Saint Mary’s hosts milkshakes and face masks event to build community

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Residence Life staff will be shaking things up in Holy Cross Hall on Wednesday by hosting a face masks and milkshakes event to provide a small break for students.The event began with the help of Holy Cross director Allyson Strasen and Saint Mary’s alumna and former resident assistant Madeline Zuniga.“Earlier in the semester, [Zuniga] reached out to me about potentially collaborating on a program in Holy Cross,” Strasen said in an email. “Madeline was a [resident] assistant in Holy Cross when she was a student at Saint Mary’s and is now an independent consultant for Beautycounter, a company whose mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. It has a strong focus on education, and Madeline was interested in sharing the message with Saint Mary’s students — a great target audience for a conversation on safe and effective beauty practices. All of the residence halls at Saint Mary’s host at least three all-hall events every semester, so we decided to team up with Madeline for this one to give students a chance to learn more about Beautycounter and relax and unwind as the second half of the spring semester gets started.” The event simultaneously supports building community in Holy Cross and supporting conscience beauty choices, Strasen added.  “Events like this build community within the residence hall and give residents an opportunity to get to know each other, relax and destress and stay involved with their peers outside of an academic setting,” she said. “This particular event promotes safe beauty practices and gives residents a chance to unwind and indulge in themselves.” Junior resident assistant Anastasia Hite echoed Strasen and said she hopes the event helps empower Holy Cross residents.“Our message is building community and promoting the wellness of the residents [and] getting the information that you need to make a decision on things,” she said. “Our stance is, ‘Let’s all get together and have some fun and drink some milkshakes … Our hope is always to build a bigger community. Especially in a building like this when you pretty much have your friends when you come into it.”Hite will be making milkshakes at the event Wednesday evening from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.Tags: face masks, Holy Cross Hall, milkshakes, relaxationlast_img read more

Cattaraugus County Releases Results Of Tuesday’s Village Elections

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageLITTLE VALLEY — The Cattaraugus County Board of Elections has released the unofficial results of several village elections.Village of Cattaraugus: Trustee: Jason Crawford 55, Diane S. Wienk 23, George E. Borrowdale 58, Write-in 1.Village of Ellicottville: Mayor: John A. Burrell 87, William S. Coolidge 39. Trustee: Douglas S. Bush 126, Edward J. Imhoff 95.Village of Franklinville: Mayor: Harvey A. Soulvie 61. Trustee: Michael J. Sikora 61, Scott D. Hillman 56, Write-in 4. Village of Gowanda: Trustee: Wanda J. Koch 45, Aaron P. Markham 44.Village of Little Valley: Trustee: Rory Mosher 64, Raymond J. Hughes 77, Piper L. Bridenbaker 39.Village of South Dayton: Trustee: Robert W. Killock 28, Lynn J. Rupp 28. Justice: Stephen S. Smuda III 25.last_img read more

Two Falconer Natives Charged With Illegally Killing A Deer Near Kennedy

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo provided by NYS DEC.POLAND – Two 22-year-old Falconer natives are facing several charges after the NYS DEC say they illegally killed a deer in the Town of Poland last month.Following an investigation by Environmental Conservation Officers and Ellicott Police Anthony Genco, of Falconer and Calvin Nowicki, of Erie PA, were charged with the illegal taking of a deer at night with a light, discharging a firearm from a roadway, using a silencer and trespassing.Police were first tipped off after a landowner reported blood and drag marks in the snow.Investigators allege the pair shot a deer from Sprague Hill Road with a spotlight, on posted property, and with a rifle equipped with a silencer at night on December 12. The two were issued tickets and are scheduled to appear in the Town of Poland Court in February.last_img read more

Language barrier

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaToday’s green industry relies heavily on Latino workers. But formany managers, language differences can cause even simpleinstructions to be confusing.To help landscape and turf managers break down this languagebarrier, the Hall County Extension Service and the North GeorgiaLandscape and Turf Association are hosting a course,”Introductory Spanish for the Green Industry.”The classes will be on Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. fromOct. 1 through Nov. 19. Suzanne Lloyd, owner of Cutting EdgeLandscaping, will teach Spanish with a green industry twist tolandscaping professionals.The course will cost $50. It will be taught at the Hall CountyExtension Office in Gainesville, Ga.To learn more about the classes, call the Hall County ExtensionService at (770) 535-8293.last_img read more

Gunman Sexually Assaulted Woman in West Hempstead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A gunman sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman in West Hempstead early Tuesday morning, Nassau County police said.The attacker was armed with a handgun when he approached the victim on Terminal Road, drove her to an unknown location and sexually assaulted her at 4 a.m., police said.The suspect fled scene on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.Special Victims Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to call them at 516-573-4022. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

France’s Chamber of Deputies set to embrace pensions reform

first_imgAdditionally, employers and employees will see their social contributions increase over the next four years – by 0.15 percentage points in 2014 and 0.05 percentage points in 2015, 2016 and 2017 – to reach an overall increase of 0.3 percentage points by 2017.The government will also ask companies to finance special accounts for “hardship conditions” at work.Hollande’s government announced a new set of measures to reform the French first-pillar pension system at the end of August, after it received a report from a pensions advisory panel.This government convened the panel after a report from the pension steering committee, the Conseil d’Orientation des Retraites (COR), argued in December last year that the previous pension reform introduced in 2010 would fail to tackle France’s deficit by 2018, as previously expected.In its final report sent to the government in June, the pensions advisory panel recommended a further increase in the period of contributions, tax rises for pensioners and an increase in the level of contributions.Additionally, the panel recommended a limit on the indexation of pensions, which would lead the most wealthy retirees, already paying as much as 6.8% of general social contribution (CSG) in tax, see their pensions fall by 1 percentage point compared with inflation.The CSG, introduced in 1990, aims to fund health insurance family benefits and the Retirement Solidarity Fund (FSV).In May, the European Commission called on France to introduce pensions reform after granting the country a further reprieve in correcting its “excessive” budget deficit.At the time, it said: “New policy measures are urgently needed to remedy this situation while preserving the adequacy of the system.”According to Brussels, such measures could include a further increase in the minimum and the full-pension retirement ages, as well as the contribution period, to obtain a full pension.Additionally, France could adapt indexation rules and review the currently “numerous exemptions” to the general scheme for specific categories of workers.However, the Commission warned against increasing the level of social security contributions, given its negative impact on the cost of labour.After further consideration, the French government decided to ignore all the recommendations made by Brussels. French MPs will vote today on the country’s new pensions reform, which seeks to further extend the length of contributions, increase social contributions and introduce special accounts for “hardship conditions” at work.The new reform – part of president François Hollande’s plan to tackle the budget deficit, which could reach up to €20.7bn by 2020, according to official data – is to be adopted by the Chamber of Deputies today before the pension act is sent to the Senate for final approval.Last week, a minority of deputies already pre-approved the measures announced by the government before the official vote took place this afternoon.Among the measures agreed, one aims to extend the length of contributions from the current 41.5 years to 43 years by 2035.last_img read more

French public sector funds tender small cap, EM credit mandates

first_imgFonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR) has launched a public tender for two small-cap equity mandates incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.The €36bn French pension reserve fund plans to allocate €1.1bn to European small cap companies, and €600m to the shares of listed French small-caps.It said it wanted to “underline its role as a long-term responsible investor at the service of the real economy and increase its impact on the latter”. Companies should have a market capitalisation of no more than €7bn at the time of investment, FRR said. Performance would be measured against the FTSE Small Cap or MSCI Small Cap indices for the respective regions – developed Europe and France – over a complete market cycle, on a three-year rolling basis.Managers would be allowed a tracking error of up to 10% per year.They should demonstrate that their management process integrated ESG considerations, FRR said. Specifically, managers should take into account ESG criteria when evaluating investments, engage with investee companies, and factor in climate change.Managers would need to report both quantitatively and qualitatively on developments at and progress made by investee companies.Up to five individual mandates could be awarded for European small cap investments, and up to six for the allocation to French small caps.ERAFP targets emerging market creditERAFP, the €30bn pension fund for French public servants, has launched a search for emerging market credit managers. The initial allocation was likely to be around €160m, with an objective of increasing this to €300m over three years. The mandate should be managed in accordance with ERAFP’s socially responsible investment policies, it said.ERAFP said it would appoint three managers, two of which would be on standby.The pension fund said it wanted managers to run a portfolio of non-benchmarked conviction holdings and to pursue a buy-and-hold strategy with a view to limiting turnover. The investment universe would be investment grade and good quality high-yield debt, primarily in hard currency. Performance will be compared with the JP Morgan CEMBI Broad Diversified index or another index chosen at ERAFP’s discretion.The pension fund said it would not set a specific tracking error limit.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Big decisions over China for Europe and the UK

first_imgPicking a side in the trade war should be easy, argues Ashmore’s Jan Dehn“It should be an easy decision,” argues Dehn. His prognosis for the US economy is dire, likening it to Argentina in the 2000s under the presidencies of Néstor Carlos Kirchner and then his wife Cristina Kirchner.  Dehn sees Trump’s fiscal stimulus, amounting to 7-8% of GDP, as likely to lead to inflation, twin deficits and a real exchange rate overvaluation. As a result, the US will become less competitive, with Trump responding by increasing protectionism.In sharp contrast, Xi Jinping gave a robust defence of free trade and globalisation at the 2017 Davos meeting. For the euro-zone, China could – and perhaps should – become a more important trading partner than the US.“It will be the world’s global hegemon by the middle of this century,” declares Dehn. Its economy will be two or three times the size of the US by then, he believes, and driven mainly by the growth of domestic consumption.Post-Brexit dealsThe UK needs global customers and a new set of opportunities after exiting the EU in March 2019. China may well be the most important country in the world on which to focus its attention – and it is perhaps fortunate timing in that regard.The US has lost some international credibility under the president’s “America First” approach to international negotiations. China, meanwhile, is seeking to find reliable allies. It has a good relationship with Germany, France and Italy, but none of these are close, and Germany was reportedly upset after Chinese car company Geely bought a 10% stake in Daimler at the start of this year.If China liberalises market access to foreign companies it will benefit everybody, not just the UK or the EU. President Xi has said that China intends to continue to liberalise and open up, and he wants to see more exports from western countries of products that Chinese people want to buy, in an effort to reduce China’s trade surplus with the west. That is a particular issue for president Trump.What Europe will see is an increasing flow of Chinese tourists eager to explore the continent’s major centres of culture and history. However, as Venice has begun limiting its tourists and Cambridge has found ways to regulate the flow of Chinese tour groups, the UK and continental Europe must recognise they cannot just become theme parks for affluent Chinese visitors. They need to embrace their respective relationships with China with gusto – and perhaps recognise Jan Dehn’s warnings of the dangers of sticking too closely to the US.Any closer relationship with China has to deal with key areas of political controversy, such as its relationship with Taiwan, its activities in the South China Sea, and western support for the Dalai Lama and Tibet.None of these issues are sufficiently serious to disrupt future trading relationships. The China-UK relationship has certainly not suffered any strong disagreements recently that would tarnish its mutually proclaimed ‘golden era’, so the omens look good.For the UK post-Brexit, China is the poster child of what it hopes to achieve. The US trade dispute with China leaves the UK in a better competitive position to trade with China – but it may mean that Mandarin language classes should be replacing French and German in UK schools. Emerging markets, including Asia, have had a torrid time over the last few months. However, there has been little news of real substance outside of two key areas: the US Federal Reserve raising interest rates at the end of September, and the escalating trade dispute between the US and China.Issues emerging regarding specific countries, such as Turkey and Argentina, are relatively minor in terms of global impact. Clearly it is the trade dispute involving China, and not interest rate moves, that are unnerving emerging market investors.Europe and the UK are standing on the sidelines in the escalating war of words between the Donald Trump-led US administration and Xi Jinping’s China.Trump’s strategy in dealmaking appears always to start off with extreme – and at times almost outrageous – positions and then strike a compromise that achieves the real goal. That may well be the case with China, although many in Europe have some sympathy with Trump’s complaints over Chinese behaviour post-accession to the World Trade Organisation. The danger is that Trump achieves a Pyrrhic victory by tipping the world into recession through disrupting global trade flows with China. Jan Dehn, global head of research at Ashmore Investment Management, says Europe has to make a key decision: should it continue to have a heavy exposure to the US, or should it diversify away from the US towards a less familiar but approachable China?last_img read more

DIGICEL Regional 4-Day … Pride, Jaguars start key eighth-round clash today at Kensington Oval

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – As has been the case in each of the last three seasons, the longest rivalry in the game in the West Indies will again take centre stage in the eighth round of the DIGICEL Regional 4-Day Tournament.Strong second-placed contenders Barbados Pride face current leaders and reigning champions Guyana Jaguars, starting today at Kensington Oval, under a unique set of playing conditions.A day later, Leeward Islands Hurricanes will look to use the boost of confidence they gained from a win last weekend to try and topple Windward Islands Volcanoes at Warner Park.At the same time, the round gets into full swing, when Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Jamaica Scorpions meet at Queen’s Park Oval, trying to recover from demoralising defeats in their previous matches.In Bridgetown, Barbados: This match between the Pride and the Jaguars could be the primary decider this season in the destination of the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of R4-Day supremacy.A comfortable victory over the Volcanoes in the previous round have left the Pride 15.8 points adrift of the Jags, whose equally convincing win over the Red Force made them the first team to crack the 100-point ceiling this season.These two teams have more or less been the most consistent over the last three seasons and another absorbing contest between two sides that seem evenly balanced on paper.The teams will have to play smartly however, considering that the first three days will be contested consecutively before a rest day on Sunday to accommodate the first Twenty20 International between West Indies and Pakistan at the same venue, and return to conclude the match on Monday, March 27.The pitch will be protected from damage by a rubberised matting cover and neither side may want to face the prospect of batting last on it, so the toss could be very crucial.Statistics too, bear out how competitive it could become between the two sides: In the last nine matches between them since the start of this decade, they have each won three times and the other three matches have ended in compelling draws.The Pride, however, should be cautious, considering that of the three Jaguars’ wins, two have been at the venue for this weekend’s match, so they should not expect an easy ride from the visitors.In Basseterre, St Kitts: the Hurricanes will be hoping that the green grass of home will breed success against the Volcanoes in the all-Islands classic.The home team came away from their encounter with the Scorpions last weekend unscathed and a bag of points, following a sensational victory in a low-scoring affair, but the visitors suffered a huge dent in confidence when their batting collapsed in the second innings and they suffered defeat.For the Hurricanes though, this appears to be their bogey side, having lost six of the last seven matches against the Volcanoes, including a forgettable 94-run loss last December in the first half of this season.In Port of Spain, Trinidad: Two teams that had their egos crushed in the previous round will be looking to regain ground, as the Red Force and the Scorpions strive for consistency, especially from their batting.Both teams surrendered meekly after promising much against the Jaguars and Hurricanes respectively, eroding gains they had made in the earlier part of the season.Oddly enough, however, both teams in the last three seasons have found it easier to win against each other when they are playing on the road, although the Scorpions bucked the trend in the first-leg match last December in Kingston.So the Red Force will hope this trend will continue and this weekend will end in redemption for their side on home soil.Teams:BARBADOS PRIDE (from): Kevin Stoute (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Jomel Warrican, Kenroy Williams.IN – Brathwaite, Harding, Williams; OUT – Jonathan Carter, Omar Phillips, Kemar Roach.GUYANA JAGUARS (from): Leon Johnson (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Anthony Bramble, Shivanrine Chanderpaul, Rajendra Chandrika, Assad Fudadin, Shimron Hetmyer, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Clinton Pestano, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul SinghIN – Chanderpaul, Pestano; OUT – Veerasammy Permaul, Keon Joseph.last_img read more

Ex-Stanford two-sport star Zach Hoffpauir dies at 26

first_imgEx-Stanford two-sport star Zach Hoffpauir dies at 26 Hoffpauir, who was from Glendale, Arizona, was close friends with McCaffrey’s son, Christian, who’s now an All-Pro running back for the Carolina Panthers, when they both attended Stanford.C hristian McCaffrey posted a photo of Hoffpauir on his Instagram account Friday which began, “Yesterday Heaven gained an angel, and I lost one of my best friends in the world.” He called Hoffpauir “a true friend and great brother to anyone he knew. He was a walking example of how to care for people, a rare soul.”Hoffpauir was a safety for four seasons on the Cardinal football team, winning three Pac-12 titles and two Rose Bowls. He also starred as an outfielder on Stanford’s baseball team and was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2015. Hoffpauir played two seasons of minor league ball, in 2015 and 2018, hitting .224 with three homers and nine RBIs in 107 at-bats in rookie and Class-A ball. At Stanford, his three-year totals were 11 homers, 58 RBIs and a career .295 batting average.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditZach Hoffpauir, a two-sport standout at Stanford who earned All-Pac 12 honors as a safety in football and played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system, has died at age 26.The University of Northern Colorado, where Hoffpauir was hired in February as an assistant football coach in charge of the safeties, said Hoffpauir died in his sleep Thursday. The school provided no further details.“I am devastated by the loss of Zach Hoffpauir, a friend to me and my family since his playing days with my son Christian at Stanford,” Bears new head football coach Ed McCaffrey wrote on Instagram on Friday. “He was like a brother to our boys and recently found his calling as our safeties coach at Northern Colorado. He was a young, intelligent coach with limitless potential.” May 16, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more