Saint Mary’s hosts annual welcome retreat

first_imgThis past weekend, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry hosted a spiritual retreat for first-year students centered on faith, community and friendship, Senior Devree Stopczynski, retreat leader and this year’s student coordinator, said the fundamental themes of the retreat were friendship and community. “Through a series of talks, journal time, and small group discussions, the retreat explores the questions ‘Who am I?’, ‘What is friendship?’, and finally ‘How do I become part of a community?’” The retreat took place at Camp Amigo in Sturgis, Michigan. About 30 first-years and their leaders came together for the 24-hour jouney, Stopczynski said.    Campus Ministry Assistant Director Regina Wilson, who attended the retreat, said the retreat aims to provide students with a positive and meaningful way to begin the new year. “We always hold this retreat as soon as possible after the school year begins because students get very busy with studies and find it hard to get away later in the year,” Wilson said. The religious getaway aims to ease any school stress while strengthening students’ connection with Christ and their Belles community. This was accomplished through interactive activities and retreat team stories, freshman Kathryn FitzMaurice said. “The retreat started with some get-to-know-you games,” she said. “We had about three talks throughout the retreat given by the retreat team on friendship, and community. They were all very relevant to our lives because they were given by students.  They were easy to relate to.” For students, as well as the upperclassmen Campus Ministry Intern leaders, the retreat allowed fellow first-year students to personally connect and relate on multiple levels, Stopczynski said. “I definitely see spiritual and communal aspects within these opportunities,” she said. “When first-years come to campus, they may be very focused on faith, but it is usually the first time they are responsible for keeping a faith life, I know that was the case for me. I think this retreat and other opportunities within Campus Ministry provide first years with an outlet to keep faith life strong and to build a community with other faith filled individuals.” Freshman Paige Spears said a personal motivation for her included finding fellow students with faith as deep as her own. “I was trying to find people that had a faith like mine, a stronger faith, because when you walk around school, you really don’t see thepeople who love God immediately,” she said. “It was cool to see which ones had the same faith as me [and] find those girls in the crowd.” Companionship amongst the students enriched with her favorite exercise, which involved involving Belle-to-Belle honesty, Spears said.     “My favorite thing we did was [an activity] where you had a booklet, and it had open-ended prompt like, ‘What I think of you is…’” Spears said. “You answer to [your partner] what you think of them […] and [the prompts] get deeper as you go.  You just read these [questions] and you just have this really deep conversation with someone.  It was awesome.” Through time together around campfire, singing and a taking spiritual walk, the girls were able to truly experience God’s presence in their lives, Spears said.   “It was so beautiful and we were just emerged in nature thanking God for all he has given us … It was super effective and meaningful.” she said. Self-reflection following two weeks of hectic schedules allows for room in students’ lives for spiritual and collective exploration needed to positively impact their college experience, Stopczynski said.     “I think the first years really enjoy knowing that they are not the only ones going through a change in terms of faith life, student life, and social life.” Stopczynski said. “They get to begin long lasting relationships with other women that have similar views, hopes, fears, and goals.” Students always voice a very positive perception of the retreat upon returning, and they appreciate the opportunity to share a piece of themselves with others they come to call friends, Wilson said. “The students understand and come to know Saint Mary’s is a place that is committed to nurturing faith, to building a community that is empowered by the Spirit and that they are known and valued for who they are.” Wilson said. “They come to build friendships, for many of them, that last throughout their four years.” Spears said these friendships would be rooted in God following the retreat. “God’s there, and we all believe in God.  These girls are there for you, and if you ever need anything, you have a solid select group of 29 friends immediately.”last_img read more

Andrew Rannells & Lena Hall Go Glam in New Hedwig Portrait from Squigs

first_img Lena Hall Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 The Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch continues to tear down walls at the Belasco Theatre, but there’s a new sugar daddy satisfying our sweet tooth: stage and screen star Andrew Rannells. Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson stopped by a recent performance to catch the Tony nominee wigging out, and penned this sketch of the new star alongside Tony winner Lena Hall as Yitzhak. Take a look out Squigs’ latest work of art, then catch Rannells and Hall for yourself in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre. Star Files Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Comments Related Shows Andrew Rannells About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.last_img read more

Essential Oil Grant

first_imgOrganic fruit and vegetable growers want to meet the recent uptick in national consumer demand, but they need additional tools to battle pests and diseases that often accompany organic crop growth.One such tool may be the use of essential oils. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded a nearly $2 million grant to a team of scientists for an Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative project to study the degree to which essential oils can help suppress certain pathogens and pests.Jonathan Oliver, assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the UGA Tifton campus, is part of the team of 15 scientists who will work on this project nationwide. Researchers from the University of Florida, Clemson University, the University of California, Riverside, the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the USDA Agricultural Research Service will collaborate on the project.In his role as a small fruit pathologist in the Department of Plant Pathology, Oliver will investigate the use of essential oils in organic blueberry production, the state’s top fruit crop.“Blueberries are the highest value fruit crop in Georgia, and organic blueberry production represents a growing proportion of our total acreage,” said Oliver. “Nonetheless, organic production of blueberries in Georgia faces many challenges, because our hot, humid climate is ideal for many disease issues including fruit rots and leaf spots. Our growers need better tools to help them manage these disease problems.”Funding for the four-year research program will support scientists with expertise in fruit crop management and physiology, plant pathology, entomology, postharvest biology and organic production.To carry out the project, scientists will:Evaluate the plant safety and horticultural impact of essential oils in managing diseases in fruits including blueberries, peaches, mangos and avocados.Begin to test plant disease efficacy claims of essential oil products marketed for organic producers.Evaluate organically certified plant essential oils on targeted pathogens such as algal stem blotch, brown rot, scabs, gray mold and powdery mildew.Determine the efficiency of essential oils on fruit shelf life through postharvest testing.Test the efficacy of essential oils against insects including scales, thrips and mites, although arthropod pests are not the primary focus of this research.After they gather their new data, participating scientists will communicate the results of their research to organic fruit farmers and those who grow conventional crops, so that those producers can rapidly adopt any new practices. Scientists will also evaluate the effectiveness of the project through continuous feedback from stakeholders.“Through this research project, we hope to provide Georgia growers with the information they need to make decisions regarding the use of essential oils as a part of their organic fruit disease management program,” said Oliver. “Since Georgia is the largest producer of blueberries in the Southeastern U.S. and one of the top producers in the nation, providing Georgia growers with information and tools for safe and effective organic disease management has the potential to have a broad impact in Georgia and on the Southeastern organic blueberry production industry as a whole.”Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the U.S. in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to make up 36.3% of total organic sales, up 5.6% from the previous year.For more information from UGA about blueberry production, see site.caes.uga.edu/blueberry.Part of this article was adapted from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).last_img read more

Wood Mackenzie: 2020s will be the ‘decade of hydrogen’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Falling costs and growing project pipelines will ensure the 2020s are the “decade of hydrogen,” according to new research from Wood Mackenzie.Over the past 10 months, the global green hydrogen project pipeline has swelled from 3.5 gigawatts to more than 15 gigawatts. Green hydrogen is considered by many to be a vital component of any credible net-zero carbon plan, and it can be used to decarbonize a number of industrial processes and heavy transport.As it stands, blue and gray hydrogen derived from fossil fuels are cheaper than using renewable-energy-powered electrolyzers to produce green hydrogen from water. But green hydrogen is drawing increasing interest from oil majors and utilities alike, from Shell to NextEra Energy. And Wood Mackenzie’s research indicates that the cost of green hydrogen will fall by 64 percent by 2040 as the market scales up.“On average, green hydrogen production costs will equal fossil-fuel-based hydrogen by 2040,” said Ben Gallagher, Wood Mackenzie senior research analyst and author of the new report, in a statement. “In some countries such as Germany, that will arrive by 2030. Given the scale-up we’ve seen so far, the 2020s will likely be the decade of hydrogen. Rising fossil fuel prices will boost green [hydrogen’s] competitiveness, further strengthening the case for this technology in the coming years,” Gallagher said.“If additional explicit policy support comes to fruition in the coming months, we could see costs fall even faster, and more universally, than outlined in our report,” said Gallagher. “The energy transition is dynamic. If 2020 is any indication, so too will be the low-carbon hydrogen landscape.”[John Parnell]More: WoodMac: 2020s will be the ‘decade of hydrogen’ Wood Mackenzie: 2020s will be the ‘decade of hydrogen’last_img read more

Board of Governors approves Bar budget

first_imgBoard of Governors approves Bar budget Board of Governors approves Bar budget Senior Editor Making only two minor changes, including one to continue publishing Bar rules in The Florida Bar Journal directory issue, the Board of Governors has signed off on the 2001-02 budget that increases annual membership fees. The Supreme Court has set oral arguments on the proposed increase for June 4. The board approved the budget at its March meeting, and under Bar rules considers any objections at its next meeting. No member objections were received. Kalish said the Budget Committee had only one minor change totaling $99,000, affecting the Commission on the Legal Need of Children. The board recently agreed to extend the commission for a third year, and the panel, among other activities, is planning to hold public hearings on its preliminary recommendations and also make site visits.The commission also has a $25,000 grant from The Florida Bar Foundation.A second change came at the behest of board members, who voted to restore a total of $36,700 to the budget to continue printing the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar in the annual directory issue.Kalish told the board the Budget Committee recommended not including the rules in the directory because they are now available online on the Bar’s website, and the printed version became outdated during the year as rule changes were made.But other board members said the expense was worth the convenience of having Bar rules easily available for members.“If we’re going to provide benefits to our members, the one thing we need to do for our membership is make the rules that govern and guide us available,” board member Alan Bookman said.President-elect designate Tod Aronovitz said when he has a rule question, “My old habit is to take the September issue and look it up. I think this particular item, the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, should be there right at your desk, right at your fingertips.”Under the rules, the budget must be forwarded to the Supreme Court by June 1.Both Kalish and current Budget Committee member Jesse Diner have said that the increase in annual membership fees was needed because the Bar has increasingly been using reserves the last two years to a point where it is not fiscally responsible to continue to do so.According to figures presented to the board, Bar revenues for the current year are projected at $25 million with a potential shortfall of $1.7 million. For the 2001-02 budget, revenues will rise to just over $30 million, with an expected surplus of around $2 million.The largest part of that increase will come from annual fees, where income is expected to rise from $13 million in 2000-01 to $18.3 million in the new budget.The largest expenditure will continue to be on regulation of the practice of law activities, which is expected to cost $10.7 million this year and $11.5 million for 2001-02. Those functions include the grievance system, ethics, lawyer advertising, professionalism, and the Bar’s membership records office.Added to that are the unlicensed practice of law activities budgeted at $1.2 million for the current year and $1.3 million next year.One notable change is an increase in the amount of membership fees going to the Clients’ Security Fund. That has been increased from $15 to $20 per member. (An associated rule change allows that $20 to be raised to a maximum $25 by a board vote.)That will increase the total contribution from members to the CSF from $983,310 this year to $1,352,560 next year.The CLE programs are expected to cost $2.5 million next year, up $100,000 from this year. Income is projected to drop slightly, from $3.1 million to just under $3 million.The Bar’s public information, Journal, and News operations are budgeted at $3.5 million next year, down from almost $4 million in the 2000-01 budget. Sales for advertising for the Journal and News are projected at $2 million next year, compared with $2.1 million this year.A complete breakdown of the proposed budget appeared in an official notice in the April 1 Bar News, on pages 18-19. William Kalish center_img Incoming Budget Committee Chair William Kalish told the board at its May 11 meeting in Key West that the budget is expected to provide a $2-million surplus for next year. That will contrast with an expected near $1.7 million loss for the 2000-01 budget. The new fiscal plan raises annual membership fees from $190 to $265 for active members and from $140 to $190 for inactive members. It’s the first such hike since the 1990-91 fiscal year. June 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Discovering your brand

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Branding isn’t something you craft so let me break that down for you. It’s something you begin to discover by becoming aware of who you truly are. No sugar coating, no ideal scenarios, just you.You might begin to ponder why anyone really likes you? Maybe you are shocked to learn that you truly aren’t who you say you are when it comes down to it. And you know what? That is okay.Why? Because it’s part of the discovery process.You can’t become who you are without truly acknowledging all your shortcomings, your goofy ways, your insecurities, your obsessions, and much more.Why is this important? Well, in order to build a powerful and sustainable brand, you must know exactly who you are and what you are all about.Let’s think of a few brands you associate yourself with?What’s their mission?What do they sell/do?Who do they normally target/what is their demographic?Why are they here?last_img read more

Paul Merson expects Manchester United to miss out on Premier League top-four finish

first_img Man City 1-0 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:20FullscreenMan City 1-0 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-city-1-0-tottenham-mauricio-pochettino-press-conference-1909346/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Palace are a funny team – they have flattered to deceive and should not be where they are.‘They can turn in a performance, but not this time. Arsenal will be able to start strongly at home and be too much for Palace.’Chelsea, currently fifth in the table, face Burnley on Monday evening while third-placed Tottenham were beaten by Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are going through a difficult period (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson says Manchester United are a ‘million miles off at the moment’ and will not finish in the top four of the Premier League.The Red Devils are currently sixth in the table, two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, having lost two of their last five league matches.United have also been knocked out of both the Champions League and the FA Cup recently, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side going through a difficult period.With five games of the 2018-19 campaign remaining, United can still qualify for the Champions League but Merson believes they will miss out.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 CityThe Arsenal hero told Sky Sports: ‘Manchester United are a million miles off.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They need to win the game [against Everton on Sunday] or they are out of the Champions League, but I don’t think they will get it – they are well short at the moment.‘Some of their results have been very fortunate. For me, the unbeaten run was covering over the cracks.’On Marcos Silva’s Toffees, Merson added to Sky Sports: ‘Could you get anymore different with Everton? Paul Merson expects Manchester United to miss out on Premier League top-four finish Solskjaer post-Barcelona defeat: work needs to be doneTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:46FullscreenSolskjaer post-Barcelona defeat: work needs to be donehttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-post-barcelona-defeat-work-needs-done-1907106/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘One minute they are ripping apart Arsenal and beating West Ham away, then all of a sudden, against a Fulham side that have not scored two goals in a game since day one, and they cannot keep a clean sheet against them.‘It is a bad attitude there – you cannot look at the manager, you have to look at the players.’Merson’s former club Arsenal are currently in the driving seat to finish in the top four – Unai Emery’s charge face Crystal Palace this weekend.On the upcoming match against the Eagles, Merson said: ‘Arsenal need to win this, they have to. The top four is in their hands still.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Apr 2019 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link220Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Unai Emery sends message to Manchester United over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 7:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Advertisement Comment Emery wants to keep Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)‘They compliment each other very good but they can play both, they were playing both and sometimes we are playing one striker or two strikers and another moment with one winger, and one winger and we have a very big possibility with different options with Aubameyang because he can play like a lone striker, like a striker with two and can play on the right wing and the left wing,’ said Emery.‘But, above all, we want to be very, very aggressive in the attacking third and also with moving forward to score with him and when we are deciding to play with another player maybe they are more one to one winger, one to one left or right, or maybe like Mesut. More deep to take the ball and to keep our possession with him in the pitch.’MORE: Lille respond to Manchester United offer for Liverpool transfer target Nicolas Pepe Unai Emery sends message to Manchester United over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfercenter_img Advertisement Aubameyang was the joint-winner of the Golden Boot last term (Picture: Getty)Asked whether the club would consider selling Aubameyang, Emery replied: ‘Not really in our mind. Not really.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We are very happy with Aubameyang and we don’t want to sell him.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsAubameyang played up front with Alexandre Lacazette in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw against Madrid and the pair both scored in the draw.Lacazette set Aubameyang up for the second goal and Emery admitted afterwards that he’s planning on playing the duo together up top. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery has quashed speculation that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could join Manchester United this summer.The Gabon international has been linked with a sensational move to Old Trafford with the Red Devils said to be willing to part with around £60m for the former Dortmund striker.Arsenal signed Aubameyang for around £57m in 2018 but Emery’s working with a tight budget this summer and it was claimed that the striker’s departure could be sanctioned to bolster the Spaniard’s transfer kitty.However, speaking after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in Washington on Tuesday, Emery confirmed he wants to keep Aubameyang.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Seven Bills Into Law

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Seven Bills Into Law July 07, 2016 Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, the governor signed the following bills into law:Act 66 – HB 2003, sponsored by Rep. Cutler, authorizes the DGS, with the approval of PHMC & the Governor, to grant & convent to the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society certain lands situate in Fulton Township; & a certain tract of land in Lower Oxford Township.Act 67 – HB 2034, sponsored by Rep. Harris, authorizes DGS, with the approval of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Governor, to grant and convey to the Juniata County Historical Society certain lands situate in Beale Township, Juniata County.Act 68 – HB 2035 sponsored by Rep. Harris, authorizes DGS, with the approval of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Governor, to grant and convey to the Mifflin County Historical Society certain lands situate in the Borough of Lewistown.Act 69 – SB 1154 sponsored by Sen. Vulakovich, amends the Civil Service Act, in selection of employees for entrance to or promotion in classified service, for ratings of competitors; &, in appointment & promotion, for certification & for selection & appointment of eligibles.Act 70 – SB 1192, sponsored by Sen. Wozniak, authorizes DGS, with approval of Governor, to dedicate to Cresson Township a right-of-way from lands of the commonwealth at SCI-Cresson, situate in Cresson Township, Cambria County, for the purpose of a public roadway.Act 71 – SB 1225, sponsored by Sen Browne, authorizes the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Governor, to partially release a reversionary interest and use restriction affecting certain real property situate in the Township of Weisenberg, Lehigh County.Act 72 – SB 1270, sponsored by Sen. Killion, amends the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act, for powers & duties of the State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers, for application & qualifications, reciprocity, & certification renewal, licensure renewal & records.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Information Sessions on Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project

first_imgThe Secretariat for the Review Panel reviewing the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 (RBT2) Project will be holding information sessions on the federal environmental assessment review process, the Government of Canada reports.The information sessions will provide an opportunity for the public, including Indigenous groups, to hear more about the environmental assessment (EA) process, the present status of the EA of the proposed Project and the timelines for its completion.According to the Government, the Secretariat will present information about the panel review process and will be available to answer questions related to the review process.The Roberts Bank Project is a proposed new three‐berth container terminal that would provide 2.4 million TEUs of additional container capacity annually.The project is undergoing a federal environmental assessment by an independent review panel, under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, and requires other permits and authorizations before it can proceed.last_img read more