Belles create holiday cheer

first_imgStudents and faculty will be able to celebrate Christmas with members of the South Bend community through crafts, food and movies at Saint Mary’s Winter Wonderland on Dec. 1. Senior Megan Woodring, co-chair of the Traditional Board within the Student Activities Board (SAB), said Winter Wonderland is an opportunity to combine service and celebration “Winter Wonderland is a really good reminder of what the holiday season is all about, which is giving back and giving to others,” Woodring said. The Traditional Board and Co-Campus, a group with representatives from other area universities, have worked together to plan holiday activities for the event, SAB president senior Liz Kraig said. “There will be crafts, like making Christmas trees out of cones and making snow out of cotton balls,” Kraig said. “People can also take pictures with Santa or decorate their own cookies. I think we’ll also be showing Christmas movies in Vander Vennet, but most of the events will be held in the Student Center so the people can participate in as much as they want.” Woodring said she believes Santa Claus will be a big draw this year. “Talking with Santa will probably be the most popular activity. The kids get really excited,” Woodring said. “We have our event really early in December and for most of them, it’s the first time they get to see Santa during the holiday season, so it gets them excited for the rest of the season.” Senior Elizabeth Robbins, co-chair of the Traditional Board, said the biggest difference between this year’s event and last year’s Winter Wonderland is the involvement of Co-Campus. Kraig said the partnership with Co-Campus enables more students to get involved with Winter Wonderland. “Last year, there were a bunch of activities around South Bend for the families in the community that we didn’t really get involved with,” Kraig said. “This year, students can directly be involved with the community and get into the spirit.” Robbins said she expects about 150 families to participate in this year’s Winter Wonderland, which is double the amount of families that attended last year. So far, 15 organizations on campus have signed up to help with the event, including Education Club, Rotaract and Bellacapella. Woodring said the organizers of Winter Wonderland hope to publicize the event by sending flyers to local community groups. “We’re going to have flyers distributed to the Robinson Community [Learning] Center, the Center for the Homeless and the South Bend schools,” Woodring said. “Also, we’ll be sending emails out to the faculty and staff here because this is also an event for them and their families.” To volunteer for Winter Wonderland contact participating organizations. The event will take place Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Student Center.last_img read more

Government Pension Fund Global cites ‘particularly strong’ EM equity returns

first_imgNorway’s NOK5.5trn (€556bn) Government Pension Fund Global has seen investment growth of 3.3% over the last quarter, with emerging market equity outperforming developed markets.While second-quarter figures for the fund noted that returns had been “particularly strong” in countries including Russia, Turkey and Brazil, the returns must be contrasted with prior equity losses in the markets over the last year.However, emerging market equity nevertheless returned 7.4%, 3 percentage points above developed market equity.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) also noted the financial sector was its worst performing industry, with its equity holdings only returning 2.1% – compared with 11.8% from oil and gas companies. The report said increasing numbers of lawsuits against the financials sector, the rising cost of settlements and regulatory pressure negatively affected the sector’s return.Underlining the performance problems, the fund said BNP Paribas, UBS and Credit Suisse Group had been the worst performing stocks over the last quarter.Signalling further problems for the financial sector, NBIM also said it would support changes to the board structure at a number of those regarded as systemically important by the world’s regulators.“One of the core principles of good corporate governance is the separation of board of directors from the day-to-day management of the company,” it said.“One of the clearest ways of achieving this is to separate the roles of chairman and CEO. In the second quarter, this principle formed the basis for our voting at systemically important financial institutions, where we see particular benefits in keeping the roles of chairman and CEO separate.”The Financial Stability Board in 2011 listed 29 banks as systemically important.Among those, US bank Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase and others currently have joint chief executives and chairmen, a matter of shareholder pressure in recent years.The fund’s fixed income portfolio returned 2% over the course of the quarter, with inflation-linked bonds offering the strongest return at 3.3%.It also shifted further into emerging markets, increasing holdings in fixed income and equity from over the previous quarter by 0.1 percentage points and 0.3 percentage points, respectively.Real estate outperformed fixed income, offering a 3% quarterly return, with the portfolio’s growth over the last year apparent from rental revenue.Rental income almost doubled over the past year, to NOK1.5bn for the first six months, with returns from its property portfolio to date at 5.1%.However, its property portfolio, when measured in local currency, returned 7% over the first six months of the year.Despite property only so far accounting for 1.2% of the fund’s value, NBIM highlighted its plan to aggressively invest in the area.“With real estate eventually accounting for as much as 5%  of the value of the fund, our goal is to build a global but concentrated real estate portfolio,” it said.“We expect to invest 1% of the fund each of the next three years in the private real estate markets.”last_img read more

Wellington Police notes: Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17, 2015

first_imgSunday, May 17, 2015•3:42 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for Speeding 72 mph in a 55 mph zone.•3:57 p.m. Rosetta M. Patton, 83, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for fail to yield right of way and improper turn.•5:56 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block N. C, Wellington involving an unoccupied vehicle owned by Jerry L. Fike, Wellington and a fixed object/fire hydrant owned by the city of Wellington.•6:19 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to residence door in the 1000 block Shadylane, Wellington.•7:34 p.m. Officers investigated minors in consumption in the 1100 block W. 4th, Wellington, by known suspect(s). Saturday, May 16, 2015•1:36 a.m. Officers investigated domestic battery and battery in the 100 block W. Lincoln, Wellington by a known suspect(s).10:00 a.m. Mark A. Cress, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration for expired tag.•3:26 p.m. Harold H. Loveland Jr, 28, Argonia, was issued a notice to appear for window tint, no proof of insurance and drivers’ license ignition interlock violation.•James Lauterbach, 55, Wellington was served a summons to appear for disorderly conduct.•4:28 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1500 block N. B, Wellington.•7:08 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block S. Mayfield Road, Mayfield, Ks.•9:10 p.m. Gary M. Kaiser, 57, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight. Wellington Police notes: Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17, 2015: Friday, May 15, 2015•12:55 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block Shadylane Court, Wellington.•5:17 a.m. Chris L. Hills, 41, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign and no proof of insurance.•7:03 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 900 N. Plum, Wellington.•8 a.m. Officers investigated children in need of care, Wellington.•Bradley E. Warner, 18, Wellington was served a aummons to appear for theft.•1:47 p.m. Officers took a report of lost property in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.•6:14 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 N. Poplar, Wellington.•6:20 p.m. Non-injury accident in the 1600 block W. Harvey, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Richard R. Lewallen, 55, Wellington and a fixed object/utility pole owned by the city of Wellington.•6:47 p.m. Richard R. Lewallen, 55, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, transporting an open container and inattentive driving.•9:26 p.m. Officers took a report of a suicide threat in the 1300 block Michigan, Wellington.last_img read more

Global economy: SA calls for prudence

first_img South Africa has joined a call by developing countries for more carefully considered global collective action in response to the economic crisis, ahead of its participation at a G20 leaders’ summit in Russia later this week. The country has also called for more inclusive and representative governance arrangements in the management processes of international institutions. This comes after speculation that the US Federal Reserve will soon cut back on the US$85-billion it has been pumping into the financial markets every month, which has caused increased turbulence in global financial markets. “Emerging economies like South Africa have benefited from the actions of the Federal Reserve, as foreign investors have bought huge amounts of South African government bonds at fairly low yields and equities,” the Presidency said in a statement on Monday. “Therefore, the prospect that the Federal Reserve will cut off these flows of funds has resulted in emerging market currency volatility, which has been yet another reminder of the risks and the potentially destabilising and negative effects that policies and shocks in major economies can have on other countries and regions.” The summit also takes place against the backdrop of a fragile and uneven economic recovery – hence the talk of a “three speed” global economy. “As the current volatility of emerging market currencies shows, decisions taken by countries based solely on their own national interest can have serious implication for other nations,” the Presidency said. “There must be a greater recognition that we live in an interconnected world. ‘Decoupling’ is not an option for either developing or developed economies. The solution to all these challenges – turbulence in financial markets, the fragile and uneven economic recovery – lies in better global coordination of efforts.” President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will attend the summit in on Thursday and Friday. South Africa hopes to promote and strengthen the interests of Africa and of the South on the understanding that, if managed carefully, the G20 does present meaningful opportunities for advancing much-needed global governance reforms and re-orienting the international development agenda. A BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) leaders’ meeting will also be held on the margins of the G20 summit. The meeting will afford BRICS leaders an opportunity to reflect on the progress made with regards to the implementation of the Durban Declaration, especially as it pertains to the planned BRICS development bank and currency reserve arrangement. Source: 3 September 2013last_img read more


first_imgPlanning for the 2008 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) has already begun in earnest. The showcase event on the National calendar will comprise new and exciting formats that will see the Open and Senior competitions overlapping for the first time in the history of the flagship tournament.Touch Football Australia (TFA) will be leading the way with innovation in all areas to enhance the NTL experience for all participants in every aspect of endeavour.Part of this commitment to excellence is the promotion and branding of the tournament.The NTL held in Coffs Harbour annually in March has always been about the Touch Football community uniting in the spirit of competition to test themselves against the best from around the nation on the field, then enjoy the opportunities for camaraderie and friendship off the field.With this concept firmly in mind, the 2008 X-Blades NTL will be themed “The Best of Enemies”.To whet your appetite for some fantastic showcase clashes for the 2008 tournament Touch Football Australia National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will deliver a series of “Best of Enemies” stories that capture the spirit, history, and atmosphere that is the National Touch League…Today we look at the Women’s Open rivalry between The Sydney Mets and the South Queensland Sharks through the eyes of two of the biggest names in the Women’s game, four time World Cup champions Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn Williams (Sharks) and Australian Women’s Open Vice-Captain Amanda Judd (Mets).Please click onto the below attachment to read the full story. Related Filesbest_of_enemies_-_vol_1_-_wo-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoWatching Pogba? Man Utd striker Lukaku: France didn’t deserve to reach World Cup final

first_imgWatching Pogba? Man Utd striker Lukaku: France didn’t deserve to reach World Cup finalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku admits Belgium’s World Cup semifinal defeat to France still burns.Lukaku has no doubt they blew a great chance of being world champions last summer.”We did not have room in the system that we played at that time. The final whistle was terrible. We lost the game of our lives against a team that did not really deserve to move on to the final,” said the 25-year-old to RTBF.”Yes, they became world champions, congratulations, but actually it was the moment to play the final for this generation.” TagsWorld CupAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Waffle House Announces Clemson-South Carolina Is Its Annual “Waffle Wager” Game

first_imgWaffle House logo.Waffle House The Waffle Wager is coming to the Palmetto State.The Waffle Wager is coming to the Palmetto State.For the third year in a row, Waffle House is putting a friendly “Waffle Wager” on a college football game of its choice. Last year, it was Auburn-Georgia, while in 2013 it was Alabama-Texas A&M. This year, the match-up is Clemson-South Carolina, and either Clemson, S.C. or Columbia S.C. will receive free Waffle House based on the result of the game. From Business Wire: “You can throw out the records when the Tigers and Gamecocks take the field, and when you add in the Waffle Wager, it becomes an even bigger event!” said Walt Ehmer, Waffle House President and CEO. “Good luck to both schools, and like the old saying goes, ‘To the victor goes the waffles, coffee and hashbrowns.’”Fans of the winning team will get the free Waffle House goodness at either a restaurant in Clemson, S.C., or Columbia, S.C. If Clemson wins the game, Royal Cup and C.H. Guenther will provide hashbrowns, waffles and coffee for the fans and if South Carolina wins, Basic American Foods will be stuck with the tab. The “payout” date, time and winning Waffle House location will be announced after the game.In addition to the free hashbrowns, waffles and coffee, the winning university’s general scholarship fund will receive $10,000 to help further the education of its students.Obviously, the Tigers are heavy favorites over the Gamecocks this year. But when free Waffle House is involved, anything can happen. [ Dr. Saturday ]last_img read more

Farm bankruptcies on the rise in Upper Midwest

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — The number of farms filing for bankruptcy is increasing across the Upper Midwest, following low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.The analysis found that 84 farms filed for bankruptcy in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months that ended in June. That’s more than double the number over the same period in 2013 and 2014.“Current price levels and the trajectory of the current trends suggest that this trend has not yet seen a peak,” said Ron Wirtz, an analyst at the Minneapolis Fed.The increase in Chapter 12 filings reflect low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, The Star Tribune reported. The situation has gotten worse for farmers since June because of the retaliatory tariffs that have closed the Chinese market for soybeans and held back exports of milk and beef. Chapter 12 bankruptcy allows for repayment of debt over three years.“Dairy farmers are having the most problems right now,” said Mark Miedtke, the president of Citizens State Bank in Hayfield. “Grain farmers have had low prices for the past three years but high yields have helped them through. We’re just waiting for a turnaround. We’re waiting for the tariff problem to go away.”Miedtke said the underlying problem began before the trade issues, with farmers being too efficient for their financial good and demand not keeping pace with the production.“The picture could start changing this spring,” Miedtke said. “We do what we can to try to work with farmers.”___Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

2 Russian spies sentenced in Montenegro in Coup attempt

first_imgPodgorica (Montenegro): A Montenegro court on Thursday sentenced 13 people, including two Russian secret service operatives, to up to 15 years in prison after they were convicted of plotting to overthrow the Balkan country’s government and prevent it from joining NATO. Chief judge Suzana Mugosa said the two Russians, identified as Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov, were convicted of “attempted terrorism” and “creating a criminal organisation.” The two were tried in absentia. Shishmakov received a 15-year prison term while Popov got 12 years. Two leading ethnic Serb opposition politicians, Andrija Mandic and Milan Knezevic, were sentenced to five years each. The verdict said the group planned to take over parliament on election day on October 16, 2016, assassinate then-Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and install a pro-Russia, anti-NATO leadership. Montenegro joined NATO in June 2017 as the Western military alliance’s 29th member despite strong opposition from Moscow, which considers the small Adriatic country a historic Slavic ally and is opposed to NATO’s enlargement. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied involvement in the coup attempt. Montenegro’s police thwarted the action after receiving tips from Western spy organizations, authorities said. The Russian pair, said to be members of the Russian military secret service agency GRU, coordinated the attempted coup from neighbouring Serbia, the verdict said. They were allowed by Serbia’s pro-Russia authorities to leave for Moscow despite reports that they operated with sophisticated spy equipment. The judge said that the Russians provided at least 200,000 euros for the purchase of rifles and guns. She said two tried to recruit “as many people as possible to come to the protest” and try to “change the electoral will” and “prevent Montenegro from joining NATO.”last_img read more