Saint Mary’s $avvy program looks to spark awareness of financial literacy

first_img$avvy Financial Literacy Program offers free workshops and educational activities for Saint Mary’s students who want to bolster their understanding of how to manage their money. The program aims to provide participants with financial education without forcing them to add credits to their schedules and take an additional course, assistant director of financial aid and director of $avvy Megan Stearns said. She said the program, which started in August 2015, aims to continue its mission of informing students about the realities of life after graduation by teaching them about personal finance. “Our goal is to prepare students for the financial decisions they face now and after graduation,” Stearns said in an email. “Of course, at the heart of $avvy’s goal is to increase the financial savvy of our students.” Students can participate in workshops hosted throughout the semester, each focusing on various personal finance topics, Stearns said. These sessions are accompanied by free online resources provided by CashCourse, a website offering lesson overviews, practice quizzes and self-paced assignments — all intended to synthesize users’ understanding of personal finance topics such as budgeting, investing, saving, financial aid and credit. February’s $avvy event, titled “Money Management: Actions You Can Take Today,” gave students a quick overview of personal finance topics such as creating and maintaining a budget and managing student loans, Stearns said.Throughout the academic year, this initiative also awards five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate students who have attended at least 50 percent of the meetings and have completed all of the required CashCourse assignments for each month.  Each event also offers door prizes such as gift cards to Target and locations on Eddy Street Commons. Stearns said she hopes these incentives engage the Saint Mary’s community in this educational opportunity. She said she feels confident students participating in the $avvy Financial Literacy Program will walk away with the small, valuable pieces of financial advice that will serve them well into the future, for Saint Mary’s aims to provide its students with a comprehensive understanding of the world around them and the obstacles they may encounter.“Pay yourself first,” she said. “Track expenses. Check your credit report. Come up with a plan to pay down debt. These are all simple actions that can go a long way towards having a stable financial future.”Tags: $avvy Financial Literacy, CashCourse, Financial Literacy, savvylast_img read more

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French public pension fund ERAFP welcomes new chair

first_imgRocchi became chair of the board on 8 November 2011.Between July and October, Philippe Soubirous, vice-president of the board of directors of ERAFP, acted as president in accordance with Article 21 of Decree No. 2004-569 of 18 June 2004.Soubirous was named vice-president of ERAFP by decree in March 2012.ERAFP’s chairman of the board is elected by presidential decree for a period of three years, while the remaining board members are appointed by ministerial decree. The French government has appointed a new chair to the board of directors of the €16bn public pension fund ERAFP after the previous chair stepped down in July.Dominique Lamiot, until recently general secretary of the French Ministry of Finance and Economy, was named chair of the board of directors.He started in his new role earlier this month and was named by presidential decree after five years at the ministry.Lamiot succeeds Jean-François Rocchi, who announced in June this year that he would step down from the board of directors on 1 July.last_img read more

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Moko’s death shows law a ‘mess’

first_imgRotorua Daily Post 4 May 2016Family First Comment: It is disgraceful that our justice system is designed in such a way that prosecutors go for a lower charge in order to guarantee a conviction. Shameful.Manslaughter convictions for the carers of a horrifically abused Taupo toddler show New Zealand’s homicide laws are a complete mess and a ground-up review is needed, a law expert says.Moko Rangitoheriri, 3, was assaulted over a two-month period in Taupo after his mother left him with a couple while she was in Auckland looking after another child in Starship hospital.Tania Shailer, 26, and David William Haerewa, 43, pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges on Monday in the High Court at Rotorua on what was supposed to be the first day of their murder trial.The pair tortured the child by kicking him, stomping on him and slapping him. They rubbed his own faeces in his face. He was eventually beaten to the point where he suffered facial swelling, internal bleeding, septic shock from his leaking bowel and swelling of the brain.Moko was left for four days suffering those injuries before the couple rang 111, saying he had fallen off a wood pile.Canterbury University law professor Chris Gallavin is calling on the Law Commission to consider different degrees of murder for cases like this.“New Zealand homicide laws are a complete mess, a total basketcase,” he said.“They need a review right from the ground up.”The Sensible Sentencing Trust also slammed the Crown’s decision to not pursue murder charges, with founder Garth McVicar saying plea bargaining was becoming a problem in the justice system.“This was Nia Glassie and the Kahui twins all rolled into one.”READ MORE: read more

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