Seminar explores border issues

first_imgTags: Arizona, Border Issues, CSC While snow virtually buried the Midwest during winter break, 11 Notre Dame students traveled down to the desert of southern Arizona for the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) Border Issues Seminar.According to the CSC website, the seminar, which took place Jan. 3 to 11, was meant to “expose students to diverse perspectives about [the] Mexico-U.S. border and immigration issues.”Seminar director and sociology professor Kraig Beyerlein said the experience is formative for students.“I just think it’s one thing to read and intellectually talk about things, and it’s a whole different experience to actually see what’s going on on the ground,” Beyerlein said. “I think it can potentially change people in a way that you can’t just do in a classroom setting.”The goals of the border class and seminar are three-fold. Beyerlein said the first is to provide “an intellectual, educational framework to understand broader debates about immigration, mostly from a sociological perspective.”Beyerlein said the second goal of the class is to provide a unique, distinctive lens for understanding immigration in light of Catholic Social Teaching. The third goal is then to take students to the border for firsthand experience.Although the class is not allowed to cross the border due to security issues, Beyerlein said students are able to approach the wall and, in some areas, see through it.“From the students’ perspective [it’s] frustrating, but I also understand the constraints given the security issues,” he said.As part of the seminar, Beyerlein said students participated in legal proceedings, humanitarian service with a group called the Samaritans, border ministry work, work with Catholic Charities and travel, all within the context of religion and immigration.Prior to the trip, students attended class, wrote a preeimmersion pape, and watched the documentary ‘Crossing Arizona,’ which recorded personal accounts of crossing the border. Beyerlein said as much as students anticipate the experience and imagine what may occur, post-immersion papers always indicate the students’ experiences are not what they expected.Beyerlein said students saw migrants being sent back across the border to Mexico.“About 60 migrants are processed in an hour and a half, which is pretty fast,” he said. “I think just seeing the migrants in the shackle  – I think that’s a pretty hard experience for students.”Beyerlein said normally, migrants who are caught crossing illegally are returned to the Mexican side of the border. Those who are processed through Operation Streamline, a government program that files criminal charges against illegal migrants, receive jail time for a period of 30 days.“If you’re caught again, the jail time keeps increasing up to the point where it can actually be a felony,” he said.Students who have participated in Beyerlein’s seminar have gone on to work in the Peace Corps, humanitarian organization, and internships in Washington, D.C.“Part of the seminar is for students to figure out their position on immigration, what they should do,” he said. “I do think it’s great to see continual engagement about the issues.”Senior Maggie Duffy said she initially participated in the seminar her sophomore yea, but also served as the seminar’s student leader this past year.Since her sophomore-year experience, Duffy has worked with a local immigration lawyer, added a supplementary major in Latino Studies, and spent several weeks in Arizona last summer, working with the humanitarian organization, No More Deaths.“One of the most important aspects of the seminar is … [meeting with] people who deal with the issues of immigration on a daily basis,” she said. “Seeing the passion and commitment that all these people have for protecting the rights of migrants and working towards change in our country is truly inspiring.”last_img read more

Apartment with the lot offers best of both worlds

first_imgThe dining room at 3/8 Doris St, West End.“I love being able to access a private garden and soak up the sun while having the convenience of an apartment at the same time. “You don’t feel hemmed in at all and there are no common walls with other apartments.” The apartment has a separate dining room with balcony, a lounge room with access to the second balcony and a kitchen with bespoke cabinetry, stone benchtops and Miele appliances. Both bedrooms have built-in robes and the bathroom has Carrara marble finishes. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The living room at 3/8 Doris St, West End.There is also a separate powder room and a study nook. Bi-fold doors open to the north-facing courtyard with outdoor kitchen including barbecue, storage and wine fridge. There is also a garden shed and established gardens in the courtyard.The apartment is in a secure building with intercom, lift access, pool and 500sq m of community garden area. The home at 3/8 Doris St, West End.THIS renovated West End apartment with secluded garden is close to restaurants and shops and is in the Brisbane State High catchment. Owner Andrew Smith bought 3/8 Doris St in 2012 after falling in love with the architectural renovations, courtyard and quality fixtures and fittings. “You get the best of both worlds — great views at the front and a garden at the back, which is very unique in West End,” he said. center_img One of the two bedrooms at 3/8 Doris St, West End.Mr Smith said the property was walking distance to cafes, restaurants, shops and a ferry stop.The Southbank Parklands, the Queensland Museum and QPAC are also close. Mr Smith said he would miss the peacefulness of the property. “Even though it’s in the midst of everything it’s really relaxing to come home to,” he said. “It’s surprising you’re even in West End at all.” The property is being marketed by Luke Croft, of Ray White South Brisbane Team, for $689,000.last_img read more

UK roundup: KPMG LDI survey, Pension Insurance Corporation, PICA

first_imgF&C, with 49 new mandates, has now moved above BlackRock (41) into third place with a total of 153 mandates compared with the latter’s 151.However, the US asset manager still outstrips its UK’s rival in terms of assets under management (AUM) by a wide margin.In segregated mandates, LGIM leads the way, with more than £270bn in AUM, seeing an 18.6% rise from last year, with Insight Investment close on its heels with £159.1bn – a 22.1% rise.BlackRock remains third, with £94.8bn, far ahead of Aviva (£14.8bn) and F&C (£11.3bn). The top three account for 85% of the market – a continuing trend.In pooled LDI mandates, the market is much tighter, with LGIM leading with £13.4bn but F&C in fourth with £5.7bn.In other news, Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has reinsured £1.6bn of longevity risk with the Prudential Insurance Company of America (PICA).PIC, a UK bulk annuity insurer, said the reinsurance contract covered its risks over 74 schemes it has written buy-ins and buyouts for in recent years.In total, PIC has reinsured approximately 80% of its longevity risk, or roughly £9bn of its liabilities.The UK bulk annuity market has been relatively quiet compared with 2014, a record year for transactions.Since 2012, PIC has insured more than £6.3bn in pension liabilities but only £40m in the first three months of 2015. The UK’s liability-driven investment (LDI) market continues to grow, with total hedged assets rising to more than £650bn (€830bn) as the number of mandates tops 1,000.An annual survey conducted by consultancy KPMG showed the level of assets hedged rose by 27% from £517bn in last year’s survey, outstripping the £74bn and 16% rise seen between the 2013 and 2014 surveys.However, of the £147bn of new assets in LDI strategies, only around £32bn could be attributed to new or extended mandates, with the remainder the product of market movements.The number of new mandates increased by 25%, rising from 825 to 1,033, with market leader Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) winning most (52).last_img read more