Notre Dame Quiz Bowl team advances to Intercollegiate Championship

first_imgShowcasing their knowledge of topics ranging from Greek mythology to Civil War battles, the Notre Dame Quiz Bowl team went undefeated in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments Great Lakes Sectional, securing their spot in the 2019 Intercollegiate Championship. The Division II team competed against 17 other schools and is one of only 28 teams to be invited to the national competition.“We knew we had a good shot at winning but we also knew we wanted to have a good time,” sophomore Ricky Rivera said. “You kind of have to treat it like every other tournament.”Members of the team who qualified for the Intercollegiate Championship include sophomores Rivera, Alex Hymes, Nicholas Mungan and Spencer Brown and freshman Alexander Kuptel. The competition features a variety of different question categories including literature, science, music, geography and sports. Kuptel said he appreciated the diversity of interests among his teammates.“It’s far better to have a team where each player has deep individual knowledge about a specific subject than a team where everyone is a generalist,” Kuptel said.Mungan said the team encourages each other to follow their interests, especially when studying for classes or reading for pleasure.“More serious teams would actually prescribe subjects for people to study but we don’t like to do that,” Mungan said. “Everybody just studies what they want to learn and what they love.”The Quiz Bowl team meets for two hours twice a week to prepare for upcoming tournaments, running through practice questions and competing against each other to sharpen their skills.Many members of the team have been involved in quiz bowl competitions since middle school. Each person has a unique reason for joining the team, including freshman Grace Ma.“One of the main reasons I like Quiz Bowl is because you learn a lot of stuff in class but you don’t always get to apply the stuff you really care about or more obscure pieces of knowledge,” Ma said. “Classes can be pretty general but in Quiz Bowl, if you know detailed information, you get points for that. I really like that.”Freshman Blaise von Ohlen said he admires the competitive aspect of quiz bowl and he enjoys the reward for his hard work and studying.“There’s a really great payoff when you know something obscure and no one else knows it in the room,” von Ohlen said. “It’s a very rewarding feeling.”During study breaks, senior and one of the team’s co-vice president Alaina Anderson said the team possesses natural chemistry and often feels like a family.“We do a lot of bonding outside of practice,” Anderson said. “We go to Legends Trivia Nights and we all hang out afterward. We go out of our way to make it a very welcoming and friendly group.”The team will arrive at the Intercollegiate Championship in Chicago on Saturday, April 6, with hopes of returning home with a victory, Rivera said.“I can say we’re pretty confident,” Rivera said. “We have a mental toughness where we know we can beat anyone on the schedule.”Tags: intercollegiate championship, Notre Dame Quiz Bowl, quiz bowllast_img read more

Suffolk County Conservative Party Chair Ed Walsh Charged With Fraud

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing about $80,000 in wages for hours he did not work at his job in the county sheriff’s office, authorities said.Edward Walsh, who leads the largest Conservative Party chapter in New York State, was charged at Central Islip federal court with scheme to defraud.“Mr. Walsh shook down county government for hours he never worked,” said George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York office. “In reality, he was often on the ninth hole practicing his putting.”Federal prosecutors said the 48-year-old East Islip man, who worked as a high-level corrections officer in addition to his party chairmanship, falsely claimed to have worked hours at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office while he was instead golfing or gambling at Foxwoods Casino, or performing work on behalf of the Suffolk County Conservative Party between 2011 and 2014.Walsh allegedly lied to FBI agents by claiming that he worked flex time or was on the telephone regarding his work at the Sheriff’s office even while at the golf course, according to investigators.Walsh’s boss, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, who was elected to his position on the Conservative Party line, referred the findings of an internal investigation to the FBI, the sheriff said.“Protecting the integrity of the Sheriff’s Office and the reputation of the hardworking men and women of this office is a high priority,” DeMarco said. “Violation of the public trust by a sworn officer flies in the face of the oath of office and is inexcusable.”Suffolk County Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), chair of the public safety committee, said she asked the county Office Labor Relations to immediately dismiss Walsh.“As law enforcement officials we hold these employees to higher standards,” she said. “Mr. Walsh’s actions have tainted a Sheriff’s Department that I know to be staffed with good, hardworking officers that conduct themselves with the utmost integrity. The termination of Mr. Walsh will allow the department to move forward and begin to restore the trust of our residents.”Walsh’s Babylon-based attorney, William Wexler, was not immediately available for comment. Walsh is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday before Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson.Michael Long, chairman of the state Conservative Party, told the Press: “We’ll let the justice system play out.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Loan Approvals to Help Small Businesses Expand and Create Jobs

first_img February 06, 2019 Economy,  Government That Works,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) for projects in three counties that will support property acquisition, construction, and purchase of equipment that businesses need to expand.“Providing businesses with access to capital is crucial in our goal to create the jobs that will move Pennsylvania’s economy forward,” Governor Wolf said. “The projects approved today are examples of our administration’s commitment to nurturing our commonwealth’s business climate and creating an environment in which companies can grow.”In 2018, PIDA approved more than $84 million in low-interest loans that resulted in $119,561,991 in private investment and supported the creation and retention of 4,316 full-time jobs. This month, PIDA approved a total of $5.2 million in low-interest loans to projects in three counties.The following three loans were approved:Bucks CountyBlue Bus Holdings, LLC, a real estate company, was approved for a $2 million, 10-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate through the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation for the construction of a new 60,000-square-foot, multi-occupancy building in New Britain Township.Franklin CountyJamison B.M.P., LLC, a cold storage door manufacturer, was approved for a $1.8 million, 10-year loan at a 2.75 percent rate with a 5-year reset through the Franklin County Area Development Corporation for the purchase of a newly-constructed 50,625-square-foot building in Washington Township. By acquiring the building, the company will be able to expand its door production and incorporate a showroom and training center for its employees. The project is expected to create 36 full-time jobs in the next three years.Luzerne CountyAmerican Paper Bag, LLC, a manufacturer of paper shopping bags and mailers, was approved for a $1.4 million, 10-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate for the purchase of machinery and equipment to be installed and utilized at the company’s manufacturing facility. The equipment includes two bag production machines and one flex printer. The new equipment will enable a new printing process so the company to offer its clients a unique variety of bag shapes and sizes with printing options on the exterior and interior of the bags. The project is expected to create 38 full-time jobs in three years.PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Announces New Loan Approvals to Help Small Businesses Expand and Create Jobscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

IPE Awards 2019: Open for entries

first_imgAnother notable winner was Sweden’s AP4. The national buffer fund won five trophies overall – one from each level: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Country/Regional and Themed.The IPE Awards reward excellence and innovation in Europe’s diverse pensions industry, creating a meaningful annual benchmark enabling pensions providers of all shapes and sizes to measure their investment and other areas of performance against their peers at national, regional and global levels, as well as against institutions of a similar size, remit and resource.In 2018, we received 459 entries across 42 categories, from pension funds worth a combined €2trn. These institutions represent over 90m pension fund members in 24 different countries across Europe.The judging roster features up to 100 industry experts and leading former pension fund executives who are selected for their expertise and knowledge in specialist areas.Entering the IPE Awards is completely confidential and free of charge, and is based on a streamlined but sophisticated online entry system.This year, the conference and awards dinner will take place at the Tivoli Congress Center in Copenhagen, Denmark.To enterIf you would like to enter or learn more, you can access the Awards online entry form atipe.com/entriesOr alternatively contact Robert Melia Watson at [email protected] . The IPE Awards are now open for entries.Launched in 2001, the event has grown to become the premier event of its kind and largest annual gathering of pension funds in Europe, with 44 prizes up for grabs.Commodities will make a return in 2019 to the roster to reflect the comeback of the asset class following a lull in popularity after the financial crisis a decade ago.Last year saw PensionDanmark secure the highly prized European Pension of the Year award for the second year running and fourth time overall, while chief executive Torben Möger Pedersen took the Outstanding Industry Contribution title for his tireless commitment to the evolution of Europe’s pensions sector.last_img read more