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Saint Mary’s hosts international students seeking to learn about United States

first_imgThis summer, Saint Mary’s sent four students and four student leaders to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institutes, or SUSIs.  While there, this group of English, communications, political science and global studies majors joined students from around the world in exploring American culture, history and policy. The SUSIs invite participants to an educational and cultural exchange program that provides them with an immersive experience of America.  Lasting five to six weeks, these programs are designed to help foreign undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 25 better understand the United States while also developing their leadership skills. The Institutes include a four-week academic residency consisting of interactive classroom activities, discussions, lectures, readings, site visits and workshops.  They also feature a one week educational study tour to a different region of the United States, leadership skills building activities, community service and opportunities to interact with their American peers on a college campus.The program explores civic engagement, environment issues, public policymaking, religious pluralism in the U.S., social entrepreneurship, U.S. history and government and women’s leadership. Maeve McMahon, a senior political science and global studies double major at Saint Mary’s, said she decided to apply for the 2018 SUSIs after learning about the program through her academic advisor.  “[The SUSIs] caught my attention because I needed the credits, but once I started reading up on them and especially when I got there, I realized just how incredible the program truly is,” McMahon said.  “[The SUSIs] bring in girls from all of these other countries, and these women are so intelligent and so driven and involved in activist and non-governmental organizations. Learning from them was so helpful for my majors.”Looking to enrich her concentration in international development, McMahon accompanied the Saint Mary’s delegation to Washington, D.C. for one week of panels, and then participated on-campus at Saint Mary’s for four weeks.  During the program, McMahon and the other students attended classes, networking seminars and guest lectures.  Each week explored different themes including religious tolerance, civil discourse, feminist theory, sexual violence, and American politics and history. The group also participated in weekend excursions to Detroit and Chicago. McMahon said she enjoyed developing relationships with the visiting international students.“I now talk to them almost every day. It’s really cool having friends on the other side of the world,” she said. While the group was studying global relations, the Saint Mary’s delegation also focused on local life through service days at different organizations in South Bend.  McMahon spent time working with local women at St. Margaret’s House, a day center for women and children living in poverty. “Being on campus and not having a car, I never really got the chance to explore South Bend. This was a great opportunity to learn about some of the issues that South Bend is facing and also dealing with and making better,” McMahon said. One of these field trips took the group to an old segregated swimming pool that has since been converted into the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center.  While there, SUSI participants explored the museum’s exhibit documenting the local civil rights history of northern Indiana.  The international students had a difficult time accepting the history of the Civil Rights Era in America, McMahon said. “They had never heard of it before, they couldn’t really understand how divided it is in our country and how deeply rooted [racism] is,” she said. Though the SUSI international scholars were concerned with learning about the social injustices of American past and present, they were equally interested in the fireflies flickering through the night sky in Chicago, McMahon said.  Before visiting America, they had never seen these luminescent bugs. While studying and traveling with these international students, McMahon said she was able to put aside her preconceived notions of American life, and view the United States through a more critical lens.  In doing this, she not only found a greater appreciation for American institutions but also for the problems that policymakers must continue to address.“Even though I’m a global studies major, this experience did kind of divert my focus back to the United States and the issues that still need to be fixed,” McMahon said.  “I think one of the most dangerous things to think is that there are no problems at all. We can never improve by thinking that way.”Tags: Civil Rights, global studies, saint mary’s, Study of the U.S. Instituteslast_img read more

Gang use child to steal purse during distraction robbery at Letterkenny shop

first_imgA shoplifting gang used a small child to carry out an attempted robbery at a Letterkenny store.The group of adults arrived at a store in the town last weekend and caused a distraction at the front of the shop.While staff’s attention was diverted, a small child attempted to steal a purse from the handbag of a staff member. A sum of money was taken from the bag.However, the alert staff member managed to catch the child and the money was recovered.Garda Sgt Charlene Anderson said the incident is a reminder in the run-up to the busy Christmas period that staff must be alert at all times.She suggested that business owners have a secure room in their shop so that staff could secure personal items. “This could be a secure area where staff could secure all their personal belongings.“This is a very busy time of year but these measures could be put in place to help staff who are already very busy,” she said.Gang use child to steal purse during distraction robbery at Letterkenny shop was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ChildGardaihandbagletterkennyrobberylast_img read more

Warriors’ Report: Draymond Green expected to return vs Lakers

first_imgPALO ALTO – The Warriors wrapped up practice at Stanford Thursday evening.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session. Draymond Green expected to play in the preseason finale.After missing the last three preseason games, Green is expected to play in the team’s final tuneup against the Lakers Friday night. “Draymond is doing better,” Kerr said. “He feels good, he should play tomorrow.”On Thursday, Green participated in the team’s one-hour non-contact practice at Stanford and …last_img read more

Top award for local invasion biologist

first_imgInvasion biologist Prof Dave Richardson.(Image: Engela Duvenhage)MEDIA CONTACTS • Engela DuvenhageMedia: Faculty of ScienceStellenbosch University+27 82 874 1291RELATED ARTICLES• SA prof best in invasion biology• Ground-breaking find by SA researcher• SA academic elected to top council • Nedbank invests in water project• Using exotic woods to tackle poverty Wilma den HartighInvasion biologist Prof Dave Richardson of Stellenbosch University (SU) is the 2012 recipient of the John FW Herschel Medal, a top award of the Royal Society of South Africa.The prestigious award honours Richardson’s multidisciplinary contribution to science in South Africa through his internationally recognised work on the ecology and management of invasive species.The award is named after Sir John Frederick William Herschel, who lived from 1791-1871. He was a remarkable scientist, mathematician, astronomer, chemist, and experimental photographer. He was also exceptionally gifted in a number of other disciplines.The Royal Society of South Africa is a renowned scientific organisation that promotes the advancement of all branches of science.Richardson says the award is a great honour: “It is very gratifying to receive a nod from one’s colleagues and peers and to know that one’s work is appreciated. I am most flattered to join the illustrious list of recipients of the John FW Herschel Medal.”According to Richardson, South Africa is one of the leading countries in the world in terms of research outputs in invasion ecology.Although the number of researchers in this field locally is small in comparison with other countries, South Africa’s research is highly regarded and has been influential in shaping the rapidly-growing field of invasion ecology.Richardson is the deputy director of science strategy at the National Research Foundation and Department of Science and Technology’s (NRF-DST) Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, which operates from SU.Advancing science in SARichardson is “passionately committed” to ensuring that science plays a prominent role in South African society.He says awards such as the John FW Herschel Medal are important for South Africa as they create awareness of opportunities for scientists and the role of science in solving problems.“Building a culture and society that can trust science is hugely important,” he says.He also hopes that the award will motivate scientists to apply themselves in addressing problems utilising a variety of disciplines.Finding solutionsRichardson explains that the ecology and management of invasive species is an essential area of study for South Africa as the country has experienced severe problems with invasive species.“South Africa has been called the ‘tree invasion capital of the world’,” he says.There are several reasons for this, according to Richardson. South Africa, despite its rich biodiversity, has a very small area of natural forests and is very poor in native tree species that are suitable for forestry.Early settlers recognised this and introduced hundreds of species of trees from many parts of the world, such as Australia, Europe and North America. Numerous tree species were widely planted around South Africa, and many of these have become invasive.“Understanding such invasions and deciding how to manage them is crucial for ensuring sustainable ecosystem management in the country,” he says.Research findings on the ecology and management of invasions can also be shared with other regions of the world.A love for invasion biologyRichardson studies the dynamics of plant invasions and is an international authority on trees as invasive species.Much of his work has an important practical application as it provides guidelines to improve the management of invasive species. He is also interested in contributing to a theoretical framework and general models for understanding invasions.Although plants are his primary focus, he has helped to develop risk-assessment protocols for introduced reptiles and amphibians.Richardson studied forestry at SU, majoring in forestry science and nature conservation. He wanted to follow a career in commercial forestry, using pine and eucalyptus trees to produce timber.In his final year he applied for a position at the now defunct Jonkershoek Forestry Centre, just outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.His job was to study the spread and impact of invasive plants, mainly in the mountain catchments under the control of the Department of Forestry.“Through this work I became fascinated in the general phenomenon of biological invasions,” he says.His career has focused on trying to understand the processes that lead to invasions; why some species are more successful as invasive species than others when introduced to new areas by humans; why some areas, habitats and ecosystems appear vulnerable to invasion by introduced species; and finding solutions to reduce the incidence of problematic invasive species.He has recently published, lectured and consulted widely on issues such as invasive species in commercial forestry and agroforestry; the risks associated with using introduced plants in the production of biofuels, and managed relocation.Other awardsRichardson is the recipient of the international Hans Sigrist Prize (2006), a National Science and Technology Forum award (2008), and a Rector’s Award for Excellence in Research from SU (2007).He received an A1 rating from the National Research Foundation in 2007, which recognises his international stature as a scientist.He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa in 2008 and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa in 2009.He is the editor of the widely acclaimed book “Fifty years of Invasion Ecology”, published by Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford; 2011.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, January 7, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No change in our nearby and macro thoughts this morning, but we are going to be making some timing adjustments and the result will be a longer dry window in-between systems, even as our pattern shifts colder. No change in the thought process today. We have a front that will cross the state later today, and it will bring rain. The moisture is a little slow in its arrival vs our forecast last week. In fact, rain really does not get going in many areas until late this afternoon and tonight. However, once rain starts, it comes in two waves, one late this afternoon through the overnight tonight, and then a second through the day tomorrow.  We expect 36 hour rain totals (everything done by late tomorrow night or early Wednesday morning) to be up towards half an inch, although those half inch numbers will be limited to a very small percentage of the state.. On top of that, we will see very gusty winds, averaging 15-30 mph all day long today out of the southwest…this will take temps up to above normal levels again, and ensure that we see all liquid precipitation here. The map at right shows precipitation totals through midnight tomorrow. Clouds will give way to sun on Wednesday, and we should turn colder with strong north winds at 10-20 mph. Then we stay dry and cool for Thursday and Friday. The threat of precipitation at the end of the week stays mostly south, prompting the change from our forecast late last week. The weekend is mostly dry too, but warmer, as south winds return. The change may trigger some clouds for Saturday, but nothing overly dramatic. High pressure settles in for next Monday with a colder push again, and we ride those dry coattails for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week as well. Tuesday will stay cold, but Wednesday we see a final bump up in temps, ahead of our next system. The extended period remains active. WE see rain for Thursday and Friday of next week, bringing .25-1” of liquid potential. Currently, the moisture all looks to come in the form of rain, as cold air does not arrive until the weekend. But, that cold air arrival also triggers snow, with a combined action for Saturday and Sunday (19th and 20th) of several inches of snow. After a pause Monday morning (21st) we have more snow potential for Monday night through Tuesday the 22nd. So, after our system today and tomorrow, we end up with nearly a week’s worth of dry weather, but then winter tries to come back with a vengeance. WE continue to see a much colder second half of January, and snow potential ramps up too.last_img read more

After Effects Quick Tip: Creating Variables

first_imgLearn how variables can keep your expressions organized in this After Effects quick tip tutorial.When using expressions in After Effects one of the most important concepts to master is creating variables. Variables are a way to keep your expressions clean and organized. They also happen to be extremely easy to create. In the following quick tip tutorial we will take a look at what exactly variables can do and how to create them in After Effects.What Are Variables?In After Effects a variable can be thought of as a container that holds a value. Normally these values are numbers with data that can be used to manipulate number based effects and transform options to your layer, but sometimes they can hold information like layer names, text blocks, and color values.Typically variables are used to save the time of going in and writing out the entire expression over and over again. They also are a great way to keep your expressions organized and understandable. Variables can be found by looking for the “=” in an expression.How Do I Make Them?1. Choose a variable nameTry to choose the best name possible with the shortest amount of letters. If you must use more than one word it’s best advised to use ‘camel case’ with the first word being lowercase and the second being uppercase. So if you wanted to name your variable “My Variable” you would name it “myVariable”.2. Add an equal sign3. Add the line of expression that you are trying to condense followed by a semi-colon.You can type it out or even use the pick-whip to link your variable to another layer or effect in your project.Why Should I Use Them?With variables it’s all about organization. Sure you could get by without variables, but if you had a long expression it may become really confusing really quickly. For example, if we were trying to connect a layers opacity to a slider in another composition, your expression would look something like this:comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”)Now we want to add the opacity value of another layer named “Second Layer” to the current layer:(comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”)+ thisComp.layer(“Second Layer”).transform.opacity);And let’s divide both the numbers by 10:(((comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”)+ thisComp.layer(“Second Layer”).transform.opacity))/10)Confused yet? By adding more math and parameters you will quickly find your expressions getting convoluted, but by using variables you can make your expressions much easier to read. So let’s take a look at the same example using a variables. First lets make a variable for the opacity being linked to the slider control and name it “sldr”.sldr = comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”);Now let’s create a variable for the “Second Layer” opacity called “scnd”:scnd = thisComp.layer(“Second Layer”).transform.opacity;Now let’s add the two variables together:sldr+scndand divide by 10(sldr+scnd)/10;So altogether our final expression looks like thissldr = comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”);scnd = thisComp.layer(“Second Layer”).transform.opacity;(sldr+scnd)/10;instead of this:(((comp(“Controller”).layer(“Control Layer”).effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”)+ thisComp.layer(“Second Layer”).transform.opacity))/10)As you can see if you’re working with a lot different parameters it can be much more efficient to use variables to keep things organized.How do you use variables in your projects? Share in the comments below.Read More:After Effects Expression Basics – AdobeArrays and Variables – AEExpressionsAE Expressions Simplified – Creative Cowlast_img read more

2014 Trans Tasman Series

first_imgThe countdown is on until the 2014 Trans Tasman Series, which will be contested between Australia and New Zealand in Mudgee, New South Wales this weekend. The Australian and New Zealand Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams will take to the field at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex across three games from Friday, 25 April until Sunday, 27 April 2014. Australia will be out to reclaim the Trans Tasman trophy in Mudgee, and with the 2015 World Cup edging closer, the Trans Tasman event will be the arch rivals’ last chance to battle it out before the World Cup is held in Coffs Harbour in April/May, 2015. Last time they met (Auckland, February 2013), New Zealand claimed the series two divisions to one, with Australia winning the Women’s Open division 3-0, while the Kiwis were victors in the Men’s and Mixed divisions two games to one. The game times for the three test series are listed below. We look forward to seeing you there to cheer on our Aussie teams!Game TimesGame One – Friday, 25 April 3.30pm – Mixed Open4.45pm – Women’s Open 6.00pm – Men’s Open Game Two – Saturday, 26 April1.00pm – Mixed Open2.15pm – Women’s Open3.30pm – Men’s OpenGame Three – Sunday, 27 April12.00pm – Mixed Open 1.15pm – Women’s Open2.30pm – Men’s Open See what Mudgee has to offerWhile you’re in Mudgee for the Trans Tasman Test Series, make sure you experience the many other activities on offer in the area. Sample fresh produce at the local markets, visit one of many cellar doors in the region or explore one of the nearby national parks. Find out more here:http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/country-nsw/mudgee-area?utm_source=eventreferral&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=transtasman Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Trans Tasman Series:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Messages of Support We’ll be posting your messages of support for our Australian teams on our website in the lead up to the series, so be sure to send in your support for your favourite player, team or the entire contingent. We’d love to provide as much support as possible so be sure to get on board. You can do this through any of our social media sites or send an email to [email protected] with your message. Related Links2014 Trans Tasmanlast_img read more

What am I going to say in that room Mother to visit

first_imgBarbara Suggashie in her hotel room before starting the next leg of her walk Tuesday. Photo: Willow Fiddler.Kenneth Jackson and Willow FiddlerAPTN NewsBarbara Suggashie takes one last look in the mirror and adjusts her hair.She then pauses and stares at the woman looking back at her.It’s a woman who is slowly changing.And she heads out the door of her hotel room to start walking.“I was talking to my husband about this for a long time,” says Suggashie, 36.Most people driving by don’t know her or why she is walking along Highway 17 west of Dryden, Ont.They also don’t know the iPod she is using to listen to music belonged to her daughter, Kanina Sue Turtle.There’s a video on there, too – Kanina, 15, used the iPod to film her suicide inside a Sioux Lookout foster home.It’s that home that Suggashie is walking to.She’s seen it from the road but has never gone in.Barbara Suggashie with her son, Winter. Submitted photo.A couple weeks ago she decided to start the journey in Red Lake with her son Winter who is 12.It’s about 320 kilometres from Red Lake to Sioux Lookout.It’s a walk for suicide awareness but also for a mother needing closure.“It ruined my life,” says Suggashie. “I decided I wanted to walk to Sioux Lookout and go do a closure.”What she will say in the room where Kanina died hasn’t come to her yet.“It’s kind of hard to let go of something you care about and loved,” she says. “I’m just kind of nervous, what I am going to say, say in that room.”Watch Kenneth Jackson’s story on Barbara Suggashie’s journey. Kanina had been in the child welfare system for several years.Until she filmed her death inside the home owned and operated by Tikinagan Child and Family Services.An APTN News investigation found Kanina was clearly suicidal, yet left alone for 45 minutes before a Tikinagan worker noticed she was gone.Suggashie says Tikinagan has never told how Kanina was left alone for so long.APTN has viewed the video and previously reported a worker comes into the room and says what sounds like “Kanina, take my hand.”She then lays Kanina’s lifeless body on the floor, which isn’t visible in the video and leaves the room. She returns quickly talking on a cellphone with emergency personnel. She also appears to try to resuscitate Kanina by pumping air into her lungs with a plastic device.But it’s futile. Too much time has passed.“She’s gone,” the woman says as a baby can be heard crying from another room.Within minutes sirens are heard and paramedics arrive.“No pulse,” one of them is heard saying.Kanina Sue Turtle is in this undated photo from Facebook.Four days before Kanina killed herself, she was in the hospital for self-harming according to a video she posted on her Facebook account.It’s a recording of a live video where Kanina filmed what appears to be a Tikinagan worker sitting in a chair in the hospital room as they wait to be seen by a doctor.The unidentified woman talks on a mobile phone explaining to someone she is at the hospital with Kanina and how her shift is ending soon.Turtle begins the video by showing her injuries and says very little, other than she is bored.The worker agrees it is boring and notices there is no television to watch.“So quit cutting yourself so you don’t have to come here,” the woman says on Oct. 25, 2016.Kanina then turns the camera to the woman who is looking down at her phone.Kanina’s Facebook account gave many hints of her deteriorating mental state in the days leading up to her death.“(I don’t know) what to do anymore,” she wrote Oct. 24, 2016. “Just gunna give up on everything.”She had multiple hospital visits in the days leading up to her death and was walking around with bruising on her neck.A video on her Facebook posted Oct. 27, 2016, that was recorded live, shows the bruised outline of a noose across her neck.Then on Oct. 28, a day before her death, she attempted again and also filmed that.APTN has viewed that video.“I don’t know what to do anymore,” Kanina says. “I’m sorry for what … umm… I’m going to do.”The video is just over a minute when she stops recording. She didn’t say anything in the video of her death.Kanina’s death is being reviewed by the chief coroner of Ontario that is looking into 11 deaths of children in the child welfare system, seven of which were Indigenous.The review was sparked after the coroner found issues in each of the deaths ranging from lack of proper care to untrained foster home staff.That review is expected to be complete this summer.Photo: Willow FiddlerAs Suggashie and her son walk to Sioux Lookout a van follows close behind driven by a Tikinagan worker.The agency is also covering costs of hotel rooms.But Tikinagan still won’t say what went wrong in that home the day Kanina died.“I don’t know what the problem is with this Tikinagan. They are just hiding something. That’s what I think. That’s what my family thinks,” says Suggashie.APTN has repeatedly asked Tikinagan what happened but a spokesperson has maintained it can’t respond for respect of the family’s privacy.Tikinagan has never responded to questions. It suspected Kanina was also in a suicide pact.Tikinagan did warn APTN Tuesday about filming the home where Kanina died calling it a “safe haven” for kids as it is still being used.But it was supposed to be Kanina’s safe haven.Kanina’s brother, Winter, says he misses his sister.“I miss her giggles,” he says.Barbara Suggashie walking along Hwy. 17 just west of Dryden Tuesday. Photo: Kenneth JacksonThere’s another purpose to the walk for Suggashie who wants to prove something Tikinagan.“I wanted to show them how much, how much I loved my daughter,” she says.So she and her son keep going to Sioux Lookout where she hopes to find a way to keep going.Not only for her but for her other four kids who will be waiting for her when they are expected to arrive around [email protected]@aptn.calast_img read more

Pastore Serie A so tough

first_imgJavier Pastore says that Serie A “is certainly harder than Ligue 1” after Roma clawed back from 3-1 to a draw 3-3 with Atalanta.Pastore opened the scoring with a stunning back-heel finish just after 90 seconds in the first half, but Roma had to come back from 3-1 to draw 3-3 in a thrilling game.After the game, Pastore testified to the difficulty of the Italian Serie A, according to Football Italia.“It was a good goal, Cengiz Under gave me a smart cross and the finish went well. Fortunately, we were able to equalise eventually,” Pastore told Sky Sports Italia.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I think after our goal, we got a bit too relaxed and allowed them to have the ball, but that is something we shouldn’t do. We came out for the second half with more intensity and managed to get it back on track. We could even have won it at the end.“My position is up to the Coach, I came here happy to play wide midfield, but well aware that I had often played in a trident attack before.“It’s certainly harder in Serie A than Ligue 1, the first two games have been such a struggle!”last_img read more