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Uruguayan poet’s campus visit includes reading

first_imgSpeaking solely in Spanish, acclaimed Uruguayan poet Silvia Guerra Díaz read her poetry Tuesday at the Snite Museum of Art.  Immediately following each poem, Notre Dame students from the class “Spanish American Poetry in Context,” taught by Professor Ben Heller, shared their personal translations of Díaz’s poems in English. Junior Emma Wolff said Heller came up with the initial idea for the poetry reading.  “Our professor has a really friendly relationship with [Díaz],” Wolff said. “He thought it was obviously a great idea for us to interact with a living poet, because with a lot of the poems we read, the poets are no longer with us.” Students selected the poem they wished to translate from a list provided by Heller, Wolff said. The reading included Díaz’s poems “Ánima Mundi,” “Cloto” and “Ojo de Agua,” among others. “It was on a first come, first serve basis,” Wolff said. “We read the poems beforehand in Spanish, and I just chose whatever title spoke to me.” Heller said translating poetry is a collaborative process between the teacher and the student that seeks to reproduce the essentials of the poem in a new language.  “These translations are not done from one methodological stance. Some of them are more literal, while others are more free translations,” Heller said. “The common denominator is that each student and I, as the leader of the group, tried to capture both the precision and the strangeness of the poems in Spanish and bring that back over to English.” Junior Morgan Hankamer said it was most difficult to find the balance between translating the poem literally and capturing the essence of what Díaz wanted to express through the poem.  “Because poetry is so subjective and often isn’t literal, translating it from one language to anther is fairly hard to do,” Hankamer said.  Reading the translations to Díaz was a nerve-wracking experience, senior Kristian Hila said.  “Having the poet that wrote it sit right next to you, there’s the fear that when you read it, it’ll have a much different meaning than what she intended,” Hila said. “You don’t want to screw it up with that.”  Prior to the poetry reading, Díaz visited the students in class, where they discussed her life, her poetry and how she became interested in writing, Wolff said.  “She was so sweet,” Wolff said. “It was a great experience to have, interacting with living poetry.”  The reading was cosponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Department of Special Collections, the Hesburgh Libraries, the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Henkels Interdisciplinary Visiting Speaker and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. Contact Lillian McGill at [email protected]last_img read more

Colombia, Ecuador Strengthen Border Security

first_imgBy Marian Romero/Diálogo September 09, 2016 Colombia and Ecuador share border problems, including drug trafficking, illegal mining, human trafficking, and smuggling, which have been a concern for authorities in both countries. But, it is smuggling that has become a major issue in the past few years, becoming the focus of criminal enforcement at the border. Brigadier General Sergio Alberto Tafur Mejía, commander of the Pegasus Task Force, from the Colombian Army’s Third Division, explained that the fight against smuggling in the Colombian department of Nariño had not been an emphasis because efforts had been extensively focused on other problems. However, in 2016 it was decided that more drastic action should be taken to end illegal goods smuggling, which has harmed the region’s economy. After a highly detailed analysis of the region, we have realized the importance of protecting legitimate business people. Smuggling is a phenomenon that has persisted through the years; and its practice has become accepted, which causes financial loss and unemployment among the population,” Brig. Gen. Tafur said. In order to efficiently combat smuggling, there will be increased infantry patrols, anti-riot squads, radio patrols, and helicopters. These measures are laid out in the Centurion Plan, which is designed to counteract the smuggling of goods across the Colombian border. The plan includes an intelligence network that features the coordinated work of the police, the Technical Investigation Team of the Colombian Attorney General’s Office, and Ecuadorean authorities. The border situation The border between Colombia and Ecuador is 586 kilometers long, extending from the Pacific Coast near the Colombian port of Tumaco, crossing the central Andes, and continuing to the countries’ shared border with Peru. It divides the equatorial provinces of Esmeraldas, Carchi, and Sucumbíos from the Colombian departments of Nariño and Putumayo. The Colombian Army’s actions are focused along 175-kilometer border with Ecuador, in the department of Nariño, where smuggling is worrisome, according to authorities. More than 30 rural smuggling routes from Ecuador into Colombia have been discovered, in addition to the Rumichaca International Bridge, which connects Ipiales and Tulcán. This proximity, separated by only a 10-minute road crossing, has facilitated smuggling. By means of these routes, all types of goods have been transported illegally – from food, clothing, and shoes to cigarettes and fuel. In 2015, Colombian Army seizures amounted to more than $78,500 worth of goods. In 2016, the emphasis on anti-smuggling efforts has resulted in around $915,000 worth of goods being seized thus far. Nariño’s production outlook Nariño’s economy primarily produces goods for internal consumption. It created Special Economic Export Zones in Ipiales and Tumaco in 2001 and 2003, respectively, thereby increasing export of one-off products such as palm oil. Yet, it has not developed high-profit sectors – such as industry or mining – to increase returns. In its 2011 “Millennium Goals Progress Report,” the United Nations Development Program defined Nariño’s economy as agricultural, with primarily noncompetitive small landholders, without added value creating activity, and without significant mining activity, both of which could provide royalty income. Additionally, since Ecuador’s adoption of the dollar in 2000, prices of goods at supermarket chains have gone up precipitously, as has the cost of leasing and purchasing commercial properties, especially in border towns. Under these conditions, smuggling has increased and become accepted – even becoming a problem that is affecting public finances – especially in border towns such as Ipiales, Aldana Cumbal, and Guachucal. “It could be said that smuggling is what the people of the region have resorted to in order to have more accessible prices, as well as to generate employment, even if through illegal activity. But, it is clear from our detailed analysis that most owners of the big smuggling rings are not from the region, but come from other areas of the country to take advantage of the situation,” Brig. Gen. Tafur said. “This unfair competition is detrimental to municipal development and to the people who want to make legitimate businesses and compete fairly in the region. And, consequently, the time has come to combat it.” The exchange of information, management of intelligence, and the increase in foot patrols are the measures that have been taken at quarterly meetings of authorities, within the framework of the bilateral alliance between Colombia and Ecuador – two countries that are committed to eliminating smuggling in the region.last_img read more

Retirement planning: Credit unions can lead by example

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Norr Jennifer Norr is the vice president of Marketing and Strategy for CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions. She is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of strategic initiatives, marketing, client experience, … Web: Details “You need to save for retirement.”How many times have you heard that, or said that or read that?Retirement planning is one of those omnipresent topics in our industry, precisely because it is so important. And National Retirement Security Week (Oct. 15 – 21) is a timely reminder that smart, long-term retirement plans are essential to ensuring credit union members achieve financial security.But what about those other important people in the credit union movement: us – credit union employees, partners and advocates? We require retirement planning support as much as anyone, and current statistics indicate that we are struggling.As the retirement field continues to shift from employer-sponsored pensions to private 401(k) plans, the burden increasingly lies with individuals to have the knowledge, discipline and foresight to save enough for their golden years.We’ve all heard the stats: 10,000 baby boomers are retiring every day. They’re looking at about 20 years of retired bliss, but they probably don’t have the funds to cover it. In fact, 38 percent of Americans don’t save anything for retirement, while 63 percent of retirees are dependent on Social Security, friends, relatives or charity1.Not exactly the retirement we all dream about.Consider the sobering statistic that nearly half of all Americans would struggle to pay a $400 emergency expense2. This means people you work with, sit next to and have lunch with on a daily basis are facing real financial hardship. It’s an uncomfortable irony that we spend our workdays focused on building members’ financial wellness, but can so easily overlook the financial health needs of our very own friends and coworkers.As credit union leaders, we have a responsibility to help our employees take positive, meaningful steps toward financial success.The first step is education. The National Credit Union Foundation’s Retirement Fair is one way to illuminate the financial realities of life-after-work for your employees.Then, once we’ve engaged our employees in the retirement conversation, we need to keep them there. Use whatever tools and resources are available to inspire continued retirement planning and saving.At CUNA Mutual Group, we encourage our employees and credit union employees on our retirement programs to use BenefitsForYou – a website designed to make retirement planning easy. It puts all your 401(k) information and documents into one place, alongside educational resources and a simple, adjustable graph that shows whether you’re on track to retire at your target age, with your target replacement income. You can easily add 401(k)s from previous employers, pension plans, and spouse benefits.We do this because helping our employees build financial security is not just the smart thing to do; it’s the right thing. It’s a win-win. Employees that are more certain of their financial future will be more productive, have higher work satisfaction and deliver increased customer service. In fact, employees with financial stress are five times more likely (48% vs. 10%) to be distracted at work, and twice as likely to miss work because of personal financial issues (16% vs 8%)3.But more importantly, as a proud member of the credit union movement, we support our employees in building their own financial security because we take seriously our core principle of putting people first. Ultimately, we must always work to strengthen the financial health of our members and our communities – and that should start with our employees.Sources:Statistic Brain, Retirement Statistics, Jan. 2016.The Washington Post, The Shocking Number of Americans who Can’t Cover a $400 Expense, May, 2016.PWC, Special Report: Financial Stress and the Bottom Line, 2017.last_img read more

£100m expansion for HQ serviced office partnership

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Phillip Sekuritas denies giving Jouska access to customers’ accounts

first_imgThe clients also said Jouska had been prohibiting its clients from making any transactions for their accounts on their own.Jouska neither denied nor confirmed the allegations.The Financial Services Authority (OJK) then instructed Jouska to cease operations over allegations of illegal stock brokerage and investment mismanagement after summoning and questioning Jouska CEO and founder Aakar Abyasa Fidzuno.The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) also said in early August that it was investigating Jouska for alleged money laundering following the suspected illegal investment and fund management.Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) trading director Laksono Widodo said on Tuesday that the bourse had summoned Phillip Sekuritas for questioning regarding the customers’ claims. He, however, refused to reveal the results, as the investigation was still ongoing.Read also: Lifestyle, lack of tech adoption, impediments to Indonesia’s financial literacyPhillip Sekuritas, which is a part of Singapore-based PhillipCapital Group, also stated that it carried out its duties as underwriter for the initial public offering (IPO) of computer hardware-trading company PT Sentral Mitra Informatika, listed under the code LUCK, according to the capital market’s prevailing mechanism and regulations.“We ensure that the company and its management do not hold any of LUCK’s shares in the primary or secondary market,” Daniel said.Jouska’s clients said they endured hundreds of millions of rupiah in losses after the advisor used most of their funds to buy Sentral Mitra’s shares.Sentral Mitra, which was listed on the bourse on Nov. 29, 2018, saw its share price increase exponentially from Rp 285 (2 US cents) to its highest level of Rp 2,020 apiece around eight months after its IPO. The company’s share price has since dropped to below its IPO price, trading at Rp 194 as of Friday at 11:07 a.m. He went on to say that customers’ securities and investment fund accounts were only accessible by the brokerage firm to help with settlements and fund withdrawals.Read also: OJK shuts down Jouska, two other investment firmsThe statement comes weeks after Jouska’s former clients came out on social media in late July, saying their financial advisors were managing their portfolio and investment fund accounts without consent.A former client uploaded an offering letter and contract he received from the company when using Jouska’s services in 2018 and 2019, stating that Jouska would have the right to manage the clients’ funds, as well as buy and sell stocks in their portfolio. Brokerage firm PT Phillip Sekuritas Indonesia has denied accusations that it gave now-suspended financial advisory firm PT Jouska Finansial Indonesia access to its customers’ accounts.Phillip Sekuritas president director Daniel Tedja said on Friday that the company was merely acting as a sponsor for Jouska’s financial education programs, in which it facilitated clients to open a securities account at Phillip Sekuritas.“All customers will be given direct access to their own accounts to make transactions,” Daniel said in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pontianak policeman named suspect for allegedly raping teen

first_imgThe officer, identified only as DY, will also undergo a code of ethics hearing and faces permanent dismissal.Komarudin explained that the alleged incident took place last Tuesday.The victim was riding a motorcycle with her friend on Jl. Imam Bonjol-Tanjungpura, when DY issued them tickets for underage driving. DY then allegedly asked the victim to come with him saying that he would take her to a nearby police station.However, Komarudin alleged that instead of taking her to a police station, DY took the girl to a hotel and raped her. The police in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, have named a local police officer a suspect for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl who had violated traffic rules.Pontianak Police chief Sr. Comr. Komarudin said the physical examination results showed evidence of sexual intercourse.”The suspect has been charged under Law No.23/2002 on child protection, which carries a 15-year sentence,” Komarudin said on Monday as reported by After finding out about the incident, the victim’s parents reported DY to the Pontianak Police.DY has been detained at the Pontianak Police headquarters. A preliminary investigation suggests that DY violated procedures as he was not on duty when the incident took place, Komarudin said.He added that he promised to investigate the case thoroughly.”We’re investigating this case very seriously. Because if the suspect is found guilty, this case could damage our current efforts to increase police professionalism,” Komarudin added. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Two New Vessels Join Dutch Dredging Fleet

first_imgDutch Dredging welcomed two new vessels to its fleet last week during the naming ceremonies for the Papillon and the Fregate.Both vessels will go to work in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guiana, reported the company.The newcomers were delivered to Boer Remorquage SARL, a joint venture involving Dutch Dredging and Iskes Towage & Salvage. The investment is a response to the twelve-year contract that the consortium signed in 2016 with the Grand Port Maritime de Guyane.In addition to maintenance dredging work, both vessels will be used to assist shipping and as standby and fire-fighting vessels in emergencies.“These two vessels are the result of exceptional teamwork. Our client had very specific requirements for the vessels, such as the combination of very limited draught and length with adequate bollard pull,” said Hugo van de Graaf, co-director of Dutch Dredging. “Thanks to the professionalism of both our companies, all those things were achieved during the design process.”Hybrid drive The Fregate is the more unusual of the two. The 29.2-meter-long vessel is not only a dredger (with the AIRSET water and air pressure method) and tug at the same time, it has also been fitted out with a hybrid drive, allowing it to sail on electricity. The Fregate is a Damen WID-Tug-2915-HYBRID built by the Polish yard SAFE in Gdansk.Shallow draughtThe Papillon is the smaller of the two. The tug is 22.7 meters long (212 gross tonnage) and it was completed earlier this year by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in line with French regulations. The ASD Tug 2310 SD (shallow draught: 3.1 meters) will mainly be used for assistance in Kourou.last_img read more

14-year-old Ghanaian boy wins international movie award

first_imgSoldier gets 18 years for shooting dead boy, 14 Salah wins English PFA Player of the Year award Attah Abraham, a 14-year-old street Vendor in Ghana has won the Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at Venice Film Festival for his lead performance in ‘Beasts of No Nation’ alongside Idris Elba and Ama K. AbebreseAbraham, who has never been to acting school, was picked by Hollywwod Movie Director, Cary Fukunaga to star in Netflix’s soon to be released movie “Beasts of No Nation”.“The lead in ‘Beasts of No Nation’ was essentially a street vendor before we shot the film who had “zero film experience, little education¡­but he became a somewhat professional actor, which was astounding to watch.”Abraham Attah played the role of an 11-year-old kid soldier in the movie who was recruited into the fold of warlord “Luther”played by Idris Elba who controlled a militant group in an Africa setting.The director further explained that:“We gathered a bunch of kids who had potential, about 30 of them, and we did this theater workshop and tried scenes that were in the script, and we would improvise. The kids are fast learners, they quickly understood that the better they did the longer they stayed [ as potential casts]”He further explained that Abraham performed extremely well and gradually progressed tpo take that role that they needed.“We had a difficult one long take that he had to perform; probably the most intense thing I ever asked him to do in the film. He had six or seven kids around him performing [in the scene], and I watched him become a leader among these kids and make sure they stayed in focus and not f- up the shot so they didn’t have to do it over again. I gave almost no direction to those kids. Abraham was driving that scene.”The director states that he will not adopt Abraham but because of his poor educational background his outfit will take responsibility for education back in Ghana.“For Abraham, he’s only 14 so we had to get him up to speed in school, so right now we put him into boarding school back in Ghana so he can get up to normal 14 year old academics. By nature of us crossing into these people’s lives you have some reRelatedcenter_img African stars shortlisted for Player of the Year Awardlast_img read more

Butternut Squash Gratin

first_img Share Share Food & DiningLifestyle Butternut Squash Gratin by: – October 10, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img 39 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Butternut Squash GratinRather than the usual potato casserole, serve this butternut squash gratin as a substantial side dish to a fall or winter supper. The dish is rich with creme fraiche and half-and-half, and also with potassium and vitamin A. Sixteen cups of spinach add color but the flavor all but disappears, making this dish a good one to try with finicky children who need a few more vegetables in their diets.Ingredients:1-3/4 to 2 pounds butternut squash1 tablespoon olive oilSalt and ground black pepper16 cups fresh spinach1 cup half-and-half or light cream1 tablespoon cornstarch1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese1/2 cup creme fraiche*Directions:1.Preheat oven to 425 degree F. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish; set aside. Peel the squash. Slice to 1/4-inch thickness. Remove seeds from slices and halve large slices. Arrange slices in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Brush both sides lightly with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Remove. Increase oven temperature to 475 degree F.2.Meanwhile in a 4- to 6-quart Dutch oven cook the spinach in lightly salted boiling water, half at a time, for 1 minute or until wilted. Drain and cool slightly; squeeze out excess liquid. Coarsely chop the spinach; set aside. In a medium saucepan combine half-and-half and cornstarch; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in spinach; spread mixture in bottom of prepared dish. Arrange squash over spinach mixture.3.In a small bowl stir together Parmesan cheese and creme fraiche. Spread mixture over squash in dish. Bake, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until squash is tender and topping is lightly browned. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Makes 8 servings.4.Note: To make your own creme fraiche, in small bowl stir together 1/4 cup whipping cream (not ultrapasteurized) and 1/4 cup dairy sour cream. Cover with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature for 2 to 5 hours or until mixture thickens. When thickened, cover and chill in the refrigerator until serving time or up to 48 hours. Stir before serving.Recipe source: Better Homes & Gardenslast_img read more

Arsenal takeover: Dangote informed how much it will cost to buy out Kroenke

first_imgNigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote has been linked with Arsenal for some time, with the businessman previously stating that he will be pursuing a takeover of the club. Dangote – the richest man in Africa – has made several statements in the past about his desire to become the owner of the North London club. Read Also: Odion Ighalo: Solskjaer reveals how Nigerian has improved Man United attack Bob told the Financial Times’ Business of Football Summit that a takeover of a ‘top six’ club would cost at least £2billion. Meanwhile, a move for a team elsewhere in the Premier League would cost between £150million and £350million. He added that: “They’re all for sale.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters Loading… center_img His brother, Bob Ratcliffe, who is head of the football division for Ineos – owners of Ligue 1 side Nice – has revealed how much it would currently cost the likes of Dangote to take over a Premier League club. And in January of this year, he reiterated his intentions, stating that: “It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying is we have $20billion worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on. “I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can. “I’m not buying Arsenal right now, I’m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I’m trying to take the company to the next level.” And now Dangote has been told how much it will cost to secure a bid for one of the Premier League’s big sides. Sir Jim Ratcliffe has been linked with a takeover of Chelsea for some years, but last August saw his company Ineos complete a deal to take over Nice instead.last_img read more