Saint Michael’s College,The second annual Saint Michael’s College Community Service Day has drawn some 119 employees volunteering to do a variety of service activities for the day, Wednesday, May 25, both on and off the Colchester-based campus. Participants were encouraged to join in the ‘opportunity to come together with your colleagues and to give back to your community.’ Staff AwardsService activities from 9 a.m. to 12 noon will be followed by lunch and Annual Staff Awards Ceremony in Alliot Hall that will honor six employees for their commitment, service and dedication. The six to be honored were nominated by their colleagues, and will be identified for the first time at the ceremony. ‘This project celebrates the Saint Michael’s community by doing good work together,’ said Angela Irvine, director of foundation relations and service-day team member. Participants, including vice presidents, cafeteria workers, computer specialists, librarians, professors and others, will be doing the following activities: On CampusBaked Love: making meals for area familiesCampus Grounds: raking, sweeping entrances & around dumpsters, cutting ivy, weeding flower bedsChapel: spring cleaningCommunity Garden: garden prep, planting and weedingEarly Learning Center: cleaning and yard workLibrary Archives: cleaning and organizing5 paint crews, painting St. Joe’s porch, dugouts on 300s field, Old Fire Station, handrails of dorm entrances, and bus stop; walkways and seat numbers on Ross sports center bleachersPower washing of building exteriorsWindow washing Off CampusCamp Ta Kum Ta: yard work, spring cleaning, handy workCatamount Family Center: trail maintenanceCOTS: spring cleaningRock Point School: yard workShelburne Museum: gardeningWinooski Senior Center: deliver meals on wheels and bake treats for BINGO event Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. It is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 371 Colleges, and is included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Saint Michael’s is one of only 280 colleges and universities nationwide, one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.-30-
The Census site collapsed under the pressure of millions of Aussies trying to get their details in. Picture: Adam WardTHE results of Australia’s largest ever Census of close to 10 million homes and 24 million people will be released within weeks, according to the government bureau charged with rolling it out.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoThe Australian Bureau of Statistics which oversaw the massive online collapse of the census site as millions of people logged on at the same time, has set April 11 for the first rollout of the data.“Just eight months after Census night, a preview of the 2016 results will be published on the ABS website giving insight into what makes the ‘typical’ Australian in 2016 at the national and state/territory level,” an ABS statement said.The 2016 Census of Population and Housing was conducted on August 9, amid much build-up about how two-thirds of the country were expected to complete their details online.The official release of the full 2016 Census data will be Tuesday June 27 when the comprehensive dataset can be accessed.National, state/territory and capital city data on key “person, family and dwelling characteristics, including age, sex, religion, language and income” will be released then, as well as community level Census data including how your suburb is doing now.
Its investment portfolio returned 25.9%, mainly due to returns from its liability-driven investments (LDI) portfolio, with falling interest rates being the main driver.The fund’s non-LDI investments performed relatively well, and its allocation to growth assets returned 7% – with CIO Barry Kenneth highlighting global bond portfolios, equity and real estate as key contributors.The £22.6bn scheme generally measures performance against its liability benchmark, which the PPF outperformed by 2.5%, slightly down from the 2.9% in 2014.Chairman of the fund, Lady Barbara Judge, said the global macro environment remained a concern and warned that the PPF could not become “complacent”.“The global macro-economic environment and pension scheme funding remain volatile, which is reflected in the change in our probability of success,” she said.“We remain on track and committed to a prudent approach that strikes a balance between protecting compensation payments for current and future members.”At the end of March 2015, the PPF had the majority of its nearly £23bn in assets invested in debt instruments, which appreciated by more than £2.4bn in value over the course of the year.It also saw a significant increase in its directly held property assets, rising from £181m to £682m in 12 months. The inflows are likely to be a product of the PPF’s decision to build a physical hedging portfolio, rather than rely on derivatives.Kenneth told IPE last year that the amended strategy would see the so-called hybrid portfolio eventually account for 12.5% of assets, cash and bonds for 58%, alternatives 22.5% and equities 7%. The UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has seen its assets increase by 39% over the course of the last financial year, while its funding ratio rose to 115%.The lifeboat fund for pension schemes whose sponsoring employers have become insolvent saw 61 schemes join in the year to April 2015, bringing with them a total deficit of £322m (€440m).Despite this, the PPF managed to add 3 percentage points to its funding ratio.It did, however, see a 2-percentage-point drop in the probability of achieving self-sufficiency by 2030.