Ackermann delivers ‘Last Lecture’

first_imgFor students, making service work a high priority can be difficult if cultivating a promising career takes precendence, but professor of finance Carl Ackermann thinks it doesn’t have to be.Ackermann delivered the first talk of this year’s student government-sponsored Last Lecture series Tuesday night in the Coleman-Morse Center lounge. He spoke on his personal growth and service, reflected on his career and encouraged students to put themselves in uncomfortable situations.“The single experience where I learned the most in my life was refereeing soccer games in an ethnically-focused league in Boston,” he said. “In that league, I had to … communicate with the players who often didn’t speak English, often in very heated situations.“So I’ve actually been sworn at in dozens of languages. If you place yourself in unfamiliar situations, … you will mature much faster as a person.“ Amy Ackermann | The Observer Professor of finance Carl Ackermann talks with students following his speech on Tuesday evening in the Last Lecture series.Ackermann said doing service work and appreciating the little things in life go hand-in-hand. He challenged students to maintain their commitments to serving others.“One of the things that I admire most about Notre Dame students is the extraordinary amount of service that all of [them] do … two hours, here and there, fitting it in when possible,” he said. “No matter how tired you are, do the make the extra effort to make at least one person smile every day. You will bring so much joy to others and happiness that will return to you.”Ackermann also encouraged students to learn about nutrition and personal finance, as serving others begins with being able to care for oneself.“By gaining command of your personal finances, you’ll actually be able to use your financial resources to service projects as well,” he said.Ackermann walked into the lecture wearing a horse-head hat. He later explained the decision as a way to engage the audience.“I always try to do something to lighten the mood at the beginning of a talk, so that people will feel like it’s going to be more fun and be more enthusiastic about it,” he said.Ackermann told The Observer he put a lot of thought into crafting his lecture and making it appeal specifically to Notre Dame students.“I think you’ve got three pieces — you talk about how wonderful Notre Dame students are and what you can learn from people individually,” he said. “Then I think they want to hear some suggestions about the future, mostly [about] career[s]. … And then, for me, I think that the defining part of my life, and for so many of the students here, is service, and you have to address that.”Ackermann emphasized the role of service among students as valuable to both their short-term and long-term life goals.“Trying to figure out how you can make the most of that element, I think right now, it takes the form of direct service, but as you acquire professional skills and acumen, you can do a lot more by embracing a leadership or policy role,” he said. “I think [students’] personal desire to do service, as strong as it is now, will only grow as they get older and have more resources and freedom.”The Last Lecture series invites professors to deliver the talk they would give if it were the last in their career, not their actual last lecture. Still, Ackermann, a 2001, 2002 and 2009 Last Lecture veteran, said he plays it cautiously.“When I used to schedule a Last Lecture, I would make sure I had class the next day to make sure it wasn’t the last one.”Tags: Ackermann, finance, Last Lecture, service, Student governmentlast_img read more

Carolee Carmello Set for Broadway’s Finding Neverland!

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Carolee Carmello will fly second to the right and straight on to Broadway! The Tony nominee will join the previously reported Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and Laura Michelle Kelly in Finding Neverland. She takes on the role of Madame du Maurier, reprising her performance from the American Repertory Theater production earlier this year. The new musical, directed by Diane Paulus, features music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham. Performances begin on March 15, 2015 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Carmello earned Tony nominations for her performances in Parade, Lestat and Scandalous. Her additional Broadway credits include Sister Act, The Addams Family, Mamma Mia!, Urinetown and Kiss Me, Kate. She will also appear in the world premiere of Tuck Everlasting, beginning January 21 at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre.Based on the 2004 film written by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie (Morrison) and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kelly). Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. Opening night for Finding Neverland is set for April 15. Laura Michelle Kelly Finding Neverland View Comments Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

White Roofs

first_imgSome 90 percent of U.S. buildings have dark-colored roofs which, when exposed to full sun can increase in temperature by as much as 90 °F. A white roof typically increases temperatures only 10-25 °F above ambient air temperatures during the day. Pictured: The White Roof Project at work. Credit: Courtesy White Roof ProjectEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that simply painting your roof white can reduce household electricity bills by 40 percent. Is this something any of us can do?                                    — Susan Pierson, Sumter, SCYes anyone can do it—and the benefits can be significant, especially for those in warmer climates who expend a lot of energy keeping cool. But most of the world’s roofs, including on some 90 percent of buildings in the U.S., are dark-colored.Dark colored roofs absorb more heat from the sun’s rays than light colored ones, and as such get much hotter. A black roof exposed to full sun can increase in temperature by as much as 90 °F (50 °C), meaning the air conditioning inside has to work that much harder to compensate for the added heat load.But a white or reflective roof typically increases temperatures only 10-25 °F (5–14 °C) above ambient air temperatures during the day. This translates into a savings of up to 15 percent on air conditioning energy use over a year for a typical one-story residence, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The upshot of this energy savings is not only cost savings for the consumer—annual energy bill savings of 20-40 percent aren’t uncommon for single story homes in America’s Sun Belt—but also reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions generated in the production of electricity.A white roof also helps keep buildings and houses without air conditioning cooler in the summer than they would otherwise be. And it also helps mitigate the “urban heat island effect” whereby a city can be 6-8 °F warmer than its surrounding areas on warm summer days.The non-profit White Roof Project promotes the concept across the U.S. and last year painted some 30 buildings, helping hundreds of families lower their energy bills in the process.“A white roof project is low cost, easy to implement, relieves stress on the power grid, cuts down on smog, and creates tangible change for individuals, our communities, and even globally,” reports the group, which is looking to expand its work across the country significantly in 2013 and expand internationally in 2014.The White Roof Projects gives away instructions (via a free downloadable “DIY Packet”) to help do-it-yourselfers paint their own roofs white without hiring a painter or roofer. All it takes is a few painting supplies, a couple of cans of highly reflective elastomeric white paint, and a plan for how to cover all relevant surfaces properly and safely. Those who would rather hire someone to do the ladder climbing and paint application can hire any local painter or roofer.While green roofs may be preferable from a strictly environmental perspective in that they contain plants that filter pollutants and reduce run-off, white roofs may indeed provide more overall environmental benefit for the cost of a couple of cans of special white paint. Indeed, painting the roof white might be the best energy efficiency improvement you can make to your building or house.CONTACTS: White Roof Project, www.whiteroofproject.org; DOE Cool Roof Fact Sheet, www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/pdfs/cool_roof_fact_sheet.pdf.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Like credit unions, children’s hospitals are facing difficult times

first_imgThis pandemic has impacted many industries and companies, some for the better and many for the worse. Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals understands that credit unions are struggling in a variety of ways. Operationally, by shifting to a work from home solution for employees and keeping member’s information secure while doing so. Challenges of PPP loans, increased Skip a Pays, and decline in investments. All that and more, while strategically planning for an uncertain future. This is a difficult and demanding time.During this crisis, it’s impossible not to notice the credit union culture of ‘cooperation’ and ‘support for communities’ thrive. Credit unions have taken the lead, like usual, to support your members and communities.CMN Hospitals has felt that in a tremendous way. Credit unions have raised $200 million for local children’s hospitals through the Credit Unions for Kids program in the last 24 years. Thank you credit unions, for allowing local children’s hospitals to navigate these trying times with all the resources they need.In particular, there have been very generous donations during this crisis. Just to name a few: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pennsylvania Transitions Final 79,272 Individuals into Expanded Medicaid Program

first_img# # # Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the successful transition of the remaining 79,272 individuals from the previous Healthy PA plan to HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s expanded traditional Medicaid program. The comprehensive Medicaid program provides greater health care coverage in a simpler and streamlined method to Pennsylvanians who are most in need.“Today marks the completion of the transition to a full Medicaid expansion and greater access to quality health care for over 440,000 Pennsylvanians to date,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The seamless transition to HealthChoices means that more Pennsylvanians than ever before can see a doctor when they are sick and receive preventive health care. Ultimately that translates to the opportunity for more Pennsylvanians to live healthier lives.”In addition to existing clients who have transitioned, all future applications will now go through the new, simplified Medicaid system known as HealthChoices. Last week, the Wolf Administration announced that 150,000 newly eligible Pennsylvanians have enrolled in the Governor’s Medicaid expansion plan that launched on April 27, 2015.The HealthChoices expansion moves Pennsylvania to a single, streamlined, and comprehensive adult benefit package that provides individuals enhanced coverage for both physical and behavioral health. The individuals previously enrolled in the Healthy PA Private Coverage Option (PCO) have been moved to HealthChoices’ adult benefit package.The Department of Human Services (DHS) completed its data systems updates that enabled the transition to HealthChoices this weekend. The 79,272 individuals will receive notices of the transition over the next several days. Their new coverage in the Medicaid HealthChoices plan will start by September 1.“We’re excited about the transition of the remaining group of individuals to HealthChoices, as well as for the positive impact on the lives hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians and their families,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “I would like to thank the many individuals here at DHS for their dedication to making this transition successful.”Visit www.HealthChoicesPA.com to see a copy of the notices and a draft of the new Adult benefit package. Pennsylvania Transitions Final 79,272 Individuals into Expanded Medicaid Program July 27, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Pavia curfew violators give police headache

first_imgOf these violators, 49 were recidivists whowere eventually charged in court, data from the Police Regional Office 6(PRO-6) showed. “We need to help one another to containCOVID-19. We need the cooperation of everybody,” said Lucas. “Everyday people are being arrested forloitering outside their residences and not observing social distancing,” saidPRO-6 spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong. Army Captain Cenon Pancito III, spokespersonof the 3rd Infantry Division, said they were just waiting for instructions fromthe Inter–Agency Task Forcefor the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. She warned, “Indi naton ma-solve angvirus outbreak if hard-headed persons will continue to violate quarantinerules.”/PN Pavia, composed of 18 barangays, is thesmallest municipality in Iloilo province in terms of land area – covering only2,715 hectares. “I’m so worried…To the people of Pavia, pleasebe cooperative. We are doing this to help your town get cleared of thecoronavirus,” said Lucas. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) isreportedly deploying more Philippine Army soldiers to Pavia to also helpenforce the curfew. “Anglawak ng town ngunitkaunti lang mga pulis natin,” he added. “We have enough soldiers,” said Pancito. Pavia has two confirmed case of thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – a 50-year-old male (Region 6’s PatientNo. 37) and his 52-year-old wife (the region’s Patient No. 38). ILOLO – The municipality of Pavia has the mostnumber of quarantine curfew violators in the province – 144 as of April 12,according to Police Colonel Paul Lucas, director of the Iloilo PoliceProvincial Office (IPPO). Bacolod City had the highest number ofviolators at 1,732 followed by Negros Occidental (1,123) and Iloilo City(1,043). Region-wide, between March 17 to April 11police units across Western Visayas were able to apprehend 4,448 persons forviolating quarantine curfews being imposed by various local government units. Lucas said the police of Pavia could tap thehelp of village watchmen (barangay tanod) to enforce the quarantine curfew from9 p.m. to 4 a.m.last_img read more

Evans maintains innocence

first_img The 27-year-old reacted angrily during Manchester United’s 1-0 win at St James’ Park earlier this month with television replays appearing to show him spitting at the Magpies striker. Evans denied the charge but the Football Association decided his actions warranted a six-match ban. Cisse was banned for seven games after a clearer spit in the aftermath of the clash between the two players, with the extra game due to an earlier suspension for violent conduct. However, Evans still does not accept his part in the incident and says his family would have been “disgusted” with him if the allegations were true. “I did not have the intent to spit at an opponent, so when the FA charged me with that I could never accept it,” Evans told The Times. “To spit at anyone is one of the most disgusting things you can do; it’s low and cheap. I would never think to spit at someone. You just look like an idiot. “So I can totally understand there is an image around that, and in the British game and our society it’s not something that is accepted, and rightly so. “But I was able to go home and look my mum and dad in the eye because if I’d genuinely spat at someone I think they would have been disgusted in me. “It’s not the background I come from in Northern Ireland. My mum and dad would have given me a rollicking if I had done that.” Evans admitted that he is a ‘habitual’ spitter and has been pulled up on it by his wife Helen several times. He is now working to cut it out of his game and believes it could be a nervous habit. Evans added: “In training this week I turned to spit and thought, ‘No, I can’t spit’ and tried to stop myself. So that’s something I’m trying to work on.” Evans has still to serve part of his ban and will miss the Premier League games against Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea. Press Associationcenter_img Manchester United defender Jonny Evans maintains he did not wilfully spit at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse.last_img read more

Florida Man Tells Cops Cocaine on His Nose, “Is Not Mine”

first_imgA central Florida man is in custody after allegedly having cocaine on his nose during a traffic stop, but he told deputies, “It’s not mine.”Over the weekend, deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office pulled over a car. They noticed the passenger, 20-year-old Fabricio Tueros Jimenez, had white powder around his nostrils.Deputies swabbed his nose and the powder tested positive for cocaine. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies found a bag of powder cocaine on Jimenez, and a backpack with 250 grams of marijuana and 13 Xanax pills in the car.The sheriff’s office said while they took Jimenez into custody, he said the cocaine wasn’t his.last_img

Over 25 participants set to compete in GABBFF Novice Championships

first_imgOVER 25 fitness enthusiasts, inclusive of five females, will take centre stage at the Guyana Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation Novice Championships, which is billed for the Theatre Guild on May 18.Kevon Bess, who won the presidency of the federation in March, told the Guyana Chronicle that the new executive members have been working hard to get systems in place for the first bodybuilding competition for 2019 and have had outreach missions to several gyms in Georgetown, Linden, East Coast Demerara and Berbice.“This competition will see at least 25 athletes on stage; this is after a dip in the number of athletes competing in bodybuilding competition. It’s always a task to get new athletes, but with our proactive outreach to different gyms throughout Guyana we were able to meet athletes in their comfort space and to encourage them to take the stage.”Amongst the gyms expected to be a part of the event includes Power House Gym (Berbice), L and I Fitness Gym (Essequibo), Upper Demerara Barbell Club, Space Gym, Fitness 53, Tower Gym, Body Alive, Total Fitness, Perry’s Gym, Benjamin’s Gym, Fitness Paradise, Extreme Fitness Club and Life Gym.Tickets will cost $1,500 and the show is expected to start at 19:00h.BECKLES CLASSIC AND IFBB FEEThe executive members are also working on selecting a team to represent Guyana at the Darcy Beckles Classic, which is set for Barbados in July.One of the main hurdles according to Bess (who had also served as head of the GABBFF from 2012-2016) is to secure payment to the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB).“Another task that we have at hand is the payment of some $2,500,000.00 to IFBB, so that our athletes can compete at the IFBB affiliates competition. Discussions on the issue of a partial or whole waiver of the said fees were in progress before my departure from office in 2017. Unfortunately, those discussions and negotiations were not followed up and we ended up at square one. Hopefully, this nightmarish issue can be settled once and for all and our athletes can compete at the highest level without any hindrance.”last_img read more

Fidelity, First Bank Clash in Nigeria Bankers Games Final

first_img“Lagos remains as the home of teakwondo where every stakeholder wants to visit,” he remarked. He thanked their sponsors, coca-cola, Afriglobal Insurance Brokers, NEM Insurance and Indomie for their support in helping to actualize their dream through the sponsorship.He assured that the state will continue to play her leading role in the developing the art not only in Nigeria but the entire West Africa sub-region as the flagship of Taekwondo in this part of the world.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Over 300 Taekwondo Players drawn from across the world will participate at the 4th edition of the Lagos State Taekwondo International Classics holding from November 23-25, at Sir Molade Okoya Thomas hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.A breakdown of the figures shows that the host country Nigeria top the list with highest number of athletes while Ghana, Senegal and Mali are leading the pack of foreign athletes coming for the big event that would be used to round off the 2017 Taekwondo activities in the state.According to the chairman of the Main Organising Committee, Jimmy Ogunowo, who is also the chairman of the Lagos State Taekwondo Association said he is not surprised at the encouraging number of entries which appears to be the highest so far in the history of the championship.last_img read more