Students recount service experience in Uganda

first_imgSix Saint Mary’s students presented their experiences in Uganda this past summer yesterday evening. Three education majors and three nursing majors traveled to Uganda for seven weeks to teach in the school and work in the Ugandan clinic.Senior nursing major Kelly Wilson said the experience taught her to be more effective with communication and more respective of other cultures.“The program is one of the greatest because it fully immerses you into the Ugandan culture,” Wilson said. “You aren’t living in a hotel, you aren’t checking your phone because you don’t have access to that so you’re really getting to know the world around you and most importantly the people around you.”Wilson said the workers in the clinic were friendly, but she faced a language barrier.“Our first day, a nurse took us aside and kind of took it upon himself to make us comfortable and teach us a bit about their language,” Wilson said. “One of the challenges was that in the clinic the workers spoke a fair amount of English, but the patients of the clinic did not speak English. It was up to us to really dive into the culture and make sure we could communicate with the patients.”Senior education major Francine Rizzo said she came to the same presentation last year and thought the girls’ account of their experience in Uganda was exaggerated.“Last year when I came to this presentation, one of the girls spoke about how Uganda was God’s best kept secret and I thought to myself, ‘Oh she’s doing a presentation so maybe that’s a little corny and she’s just trying to get us to go,’” Rizzo said. “But as I was thinking about what I wanted to say to you guys to represent my time there I kept thinking back to her words and how Uganda really is God’s best kept secret.”Rizzo said the people’s humble and joyful attitudes were contagious.“It brought into my mind to see how other cultures live when we have so much over here and half the people don’t appreciate it,” Rizzo said. “And just to see what you can really do with your resources when you push the limits.”Janice Heffernan, a senior nursing major, said one word summarized her experience in Uganda — grateful. The spirit of the Ugandan people under difficult circumstances and willingness to accept the Saint Mary’s students into the community was amazing, she said.“From the neighborhood children who welcomed us into their village to the workers at the lab who let us learn new skills, I was always astonished by the generosity of the community,” Heffernan said. “On our last day in the clinic I was overwhelmed by the gifts of fruits and cards from the students and clinic staff. When you are offered so much from people with so little it’s impossible not to reflect on your lifestyle at home.”Bridgette Minnema, a senior education major, said she, like other study abroad students, entered the program without the slightest idea of how the experience would ultimately affect her. From the moment she landed on Ugandan soil, she knew she was in for one incredible journey, Minnema said.“I didn’t expect to fall in love with a country as much as I did or enjoy the simplicity of their lifestyle,” Minnema said. “The truth is that Uganda took me by surprise in more ways than one. It restored my faith in humanity and taught me what is truly important in life. Surprisingly enough I found the hardest part of my adventure wasn’t adjusting to life in a developing country but being back home and trying to describe to others how astounding my adventure was.”Brehl said she remembers feeling so welcomed by the Sisters that live in Uganda when first arriving and automatically feeling at home.“We were living somewhere new, somewhere I had no idea what to expect,” Brehl said. “When I first arrived I remember on our doors was our name and a welcome sign … It really made me feel so welcome in a place I felt like an intruder. A place that I felt really far from home … but I just felt like this was home.”Gianna Ventrella, a senior education major, said she was in a second-grade classroom. On one of the first days of school there were 55 second graders looking up at her and they were learning math.“There was this little boy and he was having trouble counting so the special education teacher in me just wanted to sit down and work with him,” Ventrella said. “I remember the teacher came up to me and said that he was stupid and that he would never be able to understand math. Well, I took it upon myself for the rest of the time to make sure that he caught up in math. By the end of the time, we were dividing.”Ventrella she wants to return to Uganda.“All I know is that I need to go back. I need to see my people, I need to go back home.”Tags: Ugandalast_img read more

PETER BAFFLES THE DOCS TO NOTCH UP HIS 100TH MARATHON

first_imgA Donegal man who was told by surgeons to stop running a number of years ago notched up his 100th marathon today!Peter celebrates with his 100th marathon medal!When Peter McGlynn underwent a quadruple heart by-pass after completing his 67th marathon, most thought his race days were behind him.A round of golf or a spot of fishing were probably what the doctor ordered. But those who knew the Letterkenny man allowed themselves a gentle smile at the thought of Peter throwing his runners into a cupboard to gather dust.But the Bomany man is no ordinary athlete.So when he completed his 100th such race this afternoon in Longford, some weren’t that surprised at all.As the former HSE employee puts it ‘They told me to perhaps not run another marathon but they said nothing about walking them.” Peter can be seen tramping the streets in and around Letterkenny and into the wider countryside most days.Peter celebrates with his friend Seamus Temple at the finish line today.If he’s not with his trusted friends Seamus Temple and Jimmy Harte, he’s alone but always raising a hand to the endless motorists who salute him.Today he nipped in under the six hour mark and told Donegal Daily he was delighted having reached a century of marathons.The ever-competitive athlete said “We were over three hours at the half-way stage so we had plenty of ground to make up.“I’m delighted we did and I’m delighted to have completed one hundred marathons. I feel great but I am tired. “I need a bit of a rest before I can even think of celebrating,” he said.Peter was met at the finish line by his friend and fellow marathon man Seamus Temple of Crievesmith, Letterkenny.At 70 years young Seamus completed the half marathon version of the race in preparation for the Dublin City Marathon in October.His friend Senator Jimmy Harte was also one of the first to congratulate Peter. Today Donegal Daily salutes Peter.He’s an inspiration to young and old that life is for living and not sitting around growing old.PETER BAFFLES THE DOCS TO NOTCH UP HIS 100TH MARATHON was last modified: August 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:heart by-passletterkennyMarathonPeter McGlynnlast_img read more

National Agricultural Genotyping Center announces new tools in corn disease identification

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Identifying corn diseases and pursuing the best management plan available just got easier, faster and more cost effective due to new testing protocols announced today by the National Agricultural Genotyping Center located in Fargo, North Dakota.“Farming is a complicated pursuit that involves many choices. Making the right choice at the right time can have a huge effect on profitability,” said Larry Hoffman, Chairman of the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Productivity & Quality Action Team. “This is especially true when it comes to identifying the dozens of diseases that can harm healthy corn plants, yields and grain quality.”Corn has effective genetic resistance to many of the important diseases, according to Pete Snyder, President and CEO of NAGC, however, numerous challenges remain in identifying corn diseases in timely fashion. NAGC is targeting a couple of key diseases, Goss’s Wilt and Xanthomonas, in their first disease assays, or tests now available to corn farmers, agronomists and crop consultants.“A key part of our mission at the National Agricultural Genotyping Center  is to translate scientific discoveries into solutions for farmers and production agriculture. This is another important step in that regard,” Snyder said. “The new assays we have developed will provide proper identification in weeks rather than months and cut costs substantially.”NAGC, a non-profit initiative founded by the National Corn Growers Association and Los Alamos National Laboratory, will provide research and testing services to both public and private researchers. The center translates scientific discoveries into solutions for production agriculture, food safety, functional foods, bioenergy, and national security.Cost savings from the actual testing are as much as 75% less with a move from single sample testing to utilizing 96 sample trays. NAGC is working with farmers via crop consultants and agronomists to streamline the process of collecting samples and ramping up the assay process.Goss’s wilt is a bacterial disease that may cause systemic infection and wilting of corn plants, as well as severe leaf blighting. Under the right conditions this disease can cause devastating damage with grain yield losses approaching 50%. Xanthomonas, another bacterial disease, is being targeted because it is often confused with Gray Leaf Spot leading to ineffective fungicide treatments and loss of income for farmers.“It can cost $40 an acre to treat Gray Leaf Spot, but those treatments are ineffective against Xanthomonas,” Hoffman said. “And it’s not just lost profit but lost opportunity. Once identified we can deal with Xanthomonas through management practices such as tillage and crop rotation.”Testing is largely done through samples of the effected plant leaf tissue. However, soil samples can be assayed by NAGC early in the growing season to identify or the presence of Xanthomonas.last_img read more

Levi dela Cruz steps out of Salado’s shadow to lead Chiefs

first_imgLevi Dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s no secret that Arellano will live and die by Kent Salado this NCAA Season 93.But it doesn’t mean that there’s no contingency plan for the Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Enter 22-year-old Levi dela Cruz.The diminutive Davaoeño playmaker has bid his time playing behind the spitfire guard all season long but he stepped out of the shadows on Friday to help Arellano nab the 87-81 come-from-behind win against St. Benilde.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDela Cruz exploded for 24 points, 12 coming in the fourth quarter in the Chiefs’ huge fightback against the Blazers, on top of four assists, three rebounds, and a block.But the transferee credited his breakout performance to coach Jerry Codiñera, who has put a premium on team defense.center_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “All they’re asking me is to do defense and pressure on the backcourt. Our offense will come. We’re not rushing things, but today, I think I was a little more aggressive because I was confident with the work I’m putting in after our practices,” he said.Dela Cruz has thrived in Codiñera’s frantic system with the Chiefs’ speedy backcourt that include Salado and Marwin Taywan able to terrorize the opposing team’s guards may it be on offense or defense.“I’m used to running teams like this, playing in transition so I believe I fitted quickly to the system,” he said, looking back at his previous stops in NU and UST before arriving in Arellano last year.Dela Cruz relishes his time with Salado the most, noting that the lead Chief has undoubtedly been “a role model” for him.“It’s really all Kent. He’s our senior. All I want is to do my role whenever I’m on the floor,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments San Miguel overcomes Globalport behind Santos’ heroics For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But one good game isn’t enough, and Dela Cruz knows that he has to sustain this good showing if he wants to find his niche in Codiñera’s rotation moving forward.But more importantly, he and the Chiefs must exhibit poise in their drive to the Final Four in the second round.“We’re all positive. Coach Jerry encourages us to not be down, not get caught up by the losses and criticisms, and to stay positive,” he said.Arellano finishes its first round schedule in a Finals rematch against San Beda on Tuesday. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Hopes rest on Indian shuttle star Saina

first_imgIf there is one Indian athlete who most people in China recognise, it is Saina Nehwal. As the badminton diva begins her campaign at the Asian Games, she is aware what the pressure of expectations is like. Saina experienced it at the Commonwealth Games where she seemed down and out in the final before beating Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia from a point of no return.Saina Nehwal is the second seed for the women’s singles competition at the Asian Games.As one who had lost in the first round of Doha Asian Games in 2006, Saina’s journey in the intervening years in the world of badminton has indeed been a phenomenal one.As Saina begins her campaign on Saturday, she is aware what the expectations from her are. More so, as in the 48-year history of badminton at the Asian Games, no Indian has won a gold medal. There have been bronze medal efforts before but if Saina is the answer for a gold, it’s not going to be easy.The draw would suggest she has an easy passage till the semi-finals but in modern sport there is nothing like an easy match. The world number three is seeded second in the draw here and expected to face Hong Kong’s Pui Yin Yip, the sixth seed.As rules do not permit more than two Chinese in an event, Saina is billed to meet China’s third seeded Wang Shixian in the semifinals. She had lost to the same player in the quarter-finals at the World Championship recently.advertisement”I was not in good shape during the World Championship after winning three events in June. My body refused to take more load,” she says.Indian hopes in the men’s section revolve around Parupalli Kashyap, who emerged India’s star player at the Commonwealth Games with a bronze.One cannot forget the solid showing put up by Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, who won the doubles gold at the Commonwealth Games. Predictions are they will run into second seeded Chinese Shu Cheng and Yunlei Zhao in the second round.last_img read more

Sri Lanka vow to win it for their fans back home

first_imgSri Lanka are looking to win the World Cup as much for the people back home as for Muttiah Muralitharan, who will be playing his last international match on Saturday.Former captain Mahela Jayawardene made it clear that winning the coveted trophy for the fans was the foremost thing on every player’s mind – including Murali.”We started off the campaign thinking that we will win the Cup for our fans back home and it will remain the same. Obviously we want to dedicate the win to Murali but even for him the country comes ahead of everyone,” he said.Talking about one of his closest accomplices in the team, Jayawardene said: ” What he has accomplished is for everyone to see. But I would like to take this opportunity to disclose that he was the first person in the Lankan team to take me out for a meal when I made my debut. Even today, he is the first person to take a new member in the team out for a meal.” Sometimes his sweetness can be irritating like when he goes to the opposition camp and exchanges pleasantries with them,” he added.The stylish right- hander feels the sub- continent teams- three of which made it to semi- finals – were expected to play well considering they were playing in home conditions. ” I don’t believe in this shift in power. If three of the four sub- continent teams manage to reach the semifinals in the next edition in Australia- New Zealand, only then can we say that the power has shifted. At home, with conditions favouring our players, we were expected to prosper,” he said.advertisementJayawardene believes that it was the title triumph in 1996 that helped Sri Lankan turn a new leaf. ” The win in 1996 helped the players believe in themselves.Even players like me who were coming through the ranks then believed that we could compete and win against the best teams in the world. As seniors we now tend to do the same with the younger players,” he said.last_img read more

Videos: Louisville Owned SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays After Dominating Syracuse

first_imgDonovan Mitchell throws down dunk against Syracuse..Twitter/@theACCDNMidway through the second half of Wednesday night’s 72-58 home win over Syracuse, the Louisville Cardinals were doing whatever they wanted on offense. The dominant display was heavily featured on SportsCenter this morning, where the Cardinals had three of the Top 10 plays of the day.First up, at No. 7, this beautiful behind-the-back assist by Chinanu Onuaku.Nanu droppin’ dimes. pic.twitter.com/7MFnoY0qRb— LouisvilleSportsLive (@LvilleSprtsLive) February 18, 2016Next, at No. 4, another Onuaku assist—this time to Jaylen Johnson for a powerful alley-oop.It’s like Louisville found a “if you make the other team cry they have to let you play in the tournament” loophole pic.twitter.com/m4kMWmXva4— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) February 18, 2016And finally, Louisville took home the top play, with this ferocious alley-oop from Damion Lee to Donovan Mitchell.If you look close enough, you can see a smile on Donovan Mitchell’s face as he slams this one home for @GoCards!https://t.co/xlTSYEXZ08— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) February 18, 2016That one was just mean. Mitchell liked it so much, he made it the header photo for his Twitter profile. donovan mitchell twitterIt’s been a rough few weeks for the Cardinals. Last night’s big win had to be pretty cathartic.last_img read more

US Seizes North Korean Bulker for Violating Sanctions

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay The U.S. Department of Justice has seized the bulk carrier Wise Honest, belonging to North Korea, for allegedly violating United States and United Nations sanctions by illicitly shipping coal from North Korea.The authorities filed a civil forfeiture complaint against the 17,061-ton vessel that was also supposedly used to deliver heavy machinery to North Korea.According to the documents filed in Manhattan federal court, from at least November 2016 through April 2018, the Wise Honest was used by Korea Songi Shipping Company, an affiliate of Songi Trading Company, to export coal from North Korea to foreign purchasers and import machinery to North Korea. On June 1, 2017, OFAC designated Songi Trading Company pursuant to Executive Order 13722 for its involvement in the sale, supply, or transfer of coal from North Korea. OFAC also determined that Songi Trading Company was a subordinate of the Korean People’s Army.Mid-March 2018, the Wise Honest was loaded with coal in Nampo, North Korea. In early April 2018, foreign maritime authorities intercepted and detained the Wise Honest.Despite its March 2018 voyage from North Korea, the Wise Honest had not broadcast an AIS signal since August 4, 2017.Participants in the Korea Songi Scheme attempted to conceal the Wise Honest’s DPRK affiliation by falsely listing different countries for the Wise Honest’s nationality and the origin of the illicit coal in shipping documentation.“Payments for maintenance, equipment, and improvements of the Wise Honest were made in U.S. dollars through unwitting U.S. banks. This conduct violates longstanding U.S. law and United Nations Security Council resolutions,” according to the Department of Justice.“Today’s civil action is the first-ever seizure of a North Korean cargo vessel for violating international sanctions,” U.S. Attorney Berman said.The Wise Honest is currently in the custody of the United States, having previously been seized pursuant to a warrant issued in the Southern District of New York.last_img read more

Big Ten aiming to dethrone SEC

NEW ORLEANS — Even before the suspensions of six players last week, Ohio State was going to be faced with questions about its 0-9 bowl record against the SEC when it arrived in New Orleans. Now, the Buckeyes will attempt to diffuse the controversy surrounding Tattoo-gate in addition to their winless streak against the SEC. The streak has taken on a life of its own, mainly because of OSU’s recent national title game debacles against Florida and LSU. Senior defensive back Jermale Hines said the Buckeyes’ struggles against the SEC stay with them no matter how much they would like to forget about their past. “It’s always something in the back of our minds because it’s real,” Hines said. “The last couple outings we got destroyed by SEC teams.” Offensive guard Bryant Browning takes a different approach when it comes to the streak: ignorance. “I really haven’t watched too much of that kind of stuff” in the media, Browning said. “You can’t really worry about what people say. We’ve got to focus on ourselves.” Tonight OSU will face off against Arkansas in the 77th Allstate Sugar Bowl, nearly 32 years to the day that the Buckeyes were handed their first bowl game defeat at the hands of an SEC team. On Jan. 2, 1978, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Woody Hayes-led Scarlet and Gray, 35-6. The players, including Browning, have echoed the sentiments of OSU coach Jim Tressel, who has implored them to remain focused on the task at hand. “We know if we go in and play any team in the nation and we play our best game, then we’ll come out on top,” Browning said. “We’re just working hard to try to do whatever it takes so that when Jan. 4 comes around we’re at our best.” That may be easier said than done against an Arkansas passing offense ranked third in the nation. Junior quarterback Ryan Mallett has led the Razorback attack, throwing for 30 touchdowns and 3,500 yards in back-to-back years. Although the Arkansas offense will be pass-heavy, it can also run the ball effectively with sophomore running back Knile Davis. When OSU faced Florida in 2007 and LSU in 2008, it went up against balanced offenses and gave up a combined 79 points. The winless streak against the SEC may be very real, but at least one OSU player doesn’t believe in the “SEC speed” theory, which fans and pundits alike claim gives the SEC the ultimate advantage on the playing field. “As far as the speed thing goes, I never have thought that that was the difference-maker,” said senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. “People don’t just get slower when they come to the Big Ten.” Senior kicker Devin Barclay is looking forward to the opportunity to disprove the doubters, and reminds everyone that OSU is playing Arkansas, not the ghosts of SEC past. “We’ve really got to focus in on doing our thing. Obviously the games in 2006 and 2007 … we remember those games — they sting still, and they were against SEC teams. (But) they weren’t against Arkansas,” Barclay said. “There’s always been the press saying that we can’t compete against these SEC teams. It’s going to feel good to prove them wrong.” read more

Ranieri We deserved more

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri is left disappointed after their 1-1 draw with Wolves as they lost their lead in the late stages of the game.After a goalless first half, Ryan Sessegnon put Fulham ahead in the 74th minute, but with five minutes to go, Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss scored from close range after a shot rebounded off a defender.“We are a little disappointed because I think we deserved more from the first half because we created more than them,” Ranieri told the club’s website.“In the second half, after we scored a goal, they found a solution.“I’m satisfied with our performance, as we worked hard against a good team. It was a tactical match today.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Mitrović had a chance to win the match. In this moment, we need to continue to stay together and be positive.“When a team is bottom, everything goes against this team, but we are stronger than this. We want to react in every circumstance, in every match.“If we continue to fight, train well, understand the tactical movement, we’ll do better.“We try to find a solution, but if you continue to fight, you can change things. If you lose hope, you lose everything.“I believe in my players. For this reason, I believe we can make something good.”last_img read more