Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon hosts first-ever virtual marathon

first_imgCourtesy of Jessie Snyder Jessie Snyder virtually participates in the Saint Mary’s annual Dance Marathon following the cancellation of the in-person event.The marathon, originally planned for April 4, was canceled as a result of Saint Mary’s move to remote learning through Easter break and eventually the rest of the semester. The decision to move the marathon virtually was made by the executive team who felt there had to be a marathon, no matter the conditions, senior club president Clare Carragher said. According to Carragher, the team utilized social media platforms like Instagram, FaceBook, TikTok and an updated website to provide sources of entertainment and information throughout the day.“We went live on Instagram at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony — similar to the one held during a traditional marathon — explaining how people can participate throughout the day,” she said. Social media posts ran throughout the day on the same schedule as the traditional marathon. The posts consisted of Riley kid — patients at Riley Children’s hospital — miracle stories, video features of alumni nurses, pictures of participants’ 80’s decor to fit the theme of “Back to the ‘80s” and mini fundraising challenges. “The website was designed so people could come and go as they please and just provide some different forms of entertainment while we’re all quarantined in our houses across the country,” Carragher said.  The virtual marathon allowed for dancers, committee members and executives to participate in and experience a marathon from across the U.S. Carragher said the virtual marathon allowed for the message and mission of Dance Marathon to be spread to an even greater audience as it was all over social media all day. “A lot of good things came out of the day and a lot of things that, I hope, can continue moving forward,” Carragher said.  “Who knows where I will be a year or two down the road — so I would love for the option to check into the website and see the Riley family stories or watch the morale dance.”The committees worked in conjunction throughout the day to provide entertainment and keep the energy high, Carragher said. The morale dance, an eight minute line dance, is typically taught in segments throughout the day until it is performed by all participants at the end of the marathon. In lieu of this performance, the morale executives recorded themselves doing the dance all the way through. The morale committee girls then divided the dance into 11 mini tutorial videos that were posted throughout the day to social media. Participants were then invited to film themselves performing the morale dance and email the clips to the technology committee who then formed the final line dance with all the video submissions at the end of the night. Senior alumni relations executive Jessie Snyder was awarded this year’s Exec of the Year title by the president’s board for her success in leading the new committee. “Since it was a brand-new committee it gave me the opportunity to build into my own, I got to build it up from nothing,” Snyder said. The committee was formed in an effort to show thanks to alumni — many of whom have a passion and love for Riley that just doesn’t go away after graduation — and give them a way to still participate in Dance Marathon, she said. Participation in a virtual 12 hour event proved to be the biggest obstacle of planning the marathon, but both Carragher and Snyder commented on the pleasant surprise of seeing the community come together during an unprecedented time. “It wasn’t something we could have planned for but we were able to to turn a traditional marathon into something way bigger that was able to reach so many more people,” Snyder said. “If anything it brought us closer together and really proved the big impact that a small school like Saint Mary’s can have.”Tags: COVID-19, Riley Children’s Hospital, saint marys dance marathon, virtual The 15th annual Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon looked different from years past, as tri-campus community members gathered virtually Saturday rather than in Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex. The 12 hour marathon raises money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.last_img read more

Bitcoin backed by four in five experts as Aussies trade white picket fences for cryptocurrency

first_imgDavid and Sandra Jenkins were last week reportedly willing to trade thier Sovereign (Islands home) for 500 bitcoin. Picture: Richard GoslingBITCOIN could become the Uber of the financial world, after winning the support of four out of five Aussie experts and economists — and driving some homeowners to consider trading in their white picket fence for a bit of coin.The latest finder.com.au survey of 33 experts and economists has found that 79 per cent do not believe bitcoin is a “foolish” investment.The backing comes amid a surge in the value of bitcoin to over $10,000 last month, which triggered a rise in Australian homeowners willing to give up their piece of the Australian real estate dream for cryptocurrency.Logan Lincoln of property research firm CoreLogic said the 75 to 80 per cent surge in value of bitcoin in the last month had created a major stir that savvy sellers were piggybacking to lift property profiles.“It’s not just Australia, there’s a lot of interest outside of Australia, I’ve even seen properties marketed in Fiji with bitcoin value,” he said. The owner of 1411 Mountain Highway, The Basin, will accept payment in bitcoin.Mr Lincoln said standard settlement periods would have to go out the window in such a scenario.“What would become more common would be the ability to immediately settle. If they have a smart contract based on blockchain, within five minutes of knocking down hammer, both parties would be ready. I don’t believe you can have same day settlement … but in terms of what we’re going to see with blockchain is the ability to create that kind of transaction.”He said “for all this to become normal, it will actually have to get involvement from banks or lenders” allowing buyers to leverage their bitcoin holding.Among those calling for calm was financial expert Peter Switzer.“While I suspect cryptocurrencies are like most things modern and seemingly illegal, think Uber, Airbnb, etc. (which seemingly break laws that incumbent rivals have to adhere to) they will be here to stay. But the bigger question is: at what price? To buy bitcoin now is a punt and you could do okay but I’m more an expert on investment and that’s why I won’t invest in bitcoin at these prices,” was how he described his trepidation in a column.If you’re still determined to swap your slice of the Australian dream for bitcoin, ATO demands you record four things: Date of transaction, value in AUD (from reputable site), purpose of the deal, and “who the other party was even if it’s just their bitcoin address”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX This six bedroom home in Mount Macedon, Victoria, is on the market for $2.5m or its equivalent in bitcoin.The Australian Taxation Office has been eyeing off bitcoin for a while and labelled it “akin to a barter arrangement, with similar tax consequences”.“Our view is that bitcoin is neither money nor a foreign currency, and the supply of bitcoin is not a financial supply for goods and services tax (GST) purposes. Bitcoin is, however, an asset for capital gains tax purposes,” according to an ATO statement.Finder.com.au insights manager Graham Cooke believes there’s no doubting the potential behind bitcoin — “unhackable” technology could revolutionise property and finance.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“The blockchain essentially works as an unhackable record of transactions and interactions,” he said. “Blockchains are being developed today to keep track of property ownership records and to allow expatriates and immigrants to send funds home to their families faster and cheaper than ever before — this could have far wider implications than the cryptocurrency itself.”The fly in the ointment for real estate, according to Mr Lincoln, was that the risk would be on the buyer.“If you consider a price for a 30-day settlement, bitcoin on November 1 was worth $8,000 and if settling (at month end), it would have been valued at $12,000 to $14,000 depending on what time of day. You may value property at $800,000 on day one (100 bitcoin) and in 30 days that bitcoin value goes to $1.3m. If you’ve lost a 10 per cent deposit on an $800,000 investment that’s gone up to $1.3m, you’re going to walk way.” last_img read more

Irwin backs Shaw

first_img The 19-year-old was made to train on his own after turning up to pre-season out of shape and he was then hit by hamstring and ankle problems. The left-back has started just 12 Premier League games so far, but Irwin is sure the club will start seeing a return on their £28million investment once his injury troubles are over. “I have no doubt he will be a great player for us in years to come,” Irwin told Press Association Sport. “Until he gets a run of games I don’t think you are going to see the quality Luke Shaw can bring to a side. “When he gets that under his belt you will see the best of him. “Hopefully he will stay injury-free for us for the rest of year and get a run of games.” United beat strong competition from Shaw’s boyhood club Chelsea to sign the defender from Southampton last summer. Irwin believes it is unreasonable to expect too much too soon from a player who only made his Premier League debut in November 2012, regardless of how much United paid for him. Denis Irwin remains convinced Luke Shaw will be a big star at Manchester United. Irwin, one of the most decorated defenders in United’s history, tipped Shaw to star for United shortly after he signed for the club, but the teenager has had a mixed maiden campaign so far. Shaw has impressed on a few occasions, but injury has prevented him from fulfilling his potential. Press Association “He has had a big couple of years,” said Irwin, who played 529 times for the club. “He had a couple of years at Southampton, he had a big-money move here and he was involved in a World Cup at just 18-years-old so the spotlight has been on him through no fault of his own. “When you are 19 you will make mistakes and you will learn from them. “I have no doubt he will be getting plenty of advice from the coaches and the manager.” Shaw, who has been suffering from another hamstring injury recently, sat out United’s 3-0 win over Spurs on Sunday. The win tightened United’s grip on fourth place and they now sit just two points behind second-placed Manchester City. Irwin was impressed by the performance against Spurs and he now hopes the team will produce similar performances against their top-four rivals in the coming weeks to secure the Champions League football which they have missed so dearly this term. “It was a big loss for us when we didn’t qualify for the Champions League. It’s been a strange year,” said Irwin, who was part of the team that won the trophy in the most dramatic fashion in 1999. “We have missed Champions League football, I have missed big teams coming here. “There are some big matches coming up in the round of 16. We are not involved and it’s not nice watching. “City go to Barcelona this week and we watch that and wish we were part of it because it’s the best club competition in the world.” :: Denis Irwin was speaking at the launch of bwin Manchester United Casino – the world’s first club-based real money casino app which is available now on Android from bwin.com/manutdcasino and will be available soon on iOS through the App Store. last_img read more