Notre Dame Irish dance team to compete in All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships

first_imgHaving Irish danced since she was a toddler, Notre Dame junior Addie Donaher said the adrenaline rush she gets walking out on stage is a sensation that has yet to waver in her career as a performer.“Being on stage is the reason that we all do it,” Donaher said. “You have those two minutes to get up on stage and show them, ‘I’ve been working for a whole year for these two minutes.’”As part of the Irish Echoes, Donaher — along with 7 other Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students — will be competing this weekend in the All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships. Photo courtesy of Hanna Dutler Members of the Irish Echoes, Notre Dame’s Irish dance group, compete in the All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships every year.Fresh off their annual showcase last January, the Irish Echoes are a Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Irish dance team consisting of roughly 70 members — the largest collegiate team in the nation, Donaher said.Members of the Ceili team — a subset of the Irish Echoes — were selected for the competition via tryout. The Ceili team is lead by juniors coach Hannah Dutler and assistant coach Emily Cline. Dutler and Cline are joined by seniors Caitlin O’Rourke, Rebecca Sidler, Kali Graziano and Lauren Tucker, juniors Donaher and Julia Forte and sophomores Kate Brown and Rachel Hughes.“I think everyone on the Ceili team has been dancing since they were three or four years old and has gone over to Ireland at least once or twice to compete,” Dutler said.The team flew out of Chicago on Tuesday night, landing in Dublin early Wednesday morning. After spending a day in the Irish capital, where they will get a chance to visit Notre Dame students currently studying abroad in Dublin, the women will be hopping on a bus to the competition’s host city, Killarney, a southwest Ireland town with around 14,000 residents.“Girls from all over the world come to compete, and then the competition that we’re in is a club Ceili competition,” Donaher said. “ … It’s like Irish clubs, [and] there’s a bunch of schools from the U.S.”With funding assistance from the Nanovic Institute and the Keough-Naughton Institute, the team has been able to travel to Ireland seven of the past 10 years for this competition and have found themselves atop the podium every time.“We have won the last seven years that we have competed, so hopefully we make it eight,” Dutler said.Dutler also noted that although the teams are strictly business backstage while preparing for their performances, the event gives many of the women the unique opportunity to reconnect with Irish dancers they trained with at past studios who may also be in Killarney for the week’s festivities.Whatever the outcome of Saturday’s competition, however, both Donaher and Dutler said they are thankful to the Irish Echoes for giving them a chance to form the friendships they have in their three years with the team, and for allowing them to continue their passion for Irish dance into their collegiate lives.“We’re all really close, and we all had that love for Irish dance that made us want to go to a school that had a team and keep doing it,” Donaher said. “We both danced competitively our whole lives, so it was such a big part of our life. And then coming to college you kind of expect that to stop. But here, it doesn’t really have to.”Tags: Irish dance, Irish Dance Team, irish echoeslast_img read more

5 Simple Investment Tips

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related I often hear women in their 20s and early 30s say they don’t have enough money to start investing.I don’t believe it!I believe everyone has enough money to start investing as long as they make it a priority.Unfortunately, most women at this age do not make investing a priority because they don’t really understand how it can help them in the long run.You see, investing in the stock market allows you to potentially grow your money at a higher rate than a savings account.And if you can grow your money faster than a savings account can, then over time you’ll have a lot more money for your various financial goals.How, you ask?Well, because compounding interest will be working in your favor. The best way to explain how compounding interest works is to understand the “Rule of 72.”The Rule of 72 is a great financial rule of thumb that basically tells you how many years it will take to double your money, given a specific interest rate.For example, if you have $10,000 and want to know how long it will take to double your money at a 2% interest rate, divide 2 into 72 and you get 36 years.If you take the same $10,000 and instead use an 8% interest rate, it will take nine years to double your money because 72/8=9.(I don’t know about you, but I prefer nine years over 36 years!)The more time you have to grow your money, the less money you need, because compounding interest will be hard at work for you.Here are some other tips to help you understand investing once and for all…The Rule of 115Divide 115 by your rate of return to calculate how many years it will take to triple your money.For example, if you have $5,000 today earning an 8% rate of return, you will have $15,000 14.4 years from now, and $45,000 28.8 years from now.This helps you understand the power of compounding interest and why it is critical to invest for your financial future.Diversify, Diversify, DiversifyIn life it’s important to not put all your eggs in one basket, and the same in true with your investments.One of the best ways to manage the risk of investing is to diversify your money across many different types of asset classes– i.e. large-cap stock, small-cap stock, emerging stock or bonds.That way, if one asset class performs poorly in any given year, there’s a chance that another asset class will perform well and balance out your losses.This helps smooth out the volatile roller coaster of investing, which will help you stay invested over the long haul.Timing the market is impossible!Frequently switching your investments, or buying and selling often to try to get in and out of the market at the so called “right time,” can really hurt your investment returns.Studies show that when investors do try to time the market, historical data suggests that they both ratchet up risk and lower risk at just the wrong times.Get this: from Dec. 31, 1991 to Dec. 31, 2011, the S&P 500 index had an average annual return of 7.81%.So if you had $10,000 at the start of this timeframe and left your money fully invested, by Dec. 31, 2011, your account would have grown to $45,032.If, however, you tried to time the market and missed out on the 10 best trading days during that same time period, your average annual return would have decreased to 4.13%, which equates to having only $22,474.1Investing in Mutual FundsA mutual fund is an investment vehicle that is made up of a pool of funds collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets.In regular speak, you invest in one mutual fund and that mutual fund invests in lots of different stocks, bonds or money market investments.So right away you diversify your money across various companies, which can help reduce your risk.Invest AutomaticallyDollar-cost averaging is a fancy way to explain one of the easiest investing principles you can follow.When you dollar-cost average, you are investing a set amount of money every month regardless of what is going on in the stock market.For those of you investing in a 401k every pay period, you are already practicing dollar-cost averaging.By doing this, you can buy more shares when the prices are low and less shares when the prices are high. Over time, this should result in a lower cost per share.So, for those shoppers out there, it’s like buying more when things are on sale and less when things are full price, which should also be your goal with investing.Source: J.P. Morgan Asset management using data from Lipper.Disclosure:The Rules of 72 and 115 are mathematical concepts and do not guarantee investment results or function as a predictor of how an investment will perform. They are an approximation of the impact of a targeted rate of return. Investments are subject to fluctuating returns and there is no assurance that any investment will double or triple in value. The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investment(s) may be appropriate for you, consult your financial advisor prior to investing. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indices are unmanaged and may not be invested into directly. Brittney Castro, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, entrepreneur and personal finance expert for women, is the Founder & CEO of Financially Wise Women, a Los Angeles based financial planning firm for women.  She specializes in working with busy professional and entrepreneurial women who are passionate about life and want to gain clarity around their money.  Brittney’s mission is to help women plan and create the life of their dreams, free from anxiety about money.   She is known for her innovative, non-judgmental, compassionate approach to financial planning.  She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, Financial Planning Magazine, Investment News, and Registered Rep Magazine.  Away from the office, you can find Brittney working out, drinking green juice, reading, playing at the park with her dog Arya and of course dancing.  Sign up to receive your Financially Wise Toolkit jam packed with great tools and resources to help you on your financial journey at  Follow her on twitter at Post navigationlast_img read more

Over 10 Of Smart Nissan Sales In Western Europe Are BEVs

first_imgThe transformation to BEVs progressesSales data compiled by industry analyst Matthias Schmidt ( reveals all-electric car sales share out of the overall result for particular brands in Western Europe in January 2019. The results are quite interesting and sometimes surprising.The highest share of over 13% is noted by smart, but it’s hard to say whether smart can be satisfied when the brand soon will go all-electric in Europe, which would be a serious threat to sales volume.Of course, the all-electric only brand Tesla is at 100%.The second with a double-digit share is Nissan – above 10%. There is a high probability that Nissan will improve with the new Nissan LEAF e+ from summer 2019 on.More sales reports Electric Car Sales Up 47% In Europe In 2018 In 2018 Nissan Sold In Europe 40,699 LEAFs Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 5, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News The biggest surprise is, however, that Hyundai is already third with 8% in January! The South Korean brand is limited by production constraints, which means that there is potential for >10% without any changes to the offer or new models.Then we see Renault, below 6% and BMW at 4%, followed by Kia below 4%. Jaguar moves towards 3%, while Volkswagen is at 2%.Over 10% of #Smart and #Nissan‘s W.European sales mixes as a percentage of their total sales were pure electric models in January 2019 research— Matthias Schmidt (@auto_schmidt) March 3, 2019 In January 2019, Plug-In EV Car Sales In Europe Increased By 28% Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more