DSLC closes with women’s activist

To conclude the Saint Mary’s Diverse Leadership Conference (DSLC) on March 21, Zainab Salbi, co-founder of the non-profit organization Women for Women, addressed the Saint Mary’s community about her experience as an advocate for women’s rights in the war-torn Middle East. “Twenty years ago I embarked on a journey,” Salbi said. “I knew I would dedicate my life to changing the world, and I knew I would change the lives of women. Along my journey I learned many important lessons that have allowed me to not only help others but also help myself.” Speaking in Carroll Auditorium on Wednesday evening, Salbi said women should band together to encourage new ideas and should never degrade the opinions of their peers. “It is time for women to unite,” she said. “It is time for women to echo each other and roar in one voice. Women must have the audacity to be pro-active with articulating what we want and how we want to be defined in this world.” Women must respect each other to truly effect change, Salbi said. “If I have any judgment of a woman inside the silence of my heart she will feel it and it will affect her,” she said. “The most important thing we can give a vulnerable woman is respect.” Salbi said her journey to end injustice included embracing herself for who she is. “Going to different war zones was not the hardest journey for me,” Salbi said. “My hardest journey was to save myself and find the peace within my own heart.” She said she always advised other women to share their stories, but was hesitant to talk about her own. “For many years I encouraged other women to speak out and tell their true stories and hardships,” Salbi said. “It was easy for me to tell other women’s stories, but not my own.” With some encouragement from her publisher and women she interviewed from war-torn areas, Salbi said she chose to share her story with the world. “I felt as though I had too much honor and pride to say that I had been raped and was in an arranged marriage, but once I came clean and told the world, I felt as though a burden was lifted off of me,” she said. “I learned it is our individual responsibility to break the silence.” Salbi said sharing her story was a part of her healing process, but to truly heal, she had to change her cynical perception of men. “There are really good men out there in the world,” she said. “We must not corner men. We must collaborate with them. We have to reach and work alongside men or there will be no transformation.” Salbi said women’s activists should make an effort to spread joy through their work. “It is our presence that is part of our work,” she said. “We must work to transform the world with joy. We must smile. We must dance. Dance when you have torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the battlefield. Dance in your blood. Dance and be free with joy.” College president Carol Mooney said Salbi’s lessons encapsulate the true essence of a Saint Mary’s education, and these lessons will have a lasting impact on members of the audience. “She did a remarkable thing tonight,” Mooney said. “She bore her soul in public, in a way that has the power to move other people. I believe she will leave a lasting impact on anyone that spends just one hour with her.” To end her talk, Salbi encouraged members of the audience to start their own life journey. “As you embark on your journey I encourage you to tell, live and be your truth,” Salbi said. “Telling your own truth is not an easy journey, but let me tell you it is worth it. Do it now. Jump off a cliff and live your truth right now. Don’t wait.” read more

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Vermont Air National Guard chosen as first Guard unit in nation to get F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy and the Vermont Congressional Delegation ‘ Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) — announced Thursday that the Secretary of the Air Force has selected the Vermont National Guard to be the first Air Guard unit to base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  The Air Force announced that Burlington is one of two preferred choices for F-35 operations, along with Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah, and that Luke Air Force Base in Arizona is the top pick for training.  Final basing decisions will be made later in the ongoing selection process.  Under the current production schedule, the planes could begin arriving in Vermont in the 2018 federal fiscal year.Last year the Air Force conducted a system-wide review of more than 200 locations before selecting Burlington and nine other bases as finalists for either the training or primary operations of the F-35.  Today (Thursday), the Secretary of the Air Force further refined that list by announcing the bases that are expected to be the first to receive the Joint Strike Fighter. Leahy said, ‘Just as cream rises to the top, the Vermont Air National Guard’s stellar tradition of quality and performance has carried Vermont to the top of this rarefied list.  The Air Force’s rigorous review of personnel and facilities across the country has confirmed the Vermont Guard’s superb performance and capabilities.’  Leahy chairs the Senate National Guard Caucus and is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  He has also asked the Air Force to provide him with information about the noise profile for the developmental F-35 engine and how the Air Force will work to minimize any potential increased engine noise during take off and landing.Sanders said, ‘It is a sign of the great national respect and admiration for the Vermont National Guard that it was selected by the Air Force in a very competitive process.’Welch said, ‘Today’s announcement speaks to the Vermont Air National Guard’s outstanding reputation and tradition of excellence.  I hope that, as the process moves forward, all parties will work together in a collaborative manner to resolve outstanding concerns.’Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie, who chairs the Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Association and the Washington-based Aerospace States Association, said, ‘This did not happen by chance. Many Vermonters worked together with unity and resolve to make this victory possible.‘I commend the men and women of the Vermont Air National Guard whose high standards of excellence and performance have put our base at the top of the list time and again,” Dubie said. “I thank Senator Patrick Leahy for his leadership on the Senate National Guard Caucus, along with Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Peter Welch for putting their support behind the F-35 program and basing it here in Vermont. I thank the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Association for their unflagging support. The jobs and positive economic impact are a great boost, and the new growth potential for our state’s aerospace and aviation sectors will be felt from Bennington to St Albans.’The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the next generation multi-purpose joint service aircraft that the Defense Department is testing for procurement for the Air Force, Navy and Marines.  The Air Force version of the F-35 will serve multiple roles and will be the primary replacement for the F-16s and A-10s. Burlington and the other locations selected to base the F-35 will now move forward with a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  This review will examine the environmental impact of the basing plan including the noise profile of the engine and site surveys, and it will include additional public meetings.  The results of the EIS reviews could impact the final Air Force basing decision in the future. Source: Leahy. WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 29, 2010) –Following is the press release from the US Air Force:Air Force announces preferred basing alternatives for F-35WASHINGTON ‘ Today the Air Force announced the preferred alternatives for operational and training F-35 Joint Strike Fighter bases.Teams surveyed each candidate base for feasibility, timing, cost and planning purposes to meet initial operational capability timelines.The preferred alternative locations are:- Operations ‘ Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt.- Training ‘ Luke AFB, Ariz. ‘This is not a final basing decision,’ said Ms. Kathleen Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary for installations.  ‘The preferred alternatives with other reasonable alternatives will continue to be evaluated in the Environmental Impact Analysis Process.’ A preferred alternative is an alternative which the Air Force believes best fulfills its mission and responsibilities, taking into consideration environmental, operational, technical and other factors.Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley previously announced five operations candidate bases Oct. 29, 2009. They included Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; Shaw AFB/McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C.; Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt.; and Jacksonville AGS, Fla.The secretary announced training base candidates Oct. 29, 2009.  They included Boise AGS, Idaho; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Holloman AFB, N.M.; Luke AFB, Ariz.; and Tucson AGS, Ariz.The current scope of this basing action includes 250 to 300 F-35 aircraft.The JSF is the next generation strike fighter bringing cutting-edge technologies to the battle space of the future.  In the Air Force, the F-35 will primarily service an air-to-ground role, replace aging F-16 and A-10 aircraft while complementing the F-22.  The Navy and Marine Corps plan on using the F-35, along with international partners. # # # # #last_img read more

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Patchogue Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Fatal Drugged-driving Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Patchogue man has admitted to driving while high on drugs when he caused a crash that killed an 82-year-old man in Sayville two years ago—after prosecutors dropped a murder charge.Thomas Herman pleaded guilty Friday at Suffolk County court to first-degree manslaughter. A grand jury had indicted him on charges of second-degree murder by depraved indifference, vehicular homicide and other crimes. But, Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said prosecutors would likely be unable to convict him of murder after a convicted drunk driver who killed a teenager was acquitted of murder in a similar case in November.“Mr. Herman’s admission of guilt to this terrible crime means he’ll spend more than two decades in an upstate prison, and he won’t see the parole board until the year 2032,” Spota said.Authorities have said the 47-year-old man was driving his Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound on Main Street, when he struck five vehicles and then simultaneously hit a westbound Honda Accord and an eastbound Hyundai Elantra on Jan. 13, 2013.The driver of the last car he hit, Sam Longo of West Islip, died in the crash. His passenger, 79-year old Agnes Gilbert of Oakdale, was critically injured.Herman was high on PCP, Morphine and other drugs at the time, authorities have said.Spota cited the verdict in the case of Michael Grasing, who was found not guilty of murder but was convicted of vehicular homicide, manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated, failure to stay in a designated lane and speeding. In that case, Grasing killed an 18-year-old woman when he sped down Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst on June 24, 2012.Judge Mark Cohen is expected to sentence Herman to 21 years in prison on May 15.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with Disney.Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the conversations were still “exploratory,” and that the site would be used for practices and housing as well.The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 255-acre campus with multiple arenas that could host games simultaneously and has been home to, among other things, the Jr. NBA World Championship in recent years. ESPN is primarily owned by Disney, one of the NBA’s broadcast partners.Space won’t be an issue, even if Major League Soccer — which is also in talks to resume its season at Disney — is there at the same time as the NBA. The entire Disney complex is roughly 40 square miles, with nearly 24,000 hotel rooms owned or operated by Disney within the campus.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: May 23, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sportscenter_img — The NHL Players Association has accepted a proposal on a 24-team playoff format, but there are other items to discuss in the league’s bid to resume play. Those questions include potential game locations, when players can return to their respective teams and what non-playoff teams will be allowed to do during what could potentially become a 10-month break between games. Under the plan proposed by the NHL/NHLPA Return To Play committee, the top four teams in each conference would play each other in a mini-tournament for seeding. The remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16 to compete for the Stanley Cup. The proposal will now go to the NHL board of governors. If approved, it would effectively end the season of the league’s bottom seven teams.— Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital. The Hall of Fame player and former New York Knicks center says the virus is serious and should not be taken lightly, adding that he wanted to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of themselves and their loved ones. Ewing also thanked the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. The school said the 57-year-old Ewing is the only member of its men’s program who has contracted the coronavirus.— Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that the soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume June 8. It’s not clear when the first games will be held. The top tier, La Liga, has said it wants to resume play on June 12. There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.— Around 13,000 cardboard cutouts helped fill the stands at a key soccer match in Germany Saturday. Fans took pictures at home and paid for a cardboard cutout to be placed in the stands at the Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) game in Dusseldorf, which could help decide Champions League qualification. The effort didn’t help the home team much. Bayer Leverkusen beat host Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1.— The World of Outlaws raced in front of live fans for the first time in months at a Sprint Car event in Missouri Friday night. Brad Sweet edged his brother-in-law Kyle Larson, who is back racing dirt cars after losing his Cup ride over a racial slur. In qualifying for the 30-lap feature at Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway, Larson became the first Sprint Car driver to break the 10-second barrier at the one-third mile, high-banked oval with a lap of 9.995 seconds. The Outlaws returned last week in Iowa at Knoxville Raceway for a race run without fans.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA talking with Disney about resuming seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July. It’s the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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The Dinosaurs That Didn’t Evolve

first_imgEveryone is understandably fascinated by dinosaurs, but we must separate the empirical facts of their nature from evolutionary stories told about them.Currie favor: Renowned dinosaur hunter Philip J. Currie got another new species named after him, says Science Daily. Albertavenator curriei, complete with imaginary feathers,  is very similar to Troodon—so similar, in fact, that researchers had to perform “detailed anatomical and statistical comparisons of the skull bones” to distinguish them. “Both dinosaurs walked on two legs, were covered in feathers, and were about the size of a person,” the article says. No actual feathers are reported in the article.Laura Geggel is even more bold about the imaginary feathers in her report for Live Science, headlining her article, “‘Stalker’ Velociraptor Relative Sported Feathers, Serrated Teeth.” Although she is mighty sporty about those imaginary feathers, details of actual feathers found with the fossil are not provided. The idea makes for a nice story, though: “About 71 million years ago, a feathered dinosaur that was too big to fly rambled through parts of North America, likely using its serrated teeth to gobble down meat and veggies, a new study finds.” Currie is probably happy to hear that his namesake dinosaur ate its veggies.T. rex slow treks: The pendulum has swung back again. Tyrannosaurus rex was fast, like a speedy predator. No, it was slow, like a lazy scavenger. No, it was fast (about the time the Jurassic Park movies came out). Now it is slow again. The slow-runner meme has spread like a seasonal virus through Science Daily, National Geographic and the BBC News. Fox News Science even calls Jurassic Park a ‘lie’—”T. rex couldn’t run fast, scientists say.” NG assures readers that they could have outrun T. rex, since “Cutting-edge simulations suggest the mighty dinosaur wasn’t capable of more than a light jog.” At least that’s what they say today until they change their mind again. None of this has anything to do with evolution.The predator races: Speaking of speed, T. rex shows up in another meme about the physics of predators. In “Why Tyrannosaurus was a slow runner and why the largest are not always the fastest,” Science Daily reports on work by Germans about the limits of speed for large animals. The work was published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, but there’s no mention of evolution in this article; just constraints on how fast an animal of a given mass can run or fly. The BBC News imports Darwin into the story: “Speedy animals like the cheetah have evolved bodies primed to catch prey. They are the optimal size for maximum speed.” It appears that readers will have to wait for the Darwin futureware to arrive, though: “With this refined explanation of why animals move as fast as they do (or don’t), we can expect to gain further insight into how locomotion and ecology has evolved in various groups throughout the history of life.” Insight into why evolution made cheetahs fast and humans slow (and sloths slower still) may have to await further elaboration.Convergence crock: A crocodile had teeth like a T. rex, says the BBC News. So was it becoming one? No, this “top predator in Madagascar 170 million years ago” has dimensions “comparable to those of modern relatives” of its type, the article says. So over 170 million years, crocodiles did not evolve into non-crocodiles. In fact, living salt-water crocodiles reach similar size as this fossil.Hey Judy: Australia celebrates the discovery of a sauropod named Judy, says Phys.org. So did this dinosaur evolve? The article talks about its size, its possible stomach contents and other facts, but doesn’t mention anything evolutionary. “This new specimen will probably prompt more questions than it answers, but it will still provide us with a unique snapshot of the life – and death – of at least one sauropod individual that roamed Australia 95 million years ago.” Even if one accepts the moyboy date, that’s not evolution.Empty promises? An article on Phys.org promises insight into dinosaur evolution: “Paleobiologists make intriguing new discoveries about dinosaur ancestors.” So what’s inside the package? “An international group of researchers has discovered that the most ancient dinosaurs’ ancestors were quadrupedal.” Why is that evolutionary, when many dinosaurs walked on all fours? The article proceeds to tell an old tale about the ancestor of dinosaurs splitting into bird-hipped and lizard-hipped groups. “However, this logical construct was recently upended by the research group, which found a new candidate for an early dinosaur predecessor: Teleocrater rhadinus, whose bone fragments were discovered in Tanzania in the 1930s.” Time to re-write the textbooks:Sterling Nesbitt, assistant professor at Virginia Tech, said that this discovery dramatically changed the current picture of early dinosaur evolution. Judith Skog, program director at the National Science Foundation, added that the research makes everyone rethink their ideas about dinosaur ancestry…. Sennikov added that this research showed the more complex diversity of early archosaurs than had previously been considered. So who is the ancestor of whom? On The Conversation, Richard Butler, one of the discoverers of Teleocrater, tries to put a happy face on the situation. Admittedly, this “Dragon-like fossil discovery could change our view of dinosaur origins,” but he is here to tell you what traits are primitive and which ones shed light on evolution. It takes a special kind of vision to see Darwin in the bones:Teleocrater seems to be highly similar to a number of other reptile species that have been named previously from rocks of similar age in India, Russia and Brazil. Most of these species have been enigmatic and difficult to understand, but our work suggests that together they form a previously unrecognised group of dinosaur cousins. We named this group Aphanosauria, or “hidden lizards”, referring to the fact that these animals have been hiding in plain sight. They had been given scientific names by palaeontologists, but their evolutionary importance for dinosaur origins had not been realised.Do you see the visage of Darwin yet? No? Well, you can trust the experts. They have the training to see his bearded face in the data. That is, they see him in the future.Our work is part of a number of recent discoveries and analyses that suggest that we might have to completely rethink our models of dinosaur origins. Teleocrater raises the possibility that dinosaur ancestors might have been considerably larger than previously thought, slower moving, and quadrupedal rather than bipedal.As so often in palaeontology, sorting through alternative theories about what dinosaur ancestors looked like will probably require additional fossil discoveries. These may come from new fieldwork, but it’s also possible that the answers might already be lying in a museum drawer somewhere, waiting to catch the right palaeontological eye. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another 80 years.This implies that in 80 years, scientists of the future will have to completely rethink our year-2017 models of dinosaur origins. Evolution marches on.Update 7/31/17: Phys.org discusses the rediscovery of a dinosaur dig site in Australia, where a long-necked sauropod named Austrosaurus, said to be 104 million Darwin Years old, was found in 1932. More rib bones were dug up in 2014-2015. The only statement about evolution is this: “Because of its age, Dr Poropat says Austrosaurus might reveal something about the evolution of other sauropods in Australia.” He can come back when he has something.It is SO tiring to see the dirty tricks evolutionists play with the data, using divination methods on bones to conjure up Darwin. They get away with it because they have ruled all criticism of evolution out of court. Creationists are screaming ‘Foul! Foul!’ behind the soundproof one-way glass, but only the Expelled can see or hear it. Mainstream reporters and Big Science institutions commit Fake Science in the name of Darwin without any fear of being shamed. Their propaganda, repeatedly proved wrong in their own writings, is fed to impressionable students as “science” when it is really Darwin worship.We will continue exposing this propaganda to those not yet brainwashed. Mr. Darwin, tear down this wall! (Visited 656 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Education systems should not be used to assimilate says Kahnawake diplomat

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Canadian government says that Aboriginal education is a priority.Canadian diplomats delivered that message to the United Nations committee on human rights and Indigenous issues in Geneva.Also attending the meeting were a number of non-governmental organizations that will also give an account of how things are going in Canada.Kahnawake diplomat Kenneth Deer was there and he spoke to APTN National News from Geneva.last_img

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Seven new buses to run between city N Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Seven new buses will start operating ahead of Durga Puja for better connectivity between North Bengal and Kolkata.Sources said that the buses will be inaugurated on Thursday from the Islampore depot of the North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC). State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari is scheduled to be present at the programme.Out of the seven buses, three are air-conditioned ones that will connect Kolkata to Siliguri. There will be also buses to connect Raiganj and Balurghat. Two non air-conditioned buses will be operating from Raiganj and two others from Balurghat. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that many buses were introduced earlier and now with the introduction of the seven new buses, the service will improve further.Besides inauguration of the buses, the Islampore depot itself will also be inaugurated. The depot has been developed at a cost of Rs 58 lakh. At the same time, cheques will also be distributed among those whose vehicles were damaged on the day of the bandh on September 26. A Safe Drive Save Life programme will also be held, as a part of which helmets will be distributed at the programme.last_img read more

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