viruses, the Canadian Press (CP) reported today. The Public Health Agency of Canada said it will boost its supply of zanamivir (Relenza), along with older antiviral medications such as amantadine and rimantadine. Canada’s emergency stockpile, a backup to the country’s national antiviral stockpile, currently contains 14 million doses, enough to treat 1.4 million people. Arlene King, a federal pandemic planning official, told the CP that discussions are under way with provincial and local officials to also adjust the mix of medications in the national antiviral stockpile, which holds most of the country’s pandemic flu drugs—55.7 million doses, enough to treat about 5.6 million people.[Apr 20 CP story] H5N1 hits Tibetan poultry farmAgriculture officials in China reported yesterday that the H5N1 avian influenza virus struck a farm near Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The report said the birds were chickens from a live bird market. The outbreak killed 1,500 of the farm’s 3,179 poultry, and the remaining birds were culled to prevent the spread of the disease. Tibet’s last outbreak was reported in April 2008, according to previous reports.[Apr 10 OIE report]Study: Intranasal flu vaccine topped injected vaccine in military recruitsIn a study involving thousands of US military personnel, the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV, or FluMist) provided better protection in new recruits than a conventional trivalent injected vaccine (TIV) did, according to a new report published by Vaccine. In 2005-06 and 2006-07, rates of influenza-like illness (ILI) were 22% to 51% and 18% to 47% lower in the LAIV group than in the TIV group. Seasoned service personnel, however, had slightly but significantly greater protection with TIV than with LAIV, according to the report by military medical researchers. They also found that ILI rates were much higher in the recruits than in seasoned soldiers.NIAID grant supports new biodefense centerOregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and the University of Washington recently announced that they have received a 5-year, $40.7 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to establish a regional biodefense and emerging infectious disease center, according to an Apr 15 press release from OHSU. The Pacific Northwest Regional Center for Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases is based at OHSU and involves several other partner institutions. Researchers will investigate a broad range of diseases and pathogens, including Ebola, SARS, avian and 1918 influenza, dengue fever, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. The center’s research will focus on two main areas in its search for new therapeutic targets: defects in the aging immune system and the identification of disease-host interactions through genomics and genetic analyses.Foodborne disease cases in Toronto estimated at 437,000 per yearA new report from Toronto Public Health (TPH) estimates the city’s burden of foodborne disease at 437,093 cases per year, or about one case for every six residents. The cost of foodborne illness in the city is estimated at $476 million to $587 million a year. Outbreak-associated disease cases are highest in the winter, whereas sporadic cases are most common in the summer and early fall, the report says. It says sporadic cases have declined in the past 5 years, following the introduction of TPH’s DineSafe program. TPH posts restaurant inspection results online and on signs in restaurant windows.[TPH report] Initial probe finds no infectious disease in horses’ deathsIn an investigation into the deaths of 21 horses at the site of a Wellington, Fla., polo match, no evidence has been found so far to suggest an infectious disease cause, Charles Bronson, Florida’s Agriculture and Consumer Services (FACS) commissioner, said today in a press release. The horses were on a Venezuelan team that was scheduled to play yesterday. They didn’t show any signs of illness in the morning, but after they were transported to the polo stadium, some animals were found dead and others had severe illness signs, including depression, breathing difficulties, and problems moving and standing, according to the release. Fourteen horses died by yesterday evening and the other seven died overnight. No other horses appear to have symptoms. State officials said the rapid onset of sickness and death suggests an adverse drug reaction or toxicity. Authorities are conducting necropsies and toxicology tests, but results may not be known for several days.last_img read more

PREMIUM‘If you fear it, face it’: Jakartans push themselves to conquer fear of public speaking

first_imgpublic-speaking anxiety skills employee career mental-health Forgot Password ? Linkedin Log in with your social account Topics : Facebook “Contestants, are you ready?” the head organizer, the so-called contest chair, asked in excitement.All seated in the first row, each of the 15 participants answered with a doubtful “yes”. They laughed nervously, acknowledging that, ready or not, the competition was about to start.The event was a speech contest recently held by the Jakarta Toastmasters Club (JTC) at an office space in South Jakarta. The club itself is part of an international network of “non-profit educational organizations that teach public speaking and leadership skills”, as described by the Toastmasters website.Each participant had to deliver a five- to seven-minute speech — anyone who spoke for less than four minutes and 30 seconds or more than seven minutes and 30 seconds would be disqualified.The speeches delivered that evening covered various topics, from th… Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Belgium coronavirus death toll passes 10,000

first_imgSince the start of the pandemic seven months ago, Belgian authorities have included as wide a number of cases as possible in the toll, adding fatalities in hospitals and care homes, and those people whose deaths may have been caused by the virus but were not tested.During the peak of the pandemic in April, Belgium recorded more than 250 deaths daily over about 10 days, according to Sciensano.The death toll surpassed 5,000 in April.Since the summer, testing capacity has been stepped up, leading to a sharp rise in the number of positive cases recorded, particularly in September when people returned to work and school after the summer holidays. Belgium, one of the European countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, on Wednesday reported its death toll from the pandemic had surpassed 10,000.The country, which has a population of 11.5 million, recorded 10,001 deaths by Wednesday, 14 more than in the previous 24 hours.Reported infections rose to 117,115 from 115,353, the Sciensano research institute said. Topics :center_img The daily number of deaths has increased since the start of this month, going from three to an average of 7-8 in recent days, with the elderly and those in poor health increasingly among those infected.The elderly in around 1,500 care homes have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic.These facilities have recorded around half of the deaths, according to official figures. This rises to around two-thirds, or 64 percent, if residents of care homes who died in hospital are included, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF).last_img read more

Wellcome Trust prices £400m bond with maturity of 45 years

first_imgThe initial order book was more than three-and-a-half times oversubscribed.JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley acted as joint lead managers of the issue, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs acting as co-managers.Wellcome spends more than £750m each year on its mission of improving human and animal health, largely through funding biomedical research and its translation into healthcare.The trust’s investments have returned a total of £7bn (57% cumulative, 9% annualised) in the five years to end-September 2013, recording positive returns in each of the five years.Annualised returns over 10 and 20 years have been 10%.Wellcome is currently rated Aaa (stable) by Moody’s, and AAA (stable) by Standard & Poor’s and said it was its policy to maintain these ratings.Wellcome issued two previous bonds, in 2006 and 2009, the first UK charity to do so.Danny Truell, CIO at Wellcome Trust, said: “We are delighted at the continued strong investor interest in us and the strength of our portfolio.“It has been our widely publicised strategy to regularly review market conditions and to access the bond markets when circumstances are appropriate.”He added: “We understand that not many issuers are granted the opportunity to borrow money for this long, particularly at the cost of funding we have secured.“It is testament to the strength of our financial position that we have seen such strong demand for this bond and are grateful to the many institutions who intend to entrust us with their money.” The Wellcome Trust – the UK’s largest charitable foundation, with an endowment of £16.5bn (€20.2bn) – has priced £400m worth of bonds with a maturity of 45 years, falling due in 2059.The issue is priced at a spread over Gilts of 58 basis points.Wellcome said it believed this was the tightest spread for a non-government related issuer in the sterling market since the financial crisis of 2008.It said it also believed the implied nominal coupon of 4% was the lowest for a non-government related issuer in the sterling market for a bond with a maturity in excess of 40 years.last_img read more

New clearing regulations may be needed to avoid catastrophic losses – ECB

first_imgCœuré said that because of the G20’s commitment to introduce clearing obligations in the wake of the global financial crisis, CCPs had become “super-systemically important”, and it was critical to make sure they were safe.On the subject of whether authorities should be doing more to address potential weaknesses in CCP risk management, he said that even though standards have been bolstered since the financial crisis, catastrophic losses beyond those already covered by the regulatory requirements could still happen.“Given the critical role of CCPs in financial markets, regulators need to think the unthinkable,” he said, citing the default of a clearing member at KRX, the South Korean CCP, which had caused it to tap its mutualised default fund.His warnings comes not long after Jonathan Hill, European commissioner for financial stability, urged the US to work with the EU  on new regulation to avoid a “devastating” CCP collapse. The Commission is soon to publish a new resolution framework for CCPs. Cœuré said mandatory central clearing did allow risks to be pooled, monitored and managed, but that pushing more complex products towards mandatory central clearing made risk management more challenging.“Authorities may need to assess whether overly complex products should really be submitted to central clearing, so as to ensure CCPs can continue pooling risks in a safe and efficient way,” he said.There had been concerns recently about whether the level of risk management across the CCP landscape was consistent and adequate, he said.“New requirements may well prove necessary but the impact and coverage of the existing regulatory framework should first be comprehensively assessed,” Cœuré said.In order to illustrate how severe the consequences of a “stress event” at a major global CCP could be, he said that in September 2014, the gross notional outstanding amount of centrally cleared positions was estimated at $169trn (€139trn) for over the counter interest rate derivatives, and $14trn for credit derivatives — around ten times US or EU GDP. New regulations may have to be introduced to make sure central counterparties (CCPs) are robust enough to withstand events that could otherwise cause catastrophic losses within the financial market system, the European Central Bank (ECB) has said.Benoît Cœuré, member of the executive board of the European Central Bank (ECB), said: “Because of their growing systemic importance, CCPs need to be exceptionally robust, and that means being able to cope with even extreme losses.”Speaking at an event at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, he said it may be necessary to increase their existing loss-absorbing capacity.“But what is less clear at the moment is whether this can be done by having CCPs observe the existing, tough international standards, which have been introduced only relatively recently […] or whether there is a need for new requirements that are more demanding or more specific,” he said.last_img read more

Sea Intelligence: COVID-19 Impact Pushes Carriers’ Revenue Loss to USD 1.9 Bln

first_imgThe impact of the COVID-19 virus outbreak on container shipping continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace.Copenhagen-based Sea Intelligence said in its weekly analytical report that a global volume loss due to COVID-19 impact has reached 1.9 million TEU amid blanking of sailings by global carriers.Carriers are blanking sailings as a way of dealing with the cargo volume slump caused by the coronavirus outbreak originating from China and the closure of manufacturing plants in the country as a precautionary measure aimed at curbing the outbreak.At a rough average freight rate of 1,000 USD/TEU, this equals to a revenue loss of USD 1.9 billion for the carriers.The number of blank sailings in weeks 5-15 of 2020 on the Transpacific has increased to 111, of which 48 have been blanked due to COVID-19, and the remainder due to “normal” Chinese New Year capacity management.On Asia-Europe, the number of blank sailings has increased to 75, of which 29 are due to COVID-19, the intelligence provider said.“From a more positive angle, we appear to be seeing a stabilization. Even though the carriers have announced 7 more blank sailings over the past week, which corresponds to an additional 7% removal of capacity, the pace of new blank sailings has clearly declined, suggesting a belief from the carriers that volumes will slowly be brought back to normal levels. The bulk of the blank sailings were announced during weeks 7 and 8,” Alan Murphy, CEO, Sea-Intelligence, said.“This, however, does not mean the ripple effects are over – far from it. We have already outlined in the past weeks how this will impact the round-trip dynamics and create shortages of both vessel capacity and equipment availability. Carriers are already pushing rate increases on account of this, and for some back-haul shippers the coming weeks might well be a matter of whether they can get their cargo moved at all, almost irrespective of the price they are willing to pay.”The capacity management measures have ensured freight rates remain on the same levels, for now, staving off a feared financial-crisis-like rate implosion.Furthermore, there were fears that should the situation get prolonged, that aside from blanking of sailings, carriers would have to resort to heavier capacity reduction measures such as idling of ships and demolitions.This might not be the case, as there are signs that the cargo flow situation at coastal ports in China is normalizing as manufacturing plants start to reopen.Graphs: Sea Intelligencelast_img read more