Though fall study abroad programs were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Mary’s will plan to move forward with spring study abroad programs, Alice Siqin Yang, the associate director of international education, said. The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), which is in charge of study abroad, has been monitoring the CDC’s global health status and the situation in the destination countries for months since the pandemic hit.CWIL typically has one deadline for study abroad applications in March of the preceding year a student is planning to go abroad. This year, however, the office has added a deadline of Oct. 1 for students to apply to programs for the spring semester. The normal application fee of $50 has also been waived.“We will make the final decision on the programs by the application deadline, Oct. 1,” she said.Even though study abroad applications are open and the College is planning on going forward with spring programs at this time, students still express hesitancy towards applying. Senior Shayla O’Connor, who serves as the Coordinator of Peer Advisors for CWIL, said this was one reason for the waived application fee. “There’s a lot of concern about whether the programs will actually be open or not, but that decision won’t be finalized until October,” O’Connor said. “Until then, we advise that they apply, as applications are still open. That way they have a choice when October comes on whether or not they’d like to go abroad.”Saint Mary’s Health and Counseling Center and the CWIL Global Education Office are also working to set safety measures in place for students before departing to their host countries. “Accepted students are required to attend a study abroad pre-departure orientation,” Yang said, noting that these orientations will cover health, safety, insurance and intercultural learning strategies. “Students need to complete a health self-disclosure form before departure and get required immunizations. They should consult with their doctor if they have a physical or mental health issue.”Students may also read the State Department’s website to view their host country’s restrictions in regards to COVID-19.As a few students were able to complete their study abroad experience remotely last spring, others may elect to take online courses through their host university this coming spring. Additionally, students may choose to participate in programs offered by third-party organizations that host online study abroad opportunities. Because these programs are not directly affiliated with Saint Mary’s, the credits will need to be accepted as transfer credits through Student Academic Services.Around half of Saint Mary’s students study abroad. For many credit-heavy majors like nursing and speech language pathology, the fall of sophomore year is the only opportunity students have of studying abroad, so the cancellation due to COVID-19 came as disappointment to many students. “There are very few schools that allow nursing students to study abroad,” sophomore Olivia Pilon said. “Clinical placements make that incredibly challenging. Part of the reason I chose Saint Mary’s was because of this opportunity, especially with the wide variety of places that I could go.”Pilon, a nursing student, said though she agrees with the decision by the College to cancel the fall study abroad programs, it still comes as a disappointment.“I do think that this was the right move by Saint Mary’s to close these programs, and although it comes as a difficult loss for the nursing students that won’t have an opportunity to study abroad anymore, it would only make this pandemic worse,” she said.In times of global duress and uncertainty, Yang remains hopeful about the external opportunities students are offered. “Pray. We need more prayers,” Yang requested of the Saint Mary’s community. “We pray for a more peaceful and healthier world so that our students can study abroad and discover the world.”Tags: center for women’s intercultural leadership, COVID-19, student academic services, study abroad
New Mexico legislation would speed closure of San Juan coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and several environmentalist groups on Thursday praised legislation aimed at ensuring the shuttering of the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station near Farmington and establishing ambitious targets for pushing New Mexico toward more reliance on renewable energy sources.The bill is intended to soften the financial hit both to the community surrounding the aging power plant and to Public Service Company of New Mexico, the state’s largest utility and majority owner of the plant, which is a major source of employment in Northwestern New Mexico.State Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, on Thursday introduced the 83-page Energy Transition Act, which proposes to allow PNM to recover investments through selling bonds that would be paid off with a new “energy transition” charge for customers.It also seeks to provide funds to assist and retrain workers who lose jobs from the shutdown and sets a 2030 deadline for investor-owned utilities and rural electric co-ops in the state to derive 50 percent of their power from renewable sources such as solar and wind energy.“The bill lays out the road map that will lead New Mexico from a fossil fuel-based economy to a green economy,” Candelaria said in an interview. “And keeping with the governor’s promise during the campaign, this bill lays out an aggressive 50 percent portfolio standard by 2030, then by 2045 puts New Mexico on the path to 80 percent renewable portfolio standard, which would make New Mexico the leader in the nation.”More: Backers praise bill to shut coal-fired San Juan Generating Station
By U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs December 09, 2018 The U.S. Navy’s Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 participated in a tri-lateral submarine exercise in the waters north of Colombia with partner nation navies from Colombia and Peru, November 1-6, 2018. The exercise provided opportunities to further the interoperability and coordination in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) between the three navies. The 2018 edition of the exercise involved two Colombian vessels, frigate ARC Indepeniente and type 206 submarine ARC Indomable, one Peruvian type 209 submarine BAP Arica, and one U.S. maritime patrol aircraft P-8A Poseidon. The exercise stressed technical expertise for all participating forces in locating submerged targets, exercising the various aspects of ASW capabilities of the three navies. Through two flights and 15 hours of total flight time, VP-16 expended 93 buoys and successfully located the target on their second flight. “Overall, the exercise was a tremendous opportunity and was successfully executed,” said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Sergio Ibarra, VP-16 tactics officer. “We learned a great deal about operating with our Colombian and Peruvian counterparts in directly supporting surface vessel search operations.”
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How does your credit union define success when it comes to growth? For some credit unions it might be asset growth, growth in loans, or growth in membership. If one of your credit union’s key strategic objectives is growing membership, having the business intelligence to understand where new members are coming from becomes important. This blog will focus on strategic questions to consider regarding the impact of new member growth through indirect channels.For many credit unions, a large percentage of membership growth in recent years has been driven by indirect members. The credit union demographic data noted below shows that between ages 30-70, the years when members do most of their borrowing, more than 50% of the total growth in members in 2016 came through the indirect channel (see the highlighted line in the second table). This information is noteworthy because this credit union has a strategic objective of deepening relationships with members as measured by products per member, and growth in indirect members may be at odds with that objective. continue reading »
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Application loyalty is the new brand loyalty as consumers demand a flawless digital customer experience according to from a new study examining consumers’ reliance on applications and digital services.San Francisco based application performance management vendor AppDynamics, a Cisco company, released the latest report in its App Attention Index research series, revealing the emergence of “The Era of The Digital Reflex,” and what it calls “a seismic shift in the way consumers interact and engage with digital services and applications.”The global study also identified how these digital dependencies impact consumers’ expectations of the businesses and brands they engage with, their increasing intolerance of performance problems and the urgency with which brands must take action in order to remain relevant and competitive in a world where application loyalty is the new brand loyalty.According to the report’s findings, “Consumers choose retailers according to how quickly they can get access to a product or service without visiting a store (63%), and they pick their bank based on the ability to perform all transactions digitally (58%).”
Banks have been quietly rolling out biometrics to identify customers — verifying them by their fingerprint, voice or eye scan — and retailers like Amazon are getting into the game.Why it matters: These companies are amassing giant databases of our most personal information — including our gait, how we hold our cellphones, our typing patterns — that raise knotty questions about data security and privacy.Driving the news: Amazon wants consumers to be able to pay for items in physical stores by waving their palm in front of a payment terminal, the WSJ reports.The system would link your palm image to a payment card.Amazon “plans to pitch the terminals to coffee shops, fast-food restaurants and other merchants that do lots of repeat business with their customers,” the Journal reports. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
In addition, the scooters will be disinfected every two hours. The operator will also provide hand sanitizers for users.Read also: Start-ups, NGOs team up to help people affected by COVID-19SOEs Minister Erick Thohir lauded the partnership.“It’s a good thing to help each other during this hard time. This shows that aid doesn’t always take the form of money and goods, but also technology,” the minister said in a statement on Monday.The government has converted four of the 10 athletes village towers into an emergency hospital focused on treating COVID-19 patients since March 23. President Joko Widodo said the facility would have the capacity for 3,000 patients.According to the national COVID-19 task force, 832 patients were hospitalized in the facility as of Monday, including 720 confirmed cases.Topics : Online ride-hailing platform Grab Indonesia is providing free GrabWheels electric scooters for medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients at the emergency hospital in the former athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.The company will provide 100 scooters under a partnership program with the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry to ease medical workers navigating the four apartment towers used as the COVID-19 treatment center.Grab will provide four GrabWheels stations in each tower, which will be attended by an operator 24 hours a day tasked with providing information to users and maintenance for the scooters.
The agreement is for passive investment management including the tracking of “a broad range of generic, non-proprietary, traditional and alternatively weighted equity and bond indices”.The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 7 October.In other news, the Norwegian municipality of Bærum has put out a tender notice seeking consultancy services to help it assess the quality of pensions provision for its employees.The winner of the contract will help Bærum with an “impartial quality assurance of pensions” from Bærum kommunale pensjonskasse, Statens pensjonskasse (SPK) and KLP.The municipality has a pension scheme for staff managed across these three providers, with teachers covered by Statens pensjonskasse, nurses by KLP and other employees by Bærum kommunale pensjonskasse. The contract is to start on 1 January 2017 and run until the beginning of 2022.The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 10 October. Norfolk County Council has formally put a contract out to tender seeking managers for a framework agreement to provide passive investment management services, primarily intended to be for the local government pension schemes (LGPS), including emerging asset pools.According to the tender announcement, the contract – to be made with several operators, the council says – has an estimated value in terms of fees and charges of between £20m and £140m (€24m-166m) over the whole 48-month duration of the agreement.Norfolk County Council, which has been overseeing the National LGPS Frameworks, announced in mid-June that it was soon to launch a procurement exercise for passive management.Norfolk put out the the tender on its own behalf and that of five other local authorities and local authority pension funds – Essex Pension Fund, Hampshire, Kent, Northamptonshire and Suffolk County Council, although the framework might also be used by other parties, including any administering authority within the LGPS, the Pension Protection Fund or any other public sector pension scheme. It is also open to the asset pools that are being set up by the LGPS.
Yao Ming is considered the NBA’s first renowned player from AsiaChinese basketball superstar Yao Ming, who plays for the Houston Rockets, has told the US National Basketball Association (NBA) he will retire from the game, American media report.The 7ft 6in (2.3m) giant’s career with the Rockets had been plagued by an assortment of injuries, most recently a stress fracture in his left leg.Yao’s injuries forced him to miss the entire 2009-2010 season.The 30-year-old is considered the NBA’s first renowned player from Asia.Yao officially informed the NBA of his decision sometime during the past two days, Yahoo! Sports reported on its website on Friday.The Shanghai native averaged 19.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in 486 NBA games during his career and was an eight-time All-Star player, a title given to the most successful contenders in the league.He was selected first overall by the Rockets in the 2002 NBA draft, following a career with the Chinese national team and the Shanghai Sharks.But Yao later suffered broken bones in his left foot, which kept him from playing in the 2009-2010 season, as well as a stress fracture in his left leg, forcing him to sit out all but five games during this past season.Analysts say Yao had a large international impact on the game and was a driving force behind the NBA establishing a China venture in 2007.Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal posted a video on his Twitter account, congratulating him on his career.“You are one of the greatest players ever to come out of China, one of the greatest players period,” O’Neal said.“Let’s go on vacation, bro, me and you,” he added.BBC News Share Share 25 Views no discussions NewsSports China’s Yao Ming ‘to retire from US basketball’ by: – July 9, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!
FacebookColumbus, In. — After officials from the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation declined comment earlier in the week a report from the Columbus Police Department says a city councilman and substitute teacher is under investigation following an altercation with a student.The report from the police department says the altercation between District 3 Republican Columbus city councilman Frank Jerome and a student over a cell phone just after noon on Friday, April 13. Jerome grabbed the students arm causing the student to fall from the chair. No injuries were reported.Unconfirmed reports indicate Jerome was sent home and will not be used as a substitute teacher any longer.Indiana State Police are conducting the investigation and have issued no statement.This is the second time in as many years for a Columbus city councilman to be in legal trouble. In 2016 District 1 Republican Dascal Bunch was charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure after the Columbus Police Department reports indicated Bunch exposed himself to them on at least three occasions. Bunch agreed to and completed a pre-trial diversion program in 2017.