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I work for everybody back home’

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first_imgEditor’s Note: This is the second story in a series featuring Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s graduates serving as members of Congress. This series, titled “Trading Golden Dome for Capitol Dome,” will run on Fridays.  Election Day 2012 marked the election of Sen. Joe Donnelly, the first Democrat to win an Indiana statewide race in more than a decade, and the end of one of the most contentious Senate races in Indiana history.  After State Treasurer Richard Mourdock beat out six-term senator Richard Lugar in the Republican primary, Mourdock faced then-Representative Donnelly in the general election. The contest culminated in a debate at New Albany, Ind., at Indiana-University Southeast, where a comment he made about abortion and rape gained national attention.  Donnelly, a “Double Domer” who graduated from Notre Dame with a B.A. in 1977 and with a J.D. in 1981, said his faith in the people of Indiana and his Notre Dame education helped him to focus on the path to the Senate, despite partisan conflict. “It’s not usually the easiest path as a Democrat in Indiana,” Donnelly said. “But, what I always knew was that the people of Indiana are common-sense, are willing to listen, and are a lot more focused on what’s right and building our state than they are worried about party labels.  “So, I never worried about party labels, and the other part is what you learn at Notre Dame is that you do your very best, you stand up for what is right, you try to have an effect on those things you can change, [but] on the things you have no control over, you can’t worry about them.” At Notre Dame, Donnelly majored in government and also studied business. “While I didn’t have a business degree or business minor, a lot of my electives were in the business area, so I tried to combine [government and business] while at Notre Dame,” he said. “I had an interest in becoming an attorney, and I think that mix really lent itself well to that field.” After graduation, Donnelly practiced law, worked at his family’s printing and rubber stamp company and served on the Indiana State Election Board. In 2004, he ran for and secured Indiana’s 2nd district congressional seat, and secured the seat in 2006. “I had never actually expected to run for office again,” Donnelly said. “That was probably for a 15-year period. I just raised my family and tried to be a good member of the local community, then was asked by members of the local Democratic Party if I would consider running for Congress.” Donnelly said serving as the representative for Indiana’s 2nd district prepared him to work as a senator for the state of Indiana.  “What made it easier is that in many ways, the 2nd district is a microcosm of the state, and the state is a microcosm of the country,” he said. “And so, the needs of the people of the 2nd district, the concerns of the people of the second district, were reflective of the entire state.”  Donnelly said his time in the House, in part, guided his goals as a senator. “I came in with areas that I wanted to focus on, based on my time in the House,” he said. “No. 1, first and foremost, would be that every Hoosier who wants a job, can have a job. When Mom and Dad are working, everything works much better for the family – everything works much better for our state. So, a huge portion of my efforts have been in making sure that we continue to grow our economy and create more jobs.” As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Donnelly said resolving the United States’ involvement in Afghanistan sits at the top of his priority list. “I’ve been focused on making sure we have a solid plan to come home from Afghanistan, to do it in a way that enables Afghanistan to stand up on their own and have our men and women back home in South Bend and in Rising Sun and in Merrillville and in Indianapolis, rather than in Kabul,” he said. Donnelly is following the situation in Syria closely and soliciting opinions on the issue from his constituents, his communications director, Elizabeth Shappell, said.  “He supports President Obama’s decision to seek Congressional approval,” Shappell said. “Like all Hoosiers, he strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons and is carefully reviewing proposed options for ongoing humanitarian assistance and possible military action.”  Donnelly announced his support for same-sex marriage in an April 5 post on his Facebook page. His desire for all people to feel comfortable in Indiana motivated this decision, he said. “My feeling is that as we look at this, as a state, Indiana wants to be welcoming to all of our citizens,” Donnelly said. “To our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters – I want them all to feel that no matter what their beliefs, they can find a home in Indiana. For our companies, [we don’t want them] to lose extraordinary talent and extraordinary people because we weren’t welcoming to them on this issue. “As I said, this is no way any suggestion to any Church as to what they [should] believe or what they should do. This is simply recognition that we want Indiana to be a welcoming state.” Donnelly said his experience in the House, his role as a father and talks with friends inform his policy positions. Staying connected to his constituents also shapes his actions as a senator.  “I go home every weekend,” Donnelly said. “There is so much more wisdom in Indiana than there is in Washington, D.C., and so in a typical day at home I’ll be visiting with a group of farmers. I’ll be visiting with a group of small business people. I’ll stop at the local supermarket to get something, and people are more than happy to come up and tell me what they think. “I get my knowledge, my wisdom, from everyone back home. … I keep that sign in the office up there, ‘Hoosier Common Sense,’ because that’s what we try to do. I think that is what the country needs, and that is what I try to reflect every day.” These frequent interactions with his constituents keep Donnelly grounded. “What I never forget is that I’m the hired help,” he said. “I work for everybody back home. That’s my obligation.” Donnelly’s connection to Notre Dame also shapes his beliefs, he said.  “I think [University President Fr. John Jenkins] is an extraordinary president,” Donnelly said. “I think [University President Emeritus Fr. Monk Malloy] was as well, and I went to school there when [University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh] was our president. Fr. Hesburgh made it very clear that you have an obligation to not only look out for yourself, but to look out for your brothers and sisters, and tried to make sure that everyone who graduated from Notre Dame understood that you had a bigger obligation than just making sure that you’re all squared away. “We’ve had extraordinary leadership. … Obviously, Our Lady really looks out for the school because of who she has put in charge.” Donnelly said he remains extremely grateful for his Notre Dame education, which continues to shape how he approaches the world around him. “I never in a million years expected to be able to go there,” he said. “I was just a middle-class kid; it was almost just beyond my wildest dreams. … What Notre Dame does is it colors the way you look at every issue so that it’s not just about yourself, or it’s not just about a narrow set of views. But you look at things in a way that says, ‘How does this affect all of us? How do we make our country better? How do we make our nation stronger? How do we do what is fair and what is just?’ “I say a little prayer that I can do that every day, and I’m far from perfect. I don’t hit a home run every day. But I do my best, and that was shaped in large measure by folks like my parents, by Fr. Hesburgh. … They ground you very well, and if I had to do it all over again I’d do it in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”  Contact Nicole Michels at [email protected]last_img read more

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Hurricane Isaac

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first_imgForecasters initially projected rains from Hurricane Isaac could erase or at least put a large dent in Georgia’s drought, but the state has seen little relief. “We thought that it would park over Georgia, and we would get a few days of rain, which could have wiped out the drought,” said Pam Knox, an agricultural climatologist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “Instead it moved further to the west than we thought. They’re getting way more than they need, and we really haven’t gotten very much.” While regular afternoon showers have picked up in some parts of the Georgia, about one-half of the state is still experiencing some level of drought. The hardest hit area is a wide swath across middle Georgia, Knox said. Some bands of rain did cut across parts of the state this week providing spotty relief, but not enough to do much more than moisten the soil. Streams, creeks and rivers are still extremely low, she said. “Every bit of rain we get is good, but it wasn’t enough to really change the drought situation … Some areas probably got a little drought relief, but it was spotty,” Knox said. “In the summer we really need about an inch a week to keep up with evaporation, and even with the storm some areas haven’t gotten that.” While the slow moving storm wreaks havoc on Louisiana and Mississippi, there’s a small chance that Georgia could see more precipitation related to systems as it pushes waves of moist air northward. Cloud cover generated by this moisture should keep temperatures cooler than normal for the next few days. As the bulk of the storm moves north, it will likely bring substantial drought relief to Midwestern states like Indiana and Illinois. But even then there’s a chance the storm could dump too much rain at one time, further damaging grain crops.last_img read more

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May Weather

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first_imgMay was wet, cool and cloudy throughout most of the state. That wet, cool weather kept the soil too wet to plant in some areas, while fields were too dry in others. In either case, Georgia farmers found their planting schedules delayed until the end of the month. North Georgia was very wet, with areas north of Atlanta receiving 5 inches more than normal over the course of the month. The southwest corner of Georgia was well below normal, however, receiving 3 inches less rain than normal. The highest monthly precipitation total reported by the National Weather Service station was 5.26 inches observed in Atlanta (1.59 inches below normal) and the lowest was the station in Augusta with 2.26 inches (0.39 inches below normal). Athens received 3.63 inches (0.63 above normal). Macon received 3.95 inches (1.23 above normal). Brunswick received 3.40 inches (1.54 above normal). Columbus received 2.86 inches (0.33 below normal). Alma received 3.02 inches (0.55 above normal). Savannah received 3.16 inches (0.08 above normal). Minor flooding was seen mid-month in northern Georgia where soils were saturated from the heavy rain. Roads and water lines were affected in some areas, leading to “boil water” advisories in a few locations. Drought operations on Lake Hartwell ended on May 7 as heavy rainfall in the northern part of the basin and releases from Lake Hartwell upstream raised the lake levels at Thurmond Dam above 328 feet for the first time since March 30, 2011. The last time the water at Thurmond Lake was above 328 feet for any period of time was February 2010. The highest daily precipitation measurement reported by Community Collaborative Rain Hail Snow Network was 6.40 inches on May 19 near Flowery Branch in Hall County. An observer near Suwanee reported 5.18 inches on the same date. Most of this rain fell in less than six hours. The highest total rainfall observed in May was 14.32 inches near Cumming in Forsyth County, followed by 13.27 inches from the Flowery Branch observer. Despite the rain, cooler weather helped to reduce the amount of severe weather Georgia saw in May. Severe weather was reported on five days; however, all but one of the reports was for scattered wind damage. A May 21 report described nickel-sized hail near Jackson in Butts County. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 68.1 degrees F (2 degrees below normal). In Athens, the average was 67.4 degrees (2.6 degrees below normal); in Columbus, the average was 71.5 degrees (1.5 degrees below normal); in Macon, it was 68.4 degrees (3.5 degrees below normal); in Savannah, it was 71.7 degrees (1.6 degrees below normal); in Augusta, it was 68.4 degrees (2.7 below normal); in Alma, it was 70.6 degrees (3.1 below normal); and in Brunswick, it was 73.0 degrees (1.5 below normal). Atlanta set a new record low for daytime temperature with 59 degrees on May 6, breaking the old record of 62 degrees set in 1920. Columbus had a record low daytime temperature of 66 degrees on the same day, breaking the old record of 67 degrees set in 1992. Augusta set a record low temperature of 40 degrees on May 14, breaking the old record of 42 degrees set in 1997, and Savannah posted a new record low of 48 degrees on the same date, breaking the old record of 49 degrees set in 1997. By the end of May, soil temperatures warmed enough for most planting to proceed, and soil moisture levels decreased in northern Georgia, allowing farmers to enter their fields and finish planting. The wet conditions in the north fostered lush growth of hay but caused some disease problems in small grains. Dry conditions in the south caused delays in planting due to lack of needed soil moisture. Overall, the crops were delayed by about two to three weeks due to the spring weather across Georgia.last_img read more

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Different Strokes: Bellyak founder Adam Masters picks his go-to gear

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first_imgAstral Layla | $135This is a women’s jacket, but it’s perfect for Bellyaking because it has a nice flat front, which is key for paddling prone. You don’t want a PFD with a lot of bulk up front.Allbirds Wool Runners | $95Most outdoor shoes are made with unsustainable, often toxic materials. Allbirds does things differently: they make simple, comfortable shoes with a durable, water-resistant merino wool upper, recycled laces, and castor-bean-oil cushioning in their insoles. Your feet and your conscience will feel good in these shoes.Tigerlight D.A.D. (Defense Alert Device) | $130DAD is always looking out for you: in this case, DAD is a handheld multi-use protection tool that has the ability to spray a unique chemical deterrent that had a documented 96% stop rate and sends Bluetooth danger alerts with your exact location. The alerts can be lifesaving in the event of an attack or if you hurt yourself and are stuck somewhere. The lightweight device also has a multi-mode flashlight and convenient hand strap that allows the device to always be in hand and ready to use.Lorpen T3 Trail Running Ultra Light Socks | $15With separate layers of fibers that work together for comfort, support, and moisture management. The T3 sock is perfect for running in any season, keeping feet dry, comfortable, and blister-free. Adam Masters was born into kayaking. His father, Bill Masters, founded Perception Kayaks in the ‘70s and had a large hand in taking the sport mainstream thanks to Perception’s affordable plastic boats. Adam has been kayaking all his life, but in the last several years, he’s made his own contribution to the world of paddlesports by developing the Bellyak, a kayak you paddle while lying down.“I got into hand paddling in 2004 and loved the connection with the river,” Adam says. “I wondered what it would be like to lay on top of my kayak and paddle like I was swimming through the river.”Masters took an old Perception, cut it up and filled it with spray foam and duct tape to make his first prototype. It was 85 pounds and tough to handle, but he was hooked. “All of the rivers I’d been on forever became a completely new experience. It was super fun.”Fast forward 14 years and that original prototype has evolved into Bellyak, a niche sport that’s introducing thousands of people to whitewater. “A lot of people come to me who always wanted to kayak but never learned because they were scared of the roll,” Adam says. “With the Bellyak, you can run class II or III whitewater and you’re never stuck inside a boat under water. It increases the reward without increasing the risk.”Astral HiyakAstral Hiyak | $115Astrals are great and I really love this high top river shoe. We’re actually in the water, standing in eddies and moving around in the current, so good foot protection is crucial.Sweet Protection The Rocker | $250This helmet fits really well, offers bombproof protection and doesn’t impede my visibility. You take face hits a lot when you’re in a Bellyak. You don’t want your helmet to push back on your head.Bellyak Play 35 | $729My favorite is the Play 35. I love them all. But it’s the most high performance. Really light, super responsive. I can throw it around. It performs well on a wave, great for river running. If you want something more stable, but still good for river running, size up to the Play 45.NRS Radiant 3/2 Wetsuit | $230This might be my favorite piece of gear. I’m in the water constantly, and we’re wet the whole time, so depending on the air/water temp combo, a wetsuit might be necessary.last_img read more

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How today’s mobile device helps fight fraud at your credit union

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first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One of our favorite fraudster fighters returns to CUbroadcast for another report on how credit unions can keep the bad guys at bay. Aite Group‘s Research Director Julie Conroy joins us this time around to divulge her latest report, “Digital-Channel Fraud Mitigation: The Mobile Force Awakens.”Cybercrime remains a big business with few consequences, but Julie reports that the mobile device is not only ideal for managing one’s financials it’s also taking on a bigger role in fraud prevention. In our discussion, she shows us just how your mobile can help fight fraud — along with what banks and credit unions are doing today, even though losses are surprisingly down.Could it be prime time to gear for the next round of fraud attacks? Julie lets us know about the possible “calm before the storm” and why now is a perfect time to invest in new fraud fighting technology to quell future attacks — and your mobile is on the front lines. continue reading »last_img read more

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Gabriel Paulista takes subtle dig at Arsene Wenger ahead of Arsenal return in Europa League

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first_imgArsenal bought Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia, the club they sold Gabriel Paulista to (Picture: Getty)‘Playing for Arsenal was an incredible experience that I will never forget,’ he said.‘I want to make history with Valencia. It’s the Centenary year & in 100 years’ time I want people to remember that Gabriel Paulista won the Europa League with Valencia.‘I like these types of games & the type of pressure that comes with playing against sides like Arsenal. I’m ready to do a good job & help the club go as far as possible in the competition.‘With all respect to Arsenal, I have nothing to prove to them anymore. I tried to prove my worth but I didn’t get the chances.‘I deserved more opportunities. I was sad because I knew I had the ability to play… But other people didn’t think so.’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 Gabriel Paulista takes subtle dig at Arsene Wenger ahead of Arsenal return in Europa League Advertisement Gabriel Paulista missed Arsenal’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea in 2017 through injury (Picture: Getty)Gabriel Paulista remains adamant he deserved more opportunities to cement a place as a first regular first team starter at Arsenal.The 28-year-old joined the north London club in January 2015 from Villarreal in a £13.5million deal after the club’s US-based data analysis company, StatDNA, highlighted the Brazilian as a player of huge potential.Gabriel struggled to oust the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, however, and moved to Valencia in the summer of 2017 after a serious knee injury cost him a chance of appearing in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea.Arsenal used the money generated from his sale to purchase Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel believes he was unfairly treated during his time in north London ahead of his return with Valencia in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 May 2019 11:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link378Shareslast_img read more

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Investors who ignore ESG at risk of breaching fiduciary duty – Al Gore

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first_imgInvestors should consider the impact of a “meaningful” carbon price on investments to better identify risks and opportunities, a paper by Al Gore’s Generation Foundation has urged.The white paper praised companies assessing investments using a shadow carbon price, as there is currently no single framework for the cost of carbon – despite recent moves by China and the US that will see around half of emissions priced by the end of 2016.“The reality, however, is that carbon largely remains an un-priced externality in financial markets today,” the report says.“Although it is impossible to know the exact timing of the prospective tipping point when financial markets will fully internalise carbon risk, it is critical for investors to prepare for its inevitable impact over the next five years.” In ‘Allocating capital for long-term returns’, the foundation, funded by Generation Investment Management, also warns that investors risk breaching their fiduciary duties if they fail to consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters during the investment process.The view will be one shared by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, which recently launched an initiative that could see members sue pension funds where they perceive them to be ignoring environmental risks. Gore, who co-founded Generation IM three years after his unsuccessful US presidential campaign, was adamant sustainability should be taken into account.“The importance of sustainability to business and investing has intensified as financial markets are forced to address challenges posed by the realities of natural resource scarcity, the effects of unabated carbon emissions, rapid urbanisation and widening wealth inequality, to name just a few,” he said. The paper further pointed to the importance of considering sustainability factors, such as human capital management, supply chain concerns and resource management, when assessing the value and success of a company.“Analysing a company’s attitude to these factors can often provide insights into a company’s long-term vision, its strategy for implementing that vision and the probability of its success,” it says.Carbon prices, or a greater number of emissions trading schemes, have long been a demand of various investor groups calling for regulation to mitigate climate change, including the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change.last_img read more

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Pension fund for Danish teachers returns 2.1% after turbulent year

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first_imgIt said this was particularly the case for foreign shares, including emerging markets equities, high-yield bonds and timber land.The investment portfolio’s rate of return amounted to 1.2%, compared with an expected long-term rate of 5.2%, according to the investment strategy, the pension fund said.Total group assets grew to DKK88.1bn at the end of December 2015 from DKK82.0bn 12 months before, and solvency coverage rose to 316% from 311%.Contributions rose to DKK4.8bn in 2015 from DKK4.5bn the year before.The interest rate paid on pension savings (depotrente) after pensions tax rose to 5.5% from 3.75%.Lærernes said its supervisory board had approved its investment strategy for 2016 to 2020 in December.The new strategic investment portfolio had an expected return of 5.2% before tax and a risk level of around 23%, measured against a confidence level of 99.5%.It explained this meant that, statistically, there was only a 0.5% probability the investment portfolio would suffer an unexpected loss of more than 23% in the course of a year.Lærernes said the new investment strategy meant the pension fund would increase the proportion of its investments in alternative asset classes over the next few years, including property, private equities, forestry and infrastructure.To ensure costs are kept low, it outsourced a large part of its portfolio management to external managers. Lærernes Pension, the Danish pension fund for teachers, reported a 2.1% return on investments last year, down from the 12.6% produced in 2014, with most asset classes performing more weakly than expected, according to the fund’s annual report.In absolute terms, the investment return fell to DKK1.4bn (€188m) in 2015 from DKK7.2bn in 2014.The pension fund said 2015 had been marked by big swings on the financial markets.In the report, the labour-market scheme said: “Lærernes Pension achieved a very high return on its holdings of Danish equities and on its real estate investments. But returns on the majority of other asset classes were more modest and lower than expected.”last_img read more

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Update: Troubled Russian Ship Reaches Southampton

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first_imgMekhanik Yartsev, a Russian cargo ship which developed a  significant list off Portsmouth, arrived at a Southampton dock in the afternoon hours of December 28.HM Coastguard said that the 1990-built vessel, which had its own power, was assisted on the journey to the King George V Graving Dock by a pilot vessel, two tugs and escorted by an RNLI All Weather Lifeboat as a precautionary measure.Mekhanik Yartsev started listing outside Portsmouth Harbour on December 26. Due to adverse weather conditions at the site on December 27, the plans to move the vessel were put on hold, forcing Mekhanik Yartsev to remain at anchor overnight.The cargo removal operation was scheduled to be undertaken once the ship was safely alongside the dock.HM Coastguard earlier informed that the ship lost 30 pieces of cargo during bad weather conditions some 20 miles south of the Worthing area on the south coast. The cargo packages, which were 3-4 cubic metres each, containing timber, were reported to have broken up resulting in individual planks floating on the surface.Mekhanik Yartsev was en route from Riga, Latvia, to Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, when it developed the list.Image Courtesy: HM Coastguardlast_img read more

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Zimbabwe to seek extradition of Palmer

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first_imgZIMBABWE POWER TRANSITION Related Nigerian farmers seek more incentives TALK AFRICA: Zimbabwe Looks East South Africa has been struggling to contain a record surge in rhino poaching, and poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands of elephants annually for their ivory around Africa in recent years. Fears are now emerging that the United States department of justice may decline Zimbabwe’s request for the extradition of the American man behind the killing of Cecil the lion.Legal experts have cautioned that legal technicalities and international perceptions on the record of Zimbabwe’s justice system, may just help Walter Palmer get away with what some have termed an open and shut poaching case.last_img

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