first_imgGrace Tourville Former resident of Walsh Hall and mayor of West Hollywood Lindsey Horvath speaks to students on her wide-ranging career including stints in activism, advertising and city politics.The Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, the Gender Studies Program and ND Votes 2016 sponsored the lecture, titled “From Walsh Hall to City Hall.”“I am here to share with you that a degree in the Arts and Letters program is profitable. But more importantly, you can use that degree to make a difference,” Horvath said. “I had opportunities here that I would have never had anywhere. Here, we were able to talk about different issues, not only from an academic perspective, but from a values perspective. They really helped me understand how the lessons I was learning in the classroom can be applied to my real life.”After graduating from Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and gender studies, Horvath worked in the entertainment advertising industry.“I was worried that I was contributing to the kind of culture we always discussed in my gender studies classes,” she said. “I was worried that I wasn’t contributing enough.”After moving to California from Los Angeles and beginning her career in creative advertising, Horvath said she met the mayor of Los Angeles while co-founding a local chapter of the National Organization for Women.“I knew from a very young age that I was called to be of service,” she said. “The government and law — that’s how I wanted to make a difference. I felt that I could use that to make a difference.”Horvath worked on multiple local commissions after serving a short term on the West Hollywood city council after receiving an appointment through a special election held among the other council members. At the end of her special term, she ran for the position in the 2011 election but lost. She continued to grow her career in entertainment by working at a tech startup in Los Angeles and starting her own advertising company.Horvath said during this time, she considered herself an activist and was very involved with her local community.“During that time, life was not very centered, not very balanced,” she said. “I didn’t know where I was going. My friend, the mayor, came to me saying ‘I’m not going to seek re-election,’ and I worried because she was the only woman on the city council. So I asked her, ‘Who is going to run?’ And she said, ‘You are.’”Horvath said her friend’s encouragement prompted her to once again run for city council. The West Hollywood city council elects its mayor, and on March 3, the same night Horvath was elected onto city council, she officially became the mayor of West Hollywood.Horvath said her policy focuses on helping the most marginalized sections of society, including LGBT homeless teens. She prides herself on bringing what she calls “new ways of thinking” to the political community.“Throughout that process, I came from someone who was outright rejected, to someone who was embraced by the community,” Horvath said. “Statistically, it’s proven that women needed to be asked about nine times before they consider running for office. So for the women in the room, consider this the first time you’re being asked.”According to Horvath, more than 50 percent of West Hollywood’s residents are less than 40 years old, but she is the only member of the city council that is under 40. She tries to encourage young people to get involved with the local government by creating task forces that younger generations can be involved with.“A new generation of leadership isn’t just important — it is essential,” Horvath said. “It is essential for the way our society works. Our generation has so much to offer. I see the potential for this generational divide to tear us apart — that’s one of the reasons that I want to create age-friendly communities.”Horvath encouraged all students to follow their passions, attributing her current to success to the passions she discovered at Notre Dame.“Pursuing your passion is always worth it. I worked hard [at Notre Dame], and here is where I learned how to be myself and that’s exactly how I am able to do the things I do,” she said. “Letting people know who you are and what you’re about not only helps other people figure out who they are, but helps you better understand who you truly are.”Tags: Arts and Letters, city council, Hollywood, mayor, West Hollywood Notre Dame alumna Lindsey Horvath has been called to do many things since her graduation from the University in 2004. Horvath, who spoke at Geddes Hall on Monday, has been an activist, an advertising executive and, now, a mayor over the course of her professional career.“You never know when you’re going to be called up to do the thing you’re meant to do,” she said. “But trust me, you’re ready to do the thing you are meant to do, no matter when you’re called to do it.”last_img read more

first_imgAccording to Faridl, RRI management had cooperated with the Surabaya Health Agency to carry out PCR tests on hundreds of RRI employees on June 26. However, since they had not received the results after some time, the management decided to ask the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to conduct another round of PCR testing on July 6.He said that the BNPB results came out on July 7, with all RRI Surabaya employees testing negative.”However, on July 11, the Surabaya Health Agency released the results of the PCR tests and 54 people were found to be positive for COVID-19,” Faridl said, adding that only two of the 54 employees had been hospitalized.Due to the different results of the PCR tests, the RRI management conducted a third test on Monday. Read also: Resident doctors take on COVID-19 as training hangs in balanceAccording to Faridl, there were three contributing factors behind so many journalists and media workers in Surabaya contracting COVID-19.”Firstly, many journalists fail to follow health protocols and continue to attend events or press conferences that ignore the protocols,” he said. “They should boycott such events, but in reality, such a thing has never happened in Surabaya.”The second is the desire among public officials to publicize their activities in big ceremonial events.”One official, for example, invited dozens of journalists and hundreds of app-based ojek [motorcycle taxi] drivers for his social aid distribution,” Faridl said, describing such events as unnecessary.The third, he explained, was media companies’ reluctance to protect the health of their employees.”When an official holds a press conference that does not adhere to the health protocols, a lot of media companies don’t prevent their journalists from attending the event. Instead, they demand their journalists report it even if it puts their health at risk,” he said.Since the end of May, East Java has emerged as a new epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, recording 16,877 confirmed cases as of Monday, nearly half of which have been in Surabaya.Topics : Over 50 media workers in Surabaya, East Java, have tested positive for COVID-19, with three succumbing to the disease, the Surabaya branch of the Alliance of Independent Journalists says.”So far 57 media workers have tested positive for COVID-19 through PCR [polymerase chain reaction] tests. We also found six people whose rapid test results were reactive,” AJI Surabaya head Miftah Faridl told The Jakarta Post on Monday.He said that 54 of the 57 cases were employees of the Surabaya branch of national radio broadcaster Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI).last_img read more

first_imgBuilding company and property developer Plegt-Vos has become the first Dutch company to place its pension arrangements with a Malta-based IORP.It said pension rights for 80 of its employees were being accrued under defined contribution arrangements, and that the €1m scheme was run by an entirely independent board.According to Jan Snijders, CFO at the company, the Maltese scheme is more flexible and costs less relative to the standard DC plan in the Netherlands.The CFO said his company also had a significant say in the preferred asset mix, as well in setting criteria for sustainable investments. He added that pension assets were invested defensively at the moment, with a 90% allocation to fixed income – including high-yield bonds – based on the participants’ preference.Snijders indicated, however, that the company wanted to raise the equity allocation to 20%, or even 25%, once the pension assets had increased.Asset management is being carried out by Maltese company Curmi & Partners, while Dutch KAS Bank acts as custodian.Plegt-Vos said the board’s function had been fully outsourced to Dutch company Worldwide Pensions.The board – consisting of three Worldwide Pensions employees – is to meet the pension committee of Plegt-Vos a “couple of times” a year. Richard Cok, director of Worldwide Pensions, said he was also preparing to transfer the pension arrangements of a Dutch law firm, an agricultural company and a travel agency to Malta.He said it took more than a year in total to obtain the required approval from Dutch supervisor DNB and Maltese watchdog Malta Financial Services Authority.last_img read more

first_imgAFROBASKET FALLOUTZenith Bank Plc on Tuesday put smiles on the faces of the victorious Nigeria Women basketball team, D’Tigress, after rewarding them with cash award during a brief reception organised for the team at the corporate headquarters of the organisation.In the past 15 years, Zenith Bank has been the official sponsors of the Women basketball League in the country and has been on the forefront of supporting the women national team. Speaking during the reception, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, expressed his excitement on the feat achieved by the girls.“I am extremely happy to receive the victorious and elegant queens with the trophy,” he said.“One is for you to be a champion, but another thing is to defend the title which you (D’Tigress) have done in grand style. You didn’t just do that, but you defeated your major rival at their bedroom to lift the trophy.“This result is a source of joy to us at Zenith Bank that all our investment in the last 15 years is not in vain. To appreciate your victory, we will send a token put into individual accounts including the players, the officials and the backroom staff.”While reacting to the reception and cash rewards given to the team, the Captain of the D’Tigress, Adaora Elonu, appreciated the bank for its support as she appealed for more supports towards the Olympic Games qualifiersIn his own words, the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Kida, applauded the winning mentality of the team.He added: “What the players went through to win the trophy cannot be said with the words of mouth.“They played against a better prepared team which was the host, against over 20,000 Senegalese supporters who were rooting for their team to lift the title, but they came out unscathed.“The NBBF thank Zenith Bank for its support of over 15 years, and I am happy you promised to continue to support the federation and also decision to use your office to bring in more sponsors so as to develop basketball more from the grassroots.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more