College prepares to welcome parents to campus for annual Sophomore Parents Weekend

first_imgSophomore Parents Weekend at Saint Mary’s presents an opportunity for Belles to create stronger bonds with classmates as sisters as well as share their experiences with loved ones.Sophomore Class Council representatives Kassy Acosta and Michelle Lester worked with vice president for student affairs Karen Johnson to organize the events for the weekend. The festivities start Friday with a reception with food and drinks to allow parents and daughters to mingle.“It is a tradition at Saint Mary’s to invite the parents to campus for a fun weekend with their daughters,” Lester said in an email. “It’s a fun weekend to spend with your parents.”The weekend’s events continue Saturday and Sunday, and include information sessions on study abroad and internship opportunities, Lester said.“Saturday afternoon, the parents and students are invited to enjoy Student Activity Board’s Oktoberfest,” Lester said. “At 3 p.m., we will have our main event: the dinner. This year we will be hosting the dinner as a ND game watch party in the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom. … The football watch party is new to the weekend.”The weekend concludes with an invitation to Sunday Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto.Sophomore Parents Weekend is an RSVP-only event, but Acosta said she encourages students to attend future parent weekends to share their experiences with family members.“Sophomore Parents Weekend is an amazing opportunity for Belles to show their parents a small part of their life here at Saint Mary’s,” Acosta said in an email. “I would encourage every Belle to join in future parent weekends such as Junior Moms and Senior Dads because it encourages families to come together and make memories throughout their college journey.”Acosta has been a class representative since she was a first year student, and she said she enjoys collaborating with peers to produce fulfilling events such as Sophomore Parents Weekend.“I applied to be a Class Representative my freshman year, and I have graciously been given the opportunity to continue to represent my class and provide fun events for them to continue to grow as sisters throughout their time here at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “I love being able to represent not only my class, but the Saint Mary’s … community in the most positive way.” Belonging to Class Council has given Acosta the chance to create strong friendships with other students, she said. Activities put on by the group endorse the formation of these types of bonds, Acosta said.“I am also proud of my co-rep [Lester], who has been a sister and best friend here at Saint Mary’s,” Acosta said. “Class Council has allowed me to find a place here at Saint Mary’s, and I am eternally grateful for it.”Tags: Class Council, Sophomore Parents Weekendlast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: First Wives Club Could Be Broadway-Bound & More

first_img Penny Dreadful, Featuring Broadway Vet Reeve Carney, is Renewed Penny Dreadful, the thriller series featuring former Spiderman Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray, has been picked up by Showtime for a second season. Deadline reports that filming will go into production later this year and shoot on location in Dublin prior to a 2015 launch. Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. First Wives Club Could Be Broadway-Bound The stage adaptation of the hit 1996 movie First Wives Club, which didn’t make it to Broadway after a San Diego run back in 2009 starring Barbara Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Karen Ziemba, is once again eyeing the Great White Way. This time the tuner is aiming to open on Broadway in fall 2015, following a spring engagement in Chicago. An equity casting notice reveals that Simon Phillips is on board to direct the tuner, which has music and lyrics by Motown’s Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, along with a book by Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Rupert Holmes. Actress Anna Berger Dies at 91 Stage and screen actress Anna Berger has died aged 91, according to The New York Times. Her Broadway credits included Unlikely Heroes, The Rose Tattoo, Gideon and Twilight Walk. She was perhaps best known for her work on screen for The Sopranos and in Woody Allen’s Crime and Misdemeanors. Reeve Carney Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Reflections on Happiness The below video is eerie, touching and well worth watching. Acting legend Philip Seymour Hoffman had taped some reflections on the meaning of happiness with the philosopher Simon Critchley just a year before his untimely death in February aged only 46. The recently released interview has been made into the most extraordinary animated short by Patrick Smith and David Gerlach, with at one point the Oscar winner and Tony nominee admitting: “There is no pleasure that I haven’t actually made myself sick on.” Heartbreaking. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Star Files View Comments Jeremy Jordanlast_img read more

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After-school snacks

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaChildren need after-school snacks. But University of Georgiaexperts say parents need to help kids make snacking the healthy,safe habit it needs to be.To supply the energy they need to stay healthy and active,children have to eat more calories and more often, said JanBaggarly, UGA Extension Service coordinator in Bibb County.Children are growing fast. And they’re usually more active thanadults.But parents need to guide children to make healthy snack choices,Baggarly said. To help them do that, keep plenty of healthysnacks on hand.A nutritious snack provides food from at least one of the FoodGuide Pyramid food groups, Baggarly said. At the same time, itisn’t too high in fat, sugar or salt.”Often, children don’t get all the nutrition they need fromeating regular meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner, so snacksbecome essential,” she said. “Making healthy snacks available forkids after school is a great way to keep their energy levels upand not spoil their dinner.”Plan aheadBut snacks should be planned for, she said. They shouldn’t justhappen.Baggarly suggests these nutritious snacks: cheese and crackers,peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yogurt, hard-cooked eggs,cold cereal, fresh and dried fruits, raw vegetables and dips madefrom low-fat ingredients, popcorn, graham crackers and vanillawafers.You don’t have to leave cookies off the list, either. “Just makesure they’re made with low-fat ingredients,” she said.One way to reduce fat in cookies is by using applesauce in placeof shortening when making oatmeal cookies. This alteration alonecuts the fat by one-third.After-school drinks can add extra calories to a child’s diet,too. Baggarly said sugar drinks like Kool-Aid, soft drinks or”fruit drinks” are poor choices for snack time. Fruit juices madefrom real fruit (check the label) are much better.Milk is an excellent choice, too. “And today you can buy it in avariety of flavors, which helps its appeal,” she said.Food safetyParents help their kids make safe choices, too, said JudyHarrison, an Extension Service food safety specialist with theUGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”Moms and dads need to establish some basic kitchen rules andconsider putting them in writing,” she said. “For instance, manychildren begin to use the microwave as early as age seven. Butyou may not want your child (doing this) unsupervised.”Improper use of a microwave, she said, can cause severe burns.”Teach your children to open packages and remove lids so thatsteam escapes away from their faces,” she said, “and to use potholders or oven mitts when handling hot foods.”Harrison suggests teaching your children four simple steps tokeeping food safe: clean, separate, cook and chill. Keep counters and tables clean. Choose someplace else toplace books, book bags or anything else that might contaminatefood. Always wash hands with soap and warm, running water for atleast 20 seconds before touching food. And use clean plates andutensils. Wash fruits and vegetables with cool, running waterbefore you eat them.Keep raw foods like meats away from ready-to-eat foods.If you’re warming leftovers, make sure you reheat them to 165degrees Fahrenheit. Parents should teach their children how touse a food thermometer to check the temperature of cooked food.Put refrigerated foods back in the fridge after your snack isready. If you get the milk out, don’t leave it out. Put it back. Older children who have permission to use the microwave canprepare microwave popcorn (“but hold the butter, please,” shesaid), baked potatoes or lower-fat hot dogs. Or they can reheatleftovers.Kids deserve a little refreshment after a hard day at school,Harrison said. Just make sure it’s safely prepared and good forthem.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Camping Safety: How to Avoid Wild Animal Encounters

first_imgAll it takes is one wrong move in the woods and you could have an unwanted guest at your campsite. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do to keep your family camping trip safe and secure from potentially dangerous animals.1. Eliminate odors from food and suppliesBlack bears roam all over the Blue Ridge Mountains with a population of 300,000 in the U.S. alone, making them a common concern amongst campers. Many established campgrounds throughout the Blue Ridge feature bear resistant trash receptacles to reduce the chances of bears smelling any types of food odors. It’s not only trash that will attract a bear; toiletry items such as toothpaste, soap, lotions, deodorant or bug sprays (especially citronella) should be secured from bears as well. To keep your food, supplies and gear away from bears, there are several different ways to keep them out of a bears reach. You could keep them in a hard-sided vehicle, a certified food storage container, or put it all in a bag and hang it between two trees at least 10 feet from the ground.2.  Stop by the store and grab the basicsStock up your packs with flashlights and bear spray to keep in the tent at night. Flashlights can always be useful to help find things and point you in the right direction when walking at night. The bear spray, on the other hand, is a purchase that you most likely and hopefully will never use but is something worth having for that extra piece of mind when you hear rustling in the woods.3. Get loud!It might seem strange, but being loud will keep many of the furry creatures out of sight. With that said, if you have close-by neighbors, don’t cause a full out ruckus. The sounds of the campfire crackling, voices, and other man-made sounds like car engines usually do the trick in scaring off wildlife.4. Keep pets on leash… alwaysAs much as you may love and trust your pets to stay close by, it’s not worth the risk of letting them roam off on their own. An alternative to always holding the other end of the leash is buying a spiral stake to put in the ground to keep the pup close by while granting him or her a little freedom to roam.5. Be ready for the non-furry threatsWhen it comes to snakes, be particularly careful if  you move logs or brush as most snakes get to moving when their environment is tampered with. If snakes are a high concern of yours in a particular area, consider wearing sturdy boots and gloves when moving such things.6. Keep your distanceMost animals will scare off easily from a far distance. However, in the instance of getting a bit too close to a bear or other animal, you should brush up on what to do in the event that you are in a face-to-face situation. While these circumstances are extraordinarily rare, it is better to be prepared than to make a wrong move.7. Wear different clothes cooking and to bedHave you ever gone to a restaurant and can distinctly smell the food even hours after you’ve left? The same happens in the wilderness. Cooking smells cling to fabric and can attract bears, making the clothes you wore while making dinner not the best pajamas. Store your “cooking clothes” in an airtight bag or container to reduce the risk of any wildlife catching a whiff.8. Keep it cleanYour campsite, that is. Continuously making an effort to scrub pots and pans and picking up trash throughout the day’s adventures will work wonders in making it less of a task to keep your site pest free.9. Consider a bear proof cooler, especially for car campingDefinitely not necessary, but it is a precaution that might be suitable for some. If your cooler is on its last leg and you are looking for an upgrade, there are always certified bear tested coolers that are sure to keep your food and beverages cold and the bears locked out.10. Know the area you are inOne of the sharpest tools you can have up against wildlife is knowledge and familiarity with the woods you will be setting up camp in. For information on the wildlife in the area, you can seek out tips from the local park ranger or wildlife official.Getting outdoors for a camping adventure is an enjoyable, freeing experience that is almost never dangerous, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be prepared in the event of an unlikely guest.last_img read more

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Act now to prevent another shooting

first_imgIf you think guns are the No. 1 problem in this country, think again. It’s drugs sold on the streets, in drug stores and elsewhere.The next problem is the easy buying of guns all over the United States. Most people know this is true. The government has to take a big-time look at all of this and change all the old-fashioned laws that don’t seem to work. This time, we all have to work together and get the proper laws passed in all areas to put a stop to this madness.Another law that could go into effect is to give everyone a 90- or 120-day notice to have automatic guns turned in, no questions asked. After that, if someone gives any information on someone who has an automatic gun and that gun is found by law enforcement authorities, that person faces a jail term of 10 years, plus more if other guns are found.It sounds unfair, but this is what it many take to get rid of the automatic guns that people now have. It won’t be easy, but we have to do something now, not later. We don’t need another Las Vegas event.Sid GordonSaratogaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Flexible friends

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Why Dani Ceballos is the Spanish playmaker who can succeed where Denis Suarez failed at Arsenal

first_img Comment Zinedine Zidane’s return coincided with Dani Ceballos given fewer first-team minutes (Picture: Getty)Lopetegui was given only four months to instigate the rebuild before his sacking, his successor Santiago Solari was handed even less time and then Zidane returned with the promise from Florentino Perez that funds would be available to start over.For the third time during Perez’s reign, the club have embarked on a ‘Galactico’ driven transfer policy with Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Rodrygo and Ferland Mendy all signed for around £300m, leaving the club’s clutch of young Spaniards on the fringes or offloaded elsewhere.By all accounts, Zidane was happy for Real to part with Ceballos permanently this summer to help free up funds for a move for Paul Pogba – the embodiment of a Galactico player and one of Real’s sponsor’s Adidas’ big hitters to boot – but the club’s hierarchy are less keen on the idea.AdvertisementAdvertisementPerez values Ceballos highly enough that a permanent transfer this summer was out of the question despite Zidane’s demands to sign Pogba, which played nicely into Arsenal’s hands given their north London rivals Spurs had shown interest in buying him outright.Arsenal operating under financial restrictions in the transfer market will secure an elite talent in a deal that will barely cause a dent in their reduced £45m budget, which is important given Emery wishes to strengthen at left-back, centre-back and on the flanks. Amid all the understandable frustration and disillusionment amongst Arsenal supporters at the direction in which the club is travelling under passive ownership, the Ceballos deal is Arsenal’s biggest statement signing since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.Arsenal are acquiring a player good enough to play regularly for Champions League challenging club and although the deal is short-term in nature, it could have longer-term implications if Ceballos can help steer the side back into the top-four.It has taken longer than hoped but Arsenal have finally made a mark in the transfer market and unlike the Suarez deal, the circumstances surrounding Ceballos’ move to the club suggests he is primed to be a big hit at the Emirates.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 Advertisement Denis Suarez endured a frustrating time on loan at Arsenal last season (Picture: Getty)Considering Arsenal’s well-documented budgetary restrictions and their inability to offer transfer targets the allure of playing Champions League football, the imminent signing of Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan from Real Madrid is unquestionably a major coup.It is presumably with Ceballos in mind that Josh Kroenke, the son of Arsenal’s ‘silent’ owner Stan, stated confidently that Arsenal supporters would ‘be excited’ about the club’s transfer plans following a slow start to the summer during a rare interview with the official website.Real Madrid were so desperate to sign Ceballos ahead of arch-rivals Barcelona in 2017 that they paid Real Betis €17m to secure his services, despite the fact that the release clause in his contract was set at €2m lower.Although Ceballos hasn’t scaled the heights expected of him since his move two years ago, there have been extenuating circumstances, most notably the continued excellence of Luka Modric in 2017-18, the return of Zinedine Zidane in March and Real’s gradual abandonment of a transfer policy centred around acquiring young Spanish talent.Following Zidane’s shock departure in the wake of the Champions League final win in 2018, Real identified the then-Spanish national coach and former U17, U19 and U21 boss Julen Lopetegui as the man to usher in a new era by building around the likes of Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola, Jesus Vallejo, Marcos Llorente and Ceballos. Oliver Young-MylesSunday 21 Jul 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kSharescenter_img Why Dani Ceballos is the Spanish playmaker who can succeed where Denis Suarez failed at Arsenal Dani Ceballos is set to join Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)The last time Arsenal snapped up an under-used, highly-rated Spanish playmaker warming the bench at one of La Liga’s big two clubs, it didn’t exactly go to plan.There was genuine hype around Arsenal’s loan capture of Denis Suarez from Barcelona in January given his pedigree and track record of working successfully alongside Unai Emery at Sevilla, yet he ended up playing just 95 underwhelming minutes for the club.So limited was Suarez’s impact at the Emirates, he even bypassed Kim Kallstrom as the club’s most pointless loan signing of the past decade. At least the Swede – crocked upon his arrival – scored a crucial FA Cup penalty against Wigan during his short-lived stint in London.AdvertisementAdvertisementHaving had their fingers stung over the Suarez deal, one might have expected Arsenal to steer clear of making similar moves in the transfer market for the foreseeable future, yet sometimes an opportunity presents itself that is too difficult to pass up.ADVERTISEMENT Unai Emery has been keen to strengthen his squad this summer (Picture: Getty)Although signing Ceballos permanently would be preferable, Arsenal might hope that circumstances align for them to get him next summer, as was the case with Chelsea and Mateo Kovacic, who was bought for £40m this month despite the lack of a purchase option in his loan agreement.It is also a deal that works for Ceballos given he has not yet given up on securing a place in Real’s first-team in the future. Although it appears as though he has work to do to convince Zidane of his worth, he may well be eyeing up Modric’s place for the 2020-21 campaign with the Croatian out of contract next June.While there are more glaring areas of weakness in Arsenal’s current squad, Ceballos will inject much-needed energy and dynamism into what has been a pedestrian central midfield in recent seasons.More: 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 CityDuring his final season at Real Betis, Ceballos ranked third for successful dribbles in La Liga with 81 across his 30 appearances, only behind Barcelona duo Neymar and Lionel Messi, highlighting his ball-carrying qualities from midfield. Not since the Cesc Fabregas days have Arsenal possessed a player capable of quickening the pace of play through the middle.AdvertisementAnyone who has watched either or both of the previous two U21 European Championships, meanwhile, will be well aware of Ceballos’ technical ability in the final third. Spain won both competitions with Ceballos named Player of the Tournament in 2017 and in the Team of the Tournament this summer.Pick that one out 🚀Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos opened the scoring for Spain at the Euro under-21 championships last night, but Italy came back to have the last laugh. More: https://t.co/XuTWw3FgSD pic.twitter.com/3UnAQq602P— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) June 17, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Modern Carindale home sells for more than $1.5m

first_imgREAL ESTATE: 3 ALMAVALE ST, CARINDALEHe said the price gained for the 3 Almavale St home gives confidence to other sellers.“The price this home got for 600sq m is what you’d usually get for 1000sq m,” Mr Torres said.“I’m seeing more confidence from sellers because of the prices that are being achieved.” REAL ESTATE: 3 ALMAVALE ST, CARINDALEPlace Coorparoo lead agent Will Torres said many houses in the Carindale area are becoming older, so the seven-year-old home’s newer look drew buyers to inspect.“The new owners loved how new it was in the area of Carindale,” Mr Torres said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“Most properties are ageing in that area, with many from the mid-90s.” REAL ESTATE: 3 ALMAVALE ST, CARINDALEThis modern two-level Carindale home has sold for $1,510,000 as other properties in the area begin to age.center_img REAL ESTATE: 3 ALMAVALE ST, CARINDALEThe new owners are a family who were drawn to the generous size of the bedrooms and the home’s four bathrooms.Mr Torres said he is seeing a boom of properties being put on the market in the area.“In February last year there were 40-odd homes on the market, this year there was about 72,” he said.“I’ve listed six so far in Carindale this week so the market is moving.”last_img read more

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Pension funds recommend diversification in ILS as rates fall

first_imgVolumes will grow, not least thanks to the ongoing economic recovery, he added, but not enough to offset the amount of capital available.“Clearly there is a tragedy that could re-set rates, but given the level of capital out there that would have to be consumed, that disaster would have to be a whopper,” said Matthew Fosh, of the insurance company Novae.“There is no event in our models that would take up more than 60% of the capital available,” confirmed Ben Brookes of ILS risk analytics firm RMS Europe – who said that he would not be surprised to see the amount of peak peril risk backed by alternative sources of capital double from today’s levels of 10-15%.“I don’t think we will see a traditional rate re-set again; if we do see rates go back up meaningfully it will be from some totally unforeseen event, and perhaps something out of ILS alteogether – perhaps something in fiscal policy.”Johnson suggested a slight pick-up in rates might come as the new class of investors started to feel “a little less comfortable with the risk-reward equation”, but did not see that as an immediate risk.“We worry a lot about capacity in an asset class like this – and you certainly don’t want managers you invest with to have to hoover-up whatever comes to market,” said Craig Baker, global head of investment research at Towers Watson.“We couldn’t suddenly double our clients’ allocation, but we can still go a lot further. It depends on where rates are and what part of the market we are talking about.”Pension funds at the event agreed that while some parts of the re-insurance market looked stretched, it was important to think of ILS as a long-term strategic allocation, and recognise there was more to the opportunity than property catastrophe insurance.“ILS is an important investment class for us,” said Yoshisuke Kiguchi, CIO, Okayama Metal & Machinery Pension Fund, which currently has 9% of its $450m (€330m) fund allocated.Kiguchi made the point that ILS is part of his fund’s “long-term” portfolio, and that the nature of the asset class means that losses will usually be accompanied by a rise in the risk premium, providing a good opportunity to invest more at better rates.“This mean-reverting characteristic is important, and makes us happy to invest in this asset class in our long-term portfolio,” he explained.“We certainly recognise that there are times when you need to pull back, and the flexibility is there to do that,” said Stacy Apter, director of global benefits, financing and asset management at The Coca Cola Company, which allocates 5% to ILS for “equity-like returns with uncorrelated risk”.Apter insisted on a segregated account with Securis Investment Partners and its other ILS manager, to ensure it had the flexibility to define its mandate and its potential exposures.Coca Cola also deliberately chose two managers to diversify its risk within ILS.“One is very much focused on US catastrophe risk, while Securis is more focused on the alternative risks,” said Apter. “They are a good complement.”Espen Nordhus, co-founder of Securis Investment Partners, which organized the event, also went on to emphasize the importance of having access to the full range of ILS precisely to retain the flexibility to avoid areas where rates are under pressure.“We just put $50m into life, and that’s $50m that isn’t in Florida wind,” he said. Pension fund investors in insurance linked securities (ILS) expressed some concern over falling re-insurance rates and emphasised the importance of diversifying ILS exposure to mitigate the risks.Speaking at the inaugural Securis ILS Investor Meeting at Llloyd’s in London on 22 May, re-insurance professionals played down the risk of a significant re-set in rates – at least due to any natural catastrophe.The wall of alternative capital that has pushed rates so low over the past couple of years, from the likes of pension funds and hedge funds, will probably mean that they stay there, they said.“We see no reason for property catastrophe insurance rates to increase, for many reasons, including the availability of capital,” said Nick Johnson an insurance-sector analyst at boutique investment bank Numis Securities.last_img read more

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