HANDS reaches Saint Mary’s

first_imgFour years after it was conceived in South Bend, HANDS, a non-profit organization that provides yearlong volunteer opportunities with the goal of high social impact, continues to offer Saint Mary’s students the chance to assist Central American countries. Three Notre Dame students from Guatemala created HANDS in the summer of 2008. Maria Bosch, Stephanie Hurst and Mariana Diaz sought a way to make a difference in their country where poverty is a huge threat. The organization “creates alliances with organizations focused on sustainable development that assist economically distressed communities in Central America,” according to the HANDS website. According to the website, staff members at HANDS work year-round to “ensure a dynamic placement of volunteers that is in line with the interests of the volunteer and one that will integrate smoothly with the developing goals of the participating organization.” Meghan Lefeld, a junior at Saint Mary’s, is the HANDS volunteer recruiter for the College. “I volunteered abroad last fall break for HANDS,” Lefeld said. “I traveled with three other girls from Notre Dame and it was an experience of a lifetime.” Lefeld and the other students lived together with a host family in Antigua, Guatemala, and helped build a house for a low-income family. “I was involved in the housing and community development part when I stayed in Guatemala,” Lefeld said. “It was hard work, but so much fun at the same time.” As a volunteer recruiter, Lefeld said she informs Saint Mary’s students about the organization and encourages them to get involved with the non-profit. “HANDS gives Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students the opportunity to help people in need in the areas of education, housing and community development,” she said. “This is a chance for students to make a real difference in developing countries.” While Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are currently the only schools involved with HANDS, the organization hopes to reach out to other universities in the future. According to its website, “each month, the number of volunteers, projects and organizations supported by HANDS continues to rise, strengthening its effort and dedication to promoting social responsibility and action among youth around the world.” HANDS currently boasts 180 volunteers and supports 18 projects and 12 organizations, according to the organization’s website. “HANDS is available for students to volunteer over all breaks and they can apply on the website for volunteer work as well,” Lefeld said. Job and internship opportunities with HANDS can be found at www.handsorganization.org.last_img read more

Illegal migrant prostitutes too ‘terrified’ to report exploitation

first_imgStuff co.nz 18 March 2018Migrant prostitutes working illegally on temporary visas are “terrified” they will be deported if they report exploitative pimps and abusive clients to authorities.In the past year, 136 migrants suspected of coming here to carry out sex work were denied entry into New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand data revealed.Sex work is the only occupation migrants on temporary visas are not legally allowed to take up.However, migrants who have entered the country on temporary work, visitor, holiday or international student visas and work as prostitutes are being forced to carry out sexual acts without protection and often work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week.Often temporary migrants, particularly international students, were unaware it was illegal for them to work in the sex industry, she said.The application of the Immigration Act, section 19, in the Prostitution Reform Act deems it illegal for any temporary migrant to work as a prostitute or invest in any business that sells sexual services.It was added into the Prostitution Reform Act to deter trafficking of international sex workers.Since the decriminalisation of prostitution in New Zealand for citizens and permanent residents in 2003, the collective has argued that section 19 puts migrant prostitutes at risk of exploitation.Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said last week that legal migrant workers were “very, very vulnerable” and did not receive enough protection if they blew the whistle on exploitative employers.Eliminating migrant exploitation was his priority, however, and protective measures for migrant whistleblowers were still being decided.Protection for all migrant workers, including illegal sex workers, was important, but he ruled out eliminating section 19 that makes it illegal for migrants to work or invest in the sex industry.“That’s not something we would consider because we are concerned that by removing it, it could encourage sex trafficking.”Immigration NZ acting assistant general manager Senta Jehle​ said the agency recognised that sex workers were vulnerable to exploitation.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/102248502/illegal-migrant-prostitutes-too-terrified-to-report-exploitationlast_img read more

Point-counterpoint: Best NFL Combine test

first_imgMcGrathAt the meat market that is the NFL Combine, one test stands alone as the most important of them all: The Wonderlic test. Sure, it sounds more like an advanced lesson taught at the Playboy mansion, but to NFL scouts the scantron evaluation is more serious than a particularly aggressive staph infection.The Wonderlic is a 12-minute, 50-question test that assesses an athlete’s brain power. It is scored on a scale of one point per question, just like the original Family Fued board game with the irresistibly kissable — or so I’m told — Richard Dawson on the cover. Last year, Vince Young infamously scored a six on the glorified IQ test. He apparently missed some questions like: What is the last team you’d want to be drafted by (Oakland), and if you should model your career after one quarterback, who would you choose? (Young wrote in Ryan Leaf.)Now sure, it looks like Young was a sound choice now, but wait a little while. When he starts getting confused about which team is his, like color-blind Vinny Testaverde in his Tampa Bay days — who wasn’t color-blind when watching those highlighter-orange uniforms in action, though?The Wonderlic first of all helps sort out the guys who actually went to class and the guys who had other students and aides do all their schoolwork for them. This is essential, because anyone who has ever seen “Little Giants” knows that if you want to be successful in football you need to know about the Annexation of Puerto Rico. It also clearly displays a player’s aptitude to perform and perform well on Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune when NFL celebrity week rolls around, a date circled on every GM’s calendar in the same color marker as the Draft itself.That is why the Wonderlic is more than just a perversely named test, but an NFL scouts greatest evaluation ally. Point: Wonderlic.PoppyAs players hope to improve their draft stock at the NFL combine this week, there’s one drill next year’s rookies should pay the most attention to. Forty-yard dashes and bench press marks can mean the difference between the first and second round, but scouts know it’s all about the 20- and 60-yard shuttle times.Sure, the shuttle tests true football speed as it is a solid barometer of speed, explosion and change of direction, but it’s the most underrated combine test for a completely different reason.Simply put, the shuttle tests are a representation of what one has learned in life.Remember in elementary school physical education class when gym teachers gave the President’s Challenge? That Joe Schmoe who always wore a pit-stained T-shirt and a whistle would mark your progression from the start of the semester to the end and then rank it against the top marks in the nation. In grade school, you always wanted to be the best, and the shuttle run always turned out to be the most important test for some reason. That little wooden block just gave it that extra zeal.Decades later, the shuttle run is still important. I know if I were drafting a team, I would solely look at those marks — and not only for speed purposes. If a player is good at the shuttle run, it tells me something: He was a good student and paid attention. I don’t want to draft someone who isn’t as good in the shuttle run as maybe some of the other events. That only means that player was probably a punk in elementary school, putzing around with the climbing rope or smacking some kid with a lacrosse stick.In fact, the shuttle run almost goes hand in hand with The Wonderlic — at least Vince Young would be able to score higher than a reported 6 on this test.last_img read more