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  • SMC receives endowment to fund grants

    first_imgThe Katherine Terry Dooley ’28 Endowment, a fund initiated by the family of a Saint Mary’s College graduate who felt passionately about justice issues, supports social justice-themed projects proposed by the College’s students, philosophy professor Adrienne Lyles-Chockley said.“The Dooley Fund was created to support innovative projects by Saint Mary’s students that address issues of peace and justice and involve the broader campus community,” Lyles-Chockley said. “[It] aims to encourage and support women in developing their intellectual vigor, promoting the essential dignity of each human and cultivating their social responsibility.”The grants enable students with a passion for social justice to develop responses to social problems, Lyles-Chockley said.“We are looking for projects that are able to clearly articulate social injustice and provide thoughtful, original ideas for combating injustice,” she said. “Students are encouraged to reflect on the systemic causes of injustice and be able to clearly articulate project ideas designed to promote social justice.”In the past, the fund has initiated the development of community projects in South Bend, including a creative writing workshop with the homeless and the development of campus programs focused on inequalities in local education systems, Lyles-Chockley said.“Social justice is a normative concept and ideal that includes fairness, equity, responsibility and integrity. …  It is also very closely related to human rights, human dignity and social welfare,” she said. “The Dooley [Grant program] aims to empower students to explore these concepts and to incorporate awareness and action in the wider community.”The College’s Justice Education program funds the grant and aims to use spiritual, moral and intellectual contexts when analyzing social problems, Lyles-Chockley said.“The mission of the Justice Education Program is to empower Saint Mary’s students to make the world a more just and peaceful place,” she said. “By teaching students to think in systemic and comprehensive ways, the program enables students to understand, analyze and reflect on the experiences of the marginalized and disenfranchised.”Empowerment is also a theme of the Dooley Grant program. It allows students to become more aware of issues in the community while developing means to address the injustices, Lyles-Chockley said.“The Dooley Grant program gives students an opportunity to explore their social justice-related interests and deepen their engagement in the community,” she said. “It also gives students a means for examining the root causes of social problems and developing their own responses to those problems.” Tags: SMC, Social justice, The Dooley Endowmentlast_img read more

  • The King and I’s Kelli O’Hara & Hoon Lee Are Taking Your Questions

    first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Related Shows View Comments The King and I Tony winner Kelli O’Hara and her newest leading man, Hoon Lee, are ready for you to get to know all about them. The pair star in the lush revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theate, but they are taking time out of their busy schedules to come to to answer your questions. So what do you want to know about the worm, Splinter, quick changes…et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Ask away!<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>last_img read more

  • Exclusive! Watch Victoria Clark & Judy Kaye Perform from Sousatzka

    first_img View Comments Star Files Judy Kaye This is more than talent; this is genius! As previously reported, a musical adaptation of Bernice Rubens’ Madame Sousatzka has its eyes on the Great White Way for a bow in October 2017. Sousatzka will star Tony winner Victoria Clark, Tony winner Judy Kaye, Tony nominee Montego Glover and newcomer Jordan Barrow. The tuner, backed by notorious producer Garth Drabinsky, will premiere at Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre on February 25, 2017 and officially open on March 23. Directed by Adrian Noble, Sousatzka is set in London, England in 1982 and tells the story of a young musical prodigy torn between two powerful women from vastly different worlds: his mother, a political refugee and his piano teacher, a brilliant eccentric with a shattered past. Clark and Kaye perform the heartbreakingly beautiful “Let Go” in the exclusive video below. Get the tissues ready, and watch these fantastically talented ladies saaaang! Victoria Clark, Garth Drabinsky, Montego Glover & Judy Kaye(Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann)last_img read more

  • Organic Risk

    first_img E.coli O157:H7 “In many cases, ‘organic’ means the foods were grown with animal manures instead of chemical fertilizers,” said Paul Guillebeau, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Animal manure is the primary reservoir for a virulent strain of E. coli.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed nearly 2,500 cases of E. coli 0157:H7 in 1996. The CDC reported 250 deaths. While organic foods made up only 1 percent of the U.S. food supply, they were implicated in 8 percent of the E. coli cases. Organic foods are also more likely to be contaminated with fungal toxins like aflatoxin, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Unpasteurized milk and juices are more likely to be contaminated with bacteria. “Organic producers may make problems worse because they often don’t use chlorinated water or other disinfectants before selling their products,” Guillebeau said. “I’m not condemning organic foods,” he said. “The risks from pesticides may be reduced by consuming organically grown products. I just want people to realize that organic production doesn’t eliminate food risks. It increases some risks.” Not all organic foods are grown with manure, said Cynthia Hizer. She is one of many organic growers who sells produce at the Morningside Farmers Market, an open-air market in Atlanta. “Many organic farmers fertilize crops with ‘green manure,’ which is plant matter, as opposed to animal manure,” Hizer said. “We all compost our manure in a heap where it is heated to a temperature that should kill most pathogens. We don’t put it raw on the fields.” Hizer, who grew up on a farm in Indiana, supports organic farming for several reasons. “You’re building the soil and putting life back into the soil with organics,” she said. “That adds vitality to the plants that are grown in it and more flavor in the food.” Food safety experts with the UGA Extension Service say it’s not really how the food is grown that counts most. It’s how safely you handle it in your own kitchen. “There is a risk of E.coli with any food,” said Connie Crawley, an extension food safety and nutrition specialist. “It’s hard to trace the source of the contamination.” The study on E. coli in organic foods, she said, “just emphasizes that you should always wash any produce thoroughly in water.” Crawley agrees that the grower plays a role in food safety. But she sees the grower’s role as minimal. “Most organic farmers who are in it for their main business are aware of the risk,” she said. “They take great care to reduce the risks.” The best place to avoid the risk of E.coli, she said, is between the market and the dinner plate. She offers this advice: Keep produce clean and stored appropriately. Keep your kitchen and storage area clean. Wash your hands and utensils before preparing foods. Think about how the food grows. If it grows up through the ground and has crevices, like lettuce or onions, wash it more thoroughly. In the ongoing debate over how safe the U.S. food supply really is, a new study shows getting back to nature may not be the answer. Some experts believe organic foods may be riskier than conventionally grown foods because of potential contamination with E. coli, says a University of Georgia scientist.center_img “There is no totally sterile food,” Crawley said. “Someone who hasn’t washed his hands can walk into a grocery store, pick up some produce and contaminate it. If you’re going to eat raw food, you have to be aware.”last_img read more

  • Growing Cauliflower

    first_imgMove over kale, cauliflower is the new king of the cruciferous vegetables.Popping up on menus, in food magazines and soon at farmers markets, cauliflower is set to become 2015’s ‘it’ vegetable. Sushi, pizza crust, Alfredo sauce, sloppy Joes and fried rice are just some of the foodstuffs people are making with cauliflower. While Georgians might not associate cauliflower with their Southern gardens, the early spring crop can be grown in Georgia with patience and time, said Robert Westerfield, a consumer horticulturist with University of Georgia Extension. Picking a VarietyThe first step is selecting which variety to plant, Westerfield said. Cauliflower comes in four colors—purple, white, green and orange—and two floret shapes—standard and spiraled. In order for cauliflower to develop the best color and flavor, some varieties need to be blanched, or have a layer of leaves tied around the head when the cauliflower is about the size of a baseball. In some self-blanching varieties, the leaves naturally grow around the head, protecting the cauliflower from the sun. Varieties that grow well in Georgia include:Snow Crown—White, 50 days to harvest and must be tiedImperial—White, 60 days to harvest and must be tiedCheddar—Orange, 68 days to harvest and self-blanchingGraffiti—Purple, 75 days to harvest and self-blanchingVeronica Romanesco—Green (spirals), 80 days to harvest and self-blanching Preparing the SeedlingsCauliflower should be planted as seedlings in March or, for a fall crop, in September or October. Seedlings can be grown or purchased from a local garden store. If growing seedlings, allow four to six weeks for them to sprout before moving them outside. Whether or not you purchase or grow seedlings, it is important to “harden them off” before they are moved outside. “Leave them outside for a few hours every day for three days. Leave them out overnight on the third day,” Westerfield said. They are then ready to withstand the outside temperature and go into the ground. PlantingWesterfield recommends planting a few cauliflower seedlings every week to lengthen harvest time. Planting all of the cauliflower at once means they will be ready for harvest at the same time. Cauliflower grows best in rich soil, so organic matter should be mixed in with heavy or clay soils for best results. The ideal soil pH for growing cauliflower is between 6.5 and 6.8. If you cannot test the soil pH, 1.5 to 2 pounds of 5-10-5 fertilizer should be applied per 50 square feet of garden area. After the initial fertilization, 1 pound of 5-10-5 fertilizer should be applied monthly every 50 square feet. Cauliflower needs at least six to eight hours of sunlight daily, so make sure to plant seedlings in a sunny area. Till the bed to a depth of 6 to 10 inches, incorporating 4 inches of good organic matter into the mix. Seedlings should be planted in rows 18 to 24 inches apart, with 24 inches between rows. Plants should be watered daily for their first week outside, then every four to five days as needed. Harvesting, Storing and PreparingHarvest the heads when they are between 6 and 8 inches in diameter. Cut at the base using a sharp knife. Once harvested, cauliflower stays fresh for up to a week in the fridge, or longer if blanched and frozen. Cauliflower’s texture makes it an ideal replacement for meat and starches in recipes. It tastes great and is high in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and fiber. For adventurous gardeners, cauliflower can be a rewarding new addition to the garden and can lead to many fun culinary experiments. For more information about vegetable gardening in Georgia visit (Josie Krogh is a student writer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

  • Hincapie Gran Fondo in Greenville, S.C., October 25

    first_imgThe third annual Gran Fondo Hincapie is set for October 25, 2014, at Hotel Domestique — just outside of Greenville in South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Foothills.Chosen by Bicycling Magazine readers as a 2014 “Celebrity Ride Bucket List” event, Gran Fondo Hincapie traverses roads George Hincapie covered countless miles training on throughout his career. Participants will ride alongside the legendary cyclist as well as other pro racing stars of the past, present and future including the HIncapie Sportswear Development team and sponsored triathletes. Proceeds will benefit three Greenville-area charities including Meals on Wheels.Fondo riders have three routes to choose from varying in length and difficulty:• Gran, an 80-mile test of endurance with more than 7,000 feet of climbing• Medio, a 50-mile, slightly shortened version of the Gran with picturesque views• Piccolo, a 15-mile challenge that offers a more leisurely option through the rolling foothills• For those looking for spirited competition, the fastest men’s and women’s riders up the Gran route’s timed segments will earn King of the Mountain honorsAll Gran route participants will receive a custom, commemorative Hincapie Sportsear jersey. Cyclists wanting a true VIP experience can book a Platinum Package, which includes three days of recon rides with George, followed by daily massages. The Platinum Package includes all meals plus lodging at Hotel Domestique.Continuing the Hincapie’s dedication to aspiring young cyclists, registration is free for juniors 16 and under. There’s also a kid’s route, open to young cyclists wanting to take part in the excitement of the Gran Fondo.More than just a ride, the Fondo’s festival atmosphere offers fun for the whole family, with kid’s races, fun runs, exhibitors and a large selection of food vendors and entertainment throughout the day.The Hincapie Gran Fondo is sponsored by Hincapie Sportswear, Greenville Health System, WD-40 Bike, Fleetwood RV, Freightliner, HED, Bonk Breaker, GU, Carmichael Training Systems, Hotel Domestique, Restaurant 17, Bicycling Magazine, New Belgium Brewing, T Edwards Wines, Papa John’s and Pepsi.last_img read more

  • From zeros to credit union heroes

    first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details All employees aren’t created equal. Some are fantastic and some leave a lot to be desired. So how do you turn the latter into the former? Here are three tips for turning today’s zeros into tomorrow’s heroes…Make sure they know you want them to succeed: Ever heard of the “looking-glass self”? Some people see themselves as the version of themselves that they think others see. So if they think you think they’re less than great, they’ll see themselves in that way. If you want an employee to improve, make sure you’re encouraging and motivating anytime you’re talking to any of your employees.Stay aware: Keep a pulse on things. Don’t lose touch of what’s going on. Be ready to help when you feel it’s needed. Remember, you can keep an eye on things without being a micromanager or smothering your team’s creativity.Know the limit: You never want to fire anyone (especially if they’re really trying…) but you have to know when enough is enough. It’s never fun to let someone go, but it may be necessary. Sometimes the only way to improve your team is to trim the fat.last_img read more

  • Govt says rapid COVID-19 testing kits can return results in two minutes

    first_imgMedical officers started rapid COVID-19 tests on Friday, focusing on areas at risk of widespread contagion, he said, adding that the initial wave of tests would be for around 600,000 people across the country who had contact with people found to have COVID-19.The first tests were performed in South Jakarta on Friday, according to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, as contact tracing carried out by authorities found that the area was at high risk for the disease.Jokowi recently ordered his aides to conduct nationwide rapid tests to expedite detection as not many people could undergo regular tests due to the limited number of laboratories. Indonesia has recorded the highest death toll from the disease of all ASEAN nations, with 32 fatalities to date.Read also: Indonesia starts rapid tests, imports medicines to ‘cure’ COVID-19, Jokowi says The archipelago recorded a total of 369 cases as of Friday, and the disease had spread to 17 out of the country’s 34 provinces.Indonesia hopes to distribute 1 million rapid testing kits nationwide in the upcoming days, Yurianto said. The government received 2,000 testing kits on Friday and was set to obtain 100,000 more on Saturday.Despite the ability to provide faster results, rapid testing kits cannot provide the “strong” results of the regular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests as they are not able to determine the severity of the infection.Yurianto, therefore, reminded the public that the tests were supposed to only confirm the infections and that they should not react excessively once the results were out.“Not all people who test positive should seek advanced medical treatment at hospitals. If their results are positive after taking the test but they are asymptomatic, we will ask them to self-isolate at home,” Yurianto said.“However, if people experience mild symptoms of the disease, we might ask them to reconfirm the result by taking the regular PCR test.” (glh)Topics : The Indonesian government says COVID-19 rapid testing kits can return results in about two minutes. Authorities expect the kits will significantly speed up efforts to detect and contain COVID-19 in the country.Health Ministry disease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto said on Friday that the results would come quickly as the tests used only blood serum, and medical workers would perform short reaction tests to see whether someone had the virus.“Medical officers will take a few drops of blood from the person and put them into a testing kit for examination. The results will be out in about two minutes,” Yurianto said.last_img read more

  • First phase of TGV Est approved

    first_imgFRENCH Prime Minister Alain Juppé announced on December 23 that construction of the first phase of the long-planned TGV Est project will start in 1998. With the declaration of public utility agreed in May 1996, the way is now clear for SNCF to proceed with detailed design and land acquisitions.Although land will be purchased for the entire 406 km alignment, work is only approved for the first phase covering the 270 km from Vaires-sur-Marne in the eastern suburbs of Paris to Vandières, south of Metz on the main line to Nancy.Juppé said that completion of the first phase will permit a Paris – Strasbourg timing of 2h 30min, with Reims reached in 45min and Metz and Nancy in less than 1h 30min. The alignment will permit TGVs to run at 350 or 360 km/h, which would permit Strasbourg to be reached in 2h or less if the section between Vandières and Vendenheim outside Strasbourg is completed later. No dates have been set for this work, nor indeed for completion of Phase 1, although this is likely to be in 2004.Also approved is electrification at 25 kV 50Hz of the lines in the Vosges from Blainville to Remiremont and Lunéville to St Dié, and upgrading of the 7 km from Strasbourg to Kehl, including a second bridge over the Rhine at Kehl.Cost will be Fr26·8bn, of which about Fr3·5bn will come from local authorities – the transport ministry says that ’a very important financial effort’ will be needed by the state. Rolling stock is expected to cost a further Fr6bn.Traffic is expected to reach 15·5 million passengers a year, over 3 million of whom will be making international trips. oTGV Est:last_img read more

  • NYC holds general assembly this weekend

    first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! The National Youth Council is getting set hold its General Assembly this weekend.The event which is carded for the Grand Bay Primary School from 10:am on Saturday is expected highlight the president’s address for 2009-11.Elections of the National Executive for the next two years will also be on the agenda.The current President Mr. Delroy Williams has held this postition since August 2008. He replaced Mr. Kelvar Darroux who is now the Parliamentary Representative for the St. Joseph Constituency.Mr. Williams confirmed to Dominica Vibes News that he intends to challenge his position and will indicate what his plans are during his president report at the general assembly.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews NYC holds general assembly this weekend by: – July 15, 2011center_img 7 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more