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first_imgOn Monday evening, Saint Mary’s alumnae Liz Palmer ‘13, Malea Schulte ’14 and co-travelers Jonathan and Tameka Bell shared the lessons they learned from spending two weeks in Rwanda this past summer in a presentation titled “Project Rwanda: A Journey in Solidarity.” Caitlyn Jordan Saint Mary’s alumna Malea Schulte ’14 delivers presentation Monday evening on her experience in Rwanda working with both victims and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide.In the Rwandans they met, Palmer and Schulte saw strength and faith resonating in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, Palmer said.In 1994, over one million Tutsi Rwandans were killed in a 100-day period. During this genocide, one out of every 10 Tutsi Rwandans were killed, Palmer said.“In recognition of 20 years post-genocide, Malea and I were driven by Saint Mary’s core values of faith and spirituality, community learning and justice to embark on this mission of solidarity … simply to hear the stories of the people,” Palmer said. “We were looking to highlight our shared humanity and weave into the fabric of our culture that every single life matters.”The project began as part two of Malea’s senior composition titled “Storybank,” which included 26 portraits depicting a cross section of the Saint Mary’s community, Schulte said.“One of the participants was a woman from Rwanda whose story inspired me to journey to her home country with the goal of learning through listening and sharing through art,” Schulte said.Before journeying to Rwanda, Schulte and Palmer partnered with People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO), an international, faith-based, non-governmental organization committed to stimulating communal growth through organization, Schulte said.“Together we formed a delegation of 20 people, and it included Catholic priests, Lutheran priests, writers, storytellers, professors and artists,” Schulte said.Two members of the delegation were Jonathan Bell, a senior communications advisor to PICO-Rwanda, and Tameka Bell, a story and communications trainer for PICO’s international network, Schulte said.With pictures taken by Jonathan Bell hanging in the gallery, Tameka Bell shared her experience during the presentation. In Rwanda, she witnessed community building in numerous lives, including when a woman died while giving birth during a long walk to the nearest hospital, she said. A few days after the woman’s death, a much-needed clinic and road was finally completed as a result of community organizing.“When one person tells a story to another person, they can change the world,” Tameka Bell said. “That’s really at the center of community organizing.”A meeting with the vice president of Rwanda’s senate inspired the group to share the story of their time in Rwanda with others, Tameka Bell said.“He said to us, ‘When you go back to the United States, would you tell them who we really are? Ask them not to judge us by the worst day of our life. Ask them to see the whole person, the whole community — the joy and the sorrow and the laughter and the innocence — who we really are,’” Tameka Bell said.Rwandans have worked for reconciliation and forgiveness in the aftermath of the genocide, Schulte said. The Gacaca courts facilitated healing by allowing perpetrators a chance to confess and ask for forgiveness, she said.“We witnessed victims and perpetrators working together in harmony,” Schulte said. “We visited a women’s vegetable cooperative where perpetrators and victims were working together to support themselves. … It was very clear they worked with a sense of pride and towards the common good.”In interacting with Rwandans, Palmer and Schulte initiated conversation with the question, “How do you want to be remembered?” The variety of answers to that question, such as ‘I pray,’ was life changing, Palmer said.During their time in Rwanda, Schulte and Palmer lived by the saying ‘We don’t wait for road to be built; we build them ourselves,’ a quote adopted from Pastor John, a friend made in Rwanda, Palmer said. Both learned about the world and themselves and how to grasp every moment of life.“Time is money, and we don’t know how much time we do have, and that’s one thing the Rwandans definitely made clear,” Palmer said. “And yet they live every day to the fullest. I think life is a series of single moments, and we need to grasp that.”Sophomore Lauren Zyber said she thought the presentation was incredible, and she was moved when an audio of Schulte and several other Rwandans spontaneously singing Amazing Grace was played.“I thought it was amazing to see how much this experience had impacted them and the stories that they told,” Zyber said. “… The power of stories is incredible to me.”Tags: jonathan bell, liz palmer, malea schulte, PICO, project rwanda: a journey in solidarity, Rwanda, rwanda project, Rwandan Genocide, storybank, tameka belllast_img read more

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first_imgThe Swiss trade union federation has called for the country’s central bank to “return” to pension funds the money it has made from its negative interest rates.ASIP, the country’s pension fund association, has said it supports the call in principle, while the Swiss National Bank (SNB) has pointed out that it does not impose negative interest rates on pension funds and cannot therefore make any refunds to them.The trade union organisation – SGB in its German acronym, USS in its French – made the appeal in the context of its annual press conference earlier this year.It said the Swiss National Bank (SNB) should pay some CHF1.2bn (€1.1bn) – the money it says it has collected from negative interest rates – to the country’s pension funds. It suggested this be done via the insolvency protection fund for the second pillar, the Sicherheitsfonds.This would somewhat alleviate the pressure on pension funds, according to the trade union organisation.It also called for the first-pillar social security fund (Compenswiss) to be fully exempt from negative interest rates.In a statement, an SNB spokeswoman told IPE this was already the case, although the SGB’s chief economist then noted it was only exempt up to a certain threshold. In February 2015, the SNB introduced a negative rate of 0.75% on deposit account balances held with the central bank.The country’s pension fund association, ASIP, has on several occasions called for an exemption from the negative interest rates for pension funds, but these calls have gone unheeded.Pension funds do not hold accounts at the central bank, but, in addition to being under pressure from the low-yield environment, they are affected by the negative interest rates to the extent that banks pass on the costs to them. The trade union federation’s suggestion is a new twist on calls for relief for pension funds from the central bank’s negative interest rates.ASIP has said the trade union’s proposal for a reimbursement is generally welcome.However, it said there were open questions about the amount of “any additional financing source” and that the proposal also ultimately failed to address the main problem pension funds have to contend with – namely, the low-interest-rate environment in general, rather than negative interest “on liquidity”.The association also said it would need to be seen how such a payment transfer could be implemented, and whether doing so via the insolvency protection fund would be the most effective route.It said every reimbursement was helpful but suggested this would need to be balanced against the implementation cost and the amount to be distributed.SNB, in turn, told IPE that, because it does not impose negative interest rates on Pensionskassen – as they do not have accounts with the central bank – these cannot be returned.It also said the earnings from negative interest, largely paid by banks, go towards the SNB’s general accounts and that a separate payout is not possible under the law.In 2015, the SNB made CHF1.2bn from negative interest, and over the first three quarters of 2016 the amount was CHF1.1bn.A portion of any profits made by the SNB is distributed to the Swiss government and the cantons.The central bank has provisionally calculated that it will make a profit of more than CHF24bn for the 2016 financial year.It foresees making a dividend payment of CHF15 per share to investors, while the Confederation and the cantons will get CHF1.5bn; this is the regular payment of CHF1bn plus a top-up.last_img read more

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first_imgThe duo seemed to draft on the top and gain on the leader every lap. Brandon Czarapata made his way around Zach Spangenberg mid-race and the trio started reeling in Karcz.  FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (July 27) – Greg Gretz held off a hard-charging Josh Long to claim the IMCA Modified feature win Saturday at 141 Speedway.  It was his first win of the season. With two laps remaining, Karcz, Dix and Czarapata went three-wide for the race lead.  Dix and Czarapata split Karcz and make it a drag race over the final 1/3-mile. They stayed even until Dix got hard on the gas off of turn four and found just enough to beat Czarapata to the line.  Long got to the second spot only to see the leader using a perfect line.  Long searched high and low around the 1/3 mile but could never find enough to get past. Last-lap excitement followed with Tom Schneider and the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods get­ting their turn. Larry Karcz Jr. started off up front and looked to have his night all planned out in victory lane.  Unfortunately for Karcz, Rick Dix decided not to settle for third.  Dix ran the bottom in the early stages but decided to go out of line with Todd Augustian and make a charge back to the front after losing spots early.  Schneider stayed with Cory Kemkes until the white flag lap, then put his racer in to position with a power move inside the leader off turn two.  Schneider grabbed the lead and picked up the win on the final circuit. By Greg Aregoni Schneider had been knocking off positions but looked to have been running out of laps while excite­ment continued up front. He got his chance and took advantage. Gretz started up front and his racer was on point for 20 straight laps as he never relinquished the lead, while Long started ninth and quickly worked his way through the field. An instant classic, as they say in the sports world, is what the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature brought to the table.last_img read more

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first_imgThe men’s and women’s track teams have a lot to look forward to this upcoming weekend at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.The men are going for their sixth consecutive Big Ten Conference Indoor title in Iowa City, Iowa, whereas the women’s team prepares to host the 2006 Big Ten Conference Indoor Championships in the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (the Shell).The men’s team has a lot to live up to, considering they are the predecessors to a team that has won five consecutive Big Ten Conference Indoor Championships.”I think, to a certain extent, there’s a certain amount of confidence; I think the athletes draw upon the history of the program,” UW men’s coach Ed Nuttycombe said. “We’re very excited about the opportunity to go and compete in the championship. It’s something we’ve had some success with in the past, and we’re certainly hoping to continue that.”Nuttycombe is fairly confident in his team’s chances to succeed this weekend in Iowa City.”We’re one of about three or four teams that … has a chance to win, and it’s a matter of who competes best on their day.”A few of the athletes expected to excel on Saturday are Ben Roland and Nate Brown in the heptathlon, Alonzo Moore in the triple jump, Chris Solinsky in the 3,000 meters, and Demi Omole in the 60 meters. Nuttycombe will be looking to these athletes to guide his entire team.”We are one of a group of teams that has a chance to run for the championship and I think that the athletes reflect that,” Nuttycombe said. The women’s team will try to use their home advantage to upset the two favorites, Michigan and Illinois.”We’re excited about hosting the Big Ten Championships this weekend,” said UW women’s coach Jim Stintzi. “The Big Ten meet in track and field is a little different than other sports in that it all comes down to one day, so the Big Ten champion is crowned on that day.”Like Nuttycombe, Stintzi is optimistic that his athletes will find success at the conference meet.”We’re excited, and I think we’re moving in the right direction with our program,” Stintzi said. “The Big Ten has improved dramatically since last year. I looked at the [Big Ten performance] list today, and I think almost every [event] is substantially better than it was last year.”The Badgers will try to increase their standing from last year, when they placed eighth as an overall squad at the 2005 Big Ten Championships.”So while we’re better as a team, so is the rest of the Big Ten,” Stintzi said. “We’re hoping for an improvement on last year’s finish at the Big Ten.”Wisconsin will be led by pole vaulters Blair Luethmers and Jenny Soceka, who are currently ranked in the top five in that event. Distance runners Katrina Rundhaug and Maggie Grabow will also be in contention to place this weekend in the 5,000 meters.Stintzi believes his pole vaulters, which also include breakout freshman Amy Dahlin, are the strong point of the track team and will have the responsibility of earning some important points for the Badgers.”I think this year, to have both Blair and Jenny, as well as Dahlin, kind of pushing each other each week, has helped them to maybe vault more consistently and also jump higher at certain times. So hopefully that will help us in the Big Ten championship [meet].”Both Nuttycombe and Stintzi will be hoping to bring back a Big Ten Indoor Conference Championship and head into the outdoor season on a roll.last_img read more

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first_imgTRAVELCUBE & GTA encourages travel trade to showcase the hidden gems of ‘My Singapore’* Create a video to promote lesser known appeals of Singapore* 10 best videos will win a five-day trip to Singapore and tickets to the Formula 1 Grand Prix* A further 10 videos with the most online ‘likes’ will win 38mm Apple WatchesTen travel agents from the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) region can win a five-day trip to Singapore in a new competition launched by global travel distributors GTA & TRAVELCUBE. A new microsite, www.mysingaporehiddengems.com, will showcase Singapore’s lesser known appeals to the world’s travel trade.Daryl Lee, GTA’s Regional Vice President for Sales & Marketing in APMEA, says: “Have you found or heard of hidden gems in Singapore? Not afraid to let others in on the secret? Can you tell us about it in a creative and inspirational way? Then join our campaign to widen the appeal of Singapore among the world’s travellers and have the chance to enjoy one of the biggest and most exciting events in the world.”Agents are being encouraged to upload a creative 30-second video about the hidden gems to be discovered on a visit to Singapore. TRAVELCUBE is looking for inspirational films that will encourage travellers to explore more than just the usual highlights like Marina Bay, the Supertree Grove or the Merlion. Films might focus on out-of-the-ordinary experiences by day or night, unusual excursions, culinary recommendations or even the unique attractions of particular hotels. Most important is the personal insight and recommendation given by the travel agent.“Travellers of today are becoming more discerning, and Singapore has much to offer in terms of in-depth experiences that showcase our unique character and heritage. TRAVELCUBE’s initiative is a creative platform to highlight off-the-beaten track experiences, and a great example of innovation within the travel agent industry,” says Ms Ong Ling Lee, Director, Travel Agents and Tourist Guides, Singapore Tourism Board.TRAVELCUBE & GTA will choose ten lucky winners based on the variety and uniqueness of their destination insight, and pay for them to visit Singapore1 and recreate their video over five days. The trip will also coincide with the 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, so winners will get three-day premier walkabout access to enjoy the race and concerts from different vantage points.The world’s travel trade will also be encouraged to ‘like’ videos on www.mysingaporehiddengems.com and the ten most popular will receive a 38mm Apple Watch with Sport Band. The site will also inspire those who have never been to Singapore as they can see what locals recommend on the website.TRAVELCUBE’s strategic partnership programme aims to highlight value for money, travel and drive visits to the destination from key markets in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. Focusing on markets within seven hours flying distance from Singapore, travel agents in cities in Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and the UAE as well as secondary cities in China, India and Indonesia are being targeted through GTA and TRAVELCUBE’s extraordinary reach.* 1 Winners must be available to travel to Singapore 17-21 September. TRAVELCUBE will pay for return economy flights and hospitality at a hotel of its choosing on a bed & breakfast basis. Other Terms and Conditions apply and can be found on www.mysingaporehiddengems.com.About TravelCubePowering global travel, online or via XML, TravelCube – GTA’s booking site in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Latin America – connects businesses that sell travel to tens of thousands of accommodation options, tour guide and transfer services, experiences, attraction tickets and restaurants, destination information and advice. TravelCube’s reliable technology provides unrivalled content at the best possible prices. www.travelcube.com.auSource = TravelCubelast_img read more