Program diversifies campus

first_imgThe 2012 Hesburgh International Scholars Experience (HISE) will bring 60 accepted international students to the University on Saturday. Julie Denkler, Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, said Notre Dame is greatly benefited by the Hesburgh International Scholars program and its ability to continue the diversification of the student body. “A campus community is always benefited by diversity,” she said. “We see diversity in numerous ways, [such as] geographic diversity, cultural and ethnic diversity, racial diversity, as well as religious diversity among others.” Denkler said this is the fifth year the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has brought international prospective students through the Hesburgh International Scholars Experience. This year the Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepted the most international students to date, with students from 22 different countries. “Two years ago, we expanded the program to include students from Europe, and this year, we invited students from Canada as well,” she said. “We are trying to give more of our top admitted international students the opportunity to visit campus and see for themselves whether Notre Dame is a place they might want to spend the next four years of their lives.” Sophomore Paulina Rullán, an undergraduate leader for the HISE planning committee, said the diversity international students bring to campus is essential for an optimal college experience. “Notre Dame puts a huge effort to bring the best international students and be part of our family,” she said. “This not only gives international students the opportunity to grow in another culture and have a great education from Notre Dame but it also brings diversity and makes the campus a more interesting educational institution for both faculty and students.” Rullán said one of the events includes a meeting with University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh. “The program was created in honor of Fr. Hesburgh’s interest and passion for international students,” she said. “We have an incredible group of scholars coming to visit this year, and we thought that meeting with Fr. Hesburgh would just epitomize their visit.” Sophomore Ignacio Aranguren, a 2011 Hesburgh International Scholar, said the HISE weekend prepared him for his time at Notre Dame. “I remember feeling very thankful in the beginning of freshman year for HISE weekend,” he said. “It was really a great way not only to see life at Notre Dame first hand, but I was also able to meet the community that would be the essential part of my college experience.” Aranguren said he hopes prospective students will take full advantage of the opportunities this university will offer to them. “I hope [the Hesburgh scholars] understand how important they are to the University,” he said. “If they choose to be part of Notre Dame, they’ll be representing their family, country and culture at this school. Thanks to HISE, when they return in the fall, they’ll hit the ground running.”last_img read more

NAFCU urges lawmaker support for mortgage points-and-fees bill

first_imgNAFCU with 10 other trade associations on Tuesday urged members of the House to cosponsor NAFCU-supported legislation that would clarify the definition of points and fees under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) as applied through the CFPB’s qualified mortgage rule.The bill, the Mortgage Choice Act (H.R. 1153), was introduced in February by Reps. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., Ed Royce, R-Calif., David Scott, D-Ga., Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., Mike Doyle, D-Pa., and David Joyce, R-Ohio. It awaits action by the House Financial Services Committee.The legislation would adjust the TILA mortgage rules by exempting from the qualified mortgage cap on points and fees any affiliated title charges and escrow charges for taxes and insurance.“H.R. 1153 endeavors to restore a full and open competitive market by clarifying the definition of fees and points,” the letter states. “In doing so, the legislation will ensure consumers more choices in credit providers and settlement service options.”An identical bill, the Mortgage Choice Act of 2015 (H.R. 685), passed the House last Congress 286-140. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Free application for public city transport available in Rijeka

first_imgData on routes and marked stops are taken from the open data portal of the City of Rijeka and will be supplemented and changed if deficiencies are noticed. The desire is to implement this application in other cities in the Republic of Croatia and work on further improvements for which there is an opportunity. Also, the goal is to encourage other market stakeholders to be actively involved in the development and implementation of similar solutions. The idea for the CityBus Zadar application was created at the Google I / O Extended Hackathon held in mid-May 2017 in Zadar. After more than two years of the application being active in the Zadar County, it reached almost 10.000 downloads, but the key support of local institutions for further progress was lacking. Therefore, Smart Solutions Zadar decided to transfer the existing system to other cities within the Republic of Croatia. Given the availability of data, they opted for Rijeka, although several similar applications have already been developed in the city and county. The application itself is designed as a guide through public transport for citizens and tourists in the entire Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. The new free Android application CityBus Rijeka is available to the citizens of Rijeka and their guests. Using the available data through the open data portal of the City of Rijeka, the Zadar company Smart Solutions came up with the idea to implement the same for Rijeka after the development of the mobile application for the City of Zadar. This application is a unique guide to public transport in the entire Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. It is currently available for free download through the Google Play Store. The application allows you to view the marked bus stops in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, display bus stops with information about the distance of users from the same with the display of the next 3 bus lines coming to the same, display routes of all city and suburban bus lines Autotrolej, then view the timetable of all of Autotrolej city, suburban and night bus lines by desired date with display of all passing stops with estimated arrival times, overview of all city, suburban and night bus lines of Autotrolej with associated stops, display of important marked taxi stops in Rijeka, display of parking zones in the city of Rijeka with information on the time of payment, there is also a display of information on free spaces in closed parking lots, a display of the latest information related to public transport in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, a display of locations for the purchase of bus tickets with information working time actions. The application is available in several languages, in addition to Croatian there are also English, Italian, German and Hungarian. last_img read more

Pandemic, dire economy, unrest upend US presidential race

first_img“It’s a pretty bad moment,” said Daniel Gillion, a political science professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “The Loud Minority.”The crises, he told AFP, have been “horrific” for African Americans, who traditionally have poorer health care outcomes, have just a fraction of the household wealth of whites, and are more likely to face police brutality.”I can’t think of a (modern-day) period where blacks have experienced such strife, such pain, such hardship,” Gillion said.Among COVID-19 victims, a disproportionate number are people of color.While Trump on Friday touted a surprise drop in the overall jobless rate from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May, black unemployment actually rose, to 16.8 percent.The injustice that erupted into ugly view when a white police officer pressed his knee onto Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes is the latest manifestation of a systemic racism that has persisted for generations.”There’s been a knee on the neck of black America since slavery was abolished,” 30-year-old Minneapolis protester Kayla Peterson said from behind a pandemic face mask. “We’ve never really been free.”Law and orderTrump could have delivered an Oval Office address to the nation this week to smoothens tensions. Instead he has exploited discord and launched a “law and order” crusade.Trump has walled off the White House from protesters and launched fiery accusations that do little to calm the storm.”The problem,” he tweeted Thursday about recent controversial tactics deployed in Washington, “is the arsonists, looters, criminals, and anarchists, wanting to destroy it (and our Country)!”Trump’s provocative walk from the White House to a nearby church for a photo opportunity minutes after the area was forcibly cleared of protesters contained clear signals to conservative and evangelical voters in his base: security and faith remain paramount.While Trump has trafficked in division, his November election rival has blasted him as “dangerously unfit” to lead.Biden, 77, was largely absent for two months, hunkered down in his Delaware home as the pandemic played out and Trump used his bully pulpit to push to re-open the country.But the veteran Democrat is eyeing an opening by embracing a message of conciliation and reform — something that could unite the moderate and liberal factions of the Democratic Party and draw independents appalled by Trump’s strongman style.”It is long past time we made the promise of this nation real for all of our people,” Biden tweeted Friday.’Teflon man’?Experts say that despite the recent chaos, Trump does have a path to victory.”If the president is able to talk about race in a meaningful way, and if he’s able to ride the recovery in health and in the economic crisis, he’s going to look like the Teflon man,” Gillion said. “Nothing will stick to him.”Trump however has seen his poll numbers erode, particularly among two groups vital to his re-election: elderly voters and evangelical Christians.And his failure to tackle the pandemic early and his threat to unleash the military on protesters is repelling female voters.White women “are upset with Trump’s handling of the pandemic” and his lack of leadership, said Nadia Brown, associate professor of political science and African-American studies at Purdue University.”Women are also watching the protests and they are having empathy” with demonstrators.The persistent inequalities, snapshots of a shattered economy and how leaders respond “will definitely be on the mind of voters in five months,” Brown added.It doesn’t mean Biden romps to victory, either.”A cat has nine lives,” Brown said, “but Trump has 12.”Topics : Three concurrent crises scarring the United States — a deadly health pandemic, economic despair and widespread social unrest — have reframed this year’s presidential contest and prompted national reflection over racial inequality in America.Is the country on the cusp of a transformation, or will systemic inequalities exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis persist, allowing alienation and marginalization to fester?In weeks, the unprecedented strain has become the focal point of the ferocious White House campaign between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, two politicians approaching the disasters with very different strategies. It has been several generations since the country has experienced such a sharp and rapid confluence of major emergencies, a national low point that philosopher Cornell West has branded “America’s moment of reckoning.”Nearly 110,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, and tens of millions are jobless due to pandemic-prompted lockdowns.At the same time, unrest has gripped dozens of US cities where protesters demand justice over the killing by Minneapolis police of unarmed black man George Floyd.Repeated episodes of police brutality caught on camera, even as most demonstrations have been peaceful, have further laid bare the nation’s deep social wounds.last_img read more

Buyers are snapping up new and affordable homes in the north

first_img11 Caraway Court, Griffin.He received multiple inquiries for a four-bedroom home at 11 Caraway Drive, Griffin, within hours of it hitting the market last week — a trend he said was becoming more common.He attributed new shops, cafes and restaurants in the area as well as affordable prices to the suburbs’ appeal.According to latest CoreLogic market trends data, the median sale price for a house was $460,000 in Griffin, $516,400 in Mango Hill and $488,000 in North Lakes to the year, ending October 2017.As a result of the growth, Mr McDade said the market was also strong for sellers. 11 Caraway Court, Griffin.GRIFFIN, Mango Hill and North Lakes are one real estate expert’s top picks for growth in the north over the next year.Kindred agent Steve McDade said the three suburbs have always performed well but demand was increasing.“There’s been a lot of strength through North Lakes and Mango Hill and we have seen a lot of increased inquiries for Griffin,” Mr McDade said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“Inquiry rates have gone through the roof at all levels – from entry level to the top end of the market.”last_img read more

Rwandan spy chief to face war crimes charges

first_imgRwandan Foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo has reportedly arrived in London to discuss with UK authorities the arrest of the Director General of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services, Emmanuel Karenzi Karake.Rwanda is expected to vehemently contests proceedings seeking Kareke’s extradition to face war crime charges in Spain. A lawyer for Spanish and Rwandan victims, however, says he will be pushing to have Kareke moved to Spain as a soon as possible.Jordi Palou, who represents victims at the International Forum for Truth and Justice in the African Great Lakes, said Karake should stand trial for his alleged crimes. The arrest of Karake on Saturday, has threatened to strain Rwanda’s relationship with Britain Former DR Congo vice president found guilty of war crimes Rwandan protesters demand release of intelligence chief Related Rwandan chief of Intelligence Karenzi Karake arrestedlast_img read more

West Indies lauds success of US T20s!

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Officials hopeful that the Florida matches will prompt further interest in cricket in the US.MIAMI, United States, Friday July 06, 2012 – Officials and players have hailed the success of last weekend’s two Digicel Twenty20 Internationals between West Indies and New Zealand at the Central Broward Regional Park in Florida.West Indies Cricket Board president Dr Julian Hunte described the success of the matches as an exciting prospect for the game not only in the West Indies, but around the world.“We are delighted that the two matches in the United States were so successful,” he said.“We are extremely grateful for the major efforts undertaken by the Friends of Broward County, the United States Cricket Association, as well as Broward County itself.“We have been very impressed with the Central Broward Regional Park. The two teams were made to feel extremely welcomed by the people of South Florida, and we felt the two matches were a spectacular advertisement for the game.”Hunte expressed the hope that the matches would help spur further interest in the game in the United States.“This was a bold expansion of the Digicel 2012 Series beyond the shores of the Caribbean, and we are excited to have brought the game back to the scores of West Indies fans in North America,” he said.“Given the huge number of West Indians who live in the United States and neighbouring countries, as well as the commercial possibilities both for West Indies cricket and the game, this was long overdue.”Members of the West Indies team also hailed the success of the matches in the United States.“The atmosphere was good,” said talismanic opener Chris Gayle, whose batting in the two matches earned him the Digicel Man-of-the-Series award.“It was a huge advantage for us, the way the fans came out and supported us so that helped to make us feel relaxed and at home.”West Indies captain Darren Sammy added: “Thanks to the crowd for coming out and supporting us, it felt like we were at home.“The way the fans came out and supported us over the weekend made us feel at home. It felt like we could be in Jamaica or St Lucia, so we can safely say South Florida is ‘home’ for us.”West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said he was thrilled his side responded to the crowd support and played attractively to win the two matches handsomely.“There was a hell of a lot of people here who came to see us perform in the United States,” he said. “It was good that we could put on a good display for them and it gave us a good start to this Digicel Series against New Zealand.”Caribbean 360 News Tweetcenter_img InternationalNewsSports West Indies lauds success of US T20s! by: – July 6, 2012 Share 46 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Thanksgiving Documentary Will Focus On 1954 Impact On Area

first_imgThe Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum opened on Carr Street in Milan.The 1954 Miracle of Milan will be featured on an HBO documentary Thanksgiving evening. The documentary “Sport in America: Our Defining Stories” by HBO, Sports Illustrated and End Game Entertainment will examine how sports unite us as people and has shaped America’s character.This 95-minute special debuts on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.The filmmakers sifted through thousands of personal stories from fans who have been part of sports’ most transcendent events to create a tapestry of stories reflecting our culture.“It examines what these events meant to us, why they moved us, why they inspired us and what they tell us about who we are,” said Milan 1954 Museum Grant Writer Tim Mollinari.The ’54 Milan Indian team accomplishment was made into the movie “Hoosiers” in 1986 and the fan base for the Milan Indians team grew even more. Today people come from all over the United States and many countries of the world to see the Milan ‘54 Hoosiers Museum and re-live the “David vs Goliath event by walking in the footsteps of the young men who did what was thought to be impossible. The museum is located at 201 West Carr Street in downtown Milan, Indiana and is packed with items from the 1954 Indiana State Basketball Championship as well as the 1986 movie.Read about the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum.Other featured stories on the HBO documentary will include Hank Aaron breaking the major league baseball home run record, the Boston Marathon, Jessie Owens historic achievements at the 1936 Olympics and when a hobbled Kurt Gibson hit a rocket into the right field stands to win game one of the 1988 World Series.last_img read more

Nordman wins fourth feature at Hancock County

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiBRITT, Iowa (July 4) – George Nordman picked up his fourth local Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win of the season Saturday at Hancock County Speedway.Nordman started on the inside of row three before piloting his No. 90 white rig into the winner’s circle.  Levi Chipp was second with Cody Knecht placing third in the 18-car race.Kevin Stoa was the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified winner ahead of Jesse Hoeft and Josh Ruby.Point leader David Smith captured his third local feature win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, com­ing from inside the third row. Scott Dobel won his second feature this season at Britt in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Devin Jones was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner.last_img read more

Costa not intending to change

first_imgDiego Costa sees no need to change the approach which drew some criticism throughout his debut season in England. The Chelsea striker scored 20 goals as the Blues won the Premier League title, but his all-action style often provided as many talking points as his exploits in the penalty box. He was banned for three matches for a stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can and received criticism regarding his temperament, but the Spain international sees no reason to change. “I don’t think I have done anything malicious; I’ve not had a red card so why change anything about the way I am?” Costa told a number of national newspapers. “I’ve always played this way for all the sides I’ve been with and I’ve always scored a lot of goals in this style. “The key for me is to score goals and win trophies. If I change in any way, I’m not going to be the same player. I feel very much at ease and neither the manager nor anyone else at the club has said anything to me, and at no point have I shown any lack of loyalty at all and so that is good enough for me.” Costa will have a new striker to play alongside this coming season after manager Jose Mourinho took a punt on Radamel Falcao after his difficult spell at Manchester United. The pair have played together for Atletico Madrid in the past and Costa is looking forward to their reunion. “I’ve spent a couple of seasons with Falcao and I reckon things went fairly well,” he said. “He did a lot for me and he’s a great striker. “He’s a top bloke too. He gets on very well with his team-mates and he will help us a lot off the field, in the dressing room. He is a really big-hearted guy and that’s the most important thing. “I think it’s good for us that he didn’t have the best of seasons as that’s why he’s now with us. Radamel knows the sort of manager Mourinho is. He’s a manager who is liked by players because he trusts and backs them. He doesn’t sign a player just for the sake of it.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more