On Saturday, the Saint Mary’s Student Activities Board (SAB) will host an Oktoberfest from 5 to 8 p.m. on Library Green.SAB held an Oktoberfest once before in 2010, but has not hosted one since, according to senior SAB president Colleen Michael.“It is with inspiration from the past, combined with new ideas, that we have created this year’s Oktoberfest,” Michael said.Oktoberfest will feature German and fall-themed cuisine, pumpkin-painting, giveaways, inflatables, a DJ, a root beer garden and horse-pulled hay rides around campus, according to Michael. “It is not often that you can take a hay ride down the Avenue or feel the strong sense of community which occurs as people from various majors, dorms and academic years come together as one to enjoy an event,” Michael said.First year Meghan Murney said she looks forward to participating in the Oktoberfest activities. “I am excited to see all my friends,” Murney said. “And I really want to explore campus in a horse-drawn hay ride.”Michael said she would like to see Oktoberfest become an annual event at Saint Mary’s.“My hope is the event will become a tradition,” Michael said. “The traditional committee members have been working hard on this event and are excited to see the students’ reactions to the event.”Oktoberfest will also allow Saint Mary’s to cultivate a stronger sense of community, Michael said.“There are not many times people from different majors, academic years and friend groups can come together and act as one community, to celebrate, laugh and have fun together,” she said.This feeling of belonging comes not only from Oktoberfest, but also from other events SAB puts on, Michael said.“No matter what the event is, no matter how many people attend, the feeling of a community exists,” Michael said. “The event’s ability to bring people who do not usually hang out to be one through dancing, playing on an inflatable, creating artwork or the shared joy they experience never ceases to amaze me.”In addition to Oktoberfest, SAB will also be hosting various other events throughout October, including Sundaes on Sunday on Oct. 11, hypnotist Jim Wand on Oct. 14, Fun Friday on Oct. 16, and a Quiet Hours Tour on Oct. 29.Michael said she sees Oktoberfest and similar celebrations as a central element in creating a sense of community.“Some may see events to be an extra, something that is unnecessary or unimportant, but when it comes down to it, events like these allow a time and a place to create a stronger community,” Michael said. “And community is important.”Tags: Oktoberfest, SAB, saint mary’s, Student Activities Board
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr To prepare to succeed in an increasingly competitive banking environment, banks and credit unions will need to become intelligent organizations, enabling quicker, insight-led decision making. More than ever, the winning financial institutions will leverage data, analytics and new talent to transform their organizations internally and engage with consumers to meet their ever-changing expectations.Digital technologies, exploding data availability, and increasing consumer expectations are the driving forces behind the need for banks and credit unions to transform how they do business and move toward being intelligent organizations. According to a study from Accenture and HfS:Nearly 80% of organizations are concerned with disruption and competitive threats, especially from new digital-savvy entrants.Data is rapidly becoming a key driver of operational and competitive advantage. That said, nearly 80% of respondents estimate that 50%-90% of their data is unstructured from a variety of sources. Few are adequately prepared to leverage this data in real-time and for the consumer’s advantage.A strong customer experience strategy is the most significant driver of internal agility, yet nearly 50% of enterprises say their back office is silo-based and unable to support a seamless digital flow. continue reading »
Read also: Three doctors die after testing positive for COVID-19 in JakartaYurianto also confirmed 64 new confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. on Sunday.The disease has now affected 20 of the 34 provinces across the country, including one new case in South Kalimantan, one in Maluku and two new cases in Papua — regions that previously recorded zero infections.Jakarta reported the most new COVID-19 coronavirus infections with 40 new cases, bringing the capital’s total to 307. East Java had the second-most with 15 new cases.West Java has recorded a total of 59 cases after reporting four new confirmed ones, while Central Java reported one new case, making a total of 15. Banten’s number of cases remained at 47.Yurianto also said that nine more patients had recovered from the disease after twice testing negative for COVID-19, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 29. (aly)Topics : The death toll from COVID-19 in Indonesia has risen to 48 with 10 more deaths among the 514 cases reported nationwide, Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto announced on Sunday.Jakarta recorded the biggest increase with six new fatalities on Sunday, bringing the total in the capital to 29.The death toll in Central Java remained at three, while East Java and North Sumatra still have one each. Meanwhile, Bali and Banten each reported one new death on Sunday, bringing the total deaths in Bali to two and in Banten to three. West Java added two more deaths, bringing its total to nine.
Classic Queenslander, modern modifications.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe classic Queenslander sits on a 653sq m block with close access to two main roads.Although the home was far from new when they got it in 2000, it had been changed significantly from when it was first constructed.“We bought it just after they (the previous owners) had finished the renovation,” she said.“It was just a single-storey home, so it would have been just two bedrooms and one bathroom.”The downstairs area includes an extra three bedrooms, a bathroom, lounge and dining room, and a separate room that could be used as a media room or home office. Take a look at one of this weekend’s most anticipated auctions.Michelle and Daniel Welsh did not know a lot about Brisbane property when they moved to the capital 18 years ago.The couple moved down from the central Queensland mining town of Blackwater with their two boys.“Blackwater has pretty basic houses,” Mrs Welsh said.Somehow they decided on the two-storey home at 6 Lamette St in Holland Park. The peanut shaped pool was designed to fit the block.She liked the character of the family home, which looked like nothing in central Queensland.The suburb was just 6km southeast of the CBD, but there were no compromises when it came to space and style. Ideal for dual living.“It is actually quite a big area, when they (my sons) were going through their teenage year they could have their own space downstairs,” she said.An expansive deck was added on the top floor with covering to make it perfect for all seasons.“You can see the city and the fireworks from there,” she said.With her kids grown up the couple have moved to an apartment in Kangaroo Point.It will be auctioned on-site Saturday, March 3 at 1pm by Steven Gow from Ray White Bulimba.
Stuff co.nz 14 February 2019Family First Comment: “This group of cannabis users represents approximately 5 to 10 per cent of the adolescent population, with these individuals being at significantly increased risk of co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, as well as engaging in anti-social behaviour. Furthermore, individuals in this group will also display higher levels of risk-taking in general, and are more likely to leave school early.”Smoking cannabis as a teenager increases the risk of depression and suicide during young adulthood, according to a new study.Individual risk remains moderate to low, but because so many teens are smoking cannabis, there is potential for large numbers of young people to be affected, according to findings published in the JAMA Psychiatryjournal on Thursday.However the researchers, led by Gabriella Gobbi from McGill University, Canada, didn’t find a link between marijuana use and increased risk of anxiety.The team said their findings highlight the importance of efforts aimed at educating teenagers about the risks of using marijuana. “This is an important public health problem and concern, which should be properly addressed by health care policy,” they wrote.Cannabis is the world’s most widely used illicit drug, with 3.8% of the global population having used cannabis in the past year.Marijuana is commonly used by many teenagers worldwide, but not much has previously known about how that use might impact mood and risk of suicide later in life.For this review, the scientists analysed the combined the results of 11 studies with about 23,300 people and found marijuana use during adolescence before age 18 was associated with increased risk of depression and suicidal thoughts or attempts during young adulthood between the ages of 18 and 32.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/110580068/smoking-cannabis-as-a-teen-increases-risk-of-depression-and-suicide-as-a-young-adult-says-study?cid=app-iPhone
NewsRegional Will the United Nations’ legacy in Haiti be all about scandal? by: – June 15, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share 42 Views no discussions Share Share UN troops in Haiti. Photo credit:un.orgWhen the United Nations deployed peacekeepers to Haiti in 2004, its troops were charged with restoring order following the tumultuous departure of then-president Jean Bertrand Aristide. Their presence brought a much-needed calm after months of violence and political unrest. In the years that followed, they provided security for two democratic elections and, after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, pitched in with recovery and reconstruction efforts.But that’s not the only legacy MINUSTAH, as the peacekeeping mission is referred to here, has created. Once popular, the UN mission now is viewed by many as a poor use of money and an unnecessary presence – a result in part of numerous scandals that have rocked the mission in recent years. From accusations of sexual abuse of two boys, ages 14 and 18, to the deadly cholera epidemic, peacekeepers are being blamed for impeding the path to a sustainable state.“[MINUSTAH] came to help us,” says Arsene Dieujuste, a lawyer representing the 14-year-old boy. “But they ended up violating our human rights. Someone has to make this as right as possible, even though it will never be right again.”‘WHAT HAPPENED IS YING AND YANG’When MINUSTAH set up in Haiti in 2004, the peacekeepers tackled rogue officers from the defunct military and secured access to parts of the capital that had been off limits due to gang monopolies. When successive storms left thousands homeless in 2007 and 2008, the mission responded by delivering tangible goods and services to people and the government of Haiti. This was also true after the 2010 earthquake, which took the lives of over 200,000 people, including 96 UN peacekeepers.“MINUSTAH came in and did the job that was asked, which was restore stability into the country,” said Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. “The initial mission has been achieved. We’ve now adjusted the scope of the work to different infrastructure development projects – road maintenance, bridges, clearing of canals, and assisting in strengthening the police.”Despite their accomplishments, the UN spokesperson in Haiti, Silvie Van den Wildenberg, says she can’t mention the mission without someone asking her about cholera or the cases of abuse.In Uruguay, four marines are currently on trial for sexually abusing an 18-year-old Haitian boy last year while they were posted in Port Salud. The teenager and his family were forced to leave their seaside home after the incident went viral on the Internet. It had been captured on a mobile phone by the Uruguayan peacekeepers themselves.Earlier this year, three Pakistani peacekeepers were found guilty of raping a mentally challenged 14-year-old boy in the western town of Gonaives. The boy is now a ward of the state. A man accused of helping the Pakistanis cover up their involvement is also in prison. Two other cases of sexual abuse by MINUSTAH peacekeepers are pending.Finally, unrelated to cases of sexual abuse but perhaps most damaging to MINUSTAH’s reputation has been the death of more than 7,000 people from cholera, and the infection of half a million others nationwide. The virus was linked to Nepalese peacekeepers who were not tested for the virus, though it is widespread in the area from which they originated. Mismanagement of their human waste is thought to have contaminated the water and soil in an area known as Haiti’s breadbasket, just a few hours from the capital.Throughout the country, graffiti slurring the forces is as prominent as the troops’ trademark blue helmets. A parliamentary recently referred to the mission as a “fish bone stuck in our throats.” Ms. Van den Wildenberg, the UN spokesman, says the damage these cases have done to MINUSTAH is irreparable.“What happened is ying and yang,” says Van den Wildenberg. “It is the opposite of why we are here, to defend the highest values and ideals and this is killing our credibility worldwide…. We will always wear the scar.” She says MINUSTAH and the UN are very sorry for what happened but their apologies are “not being heard anymore.”‘MORE THAN AN APOLOGY’Many victims are looking for more than an apology, though. A Haitian public interest law firm – supported by a nonprofit organization and law firms in the US – is claiming on behalf of 5,000 cholera victims that MINUSTAH is liable for hundreds of millions of dollars for failing to adequately screen and treat peacekeeping soldiers arriving from countries experiencing cholera epidemics; dumping untreated wastes from a UN base directly into a tributary of Haiti’s longest and most important river, the Artibonite, and failing to adequately respond to the epidemic.Ruth Wedgewood, a former UN Human Rights Commission member, doesn’t think the UN will ever pay the $700 million requested in damages, but, she says, the UN should protect the rest of the population from what is now an endemic disease.“At the very least they should require medical records for all peacekeepers,” says Wedgewood, who serves as the director of the International Law and Organizations Program at John Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. “We don’t want someone with a contagious disease to enter a different biosphere and start an epidemic.” No one contacted at the UN would comment on the cholera lawsuit, saying only that its legal counsel was reviewing the claim and that an independent panel concluded it was not possible to determine the cause of the outbreak. This contradicts claims by five scientific studies, more than a dozen scientists, and a statement by former President Bill Clinton indicting the Nepalese as the source of the virus. Legal firms representing the two victims of sexual abuse are also asking for compensation. Mr. Dieujuste, whose firm represents the Gonaives youth, is outraged by what he says is the stonewalling – local UN officials here have told him that the situation is with the legal department in New York. He’s heard nothing for the past two months, Dieujuste says. “It’s unacceptable.” He is asking for $5 million for his client. CHALLENGES TO ACCOUNTABILITYPart of the challenge of peacekeeping missions is holding accountable peacekeepers from any of the United Nations’ 193 member states.Troops receive pre-deployment UN training on a code of conduct the moment they join a peacekeeping mission, but, as UN public affairs officer Anayansi Lopez says, “It’s complicated because they rotate every six months and a couple of trainings are not going to make a big impact.”The military unit of MINUSTAH – about 7,300 troops – originates from 16 countries; 48 countries contribute to the 1,156 UN police unit in Haiti as well. Once the troops arrive in country, officers and noncommissioned officers receive a three-day “train the trainer” induction. They are given materials to distribute to the rest of the contingents, but there appears to be no enforcement to ensure that these trainings take place, and ultimately, member states’ army units are accountable only to the country that sends them, not to the UN.The motivation for many countries to contribute peacekeeping troops is financial, says Martin Aguirre, editor at the Uruguayan daily newspaper, El Pais, which has been covering the peacekeepers’ trials there since the accusations began. “Uruguay has little money for its military and … it’s a way for the military to make some extra income.”Phyllis Bennis, author of “Calling the Shots, How Washington Dominates the UN,” says the challenge with peacekeeping troops is the same problem that exists between the Security Council and the General Assembly – a contradiction between power and democracy. “The UN has no authority over those perpetrators,” says Ms. Bennis, who works at the Institute for Policy Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C. “You can ask the leadership to bring that person home and hope they are taken to trial, but there’s no way to enforce that.”The numbers of cases of sexual exploitation and abuse are posted on the UN website. Only 25 have been registered for all peacekeeping missions this year, down significantly from the 127 recorded in 2007 when the database collection began. MINUSTAH has consistently ranked third in violations, following Congo and Liberia, respectively. But the data does not include the more than 100 Sri Lankan troops expelled in 2007 on suspicion of sexual exploitation of Haitian women and girls.No information about what happened to those Sri Lankan peacekeepers was ever made public by either the UN or Sri Lanka. Member states are not required to divulge the outcome of their internal inquiries.ZERO TOLERANCEThe very lack of accountability for member states who contribute troops to peacekeeping missions, however, is what makes the decisions by Uruguay and Pakistan to charge the offenders from their countries so significant. If anything good comes from these scandals, it is perhaps that these countries are enforcing a zero tolerance policy, says one UN employee who asked not to be named for reasons of job security.“[T]he government [in Uruguay] has been very open and strict with this issue,” says Mr. Aguirre. “Uruguay may not see this trail as groundbreaking, but … it could be seen that way from a global perspective.”Yahoo News Tweet
Greensburg, in. — The Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce annual Future in Farming Ag dinner will be held Thursday, April 19, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Greensburg. The event will feature the newly appointed Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Bruce Kettler. Tickets for the event, which includes dinner, are available on the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce website. Price to attend is $15 per person. The last day to purchase tickets is Monday, April 16.Kettler was the Chamber’s featured speaker in 2015 while serving as the Director of Public Relations for Beck’s Hybrids. He was appointed State Ag Director in January of 2018 by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.Kettler also serves as the Director of Agribusiness Development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and reports directly to Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development.He brings to the department more than 30 years of agricultural leadership experience and knowledge, ranging from production to sales to community and industry relations. Bruce grew up in western Ohio and developed a passion and appreciation for agriculture at an early age. He was a member of 4-H and FFA, worked on a dairy farm and served as the Ohio FFA President, as well as Vice President for National FFA. After his years of service, Bruce attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy with emphasis in Agricultural Business.He began his career in 1987 at Dow AgroSciences where he spent 17 years working in a variety of roles including sales and marketing, finance management, advertising and public relations support. In 2006, Bruce joined Beck’s Hybrids as a sales consultant. During his 11 year tenure there, Bruce also worked as an Area Team Leader, Field Sales Manager and Director of Public Relations.Along with having a diverse background in agriculture, Bruce also has vast leadership experience and is an active member of the community. He is a 2012 graduate of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program where he experienced many facets of Indiana agriculture from policy formation to rural development and a two-week study of international agriculture in India. He also serves on the Ohio State University President’s Alumni Advisory Council and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Riverview Health in Hamilton County. Formerly, Bruce served as a board member for the Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation and as the industry representative for the Illinois Corn Growers Board.Bruce’s family is dedicated to the agricultural industry as his wife Tammy is Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the College of Agriculture, Purdue University. His son Cory is involved in production agriculture at Beck’s Hybrids, and his daughter Christy graduated from Purdue University majoring in Agronomy.At ISDA, Bruce’s main priorities include: advocating on behalf of Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level; supporting existing agribusinesses while attracting new ones to the state; raising awareness about the importance of agricultural education and FFA; promoting the conservation of Indiana’s land and water resources; and working with farmers, agencies and industry partners to take Indiana agriculture to the next level, all of which will be the focus of his presentation at the Future in Farming event.The Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit member-based business and community resource organization serving Greensburg and Decatur County since 1906. Our mission is to: Build a Positive Business Environment by providing strategic leadership, advocacy and resources for our members.
Arsenal made light of their injury problems with a comprehensive 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at Swansea. Gomis had time to pick his spot as he advanced on Petr Cech but he hesitated and tried to take it around the goalkeeper, which allowed the pacey Hector Bellerin to get back and clear. The chance, however, stirred Swansea into a period of dominance and Jefferson Montero slipped Bellerin to cross to the far post where Gomis headed straight at Cech. Giroud spurned Arsenal’s best chance of the half when, unmarked 18 yards out, he fired over. Swansea had genuine claims for a penalty after 32 minutes. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick was blocked by the Arsenal wall but referee Friend was unmoved, even though television replays appeared to show Per Mertesacker moving his hand to the ball. Shelvey headed over under pressure and Arsenal were content to get to the break on level terms, even if Campbell turned on Alexis Sanchez’s pass to warm the hands of Fabianski. But Arsenal stepped up the tempo after the interval and were immediately rewarded when Giroud peeled off Williams to head home his fifth goal in six games. Sigurdsson replied with a powerful shot which Cech palmed away but Koscielny’s controversial goal ended the game as a contest before Campbell added a third. TWEET OF THE MATCH “I think Arsenal could well win the league. There, I’ve said it.” – Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) reacts to Arsenal’s win. PLAYER RATINGS Swansea Lukasz Fabianski 6 (out of 10) Kyle Naughton: 6 Ashley Williams: 6 Federico Fernandez: 6 Neil Taylor: 6 Ki Sung-yueng: 7 Jonjo Shelvey: 7 Jefferson Montero: 7 Andre Ayew: 7 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 7 Bafetimbi Gomis: 6 Substitutes Modou Barrow (on for Montero, 78mins): 6 Leon Britton (on for Ki, 84mins): 6 Eder (on for Gomis, 84mins): 6 Arsenal Petr Cech: 7 Hector Bellerin: 7 Per Mertesacker: 7 Laurent Koscielny: 8 Nacho Monreal: 7 Francis Coquelin: 7 Santi Cazorla: 7 Joel Campbell: 7 Mesut Ozil: 8 Alexis Sanchez: 7 Olivier Giroud: 8 Substitutes Calum Chambers (on for Giroud, 84mins): Kieran Gibbs (on for Campbell, 84mins): Alex Iwobi (on for Ozil, 90mins) STAR MAN MESUT OZIL: Took time to get into his stride but the German claimed two more assist for Olivier Giroud’s opener and Joel Campbell’s clincher. Sprang many of Arsenal’s dangerous counter-attacks in the second period. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Campbell’s excellent second-half finish came right in front of the delighted Arsenal following. But the game’s turning point came when Bafetimbi Gomis was slipped through by Jonjo Shelvey and had the entire Arsenal half to run into. Gomis was closed down by Petr Cech but he should have shot, the chance lost when he tried to take it around the Arsenal goalkeeper. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Garry Monk named the same Swansea side which had ended their search for a first win in six at Aston Villa last week and was rewarded with a first-half display which was the most fluent for several weeks. But Monk was left to rue Gomis’ first half miss and referee Kevin Friend failing to spot Per Mertesacker’s penalty-box handball. Arsene Wenger might be bemoaning injuries to offensive players right now, but he knows he can count on Olivier Giroud as his fellow Frenchman has scored five goals in his last six games. MOAN OF THE MATCH Monk might wonder why Arsenal’s second goal was allowed to stand. Laurent Koscielny appeared to back into his former Gunners team-mate Lukasz Fabianski, who was also coming under pressure from Giroud. In an age when goalkeepers are over-protected it’s the sort of incident which normally yields a free-kick, but not this time as Koscielny was able to force the ball home. WHO’S UP NEXT? Bayern Munich v Arsenal (Champions League, November 4). Norwich v Swansea (Premier League, November 7). Swansea were the better team in the first half but paid the price for Bafetimbi Gomis failing to take advantage when put clean through by Jonjo Shelvey. Arsenal were far from their best in that period, but Olivier Giroud put them on their way to a fifth successive Premier League victory four minutes after the restart with the 2,000th goal of Arsene Wenger’s 19-year reign in north London. If that goal was sheer simplicity, the unmarked Giroud heading home Mesut Ozil’s corner, the second was shrouded in controversy as Laurent Koscielny bundled home after 68 minutes. The former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski failed to collect under pressure from Koscielny and Giroud, the sort of challenge which usually results in a free-kick. But referee Kevin Friend felt no offence had been committed and Koscielny finished amid protests from Swansea players. Joel Campbell wrapped up victory five minutes later with a clinical finish for his first Gunners goal as Arsenal eased to another three points. It was the right Arsenal response to their shock Capital One Cup exit at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek and the perfect preparation for the crunch Champions League trip to Bayern Munich on Wednesday. Wenger responded to midweek injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by handing Campbell his first Premier League start and the Costa Rica international was prominent in the early stages. Campbell set up Nacho Monreal’s drive through a crowded goalmouth and then shot over after the ball had ricocheted into his path off Ashley Williams’ shin. But Arsenal were fortunate not to be behind after 21 minues when Shelvey brushed aside Ozil and slotted the ball through for Gomis to run onto. Press Association
Fort Pierce police are investigating the death of a volunteer at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County.On Thursday, around 2:15 p.m. police and animal control were dispatched to the facility after receiving a call about a dog bite.The female volunteer, identified as Christine Liquori, was found dead inside a fenced play area next to the shelter.Police say it’s unclear whether Liquori died from a dog bite or other causes, but the dog is set to be euthanized, Friday.The non-profit organization released a statement via Facebook saying “Christine was a valued volunteer “and that “the circumstances of her tragic passing are under investigation.”The breed of the dog or how long it had been at the shelter remains unknown at this time.This story is developing.
Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel has announced his retirement from the senior national team after after 13 years of service.The 32-year old midfielder who was part of Gernot Rohr’s squad that won the bronze medals of the AFCON 2019 in Egypt for a record eight time announced on Instagram that he was glad ending his career in Egypt where it all began with the senior national team in 2006.“Egypt is a country where I have started and have finished my national career. In 2006, i played my first official Championship for my country. 2019 Africa Cup of Nations marks my last Championship for National Team with Super Eagles, Mikel posted on Instagram Thursday afternoon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram John Mikel Obi,