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Moon, Biden agree to work on joint North Korea strategy

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean and U.S. presidents agreed on the need for a comprehensive strategy on North Korea as they push to work together to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. During their first phone talks since President Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, South Korean President Moon Jae-in proposed the allies make joint efforts. Moon’s office quoted Biden as saying it’s important for Washington and Seoul to have the same position. Moon wants to resume nuclear diplomacy that collapsed when former President Donald Trump rejected Kim’s limited denuclearization steps in exchange for lifting sanctions. Moon said earlier that Biden could learn from Trump’s successes and failures though he acknowledged Biden was likely to try a different approach.last_img read more

Muslim student group teaches the art of Quranic recitation

first_imgNotre Dame’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) invites students to engage in prayer around the world Tuesday with the Art of Qur’an Recitation. Priscilla Wong, associate director of cross-cultural ministry for Campus Ministry, said the event is part of the Prayer Around the World series — a program started approximately eight years ago to promote interfaith understanding and dialogue. “We thought that we need to bring people together, and sharing how we pray is welcoming people into our faith and culture,” Wong said. “We work with people from that faith community and it’s a way that they can hold discussions and also have questions and answers.” Wong said in the past, Campus Ministry’s Muslim prayer services featured PowerPoint presentations that explained prayer posture and the basic pillars of the faith. This year, Wong said the MSA chose to focus on the art of recitation. First-year graduate student Aamir Ahmed Khan, coordinator of the event, said recitation of the Qur’an is a fundamental part of prayer. Muslims believe the Qur’an is the word of God to the prophet Muhammad. “Muslim prayer is five times a day and they recite some part of the Qur’an in each of the prayers, and they want to do so in the most beautiful voices,” Khan said. “If somebody wants to become successful or skillful in this art, he has to train also, and there are many very famous reciters in the world that are excelling in this field … It basically requires the mastery of the up and down of the voice, also using several of your muscles in the mouth or throat to correctly pronounce Arabic.” Khan said Rasoul Rasoulipour, a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Theology, will discuss the significance of the prayer form and recite part of the Qur’an. Rasoulipour will also share examples of other people’s recitations. Khan said the Art of Qur’an Recitation will feature another speaker, Abdul Rashied Omar, and a review of the book “The Art of Reciting the Qur’an” by Kristina Nelson. There will also be a question and answer session. “The book review we are doing [is] just to highlight the scholarship that is going into researching and learning about reciting Qur’an,” Khan said. “There are books about it and we chose this book especially because it is by an American professor, so the general audience can connect to it.” Wong said interfaith understanding and dialogue helps to connect cultures. “The more we can invite other people into our prayer, into our faith, not converting people, but just [inviting] them into it, it really helps us understand each other or embrace each other,” she said. “And I personally believe that is how we, as humanity, are tied together.” Learning about other faiths makes a person think and feel about his or her own religion, Wong said. “They’re entering this way of communicating with God and they make their faith life better,” she said. “So the intention is not to try to convert people, but to help learning by [comparing] and [contrasting] so that we embrace our own [faith] more dearly.” Khan said MSA consists of 20 to 30 graduate students and slightly more undergraduates. He said most of the graduate students are from other countries, whereas most of the undergraduates are American citizens. MSA celebrates Muslim festivals and helps new Muslim students adjust to attending a Catholic university, Khan said. “Because Muslims have to pray five times a day, we also gather occasionally for afternoon prayer at [the Coleman-Morse Center],” he said. “So these services are basically for Muslim students on campus, but the event like this … is [a] kind of outreach.” Khan said Campus Ministry and MSA are hosting the Art of Qur’an Recitation to expose students to other forms of prayer. “I think this will be very helpful for people of the Catholic community and also other religions that don’t have an idea about how Muslims go about their prayers,” he said. The prayer service will take place Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse Center.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Richard E. Grant & Bryce Pinkham Set for My Fair Lady & More

first_imgRichard E. Grant(Photo: Pip Seed) P.S. John Mulaney co-hosted LIVE with Kelly on December 20; check out what he had to say about starring alongside Nick Kroll in Broadway’s Oh, Hello. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Richard E. Grant & Bryce Pinkham Set for My Fair LadyRichard E. Grant (Downton Abbey), Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) and Bryce Pinkham (Holiday Inn) will star as Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle and Freddy Eynsford-Hill, respectively, in Lyric Opera’s My Fair Lady. Other names tapped for Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s classic include Donald Maxwell as Alfred Doolittle and Nicholas Le Prevost as Colonel Pickering. Robert Carsen directs the American debut of the production from Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; the tuner will play a limited engagement April 28, 2017 through May 21. Opening night is scheduled for April 29. Wouldn’t it be loverly if one of these revivals lands on Broadway soon?Is Mariah Carey Eyeing Broadway?If all you want for Christmas is Mariah Carey on Broadway in some way, then this isn’t outside the realms of possibility. Asked about the likelihood of her infamous Glitter movie making it to the Great White Way on Watch What Happens Live, the diva revealed: “That’s something that I’ve been thinking about…I would definitely do something with it for the true fans, like something in a Rocky Horror-esque way.” Watch this space!Holiday Inn to be Live StreamedNot been able to get to New York to catch the aforementioned Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer and Corbin Bleu in Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical? Never fear, you’ll be able to watch a live stream of the Roundabout tuner on January 14, 2017 at 8PM, courtesy of BroadwayHD. The limited engagement is scheduled to end its Main Stem run the following day at Studio 54.Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Shiny’Here we have the latest full sequence released from Disney’s Moana: the song “Shiny,” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and performed by Jermaine Clement. Released on November 23, the film has already grossed more than $280 million worldwide.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Uruguay as Wind Leader: Using Energy Finance in Transformational Ways

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Joe Thwaites for the World Resources Institute via Renew Economy:The developing nation went from having virtually no wind generation in 2007 to become a double world-record holder in less than a decade. By 2013, it was receiving the largest share of clean energy investment as a percentage of GDP, and in 2014, installed the most wind per capita of any country. By mid-2015, the country had installed 581 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity, providing an average 17 percent of total electricity generation over the year. Wind energy is now cost competitive in the nation, and is displacing the most expensive fossil-fuel generation.Uruguay is at the forefront of a growing movement of countries, communities and individuals who are transforming the way they generate and use energy. Meeting the goal of the Paris Agreement to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in order to prevent dangerous climate change will require a rapid and deep reduction of emissions. To achieve this countries will, among other things, need to fundamentally transform their energy sectors away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy.In our new working paper, Transformational Climate Finance: An Exploration of Low-Carbon Energy, we look at how funding can be used to bring about such large-scale, long-term and rapid changes in the energy sector to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency. In order to understand how climate finance can deliver this “transformational” change, we analyzed case studies covering a variety of geographies, energy sources and degrees of transformation.Uruguay’s wind sector was one of the most successful cases we found. The way it achieved results provides powerful lessons for other nations looking to transform their energy systems, and for funders such as the Green Climate Fund, whose Board is meeting this week to consider how it can best fulfil its mandate to promote a “paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways.”Uruguay’s wind development was driven by a desire to increase energy security. The country had relied heavily on hydropower historically. But with a decade of dry years between 1997 and 2007, hydro’s share of electricity generation fell from more than 90 percent to around 50 percent, leading to an increase in fossil-fuel imports (the country has no domestic reserves). By 2007, imported fossil fuels provided a third of generation. In addition to import costs, the increased reliance on fossil fuels added to the fiscal burden of providing residential subsidies. Given the steadily rising electricity demand, the government sought ways to diversify its energy sources.How Uruguay Became a Wind-Power Powerhouse Uruguay as Wind Leader: Using Energy Finance in Transformational Wayslast_img read more

New $15M Ice Rink Coming to Eisenhower Park

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new youth hockey arena in Eisenhower Park on Thursday.Nassau County officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for a new privately funded $15 million state-of-the-art “Twin Rinks Ice Center” sports and recreation center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.The new 85,000-square-foot facility will house two NHL regulation-sized rinks and one outdoor recreational hockey rink. The arena is set to host two Long Island youth hockey organizations: the Long Island Gills Amateur Hockey Association and the New York Junior Bobcats.“This new state of the art sports and recreation center is an exciting component of the Hub that will create jobs, complement Nassau’s sports-entertainment tourism plan and provide youth athletes access to world class skating facilities,” said County Executive Ed Mangano.The facility is expected to generate an estimated $35 million into the local economy over the first five years and is expected to create nearly 20 new jobs.Its construction is funded by Twin Rinks at Eisenhower Park, a collaboration between twin former NHL players turned youth hockey coaches Chris and Peter Ferraro of Ferraro Brothers Hockey, Joel Friedman of Clearview Capital Management, LLC and Ronald Friedman of SilvermanAcampora, LLP.“This is a great day for Nassau County and a great day for the sport of hockey,” said Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado, president of Coastal Advisors LLC who served as a consultant on the project. “I grew up here and know there has never been anything like Twin Rinks. More jobs, a world class facility and hockey programs will provide quality coaching for kids and adults and start turning more Long Island youth into NHL stars.”He noted that it is important to keep LI-based talent on the Island. The Ferraros had to go all over the place to get exposure and play hockey, he added.“It is our passion to support Long Island families so that they will no longer have to be torn apart or have their family life disrupted just because a child excels in hockey and wants to try to make it to the NHL,” said Chris Ferraro. “This facility will enable us to create a hockey hot bed right here on Long Island.”Peter Ferraro said he and his brother want to help the community grow and expand the sport’s recreation area at what he calls the Mecca of Long Island.“Having real NHL guys as a part of this is going to be huge for the community,” said Christina Collins, mother of a young right wing Dix Hills Rebels player. Her son plans to try out for the team once the rink is complete.“There is a limited number of rinks out here,” said Collins. “I think to grow the sport we need more ice time and more affordable ice time and a place for kids to play around an build the sport.”last_img read more

Nassau Cop Shoots at Fleeing Suspect

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County police officer fired a gunshot at a fleeing suspect in Massapequa in an investigation that led authorities to surround the house in which they mistakenly believed he hid.The officer responded to report of a suspicious person possibly breaking into a house or vehicle on Unqua Road ordered the fleeing suspect to stop and lie on the ground when the suspect refused and reached for his waistband at 4:14 a.m. Friday, police said.“The officer, fearing for his safety, discharged one round from his service weapon, missing the subject, who then fled the scene on foot,” police said in a news release.Canine Unit, Aviation Bureau, Bureau of Special Operations and Emergency Services Unit officers searched the area until shortly before 8 a.m., when they responded to a call of a suspicious person fitting the description on Carmen Mill Road, police said.The suspect entered a residence on East Hamilton Avenue and refused to exit until the Hostage Negotiation Team responded and determined the man was not the suspect they were looking for.Police are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

What ARE credit union referral rewards?

first_imgby: Gillian SmithIn a recent conversation with a colleague, we had a philosophical, almost existential debate about referral rewards, chiefly, what are referral rewards?Right now, you might be thinking “that’s a stupid question. Referral rewards are rewards offered as part of a referral program”.  This is true. However, this post is going to take a look at some of the semantics of referral rewards. We’re going to show how marketers can create false denotations for referral rewards and how consumers can be misled in to believing referral rewards are something other than what they are.During our debate, my colleague mentioned that it must be frustrating for customers to not get the reward they are promised. I stopped him in his tracks: in the programs we create, rewards are not promised. In fact, the whole structure of his sentence and the words used were incorrect. Customers are not frustrated because they “do not get the reward they are promised”. They are frustrated because they “do not qualify for a reward that is contingent on meeting a prescribed set of requirements”. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Trump “doing well,” taking antiviral remdesivir treatment: doctor

first_imgTrump is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but medical specialists have elected to initiate treatment with remdesivir, according to an evening health update by the president’s physician Sean Conley.”He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” Conley said.The situation has evolved rapidly since Trump tweeted in the early hours of Friday that he and his wife Melania, 50, tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.The president’s physician had initially said the two are “both well” and that “they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.” As of the afternoon, the doctor said Trump “remains fatigued but in good spirits” while his wife remains well with a mild cough and headache. The president also received a dose of an experimental antibody cocktail manufactured by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as a “precautionary measure,” the doctor said.Trump later left the White House and traveled to the military medical center by helicopter. He gave a thumbs-up and a short wave to reporters before boarding, but did not take questions.Concerns linger over the president’s health condition, as his age and weight are seen among the risk factors for developing severe symptoms of COVID-19.Trump has faced criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 7.3 million people and killed 208,000 in the United States, outstripping any other country.He has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus, telling the public to stay calm because the virus would just “go away,” while holding in-person campaign rallies in recent months to galvanize his support base.Trump has also been seen wearing a mask on only a handful of occasions.Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis has upended his election strategy, with only a month to go before the Nov. 3 election. The incumbent has trailed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, 77, in national polls.Biden, who shared a debate stage with Trump on Tuesday, has said he tested negative for the virus.Topics : US President Donald Trump is “doing very well” and has received antiviral remdesivir therapy after being hospitalized for contracting the novel coronavirus, his physician said Friday.Trump, 74, was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the White House, adding that he is expected to stay there for several days.Trump tweeted at night, “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Centene Management Company to Expand into Pennsylvania, Creating Nearly 300 Blair County Jobs

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Centene Management Company to Expand into Pennsylvania, Creating Nearly 300 Blair County Jobs April 05, 2018 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Centene Management Company (CMC), a health care services provider, will expand into Allegheny Township, Blair County, creating nearly 300 new jobs.“This expansion by CMC represents a long-term investment in the Altoona area that will create hundreds of jobs and boost the regional economy,” Governor Wolf said. “This is a great day for Blair County workers and their families, and I applaud CMC for recognizing all of the advantages Pennsylvania provides to companies looking to grow and thrive.”CMC plans to purchase land and construct a 53,300-square-foot facility to serve as a national healthcare inbound customer claims center. The company also plans to invest more than $20 million into the project, which will create nearly 300 new jobs over the next four years.CMC received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $900,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $592,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in coordination with the Altoona Blair County Development (ABCD) Corporation.“Centene Corporation’s decision to locate here in Blair County – the nation’s First Frontier – represents one of the most significant new investments our community has seen in many years,” said Stephen McKnight, president and CEO of ABCD Corporation. “With almost 300 new jobs expected, it will be one of our largest single job generating attraction projects. On behalf of the ABCD Corporation’s entire board, we could not be happier to have played a part in securing this project for Blair County and the commonwealth, and we greatly appreciate the critical role Governor Wolf, the Governor’s Action Team, and our local officials have played in getting this new investment across the finish line. We all look forward to welcoming Altoona native and Centene Corp. CEO Mr. Neidorff along with his corporate team and employees to Blair County.”CMC is a subsidiary of Centene Corporation (CNC), a Fortune 500 healthcare services company. The company has a full range of healthcare solutions for uninsured Americans by contracting with their health plans and other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services such as behavioral health, life and health management, managed vision, telehealth, pharmacy benefits management, and medication adherence.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dorset Pension Fund reshuffles managers on £500m of equity mandates

first_imgThe £2.1bn (€3bn) Dorset County Pension Fund has appointed three managers to invest nearly £500m in global equity mandates after undergoing a review.At present, Pictet Asset Management and INTECH Investment Management, a subsidiary of the Janus group, manage the local government pension scheme’s allocations, but the managers were put under review earlier this year.Dorset invested approximately one-quarter of its assets in global equities – £350m with Pictet, £111m with Intech and £64m with JP Morgan Asset Management through an emerging markets mandate.Intech manages US equity investments, while Pictet manages global equities and has done sone since its appointment 25 years ago. Dorset has now announced three new managers for global equity investments, appointing Investec Asset Management, Wellington Management International and Allianz Global Investors.Investec and Wellington will now share a £240m allocation to global active (ex UK) and emerging markets, while Allianz was awarded a global smart beta equity mandate of the same size.Investec and Wellington have been appointed on long-only active management mandates, with a preference for fundamental discretion with the managers, over systematic strategies.Allianz’s smart beta strategy will manage indices on a factor basis or a fundamental strategy, and also exclude emerging market stocks.The mandate winners came out on top of a manager selection process that generated 39 responses, with consultancy bfinance running the process.According to Dorset’s annual report for the 2013-14 financial year, Pictet underperformed its benchmark on an annual, triennial and five-year basis, down 1 percentage point over the latter.Intech outperformed its benchmark by 50 basis points over the year, 40bps over three years and 30bps over five.last_img read more