Howard Hall’s annual 24 hour teeter-totter event begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday and will last until 4 p.m. on Friday. Each year, the women of Howard Hall choose to donate the funds to a need somewhere around the world related to clean water access. Howard Hall residents will occupy the teeter-totter for 24 hours in 30 minute shifts, but other students and Notre Dame community members are encouraged to ride the teeter-totter with a suggested donation of $1. Planning for this event started as soon the chairs arrived to campus this fall. The co-chairs this year are junior Veronica Kalwajtys, who will ride the teeter-totter at 4 a.m. Friday morning, and sophomore Emily Eagle, who will ride the teeter-totter at 6 p.m. Thursday. Courtesy of Veronica Kalwajtys Residents of Howard Hall paint signs to prepare for Totter for Water.This year’s Totter for Water proceeds will go to a Holy Cross school in Plaisance, Haiti.“This year we picked [the school in Plaisance, Haiti] because of the Notre Dame — Holy Cross connection,” Kalwajtys said. Kalwajtys and Eagle said that the proceeds will go towards two present issues at the school in Plaisance: access to clean water and cleaner bathroom facilities. “The school there has some problems of cholera because of the lack of clean bathrooms and other sanitation facilities, so they really need that to prevent cholera. And then most of the kids don’t have access to clean water,” Kalwajtys said. Eagle said the event went to support a worthy cause.“It’s such great cause, when you think about people not having access to water,” she said.Free food will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday and 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday. Students can also purchase succulents for $6 and paint the pots at the totter event, Kalwajtys and Eagle said. Donations can be made in cash, Domer Dollars and online via the Congregation for the Holy Cross website. In years past, Howard Hall has aimed to raise $3 thousand to $5 thousand through Totter for Water. This year, however, the goal is $25 thousand because of a new initiative, Tats for Totter, by Howard Hall president, junior Gracie O’Connell, who will ride the teeter-totter from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. “If Howard Hall reaches $25 thousand in donations, five out of the seven [members of] hall staff will get Howard Hall-related lip tattoos,” O’Connell said. O’Connell herself sports a “GOAT” lip tattoo because Howard Hall is the greatest of all time, she said. She also confirmed the rector of Howard Hall, Amanda Springstead, is one of such five hall staff that will get a lip tattoo if donations exceed $25 thousand. “It’s a big reach, but it’s for such an important cause,” O’Connell said. In addition to a fun event for students, and the prospect of hall staff getting lip tattoos, the overall purpose of Totter for Water is to raise awareness in the Notre Dame community of the lack of clean water in many places and to hopefully make a monetary contribution, Eagle said. Kalwajtys and Eagle also said that Father Pete McCormick, the director of Campus Ministry, will ride the teeter-totter at 8 p.m. on Thursday.Tags: charity, Charity Fundraiser, Howard Hall, totter for water
T&T Government to take measures to halt dollar slideThe Trinidad and Tobago government says it will adopt measures to halt the dollar slide in the foreign exchange reserves. The decrease” has been significant given the “catastrophic decline” in revenue from the energy sector.Finance Minister Colm Imbert told Parliament on Monday that the decline has had a serious adverse effect on foreign exchange inflows and the country’s foreign reserves.Presently, foreign exchange inflows from energy taxation are at an all-time low.Energy sector collapse “The collapse of oil and gas prices, declining production, and changes in the oil and gas taxation regime have had the effect of reducing the Government’s share of energy receipts,” Imbert said as he presented the TT$50 billion national budget.Imbert told Parliament that annual inflows of foreign exchange from the energy sector dropped from US$3.2 billion in 2011 to US$500 million in 2017.84 percent reduction“This is an 84 percent reduction in foreign exchange inflows which has caused a loss to the country of US$2.7 billion per year in foreign currency. To make up for this shortfall, and to make foreign exchange available to the public, especially the productive sectors, the Central Bank has injected a total of over US$7.5 billion of our reserves into the commercial banking sector in just the last four years.”Growth in exports essentialHe also said that apart from import substitution, one of the main drivers of the new Trinidad and Tobago economy must be growth in exports. This is needed in order to earn foreign exchange and penetrate new markets. However, one of the major challenges for exporters at this time is access to foreign exchange to purchase raw materials and other essential inputs needed for manufacturing.For more on T&T’s battle to halt the pace of the dollar slide, visit: Trinidad and Tobago dollar depreciates
Shehu Bamidale defied the odds and defeated all in his way to emerge the 2013 National Pool tournament winner at the grand finale last Thursday, Boxing Day December 26 at the Accra Sports Stadium.Bamidale took home a pool table set, a trophy and Hunter’s Gold souvenirs as his prize for emerging the Ghana Pool champion. Runner-up was Victor Myers who received a 32″ flat screen TV and souvenirs from Hunter’s Gold whilst Samuel Noah got a table-top refrigerator and Hunter’s Gold souvenirs for finishing 3rd.For Nudzor Agbanu, CEO of the Afrodigital Productions organisers of the annual event, staging the final at the nation’s number one sports facility was a clear indication that the sport overseen by the 2009 founded Ghana Snooker Players Association, is finally gaining grounds and national recognition.He confirmed that the finalists will form the core of the national team that would be selected via justify-your-inclusion exercise for international competitions in Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya next year.“It’s been very successful I can say that 99.9% of our targets have been met. It’s great especially today that for the first time we are playing at the Accra Sports Stadium which gives the tournament a truly national character,” Mr. Agbanu said in his closing remarks.He added: “This is the beginning of real development of pool as a big sport in Ghana. It’s going to be held every year thanks to the continued support of companies like Pitsea Ways, Hunter’s Gold and Citizens Concepts who have found it useful to sponsor us. Kwabena Appiah, Managing Director of Pitsea Ways, your number one cash emergency service, assured the National Pool tournament organisers of their commitment to the sport and has further pledged extending such benevolence to other sporting disciplines.“We are here to help, support and promote pool playing in Ghana, it’s good to give pool players a competition. Every now and then we help out with sports programmes and pool is one of them. Hopefully next year it will be even bigget than this and we promise to come and help again,” Mr. Appiah told www.sportsinghana.com exclusively.