January 26

Humanitarian describes work with child refugees

first_img“Children are moving; children are on-the-go; children are unsafe in the world. It’s our job — my job — to keep them safe.”Saint Mary’s alumna and associate director of Save The Children Sarita Fritzler spoke at the College on Tuesday afternoon to talk about her work with the D.C. organization and raised the issue of child protection for refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the rest of the world.After graduation, Fritzler joined the Peace Corps and was initially stationed in Zambia. There, Fritzler said her passion for children and child safety grew. After a year, Fritzler said she was moved to South Africa to work with Save the Children.Fritzler currently works in Texas to aid the large numbers of unaccompanied children and family units who have crossed the southern border into the United States. With the combined effort of Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross and FEMA, Save the Children offers children access to food, water and shelter.“This sort of crisis, or any crisis, can happen in your own backyard, and it can happen in places like Syria,” Fritzler said. “But it’s happening in our own backyard at this very moment in McAllen, Texas. Children who have left their homes in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala are seeking safety above all … they come to the U.S. for asylum.”According to Fritzler and Save the Children, there are 8.4 million child refugees all over the world. These children have been forced from their homes and are not living in their home country any longer. Further, an additional 16.5 million children are internally displaced, forced within their countries to leave home due to violence, political instability and abuse.“This includes children in South Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, here in the United States and in central America, and these numbers go up every year,” Fritzler said. “These are numbers from the end of 2013, so we are not even including the recent immigrant crisis down on the border.“In June, you probably heard the media reports of large numbers of children coming across the border,” she said. “[This included] 68,000 more children, as young as one all the way up to 15-16 who were crossing by themselves. An additional 68,000 were coming with a parent, so that’s 120,000 since June alone.”With all of these refugees scattered and separated from their families, Fritzler said the agency works to ensure that children are safe when traveling to the border, when in border patrol custody and when they are reunited with families.“President Obama declared this a humanitarian crisis at the end of May, but it’s important to note that this is not a new crisis,” she said. “It was declared a crisis because border control was overwhelmed and couldn’t handle the number of refugees they were getting.”Fritzler said this is not the first time the U.S. government has proved itself incapable of responding to the needs of children in disasters.“The [U.S.] just has no capacity to respond and help support children. After Hurrican Katrina, it took seven months to reunite a 5-year-old child with their parents when they were separated after the hurricane,” Fritzler said. “We need to do more. We need to be better.”Save the Children has responded to these needs by setting up child-friendly spaces at the border and in refugee camps. There are spaces specifically designed to support a child’s emotional well-being and recovery, she said.Compared to the detention sites established by the border patrol, shelters set up by Save the Children provide for those who are in desperate need of support.“The detention sites are jails — crowded, crowded, cold jails. The women call them the ice cubes, like freezers, because of the cold conditions they keep them in,” she said. “[Save the Children’s shelters] provide food, clothing, child-friendly spaces, showers, and then we also give them food and clean-clothes for their travel journeys.”Trained Save the Children staff and volunteers who know how to support the emotional recovery of the children operate the shelters, Fritzler said.Beyond facing harsh conditions when detained by border patrol, Fritzler said the people coming across the border are most likely to be fleeing for their lives. Often, refugees as young as six years old have been targeted by gangs.“If you were in the position as a parent, knowing your child is not safe and knowing you’re risking everything you’ve built up for your family to make sure that your kid can get somewhere that’s safe, you would do the same thing,” she said. “But this is not an immigration talk. These are children. At the end of the day, their basic rights and needs deserve to be met.“Children are always the innocent ones in this … and there simply aren’t enough people advocating and fighting for the rights of children.”Such unsafe environments extend to other global crises, where ISIS and other extreme terrorist groups like Boko-Haram or Al-Shabab are threatening the security of thousands of families and children, she said, making humanitarian efforts all the more imperative.Though the crisis may seem over due to the lack of media coverage, Fritzler insists it is still happening and will continue for years to come.“The crisis is not over … it’s out of the public, but it’s still happening,” she said. “I was in Texas last week down on the border and the detention centers are full. We see the critical need to be down there, and I think we will be there for a very long time.”For Saint Mary’s students, this lecture was an awakening to all of the issues that children face on a global scale and all of the humanitarian needs that must be met, senior Cathy Alcantara said.“Clearly, there’s a large humanitarian issue right in our backyard,” Alcantara said. “I knew about it over the summer because it was in the media a lot, but it hit me more hearing this lecture because it is about children.”Alcantara said she hopes she can utilize all that her Saint Mary’s education has taught her in the future and service people, like the refugee children, who need help.“I would like to help my community someday and help the children, even if it is here in the U.S.,” she said. “Right now, my whole focus is business, and I wish I had more experience with women’s studies or something to give back. I will definitely try to do more service work or something to get involved someday like Sarita.”Fritzler said everyone has a civic duty to help those around them, though this doesn’t mean we all must go to Syria to deliver aid.“I encourage everyone in college to use their skills — whether it’s in math, science, human services or education, whatever the field of study, to help those around them. That’s how we create real change in the world, by applying what we can do best, and helping those around us to do the best they can be,” she said.“That’s the true meaning of humanitarian.”Tags: American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, child protection, FEMA, human rights, Humanitarian, Sarita Fritzler, Save the Children, U.S. border crisis, U.S. border patrollast_img read more

January 17

2020 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Quiz Bowl

first_imgMore than 25 youth participated in the 2020 Georgia 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl on June 5, 2020, offered virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The contest is supported by The Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation and Milk Check-Off.“I am incredibly proud of all of the young people that participated in the 2020 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Quiz Bowl competition,” said Jillian Bohlen, University of Georgia assistant professor and UGA Cooperative Extension dairy science specialist. “Not only have they proven their dedication to this event, but also their ability to remain steadfast to the competition even during these challenging times. This year, I commend each of them for not only participating but ultimately epitomizing each of the four Hs, by remaining loyal to this event and using their knowledge to lift up the dairy industry in the most health conscious way possible.”Youth participating in the quiz bowl gain knowledge of dairy-related topics and learn to demonstrate that knowledge in a competitive and thought-stimulating environment, as well as receive important life skills such as confidence, independence and compassion. They also have the opportunity to strengthen their decision-making and leadership skills in an environment that allows contribution to a group effort, encouraging teamwork and collaboration with a diverse group of peers.Because it was the first time offering the competition virtually, it was only open to teams of Senior 4-H’ers in ninth through 12th grades. Each county was permitted to enter two teams. If a team contained more than four members, the top three individual scores were used to establish the team score.Competitors were given one attempt to complete a timed, 100-question multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank test to assess their knowledge on dairy nutrition, calf management, parlor management and reproduction, as well as current events and statistics in the dairy industry. All participants received an award card and pin for participation. A team plaque will be presented to the top three participating teams. The winning Senior team will also represent Georgia at the 2020 North American Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest in November, in Louisville, Kentucky.The winners of the 2020 Georgia 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl are:First Place Team: Amare Woods, Jordan Daniels, Lydia Connell, Dana Wells and Seth Jones — Tift CountySecond Place Team: Kalani Washington, Alicia Carnes, Leah Szczepanski, Lexi Pritchard, Alyssa Haag and Lilly Ann Smith — Oconee CountyThird Place Team: Bella Fisk, Michael Whitlock, Alexa Hillebrand, Leopold Joh, Colton Swartz and Anthea Shelton — Coweta CountyGeorgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org.last_img read more

December 30

November 2018: 30 Under 30

first_imgWe’re excited to announce that our November issue is live and out on newsstands today! This month, we bring you the 30 outdoor enthusiasts under 30 years old who are changing the game. We’ve got the best outdoor tech gear, share some incredible stories from incredible people, teach you how to be a badass, and much more! last_img

December 18

2nd Brother in Hempstead Stabbing Arrested for Attempted Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Raphael Whyte has been accused of second-degree attempted murder. (NCPD)Exactly nine months after a stabbing left a 19-year-old man with serious injuries, police have arrested the second half of a duo they believe allegedly attacked the man because of an ongoing dispute.Nassau County police Special Investigations Squad detectives on Friday arrested 28-year-old Raphael Whyte, whose brother Uriel was arrested for the same incident last July, after executing an arrest warrant on a Flint Avenue home in Hempstead, police said.But before they could place the Coram man into custody, Whyte “became suspicious of police activity,” and allegedly fled on foot, police said. Authorities called in assistance from the Aviation Bureau and K-9 Unit and eventually located and arrested Whyte.He was charged with second-degree attempted murder, two unrelated warrant charges for criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance.The arrest stems from the June 21, 2013 stabbing in which the brothers were allegedly driving on Patterson Avenue in Hempstead and spotted the man they had an ongoing dispute with, police said. The brothers allegedly got out of the vehicle and chased the 19-year-old victim before Uriel allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the arm and chest. After the attack, the man was admitted to Nassau University Medical Center where he received treatment for a collapsed lung and severe lacerations, police said.Uriel was arrested at his Hempstead home about a month later, police said. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment last July to charges of second-degree attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon.Raphael will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

December 18

Millennials yearn for better mobile platforms

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Millennials still profess a desire for access to branches, but credit unions must focus attention and resources on developing an intuitive, high-functioning mobile channel to earn young adults’ business and remain viable. That advice comes from presenters at the Money 20/20 Conference.“I’m sure people say branches remain a key component of business strategy, but branch visits aren’t part of my lifestyle or that of people I know,” Matt Boush of Discover Financial Services said at the conference.“The long trend points to eliminating physical locations—look at music stores and book stores,” he continued. “Regardless of the big networks that exist today, around the corner there’s a recognition that’s not necessary.”Millennials, young adults born between 1980 and 2000, are the first digital native generation and soon will displace baby boomers as the largest demographic in the labor force. continue reading »last_img read more

December 17

3 reasons why credit unions should offer contactless cards

first_imgThe U.S. payments industry is experiencing a turning point in the adoption of contactless EMV. According to Mastercard, nearly 800,000 unique merchant locations were contactless-enabled in 2017. By the end of 2019, the company expects 65 percent of U.S. merchants will accept contactless payment methods. As large issuers move to offer contactless cards, why should credit unions also consider making the switch? The answer is as easy as one, two, three. ConvenienceCardholders are constantly looking for a more convenient way to process their transactions. While conditioned to stand in line, punch in a PIN or wait to sign for their transactions, currently paying with a chip-enabled plastic amounts to a seconds-long transaction. In comparison, using contactless “tap and go” technology will reduce that time to one second, providing an expedited and convenient experience at the point of sale.Adoption of this payment method is subsequently expected to impact the usage of mobile wallets, but not until consumers become accustomed to the “tap and go” payment experience that contactless cards will deliver. Eventually, consumers will have access to more payment options at the click of a finger and the ability to pay with a simple tap, making the purchasing experience for all consumers at any point-of-sale location simple and seamless – whether they use a card, mobile device, wearable or other payment object. PopularityVisa estimates that 100 million contactless cards will be in circulation in the U.S. by the close of 2019 and seven out of 10 cards will be contactless across the world by 2021. As such, more and more merchants are turning on the NFC (near field communication) functionality at the point of sale, and large issuers are finalizing their contactless cards distribution plans. Recent announcements from Target, Chase and Citi are touting their readiness for contactless payments, while merchants like Panera, Walgreens and Whole Foods, among others, are already accepting this method of payment in locations across the country. Visa and Mastercard are working with multiple municipal transit authorities, including Chicago, New York and Atlanta, to accept phone apps and contactless cards for entrance into their mass transit systems. Once contactless has been adopted by these mass transit systems and used by millions of Americans on a daily basis, adoption of other contactless methods – like payment with a contactless-enabled card – will increase and expand quickly.This provides an opportunity for credit unions’ cards to gain that coveted top-of-wallet spot due to the ease and convenience of contactless. More TransactionsDoes any credit union want to see a loss of transactions by not being ready with contactless card programs? Absolutely not. Credit unions must keep pace with their competition or risk the loss of transactions, which could ultimately result in loss of interest and interchange income – two vital components of any card program. Credit unions should evaluate the growth opportunity, costs and their member base to determine if contactless cards are the right move and, if so, determine when and how to get contactless cards in the hands of their members. It will also be important to build education and awareness for members ahead of issuance, whether that be through mass reissue or when new cards are issued to members due to loss, fraudulent activity and the like.Consumer demand for the latest technology will grow as contactless becomes more widespread, which is why credit unions should get ahead of mass adoption now in order to keep their solutions and offerings as current and competitive as possible. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dr. Art Harper Dr. Arthur (Art) Harper is part of the EMV team at PSCU, the company that is certified and was the first to issue credit, debit and prepaid EMV cards in … Web: www.pscu.com Detailslast_img read more

December 17

Congress, White House reach debt ceiling, budget deal

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Congress and the White House this week reached a two-year, $1.37 trillion budget deal that would suspend the debt ceiling to July 2021 and increase various funding levels. Both chambers are expected to pass the deal before members leave for August recess, the House yet this week and the Senate next week.The president is expected to sign the deal.Once Congress returns from recess, the funds will be divvied up across 12 bills, which will be passed individually or in small packages, rather than one large omnibus. However, this does not guarantee that there will not be another government shutdown as congressional leaders must still agree on how to allocate the funds. Current funding is set to expire Sept. 30.NAFCU will continue to advocate for full funding for credit union priorities, including the NCUA’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund, Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, various Small Business Administration business loan programs and more. continue reading »last_img read more

September 28

SHI, DNV GL Partner Up on New LNG Carrier Designs

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Norway-based classification society DNV GL have signed a joint development project (JDP) agreement focused on the development of new LNG carrier designs.The contract was inked at the DNV GL Group head office in Høvik during Nor-Shipping, a maritime trade fair being held in Oslo from May 30 to June 2.The JDP aims to develop two 30K LNG carrier designs, one with membrane type LNG tanks and one with type-C (pressurized) LNG tanks.The scope of the JDP covers the design review, safety analysis, market research, various structural and safety evaluations, and if successful will culminate in the award of an approval in principle (AiP) from DNV GL, according to the classification society.“The present business environment requires that the shipping industry moves further towards eco-friendly operations due to environmental concerns, recent international regulations, as well as rises in fuel oil prices,” Mun-Keun Ha, Senior Executive Vice President of SHI, said.“This new joint development project between DNV GL and SHI will improve the business strategies of both parties,” he added.“We are very pleased that SHI has chosen us to participate in the project…Offering owners and operators more options to manage their operations more efficiently and sustainably is important in today’s extremely competitive market. We look forward to the further development of the design and its future success,” Tommy Bjørnsen, DNV GL’s Regional Manager Maritime Korea & Japan, commented.As informed, the idea for a 30K LNG carrier originates from SHI’s own research. Namely, SHI decided to develop both membrane and type C designs in parallel to give owners more options and expects that some owners may opt for type-C tanks on smaller tonnage, as is common in LNG bunkering vessels.last_img read more

September 28

Innovate UK Seeks Offshore Wind Cost-Cutting Projects

first_imgInnovate UK has launched a funding competition to encourage innovation in infrastructure systems that provide critical services for economy, environment and society, including offshore wind.Projects for the infrastructure systems strand must show significant innovation in at least one of the following areas: smart infrastructure, energy, connected transport or urban living, while offshore wind solutions should results in substantial reductions in the cost of energy, Innovate UK said.The competition also comprises a manufacturing and materials strand, which was set up for projects which cover innovation in a manufacturing system, technology, process or business model; innovation in materials development, properties, integration or reuse; or a manufacturing or materials innovation, rather than a product innovation.The funding includes up to GBP 5 million for projects lasting up to a year and GBP 14 million for projects with the duration of one to three years. The total eligible project costs equal between GBP 25,000 and GBP 3 million.The minimum duration of the project must be three months, with the maximum duration of three years.Proposals must improve business growth and productivity or create export opportunities for at least one small- and medium-sized UK enterprise involved in the project.The final deadline for bids is 31 January 2018.The applicants will be notified about the status of their projects by 20 April 2018.last_img read more

September 26

Airbus and AirAsia announce record deal for 200 planes

first_imgLifestyleTravel Airbus and AirAsia announce record deal for 200 planes by: – June 23, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share 27 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said he was proud to be AirAsia’s partnerAirbus piled up the orders at the Paris air show as it announced the largest single order of commercial aircraft in history.Malaysia’s low-cost carrier AirAsia is buying 200 of the A320neo jets, in a deal worth about $18bn (£11bn).That eclipsed a deal on Wednesday, when India’s IndiGo confirmed an order for 180 planes from Airbus.The new versions of the A320 are in demand as their new engines make them more fuel-efficient and cheaper to run.The AirAsia deal, worth about $15.6bn, is for 150 A320neos and 30 A320s. It is confirmation of a memorandum of understanding the two companies signed in January this year.‘Historic deal’ Airbus said that the AirAsia deal made the Malaysian carrier its biggest airline customer for its single-aisle product line.Altogether, AirAsia has now placed firm orders for 375 aircraft from the A320 family, with 89 already in service.“With this historic deal, AirAsia has secured its future with the ability to meet the huge growth potential offered by the Asian market,” said Tony Fernandes, chief executive of AirAsia.Airbus, owned by EADS, has left rival Boeing far behind in terms of orders at the event, as high fuel costs increase the demand for more fuel-efficient aircraft.It has taken firm orders for 586 aircraft, worth about $55.8bn, with a further $29.5bn in provisional orders. Boeing, meanwhile, has taken firm orders for just 47 planes, worth $7.5bn, with another $14.9bn placed in provisional orders.Other manufacturers have also been signing contracts with airlines at the show.Canada’s Bombardier has received firm orders for 36 planes, with options for airlines to buy up to 26 more.Russian-Italian joint venture Superjet International has signed a provisional deal to sell 12 Superjet 100 airliners to Italian carrier Blue Panorama Airlines for $370m.The company, jointly-owned by Russia’s Sukhoi and a unit of Italy’s Finmeccanica, has 170 firm orders to date and delivered its first aircraft earlier this year.Boeing’s dilemma Airbus estimates it has sold more than 700 A320neo jets so far. “There is a possibility that we will be at 1,000 by the end of the show,” said Airbus sales chief John Leahy.According to the BBC’s aerospace industry specialist, Jorn Madslien, the A320neos are proving popular because their two new engines are 15% more fuel efficient and 30% cheaper to maintain than current models.But Airbus’ success leaves Boeing with a very tough dilemma, our correspondent at the air show says.The US planemaker’s A320 rival is the 737, but the plane is very low, so fitting modern, fuel-efficient engines under its wings would be a tight squeeze.Making it happen would require a new undercarriage, which is costly and difficult, as well as time-consuming, he says.BBC Newslast_img read more