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University seniors to pursue service opportunities

first_imgThrough ACE Teaching Fellows, a postgraduate program under the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a group of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students in the Class of 2017 will be teaching at various under-resourced schools across the nation after committing themselves to a pillar of Catholic education: service.Since its founding in 1993 by Fr. Timothy Scully and Fr. Sean McGraw, ACE has devoted itself to serving and enhancing Catholic institutions across America, and has inspired and branched 14 service programs that soon-to-be graduates commit to every year, such as Teach for America and the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE). As one of the more popular postgraduate service programs at the University, Teaching Fellows enlisted 45 graduating Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students to serve in ACE’s 24th Cohort.Scully said these graduates’ commitment to service work is “a tremendous sign of hope.”“In ACE, we believe that God has made each of the children entrusted to our care for great things,” he said. “The young men and women in this new cohort have so many gifts and experiences to put into the service of their students — so many of whom are on the margins of society.”Last year, the Career Center and Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research reported that roughly 7 percent of Notre Dame graduates committed to service post-graduation. These students served at over 50 different organizations in roles pertaining to advocacy, administration, education, healthcare, social services, legal affairs or ministry.Lead postgraduate service coordinator Karen Manier said this year’s class is on track to match this wide range of service.“Postgraduate service is a popular choice for many students, not just those pursuing a career in education,” Manier said. “Over 100 Notre Dame seniors participate in postgraduate service in any given year.”Under the program, ACE teaching fellows will teach subjects they specialize in for two years at their assigned placement. They will also spend a few weeks at Notre Dame this summer undergoing intensive studies intended to prepare them for their teaching roles.Originally drawn in by ACE’s sense of community, senior biology major and poverty studies minor Catherine Wagner interned with ACE her senior year, and committed to Teaching Fellows to explore the possibility of teaching as a long-term vocation. Wagner will be teaching middle school science and religion for grades 6, 7 and 8 at Most Pure Heart of Mary School in Mobile, Alabama, where she said she hopes to help students “realize their full potential.”“There’s something so special about being united with people that have similar ideas and passions as you,” Wagner said. “The framing of my education through a Catholic mindset and Catholic values had a big impact on my life, so I’d like to continue that for other people.”History major and education, schooling and society minor Samuel Jezak learned about ACE through an information session in his dorm, Keenan Hall. Jezak said he thought the program stood out through its emphasis of community in the “fight to provide quality education to everyone.” He will be teaching high school history and social studies at Cristo Rey San Jose in San Jose, California.“ACE was a win-win for me — a way to serve under-resourced communities, as well as receive fantastic training in pedagogy that culminates in a master’s degree in education,” Jezak said. “The cohort is an incredible collection of talent and human capital that will also be there to lift me up when times are challenging while teaching.”As a graduate of a high school that hosted ACE teachers, history major and secondary education minor Itzxul Moreno, a Saint Mary’s senior, said she has known about ACE since high school, where she was inspired by many ACE teachers. She will be teaching fourth grade at St. Philip Neri Catholic School, a Notre Dame ACE Academy in Indianapolis.“As a product of ACE’s efforts in under-resourced Catholic schools, I have always carried its very special mission close to heart,” Moreno said. “I knew I was going to apply to ACE, but was considering various other postgraduate programs, jobs and even business school. Through it all, I realized that nothing brought me more joy than working with students and serving communities in need.”Another graduating intern of the program, mechanical engineering major John Assaf, said he committed to ACE rather than a career in engineering because he believes engineers are charged to make the world a better place, and teaching “perfectly fulfills [that] goal.” Assaf will be venturing to San Antonio to teach high school math at St. Gerard Catholic High School.“In a way we’re disciples, because these kids, these students and these families at the schools we’re going to flat-out need [our help],” Assaf said. “It’s not like we’re going to provide all of it — we can’t — but if we can start to help people with their backs against the wall, then in a way we’re starting to claw towards that goal of helping people, which is what God wanted to try to do always.”Tags: ACE, Alliance for Catholic Education, Class of 2017, Post-graduate jobs, Teaching Fellowslast_img read more

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Total’s battery unit links up with Tianneng, targets expansion in China

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Saft subsidiary of French energy group Total has struck a new deal to expand its presence in China in the fast-growing market for batteries, energy storage and electric vehicles.Total said on Thursday that Saft had signed an agreement with Tianneng Energy Technology to create a joint venture to expand their lithium-ion activity. The companies did not disclose the value of the deal.Manufacturing will be based at the Changxing Gigafactory, with a potential capacity of 5.5 gigawatt hours (GWh), part of which is already in operation.Total’s Saft arm will have a 40 percent shareholding in the new venture, while Tianneng will hold the remaining shares.The companies said they plan to expand the Changxing facility and ramp up its production capacity to meet future growing demand, mainly driven by e-mobility sales and the development of renewable electricity generation capacity.The deal gives Saft and Total an entrance into the Chinese battery market as European manufacturers race to catch up with Asian rivals in the fast-growing market.More: Energy group Total’s Saft arm strikes China batteries deal Total’s battery unit links up with Tianneng, targets expansion in Chinalast_img read more

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Another Blow against Drug Trafficking in International Waters

first_imgBy Dialogo June 05, 2014 The latest accomplishment during a joint operation to counter drug trafficking resulted in three tons of cocaine seized and suspects arrested. In a coordinated operation carried out by the U.S. Coast Guard and the DEA on May 20, as part of the operational strategy led by the Colombian National Police in compliance with their constant fight against drug trafficking, police intelligence efforts allowed the detection of a semisubmersible vessel with a huge amount of cocaine onboard sailing in international waters a few miles south of Nariño, Tumaco Municipality, Colombia. Police intelligence and the ongoing investigation show that the 3,383 kilos of cocaine, with the help of speedboats, departed from Nariño and Valle del Cauca to the semisubmersible. The cargo was destined for Mexico and the United States. The unified efforts of Counter Drug Police, DEA, and U.S. Coast Guard units made this strategic blow against drug trafficking possible. They arrested four people onboard; three Colombian nationals and one Ecuadorian. Authorities are trying to determine if the seized drug belonged to illegal organizations or guerrillas that operate in this region. Despite the constant change of drug trafficking as a crime, the unstoppable joint fight conducted by U.S. and Colombian authorities in recent operations, reflect the aim of disrupting any criminal capacity that serves as organized criminals for drug traffickers.last_img read more

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SALE! BOGO! DOORBUSTER!: Running promotions on your credit cards

first_imgIn my opinion, the first Sunday after the Super Bowl is the most depressing day of the year. After months of having every Sunday filled with excitement and record-breaking moments, you suddenly have a day with nothing to do. And that’s just depressing. So, I filled my day with a trip to the mall. Pause – I’ll give you all a moment to recover from the shock that there’s still someone out there who doesn’t shop online. . . I always prefer the mall because most of the stores are so desperate to get people in the door that they give you really great discounts that you often can’t get online. They all have these colorful signs in the windows advertising discounts on your entire purchase or free gifts with your purchase.Like any other business, credit unions also use these kinds of flashy offers to attract customers. However, unlike the stores at the mall, credit unions have to comply with a number of different requirements for their offers. From advertising to account opening and beyond, the rules are complex and can be hard to follow. Today’s post will focus on the rules for how long credit unions must honor a promotional rate on a credit card. The rules below apply for both new accounts and promotions on existing accounts.Generally speaking, the credit card rules in Regulation Z prohibit credit unions from increasing the rate on a credit card unless a specific exception applies. One of those exceptions – contained in section 1026.55(b)(1) – allows credit unions to increase the rate after the expiration of a promotional period.  The promotional period must be at least six months. Well, that’s pretty easy, right? Not so fast. The commentary actually provides two different methods for calculating the promotional period depending on the types of transactions subject to the promotional rate – multiple transactions or one-time transactions. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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1 in 5 Long Island School Districts in ‘Fiscal Stress’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island had the highest proportion of school districts suffering from fiscal stress in New York State last year with one in five districts in some degree of economic malaise.In total, 25 of the 124 districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties were identified to be in some state of fiscal stress, according to a report published by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli Thursday. The report included 82 districts statewide. [FULL LIST BELOW]Of the 25 districts, 10 have appeared in the report all three years its been released, giving the region the designation of having the highest amount of districts in the state experiencing chronic fiscal stress. Nine of the 10 were in Suffolk County.Hempstead Union Free School District had the highest overall fiscal score of 98.3—the highest ever recorded.“Certain groups of school districts are more likely than others to be fiscally stressed,” the report states. “Districts in the high-need urban/suburban need/resource category are more than twice as likely as districts overall to be in a fiscal stress category.”The districts included in the report either struggled with moderate fiscal stress or significant fiscal stress or were susceptible to fiscal stress.The report took into account for key indicators: low fund balance, operating deficits, low liquidity and short-term debt.Four districts on LI were found to be experiencing significant stress: Hempstead, Sachem Central School District, Wyandanch Union Free School District and Copiague Union Free School District. The three LI districts categorized as suffering from moderate fiscal stress were East Islip Union Free School District, Elwood Union Free School District and East-port-South Manor Central School District.East Islip, Wyandanch, Copiague, Sachem and Eastport-South Manor were among the 10 districts that have appeared in the report since 2013. The remaining five were Bay Shore Union Free School District, East Moriches Union Free School District, East Quogue Union Free School District, West Islip Union Free School District and Valley Stream 24 Union Free School District—the lone district from Nassau.The report does not identify districts that are in healthy fiscal standing, but instead looks at those that are struggling financially and if there have been any signs of recovery.The one bright spot was Lawrence Union Free School District, which saw its fiscal score drop from 80 percent in 2014 to 23.3 percent in 2015—tied for the largest decrease in the state.Despite the fiscal problems indicated in the report, the overall health of the districts across the state is healthy, the report found.The comptroller’s study did not propose any potential solutions but it did challenge residents and officials to take measures to identify what’s causing the problem.“School boards, school business officials, taxpayers and other interested parties in these districts should work to understand and address the factors that are contributing to fiscal stress,” the report advised.THE FULL LIST:last_img read more

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Most-wanted list to go on civil registry to prevent further blunders, exploitation

first_img“With the integrated data, the fugitives’ records will spread quickly, and [this will] minimize their room for [escape],” Zudan said in a statement on Thursday.Zudan said that one of the reasons behind the data integration was the recent clandestine return of graft convict and fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra to the country.Djoko, who was convicted in the high-profile Bank Bali graft case, had been on the run for more than a decade since he fled the country in 2009. After entering the country undetected in early June, he managed to obtain a new electronic-ID and file a request for a court review of his conviction without being apprehended.The e-ID was allegedly issued with the authorization and personal involvement of former South Grogol subdistrict head Asep Subahan in South Jakarta. The Jakarta administration has dismissed Asep for abuse of authority and violations of the e-ID card issuance procedure. The Home Ministry will provide information about the nation’s most-wanted criminals – a list maintained by the Attorney’s General’s Office (AGO) – on the government’s civil registry to prevent further failures of enforcement and stop exploitation of the system by fugitives.Home Ministry population and civil registration director general Zudan Arif Fakhrulloh said that the ministry had received the most-wanted list from the AGO.The most-wanted list will be sent to population and civil registration offices throughout the country so that officers receive alerts about the legal status of fugitives if they request civil registration services. In late July, the police managed to track down and arrest Djoko in Malaysia with the help of the neighboring country’s police force.The integration of the data was also part of an agreement between the ministry and the AGO to use civil registry data in law enforcement. On Thursday, both agencies signed a letter of agreement to extend the cooperation that they had begun three years before.Zudan said the agreement had been made to give assistance to the AGO in law enforcement through the use of population data. According to agreement, the Population and Civil Registration Directorate General is allowed to give investigators access to 268 million personal data entries in the civil registry database, which include citizenship identification numbers (NIK), names and addresses.The investigators are also allowed to access the Directorate General’s database of 192 million citizen fingerprints and photographs for biometric recognition purposes. Zudan estimated that it would take a maximum of 20 seconds to match the fingerprint and face of an individual to an entry in the database, if the data had been recorded.Home Minister Tito Karnavian, a former National Police chief who was assigned to his current role in late 2019, said that access to the civil registry database had been beneficial for the police.”This is also true of the Attorney General’s Office [most-wanted list]. Especially for corruption cases, in terms of interrogation, examination and other techniques, population and civil registry data is very useful in accelerating our work,” said Tito.However, Tito warned that the data should be protected to prevent abuse and breaches.Attorney General ST Burhanuddin said in the statement that he appreciated the technological advancements and asked that prosecutors use the data selectively and only for investigation purposes.Topics :last_img read more

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Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl names one aspect of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side which is ‘unstoppable’

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arteta is yet to see sustained improvement form his players (Picture: Getty)Ralph Hasenhuttl insists there is never a good time to play Arsenal and said the Gunners’ speed is ‘unstoppable’.Mikel Arteta’s side travel to Southampton on Thursday having lost both their Premier League games since the restart of the 2019/20 season.Arsenal are languishing in tenth in the table and facing an injury crisis, but Southampton boss Hasenhuttl heaped praise on the Gunners and Arteta.‘He has a strong team – it’s never or a good moment [to play them],’ Hasenhuttl said ahead of the game at St Mary’s.ADVERTISEMENT‘It’s always difficult because they have quality, they have fantastic players and it’s always to play the game.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Even if they have a few injuries, the quality is so big they can absolutely hit back immediately and if you give them a little space, they are unstoppable with their speed.‘We must really take care, really pay attention of everything and finally make it a very good game.’ Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl names one aspect of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side which is ‘unstoppable’ Hasenhuttl is wary of Arsenal’s speed (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have several key players out injured and will be without David Luiz again as he serves the final game of his suspension.Pablo Mari, Granit Xhaka, Bernd Leno, Cedric Soares and Lucas Torreira are all expected to miss the Southampton game through injury.Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League took a big hit with the loss to Brighton, with the Gunners side now eleven points off fourth place.MORE: Arsenal in talks to sign Neto from BarcelonaMORE: Michael Owen makes Premier League predictions for Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea vs Manchester CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryTuesday 23 Jun 2020 5:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link952Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Nakilat, Excelerate Energy Sign Deal on FSRU Joint Venture

first_imgQatar’s LNG shipping company Nakilat has signed an agreement with US-based Excelerate Energy to establish a joint-venture company and acquire a 55% interest in a floating storage regasification unit (FSRU).“This acquisition is pivotal to the State of Qatar, as this is the first FSRU co-owned by a Qatari company, which paves the way for Qatari liquefied natural gas (LNG) to expand its outreach to developing and emerging markets,” Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Nakilat Chairman, said.Al Sada continued that the move is expected to enable Nakilat to widen its international outreach and thus, secure its industry-leading position in the dynamic and competitive LNG market.“We are extremely proud to be the first Qatari company to acquire ownership in an FSRU,” Abdullah Al Sulaiti, Nakilat Chief Executive Officer, said.The FSRU Exquisite has a capacity of 150,900 cubic meters and a peak regasification rate of 745 million cubic feet per day.The vessel is located at Port Qasim in Pakistan, and has received 10.4mt of LNG since it started operations in 2015, out of which 7.8mt were Qatari LNG.last_img read more

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Tampa Has “Tough Act to Follow” with Super Bowl 55

first_imgSuper Bowl 54 is in the books and everything went well in Miami, which has hosted the big game a record eleven times. Now,Tampa has a tough act to follow. The city will play host next year to Super Bowl 55 after Miami hosted Super Bowl 54, which was played last night. At a ceremony this morning, the Miami Host Committee will hand things over to the Tampa Host Committee. Super Bowl 55 is set for February 7th, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium. It’ll be the fifth time Tampa has hosted a Super Bowl, and the first since Super Bowl 43 in 2009 when Pittsburgh beat Arizona. In terms of official numbers, last night’s attendance at Hard Rock Stadium was the second-lowest attendance in the game’s history behind only Super Bowl 1 which drew 61,946 fans and didn’t even sell out.Sunday’s game at Hard Rock Stadium was a sellout, though was much lower than the 74,059 who came to the game the last time it was at the Miami Dolphins’ home stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.Dolphins owner Stephen Ross spent more than $500 million refurbishing and remodeling the stadium since, and one of the things he did was lower the capacity considerably.last_img read more

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Ellsworth swim team to receive academic award

first_imgELLSWORTH — The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association has selected the Ellsworth High School swim team to receive awards for its excellent performance in the classroom, head coach Jim Goodman said Sunday.The Ellsworth boys and girls both qualified for the award’s “Silver” category. The boys earned a GPA of 3.66, and the girls’ was 3.72. Additionally, senior Keith Jordan was named an Academic All-American for maintaining a GPA of 3.75 or higher over seven semesters.Ellsworth also received a banner for good sportsmanship back in February. The boys’ and girls’ teams finished second and 11th, respectively, at the state championships that month.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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