The second annual Breaking Barriers Fashion Show was held at the Morris Inn on Wednesday night. The show featured members of Best Buddies, the Special Olympics, Special Friends and Super Sibs to simultaneously exemplify the work of each group and encourage others to join, as well as “break down the barriers for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and help to spread awareness in the South Bend community,” according to the Notre Dame events calendar.“The goal of this fashion show is first and foremost to display the beauty of friendship and convey the dignity and worth of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities,” the description read.“It is different from other fashion shows because of the mission of the models,” freshman Meghan Freeman, a volunteer for the show, said. “This fashion show strives to embrace our differences and celebrate the bonds and friendships that have formed because of them. Not only that, but it also aims to raise money for future activities so that the benefits of the fashion show will last even after the last walk.”Freeman said the money raised from the fashion show will be used to benefit LOGAN, which funds student initiatives for the Best Buddies, Special Olympics, and Special Friends and Special Sibs clubs in the area.Senior Alexis Pala has been a Buddy and student researcher within Best Buddies since her freshman year and served as the main coordinator for the show.“Although significant progress has been made in recent years, people with intellectual disabilities continue to be segregated globally,” Pala said. “All the clubs in the show work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in various capacities to highlight the things that they love and reveal their true potentials. With this show we want to celebrate those we work with and show everyone the relationships that we have formed and the value we bring to each others lives.”She said that the show “isn’t only about the clothes we are wearing, but the beauty of those wearing them.”According to Pala, the idea for the show was conceived after her experiences working on a similar fashion show with Best Buddies in Madrid, Spain.“We borrowed the name ‘Breaking Barriers’ from the United Nations’ campaign “breaking down barriers to full inclusion” that they used for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities,” she said.The show was brought to Notre Dame for the first time last year, when it was held in Legends Nightclub as part of Spread the Word to End the Word Day. Pala noted that this year is unique in its focus on the collaboration between the South Bend community and Notre Dame clubs.This year’s show involved an immense amount of preparation, including reaching out to potential donors, Freeman said. Clothing had to be secured for all ages and sexes through donations from Ali Boutique, Little Princess Treasures, and Macy’s.Sorella, a local boutique, was “extremely helpful and enthusiastic, and the owner worked to make sure that every buddy pair had an outfit that was perfect for them,” Freeman said.Organizers also had to secure help from Notre Dame’s University Hair Stylists to help, as well as, Chipotle and other local establishments for gift bags. The organizers also recruited volunteers to emcee, write short bios to be read during participants’ walks and help to complete various tasks.The show was emceed by one of Notre Dame’s leprechauns, Mitch Meersman, and featured a slideshow displaying each group participating in various activities from the past year. Before the show began, the night opened with a performance by the Humor Artists, a video combatting “Ableism” that addressed stigmas surrounding mental disabilities and a performance by the Pom Squad.Models walked out alongside their respective Buddies, each of whom was a Notre Dame student, as Meersman read models’ brief bios and described the outfits worn. Speeches from organizers and performances from Notre Dame a cappella groups Halftime and the Undertones were interspersed throughout the show. The night ended with all of the models and their buddies joining in to sing Notre Dame’s alma mater.“We are looking to gain more popularity and become an event that people want to come back to every year,” Freeman said. “At the end of the day, we hope to raise money to sponsor future events, and we just want everyone to have fun.”Tags: best buddies, Breaking Barriers, fashion show, LOGAN, Special Olympics, Super Sibs
Racing will proceed under local guidelines with social distancing techniques in place such as online only registration, staggered lift lines and modified awards ceremonies. Having a time trial race rather than a mass start event will make it easier for riders to avoid close contact while competing. With states in the Southeastern United States opening back up after the COVID-19 pandemic, Downhill Southeast has announced that they will go ahead with 4 races starting in June. Most of the original schedule has been pushed back due to local laws or larger events rescheduling. Please visit the Downhill Southeast website for more information Thanks to Worldwide Cyclery for their support * USAC State Championship The DHSE Series is planning to hold races this summer, get the details! June 6/7 – Windrock Bike Park – Tennessee *July 11/12 – Beech Mountain Resort – North CarolinaAugust 1/2 – Snowshoe Mountain – West Virginia *August 8/9 – Sugar Mountain – North Carolina * Downhill Southeast Series Releases Updated Schedule for Summer 2020 Photo: Dakota Norton Jack Rice
In a fictitious and very realistic environment, an earthquake and its repercussions affected the life of the city of Mendoza, Argentina, where the Argentine and Chilean Armed Forces carried out a cooperation exercise in case of disasters. The event took place from October 15 to 19, 2012, and recreated a hypothetical situation where an earthquake reaching almost 8 degrees had shaken the province of Mendoza, causing a series of collapses which left people trapped under debris, cut-off roads and bridges, disrupted basic services, caused fires, and damaged public and private property. In response to this incident and after initial evaluations, government authorities ordered the Armed Forces to assist the population; they summoned different governmental and non-governmental organizations, and requested the cooperation from Chile’s Armed Forces to confront this large-scale tragedy. This fictitious situation was devised with the aim of carrying out Exercise Solidarity for cooperation in case of disasters, which the Argentine and Chilean Joint Chiefs of Staffs performed to prepare for similar disaster situations, after an agreement was signed in 1997. In a few hours, the three branches of the Chilean Armed Forces deployed their troops and equipment in the area. Chilean Army, Navy and Air Force members, coordinated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, crossed the Andes to go help. In this context, specialized teams from the Chilean Army and Navy received joint and combined training, along with their Argentine counterparts, on the rescue of wounded and trapped people, systems of water purification, restoration of access roads, management of toxic substances, and the implementation of a field hospital based on a triage or classification system, according to the severity of patient severity. A system operated by the Argentine and Chilean Navies’ militaries was established in General San Martín Park, the green lung of Mendoza, by which they could extract over 3,500 liters of contaminated water per hour from the lake and purify it to deliver it to the population in sealed bags of up to 1.5 liters. Exercise Solidarity also considered setting up a pedestrian bridge and another one for vehicles, with the aim of joining different areas that were supposedly isolated due to telluric movement. Another instance that allowed to train, test, and improve procedures detailed in the manuals created after the cooperation agreement in case of disasters, included rescuing people trapped under debris or in fires. For this purpose, a “stage” was set up in the metropolitan rail station, displaying collapsed structures, burned-up buildings, a first aid area, and a heliport to evacuate injured victims. With the objective of having the simulation vividly depicted and all instances that occur during catastrophes executed, the global strategic command was directed from an emergency operations center headed by the top military authorities representing both Joint Chiefs of Staff. The necessary coordination with each organization involved was carried out from this center based on their capabilities, to achieve the most effective and rapid solution to each situation, according to a land registry created for the exercise. The air component also participated with two Chilean Air Force Bell 412 helicopters, which flew over the city to determine the most affected areas. They also transported victims to medical centers and distributed food and basic items to the affected population. In all, it was an action of solidarity performed over five days by men and women of the Armed Forces of two countries which 15 years ago were committed to cooperate in disasters that required mutual support. By Dialogo January 11, 2013
by: Larry MeadorTake a minute to think of the top five most valuable brands according to Forbes.com – Apple, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, IBM, and Google. Although you may not realize it, you associated a specific thought (whether it was negative or positive) with each of these brands. These conclusions and brand identities that become second nature to us are exactly what credit unions should strive for when marketing their brands to potential and existing members.Companies spend copious amounts of time, money, and resources to ensure that their brand has a positive status in the minds of consumers. In the digital age we’ve entered, the brand story that consumers find online holds ever-increasing importance. The question is, what gives value to a brand? Some believe it’s simply the ability to sell goods and services at a maximum price. I, however, disagree. There are numerous components that make up the value of a brand. For credit unions, it isn’t always about the service provided, but about the emotions and thoughts evoked in the member’s mind. Keeping these points in mind, here are some important aspects to remember when communicating your unique value and building a strong and lasting positive brand reputation for your organization.Establishing a Member First Brand ImageThe first step to establishing a positive brand image is determining what sets your financial institution apart from all the others. Is your credit union’s goal to assist in the development of the local community? Is it to assist members of a specific organization? Reference back to the founding of your credit union and once you have discovered its purpose, make sure to share it with existing and potential members. Sharing the ways your organization benefits its members, is a great way to begin establishing a positive brand image. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Za vecernji.hr the owner of the ID Riva agency, Selimir Ognjenović, commented on the impact of the coronavirus on tourism. Coronavirus is the main news of all portals, including our tourism one, because the consequences will certainly be felt by the entire tourism sector. France is already recording a 30 to 40 percent drop in the number of tourists compared to expectations. Large hotel houses are already adding up the implications for the Asian market. Cruise companies are canceling sailing. “As for cruise ports, there are no special instructions yet, but they will be sent to them. When the first ship arrives in Gaženica, the port authorities will receive certain measures to implement ” said Minister Butković in Zadar at the request of journalists during the signing of the contract on co-financing ports and rehabilitation of maritime property in Zadar County, and since it is one of the hotspots in Venice from which most guests come to Zadar from cruise ships, they broadcast 24 hours. Coronavirus in Zagreb was confirmed in a younger man. “It’s a milder form of the disease, it’s isolated and so far so good.” Prime Minister Andrej Plenković pointed out. The Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, explained that the young man was in Milan from February 19 to 21 and that he would now concentrate on the people with whom the young man was in contact. “It is a flu-like illness and no major complications are expected from those we have in flu cases. The health care system is ready ” says Minister Beroš. Cover photo: Pixabay.com, The Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, said in Zadar today that he would submit special instructions to cruise ports regarding the situation with the coronavirus. “Fear is a bad companion, some are afraid to eat in Chinese restaurants and here in Munich. For us, the psychosis around the coronavirus could take some pre-season guests, for Easter and in May. Germans who book a vacation these days, if they choose between pre-season and post-season, choose the post-season. Those, on the other hand, who will go on holiday in the summer, often postpone the final decision. ” said Ognjenovic, who still believes that Croatia, no matter how things develop, will do better than most competitors. The coronavirus was confirmed in two people and in neighboring Austria. These are also people who have resided in Italy. What will happen in Croatia remains to be seen, and today a test of seriousness and readiness for such challenges is underway after the confirmation of the coronavirus in Zagreb. According to data from Croatia Airlines, there are still regular flights to Rome, ie for now there are no changes due to the coronavirus in Italy, as far as flights to Milan are concerned, and otherwise it is a seasonal line that does not operate in winter. “I think we raised the level of readiness on time, we were engaged ” concluding Prime Minister Plenković, adding that he expects maximum engagement from everyone. Domestic news portals from our largest sea destinations are already warning about the cancellation of tourist arrivals, mostly those reserved for March and April or the Easter holidays, but there are also cancellations of guests from Europe and Asia for June. The Asian market is in a big reduction in provisions, which is expected. Raising panic is not in anyone’s interest now, but seriousness calls for monitoring the situation. Source: 24 hours, vecernji.hr, At the end of today tourist council sessions Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli commented on the confirmed case of coronavirus in Zagreb “There is no room for panic, the Government headquarters is managing the situation in real time and all services are fully prepared”, says Cappelli.
Fitch Solutions has downgraded Indonesia’s economic growth projection to 2.8 percent, down from its initial projection of 4.2 percent, as consumption and investment growth are expected to slow amid weakening global economic expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic.“While the government and the central bank have made aggressive moves to stimulate the economy, we believe that these efforts will not be enough to offset the devastating effects the COVID-19 pandemic will have on employment and public health,” researchers at the Fitch Solutions country risk and industry research wrote in a research note dated April 17.They projected Indonesia’s private consumption to slow to 1.2 percent in 2020 from 5 percent in 2019 due to mounting unemployment. As many as 2.8 million people have lost their jobs as of Monday last week, according to data from the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). More than half were furloughed and placed on paid or unpaid leave.“We also expect capital formation to slow to just 1.5 percent in 2020 after posting a growth of 4.5 percent in 2019,” Fitch said, adding that this would mainly be driven by severe delays that large scale infrastructure projects were likely to face amid the crisis.The government expects the country’s economy to grow 2.3 percent this year, which would be the lowest rate in 21 years, in a baseline scenario and even contract 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest projection expected Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to reach 0.5 percent this year while the global economy was projected to contract by 3 percent.Topics :
Despite persistent peatland degradation and forest fires, the government is considering dissolving the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), among other agencies in the crosshairs.Established in January 2016 by presidential regulation, the BRG will have its tenure expired on Dec. 31, if the government does not renew the mandate.Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said on Tuesday that the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry was reviewing 18 institutions established under government and presidential regulations with tasks and responsibilities that could be taken over by other ministries. The move follows President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s recent instruction to simplify the bureaucracy. Moeldoko said merging the institutions to be dissolved with existing agencies or ministries was an option.”The BRG’s performance in restoring peatland has been good enough, but we are still reviewing whether [the tasks] of the BRG could not be handled by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency for fire mitigation and the Agriculture Ministry for the optimization of peatland for agriculture,” he said.Read also: Jokowi plans to disband 18 state institutions, including Peat Restoration AgencyBRG’s undersecretary for campaigns, participation and partnership, Myrna Syafitri, said on Wednesday that it was the prerogative of the President to extend BRG’s tenure or not. “Regardless of what will happen, we set up our tasks with a five-year [timeframe, in line with the tenure stated in the presidential regulation],” she told The Jakarta Post, adding that the agency had designed its restoration projects with a flexibility that allowed for them to be carried over to ministries and village administrations. Established in response to the country’s worst-ever forest fires in 2015, the BRG is tasked with restoring up to 2.67 million hectares of peatland across seven provinces.About 1.7 million ha are in concession areas — 1.2 million ha in forestry concession areas and 550,000 ha in plantation concession areas – where the BRG can only provide technical assistance to restoration attempts by the respective concession holder.About 890,000 ha of peatland to be restored are located on non-concession lands, which give the BRG more flexibility to directly coordinate and facilitate restoration projects with regional administrations, civil society organizations and residents.“We realize that we are a nonstructural government agency tasked with assisting the government,” Myrna said.Teguh Surya, the chairman of environmental NGO the Madani Foundation, said Indonesia still had a long way to go to restore peatland across the country.“[The government] must clarify its plans and how they will commit to peatland restoration,” he said, citing the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) that showed that the BRG’s performance was suboptimal.The BRG restored only 143,448 ha of about 1.7 million ha of peatland on concession lands in 2018, but, according to Myrna, it had restored about 780,000 ha of peatland in non-concession areas by the end of 2019.According to Madani, peatland ecosystems account for 44 percent of the total land burned last year, or 727,972 ha; and within that ecosystem, 54.71 percent of are protected peatland areas (FLEGs). Government data show that more than 1.6 million ha of land and forest were affected by fires last year.“We interpret that as a sign that a stronger agency [handling peat restoration] is needed. If [the BRG] is merged into an existing agency or ministry, will it create stronger efforts?” Teguh asked.Teguh also warned that, since the emissions associated with peatland degradation remain high, disbanding the BRG without a follow-up plan would tarnish Indonesia’s reputation in the global emissions reduction effort.However, the BRG has also been credited as one of the factors contributing to slowdown of deforestation in Indonesia, which, according to the latest Global Forest Watch report, has recorded historically low deforestation rates for three consecutive years since 2017. It found that Indonesia lost 324,000 ha of primary forest last year, or 5 percent less than in the previous year.Read also: RI reduces deforestation rate, but researchers urge cautionLast month, Indonesia received a US$56 million grant from Norway, as the first payment for Indonesia’s successful reduction in deforestation and carbon emissions, including from peatland, under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) cooperation scheme.The current agreement does not include peatland restoration, but Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry has suggested that this be included in an updated agreement currently being discussed by Indonesia and Norway.“The peatland regulation of 2016 — which also established the BRG — effectively prohibits clearing, draining and conversion of peatlands,” the Norwegian Embassy’s chargé d’affaires Bjørnar Dahl Hotvedt told the Post on Wednesday. “This reform has led to drastic reductions in peatland destruction, and the BRG as well as the environment ministry have played an important role in that.”“Restoring already converted peatland is also essential, and we welcome the government’s dedication in stepping up efforts. The functions filled by the BRG are critical in this regard,” he added.When asked about the possibility of the BRG being disbanded, the embassy only said that “Norway supports the reform agenda of the Jokowi administration”.Topics :
RelatedPosts North Central pulls out of ACF, forms new group Buratai launches Exercise Sahel Sanity, inducts locally manufactured MRAPs FG awards over 70 road projects in North Central – Official Basketball lovers are in for another exciting round of amazing basketball action as the second phase of the 2019 Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League comes alive in four different venues on September 7, 2019. The apex women’s basketball league, which uniquely has been divided into four conferences, will see 27 teams battling for a place in the Conference finals. In the North Central Conference, unbeaten Nigerian Customs women with seven wins so far this season will hope to surmount the onslaught of Air Warriors and Plateau Rocks who are second and third on the table with six and five wins respectively. In the South East Conference, table toppers MFM Women’s team under Aderemi Adewunmi will hope to stay strong and pick one of the available tickets before Sunshine Queens, IGP Queens, Coal City Queens, Delta Force and First Deep Waters. Eight teams will be competing in the North West Conference holding at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The Liberty Stadium Ibadan Centre will have fierce rivalry with Dolphins of Lagos and First Bank Women’s Basketball Club who are the defending league champions slugging it out against Ogun Babes and Oluyole Babes.Tags: Air WarriorsNorth CentralPlateau RocksZenith Women’s Basketball League
“We were a little bit rusty,” he said. “We hadn’t had a lot of time but I’ve got to say the commitment, the attitude and the togetherness was there. What we’ve got to be is a little more clinical. “We got a lot of belief out of that game. We only had 10 days together, we only had 10 sessions together. We will get better.” Ireland 19-man squad: D Allen (Widnes), L Ambler (Halifax), B Beswick (Leigh), D Blanch (Catalan Dragons), D Bridge (Warrington), B Currie (Warrington), L Finn (Featherstone, capt), S Finnigan (Leigh), K Haggerty (Barrow), J Hasson (Manly), R Kostjasyn (North Queensland), S Littler (Leigh), T McCarthy (Warrington), J Mendeika (Warrington), A Mullally (Huddersfield), A Pewhairangi (Parramatta), P Richards (Wigan), J Toole (St George Illawarra), B White (Canberra). “It’s disappointing that Scott is not quite ready because we wanted our best team out there but what it does do is offer an opportunity to James Mendeika and, with the energy and enthusiasm and the skills he’s got, I’m sure he will fit in very well,” said Aston on Thursday afternoon at the team’s training base at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Ireland are also without Widnes prop Eamon O’Carroll, who picked up a shoulder injury in the defeat by the Fijiians, but Aston expects to have former Huddersfield second rower Simon Finnigan back after he sat out the opening game with a hamstring problem. Aston is set to switch Warrington second rower Ben Currie to stand-off in the forced re-shuffle and amend his tactics accordingly. Salford stand-off Marc Sneyd would have been the obvious choice for the number six jersey but he was ruled ineligible after failing to complete the paperwork in time, leaving Aston with a 23-man squad to work with. “We might go with a different tact within the game structure,” Aston said. “Ben has played there before – he’s played for England against Australia at junior level at stand-off – so he’s accustomed to that And he can play. “He might be more of a running six than a ball-playing six but that’s what we want. We want people who are going to hit the line hard against a very good team.” Utility back Josh Toole and forwards Luke Ambler and Danny Bridge are the other players added to the team that was swept aside by the aggressive Fijiians. Ireland were one of only three teams not to play a warm-up match and Aston is confident they will improve in their remaining group games against England and Australia. Press Association Rookie James Mendeika will deputise for Scott Grix at full-back for Ireland in Saturday’s World Cup group A clash with England at Huddersfield. The 21-year-old was at stand-off in Ireland’s opening 32-14 defeat by Fiji in Rochdale on Monday but switched to full-back when Huddersfield’s Grix went off towards the end with a thigh injury. The experienced Grix has failed to shake off the injury so misses out on playing for his country on his home ground and coach Mark Aston is turning to the Warrington youngster, whose only Super League experience came in 2013 during a loan spell with London Broncos.
Dimitar Berbatov brushed off talk of a January exit to end Fulham’s six-game Barclays Premier League losing streak as the Cottagers saw off Aston Villa 2-0. Should Berbatov sustain the form shown in the first half here, new boss Meulensteen’s chances of dragging Fulham clear of relegation danger will increase dramatically. Berbatov’s astute pass sent Alexander Kacinklic haring clear, and he lured Leandro Bacuna into a robust challenge that brought the penalty. It was a shocking mistake from the Villa full-back that condemned Paul Lambert’s men to a miserable 2-0 half-time deficit. The Midlanders were never able to find their stride, eventually suffering their first defeat in six league matches. Before this clash Lambert’s men held the second-best run of Premier League form behind Everton. Now they are left to rue the continued indifferent form of striker Christian Benteke, whose barren run stretched to nine games. Fulham recorded their first clean sheet since the 1-0 Stoke victory on October 5, holding out under what precious second-half pressure Villa could muster. Wherever Berbatov ends up by February, he proved his short-term Fulham commitment at least in an engaging first half. Both focal point and defence opener, this was the former Manchester United striker at his best. Just eight minutes in he nodded in a smart header that Brad Guzan had to touch on to the bar. Berbatov had fallen as though pole-axed moments earlier, rightly unsuccessful in a penalty shout. Even before that Giorgios Karagounis’ chipped pass was cut out, and Scott Parker’s through-ball nearly set John Arne Riise clear. Fulham had Villa pegged back into their own half for the opening 10 minutes, but Lambert’s men were always going to be dangerous on the break. Villa cut clear almost on cue, only for off-colour striker Benteke to head a fine chance wide. The Belgium forward hit the target after 20 minutes with a rasping shot from the edge of the box, but it was straight at Maarten Stekelenburg and the Fulham stopper parried with ease. That spurred the home side back into action, with Ashkan Dejagah racing clear, but unable to pull the trigger. Kaciniklic’s resulting effort was cleared off the line as Fulham cranked up the pressure. And then Meulensteen’s men struck. Berbatov’s cushioned header allowed Dejagah to send the onrushing Sidwell into the box, and the recalled midfielder clipped into the net at full stretch. If Villa were stunned by their inability to gain a foothold, manager Lambert would have been furious with Bacuna for conceding a soft penalty just before the half-hour mark. Berbatov sent Kaciniklic clear with a superb ball, but Fulham’s number 11 ran slightly too wide for a clear shot at goal. Well aware of his error, Kaciniklic delayed long enough for Bacuna to race in, and bundle him to the turf. Referee Mike Dean awarded the spot kick, and Berbatov delivered with a calm side-foot finish. Agbonlahor wasted a fine opening for Villa right at the start of the second half, letting a neat square ball stray across his path when he should have struck it first time. Philippe Senderos struck a firm header goalwards after a well-worked Fulham corner, but Guzan was equal to the effort. Riise was forced to nod round the far post in defence after an Agbonlahor cross, but it was slim pickings for Villa. Norway full-back Riise then headed against the post from a smart Karagounis cross. Back in the ascendancy, Fulham sought a third to kill off the contest. But Sidwell was unable to put even a toe to Dejagah’s low right-wing cross. Villa never found fluency in this tie, Karim El Ahmadi and Andreas Weimann’s near-collision in the Fulham box summing up a galling day. Fulham will simply not care though, buoyed hugely by three crucial points and lift-off for the Meulensteen era. Press Association Berbatov laid on Fulham’s first, Steve Sidwell’s third league goal of the campaign – before coolly side-footing a penalty he helped secure. The spot-kick finish was just Berbatov’s second league goal in 13 appearances this term, and it secured Rene Meulensteen’s first win in sole charge.