Alaina Anderson Left to right, Molly Pax, Gabriella Coronado, Catherine Miller, Madeline Rafferty, Caitlin McGarry and Hannah Britton pose barefoot.First-year student Ali Mahoney was excited about the prom theme and was pleased with her first college formal at Saint Mary’s.“I think it’s really fun to dress up and get ready for a dance again like we did in high school but to do it in college with all our friends,” she said.Before the formal, the organizers of Dance Marathon, a charity event meant to raise money for the Riley Hospital for Children, provided hair and nail services in the Reignbeaux lounge in Le Mans from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Salon Rouge was painting nails for $5, curling and braiding hair for $2, doing makeup for $2 and applying hair extensions for $7. All the money went to support Dance Marathon.First-year student Catherine Miller had her nails painted in Le Mans before the formal. Miller said she thought it was such a fun idea for Dance Marathon to offer these services for girls.“My nails looked so great for formal and you couldn’t beat those prices,” Miller said. “I’m so happy Dance Marathon did this because doing my own nails is always a struggle and it feels great being pampered once in a while.” First-year student Madeline Rafferty said although she had a great time at the formal, she was upset the dance was held on Friday instead of Saturday. “My boyfriend goes to University of Wisconsin Madison so he would have had to skip his classes on Friday to make it in time to formal.” Rafferty said. “A lot of other girls have significant others that don’t go to Notre Dame or Holy Cross so it would have been nice if formal was on Saturday.”Sophomore Annie McGlone said she had a great time dancing with her friends and really enjoyed the prom aspect of formal.“Formal has been a lot of fun. We just came with our friends and no dates, which can be even better,” McGlone said. “We’re just having a lot of fun on the dance floor.”First-year student Yosline Camacho said she never attended prom in high school and was happy to share this experience with her best friends.“Saint Mary’s did such a good job with formal this year and I was so excited it was prom themed. There are always so many dances at Notre Dame and we never have dances here, so when we do it’s a great way for the community to come together, get dressed up, and have a blast,” Camacho said. “I can’t wait for next year’s formal.” Tags: Formal, Saint Mary’s College Saint Mary’s students and their guests relived their high school dances when Saint Mary’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted the all-school, prom-themed formal on Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn. RHA president Kaitlyn Baker said the event was a huge success and received positive feedback from students in attendance all night. Eight hundred tickets went up for sale to support RHA. Baker said she was pleased with the number of students that bought tickets.“We sold at least 780 tickets, so we are pretty happy about that,” Baker said.The theme for the formal this year was “prom” and included the crowning of a prom queen for the upperclassmen and a prom princess for the lowerclassmen. “This year we have a very large freshman class,” Baker said. “We thought it was pretty practical so most of the girls could wear their prom dresses again. That’s what drew us towards the prom theme.”
By Whitney BoozerUniversity of Georgia Most of us are familiar with ants. They are the small critters that eat our food at picnics and sting us if we make them mad. But if you take a closer look, you will see a side to these amazing insects that you may have never noticed before.Ants are found in the same order as bees and wasps, Hymenoptera. Like bees and wasps, ants exhibit an interesting type of behavior. They are what are known as social insects. They exhibit coordination and communication, different members have different duties and older ants serve as nursemaids for the larvae. A job for everyoneAnts live together in colonies. They have a caste system for division of labor and the different life stages (egg, larva, pupa and adult) all occur together in the same colony. The ant’s life cycle is classified as complete metamorphosis. This means it consists of an egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The egg is usually deposited in the summer among most species, although they can be deposited at any time throughout the year. Ant eggs are white and oval shaped, usually around a millimeter in length. Fed like baby birdsAn interesting fact about the ant egg is that an unfertilized egg will produce a male while a fertilized egg will produce either a queen or a female worker. It usually takes about 25 days for an egg to hatch into the larval stage.Ant larvae look like worms. They have no eyes or legs, and their ability to move is very restricted. They feed on food that is regurgitated by adult ants. The larva molts around three times and at 10 days forms a cocoon. Inside the silk cocoon, a creamy white pupa forms. This is the stage in which the body of the insect metamorphoses into the adult. This usually takes around two weeks. The total life cycle of an ant, from egg to adult, can take six to 10 weeks. When the adult ant first emerges from the cocoon, its body is soft and light in color. Within a few hours, the body darkens and the exoskeleton completely hardens. Three kinds of adult antsThere are three types of adults: The queen, which is the only reproductive female; the workers, which are sterile females; and the males, which will mate with the queen. The male usually dies within two weeks of mating and does not participate in colony activities. The reproductive females leave the colony to start their own nests, and the workers remain to tend the queen(s) in the colony and take care of all the immatures (egg, larva and pupa). So, now that you know a little ant biology, you may find them incredibly interesting like I do. Or you may still choose to sprinkle ant poison around your lawn or squish ants that crash your picnics.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jeremy Phillips. (Photo: Facebook)A late-night home invasion turned deadly Wednesday when two burglars pushed their way into a Medford home, killed a Coram man and sent a resident of the house to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the face, Suffolk County police said.A manhunt is currently underway for the two suspects who fled the scene after the fatal shooting, police said.Sixth Precinct officers were the first to respond to the Gray Avenue home after a 911 caller reported two men entering the house around 10:45 p.m., police said.The burglary escalated from the moment the two suspects entered the house, according to the police department’s chief homicide detective.“One of the residents answers a knock at the door, when he opens the door two males pushed their way into the house,” Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick told the Press, referring to 28-year-old Jermel Bonaparte, who immediately became involved in a physical struggle with one of the burglars.Shots were fired during the exchange and Bonaparte was hit in the jaw, Fitzpatrick said. Moments later, more gunshots rang out, striking and killing 25-year-old Coram resident Jeremy Phillips, who was found dead when police arrived on the scene.Bonaparte was transported to a local hospital but his injuries are considered non-life-threatening, according to police.Six people were in the house at the time of the incident, Ftizpatrick said.Fitzpatrick said investigators are still trying to establish a motive for the crime. It’s unclear if both suspects were armed. He did not say how many shots were fired.Meanwhile, friends of Phillips have flooded social media sites to express condolences to his family and friends.One Facebook user lamented how they had just seen Phillips the day before he was fatally wounded, adding, “I can’t stop thinking about” the crime.“My heart and sincere prayers go out to the family of young Jeremy Phillips, I pray for the speedy recovery of Jermel Bonaparte,” said a Twitter user.Detectives ask anyone with information about the deadly home invasion to contact the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 74-year-old architect who designed homes for Long Island’s rich and famous has admitted to making child pornography using images of children that he photographed in public.Jay Lockett Sears, of East Moriches, pleaded guilty Friday at Central Islip federal court to possessing child pornography.“Sears victimized children by using their innocent faces to create child pornography,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a news release. “He then dragged them further into his aberrant fantasy world by adding his own images to these pictures.”Prosecutors said Sears created hundreds of images of child porn by taking photos of children at beach club parties and other events, and then placing the heads of the children onto images of adult bodies engaged in sexual activity.Some of the images included pictures of Sears’ face pasted onto the bodies of other males so as to appear as if he were having sexual relations with children, authorities added.Suffolk County police Computer Crimes Squad detectives began investigating him when hundreds of the photos were found in a dumpster outside of his home on Jan. 11, 2013.He was sentenced to 3 weeks time served, 6 months home confinement and 5 years supervised release.
17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Creating a vendor risk management program is of utmost importance in today’s threat landscape. So if you don’t have a program in place already, you may be wondering where—and how—you should get started. One of the building blocks for any security program is the creation of actionable cybersecurity metrics. These will help you go beyond “yes” and “no” answers in your own organization (and your vendors’) and see exactly how well-prepared your company is to protect against cyberthreats.Below, BitSight has outlined three of the most important metrics your credit union should start monitoring right away.1) Number of botnet infections per device over a period of time.This is, without a doubt, the number one cybersecurity metric that every credit union must monitor. By examining how many botnet infections have taken place on your network—and what types of botnets you’ve dealt with—you can better prepare for (and protect yourself against) these types of attacks. continue reading »
continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A recent FBI alert warns consumers and businesses about coronavirus (COVID-19)-related schemes to steal money and personal information.The agency cites three of the most prevalent scams and how to avoid them:1. Fake CDC emailsWatch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations offering information about the virus.Don’t click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment.
continue reading » It’s hard to identify many positive outcomes from a deadly pandemic, but enterprising credit unions are taking the opportunity to refine their digital offerings and expand their reach.Moving existing members into less-costly delivery channels has long been a strategic goal for many financial institutions across the United States. To determine best practices for turning existing members into first-time digital users, Callahan & Associated dove into the data to identify cooperatives that have increased both membership and digital usage during the pandemic.Truliant Federal Credit Union ($3.2B, Winston-Salem, NC) and Canvas Credit Union ( $3.1B, Lone Tree, CO) have both re-opened their lobbies, but they are continuing to refine the digital experience they offer their member-owners. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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The return portfolio is to be increased to 50% of total assets, partly by raising the allocation to developed-market equities from 25% to 30%.The DEPF is also thinking to increase exposure to indirect property and emerging market equities from 5% to 7.5%, while ramping up holdings in emerging market debt, from 2.5% to 5%.The scheme will divest its 2.5% commodity allocation entirely.The DEPF expects to maintain its new investment strategy for at least the next three years.As part of the portfolio reshuffle, it adjusted the allocation of the €50m financial reserve aimed at indexation for its 2,225 active participants, which had been fully invested in credit.It replaced one-quarter of the portfolio, which generated 9.7% in 2014, with develop-market equities.The scheme also introduced a dynamic interest-risk hedging policy – in increments of 35%, 50%, 65% and 80% – with the level of cover following interest rates.It will reduce the interest hedge from 50% to 35% this year as a consequence of the new policy.Last year, the Douwe Egberts scheme reported an 18.8% return.It warned that it may be unable to grant indexation on 1 January, as its official policy funding ratio was 110.9% as of the end of September.Under the new financial assessment framework (nFTK), pension funds are prohibited from paying inflation compensation if their policy coverage is less than 110%. The €1.7bn Dutch pension fund of coffee producer Douwe Egberts (DEPF) is planning to increase its return portfolio to increase the potential of generating long-term returns. The adjustment will come at the expense of its 60% matching portfolio, which the scheme will cut to 50% of total assets.The DEPF said it would reduce holdings in long-term government bonds and interest swaps from 31% to 25%, while lowering its credit allocation from 24% to 20%.It will maintain its residential mortgage exposure at 5%, however.
If you’re in the market for a used vehicle make sure you do the proper research before purchasing. A scam known as title washing is making its way across the country and could impact consumers in Indiana.“This is an emerging scam that is happening across the country that is a little bit like changing the grade on your report card, only with much more dire consequences,” explains Chris Basso with Carfax, a web-based service that supplies vehicle history reports.Con men illegally alter vehicle documents to remove major problems indicated on a car’s title, duping unsuspecting consumers into buying potentially dangerous cars.Scammers may also relocate the vehicle to another state, such as Indiana, to obtain a clear title.Basso estimates title washing may affect nearly 80,000 cars on the road in the United States and approximately 8,000 in the Hoosier State.The reselling of flood-damaged cars made national headlines following weather-related events such as superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.“Buyers in states like Indiana don’t expect for flood cars to make their way from states more susceptible to flooding like the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic,” Basso said.“Anybody that bought these cars previously may not know they are driving them and some of these cars may be up for sale. If you are in the market for a used car it is definitely something used car shoppers need to be on the look-out for.”He added that dishonest sellers may target consumers who are more concerned about the price of the vehicle.Basso recommends getting a vehicle history report, take a test drive and get a mechanic inspection before you buy.“Those three things are key to protecting yourself. Simply asking questions of the seller, whether it’s an individual or dealer, can help separate the good guys from the bad guys,” Basso added.