Biomedical engineer Amy Kerdok, Ph.D. ’06, knows firsthand how much a technological solution can affect a person’s life.During her time on campus, Kerdok served as both “poobah” and women’s captain of the Harvard University Cycling Association. A well-rounded athlete, she led the team to success, but due to a congenital hiatial hernia, she suffered from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and frequently was ill while riding. (“My teammates just got used to it,” she says.)Now a clinical development engineer at Intuitive Surgical in Sunnyvale, California, Kerdok develops new instrumentation, advanced visualization schemes, and robotic platforms that support and advance robotic surgery. In fact, Kerdok trusts in her company’s work so much that she actually arranged in 2009 to have an esophageal surgery performed on herself using the da Vinci robot that she develops at work.Completely cured of GERD, she continues to cycle, is currently training to run the Boston marathon, and looks ahead with the hope of one day teaching engineering design to undergraduates.
Senior Mar Diego came back to campus at the end of spring break with hopes to resume in-person classes in late March. Diego, an international student, came back to campus knowing that disruptions would be present already, but said she thought she would still be able to attend the daily service in the Basilica. Diego said she has been attending daily mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart since her sophomore year. “The 5:15 p.m. commitment has become such a huge part of my day,” she said.She described daily Mass as a place of community for her. On March 17, Bishop Kevin Rhoades announced the suspension of masses in the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. “It was that piece of news, and that final rip of a Band-Aid, that broke my heart,” Diego said. Diego said she found inspiration at the Basilica to start the virtual faith-sharing group. “When we were all in that last mass of the Basilica, it gave me a lot of comfort that I looked around and saw that I wasn’t the only one crying,” Diego said. “I thought this was a call to use this time to try to build and keep up the faith community that Notre Dame does very much have.”She said she came up with the idea by looking around and knowing in her heart that other people might also benefit from some support from other Notre Dame students.To start the virtual group, Diego said she created a Google survey asking students for their name, email address, desired frequency, preferred time of day and a free-response question. The group now meets on Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Diego said she decided to structure the meeting around members reading the first reading, second reading and the Gospel of the day, and then asking some questions or offering some reflection to help start conversation. Though formed in response to actions taken due to the pandemic, the group is not explicitly framed in light of COVID-19, Diego said. “Each reflection on Sunday will be mainly centered around whatever themes come across the readings and gospel,” Diego said. “I think a lot of what we might be reading from these stories, from these accounts are inevitably going to relate to our current feelings.” Diego said she has hopes to expand the group, which she has called the Sunday Spiritual Social, in the coming weeks.Five Notre Dame students –– all seniors –– attended the first session Sunday via Zoom. Senior Elizabeth Summers attended the social and spoke about the necessity of the group in creating community for students. “I think it’s been difficult for a lot of people being both isolated from their friends at school and the Notre Dame community, as well as their church communities,” Summers said. “For a lot of people, especially at Notre Dame, it may be odd not to be able to go to regular Masses.” Summers said the conversation was easygoing and felt natural on Zoom. “I think having a smaller group helped form a more comfortable environment because we didn’t have to worry about talking over each other as much and have plenty of time for everyone to talk, or at least feel comfortable enough to talk,” Summers said.Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, COVID-19, Faith, Mass
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 28, 2014 Stiles’ stage credits include David Mamet’s Oleanna on Broadway and her film work includes 10 Things I Hate About You and the Bourne series with Matt Damon. Stiles and Wirt will co-star with Lily Rabe and Billy Magnussen in the upcoming film The First. Wirt will also appear in Billy Bates, due out in theaters in November. When Bruce (Wirt) and Sue (Stiles) meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: one, I had a great time with you that night and two, let’s never see each other again. Thus begins a 4,000 mile journey well beyond the confines of their carefully structured worlds. Bruce is fueled by an overwhelming but undefined compulsion to join her in Phoenix. Sue is reluctantly charmed by his persistence, but steadfast in her resolve to keep him at bay. Phoenix Emmy and Golden Globe Nominee Julia Stiles will return to the stage in Scott Organ’s Phoenix. Directed by Jennifer DeLia and co-starring James Wirt, the off-Broadway production will begin performances at the Cherry Lane Theatre on July 28 and play a limited engagement through August 23. The one-act dark romantic comedy will officially open on August 7. A film adaptation of Pheonix, under the direction of Amy Redford is currently development. The design team for the stage show will be announced shortly. View Comments
(Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) View Comments Craving a little sugar, butter and flour? Broadway.com is teaming up with the Tony-nominated Waitress to host their very own truck. What’s inside? Tickets to Waitress…and pies! Look out for the custom vehicle from the Treats Truck starting May 11 through May 26 around the city; track it down here.Waitress representatives (and maybe even some cast members) will be on hand to sell tickets to the show; anyone who purchases a ticket from the truck will receive a free mixed berry or pecan pie. Said confections will also be sold separately. (But why would you miss out on seeing the Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson tuner?)Based on the film of the same name, Waitress follows Jenna, a small town waitress in a loveless marriage. A local baking contest and a new doctor shake up her life as she’s torn between her commitments and—with the help of her pie-making expertise—a chance at freedom.The show received a Tony nomination for Best Musical, as well as nods for composer Sara Bareilles and stars Jessie Mueller and Christopher Fitzgerald. Additional cast members include Keala Settle, Kimiko Glenn, Nick Cordero, Drew Gehling, Dakin Matthews and Eric Anderson. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Waitress
Hay and baleage producers in the Southeast have a chance at winning cash and major equipment prizes in the 2016 Southeastern Hay Contest presented by Massey Ferguson. The Southeastern Hay Contest is held in conjunction with the Sunbelt Ag Expo, the South’s premier outdoor farm show.Since 2004, the Southeastern Hay Contest has promoted better hay and baleage production in the Southeast.Last year was a milestone for the contest, with a record number of 375 entries received from across the 13 southeastern states. Organizers, including University of Georgia Cooperative Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock, hope to break that record by attracting even more entries this year.The deadline for entering the contest is September 22, and the winners will be announced at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia Oct. 18-20.This year’s entries will be judged on their composition, including protein and total digestible nutrients (TDN), and on relative feed quality scores.Producing high quality forage is crucial to increasing feed efficiency and securing the financial well-being of today’s livestock operations. Over the past 10 to 15 years, forage production has really advanced. The advances in harvesting equipment, the use of improved forage varieties and more timely harvest management has resulted in a system which enables producers to make and store more high quality forage than ever before. “This is an exciting time in the hay and forage industry,” Hancock said.Building on the success of the first 11 years of this annual contest, Massey Ferguson has teamed up with a consortium of Southeastern land-grant universities to underwrite the Southeastern Hay Contest. Massey Ferguson will be providing the Grand Prize of a choice between a new RK Professional Series rotary rake or DM Professional Series disc mower for the 2017 hay production season and a $1,000 cash prize. Other forage industry partners are sponsoring the nine separate categories in the contest, providing cash awards to the top three winners in each category: first prize $125, second prize $75, and third prize $50.The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Feed and Environmental Water Laboratory calculated each sample’s relative forage quality (RFQ) score to compare samples from each category. Last year’s winner was McGee Ranch of Idalou, Texas.More information about the 2016 Southeastern Hay Contest presented by Massey Ferguson is available on the contest’s website at http://bit.ly/SEHayConv16. You can also follow the Southeastern Hay Contest on Twitter @SEHayContest and on Facebook at facebook.com/SEHayContest. For questions concerning entry submission or the Hay Directory, contact the University of Georgia’s Feed and Environmental Water (UGA-FEW) Lab at (706)-542-7690.
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56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » An Atlanta business owner was sentenced to three years in prison last week for running a home equity loan fraud scheme that led to losses of nearly $3 million for the $82 billion Navy Federal Credit Union.U. S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton also ordered Thomas Scott Brown, 47, to pay $2.7 million in restitution and to serve five years of supervised released following his prison term. He pleaded guilty in May to one felony count of bank fraud and one felony count to making a false statement to a financial institution.Federal prosecutors said Brown ran an investment properties company in Macon, Ga.Starting in June 2006 Brown purchased properties for buyers with his own money, used a law firm that specialized in real estate transactions to transfer ownership to the buyers and claimed they paid him in full for the properties. However, the properties, some of them foreclosed, were still owned by Brown, prosecutors said in court documents.
Indonesia has set aside Rp 436.1 trillion (US$28.12 billion) from the 2020 state budget for medical needs, social safety net programs, relief for small and medium businesses, as well as relief for manufacturing and tourism-related companies to handle the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.Some 9.46 million taxpayers have filed their annual tax returns as of Friday, a decrease of 8.8 percent from 11.33 million taxpayers recorded during the same period last year, according to data from Finance Ministry’s Taxation Directorate General. Meanwhile, 412,166 firms have filed their tax returns this year, a decline from last year’s figure of 452,027 firms.“Businesses who have already filed their tax returns will get corporate tax cuts,” Suryo told reporters, calling for more businesses to file their annual tax returns.The government will cut corporate income tax from the current 25 percent to 22 percent for this year and next year, according to Regulation in Lieu of Law No. 1/2020. It will further cut corporate income tax to 20 percent starting in 2022.The Taxation Directorate General has canceled direct face-to-face services and is advising all taxpayers to use online facilities for filing their annual tax returns in compliance with the government’s social distancing policy to help limit the spread of COVID-19.The pandemic has infected nearly 3 million people around the globe, including 9,096 in Indonesia, forcing factories, retail shops and schools to close amid government-imposed lockdowns and social restrictions. This will result in a decline in tax revenue for the government as it expects a widening budget deficit of 5.07 percent.State revenue in the first quarter was up 7.7 percent year-on-year (yoy) at Rp 375.9 trillion after state-owned banks paid large dividends. Tax revenue, however, contracted 2.5 percent to Rp 241.6 trillion in the first quarter.Topics : Indonesia’s tax office has decided to keep the annual tax return (SPTs) filing deadline of April 30 for individuals and firms as filings have dropped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.The government, however, will postpone the deadline for individuals and firms to submit required documents to June 30, as the pandemic has disrupted businesses and social activities, said tax office chief Suryo Utomo.“This annual tax payment is crucial to handle the COVID-19 crisis, which needs huge funds,” Suryo told a teleconferenced press briefing held by the country’s COVID-19 task force on Monday. “Please file your tax returns before the deadline.”
8 Ivy Crescent, WakerleyA CUSTOM designed home in Wakerley has sold for $1.315 million.RE/MAX Advantage marketing specialist Todd Gerhardt said the house at 8 Ivy Crescent was the highest sale ever achieved in Wakerley for a property that wasn’t on acreage.He said the design of the home, which was built five years ago, was what attracted the high price.“The owners had designed the home themselves to suit the block,” Mr Gerhardt said.He told a young couple about the property before it hit the market and they instantly decided to buy because it was what they were looking for.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 20208 Ivy Crescent, Wakerley“It was actually under contract when it went onto the internet,” Mr Gerhardt said.“I think it was the property itself, they fell in love with it.”He said there was high demand for new and modern homes in the area.“At the moment, in this price range, there’s no other homes like it available,” Mr Gerhardt said.“There are (more) coming up but you have got to move fast when you see them.”According to the latest CoreLogic market trends data, the median sale price for a house in Wakerley is $745,000.
Germany’s pension fund association, the aba, has called for national or European bodies to support the industry’s investment in infrastructure by assessing the risk associated with individual projects.Responding to a report by the European Parliament’s committee on economic and monetary affairs (ECON) report examining the long-term financing of the Continent’s economy, the association said that bodies such as the European Investment Bank (EIB) could potentially support Germany’s occupational pensions (bAV) sector, as they so far had little experience of infrastructure investment and were unlikely to become experts in the “niche area” in the near term.The position paper said: “The new assets in the field of long-term investment require more credit analysis and greater credit-analysis skills than existing assets, such as low-risk securities.”Echoing PensionEurope’s own position paper on European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIF), the aba also said it would be helpful if the EIB stepped in and guaranteed certain projects. The call comes shortly after asset manager Mirova suggested that fund managers behind ELTIFs should be bound by a ‘comply or explain’ approach on their socially responsible investment strategy.The aba further called on the Parliament to accept that, if the European Commission were to introduce capital requirements for pension funds – as long proposed through the revised IORP Directive – it should also call for an investigation into the impact of the regulation on long-term investing, similar to the one underway to investigate the impact of Solvency II on insurers.The association also reiterated its dislike of the financial transaction tax, saying it “should be avoided for the bAV sector in general – and not only in regard to long-term investments”.“Reductions in the pensions payable in Germany of an estimated 3-8% as a result of the introduction of the proposed financial transaction tax are not acceptable,” it said.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to the aba’s position paper on long-term financing of the European economy