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Student Peace Conference strives to promote peace-building initiatives

first_imgThe annual Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, a Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies sponsored event, took place Friday and Saturday at the Hesburgh Center to encourage students to have discussions about peace-building and social justice.The conference was organized by senior co-chairs Elizabeth Hascher and Erin Prestage, who said they have been planning the event since September.“Something that’s hard when you plan anything this big is that you have to rely on other people,” Hascher said. “There were some bumps along the way, but ultimately we had so much help from our professors, our advisors [and] the other students on the committee who showed up early and stayed after we told them go home.” Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Hascher Professors, advisors and co-chairs present at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies’ annual Student Peace Conference. The conference took place April 13 – 14 and was themed ’Toward Just Peace.‘In addition to professors and advisors, the co-chairs said they worked with students who were part of the academic committee, hospitality committee or publicity committee.“I think with any event it’s always challenging because obviously not everyone is going to be as excited as we are because we spent the last eight months working towards this,” Prestage said. “I definitely think our committee members rose to the occasion and made sure that what we envisioned the conference to be like not only would go that way but would go so much better.”This year’s theme was ‘Toward Just Peace,’ a topic chosen by Hascher and Prestage, they said, because of its applicability to other areas of interest outside of peace.“We were hoping to get more presentations and papers talking about the intersections between justice and peace,” Hascher said. “We had felt that this was something that can be overlooked in a lot of conversations because sometimes justice and peace are not necessarily compatible, and we want to challenge people to think about getting to a place where they are.”The universal nature of their theme attracted a more diverse group of students to the conference this year, Prestage said.“I think our theme was so inclusive towards justice rather than just different ways of peace, which is what it has been in the past,” Prestage said. “It focused a little bit more on the compatibility between the two themes; I think it welcomed a lot more majors that otherwise wouldn’t really be interested in just a conference about peace.”Hascher and Prestage said that although the conference’s goal was to promote discussion about issues related to justice and peace, they hoped it would accomplish more than conversations.“It’s one thing for us to have these conversations, but we’re really hoping that people will feel compelled to go out and do something,” Hascher said. “Because if we’re just talking about it, if we’re not actually doing something, we’re not showing up, we’re not speaking out, we’re not protesting and organizing and generally engaging with experiences of violence, we kind of lose the point.”The highlight of the weekend for Hascher and Prestage, they said, was their keynote speaker Alexis Templeton, an activist who they discovered in the documentary “Whose Streets?” when the Center for Social Concerns sponsored a screening of it last semester.“Their presentation exceeded all my hopes for this conference,” Prestage said. “They really provided a wake-up call to everyone who was at the conference to that fact that words only mean so much if you’re not showing up and actually putting action to what you’re talking about.”Tags: Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, peace building, Social justice, Student Peace Conferencelast_img read more

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GO-TIME: DCED Collaboration Saves $140,000 per Year, Reduces Local Government Paperwork

first_img January 24, 2018 GO-TIME: DCED Collaboration Saves $140,000 per Year, Reduces Local Government Paperwork Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – A new system developed by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the Department of the Auditor General (AG) is making it easier for municipalities to receive state aid, according to the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME).“The new system allows municipalities to cut through the red tape when they apply and provides the auditor general with a faster, more streamlined process for distributing aid,” Secretary Davin said. “Governor Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative consistently encourages departments to share information and work together to solve problems, which ultimately means better customer service. The municipal reporting system in one of several new technologies that DCED is sharing with other agencies and governments to reduce duplication and provide a better return for taxpayers”Pennsylvania saves taxpayers $140,000 annually since implementing the new tool, according to the Auditor General’s Office.“Going from a paper-based to electronic filing system streamlined submissions, improved efficiencies within my department and provided better customer service for municipal staff,” said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. “We’ve heard from municipalities about the ease of the new system which simplifies the process while cutting down on data entry errors.Under Pennsylvania law, municipalities that wish to receive state aid for pensions and volunteer firefighter funding must apply to the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office by March 31 each year. Prior to 2017, all forms were submitted on paper. The new system streamlines reporting for municipalities and cuts processing time for the Office of Auditor General, which administers the program. The new online process is available on DCED’s Municipal Statistics website.Last year, over 2,500 municipalities in 66 out of 67 Pennsylvania counties received over $60 million in aid for their local volunteer firefighters’ relief associations in their communities. Additionally, over 1,400 municipalities received almost $290 million for their pension plans covering police officers, paid firefighters and non-uniformed employees. A 2 percent tax on out-of-state casualty and fire insurance premiums funds the program. More information about the Municipal Pension Reporting Program is available online at the Auditor General’s website.GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations to reduce costs and improve services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. Over the past three years, state agencies have achieved over $373 million in savings while also improving efficiency and customer service as part of GO-TIME. To learn more, go to www.governor.pa.gov/go-time.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Carpenter’s haymaker sends Kershaw reeling again

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error This was an encounter that flashed back to an epic five-minute, 11-pitch at-bat between the same two in Game 6 of last October’s NL Championship Series, which also ended with a Carpenter double and started a four-run rally in the third inning that marked the beginning of the end for Kershaw and the Dodgers’ playoff run.Maybe this rematch set the tone for the rest of the series — the Cardinals, and Carpenter, never feel backed into a corner.“You know, there was a moment during that at-bat when I was kind of feeling the same kind of emotions I was having last year,” said Carpenter. “It was a very similar thing. Very similar at-bat. “With (Kershaw), he’s got a fastball that’s anywhere between 94 and 96 (mph), so you’ve got to be on time with that. When I face him, I just try to be aggressive and try to be on time. There’s not a lot of success in (trying to hit) his slider and curveball, especially from a left-hander, so you got to do a good job of trying to lay off that one.“I can’t tell you why I’ve been able to have some success against him, because it’s not that easy. I don’t enjoy facing him. It’s the postseason, crazy things happen.” It’s not as if Carpenter was trying to limit the damage this time around.Down 0 and 2 in the count — fouling off the first pitch, then swinging and missing on the next — Carpenter fouled another pitch off. He laid off two sliders for balls. He fouled off two more. Then on a pitch down and in, he sent Matt Kemp to the right-field wall, allowing Yadier Molina, Matt Adams and Jon Jay to score to push the Cardinals ahead 7-6 and send Kershaw out.St. Louis’ eight-run seventh inning was capped off two batters later by Matt Holiday’s home run for a 10-6 advantage.And that was the second time in Friday’s game that Carpenter proved Kershaw wasn’t all invincible. Carpenter’s solo homer against him in the sixth inning ended a string of 16 consecutive batters that Kershaw had set down between Randal Grichuk’s first-inning homer and one out in the sixth.“I just enjoy competing in those moments,” said Carpenter. “He’s a competitive guy, I would like to feel that I’m a competitive guy and when I get in those at-bats versus him, I just try to fight.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged that Kershaw struck out the leadoff man Carpenter to start the game, but credited the career .293 hitter, who was 20 points below that average this season, as being “a tough out … we give him credit. He fights. But we’re not going to give in to that matchup.”Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter “sets the tone for the offense” with his grit.“He leaves it all out there,” said Matheny, “and takes pride in every at-bat. He doesn’t just turn it on and off. Certain guys in certain situations just step up in the process.“He puts his nose in there and fights to the end.”Comparing the eight-pitch encounter to the 11-pitch battle a year ago, Matheny added: “I imagine this one may be talked about awhile, too.”center_img If the judges’ cards show that St. Louis got the 10-9 decision over the Dodgers in round one of the National League Division Series, credit Matt Carpenter with delivering the punch that knocked all the hot wind out of Dodger Stadium.But it’s not as if Clayton Kershaw, or the Dodgers, were blindsided or anything by it.Carpenter’s eight-pitch faceoff in the seventh inning Friday against the likely repeat Cy Young Award winner ended with a crushing bases-loaded double off the base of the right-field wall, scoring three runs and bringing the Cardinals all the way back from what was already deemed an insurmountable five-run deficit at one point, based on Kershaw’s history.The blow may not have sent Kershaw directly to the showers, but he was reeling again, in the Dodgers’ dugout, trying to find his equilibrium.last_img read more

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