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Passion helps businesswomen dig deep

first_imgRoisin Upton and Ciara Neville to feature in Women in Sport Panel Discussion with Network Ireland Limerick At the Network Limerick Ireland event, in association with LEO Limerick, at the Kennedy Rooms in Bruff was MC, Rosanne McDonnell, Art Business Europe, Tess Stanford, Tess Stanford, Interior Architects, Catriona Ní Dhonnchú, Get West & Network Ireland Limerick President, Sadie Chowen, CEO and perfumer creative director of Burren Perfumery and Rebecca May from Glass Box Events & The Kennedy Rooms.Three highly creative businesswomen shared their secrets to success and overcoming obstacles at a Network Ireland Limerick event, in association with LEO Limerick, which took place in the newly opened Kennedy Rooms in Bruff, Co Limerick.Sadie Chowen from The Burren Perfumery, Rebecca May from Glass Box Events & The Kennedy Rooms and Tess Standford of Tess Standford Interior Design participated in a panel discussion on creative approaches to achieving business success.  The discussion was facilitated by Rosanne McDonnell, Art Business Summit.The panellists shared their journey to date and how they developed businesses that allow them to express their creativity. They also shared examples of how they overcame enormous challenges in their business. A common theme that emerged for all panellists was resilience and their ability to dig deep and deeper again because they were so passionate about their business.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Having a vision, sticking to your values and following your intuition were just some of the snippets of advice for the 50-plus women who attended the event which kicked-off with open networking and refreshments in the Nun’s Room – Ireland’s first non-alcoholic bar.Catriona O’Donoghue, president of Network Ireland Limerick said, “This was an incredibly inspiring event. We are very grateful to each of the speakers and Rosanne as MC for sharing their valuable insights and tips so generously. We learned tonight that it’s not just a fear of failure but also a fear of success that can hold women back, so I’m hoping that attendees took some of the sound advice away and can apply it as they pursue true success.” Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Seasoned Female Executive to Speak at Network Ireland Limerick event Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Advertisement Previous articleSponsored: Have you a CAO change of mind? There is still time for the undecidedNext articleDragons take to the water in Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsAppcenter_img Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic BusinessNewsPassion helps businesswomen dig deepBy Staff Reporter – June 24, 2019 342 TAGSbusinessEventLimerick City and CountyNetwork Ireland LimerickNews Twitter Linkedin Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick Post Show | Caragh O’Shea appointed President Printlast_img read more

Second ‘Fuck you Willetts’ banner used in protest

first_imgOn Saturday evening, a student hung up the banner in a doorway upon discovering that Willetts was in the college. Willetts was forced to take the banner down before being able to leave.The student told Cherwell, “It was something of an ‘emergency protest’ as no students knew he was going to be there. Willetts himself told me that £9k tuition fees are “progressive and productive”! He had to take the banner down to get through the doorway in the picture, and he got quite angry!”The reason as to why Willetts was present in the college is unclear, but it appears he was invited to a formal dinner along with several other eminent guests including Michael Portillo and a delegation from the Spanish government.However, Balliol students were not happy at having the Universities Minister in their college and decided to protest due to his unpopular decision to raise tuition fees to £9,000 per annum.The protesting student explained, “I think David Willetts is a despicable ideologue who, as Universities Minister, trebled tuition fees and is determined to marketise education, making it increasingly a privilege rather than a public good.“For me, it raises broader questions about who colleges (and the university) belong to – students and workers, or a bureaucratic elite. As far as I know, the JCR and MCR were not informed that this event was taking place and so had no opportunity to shun and condemn individuals like Willetts who are responsible for the decline and marketisation of education nationally.”A second student who was present at the protest said, “The whole thing was pretty funny, but also depressing. He tried to avoid walking through the banner but when he realised he couldn’t got angry. I don’t really appreciate an out of touch, angry old man telling me that I won’t actually have to pay my fees as long as I’m a ‘decent graduate’. At least I think that’s what he said.”She added, “Also I’m seriously confused by his definition of progressive. It might seem like it wasn’t worthwhile with so few of us there but he needs to know that he’s going to be held to account wherever he goes. Despite there being a larger crowd at the Union, this seemed to phase him far more. He wasn’t in a crowd of likeminded people.”Willetts has already been shown that he is not popular in the university. While participating in a debate on higher education earlier this term, protestors unfurled a ‘Fuck you Willetts’ banner from the balcony of the debating chamber. The two students responsible also shouted, “David Willetts, get out, we know what you’re all about” and “Cuts, job losses, money for the bosses”.The student who tied this banner over the doorway asked to remain anonymous due to the recent decision by Cambridge University to suspend a student for seven terms for a similar anti-Willetts protest. The Cambridge student in question read out a poetic protest to Willetts while the latter was giving a speech at the university.last_img read more

SMC club raises money for orphans

first_imgOver 6,000 miles separate South Bend from Beijing, China, but members of Saint Mary’s China Care Club — which donates money to medically fragile Chinese orphans — prove they can go the distance to raise awareness about an underrepresented global cause.Sophomore Grace Haase, founder and president of China Care Club, said all funds raised from events go toward OneSky, a foundation that sponsors an orphanage in Beijing and aims to enhance children’s quality of life.“The money we send to OneSky provides caretakers for the children because they’re very understaffed,” Haase said. “Another thing it does is fund surgeries for clubfoot and cleft palate, which are deformities that can be fixed with a simple surgery, which really heightens a child’s chance of getting adopted.”According to Haase, joining this club can expand members’ worldviews while helping them gain new perspectives and avenues of understanding.“It’s a great opportunity to learn about China in and of itself,” Haase said. “Having service oriented causes … sort of teaches [students] that there’s more to life than the bubble they grew up in.”Gabby Kooi, junior club member, said she was adopted from China and feels compelled to give back to children who are not as fortunate.“There are other girls who are not so lucky and who have severe medical issues that are not treated properly,” Kooi said. “There are some cases of malnourishment and abuse depending on where they are.”According to Kooi, a high percentage of orphans in China are female, which should motivate Saint Mary’s students to fulfill the College’s mission and help other women.“It’s the idea of women empowering one another,” Kooi said. “Saint Mary’s key goal is to raise an independent woman to have values. What the OneSky organization does is try to bring equal rights to those girls who don’t have the ability to get them.”Kooi said China Care Club offers her the opportunity to bond with other students through organized events — such as teaching members hip hop dance and listening to Korean pop music — but her membership also reminds her of her roots.“To me, it gives me another connection to where I’m from,” she said. “Even though I’m not there, I’m trying to give them a way out. There’s an organization out there that wants to help.”According to sophomore member Riley Harber, belonging to China Care Club allows students to fight for a cause without engaging in intense activity.“If it’s more accessible, people will be more willing to do it, so I think this a really great way to … make a change in a way that people will be able to do at whatever level of commitment they can,” Harber said. “This is a really good way to get involved with something that doesn’t get a lot of awareness but is still a really important cause and is also a lot of fun.”China Care Club strengthens the College’s comprehensive mission to instill values of service and selfless love in its students.“As a Catholic women’s college, we’re very focused as an institution on helping other people,” Harber said. “If you’re a better person, you can go out and be good at helping other people.”According to Harber, several friendships have evolved among members of China Care Club, as it unites like-minded individuals.“I think this is a cause that people really want to get behind,” she said. “[The club] builds community not only in that we’re reaching out and helping people who need it, but also that we’re connecting Belles.”Kooi said witnessing the dedication of her peers to such a worthy cause reminds her how powerful women are.“Saint Mary’s women say ‘Even though we’re women, we’re not going to be held back,’” Kooi said. “We’re going to help others.”Tags: Beijing, China, China Care Club, womenlast_img read more

Banks contradict themselves in NCUA argument

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Hernandez Anthony Hernandez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC).  He joined DCUC as its Chief Operating Officer in August 2016 and was selected … Web: www.dcuc.org Details “Redlining” is the discriminatory practice of fencing off areas where banks avoided investing based on community demographics. This unfair practice increased following the Second World War as a large influx of minority veterans and their families sought to purchase homes and were denied, locking them into a vicious cycle of economic exclusion from the American dream. This banking practice also impacted the extension of business loans which are needed to sustain communities where these same veterans lived, worked, and played. This practice affects minority communities to this day.Many credit unions were formed in these redlined communities to provide loans and financial services long denied by traditional banks. Plus, as member-owned cooperatives, credit unions return profits to members in the community instead of lining the pockets of distant bank shareholders. As a result, many credit unions carry a Low-Income Credit Union (LICU) designation which provides additional tools and resources that help build and sustain these underserved communities.The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) recently approved a technical correction to 12 USC § 701.34 (2), which now includes all military members in calculations to establish LICU designation. This change makes sense from a DEI perspective, as many military members earn 80% or less than the median family income for the metropolitan area where they live or national metropolitan area, whichever is greater. As expected, the bank lobby strongly opposes this correction and has threatened to sue to have it removed, therefore, excluding military inclusion in our nation’s economic recovery effort. I believe the banks are making a mistake. Worse, banks are being hypocritical given their recent efforts in weakening the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) using the same standards of military inclusion. Here is how:In October of 2018, I was asked to review a white paper written by a member of the bank lobby seeking my reaction and public support for a banking proposal that sought to broaden definitions in the CRA, specifically 12 C.F.R §25.41(f). Essentially, the bank proposal argued that bank branches operating on military installations should be presumed to satisfy all §25.41(f) geographic assessment area exemption requirements and that off-base military banks, such as USAA and First Command Bank, should likewise be exempt since they “predominantly” cater their financial offerings to the military community. It also recommended that “military community” include everyone within “the arc of a military family’s career,” which lists all active duty military, inactive Reserve or National Guard, military retirees, veterans, dependents or former dependents. That is quite a list. Plus, underpinning the entire argument, the white paper highlighted the “unique financial challenges” and “low pay” for military families. Does any of this sound familiar?Finally, the proposal recommended that bank regulators should preclude their examiners from requiring banks to identify the Low- and Middle-Income (LMI) military customers since the geographic assessment requirements in 12 C.F.R. §25.41(f) for any military bank would be satisfied. In other words, geographic area requirements no longer apply. Each of these recommendations was adopted into the Office of Comptroller of the Currency’s final rule which becomes effective this October. Yet, there is much debate whether banks will use their newly weakened CRA restrictions to build and sustain disadvantaged communities or return to their prior practices. I would like to give the bankers the benefit of the doubt. However, now that banks are twisting the same arguments against the credit union industry in an effort to exclude military members, this should alarm anyone who agreed with the banks original arguments. Plus, there are several fictions and assertions in the banker’s printed arguments that need to be addressed. Let’s set the record straight.Last summer, ahead of any COVID-19 indications and subsequent economic shutdown, the Defense Credit Union Council was approached by one of its smaller-sized credit unions (<$500 million in assets) seeking to include military members serving overseas. It was proven that many members using an Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office were excluded from the LICU designation calculations. Yet, the existing regulation for LICU designation allowed geographically separated college students using campus mailing addresses to be counted. A disparity was identified.In asking to include all military, this credit union was joined by many similarly sized credit unions seeking to serve even more of our nation’s historically disadvantaged communities. To this end, a bi-partisan letter (dated 2 August 2019) from the member credit union’s Congressional delegation was written in support of these objectives. DCUC continued to champion this issue in letters, meetings, and industry events well into the Spring of 2020. Altogether, these efforts culminated in the NCUA unanimously approving a technical change to the rule on May 8, 2020.While the banks weaken protections in the Community Reinvestment Act, this administrative correction will benefit military members by allowing their credit unions to safely acquire more capital through federal grants and remove arbitrary lending caps. These changes allow credit unions to offer better rates on auto, home or even business loans which are tangible benefits that improve the quality of life for all members, especially those who may be financially struggling. This is why credit unions exist. Weakening the CRA does not guarantee the same results since banks use additional revenues to line shareholder pockets instead of reinvesting in the communities in which they are earned. In fact, broadening LICU eligibility is designed to benefit the communities where our military members retire, obtain employment, and spend their hard-earned dollars. This is why many of our member credit unions, large and small, continue to reinvest in their community. Only a banker would see something nefarious in a financial institution wanting to help these developing communities. And only a banker would argue that size, not community served, should define what a credit union can do for its members. Hopefully the rest of the banking community is better than that. Yet, here we are.Finally, this change also frees capital to invest in programs and technology that bolster military readiness, teaches military members to manage their finances and save, and protects military families from predatory lenders. Credit unions want their members to progress from savers to prudent borrowers, then from prudent borrowers to home and business owners. It is all part of the credit union difference.Here’s one final point regarding military land leases since it was awkwardly mentioned in the banker’s article. Once again, the bank lobby is advocating for a proposed amendment in the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Department of Defense (DoD) to treat “for-profit” banks as “not-for-profit” institutions so banks can obtain the same no-cost land leases, as an ultimatum for banks remaining on installations. Yet, there are no restrictions on how banks would use these savings.If DoD does not grant the banker’s wishes, then the legislation would require DoD to charge credit unions the same as banks under the guise of “equality.” Unless banks can increase their profit margin, they don’t care if there are no remaining financial institutions on the installation. Consequently, the military loses either way.If banks want to be treated like credit unions, they need to start acting like not-for-profit credit unions. Equal treatment needs to focus on structure and ethos, not on increasing the bank’s profit sustainability. While there are other reasons why the banks’ proposal makes no sense, the fact remains—credit unions are about serving their members. That includes serving their communities. Regardless of banker attempts to block consumer access to credit unions, the Defense Credit Union Council, its member credit unions, along with the entire credit union industry will always put the needs of our members first.  Photo credit: Sergii Figurnyi - stock.adobe.comlast_img read more

In ‘weird’ times, Freiburg’s Schmid prepares for football’s restart

first_img“Now we are working in groups of four. Avoiding contact; no tackling.”“Football is a contact sport. A player needs that,” Schmid said.“We’re already happy to be back on the pitch, on the ball, and having fun with a few team-mates on the field.“We’re ready to go! We’ve been training more intensely than we do in the pre-season. There have been a lot of sprints, a lot of changes of direction.“To avoid injuries that we are training harder. Maybe there will be less training and more games. As a player, I’d rather play lots as they do in England than train for five days!”– Giving it your all –If the Bundesliga resumes it will be behind closed doors, with players’ voices echoing around empty stadiums. It is not the way Schmid wanted to try to lead his club into a place in European competition next season.“I’ve never played behind closed doors. There’ll be something missing. With the stadium and the fans behind us, it’s tough for away teams to win at Freiburg. It’s always a plus,” said Schmid, who came up through the club’s youth system.“You have to be prepared for that and keep giving it your all.”There has been talk of Bundesliga players wearing masks on the field.“Walking around with a mask is uncomfortable. I wear one when we go shopping. It’s not comfortable to breathe. So playing football…,” he said, ending with a laugh.Like their Bundesliga counterparts at other clubs, Freiburg players have taken a pay cut.“The club asked us to lower our salaries to help groundstaff and office workers. We agreed. It was a good thing to do it compared to everything they do for us.“We wanted to give back something that would allow them to continue to live, because they also have families and rent to pay. It’s harder for them than it is for us. A little gesture does good.” Jonathan Schmid is looking forward to playing again though he says he would miss the Freiburg fans Jonathan Schmid is looking forward to playing again though he says he would miss the Freiburg fansParis, France | AFP |  Freiburg midfielder Jonathan Schmid said he is “not at all” afraid to return to the pitch but acknowledges that a second wave of coronavirus infections would put paid to German football’s plans to complete its interrupted season.“Germany wants to finish their championship,” the 29-year-old Frenchman told AFP. “We’re training for that. We’ll be ready when it resumes.”The German Football League (DFL) wants to restart matches in empty stadiums from May 16, providing it gets the final green light from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. A decision is expected on Wednesday.Those plans were thrown into question on Monday when the league said its testing of players, coaches and backroom staff had produced 10 positive cases. Three are known to be from top-flight side Cologne.Germany has been less affected by the pandemic than other European countries, an outcome partly attributed to mass testing.Schmid said any signs that football’s return had produced a new surge in infections would halt the restart plans.“If there is a second wave and it affects some clubs, I think the season will be over,” said Schmid.“The clubs don’t want to risk everything. But it’s also important to get back on track for the economic survival of the clubs.”Despite having two children, Schmid said he was not worried about the possibility of infection.“No, not at all afraid. If we’re allowed to do it, then it’s safe,” said Schmid.“We get tested once a week. If I am positive, I will stay away from my children and my wife. That’s the advantage for us, we’re being followed.”Most German clubs resumed training on April 7 but put in place stringent social distancing measures.“At first it was weird. You arrive at the training area already changed and go straight home for a shower. We don’t have a lot of time to communicate either.“We don’t shake hands, we greet each other from a distance. It feels weird. The coaches don’t want us to get too close to each other.“But the most important thing is to get back on the pitch… with the ball, doing a few exercises and a fresh environment, it was a change compared to being at home!”The training is evolving. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

New drive to spark local sports frenzy

first_imgThe Magnificent Fridays drive will rally South Africans to support national sports teams. Minister Fikile Mbalula has urged South Africans to wear national team replica jerseys every Friday. Members of the national netball team that will play in Singapore in July. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack Lewele Communication Arts and Culture +27 12 441 3083 or +27 82 450 5076  RELATED ARTICLES • New campaign to power SA’s Proteas • Proteas pick top World Cup squad • From Football Fridays to Fly the Flag Fridays • Flying the South African flagBongani NkosiThe frenzy that gripped South Africa before and during the Fifa World Cup in 2010 is set to make a comeback, this time spurring other national sports teams to excel in international competitions.Magnificent Fridays is a new campaign initiated by the government to get South Africans behind cricket, netball and rugby national teams – all of which will all do battle in respective world cups during 2011.The campaign is built on the concept of Football Fridays, a highly successful drive that got South Africans rallying behind Bafana Bafana, the national football team, and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The country was awash with yellow and green at the end of every working week leading up to the tournament as South Africans donned Bafana replica gear and flew the national flag with pride. And the same spirit is to grip the land again.This time citizens are urged to wear official replica clothing of any of the national teams, but especially of the Springboks rugby team, the Proteas cricket squad and the netball team, also nicknamed the Proteas. Wearing the now-famous Bafana gear is also encouraged, and hoisting the national flag tops it all.“Magnificent Fridays is about showing support for all our national teams,” said Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula. “The campaign will continue throughout the year.”Mbalula and Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile are helping spread the hype across the country. The departments launched Magnificent Fridays in Johannesburg recently, and kicked off the actual road show at the city’s Park Station on 28 January.Thousands of South African flags will be handed out along the way as the road show delivers the spirit of the campaign to outlying communities. The next stop is the Free State province, and then the Western Cape, followed by stops in all the remaining provinces and then the major cities.“We’ll go all over South Africa. This is not a Gauteng campaign,” said Mashatile.Cricket squad heading to AsiaThe Proteas will be the first of the three national teams to seek international pride in 2011 when they travel to south Asia in February. They will take on other 14 nations in the 2011 International Cricket Council World Cup to be staged in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.The team is in the final stages of preparation for the tournament and is in good spirits following recent victory in the highly contested one day international series challenge against India. Magnificent Fridays will augment the Pure Protea drive, which was initiated by Lead SA specifically for the national cricket squad.Support for the team is mounting ahead of the world cup, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said, and Proteas replica attire is proving to be very popular.“There is a big interest in the Proteas world cup replica jersey,” said CSA brand and corporate relations manager Kass Naidoo. “Traffic to the online store has increased and merchandise at retail stores has been selling well.“Everyone is keen to show they are 100% behind the Proteas,” Naidoo added.The already-named world cup squad blends the talents of the country’s 15 top cricket stars.Rugby and netball to followThe Springboks, as the reigning Rugby World Cup champions, will set out to defend their title in New Zealand in September.Pinned against Fiji, Namibia, Samoa and Wales in Pool D, the Springboks will face challenging, but surmountable competition in the group stages. The team has proven its mettle many times and should also be able to rise up against stronger teams like New Zealand and Australia in the knockout stages.It should come as a confidence boost that Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson, the Boks pair recently accused of doping, were cleared of any wrongdoing on 28 January. They can now return to the international field to help the team prepare for their world cup.The Springboks’ victory in 2007 was a major highlight that South Africans celebrated with vim and vigour for days, as was the country’s historical win in 1995.The senior netball team will travel to Singapore for the world championships in July, and is currently training hard.Netball South Africa announced on 24 January that four coaches had been appointed to help the players prepare for the tournament, following the resignations of coach Carin Strauss and assistant coach Cecilia Molokwane earlier in the month.South Africans have also been urged to travel with the teams to support them at the playing venues. “Those who can go to these competitions should go,” Mashatile said.last_img read more

Data.gov Captchas Get Political

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#humor#web richard macmanus Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Spotted this evening on the U.S. government’s public data web site, Data.gov. A Republican programmer at captcha provider reCAPTCHA having some fun? Hat-tip ReadWriteWeb’s Marketing manager Elyssa Pallai, who stumbled upon this humor gem today.last_img read more

Stunt video on Mumbai trains:railway police arrests 70 people

first_imgSoon after dangerous stunts on Mumbai trains were exposed, railway authorities have swung into action. After Headlines Today featured the stunts video, the railways have gone on a drive in Mumbai to catch the offenders. During the last two days, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has arrested nearly 70 youth, who carry out death-defying stunts on trains. A 13-year-old boy, Zahid Ansari, who appeared on a video doing what is popularly called ‘train surfing’, even landed in hospital while trying to imitate many others and is battling for his life. Headlines Today had shown how young Mumbaikars hang out of fast-moving trains and move about dangerously hitting poles along the railway lines. Many of them confessed to Headlines Today that they indulged in the dangerous act just to impress women. Train surfing In a desperate attempt to garner their 15 seconds of fame in cyberspace, some youths wish to join a select group of desperadoes from around the world who call themselves ‘train surfers’. Train surfing is not a sport but an act of putting life in grave danger by some thrill-seeking youngsters. On the net, this is generally referred to as an extreme sports, which involves riding outside speeding trains.  Mostly young male adults indulge in this deadly sport, film them, and upload them immediately on popular video uploading sites.  Recently, a 13-year-old boy lost his arm in South Africa, when he touched a high-voltage cable, while running atop a moving train. In October last year, 21-year-old Nilesh Jagtap from Mumbai tried to outrun an oncoming local train, in a bid to do an Aamir Khan act, while copying his train-chasing stunt from 1998 film Ghulaam. He died in the act. Train surfing has been officially declared illegal and banned in many countries. In India, while there is no specific law against it, it still is an illegal act.advertisementlast_img read more