Class studies homelessness

first_imgFor many Notre Dame students, the concept of homelessness in America may only represent a social problem far removed from their lives, but senior Emily Salvaterra said she confronts the reality of the issue on a weekly basis. As students in Professor Benedict Giamo’s American Studies course, titled “Confronting Homelessness in the U.S.,” Salvaterra and her peers commit at least three hours per week to volunteering at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. “The whole idea of this class is to bring a national social issue into a local perspective,” Salvaterra said. “The experiential learning component is really important to understanding homelessness, and you don’t get the chance to do things like this in every class.” The course, which Giamo has taught since his arrival at Notre Dame in 1990, examines the conditions of extreme poverty and homelessness within the context of American culture and society. It studies the issue from historical, sociological and economic perspectives. However, Giamo said the experiential learning aspect of the course is crucial to students’ grasp of homelessness as a real issue. “I think it’s very important for students to account for homelessness as an academic area and as a real, living presence in contemporary society,” Giamo said. “Homelessness is still very much a social problem, and it has not been ameliorated.” Students sharpen their skills in integrating theory and practice by writing journal entries about each volunteer experience at the Center for the Homeless. They take on various service roles in their work at the Center, including tutoring, overseeing children’s activities, working at the front desk or in the kitchen and participating in after-school programs for children. In general, Giamo said he encourages his students to interact with homelessness as much as possible. “I want students to encounter and put a face on homelessness,” Giamo said. “The more students interact with the homeless, the more they will be able to understand individual stories of homelessness.” Salvaterra said she brought her previous experience as a summer intern at the Center for the Homeless into her academic and practical understanding of the issue during the course. “I’ve always been interested in issues of homelessness, so I went out of my way to take the class because I wanted to connect my academic pursuits with volunteering,” Salvaterra said. “Literally confronting homelessness at the shelter causes you to confront your own biases and learn about people in ways that you can’t in a regular class.” Academically, the course covers the issue of homelessness from the late 19th-century to the present day, highlighting the social and economic changes that contributed to shifts in patterns of homelessness in the U.S., Giamo said. He said he wanted to give his students a sense of the history of homelessness by studying the issue from its initial identification as a social problem. For this reason, the first half of the course focuses on poverty and homelessness in New York City and other urban areas from the turn of the century to the 1970s. “The social and economic forces of the Civil War helped create conditions of urban poverty after the war,” Giamo said. “At the end of the century, social investigators encountered the poor and homeless in slums and tenements, and they wrote about it for a middle-class American audience.” Giamo said he covers homelessness from 1980 to the present in the second half of the course. According to Giamo, the importance and effectiveness of the experiential learning aspect of the course comes through in students’ documentary accounts of their experiences, which “forces them to integrate the objective, ethnographic dimension of the experience with the subjective dimension — their own feelings and impressions about homelessness.” Giamo said students who have experience with the issue from their time studying abroad in London and Dublin now have intercultural ideas about homelessness. “It’s interesting because homelessness is a global problem in advanced industrial countries,” Giamo said. “Local microanalysis is at the center of this course, but we are aware that homelessness is a national and global phenomenon.”last_img read more

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Educational Programs

first_imgSpring gardening time is just around the corner. Georgians will be soon be reaching out to their county University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents to ask questions, troubleshoot problems with specific insects, weeds and plant diseases, and to test their soil and water.For new farmers, sometimes a phone call, an email or an on-farm consultation just isn’t enough for them to learn what they need to know. That’s why UGA Extension offers annual “spring training” programs to give farmers an in-depth look at specific agricultural issues. Just as baseball players need to practice and refresh their skills before the start of the regular season, farmers need to hone their skills before the planting season.Farming is one of the most diverse and dynamic occupations, and it’s impossible to be an expert in every agricultural crop or animal. To help answer farmers’ questions, Extension agents never stop learning new things. If an Extension agent doesn’t know the answer to a question, that agent knows where to find an answer within the UGA Extension network. Just like farmers, UGA Extension agents attend several in-service trainings through UGA every year to stay up to date on the newest research and technology that affect the public and the agriculture industry.This spring, UGA Extension has several upcoming education programs across the state for new and experienced farmers and gardeners. Many of these programs also offer continuing education units toward license requirements for private and commercial pesticide applicators. For a detailed agenda of UGA Extension workshops offered across the state and in your local county, visit the UGA Extension calendar online at extension.uga.edu/calendar.last_img read more

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Technology Credit Union finances electric sports cars

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The credit union is one of Tesla’s preferred financial partnersby: Karen BankstonTesla Motors offers high-end all-electric sports cars that are hot commodities in California, where they are manufactured. And if you ask about financing your Tesla, you may be referred to Technology Credit Union, which is among the carmaker’s preferred financing partners and one of the first credit unions in the country to offer loans for these cars.“Tesla is a top-tier Silicon Valley brand, known for their technologically advanced vehicles. This makes for excellent brand association for Tech CU, and it’s consistent with our focus on serving the technology ecosystem,” says Debra Bowman, SVP/retail banking for the $1.8 billion San Jose, Calif., credit union with more than 70,000 members.Tech CU offers up to 100 percent financing for three Tesla models, which an Internet search shows have manufacturer’s suggested retail prices up to $100,000. The CU has developed a streamlined process for funding the loans, with a dedicated phone number for Tesla buyers.Not only are the electric vehicles popular with existing members, but Tech CU sees the financing partnership as a path to recruiting new members in its home market. Bowman cites from a recent Automotive News article that sales of the Model S in the San Francisco Bay Area outpaced nationwide sales of Cadillac’s all-electric ELR in the first six months of 2014. continue reading »last_img read more

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Hey, credit union CEOs, time to put your money where your mouth is!!

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: www.figrow.com Details Ok, so now that I have your attention, we really need to talk about your priorities. It’s been a few years now that I’ve worked with only Credit Unions around marketing, and now sales, and I’m continually noticing one thing again, and again… there seems to be a desire from CEOs to shift your approach to growth, but a lack of real commitment to make this change happen.Let me be more specific. In a recent survey from my friends at CU Grow, they noted that the average Financial Institution spent $40k on their website, but the average branch construction costs well over $1 million, and this doesn’t even include annual maintenance costs!Now my agency doesn’t even sell website redesign services, so I’m not complaining here in hopes to line my own pockets. But my point is this… your website is: Your BEST sales person, Your branch that literally NEVER closes, and Your highest trafficked location, by a MILE!! So, what gives with these kinds of budgeting priorities? A website should be constantly tweaked, maintained and optimized; it should be designed out of the gate to convert leads, and sell, and this won’t happen with a measly budget and 3 years of stagnation until you touch it again! This shift is called growth driven design, and it works! (Google it!)And the website process is just the start of my complaints around Credit Union budgeting. What about marketing? I consistently see mid-sized CUs with only one person in the marketing department, or maybe two, if they are lucky. But these staff are constantly asked to do projects outside of their marketing area of responsibility. They often don’t have the time for or access to on-going training to stay up to speed on the changing marketing place, and they lack marketing budgets that are flexible and growing. Again and again I hear from CEOs that they want loan growth, member growth, member engagement, and to better connect marketing leads with conversions. But you can’t do all of this without making a real commitment to process, and that requires three main things: 1. Staff, 2. Budget and 3. Time! Here’s why…STAFFING CHANGES NEEDEDNow I’m not saying you need to go out and hire a bunch of new people, but there are two clear shifts happening within the FIs that I see having the most digital success. First, Cus need to train your teams around the changing consumer buying journey and how to better reach members and potential new members online and via mobile. This can include working with an outside partner for training or attending one of the many training programs put on by CUNA or other great national and regional conferences. I also firmly believe that you should encourage (require) staff to allocate 1-3 hours per week for online training of some kind, and then make sure they have the time available to make this happen. (And this means NOT over loading them with ad hoc requests of all sorts that fill up their days!!) Secondly, if I were a CEO at a Credit Union today, I would strongly consider consolidating marketing and sales staff under one departmental umbrella of business development or revenue growth. This is needed because marketing and sales teams MUST be more closely aligned to better coordinate the handoff of digital leads for sales follow up. And having revenue teams that work together to meet growth goals is the key! There should be absolutely NO competition between these two groups for staffing or budget. It must be a unified effort.BUDGET SHIFTS THAT WORKNow here’s where things get tricky for me, as I’m NOT a numbers girl, and would never claim to be. But I just know that FIs have the funds they need to make many of the changes I’ve already mentioned. The money is somewhere, it’s just about priorities. If branch walk-in traffic is down, then what are you doing to re-purpose your staff in those locations to better leverage their expertise and knowledge?Why not create a team of marketing and member service (sales) professionals that work as a unit, some in headquarters AND some in branches, and connect marketing and sales efforts with actual conversions? Give them a shared budget for digital ads, social media, a marketing tool or integrated CRM, and content creation, and then let them use these channels to bring in new members or launch campaigns to cross-sell to existing members?The FIs we see having the most success have done just this. They’ve created a large team that spans departments and brings talented staff members together in multiple locations. But this isn’t the status quo, it’s not easy, and it takes budget and time to develop.IT’S A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINTI was on the phone with a CEO last week and he and I had a great conversation about all of these shifts in digital priorities and approaches. And then he asked me, “well this is all great and I like it, but how can I grow loans now?” Truly, I was at a loss. See, I’m not in the business of driving short-term bumps in loan growth for an FI. That’s just not what we do, and that kind of short-sighted approach will not lead to long-term success.We are advocates of the long game, and do you want to know why? The average banking consumer takes 3 weeks to 6 months to make a new account or product decision! And they consult on average 8.9 sources of information along the way. These are big purchases for most people, and these kinds of decision don’t happen overnight.Furthermore, hawking special rates to get short-term loan growth won’t help your FI build a foundation for long-term success. In order to remain relevant in this age of Fintech and online-only banking opportunities, Credit Unions need to continue to build trust and rapport with their members. And you don’t do this with fly-by-night rate promotions. You do this by providing meaningful financial solutions and building real relationships with members. You do this by being understanding, and treating members with care and compassion. And these things can be highlighted digitally with great content, testimonials, and thoughtful campaigns.These are the characteristics that make CUs continue to stand out in today’s financial world, and these will be the foundation for building future success. But without proper staffing, budgeting priorities and a time commitment to the process, these advantages will be lost to big banks and ever evolving Fintech solutions.If you want to learn more or if we can help please get in touch! We live for this stuff! ☺last_img read more

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Los pediatras y la Organización de Defensa del Niño hacen eco del requisito de la Administración Wolf sobre el uso de máscaras en niños

first_imgLos pediatras y la Organización de Defensa del Niño hacen eco del requisito de la Administración Wolf sobre el uso de máscaras en niños July 27, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, los pediatras de la Academia Estadounidense de Pediatría y una organización de defensa de niños están valorando la importancia del uso de máscaras en toda la población, incluidos los niños mayores de dos años. Esta guía refleja la del Gobernador Tom Wolf y la Secretaria de Salud la Dra. Rachel Levine como una medida de mitigación obligatoria para detener la propagación de la COVID-19 en el estado.“Vimos el aumento reciente de casos en el condado de Allegheny y debido a que todos usamos máscaras, practicamos el distanciamiento físico y la higiene de manos, los casos están disminuyendo”, dijo William Keough, MD, MSc, FAA, Copresidente, PA Chapter, Academia Estadounidense de Pediatría, Comité de Defensa, Director Médico, UPMC Health Plan. “Usar una máscara al estar fuera de casa junto con la higiene de manos, toser en el pliegue del codo y practicar el distanciamiento físico son maneras científicamente comprobadas desde hace décadas de disminuir la propagación de una infección para todas las personas mayores de 2 años. Por la salud de todos, haga su parte para detener la propagación de este virus mortal”.“Un informe reciente en la revista científica Nature evaluó el uso de máscaras faciales para prevenir la transmisión de virus respiratorios en más de 245 niños y adultos”, dijo Trude Haecker, MD, FAAP, Presidente, Capítulo de PA, Academia Estadounidense de Pediatría y pediatra general en Philadelphia. “Este estudio aleatorizado concluyó que las máscaras quirúrgicas pueden prevenir la transmisión de los coronavirus y virus de la influenza. La PA-AAP recomienda que todos los niños de 2 años en adelante usen máscaras faciales en todos los lugares donde no se pueda mantener el distanciamiento social, incluso al ir las compras, al consultorio del pediatra o al asistir a la escuela este otoño en base a la decisión que tome su distrito escolar local”.“A pesar de la peligrosidad de este virus, somos muy afortunados de poder vencer a este asesino con soluciones simples, de bajo costo e indoloras, como las máscaras faciales y el lavado de manos”, dijo Donna Cooper, Directora Ejecutiva de Ciudadanos Públicos para Niños y Jóvenes (PCCY, por sus siglas en inglés). Trágicamente, este asesino obstinado ya tomó la vida de algunos niños en edad preescolar. Por su bien y por la vida de quienes los rodean, los niños mayores de dos años deben usar una máscara cuando están en contacto con personas ajenas a su familia. La experiencia de primera mano también nos dice en PCCY que los niños también se sienten cómodos cuando ven que pueden contribuir para proteger a su familia y su comunidad de la COVID”.Encuentre las Preguntas frecuentes en la orden sobre el uso de máscaras de la Secretaria de Salud aquí.Encuentre apoyo para la respuesta de la Administración Wolf a la COVID-19 de parte de exgobernadores aquí y de expertos en políticas de salud pública aquí.View this information in English.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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ADES secures contract renewal for jack-up rig

first_imgADES International, an oil & gas drilling and production services provider in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has secured a contract renewal for the Admarine 262 jack-up rig in Saudi Arabia. Illustration. Source: ADESADES said in a statement on Tuesday that the Admarine 262 renewal had a five-year tenor, which would be effective upon the expiry of the current contract in April 2020, and would have a higher daily rate.According to information on Bassoe Offshore, the 1982-built Admarine 262 rig has been under contract with Saudi Aramco since November 2014. Bassoe estimates that the dayrate for the extension will be $75,000.Commenting on the contract award, Dr. Mohamed Farouk, Chief Executive Officer of ADES International Holding, said: “We are delighted to secure this renewal for Admarine 262 with our extremely valued and important client.“It further supports our presence in KSA and underpins ADES’s track record for securing renewals for our fleet which results in greater backlog visibility.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Agony of Defeat

first_imgHow many of you remember the old sport show called Wide World of Sports?  It was on long before anybody heard of ESPN.  The “agony of defeat” was exemplified by a skier falling off the end of a ski jump and crashing. This was the beginning of each show.  The “agony of defeat” could easily be seen because the skier was obviously hurt by the accident.  How about the emotional part of a defeat?Athletes put a lot of effort in training into their sport these days.  Some are naturals and win all the time.  How about the young boy/girl who works just as hard but comes in out of the awards each time?  It takes a good coaching staff and family support to keep these young athletes from getting depressed.  If you were ever an athlete, I am sure you remember certain defeats more than a lot of your wins.  I still remember my last baseball game when I missed stealing second base.  We not only lost the game, but we lost the conference as well.  I had the base stolen but my spikes got caught in the mud and I stopped one foot from reaching second base.  This is not the way I envisioned finishing my high school athletic career.last_img read more

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Lampard grateful for City chance

first_img Press Association Frank Lampard has expressed his delight at having the opportunity to continue operating at the top level following his move to Manchester City on loan until January. “It has been an amazing few days for me since the unveiling in Brooklyn and everyone connected with both clubs has been fantastic to me. This is a new chapter of my career and I’m really excited about the experience. “I met Manuel (Pellegrini, the Manchester City manager) and some of the players in New York and I’m looking forward to getting into training and making a contribution for Manchester City ahead of my move over to New York.” Pellegrini said: “Frank is a world class midfielder and this is an opportunity which works perfectly for everyone, the player, Manchester City, and New York City. “I’m looking forward to working with him and integrating him into our squad. New York have made a fantastic signing by recruiting Frank, and I’m really pleased that we’ll be able to have him with us for the first half of our season and help prepare him for his new challenge.” New York City sporting director Claudio Reyna said: “This is the perfect opportunity for Frank. He is in great shape following the World Cup, and training and playing with our colleagues in Manchester will enable Frank to be fit and ready for our inaugural training camp. “Everyone has been hugely impressed with Frank’s positivity, and I’m sure he will bring a lot to City during his stint with the club. “We wish him well for his spell with Manchester City and look forward to welcoming him back to New York in the New Year.” Lampard is available for all of Manchester City’s domestic and European games, taking up squad number 18. center_img The 36-year-old England midfielder is spending time with City as he prepares for life with the club’s sister American outfit New York City FC, who do not begin their new Major League Soccer season until the spring. Lampard is training with the Manchester side, the Barclays Premier League champions, for the first time on Wednesday, and he told www.mcfc.co.uk: “Joining up with Manchester City is a fantastic opportunity for me to continue to train and play at the top level and make sure I am in top condition for New York City. last_img read more

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India to face Australian test in FIH Hockey Pro League 2020

first_imgBhubaneswar: After having faced two out of the top-3 ranked sides in their opening FIH Hockey Pro League 2020 encounters, World No 4 India will be facing World No 2 Australia in two intriguing ties here at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium on Friday and Saturday.With two wins against the Netherlands in January and another one against reigning World and European Champions Belgium in their first match on February 8, the Indian team climbed up to No 4 in the FIH World Rankings and will bank on consistent performances to shrug off stiff competition from the FIH Hockey Pro League Defending Champions.India is currently third on the FIH Hockey Pro League 2020 points table with a total of 8 points from their four matches, resulting from two normal time wins, one shootout win and a loss to Belgium. Meanwhile, the visitors sit on the fifth position with 6 points from their four matches, having won one match in normal time, one in a shootout, lost one in normal time and another one in a shootout.Ahead of the match, India head coach Graham Reid said: “I think we have played some very consistent level of hockey in our first four matches against the Netherlands and Belgium. We faced two of the top-3 teams in the world and showed that we can compete at the highest level constantly. We are feeling really confident ahead of the matches against the No. 2 team in the world, and of course, they are also the defending champions of the FIH Hockey Pro League.”Reid also spoke about playing different teams back-to-back in the FIH Hockey Pro League 2020. IANSAlso Read: Belgium win FIH Hockey World CupAlso Watch: Closing Ceremony of National Level Campaign on “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan” by Railway Childlinelast_img read more

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Umpiring howlers dominate Day 1 of Ashes Test

first_img… 7 wrong decisions, 5 overturned by DRS in first inningsEVER since the World Cup, the debate regarding the umpiring decisions has been raging on. The standard of umpiring in the international cricket has become a hot topic among the fans and the World Cup final continued to add to that debate.One of the most experienced umpires in the world, Kumar Dharmasena recently admitted that his decision to award England six runs in the World Cup final against New Zealand was an error. It was a crucial decision, as England went on to win the tournament on the basis of more boundaries when the match ended in a tie.The umpiring howlers haven’t stopped over there as it has continued in the longest format of the game. The first Test in the Ashes series between England and Australia is currently going on at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.However, the first innings itself was full of wrong umpiring decisions as England and Australia relied heavily on the Decision Review System (DRS).There were a total of 7 wrong umpiring decisions with 5 being overturned by DRS. However, there were some unlucky ones as David Warner and James Pattinson were given out and they opted not to take the DRS despite being not out.Warner could have been dismissed in the second over itself when the umpire failed to spot a bottom edge on the bowling of Stuart Broad.But Australia were lucky as England opted not to take the DRS. Warner departed soon as this time Australia failed to take advantage of the DRS. The ball was missing the stumps but the umpire deemed it to be a clear dismissal.Then likes of Usman Khwaja, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Pattinson and Peter Siddle were affected as the umpiring decisions continued to be wrong. Khawaja was given not out by the umpires but England took the review and it showed that the batsman had edged the delivery.Matthew Wade, making his comeback into the side, was on the wrong end of the DRS. Despite being struck plumb in front of the stumps, the umpire did not deem it to be out. But England took the review and Wade was soon walking back to the pavilion.It was Smith’s turn to be affected by the poor umpiring decisions. Umpire signalled out on Broad’s delivery but Smith was quick to take the review and HawkEye showed that it was missing the stumps.The umpiring howlers continued as Peter Siddle was also given out but he quickly took the review and it showed that there was a big inside edge onto the pads.The on-field umpires for the first Ashes Test are Joel Wilson and Aleem Dar. Australia legend Shane Warne and former England skipper Nasser Hussain were also critical of the on-field umpires as they tweeted their frustrations. (hindustantimes)last_img read more

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