first_imgIn honor of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, the Center for Social Concerns hosted a unique networking event that brought together Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Peace Corps alumni and prospective volunteers Friday in the LaFortune Ballroom. 2009 Notre Dame graduate Bill Warnock is currently serving with the Peace Corps in Alakamizy-ambohimaha, Madagascar. Warnock spoke with current students about participating in the Peace Corps. “I work in a small enterprise development program, teaching management, marketing and accounting skills to artisans like basket weavers and painters,” he said. Warnock also teaches information technology courses at a local high school in a computer lab he established and runs an English club for middle and high school students. Warnock said he was not sure what he wanted to do after graduation, and the Peace Corps is a great place to learn about yourself. “I was an accounting major and now most of my friends are working for a big firm, and I knew that really wasn’t for me,” he said. “Peace Corps is a pretty good place to find yourself. It gives you a lot of time for reflection and to think about what you want out of your life.” Marilyn Blasingame, a current senior, applied for the Peace Corps. “I’m really interested in the program and could learn a lot from it,” she said. Blasingame is open to several places if accepted into the program, but hopes to serve in a Russian-speaking country. “I’m really open to where I’ll serve, but I currently take Russian, and want to serve in a Russian-speaking country,” she said. Deputy Director of the Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet said Notre Dame students make ideal Peace Corps volunteers. “Notre Dame’s commitment to social justice, your commitment to community based learning, your commitment to research and study of humanity all contribute to the goals of world peace and encouraging service among your students,” Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “So I would say that Peace Corps and Notre Dame share the same guiding principles.” The Peace Corps guiding principles are to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of people served and to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans, she said. “Today at the Center for Social Concerns, I was told that 10 percent of the Notre Dame population goes overseas in some type of service, and that’s incredible,” she said. “I don’t know another school that has such a high percentage of students that are that interested in international volunteering and service, and so it is exactly the same kind of students [the Peace Corps] wants.”last_img read more

first_imgMaddie Baillio(Photo: Taylor Brauer Photography) View Comments NBC’s Hairspray Live! has found its teenage star. Maddie Baillio will make her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad in the Peacock network’s fourth annual musical telecast. The Texas native was chosen out of hundreds of hopefuls following an open casting call. The Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman musical will air on December 7.Baillio hails from League City, Texas and just finished her sophomore year as a Theater Arts major at Marymount Manhattan College. In 2014, she was named Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador; the following year, she performed alongside Michael Feinstein at venues including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She appeared on stage in Marymount Manhattan College productions of Once Upon a Mattress and Dracula.As previously announced, the cast will also include Harvey Fierstein, who reprises his Tony-winning performance as Edna Turnblad, Oscar winner and recent The Color Purple star Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Tony and Emmy winner Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad and Emmy winner Derek Hough in a self-prophesized turn as Corny Collins.Baillio follows in the footsteps of Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winokur, who won a Tony for originating the role of Tracy in the 2002 Broadway production. Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, the show follows the plus-sized teen in 1960s Baltimore as she becomes a cast member of a local dance TV series and becomes involved in a civil rights campaign to integrate the show. A movie adaptation of the musical, starring Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta, was made in 2007.Several veterans of previous live musical telecasts are on board, including executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, director Kenny Leon, Fierstein, television director Alex Rudzinski and Fierstein, who will adapt Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan’s book for the small screen. Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, who was Tony-nominated for choreographing the Broadway production, has also signed on.last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Myriam DiGiovanniUSC Credit Union and Notre Dame Federal Credit Union had a score to settle before the annual USC and Notre Dame kickoff football game Nov. 29.For the second year in a row, both credit unions took their schools’ storied rivalry off the football field and into the office.At stake, not only bragging rights but a $10,000 charity donation.In a winner-take-all friendly competition, Notre Dame FCU President/CEO Tom Gryp challenged USC CU president/CEO Gary Perez, that the credit union with the most auto loan applications before the football game would receive $10,000 for the charity of its choice. Both credit unions contributed $5,000 toward the prize. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgAfter a technical meltdown delayed results during the Iowa caucuses, Nevada Democratic Party officials promised that a revised reporting system using a telephone hotline and photos of caucus reporting sheets would ensure a smoother process.But precinct chairs at some caucuses reported long waits on the phone lines. Larry Van, a retired pharmacist who was the volunteer secretary at a precinct that went to Biden, said he called the phone number to report results eight times before he eventually got through.In the final result of a caucus at the famed Bellagio hotel on the Las Vegas strip, Sanders finished with 76 votes, Biden had 45 and no other candidate ended with a vote.Workers at the hotel, who are members of the Culinary Workers Union, streamed out of the caucus after backing Sanders despite their leadership expressing reservations about his healthcare plan.”I went for Bernie. I’m not big into politics, but I like the things he’s going for: student loan debt, schools, free healthcare,” said Aleiza Smith, 22, a housekeeper at the Bellagio.Four days of early voting in Nevada this week drew more than 75,000 Democrats, more than half first-time voters, putting the party in position to surpass the turnout record of 118,000 in 2008, when Barack Obama’s candidacy electrified the party.But those early votes had to be counted along with those cast on Saturday, complicating the process.An entrance poll by the Edison Research agency showed six in 10 Nevada voters at the caucuses backed the Medicare for All proposal, a version of which is also supported by Warren.Six out of 10 caucus-goers wanted someone who can beat Trump more than someone who agrees with them on major issues, according to the poll.The entrance poll also showed that Sanders, a self-identified democratic socialist, may be expanding his appeal beyond his core base of supporters led by youth and Hispanics.Sanders was leading in Nevada across all age groups except for those older than 65. Around 54 percent of Latino voters said they backed him, while 24 percent of college-educated white women and 34 percent of those who have a union member in their families supported him.The Nevada caucuses came a day after news broke that Sanders had been briefed by US officials that Russia was trying to help his campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the 2020 presidential election.While Sanders’ rivals tried to blunt his momentum in the caucuses, they each faced significant challenges of their own.Biden and Warren were looking to jump-start struggling campaigns after poor finishes in the first two states, while Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar are hoping to prove they can appeal to Nevada’s more diverse electorate.Sanders spoke to about 2,000 people in Las Vegas on Friday night, revving up the crowd with vows to take on “the corporate elite” and the “whole damn 1 percent”.Trump, who lost Nevada to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, tweeted on Saturday that he expected to win in Nevada in the general election in November and alluded to the reports that a Russian disinformation effort was supporting Sanders.At a Democratic debate in Nevada on Wednesday, candidates launched scathing attacks on Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, who has been rising in the polls on the back of a self-funded advertising blitz but is not competing in Nevada.The next primary will be on Feb. 29 in South Carolina, followed by the Super Tuesday contests in 14 states on March 3 that pick more than one-third of the pledged delegates who will help select a Democratic nominee.Nevada is the first nominating state with a diverse population after contests in predominantly white Iowa and New Hampshire.Topics : The win in Nevada will further boost the front-running candidacy of Sanders, a United States senator from Vermont, after his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire earlier this month. He was buoyed by what entrance polls showed was strong support for a government-run Medicare for All healthcare plan like the one he has proposed.Biden, the former vice president, had been in desperate need of a strong showing after poor finishes in the first two contests. He was a distant second to Sanders with 19 percent of the vote with 10 percent of the precincts reported but ahead of former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, in third with 17 percent.”The press is ready to declare people dead quickly, but we’re alive and we’re coming back and we’re gonna win,” Biden told supporters in Las Vegas.Senator Elizabeth Warren was fourth with 11 percent in Nevada, where voters poured into more than 250 sites around the state to make their pick for a Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election. Bernie Sanders appeared headed to a decisive victory in the Democratic presidential caucuses in Nevada on Saturday, and early returns showed Joe Biden possibly landing a second-place finish that would give his struggling campaign new hope.Fox News and MSNBC projected Sanders as the winner in Nevada, where he was leading with more than 40 percent of the final round of popular votes with about 10 percent of precincts reported, four hours after the caucuses began.But there were long delays in the reporting of fresh results.last_img read more

first_imgTwo members of the Kennedy US political dynasty, including a grand-niece of assassinated president John F Kennedy, were missing Friday after they went canoeing.Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s daughter and eight-year-old grandson disappeared Thursday after boating on the South River in Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan told reporters.An intensive search has been underway since Thursday.”On behalf of the people of Maryland, I expressed our most heartfelt sympathies and prayers to her and to her entire family during this difficult time,” Hogan said.Kennedy Townsend, 68, is a former Maryland lieutenant governor, and the daughter of Robert F Kennedy, the onetime US attorney general in his brother’s administration.The iconic American clan has had more than its share of tragedy.RFK was himself slain in 1968 as he campaigned for president five years after his brother’s death.In 1999 John F Kennedy Jr and his wife and sister-in-law died when the small plane he was piloting crashed off the Massachusetts coast.Saoirse Kennedy Hill, a granddaughter of Robert F Kennedy, died of what was ruled an accidental drug overdose last year at age 22. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgTopics : “This multilateral collaboration…demonstrates the progress and commitment of collective efforts to find solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said in a statement.Miguel O’Ryan of the University of Chile’s School of Medicine, which will host the J&J trial, said the parameters were still being worked out but his team was prepared to recruit up to 1,000 volunteers for trials funded by the vaccine developers.”From our point of view, as soon as we have the vaccine available, within three weeks we should be able to vaccinate the first volunteer,” he said.The Chilean Health Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. US pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has added Chile, Argentina and Peru to the Latin nations where it plans to conduct Phase III trials for its vaccine against COVID-19, the company confirmed on Wednesday.The study will involve 60,000 volunteers from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Mexico and will be coordinated by J&J’s pharmaceutical unit Janssen and local academic centers.The company told Reuters it was waiting for regulatory approval in Chile, Argentina and Mexico.center_img The J&J trial is one of several likely to take place in Chile. Sinovac – whose trial is funded by the Chilean government, local industry and academia – is due to launch a search for volunteers shortly, while the country is also in talks with CanSino Biologics Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Moderna Inc.In Peru, Carlos Castillo, the Ministry of Health’s chief vaccines adviser, told Reuters that J&J was picking research centers and the trial would get under way in mid-September.On Wednesday the Chinese firm Sinopharm began recruiting for 6,000 volunteers for its own vaccine trials. Peru President Martin Vizcarra has said he also hopes to confirm by the end of August trials of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine.J&J’s prototype uses “viral vectors” to generate immune responses, similar to the approach taken by Oxford’s vaccine developers and China’s CanSino.Brazil, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia are the six Latin nations with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases. Vaccine developers look for areas with high rates of active transmission and infection because that renders it easier to get dependable trial results.J&J’s head of vaccines previously told Reuters the company aimed to produce 1 billion doses of a potential vaccine next year.last_img read more

first_imgBelgium offshore energy and dredging contractor DEME has chosen recruitment specialist iPS Powerful People to supply technical personnel and administrative staff.DEME’s Apollo jack-up; Image source: DEMEiPS said that the Tier 1 personnel service deal began on Tuesday, May 28, for an indefinite period.The company added that the iPS Powerful People has been working with DEME Group since 1988, and under the current contract the firm will provide DEME with staff for both temporary and permanent positions.Patrick Mans, director of operations at iPS, said: “We are proud to announce that iPS is selected as Tier 1 personnel supplier for DEME Group. We strive to be a valuable partner for DEME Group and will do the utmost to show our added value.”It is worth reminding that earlier this year DEME merged its subsidiaries GeoSea, Tideway, A2Sea, and EverSea into one single entity – DEME Offshore.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by more than 10.000 industry professionals daily.We had almost 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas.These stats allow our partners advertising on Offshore Energy Today to get maximum exposure to their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

first_imgThe patient’s positive test result was only released on July 18, according to Barangay Banago chief Ricky Mijares, citing the City Health Office. The Department of Health in Region 6, on the other hand, confirmed the man’s results for the virus on its Facebook page on July 19. Mijares said about 15 houses in Purok Mahimulaton and three in Purok Riverside were placed on lockdown following the test results of the man and the LSI who arrived on July 13./PNcenter_img BACOLOD City – The 64-year-old resident of Purok Mahimulaton, Barangay Banago who died of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) contracted the virus through local transmission, according to Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran.  Familiaran, who chairs the City Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19, said WV Patient No. 754 was not a locally stranded individual (LSI), overseas Filipino worker or a person who came into close contact with someone positive for the virus.The patient was admitted in a hospital in this city on July 13 after showing symptoms of the viral illness like fever and body ache. He died two days later and was immediately cremated.last_img read more

first_imgFirefighters in Batesville had a busy day Wednesday responding to back to back fire calls.Fire Chief Todd Schutte said the first call came in at 2:23 p.m. for a report of hay bales on fire on Tekulve Rd. Crews responded within three minutes and battled 25 bales that were up in flames.Schutte said it began following a resident mowing grass near the bales. The muffler of the mower may have sparked the fire.With assistance from the Eagle Fire Company of Oldenburg and Morris Volunteer Fire Department, the scene was under control at 5:09 p.m., the same time another call came in involving a field fire.Batesville Firefighters responded to South County Line Road and extinguished the blaze that was sparked from burning brush.The springtime can be dangerous for brush fires.“This time of year, be aware of what is around you when your burning and pay extra attention to the wind,” Schutte said.last_img read more

first_imgCharles “Chuck” Lovell Hunter, age 78, of Greensburg, passed away Monday October 23 , surrounded by family at Hickory Creek.  Chuck was born on June 22, 1939 the son of the late Charles and Margaret (Bard) Hunter in Batesville.Charles married Carol (Rork) on November 30, 1968 and they spent the next 42 years together until her death in 2012.  The two of them can be remembered running a paper route for several years in the Osgood, Napoleon, and Holton communities.   He was a laborer for most of his work career spending several years working at Culpepper in Shelbyville.  He also enjoyed working the rides at various fairs.Chuck was a past member of St John’s Lutheran Church in Napoleon.  He enjoyed spending his pass time doing woodworking and fishing.He was preceded in death by wife Carol, his parents, brothers Bobby and Richard, and sisters Liddy Bushorn and Maggie Haggert.  Chuck is survived by brothers Elmer (Evelyn) Hunter of Milan, sisters Jeannie Colyer of Osgood, Pam Eaden of Osgood, Janice Roberts of Scipio, and Carolina Hunter of Hamilton, Ohio, along with several nieces and nephews.A visitation will be held on Thursday October 26, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm. At Neal’s Funeral Home followed by funeral service at 8:00 pm. also at Neal’s Funeral Home.last_img read more