Heritage Dinner celebrates SMC

first_imgThe Heritage Dinner brought together Saint Mary’s students, faculty and alumnae to share in food and friendship in Stapleton Lounge of Le Mans Hall on Wednesday evening.Sarah Prezek, senior and student government association (SGA) mission chair, said the event is one of the best-loved traditions of Heritage Week at Saint Mary’s.“This is the most formal event of the week, where students have the chance to attend a nicer meal than the average dining hall dinner and to meet other members of the Saint Mary’s community who share in the College’s sisterhood,” Prezek said.Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer The dinner featured various members of the Saint Mary’s community as “special guests,” among Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations Shay Jolly, Director of Campus Ministry Judy Fean, Vice President for Enrollment Management Mona Bowe and Assistant Director of Phonathon Kelly Courington, Prezek said.Also on the guest-list were a number of sisters from the Congregation of Holy Cross, including professor of English Sr. Eva Hooker and Sr. Veronique Wiedower, current president of the Congregation, who delivered the keynote address, Prezek said.After a three-course meal, Sr. Wiedower gave a presentation called “Belles Then and Now” on the history of the College. Prezek said the presentation included a slideshow of photos from past students and places on campus that have changed drastically through the years.Senior Madison Maidment said this was her favorite part of the event, as she learned more about the College than she knew before.“My favorite picture shown during Sister’s presentation was of an equestrian competition in front of Le Mans Hall,” Maidment said. “Sister said the green field in front of the building that we know as ‘alumnae green’ used to be used for horseback-riding by the students back in the day.”After the presentation, students mingled with other guests and were encouraged to share in their “Saint Mary’s heritage” from the “past, present and into the future,” Prezek said.“I think one of the most successful parts of the dinner was that students were able to just sit with sisters at their tables and get to know them,” Prezek said. “It’s so important for current students to realize how much the sisters do and have done for the College through the years, and having that solidarity with them is one of the best parts of attending Saint Mary’s.”Senior Nora Clougherty said she was also thankful for the opportunity to socialize with the sisters.“I loved getting the chance to talk to some of the sisters because they are such wonderful women,” Clougherty said. “Sharing stories with them was so great, and the presentation of ‘Belles Then and Now’ was awesome to see how much Saint Mary’s has grown and to see how much it still remains the same.”There more events scheduled this week will further showcase Saint Mary’s heritage and traditions. A poetry reading is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. in Cushwa-Leighton Library, where Prezek said students and professors will read poems that address the theme of Saint Mary’s. Some poems date as far back as 1892 from the College’s earliest publications, she said.At 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, there will be tours of the Heritage Room in the convent.“The tour is a great way for students to learn more about the sisters – the people who founded the College and made it into the place it is today,” Prezek said.The week’s events conclude Friday with a trivia game during lunch in Noble Family Dining Hall, where students can win a variety of prizes based on heritage and history questions about Saint Mary’s.Tags: heritage dinner, Heritage Week, heritage week 2015, saint mary’s, saint mary’s heritage, sarah prezek, sister veronique wiedowerlast_img read more

Trade liberalization has boosted Latin American and Caribbean Economies

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Latin America and the Caribbean region saw faster economic and wage growth thanks to a lowering of trade barriers, a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) shows.The study also provides policy recommendations to ensure the region is better positioned to take advantage of trade liberalization and make its benefits more tangible to citizens.The average tariff cut of 56 percent that took place in the region between 1990 and 2010 accelerated the region’s average annual per capita GDP growth by 0.6 percent. While the results are positive, the region harbors skepticism on the benefits of more openness, in part because initial expectations were so high, according to Trading Promises for Results: What Global Integration Can do for Latin America and the Caribbean.“Trade liberalization did not turn out to be the silver bullet that put us in the same growth leagues as some top-performing Asian economies,” said IDB Chief Economist Eric Parrado. “However, trade has clearly been a positive contribution for the region’s wellbeing and development, and we should resist temptations to return to our closed economic policies of decades past.”The book was edited by IDB researchers Ernesto Stein and Mauricio Moreira. Trading Promises for Results is part of the annual Development in the Americas (DIA) flagship research publications series that provides analysis and advice to policymakers on key development topics.The report also looked at the level of support for free trade. Latin Americans back more trade by big margins though support drops sharply when presented with information emphasizing negative consequences such as job losses in vulnerable sectors. The IDB commissioned Latinobarometro to undertake a survey and carry out an experiment to better understand how framing affects perceptions about trade.Almost three out of every four of those surveyed said they favored increasing trade with other countries, with support running highest in Venezuela, Honduras and Uruguay. Almost six out of every ten Latin Americans equate trade with more jobs. However, providing information about potential job losses in vulnerable sectors reduced support for trade to 46 percent, from 73 percent.Making trade work betterWhile liberalization is positive for the economy, it does have winners and losers, with special interest groups linked to import-competing sectors often blocking trade reforms. The report provides an in-depth look at trade policymaking processes in the region, and the type of institutional architecture that is more likely to lead to good policy outcomes.To make the most of the opportunities afforded by globalization while mitigating risks, governments need to look beyond the traditional agenda of trade agreements, trade facilitation and foreign investment attraction. Policymakers should work on ensuring labor markets are not only more flexible but also provide help for those who lose out to trade to transition to competitive firms and sectors. Policies should be consistent with global integration rather than bolster uncompetitive sectors and firms, and governments should seek successful strategies in sectors such as modern agriculture and services-two sectors with considerable technological progress in which the region has comparative advantages – and not just in manufacturing.“We are moving into a world where competitiveness is determined not just by tariffs but by overcoming regulatory, logistics and information costs, as well as by incorporating new technologies,” said Fabrizio Opertti, manager of the Trade and Integration Sector in the IDB. “We are confident that governments can move into these new frontiers in order to facilitate access to more affordable goods and services, as well as to create new economic opportunities and wellbeing for more citizens.”last_img read more

Get Flood Insurance Now Before Storm Season Hits

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County As we turn to the fall season, Thurston County emergency managers remind homeowners and renters that national flood insurance is the only dependable form of financial protection against flood damage.“Standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover damage from flooding, and just a few inches of floodwater inside a home can cause thousands of dollars to repair,” said Kathy Estes, Emergency Manager for Thurston County.Estes continued, saying that homeowners shouldn’t count on federal disaster aid for every flood. “Federal disaster assistance is available only for federally declared disasters. Most disaster assistance is inadequate to cover the cost of the damage and comes in the form of a loan, repayable with interest,” said Estes.  “Not all floods—even those causing thousands of dollars of damage—are declared disasters by the federal government.”National Flood Insurance Program policies, available through most insurance companies, pay claims whether or not a disaster is declared. Estes urges citizens to purchase flood insurance now because there is a 30-day waiting period after the first payment is made before the policy is effective. And all residents, even those who don’t live in a flood-prone area, can suffer devastating losses from flooding. Estes encourages residents throughout Thurston County to get the protection and peace of mind that only flood insurance can offer.Because the county has completed several flood mitigation and preparedness actions, residents of unincorporated Thurston County can get as much as a 30 percent discount for flood insurance.Flood insurance is also available to renters and can cover nonresidential buildings such as farm and commercial buildings. The National Flood Insurance Program will also cover structures that have been previously flooded.Information on the National Flood Insurance Program is available at 1-800-638-6620 or at www.floodsmart.gov.Flood Preparedness Tips and Resources:Sign up for Thurston County Emergency Management’s Telephone Alert System for river flooding. You can also follow Thurston County Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter.o   Telephone Alert System sign-up o   TCEM on Facebook: ThurstonEMo   TCEM on Twitter: @ThurstonEMDownload a copy of the annual Thurston County Flood Bulletin that includes kit checklists, evacuation tips, contact numbers for government agencies and utilities and more. The Fall 2013 Flood Bulletin is currently available at www.co.thurston.wa.us/em and the Fall 2014 edition is due to be posted online by September 23. Track river levels for rivers throughout Thurston County here.For more information on the Thurston County Emergency Management Division, click here.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR’s Global Perspectives Class

first_imgWhich is why the selecting committee had no problem switching gear to select the Global Perspectives Class of L.V. Rogers Secondary Team of the Week winners.The class saw a small class projected blossomed into a full gown garden/greenhouse on the backside of the Fairview-based school.The project that began with a few students and teacher quickly created a buzz throughout LVR as other classmates and teachers joined in helping make the idea an overwhelming success.The class members include, back row, L-R, Sebastien Lutz and Cail Spencer.Middle, Jenna Rigby, Sarah Ellis-Vye, LExie Nelson, Abbie Cowan, Joelle Lino-Wiseman, Chloe Kuch, Paige Mansveld and Conrad Lanaway.Front, Trace Cooke, Aisha Smith, Michaela Witton, Carlie Maglio, Caleb Dixon and teacher, Ms. Shannon Murphy. The staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports generally doesn’t stray too far from the sidelines when it comes to selecting the Team of the Week winners.However, every once in the while a worthy candidate from outside the sporting world comes along to shake up the selection process.last_img read more


first_imgWHITTIER MAN JUST MISSED WINNING A MILLION LAST YEAR WITH CALIFORNIA CHROME ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will host its second annual Santa Anita Derby Millionaire Contest on Santa Anita Derby Day, this Saturday. Fans attending on Santa Anita Derby Day are encouraged to enter, and if their name is selected, Santa Anita will provide a $1,000 win wager on a horse in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby. The track will provide $1,000 win bets on each horse in the race and all contestants will watch the Derby together from the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle.Whichever horse wins, the contestant keeps all the money, including the $1,000 wager and the contestant will be assigned the Santa Anita Derby winner for the Kentucky Derby. If that horse goes on to win Racing’s Triple Crown, by sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, that lucky fan would win a $1 million jackpot.“We came very close to having a million dollar winner last year,” said Santa Anita Vice President, Marketing, Nate Newby. “Eddie Espinoza and his wife, Susan, selected California Chrome to win the Santa Anita Derby, which he did and then he obviously came very close to becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.“This contest generated tremendous excitement last year and we’re hoping it will again this year. We’ve got some outstanding horses that are pointing to our Derby and we have to be encouraged by the fact two out of the last three winners of the Santa Anita Derby went on to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we just encourage everyone to come early on April 4 and make sure they submit their entries before 2 p.m.”In addition to the $1,000 win wager April 4, Santa Anita will also provide a $7,500 win wager in the Kentucky Derby May 2 and if it wins, a $10,000 win wager in the Preakness Stakes May 16. If the horse wins both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, as California Chrome did last year, the contestant would be in-line for a $1 million jackpot with a win in the Belmont Stakes, to be run June 6.Santa Anita Derby Millionaire Contest participants must be present to win on April 4 and must be 18 years of age or older. Please visit santaanita.com for details. –30–last_img read more


first_imgA man is expected to appear in Carndonagh Court later today charged with burglary offences.The man was arrested by Gardai following a number of alleged incidents in the Termon area.It is understood that a number of holiday homes were broken into. The man was questioned by Gardai and is expected to appear in court this morning.MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT AFTER SPATE OF BURGLARIES was last modified: January 29th, 2014 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:arrestedburglariesCARNDONAGH DISTRICT COURTTermonlast_img read more

Homers don’t help A’s overcome poor start against Angels

first_imgANAHEIM — The Oakland A’s continued one trend on Thursday night, and came up considerably short with another.The A’s hit a pair of solo homers in the opener of the four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, but starting pitcher Tanner Anderson couldn’t get through the third inning, setting the stage for the 8-3 loss at Angel Stadium.Oakland starters had gone 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA in the previous 11 games, most recently getting six shutout innings from Daniel Mengden in a 2-0 win at the …last_img

The Importance of Inspiration, Drew Olanoff’s Qwotebook Goes Live

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Tags:#start#tips center_img When doing my research yesterday, I saw a tweet linking to Steve Duplessie’s most recent blog post on startup failures. “Launch now!” was part of the title, and as that seemed eminently quotable, I jotted it down as a prospective topic for a ReadWriteStart guide. Indeed, that is how quotations work. They are phrases that crystallize far more meaning and significance than just the sentence itself. And while Thomas Edison famously noted, “genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration,” we shouldn’t overlook the power of that 1% to move us forward.So admittedly, this post is only partially about “launching now.” It is less about a practical guide to getting a project off the ground quickly than it is about the quotations that inspire us as we get there.Drew Olanoff, of Twitter hashtag #blamecancer fame, officially launched his Qwotebook project yesterday. The site combines real time and historical quotations, allowing users to contribute, attribute, and share quotations – from themselves, from friends, as well as from famous people. Aiming to “socialize quotations,” Qwotebook takes the idea of “familiar quotations” off the bookshelf and out of the realm of the famous and the published, so that sayings overheard in a restaurant can be recorded alongside memorable movie lines, advice from your mom, and sayings from famous figures.The interface is quite simple, and Olanoff says more features are in the works, including better organization and sharing options. (Search would be nice.)One year ago, Olanoff was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Since then he has become one of the leading social media spokespeople for cancer awareness, most famously perhaps when he auctioned his original Twitter name to the TV comedian Drew Carey. Currently cancer-free, his experiences battling and surviving cancer have, not surprisingly, shaped all of Olanoff’s subsequent projects.Olanoff notes that while the Qwotebook idea “sat in my brain for 3 years, after chemo, I said ‘no more sitting.’” “If you have a dream, you do it. Period,” says Olanoff. “Time is limited, tomorrow is never promised.” This gives a whole other meaning, perhaps, to the importance of “launching now.”And although Thomas Edison would caution that the dream is only a part of what entrepreneurs need, inspiration is undoubtedly a crucial piece. Qwotebook is one place where the inspirational, the memorable, and the just plain silly can be recorded and shared. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas reconcile in emotional NBA TV special

first_imgKuzma, Lakers overcome Harden’s 51 to end Rockets’ streak Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas made amends and embraced on a special Players Only Monthy NBA TV special. Screenshot from NBA TV Twitter account.Time heals all wounds, and for NBA legends Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas, years of separation came to an end Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) when the two reconciled in an emotional Players Only Monthly special on NBA TV.“This has been a tremendous day,” said Johnson. “My wife, my mother, my father have been saying y’all need to get back together. So when everybody called, I said no question we’re going to do this. And just to sit across from you and relive those moments of fun, excellence, working hard, dreaming big.”ADVERTISEMENT ”You are my brother. Let me apologize to you if I hurt you—that we haven’t been together. God is good to bring us back together,” he said as the two shared an embrace, mending the fences on what was once a blooming friendship.“Let me apologize to you. If I hurt you. That we haven’t been together.”#PlayersOnlyMonthly pic.twitter.com/nDpfDfZek8FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 20, 2017 MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Johnson and Thomas were close friends in the 1980s but hit road blocks which tore them apart farther from each other.Johnson’s Lakers had a fierce rivalry with Thomas’ Detroit Pistons in the tailend of the decade, as the two teams met thrice in the NBA Finals.“When we got to the (1988 NBA) Finals, our relationship became very different. It was ok for us to be friends when we weren’t competing with the Lakers, but when we started competing with the Lakers, our friendship changed. I remember my son was born in ’88 during the NBA Finals and Magic wouldn’t even come to the hospital,” said Thomas in a previous interview with Sports Illustrated.Tensions continued to heat up when Thomas allegedly questioned Johnson’s sexuality, something which the latter expounded on the Jackie MacMullan book When the Game Was Ours. That led to Thomas being left out of the star-studded “Dream Team” which competed and won the gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.“Isiah killed his own chances when it came to the Olympics,” wrote Johnson on the book. “Nobody on that team wanted to play with him. I’m sad for Isiah. He has alienated so many people in his life, and he still doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand why he wasn’t chosen for that Olympic team and that’s really too bad. You should be aware when you’ve ticked off more than half of the NBA.”ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Thomas admitted that he felt “blindsided” by those comments in a previous report by Sports Illustrated.Despite the rift, Thomas kept Johnson in his heart and even went out of his way to persuade the players to let Johnson, who retired in 1991 after being diagnosed with HIV, to be included in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game.“They weren’t going to let Magic play in the All-Star Game,” he bared in the same Sports Illustrated article. “All the players were coming out (against him). You know how that all got turned around? I had a meeting with all of the players— because I was president of the players’ association—and I told them not only was he going to play, but we were going to shake his hand and give him a hug. And I was the first to shake his hand and hug him and give him a kiss, to let people know that’s not how the virus is spread.”Johnson and Thomas may have long been retired, but they have not left the game they love for good.Johnson is the current president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, while Thomas is currently serving as an analyst for NBA TV.last_img read more

An Equal Contest

first_imgTeam India celebrates after winning the match against Pakistan.My two favourites were India and Sri Lanka and that is exactly how it has panned out. Between the two sides, there is little to choose.The India-Pakistan game did not meet my expectations of a high scoring game, given India’s great batting line-up, especially after the initial onslaught by Virender Sehwag. Sachin Tendulkar looked all set to record his 100th century but it was not to be. India played as well as I’ve seen them play before. Pakistan must regret the catches they dropped off the best batsman in the world. I thought 260 was plenty on a pitch that was affording turn as well as reverse swing. Pakistan has relied too heavily on its middle order but they are a batsman short. Ashish Nehra bowled his reverse swinging deliveries well and was ably supported in the field. None of the bowlers, in fact, had a bad day. They fielded better than Pakistan and it was great to see the extra effort put in by everybody. It was a complete team performance. For Pakistan, although I would have liked them to take that powerplay when Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq were batting and couldn’t understand why that wasn’t done, they have had a fantastic tournament, losing only two games in the process.The India-Australia quarterfinal at Ahmedabad was India’s best game of the tournament. For the first time, they were professional in all three departments, whereas in the past few games, they had come good in one or two but not all three. The bowling was excellent. To restrict Australia to 260 was the first major advantage. The standard of fielding was many notches higher. Suresh Raina provided the energy in the field. To me there were just two negatives in the game. One, Harbhajan is bowling a little bit too quickly and when the batsmen go after him, he relies on his ‘dart’ ball down the leg side, which is more often a wide than a wicket-taking ball. He can take a page out of Daniel Vettori’s and Mohammad Hafeez’s book by slowing it down a bit and allowing the ball to spin a bit. Another negative has got to be Munaf Patel. He doesn’t bat and he doesn’t field. So he has to make his 10 overs count for his side. He needs to get fired up.advertisementThe tone of the England-Sri Lanka game was set from the beginning. Andrew Strauss and company found it difficult to take the attack to the Sri Lankan spinners on a pitch where the ball stayed low and slow and the ball wasn’t coming onto the bat as they would have wanted. The Sri Lankan bowlers are wicket takers and one cannot hang around and hope to get runs against them. You have to attack them, which England’s batsmen were unable to do. Though the score England put up was a fighting one, all credit must go to Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga for not giving away their wickets.Sri Lanka has performed well in all three departments in every game of this World Cup. They have genuine wicket-taking bowlers in Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga. They are well-led by Kumar Sangakkara, who has used his bowlers well. They pick a brave side-their batsmen get the runs, and their bowlers get the wickets. The scenes at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo after the win were incredible. It was also a very emotional night. I have had a few clashes with Murali in my career but I had a tear in my eye when I saw him being carried over the ground by his teammates after playing his last one day game in his country which he has served so well and for so long.Good luck, gentlemen.- Nasser Hussain is a former captain of the England cricket team. Syndicated by Sporting Excellencelast_img read more