SMC students stand up to cancer

first_imgLast week, the Saint Mary’s Stand Up to Cancer club sold T-shirts as a fundraiser for the national organization “Stand Up to Cancer” as the first of many events the club will host throughout the year to reach their fundraising goal.Photo courtesy of Christina Hutch Senior and club president Christie Hutch said the club’s mission is to host events that will raise awareness and funds for cancer research.“This organization is unique because it gives 100 percent of donations to the best and brightest scientists in order to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking research that can save lives,” Hutch said. “This is an important issue now more than ever since government funding for cancer research is diminished, and yet cancer takes one person’s life every minute.”Hutch said the club brings students of Saint Mary’s and community members together, united behind a single and very important cause with hopes to find a cure.“[Our] events, fundraisers and projects each year … have been very successful so far,” she said. “All of the money we raise is sent directly to Stand Up to Cancer at the end of each year.”The club volunteers at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and holds an annual dinner-dance specifically for cancer patients and survivors in the community, she said.Hutch said last year the club dedicated a ribbon tree in the Student Center for students and guests to tie a colored ribbon in remembrance of or support for someone who has had cancer.The club’s T-shirt sales this past week were in preparation for one of their biggest fundraisers, the third annual SMC Stands Up to Cancer Pink Party Zumbathon, she said.“We are able to raise funds and awareness for all types of cancer through this awesome organization,” Hutch said. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and that is who we’ll be dancing for. We are excited to share this experience with the community again this year.“This event unites students with community members from South Bend, Mishawaka and Granger to dance for a cure.”Hutch said student dance groups, including the SMC Dance Team, Troop ND, P Fresh and the Irish Dance Team, as well as the student a capella group Bellacapella, will perform.The event will feature more than 20 local Zumba instructors who will take turns teaching, according to a press release.Nursing major and sophomore Megan Tobin said she is going to attend the event to support people she knows who have battled cancer and her fellow Belles who have been affected by the disease.“I have witnessed family members as well as close friends battle cancer, so I want to do anything I can to support them,” Tobin said.“Not only are we able to be there for those battling, but we get to have fun and get a great workout out of it,” Tobin said. “I think it also gives people incentive to go. Before the event they think it’s just going to be a fun dance class, but after, they realize they were a part of something much bigger than that.”Sophomore Katherine Kingsbury said it’s important for the Saint Mary’s community to be aware and involved in the South Bend community, especially because it’s sometimes the small things that make the biggest impact in someone’s life.“I’m excited that I can support my community in such a fun and engaging way,” Kingsbury said.The Zumbathon will take place November 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Angela Athletic Facility. The public is invited to take part and no prior Zumba experience is necessary. Those attending are encouraged to wear pink and dance.Tickets can be purchased ahead of time through participating Zumba instructors or at Tu Sei Bella Fitness Studio in Toscana Park in Granger, Indiana. All profits will benefit Stand Up to Cancer in support of cancer research.Tags: Cancer research, pink party zumbathon, saint mary’s stand up to cancer, SMC stands up to cancer, Stand Up to Cancer, stand up to cancer clublast_img read more

CMPort Completes Acquisition of Brazil’s Container Terminal

first_imgHong Kong’s China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMPort) has completed the acquisition of Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP), the second-largest container terminal in Brazil.Under the terms of the share and purchase agreement inked in September 2017, CMPort has bought a 90% stake in TCP for HKD 7.23 billion (around USD 924 million).The acquisition is said to be the biggest merger and acquisition so far in Brazilian and Latin American port sector.The investment, part of the efforts to implement the “Belt and Road” initiative in the region, is CMPort’s first in Latin America. In addition, the investment represents the first M&A in mature port assets overseas with controlling stake, according to the company.Representatives of CMPort and TCP signed the letter of intent to close the transaction on February 22.“Today’s ceremony definitely represents the perfect opening of Sino-Brazil economic and trade cooperation in 2018… We believe under the support and coordination between China and Brazil, TCP will have a brighter future,” Li Jinzhang, Chinese Ambassador to Brazil, commented on the occasion.“With TCP as the starting point, CMG will continuously promote the commercial and trade cooperation between the BRICS countries, especially in the fields such as Brazil’s integrated logistics, transportation related infrastructure and logistic parks, in order to look for more opportunities on investment, development and operation,” Hu Jianhua, Vice Chairman of CMPort and the Executive Vice President of China Merchants Group Limited, said.Located on the southeast coast of Paraná State of Brazil, TCP has an existing design capacity of 1.5 million TEUs. The terminal, with three container berths, is expected to increase its capacity to 2.4 million TEUs by the end of 2019.last_img read more

Lam charged with misconduct

first_img Press Association It follows comments made by Lam to the media immediately after Connacht’s 18-17 PRO12 defeat to Cardiff Blues last Friday. Connacht were leading deep into stoppage time, but then conceded a converted try. In a statement, PRO12 organisers said: “Pat Lam, the Connacht head coach, has been formally charged with misconduct by the disciplinary officer of PRO12 Rugby following comments he made to the media following the Guinness PRO12 match against Cardiff Blues in Cardiff on Friday evening, March 6. “Pat Lam will be required to attend a disciplinary hearing, before an independent PRO12 Rugby disciplinary committee, at a date yet to be determined.” center_img Connacht head coach Pat Lam has been charged with misconduct by the Guinness PRO12 disciplinary officer. last_img read more

Barnwell fireworks keep Jaguars in contention for semi-final spot

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Veteran all-rounder Chris Barnwell struck his second straight half-century as Guyana Jaguars stayed in contention for a semi-final spot with a four-wicket victory over struggling Windward Islands Volcanoes here Friday night.In pursuit of a challenging 259 in a contest reduced to 42 overs per side at Queen’s Park Oval, Jaguars reached their target with four balls to spare, with Barnwell hammering 89 off 84 deliveries.West Indies all-rounder Raymon Reifer struck 45 from 49 balls while opener Chandrapaul Hemraj gathered 40 from 42 balls and captain Leon Johnson, a breezy 34 off 33 balls.Another veteran had earlier taken centre stage, left-hander Devon Thomas top-scoring with an up tempo 93 off 94 deliveries as Volcanoes put together a strong effort to reach 258 for five.Emmanuel Stewart chipped in with 51 from 52 balls while Keron Cottoy extended his good form with a cameo 28-ball unbeaten 45.With the win – their third in four games – Jaguars moved to 12 points, joining West Indies Emerging Players and hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on a similar number of points.However, Emerging Players top the charts, courtesy of net run rate with Red Force lying second.Sent in, Volcanoes received their early impetus from Smith, who stroked 10 fours and a six, as he put on 36 off 32 balls with Desron Maloney (17) for the first wicket before adding 73 for the second wicket with Kavem Hodge who made 24.When Hodge and captain Kirk Edwards (0) perished in the space of seven balls, Volcanoes were 110 for three at the end of the 22nd over but Smith inspired another half-century stand when he helped post 77 for the fourth wicket with Stewart.Smith was eventually fourth out in the 34th over becoming the second of left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul’s two wickets, but Cottoy arrived to play a blinder, smashing one four and four sixes as he added a quick-fire 60 off 32 balls in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership with Shane Shillingford (16 not out).The Jaguars’ run chase received an early blow when Kemol Savory fell cheaply for four in the fourth over with eight runs scored but Barnwell masterminded three successive half-century stands to turn the tables on Volcanoes.The 32-year-old, who punched half-dozen fours and three sixes, put on 75 for the second with Hemraj, 53 for the third with Johnson and a further 65 for the fourth with Reifer.By the time he departed in the 34th over, Jaguars still needed 58 runs from 42 balls but Reifer belted two fours and sixes in a 35-run, fifth-wicket stand off 30 balls with Jonathan Foo (17 not out) to formalise the win.With the knock, Barnwell pushed his aggregate for the tournament up to 229 runs at an average of 57.last_img read more

Google To Announce Major Identity Initiative for 1 Million+ Companies and Schools

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google plans to announce in coming weeks that it is turning each of the one million plus Google Apps customer domains into an OpenID provider, enabling millions of people to log in to OpenID-supporting websites with their work, school or organization ID.“For these organizations,” Google Security Product Manager, Eric Sachs, wrote on the public OpenID Board mailing list this morning, “Google Apps can now become an identity and data hub for multiple SaaS providers.” Sachs appeared to believe his email was not being posted to a public board; he asked that it not be circulated so that some unusual technical work could be completed and political support shored up in the face of likely community and press cynicism. There’s good reason for that – it may not be the good news it seems to be.But First, A Word from OpenID’s New SponsorOpenID is important not just because it makes logging in to sites around the web easy, with one username and a secure password, but because it’s a way for people or organizations to maintain control over their own identities and data. There are no policy changes you don’t approve of when you’re in control.Google’s Sachs explained in his email that in order to pull this all off, OpenID relying parties will need to be redirected from the domain provided at user login over to Google’s OpenID service. In order for this redirect to happen, all relying parties will need to start looking for a new OpenID extension that Google has developed and implemented in conjunction with one relying party technology, JanRain’s RPX. “There is the potential for some community members (or press) to assume (or at least imply in articles) some evil intent by Google to co-opt OpenID with these extensions,” Sachs wrote today. “It would be nice to have a blog post on the formal OpenID blog that was supportive of our approach, so I wanted to see if the board members are comfortable with that.”Watching to see if the nonprofit OpenID Foundation will speak out in support of Google’s forcing the rest of the industry’s hand with new code extensions that are required to recognize the users of one million Google Apps customer accounts will now be a spectator sport.Getting the Job DoneOn the other hand, if one were to put a group of well-intentioned people in a room and ask them to solve the sticky problem of asking millions of organizations to adopt OpenID provider infrastructure – that might not ever happen. Enter Google’s largess and the “proposal” that federated identity for all these companies and schools can be outsourced to a centralized player, Google, and OpenID might get a big boost in adoption. Companies and schools using Google Apps will now only need to flip a switch in their Google Apps admin controls to turn on OpenID support, and Google will do all the heavy lifting.Caveat EmptorPresuming that all the sites that let you log in with OpenID decide to play nice and look for Google’s redirect (to Google) then the idea of logging in to sites around the web with your favorite, secure account credentials (My Job, Powered By Google) could become far more common. It might defeat the purpose of putting people in control over their own identities through distributed identity providers, because so many “OpenID” users would be coming back to Google, but the OpenID brand would no doubt benefit in the short term at least. And Google can do no evil, right?In other words, this move by Google could kill the spirit of OpenID by drowning the letter of OpenID with support. We think we’re logging in to websites with our work or school ID, and OpenID lovers think we’re logging in with OpenID, but we’re actually logging in with a Google-controlled ID. All the heavy lifting would be done, Google would take care of the data storage and probably offer some neat value-added features. All the companies involved would have to do is hand online identity provisioning over to the company that they have already purchased email, calendaring and document sharing from. (“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety,” Ben Franklin once wrote, “deserve neither liberty nor safety.”)At least it’s not Facebook! So goes the wrestling of titans, on the very playing field created by champions of the free and independent little guy. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Analysis#news#NYT#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Fashion world divided on first look at Apple Watch

first_imgApple Inc’s newly unveiled smartwatch on Tuesday split fashion arbiters who may prove pivotal to its broad acceptance.Many praised the “Apple Watch”, priced from $349 when it debuts next year, for its clean aesthetic, but some bloggers and editors said the watch had a masculine aura, which would limit its allure to parts of the style-conscious crowd. Others said the design, while pleasing, was less than revolutionary.The gadget, which must be paired with an iPhone, is shaped like a traditional timepiece, with a small square display. A dial on the side, reminiscent of the winding mechanism on a mechanical watch, can be spun or pushed to manipulate what is on the touch screen.Apple will offer three different versions — sport, standard, and a luxury edition, with finishes including stainless steel and gold plated. The display can be customized to show the time in numbers or a facsimile of a watch with hands.Wrist bands range from leather and stainless steel to sports models in hues from pink to blue. The Watch recognizes voice commands and carries sensors that can track activity such as steps and heart rate.Roseanne Morrison, fashion director for The Doneger Group, an industry consultant, said the design fell short of her expectations.”It’s not pretty,” she told Reuters. “It’s very future techno as opposed to feminine sexy.”Many contacted by Reuters agreed that the device was better looking than existing offerings from the likes of Samsung Electronics and LG, which are judged to be clunkier.advertisementBut rival tech giants like Google Inc and Intel Corp are increasingly competing with Apple in the emerging market for wearable devices. Based on tablet and PC adoption rates, Citigroup expects the smartwatch market to reach about $10 billion by 2018 versus an estimated $1.4 billion to $1.8 billion in 2014.Eric Wilson, fashion news director for InStyle Magazine, said Apple also faces competition from luxury watch-makers like Rolex. Swatch has said it’s exploring a watch with intelligent digital features.”The Apple Watch will be a status symbol to carry,” he said. But the design is “generic in the sense of its flexibility and individualization.” With the exception of the bright colors and gold trim, he added, it is “a very masculine watch.”Some fashionistas may prove reluctant to wear a smartwatch at all, said Sonny Vu, chief executive of Misfit Wearables, which makes an activity monitor that can be worn as a broach, on a necklace, or on a wrist band. Some female consumers are concerned about tan lines, for instance, and many might own a watch that has sentimental value, he said.But other fashion critics were effusive.”It is immaculate in terms of how function meets design. The issue is really about how much people want to wear something so clearly, essentially an amazing gadget,” said Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue.View from FashionWeekThe Watch is the closest the U.S. company has come to selling a fashion accessory and marks its first foray into the personal luxury goods market, although its iPhones and other gadgets have long been seen as fashion symbols.Wearable technology was the “topic of the moment” at New York Fashion Week. Many fashion editors were invited to the Apple product launch for the first time this year.In recent years, Apple has hired Patrick Pruniaux, former vice president of Tag Heuer’s global sales and retail; Angela Ahrendts, former chief executive of Burberry Inc; and former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve joined as vice president of special projects.A first-time invitee to an Apple event, Marie Claire tech editor Jenna Blaha, said she was impressed with the Watch but would need to touch and feel the device before recommending it to readers.At Tuesday’s launch in Cupertino, California, Apple displayed a gallery of watches but onlookers had to be content with tightly controlled demonstrations by Apple employees. Gwen Stefani, fashion designer and “No Doubt” singer, told Reuters even she wasn’t allowed to play with these watches.Many of the fashion experts agreed that the most compelling wearables haven’t hit the market yet. Fashion editors were curious about an expected wearable accessory from fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff; a high-fashion smart bracelet from Intel; and a smart ring from Ringly.”This is just the beginning. How long before there is a partnership with Marc Jacobs and Valentino to do more sophisticated faces?” said Lea Goldman, features and special projects reporter for Marie Claire.last_img read more

a month agoDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensen

first_imgDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley have completed the signing of young goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.The Dane has completed his move to the Clarets after the player’s international clearance went through.Jensen was named in the U23s side who faced QPR two weeks ago.He has most recently played for Danish club HIK. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utd

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers concedes he could lose James Maddison to Manchester United in January.Since his arrival in the Premier League, the England U21 international has continued to impress, with reports suggesting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to land the playmaker. Rodgers, who became manager of the 2015-16 Premier League champions in February this year, conceded that keeping hold of his £70m-rated star man may prove difficult. He said: “I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been at Liverpool where I understand the draw of that type of club. Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs by far. “There’s other great clubs, there’s big clubs, but those two, in terms of worldwide status, are above the other clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Quebec inquiry hears many Inuit get paid less benefits for same work

first_imgTom Fennario APTN NewsAs the director of health and social services in Nunavik, Minnie Grey says the health care system in northern Quebec has created class divisions.One where non-Inuit can make $40,000 in non-salary benefits, while local Inuit receive only a quarter of that.“Can we just do away with what was given in the ’60s so we can all just be even?” Grey testified at the Quebec inquiry that has been examining discrimination experienced by Indigenous Quebecers.The reason for the difference, according to union rules for health service providers, is that workers working more than 50 kilometres from home are entitled to greater benefits.Those include vehicle expenses, flights back home and, perhaps most offensive to Grey, free housing where overcrowding is rampant.“The inequality comes in the fact that we’re not offering these incentives to local people, so we’re not attracting them to be working in our services,” she said.Because many jobs in Nunavik require knowledge of Inuit culture and language, so local workers are highly sought after. Many leave their communities to make what non-Inuit make, which in turn makes things more expensive.There is also the issue of a lack of qualified Inuit.Jean-Francois Arteau, a lawyer for Nunavik Health Services, testified Quebec is not meeting its education and training obligations under the James Bay Agreement.“It’s been 40 years since the agreement has been signed, we’re not in the first few years of operation, we’re 40 years later and it’s still complicated for Inuit to access jobs that were targeted for them,” said Arteau.Grey said her team has proposed a solution – create positions just for Inuit workers and pay them their fair share.“The fact that we’re still trying to convince the ministry that giving equality to local workers can save a lot of money because we have a very high turnover of non-locals,” she said.It’s not something the province has jumped at, she said, but Grey is happy to share her knowledge with the inquiry.“I’m very pleased that I was able to be here with my colleagues and to have a voice and someone is listening,” she [email protected]last_img read more