Saint Mary’s faculty and students reflected on last summer’s Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Women’s Leadership for international undergraduate women during an informational panel Wednesday evening in the Warner Conference Room of the Student Center. Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, recalled the SUSI application process and the joy of hearing the College had been accepted. “We thought it was a very perfect fit with some Saint Mary’s strengths so we decided, let’s give it a try,” Meyer-Lee said. “We pulled it all together and we were selected to host the [program] we had applied for, which was to bring four women each from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Myanmar and Mongolia.” Meyer-Lee noted that most of these countries had been in a great transition during the time the program was beginning. “They were clearly identifying countries that were at sort of transformative points,” Meyer-Lee said. “There is a lot of literature out there about how important women’s leadership is and social change and they wanted to create this opportunity.” Once selected for the Institute, the College built in a role for Saint Mary’s students within the program. “We included the students originally as participants, then changed it to a mentor and participant role,” Meyer-Lee said. “We brought on 10 students to do this and they participated side-by-side with the [international] students; they lived in the dorm with them, and they went through all of the classes and communal activities for a very intense five weeks.” Meyer-Lee said students spent the first four weeks on the Saint Mary’s campus, where they were able to travel to local areas. The final week was spent traveling to the East Coast where the students were able to visit Niagara Falls, upstate New York, Boston, New York City and Washington. Meyer-Lee then introduced senior Ambreen Ahmad, a student who participated in the program last summer. Ahmad lived in a quad in Regina Hall with three participants, all from different countries including Mongolia, Myanmar and Tunisia. “This summer was a really great experience. This is definitely a great experience for anyone who is interested in political science, business, communication and social justice because it really allows you to learn and communicate with people from all around the world,” Ahmad said. “I actually learned a lot from the perspective of these girls, who are really accomplished and are only our age.” Ahmad noted how inspiring and interesting the program was for her because it allowed her to see the perspective of the young women from different countries aside from everything our society learns from the media. “It really helps in establishing and enhancing intercultural relationships because, no matter what you end up doing in your life, everything is so much more of global context and it really helps for you to learn to communicate with people who have different backgrounds,” she said. “Being able to build bridges between [the differences] is a great thing.” Ahmad added that she, along with the other students and participants from the program keep in contact through Facebook. “Almost every day someone is posting something on it,” she said. “Learning from these women what is happening in their respective countries really gives us a firsthand account from them. I think just having a connection with people from [different countries] makes you learn more about it that you may have never done on your own.” For Ahmad, living with the participants and getting to know them on a more personal level was the best outcome she received from the experience, she said. “Living in a quad gave me the most roommates I ever had,” she said. “To me, living with them was the greatest part of it. That gave me the opportunity to hear their perspective on Americans and in some ways debunk them. Being that firsthand person to explain Americans to them was really good.”
It’s time to dig deep! Full casting has been revealed for the much-buzzed about one-night-only concert presentation of Bombshell. Smash alums Jeremy Jordan, Brian d’Arcy James (Something Rotten), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton) and more will join the company for the event benefitting The Actors Fund. The show is set to take place on June 8 at the Minskoff Theatre.Joining Jordan, d’Arcy James, Odom, Jr. and the previously announced Christian Borle, Will Chase, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee and Debra Messing, will be Jaime Cepero, Ann Harada, Donna McKechnie and Wesley Taylor.The ensemble will include Yesenia Ayala, Ioana Alfonso, Emily Bindiger, Colin Bradbury, Benjamin Chavez, Dennis Collins, Neal Coomer, Alexa De Barr, Josh Franklin, Karla Garcia, Mary Gatchell, Alex Gibson, Tyrone Jackson, Reed Kelly, Jenny LaRoche, Marty Lawson, Carolyn Leonhart, Karen Lloyd, Michael McArthur, Paul McGill, Chase Madigan, Kevin Osborne, Nicole Prothro, Lillie Ricciardi, Eugene Ruffolo, Michael Ruocco, Sarah Tolar, Jessica Walker, Katie Webber, Tatiana Wechsler and Sam Zack. All cast members appear subject to availability.Bombshell was the Marilyn Monroe musical created in NBC’s series Smash. The June 8 event will feature music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and direction by Joshua Bergasse and Wittman. View Comments
It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Clips of the Week! This being the first full week of August, its seemed appropriate to have a water themed entry, so we have fly fishing Shenandoah, tubing, kayaking, and EXTREME kayaking for you, along with an important message form Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy, and remember, if you have a video you want featured in clips of the week, leave a comment or email email@example.com.Our favorite outdoor videos of the week that was:1. Beautiful BrookiesWe’ll kick off this week with a gorgeous little vid from our friends at Two Fisted Heart Productions (you may remember them from the tidal Potomac doc in the F3T, Urban Lines). The message is simple, you can always go home again…to fish, and features some awesome shots of wild Shenandoah National Park brook trout leaving the water in pursuit of yellow sallies. This is what small stream trout fishing is all about.The Way It Began from TwoFisted Heart Productions on Vimeo.2. Watauga WhitewaterWant to know what running the Watauga in a kayak at 240 cfs is like? Here you go.3. Ozone Falls First DescentThis is a little old – it’s from January – but we just came across it this week. This vid features the first descent of 100+ foot Ozone Falls in Cumberland County, Tennessee, by Pat Keller and was scouted and shot by BRO contributor Chris Gratgmans. The video’s title, and GrindTV.com post have the hilarious title of “Kayaker Survives 100 Foot Drop…” like he went over the falls by accident. You can read the full story of the descent in Canoe & Kayak magazine.4. Tubing Never Looked So GoodHere is a short little ode to tubing on Deep Creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Looks like a blast.5. Writing, and Carving, on the WallThis is a semi-public service announcement from Great Smoky Mountains National Park addressing graffiti and vandalism of historic buildings on park grounds. This has special relevance this week as several monuments around the East, including Washington D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial, National Cathedral, and Smithsonian, and a statue of Jackie Robinson in New York. Vandalism in National Parks is on the rise across the nation, which is both baffling and infuriating.
14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in a key Fair Housing Act case that Miami has standing to claim in court that it was harmed by the discriminatory lending practices of banks—but it must meet a high standard of proof to establish causation.The 5-3 ruling found that Miami’s damages—including diminished property taxes and higher costs of city services—fell within the “zone of interest” of the housing law.Justice Stephen Breyer, writing for the majority and emphasizing longstanding court precedents, wrote, “We hold that the City’s claimed injuries fall within the zone of interests that the FHA arguably protects. Hence, the City is an ‘aggrieved person’ able to bring suit under the statute.”But the decision in the consolidated cases of Bank of America v. City of Miami and Wells Fargo & Co. v. City of Miami was not a total win for Miami. Breyer said plaintiffs in a suit like Miami’s must prove more than just the foreseeability of the injuries to establish a causal relationship between the banks’ actions and the harms suffered by the city. The court remanded the case back to the Eleventh Circuit, which ruled in favor of the city. continue reading »
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Advertisement Luke Shaw was struggling to come to terms with Manchester United’s defeat (Picture: Getty)Luke Shaw and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held ‘frank and open talks’ after the defender felt he was to blame for Manchester United’s FA Cup exit to Wolves, according to reports.The defender failed to deal with a long clearance from Wolves in the build-up to their second goal at Molineux, which made Marcus Rashford’s injury time goal a mere consolation.Shaw has been first choice since the 46-year-old replaced Jose Mourinho and enjoys a friendly relationship with the Norwegian.However, the Sun claim the pair had a ‘frank’ discussion after the defeat at Molineux as Shaw was struggling to come to terms with the loss.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Mar 2019 2:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link342Shares Solskjaer showed his support for Shaw (Picture: Getty)Shaw is said to feel to blame for the defeat and feels the defence as a whole underperformed on a difficult night in the west country.AdvertisementAdvertisementSolskjaer assured Shaw that the defeat was not his fault and that the club still had plenty to play for in the remainder of the season.The Red Devils are outside the Champions League positions and will be hoping at least one of Arsenal and Tottenham can slip-up during the run-in.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsUnited also face Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.Solskjaer will be hoping Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial can return to fitness in time for their clash against Watford on Saturday.Jesse Lingard should be fit but there are doubts about Nemanja Matic and Shaw.MORE: Neville reveals the four Manchester United signings he’d love Solskjaer to make this summer Comment Ole Gunnar Solskjaer holds ‘frank’ talks with Luke Shaw after Manchester United’s FA Cup exit
Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Froniga Riani and her two children Sienna, 12, and Hunter, 10, at their Paradise Point home. Pic: Jerad Williams Paradise Point recorded the third highest median house price growth in the year to March.IT was a case of love at first site for Froniga Riani when she moved to Paradise Point.Heralding from Melbourne, the mother of two briefly lived with her sister further south before extensive research lead her to the northern waterfront suburb.Ultimately it was the schools that drove Ms Riani to the area but now she home schools her daughter Sienna, 12, and son Hunter, 10.“When I came to Paradise Point I just fell in love,” she said.“We were renting in the “duck streets” first — they all have different duck names.”She bought her waterfront house on O’Grady Drive two years ago and has embraced the community since then. The home has five bedrooms and four bathrooms. MORE NEWS: String of properties sell in days The family have lived in the property for about two years.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We love it here because it’s a village,” she said.“You’re close to whatever you need to be close to — you can get to the highway easily and Surfers Paradise easily.”She recently listed her house on the market in the hope of moving to an acreage property, but she said it was a tough decision to leave.“It’s hard because it’s such a beautiful place,” she said.New data revealed in the REIQ’s Quarterly Market Monitor report, released today, shows Paradise Point recorded the third highest median house price growth in the year to March.Ms Riani said it wasn’t surprising given all it had to offer, an opinion her marketing agent Alex Phillis echoed.“People are buying there because it’s private and safe,” said Mr Phillis, director of self-titled agency.“It’s got that community atmosphere still.”He believed prices would continue to increase in Paradise Point, particularly with many interstate buyers looking to the area. MORE NEWS: Is first homebuyer 5pc deposit for real?
Fourth largest oil field in the world The Upper Zakum oil field, located offshore Abu Dhabi, is the second largest offshore oil field and the fourth largest oil field in the world. Oil was first discovered in 1963 and ADNOC took the decision, at its own risk, to develop the field, in 1977. Subsequently, in 1978, JODCO, a wholly-owned Inpex subsidiary, partnered with ADNOC in developing the field, followed by Exxon, in 2006. In the same year, the Upper Zakum joint venture partners began studying options to increase production capacity from 500,000 barrels per day to 750,000 barrels per day, eventually pursuing the plan to use an innovative artificial island-based development combined with extended-reach drilling technology to increase recovery and minimize infrastructure.“This agreement represents a new milestone for Abu Dhabi’s oil production and demonstrates ExxonMobil’s long-term commitment and partnership with the UAE,” Woods said. “We look forward to continuing our successful efforts to increase production capacity from Upper Zakum. By leveraging the strengths of the Upper Zakum joint venture partners, we are able to maximize the value of available resources.”Kitamura said: “This outcome, in part, is a testament to the unwavering long-term partnership that Inpex has built and maintained with Abu Dhabi, as well as Inpex’s commitment to the development of the Upper Zakum oil field since 1978. I am confident this plan will contribute to the energy security of Japan and prove to be beneficial for all stakeholders for many years to come.”The megaproject involved the construction of four artificial islands in shallow water to create what is effectively an onshore environment in the offshore field. Unlike the initial Upper Zakum development, which comprises around 450 wells and more than 90 platforms, the islands provide a large enough footprint to accommodate drilling rigs and house drilling and production equipment and personnel centrally in offices and living quarters, at lower cost and with enhanced safety and comfort for workers. The ongoing costs associated with platform jacket maintenance and satellites are eliminated. The development will continue to use extended-reach drilling and completion technologies that have proven effective in increasing offshore production.Extended-reach drilling is about tapping into reservoirs from a distance, drilling first vertically, then drilling at high angle to access the reservoir target and finally drilling horizontally in the reservoir section to maximize reservoir access and recovery. Through extended-reach drilling, the man-made islands at Upper Zakum avoid the need for additional platforms with costly offshore operations, and instead enable cheaper land-based drilling operations. Extended-reach drilling adds further value to drilling operations by reducing the need for costly subsea equipment and pipelines.The development will also utilize reservoir characterization and modelling techniques, as well as modularly expanding existing infrastructure and facilities to maximize capital efficiency and lower costs. ADNOC and its partners have applied uncertainty modelling in the development of the Upper Zakum offshore oil fields, in challenging carbonate geological conditions, to prepare the ground for optimal value creation in the long term.In recent years, the Upper Zakum development has set several drilling records in the UAE, including the longest well at 35,800 feet measured depth. Extended-reach drilling Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), ExxonMobil, and Japan’s Inpex have made an agreement to increase production capacity from the Upper Zakum oil field to one million barrels per day by 2024.The agreement was announced on Tuesday on the side lines of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) and affirmed at a ceremony attended by Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chief Executive Officer of ADNOC Group, Darren W. Woods, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation, and Toshiaki Kitamura, President and Chief Executive Officer of Inpex. Under the agreement, ExxonMobil and Inpex have been granted a ten-year extension for the concession, which was due to expire on December 31, 2041, until December 31, 2051.Dr. Al Jaber said: “ExxonMobil and Inpex, alongside our other partners, have played an important role in the development of our oil and gas assets. This agreement is another milestone in our efforts to forge partnerships that bring technology, expertise and capital aimed at delivering greater economic value and levels of recovery from our resources.“As we continue our transformation into a more commercially driven and performance led oil and gas company, we are focused on securing partnerships to allow us to unlock and maximize value and secure market access. In the upstream, we are adapting to the evolving market environment by driving down production costs and increasing our crude oil production capacity. We are also focusing on the application of value add and innovative technologies and are leveraging big data to drive efficiencies and optimize production.”
The new measure, which came into effecton Feb. 7, for border control checkpoints in Sitio Bacolod-Caticlan,Dumlog, and Union (Nabas)-Caticlan, and the Caticlan port for travellersof motorized pump boats from Romblon and roll-on roll-off vessels fromMindoro and Batangas as a precautionary move against COVID-19. “Titingnannatin ang lifting ng bordercheckpoints sa Feb. 15 or 16, mga 14 days mula Jan. 31 directive niPresident Rodrigo Duterte. Ditona sa Caticlan port anginspection bago makarating saBoracay ang mga visitors ayon sa pag-uusap namin ni Governor (FlorencioMiraflores),”the acting mayor added. Acting town mayor Frolibar Bautista saidthe lifting, however, would entail stringent health screenings atthe Caticlan port for tourists entering Boracay. Last week, Bautista issued ExecutiveOrder (EO) No. 4, which temporarily bars the entry to Malay and Boracay Islandof any persons, regardless of nationality, who travelled to China andits special administrative regions for the past 14 days. The local task force also reported atleast 65 persons under monitoring in Boracay Island as of Feb.11. These are tourists who travelled to the country before the lockdown imposed bythe national government. (With a reportfrom Akean Forum/PN) “Mahigpitang pagbabantay natin na hindi makapasok sila sa Caticlan. Pag-aaralan din natin ang mga galingTaiwan dahil sa EO No. 4 hindi included ang Taiwan,” Bautista said. Police officers flag down this vehicle at a border control checkpoint in Malay, Aklan. The local government unit put up checkpoints in strategic parts of the town to lessen the risk of spreading the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). MALAY PNP Bautista said45 Chinese tourists tried to enter a border checkpoint inbarangay Caticlan on February 11, but they were denied by the task force. Bautista said Boracay is safewith no reported persons under investigation (PUIs) as wellas no cases of coronavirus. However, the acting mayor admittedthe deadly outbreak in China would impact the tourism industry ofBoracay Island. Transiting tourists were‘intercepted’ in border control checkpoints by Malay task force anti-COVID-19after learning they had travel history to China, Hong Kong andMacau. “Malakiang impact dahil saChinese market. Mga 40 percent ang nawala natourist arrivals sa Boracaydahil sa coronavirus,”he added. BORACAY – The local government unit ofMalay, Aklan considers lifting of border control checkpoints imposed tolessen the risk of spreading the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19). Local police and health authorities manningthe border control checkpoints required travellers to present theirpassports to identify travel history, and to see whether they have symptoms ofcoronavirus.
Dusty Baker has one of the best records as a big league manager. However, his history has been that he brings a team into contention but just can’t take them all the way. I haven’t heard much grumbling yet to change managers. If the Reds finish as low as third this year, you begin to wonder if Dusty has met his Waterloo in Cincinnati. It would be a shame, because for the most part, he has done a great job keeping the Reds among the elite in baseball He did the same in Chicago, and except for the infamous left field fan interference, he would have had the Cubs in the World Series. Last year at Cincinnati he had the 2-0 lead against the Giants and the team totally collapsed at home. The Giants went on to win the World Series. Even though Cincinnati management seems to be less impulsive than some other organizations, you wonder if Dusty can survive if the Reds do not make the World Series. No one seems to care, but the Reds have had a lot of injuries this year. They were picked to win big in the National League, and unless they get very hot the last six weeks, the wolves may start to howl. We will know in the next few weeks. If they win big and make the playoffs, the month of July will be forgotten quickly.