Keough Hall implements dorm-wide events, improves community

first_img“Brothers. Scholars. Champions.” is the motto that unites the men of Keough Hall — whether it be through section sports, bringing kangaroos to campus, or attending mass together.Located on West Quad since 1996, the men of Keough Hall — also known as the “Roos”, after their kangaroo mascot — seek to create an inclusive and strong community among their 277 residents.“My favorite thing about Keough Hall is the section culture, because it is a really big dorm but there’s that 35-40 guys who you’re super close with. You do everything together. You get meals with them, you play sections sports together and the section culture is a really great way to make a big dorm feel like a small community,” Hammad Choudhury, sophomore and a vice president-elect for Keough Hall, said.Some sections in Keough compete against each other in section sports such as football in the fall and basketball in the winter and spring, catch up with each other at section dinners on Sunday nights and hang out in their section lounges — all of which is part of the community they have built.“It’s [section lounges] not the best place to do work, but it’s a good place to sort of wind down and talk to your friends. It’s always central in the section so if someone’s just walking through, it’s easy to have a conversation,” Nick Schleith, junior and current hall president, said.“I came from a school that had big dorms without a lot of culture,so coming into Keough with the dorm masses and the distinct section cultures was a big change but a welcome one,” Chris Torsell, sophomore and a transfer student, said. “[Keough’s dorm culture] really varies from section to section. I’ve only had half a semester to figure it out … I think it’s just a lot of guys who like to have fun, who don’t care much about privacy. Everyone goes into everyone’s rooms without knocking, which I appreciate. It’s a good culture.”Next year’s hall president, sophomore Dylan Fritz, attributes a large part of this success to Keough’s history of strong rectors. Keough has a new rector this year, Deacon Brogan Ryan, who became the rector of Keough Hall this year after serving as assistant rector last year.“Deacon Brogan has done a great job with that [the transition] … That really helps the dorm as well as having someone that is there for you,” Fritz said.“He loves the community and I think we all know that too … It really feels like the same Keough that it was last year, and it’s all credit to him, I think. He gets to know all of the freshmen and continues to develop relationships with all of the Keough guys that lived in the hall last year,” Schleith said.This year, Keough’s hall government has implemented new programming that focused more on dorm-wide interactions rather than just section-wide interactions. For instance, Schleith said they have started Keough Thursdays, hoping to engage more residents by hosting things like video game tournaments or a game watch for the first Thursday night football game of the year. Keough also organized a multicultural potluck.“The guys from the dorm came together and cooked foods that they traditionally grew up with and then the whole dorm came together to eat it. I think we had about 100 guys at that,” Choudhury said.Fritz wants to expand on these efforts next year. One of his ideas is a Keough mentorship program that would pair underclassmen with an upperclassmen mentor for career and academic advice.“That way they have a familiar face, someone that’s a friend. It’s not just some random person on campus there for them,” Fritz said.One campus-wide event that Keough hosts annually is the Keough Chariot race. Featuring handmade chariots and live kangaroos, the event typically draws around 300 people. The money raised at the event goes towards a Holy Cross mission in Kitete,Tanzania. Keough also sometimes sends a resident to the site.This year, Keough is also reviving Aussie Fest for campus.“We’re starting an event that used to happen about six or seven years ago called Aussie Fest. It was just a huge cookout that we used to do with O’Neill,” Schleith said.It will be held this year in the area between the Keough and O’Neill courtyards on Saturday. The event will have yard games as well as a petting zoo including a kangaroo, a yak and a tortoise. The animals come from an exotic animal petting zoo in Ohio, Schleith said.“Since we weren’t able to have the petting zoo with the kangaroos in the fall for the original chariot race because it got rained out, we’re going to bring it back for this event,” Schleith said.Schleith said that while their location on West Quad can sometimes make them feel separated from the larger campus community, they still “have a lot of special traditions and really great community within the dorm that separates us from a lot of other halls.”Or as Torsell puts it, “Go Roos.”Tags: brotherhood, dorm features, dorm life, Keough Halllast_img read more

Drink Water

first_imgKeep a refillable water bottle with you. The cutest water bottles are available now — you can even get them monogrammed! You are more likely to refill your water bottle if you actually have it with you.Make water the only choice. A number of times, my husband and I have made water the only beverage choice in our home. I stopped purchasing sodas and limit juice. As if by magic — “Mom magic,” if you will — water is consumed regularly and in large amounts.If you are not crazy about the taste of plain water, try infused water by adding lemon, lime or in-season berries. It’s delicious, beautiful and you will be doing your body a favor.Begin each day with a glass of water. I find it wakes up my system and keeps things moving. I also drink one glass of water before and after drinking sweet tea (my absolute favorite).When dining out, try ordering water as your drink with your entrée. It’s also economical. Have you glanced at the price of the average beverage in restaurants lately? My children tell me, “Momma, you always order water.” I often joke that I cannot afford to buy drinks for all of us.Eating foods with high moisture content can also assist you in getting your daily water intake. I love watermelon, and, like most fruits and vegetables, it is comprised mostly of water. It’s also in season, so eat up. It’s July in Georgia and that means one thing: heat. According to the Weather Channel, we’ve had average temperatures hovering at 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher since the beginning of summer, and there seems to be no end in sight for high temperatures.Whether cooking out, going to the amusement park, mowing the lawn or working in the garden, Georgians spend more time outside sweating in the summer. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents like me are here to remind you to drink your daily serving of water. When I was a child, my auntie sounded like a broken record telling me, even threatening me, to drink water.Some members of our community, namely seniors, may require more water to keep hydrated. As we age we may not recognize the symptoms of dehydration as quickly. I know it can be a challenge to get Papa or Granny to drink water, but it’s imperative to their health. Give them the infamous speech: “This is going to hurt you more than it does me…”According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, water is essential for good health. Water has a number of functions for our bodies. It regulates body temperature, removes waste and protects our bones and joints. It also protects us from a variety of heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, when your body loses water faster than it should. Heat is a contributing factor to dehydration. The signs of dehydration include dry mouth, dizziness, headache, weakness and fatigue. UGA Extension encourages Georgians to stay hydrated while working and playing in the summer heat by following these tips: Be safe and stay hydrated, Georgia.last_img read more

Harvest for Hunger Phone-A-Thon raises record number in first night

first_imgCatholic Charities says this is the most that’s been raised in a night from the annual event. One community member gave a single donation of $5,000. The Phone-A-Thon continues Thursday, December 5 from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on WBNG. “This is truly a great event,” said Tom Julian from sponsor, Fidelis Care. The one night total nearly matches the two night total from 2018, which was around $14,500. Executive Director of the Catholic Charities of Broome County, Lori Accardi, says a small donation can go very far for one family, saying, “By getting the food, they can pay other bills. It relieves their mind mentally from being stressed out over finances.” (WBNG) — Wednesday night the WBNG Harvest for Hunger Phone-A-Thon raised more than $14,000 for Catholic Charities of Broome County. All the donations will go to help families struggling with hunger in our area this holiday season. last_img read more

PPG3 slammed as ‘simplistic’

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Managers call on peers to take lead on responsible investing

first_imgA group of investment and pension fund managers have called upon investment firms to up their game when it comes to responsible investment if they are to maximise opportunities and improve long-term returns.The report – The Value of Responsible Investment – says that with better reporting, research and a stronger tie between ESG and fiduciary duties, investment managers should take the lead when it comes to influencing the economy, environment and society.It was backed by 11 investment managers with assets under management totaling $5trn (€3.6trn), making up the the Investment Leaders Group (ILG) of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.The report says that responsible investment should be at the heart of fund strategies and processes. It also called for better research on the risks generated by environmental ‘megatrends’ and the drag on economic performance. In addition, the report calls for standardised reporting for environmental and social impacts, as well more use of long-term mandates and a better alignment of ESG and fiduciary duties.“While short-term investment strategies can play an important part in an asset owner’s portfolio, providing diversification and liquidity, they can also lead to asset mispricing, bubbles and consequent price crashes, undermining long-term economic development and investment,” the report says.Philippe Zaouati, CEO at Mirova, and chair of the ILG, added: “In spite of a widespread rhetorical commitment to responsible investment principles, market dynamics remain pre-occupied by the short-term, and the majority of investment does little to answer the challenges of our time.”The ILG said investment firms should also scale up capital allocation to the technologies, infrastructure and business models of a future low carbon, green economy. This would depend upon solid investment principles and clear enabling actions from policy makers.Jake Reynolds, director of business platforms at CISL, said: “In a world that neglects to account for social and environmental costs on corporate balance sheets, costs we know can ultimately impact value, responsible investment can be seen not only as a smart investment strategy but as an essential response to growing sources of systemic risk.”A report by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) recently also found that companies should do more to assess their climate event risks.With extreme storms, flooding, heat waves and cold snaps, companies are under pressure to identify, quantify and disclose material risk related to such events.Investors are starting to see the impact of carbon pricing on corporate profitability, but less attention is being paid to the effects of climate events on a company’s business and financial risk profile, S&P argued.This ties in with the findings of the ILG report, pushing for companies and investors to take a closer look at responsible investment.The ILG currently comprises 11 investment institutions: Allianz Global Investors, Aviva Global Investors, First State Investors, Loomis Sayles, Mirova (Natixis Asset Management), Nordea Life & Pensions, PensionDanmark, Pimco, Standard Life Investments, TIAA-CREF Asset Management and Zurich Insurance Group.last_img read more

Cairns city homes ideal for Airbnb investors

first_imgAir BnB hosts Lucia Ormonde and her husband James Peddell at their Edmonton home.Airbnb is becoming more popular in Cairns. They have made many friends as Airbnb hosts over the past two years. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYINVESTORS focusing on the Cairns market are increasingly seeking out properties perfect for listing on homeshare site Airbnb, according to a Cairns real estate agent.LJ Hooker Cairns South’s Cheyenne Morrison said barely two years ago there was only a handful of properties available for rent in Cairns on Airbnb, but that number has exploded to thousands.“I have experienced increasing amounts of property investors looking to buy houses suitable to rent on the platform,” Mr Morrison said. “My research, and market conditions in capital cities lead me to believe that a property that is purpose-built for Airbnb will gain much more capital appreciation in the coming years than an ordinary property.“The most sought-after type of property is a home with a separate living quarters that can be rented on Airbnb. “In the inner-city suburbs of Parramatta Park and Cairns North this is usually a Queenslander home that has been raised to legal height, with a self-contained living area downstairs.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoBeing close to the airport, CBD and the entertaining Esplanade precinct, Cairns North has topped the list of popular suburbs listed on Airbnb. According to the latest data from AirDNA, there are 268 properties in Cairns North for rent on Airbnb. The average daily rate is $127, average occupancy is 73 per cent, and average monthly earnings are $2175.Mr Morrison said 360 McLeod St, Cairns North, for sale for $650,000, had been achieving more than 80 per cent occupancy on Airbnb for the past two years.Running a property as an Airbnb rental offers a higher return, but this also comes at a cost. Just like a hotel, guests expect all the amenities, a comfortable bed with clean linen, a well laid-out kitchen with cooking implements, crockery and cutlery and appliances.Owners, too, often need to meet guests at odd hours, change linen and clean their property regularly.last_img read more

Presenting Offshore WIND Conference speaker Michel Kurstjens

first_img“Shaping Tomorrow. Performing Today”, comments Michel Kurstjens, CCO of Sif Group and speaker during Offshore WIND Conference.Kurstjens will be discussing the road ahead for offshore wind and how the industry can prepare for the long-term. Which necessary steps need to be taken to ensure future demand? Hear more during the event held on 9 and 10 October 2017 as part of Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference.To secure your seat head to 8th annual Offshore WIND Conference (OWC) on 9 and 10 October 2017, part of the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC), will focus on the opportunities for the offshore wind sector over the next ten years and beyond.OEEC is one of Europe’s leading offshore energy events. It is unique in bringing together the oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy industry. With the industry in transition, OEEC offers offshore energy professionals the ideal meeting place to network, discuss and learn about the future of energy. OEEC 2017 will be held at Amsterdam RAI on October 9, 10, 11, 2017.last_img read more

27 dead in Congo plane crash

first_imgCONGO – At least 27 people were killedafter a passenger plane crashed into houses in the city of Goma in easternDemocratic Republic of Congo, local officials said. The victims included nine people fromthe same family who were in one of the houses hit in the Mapendo area.   Civilians gather at the site where a plane operated by a local company crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Nov. 24. REUTERS/FISTON MAHAMBA The small Dornier-228 twin-turbopropaircraft – owned by private carrier Busy Bee – went down shortly after takingoff from the city’s airport on Sunday morning. The cause of the crash is stillunclear.center_img The plane was carrying 17 passengersand two crew members, officials said. Air accidents are relatively frequentin Congo amid lax safety standards and poor maintenance, and all the country’scommercial carriers are banned from operating in the European Union.(BBC)last_img read more

Iwobi, others launch Everton new away kit

first_imgNigeria’s Alex Iwobi was paraded as one of Everton models when the club launched a new away kit for next season, the second strip designed by new technical partner hummel, a call back to the classic amber and blue of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs Loading… In a tribute to the Everton teams of the early 1970s, the back-of-neck of the new away shirt features a retro EFC scroll detail. The blue shorts feature the hummel chevrons in amber contrast on the outer leg and the kit is completed with dark amber socks with blue chevrons on the front.  Both the shirt and shorts are finished with tonal badge detail. read also:Iwobi, Everton teammates land £10m-per-year shirt sponsorship deal with Cazoo The 2020/21 away Goalkeeper’s kit continues the home kit’s theme of bright and bold colours. The striking pink and black strip features the same soundwave graphic as the home kit. The Goalkeeper’s jersey, which has seen design collaboration with the Club’s keepers, is again only available in short sleeves. The new hummel away kit is available to order via from 8 am on Friday 7 August or to buy in-store at Everton One and Everton Two from 10 am on Friday 7 August. Supporters can also purchase a selection of items from hummel’s new black and grey Everton 2020/21 away training range. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 This year marks the 50th anniversary of Everton’s seventh league championship, which saw players wearing the much-loved amber away strip as Harry Catterick’s side claimed the 1969/70 title with two games to spare. A few months before sealing the title, World Cup winner Alan Ball first showcased his distinctive white hummel boots at a home game with Coventry City. The new away shirt features hummel’s iconic chevrons in blue across the shoulders and sleeves, and blue piping on the sleeves. It also has a contrasting neckline in blue, creating a clean and minimalist look that complements the style of the popular 2020/21 home strip — which last month became Everton’s fastest ever selling home kit.last_img read more

Bale will stay for Champions League

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas has been assured by Tottenham that Gareth Bale will remain at White Hart Lane next year if the club qualify for the Champions League. Press Association He added: “The club is committed to keeping the best assets. That’s the only way that we can ensure that we are in the top four every year. Gareth is part of that project bearing in mind that he has been amazing this season. Hopefully we can develop him to a greater extent.” Whether Tottenham do make the top four is still largely in the balance. They will move up from fifth to third if they beat Wigan on Saturday, but their traditionally poor showing towards the end of the season, coupled with the fact that they still have to play Chelsea away, means there is still a good chance that the club will have to settle for fifth. What is certain is that there is no bigger fan of Bale within the Tottenham set-up than Villas-Boas. The Portuguese, so careful not to single his players out for individual praise at Chelsea, never passes on an opportunity to hail Bale. The loving embrace the two shared after Bale’s superb last-minute winner against West Ham earlier this season also gives hope to supporters that the manager’s bond with the player could be key to boosting the chances of him remaining at the club. “We get a buzz from working with great players and Gareth has developed into a great player so I couldn’t be happier,” the 35-year-old said. “Gareth has had a major development this year. He has played in so many positions and has had such a big impact in those positions. We are happy that he has been nominated but we would be even happier if he was to win.” center_img Bale’s trophy cabinet looks to swell in the coming weeks after another season of success for the 23-year-old. The Welshman is odds-on favourite to land the PFA Player of the Year award, and there is a chance that he could also scoop the gong awarded to the best young player of the season. Bale’s 28 goals for club and country have seen him linked to some of Europe’s biggest clubs, most notably Real Madrid, who have watched the Welshman on several occasions. But asked whether Bale would stay if his team qualify for the Champions League, the Tottenham manager said: “I think so, that’s the information that I have from the club.” last_img read more