Registration opens for Holy Half Marathon

first_imgThe time for training season has officially begun for people running in the Holy Half Marathon this year. The Student Union Board (SUB) has opened registration for the ninth annual half marathon that will take participants on a scenic route through Notre Dame’s campus March 23. “The Holy Half is one of the biggest student-run events on campus and has quickly become a Notre Dame tradition,” Maria Murphy, an SUB representative, said. Murphy, who is also a Holy Half programmer this year, said the best part of the Holy Half is that runners not only get to train and compete in a 13.1 mile race, but also get to make a difference in the South Bend community on behalf of the University. “All proceeds from the race go to the Women’s Care Center (WCC) and the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County,” Murphy said. “Our goal this year is to raise $40,000 for these awesome organizations.” This year the Holy Half will include a new course for runners, Murphy said. She said the event will also feature Mike Collins, the voice of Notre Dame Stadium, as the emcee. “Runners will get a 2013 Holy Half t-shirt and a bunch of other free goodies from our sponsors,” Murphy said. “All volunteers will get lots of food and our undying thanks.” Sponsors for the 2013 Holy Half include GU Energy, Blistex, Jimmy Johns, Dunkin’ Donuts, Harper Cancer Research Institute, Hagerty, Zone Perfect and ABRO Industries, Murphy said. For those runners who aren’t prepared to run 13.1 miles, there is also a 10k race option that will take place 15 minutes after the half marathon begins. Murphy said there is a capacity for 1,300 runners. For students who aren’t runners but still want to get involved, there are plenty of spots open for student volunteers to help set up the race, run water stations and cheer on runners. “By volunteering I gained so much respect for people who were able to run that long,” Ann Kebede, a 2012 volunteer for the event, said. “It was especially cool to watch the girls who kept such a fast pace. I also liked seeing people I knew run past while I cheered them on.” Kebede said volunteering was a great way to get involved in the event because she knew she wouldn’t want to participate as a runner. “A lot of what I did was cheer people on and give them motivation to keep going,” Kebede said. The Holy Half is a great way for Notre Dame and the surrounding community to be able to physically participate in the athletic culture of the school, she said. “It is an athletic event that the whole campus can do, as well as the outside community,” Kebede said. “Since athletics is such a big part of Notre Dame, this is a great thing that is open to everyone and gives people the opportunity to be active for a day.” Murphy said SUB has given the Holy Half a lot of freedom this year. She added that SUB plans to make the race fun for all and, most importantly, raise money for WCC and the Family Center of Saint Joseph’s County. “We are so happy with how the race is coming together and cannot wait for March 23,” Murphy said. The deadline for registration is on March 14.last_img read more

EC tables pan-European personal pension legislative proposal

first_imgThe European Commission has today unveiled its proposal for a pan-European personal pensions product (PEPP), with the draft regulation accompanied by a separate recommendation for the product’s tax treatment.The Commission said PEPPs were designed to complement existing state-based occupational and national personal pensions and would not replace or harmonise personal pension regimes.To ensure the PEPP “gets off to a flying start”, the Commission recommended EU member states grant the same tax treatment to the product as they do to similar existing national products, even if the new product did not fully match the national criteria for tax relief.The proposed regulatory framework was set up in expectation of a wide range of providers being able to offer a PEPP, such as insurance companies, banks, occupational pension funds, and asset managers. The PEPP forms part of the Commission’s plan to build a Capital Markets Union (CMU). The Commission believes the new pension product will help to channel more savings to long-term investments in the EU.The Commission has also proposed the PEPP framework because of concerns that the European market for personal pensions had become fragmented and uneven, with offerings concentrated in a few member states and nearly non-existent in others.According to an Ernst & Young study carried out for the Commission, the PEPP, with tax incentives granted, had the potential to double the growth of the personal pension market to €2.1trn by 2030.The Commission’s proposal set out standards for core product features such as transparency requirements, investment rules, switching, and portability.PEPPs will be authorised by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and can thereafter be distributed throughout the EU.The products will be portable between member states, and consumers can choose between five savings options. Member states will set the conditions for the saving phase and pay-out of capital, as well as tax treatment.PensionsEurope welcomed the Commission’s proposal as “a way to increase the overall pension savings and as one of the building blocks of the Capital Market Union”, but called on the Commission to promote occupational pension systems as well.Matti Leppälä, secretary general of the trade body, also said it “will be important to ensure the respect of existing national personal pension legislations and products”.“Tax incentives play an important role in defining the attractiveness of personal pensions, and we underline that the decision to take up the Commission recommendation will exclusively remain in the hand of each member state,” he added. “We hope that member states will decide to support pension savings.”EIOPA also welcomed the Commission’s legislative proposal, saying that it follows its advice “to create an attractive PEPP in the form of a second regime”.InsuranceEurope gave a cautious assessment of the Commission’s proposal, saying that, “at first sight”, it welcomed some of the PEPP’s features, such as the default investment option that would ensure capital protection for PEPP savers.It said the legislative initiative was important “but also very complex”, and that the insurance industry needed more time to study the proposal to assess whether it would be attractive to savers and providers.EFAMA, the trade association for the European investment industry, said it “fully supports” the Commission’s proposal.Peter De Proft, EFAMA director general, said: “The PEPP framework can succeed in breaking down barriers between national markets if it allows a broad range of providers the possibility to offer innovative and cost-effective pension products on a pan-European scale.“If this is achieved, I have no doubt that asset managers will have a significant role to play in the success of the PEPP.”The proposal will now be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council.last_img read more

Trinamic: breakout boards shorten time to market

first_imgTime is a precious resource. Especially with technology, it’s important to drive the industry by reducing your time to market. That’s why Trinamic is rolling out open source BOBs for their chips transforming digital information into physical motion.From now on, one single, easy to use electrical component is everything needed for rapid prototyping – you no longer have to worry about building a final design or soldering SMD components before testing a prototype. The BOBs can be used on a breadboard or with flying wires, as all sensitive signals such as sense lines are routed on the BOBs themselves.The breakout boards are for anyone who needs a physical prototype fast, in order to have a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). BOB has everything you need to use the component, such as sense resistors, buffer capacitors and, in some cases, even power MOSFETs or Ethernet connectors.Trinamic’s Technology Access Package (TTAP) provides the user with a sample code and API for each of the chips found on the BOBs. The comprehensive collection of technical support information and tools for Trinamic’s motor and motion control ICs found in TTAP not only simplify the (physical) design-in and bring-up, it also speeds up firmware development. All this can be transferred to a microcontroller or used with one of the Arduino samples – minimizing the time needed for prototyping.All Trinamic BOBs are open source hardware, with a permissive license. If the design works for you, just take the design and paste it into your board design. Or simply copy the schematics – whatever best works for you. Whether you’re an enthusiast tinkering away, a startup realizing its first MVP, or an international company creating the next groundbreaking application. Building, testing and reiterating your MVP doesn’t have to take long with Trinamic’s BOBs. The BOBs will be rolled-out for all Trinamic motor and motion control ICs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous AAEON: BOXER-6640 helps to control factory automation with more powerNext We Become What We Beholdlast_img read more

Where is the body of John Franklin Inuit historian thinks he knows

first_imgGJOA HAVEN, Nunavut – The man who guided searchers to the wreck of John Franklin’s flagship may have one more surprise left up his parka sleeve.“I believe that Franklin is in a vault on King William Island,” says Louie Kamookak, an Inuit historian who has spent 30 years correlating stories collected from elders with European logbooks and journals.The mystery that surrounds the Franklin Expedition is one of the great legends of Arctic exploration. The ships Erebus and Terror set out from England in 1845 with 129 men to search for the Northwest Passage, but they never returned.Little by little, the Franklin story is coming together.Artifacts and graves found throughout the 19th and 20th centuries were joined by several more bodies discovered in the 1980s. The ships were found in 2014 and 2016.But where is the grave of John Franklin?Kamookak relates two stories passed down through generations that may offer tantalizing clues.“One group of Inuit said they saw a burial of a great chief under the ground, under stone.”This was remarkable for the hunters, as Inuit traditionally buried their dead on the surface, wrapped in caribou skins and under a cairn. They investigated the site, expecting to find something similar. All they found was a flat stone.“They said he was a great shaman who turned to stone,” says Kamookak.In another account, a group of travelling Inuit came across a large wooden structure.“They managed to get a cross piece they took for a sled. The man who was telling the story said there was a flat stone and he could tell the stone was hollow.”Given that other expedition graves have been found on land, Kamookak believes Franklin’s is there too.“I don’t think they would have an ocean burial for him.”If he’s right, Franklin is probably still lying beneath the tundra on King William Island’s rocky and windswept northeast coast.If he’s wrong, chalk up one more mystery in a tale that’s been generating questions for 170 years.last_img read more