Knights of Columbus fundraise with steak sandwich sales

first_imgThe white and blue banner that hangs from the double arches of the Knights of Columbus building at the intersection of South and God quads reads, “Home of Football Game Day Steak Sales $1,000,000 Since 1973.” Talk to any member of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, though, and they will tell you it’s about much more than the steak.Photo courtesy of Notre Dame Knights of Columbus “Notre Dame Knights are proud of their steak sale program, but more than the time spent on game days raising funds, the council enjoys working with some of the charities we support,” Robert Rauch, Notre Dame class of 2012 and former president of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, said.“For instance, we annually conduct several events with the Corvilla Home, one of our first charities,” Rauch, who now works as the College Council Coordinator for the Knights of Columbus Supreme Office, said. “We have annually prepared and consumed a Thanksgiving dinner with residents, we have participated in bingo and bowling events, and we have sponsored a team in their Snowball Softball tournament. The best part of steak sales is being able to have a relationship with the people we support.”According to the Notre Dame Knight of Columbus website, the steak sale began in 1973, but members of the Knights had been grilling steak sandwiches as part of their own tailgate since the late 1950s. Dennis Malloy, a third-year law student, said the location of the sale helped it take hold as a game day tradition.“The location of the Council Home next to the old bookstore was a prime location with thousands of potential consumers,” Malloy said. “We decided to sell only steak sandwiches to provide a distinct treat to our customers and reap the benefits of economies of scale.“Even though the bookstore moved and the glamour of Irish Green is far away, we are an essential part of the game day experience for many who make a special trip to the corner of God Quad and South Quad to visit us.”Malloy, who is a former grand knight of Notre Dame’s branch of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1477, said the Notre Dame Knights have about 100 active members. Each football Saturday, Malloy said at least 15 people work the steak sale at any given time, and about 40 people, including Knights, their friends and family and members of other campus organizations, work the sale throughout the day.Rauch said poor weather can lessen proceeds from the steak sale, but on a typical game day, the Knights will serve about 3,000 sandwiches and raise $10,000. As the sign outside the Knights of Columbus building highlights, the steak sales have raised over $1 million since 1973, a figure which Rauch said is not adjusted for inflation.Sophomore Henry Dickman, who oversees the steak sale this year, said he hopes to involve more student groups in the unique fundraiser.“Steak sales are not only significant in terms of the funds raised, but the event also provides a great way for council members to get to know each other and serve the Notre Dame community,” Dickman said. “Going forward, we’d like to find ways to get other campus groups involved with helping at the sales as well as attracting more students to buy sandwiches.”Rauch said the tradition of the Knights of Columbus at Notre Dame extends much further than the steak sales. The Notre Dame Knights were founded in 1910 and were the first student group on campus aside from athletic teams, the marching band and student government.“Like many things related to Notre Dame football, Knights of Columbus steak sales are rooted in tradition,” Rauch said. “The large stream of fans to the bookstore would smell the steak next door and would buy one on their way in or out. Plus, the steak sale program is all about charity and giving back — both themes that members of the Notre Dame family identify with.“When Fr. Sorin said that Notre Dame would one day be an enormous force for good in this country, he was speaking of people like the Notre Dame Knights who through their steak sale program and all their other activities serves as this force by being a charity that evangelizes.”Rauch said the sale can be taxing at times, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges.“College students typically don’t enjoy waking up before 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning, much less multiple Saturdays in a row, but that’s what the men of this council do every game day,” he said. “But when you have a good cause to support, you keep that in site and you keep going.”Jeff Gerlomes, Notre Dame class of 2014 and former president of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, said while the steak sale serves as a favorite game day tradition, it also goes beyond the bounds of Notre Dame football to make a tangible impact on peoples’ lives.“When we see that line down the quad, it’s humbling to think that this sandwich is as important to some of these people as a tartan cape or a golden helmet,” Gerlomes said. “Even more important, though, is that this fundraiser is our biggest opportunity to make a direct impact on some of the most serious social injustices around us. Instead of just campaigning for the poor and marginalized, we can aid programs that really help them on a lasting and personal level.”Tags: Game Day Tradition, Knights of Columbus, Steak Sandwich Salelast_img read more

US Navy Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation, Contests Venezuela’s Excessive Maritime Claim in Caribbean Sea

first_imgBy U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Bureau of Public Affairs June 23, 2020 While peacefully operating in the Caribbean Sea, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze conducted a freedom of navigation operation on June 23, contesting an excessive maritime claim by Venezuela.The U.S. Navy ship conducted the operation in international waters outside Venezuela’s 12 nautical-mile territorial jurisdiction. During the operation, the ship lawfully navigated an area the illegitimate Nicolás Maduro regime falsely claims to have control over, a claim that is inconsistent with international law.The U.S. Navy routinely conducts freedom of navigation operations around the world to preserve the maritime navigation and access rights guaranteed to all nations and vital to the global mobility of U.S. forces.Global access to international waters protects U.S. national interests, promotes a just international order, and ensures the U.S. Navy can accomplish key missions, including humanitarian assistance deployments, disaster relief operations, support to international counternarcotics efforts, and multinational exercises that strengthen regional partnerships.“The United States will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, preserving the rights, freedoms, and lawful use of the sea and airspace guaranteed to all nations,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command. “These freedoms are the bedrock of ongoing security efforts, and essential to regional peace and stability.”last_img read more

Tax status allows CUs to ensure 115M members come first

first_imgThe credit union difference means all 115 million credit union members come first, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said in a video released this morning. Speaking on the occasion of Tax Day, Nussle said those credit union members are “the boss” when it comes to the credit union movement.Nussle also referred to several highlights of CUNA’s recent white paper on the credit union tax status, which found credit unions’ presence in the marketplace results in billions of dollars in consumer benefits each year, and that credit unions generated approximately $19.6 billion in federal and state taxes in 2017.“Our tax status is responsible for $16 billion in consumer benefits in 2018 alone, a number bigger than any supposed benefit that would come from taxing credit unions,” Nussle said. “Credit unions are simply people helping people, and it’s out mission and structure that let credit unions do this.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Human H5N1 cases confirmed in Egypt, Indonesia

first_imgJun 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed two H5N1 avian influenza cases, one in a 4-year-old Egyptian boy and the other in a 3-year-old Indonesian girl.The boy is from Qena governorate in southern Egypt. He got sick on Jun 20 and was admitted to the hospital the next day, where he is in stable condition, according to a WHO statement.He is Egypt’s 37th H5N1 case-patient; 15 cases have been fatal. Egypt’s last two confirmed H5N1 cases, both in children, also occurred in Qena governorate.Initial investigation indicates that the boy was exposed to dead poultry, the WHO said. The test results were confirmed by Egypt’s health ministry, the country’s Central Public Health Laboratory, and US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3), which is a WHO reference laboratory.The Indonesian girl, from Riau province in central Sumatra, fell ill on Jun 18 and has since recovered, the WHO said. The source of her infection appears to be exposure to sick and dead poultry, the WHO said. Indonesia now has had 101 cases with 80 deaths.Azizman Daad, the avian flu team leader at a hospital in the Riau capital of Pekanbaru, said the girl was treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as soon as she was admitted, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported on Jun 23. She was to remain in the hospital for a week of observation, the report said.The two new cases boost the WHO’s global H5N1 total to 315 cases, with the number of deaths remaining at 191.See also: Jun 25 WHO statement on Egyptian patientJun 25 WHO statement on Indonesian patientlast_img read more

Is green tourism the future of the new normal state?

first_imgSo one of the consequences of the “new normal” situation will be greater investment and probably acceleration of the development of green tourism. Especially in the European Union, which has a plan (Green Deal) that there will be no more net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and this is only possible with large investments. The implementation of the plan is already underway, and this can be seen in the state aid. Namely, large companies, if they want support, must provide a report on how they will align state aid with European green goals. UNWTO – Global guidelines for restarting tourism Initiatives launched, talks with governments and calls for help from small and medium-sized tourism businesses have not gone without results. Although this does not mean much to the little man who is struggling with canceled reservations and loan repayments, it should be emphasized that the UNWTO is one of the world’s organizations, which in times of crisis imposed itself as a very important factor in policy making, at least as far as tourism is concerned. The latest initiative, signed by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Polikashvili, is the relaunch of tourism. Research conducted by the UNWTO shows that travel restrictions are beginning to be eased in a number of countries, and governments and the private sector are working together to restore confidence-building and a foundation for recovery. Namely, at the fifth meeting of the Global Committee for the Tourism Crisis, they were adopted guidelines for tourism recovery. We have already written several times so far about the efforts made by the United Nations Tourism Agency to restore tourism. This important document outlines a plan and priorities for the sector in the coming months, from providing liquidity to vulnerable companies to opening borders and coordinating new health protocols and procedures. At the same time, innovation and sustainability continue to be promoted. In this way, as tourism restarts, a sector can be built that will work for people and the entire planet.center_img What exactly does that mean? There are currently about 200.000 hotels in the world that provide 18 million beds, and another 2,4 million rooms are planned. They themselves represent 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions and thus increasing the sustainability of this part of the global tourism sector can make a significant contribution to sustainable development goals related to climate. One of the main focuses will be working with private sector partners to promote green finance and share experiences in financing sustainable buildings. Sustainable tourism should no longer be considered a special nicheUNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili Planet? As big as it sounds, it concerns all of us. Namely, the UNWTO has started cooperation with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to encourage the recovery of tourism from the current crisis, while promoting green financing to improve sustainability throughout the tourism value chain. Finally, we will conclude with the words of the UNWTO Secretary-General: “Sustainable tourism should no longer be considered a special niche. Instead, this break in global travel offers us a chance to rethink tourism and make the entire sector more sustainable as we grow forward and stronger. This new initiative with IFC will provide valuable guidance on sustainable investment in tourism that increases tourism’s contribution to sustainable development goals.”last_img read more

Hungary’s Orban gets sweeping new powers in virus fight

first_img“At the end of the emergency, all powers will be fully restored” to parliament, said Orban after the vote, dismissing opposition fears of a long-running period of rule-by-decree.The vote marked another controversial milestone in Orban’s fractious decade in power. Since the self-styled “illiberal” nationalist won power in 2010, he has transformed Hungary’s political, judicial and constitutional landscape.The 56-year-old has frequently clashed with European institutions, NGOs and rights groups, with Brussels suing Hungary for “breaching” EU values — charges fiercely denied by Budapest.The EU’s Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said Monday the European Commission “evaluates the emergency measures taken by Member States with regard to fundamental rights”.This was “particularly the case for the law passed today”, he added.Among the international bodies expressing concern over the bill before it became law were the UN human rights office, the Council of Europe, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.Orban has given short shrift to criticism of the coronavirus law, accusing critics of alarmism and telling “European nitpickers” to let Hungary defend itself against COVID-19. ‘Imaginary demons’Justice Minister Judit Varga told foreign reporters last week that the constitutional court could provide oversight, while parliament could revoke the decrees at any time. The opposition were “fighting imaginary demons and not dealing with reality,” she said.A government spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs said Monday that the decrees were also time-limited by the pandemic itself, which “hopefully ends one day”. Last week, opposition MPs warned they did not trust Orban not to abuse indefinitely granted special powers. They refused to support fast-tracking the bill without time deadlines. Many cited a so-called “state of crisis caused by mass migration” that Orban’s ruling Fidesz party declared in 2016 and which remains in place, despite migration numbers to Hungary having fallen sharply since then.  Hungary’s parliament endorsed a bill on Monday giving nationalist premier Viktor Orban the sweeping new powers he says he needs to fight the new coronavirus pandemic.Critics at home and abroad have condemned the “anti-coronavirus defense law”, saying it gives Orban unnecessary and unlimited power and is a means of cementing his position rather than battling the virus.After declaring a state of emergency on March 11, the new law gives Orban the power to indefinitely rule by decree until the government decides the emergency is over. ‘Principles of democracy’Akos Hadhazy, an independent MP, told AFP that Orban did not need any “extraordinary empowerment” as his party already controlled parliament. Instead, he said, the ruling party had set a “trap for the opposition”. Pro-government media had accused the opposition of encouraging the virus by rejecting the bill.”Beyond further increasing his power, Orban’s goal was to present a bill that cannot be supported by opposition MPs, so that they can be blamed throughout the emergency for not supporting the government in times of crisis,” said Andras Biro-Nagy, an analyst at the Budapest-based Policy Solutions think-tank.”National unity is not Orban’s way of doing politics,” he told AFP.The fiercely anti-immigration Orban has blamed migration for bringing the virus to Hungary, saying “primarily foreigners brought in the disease”.The first two confirmed coronavirus cases in the EU member state of 10 million were Iranian students.Hungary has since reported a total of 447 cases with 15 deaths. More than 13,300 tests have been carried out, the government said Monday.”The press and non-governmental organizations now have a particularly important role to play in controlling the government,” said a statement after the vote by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee refugee rights group. center_img It removes the current requirement for MPs to approve any extensions to decrees. Elections cannot be held either during the emergency period.It also introduces jail terms of up to five years for anyone spreading “falsehoods” about the virus or the measures against it, stoking worries for press freedom.The measures come into effect as of midnight on Monday.The parliament, where Orban’s Fidesz party enjoys a dominant two-thirds majority, passed the bill by 137 votes to 53. Topics :last_img read more

Gary Neville reveals Man Utd would always try to ‘wind up’ Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pires

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Apr 2020 11:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link452Shares Gary Neville reveals Man Utd would always try to ‘wind up’ Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pirescenter_img Gary Neville says Manchester United would try to ‘wind up’ two Arsenal legends (Picture: Sky Sports)Gary Neville has revealed Manchester United would always try to ‘wind up’ Thierry Henry and Robert Pires when they faced Arsenal in the Premier League.Henry and Pires were key members of the Arsenal squads that won domestic titles in 2001-02 and 2003-04 and went unbeaten throughout that latter campaign.Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United developed a fierce rivalry in that period and Neville says his team would turn to the dark arts in order to gain an advantage.‘I would try and wind up other players if I could and get an influence over them,’ the former Red Devils captain told Sky Sports.ADVERTISEMENT“You’d have to man-mark him with a security guard on a night out!” 😂@GNev2 and Graeme Souness remember the most ‘difficult’ players to captain from their playing days with #MUFC and #LFC…👀Watch the #SkyFootballShow live on Sky Sports PL now!— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 15, 2020‘When you’re playing against Robert Pires and Thierry Henry for Arsenal, we would try and wind them up and do things that would influence them.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We would try to take their minds of the game and niggle at them.’Neville added: ‘I don’t think I could get wound up too much but I got played once.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I got sent off in a Manchester derby for putting my head towards Steve McManaman.‘But when you look at the replays there was was a Liverpool thing going on because it was McManaman, [Joey] Barton and [Robbie] Fowler all going at me.‘I definitely got played that game but it was a bit of a one-off I think.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Declan Rice defends Manchester United star Paul Pogba with classy messageMORE: Wan-Bissaka explains why Rashford is his ‘toughest opponent’ in Man United training Advertisementlast_img read more

Major German statutory health insurer to set up Pensionsfonds

first_imgTechniker Krankenkasse (TK), Germany’s largest statutory health insurer, plans to set up its own external pension fund to be able to take advantage of greater investment freedom.It wants the pension fund to be ready by the beginning of 2020 at the latest, and is currently seeking external consultancy help with the project.TK has around 13,000 employees and 2,200 pensioners, and around 900 former employees with vested benefits. It currently pays pension benefits directly from its balance sheet when they fall due – the ‘Direktzusage’ route to financing pensions – but wants to transfer legacy liabilities from closed schemes to a standalone Pensionsfonds vehicle. It has already ringfenced assets to back up its pension promises via a contractual trust arrangement, ready to be transferred to the new fund. Thomas Thierhoff, Techniker KrankenkasseThomas Thierhoff, head of finance and controlling at TK, told IPE that the main motivation for wanting to transfer pension entitlements to a Pensionsfonds was to be able to invest more broadly.“As an insurer, TK’s investments are subject to rules that are very restrictive,” said Thierhoff. For example, under German law the company can only invest in equities up to a cap of 10%.“With the investment rules for Pensionsfonds we have more possibilities,” he said. Pensionsfonds are allowed to hold more equity and invest in a broader range of countries.Thierhoff said it was much too early to comment about asset allocation, but TK had run calculations based on a few scenarios that showed that higher returns would be possible.In deciding to set up a Pensionsfonds, TK was also partly influenced by the prospect of being able to pay lower contributions to the Pensionssicherungsverein (PSV), Germany’s insolvency pension protection scheme. Operating a Pensionsfonds entitles paying employers to a reduced contribution rate.TK could have opted for an external Pensionsfonds, such as the vehicles set up by consultancies Mercer and Willis Towers Watson, but for several reasons decided to set up its own funding platform.Thierhoff said it found there would be cost advantages in doing so, and the company would also have more influence on investments. TK also wanted to continue to handle pension administration itself.center_img Thierhoff declined to give a figure for the amount of pension liabilities that would be allocated to the Pensionsfonds as this had not yet been determined.TK will not be transferring all its pension liabilities. ‘Past service’ liabilities accrued under a contribution-oriented defined benefit pension plan (beitragsorientierte Leistungszusage) will not be outsourced. Thierhoff said TK had only relatively recently agreed a new pension plan – in 2011 – and as such it was not currently entertaining any ideas about the industry-wide collective defined contribution plans that have been made possible under Germany’s occupational pension reform law. The Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz came into effect last month. With around 10m insured individuals and 800,000 company clients, TK is the largest statutory health insurance provider in Germany.last_img read more

Chch residents expect sex workers to return

first_imgRadio NZ News 27 November 2017Family First Comment: “Residents were already gathering pictures of condoms and needles in their gardens, video of sex workers shouting as well as pictures of business transactions taking place in front of their homes.”Poor families – having to put up with a flawed law and pathetic support from police and council.Some Christchurch residents are dreading the summer as they expect street based sex workers to return to their neighbourhood.Residents in St Albans, a suburb just north of the central city, said, for the last six years, they had been abused, they had seen sex workers engaged sex acts in their backyards and they frequently saw condoms and needles littered across the driveways.Christchurch City Council had been grappling with how to deal with it, although last month it threw out a potential bylaw which would limit where sex workers could work, proposed by the residents and their lawyers.The council believed enforcement would not be practical – instead they opted for a community-led working group, backed by the police and the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective.But one resident, Matt Bonis, said he was sceptical it would change anything in the long run.The next stepChristchurch City Council voted for a community working group last month, partly due to the impracticalities it saw with the legal-framework and enforcement of a bylaw.But none of the sex workers RNZ spoke with said they had been spoken to by council staff, before it decided a community-based working group was the right approach.RNZ put this to the council, who confirmed no staff had been deployed to Manchester Street to consult with the sex workers directly prior to the council vote.The council’s head of strategic policy, Helen Beaumont, said there was no need to, as the focus was on the legal viability of a bylaw.“No, we didn’t speak to the sex workers, we used the Prostitutes’ Collective as their sort of union,” she said. “They have a very good understanding of the situation for the sex workers on the street, so they were able to provide that perspective to us.”Ms Beaumont said representatives from the working group would be sent out to Manchester Street in the coming weeks.READ MORE: read more

Forty-five individuals to graduate from tour/trail guiding programme

first_img Tweet EducationLocalNewsTertiary Forty-five individuals to graduate from tour/trail guiding programme by: – July 27, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 21 Views   no discussions Logo of the Waitukubuli Nationa Trail. Photo credit: searchdominica.com45 individuals from across the island will this afternoon graduate from a training programme in tour/trail guiding.The program whic was organised by the Waitikubuli National Trail Project Management Unit as it continues its capacity building training programme in various fields to provide products and services that support operation of the Waitukubuli National Trail beyond the project life.The training is expected to ensure that a cadre of trail guides are available within rural communities along the trail.The Waitikubuli National Trail Project Management Unit has collaborated with the Dominica state college to execute a series of training programmes.A closing ceremony for the basic level program will take place on from 4:30 pm at Public Service Union.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more