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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

Peanut Update

first_imgA week before Georgia’s annual Peanut Tour, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort is optimistic about the state’s peanut crop.“I think the majority of the crop is above average. I think we’re going to yield very well in the irrigated crop, which is more than 50 percent of the crop, as well as areas that got rain,” Monfort said.Monfort did add, however, that certain areas of the state have received little to no rainfall in the last two months. This lack of rain will impact the state’s overall yield.“Four weeks ago, I said we had good potential to make 4,500 pounds based upon what we were seeing at that time. I think it’s going to be a couple of hundred pounds lower because of the fact that we haven’t received that much rain in the last several weeks,” Monfort said. “You go into certain parts of the state, and we’ve been pretty stressed. Some of those areas haven’t had any rain in six weeks.”Georgia planted 780,000 acres of peanuts this year, almost 200,000 more than last year. One reason for the large increase in production is the low prices in other row crops, specifically cotton and corn. Farmers planted more peanuts than they would have normally in order to compensate for the low commodity prices. However, not sticking with crop rotations has cost some Georgia farmers who have planted peanuts in the same fields for consecutive years. Doing so increases the opportunity for disease pressure to become problematic, which has been the case this year with white mold, a disease that’s been a nuisance for Georgia farmers this year and in the past.“Where this is hitting us worse is where farmers are planting peanuts behind peanuts for multiple years, and they’re trying to reduce their fungicide applications,” Monfort said. “They either only put out so many applications or they put out the cheapest thing they could, thinking they could ease by this year. White mold is teaching us that it’s not going to work.”Monfort said farmers have already begun digging their peanuts for harvest. Due to the large amount of acres and bulk that were planted after the middle of May, harvesting peanuts could last into mid-November, said Monfort.Farmers and industry personnel will learn more about the crop from UGA Peanut Team members during the annual Georgia Peanut Tour, to be held Sept. 15-17 in southwest Georgia. The tour will be based out of Thomasville, Georgia, but will include stops in Grady and Decatur counties as well.last_img read more

Politicians need to look beyond the ends of their noses

first_imgDear Sir,After a long wait, a Green Paper titled ‘Managing Future Petroleum Reserves etc’ has been released. It speaks to our fiscal frameworks and a Sovereign Wealth Fund. The proposal has reportedly had the benefit of scrutiny and input from several international bodies and the Cabinet.About a year ago, a similar series of events unfolded in regard to the Petroleum Commission Bill. At the time, in a submission to the Select Committee assessing the Petroleum Commission Bill, I wrote: “The general posture of the Bill is that the Petroleum Commission (PC) is an advisory body to the Minister, albeit with executive functions.“The Bill is not designed to create an independent or autonomous body. This posture of dependence will inhibit the capacity of the Petroleum Commission to perform its monitoring and regulatory duties. It also creates too many areas where the Commission’s actions and remit fall within the Minister’s sphere of control.”Those comments apply to the proposals outlined in the current Green Paper. This suggests the emergence of an alarming pattern of behaviour on several fronts.First, one has to question the quality of advice being provided by the international bodies, and their willingness to lend their names to these documents. Second, we appear to be utterly incapable of conceiving and configuring independent institutions.The petroleum industry represents both a massive stress test for Guyana and an opportunity. These institutions will bear the brunt of the stresses. They will need to be robust, efficient and autonomous. If, instead, we construct a fleet of institutional-balahoos designed to sway with the political tides and electoral cycles, we will all suffer the consequences. ??This is a moment in Guyanese history when politicians of all persuasions need to look beyond the ends of their noses. Short-sighted, me-first or we-first policies will not work.There was some talk recently that the administration and the opposition might be prepared to work to achieve consensus and draft a road map on a limited number of topics. Perhaps they could start with this one.Yours faithfully,Isabelle de Caireslast_img read more

Central team to visit Punjab soon to assess flood damage

first_imgA Central team will soon visit Punjab to assess the damage in the flood-ravaged State, where rains lashed some parts on Sunday as Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed all Ministers and Deputy Commissioners overseeing relief operations to step up vigil. The Chief Minister, who was joined by his Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar and Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, presided over a high-level meeting to review the flood situation in Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Rupnagar districts.“Responding to the Chief Minister’s request, the Union Home Ministry has decided to send a Central team to assess the damage and loss due to floods in Punjab too. “Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has informed the State government that a Central team to assess damage on account of floods would also be sent to Punjab, along with 11 other flood ravaged States,” a Punjab government statement said here. Earlier in the day, Capt. Amarinder had tweeted: “In view of resumption of rainfall, have directed all Ministers in charge and DCs to step up vigil ” He has deputed four Ministers — Charanjit Singh Channi, Sunder Sham Arora, Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Bharat Bhushan Ashu — to oversee relief operations in the worst-affected Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Rupnagar districts. NDRF, SDRF roleNDRF and SDRF personnel, who are assisted by hundreds of volunteers, have been working overtime to provide succour to the flood-hit population. They have been reaching out to people with food, water, medicines and other essentials.In Jalandhar’s Shahkot, hundreds of flood-affected people thronged a medical camp set up by authorities. “People in numbers are reporting with stomach-related infections, skin allergies, high fever and other ailments,” one of the doctors at the camp said.last_img read more

Ignorant Hockey India decides to skip junior Asia Cup

first_imgWhile the ageing stars of Indian hockey are finding it difficult to match the skills of their international counterparts, Hockey India seems to be neglecting the next line as well.The delay on the part of the federation in selecting the under-18 team has robbed India of a chance to participate in the third junior men’s Asia Cup, a tournament which India won in its inaugural edition.The event is scheduled to be held in Singapore from June 17 and all the other Asian powerhouses – including Pakistan, South Korea and Malaysia – will be in action in the city-state.The tournament is approved by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) but Hockey India is not aware of this development.While the governing body of hockey in the country is busy dealing with the politics in the administration of the sport, little thought has been given to the plight of the budding stars left in the lurch.”Hockey India is not sending a team for the junior men’s Asia Cup because we haven’t selected a team and our Nationals will be held in July,” Hockey India executive director Anupam Gulati told Mail Today. He was also not aware of the fact that the tournament is recognised by the FIH. “The tournament is not even recognised by the FIH and its scheduling is also very strange because it started way back in 2001 and then it took eight years to stage its second edition,” he added.Ironically, Gulati said that Hockey India has decided to send its under-18 women’s team for the junior Asia Cup, which is to be held in Bangkok next month.advertisementEver since Hockey India came into existence, it has not conducted junior nationals and some of the former coaches too are worried about the future of Indian hockey.”We have very limited resources as far as the senior team is concerned, and because Hockey India is not grooming juniors, it is likely to have an adverse effect on the future of the senior team,” said a former coach.Even the development committee, set by the Hockey India, is not aware as there was no proposal put forward to the panel.”No proposal came to us from Hockey India to select the team for the junior men’s Asia Cup, so we had hardly anything to do,” said Pargat Singh, who is the chairman of the development committee.Hockey India has been too busy fighting for its status as the sole governing body of the sport in country and in doing so, it has overlooked the training and exposure tours for the juniors.Since the 2009 World Cup, jointly held by Malaysia and Singapore, the juniors have had hardly any work of substance in terms of camps, training and competition.The present state of affairs is all the more damning as India will host the next editions of both the men’s and women’s junior World Cups.last_img read more

North Carolina Basketball: Photos: This Charlotte-Based Cake Designer Makes Amazing UNC Basketball Cakes

first_imggrooms Cake of North Carolina's basketball court.IG/forgoodnesscakescharlotteSkilled pastry chefs and cake designers can make some amazing things out of their desserts, and Charlotte-based For Goodness Cakes definitely knows its audience. The business’ Instagram account has posted a number of amazing-looking cakes, including a number that are North Carolina Tar Heel themed. The always popular #heelshouse cake. #atleastinmyhouse #goheels #groomscakes #charlottecakes Inside: delectable peanut butter cake with milk chocolate ganache filling.A photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jun 5, 2015 at 9:21pm PDT  Here strictly for work. #heelshouse #deandome #carolinacakes #lovethisplaceA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jan 24, 2015 at 11:33am PST  Not a wedding cake, but could be. Photo credit: @dreaphotoartist #carolinacake #tarheelwedding #nycskyline #uncchapelhill #goheelsA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jan 24, 2015 at 7:54pm PST Don’t worry Duke fans, they’ll make you, and fans of other schools, cakes as well. Like I’ve always said, I’m an equal opportunity provider. Design piped by hand and by eye with buttercream! #dookcakeA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on May 8, 2015 at 2:08pm PDT  Collage cake for a very lucky birthday girl. Sadly had to crop off the beloved sea turtle topper, but this one deserved a 360! #bruciesbirthdaybash #milestonebirthdaycake #collagecake #handpaintedandcreatedA video posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Apr 11, 2015 at 7:09pm PDT  Who knew owning a cake business would be Sports Teams 101? #whodey #footballcake #charlottegroomscakesA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jun 20, 2014 at 1:48pm PDT  “Chef’s choice” cakes start at $75: you choose 2 colors, flavors and theme and I come up with design, no fondant, all buttercream. #ugacake #graduationcakeA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on May 23, 2014 at 5:26pm PDT If we were Tar Heel fans, we know where we’d go for our Dean Dome confectionery recreations.last_img read more

Regional Health Authorities on Agenda for Reform

first_imgThe functions of the Regional Health Authorities will be among the issues put under the microscope, when the Ministry of Health begins discussions on health care reform. Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, told members of the Jamaica Association of Health Service Executives (JAHSE) on Wednesday, March 13, that he intends to undertake the process of health care reform and will soon be engaging them in discussions on the modalities of this reform. “Issues that we need to seriously consider include the functions of the Regional Health Authorities, how we can efficiently utilize our resources, including pharmaceuticals; the use of technology; and improved monitoring and evaluation,” Dr. Ferguson said. He said that as executives of the health sector, they have an important role to play in making this venture a success and bring the country closer to meeting its National Development Plan, Vision 2030. “Your co-operation and deep involvement in this movement is essential for us to achieve our goals. I know that you have had to work in very difficult circumstances and the difficulties will remain for some time to come. However, I am proud to be working with a team that despite the odds, has been able to produce some of the best results,” the Minister said. Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030. It is based on a comprehensive vision: “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.” The association was having its quarterly luncheon at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston, where it presented University of Technology student, Naidia Cooke-Raymond, with a scholarship valued at $100,000. Mrs. Cooke-Raymond, who works at the Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny, is pursuing a Masters degree in Health Services Administration.“I am very honoured and grateful to receive the scholarship. I am so very appreciative of what the association has done to help me in propelling my education. It is a big help and I hope that I will make everybody proud,” she told JIS News.The JAHSE is a broad-based organisation that provides a place for people in health care administration/management, at all levels and with different business and professional background and experience, to network.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Patient transferred to Fort Nelson Hospital after airplane crash

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – CHEK-TV in Victoria is reporting that Comox’s 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron was called out to help with a small plane crash near Liard River in the Yukon.The crash happened 20 nautical miles northeast of Liard River in the Yukon, near the B.C. – Yukon Border.Search and rescue crews were sent out Friday evening and were able to rescue the pilot and stabilize the patient.  The patient was then transported to Fort Nelson for further care. What was supposed to be your average day out doing compliance and enforcement over the long weekend quickly went into full gear as the Fort Nelson BCCOS are called in by the RCMP to assist with the search and rescue of a downed small aircraft last night. pic.twitter.com/oq5qQSvJVy— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) May 19, 2018Rescue crews were dispatched out of Victoria after the Cessna 206’s emergency locator signal was received.last_img read more

120 startups receive patents under faster process DPIIT

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 120 start-ups have been granted patents under the expedited examination process for applications since 2016 when the facility was introduced, a top official said Friday. A total of 450 start-ups have filed applications under this facility. Secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Ramesh Abhishek said that the government is taking several steps such as hiring more manpower to reduce the time for examination of IPR (intellectual property rights) applications. Under the expedited examination facility, a total of 1,021 applications were received and 351 patents were granted by the Indian IP Office. The facility can be availed by start-ups that meet stated criteria on payment of stipulated fees. “We have taken several steps but we need to do more on strengthening the start-up ecosystem in the country,” Abhishek said here at CII’s India Intellectual Property Convention here.last_img read more