Thanks to the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), women from around the world can improve their English language skills at Saint Mary’s College. The CWIL provides English language instruction through its English Language School for all degrees of English proficiency, from the beginner to advanced levels. Terra Sniadecki, the director of the English Language School, said that the focus of the program is for participants to become proficient in English and to be prepared for higher education in the United States. “It is important to us that the students not only become proficient academically at English but that they also become more comfortable with English socially,” said Sniadecki. Sniadecki said this goal is achieved by offering both traditional classroom-based lectures and electives that include service-based learning and university-level academic preparation. The English Language School, now in its third year, has attracted students from Saudi Arabia, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Zambia, India and Korea, Sniadecki said. Students at the school have many opportunities to be part of the Saint Mary’s College community and many live on campus with Saint Mary’s students, she said. Sniadecki said the rewarding interactions that the students of the school have with Saint Mary’s students is another benefit of the program. “Both education majors and those seeking their TSEOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification at Saint Mary’s work with these students both for the hands on experience and for the benefits of interacting with others from different countries,” said Sniadecki. Sniadecki said The English Language School has certified many students who have gone on to become successful at the university level, including students who are now enrolled at Saint Mary’s.
In honor of Presidents’ Day, which as predicted we spent binge-watching House of Cards, sleeping late and ordering Seamless (we’re so over the Great White Way being literally blanketed in the white stuff), we wanted to know in the Weekend Poll: Which series about presidential politics do you want to see jump from your TV screen to the Broadway stage? The results are in and they’re Scandalous! 2. The West Wing—28% The West Wing is a natural Broadway fit: its creator, Aaron Sorkin, has a well-known affection for musical theater. The Tony-winning musical 1776 was even the inspiriation for the names of President Bartlet and Josh Lyman! Now that Sorkin’s dropped out of Houdini, surely he can find the time to bring all those West Wing stars and Great White Way alums such as Martin Sheen, Richard Schiff and Allison Janney back to the Big Apple? 3. House of Cards—11% Possibly the first time Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, has ever lost a vote. However to paraphrase one of the series’ most famous lines, in regards to Tony winner Spacey and Golden Globe winner Robin Wright, we love you more than sharks love blood. And we’d love to see you both take a great big bite out of the Great White Way. View Comments 1. Scandal—30% It was a Scandalously close call, but the Gladiators won through! Fans want to see fabulous fixer Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, and President Fitz, played by Tony Goldwyn, heat up Broadway. This is a smart choice, as there’s a built-in love triangle just waiting to be exploited eight shows a week. Both Washington and Goldwyn are Main Stem vets, as is Norm Lewis, who plays Pope’s ex-fiancée. Paging all producers!
Georgia farmers need to be wary of peanut rust disease after it was discovered in a field in Tift County last week, according to University of Georgia plant pathologist Albert Culbreath.He said that rust doesn’t occur in Georgia every year and information about which chemical options are best for controlling this disease is limited. Several fungicides that are already being used for leaf spot and white mold diseases, especially some of the mixtures, may treat rust effectively. However, growers may need to spray more frequently for rust than for leaf spot.Culbreath cautioned that growers who are using the new leaf spot fungicide Miravis will need to make sure it is combined with a fungicide that has rust activity if rust is present in the field.The presence of peanut rust is a huge concern for farmers because it can easily spread from one plant to another and the inoculum can move very quickly in rainy or windy conditions. The frequent thunderstorms that have been occurring lately in some areas can help spread inoculum and help the disease to develop rapidly.“It pretty much shuts down the leaf in terms of photosynthesis and eventually damages it so badly that the leaf will turn black and die,” Culbreath said. “One difference between peanut rust and leaf spot is that leaf spot will cause the plant to defoliate. With rust, the leaf will die and hang on to the plant. You’ll lose the leaf either way but if that leaf is still hanging on the plant, the inoculum can still move from one plant to another more easily than if it’s just on the ground.”Since the inoculum does not overwinter in south Georgia, Culbreath believes it may have been blown into the region by a storm in June. The disease is visible by its reddish brown pustules on the bottom side of the leaf. Its rusty color is how it got its name.“The main thing is that growers need to be on the lookout for it,” Culbreath said. “Leaf spot is explosive, but rust is super explosive. It can increase rapidly once it gets started and it’s early in the season for us to be seeing it.”He said that UGA Cooperative Extension agents can help growers determine which fungicides will be best for specific situations.For more information about peanut production in Georgia, see the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences website on peanuts.
Vermont Public Television (VPT), the statewide public television network, received a My Source Education Innovation Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) recently. VPT was honored for an extensive educational initiative related to the project Lake Champlain Voyages of Discovery: Bringing History Home and the documentary “Champlain: The Lake Between,” part of the 2009 Champlain Quadricentennial observance. Focusing on the history of regional Native nations as well as early French heritage, the educational component included public screenings, question-and-answer sessions with the filmmaker, Caro Thompson of Broadwing Productions, teacher training workshops, a companion website and a CD-ROM with extensive teaching materials. Elsa Gilbertson, administrator of the Chimney Point State Historic Site, led the team that generated the educational content. She and Thompson were the primary writers. Additional content was contributed by Judy Dow, John Fadden, Thomas Hughes and Allison Stetzel. ~The teaching materials, along with a DVD of the documentary, were distributed free to 400 middle and high school educators in the Lake Champlain Basin of Vermont and northeastern New York. Other partners in the project included the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the Bixby Memorial Free Library and the Vermont Department of Education.Funders of the project included the Institute for Library and Museum Services, CPB, Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Vermont Community Foundation.The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Vergennes Opera House were partners in the premiere of the film.VPT’s president, John King, accepted the award from Pat Harrison, president and CEO of CPB, in Washington, D.C., in March. VPT will receive a $3,000 grant to further support the project.My Source awards recognize and showcase how public broadcasting stations use pioneering approaches and emerging digital technologies to serve the educational needs of their communities on air, online and in the classroom.“Stations across the country are using technology in creative and innovative ways to deliver educational tools and resources that are making a real difference to teachers, parents and children,” said Harrison. “Public media is the definitive education partner for a new generation of learners, and CPB congratulates Vermont Public Television for its outstanding contribution to the community.”About CPBCPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 and is steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,100 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.Source: VPT. 5.5.2010# # #
Coal-fired electricity generation in France fell 72% in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:France’s electricity sector cut its carbon emissions by 6% last year as consumption fell while wind, solar and natural gas displaced coal-fired power generation.The drop in domestic power consumption came as governments across Europe introduced policies to fight climate change by encouraging energy savings in a bid to curb pollution from burning fossil fuels. Record low gas prices, which have been pressured by mild winter temperatures, have also helped to squeeze coal’s share from power mixes across the continent, making gas more competitive than the dirtiest fossil fuel.French power consumption fell by 0.5% last year, when excluding the impact of weather, to a 10-year low of 473 terawatt-hours as energy-efficiency measures and slower economic growth curbed demand, according to Reseau de Transport d’Electricite, the country’s grid operator.Coal-fired power generation plummeted by 72% to 1.6 terawatt-hours last year. It represented just a fraction of total electricity output, which fell by 2% to 537.7 terawatt-hours as state-run Electricite de France SA’s atomic plants faced more outages and reduced rainfall curbed hydropower production.Wind power accounted for 6.3% of electricity output last year, up from 5.1% in 2018 as developers added 1.36 gigawatts of production capacity to reach 16.5 gigawatts at the end of 2019. The addition was the lowest in four years.Power generated from solar energy rose slightly last year, reaching 2.2% of total consumption. This was as capacity climbed by 890 megawatts over the year reaching 9.4 gigawatts.[Francois De Beaupuy]More: France’s power emissions tumbled in 2019 as coal’s share slumped
By Dialogo September 15, 2009 Peruvian President Alan García said that the so called ‘XXI Century Socialism’ which is being promoted in South America is a model that leads to hunger and unemployment, and that will not prosper in Peru. “Their economic policy can only lead to hunger, unemployment and technological backwardness,” Garcia said during a meeting with Spanish entrepreneurs in Lima. “Peru is a pivotal country in the region, which is viewed by other nations that seek to impose their model of XXI Century Socialism to expand this alternative in South America,” he said, without mentioning some leaders by name. “Our country will resist such pretensions opting instead for democracy, decentralization, free trade, investment, economic freedom, fiscal responsibility and respect for human rights,” he added. “The Peruvian people have things clear: likes and dislikes aside, and are clear on the right path and that they will continue this way,” said Garcia, in the presence of members of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations, who were on visit in Lima.
CUNA Chief Compliance Officer Jared Ihrig provided an overview of NCUA examination priorities during a breakout session at the co-located CUNA Technology Council and CUNA Operations and Member Experience Council Conferences in Chicago earlier this month.Among the agency’s top examination priorities:►Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance. NCUA will conduct more in-depth reviews on BSA and anti-money laundering policies, procedures, and processes related to requirements for customer due diligence and identification/verification of beneficial owners of legal entity members, Ihrig says.The agency is looking closely at the enhanced customer due diligence requirements that went into effect May 11, 2018. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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El Gobernador Wolf toma medidas para abordar la reforma de las fuerzas del orden público y la rendición de cuentas
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf toma medidas para abordar la reforma de las fuerzas del orden público y la rendición de cuentas Español, Press Release, Public Safety Luego de reunirse con líderes en Philadelphia y Harrisburg, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció varias medidas para mejorar las relaciones de las fuerzas del orden público con la comunidad y fortalecer la capacitación y la rendición de cuentas.“Hoy estoy tomando medidas para abordar las inquietudes sobre las relaciones de la comunidad con las fuerzas del orden público al igual que para fortalecer la rendición de cuentas de nuestros organismos”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Este esfuerzo comenzará de inmediato”.El Gobernador Wolf describió múltiples medidas dirigidas a realizar reformas significativas, muchas de ellas basadas en el Grupo de trabajo sobre Vigilancia del siglo XXI, creado en 2015 durante el gobierno del Presidente Obama en respuesta a la muerte en Ferguson, Missouri, del adolescente negro Michael Brown que desencadenó semanas de protestas.Los puntos destacados de las recomendaciones incluyen:La creación de un Inspector General Adjunto dentro de la Oficina del Inspector General del Estado de Pennsylvania (OSIG, por sus siglas en inglés) se centró en disuadir, detectar, prevenir y erradicar el fraude, el despilfarro, la mala conducta y el abuso entre los organismos de las fuerzas del orden público bajo la jurisdicción del Gobernador.La creación de una Comisión Asesora sobre las fuerzas del orden público del Estado de Pennsylvania que revisa las acusaciones de mala conducta del personal de las fuerzas del orden público en la jurisdicción del Gobernador.Brindar asistencia técnica a los municipios por parte de la Comisión de Pennsylvania contra el Crimen y la Delincuencia (PCCD, por sus siglas en inglés) para alentar la creación de comités asesores integrados por ciudadanos locales.La creación de un Subcomité sobre disparidades raciales y étnicas bajo el Comité Asesor de Justicia Criminal (CJAC) en la PCCD.Revisión de la capacitación y la educación de los oficiales. Todas las academias de entrenamiento de las fuerzas del orden público deben revisar las normas actuales de entrenamiento respecto del uso de la fuerza para el orden público y formar un grupo de trabajo para desarrollar normas de entrenamiento modelo con el fin de garantizar que todos los oficiales reciban la mejor instrucción sobre sus interacciones con el público. Los departamentos deben esforzarse por obtener una acreditación estatal y/o nacional. La acreditación es un componente clave para ayudar a los departamentos a evaluar y mejorar sus normas y prácticas.Mejorar la seguridad y el bienestar de los oficiales. Mejorar las iniciativas actuales en materia de salud mental y ofrecer a los oficiales apoyos específicos para la salud mental para que puedan lidiar con el trauma y reducir el estigma que implica recibir ayuda.Apoyo de las reformas legislativas. El gobernador trabajará con la legislatura sobre las reformas, incluida la legislación propuesta que ofrece un mejor acceso a los videos policiales, una junta de supervisión para la capacitación y la educación continua de los oficiales, un fiscal especial para casos de fuerza mortal, la reforma de contratación de las fuerzas del orden público interdepartamentales y la evaluación del PTSD (trastorno de estrés postraumático) para los oficiales de policía.A principios de esta semana, los miembros del Grupo de Trabajo de Reforma Policial, que incluye a funcionarios electos estatales y locales, el defensor principal de la Asociación de Defensores de Philadelphia, así como varios abogados, presentaron propuestas para abordar la creciente frustración respecto del racismo, la opresión y la erradicación de la mala conducta de las fuerzas del orden público.“Hemos abordado la reforma de la justicia penal sobre una base bipartita, y eso es lo que necesitaremos para solucionar estas desigualdades de larga data”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Y a medida que avanzamos, necesitamos abordar las inminentes fallas sistémicas que han creado esta situación”.El Gobernador también se comprometió a abordar las desigualdades de larga data contra las personas de color.“Voy a continuar luchando por más fondos para la educación y para brindar ayuda a las empresas de propiedad de minorías. Estas peleas no tienen un punto final, y no sabremos cuándo hemos ganado, pero tenemos que continuar para que nuestra comunidad sea más justa y equitativa para todos”. June 04, 2020
The house at 8 Cotswold Place, Wishart, sold for $1,152,000.THE real estate market on the southside of Brisbane remains strong, as a recent competitive auction has shown.Eleven registered bidders turned out to fight for a lowset Wishart property, which was on a large 914sq m block. Inside 8 Cotswold Place, Wishart.LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills agent Kosma Comino said the auction at 8 Cotswold Place was “crazy” and that more than 120 spectators watched the action unfold.“It opened at $800,000 and then just went ballistic,” Mr Comino said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“We had 47 bids, which is a very large number for an auction.” The pool and spa were also a drawcard.The four bedroom, three bathroom house sold under the hammer for $1,152,000.It is not the only property to sell in the suburb above the million dollar mark recently, with six registered bidders vying for another lowset brick house, this time at 15 Coventry Place. The house at 15 Coventry Place, Wishart, sold for $1,001,000.It was bought by a young family with one child for $1,001,000.“They were looking for a nice big property with a lowset house,” Mr Comino said.According to CoreLogic Data, the median house sale price for Wishart is $735,000.That is a 36.7 per cent growth in the past five years.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45