Fulbright graduates attend SMC re-entry seminar

first_imgSaint Mary’s College hosted 2014 Fulbright Women’s Re-entry Seminar this past week.The seminar, held April 9-13, included about 45 female Fulbright graduate students from Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the Saint Mary’s press release. In the seminar, students examined the difficulties they may face in their re-entry into the professional communities of their home countries.The Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) focused on the re-entry process and women’s leadership, Mana Derakhshani, associate director of CWIL, said.“The seminar is focused on helping the women with the transition back to their home countries. Workshops deal with reverse culture shock, leadership styles, women’s issues globally and practical skills such as networking, grant-writing, problem-solving and conflict resolution,” Derakhshani said.In addition to sessions led by CWIL faculty and staff and Saint Mary’s political science and English professors, the press release said five participants from the local community were invited to engage as part of a panel discussion.“Each of the women on the panel of local women leaders shared with the participants their personal leadership journey and talked about challenges they had faced and ways that they had overcome them,” Derakhshani said.The panel members included Kathryn Schneider, executive director of St. Margaret’s House; Linda Baechle, president and CEO of the YWCA of North Central Indiana; Andrea Popielski, executive director of Hannah’s House; Jesusa Rivera, Mexican-American community activist and bilingual case manager for Proteus and Yully Ortega, a Hispanic quality expansion specialist for the Indiana Association for Child Care Resources and Referral, the press release said.Another local, retired director of bilingual services for the South Bend Community School Corporation, Maritza Robles, was the seminar’s keynote speaker.Derakhshani said the seminar schedule was very intensive, although some events were planned to provide social interludes.“Events of note were the visit to the Amish community for a specially prepared Amish meal in an Amish home and a tour of the Menno Hof museum, the panel of women leaders followed by the opportunity to visit the organizations that they represented, dinner and an evening at a local family’s home and attending ‘The Wiz,’ a musical theater show at the South Bend Civic Theater,” Derakhshani said.At the end of the seminar, the women will complete their studies, according to the press release.Derakhshani said the women attended from universities all across the country.Although the application process to host the seminar was highly competitive, Derakhshani said Saint Mary’s had a well-established involvement with the Fulbright Program.“Saint Mary’s has hosted Foreign Language Fulbright Teaching Assistants in Arabic and Chinese for the past few years,” she said. “Saint Mary’s faculty have obtained Fulbright grants for research or teaching abroad [and] students have obtained Fulbright grants to go to graduate school … or to teach English in another country.”She also noted the similarity between the seminar’s mission and the College’s.“While we have never hosted this specific event before, Fulbright’s goals for the participants … are closely aligned with Saint Mary’s mission of preparing women to make a difference in the world,” Meyer-Lee said.“Through this event, we hope to shine a light on Saint Mary’s College as a place that prepares women to become global leaders. We also knew that having 35 to 40 young women from overseas on our campus would widen our horizons if only a few days,” Derakhshani said. Tags: Fulbrightlast_img read more

Save poinsettia

first_imgSaving can be a challenge”I have new plants each year for research. But I also have agroup of plants that I save from year to year,” Oetting said.”You can save them from year to year at home, too. But it’s achallenge. You just have to understand how a poinsettia works.”Once the Christmas presents have all been opened and holidaydecorations are packed away, treat your poinsettia like any otherhouseplant. “You don’t want to overwater or underwater apoinsettia plant,” Oetting said.During the spring and summer, a poinsettia is a green foliageplant. “When the weather turns warm, repot your poinsettia,” hesaid. “You also need to decide whether you want your plant to bea bush or a tree.” Create a treeIf you fancy trees, he said, cut off all the plant’s side shootsand leave a single runner that will grow upward. If a bush ismore to your liking, pinch off the terminal shoot and the sideshoots to make the plant branch more.”Where you keep your poinsettia between New Year’s and Septemberdoesn’t make a whole lot of difference, as long as it getslight,” Oetting said. “The tricky part comes after September.”To flower, the plant needs the same amount of darkness MotherNature provides,” he said. “Somehow, you’ve got to keep thatplant in the dark after the sun goes down, and it has to stay inthe dark until the sun comes up. If there is any flash of light,you can forget it.”Once the plant begins turning the bright red it’s known for,there’s no turning back. “Once it starts turning, it’s gonna go,”Oetting said. “It’s already set physiologically.”Oetting has seen this process work and fail. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhen the holidays are over and you pack away the decorations,don’t pitch the poinsettia plant. If you’re up for a challenge,this year’s poinsettia could become a part of your holidaydecorations next year.Ron Oetting has several poinsettia plants in his greenhouse leftover from past holidays. Oetting is a research entomologist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.Each year he is surrounded by a new crop of poinsettias hestudies to solve insect problems growers face each year.center_img Totally in the dark”We saved some poinsettias in one greenhouse from the previousyear and they were right on track,” he said. “But the poinsettiasin the greenhouse next door were doing poorly. We figured out whywhen we noticed the streetlight just outside the greenhousedoor.”Oetting doesn’t recommend trying to save your poinsettia plantunless you are up for a challenge and don’t mind failure. “It’stoo easy to break the period of darkness,” he said. “It’s also awhole lot easier and cheaper to buy a new one each fall.”One unique characteristic of poinsettias is that its red”flowers” aren’t actually flowers at all. The true flower of theplant is the small yellow flower in the center of the red color.The spectacular red, flower-like arrangements are the plant’sbracts or leaves.A tropical plant from Central America, the poinsettia is alsoknown as the Christmas Star or the Mexican Flameleaf. It’s namedfor its discoverer, J.R. Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador toMexico.last_img read more

Colombia Blocks Maritime Routes to Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo May 08, 2019 In late March, the Colombian Armed Forces dealt another significant blow to narcotrafficking in three operations, resulting in the seizure of more than 3 tons of cocaine, a semisubmersible, and the arrest of three criminals. The Colombian Navy, with the support of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish), the National Police, and the Office of the Attorney General, led combined operations in Nariño department, in the Colombian Pacific coast, as well as in Sucre and Bolívar departments, on the Caribbean coast. According to the Navy, the drugs seized would be valued at $50 million in the international market. Authorities also estimated that criminal groups invest around $1 million to build a semisubmersible, which represents a considerable loss for narcotrafficking. Semisubmersible in the Pacific Navy intelligence work and information from sources, which reported a semisubmersible carrying drugs that had departed from Nariño, led to the first operation conducted March 23. Units of the Pacific Naval Force and an FAC surveillance platform located the vessel after a six-hour search. “We were really close but couldn’t see it, because that equipment is difficult to detect,” Colombian Navy Lieutenant Commander Juan Camilo Ocaña, commander of the Tumaco Coast Guard Station, told Diálogo. “At 60 miles west of Sanquilanga Natural Park, and thanks to cutting-edge technology equipment, we located a semisubmersible with three people aboard, on its way to Central America.” Upon seeing the security units, the semisubmersible crew tried to sink the vessel by opening valves. Their efforts, however, failed. “There was a depth of more than 350 meters at their location. It would have been very difficult and expensive to bring it [the semisubmersible] afloat,” Lt. Cdr. Ocaña said. Aboard the semisubmersible, the Navy seized 1,562 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride and arrested the crew: two Colombians and one Ecuadorean. Naval units then took the vessel to the Tumaco Coast Guard Station dock so it could be searched while they brought detainees and drugs before the Office of the Attorney General. “They were prosecuted for two crimes: navigating in an unauthorized naval artifact, and producing and trafficking drugs,” said Lt. Cdr. Ocaña. “The capture was made legal […]. At this time, they are being held locally until their situation is defined.” According to the Navy, the operation surpassed all drug seizures carried out so far in 2019 in the Colombian Pacific coast. By mid-April, naval units had seized 19 tons. The vessel is the ninth the Pacific Naval Force seized in 2019. Clan del Golfo’s cache During an operation conducted March 28 in Cartagena Port, Bolívar, Navy units found 42 packages of cocaine in a container coming from Bogotá. Antinarcotics personnel, coast guard units, and dog-handler teams seized 1 ton of cocaine. “This operation was conducted with intelligence from the Navy that identified a container at [port terminal] Contecar,” Colombian Navy Commander Jorge Enrique Uricoechea, commander of the Cartagena Coast Guard Station, told Diálogo. “During the road trip, the Clan del Golfo contaminated it.” Local patrol and surveillance operations near Berrugas Beach in Sucre the next day, led the Marine Corps First Brigade’s 13th Battalion to find 42 packages of drugs. The illicit substance was hidden in the swamp, within a wooded area. “Criminals take advantage of these areas to hide drugs. These can be special hideouts, abandoned houses, or any kind of place,” Cmdr. Uricoechea said. “They hire security, two or three armed subjects, who wait there while drugs are gathered to be taken by speedboat.” Naval units collected the packages and confirmed they contained 1,127 kg of cocaine. According to the Navy, the drug likely belonged to the Clan del Golfo, as it was labeled with logos similar to those from the Cartagena Port containers. Between January and mid-April 2019, the Caribbean Naval Force seized more than 12 tons of cocaine. “We have intelligence agents with special networks throughout the Colombian Navy’s jurisdiction to anticipate these events, these new ways of smuggling drugs, storing, loading, and shipping toward Central America and the United States,” said Cmdr. Uricoechea. “We try to evolve, to be one step ahead of those criminals.”last_img read more

Selig Goldin Award nominations sought

first_imgSelig Goldin Award nominations sought Selig Goldin Award nominations sought The Bar’s Criminal Law Section is now accepting nominations for its Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to Florida’s criminal justice system.The section will make its selection at the Bar’s Midyear meeting in January, and present the award at the section’s luncheon during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June.Nominations must be submitted by November 30, and include the name of the candidate, a description of their contribution to the criminal justice system, a biographical sketch or resume, and the candidate’s contact information.Nomination should be sent to H. Scott Fingerhut, H. Scott Fingerhut, P.A., 2400 South Dixie Highway, Second Floor, Miami 33133-3100 or e-mail to hsfpa@aol.com October 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Long Island Tech Startups Get Chance to Expand Overseas

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Attention Long Island tech startups, London’s calling.Recently Martin Cook, the United Kingdom’s deputy counsel in New York, toured the Island to drum up competition for the GREAT Tech Awards. Now in its second year, the contest is intended to encourage high-growth technology companies in our region to pick the UK as “a place where they can set up and grow their businesses.”“I had the privilege of meeting with local companies at the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) as well as at the Long Island High Technology Incubator (LIHTI) in Stony Brook,” said Cook. “I saw first-hand the impressive innovation thriving in the Long Island area. I encourage Long Island companies to consider this year’s awards and look to the UK as a destination to grow their businesses.”But here’s the catch: the deadline for applications is no later than 11:59pm EST on Aug. 1. Finalists will be announced the week of Sept. 15, and the winners will be awarded at a gala event in New York City on Oct. 9.The competition is run by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the British Consulate General New York. The categories are: education, finance, health, internet of things (sic), lifestyle and media. Judging the contest are Yinka Adegoke, deputy editor at Billboard; Douglas Atkin, fin-tech fund portfolio manager at Guggenheim Partners; Peter Cashmore, chief executive officer and founder of Mashable; Lily Cole, founder of Impossible.com; David Karp, chief executive officer and founder of Tumblr; Marco Mohwinckel, the global head of integrated care solutions for Janssen Healthcare Innovation; and Margaret Molloy, global chief marketing officer at Siegel+Gale.Last year’s winners included TeachBoost, a Brooklyn-based company that has created one simple online interface to manage classroom observations and teacher evaluations; Floored, a company that builds software that turns 3D data into an interactive virtual experience; and Charitybuzz, a Manhattan-based company that helps nonprofits raise funds via online auctions with the world’s biggest celebrities and luxury brands.The award winners get a round-trip ticket from New York to London in November, five nights’ accommodations plus breakfast at the Corinthia Hotel in London, a meeting with a senior representative from No. 10 Downing Street (where the prime minister lives), a customized business development program in London; plus legal services, accounting help, recruitment assistance and mentorship from UK business executives as well as three months of office space in Second Home, an incubator in East London.The potential to form a lasting relationship that can lead to future success in the digital world is what drew last year’s entrants—and UKIT is hoping to repeat that formula this year. Right now there are more than 70 co-working spaces in London plus 40 high-tech accelerators to help startups get off the ground.“The 2014 GREAT Tech Awards will attract the best tech talent from the Tri-state area and Connecticut, including Long Island,” said Cook. “It will offer companies a unique opportunity to expand their business both in the UK and from the UK, as a springboard to Europe.”last_img read more

Former state senator faces 31 bank fraud charges

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A former Rhode Island state senator and business owner will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Providence next week on 31 counts of bank fraud that victimized a credit union and two banks, according to federal court documents.James E. Doyle II,  46, of Pawtucket, who resigned from his state senate seat earlier this year, is accused of running a $550,000 check kiting scheme that victimized three financial institutions, the $33.3 million Alliance Blackstone Federal Credit Union in Pawtucket, Bristol County Savings Bank in Taunton, Mass., and Santander Bank in Boston.Doyle is also charged with one count of filing a false tax return and one count of failing to file a tax return.The former state senator held at least 20 accounts with AFCU, BCSB and Santander. He owns Doyle Respiratory LLC and Doyle Sleep Solution LLC.last_img read more

Alms race

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Police seize 350 boxes of face masks during raid on suspected hoarder in West Jakarta

first_imgThe Jakarta Police seized 350 boxes of face masks during a raid on the residence of a suspected hoarder in Tanjung Duren, Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta in the wake of panic buying that hit the capital city on Monday following the announcement of the country’s first confirmed COVID-19 cases.“The Tanjung Duren Police have confiscated 350 boxes of face masks from various brands at an apartment in Grogol,” Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.Separately, West Jakarta Police’s general crimes unit head, Comr. Teuku Arsya, confirmed the raid had taken place. However, he was still tight-lipped about the number of suspects apprehended. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s announcement of the country’s first confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Monday rattled many Jakartans, some of whom reacted to the news by frantically flocking to stores across the city to stock up on medical supplies and other essentials, including face masks and hand sanitizer.Panic buying has prompted a price surge for such items both online and offline in the last two days, with a box of face masks now selling for an average of Rp 300,000 (US$ 21) – a whopping 1,500 percent increase from the original average of Rp 20,000 per box.In response to the phenomenon, the National Police have announced that it will bring those known to have hoarded masks and hand sanitizer to justice.“We are carrying out an investigation to sniff out any illegal stockpiling,” said National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Argo Yuwono. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

India sees growing black market for plasma from recovered patients

first_imgWhen Mr Adwitiya Mal’s father-in-law was diagnosed with COVID-19 at a hospital in Delhi, doctors advised plasma therapy, given his worsening condition.A “roller coaster of emotions” ensued for the family as they began a search for a potential donor. Social media circles as well as networks of friends and relatives were activated.Two women came forward, but were ineligible as they had conceived earlier; women develop antibodies during pregnancy that raise the risk of a rare but potentially fatal transfusion reaction leading to lung damage in the plasma recipient. Potential healthy donors can donate plasma after 14 days of recovery if they do not show any symptoms of COVID-19 and if they have the required level of antibodies.Nearly two-thirds of India’s current tally of over a million cases have recovered, but a lack of willing donors and a late start to set up authorized plasma banking centers have led to a flourishing black market for this “liquid gold”.Mr Akhil Ennamsetty, a lawyer from Warangal in Telangana who has donated plasma twice, set up an online group last month to help connect plasma donors and seekers. He has encountered several middlemen representing families.”They offer to pay money for any potential donor. The amount varies based on various factors like demand and rareness of a particular blood group,” he told The Straits Times. “Many genuine donors I have been touch with have also said they are getting direct calls from these middlemen.”This black market exists in spite of legal provisions in India that proscribe such practices. A 1996 order from the Supreme Court outlaws paid donors and unlicensed blood banks. The National Blood Policy, drafted in 2007, also prohibits the sale and trade of blood.Dhoond, an online initiative that Mr Mal co-founded in June to link donors and recipients, has a database of around 300 donors. But it has 10 seekers for every one donor on its platform. This dearth, he said, was because many recovered patients were too weak to donate.”Not only are they weak physically, they are also traumatized mentally. They have come back from the jaws of death and are being asked to again return to a potentially high-risk area, a hospital, to donate,” he told The Straits Times.”There are some who believe that they would rather save their antibodies for a family member than someone unknown,” he added.Dhoond has blacklisted two donors so far for asking money from recipient families.Since the country’s first plasma bank came up in Delhi on July 2, various state governments have set up similar banks to regulate the donation of blood plasma.The Delhi government opened its second plasma bank last Tuesday at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, which is the city’s biggest government facility dedicated to COVID-19 patients.Dr Suresh Kumar, the medical director of the hospital, said it managed to draw in 11 donors in its first two days of operation.”If we contact 10 patients, one or two are ready to donate. People have the misconception that donating plasma can cause injury or weakness,” he said.A petition was filed this month in the Delhi High Court seeking the creation of a statutory body to make it mandatory for hospitals to obtain plasma from their patients who recover subsequently.Besides positive incentives, recommendations to bring in more donors include making the process of donating safer and easier. “One way to do this would be to set up plasma donation centres that are independent of hospitals, to reduce the fear of exposure to a potential second coronavirus infection,” said Mr Ennamsetty.Recent research has shown that people who have recovered from COVID-19 may lose their immunity to the disease within a few months, leaving them vulnerable to becoming reinfected. Another person, who flatly asked for 30,000 rupees (S$556), never showed up.Mr Mal’s family was fortunate: a man who had offered to donate his plasma earlier turned out to be a successful match.But for many other families in India desperate for anything that could save their loved ones, offering money is the only way to access blood plasma. Prices can range from 20,000 to around 300,000 rupees per donation, with a higher premium for rarer blood groups.In plasma therapy for COVID-19 – which remains in a trial stage – a patient who has recovered from and has antibodies against the virus provides blood plasma to patients with the same blood group, to help speed up the latter’s recovery.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Saipem nets $1.7B in drilling contracts

first_imgItalian oilfield and renewables services firm Saipem has won offshore and onshore drilling contracts and extensions worth $1.7 billion in total.For illustration only; Saipem’s Scarabeo 8 rig; Author: SP MacSaipem on Friday said that the contracts related to the offshore drilling division concern activities to be executed in Norway and in Angola. Apart from sharing the regions where the projects will be carried out, the company did not provide any further info on the offshore drilling contracts.The contracts related to the onshore drilling division include 19 land-rigs located in the Middle East, and their duration range from three up to ten years. In addition, new contracts and extensions on other existing contracts have been assigned for new works that will be executed in Bolivia, Perù, and Romania.Stefano Cao, CEO of Saipem, commented: “The award of these contracts proves the solidity and reliability of the operational performance of our Drilling Divisions and further strengthens Saipem’s long-time presence in strategic areas of the world.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more