New platform launched to ease scholarship finding process for current TCU students

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Skye Moreno Previous articleStudent body officer candidates talk campus issues in first-ever live debateNext articleWhat we’re reading: FDA recommends pausing Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Minnesota police officer resigns Skye Moreno RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter printTCU launched a new platform to give current students a one-stop shop for over $1 million in scholarship opportunities. The online search platform ‘Horned Frog Scholar Search‘ went live last month after being created by the Office of Scholarship and Student Financial Aid. Creators of the platform told TCU News that they wanted to reach a broader base of students by easing the access to scholarships. “This increased visibility and awareness of available scholarships, coupled with the ease of submitting applications online, will reach a broader student base than previously possible,” they wrote.The processThe scholarship search is more than just a database. FIrst, it takes basic student information such as GPA and degree from the Registrar’s Office and adds it into its system.Then, students fill out a “general scholarship” application that includes more information on their involvement and honors. Detailed information provided by the student should include honors, awards, organization involvement and other information which can not be gathered through other school sources. After completing the application, the search recommends more scholarships for students based on their input. Over $1 million in possible scholarships are currently in the database. Creating the database was a group effort by a number of TCU departments. “The process was extensive and was the work of several offices coming together – including IT, Marketing & Communications, Donor Relations, Academic Affairs and Financial Aid – just to name a few,” said Nancy Cathey, the scholarship coordinator in the Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid.Courtesy of The Office of Scholarship and Student Financial Aid.Other universities such as Texas Tech University and The University of Texas at Austin also have scholarship searches open to incoming and current students. Skye Moreno Skye Moreno TCU traditions and history Skye Moreno Skye Moreno ReddIt + posts center_img TCU extends use of campus recreation center as shelter for students Facebook What we’re reading: British COVID-19 variant is most common in U.S., Biden moves up vaccine timeline A student celebrates receiving a scholarship to TCU. (TCU) Race & Reconciliation chair hopes upcoming hip hop masterclass can provide perspective Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin Linkedin ReddIt Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution last_img read more

Limerick is a safe haven for tourists

first_imgby Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK is one of the safest places in Ireland for tourists, according to the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS) which recorded only three incidents of crimes against visitors to the city last year.This is in contrast to the 336 criminal incidents involving visitors to Dublin during the same period.Limerick Mayor Michael Sheehan said that this was “a further endorsement of the feel good factor in Limerick.These figures are genuine because any tourist who is a victim of crime will report it as they’re bound to feel isolated.Referring to the “collective cooperation that exists in the city”, the mayor said that this positive thinking was reflected in the freedom tourists enjoyed as they walk the streets.“They feel safe, comfortable and are confident to recommend Limerick as a destination. These figures are not just going to spread nationwide but this is a positivity that will go global.“Things like this is likely to encourage more visitors to come in the remaining few months of the City of Culture celebrations so I welcome that”, he added.Since its formation 20 years, almost 13,000 people have been assisted by the ITAS which is the only dedicated service of its kind in Europe.Limerick Garda Chief superintendent Dave Sheahan said the ITAS figures were a further indicator of where the city has come from and the direction it is headed.“These figures support the statistics given to the Minister for Justice on her recent visit to the city. We always avoid complacency, but this report goes a long way to show how much the landscape of crime in the city has changed and in terms of policing our streets.Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe said that: “Irish people are world renowned for our hospitality and welcome. While many things have changed throughout those 20 years, our welcome for overseas visitors is now as friendly as ever.“Visitors are assured of a truly memorable holiday and research has shown the vast majority of our overseas visitors are more than happy to recommend Ireland as a holiday destination.“However, for a very small percentage of tourists who become victims of crime while visiting Ireland, it is reassuring to know that the Irish Tourist Assistance Service is available year-round to offer immediate support and assistance free of charge.Outside of Dublin, the main tourist centres in Wicklow, Clare, Kerrry and Galway all recorded higher incidents of crimes against visitors, according to the ITAS 2013 annual report.Meantime, the services provided to tourists who become victims of crime was one of the items discussed on the agenda of the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality this week.Committee Chairman David Stanton TD said: “While Ireland is generally regarded as a safe destination for tourists and crimes against tourists remain low by international standards, unfortunately a number of tourists become victims of crime every year.Nationally, Mr Staunton said that “last year saw an increase in the number of tourists seeking assistance from the service, the majority of whom had been victims of theft.“For a tourist, the trauma of being a victim of crime can be compounded by language, culture and legal differences. The Irish Tourist Assistance Service acts as a base where problems facing a tourist can be addressed promptly with the view to getting holiday plans back on track”, he said. TAGSfeatured Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Advertisement Previous articleTravelling Men of ShakespeareNext articlePedestrian killed in early morning dual carriageway crash Staff Reporter Twitter First Irish death from Coronavirus No vaccines in Limerick yet Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Printcenter_img Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Linkedin Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLimerick is a safe haven for touristsBy Staff Reporter – September 26, 2014 2072 Facebook Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April WhatsApplast_img read more

Woman waiting a year to get tumour removed at LUH

first_img Facebook Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Twitter By News Highland – January 6, 2021 Google+ WhatsApp A woman has been waiting a year to get a tumour removed at Letterkenny University Hospital. Lynette’s situation has been described as ‘urgent’ yet a number of planned operations throughout 2020 have been cancelled.Letterkenny University Hospital, like all hospitals nationwide has cancelled the majority of surgeries for the next couple of weeks due to Covid-19.Lynette says while she accepts the crisis at hand, it’s having a serious knock on effect on other serious health concerns and it’s causing distress for patients who require urgent care.Lynette spoke on Today’s Nine Til Noon Show:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img WhatsApp Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Woman waiting a year to get tumour removed at LUH Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleBoyce will always treasure Donegal Sports AwardNext articleMother whose son was killed by drunk-driver says RSA plans could go further News Highland last_img read more

Norwegian oil fund misses benchmarks in Q3 with 0.1% return

first_imgNorway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) produced a return of just 0.1%, or NOK15bn (€1.8bn), in the third quarter of this year, with both equities and bonds underperforming their benchmarks.While general economic and market conditions kept investment returns depressed, elements of the fund’s own strategy whittled returns still further.Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive at Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the former oil fund, said: “Increased geopolitical uncertainty in the vicinity of the euro area contributed to a negative return on European stocks.”Two quarters of strong returns for the GPFG had been followed by a virtually flat quarter, he said. “The US, on the other hand, emerged as the global growth engine, and US stocks produced a positive return,” Slyngstad said.The negative overall return on equities was cancelled out by a positive return on the fund’s fixed income investments.Between July and September, equity investments returned -0.5%, and fixed income investments 0.9%.NBIM said the return on these two asset classes had been 0.5 percentage points below the return on the benchmark indices. Real estate investments produced a 1.5% return.The main contributors to the weak return in the quarter were the fact the fund was overweight European and small-cap stocks, its investments in the consumer sector, lower duration on its fixed income investments and its investments in emerging bond markets, NBIM said.Slyngstad told a press conference that consumer services and consumer goods stocks had performed badly, with some its largest positions doing very poorly. Asked to specify which holdings he was referring to, Slyngstad said: “We are hesitant to comment on single investments in general, but it is clear our investment in the British company Tesco has performed particularly poorly during the course of the year.”Currency movements worked in favour of the fund during the quarter, with the krone having weakened against many of the main currencies.This increased the fund’s value by NOK5bn, and on top of this gain, NOK36bn of new capital was transferred to the fund from the Norwegian government.At the end of the September, the fund’s market value grew to NOK5.53bn, from NOK5.48bn at the end of June.Of this, 61.4% was invested in equities, 37.3% in fixed income and 1.3% in real estate.NBIM said the fund bought several new properties in Europe and the US during the quarter, in line with its strategy of slowly increasing the real estate allocation to 5% of the fund.“Our strategy is to invest in a limited number of cities around the world and concentrate on office and retail premises,” Slyngstad said.last_img read more

West Palm Beach officials to break ground on the next phase of the multi-block project

first_imgOn Monday, May 13th West Palm Beach City leaders and construction crews will discuss Clematis Streetscape Phase II goals and project timelines as they break ground on the next phase of the multi-block project. The multiphase project began in 2018 with improvements to the 300 block of Clematis Street and Phase II will include similar adjustments to public spaces on the 100 and 200 blocks of the iconic street.Construction is scheduled to run from mid-May to December of 2019, and is expected to finish just in time for the holidays.Improvements include wider sidewalks with more shade trees, narrowed traffic lanes and a curbless street design, to allow for an easier and more enjoyable pedestrian experience along the award-winning corridor.During the groundbreaking and press conference, Mayor Keith A. James, project coordinators and construction crews are expected to update the public on Phase II goals and timeline for next steps and completion.The Clematis Streetscape project is one of several joint projects between the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.The project was designed with quality of life at the forefront and to ensure that the City’s downtown core evolves with the needs of residents, merchants, and visitors.For more information on the Clematis Streetscape project, please visit, call 561-822-2222, or plan to attend the public meetings. Tlast_img read more