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first_imgThe Notre Dame Coalition for Human Dignity formed this semester with the goal of fostering communication among clubs working on issues of human dignity, as well as raising awareness of the work these clubs do on campus. Freshman organizer Matt Caponigro said the coalition derives its strength from the cohesion and spirit of cooperation shared among its member groups. “We thought that maybe if we started a dialogue with each other that we could help each other to move forward on some of these human dignity issues, to be more effective and reach out to more people,” he said. Caponigro said the Notre Dame Coalition for Human Dignity was founded as a passionate answer to a heartfelt request from Father Jenkins. “The coalition is our response to Father Jenkins’ call to make this university a healing, unifying and enlightening force in a world that’s deeply in need,” he said.  “That has been our rallying call.” Caponigro said the coalition is inspired and driven by Notre Dame’s special status as a university focused on social concerns issues. “We at [Notre Dame] have a unique calling, especially among other universities, to do some real good for our brothers and sisters to start serious dialogue about human dignity issues,” he said. Caponigro said the coalition hopes to become a powerful advocate for human dignity by bringing together a diverse spectrum of clubs and individuals from across campus. “We want to build a coalition that bridges the gap between students, administrators and faculty members so that we can be truly effective in restoring human dignity to all people,” he said. The coalition has already grown to include organizations such as Right to Life and the Black Student Association, and hopes to further expand as it becomes better organized, Caponigro said. He said the coalition is empowered by its diverse membership, but this diversity can complicate its ability to make unified decisions. “The coalition revolves around partnership, sitting down at the table and talking about what we’ve been working on,” he said, “But it’s tricky, because there are a lot of different people at the table.” In the future, the coalition hopes to host a signature event before the end of the year to raise awareness and encourage student participation in the fight for human dignity, Carponigro said. “We’re hoping to do something like a concert on South Quad that brings everybody together, that shows our classmates and the rest of the Notre Dame community that we really do care about human dignity issues,” he said. Caponigro said he is excited for the coalition to forge closer bonds with Notre Dame as it matures and expands as an organization. “We’re looking forward to developing stronger relationships with the administration and with our peers so that we can really work together as a unified front,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — If you’re looking for an educational way to entertain your children this summer, the Kopernik Observatory is offering a rare opportunity. To sign your child up for the camp, click here. Students will even have the chance to call the International Space Station to speak with astronaut Chris Cassidy and ask him questions through a radio connection! From August 17th-21st, fifth and sixth graders can virtually attend a week of camp at the science center called ‘Welcome Aboard the International Space Station.’ Staff explain the week is focused around the life of astronauts and what it takes to become one.last_img

first_imgAllianz’s €654.3m Austrian Pensionskasse was the best performing fund in almost every risk category in both three- and five-year periods to the end of 2016, according to Mercer.The consultancy presented the results of long-term research into performance reported by Austrian Pensionskassen on Wednesday.As each pension fund in Austria runs different portfolios for different clients – and different risk categories within those, according to a life cycle model – comparisons of overall returns are difficult.According to the statistics compiled by Mercer, the Pensionskasse offered by Allianz performed best in the defensive, conservative, balanced, and active risk categories over both three- and five-year periods. For the defensive category, for funds with equity exposure under 16%, Allianz returned 4.83% over three years, 100 basis points ahead of second-placed VBV.In the balanced category (equities between 24% and 32%), Allianz funds took first and second place over three years with returns of 6.25% 5.3%. Valida was in third place with 4.73%.In the dynamic category – for funds with 40% or more in equities – VBV claimed first place with a 5.8% gain.The statistics do not reveal the worst performer in each category, but the spread between first and third place in several categories was significant.Over a five-year-period Allianz remained the best performer in all categories with the exception of dynamic, which the €6.3bn VBV led.The spread in performance over the five-year time period was most pronounced in the balanced and active (32% to 39% equity share) categories. While Allianz returned 6.93% and 7.40% annualised in each category respectively, the market average was 4.98% and 5.89%.In an interview with IPE, Allianz Austria’s CIO Martin Bruckner said: “We were not too worried by the market downturn at the start of last year and were able to use it to buy some overweight in equities.”At the presentation of the results Michaela Plank, principal at Mercer Austria, commented: “The long-term performance of Austrian Pensionskassen is good in light of the volatile markets.”The major performance driver last year, when the overall market performance was 4.2%, was similar for most Pensionskassen. “We further increased emerging market bonds,” said Martin Sadelic, managing director at Valida, which manages €6.6bn in total both for the Valida Pensionskasse as well as the Valida Industriepensionskasse, the former Siemens corporate pension plan.Results for “Vorsorgekassen” were also presented, covering the provident funds managing assets for the mandatory severance pay provision each employer has to build up for their staff.The NÖ Vorsorgekasse was the best performer last year with 3.59%, while the market returned 2.25% on average. Over three years it gained 3.07%, beating the market’s 2.46%.As contributions to Vorsorgekassen are mandatory since 2003 assets in this segment have grown to almost €9.5bn as per year-end 2016 with over €1.3bn in contributions for last year.For the full chart of returns by Austrian retirement providers as well as further information on the country’s pension debate see IPE’s April issue.last_img read more

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