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Judicial Council announces two tickets for student body president, vice president

first_imgThe Judicial Council announced two tickets for the upcoming elections for the offices of student body president and vice president.Juniors Becca Blais and Sibonay Shewit along with juniors Rohit Fonseca and Daniela Narimatsu Felippe both received the requisite 700 signatures to be eligible for the electoral process.A debate is scheduled for Feb. 6, and the candidates have also been invited to a forum with the student group We Stand For on Feb. 2. The election will take place Feb. 8.If neither ticket receives a majority of the vote, a run-off will take place between the two. Should that be the case, a second debate is set for Feb. 12, and the final election will take place Feb. 14., according to the Judicial Council’s website. The winning ticket will take office for the 2017-2018 term April 1, succeeding current student body president Corey Robinson and Blais, who is also the current student body vice president.The Blais-Shewit ticket emphasizes “innovation, transparency and consistent outreach” according to official campaign materials. Blais and Shewit include offering better follow-up resources and support for victims of sexual assault, hiring a Diversity and Inclusion officer to oversee student training and pushing the University to offer free STD testing in St. Liam’s.The Fonesca-Narimatsu campaign is focused on “serving the community and guiding with a purpose,” according to their platform.Fonesca and Narimatsu include moderated roundtable debates amongst groups of students, publishing a quarterly report on reported sexual assaults, Monday morning prayers with the student body president and broadening the Grab and Go options.Tags: elections, president, Student government, Vice Presidentlast_img read more

The inner world of depression

first_img April 15, 2002 Regular News The inner world of depression The inner world of depression Garth W. Amundson and Heidi D. SchwartzDepression is the single most common emotional problem with which people struggle. Its symptoms include feelings of listlessness or sadness, sleep and appetite disturbances, and a lack of joy in life.Underlying these symptoms are often pervasive and profoundly painful feelings of worthlessness. The depressed person often feels burdened, at times even tormented, by thoughts of his or her real or perceived failures.For some people, feelings of worthlessness are so intense and/or unremitting that they lose hope in their ability to manage their lives. They may resort to abuse of drugs and alcohol to numb their emotions. However, these attempts at self-medication ultimately fuel feelings of helplessness, and render the individual progressively less able to meet the demands of daily life. As the individual becomes less able to manage his or her daily affairs due to substance abuse, feelings of failure and following this, self-blame increase further.Other people attempt to soothe feelings of self-recrimination by withdrawing from contact with others. Attempts at isolating from others are sometimes driven by the belief that truly responsible and “strong” people should be able to manage these feelings on their own. Isolation may also follow from shame, rooted in the individual’s belief that he or she is a burden on others. However, withdrawal may ultimately leave the individual feeling more helpless and desperate than ever. This is because the individual who isolates him or herself socially is eventually left without the interpersonal support needed to solve concrete problems of living. Causes of Depression There are various causes of depression. For example, there is research now underway that will hopefully clarify the extent to which biochemical or genetic factors play a role in the genesis of this disorder. This research may pave the way for promising new medical treatments. From a psychological perspective, we know that adults who, as children, were placed in a caretaker role in their family of origin are more prone to depression because they were usually only rewarded for taking care of others. As adults, these individuals find it hard or, in some cases, impossible to identify effective ways to take care of themselves. They may even feel that they have no right to have their own, separate wishes or needs, and may feel profoundly guilty or ashamed for asserting themselves in ways that most other people deem appropriate. Help Through Psychotherapy How does psychotherapy help the depressed person? The answer comes in two parts. First, therapists who are successful in treating depression are aware of, and sensitive to, the depressed person’s anticipation of rejection for sharing feelings, since expressing emotional needs is a form of self-care running counter to the messages they received in childhood (i.e., to be “strong,” to keep personal and family affairs private, etc.).Second, putting feelings into words can be the prelude to beginning to understand some of the historical roots of current dilemmas.Talking with a therapist is different from talking with a friend or family member. First, the therapist brings experience to bear on understanding how to help someone struggling with depression. Second, unlike friends or family, the therapist is more likely to be optimally objective about the client’s difficulties. Related to this is the fact that the client benefits from the private, protected nature of his or her relationship to the therapist, by the knowledge that the therapist does not feel influenced by the opinions of friends and family. Garth W. Amundson, PsyD., is a licensed clinical psychologist. Heidi D. Schwartz, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Both practice in Chicago, telephone (708) 930-1833. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s website is at . The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s website or by going directly to read more

Three Central Florida legal aid programs reorganize operations

first_imgThree Central Florida legal aid programs reorganize operations February 15, 2004 Regular News Three Central Florida legal aid programs reorganize operationscenter_img Greater Orlando Area Legal Services and two other legal services programs in Ocala and Daytona Beach recently merged into two new organizations — Legal Services of Mid-Florida and Legal Advocacy Center of Central Florida.Both will service the combined area of Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties.“We are excited about the potential of this program merger,” said Karen Sarjeant, GOALS director.“CLSMF will be the program that receives the federal funding from the Legal Services Corporation. LACCF will receive other funds, but not LSC funds.”The significance is that clients in this 12-county service area will now have a full range of legal services available to them, not just the LSC services that are restricted by Congress as to the type and scope of services that can be provided, Sarjeant said.The leadership of the two new programs will be: Bill Abbuehl, executive director of CLSMF, who can be reached at (321) 255-6573, and Glenn Schuman, executive director of LACCF, who can be reached at (352) 629-0105.last_img read more

A volunteer-focused leader

first_img continue reading » When Bruce Foulke took over as CEO of American Heritage Federal Credit Union in Philadelphia 38 years ago, the credit union had one office and $4 million in assets.Today, it boasts 33 offices and $2 billion in assets.Foulke also founded one of the first credit union charitable foundations, Kids-N-Hope, which has been instrumental in developing a music therapy program for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Since its inception, Kids-N-Hope has raised $1.5 million.“I’m still an old-fashioned guy. Ironically, neither of my parents graduated from high school, and my dad always said, ‘believe in God, believe in your country, and believe in your family.’ I’ve always stuck to those principles.” he tells the CUNA News Podcast. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Wondering which activities are riskiest during the pandemic? Experts weigh in

first_imgNext, it moves on to ‘low/medium’ risk activities, which are playing socially distanced sports like tennis, grocery shopping or going to a retail store. As the index approaches the red zone, it defines activities like exercising at a gym, dining indoors, working in an office and getting your hair cut all as ‘medium/high’ risk. The index starts with ‘low’ risk, or what would be the safest activities defined by these medical experts, like staying at home, walking your pet, running or biking, or picking up takeout. (WBNG) — Throughout this pandemic, government and medical professionals have weighed in on the best ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus. The ‘medium’ risk category involves more interaction, like going to a hospital or doctor, outdoor dining and ride sharing.center_img The covid-19 risk index is based on four key factors: enclosed space, duration of interaction, crowds, and forceful exhalation. A group of experts have now created a covid-19 risk index to help visualize what activities are safe and which ones are high risk for coronavirus. It was created by Doctor Saskia Popescu, Doctor James Phillips and Doctor Ezekiel Emmanuel. At the end of the spectrum are what the experts would define as ‘high’ risk, or the most likely places you could be infected. It includes flying on an airplane, public transportation, bars, movie theatres and religious services.last_img read more

On the right track?

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New Indonesian envoy to US vows to secure GSP extension, trade deal

first_imgHe vowed to ensure that Indonesia would continue to enjoy its trade perks under Washington’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which provides designated countries with a competitive advantage over other nations.“I will push for and ensure that the GSP agreement will be extended,” Lutfi said after the swearing-in ceremony, according to a press statement.Since 2011, Indonesia has been one of 120 countries that have benefited from the US’ GSP program, the country’s oldest and largest trade preference program. It aims to promote economic development in beneficiary countries and territories by eliminating duties on thousands of products.Indonesia ranks third among countries that have benefited most from the program, with almost 15 percent of the country’s products exported to the US covered under the program. Indonesia’s newly appointed envoy to the United States, Muhammad Lutfi, has vowed to double down on the government’s economic diplomacy push to ensure the country retains its trade perks and commences negotiations of a limited trade deal with Washington.Lutfi, an economist by training, is set to fill the position at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington that has been left vacant for almost a year after the government recalled its last ambassador to spearhead President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s economy-heavy foreign policy priorities from Jakarta.As a former trade minister, he was the most prominent name among the 20 ambassadors-designate sworn in at Merdeka Palace on Monday. However, the US Trade Representative (USTR) is currently reviewing Indonesia’s eligibility for the program after it excluded Indonesia from its developing and least-developed countries list in February.While the government has insisted that the country’s upward mobility does not affect US’ preferential treatment, GSP beneficiary status is based on 15 criteria defined in a different statute, including reserving eligibility to middle-income and low-income countries as defined by the World Bank.In 2018, US President Donald Trump said his administration would review the GSP benefits provided to several developing countries, including Indonesia, with which the US has trade deficits.Jakarta has since tried to lobby the US in the hopes of retaining its trade privileges. India and Thailand both saw a loss of trade privileges with the US in October last year.In addition to securing the GSP benefits, the former head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) said he would also commence negotiations on a limited trade deal with Washington.“We will begin talks to negotiate a limited trade deal to exempt [export] products to the US that have duties below 5 percent without having to go through Congress. We will start the talks immediately because that is a priority issue,” Lutfi said.Lutfi, who previously served as Indonesia’s ambassador to Japan, said he would also make sure US businesses knew about the country’s improving investment climate.He said economic diplomacy with the US would be strengthened going forward, and that to sell its products, Indonesia must be willing to buy US products as well. “I want to ensure that US products can compete in the Indonesian market,” he said.Since Trump came to power, Indonesia has tread carefully as the mercurial US leader proceeded to upend his predecessor’s policies and ushered in what many observers have described as a more transactional approach to US diplomacy.With the US election looming, making the most of Indonesia’s relationship with the US has become an increasingly urgent matter for Jokowi, who has sought to attract investments from firms seeking to relocate their factories out of China.In addition to Lutfi, Jokowi also appointed on Monday several political figures without backgrounds in diplomacy to represent the country overseas, such as former Metro TV editor-in-chief Suryopratomo, who was appointed ambassador-designate to Singapore and Hildi Hamid, a former regent of North Kayong in West Kalimantan, who was appointed as the envoy to Azerbaijan.He also named Golkar Party politician Roem Kono as the ambassador-designate to Bosnia Herzegovina, Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) politician Mohamad Irzan Djohan as the envoy to Oman and Yemen, and Crescent Star Party (PBB) deputy chairman Sukmo Harsono as the envoy to Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.Topics :last_img read more

Greater Manchester appoints managers to £600m equity framework

first_imgThe fund said it would not place an upper limit on the lifetime of any mandate, adding that any award would be in place for at least three years, with a review of fees at the end of each three-year period.It is unknown which of the three managers have been appointed to manage the portfolio, or whether the framework agreement was meant as an internal exercise, or will be open to other local authorities.At the end of last March, GMPF managed £1.7bn of assets internally, with the remaining £10.8bn overseen by three external managers.UBS Global Asset Management was in charge £6.2bn in assets, nearly half the fund’s assets under management.Legal & General Investment Management had mandates worth £2.6bn, while Capital International was in charge of £1.9bn in mandates.The three managers have been in place since a review of the fund’s management arrangements during the 2000-01 financial year.In November, the fund also confirmed it would outsource the management of its direct property portfolio. Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) has appointed three managers to a global equity framework agreement potentially worth £600m (€753.5m), doubling the number of potential external managers.The local authority scheme – at £12.6bn, one of the UK’s largest – said last July it was hoping for applications from at least three managers, but it received expressions of interest from a total of 11 managers.The final framework, which has been in place since late last month, named Baillie Gifford, Franklin Templeton Investment Management and Investec Asset Management as three managers potentially eligible for the long-only active equity mandate.If the mandate is seeded, the managers will be expected to outperform the MSCI All Countries World index by 2-4% over a three-year period.last_img read more

Massive Gas field discovered off the coast of Egypt

first_imgEni has been in Egypt since 1954 through its subsidiary IEOC. It is the main hydrocarbon producer in Egypt, with a daily equity production of 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent, the company said.Egypt’s petroleum ministry said that the find was equal to about a third of Egypt’s current gas reserves.“The Egyptian government is very happy with this find,” ministry spokesman Hamdi Abdelaziz said, adding that the gas would be extracted for domestic consumption only.“We hope to become self-sufficient by 2020,” he added.The government cannot yet place a monetary value on the discovery, he said. Descalzi was quoted by Eni as saying that the discovery reconfirms that “Egypt still has great potential” energy-wise. He said “important synergies with the existing infrastructures can be exploited, allowing us a fast production startup.” Eni SpA says this is the largest gas deposit in the Mediterranean seaItalian energy company Eni SpA says it has discovered a “supergiant” natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the “largest-ever” found in the Mediterranean Sea.Eni says the discovery made on Monday  in its Zohr prospect “in the deep waters of Egypt” — could hold a potential 30 trillion cubic feet of gas over an area of 100 square kilometers (38.6 square miles).The discovery well is 190 kilometers (about 120 miles) from the Egyptian coast, and is at a depth of 1,450 meters ( 4,757 feet) in the Shorouk Block, the company said. The block is about 107 kilometers (66 miles) from Port Said.“Zohr is the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea and could become one of the world’s largest natural gas finds,” Eni said in a statement. “The discovery, after its full development, will be able to ensure satisfying Egypt’s natural gas demand for decades.”“Eni will immediately appraise the field with the aim of accelerating a fast-track development of the discovery,” the energy company said.last_img read more

High School Girls Sports

first_imgHow many can remember when Title XI burst on the scene in the 1970’s? All schools scrambled to try to find a way to meet the equal opportunity for women as compared to their male counterparts. This year at Batesville High School the girls’ soccer team had 50 girls come out for the sport. Since there are only varsity and JV teams, it was impossible to keep all 50 girls. The coaching staff did pare it down to 36. No one on the staff was happy about doing this, but playing time, uniforms, travel, etc., have to be taken into consideration. Also, it is not fair to make a young lady practice every night and not be able to give her playing time in a game. When I coached ladies’ teams in the 70’s, you had to recruit for two or three months just to find the bare minimum number of girls to field a team. Boy, how these times have changed! More power to the young ladies playing today, and to their pioneers who had the guts to buck the system. Today Batesville and most area schools field as many as 9 different girls’ teams, and if you have gymnastics and Lacrosse, this number is 11. Thanks, Billy Jean King!last_img read more