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Scholarship at ONCAMPUS Reading – Art & Design

first_img Pocket Scholarship at ONCAMPUS Reading – Art & Design Career Opportunity for 20 Photographers Deadline: 28 April 2017Open to: designed for international students who have completed senior secondary educationScholarship: 50% scholarship at ONCAMPUS ReadingDescriptionThis fantastic Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP) is designed to prepare international students, who have completed senior secondary education, for entry to undergraduate studies in Art & Design at the University of Reading. ONCAMPUS Reading is within easy reach of central London and has an internationally renowned reputation for the quality of its research and the excellence of its teaching, positioned among the top 1% of universities worldwide. If you complete the UFP at ON-CAMPUS to the required level and achieve the required English language score, you will have the opportunity to progress onto an Undergraduate degree at the University of Reading.EligibilityThis programme is designed to prepare international students, who have completed senior secondary education, for entry to undergraduate studies at the University of Reading.If you successfully complete the UFP to the required level of attainment in all academic areas and achieve the required English language score, you will have the opportunity to automatically progress onto a place on a suitable programme of undergraduate study at the University of Reading.The UFP is set at NQF level 3, which is equivalent to A level standard in the UK.ScholarshipAn award for a  50% scholarship at ONCAMPUS Reading;No prize alternatives or cash equivalents are offered;Prizes are non-transferable;The winner is solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to the acceptance of the prize.How to Apply?In order to take part in the contest, you first need to sign up and then follow these steps:Answer a Quick Fire Quiz;White a Short Motivational Statement Essay in no more than 400 words tell them what current developments in the Art & Design world inspire you and why you think you think ONCAMPUS Reading is the place for you to develop your skills?Tell them about yourself Form.For more information please visit the official web page. Share 0 +1 Similar Stories Redditcenter_img Tweet Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. LinkedIn 0 ← London College of Fashion: Short Courses Award March 22, 2017 Published by emmanuel Win a New Europe Business Forum/Scholarship! →last_img read more

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Autodesk to cut 1,150 jobs amid restructuring

first_imgAutodesk to cut 1,150 jobs amid restructuringSoftware and 3D tools firm is shifting towards a subscription modelChristopher DringHead of Games B2BWednesday 29th November 2017Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleAutodeskSoftware and 3D tools experts Autodesk plans to slash its headcount by 1,150 employees, which is 13% of its workforce.Autodesk’s technology and tools is used by the manufacturing, architecture and construction industries, along with video games companies. Its services have been used by many AAA studios, including EA DICE, Naughty Dog, Insomniac Games, Bungie and Eidos Montreal, amongst others.The cuts are part of the firm’s plans to move to a subscription service rather than charging upfront fees, eliminating the initial high cost for clients. The company’s shares fell 10% on the announcement,Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The cost of the job cuts could cost the firm up to $149m.  “As we enter the growth phase of our model transition, we need to re-balance investments to focus on our strategic priorities,” said CEO Andrew Anagnost. “This includes divesting from some areas and increasing our investment in others.  We’re taking this restructuring action from a position of strength.  This is not a cost reduction activity as we maintain our commitment to keep total non-GAAP spend flat this year and next.”The firm reported a 5% growth in Q3 revenue to £515m, although it still reports a loss of $120m overall. It last announced layoffs in February 2016, when it cut 925 employees.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAutodesk acquires Solid Angle”Will allow us to help customers better tackle this computationally intensive part of the creative process”By Rachel Weber 5 years agoAutodesk restructuring, 925 lay offs planned”So we can focus resources on areas that will accelerate the move to the cloud”By Rachel Weber 5 years agoLatest comments (1)Jim Rogers3 years ago Autodesk reported 5% improvement in sales vs. 3Q17 helped by subscription revenues. Total subscribers improved 22% to 3.59MM, as it is transitioning to subscription-based model from perpetual license. $ADSK plans to lay off 13% of its workforce as part of its restructuring efforts, which would impact approx. 1,150 employees of total 9,000 workers. Here is Q3 2018 earnings highlights: http://alph.st/b601e9180Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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On average, it costs $35.42 to get a mobile gamer to make first in-app purchase

first_imgOn average, it costs $35.42 to get a mobile gamer to make first in-app purchaseLiftoff: Costs to acquire and register users continue to increase, conversion rates dipped YOYRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 1st October 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareIt’s getting more expensive to acquire users in mobile games, and even moreso to get them to make a first-time in-app purchase.Using data taken from 555 apps from June 2018 through May 2019, Mobile app marketing company Liftoff determined that it cost an average of $4.37 to acquire a new user for a mobile game, up 16.5% year-over-year. It’s also getting more expensive to encourage acquired users to register, with an average cost of $9.17 up 33.3% year-over-year. And to get a user to make a first-time purchase, it cost an average of $35.42 over the reviewed period.Additionally, conversion rates have dipped year-over-year, with 47.7% of users who install a game converting into registered users, and only 12.3% of users who install a game making their first in-app purchase. That’s down 6.9% and 1.1% from last year.Compared by platform, Liftoff determined that Android users are much cheaper to acquire (an average of $3.21 per user compared to iOS’s $4.85), as well as slightly cheaper to get to register and eventually make a purchase ($33.83 on average on Android versus $36.63 on iOS).By region, countries with higher acquisition costs include the UK ($4.25 per user), the US ($4.71, Canada ($5.12), and Japan ($5.25). On the lower end, it’s only $2.17 to acquire a user in Russia, $1.42 in Brazil, and $1.32 in China.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games However, the low cost of acquisition doesn’t always land alongside a high conversion rate to making in-app purchases. The US has a 12.9% conversion rate, and Canada is up at 15.3%. But cheaper acquisition cost countries like Brazil and China have low conversion rates, 4.2% and 3.1% respectively, but China in particular has such a large overall population of players that the low percentages are offset somewhat. Overall, the UK is in one of the best positions — it costs $24.53 to acquire a user that makes an in-app purchase, and also has a high conversion rate of 17.3%.Finally, the report breaks down several genres of game such as social casino, hyper-casual, and midcore and strategy. Though social casino and hyper-casual have the highest user retention on day one of all the genres covered (32.2% and 32.7% respectively), the numbers for all genres even out over time, with less than a 2% retention difference by Day 30 between the highest (social casino, 4.2%) and lowest (hypercasual, 2.3%).The full report can be found here.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 9 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 13 hours agoLatest comments (1)ElvisHasLeft Gaming since ’82 A year ago I am glad to see this trend. The mobile gaming market has to adapt and deliver better gaming experiences, instead of boring, half-baked things full of micro-transactions. With some exceptions, mobile gaming is to be avoided at all cost, it’s simply not worth it. Edited 1 times. Last edit by ElvisHasLeft on 3rd October 2019 2:37pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Cybersecurity: Lessons learned from live exercises

first_imgThis article waswritten by Rod Walton, Clarion Energy Content Director, and featured onthe Power Grid International website.Power Grid International is a Clarion Power and Energy brand. Data breaches are becoming a common phenomenon in South Africa. Image:123rf. BRICS Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter The cyberwar is adifferent animal altogether, with an invisible enemy probing for weakness alongthe wall separating information and operations. Most are fended off, butUkrainian power generators learned the hard way after malware shut down theirgrid in 2015. Most war exercisesare starkly visual, intimidatingly loud experiences. Weapons, hardware, maybeeven smoke and booms are involved. The Exelon utilitieswhich participated in their own live exercises over the two-year periodincluded ComEd, PECO, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Atlantic City Electric,Delmarva Power and Pepco. Read more about cyber-attacks The system isolatedfrom the enterprise network includes the transmission and distribution SCADA(supervisory control and data acquisition) system, advanced meteringinfrastructure, operations management systems and more. Participants includecommunication system engineers, transmission system operators, complianceexperts, physical and corporate security, among many others. To even attemptthe exercise Exelon’s experts had to understand the data architectureintimately – which they did – but also learned how spread out and complex theconnections were. The Ukraine attack forced cybersecurity totop of mind for many utilities in the US. Exelon Corp. decided to do somethingabout it, undertaking a live exercise to disconnect its real-time network fromthe corporate network in the case of an intruder within its system. Ted Johnson, directorof IT, real-time solutions for Exelon unit ComEd, said the goal was to minimisedisconnection time. The first step was to perform pre-disconnection checks,then disconnect, validate the critical functionalities, validate retained and lostfunctionality, reconnect, validate normal operations and then backfilling ofdata, if necessary. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA center_img “This was meant (tosimulate) an external attack,” Kuberski said, “that would come through thecorporate network into the real-time network.” TAGScybersecurity Previous articleAre you prepared for Stage 8 loadshedding and beyond?Next articleEEP Africa: grant financing for early-stage clean power projects Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Generation Conducting live exercises Finance and Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The live exercises disconnected the Exeloncorporate network from the real-time system for about a four-hour period,testing how operations handled the break and how things were brought backtogether. The Exelon event involved hundreds of collaborations among itsvarious utilities and infrastructure vendors. Exelon IT and cybersecurity experts shared their insights during the “Live Cybersecurity Exercises against Production Systems” session Tuesday [28 January] at DISTRIBUTECH International in San Antonio. The panel also featured West Monroe Partners, which worked with Exelon on the live exercises from 2017 to August 2019. “There were some things we thought would work a certain way and they didn’t work,” said Mike Kuberski, director of IT for utility communications at Exelon. “We capture what went well, what didn’t go well.”last_img read more

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5 fights between France and Italy

first_imgBut it’s the French who have been the strongest. Over the past 20 years, French companies have bought Italian rivals, from the dairy producer Parmalat to the fashion maker Gucci. There has been speculation for years that Generali, one of the few big multinationals left in Italy, could merge with French rival Axa.Things came to a head when Italy’s populist government of 5Stars and the League came into office last summer and identified French President Emmanuel Macron as the symbol of the pro-EU establishment it wants to destroy.Here are just five of the most recent spats between Paris and Rome:1. Yellow JacketsMacron’s plan for a fuel tax increase has sparked violent protests | Lucas Barioulet/AFP via Getty ImagesThe provocation that seems to have tipped the French over the edge was when Luigi Di Maio, leader of the 5Star Movement and deputy prime minister, met with leaders of the Yellow Jackets movement in Paris.In a post on Facebook Thursday, Di Maio wrote that Paris “has attacked several times the Italian government” in the run up to the European election in May, and added that the meeting  “doesn’t represent a provocation” toward the French government because Macron’s En Marche movement meets with Italy’s Democratic Party.The 5Stars had already publicly expressed their support for the Yellow Jackets, whose initial protests against a fuel tax morphed into a general anti-Macron movement. 4. High-speed train lineConstruction work on the Saint-Martin-la-Porte tunnel in France that is meant to provide access to the future Turin-Lyon railway link | Philippe Desmazes/AFP via Getty ImagesParis and Rome are also at odds over a controversial railway project to link Turin and Lyon. The 5Stars are strongly opposed to the €8.6 billion project, and on Tuesday gave the now-recalled French Ambassador Christian Masset a cost-and-benefit analysis that shows that Italy would incur a net loss of €7 billion if it were to go ahead.The French government was not impressed. France has already dug 25 kilometers into the Alps, and further delays could push Brussels to reduce EU funding for the project, an amount that currently stands at €400 million. France would like Italy to make up its mind and respect its international commitments: “There are deadlines that require decisions to be taken in a timetable compatible with the mobilization of European funding,” said Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne last week while visiting the construction site in Savoie. The Italian government said it will discuss the project with Paris, but no date has yet been set, an Italian transport ministry spokesperson said.5. Leonardo da VinciEven Leonardo Da Vinci isn’t immune from the Franco-Italian fighting | AFP via Getty ImagesEven art isn’t immune from the Franco-Italian fighting. The Louvre wants to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death in October. In 2017 the Italian government agreed to lend the Paris museum much of the work it owns by Da Vinci. But that might now not happen. “Leonardo is Italian, he just died in France,” said Lucia Borgonzoni, Italy’s undersecretary of state for culture, in November. “He’s not called Leonardò, as they call him, but Leonardo,” she added while announcing her intention to renegotiate the deal.Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli and Paola Tamma contributed to this story.  Also On POLITICO France recalls ambassador to Italy over Rome’s ‘repeated attacks’ By Emma Anderson Italy’s Di Maio meets with Yellow Jackets By Maïa de La Baume Paris recalled its ambassador to Rome on Thursday — the last time that happened was in 1940, when Italy declared war on France.This time it was “repeated, baseless attacks” from the ruling Italian parties that caused France to make its diplomatic move.It’s been a long time coming for two countries that each consider themselves the best at everything, from food to fashion to football. The French “love to show off, they are smug even if they are weak,” wrote the right-wing Italian daily Libero in an editorial.center_img Before recalling its ambassador, France played it cool: “We don’t want to take part in the race for who is the most stupid,” French Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau said. “With Italy we have many things to do and we want to continue doing them.”2. Migration5Star Movement member Alessandro Di Battista | Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty ImagesAlessandro Di Battista, one of the leaders of the 5Stars, told a TV show that tackling the problem of monetary sovereignty in Africa is the only way to solve the migration problem in Europe. Di Battista claimed that because the CFA franc — the currency used by 14 sub-Saharan African nations — is printed in France and has a fixed exchange rate against the euro, France effectively controls those countries that use it and has taken their sovereignty away from them.The 5Stars say their attack is based on work by Massimo Amato of Bocconi University, but Amato said they have misunderstood him. European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici — a Frenchman — said at the last Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers that talk about the currency was “irresponsible … provocation and we don’t want to take these kind of statements seriously because that’s exactly what the authors want.”3. LibyaFormer French president Nicolas Sarkozy | Valery Hache/AFP via Getty ImagesThe catalyst for many of the current problems came in 2011 when then French President Nicolas Sarkozy pushed for military intervention in Libya, a former Italian colony from where Rome still gets much of its oil.For many in Rome, Paris had gone too far. They blamed the French for leading the charge that led to an increase in the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and then for abandoning Italy when the consequences needed to be faced. This was a spat that began before Macron took office but it’s been exacerbated since then. In May last year Macron called a meeting with Libyan factions in Paris while Rome was in the middle of a political crisis after an inconclusive election (the populists came into office a few days later). The meeting “will be a nice photo-opportunity [for Macron], to us it will create a big disappointment,” an Italian diplomat was quoted as saying in the left-leaning La Repubblica.While this was going on, the center-left Italian government of the time led by Paolo Gentiloni was trying to defuse tensions and was working on a new treaty (the Quirinal treaty) with France. It was meant to be like the 1963 Elysée Treaty that laid the ground for new ties between France and West Germany. Officials say the planned new treaty is now in the deep-freeze.last_img read more

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UN Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman Calls for Millions to Reduce Violence Against Women

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUN Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman called for millions of people to add their name to an online petition for opposing violence against women. “I know that there are millions around the world who care deeply about the issue — and I urge all of them to come on board,” said the Academy Award–winning actress referring to the Say NO to Violence Against Women campaign. (UN Photo of Nicole Kidman at press conference in NY, by Jenny Rockett) “Every voice counts, and every amount counts,” Ms. Kidman told reporters at an April 22 press conference in New York, urging people to add their names to the campaign and donors to step up funding for the cause. “Let survivors of violence around the world know that they can count on us.” Nicole Kidman is the campaign’s spokesperson. “I have been UNIFEM’s Goodwill Ambassador for more than two years now and I have seen how being born a woman puts you at risk of the most appalling and widespread human rights violation of our time,” said Ms. Kidman. “The Say NO to Violence campaign provides people all over the world with an opportunity to add their names to an ever-growing movement of people demanding that ending violence against women be made a top priority for governments around the world,” she added. UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro welcomed UNIFEM’s Internet initiative as an important contribution to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s multi-year campaign on violence against women. “We need more of this and other initiatives throughout the UN system in the next years as we join together around the UN Secretary-General’s campaign,” she said. “By raising awareness, [the Say NO campaign] helps to make visible the hidden pandemic of our time. Joanne Sandler, UNIFEM Executive Director a.i., stressed the progress made and underscored the need to translate that progress into fully funded concrete programs and services. “At least 89 countries have specific laws on domestic violence and more than 100 countries have made rape a crime. Yet, the violent crimes committed against women far too often go unpunished and the perpetrators walk free,” she said. Sandler emphasized the need to scale up funding for the UNIFEM-managed United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, which provides financial support globally to innovative efforts that work. “Through the Trust Fund we have learned that strategic investments can protect women and prevent gender-based violence. Public spaces are being made safer for women in Argentina and Peru and in Rwanda, police have received training and motorbikes so that they can respond quickly to incidents of domestic violence,” she said. The Trust Fund receives requests well in excess of $100 million annually, and while contributions are increasing — reaching a record high of $15 million for grants in 2008 — there is much more good work to be funded. UNIFEM’s Say NO campaign seeks additional resources for the Trust Fund as it builds public support and political will on the issue. Corporations, charities and foundations are joining forces with UNIFEM and supporting the UN Trust Fund, at times through the Say NO campaign. Tim Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation, presented to UNIFEM a $100,000 contribution saying, “The UN Foundation issued a challenge grant that donated $1 to each of the first 100,000 signatures. We are very pleased to cut our check to the UN Trust Fund.” The Say NO initiative continues until November 25 2008, the internationally recognized day to eliminate violence against women, when UNIFEM will hand over the signatures to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in support of his global campaign. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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(WATCH) 100 People Work Together to Rescue a Great White Shark

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDozens of people literally pulled together trying to rescue a 14-foot great white shark that washed up on a Massachusetts beach.The video shows about 100 people — police, lifeguards, wildlife experts, and vacationing beachgoers — working frantically to save the shark on Cape Cod’s Whitecrest Beach.They created a pool around the shark and showered him with buckets of water to help him breath. Others dug a trench leading dozens of yards to the ocean.With Fins Off the Menu, A Glimmer of Hope for SharksWhen the trench was finished, they tied a rope around the shark’s tail and together dragged the 2,000 pound great-white back into the sea.Unfortunately, the heroic effort ended with the shark eventually dying in the water, but it was a dramatic show of humanity nonetheless.Shark experts say it’s very difficult to save large sharks when they beach themselves, although an effort in July did save a 7-foot great white in Cape Cod.Teen Drags Hammerhead Shark on Beach to Pull Hooks From its Mouth (WATCH)That younger shark was tagged and has been spotted several times this summer off the coast.(WATCH the video below) — Image from Robyn Schnaible on VimeoCape Cod Great White Shark Rescue – Whitecrest Beach, Wellfleet from Robyn Schnaible on Vimeo.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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News Anchor Announces On-Air That He is Helping to Forgive Over $1 Million in Medical Debt

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Washington state news anchor – along with the local station that he works for – is paying off over $1 million in medical debt for their viewers.Jesse Jones, who is a cancer survivor and reporter for KIRO 7 News, went on-air earlier this week and said that – for just $12,000 – he and the station had bought up the medical debt of 1,000 viewers.The randomly selected viewers will be receiving yellow envelopes from KIRO during the coming week – and none of them know that it’s coming.MORE: Occupy Wall Street Activists Pay Off $15mil of Americans’ Personal Debt“Medical debt is a subject near and dear to my heart and my wallet,” said Jones. “I’m a cancer survivor who has survived medical debt. I have been on payment plans, and I also have a job and insurance – but there are others out there who are not as fortunate as I am.”All of the finances were processed through the New York-based charity “RIP Medical Debt”: a nonprofit that locates, buys and forgives unpaid and unpayable medical debt for Americans, no strings attached.If you feel spurred to also help the news station pay off more debt, you can visit their donation web page.Click To Share The Compassionate Gesture With Your Friends – Photo by Kenteegardin, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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A revolutionary pope’

first_imgThe world knows him as Pope Francis, the newly elected leader of the Roman Catholic Church. To his fellow Latinos, he is Papa Francisco, and his cultural heritage reflects the new energy and broader scope of today’s Church. “Many among the Latino community have expressed excitement and satisfaction with the conclave’s decision,” he said. “A cardinal from Buenos Aires represents a new voice for many in the wider context of Latin America, and Catholics everywhere… expect his experiences as a Latin American, especially those involving poverty and violence, to influence the papacy ahead.” Fisher said the reality of the Church has undoubtedly changed over the centuries, and Catholics must find a balance between their visions for the future and the traditions of the past. “A Latin American pope reflects a Church that has grown beyond its core foundation in Europe; our Church today no longer resembles the Church that Saint Francis of Assisi [knew], when it remained confined to the Eastern Hemisphere,” he said. “Our Church today has encompassed all continents and continues to grow.” Sophomore Cecilia Ruiz, whose family is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, said the decision represents the sense that “the face of the Catholic Church is becoming more Latino.” “I believe that the selection of Pope Francis reflects the fact that… the face of the Catholic Church is changing,” she said. “It has been a well-known fact that much of Latin America is Catholic… [and] I feel that with Pope Francis as our pope, the Church will grow more. “It feels right that it should be led by someone who can connect with a large portion of the Church not only in a spiritual manner, but also on a cultural level,” Ruiz said. Although she has never felt the Church was disconnected from Latin America, Ruiz said Francis’ Latino heritage fills her with a sense of solidarity. “[The Church] is being led by a man who can relate to my family and me on a different level,” she said. “The fact that he speaks our language gives me a stronger tie to the Church… [but] no matter what ethnicity the pope may be, his leadership should make the faith of the Church stronger.” Esteban Rojas, a sophomore with family ties to Colombia, said he believes the choice is the cardinals’ way of acknowledging a “momentum shift” within the Church, as the Latino Catholic numbers continue to grow worldwide. “Over the past century, the Church has definitely expanded in the Americas as opposed to staying in the European cultures,” Rojas said. “I think [the cardinals] want a fresh take on the Church, and the new pope has proven that things will be different with his humility and leadership already. “With Francis being a Latino, his background and culture can contribute to the Church beyond its European identity,” he said. “He’ll bring different insight that will benefit the Church worldwide, not just in Latin America.” Rojas said while the election of a Latino pontiff hasn’t changed the way he thinks of the Church, it has energized his faith. “The cardinals obviously want a leader for the Church as a whole, and Francis is an excellent leader for the entire Church, not just the Latino population,” he said. “It is exciting to see one of our own represented in such a high position, though, especially because it’s never been seen before.” This is a “revolutionary pope,” he said, and he will evangelize to the world by the way he leads his life. “Something exciting is going to happen [in the Church], because he has already changed a lot of the standard protocol or traditions for popes in their first couple days,” Rojas said. “I’m really excited to see what he has in store and how he handles such a huge leadership position.” Katia Fernandez, a sophomore born in Lima, Peru, said she did a double take when she first saw the new pope appear on the balcony. His Latin American background makes him family to her, she said. Fernandez said she thinks a Latino pope will unify the Latino population in the United States and throughout Latin America. “This election has strengthened my identity as a Latina Catholic,” Fernandez said. “Having a Latino pope has brought me closer to my family and community, and I hope that Pope Francis… will be a household name for Latino families. Sophomore Juan Rangel, a native of Mexico, said he hopes Francis will make Latin American issues known worldwide and bring new energy to the search for solutions. “His actions just after assuming the role of pope, like insisting on paying rent and deciding against other papal traditions, demonstrates that he wants to portray himself as one of us,” Rangel said. “I hope that image of himself is maintained and strengthened during his time as pope. It will not only help within the Church as Catholics are warmed by this personality, but assist in international affairs as he meets leaders around the world.” Rangel said he has high hopes for the papacy and it strengthens his faith to see that the faith is truly universal, not limited to Europe. “I’m really excited to see what Papa Francisco will do during his papacy,” he said. “I envision him to be as great as Pope John Paul II was, and I hope his background and personality truly aid in his role as leader of our Church.” For Fisher, the bottom line is not the cultural identity of the new pope but rather the legacy of faith he brings. “Each pope offers new wisdom and gifts with the opportunity to serve Christ and the Church, and I look forward to this with Papa Francisco,” Fisher said. “But while I have faith in the new pope, my faith itself or how I think about my Church, does not depend on his nationality. “I only pray for a papacy blessed with true charity and love. I could not ask for more, and I expect no less.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowksi at [email protected] Freshman Steven Fisher said the moment Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony, he became a symbol of hope, a pope who will actively engage the people of Latin America again. Fisher, whose family is from Mexico, said he is “very optimistic” about the new leader.last_img read more

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Weekly unemployment claims edge up, still under 500

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims rose slightly again last week but remain at their typically low summer-time level. There still could be some volatility coming as school jobs end and claims are made. Claims spiked to over 1,100 eight weeks ago and then again three weeks ago before falling steeply. Claims are lower than they were the same time last year, which has been the usual case for most weeks in 2017. For the week of June 17, 2017, there were 459 claims, up 90 from the previous week’s total and 537 fewer than than they were a year ago.Altogether 3,752 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 64 from a week ago, and 911 fewer than a year ago.Claims during the summer usually hold at a relatively low level because of vacation hiring, until the next transition when school resumes in September.As expected, by industry, Services reported the most claims (57 percent of the total). Manufacturing also saw an increase of about 20 claims to 22 percent of the total.The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).Vermont’s unemployment rate for May was 3.1 percent. This reflects no change from the revised April rate (3.1 percent). SEE STORY.RELATED STORIES:Country Home Products to close Winooski plantCorp taxes rescue May revenuesThe Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment. VBM vermontbiz.comlast_img read more

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What you didn’t know about omni channel banking with Digital Insight’s Jose Resendiz

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Mike LawsonWe’ve all heard the term “omni channel” by now. It’s been showered upon us like the great flood of 1912. (I’m sure there was a flood somewhere that year.) Anyway, when it comes to an omni channel banking experience, what does this really mean? Yes, it requires a familiar experience across multiple platforms to cover all your membership bases. But how can a credit union really capitalize on this omniscient coverage?To get a better view, we invited Digital Insight’s Vice President, Product Management, Experience Design, & Business Development Jose Resendiz on the show and took a deep dive on this topic and why it’s so important for today’s credit unions to grasp and execute this multi-channel coverage to remain relevant and thrive. As Jose puts it: “…reaching the right consumers online or on their mobile device with the right products at the moment of truth.”With today’s technology gains on any device, this statement couldn’t be more true. Today’s consumers may be accessing their accounts from inside of their eyelids in the not-too-distant future — and credit unions need to be prepared for that “channel,” as well. We even dovetail into how the omni channel experience can boost a credit union’s cross-selling efforts, deepening their member relationships with more product/services adoption.We discuss much, much more about this contemporary topic with Jose in this latest episode. It goes by fast, as there are many omni-takeaways for CUs to implement immediately. Enjoy!Visit:digitalinsight.com continue reading »last_img read more

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Most parents do not successfully transmit their political values to their children, study finds

first_imgLinkedIn Less than half of all people in the United States adopt their parents’ political party affiliation, according to new research published in the British Journal of Political Science. The study also discovered some factors that appear to influence whether parents successfully transmit their partisan identities to their children.“Most parents want to raise their children with the ‘right’ values. What is right, of course, depends upon the parent but understanding what factors might aid or harm a parent’s ability to successful transmit their values to their children is important to many, particularly in this era of hyper polarization,” said study author Pete Hatemi, a distinguished professor at Penn State University.“Generally speaking, if there has been one constant in the study of political behavior it was the belief that political orientations are reliably transmitted from parents to children. The problem is that the evidence of this belief has almost entirely relied upon the concordance between self-reported parent and child values.” Share on Twitter Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Share “Basically, researchers have simply treated parent-child correlation as evidence of parent-to-child transmission. Moreover, the generally held view has been that parent-child agreement on political orientations is the norm — a majority of children know and want to adopt their parents’ values, and parents simply instill values into children. Oddly enough, these assumptions have hardly been tested.”The researchers examined data from 4,852 parent–child dyads. The data came from three large longitudinal studies: the Youth-Parent Socialization Study, the Health and Lifestyles Study and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Importantly, the studies not only assessed the party identification of parents and their children, they also assessed children’s perceptions of their parents’ political beliefs and included measures of the parent-child relationship.Hatemi and his colleagues found that fewer than half of the children correctly perceived and subsequently adopted their parents’ party identification. “That is, most parents do not successfully transmit their values to their children,” he told PsyPost.“There are at least two steps to transmitting values to children. First, children must accurately perceive their parent’s values, then they must choose whether or not to adopt those values. This is important because almost all prior approaches have overstated parent-to child transmission — they treated children who correctly perceived and adopted their parents values as the same as those who misperceived and rejected those values (and vice versa).”“The number of false positives and false negatives was considerable. On average, 28% of children misperceived their parents’ values and 35% of children rejected whatever they perceived their parents to be. That is, the perception of parental values, not the parents’ actual values, is the most important factor in a child adopting their parents’ political party identification,” Hatemi explained.The researchers also uncovered several factors related to a child’s rejection or acceptance of their parents’ party identification.“We found that while a more politicized home increases the ability of children to know their parent’s values, it does not have any role in motivating a child to adopt their parent’s values. Parent-child closeness and the intensity of parents’ political opinions appear to influence children to want to be more like their parents, but oddly enough they do nothing to improve a children’s ability to know their parents’ values.”“This is important because we found that the children who often want to be like their parents end up adopting the wrong values because they actually believed their parents to be completely different. And education, previously thought to have little role in transmission, does not influence a child’s ability to know their parents’ affiliation, but appears to make children more likely to reject whatever that they believe their parents to be.”All research includes some limitations, and the current study is no exception.“Our data mainly covers the 70s, 80, and 2000s but there is a real lack of studies that have parent-child cross reports. Our next step is to collect data from 2020 forward to see if this pattern holds true,” Hatemi noted.“Our models are designed to offer a first step, a baseline model if you will. Additional factors, such as institutions, differing political contexts, including other countries, global conditions and more information on the children and parents is needed, particularly emotional and cognitive aspects.”“The current study focused mainly parent to child transmission, but a critical next step is to address the role of child to parent transmission, which is increasingly prevalent in first-generation families. A growing literature is concentrating on child-driven discussion in which child experiences bring new information into the home and allows parents to become more politically aware,” Hatemi said.The study, “The Role of Child Perception and Motivation in Political Socialization“, was authored by Peter K. Hatemi and Christopher Ojeda. Pinterestlast_img read more

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WHO names candidates for next director-general

first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) today released the names of 6 candidates for the role of the agency’s next director-general, 4 of whom are from Europe, with 1 each from Asia and Africa.The current director-general, Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, will step down next June, after more than 10 years of service. The new director-general will start the position on Jul 1, 2017.The director-general is the de facto head of the WHO, overseeing all technical and administrative tasks for the organization. The WHO’s 194 member states had 5 months to submit nominations.The candidates are Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, from Ethiopia; Flavia Bustreo, MD, from Italy; Philippe Douste-Blazy, MD, from France; David Nabarro, MD, from the United Kingdom; Sania Nishtar, MD, from Pakistan; and Miklos Szocska, MD, of Hungary.The candidates have some similar backgrounds; five are medical doctors, and all but Nabarro and Bustreo have served as health ministers in their home countries. Nabarro is currently a special adviser to the United Nations on sustainable development, and Bustreo is an assistant director-general at the WHO.Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), which publishes CIDRAP News, said the next director-general faces “immense” challenges given the WHO’s lack of funding and organization.”There hasn’t been a fundamental change in structure at the WHO even post-Ebola,” said Osterholm. “Until we get serious about [the] shortcomings of the WHO, it’s a mistake to pin too much on the director-general.”The pool of candidates will be narrowed down to three through interviews with the WHO’s executive board by next January. An election will be held in May of 2017 at the World Health Assembly.See also:Sep 23 WHO news releaselast_img read more

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Montauk Seafood Festival

first_img Share Last weekend, the sixth annual Montauk Seafood Festival offered a delicious sampling of its bounty, including fresh local fish and shellfish prepared by top Montauk restaurants. The festival was held at a new venue this year, Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club. Family activities and the music of Liquid Phase and The 3 Bs rounded out the days of fun.last_img

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Gazprom, China pushing to conclude western route deal

first_imgGazprom’s Chairman, Alexey Miller and Zhang Gaoli, First Vice Premier of China’s State Council and Wang Yilin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of China National Petroleum Corporation, met in Beijing.The participants addressed the issues of bilateral cooperation, particularly the preparations for the contract on Russian natural gas supply to China via the western route, Gazprom revealed in a statement.The parties highlighted that they aimed for the conclusion of negotiations which were progressing steadily.In addition, cooperation in the area of underground gas storage, power generation, machine-building projects for the oil & gas industry, and cooperation in third countries, has also been discussed.last_img read more