Saint Mary’s valedictorian emphasizes community

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the fifth of a five-part series profiling the valedictorians of Saint Mary’s class of 2018.When asked to describe her experience at Saint Mary’s College in one word, valedictorian and elementary education major Kathleen Price chose “inspiring.”She referenced the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the novices, her fellow students, her professors, the education department and the four other women with whom she shares the title of valedictorian.“To have five of us is unbelievable,” Price said. “Congrats to the other four, and I know they’ve worked extremely hard to get where they’re at. That’s truly a testimony to this college and the endurance of the women here. I truly think it’s unbelievable.”Price said she was not expecting to receive the title since she transferred to the College after two years at East Carolina University, a state school in Greenville, North Carolina. Her first thoughts after hearing the news were revolving around if she wanted to speak at the commencement ceremony or not, she said, and the consequences of choosing to forgo a speech.“I knew if I was the only valedictorian not to speak, my mother was going to murder me, so I sucked it up and said I would talk,” Price said. “It’s an honor to be a valedictorian. I’m very much lie low, under the radar. I didn’t even tell anyone. I knew in February, and I didn’t say anything to anyone for the longest time. I told a close friend and my family of course, but no one knew. … It’s an honor and I’m delighted the College wants to recognize me. I get the honor of speaking, and it’s truly an honor. I just need to get over myself and get up there and talk.”Though Price likes to stray from the spotlight, she said the opportunity is one for which she is grateful. She said she also appreciates the close relationships she’s been able to create during her time on campus, specifically through the Friends With Sisters club.“My nun — I don’t own her, but I call her my nun — Sister Bernadette Mulick, a retired Sister of the Holy Cross,” Price said. “I’m in Friends With Sisters, and she is my partnering Sister. I can’t even go into words with what that woman has done for me. … She just gives me a smile and a hug every time I see her once a week. … [She’s] always supportive. Whenever I’ve gotten any award or anything that I’m recognized for, she’s right there, front and center. She’s there for me which is really touching. … She’s made this time here truly special.”All the close relationships Price has formed at Saint Mary’s as well as the familiar environment the campus promotes are some of the things she’ll remember the most, she said.“It’s truly a different environment here,” she said. “I’ve met so many terrific girls that have, with open arms, embraced me and helped me and have gotten me through so many things while I’ve been here. … I can’t even go into words how awesome my professors have been, especially in the education department. They’ve been saints over there. They go to the ends of the earth for their students. A professor took me to the ER. To have that love and care is just unbelievable.”Most of all, Price said she will always appreciate what Saint Mary’s has helped her learn about herself.“I’ve learned so much about myself and about my faith and how I want to serve in the future,” Price said. “I think it’s helped me a lot in seeing what kind of direction I want to take in my life, which has been amazing. I’ve met some amazing, incredible people, people I never would’ve thought I’d meet in a million years. To sum it up, it’s a blessing.”Tags: 2018 Commencement, class of 2018, saint mary’s valedictorians 2018, smc valedictorian, valedictorianlast_img read more

PREMIUMHouse in spotlight over plan to revise Constitutional Court Law

first_imgLinkedin Forgot Password ? Experts have raised questions over the House of Representatives’ move to amend the Constitutional Court (MK) Law, especially as the revision may harm justices’ independence and discourage the public from exercising their rights to challenge potential controversial laws currently being deliberated by lawmakers.According to the draft bill, MK justices can hold their position until they the age of 70, 10 years longer than the maximum age for justices set in the existing 2011 Constitutional Court Law. The minimum age of justices, however, has also been revised from 47 to 60 years old.Nor can they be replaced, as the bill scraps a provision stipulating that justices can serve for only five years and must be reelected for another term.The bill also decreases the number of members of the MK honorary council — a body overseeing matters ranging from justices&rsq… Log in with your social account Topics : Facebook Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here MK MK-justices #MK Constitutional-Court #Constitutional-Court DPR #DPR House #HouseOfRepresentatives COVID-19 #COVID19 coronavirus #coronavirus COVID-19-in-Indonesia Lawmakers #lawmaker amendment RUU #RUUlast_img read more

​Nordic investors shun hedge funds in favour of risk premia strategies

first_imgNordic investors, including PKA, Ilmarinen and ATP, have praised the cost benefits and additional control over investment risk gained by shunning hedge funds in favour of strategies that emulate the asset class.Staffan Sevón of the €34bn Ilmarinen said that while the pensions mutual did have some exposure, it preferred to allocate to an absolute return portfolio viewed as an “internal” hedge fund. The mutual’s head of tactical asset allocation told the November issue of IPE there were significant benefits in managing the exposure in-house.“As well as the cost benefits, we can be more dynamic, and there are no gating problems,” he added. “Also, we know all exposures in real time, which means we can co-ordinate our internal hedge fund-type investments with the overall portfolio, avoiding duplication or counter-transactions.”Søren Grooss, portfolio manager at Denmark’s PKA, said the fund bypassed hedge funds, instead pursuing strategies that employ similar instruments such as leverage and derivatives.“This choice is partly to do with cost-efficiencies, but, the fact is, we believe we can do the things hedge funds are doing,” he said.“We are comfortable with those strategies, so there is no reason to pay a firm to package them.”ATP’s CIO Henrik Gade Jepsen echoed the concern over hedge fund costs, noting many had strategies in place that were essentially risk-factor investments that could be run more cost-efficiently in a different structure.He also cited the importance of keeping risk-factor investing in-house.“I would never embark on this strategy by outsourcing everything because you would be outsourcing a big chunk of your total risk,” he said.“And there are so many issues you need to make sure you understand.”Christer Franzén, CIO at the SEK18bn (€2bn) Ericsson pension fund, also warned fellow pension investors of the downside of investing in hedge funds.“I do not believe we should all expect to get positive alpha returns if we all invest in hedge funds,” he said.“By definition, there will be winners and losers, and there is a chance the size and knowledge of the investor may play a role in that.”For more on hedge funds and alternative strategies, see On The Record in the current IPElast_img read more

Moyes relaxed over summer dealings

first_imgDavid Moyes insists his Manchester United recruitment drive remains on track despite missing out on Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara. United had been heavily linked with the Spain Under-21 star, who seemed certain to join the Red Devils after deciding he needed to leave the Nou Camp in order to further his World Cup ambitions. Instead, Thiago’s former boss Pep Guardiola has stepped in, with the player now looking certain to join Bayern Munich. Despite the disappointment, Moyes remains resolute in his squad-building strategy. “I never said at any time he was,” said Moyes, when asked if the Spain Under-21 star remained a target. “There are people we are actively chasing and we are happy with the way things are going.” It does appear Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay has agreed to join United though, with reports claiming a transfer is imminent, although there has been no official word from either club. Moyes has his first match to focus on, against Singha All Stars on Saturday, although the subject of a departed player, Wayne Rooney, remains high on the agenda, much to the Scot’s frustration. Rooney may be back home in England, his pre-season tour ended after less than 24 hours with a grade one hamstring tear that will keep him on the sidelines for up to three weeks, but the questions about his future keep on coming. In the latest instance the trigger was a comment from Jose Mourinho, who landed in Bangkok on Friday and took even less time than Rooney was in the country to make his presence felt. Whilst, declared Jose, it was not proper to talk about the player of another club, neither was he prepared to stay silent. “You know me,” said Mourinho. “It is not in my character to speak to you with a little bit of hypocrisy. I always say what I think and, being fast and direct, I like him very much.” Moyes was weary of repeating himself over Rooney. “Unless I was speaking double Dutch, I have said ‘Wayne Rooney is not for sale’,” he said. “I have really covered all the things on Wayne.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mason City man found guilty of attempted murder

first_imgWAVERLY — A Mason City man has been found guilty of attempted murder after an incident last year in Northwood.32-year-old Trapp Trotter was accused of stabbing a man from Manly on the night of June 2nd of last year during an incident which happened at the Schoolside Apartments in the 600 block of Seventh Street North in Northwood. The victim suffered multiple stab and slash wounds and was taken to Mercy-North Iowa in Mason City where he was treated and eventually released.Trotter pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempted murder, first-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief. His trial was moved to Bremer County District Court in Waverly, where he was found guilty of attempted murder and criminal trespass on Friday.No sentencing date has been scheduled according to online court records. Attempted murder is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.last_img read more

With little competition, the Bundesliga goes global

first_img“But now they are also looking forward to seeing Fortuna Duesseldorf and Paderborn. It’s crazy.”In Mexico, football journalists are grateful for something to cover — and the sorely-missed revenue live sport generates.“For those of us who make a living from football the fact there hasn’t been any activity really affects us. A weekend without football is really difficult,” said Emilio Fernando Alonso, a Mexican reporter for ESPN.In China, where the Super League might not begin until June, German football’s meticulously planned return is being closely watched.Writing in the Oriental Sports Daily, columnist Ji Yuyang said the biggest challenge for the Bundesliga was not restarting during the pandemic, but being able to outlast it because of financial pressures that clubs were facing due to the health crisis.“Half of the teams in the top two leagues are in danger of going bankrupt, according to estimates in Germany,” Ji wrote.“So for many German clubs, whether it was better to wait for failure or risk restarting, they chose the latter.”The quarantine and social distancing measures that Bundesliga clubs have instituted are also being scrutinised in Italy and Spain, whose leagues are some way from being able to consider resuming.“It will be a barometer, the reference point for all the others… if it all goes well it will be a great success and if there’s a big problem it will have a similarly powerful negative effect,” Movistar+ commentator Barbero said. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will have a global audience when his side Bayern Munich face Union Berlin on SundayParis, France | AFP |  German football will find itself in an unaccustomed global spotlight this weekend as audiences starved of live football turn to the only major European league back in action.With the Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Serie A in Italy all still sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic, the Bundesliga will take centre stage on Saturday.Even in Brazil, media coverage has switched from domestic football stories to what TV viewers can expect to see when Borussia Dortmund meet Schalke in the biggest match of the opening day, albeit it without spectators in the stadium.Cable channel Fox Sports, which holds exclusive rights to show the Bundesliga in Brazil, will be showing the Ruhr Derby at 9:30 am local time. Its website already features a lengthy article about the games entitled “The wait will soon be over”.Even Brazil’s biggest media group, Globo, is getting in on the act with interviews with four Brazilians who play for Bundesliga clubs, including Wolfsburg midfielder William, who admitted players were “a little bit scared” about the implications for their health.In India, foreign football leagues have found a market in India’s urban youth who keenly follow the Premier League and support clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. But a few of these fans also watch La Liga and Bundesliga.“I am desperately waiting for the Bundesliga to start this weekend. I am thirsty for live football action in this lockdown,” Amjad Rehan Ibrahim, a student of Delhi University, told AFP.– ‘A barometer’ –Indian international forward Jeje Lalpekhlua said he would also be tuning in to the coverage on Indian broadcasters Star Sports and Hotstar: “It’s difficult without football for so long. I am surely going to watch it.”In Japan, rightsholder Sky Perfect is going to show two Bundesliga matches this weekend free of charge.In Europe too, the matches in Germany will provide a much-needed fix of live sport.Adolfo Barbero, who commentates on Bundesliga games for the Spanish channel Movistar+, said: “I can assure you that I haven’t seen this level of interest in the Bundesliga in 20 years. Normally people support Bayern Munich, Dortmund or even Bayer Leverkusen and that’s it. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Steelers offense 1…pitiful

first_imgCincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis separates center Kyle Cook (64) and Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 20-10. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)The Pittsburgh Steelers offense went from being terrible against the Tennessee Titans to pitiful against the Cincinnati Bengals. If they don’t find some kind of way to score points they will be in big trouble this weekend against the Chicago Bears.The Bears have looked very impressive in come from behind wins of 24-21 over the Bengals and 31-30 over the Minnesota Vikings last week.Bears’ Quarterback Jay Cutler has been very impressive, but the key for the Bears is can he stay healthy for an entire season. He has been injury prone, which led to coach Lovie Smith being fired despite a 10 win season.The Bears have a very balanced offense with one of the better ground games in the league to go with the passing attack. And of course they always have a solid defense.Cutler was 28 of 39 for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Vikings, with his main two targets being wide receiver Brandon Marshall who had 7 catches for 113 yards, and tight end Martellus Bennett who had 7 catches for 76 yards, including the game winning catch and touchdown.The ground game complimented the passing game beautifully with Matt Forte picking up 90 yards on 19 carries.Even though the Steelers defense has played outstanding ball they will be thoroughly tested against the Bears potent offense. And if the Steelers fall behind early it may be lights out because it will be hard to come back on this defense.As for the Steelers offense, they have only been able to score 17 points in their first two games. The wide receivers haven’t been able to get open, they are dropping balls when they do, or Ben Roethlisberger is missing them. So far they haven’t even been close on the long ball.The ground game is non-existent picking up less than 80 yards in two games. Blame it on the offensive line. Blame it on the running backs. Blame it on the receivers. Blame it on the quarterback. They are all at fault.One thing for sure is the coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball had better fix something or this 0-2 is going to stretch out to 0-3, 0-4, 0-5…We could easily go into the bye week 0-4.The young Bengals, 1-1, are expected to battle the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North division title, with the Steelers looking more and more like the 0-2 Cleveland Browns. Maybe the Steelers will win a game this season.The Bengals are solid on both sides of the ball with emerging young players blended in with a few veterans. They should continue to get better as the season progresses with these young players merging together. They actually look better than the Ravens, who are having to make some major adjustments with the departure of some key players, Ray Lewis in particular.The Steelers will face the 0-2 Vikings after the Bears.last_img read more

Temporary Thurston County Fair Job Applications Due By May 31

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyWarm summer weather may still be a few weeks away, but summer job opportunities are already cropping up at the Thurston County Fair—and going fast! Applications for as many as 40 temporary jobs with the Thurston County Fair must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31.Temporary fair workers help make the fair clean, safe and fun for fairgoers of all ages. Job duties include tasks like washing tables and cleaning facilities and equipment for two-legged and four-legged fairgoers, selling and collecting tickets, assisting with managing fair parking, and helping with office duties like data entry and answering phones, along with many other tasks and duties that keep the Thurston County Fair running smoothly. Temporary fair workers will earn between $9.19 and $10.50 per hour.Temporary fair workers must be at least 16 years old and must submit a Thurston County employment application and disclosure form. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at the Information Desk in Building One at the County Courthouse at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia. Postmarks and electronic applications will not be accepted. Applications will not be accepted at the Thurston County Fair Office in Lacey. The job description, employment forms and information about working for Thurston County can be downloaded at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/cm/hr/external-employment.asp.WHAT:           Thurston County Fair—Apply for Temporary Fair JobsWHEN:           Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31*Postmarks and electronic application packets will not be acceptedSubmit applications to:Thurston County Information DeskBuilding 12000 Lakeridge Drive SWOlympia, WA 98502-6045For more information on the temporary fair jobs or the Thurston County Fair, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

ATHLETICS NEWS: GREAT WEEKEND FOR ROSSES AC AT THE ANTRIM FORUM

first_imgBridget McDyerCongratulations to our athletes who competed in the Antrim Forum at the weekend where Bridget McDyer took silver in the shot and bronze in the javelin, Fodhla McFadden took bronze in the long jump and Thomas Marry was fourth in the shot putt.Well done to all athletes from the Rosses who took part in the Community Games in Milford on Sunday.Good luck to Nicole Boyle who is competing this weekend at the Mary Peters track in Belfast. Ranafast school are holding a 5k this Thursday evening 13th June starting at 7pm.Good luck to Roshine NS, Acres NS and Keadue NS who head to the Aura in Letterkenny for the Cumann na mBunscol Small Schools Athletic Championships.Training at the new track at RSC on Monday evenings is now finished for the summer. Sportshall and Cross Country will be starting up again in later August or early September.A number of our adult club athletes are targeting the Lifford 5K which is on this Friday with a start time of 7.15pm. The course is fast and always draws a large number of runners. Due to the travel distance it is suggested to carpool. With this regard let Aidan Gillespie know who intends to travel and he can forward the list back to work out a travel plan. Entry fee is €10 euro. Club Vests to be worn Fit4Life group in Carrickfinn on Monday and Wednesday at the earlier time of 6pm. Walkers and new members welcome. Coaches: Elise Gillespie and Sinead Diver. ATHLETICS NEWS: GREAT WEEKEND FOR ROSSES AC AT THE ANTRIM FORUM was last modified: June 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ATHLETICS NEWS: GREAT WEEKEND FOR ROSSES AC AT THE ANTRIM FORUMlast_img read more