Saint Mary’s club celebrates Hispanic Heritage month

first_imgLa Fuerza, the Latina cultural club at Saint Mary’s, began its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a kick-off event Thursday. It will continue to observe the month over the next several weeks with a series of events, closing Hispanic Heritage month with a celebration of Hispanic culture, the organization’s president Roxana Martinez said. “This month we are hoping to have our first celebration dinner, just kind of celebrating Hispanic Heritage month,” Martinez said. Although they are still in the process of finalizing plans, Martinez hopes to have Sam Centellas, executive director of La Casa De Amistad, speak at the dinner. “We think that would be a great connection and bridge towards the community and vice versa,” Martinez said.Centellas advocates on behalf of the Hispanic community in South Bend, Martinez said. Courtesy of Genesis Vasquez Students participate in the guacamole making contest at an event, hosted by Saint Mary’s Latina culture club, La Fuerza, marking the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Tyler Davis, standing to the far-right, won the contest.“Especially right now in such difficult times, he is doing a lot of promotion for the Latina community and advocating for the DACA students,” Martinez said. “He is a member of our community that I think really embodies celebrating Hispanic culture and celebrating who you are as a Hispanic person in the United States.” In previous years, La Fuerza has put on several Hispanic Heritage Month events. However, Martinez said this year they put all of their energy into the Kick-Off and celebration dinner.“Last year we tried to do a lot, and our quality was not as great,” Martinez said. “So then this year, we are definitely focusing on quality over quantity. In the past we have done a few more events for Hispanic Heritage month, but this year we are focusing on doing a quality or better event.”Martinez said this dinner is important to the club because it allows them to recognize their individual cultures and diversity. “It’s just important to celebrate every culture that the United States embodies,” Martinez said. “Because, the United States was at one point a melting pot … And I feel like now a lot of the cultures are not as identifiable. And I feel like it’s time that we start celebrating our histories, our ancestors, our cultures because that’s what makes us who we are.” Martinez said that she believes that the political climate — and specifically the debate surrounding DACA — makes Hispanic Heritage month even more important. “In a way for me, it just makes me even more proud of who I am and where I come from and who my parents are,” Martinez said. “You see the DACA students, they are struggling firsthand what my parents did, what other people’s grandparents did … I think Hispanic Heritage Month for them is a unifying feeling.”Hispanic Heritage Month also allows students to come together and see there are many others that share their cultural background, Martinez said.“You definitely appreciate Hispanic Heritage month because you realize it’s not ‘you’ anymore, it’s a lot of ‘you’s,’” Martinez said.Martinez hopes that bringing Hispanic Heritage Month will allow students to gain a better appreciation of the Hispanic community. “There’s so much more, even as a Latina person that I can learn, and I feel that definitely showcasing that to the students here and the community at Saint Mary’s is a way for them to appreciate it,” Martinez said. “Appreciating it and learning what makes us unique and what makes us different is a way of loving each other, and I feel like that’s something that our school definitely embodies.”Tags: Hispanic Heritage Month, La Casa de Amistad, La Fuerzalast_img read more

Siemens to stop selling turbines for new coal-fired power plant projects

first_imgSiemens to stop selling turbines for new coal-fired power plant projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Siemens Energy, which builds steam turbines for power plants, will no longer take on new business to supply coal-fired powered stations, it said on Tuesday, making it the latest firm to scale back fossil fuel-related operations.Selling turbines to coal-fired power plants accounts for a low single-digit percentage of the company’s sales, or roughly 820 million euros ($970 million) based on 2020 figures. It has said the business is profitable.Siemens Energy will still meet existing commitments, including placed bids, and honour service contracts for combined heat and power stations.Siemens Energy, which owns 67% of wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa, makes about 30% of its sales by catering to fossil-fuel power stations, mostly gas, where it competes with General Electric and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.Fourth-quarter earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA) before special items fell 87% to 70 million euros ($83 million) due to impairments and restructuring costs.[Christopher Steitz]More: Siemens Energy drops most coal business following spin-offlast_img read more

CUNA raises legal, compliance issues with URLA change

first_imgCUNA joined with several other trade organizations this week to raise compliance and legal concerns with the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) potential change to the new Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA). The change would add a question asking borrowers to indicate their language preference.“While we support a range of efforts to ensure that borrowers are well informed during the mortgage process, the inclusion of such a question on the redesigned form raises several serious compliance and legal concerns that strongly weigh against including it on the form or, at the very least, warrant a full vetting through a notice and comment process before its inclusion,” the letter reads.Specifically, CUNA and the other organizations believe a language question on the URLA would:Require lenders to ask borrowers sensitive questions before the interactions and implications of other rules are understood and addressed;Create expectations among consumers that can’t be met, as consumers will reasonably expect they will receive communications in the listed language;Provide an inferior means of obtaining and analyzing data; 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Cro cards, tourist land, new strategy, lower VAT…

first_imgAs we know, the strategy for the development of our tourism expires in the second year, more precisely until 2020, and a new one will be drafted soon. What is important is the new strategy of our tourism will be done for a period of 7 years, not 10 years. A new tourism strategy As part of the draft law on value added tax, which is currently under public debate, it has been proposed to reduce the VAT rate for the preparation and serving of food in restaurants to 13 percent. Not all the details are known yet, nor what exactly the proposed reduction of VAT to 13 percent for food in catering will refer to, but certainly how the lower VAT in catering will open a new one. Also, the new Aliens Act will come into force next year. The new law will allow the import of foreign labor without any quotas. Currently, out of 18.800 quotas for labor imports, practically everything is fulfilled, more precisely about 17.500 quotas. However, it is pointed out that special attention will be paid to maximally activating the domestic workforce, although it is not yet known how to implement it. Finally, we received a cancer of the wound of our tourism, which certainly hampered investments in our tourism – of course it is a question of tourist land, ie the Law on Unrated Construction Land. It is about 10 million square meters that have hampered investment in tourism for 20 years. During the four days, there were a lot of events, and so a lot of statements that could be drawn from the leading people in tourism. But let’s go in order. Tourism development study of all five Slavonian counties Thus, the Cro card project has been announced once again, which should start on January 01, 2020, but although I still do not know exactly how the technical project will be implemented, it is known that employers will have the opportunity to give their workers tax-free HRK 2.500. for the consumption of tourist facilities with the aim of encouraging domestic tourists to travel exclusively in Croatia and outside the main tourist season. According to statements from the Tourist Forum in Osijek, the bill is coming to the Government in two weeks, and the entire procedure is expected to be completed by January 01, 2020, when the law should enter into force. Lower VAT in catering Aliens Act – simplified labor imports  Although the synergy, ie the definition of one brand Slavonia, and not as before that five (5 Slavonian counties) should have been made before DHT.a and UHPA Day in Slavonia, as well as one tourist platform, to use the focus of the media and the profession this year in Slavonia, soon that document should see its light of day. The development strategy for five Slavonian counties is being worked on for the period from 2019 to 2025. Cro cards Family farms will finally get a little wind in their backs Minister Capelli also announced that the sojourn tax for guests of family farms will be lower. When and how much Tourist land Lots of stories, guesses, information on the dropper, trial PR balloons, etc.… but we will soon see the content. In any case, various new changes have been introduced since the second year. The days of Croatian tourism, which were held in Slavonia for the first time, are over, and the impressions are still adding up. What is certain is that the reactions are extremely positive, and Slavonia not only met expectations, in fact, the reaction was high above expectations and everyone was impressed by what they saw and experienced. According to official information, there were over 1.500 applications to DHT in Slavonia, the most so far. Photo: Visit Slavonia Baranjalast_img read more

Let’s repeal outdated, useless Law of Gravity

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThere is something that Get’s repeal outdated, useless Law of Gravity v. Cuomo and the state Legislature can do right now that not only will save money, but might save countless lives and relieve undue suffering. That action is to simply repeal the Law of Gravity. That law has been around since the 1600’s, and its biggest proponent was Sir Isaac Newton. However, this is the 21st century, and that law is now sadly outdated and has outlived its usefulness.The benefits to all New Yorkers are endless — senior citizens would no longer have to worry about slipping and falling, either inside their home or traveling to/from their home. We could eliminate costly school bus programs because kids would only need to get a running start. An added benefit would be the extra exercise that the kids would receive. And it just might help to wean them off of their cell phones. (One can only hope.)Unfortunately, falls from locations such as ski areas, mountains and tall skyscrapers would be unaffected due to the federal version of the law that has built-in mandates that can’t be changed. However, there are so many good things that would occur if only this law was repealed. Now is the time to act. I urge everyone to contact their local legislators to make this a reality.Ken TrumanAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Facebook seals biggest deal since WhatsApp with India’s Ambani

first_imgTopics : Jio Platforms, a wholly owned unit of Reliance Industries, brings together Jio’s digital apps, ecosystems and the wireless platform offered by telecommunications carrier, Reliance Jio Infocomm, under one umbrella, according to the Mumbai-based company. The deal values Jio Platforms at a pre-money enterprise value of about $66 billion, the Indian company said.The partnership with Jio would allow Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to step up his expansion in a country that is rapidly embracing online payment and e-commerce as more people get smartphones. Jio Infocomm burst onto the Indian wireless market about four years ago, quickly moving into a position of dominance by offering free plans and undercutting rivals. Working with Facebook would be a boost to the ambitions of Ambani, until recently the richest man in Asia, who has been remaking his energy conglomerate as India’s first titan of e-commerce.Unusual BetIt is an unusual bet for Facebook, which typically buys into media and online properties. It underscores the potential it sees in India, which unlike China is an open market with an exploding smartphone population. Facebook may benefit from a well-connected ally in the country, where its Whatsapp is trying to launch a payments service but has run afoul of regulators over fake news and privacy concerns. Facebook will invest $5.7 billion in the digital assets controlled by India’s richest man, the US social-networking giant’s biggest deal since the 2014 purchase of WhatsApp as it seeks a broader foothold in its biggest global market.The US company will buy about 10 percent of Jio Platforms, becoming the largest minority shareholder, Reliance Industries said in a statement Wednesday. Separately, Facebook said the deal would bring together JioMart, an ecommerce venture of Mukesh Ambani and its WhatsApp platform to enable people to connect with businesses.Shares of Reliance Industries jumped as much as 12 percent on Wednesday in Mumbai, compared with the 2.3 percent gain for the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex index.center_img “India is a special place for us,” Zuckerberg said in a video posted on Facebook. “We’re also committing to work together on some critical projects that we think are going to open up a lot of opportunities for commerce in India.”Zuckerberg has long aimed to roll out a digital currency as well as tools that let users make payments and buy and sell products over the social network’s messaging services in India.Alluring MarketWith its half-billion internet users, the South Asian country is an alluring market for the world’s largest technology companies, including Amazon.com, Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet’s Google. In India, Facebook has about 250 million users, while WhatsApp has over 400 million.While India will be a testing ground for WhatsApp payment services — currently in pilot — Zuckerberg is also separately looking at the market for his crypto-currency project called Libra. Zuckerberg has said that payments and commerce are a priority, representing a major business opportunity for the company moving forward.For Ambani, 63, the deal with the technology giant comes as a boost at a time when his group is battling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and a slump in demand for crude oil. He has also been seeking to reassure investors that he will honor a pledge to reduce the group’s net debt to zero.Wallet Share“The collaboration with Facebook will give Jio a significant advantage on product and technological fronts to keep competitiors miles away and grab a larger wallet share of consumers across domains — telecom, payments, retail,” Himanshu Shah, an analyst at Dolat Capital Market wrote in a research note.The Indian company spent almost $50 billion — mostly borrowings — to build Jio Infocomm, the mobile carrier, leading to a net debt of more than $20 billion as of March 2019. In August, he told shareholders that he planned to sell a stake in Reliance Industries’ oil-and-chemicals division to Saudi Arabian Oil as part of a road map to cut net debt to zero by March 2021.With the Aramco negotiations dragging on for months, the global health crisis and the crash in oil prices have also raised doubts if that deal will be signed. As a result, shares of the Mumbai-based conglomerate plunged as much as 45 percent from their Dec. 19 record, before rebounding from their March 23 low.After building a wireless carrier and a retail business, Ambani has said he plans to rope in “leading global partners” before initial public offerings as he readies an e-commerce business, called JioMart, which would rival Amazon and Walmart in the South Asian country.In a statement delivered by video, Ambani said the tie-up with WhatsApp will help almost 30 million Indian mom-and-pop store owners to take digital payments from customers in their neighborhoods.“This means all of you can order and get faster delivery of day-to-day items from nearby local shops,” he said.Simultaneously, Jio Platforms, Reliance Retail Ltd. and WhatsApp have also tied up to help accelerate the retail unit’s e-commerce push on the JioMart platform, Reliance Industries said in the statement.The new businesses are likely to account for 50 percent of Reliance Industries’s earnings in a few years, versus a little more than 32% now, Ambani told shareholders in August.No Super AppReliance Industries and Facebook denied an Indian media report last week that they are considering creating an app similar to WeChat, the Chinese mobile messaging and payment service run by Tencent Holdings.“The intent is not to build another app, the intent is really for the two companies to collaborate,” said Ajit Mohan, vice president and managing director for India at Facebook.Now that the deal has been formally announced, the companies will start working with Indian regulators to seek approval, said Anshuman Thakur, Jio’s head of strategy.Facebook has not been consistently welcomed by Indian regulators in the past. It ran into opposition while trying to launch a payments feature inside WhatsApp in 2019, and has also faced pushback around content regulation on the app, which is encrypted. Facebook tried — and failed — to bring a service to India in 2015 called Free Basics, which would have made some internet services, including the social network, free to use on mobile devices. Critics said the app violated the concept of net neutrality by prioritizing some services over others.“Given the intent of this collaboration and the nature of this partnership, we expect people to be welcoming,” Thakur said.last_img read more

Arsenal vs Tottenham kick off, tv channel, odds and match history

first_imgGranit Xhaka has been a key part of the Arsenal team so far this season (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)What are the odds for Arsenal vs Tottenham?AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal – 6/4Draw – 13/5Tottenham – 17/10Odds courtesy of William Hill.Arsenal vs Tottenham team newsKonstantinos Mavropanos is still injured with a groin injury, while Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin also remain out of action.Tottenham could see Dele Alli return to the team this weekend and fans could see him included on the bench.Ryan Sessgnon, Juan Foyth and Tanguy Ndombele all remain sidelined with injuries.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 CityArsenal vs Tottenham match history02 Mar 2019 – Premier LeagueTottenham 1-1 Arsenal19 Dec 2018 – Carabao CupArsenal 0-2 Tottenham02 Dec 2018 – Premier LeagueArsenal 4-2 Tottenham10 Feb 2018 – Premier LeagueTottenham 1-0 Arsenal18 Nov 2017 – Premier LeagueArsenal 2-0 TottenhamMORE: Emmanuel Petit urges Unai Emery to settle on Arsenal’s strongest starting elevenMORE: Bruno Fernandes reveals transfer to Tottenham collapsed during summer Advertisement Mauricio Pochettino’s side has made a slow start to the new season (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal have made a solid start to their season after winning two of their first three games, but Unai Emery’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool last weekend.Tottenham have struggled so far after drawing 2-2 with Manchester City and then losing 1-0 at home against Newcastle.Both sides will be feeling the pressure to get a result in today’s fixture at Emirates Stadium.They last met in March, which ended in a 1-1 draw after goals from Harry Kane and Aaron Ramsey.ADVERTISEMENTWhen is Arsenal vs Tottenham and how to watch?Arsenal vs Tottenham will kick-off at 16.30 on Sunday 1 September.Live coverage of the match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 16.00. Arsenal vs Tottenham kick off, tv channel, odds and match history Comment Daniel MackrellSunday 1 Sep 2019 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img read more

Zinedine Zidane informs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Real Madrid’s summer transfer plans

first_imgZinedine Zidane informs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Real Madrid’s summer transfer plans Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Mar 2020 11:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Comment Advertisement Aubameyang has been linked with a summer exit (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are thought to be considering cashing in for £50million and know if they don’t sell him this summer, they risk losing him for free next year.Zidane would consider signing him if a deal for Haaland – who only joined Dortmund in January – or Mane, who Liverpool would be reluctant to sell, was unattainable and Aubameyand may prove to be an easier transfer to get over the line.Should Arsenal sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Aubameyang is on Zidane’s radar (Picture: Soccrates/Getty)Zinedine Zidane has told Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that he is a transfer target for Real Madrid this summer, but the Gabon international is reportedly not the Spanish giants’ priority. Zidane is in the market to sign a replacement for Luka Jovic, who has disappointed in his first season in Madrid, scoring just two goals. Jovic has emerged as a summer target for Arsenal and Chelsea, with Mikel Arteta keen on the Serbia forward, and Aubameyang could end up going in the opposite direction. However, Aubameyang – who is out of contract at the end of next season – is not Zidane’s top transfer target, according to the Express.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveThe Real Madrid manager would prefer to add Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland to his squad, while Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is considered to be more of a priority than Aubameyang.Aubameyang’s contract situation has seen him attract attention from Barcelona and Manchester United as well, and his impressive 20-goal return in all competitions this season makes him an attractive proposition. Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Nine More Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19, Counties Now Total 19

first_imgGovernor Wolf and Health Secretary Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Nine More Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19, Counties Now Total 19 March 27, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health Nine new counties include Berks, Butler, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and YorkGovernor Wolf’s Amended OrderSecretary of Health’s Amended OrderStay at Home GuidanceAs the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include nine additional counties – Berks, Butler, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and York – bringing the state total to 19 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8:00 PM Friday, March 27, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.The order now includes these 19 counties: Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from homeGetting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residencesEngaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancingTo perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining businessTo care for a family member or pet in another householdAny travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activitiesTravel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable personsTravel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related servicesTravel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdictionTravel required by law enforcement or court orderTravel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealthAnyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.The following operations are exempt:Life-sustaining business activitiesHealth care or medical services providersAccess to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banksAccess to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure OrdersNews mediaLaw enforcementThe federal governmentReligious institutionsIndividuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.Read Governor Wolf’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Governor Wolf’s amended order here or view on Scribd.Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s amended order here or view on Scribd.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.View this information in Spanish here.last_img read more