University launches Grotto Network to engage millennials

first_imgGrotto Network, Notre Dame’s new media platform encouraging millennials to reinvigorate their faith lives and gain inspiration from others’ stories, launched on Nov. 26.Social media manager and 2014 alumna Emily Mae Mentock said the network’s home base is grottonetwork.com, but the operation also relies heavily on social media to deliver its message and attract an audience.“It’s not another social media platform,” Mentock said. “We’re trying to meet people where they are in their media consumption as well as in their faith.” Mentock said the network aims to produce meaningful content and to encourage sharing of quality content. Director of the Grotto Network Sarah Yaklic said the group hopes to inspire viewers and readers through written and visual content.“I understand how sometimes digital platforms can draw us away from what’s important, but I’ve also seen it affect positive change,” Yaklic said. She said she led the digital outreach for the Pope Francis’s 2015 visit and saw firsthand how digital media can be a means to invite people to and encounter with Jesus.  Mentock said planning the project has taken several years, but only recently have team members been hired.  Although both Mentock and Yaklic came from diocesan work, Mentock said most of the team came from secular career fields and were looking for an opportunity to be a force for good in the world.“One of the great things about having Notre Dame’s support in this project is that they have is resources to hire talented people who are experts in their field,” she said. Yaklic said the success of the first week serves as a testament to the team’s diverse areas of expertise.“We recognize that there are limitations in the digital realm, so we anticipate that Grotto’s outreach will extend to everyday encounters,” she said. “We’re looking to provide a little more hope to the world.”Grotto Network is based out of Corbett Family Hall in the Rex and Alice A. Martin media center. Although it’s being launched and funded by Notre Dame, Grotto Network is not exclusive to the Notre Dame community and hopes to expand to Catholic young adults around the world, Yaklic said. “Being a part of the [Campus Crossroads] experience reinforces the integration of academics, faith and athletics,” Yaklic said. “It shows the University’s desire to tell students we are holistic beings.”“This upcoming semester we’ll be students of our own outreach,” she said. “I’m most excited to learn from students and walk more closely with them on this journey.”Mentock said she and her co-workers emphasize how various components of faith can merge to improve people’s lives.“We want to be a bridge for people to recognize how social justice, well being, and relationships all connect to the Catholic faith,” Mentock said.Yaklic said Grotto Network’s ultimate goal would be to collaborate with other universities and young adult groups. “We hope to use newly established partnerships with parishes, archdiocese and young adult groups across the countries, as well as an enhanced media strategy, to further our mission,” Yaklic said. Tags: Campus Crosswords, force for good, Grotto, grotto network, Pope Francis, social medialast_img read more

Asheville’s Natalie DeRatt Dashes Onto the Bobsled National Team

first_imgDream ChaserNever give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about, Winston Churchill famously said.For Natalie DeRatt, that was going to the Olympics. In 2012, the former University of North Carolina–Asheville running star missed that dream for the track and field team for Britain, but the fire to compete for the podium still burned. So when an opportunity for a spot on the USA Bobsled and Skeleton team came, she took it and ran.“Everything was just laid out, and it was an opportunity I saw as my last chance,” says DeRatt. “I’ve come so close before, and I think if I had not followed through I would have regretted it.”Running and racing were in her blood. Both parents competed and still do internationally at orienteering, and like them she had a spirited streak pushing her through high school and into college where she shined. In 2010, she became UNCA’s first and only student-athlete to earn a spot at NCAA championships.After graduating in 2011, she trained for the British team trials in the summer of 2012, but after setbacks and traveling logistics ran her worst race time of the year. She decided that her racing career  was over.“I needed a break from track,” says DeRatt. After six months, though, she was already getting itchy feet again, “I soon needed a new goal and a new outlet.”“I don’t think anyone grows up saying they want to race bobsled, though,” says Keith Scruggs, sports performance specialist at Acceleration Sports Institute at Greenville Health System and also DeRatt’s coach. Typically the racers he sees like DeRatt come from previous lives as track and field athletes, football players, softball athletes, and even volleyball athletes.Scruggs and DeRatt’s friendship started back in 2006 when they both competed for UNCA. Scruggs played baseball, but due to multiple injuries, he was about to pack his bags.“She came up to me and said, ‘You should try the hammer,’” recalls Scruggs. “I grew up playing football and baseball, not track and field, so my first thought was hammer and nails.” Regardless, Scruggs tried out, performed well, and joined the team with DeRatt.Scruggs was then able to return the favor last December by suggesting she compete in the Greenville bobsled combine, which he hosted, for August 2014. DeRatt agreed, and then asked him to be her coach. The duo set to work training DeRatt to be ready for her first competition in eight months.Despite the snow and ice aspect of bobsled, most of the actual training is sprint running and weight lifting, both of which are DeRatt’s fortes. “Bobsled is so similar to track and field in training that technically I’ve been preparing my whole life,” says DeRatt. The bobsled track, however, was a different story.“The first day was horrific,” DeRatt says. Bobsleds race down mile-long, curving courses and can reach speeds of over 75 mph with up to five gs of pressure. The experience is like riding ‘the Intimidator’ at North Carolina’s Carowinds amusement park—except you first have to help push your 400-lb part of the coaster 54 yards before jumping in and enjoying the ride, which actually means getting bruised from several impacts.“The veteran bobsledders always tell you the start’s horrible and not to quit,” says DeRatt. The rides did get better with each session, and soon she found the sport exhilarating. She also decided it could be another chance to make the national team.To make it onto the team, athletes must compete in a four-part test series that looks at strength and speed. Athletes gain points based on performance, and a specific number and ranking allow them to move to the next tier. The first two tiers have combines all over the region, and the third and fourth have a couple major spots.The regional combine Scruggs hosted was DeRatt’s first stop on the way to national team trials. She needed 450 points to advance. DeRatt killed the competition, earning 532 points and winning overall by 17 points.She won the next two competitions, and by November, DeRatt found herself in Park City, Utah competing for an Team USA spot in bobsled. It felt eerily similar to being in Britain two years earlier competing for a track spot.“It really brought me back to my track days just to that race scenario,” says DeRatt. “I got really really nervous and really really excited.” Competing against her were athletes such as Lauryn Williams, who was one of only five Olympians to medal in both the Summer and the Winter Games with track in 2004 and 2012 and bobsledding in 2014. Her 2014 teammate Elana Meyers was also there vying for a spot on Team USA. DeRatt reflects, “It was nice to feel those nerves again when racing against those people.”Just a year after she started training, DeRatt put everything she had into that race on the ice. The course was steep and smooth, and when the buzzer hit she and her driver Jazmine Fenlator raced with everything they had.She only had to wait a few hours before the announcement came, and her name finally rang out among the members of the 2014-2015 USA Bobsled and Skeleton Team.“All of those hours I gave in my whole life—every six a.m. and after school/after work workout—felt okay when I heard my name over the intercom,” says DeRatt.There are still many more a.m. workouts and competitions between now and 2018’s Olympic Games, but DeRatt looks forward to it all. “I believe that if you work hard you are going to get what you want,” says DeRatt. “If you have an opportunity you owe it to yourself to take that.”last_img read more

Millennials face tough times

first_imgAttracting and retaining millennials— those ages 18 to 34—is critically important to credit unions. Young members, in part because they’ve historically been heavy borrowers, are the lifeblood of a healthy, vibrant cooperative finance sector.But young people face some especially important challenges in what has been a comparatively weak economic recovery. That makes engagement more difficult—but also more important than ever.For evidence of the challenges one need look no further than the jobs picture. While top-line metrics clearly show significant U.S. labor market improvements, various ancillary measures continue to raise important concerns.The current 5.4% national unemployment rate is nearly a point lower than year-ago readings, is well below the 10% cyclical high, and is nearing the prerecession level of 5%. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

For the development of year-round tourism and strengthening the brand of the destination in Istria, half a million kuna was allocated

first_imgBased on the conducted public call for promotion of tourist events, products and projects in less developed areas of Istria in 2019, the Administrative Department for Tourism of Istria received a total of 63 applications, of which 40 applications for grants for tourism events and 23 applications for grants projects. In accordance with the goals from the Master Plan for the Development of Istria Tourism until 2025, a total of HRK 530.00 was allocated for two years to achieve balanced tourism development, to develop year-round tourism and to strengthen the destination brand through two measures: Raising the quality of tourism events in tur. products of specialized interests in less developed areas of Istria. Grants in the amount of a total of HRK 340.000 were received by 27 tourist events, while HRK 190.000 was awarded for 8 tourism projects and products of special interest in less developed tourist areas. Who all met the conditions of the tender and received co-financing, see the attachmentcenter_img “These grants are intended to encourage the development of public tourism infrastructure and valorize indigenous values, Istrian tradition, culture and customs, and raise the level of quality, destination offer, all in accordance with the Master Plan of Istrian Tourism and plans and strategies of lower ranks.” stand out from the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County. Attachment: Decision on granting support to tourist events, projects and products of special interests in less developed tourist areas – Istria Countylast_img read more

Real Madrid defeat Barcelona in Clasico to regain top spot in La Liga

first_img Opportunity missed Cristiano Ronaldo, now of Juventus, was watching from an executive box and Madrid could have done with him during a period in which they had won only one of their last five games. Zidane said on Saturday this match would not decide who lifted the trophy in May but a Barca win and a five-point gap might well have been difficult to close. Yet from the start Barcelona seemed keener to kill the game than win it, playing for time in the hope of keeping the contest tight, when they might have been better off attacking their opponents’ fragility. “The Madrid we faced in the first half was one of the worst Madrids I have faced at the Bernabeu,” said Gerard Pique. “I don’t say it as a criticism, we also have our problems, but we’ve missed an opportunity.”There was more tension than creativity in the early stages as Fede Valverde crashed into Arthur Melo before fellow Spain full-backs Dani Carvajal and Jordi Alba were both booked after a disagreement. Madrid had the better of the play and regularly broke at speed through Vinicius down the left but constantly they failed to make the final pass, with Isco once left with his head in his hands after Marcelo opted not to pull the ball back. – Slow Barca -Barcelona’s passing was slow and their lack of urgency obvious. At one point Messi bent to tie his bootlaces and re-spotted the ball before taking a corner. But the visitors also created chances as Antoine Griezmann drove over from Alba’s cutback and then Madrid had Courtois to thank for two excellent saves. First, Arthur held off Toni Kroos to go clear but his finish was blocked by teh foot of Courtois and then the Belgian palmed away Messi’s shot after he had skipped in behind Madrid’s defence.Ramos was lucky to get away with an error that allowed Nelson Semedo to break past him while Alba risked a second yellow when he checked Valverde but referee Mateu Lahoz was unmoved.Barcelona were sloppy after half-time and Madrid should have capitalised. Instead, Isco’s header beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen but not Pique on the line and Karim Benzema volleyed over after a sloppy pass from Arturo Vidal. Vidal was replaced by Martin Braithwaite, Barca’s emergency signing, and he sprinted in behind Marcelo twice in his first minute. But Madrid remained in the ascendancy and in the 71st minute they took the lead. Benzema came short and pointed right to encourage Vinicius to run in behind. Kroos found him and Vinicius’s shot deflected off the sliding Pique to beat Ter Stegen at his near post. The game opened up as Barcelona chased an equaliser. Marcelo celebrated when Messi’s surge through was stopped by Raphael Varane. Pique headed Messi’s cross over at the near post. Messi picked up a yellow card for a frustrated slide on Casemiro. In injury time, Ter Stegen ventured up for a late free-kick but it was Madrid that struck again. Mariano sped past Semedo and finished from the angle.Topics : Real Madrid won the Clasico and might have saved their season as they ended their slump in the best way possible on Sunday by beating Barcelona 2-0 and returning to the top of La Liga. Vinicius Junior’s deflected finish and a stoppage-time goal from Mariano Diaz decided a frenzied contest at the Santiago Bernabeu, where Madrid found new life after a Champions League defeat by Manchester City had left them on the brink of crisis.”It’s been a tough week,” said Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. “We talked about how we had an opportunity this weekend and we took it.” Victory put them one point clear at the top of the table and shifts focus back to Quique Setien’s Barcelona, who were outfought and, at times, outplayed. “The reality is we lost a lot of confidence with the ball,” said Setien. “We entered a nervous spell and that’s when the goal came.”Lionel Messi’s rasping shot was saved by Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the first half but it was the Argentine’s opposing captain, Sergio Ramos, who was thrashing his arms in celebration after the final whistle. His reaction was an indication of the importance of this victory, not only for the effect it has on the standings but on the dynamic of the title race, which had seemed to be switching firmly in favour of Barca. last_img read more

Dream items spice up luxury homes

first_imgBut they needed to find a way to get the awkwardly heavy pizza oven of their choice through the property. The $6,000 solution was to hire a crane to lift the oven into their backyard.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“Because Paul’s a builder and a developer, he looked into every angle, he called five companies, and then was able to hire this crane to be able to lift it into the backyard. There was no other way of doing it. It sounds crazy but it’s so much fun having that pizza oven there. Pizza ovens normally aren’t that heavy, it’s just that we fell in love with this one.”She said it was considered money well spent.“We have lots of pizza parties. It’s just so easy with kids, friends and family and well worth the money. It’s just such a great addition. We spend heaps of time up on the rooftop deck as well, but in winter we have that ability to congregate outside around the pizza oven, roasting marshmallows, and we have pizza nights all year round.”After two years in their dream home, though, the itch to create something new was back, with the 27 Wienholt St, Auchenflower, home now up for sale by Place Paddington agent Tim Douglas. The backyard oven was now a crucial part of their entertaining space. The 27 Wienholt St, Auchenflower backyard was missing one crucial element in the Haywards’ eyes – a pizza oven. Sharon and John Russell in “The Boat House” at their Norman Park home. Picture: Mark Calleja The rooftop terrace is still their favourite spot though.center_img 20 Wynnum Road, Norman Park. Bri and Paul Hayward with their son Hendricks and the backyard pizza oven they spent $6000 to put in place. Picture: AAP Image/Mark Calleja.A PIZZA oven in the backyard that ended up costing over $6,000 is among some of the dream additions that Queenslanders have put in luxury homes.Wallet busting home “bling” is not just a thing of fashion but a key part of what makes a dream home “home” for these property owners.The couple behind the pizza oven move, Bri and Paul Hayward, realise it cost about the same as buying a premium pizza every day for a year, but they believe it was more than worth it.They had completed an overhaul of their new home when they fell in love with the pizza oven of their dreams. But after finding no way to get it through or around the house, they decided to hire a crane to literally pick it up off the roadside, over the roof and place it next to the pool in the backyard. The Boat House has its own bar too.Sharon and John Russell told The Courier-Mail earlier that it was the setting for many parties and family functions.”It was built, we think in the ’50s, so you can’t ever build again, and we made it somewhere really special. We will often go and sit down there. It is on the jetty perched over the river.”It was “much loved” according a listing by agent Deborah Evans who runs her own property agency in Morningside.“Many hours will be enjoyed at the much loved “Boat House” and adjoining pontoon, completely equipped with surround sound, wine fridges, ice-maker and television. Brisbane’s river is an incredible backdrop for entertaining.”Both homes are on the market for sale by private treaty. The pizza oven has been a hit at family functions.“Everyone jokes it won’t end,” Mrs Hayward said. “You’re constantly looking at new ideas. We’re doing another home but this time we will put the pizza oven in first. We’re going to get the exact same brand.”Landing a builder’s dream home may not be such a bad thing considering all the effort they go to, with the most popular requests these days including “floating staircases” in luxury homes. “It can be $100,000 plus for them,” Mrs Hayward said. Sometimes a dream addition is simply upping the luxury feel of an existing feature, like the “boathouse” at 20 Wynnum Road, Norman Park, “which you can’t get anymore”.last_img read more

French pension reserve fund appoints private debt managers

first_imgFrance’s Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR) has awarded private debt mandates to Idinvest Partners and Lyxor International Asset Management, marking another step in the €37.2bn pension reserve fund’s rollout of a new allocation to domestic illiquid assets.The mandates awarded to Idinvest and Lyxor were for investment in acquisition-related debt to SMEs or “medium-sized” companies, an additional size category of companies used in France (going by the acronym of “ETI”).Up to €300m could be deployed under the mandates, which are initially for 12 years.The intention is for this money to finance or refinance an acquisition, or an “external growth operation”. FRR intends to announce the outcome of a related tender soon, for private placements.This will also target the financing of domestic SMEs or medium-sized companies.The mandates were put out to tender in May last year.FRR is also looking to award venture capital and private equity mandates as part of its move to build up a portfolio of French illiquid assets following government approval in late 2014/early 2015.Another large French pension investor, civil service pension fund ERAFP, earlier this week announced the outcome of a tender of infrastructure and private equity mandates as it, too, follows up on investment leeway granted by the government.last_img read more

Bowman Academy

first_imgBowman Academy was Greensburg’s opponent this year in the 3A basketball championship.  Since their inception, they have won championships in the 1A and 2A classes.  Because of their consistent finishes in the state tournament, they are now in class 3A.  Even without winning the state this year, they could be pushed up to 4A next year if they win another semi-state in basketball.  This is one of the schools that the rule of reclassification was meant to affect, and it certainly has.Bowman is not a true public school nor is it a true parochial school.  It is a private academy.   Even if some people say they are not recruiting, check the roster of the ball players and see where they played their pre-high school basketball.  I think you will find that some of these kids may not even be from the state of Indiana.  This is conjecture on my part, but I have some pretty good sources giving me information.Bowman Academy is not an East-Coast Academy which allows players to play more than 4 years of basketball.  It is strictly a 4-year high school, but it is not like 95% of the schools it is completing against.  They definitely have an advantage.  This makes Greensburg’s feat even more impressive!last_img read more

AC Milan ‘begin talks with Chelsea to sign out-of-favour midfielder

first_imgAC Milan have reportedly opened the bidding for Chelsea midfielder, Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. The Frenchman was signed amid huge expectations from Monaco in the summer of 2017 for £40million but failed to establish himself as a consistent first-team performer. As such, he spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Milan and this season on loan at ex-club Monaco, but now the Serie A side want to bring Bakayoko in again, with a £2.6m (€3m) loan deal with a £31m (€35m) option to buy offer submitted, according to Sky Sport Italia. The report details that the 25-year-old himself is keen on a return to Milan this summer. With the prospect of Declan Rice signing at Chelsea on the horizon, as well as a packed midfield currently, Bakayoko would struggle for first-team football under Frank Lampard next season and looks set to move on – whether that be another loan or a permanent switch away. Bakayoko was brought in by Antonio Conte three years ago, and played 43 games during his first season with the club and, despite struggling to adapt to the Premier League, won an FA Cup winners’ medal. But Conte’s successor Maurizio Sarri didn’t include the midfielder in his plans and he was allowed to join Milan on loan for the 2018-19 season.Advertisement Loading… Despite the Italians paying a £4.5m loan fee, they didn’t trigger the option to make permanent their signing for £32m last summer. Lampard then replaced Sarri but didn’t bring Bakayoko back into the fold, sending him out on loan to Monaco. But he failed to live up to expectations in the curtailed Ligue 1 season and Monaco turned down the chance to sign him a second time for £37.5m. read also:Chelsea lower  asking price for AC Milan target Bakayoko Despite having two years of his £100,000-a-week contract left to run, there appears to be no way back at Chelsea and the club are prepared to cut their losses. It is quite the fall from grace for Bakayoko, who was so impressive in the Monaco side which won Ligue 1 in the 2016-17 season and also reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood And TollywoodBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole LifeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Celebrity Dads Who Have A Bad Relationship With Their Kids7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Clement rules out Baggies move

first_img Clement himself initially stated “the time for me to be a number one is soon”, thanking Ancelotti for providing him with the belief he can make the step up after working alongside the Italian at not just Real, but also Paris St Germain and Chelsea. But Clement, whose brother Neil played for Albion for 10 years from 2000 to 2010, has now suggested his time with Real is far from over. “Working for Real Madrid is a fantastic experience and I’m very happy here at the moment,” said Clement on talkSPORT. “My family are settled and we’d like to stay and enjoy this experience. “I do have ambitions to make that step up to management at some point in the near future, and if the right club comes along at the right time then I’d like to do it. “But at the moment I’m just going to enjoy my time here.” When it was suggested to Clement a potential move may come sooner rather than later, he replied: “Possibly, but we’ll just have to wait and see. “I’m working at a fantastic club every day, we’ve great players here and we’re competing for big trophies. “Next year we’ll play in the game against the Europa League winners (the UEFA Super Cup); we’ll be in the World Club Championship as well as competing for the La Liga title, Copa del Rey and Champions League. “It’s exciting times for Real Madrid.” Paul Clement has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant manager’s post at West Brom. As assistant to manager Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, and following the club’s 10th Champions League triumph on Saturday, Clement has shot to prominence and been linked with a number of roles. With Albion in search of a successor to the sacked Pepe Mel, the 42-year-old was being hotly tipped to move to The Hawthorns despite his lack of managerial experience. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more