While many Notre Dame students make final preparations for the Holy Half Marathon this weekend, one Notre Dame law student across the pond prepares for another, much longer run. Second year law student Beth Scarola plans to run the London Marathon next month to raise money and awareness for the International Justice Mission (IJM), a cause she said she strongly supports. Scarola, who is studying abroad in London this semester, said she wanted to get back into running this year. After learning she would be in London, she began searching for an organization that would sponsor her participation in the marathon. “I came across the International Justice Mission and read their mission statement, which was all about human rights and trafficking,” Scarola said. According to the IJM’s mission statement, the organization is “a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.” IJM’s lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure “immediate victim rescue and aftercare.” The IJM also aims to prosecute perpetrators and monitor the integrity of local public justice systems. “It was really cool to me because these were lawyers globally who were fighting to help,” Scarola said. Scarola said she felt the organization’s mission paralleled the Notre Dame Law School’s mission, which strives to prepare “a different kind of lawyer.” The London Marathon allows charities to apply for ballots, which are used to sponsor runners. “I approached the organization with the hope of attaining their one ballot,” Scarola said. “I was interviewed, and was offered the ballot.” Scarola said she believes her time at the University, both as an undergraduate and later as a law student, has fostered a yearning to utilize her talents for the greater good. “Being a different kind of lawyer meant using my talents to help people,” Scarola said. “I was really inspired by the attorneys that work for the International Justice Mission that spend their entire careers utilizing their talents to fight these atrocities.” Scarola, who plans to raise $6,500 for the organization, said the IJM embraced the Notre Dame Law School’s mission statement as well as her background doing human rights work in the Dominican Republic. Although Scarola plans to practice healthcare law, she said she the opportunity to raise money for a just cause is still relevant to her. “This cause is very near and dear to my heart,” Scarola said. “I’m not going to stop fighting for it, even if that means just running a marathon as opposed to being able to dedicate my entire career to fighting these atrocities.”
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The strategy can also be adapted to take into account a scheme’s currency and interest rate hedging strategies and its strategic asset allocation.“The key element of the strategy that’s different to traditional factor investing is working across asset classes,” Steehouwer said.“The factors we use must have been shown to work across different asset classes – not just equities but government bonds, credit, and foreign exchange, and not just at the security level but at country index level.”By implementing factors at an index level or using an overlay strategy, investors could avoid potential liquidity issues that could be experienced when trading individual securities, he added.The model was created based on research by Jules van Binsbergen, professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Ralph Koijen, professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business.“Factor-based investing often forms part of an investment strategy, but is generally brought in at an operational level and viewed as part of the tactical implementation,” Steehouwer said. “From research and real-life case studies undertaken in recent years, we’ve seen clear evidence for the analysis and optimisation of factor exposures impacting the strategic risk and return profile of an institutional investor.”Access this month’s IPE Special Report on Factor Investing here. Ortec Finance is rolling out an asset-liability matching tool based around factor investing principles.The Anglo-Dutch technology and consultancy firm presented the model to clients last week, demonstrating how it believes a strategic implementation of investment factors could be used to meet a pension scheme’s objectives.The strategy uses analysis of a scheme’s existing exposure to the carry, value, momentum and low volatility factors across its equity, government bond, credit, and foreign exchange exposures, Hens Steehouwer, head of research at Ortec Finance, told IPE.It then attempts to optimise the portfolio’s “strategic factor exposures” to best meet the client’s objectives based on risk profile, investment time horizon and liabilities.
Hon. Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Gloria ShillingfordSeptember 1st, 2011 marked the commencement of a month long activities, marking AdultEducation month.The month of activities which are spearheaded by the Adult Education Division is being held under the theme: “Transcend your Horizons – Learn to Make Life Better.”While delivering an address on the occasion, Hon. Ministerof Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Gloria Shillingford, called on nationals to embrace the month of activities.“The onus is on the small team of people to facilitate the process of making lives better. “Believe you can and you are halfway there;” these are the famous words of Theodore Roosevelt, a writer whose words lend character to the staff of the Adult Education Division.”“It must be emphasised that adult learning is important to any developing country and will greatly assist persons to survive in this globally competitive world. Therefore, every effort is being made, on the part of the Adult Education Division, to have greater inclusion of all persons needing the opportunity.She said that it is a well-known fact that education is a catalyst for human development.However, in order to be effective, the education which is provided should be sound, equitable, culturally sensitive and economically just, which is what the Adult Education Division is striving for.“The Adult Education Division is committed to provide adult learners in Dominica with the type of education which will prepare them to function in the workplace, handle crisis, be resilient and become responsible citizens; the type of education which will equip them to take decisions and advocate peace and change for a more sustainable society.”Minister Shillingford reported that a lot of progress has been made in their quest to observe the UNESCO target set for 2015, in achieving education for all. “The number of children accessing education has increased, gender gaps are narrowing and more children are moving from primary to secondary and even tertiary education. Nonetheless, the Adult Education Division will continue to increase its efforts at bring literacy to adult learners around Dominica who are unable to access education through the usual media.In working towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, it is imperative that the education opportunities be maximised so as to obtain maximum benefits for all.”She said that the Adult Education Division is working hard at increasing the access margin to educational development, considering the fact that increase access to and progress in education are critical for the achievement of the wider millennium development goals in areas such as poverty reduction, nutrition, child survival and maternal health.It is recognised that those most in need of the opportunities are often the ones who participate the least in activities implemented by the Division. This means that increased mobilization and motivation skills are necessary. The latter already forms an important part of the Division’s programming.”According to Shillingford, the Staff of the Adult Education Division is strongly advocating the importance of literacy, as it opens doors to better livelihoods, improved health and expanded opportunities.“As new issues such as, the changing nature of work, the upward trend of Information Communication Technology (ICT), gender, health and the environment emerge and demand constant attention from Government and people alike, the Adult Education Division is faced with a greater challenge. Therefore, finding new ways and strategies to motivate and involve those who are looked upon as being excluded, remains a major challenge for us. The Division is utilising all its resources to adequately identify needs and strengthen professional development to meet the challenges. Let us make a difference by offering to teach a skill or by improving your own skills to enable you to participate more fully in national development. In this way, you will not only make your life better, but that of your fellow Dominicans as well.”By: Karishma Matthew,Government Information Service 36 Views no discussions Share Share LocalNews Adult Education Division observes September as Adult Education Month by: – September 6, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet