Arts and Letters announces new concentration

first_imgMeg Handelman | The Observer Maria MassaThe College of Arts and Letters announced it will add a new concentration in financial economics and econometrics for the fall 2014 semester, according to a Notre Dame press release. The concentration will accept applications from sophomore economics and international economics majors, the press release said.“This year, we had roughly 40 applicants,” professor of economics Timothy Fuerst said. “We are still in the process of making choices, but we plan to accept about 25 of these students … We anticipate that it will grow steadily, with likely 50 students being part of cohorts in the more distant future.”Admission decisions will be based on applicants’ overall GPA, mathematical background and performance in prior economics classes, according to the press release. The decisions will be made by Monday, the press release said.The concentration came about from a desire to expand the qualitative skills of the economics majors in combination with a growing interest in the economics of financial markets, Fuerst said.Richard Jensen, professor of economics, said the concentration in financial economics and econometrics will offer students practical experience and increase the University’s competitive edge.“This concentration will provide students not only a thorough understanding of financial institutions and instruments, but also rigorous analytical and econometric training in financial markets that is currently available at only a handful of the top-20 universities,” Jensen said in the press release.Although the new concentration might appear to be similar to the finance major available in the Mendoza College of Business, it will serve a different group of students through a distinct educational strategy, Fuerst said.“The economics major is within the Arts and Letters College, so that there is a wider variety of non-economics electives available to students,” Fuerst said. “In contrast, Mendoza provides a more complete business background but with less flexibility in other electives.“Second, we approach finance from the perspective of an economist. For example, what is the best way to model and thus understand the behavior or market actors? How do these behaviors affect markets and asset prices?”The concentration will include five additional classes, with three newly-created course offerings being required: financial economics, asset pricing and financial econometrics, the press release stated. These courses will fulfill the elective requirements of the economics or international economics major.“We’ve been delighted by the growing student interest in economics and the strong response to our new international economics major and the business economics minor open to all Arts and Letters students,” John McGreevy, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, said in the press release. “The financial economics and econometrics concentration offers yet another terrific option for students with these interests.”Contact Kayla Mullen atkmullen2@nd.eduTags: Concentrationlast_img read more

IBM Joins Vermont Energy Partnership

first_imgIBM Joins Vermont Energy PartnershipVermont’s Largest Employer Concerned About State’s Energy FutureIBM, Vermont’s largest employer, has joined the Vermont EnergyPartnership, a recently launched sizable and diverse coalition working toensure that Vermont has reliable, affordable, and clean electricity.The Vermont Energy Partnership, a recently-launched coalition of business, labor, and community leaders dedicated to ensuring that Vermont has reliable, affordable, and clean electricity, announced today that IBM has joined the organization. With this addition, the Partnership, which was formally launched on January 31, now has 25 members. “The two key questions that should be asked about our power system are the ones most often ignored, ‘Will the lights go out and can we afford the bill?,'” said John O’Kane, government relations manager for IBM.”This is an issue that goes to the heart of preserving jobs and Vermont’squality of life. We need to take steps now to improve the cost andreliability of Vermont’s electricity supply. In doing so, we will be ableto make the state’s electricity costs more competitive for residents andbusineses, and attract companies to expand and re-locate to Vermont,” saidMr. O’Kane. Former Governor Tom Salmon, a founding member of the Vermont Energy Partnership said, “IBM gets it. They understand that Vermont is at a critical crossroads. We can come together and address electricity issues now and help to ensure a promising future, or we can continue to neglect this exceedingly important public policy issue and invite potential calamity,” said Governor Salmon. Founded in 2005, the Vermont Energy Partnership (www.vtep.org(link is external) ) is a diverse group of business, labor, and community leaders working to ensure that Vermont has reliable, affordable, and clean electricity, which is essential to maintaining the state’s quality of life and future prosperity. The Vermont Energy Partnership recognizes that it is imperative to address Vermont’s tremendous electricity challenges today, so that Vermont stays a great place to live and work.- 30 –last_img read more

Salvadoran and U.S. Army Leaders Discuss Security Cooperation

first_imgBy Dialogo August 21, 2013 The two armies have a history of working and training together. During the talks, the two armies worked to develop a bilateral engagement plan to improve peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief and other combined operations. The meetings produced 24 agreed-to actions that include professional development and subject matter expert exchanges that will take place throughout fiscal year 2014. Leaders from U.S. Army South and the Salvadoran Army held talks in El Salvador on the week of August 12-16 to discuss security cooperation between the two forces. Army South also conducts annual army-to-army staff talks with Brazil, Chile and Colombia on behalf of the U.S. Army and as part of U.S. Southern Command’s theater security cooperation mission. Army South, as the U.S. Army’s executive agent, conducted the staff talks with the Salvadoran army in an effort to create a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussions between the respective armies. El Salvador and the United States have a close security partnership; Salvadoran forces participate in missions to disrupt illicit traffickers, take part in humanitarian efforts, and send troops to support U.S.-led efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. last_img read more

Jones Beach Air Show Lineup Includes Thunderbirds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After a hellish winter that buried Long Island in a deluge of snow and brought record-breaking bone-chilling temperatures, this may very well be the most anticipated Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach in recent memory.On Friday, local officials gathered under a picturesque sky to ring in Memorial Day Weekend—the unofficial start to summer—and the iconic air show, which welcomes aerial teams from across the nation that will perform mind-boggling maneuvers for revelers on the beach.This will be the 12th such air show at Jones Beach, one that has become “the family tradition of Long Island,” said Wayne Grosse, president and CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the nonprofit institution that sponsors the show.The weekend show is expected to draw upwards of 200,000 people on both Saturday and Sunday given the generous weather forecast, officials said. Forecasters are predicting sunny skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the mid-60s and low-70s, respectively. Both shows run 12-5 p.m.Those hoping to attend the event are advised to arrive early.The show will include acrobatic performances from the acclaimed U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, this year’s headliners, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, legendary pilot Sean D. Tucker, the Air National Guard, GEICO Skytypers and other demonstration teams. Making its debut all the way from Europe is the Breitling Jet Team, officials announced.Jim Record, 67, of the GEICO Skytapers, said his Long Island-based squad performs 14 shows annually but said this is one of his favorites.“It’s our homecoming air show,” he said, beaming with pride.The Skytypers will fly six World War II-era North American SNJ-2 fighter planes, of which there are only 12 remaining in the world. The Skytypers fly the aircraft in honor of the “greatest generation,” Record said.The Thunderbirds will soar over Long Island in F-16s. Lucas Buckley, the squad’s representative, called it an “honor to be here” and to connect the public with its military.Hundreds appeared eager to get a jump on the weekend festivities. Groups of people parked picnic chairs on the boardwalk and on the beach, looking forward to watch the aerial teams practice their mind-blowing stunts. Men and women alike shed everyday attire for bathing suits, despite a noticeable breeze.Others browsed tents selling Thunderbirds shirts, souvenirs and air show toys, while some adults chose to soak in the sun with a cold beer.Jones Beach has recently gone through reconstruction during the off-season. New bathrooms in Field 6 will be ready for the huge crowds and the central mall’s mosaic was refurbished for the first time in three decades. Food service will also be available at Field 6 this weekend, and a more expansive menu should be unveiled later in the summer.As he documented the revitalization at Jones Beach, Wayne Horsley, regional director of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said: “There’s nothing like it.”last_img read more

4 skills necessary for crisis management

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s easy to lead a strong, healthy organization when circumstances are good and there are few bumps in the road. However, those conditions don’t often last; crises do emerge.A critical component to handling crises at organizations big and small is a leader who embodies the four domains of emotional intelligence (self awareness, self management, social awareness and relationship management), according to Daniel Goleman, author of the book “Emotional Intelligence.”Goleman writes in a post on Korn Ferry that “intelligent handling of the emotions that come with crisis is crucial.” He goes on to explain that the four domains of emotional intelligence, or EI, can help a “leader face any crisis with lower levels of stress, less emotional reactivity and fewer unintended consequences.” continue reading »last_img read more

Don’t let drunken driving destroy lives

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Meanwhile back home, the ambulance workers, police and firefighters that were at the scene have to go through intense debriefing because of the severity of the crash.  Your moms and dads are devastated, along with your friends and family. Remember, it only takes a minute to make a bad decision. But in some cases for others, it’s a lifetime of pain and suffering. Please use common sense and avoid alcohol. And never, never drive a vehicle if you do. You have lifetime to enjoy.  Do it sensibly.Bill DikantCastletonThe writer is a DWI Victim advocate.More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine It all starts out with the girls in beautiful dresses, boys in handsome tuxes and a fun evening with all their friends, but it all comes to an end with the distress call to 9-1-1.The ambulance service arrives at the crash scene and sends a request to dispatch telling them they need two more ALS units at the scene. They have four serious and two critical injuries.This is what can happen when alcohol is involved and disaster hits.The anguish now starts here. The ambulance workers and firefighters know the kids; the police know the kids; and now the parents must be notified if they haven’t already and are now on the scene.Once in the hospital, we find that only the driver will recover completely and the others have massive injuries that will be with them forever. However, the driver will pay dearly.Now the blame starts. Who was driving? Why were they drinking? Why did you get in the car with them? Who is going to pay for this? Will we sue them?last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Investments to Bolster Pennsylvania’s Workforce Skills

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Investments to Bolster Pennsylvania’s Workforce Skills November 06, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that more than $7.8 million in training assistance funding was provided to 745 Pennsylvania companies through the commonwealth’s Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania. This year marks 20 years of partnerships and funding assistance for qualified businesses in the state, with 20,683 companies providing training for 1,238,915 existing staff members.“Continuing education and workforce training allow everyone a path to future success and is a way for employers and employees to show allegiance and good faith in each other,” said Gov. Wolf. “It’s pivotal in strengthening our state’s workforce, our communities, and ultimately, our economy.”Last fiscal year, the commonwealth invested $7,896,801 in trainings and provided 30,460 employees with access to education in the areas of Essential Skills and Advanced Technology. Essential Skills training can include guidance in the areas of communication and teamwork, health and safety, business and computer operations, manufacturing fundamentals, and quality assurance. Advanced technology training can include guidance in the areas of advanced manufacturing technology, advanced software implementation, computer programming, and software engineering.“Job training helps people achieve their career goals and improve their quality of life, and workforce development is one of the strongest drivers of our economy,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “WEDnetPA isn’t just a tool to help workers further their careers; it’s a tool that has helped us attract and retain businesses and grow Pennsylvania’s economy for the past two decades, and will continue to do so for decades to come.”“While other states also offer resources to help companies close the skills gap, WEDnetPA is unique in its approach,” said Statewide Director Thomas Venditti. “By networking with 25 colleges and universities, we leverage their existing professional workforce development staff to create a highly cost-effective way to provide help with incumbent worker training.”Workforce training grants align with Governor Wolf’s PAsmart workforce development initiative. The governor launched the innovative PAsmart initiative last year and secured a $10 million increase to $40 million for the program this year. PAsmart provides $20 million for science and technology education, $10 million for apprenticeships and job training, and new this year, an additional $10 million for career and technical education.This year’s annual report is available online.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to workforce development, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.last_img read more

Soak up ocean breezes in Woody Point cottage

first_imgThe home at 177 Oxley Ave, Woody Point is for sale.THIS Oxley Ave home in Woody Point has plenty of character and is just a stroll to Scotts Point Beach. Andrea Rooney bought the three-bedroom property at 177 Oxley Ave in 2010.“I liked the area of Woody Point and the character feel of the home,” she said. The house sits on a 607sq m corner block with established gardens.Inside, the large living area has a high ceiling and timber floors while the kitchen has modern appliances, an antique wood stove and plenty of bench space. The living area has polished timber floorboards.A dining area separates the kitchen and living space.The three bedrooms are a decent size and there are timber floorboards to two of the bedrooms. The bathroom has a double-length shower and there is a separate laundry room. Outside, there is a single lockup garage with storage and a carport.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There is also a cubby house for the kids. There is an antique wood stove in the kitchen.“I did a lot to the property (after buying it),” Ms Rooney said. “I converted an area into a study, put in airconditioning, added new appliances in the kitchen and painted.”Ms Rooney said the living room was her favourite space in the home. “It’s a lovely area and at night, if it’s quiet, you can hear the ocean,” she said. The property also has a rainwater tank, ceiling fans and security screens. center_img The bedrooms are generous in size.Ms Rooney said the home had a private garden and was close to much of what was on offer in Woody Point. “It’s really quiet here,” she said. “And you can walk to the milk bar just down the road, the fish and chip shop, the water and the markets on Sunday.“I’ll miss living here.” The home is being marketed by Andrew Reibelt from RealWay Property Consultants Redcliffe for offers over $449,000.last_img read more

Suits star opens Australian home to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Picture: Diimex.comMacht and his wife — who were guests at the royal wedding — reportedly offered the Duke and Duchess of Sussex the opportunity to relax at their Sunshine Coast home, which they bought over a decade ago for just over $750,000.SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS HEREThese days, the house would be worth closer to the $1 million mark and it has plenty of quintessential Aussie features.Everyone loves a beanbag. Picture: Realestate.com.auCook up a royal storm. Picture: Realestate.com.auRelax like royalty. Picture: Realestate.com.auBarrett and Macht fell in love with the home when they bought it, and now they want to share it with their royal friends, presumably for mates’ rates.“When we were doing our inspection, kookaburras were on our roof, laughing,” Barrett told NewsCorp back in 2006.● LIVE LIKE A PRINCE OR PRINCESS … IN AUSTRALIA● YOUR CHANCE TO LIVE NEXT TO HARRY AND MEGHAN“There were magpies and willy wagtails and all these Australian birds in the back yard.Here’s hoping Harry and Meghan like birds.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoHarry and Meghan. Picture: Georges Rogers/MegaJacinda Barrett and Gabriel Macht. Picture: James Whatling/MegaThe four bedroom house — which is walking distance to the beach — usually rents for about $625 per week, and comes with its own decked out granny flat — in case the Queen wants to tag along and play chaperone.The home is near the national park and is in a quiet, private street.A royal swim here perhaps. Picture: Realestate.com.auFor the royal business. Picture: Realestate.com.auWhen it’s time for a royal nap. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe large salt water pool would be perfect for an October dip, and a hammock on the back veranda idyllic for an afternoon nap.The Sunday Mirror are reporting “Harry and Meghan have a window free and Gabriel and his wife have invited them to their beautiful Queenslander-style house.The same source told the UK newspaper that “it’s an incredible place and will be perfect for them to chill out before they go on what is likely to be a fairly non-stop tour.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Colourful classic hits the market

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago “The art was my inspiration. Each room was inspired by the art piece in that room,” she said. “My favourite artists are artists Sarah Hickey, Lisa Lee and Elizabeth Stein, who are all local artists whose colour and style I find inspiring.” Many of the original features from the 1880s construction remain, with the front verandah overlooking Musgrave Park and the city skyline. Colourful artworks were the inspiration for this renovationBlending unique character with architectural heritage, the property at 13 Edmondstone St showcases artisan masonry, with a facade of iron lacework. MORE: TROPHY HOME SELLS FOR RECORD PRICE It is one of a number of renovations undertaken by the makeup artist, who said the property lended itself to “pops of colour”.She said she was open to selling the artworks and bespoke furniture pieces for the right price.On the ground floor is the family and formal living areas, with the front family room and rear formal lounge devoted to the art of Sarah Hickey and Elizabeth Stein. A rear patio provides a secluded space to entertain friends and family, and there is even space to wash the family pet in the designated dog bath. A storage room and stylish powder room complete the ground floor.Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in robe and oversized ensuite adjoining a parent’s retreat with built in kitchen, bar and wine fridge, perfect for private entertaining on the front balcony.center_img Features include imported tessellated, crystal chandeliers hanging from the 3.3m high ceilings, polished timber floors, decorative cornices, ornate breezeways and an original fireplace. MORE: OWN YOUR OWN CASTLE — MOAT INCLUDED The perfect place for a tea partyALICE may have fallen down a rabbit hole in to a fantasy world, but every day the owner of this South Brisbane terrace home just opens the door and walks in to her own colourful abyss.Located less than 2km from the concrete jungle that is the Brisbane CBD, is this four bedroom residence formally known as Ventnor flats.It is owned by Giulia Ponticello, a hair and make-up artist to the stars. Ms Ponticello bought the terrace house last year, and spent about a year transforming it in to a colourful modern masterpiece. A full sized family bathroom comes complete with handmade Baroque floor and wall tiles and chrome tapware. The property is listed with Place Kangaroo Point agent Deb Maguire.Ms Ponticello, who is making a sea-change to the Gold Coast, said she could see the property going to a professional couple with children.“A friend said that all someone has to do was turn the key and walk in,” she said. “It is also in a great location and is within good school catchment zones.” FOLLOW SAMANTHA HEALY ON INSTAGRAMlast_img read more