Students robbed at gunpoint

first_img Their possessions have not yet been recovered. South Bend Police took serial numbers of the electronic devices, one of the students said. If the burglars take the computers to a pawnshop, the serial numbers will be checked and police will be notified. Two of the students own the home, but homeowner’s insurance only has a $2,000 deductible; he said they would not likely recover all $3,000 worth of stolen items. All three residents were in the home on the 1100 Block of East Sorin Street at the time, but only one was downstairs when two men rang the doorbell and entered the home. One of them had a rifle. The Office of Student Affairs contacted all three students and offered aid in finding alternative housing options, but they said will continue to live on East Sorin Street. Three Notre Dame students were robbed at gunpoint in their off-campus home Thursday night and, according to one of the students, lost $3,000 worth of possessions. “I’d never felt unsafe in my own house,” he said. “I’ve talked to neighbors and it just seems like … they say this is the worst that it’s ever been.” According to South Bend Police logs, the robbery was a home invasion and robbery by suspects armed with a rifle.  Another student, a Notre Dame junior, was already on the ground in the kitchen, he said, while the other, a senior, was not on the ground floor and was unaware of the invasion. The two burglars repeatedly asked where the money was and went upstairs to take several possessions before leaving the house, the student said.  Police arrived at the house four to five minutes after they were called, another one of the victims said. Several police officers responded, looked for fingerprints and took pictures. He said he found the police to be very helpful after the robbery, but would like to see more police presence in his neighborhood. “When I came down I saw a man with a rifle on my couch looking through things,” he said. “I asked the guy what he was doing there. He told me to get on the ground immediately … so I got down on the ground.” The police log lists a cell phone, wallet, backpack, two iPods and three computers among the stolen items. Two of the residents also lived at the home during the 2009-10 school year. One of them said neighbors say there have been numerous robberies on their street, but they always felt comfortable living there. “Overall I think they might need maybe one or two more squad cars to patrol the streets where students live,” he said.  As a result of the incident, one of the victims said he would advise all students who live off campus to take extra security measures, such as keeping doors locked — even while at home — and not walking alone at night. The residents have taken new security precautions, however. One of them said they are changing the locks on their doors and adding an extra security code to their security system so the police are called immediately. One of the victims, a second-year law student, said he had gone upstairs for a moment when he heard the doorbell ring. The Observer will not name the three students because they are victims of a crime.  “Those are little things that we sometimes ignore but can make a big difference if there are people out there willing to hurt Notre Dame students,” he said. “I would just say don’t take anything for granted. South Bend has a lot to offer but at the same time it’s not the most safe area.”last_img read more

25 Ticks bite

first_imgVolume XXIXNumber 1Page 25 By Nancy C. HinkleUniversity of GeorgiaAvoiding ticks outdoors is challenging. Around your home, though,you can maintain your lawn to be inhospitable to them. Hot,drying sunshine is deadly to ticks. Keeping your lawn closelymowed will reduce their numbers.Spraying the yard with an insecticide often makes the problemworse. Insecticides kill predatory insects that help keep ticknumbers down.If you want to apply an pesticide to your pet, check the productlabel to make sure it kills ticks. Compounds registered for fleasaren’t always effective against ticks.Ticks are found mainly on low-growing plants along paths andtrails, waiting to snare a passing host by hooking their legsinto an animal’s leg hair or a human’s pants cuff.Haven for ticksAvoid tall grass and brushy or weedy areas as much as possible.Walk in the middle of trails to avoid brushing againstsurrounding vegetation. And don’t sit down on the ground.Protecting yourself from ticks includes wearing clothing thatlimits their access to your skin, applying appropriate repellentsand performing daily tick checks.Wear long pants where ticks are around and tuck your cuffs intosocks to keep them from crawling under the pant leg. For the bestprotection, tape the top of your socks over your pant legs, thentwist the tape and make one wrap with the sticky side out to trapticks. It’s easier to spot ticks on light-colored clothes.Be carefulYou can apply products containing DEET to your skin. (But followlabel instructions. Pay particular attention to cautions forchildren.)Apply products such as Permanone, which contain permethrin, toclothes but not to skin. Spray these products on your clothes andallow them to dry overnight before you put them on. Permethrinwill kill both ticks and mosquitoes that land on treated clothing.A tick takes a day or two to secrete a feeding tube before it canbegin to suck blood. So daily tick checks can keep them fromfeeding and transmitting diseases. Look and feel for tickscarefully, especially in hair-covered places.Examine FidoCheck your pets after they’ve been outside, too. Destroying ticksbefore they can feed not only protects pets from diseases butreduces tick reproduction.To remove a tick, use tweezers, grasping the tick as close to theskin as you can. Pull slowly and firmly, without twisting orcrushing the tick.A tick is like a balloon attached to a hypodermic needle.Squeezing its body forces material through its mouthparts intoyour bloodstream, increasing the risk of infection.It’s a good idea to keep the tick in a plastic bag in therefrigerator for a few weeks. If the person bitten later developssymptoms of a tick-transmitted disease, it can be tested todetermine the causative agent.VigilanceBe especially watchful for the first two weeks after a tick bite.If flu-like symptoms, headache, fever, lack of balance, skinrashes, muscle or joint pain or nausea develop, see a doctor.The most common tick in Georgia is the lone star tick (the femalehas a white dot on the middle of her back). American dog ticksare common and can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever andtularemia. Black-legged ticks, or deer ticks, carry Lyme disease.Of the dozens of tick species in Georgia, the brown dog tick isthe most troublesome household pest. It doesn’t attack humans.But it does transmit some canine diseases.The six-legged seed tick attaches to a dog and becomesbluish-gray, engorged with blood. It molts and becomes a larger,eight-legged, reddish-brown nymph. After engorging with bloodagain the nymph, now dark gray, molts and becomes a reddish-brownadult.When it engorges yet again on the dog’s blood, it’s bluish andabout a third of an inch long. The adult female lays 1,000 to3,000 eggs.(Nancy Hinkle is an Extension Service entomologist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Weekend Picks: YogiBoardHHI debuts March 22 to set world SUP Yoga record on Hilton Head Island

first_imgYogiBoardHHI – March 22, 2014 – Hilton Head Island, SCThe Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Outside Hilton Head, and BIC Stand Up Paddleboards are partnering together to set the world’s record for the largest in-water yoga class on a stand up paddleboard.An internationally recognized, world-record keeping company will be verifying the event.“SUP Yoga is the poised, direct descendant from the beginner-friendly sport of stand-up paddle boarding,” said Amber Shadwick, SUP Yoga Instructor with Outside Hilton Head and a BIC SUP Ambassador. “It captivates focus, balance, connection, freedom, and a feeling of a rejuvenating inner youth on the water. It’s the perfect sport and exercise combination for all levels of enthusiasts. SUP Yoga revitalizes by assisting with improvements in core strength, balance, mindful movement and functionality.”According to Gail Wargo, Director of Sales and Marketing for The Westin, “YogiBoardHHI will be such a fun event with opportunities for all levels of enthusiasts to participate. We want to invite the community and Island visitors to come out and try standup paddleboarding and SUP yoga and help the Island set a world record. Even if someone has never tried it before, there will be plenty of experienced instructors on-hand to demonstrate how to do SUP and yoga on the board and you can wear a life jacket if desired.”“The timing of the class has been scheduled where the tide at Shelter Cove Marina will be perfect, and the water there is very shallow and should be very calm, facilitating easy to learn SUP for beginners. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa partnered with Outside Hilton Head on-site last year with rental equipment, beach yoga classes and guided, kayaking and boating tours,” Wargo said.YogiBoardHHI Event Details:Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014Location: The Outside Hilton Head Outpost at Shelter Cove MarinaSchedule of events:10-11:30 a.m. Intro to SUP11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Check-in and Late On-Site Registration (limited board rental availability)2:00 p.m. Participant Meeting2:15-3:15 p.m. “YogiBoardHHI” World record-setting SUP yoga class. Celebration on wharf to follow class, with great raffle prizes available!Costs:                         Intro to SUP session Special rate for YogiBoardHHI participants: $15Board rental for YogiBoardHHI class: $15YogiBoardHHI class admission fee: $5Proceeds from the event will benefit The Outside Foundation, a 501-c (3) non-profit organization benefiting outside programs, with the mission dedicated to getting kids outside and protecting our local environment.For registration and information visit www.outsidehiltonhead.com and follow the registration link to YogiBoardHHI.Shadwick_7J3A2162The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa will have several great weekend packages available for participants and guests including:$125 per night plus resort fee and taxes and no minimum length of stay.10% off services at The Heavenly SpaFree shuttle to and from the Outside Outpost at Shelter Cove Marina from The WestinFree one-hour yoga session on Sunday Mar 23, 2014 at 9 a.m., beachside at The WestinHilton Head Island Resort & Spa–Mention YogiBoardHHI promotional code when making a reservation, call (843) 681-4000 or visit their website. Located within Port Royal Plantation, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is an AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resort overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with 416 guest rooms and suites.SUP offers a fun, relaxing way to play on the water with a minimum of gear and no waves required. It delivers a full-body workout and has become a popular cross-training activity. It also provides unique views of everything from sea creatures to what’s on the horizon. SUP Yoga is inclusive of individuals of all ages and abilities in a practice that not only embodies mind, body and spirit — but also the surrounding environment and its full existence.Shadwick_7J3A2268last_img read more

Listening leads to results for credit unions

first_img 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Debbie Matz Debbie Matz was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the eighth board chair of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). After confirmation by the U.S. Senate on … Web: www.ncua.gov Details When I first joined the NCUA Board in 2002, I made it my goal to meet with as many credit union officials and volunteers as possible from every state. The credit union community was very welcoming to me. Particularly through the series of workshops I held with my Partnering and Leadership Successes initiative, I achieved that goal well before my first term ended in 2005.When I returned to NCUA as Chairman in 2009, I again made it my personal goal to meet with credit union officials at every opportunity. My policy has been to say “yes” to every speaking request unless there is some unavoidable reason why I must decline. This has taken me to the farthest corners of our great country, and almost everywhere in between. I’ve participated in a wide variety of national, state and local credit union meetings, and I’ve hosted Listening Sessions around the country every two years.Listening to Credit Union OfficialsI’ve had the pleasure of meeting with tens of thousands of officials from credit unions of all sizes and types. And I’ve become a better regulator by hearing how NCUA policies affect their operations.Whenever possible, I work to schedule each trip so I can do more than just fly in, hold one meeting, and fly out. In addition to formal meetings with groups of credit union officials, I also make time to visit with local credit union leaders in informal settings.In these informal settings, I do more listening than speaking. That’s how I learn. When I hear directly from credit union officials about operational challenges, I often find that NCUA can improve the process.For example: Automatic approvals of Low-Income Designations, extended time to file Call Reports, elimination of the fixed assets limit, and many other actions arising from my Regulatory Modernization Initiative resulted from conversations with credit union officials.Credit union officials often ask me about my experience between my two terms on the NCUA Board, when I served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for a federal credit union. Those three years overseeing credit union operations have informed the decisions I’ve made as NCUA Chairman ever since.Listening to MembersListening to members inside a credit union forever changed my perspective on regulatory policy issues that outsiders without direct operational experience may view differently.For instance, as COO, I will never forget hearing from members about overdraft protection. When I first saw how much money our members were spending on overdrafts each month, I asked Call Center staff to contact members who were over-drafting most frequently. Our intent was to inform members about less expensive alternatives and offer free financial education.However, our members told us loud and clear: Overdraft protection is a personal choice, and no one should take it away. Call Center staff received so many passionate comments from members who benefited from overdraft protection, we quickly realized that the service is, indeed, valued. Members told stories of how overdraft protection saved them from missing important payments, and how the overdraft fee turned out to be less expensive than bouncing a check.One member with only $3 in his checking account even insisted that if he wants to buy his wife a cup of coffee, he is willing to pay a $25 overdraft fee to buy that coffee without being rejected in front of his wife.As a result of listening to members, our credit union stopped charging overdraft fees on items under $5, stopped charging fees after a second overdraft each month, and stopped calling members who continued to use overdraft services. That’s the power of listening in action.Listening to Other RegulatorsI have since shared my perspective on overdraft protection with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray. It’s one of several issues I’ve discussed with leaders of other federal agencies in our efforts to avoid unintended consequences on credit union operations. And I am pleased to report that those agency leaders are listening.For example, CFPB has proposed to exempt more small lenders from certain mortgage rules, as a result of listening to NCUA and credit union stakeholders (among others). And as I mentioned while hosting my annual webinar with Director Cordray, CFPB has also reduced compliance burdens on privacy notices.Most recently, I asked CFPB and the U.S. Department of Defense to consider exempting federal credit unions’ Payday Alternative Loans from upcoming rules on “Ability to Repay” and the Military Lending Act. I opened this dialogue because I’ve heard from credit union officials who will need these exemptions to continue providing affordable alternatives to predatory loans.NCUA has been regulating PALs since 2010. The regulatory framework was based on my experience inside the credit union, where we designed a similar product to serve members of the military and underserved communities.PALs allow federal credit unions to charge an Annual Percentage Rate up to 28 percent and an application fee of no more than $20 to cover processing costs of a $200-to-$1,000 loan for one-to-six months. More than 550 federal credit unions offer PALs as a consumer-friendly alternative to predatory payday loans. The average PAL balance is $677 with an average interest rate of 22 percent. Members’ average total cost for a 30-day PAL is just $32.PALs are not subject to CFPB’s “Ability-to-Repay” underwriting requirements, which currently apply only to long-term mortgages. However, CFPB may propose applying similar requirements to payday, vehicle title, and certain other non-mortgage loans with shorter terms. CFPB’s outline of proposals under consideration suggests certain streamlined procedures for “NCUA-type loans” that resemble PALs.The Department of Defense originally proposed a rule that would have had the unintended consequence of prohibited PALs to members of the military. I felt so strongly that NCUA-approved PALs should be exempt from this proposal that I took the unusual position (for a regulator) of writing my own comment letter to the Department of Defense. I also raised this issue in person during a speech to the Defense Credit Union Council, where I continued the conversation with participating officials from the US military.After listening carefully to both CFPB and the Department of Defense, I continue to support their intent to protect consumers from predatory lending. They have indicated that their final rules will permit affordable credit union loans to the consumers these rules are intended to protect. After reviewing the Defense Department’s final revised rule implementing the Military Lending Act, I can confidently say it is a major victory for military members who so valiantly serve our nation—and for the credit unions that serve military families at home and abroad.As always, I will continue listening and working to deliver results.last_img read more

Leadership Matters: Cut out ‘noise’ at work

first_imgRemember when we thought more was better? In a more innocent time, leaders really believed the more information people had, the smarter they’d be, the better decisions they’d make and the greater success they’d have. Now we know how wrong we were: Nonstop emails, endless meetings and 24/7 connectedness cripple employees’ ability to think, solve problems and do the deep work a business needs to stay competitive. So here’s the real question: What are we going to do about it?Too often, the answer is “nothing.” Too many organizations let what I call “noise” squander our most valuable resource: our employees’ time and attention.It’s ironic that we’ll go to great lengths to protect our intellectual property and physical assets but don’t think twice about allowing a deluge of digital disruptions erode our employees’ ability to perform. Employees are so distracted on a constant basis that they don’t know what to focus on—or even how to focus.This is a problem for many reasons. When people can’t focus, performance suffers. There’s less of a sense of accomplishment because it’s hard to get things done. This cuts into employee engagement and fulfillment at work. It’s impossible to create the kind of culture that attracts and retains good talent. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Royal ascent

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Benchmark beats City forecasts

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Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas hope to tighten grip on power in election

first_imgSri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa hopes to tighten his hold on the nation’s fractious politics in an election on Wednesday that could elevate his brother and allow the two to change the constitution if they prevail.Rajapaksa, who claims credit for controlling the spread of the new coronavirus in the island nation, hopes to install his elder brother and former president – current caretaker Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa – in the post formally with an outright election victory.Voters in the tiny Indian Ocean nation of 21 million people will wear masks, carry their own pens to mark ballot papers and maintain physical distancing for the parliamentary polling that has twice been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who won the presidency in November, is not up for re-election in the parliamentary polls.Given the support the brothers enjoy among the Sinhalese majority, Mahinda is favored to become prime minister over Sajith Premadasa, analysts say. Sri Lanka does not have a tradition of conducting political opinion polls.The opposition candidate is the son of Ranasinghe Premadasa, who was assassinated while president by a Tamil suicide bomber in 1993.The Rajapaksas want to return to the presidency powers that were diluted by previous governments as part of reforms to prevent abuses of power.”The majority community in Sri Lanka have [shown] that they have already decided they want the Rajapaksas back by voting Gotabaya Rajapaksa into the presidency,” said Jayadeva Uyangoda, an independent political commentator. The question, he said, is whether they will get a big majority to make sweeping changes.The reforms created independent bodies, including judicial, human rights and police commissions to exercise powers that had been concentrated in the president.President Rajapaksa says he cannot implement his agenda of economic growth because of the curbs on his power.“It is impossible to make any meaningful changes and implement the agenda that I presented to the people,” he said last week.Restoring those powers would require amending the constitution, which in turn requires a two-thirds majority in parliament. Votes will be counted on Thursday.Sri Lanka has reported 2,816 infections of the new coronavirus and 11 COVID-19 deaths as of Sunday. The totals are lower than in neighboring south Asian countries, held in check by a strict lockdown since March.”We will make it safe for you to vote,” said chief election commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya, urging people to vote without fear.The Rajapaksa brothers, who built their political careers as Sinhalese Buddhist nationalists, are best known for crushing Tamil separatists fighting for a separate homeland for their ethnic minority. The 26-year civil war ended under the elder Rajapaksa’s presidency.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pennsylvania Investing More Than $2.8 Million to Expand Summer Internship Programs

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf continued his commitment to providing youth and young adults with the work experience opportunities they need to succeed in college or start their career by announcing more than $2.8 million in funding for local summer internship programs across the commonwealth.“These funds will help nearly 600 young adults develop the job skills needed to succeed in today’s 21st century economy though paid work experiences,” said Governor Wolf. “The State Local Internship Program provides for summer internships with local employers across Pennsylvania to give participants the real-world work experience and career-readiness skills they need to pursue future employment opportunities.”The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) provided the funding to 18 Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) across Pennsylvania who submitted proposals for summer internship program participation. The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds increase opportunities for youth by either providing participants with their first work experience or helping them establish career pathways as well as develop youth workforce preparation skills including résumé writing, interview skills, financial literacy, diversity training, and entrepreneurial skills training.The 2018 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 7 and August 31, 2018. The program will offer full-time wages at a minimum of $10.15 an hour for youth between 16 and 24 years of age.Following is a list of the 18 LWDBs that received SLIP funds:Berks County WDB – $94,444Bucks County WDB – $177,037Central Pennsylvania WDB – $266,956Chester County WDB – $56,100Lackawanna County WDB – $87,472Lehigh Valley WDB – $453,997Luzerne/Schuylkill WDB – $413,350North Central WDB – $199,300Northern Tier WDB – $102,100Partners4Work WDB – $79,350Philadelphia Works, Inc. WDB – $161,799Pocono Counties WDB – $178,993SCPa Works WDB – $97,700Southern Alleghenies WDB – $135,996Southwest Corner WDB – $88,000Tri-County WDB – $30,000West Central WDB – $140,000Westmoreland/Fayette WDB – $79,800“These funds will allow us to expand opportunities for youth employment with public sector, for-profit and non-profit employers, and establish exciting career pathways for young adults,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Governor Wolf recognizes the importance of expanding job training and career readiness programs that produce a pipeline of highly trained and skilled employees, which is why he has proposed a $50 million investment in workforce development funding with PAsmart.” Pennsylvania Investing More Than $2.8 Million to Expand Summer Internship Programs April 19, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

South Africa’s Cardinal Maritime Receives Ultramax Bulker

first_imgSouth Africa’s Cardinal Maritime has taken delivery of an Ultramax bulker from Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).The 61,000 dwt African Cardinal was delivered on September 26 from Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering in China, which is operated jointly by KHI and China COSCO Shipping.The newbuild is the second ship in the Cardinal Maritime fleet, according to VesselsValue data. The company also owns the 2019-built MR2 tanker Eternal Sunshine.Measuring 199 meters in length, the newly-delivered African Cardinal has a hold capacity of 77,539 cbm and incorporates energy saving technologies.The Panama-flagged bulker features four 30-ton deck cranes along the center in between the hatch covers to enable cargo loading and unloading in ports that lack cargo handling facilities.last_img