University professor wins Luce Fellowship

first_imgAssociate professor of theology and peace studies at Notre Dame Fr. Emmanuel Katongle has been selected as a 2017-2018 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology along with five other members of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada, the University announced in a press release Tuesday.According to the press release, Katongle will spend a year studying “ethnic, religious and ecological violence” in sub-Saharan Africa beginning in January 2018.“What is particularly exciting about this project is I’m studying … three types of violence together, and I’m making the argument that they are all connected,” Katongle said in the press release. “We are not talking about three forms of violence. We’re talking three manifestations of the same type of violence that is part of the crisis of belonging in modern Africa.”Katongle will use the research he conducts during his fellowship to write a book — “Who Are My People?” — that will explore the role Christianity plays in the violence he is researching. The press release said Katongle is hoping to find “excess of love” that counteracts this violence.“If I can trace this excess of love in these communities, what I would like to do is display it and show it as an invitation into which everyone is called,” he said in the press release. “ … God is peace. But what does that mean in the context of so much violence, suffering and the refugee crisis? I felt I could make a distinctive contribution to that conversation by adding a theological voice.”Tags: Luce Fellowship, Theologylast_img read more

Southern Tier Brewing Company Adds Pumking Whiskey To Seasonal Lineup

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via Southern Tier Brewing Company / Facebook.LAKEWOOD – The Southern Tier Brewing Company is offering up another way to enjoy their seasonal favorite “Pumking” this fall.The company’s distillery has created a new Pumking Whiskey.They say the drink is made from a handcrafted whiskey with flavors of pumpkin pie spice, buttery cream and pie crust.The recipe, brewers say, is like pumpkin pie in a shot glass. The whiskey is currently available for sampling and purchase at The Empty Bottle, Southern Tier Distilling Company’s tasting room in Lakewood.The craft will also be on sale at Southern Tier’s retail partners this month and into early September.last_img read more

Vermont-based Vtrim secures funding, creates jobs

first_imgVtrim Healthy Weight Management is now positioned to take it’s science-based weight management program to the broader commercial market. Since raising $650,000 in capital, Vtrim CEO and Managing Director Krista M.C. Conley and her team have positioned Vtrim to be the leading online weight-loss treatment choice for individuals, families, and businesses seeking improved health and easier access to proven expert support.Based on over 30 years of research within the field of obesity treatment, Vtrim began as a University of Vermont study measuring the effectiveness of online weight loss programs. In January 2011, University of Vermont leadership and Conley signed an exclusive license agreement, opening the door for their academic, college-accredited program to reach the broader public. The new firm has created six management positions in Middlebury and will hire additional personnel in 2012.”Vtrim is a great example of the economic power of commercializing research developed at institutions like the University of Vermont,” said Lawrence Miller, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development. “By combining the power of entrepreneurship with solid academic research, we can look forward to creating many more opportunities within Vermont for businesses to grow and thrive.”  The company hopes that Vermont businesses will learn more about the Vtrim program, and set a national model for overweight and obesity reduction. “Vermont is not considered an overly obese state, but 59% of Vermonters are overweight or obese … obesity directly impacts health care costs and in our small state, 59% is too much. We want to improve Vermonters overall quality of life,” said Conley.”At this stage in the national obesity epidemic, it’s time for a program with proven effectiveness,” said Conley. “Vtrim is not about gimmicks or quick fixes, it’s about the fundamentals of each individual’s healthy weight.  Our expert facilitators help you understand, decode and repackage your attitudes about eating and exercise in a way that makes sense. Mobile phone applications are not a replacement for a learning environment with a seasoned instructor and other motivated peers.”Vermont angel investor and Vtrim alumnae Claudia K. Clark, and the Vermont Seed Capital Fund invested in the new commercial entity. “Proven programs for treating obesity and teaching wellness online are rare, said David Bradbury, manager of the Vermont Seed Capital Fund, LP.  “Vtrim is well positioned to be the first mover in online weight management.” The Vermont Seed Capital Fund, LP is managed by the non-profit Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET).(Vtrim® Healthy Weight Management uses expert facilitation to lead online classes. Highly trained facilitators, most of which are registered dietitians and registered nurses, complete a rigorous 45-hour training program. Closed-group classes meet online once per week for twelve weeks and are supported by interactive online journaling and a personalized graduated exercise program. Vtrim is the only online weight loss program to offer a follow-up course, Vtrim II, and an ongoing Maintenance Program. For more information visit www.vtrimonline.com(link is external) .)SOURCE Vtrim MIDDLEBURY, Vt., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Expert says late antiviral treatment may still help H5N1 patients

first_imgDec 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A virologist who has treated H5N1 avian influenza patients in Vietnam said the antiviral drug oseltamivir may help avian flu patients even when started later than 2 days after illness onset—generally considered too late, according to a Reuters report today.The standard advice about oseltamivir for treatment of seasonal flu is that it can shorten the illness if it is started within 2 days after the first symptoms. But Menno de Jong of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City said the drug seemed to help four of his patients even though it was started later.De Jong said the assumption that oseltamivir works only if started within 48 hours may be true only for human flu viruses. He said the H5N1 virus is known to continue replicating in humans on the seventh or eighth day of symptoms.”In my experience, there is a clear suggestion that there was still virus replication [when we made] a late start in treatment,” de Jong told Reuters at a conference in Singapore. “In four of my patients, there was very rapid clearance of the virus from the throat and all four survived.”De Jong told the conference audience, “If you can decrease the viral load [with drugs], you can have a good outcome. Even those who are treated late had good results.”But the report didn’t mention any other evidence that late treatment can work, besides de Jong’s anecdotal findings in a few of his own patients.De Jong, who treated 17 H5N1 patients in 2004 and 2005, of whom 12 died, agreed with other experts that starting treatment early is still best, Reuters reported.The United States and many other countries have been stockpiling oseltamivir in the face of the risk that avian flu will spark a pandemic. No one knows how effective the drug will be if the virus evolves into a pandemic strain.The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends oseltamivir as first-line treatment for H5N1 avian flu (with zanamivir [Relenza] as the second choice). The WHO guidelines do not say that treatment must be started within the first 2 days of illness to be effective.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says oseltamivir and zanamivir have been shown to reduce the duration of seasonal flu by about 1 day, provided treatment is begun within 48 hours of the first symptoms.See also: WHO guidelines on pharmacologic management of patients infected with H5N1http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2006/WHO_PSM_PAR_2006.6_eng.pdflast_img read more

Check out Brisbane’s newly listed homes with character

first_imgPlenty of original character features were retained in this 29 Frith St, South Brisbane home. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020If a little closer to the CBD is more appealing this home at 29 Frith St, South Brisbane has plenty going for it.It has two-bedrooms and four bathrooms.The upstairs of the character home retains original features including ceiling roses, VJ panelling and polished, timber floor boards. 22 Windermere Crescent, Carindale. Picture: realestate.com.auTHEY may be in different suburbs but the one thing these new hot listings have in common is they are all homes with character.This five-bedroom house at 22 Windermere Crescent, Carindale, is impressive in its street appeal and inside.There is a large fountain out the front of the home and once you enter the foyer it leads you through to living spaces or to the upper level.The home has a fully soundproofed karaoke/cinema room. 62 Marriott St, CoorparooIf it’s a brush with sporting fame you’re after and a huge family home to boot check out, 62 Marriott St, Coorparoo. The five-bedroom home is owned by former Brisbane Lions captain Michael Voss who has now moved with his family to South Australia.The five-bedroom home is on a large corner block and is ultra-private.It is designed in a U configuration around the pool.its best on a grand scale. Flawlessly designed in a classic ‘U’ configuration around the pool this spectacular home presents the ultimate in connection and privacy. The formal lounge and dining area have a wood fireplace, arched french windows and a chandelier.last_img read more

Only a few apartments are left for sale in this development complex

first_img18 David St, Nundah.Graczyk Thompson Hendra selling agent Matt Thompson said the apartments offered a contemporary design and made great use of the internal and external flow of space. “All are very private with lovely aspects (either to the rear or towards David St which is lined with magnificent large trees,” Mr Thompson said.The apartments are 8km from Brisbane’s CBD and close to public transport. 18 David St, Nundah.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 18 David St, Nundah.Brisbane property developer Jenny O’Brien enjoyed creating her latest project so much so she invested in an apartment there herself. Mrs O’Brien said only five units remained at the 19-unit complex at 18 David St, Nundah site. After knocking down two homes at 18 and 20 David St, Mrs O’Brien said the remaining two-bedroom, two-bathroom units were proving popular among investors and first homebuyers.“Our properties that are listed for rent get snapped up within two days,” Mrs O’Brien said. “The market is very strong here.“Nundah doesn’t have a glut of units. The market has picked up over Christmas.”center_img 18 David St, Nundah.Mrs O’Brien said she had always had a passion for real estate.“I’ve always wanted to develop,” she said.She said the one-bedroom apartments were snapped up and sold off the plan.The pet-friendly building has low body corporate fees, according to Mrs O’Brien who lives in one of the units.She said often people feel boxed in when it comes to apartment living, however an illusion of space was created within each unit.“They are standard-sized units but we have nice high ceilings,” she said.last_img read more

Slovakia’s second-pillar pension system under threat again

first_imgHowever, Richter has stressed that the government does not intend to dismantle the second pillar.The announcement coincided with the start of second-pillar payouts this year for the 30,000-odd members who have reached age 62.Under legislation approved last year, pensions can be paid out in three forms: lifetime annuity from an insurer, temporary pension from an insurer, or a programmed withdrawal from a pension management company.To date, three insurers have been licensed: Allianz-Slovenská Poisťovňa, Generali and Union.The system operates through a competitive bidding process mediated by Sociálna poisťovňa, the first-pillar agency.Only a handful of eligible retirees have applied so far, but the offers have been low and are likely to have provided the impetus for the latest re-opening.According to estimates from the Finance Ministry’s Institute for Financial Policy (IFP), the monthly payout in 2015 will average only €30, with 60% of this year’s eligible retirees receiving less.The institute does acknowledge nevertheless that the system is only 10 years old, and that payouts will increase as savings build up, and at a faster rate than the state pension.The IFP also noted the low returns generated by the funds since 2009 – 2% per year compared with 16% for the MSCI World Index.However, it attributed this partly to the instability caused by government policies, including the slashing of the contribution rate from 9% to 4% in 2012, and 2013’s mass movement into so-called ‘guaranteed’ funds.That year, members had to choose one of the four funds from their provider with varying risk profiles or default automatically to the guaranteed one.As of end September 2014, the guaranteed funds, despite their much lower returns, accounted for 89% of all assets. Slovakia is to re-open its second pillar, for the fourth time since 2008, to allow dissatisfied members to leave.The exit window, and terms and conditions for members leaving the system, have not been finalised yet and will follow discussions between Ján Richter, minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Family, the six second-pillar management companies and the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS).The second pillar has some 1.5m members and assets, as of the end of September 2014, of €6.3bn, according to the NBS.Prime minister Robert Fico reiterated his long-standing hostility to the system by stating that it was disadvantageous for two-thirds of the membership.last_img read more

JPMAM creates new leader role for international institutional sales

In this new capacity, the company said he would broaden his leadership of institutional sales efforts for international clients.Gatch said that, as head of the company’s sovereign business for the last five years, Thomson had already helped some of the largest investors in the world through a period of big changes and expansion.Using that experience with international sales teams will help ensure better outcomes for clients, he said.Thomson said this was a very challenging time for investors, given the continued growth in pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign investors even at a time of low yields. JP Morgan Asset Management has appointed Patrick Thomson in the newly created role of head of international institutional clients, as the company seeks to bolster sales to a changing client segment.Alongside the new job, Thomson will continue working in his current role as global head of sovereign clients, and will continue reporting to George Gatch, chief executive of JP Morgan Investment Management Global Clients.Gatch said: “As institutional investors increasingly look to more sophisticated investment strategies, and continue to evolve their asset allocation to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow’s market environment, strengthening our international client service resources ensures we can continue to provide cohesive, tailored and pragmatic solutions that address the needs of our clients.”Thomson, based in London, will start in the new role immediately. read more

Willis Towers Watson turns its back on managers on culture grounds

first_imgFortunately, according to Nikulina, there had recently been a shift in mindset in the investment industry towards a team-oriented approach, although taking advantage of this model was not straightforward.“It requires a lot of self-awareness and humility from the leadership to be able to take the benefit of the team approach,” she said.In addition to culture, WTW engages with asset managers on inclusion and diversity, and sustainable investment.“The investment industry is very non-diverse,” said Nikulina, showing a snapshot (pictured below) of an analysis of some of the consultancy’s preferred managers for its best ideas fund.“Orange means [there is] zero-diversity, and as you can see there is too much orange on this page despite the fact that we have been specifically focussing on trying to bring more diversity into the teams that manage our portfolios,” she said.WTW asset manager diversity analysis Willis Towers Watson has downgraded eight managers and “walked away” from five investment ideas for reasons related to culture within their organisations.The decisions were made as part of a culture assessment of the consultancy’s highest conviction managers, which it nearly two years ago, said Luba Nikulina, global head of research at Willis Towers Watson.“An underlying trend was concern about dependency on one individual who has too much power, or to put it more bluntly, a personality cult,” she said at an event held this morning by the Thinking Ahead Institute, whose work has informed WTW’s asset manager research.“A team approach is what can make a better investment organisation,” added Nikulina. In addition to becoming more diverse, asset managers needed to take care to create an inclusive environment.“That’s the only way you can take advantage of these diverse perspectives and let this diverse talent flourish,” said Nikulina.Thumbs up for extra-financial motivesWith regard to sustainable investment, she said WTW’s beliefs had become much stronger recently, noting for example that the consultancy believed that “extra-financial motives play a meaningful role and should be considered by investors”.“Successful investment organisations must articulate purpose,” she added, specifying that this should extend to the benefits they bring to “clients, employees, society and planet”.Stewardship, meanwhile, was “an opportunity for the investment industry to redefine its purpose and demonstrate its value to society”.“There is too much time spent in our industry on financial analysis and modelling and not enough on stewardship and actual value creation,” said Nikulina.She praised the UK’s new Stewardship Code for paying attention to purpose, beliefs and culture.last_img read more

Michael David Siebenthal

first_imgMichael David Siebenthal age 77 of Danville, Illinois passed away at the VA Illinois Health Care System on July 21, 2018. Michael was born in Milan, Indiana on June 1, 1941 the son of the late Edgar and Marjorie Champ Siebenthal.He was a Navy Veteran and during his service to our country, he proudly taught himself how to play the guitar and trumpet and continued doing this throughout his life!Survivors include 3 sisters; Rebecca Hall of Illinois, Barbara Pendleton of Wisconsin and Mary Squires of Iowa. He was preceded in death by 1 brother, Jimmie Lee Siebenthal.A funeral service will be held this Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11:00 am at Neal’s Funeral Home with burial immediately following in Otter Creek Cemetery 1 mile NW of Nebraska, IN in Butlerville, Indiana.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more