Sr. Helen Alford, economics professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, discussed how Catholic Social Tradition (CST) and impact investing mutually benefit one another as a result of interdisciplinary dialogue during the latest installment of the “Ten Years Hence” lecture series Friday in the Mendoza College of Business.“Impact investing has something to offer the Catholic Social Tradition, and the Catholic Social Tradition has something to offer impact investing,” she said.Glory Kim | The Observer Impact investing, a form of investing which integrates environmental and social objectives with the pursuit of profit, can assist CST in being “reliable, concrete and relevant,” Alford said. Conversely, CST prompts other disciplines – particularly impact investing – to embrace notions of human dignity and the common good, which Alford said are informed by Catholic teaching.Specifically, impact investing helps explore sustainable business methods for attaining philanthropic goals, Alford said. Finding more sustainable means of philanthropy is so important, she said, because traditional charity cannot currently meet the needs of the impoverished.“Nobody’s saying impact investing should get rid of charity,” she said. “There’s always going to be a role for charity.”“Impact investing can challenge the Church to think about the potentially crucial role of profit-making business, and hence of private investment, in confronting poverty,” she said. “I’m not sure that the Christian tradition has really taken that seriously enough.”Alford said impact investing offers the Church the opportunity to occupy a more engaged and prominent position in society.“We could really handle very well this dialogue between Catholic Social Thought and impact investing,” she said. “The Church could grow really to a much more leading position, could be part of the innovators in society.”Alford said impact investing can in turn benefit from CST because of the tradition’s emphasis on individual human dignity and solidarity – an emphasis which would help impact investing maintain its integrity even as businesses expand and begin to lose sight of the importance of individual relationships.“If we have a really strong combination of solidarity and subsidiarity in a serious way – these ideas are there for the taking in the Catholic Social Tradition – they help create an approach to scaling that keeps the focus on the poor customer and the importance of relationships for that person,” she said.The potential for CST and impact investing to learn from one another other is too great to ignore, Alford said. Because of their size and influence, Catholic universities such as Notre Dame have an important role to play in encouraging the conversation between the two disciplines, she said.“Notre Dame and the Mendoza College are really trying to live up to the very exciting and important mission that Catholic universities have in societies today – offering very useful and new vistas for people in this dialogue between the Catholic Social Tradition and all the forms and branches of knowledge that we can think of,” she said.Tags: catholic social tradition, impact investing, mendoza college of business, Sr. Helen Alford, Ten Years Hence
Choosing a potting soil can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some keyterms you might see at the garden center. An all-purpose potting mix has composted bark, peat moss or peat humus added to loamy soil. Gardeners usually add ingredients to customize mixes. Ready-to-use premium mix has similar material but in different proportions. More bark and peat and less soil make it lighter. Perlite and vermiculite give it better drainage and aeration. Many contain a wetting agent for uniform water distribution. A professional mix has the same materials as the premium types. But it’s more finely processed. It works well for starting seeds or transplanting delicate seedlings. Plant-specific mixes are used when you have a certain plant in mind with special requirements. Orchids, African violets and cacti are a few of the special mixes available.
It was sitting there in my garage on the far back shelves—in a dusty place where ancient gear and electronics, and a troubling number of mice, go to die. I stumbled upon it when I was rummaging for an old, trusty The Clapper to hand down to my seven-year-old son. I’m referring to my long-distance backpack. I bought it in Fairfax, Va., in 1995, back in the era when my wife and I were young, living in sin, and making preparations for an Appalachian Trail thru-hike for the following year.Since then, the pack has outlived its purpose. I’m a harried dad of two young kids now, and when I’m not yelling at them or driving them to and from soccer practice—or doing both at the same time—I don’t have the energy to lug several days’ worth of supplies on my already chronically aching back. Don’t get me wrong, I still love sleeping under the stars, serenaded by cricket chirps. I just want to do it on an inflatable queen-sized mattress after shutting down the electric generator and putting away the popcorn popper. That’s right, I’ve gone to the dark side. I’m now a car camper.Before all you long-distance backpacking purists start spouting off about the “true outdoor experience,” I have to warn you: there’s a sporting chance that when you settle down and have little ones, you’ll become one of us—and like it. We car campers turn the campgrounds of the Blue Ridge into our own little rustic islands of good-living party time. Yes, it’s true that the amount of gear we bring isn’t measured in cubic inches. Nor do we generally crap in the woods, thank you very much. And our idea of cutting edge performance apparel is an official NFL gameday jersey. But wait until that first time when you cook over an open fire (started by gasoline, if you really go old-school). You won’t be able to stop the words “Good times!” from spewing from your mouth like beer from a shook-up can of Budweiser.This is not to say that letting the old backpack collect dust in the garage has been easy. It served as my trusty companion as I hiked literally thousands of miles on the trails, alternately being soaked in near-monsoons, coated with ice, and baked in the summer sun. It sprinted with me from a bear in the Smokies, and was once raided by a Snickers-hunting skunk in Shenandoah National Park. The transition to car camping wasn’t quick, either. It occurred gradually, after my daughter was born nine years ago.At first, as a new dad, I still got to escape once in a while to go backpacking with the guys. The wife and I also got to escape into the backcountry a couple of times, asking family to do the babysitting. But over time, the backpacking trips dwindled, and then stopped altogether.Our first attempt at spending a night in the tent with the kids occurred in the backyard, when our daughter was three and our son was two. It went so well that we soon started packing up the car and heading to a local campground for a night. And then two nights. And then, vacation time permitting, sometimes three or four. We initially used all of our lightweight backpacking equipment—the micro-sized headlamps, the titanium sporks, the coffin-sized tent. The wife would still prefer to do it this way, frankly.But I couldn’t help jealously eyeing the nearby campsites, pulling out their shiny hatchets to chop firewood–even though they could buy an armful of logs from the nearby camp store for a couple of bucks—and lovingly adjusting their satellite dishes to just the proper angle facing the brilliant night sky. Naturally, I wanted to be just like them. I began by buying a Coleman camp stove. With a griddle, of course. The kind with legs so it can stand alone—also ideal for tailgating, by the way. The next purchase, over the course of many months of saving and planning, was a pop-up canopy to place over the campsite picnic table—with the optional bug netting accessory to drape around it, so I could leave a bowl of potato salad out all day without fear of flies diving into it.The wife grudgingly got into the spirit by picking up a couple of telescoping forks for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire, and shortly after, a gas lamp that was so blinding it made our car’s halogen headlights seem like dull embers. Her biggest concession was giving the go-ahead for an inflatable mattress. I got one that was “raised and flocked” according to the box. I’m not sure what raising and flocking is, but I like it.I feel like the point of no return for my transformation into a car-only camper came with the purchase of the 80-quart cooler, named something awe-inspiring like the Cooltastic Chillmaster Extreme. It’s big enough to hold 106 beer cans (with ice) so you can rehydrate yourself all morning, afternoon, and night, and not run out. It even sports two studded off-road wheels that look like they were pried from an ATV. I took it with us this last Memorial Day weekend when we reserved a group campsite in the Smokies with a few other families. Their jealousy brought me great joy.I still have a way to go before completing my car camping equipment arsenal, though. My family still only sleeps in a cozy four-person tent, though I’m eyeing a condo-sized one that has a separate room for the kids. And though I was kidding earlier about the electric generator, I could envision myself someday sitting in one of those camp chairs (with the footrest, of course), my camouflage jacket blending me into the surrounding woods like a chameleon, as I watch college football on satellite TV while enjoying fresh air of the great outdoors. Dare to dream. Sometime, years down the line when the kids are older and bigger, I’m sure we’ll buy some new backpacks, and return somewhat to our minimalist camping and distance-hiking ways. But not today. Please pass the gasoline.
The scene with the plane approaching was recorded by Hemmatnia and gives the viewer chills. But for the service members of the First Squadron, Seventh Air Group (1º/7º GAV) — also called the Orungan Squadron — these scenes are routine. No land was in sight and the sharks looked ready to devour the sailor after having already destroyed his small boat’s rudder. But just when Ebrahim Hemmatnia thought that the end was near, a plane from the Brazilian Air Force appeared on the horizon. “In coordination with the Navy, we perform obvious patrols of our waters… and we prevent incidents of illegal activity, such as drug trafficking or environmental crimes,” said Major General Roberto Pitrez, commanding officer of the Second Air Force (II FAE), on May 22, Air Patrol Day. “There were about 20 sharks. They had been following me for hours and, once they damaged the rudder, I was left adrift. So I began to send radio signals asking for help,” said Hemmatnia, considered the world’s first ocean biker. “When I saw the plane, I knew I’d been saved. A few hours later, I was rescued by a Brazilian Navy ship.” The Orungan Squadron saves lives “We conduct joint training exercises with the Navy, such as Operation UNITAS, Operation Fraterno, Operation Aderex and Operation Atlântico”, said First Lieutenant (1LT)Cláudio Henrique Falcão dos Santos, from the Orungan Squadron. “When there is a maritime incident for which SALVAMAR [the Navy’s search and rescue unit] expects to need support from a FAB search plane, the Brazilian Air Space Defense Command (COMDABRA) activates the most appropriate search team for the type of incident.” All work together with the Brazilian Navy. In the case of Hemmatnia’s rescue, the squadron’s P-3AM Orion plane made visual contact with the distressed vessel at 17:55 on January 29 and remained in the area until 23:20 when search vessel Ouled Si Mohand arrived; later, the Navy’s Patrol Boat Macau rescued the cyclist. Since January 2014, the squadron has performed 11 rescues, mainly in Southeastern Brazil. Based out of the city of Salvador (BA), the Orungan Squadron today has nine planes and 180 service members. Approximately 60% are crewmembers, men and women, spread out in across various functions on board, such as pilots, mechanics and observers. The Orungan Squadron is one of three squadrons that form part of the FAB Air Patrol. The other two are the Phoenix Squadron, located in Belém (PA), and the Netuno Squadron, based in Florianópolis (SC); all use airplanes with modern sensors and radar to patrol the coast 24 hours a day. Their primary responsibility is to defend the country’s interests, which includes maritime resources such as oil reserves in the pre-salt stratum. But the rescues and combatting environmental crimes and illegal activities are also part of the routine. A broader effort FAB’s patrol planes are also part of a network known as SAR, from the English term “Search and Rescue.” They search for shipwrecks, lost boats or planes, or accidents on the high seas, and the radar and sensor technology on board the airplanes help in searching for and locating victims. In addition, specialized Military personnel, known as SAR observers, perform a visual search to look for persons or objects that may be adrift at sea, as they did during Hemmatnia’s rescue. The total maritime area being monitored is 13.5 million square kilometers, which is much larger than the continental Brazilian territory itself, measuring 8.5 million square kilometers. To cover all this territory, the P-3AM airplanes have the ability to fly for 16 hours, which means they are capable of traveling from Brazil to Africa and back. By Dialogo November 03, 2015 Army policy is evolving and uniting other countries in a coordinated, global operation in the border regions to fight and put an end to drug trafficking. I don’t like politics, but I agree with the journalist. They studied to be able to report. Hemmatnia, a native of Iran and naturalized Dutch citizen, had his dream of sailing non-stop around the world interrupted at end of January, at almost 1,000 kilometers from the coast of the state of Rio Grande do Norte. Called a boat-bike, his vessel is a six meter long pedal boat capable of traveling on land or at sea. Hemmatnia’s plan was to pedal around the globe, crossing continents and oceans, always along the equator. “By crossing great distances at high velocity, the FAB can cover a larger area more quickly,” Maj. Pritez told Brazilian Air Force News Agency. “The information obtained by the aircraft is passed on to Navy ships that are then able to focus their efforts on the locations the aircraft indicate.”
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Indonesia is struggling to acquire the necessary kits to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing on a massive scale given the surge in global demand, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 affairs has said.Achmad Yurianto, who is also the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the government was scrambling to procure reagents from other countries as Indonesia’s current stock of reagents would only last a week.The supply would only be enough for 35,000 tests, he said.“The problem for our existing labs, which use open-circuit machines, is that the whole world is scrambling to acquire reagents for RNA [ribonucleic acid] extraction. Because these reagents are certainly used by all labs with open-circuit [machines]”.Read also: In major policy shift, Jokowi orders transparency in pandemic fightYurianto said that, as testing kit factories had reached their full production capacity, many countries, including Indonesia, were looking to countries that had an oversupply of kits. “The pandemic has brought about this consequence; any country will meet its own needs and prioritize itself first,” Yurianto said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reiterated his call for the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to conduct more PCR testing on Monday, saying that they should aim to conduct at least 10,000 tests a day amid criticism that the country had one of the lowest testing rates in the world.Yurianto said that, according to government estimates, the country would need to conduct some 1.2 million tests, which it should look to accomplish by May.The government needs to reach the figure not only to detect new cases but also to find out whether there have been any recoveries, as patients with moderate symptoms might need to undergo the test four times, while those with severe symptoms might need to get tested even more than that.Aside from efforts to obtain supplies of reagents, Yurianto said the government would opt to use rapid molecular testing equipment commonly used to detect tuberculosis bacteria, which with adjusted cartridges can detect the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19.Yurianto said there were 957 such machines in 456 cities and regencies across the country, but only 305 were compatible, as they were produced after 2018.This option, however, is not without its share of problems, as the demand for such cartridges, produced in a limited amount by the United States, was on the rise elsewhere. Yurianto said the government had ordered 23,000 cartridges this month, which could be used to run the same number of tests, but they would arrive in stages, with the first 3,000 cartridges currently on the way.A similar concern was shared by Arya Sinulingga, an aide to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, who said in a press briefing earlier this month that almost all countries in the world were scrambling to acquire testing kits and machines. The SOEs Ministry recently imported two RNA extractors and 18 PCR detectors, which Arya said would be distributed to labs in 12 regions.The Health Ministry has a nationwide network of 32 laboratories that can run a total 5,000 tests a day with a declining supply of reagents, according to Yurianto, as the Health Ministry was assessing several other labs, including private ones, to run the tests.Read also: Govt wants 78 laboratories to conduct COVID-19 testsA survey by the Indonesian Medical Biology Association (PBMI) showed that, as of April 5, Indonesia had at least 106 laboratories that met the standards to run PCR tests as proposed by the Health Ministry. However, for the government to make the most of these labs, it must ensure a sustainable supply of testing kits, experts said.Yogyakarta’s spokesperson for COVID-19 affairs, Berty Murtiningsih, said that reagents were often unavailable from the central government. She said her administration supported Jokowi’s aim of testing 10,000 people per day, as long as the reagents were available.There are four labs running PCR tests in Yogyakarta; two in Gadjah Mada University Hospital, one in Dr. Sardjito General Hospital and the Health Ministry’s Environmental Health and Disease Control Center (BBTKLPP), which also processes samples from nearby Central Java. There is usually a long backlog at the BBTKLPP, Berty said.“Each lab could process between 100 and 150 samples, provided the reagents are available,” she added.West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani said there were currently three labs processing the tests in the province with a total capacity of 1,400 tests per day, but the figure is expected to double when machines imported by the SOEs Ministry arrive.The province’s COVID-19 task force secretary, Daud Achmad, said on Monday that his administration had 20,000 PCR testing kits and, as a result, the most urgent tests should be prioritized.Bali is planning to double its testing capacity by preparing Udayana University Hospital’s lab as it also expects PCR testing machines from the central government. Currently, Sanglah Hospital’s laboratory is the only laboratory conducting PCR testing on the resort island with a capacity of 68 tests a day.— Bambang Muryanto, Arya Dipa, Ni Komang Erviani and Asip Hasani contributed to this story from Yogyakarta, Bandung, Denpasar and Blitar.Topics :
25 Bokirana Cres, Kirwan“The gardens were just stunning but the things they did also didn’t cost huge dollars.“If a house is well maintained then even into his market you can get top dollar because buyers don’t mind paying for being able to move straight in and not have to do anything.”Ms Worrall said the home was bought by a family who lived nearby and liked the location, the house’s large deck and the area underneath which linked to the top floor of the house by internal stairs. 25 Bokirana Cres, KirwanA HOUSE in Kirwan has sold in a day for above asking price and the agent behind the speedy sale says top-notch presentation was the key.25 Bokirana Cres in Kirwan recieved multiple offers on the first day it was listed for sale and sold for above the asking price of $319,000. 25 Bokirana Cres, KirwanMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The three bedroom, two bathroom, highset house is on 676 sqm of land with two car accommodation and an in-ground swimming pool.Elite Properties Townsville principal Glenda Worrall sold the property and said as soon as she listed it she had buyers wanting to inspect it before the open home on the weekend.“It’s not rocket science, the vendors not only made the house look really special for sale but they also kept the maintenance up over the years,” she said.“Buyers can feel a house that’s been well looked after.
By Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (May 27) – Going into Friday’s races at Davenport Speedway, no driver had won more than one point paying feature this season. Now there are three.The Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Models continued their streak of different winners as Brunson Behning captured his first victory of the year at Davenport.Jay Chenoweth led the first couple laps before falling off the pace. Andy Nezworski led one lap before yielding to Behning, who led to the checkered flag. Ray Guss Jr. tracked Behning down but could only get to within a couple of car lengths. Nezworski held on for third, with Rob Toland fourth. Matt Ryan came from dead last to finish fifth.In the Eriksen IMCA Modifieds, Mitch Morris posted his second victory of the season. Chris Lawrence led the first handful of laps, with Rick Ratliff leading the next five. On lap 11, Morris went to the front and led the remaining laps despite two late race cautions.Joe Beal was the big mover on the evening. Beal use the high line to drive from 21st starting position to second. Bruce Hanford finished third, followed by Doug Crampton and Dakota Hayden.Tony Olson led the final 12 laps of the Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod main. The win was his second of the season. Andrew Burk battled to a second-place finish over Jarrett Franzen. Phil Anderson made a late race move to take fourth. Dan Anderson completed the top five.
BATESVILLE, Ark. – Larry Shaw Race Cars will receive a second prestigious award at the upcoming IMCA national banquet.The Batesville, Ark., chassis builder won the 2017 Manufacturers’ Cup, with the top point total among the 18 manufacturers entered in the ninth annual contest.Points were awarded based on the make of chassis driven by drivers finishing in the top 10 in each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds. Shaw led the way with 41 points; rounding out the top five builders were GRT with 38, Razor Chassis with 28, BMS with 27 and Harris Auto Racing with 26.Shaw, already in line for a 10-year sponsor appreciation plaque, gets a $500 cash prize and trophy during the Nov. 25 national banquet in Lincoln, Neb.“We rekindled and started all over after a fire in 1994 and there are so many drivers and their race teams that we have to thank for this,” owner Larry Shaw said. “We’ve built more than 5,300 cars and our employees and family still do everything they’re supposed to do. We take care of the customers first.”All regional Manufacturers’ Cup winners receive plaques. Shaw rules in the West, Rage Chassis in the North Central, Jet Racing in the Central, GRT in the South Central and BMS in the East.National and North Central Region champion Jason Wolla wheeled a Rage. Cory Sample repeated as champion in the West aboard a Razor and A.J. Ward’s second straight Eastern region crown came in a BMS ride.“This year we had a great battle among the top five builders for our Manufacturers’ Cup title and congratulations to Larry Shaw Race Cars for coming out on top. They build a great IMCA Modified and are really good people to work with as well,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder.“Having five different regional Manufacturers of the Year speaks volumes about the quality of cars being built for the IMCA Modified market,” he added. “Members can trust that anyone who is a part of our Manufacturers’ Cup program is putting the IMCA racer first in terms of driver safety and meeting the rules set forth by our executive committee. We’re proud to work with all of them and it is great to be able to recognize so many of them with season-ending accolades.”GRT was the only builder with a car finishing in the top 10 in each of the five Modified regions. Shaw Race Cars was represented in standings for four regions.“We are proud to be associated with IMCA. They keep racing on a level playing ground,” Shaw said. “My wife Cheryl, Kevin, Kirk and I, and employees Jason Wilkey, Travis Ashley, John Young, Farrel Fike and Tad Fike, and Peyton Taylor are so happy to be associated with someone who goes by the rule book. Of all the sanctioning bodies, IMCA by far is the one that does the most to keep the bogus cars off the track.”