Saint Mary’s community helps meet each other’s needs with free store

first_imgIn the basement of Le Mans Hall, a small room lined with shelves offers the Saint Mary’s community an opportunity to participate in a model of finding things they need and passing along things they no longer use.“We have a free store that provides many things for students that they might be looking for, ranging from clothes and bedding to anything they might be looking for … that they don’t want to buy or can’t afford to buy,” senior Annie Maguire, the ministry assistant for Le Mans Hall, said.The free store is one of several resources on campus that students can utilize when they find themselves in need, she said. Another of these is Mother Pauline’s Pantry, although it has no affiliation with Campus Ministry as the free store does.“The free store is an initiative through Campus Ministry,” Maguire said. “Campus Ministry has run and operated the free store since its creation.”All functions of the free store are overseen by Regina Wilson, director of Campus Ministry, Maguire said. It is staffed by the ministry assistants from each of the residence halls.“It’s a really nice way we can share our resources as a community and look out for each other,” Maguire said.The free store has a variety of items donated by the Saint Mary’s community, including clothing, bedding, school supplies and dishes.“We want to take away any stigma that can come with not having enough funds to purchase your own clothes, your own binders, folders and materials for school,” Maguire said. “All these things are necessary as a student.”Maguire said the expenses associated with being a college student are already high without the cost of items that are available in the free store.“The mission is to … really emphasize how we can take care of each other as a community, not just in Le Mans, but uniting all the [dorm] communities together,” she said.The free store opened to students for the year about a month ago, Maguire said.“We decided we would find a clear schedule and try to get it out to students as soon as we could so that students would look at the schedule and plan in the days when they could come in,” she said.In the past, students have noted the free store seemed to be open at odd times of day, Maguire said, so the ministry assistants who run the store want to make sure it gets better advertisement this year.“Most students who come in are discovering the free store for the first time, but there are also some returners,” she said. “It’s always a joy to see people walking through the doors for the first time and understanding this radical model that is very different from our consumer culture where everything has to be bought and sold. The moment when a student finds out that they can just take something for free, their eyes light up and it brings a smile to their face, knowing that Saint Mary’s is supporting them in a way that they need.”Maguire said members of Saint Mary’s faculty and staff are also welcome to make donations to and browse the free store. Donation boxes are located outside the free store, and their contents are placed on the store’s shelves each time an ministry assistant opens up shop.“I think this is a hidden gem of Saint Mary’s that is unique to us,” Maguire said. “I don’t see this model embodied at other institutions, and I think it’s one thing that’s really special and speaks to our mission of really meeting the needs of students.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Community, free storelast_img read more

Hogwarts Takeover! 5 More Harry Potter Stars We Want to See on Broadway

first_imgGrab your school scarf and your broomstick, because Broadway is beginning to look a lot like Hogwarts. With Daniel Radcliffe playing the title role in The Cripple of Inishmaan and Rupert Grint gearing up to play wunderkind director Frank Finger in It’s Only a Play, Broadway is seeing its fair share of young wizards—but there’s a few more we’d love to see on the boards. We don’t know if any of them can sing, but hey, a Hufflepuff can dream! Emma WatsonCome on, Emma, complete the Harry Potter trifecta! We’ve been hoping for Hermione’s Broadway debut ever since we saw her dance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2012, but now it’s just getting ridiculous. Make our lives “perfectly marvelous” and play Sally Bowles in Cabaret! Matthew LewisAfter his impressive transformation from geek to stud, Matthew Lewis has certainly become Broadway leading man material. After playing the bumbling Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter franchise, we think it’s time the star was promoted to leader of the pack—the Newsies pack! Can’t you see this member of Dumbledore’s Army leading the newsboys strike as Jack Kelly in the hit Disney musical? Star Files Bonnie WrightIf she makes her Broadway debut, the name on everybody’s lips is gonna be Bonnie. Yep, we’re envisioning the all-grown-up Ginny Weasley as conniving inmate Roxie Hart in Chicago. The Chamber of Secrets is nothing compared to Cook County Jail. Tom FeltonThe English actor and singer played sinister Slytherin Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, but now that he’s all grown up we think it’s high time he hopped the pond and made his Broadway debut. We’d love to see him find his corner of the sky in Pippin—and after seeing him shirtless on TNT’s Murder in the First, we know this is an excellent decision. View Comments Evanna LynchThe stage and screen actress spent years perfecting that “permanently surprised look” as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter—now that she’s all grown up, we’d love to see her go from loony Luna to lovelorn Lauren in Kinky Boots. Besides, we already know she has awesome taste in shoes. Daniel Radcliffelast_img read more

FTC agrees to take no action pending appeal

first_img June 15, 2004 Regular News FTC agrees to take no action pending appeal In Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act enforcement case The Federal Trade Commission has said that unless a U.S. district court decision holding lawyers are not subject to the privacy provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act is reversed, it will take no action against lawyers who do not comply with the act.In April, the ABA and the New York State Bar Association were successful in their lawsuit challenging the FTC’s decision that lawyers are subject to the privacy provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act if, as part of their law practice, they provide real estate, tax, estate planning, or other financially related legal advice to individuals. The FTC has until July 12 to decide whether to appeal.In response to the ABA’s request, the William E. Kovacic, general counsel of the FTC, said, “[U]nless and until the district’s April 30, 2004 order or any judgment embodying that order is reversed, the Federal Trade Commission will not bring any enforcement actions or conduct any investigations against practicing lawyers under Title V, Subtitle A, of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, 15 U.S.C §§6801-09, for any action, inaction or failure to comply by them during the period preceding reversal.”The ABA asked the FTC for this assurance because many attorneys have requested guidance about their responsibilities in light of the district court’s decision, said ABA President Dennis W. Archer.“While we are all hopeful that the court’s decision will stand, the ABA is also seeking congressional action on this issue,” Archer said.U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia Reggie B. Walton agreed with ABA and NYSBA’s assertion that Congress never intended the privacy provisions to apply to lawyers.“Judge Walton’s decision has reaffirmed what lawyers’ groups have contended since the inception of GLBA — that there is no evidence that Congress ever intended the act to apply to lawyers,” said NYSBA President A. Thomas Levin. “Lawyers are already bound by strict codes of professional responsibility that govern their daily ethical and business behavior and provide far greater protection of a client’s personal information than this act requires of financial institutions.”In its lawsuit, the NYSBA asserted that the FTC acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in refusing to exempt lawyers from the regulation. It also said that GLBA, as it applies to lawyers, is unconstitutional under the 10th Amendment, which governs states’ rights. In the United States, only states have the ability to license lawyers; there is no federal entity that does so. NYSBA argued that without clear evidence of congressional intent, the court should not even address the question of whether the federal government has the authority to regulate this area.Also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, GLBA requires financial institutions to provide “a clear disclosure to all their clients concerning their privacy policies” and to explain how they individually share information with affiliates and third parties. The act defines a “financial institution” as “any institution the business of which is engaging in financial activities within the meaning of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956.” The FTC argued that lawyers engaged in such practice areas as tax planning and transactions, estate planning, real estate closings, and personal bankruptcy should be subject to GLBA. FTC agrees to take no action pending appeallast_img read more

Arsenal remain focused on signing centre-back amid Philippe Coutinho speculation

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Philippe Coutinho is not Arsenal’s priority at the moment (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal may be interested in signing Philippe Coutinho on loan, but their priority is bringing in a central defender rather than bolster their attack.Barcelona have offered Coutinho to the Gunners on a season-long loan, and according to reports in France, a deal is close to being done for the Brazilian.However, other clubs, including Tottenham, are also interested in the former Liverpool man and a switch to Arsenal is not as close as previously thought.This is also because the Gunners are focusing their efforts on signing a centre-back, reports the Guardian, which is the position most obviously in need of strengthening in Unai Emery’s squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementThree targets are receiving the most focus currently, with Juventus’ Daniele Rugani, Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano all on Arsenal’s radar. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 8:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link109Shares Daniele Rugani is being targeted at centre-back (Picture: Getty Images)Rugani looks the most likely option of the three, with Leipzig quoting Arsenal £70m for Upamecano and Umtiti preferring to stay at Barca.The Italian is surplus to requirements at Juve and although Arsenal have seen an initial offer of a two-year loan move turned down, the Turin side are keen to do a deal on improved terms.As it stands, Emery’s options at centre-back are Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi, Callum Chambers and an injured Rob Holding.Mustafi is on the transfer list, meaning that it will likely be Sokratis and Chambers in the middle of defence when Arsenal face Newcastle in their Premier League opener on Sunday.Improving these options remains Emery’s number one priority before the transfer window closes at 5pm on Thursday.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCoutinho’s future is still up in the air with Manchester United and Liverpool also interested in a loan deal, along with the two north London clubs.Spurs are thought to be leading the chase for his signature, partially thanks to Coutinho’s relationship with boss Mauricio Pochettino after they briefly worked together at Espanyol in 2012.However, stumbling blocks for all interested parties are the £21m loan fee that Barcelona want and having to pay his hefty £200,000-a-week wages.MORE: Tottenham looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan from BarcelonaMORE: Wolves looking to beat Arsenal to Juventus defender Daniele Rugani with £30m offer Arsenal remain focused on signing centre-back amid Philippe Coutinho speculationlast_img read more

Thomas Partey advised to reject Arsenal transfer by ex-Ghana star Derek Boateng

first_imgThomas Partey is one of Arsenal’s top targets for the summer transfer window (EPA)Thomas Partey has been urged to reject a move to Arsenal this summer by former Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng.The Atletico Madrid midfielder has a €50 million (£43m) release clause in his contract with the Spanish club and the Gunners have already opened negotiations ahead of a potential deal in the upcoming transfer window.Partey is believed to be one of Arteta’s priority targets for the summer, although Arsenal’s transfer budget is heavily dependant on where the club finishes in the Premier League this season.Reports have also claimed that Arsenal’s technical director, Edu, has approved Arteta’s push to sign the 27-year-old.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Boateng, who was capped 47 times by Ghana, believes Partey should be turn down Arsenal due to their lack of Champions League football.‘He needs to be at a place where he will be happy, respected and get a lot of playing time,’ Boateng told JoyFM. Arsenal have already held talks to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)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 Arsenalcan make all the money you want but if the coach doesn’t play you, you won’t be happy.‘I will not advise him to move to Arsenal right now because he is a Champions League player and with the look of the Arsenal team right now, they are not ready with the kind of players they have and some are going to move‘They are playing very well but you can see the inexperience hurting them and with the way the Premier League is going right now, it is going to be really tough. If he wants to move, he has to move to a team that plays in the Champions League otherwise he will lose everything.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Thomas Partey advised to reject Arsenal transfer by ex-Ghana star Derek Boateng View 3 comments Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 6 Jul 2020 11:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Gold Coast penthouse offers a private escape

first_imgCould get used to lazing around enjoying the ocean views. The penthouse at ‘Calypso Towers’ 88 Marine Pde, Coolangatta.EVER dreamt of escaping to a private island?The sea views from this Coolangatta penthouse’s north-facing wall of floor-to-ceiling windows make it feel like you’re in the middle of the ocean.But civilisation isn’t far away, with sweeping vistas of the Gold Coast skyline and Hinterland surrounding the rest of the luxury apartment. Even the bathrooms have views!The Calypso Tower penthouse at 88 Marine Parade will go under the hammer on Saturday at 5pm.Ray White Broadbeach Mermaid Waters agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo are marketing the apartment, which takes up the 20th and 21st floors.They described it as a luxury residence that “redefines sophisticated skyhome living” with an “array of bespoke, customised finishes”.These include imported antique wooden doors, hand-selected 200-year-old reclaimed polished hardwood floors and marble, granite and stainless-steel features throughout. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNot the worst way to wake up every day. Admire the coastline from every angle. One of the apartment’s four bathrooms. This kitchen is versatile and modern.It has an open floorplan with a lounge and family room at the heart of the modern apartment.This opens onto the main balcony, which wraps around the building and overlooks the ocean.Each of the three bedrooms have ensuites and access to one of the property’s five balconies.The upstairs entertaining retreat with kitchenette and access to two balconies is a standout feature.last_img read more

Derivatives account for two-thirds of annual returns at KPN scheme

first_imgThe pension fund said it increased its strategic allocation from 2.5% to 10%, while also raising its stake in inflation-linked bonds from 12% to 15%. Equity delivered 9.5%, with actively managed global and emerging market equity, and passively managed European equity, returning 11.7% and 5.1%, respectively.The pension fund replaced 5% of its global equities with an equal stake in European equities, “as they were priced more attractively”.Listed real estate, returning 26.2%, was the best performing part of the property portfolio.Actively managed property returned 5.5%.The KPN scheme attributed the 20.5% loss in commodities to falling oil prices and replaced all its passively managed investments – through future contracts – for actively managed holdings in the asset class. According to Cees Michielse, chairman of the scheme’s investment committee, the adjustment was part of a periodical reassessment of the entire investment portfolio.“The fixed monthly extension of the futures appeared to be predictable, allowing other market players, such as hedge funds, to anticipate,” he said.The pension fund also divested its remaining stake in hedge funds.“Already a couple of years ago, we expected better results from equity and bonds, and this prediction has come true,” Michielse said.In December, the KPN Pensioenfonds sold the put options it had used to hedge the equity risk in developed markets.On the back of rising equity markets, these derivatives came at the expense of 0.5 percentage points of the annual return.The scheme said it spent 0.34% of its assets on asset management and 0.03% on transactions.The KPN Pensioenfonds, which has 58,250 participants, is on course to merge with the €900m Ondernemingspensioenfonds KPN – the pension scheme for nearly 2,000 KPN staff who are not employed under a collective labour agreement.The Ondernemingspensioenfonds KPN returned 21.2% last year. As of the end of March, the schemes’ policy coverage ratios stood at 111.2% and 114.3%, respectively. The €7.5bn pension fund of telecoms giant KPN has confirmed that almost two-thirds of its annual return of 22.6% was due to its deployment of derivatives against various risks, including an interest hedge. In its annual report for 2014, the KPN Pensioenfonds said the actual return on investments was 8%.Over the course of the year, the scheme decreased its interest hedge of liabilities – through a combination of fixed income holdings, interest swaps and swaptions – from 85% to 61%.It generated a 10.1% return on its fixed income portfolio, with Dutch residential mortgages returning 9.1%.last_img read more

PGGM’s van Dam sees inflated expectations of sustainable finance

first_imgToo much is expected from the financial sector in terms of the fight against climate change, the director for investment strategy at €238bn Dutch pension investor PGGM has suggested.Speaking at an Edhec climate finance conference in Paris this week, Jaap van Dam said: ”Sometimes it feels that the whole of society is looking at the financial sector to solve the climate change problem.”“I think that’s a much overrated thing,” he said. “Climate change is actually produced in the real world, so it’s about capital owners, it’s about capital investments, it’s about consumers, and I think the government has a very large role to play.”“If we all play our part then we can move in the right direction and at the same time deliver a good pension.” Olivier Rousseau, executive director at €33bn French public investor Fonds de reserve pour les retraites (FRR), said it was “mostly for the governments to do the job of forcing the private sector to do the right things for the climate,” whereby the private sector was broader than just investors. Palais Brongniart, where the Edhec conference was heldSuccessfully fighting climate change required investment in nuclear energy and disruptive technologies, according to Rousseau, although this was not necessarily something pension funds would be able to provide, at least not at the scale that was needed.He celebrated as “tremendous” a recent move by the European Commission to approve €3.2bn in state aid from seven European Union countries to support research and innovation in battery technology.“It’s a change in approach, a public response to a public emergency and that’s [a] very good avenue,” he said.Last week the European Commission unveiled its plan for a European Green Deal, a wide-ranging growth strategy that has been welcomed for going beyond the financial sector in the bid to drive a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In a discussion in the Dutch parliament this week PGGM and APG were due to call for an expansion of the current European carbon emissions trading system, and for the government to create investment opportunities that contribute to the energy transition.Supply-side issuesVan Dam said that after several years of “harvesting the low hanging fruit”, PGGM now had difficulty finding climate solution investments at scale that would meet its required rate of return.“Sometimes this frustrates our board and our participants,” he said. “If you look at the world as a whole probably 15% is sustainable and 85% not, so this is a very gradual moving thing and we’re part of the system.”He gave the recent example of PGGM and Shell being outbid in their attempt to acquire Dutch energy supplier Eneco. At the time a spokesperson described the outcome as “a real pity as this kind of large investments in local energy transition were scarce”.Andreas Stang, head of ESG at Denmark’s PFA Pension, said the renewable energy market was getting “really crowded”.Unless new projects appeared, return compression meant the pension fund would have to enter deals during an earlier phase if it wanted to continue investing in this area, or look elsewhere.Stang indicated that government green bonds were not really an attractive option given low yields, and said that PFA Pension had therefore been looking at the real estate sector to see if it could “push the envelope” on sustainability.He explained that PFA was challenging regulators to allow it to build a 10-storey office compound entirely out of wood, arguing that in Norway it was possible to build many more stories than the two-storey maximum the Danish regulators were stating.last_img read more

Coronavirus stalls Premier League pre-season plans to tour Asia

first_img Loading… The Coronavirus is threatening to disrupt Premier League clubs’ plans for lucrative pre-season tours in Asia this summer. The Far East — particularly China — has become a popular destination for top-flight clubs for summer training camps as they look to capitalise financially on the huge lure of the league in that part of the world. The virus, which originated in China’s Hubei province, has killed close to 500 people, with another 24,500 people across 25 countries infected. Pre-season plans are usually finalised at this time of year but clubs who intended to head to Asia, in particular China, are delaying confirming their travel due to the health concerns. Sportsmail understands at least one Premier League club with strong Asian connections have, for the time being, banned all business-related travel to the region because of the virus. Last year, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Tottenham, West Ham and Wolves were among the top-flight clubs who went on summer tours to Asia. The aforementioned clubs all spent periods in China. There is obvious concern from clubs’ medical departments and decisions will be guided by the Foreign Office’s official advice. As it stands, the government are advising against ‘all travel to Hubei Province, and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China’. The Foreign Office, however, are not officially advising against travel to other Asian countries — despite the fact that Coronavirus cases have been reported in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore — all of which have been popular destinations for English clubs in recent years. Two people have died of the disease outside of mainland China – one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. There remains hope that the threat will ease in time for clubs to press ahead with plans of Far East tours – and medical staff are being regularly updated by the World Health Organisation with regards to when the outbreak is announced over. Nevertheless, the Shanghai Sports Federation on Wednesday recommended that all sporting events in the Chinese city be suspended until the ongoing epidemic is declared over. Read Also:EPL clubs agree to extend summer transfer window The World Indoor Athletics Championships, due to take place in Nanjing on March 13-15 has been cancelled, while snooker’s China Open, set to take place in Beijing between March 30 and April 5, has also been postponed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World6 Things You Didn’t Know About Channing Tatum’s Ex-WifeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more

Greensburg man arrested after altercation

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg man was arrested after an altercation.According to police, Adam Howard was arrested on the charge of battery.Police say a woman’s father called police to report that his daughter had been hit by her boyfriend.When officers checked on the woman, she told them that she had been hit.She told police that she and Howard had an argument, and attempted to leave.When she tried to leave, police say that Howard grabbed her hair and slammed her head into the floor multiple times and took her cell phone and broke it over the back of her head.The officer requested EMS.Medics did not see injuries, but the woman informed them that she was 23 weeks pregnant.last_img read more