Sheila C. Johnson creates fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School

first_imgHarvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced today the creation of the Sheila C. Johnson Fellowships, which are slated to bring to HKS each year ten emerging leaders dedicated to improving the lives of the underserved in the United States, including those in the African-American community.“We need to develop more leaders with a broad skill set to serve African-American and other under-resourced communities,” Johnson, current founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, explained. “An ability to work across sectors—public, private, and nonprofit—and to inspire innovative politics will help bring the sustainable improvements that these communities desperately need.”Johnson’s $5 million gift will cover a five-year period—ultimately supporting 50 fellows—and will provide full tuition, health coverage, and a generous stipend toward any HKS graduate degree, including one obtained through HKS’s joint or concurrent degree programs with other schools.The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at HKS, which is led by Co-Directors David Gergen and Max Bazerman and Executive Director Patti Bellinger, will serve as a home base for the fellows on campus, providing a leadership development and cocurricular programming that will complement their academic work. Johnson, who is a member of CPL’s new Leadership Council and has joined the Executive Committee of the Kennedy School, is eager to see the fellows linked closely with an extensive network of alumni, mentors, and practitioners around the world.last_img read more

Dunkin’ Donuts opens doors

first_imgFast-food breakfast giant Dunkin’ Donuts opened its first South Bend location last week, and the restaurant is already seeing success. The South Bend franchise of the multibillion dollar coffee and donut chain, located on State Road 933 three miles north of campus, opened its doors Nov. 26, just down the street from its main competitor, Starbucks. But the competition has not slowed down the restaurant’s initial success. Store manager Beth Blaylock said the location has even exceeded expectations. “It’s much bigger than we expected. It’s going great though. … We’ve definitely surpassed what we thought it would be,” she said. “We have lines to the door pretty much every day. On Saturday we literally had lines out the door, people standing outside waiting to come in.” The owners of the franchise also own the neighboring Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, but although the experience helps in the management of the store, Baylock said it did not provide much data to use in forecasting the restaurants’ success. “[The franchise owners] own a store in Kalamazoo, so we were based a little bit off of that, but we didn’t really have any idea of how it was going to be,” Blaylock said. Though this is the first Dunkin’ Donuts in the South Bend-Mishawaka area, some Notre Dame students who know the restaurant from their hometowns eagerly anticipated the opening. “I’m really excited about the Dunkin Donuts opening. Dunkin Donuts was my drink of high school,” junior Maria Skorcz said. “We used to go through the drive-through in the morning before school. I’m excited to get back to my glory days of coffee drinking.” Thanks to the corporation’s well-known brand, some students who have never experienced the restaurant before are interested in the opportunity to try out a new coffee and breakfast place. “I’m a big coffee drinker, and we don’t have Dunkin’ Donuts in Minnesota, so I’m really excited to try their drinks and see how they compare to Starbucks,” junior Elliot Badar said. Dunkin Donuts’ website states the chain is the No. 1 coffee-by-the-cup retailer in America. Though there is a Starbucks across the parking lot, Blaylock said the franchise is not concerned about the competition. “I think that our customer service is going to bring a lot of people over, and our product mix is just different enough and the atmosphere and the attitude is different enough that I think that there’s room for both of us,” she said. “But I think that right now we’re definitely the busier of the two.”last_img read more

Eliminating field of membership a ‘brazen money grab’ for credit unions

first_img continue reading » As CEO of a bank that formerly operated as a credit union, I know well the importance of last week’s Supreme Court ruling on the field of membership requirements for credit unions. Having seen the credit union “movement” evolve from its origins, I am deeply concerned.The Court’s decision is another unfortunate step toward America’s credit unions becoming nothing more than banks that refuse to pay federal income taxes, that operate under a regulator who seems more like a best friend, and that hide their true intention — attempting to steal market share from banks under the guise of being the only organizations able or willing to serve the financially underserved.Bankers believe in a level playing field, and if past is precedent the credit union lobby will exploit this ruling to try and convince Congress to eliminate any and all restrictions on who can join a credit union — all while not paying a dime in federal income taxes. My concern is well-founded because one of its top lobbyists, CUNA CEO Jim Nussle, demand exactly that in a recent opinion for the Credit Union Journal. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Danish pensions lobby calls for more flexible laws on retirement timing

first_imgDenmark’s pensions and insurance industry association has called on the government to facilitate more flexible working patterns around retirement age, highlighting several aspects of the country’s much-lauded pension system which it said are ripe for change.Per Bremer Rasmussen, chief executive officer of Insurance & Pension Denmark (IPD, Forsiking & Pension), said in a commentary that though the Danish pension system was considered world-class today, “there are actually several elements that we in the industry want to put under the microscope – without weakening the foundation.”The government-planned pension commission should look at increasing flexible retirement both before and after state pension age, work to simplify the public pension system and rules applying to private pensions, and ensure the best possible interaction between the various pillars of the pension system, so that it always pays to save up for retirement, he said.Evidence suggested that increased flexibility was required in the country’s pension system, said Bremer Rasmussen, citing a study conducted by IPD which found that 25% of Danes wanted to retire before retirement age – along with another study that found a third wished to retire later. He proposed a smoother transition away from working life, with the option for employees to reduce their hours incrementally while approaching retirement age, arguing that this increased flexibility could allow many Danes to work for longer after the official retirement age.The decision in Denmark to increase state pension age in line with demographic changes – reached as part of the 2006 Welfare Agreement – was an important precondition for maintaining the affordability of the current welfare system, said Bremer Rasmussen.“From our point of view, the development requires more flexibility in the pension system than we have today,” the CEO said.But there were currently several barriers to flexibility both before and after the state pension age, he said. such as the inability to delay the start date for “ratepensioner” (installment pensions).“The retirement decision is for most an either-or decision – for many, a smoother transition to retirement will be preferable,” he said.The Ministry of Employment is currently preparing the agenda for the proposed pension commission. Its establishment was agreed in May 2019, as part of a pact between the then Liberal Party-led coalition government, the Danish People’s Party and Radical Liberal Party, on pension reforms to increase the coverage of the senior pension – an early-retirement disability pension.The presidency of the Danish Economic Councils (De Økonomiske Råd) said last year the commission should also consider other pensions issues, such as the relationship between the public private sectors, and pension coverage for groups with a loose connection to the labour market.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Media Release: Supreme Court Decision Relied on Biased Reports

first_imgEuthanasia-Free NZ 8 February 2015Euthanasia-Free NZ deplores the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to lift the ban on assisted suicide and euthanasia.The Supreme Court falsely concluded that “a properly administered regulatory regime is capable of protecting the vulnerable from abuse or error”. Nowhere in the world has that been achieved.The Court based its conclusion on the reports by the Royal Society of Canada and The Quebec National Assembly’s Select Committee on Dying with Dignity.Both reports ignored the findings of five peer-reviewed studies on euthanasia and assisted suicide in Belgium and The Netherlands. These studies found that a significant percentage of Belgian and Dutch assisted deaths are not reported, flaunt legal safeguards and are performed without the patient’s consent.A 2012 Lancet study found that 272 Dutch people were euthanised in 2010 without their consent. In half of cases the doctor made the decision without consulting a colleague and in a quarter of cases the doctor didn’t discuss it with either the patient, the patient’s relatives or a colleague. In 6% of cases with the patient’s consent, only one doctor was involved in the decision. About 23% of assisted deaths were not reported.Three 2010 studies focused on Flanders, where 82% of Belgian assisted deaths occur:A 2010 BMJ study concluded that 48% of euthanasia deaths were not reported. Legal requirements were met in only 73% of reported assisted deaths and in only 12% of unreported cases.A 2010 CMAJ study found that 32% of assisted deaths occurred without the patient’s explicit request. More than 90% of victims were older than 80 – a vulnerable demographic group that was also confirmed by a 2009 NEJM study.Another 2010 CMAJ study reported that Belgian nurses administer lethal injections in 12 % of cases, which is illegal, and 45% of these cases were without request. read more

Shirlene Laub

first_imgShirlene V. Laub, 83, of Batesville passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at her residence. Shirlene was born Saturday, August 31, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Everett and Lorretta (Brossart) Peters. She married George Laub Jr March 2, 1957 and he preceded her in death May 31, 2003. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, a homemaker, weight watcher leader, loved her dogs, enjoyed meeting with high school girlfriends and helped her children in 4-H.Shirlene is survived by son Jeff (Robin) Laub of Milan, daughters: Tori Laub of Madison and Dawn (Larry) Skaggs of Milan, 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister. She was preceded in death by her husband George, parents, son George Laub III and 1 brother.A Mass to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday December 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Milan. Burial will follow in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141. You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Seidler wins opener at Dacotah Speedway

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. (May 6) – The green flag waved for the first time this season Friday at Dacotah Speedway and Marlyn Seidler made his first visit to the local victory lane since 2013 after the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified checkers flew.Seidler and Drew Christianson started on the front row and Seidler quickly pulled away as Christian­son and Shawn Strand battled for second and Spencer Wilson quietly lurked in fourth.With 10 laps to go, Wilson slipped by Strand for third before a caution regrouped the field. On the restart, Seidler pulled away from the field again while Wilson passed Christianson for second. A caution with eight to go reset the field once more but once again, Seidler pulled away.Christianson challenged Wilson for second and they raced side by side with six laps to go. Wilson held off Christianson as Tracy Domagala raced door to door with Strand. Strand’s car started to fade in the closing laps, as he lost fifth place to Hank Berry with three laps to go.Domagala’s strong charge to the front came up short behind Christianson and Wilson as Seidler led all 25 laps en route to the win.Picking up where he left off last season, Jason Berg started on the pole for the Mach-1 Sport Com­pact feature. Berg, who won the last three IMCA Sport Compact features last season, pulled away quickly.As Berg’s lead continued to grow, Dylan Sandberg had his hands full with Josh Roehrich. They raced side-by-side until Roehrich took second with four laps to go. Berg quickly maneuvered around lapped traffic before taking the checkered flag. Berg led all 10 laps and dedicated his fea­ture victory to his friend who passed away earlier this year. Josh Roehrich finished second ahead of Dylan Sandberg, Chance Seelye and Alex Thompson.Race fans packed the stands to see 117 drivers from all over North Dakota, Montana and even Wyoming battle. Fans also gave from the heart when they raised more than $1,400 for Levi Gart­ner, son of INEX Legend driver Joe Gartner, who is currently battling stage 4 neuroblastoma.last_img read more

Ayade United Gets Club House, Camp from Cross River Sports Commission…

first_imgBy Bassey Inyang in Calabar  The Cross River Sports Commission has provided a Club House, and Camp for Ben Ayade United FC of Calabar currently featuring in Division 2B of the Nigeria National League (NNL). Chairman of the Commission, Orok Duke announced the package to journalists at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, where the team plays its home matches. Duke made the disclosure after the NNL debutant’s defeated visiting Obingwa FC of Abia State 5 – 0 in their second home match of the NFL season. According to Duke the facility will enable the Coach Paul Undelikwo-led technical crew to prosecute the team’s campaign in the league.He said the coaching crew had been mandated to monitor the progress and welfare of the players some of who are in their teens.Duke expressed the hope that the facility would motivate the team to put in their best and gain of promotion to the next cadre of the NFL.  He noted that the players had so far exhibited qualities which through coordinated encouragement would help to realise the objective of incorporating the club to boost football development in Cross River. “They are quite young and rookies in the game but you can see that they are gradually gaining confidence as the competition progresses. “Some of them are within the age bracket of 16 to 18 years and are still in the Senior Secondary Schools or writing the NECO examination,” Duke said. “It is a deliberate approach to ‘catch them young’, in tandem with the best global practice, such that they mature and blend with the skills to emerge as a formidable club in future,” the sports commission chairman said. Duke said that by the time the lads stay together and play as a team in a conducive environment they would have been honed to confront opponents with unity of purpose.“Already, the Commission is very grateful to His Excellency Governor Ben Ayade for his support so far in this deliberate effort of ours to create tomorrow stars today. “The governor had provided some of the basic requirements in the camp to facilitate this vision and dream”, he said.  Duke also said that as soon as some basic furniture and utensils were in place the team will move into a permanent camp. “The accommodation is handy except for some minor finishing touches, the team will move in and will be playing the remaining matches from the abode,” Duke said.Ben Ayade United FC, incorporated early this year by the Sports Commission, had in its first match in the league mauled the SKE FC of Port Harcourt 3 – 0.The club also defeated the Obingwa FC 5-0 in the Division 2B of the NNL will travel next for the return match with SKE at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in the Garden City.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant, Jason Derulo headline star-studded show for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Draw in Shenzhen

first_imgThe FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Draw will take place in Shenzhen Bay Arena and, for the first time ever, the event will be open to the public. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, February 20 (10:00 local time/GMT +8) on (click here for Chinese), with prices ranging from RMB 280 to 1080. (Around $40 – $160 US) American best-selling singer/songwriter Jason Derulo will team up with global sporting icon Kobe Bryant to headline a star-studded show when the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Draw, presented by Wanda, takes place on Saturday, March 16, in the Chinese city of Shenzhen (18:30 local time/GMT +8).Bryant, who was unveiled as a global ambassador of FIBA’s flagship competition in October, will carry out the Draw, while Derulo – who has sold over 50 million singles worldwide, racked up over two billion views on YouTube and 1 billion plays on Spotify – will perform his biggest hits throughout the much-anticipated event, the highlight of a week-long celebration of basketball in one of the eight host cities of the biggest FIBA World Cup to date. Yao Ming – like Bryant, a World Cup global ambassador – will be among a host of stars and distinguished guests on hand to witness this important milestone on the Road to China 2019, which sets out the path for the 32 participating teams in their journey to be crowned world champions. The draw procedures will be made public in the days leading up to the event.Prior to the Draw, the sixth and final window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers takes place from February 21-26 to finalize the 32-team field, as 26 countries battle for the final 14 places still on offer.These final 14 sides will join the 18 participating teams that are already known: Tournament hosts: ChinaAfrica: Angola, Nigeria, TunisiaAmericas: Argentina, Canada, USA, VenezuelaAsia: Australia, Korea, New ZealandEurope: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Spain, Turkeylast_img read more

Floyd Ancell, 73, formerly of Wellington: April 29, 1942 – August 11, 2015

first_imgFloyd AncellFloyd Lee Ancell, 73, died with his family at his side on Wednesday, August 11, 2015 at his home in Pueblo, Colo.Floyd was born on April 29, 1942 in Wellington, KS to George Carson and Rosa (Love) Ancell.He was preceded in death by parents George and Rosa Ancell; wife Carolyn Ruth Ancell; daughters Judith Ann Ancell; Gina Yvonne Ancell; brother Jack Ancell; niece Janet Ancell; brothers-in-law Forrest Haine; and David Deffenbaugh; son-in-law Jake Stewart. He is survived by wife Jodi, of the home; brothers Henry (Joyce); Francis; and Jon; sister Margaret “Sis” Hain; children Carla Stewart and family; Floyd Lee (Vicki); Tammy Cooper (Lee); Debra Cassaday (Mitchell) and their mother Joy Collins; grandchildren Joey (Ricki); Anthony (Tonya); Jarod; Starla; and Amy. He is also survived by Melvin Hain (Carolyn); Becky Hackney (Howard); Peggy Tevington (Brian); Kathy McCreary (Robert); Gene and Lila Deffenbaugh; Dwayne and Cathy McKinney; Kenny Ross; Ann Pierce; Norm Monte and family; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and friends.Floyd was a farmer and an iron worker for Eby Construction but his 30 year passion was car recycling. He was a very special man. If you had 15 minutes for a conversation you should be prepared to talk for 2 ½ hours.  He was very passionate about his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”You are invited to join the family for a Celebration of Life and Potluck Dinner: 1 pm Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the American Legion, Wellington. The main course will be provided.last_img read more