Senior designs, sells bags for children’s hospital

first_imgSenior Kate Kellogg, vice president of Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon, first introduced her custom-designed canvas tote to campus in the fall of 2011. “When I was in high school, I would choose colors and fabric to create my own bag to bring to school,” Kellogg explained. “My mom’s business, the Queen and I Designs, had talented sewers that would put together exactly what I was envisioning.” Last year, when Kellogg constructed her own vision of a Saint Mary’s bag for students to haul their books around campus, she thought of incorporating Dance Marathon. “I decided to mass-produce the bag that I had wanted for my own personal use and sell it through Dance Marathon,” Kellogg said. “I thought it would be a great way for business and to raise awareness and donations for Dance Marathon.” Kellogg’s mother Jan said she and her company are very supportive of the Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon totes. “I have loved working with Kate on her bag designs,” Jan said. “It’s fun to have a mother-daughter project and to see her ideas produced as a product.” The popular navy canvas totes with a white imprinted French Cross have been extremely popular around campus. This year Kate engineered a new canvas tote for Dance Marathon with a black and tan block pattern, but still imprinted with a white French Cross that is a signature of the College. Kate said Dance Marathon has multiple fundraisers throughout the year in order to reach the final goal of $88,000. Throughout the rest of this week, Dance Marathon will be selling Kate’s custom-designed totes with 30 percent of the proceeds benefitting Riley Children’s Hospital. Along with the sale of the canvas totes, Dance Marathon is also hosting a Giveback night at Between the Buns on November 19, where 15 percent of all purchases will go towards Riley Children’s Hospital. Kate said she has enjoyed her involvement in Dance Marathon and Riley Children’s Hospital and urges all of the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross communities to participate. “It’s great to be doing something that I love and that expresses my creativity,” she said, “while also knowing donations will be going to a great cause.”last_img read more

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Salvadoran Gangs Offer Insulza Partial Disarmament as Part of Unprecedented Truce

first_imgBy Dialogo July 16, 2012 On July 12, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza held a prison meeting with leaders of El Salvador’s feared gangs, who promised him “partial disarmament” as a “gesture” in the context of an unprecedented truce they began four months ago. Amid heavy security measures, in a room in La Esperanza penitentiary in northern San Salvador, Insulza spoke in private with the leaders of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Mara 18 (M-18), who gave him a list of requests and announced their offer. “We’ve agreed to make a new gesture of good will, with which we hope (…) to contribute to restoring social peace (…); it consists of a symbolic partial disarmament,” they stressed in a joint statement, read to the press by one of the leaders of M-18, Carlos Mojica Lechuga. Insulza, who concluded a two-day visit to El Salvador to learn about the evolution of the truce on July 13, announced that the organization will design a procedure for carrying out the partial disarmament. “An appropriate reception mechanism has to be designed, some things should be verified, there are weapons that might be linked to crimes committed previously, it’s of interest to know the origin of the weapons, it will be necessary to design a procedure,” Insulza said after meeting with President Mauricio Funes. “I’ve received their proposals, I’m very impressed with what I’ve heard, it was a very significant meeting, (the truce) is a work in progress, but we’re going to give it all possible support,” Insulza stated, describing himself as “very hopeful.” The gang leaders declined to specify the number or type of weapons, but they said that they would turn them over to Insulza to be melted down and made into a monument, through military chaplain Fabio Colindres and former guerrilla commander Raúl Mijango, the mediators of the truce. One of the leaders of MS-13, Carlos Tiberio Valladares, confirmed to the press that they directly asked Insulza for the Organization of American States (OAS) to “be a guarantor of the process (so that) it leads to social peace.” MS-13 and M-18, which have links to drug trafficking and have sowed terror in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, agreed in March on a truce that, according to official data, has helped to cut the average daily homicide rate from 14 to 5.6, although sectors of society question its real effectiveness. For analyst and academic Juan Ramón Medrano, the greatest challenge is the “maintenance” of the truce and “preventing more young people from joining gangs.” The state should “take away from them” the “territories they control” with social projects, he noted. Despite the fact that as part of the truce, the gangs decided in May to halt the forced recruitment of young people and declared disputed schools “peace areas,” crimes and the disappearances of students have continued, according to human-rights organizations. Nevertheless, Mijango noted to AFP that in the first 123 days of the truce, 1,077 deaths were prevented, and there was a “significant reduction” in gang extortion targeting private individuals, retailers, and transportation workers.last_img read more

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Marantz MODEL 30 & SACD 30N amplifier audio streamer series produces unforgettable sound » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – The Marantz MODEL 30 & SACD 30N amplifier audio streamer series offers a modernized signature look with a 60s and 70s vibe. Producing high-end sound, the MODEL 30 is an innovated traditional hi-fi system that provides hundreds of hours of Sound master tuning. Also, you can use the Phono EQ stage in MODEL 30 with both moving magnet and low-output moving coil cartridges. Furthermore, the SACD 30N is a digital source for CDs and high-resolution files. In fact, it also features multiple streaming services. It provides a separate low noise variable level connection output to active speakers. Therefore, you can use it as a multisource digital player or amplifier. During use, control the volume via apps or the remote handset. When you’re not using it, the preamp power supply switches off to avoid any noise interference. Overall, this amplifier audio streamer series makes a wonderful addition for music lovers.last_img read more

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Makarska Riviera, Imotski and Vrgorac are working together to promote cycling tourism

first_imgThe race “CRO Race” was previously organized under the name “Tour of Croatia” and also passed through the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje, and footage of the race was shown in 190 countries, which contributed globally to the promotion of this part of Split-Dalmatia counties. This is the result of cooperation between the Tourist Board of Makarska and the company Spot, which through its brand “Trail – Full Cycling Experience” is developing a cycling tourist destination of the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje. Namely, it is a race organized by the company Top Sport Events, which started all this and proved itself through the successful organization of all editions of the tour in the past four years. This year’s race will include six stages, which will cover more than a thousand kilometers throughout Croatia. The footage of Croatia through which the race passes will be broadcast on six continents of the world. Makarska Riviera, Imotski and Vrgorac, which includes Biokovo, are actively working together to promote cycling tourism in the county. One of the projects that will promote this outdoor segment of tourism is the cycling race “CRO Race”, which starts on October 1 from Osijek, and ends on the third day in Biokovo and Makarska, reports “Makarska Riviera, Imotski and Vrgorac are a unique area along Biokovo, ideal for the development of cycling tourism, so we signed a contract with Spot, which records the situation, after which they will propose measures to take to raise the offer to a higher level, complementing all that modern the cyclist is looking for, promoted. The development of cycling tourism is one of the strategic in the development plans of our destinations for the purpose of post-season and pre-season development”, Said Hloverka Novak Srzić, director of the Makarska Tourist Board. The development of the cycling tourist destination was entrusted to the company Spot. “We are currently checking the condition of existing trails and tracing new ones. Once we determine the complexity of the route, we go to different stakeholders. Of course, the method of route preparation, its equipment, services and other services are defined. We also have education of businessmen who we introduce to the specifics of guests, as well as local governments that we educate on how to maintain the route.”, Explains Karlo Kučan, director of the company. But he adds that he will be cycling in different stages this year. “We will cover all places on the Makarska Riviera, and cyclists will pass through all their centers. It will be spectacular! Thanks to the fantastic television footage from earlier races that toured the world, a group of journalists from the UK came, driving across Biokovo along a fascinating road leading to the very top. They were thrilled! They wrote a great report, published on 7-8 pages, a subtle, honest, own experience. We who live in that destination only when others open our eyes realize that we actually underestimate it. Cycling can bring only good to this destination, discover it in a new way, with a different view”, He explains and points out that it is necessary to develop an infrastructure that includes bike paths, but also other services that cyclists need. Miholjević notes that he participated in the meeting of the tourist board and hoteliers and is satisfied that the potential has been recognized and that there is a will for its development. Stage of the CRO Race race that passes through the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje “After that, there is a promotional part in which we include hotels, we prepare photo, video and printed materials, and during 2020 and 2021 we will present the Makarska Riviera at four tourist fairs. The destination cannot be branded overnight”, Emphasizes Kučan, and adds that”on Biokovo we can’t do adrenaline parks because of the karst that doesn’t allow it, but we have an excellent opportunity to develop mountain bikes. Fire paths are great for the family variant. In the coastal part, we are a bit limited by the traffic on the highway, but that is why the hinterland of Biokovo is an uncut diamond for cycling tourism.”. “Beautiful nature, spectacular view, with quality roads, accommodation facilities, gastronomic offer makes Makarska Riviera and Biokovo ideal for cycling. This is a very large potential that can be greatly developed with a serious approach and program”, Announced the race organizer Vladimir Miholjevic. Source / photo:; CRO Race; Facebook: Trail – Full Cycling Experiencelast_img read more

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COVID-19: Government to conduct PCR ‘pool tests’ in 8 provinces

first_imgThe government is looking to gear up efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus in the coming weeks, as it has ordered the task force to prepare steps to ease large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) by July.“As for easing [the PSBB] in July, the President has given instructions that we must be careful. So, both the central government and regional administrations have to prepare a plan and think of anticipatory steps,” Doni said.Doni added that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had instructed the task force to prepare a simulated easing of the PSBB, and that his task force was now studying the timing and priorities, as well as strengthening coordination with regional heads.In pursuance of the plan, Doni said the task force must work hard to carry out mass testing to prevent the potential for transmission.“Therefore, the task force must continue to optimize its ability to prepare reagents and help areas that do not yet have PCR machines,” Doni said, adding that more PCR machines would also be sent to areas with a rising number of new cases, such as East Java.As of Wednesday, Indonesia had conducted PCR tests on a total of 169,195 samples taken from 123,572 people — 15,438 of which tested positive for the coronavirus, with 1,028 deaths.Topics : The government plans to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) “pool tests” in eight provinces that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, namely Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Bali, North Sumatra and South Sulawesi.The pool tests will use multistage random sampling with epidemiology, statistical and survey approaches.COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said his task force was currently preparing a detailed plan on the pool tests, which would target 1,000 random people to get a rough idea of the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the epicenters of the outbreak. “These 1,000 people will represent the community in each province so that we will be able to get data derived from the swab tests. We will also ask them a number of questions as respondents,” Doni said in a video conference on Tuesday.He added the results of the pool tests would provide input and appropriate consideration for ministries, institutions and regional administrations for decision-making purposes in controlling the spread of COVID-19.“So, what is now being discussed is preparation, which will lead to decisions about the smallest risks to take,” the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head added.Read also: Businesses worry easing restrictions could prolong recoverylast_img read more

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PREMIUMAnalysis: Recovery of CPO demand

first_imgForgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin analysis bank-mandiri CPO export demand Facebook Topics : The COVID-19 pandemic has hit global demand for most products, including crude palm oil (CPO). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its oilseed report predicts that global consumption of CPO will decline by 2.3 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the September 2019 to October 2020 period. The USDA also predicts that CPO consumption will recover in the next period by 4.2 percent yoy. In a more detailed view, CPO demand actually began to normalize since June 2020.One of the indicators that show improved demand is export volume from major producing countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia. Indonesia’s CPO export volume in June and July 2020 were 2.1 and 2.4 million tons respectively, the same volume as Indonesia’s CPO exports in June and July 2019.Similarly, Malaysia’s CPO export volume in June and July were recorded at 1.7 and 1.8 million tons, respectiv… Log in with your social account Googlelast_img read more

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Executive living on high in quiet pocket of Cornubia

first_imgThe home at 11/103 Anakie Drive, Cornubia.THIS grand home is on an elevated block with 360-degree views across the surrounding district.The property at 11/103 Anakie Drive, Cornubia has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and multiple living areas spread across four levels.Katrina and Chris Clunies-Ross bought the home in 2005 for the views and space on offer. The view from 11/103 Anakie Drive, Cornubia.On the second level there is a master bedroom with private balcony, built-in robe and ensuite along with three bedrooms with built-in robes, a teenager’s retreat, laundry and family bathroom.On the third floor there is an open-plan meals and kitchen area, lounge room and dining room.The fourth level features an entertainment area with bar, spa room, bathroom, media room and two balconies. The kitchen at 11/103 Anakie Drive, Cornubia.Mrs Clunies-Ross said the top floor would be perfect as a guest suite or for grandparents or adult children living at home.Each level of the home has balconies, the bathrooms all feature marble tiling and a striking spiral staircase connects the different levels.Outside there is an in-ground pool and cubby house for the kids. One of the bathrooms at 11/103 Anakie Drive, Cornubia.Mrs Clunies-Ross said her favourite part of the home was the top level where her children could watch movies or play pool on the billiards table while the adults could soak in the spa or enjoy the view.The property is being marketed by John Jessop and Ben Ive of Elders Logan. The home at 11/103 Anakie Drive, Cornubia.“It’s on the highest point within 20-30km and it has amazing views,” Mrs Clunies-Ross said.“It’s a beautiful house but it was the views that sold us.“I particularly love the view from the fourth floor. It overlooks the south side of Brisbane and you can watch absolutely spectacular sunsets from up there.”On the ground floor of the home there is a four-car garage, wine cellar and home office.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020last_img read more

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LGPS pool backs renewables fund, begins EM equity search

first_img“This fund is a good fit with both our clients’ return expectations from infrastructure, but also their combined commitment to be responsible, long-term owners of sustainable investments.”Neither Brunel nor NTR disclosed the value of pool’s investment. The £30bn (€33.4bn) Brunel Pension Partnership has invested in a renewable energy fund alongside Legal & General (L&G) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).The investors are among those committing a total of €229m to Irish infrastructure manager NTR’s second Renewable Energy Income Fund, according to a press release from NTR.NTR has secured €145m for the fund’s first close, with the ultimate aim of raising €500m to invest in new-build wind turbines and solar energy farms. It has already made three acquisitions for the portfolio: two French wind farms and a portfolio of “solar projects” in the UK.Richard Fanshawe, head of private markets at Brunel, said: “Brunel is pleased to be backing NTR’s experienced and capable team to deliver a portfolio of predominantly greenfield renewable energy generation assets in western Europe. Source: NTRWind turbines owned by NTR’s investment fundsBrunel was formally launched last year to pool and manage assets on behalf of 10 Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds based in south and south-west England.L&G Capital, the direct investment arm of UK insurance giant L&G, has committed to match 20% of all funds raised for the new vehicle, up to a maximum of €100m.John Bromley, head of clean energy strategy at L&G Capital, said his company aimed to invest long-term capital in “businesses, innovative technology and infrastructure that will help deliver clean and affordable energy to the UK”, adding that a “step-change” in renewable investment was required. The EIB has pledged €84m to the fund, with the commitment guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments.NTR itself has also invested in the fund, as has the endowment fund for Trinity College Dublin.Brunel advances search for emerging market managersSeparately, Brunel has launched a formal tender for emerging market equity managers to run a portion of a mandate expected to be worth roughly £1.1bn.The LGPS pool first announced plans for the mandate in November, inviting managers to submit research material to help inform Brunel’s thinking.More than 100 managers registered for information updates prior to the launch of the formal tender, Brunel said today. They have until 25 January to submit expressions of interest.center_img Mark Mansley, chief investment officer, BrunelBrunel’s chief investment officer Mark Mansley said: “We are keen to receive tenders from fund managers which are innovative in their thinking, and with clear, consistent approaches that can be applied widely across the emerging markets specialism.“We are looking for managers able to meet our 2-3% performance target. Managers will be afforded considerable flexibility, including the ability to invest outside the benchmark, in frontier markets, smaller companies, and developed market companies with significant emerging market exposure, but they should be able to cover the core emerging markets to start with.”Brunel said it would likely appoint “three to four” managers to run £200-500m each.The emerging markets project follows Brunel’s launch of a £1bn smart beta fund in November, and a £1.6bn UK equities fund in December.It has also made commitments to long-lease property funds run by M&G and Aberdeen Standard Investments.last_img read more

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Hijacked Marine Express Recovered, Crew Safe and Well

first_imgThe product tanker Marine Express and its twenty-two crew members, who have been attacked by pirates on February 1 while anchored off Benin, Gulf of Guinea, have reassumed control of their ship, the ship’s manager Anglo-Eastern said.Details regarding the terms of the ship’s rescue operation have not been released.The 45,989 dwt oil products tanker Marine Express was at the Cotonou Anchorage, Benin, when all communication with the vessel was lost.“Full control of the vessel was resumed at approximately 04:00 Singapore time today. All crew members are reported to be safe and well, and the cargo of 13,5000 tons of gasoline remains on board,” Anglo-Eastern added.“We wish to express our gratitude to the captain and crew of the vessel and their families for their courage and fortitude in dealing with this difficult situation, as well as the authorities and agencies involved.”The families of the crew members have been informed of the situation, and now a comprehensive investigation into the hijacking will be carried out.The region is notorious for piracy groups that target commercial ships and often kidnap seafarers for ransom.Marine Express is the second tanker to be taken by pirates in the region since the beginning of this year.The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker MT Barrett and its 22 crew members were hijacked at the beginning of January. However, they were released from captivity after a six-day ordeal.Details on the terms of their release have not been disclosed either.last_img read more

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Edwin V. (Pork) Kirschner

first_imgEdwin V. (Pork) Kirschner, age 78 of Oldenburg, died Friday, September 15, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born July 14, 1939 in Oldenburg, he is the son of Eulalia (Nee: Ferkinhoff) and Ivoe Kirschner.  He married Joyce Fasbinder May 21, 1960 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg.  He served in the army and after the service went to work at McAlpin’s in Cincinnati as a purchasing agent, retiring after 35 years.  He was a member of Holy Family Church, the Knights of St. John Commandry #243 and the Knights of Columbus Council #1461 in Batesville as well as a former member of the Batesville Life Squad and Batesville Kiwanis.Pork loved the Christmas season and everything about Christmas, from the spiritual aspect, to being with family, to the music, to the food.  It was somewhere in this that a decade’s long hobby of making nativity scenes or crèches was born.  About ten years ago he turned his hobby into a business, opening the Creche Shop in Oldenburg.  The register book at the shop tells of the people from all over the world who have visited him and become owners of his handmade, heirloom quality creations.  For several years he has been a member of Oldenburg’s “Christmas Under the Spires” committee to help with the annual event.For Pork, family and faith were most important to him along with his pride for his hometown of Oldenburg.  He loved nothing better than having his family together. Whether it was a game of Scrabble with some of the kids or the kids getting Pork to explore his inner thrill seeker and urging him by try rafting or sky diving, he was game.  In recent years, he also enjoyed stopping by the Knight’s Hall for an afternoon game of Euchre or 7-up.He is survived by his wife Joyce; daughters and son-in-laws Jennifer and Joe Ruwe, Karen and Scott Glum, all of Cincinnati; sons and daughter-in-laws Jeff and Kathy Kirschner of Cincinnati, Kurt and Sherri Kirschner of Batesville; sister Martha Fie of Cincinnati; brother Tom Kirschner of Indianapolis and grandchildren Sam Kirschner of Cincinnati, Will Kirschner of Bloomington, Indiana, Nick Kirschner of Indianapolis, Alex and Max Kirschner of Batesville, Elizabeth and Katherine Ruwe and Elliot and Michael Glum, all of Cincinnati.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother Allan Kirschner.Visitation is Tuesday, September 19th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary at 3:45 p.m.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 20th, at Holy Family Church.  Due to allergies, the family requests no flowers.  Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Church Capital Improvement Fund or Oldenburg Academy.last_img read more

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