Winter Wonderland helps students destress, invites in South Bend community

first_imgEvery year leading up to winter break and finals week, the Student Activities Board (SAB) at Saint Mary’s hosts an event for children in the community and students to destress. Club president and senior Emma Freund helped make this year’s event possible.“Winter Wonderland is one of SAB’s longest-standing events,” Freund said. “I’ve helped plan it during all four years of my time on SAB, and I’m sure it will go on for many years after I graduate.”The event took place Saturday in the Reignbeaux Lounge. From 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., children from the community gathered for crafts, snacks and a visit from Santa. The second half of the event, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., was intended for the Saint Mary’s students, and included crafts, giveaways and a gingerbread house-building contest.“This event was created to help students celebrate the holidays during the stressful end of the semester,” Freund said. “It’s always been SAB’s goal to create events where students can take a break to come enjoy some good food and quality time with friends. This is also the only event involving the South Bend community, so it is especially important for us to put in the work necessary to make it a wonderful event for the children.”This year, around 150 children and over 300 Saint Mary’s students attended the event. Organizers had 300 hats to give away — and there were no left overs.Setting up an event of this scale is not easy, Freund said.“Winter Wonderland is such a significant event for SAB, and it wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and hard work of every single one of our board members,” Freund said.One of the board members, co-executive and junior Grace Nolan, helped with selecting the snacks and organizing the giveaways.“We have been planning this event since Oktoberfest was over,” Nolan said. “So, we have been planning it for about the past seven weeks. However, it really only took us a week or two to get the food and giveaways ordered.”Sophomore Lindsey Herdsman attended the event for her first time with her roommate and friends.“The main reason I originally wanted to go was for the free hat and the food, which was Chick-fil-A,” Herdsman said.Given all the activities available, Herdsman and her friends found that they stayed for much longer than they planned.“Once I was there, I made decorated ornaments and ate some candy canes,” Herdsman said. “It was such a fun event, and really got me in the Christmas spirit. I would definitely want to go again next year.”Tags: christmas, Student Activities Board, Winter Wonderlandlast_img read more

Chainsaw Safety

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension is presenting chainsaw trainings designed to educate Georgia’s landscape and tree care workers on the safe use of chainsaws. The trainings will be offered between September and December at locations across the state. “A chainsaw is the most dangerous implement that you can buy in a store that does not require any training or a license. You don’t even need to read the manual to operate it,” said Ellen Bauske, public service associate with the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture. “(These) trainings are for people working in the tree care and landscape industry. Tree care workers are often dangerously comfortable with chainsaws. The landscape worker usually doesn’t use a chainsaw. Invariably, they’re inexperienced when they have to. These trainings are designed to get rid of bad habits and establish safe practices. ” The trainings are taught by North American Training Solutions, one of a handful of companies specializing in chainsaw safety training. The classes are approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and funded through their Susan Harwood Training Program. There are four different trainings, each tailored to a different skill set when handling a chainsaw. “A surprising number of people cut down trees from ladders, which is extremely dangerous because you can’t get away from the tree or branch when it falls. We have a chainsaw and ladder safety training,” Bauske said. “We have chainsaw safety and working in the right-of-way. If you’re felling a tree in an urban area, you are invariably felling them around electrical wires. Electrocution is the No. 2 cause of death among tree care workers.” Other trainings focus on aerial lift operations and tree felling. The trainings are free, and lunch will be provided for a small fee. The next training is slated for Aug. 11 in Douglas County. It will focus on technical tree cutting and small tree felling. Other trainings include one in Chatham County, Sept. 1-2; in Brunswick on Sept. 3; in Troup and Spalding County, Sept. 24; in Fulton County, Sept. 30; in DeKalb County, Oct. 8; in Douglas County, Oct. 13; in Gwinnett County, Nov. 12 and Dec. 9 and Lowndes County (Dec. 10). “We are working on more trainings, so call your county agent to find out about the trainings near you.,” Bauske said. To find your local UGA Extension office visit. extension.uga.edu. Authors: Experts/Sources: Clint Thompson is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences based in Tifton.center_img Clint Thompson Ellen M. Bauskelast_img read more

Uruguay Beefs Up Border Security in Advance of Sporting Events in Brazil

first_img MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — With the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil planned for June, the World Cup for 2014 and the Summer Olympics for 2016, military officials in Uruguay —— which shares a 1,068-mile land border with Brazil — are taking no chances. The Uruguayan Army plans to increase border patrols and step up its presence along its coastal border with Argentina in advance of these sporting events as a deterrent against possible incursion by armed groups and illicit activities such as weapons or drug smuggling. In a recent news conference, Army officials said Uruguay’s frontier with Brazil is notoriously porous, with local residents walking freely between the two countries with little risk of being stopped by authorities. Army Commander Gen. Pedro Aguirre ordered the border patrols with the support of Uruguay’s Ministry of Defense. As a consequence of the military presence, reports of cattle rustling common on both sides of the border have fallen significantly, he said. The deployment — involving six Uruguayan departments that border Brazil — has been in the planning stages for months, and the Navy is preparing similar measures on the coastal border with Argentina, military sources said. The military presence seeks to dissuade terrorist groups from using Uruguay as a logistics base from which to stage actions in Brazil. Navy Seals train in Uruguay In addition, a team of U.S. Navy Seals has been dispatched to Uruguay. The team’s 15 members will train local Navy officers how to intercept suspicious vessels linked to both terrorism and drug trafficking. Late last year, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta traveled to Uruguay, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration opened an office in Montevideo. Speaking to the press, Uruguayan President José Mujica said planes are entering Uruguayan airspace possibly carrying drug money. “Where do the drugs come from?” he asked. “It doesn’t go through Customs, it doesn’t go through controls, it doesn’t come through the airport. There is clandestine traffic.” For that reason, since 2010 the Uruguayan Air Force has beefed up its radars, though it recognizes that this isn’t enough to control the country’s airspace completely; for this reason it plans to acquire additional surveillance equipment. “Every year, dozens of illegal planes are detected on irregular flights to Argentina and Brazil that are not possible to intercept,” the Air Force told the website infodrogas.com. Taking action against ‘irregular’ flights Uruguay’s system for monitoring and controlling its airspace consists of three fixed radars located throughout the country as well as one mobile unit — but the Air Force conceded there are “gaps” in which no one knows what happens. The Ministry of Defense plans to add small radars to cover these so-called dead zones. However, due to the lack of fast interceptor aircraft, Air Force personnel can do little when they see “irregular” flights showing up on their monitors. The term “irregular” indicates flights whose pilots did not communicate their flight plan, and aircraft of unknown identity, purpose and destination. Regular flights comply with a protocol to transfer information to the country to which flights are destined. “There’s always actions taken against irregular flights,” said Col. Alvaro Loureiro, the Air Force’s public relations manager, in comments to the Montevideo daily newspaper El País. “If possible, and if there’s sufficient time, they are intercepted.” By Dialogo June 03, 2013last_img read more

With More Rain in Forecast, Long Island Officials Chart Hurricane Joaquin’s Unclear Path

first_imgWhile it is too early to know with any certainty when and where #Joaquin will make landfall – and the strength of the… Posted by PSEG Long Island on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Another wave of heavy rain on tap through the weekend has prompted concerns of potential flooding on Long Island as meteorologists and local agencies keep a watchful eye on newly formed Hurricane Joaquin’s uncertain trajectory. The National Hurricane Center upgraded Joaquin from a tropical storm to a hurricane Wednesday morning. By late afternoon it was located 245 miles east-northeast of the central Bahamas and was moving at approximately six miles per hour. In response, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office reminded residents to remain vigilant despite Joaquin’s uncertain path. “Our state has seen the damage that extreme weather can cause time and time again–and I am urging New Yorkers take precautions for more heavy storms in the coming days,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene proved that you do not have to be near the coast to be impacted by Mother Nature. I have directed State agencies to ready their emergency response equipment in partnership with local governments, and I encourage all of our state’s residents to be prepared and stay safe.” The governor urged residents to stock up on emergency supplies, including water and non-perishable food, and to gather emergency contact information.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said the county is closely monitoring Joaquin’s progress and will take “necessary precautions to prepare in the event of severe weather.” Invoking Superstorm Sandy, the county executive said: “it is better to be overly cautious and to have a plan in place. The county is closely monitoring the storm’s progress and taking the necessary precautions to prepare in the event of severe weather.”The Oct. 29, 2012 superstorm was also on the mind of officials in Nassau County. “Superstorm Sandy taught us that given our location as an island, we are vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean and susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes and tropical storms such as Joaquin,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in a statement. “It is critical that residents be prepared for it and take all warnings seriously.”The Island may still experience heavy rain through the weekend, according to the Upton-based National Weather Service. The agency said it was too soon to predict Hurricane Joaquin’s course but it noted that the Island was already experiencing tropical moisture as a result of the storm. LI was saturated with 1 to 2 inches of rain as a storm system rolled across the region overnight, knocking out power to several thousand PSEG Long Island ratepayers. As of Wednesday afternoon, the number of customers in the dark had dwindled to less than 500.“We have activated our storm preparedness plans so we can respond quickly to the approaching weather,” said John O’Connell, vice president of Transmission & Distribution at PSEG Long Island, in a statement. PSEG LI will conduct system checks on its equipment and perform logistics checks as it prepares for more wet weather. The forecast for the remainder of the week calls for rain through the weekend. LI could see another 2-3 inches of rain by Friday, the weather service said.last_img read more

Reconstruction project to close Glenwood Avenue in Binghamton for weeks

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The city of Binghamton is alerting residents to a road closure that will last around 60 days. Funding for the project comes through the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, the city says. The office of Mayor David says Glenwood Avenue between Brown and Clinton Streets will be closed beginning March 2 to allow for reconstruction of a storm water pumping station under the railroad viaduct on the road.last_img

Two’s company

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

Pandemic could make another 25 million jobless: UN

first_imgThe UN agency’s study suggested the world should prepare to see a “significant rise in unemployment and underemployment in the wake of the virus.”Presenting different scenarios depending on how quickly and with what level of coordination governments react, it found that even in the best-case scenario, 5.3 million more people will be pushed into unemployment by the crisis.At the high-end meanwhile, 24.7 million more people will become jobless, on top of the 188 million registered as unemployed in 2019, the study found.”By comparison, the 2008-9 global financial crisis increased global unemployment by 22 million,” the ILO said. The COVID-19 pandemic will significantly increase global unemployment, leaving up to 25 million more people out of work, and will dramatically slash workers’ incomes, the United Nations said Wednesday.In a fresh study, the International Labor Organization warned that the economic and labor crisis sparked by the spread of the new coronavirus, which has now killed more than 8,000 people worldwide, will have “far-reaching impacts on labor market outcomes”.”This is no longer only a global health crisis, it is also a major labor market and economic crisis that is having a huge impact on people,” ILO chief Guy Ryder said in a statement.  $3.4 trillion in lost income? Self-employment in developing countries, which often serves to cushion the impact of economic shifts, might not do so this time due to the severe restrictions being placed on the movement of people and goods.Reductions in access to work will also mean “large income losses for workers,” ILO said.”The study estimates these as being between $860 billion and $3.4 trillion by the end of 2020,” it said, warning that “this will translate into falls in consumption of goods and services, in turn affecting the prospects for businesses and economies.”The number of people who live in poverty despite holding one or more jobs will also increase significantly, the study said, estimating that between 8.8 and 35 million more people will be added to the ranks of the working poor.”The strain on incomes resulting from the decline in economic activity will devastate workers close to or below the poverty line,” it said.The ILO called for urgent, large-scale and coordinated measures to protect workers in the workplace, stimulate the economy and employment and support jobs and income, including through social protections, paid leave and other subsidies.The agency pointed out that some groups will be disproportionately impacted by the jobs crisis, including youth, older workers, women and migrants, in a way that could increase already soaring inequality.”In 2008, the world presented a united front to address the consequences of the global financial crisis, and the worst was averted,” Ryder pointed out.”We need that kind of leadership and resolve now.” Topics : It warned that “underemployment is also expected to increase on a large scale, as the economic consequences of the virus outbreak translate into reductions in working hours and wages.”last_img read more

Premier League, EFL and PFA to discuss wage deferral agreement: BBC

first_imgTopics : Premier League and English Football League clubs are seeking agreement on a collective wage deferral plan at a meeting with the Professional Footballers’ Association on Wednesday, the BBC has reported.The report said the proposal is one option to help clubs safeguard their financial future during the coronavirus shutdown.English football has been suspended until at least April 30 and league authorities have said they will resume action “only when it is safe and conditions allow”. Players at Championship leaders Leeds United have volunteered to take a wage deferral, while Birmingham City have asked some players to take a 50% pay cut over the next four months.Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has called on Premier League players and managers to help English football deal with the crisis.”We have seen some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus take steps to reduce their costs,” said Levy, who revealed Spurs had imposed a 20% pay cut on 550 non-playing staff in April and May.”We hope the discussions between the Premier League, PFA and LMA (League Managers Association) will result in players and coaches doing their bit for the football ecosystem.”Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, general secretary of FIFPRO, has praised the players who agreed to take pay cuts but warned that the example should not be used to pressure those at smaller clubs.”We can only appeal to common sense that those measures taken by the elite clubs and players cannot just be transferred downwards,” he added. last_img read more

Decision on holding Olympics must wait until spring 2021: organizer

first_imgAn executive board member of the Tokyo Games organizing committee said Friday a decision on whether to go ahead with the postponed Summer Olympics and Paralympics should be made no earlier than next spring.Toshiaki Endo, one of the vice presidents of the organizing committee, said it was important to monitor the coronavirus situation and assess its potential impact on the games.”Selecting athletes by around next March will be a major challenge. The organizing committee will need to make some kind of a decision considering the situation at that time,” Endo, a lawmaker and former Olympic minister, said at a meeting of his Liberal Democratic Party. Endo, however, said he has confirmed with the IOC that no deadline had been set on making a decision.Last month, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said in an interview with BBC Sport that he accepts that the virus-hit Tokyo Games will have to be canceled if they cannot be held next year.Japan is considering simplifying the format of the Summer Games, including reducing the number of spectators and scaling back the opening and closing ceremonies, government sources said Thursday. The move demonstrates Tokyo is willing to be flexible to ensure the games have the best chance as possible to go ahead.The Tokyo Olympics are now slated to be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 next year, with the Paralympic Games following between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5.The Tokyo Games organizing committee said it is scheduled to make a virtual presentation about its preparations to the IOC executive board next week.Topics : His comments were the first in public by an executive member of the organizing committee about when a decision regarding the fate of the games might be made.The Olympics and Paralympics, which were originally scheduled for this summer, were postponed in March after athletes and National Olympic Committees voiced fears over the virus and a number of qualifying events had to be canceled.”There are still many estimates and it is unclear what the new coronavirus situation will be next summer. It is still too early to discuss whether to hold (the games) or not,” he said.John Coates, who heads the IOC’s coordination commission, has indicated that October will be a critical period for assessing whether the Japanese capital will be able to welcome the world, according to Australian media.last_img read more

Gold Coast Hamptons-inspired home sells within three days for $2.12 million

first_img109 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.A STUNNING Hamptons-inspired home on the Gold Coast has sold for $2.12 million within three days of hitting the market.The riverfront Benowa Waters property at 109 Sir Bruce Small Blvd was scheduled to go to auction later this month but the vendors received an offer too good to refuse.Ray White Prestige Gold Coast – Surfers Paradise agents Robert Graham and Jackson Paradise negotiated the sale.Mr Graham said the first people to inspect the property — a family — bought it.“A family already living in Benowa Waters who have three kids wanted a bigger house and didn’t want to go through the hassle of building,” Mr Graham said.“They can move straight in and are very excited.” Gallery (10 images)The spacious deck. Picture: Realestate.com.au/buyThe seller bought the block for $815,000 in 2013 and built his dream home.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoIt was completed late last year.“He spent years deciding on the perfect home and has had a change of direction and so decided to move on,” Mr Graham said. 109 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.center_img 109 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.The house is set on an 887sq m block with 21m of river frontage.A soaring entry foyer, butler’s pantry, cinema, games room and pool are among its standout features.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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 Rate1xFullscreenFinding the Hamptons style03:56 Related videos 03:56Finding the Hamptons style02:45Hamptons Mansion listed for $91 million02:34Showing off your home in the best light02:18Hamptons house bowls over market01:47Holiday in style, for only $US2.5 million02:02Interior design awardsMr Graham said 46 groups inspected the property in the space of three days.“You have a big block of land on the main river with a house that is ready to be moved into straight away,” Mr Graham said.“It appeals to a buyer who doesn’t want to go through 18 months of building and council applications to do this.”“The style is also as current as you can find.“Hamptons styling — the chunky timber, weatherboard, Colorbond roof and the colours are very popular.”last_img read more