Irish economist spurs Irish patriotism

first_imgAccording to Irish economist and author David McWilliams, one solution to Ireland’s recent economic problems may come from the Irish but not from Ireland, it would come from what he calls the “great Irish tribe.” McWilliams gave a lecture titled, “Ireland, Europe and the Irish Diaspora – Re-imagining Ireland in the 21st Century,” in the Rare Book Room of the Hesburgh Library on Friday. McWilliams said Ireland’s current economic turmoil amidst the general problems of the Eurozone requires something drastic, but he believes this solution could be provided by the people worldwide who identify themselves as Irish. “The future of Ireland needs another shock, and that’s where you come in, where the diaspora comes in,” McWilliams said. He said the possibility of enlisting the self-identified Irish in places like the United States, Canada and Australia first came to his mind due to the comment of a mentor. McWilliams said he was assigned a very experienced Israeli mentor while working for a Swiss bank in Israel. One day, this mentor said he noticed that he dealt with many ethnically Irish people when working with American companies and asked McWilliams whether or not the Irish had any mechanism for bringing these people back to Ireland. McWilliams said he hadn’t given the subject much thought before then, but he didn’t think there was any such effort. “We’ve done nothing but repel the tribe as far as I can tell,” he said. McWilliams said he has since begun working on various projects to make use of the Irish overseas and his reason for coming to Notre Dame was to propose his ideas. “[Notre Dame] is an incredibly powerful place to start these projects. Notre Dame is a huge resource for the Irish in America and a brilliant center for Irish connections. You can use Notre Dame to champion some of the ideas and feed into its network of alumni,” he said. “This could be a huge project which Notre Dame could be involved in.” McWilliams said there are three elements of his overall proposal, a program resembling the “Birthright Israel” program, allowing Irish ex-patriots to vote in national elections and reaching out to the ethnically Irish based on town records. McWilliams said during his time in Israel he learned about the birthright program, which provides free 10-day educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults from 60 different countries. McWilliams said he is hoping to create a similar program for Irish young adults. The goal of the program is to instill a strong emotional connection with Ireland and their Irish heritage in the young adults, McWilliams said.”Emotional things that happen to you as a kid stick with you. Imagine as an American what it would mean to visit Ireland when you’re 15,” McWilliams said. McWilliams said he has seen Polish, Italian, American and other ex-patriot groups line-up to vote in their nation’s elections while living overseas. Similarly enfranchising Irish citizens who are living abroad could help to alleviate problems of provisionalism and clientalism present in current Irish politics, he said. McWilliams said those who have lived abroad for a while might have a better perspective on what is good for the Irish nation as a whole. McWilliams said he is also leading an effort to use town records and town gossips to trace the emigration stories of the world’s ethnically Irish and then reaching out to them with their own history. “We can email you, everyone’s contactable nowadays, with a Google Maps image of the specific field from which your relative emigrated from Ireland,” he said. “With tech we can bring all this together.” McWilliams said this idea that Ireland ought to do more to engage the ethnically Irish of the world, his “diaspora strategy,” was not initially as well received as it is now. He said the idea progressed through the three stages of reception from “open ridicule” to “violent opposition” to “everyone claims they were already on your side.” “The idea was fist considered risible, something to be laughed at, but now everyone has a diaspora strategy,” he said. McWilliams said this effort could be very successful because Ireland has one of the best “brand” names in the world, but it all depends on the cooperation of the Irish diaspora. “The power of the diaspora can be forged to improve the ‘product’ of Ireland, a country with the most powerful ‘brand’ in the world because every member of the diaspora is a salesperson for the ‘brand,’” he said. “We can only do this if we work together.”last_img read more

Nine students receive USAID funding for development studies

first_imgThe University announced Monday that nine students have been selected to receive funding through the United States Agency for International Development to study global development challenges.The nine students who were selected include five doctoral students, Tracy-Lynn Cleary, Jenna Davidson, Catherine Flanley, Kristina Hook and Emily Maiden; two Master of Science students, Lilian Ramos and Megan Wright; and two undergraduate seniors, Lauran Feist and Samuel Lucas.“Today’s global development challenges need bold, innovative thinkers and solutions,” Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) managing director, Michael Sweikar said in a statement. “NDIGD is thrilled to once again support some of the University’s most promising students in this opportunity to develop their research and create meaningful change.”According to the statement, the students will complete their research throughout 2017 and 2018.Tags: (USAID), Notre Dame Initiative for Global Developmentlast_img read more

Inspired Leadership Initiative graduates its inaugural class

first_imgThis year’s commencement will include some graduates who have a little more experience under their belts — and a little more gray hair.The 2018-2019 academic year served as the inaugural year of The Inspired Leadership Initiative (ILI), a program that invites people who have completed their traditional career to spend a year at Notre Dame. Photo courtesy Christopher Stevens Members of the inaugural Inspired Leadership Initiative (ILI) cohort pose with Fr. Jenkins. The program aims to help retirees to discern their next steps in life after they have retired.Christopher Stevens, who co-founded the program with Thomas Schreier, said ILI finally makes the Notre Dame experience accessible to every age group.“There are plenty of opportunities for people who are in middle school, grade school, high school, college, executive MBA, whatever it may be,” he said. “Once people turn 55 to 60, there’s really no place for them to go if they’ve completed their traditional career but still have a lot of tread left on their shoes.”The ILI is part of a growing movement called “encore education” which affords retired people the opportunity to temporarily return to academia before deciding how they want to spend the rest of their life.The idea of encore education was first recognized by Harvard University, who started their post-retirement program in 2007, followed by Stanford University in 2015. Stevens said they researched these previously established programs and even met with the universities to build a successful version of their own at Notre Dame.“Fifteen amazing people … come to Notre Dame for an entire academic year,” Stevens said. “They can audit two to four courses with the help of a faculty advisor across the entire University — undergraduate, graduate, law, wherever it may be. There are weekly lunches with amazing guest speakers. [University President] Fr. John [Jenkins] was the final guest speaker himself. … There are weekly dinners with just the fellows so the cohort can build that bond even stronger.”Although the program was inspired by those at Harvard and Stanford, the ILI is unique to Notre Dame. The fellows take advantage of Notre Dame’s Global Gateway locations through two trips to Rome and Jerusalem. They are also able to experience the spiritual enrichment of Notre Dame with the help of a spiritual advisor.Tuck Hopkins, a lawyer who graduated from Notre Dame in 1974, said he was drawn to the program because it seemed like an opportunity to “look at yourself.”“I had been retired for about four or five months,” Hopkins said. “My interest was that it looked like it was completely a wonderful opportunity to look at yourself. To look at where you might go and that sort of thing. That’s what drove me to apply. I did not have any desire to figure out what my next job is going to be. It was never like that. It was always … a refreshing opportunity to look at my past life and look at where I am.”In the past year, Hopkins took as many classes as he could, ranging from history to business to photography.While he has not taken a single law course, Hopkins has been able to apply his expertise in various areas across campus. He has guest-lectured in undergraduate courses, served as a judge for mock trials in the law school and mentored students who are interested in law.Outside of academics, Hopkins said he and his wife have enjoyed experiencing an undefeated regular football season, going to women’s basketball games and seeing on-campus productions such as “Sorin.”In addition to Hopkins, this year’s inaugural cohort includes lawyers, doctors and businessmen and women from a variety of backgrounds.“There’s a man from Singapore who achieved great success in the financial market, but wanted to do something more with his life,” Stevens said.The oldest fellow is an 82-year-old banker from Chicago, who, Stevens said, has “more energy than most of us.”“We are absolutely as diverse as the dickens, but there is this commonality that is invigorating. It is really, truly amazing,” Hopkins said. “We’re just like brothers and sisters from the first day we met. It’s been absolutely phenomenal.”Since that first day, the experience he and the other fellows have had has only become better, Hopkins said.“Every one of us has had the time of our lives. When we talk now after the seven or eight months … we just talk about how this has transformed us, how it’s changed us, how we’re feeling better about ourselves spiritually,” Hopkins said. “Success does not even come close to describing how wonderful this has been. It’s life-changing.”While Stevens said he hesitates to use the word life-changing, he feels this year has been a successful pioneer year for the program.“I believe that our goal, in terms of providing the program, is to provide something that … truly is life-enhancing,” he said. “[I hope] people walk away from here with three things. One, inspired to be a greater force for good. Two, more educated about things that are really important to them that they never had before. And three, that they become advocates for the program because it’s been so important to them that they want to be able to spread the word about it.”Tags: encore education, Global Gateway, Inspired Leadership Initiative, post-retirementlast_img read more

Colombian Army Announces Death of FARC Security Chief

first_img The Colombian Army has killed alias ‘El Abuelo’ [‘The Grandfather’], the chief of security for the highest-ranking commander of the FARC guerrilla group, Alfonso Cano, in an operation in the department of Tolima (in western Colombia), President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed. Alirio Rojas Bocanegra, known as ‘El Abuelo,’ was the highest-ranking leader of the FARC’s Central Bloc, a structure that has Cano’s security as its fundamental mission. Cano, whose real name is Guillermo León Sáenz, took command of that communist guerilla group following the death of its founder Manuel Marulanda Vélez (Tirofijo) in 2008. ‘El Abuelo’ took over the control and finances of the guerrilla structure, made up of sixteen squads, following the death in combat of alias ‘Jerónimo Galeano’ in March, in the northern part of the country, according to the information provided by the Army. President Juan Manuel Santos, speaking at a public event in Sincelejo (in northern Colombia), praised the military operation and said that “the central command (of the FARC) is being systematically struck: it puts a leader up, we take a leader down.” Meanwhile, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera affirmed to reporters that “every time, we’re closer to Alfonso Cano; we’re closing all the action and mobilization fronts to him.” Alias ‘Rubén,’ head of the Manuel Cepeda Vargas Commission, in charge of work among the masses and propaganda, and responsible for the Voices of the Resistance broadcast station, also died in the operation, which took place Friday afternoon in the mountainous area of Rioblanco, at an altitude of more than three thousand meters. Alias ‘Laura,’ a radio operator, was also killed, while a sixteen-year-old adolescent, apparently a member of the personal escort of ‘El Abuelo,’ was captured, according to the Army’s statement. Meanwhile, in another operation, in Cúcuta (600 km northeast of Bogotá), the police arrested Luis Castaño Estrada, alias “El Mono Einer” [“Einer the Monkey”], head of communications for the National Liberation Army (ELN, a Maoist guerrilla group), and Nafer Julio Julio, alias “Evert,” a leader of the subversive group’s José Antonio Galán Front. The FARC is Colombia’s oldest guerrilla group, with forty-seven years of armed struggle, and is believed to have around 8,000 fighters at present, according to government figures. The ELN is believed to have 2,500 members. By Dialogo June 07, 2011last_img read more

Carle Place Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 34-year-old Queens man was fatally hit by a car while crossing a road in Carle Place on Friday afternoon.Nassau County police said Kristopher Flannery, of Astoria, was crossing Glen Cove Road when he was hit by a northbound Honda Accord near the corner of Fairfield Avenue at 1:47 p.m.The victim was taken to Winthrop University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver was not injured.Homicide Squad detectives determined the crash to be an accident.last_img read more

H5N1-infected bird found in Hong Kong

first_imgJan 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong government officials recently announced that a wild bird found dead near a busy shopping district on Dec 31 tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.The infection in a scaly-breasted munia, a species often imported from mainland China and released in religious ceremonies, marks the first case found in Hong Kong since February 2006, according to reports published by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Hong Kong has reported no human H5N1 cases since 1997, when the virus first jumped to humans.The Hong Kong government’s Jan 6 press release on the H5N1 finding doesn’t specify if the virus was the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, but Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that it was.Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) announced Jan 4 that a preliminary test for the virus was positive and confirmatory tests were being conducted. AFP reported that the bird was the only one of 6 dead birds found that tested positive for the virus.A bird watcher from Hong Kong who posted an item yesterday on ProMED-mail, the Internet-based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, said the scaly-breasted munia is not frequently seen in urban Hong Kong but is said to be one of the 2 species most commonly released during religious ceremonies at temples. The practice of releasing these birds is a concern, he said, because they’re not subject to the disease-prevention measures used with poultry, and sellers and buyers can come into contact with infected bird droppings.The Hong Kong AFCD, in a Jan 6 press release, advised the public not to release birds, because they have little chance of surviving in the wild. A department spokesperson said the AFCD has contacted community groups, including religious groups, to warn them about releasing birds.The statement did not refer specifically to the H5N1 case, but it said pet birds imported from mainland China must come from registered farms and be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate certifying that the birds have been quarantined and have tested negative for H5 avian flu viruses.Farms on the mainland that are allowed to export birds to Hong Kong are inspected by mainland authorities and occasionally by AFCD authorities and must have had no avian flu outbreaks in the past 180 days.The government said its records show that 38,000 munias, including white-backed and scaly-breasted ones, were imported into Hong Kong from the mainland in 2006. It added that the scaly-breasted Munia is a resident bird in Hong Kong and has been found all over the territory.A department spokesperson advised Hong Kong residents to avoid personal contact with wild birds and live poultry and to wash their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with birds.Meanwhile, in Vietnam, several ducks have died in the past few days in the southern province of Soc Trang, prompting concern about the further spread of avian flu. Xinhua, China’s official news agency, reported yesterday that specimens from the ducks were sent for avian flu testing.If tests are positive, Soc Trang will be the fourth province affected in the recent series of outbreaks, which started in early December in the south Mekong Delta provinces of Ca Mau and Bac Lieu, spreading to nearby Hau Giang province. OIE reports list 32 outbreaks during that period.Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are in talks with the Vietnamese government about sending experts to investigate the source of the outbreaks, Voice of America News reported today.Aphaluck Bhatiasevi, a spokesperson for the FAO office in Hanoi, told VOA the outbreak isn’t surprising, because officials believe the virus is still present. “The information that we’ve got so far is that the recent outbreaks were triggered as a result of raising illegal ducks,” she said. In earlier news reports, officials blamed local animal health officials and farmers for not maintaining poultry vaccination programs and farmers for hatching poultry illegally.In December, an FAO-OIE crisis management team traveled to South Korea to investigate the H5N1 outbreaks in poultry that occurred south of Seoul in late November.See also:Jan 6 Hong Kong government press release 6 Hong Kong press release photo of scaly-breasted munia 7 ProMed mail report on Hong Kong birdOIE reports on Vietnam 2006-07 outbreak read more

Arsene Wenger rates Guendouzi and names two more Arsenal youngsters with ‘big potential’

first_imgArsene Wenger believes Matteo Guendouzi has ‘big potential’ and praises Arsenal youth focus Comment The French midfielder has played a key role for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has been impressed by Matteo Guendouzi’s impact at Arsenal and believes he will have a big future, though holds Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson in similar esteem.The French midfielder has been one of the stand-out players for the Gunners so far this season, starting all eight Premier League matches, and even earned a call-up to the French senior squad last month.Guendouzi was signed shortly after Wenger’s departure, though he still keeps a close eye on his old club and is a fan of his compatriot – as well as two players who he saw emerge through the academy. Guendouzi is back with the France Under-21s after his call-up to the senior squad (Getty)Wenger has yet to return to the Emirates since leaving but watches the games on television avidly and continues to support the club through thick and thin.Asked what it’s like watching Arsenal now, rather than managing the side, he added: ‘Ups and downs, like for every fan! I don’t judge too much, I just want Arsenal to win and play well.‘For me winning is the consequence of the quality of the game, of the quality of the football you play. So I am more attentive to how the players develop, how the young players come up and how we play football.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img Wenger was honoured at an event in London this week (Picture: Arsenal Media)Asked about Guendouzi’s potential for both Arsenal and France, Wenger told Arsenal’s website: ‘He looks to be a good potential.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think there are many other players who have fantastic potential, who played already with me, like Joe Willock and you have Reiss Nelson.‘You have many players who come out and have a big potential and Guendouzi is one of them.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn the youth emphasis at Arsenal, he continued: ‘It’s part of our DNA at Arsenal. It has always been part of it, to give a chance.‘I think when you are a manager and you can give a chance to a young boy, it’s always fantastic. And when they can play at such a high level like Arsenal, it’s even better.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Oct 2019 10:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShareslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Tours All Sports America, Touts Collaboration in Reshoring and New Jobs Creation

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Tours All Sports America, Touts Collaboration in Reshoring and New Jobs Creation Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Northumberland, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf today visited All Sports America, a manufacturer of athletic uniforms, to highlight the administration’s support for the project and manufacturer’s efforts to reshore jobs from overseas to Pennsylvania.“In an era in which so many companies choose to move their operations overseas, success stories like All Sports America show that the best place for a company to grow and thrive is often right here in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud All Sports America for their success so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing them continue to grow in the years to come.”In April of last year, the Governor announced that All Sports America would expand and create 42 new jobs over the next three years, reshoring the manufacturing of products currently being produced overseas. Since the announcement, All Sports America has hired five additional employees, and expects to hire 15 more by the end of 2018.“All Sports America is honored to be working with Governor Wolf and his Action Team in bringing jobs back to Pennsylvania,” said Richard Rock, President & CEO, All Sports America. “With the help of the Governor, we are expanding our operations and expect to hire 42 new full-time employees over the next 3 years.”Last year, All Sports America received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $40,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $42,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the 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 considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.center_img January 09, 2018last_img read more

Fitness star Sophie Guidolin selling Gold Coast home

first_img2 The Links, Robina.Ms Guidolin said designing her twin daughters’ nursery was also a highlight.“It was so special,” she said. “We had their room designed and the massive bedrooms allowed for two cots and a rocking chair with ease.”The 553sq m property is on the market with James Massey of Harcourts Coastal.It’s listed with a price guide of $799,000 to $849,000.The highest sale on The Links is No. 30 which sold earlier this year for $1.17 million. 2 The Links, Robina. 2 The Links, Robina. 2 The Links, Robina. 2 The Links, Robina.center_img Fitness identity Sophie Guidolin is selling her Robina home. Sophie is pictured holding Evie, 2, Nathan Wallace with Aria, 2 and (front), Ryder, 9, and Kai, 10. Picture: Mike BatterhamFITNESS guru Sophie Guidolin is bidding a sad farewell to her “forever” home.The 28-year-old never intended leaving the four-bedroom Gold Coast house – but a joyful surprise forced a change of plans.“Eighteen months after we moved in, we found out we were expecting twins – a shock we certainly didn’t see coming,” said Ms Guidolin, who also has two older children.“We felt that as the four kids grew up we may require acreage to suit the needs of four active children.” Sophie Guidolin and husband Nathan Wallace with Kai, Aria, Evie and Ryder. Picture: Mike BatterhamMs Guidolin and husband Nathan Wallace bought their Robina house in 2014 for $645,000 after she moved from Adelaide.“We lived in a few different rental properties prior to buying to ensure we liked the area before settling into our forever home,” Ms Guidolin said.“When I saw this property I fell in love with the pool area and the fact I could see the kids playing while I was in the kitchen cooking.” Fitness identity Sophie Guidolin is selling her Robina home. Picture: Mike BatterhamMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe mother-of-four, who has released a range of fitness programs and recipe books and runs Burleigh Heads gym Hold Your Own with her husband, said the house would always hold fond memories.“It was the first place we brought our twin girls home to and even walking through now brings a tear to our eyes,” Ms Guidolin said.The split-level house at 2 The Links overlooks Palmer Golf Course and features an open-plan kitchen, covered pool, intercom and cathedral ceilings.“I loved that it was on the golf course and felt like the land was so much larger because the rooms overlook the golf course,” Ms Guidolin said.“I also loved that there are two main bedrooms both with walk in robes and full bathrooms – it was perfect for guests.”last_img read more

Pellegrini worried by away form

first_img City lost 1-0 at Sunderland for the fourth successive season on Sunday afternoon and have now taken only four points from a possible 18 on the road during the current campaign. Pellegrini was at a loss to explain exactly how his team had come away from the Stadium of Light empty-handed after dominating for long periods, but admitted their hopes of glory could be dashed unless they can arrest the trend. Manuel Pellegrini has warned that Manchester City’s bout of travel sickness could derail their Barclays Premier League title challenge. He said: “I am concerned because we are losing too many points away and, of course, that’s very difficult if you don’t win away to try to fight for the Premier League. “But I don’t think we are playing badly, so we must have a reaction, we must improve to make sure we are going to win.” Former Manchester United full-back Phil Bardsley’s 21st-minute strike – his second goal in five days – proved enough to claim three priceless points for the Black Cats after he shrugged off James Milner and curled a shot across keeper Costel Pantilimon and inside the far post. The Romanian was once again preferred to England international Joe Hart and Pellegrini refused to be drawn on where he currently ranks his goalkeepers. He said: “At the moment, of course, Pantilimon is playing. He hasn’t had any problems in the three games he has played.” Pellegrini introduced Jesus Navas as a half-time substitute and later added Edin Dzeko to the mix as he sought a way back into the game. But with Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone and a defence marshalled superbly by Wes Brown – starting his first league game in almost 22 months – holding firm, there was no way through. The City manager said: “The reaction is very similar to the other games that we have lost away. It’s incredible the way we lost this match. “Sunderland played really well also defending. The team is not in a good position, so I understand the way they played. “But they had just one shot on our goal. We had the possession, we had the chances and we didn’t score.” Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was thrilled by a win which gave the Black Cats’ survival hopes a major boost, but did his heart little good. Asked if that was the biggest victory of his managerial career to date, even eclipsing a 2-1 defeat of arch-rivals Newcastle, he said: “Yes, probably. “I know that for the fans, for the club, for the history, it’s always more important to beat the biggest rivals without any doubt. That’s when you have to win. “But in terms of opposition, quality, world-class players, this is the biggest of my career, so it’s going to be a good evening tonight without any doubt. “I don’t know how my heart is right now. I don’t want to check it just in case it’s bad news, but it’s going to be a great evening. “I am so pleased for the players. They need to believe. It’s easy to talk – we can say things and you can write. But at the end of the day, it’s the players on the pitch who need to be convinced that this new way of playing football and defending is working, which is great for the future. “So let’s see if we can keep this going. It’s a good time to go into the international break.” Sunderland remain three points adrift of safety, but having won their last three home games, two of them in the league, the table makes for much more satisfying reading. Poyet said: “Right now, yes. Three hours ago? I’ll tell you what, when I looked at that table, it was awful – and we were playing Manchester City. “But that’s the key. It’s the feeling that you are sending to the rest above you. I would be thinking, ‘They are coming’.” Press Associationlast_img read more