Group undertakes campus-wide programming

first_imgStudent Government Association’s (SGA) Council of Committee Chairs (CCC) sought to continue last year’s goal of transparency as well as increase student attendance in events this semester, CCC director and vice president of external affairs Katie Stare said.Stare, a senior, said the 18 committee chairs and co-chairs work to address student interests and needs in the most effective way possible. The 12 committees include alumnae, athletic, community, first-years’ concerns, food services, international, market research and media, mission, social concerns, Sophia Program, sustainability and technology.“Of the 12 committees, the media chair has been the one that has seen the most changes this year,” Stare said. “Katie Calhoun, who is the chair of the committee, has worked extremely hard to make sure all of the SGA events are advertised on all social media outlets. She also personally designs the t-shirts for many of the events.“Katie[Calhoun] has been a huge help this year in furthering our overarching goal in SGA to improve student participation and attendance.”Stare said the committee chairs and co-chairs meet on a weekly basis to update one another on issues that come up, student feedback on events or their upcoming plans and goals.“We are a very collaborative group, and as one of our main goals this year is to have every committee planning more events in order to best utilize our budgets, it’s great to have these weekly meetings so we can all join forces and inspire each other to be successful,” she said. “Our CCC budget is larger than it has been in the past, so we are all trying our best to reap the most benefits from this upgrade.”Five of the committees put on “big weeks” on campus to highlight different issues among the campus community and raise awareness of different social concerns. These “big weeks” take extensive planning — the committees work months in advance to design the weeks — and thus, the committees’ duties are mostly narrowed to one specific focus.“I think that’s something that could definitely be improved,” international co-chair and senior Catherine Sullivan said. “Right now, it’s like the committee chairs have their ‘big weeks’ to focus on, and then they are pretty much done for the year after the week takes place.“My chair is one of the few positions that actually has to think of one or two events for every month, since I don’t have a ‘big week’ to plan for. It helps me involve my issue of the international community at Saint Mary’s in events throughout the year.”Stare said the “big weeks” that have taken place already this fall semester have been Support a Belle, Love a Belle (SABLAB) and Food Week. SABLAB was organized by social concerns co-chairs and seniors Kaitlyn Tarullo and Chloe Deranek, and Food Week was planned by food services chair and sophomore Mary Kate Luft and sustainability co-chairs Chelsey Fattal and Eleanor Jones, both juniors. (Editor’s note: Luft is a Viewpoint copyeditor at The Observer. Fattal is a News writer.)“I was really impressed with both of the ‘big weeks’ that have happened so far,” Stare said. “I think what made the weeks so successful were their emphases on diversity.”“SABLAB had the student panel with a lot of different mental illnesses being represented and talked about, and then the week concluded with Mr. [Tom] Seeberg coming to talk and be an inspiration for all of us,” she said. “Similarly, Food Week incorporated different sorts of food but also a yoga event, so healthy eating and living were shown working hand-in-hand. Diversity is something we always try to accommodate in all SGA events, so these weeks did a great job integrating that goal.”The CCC will be especially busy helping the alumnae and mission committees and social concerns committee plan Heritage Week and Love Your Body Week, respectively, in the spring semester, Stare said.“Since student attendance at the events that have already happened this year has been greatly improved, we hope that in the ‘big weeks’ to come, the same sort of turn out will occur,” she said. “It’s amazing what the small but mighty Saint Mary’s community can do when we collaborate and come together to unite behind certain causes and events.”The Council of Committee Chairs has been successful in facilitating the 12 committees’ events and ambitions, aimed to promote student participation in SGA events to build a strong community and utilize the allocated budgets in fruitful ways. (A)Tags: CCC, Council of Committee Chairs, Food Week, saint mary’s, sga, SMC, support a belle love a bellelast_img read more

Liam Doyle & More Will Star in U.K. Premiere of Altar Boyz

first_img Altar Boyz is a musical comedy about a fictitious boy-band on the last night of their Raise the Praise tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs, who are trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Their pious pop act—including lyrics like “Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait” and “Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone”—worked wonders on the bingo hall circuit, but when fate brings them to New York, will the boyz take a bite out of the forbidden apple? Doyle is currently starring as Fiyero in Wicked (U.K. tour). Fines’ credits include Avenue Q (U.K. tour). Hartshorne has appeared in The History Boys (National Theatre). Khodabukus’ recent credits include I Can’t Sing! in the West End. Jordan-Mills played Billy in the 2013 revival of Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse). View Commentscenter_img London has heavenly harmonies, divine dance moves and faith that’s stronger than hair gel to look forward to. Liam Doyle, Jonny Fines, Jamie-Ray Hartshorne, Faisal Khodabukus and Alex Jordan-Mills will play Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham in the previously reported U.K. premiere of Altar Boyz. Directed by Steven Dexter, the off-Broadway hit will play a limited run October 3 through October 18. Opening night is set for October 8 at the Greenwich Theatre.last_img read more

Holiday Food

first_imgThe holiday season is filled with all types of parties. While they can put you in a festive mood and allow you to catch up with family and friends, they can also derail your diet when finger foods and delicious beverages abound.Do you have to deprive yourself at these get-togethers? No! These parties come just once a year and should be enjoyable. However, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to keep yourself on track!Focus on fruits and vegetables. If the party has a fruit salad or vegetable tray, make these the star of your party plate.Fill at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, and no more than 2 tablespoons of dip, before moving to the more decadent items like cheese plates and desserts. Produce is lower in calories and the fiber will also help you feel full.Pick your protein. Look for lean sources of protein on the snack buffet. Some party favorites you might see are cocktail shrimp, lean deli meats like turkey or ham, grilled chicken skewers, hummus or bean dip. These options will be lower in saturated fat, and the protein will round out the plate to make you feel satisfied.Have dessert — in moderation. Holiday parties usually have a variety of sweet treats for you to choose from. It may be tempting to try several different desserts, but the best strategy is to be selective. Whether it is a holiday favorite you absolutely must have every year or a beautiful new treat you can’t resist, choose just one delicious dessert and enjoy every bite!Make only one trip through the line. At a party where snacks are being served, it is tempting to graze throughout the evening.However, by doing this you may be taking in more calories than you realize. A good plan is to limit yourself to one trip through the buffet line, then take your time eating those snacks during the party. Eating slowly will help you to gauge when you become full, enjoy your food and allow you to socialize more!Plan your beverages. Some of the sneakiest sources of calories any time of year, but especially at the holidays, are drinks. Eggnog, punch or holiday cocktails are delicious ways to quench your thirst but are usually high in calories and sugar. Just one cup, or 8 fluid ounces, of eggnog is about 220 calories. You don’t have to avoid these drinks altogether; instead, alternate your beverage of choice with water or another low-calorie drink. You would be surprised how many calories this can save without missing out on the party fun.Wear a tighter outfit. This may sound silly, but give it a try this year at a party and see what happens! This strategy can make you feel more confident and motivated to maintain your current size. Additionally, it can help you determine when you are full faster than wearing baggier clothing!For more tips on eating healthy and staying active during the holidays, visit University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s online fitness resource, walkgeorgia.org.last_img read more

Keillor, Keith, Nugent headline Champlain Valley Fair Concert Series

first_imgSummer’s big concerts coming to the Champlain Valley FairSomething for everyone from Jonas Brothers and Toby Keith to Daughtry, Danity Kane, Ted Nugent and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.ESSEX JUNCTION — The Champlain Valley Fair will offer some of the biggest entertainers of the summer as part of the Bud Light Music Series in the Coca-Cola Grandstand at Champlain Valley Exposition.”This is one of our most diverse line-ups in years, featuring some of the hottest talent touring this summer anywhere in the U.S.” said Stephen Mease, communications director for the Exposition.It begins on Saturday, Aug. 23 with “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor,” the popular public radio show, which features a mix of radio comedy sketches, live music and Keillor’s signature monologue The News from Lake Wobegon. The show, presented by Vermont Public Radio and sponsored by Solmate Socks, will be recorded live in performance for national broadcast on Sept. 6.Then comes Daughtry on Sunday, Aug. 24 – one of the hottest bands to break onto the rock scene in the past 20 years. Led by frontman and band namesake Chris Daughtry, the group makes its Vermont debut featuring such smash hits as It’s Not Over, Feels Like Tonight, Home and Over You. The concert is sponsored by 95 Triple X.On Monday, Aug. 25, Danity Kane – the sexy R&B, hip-hop and pop girl group from MTV’s reality series “Making the Band 3” comes to the Champlain Valley Fair Coca-Cola Grandstand at 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by 95 Triple X.Danity Kane was signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records and its self-titled debut studio album was released in 2006. The quintet is comprised of singers and songwriters Shannon Bex, Aundrea Fimbres, Aubrey O’Day, Dawn Richard and Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgette.The group’s first album sold more than a million copies while spawning two singles with top 10 hit “Show Stopper” and the ballad “Ride for You.” Danity Kane’s second studio album, Welcome to the Dollhouse, was released this past March following the release of the Billboard top 10 hit single “Damaged.”On Friday, Aug. 29, the Grandstand will be rocking with the incomparable guitar genius and intensity of guitarist Ted Nugent and his band. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist’s prodigious talents and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Nugent the moniker of “Motor City Madman,” along with international acclaim. The show is at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by 106.7 WIZN.Recognized as the world’s leading guitar showman, Nugent’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” & “Cat Scratch Fever,” Damn Yankees chartbusters like “High Enough,” cult classic “Fred Bear,” and now “Love Grenade,” Nugent’s rapid-fire sonic assaults continue to sell out venues around the globe.The Fair’s big country show is Saturday, Aug. 30 with Toby Keith’s Big Dog Daddy Tour with special guest Flynnville Train, presented by 98.9 WOKO. Known for rough-and-rowdy singles like High Maintenance Woman and Get Drunk and Be Somebody, Toby Keith’s recent #1 single, Love Me If You Can, is a reminder that he is one of the best in the business.And finally, pop rock music sensation, The Jonas Brothers, will finish their 40-city summer tour with a concert in the Champlain Valley Fair’s Coca-Cola Grandstand on Sunday, Aug. 31. The show is sponsored by 95 Triple X.Taking their music and touring to the next level for their ever-growing fan base, the Jonas Brothers promise to bring their most exciting production yet to the stage this summer.The Burning Up Tour kicks off in Toronto at the Molson Amphitheatre on July 4 and will see the band once again performing across America, headlining amphitheaters and fairs for the very first time. The tour is produced by Live Nation.Tickets for all six shows are available through the FlynnTix Regional Box Office in downtown Burlington and Copy Ship Fax Plus in Essex Junction. All ticket prices are plus applicable service charges. Online tickets are available at www.flynntix.org(link is external) or by phone at (802) 863-5966. Advance concert tickets include admission to the Fair the day of the concert.The 87th Champlain Valley Fair, presented by Progressive, is “Summer’s Last Blast” of fun, on Aug. 23-Sept. 1. The 10-day annual Fair features blue-ribbon agricultural competitions, free entertainment, motor sports, midway rides, carnival, a daily circus, concerts, shopping and food. It has been named a Top 100 Event in America by the American Bus Association for the second year in a row.For a schedule of ongoing events at the Exposition or to sign up for a free, online newsletter with updates on future concerts and events please visit www.cvexpo.org(link is external).last_img read more

On the Blogs: Coal Plant Closures to Continue, Analysts Predict

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Forbes:More coal plants are now projected to retire more quickly than experts thought a year ago, according to energy-industry analystswho gathered in Chicago on Tuesday.Three alternative energy sources—wind, solar and natural gas—are expected to divide up the spoils, they said at the American Wind Energy Association’s Windpower 2018 conference.“The real story I believe is in coal retirements,” said Bruce Hamilton, a director in the energy practice at Navigant, which has modeled every coal plant in the U.S. and projected 73 gigawatts will retire in the next 10 years. “That’s more than twice what we projected last year at this time. It’s more than we had two years ago when the Clean Power Plan was in the assumptions.” The projection changed in part because of more announced retirements, Hamilton said, “but more importantly, the fundamentals of the economics of coal have gotten worse, with costs going up, while the competition for coal—that is, gas, wind and solar—has all gotten cheaper.”Navigant’s projection is more conservative than some:“Our outlook includes about 100 gigawatts of coal retirements,” said Max Cohen, an IHS Markit analyst. “That’s about a third of the fleet.”Dan Shreve of MAKE Consulting expects natural gas to grab much of the 80-90 GW of coal he sees retiring in the next 10 years. But, he added, more gas makes more wind possible:More: Coal Collapsing Faster Under Trump; Wind, Solar, Gas All Benefit On the Blogs: Coal Plant Closures to Continue, Analysts Predictlast_img read more

Italy, Maldives and Mexico are the most sought after via Google, Croatia among the top 15 destinations

first_imgMany people are now looking for the perfect destination for the late summer holidays or planning ahead for 2021. Most of 2020 due to travel restrictions stopped tourism and tourists from flying around the world on vacation, which had a huge financial impact on the tourism and tourism industry. The consequences will be felt for years to come, and real recovery only begins when a vaccine or cure is found. Using Google Keyword Planner – a tool for planning keywords from ESTA-e analyzed the countries to which people want to travel on vacation. Data were collected in August 2020, and using terms that include “Flights for X” and “Holidays in X” from ESTA, the following results were obtained. Italy, Maldives and Mexico were the most searched on Google, while Croatia is among the top 15 destinations. Our competitors (although we should not be competitors) Spain, Greece and Turkey are also ahead of Croatia. Look for the whole research HERElast_img read more

One dead, 562 infected by dengue fever in South Sumatra

first_imgOne person has died of dengue fever in South Sumatra, while up to 562 have been infected since the beginning of the year, the South Sumatra Health Agency has reported.The health agency’s disease prevention and control department head Muyono said that the death occurred in January in North Musi Rawas regency.“The patient who died was a 15-year-old girl. She was not taken to the hospital in time,” he said on Monday as quoted by Antara. Although the death occurred in North Musi Wawas regency, the number of dengue fever cases in the area is relatively low compared to 16 other regencies and cities in South Sumatra. Read also: ‘God’s will’: Health minister’s response on dengue fever deaths in East Nusa TenggaraOf the 562 cases recorded as of March 9, Palembang had the highest number of dengue fever cases with 87, while Musi Banyuasin was second with 77 cases. “Palembang always has the highest dengue fever rate every year as it has a large population and the topography enables Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to breed freely,” Muyono said.He added that the number of cases had decreased compared to the 687 cases recorded in the same period last year. In 2019, the South Sumatra Health Agency recorded  a total of 2,799 dengue fever cases resulting in six deaths.  “Dengue fever happens every year as there is no vaccine and there is no cure, but we can prevent it by living a hygienic lifestyle, keeping betta fish and monitoring Aedes aegypti larvae,” he said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Summer heat could be a ‘nightmare’ for Tokyo Games: 2020 advisor

first_img“The temperature was not that high so if we could have this kind of weather next year, maybe it will be okay,” Yokohari added.”But, if the weather turns out like right now, or like last year, then it is going to be a nightmare.”Hottest time of yearThe main reason for this year’s cooler July temperatures was the extended rainy season, which is often followed by the hottest time of year.Yokohari said this was very unusual and that the rainy season in Tokyo habitually ended on or around July 20 — three days before the Olympics are due to start.The 1964 Tokyo Olympic were held in October but for various reasons, including television deals and to avoid a clash with other major events, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) wanted the July dates kept even after postponement.”If we could plan this postponed Olympic Games in November then I am sure the situation could be much, much better but unfortunately the IOC said ‘no, no, it is going to be in July,'” said Yokohari.”Having said that, I am afraid that there isn’t going to be much we can do, especially for spectators.”Last year, in response to a particularly hot summer, the IOC acknowledged the issues Tokyo’s heat would bring and moved the marathon and race walk events to the cooler northern city of Sapporo.Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, battling the heat was the major challenge for Games organizers.”Tokyo 2020 and all the Japanese organizers are not optimistic about the summer weather in Tokyo at all,” Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said on Tuesday.”We will be working closely together with the key delivery partners … to combat heat weather.”With temperatures rising around the globe, Yokohari said the Tokyo Games could be a “gamechanger”.”I would say that Tokyo should be a gamechanger of the whole story because, in the future, no cities in the world will be able to host Olympic Games in summer anymore,” he said. Topics : “When it comes to heat stress or heat stroke, the problem is not only the temperature but also the humidity as well,” Yokohari told Reuters on Tuesday.”When you can combine these two … Tokyo is the worst in history.”Temperatures this July, when the Olympics were due to start before the new coronavirus forced a postponement, were significantly cooler than the five-year average for the month of 30.4 degrees Celsius.With August averaging highs of 30.8 degrees Celsius and lows of 24.2 over the 30 years over his study, Yokohari said organizers should be prepared for the worst. Even if the COVID-19 pandemic does not prevent the Tokyo Olympics from going ahead next year, the blazing summer heat in the Japanese capital could still make the Games ‘a nightmare’, an advisor to the organizing committee has told Reuters.Although Japan enjoyed a mild summer this year, Makoto Yokohari said that the highest temperatures in a typical August — when most of the delayed Games will take place — could mean a dangerous mix of heat and humidity.Yokohari, a professor of environment and urban planning at the University of Tokyo, analyzed data going back to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and said he found that in the period where the Games were held, Tokyo had the highest average temperature and precipitation of any host city.last_img read more

Photos: Gov. Wolf Arrives in Poland after Visiting PA Troops, Honoring Tree of Life Victims in Lithuania

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf crossed over from Lithuania to Poland this morning, beginning the second leg of his journey to visit with Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) troops, and meet with business and government leaders. Next, in Poland, the governor will visit more than 500 PNG troops and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial, where he will again honor the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue attack.Photos for media use from the governor’s trip are posted to his Flickr account.“The partnership built over the last 26 years between Pennsylvania and Lithuania is culturally and strategically important,” said Gov. Wolf. “It was rewarding to talk with our troops who have spent months preparing for their training here, as well as Lithuanian soldiers who have visited Pennsylvania through the exchange. Our guard members care deeply about their Lithuanian counterparts and our shared strategic priorities, and it is important for our ability to build strong business, political and cultural relationships with the country.”Gov. Wolf became the first American governor to visit the base in Pabrade Training Area, in Lithuania, where thousands of PNG troops train alongside the Lithuanian armed forces as part of Pennsylvania’s 26-year military partnership with Lithuania. Earlier today, the governor watched several military demonstrations, including ordnance explosions, then joined soldiers for an on-base lunch of traditional Lithuanian food.The PNG troops who participate in the partnership rotate through two-week visits to Lithuania, where they engage in training exercises. Lithuanian troops also make two-week visits to PNG headquarters at Fort Indiantown Gap. Most of the PNG members who participate in the program have full-time jobs and families in Pennsylvania, and many have been deployed to conflict areas abroad or domestically to assist with storms other emergencies.“I’m grateful for the opportunity to thank our troops for their sacrifice and for their willingness to step up and assist with emergencies across Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “I also asked them for feedback on what we, as leaders, can be doing to help them in return. I encouraged them to make use of the Pennsylvania GI Bill, which I signed into law earlier this year. Many of these troops have young families or plan to have families down the road. The GI Bill will ease the burden of paying for higher education. Taking one worry from these troops is the least we can do to thank them for their service.”The governor also visited the Paneriai Memorial and Museum, which sits on the site of the Ponary massacre, a Holocaust atrocity in which an estimated 70,000 Jews, 20,000 Poles and 10,000 others were murdered. He laid a wreath sent by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh at the base of a memorial dedicated to the Jewish victims and signed the names of the 11 victims of the October 2018 antisemitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in the memorial’s guest book.“The memorial sits within a quiet, peaceful forest but the large stone pits where people were killed, and bodies were burned, are haunting reminders of the horrors that took place,” Gov. Wolf said. “While traveling in Lithuania, we saw neighborhoods that had been designated Jewish ghettos during World War II. While these neighborhoods are rebuilt and modern, the history of the Holocaust is not lost. It reminds you that hate can exist anywhere, and we must remain vigilant in eradicating it, always.”Gov. Wolf also met with numerous business and political leaders during his first two days in Lithuania, including one business owner who surprised him by asking him to sign a toy Jeep. The governor sought to encourage Lithuanian business owners to expand to Pennsylvania, which would create jobs and build customer bases beneficial to both countries. He also provided advice on strategies to boost the economy in both rural areas and cities.“Lithuania shares many characteristics with Pennsylvania, including our strong agriculture industries and our positions as gateways to larger regions,” said Gov. Wolf. “We want our economic relationships here to be as strong as our military partnership.” September 12, 2019 Photos: Gov. Wolf Arrives in Poland after Visiting PA Troops, Honoring Tree of Life Victims in Lithuaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Courting plenty of interest

first_img55 The Esplanade, PallarendaMr Torrisi said sale by tender was a great way to sell a unique home and was less intimidating for buyers than having to bid at an auction.“With sale by tender people have got time to do their own research and put a price in whereas with an auction you can get caught up in the moment and pay too much or pay too little and miss out.“It is very favourable to do it with unique properties or where you know there will be high demand.” 55 The Esplanade, PallarendaThe property will be open for inspection on Sunday from 10.45am-11.30am.Tenders will close on Monday, April 16, at 4pm.For more information, call Mr Torrisi on 0407 636 259. 55 The Esplanade, PallarendaCentury 21 Belgian Gardens principal Mario Torrisi said properties along the Esplanade at Pallarenda offered great value for someone wanting a waterfront property.“Properties there are very affordable for the views and lifestyle you get and Pallarenda is just one of those suburbs that families really want to live in,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The house itself will cater for good sized families. The half-size tennis court is a unique feature and is really great for exercise.“The house inside is very large and spacious.”center_img 55 The Esplanade, PallarendaA WATERFRONT Pallarenda home complete with a tennis court is expected to draw a lot of buyer interest thanks to its prime location.55 The Esplanade, Pallarenda is being sold by tender and enjoys uninterrupted water views.The home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces, an inground pool and half tennis court.last_img read more