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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Clips of the Week: March 15, 2013

first_imgWelcome to another edition of Clips of the Week! We’ve got some heady videos for you today from around the net, including trippy skiing, cringe-worthy riding, and slippery ice.1. Color Me ImpressedAmazing idea and cinematography from the Falquet brothers, Huck and Chuck. This one is a mind ‘sploder and doesn’t get old.2. Renan ReelShort clips from the reel of Camp 4 Collective partner and cinematographer Renan Ozturk. Gorgeous stuff from a one of the great talents out there today. Also has Devotchka on the soundtrack, so I can dig that. HD and full screen mode a must for this one.RENAN OZTURK // DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY // REEL 2013 from Camp 4 Collective on Vimeo.3. March of the PenguinsEven though it’s their native habitat, ice is still slippery. Even humans fall on the sidewalk sometimes.4. Crash Test DummiesGo Pro crash footage from three years of filming around the U.S.? Yes, please.5. Spring is in the AirFrom Smith Optics and Colorblind Media, comes some pretty bomber tarpon footage. Spring is in the air, can you feel it?Spring is in the Air from Colorblind Media on Vimeo.These videos were our favorite from this week, but I’m sure we missed some good ones. If you have a video you would like featured in Clips of the Week, please leave a comment below!last_img read more

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Chaos in the Caribbean as ports turn away cruises on virus fears

first_img“We believe that this was as a result of a small number of influenza-like cases on board,” the company said.Meanwhile, passengers aboard the MSC Meraviglia were awaiting test results in Cozumel, Mexico, after their ship was barred from docking in Jamaica and Grand Cayman.The episodes underscore the heightened concern of public officials over coronavirus following confirmed cases on a ship in Asia. Previously, vessels had been turned away or quarantined in Asia and Europe, but the new incidents strike closer to home for US and Latin American authorities and threaten the US industry’s core market of the Caribbean.The largest US-based operators — Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. — have lost about $31 billion in market value in about six weeks. Shares of Carnival, the industry giant, closed at their lowest in more than six years on Thursday. MSC Cruises, which operates the Meraviglia, is closely held, and Fred. Olsen is part of a larger company. The Dominican Republic turned away a cruise ship with about 1,500 people on board Thursday, the latest such episode as coronavirus concerns spread to tourist meccas in the Caribbean.Local officials there refused to let passengers leave the Braemar Thursday after learning that some aboard the ship, operated by Bonheur ASA’s Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, were under observation for flu, cough and respiratory problems.The company said no guests or crew had shown symptoms consistent with coronavirus, and that the move was an “overreaction.” A performer demonstrates on a iFly Holdings LLC body flying tunnel on The Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship, operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s cruise line brand Royal Caribbean International (RCI), as the ship sits berthed at the Marina Bay Cruise Center in Singapore, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. For the better part of a decade, wealthy Chinese tourists have been on a feeding frenzy for luxury brands, casinos and cruise lines. As a result, China became the world’s biggest spender in international tourism in 2012, according to data from the World Tourism Organization, a United Nations agency. ( Bloomberg/Bryan van der Beek)Risks come homeFrom the outset, cruise companies began to dial back their exposure in Asia, where the industry had a small but growing presence. But the spread to Europe — and the risk to the Americas — poses a greater risk to the companies, especially during what is typically peak booking season.In Cozumel, health officials were awaiting test results for a crew member and a passenger aboard the Meraviglia. The ship sailed for Cozumel after it was turned away in Jamaica and Grand Cayman.MSC Cruises said the ship would remain in Cozumel until results come in and was optimistic guests would be able to disembark on Friday for tourist activities.For a time Wednesday it was unclear whether the government would allow the ship to moor.MSC Cruises said it received “formal and final authorization” to dock. But overnight, state Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez of Quintana Roo, where Cozumel is located, contradicted the company, saying no authorization would be given until after a health review.A Royal Caribbean cruise ship sits docked at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. ( Bloomberg/Christopher Occhicone)Welcome homeIn Miami, where the MSC Cruise originated, Port Director Juan Kuryla said at a press conference Thursday that the ship was welcome back based on current information.Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also weighed in Thursday, reiterating that the ship could dock but saying an inspection was called for.“We’re permitting it to dock, and there may be a disembarking of those on the ship,” Lopez Obrador said at his morning press conference in Mexico City. “We gave instructions for an inspection to be done and that they be allowed to arrive and stay. We can’t act with discrimination.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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The property clock strikes big for hot spot areas

first_img9 Lion St, Ipswich. Picture: realestate.com.auWhile property values remained fairly stagnant during February, property analyst Michael Matusik has revealed where the housing market is on the upswing.Mr Matusik’s latest property clock for houses, has Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Redlands, Sunshine Coast and Gympie all in upswing.He said a market’s position on the property clock was based on the strength and direction of key indicators including sales numbers, price and rent, demand and how much new supply there was.His latest Matusik Missive also listed Ipswich, the Fraser Coast and Noosa markets as heading into upswing territory.Ipswich has many beautiful homes, often at prices well below what something similar would cost in Brisbane’s suburbs. A four-bedroom home at 9 Lion St, Ipswich is listed for $879,000.The land the home sits on was bought in 1904 from the family of the then Ipswich Mayor Mr Pettigrew. A home was built on it in 1907.The period home has 3.5m high ceilings, VJ walls, period window, and timber floorboards which have all been restored. 196 Easthill Drive, Robina. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed through Ian and Linda Mills of McGrath – Palm Beach.On the Sunshine Coast at Noosaville a home at 15 Bluebell Court is listed for offers of more than $740,000.The three-bedroom home is in a cul-de-sac in a residential pocket bordered by the Lake Doonella Reserve.The single-level home has open plan living and dining areas. An outdoor area overlooks the pool and reserve at the rear of the property. REAL ESTATE: 9 Lion St, Ipswich. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThe home has two new bathrooms, a large separate dining area and study. It is listed through Steve Athanates of NGU Real Estate Ipswich.On the Gold Coast at Robina, 196 Easthill Drive is listed for more than $850,000.The three-bedroom home is within the Glades Golf Community.It has formal and informal living and dining areas, and an outdoor entertainment area with a swimming pool nearby.center_img 15 Bluebell Court, Noosaville. Picture: realestate.com.auThe property has a double lockup garage, plus on-site side parking for a boat or caravan, on the 975sq m block.It is listed through Tansy Grant and Justin Sykes of Ray White – Noosa.last_img read more

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How AI could change manager selection at world’s biggest pension fund

first_imgThe pension fund should be able to conduct more prudent and data-driven selection and monitoring of fund managers, which could in turn “foster more constructive and in-depth dialogue” between GPIF and its fund managers.This would improve the robustness and performance of the pension fund’s investment practices in the long run, the authors said.GPIF’s current approach relied on the track records and qualitative explanation of candidates and commissioned fund managers.The authors also outlined a series of effects on asset management companies. “When asset management companies recognise that GPIF has the ability to independently analyse their investment styles and intends to continue development of even more advanced technology, they will recognise that they cannot justify their results with only qualitative explanations,” they wrote.This would cause asset managers to introduce more sophisticated technologies to explain their behaviour and be accountable for their investment practices, which would accelerate the use of AI-assisted asset management.Associated benefits could include high cost transparency, as a result of reduced reliance on individual persons from management strategies “whose fair value is ambiguous at best”.“This sequence of developments will further promote the science and technology of asset management,” the report added.Concerns about the cost of active investment management and manager selection recently prompted GPIF to link management fees with active return.The report on the AI study can be found here.GPIF joins Climate Action 100+Separately, GPIF has joined Climate Action 100+, the institutional investor-led initiative to engage with major greenhouse gas emitting companies to improve corporate governance on climate change, curb emissions and strengthen climate-related financial disclosures.Anne Simpson, investment director at CalPERS and inaugural chair of the initiative, said GPIF’s support would be “vital to our success”. Artificial intelligence (AI) could significantly improve how the world’s largest pension fund selects and monitors its fund managers, according to a report.The report’s authors explained that a collaboration between Japan’s ¥158trn (€1.2trn) Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) and Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL) developed a proof-of-concept prototype system to test the principle of “using deep learning to detect the investment style of managers from trading behaviour data collected daily by GPIF”.It found that the system could properly detect different fund managers’ styles and drifts, “enabling evidence-based, prompt analysis of investment styles”.Introducing the prototype AI system within GPIF would have multiple effects, according to the report, which GPIF commissioned last year.last_img read more

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Watch: 39 year old Davide Moscardelli is the best player you’ve never heard of!

first_imgImage Courtesy: ImgurAdvertisement 1aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5rlae4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7lvfd9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9syvhWould you ever consider trying this?😱38qCan your students do this? 🌚ix7yRoller skating! Powered by Firework Davide Moscardelli: a name in football most people haven’t ever heard of. Yet, this 39 year old Italian footballer’s eloquent footwork and showcase of majestic skills will leave you wondering, why is he not famous?Advertisement Image Courtesy: ImgurBelow is a video titled “Davide Moscardelli Is Too Good For Ballon d’Or” a of compilation of the veteran striker in action. Check them out, courtesy to YouTube channel MatigolVidz.Advertisement The video puts together several clips of the bearded forward in action, along with his magnificent display of prowess with the ball- which is comparable only to footballers of top tier competitions.Born in the Belgian city of Mons, Moscardelli currently plays in Serie B side AC Pisa, who have been promoted from Serie C last season. he has been nicknamed ‘Battigol’ for his uncanny resemblance with Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta.Advertisement Starting his career back in 1997 in the presently defunct Italian club A.S.D. Maccarese Calcio, Moscardeli player has had several spells across various clubs in his long spanning 22 years of professional career.He has spent 7 seasons in Serie B, including the likes of Bologna FC and Chievo Verona, and has a total of 777 goals to his name.However, this upcoming season maybe is the last one of his career, as Moscardelli stated back in July.“I would like to talk about myself in Serie B, as if it were the last year because I believe it is so. Therefore I want to conclude in beauty.” he told SestaPorta. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Local Pharmacies Can’t Keep Face Masks in Stock

first_imgThe article originally appeared in the March 5-11, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Some customers are nervous about being able to obtain chronic medications in the future. “People are worried about their drugs being on back order. If the generic drug is made in China then there’s a chance there will be a supply issue. We haven’t noticed anything yet, but that’s always a possibility,” said Leng. He added that customers are willing to pay out-of-pocket for an early supply and that he receives this request at least once per day. It’s a sign of anxious times. As the novel coronavirus – and the illness it causes, COVID-19 – spreads in the United States, some local pharmacies report face masks and hand sanitizer are flying off the shelves.  Without a vaccine currently available, local residents are seeking to have something – anything – on hand to protect against the threat of the illness.  “Customers come in asking for masks all day long,” said Dave Samuels, a pharmacist at Rumson Pharmacy on West River Road. The drugstore has been unable to restock its supply for about a month, he said.  The CDC is not advising face masks for healthy people unless they are recommended by a health care professional. It advises face masks should only be worn by health care workers and individuals who have COVID-19 or individuals taking care of someone infected with the virus. “Our domain is explaining side effects and educating the public in situations like this because we’re accessible and part of the community,” he said. At Shrewsbury Avenue Pharmacy, a few travel-sized bottles of hand sanitizer were available early in the week, but sold out quickly. Jennifer Gonzalez, a pharmacy clerk, said a middle-school-aged girl came in asking for masks, stating she had been to multiple pharmacies in the area without luck. When Gonzalez informed her they were also out of stock, she returned with her mother and purchased the remaining hand sanitizer in the store. Anthony Yacullo, a pharmacist for 25 years who currently works at Red Bank Family Pharmacy said, “ I saw something like this when SARS was in the papers.” He explained that the lack of definitive information around COVID-19, how it spreads, and what will happen next adds to the growing fear and desire for protective supplies. Pharmacist Anthony Yacullo showed the last remaining face mask in Red Bank Family Pharmacy that wasn’t sold due to a defect. Photo by Jamie Jablonowski The pharmacy was able to find masks through its wholesalers. “We were able to stock 20 boxes of 10 each, and they sold out within a day,” Leng said. “The pharmacy has a waiting list, but the demand became so high they stopped taking names. The pharmacy has been out of masks for two to three weeks. “We’ve been getting 10-15 calls a day asking for masks.” Hand sanitizer and antimicrobial wipes are both out of stock, said Mike Salerno, who orders supplies at Little Silver Pharmacy. “Hand sanitizer is back ordered until the end of March,” he said. He added that the customers most concerned were mothers and individuals planning travel. Waleska Jorge, a pharmacy technician and Jennifer Gonzalez, a pharmacy clerk, stood in front of the counter at Shrewsbury Avenue Pharmacy where they field daily requests for face masks and hand sanitizer. Photo by Jamie Jablonowski As of Tuesday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported 80 cases of novel coronavirus in the United States across 13 states, including 16 cases resulting from person-to-person spread and 40 cases under investigation. There have been a total of 11 deaths reported in the media as of Wednesday afternoon, 10 in Washington and one in California. No cases of COVID-19 have been reported in New Jersey as of press time. On Tuesday, the World Health Organization warned officials the virus could be more deadly than the flu, with a mortality rate of 3.4 percent. “There was an initial surge when the virus first hit and then it died down a little bit. It surged back up again after the CDC came out with the report that we should get ready,” said Leng.  All pharmacists echoed CDC guidance to practice hand hygiene, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, avoid touching your face, stay home when sick and avoid contact with those who are ill.  Shelves at Red Bank Family Pharmacy, usually stocked with face masks, are empty. Pharmacies report they are unable to replenish supplies.  By Jamie Jablonowski Even though the CDC does not advise wearing a surgical mask, Daniel Leng, a pharmacist at Little Silver Family Pharmacy noted that demand surged following the CDC’s announcement last week urging the public to prepare.  Surgical masks do not provide a tight seal around the nose and mouth, allowing for the potential inhalation of respiratory droplets that can make a person sick, according to the CDC. While N95 respirators provide higher protection, they must be fit-tested to ensure the masks fit properly, especially if a person wearing one has a beard.  While hand sanitizer is selling out, regular soap is still readily available and is preferred for handwashing by the CDC. (See article about handwashing in the Health section, page 22.) Hand sanitizer is recommended only when regular soap and water are not available.last_img read more

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Get ready to play ball — exciting season on tap for NDBA

first_imgThe upcoming season looks very promising for Nelson Baseball on the eve of completion of upgrades to Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview.Thanks to the many hours of volunteer work, those upgrades should be completed in the next few weeks.“New irrigation system and natural turf infield replaces the hard clay infield we’ve been playing on for a few decades,” said outgoing Nelson and District Baseball Association President Larry Martel.“The City of Nelson is helping to upgrade the player dugouts, the backstop fencing and trees this year.“The outfield banks were overgrown and full of weeds and thorny scrubs which have been cleaned up and re-seeded.”Martel said had increased by 30 percent in 2014 last season in Nelson and NDBA also saw Okanagan Falls, Salmo and Kaslo join the West Kootenay Little League association for our house league schedule. The registration increase saw NDBA increase to 20 teams playing in the Minors — 9-10 years — and Majors 11-12 years.These divisions play a 12-15 game schedule and attend a couple of tournaments during the 10-week season that runs from April to June.Martel said T-ball 5-6 years — and Rookies —7-8 years — also have seen registrations increasing.“These younger baseball players have very limited travel and play all their games and practices at the new Lions park diamond,” he explained.NDBA baseball registration closes Friday (April 1) so that division managers can evaluate and get teams in coaches in place for the start of the West Kootenay League.Practices usually start soon after April 1 and the first games around the April 15th, weather permitting.“The season runs to the end of the school year then a few of the players continue with summer baseball in the American Legion, Little League provincials or with travel baseball teams that attend tournaments in July in the Okanagan or in Montana, Idaho and Washington state,” Martel said.Anyone interested in umpiring should attend at clinic hosted in Castlegar this year in early April before the first games.David Gray is  the new association president for NDBA.last_img read more

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‘Donegal’s islands have been abandoned for far too long’ – Doherty TD

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has called on the government to do more to protect and develop Ireland’s off-shore islands.The Donegal TD used the return of the Dáil to urge policy makers to recognise the cultural and linguistic importance of the islands, and to take measures which aim to promote island communities and to development their sustainability into the future.Speaking ahead of a Dáil debate, Deputy Doherty said: “For far too long many of Donegal’s off-shore islands, such as Arranmore, Tory Island, Gola, Inishfree, and Inishboffin and others have been abandoned by successive governments. “They have suffered decades of population decline due to underinvestment, lack of services and policy failure in areas such as fishing which once provided much needed employment on the islands.“This is why my colleague Deputy Martin Kenny and I introduced the Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill in 2017. This legislation is currently making its way through the Dáil and, if enacted, will provide for the issuing of heritage licences to island fishermen to facilitate the continuance of traditional fishing practices on Ireland’s offshore islands.”Deputy Doherty called on the Government and all TDs to support the motion, which also seeks the development of unique policies for offshore islands as well as an action plan for measures to ensure that island’s can reach their full economic potential.  ‘Donegal’s islands have been abandoned for far too long’ – Doherty TD was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:islandsPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more

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Mica redress scheme could be published before Christmas

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says he is hoping the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government will finally deliver on his promise and publish the Mica redress scheme before Christmas.Deputy McConalogue, who raised the issue again in the Dáil this week, said it was unfortunate that he felt the need to continually raise the same questions due to inaction by the government.“I have raised in the House on many occasions, the issue of the 5,000 homeowners in Donegal whose homes are affected by mica defective blocks. This time last year the Minister gave a commitment that he would publish a scheme to help those who need redress and financial assistance to fix their homes. A year later the scheme has not been announced and no homes have been fixed,” he said. The Fianna Fáil TD pressed the Minister to ensure, at the very least, that the scheme will be published before Christmas so homeowners will know they can apply for a scheme in the New Year to get their homes fixed.In response, the Minister did indicate that he intends to have regulatory work finished within the next two weeks when he hoped to make an announcement of an opening date for the scheme.While he welcomed that commitment, Deputy McConalogue said it was imperative there are no further delays.“To date the response from the government, right from the Taoiseach down, has been one of broken promises, so I am really hoping, for the sake of the 5,000 homeowners affected, that this is not another one.” Deputy McConalogue said that if the Minister does finally deliver on publishing the scheme before Christmas as promised, hopefully real action would follow in 2020 and people whose homes have been devastated by this, would finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.“One thing for sure, is that I will continue to raise the matter at every opportunity to ensure these promises are upheld and homeowners will get access to a scheme to fix their homes,” he concluded.Mica redress scheme could be published before Christmas was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConlaoguedonegalMICAlast_img read more

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