College adds scholarship

first_imgSaint Mary’s students will have the opportunity to add to their financial aid package with a new scholarship funded by the Hearst Foundation. The Hearst Foundation, founded by William Randolph Hearst, has donated $60,000 to Saint Mary’s College to benefit students who are academically talented, but also economically disadvantaged. Students who are members of an underrepresented minority will have priority, according to a College press release. “We anticipate the average award per student to be $2,500 each year, which will be added on top of their current financial aid package,” director of financial aid Kathleen Brown said. The Class of 2014 is the first class of students to receive the Hearst scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. “We anticipate that 12 students overall will receive this award,” Brown said Scholarships will be given the student’s junior year and renewed for senior year.  Students must be US citizens, eligible for the Federal Pell Grant Program and ideally majoring in science, math or engineering, according to Brown said. The process of determining this year’s Hearst Scholars is currently being finalized, she said. “The hope is that this scholarship will help students to graduate with less debt,” Brown said. Brown said this scholarship is part of an ongoing goal of providing more aid to eligible students. “Part of [President Carol Ann Mooney’s] last strategic plan was that we provide aid to 100 percent of Pell-eligible students,” Brown said. Emphasis for Hearst Scholar candidates is also put on students of an underrepresented minority, the press release stated. Minorities represented 13.5 percent of total students at Saint Mary’s during the 2011-12 school year, according to Saint Mary’s Institutional Research. Underrepresented minorities currently present at Saint Mary’s include African American, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic and Native Hawaiian. The Hearst Foundation has a strong tie to students with culturally diverse backgrounds.  Their mission is to identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives, according to the Hearst Foundation. Making a Saint Mary’s education affordable to girls with different educational and ethnic backgrounds has also long been a mission of Saint Mary’s, according to the College website. Contact Caroline Rech at crech01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Lawn Irrigation

first_imgGeorgia has had a fairly mild spring this year, but the summer heat is right around the corner and with it comes thirsty, thirsty lawns. There can definitely be too much of a good thing when it comes to watering your lawn. Too much irrigation not only wastes water, it hurts your lawn. Turfgrass, like all living things, requires water to grow and survive. Rainfall patterns vary a lot during Georgia summers, and it is sometimes necessary to supplement the irrigation for your lawn. Most warm-season perennial grasses — centipede, Bermuda, Saint Augustine and zoysia grasses — require about 1 inch of water a week. Overwatering can result in some major problems.  Overwatering your lawn can result in a shallow root system and reduced drought tolerance, more diseases, more weeds, an increase in damaging insect populations, more thatch and excessive growth, and reduced tolerance to shade and soil problems.  Lawn lovers can avoid these problems by using their sprinkler system correctly and monitoring their lawns.  Let your lawn tell you when to waterDon’t duplicate Mother Nature’s efforts. If rain is forecast for your area, turn off your sprinkler system. Lawns only need about 1 inch of irrigation a week, so one summer thunderstorm might get the job done. That being said, heat and direct sunlight can cause lawns to use water at different rates. You may have to water more often when the temperature is extremely high. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension researchers have found that lawns should be irrigated when approximately 50 percent of the lawn shows signs of wilt:Leaf blades are folded in half lengthwise in an attempt to conserve water.The grass takes on a blue-gray tint.Footprints or tire tracks remain visible on the grass.Learn more about your sprinklersWater should never be applied at a rate faster than it can be absorbed by the soil. If the sprinkler applies too much water, it runs off and is wasted. This doesn’t usually happen with small sprinklers unless the lawn is very dense or the soil is compact, but it’s important to know how much water your sprinklers deliver. Different sprinklers apply water at different rates, and rates can change over a lifetime of sprinkler use. Lawn lovers should understand the amount of water they need to apply to their turfgrass and calibrate their sprinklers accordingly.How to calibrate a sprinkler Efficient water use involves knowing the amount of water an irrigation system applies over a certain time period. Most people irrigate for a given amount of time without knowing how much water they are really applying to their lawns, which leads to watering the lawn too little or to wasting water. Wasted water runs down sidewalks and streets or through the root zone and deep into the ground where grass roots cannot reach it. Calibrating or determining the rate of water that a sprinkler system applies is easy. Use the following procedure for an in-ground system or a sprinkler at the end of a hose.Step 1: Obtain several (five to 10) soup cans, tuna cans or other straight-sided containers to catch the irrigation water. Containers that are 3 to 6 inches in diameter work best.Step 2: If you have an in-ground system, randomly place the containers in one zone at a time. Repeat the entire procedure in every zone because the irrigation rates may differ. If you use a hose-end sprinkler to water turf, place the containers in a straight line from the sprinkler to the edge of the watering pattern. Space the containers evenly.Step 3: Turn the water on for 15 minutes.Step 4: After the elapsed time, collect the cans and pour the water into a single can.Step 5: Measure the depth of water you collected.Step 6: Calculate the average depth of water by dividing the amount of collected water in inches by the number of cans.Step 7: Multiply the average depth by 4 to determine the application rate in inches per hour. Now that you can find your sprinkler system irrigation rate, you can apply water more efficiently.For more information about proper lawn care, search UGA Extension publications for “lawns” at www.extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Children from Poor Neighborhood in Santiago Shine in Robotics World Competition

first_imgBy Dialogo May 19, 2009 Winning an international competition is always a source of pride, but for children from the poorest areas of Chile, winning the Robotics World Competition is a real feat. 17,000 laborer families live in the community of La Pintana; unemployment exceeds 15 percent and store no longer offer credit to their customers. La Pintana reported the highest rate of juvenile crime in all of Chile, and only two out of ten children complete secondary education. It is in this community south of Santiago where Franco Lillo and his colleagues from the Nocedal College created the project which won first prize at the World Robotics 2009 First Lego League, which was held in the United States last month. Franco is 16 years old and, like his friends, has lived his entire life in La Pintana. Last year his professor of Technology, Patricio Acuña, suggested that he enter the foremost robotics competition in the United States, the Lego League, a competition in which, in Chile alone, 129 schools were represented, among thousands of others from around the world. Acuña encouraged his students to devise a project to help reverse global warming. Nine young men set to work creating a green robot. When Franco found out that the professor was looking for volunteers Acuña did not hesitate a single moment. “I was the last in the group. The teacher was testing me, and I passed. That was how I managed to enter,” he recalls with pride. Not knowing what awaited them, the “Spectrum Bots” team passed all national tests and traveled to United States to represent schoolchildren. “Many can reach this level in our country, and even surpass it if the job is well done, if they work together with teachers, parents and students,” says Miguel Arce, director of the Nocedal College. But once they qualified, the problem was to obtain resources to travel to Atlanta (USA), which hosted the final stage of the tournament. It took 21 million pesos (about 3700 U.S. dollars) to pay for travel and accommodation. None of the families of the young inventors had the funds for this, but with the help of the Ministry of Education, the boys packed their bags and traveled to the United States on April 16. “The school helped us to perfect our robot before the competition. They let us miss classes to perfect the project, and we also met during holidays to adjust details,” says Franco. And that is how the little hero of this story emerged. “Spectrum,” a self-contained robot developed with Lego Mindstorms technology, was crowned world champion in the “Innovation” category for its complex system of automatic irrigation. The prototype has the task of facilitating reforestation of the planet through solar-powered water irrigation. The amount of water required for operation is regulated by a device that connects directly to the root of the tree. The robot operates autonomously and does not require a human operator, which reduces maintenance costs. It was the dedication and determination of these guys that assured their victory, the college director emphasized. “They are all kids in their teens who love sports, being with friends, and going out, but they spent a whole month working on this project,” explains Miguel Arce. Very few understand how a handful of youths from the poorest communities in Chile achieved first place in a contest that gathers representatives from the most developed countries of the world. For Professor Acuña, when there are no economic resources, the important thing is to tap into creativity. “We won for a job well done because the creativity is there, all you have to do is develop it,” he says. Franco Lillo and his companions think the same thing, and now dream of studying technology, computing, and engineering, to continue inventing. “The effort was worth it; we realized that with effort and perseverance you can achieve things.”last_img read more

Giving Hope

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo March 10, 2017 Thirty-five-year-old Rosalidia Ortiz, feels blessed and fortunate for the medical brigades she has been able to attend in Corinto, Honduras, over the years. She has received free medical and dental care since she was a teenager. Twenty-two years later, she continues to benefit from them; now with her three children. Eight-year-old Alexander patiently sits next to her while waiting to get a tooth removed. “The medical brigades are good for the community because they bring a lot of medicine and they provide medical services,” said Ortiz. Eighteen-year-old Zulma Vega has also received the same care throughout her lifetime. Today, she brings her three-year-old daughter Idian with her for a medical consultation. “The medical brigade is a great benefit… This is a very important opportunity for us, because we don’t always have the opportunity to get care in Corinto.” Ortiz and Vega were part of the 747 local patients from the municipality of Corinto, in north western Honduras, who received medical care during the two-day Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) on Feb. 16th and 17th. The MEDRETE was held at a local school set up as a makeshift clinic, where military and civilian medical professionals joined to provide preventive medicine, basic medical attention, and dental and pharmacy services to local residents who would otherwise have to travel long distances and pay out-of-pocket expenses to receive medical care. The MEDRETEs are part of Joint Task Force-Bravo’s (JTF-Bravo) Medical Element (MEDEL) mission as a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) component command. The MEDEL coordinates with Central American ministries of health to conduct MEDRETEs in local communities, thereby providing real-world situations in which U.S. military personnel put into practice their medical skills jointly with partner nation counterparts under critical conditions. The experience validates their capabilities to respond to a humanitarian mission or natural disaster within Central America. Medical brigades in action The MEDRETE in Corinto is one of a three-part medical campaign in the Honduran state of Cortés. U.S. military doctors, nurses, and dentists, together with personnel from the Honduran Ministry of Health, Armed Forces, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as the Honduran chapter of the International Committee of the Red Cross cared for patients at the school, while a mobile surgical team performed gallbladder and hernia surgeries at the local hospital in Puerto Cortes, an hour away. Two days later a police partnership engagement took place in San Pedro Sula, two hours east of Corinto. “MEDRETEs provide the personnel of JTF-Bravo with valuable training;” said U.S. Army Major William Laver, officer-in-charge of the event in Corinto. “It also allows us to meet with the Honduran people and provide care for them, and maybe pay the host nation back for hosting us.” In fact, during the last 25 years, JTF-Bravo has provided medical and dental treatment to more than 512,000 Central Americans. Sharing knowledge and fomenting relationships “We enrich ourselves with the knowledge the medical brigade brings with them as well as with what we have to offer,” said Doctor Juan Carlos Ramos Mejía, Honduran liaison to the MEDEL. “There are times that our hospital doesn’t have enough capacity to tend to many patients, so the brigades help us counter that deficiency and offer health services to our community.” In addition to exchanging knowledge in the medical field, JTF-Bravo personnel had the opportunity to create ties with local health providers, Honduran Armed Forces counterparts, NGOs, and the community in general. “All our MEDRETTEs are multi-institutional, which is very important,” said Honduran dentist Wilme Amador, a liaison to the MEDEL. “The reason why Hondurans are familiar with JTF-Bravo is precisely their humanitarian-civic assistance work done over the years. The close-to-16-mission-per-year performed by the Medical Element have been a vital part of the community”, said Dr. Amador. Community health education is another service provided at this type of event. “We educate people about hygiene and sanitation, emphasizing on vector-borne diseases that are spreading right now, such as chikungunya, dengue, and zika,”, said Honduran Army Senior Master Sergeant Luis Alonso Alemán, health aid and lead of the preventive medicine program. “The medical brigades are very beneficial to these communities because they help a lot of people who do not have money to pay a doctor,” added Senior Master Sgt. Alemán, who has been contributing with JTF-Bravo’s medical brigades for two decades. He knows first-hand how eagerly the local people expect the medical brigades. This year, Corinto’s residents were eager for their arrival, so when the MEDRETE began, promptly at 8 a.m., hundreds of people already lined the streets around the school to welcome the personnel and get their conditions treated. “We are two partner nations,” stated Senior Master Sgt. Alemán, asserting the importance of the JTF-Bravo and Honduran Armed Force’s partnership. “They come to serve our people.” The data on the myriad benefits brought forth by the medical campaigns is undeniably positive. However, seeing a satisfied Ortiz leave the medical site holding Alexander’s hand while flashing a bright smile, says it without words or data. She represents the success of the mission.last_img read more

10 questions to ask before your next credit union strategic planning session

first_img continue reading » What is the most important thing to do before problem solving? Gain perspective.The only way to gain perspective is to ask a lot of questions. It’s one of the rules we emphasize with boards and leadership teams prior to facilitating strategic planning sessions for credit unions. Before throwing ideas out, you must gain perspective on your credit union’s growth strategies.Before your next credit union strategic planning event, use our free Strategy on Speed videos to spark conversation and gain perspective. Address the list of 10 questions below.Do your goals still make sense? Chances are, you set goals in your last strategic planning prior to the topsy-turvy reality of 2020. Are your credit union’s goals still relevant? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

DoD to resume giving anthrax shots

first_imgMay 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News ) – With a federal judge’s permission, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced it will resume giving anthrax shots to military personnel, but on a strictly voluntary basis.The DoD’s mandatory anthrax immunization program had been suspended since October 2004, when US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not follow proper procedures in approving the vaccine for inhalational anthrax.In January the FDA issued an “emergency use authorization” (EUA) permitting DoD to resume the vaccinations, but only on a voluntary basis. On Apr 6, Sullivan granted a DoD request to resume giving the shots under the terms of the emergency authorization.Yesterday the Pentagon announced it was ready to resume giving anthrax shots. Officials said the vaccinations would mostly be limited to military units assigned to the Central Command area, which includes the Middle East, and to troops serving in Korea and in homeland bioterrorism defense.”The implementing program requires commanders to follow EUA conditions very carefully, providing members of the armed services both education on the program and an option to refuse the vaccination without penalty,” the DoD announcement said.Dr. William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, called the immunization program a “vital protection measure for military personnel, who are at increased risk of exposure to an anthrax attack.”A DoD policy memo about the program says the EUA is scheduled to expire on July 27, less than 3 months away. “At that time, other initiatives may result in resumption of the normal AVIP [Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program], including mandatory vaccinations for selected personnel,” the memo says. “Alternatively, the EUA may be extended or other direction may be provided.”Perry Bishop, a Pentagon spokesman, said DoD will continue to press for mandatory vaccination, according to an Associated Press report published yesterday.The DoD memo says all personnel eligible for anthrax vaccination must be told they may refuse the shots and will not be punished. Troops must be told they will not be discharged for refusing and they can still be deployed. However, personnel must also be told, “Your military and civilian leaders strongly recommend anthrax vaccination,” the memo states.Personnel will be given a brochure that explains the known and potential benefits and risks of vaccination as well as the alternatives to vaccination.Before Sullivan’s ruling, anthrax shots were mandatory for personnel serving in areas where the risk of anthrax attack was considered high. More than 1.3 million troops had been vaccinated in the program, which began in 1998. But hundreds of troops refused the shots because of concern about side effects, and some were disciplined or discharged from the service.Sullivan’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed by six DoD personnel and civilian contractor employees who objected to the shots. In an initial ruling in December 2003, the judge ordered DoD to stop requiring the shots on the ground that the FDA had never specifically approved the vaccine for inhalational anthrax. The vaccine was originally licensed in 1970.The FDA responded immediately by declaring that the vaccine was safe and effective for all forms of anthrax. Sullivan then lifted his injunction in January 2004. But in his subsequent ruling in October 2004, Sullivan said the FDA had failed to follow its own rules in declaring the vaccine safe for all forms of the disease.Last December, military officials asked the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for emergency authority to resume the vaccination program. Under the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, the FDA, in a declared emergency, can authorize the use of a medical product that has not gained ordinary FDA approval. The FDA then issued the emergency authorization on Jan 27, but said the shots had to be voluntary.The anthrax vaccine used by DoD requires six shots over a period of 18 months, followed by annual boosters. Last November HHS awarded an $877 million contract for a new anthrax vaccine that officials hope will require fewer doses and have fewer side effects, but that vaccine is intended to go in a stockpile for civilian use.See also:May 3 DoD news releaseDoD policy memolast_img read more

Hakim Ziyech wants Arsenal transfer but Unai Emery not interested in Ajax star

first_imgHakim Ziyech wants Arsenal transfer but Unai Emery not interested in Ajax star Hakim Ziyech has been linked with a move to Arsenal after starring for Ajax last season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will not pursue a move for Ajax star Hakim Ziyech after the club carried out a detailed analysis of the player and will focus on alternative targets.The Morocco international played a pivotal role in the Dutch side’s success last season as an exciting young side came within seconds of reaching the Champions League final after landmark wins over Real Madrid and Juventus.Ziyech scored 19 times and registered 16 assists in all competitions and would offer the creativity and versatility Unai Emery appears to be seeking to bolster a midfield and forward line which will not be able to call upon the services of Aaron Ramsey this season following his move to Juventus.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to David Ornstein, via the Arseblog podcast, however, Emery is not interested in the 26-year-old, who reportedly has a £25million release clause in his contract, and will pursue alternative targets.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jul 2019 10:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisement Arsenal’s hopes of signing Wilfried Zaha appear remote after seeing an opening £40m bid rejected (Picture: Getty)Ziyech is said to be keen on a move to Arsenal and when asked which club he would like to join back in 2017, he told Ajax TV: ‘Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream.’When asked if he has a footballing idol, Ziyech replied: ‘Yes, I actually do have one. [Mesut] Ozil.’Arsenal have already seen a £40million bid for dismissed out of hand by Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha with the Eagles also indicating they have no interest in an exchange deal that could involve the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers and Mohamed Elneny.Unsettled Barcelona star Malcom is understood to be an alternative target but the Spanish giants are hoping to recoup the £36,500,000 they paid to sign him from Bordeaux last summer, whcih could represent a significant obstacle for cash-strapped Arsenal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal  Advertisementlast_img read more

60s Palm Beach shack, stone castle and Boho retreat to shake up auction weekend

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago45 Murlong Cres, Palm Beach.“About 15 people have said they will be at the auction to compete for the house.”Auctioneer Nigel Long is calling the auction for the 655sq m property on Saturday at 11am.Meanwhile, in Southport at 10am a French, Asian and Indian fusion home has four registered bidders who are ready to battle it out. Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton will take the four-bedroom home at 15 Skiff St to auction.Oozing style from every corner, the home has red entry doors, stone and pearl basins, checkerboard tiles, white timber shutters and Carrara marble. A castle-like home at 52 Royal Albert Crescent, Sovereign Islands, is set for auction.WHETHER it’s a renovated 60s shack, jaw-dropping stone castle-like residence or a bohemian retreat, the Gold Coast has a home for every taste going under the hammer on Saturday. Corelogic revealed the Gold Coast was the busiest non-capital city region last weekend, with 49 homes going to auction and a clearance rate of 43.6 per cent. Among the 23 properties to be auctioned this weekend, the standout is a Palm Beach creekfront home.The three-bedroom 60s house at 45 Murlong Cres is being offered for sale after homeowners, Ursula and Ben Watts were prompted by their neighbour’s impressive shack sale of $2.55 million last month. 45 Murlong Cres, Palm Beach.Ray White Broadbeach marketing agent Troy Fitzgerald said he had shown 62 groups through the property since it went on the market.“As the only home left on the waterside of Murlong Crescent, it is hot property,” he said.“I’m hoping the weather doesn’t deter crowds.“It directly faces Tallebudgera creek and has a really beautiful outlook to Burleigh Headland.“I have had a mix of people interested, especially boutique developers. 15 Skiff Street SouthportHarcourts Coastal agent Emma Hoger-Jefferies was confident the house would have a sold sign up by lunch time.“It is in a really sought-after pocket of Southport and the home itself has spectacular presentation,” she said. “I would not be surprised if we get a few spectators who sense a good buy.”On the prestigious Sovereign Islands, a castle-like mansion poised on an 815sq m block will go under the hammer at 2.30pm.Italian travertine marble combines with 200 tonnes of stone masonry and a stone turret in the five-bedroom home at 52 Royal Albert Crescent. 52 Royal Albert CrescentRay White marketing agent Edin Kara said the home was “Feng Shui approved”.“The home has been approved by Hong Kong Feng Shui Master, Tinming Yeung,” Mr Mian said.“He said that the house offers tremendous prosperity and wealth.”last_img read more

Albany Creek acreage gem is hotly contested at auction

first_imgREAL ESTATE: 22 Alpinia Court Albany CreekA LOT of people wanted to get their hands on this acreage Albany Creek home.The five-bedroom home at 22 Alpinia Court in Albany Creek was sold at auction for $1.4 million in what is one of the biggest sales ever for the suburb.Very modern and stylish inside.With a tennis court, swimming pool and an acreage property that overlooks a nature reserve, there was heated bidding between 12 people on auction day.Perfect for tennis lovers.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoAccording to agent Sonya Treloar from Ray White Bridgeman Downs, the successful bidder was a husband and wifethat wanted to move back to Queensland after some time away from the Sunshine State.“The husband was bidding and the wife was on FaceTime during the auction,” Ms Treloar said.“She was crying when the hammer came down.”Made for entertaining.At 0.80ha it is one of the larger properties in the suburb.Although the home was less than 20 years old, it was completely renovated last year.The street is behind the Bunyaville Conservation Park, giving the home a tree line across the backyard.The sellers planned to move to a smaller property as well as do some travelling.last_img read more

Ørsted to Compete for Hollandse Kust Zuid I and II

first_imgØrsted, previously DONG Energy, will participate in the Dutch tender for the Hollandse Kust Zuid (South) I and II offshore wind farm zones.Ørsted has already issued a tender for cable lay services at the site. If the developer does not win the tender, the contract will be cancelled.In October, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs published the Ministerial Order for permitting offshore wind energy for the site, with the application period starting on 15 December and closing on 21 December.The contract for the Hollandse Kust Zuid site I and II is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2018.One permit is granted for each wind farm site, with applications allowed to be made for a permit for each of the two wind farm sites. The total installed capacity will be around 700MW, with 342MW minimum for each of the two sites and 380MW maximum.The projects planned under the Dutch Government’s current offshore wind programme include 2,100MW at the Hollandse Kust zones. Of this, 1,400MW is planned in the Hollandse Kust Zuid: 700MW at sites I and II, and further 700MW at sites III and IV.  An additional 700MW is planned to be tendered in 2019 in the Hollandse Kust Noord zone.TenneT will build the grid connections and construct two offshore substations at the Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm zone. According to current plans, the four wind farms will be connected to the grid between 2018 and 2021.last_img read more